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Getting Started With Cloth Diapering

Getting all the diaper ready for action!

I’ve been saying “this is the week!” for weeks and weeks, but finally I really mean it.  This is the week that we are starting cloth diapering.  I’ve been holding off until now for a couple of reasons.

Before Cullen was even born, I decided we’d start out in disposables.  I figured having a new life to take care of was enough of a life change for us, and we didn’t need to over-complicate things at the beginning.  A few weeks went by, and I knew we could start the diapers at any time, but they always looked so BIG compared to his tiny newborn body.  I kept waiting and waiting for him to get bigger, while my cloth diapers waited patiently in their packaging.

About two weeks ago, I thought perhaps it was time, so I tired one of the diapers on him.  Of course he pooped in it immediately, but I also realized that with these new bulky diapers he wouldn’t be able to wear any of his size 0-3 clothes anymore.  I wasn’t quite ready to make the jump to our 3-6 stash, so I put it off another few weeks.

Now here we are, 12 weeks old, wearing 3-6 month clothes, and ready to make the switch.

Unlike most organized and prepared pregnant women, for some reason I decided to avoid the cloth diaper preparations until after the baby came.  Not my best move.  So this week, while juggling work and a baby, I also did ten million loads of laundry to get these bad boys ready to be pooped in.

They are all prepped and washed, stuffed, and folded.  He’s been wearing them for a few days now and so far so good!  I’m sure that once we get going it will be a breeze, but it seems so complicated and overwhelming when you are reading and preparing to use them.  Wash cold, rinse cold, wash hot, rinse cold again, use half the soap, line dry in the sun — who has time for all this?

Obviously it can’t be that bad because so many moms rave about cloth diapering.  Hopefully I will be one of them soon!  I promise to write a follow up as soon as I figure out what I’m doing…

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