So part of my job is that I get to try things out and see how they work. This is very cool! On our Facebook page, there is always talk about laundry and the best detergents to use. There are families who are strict in their CD friendly detergent use. Then, there are families who’ve only had good luck with detergents that aren’t recommended by CD companies.
I thought I’d give one particular detergent a try. It will remain nameless, however, to protect the innocent. *wink wink* I started washing my butterbean’s diapers in this detergent. I only use a very small amount for a couple of reasons. One: I only wash 3 to 4 diapers at a time as my little one is potty trained during the day. Two: This detergent is fairly “strong” and you don’t need much.
When I first started using the new detergent, I didn’t really notice much difference good or bad. My stash didn’t seem to get any cleaner or fluffier than they did with my personal favorite detergent, Lulu’s in the Fluff. But I pressed on because I wanted to see what the fuss was about with this detergent.
Everything was normal for a couple of weeks. Then one morning I got a call from my mom who watches my butterbean for me. She said he had a terrible rash on his bum that looked like a sunburn. My heart dropped. The moment she said what it looked like I knew he had ammonia burn.
As soon as I got home I went to work. I had to fix my stash. I threw every insert, cover, pocket, and training pant in my top loading
washer. I filled up the washer with hot water. Then I put a pot of water on the stove. Just before the water started to boil, I took it off the stove and poured it over my stash. I let them soak for 2 to 3 hours and rinsed with cold water. Then I repeated the process 3 times over two days.
After the last rinse, I ran a hot wash with no detergent. Dried them as usual. I took the diapers out of the dryer with a prayer that there would be no more ammonia burn.
The next morning I called my mom and asked how the little bum looked. No ammonia burn!!! YAY!
So I’ve gone back to my favorite 1 tablespoon of Lulu’s. My diapers smell like…nothing. Clean and fresh. Just the way I like it. I hope you’ll find my experience helpful and useful in your own laundry fiascoes.
City: Tuscon, Arizona
Kid(s): Cecilia Ivy, almost 1 year old (April 6)!
Occupation: Stay-at-home-mom. I tell everyone that I am most certainly NOT a homemaker, as I suck at keeping up a house! :)
What is your favorite cloth diaper? FuzziBunz Perfect Size Diapers are my absolute favorite. My daughter can still wear smalls, amazingly enough!
What is your nighttime diapering routine? Nights are when we use FB mediums. We stuff them with a regular insert and a trifolded prefold. They are bulky, but they really work!
What is your particular style of parenting? I’m pretty crunchy! I am an attachment parenting, babywearing, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping kind of mama. I also love making stuff we use in the house, like laundry detergent, cleaning cloths (I crochet), cleansers for the house and the family, and I do a ton of cooking. But, like I said before, not so good at the cleaning part!!
What were your reasons for cloth diapering? Well, they are adorable! I also like the sustainability of cloth, and the money saving!
What is your favorite meal to prepare for your family? Garlic rotisserie chicken, agave and butter glazed carrots and roasted potatoes.
What do you do to make time for yourself? I take a little “me” time at night. When my daughter goes to sleep, my husband generally does as well, so they snuggle down in bed, and I have some quiet alone time!
Favorite Quote: Babies act out when they’re hungry, cold, and tired. They do this for survival.” –Marilu Henner. I love this quote because it sums up how I feel about my parenting style. I believe that babies who are attached to their parents grow up to be more secure, independent and self-confident adults.
What advice do you have for new cloth diapering moms? Don’t stress about it! Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be complicated, and it also doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing. Start small if you want to–buy a handful of new or used diapers, and see how they work for you. Even better, ask a friend who already cloth diapers if they have a couple you can borrow. Start small, and you will probably end up addicted like I am! :)
City: Indiahoma, OK
Kids: Rocco Gentry, 3 months
Occupation: X-Ray Technologist/collector of useless college degrees
What is your favorite cloth diaper? I rotate between FuzziBunz OS, Rumparooz, & newly acquired Happy Heinys.
What is your nighttime diapering routine? For some reason I always stick to a FuzziBunz OS with one micro fiber insert and one hemp Happy Heinys Stuffins. It always works. And once it’s on, Rocco’s little tush takes on the physical characteristics of a football helmet.
What is your particular style of parenting? Laughter. Major doses of laughter. Poor Rocco has no chance with us. He cries…we laugh. He pees on us…we laugh. Now that I think about it this could actually be sleep deprivation. Is that a style?? Really I just stick with the belief that whatever works for our family is right for us. The end.
What were your reasons for cloth diapering? Aside from the obvious reason of wanting to annoy the bajeezus out of my husband by reminding him how much of a hippie he married? I kid, I kid. While terrified in the beginning, he totally loves them now. We do it to save money. Which is totally backfiring because all I want to do is buy. more. diapers.
