Starting Cloth Diapers #schoolofcloth

I’m pretty sure we’ve all gone through this.  You’ve pondered.  You’ve looked over the pros and cons.  You’ve seen the adorable cute fluffy bums.  Then you take a deep breath and tell your partner that you’re considering starting cloth diapers.  The more you talk about starting cloth diapers, the more people look at you like you’ve sprouted two heads.school of cloth

Then you realize that starting cloth diapers can be confusing, overwhelming, and there’s a plethora of information out there.  Some of it contradicts each other, which makes it even harder.

The good news is, there’s a ton of places that you can go for help.  I’m pretty proud of the site I’ve put together here.  I like to think that it’s been helpful, anyway!

The big questions that people often have when starting cloth diapers are

1.) What’s the best diaper? (Answer: there isn’t one.  It’s just a matter of what fits your baby, your lifestyle, and your budget the best.)

2.) How do I wash my cloth diapers?  (Answer: Here’s my cloth diaper laundry routine.)

3.) Where do I go for support?

I’d like to think that my site is an obvious choice, of course, but I’m hopelessly biased.  Of course, I didn’t have this site when I first started, and I hadn’t discovered my local cloth diapering community.  I relied a lot on cloth diapering moms on my pregnancy message board and on Cozy Bums, my cloth diaper retailer.

Without a doubt, your local community is the best place to find assistance (if you can find your local cloth diapering community, of course).  They are the people that are most likely to have the same obstacles that you have had and have found effective workarounds.  They’ve got the same water type and probably shop at the same cloth diaper store, so they’ll be more likely to have the same diapers.

Are you just starting cloth diapers?  What kind of questions do you have?  (And if you’ve been cloth diapering forever, what did you struggle with when you were starting cloth diapers?)

 

 

About Suzi

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. What a great series! I can’t wait to read some of the posts.
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  2. I was pretty lost when I first thought about cloth diapering. The book “changing diapers” was really helpful getting the lingo down, and from there on out I relied on the cloth diaper board on babycenter and a whole lot of trial and error. It took me a while to find sites like yours, and while I enjoy reading CD-centric blogs, at this point I’m pretty much stuck in my routine 9 months in. There’s always stuff to learn though 🙂

  3. Cloth diapering is such a total adventure. I think it’s why we become addicts. Great tips–I love that they are pretty open ended: “there is no perfect diaper that is perfect for everyone…” So true!

  4. Thanks for sharing! I’m learning so much in one day about cloth diapering!

  5. We are blessed to have a local online store that offers classes in my community.

  6. Michelle F. says:

    what a great list of resources.

  7. Great post! Aside from the wealth of information on your site and the internet in general, a diaper service or trial is a good way to start too. 🙂

  8. My husband hopped right on board when I said I thought we should cloth diaper, but the rest of my family thinks we’re nuts. This tends to be my family’s response to anything we do that goes against the mainstream. I just smile and move the conversation elsewhere. It takes them time but they come around. I’ve been thankful to find online support to get me started. I like the blogs, but the best place I have found for immediate answers is an online Facebook group.

  9. If there is a cloth diaper store around you that is a great resource for help! Sometimes it helps a lot to just hold the diaper in your hand and be able to explain to someone’s face what’s wrong, or what you want.

    In Virginia, we always go to Diaper Junction with our questions and concerns. They’re amazing! We had someplace in NY when we lived there called the Bundle Store (in Saratoga Springs) and there’s a store near North Charleston, SC too, but I can’t remember.

    If someone owns a cloth diaper store, odds are they’re great at giving advice about diapers, and they’re probably SO willing to help you! 🙂

    Also, if I want questions answered online, I love the community Maria created in “Change-diapers.com” on Facebook. 🙂

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