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Night diapering has always been my biggest cloth diapering challenge. Sam is my second baby to use cloth diapers, so at least I had some ideas about what to start with when he came along. When we cloth diapered my older son, Adam, it took me many tries to figure out a good solution—and yes, I had to shake it up from time to time to make it keep working. Initially a well-stuffed pocket diaper worked, but then he started wetting through that option, so I bought some super-thick fitteds and a wool cover. Those worked, but with two issues: the super thick fitteds were very absorbent, but hard to get clean. And he had such a fluffy bum that figuring out what kind of pajamas to use was a challenge. Pocket trainers, stuffed with hemp, were the final night-diapering solution when he was a toddler.

When Sam stopped the mad all-hours pooping of the newborn, I started to look at what our overnight options would be. The first try was one of my trusty OS pockets (we use mainly bumGenius and Fuzzibunz), with extra stuffing. As far as absorbency goes, this worked, but his legs were still pretty skinny, and when I stuffed the diaper enough to last all night, the leg holes gaped and we ended up damp, all of us. So I decided to head back to fitteds and wool. I got two Happy Heinys pocket fitteds, size medium, which I discovered through trial and error were best stuffed with a prefold and one microfiber insert. These are fleece-lined and his skin always feels nice and dry in the morning. I also got a wool soaker. This combination worked beautifully… until recently. Sam is a much chunkier monkey than Adam ever was, and the medium-sized HH was just not a long term solution. Right now, the rise is a little low, so if he squirms around enough (especially in the early morning hours when the diaper is on the wet side), the diaper droops, and we end up damp. We still use them during the day, though, with no issues.

Enter our latest solution: the Thirsties duo fitted, size 2. Sam is still on the lowest snap setting on this diaper and it is a great fit. I was initially reluctant to get a diaper with sewn-in microfiber, but the "tunnel" design enables it to get clean easily. It takes a bit longer to line-dry than my other diapers, but not terribly so. I stuff it with a small prefold and we are ready to go—he still has a bubble butt, but fits better into pajamas. I use a wool soaker on top, although I have used a duo wrap overnight, too, without any leakage. Besides the obvious benefit of everyone waking up dry…. the duo has the super-cute factor, too.

Anne-Marie is a stay-at-home mom to a 9 year old, a 6 year old, and a seven month old. She blogs about their adventures in sustainable(ish) living at http://mainemonkeys.blogspot.com/
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Getting Over The Night Diapering Challenge

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Conventional wisdom says you start a family by getting pregnant. You then have nine months to get your life in order…nine months to research cloth diapering, baby furniture, daycare, and pediatricians. You going into newborn-hood knowing you've made good decisions for your baby and family.

My husband and I are anything but conventional. After six years of trying to conceive, we decided that our path to parenting would be though domestic adoption. Five weeks after we were homestudy approved, we got The Call. We then had six weeks to get our lives, home, and work ready for a baby. While cloth diapering had always interested me, I did not have any time to even think though all the possibilities or do any research. I also knew that we'd be living in another state with our newborn for an undetermined amount of time, so disposable diapering was the only option we felt would work for us.

We brought out baby home to Minnesota two weeks after his birth in January. True to Minnesota-style, his arrival home was marked with a blizzard. We spent the next four months with our little guy in disposable diapers, thinking it was too late to start cloth diapering.

But the waste was getting to me. The fact that my kid was sitting in chemicals was getting me. When a Twitter friend started cloth diapering her baby who was older than mine, I decided that it was time for us to make a change to cloth! The only problem was that we had gotten used to the convenience of disposable. After hanging out on various cloth diaper forums, I learned about Hybrid systems, like GroVia and Flip. What a great option…how come no one told me about this sooner! I immediately got us started, and it has been a huge success. I use the disposable inserts when we are out and about, and use the cloth inserts at home. I also found a combination of cover, insert, and booster insert that FINALLY stopped overnight leaks! Kiddo had been leaking his disposables like crazy, and it took cloth to put a stop to that.

The only hitch to our giddy up is that our daycare center does not allow cloth diapering. However, they are looking into whether the hybrid systems with disposable inserts would be allowable by the licensing board. We are eagerly awaiting their reply (cross your fingers for us!).

