A mom has to be a little more organized (and dare I say, smarter) to use cloth diapers. Face it, disposables are spontaneous and dummy-proof. Simply buy more when you run out. That's it! With cloth, you research the styles and wash routines, calculate dirty diapers, time and money. When you run out of cloth diapers, you wash them and start over...and there's no simple run to the store to buy more.

Cloth diapering has taught me to become more of a thinker and planner at home. But, traveling with cloth takes that planning one step further. A trip with cloth requires a system, structure, and advanced preparation. I do not appreciate strict regimens invading my impulsive traveling style! Carefree disposables and I seemed a perfect match for the road, and I'd leave the planning for home. For example, some people use (gasp) a list when they pack! Not me. Even before kids (and cloth), I waited until an hour before we needed to leave, and threw some stuff into a bag. With a very busy 3 year old and 16 month old, and pregnant with our third child, there's no hope of suddenly changing my hurried habits, I'm hopelessly unpredictable when I pack and travel! I considered traveling with cloth for about 5 minutes and decided my friends and family wouldn't want me washing dirty diapers in their washing machine, laundromats are a scheduling impossibility, and I absolutely could not survive without my diaper sprayer.

Traveling with cloth sounded like it would drain the fun right out of a vacation. Then, I discovered the Cloth Diaper Whisperer's blog! I saw many different ways to pack diapers, and learned about flushable liners. I even read in the comments that one mom simply throws all her cloth diapers into a big bag and leaves for the weekend! I could do this! A month prior to this trip, I ordered a wonderful Planet Wise Wet/Dry bag from Kelly's Closet. I was remediating my helter-skelter traveling ways, and cloth was helping me do it! The day of our trip, my true colors shone brightly. I realized with absolute horror that I had not washed my diaper stash! I had only 3 clean BumGenius diapers tucked in the diaper bag! How is it possible to have EVERY single diaper dirty, when I needed them ALL clean to begin the trip? Did I mention I'm hopeless? I had a breakdown and told my husband we'd have to buy disposables on the way because of my error. "No way! We've got time, throw them in the wash. We're not spending any more money on diapers. You said so, remember?" Did I really say that? No more disposables?! But this is a cloth diaper emergency! I wasn't talking about emergencies! I tossed the diapers in the wash and glanced at the clock. Didn't he remember our wash routine includes 2 wash cycles and an extra rinse? They would still be wet and unusable...and we had a deadline. I just knew we'd be stopping for disposables that night.

Hours later, we arrived at our hotel, exhausted. There was no dryer to be found, my daughter was wearing the last clean cloth diaper, and I held a bag full of clean, wet diapers (and still no disposables). My eyes searched the room for drying locations, and didn't see many options. Inserts laid out flat would take forever to dry. Remembering the recent post where a mom showed how she hung her diapers on coat hangers, I opened the closet in the room hopefully. One lonely hangar (wooden, no bottom). But a luggage stand stood in the corner, and the light bulb went off with a brilliant brainstorm. Set up in front of the room's A/C unit, the luggage stand was the perfect travel drying rack. My inserts were dry and ready to use in the morning, along with the shells I had hung in various places around the room (I love how they dry quickly no matter where you stick them!). This trip taught me that using cloth diapers when you travel does not mean you sacrifice your spontaneity or personality. You can still be a disorganized, last-minute-packing, and too-busy-to-prepare-for-this-trip mom. You don't have to resort to disposables. You don't even need to remember important things, like making sure your stash is clean for your trip! Cloth diapers are a perfect match for ANY traveler, even the most decidedly unorganized and carefree!

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It’s pretty hot here in Louisiana (where I live) and we’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach, which has me thinking a lot about staying cool in warm weather.

First, let me dispel a common myth: I’ve heard people say that disposables are cooler than cloth, so they choose disposables in the summer. Maybe it’s an excuse to throw their money away and fill our landfills, but to the best of my knowledge, it doesn’t make sense. Material used to make cloth diapers, like FuzziBunz, were chosen very deliberately. These fabrics, like the polar fleece in FuzziBunz (did you know FuzziBunz was the first cloth diaper to use fleece?), wicks away the moisture from a baby’s bottom, which actually aids in keeping babies dry and cool. In other words, urine passes through the fleece and is absorbed by the insert, leaving a dry fleece outer layer against baby’s behind.

Okay, so now that I’ve dispelled this myth, I’d like to offer a couple more tips for keeping babies cool when the temperatures soar:
  • Let them go clothes-free! I think all us cloth diapering mamas agree that cloth diapers are meant to be shown! Just don’t forget the sunblock!
  • Wear loose fitting clothing. If your baby absolutely must wear clothes, dress her in loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing made from sweat-absorbing fabrics like cotton. Something that will blow in the breeze and won’t cling to them is best.
  • Keep the air flowing. While your baby might like hanging out in the car seat the rest of the year, summer isn’t the time to snuggle in close with fabrics. Lay her out on a blanket in the shade where there is a breeze or fan blowing.
  • Stay hydrated – this goes for you too, mom! Keep baby well hydrated in hot weather. Depending on your baby’s age, determine if you need to nurse more or offer alterative beverages to help them beat the heat.
  • Get outside when it’s not so hot! Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s not as hot. Babies will appreciate a cool nap inside when the sun is blazing!
I’m not an expert on this topic, but I think any mom can appreciate learning from my experiences. Have a wonderful summer – what’s left of it of course! – and stay cool!

