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Terra76 03-18-2013 02:56 PM

The Tale of a CD addict
 
My first dd now 9 we used only sposies. To be honest I didn't even know cd's were still in existence. 4 years later, I was expecting our first ds. DH and I were walking around babies R' Us with me being hugely pregnant when we approach this end cap. This end cap has something called "Gdiapers" on it. We pick up a box that someone had half ripped open and I say "ewe are they really cloth diapers?!?!? :yuck: " Dh looks a little intrigued and i walk away.

A few weeks later we returned and Dh again was drawn to these Gdiapers. He looks at me and says "what about these?" I remember thinking to myself "this man has lost his mind". I laughed said something like "yeah right! your Crazy!" and walked away. Then DS came :lostit:.

We used sposies on DS for the first 4 months. Things got really bad for us financially :cry: we reached a point where it was hard to afford the disposable diapers. It was a real low point for us. With my tail tucked between my legs, I went and bought a pack of Gerber prefolds, pins and plastic pants from walmart. I washed every day.

We had lots of leaks. I then found diaper swappers. I then found FSOT on Diaper swappers and got a dozen little lion prefolds and 2 thirsties covers....the addict was born. That was over 4 years ago.

I like to remind my DH that it is his fault :giggle2: I mean, I didn't even know cloth diapers still existed but he kept pushing the gdiapers on me. I never did buy any Gdiapers though I think of them often.....I may get one just for kicks....I think my Dh would die laughing :giggle2:

That's my story! What's yours?

mms1972 03-18-2013 03:09 PM

Years ago I happened upon some diapers at a garage sale when my now 13 year old was a baby! They must have been fitted ..I bought a few...I think the were like $1 each..LOL I don't think I ever used them because I didn't know what to cover them with LOL. When I got Preggo with my 5 year old another mama on the TTC board I was on was talking about Fuzzibunz and i was curious....i dont think it was long before i found DS and an addict was born ...I went seriously diaper crazy. With my now 1 year old I have scaled it back, but I have spent more than I wanted too. I am going to maybe limit myself to 1 diaper purchase a month or something.......I know I can't just go cold turkey! LOL

QuartzandPyrite 03-18-2013 03:14 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Oh my goodness, you should get a gDiaper just to frame it in your laundry room or something!

:popcorn:

Once upon a time there was a girl, who was raised in a "green" city where everyone recycled and rode bikes and were generally earth lovin folk. Although she wasn't much of a hippie, she liked recycling and using towels and washcloths instead of paper that got thrown away. She had one hippie father, one salt of the earth midwest mother, and a lot of curiosity about the world. At the age of 16, she read a book about eco-conservation and became aware of how nasty diapers are in the landfill. But that kind of stuff is for MOMS to be concerned with, so she did her part and not much else.
BUT- here's the real story:

Let's be honest, in general she was a fabric junkie.
Her whole life had been spent sewing clothes and quilts and she made her living making dresses. Cloth diapers, while a fanciful notion that only MOMS had to worry about, were not a strange concept.

Then she graduated college, and her friends started having babies. She started a business making dresses that produced no fabric waste, and the notion of materials of any kind in the landfill was crazy all of a sudden. "Look at all this garbage!" She said "And most of it is fabric- and diapers. Hm"

A couple of friends were using diaper services so she knew they were out there. And when gDiapers set up their HQ in the same building as her studio (no joke- talk about enabling), the curiosity then killed the cat.

Because even though she didn't have kids or a husband or even a boyfriend, she became obsessed with cloth diapers. She didn't buy any, mind you. But she knew waaaaaaaaayyyyy too much about them for any mid-twenties single gal out there.

Fast forward a few years, and the guy is found, the girl is married, and there's a little bundle on the way. Naturally she chooses gDiapers because she feels a certain loyalty- they were her first! She buys a whole "stash" of gDiapers for her little man, and waits patiently for him to be born.

He is born. And boy can he poo! And the gDiapers are great. But what's this- something different? A prefold! A pocket! A whole community of people and all they want to talk about is sweet fluffy buns!
The stash expands.
The addiction takes hold.
The girl becomes pregnant again (an excuse to buy more diapers, her husband chides).
The stash is sold.
Purchased.
Re-sold.
Repurchased.

