Hi mamas - I need your cloth diaper guidance, knowledge and experience as well (amanda bee - I don't mean to take over your thread but didn't want to start a new one since I too have questions about cloth diapers)...
DH & I are on the same page about cloth diapering, definitely want to do it but there are sooooo many different kinds to choose from and as we all know, they're not cheap. I've been looking into some of the sites that offer sample/starter packs so you can decide which works best for you and will probably splurge for one of those just to get started.
My big question is "how difficult is it to make them"? I am not really a sewer, but did take a class in high school, so I guess you could say that I can technically use a sewing machine, but it just seems so daunting! I made the mistake of telling DH that my grandmother sewed cloth diapers for my mom and he said, well that should be easy enough, why don't you do it?!? UGH! I know that there are patterns out there and that it would probably be easy to do a basic one, but I really think all of the experience of someone who does this professionally and knows how to help them be leakproof, best fabric to use, etc... is really worth the cost of buying them vs making them myself...? Can anyone offer some advice or give me some good ammunition to use against DH for buying instead of sewing them myself OR... is it easier than I think?? Please help!!!
And, what are the basic necessities/accessories I need for cloth diapering? Do I need one of those hoses that attaches to the toilet to rinse them? What do you store them in and do you soak them? What do you put the dirty ones in when you're not at home? What natural detergents are your favorites? Anything else?? Sorry if I sound so lost but that's why I'm posting here, I clearly need some guidance from you experienced mamas! Any opinions are greatly appreciated!! THANKS!!!