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Cloth Diapering, What does it take to be prepared?

Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 6/20/2012 to Cloth Diaper How-To
I'm relatively certain that if the Boy Scouts gave awards to moms, I'd win one hands-down, no questions asked because that whole being prepared thing? Yeah, I've got that in the bag.

As I mentioned in my previous post, when I committed to cloth diapering the child who will grace us with her presence in early December, I went on a bit of a buying spree. I asked friends for recommendations, read blogs, and trolled every cloth diapering site out there. As my notes piled up, I created a list of just about every cloth diapering system, what seemed to work best for most people, and made sure I bought something from every category. Bases covered. And then some.

At the end of a furious few days of Internet shopping and subsequent days of ripping open packages like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning, I felt darn good about my stash. Sure it was probably overkill but Im busy. I wanted to be sure I gave myself every chance at succeeding at this whole cloth diapering thing. I wanted to be sure that I didnt give my but were going to have to do laundry so often husband a single reason to complain. And I was certain Id succeeded with the following:

  • 12 OsoCozy - Indian Cotton Prefold Cloth Diapers (Infant)
  • 12 Cloth-eez - White Prefold Cloth Diapers (NB)
  • Handmade Fitted Diaper (NB)
  • Bummis Bamboozle Fitted Diaper (Size 2)
  • Wool Soaker (NB)
  • Brown Floral and Raspberry Fleece Soaker (NB)
  • Rosie Swirl Fleece Diaper Cover/Soaker (S)
  • Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (S)
  • Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (NB)
  • Thirsties Diaper Cover (XS)
  • Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap (Size 1)
  • Polyester PUL Waterproof Cloth Diaper Cover With Aplix Hook & Loop (XS/Newborn)
  • Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners (Pack of 3)
  • FuzziBuns One Size Pocket Diaper
  • FuzziBuns Perfect Size Diaper (XS) - with hemp insert
  • FuzziBuns Perfect Size Diaper (S) - with hemp insert
  • Charlie's Soap Powder - 2.64 lb (80 Loads)
  • Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper and Laundry Detergent
  • Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention Jar, 3.75-Ounce
  • Planet Wise Medium Wet Bag
  • Diaper Pail
  • Diaper Deodorizing Tablets

I was set.

And then, a few weeks later, my co-worker (to whom I'd lent the sample pack of AIOs I'd purchased (and never used) when my son was born) emailed me to tell me that she'd found her stash of cloth diapers: those I'd lent her and then some more she'd purchased. What she left out was that the "more she'd purchased" meant enough diapers to diaper a set of triplets.

So, I added to my stash:

  • 5 FuzziBuns (S)
  • 3 BumGenius
  • 1 Happy Heineys (XS)
  • 1 Knicker Nappies (S)
  • 1 DryBees (S)
  • 16 Inserts
  • 3 prefolds
  • 1 Prowrap Classic (S)
  • 1 Thirsties Duowrap (XS)
  • 1 Thirsties Diaper Cover (XS)

Prepared? Understatement of the year.

Did I also mention the two wool sweaters I bought at the thrift store - with the intent of sewing myself a few wool soakers?

I do excess really, really well.

Now on to the process of stripping old diapers and pre washing new diapers - and hoping I can find space in our tiny third bedroom to store all of these diapers AND the child.

I'll be sure to keep you posted on those adventures. Boy Scout honor.

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Robin is a lawyer who likes swimming in the ocean, skiing on mountains, jogging in the city and thinks luxury is defined by a good book, a glass of wine and a hammock; a mother who feels that everyone needs a little silly in their life and that it doesnt matter whether people laugh with you or at you as long as theyre laughing; and a wife who loves fiercely, lives honestly, shares openly and cries more than shed like to admit. She hopes that by sharing her cloth diapering experiences as a working, scatterbrained mom with a traveling husband, she can show the world that anybody can cloth diaper.