This month, StorkNet member Tammy shares her diaper-views with us.
StorkNet: How many children do you have and have you cloth diapered all of them?
Tammy: I have two children, and I have cloth diapered both of them.
StorkNet: What motivated you to cloth diaper your children?
Tammy: I did it for the money at first. I was so tired of spending so much money every time month on disposables! Then I started looking at the environmental factors and the physical factors and I was sold.
StorkNet: How long have you been cloth diapering?
Tammy: I cloth diapered Maddy for 2 1/3 of a year (from 6 months to Potty Learning) and still cloth diapering Olivia from 2 months to 19 months so far.
StorkNet: How has cloth diapering changed for you over the years?
Tammy: I started with prefolds and bummis wraps. Moved to more mainstream diapering with MotherEase, Sandy's and aristocrats... now do strictly all WAHM fitteds and wool. I prefer First Class Baby diapers with Full Moon Baby Gear and Muttaqin Baby coming up as seconds.
StorkNet: What has been the most challenging thing about cloth diapering for you?
Tammy: I was very challanged for the first two months of Olivia's life with two in diapers... I had small prefolds and wraps but barely touched them in favour of disposables.
StorkNet: Have you ever used a cloth diaper service?
Tammy: I have not. There is actually not a single one in my town.
StorkNet: What part have disposable diapers played in your diapering experience through the years?
Tammy: I used them for 6 months with Maddy and two months with Olivia. I have occasionally used them on vacation.
StorkNet: What cloth diaper products have you tried that did not work for you?
Tammy: Any department store stuff. Kushies was horrid.
StorkNet: What are your favorite cloth diapering products?
Tammy: I LOVE snappi's. I love good thick WAHM wipes. I really like Kind Hearted Woman rash ointment.
StorkNet: What is your funniest cloth diapering memory?
Tammy: Jeff changing Olivia when she was about 2.5 months old. She had poo'ed and as he went to take off her diaper she projectile poo'ed massive amounts of breastfed baby poo all over the side of our computer monitor! She did it twice! We nearly died laughing!
StorkNet: Thanks Tammy! Anything else you'd care to add?
Tammy: It's not as hard as everything thinks it is. Our washing routine is this:
1. dry pail everything except wraps (well we use wool)
2. run everything through a prewash (or short wash) on cold with a teeny bit of detergent
3. do one long hot wash with detergent followed but a cold rinse.
4. chuck all diapers in dryer and line dry all wraps or AIO's.