This month, StorkNet member (and moderator!) SusanH shares her diaper-views with us.
StorkNet: How many children do you have and have you cloth diapered all of them?
SusanH: I began cloth diapering my now three year old when she turned one. We used cloth exclusively from age one until she potty trained at just under age three. I don't want to ever go back to disposables.
StorkNet: What motivated you to cloth diaper your children?
SusanH: So many things - cost, benefits to the environment, the softness of cloth, the scary chemicals and gels in disposables, and, I must admit, the fact that they were just so darn cute!
StorkNet: How long have you been cloth diapering?
SusanH: I cloth diapered my daughter for almost two years, and hope to cloth diaper any future children from birth to potty training.
StorkNet: How has cloth diapering changed for you over the years?
SusanH: I think the only thing that has changed is my committment to it. I wasn't sure I really wanted to switch at first, but the longer I used them the more I grew to love them.
StorkNet: What has been the most challenging thing about cloth diapering for you?
SusanH: The only challenge I faced was the mental leap it took to convince me to start trying. When my baby was born I was adamently opposed to cloth. I thought it meant pinning droopy, leaky cloth diapers and covering them with hot rubber pants. I was amazed to discover how much diapers have changed since I was a baby. Then I was overwhelmed with the many different options available. It took me a while to pick a system.
StorkNet: Have you ever used a cloth diaper service?
SusanH: No, but I'm sure they are a great convenience, particularly with a newborn.
StorkNet: What part have disposable diapers played in your diapering experience through the years?
SusanH: I used them exclusively for one year. After that, I used them only on long trips and vacations. For short outings I preferred to stick with cloth. After I was used to cloth, I noticed how rough and scratchy paper diapers felt. I also became very bothered by the gel crystals they left on my daughter's skin and the unpleasant chemical smell they had even straight from the package.
StorkNet: What cloth diaper products have you tried that did not work for you?
SusanH: I was quite lucky and everything I tried worked out for me.
StorkNet: What are your favorite cloth diapering products?
SusanH: I loved Motherease and other fitted diapers, but for the most part I just used plain old prefolds in a velcro cover. Very inexpensive and effective!
StorkNet: What is your funniest cloth diapering memory?
SusanH: Trying to change my "can't-stand-still" daughter as she walked around the room, with me following along on my knees trying to do up the last velcro strip on the cover before she got away.
StorkNet: Thanks Susan! Anything else you'd care to add?
SusanH: Make the switch, you'll be glad you did! Also, I highly recommend buying quality products from online stores as the diapers you buy in WalMart or Target are generally very thin and don't work nearly as well.