Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Toddler Formula marketing, what the %$%$?

The mail arrived... bills, junk mail, coupons.. and a new issue of one of those free parenting magazines, usually they go straight into the recycling bin because just like when watching "A Baby Story" on TLC , rarely is it helpful and often it is unnerving.

I was bored however and decided to flip through it.. oh yaay another Gerber ad, (glad my baby is not part of that generation!) ...ooh the newest stroller, (yaay I like my sling better!). The newest baby trends (Blech!) and then this... (You know the infamous chocolate formula but not chocolate anymore)

On the website it states:

"When your toddler is transitioning to new foods, ensuring complete nutrition can become more of a challenge. That's why we created Enfagrow PREMIUM Toddler, to help make sure he gets the nutrients he still needs — even after he outgrows infant formula"

See I've been on the other side of the coin, I formula fed my first and I remember the shock I got, to learn that WIC would be cutting us off from formula right at 12 months! I bought more formula and slowly "weaned" her off it and onto whole milk.. (boy I had no clue back then) I guess back then I would have felt relieved a thing such as this was available.

What bugs me is the fact that nowhere on that particular page does it have a disclaimer suggesting that breast milk is STILL best.. the other formulas they have marketed towards infants do! Can anyone tell me why they're off the hook on doing so, with toddler formula?) I guess they believe like many others that at 12 months you HAVE to wean a child. A better statement would have been:

"When your toddler is transitioning to new foods, ensuring complete nutrition can become more of a challenge. That's why your body still produces perfectly customized milk to help make sure he gets the nutrients he still needs"

on a page from Kellymom.com about extended breastfeeding (tough I feel the use of the word "extended" about something normal is arguable) there are many resources quoted including this one!

•In the second year (12-23 months), 448 ml of breast milk provides:
◦29% of energy requirements
◦43% of protein requirements
◦36% of calcium requirements
◦75% of vitamin A requirements
◦76% of folate requirements
◦94% of vitamin B12 requirements
◦60% of vitamin C requirements
-- Dewey 2001

There are many informative videos and resources out there! Even the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until at least 2!.

I sure do wish I had the money to buy advertising on magazines in order to "sell" "toddler breast milk".

As one mom's review on the Enfamil site stated:

"Easy on the go!
Just scoop some in a container, bring a baby bottle or cup of measured water and you're ready to quench your toddler's thirst when you are out and milk is not available (mall, beach, etc.)"

Maybe someone could reply to my fantasy ad campaign,

"Easy on the go!
Just put your toddler to the breast to quench his thirst when you're out and milk is not available (mall, beach, etc)"

Now which one seems easier?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The gray area of the Vax debate..

I have been MIA for a bit, mommy life is busy and our new baby adopted by 2 friends and myself "3 moms and a kitchen" has taken most of my time.

I wanted to take some time and write about something that has been on my mind for quite some time and it resurfaced again after reading a discussion on the leaky boob's facebook page.

The post asked about opinion on the vaccine issue from a certain perspective but someone replied asking a valid question "why is it that some of you ladies do not vaccinate, I don't get it" I am not quoting 100% but that was my take on the post..

it later turned into the usual heated debate pro vaccine and anti vaccine with a little bit of gray area opinions as well... I am in the gray area myself.

I want to answer that question from my point of view.. the middle of the road kind of view.

See I understand vaccines are literally a life saving discovery! They have warded off various diseases that have killed masses of population during outbreaks for example Polio is practically gone.. (at least in the U.S) according to the CDC "The last imported case caused by wild polio virus into the United States was reported in 1993." other cases that had surfaced around that time were brought from other countries where the Oral polio was still given as it is a live virus and thus did give polio to a small percentage of the vaccinated population.

Saying that, Here is my opinion on the matter..

Nothing comes without consequence...

x-rays, chemotherapy, amnios, epidurals, synthetic oxytocin, birth control, synthetic hormones, all great discoveries in the medical field that come with a price..

We do not know the long term effects of vaccines, we do not know if maybe they are part of the cancer problem, we do not know if they're part of our infertility problems, we do not know if they are part of our ADHD problem, we do not know if they are part of our Autism rise, we just do not know.

