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Cloth Diapers: The Gift of Thrift

I recently did a blog post about cloth diapers and daycare. I started wondering because a woman told me that she had given her
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grand-baby some cloth diapers as a gift but that her son and daughter-in-law didn't use them because their daycare didn't allow them. In addition to making me wonder if Thirsties parents use cloth at daycare, it made me wonder if you would ever give someone cloth diapers as a gift? Or have you ever asked for them or registered for them? They seem like a great baby registry item to me now, but when I was pregnant, it never occurred to me. I think a couple of cloth diapers--some pockets or two Duo Fab Fitteds with a cover would make a great gift but what if "the friend" to whom they were given, decided not to use them? Is it pushy to give someone cloth diapers who hasn't expressed interest in trying them or is it a great way to introduce them to someone who might be interested but doesn't know enough about how easy they are to use, how much more fun the colors and pattens are than disposable and how cost efficient they can be? I don't think that seeing a picture on the computer of the Duo Fab Fitteds does them justice. Sure, the colors are beautiful and the patterns are stylish and fun but until you feel them and really rub the buttery soft fabric against your skin, you can't appreciate how much better they would feel against your baby's skin than cloth. That's one reason I think a cloth diaper or two can make a nice gift. Or for a less expensive idea, a bottle of Thirsties Booty Luster and a package of cloth wipes can make a nice (not to mention green) baby shower gift. And the wipes are made from the same material as the Duo Fab Fitteds, which I always make sure to tell my friends to whom I give the wipes. They usually can't believe that a diaper could be made from such soft fabric. Whether or not it's in good form to give someone cloth diapers who hasn't asked, there is one person to whom I am glad to have given the gift of cloth: Cooper. I feel like a good mommy every time I put one of his Thirsties on him instead of a disposable and every load of diaper laundry that I do is worth it to me. What about you?  Have you ever given or received cloth diapers as a gift? Did you put them on your baby registry or are you considering registering for them in the future?
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  • I wish I would have asked for cloth diapers, but when I was filling out my baby registry, I was overwhelmed, and diapers were the last decision on my mind… cloth diapers confused me… Still do, actually, though I think I’d like to try them. I would definitely love to give them to a friend if they were interested, but I’d ask first!

    Maren on
  • I did put cloth diapers on my registry when I was pregnant, but I didn’t receive any as gifts. Maybe people thought it was too strange to give cloth diapers as gifts. I would have loved getting some as a gift!

    Dandi D on
  • I wouldn’t buy for a friend if they didn’t plan on using cloth. I am sure there are other things they really NEED. My BFF is planning on using cloth with her new baby but I didn’t buy her any diapers because I tend to wait til the last minute to shop and that doesn’t work for online shopping. Need more brick and mortar stores to carry cloth!

    Jessica O on
  • I registered for cloth diapers at and was so excited that a few people did go and get us some! I registered for covers and prefolds. I think we got most of our small prefolds and maybe three covers. Would have loved to have gotten more! But I think a lot of older women at the showers don’t know how to use the internet! Haha! As far as buying them for someone else I only will if I know they are considering cloth and are pretty certain they will because I would hate for them to go to waste! My friend got some thristies for a friend of hers though and she LOVES them!!

    Lindsay on
  • We registered for cloth and thankfully our families bought us some and those that didn’t gifted us with money and told us in the card that it was to help us purchase our diapers :)
    As for our babysitters and daycare. They have all taken to it very easily and we might have even converted one of the ladies at daycare to try our cloth for her soon-to-be-bundle! We have prefolds, Bumgenious AIOs and Flips. We use the Flips and the AIOs for the babysitters and daycare so that the transition were easy.

    Rebecca Genner on

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