What is your favorite meal to prepare for your family? While pregnant I renewed my affinity for grilling. Which was STUPID because summer in Oklahoma is hotter than Eric Northman from True Blood. That being said, I will totally throw down on some steaks with grilled peppers, asparagus, and mushrooms. Especially if it’s college football season. Oh yes.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom? Least favorite? Favorite- The #1 inarguable (and BEST) reason to bail on ANYTHING. Oh I really would LOVE to hear all about your awesome kid/vacation/things I can’t afford and look at all 1,278 pictures you took of that leaf, but I’ve got to go feed my son. Least favorite- Once you have a kid everyone thinks you are supposed to be all mature and what not. Pffft. Also, I have a sudden urge to be stabby when people touch my kid without asking if it’s ok.
What do you do to make time for yourself? There isn’t a lot of that happening since it seems like I am constantly nursing Rocco. Because he’s a giant. So what I do is put as much money into Rocco’s college savings so that he can go to a nice college. Far away. Preferably for his masters.
List favorite quote: “There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it.”
What advice do you have for new cloth diapering moms? Don’t be surprised how many people will question this. The only person that needs to know how amazingly AWESOME cloth diapering is would be you. And your significant other. And tell anyone who turns their nose up at you to shove it. Juuuust kidding. Kind of. Never be apologetic for something that works for your family.
Super Power? I can see your bones. MWAHAHAHA!! Sorry…too much?
I have a confession to make…
Lately my attitude stinks. Stinks worse than Limburger cheese. I’ve been cranky, rude, and hateful. It’s disgusting really. I came to a point last week where I couldn’t even stand myself. Just imagine how the people around me felt. It is a miracle I have any remaining friends.
Unfortunately, this is not my first trip on the “Bad Attitude Merry-Go-Round.” Most definitely will not be my last.
The only person responsible for my attitude is moi and I have to be the one to make the about-face. So I made a mental pro vs. con list. Basically what I realized is my life is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L, even with all the junk that threatens to choke me.
My pastor’s sermon text this past Sunday was in Philippians 4. Philippians is one of my faves and probably the most “marked up” book in my Bible. I’ve studied it quite a bit. But, as one of my friends says (a lot), “Repetition is the key to learning.” And he’s right. One thing I realized during the sermon Sunday was how joyful Paul was in spite of being in prison for preaching the gospel. If Paul can be filled with joy as a prisoner, I surely can handle my situation with joy.
How’s your attitude? Are you of the Limburger persuasion? Take an inventory of your life. If you woke up this morning, you are doing pretty well. Can you walk, talk, see, hear? The point I’m making is things are probably not as bad as they seem.
The glorious news is you and I are works in progress! Maybe someday we will be where Paul was when he said, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13
City: Fall River, Massachusetts
Kids’ names and ages: Evangeline 8 months, and Seamus the Boxer 3 years
Occupation: Part-time retail associate, perpetual student, and full-time wife and mom.
What is your favorite cloth diaper? : We use both cloth and disposable diapers. I typically use unbleached pre-folds (I love how they soften and quilt up in the wash!) with Thirsties Duo covers. I also love AppleCheeks, and if my budget was larger I would add several more to my stash!
What is your nighttime diapering routine? I use disposables at night. I know, I know. Bad Mommy! But I’m fortunate in that I have a lovely baby who sleeps 10-12 hours each night.
She’s also a fairly heavy wetter. I haven’t managed to find a nighttime cloth diapering routine that keeps the crib from flooding!
What is your particular style of parenting? My parenting style and philosophy tends to gravitate toward the Attachment Parenting camp. I like to wear Evangeline in my trusty wrap (although, she’s getting a bit too big for it these days), and I try not to rely too much on “baby gear.” What I want more than anything is to have a strong bond with my daughter and for her to know she is loved unconditionally.
What are your reasons for cloth diapering? My reasons for cloth diapering are that it’s economical and convenient. Yes, I said “convenient.” If Evangeline is out of clean diapers, I can wash some more. I don’t have to pack her up, make a run to the market, pay a small fortune, and buy a pack of disposables. And, yes, we do use disposables as well, but it’s not a big deal if we run out. I’m writing this as we expect to receive 18-24 inches of snow overnight, so getting to the market won’t even be possible tomorrow!
What is your favorite meal to prepare for your family? I love batch cooking, especially soups and stews. Those dishes always make the best leftovers! My favorite is Five Bean Turkey Chili. I also love making pasta with homemade sauces.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom? Least favorite? My favorite thing about being a mom is–well, my daughter, and how loving her has truly made me a better person. My least favorite thing, without a doubt, is that thing all of us moms feel at one time or another: GUILT!
