Archive for the ‘Cloth Diapering’ Category

4 Reasons to Create Personalized Stationery Online, by Modern Greetings

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger

Busy moms know how important it is to streamline what you can, without sacrificing that personal touch. Online stationery services provide a great way to reach out to your loved ones with birth announcements, greeting cards, party invitations and more, but keep the process fast and easy. Here’s why you should give them a try:

birth-announcement_51. Customizable Designs. Designers at Modern Greetings have created hundreds of themes, styles, and graphics for their products that range from elegant and classic to fresh and modern. Customize details down to the paper quality to create an original product that perfectly fits your needs. You can even visualize your creation online by previewing before you purchase, to make sure every element is completely ‘you.’

2. Total Convenience. Nothing’s more convenient than ordering your products from your laptop, tablet, or even smart phone. Modern Greetings makes your life even easier by giving you the option to have them send your invitations, greeting cards, or other products for you! (more…)

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2nd Annual Cloth Diaper Survey

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by by Cinella @ The Mommy Blog

cloth diaper pulse surveyDo you use cloth diapers?  Have you ever used cloth diapers?  Diaper Shops (Kelly’s Closet) wants to hear from you.  Their 2012 Cloth Diaper Pulse Survey is collecting responses from 3,000 participants (moms, dads, caregivers, etc) about their cloth diaper habits.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will
ask you all sorts of questions about your family and your cloth diaper
preferences.

What will the do with the results? You can review the results of the 2011 Cloth Diaper Pulse Survey to see what they found out last year.  They will be publishing the official report and white paper in early August to let companies, manufacturers, media sources, and customers know what the current trendsare in the cloth diaper industry (according to your results).

Once 3,000 unique individuals have completed the survey the survey will officially close so that they can calculate the results.  Don’t forget to share the survey link with other families who have used cloth diapers.
TAKE THE 2ND ANNUAL CLOTH DIAPER SURVEY NOW!

Day 4: Real Simple, Real Cute!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 by by Cinella @ The Mommy Blog

Real Simple Real Diapers for Babies – Health benefits, cloth diapers in hospitals, or cloth diapers in day cares.

Photo Credits: Nicki’s Diapers

For Cloth Diapers in Day Cares… We have not tried, but last week I send emails and left messages with a few in my area and haven’t received any response from any of them. I take that as them saying, “Don’t call back the crazy lady!” hahaha. That also goes for using cloth in hospitals. I reached out to them last week, and again today via Facebook and Twitter, and no response back from them as well. I will ask my OB/GYN when I have my next appointment and see if he knows anything or who I can contact about that.

Then we move on to the Health Benefits of using Cloth Diapers! There are so many health benefits to using cloth diapers! (more…)

Day 3: Real Simple, Real Cheap

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 by by Cinella @ The Mommy Blog

Today is all about how your baby can be stylish, eco-friendly, and dry without breaking the bank. Whether you choose to use disposables or cloth (we do buy disposables for night time), it’s always a goal to save some money while doing it. I live in a very low income area, and when I go grocery shopping, I see a lot of families buying generic. While that might be cheaper, if they just did a bit of price comparison and clipped a few coupons, they could get the brands they love at the same or cheaper price. (I love saving!) Same thing with cloth diapers.

Also, think about Cloth Diapers as an investment. We have been using cloth for almost three years, and all but maybe one are practically like new! The new baby will be using the same diapers! So, if you know babies are still in your family’s future, they will be able to use them as well. I wouldn’t sell/trade until you are done in the baby making department. Imagine the savings with new additions! You can splurge on a few, but you won’t have to buy a whole new stash of diapers like you have to with disposables! Here are a few tips on how you can get an awesome cloth diaper stash and save money. (more…)

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Cloth Diapers: Real Simple, Real Risks

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by by Cinella @ The Mommy Blog

So day 2 is all about Waste Reduction (Environmental benefits & Elimination Communication)! Waste reduction is just a plus for most families. A good portion of families who use cloth diapers chose it for cost purposes, not for environmental benefits. But we should really look at that aspect when considering using Cloth. And, for those families who chose to cloth for cost purposes, you should look into Elimination Communication, because that will save you TONS more cash!

