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There’s no question that exercise has a million benefits for Moms, but how are you supposed to fit it in when you’re taking care of your kids, a house, and a stash of cloth diapers? I’d love to hear how other families multi-task while doing diaper laundry! Do older siblings help sort pockets and inserts post-wash? Do you switch the washer cycles one-handed while feeding baby?

With a little bit of luck, I can get through the first couple hours of the morning using this routine.

Helpful Tools:
Washer and Dryer
Baby Swing
Lindsay Brin’s Post Natal Boot Camp
Special K Fruit and Yogurt Cereal

Steps:
1. After feeding the baby, get her comfy in her swing with Pandora radio in the background. (Why pay $10 for a Baby Mozart CD, when you can get the real thing for free online?)
2. Presoak diapers in cold
3. Eat a healthy breakfast and drink a full glass of water. Keep another glass handy for the workout that’s coming up.
4. Run a cold rinse cycle
5. Start the workout with a 3 minute warmup
6. Switch the washer to Hot and add detergent for the wash
7. Choose an interval and ab workout
8. Jog to the washer and throw the diaps in the dryer (bonus for stairs!)
9. Wrap up with Lindsay’s cool down
10. Hang covers to dry

Exercising in the comfort of your own home has many benefits, but it can get mundane. The great thing about this workout DVD is that it has several different routines so you can customize a new workout each time. If you do this regularly, you’ll begin to notice changes in your body in as little as 6 weeks.

Lindsay Brin is an upbeat fitness expert who will keep you motivated. Her series, “Moms Into Fitness” includes everything from prenatal workouts to post pregnancy. By combining cardio, toning, and pilates, her quick sessions are geared to moms-to-be, new mamas, and veteran mommies. Using MIF, you’ll be a MILF in no time!

BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. Her favorite exercises are yoga, swimming, and lifting her 11 pound baby.
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Cloth diapering is simple. Depending on your baby and your diaper preference (prefolds, pockets, AIOs, etc.), there are very few extra accessories that you should need. That being said, one accessory that I find extremely versatile and helpful is a stay dry fleece liner. Not only are they inexpensive, but there are many ways they can be used to make cloth diapering even simpler than it already is.

Many moms go to a local fabric store, buy fleece fabric, and cut their own liners. I chose to order a 6 pack of bumGenius stay dry liners. In the future, I may try to make my own, but I wanted to be sure I had a quality liner to start.

My main reason for needing a fleece liner is because my daughter has sensitive skin that tends to get a mild diaper rash every so often. I have Grandma El's cloth diaper friendly rash remedy (another fabulous product), but I was hesitant to use it without any protection on the diaper. I have heard that some people experience repelling issues even with "cloth safe creams." The stay dry fleece liners work perfectly at keeping the diaper safe from the majority of the rash cream while also helping to keep moisture away from her skin.

Another benefit of the stay dry liner allows me to use my favorite diaper for naps and overnight. I absolutely love the fit and absorbency of the bumGenius Elemental all in one diaper. Because it has organic cotton against baby's skin (which is a great feature), it means wetness is going to be against my daughter's sensitive skin for a long period of time. With the stay dry liner, I can use the bumGenius Elemental diaper AND keep her dry. Win/win!

As if it wasn't versatile enough, the stay dry fleece liner is also very easy to clean poopy messes off of. By 5 months, my daughter became quite "regular." Because I know when she will poop most of the time, I can have a fleece liner in the diaper and make the clean up with God's gift to cloth diapering, the diaper sprayer, even easier.

Cloth diapering is simple. You do not need stay dry fleece liners as an accessory to your stash, but it sure does make a difference in a variety of ways. Whether the liner is used for protecting the diaper, protecting the bum, or catching a mess, they are worth the small investment of time and/or money.

Bio: Michelle is a part time stay at home mom to her 6-month-old daughter. When she isn't reading cloth diapering blogs or scouring the Internet for fluff deals, she can be found reading, running, or out and about with her husband and baby girl.
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The Stay Dry Fleece Liner: A Versatile Accessory

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Well I would say I am pretty young, 23 to be exact. I have never been a typical person, I guess I didn't fit the profile of doing things the way I did. LOL. People say I have an old soul. I've always wanted to be a mommy. So me and my high-school sweetheart grew up, got married young, he joined the army, and we finally started a family when I was 22. From the beginning of my pregnancy I knew I wanted a natural birth, completely, no doubts, no questions, no hesitation. The looks I got from my family were priceless. And their looks made me want to do it even more. 18 hours of labor and a natural childbirth brought my beautiful son into this world. But that was as "green" as I ever planned on going.

