Welcome to the First Annual Freedom of Cloth Carnival
This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.
I talk cloth a lot – if you haven’t noticed already from this week. I never knew how interested I would become in the idea of cloth diapering or using cloth for other things that we typically use disposable products for – but I am. I have used cloth diapers for 14 months with my son and plan to use cloth exclusively with any future children. I use cloth paper towels in my kitchen, have used handkerchiefs, mama cloth with a menstrual cup and even used family cloth on one occasion. I brought in cloth rags for my students to use in my classroom instead of the endless wads of paper towel they like to use. All of these small steps in the direction of cloth make me happy. Having cloth has given me something to talk about with new people that I meet.
I am not a particularly shy person, but I am not always the first to begin a conversation. I do not have many close friends with babies so talking to other new moms was a challenge for me. Cloth became the connection I needed to spark a conversation. We could talk about our mutual love of cloth or I could tell someone new to cloth about my love affair with the reinvented cloth diaper. I enjoyed talking about cloth diapers so much that I decided I wanted to do something more then just talk about diapers. I wanted to sell them. I would continue to talk about the diapers I loved and have a flexible work schedule that did not put pressure on me or my family and would provide our family a little extra income. I found all of this and more in Diaper Parties by Everything Birth, Inc.
I have only just started with Diaper Parties but I already feel at ease. There is no pressure to make a sale or meet a quota because we are all independent sales consultants. The only one that would be applying pressure would be me – so I work when I want and and I sell if I choose. Since I started I have had two private consultations and have yet to sell anything but I feel great about what I am doing. One of my consultations was with a woman I met online who was looking for information about buying new diapers. Through our discussion, I was able to fix her wash routine for her and now she loves the diapers she already owned and was thinking about tossing out. I might not have made a sale but I helped someone realize that cloth can work for them.
What has cloth inspired you to do?
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants on the following themes. Articles will go live on the scheduled theme day:
- Sunday, July 3rd, 2011: Cloth Related Recipes — Writers share their best cloth-related recipes and tutorials.
- Monday, July 4th, 2011: Choosing Your Cloth Style — Today’s posts discuss parents’ individual journeys to finding the cloth diapering “style” that best suits their families.
- Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Cloth Diapering Must Haves — Parents talk about the most important items in their diapering “stash” and why they love them.
- Wednesday, July 6th, 2011: Wordless Wednesday, Inspired by Cloth — We asked parents to share their favorite cloth-related photo with us and turned them into a fluffy Wordless Wednesday photo montage on Natural Parents Network. Link up your own Wordless Wednesday post there!
- Thursday, July 7th, 2011: Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence — Today’s participants explain how cloth diapering has served their families throughout one or more stages of their children’s lives.
- Friday, July 8th, 2011: Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day — Seasoned cloth diapering parents share their best tips and tricks for handling common cloth problems and tackling the diaper laundry.
- Saturday, July 9th, 2011: Inspired by Cloth — For today’s theme, we’ve asked writers to explore the ways cloth diapering has inspired them to become “greener” overall.