May working moms want to cloth diaper and they’re completely sold on it, until it comes time to think about childcare. If family will be taking care of baby, then it’s pretty easy to figure out (odds are grandma and grandpa are familiar with cloth diapering and will excited to see the spiffy new diapers out there!), but if you’re looking at a child care facility like the traditional day care, you might have some trouble. Have no fear! We have successfully had two children in daycare in cloth diapers for a little over two years now and I’m going to give you the secrets to making it work! Continue reading “The Secret to Cloth Diapering in the Child Care Setting”
- Borrow instead of buy. Ask a friend to borrow a dress for a formal occasion. Borrow that tool that you only need once a year from a neighbor. Borrow books from the library. Rent movies from a local video store. By buying less, you’ll have less waste coming into your home from packaging, receipts, tags, etc.
- Buy used. Check out pawn shops, consignment shops/sales, garage and yard sales, church rummage sales, etc. for things you need and will use often. Kids clothes are a great item to buy used as they out grow each size so fast that there’s usually a plethora of used kid’s clothes that are hardly worn. Check out garage sales for appliances that need replacing or for unique housewares.
- Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk can help reduce the packaging that comes into your house. Just don’t get fooled by bulk packages that are really just multiples of the normal package with extra packaging holding them together.
- Don’t buy single use items. Paper plates, napkins, and towels, plastic cups, flatware, and bags- these convenience items are a terrible drain on our resources. Whenever possible, use reusable alternatives and if you have to buy one-time use items, try to recycle or compost them afterwards. (Go the extra step and eliminate single-use diapers, toilet paper, or feminine hygiene products.)
- Bring your own packaging. Bringing your own shopping bags is becoming more and more popular, but you can also bring your own reusable produce bags or mason jars for loose items.
- Save gift bags you receive to use again when you have a gift to give.
- Rinse and reuse plastic food containers.
- Save bread and tortilla bags and reuse to hold snacks or as trash bags for road trips.
Most of us think of taking bags of plastic bottles and soda cans to big green dumpsters when we think of recycling, and while that is an awesome way to reduce your trash output, there are other ways to recycle things around the house as well. If you’re just getting started, check out these tips on recycling.
Composting is the ultimate green recycling. Home composting can take your kitchen and yard scraps and turn them into glorious dirt, perfect for growing your own organic veggies. There are plenty of ways to compost and I’m sure you can find a system that works for your household. (Foods that can’t be composted can usually be sent through the garbage disposal instead of doing in the trash bag.)
Return food packaging to the producer when appropriate. Local egg farms usually love for you to return your egg cartons as they can be pretty pricey to buy new. Some companies will take back their glass bottles to refill them (many companies stopped this program some time ago, but there are still some accepting bottles, check with any local bottling plants).
You can do it!
We just took our trash can to the curb to be picked up for the first time in over a month (maybe about six weeks). It took us that long to fill the can up. It may seem cumbersome at first and it can be trying, but if you just take it one step at a time, you can significantly reduce the amount of trash your household produces.
Here are some Pinterest boards to help you find tips and tricks to reduce your trash output:
- Tips to Reduce Waste: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/waste-less-reduce/
- Reusable items: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/reuse-no-more-disposable/
- Composting: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/compost-creation/
- General “green” tips: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/greener-life/
- Canning Info (great way to keep food from being waste!): http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/canning/
- Cloth Diapering: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/cloth-diapering-crazies/
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/reduce-reuse-recycle/
- Earth Day Activities for Kids: http://www.pinterest.com/OurLittleClan/earth-day-activities/
Ok, another late post, but I just realized I never posted these photos!
The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an event put on by the Real Diaper Association to raise awareness of cloth diapers. Each year we try to break/set a new world record using cloth diapers. In 2013, each site through out the world hosted their change at 11:00 am local time.
At exactly 11:00 each baby was changed into a 100% reusable cloth diaper. This was Abilene’s first time to participate and we had 46 babies changed at our location. Worldwide we had 8,331 qualifying babies changed!
I’m already planning for next year’s event on April 26th. I’m hoping we can go even bigger and better (and maybe make the top 10 locations!)
Here are some photos from last April
|Alex and I were very honored to be on KTAB 4U to promote the GCDC.|
|Before the change, everyone holds up their 100% reusable diaper.|
|Afterwards, everyone holds up their freshly changed baby!
It’s not a race, but Philip was very proud to be one of the first to finish. 😉
|We were blessed to have a great photographer offer family photos and take our official before and after shots. Emerald Lemmons is a wonderful lady and great photographer.
