I did a lot of research in the months before W was born, all in preparation for our journey through cloth diapering so I felt very well prepared. We have faced some minor hiccups along the road but overall we have had a wonderful cloth diapering experience. After 9 months on this journey, there are a few things I wish I had known going in.
- Diaper Houdini. I wish I had known that W would have his Diaper Houdini abilities when it came hook and loop! We are still hook and loop fans in this house but I have also discovered a love for snap diapers. W can’t take them off on his own! This problem has an easy fix though. We just make sure he is always wearing a onesie or shorts/pants if he is wearing a diaper with an aplix closure.
- Giant Stash. I can admit that we probably don’t need quite as many diapers as we have especially now that W is with his sitter during the days all week. She has agreed to use cloth but we were battling a yeast infection and I just haven’t switched back to cloth during the day. W is still wearing cloth in the evenings and on the weekends. Even when we were using cloth all day long, we still had plenty of diapers. One positive to having a large stash with different types of diapers is the fact that we were able to figure out which diapers we really liked using with W! Still, it is a lot to store!
- Variety. I am the one in the family that is most excited by the variety of diapers we have in our stash. It’s fun to have a lot of different diapers but it does make laundry time a bit of a chore if you like to have everything matched up in terms of pockets and inserts. There is definitely something to be said for having only one type of diaper or at least having a stash that is predominately one type of diaper. It does make life a lot easier! But I still love all the different fluff!
- Clothing sizes. I read all about this but didn’t really think it would matter. Well, depending on the diaper W is wearing it does matter. It’s definitely something to consider but with the diapers that have a more trim fit, it isn’t an issue. So, you have to play this one by ear. I do have to take a moment to acknowledge that it is true for us in certain diaper/pants combinations!
- Sunning and vinegar. Prior to cloth diapering, I had read some about sunning and how it works miracles. Until recently, I didn’t have a reason to sun any of our diapers or inserts. When an especially messy diaper left one of our GroVia inserts stained after multiple washes, I turned to sunning and it does work miracles! In addition to getting out the stains, it also left the insert smelling extremely fresh! I need to sun more of our inserts. Vinegar is one topic I hadn’t read much about until I was searching for a way to reduce some minor stinkies in some of our inserts. It has been a great addition to our cloth diaper laundry from time to time. If you’d like to learn more about using distilled white vinegar as part of your cloth diaper laundry routine, I recommend this article at DiaperPin.com.
What do you wish you had known before you began cloth diapering? What advice would you give new moms beginning their cloth diaper journey? Any tips for a mama who is 9 months into the journey?