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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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2 Months into Cloth Diapering and the Top 10 things I’ve Learned

We are just now getting comfortable with our cloth diapering routine and it’s time that I share a few tips with you. I promise cloth diapering isn’t as hard as you think it will be. Meconium doesn’t stain and disposable liners aren’t for me. I was so worried about this but most of the time the disposable liner didn’t stay where I wanted it and the meconium got on the diaper anyway. A wash later it was gone. Exclusive breastfed poo stains for sure, but a few more washes and it seems to go away. If that’s not working or you don’t’ want to wait see point 2. The sun is magic Seriously. Put your diapers outside a little damn in the sun and the bright yellow EBF stains will disappear before your eyes. I’ve even found it really helps the darker stains from used diapers I’ve bought.  Cloudy day? Don’t worry the UV rays go through the clouds and they will still lighten up. Can’t put it outside? Find a window.  Have no fear of stains when you have the magic sun to help you. Overstuffing will cause leg gaps and will cause the leaks I’m trying to avoid I get it, you’re afraid of that cloth diaper leaking so you throw in some extra stuffing in an effort to help. Then little one ways up wet around the …

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Growing With GroVia – GroVia O.N.E.

Welcome to our second edition of Growing With GroVia! If you missed last months post you can read all about the GroVia Hybrid Shells.  Be sure to follow along with us all day on social media, we have some prizes and a LIVE Facebook chat today at noon ET to talk about the GroVia O.N.E. #GrowingWithGroVia if you are following the hashtag! GroVia O.N.E. As longtime Grovia fans we were super excited to try the ONE as soon as it was released. At the time our second daughter was a toddler. It quickly became a go-to diaper for naps, long car rides, and even nighttime!  When I was pregnant with our baby boy I asked my husband if there were any particular diapers he’d like to see more or less of as we switched up our girly stash to something a little less pink.  His immediate response was that he would like a whole stash of the Grovia ONE. Not only did we add several new ONES to use during the day, but we never did get rid of our daughter’s and those became baby boy’s nighttime stash. As a newborn we we able to start using the ONE around 11lbs. The best fit for a little baby is with the snap in hook and loop and the small snap in soaker. At 4 months old and over 14lbs we moved …

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Top cloth diapering accessories, and why you (mostly) don’t need them

The thing that drew me to cloth diapering in the first place was the simplicity. No bleary eyed 1am diaper runs, no stinky diaper genie in the nursery and costly plastic liners, no wardrobe-destroying blow outs, easy! The big problem with cloth diapers is the more you explore the world of cloth diapering the more exciting it gets and the more likely you are to go a little overboard and forget your original reasoning behind choosing cloth diapers in the first place. Top cloth diapering accessories, and why you (mostly) don’t need them First and foremost: wipes Cloth or disposable? For some a disposable wipe is paramount, for others the luxury of a silky bamboo wipe is a must, so which do you choose? My answer has always been both. I adore the squishy softness of a bamboo terry wipe but love a pre-wetted, disposable wipe for big messes. I also sewed some wipes from some of the nearly sixty thousand receiving blankets I got as gifts. The handmade wipes bridge the gap for me between luxury and disposability as well since I don’t shed a tear (and a pretty penny) should one accidentally get flushed (sorry landlord!) or be so disgusting it necessitates being tossed. So cloth or disposable? I like to choose whatever is closest and seems like it will get the job done the best.  There is …

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Nighttime Cloth Diapering Solution: the Grovia O.N.E.

Like so many other cloth diapering mamas out there, once my little guy got to a certain point, regular cloth diapers just weren’t cutting it for overnight use anymore. Night after night I’d try different combos of inserts and covers and still my husband and I would end up blearily changing the diapers, pajamas, and sheets of our screaming child when we should all have been sleeping. We even gave disposables a try for nighttimes, and that was a pretty big leaky fail as well. How do other parents use cloth diapers overnight?  Finally, after asking around and doing a little bit of research, we decided to try the Grovia O.N.E. for overnight. We bought two, both in beautiful solids, and they are now a beloved and integral part of our stash. Here’s why I love the O.N.E.: The outside feels durable, and the inside is just so soft. It comes with two different-sized snap-in inserts, which can be used together or separately. They’re meant to help the diaper grow with your child, which is always a plus. The O.N.E. comes with snap closures, but if hook and loop is your thing, that’s fine because it also comes with hook and loop snaps that snap in if you want to use them! This means that the hook and loop strip can be easily removed before washing to keep it working …

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