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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Heather Stout-Reilly!


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Someone did the unthinkable. And really, I am to blame. Warning: if a disposable diaper (sposie) ends up in your diaper pail and consequently in your washing machine…you’ll be sorry.

I really am to blame. I’ve cloth diapered three children and I still cannot do it consistently overnight. The offending sposie even being IN the house is my own fault. I’ve tried every suggestion known to a CD mom and the ammonia smell in the morning is too much for me. Leaks are not an issue, just smell, and now that I’m pregnant again, I just can’t deal with it first thing in the morning (you may throw insults at me now, I know, I’m bad). So I use one sposie a night. Well…it came back to bite me.

Diapers were supposed to be washed the day before but one of the five children in my house under age five (I also run a home daycare) locked the bathroom door and then closed it. The bathroom that contains the diaper pail, of course. After my husband wrestled the door to pieces that evening, I decided the diapers would wait until morning.

I quickly dumped the contents of the pail (again, I’m pregnant, I don’t do smells) into the washer and without so much as a second glance at the contents I closed the lid and began my diaper routine. The diapers were already being washed “late” and I was in a hurry.

Let me tell you how well a disposable diaper fares after a soak, rinse, wash, and extra rinse. As I pulled those diapers out of the washer they had an odd feel to them. A slippery, unnatural feel. There, in the bottom of my washer, was a bloated mess of paper and…gel? Yes. Gel. A lone sposie had gone rogue.

I about tossed my cookies right then and there but not from any offending smells-I was just that upset. I was scared for my precious cloth stash. What had I done????

I am 99.9% sure I didn’t put that sposie into the diaper pail. My three year old has been “helping” me lately with dirty diapers, but after finding a Babykicks in our recycle bin I’m pretty sure he may have deposited the sposie into the wrong receptacle also. No matter, I still should have looked before washing.

As I hung my diapers on the line I had to vigorously shake each flat, cover, fitted, AIO, and pocket (I like a wide variety of diapers). Thousands of tiny gel particles flew off my diapers and stuck to my clothing and hit me unforgivingly in the face. That’s what every pregnant woman wants to do in ninety degree heat. Shake clean diapers for forty five minutes while standing in the sun. I’m not sure what was hotter, the noon day heat or my temper. Each pocket and AIO had to be turned inside out and shaken again as gel was trapped inside.

The good news is my stash is not ruined. I have since used and washed my diapers multiple times and I don’t have any stinkies or leaks in my diapers. I consider myself very blessed. But be please be warned: it was an awful mess.

Jenney is a stay-at-home mom/home daycare provider. She blogs about cloth diapering and life in general at www.thedraystoday.blogspot.com
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Diaper Do Not

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The first baby item DH bought before DD arrived was his Surfer Baby Ultimate Diaper Bag. He took this purchase very seriously and scoured the Internet to find the perfect bag to meet his high criteria. It had to be able to hold all of his necessities for a hike, organize our baby’s needed items, and, most importantly, it couldn’t look anything like a diaper bag. So he chose the one-shoulder backpack and it has quickly become my favorite bag as well.

Organization is the key to success when cloth diapering. I use a few extra accessories to make the stash easily accessible. There’s a Wahmies wet bag for soiled diaps and a small sack of 10 Planetwise Wipes in another wet bag. The side pocket carries a spray bottle to wet the wipes. I repurposed the plastic zippered bag my drapes came in to hold 4-6 diapers. The diaper bag also came with a large surfboard-shaped changing pad. I quickly grab all these changing tools and get everything unzippered before I start. The roomy inside pocket makes it easy to store all this and more.

I have a spare outfit for baby, tshirt for Mama, and a receiving blanket to keep DD warm or cover up nursing in a pinch. I also never leave home without my keys, cell phone, and wallet which each have a special spot in the bag. There’s room for a Nalgene in the mesh side pocket and it has a cooler pouch to store expressed milk. I stash hand sanitizer and snacks, while DH keeps a flashlight and a few first aid items in there.

One of the most convenient features of the bag is the small, detachable sack. It’s the perfect size to store what we need for a single diaper change. This is great for a quick walk or a diaper change in a confined space (think airplane.) Another option is to carry camera gear in it.

So far, even though DH got to pick our go-to bag he has successfully avoided on-the-go diaper changes. He reminded me that men’s restrooms are typically gross, so I forgive him for that. Either way, it’s nice to have a bag he’s proud to carry.

BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. She's realizing every day that her daughter is more like her active husband so she's glad to have a diaper bag she won't mind getting dirty.
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Dada's Diaper Bag

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So as I look back on things people have said to me over the last few months of starting to cloth diaper, I want to laugh. Literally laugh out loud. Only because I used to be the same way! Ask silly questions, and laugh when I picked up a pack up cloth prefolds at babies R us wondering "Why would people want to do this!". That's all I knew though. We, in today's age, always hear "Back in the day, I clothed diapered you and used pins and you came out just fine." I told people they could save their breath, because the whole washing poop and pee was not for me. I sadly had mistaken, little to know that I would soon completely change my mind in a matter of minutes.

