We may be switching to cloth diapering. I have really wanted to try this for a while now, but man those websites make me crazy! It's a bit overwhelming! No? I'm a minimalist when it comes to baby gear, I don't carry a diaper bag (Yes I keep a few extra things in the car, but for the most part I just throw a diaper in my purse and go). I have one of those cart cover things, but I never remember to use it. I used our bouncy seat more for taking pictures than I did for it's intended purpose. With the exception of Tim, not one of my babies have really cared for a swing. I said all that to say that when I go on a website or forum and it looks like you have to have loads of "gear" to try something new, I'm usually turned off. This I wanted to try bad enough that I decided to dive in and find my own way. I think I'm on the right track!
I started by just buying a bit of PUL and micro fleece, there are loads of free patterns online but I got a booklet with a coupon for $6, and I used worn out burp cloths (old prefold diapers) for my inserts. Done. I made two diapers, two diaper covers, an insert with a micro fleece top layer, and an insert from an old worn out receiving blanket (and I have loads of old burp cloth "diapers" already to use as inserts). I'm not going to buy anything else until I've made a decision, but so far it has been very uneventful! It only took a few hours to make the few things that I made (it would have been less if I had sewn them all in one sitting, but my body didn't cooperate with that), and I have enough to last me a day if I'm careful.
I hope this is encouraging for those of you who have also wanted to try cloth! It really doesn't have to be rocket science, or cost an arm and a leg just to try it out. So far we haven't had any leaks, I washed after I put her to bed last night and that was as easy as throwing in a load of towels, and did I mention how cute she looks in cloth? Goodness those cloth diapers are so stinkin cute! Last night was her first night in cloth and we had no leaks!! YAY! So far I think I'm sold, at least for at home use. I haven't tried to take this show on the road yet, but it doesn't have to be an all or nothing deal.
So what has been your experience? Do you have a simple set-up and routine that you could share or link? Any tips for newbies? Or for keeping it simple for minimalist mamas? xo, Sam