Traveling With Cloth

Posted 05-26-2011 at 10:23 AM by brewanothercup

Traveling with cloth can sound like a daunting task at first, but with some pre-planning it can be a breeze.  Here are some of my general tips based on a few of the trips we’ve taken:

1.) Over pack. I’m a notorious over-packer in general, so it’s hard when packing for myself and the baby trying not to overdo it. But, with diapers, you can’t. You’ll use them, and it is definitely better to be over-prepared than under in this scenario.  I suggest having enough for at least 3 days without washing, just in case. This goes for wetbags, too – I found that bringing 2 of our larger bags plus a medium sized bag was perfect.

2.) Pack wisely. If you’re taking more than one suitcase, split up the diapers. Bring more than you’d expect on the plane, because you can never predict what will happen diaper or lost luggage wise.

3.) Consider prefolds or fitteds. These dry faster since you can toss them in the dryer and don’t have to wait for things to air dry.

4.) Buy small sample packages of detergent to bring with you. Most companies make very affordable smaller sizes, which are perfect for traveling (and great to see if you’d like to try something new, too).

5.) Plan out laundry details before you go. If you’re staying with friends or family, you can easily use their machines (turns out I’m in love with my mother-in-law’s top loader!).  If not, see if the hotel has service you can use, or another alternative.  There are several websites and videos with tutorials on handwashing, too. Having an idea of how you’ll dry things is helpful as well.

6.) Consider a few disposable inserts. Many major companies make these (flip, grovia, etc.) and can be a convenient alternative; we bought a package but haven’t used a single one – cloth was very manageable while traveling for us.

7.) Be prepared to educate and share the cloth love! Lots of family members didn’t know we cloth diapered but were very curious as to how they work.  Educating the curious – and the potential diaper changers – will surely come up, but what a great opportunity.

Diaper Swapers

365 Days of Celebration

Posted 05-19-2011 at 11:27 AM by brewanothercup

A year ago,  I was off work and on torture bedrest, going to the hospital every other day to have nonstress tests. I spent a lot of time thinking about how different the 28th year of my life was going to be with a child.  I  had no doubt I’d look ten years old, feel a hundred years older, and have slept less in the preceeding 365 days than I’d slept in the last month.  I braced myself for a lot of love, puke, and sleepless nights.

Let’s just say I learned a lot more in these past 365 (give or take a few) days than I have in my entire life. I hardly ever think about the sleep that I miss because my son is a much better sleeper than I ever thought a baby could be (minus that witching hour business).  I don’t look ten years older because I don’t wear makeup anymore, but that’s because there are more important things to do than gop goo on my face these days – there are smiles to share, giggles to create, and memories to store. I certainly don’ t feel a hundred years older, either.

Foster Parents

Posted 05-3-2011 at 08:19 PM by Ellen

My wife and I have been involved in foster care for over a year now and let me tell you, the things that you learn can be both mind-blowing and scary at the same time.  I’ll admit that I was the reluctant one when the topic to foster/adopt came up.  I finally gave in and I’m glad that I did.  I can’t believe that I didn’t get involved sooner!

The first thing we had to do was to get certified.  We attended a series of free courses given by CPS (Child Protective Services) and it was in those classes that my eyes and heart were opened.  We learned about what to expect from children and their families.  We learned to look for the positives in the situations.  We even learned that it was ok to be frustrated at times.  We role played and discussed several scenarios.  Our classmates would participate and give their opinions and we got really close as a class.  Part of the certification involved CPR training as well as a fire inspection of our home.  Those things I was glad to get as they are important to have anyway – with children or not.  Our home was inspected and we passed with flying colors (it wasn’t even a hard thing to do).  The required smoke detectors, fire exit plan, and fire extinguisher were all accounted for.