Cloth Diaper Story: Nissa M.
One child who is 28 months and potty trained, a second child on the way for March of 2013.
I'm a researcher an writer, and I have a PhD in the life sciences. I've been passionate about environmental issues for as long as I can remember, and cloth diapers were a natural choice for our family. I blog at Cloth Diaper Guru with a focus on the environment, natural parenting, and cloth diapering (with a special focus on using cloth diapers in daycare centers).
How long have you been cloth diapering?
We decided to cloth diaper our daughter while I was pregnant with her in 2009. We purchased our first few diapers before her birth, and started using them as soon as we were home from the hospital.
Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
Our decision to use cloth diapers was largely an environmental one. We were completely clueless about how cloth diapers had become modern, easy to use, and stylish. Discovering the variety and versatility of modern cloth diapers was even more incentive and reward for using them.
What diapers are in your stash?
Our stash consists of mostly pocket diapers (FuzziBunz One-Size, and BumGenius), and prefold diapers. When we first started cloth diapering, pocket diapers were reserved for use at daycare and we opted to use the less expensive prefolds at home.
Favorite diaper in your stash?
FuzziBunz in Apple Green
BumGenius in Clementine
Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
When we lived in Omaha we had extremely hard water. Our diapers suddenly started repelling after several months of use, and at the time we weren't experienced enough to fully understand the problem. It took a lot of research, troubleshooting, and trial-and-error to fix the problem.
Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
I love never having to think about buying disposable diapers, and being able to have the smallest (and cheapest) garbage service available.
Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
The only time cloth diapering caught me off-guard, was when our daughter was transitioning from exclusively breastfeeding to eating solid foods. I was unprepared for "messy" diapers! We immediately ran out and purchased a diaper sprayer which instantly solved the problem.
Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Try a variety of different brands and styles of cloth diapers before making large purchases. There are a variety of diaper businesses that offer "try-it" kits or rental programs to test different styles of diapers. These are a great investment, and allow you to decide what type of diaper is best for your family.
Thanks Nissa for sharing your story! If you'd like to read more from Nissa, check out her blog Cloth Diaper Guru!
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