If thereís one thing that separates the cloth diaper community from other parent communities it has to be the sense welcomed support and the desire to make every bum thatís covered in fluff successful. How do you go about finding other like-minded people? It can seem like a rather daunting task, however, there are places to start that will definitely help you on that road and hopefully lead you to some great resources and friends.
1. First things first, find a local cloth diaper retailer. Weíd love if you all were local to Virginia Beach but we recognize that that may not be case. Do a Google search for cloth diaper retailers close to your zip code, from there look at the storeís website and look for events. Many cloth diaper retailers have introductory classes for using cloth diapers as well as a plethora of how-to classes to further your knowledge. I think itís a good idea to look for a retailer who hosts or at least participates in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. We hosted a change location this year and it was a great way for cloth diapering parents to come together and chat about fluff.
2. Speaking of the Great Cloth Diaper Change, try attending one! I cannot tell you how much fun it is to not only break a world record but itís also amazing seeing all of cute little fluffy bottoms. Use the RDAís website for more information.
3. Lastly, I think the best place to find a support system for cloth diapering is online using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Every Monday night from 9pm (EST) cloth diapering parents, bloggers, retailers, you name it, gather together online for a cloth diaper chat. Simply use the hashtag #clothdiapers, and it will link you up with everyone else thatís talking about the latest and great tips and tricks. You can also find groups, opened or closed on Facebook. Autumn, from All About Cloth Diapers, has a very helpful and active Facebook group where users are continually asking cloth diaper questions and raving about the newest products.
Do you feel like you have an active support system for cloth diapering? Where did you find your people?
Nicole Portillo Date 8/2/2013
Because of the army base, we have a local Facebook group called the cloth diaper brigade. There used to be 2 retail boutiques but one closed down and the other sells the higher line (out of our budget) and is ran out of her home. Wish we had more options here, the awareness is just not here yet:(
Vicki Hall Date 8/2/2013
I don't have a cloth diaper retailer near by ( I wish we did ) but I find lots of support and answers online.I'll have to check into the facebook group.
Talia Date 8/2/2013
I found my 'people' through a local CD shop, and I also found people on Facebook with a cloth diapering group. It's great for if you want to sell old cloth diapers locally.
Kyra Mayberry Date 8/3/2013
We don't have a retailer per say, but we have a condignment store that takes them. My support comes from facebook groups! :)
Kim Hendricks Date 8/4/2013
We don't have any groups in the town where I live - there is one in the bigger town about 45 minutes away (they also have a cloth diaper store), but it dosent seem reasonable to be too involved in that because of the drive. I do most of my shopping & research online.
Laura Date 8/5/2013
We don't have a cloth diaper retailer nearby, but I do belong to a playgroup that is full of cloth diapering moms. It's great. I've also joined some support groups on Facebook.
Shaina A. Date 8/6/2013
I just found 3 local cloth diaper shops. I love the atmosphere in each of them. I'm finding that people are just so helpful in the CD community, it's great!
Cheri Date 8/8/2013
I have my favorite cloth diaper shop in Omaha, Ne.
April Deamond Date 8/9/2013
We have Jillian's Drawers somewhat near us, but my online cloth diaper community has been much more supportive. Jillian's is great--they offer cloth diaper classes where you can try out one of their packages and you get to meet other moms who are thinking about cloth. It's just too far of a drive for me. My online friends have been great about skyping with me to show me how to fold flats or fasten a prefold with boingos. Thank goodness for facebook and skype!
Nicole Berry Date 8/9/2013
I will have to visit my family in Virginia and make a special trip to see you guys!!
Yrenia S Date 8/10/2013
There aren't any cloth diapering groups where I live, but we have found a lot of support around alternative birth centers.
Melissa S Date 8/10/2013
Thanks for the tips! I'm so sad there's not a CD retail store here, but I have found a few mothers who CD. Still working on finding a local group!
Vanessa Coker Date 8/26/2013
In the beginning I didn't have such good support. Now it seems more people are aware of the "new" cloth diapers and I feel much more support. I am finding a lot of support in local Facebook groups! I never knew those existed but I am glad I found them.