{This is a guest post from Rebecca of D&R Tabb about her cloth diapering experience!}

When my son was born 6 months ago, I was way too overwhelmed to even think about cloth diapering. I was so excited about it all through my pregnancy, but changing 12-15 diapers a day when my son was brand new made me way too scared to venture into the unknown. But after 3 months and plenty of research, I was ready to make my first move to cloth diapering.

I had done much of my research while I was pregnant, so I started out buying a Best Bottom diaper and a few inserts. I was so sure that I was going to love these diapers and wouldn’t need to buy any different kinds. To my surprise, I didn’t really like them at all. I didn’t like that there was not a stay dry layer to keep the wetness away from my son and the cover left deep red marks on his skin.

Rebecca’s bumGenius Freetime (left) & FuzziBunz Perfect Size (right)

I turned to my favorite bloggers and decided to try a few different brands. I started out with a few bumGenius Freetimes and Fuzzi Bunz sized diapers. What a different experience! I like them so much more. Since then I have branched out to a bumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper, Kawaii Baby Good Night Heavy Wetter diapers and a few Rumparooz pocket diapers.

Now my stash is almost built up to the point that we can cloth diaper full time! I love that we are reducing our waste and keeping my son in comfortable, soft diapers that we can use for several years and hopefully on future children.

My tips for new cloth diapering moms are:

1. You can start cloth diapering part time

Don’t feel overwhelmed and get the idea that you have to jump in to full-time cloth diapering right away. Starting out with 2 or 3 diapers is a good way to ease the transition and you can avoid investing a large amount in something you may not like.

2. Do your research

The Cloth Diaper YouTube Channel is a great place to find reviews on cloth diapers. Tons of blogs and cloth diaper websites are out there so start hunting! Read up on prices, features, etc. to narrow your choices before you buy. Video reviews are very helpful so you can see the actual product better than just reading about them.

3. Try several types of diapers

This may seem to be the opposite of what I said in point #1, but the idea is if you try a diaper you don’t like, don’t throw in the towel. Try another. With so many ideas out there, you are bound to find the one that works for you. And resale value is good on used diapers, so you can always sell what doesn’t work for you.

4. Buy used diapers or diapers on sale

I didn’t realize when I made my first purchases that many cloth diaper websites offer great deals on a regular basis. Any time there is a holiday, check for discounts and make sure to read the fine print. Another idea is to buy used diapers from a site such as Diaper Swappers. You will run the risk of the diapers not being cared for the way you might care for them, but the deep discount might be a good way to ease the strain on your wallet.

Rebecca is a former educator turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys exercising, reading, and blogging about her life as a wife and new mom at D&R Tabb.

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