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When Jack was born, we learned (quickly!) that this parenting gig was not as easy as we had assumed it would be.

We knew, in theory, that we would be short on sleep those first few weeks (even though I didn't really believe this because all of the pictures of babies in my pregnancy magazines slept snugly in their little cribs, so of course my baby would sleep soundly in his crib too, right??). What we didn't realize was that OUR KID WOULDN'T SLEEP - at all - and we were looking at years, not mere weeks, of sleeplessness (says the mom whose child is almost three and still wakes up at least once a night).

We also knew that breastfeeding could be tough at first, but we had no idea how physically and mentally exhausting it would be trying to correct a bad latch for the first several months while dealing with NO SLEEP (because we thought we'd all be sleeping through the night by 6 weeks...HA!).

Also? We knew that babies pooped and peed a lot and would need a lot of diapers. But we were under the impression that poop and pee stayed in diapers and it wouldn't be that much trouble to change him. And, like the other lessons we learned the hard way, we soon realized that we were wrong and poop and pee *didn't* just stay in the baby's diaper until it was time to change him. Oh, no. We learned all too soon the devastation the dreaded Poop Explosion could wreak on our clean laundry, our changing table, the floor...and on ourselves.

Let me back up a second to a blissful pregnancy memory. I was pregnant with my first baby. I thought for sure this was going to be a piece of cake. A few weeks before Jack was born, I remember washing and sorting through all of the clothes we had been given. I had enough onesies to fill most of the closet. I remembered everyone telling me, "You can never have too many onesies!" as my friends and family unloaded onesie after onesie after onesie on us.

I thought, "Geez, ok, I get it...baby might throw up here and there...how many of these things do I really need??"

Well. It turned out everyone was right. Jack was a constant pooper. Every time he ate, he pooped. And he ate a lot. And those little Pampers I had? Yeah. They couldn't even *kind of* contain the destruction. I cannot tell you how many times I changed his clothes in one day...I went through those onesies like they were going out of style. I went from wondering, "Will he ever even get to wear all of these?" to washing a load of onesies/pants/t-shirts/pajamas a DAY so I could keep him clothed.

The Diaper Genie was filled to overflowing most of the time. We were constantly running out to the store for more wipes or diapers (and the nearest store was fifteen minutes away). I was slathering those cute little baby clothes in stain remover every day to keep them from staining.

But...things changed when Jack was about seven months old. I had a couple of bumGenius 3.0 One-Size pocket diapers shoved in a drawer in Jack's room that I had received at our baby shower (I probably found them when I was looking for something clean for Jack to wear!). I decided to give them a whirl.

And guess what?

Not only did I suddenly have the child with the World's Cutest Fluffy Butt, but I also now had diapers that (GASP!) contained the poop.

So I did what any reasonable person would do. I bought more!

Here is a picture of Jack in his white BG diaper, around eight months old.

I used the cloth diapers I had (about 6 in the beginning) until they ran out, and used disposables while they were washing (and overnight until I found a solution that worked for us). I added more diapers to my stash as I could afford it.

When I got pregnant with my second child, I went through all of Jack's old clothes to decide what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to donate. As I started pulling his old clothes out of the bins I noticed that many of them had poop stains. As diligent as I thought I had been about laundry, I was apparently unable to keep up with it all.

Washing cloth diapers turned out to be easier and less labor intensive than removing stains from explosive disposable diapers.

I decided to cloth diaper my daughter from day one.

Here is Claire, 6 weeks old, in her bumGenius Elemental diaper.


And here she is, at 8 weeks old, in her Applecheeks Size 1 diaper.


And guess what? I have not had one (I swear, not one!) poop eruption. Go figure...that unpleasant little piece of parenthood we had just accepted as part of the deal was avoidable all along.

Now, if I could just find a way to get my children to sleep....!

My name is Carrie and I am a Stay at Home Mom to two beautiful children, Jack and Claire. I like horses, tea, and getting fluffy mail and loves to write on her blog: burpclothsandsaddlepads.blogspot.com
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How Cloth Diapering Saved Our Onesies!

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Like many of you who have both parents working, I was concerned about finding a daycare that would be accepting of our baby in cloth diapers. I read up on other people’s experiences, drawing as much advice as I could from them, as I tried to figure out how to convince places it would not be an inconvenience for their employees. As it has turned out though, most of that was not necessary!

One daycare option we looked into did not even bat an eye when I asked them about their willingness to use cloth, and showed them two different diapers (a one-size FuzziBunz and a Flip with an insert). They did not mind or seemed concerned about either one at all! While we ended up not going with this particular place, it was very encouraging to find someone unfazed at the idea of dealing with cloth!

The person we actually decided to go with was the mom of an acquaintance who was looking for work, and things ended up matching up very well between her and our family, especially in regards to cloth diapering!

First of all, she used cloth diapers on her children years ago –when the only options available were flats and plastic covers. So she was not intimidated by the thought of cloth, and was then surprised and curious to see how much it had changed over the past two and a half decades since her time using them.

