9.24.2012

A Cloth Diaper Story: Celeste I.


CELESTE I.

Children
Son, age 3

About Celeste
I'm the mommy behind Thinking About Cloth Diapers, an information website for those interested in learning more about cloth diapers.

I work outside of the home full time, and write for my website in my free time.  I am a proud Canadian, I enjoy digital scrap booking and learning how to do new things.

How long have you been cloth diapering?
Since my son was a month old and fit into his first size small cloth diapers - more than 3 years!

Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers before we were even expecting.  I felt that we would be able to save money that we could use for more important things, like our children's education savings plans or our own retirement funds.  Plus, I hated to think all of the garbage that disposables create... we live in a community where bagged garbage is picked up every 2 weeks and I couldn't imagine how bad 2 weeks worth of diapers would smell during the heat of our summers!

What diapers are in your stash?
We've used lots of great brands.  Our go-to brand has been AMP Duos, which we stuff as pockets, but I've branched out to prefolds, and other diapers too.

I started my website about a year ago, and I have discovered (and tested!) a lot of really great brands, including some beautiful WAHM-made diapers.  Really, there's not much we haven't tried, with the exception of wool.  And I'm going to definitely give it a try too - now that I know more about it, it's not nearly as intimidating as I thought it was!

Favorite diaper in your stash?
That's a tough one.  For now, maybe the Motherease Wizard Uno, but I wouldn't use it all the time... but I have a lot of favorites!

Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
We've struggled a lot with our front load washer.  Wash routines are always a challenge and when you have a water-efficient washer, it can be tough to get the concentrated night-time urine that toddlers are famous for out of your diapers.  We run a few cycles for every wash, and every now and then, we have to run some additional hot water washes.  It's helped to change up our detergent (but not too frequently!) and to keep an open mind.  Our diaper sprayer's also been a saving grace for rinsing out night-time diapers!

Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
I love discovering new brands and makes. It's been a great conversation starter when someone says, "So you use cloth?

Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Sometimes, at the end of a long day at work, stuffing diapers seems like a lot of work!  We've added some AIOs and AI2s to our rotation, and we just keep reminding ourselves that we're saving money and reducing waste!

Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Do what works for you.  Period.

Thanks Celeste for sharing your story!  If you'd like to read more from Celeste, check out her blog Thinking About Cloth Diapers






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