Posts tagged ‘cloth diapers’

Green Insides

I’m not really sure how many of you are into this sort of thing but here goes….

I just washed my hair with baking soda and vinegar. It’s called No ‘Poo and so far, I love it. Add that to my already growing list of green products and you’ll notice that these are inwardly green things-Things that not only help the environment, but more importantly reduce the toxins that come in contact with my family.

I’m one of those Chicken Little types. The sky is always falling. And there is always something out there trying to kill me or make me sick. But I never realized how much our skin takes in the things around us. How else would nicotine patches work?

Our skin is one great big organ. Starting with cloth diapers for Kyson, I then moved on to cloth pads… Which are AWESOME! I’ve noticed lighter, happier, less crampy periods ever since. Then I switched to natural deodorant and now shampoo. I remember going on my diet last year and how my shampoo/conditioner actually made me gain weight. It’s true!

The crazy thing is that my hair looks healthier and shiner after just one wash. It looks so good, my mom just made her own shampoo this morning!

I’m really excited about this change that I’m making. I’m hoping to reduce my family’s risk of cancer and other related diseases. I was wondering if you too might be up to the challenge. I’d love for my friends to try this with me or share other ways they’ve eliminated toxins in their lives. No judgement, no crunchier than thou attitude- just positive changes. I look forward to hearing from you!

The Country Mouse vs The City Mouse

Our bodies are made of about 60% water. In babies, the percentage is much higher at 78. Pretty cool, huh? So we can say water is pretty important. Right up there with oxygen. It keeps us alive. Makes us feel good. Ever had a hangover? You were dehydrated. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t water be one of the few things that separate a house from a tent in the yard, other than air conditioning and directv? So am I right to be fighting mad when my father in law runs my well dry?

We live on a farm. We have cows and chickens and a nice creek with a big ole pond behind our house. It’s not our farm, it’s my inlaws’, but we’re about to start building our house here… or maybe we were until I blew off the handle the other day. We propped up a single wide this past year, roughly 100 yards from the chicken houses (sounds like Georgia to me!) so the agreement was that he would drill our well for us as a gift IF we let him use it as a backup for emergencies, like when his THREE other wells mess up. Sounds reasonable, what are the odds of that happening?

Well it did. And after a few days, with no warning that he had even been using it, red mud started coming out of the faucets. It occasionally does this if it rains alot because of something scientific that I can’t explain but Kyle can. Then once it stops raining for a few hours, everything’s back to normal. So I waited on my shower until in the morning. It never happened.

We went three days with no usable water whatsoever. I couldn’t clean, cook, bathe, wash clothes or dishes, NOTHING! So I was mad. When Kyle told him about it, he said “oh well” (no pun intended lol) because he had to have water for the chickens or they would die. That’s understandable since the chickens are his way of supporting his family. But why should we have to pay for the power to run water all day and night to the chicken houses since the well is hooked up to OUR power?? And my son shouldn’t have to start wearing pampers and drinking his milk out of a Dixie cup when the water at their house hasn’t been touched!!! There’s a 9 month old baby over here!

So Day 4, I woke up and the water was clear again. So I started washing things and I went all day with clean water until I tried to wash diapers, I put them through the rinse. It was clear, so I turned the hot water on. It was clear but when I went back to get them out, they were blood red with caked on mud. Now I know that my FuzziBunz can probably take anything you throw at them but I had just bought a brand new Blueberry Minky with bamboo inserts that cost me $35 and I was livid.

So I hulked out and started screaming at Kyle. Not yelling, screaming. Then as he continued to shrug it off and watch Spongebob instead of God forbid, caring about the muddy water, it made me madder so I threw my diapers into the front yard and packed up Kyson to go stay at my mom’s until the water cleared. Little did I know, they were all out in the pasture working on one of the wells and probably heard every mean, hateful thing I had said. I agree that I overreacted. But I still stand by my arguement that we need clean water to live. It’s not optional. But now they’re all hurt butt over what I said but I meant every word.

