Like many new dads, my husband thought I was crazy when I told him I was considering using cloth diapers when I was pregnant. He kept shaking his head at me and raising his eyebrows making me feel like maybe I really have gone too far with being 'green.'
I did a ton of research since everyone I mentioned it to thought I was just as crazy as he did. I looked online and tried deciphering all the acronyms and learned about all the different types and brands of cloth diapers. Even with all this research, I felt lost.
Luckily, a coworker of mine who was pregnant had decided to cloth diaper and mentioned it to me. I was so excited because now I had someone to talk to and ask questions. Her sister cloth diapered and it turned out another teacher at our school had cloth diapered her child as well. I didn't feel as crazy anymore.
I found a local store, Zoolikins (formerly Wildflower Diapers), that offered free cloth diaper classes. It was the closest store to us, but I finally convinced my husband to go even though it was an hour away. It was about a month before my due date when we actually went. The class was full and so informative! The store associate gave us the facts and then threw in a few opinions on her favorite diapering systems and detergents. After we learned all about them, we were able to go and touch/feel/play with them. They even had a baby size teddy bear to try the diapers on.
Because I'm a cheapo, I always thought we would do prefolds and covers, especially with the larger start up cost of cloth. My husband was definitely against that after we went to the class. He hated the Snappi-he said it was too sharp and what if we scratched the baby. We both decided that a one size diaper would be the most cost effective for us. We considered a lot of different brands, (well I had beforehand) but we actually went with one I had never heard of until we attended the class-Fuzzibunz. I was fascinated with the adjustable elastic which seemed like such a better idea than the snap down rise. My husband was fascinated by the soft fleece. He even rubbed the sample diaper against his cheek. We wanted to make sure we were absolutely certain, so we didn't buy our diapers that day.
After doing more research and wanting to know why some diapers are $5 and others are $20, I decided we should only invest in ten Fuzzibunz to start. We also bought ten Babyland and 10 Sunbaby diapers. I prepped all the diapers and they were ready for Baby J when she came home from the hospital.
The Fuzzibunz worked great, but the cheaper pocket diapers did not. They always leaked out of the legs. A few days into CDing, we decided to buy 10 more Fuzzibunz. We put the 20 diapers that were leaking into a space bag and thought we would use them in a few months when Baby J was bigger, even though she was 9lbs. 7oz. when she was born.
|Baby J is eight days old here in a Fuzzibunz diaper.|
A couple weeks after we received our new diapers, I saw an ad on Craigslist for Fuzzibunz. The ad was for 26 diapers barely used-the mother had decided not to use cloth-and I got them for $10 a piece! I was stoked! Convincing hubby wasn't too hard, but he did say that I was cut off from buying anymore cloth diapers since we had enough. :( That was okay. I always told myself that it was crazy how some people could become addicted to buying so many diapers. Hahaha!! Here was another one of those mom moments where you look back at what you said before you had kids.
|A month old|
|Almost two months old|
My hubby is now a pro at changing diapers. He never sprays a poopy one and he doesn't stuff the pockets or adjust the elastic, but every once in awhile he'll take the clean laundry out to the backyard for me.
|This is actually a Sunbaby diaper because at the time, we didn't have any red Fuzzibunz-see how it left a red mark on her?|
|Large fitted Muttaqin-11 months|
He is the one who wanted to start Bum Luxury and he even came up with the name. Now that I'm buying and selling diapers all the time, it's fun to see him put a new type of diaper on Baby J. He always asks to make sure he's done it right and he has. :)
|My two favorite people:)|
So, to all the dads out there that are scared to do cloth, it's not that different than disposables, as long as your wife is doing the laundry!