2.18.2013

A Cloth Diaper Story: Beth J.


BETH J.

Children
One little angel, Gabriel, 10 mo

About Beth
I worked as a Sales Assistant at our local newspaper, The Des Moines Register and my husband works at our local landfill, Metro Waste Authority.  I knew I wanted to be a mom since high school and on our third date (at my friend's wedding), as we watched a father and his 5 yr old daughter dancing together, he looked at me and said "You know, I'm not like most men, I want to have kids someday."  I knew he was the one, we got married and almost 2 years exactly after our wedding, we discovered our little angel was on the way.

How long have you been cloth diapering?
We started cloth diapering 1 month after Gabriel's birth.  I was recovering from a C-section and surprised how difficult that could be.  We knew we wanted to wait till his stump fell off, but that only took 8 days and I still couldn't lift over 15 pounds.  As soon as I felt ready to undertake diapers and laundry, I put him in his first cloth diaper-a small gDiaper.  He looked so cute!!  I wanted to parade him through the neighborhood!

Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
I was cloth diapered as a child and I knew it was the cheapest route.  Since I would be staying at home, we would be down one income.  I did lots of research on how MUCH you can save with cloth, benefits for the baby and environment and prepared my argument to convince my husband of their worth.  One day we were driving down the street and saw a disposable diaper discarded in the gutter.  I commented on how irresponsible that was and my husband looked at me and said "Have you ever considered cloth diapering the baby?"  WHAT?!  I didn't get to use any of my argument.  We went to the local cloth diaper store, Little Padded Seats (cute huh?) to check out modern cloth diapers and made our wish list.  Hubby surprised me with a set of 6 small and 6 med Gdiapers on my birthday, 11 days before Gabriel showed up and it was love at first sight (both cloth diapers AND baby.)

What diapers are in your stash?
We started with gDiapers and I still love them, but they didn't work for us full time.  I picked up some prefolds and covers, which comprises the bulk of my stash (favorite covers are Thirsties and Imagine from Nickisdiapers.com), I have some ratty old BG 2.0 that I bought second hand and they are still going stong, I have several Grovia shells and an AIO.  I have some Alvas and Kawaii pockets but I am not a huge pocket fan, I have some Goodmama fitteds and Drybees bamboo fitteds for overnights.

Favorite diaper in your stash?
Alva bamboo diaper that looks like denim jeans!

Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
At first we ONLY used gDiapers and they leaked overnight.  I was hormonal and trying to figure out motherhood and cloth diapering and it led to many tearful breakdowns.  We then decided to branch out and try other diapers too.  And I have landed on prefolds and covers as my favorite combination.

Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
That cute little fluffy bum crawling around my house!  Any crawling baby has an adorable little wiggle anyway.  You put a big fluffy diaper on that wiggling bum and I can't stop taking pictures!

Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Stinkies!  I must be doing something wrong that I haven't completely narrowed down, but we fight ammonia on a regular basis, so I have started bleaching my diapers once a month to ward off ammonia stink.

Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Find your own perfect fit.  For baby, for life, for diapers.  When you get pregnant, EVERYONE has advice for you and they share it readily.  I have learned some very valuable lessons this way and I have also heard some of the craziest  advice that people SWEAR is the only way to raise a child.  Listen to it with respect, but at the end of the day, you have to find what works for YOU and your family.  And wear it proudly.  I love showing off my son's fluffy bum and I have been criticized for cloth diapering and I smile at each dissenter and thank them for their opinion and tell them it is not mine.  Try MANY cloth diapers before you decide on what fits your life and baby.  Chances are it is a combination of things.

Anything extra you'd like to share?
I love this blog!  I have found so many lovely people online that share the love of all things cloth (cloth diaper addiction leads to carriers and other things, so beware!)  I feel like I have so many close friends that I have never met (or not yet met?) that share our love of cloth!

Thanks Beth for sharing your story!

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