Friday, March 29, 2013

Start cloth diapering when YOU'RE ready!

Are you ready to start cloth diapering?

I decided that I would use cloth diapers on my baby during my first trimester. We didn't know anyone that cloth diapered. Our friends and family thought we were crazy. So, since I had no support system and didn't know anyone with experience, I decided to research it all on my own. Cloth diapering was overwhelming to me while I was pregnant. I felt like there were so many rules, brands, styles, accessories. I just couldn't wrap my mind around it all, but I was adamant that cloth diapering was right for us. So, my husband and I decided we would figure it out along the way.

During my nine months of research, I came across moms that cloth diapered straight from birth, still in the hospital. They made comments about how a disposable diaper would never touch their baby's skin. This scared me! I wasn't horrified of disposable diapers. We had received quite a few packages as gifts. I just didn't want to waste my own money on diapers that would be thrown away and piled up in a landfill. What scared me was the philosophy that a disposable diaper was really that bad and I needed to start right away.

I let reality sink in and gathered my thoughts. I was going to be a new, first time mom. I had lots of experience with babies, but none for 24 hours straight as my sole responsibility for a lifetime. What if my hormones were too much to handle? What if I was exhausted? What if we had a baby with colic or breastfeeding issues? I didn't want to set myself up for failure, so I set a reasonable goal for myself. One month. I would give myself one month to get my feet wet as a new mom. After that month, if all was going great, we would start using cloth diapers.

Turns out, I was hormonal and exhausted, but we didn't have a colicky baby or breastfeeding issues. After the first week, I felt we were settling into a routine. My hormones were crazy, but it was manageable. I was becoming accustomed to the lack of sleep. I saw my stash of cloth diapers and was so ready to use them! At 2 1/2 weeks old, we put our first cloth diaper on our son. I didn't feel guilty one bit for waiting. I knew I was ready. I could mentally tackle the overwhelming world of cloth diapers at that moment.

Next time, I'd like to cloth diaper sooner. Now that I know what I'm doing, I see that it's manageable and not at all overwhelming. Of course, every baby is different, but I know that disposables are an option and I don't need to feel guilty about that. So new moms, don't feel pressured or guilted into your decisions. Do what you feel comfortable with. After all, you are the one that has to live with the decisions you make. Not your friends, family, or even strangers that you encounter.

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS.


Lovely Mrs. Long said...

Jenny, I love your posts both here and on CDR, I am struggling with this issue myself as I have to have a C-section, didnt cloth diaper my first baby and want to be able to get my laundry routine down myself with out anyone else's help (or hindrance as the case may be) Our hospital sends lots of Pampers swaddlers home with new babies and I know I am bound to get some from the baby shower (My older son is 7 and we are having a re-do on everything including shower) I will take some flats and a few covers with me to the hospital but I am going to see how I feel post surgery before jumping in with both feet. I am lucky I have full support of two women who cloth diapered their kids (the Moms) and a grandmother who Attachment parented her youngest two kids before it was acceptable! (the 60s) The only thing that shopped hubby from boarding the Cloth Train was a lack of knowledge. Along with amazing resources with you.

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