Fluffy Mama of the Week: Tara

Meet this week’s Fluffy Mama: Tara!

About Tara:

My name is Tara and my husband and I met just a month after I moved back to Minnesota from Michigan and in 2008 on our 5 year anniversary we married! We welcomed our daughter into the world in December 2009! Before my daughter was born I worked full-time in accounting and now I have my dream job, a stay-at-home-mom! I love sightseeing, taking pictures and blogging, thesmalltownmom.com, in my free time!

How long have you been cloth diapering?

I have been cloth diapering since my daughter was three weeks old, so a little over 8 months now.

What made you decide to start?

My start to cloth diapering is actually quite interesting. We received a bunch of bumGenius 3.0’s and AIO’s from one of my husband’s clients when my daughter was first born and at the time we were using disposables. They sat for awhile at our house while I decided what to do with them. After reaching out for help to my local Momslikeme.com cloth diapering group they gave me the support and confidence I needed to try it out. I’ve been hooked ever since, so I like to say that cloth diapering choose us!

What was your first purchase and why?

I wanted to try a few different things to see what I might like so my first purchase was prefolds, Bummis covers and Rocky Mountain pockets.To my surprise I fell in love with the prefolds and covers!

How much do you think you have spent on your diapers total?

So far my total investment has been $350. This includes some diapers that I have purchased and then sold because they didn’t work out for us.

Have your family/ friends been supportive?

Most of them yes, a few of them I think hoped this would just be a phase and that I would eventually go back to disposables. But most of them love to learn about the different types of diapers I have in my stash and how to use them, it’s great!

What has been the most rewarding aspect of cding?

Putting the dirty diaper in a wet bag instead of the trash can! The feeling is amazing because I am not only saving a diaper from the landfill but that is money I am keeping in my wallet!

What is your favorite diaper to use?

It has changed through the years, currently its a Fuzzibunz One-Size. With a 33 lb. 3 year old, she can tell me how the diapers feel. Just recently, several of our standby one-size diapers were “too tight”, and so we’ve had to look for a new option!

What has been the biggest challenge to your success at cding?

I think in the midst of a very busy work at home mom career and raising a child, its hard to find time to wash! 🙂 Thankfully, testing different soaps we come up with and products does give me motivation to have dirty diapers handy at all times!
Also — they say that cloth diapered babies potty learn faster, and that hasn’t been the case with us! 🙂 We’re still struggling with the potty unfortunately, and I think part of it may be my daughter loves her “bipers” so much!

And anything else you want to discuss!!!

I’ve been washing our own cloth diapers for 3 years now, but in the midst of all of that, I have answered thousands of questions and trouble shooted for many moms. I hope washing is never a hindrance to cloth users, so please contact me if you ever need help! I think I’ve seen it all!

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