First things first, since this is a cloth diaper blog, How many diapers are in your stash? Short answer, about 30. Long answer,about 25 covers (mix of flip, knickernappie, grovia, swaddlebees and econobum), 40 prefolds/flats, 30 snap in soakers (for grovia and econobum) and a couple bumGenius AIO.
What is your favorite diaper and why? I love the Flip covers with a Diaper Rite prefold or Diaper Rite flat. Great fit (even with a chubby baby and skinny toddler), easiest to clean (compared to bulky soakers), VERY affordable, and by far the quickest drying diaper I have. I cannot say enough about the Diaper Rite brand prefolds/flats. Most of the covers I've tried have a similar fit (I like grovia for my skinny baby, and Swaddlebees or Flip for my chubby baby), but if I started over, I would only have Diaper Rite flats and prefolds for my soakers!!!! I love them!
What was the thing about Motherhood that came the easiest to you? Snuggling close and singing them to sleep.
What has been the hardest thing? 6+ years of sleepless nights!
Are you a SAHM, Working mom or WAHM or does your spouse stay home? I am a stay at home mom who works occasionally a couple hours a week (math tutor and seasonal home office work for previous employer).
What issues are important to you that led you to cloth diapering? Environment? Cost? Natural parenting? Cost was a big issue! Disposables add up in price and in waste!!! I was intimidated by cloth at first, but after trying many different brands (Diaper Junction makes that easier than any other online place I know), I started to get the hang of washing them, and figured out what worked best for the bums in our family. What surprised me was that my husband was completely hooked. I thought he would be grossed out and stop changing diapers. He not. only helps change them, but once in a while, he will wash, hang to dry, fold AND put them away! He makes cloth diapering very easy!
What is your family's Thanksgiving tradition? We write things we are thankful for each year on fall leaves (silk ones) and hang them on a little metal tree by our kitchen table. We add to it each year, and hang the leaves from previous years also. It is a great way to remember the things we've been thankful for through the years. Our kids love to find their names (we wrote their name the year they were born). It's not just obvious things like food, family, etc. We try to think about things that have been hard to go through, but produce thankfulness. "Windows" is one of my favs. Something small, most of us don't think to be thankful about, but the 1st year we lived in MN we rented a small basement apartment, that had very few windows. It was dark. Now, in our home, we are very thankful for windows!!! It is good to go back and remember how God has sustained us through good AND hard times!
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