An Expectant Mom’s Guide to Cloth Diapers

An expectant mom's guide to cloth diapers

Are you looking for an eco-friendly diaper that won’t break the bank and will be gentle on your babies delicate skin?  Have you considered cloth diapering?

Is this the image that just entered your mind?

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Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirandella/3614912930/

Perhaps I should share with you some more modern photos of babies in cloth diapers.  This is my daughter in modern cloth diapers.

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bumGenius cloth diapers

Cloth diapers have changed quite a bit and are much more modern, easy to use, and fun.  I’m sure you may have a few questions, including the most common one, “What about the poop?”

What about the poop

The poop actually ends up in the toilet and is flushed away just like our own waste.  With new inventions like diaper liners and diaper sprayers, you don’t have to get your hands dirty when dumping the poop.

There are 4 basic types of cloth diapers (and several variations of each) that you should be familiar with; pockets, all-in-ones, pre-folds or flats, and fitteds.

Source: Kelly's Closet

Source: Kelly’s Closet

The most popular style is the pocket diaper.  You stuff an absorbent insert into a waterproof pocket before you place the diaper on your baby.  You can adjust the absorbency by placing extra inserts into the pocket.  Popular pocket diapers include the bumGenius 4.0, FuzziBunz Elite, and Rumparooz G2.

The easiest style of diaper is the all-in-one (AIO) style.  With an AIO, the waterproof cover and inserts are all connected.  There are no extra pieces, making this the most like a disposable diaper.  Popular AIO diapers include the GroVia AIO, bumGenius Freetime, and Thirsties AIO.

Prefold diapers are often referred to as “old fashioned” diapers because they are what most of us remember from the past.  An absorbent piece of fabric (much like what we use as burp rags today) can be layed inside a waterproof diaper cover (more modern than plastic pants) and easily secured to your baby with aplix (Velcro) or snaps.  Prefold diapers and covers remain one the most economical diapering options and is still quite popular.

Fitted diapers are a combination of a prefold and an AIO or pocket.  They can be secured to your baby with aplix or snaps but require a waterproof cover.  Many families prefer fitted diapers for nighttime use, when your baby pees the most.  Popular fitted diapers include the Sustainablebabyish fitted diapers, GroVia Kiwi Pie, and Thirsties Fab Fitted diapers.

cloth diaper terms and abbreviations

Once you start doing a little more research you might be confused with all the terms and abbreviations.  These are just a few of the most commonly used terms, for a complete list you can check out The Eco Chic’s Cloth Diaper Terms & Definitions, or Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Cloth Diaper Terms & Definitions.

AIO: All-in-one style of diaper.  In an AIO, the diaper cover and absrobent inserts are all one piece.

Aplix: The hook & loop closure on some diapers, much like Velcro (which is a brand name).

CD: Cloth diaper, cloth diapering, cloth diapers

Cover: A waterproof layer that surrounds prefolds, flats, or fitted diapers to keep your babies clothes dry.

Doubler: A thin, absorbent layer of fabric that can be added to a cloth diaper for more absorbency.

Flat: A large, single layer of fabric that can be folded and used in a diaper cover for the absorbent layer.  Flats are very economical and may be handwashed if needed while traveling or when a washing machine isn’t available.

Fluff Mail:  Since many cloth diaper retailers are online, when your diapers are shipped to you many parents refer to their packages as fluffy mail.

Microfiber: The most common type of fabric used for the absorbent inserts in diapers is made from a synthetic material known as microfiber.  May also be referred to as microfleece or microterry depending on the texture of the fabric.

One-size:  Many popular cloth diapers are sized to fit a baby from birth through potty training.  Generally speaking they should fit from around 8-40lbs.

PUL/TPU: Plyurethane laminate or thermoplastic urethane.  Both are the waterproof layer that is applied to the fabric on the diaper cover.

Stay dry:  A layer of fabric that is placed next to the babies skin to pull the moisutre away from your baby and into the absorbent material of the diaper.  Most stay dry fabrics are polyester.

