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Fluff Friday:
1 - GroVia One-Size All-In-One Cloth Diaper
1 - GroVia BioLiners

 
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She will receive:
1 - Imse Vimse Swim Diaper
1 - itti bitti wet bag

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Fluff Friday 172 WINNER!

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Before I had my first child, I loved to shop. Even after she was born, I loved to wear high heels and carry designer hand bags. That all changed back in September when my husband gave me the green light to stay home with my 1 year old little girl. I traveled for a living and I cried when I had to leave her for an extended period of time. It was a tough working through her first year, but now my dream has come true. I was over the moon!

However, when reality set in I saw that we were down to one income and no company paid health insurance. When Morgan was born I had every intention of cloth diapering and our care giver was so accommodating, but on the weekends we were lazy. Then as time passed my Mother Ease and FuzziBunz sat in a bin not being loved. It took about 3 months into staying home when our savings started to diminish and I could feel the effects of the reduced income. I pulled out my bin and started adding the diapers into the rotation. I then went to a cloth diapering meeting and a couple of the women starting to explain all the different types and brands of diapers and I was a little overwhelmed, but lapping it up. I also learned that one could make their own lotions, diaper rash creams, and there were reusable wipes.

Oh boy, what else didn’t I know? I don’t know what people did without the internet (even though I do because I was in college when the internet started to hit its stride), but the first thing I did when I got home from the meeting was jump on the World Wide Web to research everything. I found out that one could make their own cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. I started making my own home scents to put into diffusers, made my own almond butter, starting making my own wool dryer balls and we started getting our fruits and veggies from a local co-op. I also increased my cloth diaper stash and now Morgan is in a cloth diaper 99.99% of the time. Next week we are adding 4 back yard chickens to our family and in April we start the garden. I am still working on convincing my husband to install the rain barrels and I am going to attempt to make my own baby shampoo. There is really no limit to what I will do. It has been such an easy transition and I now know I should have been doing this all along. When I first thought of “being green” I thought expensive, but with all these little changes I have made I am saving our family money and doing my part to secure a livable planet earth for my kids. I still use my old designer bags, but my heels have been replaced by comfortable flats. I can’t bear to give them up maybe one day my kids will wear them.

Liz McGarraugh is a 35 year old SAHM of an 18 month old little girl Morgan and is currently pregnant with a second little girl due in July. She has been married to her loving husband for almost 3 years and currently resides in Katy, TX with her cat Otto and dog Buddy The Elf.
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From Michael Kors to FuzziBunz

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When I first started cloth diapering, I used the flats and prefolds that were mine as a baby-my mom had saved them! I bought a few Thirstie’s covers and that is what I used exclusively for about six months. I then started using pockets and AIOs. per the request of my husband.

Well two more children later, those Thirsties covers are still being used. They have held up so well. The flats have deteriorated to the place that they are simply rags, but my prefolds keep on trucking. They are on their fifth child if you consider that my brother and I used them before my three children.

Are you considering cloth diapering but have sticker shock about AIO, pocket, or hybrid diapers? I will tell you they are well worth the money…but understand you may need to go month by month as many people do and don’t have $300-$500 up front. I’d encourage you to buy about 15 prefolds and at least four covers. Trust me, this will be equivalent or less than what you are spending on month of diapers.

Now that you have gotten started, start saving each month for other cloth diapering items you want. If you have a baby who isn’t EBF, I’d really recommend a diaper sprayer for your next purchase. Maybe the next month you get a couple of one sized pockets, as they can grow with your child. Next up would be a couple of wetbags. If you continue doing this month by month you will build up a decent stash quickly. If you prefer, use the more convenient pockets and AIOs while you are out and about and your prefolds and covers while you are at home.

