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Our first child was born in February 2009. A friend of mine was strongly trying to encourage me to use cloth diapers…me, cloth!? No Way was my thought. I stayed home with our son for four months, and then had to go back to teaching for the rest of the year. We ended up moving that summer and I continued to teach for the 2009-2010 school year. My son went to an in home daycare so cloth wasn't an option. Then January 2010 we found out we were expecting our second child…now the thought of two in diapers was just horrible for price and for the fact that it takes one disposable diaper hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill was just horrific…I guess I hadn't thought of it like that before because we "couldn't" use cloth because of our daycare situation.

In June of 2011 we moved yet again…across country. I was 2 months out from having child #2 and I was considering cloth but not sure where to start. A friend in our new home was cloth diapering and I envied her cute diaper patterns, the ease of the use, and how much she was saving. We talked and talked and talked about cloth diapers and after many discussions (and about 2 months of paying for 2 in diapers) I was hooked! I started slowly. I started first with FuzziBunz small diapers for my new daughter. I thought starting on a not so wiggly child would be the way to go. It worked well for her. She didn't seem to mind the change in the switch. After 2 weeks of cloth diapering my daughter full time, I dove in to the cloth world with my almost 2 year old. I started with Kawaii One Size Diapers for him. Being a budget, I decided to try their diapers, and at around $6.90 per diaper it wasn't that bad of a deal. The diapers were great. They had a soft inside lining, easy snap closure, and were simple to stuff....even my husband could use these! We have an assortment of pre-folds, pockets and fitteds. I have a preference for the time of day and what we're doing that day. If we are just hanging out at home, pre-folds and a cover or fitteds seem to work great! During naptime I use pocket diapers with an extra hemp insert. Either way, we have fully transitioned to cloth and its a bummer I didn't realize how simple, easy, and money saving it was 2 years ago!

I have now been cloth diapering both children for 5 months. It seems like longer, maybe that's because I've always "wanted" to do cloth, and now being a stay at home mom I had the choice to do so! It's a fun and exciting world, cloth diapering.

Here are our top 5 reasons we've enjoyed cloth diapering our children.

1. We're helping the environment.
2. My son now knows all his colors from his different colored diapers.
3. Neither of my children get horrible diaper rashes.
4. We've saved about $75 a MONTH in diapers (and wipes).
5. It has helped in the starting stages of potty training.

BIO: Beth is a stay at home mom. She stays busy with a two year old son and an eight month old daughter, when she isn't chasing her kids around she can be found enjoying the outdoors, gardening, baking, or making videos from still imagines or video clips.
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To Cloth or Not to Cloth, that WAS the question

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Everyone has their own story on how they decided on cloth. Mine starts several years before I was even considering having children, before I had even met my husband. I was teaching science to a class of teenagers. They were incredibly wasteful group, mostly due to lack of education and understanding on the impact of "waste". I decide the best way for them to understand their impact on the environment was to watch a documentary that showed the waste one American typically accumulates in his/her life time. I found a great one called, "National Geographic: Human Footprint." It was watching this documentary that I saw the huge amount of products that go into manufacturing disposable diapers, and the enormous mountain of disposable diapers that go to a landfill. It was also there I heard how long that mountain of diapers stays in the landfill: 500 years. I was horrified! It was at that moment I decided I would use cloth diapers when I eventually had children.

Five years later I found out I was pregnant. The documentaries visual of the 500 year diaper mountain polluting several generations lived in my mind. I couldn't forget it no matter how hard I tried. At that time I still thought the only cloth diaper option out there involved pins and big plastic pants, like my mother had used on me and my sisters. I knew convincing the husband of this option was going to be difficult, so I started doing some research.

A simple google search showed me adorable prints and colors, and many diapers that closely resembled disposables, with out actually being disposable. I began to feel like this sell would be far easier than I was anticipating.

I spent hours and hours researching cloth diapers, finding on-line sales, getting user reviews, price comparison, etc. I was finally ready to show my husband what I decided would be "our" cloth diapers. I decided on bumGenius, because they looked like"regular" diapers, they had won several awards, and I found an amazing sale on-line.

We had one more issue swaying us away from disposables. I have a very serious latex allergy. Most of the big brand disposables contain latex. This meant the only disposables we could use would be 7th generation or comparable brand. This would nearly double the expected cost of using disposables.

I went to my husband armed with the simple cost comparison $3,000+ or $350? It seemed simple enough. I showed him the adorable pictures and videos demonstrating the ease of putting on, taking off, and caring for these diapers. He was still hesitant, a bit afraid of them, simply because we didn't know any one that used cloth. I pointed out on-line forums where daddies could ask questions. He was almost convinced. I finally sold him on the idea by making a very bold claim: if he hated cloth, he wouldn't have to change any diapers, I would do all the diaper changes for our child. He then agreed to making the purchase of 24 bumGenius 3.0.

