There is an unfortunate myth rolling around many parenting circles (and the all too common people-who-have-an-opinion-on-your-parenting circles) that cloth diapering is some crazy difficult thing to do that will somehow result in parents disappearing from society. (If you are about to be a first time parent, be prepared for that disappearance, but for entirely different reasons like, for example, the fact that you haven't had a chance to shower in five days.)
Sadly, people often are deterred from cloth diapering without really knowing anything about it. The truth is, cloth diapering is easy. Like really easy.
The best way to get started is to learn the basics of cloth diapering, which will help you decide which diapers you might want to try. Then, once you've learned about the various types - and there really are not that many - it's time to jump in with both feet.
If you're nervous, then (A) don't be; and (B) feel free to start off cloth diapering part time and see how it goes. Lots of people start out with just using cloth diapers when they are at home until they have time to really get used to using their diapers.
In fact, when I first started cloth diapering, I used to ALWAYS use disposables when we were out and about...until that fateful day when my sweet little 2-month-old had a massive blowout while I was wearing him at the mall. I ended up covered in poop and had to beat a hasty retreat for home. After that, I insisted on cloth even when we traveled out of town.
The thing to remember with cloth diapering is that people have been doing this FOREVER. Disposable diapers are still a relatively new phenomenon. Most of our parents were cloth diapered simply because that was just what you did. Even if disposables were available, they were way too expensive and so wasteful. And, I respectfully submit, they still are!
Another thing about cloth diapering is that if you talk to people who use cloth on their babies, you almost always find that those people are really, really excited about it. ASK THEM FOR HELP.
I'm so serious. They may appear to be a little overzealous at first, but really, they just want to help you find the love for cloth diapering, too. And when they realize that you are a potential kindred spirit, they will be so excited to assist you with any issues, questions, or problems you may have on your cloth diapering journey.
If you don't know anyone who cloth diapers in real life, fear not! There are a ton of cloth diapering groups on Facebook and elsewhere on the web, where people will be all too happy to troubleshoot with you. And we at Stella's Baby Boutique would be absolutely THRILLED to hear from you with any questions, concerns, issues, or even just a note to say, "Hey! I love cloth diapers, how about you?" Email us any time at Charity@StellasBabyBoutique.com.
If you think you are ready to give cloth diapering a try, we hope you will come shop with Stella's Baby Boutique and help to support our very small business. We would be so honored to have your business, and even if you decide not to shop with us, we would love to help you get started!