WAHM:  Work-at-home-mom.  This may refer to a small business owner who makes and/or sells a product from their home.  Tampa Bay is home of many WAHM companies in the cloth diaper industry, such as Tushie Ties and Molly’s Suds.

what do i need to get started with cloth diapers

It really depends on your budget and the style of diapers that fit your lifestyle best, but generally speaking you’ll need diapers, wipes, a diaper pail, a wet bag, and some cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent to get started with cloth diapering.

Cloth diapers:  With cloth diapers you may need to change your babies diaper as often as every 1-3 hours.  You’ll need enough diapers to change our baby about 8-12 times a day.  If you want to wash every other day, you might need as few as 15+ diapers so you never run out. Double that if you have twins, triple that for triplets.

Wipes:  You’re already going to be doing diaper laundry so many parents decide to use reusable cloth wipes as well.  You’ll need around 12-24 wipes if you plan on washing every other day.  Wipes can be moistened with warm water or a cloth wipe solution.  To learn more, read my guide to How to Use Cloth Wipes.

Diaper Pail & Wet Bag:  These are used for storing your dirty diapers until you do laundry.  They are lined with a waterproof material and can be washed and reused.  A diaper pail can be placed inside a small kitchen trashcan, while a wet bag may be preferred for traveling or day trips.

Cloth Diaper Friendly Detergent:  The only thing you need to be careful with when washing your cloth diapers is the type of detergent that you use.  You’ll want a detergent that does not contain enzymes, fragrances, dyes, fabric softeners, whiteners, and bleach.  These ingredients may harm your diapers and prevent them from functioning.  There are even detergents specifically formulated for use with cloth diapers like, Rockin Green, Tiny Bubbles, and EcoSprouts.

Accessories:  There may be other items that are nice to have around like a diaper sprayer, but most of these items are optional.  One of my favorite accessories is the disposable diaper liners.  These thin sheets of flushable material lay on top of the diaper and can catch most of the poop.  When you change the diaper, the liner goes right into the toilet and poop is flushed away.

what local mom's say about cloth diapers

“Having triples, cloth diapers have saved us tons of money!”  - Christina P., mom and independent distributor for It Works!

“As ‘Thee Baby Lady,’ I encourage parents to start cloth diapering their babies at any age, because: 1) babies before 1949 survived just fine without disposables, 2) one disposable diaper may take up to 500 years to break down in the environment, and 3) potty training means you will be washing lots of underwear, shorts, pants, socks, carpets, and furniture anyway, so consider cloth trainers as well.”  -Christy W., Thee Baby Lady, a baby professional.

“Cloth diapers not only saved us money, but they also helped our sensitive skinned babies be diapered comfortably.  Disposables would cause rashes and eczema within a couple of days of use.  Soft and antibacterial bamboo velour diapers kept my babies comfortable and made the terrible rashes a thing of the past.”  -Crystal C, mom and owner of Tushie Ties cloth diapers.

“Cloth has not only kept my kids butts fluffy, and amazingly cute, but saved us thousands of dollars, and even more space in landfills!  Having had 2 kids in cloth, twice, and the ease, lack of expense on sposies, and comfort knowing exactly what was in my diapers fiber wise, and lack of chemical wise, I would urge any parent to look at all of the amazing benefits of cloth, if nothing else they are uber cute.”  -Lauren J., mom of 3 (if you don’t include the hubby).

“Before I knew modern cloth diapers even existed the idea that the baby growing inside of me would be the cause of so much waste bothered me. Once I learned about the “new” cloth diapers on a mommy message board I was sold and knew it was the right thing to do for my baby and the environment. Cloth diapering was a gateway to other, greener, choices and continues to shape my decisions as a parent.”  -Kim Rosas, mom of 2, cloth diaper expert at Dirty Diaper Laundry blog and a new Tampa Bay Moms Blog contributor.

