If you’ve been around a while, you’ve heard this before, so I don’ t mean to bore you. 😉 Tell your own story and link up to my cloth diaper blog hop! Read on if you want to hear mine.
When I was expecting my first child in 2004, an acquaintance gave me a packet of info on cloth diapers. It inspired me to do a little online research, and I found Fuzzibunz perfect size diapers. I really wanted to try them, but I (mistakenly) thought that I’d need 24 of each size from XS-XL and maybe even petite toddler & toddler. The expense made my head spin. I started stocking up on diapers during my pregnancy, and I was getting name brand diapers for as little as 8 cents per diaper. I went back and forth for a few months, but once my daughter was born, I didn’t think much more about it. I kick myself today since we were struggling financially, newly living on 1 income, with a new baby. My Mom would come visit and often bring a box of diapers she got “a really good deal on,” but I suspect she was just trying to help without making me feel like I was accepting help!
When I was expecting my second child in 2008, I did more research and found Bumgenius. I decided that I absolutely wanted to use cloth this time around now that I could buy 24 diapers at $17.95 each (less when purchased in packages) and be set from birth to potty training. I still had never heard of a cloth diaper blog; I didn’t know such a thing existed! So the extent of my review reading was Amazon.com and similar sites.
I stumbled on cloth diaper washing info in my Google searching, and all the complex instructions spooked me. I didn’t want to spend $20 on special detergent when I was couponing & getting our laundry detergent nearly free. 3 months after my son was born, I found a cloth diaper group on Cafemom and asked 10,000 irritating questions that I’m sure they were tired of answering! When he was 4 months old, his horrible diaper rashes finally prompted me to go ahead and buy 3 Bumgenius just to try. I figured if it didn’t work out, at least I tried. I sent my hubby to a dozen stores in several states to try to find a “safe” detergent as listed on a “chart” on the web. He finally found one, but when I looked again, it was no longer a “safe” detergent! (I soon realized there were two charts that looked very similar.) The ladies on the cloth group directed me to a WAHM made brand that didn’t have any of the no-no ingredients (besides scent) and I ordered some.
The minute I put them on him, I was hooked!! They were so cute, and in the 6ish hours he had them on, his diaper rash completely cleared up (came back with disposables.) I bought 3 more diapers within a few days, and I washed those puppies constantly so I could use as few sposies as possible. I still have 4 of the original 6, and 2 were replaced under warranty. In fact, I had those 4 converted to snaps and my 3rd child is using them!
I kick myself over & over again knowing that my daughter wouldn’t have needed anything larger than a medium (or maybe even a small) Fuzzibunz XS, and boy, I wish that Bumgenius had been created when I was searching in 2004! I switched to cloth in October 2009, and in November 2009, I decided to start a blog. My hubby started one while we were building our house to keep family updated on the progress, and I thought it would be a good way to give myself something to do (I’ve always loved to write) other than be a Mom (hopefully you take that how I mean it) and I thought hmm…what can I write about? Cloth diapers! I had no idea that cloth diaper blogs were a “thing” and didn’t discover another until a good 6 months later. 🙂
Side note: I struggled for the first 6 months with stripping and trying multiple detergents. Now I use (GASP!!!) Tide with zero issues. I’ve been using Tide for 3 years and OxiClean Free for about 2.5ish.
So how about you? What is your cloth story? Link up!
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