Cloth diaper shopping. It’s a fun, delightful activity that can suck up a ton of money from the checking account and hours from your day. WAHM diaper shopping, or diapers made by work at home moms, is an even more incredibly fun task. Depending on how the WAHM diaper business stocks, it can be as easy as clicking and ordering. Sometimes, if it’s a sought after business on Hyena Cart, “stalking tips” can be helpful.
Still, though, when you just start to delve in the world of WAHM diaper shopping, it’s helpful to know what to look for. You don’t have to be a seamstress to recognize these things.
WAHM Diaper Feedback
Ask around your local cloth diapering community. (Or your online community if you have no locals.) Have any of these moms ordered? How long did it take to get the diapers? How did they hold up? If there were any issues, did the diaper maker stand behind her diapers and resolve them? That being said, issues can come up from time to time. I firmly believe that how the diaper maker reacts to an issue is the most telling. If she’s apologetic and wants to make it right, that’s a huge plus. If she’s angry and defensive, I don’t want to order from her. I get enough crap from my kids. I don’t need it from my fluff.
WAHM Diaper Quality
I do not sew. It’s been suggested that I should never, ever touch a needle. Ugly, horrendous things result. It’s why I don’t do repairs for my local Cloth for a Cause chapter. In spite of my own complete and utter inability to sew, I still recognize quality of work. Go to that Etsy diaper that you were eyeballing. Click on a high resolution image and look at the sewing. How does it look? (I have no expectations of you understanding a chain stitch, a zigzag stitch, or anything else. Knowing the names are not important.) Are the lines straight or does it look like a drunken toddler played with a sewing machine? Are they even? Are there skipped or missing stitches? Do you see loose threads? Are the snaps straight? If it’s Velcro, is there a hook and loop point? It doesn’t matter if she’s using the most beautiful fabric in the world. If a WAHM diaper shop has that quality (and then has a disclaimer about handmade items having perfections), run the other way.
Why am I anti “handmade items may have imperfections that will not impact the function of this product” disclaimers? Because to me, those imperfections mean that she may not do the quality control that I want. I have diapers that work. I have no further need of diapers. Heck, at this point, I could have triplets tomorrow and still not need any new diapers. I expect diapers that I buy to be functional. But I go for a WAHM diaper shop because I want artistry. I want beauty. I want them to look good. And I want them to hold up and have resale value for when I’m done.
I expect print placement to not necessarily be exactly the same if she’s making more than one of the same diaper print. That’s a given. But off-balance sewing doesn’t work for me… and that disclaimer means that if it works for her, I don’t have a leg to stand on. To me, diapers with those issues are second quality and I would expect them to be sold as such.
Have you ever bought a WAHM diaper? What was your experience?