September 29, 2011

Review: Changing Diapers - The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering

The day that Kelly Wel's new book, Changing Diapers, went up for pre-order, I excitedly bought 6 copies. One for me and 5 to give away.

And then, happy day! My books shipped. The day they arrived I ripped open the box and *cue angels* I held the book in my hands. First's so cute! The book measures an adorable--and giftable--6 inches by 6 inches. With an eye-catching front cover, it begged to be opened and thoroughly enjoyed.

This called for coffee and a quiet spot to curl up. But since I couldn't finish the book in 30 seconds (all the quiet time I ever get) I just sat down to read amidst the chaos of a house with two sick kids.

I've been in the cloth diapering industry for over 6 years (wow, that long already?!) and while other books have been written about cloth diapers, none come near this one. This one is simply gorgeously illustrated and written. If a diapering book can be gorgeous. (Of course it can!)

Changing Diapers is written for beginners to cloth diapering. It contains no jargon. You won't find any descriptions of AIOs, Ai2s, BG, FB, or KN. There's nothing about BSWW or Cding. Plain words without learning a new language. Refreshing!

It's also not the least bit preachy.  If you're already using disposables or thinking you'd like to use both for your baby, this book will not make you feel bad for that decision.

Nor is the book an advertisement.  While it does list all the brands that were photogaphed for the book, and it does tell you some places you can go to buy diapers, it doesn't promote any brand, retailer, or type of diaper over any other.

The book opens with a brief history of the modern cloth diaper and a quick cost-savings comparison. Then it gets to the nitty gritty with chapters like "Why Choose Cloth Diapers" and "From Newborn to Toddler: Diapering for the Ages and Stages." Read about introducing cloth to your daycare, how to present the idea to daddy, and troubleshooting issues. There's even a chapter about accessories, like wet bags and swim diapers.

Changing Diapers is peppered with full-color photographs of babies wearing adorable cloth diapers in fun prints and patterns. FuzziBunz, Rumparooz, Knickernappies, Thirsties, BumGenius, and more are all featured in photos.

Stacey from iCreative Media drew illustrations detailing how to fold prefolds, how to stuff pocket diapers, how to adjust a one-size diaper, and more. She is also the designer behind the logo for Cloth Diaper Outlet!

My honest opinion is that Changing Diapers is an excellent resource for anyone considering cloth diapers. It will make a perfect gift for new moms (especially if bundled with a cute newborn diaper!)

Changing Diapers makes cloth diapering accessible to anyone. Two thumbs up!