Friday, February 11, 2011

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is...Judi from Rock Hill, SC!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have, any little ones in cloth?
My name is Judi C. I am married with 2 kids and live in Rock Hill, SC. I work full time outside the home as a college librarian in Charlotte, NC.  My boys are currently 17 months and 4 months old, both currently in cloth diapers, most of the time.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
I decided to try cloth diapers to save money. My friend had her 3rd son about 2 months before I had my 1st, but we were due fairly close together, her’s came early, mine came late. She had decided to cloth diaper her son but I didn’t really start learning more about “new” cloth diapers until my son was about 4-5 months old.
Once I expressed an interest in it my friend showed me her cloth diapers and how simple it was. I was so excited to try them myself until I saw the price tag. My budget was not going to handle $20 a diaper. But I didn’t give up. I did some research and found that prefolds and covers weren’t that expensive. I saved enough to buy 2 dozen Gerber Prefolds and 3 ProRap Classic covers.

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? 
My mom was supportive and helped buy a few pocket diapers for me to start building my stash. She thinks the “new” diapers are really neat. She used prefolds and covers with my 2 youngest brothers 20 years ago. While she is supportive of me using them, she buys disposables for my son when he goes to visit.

My husband was totally against all forms of cloth diapering.  He just thinks it is gross.  He indulges me and lets me do it when I’m home but when it is time to change a diaper and I’m not there to do it, the cloth comes off and gets replaced with a disposable.  I asked him once before our second son was born, what would
happen if we ran out of disposables (or I stopped buying them)? He said I would come home to a naked baby and dirty carpets.  While I don’t think he would actually do that I don’t risk it.  I figure if he uses 2-3 disposables a day while I’m a work, it would be about the same as if they went to a daycare that wouldn’t do cloth.

I get most of my support from 3 good friends who cloth diaper their kids. One even helped me start my stash by allowing me to borrow 3 XS and 3 S FuzziBunz.

What was your very first cloth diaper?
I started out with Gerber prefolds and Prorap covers but my first pocket diaper was a Comfy Rumps. I later added FuzziBunz, Snap & Wraps and BumGenius 3.0 to my stash. I also had 2 MonkeyDoodles NB for my second son when he was first born.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids?
Currently I use mostly pocket diapers (FuzziBunz and BumGenius 3.0). All of my Fuzzibunz are sized but I have 7 Bum Genius 3.0 OS and 3 Comfy Rumps OS.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
I don’t actually own any Knickernappies products. I have enough diapers to do my part-time cloth diapering right now but there are a few accessories I’d like to have like a diaper sprayer, pail liner and maybe some CD safe bum cream. So far I haven’t needed a diaper sprayer because my older son’s poop is pretty solid and easy to dump and the baby hasn’t started solids yet so I can wash his poop. But solids are coming soon so I won’t be able to wash his poop much longer and I hate swishing diapers in the toilet.

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

I was a member of Fertility Friend and I often commented and posted in the Cloth Diaper Crew message board. Currently I use Facebook to connect with other moms.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
My must have accessory is a wetbag. I cloth diapered for about 4 months before I got my first wetbag. I love them and they are great for anything wet (swimsuits, towels, burp rags, clothes). I have 3 and want more.

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?
Start small and keep it simple. Try it part-time on just the weekends at first. Once you feel more comfortable you can expand. Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be ALL or NOTHING.
Thanks so much to Judi for sharing her story.  If you're interested in being one of our upcoming Featured Fluff Addicts please visit the Discussion Tab on our FaceBook Page for more details.


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