Category Archives: Real Life Stories

Read about real life experiences of mamas using cloth diapers in their life context.

A Day in the Life: SB – On the Go with Cloth Diapers

Today our featured mom is SB.

How old are you?
I am 35 years old.

What did you do (from a working perspective) before your baby arrived?
I am an Elementary School Teacher.

Are you currently at home with your baby/children or working in/out of the home?
I am at home on maternity leave.

How old is your baby?
My first child is 3 years old and my second is 3 months old.

When did you decide to cloth diaper?
I was interested in cloth diapering when baby number one was born but because of her medical issues, it seemed too overwhelming to get organized to cloth diaper her.  I made a commitment to myself to cloth diaper for baby number two.

When did you start cloth diapering?
I started cloth diapering when baby number two was a month old.  I would have started earlier but I didn’t realize that cloth diapers came that small.  I bought a bunch of Bum Genius and was told by a friend not to use them until baby was 10 lbs.

What is your favourite diaper(s)?
Right now… I love my Fuzzibunz for overnight because the snaps give a perfect fit every time and the inside liner holds all of the overnight pee.

Tell us about your day
5:00 am –  wake up before anyone else in the house is awake so that I can get a shower in… that’s the only way I can fit one in.

5:30 am – throw a load of dirty cloth diapers into the washing machine to soak in warm water… wake my 3 month old to change his cloth diaper and nurse him.

6:00 am – put my 3 month old back to bed to finish his sleep … make myself a cup of coffee and check my email while I have a few minutes of peace and quiet.

6:30 am – hear my 3 year old stirring in bed… turn the washing machine onto a hot water wash and add 2 scoops of Rockin’ Green to clean my cloth diapers…  go up and get my 3 year old and set her up with a glass of milk and breakfast… kiss my husband goodbye.

6:45 am – empty and load the dishwasher… fold the laundry that was sitting in the dryer from yesterday … prepare my 3 year old’s snack and backpack for preschool … organize my diaper bag… basically get ready for the day ahead.

7:15 am – turn the washing machine onto a second rinse cycle for the cloth diapers…make breakfast for myself … and share it with my 3 year old (because really… do I ever actually get my own meal).

7:30 am – put the load of cloth diapers into the dryer and put a new load of clothes in the washing machine… convince my daughter to use the potty (potty training is still undergo)… help her brush her teeth… dress my daughter for the day… get myself dressed too.

8:00 am – wake my 3 month old to change his cloth diaper, get him dressed, and nurse him.

8:30 am – load both kids into the car to drop my 3 year old off at preschool.

8:45 am – drop off my 3 year old at preschool… take my 3 month old on a bunch of errands while he naps in the car seat (grocery shopping, drug store, drycleaners, book store, etc. and usually for a coffee too).

10:30 – change and nurse my 3 month old.

11:15 am – pick up my 3 year old from preschool … ask her all about her day … return home.

11:30 am – make and eat lunch (usually something that my 3 year old picks).

12:00 pm – turn the dryer on a second time to dry the cloth diapers (only because our dryer is SO slow at drying anything) … playtime for my 3 year old.

12:30 pm – take my 3 year old up to her room for her nap time routine (potty, story, lots of hugs and kisses for mom and baby brother)… put my 3 month old down for a nap as well (I can dream right!)… listen to my 3 year old make believe with her stuffed animals while I comfort my 3 month old.

1:00 pm – transfer clean clothes to dryer… fold and put away the VERY clean cloth diapers… check my email again with a hot cup of coffee beside me.

1:30 pm – change and nurse my 3 month old… then playtime with my baby.

2:30 pm – return calls and do any household chores.

3:30pm – hear my 3 year old stirring… go up and get her from her room… get her a snack.

4:00pm – playtime with both kids… alternating between something my 3 year old wants to do (usually crafts or make believe) and entertaining my 3 month old until he decided to nap.

5:00pm – greet my husband when he arrives home from work … start preparing dinner.

5:30 pm – change and nurse my 3 month old.

6:00 pm – thank my husband for finishing dinner prep… eat with my family.

6:30 pm – quiet play or watching tv for my 3 year old … washing dishes for me.

7:00  pm – both kids in the tub for a good scrub!

7:30 pm – bed time routine for my 3 year old … potty, brush teeth, story read by mom and dad … lots of kisses goodnight.

7:45 pm – finish any chores and get organized for the next day.

8:00 pm – change and nurse my 3 month old… put him to bed.

