Why cloth diapering? Why now…

Here I am two weeks away from having my second child and I have had this fabulous idea of starting a new blog.  I am a 28 year old stay at home mom with 2 part time businesses.  I am wife of 5 years to Matthew and mother to Jack (2 years) and we live in Gardendale, AL a small community in Jefferson County just 10 minutes north of Birmingham.  When my son Jack was born 2 years ago, a passing thought about cloth diapering came and went but it seemed too overwhelming to take on.  I mean, I had bigger concerns, yes?  Like…figuring out how to be a mom!

He was born with bright red hair, blue eyes and super sensitive skin.  Every time I changed his diaper his sweet newborn skin was red and bumpy but I figured that there was nothing I could do about it but use diaper cream.  So, we continued to buy and buy and buy lots of disposable diapers and some diaper creams, spending what little money we had.

About 9 months ago, we became pregnant with our 2nd child and I started mulling over the idea of cloth diapering.  I did a little reading here and there but it all seemed incredibly overwhelming.  I didn’t know the difference between pocket diapers, diaper covers, pre-folds, etc.  But a friend of mine introduced me to a friend of hers who started cloth diapering with her 2nd one last year and I decided to spend the day with her watching her every move and hoping to soak up as much knowledge about cloth diapering as I could to determine if this was going to be a good fit for us.  At the end of that day, I was ecstatic at how easy everything seemed to be!  And when I went home and did the math (I’m a numbers gal) and saw how much money we were going to save cloth diapering with our next one, I couldn’t help but jump on board the cloth diapering wagon.

Deciding to join in on this community is very exciting for me.  Not only will it help me flesh out this process but it can hopefully be a place where like-minded moms and dads, perhaps even in the Birmingham area can come to find out how to start and continue the journey of cloth diapering.  Since I myself am brand new to this endeavor, here are a few questions I have/had…

  • Why are people spending tons of money on pocket diapers when you can use inserts and a few covers over and over and save 100’s of dollars?
  •  How do you cloth diaper a newborn?
  • Is it okay to take your own cloth diapers to the hospital when your little one enters the world?
  • What are the advantages of cloth diapering besides saving money?
  • How do you switch your toddler over to cloth diapers?
  • Are there health concerns as well as environmental concerns?
  • Also, how much do I need to initially invest to get started?

These are just a few of the questions that I am going to flesh out over time here and I hope you will join me with lots of questions and comments so we can all learn and make the best decisions about covering the bums of our little ones.