December 30, 2011

Kelly Wels is to the cloth diapering world what Julia Childs is to cooking!

“Oh Kelly Wels! Kelly Wels! Wherefore art thou Kelly Wels!?” that was my first thought as I paged through Kelly Wels’ Changing Diapers book. Wels’ book is to modern cloth diapering what Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking was to the home cook in America in the ‘60s. She has single handedly compiled tons of cloth diaper information, explained fluff acronyms and lingo and made the lifestyle of the modern cloth diapering appear to be easy. While disposable diapers really haven’t been around to the vast majority of the population for that long (we’re talking the mid-‘80s when Pampers came out with an affordable and better shaped diaper) but the short stint that they have been the preferred way to diaper our babies has been enough to cause young families to forget, even fear, using a cloth diaper. It’s been seen has archaic and difficult. Non-cloth diapering mamas have visions of white flat cloths, tedious folding and then shoving huge diaper pins into the cloth to hold everything in place.  Wels, however, dispels this misconception in a fun, conversational style that’s easy to read.

What I Adore About the Book:

1. Like I said above it’s an easy read and Wels’ writing style makes you feel like you’re sitting down at a coffee house with her chatting about diapers.
2. If you’ve been in the cloth diapering game for a few years now like me you might be wondering if this book is actually going to benefit you. Let me tell you, it was definitely useful to me. I have experience with pockets but have often wondered how the other diapers work. The chapter in the book titled, “Snappis, Doublers,
AIOs, and Pockets: Understanding Basic Cloth Diaper Talk,” addresses that diaper chatter that’s often confusing to read about on the web.
3. Wels is so encouraging! I’d find it hard to believe that anyone who reads this book doesn’t finish it feeling like they really can do this cloth diaper thing.
4. I love the way the book is set up and how it looks – the graphics, photos, and the real life quotes that Wels collected from real life cloth diapering moms.
5. Wels has such great advice for the new cloth diaperer such as trying out an assortment of diapers so you really know what you want to use. I really wish that I had known about this before I decided to go with pockets. I think had I heeded her advice I might not have chosen to use pocket diapers.

Cloth diapers have become a new community, a new culture in the parenting community.  If you’re new to the idea you can definitely feel completely lost and confused. Think of Kelly Wels as your friendly neighbor, ready to take you around town, give you the ins and outs of the area and ready to become your best friend! Pick up a copy, you won’t regret it!

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.


I think she did a great job with the book, I was just hoping for something with a little bit more information for the mom who is cloth diapering but has issues. Great book to give to people who'd like to consider cloth diapering though.