It all started so innocently.
Wauwatosa mom, Hannah Gollwitzer, offered to lend me six cloth diapers for a fun blog piece along the lines of “A Day in the Life of Cloth Diapering."
I have always been equal parts intrigued and repelled by the concept of cloth diapering. Sure, it’s good for the environment, you save money, and you don’t have to empty the Diaper-Genie-turned-toxic-wasteland each week.
But what about the poop? What about the laundry? What about the learning curve? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
*Spoiler alert: One month later, I’m almost exclusively using cloth diapers.
Because the diapers were lent to me, ready to be used without me having to research or purchase them up front, I was able to see how easy it was to cloth diaper without investing my time and money.
It was just so easy. Snap ‘em on, and there I was, cloth diapering.
Poop #1 came quickly. It was the moment of truth. I was scared.
But my new friend Hannah The Cloth Diaper Lady had introduced me to disposable, flushable diaper liners. The liner catches the poop, the diaper stays relatively poop-free, and into the toilet it goes.
This was revolutionary for me. I could cloth diaper without necessarily having to scrape poop into the toilet.
I become very interested, no obsessed, with finding the perfect cloth diaper for my seven month old. I realized that there is a huge community of cloth diaperers that I never knew about who excitedly exchange techniques and reviews.
Here are some things you’ll need to know if you’re considering cloth diapering, but you want it to be as easy as humanly possible.
1.) Purchase 18-24 all-in-one diapers from a large company like Bum Genius or a local company like Nicki’s Diapers in Madison. All-in-ones are just like regular diapers, except you keep using them over and over. There is no learning curve for your mother-in-law or day-care provider.
2.) Purchase flushable liners. They’ll catch the poop, and you just flush ‘em down the toilet. No scraping poop for you!
3.) Purchase a wetbag to put the used diapers in and plan to wash them every couple of days. (For most diapers, cold rinse, then hot wash with a mild detergent)
4.) Anticipate push-back from your significant other. Reassure them that you’ll save around $2,000 dollars for each child you cloth diaper with. Even my skeptical husband eventually (begrudgingly) asked me to show him how to do it.
5.) Anticipate more laundry. It just is. But like every other chore, it naturally becomes a part of your routine.
6.) Have fun! Cloth diapers are so damn cute.
If you want to learn about all the other variations of cloth diapering, there is no shortage of information on the internet. But beware! You’ll either become addicted to researching it, or you’ll be scared away.
I decided on all-in-one Chelory diapers made by a work-at-home mom in Minnesota. They are ridiculously expensive, but I splurged because I figure I’m saving money in the long run. Also, they got excellent reviews, fit large babies like mine, and the patterns are to die for.
But there are awesome diapers out there that are much more affordable, very reliable, and also come in adorable patterns. Hannah The Cloth Diaper Lady sells Imagine Diapers, a local company out of New Glarus, and their diapers run for for as little as $10.00. Check out their cute elephant pattern and matching leggings below. And watch out for a giveaway this Sunday, September 28th!
Check out Imagine Diapers here.
Hannah also writes a very informative blog about cloth diapering.