She knows what she wants (from a diaper). She knows what she's all about (when it comes to diapers). She is confident in her place in the (diaper) world, and about her future.
The stash is complete.
For now.

ashleyg103 03-18-2013 03:18 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
First ds was in sposies, then got pregnant with twins and a mom from our playgroup was telling me about cloth diapers. I though they were really cute and would maybe try them if I was only having 1 but twins? I didnt think I would have the time or energy. Well the boys came and holy diapers!!!! I didnt think 2 little boys could go though so many diapers we were spending easily $300 a month on just diapers not including wipes and they always had a nasty rash. By the time they were 3 months old I had enough did some research and bought 24 charlie banana pockets. Fell in love! Got 4 diaper safari pockets and 4 kawaii pockets. They were super easy, so cute and best of all my boys rashes went away and never returned but I was washing diapers every single night. So hubby told me to go ahead and order whatever I thought I needed to make it easier on me and then I found ds! Now Im totally addicted and want to try everything but iv settled on my first set of pockets, a few bg 4.0s and the rest of my stash is prefolds and covers and fitteds and wool for night.

Pixi6s 03-18-2013 03:22 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Mine started with gDiapers too. My SIL sent me a link to gDiapers about a year before we started TTC/NTNP. I thought it was interesting. I joined the yahoo group and learned all about them. By the time I was PG I had learned about the WW of cloth diapers. For #1 I bought a vast array of cloth including gDiapers. We love the AI2 systems, including gDiaps for the younger baby -- the extra piece isn't really helpful for older kids and is just another piece that can get old. I like being about to reuse the covers of AI2 systems even if its a prefold and cover.

I actually attribute that moment to my cloth diapering as well as being really eco-friendly in general. :) IT got me into composting and finding ways to make our lives more friendly in general. We recently bought our first all electric car....

nachoslyn 03-18-2013 03:29 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
My first was born in '03. I was really young and dealing with a child who was highly allergic. All through his NB days etc, he had horrible rashes all over his bum and privates and one day it just got to the point of bleeding. My doctor stated he was probably allergic to something in the disposable diapers we were using. After tons of lotions and changing him from one sposie brand to the other I had just about given up.
Then I began doing my research and found the wonder world of CD's thought the Mothering website! I was so happy to have a solution for my son. I still remember my first week in cloth. It was the best week for us. My son's bum never looked clearer nor did he have any other flare up there after. :thumbsup:

kalibratx4 03-18-2013 03:42 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Hmmmmm what is our story lol

I think it went something like this....

Family and friends we are considering cloth diapers for our baby "ewwwww you will never stick with it" well when someone says you can't do something it's like a conquest. Of course I never realized what the quest would become :)

and the enlightening ways it led us to making greener choices everyday!

holocene 03-18-2013 04:05 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by QuartzandPyrite (Post 16408599)
Oh my goodness, you should get a gDiaper just to frame it in your laundry room or something!

:popcorn:

Once upon a time there was a girl, who was raised in a "green" city where everyone recycled and rode bikes and were generally earth lovin folk. Although she wasn't much of a hippie, she liked recycling and using towels and washcloths instead of paper that got thrown away. She had one hippie father, one salt of the earth midwest mother, and a lot of curiosity about the world. At the age of 16, she read a book about eco-conservation and became aware of how nasty diapers are in the landfill. But that kind of stuff is for MOMS to be concerned with, so she did her part and not much else.
BUT- here's the real story:

Let's be honest, in general she was a fabric junkie.
Her whole life had been spent sewing clothes and quilts and she made her living making dresses. Cloth diapers, while a fanciful notion that only MOMS had to worry about, were not a strange concept.

Then she graduated college, and her friends started having babies. She started a business making dresses that produced no fabric waste, and the notion of materials of any kind in the landfill was crazy all of a sudden. "Look at all this garbage!" She said "And most of it is fabric- and diapers. Hm"

A couple of friends were using diaper services so she knew they were out there. And when gDiapers set up their HQ in the same building as her studio (no joke- talk about enabling), the curiosity then killed the cat.

Because even though she didn't have kids or a husband or even a boyfriend, she became obsessed with cloth diapers. She didn't buy any, mind you. But she knew waaaaaaaaayyyyy too much about them for any mid-twenties single gal out there.

Fast forward a few years, and the guy is found, the girl is married, and there's a little bundle on the way. Naturally she chooses gDiapers because she feels a certain loyalty- they were her first! She buys a whole "stash" of gDiapers for her little man, and waits patiently for him to be born.

He is born. And boy can he poo! And the gDiapers are great. But what's this- something different? A prefold! A pocket! A whole community of people and all they want to talk about is sweet fluffy buns!
The stash expands.
The addiction takes hold.
The girl becomes pregnant again (an excuse to buy more diapers, her husband chides).
The stash is sold.
Purchased.
Re-sold.
Repurchased.

