Originally Posted by kriket
i have another question, for the people that mentioned they didn't know where to start. What would you have liked? A trial? An IRL mom that you could peek over her shoulder while she changed cloth? I know neither of these are always possible, but if the cloth stars were to ali[g]n, how would it happen?
It wasn't exactly my response, and we did cd most of the time, but I'll answer anyway...because as I mentioned in my post, had I not had a God-mother who cloth diapered, I probably would have gotten overwhelmed.
I ran across a cloth diaper company online a while back that was offering a free trial diaper. I liked that idea a lot
However, I still wouldn't order the trial diaper *if* I was going to have to return the diaper if it didn't work out...because knowing me I would forget, or not get it together cuz the baby had colic, etc. There would be some reason I would fail to return it, and then I would get charged, and it would just be a hassle...all for a diaper I was unhappy with. I don't think new moms are in a "space" when returning a free trial product as proof that it didn't work out is possible.
I would have happily done a no-effort trial, though, and if I liked the diapers, I would be so loyal to the company that let me try it first.
Also, like I said, I think diaper service is REALLY helpful. I think it is helpful in many ways, including the fact that there is usually an educational component (and I hope most sell good diaper covers to go with their prefolds). Even if a parent just uses the service for a month or two, the information they'll get will serve as a longterm benefit, and meanwhile, they won't have all the laundry until they get the hang of things. I wish every community had a diaper service.
And finally, I think some diaper services have instructional photos or videos, if not on DVD or in print, then online. I think that can be another really helpful thing. I think it would be great if someone made a diapering video that showed most popular diapering options: how they are used, where to get them, and the pros and cons of each.
But if I could really change the universe, honestly I'd just take away some options. Sometimes lots of choices isn't a good thing.