Tuesday, February 2, 2016

No Diaper Cakes, Please!

Once you've decided to cloth diaper, planning the baby shower can get difficult. Although cloth is becoming more and more mainstream, many baby showers still have a focus on disposables. Bring a pack of disposables and get entered in a raffle. In lieu of card, bring disposables. Forgot to buy a gift? Go grab disposables. Disposable cakes, castles, baths... you get the point!

While we are grateful for any gift we receive, it's nice to receive a gift that will truly be used. Party guests can understandably make the mistake of assuming you will be using disposables if you don't put a little effort into letting them know your wishes to cloth diaper. If you aren't careful you could end up with mountains of disposables and nothing to do with them. But have no fear! There are a few easy ways to avoid this dilemma.

1. An effective way to avoid disposables as gifts is through word of mouth. Make sure your baby shower hostess is well aware of your intentions to use cloth diaper. It's important you emphasize you will NOT be needing disposables. In this way, it would be easy for he or she to casually let guests know that a disposables diaper cake will not be needed.

2. Registering for cloth diapers is another way to inform guests of your decision to go a little greener, or save a little green... or whatever your reasons for cloth diapering are! The best registry solution right now is Amazon's Universal registry option. It allows you to link to other sites such as Babies R Us and Target (for those wanting a brick and mortar option), or websites like SoftBums, Kelly's Closet and Lil Tulips. This way you can register for all your CD and newborn needs without leaving your favorite brands out.   Don't forget to register for more than just shells! Inserts, CD-friendly diaper cream, wet bags and cloth wipes are items to add to your registry!

3. While the above options will hopefully help your guests get the cloth diaper hint, adding a blurb to your baby shower invite is a less subtle approach. Just tell people you are cloth diapering and do not need any disposables.
  • We're excited to help make the planet a little greener with cloth diapers. Disposable diapers     will not be needed at this time. Thanks for your support!
  • We plan to use cloth - no disposable diapers or wipes please!
  • Baby S will be using cloth diapers. In lieu of disposables, check out our baby registry at www.registryaddress.com

All of these ideas will hopefully leave you with a disposable-free shower, but there is still a chance a few may slip in. So what should you do with them? Some parents keep them just in case. You never know when you may need them! Still, some cloth diaper newbies do not want mountains of disposables around. Returning disposables is an option for these families. Many stores such as Target and Walmart do not need a receipt to return for store credit. Not able to return? Donate them! Drop them off to local women shelters or salvation armies. They would appreciate the donation!

While disposable diaper cakes are adorable, they just aren't practical for everyone. Don't be afraid to let people know about your decision to cloth diaper. Think of all the cute shells you could get instead. Who knows, you could end up with a CLOTH diaper cake!

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Twin Cloth Diaper Journey

Meet Andrea & her husband Scott! She is a first time, cloth diapering mom and is letting us share her experience through the SoftBums Blog on cloth diapering twins. We look forward to hearing more about their journey (and of course!) meeting these little guys soon!

We are finally getting close to meeting our little guys. We are at 31 weeks now, and my next focus besides the other 100 things on my to-do list is to get our diaper stash ready. Here is a shot of what we have so far. 

• 4 Echo SoftBums diapers • 4 SoftBums bamboo cloth wipes • 4 SoftBums bamboo Pods • 6 SoftBums dry touch minis • 1 pack of SoftBums H-Pods disposables • A dozen pre-folds that were gifted to us

We definitely have a good start, but with twins there is so much to think about! After doing a few months of research we are really excited to try SoftBums because they are truly a one size only diaper. When we first started thinking about cloth, the cost seemed daunting because of the newborn, size one, size two fits that you had a choice to buy. Starting them in one diaper and ending in the same diaper seems like a great system! Right now we have 2 snap Echo and 2 Velcro closures. I curious to see which we think will work better with our babies. 
The wipes are so incredibly soft! A tip I received from another SoftBums twin mom is that they can be used in the front for extra absorbency when they are little, especially for boys. We do have a wipe warmer for the changing table. We are thinking we will try to make our own wipe solution or use simply water for these. 
The H-Pods will be perfect for the first few changes in the Meconium stage and when we have inexperienced (with cloth) babysitters over to watch them while we are out. Or when we think it might just be easier to carry less around (like maybe a trip to the state fair). 
We have quite a few things on our list of wants. For starters the Omni Fox print, it is adorable! They each need their own diaper with that print. We also want to have a mix of Omni’s to send to daycare for them. The wipes are so soft that we will be purchasing more of these. My husband liked them so much he said, “I wish I could use these for myself!”- ha.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Getting Past The Stink Eye!

We have all had it done to us.  You say you use cloth diapers and BAM!  there it is.... the stink eye. 