She knows what she wants (from a diaper). She knows what she's all about (when it comes to diapers). She is confident in her place in the (diaper) world, and about her future.
The stash is complete.
For now.

:lostit:

mommy2sammy 03-18-2013 04:12 PM

I watched an episode of dirty jobs where mike was working for a diaper service. Went to google, because that couldn't be real, google led to ds, where my first fitteds were purchased used! And are still being used today with my second child, who is now 2.5. I will never let go of that first set ;-) then made a small order from cotton babies...and the rest is history.

HappiMom 03-18-2013 04:16 PM

Mine started with the options at Babies R Us as well. I was super interested in cloth prefolds. I received two cloth diaper cakes for my baby shower made with Gerber prefolds and pins. My mother told me that she used cloth for us at home because she was so poor. My daughter also had rash issues that started from day 1, litterally brought her home from the hospital with the worst rash I've ever seen. My mom kept telling me to put those cloth diapers on her, but she never actually showed me or told me about "plastic pants." DH and I just winged it and put one on her at 3 months old and she peed right through, of course. So, I went to BRU and found gDiapers. I thought they were cute and I liked the idea of hemp. But....my daughter hated them and would cry when I put them on her. They always left horrible red marks on her so I gave up.

I tried every single disposable brand. After a year and a half of managing rashes and changing her within minutes of her every pee, I enrolled her in daycare. The daycare refused to change pee diapers sooner than every 2 hours. The only time they'd check her earlier than 2 hours is when she pooped between changes. Obviously a horrible chronic rash developed to which their solution was to cake desitin all over her butt and legs. It was awful and stinky every day. Finally I consulted google and found cloth diaper websites and diaper service. REAL DSQ cloth diapers. Covers?! What are these things? The daycare showed me some BG that another kid wore and I discovered pockets. Then I discovered diaper lotion potion spray in lieu of wipes and my daughter never had another rash again. Ever.

revolekim 03-18-2013 04:22 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
I think my mom first planted the idea of cloth diapering in my head. She would tell me how the only kind of laundry she ever liked to do was washing diapers, and how she loved to see clean diapers hanging on a clothesline. Then when I was in grad school, I worked in a nursery taking care of infants for two years. I changed sooooo many diapers, and sooooo many outfits when disposable diapers leaked all over the babies' clothes. I started saying maybe cloth diapers wouldn't be so bad since you would already be washing poop out of clothes anyway. DH said no way.
Then we got pregnant. I brought up cloth again half-heartedly, but he shot the idea down again. When DS1 was six months old, my friend took me to a meeting about cloth diapers, and I was interested but overwhelmed. Again DH said no. Then I decided to go ahead and buy DS a cloth swim diaper. For some reason, I was just hooked after that swim diaper. I told DH that I really wanted to try cloth, and I promised he would never have to change a cloth diaper. Thanks to an awesome DS mama, I was able to get a complete stash for about $50. And we've never looked back.
Once DH realized how much money we were saving, he became supportive. And once he had to deal with a few explosive poops in sposies, he asked me to please put the babies in cloth when I left them with him. :)

Terra76 03-18-2013 07:30 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Love reading all the responses!

a.merical 03-18-2013 07:49 PM

My SIL cloth diapered my nephew while I was in HS (10 years ago). So when I got pregnant with DS1 a few years later, I already knew I was going to use cloth too. With him, I tried the prefolds and covers route like she did but gave up and went to pockets within a month! Now, its 7 years later, we are on baby #3 and still going strong!

P!nkPepper 03-18-2013 07:56 PM

I joined a yahoo group called "Making It Home" that a few local mamas were members of. There was also a small magazine that went with it. It was Christian based with lots of homemaking stuff too. My interest was caught by an article for cloth maxi pads. I had never heard of PUL, HC, etsy... I sure knew of Ebay so I found a seller selling them. They made your flow less & you didn't itch or burn like disposible pads. I bought a package. They were ok BUT not good for night. So my mom helped me make a HUGE long pad using heavy duty vinyl table cloth as the PUL, some cheap purple flannel & a handmade pattern modified from that magazine. Back in '06 nobody at Joannes knew what PUL was. We didn't either. So we used what we could get (I still have that pad too & it rocks).