“It’s okay to do cloth on your own terms.  Some moms think it is all or nothing but using cloth at home and disposables in public is common.  There is still a sense of triumph every time you finish a box/roll of liners and you should be proud that you saved the environment from over a hundred diapers.  When you grow more confident in your cloth knowledge you may choose to use them in all situations—don’t let guilt or pressure stop you from trying cloth.” – EDC Johnson, new mom and author of Moonflower.

Tampa Bay Cloth Diapers

Kelly’s Closet: Online only. Carrying 100′s of different styles and varieties of cloth diapers.  Great deals and free shipping on all orders of $49 or more. A great company that teaches you everything you need to know about cloth diapers.  (Disclosure: I am employeed by Kelly’s Closet.)

Carter’s Cloth Diaper Service: A full-service cloth diaper service serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando Counties. Let them wash your diapers for you!

[MOD] momma: A maternity consulting and concierge service (aka – baby planner) serving the Tampa Bay area. Jessica will provide private consulting for new parents and also teaches classes natural parenting (green birth) and cloth diapers.

Growing Up St. Pete: Located in St Pete, Growing Up offers Cloth Diaper 101 classes each month and stocks several different brands of cloth diapers and accessories.

Half Pint’s Baby Boutique: An online store with Diaper Parties and Consultations serving Plant City and surrounding areas.

Green Mommy Diapers: A cloth diaper store offering monthly classes in the Tampa area.

Thank You Mama: Located on 4th St in St. Pete, FL Thank You Mama offers an eco-friendly boutique and educational classes yoga, meditation, cloth diapers, and other natural parenting topics. Thank You Mama sells bumGenius cloth diapers, Ergo baby carriers, Earth Mama Angel Baby products, and other popular brands.

Pinellas Cloth Diaper Chatter: This is a Facebook Group that is closed – however if you are interested in joining you can send your request to the group. They offer monthly meet ups.

cloth diaper giveaway

Would you like to give cloth diapering a try?  Kelly’s Closet cloth diaper store would like to give one lucky winner a $50 gift certificate to spend online at their store.  To enter just follow the steps below.  Giveaway will close on Friday, September 6th at midnight ET.  Good luck!!

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About Calley

Calley is an energetic mom of two (ages 4 and 10) and wife to a sports fan.  When she isn't playing with her kids or watching sports with her husband she enjoys blogging, crafts, and going to the beach.  She currently works full-time in social media for a cloth diaper company and has a passion for green living and the environment.  Calley and her family have lived in the Bay area for 8 years and survives on coffee and kickboxing.  You can find Calley on her blog The Eco Chic and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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152 Responses to An Expectant Mom’s Guide to Cloth Diapers

  1. Regina Hord August 28, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    We just started cloth diapering with my 11 day old yesterday! So far so good!! :)

  2. colleenmdunlop August 28, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    We love cloth diapers, my girls have very sensitive skin and once we made the big switch (which didn’t end up being as big of a change as I expected) we have not had diaper rash again!!! Plus they are so cute :)

    • THeEcoChic August 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      It’s so nice to hear happy cloth stories!!

  3. Kelly Hernandez August 28, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I use cloth because I didn’t like the idea of adding to the diaper waste already in landfills.

  4. Sherrye August 28, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    WOW, things have certainly changed since I had babies. We did use the old cloth diapers then, and disposable diapers were just beginning to come on the scene. Wish the ones you write about were available then. Obviously, I’m showing my age, but I am a grandmother now and lovin’ it! My grandchildren are older than your kids, but I still enjoy being a part of children’s lives and enjoy reading Tampa Bay Mom’s blog. Thanks for sharing all your insights (all of the members) and teaching me all the new ideas. (My connection to this blog is your newest member Kelly Hefty, whom I adore!)

