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I'm going to be honest, the title of this post was just to get you here. :) Ya'll been click-baited, haha! Well, now that I've broken our circle of trust, you're here, so you might as well read on. I've learned quite a few things throughout my son's cloth diapering days. When it comes to cloth diapering advice, I've been on both the giving and receiving end on many occasions. While this may not actually be the "BEST cloth diapering advice, ever," I think it's at least decent and hope some may find it helpful...
I am so glad I started using cloth diapers before I found out about Cloth Diaper Facebook Groups, because, to be honest, they probably would have scared me away! While I think they can be a great way to troubleshoot and connect with other families, those new to cloth diapers may find it all a bit overwhelming- especially when it comes to all the wash routine stuff. The main difference between disposables and cloth diapers is that instead of throwing them away, you just wash and reuse them. Had I seen so much drama and controversy over wash routines, I probably would have said, "Hey, thanks, but no thanks."
Really, washing cloth diapers is NOT that complicated. Just wash hot, make sure your cycle is good and long, and use enough detergent. If, for some reason, you run into issues, you can reach out to the manufacturer for help or head on over to TGN's Facebook group, TGN Help a Mama Out (which is virtually drama-free compared to a few other groups I know of. Avoid those groups!), and get suggestions and advice from mama's who have "been there, don't that". And of course, you may also know some real-live people who may be able to help you troubleshoot. But remember...
The great thing about cloth diapering mamas (and papas) is that they are usually very willing to help a fellow cloth diaper-er out by offering suggestions and advice. But it's important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another, and some advice is just down right terrible. For example, remember that time when people were told by a certain group that they should strip their stinky cloth diapers with Cascade Dishwasher Detergent? Yeah... THAT is an example of NOT GOOD advice. Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it true. If someone suggests something that is against your better judgment, go with your gut!
Opinions are like as... well, let's just say everybody has an opinion. One of my pet peeves is when someone asks for advice on what style diaper they should go with, and someone totally bashes a particular style that they personally didn't care for. Just because you don't like, let's say pocket diapers for example, that doesn't mean everyone else feels the same way. I, for one, love pockets, and so might that person if they'd give them a try. Different strokes for different folks! If you let other peoples' opinions influence you, you might miss out on something that could work great for you. That brings me to the next bit of advice...
There are many different styles of cloth diapers to choose from. Instead of buying a full stash of one particular brand of style all at once, test the waters. Try different brands or styles, one or two here and there. That way you can get an idea of what will work best for your family before you commit.
A great way to do this is with TGN's Trial Package! With the TGN Trial Package, you can try out different styles and brands of cloth diapers risk free for 21 days! If you're not fully satisfied, simply return the diapers for a full refund or store credit minus a $10 trial fee. You can keep as much or as little as you like, whatever works for you, and only the trial fee will be deducted.
There's also a great resource available on TGN's website, Cloth for Newbies. In this section you'll find guides that fully explain all the different cloth diaper styles available, and help can you weigh the pros and cons of each.
Another great bit of advice is to shop at TGN, of course! :) Customer satisfaction is their top priority. They know when you want your fluff, you want it now! At TGN, orders are generally processed and shipped within 24 hours. If you ordered from a different retailer and are waiting more than a week to get your order, you're waiting too long!
Not only do they have super speedy shipping, they also have a stellar rewards program! You earn points when you shop that can used used towards future purchases as store credit. Essentially it's like earning 4% back that can go toward future purchases (just a couple exclusions apply, click the link for full details).
Last, but certainly not least... you just gotta do what works for you and your family. Don't get caught up in hype or drama. The baby years go by so fast, and there is no reason to waste any of your precious time getting sucked into mama drama. If everyone would just play nice and respect others differing opinions, the Cloth Diapering World would be a much happier place. They're just diapers, after all!
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