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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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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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