I got pregnant with DS2 in '07 & I was NOT going to use cloth. I tried cloth trainers with plastic pants from the PX back in '02 with Ds1. Not dealing with all that grossness. Too much work (even though my cloth pads were easy peasy, they didn't involve POOP!) My husband deployed when DS2 was 5 weeks, I was recovering from a c/s, serious hemorraghe & blood transfusion plus a Diabetic 6 year old in the PICU/having other medical issues. I couldn't hack BFing with all that above stress, how am I gonna use cloth?

Enter serious diaper rash, sposies causing awful redness & a tiny baby in pain. Time to look into cloth diapers a bit more... wow they are expensive! Thank you President Bush for a stimulus check that I promptly spend on cloth diapers. An addict was born... :giggle:

Oh, when DS3 was born in Nov '11 my addiction came back :giggle2: still in full force!

Jodie ~ mama to Big K, Medium K & Lil' k

QuartzandPyrite 03-18-2013 08:28 PM

Best. Thread. Ever.

Cpaul 03-18-2013 08:57 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Mine started by a neighbor mentoning she cloth diapered her daughter as a baby. i just had my son and literally said you are crazy!!! Then one day by chance I liked thus breast feeding FB page and the post was about clothing diaper and why moms did it. All these moms were writing all the benefits of CD. Then I decided to research it a bit and the rest is history!!! I am a total addict and only think and read about CD. My ds is my third and now I can not believe I didn't CD with my other two. I actually feel really bad about it. :) love CD!!!!

ebandive 03-19-2013 07:50 AM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
I love reading everyone's stories! I'll use pictures to help tell mine, since as a true addict I have an album dedicated to cloth diapers and cloth diapers and action shots for easy reference...:lostit:

When I was pregnant with DS1 I was asking some friends at church who had young children what brand of sposies they liked best. Did I have to buy the name brand ones? Did generic work just as well? How to choose? Then another friend (AmJoyful on here) walked up, with her 6th child in her arms, and said quite matter of factly that she used to use sposies but switched to cloth once she realized how much money she could save.

I rolled my eyes. Ewww.... cloth diapers. Gross. I then looked at her clothes. And said "So you mean you put POOP in your washing machine? The SAME machine you wash your clothes in?" She laughed and said yes, and she assured me both her an her clothes are clean. Sure she looked clean, and I didn't notice an unpleasant odor surrounding her, so I thought maybe she could be telling the truth, but still - gross. No way would I be putting poop and pee in MY washing machine.

But her words kept ringing in my ears. And since she also told me about couponing I thought that at least I could google and find out more about what cloth diapers are like.

I found cottonbabies, and decided I'd try flips. I ordered a few covers and some prefolds.

Then Trip was born. I had a big stash of newborn sposies that were given to me, so once we were out, at about 3 weeks old, I started putting him in cloth. It was so cute and way easier than I thought.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

I'd been eying the Chelsea Perry BG 4.0's but they were just so expensive I couldn't justify it. :giggle2: Then they went on sale. And boy was I hooked.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

Then there was a local cloth diaper swap. I found Kawaii and Sunbaby. Oh the bamboo minky was so soft and the prints were so cute. The addiction started.

First stash shot:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

I thought at the time that I'd never have to buy any more. But I was hooked.

I ventured into fitteds/wahm's. TROUBLE!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

But I preferred WAHM AIO's.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

Of course I had to try every AIO diaper on the market.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

My new stash looked like this:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...D550/ry%3D400/

Trip started having rash issues, so that only worsened the addiction. I had to find a diaper that would work for his sensitive skin. I got sucked into Ragababe and Chelory.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...D550/ry%3D400/

He is even on the Ragababe website if you look... that was a proud mommy moment for sure.
http://www.shop.ragababe.com/collect...asy-all-in-one

Plus a full stash of BGE's. Oh the resale value those things would have had now. :giggle2:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...D550/ry%3D400/

Eventually my addiction overtook me and I sold almost everything in order to recover.

Finally, with the birth of Kai...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3...D550/ry%3D400/
I have been able to come back to why I originally wanted to CD (to save money). And I have FINALLY found stash contentment in a simple stash of flats and covers.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3...D550/ry%3D400/

That's the tale of my addiction! :giggle2:

badmisterkitty 03-19-2013 10:21 AM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
it started with a rash that wouldn't go away.

that is all. lol

mmmarmalade 03-19-2013 01:53 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
Mine started with my sister. She decided to cd her two youngest, who overlapped in diapering for a long time. She saw this skirty when she was pregnant with her little girl and told me she HAD to have one!!!!http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/r...wappers113.jpg At the time I didn't really knit. I'd made a couple of scarves, and that was it. And of course there was no pattern. So I was left to my own devices and this is what I came up with: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YqRY_rt68r...0/100_3040.jpg

My sister decided it was the cutest thing ever and that it needed to be shared with the world, so she posted it in an etsy shop for me, and I've been getting custom orders ever since. My designs have come a long way since then.

