This is a first in a Behind the Session series we will feature on the MommyCon blog! Today I will share Cloth Diapering 101 with Jennifer Labit at MommyCon in 2016. What is the session about? What’s in it for you? Who is the session for? All of that will be answered below. Our DC attendee, Kelly Bolt, shared some photos with us to give you a behind the scenes look at Jennifer’s session.
Five years ago I was just an anxious pregnant lady who was curious about cloth diapers. I had one friend who cloth diapered, and the rest thought I was crazy for even thinking about using cloth diapers with pins. I thought the vintage photos of babies in cloth were super cute, and it had to be better than using disposables. We were going from two incomes down to one, and I was looking for ways to save while keeping my baby cozy and dry.
The one friend that cloth diapered wound up impacting my parenting journey in so many ways, and luckily her husband was willing to share his love for cloth diapering to my husband. He explained cloth diapering in an easy to understand way, and within 30 minutes my husband was sold.
Fast forward to today, we have two kids. One is in cloth diapers about 50% of the time, and the other spent 2+ years in cloth diapers. My cloth diapering friend now works for MommyCon in our Shoppe, and we host cloth diapering 101 sessions all over the country. What started off as peer-to-peer support is now a class taught by one of the leaders in the cloth diapering industry. Jennifer Labit, or Jenn, as she humbly introduces herself, is one of our best reviewed sessions. Jenn speaks from the perspective of the founder, and CEO of Cotton Babies, and the mom of four adorable kiddos. She started her brand with only $100, and a dream. The company now employs over 50 people, and ships diapers all over the world.
Taigan Reed recently attended our DC event, and said “My spouse sat through cloth 101. He come out with such a better appreciation for cloth. He was like ‘you literally can use a t-shirt to cloth a baby.’ We have chosen to cloth starting at a week old and he loves it! It gave him a better idea of why we needed so many to start and how long they really last. It was magical and he got to see the face of Cotton Babies which is where we buy almost all of our diapers.”
This sentiment isn’t just Taigan’s experience. So many of our attendees write to tell us how much they took from Cloth 101. Some of my favorite stories are those that start cloth diapering at 18 months. It’s never too late to start, and your babies heiny will never look cuter than they will in a fluffy bottom. Here are some stats about the real cost of diapers.
Jenn ends her session with a phenomenal giveaway where she gives those that attend; cloth diapers so that they can start their stash. She shares options for all price points, and makes sure that everyone feels included. The session is less lecture, and more conversation. Whether you have been cloth diapering for years or a newbie, Jenn will share knowledge and have you laughing.
If you cannot make it to a MommyCon, Jenn has put together some amazing online resources for you.
How to build your cloth diaper stash, click here.
Common cloth diaper questions, click here.
Another great resource is the blog, Dirty Diaper Laundry.