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I am still a "newbie" to cloth diapering, only starting about six months ago. I started when my husband looked at our bills and realized we couldn't afford to keep buying disposables.This was almost an answer to a prayer for me! I have always wanted to use cloth. My husband on the other hand was never quite fond of the idea. Now I had his permission to use cloth!

I researched online for days, trying to find enough cloth diapers in our normal bi-weekly diaper budget of $35. My daughter was only in diapers at night time at the time, and my son in them full time. I am sure people thought I was crazy, trying to diaper my babies for a one time "fee" of $35!

I searched craigs-list, I am not picky, I just needed something to go on my babies bum! I found a lady getting rid of a dozen barely used prefolds, a few covers, and a wet bag, for $35! I bought them immediately.

As soon as I put them on my son, I just felt better. It's almost like a mountain to climb, once you get over it, you feel good about yourself and know it was the right decision.To continue building my stash, now with absolutely NO money set aside for diapers, I still searched Craigslist.

Cloth Diaper Momma's are the greatest bunch of people in the world. If you tell them you want to cloth diaper but can't pay for them right now (legitimately), if they can afford to, they love to share the cloth love with newbies! I have received many covers and cloth laundry detergent that way!

One day, I logged onto Facebook and saw one of my friends asking for diapers, saying she couldn't afford them for her little boy. I called her. She immediately wanted the security of cloth. To know her son would NEVER be without diapers again. We searched craigs-list. We found her some. She was hooked.

Another friend wanted the independence of her parent's not having to buy her children's diapers. We found out that some diaper stores have some previously loved fluff they give to families in need. She got her stash for COMPLETELY FREE. She is hooked on cloth diapering her three children!

Cloth Diapering is contagious. There are cheap ways to cloth diaper your children. Think outside the box. If you are de-stashing, give to mothers in need. You never know when cloth diapering might be an answer to a prayer for someone. Every time I change a diaper, I thank God for my diapers, and the precious mothers who gave them.

Bio: Leah Murphy is a stay at home momma from the South but currently residing in the Heart of America. She loves cloth diapering and creating a love of cloth in others.
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Frugal Cloth Diapering an Answer to Prayers?

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The answer is 14. That's the newborn number. It is the current number of diapers we have changed in one day with our baby son. Sounds like a lot (and it is) but the diapers are cloth. Changing cute, cloth diapers makes all the changing kind of fun.

So how did I get to a place where I used cloth from day one? Let me explain: I get a little obsessive. When I first started cloth diapering my daughter who is now 3 and a half, it became more of a hobby than a financial, or green decision. I just wanted to try new brands, fabrics, types, and my spending and stash became something to be impressed with. This story is not new. Many cloth diapering mommas tell the same story.

When we were pregnant with our second, I pulled out the stash and was a little embarrassed. There were over 40 diapers. I have enough diapers for personal use and then more to go around. At one point I loaned about 15 diapers to my sister in law to try to use while I still had enough in rotation for personal use. So with this new baby, I swore to myself that I would not buy any more diapers. None!

Well, until I saw newborn diapers. Baby kept measuring small and I was sure that none of my one size diapers would be small enough. I've heard that newborn diapers are a controversial investment. Babies usually only wear them for 1-3 months. And newborn diapers can be a little pricey. But (there's always a but) if you use them for more than one child, and maybe find some used, it's worth it. And considering that you're going to be spending money on diapers anyway, might as well have something to show for it.

So as luck would have it, there were 24 used, newborn diapers for a great deal on craigs-list. With husband support, we jumped in and would cloth diaper from day one. It was the only thing I purchased for baby, since we left the gender a surprise. And they are tiny and so adorable. Is the obsession resurfacing?

We have 12 'lil joeys and 12 FuzziBunz in size extra small. I go back and forth on which brand is my favorite. My son weighed in at 6 pounds 7 ounces so the 'lil joeys were the best fit in the beginning. The snap down feature was perfect while the cord was still on, so the lil joeys are great for that first week. Now with a little bit more weight, I think the FuzziBunz fit better. I love how the lil joeys are all in ones and don't need stuffing. But I love the fit of the FuzziBunz and I think they contain the poo better. Both are excellent diapers and I would recommend them both to anyone wanting newborn diapers.

