Okay, so this is my true confession list of the biggest mistakes I made during my cloth conversion. Heeh. It's a working list so keep your eyes peeled for additions.
1. Not Buying Enough Diapers. I started with around 8 cloth diapers. If you are washing every ther day that volume really doesn't allow you to dry your shells before you need your diapers again. I recommend if you can starting with 14-24 diapers.
2. Using Fabric Softner in the Wash. Think Rain-X for diapers. This literally caused liquid to bead and run off our cloth diapers. <Insert Emergency Call to Krista> It was atleast a really simple fix. I just soaked the diapers in Rockin' Green overnight then put the diapers through 3 hot wash cycles.
3. Almost Tossing A Cloth Diaper. Let me start by saying ... I'm not proud of this. Before I invested in a wet bag or dry pail/liner, I used my arm and hammer poop scooper disposable bags to store my dirty diapers. Sadly, to a pair of helpful hands giving me a cleaning boost this looked just like trash bags. You guessed it they got tossed. Fortunately, I was able to pull them from the bin before they landed in a landfill!
4. Not Setting up a cloth system. Because, I got off to a bit of a half-hearted start. I didn't really take time to fully set up a cloth diaper plan. Once I got my 8 must haves for cloth diapering in order, cloth diapering became like second nature! While the initial investment seems frightening. Most of your purchases are a one time deal. You recoup your costs pretty quickly. Take a peek at my financial breakdown.