December 30, 2011

Kelly Wels is to the cloth diapering world what Julia Childs is to cooking!

“Oh Kelly Wels! Kelly Wels! Wherefore art thou Kelly Wels!?” that was my first thought as I paged through Kelly Wels’ Changing Diapers book. Wels’ book is to modern cloth diapering what Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking was to the home cook in America in the ‘60s. She has single handedly compiled tons of cloth diaper information, explained fluff acronyms and lingo and made the lifestyle of the modern cloth diapering appear to be easy. While disposable diapers really haven’t been around to the vast majority of the population for that long (we’re talking the mid-‘80s when Pampers came out with an affordable and better shaped diaper) but the short stint that they have been the preferred way to diaper our babies has been enough to cause young families to forget, even fear, using a cloth diaper. It’s been seen has archaic and difficult. Non-cloth diapering mamas have visions of white flat cloths, tedious folding and then shoving huge diaper pins into the cloth to hold everything in place.  Wels, however, dispels this misconception in a fun, conversational style that’s easy to read.

What I Adore About the Book:

1. Like I said above it’s an easy read and Wels’ writing style makes you feel like you’re sitting down at a coffee house with her chatting about diapers.
2. If you’ve been in the cloth diapering game for a few years now like me you might be wondering if this book is actually going to benefit you. Let me tell you, it was definitely useful to me. I have experience with pockets but have often wondered how the other diapers work. The chapter in the book titled, “Snappis, Doublers,
AIOs, and Pockets: Understanding Basic Cloth Diaper Talk,” addresses that diaper chatter that’s often confusing to read about on the web.
3. Wels is so encouraging! I’d find it hard to believe that anyone who reads this book doesn’t finish it feeling like they really can do this cloth diaper thing.
4. I love the way the book is set up and how it looks – the graphics, photos, and the real life quotes that Wels collected from real life cloth diapering moms.
5. Wels has such great advice for the new cloth diaperer such as trying out an assortment of diapers so you really know what you want to use. I really wish that I had known about this before I decided to go with pockets. I think had I heeded her advice I might not have chosen to use pocket diapers.

Cloth diapers have become a new community, a new culture in the parenting community.  If you’re new to the idea you can definitely feel completely lost and confused. Think of Kelly Wels as your friendly neighbor, ready to take you around town, give you the ins and outs of the area and ready to become your best friend! Pick up a copy, you won’t regret it!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

December 29, 2011

Is it ever too late to start cloth diapering?

Kristin S. and her husband Glenn, not only have their own booming photography business, Like a Dream Photography (Newport News, VA), but they have three adorable kids.  Two girls, Dreama (eight years old) and Grace ( six years old) and the baby boy of the family, Chance (three years old), complete this artistic little family of five.  Kristin didn’t use cloth diapers with Dreama or Grace, she did, however use them with Chance….when she began potty training him!  Instead of using the typical disposable Pull Ups, Kristin ventured into the world of fluff proving that it’s NEVER too late to start using cloth diapers.  I interviewed Kristin (whom I’ve also had the privilege of knowing since I was 15!) and asked her about her cloth diapering experience.

What made you decide to use cloth diapers?
Chance was 2, I was tired of literally throwing money away with cloth diapers and I thought that even after I got him potty trained, I could still use the CD's as night time pants =)  Great investment.

What kind did you use and how did you make your decision?
It was a spur of the moment buy in Babies -R- Us, so I just went with their brand.  I had been wanting to buy the cloth for a while, but convincing my husband to spend $100 on the CD's and re-usable inserts after doing without for our previous two children and also, Chance being almost potty trained himself, was difficult =)  It was a "I snuck this in the cart and think we really need it" kinda thing =)  Glenn couldn't argue once we were checking out =)

Did you like cloth diapering?

YES.


As a mom who started later in her cloth diapering venture what do you have to say to those who are on the fence about cloth diapering?
GO FOR IT!  It's gentle on babies delicate skin and feels rewarding to do something like this for the environment.

What was your favorite thing about using cloth diapers? 
Saving the planet...and money, in the long run.

You still use them now even though Chance is potty trained, why do you still use them?
Right before he wakes up every single morning, he pees.  I know this because it's warm to the touch.  I was tired of washing sheets every day, so we resorted back to the CD's until he's ready to start walking to the bathroom in the morning!

What did Glen think about using cloth diapers?  Do you think he would've been supportive of using them earlier in your diapering days?
YES, I think he would have most definitely been supportive if we had invested in them early on.  They're super easy to use, so he has no problem with them.

Thanks to Kristin for sharing her story with us!  If you have a friend who’s on the fence about using cloth, pass this along and help spread the fluffy movement in America!


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

December 28, 2011

Could the BumGenius Freetime diaper be the DREAM diaper you've been hoping for?

Yet another diaper has hit the market and it's taking over the hearts and homes of all who use it.  It's made by BumGenius, the popular creator of the 4.0 Onesize Pocket Diaper, Elemental AIO, Flip and Econobum lines.

What makes the Freetime diaper so special?  What features are sure to win you over?

Features:
  • Onesize design, similar in fit and function of other BumGenius diapers like the 4.0 and Elementals.  Fits babies from approximately 8-35lbs and up.
  • Snap down rise for easy size adjustments.
  • Available in durable hook/loop (velcro) closure or snaps if you prefer.
  • All In One makes this diaper easy to use.  No stuffing, extra snap in inserts or accessories needed.  Two semi-attached stay-dry inserts help provide the perfect absorbency while keeping the diaper easy to dry and less prone to odor issues.
  • Trim fitting without compromising absorbency!
If you're a fan of ALL things BumGenius then you have GOT to grab at least one of these great new Freetime Diapers!  Cloth Diaper Outlet has them in stock and ready to ship!