Now I can go on and on about how Eco-Friendly using cloth is, but instead….

Using Disposables:

  1. Sodium polycrylate, and dioxin = Toxic shock syndrome, allergic reaction, damage central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
  2. Consumer Protection Agency has received reports of chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, choking on tabs and lining of the diaper.
  3. Babies have a 54% chance of getting diaper rashes, and since families have been choosing disposables more often, the percentage of rashes increased from 7.1% to 61%
  4. (more…)

Real Simple, Cloth Diapering 101

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 by by Cinella @ The Mommy Blog

Day 1: Real Simple Real Diaper Outreach/Cloth Diapering 101

*Part 2*

Cloth Diapering 101… When I first started, I read, read and read! You should be educated before you make your first purchase. You can just buy a few different diapers and just figure out what kind of diapers you like, and there are some retailers that let you “try” the diapers and that would save you tons of money.

Here is some info that every family should know before using Cloth Diapers.

  1. You don’t need to break the bank!
  2. Yes, it can be smelly.
  3. Be ready to start Potty Training early.
  4. You can’t stop the CUTENESS!

Okay, that’s not all you need to know… But some good pointers. I don’t want to sugar coat it for ya. SO here it is! (more…)

New Cloth Diapers!

Friday, December 16th, 2011 by by sugarloafbaby

In the past, we have simply used prefolds with covers for cloth diapering. It’s worked out well for us, but we still found we preferred disposables, and we were reluctant to use them. With the cost of diapers quickly escalating, I knew we needed to invest in a few cloth diapers that functioned similar to disposables - but we didn’t have a fortune to spend on them either.

Enter the pocket diaper! I was able to get 18 different one-size pocket diapers with inserts off e-bay for just under $60 total. I bought them all individually to save the most money. We got the Babyland diapers sold from China. True, they probably won’t be as nice as a Bum Genius diaper, but they were so budget friendly I figured it didn’t matter! I did some research before purchasing them, and most of the reviews of these diapers were satisfactory enough.
Now that we have had them for several weeks, I am kicking myself for not buying them sooner! They are so easy to use! I stuff all the diapers after washing and keep the snaps on the desired setting, so it’s as close as they come to using disposables! They are not the most absorbent at times, but we’re dealing with cloth here, not chemical laden paper. Stuffing an extra insert in seems to help with that issue, but since cloth is typically changed more frequently than disposables, it’s not that big of a deal.
We are also using flush-able liners in the diapers to help with poo clean up. I find it much easier to just shake it off into the toilet than wadding up a nasty disposable! These liners, if just used for a wet diaper and not a poopy one, can also be washed and reused a few times, which helps save even more money! This has been the biggest change in the way we cloth diaper. Since our daughter is prone to extremely messy diapers, the liners were like a miracle!
As soon as the new baby comes and is big enough, we will be using cloth on him/her as well! At that point, I will probably buy more or just use the prefolds to tide us over.
If you are considering cloth diapering but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a stash of the “nicer” diapers, I encourage you to look into these Babyland e-bay diapers! They get the job done nicely with the ease a pocket diaper provides.
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Pining for pins

Friday, August 19th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

I decided earlier this week that I would give flats a go - that was all well and good until I realized that the fabric of my [single] flat is an ‘unsnappiable’ fabric, therefore I would need to do something I had refused even try… I would have to use pins.

Thursday, the girls and I traipsed around the mall, trying to find what I presumed would be an easy to find item - considering that up until awhile ago, they were the MAIN form of fastening a diaper.  But no.  Neither of the supermarkets had them, the two department stores didn’t have them, nor did the first baby store I tried.  I was shocked a BABY store wouldn’t stock them… Baby and pin seem to go hand in hand for me [of course, not literally]. Apparently, they are now an item that there isn’t a lot of demand for.  Interesting.  Fast forward to the last shop on my list - Baby Factory - and FINALLY I found the longed for pins.  Hallelujah.

my first prefold pinning attempt

I got home and couldn’t resist having a go at pinning a nappy for the very first time. I got Emersyn ready, said a quick pre-emptive pin-stabbing  apology, took a deep breath, and away I went.  It was surprisingly easier than I imagined it would be - I remember watching my Aunts when I was younger, and it seemed like there was a lot of force require to get the pin through the actual fabric, but it seemed quite effortless when I did it.  I did need to re-pin a few times to get diaper tight enough and even, but I eventually got there.

