When my friend Lynn told me she was going to breastfeed, I was excited for her and determined to help support her. When she told me she was going to cloth diaper, I was ecstatic for me that I was going to have someone to nerd out about with. I wrote about the breastfeeding support items I packed in her box here, but I couldn’t stop there! I also wanted to give her some cloth diapering starters. When we decided to cloth diaper, we were either met with cautious optimism or people just plain out telling us we were foolish and were not going to be able to stick with it. Honestly, some of the later comments only served to firm my resolution to successfully cloth diaper. While we had a little learning curve in the beginning, two months into cloth diapering, I knew I liked it. A year later, I couldn’t image doing it any differently.
So, to support Lynn in her cloth diapering goal, I assembled a cloth diapering gift basket. Lynn had an awesome cloth storage box on her registry….that was sold out in stores and online by the time I went to buy it. So, instead, I got this similar one in her nursery colors from Amazon (http://amzn.to/2j79pVX) for $8.99 for a set of two. I love the use of baskets or bins instead of boxes and wrapping paper because they look beautiful as a gift and are so useful! I kept a bin next to Charlotte’s changing table for spare inserts, wet bags, and other random bits and pieces, so hopefully Lynn finds it as useful. The two pack allows her to use it for diapers and breastfeeding areas and then have matching bins for a play room or bedroom down the road.
Cloth Diapering Essentials
Alva Baby 2pcs Travel Wet and Dry Cloth Diapers Wet Bags Waterproof Reusable with Two Zippered Pockets (Amazon, 2 bags, $12.99) – Two travels bags for $13, thank you! I grabbed myself two extra bags while I was at it. Honestly, I could see these being useful for anyone, not just cloth diapering moms. Wet swimsuits after the pool? Wet bag. Baby puked on you at the mall? Web bag. Baby had explosive poop that got all over his pants? Wet bag (or lighter fluid and match). Alva Baby is a popular “china cheepies” brands, partially for their price and partially for their adorable prints. I knew Lynn would love the soft, feminine prints of the flowers and butterflies.
Teamoy (2 Pack) Reusable Pail Liner for Cloth Diaper/Dirty Diapers Wet Bag (Amazon, 2 bags, $18.99) – Again, this is a great price! I actually owe a different brand wet bag, but I got these because they have nice little side tabs that snap. First, they give a handle to carry them by (which my current bags don’t have but I often think would be nice to have); Second, she can attach the handles to a towel bar in the bathroom when she’s spraying (oh the joys of cloth diapering!) and the bag will hang open. I may end up swapping out mine for these Teamoy depending on Lynn’s feed back. I also like that it’s a two pack so she can always have a liner in her pail, even when the other one is in the wash.
Grovia ONE’s (Amazon, $22.95) – Lynn is borrowing my newborn diapers for those first few months and is going to figure out what type she likes best. Regardless, I think the Grovia ONEs are the best overnight diapers. I’ve even known people who used disposables during the day and ONEs at night for their heavy wetter babies that soaked through everything else.
Lastly, I made put in my favorite cloth diapering info graphics on the different types of inserts and detergent. I printed these in at FedExKinko right from my Google Drive (I had to move them from my Photo Back Ups to Drive first) and then laminated them. I put them together with the breastfeeding ones I printed and made a little resource book for Lynn to use.
While she was unwrapping the gifts, Lynn held up the Grovia’s for everyone to see and said, “See! These aren’t your grandmother’s cloth diapers.” She really expressed so well what I often hadn’t been able to convey to people about cloth diapering. The new diapers are so modern and convenient, they’re really the easiest thing in the world. Hopefully my little starter gifts will help Lynn and her baby love cloth diapering and be successful!