Today were featuring Maria, a certified Fluff Addict! Read our interview with her below and get to know her a little better.
First, tell us your name and a little about your family.
I am Maria, a SAHM married for 8 years to my husband. I have been a SAHM since my first was born in 2006. Together we have 3 children, and one more expected to arrive in May 2012. My last two children are cloth diapered. My 4 yr old son wears cloth protection at night even though he is potty trained during the day, and my youngest 18 month old daughter is full time cloth diapered. I use a combination of pockets with flats for inserts and prefolds with covers. My favorite diapers are Prefolds, Covers and Pocket Diapers.
Our family used to live in a house near a river that was in a flood zone, and the reason I got interested in cloth diapers was because there were times when water would surround out house and we were unable to leave unless we took a boat. The electricity and everything still worked, we just got "stuck" by the flood waters at times. I always wondered what I would do in the event that I ran out of disposable diapers, so I took a chance and ordered some pockets, fell in love with how cute and soft they were, and found out quickly how easy it was to wash them, and I was hooked from then on. We don't live in the flood zone anymore, but I have continued to use cloth because I enjoy the money savings, my babies are cuter, and I have been able to help 4 other moms switch over to cloth diapers as they've seen me use them and realized how cool and easy they are.
Where are you located?
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers? Were you cloth diapered as a child?
Two in cloth, one uses protection overnight, one is in diapers full time. My mom tried cloth when I was a baby, but got too frustrated by the pins and plastic pants and gave up to use "paper diapers".
What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers?
I got them for "emergency situations" only living in a flood zone where there were rare times we were unable to drive away from our house. I didn't want to be stuck in the position of being with out disposable diapers, so I invested in a few cloth diapers and was hooked when I found out how cute and easy they were.
Favorite part about using cloth diapers?Favorite part about using cloth diapers?
How easy it is. They seem so much more comfortable and I love not buying disposables at the store. There are diapering accessories like disposable liners and diaper sprayers that makes flushing the poo crazy-easy.
What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth?
They all support it. In fact, my sister in law is due with her first baby next year and she is asking all sorts of questions about cloth diapers. The money savings is appealing to her!
Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share?
A babysitter once put a pocket diaper on backwards before my child went down for the night. When I got him up in the morning and unzipped his PJs I was surprised to see it wrapped around his body the wrong way, was pretty confused how someone could mess that up, but the diaper still held on and didn't leak!
Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?
Diaper Sprayer and Pail Liners!
Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?
I'm skeptical of how amber necklaces work, but I'd like to try them to see if they'd soothe my teething toddler.
What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
Try a variety of styles. I used to love pockets, but fell in love with prefolds and covers once I gave them a try with my last newborn. Now I only use pockets for out of the house and overnight, stuffing inserts in just a few is better than stuffing a whole load!