Sunday, January 8, 2012

So where do I start?

The first thing you will run across when deciding to use cloth diapers is what kind of diapering system you will want to use. This decision can be daunting and often leads people to give up because it feels like such a large financial commitment. I was once in your shoes. At first I thought, of course I want to use cloth. It can't be that difficult, right? I mean, I did some google searches and found a cloth diaper service that seemed really great, but when it came towards the end of my pregnancy, I still hadn't called them or approached my husband. Luckily I had a couple of friends who had started trying cloth and one of them brought me to a store in Allen that she had just discovered. If any of you live in Dallas, I highly recommend going over to The Nappy Shoppe. They were very helpful. Just being in the store and having everything explained to me by one of the workers convinced me that I was up for the task. So after one of the workers explained all the possibilities to me, I decided in order to save the most money I was going to go with prefolds and covers. I then preceded to load myself up with 25 infant prefolds and a couple of covers. Prefolds are the kind of diapers our mothers used to use, before disposables were around. They have an extra absorbent layer in the center and were fastened with diaper pins and then covered with plastic pants. http://sweetpeascloth.com/item_208/Sweet-Pea-Indian-Cotton-Prefolds.htm Now you can skip the diaper pins and the plastic pants. All you have to do is fold the prefold lengthwise and lay it in the center of the cover. Covers are plastic diaper shaped covers used with prefolds and fitted diapers. Here is a picture of a diaper cover with a sweet pea prefold inside of it.



Seeing all the cute diapers at the store made me want to buy some, but they seemed so expensive! I decided to do some bargain shopping and found a lot of 12 used Bum Genius infant diapers on eBay for about $100. I figured I might as well give them a try and if I liked them we could move on from there. Needless to say I loved them, and I'll explain in my next post all the pros and cons of cloth diapering an infant and what diapers I've found work, which ones didn't work for my baby, and the diapers I've found since that I'm stocking up on for babies number 2...and 3...and...? - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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