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!
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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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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.