Tell us about yourself! What is your name? How many little ones do you have? How long have you used cloth diapers?
My name is Andrea and I'm a mama to two little ones. Mickey who is 19 months and Josie who is 7 weeks. I've been cloth diapering both of them from the beginning and I wouldn't have it any other way!
What made you decide to use cloth diapers?
I decided to use cloth diapers because I couldn't stand to know that I was contributing such a HUGE amount of waste to landfills...waste that would take hundreds of years to decompose! Hubby was right on board from the get go (thank God!)
What was the first cloth diaper you bought?
The first cloth diapers we bought were Happy Heinys OS. I couldn't get them to not leak at first, it was really frustrating. Everytime I changed Mickey's diaper, I'd have to change his whole outfit. Then we tried fitteds and prefolds, those seemed to work MUCH better for us.
Tell us about your cloth diaper stash:
Stash...hmmm, let's see. Two dozen newborn unbleached Indian prefolds and 4 XS Bummis covers to start. About 7 Happy Heinys OS, a whole bunch of fitteds...Thirsties (my fave, not incredibly absorbent, but sooo trim), Happy Heinys sherpa fitteds, Crickett's hemp fitteds, Bamboozle, and lots of WAHM fitteds. I LOVE to try out new diapers...I'm still on the lookout for the BEST diaper. Hopefully I'll find that one day. ;)
What is your favorite cloth diaper? Why?
Fave is Thirsties. They're soft, the colors are great, they are not too expensive, they're made in the US, and they dry REALLY fast. They may not be the most absorbent, but we just add a doubler in between the diaper and the cover, and voila! more absorbency!
Tell us about your wash routine:
I wash everyday. Cold, hot, double rinse. Pretty much the same as everyone else it seems. I tried soap nuts, but I wasn't real crazy about them. I just use regular free & clear laundry soap, nothing fancy.
Have your friends and family been supportive of your decision?
Everyone has been really supportive. And if they weren't then too bad, it's our decision and I'm very proud that we made it! :)
Any challenges with using cloth diapers? What did you do about it?
The leaking in the beginning was the biggest challenge, that was soooo frustrating! But we just kept trying out new things until we found what worked for us!
Your best piece of advice for someone new to cloth diapering
Just keep trying different things until you find what works for you. Don't give up!
Your favorite scripture, quote, or anything else that you'd like to add?
"Dear Lord, The gods have been good to me. For the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here's the deal: You freeze everything the way it is, and I won't ask for anything more. If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal." - Homer Simpson. I just love that. I feel that God has been so good to me, I am truly blessed to have the family and friends that I have. :) :)
I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a wife, friend, and semi-crunchy, babywearing, attached, gentle mama to the sweetest little boy. Baby #2 is scheduled to arrive around April 12th. I always try to look for the blessings in everyday life, and I'm constantly reminded that this is the day that the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it.