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Meet our next “Real Mom” Sheree!

Sheree is a 24 year old mom to a 2 & 1/2 y.o. daughter, and a 12 week old son, who lives in Armona Ca. She originally looked into cloth diapering to save money to make being a stay-at-home mom possible. Once she started researching all the cloth diapering options, she became aware of all the benefits, but was sold on the cuteness-factor, and by knowing that she wouldn’t be exposing her babies to chemicals.

Originally her hubby was against cloth, saying he thought it was gross, and vowed to never change a diaper. Sheree wasn’t really bothered by the “gross” factor from her experience as a CNA, so she went ahead and bought a stash of prefolds and covers anyway. After that, she eventually convinced him to buy some BumGenius diapers, and he wound up loving them! She estimates that her original investment in the prefolds was only about $30, and has accumulated around 30 pockets that probably cost about $200. That’s a HUGE savings over disposable diapers!

When asked what the hardest part of cloth-diapering is, she explained that both her kids are heavy wetters, so she’s had trouble finding a leak-proof overnight diaper, but is confident they’re close to finding a solution. She also offers this advice for cloth-newbies: “Breastfed poop is the best!”, and highly recommends having a diaper sprayer handy for when you start your baby on solids. She states that the best part about using cloth is that, “They’re soooooo cute! I really like the attention they get, and I love when people ask me about them and how they work. I like to share the knowledge.”  She currently has a few friends that cloth diaper already, and would absolutely recommend it to others, “If you’re on the fence about cloth diapering, just do it!”

Thank you Sheree!!

Meet Hailey!

Our next feature mom is Hailey! Hailey lives in Visalia, with her fiancé, 6-year-old son Ethan, and 1.5-year old son Colin. She is a VERY busy mom who runs her photography business (HaileyRayPhotography) while juggling doctor appointments for Colin, who has Spina Bifida, and still managing to keep Ethan in extra-curricular activities! (Oh AND planning her wedding! Yikes!) This Mama has a whole lot on her plate, and she still has enough time to cloth-diaper full-time, on trips, and even through Colin’s hospital stays! That’s commitment if I’ve ever seen it.

Hailey originally became interested in cloth for all it’s perks… the cost-savings, how much better they are for sensitive skin, and for the cute-ness factor. They started cd’ing when Colin was a little over 2 months, and Hailey showed her fiancé that the initial cost would turn into major long-term savings, along with telling him “I would do the laundry!”. He was completely on board, and now even helps out on wash days. I asked Hailey how much she has spent on cloth diapers and she said, “I have managed to keep cost under $300.00 by buying and selling – if I wanted a new one I had to sell an old one, first, that was my rule. When I wanted a 6-pack of the new BG brights, I sold 4 older diapers. My total to date is still $291.25.” I also asked her what she learned in the first few months, and as most “newbies” to cloth, it had to do with her wash routine!: “Don’t be afraid to use too much detergent.” she advised, “and I learned right away air-drying my diapers made them last longer, and is a good perk when re-selling them.” Image

Colin at just a few months, excited about his diaper stash!!

“Keeping up with the laundry when you’re having a busy week” is what Hailey feels is the hardest part about cloth diapering, but quickly counterbalances that by saying, “Not having to run out for diapers and paying ridiculous prices for ‘trash’. ” is the best! She has found that BumGenius pockets work best for Colin, and has tried a few WAHM brands, along with making a few of her own. When it comes to accessories, she is another wetbag lover, “they really come in handy when you have food in the diaper bad and don’t want to put dirty diapers with it.” The wetbags also play right into her funny cloth-diapering moment (something I think we’ve all done at some point): “Well, we have found a very VERY old dirty diaper in a wetbag in the bottom of the diaperbag more than once… that is NOT fun! Always count your diapers as you stuff them!”.

