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Cloth Diapers :: Teaching Me to Be a Better Parent

Cloth Diapers :: Teaching Me to Be a Better Parent

Cloth diapers can be burdensome, I get it. They add a few loads to the *never-ending* laundry routine, and there is poop and spraying and wipes and all that that adds more thought than just using a disposable diaper and throwing it in the trash. It’s extra work. It is. But. Using cloth diapers has changed how I operate as a parent. It has caused me to stop and be more conscious of what I’m doing. Every time I know it’s time to do laundry, I am extremely aware of the fact that I am doing something that is for the betterment of my girls’ lives… every time I go outside to line dry the diapers, I am calling for the girls to come out with me which then turns into big playtime… every time I restock Lucia’s diaper stash, all three girls are right next to me, and I am encouraged by their babbling and love. These moments bring us together so often (that diaper laundry seriously never ends), and instead of looking at that time with disdain or an attitude of “I’m doing this AGAIN…” I look at … Continue reading

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How much extra water do you use while washing cloth diapers?

How much extra water do you use while washing cloth diapers?

As a cloth diaper advocate and founder of a very large cloth diaper community, my passion project has been to educate others about cloth diapers.  When you think of educating people about cloth diapers…. Where do you begin?  Where do you end? Most people talk about the diapers themselves.  Brands, different fabrics, different functions, how to fold/snap/velcro/snappi/wrap, how to wash, where to buy, etc., etc.  A lot of information that we give newbies about these different things are based on our opinion of what we like.  It can be that it’s a tried and true method for us, our best friend makes the brand we love, “they’re so cute”, and many other different sentiments based on our own points of view. Not me.  I’m a frugal cloth diaper mama, so no matter what I’ve tried, I always go back to using flats (or receiving blankets) and simple cover.  That kind of diapering is boring to most new cloth diaperers, so I take a different approach. I like to begin with the environmental and economical facts.  As we gear up for The Great Cloth Diaper Change, there’s been a lot more … Continue reading

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How to keep your cloth diaper stash a reasonable size

How to keep your cloth diaper stash a reasonable size

Let’s be honest, cloth diapering can be addictive. With new styles, prints, colors, and brands being released each year, it’s hard to keep your stash to a reasonable size. Before you know it, your stash can get out of control and have enough diapers to last you longer than a week without repeats! Here’s some tips to keep your stash from growing out of control! Sell and trade – If you have diapers that aren’t a great fit or just not a favorite in your stash, sell or trade them! There’s no reason to hang on to diapers you hate to use. Set a budget and stick to it – Set either a monthly budget or a total stash budget. Stick to your commitment! Perhaps one diaper a month or $500 for a total stash. You decide what fits your budget. Pick a number and stay within that range – Decide how many diapers is enough. You only need a big enough stash to wash every 2-3 days, but a larger stash is okay. If you reach your goal number, don’t add to your stash until you sell, trade, or donate … Continue reading

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How to Save Time While Cloth Diapering, Tips from a MOM of SIX

How to Save Time While Cloth Diapering, Tips from a MOM of SIX

Does cloth diapering require a big time commitment? Some mothers will tell you it’s a breeze. Takes hardly any extra time! Others love it to pieces, but feel it’s a big time suck. I’m kind of in the middle myself. Cloth diapering is admittedly another “to do” on my list, however I don’t feel overwhelmed at all by the time I spend making it happen. Being a mother of six (while also blogging, consulting and home schooling), I’ve found a few ways to cut down on the time I have to put into diapering: Diaper liners help make clean-up quicker. They can be washable fleece or silk, or a flushable material like bamboo. A good quality liner can virtually eliminate time spent dunking and swishing. Storing diapers without folding also saves time. I pull my diapers out of the dryer, dump in a laundry basket and then stash in our closet. Or use bins and baskets to sort; throw covers in one, prefolds in the other, etc. etc. Don’t get me wrong; I love the beauty of a stack of nicely folded flats, and will do that when I have … Continue reading

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My Favorite Cloth Diapers – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

My Favorite Cloth Diapers – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I’ve never been a holiday-lovin’-kinda-gal. I’m an avid Scrooge and most holidays bring more burden and annoyance than excitement for me (I know, I’m crazy!). But add cloth diapers in the mix? I can treat EVERY DAY like a holiday. Since St. Patrick’s day is soon, I thought it would be fun to do a little roundup of some great cloth diapers that you can get for your babe or babes! This first “collection” is more specialty/fun diapers that are one of a kind! And TOO dang cute, obviously:1. Wool Soaker Diaper Cover from FaeArbor. // 2. Fleece Cover or Training Pant from modern olive. // 3. Knit Wool Pants from knoodle knits. // 4. Hybrid Fitted Diaper from B.C. Fleecy // 5. Leg Warmers from Fluffy Bum Accessories And of course, we can’t forget about the great diapers that you can find at just about any cloth diaper store! Here are my top five favorites in adorable green: 1. Moraki AIO in Green // 2. Flip Diaper Cover in Hummingbird // 3. Blueberry Pocket Diaper in Kiwi // 4. Tots Bots AIO in Green Apple // 5. Bottombumpers AIO in Shamrock Did I forget any … Continue reading

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Kelly Wels Giveway – GEN-Y TagAlong Wetbag! Enter to WIN!

