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With anything in life, a family’s choice in cloth diapers is completely subjective. When I started to cloth diaper full time I bought every type of diaper. I had the pocket, AI2, AI1, prefolds, hybrids and fitteds. I gave every type a chance and fell in love with pockets. However, I did see a place for hybrids in my stash.

I live outside of Houston, TX about 50 miles away from either airport. My husband is originally from the Panhandle of Texas where the closest Wal-Mart is in Liberal, KS…yes 2 states away. The drive to good old Perryton, TX is 12 hours and we never leave the state. I am sure people are thinking…well why don’t you fly? The closest airport to Perryton is in Amarillo, TX…2 hours away and there are limited direct flights. So once you do the math it would take us 12 hours to fly or 12 hours to drive. Regardless of whether we drive or fly you are still limited to the amount of fluff you can bring. A suitcase can only carry so much. This is why hybrids can be a wonderful thing!

Now my experience has only been with GroVia, but I am sure they all are very similar. The GroVia hybrid has a wonderful shell that one can use biodegradable inserts, reusable soaker snap inserts or prefolds/flats. The snap inserts are about as big as socks, the biodegradable inserts would be like packing disposables and prefolds/flats are like folding up a t-shirt. The shells can be used more than once, so one wouldn’t have to use an entire suitcase to pack a dozen or so diapers. The shells can be hand washed very easily and dry time is nothing. The hybrid also works wonderfully if a family is traveling and won’t have access to a washer and dryer. This diaper makes traveling a synch!

I have read that some people have an issue with throwing away biodegradable inserts and I completely understand and respect that. The great thing about the hybrid is one doesn’t have to use the “throw away” liner it is just an option. The snap in soakers work just as well and still don’t take up a lot of space.

One may be wondering why I don’t use hybrids all the time. My little girl is a mover and shaker. She is constantly moving and the soaker bunches up in the front of the diaper. It doesn’t seem to bother her, but if I go to long between diaper changes we may have a leakage problem. We do use the GroVia’s when we are at home, but not running around town. The snap in soakers also take a long time to dry, but they do clean up nicely.

Finally, I would be remiss without mentioning a brand that isn’t classified as a hybrid, but works very similarly. The Hiney Liney diaper is a great addition to cloth diapering. They also have a great outer shell that can be used multiple times with their own snap in soaker or a prefold/flat. They have a stay dry liney that wicks away the moisture from your little one. One great feature of the stay dry liney is it is brown and I haven’t had a stain yet.

What may work for me may not work for another family. That is the beauty of choice! Unfortunately we do not own a hybrid car, but we do own hybrid diapers.

Bio: 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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We May Not Drive A Hybrid, but We Travel With One

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When I first got pregnant, I started considering using cloth diapers. And what was my main reason for doing it? The money. (Little did I know I would become so obsessed with them that I would end up spending way more than I thought I would!) Yes, I was going to cloth diaper to save money. I hadn’t really heard about the dangerous chemicals in disposables yet, and the thought of saving the environment was just a bonus.

Before I got pregnant, I didn’t really care about what I surrounded myself with, or what I put into my body. Diet Coke with aspartame? Sure. Harsh chemical cleaners? Why not. MSG, pesticides, bleach? Who cares.

Boy, have I changed my tune.

Once I became pregnant, it’s like a switch flipped. Now, I was more concerned than ever about the chemicals that could enter my body and affect my baby. I read reports about BPA, dioxin, and other things found all around us that could potentially harm my little one. So, I started down the road of becoming greener. And it all started with cloth diapers.

Since becoming involved in the cloth diapering community, here are the top 5 ways I’ve gone green:

  • Cleaning: Vinegar is my best friend now. I use it in the laundry, in the kitchen, in the bathrooms – pretty much everywhere. No more harsh chemicals are kept in our house, which will make it very easy for me to baby-proof the home when my little one starts walking.
  • Cloth Wipes: At first, I started with disposable wipes and my cloth diapers. While I still use them occasionally, I’ve found that cloth wipes are FANTASTIC. Just keep a little spray bottle of wipe solution in the changing table, and I’m all set. We’ve drastically reduced our dependence on disposable wipes (not to mention the drastic reduction on our wallets).
  • Eating: Yes, I’m still a junk food addict. Yes, I’ll still have an occasional piece of sugar-free gum. But when it comes to my kiddo, it’s organic, locally-sourced produce. I’m really loving making my own baby food – it comforts me to know exactly what my baby’s eating. And there’s no extra waste from jars or cans…just me and my blender.
  • Shopping: If you ever see me out shopping, you’ll inevitably see me with my collection of shopping totes. These things are great – they hold so much more, have nice strong straps, and best of all, they don’t end up in landfills for centuries. So long, plastic bags!
  • Beauty: Ok, so admittedly, you’ll pry my MAC lipstick out of my cold, dead hands. But I’ve become much more aware of how the things that make me “beautiful” can also make me sick. So, I’ve tried to reach for the natural, plant-based skincare and beauty products, like chemical-free sunscreen and earth-friendly lip balm.
Now, I’m a realist, and I know that my little steps toward a greener life aren’t going to save the planet on its own. But I like to think that the little things I do will add up over the long run, making the world a little better place for my kids. And to think, it all started with cute, fluffy cloth diapers.

Jennifer S. is a mom of a wonderful baby girl, and one of the loudest cloth diaper advocates on Facebook. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, baby, and cat, and works in Marketing.
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Cloth Diapers: The Gateway to a Greener Life

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My grandmother was a fiercely independent and resourceful woman. Once, when a family member expressed concern that she was taking on too much, my eighty-five year old Grandma tersely emailed (yes, emailed) back, “I have a system and everything is under control”. That’s the kind of person she was and that’s the kind of person I have always aspired (but mostly failed) to be.

When my son CJ was first born I thought I had the cloth diapering situation under control. I had gone to an orientation session at my friendly local cloth diaper store, read the equivalent of the Encyclopedia Britannica in cloth diapering info on the internet, and I had my new stash of Rumparooz Lil Joeys and Grovia AIOs all washed and neatly arranged in the top drawer of the changing table. Everything was in order and I was fully convinced that my cloth diapering experience would be blissful. Then we brought CJ home, put that first cute cloth diaper on his little behind, and swiftly came to the realization that the situation was most certainly not under control.

We were plagued by leaks—lots and lots of them. Not only was CJ a heavy wetter but the cloth diapers we had selected just didn’t seem to fit him right. My cloth diapering system, so carefully researched and planned, had failed me. Full of postpartum hormones, I was enraged. This wasn’t how it was supposed to be! In fact, it was the complete opposite. Too tired to do anything else, I gritted my teeth and lived my life one wet outfit at a time.

After a few urine-soaked weeks, my dear husband (a genius even in a sleep-deprived state) decided not to take the leaks lying down. He tried something new: in the nursery he found a stack of Bummis prefolds that a friend had lent me (and that I had promptly put into a drawer and forgotten about, as I was not a prefold person) and a Thirsties Duo Wrap that I had received at my baby shower. A little help from the internet and—voila!—our baby was wearing his first prefold. My husband pronounced it good. After a couple of hours without having to do a complete wardrobe change, I pronounced it good as well. It took me a long time to get used to the prefolds but for a leak-free existence I was willing to learn a little origami.

This breakthrough gave me the confidence to branch out and try new things until I found diapers that worked for every occasion. Prefolds for every day. Kissaluvs Countours for when we’re out and about. Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds with a Fab Doubler for naps. Kissaluvs Marvels One Size stuffed with a Thirsties Hemp insert and a Best Bottom Stay Dry Insert for nights. That’s my system and I’m happy to report that things are currently under control.

Who could have predicted that diapers would help me grow as a person? Cloth diapering was a challenge for me at first; there were times when I wanted to quit all together. However, conquering leaks and learning how to use a prefold unearthed in me more grit and determination than I could have imagined. Perhaps I am more similar to my Grandmother than I thought.

This is what I have learned about cloth diapering: It ain’t always perfect. But then, neither is life. However, with perseverance, resourcefulness, and some of that can’t-quit attitude you can find a system that works for you.

Eva is an amateur housewife and stay-at-home mom but is learning fast. While her nine-month-old son CJ is sleeping she can be found sewing baby items for her Etsy store, renovating her home, or napping on the sofa.
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On Fluff & Grit

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When I think of my diaper bag, I have a Mary Poppins moment, wishing so desperately that I could look so assembled and tidy with a small bag that I could whip a lamp or a bed out of in a moment’s notice.  Generally, however, I think I look more like a frazzled mom digging furiously for little E’s favorite toy, a clean diaper, wet bag, and wipes to conquer the task at hand as quickly as possible!

