Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Meet Jenna, Our Featured Fluff Addict for this week!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-  My entry might be a little bit unique because I actually don't have any children yet.  I am 30 weeks pregnant with my first baby and I've never even put a cloth diaper on a baby before, yet I already have a stash of 25 cloth diapers!

I am 26 years old, getting ready to celebrate my first wedding anniversary on July 31st, and live in Louisville, KY.  I have a bachelors degree in Social Work.  Currently, I am a part-time nanny for two children and I plan on keeping this job after my daughter is born because I will be able to take her with me to work!

I pretty much spend all my free time researching cloth diapers.  I love reading and watching reviews on different diaper brands, and reading diaper blogs and forums.  My latest topic of research pertaining to cloth diapering is how to properly launder my diapers.  Also, I'm trying to figure out a way to prevent my diapers from staining once my daughter gets into the solid food stage.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?  When I first found out I was pregnant, I was determined to do this "baby thing" as inexpensively as possible.  I asked a good friend what the most expensive thing about having a baby was, and she immediately responded:  "DIAPERS!" I then began researching prices of diapers and how many my baby would need each month.  I found that Target has the cheapest everyday prices on diapers-- $8.99 for a jumbo pack.  I also calculated that my baby would need around 225 diapers for the first month...which would be around 6 jumbo packs of diapers.  That's over $50 a month for diapers!  Obviously, some people do it for cheaper with coupons, sales, etc-- but this diaper thing was really rubbing me the wrong way.  I had to figure out a way to do diapering for cheap!  So, I started researching cloth diapers.  It was so overwhelming at first.  I had no idea there were so many options.  I spent COUNTLESS hours pouring over different websites, forums, and blogs trying to soak up as much information as possible. It took me a few months before I was 100% sure I wanted to exclusively cloth. I then brought all the facts and presented them to my husband.  At first, he was hesitant.  But, once he realized how much money we could save he slowly got on board and now he is 100% ready to cloth diaper our little girl in 10 short weeks!

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new" cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of your choice to use cloth diapers?  At first my mom was completely against it.  She said she would buy her own Pampers and use them when she watched the baby.  But, after I bought my first cloth diaper and showed it to her she was amazed at how much they looked like disposables and by how stinkin' cute they were!  Shortly after, she was already perusing Kelly's Closet buying me all sorts of cloth diapers to help me build my stash.

My husband's parents were supportive from the very beginning because they cloth diapered all 3 of their children.  My mother-in-law just used rags and safety pins!  WOW!

For my baby shower, I registered for cloth diapers and the only person who got me a few was my sister-in-law because she knew how much we needed help building or stash.  Plus, she is interested in cloth diapering her future children.  When I opened the package all 35 of the ladies looked at the diapers like they were foreign objects from outer space.  They all passed them around the room and played with them like they were toys...haha.  Most of them had never seen a modern cloth diaper before.

What was your very first cloth diaper?  A BumGenius Organic One-Sized in Clementine.  This is the one that hooked my mom into the whole idea of cloth diapering.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?  I primarily have One Size pocket diapers.  But, I have all different brands:  Bum Genius, Katydid, Happy Heinys, Rumparooz, Knickernappies, and Bum Essentials.  I also have 3 Flip diaper covers and 9 inserts.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  Currently I own 1 Knickernappies One-Size diaper (in red) and it is one of my favorites because it snaps on the sides.  I can't wait to try it and would LOVE to have a few more for my stash :)

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc?  I follow blogs such as The Cloth Diaper Blog, Knickernappies, The Cloth Diaper Whisperer, Baby Good Buys, Baby Cheapskate, and Diaperswappers.  I am also fans of all of these sites on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, I have one pregnant friend who is also going to cloth diaper her baby so we talk "fluff" a lot.  And, I have one friend who currently has 2 toddlers in cloth, so if I have any major questions I go to her.

Finally, I have a family blog that I often use as an outlet to write about my adventures in learning about cloth diapering. www.josiahandjenna.blogspot.com

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
  I can't say for sure yet since I don't have any experience, but I would say it will be a Planet Wise hanging wet pail.  I've been researching pail liners for about a month now and have finally decided on the hanging pail because we have a small apartment.  So, I think something that takes up less space, yet still keeps the odors in will be essential for us.  I'm also thinking a wet bag for the diaper bag will be a pretty important accessory too!

If you could share just one tip with someone who is just starting out with cloth or considering using cloth, what would be your best piece of advice to them?  Do your research and make the decision that is best for your family.  Once you decide, don't let any negativity from friends/family discourage you.  Remember why you chose cloth in the first place.  We are committed to saving up a large amount of cash for a down payment towards our first house, so extra frivolous spending on a baby was not an option.  Cloth is what will help us reach our financial goals because it will help us save money in the long run-- that's why we chose cloth and were sticking to it! 

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