Known as the “Mother of the Modern Cloth Diaper,” Tereson Dupuy invented the cloth diaper that started the entire modern cloth diapering movement more than a decade ago. She later turned her invention into what is known today as FuzziBunz cloth diapers, a popular brand of cloth diapers since 1999. As an inventor, business owner and mom to three, Tereson has many years of personal and professional experience in the cloth diaper industry, and she's excited to work with The Cloth Diaper Whisperer to offer her perspective on cloth diapering trends and insights.

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My four month old son started daycare a few weeks ago.

One of my daycare requirements was that it allow for cloth diapers and thankfully I found a wonderful place. In fact, they are so pro-cloth that four out of the other six children in his class also use cloth diapers.

I quickly learned that everything that goes into his classroom MUST be labeled - including his diapers. I wasn't looking forward to disfiguring his cute (yes, I find them adorable) little cloth diapers with a permanent marker.

What to do . . .What to do?

I know! I'll contact Kelly's Closet!

I wrote to Kelly's Closet and explained my dilemma. I also told them how my daycare stash consisted primarily of BG 3.0s and AIOs. They suggested using one color of thread and stitching it around the edge of the interior pocket flap or even on the BG tag. This way, his diapers could quickly identified.

Fantastic idea! I don't sew very well, but I thought this would make an excellent project for my son's grandmother (my mom - we call her MorMor). She decided to sew a black star (to represent "the man in black", Johnny Cash, for whom my son is named after) on all the BG labels. She pre-washed the thread just to make sure the color wouldn't bleed when I washed his diapers. It only took her a couple of minutes per diaper (I loved the idea so much, I even put her to work sewing black stars on his blankets, clothes and PlanetWise wet/dry bag).

If it's possible, I think the diapers are even cuter now! The black star is easily visible to all his teachers and it's so simple that even I could sew them next time.

Thanks for the idea Kelly's Closet!

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In our household, the turn to cloth diapering was pretty gradual. We had some difficulties early on, and I focused my efforts elsewhere. But after a few months, I decided to pursue cloth again with a renewed sense of determination. Pockets are working out wonderfully for us, and I’m thrilled with our decision. A new box of disposables certainly never brought forth the same excitement as a package of fluff on my doorstep! The next logical step seemed to be mama cloth, and I have several carefully sewn, swirly colored pads and liners prepped and waiting for whenever I might need them again.

My switch to the other mama cloth, however, was not gradual. When I switched, I switched fast, all because of a startling realization in the middle of the night that hit me like a ton of bricks.

When I decided to breastfeed, I read everything I could get my hands on. I researched products online, and I stocked up on everything I thought I might need. Electric pump, manual pump, nursing bras, nursing pillow, ointments, creams, shields…you name it. During my maternity leave, I never really used any of it. Besides some pain at first, the only issue I really had was oversupply and a bit of an overactive letdown. It doesn’t sound like a problem, but it can be. A too-fast letdown can cause baby to fill up on foremilk and not get enough nutrient-rich hindmilk, but our problem was not that severe. What it did require was lots and lots of breast pads.

Here’s where the problem came in. The longest stretches between nursing sessions were at night, so that was when I was most likely to engorge and/or leak. Of course, I made sure I was wearing maximum absorbency breast pads. When it came time to nurse, I would either roll over and nurse my son back to sleep, if he was in my bed, or I would sit and rock him quietly, in his room, with the light off to keep stimulation to a minimum.

One night, after nursing, I went into the bathroom and flipped on the light. I noticed my breast pads were very wet and knew I needed to change them. When I took the pad away from my one still-heavy breast, I found something strange on my skin. It was the same absorbent gel that had troubled me so much when I found it on my son’s bottom. (Sodium polyacrylate, I think?) It was in my disposable breast pads, and just like with disposable diapers, it had gotten saturated and burst out all over my skin.

So what about the other breast? The one my son had just happily emptied? Surely it was covered with the clingy little balls of squishy gel, too. How many times had this happened? How much of this weird, alien substance had he ingested? I was taking the utmost care in every respect to protect him from toxins and unnatural ingredients, and here I was, essentially feeding him something toxic.

What had I done? Did other moms know about this? I shudder to think how many do not, given that the most likely time for it to happen is in the middle of the night, in the dark, when you’re bleary-eyed and exhausted.

It was careless on my part not to think about the possible consequences when I used the disposable samples and coupons I had been given. I should have known better. But I assure you, I never used another disposable breast pad (even when I was away from my son, because that stuff can't be good for my health, either.)