Once I started knitting soakers, I felt it would be very disingenuous of me to use sposies when I was earning money for my family through the CD community. I'd wanted to with my first, but just wasn't brave enough or motivated enough to dive in. With my last, he's been in cloth since we ran out of sposies that were gifted to us during my pregnancy, about 2 months. I do have a few pairs of longies, but most of my stash is flips and prefolds. I LOVE them! I would probably use wool a lot more if I was any good at pinning prefolds and if I had time to knit for my own baby! Fortunately, my sisters have graciously let me use the cute stuff I made for their babies :)

bobbs7 03-19-2013 02:15 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
My firstborn was in sposies, cause...well...that's what people used right? I liked Pampers best. They are also the most expensive. Geez, this kid goes through alot of diapers! Gah!
I got pregnant with #2 and did alot of reading on the Bump. I was amazed at how many people cloth diapered. "geez, I thought people didn't cloth diaper much anymore? It seems like alot of people cloth diaper." I started reading the CD board on the Bump. DS was mentioned. I found my way here, and started reading a bit on this board. "I'm pretty sure these people are speaking Greek", I thought. "Wow, they are really into cloth diapers! They honestly sound obsessed! What the heck?? What is wrong with these people??" Needless to say I was still intrigued. "No", I thought. "I hate doing laundry as it is! I will NEVER have time for this!" DH was interested. "Let's do it if you want", he said. God, I love that man! Time went on and I kinda forgot about it for a while. I talked about stocking up on disposables. "I thought we were going to do the cloth diapers?" he said. "Ok", I thought. "He must really be on board with this!"
Money was tight. The savings of cloth was what continued to draw me in. That and the never-ceasing strange obsession people kept referring to. "I'm already a research nut when it comes to baby gear, carseat safety, childbirth, breastfeeding, and making homemade baby food! What's one more thing?!" I thought :lostit:
I started researching. Google and reading the DS forums was where it was at. "Flats? You mean, what our grandmothers used?? Looks like to much work!! Prefolds?? Wool?? Isn't that itchy? Ah, all-in-ones!! The more it resembles a disposable, the better!!"
The more I read the more it seemed like people suggested to try a variety to see what you liked. I ordered 4 Flip day packs (6 covers and 12 stay-dry inserts), 6 BGE's, a dozen Imagine Smartfit prefolds, a 3 pack of Snappi's, a wetbag, some Bac-Out, and some Nellie's laundry soap. "I'll use sposies for the first few months as to not overwhelm myself", I thought.
I ended up putting him in his first CD on his 1 month birthday. "Wow, these fit great! Why didn't I try them before!?" The washing was as easy as pie. "Why do people think this is so much work?" I thought. "This is no big deal at all!"
The stalking of DS continued, and my knowledge of CD'ing grew. People raved about flats. I decided to try some since I was looking for inexpensive and trim. I soon discovered that the diapers that I liked the most, are the simplest ones out there. Yep, my grandmother's diapers! :giggle2:
I now understand the obsession. I don't have money to do anything about it, but that's ok, cause I'm pretty stash content. Except for those few random things that I would like to try. Someday :giggle:

nachoslyn 03-19-2013 02:21 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
ebandive: Your babies are adorable! Loved the pictures hahaha

qsefthuko 03-19-2013 02:44 PM

Re: The Tale of a CD addict
 
My first was sposied because we lived in small town USA, no Internet access, nor any idea how to use a computer had we had one.

All I had access to was Gerber brand plastic and prefolds. I did try them. However as my daughter was prone to yeast infections sposies were better for her so I gave up. That was nearly 14 years ago.

Ds1 I used sposies until we ran out of money for diapers. Then I used our last $5 after bills were paid and bought Gerber plastic and 4 pins. For about 2-4 (can't remember exactly)months we used those with receiving blankets and the occasional tshirt. Then when ds1 was 6 months old I was given 5 dozen Gerber prefolds to use. We used those for the next 3-4 months when we had the money to buy DSQ Chinese premium prefolds, 3 Lanacare wool covers, 1 Bummis purple drawstring wetbag, 2 snappis, 6 pins, and Eucalan wool wash. He was in those until he outgrew them when thinking he would potty train soon so new cloth wouldn't be worth it I switched to sposies.

