March 8, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: Charting your way to pregnancy (or not)

Charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is a great way to watch for patterns in your cycle and to see when both ovulation and pregnancy occur. This is one thing I always do when we are trying to conceive! It's great because it's less expensive than ovulation tests (although I still rely on those as well) and you can typically see a pregnancy pattern before a test will give you positive result!

How to do it:
You'll need a BBT thermometer. They are inexpensive and can be found at your local drug store. A BBT thermometer is different from a regular thermometer in that it measures your temperature to the hundreth degree. So instead of 97.1, your thermometer may read 97.18. This is important in charting.

You'll want to take your temperature first thing in the morning, after at least 3 hours of sleep and before you get out of bed or eat or drink anything. Taking your temperature at exactly the same time every day will help you get the most accurate information. If needed, set an alarm.

To chart your temperature, you can print a chart and manually track it. There are also websites and phone apps. Right before you ovulate, you will see a dip in your temperature. If you see this dip (and you're trying to conceive) take action! Ovulation is shown on your chart by elevated temperatures. This rise in temperature should last for about 3 days.

Pregnancy is typically shown by elevated temperatures after the ovulation period for many days. If your temperature does not drop, you may be pregnant!

Chart showing pregnancy
Chart not resulting in a pregnancy

Charting can be helpful for both women who are trying to conceive and those that are hoping to avoid pregnancy. By knowing your ovulation cycles, you can decide whether to have or avoid intercourse.

Please remember that every women is different and your charts may look different from others! You can read more in depth about charting your fertility in the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility or the website FertilityFriend.com.

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

March 6, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a GroVia Magic Stick or save 15% when you order this week!


Trophy Tuesday y'all!  Time to announce the next great featured product that you can both enter to win and you can save 15% off when you order this week only at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

This week's Trophy Tuesday prize is GroVia's popular and beloved Magic Stick!


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  • Keep Your Hands Clean and Baby Happy
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  • Use a light layer to protect baby's skin from wetness.
  • Helps to clear up minor rashes
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  • Safe to use for minor skin irritations....chapped skin, stretch marks, most anywhere you need extra moisture.
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To Use: Use as needed with diaper changes and at night before bed. Apply to clean, dry skin.

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March 4, 2013

Getting Started: What do you need to cloth diaper?

It can be overwhelming once you decide to cloth diaper. When you have a baby, there are so many decisions to make on products to buy. With disposable diapers, you pretty much need two things: diapers and wipes. But what about with cloth? Here's a break down:

Diapers: You'll need a stash of about 18-24 diapers (depending on your baby's age and how often you plan to wash diapers). You can get away with less if you wash daily, but I would plan on about 10-12 diapers a day.

Wipes: Some cloth diapering parents still use disposable wipes, but it is really easy to use cloth! Just throw the dirty wipes in the diaper pail with your soiled diapers and wash them together. You can wet your wipes with water or use a wipes solution.

Diaper Pail or Wet Bag: You'll need a place to store your dirty diapers while at home. You can use a pail liner inside a bucket or trash can. Another solution is store them in a wet bag. Hanging wet bags are great because they can hang out of the way on a door knob.

Wet Bag: When you're away from home, you'll also need a place to store dirty diapers. A smaller wet bag that fits into your diaper bag is the perfect solution. Wet bags will contain smells and leaks until you can get home.

Diaper Cream: It's important to note that many mainstream diaper rash creams are not safe to use with cloth diapers. You'll want to choose a cream that is free of fish oils. There are many options for "cloth diaper safe" rash creams on the market.

Detergent: The laundry detergent you are already using on your family's laundry may not be cloth diaper safe. Check with the manufacturer of your diapers for a recommended detergent.

Diaper Sprayer: You'll need a way to dispose of the solid waste if your child is not exclusively breastfed. One of the easiest ways is to install a diaper sprayer. The waste will be sprayed into the toilet and then flushed away.