This month cloth diapering veteran Ann Snider, of New York, took time out of her very busy schedule to chat with StorkNet and she had a lot to share. Read on to find out all about Ann's diaper views!
StorkNet: How many children do you have and have you cloth diapered all of them?
Ann: I currently have three children--Two daughters who are now 10 and 12 and a son who is almost 2. We are also expecting another baby in 2 1/2 months. I have cloth diapered all of them--the girls with prefolds and wraps and my son now with a combination of prefolds/wraps, fitteds, and all-in-ones (AIOs).
StorkNet: What motivated you to cloth diaper your children?
Ann: My husband has terrible eczema and I was really worried about the babies' little bottoms! I also hated the idea of icky chemicals on their tender skin.
StorkNet: How long have you been cloth diapering?
Ann: I cloth diapered the girls continually for 5 1/2 years and had a five year break. When my son came along, I started right back into it and he's now almost 2.
StorkNet: How has cloth diapering changed for you over the years?
Ann: When I first started, there were pretty much only prefolds for diapers. (I didn't even know about Chinese prefolds -just Dundee, Curity, and Gerber.) For covers, I used Nikky, which were the "top of the line" back then. There were also Kooshie and Bumkins AIOs. I was just amazed when I started cloth diapering my son and found that my covers weren't working for us anymore, so I searched the internet for new ones. I purchased some new covers and fitteds from work-at-home moms (WAHMs) and was hooked! Things are SO much better now. The materials, designs, and choices are incredible!
StorkNet: What has been the most challenging thing about cloth diapering for you?
Ann: Having a heavy wetter was tough. I don't remember my girls peeing so much, but my son has been able to soak anything in no time! Hemp was a great discovery for me.
StorkNet: Have you ever used a cloth diaper service?
Ann: I wanted to start with a service for the first few weeks with my first since I would be a new mom adjusting to a new life anyway and wanted to make it as easy as possible. Fortunately, I ended up getting 10 weeks of service from my boss and his wife at my shower! What a wonderful gift! I kept it for the 10 weeks, then stopped using it since I was more comfortable and figured it would not be too hard to do it all myself.
StorkNet: What part have disposable diapers played in your diapering experience through the years?
Ann: Disposables have always been a convenience for when I couldn't handle the cloth - when I was really sick, on our sailing vacation when laundromats might be 9-10 days away, or for when I just wanted to make it easy for someone to deal with, like in the church nursery. I think of disposables like paper plates -something that is wonderful when you want to use them, but certainly NOT a staple!
StorkNet: What cloth diaper products have you tried that did not work for you?
Ann: My old prefolds (the Dundee and Curity) were not absorbent enough for my son. Also I've tried some WAHM diapers that just did not fit well or were not absorbent enough. Probably the worst purchase was a brand that was billed as AIOs, but soaked through so quickly!
StorkNet: What are your favorite cloth diapering products?
Ann: I LOVE some WAHM dipes and real Chinese prefolds. Oh! Wool covers are so awesome too! They are not hard to take care of and have worked so well for us that we use them exclusively at night!
StorkNet: What is your funniest cloth diapering memory?
Ann: When we were preparing for our two week trip on our sailboat (we live on the sailboat during that time) my son was in a disposable diaper. (Some background: Last year, I cloth diapered him on the trip and we didn't see a laundromat for nine days! I had to hand wash the diapers and hang them dry. It took four days for them to fully dry! This year, we decided to use disposables during the day and our wool AIOs at night.) Anyway, we were just about to leave and remembered something at home. Robbie and I ran home and when he came in, he went right to the wooden rack in the laundry room where our freshly washed diapers were hung to dry, took off one and hugged it! He said "mmmmm" then brought it to me and held it up begging "PLEASE???!!!" He wanted me to take off the disposable and put on a cloth! It was SO cute and makes me feel good knowing that he LIKES these things!
StorkNet: What a great story, Ann! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your diaper views with us and best wishes with baby number four!
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