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Eight Reasons to Make the Switch: Cloth Wipes

So you use cloth diapers, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge into cloth wipes? The ‘hard’ part is already done and the switch to cloth wipes can be just as rewarding and liberating as when you switched to diapers. Is it really worth switching though? Wipes are pretty cheap after all and they don’t add that much to landfills do they?!? I personally believe cloth wipes are far superior to their disposable counterparts and I probably find them even more efficient than I do my cloth diapers. Don’t get me wrong, I love my diapers, but the wipes, those babies have a million uses! Still on the fence? Here are my top reasons why you should make the switch. Savings – $$$. One of the biggest reasons I chose to cloth diaper  was to save money.  I was about to have two babies in cloth and we’re a single income family.  Diapers are expensive!  Now growing my third baby, I’m so glad to already have a stash of diapers and wipes readily available.  It’s one new baby item I don’t have to even think about.  So how much can cloth wipes save you?  Well, let’s say at the minimum you use one $2 tub of wipes a week, now that’s on the highly conservative side.  At that rate, you’re saving $104 per year that you use cloth wipes.  If …

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The Easiest Way to Introduce Cloth Diapers to Your Mommy Friends!

When I am invited to a baby shower of a friend, I have a huge urge to buy them a stash of cloth diapers. However, I respect the decision of my friends to diaper their child however they wish. I have been thinking how I can introduce my friends to using cloth diapers. I have figured it out! Buy a cloth diaper cover! I have thought of three reasons: 1) They can still use disposable diapers but they can prevent blowouts! I know this was a big selling point for me when I switched to cloth. This can be an easy solution for the new parent with a newborn who has explosive accidents! 2) They are much easier to wash! The thought of laundry was daunting to me- all the different settings and steps- oh, my! Easy solution: If baby has had a blowout, tell them to toss in regular laundry if baby is exclusively breastfed, or just rinse in water if on formula or baby food. Hang dry over a towel rack in baby’s bathroom or on a hanger! 3) They are just plain adorable! Buy a diaper cover of their favorite color or theme of baby’s nursery. For example: If baby nursery is “Bumble Bee theme” you can buy them the new Rumparooz Unity diaper cover. Cloth Diaper Love at first sight!! Present your baby shower gift in …

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Mommy See, Mommy Do

I officially started cloth diapering when my LO was about 6 weeks old. We finished all the newborn sized disposable diapers (I didn’t plan on cloth while she was so tiny) and were left with some size ones that were given to us by family and friends. It took about a week to fully cloth diaper… at home. The thought of using cloth outside the house terrified me. What if she pooped, would I have to carry that dirty diaper all day? How would I carry a dirty diaper? What if it touched something and got poop everywhere? What if I forget an insert or cover? What if, What if, What if. Right after we had mastered cloth at home, my LO and I went to San Diego to visit my family (and for me to get much needed help with the LO since my hubby was working 2 jobs). I had my own little routine down: cloth at home, disposables outside the house. I would change her diaper right before leaving the house, even if I had just changed it into a cloth minutes before. Right when we got home, change her back into cloth. It was extra work, but it worked for me then. We stayed in San Diego for about three weeks. During that time, we went to the mall. There, I witnessed something that completely changed …

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Cloth Diapering in a Military Family

Let’s face it, just about no one enlists in the military for the fabulous salary. As a stay-at-home Mom and U.S. Air Force spouse, I have to work hard to stretch every dollar. When my husband and I found out that our second son was on the way I started looking around for ways to economize even further than we already had. One day when I was talking to a new friend I had made at a house warming party, and she told me about her decision to cloth diaper. She showed me her daughter’s adorable diapers with their cute girlie prints and explained how much money she and her husband were saving on diapers. I kind of nodded and smiled, but my husband’s ears perked up when she mentioned how cost effective cloth diapering could be. A second friend echoed the same opinion when I asked her about her cloth diapering. She had cloth diapered her last three children and had nothing but good things to say about it. Needless to say, after some prompting from my husband and a LOT of internet research later I agreed that we should try to cloth diaper our upcoming bundle of joy. Almost eight months later, and we’re still growing strong! My husband and I LOVE cloth diapering, and we already know 100% that we’re going to cloth diaper any subsequent children …

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Going 100% Cloth

If you’re part of a cloth diapering group online, you’ll see a lot of moms asking questions. “When do you use disposables?” “Are you a hundred percent cloth, or do you ‘cheat’ sometimes?” “What about nighttime? Naptime? Trips?” Often, this is said with a little bit of desperation: the person asking has a problem, or has a trip coming up, or, for whatever reason, wants to take a break and use disposables for a while, and they want absolution from their fellow cloth-diapering mamas before they do it. Here’s the truth: there’s nothing wrong with using disposables for a little while. Every cloth diaper that you use has an environmental impact; every time you reuse your cloth diaper, it has a financial impact for your family; and every cloth diaper you use decreases the number of chemicals that your baby is exposed to. Using them even part of the time has benefits, no matter what your reason for swapping to cloth may be. Here’s another truth: if there are disposable diapers in my home, they are in the pretty purple gift bag that has been sitting forgotten on top of my entertainment center since prior to the birth of my youngest child (it might be time to clean off the top of the entertainment center), part of the endless influx of samples that start showing up the moment the baby …

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