3 Things Learned in Our First 3 Months of Using Cloth Diapers

3 Things Learned in Our First 3 Months of Using Cloth Diapers

We had a complete stash of cloth diapers well before our baby was born. We were so excited about them that we just couldn't stop buying them and also won many free diapers in giveaways (check out my giveaways, there may be one that includes cloth diapers right now!). I had read reviews about almost every diaper ever made from various blogs. I read about wash routines, troubleshooting smells and stains, and the best nighttime solutions to prevent leaks. I had done so much research that I got a little cocky and thought everything would be smooth sailing. But with anything, a little practice makes perfect!

Here are the 3 biggest lessons we learned in our first 3 months of cloth diapering

1. There is no universal cloth diaper wash routine.

I read every blog post I could find on washing cloth diapers. I knew it would be more difficult to wash in an HE machine but I didn't expect to have an ammonia problem after just 3 weeks. In addition to having a top-loading HE machine we also have hard water since we have a well. Obviously the ever-popular cold rinse-hot wash-cold rinse with a very well known cloth diaper detergent was not enough to get our diapers clean, though it is a good place to start. We had to troubleshoot what would really work for our machine and our water type to eventually find what works. Don't be afraid to experiment!

2. One-size cloth diapers do not exist.

Ok, this is an exaggeration. But they definitely do not work on an 8 pound baby as many say they will. Not only were they ridiculously uncomfortable looking on my baby because of all the bulk but the legs were way too big that there were often leaks simply because there were gaps around her little chicken legs. I was so happy we had a separate newborn stash because many of our one-size diapers did not fit comfortably until she weighed 11 pounds (and even then still were bulky).

3. Cloth diapering is very easy.

A lot of people have the misconception that cloth diapering takes getting used to or is really a lot of extra work. I just haven't found this to be the case at all. Modern cloth diapers can be changed as quickly as disposables. The dirty diaper is then thrown in the wet bag/pail the same as a disposable is thrown in a trash can. Then you "take out the trash" by throwing them in the washing machine and letting it do all the work. You'll spend some time putting the diapers together with stuffing pockets or folding All-In-Ones to be put away but it doesn't take any longer than folding a regular load of laundry. I honestly don't feel as though they are a burden at all. My daughter is not old enough for solids yet, so her poop is easy to deal with at this point. Once baby starts solid foods you'll have the extra step of removing the poop from the diaper. But if you have actually read a pack of disposable diapers you are supposed to dispose of poop in the toilet anyway to keep it out of landfills so removing solid poops from diapers should be done regardless of what diaper type you choose.

Did cloth diapering live up to your expectations when you started?

Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins Giveaway ~ Ends 5/1

Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins Giveaway ~ Ends 5/1
Welcome to the Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins Giveaway
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Become The Ultimate Homemaker

I'm super excited about this huge event next week! I can barely keep it a secret but I've been sworn to secrecy for the time being. What I can tell you is it will be totally amazing. You know I've been struggling with my hopeless homemaking skills and getting in the swing of this stay-at-home-mom gig. And next weeks event is sure to set my feet in the right direction.
 
Like I said, I can't divulge the full details but I can give you some info on this fabulous event. There will be a an ebook bundle on sale with over 80 books & resources from top bloggers focusing on keeping a home, natural health, frugality, working at home, homeschooling and so much more. The books will be available in PDF and Kindle formats. The whole bundle goes on sale next Wednesday, April 23 for just $29.97. It will only be available for 6 days!

And that is not all!
There are 10 bonus items with the bundle worth over $200! These are included in the bundle for less than the $30 sale price! I can't reveal what they are yet but they are going to be so useful to me in my journey to becoming a better homemaker and mom.

I've had the chance to review a few of the ebooks in the bundle and I'm loving them. I can't wait to read the rest of them (I've seen the full list of the bundle and trust me its all good!). Be on the lookout for my reviews of those books after the launch of the bundle sale.

Save this link so you can check out the bundle when it goes on sale next Wednesday, April 23: https://us154.infusionsoft.com/go/bundle/a1076/ (and get a little preview right now if you visit!)

If you are interested in learning more about the bundle save the link above. I'll send out reminders on my social media accounts about the sale and mention it again when I post my reviews of some of the books in the bundle.

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Stay tuned!

Evenflo Platinum Series Triumph LX Car Seat Giveaway ~ Ends 4/30

Welcome to the Evenflo Platinum Series Triumph LX Car Seat in Fischer Giveaway!
Evenflo Platinum Series Triumph LX Car Seat Giveaway ~ Ends 4/30

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I'm so excited to be able to offer another car seat giveaway on the blog. Evenflo makes a reliable and safe car seat, so you don't have to worry about baby. I know many of you stopping by are expecting so this would be perfect for you!

I'm A Hopeless Homemaker

I'm A Hopeless Homemaker

Since leaving my life as a professional student to be a stay-at-home-mom with my daughter I feel as though our home has spiraled out of control. Things are strewn all about, important paperwork needs organizing and create piles on tables and couches, baby items have over taken every room, and stacks of folded clothes never get put away so I just keep wearing the same things.

My daughter is not interested in entertaining herself and won't stay with a babysitter without screaming almost the entire time, so this new mama is tired and feeling like a failure. I remember thinking at one point in my pregnancy that I went to medical school which means I took on more work than is humanly possible on no sleep, so surely I can handle staying at home with my baby. Wrong. I never imagined staying at home with a baby could be such hard work!