I’m not sure if it was nature or nurture. But I’m going to go with nurture to explain why I cloth diaper. This entry in Reminisce Week takes me WAAAAY back about twenty years (if you’re really good, you can figure out how old I am!).
Imagine this: 30-gallon garbage bags stacked with clean cotton prefolds. Drawers full of plastic pants and boxes of blue and pink headed safety pins. And behind me (a 13 year old girl), stands not one, but FOUR cribs. That’s right, my debut as a cloth diaper-er was at a tender age, and through “immersion” as I babysat for our neighbor’s quadruplets. Their mother cloth diapered exclusively, well before Bum Genius, FuzziBunz or all the other fun diapers we know and love came on the scene!
Since this was pretty much my first babysitting gig, for me, cloth diapering just seemed “normal,” although I’m pretty sure the late 80’s had to have been the height of disposable diapers’ heyday what with the “power women” and need for convenience (and saving the world hadn’t become a popular mantra quite yet). Still, there were some moms who were going natural, eating organic,…and cloth diapering!
So there I was, lifting one child after another (after another, after another) onto the changing table to double diaper them using (gasp!) PINS! I never stuck a single one of them, thanks to the careful training of their mom, who showed me how to guard the baby’s skin with my fingers so the pin would stick me if it popped loose before I was done pinning. I became quite adept.
And so…although I never babysat for another mom who cloth diapered, due to the incredible number of hours that I babysat for this family, years later, when it came time to have my own children, I already had in my mind that I would be a cloth diapering mama! I had NO idea that cloth diapering was such a craze online, and have happily joined this “fluffy” crowd of cloth diapering moms in my quest for the perfect fit, absorbency, and of course, fun colors and patterns for my little one. The moral of the story is (I guess): train these kids young to understand that cloth diapering is fun, easy, and most of all cost-effective and reduces waste!
How did you become a cloth diapering mom? Did you have prior experiences with CD-ing? Are you the only one who cloth diapers, or do you have a group of friends who CD?