What do you do to make time for yourself? I work part-time, so sometimes I leave the house early for my shifts. I take the scenic route, I listen to music or catch up on my favorite podcasts. I sometimes stop for coffee. It helps me work better both at home and on the job. Also, I have a husband who doesn’t expect me to carry the whole burden and very eager grandparents who frequently kidnap their granddaughter. I work part-time as well, which helps preserve my sanity.
Favorite quote: At the moment–”It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.” ~Jane Austen
Advice for new cloth diapering moms: Don’t get too discouraged if, while doing your research, you find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Try as many different kinds of diapers as your budget allows and find something that works for your family. You can always sell the diapers that don’t work for you through a cloth diaper exchange to help recoup some of the cost. And don’t be afraid of the poop. As a mother, whether you use cloth or disposables, you WILL get pooped on.
Super power? I have an amazing voice recognition talent. I can name the actors from random commercial voice overs, cartoon voice overs, etc. I’m the IMDb of voices.
Jennifer “organizes the clutter in my brain on my blog listwish.wordpress.com”
One day last week, as I was packing and shipping “fluffy” packages, I ran out of butcher paper. We use it sometimes to pad boxes. Anyway, the new roll of paper was wrapped in plastic. I had the hardest time trying to get that plastic off. Of course, it didn’t help that I was in a hurry. After about 10 minutes of struggling with it, I finally succeeded. I took a big breath and I said to myself, “I will NOT be defeated.”
That may seem silly to you, but this has become my mantra for the past 7 months or so. You see, I never thought I’d be where I am today. In fact, I never expected to be divorcing, living alone half the time and working as I’ve never worked before. I’m a single mother to a 2 ½ year old little boy who I love with my whole heart. I love my job and enjoy what I do immensely. I am content with my life as it is now. However, I did not come to this place of contentment overnight.
Adversity stinks. Period. Nobody wants to constantly be in strife. It would be nice if everything were peachy all the time. The only problem with that is we would lose appreciation for the “peachiness”. Adversity has a way of making you appreciate the great things in your life.
A particular Bible passage comes to mind. It is found in Romans 5:3-5. “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (ESV)
Do these verses mean that I should be jumping up and down with excitement over struggles? Uh…no. If you can do that, you let me know how. What I take from these verses is that while I definitely will not want to be going through whatever it is, I can appreciate that I’m going to learn patience, grow in character and have hope in Christ no matter what the struggle. I can take great comfort in the fact, (yes, fact) that God loves me. He wants to see me overcome.
And He promises that we will overcome, through Him. Romans 8:35-39 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are MORE THAN conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Emphasis mine) How awesome is that!? We be encouraged in Christ knowing that, through Him, we have the victory.
So, if it’s something as trivial as plastic wrap that will not come off or as serious as going through a divorce, you can and will overcome with Christ’s help. Just rely on Him and don’t give up.
City: Central Pennsylvania
Kids: One son, Finn – 14 months
Occupation: First and foremost: Mommy! I also have a full-time gig as an Advertising/Marketing Copywriter (with a little freelance on the side.)
What is your favorite cloth diaper?: We have lots of different diapers that work in different situations, but our “go-to” diaper that never lets us down is a Fuzzibunz lined with a BabyKicks hemp insert.
What is your nighttime diapering routine? : Same as day, but we find that an extra hemp insert or gCloth helps to prevent leaks.
What is your particular style of parenting?I follow many of the principles of Attachment Parenting, and we try to let nature guide most of our parenting decisions. I wasn’t sure at first if it was possible to be a working mom and an AP parent, but now I know you can have both!
What were your reasons for cloth diapering?: Initially, we chose cloth for environmental reasons, as well as cost. But the first diapers we chose didn’t work for us and we stopped. An article in Mothering Magazine got us back on track at 5 months by reminding us that all other reasons aside, cloth is best for baby’s health.
What is your favorite meal to prepare for your family?: In the fall and winter, we love roasted root veggies from our garden. In the summer months, we love to top deep dish focaccia bread with whatever veggies and herbs we happen to pick that day.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom? Least favorite?: Choosing a favorite is difficult! More than anything, I really just love teaching my son, and watching him learn and grow. The snuggles are pretty great, too! As for my least favorite, I struggle with finding balance and feeling like I can’t give everything 100%.
What do you do to make time for yourself?: The parenting support I’ve found online has been priceless, so I make time to blog and tweet when I can. I also try to make use of my drive to work. I figure, if I have to be in the car, I might as well crank up the music and enjoy the time alone while I can, right? :)
Favorite quote: “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” ~ William Carlos Williams
What advice do you have for new cloth diapering moms/dads?: I would tell new CD moms to be prepared for a few snags along the way (laundry was mine.) And be sure to use your online community! There are tons of experienced moms out there just waiting to help you.
Super Power: I make little people!