How we made the shift from disposable to cloth diapers with baby #2
My husband and I brought our first born son home from the hospital in 2008, disposable diapers in hand and we never looked back. We had considered cloth at that time, we even bought a few prefold diapers and a couple of covers, but they never made it out of the closet. We were convinced, without trying, that it was too much work. By age two we had spent over $2000 diapering. Not only did we purchase regular disposables in all shapes and sizes but we purchased overnight diapers and swim diapers as well. We were big consumers!
Early last year we learned we were expecting baby number two. Not long after we found out we had a visit from inspiration. A dear friend had just had her first baby and traveled from Virginia to Washington State (our home) to visit family and stay with us. She arrived with all of her things including a supply of cloth diapers for her little boy. I could not believe that she was traveling with cloth diapers. How would she have time to visit with family and friends and wash and prep cloth diapers every night? Well, she did it, she made it look easy, and she got me interested in pursuing it again.
So if she could do, I could, right?
I started doing my homework by reading websites and blogs (like this one). I asked my friend lots of questions. Then I sought out other friends (I found three more) that were using cloth and asked them lots of questions. By the time my second little boy was born, we were ready. We started with a small stash of diapers with a variety of pockets and some prefolds with a cover. We waded into the world of cloth with some trial diapers and our nearly 9 pound newborn. One thing I learned from my homework was to try before you invest to find what works for you.
After only three days, we were hooked. They were so soft and fluffy and washing really wasn’t that bad. Why wouldn’t we do this? Over the next two weeks we rounded out our stash with pocket diapers (this is what works best for us) and we were on our way. We even bought cloth swim diapers for trips to the pool. Not only did we convert for number two but our first son, who is potty learning now, is also converted, proving it is never too late.
We are just months into our cloth diapering adventure, so glad we did it, and we are not going back. If we can do it with number two, so can you!
By Amy M.