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Every other day is laundry day in my household. At least when it comes to the diapers. I always try to get it going first thing in the morning because, well, lets face it, I can be a forgetful mama. I manage to get the diapers in to soak and then continue with my busy day. Next thing I know, 3 hours have gone by and my diapers are still soaking. I rush in to put them in a spin cycle so I can get them actually washing but again life gets in the way and I don't get the wash started for another hour after that. Then with any luck I will hear the washer finish the cycle and not too much time will elapse before they get put in the drier. Then the real fun starts...

My son has to be doing what-ever I am doing when I am doing it. That includes folding clothes and stuffing diapers. I try to save this task for when he is either down for a nap or down for the night but some times it just doesn't happen that way. So I sit down on the couch with the laundry basket of diapers by my side and attempt to get them stuffed in a timely manner. Then my little man decides to help momma. He runs over and tries to topple over the laundry basket to get to the goodies inside. When that fails, he leans over the top and tries to grab them out and take off running around the house with either the pocket diaper shell or the microfiber insert. If that plan fails, he will reach up and grab one of them I already stuffed and precede to run around the house with it. I have to say, I got lucky with the last batch of diapers I ordered. One of the pocket diapers had a different design so the opening for the insert is done kinda oddly. I have decided I don't like using those diapers so I always keep it out so I can give it to my little man to play with while I am trying to stuff the rest of his diapers. So far it has worked like a charm. He can take off running with it and I don't need to worry about if I need to hunt that diaper down and take away his toy so it can get ready for use.

I'm sure people could look at what I go through every other day just to keep my son in diapers and say its too much work or not worth it. I would say it gives me the chance to sit at home and play with him while I get something done. It is a little bit of work, I'm not gonna lie, but is it worth it? Beyond a shadow of a doubt.

By: Jessica M
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Laundry Day *GASP*

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I cloth diaper for a number of reasons. Yes, I care about the environmental impact of all of those disposables in landfills and I want to do my part to cut down on that. Yes, I care about keeping all those chemicals in disposable diapers away from my baby’s skin. And yes, I definitely care about the cost savings. Really, who doesn’t like to save money? But there are times when secretly I care a whole lot more about one thing:

Everything is prettier when you cloth diaper.

I know, I know, its shallow. But all you have to do is put the disposable and cloth diaper equivalents next to each other and its no longer a matter of opinion, it is just plain fact. Cloth diapers and their accessories are cuter. Lets start with the diapers themselves, since that is the most obvious. So many colors, textures, fun designs! Cloth diaper shopping can become quite addictive. I can’t get enough of them! FuzziBunz, bumGenius, Rumparooz, Bamboo Baby, Apple Cheeks, Flips, oh I could go on and on! Next to all those pretty diapers there are plain white disposables. Hmmm.

Next up are wipes. Boring old baby wipes that end up in landfills or pretty and soft pieces of flannel or bamboo that lovingly clean baby’s bum and then get washed and used all over again? For me this is a no brainer. And I venture to say that probably every wipes spray out there smells better than the packaged disposable wipes do. Whether you choose wipes bits, Booty Luster, or Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion, your babies bum will get cleaned without all the excess chemicals in commercial wipes that dry some babies’ skin out and it will smell better while you are doing it. Double win.

Speaking of cleaning, have you noticed all the lovely scents that many cloth diaper detergents are available in? Ruby Moon even has a Scent of the Month club! Once your diapers are washed then there is nothing cuter than a close line full of pretty cloth diapers, all getting some sun. I love putting up my retractable clothes line and hanging all the diapers up to flap in the fresh air for a bit. It doesn’t even feel like a laundry chore, to me it is more like a meditation. Sunshine, breeze, and pretty diapers.

Maybe you are wondering about those dirty diapers. Perhaps you think there is no way a dirty diaper can be cuter in cloth than one you get to just throw away. It definitely can though. Just look at the pretty patterned wetbags out there compared to little plastic throw away bags. Whether you go for Planetwise, Kissas, or a WAHM wetbag there are definitely cute ones out there to suit every personality.

