My cloth diaper journey began about two years ago. My son was several months old and I was just becoming more aware of my personal impact on our environment. The waste my little household produced was becoming a burden in my mind and I didn't know what to do about my newfound problem. While shopping in one of my favorite discount stores at the time, I came upon a box of gdiapers. I loved the idea of a flushable liner and bought the starter kit in the size appropriate for my son. With only two covers, I didn't get a chance to use these for each diaper change during the day. But every time I saved one diaper from the landfill, I felt a twinge of glee. My son grew, my family moved to another state, and I became pregnant. Disposable diapers were simply our standard.
One June day last summer, I simply decided that I could not keep mindlessly contributing diaper waste to our landfill and throwing hard-earned money down the drain. I feverishly googled anything and everything about cloth diapers and I was utterly overwhelmed by the range of products and prices out there. Who knew?! After initially getting discouraged and not even knowing how or where to begin, I gave myself a pep talk (since I don't personally know anyone else who cloth diapers her children) and decided to take one step at a time.
I learned about a one-size diaper option and figured that could be a good place to begin. BumGenius 3.0 diapers seemed to get consistently positive reviews so that's how I began cloth diapering my son. The price per diaper, $17.95 also seemed overwhelming to me since one diaper doesn't last more than a couple hours on any child. I decided to go ahead with the purchase anyway. If I was unhappy and decided not to continue, I reasoned that I would re-sell the diapers. A couple days later, my 3 diapers arrived and I experienced the thrill of my first fluffy mail. I gave the three diapers a wash and Dylan (my son) wore them the next day. That was the day I became hooked. For the next several weeks, I found myself washing the three diapers every night and putting them on Dylan during the day. I felt such disappointment each time he went through his first three diapers of the day and had to finish with disposables. I decided that with each new paycheck, we could get another one or two diapers. The snail's pace of building my stash was discouraging, but at least the process was moving forward.
The Wahmies One Size Diaper is perfect for little hands that love to take off a velcro diaper. The hooks that fit the diaper to my sons work to give a wonderful fit. My oldest son is long and lean and my baby is chunky so their body types are extremely different and this diaper works well on both. For those of you with big hands, though, beware the insert stuffing! My hands are on the larger size as far as women’s hands go, and the small opening makes this diaper a pain to stuff…otherwise it would probably be my favorite one size with its soft lining and fabulous functioning.
Fast forward to today! It's hard to believe it's February and that I've been cloth diapering for eight months! I've built an adequate stash for my boys. I've also learned some things about myself and about cloth diapering along the way. Some of these lessons include...
* I love the smell of fresh diapers. * I don't care for prefolds. * There's really nothing cuter than a little boy (or girl, I will assume!) with a cloth bubble butt. * I would have given up along the way if it weren't for flushable liners. * Just because I have boys doesn't mean I can't enjoy girly wetbags. * There is such thing as diaper envy and if I'm not careful, I am sucked in. * My little family can make a difference in our world.
Many cloth diapering mama's opt for disposables when traveling because dealing with cloth on vacation seems like a daunting task. But in reality, it's not hard at all. In fact, by avoiding the use of disposables while traveling, you will have that much more money to spend on food and shopping while on your trip. With these simple steps, traveling with cloth can be a breeze...
1.) Plan Ahead Thinking
Think about how long you will be gone and, how many diapers you will most likely go through during that time frame. If it's just a weekend trip, you may not even need to worry about washing until you get home. But, if you will be gone for more than 2-3 days then you will want to think about where to wash your diapers. If your staying w/ friends or family, in most cases, washing should not be a problem. (But, as a courtesy, you may want to call ahead to ask if you can use their laundry facilities at least every 2 days.) If you will be staying in a hotel, call and find out where the closest laundry mat is and how much they charge per load, so that you can have plenty of change on hand.
If you are going to go somewhere without access to a washer / dryer (i.e. a cruise) and your trip is longer than 2-3 days, then at that point you may want to consider disposables.
2.) Packing List Write out your packing list to ensure you are fully prepared. Here is a general guide to go by & you can add / take away according to what best suits your needs:
Cloth Diapers & Accessories (this includes inserts, covers, pockets, pins & snappies)...plan on taking more than you initially think you would need...just in case.
Doubler's...for night time.
Ointment...in case of rash.
Barrier Cloths...to protect diapers in case you need to use ointment.
Detergent...that you use for cloth diapers...you don't want to risk having to use a detergent that could potentially ruin your diapers.
Cloth Wipes...enough to last between wash days.
Wipe Warmer...or something to hold wipes in if you like to keep them pre-moist.
3.) Packing the bag(s) I feel the best way to pack your cloth diapers is to pre-stuff all of them (if applicable) and lay them flat on top of each other, staggering directions. Lay these in the suitcase (or luggage of choice) and then add everything else. Ensure that the detergent and ointment are both tightly sealed in bags and placed away from the actual diapers...just in case. I can easily get all of my cloth diapering supplies into a small (carry-on friendly) suitcase or a duffel bag of similar proportions. As you can see in the pictures, all of the same items fit fine in either choice. Actually, because a duffel bag expands in ways a structured suitcase can't, there was enough room to add food, bottles and snacks making it double as a diaper bag, which is great for air traveling.
