The Nighttime Cloth Blues

Posted 04-29-2011 at 11:35 AM by brewanothercup

It seems like a lot of people I know turn to cloth when they become frustrated with disposibles overnight; those heavy soakers can’t seem to soak enough.

Prefolds hardly lasted two daytime hours for us before the baby was screaming, so that was out of the question.

Pocket diapers worked for us for a little while, and then we thought we’d get ahead of the game by adding to the stuffing. That backfired on us, and our local cloth store explained why: as baby moves during sleep, parts of the insert get adjusted and it can cause a wringing effect.  Since there’s nothing left to collect the urine, it seaps out (and we’ve all seen the ugly aftermath, haven’t we?).   We switched to a regular insert and a thin hemp liner and that helped some, but the stink in the morning was incredible.

Finally, we tried some Mother Ease one size fitted and wool.  I loved the idea that it was all breathable at night, which meant Griffin had some time to “air out”, especially during brief bouts of diaper rash (due to a milk intolerance via breastmilk, but more about that later).  I was skeptical about how well the wool would really work, and about where all that pee would go.  But the next morning everything that was supposed to be dry was, and he was happy as a clam.  I was sold.

Hemp and bamboo fabrics seem to work best for us overnight; I highly recommend giving either of those two fabrics a try if you’re having a hard time staying dry overnight.  Remember that sometimes less is more for pocket diapers, and stick with something once you’ve found the magical overnight combination for you.  It can be done!

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How Babywearing Has Saved Me

Posted 04-26-2011 at 03:31 PM by brewanothercup

It was about three or four weeks after my son was born that, in a moment of desperation, I remembered the Moby Wrap we’d bought before his birth.  My hair was wet from a laborous post c-section shower, and my husband was on the way out the door.  I felt a sense of panic surge in me at the prospect of another  day feeling fairly hopeless. Because of nerve trama during delivery, I couldn’t navigate the stairs very well yet alone, let alone with the baby, so I was facing a day of being cooped up in our master bedroom until the baby was sleeping.  Then, I’d hobble downstairs for a quick sandwich and hobble back up the stairs only to find myself exhausted. There was no way for me to carry the baby, too – it was too dangerous. I needed two solid hands on the rails to feel safe.

Co-sleeping, Bed Sharing, and the Family Bedroom

Posted 04-22-2011 at 12:06 PM by brewanothercup

At my son’s nine month baby checkup, the pedicitrian was someone we hadn’t seen before. She asked us all the usual questions and when I went to explain how the baby slept in bed with us, I felt something inside of me brace myself for the response.  I literally took a deep breath and told her he sleeps wonderful snuggled between us.

There are a lot of parenting things I find myself bracing for responses – for babywearing, for bed sharing, for cloth diapering.  I still remember what I used to think when I heard some of these things; I couldn’t imagine it and was so used to the “norm” of cribs and disposibles that I could hardly wrap my brain around why people would do something different.

Earth Day Movie “African Cats” – Kids Book Giveaway!

Posted 04-21-2011 at 03:16 PM by Juan M

Win a pair of African Cats books: Sita the Cheetah & A Lion’s Pride!

Disneynature “African Cats”

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the Savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

See African Cats, Save the Savanna!

As the April 22 opening of the awe-inspiring “African Cats” approaches, Disneynature is tapping into the true power of social media by building awareness of its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” program. During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna. For more information about the movie and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, check out Disney.com/AfricanCats.

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GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Disneynature we get to celebrate the premiere of “African Cats” with a giveaway on DiaperSwappers.

Prize:

One Winner will receive Two “African Cats” Books -  “Sita the Cheetah” and “A Lion’s Pride”

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post.

US entries only please. Winner will be chosen via Random.org on April 26th, 2011. One entry per person. Good luck!

The Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Posted 04-18-2011 at 12:06 PM by brewanothercup

Imagine thousands of babies across the country  – in addition to babies all around the world! – being changed into cloth diapers at the same moment in celebration of Earth Day.  You could be part of this celebration, and part of attempt to get into the Guiness Book of World Records!

On April 23rd sites across the country will participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. Participating is simple: go to the website, find a location close to you, and sign up. Bring you baby (and don’t forget to be there on time so that your participation counts towards the final numbers!) and change your baby into a cloth diaper from a cloth diaper or even from a disposible diaper. There will be giveaways, quality time with other cloth diapering mamas, and of course, lots of adorable babies in cloth.

I can’t wait – I might even buy a new diaper for this special ocassion!

Sharing the Cloth Diaper Love

Posted 04-6-2011 at 07:58 AM by Juan M

As a new cloth diaper user, one who failed miserably with her first child, I can safely say I never in my life thought I would EVER say this: I am crazy and passionate about cloth diapering!

Only those who have done it or are doing it can really understand. It is addictive. Poo and pee and laundry aside, it is great for the environment, your baby, and saves you money. Not to mention they look pretty cute too.

Three mamas from Bloomington, Indiana also share a passion for cloth diapering. So much so, in fact, that they wanted to give other families the opportunity to try it.

