In the photo: Adorable Kalista in her pink Knickerknappies signing the word “mommy” in American Sign Language.
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Mom to: Kalista, 15 months
Occupation: Labor and Delivery Nurse
What’s one cloth diapering tip you wish you would have gotten at the very start?
Try different brands/types of diapers before purchasing a bunch of one brand. Review the diaper review and talk to other CD parents to find out their experience. And get a diaper sprayer!!! I wasted one year of using liners and finally got a sprayer – wished I had gotten it in the first place!!
What is the one cloth diapering tip you would tell a new mom?
Sun-dry them instead of throwing them into the dryer – the sun does wonder with stains and saves electricity! If you do use the dryer, do not stuff the pockets when they’re still warm (it shortens the elastic lifetime very quick!)
How involved is dad in cloth diapering?
He’s very supportive. We made a compromise as he preferred Velcro and I prefer snaps. Now he realizes that Velcro doesn’t last more than a year so he is fine with snaps!!
Describe your baby’s last meltdown.
She screams her head off whenever we try to put her on the grass – lifts her legs up, refuses to touch the grass. Then 2 months later, she’s finally walking on the grass but gets upset when she falls and has to touch the grass with her hands.
What is the cutest thing your baby does?
Communicating with us in ASL [American Sign Language]. She knows 60 words and is only 14 months old!
What is your parenting style?
We believe in peaceful household so we do not yell at each other nor at her. We do use firm voices.
What baby product could you not live without?
Video monitors – we’re Deaf and cannot hear what she’s doing so now we can SEE what she is doing!! And also we have a baby cry signaler which we set the sensitivity – when Kalista cries or calls out loud enough, it make the strobe lights in the house go off, including the bed signaler (which vibrates). She likes to talk to herself and play upon arising so we set it that we’re not awakened unnecessarily by her talking.
If you had a free day to yourself, what would you spend it doing?
Hit the water park!! I’m waiting for the day I can have a Girl’s Night Out with my close friend!!
What’s in your CD player right now?
AC/DC Lullabies for our daughter’s nap
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Watching my daughter grow amazedly!!
What’s for dinner tonight?