Cleaning is not hard either. With the newborn sleep schedule (exhaustion) I wondered if it would be too much to stay on top of, but so far it's been pretty good. I use a high-efficiency steam washer on the heavy steam option. A pre-rinse, extra wash, and extra spin cycle are added for good measure. I've been using Country Save detergent, half a scoop. It takes two and a half hours for the cycle to finish but they come out sparkling clean even time. Baby Ben is pretty much only breastfed so there hasn't been any problem with staining.

Already the newborn diapers are getting snug and will probably only work for another month, maybe two. But then I can crack open the huge stash of other diapers I have. It's been a lovely three weeks and so far I'm hooked. I have really enjoyed cloth diapering this new baby and will probably keep the set for the future. New born cloth diapering is just like regular cloth diapering, so if you're considering, then go with it. It's laundry every other day, but the diapers are so cute and little that I enjoy the freshly clean bunch every time the wash is finished.

Bio: Alicia is an 8th grade English and Drama teacher and is a pretty crunchy momma. She shares her Arizona home with a wonderful husband, energetic 3 year old, sweet 1 month old, 1 crazy dog, and 7 happy chickens.
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The Newborn Number

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Everybody who cloth diapers has a different system-- where they store their clean diapers, what kind of wipes and solution they use, where they put the dirty diapers, how they wash them, etc. I am always interested in other people's routines and find that as I talk to others or read about their particular methods, I learn things I want to implement in my own. Now that I have been cloth diapering for almost 10 months (the age my little girl is right now), I have a pretty good system going, and have changed things up a lot since I began using cloth. I hope reading through my habits and methods will inspire you to tweak yours if needed!

I'll start with where I store my clean diapers. It seems there are as many ways to organize a cloth diaper stash as there are people who own cloth diapers. I have all pocket-diapers (for my regular stash-- my newborn stash is more varied, but it is not in use at the moment), so I keep them stuffed and snapped and put them upside down in a drawer of my daughter's dresser in her nursery so that I can easily see the colors. I also keep a couple of wet bags in there. Extra inserts and cloth wipes are in another drawer. I sometimes use cloth wipes, sometimes disposables-- the jury is still out on which I prefer. I like cloth wipes for the economical factor and how soft they are, but I don't like having to spray them off along with everything else. I used to change my daughter on a changing pad on top of the dresser when she was little, but once she got more wiggly, I started laying her on a blanket on the floor to change her. I find it much simpler now! However, thinking about this change, I realize it no longer makes sense for me to keep her diapers in the TOP drawer of her dresser... something to tweak!

Once I take a dirty diaper off of her, I bring her with me into the bathroom and sit her on the floor to play while I take out the inserts, spray off the diaper and spray the inserts enough to saturate them. I then wring it all out and put it in a hanging FuzziBunz wet bag. I used to just put wet diapers (inserts removed) into the wet bag without spraying, but we started getting very nasty ammonia smells that were taking over our bathroom. I had to do a big stripping of all our diapers to get out the build-up of ammonia, and I have found that since I started spraying all the inserts and wringing them out, we haven't had ammonia issues again (yet).

For my laundry routine, I am still perfecting this. I have been using original Tide liquid, but I am thinking of trying one of the cloth diaper detergents out there since I'm not sure the ammonia issues we had were not partly related to the detergent. But I digress. Anyway, I put all the diapers and the wet bag into a rinse cycle (my washing machine only allows for a cold rinse) with a little detergent. Once that is done, I put it on an extra-long hot wash cycle with a little detergent and a few squirts of bac-out, and then an extra cold rinse. I hang the covers on a drying rack (if it is sunny I sometimes take the drying rack outside to sun the covers), and I put the inserts in the dryer with 6 wool dryer balls (LOVE those). Once my baby girl is in bed for the night, I gather the covers and the inserts and start stuffing! The hubby is usually happy to help as well, and we watch Downtown Abbey or something while we stuff.

I do diaper laundry about every 3-4 days, since I have 21 one-size diapers (19 are bumGenius 4.0's, 1 is Rumparooz, and 1 is Kawaii). Most of my friends still think I'm a little nutty for doing cloth diapers (no one I know-- in town anyway-- uses cloth diapers), but I am still so glad we chose to use them for our little one. She is our first, too, so we will hopefully get lots of mileage out of our cloth with future babies! I look forward to the second time around since I will be so much more confident and hopefully will have a lot more knowledge about cloth diapering-- gained from trial and error as well as helpful blogs like this one!

Bio: Rachel is a stay-at-home mom of a wonderful baby girl. She is loving motherhood and enjoys looking for ways to keep a sense of humor about parenting, pregnancy, cloth diapers, and life in general.
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