A Cloth Diaper Story: Amy H.
Just one (for now), Abigail, 20 months - born Jan 2011.
My husband and I have been married for close to 6 years and we work for the same company. I work full time as an engineer and am so lucky to have a wonderful job that allows me to balance family time. I have a complete addiction to all things crochet and baking, but I'll warn you, attempting to do both at the same time can be disastrous. ;)
How long have you been cloth diapering?
Twenty months! Actually, if you count the research/planning/purchasing phase, then I've been at this longer than I've been a mom.
Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
Originally the cost savings. We are frugal to a fault (also known as "cheap"), so the idea of constantly spending money on something my child would soil once and I would throw away was not appealing in the slightest. Plus reusing our stash on future children is a huge advantage! After looking into it, keeping all the chemicals away from their sensitive area became a priority as well.
What diapers are in your stash?
The majority of our diapers are prefolds. We use them with a Snappi, or to stuff our pocket diapers, or trifolded in covers. They're so versatile and easy to wash!
Favorite diaper in your stash?
itti bitti tutto, gerry
Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
Convincing people that I don't judge them for using disposable diapers. Cloth is what works best for my family, but I don't assume that works for everyone. I do think everyone should at least try it, as I am also convinced it would work better for more people than think so, but so many people think they need to apologize to me or bash their own parenting skills for using disposables.
Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Her cute fluffy bum . . . or more practically, never buying diapers.
Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Discovering that poo-diaper in a wetbag you forgot about from a week ago. (Ooops.)
Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Don't beat yourself up. We all make different decisions and for the most part, you can't lose as long as you are loving your child and providing for them. "The Devil is in the details," has taken on a whole new meaning as a parent.
Anything extra you'd like to share?
While it does take a little more work, and sometimes takes staying up an extra 30 minutes for that rinse cycle to finish, working full time and cloth diapering full time IS possible. Abby attends daycare, and after showing the provider the pre-stuffed pockets, she said she'd give it a try and has never complained about them (I've also noticed she has some favorites, as some always get used, and some never do!).
Thanks Amy for sharing your story!
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