So on to parenting and working in L&D as a RN. I had tons of free disposable diapers from the hospital I work at that I collected throughout my pregnancy thinking "Diapers are the most expensive thing, I'll collect all the samples I can!" That should have been a sign right there. Never the less, I prevailed collecting enough sposies to last 3 months of his life (awesome savings, horrible waste!). Then it was back to clipping coupons for Huggies, and adding that to my grocery list. Diapers, wipes, Desitin…the typical last 3 things on my list. That got old. I also was doing the typical store bought baby food, talk about high grocery bill. I changed that real quick when I found out that I could buy fruits and veggies at the commissary at a discount, blend them and feed more organic things to my precious baby for CHEAP!!!! Loved that. Now $1 of veggies makes 12 servings of something. Awesome! So I considered myself a good mom ya know?? My family was like "You make his own baby food, like handmake it??" LOL. "Yes!" And I was proud of it. But, that was as "green" as I was going to get.

Well while sitting at work one day with a girlfriend, delivery baby after baby, one of my patients mother's told her daughter in labor "At least you don't have to use cloth diapers like I did way back in the day..". My friend said "I use them, and love them!" After seeing the looks on their faces, and asking "someone in 2011 uses cloth diapers?" I was sold! I wanted more info. NOW!!!!

So we sat down, got online to Kelly's Closet and she went over it with me. I wasn't convinced yet, but I had an open mind. I never thought of it!!! The #1 question that I asked was : "How do you handle the poop because I'm a germaphobe!?" So she made everything sound so easy. She made me get out my debit card and order a Econobum trial pack that day. I was excited for something new, for something different, for something no one would expect from me….it would be perfect! Haha. I got my prefolds in, used one of them and got right back on Kelly's Closet to do some research. I thought to myself "If I just spend a lot of money on them now, I'll have to use them because I won't to waste my money." So I debated, and debated for hours. Then hit that payment button! . I bought 6 Rumparooz, 6 Happy Heinys, 5 bumGenius Artist Series, 2 Kawaii Babies, 3 Fuzzibunz, some detergent, liners ect. So I waited and waited. Got my order, washed them and started CD'ing. OMG, this is what was missing from my "all natural" life. I posted it on facebook. I got so many negative comments: "You won't last a day"; "Have fun with washing poop"; "Let me know when you give up": "Are you serious??". Yup negative all the way, no supporters what so ever, and it made me want to love it even more!! MY DH was on board so that's all that mattered. I really think I thrive on the weird stares and questions because as a nurse, I thrive on educating people about things they know NOTHING about, which is usually the case with cloth diapering.

So I love CD'ing, I'm addicted. Been doing it for a solid month now, got my babysitter hooked. I left the daycare facilities because they wouldn't cooperate with my CD'ing. I work full time night shifts, make my babies food in bulk once a month, wash my diapers and love it, and I love diaper changes. No rashes, shorter grocery list, weird stares, more money in my pockets, and one less sposie in the landfill. It's funny, the more I educate people on it and post random facts on facebook about it, I am starting to get compliments like "wow your such a good mommy". Makes me feel great, but hate the stereotypes you get when you do things atypical. So education is key, time to go convince another momma to CD! And I think this is as "green" as I can get. LOL!!!

BIO: Traci is an army wife, full time working mom, photographer, and a RN in Labor & Delivery, who just started cloth diapering her first born son of 9 months old. Her goal is to educate every momma she works with on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and being green!
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I started cloth diapering my daughter when she was about six weeks old. My husband and I researched, and I talked to a friend of mine that I knew was using cloth diapers. We decided on BumGenius 4.0's and ordered twelve of them. After two days I knew that I loved them and ordered a ton more diapers. This time I decided to get a variety. I suddenly wanted to try every single diaper out there.

Things were going along great for about four weeks, then one day I pulled my diapers out of the drier and they smelled funny. I just thought maybe I put too many diapers in the wash. After about a week they kept getting worse. That's when I started Googling. What was going on with my diapers?

I tried a bunch of different detergents. The top of my drier looks like the laundry aisle at the grocery store. There are six different types of detergent; all half used sadly sitting there. People were talking about hard water and how that can interfere with your diapers getting clean. On top of that my brand new high efficiency washing machine probably wasn't putting enough water in the machine to get the diapers clean enough. I was on a mission to figure this laundry thing out though. I was not going back to disposables.

I called the water company and found out that I have super hard water. Hard water and not enough water were causing my diaper problem. I spent the next three weeks trying every trick I had read on the internet to get these diapers smelling good again. I stripped them and set off to get clean smelling diapers. Stacy from the DiaperShops.com Facebook page posted a great tip to trick my machine into putting more water in the wash cycle. I use the soak option on the machine and after it fills up with water, I turn the wash cycle on.

The machine drains the water out but all of the diapers are soaked and therefore much heavier. High efficiency machines sense how much laundry is in the machine by how heavy it is. The soaking wet diapers tricked it into putting more water in the machine. This helped so much.

