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Joann Martyn!

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We now have 2 little ones in cloth diapers, so it has become more important to keep it all organized. Our 16 month old son and 2 month old daughter are both using cloth diapers. Our daughter is using the FuzziBunz one size diapers, same ones we originally purchased for our son. Our son is in our “everything else” stash. Overtime we have slowly acquired diapers of many other brands including: Kawaii, Rumparooz, itti bitti, bum Genius, Happy Heinys and Grovia. Keeping our daughter in one brand and our son in the others it keeps it easy to not mix them up. Not that it would be hard to distinguish the size of the diapers to tell them apart, but I would hate to be in the middle of a diaper change and find out that the last diaper in the drawer is the other child’s. It is also fairly easy to keep things separate because we wash them as separate loads. Which also keeps things easy for prepping the diapers.

Another part of our cloth diaper organization is keeping their cloth wipes separated. Our son has a big stack of cloth wipes and our daughter has her own. Some of them are boy/girl colors and designs but most of them are neutral. Keeping these organized separately helps to ensure we don’t end up running out of diapers in one child's room, while the rest of the wipes are in the other child's room, where they might be sleeping. The wipes are soaked in a wipe solution, we have used Honey Chunks in the past and we are about to try Monkey Butt Soap Bits because it has more scent options. Our method of maintaining the wipe warmer at least ¼ full so that we never run out came from a little trial and error from our neighbor. We convinced our neighbor to cloth diaper and she convinced us to use cloth wipes. She noticed that if she prepped more than a couple of days worth of wipes they would start to smell like mildew. We figure out approximately how many wipes we use in 2-3 days and then when the warmer gets low we remove the remaining wipes fill the warmer with fresh wipes and place those remaining wipes back in the warmer to be used first. That way no wipe is in the warmer for more than 3 days and we avoid the mildew smell. Having two kids in cloth diapers is a lot more work than one and keeping things organized is the key. Without the organization system we use we would likely become frustrated and give up on cloth diapering. If you are a parent with one child in cloth and will soon have the second, use our tips and come up with a system that works for you and don’t give up.

Bio: My Name is Matthew Lippert. I am a US Navy Submariner and a Proud Father of 2. Our family is growing fast and we are happy we made the choice to cloth diaper.
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Organizing our Cloth Stash

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When Captain Fluff was about to make his debut into the world his mommy and daddy prepared for him by buying about 25 cloth diapers. They decided early on to try to use just all one-size, pocket diapers, and purchased ones made by the top diaper companies. They started off with a few diapers from each of the following companies: BumGenius, Oh Katy, Rumparooz, Blueberry, FuzziBunz, Thirsties and Happy Heiny’s. This stash of diapers suited them perfectly and when they’re healthy baby boy entered the world, he was able to start wearing his fluff immediately.

When Captain Fluff’s parents found out that they were expecting another super hero baby, they decided to go a different angle than before. Since Captain Fluff is still using all of the diapers that were purchased for him just over a year ago, they have chosen to purchase some newborn diapers and a few diaper covers with newborn sized prefolds. This will hopefully cut down on the confusion when it comes to those numerous diaper changes that will inevitably occur for those first few weeks.

So far Princess Poofy Pants’ (Captain Fluff’s little sister to-be) parents have chosen some brands that they have heard great things about, including Lil Joey’s, Grovia’s and Thirsties. This is not to say that they won’t add to their stash, partially due to the fact that Princess Poofy Pants isn’t set to make her debut until sometime in November and partially due to the fact that girly diapers (especially small ones!) are just so stinkin’ cute!

Stay tuned and find out in November how these superhero parents who are partial to their one-size, pocket diapers, rate their newborn, AIO diapers!

Katy is a first time mommy to Captain Fluff and is expecting Princess Poofy Pants before Thanksgiving. To see more pictures of Captain Fluff and his superhero diapers, check out Katy’s blog at http://thehenings.blogspot.com.
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Captain Fluff: Introducing Princess Poofy Pants

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I have been going through a rough patch with my diaper bag for a while now. It didn't seem to fit my cloth diapers well with everything else I needed to put in the bag. I have been using the same bag since my son was born and it was great at first (when we were using disposables) but now that we have been using cloth for a while, I have come to find out that it just doesn't hold much. I had to go into Wal-Mart last week looking for a new highchair and little did I know, I was going to find my new love.

