WAHM Diapers, the Craze, and the Purpose

Yesterday, I wrote about the darker aspects of the WAHM diapers craze.  Regardless of how awesome the women who make these diapers often are, there’s no denying the darker side.  But why are people in such a frenzy over some of these WAHM diapers?

WAHM Diapers Are Cute

WAHM Diapers, the Craze, and the Purpose (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora modeling a hybrid fitted by After Midnights.

Some WAHM diapers out there are breathtakingly beautiful.  I’m absolutely in love with my custom from Diapers by Chris.  I’ve recently gotten myself a few Ella Bella Bum diapers (without stalking).  The simple fact of the matter is that WAHM diapers can do some absolutely outrageous and gorgeous prints because of the scale in which they work.  WAHM diapers are usually made in a max of twenty of a particular print.  Usually, they’re in far less of a quantity than that.  Because they work in such a smaller scale than your major manufacturers like bumGenius and FuzziBunz, they have more freedom in what they make.  Their diapers can appeal on a smaller scale.  Because they work on smaller scales, they can also come up with new, innovative types of diaper making, such as hybrid fitteds and using Zorb.

WAHM Diapers Are Works of Art

Making cloth diapers is not so easy.  Making cloth diapers that are absolutely gorgeous and well-made is even harder.  The materials used are not cheap and the time put into making these works of art are absolutely worth it.  (For this reason and this reason alone I will never haggle a WAHM.  She’s charging for the materials she uses and her time spent making her pretty fluff.)  Art is a valuable commodity and should be treated as such.

WAHM Diapers Are Small Businesses

For ethical reasons, I’m a big fan of supporting small businesses.  A small business puts far more money back in a local economy than a big box store.  It’s a way of keeping your money in your area… or at least in your country.  Sure, they might cost more, but the simple fact of the matter is that there’s an increased cost in doing things on that smaller scale.

WAHM Diapers Are Often Ethical

WAHM diapers generally stick to safety standards.  After all, most moms make products that they themselves would have no problem with using on their own children.  That means that they’re made using quality products and are made fairly.

WAHM Diapers Hold Value

If you’ve got yourself a very popular brand of WAHM diaper in your stash, that diaper will most likely sell for as much used as it did when you bought it new.  They’re sought after for their cuteness as much as for their collectability.

The long and short of the matter is that WAHM diapers are, quite frankly, awesome.  As long as we stay awesome when we collect (and don’t fall prey to the dark side), it can be cute and fun fluffy goodness for everyone.

Do you have any favorite WAHM diapers?

About Suzi Satterfield

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I have never tried a WAHM diaper. I prefer to stick to my Best Bottoms, which I love for the design and also because the brand is made in the USA.

  2. Virginia @thatbaldchick says:

    I have a few WAHM diapers (without stalking) and love them.

  3. Mindy May Farmer says:

    I love buying WAHM diapers when I can afford them and supporting small businesses!

  4. Leela R. says:

    I have some WAHM wool covers but no diapers. At this point I have all the diaper I need, so it’s hard to justify the price of a WAHM diaper.

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  6. Vanessa V. says:

    I love some WAHM diapers out there but I just can’t afford them :( I do understand that you’re paying for their time and for the beautiful prints and such but I just can’t justify paying so much for a diaper just because it’s rare and cute. Maybe if I had more money that allowed me to splurge, but until then I’ll stick to what I can afford.

    • You do what you can afford. There’s absolutely *nothing* wrong with not using WAHM cloth diapers, either. The most important part is that you’ve found a cloth diapering solution that works for you!

      • Vanessa V. says:

        Thank you Suzi! I feel like theres some competition sometimes among the cloth diapering community about having the cutest, most unique WAHM diapers and its sad that some moms may feel as if they’re less of a CD mom over it. I’m just glad to be cloth diapering! It’s funny because just yesterday I won a $10 off coupon for a WAHM’s shop and got some unexpected money for some old books so I was able to buy one of her custom hybrid fitted diapers because of it! It’ll be my first WAHM diaper and I was only able to buy it because of the coupon and the unexpected money.

        • We’re all cloth diapering together, and that’s the important part! The perceived competition is one of those dark sides. :) Congrats on your first WAHM diaper! I hope you enjoy it.

  7. Danielle D says:

    These are amazing! I love supporting WAHMs! I would love to make my own, but like you said, it in not an easy task!

  8. I love my WAHM diapers, especially hybrid fitteds. One of my favourite Canadian WAHMs is Snug Bug, she makes gorgeous diapers.

  9. This is the first time I’ve checked out WAHM diapers websites and frankly, I was floored at the prices. I’m making my own diaper covers for my future little one and bought the fabric at the local retail shop with a coupon…$35 is getting me a snap press and all the materials I need to make 6 flip style covers. Some of these AIO’s are more than that for only 1 diaper! I just can’t justify spending that kind of money on something that people’s prime reasons for using in the first place are ecology and economy.

    • Keep in mind the time that goes into them, too. They are not mass produced. They are made in someone’s home with their own two hands instead of in a factory overseas. While $35 might be the cost of the materials, don’t forget that you’re also paying for their time and their skill.

  10. I have some WAHM diapers, HARP diapers, Urban Bums Boutique and Pixie and Me are my favourites, but I also have a mix of cheapies and big brand names as well. For me my WAHMs aren’t a status symbol, and they don’t mean my stash is somehow “better” than someone who doesn’t have any. They are a way to have prints that I adore (I may have a bit of a Strawberry Shortcake obsession) and to try out new styles.

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