Cloth diapering is one of those things, now a huge part of my life and lifestlyle, but not something that I ever knew that I'd like or even thought to research. When my twin sons were born my daughter was about 3.5 years old and finally potty trained. I had never used cloth on her, never considered it, no one ever recommended it, only the older women my mother and grandmothers age would joke about it. Even they had no idea what cloth was like nowadays and they REALLY were joking when they'd discuss cloth and what it was like for them.
Having twins meant that people were super excited for us. I was given a wonderful baby shower and gifted tons of disposable diapers. My husband works for the Fire Department and ALL the guys at his work pitched in money and bought us diapers. He came home one day with, no kidding, maybe six garbage bags filled with packages of disposable diapers. We had them in the first few sizes and enough to last for months and months. Five months to be exact...
Making it to 4-5 months of age without ever having to spend a dime on diapers was a huge blessing but I still couldn't get over how quickly we had gone through what seemed like thousands of diapers.
One day I told my husband that they were starting to get low, down to the last couple packs that would fit them. We were both worried about what we'd do. Since the boys birth I had been participating on a Moms of Multiples Message Board online for support and there were a handful of moms there who used cloth diapers. I saw them in their photos and was curious but up until this point really had never considered asking them about them.
Well as most of you know, cloth diapering mamas love to talk about cloth! So when I asked one of my online friends about her diapers and how they worked she was super excited to help me get started. She explained all the different kinds and also happened to have a HUGE personal stash for her twin daughters. In fact, she had some she was selling used online so she offered me a deal so that I could give them a try.
I don't remember exactly, I think I got 5 diapers total; a Medium Fuzzi Bunz, a couple Mommy's Touch OneSize, and a couple Wonderworks OneSize from her, she also sent them with some used micro inserts. These were cared for nicely but after having given brand new diapers a try I can look back and realize just how worn in they were.
I remember tearing open the package when they came in the mail and washing them right away so that I could try them. Putting them on the boys only to have them pee in them almost immediately so I had to change into the next one. Then within about 3 hours, between poops and pees, I ran plum out of cloth diapers!
Dang! I thought. Then I toook them back into the laundry room and washed them again. By betime I had pretty much gone through those 5 diapers AGAIN! The rest is history, I was totally addicted. I knew I couldn't be doing diaper laundry 5 times a day just so they could wear cloth, so hubby gave me a budget and I purchased some more diapers little by little until I had enough to get us though about 24-36 hours before having to wash.
It really was NO time at all before I was obsessed with them and decided that is what I wanted to do, start a business and sell cloth diapers online. And....here I sit at 7am in the morning writing about cloth diapers when I should be getting my daughter up for school!