3.11.2013

A Cloth Diaper Story: Stephanie


STEPHANIE

Children
Two girls. One is 3 1/2 and the other just turned 3 months old. My 3 year old is VERY talkative and I think the 3 month old is desperate to catch up with her big sister because she is quite the talker (cooing, goo-gooing, and babbling) already.

About Stephanie
I am currently on maternity leave for another month, then will have to return to work full time. I work with victims of crime and I love my job. It can be stressful but very rewarding at the same time. I am lucky to have my mother-in-law be my daycare provider. She is so loving and gentle with my little ones- and in fact I've been told by my 3 year old that her Nana is her "best friend." Not being with my girls is while I am at work will be hard, but I know they are being well cared for and loved on by their Nana.

How long have you been cloth diapering?
For about 8 weeks. I did not cloth diaper with my oldest daughter and I really wish I had.

Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
My newborn was having blistering diaper rash that I just couldn't get rid of. I tried every thing- 3 different disposable diapers brands, 4 diaper creams, aired her out, gave her sun time, and took her to the doctor to make sure it wasn't a yeast infection. It would clear up for a bit, then come back. I did tons of research to try to figure out what to try next, and ran across a lot of information about cloth diapering and how it was known to help with rashes. I put a call out on Facebook to see if any of my friends had any advice about CDing and one answered me back! She pointed me in the right direction and here I am!

What diapers are in your stash?

Oye, I think I've become quite the diaper hoarder in a short amount of time. They are so cute, I can't help myself. And it's like the perpetual search for ""the perfect jeans"" except the search continues for the "perfect diaper." It's out there, I know it is...

The majority of my stash is made up of Bum Genius 4.0- this is my big front runner. I also have GroVia, Fuzzibunz, G-Diaper, Charlie Banana, Kawaii, Rumparooz, Thirsties, BumGenius Elemental and Freetime and Fancy Pants (aka Alva). There are probably some that I'm forgetting.


Favorite diaper in your stash?
Bum Genius 4.0, Sassy

Biggest cloth diapering challenge?

The challenge will be when I go back to work and have to juggle diaper laundry, regular laundry, kids, cleaning, cooking, work and my sanity.

The immediate challenge is finding others in my area that share my passion for CDing. It's a lonely road with lots of stares of "who is this crazy lady with these cloth diapers and talks about them all the time??" There are no stores/boutiques in my town that really sell them (one sells G-diapers, ugh) so that leaves me with buying blind on the internet. And I don't have any close friends that use them.


Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Love that my baby doesn't have rashes anymore! Also love all the cute prints, colors and patterns you can choose from. Lastly, love that we are being more green by not contributing to disposable diaper landfill nightmare.

Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
My daughter has some doozy poopie diapers. If I am using my not so favorite diapers on her and they leak, well Momma is not a happy camper.

Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Try not to get overwhelmed and obsessed with diaper research- which ones work and which don't. Every diaper brand is cut different and will fit differently on your baby verses someone else's baby. So what others absolutely love, you might hate. There are literally hundreds different diapers out there. Search for the ones that seem the most popular and work well for a majority, then buy one or two of each. Don't go crazy and buy all your stash at once of one brand- because you might end up hating it and have an expensive mistake.

Thanks Stephanie for sharing your story!

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