8:30 pm – YAY! some much needed down time… watching tv, reading a book, connecting with hubby.

11:00 pm – change and nurse my 3 month old one last time before bed.

11:30 pm – bedtime!

This interview was submitted February 10, 2011.

A Day in the Life: Caroline – Creativity and Cloth Diapers

Today our featured mom is Caroline.

How old are you?
I’ll be 31 years old this year.

What did you do (from a working perspective) before your baby arrived?
I worked as an RN on a hospital ward with a maternity focus, with both expectant and new mothers/families.

Are you currently at home with your baby/children or working in/out of the home?
Currently, I am off on mat leave until mid-June, but am already very anxious about returning to the hospital part time after my maternity leave has finished…eek!

How old is your baby?
My little boy is 8.5 months old now.

When did you decide to cloth diaper?
We started thinking about cloth diapering after we found out I was pregnant. At first we looked into diaper services, but found that it was fairly similar in cost to using disposables, but with the benefit of being a greener option. We realized that if we were going to cloth diaper, we wanted to do it ourselves and save more money with our own better fitting and cuter diapers. We thought we could also have more control over how they were washed and what detergents were being used/not used.

When did you start cloth diapering?
We had wanted to cloth diaper our son from birth, but were nervous about it being ‘more work’. We didn’t have any friends who were cloth diapering their children. We knew that a newborn would be a lot of work and didn’t want to add more stress to our lives. We finally got organized and started cloth diapering when our son was 2 months old, and, honestly, we wished we had started from the beginning! – it was so easy!!! And so much more economical (among many other positives)! If I could do it over again, I would have gotten at least a small stash of cloth diapers or prefolds before baby was born and started right away.

What is your favourite diaper(s)?
Well…. our favourite diaper is the AMP pocket duo. Both my husband and I really like the way it fits, that it’s a ‘one-size’ diaper, and the ease of using it. It seems to be of excellent quality and you can stuff it any which way you please, customizing for your baby’s ever-changing needs. However, we also have several other kinds of diapers in our stash – oh, how I love trying new diapers.

Tell us about your day
7:00am – Baby E starts wriggling beside me and soon starts babbling away and trying to climb up on top of me. I usually try and fake sleep at this point, in desperate hope that he might just go back to sleep … it’s never worked.

7:20am – I give up on the sleep. Baby E is squealing by now and is excited that the day’s activity is starting. I sleepily (and often grumpily) plod into our bedroom  (I should say my husband’s bedroom, which is really what it’s become) and E wakes ‘dada’ up with a big sloppy face chomp and some hair pulling.

7:30am – ‘Dada’ gets up and carries away the munchkin to do his morning routine, dressing and diaper change. Do I have a shower now? Or do I sleep in? SLEEP. Sleep always trumps hygiene. I climb into our bed, put pillows over my head and fall asleep for what seems like 2 seconds.

8:40am – ‘Dada’ is off to work and I now have to face the reality that it’s time to wake up. Baaah.  I start to make breakfast and some tea for myself, while I simultaneously try and occupy E, who is super active and has the attention span of a flea.

9:15am – Ok, time for E to go for a nap. Yay! (Naps make me very happy.) We have a cuddle and a feed, and if I don’t fall asleep again right there with him all warm and snuggly, then I slowly and quietly escape from the bedroom to have some me time – which usually starts with a check of Facebook and email, etc. Then I put on a movie or show and fold some laundry, heat up my cold tea, and pour myself a new bowl of cereal to replace the soggy one that I didn’t get to finish earlier – do mums ever get to finish what they are eating?

10:00am – And he’s awake. Unfortunately, he’s a power napper. A quick diaper change, toss the diaper and the cloth wipe (LOVE my cloth wipes – we have absolutely ZERO diaper garbage) in the wet bag by his change table. Seems like it’s pretty full this morning. I’ll plan to do laundry this evening …  Now starts my quest to occupy E until his next nap. My Raffi song and dance routine is usually a hit, as is our current favourite of building towers out of blocks so that E can immediately knock them down again – BOOM!

11:30am – Enough of this. Mama has to get dressed at some point today and maybe even get some chores done. This can be surprisingly entertaining. I’ve mastered the playing-peek-a-boo-while-brushing-your-teeth trick, as well as the dancing-a-jig-while-changing-into-your-jeans skill. E likes it. And I love that he likes it because we avoid a meltdown when I leave the room to get dressed and wash my face, etc. (I won’t even get started on how I take a shower…)

12:00pm – Some lunch for Mummy and E. Sitting at the table, I eat my food, while E spits much of his out. He hasn’t quite decided if he likes eating or not. And I’m always in search of that magic baby friendly recipe that will miraculously have him licking his bowl clean. Lunch is followed by a massive clean up of baby, highchair, and dining room floor (if not a change of clothes also).

