Special Review: Changing Diapers
I just finished the best resource that I have ever seen on cloth diapering.
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
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
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.