.....Then comes the comments
"That's disgusting"
"Why wouldn't you just use disposable?"
"You're brave"
"Your baby won't reach mile stones on time"
"All your clothing will smell like poo!"

Let's figure out how to combat that negativity!!! 

Nope that's not the way Batman, sorry. 

First, remember they do not know what they think they know about cloth diapering, don't get angry keep your cool.

Here are 5 ways to help you get over this speed bump. 

1. Determine what motivates others. While your spouse might be motivated by the cost savings your childcare provider might be motivated by ease of use. Your friends might be convinced with environmentally friendly. Let that motivator be your focus when explaining to them why you are choosing cloth diapers for your baby. Also it never hurts to pull out some cloth diapering statistics such as it is estimated that it takes 250-500 years for disposables to decompose in a landfill! 

2. Consider a name change. Call them reusable diapers, modern cloth diapers, or call them by brand name (i.e. Soft Bums) when introducing them to others. 

3. Show them off. Having a sample diaper on hand to explain how they work can help ease most people’s fears about cloth diapers. Remember that most people still haven’t seen all the new varieties of cloth diapers that are available. When people think of cloth diapers they think of the safety pin and rubber pants! Get ready to have their mind blown away with awesomeness! 

4. Remember to talk about how easy they are to use. They are just as easy as disposable diapers.  Debunk the common myths like having to swish them in the toilet. Show them diaper sprayers and even spray shields such as Spray Pal! 

5. Ask them to consider a trial period. If you are approaching a childcare facility or caregiver about cloth diapering and you receive any hesitations have them consider a trial period. Chances are that after they see how easy they are to use they won’t object.

At first when I was told by my best friend that she was cloth diapering her daughter, I gave the stink eye too. But with some simple explanation and some research it was a hook line and sinker for me.  Educate them and watch the stink eye turn into WOW! 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

CELEBRATE!!!! and WIN!!!!

CELEBRATE!!!!  and WIN!!!!








I pulled the 2 tiny hidden toggles out of their hidey hole for you to see them!  

If you haven't heard about SoftBums Diapers yet, and why they are sooooo amazing....
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Washing Stinky Diapers!! How to get your wash routine righted!

The Smell! The Odor! The Horror! 
Oh My!!

Getting the CORRECT wash routine is just about the most important thing when it comes down to cloth diapering in my opinion.  You can have all the pretty diapers you want but if they just plain STINK.... there is no point!  I thought that I had my wash routine down perfect.  I followed all the popular generalized directions for the "best"  ways to wash and strip your diapers.  How could I have been more wrong! 

I had never used cloth until having my 3rd son! (yes 3 boys!)  My cousin introduced me to cloth and after much research I found SoftBums!  So having found THE diaper was just about the best thing ever!  I decided to start clothing him from the beginning.  A few weeks ago I decided to embark on the quest to diaper my middle boy.  It was scary going from EBF (exclusively breast fed) poop to regular poop!  I noticed however that my son's pee was super strong, and I mean STRONG!  I'd open the door to his bedroom in the morning and get smacked in the face by a urine soaked skunk smell!  YUCK!  I just about lost all hope in cloth diapering him, I just figured hey... he pees a lot and must have super strong pee!  I guess cloth for him won't work.   After discussing it over with a friend, we went over my wash routine.  Turns out..... it was wrong!  I never thought to look at my wash routine because I thought I had fixed it early on by following the directions of a popular site! 

Here is What My Wash Routine WAS...

1st WASH
1/4 cup borax (because of hard water)
1/4 cap detergent
wash on cold on small load
2nd WASH
1/4 cup borax (because of hard water)
3/4 cap detergent
wash on hot on heavy load

NOW my NEW and Fixed Wash Routine is.....

1st WASH
  1. 1 TBS Washing Soda
  2. 1/4-1/3 the recommended amount detergent (so if the cap has a #1 line, you need to use 1/4 up to the #1 line) 
  3. Wash on COLD with options: Permenant Press, heavy, low spin, extra rinse, pre-wash

2nd WASH
  1. 1 TBS Washing Soda
  2. NO Detergent
  3. Wash on HOT with options: Permenant Press, heavy, high spin, extra rinse, pre-wash

Sigh of relief, yes I can continue to cloth diaper my middle son, and youngest.  The thought of having to go to disposables again stressed me out.  With things being so tight cloth was the obvious answer, and the very thought of having to go to disposables makes me cringe.  The leaks, the waste, the money, the chemicals, the REAL horror!  I am so glad that after a good stripping of my diapers, I'm ready to go again!  And this time with no stink!  

Written by Kate mom of 3 boys, user of SoftBums Diapers

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