12:30pm – Yes! Time for another nap! We have another diaper change, and a cuddle and a feed, then I rock him to sleep while I finish watching some of that movie that I started earlier in the morning…

1:00pm – While E is sleeping, I do some of the boring, but much needed chores around the house… a load of laundry, prepping some veggies and filling the slow cooker for tonight’s dinner, paying bills online, etc. Of course, all I really want to do is have a nap… I’ve realized how little sleep a human actually needs in order to function…CRAZY isn’t it?!

1:45pm – Lucky day! He slept for a full hour! Now to get ready for an outing…perhaps a walk in the rare sunshine of a Vancouver winter, and a stop at the grocery store. First, wrestle baby into coat, mittens, toque, and booties. Then, make sure to pack the stroller bag with an extra cloth diaper and a couple of wet cloth wipes in a small ziplock baggie…. and we’re off. OH! Almost forgot Sophie – can’t go anywhere without the ’emergency toy’.

3:00pm – Ended up stopping at ‘Little Nest’ on Commercial Drive for some tea and a treat ….. Baby E decided to take this opportunity to ‘fill’ his diaper. Why do they always do that!!? It’s like they are plotting against us … No problem though. Off to the washroom to change baby. Use my cloth wipes to clean up his bum. Wipes and diaper tossed into my handy wet bag. In a flash the new diaper is snug on baby E and we’re back out enjoying our afternoon.

4:00pm – Get back home just in time for E’s last nap of the day. Cuddle and a feed. This one I join him on. Afternoon naps are the best. ZZZZzzzzzz.

4:40pm – Awake. Two more hours until bedtime bath… the countdown is on. I’m on damage control now. Baby E is into EVERYTHING now that he’s learned to crawl – I give him almost every non-lethal kitchen utensil to occupy him while I make some more preparations for dinner and clean up a bit.

5:00pm – Another quick diaper change. I also shake the contents of the wet bag from our outing into the big wet bag that I keep next to the change table in E’s room, then I toss in the small wet bag itself. This way I don’t forget the smaller bag and it’s contents when it’s time to do diaper laundry later this evening.

6:00pm – ‘Dada’ is finally home! Baby E is excited to see him and ‘dada’ provides some great distraction for us both before bedtime…plus, I was running out of safe kitchen items.

6:30pm – Bathtime. Splash splash splash! Baby E loves his baths. One of us gives him his bath while the other goes around the house and picks up the explosion of toys that has erupted and puts them away.

7:00pm – All dressed for bed in his PJ’s and his double stuffed pocket diaper (’cause I’m not changing him overnight and risking a full wake up!). We head for bed and snuggle in for a bedtime feed and cuddle.

7:30pm – Asleep. Phewf. No two hour struggle tonight. Goodnight Baby E. I slump down on the couch and revel in my independence for a bit. I made it through another day…

8:00pm – Today is diaper laundry day. I can usually go 3 days between diaper washes, which suits me just fine. Not too much stink, and not so often that I feel I’m washing diapers all the time. I dump the contents of the large full wet bag from E’s room directly into the washing machine, then throw in the bag itself. I set the washer for a long cold wash and rinse without any spin drying… Meanwhile, it’s time for this mama to EAT!!

9:00pm – Put on the extra long hot wash with two rinses… Back to vegging on the couch with ‘dada’. There’s a million things I could be doing, but I’ll admit it – I’m LAZY. I tell myself I’ll do all those things tomorrow…which I won’t.

10:30pm – So I like to hang dry my diapers whenever I can, which is why washing them at this time of night works well for me. I hang them up on my clothes horse and they always dry by the morning, allowing me to stuff and fold them during E’s first nap tomorrow. Saves a little electricity and lessens the wear on the diapers…makes me feel a little more ‘green’…’cause I’m of the tree-hugging variety of domestic goddess.

10:45pm – I crawl into bed beside my sleeping little boy, and hope that we both get a decent amount of sleep tonight… Ha. Is that even possible?

This interview was submitted February 12, 2011.