Specifically, these moms wanted to help families facing financial hardships. They knew that families with low income could benefit the most by using cloth diapers – saving them an estimated $2000 per baby. However, they are the same families that would find it impossible to save up a few hundred dollars to buy a stash of cloth diapers.

That is why, just this year, Caela, Sara and Rachel decided to start Heiny Helpers. “By providing reusable cloth diapers to families facing financial hardship, we enable parents to do something better than throw their money in the trash. Not to mention help the environment at the same time.”

In less than two months, Heiny Helpers will have saved 126,000 disposables from landfills. Eighteen babies are now in full-time cloth diapers, with 11 currently waiting to receive diapers.

Generous contributions from individuals in the community and, thanks to social media, donations from other states have greatly helped Heiny Helpers to hit the ground running. Just the other day co-founder Caela said she felt overwhelmed with gratitude learning about a mom in Indianapolis donating 120 pocket diapers – that is enough to help five low-income families. “I can see the relief in their eyes,” says Caela, “knowing that they never have to buy diapers again.”

One of the applicants was completely out of cash to buy any diapers when she came in to meet with the Heiny Helpers. She left with a full cloth diaper stash saying, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with that $80 a month. I can use it for groceries. Maybe I can even buy myself a new shirt or something.”

“I have been most surprised at the support we’ve gotten from other parts of the country,” says Caela. “There aren’t a lot of programs like ours in the U.S. In fact, as far as I can tell, there aren’t any that are locally-based, grassroots organizations like ours. So there are a lot of people out there in other parts of the country who are willing to help us here in Indiana, even though it’s not a local thing for them. This makes sense because any child in cloth diapers really helps all of us – thousands upon thousands of diapers kept out of a landfill affects everyone, not just the folks here in Bloomington.”

The Domestic Yogi: How many families would you like to help this year?

Heiny Helpers: At this point, we are helping every family that qualifies. We are pretty much just bringing diapers/cash in and then sending them out again. In less than two months of existence, we have helped 15 families and have 13 in the pipeline. If we continue at our current rate that will look like 162 babies this year. I can’t imagine we’ll be able to fund that, but we can only hope to get more donations, because there is definitely a need for help.

The three of us meet with each family one-on-one and we are having meetings every week. It’s exhausting but energizing all at the same time.

DY: How responsive and helpful has the cloth diaper companies been with you?

HH: We have received great support from cloth diaper companies. Our first donation was from Thirsties. We emailed them to see about using some of their stock photos on our website and print materials. They quickly responded with a “yes” and then sent us six hemp prefolds and two covers – without us asking! We were touched.

Then Abby at The Green Nursery helped us by asking the other companies they work with for donations. So far, we have received donations from Thirsties, Cotton Babies, GroVia, Rockin Green, and a Swaddlebees shipment is on the way.

By far, the most generous contribution has been from GroVia. They sent us 195 discontinued AIOs, 65 fitteds, and 26 diaper covers. Amazing!

PLEASE SHARE YOUR CLOTH DIAPER LOVE WITH HEINY HELPERS

Please give less fortunate families a chance to save money, help the environment, and perhaps awaken their deep inner cloth diaper love.

Heiny Helpers is in need of financial or cloth diaper donations.

They accept donations of new or gently used cloth diapers that are still in good condition. They need to look like they’ll make it through another child; some stains are okay, but please no velcro or elastic giving out, absorbency problems, or stinky diapers.

They need:
• Prefolds and prefold covers in all sizes
• Pocket diapers and inserts
• Heavy-duty overnight inserts for pocket diapers (for example hemp inserts/prefolds)
• All-in-ones
• All-in-twos (such as GroVia or Flip system)
• Fitted diapers
• Snappis
• Large wet bags

They prefer one-sized diapers but will take sized if that’s what you have!

Please wash all donations before donating. They would greatly appreciate it if you strip your cloth diapers to remove detergent buildup and stinkies. It’s easy to do!

Donations can be mailed to:
Heiny Helpers c/o First United Church
2420 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401

HOW ELSE TO HELP?

* Spread the word and stay informed by liking Heiny Helpers on Facebook
* Visit Heiny Helpers online to make a financial contribution, at www.heinyhelpers.org.

This article was written by our guest blogger,  Samantha King, The Domestic Yogi.

iPad 2 Raffle

Posted 04-1-2011 at 06:33 AM by Juan M

Here at Diaperswappers we love bringing you fun and interesting raffles. Listia.com is a website that is similar to an auction site except items are traded for credits instead of real money. If you like giving and getting stuff for free, then you will love Listia.com!

For the month of April, Listia.com will raffle away an Apple iPad 2 and one lucky winner will be selected. To participate please read below.

How To Participate
You will need to sign up at Listia.com to receive your 450 credits. Once you do that, you will be automatically entered into the raffle.

Each credit counts as a raffle ticket towards the contest. You can get more credits by simply logging in each day, referring friends, or giving away stuff on Listia. You may use the credits to get some goodies from the site or to increase your chances for the iPad 2.