Winter Cloth Diaper Prints

It’s a shame that winter-themed cloth diaper prints are hard to show off. There’s that pesky problem of having to be a good parent and put pants on your baby in cold weather and such.

This season we’ve seen a number of adorable holiday and winter cloth diaper prints – some just recently released. Let’s hear your thoughts on which print is the cutest! Voting ends December 31!

AppleCheeks Delishmas Best Bottom Flurry Bummis Penguin Party gDiapers Good Tidings Peachy Green Holly Jolly SoftBums Snowflake HTML Map

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Your Kid Can Potty Like a Champion

fair-catch-potty

The other day, I commented to my husband that my absolute least favorite part of parenting so far is potty training. He raised an eyebrow and reminded me that sleeplessness was actually the #1 thing I complain about.

That’s the real truth, y’all.

So potty training is my second least favorite part of parenting.

Last fall, we started letting our toddler try the potty. I was determined to be an overachieving Mom in the potty training realm. I was already rehearsing it in my head – “Now, Courtney, don’t act too smug when you find out that someone else’s two-year-old isn’t potty trained but yours totally is.” 

We made what seemed like good progress at first, but after my c-section I just gave up for a few months and went back to diapers. Now we are back at it (although accidents do happen more often than I’d like). The hardest part right now is the fact that sometimes a simple trip to the potty can turn into a battle of wills. I’m sure you’ve dealt with your share of the “NO NO NO I DON’T WANNA USE THE POTTY I DON’T NEEEEEEEEED TO” shenanigans.

So how can you make the potty a fun experience? I’m not talking about one of those iPad atrocities. Absolutely no way my kid needs to be entertained with a high-end electronic device every time he relieves himself! I refuse.

potty training ipad

So you can imagine how stoked I was when I first heard about the FairCatch by PottyRookie. It’s a football-helmet shaped potty that my sports-obsessed toddler would absolutely go bananas over. It’s simple. It’s adorable! I must have it!

training potty shaped like football helmet

This potty looks comfortable for the child and convenient for the parent to empty and clean. Another nice touch is that the sides have plenty of white space so that the potty can be personalized with your favorite team’s decal stickers!

Potty Rookie is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin manufacturing the FairCatch potty. Check out the video and then head over to their Kickstarter page to check out all the awesome pledge rewards that are available!


And, as a University of Texas alum, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to include the hilarious photo that inspired the PottyRookie. Hook ‘em!

hook-em

Top 5 Babywearing Halloween Costumes

You already know that I use cloth diapers, so it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that I also enjoy wearing my baby in all kinds of different carriers. (Or as someone at my son’s preschool recently called it, “You know, that baby backpack thing.“)

I’m not actually crafty enough to make – or even think up! – any of these costumes myself, but here are my all-time top 5 favorite babywearing Halloween costumes found across the web.

  1. The Leprechaun

    halloween babywearing leprechaun

    Found at Hello Lucky

  2. Ellen Ripley

  3. Fresh Popcorn

  4. Spider Web

    Original source unknown

  5. Zombie Mom!

    MAMA-ZOMBIE-COSTUME

    Original source unknown


What are your family’s Halloween plans this year?

People, They’re Flipping Diapers

“Limited edition”.

Those two little words, especially if followed by “bumGenius”, seem to be enough to make people flip out.

The Cotton Babies "limited edition" frenzy... madness or genius?! How much would YOU pay for a "limited edition" print diaper?

Websites will crash. Fists will be pumped in victory, or for those who aren’t fast enough in checking out, swear words will be uttered.

You’ve gotta hand it to Cotton Babies: they created the Cotton Babies Cloth Diaper Flash Mob and turned it into an actual mob more than 10,000 strong. The cover image has a tempting offer: “Want the inside scoop on Cotton Babies news before all your friends crash the server”?

It’s some kind of genius marketing. (“Genius” is, of course, also the name of one their print series…)

Seems to me that Cotton Babies is borrowing from the Beanie Babies playbook to generate all this limited-edition hysteria. The Wikipedia page for Beanie Babies reads, in part:

“Beanie Babies began to emerge as popular collectibles in late 1995, and became a hot toy. The company’s strategy of deliberate scarcity, producing each new design in limited quantity, restricting individual store shipments to limited numbers of each design and regularly retiring designs, created a huge secondary market for the toys and increased their popularity and value as a collectible.”