A Day in the Life: Meaghan – Day Care and Cloth Diapers

Meaghan and Baby C at the pool - it's a Saturday morning and C is wearing her Swimmi under her swimsuit (you can see a tiny bit of it peeking out)!

Today our featured mom is Meaghan.

How old are you?
34 years old

What did you do (from a working perspective) before your baby arrived?
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist working with ages 0-5.

Are you currently at home with your baby/children or working in/out of the home?
Just returned back to work 4 days a week after a year’s maternity leave.

How old is your baby?
Baby C is 11 months old.

When did you decide to cloth diaper?
We decided to try cloth diapering when I stumbled across the N&G website and their newborn rental program.  We were lucky enough to get the last rental kit around our due date.  We were solidified in our cloth diaper decision after the N&G cloth 101 workshop, which we attended while still pregnant.  And we were even more gung ho when we actually got to put the newborn rental kit into action and saw how easy and effective it was.

When did you start cloth diapering?
We started with the rental kit about 3 days after arriving home from the hospital.

What is your favourite diaper(s)?
Newborn: Kissaluvs

After the rental kit: bummis organic cotton prefold kit (infant size until she was 10 months old! She’s petite.)

Now: larger size prefolds with whisper wraps at home, Easyfits and Bum Genius pockets for daycare

Tell us about your day
Well, I have to say that my days have changed significantly in the past two weeks since mat leave ended.  They currently look very different on days I have to go to work and days I don’t.  My husband has very long work days, hence my example doesn’t include any help from him.  If he happens to have the day off on a day that I go to work, the following example would include a latte (made by him!) before I leave for work and no diaper laundry when I get home, because he does it during the day :).  Those are good days.

Here is an example of a work day + diaper laundry day:

6am – wake up, get myself ready

7am – if little C isn’t up yet, reluctantly wake her up, breastfeed, change out of the overnight diaper (usually hemp prefold+doubler+aristocrat wool cover) and into a prefold/whisper wrap combo

7:30 – a bit of breakfast

7:50am – to daycare for 8am drop-off
I send a bag of at least 5 cloth diapers (Easyfits + Bum Genius pockets) preloaded with biosoft liners + pre-moistened cloth wipes (make sure there’s at least 10, use wipes cubes solution to soak them, use the small Huggies travel pack case for storage) + a medium wet bag for dirty diaper storage + bum-bum balm

8:10am – off to work

8:30-4pm – work, work, work

4:45pm – pick up from daycare
Daycare gives me back the bag with the unused cloth diapers (usually they use 3 over the day), full wet bag, and cloth wipes pack for restocking

5pm – home, walk dog

5:30pm – dinner for little C and the dog

6pm – bath or straight to bedtime for C, depending on the night and the level of fatigue

7pm – Little C is asleep, time to prepare for the next work day (if it’s Friday, breathe a sigh of relief, have dinner, crash in front of the TV)

7-9pm – eat dinner

-Unpack bag from daycare – full wet bag (the day’s used diapers and cloth wipes) goes right in the washer after I’ve taken out the inserts of the BGs (I love that this step is skipped with the Easyfits), along with the larger wet bag of diapers from our at-home diaper bin – cold soak, hot wash (1tbsp wonder wash), cold rinse, dryer (hang up Easyfits, BG’s and whisper wraps to dry, they’re dry by the next morning)

-make sure diaper bag is stocked for the next day – I have a total of 6 BGs and 3 Easyfits and these are just barely enough for two days at daycare, washing every other day – I have around 30 cloth wipes, so plenty enough to replenish each night (make sure there’s 10 for the day)

-prepare my lunch and C’s lunch for the next day

-some sort of relaxation if time (usually something on the PVR)

-to bed by 9:30pm at the latest … zzzzzzzzz

Some mornings I have to stuff a couple of BG’s that have been drying overnight to add to the diaper bag for the day, but I try to have everything ready the night before.

I just want to say that I’m really thankful that my daycare will do cloth!  I can imagine if you’re used to sending a pack of disposable diapers and a big bucket of wipes to daycare and not having to think about it again (for awhile at least), then the routine I’ve described probably sounds like a bit much.  But I’m so used to using cloth and so committed, it really doesn’t feel like a big deal to me.


This interview was submitted February 5, 2011.

A Day in the Life: Elaine – Cloth Diapers and 2 Boys

Recently on our Facebook page, we asked moms to chime in about what a typical day looks like in their home, especially on a laundry day. We’re receiving fantastic responses and we hope these peeks into other mamas’ lives will inspire you as much as they inspire us!

