When my fiancé suggested we try cloth diapering as a way to save some money, my first reaction was the stereotypical response “Yuck, no way am I washing gross, poopy diapers.” Since I was pregnant and grumpy, he didn’t bring it up again. Then, as a couple of weeks went by and I saw how much money we were spending to prepare for our first child, I reconsidered and told him I might be willing to give it a try.
As I started doing some research, I saw the significant savings that come with using cloth diapers. I saw that it takes about five hundred years for disposable diapers to break down in landfills. I watched all kinds of reviews and tutorials on YouTube as I researched laundry routines and storage suggestions to see how much extra work it would realistically be. I saw the affordability of inserts and covers, the customizability of pockets, and the ease of all in ones. I loved the idea that you would basically be diapering a second child for free, or the thought of getting back a portion of your investment with the amazing resale value of used diapers. And somewhere in the middle of it all it started getting pretty interesting. At this point it had become completely my project, and totally out of my fiancé’s hands. I had read somewhere that if you buy a basic cloth diaper stash it costs about the same as diapering in disposables for three months, so that was my plan to start, I figured if I could make myself do it for at least three months at least I wouldn’t have lost any money. So, I picked a brand that I thought would work well for us, and bought enough for our experiment. We started our diapering trial and, hey, it wasn’t bad; in fact, it was pretty easy. This was something I could see as working for us in the long term.
Then we realized that the system I had so carefully chosen- a two part system with an insert and a reusable cover, wouldn’t work for daycare, where they would only use an extremely user friendly diaper like a pre-stuffed pocket or AIO; and that’s where I got in trouble. There were so many options. Everyone suggested trying different brands and types of diapers because different ones are better for different body types and situations. I don’t know how I avoided this pitfall the first time around, but I was in for it now. All the colors and patterns, the variety of closures and adjustments, the differing opinions every where you looked, I just had to try them all for myself. That’s when I realized, cloth diapering is fun! I started using cloth diapers to save money, but now it is a hobby and an addiction. If you are a fellow hobbyist you will know the feeling, the excitement when you get a new diaper in the mail, the real love of the adorable diapers you have so carefully chosen, and the new urge to share this new interest and change the minds of the people who say the same thing you once did- “Yuck, poop!”
Bio: Rebecca Azer is a working mom to one daughter. She started cloth diapering to save money, and ended up an addict!
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