15 Cloth Diapering Truths

A little cloth diaper humor, for those who have been there (and those who are embarking on their cloth diapering journey).

The cloth diapering community is comprised of a unique collection of families who often share similar parenting philosophies.  Because cloth diapering is not yet mainstream, there is almost always a connection made when one cloth diaperer encounters another while out and about.  Having just purchased limited edition prints for the first time last night, despite vowing never to do so AND having a potty training toddler with no baby on the horizon, I had a chuckle to myself when I thought about all of the funny things we cloth diapering parents do.  I came up with these 15 cloth diapering “truths”:

1.  At playdates, you find yourself checking out what diapers all of the other babies are wearing.

2.  Cloth diapering has made you part of a Guinness World Record [at least one time].

3.  Driving an hour or more, just to shop for cloth diapers in-person, doesn’t seem outlandish to you.

4.  You take your cloth diapering role seriously, and serve as a cloth diaper advocate at every opportunity.

5.  You’ve contemplated starting blogging or vlogging to share your love of cloth diapers.

6.  You have a Pinterest board dedicated to…cloth diapers.

7.  You’ve contemplated making your own diapers OR have suddenly become crafty and made your own diapers.

8.  You think the term WAHM only refers to [super cute] cloth diapers.

9.  You’ve been able to fashion a cloth diaper, out of ANYTHING, in a diaper emergency.  (a receiving blanket, a snappi, & cover saved my little one’s butt on one occasion)

10. You know that flats and prefolds are gateway diapers, and know that if you can master cloth diapering with the basics, you can handle almost anything.

11. You’ve made friends through cloth diapering.

12. You’ve considered, or adopted one [or more] of the following practices: babywearing, mama cloth, and/or family cloth

13. You believe coconut oil is a miracle substance, great in the kitchen, good on the bum, and excellent for any first aid issues (or anything, really).

14. Acronyms such as AIO, AI2, Pocket, are part of your every day vernacular.

15. You get excited about limited edition print releases.  *sigh*


What cloth diapering ‘truths’ have you discovered along the way?



  1. Michelle T says

    This may just be me, but I would say it all starts when you start googling breastfeeding….

  2. Kirsten says

    Love these :). Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve had that awkward moment when non cloth diapering friends look through my pictures on my phone and, along with the regular family pictures, there are multiple pictures featuring our toddler’s cute prints on his bottom.

  3. says

    All of the cute prints make me wish that I would have used cloth diapers on my baby. It would have been so much cheaper in the long run. I still haven’t tried mama cloth yet but would love too. I get tired of throwing money in the trash every month.

    • says

      I have to admit that I’ve always taken a practical approach to cloth diapering, so I’ve not really done a lot of prints. I also didn’t let my son run around without pants on, so I never saw the need to get all sorts of fun prints. In fact, I just purchased my first limited edition bumGenius prints, but don’t plan on opening them for use with my potty training son; hopefully I’ll have another baby to put them on in a year or so.

      It’s never too late to get started with reusable sanitary products, they’re great!

  4. Monica Vilardi says

    All of these are true for me and I am very proud if that!! Very cute post :).

  5. Colleen Maurina says

    This description fits my daughter (and Nana too!) to a tee! She used only cloth diapers on her first child and is doing the same with her new baby. She is a true advocate for cloth diapering!

    • says

      Once you get the hang of it, you’re hooked! I was cloth diapered myself, and it made it that much easier to envision myself doing it with my children. Not a single regret here 🙂

  6. says

    This is so true! My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy because I absolutely love cloth diapers and am always on the hunt for new styles. I also am in the process of starting a blog haha love this!

    • says

      I began with a purely practical approach…and then started buying some prints. It is definitely addictive! Best of luck with your blog!

  7. Jessica Haynes says

    Haha, these are so true! I don’t even have a LO yet and I’ve considered starting a blog to chronicle my CD’ing journey!

  8. Rachel A says

    These are so true! This is my first time cloth diapering (twins, no less) and over and over I kept saying…yep, this is me, so true… 😀

  9. Sara says

    My twins have not yet arrived (first pregnancy), but I am already hooked. For me, the big draw was definitely how much money can be saved long-term. Especially with 2 kids on the way! I can see how this could easily become an addiction to trying all the different styles and investing in cute prints. I am going to attempt a trial run when the babies come and see what types work best for each of them! I am very excited!

    • says

      You are going to save a lot of money by cloth diapering your twins! I think you’re very wise to do a cloth diaper trial! Congratulations and best of luck!

  10. Sherry says

    When my daughter announced she was switching to cloth diapers I was very skeptical . I pictured the cloth diapers of days gone by. I could see myself changing this squirming little baby and jabbing him with the huge pin used to secure the diaper. Well, imagine my surprise when I saw how far the cloth diaper has evolved. My grandson always stays dry and never once has had diaper rash!

    • says

      While I began with old-school cloth diapers (prefolds and covers), it is amazing to see how many options are available today (and the ease in which one can cloth diaper)!


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