Second, we did not have to buy any new or special diapers for her as she was willing to use the ones we already owned –primarily covers with inserts and prefolds. To make it a bit easier on her (our decision, not her request) we give her the inserts so she does not have to deal with folding the prefold and placing a stay-dry liner on top. Not hard things to do, but we want to simplify, not complicate, things as much as possible for her so she would not resent using cloth. We have even given her the few pockets and AIOs that we have for her to try out, but she actually prefers the inserts! This works perfectly for us as I now do not feel any pressure to buy a special type of diaper especially for her.

Third, and this is my favorite thing, she rinses out the diapers for us to take home at the end of each day! This was not something we asked her do to, but she knows we rinse them at our home and so after only a week of watching our baby she began rinsing them out too! Even though we have told her she does not have to, she still does. Plus, she even nicely rolls or folds everything up in the wetbag for us! I love it!

I am still so happy we have this lady taking care of our baby. She has been nothing but respectful of our wishes, does her best to ensure those things take place while we are not there, gives him lots of developmental attention as he’s the only child she watches, has not had any problem with using cloth diapers, and only costs a small amount more than an official daycare center. She truly is a wish come true for us and I am glad we found her!


For those who are looking for their first (or a new) childcare person or center, I would recommend two things: One, look at the smaller family-run centers; those, I found, were the most willing to accept cloth diapers. Two, talk to people within your friend, work, church, etc groups. We stumbled upon our person through conversations with her daughter as we were working. I knew her mom was looking for work, she knew I needed a babysitter, and we both respected each other; and then one day I thought about asking if her mom would be interested in babysitting, and they had been thinking the same thing! So look around, you might be surprised at who you find that way!

Rebecca Brown and her husband are first-time parents to their seven month old baby. She is also very excited for the upcoming holiday season when she will be able to watch her son experience it for the first time!
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A Childcare Dream Come True

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Some things about switching to cloth diapers came naturally to me, such as washing and reusing instead of throwing away. Other things, namely cloth wipes, took a little figuring out. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to use cloth wipes when I switched to cloth diapers, it’s just that I couldn’t seem to find a routine that worked for me. Pre-moistened wipes just weren’t cutting it. They were either not wet enough or they were too wet, and I never seemed to have enough on hand. So I tried to wet my wipes in the sink when diaper changing time rolled around. But I got lazy about that too and I hated getting 3 wipes wet when I only needed 1, but not as much as I hated having only 1 wipe wet when it turns out I needed 3.

Then, it finally dawned on me; I needed the convenience and the flexibility of having two containers at my changing station. One with solution—just solution—and one with dry wipes. I hate to buy something new when something I already have on hand would be good enough, but I couldn’t think of anything better to keep my wipe solution in than a thermos so I splurged and bought a wide mouth food thermos. Best cloth wipe investment yet! It keeps the solution from getting cold throughout the day (although I’m guilty of going two days without changing it, completely negating the thermal benefits), and it keeps my toddler from spilling solution everywhere. It is also quick and easy to refill and can be repurposed when I’m done with diapers.

To fill my thermos, I simply warm up a cup of water with ¼ of a baby bit, stir to dissolve, and then pour the solution into the thermos. The bits are lasting so long that I don’t know if I’ll ever try another solution, but really anything from pre-mixed solution to water with essential oils will work. And for wipes, well, I’ve repurposed my bummis fleece liners. I bought a bunch of them when I switched to cloth because I just couldn’t imagine diapering without all the thick creams I used to use. And as you can probably guess, I don’t need those creams any more. So I use the liners for just about everything else, runny noses, messy hands, basic first aid, and now mostly as wipes. They are pretty thin and can be awkward at times because of it, but they are so soft and if I only wet one half of the wipe I can use the other half for drying baby’s bottom. They are also super easy to clean off after a messy diaper and since the fleece doesn’t exactly hold in the moisture, they are great for a more sponge bath like clean.

Now that I’ve been using cloth wipes for several months I’ve come to love the flexibility of wetting my wipes during the diaper change. In the morning I can soak up a bunch of solution and give my daughter a sponge bath. And after a messy diaper, she really can be clean and fresh just like after bath time. I’ve also noticed a decrease in the severity and duration of my daughter’s diaper rash thanks to cloth wipes. I’m so glad I kept at it until I found a routine that works for me.

Like everything with cloth, if it doesn’t come naturally at first, keep on trying. It is worth it.

Bio: Toria is a stay-at-home-mom who loves playing with her very active 3-year-old boy and delightful 18 month-old girl. She started cloth diapering when her little girls was 9 months old and hasn’t looked back since.
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Figuring out Cloth Wipes

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We have been using cloth wipes for a while now—our middle child, who is now almost 7, was cloth diapered, and I found the wipes so useful that some of them were still in regular rotation when I found myself expecting baby #3. They wiped nasty noses, made a quick scrub for faces, and were in general like a washcloth with an attitude—and that was handy through the preschool years. My favorite wipes were two sided, one side soft and one side scrubby—I had some that were velour and sherpa that are still in use with Sam.

