Choosing to use cloth diapers — or not — is one of those things that really drives home the fact that you’re going to be a parent (or maybe, a parent again). The reasons to use cloth diapers vary from caring for the environment, to saving money, to giving your baby the “best” in rear-end coverage (not to mention the fact that many cloth-diapering parents swear their kids potty train earlier).
For many of us who use them, the decision feels almost intuitive. Finding and using them, however, can be anything but — especially in the beginning. Our No. 1 cloth diapering tip for beginners? Buy a mom who’s a seasoned vet a latte and let her bend your ear for a bit about what goes into it. (Tip No. 2: Many businesses that carry cloth offer rewards programs that are worth looking into.)
The following resources for finding cloth diapers and support in our area is a great place to get started:
One Week Boutique This bi-annual (spring and fall) pop-up consignment extravaganza allows is a good place to buy/sell used cloth diapers for those looking to get the deed done in an economical way — or, for those who want to take eco-friendly one step further buy buying gently used vs. brand new. Check the site for info on what to expect/how to consign if you’ve never done it before.
B. Lime This online business carries cloth diapers and accessories as well as other eco-friendly products. Owner Mary Anderson can teach you the basics of getting started.
PinStripes and PolkaDots With a showroom in Bloomington (open by appointment), this central Illinois cloth diapering offers in-person pickup of online orders. They hold cloth diapering classes in their showroom; make an appointment if you wish to attend.
Looking to sell cloth diapers? Check out our guide on where to sell your stuff in Champaign-Urbana.