Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sarah's first cloth diaper! An advocate is born.

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The First Cloth Diaper I ever bought!

I started cloth diapering mainly for budgeting reasons. I now cloth diaper for many more reasons, but that’s how it started out. It makes sense, then, that the first cloth diapers I ever bought were prefolds and covers. I bought them used off of Craigslist from a mom who was about an hour’s drive away. It was well worth the drive and a fun experience! She showed me lots of different brands and types of cloth diapers. I had a little sticker shock at paying eight or nine dollars for a used diaper then. Of course now I appreciate that price, but it’s been a long journey!

After I decided to purchase those prefolds and covers, that mama gave me a warning. “I have to warn you; cloth diapers are addictive”, she said. “Ha,” I thought. “I have enough diapers here to make a full stash for my son.” If only I could see myself now! I am a full-fledged addict! It’s been quite a journey from that first purchase. I have spent hours and hours reading cloth diapering blogs, Facebook posts, and cloth diaper reviews. I have read so many posts about various wash routines it’s ridiculous. But I can’t stop. I have since replaced more than a full stash of diapers as I gravitate to ones I like more, but for me, that makes it all the more fun.

I have now become that mama from Craigslist; there have been some diapers which I have rotated out of my stash and listed on Craigslist and sold to another mama. I
always ask if they are just starting out with cloth and if they are I will tell them all about the different types and what to do with the poop! I also make sure they understand to use a cloth diaper safe detergent. and I suggest a washing routine. So far the advice is happily received. And I frequently give that same warning that cloth diapering is addicting! I have come full circle and it has been a lot of fun.

Sarah's Bio:
I am from Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a double major in Linguistics and German.  Now a stay at home mom to Nathan, born July 2010.  I'm learning how to cloth diaper on a budget while my husband is in law school.  I enjoy clogging, I dabble in sewing, and of course, I love cloth diapering! 

Sarah was also recently featured as one of our Featured Fluff Addicts!  To learn a little bit more about her read the cute interview she shared with us or visit her at her Blog Left Handed.

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