Guest Posting

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Post contains affiliate links. Carolyn is a first time mom who has been cloth diapering for 7 months, and blogs at According to Carolyn. “I’m Carolyn! I’m a 20-something homemaker and aspiring crunchy mama to a wonderful,handsome, and exhausting son, Tonio! I am a stay at home mom and a natural parenting, attachment parenting, co sleeping, breastfeeding, cloth diapering/chemical free diaper advocate! I tend to go against the “norm” and choose to do what I believe is best for my children and want to leave a better earth for my family. I really like the quote “If you know better, DO BETTER!” I strive to live a natural and simple lifestyle but it’s a work in progress still! I started a blog to share my love of natural parenting and help others cloth diaper!” Today Carolyn is sharing her cloth diapering story. [click to continue reading]


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One of my readers, Hannah VW., traveled to Italy and used cloth diapers (flats) while she was there. She wrote the following guest post about her experience!

I’m Hannah VW and I’ve been using cloth diapers for our 21-month old son since he was born. We’re expecting another little one in November 2011 and are excited to cloth diaper him or her as well. I keep busy with being a mom and teaching piano and violin lessons.

Italy

My family recently had the exciting opportunity of traveling to Italy for a month with my husband’s co-workers and their families. After a few days of traveling and touring in Rome, we settled down in a cute little town called Petritoli near the Adriatic Sea. I used disposables for the flights and the days in Rome, but I packed cloth diapers to use during our 3 weeks in Petritoli, as well as day trips we took from Petritoli. I used one package of 36 disposables over the course of the trip, with a few left over at the end of the trip.

disposable diapers in italy disposable wipes in italy

I made the decision to use mainly cloth on the trip for many of the same reasons I use them at home. Buying diapers in the local grocery store in Petritoli would have cost over 40 US cents per diaper because of the exchange rate. Add in wipes, and it would have been pricey. The money we could have spent on disposable diapers got spent on more exciting little extras like gelato, sightseeing, and souvenirs. I was also happy not to leave any extra trash in Italy, especially since reducing trash seemed to be a priority in the town we stayed at (there were recycling bins for metal, glass, paper, and all other recyclables).

flat cloth diapers

At home I mostly use covers and prefolds, but since I knew I would not have a dryer and was unsure about what the washing machine would be like, I packed mainly flats and covers. I borrowed some flats from a friend in addition to my own to make sure I had enough for 18 changes (2 flats per change). I also packed cloth wipes, 2 pocket diapers, a swim diaper, flushable diaper liners, a large and small wet bag, and a small tub of Country Save detergent. I don’t regularly use flushable liners at home, but it was definitely worth taking them on this trip! I was also happy that I brought detergent, as all the locally available detergents were scented and most had added softeners. I was satisfied with what I took along and everything was useful: we used the swim diaper in the pool, and the pocket diapers were nice and simple to send with my husband when he would do a diaper change in a restaurant bathroom.

flat cloth diapers

Our second night in Petritoli my son and I woke up with the nasty flu bug that was circulating among our group. It was followed by a few days of diarrhea for my son. Amazingly, the cloth diapers contained all but one blowout, and I was able to better monitor how much he was wetting compared to normal, because I was using the diapers I was used to. It was during the 3 or 4 days after the diarrhea (as things were transitioning back to normal) that I was most thankful for the flushable liners!

Washing was similar to home: cold rinse, hot wash, extra rinse. Google Translate helped me make sure I was pressing the right buttons! The washer I used there was a front-loader, so I usually added a pot or two of extra water through the detergent opening, just in case. The diapers seemed to come out clean no matter if I added the extra water or not. I dried the diapers on a drying rack or any available fences or railings. During our illness, I turned the heat up on the washer from 60 degrees to 90, thinking it would help clean up the mess and sanitize things, forgetting how hot 90 degrees Celsius is. It curled the velcro a bit on my Best Bottoms shell, and turned the inside of the Kawaii pocket diaper decidedly less soft. My Thirsties and Bummis covers and BumGenius pocket diaper seemed unaffected.

flat cloth diapers

If you are considering taking an extended trip with cloth diapers, I highly recommend finding out as much as you can about the laundry facilities, using flushable liners, and taking your own detergent along. As far as what type of diapers to take, it probably depends what you normally use and what the laundry facilities are like, but you really can’t go wrong with flats and covers because they wash and dry easily and don’t take up as much space as other types of diapers. Good luck with your travel planning!


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All that’s missing from Alyssa’s life is a washer and dryer. She has access to coin operated machines within her building (certainly better than schlepping them to a laundromat!) but anyone who has paid for laundry knows how expensive it can get. So, she washed her diapers by hand every day, for several months. She agreed to allow me to post this so everyone can see that it can be done! -Maria

My name is Alyssa and I love cloth diapers. Like, really love. So much so that I went against everyone’s “advice” and decided to CD my daughter while living in an apartment with no washer/dryer. Our diaper laundry costs were pretty much the cost of what disposables would have been (I’m a bargain shopper.) But the money wasn’t the point. I wanted my daughter to have what I had. Nice, comfortable, and breathable cloth next to her tush =)

As for the laundry, we made it fit in the budget. We were struggling, but we weren’t on the brink of homelessness or anything. I probably could have continued to use my apartment building’s community laundry room. But, for some reason, the spirit of George Costanza took hold of me (it happens from time to time) and I decided that spending $40 a month on diaper laundry was inhumane, and that I would wash the diapers by hand all by myself, even if my arms lost all feeling during the process.

