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They say it takes a long time to grow an old friend. For me, that journey has been 28 years in the making. I first met Kelly Wels in second grade when her family moved into our little town. She has been my best friend ever since. Needless to say, we've made a lot of memories in that time. (Many of which will eventually be documented in my future bestseller, but, for right now, aren't quite ready for "prime time blogging.")
One of our favorite activities is taking the occasional road trip and, let me tell you, traveling with The Cloth Diaper Whisperer is never boring. For instance, there was the time that we decided to spend the weekend in Boston and take in a couple of baseball games. This was really exciting for me because I am an avid Red Sox fan. Kelly... well, not so much. But in all fairness, she's learning more and more every day and has even gone so far as to declare Big Papi her favorite player.
Kelly had very efficiently printed out directions from the internet on how to get to our hotel, which we'd followed effortlessly into the city. By Sunday night, it was time to head back home, so as I climbed into the passenger seat, I flipped through the pages of directions, looking for the page with directions on how to take us home.
Not finding one, I said to Kelly, "Where are the directions for getting back to Maine?" Kelly just laughed at me, sighed, and said, "Gee, Jenn, we don't need those! Think about it-- we'll just reverse the directions that got us here!"
Boy, did I feel stupid! It seemed so logical...Until we realized that Boston has a lot of one-way streets, many of which we drove down on our way there-- and Bostonians don't appreciate it very much when you drive the wrong way up those one-way streets!
A few close calls and one desperate, panic-stricken cell phone conversation to Kelly's husband, Scott, and we were finally headed north once again.
For the most part, it was a great weekend... the Sox won both of their games against the Orioles and we miraculously got home alive!... and usually just making it out alive is what Kelly and I hope for!
Stay tuned for more adventures of Jenn and Kelly (aka "The Cloth Diaper Whisperer")!
“We had cut our income almost in half since we decided I would be a stay-at-home-mom instead of returning to work. We just had to get used to having less disposable income,” she said.
One way Vivar was able to save money was by switching to cloth diapers. “I switched to cloth diapers when my twins were a year old. Spending over $120 in disposable diapers each month was killing the budget. When I thought about the fact I was throwing this money in the trash each month, I was convinced I needed to switch.”
Kelly Wels, founder of One Size Diaper Store, says many moms have approached her wanting to know if they can really save money using cloth diapers. “I say ‘Yes!’ In fact, I tell these moms that they may save more than $3,000 by using cloth diapers over disposables. And I’m not talking about moms using the cheap and flimsy pre-fold cloth diapers, I’m talking about the modern, easy-to-use cloth diaper brands like bumGenius, Fuzzi Bunz and Happy Heiny’s that have grown in popularity over the last five years.”
This is true for Lindsay McGowan of North Liberty, Iowa, who spent about $250 to buy a stash of bumGenius and Blueberry diapers for her son. She said that her family saved a lot of money using cloth diapers and, as a bonus, they were able to reduce their daily waste. “We were taking out the garbage daily with disposables. But once we switched to cloth, we saw an amazing reduction in our waste.”
McGowan, who works three days a week outside the home, says daycare costs alone have eaten away at her family’s budget. She had to be creative in finding other ways to save money after her son was born.
“We decided to downsize our SUV to a fuel-efficient compact car. We both drive small cars now, and have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of money we spend on gas each month,” she says.
Not only that, but McGowan also says she breastfeeds, makes her own baby food, only buys clothing at garage sales or off the clearance rack, and even makes her own household cleaning concoctions – all in an effort to save money.
“My husband and I are in no position to waste money right now,” she says. “I would rather spend a little extra time doing price comparisons and get the best deal on something than waste money.”
Vivar also advises that moms should look for little ways to save money. “I buy most of my kids’ stuff from Craiglist, which enables us to reuse things that normally would be tossed in the landfills and cost a fraction of what they would cost if bought new.”
Stay-at-home-mom Marla Beniek of Chicago also is looking for ways to shave off expenses from her family budget, especially after her husband lost his job shortly after her third child was born. She, too, has turned to cloth diapers.
“If I had known five years ago what I know now about cloth diapers now, I would've used them on all my kids. I can't help but think of all the money I would have saved if I was able to reuse my cloth diapers for all my children.”
Wels, who also owns the popular baby boutique Kelly's Closet, says families can rid of wasteful spending if parents are just more diligent about spending. “Moms should audit their monthly spending from top to bottom to find opportunities to save. This might mean taking more drastic measures, like switching to cloth diapers, or simply making an effort to shop at discount stores and thrift shops. It’s just important to do your homework, find something that works for your family and then stick with it,” she advises.
-Post by Jenny L., - Blog Contributor
Not only are there many brands of diapers then you have to make the decision of getting an aplix (Velcro type) or snap closing diaper. What should you do?
After selling cloth diapers for almost 8 years I can honestly tell you that every customer is different! Some absolutely will not use an aplix closing diaper. Their reasoning is that aplix diapers will wear out quicker than snap closing diapers. To be honest they are correct. Any aplix closing product- whether cloth diapers or on clothing will wear quicker than a snap closing product. If you plan on having more than 2 children and want to keep using the same diapers over and over then most likely snap closing diapers are the way to go.
On the home front, my husband will absolutely not use a snap closing diaper. He prefers the aplix closing diapers as they are more adjustable and much easier for him to use on our baby. He won't even change the baby unless there is an aplix version clean and ready!
Using one or the other is truly a personal choice. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of each style:
"When we originally developed our One Size pocket diaper nearly 5 years ago we did so with the long-term idea of including a snap version," states Linda Byerline CEO and inventor of Happy Heiny's. " Our One Size diaper was actually placed on the shelf for several years while we were having difficulty meeting the demands of our sized reusable diapers. Finally due to unrelenting requests from customers we dusted off the One Size diaper and debuted it last Sept 2007. One year and one month later, we are releasing the much anticipated Snap Version of this diaper," says Byerline. "Over the past year I can't count the number of emails and phone calls I have had requesting this addition. The problem some moms have with our Aplix (like Velcro) version of the diaper is an age old problem most moms have with diapers, the baby stripping and then unspeakable actions made by the baby with the presents left in the diaper. The new Snap version of our One Size diaper will solve this issue," Byerline explains.
Users of Happy Heiny's will be pleased to know that although we have made the one change of adding snaps to the closure of the diapers there have been no other changes in the ever-popular one size diapers. Users will now have the choice of purchasing the super daddy friendly Aplix (like Velcro) version or the stripper baby proof snap version. Happy Heiny's is happy to add that there will not be a price increase with this change. "We want everyone to be able to afford reusable diapers for their babies," states Byerline. "With our One Size diapers a parent can purchase as few as 12 diapers with inserts for as little as $200. These will last from birth to potty training for multiple children. We are talking about a savings of over $2000 per child for their diapering days, not to mention the lessened impact on the environment. What else can a parent want for their baby?" states Linda Byerline.
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