Ds2 I started with prefolds and Lanacare covers. Then I found diaperswappers. That was the beginning of the end. Now I still have prefolds and a Lanacare cover, but I also have flats, fitteds, longies, shorties, wool wraps, and other brands of wool soakers as well.

Fortunately for my husband I have never gotten into PUL covers, pockets, AIOs, or AI2s.

ebandive 03-19-2013 02:57 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nachoslyn (Post 16412243)
ebandive: Your babies are adorable! Loved the pictures hahaha

:blush::hugs:

QuartzandPyrite 03-21-2013 07:23 PM

:popcorn: keep it coming!

ebandive 03-21-2013 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QuartzandPyrite
:popcorn: keep it coming!

Agreed!

organicmama10 03-21-2013 11:57 PM

For starters we're what you may call crunchy. We recycle, compost, bike when able, generally eco conscious couple. Interestingly, when I was pregnant with DS, the idea of cloth diaper somehow never crossed our mind. Well, to be honest, I think we were occupied, umm overwhelmed to say the least.....bottles, bassinet, pumps, layettes, onesies, I don't know?? So, while we were waiting in the reception area awaiting the highly anticipated ultrasound appointment, we came across the ad for cloth diapers in a magazine. It was either bummis or bum genius, or both. The prints and colors were just so darn cute! We looked at each other and a light bulb went off. We KNEW that's what we're going to use. We received a few BG 4.0s from the baby shower. At the time, budget was tight and we don't have family around. We wanted to go with cloth regardless, so I researched and found a diaper service in our area that was affordable. We thought it would be a good alternative until we nail down being first time parents. Well, knowing that we are do to it full time, we opted to buy our own covers in lieu of rent. Coincidentally, the hospital uses cloth and so DS's bum was cloth! A few months later, we were ready to move on and we added pockets and ai2s as our stash.

Now with dd, we're pretty much and AIO family, slowly venturing into the fitteds and wool territory. Dd has sensitive skin and would benefit from being aired out from time to time. Having two local cloth retailers nearby, one being blocks away didn't help either. Friends and colleagues thought we're nuts but we love it!! We love talking cloth and bring it up whenever possible or as it comes up in conversations. I guess you can say t
We were hooked since day 1! :)

thirdtimemomma 03-22-2013 10:12 AM

Well for it started with 12 kushies classics purchased just in case I ran out of sposies for my 11 yo. I prepped them before she was born and fell in love with the cute polka dots and little yellow duckies. After she was born I used those 12 and some Gerber PF at home and sposies when out. I worked so we used a lot of sposies. Then when she was 9mo I quite working and she out grew her diapers and I bought 20 kushies ultra AIO from Kellys Closet. I still only used those at home and paper when out. I was a closet CDer and if some one came to visit I would change her to paper and his the diaper pail! I got made fun of a lot by the few who knew. Well really one lady who would make mention of it in public. And they were leaky and stinky. Lol.

Then my husband quite one of his two jobs and we found we were expecting #2 so I bought bumkins covers and lots of Gerber pfs. And used those one the two kids still using sposies a lot till I was expecting #3. Then I bought a package called Kellys Favourite Diapering System from KC it was DSQ pf, bumkjns covers and a few FB for nights. I actually bought two sets, one in smalls and one in med. We used those pockets and loved them so much I bought some wonderoos and was hooked. I returned all my sposies from my baby shower and used cloth 100% from there on out. We then bought a whole stash of wonderoos. One size pocket diapers agree what got me hooked and made me unashamed!

I have used every system out there but always come back to is pockets. I think its neat that I used the original is pocket, wonderoos.

For the last five children we have only used paper on occasion, like long vacation or nights or drought or because they were free. Every time I do I hate it, they are awful and just don't work like my cloth. Well except at night, sposies are better at night. Lol.

Kabuki24 03-22-2013 10:27 AM

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This is so awesome!!!!

c&w's mama 03-22-2013 10:32 AM

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:giggle:

2much2luv 03-22-2013 10:50 AM

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When I was pregnant with my first (who is nearly 13 now) I got a catalog in the mail. I can't remember where it was from but it had these rainbow serged contours and nicki's covers in it. I was intrigued mostly, I'll admit, by the cute factor. I wasn't particularly into natural living in other ways at that point, but they did look cute and soft and squishy.