My diapers were always squeaky clean when I hand washed them. I think it was the individual attention of that final rinse and wring. (I always dunked and swished in the toilet right after a poopy diaper. I was pretty aggressive with it too. Plus, all the pre-soaking did the rest of the work for me.) I’m out of shape and admittedly kind of lazy. If I can do it, anyone can!

So this is basically it. These pics were taken about two years ago. I did this every day for a few months. Don’t mind the gross tiles. It’s not mildew, just really old and peely grouting that is in desperate need of redoing:

-Prerinse with Tea Tree Oil and Baking Soda

handwashing cloth diapers

-Swish swish swish. Notice my ghetto swishing stick. It’s a baseboard. I don’t even know how I came into posession of that. Moving on….

agitating diapers

-Drain. Then fill tub again but this time add detergent and OxyClean. Oh, and at this point, you might need a glass of wine. Then swish swish swish again for a while and leave them there for at least ten minutes. Drain.

soaking cloth diapers

-Squeeze out excess water with your (CLEAN) feet. In this pic are a lot of mama made diapers plus a few Happy Heiny’s, a Mac a Doodle, Roo Bug, and a few prefolds.

wringing cloth diapers

-Fill tub again. Rinse (by way of swishing.) Then using your sink, rinse and wring each diaper indiviudally.

rinsing cloth diapers

-Place on rack to dry. Have another glass of wine.

cloth diapers drying

I think I could have gotten away with doing a soak, wash, and rinse. I tend to go overboard…

-Alyssa

Do you think you’d cloth diaper if you had to hand wash then? What if you had to use coin operated laundry or lug them to a laundromat? Does anyone already do this? -Maria


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I’m featured on Chubby Cheeks Thinks!

by Maria Moser on September 8, 2010

in Guest Posting

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Chubby Cheeks Thinks is a really cute blog (the header makes me want a cupcake!!) with lots of reviews and giveaways.

Today, I’m the featured blogger!  Ch-ch-check it out!

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>My first “intro” post on Village of Moms is up here.  Over the next several days, there will also be a “cloth 101″ type series of posts from my point of view.  I’d love it if you checked it out.  I will try to post as my posts are posted (ha, postity post post post.)

She’s also doing some cloth giveaways in the next few weeks!

My Cloth 101 posts had me thinking and I wanted to clarify.  For a new cloth diaperer, all of the types of cloth diapers can be super overwhelming. 

I always thought that an all in one was a diaper that looked most like a disposable, with the absorbent layers sewn in.  You don’t have to do a thing but wash it.  They usually look something like this:

An “all in two” was a diaper that consisted of a waterproof outer layer and a separate, absorbent soaker, that either lays in or snaps into the shell.  Like this:
There are fitteds with soakers like this also, but since they don’t have a waterproof layer, they are fitteds (and need a cover) rather than all in twos.
So then there are what I call hybrids.  Gdiapers, Flips, GroVia etc.  They have a shell/cover that is used with various soaker pads, including disposable soakers.
Simple, right?  Wrong!  As diaper makers are trying to find their niche and make a unique product, the lines between diaper types are really becoming blurred.  The same diaper style that’s sold as an all-in-two above (and by many other diaper makers as well) is sold as an all in one when it’s made by Goodmama.
Waterproof outer, snap in soaker…all in one.  I had someone tell me that it was because the outer shell couldn’t be reused with a new soaker at the next diaper change.  The inner of the shell has material that would get wet/dirty and would need to be washed.  That the only true all in twos were the hybrid systems.
I respectfully disagree.  I may not be as seasoned as some other cloth diapering moms, but if I buy an all in one, I expect a diaper that can be used, washed, dried and used again, with no extra steps.  If it was two pieces, it’s an all in two.  In my mind, all in two just means that it has two pieces, and the hybrids, while they are all in twos, are really a different breed.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter, just be careful when you’re buying and ask for details and inside photos if you’re not sure what you’re getting. 
I guess I just wanted to throw this out there, since when I talked about All in Twos in my cloth 101 post, I really just talked about the hybrid systems.  It can be disappointing to not be clear on what the diaper is like (which is why I hope you all like my blog!)  I’ve bought all in ones that have sewn in soakers, sewn in in soakers with pockets, soakers that are only sewn at one end and have to be stuffed back in, snap in soakers and sewn in soakers with an extra flap soaker.  I’ve bought fitteds with most of the same types of soakers as well!  Then I’ve used at least two all in ones that were exactly the same as all in twos, but they were called all in ones.  Very confusing! 
I think the general definitions of “one” and “two” should drive the naming of diapers, not reusability of the shell, but that’s just my two cents!

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