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A Cloth Diaper Addict’s Dream: Starting a Stash from Scratch

I cloth diapered both my boys. When my eldest, Sullivan, was born, we discovered he was allergic to the chemicals in Pampers. After dealing with horrible chemical rashes, we decided to take the plunge into cloth diapering. My husband was deployed, but he was on board with the move, and happily indulged in my new-found obsession. I spent the bulk of Sully’s babyhood buying and selling cloth diapers by the dozens to find, what I believed to be, the perfect stash. What resulted was a hodgepodge of work-at-home mama diapers, hybrids, all-in-ones, pockets, fitteds, wools, flats, prefolds, covers. Basically, any type of diaper you can imagine, we had it in some form or another. I was a happy camper, but everyone else who helped us with my son including my newly-home-from-deployment husband and my extended family found my diaper drawer a confusing maze of cloth and PUL. When Arlo was born a mere twenty months later, I continued my cycle of buying and selling. Picking up some new diapers here, selling off ones that I had grown jaded with there, and once again, my stash resembled a patched together quilt of colors and fabrics. Apparently, I had trouble settling, and my family was once again annoyed at my eclectic array of choices. When Arlo potty trained, we decided we were probably done with babies and gave away the vast majority …

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How I went from “Ewww” to Proud

As a young girl I saw my aunt using cloth diapers, long enough ago I don’t even remember what style she used but I can only assume that she used flats and plastic pants. My reaction then to cloth diapers was an emphatic “eww, no way I’m EVER doing that!” (Never mind that I have literally been facefirst in… “mud” and jumped back up laughing to continue chasing the cow I was after! ) So, how did I go from “never ever” to #MakeClothMainstream ? It was a journey that actually started with mommycloth! In the year before I got married I started seeing more and more information about the chemicals in disposable pads and tampons. I also saw a blog post (don’t ask me now which blog) where she talked about having a lighter flow after switching to cloth because her body wasn’t being irritated by the chemicals! Well after getting married I finally made the leap. I grabbed some of Cowboy’s cotton work socks out of the mending bag and made myself some mommycloth! LOL hey, I’m too frugal (sounds nicer than cheap) to buy something that I’m not sure I’ll use! Come to find out, I love them! I change my pad less often, don’t get the rash that I thought just came along with “Aunt Flo” and I don’t have that embarrassing trip to the store …

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How To Tell When You Have Too Many Cloth Diapers

When you spend more time trying to decide which diaper to put on the bum then the actual diaper change takes. When your mail carrier sees you he says, “No diaper package this week? Have you been sick?” You’re looking at your phone and say “OH my gosh, that is so cute” and your husband’s only response is…just get it. Your phone added Kelly’s Closet as the only “frequently visited” site in your mobile browser. You could pay for a month’s worth of groceries in Diaper Dollars from Kelly’s Closet. You have enough diapers to keep two in each car, both parents’ work offices, and maybe a few at Grandma’s house. (However this is a really good idea for emergencies J) You find a diaper in a bag from a trip…you took 4 months ago…and didn’t even realize it was missing. Your day care provider says, “I thought you wanted to save money by Cloth Diapering” when she sees a new print each week. You tell your friends, “don’t worry…they’re his college fund” Finally, just kidding because you can never have too many cloth diapers!  Just look how cute they look when they are running away from you: Bio: Stephanie is a full time work at home mom to her 16-month-old son. She loves trying to live as crunchy as possible while enjoying her Starbucks Americano’s with Heavy Cream. She’s …

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Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Addict

My baby has too many diapers again. There. I said it. Admitted the cold, hard truth that a lot of cloth diapering mamas will only say with a whisper and a giggle: I’ve over-bought for what my daughter really needs…possibly even somewhat substantially. We don’t have a changing table—not for this fourth baby. She doesn’t need one. We had one, when she was born; and there it sat in the room that she shares with her big sister, unused, taking up space that was really needed for other things, because it was easier to just change her in the living room floor, on the couch, on our bed—wherever we happened to be when we needed to change her. We ditched the changing table and moved her diapers into the living room, where she was changed the most often. They sit in two neat little baskets, easy to access. And the baskets are overflowing again. Sure, I have enough diapers to loan out a few if anyone in my circle needs to borrow a starter stash for a few days to check it out; and that sounds great. Really, it does. But the truth is, there’s no one in my immediate circle who is close enough to me to borrow cloth diapers for their baby. Most of my friends don’t have little ones; and the ones who do are fairly set …

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I Want to Try More Diapers!

I almost had my 5 year-old son drawing an armadillo for the Kelly’s Closet bumGenius Armadillo contest. He had his pencil ready, intrigued by the real-life photos I pulled up online. Then he asked the fatal question, “What is the prize?” When I explained it would be a cloth diaper for his new baby brother, Ezra put down his pencil and replied in exasperation, “Why do you like diapers so much anyway?” It’s a fair question, especially since we have an ample supply of cloth diapers in storage waiting for our newest arrival in the fall. Ezra is my second child and cloth diaper guinea pig. We used disposable diapers on his older sister and decided to test reusable options through a cloth diaper trial when Ezra was eight months old. We liked the pockets we tried (AIOs were newer, more expensive, and less popular at the time) and ditched disposables. Practically, I know it’s a bit eccentric to want to win (and buy) yet another cloth diaper when our stash is more than sufficient for our needs. Many of our diapers have dutifully kept two babies comfortable and dry in style. Some of my favorites with Ezra made it to the bottom of the pile as I discovered new brands or better-fitting styles for his younger brother. In truth, I’m intrigued by innovations in cloth diapers, new ways to …

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