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Why I’m a Cloth Diaper Advocate and Blogger

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Over the years I have written about everything from cake pop recipes to potty training a toddler.  I shared my homebirth story and very personal posts about a regrettable decision I made for my first born son.  But one thing has remained constant over the years and that is my commitment to providing education and inspiration for current and future cloth diapering parents.

Sure, there are some days when I can barely muster enough inspiration to pull together a blog post.  I’m in the “If you don’t have enough to say, say nothing at all” camp when it comes to blogging.  Other days I have so many ideas I can hardly decide how to get them all done!  But why did I decide to start a blog about cloth diapers?  I assure you that there is no fame or fortune to be had in cloth diaper blogging.
I blog because I love cloth diapers

    I’m here to help YOU with the overwhelming decisions that a new to cloth diapers parent faces.
    I’m here to prove cloth diapers have a {big} place in this world.
    I’m here to answer your questions aboutleaksfit, sizes, styles, closures, brand, etc, etc, etc.
    I’m here to research the cloth diaper past and honor our grandmothers who HAD to use them.
    I’m here to help you discover new brands and stores.
    I’m here to help more babies get into cloth diapers no matter what their parents’ budget may be.

I’m here.  Every week.  Doing what I do best and what I love: cloth diapers.

I do it all because it’s something I really believe in.  I wouldn’t waste my time otherwise.  Yes, I make money from blogging.  Did I start a blog to earn an income?  Heck no!  I didn’t even know that was a possibility!  I wanted to show the world what a modern cloth diaper looked like, how it worked, how it fit, how cute they could be, and that there was a world out there beyond disposables.

What does the future hold for Dirty Diaper Laundry?

I’m staring down the barrel of a potty training toddler.  (I’d recommend wearing safety goggles in this case, those toddlers tend to aim poorly.)  My sweet little baby Everett is 20 months old.  He’s been using the potty a few times a day for a while.  We are still ECing (elimination communication) since he isn’t initiating the visits, but with time he is definitely going to potty train.

A large portion of my website is based on my personal experience with cloth diapers and my reviews.  With no baby in need of diapers I’ll be hard pressed to REVIEW them.  I’m concocting a way to keep bringing you the videos and reviews you know me for.  I’ll still bring you informational articles written from my perspective and will also look to find contributing writers.

Lately I’ve been really focusing on research.  I have a B.A. in History and find anything related to the history of cloth diapers fascinating.  I want to turn my late night research into something.  A documentary, a book, a series of blog posts?  Something will result from my interests and ideas.  In the mean time please follow me on Pinterest to keep up with my pins about The History of Cloth Diapers.

Dirty Diaper Laundry will always be around.  The archived videos and cloth diaper information will be here forever and I plan on continuing to add more content.  For now, I still have a baby in cloth diapers so you aren’t getting rid of me just yet!  In the meantime I really and truly appreciate your emails, comments, pins, tweets, facebook shares, google +1’s, and forum posts about Dirty Diaper Laundry.  I rely on your support to help introduce new readers to my blog so please continue sharing the content you love to help keep it going.  And for the love of Pete, share the Cloth Diaper Finder with all of your cloth diapering friends.  I’d really love that!

I wrote this post after attending Type-A Parents Conference and hearing Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress say “Write on a piece of paper why you started your blog and re-visit it any time you are lost” or something to that effect. All the bloggers shook their heads in agreement when she also said that emails from readers have been the reason she continues. I feel the same way. If you are reading this and feel like I or another blogger has helped you in some way- let them know! You never know how much they might need that little email. I’ve been saved from giving up many times after a kind reader emailed just to say thanks.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.

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  • Katherine Stone

    Good for you!!! You have such a clear and passionate reason behind what you do, and that will surely carry you far!

    • kimrosas

      Thank you!  Your panel was simply amazing and worth the price of admission.  It was such a pleasure.  You are doing amazing work!

  • Melissa Stottmann

    <3 I didn't even think that at one point you would not have an adorable baby in diapers!!! <3 If you need help as a reviewer I'm always available :P

    • kimrosas

      Yes I have an expiration date.  LOL

  • Pamelas1981

    Amen Sister! Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Justice Montgomery

    I’ve been CDing our two littlest boys since January. When the Flat Challenge happened, I discovered my love for flats! Today we even tye dyed some of our flats! Our washer is making an obscene noise, and thanks to the Flats Challenge, I’m not totally terrified of washing diapers by hand. I already told DH that if it happens, I will just be washing flats for a little while until we can afford to repair the washer. Along with whatever else I need to. Thank you for making the unimaginable seem so much more possible!

  • Scatpdx

    My little one potty trained about 4 weeks back and I’m still hear reading cloth blogs. I guess when you love something it sticks ;)

  • Victoria Shires

    Kim – once your little one potty trains completely,  you should consider some volunteer guest bloggers to help review new styles/brands of cloth diapers!

  • Anna Claire

    I wanted to thank you for your honest reviews and video reviews. I’m brand-new to CDing (about to start with my next son, who’s due to be born in just over a week) and your site is one of the most reputable, helpful resources I’ve found. I appreciate your honest and straightforward reviews, and I appreciate how easy-to-understand they are for us newbies! I’ve found many CD “review” blogs as I’ve done my research over the past few months, and it’s hard to find ones that are trustworthy, rather than just giving a good review so they can do a giveaway. I’m a journalist by day, and really, truly appreciate your unbiased reviews. Best of luck with whatever your future holds!

  • Polkastryps

    Thank you so much for all of your honesty and advice. As a FTM and new to cloth your website is my go to for reliable info. I was also just on your Pintrest, I love it! I have my BA in Art History and have been thinking about shifting my focus when I pursue my MA, something along the lines of child rearing philosophies through out history. I loved seeing all of the Mary Cassatt pictures! Good Luck as you venture on :)

  • Mindy

    I just came across this post. I remember when I first got into cloth diapering and you started the cloth diaper bloggers forum, where we could put a little button on our blog. I remember always admiring your babywearing videos in the beginning and your planting the seed of thinking, “I can do that.” What you’ve built here over the past few years is inspiring and exciting. Sometimes I wish I’d pressed forward with more guts, sticking to two blogs and making one purely about cloth diapers and eco-conscious living. I’m happy with my blog, but would love to do more cloth diaper advocacy and contribute something to cloth diapering that you don’t already see in a hundred other places. Kudos to you for finding a niche and having the guts to create something you can be proud of.

    • kimrosas

      That seems like a million years ago doesn’t it?! Thank you! That means a lot!

  • JessiF

    I love your website,it is so full of useful information!

    Your videos are way better than most other cloth diaper videos on youtube too! I think it’s your voice, your hands, and the steady camera. Very simple and easy to follow.

    Thank you!

  • MaureenEve

    I always rely on your reviews about different cloth diaper brands. It gives me ideas in what brand would work well for us.

  • priyanka Kamble

    I really agree to the things you have written about cloth diapers. I have been researching about cloth diapers since a while and been learning a lot. Thank you for the info you have added in your blog.

  • Amy Richter

    That would be so great if you could do a cloth diaper documentary! I really think the world needs one. It is becoming more popular and people need to know why. :) I love cloth!

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