Monday, May 24, 2010

Calling All Cloth Diaper Wizards

It has recently come to my attention that I am spending way too much money on disposable diapers and wipes, and I will soon be doubling that figure.

To be fair, there are plenty of deals to be had out there. True frugals would never pay more than 5 dollars for a jumbo pack. I just don't have the drive to play the drugstore game these days. I also try to stick to more natural, eco-friendly products for my little sweetheart's tush, and those obviously come with a higher price tag attached. Although I'd like to say I am purely motivated by a love for the earth and a desire to keep the approximately 1,000,000,000 diapers that will be used by all of my children out of a landfill, I am primarily concerned with the effect that harsh chemicals will have on Ava (especially since she has struggled with eczema). Of course, the fact that most "natural" products are usually eco-friendly is a huge bonus :)

But here's my problem: I have no idea how to cloth diaper a baby. And I'm pretty sure that's my only alternative (unless I want to potty train her at 10 months...but I'm going to go ahead and throw that idea right out.) Come on, YouTube! Why aren't there any videos of someone changing an actual poopy cloth diaper on an actual human baby?? Wet pails, dry pails, combo pails, tri folds, pre folds, post folds (ok, I might be making that one up...), all-in-ones, pocket diapers, soakers, WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! There are a few sites I've seen that include a cloth diaper vocaulary lesson, but I need pictures! Charts! Diagrams! SOMETHING!!

So calling all diaper wizards of the world - Do you know of a good web site, video, or have personal experience that you'd like to share on the subject? Where do I even begin??

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