I am not new to cloth diapering – or maybe I am. I will explain in a minute. Disposable diapers were never an option for newborns and even with my first child, we used cloth diapers – Indian style. In India, pre-folded triangular or diaper style cloth diapers made of cotton material are used. They are not very absorbent and diaper covers are not known here at all. Based on the advice received by other family members, these are what we had used too. So, every time the baby wet her diaper, the diaper, the baby’s vest/onesie, the swaddle cloth and the sheet underneath got wet. A waterproof plastic layer kept the mattress safe. Hubby and I, both new parents, never really knew any other way to diaper except for using disposables which we reserved for ‘going out’ purposes. Timely potty-training finally put an end to the horrifying diapering experience and we moved on to more creatively satisfying parenting experiences with our toddler. DotComWomen.com got a parenting section after my baby turned into a toddler and hence lacked in the real issues faced with babies.
With my second child born five years later, I started to look into options. I figured, that with the new ‘green’ trend of cloth diapering, there had to be something more to CD than what I knew. Then, the simple logic of using, diaper covers with prefolds and inserts, came into view during my eBay journeys (which is what I have been doing to while away my pregnancy time) and I suddenly felt more dumb and stupid than a jackass! I couldn’t believe it could be so simple to keep using cloth and not spoil all the blankets and sheets. It still seemed too good to be true so I started by ordering the Chinese version of the AIO which looked as good as the American diapers available. I ordered 5 diapers, each with one insert, off an eBay seller. The seller was very efficient and the diapers were shipped off immediately with a registered airmail with online tracking. When the diapers arrived, I was unsure of whether they would fit a newborn. I packed them in the hospital bag, just in case, along with the regular Indian prefolds saved from my first cloth diapering experience.
As luck would have it, I had to go in for a C-section 3 weeks before my due date and on a 30 min. notice because the movements of the baby seemed very low that day. I got admitted to the hospital right after my checkup and hubby picked up the half-filled hospital bag later that evening. The AIO diapers had been tucked in it although I had meant to take them out before I went into labor. However, right in the hospital, I realized what life savers the diaper covers and inserts were. It seemed completely insane the way we had diapered before. I asked DH to bring in my laptop and ordered 5 more diaper covers but 10 inserts instead of 5, from the same seller now that I trusted her service and did not have time to risk trying a new one. I ordered the printed ones as seen above as I had ordered solid colors before. I figured the importance of having more inserts. Because of international shipping, the diapers took some time to arrive and on several (especially 2), we fell short of the diapers. Babies poop more than usual during the first month and it did get spilled out of the insert and into the diaper cover as well. We had to resort to using our old prefolds (without diaper covers) due to the shortage and ended up searching for more swaddling cloths and sheets as we pretty much fell short of everything. Finally, the diapers with extra inserts arrived and although we have been doing just fine, I have ordered plenty more inserts.
Diapering has simply never been the same again and I am glad I did not fall for the trend of using disposable diapers because of my first experience. We live and we learn. Or should I say, we give birth and we learn…lol. A website that helped me with many of my questions regarding CD is http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/cloth-diaper-q-a-volume-1/. So, to all moms worldwide who are looking for options to disposable diapers and for other Indian moms who are wondering if their American counterparts are insane to resort to cloth diapering, you are simply in my situation. You haven’t figured out how the real cloth diapering works. Do give it a try! It is a wonderfully environment-friendly and a safe diapering method for your precious baby’s soft and sensitive skin. And it is easy on your wallet too! Go Cloth Diapering!