This is the first of many posts to come, I'm sure.
When I first started thinking about and researching cloth diapers, I noticed something strange about a lot of the people that cloth diapered: they all seemed to approach it like a hobby. And the really weird part is that this no longer seems strange to me. I have a cloth diaper blog as one of my favorite links (All About Cloth Diapers), and I visit Nicki's Diapers multiple times a day to check their stock. Every time I get on Craigs List I do a quick search for cloth diapers. It's become a quest!
The thing that overwhelmed me at the beginning (and still does...) is the sheer variety of cloth diapers out there, and the strong but varying opinions people seem to have about them. I'd seen a bunch of people talk about investing in their system of cloth diapers, buying a whole stash of one kind of diaper. And so I thought I needed to have it all figured out beforehand, so I could buy a dozen of one kind of diaper, and overnight never need another disposable.
I've been glad to discover that that's not at all how things need to go. My friend Tamara had recommended the Flip diaper system to me, and so I decided to buy a daypack of 2 covers and 6 inserts as a starter. I bought them from a locally based online company called Diaper Junction, which has local pick-up, so free shipping. They also had a 30 day return policy so it didn't feel like quite as big a commitment, which is ALWAYS a plus for me! :)
Flips from Diaper Junction!
So I tried out the Flips and LOVED them! I also had a BumGenius 3.0 I'd picked up at a consignment shop last year, so my little stash (1 pocket diaper, 2 covers, and 6 inserts) obviously wasn't enough to last me long. So basically I've been putting Brody in cloth for a day, washing, and putting him back in disposables in the meantime. I'm wanting to switch over entirely to cloth, but for now the mixing and matching with disposables is working just fine.
Looks pretty pumped, huh?