A Cloth Diaper Story: Lisa P.
I have an 9 month old girl (born on Christmas day!), Kenzie
I work a pretty boring desk job, but my partner is self-employed, so we are always on lots of work adventures! I'm on maternity leave and going back to work soon. We also have an old english sheepdog that goes with us pretty much everywhere and occasionally foster dogs, although less so since the baby. She is still pretty small at 13 lbs, but she's getting up there!
How long have you been cloth diapering?
I've been collecting since I found out I was pregnant, cloth diapering since shortly after Kenzie came home from the hospital at 4 lbs - the only diaper that fit her then was her SoftBums, but as she got bigger we added more and more until we didn't use disposables at all. We still have a couple of "emergency" size 1s that I don't think we could get on her if her life depended on them, so we'll probably be donating them to charity.
Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
Mostly for environmental reasons. I mean the many other reasons people use them are very sound (to save money, keep chemicals away from baby), but for us it was really about reducing the amount of waste that goes out of our house. I know the tonnage on diapers and their lifetime. When she was still wearing mostly disposable preemie diapers, I would cringe every time we threw them out; now, we don't have to worry about it at all!
What diapers are in your stash?
The majority of my stash is Fuzzibunz - in terms of quality for price, I think you will get your best deal there (I shopped around for a lot of clearance). We also have maybe 3 SoftBums which I love, and one Lolliduo we just won as a prize which I am very excited about because it is so soft. Other than that, we do have a hodge-podge of diapers I tried out for fun, but those are the main ones.
Favorite diaper in your stash?
SoftBums Omni, Miss Kitty. It doesn't match anything, but I just love it. It fits so well.
Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
Ammonia. We have very hard water and an HE washer. We usually pre-soak the pee inserts in a cement bucket in the laundry room.
Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
How good it is for the environment. And buying them. They are freaking cute. Oh, and calculating how much money I am saving, even though I don't really care, it's staggering.
You know what? I take that back.
Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
When we line dry our stuff the inserts get crunchy! But I love line drying!
Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Don't be afraid to start with 2 diapers and see how you like it!
Oh, and invest in wet bags. More than you think you need.
Thanks Lisa for sharing your story! If you'd like to read more from Lisa, check out her blog Shaggy Dog Blog!
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