Before we were married, Tim and I had decided that I would be a stay at home mom. We figured that we would pay off our debt and save a little extra to make that an easier transition on our finances. We found out that I was pregnant about a week after we found out I was being laid off. I felt like God had said that I should not look for a job (I assumed that meant I wouldn’t be working, but God did bring me a job eventually that I didn’t look for…more on that another time).Tim had been applying for jobs in South Korea and so we just assumed that with the timing, we would be moving soon. It is hard to get a teaching job in January anyway.
After a couple of months, we started looking into ways to save money. I was already pretty good with coupons. But honestly, the staggering cost of diapers was a little scary. I had a friend who was spending $50 per month on diapers. Then she had another baby and had two in diapers. We knew that we couldn’t afford that.
So I started researching cloth diapers as a way to save money. The more I saw, the more I liked the idea of cloth diapers. There are plenty of blogs that make it seem easy. And I started thinking about allergies. My mother in law is allergic to most chemicals. Tim doesn’t do well with chemicals either. I can’t do fragrances. I thought about Clarissa and thought that it might be better to shield her from some of the chemicals in disposable diapers and wipes. Even the more natural diapers have some chemicals in them (and they are even more expensive than the others).