Monday, July 28, 2014

Cloth Diaper Rental

When I was pregnant with Liam I started building a cloth diaper stash. It was made up of mostly pockets and AIO diapers, along with a few prefolds and covers. I planned on using disposables for the first few weeks. I didn’t want to invest in newborn sized diapers that would only be used for a few weeks, and I didn't want to add to the stress of dealing with diaper laundry and adjusting to motherhood. Liam was in disposables until he was four weeks old and big enough to fit into the cloth diapers I had purchased. Over 2 years later and I am still using the same diapers on Liam!!

I had planned on doing the same with Hazel, that was until I stumbled upon the newborn cloth diaper rental program at Earthy Crunchy Mama.

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Jenn runs the operation and was extremely helpful. Since I already knew HOW to cloth diaper, I didn’t have many questions. I told her I was looking for a newborn option for my daughter and wanted something I could use for the first few months until she could fit into the larger diapers I already had. For anyone who is just starting out and knows NOTHING about cloth diapers, or is really confused about the many different options, Jenn would be an awesome resource for you. Trying out the different configurations will help you determine what works best for YOUR baby and YOUR lifestyle. 

This program is very comprehensive, providing you with everything you would need to cloth diaper your baby in the first 1-2 months. She has a wide range of cloth diapering options and brands so that you can determine which fits your baby and your lifestyle best. Since I was familiar with Rumparooz and loved the way they fit Liam, I chose to have all of mine be their newborn style, Lil Joey’s. In hindsight, I should have chosen a wider selection, as they ended up not being the best fit for my 9 lb newborn!! We had some leaking issues probably due to the fact they are designed for smaller babies. Jenn did offer to exchange them for a different style. After a little experimenting and attentiveness, I was able to make them work for us. By two months old I was able to transition her to the larger sized diapers I had already purchased.

This would also give you the opportunity to determine the styles you like so that when it comes time to buy your larger size stash, you know what works for you. Personally, I like pockets and AIO diapers (which is what 90% of my stash consists of). For most parents this would be their first time trying cloth and would benefit from trying the wide range of options. Jenn can work with you to determine the best selection.

So why do I even care about using cloth on Hazel? There are a few reasons. First and foremost, disposable diapers are really expensive. They average around $0.31 each and newborns average around 12 a day! That can really add up. So in the effort to save money, I really wanted to be able to use cloth from the start…or at least as soon as possible. Also, since I was already doing cloth laundry for Liam, I really didn’t want to deal with the smell and added garbage of disposable diapers.

So what did I get in my rental package?!!

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The rental package arrived 2 days before my due date. I was so excited to open the box and “oh and ah” over how cute and small the newborn fluff was. Getting diapers in the mail is one of the best feelings. I have been lucky to be the recipient of a lot of fluff mail thanks to Grandma Marla and ebay.

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Here is what was  included:

  • 24 New & Gently used newborn diapers
  • 1 pack disposable liners *
  • 3 Night / Nap Time Doublers
  • Detergent *
  • Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Cream *
  • Gently used Pail Liner
  • Gently used Wet Bag
  • Cloth Wipes *
  • Water test strip (to test for hard or soft water) *
* I get to keep the product

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The package also came with detailed and through information about each product, along with laundry and care instructions. So you really don’t need to know anything about cloth going into it and still be very successful.

When it was time to return the diapers I emailed Jenn to let her know and she promptly sent me a shipping label and instructions on how to package and mail the diapers.

I now have $90 in store credit to use on diapers or other items she offers at Earthy Crunchy Mama. I am going to get a few more “girly” AIO diapers to add to Hazel’s diaper stash.

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