May 4, 2012

Have you ever thought to try un-piling your cloth diapers microfleece?

Every so often you come across other blog posts and have one of those Oprah Winfrey "aha! moments."  Well after browsing the Mod'N'Natural Blog and seeing her post on un-pilling your cloth diapers microfleece I thought "wow, what a great idea!"  I am sure it's been done before and I would have never considered it something that can't be done but I had never personally tried to tackle un-pilling fleece on my own.

Pilling fleece is not a huge problem but certainly un-pilled fleece is preferred, softer and much more sightly.  So if you're wanting to freshen up your diapers, perhaps before you try to resell them or just to help keep them looking newer, check out the post on Mod'N'Natural and try her technique!  She even has before and after photos to show!

So, if your cloth diapers are looking well worn on the inside you can bring them back to life, at least partially, by using this cool technique!

Check out Mod'N'Natural for some other great cloth diaper posts as well!

May 3, 2012

Babies vs Toddlers: A nursing story.

Nursing at Crater Lake, Aug 2011
I've been very blessed that both of my children have taken right away to nursing.  It went easily for us both each time and our nursing days were marked with comfort, love, relaxation, and often giggles.

As my nursing days with child #2 come to a close, I find myself reflecting on the past months.  And it comes to me...nursing a baby is a lot different from nursing a toddler.

Colby will be two in June.  I've always said I wouldn't breastfeed past the age of 2, yet here we are, coming up quickly on the deadline and I find myself reluctant to end the relationship.  I think we all know that neither Colby nor I are quite ready to be finished.  I nursed my daughter to 19 months, when we weaned by mutual agreement.  Weaning was easy and timely.  But Colby...he's the son of my heart.  The baby we tried for for 3 years.  The baby I bonded with instantly.  The toddler who is constantly on the move and can't slow down for hugs and kisses, except when he stops to nurse.

For me, nursing a baby means that I get to sit in my favorite chair and read a book for half an hour.  I get to sit and relax with this tiny being that will surely fall asleep before she is finished.  It means long periods of eye contact with a little person who thinks I'm the most important person on earth.  Love shines through their eyes and there's no where else I want to be.  Perhaps more importantly, nursing a baby also means life-giving nutrients and nature's first antibodies. 

But a toddler...toddler nursing is different.  A toddler nurses because he wants to, not because he needs the nourishment.

When a toddler nurses, it means "I love you."
"I want to spend time with you."
"I want to snuggle."

It means that I get 5 uninterrupted minutes just holding my busy boy.  I can steal kisses and he doesn't twist away to play.  I can snuggle him close and he snuggles in closer.  I am the last person he sees at night and the first person he wants to see in the morning.  We are bonded by nursing, an invisible umbilical cord.

A toddler nurses because he needs comfort, because he got an owie, because someone hurt his feelings.  He nurses because he gets frustrated and can't yet express his emotions.  He nurses when he's bored, or thirsty, or tired.   Nursing a baby is physical.  Nursing a toddler is emotional.

So as our time together draws to a close, I reflect on 2 years of nursing of my boy, and farther back to 19 months of nursing my girl.  Perhaps he is my last baby, or maybe I'll get to do this again.  But for now, I am cherishing each and every moment.  And whenever we wean, whether at 2 years or beyond, I will always hold these memories in my heart.

Luke 2:19  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 

Read my blog post about the last time I nursed my daughter HERE.

May 2, 2012

Trophy Tuesday, Enter to win a Kawaii Onesize Pocket Diaper! Ends 05/07/2012

This week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is a super affordable and popular modern cloth diaper, the Kawaii Onesize Diaper.

The Kawaii Cloth Diaper consists of two parts 
  • A Waterproof Outer Cover
  • 2 Microfiber Inserts
The Cover/Outer Layer is made from the new and improved Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Laminated Fabric. Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a composition specifically adapted to produce non-porous membranes exhibiting waterproof and water vapor transmissible. It is a high performance, durable, water resistant, cut and tear resistant, and soft fabric.

There is a pocket opening located in the inner layer to accommodate microfiber liners/inserts.  Once stuffed, it is just like an (AIO) All In One Diaper.  The pocket/cover itself can also be use as a diaper cover over your favorite prefold or fitted diapers.

The Kawaii Diaper fits from birth through potty training and has an affordable retail price point of $11.95each.

This week we're giving you a chance to win a Kawaii OS Diaper in the color/print of your choice (from available stock).

There are many easy ways to enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Click >MORE< to view the form below this post.

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May 1, 2012

Winner of our Wolbybug OS Cover from Trophy Tuesday was...Christine K!

Big Congrats are in order for Christine K!  She's the lucky winner of last weeks Trophy Tuesday Giveaway for a Wolbybug OS Diaper Cover

Thank you to all who entered.  According to Rafflecopter, the lucky winner was Christine K.  Christine, you have been emailed, please check your email to respond and claim your prize.

Everyone else, please check back in just a bit to enter our next TT Giveaway.