Cloth Diapering – Getting Started
I wanted to start cloth diapering from the beginning when we had our first little girl. I had a chunk of cash set aside for the diapers and started doing research. A year and a half later, when our second was about to be born, I was still using disposables. I was so intimidated by all the options out there that I couldn’t bring myself to make a decision. I was then committed to make the switch, in time for our second to be born, using the fact that we now had two in diapers as my motivation.
Thankfully, a few businesses out there made this process much easier (well, not easier… probably more complicated, but much less stressful) for me. A handful of businesses (at the time, I know that this number has grown) started offering a diaper trial program and/or the ability to exchange diapers after giving them a try for a certain number of days. This was exactly what I was looking for!
When I started, I tried out over 30 different diapers. I had no clue where to start, and I’m a research fanatic, so in my mind, I had no choice but to try them all. This gave me a very good idea of most of what was out there and I was finally able to make an educated decision on what diapers I wanted to invest in.
Two businesses I really enjoyed working with were:
Jillian’s Drawers – They have free shipping on all orders over $99, will accept returned diapers as long as there are no stains for up to 30 days, and they have a great $10 diaper trial program. Not to mention, they have a great business model / treat their employees exceptionally well.
Nicki’s Diapers – They have free shipping on all orders over $75 and will accept returns on stain free diapers for up to 15 days. They also have some great prices and carry their own brand Imagine.
If you’re just starting out, I would suggest narrowing down a few different criteria (for example, I was dead set on snaps – no velcro in my laundry!) and then just start trying some. Use one of the companies that allows you to try and return, or just purchase one at a time. Honestly, after going though a a handful of trials, I’ve come to realize that there are some things that you can’t determine within 15-20 days of use. One being how they are going to stand up over time – I’ve found that brands like Fuzzy Bunz and Rump-a-Roos tend to only last about a year (if that) before the elastic is shot. Two, being how they are going to work as your baby grows, starts moving more, etc. My preference has also been different from baby to baby… I couldn’t stand the fitted diapers with my first two, but they are now my favorite for my fourth.
Bottom line – just start trying them. Using the trial program or purchasing… you will use them once you get into it.