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When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, there were many things to talk about and decisions to make. Thankfully, this is how our discussion on diapers went:

Me: So I’m planning on cloth diapering, is that OK with you?

DH: Yep, sounds good.

For us, there are a number of reasons we wanted to cloth diaper, economy, health of our baby and protecting the environment are among some of the reasons. Luckily my best friend had cloth diapers both of her little ones before me so I knew that modern cloth diapering was much different than when my Mom did it. I’m so proud to say that to date, my precious baby girl has never worn a disposable diaper (although we do use the occasional gRefills in our cloth diapers).

I have to admit that I’ve become another cloth diaper fanatic, spending probably way too much time researching and learning about cloth diapers. Unfortunately for me, I don’t live in the US or any other country that actually has modern cloth diapers. My parents were able to bring us some cloth diapers when our little one was born, and I’ll definitely be adding to my stash this summer when we visit our home in the US.

Being and expat though, has led to other issues, such as finding an appropriate cloth diaper detergent. One thing I’ve discovered living abroad is that we in the US have OPTIONS. In other words you can find just about whatever you want, and have 10 options to boot. Not so much where I live. There really isn’t any commercial detergent that I can use that is safe for us let alone our diapers, which means I had to come up with a solution by doing a bit of research and making my own.

I’ve been able to successfully find a detergent recipe that I feel good about using on our cloths and diapers, even without finding Borax here. All that hard work and research to make detergent (which in itself is actually really easy to make…3 ingredients, grate, mix, done!) led me to many great websites about green living and homemade cleaning/beauty supplies.

One of the first projects I worked on (after the detergent) was an all-purpose cleaner made of vinegar and orange peels. It was convenient to make because at the time hubby and I were eating about 6 Satsuma oranges a day. This cleaner is a miracle worker and as an added bonus, I felt safe using it while I was still pregnant. Now my cleaning supplies consist of our orange cleaner as well as lots of vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and a few essential oils.

I’ve also been finding was to take better care of myself, including making my own face wash, shampoo and conditioner and hubby and I have been incorporating more Green Smoothies in our diet to help get in our fruits and veggies.

While there are plenty of ways I’m not as green and “crunchy” as I’d like to be, I know I can continue working on them one at a time. And having an adorable baby girl is great motivation. Knowing how easy, fun and cute cloth diapering is for us makes going crunchy that much easier too!

Bio: Elizabeth is baby wearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, cloth diapering crunchy mama to her beautiful 2 month old daughter. She and her husband are international teachers and world travelers, currently living in Brazil.
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Becoming a Crunchy Mama

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Hybrid diapers. If you are all about using cloth for either the environment or financial reasons, why would you ever use them? The answer is convenience!

We cloth diaper for financial reasons – buying disposables for two is expensive! Unfortunately, hybrid diapers are just as expensive (if not more) most of the time. But, if you can get them on sale, sometimes it is worth using them.

So, when would you want to use disposable inserts instead of cloth? For us there are two times we have used them – traveling and rashes. The rashes have been very few. But, once my son got a terrible rash because he dirtied his diaper in the middle of the night and I didn’t realize it until hours late. His poor rear was very red and painful. We did a lot of air time, but at nap and bedtime I put him in a hybrid diaper and slathered him with the “dreaded” Desitin.

Traveling we also use hybrids. I don’t want to deal with trying to dunk and swish at someone else’s house or at a hotel. I could use disposable liners, but there are “horror” stories of those not staying put. So, since I was able to get some disposable inserts on sale, we use those for our toddler when we travel. I pair a Flip or Econobum cover with a flat and then a disposable insert on top of that. He is a heavy wetter, and that combination is bulletproof for us. The flat may get wet, but those are so easy to wash. I don’t worry about residue for laundry machines or even the detergent really when we use flats while traveling. As for what inserts we use, we have both GroBaby (old GroVia that we got when they changed the name) and Flips. I prefer the GroBaby because they contain everything better. So, I use the Flip when I am fairly certain we will just have a wet diaper, and then I use the GroBaby the rest of the time.

If you are only cloth diapering for financial reasons, why not just use disposables? Well, there is one big advantage – size! Our diaper supply for a trip is more compact when we use disposable inserts. Also, with two in diapers, I can use the same “stash” for both kids. I definitely couldn’t do that with standard disposable diapers!

Another idea of hybrids – they are great as an emergency item in the car. In a pinch, you can use them for “that time of the month” as well as a diaper for your child. The GroVia ones have adhesive on the back, so you could just stick them to clothes if you had to (I wouldn’t use the adhesive on the inserts with your diapers though as it doesn’t come off of PUL easily).

So, if you can find a good deal on the disposable inserts, buy a box. They are great for those “special” times when using straight cloth just doesn’t seem like the best idea!

Bio: Stephanie is a mom to three kids – 4, 2, and 7 months old. She is a WAHM who started using cloth apprehensively when her oldest was 2.5 years old and now is an advocate for cloth.
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Hybrid - WHY???