Finally we get to the bum. Baby bums are always cuter in cloth than in plastic!

I admit it might be a shallow reason to cloth diaper but sometimes the environmental impact can seem so distant or the convenience of tossing out a disposable might seem to outweigh the benefit of the cost savings and you just need a bright side that is right there in front of you. So just smile smugly to yourself next time you are discouraged because you get all this super cute stuff that sposie users totally miss out on!

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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Everything Is Prettier When You Cloth Diaper

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When the old man found out that I was going to be using cloth, he fixed me with a measured stare to see if I was serious. I wordlessly turned the computer screen towards him and started pointing out all of the different options. I was just entering my 2nd trimester, and in the thick of my research.

“C'mon, who is gonna clean those? And isn't that kind of nasty?”
He breathed a sigh of relief when I promised him that I would do all the laundry but he still thought they were nasty. This opinion began to change when he saw how clean they were but cloth won him over when the 'sposies had blowouts and a pocket completely owned one of the gnarliest poops we've ever seen (it was so bad and then the baby started kicking his legs and flicking poop everywhere before putting his tiny little feet right in the middle of it -but that's another story). Last time I ordered diapers, we were debating the merits of snaps vs. aplix. He tells everyone about how we use cloth diapers and last night, he even did the diaper laundry! My very first convert!

I will never forget the day when my mom, cuddling my 4 week old, asked me how the cloth diapers were going. I proudly answered “good, good, he's got one on now”. She was holding him against her chest, rocking him but the minute I uttered those words she looked at me with horror and her jaw dropped to her chest “Does this mean I'm going to get peed on!?” I started laughing (and didn't stop for a good 30 seconds). She had tried to cloth diaper me but had not known to use a cover over diaper! I quickly showed her how easy laying a prefold was into a Thirsties Duo Wrap. She was impressed but admitted that she was uncomfortable with changing him. The next time, I brought pockets over and showed her how easy cloth diapering really is! She isn't fully convinced of their ease but she can't deny the cute factor. One mountain at time, I like to say!

She's not the only one that I've surprised with how easy AND addicting cloth can be. My sister and I are pretty close and she thought they were great from the moment I brought them up. At first, she found them hard to secure (I did too!) but as a friend pointed out “you weren't that quick with disposables your first time, either!” Now, she's does it easily. We were even co-stalking when I ordered the bumGenius Freetime in Albert! She has told me that when she has her first baby, she can't wait to get her own stash going. Convert #2!

The hardest person to convince so far is my grandmother. She comes from a time when cloth diapers were some giant, disgusting burden that disposables rescued all of us parents from. She has been the most vocal about how much she “knows” that I'll eventually realize how much I don't like it when I have to wash them and there is a poopy diaper. At first, all I could do was grit my teeth because the truth was, I didn't know if I was going to like cloth diapering, I was deadset on doing it but what if she was right and I gave up? I didn't. We started using cloth when he was 6 days old and I knew she was absolutely wrong. I love using cloth and I'll never go back to using disposables! She still insists that eventually, I'll get the mightiest of all poops and quickly give them up. I figure that eventually, I'll pull her over to the dark side, too. She'll have a hard time resisting my new Happy Heinys in 'puppy' because it is that cute!

Everyone we meet, family and non-family alike, always comments on the fluffy cuteness that is my son's diaper clad booty! They are always amazed that they:
A. Do not leak onto unsuspecting people.
B. Do not require poopy fingers to clean.
C. Actually come clean after having poop and pee all over them.

There are a lot of misconceptions about cloth and I've noticed that the more that people see how easy (and did I mention cute?) cloth really is, the more they want to come over to the dark side, too, because let's face it...we have fluff and cute babies!

Ambrosia: 25 years old, the 'June' to her 'Johnny' and mom to two amazing boys, ages 5 years and 10 weeks. Her family has been cloth diapering for 9 weeks and they love it!
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Does This Mean I'm Going to Get Peed On?

