Cloth diapering… A concept many in the non cloth diapering world see as an ancient practice only performed by tree hugging hippies who would do anything to save the planet… Even deal with the nastiness of a cloth diaper with poop in it! I know this because up until my 7 month of pregnancy with Cash, that was my view on this archaic practice. I thought of sheets of cloth being folded around a baby using pins to keep it on the baby.
During one of my Bradley classes, I noticed my instructors “stash” of cloth diapers. She quickly showed them to me and talked about costs and gave me the quick and dirty of cloth diapering. I left that day wanting to start saving money. I had been “schooled” and saw first hand that cloth diapering is no longer my grandma’s cloth diapers. Soon after, I jumped online and dove head first into this alternate universe. And honestly, that’s what it felt like. I was shocked to learn how much was out there on the topic of cloth and how many people actually practiced it. Where have I been, living under a rock? This whole other world of people have been right under my nose living amongst us and I didn’t even know it. I also quickly became extremely overwhelmed with all the options and variety there was. Pockets, all-in-ones, hybrids, fitteds, flats, prefolds, cotton, bamboo, microsuede, fleece. One-size, sized, snaps, aplix (aka- velcro). On top of all these options, each option had a variety of brands producing these diapers. How does one decide? I became so overwhelmed I went with the one brand and style my instructor used. I bought 36 diapers and called it a day. I was amazed! I had invested about $600 and we were set. All was well for about 3 months. That is when our trusted diapers started leaking on us at night. I almost threw in the towel after trying everything I could with these diapers until I joined a few cloth diaper mom forums and started digging deeper. There were many other moms out there who had a smorgasbord of suggestions for me. So, that’s how the hunt began. I joined diaper swap forums, Facebook swaps, cloth diaper co ops and the next thing I knew, I had purchased and sold diaper after diaper, style after style, brand after brand. I became addicted to the chase. The perfect “deal”. I had no actual need for any new diapers, but I quickly discovered that I could not stop myself from purchasing that lot of diapers for such a phenomenal price. What started as a means of saving money had turned into a black hole for our bank account. And the funny thing was, I still had not discovered my “perfect diaper”. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to find it. That would put an end to the hunt. Now, I am happy to say that I have found my perfect diapering system, which I will save for another blog post, but that hasn’t changed my addiction none the less. Now, my addiction is more focused and directed to one group vs many. Cloth diapering started out as a way to save money. It has now become my hobby. And I can give you one single sign that will help you determine whether you are addicted or not. If the idea of your little one becoming potty trained makes you sad because then you can no longer use your beloved diapers… You are addicted to cloth diapers! And here is one more just for fun… if you want to have more babies just so you can continue to cloth diaper… You are addicted to cloth diapers!!!
PS… I do NOT want to have more babies JUST to continue using my stash, but can’t deny the fact that I am excited to be able to use our stash for a few extra years.