I’m sure most of us remember the insanity of the Beanie Baby heyday. But take a second to rewind to your pre-baby days. Wouldn’t you have totally LOL’ed if someone told you that there were would be people going every bit as crazy over diapers?!

Chart of bumGenius colors/prints through August 2014 | Image by Erin Falvey

Image credit: Erin Falvey

Over in the Flash Mob and other bumGenius buy/sell/trade groups, mamas post photos of their bumGenius diaper stashes; the more limited-editions you have, the more impressed everyone else is. You thought you were using cloth diapers to go green? Or save green? Yeah, ok, and also making other mamas green. With envy, that is.

When you’ve hunted down all of the available colors and prints, you’ve got what they call a complete rainbow. Behold, a bumGenius stash to die for:

Impressive bumGenius rainbow! What a stash!

Come to think of it, posting an impressive bumGenius stash shot is akin to having a ton of karma on Reddit, although unlike cloth diapers, karma doesn’t actually have any useful purpose. What’s that, your karma can’t absorb baby’s urine or contain blowouts? Take that, Reddit.

And that secondary market the Beanie Babies were so famous for creating? Cotton Babies has definitely fueled a healthy resale market of its own. As soon as the newest Cotton Babies limited editions are no longer available from retailers, the real flipping begins with hard-to-find (“HTF”) prints going for two, three, or four times their typical retail prices.

Wow; crazy listings on eBay for bumGenius diapers!

And who can blame people for buying and reselling the diapers for a profit? Cotton Babies creates an insanely rabid demand for their prints and then only manufactures a very limited quantity. If you’re lucky enough to snag a limited-edition diaper, why wouldn’t you sell it and double (or triple or quadruple or quintuple) your money? Willing buyers are not difficult to find.

Of course, the thing that killed Beanie Babies back in the day was they they became too popular – at which point they no longer seemed so unique and special, so people quickly lost their enthusiasm for them. We’ll just have to wait and see whether Cotton Babies can keep up the excitement surrounding their limited editions, or if people will get tired of all the frenzies.


Do you buy limited edition prints? Why or why not?

Win Tickets to MommyCon

Sometimes it seems like my hometown, Memphis, is last to get anything cool. I’ve been waiting on Crate & Barrel for over a decade now. So when I heard that MommyCon chose Memphis as one of their 2014 cities, I was beyond excited!

Two weeks from today, we Memphian mamas will be enjoying the following awesomeness:

  • Babywearing 101 presented by Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby
  • Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
  • Project Breastfeeding: Men Supporting Breastfeeding
  • Normalizing Breastfeeding with The Leaky Boob
  • Honest Toddler presented by Plum Organics
  • Attachment Parenting Co-Founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
  • Greenproofing presented by Rhoost
  • One Mother’s Journey: Attachment Parenting & Special Needs
  • Breastfeeding in Color presented by Ergobaby
  • Don’t Buy Things That Suck with The Baby Guy NYC
  • Wrapping 101
  • Car Seat Safety presented by Clek
  • Sleep Consultations

I can’t decide which I’m more excited about – learning about wrapping, some Honest Toddler hilarity, or a sleep consultation.

On the one hand, I have a beautiful Jacquard weave Dolcino wrap I’ve never used because I’m too scared.

And the Honest Toddler session sounds really fun:

(I have a very honest toddler of my own. Last night during his bedtime I was praying with him. I said, “Thank you, God, for Matthew.” His prayer that followed? “Thank you, God, for Frozen.”) But then I think about my six-month-old daytime Baby Jekyll who turns into overnight Baby Hyde. I reeaaaalllly need some sleep, y’all. CONSULT WITH ME PLEASE.


So anyway, if you’re going to be near Memphis on August 23, Philadelphia on October 5, or Newport Beach on November 1, you’ll probably want to go to MommyCon, too. Thanks to the wonderful outreach team at MommyCon, I’m giving two readers a ticket to the event of their choice! Enter below and good luck! 

