I made the decision to cloth diaper before I was even pregnant. Seeing a male friend post about washing diapers on Facebook sealed the deal. If a guy was down with cloth, how hard could it be? I vaguely remember my sister tossing around the idea of cloth diapering with her first child ten years ago, but I was absolutely not in a baby state of mind back then. I mentioned my desire to use cloth to my mom and found out that I was a cloth diapered baby (albeit with flats and pins and rubber pants). My research began when I was trying to get pregnant, and by the time I was expecting I already knew what route we were going to go. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed with all of the different types of cloth diapers, not to mention the brands and designs, etc. What helped me was evaluating and ranking my reasons to use cloth.
I would like to say that my number one motivation to use cloth was to cut down on landfill waste but, alas, it was not. My motivations were almost equally to save money (instead of spending it on something that would, literally, be pooped on) and the fact that it would the best option for our (future) baby’s sensitive skin (I won’t go on about all of the chemicals in disposable diapers). With those ideas in mind, I decided that prefolded cloth diapers, in unbleached natural fibers, and diaper covers were the best option for us. From there, shopping became easy once I was pregnant (mind you, I did do a lot of research to check out reviews). The best part? People in the cloth diapering community were incredibly friendly and helpful once I began asking questions.
Somewhere along the way, be it the cloth diapering blogs I frequented or the many cloth diapering Facebook pages I subscribed to, I realized that there was more to this cloth diapering thing. It’s not just something you do to catch pee and poop, I realized, it’s a whole community that embraces many of the same parenting philosophies. I see this philosophy, in a nutshell, as a gentler, more nurturing and more eco-conscious way of parenting.
The top photo is Declan at 7 1/2 months and the one above is him at 1 1/2 weeks old — this diaper will fit him until he potty trains.