Tell Me Your Cloth Diaper Story

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Thank you for all your submissions!!  I have read through most of them but still have 14 left to go (there were 65 entries!).

I will announce the winners in the next couple of days!

You’ve read my story: Why Choose Cloth Diapers: Health Reasons, Why I Blog About Cloth Diapers and 3 Reasons Why I Chose to Cloth Diaper, now I want to read yours!

What’s Your Story?

We all have different reasons for cloth diapering.  Some of you had no choice, you simply didn’t have money to buy disposables.  Others are just too crunchy to use anything disposable (I’m crunchy but I love my paper plates).  Whatever it is, you have a beginning, a reason or an impetus that led you down the cloth diaper path.

I’m giving you some incentive.  The top 3 stories (voted on by me and my team) will receive the cloth diaper of their choice from any of my advertisers.  It has to be instock and under $30.

I will leave the email address up for 7 days then I will remove it and begin choosing the winners.  Your story can be as short or as long as you desire.  Here are some ideas to get you started or guide your story:

  • When did you begin cloth diapering?
  • How old was your child?
  • Did you use disposables on previous children then switch?
  • Was there a memorable moment that you remember where you knew you would use cloth diapers?
  • Where did you learn about cloth diapers? or from whom?
  • Has your journey been easy or filled with problems?
  • Do you love cloth diapering?
  • Does your husband and/or family support cloth diapering?

Here is an example of one reader’s cloth diaper story: How I Became a Cloth Diaper Revert

You can write whatever you want! Be creative, your story may be published and could very well inspire dozens of families to start cloth diapering their children!!

Send your submissions to CONTEST CLOSED!

You have until Monday March 21, 2011 @ noon to have your stories in.


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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17 Responses to “Tell Me Your Cloth Diaper Story”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Loving reading these stories! I’m just switching to cloth and can say I love them so far! It is very inspiring to read all the different reasons people switched!

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  2. corrina wilson-harshman Says:

    Autumn I just posted my cloth diaper story on my blog I want to email you the link – not for contests sake – I gave you a shout out in my story! please send me your email – corrina.wilson@hotmail.com

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  3. Beth Richardson Says:

    What an awesome idea! Can’t wait to read the stories!! :)

    Beth @ Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique :)

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  4. Colleen Says:

    Thanks for the tip!

    Colleen

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  5. Grateful for Grace Says:

    What a great idea! I love it and am looking forward to reading the stories!

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  6. tara dukaczewicz Says:

    just sent you my story, I really enjoyed writing it! thanks for giving me the opportunity to share!

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  7. Adrian Post Says:

    Hi Autumn, since I don’t have any instock items, I’ll bump any winner that wants a Cutiepoops to the front of the line. I also sent in my story, don’t know if I’m able to win or not but that’s okay!

    What a fun contest.

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  8. Colleen Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    No I don’t think she is interested in cloth diapering, but only because she doesn’t know anything about it. I think there is a certain stigma that cloth diapering is gross and much messier than disposables. So, I’m trying to get info out there that it can be a really worth while endeavor.

    Thanks again,
    Colleen

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  9. Kim Says:

    When I got pregnant with my first (she’s 6 months old this month! Wow! That went fast!) I knew I was gonna be the “wierdo.” I spent so much time researching EVERYTHING and decided I didn’t like the “norms.” Having a background of allergies to food additives, I didn’t want to put anything I couldn’t pronounce on or in my tiny baby’s body. So, I took the plunge. EVERYONE said I was nuts.
    I LOVE CLOTH DIAPERS! I rarely have explosions on my exclusively BF baby. She has never had a diaper rash and I know that with every diaper, I am saving the earth for my baby to enjoy all her life.
    And just a side note. THANK YOU AUTUMN! Your website has given me SO MUCH confidence and support. It’s so nice to have a place to find answers to my questions.

