This past week cloth diaper bloggers threw a carnival on the subject “What you wish you knew then that you know now.” There were some great posts.
- The place to start is The EcoChic, where the cloth diaper carnival is explained. She wished she had known other cloth diapering parents.
- Cheap Fluffy Butts wishes she had known how easy it was to wash cloth diapers.
- It’s Linds wishes she had started with a trial package before stocking up while pregnant on diapers her baby couldn’t use.
- The Cloth Diaper Experiment wishes she had known how easy cloth diapers would be and had started with cloth diapers from the beginning.
- A Mother’s Earth writes that the most important thing she learned is that every parent finds their own way through the products and information available.
- Motherhood Moments wishes she would have started with cloth diapers from the beginning, knowing that she would switch to a more natural approach.
- If Our Life Upstate had it to do all over again, she would buy all one size cloth diapers.
- A Smaller Footprint would try a bigger variety of cloth diapers.
- The carnival host was Dirty Diaper Laundry. She would have told herself, “Don’t buy site unseen diapers, you get what you pay for, and never boil prefolds in a tiny apartment.”
There are 23 posts in all on what cloth diaper users have learned, what they wish they had known, and what they now tell others about cloth diapers. Especially if you are new to cloth diapering, read their experiences and their conclusions as you decide how you will choose cloth diapers.
Another article that is not part of the cloth diaper blog carnival but summarizes a lot of great advice for new cloth diaper users is “10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Cloth Diapering” by Cathy Cagle posted on DiaperPin.com.
A lot of Parenting By Nature customers come to us confused because they’ve read so much information about cloth diapers. We send new parents to our cloth diaper systems article to help them make the choice that has the best chance of working for them. Even then, it is really important to let them know that there is no right or wrong in cloth diapers only a variety of personal needs and experiences.
The issue is simple (catch the pee and poop) and the solutions can be simple as well, which brings me to what I wish I knew when I first started cloth diapering my first child when she was born twelve years ago.
What Do I Wish I Knew Then?
What I wish I knew then that I know now about cloth diapers is simple, and it’s about keeping it simple.
I started out with flat terry/flannel diapers and made my own shaped flannel diapers. Things got more complicated from there as I diapered two children.
I wish I had known that no elaborate diaper is going keep my baby happier or do the job better than a simple diaper. The simplest of absorbent diapers will not only do the job well but will cost less money. If I had it to do all over, I would use organic cotton flat diapers or prefold diapers and wool soakers or 100% wool diaper covers and forget the rest.