Are you new to cloth diapers and don’t know where to start?
Have you been reading up on cloth diapers and now have more questions than answers?
Is all the information out there way too much, and some of it has you worried cloth diapering is crazy-hard?
Ok, then you’re in the right place, because cloth diapering doesn’t require a degree in diaperology to get started, and we (will — we’re just getting started too, on this website) have all the basics you’ll need covered here, with nothing more.
Just cloth diapering basics for the beginners.
Cloth Diapers for Beginners is a labor of love run by me, April Duffy (a.k.a. thewriteDuffy) to help you choose and use cloth diapers successfully, once you decide cloth diapers are for you.
When pregnant with my daughter in 2015, I knew I wanted the cost savings and environmental benefits of cloth diapers. I didn’t know anyone who had cloth diapered, ever, but figured I would just buy some and follow the instructions, like every product you buy, right?
After looking in the big-box and baby stores in my neighborhood and finding nothing, I went online and tried to find the most popular cloth diaper and where I could buy it locally.
So I typed in ‘best cloth diaper’ and within a few minutes I was completely lost and overwhelmed. There was a million options, many that don’t really look like diapers. Worse, practically none of the options were available offline; it was scary to think I would have to plop down a significant amount of cash (new cloth diapers are not cheap of course) and might not even get the right kind of diaper. Add to that the reams of articles about washing problems, all the products you can’t use with cloth diapers, and leak problems, and cloth diapering when from easy to downright exhausting!
Cloth Diapers for Beginners was Conceived
Thankfully, I began my search long before giving birth, so I dusted off my journalism skills and got researching. While I was in that period of calculating costs and reviewing options, I also gained a simple goal: to share what I was learning–the basics of cloth diapering–to others in a way that was simple and easy to understand.
So, I began the blog Cloth Diapers for Beginners.
Then I had a baby and realized I could barely wash the dishes let alone take on a giant writing project that was my vision for this site. So, I closed the site down but kept the Facebook page running so that I could answer questions about cloth diapers if people reached out.
Cloth Diapers for Beginners 2.0
Then in 2018, with my daughter beginning potty training after a successful (though not always) run in cloth diapers, something began happening. Every day more and more moms were finding the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook page, joining and asking questions.
After doing a couple of searches it became clear that since retreating into the vacuum of being a stay at home mom, nothing new had been written on cloth diapering. No new ebooks, no new resources, and old resources disappearing. There was still an incredible need for clear and concise information. Also, I had more time on my hands now that my daughter can entertain herself for more than two minutes at a time.
If that’s not a circumstantial kick in the pants, I don’t know what is!
So with the passion and knowledge I have built for cloth diapers through both using them and hearing the concerns of other beginners to cloth diapering, I re-kindled Cloth Diapers for Beginners and am committed to creating a simple resource for parents and guardians who just want to know how the heck to do this cloth thing.