Cloth Diaper Support is local to Peterborough

February 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, Community, Experiences, Starting out 

Here is a new page on the site I want to draw your attention to.  If you can help another parent by offering advice or a listening ear, you have done a fantastic service.  It takes a village to raise a child is a remarkable proverb.  But imagine all those conversations the village has to have around decisions for that child. 

Join the conversation!

Our Diapering Darlings need us…

The Real Diaper Association was created by the leading manufacturers and retailers of cloth diapers in 2007.  This non-profit association has started advocating for cloth diapers.  The idea is local groups and individuals are supported by the RDA and educated, advised, and organized about cloth diaper trends in their local community.

Peterborough is lucky to have so many parents using cloth diapers.  Everywhere I go, I hear of another family who is washing cloth diapers at home.  Some families are doing cloth part time and others commit full time.  It is impressive to get aquainted with these families, moms and dads alike!  The frequent reasons local parents start with cloth or switch to cloth is long term cost, waste management, and health.

Parents who have chosen to use cloth diapers and have become successful in their diapering and laundry methods can be valuable assets to others in our cloth diaper neighbourhood.  Promoting those successes can be key in pushing forward a cloth diaper movement in Peterborough.

If you have started cloth diapers and have become frustrated with their fit, style, or laundry routine, let others know so the wealth of tips and support can come back to you. 

We need to connect together!  A Real Diaper Circle is a great forum!

Currently, there are two casual playgroups hosted biweekly by Andria.  Diapering Darlings and Toddlers in Training.

On alternating Tuesdays there is Diapering Darlings for the infants.  This group has been running since May 2010 and the members who have attended are not always cloth diaper users.  Three moms came along to chat with current cloth diapering parents – they had the gear, but had not used the cloth diapers yet!  Each of those moms felt more confidence after attending and started using their cloth diapers on baby.  Success!

On alternating Fridays, Toddlers in Training brings together the children from about 16 months old and up for a playdate.  These children, may or may not be showing signs of potty training.  There was unusal interest created by three little girls when only one potty was presented to the group – the novelty of trying out someone else’s potty and taking turns resulted in some surprised looks from toddlers and moms alike.  Success!

Contact Andria to find out about the next Diapering Darlings or Toddlers in Training playgroup.  These events are often posted on the Facebook site and on the Peterborough Moms Group calendar (membership is required and free!).

Do you want to have a Real Diaper Circle in your area?  Andria will visit your playgroup to facilitate a meeting on cloth diapers within Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes counties.

Here is a Cloth Diaper’s User Guide to help you get started on more research beyond what Changing Ways Diaper Service is already offering.

A Challenge to Switch to Cloth

December 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, Experiences, Starting out 

There are some great converts out there to cloth diapering.

Some parents have had multiple children and have used disposable diapers until they discovered cloth.  I’ve learned parents research cloth the moment they are expecting – thanks for those calls of enthusiasm!  Other parents are interested in setting up with cloth diapers the week before baby is here – close calls!  Even still, my favourite caller is from a parent of a child who is showing signs of potty training at about 18 months of age and they are too excited to get out of diapers!  They are ready to switch to cloth if it may mean getting rid of the diaper waste!  It’s never to late to switch and save money and effort!

Who put them up to it? Hopefully, a parent finds it a reason to ditch the wasteful ways and find a healthier method of cloth diapering.  And when they do, they love to share it with others!  It happened to me and I can say it has happened to many clients of Changing Ways Diaper Service.

Can we introduce cloth to the mainstream?

Tweets to Ellen DeGeneres have been heating up! Gettting cloth diapers into local and national media spotlights can help others see how big the cloth diaper industry is becoming and why the demand is back for a reusable option for diapering. Can we make this viral?

Get Cloth Diapers Featured on The Ellen Show. Tweet a link to @TheEllenShow with #operationfluffy #clothdiapers tags.
Ex: “@TheEllenShow Why I want to see #clothdiapers on your show. #operationfluffy”

Once you get on board with cloth, you ask others why not?  A dad in town who now advocates for cloth diapers after using them on his son, says he can be almost aggressive when people tell him cloth diapering is too much work.  He compares real work with diapers in loading the child into the car for a trip to the big box store, and seeking out the right size diaper at the right price, waiting around to check out and includes hauling the weekly waste to the curb in the work.  His alternative? Carry the diaper load to the washer, dump it in, add detergent, and press a button.

