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Fun Cloth Diapering and the "Collect them all" mentaility

Posted by Becca on 1/8/2015 to Cloth Diaper Humor
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Prints and colors make cloth diapering fun!

I have to admit to you, I have a “collect them all” mentality when it comes to cloth diapers. When I first started buying them, I made sure I had every bumGenius 3.0 available. Back in 2009 that wasn’t difficult because they didn’t even have prints yet. I remember when Fuzzi Bunz changed their colors to a more brilliant palate a year after my daughter was born and I was ecstatic! I got the brightest of the bunch and stuck them in with the rest of my stash, arranging them in rainbow order to admire all the different hues and tones. Soon after, I began getting so many different brands that collecting every color of every brand wasn’t realistic, but collecting every color of the rainbow certainly was! Eventually, I had enough diapers that I couldn’t excuse purchasing more of them but that didn’t stop me from admiring. Then, when my daughter potty trained and we didn’t know if we’d be able to have another child, I still got emails and facebook updates from my favorite cloth diaper companies and I continued to drool a little bit over the beautiful colors and prints they were offering. I eventually had to unsubscribe because it felt a little ridiculous.

Finally pregnant with my second, I eagerly purchased a few more diapers getting brilliant colors like a bumGenius freetime in mirror and a Diaper Junction OS diaper in electric lime. I don’t generally like prints but I even got a couple of them—a minky giraffe Fuzzi Bunz and a Kawaii Goodnight diaper in chocolate dots. Then, I beefed up my newborn stash with a couple of Imagine Newborn Bamboo AIOs in every color but pink. My husband was shaking his head at the whole thing because we still had a very full stash left over from our daughter. I rationalized the purchases by telling myself that a couple of our old diapers were worn out and that we wouldn’t be using any of the pink ones on my son (we most certainly did), so we’d need to replenish a bit.

Really though, the whole thing was just so much fun! Just as buying tiny, brand ­new baby outfits at a department store while awaiting your little one is exhilarating; buying new cloth diapers is really exciting! I could make do with the hand­ me­ down clothing everyone gave us before Baby Bear was born but what fun would that be? I could have also gotten by on only Bunny’s old cloth diapers but that was no fun either. I wanted to do some diaper shopping. At least Baby Bear got some of his own, brand new cloth diapers that way. It’s never any fun only ever using hand­ me­ downs.

Currently I really have no excuse to buy any diapers. We. do. not. need. them. Also, we’re on a tight budget so splurging is never an option. But I still like looking! BumGenius always comes out with the most creative prints and though Grovia’s colors are limited, they’re always fun and every couple of years they get a really great makeover! Kawaii diapers have more prints than you’d ever need and Thirsties’ options are simple, classic, and fun.

When your baby wears disposables you only have the fun outfit to pick out. When they wear cloth, you can match their bum to their threads all day long! Call me crazy, but I think that’s lots of fun. We don’t know if we’ll ever be blessed with a third child, but I’ll tell you one thing: if we are, I’m getting a whole new stash this time around and it’s gonna be filled with brilliant colors and prints!

