I was brought into the cloth diapering world all most a year ago by a friend that I met when I joined the local Mom’s Group in my city. Cloth diapering never crossed my mind when I was pregnant with my first child in 2004. To me cloth diapers were birds eye prefolds that you find in Wal Mart and the rubber pants to wear over them. Boy was I wrong! (I later discovered I, myself, was cloth diapered when I was a baby due to being allergic to Pampers. Guess that’s why using them with my first son caused my eczema to get really bad on my hands.)
After getting some tips on sewing, my friend loaned me her Brother sewing machine and a Mama bird diaper pattern and I set out on my journey. After making a couple fitted diapers I decided to look around online and see what I could find on cloth diapers. Woo, was that a lot of information and Google became my new friend. By researching cloth diapers I came across diaperswappers.com. A site where I learned all about the different types of cloth diapers, if needed how to strip your diapers, and you can buy new or used cloth diapers from other mama’s and there are also WAHM’s who can make you custom diapers.
I felt a little late in the game as our second son was 6 months old when I discovered cloth for him but I am slowly making my way further into the cloth diaper addiction. I knew I wanted to cloth diaper. One reason to save money and another was so I could stop buying disposables b/c they irritate my hand eczema. So I bought a bunch of second hand diapers off diaper swappers. Then I found blogs that are all about cloth, mainly The Cloth Diaper Whisperer, that does giveaways for free cloth diapers. Kelly from Kelly’s Closet is the CD Whisperer and her and her crew does weekly “Fluff Friday” giveaways. I was lucky enough to win a $25 gift certificate to spend at her store by being a Spotlight Mom for the blog the month of May.
Then I joined the craze known as Twitter. Social networking at its finest I believe. By networking on twitter (If you want to join me my twitter id is ThriftyMamaB) I found the makers of Fuzzi bunz, Happy Heineys, GroBaby, Rumparooz, Bum Genius and a lot of cloth diaper stores. By talking to these wonderful folks on twitter I have had the opportunity to win some more free diapers and given more free certificates to the stores and soon I will be posting reviews/giveaways on my blog of Fuzzi bunz and Rumparooz.
So to those who think they want to try cloth diapering do your research and I’m pretty sure you will be amazed. From someone who never thought they would like to use cloth, I tried it and I love it! So, Cloth diapers I thank you as does my wallet, the Earth and my children’s bottoms.
*I know cloth may not be for everyone and this post is strictly my opinion.
I’m a SAHM who loves coupons, deals, freebies and cloth diapering. If you want to check my other posts on cloth diapers or thrifty living you can visit me at Mama B’s.