Welcome to Team Fluff Bum. If you’re still waffling on the idea of cloth diapering your babe, I understand; it’s a big decision, and there are a lot of pros and (some) cons. And the research…uffda! It can be seriously overwhelming; I’ve been there.
Do not let it discourage you!
For me, the pros have far outweighed the cons, and I’m happy to be a resource for you anytime–wanna talk about poop? I’m down. I am among millions of cloth diaper moms, so you’re in luck. There is no shortage of resources out there for you as you get started; cloth diaper moms make up a massive, knowledgeable, and loving community. I’m in tons and tons of cloth diaper groups in my area and on social media, and I love it! These women have been my saving grace for any questions or concerns I’ve had along the way. With all these helpful resources accessible to you, one thing is for sure…
There’s no reason why you can’t cloth diaper successfully.
There may be times you want to quit, or maybe for you, it will be smooth sailing from the get-go; you just never know, but at the end of the day, you can do it! I’ll help. Team Fluff will help.
It’ll be a lovely, fluffy, poopy adventure.
Anyway, if you’ve truly decided to go ahead and give cloth diapering a whirl, you’re likely wondering: what do I really need right away? Great question.
Let me first say, you can go SO MANY different routes when it comes to cloth diapering–I will talk about that in another post–but here and now, I plan to share the route we chose because for us, it was:
- less expensive,
- high performing (less messy),
- and achievable for my family.
But do take note: there is a lot of trial and error that goes along with cloth diapering.
You need to find what works best for your family and your baby. In fact, before you read on, I have to be totally honest with you: the “stash” you’ll see below is going to be cut in half and replaced with wool covers and flats.
Wait…what? So why am I sharing this info?
I’m sharing this info because the truth is: my Thirsties stash is not entirely working for my son. Around 6 months old, we started noticing that he was extremely (and I mean extremely) sensitive to wetness. This combined with his busy busy, active little lifestyle did not make for great success while using PUL covers exclusively. The key word here is exclusively. I would say that my son is a bit…atypical. I still highly recommend this route because it will most likely work successfully for most babies and most families. Unfortunately, for us, only using PUL covers and prefolds became problematic because my son needed something even more breathable and even softer that wasn’t exactly in our price range (of course). That is where wool comes in. But price of wool is expensive, and there are additional factors that come into play (hand washing, lanolizing, etc.), that I personally would find difficult to tackle right off the bat. If you’re feeling ambitious and you have the cash, wool is a fantastic option. But like I said, and the reason for this post: if you can start with this stash and use it exclusively or make some tweaks along the way, as I have, it is a great, relatively inexpensive, and convenient way to go, in my opinion.
OK: enough of my spiel. Here’s what I would register for if I were a first-time cloth mama…
And that’s it! In my opinion, this is all you really need right away. Now that I’ve been through this once, I know that it’s good to start small, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and then build and change your stash from there. After a couple months, you will want to look into overnight diaper options (HIGHLY recommend Grovia O.N.E.) for when baby sleeps longer stretches in the night or if you have a heavy wetter; size 2 covers and prefolds; and of course, making any adjustments to your stash based on your discoveries as you go along. Like I said, there’s a lot of trial and error that goes along with cloth diapering, and babies have different needs. My hope is that this stash gets you started on the right path, but if not, don’t fret: there’s a whooooooooole lotta cloth options out there. Try not to #buyallthediapers :).