Thursday, December 8, 2011
Special Review: Changing Diapers
Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Day Cloth Diapering by Kelly Wels, provides an incredibly thorough and interesting look at what a parent needs (or wants) to know about the subculture of cloth diaper-ers. While I am tempted to repeat all of the interesting statistics Wels provides to convince you to cloth diaper if you don't already, I will simply give you my thoughts on the book in general and then encourage you to get the book and read it yourself :).
First, a little about the author. Kelly Wels is a well known name in cloth diapering circles. She was the founder of www.kellyscloset.com and www.diapershops.com, which are two popular cloth diapering online stores. She ended up selling those in order to create more time to be an advocate for cloth diapering. You can find more about her online at www.kellywels.com.
Wels starts out by convincing the reader of why cloth diapering is a good idea. There are several reasons she offers, most of which are fairly predictable and ones that I would also give as a cloth diaper-er myself. One of them I don't agree with wholeheartedly, and that is the one about it being convenient. While it is true that I can technically never run out of cloth diapers (since I just wash them), I have been in a situation (on several occasions, actually), where I had no clean diapers and I had to run to the store to grab a small pack of disposable to hold me over until the other ones were washed. Perhaps that says more about me than the argument of the author, but nonetheless, I expect some of the parents reading may be as forgetful or nonobservant as I.
The next sections of the book are what I wish I had 2 years ago when I started cloth diapering. As any parent who is looking into cloth diapering knows, the information on how to get started can be overwhelming. Wels tries to streamline that process in her book. She explains the differences between all the kinds of cloth diapers, as well as explaining other terminology that one may need to start the cloth diapering journey. I had to learn this kind of information by visiting lots of websites, spending waaaay too many hours trying to figure it all out on my own. Now it's all in one book.
Other parts of the book include what to do about cloth diapering and daycare, as well as how to diaper a child through the years (believe it or not, depending on how old the child is could change the style of diaper you use). Wels roubleshoots various issues (leaking, detergents, rashes, etc.), and then provides a ton of reliable internet resources to go to for more information on the real life use of diapering.
This is a book that I would suggest all new cloth-diapering parents get. Be sure to keep it in a place where it's easily accessible, especially during the first few months of the diapering. I learned quite a few things that I didn't know (ayayay, like that I was using the wrong kind of detergent!) and I've been doing this for 2 years with 2 kids!
While I'm not as hardcore in my cloth diapering as many (I use disposables for far away travel and overnight, although there are sections about using cloth diapers in those scenarios too), I think this book is friendly to anyone who uses or is thinking about using cloth diapers, even if it is part-time. After reading this book, I have decided to purchase it for one of my good friends, so if that won't convince you of the greatness of this book, I'm not sure what will!
Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have about this book or about cloth diapering in general and I'd love to answer them! Be sure to check over at www.tiffanymalloy.com for a special cloth diaper giveaway tomorrow, Friday, December 9th.