Monday, August 9, 2010

This week's Featured Fluff Addict is.....Victoria!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-
I am an elementary school librarian and I live in Olyphant, PA with my husband who is an auctioneer (be on
the look out in early 2011 for a show about his family's auction business on National Geographic!). We just had our first baby on April 30th, and have been cloth diapering him since July 7th. We also have found a
cloth diaper friendly day care near my school so we're excited to be able to cloth diaper my son once I go back to work at the end of August!

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?

While I was pregnant I had entertained the idea of cloth diapering when our baby got here, but the only diapers I really knew about were the Gerber diapers and the vinyl pants. I also got shot down by a lot of people when I said I was thinking of cloth diapers, and because of this we decided against cloth diapering. Once my son got here 4 week early and I saw how many diapers we went through a day (we we're using the preemie sensitive ones, and they were EXPENSIVE!), I started thinking about cloth diapering again, but it wasn't until I had gone to the store and I picked up some Gerber cloth diapers to use as burp cloths that I really seriously considered cloth diapering. As I got to researching I stumbled into the wonderful world of modern cloth diapering, and while super overwhelming at first, I quickly learned all the different terms and types of diapers out there. I immediately decided that we were going to cloth diaper our son (without telling my husband...whoops!), I went with one size pocket diapers and we haven't looked back since!

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?
When we would first tell people we were going to start cloth diapering our son, people were really put off by it and told us how gross it was going to be, and how smelly it was and the rashes, etc. But once I was able to explain how the pocket diapers worked and later actually show them how they worked. We got a lot of positive feedback from family and friends. I've actually converted an acquaintance to cloth diapers and I have a few family members who are seriously considering it when they have their own little ones! And once we explain how they work, we've gotten a lot of support from everyone, we still get a few "eww! that's gross" responses from a few people, but a lot of people are completely intrigued by them. We even have full support from our day care!

What was your very first cloth diaper?
The very first cloth diaper I purchased was a FuzziBunz One Size, but this was quickly followed by a whirlwind shopping spree of BumGenius diapers, Rumparooz, and Knickernappies, along with other diapers that I only bought one or 2 of to try.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
Our stash completely consists of one size pocket diapers! We love how easy they are!

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
I absolutely LOVE Knickernappies LoopyDo's and SuperDo's! They are the best inserts ever, especially at night with my little guy who is a super soaker!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?

I am frequently on diaperswappers, facebook, and twitter with a ton of different diaper groups and manufacturers! I love being able to connect with people all over to talk about some of my favorite products and get feedback or suggestions for any problems we might be having! I also hang out at my new blog Fluff Newbie !

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?

Definitely a diaper sprayer, flushable liners, and a couple hanging diaper pails! I don't think I could survive without these items! Especially the sprayer and the liners- my little guy is formula fed (he's allergic to my milk) and the liners and sprayer really help to get the mess out of his diapers!

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?
Don't commit right off the bat to one type of diaper for your stash, my first order was 15 FuzziBunz and while they are great, the adjustments are a bit work intense, I should have really bought 1 or 2 of each diaper I was interested in and then built my stash from there. I need to add one other tip, coming from someone who is only a month into cloth diapering, ask for help whenever and wherever you can, and research as much as possible! Forums like diaperswappers, store websites, and manufacturer websites are a HUGE help when deciding on diapers! I research for about 3 days, and I have to say that it's not enough! The cloth diapering community is extremely helpful and welcoming and I should have utilized this first instead of utilizing it after I started!





Victoria is a new mom who loves cloth diapering her son.  You can read more about her, her family and adventures in cloth daipering at her Blog Fluff Newbie!  You can also Follow her on Twitter at @fluffnewbie.

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