Monday, August 27, 2012

An Introduction to Cloth Diapers

I have been doing the cloth diaper thing since my daughter was born in January.  However, my introduction to cloth diapers happened three and half years earlier when a friend of mine was changing her child's bottom - with a cloth diaper. I knew at that point that I, too, was going to use cloth diapers.  I had no real reason for choosing to use cloth diapers, just simply that I wanted to be different.  And cloth diapers counted as something different.

As I did my research I realized that there actually are good reasons to choose cloth diapers.  Cloth diapers create less trash waste, provide a "natural" alternative to disposables, and can keep your monthly grocery bill down.  For my family, using cloth diapers meant that we would save money.  And saving money meant I still would get to stay home while my husband went to school full-time at Arizona State University.

 I spent 9 pregnant months researching everything about cloth diapers.  It didn't take much for me to start feeling really confused, though.  I didn't know my fabrics, the acronyms made no sense,  the variety of diapers was mind boggling. Using cloth diapers seemed really complicated and overwhelming to me.

I started using cloth diapers with a lot of apprehension.  Josh actually had to get me to start using them because I kept saying, "oh, let's just wait until tomorrow."  I was surprised when cloth diapers turned out to be so simple.  

Hence, the spawning of this series, The Poop on Cloth Diapers.  My goal for this series is to provide a simplicity-based guide to the world of cloth diapers.  I won't be getting into a lot of the nitty gritty side of cloth diapers, so there will probably be some questions you have that I won't answer.  I want this series to be a sort of show-and-tell, saying, "Look!  Cloth diapers aren't that scary!"  I promise to keep my sentences short and my jargon to a minimum.  I am not writing about cloth diapers to convince you that they are better, but to provide helpful and, hopefully, enjoyable information to those who are interested.

Over the next five weeks, I will be answering these questions:

So What Exactly Is A Cloth Diaper?
What's the Deal With All These Styles?
Can I Do This Cloth Diaper Thing?
How Do I Get Started?
What All Do I Need?

Stay tuned for next week!


  1. Looking forward to reading the answers to those questions. All the info you provide is very helpful. I might just try your gluten free nana bread.
    By the way Dellie is getting so beautiful. :)

  2. Awww, thanks Ivette! She is getting to be a serious cutie. Let me know what you think of all the posts for this series. And if you make that nana bread, you better let me know just how yummy it turned out :)