This month, Shawna shares her diaper-views with us.
StorkNet: How many children do you have and have you cloth diapered all of them?
Shawna: I have nine children and all but #8 were cloth diapered.
StorkNet: What motivated you to cloth diaper your children?
Shawna: Initially it was financial reasons, but after using disposables for my eighth baby and being so disenchanted with them, I switched back to cloth, which is not the same as the department store cheap cloth and vinyl pull on pants I was used to. They were nothing compared to the options available in cloth diapering now!
StorkNet: How long have you been cloth diapering?
Shawna: I have been cloth diapering for 23 years.
StorkNet: How has cloth diapering changed for you over the years?
Shawna: Drastically! The only ones I found available were cheap thin department store diapers. After my third baby in the early nineties I found a diaper service to purchase from and some wraps, but when they wore out, I was back to the vinyl pull on covers, although I was able to find heavier, better quality prefolds.
StorkNet: What has been the most challenging thing about cloth diapering for you?
Shawna: At first it was keeping them laundered fast enough as I didn't have many diapers and had a couple in diapers at the same time and did not have a nice washer and had no dyrer. While I don't feel I have a large supply of diapers or covers at this time, I have enough to last me every other day for washing and I have a washer and dryer so it's not a problem anymore. If I had to go to the laundry mat I think I would want to have a larger supply.
StorkNet: Have you ever used a cloth diaper service?
Shawna: For about a year or two with my third baby, I used a service and I really liked it. But they went out of business, I'm in a rural area and was fortunate they came this far out. Plus it was only $6.00 a week, which I think was quite reasonable. Maybe that's why they went out of business.
StorkNet: What part have disposable diapers played in your diapering experience through the years?
Shawna: Some of my babies, none, but some of the younger ones I had them as gifts when they were newborn, or would use them if I traveled.
StorkNet: What cloth diaper products have you tried that did not work for you?
Shawna: I just last week had a bad experience with a velcro diaper cover. I was holding my daughter with just a diaper and cover and without knowing it was happening the velcro was snagging the front of my bathing suit (actually made a mess of it!) Also I've had velcro covers come undone under their clothes and make messes. So I'd have to say I would prefer snaps over velcro for that reason.
StorkNet: What are your favorite cloth diapering products?
Shawna: Diaper wraps/covers, I love to just lay a diaper in the cover and fasten the sides and Presto! You're done! No pins! nothing!
StorkNet: What is your funniest cloth diapering memory?
Shawna: Probably when the velcro would come undone on one side and the whole thing would work its way down the pant leg of a toddler and it would look like they have a huge leg.
StorkNet: Thanks Shawna! Anything else you'd care to add?
Shawna: Yes, while I never minded using cloth diapers over the years, I can honestly say that I actually enjoy using them now. There are so many options for fabrics and styles. And if you like to sew like myself the possibilites are endless! I love to sew and could not justify spending my time sewing with being so busy with a full house. I now can meet my need for diapers (some really cute ones to boot) and satisfy my creativty at the same time, and not feel guilty.