Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cloth Diapering

I find myself on the message boards of probably WAY more often than I should be, reading other people's concerns, questions and practices that I may not know much about, being the preparing-to-be-a-first-time-mom that I am.

Doing this often leads to hours of my looking up random topics, reading about them, learning more about them, which inevitably leads to learning about a related topic, and so I branch out my research further. . . and so on and so forth. For hours.

You get the picture. You know what I mean. You do it, too, right?

Anyway, in doing this I've developed a new obsession - or, um, baby-related matter - to focus on this week, to learn about. . . learning as much as I can now so I'm prepared when this whole thing baby thing becomes a reality.

New obsession: Cloth Diapering. (You couldn't tell from the title of this post, right?)

I've thought fleetingly about Cloth Diapering ("CD" from this point on) here and there since considering getting pregnant long ago. And figured I'd probably go the disposable route, because it's considered easier.

But now that it's all becoming real, I found myself really wanting to consider cloth diapers as an option, especially since they've come a long way in recent years, and I am trying to really limit our wastefulness in general. And saving money sounds good, which can definitely be done if using CD the right way.

I'm getting ahead of myself. I don't really know what I'm talking about. Yet.
But I've got big plans to do lots of research to find out what's out there, what the costs are, who to use, etc.

What I will do now, though, is share some links to some sites that offer what looks to be amazing and thorough information about CD, that some wonderful women on the bump have shared with me.

Perhaps you're in the same boat - wondering if you should consider CD, or already decided but would like some resources. Whatever your reason - here they are!

Cloth Diapering Blog
The Eco Friendly Family
Pinstripes and Polkadots
Jillian's Drawers
Green Mountain Diapers
Bum Genius (this brand seems to have a good following on thebump)
And something I'm VERY excited about: a $10 trial on Newborn Cloth Diaper items.

If you know something about Cloth Diapers, know a good site or tip, or just want to say hello, please leave a comment!


  1. Fellow bumpie here! :) I am going to be doing cloth diapers and I am proud of that decision! We get a LOT of crap from people who think it'll be "too hard" but in all reality I think it will be so much better in the long run that I don't care if it takes me 5 minutes longer at each change! If you are looking to save money and get AIO's check out craigslist. I've gotten a LOT of bumgenious, fuzzybuns and gDiapers on there and have spent only 130.00!! It's worth it. I just made sure to wash them all several times!
    GL! I'm adding you to my reader, we can be CD support buddies! :)

  2. Sorry, I'm a total stranger but just browsing back through your posts. I used cloth nappies (diapers) on my first three and will use them on my fourth (due in March).
    I loved them and wanted to "spread the word" so much so that I was part of setting up the Fife Real Nappy Network, our local charity dedicated to promoting cloth. Not sure how it is in the States but there are bound to be similar impartial groups who can give you advice.
    Cloth will save you a fortune, keep your bins SO much less smelly and, let's face it, they're just so bloomin' cute!
    Good luck with your decision and enjoy all the "research";-)
    Karen (Scotland)
    PS BumGenius are fabby - I have a few. Only semi-criticism is that they don't have leg gussets which some skinny babies benefit from. Other than that, they are indeed fabby!