Cloth Diaper Carnival Four: Where Did I Learn About Cloth Diapers?

I have briefly mentioned how I got into cloth diapering in some previous articles, but never written out the whole story. This month’s Cloth Diaper Carnival (a monthly carnival at the Cloth Diaper Bloggers) is centered around this topic, so here it is.

I was flipping through a magazine when my daughter was about 2 months old, and just remember feeling sleep deprived and overwhelmed. My husband had recently deployed to Iraq and I was basically a single parent and a new mama all at the same time. I don’t remember exactly what magazine I was looking through, but it was a parenting magazine such as Parenting or Parents and saw a picture and small caption about Swaddlebees diapers. The bright colors of the diaper popped out of the page and I fell in love with how adorable they were. I didn’t know it then, but it was just what I needed to keep myself busy and motivated as I took hours upon hours researching everything I could about cloth diapers.

I will admit I did not even consider cloth diapering while I was pregnant and we already had boxes of Pampers and Huggies in the closet. I had no idea. Like many people I thought cloth diapers were prefolds and wetpails and had no idea what they had become both aesthetically and functionally. I only knew two people who cloth diapered and didn’t know much about what they did and I think that (at least for one of my friends) they mainly used prefolds. Both of my friends were a good resource for a jumping off point, and I learned a few brand names and websites, then did most of the rest of the research on my own.

And that is when my obsession and addiction began. I had a very clingy newborn who would wake up if I transfered her anywhere and didn’t even have a good sling or carrier at the time. She refused to go in the Baby Bjorn at home (yet another world, the world of babywearing, I was so blessed to be introduced to in my cloth diapering journey) and I would end up nursing her in front of the computer and surfing the net for all things cloth diapers while she slept. So cloth diapering started as a way to both keep myself busy as I thoroughly researched everything I could and the more I learned the more I really wanted to try it.

I started out by just buying a few diapers to try after I had narrowed my choices down to a few brands to start with that I thought would be a safe start and could decide what worked best for my daughter and own preferences from there. I think I started out with a bumGenius, Happy Heinys and a Swaddlebees. I continued to use the disposables we had as I clowly built my cloth diaper stash and then used them over night for quite sometime once I had enough to get me through the day. And that is where it all began. I continued my research via google, Diaper Pin, reviews on online stores and anything I could get my hands on. I added to my stash a little at a time and although I did the best I could I wish I knew everything I knew now.

I did not have a store I could visit to have some hands on experience with different brands (I highly recommend visiting a store if you can in the beginning) and had to search in a million different places to gather all my information, so, if you didn’t guess already, that is why I started my blog.  First of all, to provide all the resources I wish I had when I started my research and even as I continued to cloth diaper and add other brands to my stash. Soon I found myself with almost a dozen different brands and felt the need to write about my experiences with them to aid other families in making decisions for their families.

The good news is I love cloth diapering and feel good knowing that I am doing what I feel is best for my daughter and the environment. AND the money I am saving in the long run, even though I have spent a fortune on what I have now, is fantastic. And we’re going to have at least one or two more kids, so it is exciting to me that even more savings and years of fun are up ahead.

Read all of the Cloth Diaper Carnival participants’ stories here.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. Green Mama says:

    I also started my site to spread the word about cloth diapers and other natural baby items…I spend so many hours researching so much of this stuff it is a waste not to write it down for others to read. Funny, I never thought all of the research I did would turn into an obsession of cloth diapers and ultimately a blog, who knows what's next!

  2. Terra Jones says:

    We started cloth when our oldest was 9 months old. When he was 6 months old, I told my husband (who was begging me to make the switch) that if we ever had 2 in diapers (we were not planing for another…) I would consider it…

    About 6 weeks later we found out about #2 😉

    Now I regret waiting so long to make the switch, but SO glad that I did!

  3. I really liked reading about how you came to use cloth diapers. I am in the beginning stages now and I identified with you saying that you needed a project to research. I love reading about cloth diapers now and I have a small stash of 4 diapers that I am experimenting with. I am really grateful for blogs like yours and I always smile when I see that you have made a new post.

  4. Mama Campbell says:

    I too discovered more in the babywearing world once I entered the cloth diaper world! And I'm totally grateful for it!

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