When the diapers came in we washed them, tried putting them on stuffed animals to get a good idea of what they'd look like. My husband's anxiety was lessened, but clean diapers are much less intimidating than messy ones.

Eventually we had our beautiful boy and as soon as his umbilical cord fell off we started with cloth. I was excited and nervous. Then I quickly realized how silly easy it was. My husband quickly came to the same realization saying over and over again "that's all we have to do? Are you sure?"

Since his frightened beginning, my husband has now become the biggest advocate of cloth diapers in the family. If some one asks about them I'm happy to tell them, but I try to avoid pushing cloth on someone who seem uninterested. My husband, on the other hand, when talking to families with babies or expecting babies, will get out our diaper bag and go into lecture mode explaining all the benefits and touting the ease of cloth diapers.

We have successfully convinced 5 other families to use cloth at least part time. Which is wonderful for the environment, but it also means we now know families that us cloth other than us.

Our son is now 15 months old, and we are all still in love with cloth! We will certainly use cloth for any future children that may come as well!

Bio: Megan Lockwood lives in Vermont with her husband and 15 month old son. The whole family is crazy about cloth!
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Cloth Diapers and My Family, an Unlikely Love Story

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If you've read any of my other posts, you know that I currently cloth diaper 2.25 kiddos. My preschooler overnight and my toddler and 2 month old fulltime. As time progresses, and new issues pop up, my perception about which diaper best suits our needs is changing. Here are some things I've learned in regards to each of my children and their diapers:

Preschooler:
My girl is big and tall. Although she's 3 1/2, she easily fits into 4T pants and shirts, she's just so long. At the same time, however, her thighs are big and strong (like mama!). So I've found that diapers have to be big enough in the legs or they will dig into her hips.

Kawaiis and Rumparooz leave red marks on her legs, she's just too big to push the 35 lb limit (my guess is that she's around 40 lbs now).

Our go to is a BG 4.0 double stuffed, usually with a hemp insert. I can't remember a time where we've used an additional hemp insert that her diaper has leaked, and she drinks a lot of water. Lately, I have also found that the econobum, even with only one prefold, also does a great job, and as long as I make sure it's on the last snap, it fits fairly well.

Toddler:
The main person we switched to cloth for, her stash consists of a litany of diapers, those recommended to me, those I thought might work, and those I received as the always wonderful free OS diaper coupons. Her stash consists of flips, econobums, BGs, Rumparooz, Kawaiis, Happy Heinys, Knickernappies, Fuzzibunz, a bummis cover, and a couple of Thirsties Duo diapers and covers.

When I first started out, I thought that BGs were the bees knees. Not knowing anything else, they seemed incredibly simple and straight forward. While they are still probably my favorite for her, I love how simple the econobums are when it comes to changing time. In fact, she has managed to takeover all of the econobums that I bought with her little brother in mind.

We rarely ever have leaks with any of her diapers, and if we do, it's usually because she is sitting down, either in a carseat, highchair, or stroller, so that the diaper is somehow squished. I don't think we have ever had a blowout of any sort, and there has certainly been occasion.

I also usually double stuff her diapers at night, usually also with a hemp insert, but it seems I can remember a time or two when we forgot to double stuff and there were still no leaks. I've also grown particularly fond of her Thirsties w/ a cover at night because they just seem so comfy and soft, and they hold their weight very well.

Two month old:
This guy, perhaps not surprisingly, is where I have learned the most so far. When I was purchasing for his stash, before he was born, I tried to use the information I had learned from my girls, which has faired pretty well, but there are some things you just have to observe firsthand.

I knew the BGs would be good for when he got older, and so far they are fitting pretty well, especially the aplix. The snaps are so tough because he is clearly in between sizes, but I know from experience with the toddler that they will pay off in the future in terms of him not being able to get them off as easily.

I knew from both girls that the Rumparooz seemed to run a bit smaller, so I thought those would work out great at least for the first year or so. There happened to be a sale while I was still pregnant, so I got a handful of those in some great colors.

I also had a few Kawaiis, both from my toddler, and also from gifts--who could resist the camouflage print? Certainly not me. (I also ordered a cow print, but my husband said that was too girly, so it went to our toddler :) )

The flips have worked out pretty well, but I have found that both they, and the econobums are just too much to deal with when I am trying to change a screaming newborn all the while preventing my 3.5 and 2 year old from jumping on my bed, climbing into the cosleeper, hiding in my closet, etc., since everybody has to come when it's time to change baby brother's diaper. You can imagine the chaos.

I don't remember how I first decided to order the Fuzzibunz one size diaper, I think it was because I needed a few more diapers to round out his stash, and they were some of the only ones in stock at the time. My toddler has a medium fb in her stash that works well enough, so I decided to give them a shot.