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Before my daughter was born I ran into an ad for gdiapers. Intrigued by the idea, I did some research and decided that I definitely wanted a hybrid system. (Which turned out to be a gateway drug into the addictive world of cloth diapers, but that is a topic for another day) After a couple months of research and lurking on numerous cloth diapers boards, I decided to invest in the Flip System by Cotton Babies. By the time my baby girl was born I had 6 covers, 6 newborn stay dry inserts, almost 20 one size stay dry inserts (the kind you fold down to size), and 2 packages of disposable inserts. We can generally go about 2 days or so on the cloth Flips before we have to do laundry.

Recently, when she was just about 9 weeks old, my mum and I took my little one on her first road trip. It was only about a 3 hour drive each way, but I packed my whole Flip system to get us through the 2 days. My mum packed some sposies as a back up, but the Flips were spectacular. We used the disposable inserts when we were out and about, they pack easily in the diaper bag and work just like the reusable inserts except you don’t need to lug them around, just toss out once they are wet or dirty. At night and for the driving portion I preferred to use the stay dry inserts. A one size stay dry insert folded so that the extra is in the back has been a fantastic overnight solution for my baby girl and it was easy to stick with it at the hotel.

What I love about the Flip system, especially for traveling:

Flexibility. I love that I can use the disposables while out shopping or at dinner but throw a nice absorbent cloth insert in for bed time.

Packability. Ok, so that’s not really word, but it is important anyway. Flips pack smaller than an equal amount of pocket diapers or AIOs. This is great for travel, but also for the every day diaper bag. Flips are definitely my go to for the diaper bag. I also keep a tiny tote in the trunk at all times with one extra cover, a small wet bag, 2 disposable inserts, and 3 stay dry inserts.

Fit. My little girl was a teeny thing when she was born, but the Flips started to fit well between 4 and 6 weeks and I can tell there will be a lot of room for them to grow with her as well. The fit is good enough to contain all those crazy newborn poos. You know what I am talking about. I am very grateful for only having to change the diaper and not her clothes as well. In the few weeks we were in sposies at the beginning we had way more leaks and explosions. She has just started sleeping through the night and when I change her in the morning the insert is dripping but her clothes are dry.

Trimness – The Flips fit trimmer under clothes than a lot of the pockets and AIOs we have. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fluffy bum, but sometimes you really just want the focus to be on the outfit, so I appreciate a good trim fit. The newborn inserts make for an especially trim fit and we love those for day time.

Colors – I love the color selection. I fully admit that I love to coordinate her diapers to her outfits. That’s one of those things that sposie users will just never get to do.

Whether you are on the fence about cloth diapering in general or you just need a good travel solution, I encourage you to look in to hybrid systems like Flips.

Bio: Somer Johnson is an accountant in Tulsa, OK who is lucky enough to get to work from home so she can spend time with her new baby girl. She blogs about life, knitting, and her precious little one at Knit-O-Matic.
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Flipping Out – Traveling with a Hybrid System

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My first exposure in any form to cloth diapers was through a Facebook friend's posts. She was cloth diapering her new son with the cutest diapers, so I asked her about them. When my husband and I found out we were expecting, I obsessively began searching the web to learn everything I could. They would save us money, were better for the baby and were eco-friendly! I will be the first to admit, I don't necessarily cloth diaper to save the planet, but to save our bank accounts and protect baby's bum instead.

The next step was to get my husband on board. I was worried he would be against the extra laundry, cleaning up poop and the initial investment. To my surprise I was told to "go for it!" I bought my first 3 pocket diapers from GoGreen Pocket diapers. I was so excited to use them when our little baby arrived! Then I called my mom.

I love my mom dearly, but sometimes she has a habit of trying to talk me out of things she doesn't necessarily agree with. "You won't last a week!" She told me. "Yes I will!" I protested. "I've got it all figured out. I'm going to use prefolds and covers when she comes home, and then we will use pocket diapers! They are just like disposables but you don't throw them away; and it's only an extra load of laundry every couple of days.I already do tons anyway!"

My mom then began to tell me how gross baby poop is and how she doesn't think I can handle it. Plus, I will be so tired from taking care of a new baby and having a C-section (we knew in the beginning this was the only delivery option) that I won't WANT to do extra laundry. I ignored her anyway and continued my research.

Then it was my husband's turn to tell his parents that if our little one needed a diaper change, we would be wrapping her little bum in the cutest diapers possible! "You won't last!" His mom said.

"What if you stick the baby with the pins?"
"Those plastic pants leak and are so ugly!"
"When your brother was little I tried using cloth diapers on him, and it was too much work. The ammonia smell was horrible!"
"You're going to wash them in YOUR washing machine?!"
"I'll just use disposables in my house when the baby comes over."
"Well you aren't washing those in MY washing machine! No way!"

