I have two boys ages 4 and (almost) 3
I have been a stay-at-home mom for over 4 years, amateur natural living blogger, and RDA member.
I love painting, drawing, and I am 4 credits away from graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology (quite a stretch from cloth diapers).
Over the past couple of years, my husband and I have been trying to attain a self-sustainable lifestyle, so much of our time is spend growing our own food, canning, etc. I have recently found great interest in making my own chemical-free cleaning solutions, detergents, soaps, and shampoos. Next on the list is to make my own mineral makeup. I am also hard at work on a ""prepping"" series for my blog, not hardcore hoarder-style prepping, but geared mostly towards survival during a natural disaster. My family and I live in ""tornado alley"" and so do quite a bit of my blog followers.
How long have you been cloth diapering?
I have cloth diapered for a little over 4 years total. My oldest boy was pretty much cloth diapered from the beginning, minus the first couple of days in the hospital. He was born a month early, and although I had bought his cloth diaper stash ahead of time, I hadn't prepped it all. My husband and I started out cloth diapering the "old school" way with cotton pre-folds, pins, and vinyl pull-up style pants.
Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
Originally, it was my husband's idea! He thought that it would be a wise decision based upon the fact that we would save A LOT of money. We were newly married, had purchased our first home, and wanted to have a tight budget so that I could be a stay-at-home mom. After browsing the internet to find the cheapest place to find cloth diapers, I came across quite a bit of information about how disposables are not only quite harmful to the environment, but to the baby's health as well!
What diapers are in your stash?
Oh my...SoftBums, Thirsties, Cutiepoops...
Check out Alanna's stash!
Favorite diaper in your stash?
The SoftBums Omni in the "Cowies" print. This diaper is truly THE One-Size fits all diaper!
Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
Dealing with hard water! Luckily, after much detergent testing, I have a few that work. Rock In Green, Eco-Sprout, and A Happy Green Life are my faves!
Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
The oh-so-adorable "fluffy" bum. I also can't get enough of the bright colors and prints. My husband still cannot understand why I let my boys run around the house in nothing but diapers. It's funny...one day the mailman came to the door with some fluffy mail and saw my children running around in their diapers. He gave me the weirdest look and I talked his ear off for about 30 minutes all about cloth diapering. He now hand delivers all of my potential fluffy mail packages, because he knows how much I love cloth diapers!
Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
The desire to try every brand and style! I can't count how many cloth diapers that I have tried on my little ones. When I found the need to acquire another diaper, I simply "de-stashed" to purchase more. One of our top decisions to cloth diaper was to save money, yet I cannot seem to stop buying more and more. Over time, I think I only spent $600 during the course of 4 years, so I still saved quite a bit of money.
Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
My favorite piece of parenting advice came from my mom, which was to ""take pictures"" and she did not mean capturing all of the joyful moments, like Christmas, vacations, etc.
One day I had called he when my husband was out of town, and my toddlers took it upon themselves to sneak out of bed to cover the house in charcoal pencil and Prisma Colors. I wanted to scream! My oldest looked up at me and said ""ma ma, it's for you!"" I called my mom in tears, my husband was about to come home any minute and stresses out if the house is not in order when he comes home. She laughed and told me about the time I displayed my creativity all over the house and told me that she missed those days, even though she was angry at the time.
She encouraged me to take some pictures and text them to her (she lives on the other side of the US). I did, and in doing so I noticed that my oldest wrote ""love you ma ma"" on one of the walls. I cried, because I knew that someday I will wake up missing such murals..."
Anything extra you'd like to share?
For those of you who are considering cloth diapering - I strongly urge you to research as much as you can and follow as many cloth diapering blogs as you can handle. I think I have learned more about cloth on my favorite blog sites than I did on any retailer site. Plus, many of them are eager to help you and will encourage you as much as possible :-)
Thanks Alanna for sharing your story! If you'd like to read more from Elizabeth, check out her blog Leetle Baby!
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