Ethical WAHMs Have Standards

I have been feeling a lot of love for WAHMs as of late.  Of course, my diaper dealer, Kerri of Cozy Bums, is a WAHM.  I’m also enjoying cloth diapers made by several WAHMs as of late: Diapers by Chris, Ella Bella Bum, and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply (among others).  There’s one important thing about all of these ladies: They are ethical WAHMs.

One of the best things about ordering cloth diapers from ethical WAHMs is that you can often get custom diapers.  In fact, Diapers by Chris and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply pretty much exclusively do custom cloth diapers in lieu of setting up a store with weekly stockings.  It’s pretty easy to get a unique, one of a kind diaper made to your specifications from them.  It takes longer, of course, than ordering a ready made diaper from a weekly stalking, but that’s one of the trade offs of getting a completely custom diaper.

Ethical WAHMs Have Standards (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

HK Musical Scrappy by Ella Bella Bum. Image used with permission.

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Pocket Cloth Diapers – My Passion

I love pocket cloth diapers.  It seems that I’m not alone: Prince George seems to be a pocket cloth diapers town.  Most of the local moms that use cloth diapers are particularly fond of them.

Why do I love pocket cloth diapers?  (And what do I think makes them so popular?)

Pocket Cloth Diapers are Easy

My husband has ginormous hands.  He has never stuffed any of my pocket cloth diapers and refuses to do so.  For him, pocket cloth diapers are no more difficult than disposables.  Some pocket diapers are easier than others for him, though: he has stated point blank that he prefers FuzziBunz diapers.  He knows how those go on.  The snap placement is 100% consistent.

Pocket Diapers are Versatile

Are you going to be going out for a while?  No problem.  Add a booster and call it done.  If you’re tired of microfiber for whatever reason, just buy new inserts in whatever fiber you prefer.  You can bulk it up for an overnight cloth diapering solution.  Really, you can stuff whatever you want into the pockets to get the level of absorbency that you need.  (Within reason, of course.  Some pockets have more generous space to stuff things than others.)  That versatility also includes the dizzying array of prints and colors available.  There’s also a wide variety of inner fabric, too.

Pocket Cloth Diapers Exist in a Variety of Price Points

My first pocket cloth diapers were FuzziBunz one size diapers.  They were $25 each, which was pretty on-par for those diapers back then.  You can get premium brand pocket diapers for up to $28 each or China Cheapies for $3 each if you use a co-op.  You can also find pocket diapers in all price points and quality levels in between.

Are you a fan of pocket diapers?  What’s your favorite?

Pocket Cloth Diapers - My Passion (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Pocket cloth diapers are the bulk of my stash.

The Advantage of Buying Cheap Cloth Diapers

I’ve had someone call me a “diaper snob” once just because I have mostly premium brands in my stash.  Here’s a dirty little secret, though: I hardly knew anything about the “cheap cloth diapers” when I was building my stash.  Had I known that I could find reliable cheap cloth diapers, I may have been willing to try them.  Or at least treated them like a cute little accessory.

When you’re paying $20 to $30 for a premium cloth diaper brand, you tend to shop for longevity.  You’ll want a diaper that will be good for all seasons, a diaper that will fit your child from birth to potty training.  With a cheap cloth diaper, there is a different advantage altogether:

At five bucks, who cares if the diaper isn’t good all year around?

It’s not painful to the pocketbook to buy a couple of cute diapers with jack o lanterns or witches for Halloween.  (Of course, I’d buy a diaper with little flying witches on them all year round.  But that’s just me.)  It’s not a big deal to get a few diapers that have Santa or Christmas trees or Menorahs for the round of winter holidays.  It’s five bucks.  Big deal.

With a premium diaper, though, I’d flinch over the concept of spending $30 on a diaper that would only realistically be worn for a month a year when we’re in diapers.  At best, I’d get two months use of one diaper for one kid.  Which means that if I washed diapers three times per week and had that diaper for two years, it would be used maybe two dozen times.  I hate the idea of basically spending a dollar per use on a diaper.  It’s not terribly cost effective.

I liken it to the concept of spending $300 on a pair of shoes I’d only wear once.  No thank you.  It’s just not practical for me.  If I spend $300 on a pair of shoes, I expect them to be good, classic shoes that will last until I die.  If I’m going to buy some funky, trendy shoes that will only be in style for the season, I’d rather go cheap.  And that’s pretty comparable to how I feel about seasonally appropriate diapers.

But if I’m getting two dozen uses out of a five dollar diaper?  Well, gosh, then I’m right back down into disposable prices of roughly 21¢ per use.  Now that’s a pretty reasonable price.

Most of my cloth diaper stash is comprised of premium cloth diapers.  But believe you me, I’ll be busting out some cute as pie holiday printed cheap cloth diapers just to have fun.

Have you ever bought any “fashion diapers” for an event?

Cloth Diaper Addicts, Price Points, and Snobbery

Cloth diaper addicts are plentiful.  There are a lot of women who love their fluff.  Cloth diaper addicts exist in all levels of income, and there are brands that are out there to help people of all income levels be able to afford using cloth diapers.  In fact, the start up cost associated with using cloth diapers is one of the things that scares people away from starting in the first place.

While having a conversation with an online group, I made the comment that cheap diapers are often cheap for a reason.

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