A Cloth Diaper Story: Olga
Two boys ages four and one.
Former corporate finance analyst turned stay at home Mom of working on three years now.
How long have you been cloth diapering?
Little over ten months now.
Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
SO many reasons, but it ultimately came down to my baby growing faster than I expected and I continually took back disposables I stocked up on. I was tired of throwing them away, clipping coupons, exchanging for larger sizes, buying them at the store, bringing them home. I always wanted to cloth diaper, even with my older son whose daycare didn't allow it, and I thought there is no way it could be more work than this! I was totally right of course. :)
What diapers are in your stash?
bumGenius freetimes during the day, bumGenius 4.0s for nighttime, and a couple of Thirsties with prefolds for emergencies.
Favorite diaper in your stash?
bumGenius freetime in moonbeam
Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
At first it was night time. Then we figured out the 4.0 with an additional hemp insert. Recently it has been the velcro getting worn on the hook and loop diapers and falling off my little guy. I have been extremely happy with Cotton Babies though, who has exchanged eight of them for snaps and I'm working on another eight right now. Their warranty is awesome. I'll never go back to hook and loop again (although I do recommend them for newborns).
Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Just one thing? I don't think I can do that. I guess if I had to though I would say raising awareness. I have really tried to get the word out to my friends so maybe they know cloth diapering isn't that scary. To me, it just feels so good when a friend starts. Then they can experience all the money-saving, one time buying, chemical-free, environmentally satisfying, benefits too. :)
Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
I mentioned the hook and loop thing, but maybe how long it takes to strip them when needed. I feel like I'm attached to the washing machine all afternoon. But it feels good after they're done.
Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Do what's best for you and your baby. You're going to get a ton of advice from lots of people, but only you know what's best for your child.
Anything extra you'd like to share?
Thanks for raising awareness of cloth diapers! It's good to know I'm not the only one out there who is so crazy about them.
Thanks Olga for sharing your story! If you'd like to read more from Olga, check out her blog The Centsible Homemaker!
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