I am not saying that everything lies in the vaccines but I do know that if we try to be as natural as possible if could only work in our advantage. I personally do selective vaccination, I did not start my second baby on vax until 6 months and only had them give her DTap (due to the whooping cough outbreak) and Hib. Polio and HepB can wait for a bit, in fact I think I'll skip Polio all together.. the less foreign chemicals in her little body the better. Note: I do not advocate skipping vaccines or not vaccinating, it is up to you as an individual, to do your research and find out what you think is best.

Why not wrap her in a bubble? I know that I can't prevent her from other sources of chemicals and poisons, I am not 100% organic natural in my home but the less she can get the better. It s my duty as a parent to do what I believe is best for my child.

Some people believe formula and detached parenting is better in the long run and well that is what they think, they do honestly believe what they do is best, and I know some of you might be thinking well that is because they are ignorant (the same could be thought of a vaccinating or anti vaccinating parent)

Why the arguments? because parental guilt comes into play, part of me when I vaxed my second child wondered "am I doing the right thing?" and part of me as I write this knowing she does not have an up to date vaccine card like her older sister does, thinks.. "am I doing the right thing?".

I have read everywhere online, offline, talked to several sources and all the arguments are conflicting so I developed my own style.. I am doing this my own way for my own child.

I read a comment in there that someone had replied to them "people like you are the reason my child got whooping cough" My answer to them would be "if you child was vaccinated then why didn't the vaccine protect him?" "was he breastfed? (breastfeeding provides antibodies)"

We don't know...
But as a middle of the road parent rest assured.. I judge neither side.. at the end of the day we are trying very passionately to do what we think is best for our children. Only time can tell.

Be at peace with your choices, be proud of them but don't judge people who do things differently, as William Cowper said..

"Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavor"

We are neither right nor wrong, we have options and we're using those options it's all we can do, it's our duty to explore them with caution.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I was reading up on a post on blacktating, about the use of the word "intimacy" while referring to breastfeeding. I think it is silly to have the word be put into question when it has a whole lot of meanings...

To me it's like saying I can't say I love my children because I love my husband. Love has a lot of meanings, I love my children, I love my husband, I love chocolate, doesn't mean it's all in the same context.

Wikipedia has an elaborate page on the word intimacy, the first lines state the following, "Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together. It is a familiar and very close affective connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other". Wouldn't you agree that is something that is experienced while feeding your child?

Anyway, this is not what I am going to get into.. the whole post got me thinking..


PDA originally refers to people being amorous in public. "public display of affection" be it kissing, holding hands, hugging... sure people think of it as a sexual term but if you think about it we as mothers when we nurse in public are displaying how much affection we have for our children.

Enough affection to not whisk them away to a bathroom, or a hot car or to keep them indoors because of what others might think.

So from now on I will say PDA not NIP ;)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

You know you're addicted to cloth diapers when...

I confess I'm addicted to cloth diapers! and I love preaching about them.. and I know I'm not the only one. I'm compiling a list of symptoms.. we fluff-aholics need help! ...

You know you're a fluff-aholic when ...

You sign up for ever single cloth diaper giveaway you can find, so you can grow your stash! which brings me to...

You actually call your diapers your "stash"

You get excited when the mailman drops off a nice packet and you know fresh diapers are in there!

You know what AiO, Ai2,CD,PF,CPF,IPF, OC, OS, means and if you CW maybe you know about TTO? lol....

You have justified buying so many to yourself or your DH by knowing you can re-sell for almost the same price! but deep down inside you know you couldn't ever part with them.

You are obsessed with stain removal and laundry!

You proudly take your baby to their well baby visits with their best diaper on and get excited when they tell you to undress him/her down to their diaper ;)

You instantly bond with other CD'ing mommas.

You agree with the phrase "Real men change cloth diapers"

When winter comes you get sad that you have to put clothes on your little one and hide the cute diaper designs.

You proudly change your baby's diaper at public changing stations hoping someone asks about the cold diaper your baby's sporting!

You are happy when your baby finally potty trains but sad you have to put away your cute diapers.

Ok those are some I could think off... any of you have more?? :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Forwards Strollers are scary....

I never thought about it... how a stroll ride could look in the eyes of a small child, especially a long one.
At one point I considered strollers as a great way for baby to get fresh air and yes they are but ideally during a long walk a baby should be worn safe in mommy/daddy's arms, hips, back.. or facing the pusher where baby can see familiar faces and be reassured.