The list goes on. Soon my husband's mom lost all interest in our decision and the diapers and didn't talk to us about it anymore. When she would come over to visit, I would try to show her the ones I had bought but she just nodded and changed the subject. It was SO frustrating! I wanted someone else to be as excited about the diapers as I was! My mom slowly began to come around. I sent her dozens of videos from YouTube about the different varieties of cloth diapers, how to use them, how to wash them, and so on. After about 3 months of beating it into her head how easy they were going to be, I think she finally realized I was serious and was going to stick with it.

I FINALLY had someone who was somewhat as excited as I was to share my new obsession with! I continued to build my stash and learn everything I could about cloth. At 28 weeks due to some complications, our little miracle came into the world and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. She came home at about 4 1/2 pounds and didn't fit into ANY of the diapers we had gotten. Then the comments started again.

"Just use disposables. It will be so much easier."
"She is going to be pooping all the time. You are going to get tired of washing out poopy diapers!"
"Here. I bought you some disposables to use."
"You won't last!"

While I realize that sometimes our parents were just trying to be helpful in their own unhelpful way, I was still upset with the lack of support. I ordered some preemie prefolds and Rumparooz Newborn covers, a couple Fuzzibunz Perfect Size pockets in XS, and a few Happy Heiny's minis and began to use cloth on my tiny baby. I LOVED every minute of it. While she was in the NICU and using disposables she had a diaper rash the entire time. It never went away. As soon as I got my smaller cloth diapers in the mail, I slapped them on her bum and the rash was completely healed within the first week.

I am so happy with the decision that my husband and I made. My mom eventually came around and has even bought our little one some diapers herself. My mother in law however, is still slightly disinterested, although she seems to accept the fact that we are not going to use disposable diapers and has started to watch us change her now so she can learn how to put the diapers on.

No matter what, don't let anyone tell you that you CAN'T because you CAN and you will if it's really what you want to do. :)

My name is Erica and I am a full time working mom of a beautiful 5 month old little girl named Rylee Quinn. I spend most of my free time outside of work spending time with Rylee, my husband of almost 2 years and our two doggie children Oz and Loki. I also try to keep up with my blog on a somewhat frequent basis: Orange Juice In My Cheerios.
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No matter what they say, You CAN do it!

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Five years ago, as I was preparing to have my first child, I never once considered cloth diapers. Or even being green. As a new, young, single mother, I followed what everyone told me would be the best idea. Honestly the thought that anything else as an alternative was out there never crossed my mind.

Fast forward 5 years, and as baby #2 was on his way, I was introduced to a group of woman that had me starting to think twice about some of the choices I was making and had already made.

Cloth diapering was just the first among many long hours of research. I had no idea how many different types of cloth diapers there were, how many different reasons there were for using them. It started for me as a way to save money and now, it is an addiction! (As well as very healthy and safe for my LO). As cloth diapering became my obsession, so did learning to live a greener life. I started to look at different aspects of my life and wonder what else I could change.

First was the laundry. I was already using Rockin Green detergent for the diapers, why shouldn’t I use it for all our regular clothes! (Motley Clean and Earth, Wind and Orchids are my favorites so far!) I have to tell you, I am amazed what a good soak in the Rockin Green will do to dirt, blood and other bodily stains! They even have AMAZING odor neutralizer sprays. Red Hot Apple being my favorite there I am also enjoying learning all the different ways Rockin Green can be used! ( to sign up for 52 weeks of clean!)

Continuing on with laundry, if I was going to be using natural detergent, I couldn’t very well be putting fabric softener on my clothes or using dryer sheets for that matter…these are not recommended with cloth diapers or even your towels, FYI. So, I ended up finding wool dryer balls. A truly natural means to drying your clothes. The wet load ends up drying faster and is actually naturally softened! (Don’t mind the picture; the balls are a bit worn!) These 3 little balls are my absolutely laundry necessity; I would be lost without them. Love that I use these and not the unnatural scents that are in the dryer sheets we used before.

Everyone knows the reports of Johnson and Johnson using chemicals in their soaps that could cause cancer. I’m not certain that it was proven and I am definitely not an expert but it is still scary so a fellow mommy introduced me to Earth Mamma Angel Baby products. Soaps, lotions, bath sachets for fussy babies, and a natural bottom balm. All natural. And WONDERFUL! These smell so good and even cleared up a patch of eczema on my newest LO. I wouldn’t use anything else!

There are so many other ways to be green, healthy and natural it’s really too hard to get it all in one blog! We have changed as much of the food we eat as possible to organics and plan on eventually raising our own chickens, hogs and cattle on our farm. This will provide us with natural meats and eggs, knowing where they came from and will be healthier for us as well. My new compost bucket is soon on its way, so I will have my own compost pile to use as fertilizer on our soon to be spring garden, which also gives us organic veggies, which we can ourselves!

And these are all just little changes! Even just the little things can make such a big difference in families and in the world.

I am a single mom to a girl and boy, 4 yrs and 5 months. I work full time, help with animals on a 100 acre farm and will soon be working towards getting a certificate to do therapeutic riding for special needs. I love all aspects of cloth diapering, green living and work towards helping as many people as possible.
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Livin and Lovin GREEN!

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