Cloth diapering can be so cost effective for your family. Trust me, I’ve had three children almost exclusively in cloth…and keep using those same diapers over and over. I am sad to say my firstborn didn’t get the benefit of cloth until he was two, he potty trained two weeks after we switched and then only had cloth overnight. Yes, I’ve had a couple of diapers delaminate, and we’ve had some that we got second hand that havehad to “retire” (always sad). But overall, we’re using the same diapers. I do not need to buy any cloth anymore…but now I’m addicted to cloth and keep getting new ones anyway :o)

Jenney is a mother of four and home daycare provider. She blogs about cloth diapering and raising her kids at www.thedraystoday.blogspot.com
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More Bang For Your Buck

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When our son was 4 months-old, we decided to make the switch to cloth. We switched for many of the usual reasons, economics, greenness, the desire not to have our kid sit in chemicals all day…but the big reason was because our guy has super dry skin. After a few hours in a disposable, the gel beads and chemicals dry him out so much that his bum looks all ashy, wrinkly, and chapped.

Since our son spends about 9 hours a day, 5 days a week at daycare, I obviously wanted have him in cloth at his school too. However, in the rush to book a spot at this in-demand school (we only had a few weeks to get ready for our son’s arrival), I neglected to ask if they allowed cloth. One month after he started school we made the cloth switch and found out they didn’t. While our state licensure allows cloth, the franchise license does not.

So, what’s a cloth diapering-loving mom to do? Research! Though lots and lots of research, I came upon hybrid systems offered by GroVia and Flip. These systems are waterproof cloth shells and disposable inserts. Armed with this information, pictures, and samples, I approached the owner of my son’s school and asked if we could use cloth hybrids. She investigated with the franchise licenser, and got a yes! We started using GroVia shells and Biosoakers right away. Our son’s infant room teachers loved how easy Aplix GroVia shells were to use, and the gusseted Biosoakers were fantastic at keeping in the runny infant poo. We had 7 shells that would rotate in and out, and after 9 months, they still look like new.

I was notified recently that our son would be moving up into the Young Toddlers room, and I thought this might be a good time to transition into Flip shells with disposable inserts in an effort to save a little money. While GroVia Biosoakers are amazing and I use them quite a bit for travel, they are about 40 cents per unit. Flip inserts are about 33 cents per unit, which over time is a big savings. Our son’s new teacher also happens to be pregnant and plans to use the whole Flip system with her baby, so this was a great opportunity for her to get comfortable with Flips as well! We have now been using Flips for 3 weeks, and love them. The best part about the disposable insert is that they are very, very absorbent. Our son is learning to hold his bladder overnight, and often releases the pee-nami on the way to school, so I need something highly absorbent so he doesn’t make a puddle in his car seat… and Flips rise to the occasion!

Every night I pre-load 5 Flip shells with inserts and put them in his diaper bag along with a medium sized Planet Wise wet bag. In the morning when I drop off our son, I put the diapers in a stack on one side of his cubby, and the diaper bag with the wet bag opened up and ready for action on the other side. This way, it is very easy for his teacher to take a diaper for changing, and then place the old shell in the wet bag to be sent home. I also send CJ’s Butter-Spritz O’BUTTer to school. The teachers love how incredibly easy and mess-free it is to use, and I like how there is no chance a non-cloth diaper friendly cream will end up him and then on his evening and overnight cloth diapers.

Are you in a situation where you can’t cloth diaper at daycare? Give hybrids a try! At 33 cents a unit, the cost is the same or less than disposables, so you have nothing to lose!

Bio: Caryn Lantz is a proud new mom though domestic adoption. When not doting over her almost one year-old, she works full time as a communications specialist and editor, and is also a freelance knit wear designer and technical editor. You can follow here on Twitter at twitter.com/fuzzynoodle or on her blog at www.fuzzynoodlelife.com.
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Diapering and Daycare: When you can’t use cloth, but WON’T use disposables

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Whenever someone brings up my in-laws, the first thing I do is ask them a question: Have you ever seen Everybody Loves Raymond? My in-laws are Frank and Marie in almost every way. Spending time with them is very much like living in a sitcom. My father-in-law grumbling about having no dinner to eat (he would never make anything himself). My mother-in-law escorting my nearly-four-year-old to the bathroom because after more than a year, she’s still not convinced that he’s actually potty-trained. Arguments over how to correctly wipe up condensation on the counter top. The downside, of course, is that there is no “stop” button in real life when I get tired of watching.