I encourage all breastfeeding moms—especially new ones who are not yet familiar with the sea of products out there—to also consider using cloth breast pads; cotton, hemp, bamboo, store-bought or WAHM-made, the choices are many. Do it for the environment, do it for your budget, but most of all, do it for your health and the health of your baby.

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I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret. I have a diaper sprayer, but I don’t use it! I know, I know. I do agree that the diaper sprayer is one of the best inventions in cloth diaper care. It truly does rinse all the nasties off without you having to resort to unpleasant maneuvers such as the “dunk and swish”. But alas, my sprayer hangs forlornly on the side of the toilet, unused for weeks. Let me tell you my story…

Back when my gorgeous 6 month old was only a wish in my heart, I decided that I would cloth diaper my children. It just seemed like the most health conscious, environmentally friendly, economical thing to do. My husband, being the laid back man than he is, agreed wholeheartedly. So, when after years of infertility, our son was born prematurely, it was a shock to me that he wouldn’t fit into any of the millions (it felt like) of Bumgenius, Fuzzibunz, and Smartipants diapers that I had stocked up on. Plus, he was in the NICU, and it was all too overwhelming…the nurses changed him more than we did. So, we fell into using disposables.

When we brought our son home we continued using the disposables until one day, at nearly 2 months old, I realized that the Bumgenius organic AIO fit! I was so excited; I could finally switch to the cloth diapers and wipes I had so lovingly bought for my son. But, I was worried about one thing. The poop.

You see, back when I had decided to cloth diaper I had never had a baby before, much less changed a poopy diaper. I didn’t know what baby poop was like. That is oozed into places it had no business being. That it could be runny, or chunky, or stick to the butt cheeks like tar on a runway. That it could be so explosive and a little 10 lb. baby could produce so much! But I was determined; so on we went with the switch to cloth!

Now, for the first few weeks I was an excellent cloth diaperer. I would change my son’s diaper and then place him in the crib to stare at his mobile while I would diligently employ my diaper sprayer to clean every spot of poo off of his diaper. I would, fearful of stains, run that sprayer until I was sure I had used up an entire body of water somewhere nearby. And my diaper would still have poo streaks (of course the washing machine would remedy this) and would be sopping wet.As my son got older, more mobile and less content to sit in his crib after a diaper change (or even get his diaper changed, for that matter!) I noticed a terrible trend. Instead of spraying my diapers after each use, I would set the dirty diaper on the counter in the bathroom, vowing to spray it off later and put it in the diaper pail. A day would go by, and there would be 8 diapers, 10 diapers, 12 diapers. The piles were getting out of hand, but I was consumed with motherhood, and any free moment I used to take a shower, not spray diapers.

One fateful day, I opened my diaper drawer and realized I was down to my last two cloth diapers. My son was fussy, I had a scratch in my throat that I was praying would not turn into a cold, and I desperately wanted to put a lasagna in the over before my husband got home. I bemoaned that fact that I was a cloth diaperer. Oh how easy it would be to just grab a disposable! I knew I had to wash my diapers- and quick- but upon opening the bathroom door to retrieve the diaper pail I was greeted by mountains of unsprayed, dirty diapers. How in the world had I let so many build up without spraying them off!? In a moment of desperation I just threw all the diapers into the wash, unsprayed, full of days old poop, praying everything would turn out OK. I was on the verge of giving up the whole cloth diapering idea. But, to my surprise, the diapers were spotless! In fact, this desperation wash attempt went so well that I began to wonder why in the world I was spending all this time spraying diapers. My Rockin’ Green and wash routine was ensuring that the dirty, poopy diapers came out just as clean.

So, that is how I became a lazy cloth diaperer. How my diaper sprayer has gone unused for weeks and weeks. When I change a diaper, whether wet or poopy, into the pail it goes, no spraying at all. For my top loader I use a 15 minute cold rinse cycle with 1 scoop of Rockin’ green, then a full hot wash cycle with 2 scoops of Rockin’ Green, then an extra rinse. The diapers are perfect every time. Occasionally I do get stains, just like I did when I was religiously spraying my diapers, but I just set them out in the sun and they whiten right up.

Once my son starts solids I know everything will change. We’ll be dealing with another type of dirty diaper all together. But, if you’re thinking about cloth diapering your newborn, and you are worried about poop, like I was, take it from me: you really can just put it in the washing machine and get clean diapers. It sure has saved me a lot of time, and restarted my love affair with cloth diapers. Plus, I have more time to spend with my adorable son, and who wouldn’t want that?

-Nene
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In the photo: Adorable Kalista in her pink Knickerknappies signing the word “mommy” in American Sign Language.

Name: Audrey

Hometown: Greeley, CO

Mom to: Kalista, 15 months

Occupation: Labor and Delivery Nurse

Fav Cloth Diapers: GroVia & Knickernappies

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 are your favorite websites?
Facebook, Kelly's Closet, Cloth Diaper Whisperer, Brill Family Adventure, Baby Center

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?
Salisbury steaks!!
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