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This Giveaway is now CLOSED

I was sorting through baby things the other day and stumbled across eight size:1 (5-15lbs) Kissaluvs cloth diapers that have been washed but never used.

What a waste!

So this week I am having a Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post saying why you like cloth diapers and make sure to Like my Facebook page if you don’t already, and then on September 5th I will randomly select 2 readers and each will receive 4 diapers and a Mystery Gift.

Additional entries will be awarded for each friend who leaves a comment and mentions you by name, so share the love!

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Eggs not included

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Good Luck!

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Cloth diapering is a theory that I came around to skeptically. I just didn’t want to do it. It sounded gross and like a whole lot of extra work, and I just wasn’t interested, but after some research(on my part) and persistence(on my husbands part) I eventually came around to it and I’m so happy I did.

There is no one tried and true formula for cloth diapering. You just kind of have to do what works best for you and for your family and after some trial, error and a little careful tweaking you’re bound to come up with a mix that’s just perfect for you, your baby and your lifestyle.

So today I share with you our family’s cloth diapering recipe.

First let’s start with the ingredients. Everything you need to cloth diaper the India’s Roses way!

Ingredients:

  1. *18 FuzzyBunz One Size Pocket diaper (comes with 2 cloth inserts per diaper) I’ve also had success with Go Green Pocket Diapers which are much cheaper
  2. *36 Prefolds(Infant size 7-20lbs)
  3. *5-30 cloth wipes (depending on how often your baby poops)
  4. Biodegradable laundry detergent
  5. Borax
  6. Diaper Bucket(we use a trash can with a removable bucket like you might use in your kitchen)
  7. Air Deodorizer (to hang on lid of diaper bucket)
  8. Wet Bag (optional for when you don’t want to take the diaper all the way to the bucket)

Start by properly adjusting your one size diaper for your baby’s weight and size.

Lay the diaper flat (fuzzy side up) and place a prefold folded into thirds or two cloth inserts on top of the **diaper cover and fasten it to your baby.

If your baby pees in the diaper simple remove the soiled prefold or insert and replace it with a new one, and fasten the diaper right back on your baby. When the diaper cover becomes wet from a few usings replace it with a clean cover. (By using the same cover more than once we are able to save money and water by not using as many diapers.) When our daughter pees we don’t worry about using a dampened wipe which helps us avoid chapping from being wiped down to many times. I also believe it’s good to leave as many of the natural oils on the skin as possible to help prevent diaper rash.

In the case of poop start by wetting 3-4 cloth wipes before you even remove the diaper. Take off the diaper clean your baby up with the wipes and secure a fresh cover and filling. Rinse the poop from the diaper and add to your bucket. Now I’ve found that when the poop is big the diaper leaks, but from watching my friends who use disposables on their children, this is true of ALL diapers, and at least with cloth you’re already washing poop things and you can just throw the soiled pants right in with the diapers.

For diaper washing we use laundry detergent (a little less than recommended for load size) and ½ cup Borax for the first wash cycle followed by a second full wash cycle with another ½ cup Borax and no detergent. You can either dry your prefolds and inserts in the dryer or on a clothesline, but I recommend line drying your covers so as to avoid accidentally melting them on the high dryer setting you will most likely use for everything else.

This system works wonderfully for us, and though we did have to fork out a few hundred dollars to get ourselves started, but we don’t have to continue to spend money on ***diapers which is so wonderful. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be happy to answer them.

*Adjust depending on how often you want to do laundry; we do laundry about every 3rd day.

**We use FuzzyBunz instead of just regular diaper covers because I’ve found that the extra fleece lining prevent leaks when it comes to heavy wetting.

*** We do use Earth Best and Seventh Generation disposables when we travel because you never know when you’re going to have a washing machine to use, and I found carrying around a big bag of dirty diapers in a hot car to be a little more than I could handle.

