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I have to admit the most I ever used prefolds in regards to cloth diapering was as added stuffing for night time. I didn't start cloth diapering my son till he fit in pockets and, well, I love pockets so that is what I stuck with. My sister gave me box full of prefolds when she found out I was pregnant so we had a bagillion just laying around. I started using them for whatever I could because I felt bad if they just sat there.

One of my favorite uses for them was as burp cloths. They are so soft I didn't feel bad rubbing little mans face with it and they are very absorbent so nothing got by them. I used to keep one in every room of the house with an added one on either side of the couch just for in-cases. I also kept a handful in the diaper bag for when we were out and about. I don't know what I would have done if I had not had those diapers at every turn. I got fortunate and my son never really spit up but he did dribble milk down his cheek and he would spit up on occasion. Some times they also had to double as snot catchers :P

A new found love of prefolds was sparked last night when my son pulled my husbands glass of water off the table and spilled it on the carpet. The first thing I could reach happened to be a prefold and so I laid it down on the spill and started trying to soak up water. I had the whole thing open on the spill and I was pressing on the whole thing to try and cover more ground. As I pulled it up I saw the area the absorbent middle strip is pulled up so much water the carpet was almost dry! It was also still very dry feeling so I kept using it till the water was all soaked up and it still didn't feel very wet. I was pretty impressed.

Aside from the normal uses like a dust rag or dish drying rag (I do that too and it works great!) we put a prefold under our cutting board to keep it in one place. I felt pretty proud of myself when I came up with that one. We used to keep putting towels under the cutting board when we were going to use it but I got a hair brained idea one day and through a prefold under there instead. It fit perfectly! You can't see there is anything under the board and it stays in place when we use it! Victory!

It seems like every day I find some new ways to use prefolds and it makes me so happy to see things like that getting reused. I know my time as a mama is just beginning so maybe my list f of prefold uses is just getting started. :D

Bio: Jessie is a working mom to a wonderful little one year old.
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I’ve never been someone that you’d look at and say, “Wow, she’s a hippie”. In fact you’d probably say the opposite. Conservation, natural products and things of that ilk have intrigued me but in the past I’ve written them off as too expensive or time consuming. I’m a path of least resistance kind of girl or at least I thought I was. When my daughter was born I found myself wanting a drug free birth so that she’d be totally alert for breastfeeding when born. I found myself making my own baby food. When my son was born I continued in the same vein. Not because it was easier, though. I did it because I thought it was what was best for my child. And guess what else? IT WAS CHEAPER! Breastfeeding is free. Making your own baby food- way cheaper than buying it. I felt like my choices were benefitting my family and our bottom line. My “path of least resistance” didn’t seem to matter as much in light of the health benefits and cost savings.

People brought up cloth diapering to me when I was pregnant for my first two kids. I can remember literally making fun of people who did it. I couldn’t wrap my head around the concept. Why would you want to do all that laundry? Why would you want to touch poop? Why would you want pee covered anything sitting in a bucket in your nursery? No thanks man, I’ll keep my disposables.

Here’s some facts I’ve learned from my experience thus far in the realm of cloth diapering. (Yes, I turned to the other side after all.) Laundry- it’s not that much more. About 3 extra loads a week. Big deal. Poop- Honey, if you’re changing diapers, you’re going to touch poop. I don’t care what kind of diaper you’re using, poop will be touched. I wear gloves when cleaning poop diapers. Diaper sprayers are also great tools for no-poop touching. Problem solved. Pee covered anything- There are antibacterial liners, sweet smelling/all natural pail fresheners and lots of tricks to keep your pail from stinking up the place. Just do your wash ever couple days and no worries. For real.

Anyway, you may have noticed in that last paragraph that I’m cloth diapering. Yes me, the hater. I’m not even sure what prompted it really. I mean the super cuteness factor is definitely there, that’s a given. I think that was the initial hook. But there’s that bottom line thing again. Saving upwards of $2,000-$3,000 from birth-potty training is pretty enticing. (I think that’s what sold my husband.) But I feel like there’s more to it, something lying underneath all of that. Yes, I feel like I’m doing something better for my baby. Yes, I’m doing something good for the earth. I also never have to worry about running out of diapers in the middle of the night or fret about the chlorine and other chemicals in my baby’s wipes, not even to mention the chemicals in the diapers. (I never even knew there were harmful chemicals in diapers!) Once I dipped my toe into the information pool of cloth diapering, I ended up diving in head-first. The resources and support for this lifestyle are amazing and overwhelming at times. Moms and dads who cloth diaper are passionate about it and now I know why- it feels good to do something good. It might not be the easiest way. It is definitely the cheaper way. You might come into contact with some poop every now and then but seriously it’s worth looking into. I wish I had allowed myself that much three years ago when my daughter was born. I’m so glad I did now. Better late than never, right? The hater became a full-blown believer, much to the chagrin of some family and friends who think I’m nuts. I’m not nuts. I’m just saving money. And the helping the earth. And keeping chemicals off of my kids’ tender parts. What’s nuts about that?

Amber Spadea is a mother of three and a freelance copywriter/graphic designer. She has a passion to spread the word about cloth diapering and natural parenting choices. Her blog, The Cloth Diaper Convert explores her journey of “Going Green & Keeping Bottoms Clean”. www.theclothdiaperconvert.com
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Jonathan Mason

My wife and I have been together since we were 15, we have two beautiful children, Alexia, age 5, and Aiden, age 18 months. We began using cloth when Alexia was 9 months, and have never looked back.

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby? I like cloth because it saves money, what guy doesn't like to save money? I also found that disposable diapers smell really strongly like chemicals, and cloth obviously doesn’t.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader? My wife is the one that started us on our cloth journey. At first, I was skeptical and refused to even change the cloth diapers. But one day she was sick and I had no choice. I fell in love. I'm even guilty of bragging about our diaper choice to family and friends, but don't tell her that.

What is your favorite diaper and why? My favorite diapers are Softbums. They are really easy for me to use, there is no stuffing involved, and i can't mess anything up. I like the way the insert snaps in, everything always fits over them, and they are easy to adjust.

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why? The ability to read my wife's mind. I think it would stop a ton of arguments before they even start, and keep me out of the doghouse. Yea, that would be a good superpower. Way better than flying, right?

Describe your parenting style using three words. fun, laidback, sucker

What is one product you absolutely can't live without? flushable diaper liners

How do you think being a father has changed you? We were 19 when we had our first child (Alexia), so we grew up fast. All night video game sessions were quickly replaced by all night rocking and making up songs. I learned how to eat with one hand while holding a baby with the other. I learned how strong my wife is, and how tender I can be. Being a father wipes out the person you were before your child is born, and rebuilds you into someone you never imagined you would be.
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