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!