We waited for four months to tell my in-laws that we were expecting again. At some point, you have to learn to pick your battles, and listening to their laundry list of reasons why we weren’t ready to have more kids was one we weren’t ready to deal with. Eventually, we did break the news, but we later faced a new obstacle: telling them we planned to cloth diaper. We didn’t use cloth on our older son, though now I feel guilty for having put him in disposables for three years. We had a cloth diaper shower coming up, and I knew we had to tell them before then.

Finally, my husband just blurted it out one day. And the reaction was as expected. After the initial shock wore off and the echo of “WHY??” finished ringing through the air, my mother-in-law pulled out the scare tactics.

“When Jamie [my brother-in-law] was a baby, the nurse pinned his diaper through his skin in the hospital.”
“You know you’re going to have to wash laundry every single day, right?”
“All that dirty laundry is really unsanitary to keep putting in your washing machine.”
“You’ll be too busy with your kids to be able to swish them in the toilet like you’re going to have to do.”

And in his all-too-class way, my father-in-law had only one question: “Who’s going to shake the [bleep] out of them?” Nice.

Still, we were happy with our decision. My mother-in-law didn’t come to the diaper shower, though she did end up giving us money to get “whatever else we still needed for the baby,” which of course, we spent on diapers.

Fast forward two more months, and we had a tiny new tenant in our house. During a visit from my in-laws, he needed a diaper change. Great, I thought, let’s open that can of worms again. But something happened. While taking off his OS snap diaper, a shadow fell over my back. “That’s a diaper?” my mother-in-law asked. And I knew it then. I could convert her. I went through our stash, showing her how far cloth diapers have come since she diapered her kids in the 70s, and she seemed genuinely interested.

Two weeks later, we went to their house to introduce our son to the rest of my husband’s family. And as babies tend to do, he messed up a diaper. Getting ready to change him, I got up from the table, but my mother-in-law grabbed my son from my arms and said, “Oh I can do that.” With a confused look on my face, I made sure to tell her there were some disposables in the diaper bag. But peeking in the bedroom, I saw her cleaning him up, BumGenius in hand. And it occurred to me: if I could manage to get my beyond-stubborn mother-in-law to use cloth, there’s nothing I couldn’t do. I haven’t changed the world… yet. But believe me, I’m working on it!


BIO: Charlotte Justine Butler is a photographer from South Georgia with two amazing boys, 9 weeks and (almost) 4 years old. When she’s not busy shooting weddings, she enjoys reading and being the Robin to her son’s Batman.
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My Mama Magic: Converting the Unbelievers

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Katie L

I’m a work at home mom (in-home child care). I have two children; Elle (3.5), Sheamus (22 months), and baby #3 due March 27. Married 10 years this coming July.

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby? With a 16 month old and one on the way, the original plan was to save money. Now I love that I save money and am doing my share to make planet earth a little less yucky for my kids.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader? My sisters best friend. I knew she used cloth diapers and picked her brain.

What is your favorite diaper and why? FuzziBunz perfect size, for whatever reason those are what worked/works best for us! We love the colors and they are so easy that my husband is the one who does the diaper laundry. He even stuffs and preps them for the day!

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why? To make messes (dirty dishes, toys out all over, laundry) clean themselves up!

Describe your parenting style using three words. devotional, encouraging, scheduled

What is one product you absolutely can't live without! Liners!!!

How do you think being a mother has changed you? Being a parent has made me realize how selfish I really was in life. I have become so in tuned to my children’s needs, wants, and fostering a creative learning environment for them that I often loose myself in their life. I feel this is a great thing, as they are only young for such a small part of time. I will have plenty of time to re-invent myself again!
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