Monday, December 6, 2010

How to become a cloth diaper addict, it takes one to know one!

Reader Contributed Article by Lyn

The best way to become a cloth diaper addict is to start using cloth. If you start, I can almost guarantee that you will become addicted to it. When I began to cloth diaper my son, I just thought it would be something to try out to save a little money and be kinder to the earth. Little did I know that I would become the cloth addict I am today. Some of the advice that I read when first starting out was to try out a few different brands to see what worked for my son and us as a family. Well, there are a lot of brands out there and they are all so cute! Each brand that I tried was great for certain uses. I became addicted to and getting what diapers I could for a little cheaper. One of my favorite purchases were two sized Knickernappies diapers in a nice bright orange and a cute blue. I loved them! I didn't have the inserts for them, so I made my own from folded micro-fiber towels from the auto care section (yes, it can be done and I had to have inserts for the diapers that I kept buying)! Then I found an OS Knickernappies diaper with the two sizes of Loopy Dos and the lady also had a SuperDo! I might have finally found a solution for my heavy wetter at night! I was thrilled!

Once you start with cloth, you start to do even more research online and do you know what you find? TONS of diaper giveaways! Of course I started entering giveaway after giveaway in the hopes of winning just a few diapers to build my son's now growing stash. It took a while, but then I hit a winning streak. I won two or three diapers within a month or so of each other and one of them was a brand spanking new OS Chocolate Knickernappies from a giveaway on their site. Boy was I in heaven. Now I had twenty or so diapers for my son and they were all great. Most of them were pocket diapers, but I also had a couple AIOs, but even those had pockets for extra stuffing. My husband began to take notice of my stash. He liked it, but we had plenty of diapers in his mind.

What did I go and do? I had a friend with a new baby and I showed her cloth diapers as a way for them to save some money. I gave her some of my stash to try out. That left me with fewer diapers. What is a momma to do?! I am a seamstress of sorts, so I began sewing some extra diapers just to feed my addiction to expand my son's stash of cloth diapers! Of course, I still want to go out and buy some of these super cute prints and all that they are coming out with, but I know I shouldn't. Then we get another reason for me to buy up cloth once again, I find out that I am pregnant with baby #2. Oh! well that changes everything!

I had never used cloth on a newborn before. I had medium sizes and one size diapers, and I have small babies. These OS diapers would totally not fit very well on my little one who very likely would be no bigger than 6 pounds. I needed more diapers. Yes, I could sew up some super cute diapers for my little one (who we found out is going to be a girl), but I wanted some of those cute prints and everything that was out there! I was addicted. What am I saying, I AM addicted! What started out as a way to save a few bucks and be kinder to the earth that we have been given, turned into an honest to goodness love of cloth diapers. I love the colors and the prints. I love the cloth wipes we now use, and I love the laundry, odd as it may sound.

All I had to do to become a cloth diapering addict (which I never thought would happen in a million years) was to start using cloth diapers on my son. The difference it made for him and the way I felt knowing it was better all around, got me addicted. Oh, and my friend who has a now 9 month old girl is addicted to cloth to the extent that she can be. She uses it as much as she can and still uses the part of my stash she originally got as a trial. :) Cloth diapers are a wonderful thing, but the addiction that can ensue, well, just watch out for that!

A little about me:
I am a 27 year-old SAHM/WAHM to a wonderfully rambunctious 2 and a half year old boy, with a little girl due in Feb. I have a degree in Secondary English Education. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have been together for 11 years (married for 5).  I do what I can to make life for my family the best that it can be. When I renewed my love for sewing, I began a little side business in order to bring in a little extra money, and to help with the purchasing of more cloth diapers. When I began to use cloth diapers and entering giveaways, I started to blog for more entries. That turned into a love for blogging about my journey as a mom and everything that is a part of that. 

My blog is Lynifer's Blog.


Trista said...

Hi; I am your newest follower, and would love for you to stop by my blog as well. I have a great giveaway posted at the moment that you might like.

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