A pg friend of mine said she was going to use cloth w/ her newborn. I wandered around MDC's pg forums, and saw this bizzare "diapering" forum here.
I said to her, well, go to MDC, there's some kinda diapering forum, and what the heck, I'm sure it's not to tell you how to put on a Pampers. I told her to make sure her hubby washed them since it was his idea, and that my playgroup friend quit cloth at 14 months........
One day I thought I'd better glance at the diapering forum, since I'm recommending it to people!!! There was a thread about NOT dunking...
...this caught my super-'sposie eye, and I read it, and was delighted that dunking DIDN'T have to happen.
And there was this intellegent, hilarious post by someone with 'punkinbutt.com' in her sig line, so I clicked the link....
AND THE REST IS HISTORY, Heather's snappy little articles & the Diaper Drama spoke to me and convinced me that cloth is the way to go.
As an educated person, how could I NOT use cloth, now that oops, I had read the information that proves it is the better eco-choice (and I am not even that crunchy!)
So we switched to cloth w/ dd at 19 months. She potty trained 3 months later, and we still saved $$ on dipes overall.
$$ isn't the main reason I cd, but I do LOVE the fact that I will guaranteed spend less on cloth for my children even when I buy some of the 'fancier' stuff (nothing HYENA caliber, but a few custom covers, FB, stuff like that....no auctions for me, but not just cpfs and ProRaps either.)
And I too LOVE supporting the cottage industry of cloth dipes...even if it's some WAHM selling 'corporate' dipes like FB or Kissaluvs. It's still a WAHM.
I like making thoughtful choices, too, and I think cloth diapering is very thoughtful--thought is given about the environment, my baby, the suppliers of the dipes, etc.
It also makes diaper changes less of a 'chore', and more of an oppertunity to interact w/ the baby, because it does take a little longer, and because it's less 'chorelike' when you've got CUTE stuff to use!