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Do you, or do you want to, make your own cloth diapers?

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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I saw this in The Stir - Will you try it?

Cloth Diapering Tips for the Mom Who Wants to DIY

Posted by Christie Haskell
on August 17, 2011
 
cloth diaper baby
 
When looking to cloth diaper, there are a lot of things to consider. Often the idea of cleaning poo is a big turn-off to some, but quite often it's the initial start-up cost that can be painful, even if it does quickly end up saving you money.

Some moms choose to go a different route instead, and either buy diapers from moms who make them or they buy fabric and whip up their own diapers.

Kristin, who is a crafting machine and owns SmileyMoo's Variety Shop, as well as Enchanted Smiles, makes and sells her own cloth diapers. I asked her some questions about advice for moms who are looking to cloth diaper, but don't want to go the big-brand route.

What led you to cloth diaper in the first place?

I started cloth diapering for several reasons. First, [my daughter] Priya broke out with intense diaper rash from every diaper we tried. Second, we were having leaks from disposables, and last was the money factor. I had three older children to provide for and it felt silly to basically throw money away.

What would you say to someone who was considering cloth diapering?

Go for it! It isn't as hard as you would think. I would start with a diaper of each style to see which diapering method you like the best and go from there.

Why did you choose to start making your own diapers?

I love to craft and thought I would give it a shot. Plus, I can customize the diapers to have the features I like the most. Such as having gussets or snaps. When you make your own, you get exactly what you want.

If someone wanted to make their own, what advice would you give them?

Try out free patterns first. You can find many free patterns on the net. Watch YouTube videos for different methods. Join diaper sewing groups for advice. I advise knowing what you want in a cloth diaper before you start making them.

If looking to buy from moms who make them themselves, do you have any tips to make sure you're getting quality?

I sound like a diaper snob, but price is a big giveaway. If a diaper is being sold for $5, chances are the quality isn't there. Ask questions if you have them. If you see a diaper with hidden PUL and you're worried about wicking, just ask. If you're worried about the quality of the velcro, then ask. Check out action shots if available and feedback just as if you were buying from a company.

 

Thanks Kristin!

Have you or would you consider making your own diapers, or buying from a mom who does?

by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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amonkeymom
by Amy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I never even thought about it when my kids were little, but if I had to do it again I would make & use my own (or purchase from another mom, since I'm not very crafty).

SalmonBerry87
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM
I can't sew. :( my mom has talked about making some though...
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Angeldolphine
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I got some cloth diapers from a coworker. They were the fancy kind with pockets. The only thing I don't like about them is that they don't snap. My baby is getting active and can get himself out of the diapers just by kicking and rolling on the floor. I did find a website that gives instructions on converting them. I plan on doing this soon! I also don't like the velcro because they get tangled in the wash.

My mother in law gave me the old fashioned kind, you know, white diaper with a cover. I like the snappy things they use now instead of the large pins I grew up on. I use them when I don't feel like washing every day.

Angeldolphine
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

If buying the diapers, I would suggest the pocket diapers that snap or plan on converting your diapers later as the velcro wears out. I like them, because they are absorbent and a lot like disposable in that they are fast to use. I do know they are exspensive though.

TaeTaeLove
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM
I started and continue for the cheap factor. A box of walmart brand sposies lasts 2 weeks for 15 bucks. I spend about 1.50 for the same amount of time on my cloth diapers. That's including (sort of) the price of the cloth diapers. I bought all of mine used, and I only have prefolds with covers and pins. I have one aio that was given to me.
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JasonsMom2007
by Lisa on Aug. 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I have made my own covers before.  I prefer prefolds with covers and I'm hoping to make more soon!  

SalmonBerry87
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM
That's what I use but I'm not crafty enough to make them myself. :)
Have you ever sold any you've made?


Quoting JasonsMom2007:

I have made my own covers before.  I prefer prefolds with covers and I'm hoping to make more soon!  

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SalmonBerry87
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 8:42 PM
Quoting Angeldolphine:

I got some cloth diapers from a coworker. They were the fancy kind with pockets. The only thing I don't like about them is that they don't snap. My baby is getting active and can get himself out of the diapers just by kicking and rolling on the floor. I did find a website that gives instructions on converting them. I plan on doing this soon! I also don't like the velcro because they get tangled in the wash.


My mother in law gave me the old fashioned kind, you know, white diaper with a cover. I like the snappy things they use now instead of the large pins I grew up on. I use them when I don't feel like washing every day.




Omg I love my effing snappi!! I had to use those huge crazy pins on Maggie ONCE and I thought I was going to have a heart attack!
-Sam
Angeldolphine
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:08 PM

LOL, yeah! I remember we used to accidently poke my siblings when we used the diapers. I came from a large family and we always used cloth. I can't imagine my own child...I would be so freaked out!

SalmonBerry87
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM
For sure. I gave away all the pins I got at my shower lol.

Quoting Angeldolphine:

LOL, yeah! I remember we used to accidently poke my siblings when we used the diapers. I came from a large family and we always used cloth. I can't imagine my own child...I would be so freaked out!

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