To say that Kelly Wels has written the book on cloth diapering would be an understatement. When I first heard of her book, I couldn't wait for it to be released, so you can imagine my excitement when I was chosen to review it early!
Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide To Modern Cloth Diapering is like a godsend. I wished so badly after I started reading it that this book had come out before Bug was born. It takes the question out of everything! It starts out talking about the savings of using cloth. Unlike certain websites or forums which can quickly turn into heated debates, she uses the facts. There is no bashing of disposables, but simply making it clear about the difference you can make on yourself, your baby, the environment and your pocketbook by using cloth.
This book seriously covers everything you could think of. From talking about transitioning into cloth, and explaining individual types of cloth diapers, to discussing different accessories. Not telling you what you need, but giving you the opportunity to make an informed decision without wasting money. Kelly makes suggestions and goes into depth about popular brands, while leaving an open window for you to think about all the other brands out there.
Past learning about and purchasing your diapers? This book is still for you! Kelly talks about washing, battling the issues that may come up with cloth (from rashes to diaper stinkies), ending with an entire section of "resources" to look further into diapers and diapering. Websites with reviews, stores to shop and forums with a wide range of opinions and an open book to any questions. This book wraps up with a cloth diaper notes section. Use it to keep track of purchases, write down something new you learned somewhere and keep track of where you can find what.
Some of my favorite features of the book include the notes included from other moms about specific topics, plus an entire section of the book for dads, most of which is written by Kelly's husband himself! Not to mention the beautiful pictures of all the fluff!
All in all, this book was an easy read. J even took a look and could easily understand what he read. There are no abbreviations or "in the know" terminology used, just straight forward, real and fun information. While it took me about a week to get through the whole book, the time it took to read was really only about 3 hours. No, I'm not normally such a slow reader, but being home alone with a teething baby leaves little to no time for reading!
You can pre-order a copy of Changing Diapers (a must have for any mama who is considering cloth diapering or already does!) through this link: Click here to Visit Changing Diapers Book Or clicking the button on the top right side of my blog. The pre-ordered copies are all signed by Kelly Wels, and will ship in September of this year (2011). If you order through any link on my blog, you can use coupon code BABYCHI at checkout for 50% off the purchase price through September 5th, 2011!
One of you will win:
- your choice of a Rumparooz OR Fuzzibunz one-size cloth diaper
- and an "I'm a Hip Mom and Love Cloth Diapers" eco-friendly tattoo
You can enter to win here, using the easy Rafflecopter entry form (open to US residents only):
FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with the product(s) shown, under no obligation to write a positive review or provide a giveaway.