I currently wear my baby or when necessary I stroll her with the car seat attached so that she may face me.I talk to her comfort her and make silly faces along the ride, I love seeing her reactions to the world.

I just saw this video produced by Norland College (Bath, England) it's a 10 minute video of a forward facing "buggie" a.ka a stroller ride through the eyes of a child.

You may think oh what a drag a 10 minute video, however think of how 10 minutes to a baby being pushed alone in a strange world could feel like.. pretty scary huh?

The article in the U.K's National literacy trust website suggests watching for the following in the video.

0:20 - the buggy is squeezed between two parked cars
- 0:56 - a crowd of
people jostle past the buggy
- 1:43 - while waiting to cross the road, a 4x4
vehicle comes dangerously close to the baby
- 2:26 - automatic doors almost
swing into the buggy as they open
- 8:20 - the buggy steers between a forest
of legs
- 9:16 - as mum chats to the cashier, the buggy is abandoned down

Norland College buggy ride from National Literacy Trust on Vimeo.

I know if I need the stroller I will keep her in it as long as possible on the car seat so she may face me.. But whenever possible wearing you baby is one of the most loving things you can do with them.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We are all Princesses....

photo by Rhea Twilleager.

"I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he?"

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies; Disney's "A little princess"

As a little girl, I grew up quite the daddy's girl, he would take me everywhere with him, and I felt so loved, so protected and so happy.
One day when I was around 5 yrs old things changed, my father was 23 he got into a really bad car accident that left him hospitalized and in therapy for months.. he lost partial use of his right hand. He lost his job, his confidence and he lost me...

He became a bitter person, angry all the time and he seemed to be constantly feeling sorry for himself and lashing out on everyone. I was not my daddy's princess anymore..

He had his moments though, but he showed them in odd ways.. he would buy my brother and I a coke and a bag of chips if we were good and cleaned the house, he would yell and hit us if we did not. My mom was always at work because she pretty much supported the family ever since that accident.

But I am not writing a sad story here.. going back to that quote.. it always makes me cry, because if every single woman had a daddy who treated her that way the world would be so different. A girl needs her mother but a girl really needs her father as well..

Don't get me wrong there are many different types of families and some families don't have a dad in the picture because of divorce or even death, or because the family is just a mom or two moms.. moms can act like a dad too and viceversa, but I am not going to get to into that right now..

all I want to say is I am grateful for my husband because he is a great father to both our daughters, they pretty much have him wrapped around their little fingers, as it should be.

You see the relationship of a girl with her dad sets them up for future relationships, how they want to be treated , respected, loved and protected. A woman isn't weak because she needs a prince to sweep her off her feet.. A strong woman knows what she wants, is strong enough to carry a household, work at or off the home (more often than not both) and still recognizes when she needs help and asks for it. Just like a father is no less of a man because he changes diapers and helps with house chores.

We are all princesses... some of us may not have had perfect fathers but I want everyone to know we are all princesses.. and we need to tell our daughters that. Especially if daddy is not in the picture.

Dear Daughters:

Never degrade yourselves
Never let someone use you
Respect yourself and others
Be caring kind and sweet and be tough

but most important... please don't fall for douche bags! ;)

Love mom and dad..

all girls are princesses.... so to all of you mothers with boys, please raise knights, raise chivalrous boys, raise self sufficient boys that if maybe their wife had too much on her plate and laundry didn't get done they can do a load themselves, they can cook they can clean they can help their partner... and most important, raise a man that can father future princesses.

The world needs it.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Different Parents, Different Methods....

Mainstream and Alternative Parenting.

Notice I did not use Mainstream vs Alternative parenting.... I have been around the block when it comes to parenting blogs, forums, meet up groups, pages, chat, videos and anything you can find on the web where people come together to exchange ideas, opinions and their own experiences on the parental roller coaster.

The camaraderie, the support, the information, the places to vent are there and offer great support when you find yourself about to be a first time mom and have no idea what to do and all you can go by are family and friends input which is uninvited half the time.

With the good also comes the ugly; the debates, guilt, finger pointing, shame, anger and division that comes with being on opposites sides of an issue like breastfeeding, baby wearing, circumcision, birth control, discipline, food, schooling etc.. etc ..etc...

Why is mainstream ....well.... mainstream and the rest is alternative?
DO we not want the alternative to be the norm? and why is it called alternative if it's healthy and natural?