Myth #1 - Cloth diapering means you have to touch the babies poop, and it gets on your clothes in the wash.
-No, actually spending $44 on a diaper sprayer has saved my life, if we have a poopy diaper, I flip the switch on my BumGenious diaper sprayer, hold the diaper over the toilet (only touching the outer part) and spray away. Only to find poop in the toilet where it belongs, my hands barely wet from the clean water coming from the sprayer, and a pretty white diaper! And, what do you think washing your hands is for anyway? Don't you wash them after changing a disposable? Or after those disposable blowouts? Blowouts get on the babies clothes too right? Busted!!!!

Myth #2 - It takes too much time to cloth diaper, wash, fold, I don't have the patience.
-Then why on earth on you a parent! LOL. Patience is everything in parenting. But, I tested this myth myself. I wash diapers in between chores while I'm at home doing absolutely nothing. Wash, watch a show, rinse, do the dishes, rinse, nap, hang to dry, forget them until the sun goes down, stuff while I'm watching my shows. Then take a minute to obsess over how cute my dipes are and how much cuter they'll be on his tush! But, when I was using sposies, I would find I frequently would get down to 1 diaper!!! On a poopy day! Now, I had to get dressed, dress my baby, drive 5 miles to wal mart, use gas to get there (3.80/gallon), dig for a 3.00 off coupon for the diapers because I knew deep down what a rip off it was, wait in line, check out, use my cash (planned on eating with that), drive 5 more miles, unload a heavy car seat, feed my baby by now because I took an hour, then I can get back to my laundry. Only to dread doing it over again after going through these next 30 diapers in 4 days! Busted!!

Myth #3 - It doesn't save money, you waste more energy and use electricity washing and drying them.
-OK, so you spend a little to get started, but they say you can CD your baby to toddler age for under a $100. It's only if you want name brand, cute prints and such that things get pricey. 1 pack of name brand disposable diapers (30 ct Size 2) is $9.99. OK, 8 diapers a day, roughly, that's stretching 4 days worth (3 if my baby goes to daycare-due to overchanging). So $10/3days=100 bucks in a 30 day month. $100 X 12 months= $1200/year X 3 yrs=$3600 (roughly). Then your diaper genie liners, and trash bags. O, wow! And I could have just bought a pretty good stash of Cloth diapers with that first 100! I compared my electricity bills before and after CD'ing. Water bill stayed the same no matter how many rinses I did, electricity actually went down.....O, maybe because I hang my diapers to dry. Even with a little high heat fluffing in my dryer for my inserts only, it's lower. Interesting....Busted!!!

Myth #4 - It just sounds dirty and it smells.
-Actually, the sun sanitizes your diapers when you line dry them. My diapers smell quite nice, pretty much like nothing. A couple of cute smelly diapers in a cute little wet bag that will be washed the next day seems to be more logical then old dirty and wet diapers that sit in a diaper genies for weeks. Diaper genies can hold up to 100 diapers. Eww, that's days worth. Talk about the trip to the trash can with old dipes, or the drive to the apartment dumpster, with possible leaks. No thanks!! Busted!!

Can't believe, looking back, I asked these same questions as if I was too good for cloth diapers or something. Now I am completely opposite. It's amazing. I'm so ashamed, but just laugh at myself. I'm starting to think I'm too good for disposables, and my baby's bum is too good for those chemicals! I'll use my $3600 I save up to buy things for my new house....maybe use a little for some new prints I have my eye on!

BIO: Traci has been cloth diapering her baby boy since he was 6 month old. Started with the cheapies, but couldn't resist the prints! Now, a self proclaimed diaper addict, she enjoys her days off, when her list consist of washing diapers. Sad, but true.
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I Proved my own self wrong, how embarrassing!

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We walked through the door and were greeted by a smiling, beaming women who instantly grabbed our little boy out of our arms and began talking and playing with him. As a first time mother, I wasn’t sure what we should expect out of a daycare provider, but I was surprisingly comfortable with the way D handled our little boy. Braylon instantly responded to her and was so calm and relaxed; I knew we had found our daycare provider! We left with the understanding that she would contact us the next day to let us know if she would be willing to take another baby. We got in the car and shut the doors and my husband looked at me and said “Did you notice that her house is a little messy?” Nope I hadn’t noticed that, she does daycare for 10 children and is single, I would expect her house to be a little unorganized, it wasn’t dirty was it? My husband then said “Did you notice that her sink was full of dishes?” Nope, I didn’t notice that either, we went to her home at 5:30pm; she made the comment that her last child left about 5 minutes before we arrived. Again she has 10 children she watches daily, when do you expect her to do dishes during the day? My husband opened his mouth and all I heard was “Did you…”, I rudely (yes I will admit it) interrupted him and said “I did notice the way that she handled Braylon, the way that he responded to her, I noticed that her walls were covered in artwork from all of her day care kids, I noticed that she talks about doing daycare as though it is the one thing in life she can’t live without, that it is a real passion for her! If I was hiring her to clean my house, based on what you said, I would probably not hire her, but based on what she showed us and what she told us I am thoroughly convinced that I don’t want anyone else watching our child but her!” My husband grabbed my hand and smiled!

