I didn’t initially set out to start a cloth diaper blog. In 2009, our second child was born, we moved into the new home we’d built, and things were rough. Our move didn’t quite go as planned (very long story for another day) and we were really stuggling – financially and otherwise. I really needed something to help maintain my sanity & give me something to work towards, enjoy and have, just for me. The year before, we’d started a blog on Blogspot so relatives could see photos & hear the latest house news. It was my husband who suggested that I start a blog for myself. At the time, I’d never heard of a cloth diaper blogger, and only read a handful of blogs. My journey to cloth diapers had been many years long, and I had a very difficult time finding the information I was looking for. I made it my goal to share every step of the journey, everything I had learned, and all my new knowledge with others. I wanted to create a resource where families could go to get the real scoop on cloth diapers. … Continue reading
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Tip #1 Buy covers that have more than one snap setting on the rise so your newborn can wear them longer. Newborn covers with growing room in the rise include Sweet Pea, Blueberry Mini Coveralls and Thirsties Duo Wraps. Tip #2 Try fitteds or special folding techniques to contain blowouts. Tiny babies have a lot of bowel movements, and you might find that newborn fitted diapers will help hold in messes better because of the leg elastics. If you usually just trifold a prefold and lay it in a cover, consider mastering some folds to help keep blowouts at bay: the Jelly Roll fold, the Angel Wing or the Bikini Twist (aren’t those names great?). Having just a few fitteds for your newborn won’t cost much; the Imagine snapless fitteds at Nicki’s (pictured above) are just $5.95 each. Tip #3 Give yourself a break at night. By using a Geffen newborn hemp prefold and a small Diaper Rite cotton doubler, my newborn can sometimes go all night without a change, even after waking up to nurse a time or two. Finding a nighttime diaper that works can save you a lot of money … Continue reading
One reason many parents choose to cloth diaper is for the financial savings. You can save thousands of dollars just by using cloth diapers on your baby. Want to save even more? Here’s some DIY ideas for all things cloth diapers! Make your own wipes solution with this recipe from Diaper Wrecker. Keep your pail fresh with this recipe from Homespun Aesthetic. Keep your baby’s skin dry or protect from diaper creams with these DIY fleece liners from The Anti-June Cleaver. Reduce dry time with DIY wool dryer balls from Thinking About Cloth Diapers. Contain your dirty diapers in a home sewn wet bag from Cloth Diaper Guru. Solve nighttime leaks with a DIY wool soaker from Lo-Wren. Cloth wipes are easy with tutorial from Padded Tush Stats.
So it all started with cloth diapers.. They were my ‘gateway drug’ into the semi-crunchy lifestyle I’ve adopted and despite what I may have thought, making the change to a healthier, greener life has pushed me to some boundary limits I never though I’d hit. Like encapsulating and consuming my own placenta. Oh yeah, I just took it there. Before some of you click away in a hurry, hear me out. Not only have placentas been consumed for hundreds of years among other cultures but it’s packed full of rich nutrients. After all, it sustains the life of your baby in utero. The nutrients available are concentrated and made by your own body so it’s easier for your body to break down those nutrients when consumed and put them to good use for your post-partum recovery and your new baby. Consuming your placenta can help balance postpartum hormone levels. Have you or any woman you’ve known dealt with postpartum depression? Or maybe you/they just weren’t at the top of their game emotionally after a life-changing event such as adding another little person to your family. I had a little bout … Continue reading
Cloth Diaper Transitions, What to expect? One of the most difficult things about being a first time cloth diapering mom was/is navigating my growing boy’s changing diaper needs. When I was pregnant I receive a nice newborn stash and registered for a variety of other cloth diapers. Naively I thought my stash would be perfect by the time baby arrived; however, cloth diapering a growing baby takes some flexibility and finesse. Babies, they’re always “growing” on to the next thing! It took my tiny boy some time to fill out his newborn diapers, but by week three we were in a great cloth diapering routine. Fast forward another month and he started peeing out of his newborn diapers. Absorbency, we need more absorbency! We were ready to move out of his newborn diapers and onto the next thing. The Perfect Fit At first, most of our one size diapers looked ridiculous and uncomfortable on my tiny boy. Thus began the process of refining my cloth diaper stash. After talking to other cloth diapering moms and doing some online research I found a couple of brands that were both trim and absorbent. I also found … Continue reading
