Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cloth Diaper Q & A

Wow! I've already had a lot of feedback about the cloth diapering post. Many of you are looking forward to the reviews, and that makes blogging so fun for me!

I also got questions via comments, phone calls, emails, facebook, text message, and in person! Let me see if I can answer a few of them now. (keep in mind that I'm no expert and am just learning as I go!)

Why don't you cloth diaper all the time?
Good question. The main reason is that I don't have enough diapers. I might be able to pull it off if I was always home and could do laundry more often. Also, sometimes disposables are simply more convenient. Finally, Kherington's daddy, grandparents, and future mother's day out teachers don't do cloth.

What kind of laundry soap do you use?
People have different opinions on this. I use Method Free & Clear or Tide Free & Clear. (same things I use for baby clothes) I also like Rockin' Green Diaper Detergent, and use it when I need to strip the diapers. (every once in awhile you give them a special soak to remove any buildup) The first thing I learned is that you don't need as much soap as you think you do.

Where did you learn how to do this?
Friends and the internet. There are a lot of good resources out there. Almost every site that sells cloth diapers has some instructions and information. These are good, too...
Cloth Diapering 101
Basics of Cloth Diapering
Wash & Care

Where did you buy your diapers?
I like to search the internet for sales. Some of my favorite sites include:
Cotton Babies
Franklin Goose
Diapers.com
Kelly's Closet

What about velcro v. snaps?
I thought velcro would be my favorite as it is easiest while changing da' baby. However, you must remember to snap down the velcro pieces in the wash or they catch on other diapers and wreak havoc. In my experience, they sometimes come loose even when I remember. They gather lint in them and become less effective. I know you can clean them out or replace them, but that sounds like a hassle. The velcro allows you to custom size more exactly than snaps... but it can also bust loose if baby is a mover and shaker.
I've found snaps to be a better choice. They stay put and I don't have to remember anything in the wash. However, it is annoying when baby is between sizes... not that this lasts long. Also, sometimes the extra leg snaps seem to dig into Kherington's legs. She has never cared, but it looks annoying.

What about the different styles?
Pocket, All in One, Diaper Covers, Pre-folds, Fitted, One Size... I know, it is overwhelming. I'll get into more of this in the reviews, but pocket one size are my faves.

What do I wish I'd known?
You can buy sampler packs, which allow you to try 3 or 4 different diapers while saving money. Some sites are final sales... but some let you sample them and then return the ones you don't like! (most sites sell second hand cloth diapers, too)
Once you know what you want, starter sets will save you money.

What else do I need to know?
Sometimes (especially when baby is below 15 lbs), cloth diapers seem really bulky and you will need roomier clothes for baby. Now that it is warm, I think Kherington looks adorable in just her cloth diaper!
Also, never use a regular diaper rash cream when using cloth! (you won't need to since rash will go away thanks to the breathability and lack of chemicals) It ruins the absorbency and wicking. If you must use something, also use a disposable liner over the cloth... or use a spray designed for cloth diapering.
The coolest trick of all is for breastfeeding moms. If your diapers (or clothes, blankets, etc!) get poop stains... put them out in the sun and watch stains disappear like magic!

I love your questions... please continue to ask away! If I don't know the answer, I'll find out!

Other cloth diapering mamas... I'd love for you to share your tips and tricks! (but save any reviews and favorite brands for the review post!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Diaper Dilemma

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I never imagined myself to be the cloth diapering type.

It seemed so granola. So icky. Too much of a hassle. It was only for mothers who thought they were better than everyone else.

But I have to admit that I love it.

I cloth diaper about 50% of the time, mostly when Kherington and I are at home. There are a few reasons why I took the poo-poo plunge…

Cloth diapers are cute. Silly reason, right? Well, kiss Kherington’s adorably adorned a$$.

Cloth diapers save us money. Disposable diapers are roughly 34 cents each. That means that using a cloth diaper 64 times pays for itself. I’m at least halfway there, and Kherington is only three months old. With proper care, these diapers will last through potty training and for future babies, too. Experts estimate that parents spend about $3,000 on disposable diapers for each child. (not counting pull-ups)

Cloth diapers completely eradicate diaper rash, are gentle on sensitive bums, and are better at wicking moisture away from skin. Unlike disposables, cloth diapers contain no chemicals.

Cloth diapers are super soft and comfortable. Well, at least I think they are! The fabric is amazingly soft and Kherington always seems content and comfy. In my experience, they also mean fewer poopy leaks. (urine seems about the same)

Cloth diapers are future friendly! A disposable diaper takes about 450 years to break down in landfills. (diaper genie bags make this even worse) The average kid uses 7,349 diapers in their lifetime. This creates one ton of waste per year, per child. WOW!

Cloth diapers have come a long way. There are no more pins, no more folding (unless you want to), and no more hand washing. They make cloth diapers to fit from 8 pounds until potty training, saving you money and hassle.

