So here was my pitch to Craig, "So I think we should start cloth diapering. Do you realize how much money we could save. Plus, LOOK how adorable they are! Also, they're much better for Chester, there are no chemicals in cloth. We can't forget about the environment either!" Seriously, I threw everything at him trying to convince him to jump on board. I finally convinced him after we looked at how much we were spending on disposables. I also think he could tell how excited I was about switching to cloth, he just couldn't say no. Before buying an entire stash of diapers, we were fortunate enough to try out some diapers through an organization called Heiny Helpers . They're so amazing, they lend out diapers to families who cannot afford them. This helped us tremendously! We were able to start saving money to put towards our own stash of diapers while trying out to see which kind of diaper we wanted to go with. We started with flats and covers, which it turns out that I really don't like flats very much.
When we decided to buy our own stash, my husband did the research to see which ones had the best reviews and which ones he thought would work best for us. We decided to go with GroVia's hybrid system. We decided this for several reasons. The hybrid system made getting into cloth less overwhelming. Snapping and unsnapping inserts and reusing the shells sounded like very little work to us. Another reason the hybrid system sounded so appealing was because we didn't have to pack a ton of diapers in the diaper bag since I already pack so much. We bought our diapers from our amazing local cloth diaper store The Green Nursery. They have a great selection of diapers and have such wonderful customer service!
So getting into the swing of cloth diapering full time wasn't as big of a challenge as I had thought. It took (and currently still is) taking some time to find the perfect nighttime solution because our son nurses a lot throughout the night still so he is a super heavy wetter. He also wets a lot first thing in the morning so it's important to find the perfect early morning diaper as well. Other than that, I think we've taken to cloth pretty well. We luckily haven't ruined any of our diapers and they are still working wonderfully. I am almost embarrassed to say that our stash has grown immensely from the 8 GroVia shells and 16 soakers to probably well over 40 diapers and I still have a few I'd love to try out. That's the great thing about cloth diapering, there are so many different brands that you can keep trying new ones and fall in love with cloth all over again. I know it's happened to me a few times!
|Here are most of our diapers.|