There's so many questions and in reality the issues are so complex and it's not so black an white!
I have friends that mix it up, they breastfeed but use disposable diapers, or formula feed but they cloth diaper and other examples as well.... thing is we are all learning together some things just come more naturally to some than others.

I could go on and on about the complexities of parenting and the many gray areas but I'm going to get to the point.

I breastfeed, I cloth diaper, I home birthed, I baby wear, I co-sleep, I am not sure what to do with vax yet I am waiting... I am try to be gentle (most days) I have my bad days just like anyone else
but I also have a daughter whom I had in a hospital, I formula fed, I strolled her around, she sleeps in my room but in her own bed very opposite.

I have been on both sides of the story and I have felt at one point "Attacked" by people ... like the person I am now. I later understood that I made the decisions I first made the majority of the time for lack of information. I was not a bad parent nor do I think people that parent differently are bad..

I want to let my friends and family who have different ways of doing things that I am not trying to change their ways, I don't feel self righteous, nor am I judging them. I just want to provide information so that maybe someone will try different methods of doing things.. or not.

All and all it's for the benefit of our children.

I once disliked people like myself.. but at one point a light bulb went off and it was when I stopped thinking they were judging me that I became more open to their suggestions and though this was for me.

I hope this helps ... just wanted to say we are all different and it is when we accept that we are all different that we find we're really the same all along .. we want what is best.



Monday, August 30, 2010

Cloth Wipes are easy peasy clean up breezy!

As promised here's a segment on Cloth wipes.

Why Cloth wipes? well... the whole Eco-friendly natural parenting lifestyle has a ripple effect. Cloth diapers need Eco friendly laundry aides (I dislike calling them detergents since they don't have any) they need drying in the sun to eliminate stains thus using less energy and alas! They need cloth wipes.

Think about when you change a diaper. You wipe, you place a wipe inside the diaper and you dispose of it though in some places in Europe it is Illegal, and the World Health Organization is against it! why?

BECAUSE FECAL MATTER CARRIES DISEASE! you can read a nice article about that here.

I am guilty of doing it before and a lot of people are as well, the disposable diapers have instructions to flush the poop out first then dispose of the diaper... who does that? might as well be cloth diapering right? ;)

Back to cloth wipes though....

they're easy you can either make them yourself or buy them and you can do two methods

  • The wet method: you place cloth wipes in a container or wipe warmer and you make or buy a diaper solution which consists of oil, water, soap and some antibacterial agent.
Here's a great site with a recipe on making your own cloth diaper solution.

  • The Dry Method: You place the solution in an inexpensive spray bottle and spray your baby's bum and wipe or spray the cloth and then wipe.

The last one is my favorite because you don't have to deal with the wipes getting dry or musty.

You wipe excess poop from baby into the diaper and you flush that down the toilet, make sure you hold on to the diaper or you could loose it! then throw everything in a pail to either wash by hand or washing machine. And really I don't know if it's just me but my own kid's poop doesn't gross me out.. it's poop it comes with the territory!

Today I made a simple solution brewing chamomile and mixing it with water baby wash and baby oil. I will be experimenting with different solution as I go along to find the one I like..fun times right ;)

As for traveling this is my set up, simple and cheap! Hope this inspires you to try it out!
Would you like me to include some fancy cloth wipes made by myself for my next giveaway?

let me know! write to me on facebook!

Breastfeeding Rocks!!

A recent article by Nursing Freedom "Marketing Breastfeeding: your ideas" asked the following:

"How would you give breastfeeding a makeover so that women view it as glamorous, sexy, essential? Or fill in your adjective - what attributes do you think we can emphasize to make breastfeeding more acceptable, appealing, desirable to more women?"

First of all, think about the women who are having these babies?

They're women in their 20's who were born during the 80's grew up in the 90's

They are part of the Generation Y or MTV generation.

I remember seeing this image and thought oh yaay, breastfeeding rocks!

It's an Image of Jerry Hall nursing her baby and looking stunning!

I think Billboards or more magazine ads with musicians nursing their babies would be so effective, what if we would have had Gwen Stefani or Britney Spears doing nursing campaigns? Unfortunately Celebrities are a big influence in our generation and they know that! more of them should step up and encourage the general public.

We also know how successful MTV's "Teen Mom" has become, I wish some of those girls would have breastfed. Why not add a documentary about the teen moms who did choose to breastfeed.

