Cloth Diaper Podcast – Show 43

Making Cloth Diaper Friends

Today I’m joined in studio by a local cloth diaper mom – Kate. Kate joins me for a conversation about how local cloth diaper communities helped her build her stash. We also talk about building those relationships as moms and how to find them both online and offline. 

Making mom friends is hard and it’s scary, but it starts with showing up. Here’s how we show up for our mom friends. 

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Started off talking about Kate’s cloth diapering experience. She started off by googling cloth diapering and found local blogs like mine – and Suzi’s from Cloth Diaper Addicts.

The people in Kate’s life are really supportive of her cloth diaper journey. 

Her stash is a little of everything because she’s bought diapers from our local cloth diaper swap page on Facebook – this means she has Lilly & Frank, Applecheeks, Easy Peasies, and more. She’s been reaching for Lilly & Frank, Easy Peasies. She doesn’t reach for covers as much because they are plain.

Kate wanted to talk about local cloth diaper. How did you find your local cloth diaper community? She started by googling around – and found a buy and sell on Facebook for Prince George. There’s lots of different terminology to find a cloth diaper facebook group – and if you don’t have one, you can make it. 

If you want something to exist – think it, and you can do it.

Local is just a lot of fun – have you ever met with a mom and blossomed a friendship?

The one mom who introduced me to Lilly & Frank we share and connect regularly – another mom I met through knitting founded a great relationship.

  

What is your advice for making these mom friend relationships. Kate talks about this book on dating – you have to go where in the men are. The similar things is you have to go where the other moms are. If you just show up, then you have the chance to start making relationships. 

Bailey – you might not meet anyone the first time, and maybe the fifth or sixth time  you have a friendship. It’s a slow process.

It’s handy because you have a ready conversation, and we are all moms and you can forget things and make mistakes.

What is your plan when you go back to work? Just be okay with your cloth diaper stash not being folded and multi tasking. My partner is pretty awesome and readily availabl.e

 

Cloth Diaper Advice – try a few, buy the used ones, and mix and match by allowing some flexibility in your life. Having that variety is great. And reach out to local communities is learning about the pitfalls that happen through local experiences. 

If you can find parents in your area writing and sharing their experience in their region, then reach out and learn from them to help ensure your cloth diaper experience.

 

Cloth Diaper Communities Ebb & Flow  – this natural cycle of cloth diapering happens, and it’s okay to bring them back. Acknowledge that the cycle, and don’t be afraid to step up and show up in the spaces you want.

Cloth Diaper Group Do’s and Don’ts

  • Be supportive and honest
  • Be truthful about cloth diapers that you sell and the conditions.
  • Local communities live and die by the enthusiasm of its members and that grows by being a good seller.
  • Talk about things through your experiences instead of rules.
  • If there is only one way to do things, then it can be scared to get people to engage and grow as members. Online communities can grow this way.
  • Motherhood is really hard.
  • Just show up

 

 

 

Bailey Bouwman Cloth Diaper Podcast

Professional Cloth Diaper Educator

Bailey brings 5+ years of cloth diapering experience and conversation to the cloth diaper space. She's not just your every day mom blogger sharing her experience - Bailey is immersed in the cloth diaper community learning from other parents and growing as an individual. She wants to find the cloth diaper solution that truly works for you.

Bailey believes we need to stop and listen to cloth diapering parents. We need to recognize our own bias and preferences and focus on solutions that work for you, not us. The Cloth Diaper community needs to recognize the privilege of being able to cloth diaper, and provide spaces for more conversations and stories.

Cloth diapering is not about rules but about our own strength as parents to do the best we can for our children with the resources available.

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