I initially started cloth diapering my son because it just seemed more natural. Disposable diapers are papery, have an odd odor, and no amount of printed on cartoon characters is going to improve their looks.  However, obviously getting started in cloth diapering is a financial undertaking, and I hoped to save money, as well.  I started cloth diapering my son when he was about 4 months old. I was working full time, and while he was at daycare he wore disposables. I used cloth on the weekends, in the evening, and through the summer (I’m a teacher).  With this system, I don’t know that I saved a ton of money. I probably broke about even, and maybe saved a little.

My daughter was born six years later, and I knew I would start with cloth right away.  She first wore Kissaluvs size 0’s with Thirsties covers, and then when she was about two months old, I switched to FuzziBunz smalls and BumGenius.  When she was about three months old, I went back to work.  I was using a different home-based care provider this time around, and I approached her about using cloth diapers. I brought along a FuzziBunz and wet bag to show her how it would work, and after seeing how simple the cloth diapers were, she readily agreed that using cloth diapers would be just fine. It’s no more work to change a pre-stuffed pocket diaper than a disposable one—the main issue was keeping all of the used diapers in a wet bag. Every day when I take my daughter to the sitter’s house, I bring along 4 pre-stuffed pocket diapers, 4 moist cloth wipes (in a disposable travel holder), and a small wet bag. The diaper bag also contains some Grandma El’s diaper cream, and a few disposable diapers and wipes in case of an emergency. For my cloth wipes solution, I use 10 oz. of water, 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (to prevent a musty smell), and a drop of baby soap. This system has worked out perfectly.  When I get home from picking her up, I go through the wet bag and separate the diapers and inserts, spray the diapers off if necessary, and toss them in my large wet bag. I wash cloth diapers about every 2-3 days.
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Before approaching my sitter, I did check the laws for day care homes.  These may vary by state, but in Illinois, the code specifically mentions cloth diapers. According to the Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes, “A toilet shall be easily accessible so that the contents of reusable diapers may be disposed of before placing the diapers in the diaper pail. Disposable diapers and their contents shall be  disposed of in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. “

My daughter Campbell is 8 months old now, and she’s been cloth diapered 99.5% of the time since the day we came home from the hospital.  She’s only worn disposables a handful of times.  She currently wears FuzziBunz size mediums and BumGenius.  I wish I had kept better records of what I paid for the diapers I have and how much I’ve earned back by selling the ones we are no longer using, but if I had to guess I’d say we are currently getting close to the break-even point and from now on we will just be investing in detergent and water, assuming she is like my son and wears size medium through toddlerhood.

I am very thankful for my open-minded sitter who is willing to use cloth diapers. No only are we saving money, we are helping the environment, she has more natural fibers against her bottom, and she looks adorable!

Jan Scott
Mom of Evan, 6, and Campbell, 8 months
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Some babies eat vegetables without much fuss.  However, many little ones seem hard-wired, from birth, to resist the greens.  Here's a tasty recipe to help you sneak some more nutrients into your babe's diet.  I threw this together a few nights ago and was surprised at how eager my 9 month old was to gobble it up.

1 apple - unpeeled
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup coconut milk, breast milk or water

Core the apple and put it into the food processor along with the spinach and fluid.  Process until the mixture is free of any lumps and is the consistency of applesauce.  Store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Spinach is a great source of vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and iron.  Apples are great for digestion and contain vitamin C.  Both are excellent foods to introduce to a baby, beginning at six months of age.

Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the perfect picture of your little one covered in green!

Submitted by Amanda W.
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A creamy alternative to salsa, this low-fat, low-cholesterol, high protein dip has lots of Vitamin C and Calcium! Who knew making your own corn chips could be so easy? And as long as the oven is already heated up, you can throw in that batch of chocolate chip cookies you've been craving. We won't tell.

