Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cloth Diaper Tip Tuesday

Diaper Tip Tuesday is going to have a THEME this month!!! I LOVE themes!!!

November 2009

How to Build a Cloth Diaper Stash
Week 1: How did you decide on what styles and brands of diapers to purchase?
I made my decision on what to buy from looking at various websites and by asking questions on a baby message board. I procrastinated for almost a month after deciding I wanted to try them, mainly because I was afraid to order them online. One night I came across a link for retailers on the Kissaluv website and discovered a cloth diaper retailer near where I live. The next day I called the retailer & got directions to her store. The store carried a wide variety of styles, but because I had already done my research online I only looked at the Kissaluvs contours and a basket of used covers.

I chose the Kissaluvs contour because it was shaped to fit my baby without any folding & because the soaker was attached & couldn't get lost. I wasn't comfortable with the idea of used diapers, but I was ok with used covers because they just go on the outside to keep the wetness off baby's clothes. I have never liked velcro on clothing or shoes, so I never considered using a cover with velcro. It was a long time before I tried any diaper products with velcro, I still prefer snaps.

I think that if I had looked at EVERYTHING that first day I probably would have gotten overwhelmed again. Instead, I walked out with enough diapers to get my daughter out of disposables during the day & a definite feeling of accomplishment. Once I had made the leap to actually buying my first cloth diapers, I was no longer afraid to purchase online. The ease of using contours also helped me to get over my fear of prefolds. I started out only intending to cloth diaper part time, but quickly found I loved it so much I wanted to be rid of disposables completely.

After my initial purchase, I started watching for sales, deals & giveaways and slowly increased my stash one or two diapers at a time. My local retailer has clearances on a fairly regular basis & so do many of the online retailers I frequent. Blogs, Facebook & Twitter giveaways are always happening. By paying attention & dilligently entering the giveaways that interest me the most, I've been able to add at least 10 FREE diapers to my stash.

If you'd like to join this carnival, get the info at The Cloth Diaper Report and add yourself to the McLinky! Be sure to check back next week for Week 2: How many cloth diapers are in an ideal stash per child? What is your reality?

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Carly said...

I have wanted to try the Contours. Do they work well? I am looking for a fitted that holds a lot is affordable.

Emi said...

I tried my first contour diaper this month! It's a contour with elastic on the legs to help contain messes by Bumkins. It's definitely a good option for people who want something more formed/trim than prefolds, but more affordable than fitteds.

And I hear you about used diapers. I've bought some covers from friends, but like you felt OK since it was an outer layer. Thanks for the Diaper Tips!

Amber Liddle said...

I have never tried a contour diaper--I think it's the only type that I haven't tried!