As you know I’ve started to get my “feet wet” cloth diapering recently.
I’m finding that it’s easier then I had expected. What I think is good about starting NOW is I will have a better idea on what diapers I like for Abby and what methods I should tweak a bit.
If you are thinking about starting out in cloth diapers here are some questions you might want to ask yourself, as they helped me make the decision to jump into cloth.
- Do you keep up with laundry? And if not, realistically WILL you?
- Are you afraid of the poop? What are ways to make it EASY to clean up the poop diapers? (I say this because with my first born I nearly threw up at the sight of his first blow out. It’s a little different with cloth. )
- Are you ready to make the commitment? If so, get the supplies you need before you jump in. Having it all set made it easier. While I still would like to tweak some things, I’ve had MUCH more success being a bit more prepared.
Just a few questions, but ones that really had to change for me in order to make the jump in. When I started to actually KEEP up with my laundry, I knew laundry wouldn’t be an issue for me anymore. A few months ago I couldn’t tell you if I would keep up with it, and I wouldn’t want the pressure! Now that I just do it, it’s normal. No pressure.
Dear me. Poop.. The other day my youngest had a MAJOR blow out in his Charlie Banana Diaper. It did cause me to wish for a diaper sprayer, and a different diaper or just another method. Sometimes these things can happen when you are trying out the diapers. Not all will work like a charm. Once I figure out what went wrong, I am sure we can avoid THAT issue again. (I hope.. haha)
The commitment to me is actually much like my thoughts on breastfeeding Noah. I just DID IT, and I didn’t say I would “try”, I said I WOULD. There is a difference in the mind when you just make up your mind to just do it. Sure there can be road blocks, and I understand sometimes it won’t work (rare, but happens). Once a commitment is made, nothing seems to stand in the way. You make it work. I feel this time I am ready for the commitment to cloth.
Although, the other day was rather hilarious. I was cleaning up my 2 year old’s blow out, thinking to myself. “Am I insane? I am learning to cloth diaper, potty training my 4 year old (he’s in thick training underwear and it’s only been 4 days about), and going to give birth any day really (although due date is in a few weeks)” Yet somehow I feel rather relaxed in these things. This is not to say I don’t want to cry, or run to my room shut the door and play Words with Friends sometimes. As my husband will attest. But for some reason this stage in my life is just right.
As a side note. I think it might be fun to do a video review of a few diapers I am using. I’ll have to get brave.
Here’s a couple pictures of little Noah sporting his Charlie Banana’s.