The Bottom line is we need to have breastfeeding in the media , in more fashion magazines, more talk shows, more sitcoms. We need more Kourtney Kardashians, more Salma Hayeks, more Bethenny Frankels, More Gisele Bundchens out there!

Because Breastfeeding Rocks!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Corporate America is raising children...

Pampers®, Gerber®, Similac®, Evenflo®, Huggies®, Enfamil®, Graco®....

If you're a parent you know these brands ..

If you get anything less than these brands you're doing a disservice to your baby right?

When I had my first daughter I certainly felt that way. I thought she deserved the "best". Well 4 yrs and another baby later I have realized that the Mommy is best!

Food Source: Mom
Diapers: Cloth
Stroller, bouncer, crib,: Mom

Raising an Eco friendly, healthy, secure child = Priceless!

Cheap doesn't always equal low quality.
OUR CHILDREN Should NOT be part of the "Gerber® Generation"

Why are these companies telling us their products are better and more convenient, they really aren't. How did we become so disconnected to primal and instinctual parenting. I am not saying if you buy those brands that you're a bad parent don't get me wrong I actually still have some of those things, and at times yes they are practical.

What I am saying is don't even beat yourself up if you can't afford brand names just know that you being there is enough. Also Give the smaller businesses a break!

buy used, recycle, resell.. there is nothing wrong with that ;)

And from now I pledge every baby shower I am going to, I will be providing some cloth diapers as a gift. And well of course cute baby clothes because everyone loves shopping for cute baby clothes :P

Don't raise a McBaby! Raise a MyBaby! <---- Corny I know ;)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Goodbye 20's Hello 30's ...

photo by Valerie Durham

It's 11pm (PST) And I am sitting here.. savoring my last moments as a 29 yr old.

When I was 15 I often dreamt of where I would be when I was 30.
30 seemed like the age where I would be a full grown woman that had all of her stuff together.

I envisioned myself married (check), whith children (check), owning my house, owning a car, having a great career, and plenty of money.

Hmmm.... I guess yes I do have a house (rented), a car (my husband's I don't drive), and actually I do have a great career! I am a mother! , and the money.. yes I have it but I didn't imagine bills in the picture.

SO as I sit here thinking, did I do it? Do I have everything I dreamed of?

The answer is YES!!!!

I have a wonderful husband, two amazing girls, a home, a purpose and my needs met.

There you go world..... I have arrived!! I am a grown woman!

bring it on 30's I am ready! the best is yet to come!

Walking through wal-mart....

Yesterday while strolling by the children's section at wal-mart on my way to the fabric section I noticed a tutu set... My 4yr old has been bugging me that she wants to wear a tutu to school, I have made her one but it's too extravagant to wear at school and this one was simple.

I was looking at them when I overheard a little girl with two women say in Spanish "yo quiero uno!" (I want one) To which one of the women replied also in Spanish "ay, pero eso es para una chamaca fea y tu estas bonita" (yeah, but that's for an ugly brat and you're beautiful) the child continued to repeat the same thing and the woman replied the same answer.

I just laughed and had a conversation with my husband about that...

I'm all about telling your children they are beautiful, smart, funny, etc.. but what I find is appalling is to remark that some other child is ugly. It's like telling them you're beautiful and everyone else is ugly.

How are we supposed to make the next generation better that way?

my 4yr old is color,height, shape, ability blind.. she does not know the word fat or disabled nor she distinguishes differences in race, she talks to people with the same respect and looks at them the same. I tell her she is beautiful but that everyone else is beautiful too.

I am not naive and think this will be the case forever... she will eventually know there is a difference and sadly other children whose parents teach them their own prejudiced views will make sure to teach her that.

Ever hear a small child point and laugh at someone overweight or different? I never blame the child I blame the parent who is usually mortified thinking "where does little Billy, get those things?" It's from you! he learned it from you!

My hope is that when she grows up she keeps her compassionate side, I hope she can stand up for people and not be afraid to disagree with her friends, I hope her mind is not a collective one.. I hope she knows aesthetic beauty is in the eye of the beholder but lucky is the person who gets to know a person's true beauty, up close. Therefore to not judge.

I hope more kids grow up that way... I hope more of us make sure of that.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Children learn what they live....

