Kelly Wels is a mom of 3 who is passionate about cloth diapering and has been a cloth diapering advocate for many years. She is the founder of Kelly's Closet and blogs at KellyWels.com. She is considered by most people in the cloth diaper world to be an expert, so she's the perfect person to author this book. In Changing Diapers, Kelly has taken everything you need to know about cloth diapers and put it in one place. She explains the jargon (what is fluff?), breaks down the acronyms (AIO, AI2, etc), and does it all in a format that's easy to read. There is nothing overwhelming about this book, which is as it should be.
In this book, Kelly answers the questions of why cloth diapers are such a great choice, what modern cloth diapering consists of, and then systematically explains the different types of diaper choices. She tells you what you will need for storing dirty diapers and what other accessories you might want to make diapering easier. At the back of the book is a resource section that includes website addresses for more information on diapering choices, as well as a place to keep track of your own notes regarding your cloth diaper purchases.
She also explains how to wash your diapers and why specific washing routines are important. She covers how to care for wool. She has special chapters that address other issues, such as traveling with cloth, cloth diapering multiples and how to handle cloth at daycare. She even put a special chapter for dads in there, which I thought was great for the mom who might want to cloth diaper but needs a little help convincing her husband.
|From Changing Diapers by Kelly Wels|
The book is interesting and well written, and you could easily read it in a day. Even a mom who has been cloth diapering for some time can pick something up from this book. I know I learned several things while reading it. This is also the perfect gift for anyone considering cloth diapering and I think it is also a great gift for a new mom! Just package it up with a cute little diaper and you have a wonderful baby shower gift!
Want a copy of Kelly Wels "Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering"? You can pick up a copy on her website here. Right now she's also offering free US shipping and a buy one, get one free promotion - perfect for giving! If you don't have a friend whose pregnant or who might want to cloth diaper, gift your free copy to your obstetrician office's waiting room and let some other pregnant mommies learn about cloth diapers while they wait!
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I received a copy of Changing Diapers to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.