One-Hot-Mama Afternoon Chips-n-Dip

Chips
2 corn tortillas
cooking spray

Dip
½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (seeded for milder flavor)
1/4 tsp. salt (to taste)

Oven 425

Chips
Lightly oil or spray a cookie sheet. Cut the corn tortillas into wedges, and place the wedges onto the cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, until crisp, but not too brown! Cool on cookie sheet, and store unused portions in an airtight container.

Chips can be salted, if desired, by lightly brushing with a salt-water solution before baking.

Dip
While the chips are baking, mix yogurt, jalapeno (start with half, and increase if desired), and salt in a small bowl. Store unused portion in refrigerator - it makes a great topping for taco night.

(You can always double/triple the recipe so you have some left for tomorrow!)

Nutritional Information for one serving (one recipe as made above):

Calories: 170
Fiber 2.5 g 10%
Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat .5g 2%
Cholesterol 2.5mg 1%
Potassium 255mg 7%
Protein 7g
Iron 5%
Calcium 24%
Vitamin C 42%
Vitamin A 4%
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Our adventures in cloth diapering officially began about 4 months ago when our son was born.  He is actually our third child.  We have two older girls, but when they were born, we had no idea that modern cloth diapers existed or that normal people used them!  With our son we decided to try it out.  He is now 4 months old and exclusively breastfed and exclusively cloth diapered.  Now, most parents who have a breastfed baby know that constipation is generally NOT a problem for your babe.  That is true with our son too, however, we have two sure fire ways of getting him to poop.

The first is to put him in his trusty Happy Heinys Diaper (the adorable one with the monkey print).  95% of the time as soon as that soft lining touches his bottom, he poops.  Sometimes we don't even get it snapped before he starts.  Even our girls affectionately refer to it as the "poop diaper"!  Our second surefire way to create some bowel action is to set him in his Bumbo Seat.  Something about that position causes him to poop. Every. Single. Time.  And usually within about 10 seconds.
So, if your baby ever suffers from constipation, you too may want to try one of our "tried and true" methods

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What to do in a Pinch:
Weʼve been cloth diapering our son for the majority of his little life and itʼs hard to believe that his first birthday has come and gone! Over the past few months, one of the reasons that cloth diapering has become so easy for us it that my son has become as regular as clock work when it comes to number twos.  I can be sure that “it” will happen when he wakes up from his naps and at no other time. Itʼs really very nice to know that!  But it has made us very complacent. I can remember traveling with multiple extra diapers in his newborn days, because you were just never sure when the bomb might drop!  But now, I rarely even bring one spare, unless weʼre going to be gone for longer periods of time. We just donʼt really change him when weʼre out, because he doesn't need it if he gets a clean diaper before we leave and weʼll be home in an hour or two.

However, this policy was our undoing recently! We had gone to a friendʼs house for dinner and had only been there maybe fifteen minutes when I saw THAT face. The little grimace. The red cheeks.  And I knew we were in trouble! Of course there were no spare diapers! So whatʼs a mama to do??  I decided that desperate times call for desperate measures and I was just going to have to dump it out in the toilet and put the diaper back on him. It had been such a short time that heʼd been wearing it; surely it wasn't that wet yet!  Well, the first part worked; the little gift plopped out neatly, leaving very little mark on the suede cloth (love those bumgenius 4.0s!). But to my dismay, it was completely soaked!

Now we had to evaluate the situation. We could: 1. forget dinner (which we had been trying to schedule for months), 2. drive home (40 minutes), and 3. resent being a parent.  That wasn't an appealing scenario! So while I was racking my brain (and the diaper bag) for a solution, it came to me: a flannel baby blanket! I folded it into quarters, and then tri-folded that smaller square, and it was the perfect size to stuff inside the bumgenius 4.0! Yes!!  The only downside, that was really unavoidable, was having to insert my forearm into the pocket to stuff it, which is quite a different experience from when it was clean and dry! But we made it through.  Mama went out and had a glass of chardonnay and didn't resent anyone. Baby felt clean(ish) and played happily through dinner. Daddy admired Mamaʼs ingenuity, which made Mama happy. And when Baby pooped again a few hours later, we called it a night and went home. :)

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Complacency Bites Back!

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