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I spend a lot of time thinking about parenting, thinking about the best possible way to be the best possible mother I can be. I’ve chosen a much more natural version of parenting than is commonly seen in America, but I feel confident in it all the same. Parenting is something that should be done from the heart, and the decisions you make for your child should be the kind of decisions you can stand behind.

I am a strong believer in parenting from the heart. As a human female I already posses all the tools I need to take care of my new baby strictly based on instincts alone, but we live in a modern society where we’ve out thought our basic human instincts, and for the sake of living in a modern world some adjustments must be made, but those adjustments don’t have to compromise my values, and whether it’s to my benefit or detriment  as a mother the abundance of commerce in today’s world has made so many choices available when it comes to the quality of products I can choose to put on and near my child.

We’ve chosen to cloth diapers our baby for comfort and to minimize our contribution to the already overflowing landfills on this planet, but my main motivation for them is because it’s what I’d rather wear, and if put into my little Sweet Pea’s shoes (well… booties?) it’s no questions that I’d rather have some nice soft fabric against my new to the world heiny than some chemically conspicuous plastic disposable against my fresh young skin, and that’s just what seems most “natural” to us, so it’s what we do.

Together my Husband and I have made the choice to raise our daughter as naturally as possible, and by naturally I don’t mean keeping EVERYTHING 100% organic and chemical free (Though a lot of things we use are) I mean naturally in terms of our Nature.  Following our instincts as human beings, and doing what comes most simply to us as her parents.

I apply the same general theory to all of my parenting concepts; I simply ask myself “If I were a brand new baby-person in this world, what would make me the most comfortable and secure?” and then I do it. Now it may not always work, or it may not be the correct answer for the situation, but in order to find good solutions and create good practices as a parent you have to start somewhere, and where better to start than to look inside yourself and do for your baby what you would want done for you.

I will make so many mistakes because parents… no… people make mistakes, lots and lots of mistakes, but mistakes made out of love and an attempt to do the best things possible are the kind of mistakes you should (and can) be proud of. So as I embark on my journey into the unknown world of parenting I am grateful to know that I do not stand alone, but that the knowledge of those who came before me rests somewhere in my DNA, and the knowledge of those who come with me rests right here… on the internet.

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So many things to do, so many little clothes to wash, tiny socks to find, cloth diapers to fold, toys to clean and put away. The crib is set, the beds been made all waiting for her special day. I’ve read all the books, and picked through the best advice. We’ve made the choices as well as we can, but what do we really know?

Now I write this as a person who has never had a child before. Never been a mother past knowing and loving the person still being created inside of me, but I do have a theory, an idea of the best way to prepare for having a baby.

Stretch… Stretch a lot… Stretch your body, and most certainly stretch your mind because nothing is going to be as helpful as flexibility, as being able to let go of those preconceived notions of how everything is going to be, and how your life is going to look as a new parent. When I think about having my child I imagine her curled up next to me and her father in bed fast asleep. I imagine waking up to her softly rooting about as she expresses her desire to be fed, of pulling her close to me and dozing as she satisfies her hunger and then the both of us drifting back to sleep. This is my dream, my perfect utopia of motherhood at night. I would love for this to be my reality and in that desire I do hold on to the possibility that that is how it may be, but I’m also prepared to throw that picture out the window for the reality that will most likely ensue.

When I ponder those first months of being the mother of a Little Girl Person on the outside, I always try to add a little bit of reality to my fantasies, to remind myself that some things (okay most things) will not go as I envision, and to remember that the very best thing I can do for my sanity and the sanity of those around me is to be willing to change, accept, and appreciate my practices as a new mother.

I do hold on to one piece of sentiment that under no circumstance shall I let go, and that is the notion that in all of my daydreaming and fantasizing about the future I have only skimmed the surface of how amazing and wonderful motherhood will be, of what sort of experiences it will bring and how it will round and shape me as a person, and the bonds of our family.

I love my husband and I love myself, and I can’t even begin to grasp the love that I will have when I look into the eyes of a person made entirely out of us.

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