Anyone who knows me knows that I am a cloth diaper advocate. Many, if not most, people I knew prior to having my first child thought that I was crazy for wanting to cloth diaper.
They said it would be too hard to keep up and I would be wasting my money on something that would not pan out. Well, I’m proud to say that 25 months later, I am still cloth diapering my son.
There was a lot of trial and error and, in hindsight, I did waste some money purchasing diaper brands until I found the one I liked. However, I feel like what I learned through this experience was greater than just diapering my child. Looking back, I gained confidence in myself through this experience.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned through my journey…
I have never:
- Had to make a late night run to the store to purchase diapers.
- Had to put diapers on my credit card when funds were low.
- Kept a diaper on longer than it should have been because we were running low.
- Learned how to diaper my baby successfully using cloth diapers.
- Had the opportunity to educate others on the “new” cloth diapers.
- Learned that cloth diapers keep in explosive diarrhea better than disposables.
- Had the pleasure of meeting many interesting cloth diapering moms, including Jen Labit, owner of Cottonbabies.
- Developed business relationships in the cloth diaper world that benefitted many moms in the early education program I work.
My takeaway moment from all of this has been the feeling of empowerment through cloth diapering. I have been able to meet my child’s diapering need without any help. I have exceeded most people’s expectations, including my own, by mastering something I knew nothing about previously.
I have learned so much that I feel comfortable sharing this knowledge with others, further increasing my confidence. Cloth diapering has been, for me, more than just diapering my child. It has been a lesson in self-empowerment.
What unpopular parenting decisions have you made that you or your family ultimately benefitted from?