New to Cloth Diaper?

I would like to believe that I am not a complete addict. But I do have a love affair with cloth diapers. If you are a new mom or not-  cloth diapering is for YOU!!! Not only does it save you TONS of money, but it is kinder to your little ones bums, and way more fun for you as Mama. You may ask yourself… “FUN?” YESSS! FUN!  Fun patterns, cute designs, and variety of options there is no losing interest with the unending options of cloth diapering. Once you start, your hooked.

430131_10152049010174968_1216296552_n Luna Belle wearing a Charlie Banana cloth diaper

To the moms who are truly thinking of going on the cloth diaper adventure, It is a blast. But I wanted to give you a few tips that I have learned along the way. I started cloth diapering our first-born, Luna Belle at six months ( She just turned Two!) and continue to cloth diaper with our one month old son Sebastian.

1. Research. But not too much because there is a lot of information and it can make your head spin! Look in your area for local cloth diaper stores (i.e. Circle Me, Lincoln, Ne) They have been a huge source of information and support.  Which leads me to SUPPORT! If your going on the cloth diaper adventure, talk with your significant other first. Next look online for other moms in your area that cloth diaper, and other social media avenues (i.e. Facebook groups, discussion boards). Find other moms/dads (but mostly moms) you can talk to! No matter how long you’ve been cloth diapering it is always good to have support and like-minded people to share your experiences and concerns with! It has saved me and restored my faith in cloth diapers when I have been at my wit’s end.

2. Explore! Explore the styles, brands, sizes, and don’t put your eggs all in one basket. There are so many major brands of cloth diapers, and they are a great starting place and reliable to fall back on. However, every baby is different and different sizes and styles will fit your little one differently then they fit a friends. Find what works for you. There are trial packs you can buy and consignment avenues that may be the greatest place to buy cloth diapers at a cheaper price before you decide which one works best for you and your family.

3. Ask Questions! Ask me questions! Ask your new cloth diaper friends! Ask your new cloth diaper community questions!

 

Why the Change?

 

Inspiration comes in many forms and change truly occurs only when the desire for change is greater than the alternative. So…What inspired you? Why have you decided to change?  My story begins with a simple diaper rash… as every good story goes. As a new mom I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. Children are the greatest gifts and the hardest lessons we as parents receive. My daughter was around six months old and this time this rash just wasn’t going away… it was only getting worse. So I turned to everyone’s best friend and confidant, the internet. The quickest way to confide in other moms going through the same thing you are. Sure, calling your mom seems like the way to go, but in the end they are learning how to be a mom to a new mom and that my friends is another long story for another day.

So, Back to the rash. Diaper Rash, can be the most gruesome trial a new mother can go through in the first few month. It is an ugly mean monster attacking your beautiful amazing baby. Luna Belle and I were both in tears as I frantically search for a quick remedy to would cure her tiny, horribly red and in small spots BLEEDING little bum. I was at the point of no return. I left her diaperless all day hoping that would help. I tried 10 different diaper creams and I gave her an oatmeal bath five times that day, as we both cried for her little red hiney.

FINALLY, I stumble upon cloth diapers. Picturing women in aprons, safety pinning cloth onto their children, I found a wonderful world of cloth diapering. IT CHANGED MY LIFE! My husband was a loss of what to do as well, and quickly gave into the idea of cloth diapers. I read a few lines of some mothers never having to fight away rash because of these magical cloth diapers. Eighteen months later, NO DIAPER RASH.

It doesn’t have to be cloth diapering  or other extreme changes, but just simply a move to change your lives for the better. To find ways to relieve stress on your busy lives as moms, and what works for you is BEST! Coming to terms with what works for you and what society says is right, are two very different things.

End Note: Whatever your change is, Don’t Give Up. Change is never easy, but it is always worth it.