Archive | June, 2013

Cloth to go

11 Jun

Traveling out & about while cloth diapering

As some of you may know, I recently began cloth diapering (CD’ing) part time for my little guy who is almost 3 months now. I wasn’t aware of all the challenges & tips needed when venturing out with a LO while CDing so I asked Blog writer Jenny Cooper of Cloth Diaper Diary to share her knowledge. Below is her post which you can find at My Cloth Diaper Diary: Cloth to go

In this blog I will be sharing what I’ve learned so far about cloth diapering on the go. We have yet to go on any long road trips or overnight trips since we started cloth diapering, so my experience is limited to mainly common everyday outings and day trips to grandparents, family or friends houses, but I hope it will be helpful to some of you.

When I first started using cloth I had only a small one-two diaper wet bag. This worked/works fine for a quick trip to the store or park, but I quickly realized was not enough for longer outings, such as a few hour outing to friends of families houses or church and lunch. I bought a medium bag and still it was not quite enough for events that turned into all day or sometimes even half the day events. I recommend a large wet bag. You rarely need that much space, but it’s always nice to have extra space as apposed to not enough. I also think it’s helpful to have at least 2 so if ones in the dirty clothes you have a back up.

In the beginning I also was unsure how many diapers to bring on outings. Since cloth diapers take up significantly more space than disposables I recommend, one, having a bigger diaper bag and, two, stashing a few extras in the car. When you’re more experienced with how many diapers your baby goes through in a given period of time or at certain times of day, you can plan how many you think you’ll need for the amount of time you think you’ll be gone, but again extra is always better.

I would say 2 of the biggest challenges about cloth on the go is rinsing poopy diapers out and having to worry about storage of dirty diaper while dealing with a squirming dirty bottomed baby. I have learned a few things that help with these issues. Firstly I get everything I need out before I take the soiled diaper off; wet bag, wipes, new diaper. When I take the diaper off and wipe the baby down I make a careful pile of trash verses things that will go into the wet bag. I pick the trash up with a clean wipe toss it in the wastebasket and throw the diaper in the wet bag, then re-diaper the baby. Some people do this for all diapers, I prefer to make my best effort to have soiled diapers as clean the situation and environment will allow.

I use what I have to rinse the diaper as clean as I can most places this means dunking and swooshing in whatever toilet is available, but I’m also very grossed out by using a public restroom toilet. For rinsing some may want to keep a pair of rubber or disposable gloves in a Ziploc or wet bag for rinsing and ringing out diapers. At public restrooms I wipe what I can with the wipes and try to get home sooner to rinse them thoroughly. The best thing has been the flushable liners, once baby is having more solid BM’s this is the best solution it helps get a lot and even sometimes all poop from getting to the actual diaper.

Now that my daughter is potty training age one thing I started doing and I think can be done even at much younger ages is I try to get her to pee on the potty before we leave the house. Even on little ones that don’t known anything about peeing on the potty can be sat down for a reasonable amount of time to see if they can go before you leave the house. This helps maximize the amount of time before they’ll need another diaper and helps prevent them from have a soiled diaper in the car, which my daughter hates.

For church Sunday school we always put her in disposables so the staff doesn’t have to deal with cloth. I don’t know what we’d do if she had to go to daycare, but I have heard of some cloth friendly daycare’s, so far we’ve been lucky enough that Grandma and Grandpa have always been able to watch our little one when we’ve needed a sitter. I recommend using AIO (All In One) diapers for sitters, they’re the easiest for inexperienced cloth diaperers. I also recommend using all the same type/brand so it’s less confusing for sitters not having to learn a new snap setting or Velcro direction for each new diaper.

I’ll let you all know how it goes whenever we do a road trip or overnight somewhere that’s at a hotel not just families house. We recently went camping, but I figured a camping trip with a toddler in a tent is tough enough without having to figure out where to wash out my cloth diapers and I also don’t think I have a big enough stash to last for 3 days. Till next time happy diapering!

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What I’ve learned in 2 yrs. of parenting

6 Jun

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Tomorrow my son is turning 2 yrs old.
In those 2 yrs. I’ve learned a few things that i will carry through with me.
I’ve learned that no one has the market on hard parenting. Yes the days we have are hard (so..SO. hard some days) but someone somewhere else has it harder so don’t feel sorry for yourself or make others feel like what THEY are going through is NOTHING compared to what You Went through. Everyone has a different journey & it is no more or less than yours.

-There is millions upon millions of opinions on every parenting problem, the best piece of advice I received on this was from my mother, you gotta find what works for you & what works best for YOUR family.

-The Mother instinct is real. You know when something is wrong or not right. It may not be a life threatening illness but simply that they were not “perfectly fine” like others told you. Listen to it, it is the best gift we mothers have. We didn’t always have books or the Internet but He gave us a Great intuition.
-Take advice w a grain of salt. You may think someone has a CrAzY remedy or way they do things….only to find out later that crazy bat was on to something! : p
Be in & take lots of pictures-especially moms. You make think you look thrashed but they think your beautiful! Like one mom wrote, “I realized I’m not messing up the picture, I’m completing it”

-The days are long but the weeks are short!

-Try to enjoy those little moments; See the joy or laughter in those times you could easily bulldoze with your emotions or “need” to be on schedule. Ex; my son thought it was hilarious to NOT let me put his shorts on. In that moment I decided to enjoy hearing his little laughter & make a game of “catching” his legs 🙂

& Lastly, go easy on yourself & ease up on your parents. Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes, so forgive them & forgive yourself.