4 Habits You’ll Instantly Drop When You Become a Parent

Posted 11-24-2014 at 01:18 PM by Rasha

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Becoming a parent is definitely one of the most incredible and awe-inspiring moments in your life. The second you lay your eyes on that little baby who just entered the world, both moms and dads know their lives have been changed forever—in a very good way. Becoming a parent can also really give you a new and heightened sense of responsibility. While you might have sowed plenty of wild oats in your younger days, now that you have a brand new person to care for, some of those things you enjoyed doing might not seem as fun anymore. The following four activities and habits are all examples of things you will probably have to say goodbye to once you become a mom or dad. And in most cases, you probably won’t mind one bit.

Being a Grumpy Driver

Yeah, that old geezer in a giant Buick is going 45 on the freeway or the texting teen just cut you off in traffic. While you might have once hollered at other drivers or made certain gestures, Babble suggests that you leave your angry driving persona far behind when you become a parent. Not only will this make you a safer driver by not inviting confrontation on the road—which is exceedingly important when you have an occupied car seat or two in the backseat—but it will help to show even the tiniest kids the proper way to handle stress on the road.

Diaper Swapers

Selling Your Cloth Diapers

Posted 11-12-2014 at 11:54 AM by Banana Cat
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This is a typical picture you might see attached to a diaper-selling posting. Nothing fancy, but it does the job!

There is a large market for used cloth diapers. If you’ve never thought about using used cloth diapers before, your initial reaction might be: eww. I mean, I wouldn’t buy used underwear. And diapers take a heck of a lot more punishment than underwear.

However, unlike most modern cotton underwear, cloth diapers can hold up to some hardcore cleaning. A couple of good washes and some bleach and cloth diapers are basically as good as new (assuming your washer or dryer doesn’t catch fire and char everything to a crisp in the process; unlikely, but always a vaguely potential possibility when working with electrical appliances). The advantages to buying and selling used cloth diapers are many: when you buy used, you save more money than you would buying new diapers, you will want to wash them but you don’t need to prep them six or seven times before using them, and you can try different diapers for cheaper than it would be to buy them all new. Once you’re finished cloth diapering, you can sell off your diapers to make back some of the money you spent buying them. Don’t think that just because your diapers might have holes or stretched out elastics that they’re unsellable—many thrifty people look for cheap, worn diapers that they can repair themselves, if they happen to be handy with a sewing machine! But where should you sell these cloth diapers once you’re done with them?

As you are currently reading this article on a website called Diaperswappers.com, you may have guessed that this website is one place to sell your diapers, and you’re right. Diaperswappers has several forums and subforums you can sell your diapers on. You can also use sites such as Craigslists or Facebook to sell diapers locally, if you’re not up for paying for shipping diapers across the country (or even internationally!).

Toddlers Sleeping In Cloth Diapers

Posted 11-10-2014 at 11:40 AM by Matrivine

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It can feel like the absorbency of your cloth diapers decreases as your child grows from infant to toddler. That’s not really true. It’s just that the deluge of bodily fluids a toddler can unleash on a cloth diaper is so much more. Toddlers use more energy, water, and space and as a result your cloth diapers just don’t hold as well. This is particularly true during bedtime, but with a few tweaks to your nightly routine, doesn’t need to be a problem.

The Bedtime Changing

Cloth diapers should be changed right before everyone’s bedtimes. Once, right before your little one goes to bed and once before you go to bed. This is to limit the amount of saturation and uric acid your little one’s sensitive skin is exposed to. Multiple night changes also helps your little one stay comfortable and increases the chances for a better night sleep for all parties involved.

After The Breast – Feeding Toddlers

Posted 11-6-2014 at 08:40 AM by Matrivine

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When feeding a newborn it’s easy to pick the menu, especially when you’re breastfeeding. After the first six months however, it’s not quite as simple. Our little bundles of joy demonstrate that they have preferences when it comes to what is put in their mouths. They graduate from breastfed and immediately become picky eaters. Here are a few tips on how to get your new picky eater to eat.

What’s In It For Them

No, I’m not talking about bribery, although I was tempted for a while. In my quest to get my little one to eat I tried everything from disguising healthy food to making airplane and choo choo noises while manipulating the spoon. My little one, though quite entertained by my sound effects, still refused to eat. The answer to getting him to eat actually came when we were watching his favorite PBS show together, in the form of a song. The basic message of the song was we need to try different foods because we might like them. It occurred to me that my little one needed to see what was in it for him if he tried something new. What’s in it for him is he might actually enjoy the new food. As a result I can at least get him to eat one bite of any new food and have been able to expand his food tastes like that.

Upcycling Your Cloth Diapers

Posted 11-5-2014 at 09:00 AM by 2+2macht4

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We all know that babies grow like a weed. While your cloth diapering days are limited, many cloth diapers and accessories can be upcyled for multiple uses extending their life far beyond the days of wrapping baby’s bum.

Prefolds and Flats:

A super frugal diaper in and of itself, prefolds have so many uses long after their diapering days.