Gift Ideas for a C-Section Mom

A few months ago I shared some tips about how to mentally prepare for a scheduled c-section. Before I posted it, my train of thought went something like:

What should I write about next? Oh yeah, my feelings of triumph after this whole c-section ordeal. That sounds good. My readers all have babies and people with babies like talking about birth. Of course, my readers are interested in cloth diapers which means they probably are all about *natural* birth and might not be interested in reading about a c-section. Worse yet, they’ll brand me a traitor to the crunchy side. They are going to leave boos and hisses in the comments and tell me I should have tried harder to avoid needing a c-section. Oh, crap. What am I doing? They’re all going to hate it.

Sometimes I over-think things.

Thankfully, I was wrong and the post was well-received. I feel wonderful knowing my ideas have helped other moms get some of their fears out of the way before welcoming their babies into the world via c-section.

Gift Ideas for a C-Section Mom

Today’s post is for those of you who may not have ever had a c-section but are looking for ways to support and encourage someone else who’s about to have one.

Seven Fabulous Gift Ideas for a C-Section Mama

      1. An assortment of delicious, healthy snacks. Hospital meals are unlikely to wow her, and hunger will probably strike in the middle of the night when the baby wants to nurse.
      2. Lactation cookies. With ingredients like oats and brewer’s yeast, “lactation cookies” can help boost milk supply. As if any woman needs an extra incentive for eating cookies after giving birth.
      3. No-skid socks. Hospital floors are slick, and the first few times she walks after the c-section may be a bit scary. These cute no-skid socks will keep her feet warm and prevent her from slipping. (Bonus: they can also be worn for pilates or yoga!)
      4. A nursing nightgown. Hospital gowns are just so “blah”, and they’re not very modest. They require taking your arms out of them to breastfeed, which can be awkward if you have visitors and don’t want to feel naked in front of them – not to mention that oh-so-breezy feeling you get from behind. A soft, stretchy, and pretty nursing nightgown like this will make her feel less like a hospital patient and more like the beautiful mother she is!
      5. The “My Brest Friend” pillow. In spite of its eyeroll-inducing name, this pillow is actually fabulous. The adjustable waist buckle allows a snug fit that’s great both for nursing a newborn and for protecting the tender incision area.
      6. Water bottle with insulating sleeve. I have two of these Camelbak bottles; one to keep on each side of me so that I can gulp water while nursing no matter which side baby is on. They don’t have to sit upright on a table and the insulating sleeve keeps condensation off the bed, sofa, or whatever surface you set it on.
      7. Portable speakers. A c-section mama will likely be in the hospital for about three days after baby’s birth, so the ability to listen to her own music is a nice way to relax and feel at home.

      Other Ways to Help a C-Section Mom

      Of course, if you don’t have the money for a gift or if you’re just more of the “acts of service” love-language type (one of my favorite books), there are many additional ways to show your support for someone recovering from a c-section.

          • Vacuuming. Did you know that you’re not supposed to operate a vacuum for at least six weeks after a c-section? While that might sound like a welcome excuse to avoid housework, the dirty floors in my house drove me crazy. I felt strange about coming right out and asking people to vacuum for me, even if they had asked what they could do to help. “Yes, minion. Vacuum my floors. Then wash my feet with your tears and give me a pedicure.” If you’re visiting a friend who’s recovering from a c-section, my suggestion is to ask her where to vacuum is and get to work without waiting for her to ask!
          • Babysitting older kids. Another thing a c-section mom shouldn’t be doing in the first six weeks is lifting anything over about 20 pounds. I felt sad and a bit guilty that I wasn’t able to give my toddler piggy-back rides or horse around with him while I was recovering. I always felt grateful when friends and family would entertain him like that for me!
          • Bringing meals. The gift of food is always appreciated after a baby is born. Consider bringing things that are different than the typical dinner meals – breakfast items like homemade granola, fresh yogurt, and fruit; kid-friendly snacks if there are older children in the family; or wait until about two months after the baby is born when no one else is bringing meals anymore but mom and dad are still sleep-deprived.