  5. Kim Wadsworth August 28, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    We use cloth because of all of the wonderful benefits they offer; saves money, good for the environment, and most importantly cloth diapers don’t contain any harsh chemicals that will interact with my babies skin! Using Cloth was the easiest decision we made pre-baby, even though every relative was un-supportive of the idea, simply because they had not realized how far cloth diapers have evolved! :)
    Great blog post!! Very informative!
    -Kim!

  6. Melissa Johns August 28, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    building our stash now! Excited to stop contributing to landfill waste and save money!

  7. Ashley August 28, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Love this post! I made the switch to cloth when my first daughter was 13mo. She suffered horrific reactions to disposables and medications were not improving her condition at all. Within days of switching to cloth, she was well and never again had those same reactions we had been battling for months. I talk about cloth with lots of moms, because it is so much easier than it sounds. And, TRULY, every mom has to wash poop out of clothing at some point, even if they’re using disposables!

  8. Heather Bober Robuck August 28, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I have been a CD using mom for 8.5 years as well as a CD making WAHM for the same amount of time. <3 my cloth!

  9. Laura Cantrell August 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    We’ve been going strong for over 2 and a half years! I love everything about cloth–comfort, absorbancy, environmentally friendly, cute!

  10. Tracy Martin Rundell August 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    We are just starting to look into cloth diapering our 2 month old. So tired of disposables!

    • THeEcoChic August 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      If you need any help Tracy, just let me know. Happy to help.

  11. grace August 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I would love to build my recently started stash! My 3 month old loves his cloth diapers (and so do i!)

  12. Diana Glinski August 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Just started with my 5 mo!

  13. Angela B August 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I cloth my youngest daughter (have 3) and we are foster parents planning to cloth any babes coming into our home! Thank you for the giveaway. This would be a big blessing!

  14. Raisel Martin August 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I first heard about cloth diapering when a friend started cloth diapering to save some money. We were in the middle of moving, so I didn’t think too much about it. After settling in and working on our budget, we began to think of ways to save money and that’s when I remembered about cloth diapering and began my research. I currently cloth diaper my 22 month old and I’m in the transition of cloth diapering my newborn. I use mainly the Flip system for my oldest and use prefolds with covers for my newborn. It has truly saved our family money. I just can’t get addicted to buying all the cute prints.

  15. Tara Gallup August 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    we have been cloth diapering for 2 years and have another on the way!

  16. Jamilyn Clausing August 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    4 months strong and I love thinking about how much money we have saved!

  17. Candice August 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    What an informative post!! I’ve always thought about using CD on my kids, but never took the next step towards research and purchase. Thank you for all of this wonderful insight! I am truly considering switching my 1 year old :)

    • THeEcoChic August 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      If you need any help Candice, just let me know!

  18. Stephanie Weiss August 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    We use cloth diapers for the health of our son and our planet, saving money is just a really big bonus!

    • Calley August 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      My husband liked saving money, I did it for the planet. Thanks for stopping by Stephanie.

  19. Carter's Cloth Diaper Service August 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    I love reading about all the cloth mommies on here and those who are considering cloth. Thank you so much for a whole page of important resources! I am going to be sure to link our customers here so that you can help with questions. Cloth is very easy to use and I think your article will help a few more people convert. – Chelsea

  20. Rachel August 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I don’t want to create all the trash caused by disposables!

  21. Anne Sweden August 29, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    I love that our family’s trash output is so much less when using cloth. We have one in diapers and two in trainers, so cloth is keeping a lot out of the landfills!

  22. Krisha Collins August 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Cloth Diapers are so much cheaper. Which is great cause I’m always broke. lol

  23. Kelly Sobtzak August 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    I love using cloth diapers. We never have late night runs to the store because I forgot to pick diapers up. ;-)

  24. Michelle V August 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    This is a great intro/overview! When we were pregnant with our first we looked into cloth diapering but didn’t even know where to begin with all the terms, etc. At about the 1 year mark we slowly started building our stash and did more and more cd’ing as we figured things out. Now with baby #2 almost here I feel like we are pros and are planning to cd from newborn on (we may skip the messy first couple of days, but then after that we are ready to go, lol).

