2- Thirsties Duo Diapers
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We need your help! We need a few submissions for the December "Holiday Spirit" cute baby of the month photo contest. You know what to do - send us those pics of your adorable babies wearing cloth diapers and showing us their holiday spirit. These pics should get us in the mood for the celebrations ahead! The best pic wins a $25 gift card and all qualified pics get featured in our fun music video! The deadline to submit is November 29th! Hurry!! Send one submission to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!!
The environmental impact was definitely on our minds though. We couldn’t fathom every poop and pee coming from our little girl weighing in at less than 7 pounds to have such a permanent effect on our world. It just didn’t seem right for the generations to come. The irony is that every mom I talk to wants the best for their child—healthy baby food, organic bedding, BPA-free everything—yet isn’t that a bit short-sighted?
None of us are perfect and we could all do more, and when doing more looks so darn cute it is a no-brainer! I am proud to have single-handedly convinced several moms to convert to cloth diapers. Sure, I am kind of crazy when it comes to how excited I get about fluff; I’ll admit I tone it down a bit when surrounded by non-cloth diaperers. But what if we all converted just one person to cloth diapers? Even if those people just cloth diapered part-time, the results would be huge.
Have you been successful in converting other parents to cloth diapers? What did you do that was so convincing?
Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic with a 9-month-old daughter who has the cutest diaper butt on the block!
I wholeheartedly agree that there is inherent societal pressure on mothers. In today’s world of evolving families, fathers are indeed more active and equally as important, but I believe there is an incomparable standard for mothers and by mothers, much more so than with fathers. However, taking away the judgment of anyone else, we are still faced with the enormous task of guiding, nurturing and molding another human being from infancy, essentially into adulthood. It is almost impossible to escape our own feelings of guilt as we try with all of our might to make the right choices for these little beings in our care. No parent, therefore, should have to feel any additional pressure or guilt from the outside world. The clichéd battles of the working mom vs. the stay at home mom, breastfeeding vs. formula, co-sleeping vs. a crib should not exist among those of us simply doing our best, with the resources we’re given, to love and parent our children. And yet they do. What Ms. Jong is saying, along with a few personal opinions of her own, is that there is no one way, no perfect solution to parent a child and the idea that a mother should feel guilty or inadequate is detrimental to all involved.
I do not want to be made to feel unloving, selfish or guilty for how I am raising my children. Furthermore, I would be saddened to think that my choices could make someone else feel a lesser parent. Certainly, when we make a choice, we are actively choosing to NOT do it another way. Our opinion, obviously, is that our choice is the better choice. However, to stop these battles and comparisons, that thought needs to be finished with the words “for me and my family.” Cloth diapers are the better choice…for me and my family; making my own babyfood is the right choice…for me and my family; breastfeeding was the right choice for me and my daughter, yet formula was the right choice for me and my other daughter. That which separates us from all other creatures is the ability to perceive and judge, and that is a beautiful quality, until that perception is used to feel superior or make someone else feel inadequate. It is our responsibility, when we make a perception and consequently a choice, not to judge others who chose differently. There is no perfect way to raise a perfect person and what a boring world that would be if there were.
I would hesitate to place labels on myself as a person, and even more so as a mother. My parenting style changes, reacts and evolves as my children do the same. My decisions as a mother, along with all of the other mothers out there, are motivated by the health, happiness and safety of my children. Period. Personally, I rely heavily on my own good old-fashioned instinct, sprinkled with bits of information gleaned from the experience of my mother, doctors, clinical studies, teachers and my peers, among others. That being said I believe in some of the practices that Ms. Jong mentions in her article and in reading it, never once felt the need to defend my choices. Rather, I felt a bit relieved and humbled. I agree with her in that “nothing is more malleable than motherhood,” meaning there is nothing so guaranteed, nothing so fixed that tells us there is a right way and a wrong way to raise our children at any given time. I would never be so bold as to believe I have all of the answers and my children will be perfect as a result of my parenting. Furthermore, I would be remiss to think that my neighbor’s choices will subject her children to a life of failure, insecurity or ill-health. We can’t control “society’s” judgment on what we are doing, but we can make an effort to fight it by agreeing not to do it to each other as mothers. As challenging as it might be, I strive to live guilt-free as I navigate this ever-changing, challenging, yet beautiful task of raising my children, at the same time remaining judgment-free as all other mothers do the same.
By Jennifer G.
We thank Jennifer for her wonderful contribution to our blog. The Cloth Diaper Whisperer does not take a stance on this issue but would like to offer our reader's one person's view point on this subject.
As of September he is in complete remission. The cancer will never go away, however, and there is a high chance that his cancer will reoccur. My dad is the sole breadwinner for my family and he had to be on disability while going through treatment. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society gave my parents a grant to help pay for my father’s medications and treatments.
This past year I have been running marathons and half marathons with my husband. I don’t enjoy running all the time but I decided that if I was going to continue running I needed some more motivation. That’s when I found out about the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. I help them raise money to find a cure for blood cancers and I get to run with a group of people that also want to run and train for a half marathon.
So where do cloth diapers fit into this you might ask? The whole reason I started running was because my husband wants us to be healthier. We have decided to expand our little family this next year and we want to be as healthy as possible. We have always been active outdoors, hiking, biking, and walking, why not running? Since I am a planner I wanted to start buying things we would need for a baby. I started off buying baby clothes but quickly realized there was only so much gender neutral clothing I could buy. I really wanted to purchase diapers because people always talk about how many diapers it takes to diaper a baby and how expensive disposable diapers are. But I didn’t want to have a ton of diaper packages lying around our one bedroom apartment.