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Captain Fluff loves his cloth diaper stash. He loves it so much that he cries big crocodile tears when he sees his friends wearing sposies…yuck! Luckily he has some pretty smart friends and he’s been talking to them and telling them that cloth is C-O-O-L. His smartest friend? SuperJax! SuperJax wore sposies all of the time when he was born. When the superheroes were about a month old, SuperJax came over to play with Captain Fluff and noticed that his butt was pretty cool looking. It took a few months, but luckily SuperJax has a pretty smart mommy and after listening to Captain Fluff’s mommy go on and on about all of the benefits of cloth (like how environmentally friendly they are, how much money can be saved and how doggone cute they are!) SuperJax’s mommy decided she’d like to try some out.

Captain Fluff was so excited that he decided to let SuperJax try out about 10 of his personal superhero diapers. Captain Fluff’s mommy explained to SuperJax’s mommy exactly how to wash the diapers and what to do if she or SuperJax had any problems (like rashes or buildup) and then sent them on their way.

A few weeks later SuperJax came over to play and proudly showed Captain Fluff that he was rocking a cloth diaper! SuperJax told Captain Fluff that he was so grateful he was able to borrow some of Captain Fluff’s superhero diapers. SuperJax also told Captain Fluff that his mommy was going to be getting some superhero diapers for him because he just loved how soft they were on his tush!

Since Captain Fluff has converted SuperJax over to using some superhero cloth diapers he has been one happy superhero baby. SuperJax and his mommy even helped Captain Fluff and his mommy when she co-hosted a location of The Great Cloth Diaper Change! Talk about a new dedicated fluff lover!

Katy is a first time mommy who loves showing off Captain Fluff’s fluffy butt to everybody. To see more pictures of Captain Fluff and his superhero fluff check out Katy’s blog at http://thehenings.blogspot.com.
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The Adventures of Captain Fluff and SuperJax

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Generally speaking the whole process of moving is a lot of work and even more work with an almost one year old. Now add in the cloth diapering and the whole moving adventure became even harder. Now imagine you aren’t moving state to state, but island (Oahu) to Mainland (Georgia). That’s what we just did and in some ways we are still doing. The movers estimated our shipment of stuff should be arriving mid to late June…We arrived here in Georgia the first week of May. We are living out of suitcases, and our son who will be a big 1 year old soon had about 3 suitcases. He had a toy suitcase, a clothes suitcase, and a cloth diaper and cloth diaper accessory suitcase.

We moved out of our Hawaii home and into a hotel a week before the move. This was when the movers had begun to pack up our things which was a 2 day process. We got a family suite style room so it was like our son had his own room and we were still able to watch TV and talk in our area of the room while our son slept in the other part. He dida pretty good job dealing with all the changes. The first night in each new place he did not sleep as well.

Because we were lacking our diaper sprayer we used liners for his cloth diapers. We were determined to continue using cloth diapers through the move! However he devoloped a pretty bad diaper rash, this has happened in the past when using liners. We thought it was due to using a liner that was too rough, however this time we went with a different brand and the same thing happened. Our new theory is that since the liners cause his poo to stick to his bottom that maybe that is causing it. This does not deter me from wanting to continue using cloth when away from the diaper sprayer, it only means that a little more work (gross work) will be involved. I’d rather get the poo off the diapers by hand with toilet paper than use liners and cause my little guy to get a diaper rash again.

So we were able to make it through a big move from Hawaii to Georgia all while cloth diapering. I would say that it was about 12 days without a diaper sprayer and about 15 days without our wipe warmer. Now we are back to our normal diapering abilities and are happy we were able to make it through the move in cloth.

Matthew L. is a Navy Father of a 1 year old boy and have a daughter on the way. We have been cloth diapering from day 1 in the hospital with our son and plan to do the same with our daughter. We love cloth diapers and encourage everyone to give it a shot. I can answer any questions anyone may have, just leave a comment.
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Cloth Diapering During a Big Move

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