  25. growingupstpete August 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Wanted to share our updated info! We are the only full-service cloth diaper store in the area and LOVE helping parents find the perfect cloth diaper system for their family! We are located in downtown St Pete and open Mon-Sat 10-5. We offer a cloth diaper 101 every month where you can come and touch and see and learn what will work best for you. Hope to see you soon!

    Growing Up
    http://www.growingupstpete.com
    http://www.facebook.com/growingupstpete

  26. Melanie Judge August 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    We’ve been cloth diapering from day 1 and love it! Thanks for the great review. Now, I can send curious friends here. :)

  27. Vicki Hall August 30, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    I use them because they’re eco friendly and adorable I also think they’re better for babies skin.

  28. emily August 30, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    I cloth diaper because it’s goodfor my baby’s bottom, they are cute, save money and the environment

  29. Catherine Palumbos August 30, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I use cloth diapers because they are cheaper, cute and perform better than disposables.

  30. nicole August 30, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    We use cloth to save money!

  31. Cloth Mama (@MamaLovesMore) August 30, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    It’s more economical and environmentally aware to use cloth diapers. And they’re cute!

  32. eeyore004 August 30, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    We decided to cloth diaper to save money. We need to cut back however we can so that we can afford to be a one-income family. Of course, we fell in love with the other benefits soon enough!

  33. FSU Amy August 30, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I have been cloth diapering my 3 month old since he was born, and I love them! I like saving money, avoiding more waste in our landfills, and I really like that I am not putting nasty chemicals on his sweet bum. Although I am now addicted to buying new cute diapers . . .so much for saving money :)

  34. Erin B. August 30, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    I use cloth to save money and because I don’t like all of the chemicals and stuff in disposables.

  35. Rachel R August 30, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I like that they didn’t give my son rashes like disposables. I also like not having to buy diapers every few weeks. We will be using again with #2 in December.

  36. Julie Ghrist August 30, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    better for my wallet, my planet, and my baby!

  37. Jutta P August 30, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I use cloth to save money. And because I hate throwing stuff away!

  38. Jessica Kennedy August 30, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    We used cloth to save money. My husband and I were both in college at the time, and the idea of literally throwing that much out was crazy. Also I liked the idea that we could potty train our daughter sooner, and that there wouldn’t be any harsh chemicals right next to her delicate skin. I’m going to do it all over again when we have another.

  39. Debbie August 30, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I’m considering cloth diapers because not only is it cost efficient but it’s better for the baby.

  40. Jen B August 30, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    We use cloth because my daughter is allergic to something in disposables and gets a rash

  41. Trisha W. August 30, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    We use them to save money and reduce waste in the landfill.

  42. actuallykristen August 30, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I cloth diaper because it saves money

  43. Julia August 30, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I want to use cloth diapers because they are so cute. I really think that they look great on kids.

  44. Sarah Hayes August 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    i use them bc they are better for the planet and better for my LO.

  45. Alex Liz Robinson August 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I started to save money but now I know of all the other great benefits!

  46. Aaron P. August 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    We’re really looking forward to cloth diapering because we want to save money, have our baby saved from a billion too many chemicals more than he needs to subjected to, and of course look so damn cute ;)

  47. mckmnm August 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    We’ve been using them for a year and a half to save money.

  48. katie s August 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I use CDs because I put less trash into the world and they are super cute! ADDICTED!

  49. noguiltfashion August 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    We use cloth to help save money, but it doesn’t hurt that they are so fluffy!!

  50. Allison August 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I use them to save money! And because they’re sooo cute!

  51. Sarah August 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    We cd to keep our babes away from the chemicals!

  52. Jessie H August 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    We use cloth to save money, the environment, and little one’s bum (he gets horrible rash from disposables!).

  53. Megan K August 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    To save money! :)

  54. Elizabeth Volker August 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Because they are SO much fun lol!

  55. coley r August 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    we love that there are no harsh chemicals around our babies bum.. and money of course!

