Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Overwhelmed by the Process?

I know that I was completely overwhelmed with information that I wanted to learn about while pregnant so that I could formulate a thorough and functional baby registry.  I was very unsure about adding cloth diapers, cloth diaper accessories, and baby food making items.  The baby food making didn't last long since I had registered for some items that I felt would make the process quick and easy to make healthy food for the baby when the time arrived.  I read my gifted cookbooks cover to cover...twice!  I was as prepared as I could be. 
Thankfully my registry came through for my with those items.

In the more recent weeks I have had some thoughts on the overwhelming process of registering for cloth diapers.  A friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby boy.  I was there throughout her pregnancy to answer all her questions about cloth diapers as best I could, show her my stash, explain what I use and why, and how to use everything.  Despite all this, after the baby came she expressed still feeling intimidated and confused about cloth diapers.  So I visited and helped again.  (Happy to say that they have successfully transitioned to using cloth for the majority of the time!)  I feel that there is really no reason to be intimidated by cloth diapers, especially if there is a place to learn, ask questions, and get good demo's.  When putting together my registry I definitely added cloth diapers hoping that they would get purchased, however like my friend, despite all the things I learned online I still didn't understand or feel sure of what I was adding.  Unfortunately to put it frankly, I got one (yes, one) cloth diaper from our registry.  I realized that not only are cloth diapers intimidating for the new parents-to-be but also for the family and friends who are potentially buying them.  In hindsight, I wish that I had pushed the issue more with my registry.  Maybe if I had spread the word more or really only focused on registering for the diapers I would have gotten more.  Little did I know that I should have been a cloth diaper advocate even before I started using them. 

With that in mind, I have decided to offer you registry assistance services and in-home nursery setup consultation services to make your start with cloth and all the awesome accesories as easy and fun as possible. I live in a small home so the tricks I've learned and the info I've received from others can make your transition into motherhood and hopefully using cloth diapers a lot easier...

What other things caused you to feel overwhelmed throughout your pregnancy?