Category Archives: Cloth Diapers

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How to Dress a Cloth Diapered Baby

As a mom of three boys, I keep asking myself why it took me so long to get on the cloth diaper train! My first two that are almost five and seven now were in disposables until they were potty trained at three and a half.  When my third was born six months ago it never even crossed my mind until I started talking to some old friends that say they can’t imagine life without cloth diapers. After a little research and advice from other mommas, I recently became obsessed myself =) What’s not to love? It’s friendlier for Mother Earth, it reduces skin irritation from toxic chemicals found in disposables, and the possibilities are endless!! If you can’t resist the cuteness of a fluff butt but are wondering about clothing ideas to fit over those bottoms, take a peek at a few of my favorite options. Buy clothing a size bigger: Better to be a bit too big than too small and your little one is only going to get bigger right? Consider sleep and plays for overnight when you have extra fluff to stuff: As a mom, convenience is key and S&P’s are the ultimate in simplicity for any parent! I’ve learned that snaps tend to last longer than the zippered ones because there is more flexibility and you can even leave the bottom snaps undone if needed. …

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Re-Play Re-Imagined

Before the arrival of our baby, Matthew, last October, I had been researching the world of cloth diapers and was blown away by the depth and breadth of products available not only for diapering, but for green living as well.  One of those products included items from Re-Play. Even though my two older children are capable of using “adult” dishes, I took a chance and purchased someRe-Play cups, plates, and Snack Stacks to use while we’re out of the house at our weekly homeschool co-op meetings. The kids love the plates and cups, but the Snack Stacks have proven to be useful both in and out of the house, and definitely have uses beyond food!  These are just a few of the ways that we have found to use Re-Play Snack Stacks around the house. Re-Play(ed) Home: I found that I could both sort and store our household batteries in the Snack Stacks, as well as keep our junk drawer organized! Re-Play Snack Stacks also work perfectly for housing small tech cords and chargers. Re-Play(ed) Bath: Re-Play Snack Stacks make portable mini-medicine kits for both adults and babies! You can color code the containers by type of medicine as well–allergies (saline drops, Claritin/Benadryl tabs, tissues), digestion issues (Tums, ginger chews, stool softener), headache (eye mask, Tylenol, peppermint oil) etc. Customize them for your family’s needs. Snack Stacks can be used to organize …

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Sunning Diapers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW)

Sunning your diapers is one of the best and most natural ways to bleach and disinfect your diapers. Why? It’s all about those ultraviolet rays. The same ultraviolet rays that cause sun burns on your skin. Let’s get science-y for a moment. How does the sun’s ultra violet rays bleach my diapers and kill germs? Well, these powerful rays actually break down the chemical bonds in stains on a molecular level to fade them. Neat huh? And further, that same action can kill up to 99% of surface germs. You read that right! However, it should be noted that the sun can ONLY kill these germs on exposed surfaces, which is why we can’t expect it to do all the work for us! So we wash them well, and when stains are left behind we lay them out in the glorious sun. But wait. I live in the Pacific Northwest. It rains 1/3 of the year. And the other 2/3 of the year is usually cloudy. How do I sun my diapers then? Easy! Science has the answer. Did you know 87% of the suns rays penetrate THROUGH clouds? It’s true! It may take just a smidgen longer to bleach out your diapers laying them under cloudy skies than full sun days, but it’s a very marginal amount more. But how do I lay my diapers out when it’s raining? …

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Nature’s Stain Stick – The Sun!

You made the decision to cloth diaper! You run out and buy all the cute fluff and start prepping as soon as you can, you finally made the leap!  You quickly get the new fluff on the bum and next thing you know, you get “that look” from the baby, you know the look that I am referring to, the diaper is no longer clean. After the change and soon the first wash (or even the hundredth) using the wash routine you thought you mastered and you just don’t end up with clean diapers!  You pull them out of the wash and they look dirty but smell fresh.  They have this ugly looking stains and you wonder if you will ever have new looking diapers again.  Let me introduce you to my favorite bleach – and, the best news?  It is FREE! – the sun! The sun doesn’t contain any of the chemicals that us parents cringe at thinking that they may be touching our precious baby’s tush.  It is a cheap, safe and effective way to rid those unsightly stains. The sun’s UV rays will remove the toughest of stains.  All it takes is some time and patience and a nice day.  Following the wash, rather than dry in the dryer, put the diapers in the sun.  Inside, outside, in a window, on the floor, even on the dashboard!  …

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Menstrual Cups to the Rescue: 5 Things You Can Keep Doing

It’s that time of month .. AGAIN… you sigh and go grab some chocolate. Then you realize that you have to go to the store because you ran out of tampons last month. STOP right there because this will change your life as a female. Enter the world of Menstrual Cups. Yep. I said it. Now before you stop reading. Hear. Me. Out. I resisted. And then when I got so tired of tampons and having to buy them and leak issues while working out – I basically said well. Why not? Yes it’s a little pricey – but at $10+/month for Tampons/pads a cup will pay itself off in 3-4 months! TWO days in- I was SOLD. Yes it’s a little adjustment and takes a little practice, but your life will be changed and here are 5 reasons why. You can wear leggings/yoga pants. The most comfy things possible during that time when you don’t feel great, but you shy away from it due to the potential of people being able to SEE the outline of your pad. Well when you use a cup, you only need a small liner – if anything at all! I usually only need a liner on my heavy day and the rest nothing! Yes I’m serious!! Hello leggings!! Intense workouts. Maybe you aren’t into that sort of thing. But if you are into …

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