  56. hayley s August 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    We use cloth to save money!

  57. Laura P August 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    SO many reasons for us. First, it was the cost savings. Next, the no chemicals on baby’s skin, and next the green factor!

  58. Rebecca Peters August 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    First off, they are cute. They are affordable and save you tons of money, they are earth friendly. You can pass them along to someone who needs them when you are done with them.

  59. june11mommy August 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    We use cloth diapers because they’re far cheaper (with two babes) and because they’re cute. :)

  60. Brittany Thomas August 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    To save on money, avoid toxins, and they are cute!

  61. Danielle D August 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I love being able to save money and resources, plus, they are adorable!

  62. Valerie S August 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    To save money, to be kind to the behind, and b/c they’re more fun than disposables :)

  63. Julie Baker Lintz August 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    We use cloth diapers because the statistics on the waste created by disposables is CRAZY! Also, they are really, really cute!

  64. amanda s August 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    we already cloth diaper and would love to for baby #2 as well!

  65. Becca F August 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I want to use them because I think they will make both my baby and her bottom happy. They’ll also make me happy because I am always trying to reduce my impact on the environment.. They’re also so much cuter than disposables/

  66. Shalaina Simmons August 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I was up late one night on a whattoexpect green message board when I first came across a post about cloth diapering. Funny since I barely do anything green except recycle every now and then. But as I read different people’s reasoning from cost savings to environmental effects I was hooked. My initial appeal was the savings (both money and environment). Then I thought about the types of chemicals that wouldn’t be on my sweet baby’s bottom if he weren’t wearing disposables. So now, beginning with baby #3, we are going to start cd’ing. My 2 year old is potty training and still uses disposables, so occasionally I put cloth on her to practice for our new lo.

  67. April M August 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    They’re more eco-friendly and a lot cheaper.

  68. Bri Sherman August 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    It will save us money! Plus they are so stinkin’ cute!

  69. Kristina Robinson August 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    i love the fact that using cloth diapers saves thousands of diapers from flooding the landfills. i dont like the idea of my daughters diapers still being around after my great great great grandchildren are dead.

  70. Erin C. August 30, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    We like that our garbage doesn’t smell horrible from the diapers and that we don’t have to run to the store to buy disposables. Also, the cloth seem so much more comfy on our baby’s bottom than the disposables.

  71. Jessica Hughes August 31, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    I use cloth because it’s better for the environment, my wallet, and my baby!

  72. Allison E August 31, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Love cloth, so cute, easy and fun!

  73. Katie F August 31, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    My biggest reason for switching to cloth was because of the chemicals. Also the fact that I don’t want his disposables sitting in the landfill for hundreds of years. My husband wanted to switch because of the money we would save. The added bonus, they’re extremely adorable! We’ll be starting from the beginning with out second baby.

  74. Maggie Fout (@MaggieFout) August 31, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I was soooooo scared of cloth until recently, but my son has tons of allergies and I feel he will do better with cloth. I am excited to start using them

    • growingupstpete August 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Congrats Maggie! We would love to help you out with your cloth diaper journey and not make it so scary!

  75. sacedeno August 31, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I use cloth for the cost, environmental impact & cuteness :)

  76. Laura August 31, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    To save money.

  77. Rachel R. August 31, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I’m planning to CD my first on the way, to save money, reduce waste, and because they are cuter!

  78. Valerie August 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I use cloth diapers to save money, to save the environment, to save my baby’s skin and because it’s kinda fun :)

  79. Maia G August 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    They are cute, affordable, and customizable!

  80. Keela Purser August 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    We use cloth because my son kept a rash in disposables.

  81. Carissa Joslyn August 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    I started using cloth in order to save some money and help the environment as much as I could. I’m a single mom, so saving money with my unexpected pregnancy with my youngest was a big issue for me! We started using CD at 6 months, it took me a while to save up enough. at first I only had 7, and hand washed daily until my son was 12 months. he’s now 13 months, we have a washer/dryer now!

