11 June 2008
Cloth Diapers - Part 1
I have been dreaming of doing this post for a long time, so today I thought I'd whittle away at it.
When I became pregnant with Abraham, Jonathan and I decided that we would use cloth diapers. Why? I'm not exactly sure. Saving money was probably a big factor, it seemed more natural, produced less waste and seemed better for the environment. And for us, it just seemed to make sense.
Although my hubbie does have long hair, we're not exactly what you'd call hippies (driving a 2-ton dualie sort of rules us out of that category). I was actually pretty nervous about letting people know we were going to use cloth diapers. You see, the only two families we knew that currently used them live in Spain and New Brunswick! I had many people in our area tell me cloth diapers are great to use for burp cloths and washing cars, but seriously, for babies?
Visions of rubber pants, diaper pins, and scraping poo seemed to elicit snorts or looks of concern from some. I tried to explain, really, they've made it much easier! Others showed curiosity and listened patiently to my fumbled attempts at explaining current diapering options. I'd show them the neat websites I'd found and a video of a friend using a "prefold" to diaper his little girl. I studied the video carefully each time I'd show it.
Family were supportive but unfamiliar with the current options...AIOs, pocket dipes, prefolds, snappis, whisper wraps? Could the CIA even decipher this stuff? Sweet! My sister-in-law became pregnant and also planned to use cloth. We united our efforts and kept researching.
I began to feel overwhelmed. I was very excited (odd, yes) and determined to use cloth, but I began to drown in the sea of Internet information. I wanted to make wise choices, but had never even seen a cloth diaper used on a real person. Argh!
Feeling a bit embarassed, I sat down one night and decided to do what was best for our Little One. Humbly, I typed out every stinky, detailed, paranoid question that had been running through my head...and I called on the experts...