Posts Tagged ‘prefolds’

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Kate’s Family!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Kate is one super cool mama (just check out her pregnant laser tag photo for proof)! Read on to learn more about her and her sweet family…

 What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product?
My nursing cover. The comfort it provides me and allows me to nurse in public has been priceless.

Who are the members of your family?
Me, Kate. Husband, Matthew. Daughters Elizabeth 3years and Clara 5 months

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?
Moby wrap for the comfort, especially during long stretches of wear.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:

Mostly bumGenius pockets, a few prefolds and covers with snappies instead of pins, and one great kissaluvs (wish I had more of these!). With my first,¬†I used prefolds and pins, but that was too hard for my swollen fingers, so¬†I invested in some bumGenius for my 2nd and love, love, love them! I was really scared to do them at first, but can’t believe how much we have saved already. My favorite thing to do is pile the clean, warm, fresh out of the dryer inserts on my face and breathe in!

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far?
When I was in college (19 years old)¬†I had a stroke that paralyzed me on my right side.¬† It was from an autoimmune disease¬†I did not know¬†I had called lupus. No one ever thought I would recover as much as¬†I have, so having two kids is way outside of expectations! Being involved with the kids on days my joints are not well (called a flare up). Simple things like¬†zipping a zipper or turning a door knob become very painful. Sometimes it’s a matter of will power to make myself do things that physically hurt. But I remember that we chose to have these beautiful girls knowing my illness and my babies will only be young for a short time and I choose to be there with them.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences?
Massage! I have a membership and make sure I get my monthly massage as a way to take a mental and physical break as well. Also massage is great for relieving back, neck and joint pain that can make daily tasks challenging.

Thanks Kate for sharing your beautiful family with us!! :)

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom‚Äôs Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line ‚ÄúFriday Family Spotlight Inquiry‚ÄĚ and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Have a beautiful weekend all!

- Sarah

Cloth Diapers: How Much Will They Cost Me?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Often when people are considering using cloth diapers, the main question is how much will it cost me to get started? (What do I do with the poop? is the second most popular question). The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on what type of diaper you purchase and how many diapers you purchase. However my best guesstimate is that in order to get a decent stash and adequate accessories you would probably spend somewhere between $250 Р$500. Yeah, I know that probably sounds like a large chunk of money, but remember that cloth diapering is WAY cheaper than using disposables!

I recommended having at least 25 diapers in your stash, 3 travel wetbags, and 2 pail liners. You can pay as little as $10 per cloth diaper or as much as $25+ per cloth diaper, again depending on the type of diaper you select. While cloth diapers can range in price significantly, there are more factors to consider than just price tag when selecting a diapering system.

The first main¬†decision¬†is do you want/prefer a two-step or a one-step diapering system? Then the second main decision is do you want/prefer sized diapers or one-size diapers? Okay, I know¬†that sounds like a foreign language when you are new to fluff.¬† So let me briefly explain….

A two-step system would consist of an inner absorbent diaper (options are pre-fold, flat, fitted, or contoured) and a separate outer waterproof cover. Generally this is the least expensive route when building your diaper stash. For example, an Econobum trial pack that includes 1 cover and 3 pre-folds retails at $11.95. Keep in mind you can often re-use the same cover through several diaper changes. Basically you remove the soiled inner diaper and replace it with a fresh one. Then as long as the outer diaper cover is clean/dry you can continue to re-use it. That being said you typically need far more of the inner absorbent diaper (ie- pre-fold, flat, fitted, or contoured) than you do of the diaper covers. Hence the reason the Econobum trial pack includes 1 cover and 3 pre-folds. Econobum is a great option to build a diaper stash very inexpensively!

The other option is a one-step diapering system. In a¬†one-step diapering system the inner absorbent diaper and the¬†outer cover are essentially “attached” so there is only one step when diapering baby. Pocket diapers and all-in-ones fall into this category. Many people enjoy the convenience and ease of cloth diapering with a one-step diapering system. Generally cloth diapers that fall into this category are going to cost a bit more per diaper than you would pay for a two-step diapering system (even when you add the cost of the¬†inner diaper and the cover together).

The next consideration is sized diapers versus one-size diapers. A one-size diaper means it is adjustable and developed to fit baby from newborn to potty training. A sized diaper means it comes in sizes such as small, medium, large, etc or size 1, size 2, etc. Once baby outgrows a size, you would need to purchase the next size up. While one-size diapers cost more up front, you generally end up spending as much or perhaps even a tad more if you purchase sized diapers. Although the benefit to sized diapers is that they usually provide an overall better fit, particularly in the newborns stage of diapering.

Okay now, bear in mind you do not have to be a purist when it comes to cloth diapering. You can build yourself an eclectic stash that includes a wide variety of cloth diapers. This is especially beneficial if you have the ability to build your stash over time and take advantage of all the incredible deals as they become available.

Still confused and unsure about where to start and what kind of diapers to purchase? Well then a Cloth Diaper Trial Package might be a good option for you! You’ll get to try out 13 NEW¬†cloth diapering products for 30 days for only $20! Check out the details here!

What was your start-up cost to cloth diapering? What did you start with in your stash? Would love to hear from you!