On a more serious note, cloth-diapering actually HELPED Colin! One day while doing diaper laundry, Hailey noticed that there were some weird stains on all the diapers, even though Colin hadn’t pooped in them. After investigating, and a doctor’s appointment, it was discovered that he had a urinary tract infection! The stains were from the proteins, and the infection was caught so early (thanks to cloth!) that Colin hadn’t started showing other symptoms yet.

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Isn’t he just adorable??!!

Hailey found EverythingBirth.com, CottonBabies.com and a consultation with “yours truly” helpful while researching and purchasing cloth diapers. She continues to recommend cloth-diapering to many of her friends. She knows that once someone sees how easy it is, they also “would never go back to trash!”.

Check out Hailey’s photography website!!: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hailey-Rae-Photography/180049598745368

Don’t just take it from me…

Hear other REAL mom’s experience with cloth diapering! Each week I’ll be featuring one REAL MOM on this blog. Find out what their reasons are behind using cloth, and what types of diapers work (or don’t work!) for them.

Our first REAL MOM is Erin Andersen! I had the honor of doing a consultation with Erin when her family was researching cloth diapers, and she is a super sweet, down-to-earth mama.

Erin, hubby Aaron, and almost-9-month-old son Oliver live in Visalia, and they have been using cloth diapers full-time for the past 7 months, using some newborn diapers part-time before that. Believe it or not, is was Aaron’s idea to look into cloth diapers in the first place, since they were planning on him being the one to stay home with Oliver! (I know many of us had to convince our husbands to use cloth, so Erin is a very lucky lady!) She was sold on the idea of cloth-diapering when she realized how eco & wallet-friendly they are. She says, “Disposable diapers seem so wasteful to me, and now that I know how easy cloth diapering can be, I know it’s the right thing to do.  And I won’t lie…saving all that money is AWESOME!!”

When I asked Erin what hesitations she had before starting to use cloth she responded, “The poop.  How the heck do you handle a diaper full of poop?  I had no idea how I was going to get it from the diaper to the toilet.  When we were nursing, there were some lovely diapers we had to wash out by hand.  But now, most everything literally just “falls off” into the toilet.  And now we’re using these thin little flushable liners, which make clean-up a breeze.  In fact, because we flush the solids, use zippered wet bags, and wash every 1-2 days, we have NEVER had an issue with odors.”

Erin estimates that they’ve spent approximately$225 on Oliver’s stash of diapers, and spends around $15 per month on diaper-friendly cream, disposable wipes, flushable liners, and cloth-friendly detergent.  Her favorite diapers include Fuzzibunz, or Flip covers with a variety of inserts and a fleece liner for daytime, and BumGenius pockets stuffed with both inserts for nighttime. Her favorite diapering accessories are her wet-bags, “I love wet bags.  The zippers completely contain odors.  In fact, I keep our wet bag right inside Oliver’s closet.  There’s never an odor and that way I don’t have to have the bag hanging out in his room.  They hold up great in the wash, too!”

Erin says the hardest thing about cloth diapering (which she went on to clarify that it’s not really a “problem”) is the fact that most clothes aren’t made with fluffy-bums in mind, and therefore, Oliver’s clothing can be a little on the snug side.  She loves it when someone notices Oliver isn’t wearing a disposable diaper and asks what it is, ” I feel like a cloth diapering spokesperson, and have my schpeel down pat!”

Of course, like any cd’ing parents, Erin & Aaron have  had some funny diapering moments…”When Oliver was still breastfeeding, and we were transitioning to cloth diapers full-time, I was concerned that they couldn’t ‘hold everything’.  One afternoon, I thought that Oliver might have gone poop – so I decided just to peek into his diaper, right at the hip.  It was like I had poked a hole in Hoover Dam!  I immediately pulled my finger out and it was like the hole had been plugged.  These things really hold it in!!”.

Thank you, Erin, for being our first ‘REAL MOM’ 🙂

 

**If you’d like to be interviewed for a REAL MOM feature, please e-mail me at JocelynC@DiaperParties.com for more info **