Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-
I live in Portland, OR with my husband and son, 2 years old who is a very active and physical little guy. We are both self-employed free-lancer creatives (I'm a photographer, my hubby an industrial designer) and I work from home part-time. Our son has been in cloth diapers since he was a newborn, both at home and with his childcare provider. We are a very outdoorsy family, and enjoy riding our bikes in all weather, swimming, and skiing.
What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
Our son has been in cloth diapers since he was a newborn, but I didn't discover Knickernappies until he was 5 months old and needed the next size of cloth diaper. For newborn size, I did a trifold + cover option, but for the next size I was curious to try a pocket or AIO option. After consulting with a local cloth diaper shop (that sadly is no longer in business), I tried a couple of different brands and kinds, but totally fell in love with the Knickernappies brand because of the fit to my son and the absorbency of the loopy-do liners. Since he was already a little older, we started with the medium custom fit pocket diapers and are now still using the large sized custom fit pocket diapers. We have used the loopy-do inserts exclusively in all our pocket diapers (we own a couple fuzzybun pockets in the medium size that I stuffed with loppy-dos). I tried several brands of AIO diapers, but after I decided on the pocket system, I consigned all the trial diapers I had purchased. One issue I had with AIO diapers being in a wet climate was having them dry by morning if I hung them rather than machine drying - with the Knickernappy pockets + loopy-do inserts, they are completely dry every morning and that made me very happy not to have to worry about it or do an extra dry cycle before we started our day in cloth diapers. I also like that I can toss the inserts in the dryer, but hang dry the covers separately.
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?
What was your very first cloth diaper?
Our very first cloth diaper was a organic cotton tri-fold diaper + Thirsties smaller one size cover. I wish I had waited to try a couple options once my son was born, but not knowing, I just did the research and bought 30 tri-folds and 6 covers. Because of that, I felt committed to have him wear those until they didn't fit any longer and then make the switch to either an AIO or pocket for the next size, deciding on pocket style as my favorite.
What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
With baby #2, I would like to purchase the Knickernappies One-size diaper to fulfill my Small - Medium size diaper needs, then reuse my custom fit pockets in large. I'm totally sold on the loopy-do inserts so would purchase those as an upgrade with the one size covers.
Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?
I don't go on any forums… I do spread my love of using cloth to my friends via facebook and have sent many of new moms I meet out and about to my favorite supply websites, like Cloth Diaper Outlet. Unfortunately, three different brick & mortar diaper supply shops in Portland have since closed down since my son was born. Two of the shopkeepers in particular were so knowledgeable and were always such a great support for laundry questions or fit issues - I was very sad when each of them separately closed down, not only because they were the only suppliers near me for Knickernappies, but because of their support to the cloth diapering community. Now the nearest shop is more than 45 min drive from my house, so I switched to online purchases and reading tips on those same websites.
What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
A good diaper pail with cloth liner - my favorite pail is a Brabantia pedal bin with a Planet Wise pail liner. Also, I love our rectangle shaped terry cloth wipes that fit perfectly in our Price Lionheart cloth wipes warmer. Re-usable and warm makes for a happy mama & baby! Lastly, I think having a good zippered wet bag for your diaper bag makes cloth diapering on the go so much nicer.
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?
Talk to as many moms you can find either locally or online about their favorite brands. The fit of a diaper so depends on the body build of your child that I think it's hard to purchase a system before your baby is born. Much easier to decide what brand you like once you have some mileage under your belt with your own baby. For instance, before my son was born I thought that a velcro tab would be more my liking due to ease of use. However, once I laundered velcro tabbed covers for months on end, I decided to give an all snap option a try with the next size and I LOVED using snaps. So much easier than I thought and no tangling issues in the wash!