Diapers stink. A veteran diaper changer knows how to settle a baby for a quick routine of changing the pad covering their bottom from dirty to clean. But we do tire of it. Diaper fatigue sets in and parents want to know how to get those little bottoms to clean up themselves! Consider cloth.
Cloth diapers have snuck up under the radar of big box merchants as a fantastic cottage industry in the last decade. The products available for cloth diapers and their accessories are numerous. Technology has crept into the cloth diaper industry with amazing variety and results for style and leak protection.
Get to know the who, what, where, and why of cloth diapers for 2012 with 5 great benefits!
- Get to know your baby – count, look, predict
When a baby is brand new, your doctor, doula, or midwife will direct you to count the dirty diapers and feeding times as it is the best tool to communicate how baby is doing. Parents learn to watch for the signals baby gives when they are creating a messy diaper. These signals connect parents with the baby and it can benefit right through to potty training! You can get repaid with less wasteful diaper changes!
- Get to know your community – shop, support, advocate, network
Getting into cloth can help you figure out who sells diapers beyond the grocery store and pharmacy. There are diaper retailers and resellers in every community. When you find someone to talk about cloth diapers with, you start building a support community and seek out others to share with. You can gift, give, ship (termed fluffy mail), and reuse cloth diapers for more than one baby! Encourage other parents to start with reusable swim diapers. You can get repaid with new friends and a new hobby!
- Get to know what you spend – money: build, change, sell your stash, time: with baby/family
Having children can cost a lot of money. In diapers alone, you can spend $2,500 from newborn to potty training for 6,000 disposable diapers*. Let’s take $1000 of that diaper budget and trick your baby out with some great cloth diaper fluff for wash at home! A cloth diaper stash will be made up of about 3 dozen diapers per baby, a pail, tote bags, and lotions. The cost on this can run from $150 to $1000 – with you setting the budget! Get repaid by putting good money into good gear.
- Get to know your laundry machine – detergent, stains, cycles for efficiency
Cloth diaper manufacturers recommend using safer products to wash with which translates to, cleaner machines, and reduced wear & tear on machine. You become a pro at knowing the best routine and when you stick to it you will have great success and enjoy your cloth diapering.
- Get to know healthy options – where does your diaper come from, what fabric works best for baby, what happens to a disposable, what other choices are healthy? Ask these questions and more as a new parent. It helps you learn what is best for baby and translates into other areas of your life – without you hardly noticing! Get repaid – with dividends!
Just a notice about this post – women like to share and this breastfeeding topic may be too much for some. Refer it along if you find value in it.
I can remember my first attempts at nursing my first baby with great fondness. It was in the hospital with lots of support and other moms to model after. Then I got home….
Breastfeeding is a skill for moms while baby seems to have great instincts about how to nurse. There is so much advice out there I can’t even start to get into who’s opinion rules. Your own opinion counts most really!
I found fantastic support with La Leche League with my first daughter who forgot how to nurse after leaving the hospital and again for my second daughter who didn’t keep up with demand when my milk came in with her. Both consultations were over the phone and helped tremendously – as did my girlfriends who backed her up!
Using a breast pump to extract milk helped me to ease the too full feeling in my breasts as many other women do. I provided milk extracted by a pump for mixing with infant cereal and for my husband to give to my daughter when I went out in the evening (although that didn’t really work, she gave up evening nursing first). It was the best help when engorged and even the comfort of cold cabbage leaves started to fail me.
Changing Ways will be introducing a breastpump from Ameda. This manufacturer offers many resources for women who breastfeed. This company does encourage and advocate for those who are breastfeeding as I investigated their reviews and website. This was an important qualifier for me as I really support those who will try to nurse, just like those who try to cloth diaper.
A mom needs support during the learning stages of caring for a newborn so here’s hoping Changing Ways can lend an extra hand here! The breast pump sold through Ameda has support from World Health Organization which is unique in this market. Contact Andria to find out more!
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Does Laundry get the better of you some days?
My goal in our house is to have enough socks and underwear to keep us all at 3 weeks between laundry visits. Then, when I get to process 7 loads of laundry it is done fast and furious so those big machines can sit around until the next demand comes through!
A recent article from the Peterborough’s Greenzine called Is Energy Efficiency an Oxymoron? pointed out you can get maximum efficiency from a device – when you don’t use it!
- Keep the car at home, not just getting the most fuel efficient!
- Turn the light off, not just buying more fancy bulbs before the old ones burn out.
- Wash the dishes by hand if you can’t fill the dishwasher.
- Clean cloth diapers with other clothes if your routine can handle it.
- Consume less and reuse what you have more seems to be the bottom line.
As we enter a very consumable time around Christmas, let’s see what good deeds we can do for the maximum efficiency, instead of adding to our woes and worries.
A New Year’s Resolution?