As a cloth diapering, eco-conscious mama, do you ever find yourself in uncomfortable situations with non-cloth mamas? Ever been subjected to the raised eyebrows, the snide comments, or have you yourself, perhaps without thinking, participated in this kind of behavior? Do you ever feel a little like you're in a kind of battle?
My amazing little girl suddenly exploded into speech at about 13 months old. With this new ability to express what she wants and needs, everyone in our family is very excited. “Up!” “Down!” and “Nurse!” are some of her favorites, but the list has just grown and grown since then. At 16 months old, she can ask for just about anything she wants. She’s still using mostly just one word at a time, but there really isn’t much of anything she won’t say. I love being able to say, “Sweetheart, use your words,” when she starts to whine or cry because she wants something and then to watch her face light up as she searches for the word that will best express her current desire.
So, I have this problem and its called obsessive cloth diapering. Many of you probably know it all too well. You see that fluffy piece of cloth diaper goodness on your computer screen and you must have it because its different from any other piece of fluff you have! And besides, even though your stash is overflowing to the extent that it can no longer be contained in your dresser, shelf, or basket, you need it. I admit to having this problem. However, Im also quite stingy so I generally drool over the fluff without buying because my baskets are so overflowing that they are literally bursting at their corn husk seams. So, if I MUST have it, I find ways of getting it for free or ridiculously cheap by either finding a knock-your-socks-off-deal, making it myself, or doing a trade with a WAHM. But when I cant make it or find it for free, I will buy it if Ive convinced myself I need it. Thats how I had full stashes of flats, prefolds, fitteds, and pocket diapers.
Guest contributor Laura shares with you her thoughts on cloth diapering and what diapers she's building her stash with.
Laura has also come to realize that she believes cloth is actually more convenient than disposables. Read her thoughts in this great article.
Becca shares the inspiration behind her participation in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge and why she's accepted it and is ready to give it a go. Will you join her?
Take the Flats and Handwashing Challenge to help prove that cloth diapering can be easy, economical and can even be a viable option for those with little electricity or resources.
Lately the world wide web and especially cloth diapering communities have been buzzing around recent news articles bringing to light the fact that low-income families are having trouble affording diapers. Not only are they having trouble simply affording them, they're resorting to attempting to reuse soiled disposable diapers and/or knowingly leaving them on their babies for as long as possible in order to try and stretch the amount of use they can get out of a package of diapers.
We cloth diapering mommas have so many reasons why we use cloth diapers. We all know why cloth diapers are better than disposables and I know I am not the only one trying to sell my friends on the idea. They are less wasteful than disposables. They are cheaper in the long run. They are softer and more comfortable on our babies bum. And they are just plain cuter!
Yes, You Really Can Work Full-Time (outside of the home) and Use Cloth Diapers!
Okay, so the title is somewhat misleading. Whether you work full-time at or away from home, as a mother, you discover you really can't have or do it all, but that is not to say that we can't try, right? When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to cloth diaper. In trying to find support with my family and friends (who all looked at me like I was crazy by the way!), I eventually turned to the internet as my main informational resource. I couldn't believe how many great sources of information there were out there, and I didn't realize what a come back cloth diapering had made either. I quickly found a supportive, online community via amazing blogs such as this one, discussion forums, websites, social networking sites, and so on. Before my daughter was even born, I had undertaken a plethora of knowledge on cloth diapering including terms such as AIO/AI2, fitteds, diaper covers, stripping, sunning, Zorb, wet bags, diaper sprayers, wet/dry pails, the pros and cons of synthetic versus natural fibers, cloth diaper safe ointments/detergents, the no-no's of fabric softeners, etc., etc.