  • Prefolds, especially newborn or preemie size,  can be cut and modified into mama cloth. A variety of tutorials can be found on Pinterest.
  • They make awesome all purpose cleaning rags, no more worries about staining up those pretty unpaper towels.
  • They can be used as reusable swiffer or mop pads.
  • Pillow/couch/car seat/you name it protectors. When kids get sick the results can be gnarly. Lay them down as a barrier to catch any yucky messes.
  • Convert into hotpads for the oven

Wool: Beyond Diapers

Posted 11-3-2014 at 11:45 AM by Banana Cat
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These are the softest, cutest Disana overalls ever (I mean, I’m sure the fact that my son is adorable helps). Like, I’d give up chocolate for a year to buy a million pairs of these in every color.

Wool is well-known as an (often pricey, but not always) alternative to standard PUL diaper covers that dominate today’s modern cloth diapering market. There’s plenty of resources about wool covers out there. One funny thing is that once you get addicted to wool covers, both long and short, you might start wondering what other wool is out there. Some people make ridiculously awesome wool pants or wool skirts that work great as diaper covers, but also as a cute piece of fashion in and of themselves. If you start thinking you might want some more wool in your child’s wardrobe, the good news is that there’s plenty out there to choose from! Read on to learn more.

Breastfeeding a Teething Baby

Posted 10-31-2014 at 08:11 AM by Matrivine

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Breastfeeding can take a turn for the worse once your little one starts getting those little chompers. Don’t lose your cool when they start exploring what these new oral additions do while you are trying to feed them. Instead, try some of the following suggestions.

Be Firm 

Should your child bite your firmly tell them no. Don’t use your scary mommy voice, but do use a deeper tone that will get your child’s attention. Even if you feel they don’t know what you are saying this will put you in the habit of responding calmly and firmly. Eventually they will know what you are communicating.

Remove Your Child From The Breast

The best way to show your infant that biting is not an accepted behavior is to remove your child from your breast for a minute or two. The negative consequence will eventually help your child to avoid the action that causes it. They want to eat more than they want to bite you.

Breastfeeding and Cloth: A Prepper’s Point of Veiw

Posted 10-30-2014 at 08:53 AM by Matrivine

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We just addressed “prepping” diapers. But what about being a “prepper?”

I promise you I am not one of those crazy people that is building an underground bunker in her back yard. Still, I admit to being a preparedness junkie. I like to know that if we ever get snowed in, or if the power goes out for a while, we have what we need to still live comfortably. Cloth diapers and breastfeeding fit right into my prepping plans.

Less Trash

For one thing, if we are home bound for a while there is a good chance that the garbage pick up trucks may not be running during that time. One thing that you don’t want building up in your home are stinky diapers. In a home where disposable diapers are being used that’s just what could happen. Using cloth diapers aren’t just about being eco friendly, in an emergency situation they can be a sanitary problem. As long as you have an electricity free washer and soap, they can be soaked, washed, and reused. There won’t be old soiled diapers laying about the place you are living.

Bobbing with Baby: Tips for Taking Your Baby in the Pool

Posted 10-30-2014 at 08:19 AM by Rasha

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Infants and toddlers love to swim, and today’s babies are introduced to the pool earlier and earlier. With all the kicking and splashing, it provides exercise that they wouldn’t be getting elsewhere. It also helps them develop a love for water and shows them when and how to be cautious around it.

Taking your baby for a swim can be a lot of fun, but there are a few things you need to know before you both get in the pool.

Age

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that a baby should be taken into a pool no earlier than two months of age. A baby’s temp can change quickly, and a baby is not big enough to regulate her body temperature until she’s around a year old, therefore the pool needs to be on the warm side when you go in.

What on Earth is “Prepping” and How Do I Do It?

Posted 10-29-2014 at 07:53 AM by Banana Cat

If you’re new to cloth diapers, or have been using secondhand diapers for a while and are just now buying your very first brand new cloth diaper, you might have heard that you need to “prep your new diapers in the wash before you use them.” But what does that mean?

“Prepping” sounds a bit like some new dumb social media meme, and it’s kind of tempting to just run up to random strangers and ask them “What do you think prepping is?!” and hopefully get some hilarious answers, but here’s the real one: it’s necessary because new cloth diapers are… new. I know, I know, this has been an extremely informative blog post so far.  You must be stunned at the extent of my knowledge concerning such things. But factory-fresh cloth diapers, both cloth and synthetic, should be washed at least once before using them. They might have random residue from the factory or bits of packaging stuck on, and really, I’ve just always thought it a good idea to at least give things a good rinse before putting them on for the first time.

If you have synthetic-inner diapers, like microsuede-lined pocket diapers, one wash is all you need. Your diapers are ready to go! But if you have brand new natural fiber diapers or inserts, such as cotton or hemp, and especially ones made with organic unbleached cotton, you will need to “prep” them before they can be used.

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A deliciously quilty pile of freshly washed prefolds.