We’ll be posting responses throughout the year, so stay tuned!


Today our featured mom is Elaine. We’ll let her introduce herself…

How old are you?
32 years old

What did you do (from a working perspective) before your baby arrived?
I’m a kinesiologist turned graphic designer. I worked as a researcher in occupational health and then as a graphic designer for a non-profit
organization.

Are you currently at home with your baby/children or working in/out of the home?
Currently at home with children and do graphic design part-time from home.

How old is your baby?
Son #1: 3 years old (not in diapers) and Son #2: 19 months

When did you decide to cloth diaper?
The chaos and sleeplessness of having a fussy infant (we didn’t figure out that he had acid reflux until he was nearly 7 months old) and also being a first time mom didn’t really allow any consideration for cloth. When all this settled down, we started to look into cloth diapering.

When did you start cloth diapering?
Started cloth diapering when Son #1 was 10 months old. Son #2 was in cloth from birth during the day.

What is your favourite diaper(s)?
FuzziBunz Perfect fit, Bum Genius, Happy Heinys

Tell us about your day
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. I hear Son #2 wake up. I usually give him a few minutes to roll around in his room while I roll out of bed and do some things in the bathroom. Hubby has already left for work awhile ago.

8:15 a.m. I nurse Son #2 and then change his diaper. He sleeps in a disposable diaper so that goes into the garbage and a cloth diaper goes on the bum. Son #1 usually wakes up and wanders into the room while this is happening. Son #1 uses the toilet and then we all get dressed. (I’ve given up on taking a shower in the morning during the week; just doesn’t work well.)

8:30 a.m. We all go downstairs for breakfast and eat something simple: cereal and milk, toast, or homemade muffin.

9:15 a.m. Wait for it…. Son #2 is quite regular and I can expect a poopy diaper just after breakfast. Rather than drag him back upstairs, I usually grab the change pad and wipes from the diaper bag (which is sitting downstairs in the foyer) and change him in the living room. I let him go play again while bring the poopy diaper upstairs (where our laundry room is). Poop into the toilet (yay for the Biosoft liner!), separate pocket diaper into two, and it goes into the diaper pail which sits on top of our dryer (out of reach of curious hands).

9:30 a.m. Teeth are brushed, kitchen is clean-ish, shoes on, two diapers in the diaper bag and we usually go out to a playgroup, gym time, library storytime, run errands, visit a friend, etc.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. We’re out and about. Don’t usually have to change a diaper unless we get a surprise code brown (AKA second round of poopyness). If I do have to change a diaper, I take the dirty one home in a used produce bag (we don’t have a special wet bag).

11:30 a.m. Back home again. Son #1 uses the toilet if he didn’t while we were out. Son #2 gets a diaper change if he didn’t while we were out. Again, he gets changed in the living room and I run the soiled diaper up to the laundry room. If necessary, empty produce bag into diaper pail.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. I nurse Son #2. I make lunch while the kids are playing (and hopefully not antagonizing each other in the living room). We eat, they go play, and I clean the kitchen.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Play inside or outside (weather permitting).

1:15 p.m. Son #1 gets to watch 30 minutes of a video. He has somehow associated this with eating sliced apples (some do popcorn, others like apples… who am I to complain??) and usually polishes one off. Son #2 isn’t interested in TV so we play and he eats apples too. Often lunch prompts another poopy diaper. Son #2 is changed in the living room unless I go upstairs to run a load of laundry. Then I’ll bring him up with me.

1:45 p.m. Stories in Son #2’s room with both boys. Diaper change (upstairs) for Son #2 if it wasn’t done since lunch. Nap time.

2:00 p.m. One more story in Son #1’s room. Toilet. Nap time.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ME TIME! Both boys are usually napping for the same 3-ish hours. I work, read, start dinner, clean the house, revel in the silence, etc.

5:00 p.m. Boys wake up. I nurse Son #2. Hubby comes home sometime in the next half an hour or so. Son #1 uses the toilet. Diaper change upstairs for Son #2; diaper into pail.

5:15 p.m. We all go downstairs. Dinner is made.

5:45 – 6:30ish p.m. The whole family eats dinner. Hubby cleans the kitchen (isn’t he great?).

