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Introducing Your Friends to Cloth Diapers

As moms we love to share our joy and passions with other parents; especially when we find a product that we absolutely love. Sharing our love of cloth diapering should be no different, but some parents may not be perceptive to the idea of trying something new. Cloth diapers can be a little intimidating and scary for a new parent; just think back to when you first started your cloth journey. Here are a few tips that may help to encourage other parents to try cloth diapers, without scaring them away!! Keep it Simple! Don’t overwhelm them with too much information at first. This may actually scare a new parent away from trying cloth diapers. The first few times you talk with them show them your favorite products and let them lead the conversation. Listen to their questions and hesitations. Keep it Positive! Yes, there are some not-so-fun parts of using cloth diapers and some challenges that we all face. Try to keep the conversation positive when talking with a new parent; they probably don’t need to know about stripping diapers and heavy wetter problems right away! Think about why you love using cloth diapers, why you decided to make the switch, and those are the topics you may want to talk about first. Find What Motivates Them! We all have our own reasons for using cloth diapers, find what …

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7 Tips For Newbies

I have a few friends who are getting ready to try cloth diapering for the first time. I cloth diapered my daughter, who is now 4, from about 2 months on. I’ve been cloth diapering my baby since birth, and he is about 7 months now. Needless to say, I love this cloth diapering stuff and have a little expertise. The newest friend to start asked me for tips. I started writing and figured, it might be useful for others as well. So here goes. Tip #1: Get quality detergent. With my first, I thought the special detergent was just a scam to get me to spend more money. So I just used whatever I was using with my normal laundry. This worked fine for about 2 months. Then the stinkies hit. But I didn’t learn. They got worse. My detergent couldn’t be the problem! But I got embarrassed and frustrated. I finally switched to cloth diaper specific detergent and came waddling with my tail between my legs. I should have used it all along. It really does make a difference. Just do it. Tip #2: Get the diaper sprayer. It really is worth it. And it’s kind of cool. It’s easy to install and makes poop easier to deal with. Tip #3: Get a plastic pail with a lid. I first used a wooden laundry hamper that had a …

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Newbie Cloth

Sam is our third baby and our second to wear cloth. With our second child, I was excited about cloth diapering but had no clue what I was doing. I put together an erratic newborn stash that was centered on hand-me-downs a friend generously passed along. I added some diapers I thought were cute and called it a day. I basically tried one of everything when I found a good price, and hoped for the best.  This time around, I was determined to build a good, but cost-effective stash. We were planning for Sam to be our last baby, so I knew I wanted to get one-sized diapers when he was bigger, but I suspected I wouldn’t be able to use those at first. Both of my children had been tiny little babies (5’11 and 6’3), and I was expecting another peanut. I wanted to cloth diaper from the very beginning, though, so I wanted to get a tiny sized stash, too. First I caught up with my sister, whose little guy had been born the previous fall, so she could explain what had changed in the last six years.  My sister’s favorite newborn item had been XS Thirsties covers, so I made sure to buy several of those. I added a dozen Kissaluvs size 0s, a few newborn sized BSWW (Bummis Super Whisper Wraps), and 12 prefolds in the …

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Advice for New Parents (Part 2)

Continuing is my advice for my friends Marissa and Jeremy who are expecting their first baby any day now… They have asked me what my advice, tips and tricks are for first-timers thinking about cloth diapering. I think the two looming questions that parents diving into cloth diapering have are:1) What do you do with the poop?2) How do you wash these things? As simple as people tried to make it sound for me it still seemed overwhelming and difficult. Looking back I’m so surprised at how quickly it all became routine. You will be too. Hopefully my experience and trial and error will save you some time and get you started on an easy day-to-day routine. A diaper change results in two options. Option number one, wet diapers, go in the diaper pail/basket/bag. Simple. Done. Option number two, poop diapers. I love when people or websites say “Just shake it off and flush.” I remember looking at my 4 month old’s breastfed poops wondering what I was supposed to “shake.” Before solid foods the poops…aren’t so solid. My best advice for these is a diaper sprayer, a handy little device that attaches to the water feed of your toilet. I’m writing this post for Jeremy, whom I have witnessed firsthand being a little stymied in the handyman department (before you balk, Jeremy, recall the deck painting, cabinet doors, etc). …

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Advice for New Parents (Part 1)

This post is my personal advice to my friends Marissa and Jeremy who are expecting their first baby… TODAY! Ironically, they were at my house when my very first package arrived from Kelly’s Closet. All four of us looked at these adorable little bundles of fluff with interest, intrigue and more than a little intimidation. The following week they got a positive pregnancy test! I was their own personal guinea pig as I became the “Newbie” for them and everyone here. Now that I have been cloth diapering for about 9 months they have asked what my advice would be for them to begin cloth diapering their new baby boy. I figured I would share my thoughts here, based on my experience, so other people who are considering cloth diapering might have a look. My first piece of advice for a new parent may be a little controversial in the cloth diapering world. In my humble opinion I am advising my friends not to start cloth diapering for the first time until the baby is at least of couple of weeks, maybe even months, old. Now if you are super-enthusiastic, have support from family or friends and feel that you’ll be ready to dive in, by all means, go for it. It really isn’t that tricky and if you’ve done the research ahead of time you could start with cloth …

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