April 9, 2010

So you want to try cloth, but your ________ doesn't.

I remember it well...I was ready to try cloth diapers. I'd talked myself into it, had decided the cost would be worth it, and I was excited to order. But, roadblock...my husband didn't want anything to do with cloth. One look at his face told me I'd have an uphill battle.
Ultimately I dipped my toe in and ordered just two diapers. Sure enough, once he saw them, he said "THESE are what you want to use?"

My husband, and later my mom, both had the idea of old-fashioned cloth diapers stuck in their heads. My sweet hubby was imagining folding squares of fabric, using pins, dunking poopy diapers, and sweaty rubber pants. My mom used those very things on me, so she was sure I'd hate cloth diapers.

Does this sound familiar? I often get emails from moms (and occassionally dads or grandmas) who want to use cloth, but are facing opposition from someone else in the family. In most cases, I really think they think the same as my husband and mom...old style cloth that our grandmas used.
Good news! Modern cloth diapers are soooo different that they'll be shocked. It might be worth buying just one to show off. My favorite diaper for this situation is the BumGenius All-in-One because they are SO similar to disposables, except reusable. I even carry an Extra Small of this diaper in our car to show people...it's just so cute and looks so obviously simple that everyone agrees cloth has changed a lot.
So how did it turn out for us? Well, my husband was on board 100% after that and we never looked back. When our diaper sprayer needed a new part, we spent a month dunking and he even dunked diapers (I took this pic for proof!)
And my mother? Now she's such a huge advocate that she's converted lots of new moms to cloth diapers. Some of my best customers and one of my favorite retailers were converted to cloth by my mom. And when we travelled for 2 weeks for my brother's wedding, Mom drove me around a tiny town looking for a laundromat so I wouldn't be forced to buy disposables.

April 5, 2010

Diapering a Newborn, Part 1

As most of you probably already know, we're expecting a baby boy in June. I've been happily gathering all types of diapers, getting ready for a lot of testing! I'm testing all types of diapers and a lot of different brands. I thought you might like a sneak peak at what I have so far!From left to right, top row: six BumGenius bamboo fitteds (now discontinued by manufacturer), 4 Spooky Kitty Collective fitteds (been saving these forever), Happy Heiny mini OneSize and a regular OneSize, Osocozy AIO, Thirsties Fitted, Monkey Doodlez AIO, 6 Indian prefolds, 1 bamboo prefold.

Middle row: Knickernappies hemp fitted (available by custom-order at www.hyenacart.com/knickernappies), 3 Snap-Ez AIOs, Smartipants OneSize, Rumpster AIO, a wahm-pocket diaper, and a Wahmies OneSize.

Bottom row: 2 Cloth Canoe fitteds, Apple Cheeks cover, wahm-made fitted, Drybees AIO, Drybees Fleece AIO.

Not shown because I forgot about them: Flip diaper and Econobum.

Still to come: all the brands we actually carry! I will be adding Knickernappies 2G, Knickernappies OneSize, all the BumGenius products, Thirsties covers, Gro Baby, Wahmies bamboo fitteds, Fuzzi Bunz perfect fit, Fuzzi Bunz OneSize, Kissaluvs fitteds, and Sposoeasy AIOs.

Total diaper count so far for the newborn and small sizes: 37 diapers, including the prefolds.

How many of these are OneSize and will last into bigger sizes: 3
How many fitteds (requiring a cover): 15
How many covers: so far just one

How many are leftover from our daughter: none, exactly, though several of them have been purchased years ago and kept in storage (7)

Is this way more than a new baby needs? Yes! It absolutely more than most new babies will require, but most of them are for testing. What I like will show up eventually in our store. The ones I don't like...well, you'll never hear about them again!