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Shattered Silence: 8 Reasons My Toddler is Freaking Out

Is your toddler having a hard day? Is there constant screaming and crying coming from your home? Trying to figure out how to put a pause on the whining? Here’s a Handy-dandy guide to figuring out what’s wrong with your toddler: (Said in the voice of my 1 year old) FOOOOOODDDD I ungink! via GIPHY “But I fed you recently!” I swear, with kids “recently” can mean “within the last 5 milliseconds.” My oldest once ate a bowl of oatmeal, a banana, a piece of toast, a handful of blueberries, a bowl of cheerios, 4 baby carrots, and an orange before he was full. He was 11 months old… (That being said, I’ve also had toddlers eat 3 bites and be fine for a full day, so, you know, that might not be the case.) Clothes are not right, for some reason or other, clearly. via GIPHY My 3 year old gets upset if her outfit has even the tiniest drop of liquid/food/imaginary substance on it (she gets that from her dad) and will often go through 5 outfits a day. My youngest just doesn’t want clothes on and my oldest wants to wear the same dang outfit forever and ever and ever (his exact words). Because they think sleep is for boring people via GIPHY Not that they ever think they need it, but a good nap-time usually helps… …

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To HE or not to HE

That is the (washing machine) question……. There’s an unending debate within the cloth diapering community about what kind of washing machine is best. Many claim the old-school top loading, non-he machines are the gold standard when it comes to washing cloth, but they are getting harder to find. Others are more than happy with their fancy, front-loading, auto-sensing machines. So what’s the difference between the two? Is one really better than the other? And how do you make what you have work for you?First it’s really important to understand HOW diapers (or anything really) gets clean. The key word is…. AGITATION Both HE and non-HE machines use agitation to clean. This is the process where items rub against each other in order to loosen dirt, grime, and other unwanted grossness (with the help of water and detergent). The difference is how they achieve the right amount of agitation. Old school, Non-HE Machines A traditional washing machine fills with enough water to cover the load inside. The water level is chosen by the user. Then the center agitator turns like a screw, cycling the diapers up and over. This motion causes them to rub against each other. With the right amount of water, clothing moves easily through the washer and the cleaning process can happen fairly quickly. The washing cycles on a non-he machine are relatively short compared to an HE …

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Diapering a Chunky Baby

While cloth diapering is one of the best parenting decisions I feel I’ve made in my little mans first year of life, I can’t say it’s come without some trail and error. One of the biggest obstacles we’ve faced in this journey is finding diapers that fit his chubby thighs, and I know plenty of others who have similar sizing issues. We have gone through a variety of diaper brands in order to find which best fits, and I can say there are more that don’t fit than do. When cloth diapering a chunky baby you should try out different brands to see what give the best fit and work best for your babe. Some of the best brands we have come across that fit his large frame well and with some room to grow would be Imagine, Large Blueberry Simplex, and Wolbybug covers. Imagines are our go to pockets as they are so soft inside and their large size leaves Waylon room to grow. We have also found love with our Blueberry because the design of the side snaps makes it easy to give his thighs extra space. Wolbybugs are our all time favorite covers- they are not only generously sized but also amazingly affordable, and when you are going through multiple brands to find one that fits affordability is key! Another strategy to learn when cloth diapering a …

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You’ll Never Be Able to Use Cloth Diapers at Night

You’ll never be able to cloth diaper at night. I once thought that too. If your wallet enjoys spending additional money on special disposable diapers you won’t be able to use cloth at night. If you enjoy washing sheets that smell of toddler urine then you’ll never be able to cloth diaper at night either. If the only reason you use cloth diapers is for the trimness, then you might need to make some sacrifices to cloth diaper at night. I too, at one point, was intimidated by the thought of using cloth diapers at night. I didn’t know much about how different fibers worked, didn’t want to take the time or money to try to figure out what was going to work. Two things changed my opinion. One, we found some things that worked. Two, we had to use disposable diapers on a trip and our baby leaked through them every single night, they smelled weird and I realized we would need to purchase specific night time disposable diapers, which of course cost more money. Cloth diapering through the night is about finding the right solution for your individual child and your budget. Also be aware that your needs for nighttime diapering will change as your baby grows and changes and their sleeping and eating habits change. Here are some tips for successful nighttime diapering: 1. Know your baby. …

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Cloth Diaper Myths Debunked: Laundry Edition

As anyone in the cloth diaper community will tell you, the most intimidating thing about about cloth diapering is the laundry. Your first little stash of fluff arrives and just sits there because you’re terrified to prep them. You wonder “Do I have the right detergent?” “Is my washing machine ok?” “I DON’T WANT TO RUIN MY DIAPERS!!!” Thankfully, short of actually shredding your diapers, there is very little that can’t be fixed. Most of us do run into a roadblock at some point along our diapering journey that sends us to the interwebs in search of a solution, and with so many opinions and suggestions on how to solve the problem, it’s hard to know what’s right. Here are a few common myths about diaper laundry and the truth behind them. Myth: I see suds when there shouldn’t be suds! I have detergent buildup! Truth: Suds in the pre-wash are totally normal, even if you didn’t add soap. Why? Urine bubbles up all by itself when agitated. Anyone with a potty training toddler can tell you that rinsing out a potty chair full of pee will cause a mountain for suds. On the other end of the spectrum, finding suds hanging around after the main wash can also be normal. Plain water doesn’t cause bubbles, but add the smallest amount of soap, like the amount that might still be …

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