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The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Guide: Part 4 — Shopping list

Have you ever gone shopping without a grocery list? It’s not the most effective way to shop. Either you end up buying the whole store, or you forget some really vital items.

A lot of people have this issue when it comes to starting off in cloth diapering. What do I need to buy? On the one hand, you want to avoid overspending and succumbing to the latest gimmick products — cloth diapering is supposed to be simple, right? But on the other hand, you have no experience and the cloth diaper store is telling you that all these things are absolutely essential.

I’ll tell you one thing, they aren’t all essential. In this post, I’ll give you a list of what I really found to be the must-have items of cloth diapering. (Bear in mind that every family is different, and your mileage may vary.)

If you’re just joining us, be sure to check out parts one, two, and three of this series.

Let’s go cloth diaper shopping!

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The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Guide: Part 3 — Your perfect diaper

Fitteds, prefolds, pockets, soakers… Huh? Cloth diapering can be overwhelming to a newcomer who isn’t used to all the terminology. In this post I’ll break down the different types of diapers available and help you choose the perfect diaper for your needs.

If you’re just joining us now, you might be interested in part 1 of this series, in which I wrote about why I personally chose to use cloth diapers, and part 2, in which we dispelled the most common misconceptions about cloth diapers. Watch for part 4, which will contain a list of essentials for anyone intending to use cloth diapers.

Without further ado, let’s take a deeper look at the different types of diapers available today.

Types of diapers

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The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Guide: Part 2 — Myths about cloth diapers

(This is the second part of a four part series. Yesterday, I wrote about why we chose to use cloth diapers. Today, we’re talking about common myths and misconceptions about cloth diapering. Watch for the next two posts in this series about choosing the right type of diaper for your circumstances, and making sure you have all the essential cloth diaper supplies.)

Hey, how can you tell if a mom cloth diapers? … Don’t worry, she’ll tell you. Ba dum tssh!

It’s true, we cloth diapering parents talk entirely too much about our diapers. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve accidentally rambled on about sprayers, prefold folding styles, or the latest diaper on my wishlist (I mean, look at them, they have capes!). For that, I apologize.

In our defense, the world of cloth diapering has changed drastically since we were little. Everything we might have thought about cloth diapers in the past has been radically overturned, and we’ve seen the light. We just want to share it. After using cloth diapers for over two years, I can’t stand using disposables anymore. When I do have to use them, I dread every diaper change, I don’t like the feel of the diaper when I’m holding Merry, and frankly, disposable diapers have a weird smell.

So when the people around us are constantly saying “I could never do that,” because of any number of misconceptions they have from an earlier era of cloth diapers, we need to talk. We need to explain that, actually, the diapers you’re imagining are a thing of the past. Although you can still get inexpensive, large, flat diapers that are folded and held together by pins, there are dozens of other choices. Today’s cloth diapers are, in many ways, like disposables, and, in many other ways, much better.

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The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Guide: Part 1 — Why?

“Why? Just… why?” My close friend was at a loss for words. I was expecting my first child and had just told her of my intention to cloth diaper.

I find that this reaction is pretty common these days. Cloth diapers fell out of common use a few decades ago with the widespread availability of disposables, and are now starting to regain popularity. Just this past weekend, I have been asked about cloth diapers three times. So, here’s a comprehensive guide on everything you could ever want to know (and more!) about cloth diapers.

In this introductory post, I’ll touch on some of the reasons that we choose to cloth diaper, and why I highly recommend cloth diapering in general.

In the next post of this series, I’ll reply in-depth to some of the most common misconceptions about cloth diapering.

Then, we’ll talk about how to choose the best type of cloth diaper for your needs.

And finally, I’ll give you a master shopping list of everything you will possibly need in order to cloth diaper successfully.

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