I had spent a while roaming the store looking for the chair in question when I saw a big bin of Jeep Clamshell diaper bags. I stopped and played with it and thought it seemed nice. There were no inside pockets like my other bag has. I dislike those pockets. They seemed to always be in the way. It seemed larger and roomier than I was used to as well. When I got home I told my husband what I had found and told him to look at it and keep it in mind for a Christmas gift or something. Later that day he comes home with the bag in hand. I was so excited it was a little stupid. I instantly started packing diapers and almost anything else under the sun in it to see what it could hold. Let me tell you, it holds a lot.

Today I packed it more realistically for a day trip to Austin. I always bring more diapers that I need for the amount of time we will be gone so I threw at least 6 pocket diapers (some double stuffed) in the bag as well as wipes, the wet bag, his shoes, a change of clothes, some toys, and some snacks. There was still room at the top of the bag. The best part of all? When I picked it up and threw it on my shoulder, it felt much more comfortable and, dare I say it, lighter. There is a padded part on the shoulder strap that probably has to do with that but the bag just seems lighter to me. I was able to wear it around all day and my shoulder feels great (with the old bad 2 minutes carrying it and I was done). I am already super excited to break it out again tomorrow when we head back into Austin :D

By Jessica
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I'm in love!

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I have the awesome privilege of being not only the biological mother to a 15 month old little guy, but also a mother through adoption to a little lady I happen to think is the most precious girl in the world. My first born was born when I was 18 years old, on another continent, although I only met her for the first time 3 whole years later, when I came to live in South Africa. It is a long story, but one that my family and I cherish.

When she was 6, my husband and I were finally able to get the paperwork signed to declare that, officially, this little girl was legally OURS. Along with needing to get used to living and functioning together as a family, I had a lot of learning to do when it came to my daughter’s hair. Our little SeSotho princess has the tightest curls on her head of anyone I have ever met (and for someone who lives in Africa that is saying something!). I was determined to communicate my love for her by doing my best to care properly for her beautiful, black curls.

Together, she and I learned a lot. Whilst most girls her age here have chemically straightened their hair, we wanted to avoid this. I told her that her natural hair was beautiful the way it was and that we didn’t need to put dangerous chemicals on her head to “fix” her hair. We also learned to read the ingredients lists on styling products, and avoided those with “nasties” in them. Coconut oil, in all its natural goodness, became a friend!

We also learned that, sometimes, good things take time. First it was waiting for her hair to grow in; the staff at the children’s home where she lived had thoughtfully given her a fresh shave the week before she came home. When her hair finally did grow out, it would sometimes take a few hours every week or so to painstakingly and gently comb out the knots and then braid her hair. It would have been easier to just straighten her hair and throw it up in a ponytail, but for our family, at least, easy and quicker doesn’t always mean better.

So, having learned these lessons, when we became pregnant with my son there was pretty much no way we could have considered anything but cloth diapering. I am as leery of the chemicals in disposables as I was of the chemicals in hair products. It is not an inconvenience to have to avoid nappy creams with my son’s cloth diapers, as we prefer not to use them anyway; coconut oil remains a constant fixture in our home which is used not only on my daughter’s tresses, but also my little guy’s tush!

And when are discouraging of our choice to cloth diaper, because it takes so much time, I am able to honestly answer that the small (and really, it is small) investment of my time is a gift to my child, not a burden. Cloth diapering does take more time than disposables, but we know that quicker and better are not always the same thing. When I carefully fold and put away my son’s colorful array of cloth, I get the same sort of feeling as when I carefully style my daughter’s hair.

I guess that’s what doing hair well and doing diapers well have in common; they both feel a lot like love.

Bio: Belinda Lamprecht currently lives in Africa with her husband, working for an international missions agency and raising her two kiddos, one who joined the family through adoption and one…ahem…the old-fashioned way. You can read more about their experiences at www.reaboka.wordpress.com
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