6:30 p.m. We play, read, run errands, go to drop in ice skating or swimming, go for a walk, ride bikes, etc. Son #1 has been interested in baking lately (actually I think he’s been interested in EATING the baking), so we’ve been doing that in the evening also. Son #2 usually has a poopy diaper after dinner. Diaper change usually takes place upstairs while other things are being done upstairs. Diaper to laundry room.

7:30 p.m. Son #2 has a snack.

7:45 p.m. Last cloth diaper of the day off and Son #2 has a bath. If it’s a diaper washing day (happens every other day), diapers are dumped into the washing machine for a cold rinse cycle (no detergent). After bath, a disposable diaper goes onto Son #2 with pajamas.

8:00 p.m. Son #2 has stories, I nurse him, we sing songs, and it’s bedtime. Meanwhile, Son #1 has a snack.

8:15 p.m. Cold rinse is done. Washing machine is run again for a hot wash/cold rinse with Rockin’ Green detergent. Son #1 has quiet play time, usually doing puzzles or playing a game.

8:30 p.m. Son #1 has a bath and uses the toilet.

8:45 p.m. Stories and songs with Son #1. Bedtime.

9:00 p.m. Both boys are in bed!

9:00 p.m. Diapers are now clean and hung to dry.

11:00 p.m. Hubby and I go to sleep.

Tips for Organizing Your Laundry Room (and Making Cloth Diapering Fun!)

laundryroomWhen there are children or a baby in the house, there tends to be a lot of laundry, especially when you’re cloth diapering. But if your laundry room is a cluttered, stressful place to be, the task at hand is anything but joyful.

Recently in the Rockin’ Green e-newsletter, Rockin’ Green held a contest to inspire families to organize their laundry rooms. In the newsletter, Kim also included these three clutter-busting tips (thanks Kim for letting us share your
Jedi-like “anything laundry” wisdom with the masses!) :

1. Bare necessities.
Over the years you’ve accumulated four different stain treaters, a few kinds of detergent, bleach, carpet cleaner, and a couple of As Seen On TV products that sucked you in at 3 a.m. It’s time to narrow down to the bare essentials and get rid of the rest! Pitch expired products and only keep these essentials on hand: a multi-purpose cleaner like Rockin’ Green (which can double not only as a pre-treater for stains but also as a detergent), dryer balls and delicate washing nets.
2. Shelving. Head to the Container Store [or your local hardware store] and add a few wall shelves to your laundry room to create space vertically and get organized. Plus, shelving keeps things out of your child’s reach!
3. Boxes. Organize things in tubs or boxes. You can get some great shoebox size tubs or containers to put smaller items in – clothespins, stain sticks, dryer balls, lingerie wash bag, sewing supplies – whatever small things you keep near the laundry. These can go on the ground in an organized fashion or on a wall shelf if not too heavy.
So, now we at New & Green are curious to know – how do you keep your laundry room organized?
By the way, be sure to check out all the laundry room photos on Rockin’ Green’s Flickr page. They’re inspiring on all sorts of levels!
Tips orginginally published via Rockin’ Green on January 4, 2011 via their e-newsletter.  Thanks again for letting us share with the N&G families!

Photo Credit Maegan Tintari

Cloth Diaper Parent Review Panels

We love to hear what you think about the products that we stock here at N&G.  While we spend oodles of time researching and reviewing, it really comes down to your varied, real-life expereinces.  Different families, different babies – it is what makes the cloth diapering world go ’round.

Last year on Facebook, we started hosting Parent Review Panels.  And it’s been fun!

This is how it works.  We select a product from N&G that we’d like to get real-time, real-world feedback on.  We head over to our Facebook page (Have you clicked the like button?) and we put out the call.  Sometimes we are looking for families with babies of specific ages and weights, sometimes we are looking for families using specific diaper covers and sometimes its just open to whomever wishes to participate.  After the call goes out, we collect the responses and select our Parent Review Panel.

The parents on the panel receive a product from us, use it and then tell us all about it and show us how it works for them.  There’s a few more detials, but we’ll let you find that out when you apply to be a Parent Reviewer.

Have a look at some photos of past review panels and keep your eyes (or better yet your Facebook News Feed) peeled for the next call for a Parent Review Panel.

The EasyFit Parent Review Panel Photo Summary.

The Stretch Bamboozle Parent Review Panel Photo Summary.