I remember reading this poem about 3 years ago, it struck such a chord with me so much that It changed the way I was doing things, it turned me into a more instinctual gentle mom. It made me realize that great parenting isn't buying the best brands or the latest gadgets, great parenting isn't ruling with fear, great parenting isn't repeating vicious cycles because that is how you were raised. Great parenting is being available for your children as much as possible, to pick them up when they cry, to kiss their booboos, to cuddle them to sleep, to love them when they're good and love them enough when they're bad to not discipline out of anger and frustration.

We all have our bad days I am far from a perfect parent even then there is no perfection when it comes to parenting... I've lost my temper , I've raised my voice .. but I am learning..but I always keep this in mind....

Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

It's never too late to kiss your children and tell them you too are learning right along with them...

Flip Diaper system

Look at the clothesline in my backyard in all its glory! The grass not so much though (I don't water backyard grass in the summer it's futile in southern Cali it just wastes water.)

I have found a new passion.. cloth diapering! I do not know why I didn't do this with my first, it' easy peasy! and cheap!

There comes a time in one's life especially in this economy where you start looking long and hard at the things that used to be essential. Are they really essential or where they really a luxury? Could I live without? Disposable diapers where one of those things.. I was doing the math one night, we were spending $10 a week on jumbo diapers, our daughter was 3 months. We had just barely ran out of diapers we got from the baby shower. I decided to look into cloth diapering and I was shocked! an average of $20 per "all in one insert"!! you need at least 10 if you want to wash them all at night and have them ready for the next day! and that is an initial investment of $200 still cheaper in the long run but too much to put out up front.

And then I ran into flip diapers Not only where they easy to use but easy on our pockets. With an average initial investment of $50 for a stay dry pack which includes 6 amazingly absorbent inserts and 2 reusable covers and great reviews I was willing to give them a try!

I was very excited when they arrived I had previously seen a video review on youtube so I was already familiar with how to use them but the instructions on the box were easy.

I used them with no problems, she did not leak and it was very easy. I actually have survived with just the 6 inserts and the 2 covers because it is summer so as you saw earlier I hang them out to dry. I hand wash them as they get dirty.

Here's some tips.

  • Use a good chemical/detergent/enzyme free laundry soap, I just fell in love with countrysave, I'll tell you why.. I found out quickly that regular detergent stays in the cloth diaper, no matter how many times you rinse every time you wring it more soap comes out, this also makes the liner look old quick and not absorb as much I quickly switched and my diapers looked great again and it takes very little soap when you hand wash about 1 tablespoon for a small bucket. Now that is savings in detergent!

  • Poopie diapers! NO, they're not as scary as you might think.. here's a quick tip, if you can wash them immediately. I found out if I put the liner in the toilet and flush, the suction from the flush will scoop out the top layer of poo and then you can just wash the rest. No need for fancy toilet hoses.

  • Poopie Stains... two words.. SUN BLEACHING! it's difficult to get the poopie stains out by just washing but take them out in the sun for a bit and your cloth liners are white and bright once more!

  • Cloth wipes. When you use disposables you usually wipe and put the dirty wipe in the diaper and throw it away. With cloth you can spray the baby's bum with some water and just wipe with a nice soft flannel wipe, you can make them yourself! (I will have a tutorial on cloth wiping as soon as I can) This solves the problem of what to do with disposable wipes and you use less landfill space.

  • You will eventually need a couple more covers as they do tend to smell like urine after a couple of wears even though they're waterproof on the inside, you can either wipe them down or I just wash them and hang out one in the sun and switch them out as I go.

  • Just try it! it becomes second nature in no time! you'll be wondering why disposables even exist! These cloth diapers are certainly not our grandma's cloth diapers! They're super easy!

I recently ordered another cover and 5 more inserts for $36. This will probably do for a while and eventually I can get more especially before the winter when I will have to use my washer/dryer . But Considering my baby will use these until she is potty trained AND my next baby can use them as well.. the savings are huge! But not only that.. We make our children Eco-friendly, our landfills are full of diapers that in our lifetime and our children's lifetime will never go away... we need to be more earth conscious not for us but for our future generations.. I had my first child in disposables for 3 years.. I felt guilty having more children and having the same impact on the earth but it's never too late!

And if you don't feel like you can do it! Just try 1 cloth diaper a day! 1 a day throughout your child's diaper years can still make a HUGE difference!

Save Money,Save the Earth !

for this little chubby face and yours!


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