I knew I wanted to cloth diaper but I was so intimidated by it. In my 20 years of babysitting, working at daycares and being a nanny, I had never had a cloth diaper family. But it just made so much sense to do it and I was determined.
For months while pregnant I watched and re watched so many YouTube videos explaining washing, wearing and all other tips of using cloth diapers. I read every blog I could find trying to wrap my head around how it works. It's so simple but I just couldn't get it. What did I really need? What detergent do I use? What brand do I buy? Finally after a long phone call with an out of town friend and a visit to our local cloth diaper store that was it, I was just going to buy my first stash and go for it.
Well that stash sat clean and ready to go until my baby girl was 2 months. We went with one size pockets. If I did it all over again I would have bought a small stash of newborn size for the beginning, but I was still nervous about how everything would go. About a month after starting we went on vacation. I bought a cheap pack of disposables so I wouldn't have to worry about washing while we were gone. The hotel ended up having a washer and dryer in the room and my baby ended up with the worst diaper rash I had ever seen. I felt awful both because of the rash and that I hadn't brought the cloth diapers.
Even now we still have our bumps like a few months ago when her diapers were pee-smelly all the time. No matter what I did to try to clean them or how many times I ran them through the washer. I read about stripping diapers which sounded intense and not like something I wanted to do. But on another trip to the fluff store and they suggested a new detergent along with multiple hot washes. It worked great and with this new detergent we haven't had a problem since.
Walking through Target or Babies R Us and passing the diaper aisle I'm blown away by how much disposables are and how much we have saved already in a year. Not to mention how much waste is created. I do have to stop myself though from buying up every cute print I find in cloth. Our stash is plenty big already!
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