  82. Jennifer H August 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    On my third year of CDing. We do it to save money (all the CDing paid for itself by the 9th month of diapering my eldest, including laundering costs), to prevent our little ones from being exposed to toxins, and to avoid adding more to our landfills.

  83. megan b. August 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I CD to save money in the long run, because its better for my baby, and its better for the environment.

  84. Jennifer August 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    i love that i bought once and now my diapers will be going through 2 kids (although we will be getting a couple more as the budget allows for 2 in cloth!) and i love that there are no chemicals on my baby!

  85. Danielle Bowers August 31, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I got interested in cloth diapers because they’re so cute… But the more experience I get with them, the more I love them. They contain messes better (less blow outs), have less chemicals, save money, give you more options… They’re just great!

  86. Heather Ratliff August 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    I used cloth diapers to save money

  87. Christine Kangas August 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    I use cloth to save money

  88. Michelle Lee (@mleerx) August 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I use cloth because they are better for my baby and the environment!

  89. Molly Arey August 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    It’s a cheaper and much more eco friendly alternative. also so much better for my baby than all those chemicals in diapers

  90. Lynne Schoepfle August 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    We decided to cloth diaper because it’s so much cheaper than disposable diapers!! We’re now cloth diapering our 3rd of 4 kiddos

  91. Elizabeth W August 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    We started using cloth with our second because of the savings, but it doesn’t hurt that there are so many cute options too!

  92. Dora L.P.F. August 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I just started to use cloth diapers to save some money having to buy diapers and the cost of gas to go and get them.

  93. Brittany Dallas September 1, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    My son came down with a wicked rash from using disposables and we are now in the process of switching to cloth for his comfort and well-being!

  94. Jen B September 1, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I feel like cloth diapers are just more comfortable for my son. Soft cloth vs paper – no brainer!

  95. Jessica Long September 1, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    we will be cloth diapering because we dont want to put any more crap in the landfill!

  96. Lily Ivey September 2, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    We use cloth diapers because they are better for the environment, better for baby and they are super cute.

  97. rachel.brown September 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Thank you for the info. I finally have DH on board to try CD.

  98. Laurie W. September 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    They’re cute, better for the environment and baby’s body, and so much cheaper than disposable!

  99. Cabrina September 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    We use cloth diapers mainly to save money and because they are good for the environment and for our daughter.

  100. Patricia B September 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    we use cloth diapers to save money, and to be healthier. my son is allergic to most disposables, so using cloth just makes sense.

  101. Brandi September 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    To save money & be more eco friendly

  102. Kate September 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Started when my baby was about 8 months. This is a great post for any new parent considering cloth!

  103. Susan Miller September 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I am thinking about using cloth diapers because disposables are too expensive.

  104. Talia September 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I use cloth diapers because they DO save me money! I also like the idea of not contributing extra waste to landfills. AND they’re extremely cute!

  105. Cheri P. September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoy cloth diapering our almost 12 month old son. We’ve been doing it since day one and it seemed to just get more enjoyable as the months went on. We like using Flips and prefolds with a Snappi. I like walking past disposables at the store knowing we have never purchased any!

  106. Sabrina September 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    This is a great giveaway, I’m curious about cloth and this would be an awesome way to start out

  107. Kelly September 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I’m due in exactly 4 weeks with my first. We plan to cloth diaper not only for the cost savings, but they are way cuter!

  108. Laura September 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    We are considering using them because of the economical benefits, plus they’re much better for baby and SO much cuter than plastic dipes!

  109. Mary September 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    We use them to save money. But they are also super cute

  110. Mary September 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    we use them to save money

  111. Nikki C September 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    I cloth diaper my daughter to minimize her exposure to chemicals and to save money.

  112. Danielle September 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    I want to use cloth to save money, and to know what the diapers are made of!

  113. Janice September 4, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    We are planning to use cloth diapers with our new baby to save money, because they seems more comfortable for the baby, and because they are so cute!