You can find more about Emerald here.
|Here’s Alex in his outfit for the big day!|
|We were blessed with a number of sponsors who provided samples and coupons for our participating families.
This was when I first learned about Milkin’ Cookies. You can find more info on them here (affiliate link).
|We had tons of great giveaway sponsors including local WAHMs, Kid’s Village, Baby K’tan, Nose Frida and so many more!|
Here is a complete list of our local sponsors. (Links provided if available.) Thanks again to everyone who helped out and changed their babies for making Abilene’s first event a huge success!
Seconds Count CPR
Angels of God Doula Care
Twice Upon A Time
Amanda Pope Beach, DoTERRA Essential Oils
Hayle Cochran, Scentsy
The Gathering Place
Kristen Patterson, Discovery Toys
Chick-fil-A North Abilene
Big Country School Supply
I have several friends expecting right now. I’ve really enjoyed getting creative with gifts for them. Here are a couple of cloth diaper/wipe “cakes” I’ve made recently.
|Here’s a rose I made out of six cloth wipes
for a friend’s gender reveal party.
|One of my male co-workers’ wife is expecting.
They aren’t using cloth diapers (can’t convince everyone)
but I made a motorcycle out of blankets and
Gerber prefolds (my fav burp cloths ever!).
|Side view of the motor cycle.
This includes 10 Gerber Prefolds, 3 receiving blankets,
two pairs of socks, one bottle, and one teddy bear.
I am an avid pocket diaper lover. They comprise most of my stash, but don’t really work for us over night. Alex is just too heavy of a wetter. We’ve been using a couple of fitteds at night but were getting leaks. The diapers were soaked in the morning and so were his jammies. So, even though I was not particularly interested in prefolds, I jumped at the chance to try Chickapea Baby Extended Tab Perfolds.
|Chickapea Baby Extended Tab Prefolds|
Chickapea Baby is a mom-owned business run by Melony, mom to four here in Abilene. Current offerings include the homemade extended tab prefolds, cloth wipes, teething jewelry or “bling”, and boingos. You can read my review of the boingo here.
I prepped the diaper and booster on the stovetop to make it a bit quicker and hung both pieces on the line. Putting the diaper on seemed a little daunting, but I studied Melony’s instructions and practiced a few times diapering a stuffed animal first. I was able to get the diaper on and secured properly. I was pretty proud of this and may have done a little happy dance. (No judging.) I will say that when Alex is particularly squirmy, it can be a challenge. I think once I’ve gotten more used to it, I’ll be able to do it faster.
We had no leaks that night! Or any other night we’ve used this diaper. Some nights, the diaper doesn’t even feel soaked all the way through. I’m using a hemp diaper with a booster “insert” for added absorbency. Overall, it’s a great diaper and much less daunting than it seemed! I might just be a prefold convert!
We’re trying to find the cover that will work for us but have used a Flip and a Sweet Pea cover with success. After the diaper was prepped I just included it with our regular diaper laundry. It does take longer to dry then my pockets, but it’s so much thicker!
I’ve already picked up another medium (the size Alex fits now) and have ordered two larges for when he grows out of this size, which probably won’t be any time soon. You can get the diapers in hemp (what we used) or bamboo. There are a variety of prints. We have “All Crabby” (so cute!) and a striped one.
I received our All Crabby diaper at a discounted price as part of a small test group. I was not compensated for this review.
|Boingo Diaper Fastner (photo from Chickapea Baby)|
Over the weekend I tried my first extended tab prefold (review to come). This was my first diaper that didn’t have snaps or aplix and I was a little worried. I had seen Snappis before, but they were a bit confusing and I couldn’t ever find them locally (I probably wasn’t looking in the right places). Anywho, I was trying out this diaper and decided I’d give the Boingo a try.
The Boingo is two little gripper pieces on a tight rubber band type thing with awesome stars on each end. You attach one side to each side of the diaper and you’re done. It really was pretty simple and now I don’t know why I always thought they were so daunting.
I was worried about using it as I had heard that the Snappis aggravated reflux in some babies, but I didn’t notice any problems with the Boingo. (I’ve never tried the Snappi so I can’t compare the two from personal experience.)
I got mine from Chickapea Baby for $5 per pair. (Link to purchase) It worked really well and was really cute. If you’re going to be using any type of diaper without built-in fasteners, this would be my recommendation.