After making this adjustment and using Tide Original with Calgon my diapers were finally coming out smelling good. Then after a few weeks the microfiber started to smell again. All of my cotton and hemp smelled fine though. More and more research led me to the microfiber issues with stink. Microfiber is more likely to have problems with detergent build-up which can lead to smelly diapers. I stripped them all again as suggested by the manufacturers, but decided that I'm not up for stripping my diapers every three weeks for the next two years. I'm replacing all of the microfiber with natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and hemp. This is going to cost me a little more, but it's going to save me time. As a working mother with two kids, time is like gold in this house.

The bottom line is that hard water can definitely trip you up while cloth diapering, but it doesn't make it impossible.

My exact wash routine is as follows:

1. Start the soak (cold water), let the machine fill with water then turn it off.
2. Start a regular wash (cold water) with a tablespoon of Tide Original and ½ cap full of Calgon.
3. I try to catch the machine before it spins and turn it off. Then start a heavy duty cycle (hot water) with Tide Original filled up to the #1 line and a ½ cap full of Calgon. If I don't catch it before the spin cycle I do step one again.
4. Two extra rinses. My machine only allows for a warm rinse or cold so I use warm.

Bio: I am a working mother of two. Aiden is two and a half and Meghan is 4 months old. I also have a wondful supportive husband named Mike. Basically, I think that I have the perfect family.
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In my cloth diapering experiences, I have learned a few things which make the process much easier. Currently, I have a semi-potty training 2 year old boy. There has been a learning curve to this cloth thing. These are the things I have found out the hard way…

1. Diapers with Aplix (Velcro) are good and bad.
Good: These diapers most closely resemble a traditional disposable diaper, making them easy to use for out of the home childcare providers.
Bad: Aplix is BAD for toddlers. Many times we have entered the room of our sleeping toddler to find him completely undressed from the waist down!! The Velcro is fun for him to remove. Also, waking a toddler up from a dead sleep to reapply a snap closure diaper is bad news no matter which way you look at it.

2. Hemp is your best friend.
I keep lots of hemp in our stash, it is thin, compact and holds much more than you can imagine. It is a great addition to any diaper all hours of the day, especially for heavy wetters. Hemp Babies is my favorite, it comes in many different sizes and is very affordable. Shockingly hemp may hold ten times its weight in fluid, and it holds it too! It takes forever to dry in a dryer, so I found that the fastest and most economically friendly way to dry hemp is air-drying. It is much quicker, but may need some dryer time because it dries very stiff.

3. Storage is Key.
Having your diapers properly stored away in a manner that is most sufficient and efficient is the key to successful cloth diapering. I use storage bins categorically arranged on the changing table shelves for inserts, wipes, liners, and prefolds. I keep the covers and stuffed pockets in the top dresser drawer beside the changing table.

4. Wet Bags are a Must!
This statement is true. Having them in multiple sizes is key. I use a large PlanetWise wet bag in the bathroom next to the toilet where the diaper sprayer is at. After spraying them off, we just toss them into the bag, easy! LESS WORK =HAPPIER MOMMY.

5. Toddler urine smells BAD!
Be sure to spray all inserts off before putting them into to the wetbag or pail. Toddler urine is very strong and only marinates when left for 24 to 48 hours. It can kill small animals, I am sure. If they are not rinsed immediately run an extra rinse cycle before washing.

6. Moderation is the key on spending.
Do not buy every cute print available, or you will be broke! But if you want a new print, sell some less used diapers to get the new one - this is of course after a real stash is built up.

7. Air Drying is Amazing.
I wash my diapers every other day, so there can be several in a load but I quickly learned that using my collapsible drying rack is the best. They dry without sun in less than 24 hours. I try to sun the diapers when possible, but being a full-time working mom and living in a home surrounded by trees, sun is nearly impossible.

8. Be open to new cloth brands.
Having several different brands or types of diapers makes life a little more confusing for dads and childcare providers, but it helps you find out just what fits your baby/child best. It will also help to establish a better fit with trial and error for subsequent children.

9. Cloth Wipes are a great.
If you choose to CD, why not use cloth wipes too? I began with an over abundance of baby wash cloths as wipes using a homemade solution of baby oil, baby wash and water. That didn't work; it mildewed in a matter of 2 days and didn't help with diaper rash at all. So, I changed the solution to 2 cups of warm water, ¼ cup of 100% aloe gel and 2 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has amazing anti-fungal properties and has helped with diaper rash dramatically. I keep pre-moistened wipes in an old Huggies container and a spray bottle of the same solution with dry wipes. Drying his bottom after using the wet wipes helps keep funkies from growing too.

10. Finally, KELLY'S CLOSET is AMAZING!
They offer great prices for diapers and accessories all things cloth. I would have to say that 95% of my stash is from KC without a doubt. They have amazingly fast ship times for impatient mommies like me and great customer service. The free diapers and constant supply of coupons is fantastic!

Hopefully these help you out in your efforts to cloth diaper!

I am Tabby, a full-time working mommy to a wonderful 2 year old boy, and wife to an amazing husband!
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