For most of us cloth diapering started out as a little idea that would save money and maybe look cute too. Little did we know what a roller coaster it would become!Phase 1: Bright-Eyed and Fluttering with Optimism
Saving the world, saving money, and cute diapers! What isn’t there to LOVE about cloth diapering? When is the baby getting here? I’m READY to get this thing started and prove to all the naysayers that I’m gonna rock this!
Phase 2: Am I in Over My Head? There is SO MUCH POOP!
Started out strong with a basket full of beautifully prepped diapers but now the baby is here and things are getting REAL! Not sure if I can do this- my nipples are working overtime and the baby is playing a cruel game called “poop whenever I start a load of diaper laundry.”
Phase 3: Buy ALL THE DIAPERS!
The Internet has become my social outlet and I’ve found new friends in cloth diapering groups. I learned about “limited edition” prints and this thing called “bum placement.” At first I thought it was dumb but now all I want is a Jules and I’d do anything to get it (for less than $50).
Phase 4: I’ve GOT THIS!
Not only am I fluent in “cloth-ese” but I’m now a recruiter. I carry my prettiest AIO in my diaper bag and share it with unsuspecting moms I be-friend in the park. I’m no longer just a “cloth diapering mom,” I’m now trying to #makeclothmainstream. I’m even starting to enjoy the extra laundry and have a “the poop is solid today” dance.
Phase 5: Bittersweet Ending
As cliché as it sounds, the days are long but the years are short. Just as I was figuring it all out it is time to say good bye to my precious diapers. Now I’m looking forward to my toddler earning the “wipes own butt” merit badge in the game of life. The struggle is real.
Did I miss a phase? What were YOUR cloth diaper phases?