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A Cloth Diaper Story: Amanda R.


Two girls: Charlotte (3 years) and Caroline (3 months)

About Amanda
I'm a civil structural designer that is currently on maternity leave until August 2013. I love spending time with my husband and two favorite girls. Also, I like to sew, paint, read, draw and fold laundry (strange... I know).

How long have you been cloth diapering?
I have been cloth diapering for just over 3 years.

Why did you choose to cloth diaper?
I had a friend who used cloth diapers for her first little guy and introduced me to Bum Genius 3.0's. I bought 6 when I was still pregnant with Charlotte and thought I would see how much I liked it (or didn't) and would commit to them after that.  She started wearing them at about 3 weeks (she was a solid 9 lbs at birth). I bought 18 more and haven't looked back. I even had a newborn stash that I was sad to sell recently.

What diapers are in your stash?
I have a stash of primarily bumGenius 4.0's and a number of other pockets. Both snaps and aplix. I've also found the love for birdseye weave flats, and Megaroos ETPF's in various covers (Thirsties, Flips, Rumparooz).  The list is pretty substantial at this point.

Favorite diaper in your stash?
It changes, but I have a new Baby Wizard Pocket dipe with snaps and a cute owl print.

Biggest cloth diapering challenge?
Aside from keeping up with the washing and stuffing, I do deal with the dreaded stinkies now and again so that is a big challenge. My husband would say the biggest challenge is for me to stop talking about diapers and buying new ones to try out.

Favorite thing about cloth diapering?
I love so many things. The cost (though I probably haven't saved money per say). I don't need to spend $50-60 a week on disposable diapers for my girls as my 3 year old is still working on potty training. I love how cute they are, how few blowouts we have, and the complete absence of rashes.

Least favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Dealing with ammonia/smells on occasion.  The stigma associated with cloth diapering. A lot of people think that I live on a commune, wear all organic hemp clothes and grow/raise our own food. Not everyone who uses cloth is a hippy (and vice versa).

Favorite piece of parenting or cloth diaper advice?
Find what works best for your family. If that means a giant stash of a variety of diapers, one kind of diaper, or a simple stash just go with it. If you can't do cloth full-time then don't.  We put far too much pressure on ourselves and other parents to do things a certain way. Don't let anyone else's opinions guide the way you choose to parent your children.

Thanks Amanda for sharing your story!

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