That was the start of a very beautiful relationship with D and our family! She called us back only an hour after we left her home and said that she would be THRILLED to have Braylon be the newest member of her daycare family. When she called she told us that she would provide the formula and food for Braylon, we just needed to let her know what formula he was on… She was a little surprised to learn that Braylon was an exclusively breastfed baby, her first in almost 15 years. She has since become a big advocate of breastfeeding and makes sure to give new parents that come to interview her, a packet of information that includes a few sheets on the benefits of breastfeeding!

When Braylon was 5 months old we discovered that we were expecting Baby #2! D was thrilled and made sure to “save” a spot for the baby when he arrived! Porter our second child was born with a few medical conditions, nothing long term, but one of those included having an Ostomy bag for the first 5 months of his life. D reassured us that she would have NO problem taking Porter with an Ostomy bag and even had me show her how to change it, just in case it leaked while he was there. Luckily D never had to change a leaky Ostomy bag! It was after Porter’s surgery and we got the all clear to start feeding him baby food, that I had decided that I was going to make our baby food instead of wasting money on store bought baby food that had who knows what in it. I had mentioned it to D, letting her know that the plan would be for us to bring a weeks’ worth of baby food every Monday and that she could just put the containers in the same bag that the breast-milk containers were going in. It was then and there that she asked for the website that I was getting my information for homemade baby food, I graciously gave it to her and the next morning, while we were dropping the boys off, she announced that after her late night research, that she too would be making homemade baby food, for all of her kids, so we wouldn’t need to bring any from home! She continues to thank me for turning her onto that, wondering why it had never occurred to her to do it before.

It was when Porter was 15 months old that I asked D how she felt about cloth diapers. Not knowing much about them she said that she would be open to the idea as long as I had a system down and showed her how to use them. It wasn’t until we found out that we were expecting baby #3 that we decided to switch Porter out of disposables and into cloth diapers, at the age of 23 months. D has been using our cloth diapers for over a month now and she loves it just as much as I do. She told me yesterday that she is trying to figure out how she can afford to buy cloth diapers so that she could be an exclusively cloth diapering daycare, cloth diapering the none potty trained kids during the day. How amazing is that… How amazing is she…

But for now, until that ball gets rolling, we pack our cloth diapers and send them to D’s for the day. Our system is simple at home and simple at daycare, that is the way that cloth diapering is suppose to be, right?

Our Daycare Cloth Diapering System:
We have our Medium size Planet Wise wet/dry bag that we send 4 cloth diapers (we use one size cloth diapers) in each day. D has a roll of disposable liners that she puts in twice a day; she knows what time of the days that Porter usually does his number 2’s and only includes one in the diaper at those times (after breakfast and before nap). She also has a jar of Coconut oil in-case he has a rash or redness starting. She changes him and puts the dirty diapers in the “wet” part of the bag and leaves his clean diapers in the “dry” part of the bag. When I pick the boys up from her house, I grab the bag and that night our day’s worth of diapers and the wet/dry bag go in the washing machine and finally hung to dry overnight, ready to be packed the next morning.

D is a blessing in our lives, I often think of what it could be like if our children went to another day care provider’s house. She has been willing to embrace every new “crazy” thing I throw her way and has actually jumped on my band wagon and has been my number one advocate throughout it all!

Our experience with day cares and cloth diapering has been GREAT! I strongly urge you to go find yourself a D, she is worth the search :)

Bio: My name is Amanda and I am a mother to two amazing little boys and am expecting a little girl in December! I love photography, running, yoga, cooking, traveling, my family, but most importantly watching our children discover the world around them! I aspire to be a stay at home mom one day, hopefully soon. I am newly addicted to cloth diapering and loving every minute of it.
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Jennifer B. lives in Urbana, IL and is mom to 19-month-old Eireann. Find out what Jennifer has to say about diapering, motherhood and everything in between:

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby? The cost savings - we're frugal! Also, reducing environmental impact and knowing our daughter isn't being wrapped in chemicals 24:7 are close seconds.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader? I'm lucky enough to have a few cloth diapering friends to bounce questions and successes off of, but my number one supporter is my husband. He's been on board with cloth from day one and can change our daughter in seconds flat! Also my mom, who watches our daughter one day a week and jumped right on the cloth bandwagon.

What is your favorite diaper and why? bumGenius 3.0. We also use Happy Heinys, but for some reason I just like the BGs a bit better.

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why? Mindreading. Especially having a toddler!

Describe your parenting style using three words. Conscientious. Gentle. Consistent.

What is one product you absolutely can't live without! Chocolate! Oh wait, a baby product? The Magic Stick diaper balm. Our daughter had horrible diaper rash as a newborn and since we started using it she's hardly had a rash. Chocolate can count as a mom staple though, right?

How do you think being a mother has changed you? I actually think it's made me more selfish, but in a good way. To keep your sanity you have to draw a line somewhere and make time to take care of yourself. Otherwise the demands of being a mom would occupy more hours than there are in a day!
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