Wednesday, February 13, 2008
WFMW - cloth diaper information
As the cost of diapers increases by the week, and my girlie is nowhere near potty training (she's only 16.5 months), we are planning to switch to cloth diapers very soon. I may have tried this from the beginning, had it not been for the horror stories my mother and others of her generation have passed down.
I asked one of my friends from college for information, since she exclusively used cloth diapers for her daughter who is now almost completely potty trained. She had some excellent suggestions and references for me. After reading and researching, I'm excited to make the switch as soon as our budget allows!
I thought I'd pass this along for any of you who have considered cloth diapering and don't know how to start, or who are looking for ways to save money/help the environement.
First, I'd suggest checking out the tutorial at Jillian's Drawers. This easy-to-understand tutorial goes through reasons for using cloth, how to start, how to clean, cost comparison, and many other things. It's really helped take the anxiety out of it for me!
Next, Abby's Lane has a great selection of cloth diapering products - whether you're interested in prefolds & covers, AIOs, pocket diapers, or swim diapers. (See? Before I read that tutorial, none of that would've made sense to me.) They also have free shipping on orders over $50.
It's a good idea to check out Diaper Swappers as well; you can get gently used cloth diapering products here. This would be an especially good idea if you're not sure what style of cloth diaper you'd like to use. Buy it used, try it out, and go from there.
My experienced friend also recommended that I start with minimal supplies - a dozen prefolds, a few different styles of covers, and a pocket diaper or two. That way I won't be stuck with something I really don't like.
I hope this information will help you! I'll be sure to post more once we make the switch - I can't wait! (WFMW is usually posted at Rocks in my Dryer. Since Shannon's in Uganda, Melanie of Don't Try This At Home is guest-hosting.)
Previous WFMW posts:
Getting your digital pictures printed
Creating a closet
Diaper bag supplies
Keeping track of medication
Easy meal ideas
Using tomato paste