December 29, 2011

Is it ever too late to start cloth diapering?

Kristin S. and her husband Glenn, not only have their own booming photography business, Like a Dream Photography (Newport News, VA), but they have three adorable kids.  Two girls, Dreama (eight years old) and Grace ( six years old) and the baby boy of the family, Chance (three years old), complete this artistic little family of five.  Kristin didn’t use cloth diapers with Dreama or Grace, she did, however use them with Chance….when she began potty training him!  Instead of using the typical disposable Pull Ups, Kristin ventured into the world of fluff proving that it’s NEVER too late to start using cloth diapers.  I interviewed Kristin (whom I’ve also had the privilege of knowing since I was 15!) and asked her about her cloth diapering experience.

What made you decide to use cloth diapers?
Chance was 2, I was tired of literally throwing money away with cloth diapers and I thought that even after I got him potty trained, I could still use the CD's as night time pants =)  Great investment.

What kind did you use and how did you make your decision?
It was a spur of the moment buy in Babies -R- Us, so I just went with their brand.  I had been wanting to buy the cloth for a while, but convincing my husband to spend $100 on the CD's and re-usable inserts after doing without for our previous two children and also, Chance being almost potty trained himself, was difficult =)  It was a "I snuck this in the cart and think we really need it" kinda thing =)  Glenn couldn't argue once we were checking out =)

Did you like cloth diapering?


As a mom who started later in her cloth diapering venture what do you have to say to those who are on the fence about cloth diapering?
GO FOR IT!  It's gentle on babies delicate skin and feels rewarding to do something like this for the environment.

What was your favorite thing about using cloth diapers? 
Saving the planet...and money, in the long run.

You still use them now even though Chance is potty trained, why do you still use them?
Right before he wakes up every single morning, he pees.  I know this because it's warm to the touch.  I was tired of washing sheets every day, so we resorted back to the CD's until he's ready to start walking to the bathroom in the morning!

What did Glen think about using cloth diapers?  Do you think he would've been supportive of using them earlier in your diapering days?
YES, I think he would have most definitely been supportive if we had invested in them early on.  They're super easy to use, so he has no problem with them.

Thanks to Kristin for sharing her story with us!  If you have a friend who’s on the fence about using cloth, pass this along and help spread the fluffy movement in America!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


Great post. I feel like I'm starting late because this is my third child. I will have more though, I love cloth diapering, this is a great cause, and the other moms are fantastic.

I absolutely love using cloth diapers! With my first son (I have 3), I didn't start or actually thought about using them until he was 2 years old and I wanted to potty train him....I wanted him to feel it. And it worked. I think cloth diapers help kiddies potty train faster, simply because they can feel the wetness more.