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Adventures in cloth diapering Adventures in cloth diapering
For some reason, when we had our first child, I never considered using cloth diapers.  It’s not because I don’t care about the environment,... Adventures in cloth diapering

For some reason, when we had our first child, I never considered using cloth diapers.  It’s not because I don’t care about the environment, or anything like that. I think the biggest reason was that I just didn’t know much about cloth diapering and it seemed a bit intimidating to me.  To me, cloth diapering was kind of ‘granola’ or ‘old-school’ and I just imagined smelly, poopey diapers in bags all over the house.  And the thought of those poopey diapers going into my laundry machine… NO THANKS!

Since having our first baby, my network of mama friends has grown quite a bit and I have many friends who swear by cloth diapering.  The idea of ditching the disposables started to cross my mind more and more and by the time our second little nugget arrived, cloth diapering sounded less granola and more tempting by the minute.

Here are the main reasons I decided to try out cloth diapers:

  1. Blowouts — I don’t know what it is, but both my girls are explosive poopers.  Some kids are less aggressive poopers, but ours are not.  I’ve been known to carry 3 outfit changes in my baby bag because things usually get messy with my girls when we are out and about.
  2. Diaper rashes — I will never ever forget the awful diaper rashes our eldest used to get.  It was so devastating seeing her tiny little self with a red blistery rash all over her bits.  I was doing everything to try and prevent them — blowdrying her bum dry, using all sorts of different barrier creams etc — but she seemed just prone to getting them.  I want to try and avoid that with baby number 2!
  3. Cost — they say that within 6-8 months of cloth diapering, you will spend the same as you would for your child’s lifetime in disposable diapers. So after that first half  a year of your baby’ life (roughly), every time they pee or poo, it’s free! 😉
  4. THE ENVIRONMENT (of course!) — every single one of those disposables piles up in a landfill and I started to feel more and more immoral with every diaper I tossed.  I am not for one minute pointing fingers at those who choose to use disposables, because, hey! that was me until just a couple of weeks ago and it is totally everyone’s own choice. Personally though, I decided that I wasn’t happy with the added waste we were creating.
  5. Blowouts… did I mention those already?! YUCK!

The first step for me was deciding that I want to give cloth diapering a solid “go”. That was the long drawn-out step.  The next step came easy.  I had to decide which type of cloth diaper to buy because there are so many options out there!

I went straight to Janelle, owner of Yaya Baby, an online boutique for everything baby!  Janelle is a fellow North Shore mama that I met about a year ago and we have stayed connected mostly online.  I knew she sold cloth diapers through her Yaya Baby store, so I contacted her and thank goodness I did.  Janelle came back to me with an offer to do a 2 week trial of some diapers to help me make my decision and to get my feet wet in the world of cloth diapering.  (Embarrassingly, I still didn’t know a whole lot about it and I needed some guidance!)

Janelle showed up at my house with her beautifully organized Yaya Baby bin holding everything I would need to get going.  Diaper covers, inserts, wet bags, cloths, spray bottle, and eco-friendly laundry detergent). Not only was everything there and delivered to me, but Janelle also set up my change table area and did a tutorial putting Madeleine into her first cloth diaper.

So now… I am totally hooked on AppleCheeks cloth diapers and I am pretty sure I won’t be able to use disposable diapers ever again!  For some reason, it’s kind of fun to use them as well as all the other benefits that come along with them.  There aren’t stinky bags all over my house.  In fact, there is just one bag that hangs beside our change table and you can’t smell ANYTHING! I don’t mind washing the diapers AT ALL and Madeleine looks super cute in the little ruffly diaper covers.

I highly recommend making starting with cloth diapers from the get-go or making the switch if you are thinking about it!

To connect with Janelle, follow her on Twitter, on Instagram and like her on Facebook.

Do you cloth diaper?  I’d love to hear your comments below :)


Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Laura

    July 8, 2013 #1 Author

    I absolutely LOVE my Apple Cheeks cloth diapers and thanks to Janelle from YayaBaby, I have been using them since bringing my little guy home from the hospital in April! I completely agree with your experience so far. No blow outs – the Apple Cheeks keep it all contained. Super comfy cozy and adorable to boot. No nasty diaper rash and best of all no giant garbage bags each week adding to our landfills. I feel so good about this decision to cloth diaper and try my best to share my positive experience with other new moms out there. Additionally, I am a pediatric physiotherapist and owner at Kids Physio Group and love the trim lines of the these diapers! I can see that they do not restrict important hip movements and other mobility! Thanks for sharing :)


    • northshoremama

      July 9, 2013 #2 Author

      Thanks for your comment Laura. I feel like there is a whole community of cloth diaper (and Apple Cheeks) lovers out there! :)


  • Carolyn Bechard

    July 10, 2013 #3 Author

    Way to go! We switched to cloth when my oldest was about 7 months and never looked back!!? We love cloth for the cost savings, th convenience and the no chemicals :)


    • northshoremama

      July 10, 2013 #4 Author

      Thanks Carolyn! I love hearing other success stories to pump me up about it even more :)


  • Lindsay

    July 10, 2013 #5 Author

    Im so glad that you are enjoying the experience! We dont have own our laundry, its shared on the floor, so we decided to use Diapers Naturally for our cloth diapering needs. Its a fantastic service and we would highly recommend it to anyone else who wants to use cloth diapers but doesnt have their own laundry.


  • Laura

    July 15, 2013 #6 Author

    My husband and I just bought cloth diapers for our 18 month old… We got Bummis, not Applecheeks, but I am so glad we switched! He was getting bad diaper rash and my oh my are disposables EXPENSIVE! They are so much more FUN too! Different colours, you don’t even need to put on bottoms 😉

    I still can’t use them at night, however, as he is a very heavy wetter. I use disposables for night, but that’s it!


    • northshoremama

      July 16, 2013 #7 Author

      Hi Laura! I totally agree that the cloth are so much fun! I feel like it could be an expensive habit because there are such cute little covers out there haha. Have you tried putting in an extra liner to absorb the wetness over night? That’s what we do now and it seems to be working great. Thanks for stopping in and saying hi! :)


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