I did a little bit of research (I think we had internet access already) and everything just seemed like a hug investment, so we went with a diaper service which provided us with prefolds and bsww. That went well for a couple of months but buying our own stash began to feel like a better idea, so I bought a couple dozen Premium DSQ prefolds from Granitesmith on ebay and a few bummis. That is all I used for that child. I used those for my second child also (11 now) for most of her diapering.

When she was well over 1 I discovered the MDC diapering board and got sucked into the madness. She was nearly done with diapers, though I spent plenty of time on diapers for her, but at that point but I was pregnant with baby #3 and building a newbie stash was so much fun! So my 3rd daughter was well diapered.

Sadly my fourth daughter wasn't cloth diapered at all. I think it must have been some sort of burn out. Now I am very happily cloth diapering my fifth baby. I thought this time I would keep it simple with pockets or something very streamlined, but the wool bug bit me so that's what we're all about.

jelliescat 03-22-2013 12:48 PM

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I was a CD baby in the 70's my cousins were CD babies in the 80's and in 2003 when DS #1 was born he was a CD baby. Mothering.com and DiaperSwapers turned me into the addict from all the fluffy mail pics. Thats when the Hyena diaper phrase started and I was there for the opening day of Hyena cart with a custom wool longies purchase from oh shoot I can't remember... it was the lady who started Hyena cart. Anyway the WAHMs were awsome the stalkings were outragious, the drama was DRAMA. Elbees had a waiting list 6 months to a year long. My favorite WAHM's were Mudpie Babies AIO's, Full Moon Baby Gear, Fluffy Mail, Christian Creations and custom wool longies and shorties from a number of different WAHM's. Cranky Pants and having all the Fruit prints in a certain fitted (can't remember the name) were all the rage. I spent a fourtune on diapers and covers. I could have diapered 3 kids and wash twice a week with the amount of diapers I had. My stash is still pretty large and I havn't had a kid in 6 years. #3 is expected in September. I'm not going to go crazy this time. I have brand new fitteds from Christian Creations still in the packaging from DS#2 that I never even tried on him. I was going to sell them but never got around to it. I have custom dinosaur longies and hand dyed t-shirt that have never been worn because DS#2 got such a bad rash when he wore cloth. Didn't get a rash with sposies. So I am going to wait patiently until #3 arrives, use what I have and weed out what works and what doesn't and then make some small purchases here and there. I will not be an addict this time around.

Terra76 03-23-2013 08:56 AM

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Love reading these!! More please :giggle2:

AZmommy 03-23-2013 11:04 AM

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I always knew I'd CD it was how I was raised. Cloth for home disposables for out and about. It seemed logical to me.
When pregnant with my first in 2002 I stocked up an what I assumed were THE cloth diapers gerbers. I had gerber flats and all cotton prefolds and the ones with the foam batting centers and pins and pul on pants in NB and smalls..and lots of bbay washcloths
I was SET! I spent the next few months practicing my folding and pinning techiques...

October 26.2002 at 4:16pm baby arrives 6lbs .05oz (whats that a rasin?) 18 inches she is jaundiced so we spent about 5 additional days in the hospital and she comes home at 5lbs 10oz..
I'm eager to try the cloth so as soon as were home I get that silly pamper off of her (which was huge) and go for the cloth I read for a flat cause I wanted to show off my swsome folding skills... Ummmm wait this things is HUGE,, Its folded down small enough but now its soo thick it is eatting my baby.. Lets try the prefolds ummm yea I think not.. I go back to the flats and out of frustration take one and CUT it in half.. Okay well Now i get fit it on her lets add the pants.. Wait huh this thing goes clear over her head, these leg holes are a JOKE I can fit her entire body through one.. :headscratch::headscratch::headscratch:

I tried but first feeding and her signature explosive poo and I was DRENCHED,, eww so it was back to disposables which leaked too but gave better containment..
FOr the next 3-4 months we used disposables in hope she'd grown into the cloth. We spents HUNDREDS on sposies as our super pooper was averaging 20 diapers a day..
Then one day I think wouldn't it be cool if they made a cloth diaper that worked like a disposable came with fasteners water proofing etc.. and decided to search the internet.. :blush::thumbsup:
By the end I'd made my first order I bought 2 5 pack Kushie AIOs in infants and 2 8 pack Kushie basic diapers and bummi PUll on whisper pants (which I miss ordered I'd ment to do the SWW)
They arrived SOOOOO addorable and soft.. The fitted and covers worked! the AIOs sadly were huge still but a spark was lit and I wanted to see if their was more.. SO back to the internet I went and this time also found some diapering boards and asked questions... LEarned about wool, and hemp about premium prefolds compared to gerbers.
Eventually I ended up with a stash of snuggle up flannal fitted, premium cotton prefolds Bummi SWW hemp stay dry doublers and wooly bottom covers and snappis.
I was hooked....

