What is all this talk on the The Twitters and The Internets about going back to cloth diapers? You thought the 1970’s were over, right? Wrong!
Ok. Just kidding. They are over. Except I just bought a dress that is something my mom would have worn in ’79. Also, I keep seeing the pants I wore to 8th grade graduation everywhere. Anyways.
Back to the situation with cloth diapers. The modern cloth diaper is eco-friendly, cute and economical! They’re pretty much the hottest thing back in style since the melon chiffon bridesmaids dresses at my mom’s wedding. I mean, honestly, who are we kidding. There’s just not much cuter than chubby thighs and that fluffy bum.
Cloth has made a serious comeback in the last seven or so years. The best part? There are no pins, plastic pants or baby butt sag involved, ladies. Nope! Just a whole lot of cute.
Right now, I am cloth diapering a five-month-old and a two-year-old.
And guess what?
They wear the same diaper!
They absorb better than disposables. And come in pretty colors too. (That’s the most important part, right?)
Yep, that’s the modern cloth diaper!
I am pleased to bring you a new series on the blog called “Simple Cloth.” Every few weeks, we will be presenting helpful information about cloth diapers in simple, bite-size chunks. The goal of Simple Cloth is to demystify all that jargon you have heard about cloth! I am here to help you find a cloth method and investment that you’ll be thrilled with in the long-term.
Before we jump into all the details, first things first. Here are four things I wish that I could tell every momma!
So you’ve decided you want to jump on the cloth bandwagon. Your first question (after “What do I do with the poop?”) will probably be “What is the best diaper to get?” It was mine too.
I’m sorry OCD people, but there is simply no right answer to this question. It’s like asking the universe “What is the best bra to buy?”
Exactly. It cannot tell you. Only you can tell you.
The diaper you should buy is the diaper that fits your baby and your lifestyle. Each type of cloth diaper has its pros and cons. You will soon find that every mom has a strong opinion about what she likes best. That is why you can search The Googles high and low with terms like “best cloth diaper,” only to return empty-handed.
So how can one go about effectively customizing one’s cloth diaper stash?
Diversification is the best piece of advice I received as a cloth newbie. I also like to call it the “buy and try” approach. I received this nugget of enlightenment from my friend Chrissy Helmer (aka the Eco Chic Mama.) If she’s told me once, she’s told me a thousand times: Diversify, you neurotic fool! (I added the “you neurotic fool” part. Complimentary.)
I know, I know. You really really want to register for a neat, matching set and check it off your list. Forgeddaboudit, ya control freak. It won’t work.
I suggest purchasing about three types of the most popular brands. Try them on your baby for a few weeks. Then feel free to buy more of what you like. My biggest rookie mistake was investing in a whole bunch of one diaper, only to find out that they did not work for us. Later, the “buy and try” approach saved me a lot of money and disappointment.
(If you are expecting, you don’t need to have your whole stash right away!)
Please, oh, pretty please, resist the urge to buy cheaply priced, obscure cloth brands. Don’t ignore this advice. You’ll end up losing your investment to either re-purchasing your cloth from a more reputable brand or going with disposables! I have heard too many horror stories about leakiness and poor quality. If you can’t find it on the first few pages of The Googles, don’t get it. (I myself acquired a couple of bad pocket diapers once and it was no fun.)
Spending a few dollars more on a high-quality diaper still puts you way ahead on what you’d spend on disposables! For my budget-conscious mamas, there are quality options out there for you too.
(Later I will give you a fantastic list of reputable brands to start with. Will it be an extensive catalog of every diaper possibility known to womankind? No. It will be a brief list of quality, mainstream diaper brands that 85% of moms like. I trust you adventuresome ones to branch out from there.)
Ignore the cloth drama mamas that hang out on those online forums! Stick around here instead. I’ll tell you all you need to know. Cloth diapering does not have to be a soap opera! It’s simple and fun.
Are you curious about cloth diapering your baby? Maybe you are a beginner looking for some guidance. If not, I bet you know a mama who is! Send them over to From Faye!
Or better yet, get touch with the cloth experts at Eco Chic Baby, the cutest little baby boutique on the West Coast! If you are local, call and set up a Cloth 101 consultation. I highly recommend seeing cloth diapers in person! It takes the mystery right out of it. The ladies of Eco Chic Baby are the cloth professionals. And don’t be intimidated by the word “boutique!” The prices are competitive with what you find online. Frugal Faye buys her diapers and accessories here. The service and one-on-one attention is second to none. (They even do cloth diaper rental packages and cloth diaper consignment!)
So what do you think? Are you a newbie? A cloth diaper veteran? Veterans, what tips do YOU wish you could give all the newbies?