Did You Know a Cloth Diapering Family Before You Started?

I did!  Thankfully Rebecca had a newborn when I was in the later stages of my pregnancy.  She guided me through the very confusing world of cloth diapers and even took me to a consignment store to help me buy the gear.

Recently I met a mom in Maryland who lamented that she would have used cloth, but she just didn’t know a single soul who had ever tried.  Were you in that boat?  Did you try them anyway?  Are you worried about trying them?  We’d love to be your guide if you’re hesitant to jump in.  Please feel free to comment or even email us if you have cloth diapering questions.  Or read our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet for tips, diagrams and definitions!


  1. i briefly had an acquaintance who cloth diapered, and it was enough to pique our interest. thankfully, at least, there is a ton of info online, so i did a lot of research there.

    now, through le leche league, i actually know a number of moms who use cloth, but we figured it on our own in the beginning.

    i do wish i’d known about creating an online diaper registry. the upfront cost dissuades many from trying. (although i am–and i know you are–a big fan of simple pre-folds, which are a great and inexpensive way to go.)

  2. Nope, not really. Just read about it online.

  3. Well, both my parents and my in-laws CD’d, so in a sense I guess, yes. But, in terms of “modern” CDing? No – just looking into it online. Funny, actually, so many of my mommy friends were shocked that I would even try it. Or they said, “You say you’re going to CD now, but just wait until you bring the baby home.” Well, baby is home (has been for 2 months now – WOW!) and CDing is going great. We love our prefolds+covers and recently started with pockets at night. We had the greenmountaindiaper newborn package on our registry and that made it really easy. And we bought the next size up a few weeks ago – $60 outlay for the next 4-5 months. What a deal!

    Additionally we’ve done some traveling where we’ve used disposables. We found a brand we are generally happy with, but they don’t measure up to the cloth! When we get home we are always so happy to put our little one back in her soft diapers and cute covers. 🙂

  4. My parents cloth diapered and I have a sibling with enough of an age difference that I remember it. I looked into it online and found the options from there. I did have a friend who cloth diapered, and when she found out i was interested she bought me cloth diaper stuff for my baby shower (I think she got me a snappi, a BG one-size pocket, and a thirsties cover). It helped knowing it was even an option anymore.

  5. I met someone who had tried cloth diapering and said that it didn’t work because they were always getting leaks. But the idea still interested me. I briefly tried when my son was about 9 months and continues part-time until he outgrew the diapers.

    It wasn’t until my daughter was about 2 months that I couldn’t stand the cost of diapering or throwing MORE diapers in the landfill. I did a lot of research and taught myself everything I know about them. 6 months later we’re cloth diapering both kids full time and I’m loving it.

    I wish it was a more well known option. Until I met that person I didn’t even know it was an option. And when I had my son I was still overwhelmed with having one kid to really search out help for using my cloth diapers.

  6. Like most things in life, having a “mentor” is so key to success! I wish I had known someone personally who used cloth diapers. I was very close to trying it, but I had a lot of unknowns and my husband had a lot of questions I couldn’t answer!

  7. michelle says

    My mother did have a cloth service, but used Pampers when they had the money for them. With the service and the old fashioned diapers – she couldn’t help at all with advice about my ‘new fangled’ cloth or how to wash them since she didn’t have to. No one else I know used/uses cloth. I joined groups online and spent lots of time reading how-to’s on the internet. Basically everyone we know thinks we’re crazy for using them (including my husband – who will immediately put disposables on when he comes home and changes the baby!)

  8. I knew someone who was in the end fo those years with her kids when I was still in college, which was enough to put the idea in my head. I did all the research online and eventually chose the same system my friend had used – however, we ended up only using it until my son was crawling and starting to walk, when it stopped working for us. We ended up going back to basics with prefolds and pins and I love it! They are so easy and I find them less bulky than what we were using before.

    For parents with no idea where to start…start with prefolds! They are inexpensive and will have a life beyond diapers when your kids outgrow that stage. If nothing else, it gives you a chance to test the waters before making a big investment, and then when you know better what’s out there, you can make a decision about fancier stuff.

    And buy a diaper sprayer. Best $50 I ever spent!

  9. With a wave to the January 2008 mamas, especially the Cushie Tushies!

    I joined an online birth board (and those women have saved me several times over, but that’s a different thread). There was a cloth diapering sub-group that I followed for months, picking up many tips, before I ordered my first cloth diapers when my daughter was 8 months old.

    Since I started I’ve discovered that a number of other mothers I know, including at least two at my church, also use cloth diapers.

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