When they first came in the huge box of diapers we had ordered--which both my toddler and I were equally excited about (see photo), I was perhaps overly excited about the adjustable elastic and softness of the interior. Unfortunately, the bright colors I had wanted were out of stock, so we got 3 brown toned diapers.

These have so far been the most challenging diapers for us, but I am determined to make them work. Like I mentioned earlier, my boy is often in between sizes, which has made figuring out what setting to make the elastic tricky. There have been far too many occasions where he has either had major leakage at the seems, including leakage onto me while nursing him, or most recently this week, apparently the elastic was so ill fitted that the diaper didn't catch anything, and the leakage went through his pajamas and onto the floor in a puddle. I've since tightened the elastic, and haven't had leakage since, though we have had some issues with marks on his little legs from being too tight. I haven't given up though. In fact, I went back and ordered two more (this time in the bright colors!) because I am so optimistic that they will eventually, and hopefully soon work out. Aside from issues with leg sizing, we have had no leaks or blowouts, unheard of!

My most recent discovery was how amazingly the Happy Heiny's fit my little man. I hadn't ordered them because they were somewhat frustrating with my toddler. As I mentioned before, anything adding time to changing can be a problem, but that is not the case here. The wrap over tabs are awesome in terms of fit. If I would have known how well they would work out, I would most definitely have ordered at least a few, probably in lieu of the BGs or FBs. Plus, this HH was my free OS, and it came in bright green! In addition to the aforementioned beige, I was so excited to be having a boy that I ordered predominantly blue, so we now have broken the blue/beige monotony, and have a slough of different colors. The adventures of cloth diapering continue!

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"I would cloth diaper if I didn't have to deal with poop." If I had a dollar for every person who told me that, I'd be able to get a nice all-in-one! One of cloth diapering's biggest mysteries is what to do with the poop. I've found there are so many misconceptions, the craziest being that I let my toddler's dirty diapers - poop included - sit in a diaper pail until one day I wave my wand to magically clean them. People also can't believe that I use the same washing machine that cleans our clothes.

Before I had my daughter I knew I wouldn't need to do anything special with the exclusively breastfed poops and I decided once the time came we would use flushable biodegradable liners or just plop and swish like I read about. Well apparently my daughter doesn't fit the mold for plopable poops so holding a diaper upside down over the toilet didn't do a thing, even with gravity on our side. The flushable liners were a good choice, with a few exceptions when they didn't cover enough of the area or got bunched up. But they're great for caregivers or if you don't have a diaper sprayer. I tried the Bummis, Imse Vimse, and Grovia flushable liners and they all worked great. Some even held up in our washing machine if they hadn't been pooped on. It was great being able to reuse some of them, but ultimately I cloth diapered to save money and each liner I threw out just looked like dollar signs (or pennies) to me.

After getting over the weirdness factor of spraying poop off a diaper I decided it was time to give in. I bought the bumGenius diaper sprayer and my only regret is not having it from the start! I love how easy it is to use, the adjustable water pressure, and the fact that I don't have to keep buying liners especially since I could use it for more children and even sell it when we're diaper-free. I surprised my husband one day by installing it myself and it was so easy! I don't have any plumbing experience and found the instructions very easy to follow. Plus, I use it to wash out the bathtub and when I clean the toilet. If only there was a way to adjust the temperature too so I could wash my daughter's hair more easily!

Sure, I've had a few mishaps like the water pressure being too high (those of you who've been there know the results of that mistake) but overall it makes cloth diaper clean-up easier and helps prevent stains too. If you're on the fence, spray!

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to an 18-month-old with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!
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Name: Sarah N.

City: Ontario, WI

Mom to: Matthias (1 yo)

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

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby?
Cost savings. I also appreciate the environmental friendliness.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/ cheerleader? Who/Why/Etc.
First and foremost, my husband. From the start I told him we were going to cloth diaper, before I even knew about the "modern" cloth diaper. He was on board even when he thought it meant pins and prefolds (though he is much happier now using pockets). My mom is my other big supporter. She CDed us (with pins) and is amazed by how cloth has changed.

What is one product you absolutely can't live without!
OxiClean. Gotta love those TV products, but honestly, I have gotten out so many poop stains and now pureed food stains! Amazing stuff.

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.

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to stop and start time. I have watched my baby grow so quickly this past year. I want to keep him little for a bit longer!

Describe your parenting style using three words.
God-fearing, affectionate and "no" means "no".

What is your favorite diaper and why?
The BG 4.0. It represents most of my stash. I like the snaps, although we have a lot of Velcro.

How do you think being a mother has changed you?
We prayed for children for a long time, lost one, and then had a preemie. Through this I have learned to really appreciate God's gift of life, which he grants in His own time. I also am trying harder not to worry about all the small chores around the house that take so much time. I take in every minute I have with my peanut because I know that before I'm ready for it he'll be grown.
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Meet July's Spotlight MOM: Sarah N.

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