Kyle, who has been domesticated, went down there to use their washer to soak the mud out of the diapers before it set in. His mom told him that she WAS going to buy Kyson a new carseat (I mentioned it the other day and apparently that meant I was broke and needed her to buy it??) but then she just had to go buy a new well pump. Like, she was punishing me?? My God!!! But it does make me sad. I like Jimmy (Kyle’s stepdad) and think alot of him. And he’s terribly mad at me. I’m just wondering if you guys think I’m being a spoiled, stuborn, high maintainance, brat or just looking out for my family? Be honest. 🙂

Fluff

I’m not one of those moms who condemn others for their parenting choices. But I don’t want to ever say I didn’t at least try something that I wanted to. Some of the things that I had planned on doing, like breastfeeding, didn’t last very long because of latch problems and my love/hate relationship with my pump. It makes me cry to think of it but at least I can say that I tried as hard as I could. He just wasn’t ready.

Other things, like cloth diapers, can be done anytime you like. I bought Kyson’s first one this week. I had went to The Natural Baby in search of BumGenius diapers for a friend. I didn’t want to ride alone so I took a friend, who immediately started talking junk about the store as soon as we walked in. It didn’t take long to spot the rainbow of diapers stacked in cubby holes on the back wall. There were so many different kinds to pick from. Prefolds, pockets, all-in-ones, covers, one size, fitted… It was very easily overwhelming. Even though I had already researched the kind I liked, I found myself still second guessing my gut. It didn’t help much either that I was hearing “hippie yankies” in my ear the whole time.

Apparently if I was a cloth mom already, I’d know that BumGenius was switching to a newer version in the next week or two, so the only ones I could find were pink. So I said, heck I’m already here, all I have to do is take this first step and buy Kyson some. I found the FuzziBunz column and pulled out a green one. The inside was so soft that the palms of my hands snagged on it and I didn’t think my hands were rough. Besides, they’re so cute!

But still I hesitated and pretended to walk around looking at the rest of the store to give myself a pep talk. Finally, I got tired of the rude comments and went back to the diaper wall. I closed my eyes and grabbed the green one and walked away before I changed my mind again. (I am extremely cheap until it comes to Kyson). You should have seen my friend’s face as I proudly smiled and told the store owner that the diaper was for me and not the baby shower. 😛

The scoop on poop

The argument my friend had was that you don’t have to touch it if you just throw it away. Any one who has ever changed a diaper on a regular basis, especially before solid food, knows that you will be pooped on at some point. And more than likely, you’ll have to scrub under your nails to get it off a little more often than you’d like. Eventually, poop doesn’t bother you anymore. So why not shake it off into the toilet and flush it. It can’t be any more disgusting than cleaning up after a pet. It’s amazing how many of us do that for an animal but still cringe at baby poo.

Another myth to flush out is that all cloth diapers are little white triangles fastened with safety pins. That is so not true anymore. Of course, “prefolds” as they are called, can be used if desired but even they can be so drastically different from the ones our parents or grandparents used. Most cloth diapers are made just like disposables with Velcro or snaps. The only difference is that you wash them.

Disposables

I don’t plan on giving them up altogether because I still have a box of pampers as big as a TV to go through. I never said that was and I have nothing bad to say about moms who use them because I have been for nine months now. But I feel like this is a really positive change for us since we had such a rough time with the Pampers dry-max fiasco. And I originally wanted to use cloth, but it’s so hard when they’re newborn to find the time to wash your own clothes, let alone diapers. So I see this as a transitioning stage before training pants. My game plan is to buy one or two every week and eventually I’ll have enough to go a few days without washing. The big selling point for me was the cost. Yeah, $20 on average for a cloth diaper is kinda steep but when you think of how much money you’d spend in the long run with disposables, that number is alot lower.

For instance, twenty FuzziBunz cloth diapers would cost around $400.

The average baby uses at least $1400 worth of diapers before the age of two. So you’ve already saved $1000 just by using cloth! And if you had any more kids down the road, you could reuse them and really save money!!!

So only three days into cloth diapering, I am completely obsessed with them. I can’t wait to buy more in different colors and patterns. I have a clean diaper sitting on the bed waiting for him to wake up so I can change him into his cloth. It actually makes changing time exciting.

The site that helped me get started was Diaper Jungle. It has everything!!!

And Mom’s Milk Boutique has a 30 day trial package and free shipping on diaper orders. That’s where I ordered Kyson’s newest one this morning. They also have other baby items and the detergents you need to use for the best results.

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