This month, Kelly shares her diaper-views with us.
StorkNet: How many children do you have and have you cloth diapered all of them?
Kelly: Only one little girl so far . . . but I will most definitely cloth daiper any more babies who enter our family from now on!
StorkNet: What motivated you to cloth diaper your children?
Kelly: I was chatting with another mom at a friend's baby shower who used cloth diapers. Most of us thought that she must be nuts when she first announced this. But as she explained the benefits and how easy it actaully was, I changed my mind. For one, she was not a "weirdo" or an anal-retentive parent, paranoid of everything on earth. She was a rational and down-to-earth person who simply saw the great logic in using cloth. I thought, "I can do this!" and began to research it myself.
StorkNet: How long have you been cloth diapering?
Kelly: 5 months so far
StorkNet: How has cloth diapering changed for you over the years?
Kelly: Well, this is my first time as a parent. But I can say that my mom, who cloth-diapered me 28 years ago was absolutely amazed when she saw the difference in my daughter's modern cloth-diapering system!
StorkNet: What has been the most challenging thing about cloth diapering for you?
Kelly: The experimental phase we went through to find the right night-time diaper. (FYI-one fuzzi-bunz double-stuffed, or a bummis or thirsties wrap with one snappied prefold and another folded one inside work great.)
StorkNet: Have you ever used a cloth diaper service?
Kelly: Nope--It is just too easy to toss them in own my washing machine.
StorkNet: What part have disposable diapers played in your diapering experience through the years?
Kelly: My daughter uses them 2 and 1/2 days a week at her baby sitter while I'm at work, and on long car trips. They come in handy once in a while, but aren't necessary on a daily basis.
StorkNet: What cloth diaper products have you tried that did not work for you?
Kelly: I was in such a hurry to try cloth diapering that I couldn't wait for my mail-ordered package to come. I saw some gerber prefolds and vinyl pull-up covers at walmart and couldn't resist. The gerber prefolds worked out fine--very soft, light, and absorbant . . . but those pull-up covers--YUCK!!!! I also had not discovered the greatness of stay-dry fleece liners. Plus, the first time I tried them was at night! Ella woke up miserable the next morning--cold, soaked, and with bright red rivets in her poor, little thighs from the elastic. I was pretty discouraged. Also--Bummis covers are satisfactory, but I find that they wick more and are made of much stiffer PUL fabric than others
StorkNet: What are your favorite cloth diapering products?
Kelly: FUZZI BUNZ!!!!!!!!! hands down. They give awesome leak-protection, are easy to use, are trim under clothing, and sooooooo comfortable for Ella! I love that they snap and don't have that stiff row of velcro that cuts into her stomach when she bends over. I cannot say enough positive things about them! In the wrap department, Thirsties covers and prefolds lined with a piece of cut fleece are the best. Although they do have velcro, they are made out of the same light, soft, and stretchy PUL as fuzzi-bunz. They are almost as comfy, almost as easy, and just as effective.
StorkNet: What is your funniest cloth diapering memory?
Kelly: The first night I so optimistically tried cloth diapering with the gerber plastic wraps. I diapered Ella up and brought her to show my husband. He could not stop making fun of our child,(whose movement was totally restricted by the mess of padding and plastic; she was like a weeble-wobble who coudn't sit up, much less crawl), and me for initiating such an asinine practice. He really thought he had me--till the good stuff arrived in the mail. It took me a week or so to live it down, but now he is a very supportive convert and loves cloth diapering too! It just took a bit of trial and error to find the right supplies and methods.
StorkNet: Thanks Kelly! Anything else you'd care to add?
Kelly: If you are skeptical, like I was, read up on all the great benefits to the environment, your baby, and your wallet! Then budget a couple diaper packs-worth of money and order a thirsties wrap, several prefolds, and a fuzzi bunz or two. Try it for the time it would take to use the same $$ equivalent in disposables. THEN--if you aren't completely hooked, switch back. You've got nothing to lose. Good luck!