Friday, December 4, 2009
Can you believe these diaper pins are the same ones my mother used on me when I was a baby? Aren't they precious?
This freshly washed and clean smelling pile of cloth diapers and covers and supplies has me so excited about holding a new little baby in my arms.
I have always wanted to use cloth diapers with my babies, but have not been prepared to make the initial investment into all the diapers, covers, etc. I never wanted to do a diaper service, because the cost just wasn't an option for us. Well, before I was even pregnant with this baby a friend gave me her entire supply of used diaper prefolds, inserts, covers, diaper pail, and pail liners!!! After a few washings they were as good as new. I sorted them all and realized all I needed was a few prefold diapers in a newborn size, some Snappis and pail deodorizers. I was able to stock up on these items at a Black Friday sale my local diaper service (Healthy Bottoms) was holding. The owner of Healthy Bottoms just came over today to show me all her tricks of folding cloth diapers, washing, storing, etc. I will of course be using the amazing Charlie's Soap to wash them, which is what we use on all our laundry as I previously raved about. I also got six gallons of Charlie's Soap at the Black Friday sale at a great price, so I am stocked on laundry detergent for a long time. After talking to her I realized I need a couple more newborn velcro diaper covers and a few more in a smaller than 6 month size since the elastic was worn down on some of the ones my friend gave me. I'll see how things go the first few weeks and then invest in these. Once this pea in the pod has arrived, I will update you on how my adventure with cloth diapers is going. I am hoping for the best, but knowing that I will get frustrated at times. I also expect a good deal of negative comments and lack of support from some people, but I believe that this is the best thing for my baby and that the gift from my friend happened for a reason. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I rationalize the extra time I spend on laundry as equal to the time I would spend going to my local Babies 'r Us to buy Pampers or their generic disposable diapers (which I will still have on hand to use on certain occasions). If any of you use cloth diapers and have any tips or advice, please share your wisdom with me.