The problem is that I like to pack everything in my diaper bag just in case.  You just never know when you might need some CJ’s BUTTer, infant Tylenol, or an extra outfit or pair of socks!  If I left the house without those things, however, I’d probably survive, but I’m not sure I’d survive without these five staples:

Then… add some gas drops, a snuggle blanket, maybe a baby carrier, lotion, a bib, some baby food, my wallet, a hair bow or two, an extra shirt for me in case there’s a burp-gone-bad…

I like to be prepared! :)

So maybe I’m not quite as poised as Mary Poppins, but we seem to have the same philosophy – you can never pack too much!

Bio: Molly is a stay-at-home mama with a love for all things baby, family, cloth diapering and blogging.  As a former teacher, she loves to help others discover the world of cloth diapering, frugal living, and how to fit everything in a diaper bag!
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I live in “remote” Alaska. In my case this means zero immediate access to stores or mail, and any groceries and supplies I need have to be preordered without a known delivery date, or picked up in bulk while “in town”. Going to “town” requires a 2 hour boat ride and good weather, or an expensive chartered flight, and also good weather. Needless to say, we are pretty good at planning ahead!

When we found out we were expecting our first child, we started thinking about all the things we would need to have on hand. Being new to parenting, this is tough! How were we supposed to know how many of what size diapers we were to need well in advance? We are big-time warehouse shoppers, and buying in bulk certainly cuts costs, but doesn’t assure us the right numbers of diapers per size! The fleeting idea of cloth disgusted me quite frankly. I babysit a fair amount in my preteen years, and memories of sagging, soggy, stinky diapers and wet pails still haunt me. However, in all practicality, I knew that I needed to have something on hand for emergencies. I mentioned this to my mom, and promptly put it out of my mind.

One day in early third trimester, mom called me. She was SOOO excited about these 2 adorable Bumgenius diapers she had just gotten in the mail, and wanted to know when our next mail delivery would be so she could send them out. She had done her research before ordering, was certain she had the best possible option, and she just couldn’t wait for me to see them. I, on the other hand, was more than a bit skeptical. This was something I was doing out of necessity, not out of desire.

Finally, the diapers arrived. They were absolutely nothing like I had imagined! I called mom, admitting how cute they were. She tried to persuade me to make more of a commitment, regretting the use of disposables on her own kids. I was hesitant, but did decide that to truly be “safe” I would need more than two diapers. I promptly got 6 more headed my way.

Fast forward a few months to the birth of the cutest baby boy ever! We were in town a month prior to his birth, and lucky enough to be house-sitting for friends while we waited. I didn’t even consider using cloth while there, in spite of the homeowners being the “greenest” people I know. I was in no hurry to test out this adventure, and certainly not without the comforts of home. When baby was two weeks old we were given the go ahead, and by way of a long boat ride, we headed home. It took a little while to get through the chaos and fatigue of those first few weeks, and I wasn’t about to throw cloth laundry in the mix. However, like many parents, we did our share of “blowout” laundry and quickly got used to handling our angel’s poop.

Finally curiosity got the best of me. I broke out my 8 diapers, picked the perfect day, and put that first one on my boy…and the second, and the third, etc. All diapers used, laundry done, and no blowouts! We rinsed the poopy ones back then, my husband even helped. Not knowing better, we soaked them in a wet bathroom trash can too! Nonetheless, after those first 8 changes, I was SOLD! We promptly ordered another 6 diapers, and though 14 wasn’t really enough, we fought through the constant laundry to keep our boy in cloth as much as possible. Those diapers took a beating! (I still have and use them though)

We are now parents to our second boy, who has been in cloth since his second diaper. We are also both big-time cloth advocates! When my sister got pregnant she (being a minimalist by nature) asked what our top 5 “must-haves” would be. I clearly remember my husband’s #1 response…Bumgenius diapers! I have tried many varieties of diapers since those first 14 BG’s (a discussion for another day), but BG remains my favorite. We now share diapers and advice with anyone who will listen, and our own stash has grown to possibly excessive. I have now discovered Kellyscloset and it is a fight to resist a good deal, so my “excess” supply goes to my mom (to give as gifts)and my pregnant friends, along with a list of my top ten reasons to love cloth

Thanks mom!!!

Lynnette Wright lives in remote Alaska, and is the lucky stay-at-home momma of boys ages 2 and 2 months. An originally reluctant convert to cloth, when not being entertained by her two boys, she likes to research new tricks and find deals on new diapers to “test” so that she can be a more fully educated advocate of cloth to others!
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