Cloth Diaper Blog Carnival: What you wish you knew then that you know now

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.

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

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.

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3 thoughts on “Cloth Diaper Blog Carnival: What you wish you knew then that you know now”

  1. Thanks for writing this up! It is a nice summation of what the many moms has to say. It is amazing how different we are all, but I think we all share the goal of reducing our baby’s footprint on the earth.

    Join us for the next carnival Aug 25! Topic TBD by a vote of members.

    • Thanks for the comment! I agree, every parent is so very different, which is why it’s wonderful that there are as many cloth diapering systems as there are parents. 🙂


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