How to Never Start Cloth Diapering

This blog post is a part of the November 2013 ”School of Cloth“ event.  This is a month-long educational event sponsored by the Real Diaper Association, cloth diaper businesses, and various bloggers.

Getting started with cloth diapers

The first week’s topic in the School of Cloth is how to get started with cloth diapers. However, that topic kind of bores me and I’ve already written about my advice for starting out here. Instead, I’m going to talk about three things you can do to ensure you’ll never, ever, ever ever, get started with cloth diapers. 

#1: Care What Other People Think

If your mother-in-law tells you horror stories about accidentally sticking the baby with a diaper pin and having to dunk poopy diapers in the toilet, ignore her. That’s not how cloth diapers work nowadays. If your friends roll their eyes and say, “That won’t last long!” – just brush it off. If you try to take in everyone else’s opinion on how you should diaper your baby, you’ll never get started with cloth diapers.

Guess what? Cloth diapers aside, no matter what parenting decision you make, people are going to disagree with you. Some of them – raised in barns perhaps – will actually vocalize their criticism. If you haven’t learned the all-important life skill of letting things roll off your back, it’s time.

#2: Listen to Those Who Act Like You Need a PhD to Cloth Diaper

I once ordered diapers from a company that included a SEVENTEEN PAGE HANDOUT on washing instructions. There are eBooks for sale out there on cloth diapering with pages that number into the HUNDREDS.

Seriously… it’s not that hard.

I get irritated when businesses and bloggers make it seem oh-so-complicated. What’s their strategy, anyway? To elevate themselves as experts by confusing others? Sure, there are a lot of options out there, but at the end of the day, we’re talking about pieces of cloth that babies wear on their bottoms. Wear, wash, re-use. It’s been going on for hundreds of years, folks. Not hard.

#3: Focus on all the “What Ifs”

Don’t feel like you need to have a five-page, typewritten, three-year cloth diaper strategy in place by the time you hit your 25th week of pregnancy. Figuring out what type of cloth diapers work best for your family will be a hands-on process. Sure, you might have a heavy-wetting baby with sensitive skin, but there are lots of ways to deal with issues like those. Don’t stress about things that might not even happen. Just get started!

What things *almost* held you back from getting started with cloth diapers? Leave a comment! 


  1. Well stated! The startup is so intimidating. I was determined, but my husband was ready to throw in the towel before he even put on the first diaper because he was so afraid of doing it wrong.

  2. This is THE BEST post I have EVER read about cloth!!!! I love all of your posts, but this one needs to be shouted from the rooftops!
    ( I also ordered from the site that gives the 15 page handout on washing… I actually have two of them, which I stored in a safe place in case I ever need them ~ I’m not really sure where my car owners manual is, but I know where I put the Cloth Laundry handbook. Before I started I thought it must be that important if they bother to send you such a detailed handout….I have not looked at them again in 14 months..)

  3. I was hoping this would be a longer list! Lol. My mom kept telling me that she tried cloth on my brother and I but it didn’t work so basically I was just wasting my money. Well, 15 months into cloth diapering my DS with very sensitive skin we’ve had fun learning but all is well. :-)

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