Diapering with hybrid systems has been such a success, that I'm branching out to cloth all-in-two systems with Best Bottoms and Soft Bums. Heck, I may end up with a little of everything, since cloth diapering is so addictive! And I was worried about the laundry piling up…it's not a problem! I LIKE washing our cloth diapers (shhh, don't tell my husband that)! Every time I put a cloth diaper on my babe, I know I'm saving money, the environment, and his butt.

With another two years of diapering ahead of me, I am glad I made the decision that it's never too late to start cloth diapering.

Photos: Baby CJ in GroVia Shell Snap Closure "Owls"

Bio: Caryn Lantz lives in suburban Minneapolis with her awesome husband of 11 years, and their pride and joy, baby CJ who joined the family though domestic interstate adoption. When not obsessing about cloth diapering, poop, spit-up, rolling over, and other baby-related things, she also knits and designs knitwear, spins her own yarn, and dyes fiber (but that stuff really hasn't been happening much since CJ moved in!). blog: www.fuzzynoodleknits.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/fuzzynoodle
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Cloth Diapering After Adoption: It's Never Too Late to Start!

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Up until a few weeks ago, at the age of 27, I was a virgin. That’s right, I had never changed a cloth diaper. I didn’t cloth diaper my first child. The idea never even crossed my mind. Despite my mother’s encouragement and advice, I didn’t even entertain the idea. Wash poopy diapers? Please, I didn’t want poo hanging around any longer than necessary. Little did I know that baby’s poo doesn’t always stay in the diaper and I would, in fact, be doing poopy laundry with nearly every load.

Reality Check
When I found myself pregnant with my second child, I read two shocking magazine articles that gave me a reality check. The first article stated the amount of money spent on disposable diapers over a 3-year period for one child. An astounding $2000-3500 (or more) depending on brand. Now, I’m a coupon clipping, sale shopping, hand-me-down clothes kinda mama, so this amount of money blew my mind. Oh, what a family could do with that extra cash in pocket! Savings? Family vacation? Home improvements? I knew we were spending money every week for diapers, but when I saw the total added up and put right in my face I couldn’t deny the financial benefit using cloth diapers would add to the family budget.
A few weeks later, article number two described in great detail not only the environmental impact of disposable diapers, but also the health impact on your child, mainly chemicals. These chemicals, many of which are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), have been linked to health issues in many studies. How could I allow these chemicals to be in such close in contact with the precious body of my sweet baby? I was stunned. How could we stand to allow such harmful ingredients in baby products and our environment? And thus, my cloth diaper research began.

There were several questions on my mind. Where do I find cloth diapers? I had never seen them in baby departments at retail stores. Which ones are the best for my baby? There are so many different styles and options, how do I choose? How do I care for them? And seriously, how much laundry will I REALLY be doing? I was amazed at what I found. The resources were unending- blogs, websites, stores, communities, and more. I found answers to all my questions and more info than I truly know what to do with. I found myself (gasp) excited about cloth diapering.

The Commitment
I decided to commit myself to cloth diapering my daughter during the day. Baby steps, I thought, every little bit helps. I searched product websites, read reviews, and priced out options. I decided a couple different styles would give me the ability to discover which diapers I liked best. I choose with Flip Diapers, Kushies Ultra Diapers, and Bumgenius 4.0. Then, I anxiously awaited the moment I could begin the cloth diaper journey with my daughter. I must confess, I was so excited. Cloth diapering was going to save me some dollars, keep toxins off my baby’s bum, and keep thousands of disposable diapers out of landfills.

As excited as I was, I didn’t start using cloth until my baby girl was 5 weeks old. I tried the Flip diapers first. Adorable, adjustable diaper covers with changeable inserts. Next, the BumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper, amazing! And finally, my favorite, the Kushies Ultra Diaper, just perfect! The first day was just as simple as using disposables, the diapers are just too cute, and not one leak or blow out. Then came the first washing. Pre-Rinse, easy. Wash hot with extra rinse, easy. Separate items for dryer or air-dry, easy. Why did this for intimidate me so long?

The Result
I have now been cloth diapering all day every day for 3 weeks. I really think the hardest part is taking the first step and getting past any nerves or worries. Start with just a few diapers and give it a try, everything just flows from there. Now, I can’t go back, cloth diapering has become a passion. I’m in love, there is no other way for me. In fact, I am getting ready to up my diaper supply so I don’t have to dive into disposables ever again. My new commitment is to cloth diaper 24 hours a day and to air dry the diapers on the new clothes line my husband is installing this spring.