When Adam was a baby, I tried so many different things in regard to diapering—different styles of diapers, different inserts. And many, many wipes solutions. I used the baby bits-style drops , which I liked, but were kind of a pain to dissolve. I made my own solution with tea tree oil and lavender—okay, but a bit more than we needed most of the time. Sometimes I just used water, although for some reason I never got a system going for keeping damp wipes at the changing table. I got lots of samples of different wipes solutions—a popular freebie with fluff orders-- and tried them all! It was a bit crazy. One thing that was very useful was adding grapefruit seed extract to water when thrush was an issue—I used it for wipes and also to wash anything that was touching his mouth.

This time around, as with diapers, I resolved to simplify things as much as possible. After reading a bit I decided to try Kissaluvs diaper lotion potion, the concentrate form. I mixed this with witch hazel, using a little less concentrate than the bottle calls for, which works fine for Sam. So far, a year into things, we have used a combined system. We have a box with dry wipes on the changing table. I also keep about 10 wipes in an old disposable wipes box, damped with just water. That seems to be a good number -- they don’t sour before I can use them, and there is (usually) a damp wipe available when I need one quickly. If not, well, I am lucky to have big children around the house who can be dispatched to the sink. I keep a small bottle of witch hazel/ KDLP, which I spray directly on Sam. I always give him a quick spritz first thing in the morning, and then occasionally throughout the day. So far, so good in terms of diaper rash—Sam has only had an issue with this when he was on antibiotics and developed an unfortunate stomach ailment that I will not detail. One bottle of the concentrate has lasted me all this time and I still have a good bit left in the bottle. We’ve been happy with our solution this time around.

Anne-Marie is a mostly stay-at-home mama to three monkeys (9, 7, and *sniff* 1 ) in Northern New England. She blogs about their adventures in making sustainable(ish) changes in family life at http://greenishmonkeys.wordpress.com
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Wipes, solutions, and sprays, oh my!

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So, a little about me: I am in the Navy and work on a submarine which means that I work a lot and am away from home a lot. My wife and I got pregnant with our first child just a few months after being married. She told me she wanted to breastfeed, which surprised me because I came from a family of formula feeders, but I simply said “ok, if that is what you want.” Also once I saw the price of formula I totally agreed.

However, back to cloth diapering I had a similar response when she brought up the cloth diapering subject. Basically she mentioned cloth diapering and I first imagined difficult to fold white pieces of fabric with safety pins, and I wanted nothing to do with it. Then she explained how they have snaps and they are adjustable and can grow with the baby. So of course I was still skeptical, but opened up a little.

Alright so we save a little money and have to deal with poo messes and washing, sounds like a headache. So then she told me about how initially all we have to do is throw the diapers in a wet bag and rinse them and wash them. Alright easy enough. So what happens when he starts pooing more than “breast-milk poo”? She said we just have to buy this diaper sprayer that attaches to the toilet, and then we spray off the poo into the toilet and then throw the diaper into the diaper bag. Ok, that sounds easy enough also. Alright sounds good.

So how much is this going to cost us? Well about $400 to get started. The $400 starter pack included 18 diapers, 2 pail liners, 1 wet bag, detergent with a scoop, essential oil, cloth wipe solution, and 18 cloth wipes. Whoa, hold on, back the truck up. Here I thought we were saving money and now you need $400, forget it. So then I went to the store and looked at disposable diaper costs and looked up how many to expect to use in a day. I was even shopping at the NEX (Navy Exchange) and the price was still too high for comfort. So I crunched the numbers and that $400 for reusable diapers will get us farther than I expected. So I agreed to the cloth diapers.

I continued to crunch the numbers and when my son was 3 months old we had broke even with the cost of the cloth diapers. We are still using those cloth diapers and he is now almost 6 months old. So we have saved almost doubled what the cost of disposables would have been. We are saving a lot of money by cloth diapering, and the laundering work is really not that hard. We have a system where I throw them in the wash before work every few days, and then when my wife wakes up she finishes the diapers. Really not that much work and completely worth the work for the cash out.

Also, you need to remember that there are many brands and types of cloth diapers. Some types and brands cost more, but either way, you should save money. But remember to always look for reviews and see what other people have to say about it. I also think that the cloth diapers look much more comfortable, I would rather be in a cloth diaper if I were a baby. I will add that my son is a strong son of a gun, and if we had purchased the Velcro type diapers he would be naked all the time. He grabs at his diaper all the time, but can’t undo the snaps. Cloth wipes were a completely different situation and initially I was opposed and now I think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread, but cloth wipes are the subject of a different blog.

So as you can tell I am a man that went from 100% opposed to cloth diapers to 100% supportive. There are so many different options there is something for everyone. Just find what is right for you, but whatever you do, give cloth diapering a chance. It is worth it, whether you want to be “green” or save money, cloth diapering is the way to go in my opinion.
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Cloth Diapering From A Guy’s Perspective

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