September 19, 2012

Diaper Storage: Tips for protecting your cloth diaper investment!

If you've taken good care of your cloth diapers, you can expect that they'll last you through more than one child. The cost savings are astounding when you factor in the longevity of cloth diapers. With proper care and storage, you can assure that your investment will continue to save you cash AND cover your next baby's bum.

Follow these steps to protect your investment:

1. Take proper care of them: Make sure you're following the recommended washing instructions on the label. If you've got several different brands with different recommendations, just follow a basic wash routine (rinse cold, wash hot with detergent, rinse cold). Try to line dry your cloth diapers as much as possible. This keeps the elastic stretchy longer and puts less wear and tear on the diaper's fabric. Use the least amount of additives as possible (vinegar, baking soda, bleach, etc.) There are times when some of these things are needed, such as yeast bacteria, but use them sparingly, as they create additional wear on your diapers.

2. Repair any diapers as needed: Cloth diapers won't last forever, but you can keep them looking and working their best by taking the time to repair any damage. Clean out your aplix tabs by either picking out the lint or running the teeth of a Snappi through it. If you've got pilly aplix you can freshen it up with a pair of scissors. Just be careful! If you lose a snap or the aplix and elastic are shot and your diaper is still under warranty, contact the company to see if they will replace them. If you're out of the warranty period, many companies offer "refresher kits" where you can replace the elastic or aplix yourself. Replacing snaps require a snap press, so if you  don't have one of those available, there are many WAHM's out there that do diaper repair for a very small fee.

3. Store your diapers until you need them again: Do a soak and a couple extra rinses the last time you're washing them before storage. You want to make sure you'll have clean smelling diapers for your next child. You can really store them any way you like, just make sure that they'll be protected from the elements. A plastic storage box with a lid works great for short term storage. It's probably best to keep them away from excessive heat and/or dampness, so a closet or even under the bed would be okay. A breathable fabric bag would be ideal to avoid any musty smells if you were to store them for a long time, e.g., several years.

4. Sell or donate what you don't want or need: If you're done having children you can sell or donate your stash to someone else who needs it. It's a great way to recoup some of the costs or to help out a family in need. There are many cloth diaper banks popping up who will accept your used cloth diapers. Plus, it feels good to pass them on! I just lent out my newborn stash to a friend!

What will you do with your diapers after your little one potty trains? Save them for another child? Sell them and start fresh?

Bio: Jenny is the writer behind the blog, According to Jenny, where she shares her thoughts on being a semi-crunchy mama of 2! She lives in beautiful Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 kids, Grady-born in 2010, and Haley-born in 2012. She's an avid baby-wearer and cloth diaper addict. You'll find a little bit of everything over on the blog-reviews and giveaways, too!

September 18, 2012

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September 17, 2012

Traveling with the Lunette Cup!

Working out with the Lunette was a success, now how about traveling?

Recently, my family took a ten day trip to the Rocky Mtn. in Colorado (CO). Currently, I’m not on any birth control nor are my husband and I actively trying to conceive a third baby. I just stopped breastfeeding my daughter in July so my cycle’s still a little wonky. For this trip I decided I’d bring my Lunette Cup, just in case I needed it.

Well, I needed it. Sure enough the second to last day were in CO it all started. Not too stressed about it I got my Lunette and went about my normal every day routine. A little sightseeing, working out, shopping; you know the drill when you’re on vacation. Everything was perfect. I actually forgot that I had my period. (Yes, that’s how comfortable the Lunette Cup is.)

I almost forgot until I had to use a public restroom and realized that it might be a good idea to take care of things down there (if you know what I mean…). I hadn’t had my Lunette in for more than 8 hours so technically speaking I still had another four to go, however, I feel better about everything taking it out after 8 hours. The only problem was that I only have my Lunette wash and I did not bring it with me in my bag. Feeling a little blue I decided to skip taking it out and wait until we got back to the house we were staying in.

I also still had my Lunette Cup when we were road tripping it back to the Midwest. Again, I really wish I had had some disposable cleaning pads that Lunette makes. It would have made things a little easier.

Now I have yet to make the switch to mama cloth, however, after this trip, I really want to do it. I typically use a pad at night and I didn’t bring any with me on the trip. It was actually nice not having to bring disposable tampons and pads with me. It took up less room and then I didn’t have to feel too anal about not wanting the tampon box to get bent up. I wish though that I had some reusable pads (you’ll hear them called mama cloth in other venues but they are one and the same). I’m only sleeping after all and every blog review as well as person I talk to that uses them raves about how comfortable they are.

That’s what I would do differently if I needed to travel w/ my menstrual cup. I’d buy the easy, on-the-go disposable (yet environmentally friendly) cleaning wipes and I’d have some mama cloth with me. 

What about you? Have you traveled with a menstrual cup?
Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child!