I have been using only pinned prefolds for basically three days now, and I have to say I REALLY love using pins.  I am not sure what it is about pinning, but I think it’s to do with the fact you get a snugger fit around the waist, and they seem to bunch a bit less.  Today for the first time I didn’t have to re-pin to get the right fit, so I think I am starting to become a little more skilled at pinning… not that that is a huge accomplishment that I expect praise for, but I am proud of myself, because it’s a little bit of the ‘back to basics’ which seems to be something I am fond of right now.

I have even started to enjoy using the prefolds and pins so much that I have been having vague ideas of selling most of the rest of my stash, and then buying some more refolds and extra covers. I don’t know if I can bring myself to part with my stash, especially with all the effort I’ve gone to to build it [aka, after all the money I have spent on it].  I think there are some I would definitely keep - but maybe I should go through and get rid of the diapers that I don’t LOVE.

Food for thought….

Once you’ve had fleece… You’ll never go back

Monday, August 15th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

The whole point of this blog post is to rave about the awesomeness that is fleece.

I have posted a lot about my hunt to find the right night time combo - recently, I have been using prefolds, which has worked out well, but if Emersyn had a bottle or two overnight [as she tends to do while teething], I have found she tends to wake up a little damp… Nothing that would be uncomfortable for her, but frustrating to me all the same.  Kind of like the diaper ‘winning’ and me losing.

A friend on JustMommies talked about fleece and using it overnight - and suggested a super easy way that a cover could be made by basically cutting up an old fleece blanket into a flat [diaper] shape, then pinning it on over a prefold or fitted.  I looked at my old, ratty fleece blanket and decided it was worth a go.  I did the cutting and got it all ready just in time for Emersyn to need a diaper change. I put it on her and expected her to wet through, but when she was still dry and was ready for another nap, I decided to see what would happen if she wore it for her nap.

That nap lasted for two hours [very abnormal] - and I was amazed when she got up and was DRY!   I decided I might as well bite the bullet and ended up cutting another couple of squares. When it came time for her to go to bed for the night, I put her in another fitted with the two layers of fleece over top.  I fully expected her to wake in the early hours, very wet.  Lo and behold, she woke up at 6am STILL DRY.

SUCCESS OR WHAT?

Every night since, Emersyn has had a fleece cover over top of whatever diaper she has worn to bed, whether it’s a fitted, prefold, or pocket - and we’ve not had a single leak. She hasn’t even felt damp.  I have the ‘flat covers’ that I ‘made’ for her, a Bummis polar wrap, and a Funky Bumz pull up soaker. I think I prefer the pull up soaker, just because it seems to fit her best around the legs, but I have absolutely no qualms in using either of my other fleece covers.

I really really wish I had tried fleece beforehand, because it would have saved Emersyn a LOT of damp pajamas and bedding, but I think a lot of cloth diapering is about trial and error - finding what works, finding what doesn’t, finding the products that make life just a little easier, and realizing what was really a total waste of money.  I guess that is the way it goes with any baby item though.

I will get some photos of Emersyn in her fleece soon, and post them up in the near future.

Annette Street Library Program for Children

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 by by Charla

Noah had a fantastic idea on Friday: to go to the library. It had been a while since we had visited the drop-in program there (which is run by the Macaulay Child Development Centre - http://www.macaulaycentre.org/famresource.html). In fact, I had never taken all 5 kids there. We packed a lunch and headed out, with 3 kids in the wagon, and Noah and Aidas walking. Noah and Aidas proudly wore their monkey backpacks, which also serve as leashes for when we needed to cross the road.

The five of them stuck together like glue at first. They got straight to work in the pretend kitchen. (This is one toy I do not have at the daycare, so they were using their time wisely!) It was a very busy and crowded kitchen, yet they were such angels, sharing and playing together so nicely.

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