When I was growing up and asked my parents if I could go do something they always asked who, what, when, where and why. The hardest was always why.
My husband and I believe that having a firm why to everything you do is vital. Not understanding why you do something leaves you open to doubt, failure and often misleads those watching you.
Choosing to cloth diaper starts with a why.
Why Cloth Diaper?
I have blogged about why I cloth diaper and why others would choose to cloth diaper many times over the last 3 years. Below are links to posts dealing with environmental, financial and health reasons to choose cloth diapers.
- Are Disposable Diapers Really That Bad?
- This Is Why We Use Cloth Diapers!
- Why Choose Cloth Diapers: Health Reasons
- Disposable Diapers: Environmental Time Bomb
- Cloth Diapering to Save Money
And you must check out the 5 winning stories of the “Why I Cloth Diaper” contest.
Once a family becomes firm on their why, they begin to answer the other 4 Ws: who, what, when and where.
There are a couple of ways to answer the who.
First, who are you? This is tied to the why. Are you a struggling parent just trying to give your baby the best? Are you devoted to saving the environment? Is your life filled with all things healthy?
You’re probably a mix of 1 or more of these. Who you are isn’t defined by whether you cloth diaper or not. You’ll quickly find, though, that your support will be found by interacting with others with the same drive as you.
Who can also be the “who do I trust to buy cloth diapers from?” As in every other area of sales there is someone waiting to scam you. Follow these steps laid out in How to Successfully Buy Used Cloth Diapers to ensure a smooth transaction.
Answering the who this way leads right into the where.
Where do you buy your cloth diapers?
All About Cloth Diapers is blessed to have 13 wonderfully loyal advertisers. You can find their ads in the sidebar and at the end of every blog post. All are places I have shopped with confidence and recommend frequently.
So, we’ve answered the Why, Who and Where. Next, is the when.
When Is The Right Time to Start Cloth Diapering?
Right from the start…or RIGHT NOW! It doesn’t matter how old your child is they can be cloth diapered. Well, as long as they’re not potty trained :)
I began cloth diapering in 2005, when my first son Haven was 15 months old. You can read more about my start in How My Cloth Diaper Journey Began.
I’ve chronicled cloth diapering a newborn with Paisley, Sterling and our most recent baby Camden.
Thinking about cloth diapering but not sure if it’s smart (because baby is close to potty training, you are moving soon, you are expecting….)? Give it a try and let me know what you think after 30 days ;)
And finally we come to the BIG question…
What the heck do I buy??
If you’re new to cloth diapers the choices seem overwhelming. If you are a veteran…the choices are overwhelming.
No one can try every cloth diaper. I’ve tried more than a hundred and my friend Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry has the video proof that she’s tried at least 100.
First, you need to learn the lingo. Here are a few posts giving you some basic starter information:
- Overwhelmed? Cloth Diapers 101
- New To Cloth Diapers? Part 1
- New to Cloth Diapers? Part 2
- New to Cloth Diapers?
After you become familiar with what the different cloth diaper styles are you can begin choosing what you might like to try. Many online stores offer trial packs. This gives you the opportunity to see if a certain style or fabric will work on your child without completely wasting your money.
This has been a link heavy post but I pray it brings clarity to the big world of cloth diapers.