By Jennifer Lamp
“ You’re going to do what?”
A polite smile crossed my face as I aimed
my question, my curiosity piqued.
“I am going to try cloth diapering,” Lisa,
my sister-in-law, repeated.
Images of dirty diapers, wash lines loaded
with old-fashioned flat diapers, sharp
pins, and the sound of noisy plastic pants
flashed through my mind. Don’t cloth
diapers leak all over the place too? My
thoughts continued racing.
“May I ask why?” I did not know of anyone who cloth diapered. Quite frankly, at
the time I could not imagine why anyone
would even consider it.
Just a year before this time, Lisa and her
husband had adopted a beautiful baby
girl. “I have been thinking,” she continued. “I really am not sure when she will
be potty trained. She may be five or even
eight years old. That is a lot of diapers
over the years, and a lot of money spent
on diapers.” Their daughter was born with
Down syndrome, so she was anticipating
a developmental delay in this area.
“Have you seen the modern cloth diapers?” she asked. I hadn’t, so she pulled
out a pocket diaper she had picked up.
This was not at all what I had been
picturing this whole time! This diaper
was really rather cute and the features of
the diaper intrigued me.
At the time I was working as a registered
nurse in a local hospital. I knew all too
well how prolonged moisture against the
skin can not only irritate the skin and
cause rashes, but also how it can cause
skin breakdown. My nursing side loved
how the special fabrics in modern cloth
diapers could wick the moisture away
from the skin, not only helping to avoid
diaper rash but also providing for a more
comfortable diaper by not having that
wet feeling right against the skin.
Over the next few weeks I spent many
hours researching the benefits as well as
the challenges of cloth diapering. I also
discovered facts about disposable diapers
I didn’t know before, such as the types
of chemicals that are in many disposable
diapers and their effect on the environment.
I was on maternity leave at the time with
my two-month-old son. Our daughter,
who was almost three, was potty trained,
and while I was thankful to have only one
in diapers, I still loved the idea of saving
money. I had discovered in my research
that the average family spends about
$2,000 to $3,000 on disposable diapers
from birth to the potty-trained stage. My
sister-in-law was correct that she could
save her family a lot of money by cloth
diapering. This marked the beginning of
my cloth diapering journey.
For about the next year, I researched the
different cloth diaper fabrics and materials, studied the types of diapers available,
and designed and sewed my own cloth
diapers. Upon trying cloth diapers on
my son and seeing good results, my
love for cloth continued to grow. I have
always had a passion for teaching, and
now I wanted to be an advocate for cloth
diapering to show its many benefits and
With a little encouragement, my husband
and I looked at the possibility of starting
our own cloth diaper company. We were
immediately faced with the problem of
manufacturing; I simply didn’t have time
to be sewing products all day.
FROM SKEPTIC TO
OUR JOURNEY TO