  114. Chelsey Hungerford September 4, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I just recently discovered all the different types of cloth diapers and love the idea of saving so much money over the diaper life of my child!

  115. Jeannette September 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    My kids are allergy prone and we started with disposables and had SO MANY issues. I got pregnant for my 2nd when my oldest was just 4 months old and I knew we would need to figure something out because diapers are SO expensive — especially the ones that are less irritating! We dove in and I am still learning while cloth diapering 2 little ones 2 years later!

  116. Beth Ann September 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I love pretty things, and cloth diapers are pretty. I am not putting the same white diaper (filled with chemicals mind you) on her, I get to put green, pink, polka dots, Mickey Mouse, ANYTHING I WANT!

    Cloth always wins. It’s not competition. :P

  117. amy sanford (@frecklefacecake) September 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    i use cloth to save money, reduce waste and keep chemicals away from my babe

  118. EricaB (@senrableruns) September 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I am considering them to save money, especially as we have more kids.

  119. Lisa H. September 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    I use cloth diapers to save money and the environment!

  120. Stephanie Olmsted (@acottagedream) September 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I am due Feb 3 & will start my diaper stash after my ultrasound on Monday. So far I have bought one cover and 8 flats. I have a lot to get yet and this would help.

  121. Monique Eckert September 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    We CD to keep the chemicals of sposies away for our son.

  122. Mandy Combs September 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    My first daughter had very sensitive skin. Most disposable broke her out severely. There is also the money saving issue as well as the environmental impact to consider.

  123. Brittany C September 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    We started thinking about cloth to save money, and now I’m in love with how cute they are!!

  124. Ashley Feit September 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    We use cloth because it makes less trash, is safer for baby, saves us money and is SO cute!

  125. Felicia London September 5, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Since I’m into eating more naturally, as well as avoiding harmful chemicals, cloth diapering just seemed like a natural option to me. Plus the fact that I won’t be adding any disposables to the landfill! That’s a relief…

  126. Michaele September 5, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    We originally started CDing to cut diaper costs, and be a little more eco friendly. It’s really paved the way to a more natural lifestyle.

  127. Bridget Palkow September 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    N chemicals! We do it because there are no chemicals touching our baby.

  128. Krystal September 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    We CD to save money primarily. Plus, they are so cute!

  129. Breanne September 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Mainly the eco-friendly factor

  130. Brittany Land September 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I use them to save money. And because they are adorable.

  131. Blythe S. September 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I’m going to use them to save money and keep a few thousand diapers out of our landfills!

  132. Evette M September 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I love that I don’t have to worry about running out of diapers! I always have what I need without going to the store every week.

  133. Patti H September 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    My grand daughter is using cloth diapers to save money and because they’re eco friendly I would love to win this to help her out Thanks for the chance

  134. Iris September 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I am using them to save money and help the environment. Cloth diapers have been around since the beginning of time, disposables are handy when you can’t wash things like traveling but at home it makes sense to wash them!

  135. Heather Fantasma September 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Great post on the basics of cloth diapering! I’ll link to this many times in the future, I’m sure!

  136. Lauren T September 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    We are planning on using cloth because it is better for the environment and looks so much more comfortable!

  137. Monique Eckert September 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    We use cloth to keep chemicals away from our baby!

  138. Lauren T September 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    We plan to use cloth because it is better for the environment and looks so much more comfortable! Plus who wants all the yucky chemicals

  139. Aimee P. September 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Reduce waste, save money, and only put natural fibers on babys skin

  140. Nicole Gutermann September 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    We started using cloth diapers to save money and ended up using them more because of the cuteness factor.

  141. Caitlin Butler September 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    I am getting ready for my first child. We are excited to start cloth diapering but a little daunted with the initial expense. this GC would really help us offset some of the costs!

  142. Shannon Stubbs (@summers1405) September 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    I started to save money, but then I realized right away that I just love them!

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