Cloth diapering isn’t as icky as I imagined it to be. I don’t touch anything that I don’t touch changing a disposable. In fact, it works exactly the same way. I change her, and toss the used cloth diaper into a trash can lined with a scented liner bag. No rinsing or soaking necessary. No nasty smells. On wash day, I dump the diapers, liner bag and all, right into the wash. Easy!

Think cloth diapering is a hassle? Most moms constantly run to the store for diapers and take out the stinky trash often. I do one extra load of laundry. Simple as that.

So that’s why I’m a {part-time} cloth diapering mama.

When I began, I was overwhelmed with the multitude of styles and brands of cloth diapers. So I bought about 10 different styles and I’ve been testing them out. I know I’ve only been doing this for 3 months and am certainly no expert… but you know I love to share my opinion...

So… coming soon is a review of at least 8 types of cloth diapers, including the brands gDiaper, Bum Genius, FuzziBunz, and more! And I might even do a cloth diaper giveaway!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3 Months

Kherington Grace is three months old today!

I can't believe how quickly our daughter is growing. We wake each day excited to see how she will change and develop. The simplest things are new and amazing. Life is so much fun.

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Beautiful girl, at three months, you:

-Sleep in the crib in your room

-Weigh 14 pounds!

-Are 23.5 inches long

-Smile, coo, and laugh delightfully

-Sleep 8-9 hours at a strech

-Can do a mini push-up

-Bat at your toys

-Love when Daddy plays "BaBaBa" with you

-Only poop twice a week (doc says it's perfectly fine!)

-Can clear a room with your toots

-Sit up with assistance or in your bumbo

-Have almost outgrown size 1 diapers

-Love mirrors

-Still have gorgeous blue eyes

-Have discovered your hands and your eyebrows

-Blow bubbles and drool

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Each day with you is a blessing!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Love


There are so many things I love about being a parent... so many things I love about my daughter.
I know they are the same things that millions of parents before me have enjoyed.
But to me they are new and beautiful and blessedly mine.
To me, they are all the more sweet because we dreamed of them for so long. To me, life doesn’t get any better than this. Love doesn’t get any purer than this.

I love the way she fits perfectly in the crook of my neck.

I love how happy she is to see me in the morning.

I love her chubby legs with rolls.

I love her milky breath on my cheek.

I love the moment she sighs and her body goes limp in total relaxation.

I love the taste of her name in my mouth.

I love her innocent and trusting eyes.


I love when she grins at me while nursing.

I love nibbling her baby feet.

I love when she smiles and laughs at her daddy.

I love blogging about her, so that I’ll always remember these precious moments.

I love the way she smells after a bath.

I love kissing her on the mouth and watching her reaction.

I love when she stretches and groans.

I love singing her worship songs.


I love our early morning snuggles.

I love seeing myself in her.

I love that her whole life is in front of her and I have the whole world to show her.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Giveaway!

Hey! A short respite from the multitude of photos of my beautiful daughter. {very short!} Today we are chatting about cribs, nursery furniture, and nursery accessories!

The cherry on top? I'm giving away a super cute personalized growth chart for the munchkin in your life, thanks to my friends at CSN Stores.

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Cute huh? Choose primary or pastel, add a name on top... and this makes a great gift!

HOW TO ENTER: {3 ways!}

Entry #1- follow the link, look around, and leave me a comment about something you like

Entry #2- write a review on the site for a product you use, and leave me another comment

Entry #3- blog about this contest, and leave me yet another comment

I've got a review for one of their products, because I looooove the changing table I ordered from them. It is made by Badger Basket and it goes in the corner.

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My very favorite thing is that the baby is facing me... no awkward angles while changing diapers and clothing. I love that there is so much storage, yet the table doesn't take up much space. Finally, I can be 6 feet tall and still use the table comfortably without bending over.

The only con? It took me almost 45 minutes to put it together. But then again, I was 8 months pregnant.

So... obviously I'm a happy customer!

I hope you can be a happy winner!

The Contest ends May 1st and a random winner will be selected and shipped their very own customized kid's growth chart!

UPDATE: Contest is closed and Jenni E is the winner! Congrats!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Somebody...

has a case of the Mondays!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Easter

We had a blessed Easter at the ranch this year.

Kherington wore her Sissy's childhood dress and bonnet to church...

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Easter eggs were hunted...

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with enthusiasm!

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Harper shoved at least 15 jelly beans into her chipmunk cheeks...

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The baby was loved on...

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Harper's adorable face was one of many things that reminded us how beautiful life is...

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And we will be forever grateful that Christ died for us and gave us everlasting life.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bouncin' Around

What are Sissy & Kherington looking at?

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Why, a silly bouncin' cousin, of course!

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Hoppy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Country Girls at Heart

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{You can take the girls out of the country...}

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{But you can't take the country out of the girls!}

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