Kelly Wels Giveway – GEN-Y TagAlong Wetbag! Enter to WIN!

Kelly Wels Giveaway sponsored by GEN-Y Diapers The TagAlong is designed to compliment the popular GEN-Y Go Bag.  Suitable for just a few cloth diapers, swim suits, mama cloth or for use as an overnight bag, the TagAlong is the perfect size. These stylish wetbags are perfect for moms on the go! ~8″ x 10″ ~Fun designer cotton outer ~Wipeable PUL inner ~ Sturdy YKK zipper ~Perfect fit in the GO Bag ~Made in the USA! This bag is perfect for: Wet Wipes Diapers (holds 1-2 diapers) Snacks (Laminate FDA GRAS) Swimming The Gym …anywhere you need to GO, it can Tag Along! Open to the USA only. Winner has 7 days to respond and claim their prize. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Jen Boulden features modern cloth diapers in Youtube TV segment!

Jen Boulden features modern cloth diapers in Youtube TV segment!

Cloth Diapers create a buzz on Jen B TV Have you seen the buzz surrounding Jen B’s youtube video segment featuring modern cloth diapers including the popular GroVia brand?  What great exposure for the cloth diaper industry. Jen B covers many topics in the first part of her Cloth Diaper 101 segment.  From cost to chemicals, styles and additional reasons family choose cloth she does a great job at covering the basics without making cloth seem too complicated. Ready to watch and share this great segment?  You can watch the video below and check out her entire post and website here:  Cloth Diaper 101   So what do you think? Do you like Jen B’s version of the cloth diapering basics? We sure do!

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Newborn Cloth Diapering: When should I start to prep my diapers?

Newborn Cloth Diapering: When should I start to prep my diapers?

Last month I wrote about my plans to cloth diaper my newborn when he or she decides to make his or her appearance. Today, I wanted to take a look at when to purchase cloth diapers for your newborn. I mean I’m just entering the third trimester (28 weeks!) so I figure I have tons of time, right? Well, probably not as much time as I’d like to have. When you think about everything that has to happen before a baby comes and depending on how many children you already have at home to care for, time is definitely of the essence. When you consider that all of your diapers should be prepped before they’re worn this really puts the temptation to procrastinate in perspective. So how to do you know when you should start prepping your diapers and how many times should you prep them? Prefolds I will be primarily using prefolds on my newborn and my basic knowledge about prefolds tells me that I will have to wash them more than once to be able to have them work to their full potential. The problem that I may run … Continue reading

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Try Cloth Diapers, Just Try Them!

Try Cloth Diapers, Just Try Them!

The cost of buying a whole stash of cloth diapers and the idea of washing them can seem really overwhelming. Whether it’s your style to dip your toe in the water or jump in the deep end, you owe it to yourself to at least try cloth diapers. Get an introduction to cloth diapers, maybe some tips for switching from disposables to cloth (if that applies to you) and then just do it. I spent way too much time researching and worrying and second guessing myself and wasted a lot of money on disposable diapers. Here are a few ways to get started with minimal cost: Diaper Trials: Many retailers and cloth diaper manufacturers offer money back guarantees, low-cost trials and return policies on diapers, even if they have been used (read all the details and restrictions of course.) Diaper Rentals: Cloth diaper rentals are often offered for newborn diapers and many offer basic and premium styles. This allows you to give them a try for minimal cost, and reduce how many of those pricey newborn disposables you buy in the meantime. Diaper Service:: Is there a diaper service in … Continue reading

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Great tips for sunning cloth diapers!

Great tips for sunning cloth diapers!

  Spring is just around the corner and the sun may be shinning a little brighter where you live. This means its time to start taking advantage of a great cloth diapering helper that is right in your back yard, The SUN. Many times our diapers get marks and stinks no amount of washing will get rid off. That is why it’s crucial (when possible)to sun your diapers   Sunning your diapers can help to remove stains, brighten and even sanitize your diapers and even help get rid of stink. If you don’t have a clothesline, no problem. You can lay them on your patio furniture or even along the edge of your deck. I use my pool fence:) There are also some great folding/portable clothing dryers you can purchase for under $20. Sunning doesn’t have to be used just for diapers though! Do you have a tough stain you just can’t get out of clothing? Try the sun! While sunning your diapers maybe grab a few minutes of sun yourself (don’t overdo it, your not a sterilizing diaper). Studies show 15 minutes of sun a day get you some … Continue reading

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