If you have young kids, you probably have “Baby Gates.” We’ve lived with these baby gates for years. Grandma and Grandpa still struggle with the latch on our walk-through baby gate, visitors trip over the gates, and our kids largely ignore the gates. It was only recently when I decided to do a little experiment to see if we still needed these gates blocking movement and restricting flow around the house. I was very tentative about dropping the first gate. Our youngest is only 18 months old and I had no idea how he would respond to the change. Would he respect the rules to stay away from our front entry way (and the flight of stairs?). Had he learned how to go up and down the stairs well enough that I was convinced he could actually do it if he DID make an attempt at them? I had no idea when most people bring down their baby gates, but I knew I was ready to at least give it a try. Baby gates and safety features are so common in our lifestyle that it was almost strange to take … Continue reading
When I began cloth diapering 5 years ago, there were several “big brands” that I thought of as anonymous, faceless corporations like disposable diaper companies. As I’ve become more involved in the industry, I realized how wrong I really was. We all know that for disposable diaper brands, cash is king. Profits come first. For most cloth diaper brands, people come first. A common theme in the cloth diaper industry is that these brands were born when the family saw a need and sought to fulfill it, usually based on a problem their own child was having. (You can often guess how old a WAHM’s oldest child is based on how old her brand is!) What you may not realize is that many of the cloth diaper brands that are household names, are still family owned and operated and not necessarily as “big” as you think. Though I don’t claim to know their revenue figures, most are heavily involved in the day to day operations, answer emails, and see what you’re saying about them on social media! When I attended ABC, most of the cloth diaper booths had the company … Continue reading
Giving Hope Starter Kit Sept 8-30 Between September 8 -30 applicants to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope will have a new and limited offer, while supplies last. Thanks to a generous offer from Thirsties GDGH will be able to provide FREE Size 1 or Size 2 Duo Wraps. These are second quality wraps with minor flaws that can’t be sold in stores but that are still completely usable. In lieu of the normal $35 fee approved families pay to cover shipping of diapers to and from their homes we encourage you to buy your own flats or prefolds to go under the covers, or DIY your own t-shirt flats and diaper for almost nothing. Kelly’s Closet will also be assisting us by offering GDGH families an exclusive coupon code for free shipping on those items for purchases $35+ during the same time frame. *Please contact GDGH for details. All families who apply for the “Giving Hope Starter Kit” will have to meet the same eligibility requirements as usual. Please see application policies for those details. http://www.givingdiapersgivinghope.org/agreement-policy/ For more details on the Giving Hope Starter Kit please read the details in their … Continue reading
Last month, I had the privilege of attending MommyCon in my hometown of Memphis. WOW! I’ve never seen so many cloth diaperers, babywearers, and nursing moms in one place. I felt right at home in that crowd. For me, the highlights of this event included getting to see Jennifer Labit (founder of Cotton Babies) throwing Spence and Marie diapers into the crowd, listening to the hilarious Jamie Grayson (aka “The Baby Guy NYC”), and just chilling in the nursing lounge and chatting with some friends while we fed our babies. And I had the cutest guy ever with me… Sloomb sponsored the cloth diaper resource center, where many awesome manufacturers had donated products on display so that attendees could learn more about cloth diapering and actually touch and feel a variety of diapers. If you geek out over any (or all) of the following topics, then MommyCon is something you don’t want to miss: Cloth diapers Baby wearing Breastfeeding Gentle parenting methods Green living Car seat safety I highly recommend going if you have the opportunity to do so! Although the cities for 2015 haven’t been officially announced yet, there are … Continue reading