Cloth Diapers – Musik to My Ears

Introducing our newest Cloth Diaper 101 location in North Vancouver, the Notable Kids Kindermusik Studio on Lonsdale, just off Hwy 1.  The owner of Notable Kids, Carolyn, has been a part of my life for the last four years.  I started taking our first daughter Ella there when she was still a wee babe, not yet crawling (and still doing those explosive breastmilk poops!).  I remember our fair share of signing and laughs and diaper changes in the early days.  We continued along and learned lots together and we now go to Family Time – Ella, Clare and I and I get a workout bouncing two kids on my lap!

Beyond the musical influence this program has had on my kids, I really value the inclusive participation and respect for both children and adults in the classes.  Carolyn has always recognized and respected each child’s sensory thresholds and physical development, offering ways to adapt the moves or participation to suit your child.  Nursing, diaper changes and running off steam was always just a part of class, never viewed as an interruption.  It has been a place where I can create joy with my children.

I’m sure all moms (and dads too) can see value in this, but there is more for me.  As a mom who works a lot from home, there is the tempation to try and “do it all” at home – play with the kids, cook for the kids, keep the home, do the laundry, answer email, answer phone calls and the list goes on.  My time at Kindermusik is protected and very special.  It is focus time.  No distractions.  Pure play.  I wish I could do that more at home but I think I need to develop a tad more discipline.

The Studio is a new home for Notable Kids and we are honoured to be sharing space to provide Cloth Diaper Workshops there.

Carolyn is an amazing mom, teacher and fellow business woman.  I recommend you all check out her services and jump on her free class offer.  You’ll have a musical time!

Our first workshop is on February 22nd.  Join us if you want to learn more about Cloth Diapering.  Of if you have a fence sitting friend, send them along, and we’ll show them that cloth diapers are a doable option.

PS – that cutie with the blond ponies and blue eyes on the front page of the Notable Kids site, that is my sweetie Ella (quite a while ago, now).

From a New Mom :: Cloth Diapering is Fun!

As part of our Earth Day 2010 Contest, Rachel  shares her {rather suprising} finding when switching to home laundered cloth diapers:

I am going to put myself in the new mom category. While my son is 6 months old now, we used a diaper service for the first 3 months and then I switched to doing it on my own.

The most surprising thing I have learned in the last 3 months of cloth diapering has been that it can be fun! There were many people that told me not to bother, that I would give up, that it would be so much work…. and I have proved them all wrong. Not only is cloth diapering easy, I spend maybe 30 minutes every 2-3 days on laundry, it is also a lot of fun.

There are now so many options for cloth diapering, different brands and styles, cute printed covers and pocket diapers, and I have had a lot of fun trying out different diapers to find the ones we love and that work for our baby. I wish everyone knew that it is no longer plastic pants and diaper pins. It is cute prints, easy to stuff pockets, all-in-one diapers that are just as easy to put on as a disposable and beautiful wool covers for night that let a baby’s bottom breath. These are not the cloth diapers our mothers used – these are our cloth diapers!

Along with the fun is a huge desire to tell other moms how easy it can be. How good it feels to not take out bags of diaper garbage every day. How running a load of late night diaper laundry is a lot easier than going to a store. And how cute a baby bottom looks in a cloth diaper!

*The opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the contest entrant and do not necessarily reflect that of New & Green Baby Co.  We wish to thank all of our contest entrants who graciously shared their stories to help further the education and support of families wishing to cloth diaper their children.  Read more about our Earth Day 2010 Contest.

Two International Trips with Cloth Diapers :: Zero Garbage Created

Thank you to Amber, who shared her story with us about traveling with cloth diapers.

Amber, where have your adventures taken you recently and what was your diapering strategy while you were traveling?

We have just returned from two international trips in the last few months in which we used cloth diapers and did not have access to a washing machine.

Our first trip was to the UK for 10 days in which I took an assortment of bumGenius 3.0 pockets diapers for nights and long days, bamboo fitted and Bummis covers and two g-diaper covers with both disposable inserts and cloth inserts.  England was pretty easy.  On the plane (for both trips) I used the G-diapers so that I wasn’t traveling for over a day with wet and soiled diapers.  I would put a bumGenius on if I knew that she might be down for a longer nap on the plane to ensure no leaks.  I actually didn’t have any major disasters the whole time!

During the day in England we used the fitted and then at the end of the day I used the normal powdered detergent I usually use at home and rinsed and scrubbed down diapers.  In England, the radiators came in very handy for hanging and drying (no access to sun or outside here) and they were usually dry over night.