-Sarah :)

Fan Photo Friday: Diaper Stash

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Welcome to our very first FAN PHOTO FRIDAY! Today’s topic is “Show off your stash!”. We had some awesome photos submitted by some awesome mamas! Check them out…

This is Jolene’s stash…pretty impressive, huh? Not just due to¬†the number of diapers, but the organization of it is incredible too! She’s says her stash is “proudly displayed¬†in my living room for everyone to see.” Which totally made me chuckle…I would LOVE walking into a friend’s house and seeing this wonderful¬†display of fluff, wouldn’t you?

This is Rebecca’s stash. She describes herself as a “tried and true FLIP stash mama”. Don’t you just love the celebration of cloth in her backyard with the Tibetan diaper flags? So cool! :)

This is Amanda’s stash. She calls her stash “tiny” and is hoping to grow her stash soon (aren’t we all! ;) ). I think it’s an awesome stash and love all the prefolds. Such a great diaper choice!

This is Megan’s stash.¬†Her¬†sweet little monkey fell asleep before she could snap of photo¬†of him¬†with his¬†colorful diaper stash¬†so she¬†improvised with a stuffed monkey.¬†¬†Can’t help but¬†smile at this goofy little monkey surrounded by RumpaRooz!

And here’s my stash…yes, I’m keeping it real for you mamas with a snapshot of my dirty diapers! Haha! This is what my stash actually looks like most of the time.

Or else it looks like this:

Occasionally (such as the one time I wrote a blog post about diaper storage solutions) it looks like this:

Thanks a bunch to the mamas who sent in photos of their stash to share! It’s fun to see a variety of stashes¬†because it¬†provides readers and prospective cloth diapering families a feel for how to make cloth diapering work for them! Some families have a rather eclectic stash and others find a favorite and stick to it.

Alright now¬†it’s time to start collecting pictures for next week’s¬†Fan Photo Friday!¬†¬†And because I have a serious case of baby fever over here, I¬†would¬†love to see¬†some¬†cutie patootie newborn babywearing photos. Anyone have a favorite picture of themselves (or their partner) wearing their wee little baby? If so email it to sarah@momsmilkboutique.com by Thursday, May¬†24 and include any¬†information¬†you want shared such as age of baby, type of carrier, location, etc.¬†¬†Then be sure to check back on Friday, May¬†25 to see some serious cuteness guaranteed to make you go “aaawwwww!”.

-Sarah

Sample Gift Registry for the Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Cloth Diapering Mama

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

First time¬†pregnant couples typically look at a list of suggested baby items and feel completely overwhelmed. There are usually¬†SO many items on the suggested gift registry list provided by stores that sell baby gear. Couples wonder where they will put all of it or how much of it will they actually use? It’s hard to know as a first time parent who has yet to meet their baby what products they will love and which ones will end up buried in the back of the closet?

In attempt to¬†perhaps¬†minimize some of the anxiety¬†expectant parents face when contemplating what to register for,¬†I offer my¬†ideal alternative¬†gift registry for the Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Cloth Diapering Mama. Of course hindsight is at play here now that I know what products and brands I like, as well as what items I actually use with baby. However if I could go back in time six years ago¬†and share this list with my first time pregnant self, it would save time and money trying to figure out what we needed to have in order to care for a new baby. Since that’s not an option (unless there is an app for time travel that I am unaware of?),¬† I¬†thought it might be useful¬†information to¬†share with other expectant mommies instead. :)

Breastfeeding:

2 quality nursing bras

3 quality nursing tanks

cloth nursing pads

nipple cream

manual pump (note: if you plan to bottle feeding on a regular basis, you will want an electric pump)

2 quality water bottles (to ensure mama gets enough water throughout the day)

 

Babywearing:

Moby Wrap

ERGObaby carrier

Cloth Diapering:

24 cloth wipes

cloth wipe solution

changing pad

3 medium travel size wetbags

2 diaper pail liners

Petunia Pickle Bottom Backpack

5 pairs of BabyLegs

bumGenius Diaper Sprayer

Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention

Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator

Charlie’s Laundry Soap

24 small prefolds

2 snappis

6 small covers

2 small wool covers

20 one size pocket diapers

8 large fitted diapers

6 large covers

2 large wool covers

10 fleece diaper liners

Note on the diaper selection: I like using prefolds and covers with newborns. I like using one size pocket diapers with infants through toddlers for day time diapers. I like using fitteds with covers with infants through toddlers for overnight diapers. Hence the variety in my ideal diaper stash. :)

In case you were wondering, Mom’s Milk Boutique actually has an on-line gift registry! Man, that would have been cool to register with MMB back when I was preggers with my first baby! As it was I didn’t end up registering anywhere. When people asked me what I wanted/needed for baby I would say “I don’t know” because I truly didn’t know. Turns out I didn’t really need much to care for baby…actually the most important things turned out to be breastfeeding, babywearing, and diapering! :)

What items not listed here would be essential on your dream registry list for the Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Cloth Diapering Mama?

-Sarah

Three Simple Uses for Prefold Cloth Diapers

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Are you interested in using Prefold Cloth diapers, but not sure how to “fold” them? This video demonstration will show you 3 basic ways to use a prefold.

The following diapers and accessories were used in the video:

Bummis Super Brite Diaper Covers

 

 

Bummis Super Whisper Wrap

 

 

 

bumGenius 4.0 One Size Stay Dry Cloth Diaper

 

 

 

Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener

 

 

 

 

Prefolds are my favorite diaper for a newborn. Hopefully this video demonstrates how easy they are to use!

Sarah

PS. Tomorrow’s Tasty Tuesday recipe is a one I think your kids will really enjoy! Be sure to check it out! :)