Parenting does not come with instructions, but it does come with a multitude of accessories. Once you have the nursery set up, you need to worry about a car safety seat, and as soon as you have that settled, you need to decide on the stroller. Once you decide which adorable outfit to take baby home in you have to make another important decision — disposables or cloth diapers? Wait, what?

Cloth diapering isn’t what it used to be. The cloth diapering community is larger than ever and the babies are as fashionable as any runway model. Upstate mom Anna Goad is a veteran cloth diaper queen. She says the thought of cloth diapering “can be scary until you get a wash routine in place.”

She also feels the money she saved was well worth the learning curve since she used them through the potty training process.

Jessie Martin, another area mom, says, “Some styles of cloth diapers don’t work for certain kids depending on whether they are long and skinny or short and chunky, but then neither do ‘sposies.”

Martin says even though it can be hard work in the beginning, “it isn’t any harder than raising three kids.”

She says she also likes that once you find a diaper system that works, you are set.

Both Martin and Goad are patrons of the only cloth diapering store in Greenville. Modern Cloth located on North Pleasantburg Drive specializes in all things natural and is more than just a brick and mortar store for cloth diapering. They offer classes, mom meetups, chat groups and a multitude of cloth diapering systems.

Owner Rick Stephens says when his co-owner — his wife Angie — first wanted to cloth diaper, he was apprehensive until he realized something.

“It is one extra load of laundry every other day,” he says.

He says many cloth diapering newbies are worried about the muddier aspects of cloth diapering “until they realize that they have fewer blowouts and it is easy to clean up if you have the right spray system in place.

“It helps the environment, saves roughly $1,500 per child, and does not smell or attract maggots the way disposables do in your disposal can,” he says. “Really it is much cleaner than parents think.”

Goad believes part of the reason she liked the option of cloth diapering was because she could resell the diapers once she was finished with them and get a decent return on investment. Once the cloth diapering bug got ahold, she liked that many of her diaper covers were hand crafted by work-at-home moms.

Stephens agrees, noting that half of all cloth diapering systems are made in the United States.

“A great way to find your favorite cloth diaper is to try their rental system,” he says.

Martin also supports the idea of donating cloth diapers to The Rebecca Foundation, a national nonprofit organization with a chapter in the Upstate that helps low income families into cloth diapers so they can spend their funds on other household expenses.

Stephens pointed out cloth diapering can be done on any baby at any time.

“It isn’t the same as it used to be,” he says. “I have parents make the switch because their child has an allergy. Some are pediatrician recommended and then there are those who just want to save money.”

Cloth diapering is becoming easier and easier to do with so many fun patterns and different systems. The systems are just as convenient as using a disposable diaper.

“I am never out of diapers,” Martin says.

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