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  10. Rachel Sciorra Says:

    I began cloth diapering with my second who is a girl. I wanted to with my son who is now 2 1/2 but always found cloth diapers so expensive but that was before I discovered bargain websites and http://www.diaperpin.com/forum09/announcements.asp. When my daughter was about 8months my husband and I decided to give it a try. We started with 4 Ecobumz diapers I got on Mama Bargains and went from there. At first it was some getting used to with laundry. I was using Tide Free and Clear but my starting 4 got really stinky so we switched to LuLu’s Glamor Wash. After everything went to normal, I ended up getting more and more diapers, and began to love CDing. Now we have 20 something in our stash and we are using them also with my son at night time and long trips to the store. My family is fully on board when they babysit and my mom is even trying to talk my brother into doing it for his children when he has some. I have had a few draw backs, like stains…I cannot hang to dry because first I live in upstate NY and it is the dead of winter and they freeze before they dry, and my stash isn’t huge so I need as many dry ones as possible right now. Other than that cloth diapering branched me out into using cloth wipes, reusable bags for shopping, enviroment friendly laundry soaps, and dish soaps. It made me realize that I can make alittle bit of a difference. Living where I live, I am the only person who uses cloth, but maybe that would change if more people see me, and see how easy and cute they are. Maybe more people would make the switch, or even my children when they have kids. Maybe one person can make a difference! :) Also, when I am done CDing my kids, I am planning on donating my stash to people in different countries.

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  11. Eva Gavin Says:

    I began cloth diapering with my first child almost 12 years ago. I had my mom, her sisters and my grandma chip in to buy me a Mother Ease package for my baby gift. I think they all thought I was nuts. I added some prefolds and a couple extra velcro covers and that was my diaper stash for the first two kids.

    Even though I was breastfeeding exclusively, I got pregnant with my 3rd rather quickly and realized I’d be diapering three at the same time. Wow, that’s a lot of diapers!!!! Back then there wasn’t as much info available on the web and it came before the big boom of wahm diapers. There weren’t that many options available. But I loved my Mother Ease. They absolutely never ever ever leaked. Then I saw an ad in Mothering about Fuzzi Bunz and decided to order a couple online to try. I fell in love with the simplicity of snaps and stuffing the Fuzzi Bunz. I ended up bying 12 of them cheaply from a friend who had tried them and not liked them. So for several months, I diapered three kiddos all in cloth.

    My fourth baby is now 3 and potty trained and I’m not sure if we’ll have another. When he came along, I was still using my original diapering stash with just a couple new add ins. I would serf the diaper websites and dream of all the cute diapers I could order, finances kept my diaper obsession in check. But an awesome cloth diapering store opened up literally minutes from my house. That made it more difficult. So I did add a few more diapers, this time I fell in love with some insert type diapers with velcro.

    Last week, I washed up all my diapers and packed them all in a tub to pass on to a new mom. I was so sad. Of all the things I will miss most about mothering as my kids grow up, I think fat cloth diaper booties will be one of the things I miss the most. Is it crazy to want to save the diapers your kids peed and pooped in for sentimental reasons?!?!? I think so close to potty training, if I can still be sad about missing diapering, I have a feeling this won’t be my last. I told myself that if/when we get pregnant again, since I have saved thousands of dollars over the last 12 years, I will allow myself to splurge on a whole new stash.

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  12. Colleen Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    What do you think about Under The Nile (100% egyptian organic cotton) fitted cloth diapers? I recently purchased 1 for a baby gift (along with organic cloth liners) for someone who is expecting in 3 months. They know nothing about cloth diapers and I’m afraid they won’t really give them a try. Any advice?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Colleen, I haven’t tried them :( Make sure you let her know (or buy for her) that it will need a cover. Is she interested in cloth diapering?

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    • Rachel Zylstra Says:

      I was gifted one of these diapers for my baby.
      It is a Super absorbent diaper and will work for even the heaviest wetter. Velcro makes it easy to use. Make sure she knows about laundry tabs and like Autumn said, make sure she has a cover. When I was starting I wasn’t given a cover and I wasn’t sure if this diaper needed one. It does! It is very thick and will take longer to dry. This tends to be a love it (because it works) diaper or hate it (because it’s thick and takes a while to dry) diaper.

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