MommaKatie 03-23-2013 09:47 PM

Oh this is fun! My cousin's wife cloth diapered and mentioned it to me in an email to me when I was way pregnant with my first child. I thought "eww. No thanks. We'll be using pampers." And use pampers we did. They were all DD could wear without breaking out. Fast forward 16 months and DS was born and all he could wear were pampers sensitive and he still had alligator skin anywhere the diaper touched because they dried out his skin so badly. Another cousin handed down a half dozen or so eBay pockets and my baby's skin looked beautiful. Tail between my legs I emailed my cousins wife. I was on a budget and open to suggestion. Armed with some knowledge and our sposie budget for the month, I bought, if I recall correctly, 4 small bummis super snap and 6 medium bummis super snap off Craigslist, 4 Econobum seconds, 18 infant LL seconds, 3.5 dozen premium LL seconds, a handful of snappis and 2 wetbags. My cousins wife sent me some very used covers, her retired diaper sprayer and some hemp doublers. We probably could have very cheaply diapered our kids forever with that stash but I found Diaperswappers! We tried several other things, only to come back to prefolds and covers, only I found Flips, which DH and I both preferred over the bummis and econobums. We've been happily cloth diapering for over 2 years. :)

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2much2luv 03-23-2013 11:47 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by jelliescat (Post 16424030)
I will not be an addict this time around.

famous last words :giggle:

babycat42 03-24-2013 12:25 AM

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Love this thread.

AshleeRose 03-24-2013 03:39 PM

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Technically my first time using cloth was when my first daughter was starting to potty train at age 3. I tried pull ups but they were SUCH a pain, and I kept hearing bad things about disposable trainers and how they prolong the whole process. I was discouraged. One day, I noticed some cute underwear-like training pants at Target. Gerber training pants with a little extra cotton in the middle for minor absorbancy. My daughter took to them very well...she was able to have a tiny "warning" accident in them without her pants getting wet and then would run to the bathroom. Soon she wasn't having any accidents at all! I rejoiced :yay:. The seed of curiousity about using cloth 100% was planted. ;)

My husband and I then bought a duplex in the city, moved in/became landlords at the same time, and eventually baby girl #2 came along - but started off wearing sposies. We got into the WAPF/real food movement, joined a local co-op (Mississippi Market - fab place!), and that was the first time I saw true modern cloth diapers - Gdiapers - sitting next to all the other eco friendly baby items. I looked them over but didn't buy any. I also started reading the blog Young House Love where a post about their stash of BGEs caught my eye. I asked hubby about switching - I wanted it to be a mutual decision since he changes all diapers when I work evenings/weekends. He was less than enthusiastic and I dropped the subject.

Joining the co-op introduced up to a more green and self-sufficient way of living, and we began an effort to reduce waste in our home. Hubby saw just how much trash we were producing from diapers alone + what our tenants threw out, and I could tell it bugged him. I thought about cloth as a solution and knew I had a pretty solid case for switching. When DD #2 was around a year old, I casually brought it up again, this time with research to back up my idea. He actually listened, was intrigued, and agreed to give cloth a try! I was SO excited!!! I decided to sample a variety of stuff - osocozy, kissaluvs, thirsties, bummis, imse vimse, bottombumpers, mommy's touch, swaddlebees, softbums, babykicks, little beetle...I had a couple of products from each brand, and loved how every diaper had different benefits, uses, and fit. I found myself bringing a new diaper to work on occasion to show my coworkers how cute they were. I started suggesting cloth to any new mom announcements on my facebook feed. I then discovered a mom I went to hs with who now used cloth and she invited me to join her new Minnesota CD group on facebook. I finally got to chat with other moms who supported/shared my passion and helped me with any issues. Then another MN CD group was discovered, the two groups merged and began to grow, and now we have a few hundred members! This kept the love for cloth alive and kicking, introduced me to a gazillion other brands to try, and still has me joining new blogs, fan pages, etsy stores, ANYTHING to do with cloth.

....Now I'm expecting baby #3 in August and I am SUPER excited to CD a NEWBORN! I'm actively researching and planning what to add to my stash now, and furthermore I just joined diaperswappers too (this is my second post!) The addiction continues...dun dun dun!


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