Our trip to Vietnam and Thailand I pretty much brought the same amount of diapers.  I should have brought more bumGenius pocket diapers as they dried much better in a humid climate.  This time I did bring a whole package of G diaper inserts as we had many travel days and airplane rides but did not use the whole thing in the end.  It was good to have the mix of diapers though.  We were usually in one place for at least 2 nights, so we were always washing and hanging.

We spent a week on an island that pretty much could be described as paradise.  My daughter, Safia, pretty much only wore a diaper the whole time or a t-shirt and a Swimmi Swim Diaper.  Drying was great here as we had a line on our bungalow and the wind and sun had them dry in no time.

I was worried that my diapers would come home pretty worn and with soap build up but because of the sun and our washing, I think they came home whiter and brighter than before.

My one difficulty with traveling with cloth diapers and a baby of course, is the amount of suitcase space they take up.  We were travelling very light for the month but the diapers eat up a lot of space!!  Looking back I wouldn’t have done it any differently.  My husband and I discussed the amount of garbage we would have created over the month and especially when we were on the island where everything’s is boated in and I am pretty sure they just burn the local garbage.

This in its self is worth the effort.

Traveling With Our Baby :: How We Made Cloth Diapers Work

Thank you to Kelly and lovely Miss O. for this guest blog post.  For more great reading, head over to Kelly’s blog, the Accidental Pharmacist.

Recently, my husband and I took our infant daughter on her first trip to join my parents in Maui. Normally light packers, we had no idea what to bring now that there are three of us.  Though we use cloth diapers at home, we were leery of taking them on vacation. However, the alternative – using disposables – was no more attractive largely because we felt strongly about carrying out what we carry in.

Overall, the consensus among moms that I asked was that traveling with cloth diapers is manageable, and with a little planning, 1.5 days worth of diapers is plenty. In addition, some moms also suggested that we divide the cloth diaper stash between multiple bags in case one bag gets lost, that we bring our own laundry detergent and that we try to pack lightly.

With that in mind, here’s what we brought:

  1. 16 prefolds (versatile, easy to pack, easy to wash)
  2. 2 fitted cloth diapers (overnights)
  3. 4 diaper covers
  4. 10 cloth wipes
  5. change pad
  6. diaper cream
  7. Nature’s Clean detergent in a ziplock freezer bag
  8. waterproof diaper tote & 2 wet bags for day trips
  9. infant bathing suit

What worked for us:

  • Prefolds: We started off with a diaper service so we’re used to prefolds. The nice thing about prefolds is that they’re versatile, serving sometimes as a bare-bum playmat and other times as a diaper – this was perfect for the hot weather. Also, because prefolds are flat, they dried quickly (good in a humid climate) and didn’t take up too much room.
  • Overnights: We packed a couple fitted diapers for overnights. The fitteds took up a little more room but they also came in handy on the flight home, saving us from an in-flight diaper change (ever tried to change a diaper on a plane?).
  • Washing: Ahead of time, we changed our initial booking from a hotel to a cottage with a washer and dryer (and it was cheaper!). It turned out that the cottage, which also had 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a pool, was perfect for travelling with a baby. I should also mention that we don’t have an in-suite washer at home, so this alone was a treat (and another post for another time).
  • Swimming: rather than buying the disposable swimming diapers, we took along an infant bathing suit that was purchased at our local pool. The prefolds fit nicely underneath so we didn’t have to worry about buying disposable diapers for swimming.
  • Day trips: For the day trips we just did as we do at home and took along our wet bag.

What we’d do differently:

  • Easier Diapers: We’d bring at least 5 all-in-ones or pockets for the grandparents. My mom has Parkinson’s Disease and sometimes the snappi/prefold/cover combination was a bit much. My dad didn’t even bother. Needless to say, after a little time on Google my mom is the new biggest fan of AMP’s all-in-one diaper (which we have but didn’t think to bring). “This is it? Made in Canada, you say? Fantastic!”
  • In-Flight Diapers: We used disposables on the way to Hawaii thinking it would be easier. In the end, it was quite the opposite. For future trips I think we’ll just stick to a super absorbent cloth diaper to minimize the in-flight diaper changes.
  • Back-up: Unsure of our system, we did bring along some disposables. However, following the advice of others, next time I think I’d bring along some Flip Disposable Inserts instead.
  • Relax: I wouldn’t worry so much. Cloth diapering is surprisingly easy and it was just as easy on vacation.

Have you traveled with cloth diapers? Do you have any tips to add?

(Going swimming on holiday or at the pool – check out our contest here – runs until June 13)