Linda Nutter Snay is a stay at home mom, yoga instructor, and artist. She loves spending her days with her energetic 3 year-old son and lovely 7 week old daughter.
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Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Virgin

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It is amazing how much your life revolves around poop once you have a baby. Potty talk changes from four letter words to the constant discussion of the ins and outs of your little one’s potty habits. How many times has she gone today? How much? What color? What texture? The discussion could go on and on. For those mamas out there that use disposable diapers, poop is definitely on the mind, but the thought of it ends when the paper hits the trash, so to speak. For those of us with little ones in cloth diapers, the poop doesn’t stop there.

When my daughter was born and we struggled to figure out breastfeeding by counting wet and soiled diapers, the discussion about poop was pretty constant. The poop was yellow, grainy, runny and in every. Single. Diaper. We called it mustard poop. What do you do with it? Did we throw our diapers in the washer, poop and all, like many of my non-cloth diapering friends assumed? Well, no. We invested in a diaper sprayer and I religiously sprayed out each diaper after it was filled with the mustard poop. I would then run a pre-wash on the diapers with no detergent and then I would run a regular cycle with extra water and an extra rinse with my Soap Nuts or Rockin’ Green. Most of the diapers would be back to their original crisp clean white, but some would, inevitably, be stained by the mustard poop. I hung the diapers out in the sun to dry and voila! The sun always bleached out those nasty little stains.

Fast-forward a few months and all of a sudden our baby girl stopped pooping every five minutes and starting pooping once every other day. Just like clockwork. Since we knew exactly when she would poop, we put a CuteyBaby flushable liner in the diaper. When the little one pooped, we simply flushed the liner and all the poop down the toilet. No diaper sprayer or sun bleaching needed.

Once we started solid foods, our little darling started pooping around the clock again, but this time it was in mass quantities and looked more or less like big people poop. Jeez. I can’t even count the number of times I have wondered how this baby can poop so much more than she eats! We are putting in the CuteyBaby liners to catch the poop and it more or less does the trick. Every once in a while the hubs will forget to put a liner in or the poop is just too much for the liner. That’s why I am still so glad I have my bumGenius diaper sprayer. All we have to do is spray the diaper and throw it in the diaper pail. They don’t even stain anymore!

I guess our next step in the evolution of poop will be potty training. Too bad we can’t keep their sweet bums in fluff forever!

About Jananna
Bio: I’m a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, multi-crafting, dress sewing, bow-tying mama of my sweet baby girl Catie Grace who was born 11/1/10. Oh yes, I do have a name and an occupation- I’m Jananna Cornett from Chattanooga, TN and I just finished my Master’s in Elementary Education and will be a first time teacher in the fall.
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The Evolution of Poop

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Name: Jenny O.

City: Dover, NH

Mom to: Emmaline (3.5) and Abigail (8 months)

Here's what she has to say about diapering, motherhood and everything in between:

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby?
If I have to pick just one I would say cost savings. Although with all the cute prints available to buy, I am still waiting to get to the true cost savings.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/ cheerleader?
My Mom. She encouraged me to use cloth with my oldest daughter. I hesitated because I was a first time mom and my husband had never changed a diaper before. When I got pregnant with Abigail I decided to do some more research and quickly knew there was no option for our family other than cloth. My mom continues to support us using cloth and absolutely loves the modern cloth diaper.

What is one product you absolutely can't live with out?
Our diaper sprayer. We hooked it up before Abigail was born and used it while potty training Emmaline. Wish I would have had it 6 months sooner, it makes things sooo much easier.

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why?
I would want to be able to protect all kids from ever being picked on, teased or bullied. I watch my daughters and see how sweet and gentle they are. I want to put a protective shield around them so they are never hurt by anyone.

Describe your parenting style using three words.
Patience. Creativity. Supportive.

What is your favorite diaper and why?
For daytime I like the FuzziBunz One Size. It is very trim and fits great. At night, I love BG 4.0's because they don't leak.

How do you think being a mother has changed you?
Being a mom has taught me to not stress about the small stuff and to just let it go, as well as to appreciate the little things in life.
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