Christina is our next “Real Mom”, and is a mommy to seven kids, Heather 11, Rebekah 10, Elizabeth10, Allison 10, Steven 8, Jeremiah 6, Timothy 11 mos. She has used cloth since her second youngest was about two years old, and said one of the initial reasons’ for looking into cloth was that they were cheaper than disposables, and she wouldn’t have to continually buy them. Looking back, she thinks that never having to run to the store for diapers is one of the best things ever. She says, “Seriously… that is SOO freeing! I didn’t even think about that when I started!”
She was lucky enough to have a friend with cloth-diapering experience walk her through the basics, because like many parents interested in cloth, the options can be overwhelming, and she admittedly had some hesitations. Luckily, her husband was supportive of the “switch”, and he was happy with the money they would save. She said it wasn’t long until he was comfortable changing the diapers on his own.
Christina was also blessed to have her fist diaper stash given to her for free! She says, “I used those with my 2 year old until he was potty trained. When I started cloth diapering my new born, I was experimenting with the different kinds of diapers to see what kind I wanted to use (fitteds, AIO, pockets) so I probably spent around $200. HOWEVER, I have sold all of those for the same price (used bought at great prices, sold at great prices) and been able to buy bigger diapers for his growing body. I also have grown to kind of like cool looking diapers, so now my stash is much larger than it needs to be.”
I asked her what the easiest thing about cd’ing was in her opinion, and she said, “NO BLOWOUTS!!! I LOVE that I never had a newborn, messy poo, explosion, when in cloth diapers! With ALL of my other newborns, I had to carry around extra outfits in the diaper bag so I could change him when it went up his back.” Luckily those accidents are very rare with cloth. She says she has had less accidents with cloth than disposables. Christina thinks that the hardest part for her has been finding the right laundry routine. Once you figure out what is right for your water type, it is easy, but figuring that out can take some time.
Her favorite diapering combo currently is fitted diapers with wool pants or shorts as covers. While this may not be the trimmest option, she acknowledges that you get used to a “fluffy” butt. She told this story: “The first time I used a disposable diaper with my now 11 month old (we were going to disneyland for 3 days and I did not want to have to carry dirty diapers around in the stroller) I was SHOCKED at how little his butt was! I had gotten used to the signature cloth bootie (big) and actually was worried that the paper diaper was going to leak because it was so thin!” She also mentioned another perk, that cloth diapers are often so cute that you can get away with using them INSTEAD of pants!
We all know that having support is sometimes a big part of the decision to switch to cloth. Christina has several groups on facebook that have cloth diapering mama’s that she gets advice from. She also says that she has already “converted” a few friends herself, and would absolutely recommend them to anyone who asked.