In late 2004, when I was expecting my first child, an acquaintance passed along a photocopied packet of information about cloth diapers. It was a bit dated, referring to prefolds and wet pails (if I remember correctly), but it was enough to nudge me to do some looking. Nowadays, a “Cloth Diapers” Google search yields pages of products, stores, blogs and support forums. In 2004, information wasn’t as easy to find, and it was before the boom of “modern” cloth diaper brands.
I actually did find Fuzzibunz sized cloth diapers, and wanted to try them, but was shocked at the cost. I mistakenly thought I’d need 24 each of 4-6 sizes since the site listed XS-XL, plus petite toddler and toddler. I choked at the cost and didn’t think too much more about them. My daughter was disposable diapered, and I bargain shopped, often snagging name-brand diapers for 8 cents each.
By the time I was expecting my second child in 2008, new brands like bumGenius were available, and information was easier to find. My second & third children were/are cloth diapered. I’ve often thought “oh, if only I knew then what I know now!” So, here’s a list of what I’d like to tell my 2004 self!
You do not need to buy 4-6 sizes of diapers! Your first child will be so petite, you may never need anything larger than a small! Your second child will be wearing Fuzzibunz medium when he potty trains. You will also need fewer diapers in larger sizes.
You don’t need to buy them all at once! Buy a few extra-smalls to try. Don’t stress about getting every size diaper right now.
They will save you money. A nice stash of cloth will cost you less than even the bargain cloth diapers you’re stocking up on. Plus, you can use them again when your first baby is finished with them.
Look harder, there are other resources and diapers out there. Don’t give up. Dig deep in those internet searches and you will find them!
They are not hard to use or wash. Keep it simple, sweetie, you’ll figure it out!
Don’t worry about the poop. I know the idea is foreign but Maria, just wait until you have your kids. You will catch, clean up and step in far worse.
Cloth diapers don’t make more laundry, they make less. The terms “diaper explosion,” “poo-sposion” and “poo-nami” will become part of your vocabulary soon. Enjoy that one photo of your daughter in her pretty baptism gown. She is exploding out of her diaper as the photo is taken. You will change her entire outfit, sometimes yours, and sometimes baths are necessary when the disposable doesn’t contain it all!
You will make lots of friends through cloth diapers. You will meet so many other moms, you will make lots of great changes to your lifestyle, and you’ll even get your dream job. All thanks to cloth.
Cloth gets even better! In fact, just next year, bumGenius will be invented! By the time you have your 3rd child, there will be a whole “cloth culture” and you’ll hardly be able to keep up with the brands and innovations!
Did anyone else disposable diaper one or more of their children? What do you wish you could tell your disposable-diapering self?