It's Amazon Prime Day and I find myself wishing people wouldn't shop for cloth diapers on Amazon. Here's why:
You should shop small businesses. For many reasons. I recommend finding a small business that sells cloth diapers; once you've found one, get to know the company. One great way to do this is to see if they have a Facebook group. There are real people behind these small businesses. Support them. For some people, it is easiest to find cloth diapers on Amazon. Maybe you aren't sure where to start or how to find a small business that sells cloth diapers. This is another instance where Facebook groups are so useful. Join a group like Cloth Diaper Haven and read what other cloth diapering parents have to say. You can also post questions and ask for suggestions.
Amazon does not care about the environment and you (probably) do. I could go in to detail here and describe how they harm the environment every day but I think you can just trust me and agree, they do not care. They just want to make money. If you want to learn more about the damage they contribute to the environment, check out this article.
Even the small companies that sell on Amazon are not great alternatives. Amazon gets a portion of that sale and frankly it's better to purchase straight from the small business. Don't give Amazon your money if you don't need to! Here's a great article with pros and cons of selling on Amazon. In my opinion, the cons far outweigh the pros for these small business owners.
Some people think the only place to purchase affordable cloth diapers is a large business like Amazon. This is not true! You can find better quality cloth diapers for very similar prices from other smaller businesses. If you need help finding quality, affordable diapers, let me know. I can point you in a small business direction!
Now listen, I do shop on Amazon. I try to purchase things from smaller businesses, but there are times when Amazon is just easier. However, when it comes to cloth diapers and all of the businesses you can choose from, I urge you to not buy from Amazon! Since starting my cloth diaper journey, I have met numerous owners of cloth diaper brands and small shops who have made this experience so remarkable, and that's just something you can't get from Amazon.
For example, getting to know Bri, the owner of Pannolino Bambino, has been such a rewarding experience and she has grown to be one of my good friends. I'll always remember when I was about to have my second daughter and wasn't prepared for how many cloth diapers I would be going through with two in diapers. I told her I was getting worried that I wouldn't have enough and that I hadn't prepared an adequate newborn stash. Next thing I know, a few weeks before I had baby number two, Bri sent me an entire newborn diaper stash to borrow. I am so grateful for a friend like her and the community of cloth diapering parents she has created.
What about you? Do you have any noteworthy experiences with cloth diaper brands and small shops? Let me know in the comments! I am always looking for new businesses to check out and support.