Get to know a cloth diaper… and you will be repaid

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Community, Starting out 

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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Change 3 Things – a cloth diaper revolution for 2011

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, Diapers, Experiences 

Change 3 Things

Here’s the challenge:  reduce our impact on the world by using 3 cloth diapers on your baby each day.  I found this Cause off of Facebook and the link to the blog to describe the cause.

The challenge does not ask parents to convert from disposable to cloth.  It does not offer any monetary incentives other than obvious savings for not using the disposable diaper.  Get some cloth diapers and use them 3 times a day on your baby – just 3 times.

Why take on this challenge?

With the disposable diapers today’s parents wore still stuck in landfill, we are adding to the waste created by our disposable society.  Reduce your consumption by 3 diapers a day.  It is a choice you can make.

With Changing Ways, you can start small and meet this challenge.  Set up with one dozen cloth diapers – either new or retired plus 2 diaper covers.  At the low end your investment is $40 and as high as $83 or more if you try more gear.  One purchase can last you until baby is out of diapers.  Hey, there’s a neat concept – paying for diapers once, at the beginning.

I have done cloth diapers part time, full time, and not at all.  I got into cloth because of the waste and my purchasing power.  I would have rather fixed my diaper cost each month and have someone else deal with the mess environmentally than have my own baby be responsible for all that landfill.

Cloth and disposable have their place.  Disposable diapers were originally intended for travel.  They took over the diaper marketplace only 30 years ago !  Since then, women have started a revival in cloth diapering just as they have gotten better stuff for periods (remember those yucky Kotex with the belt?), and for nursing (who can’t love an electric breast pump!).  We are putting ourselves first again in some parts of our lifes.  We want efficiency, tidiness, and a pretty factor!

How to make this challenge possible?

Research is a mom’s best friend.  We want to know the options, compare the reviews, test drive the products before we really commit.  Do you shop online?  Most Canadians do a lot of research online, but not as much shopping as those to our south.  So, check out the products listed under the Cloth Diaper Products tab above to see what Changing Ways offers locally.  Are you interested in more diapers out there?  Click on the link to the blog All About Cloth Diapers.com to see all the parent conversations over all kinds of cloth diapers!  Do you want to actually touch and feel the diapers before settling on a brand or diaper system?  Cover over to Diapering Darlings or Toddlers in Training cloth playgroups I host to see it all.  There are All in One diapers, Flip diapers, pocket diapers, and 2 part diapers.  All will support an absorbent liner with a waterproof cover.

Then decide what cloth diapers you want to test drive and order them in!  Or sign up for a month’s diaper service trial!  Taking away the washing aspect lets some parents continue to love using cloth diapers on baby.  I, for one, hate laundry of any kind.

There will be a minor learning curve as you figure out the snaps or aplix closures and how to get the laundry routine started.  You will not be alone though!  Peterboruogh and area have many households already using cloth and by asking questions you may find some new friends!

How would this challenge benefit my baby?

With cloth diapers, you know exactly what material you are exposing your baby too.  Many of their own clothing is made of the same/similar fibres already such as cotton, micro fleece, and waterproof polyesters.  With disposable diapers, there are some fancy chemical reactions going on underneath that protective padding.

In using cloth diapers, your child will know what the feeling of being wet is and the diaper can get changed when its soiled instead of when you believe its time for a change.  This small change will help prepare your child for earlier toilet training – even with using just 3 cloth diapers each day.

You can travel and overnight with cloth diapers on baby so you won’t be limiting your activities in choosing cloth.

Will you take the challenge?  Have you already been challenged?

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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