4.) Wash Days
If your staying w/ family or friends and using their facilities for washing, then it should come just as easily and naturally as it does when you are at home. But if your staying in a hotel and will need to wash at a laundry mat, you may want to work out a plan. Plan to do it at a time when everyone is in veg-out mode and just wants to lounge around the hotel, watch T.V. or swim in the pool. That way the kids, husband etc. will be occupied while your washing & you wont feel rushed or like your missing anything. When you get back, have someone else stuff the diapers (if applicable) while you go for a swim or watch your favorite T.V. show. Then, on the next wash day, swap places so that your not the only one stuck doing laundry on vacation.
5.) Stay Organized
Even on vacation, it's important to designate a place for everything and to keep everything neatly in it's place. Especially in a hotel room. It's really easy to lose track of a bunch of small items if there is no organizational system. You wouldn't want your microfiber terry inserts to be mistaken for a towel or wash cloth and be taken away by a maid. Just place everything neatly in one area, and keep it there when it's not in use.
By following these steps, you will be able to keep you baby in the best and still have plenty of time to enjoy your vacation.
Many individuals tout disposables as the easier diapering choice. However, as all you cloth diapering parents know, disposables really aren’t all that much easier than cloth. Yes, quite surprisingly, you will oftentimes hear cloth diapering parents say that, when traveling, disposables are easier. Easier? Really?!?
Living in beautiful, sunny San Diego has its perks. Oftentimes our family will hit the road and drive to Orange County, Los Angeles and even Santa Barbara for a day or two of fun. I’m still trying to convince my hubster into driving to San Francisco for a three day getaway, but so far it’s a no-go. Anyhow, being the cloth diapering enthusiast that I am, I insist on using cloth for all our road trips!
Here’s my cloth diapering checklist for a two day trip:
While on the road the laundry basket functions as my easily accessible storage center. I put it in the back of the car and remove items, as needed, from the basket (clean diaper, wipes, changing pad and wet bags) for each diaper change.
My general rule of thumb is to change my little guy every time we stop for a potty break and nursing session. After all, if I have to go, then he must have already gone too. Since I do more frequent changes I find I don’t need to use a doubler (except for the nighttime diaper); the standard insert for both the bumGenius and Blueberry One-Size diapers works well alone. However the microfiber/hemp combo insert for the Blueberry does hold significantly more than the bumGenius microfiber only. I also use homemade fleece liners to better contain any messes. Although, flushable liners such as the Bummis Bio-Soft liners will work well too.
I prefer to change my little guy in the car, rather than trying to find a facility with a changing station. We have a minivan so I change him by laying him down on the floor of the van between the seats (alternatively, the front or back seat of any car will usually suffice too). I put any messy diapers into the Large Planet Wise wet bag (this wet bag does a phenomenal job at containing any smells). Pee-only diapers and wipes go into the Basic Laundry wet bag. When all is said and done – I return the stuff back to the laundry basket in the back of the van and we’re on our way!
When we get home I restock any unused diapers and put any clean wipes into our wipe warmer. I dump the pee-only diapers/wipes directly from the wet bag into the diaper pail… then I proceed to rinse the messy diapers with our Diaper Sprayer before tossing them in the diaper pail too.
If you’re already accustomed to cloth diapering then disposables aren’t necessarily easier. Yes, disposables can be conveniently tossed into the trash never to be thought about again… but using cloth while traveling is really not that much trouble (especially for a 1-2 day trip). Besides, disposable diapers are made from plastics which prevent your child’s skin from breathing properly. If your little one is going to be sitting for a considerable length of time, wouldn’t it make more sense to pamper their bum in the wonderfully soft breathable cloth they are used to?
The Natural Baby Company was established in 2004. We are a home grown company that was originally run by just my husband Duane and myself. It has expanded immensely and now includes a great team of both men and woman who love family and natural parenting. We are dedicated to bringing the most innovative, eco friendly, and responsibly made baby products on the market today!
Launching March 2009. Our newest and most innovative cloth diaper. Gro Baby is the culmination of countless design hours with a team that included two top designers who also design for Patagonia, Arcteryx, and Mountain Hardware! Gro baby consists of an one size outer shell of soft TPU and quick dry mesh with a snap in organic soaker pad. The shell can be reused for multiple changes. We chose some of the most durable and innovative fabrics and trim for Gro Baby, setting it far apart from the rest of the cloth diaper market.
Created in 2007. Hand down favorite of customers for diaper balms. Mess free application, non petroleum base, all natural and organic ingredients.
Created in 2005, a side snapping, turned and topstitched, 100% certified organic fitted diaper that isn't impossible to get!! So soft and absorbent with a 6 layer soaker sewn in one end which allows it to be not only very absorbent, but quick drying too!!!
Created in 2005.The easiest all in one you will ever own! No Pockets to Stuff, Easy to Clean, Quick to Dry.
Created in March 2006. The first One Size Diaper Cover available on the market. Soft TPU with 3 rows of adjustable rise snaps.
-Kiwi Pie: Our handmade diaper line sewn right here in Montana. Bamboo One Size Fitted, Cashmere Covers, Kiwi Peels, and Windpro Fleece Covers are the ultimate in cloth diapers.
Created in October 2006. A truly unique pocket diaper that allows the inserts to wash out on their own. Fleece inners with soft TPU outers and a snap closure.
Why choose Natural Baby co?
The Natural Baby Company is driven to bring the most innovative products to parents. Providing healthy products for babies and their parents is always our #1 priority!
First and foremost, I'm a mom! Our children have provided the inspiration for our products and have happily been our little "testers". I started this business to fulfill my two passions, being at home with my kids, and creating and sharing great products with other families. This business has transistioned and grown, and I am so proud of our accomplishments.
This giveaway is given directly by the manufacturer -The Natural Baby Co. A $75.oo+ retail value!
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