Sold!

Now here is a newsclip, compliments of the American newstation  CBS, of a journalist who took the challenge to switch to cloth.  She interviews the owner of FuzziBunz to demonstrate to viewers what modern cloth diapers are all about!  News is spreading!  Pass it along!  It’s a dirty little secret, but as cloth diaper users, we want to advocate to others how easy it is to take the challenge to switch to cloth!  Try the Diaper Loan program for a week, or sign up for a whole month!

Give me a good reason not to take a Cloth Diaper Challenge!

Rockin Green in Cloth Diaper land

October 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Experiences 

What do you wash your cloth diapers with?

Hot water seems necessary, but what about the detergents to be considered? When you’ve got stinky diapers that just won’t wash clean and you’ve tried all the other remedies suggested, where do you turn?  Rinsing is your friend, but do you need to get to boiling diapers?

My research online and through friends with feedback has my awareness pretty high now that washing cloth diapers isn’t as easy as the rest of our laundry! Finicky it can be!

Changing Ways has ordered in some sample packages of Rockin’ Green laundry detergent. Charlie’s Soap suppliers have evaded me so far and other brands of detergent which are good for cloth diapers are common place or easily available, such as Nature Clean and cheaper store brands.

Testers have volunteered themselves to try out this Rockin Green soap using the Classic Rock, Soft Rock, and famous Hard Rock versions! Scent free samples are available for a couple other cloth diaper parents interested in helping me determine if Changing Ways should consider making this a regular product available.

Send me a note by e-mail, text, or on the Contact page note Rockin Green is your question if you’d like a sample package to review!

Cloth diapering and the clean up, should be easy.  Let’s see if this experiment confirms what all the other reviews say about specially made detergent for cloth diapers!

Here’s the first feedback from a mom in Havelock with hard water who’s been fighting stinky diapers:

Diaper Strip Soak:
I had the perfect challenge for this.  A year ago I put away some diapers that I just couldn’t get the ammonia out of.  They were truly unbearable, you could smell my son peed from across the room.

Method:
I Filled the tub with the diapers and some covers (mother ease, Kushies and Bummies)  and warm water (more than tepid but less than a hot bath) with an extra large water cycle.  I added  3 tbs rock and green hard and let it aggitate for a minute or so. They soaked for 15 hrs then I let the machine run the full wash cycle.

Findings:
After the soak but before the wash you could see the fibers on the dipaers were raised in the water.
During the wash there were very few bubbles.
During the rinse (cold water) I saw some small streaks of foam.
After the wash before the dry the diapers had no oudor and looked clean.
The diapers smelled and appeared clean after the drier too.

So here’s the real test.:
I put  one of the ammonia offending, now cleaned diapers on my girl and waited for a pee.
Upon chaning her there was only a small trace of ammonia.  You really had to get up close to notice.

Diaper Wash

Method:
I rinsed my load of dirties with an extra large cycle and warm water, only the wash portion of the cycle was used (my rinse is cold and I have had problems in the past with diaps not coming clean).  I interupted the cycle after the drain but before the rinse and started the wash cycle over using warm water and a small load.  I added the 1.5 tbs of soap remaining in the sample, and let the machine run it’s course.

Findings/ Test:
Out of the wash the diapers looked and smelled clean.
After drying the diapers had a noticeable poop odour. This surprised me.
I ran the same wash cycle using  my regular diap detergent (arm and hammer, something scented) and got the same results.
I don’t know what to tell you here.  Perhaps my dryer still had the scent from the first run? or maybe I am still having washng problems.

My opinion:
This stuff is awesome as a strip soak.  One soak did nearly as well as 10 hot washes. It is low sudsing and unscented. My little ones had no skin reactions.  I would consider using this for soaking again. As for the wash I figure it would be fine and there s something else in my routine causing the oudor. I would need to work with it and my system longer before making a final comment on it.

So there you have it.  The low down on how the rock and green hard works with my diper washing cycle.  Hope this, is what you were loking for.

I’m awaiting some more results!  Have you already tried Rockin Green?  What’s you favourite scent?  Why did you turn to it?

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