Category Archives: Potty Training

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7 Reasons All Moms Need a Wet Bag

A wet bag makes a great gift for any mom to be. Whether or not she plans to cloth diaper her sweet baby or not a wet bag can prove to be very useful throughout the years. 1. All babies are adorable, but babies can be quite gross during all stages and ages. In the very beginning spit up is a very real thing. Wet bags are great for transporting those cute little outfits that have been spit up on a little, or completely doused in spit up. Plastic bags, while convenient, can sometimes transfer ink onto damp clothing. With a wet bag, you can toss in the dirty clothes then unzip the bag right into the washing machine. 2. Blow-outs. Blow-outs. Blow-outs. They will happen. They will be gross. A wet bag with a zipper will be a life saver in a blow-out situation. And as a bonus, if your baby is exclusively breast fed, you can unzip the bag and just throw the whole thing in the wash without having to worry about touching poop, again. 3. A wet bag is a great way to organize a diaper bag. You could use it to put all food items in to separate them from the other things in the diaper bag. You could also put toys in a wet bag to separate them, or blankets, or diapers. 4. Wet …

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A Parent’s survival guide for Potty Training

I recently just went through potty training daughter #2 and this time I learned a few more tricks to make the experience easier. I will not be writing about when it is the “right time” for your child to transition to undies, rather, it will be how to make your life easier when you do decide to ditch the diapers. Potty training was bittersweet for me because that meant the end of cloth diapers! I no longer had to change diapers but then it meant no more Kelly’s Closet purchases. Having two in diapers for a few short months definitely saved us lots of money.  Here are some of my tips that saved my sanity during the potty training stage: Have a “ Mess Kit” readily available.  I had a basket of disinfectant wipes, prefolds for “puddles” because believe it or not, prefolds absorb really fast. I love the regular cotton prefolds the best! When my daughter has an accident, I quickly threw a prefold on the puddle and cleaned it up right after. Have instant undies while you wait to make a purchase on Kelly’s Closet for trainers– all the dresses of my daughter that have bloomers were used as underwear. It was not waterproof, so it gave her the wet sensation when she had an accident. When I didn’t feel like dealing with puddles all over the house, …

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Fluffy Bottoms for Broken Hearts: How We Cloth Diapered my Heart Baby

When my oldest son was due, we were full of all the excitement and anticipation that new parents have. We fully expected to have the stereotypical baby experience: Have a baby, take that first family picture in the hospital, show him off to friends and family who visit, breastfeed, eat yummy meals people bring us, and be exhausted but happy all of the time. We didn’t plan to cloth diaper in the hospital, but we did have our newborn stash prepped and ready to use as soon as we got home. All of these expectations flew out the window as soon as my son was born. He turned blue within minutes, was whisked away to the NICU, then transported to the children’s hospital in the city a couple hours later. When we were able to rejoin him 24 hours later, we learned he had a congenital heart defect  (CHD) called Pulmonary Atresia , and would be needing multiple surgeries and various tests and procedures over the next year of his life and beyond. We finally brought him home after 4 weeks in the NICU. It was wonderful, but after all that had happened, I was suddenly very nervous about using cloth diapers. My son had open heart surgery 10 days before he came home, so we had to be very careful about how we picked him up and carried him. We …

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5 ‘Other’ Uses for your Diaper Sprayer!

So we finally convinced you to buy a diaper sprayer! Awesome! You use it every day to clean off those poopy diapers and it’s the best thing ever, but you did spend a fair bit of money on it and you want to get your money’s worth! Let me assure you that it will not be wasted! Here are 5 ‘OTHER’ uses for that diaper sprayer!  Toilet cleaning. Yep we all hate it. Let’s not discuss how much I truly hate it. Enter the diaper sprayer. After I scrub – the spray and all that pressure is great for rinsing it out! Yeah yeah you can flush it but we all know that isn’t strong enough for a great clean. The sprayer gets it all nice and rinsed out! Mama Cloth. If you have entered the wonderful world of using mama cloth – you may feel like you want to rinse your pads. It can be annoying to stand at the sink and do it so why not use your sprayer? Stick that pad in the clip on your Spray Pal and spray away! Then toss in your laundry. I realize you don’t have to rinse your pads before washing – but if you prefer to do it that way then here’s a ‘hands free’ option! Bidet. You may think that it’s not helpful – well after you have a …

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Saying Goodbye is Hard To Do: Growing Up and Out of Cloth Diapers

When I decided to use cloth diapers with Charlie almost three years ago, I never imagined that I would become so attached to them. At the time, we were a one income military family with one car. I didn’t have the ability to make a quick trip to the store whenever we ran out of disposables. As much as I was in it to save money, I also considered cloth a convenience. Disposables, in our situation, were not convenient. And then something strange happened. Cloth diapering became more than just a way to diaper my baby and meet her needs… it became fun. I never expected to stay up late waiting for midnight stockings, or frantically clicking away on my laptop or phone to snag a limited edition diaper. I learned about the importance of print placement, and lamented the hard-to-find prints that were released before we began our cloth diapering journey. Best of all, I made friends in cloth diapering groups with moms who had similar interests as me. And while it’s easy to joke about the friends who “live in my computer,” there’s something to be said for having people you can talk to, people who are accepting of this choice you’ve made as a parent. (And yes, maybe a couple of people who enable you just a little bit when you’re agonizing over clicking the “check out” …

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