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Lessons Learned…One Oops at a Time

When I researched cloth diapers for our second child, I thought the hardest part would deciding what to buy. After decided on mostly pockets diapers and after using them, I anticipated the worst part would be staying on top of the laundry. However, the biggest challenges came when both my husband and I were working full tome when our daughter was 6 months old. I’ve figured out a lot about working full time and cloth diapering, one lesson at time. Lesson 1 – I didn’t have all day to wash and dry the diapers anymore. I didn’t want to lose time with my family, so just figured I’d do it all after the kids were in bed. But after a couple mornings of inserts still damp and some frantic stuffing after a turn in the dryer made me realize I needed to start the wash a little earlier and finish the process once the kids were asleep. Hang drying the pockets and wraps and throwing the inserts in the dryer helped too. Lesson 2 – Taking diapers every day instead of a big package of disposables means a little more planning. Rushing to do it in the morning was just adding stress to an already busy time. Putting them in the daycare bag the night before as part of the bedtime routine only takes a minute. Lesson 3 – Paying …

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Tight job markets forcing some new moms to return to work

When Jennifer Stephens of Corpus Christi, Texas, was pregnant with her son last year, she dreamed of taking time off to enjoy being a mom. But her husband Michael lost his job a few years back and had been unable to find a new position before their baby’s birth. Stephens’ plan to stay at home with her new son took a detour. Instead of taking some extended time off, Stephens says she returned to work six weeks after giving birth. “I’m the sole bread winner for my family and without my job we would be living out of our car,” says Stephens, who is a biologist for the state. “I was not ready to return to work. The stress of everything affected me more than I like to admit. Physically I was okay, but emotionally I was a wreck. Everything from my milk supply to my mental psyche was impacted.” Heather Connor of Lexington, S.C., can relate. Connor’s husband has struggled to find a job since graduating with his master’s degree in August 2008. Connor returned to her post as an assistant department manager of a large book reseller six weeks after giving birth. “I want to be home because I feel that I am missing out on the mothering of my precious little girl,” says Connor. “But our income depends on my job right now.” Kelly Wels, the founder …

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Did You Go Back to Work Shortly After Having Kids? If so, we want to hear from you.

Dear Readers: We’re working on project and need help. Where else do we turn but to our wonderful customers and blog readers!! We’re looking for women who have had to go back to work quickly after having her baby because her family depended on it. Maybe your husband lost his job and you had to go back quickly in order to pay the bills? Or you needed to both be working to make ends meet and couldn’t afford a maternity leave? Please email Jenny@diapershops.com if you think you can help with our project. Thank you!! Sincerely, Kelly, The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

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Back to Work I Go

My little man was 5 months old when I went back to work and I was not ready to leave him. At the time, I was questioning how to manage cloth diapers and washing them myself (along with the pressures and requirements of working full time and being a mom). When he started in day care I had 22 pocket diapers in use, while on maternity leave this was plenty. I washed them every other day and had the schedule down pat. While interviewing day care provides, I always asked the very important question, “Do you mind using cloth diapers?” The woman that we chose was so excited to learn that we were using mainly BumGenius because that’s what she was thinking about using for her baby (due in July). She was excited to have a “trial run” with cloth on our baby. After a week back at work, and continuing to wash diapers every other day, I was exhausted. My husband suggested that we get new diapers and I was able to get 6 new BumGenius! It was such a relief. Our routine is as follows: at night I pack the baby’s bag for day care, he get 5 or 6 diapers and multiple flannel wipes. In the morning, my husband or I change the incredibly full nighttime diaper (typically it is a Fuzzi Bunz stuffed with a prefold …

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