Sunday, May 29, 2011

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It Started With One

One Diaper. That's all it took for me to fall in love with cloth diapers and become a full-time cloth diapering mama. We received hundreds of disposable diapers in all sizes at baby showers, and we were content using those because they were free, but I had always wanted to try cloth diapers. I knew the benefits: less waste, better for baby, less expensive, and lets not forget how cute they are, but my husband was not going to have any part of it. I let the idea of cloth diapering go, but still thought about it from time to time.

I began researching swim diapers one day when I read that an unstuffed pocket diaper made a good swim diaper. After searching around Etsy.com, one of my favorite websites, I found a Work at Home Mom who made cloth diapers, and she had some CUTE ones! I fell in love with a lime green diaper with white and blue daisies on it. It was a one size pocket diaper, and I told myself that this would be perfect for my baby girl for summertime!! I ordered it, and waited for it to come in the mail. When it arrived, I took it out of the package, felt the softness, strapped it on my baby girl, and just knew that those crunchy, smelly disposable diapers had to go!!

I immediately started researching diapers online, and before I knew it, I had more fluffy mail on the way. My husband, of course, was not too happy with this, but we sat down and had a talk about it. I promised him I would not throw his Pampers away, but asked if he would be willing to put the cloth diapers on her during the day. I assured him that nothing would change for him. They would be like disposables as far as he was concerned, he would just pick one up, put it on her, and throw the dirty one in a diaper pail instead of the Diaper Genie! To my surprise, he agreed!! Once we built up a stash, and were cloth diapering full time, he started to comment on how much pee they would hold, how her poops didn't smell as bad, and how her clothes still fit over all of the fluff! Now he's quick to tell anyone who comments on her cute fluffy bum about her diapers.

What started out as a curious purchase has turned into quite the obsession. Our diaper stash is composed entirely of pocket diapers from brands including BumGenius, Happy Heinys, Rumparooz, Kawaii, and 3MonkeysClothDiapers. We have all we need to diaper her now, but I justify buying new ones because "she doesn't have that color yet!" I think it's a pretty good excuse!

Switching to cloth has had its challenges, from learning how to travel, to packing the diaper bag, to finding the right washing routine, but these are small obstacles that with a little work we got through! We've been full time cloth diapering for 3 months now and we will never go back to disposables!

My name is Jenilyn Mulkey, and I am the proud mommy of a 9 month old baby girl, Grayson Leigh. I am a Medical Laboratory Scientist by trade, but by real love is being a wife, mommy, and craftaholic!

7 comments:

Liv said...

Thank you for sharing your story! I'm excited to start our stash this month, for our little one coming in October.

I can't wait to start shopping for the cute prints as well =)

funkylindsay.com said...

Love this. It is totally justified to buy a new cloth diaper because you don't have that colour/pattern or have never tried that brand before. Totally Justified. (which reminds me I *need* a black CD. haha)

Also - did you ever find that pocket diaper without an insert worked as a swim diaper? Or did you get a "swim" dipe? Any suggestions?

Mallory said...

Love this post! I love my dipe stash and keep trying to convince the husband that we need more because there are so many cute patters we don't have :) Kinda negates the money saving aspect I sold him on, but oh well. Wifey always wins right?

Carisa said...

My experience was similar - I was just curious what the hype was all about, and buying sposies every month just to throw them away was killing me. It was definitely love at first sight when my first cloth arrived!

Erica Nicholas said...

I'm just starting to get into cloth, I have yet to actually one one, but I'm close to getting a few soon here.

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kitsune said...

I love that diaper! I haven't looked on etsy or tried on diapers that were made from mom's at home... I guess I was afraid that they wouldn't fit as well.

marnieov said...

I haven't looked at Etsy for diapers, but have checked it out for wool covers. I haven't yet made the leap into buying anything from there.

I love the picture of your very well organized stash in the dresser drawer. I'm inspired to go home tonight and re-organize all my cute diapers!