One day I was looking at a blogger’s facebook page and she wrote about gDiapers and how cute they were. I decided to take a look and I quickly became obsessed with the idea and purchased one of their bundles. I thought my husband wouldn’t want to deal with cloth diapers and I wasn’t sure I wanted to either so the disposable option of gDiapers seemed ideal. I started looking into other diapering options and came across The Cloth Diaper Whisperer blog which helped me learn about all the awesome accessories that make cloth diapering so much easier.
One night I was at a friend’s house and noticed she had a diaper sprayer in her bathroom. I asked her about it and she showed me her cloth diapers. I talked to my husband about wanting to cloth diaper a baby and he was all for it! (Thank goodness!) Since then I have purchased numerous cloth diapers: Fuzzibunz, Bumgenius, Rumparooz, Grovia, Thristies, etc. and have built up a nice stash for a new baby.
Now combining all three; raising money for LLS, running, and cloth diapers; I thought that hosting a cloth diaper raffle would be a great way to raise money for a wonderful cause, share my story, share my love of cloth diapers and running. So if you want a chance to win some awesome prizes, including a $25 gift card from Diapershops.com, please check out my raffle and make a donation of $1 or more to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society via this link or on my blog and don’t forget to fill out this form. Thanks and good luck!
By Sarah Spencer
My younger sister on the other hand looked at me like I had proposed diapering my daughter in paper towels and scotch tape. “Eww, what about the leaks and the poo? Every time someone holds the baby, they’ll get wet.” Now in her defense, her knowledge of cloth diapers is apparently leftover from the 19th century because she wasn’t aware that modern cloth diapers, (even those from the 1980s) require a waterproof outer layer.
Once I explained the conveniences of All-In-One and Pocket diapers, and the leak protection and stylish qualities of brightly colored gusseted covers she was still disgusted. I explained that my husband and I had made this choice mostly for financial reasons, but also for environmental ones. The statistics of how many tons of disposable diapers and accompanying raw human sewage go into landfills every year made me feel sick to my stomach.
My sister wouldn’t budge. To her credit, she and my mother bought me a lovely basket of cloth diapers for my baby shower. She still thought the idea was borderline barbaric. In the beginning she refused to help change my daughter’s diaper unless I used a disposable. Even when my daughter’s disposable diaper leaked poo all over my sister’s new dress, she still wasn’t convinced. But slowly she began to adjust to my choice. If she was babysitting she would use All-In-Ones, but nothing else. Soon she would change Pocket or Fitted Diapers, but refused to deal with the hassle of Prefolds. I was so grateful for the free babysitting that I wasn’t about to complain about her diaper changing habits.
My sister and her husband are planning to start their own family within the next year, something that we talk about a lot. Last week as she was entertaining my daughter while I rinsed a poopy diaper, my sister announced “I think Mike and I will use cloth diapers when we have kids.” I was speechless. I actually stared at her with my mouth open and sputtered. She quickly added the caveat that she would use disposables whenever she was out of the house, but I was still shocked. I began to tell her that I recommended that they opt for All-In-One and One-Size Pocket diapers for a combination of ease and affordability. She had still more shocking news in store. “I don’t think I’d have any trouble using prefolds, at least until the baby can roll over and sit up.” Again, I was floored. The woman who refused to change a cloth diaper and declared prefolds to difficult, time consuming and confusing was a cloth diaper convert.
I still hold out hope that she may find cloth as easy as I have and decide to ditch the hassle of ever buying disposables. But even a part-time cloth diaper user in a culture where less than 10% of children are cloth diapered, is a victory. Especially when it’s my biggest critic, my sister.
(If you look carefully in the picture, you can see my daughter's Thirsties cover peeking out from the leg of her onesie. :-)
My name is Bethany V. and my husband Rob and I have cloth diapered our daughter Althea (18-months) since she came from the hospital. I love writing, knitting and of course, cloth diapers. I have a blog called The Laundry List (http://thelaundryblog.wordpress.com/) where I talk about writing, budgeting, cloth diapers, parenting, and other aspects of my life as a SAHM/WAHM.
Location: Dallastown, PA
Mom to: Tyler (18), Evan (15), and Havah (4.5 months)
Occupation: Director of Creative Arts at Living Word Community Church
Favorite Cloth Diaper Brand(s): Rumparooz, bumGenius and FuzziBunz
What is the one cloth diapering tip you would tell a new mom?
Do not fear the poo. (The pee diapers smell worse, actually).
What is the cutest thing your baby does?
She "sings" herself to sleep. I swaddle her up like a baby-burrito and rock her. I sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and she joins me with her little baby singing voice. Then she gets really loud right before she finally drifts off to slumber-land.
What is your parenting style?
Laid back, playful, loving, but NO means NO. It seemed to work on my boys when they were growing up. I assume I'll parent the same being 40 as I did in my early 20's with the boys. I want my kids to feel respected and loved unconditionally but know right from wrong as well.
What are your favorite websites?
I find myself on Facebook uploading family photos and video so my California (out-of-state) family can feel "close."
What baby product could you not live without?
Without a doubt: the bouncy seat, or known in our house, "The Poop'n Chair."
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Watching my kids explore their world: Ty's first year in college, Evan's sophomore year in high school, and Havah – taking in every facet of her new world with fancy and frenzy. It makes my heart smile.
If you had a night off to do anything you wanted without your baby, what would you do?
I'd get on my mountain bike and hit the trails with my husband and two teenage sons.