Comments

Date 1/8/2015
Melinda
Ha, I have the same mentality. I love matching diapers to outfits. I have more diapers than anyone should. I love them all! They are awesome.
Date 1/8/2015
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Love this! "When your baby wears disposables you only have the fun outfit to pick out. When they wear cloth, you can match their bum to their threads all day long." So true!
Date 1/9/2015
http://www.idiaperrash.com
Hi Becca It's great! Your passion to cloth diaper. My wife is confused whether she will wear our 1 and half years baby the cloth diaper or other normal. Today I get a nice idea about cloth diaper and of course I will share it with her. I am certain that she will try it like you. Could you please tell me that is it well for preventing diaper rashes. Thanks for your nice post
Date 1/9/2015
Melissa McCarty
So.. My son's nickname is Baby Bear lol.. And while I wanted to get new diapers to replace all my daughter's pink ones, I knew we would end up using the pink ones on Baby Bear anyway. I have more of a "gotta try them all" thing going on. Instead of colors, I want to try different brands. I even bought fitteds and a wool cover to try.
Date 1/9/2015
Danielle. B.
I don't have any kids yet, and my sisters last child is 15 months. Her stash is huge; I really don't need to buy more diapers. But show me a new print, and I'm itching to buy it. It will get used more eventually, right?
Date 1/9/2015
Dawn G
I love all the prints. I find myself wanting the same print from different makers.
Date 1/9/2015
Candice Balser
I loved reading this! I only discovered cloth diapering recently, with my 3rd child, but I am definitely feeling the "collect them all" mentality. I get all giddy about finding new prints that I want to add to my stash. ;)
Date 1/10/2015
Kayla
I can already tell this is going to be an issue. Between limited editions and cute prints....it's like having all the beanie babies!
Date 1/10/2015
Katie M
I love all the prints too! We've gone for the Thirsties duo wraps in neutral colors because the baby has decided during all u/s to not let us know if it is a boy or girl or else we'd have some more of those fun prints. I figured we'd buy the size 2's when baby is here so I can choose all the bright or dark colors and prints depending on if it's a boy or a girl.
Date 1/10/2015
Theresa Hover
I especially love that cloth diapers come in so many colors & prints that are gender neutral (unlike so many other baby clothes and accessories).
Date 1/10/2015
Ashley Regel
I have a feeling this is going to happen to me too, though I doubt my husband will be ok with me buying a ton of cloth diapers! :)
Date 1/11/2015
Danielle Wojtusik
I have such a hard time just buying what I need for the baby! Too many cute clothdiapers! Must buy them all!
Date 1/13/2015
Stephanie duval
I feel the need to have at least one of everything. So what started as a way to save $$ turned into an addiction lol.
Date 1/14/2015
Jessica Haynes
Collecting cloth diapers is totally something I could see myself doing. Hopefully while building our first stash I won't, though, because we will be doing it in part to save money!
Date 1/14/2015
Cheri P.
I have a collections but eventually you have to draw the line because more prints and styles come out so frequently that the reality is cloth diapers will always be just diapers not something more.
Date 1/15/2015
Holly Gosser
Baby clothes are cute and fun, but there is just something more exciting about diapers than clothes, though I have no idea why.
Date 1/18/2015
renita long
I don't have a collect them all mentality, but I do have a try them all mentality. What if that next brand is just THE perfect fit?
Date 1/18/2015
Dusty
I haven't caught the "collecting" bug yet, but I do love using cloth diapers. Makes changing diapers kinda fun.
Date 1/27/2015
Regina
Im in trouble! there are so many cute prints. I def have a collect them all mentality :D
Date 2/2/2015
Jen Murray
I dont have the collect them all mentality but I do LOVE a brand new diaper. Because our budget is tight I have to sell one to buy another. :) Although I have told my husband of our next baby is a girl we are DEFINITELY buying some pink diapers! And if we have a boy I'll figure out how to justify a few new cute prints!
Date 2/4/2015
Celyneet Jusino
So true!! I stalk diaper online stores more then clothes for the little man!
Date 2/7/2015
Aaron
We definitely have the "collect them all" mentality in our house too, much to my chagrin
Date 2/13/2015
Peppermint Rushing
There are so many fun diapers I. So many colors and styles, it is just fun... Besides the saving the planet and better for baby.. Oh and I love that I never have to leave home because we are out.
Date 2/19/2015
Danielle Lynn
My problem is not so much the prints, but on all the different types/brands. I had to stop myself after finally realizing that there was no way possible I could really try them all ;) I ended up with mostly thirsties pockets in the end, and I do have most of the prints :)
Date 2/22/2015
amber collier
I am pretty addicted to all the different kinds/prints too! I have some new diapers hidden away from my husband, the Easter Bunny is going to magically put them in the Easter basket :)
Date 3/21/2015
Heather D
I find myself wanting to try every different brand so I know firsthand which ones I love and which ones I don't. This would be fine if I sold off the ones I don't love so much, but I can't! They all have their endearing qualities... I have a problem :)
Date 3/31/2015
Sarah Elyce
I am new to cloth diapering and I find this phenomenon to be a blast. I love shopping for new diapers for our daughter. I go shopping for her instead of me!
Date 4/1/2015
Danielle Gephart
I started cloth diapering just a month ago and am really getting sucked into the "culture"! I was very logical at the beginning with just a few covers and prefolds/inserts/FSTs, and now I keep making excuses to get more!
Date 4/7/2015
Samantha Buentello
This was such a hilariously fantastic read... and so true! When I first started cloth diapering and I heard how "addictive" it could get, I thought in my little world of practicality, "C'est impossible!" But barely a month after I got the first of my stash, I just had to get the new print! And OH HOLIDAYS??!!! I want one for every holiday, too! Heck, every color of the rainbow! Who needs pants when you can match pillow bums to eveything! There were some days I thought to myself, if it wasn't for this adorable addiciton, cloth diapering wouldn't be fun. ;) Best investment for my children, the earth, and my soul... but not hubby's wallet! Haha Can't wait to see what new prints come out next!
Date 4/10/2015
Erin B.
I love getting new cloth diapers, but am too cost conscious to purchase every new print or color that comes out. I have bought a lot, won a lot, and had some passed on to me so as I am preparing for baby #2 I have vowed not to purchase any more!
Date 4/17/2015
Brianne
I love getting cloth diapers in the mail and matching them with leg warmers! My mother and husband think I'm crazy!
Date 4/22/2015
Kim
Totally funny! I think you nailed it with this post in describing a "collector's " mentality :)
Date 6/27/2015
Julie
I have a "gotta try every brand and style" mentality. I started cloth diapering my 3rd child 11 years ago. We were on an insanely tight budget. The reason I started cloth was to save money. Plus, back then, all I'd ever heard of were prefolds. The only choices were bleached and the occasional exotic unbleached.lol. Covers were poorly fitting, mainly white or silly pastel prints with lambs, bears or clouds on them. There were fitteds but the one I was given was all flannel and felt nasty in the mornings after use. AIOs were super thick and took days to dry. Wool soakers were usually a cream color. There were small changes with my second cloth baby and I was blown away when Fuzzi Bunz arrived. My hubby threw all my cloth stash away with the exception of my super soft toddler sized unbleached prefold he saved for his garage rags after cloth baby #2 stopped using them. (No, he's not normally a huge jerk. This act really took me by surprise.) Anyway, when I got pregnant with cloth baby #3, I was stressed at the idea of having to save up for a whole new stash but soooo very excited because it meant I got to try some of the cute new stuff that was so different than what I had previously used! I'm at the point where she's getting ready to potty train and I'm so very sad that there are some left that I never got to try. I don't see us having any more babies either and that makes me even more sad.
Date 6/27/2015
Mary Schuh
It's true! They're more addictive than Pokemon! ;-) Gotta catch 'em all!
Date 7/11/2015
Jessi
I showed my hubby the meme; I was excited to see a print we have. His response, "That's what they want you to think, Pokemon for adults."
Date 8/16/2015
Jilliann M
I will be so sad when I can't buy diapers anymore!! I started off with two of each in my favorite brand/style but only in the colors/prints I actually liked. I just love having doubles for some reason! Then I found a new brand I liked and decided just one each of those because otherwise I'd have way more diapers than I'd ever need.
Date 8/22/2015
kerisha Bailey
I have a problem, I justify it by saying ,when I sell I can ask for more because they are hardly used.

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