July 16, 2011

Mommy you're so soft!

Reader Contributed Article by Lisa

This morning I bundled my baby's bottom in a bikini-twisted prefold, secured it with a Snappi, and grinned at my work.

Not bad, I thought, smiling at my squirming baby boy. Then I snapped on an Econobum cover (surprisingly one of my favorites – at first sight I wasn't excited about it, but it's so stretchy that he never gets red marks).

Max is my second baby – I never even considered cloth diapers with my first. This time, I'm saving money any which way I can, and I started researching cloth when I was only six months pregnant.

I love cloth! And especially prefolds – my baby's never had a blowout, and rarely has a red bottom.

But his bottom – as cute as it is – isn't really what inspired this story.

At 4 months, he's a great sleeper, most nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. But last night was a tough one. Awake at 10:30 (a nice burp that ended with me changing clothes), and instead of settling back to sleep, he squirmed and whined.

With my first, I would have let it go for awhile. But I didn't want him to wake his sister, so I scooped him up and carried him to the rocking chair. He immediately relaxed, head on my shoulder and body cuddled up to mine.

I'm still post-partum chubby, which annoys me to no end when I'm getting dressed. But at night, when it's just him and I, I don't think of those extra pounds. Instead I'm glad I have cushion to cuddle my baby. (My 4-year-old says “Mommy, you're so soft” in such an adoring way that I don't take it as a suggestion to go lift some weights.)

I walk every day, and am just now getting back to running. Yes, I'd like all my clothes to fit, but I'm okay right now with a few changes of more roomy clothes.

Because, in the words of my favorite poem by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton, “I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.”

Lisa Jacoby is a freelance writer who lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and two children, Olivia, 4, and Max, 4 months.

July 14, 2011

Quick Tips for Greening Your Family

Going green, can seem like something that's out of reach for most people.  From fancy lightbulbs and solar panels to hybrid vehicles, often families are left feeling like they can't afford to go green.  The fact is, there are many small things you can do that make a difference and are certainly just as important.

Chances are, if you're reading this then you probably already use cloth diapers!  That's an obvious green step in the right direction.  Cloth diapering often leads to a family wanting to make more green choices.  Below I am going to list some other easy ways to green your family's routine.
  • Use un-paper towels!  There are a ton of reusable options out there when it comes to paper-towel alternatives.  You can use more dish towels, microfiber towels, Skoy cloth, wash cloths and even make your own cloth napkins or un-paper towels from cotton, flannel or even fabric scraps you might have on hand around the house!
  • Switch to cloth baby wipes!  Cloth baby wipes just make sense.  When you use cloth diapers you don't want to have to carry around your dirty disposable wipes until you can find somewhere to toss them.  You also can't just wrap them up in the cloth diaper like you would if you used disposables.  Cloth wipes can be tossed into your wetbag with your cloth diapers and washed together.  They can be made at home or you can purhcase them online at many cloth diaper retailers like Cloth Diaper Outlet!
  • Recycle!  Recycling is easy to do and now that most cities are on board with it they often provide you with a special trash can just for recyclables.  Recycling is a super important green step in the right direction.  You'll be surprised at how much less garbage you have to dispose of once you start separating out all your recyclables.  *If you already recycle, try taking it a step further and see if you can recycle more.
  • Composting!  Whether you have a garden or not, composting is easy to do and saves a lot of organic waste from the landfills.  Although biodegradable and organic, most compostable items get wrapped in plastic and tossed away which means they can not actually biodegrade like they naturally should.  You can compost banana peels, veggies, egg shells, coffee grounds & filters, grass clippings and more! 
  • Switch to Mama Cloth or the Diva Cup!  Greening your menstrual cycle is also a great thing to do.  not only will you save money and hassle, you'll save yourself from having to flush or toss the waste and it's a much more natural and safe alternative to store bought pads and tampons.
So what do you do?  Have you found any other easy ways to go green that don't require a lot of cash?

July 12, 2011

Trophy Tuesday: Enter to win a Rumparooz OS Cover or Gift Certificate! CLOSED

Did you know that Rumparooz, the manufacturer of one of your favorite one size cloth diapers also makes a one size cloth diaper cover?  The Rumparooz One Size Cover is available in snap or aplix closure

Use with your favorite fitted, prefold or flats!  The Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper Cover adjusts to fit babies from birth to potty training and are perfect for when baby is in between sizes or when you've got two little ones in cloth diapers.

These great covers fit just like the Rumparooz One Size Pocket Diapers.

Want to win a Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper Cover from Cloth Diaper Outlet or a Gift Certificate for the value of one, $14.00 that you can use to purchase anything you want?

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Winner of our Planetwise Trophy Tuesday Giveaway!

Congratulations to lucky entry #31 which belongs to Jordyn L!  Jordyn is the mama behind a new blog, still under construction, called The Green House!

Jordyn will receive her choice of either a Planetwise Pail Liner or a Gift Certificate of equal value to Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Thanks to everyone who entered, we had a great response.  You must all need a pail liner for your cloth diapers really badly!

Jordyn please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize. :)

July 11, 2011

Fold Your Cloth Wipes for that "Pop-Up" Effect!

Let's face it, one of the most convenient things about disposable wipes is that they come in that handy plastic dispenser and when you pull out one wipe, the next in turn, is waiting to be pulled next.  It's that handy "pop-up" effect that allows you to hold a squirmy baby with one hand and grab your wipes with the other.

Well thanks to some inventive mamas, who just had to figure out the secret to pop-up wipes, you can now easily achieve the "pop-up" effect with your cloth wipes!

So, don't toss all those platic wipes containers, save a few, and then use them to store your cloth wipes, either pre-moistened or dry.

In the video below, Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry, easily demonstrates how to fold your wipes and get the pop-up effect.

July 10, 2011

Celebrity Moms opt for Natural Childbirth and Breastfeeding

It's true, celebrities don't have a whole lot to do with anything relevant in our day to day lives, especially if you're a grown up.  But they do have a lot of influence on the lives of young people on a daily basis.  Luckily, celebrity moms have been speaking out about their childbirth and parenting preferences and I am sure they're having an impact on impressionable minds in more ways then we can imagine.

Pink, a famous singer/pop star/super celebrity, recently gave birth to her first child Willow Sage.  In a recent article from CNN Entertainment, Pink talks about how she had really wanted a natural childbirth but daughter Willow had other plans and presented in a frank breech position resulting in Pink delivering via cesarean section.

Pink also speaks publicly and tweets about her daughter, breastfeeding, and parenting.  Celebrities like Ricki Lake, Gwen Stefani and others also advocate natural childbirth, breastfeeding and more.  Other well known celebrities like Demi Moore, Pamela Anderson and Cindy Crawford advocate homebirthing and midwifery.

While celebrities are often in the limelight for their crazy ways and society as a whole often fears the negative influence they might have on today's youth, it is encouraging to see some celebrities having a positive impact.

You can rad the entire CNN article here.