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      What other ideas would you add for someone looking for ways to show support and encouragement to a mom after her c-section?

Innovation Appreciation: SoftBums

Have you ever found a product that’s so great it makes you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it? When I find something that makes my role as a mom easier, I just feel so thankful someone invented it! That’s what the “Innovation Appreciation” giveaway is all about. That and a chance for you to win over $450 in fabulous prizes – YES!!!

Innovation Appreciation Giveaway

Here at Diaper Wrecker we’re going to give away one of my favorite brands of cloth diapers – SoftBums. Their “Slide2Size” toggle system is truly awesome!

With traditional “rise snap” grids on the front of one-size diapers, you’re limited to just two, three, or perhaps four different settings, usually about an inch apart. I love the SoftBums’ toggle system because it allows me to adjust the leg elastic in my boys’ diapers in exactly the increments I want. It truly fits from newborn to toddler:

SoftBums is truly a one-size diaper!!

An added bonus with SoftBums is that if someone else is changing my child’s diaper, they really don’t have to be a cloth diaper pro. I find that the rise snap grid on most cloth diapers tends to confuse people.

If you’re ready to get started with SoftBums, Over the Moon Diapers is giving away a “DryPod Starter Bundle” with three shells, twelve stay-dry inserts (“pods”), and a wet bag. Purchased separately, these items cost over $125, so the starter bundle is an amazing prize!! Enter to win between now and July 11.

 

Is There a Point to Pockets?

Pocket diapers are the preferred cloth diaper system of many moms. They’ve been around for quite a while – Tereson Dupuy, the former owner of FuzziBunz®, filed a patent for the pocket diaper way back in 2001. You know, back when Friends was still on the air and the first Harry Potter movie came out. The average cost of a gallon of gas was $1.46. And most shockingly, iPhones were still six years away.

cloth diapers in 2001

Since then, pocket diapers have enjoyed considerable popularity thanks to well-known brands like FuzziBunz and bumGenius. In addition, the majority of the China cheapie sweatshop diapers on the market tend to be pockets.

However, if you’re thinking about using cloth diapers, I’d argue that you should walk right past the pocket diapers and head straight for the all-in-twos. Here are five good reasons why:

1. Easier to Clean

You probably never do this, but I’ve been known to get a little over-zealous with heavy duty diaper rash creams (like Doctor O’s) when my babies show the slightest signs of rash. Add to that the fact that I hate messing with diaper liners. Repelling happens sometimes.

If you’re using a pocket diaper and you have a repelling problem, you have to be careful in how you clean the diaper. The stay-dry lining of a pocket diaper can’t be separated from the more delicate parts of the diaper – the laminate and elastic.

If you’re using an all-in-two and you have a repelling problem, you only have to clean the insert itself, which is sturdy and can handle some harsher treatment. Go ahead and use some really hot water (>160° F) – in fact, that’s a very easy way to “melt” away any residual greasiness.

2. More Customizable

So you’ve heard that pocket diapers are customizable because you can add inserts if you need more absorbency. You can stuff a pocket diaper with microfiber, cotton, hemp, or whatever other type of fiber you want.

All-in-twos have different insert options as well. Pretty much any brand of AI2 offers a stay-dry (synthetic) insert as well as a natural-fiber insert choice. Plus, some brands (including GroVia, gDiapers, SoftBums, and Flip) even offer a disposable insert option to create what is known as a hybrid diaper, which is great for traveling.

3. Less Expensive

When you use an AI2 system, you’ll use approximately three to six inserts for every one cover or shell. This makes the average cost per diaper change much lower than pocket diapers.

Good news! You can buy even more diapers!

4. Longer Lasting

Pocket diapers get a lot of wear and tear.

Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash.

You get the picture. The process of stuffing and un-stuffing pocket diapers stretches out the laminate and can cause it to bubble or crack early.

Because you don’t have to stuff/un-stuff inserts or wash the shells after every single use with an AI2 system, AI2 shells are subject to significantly less wear and tear than pocket shells. You should get at least twice the life out of your AI2 shells compared to pocket shells.

5. Less Laundry

Since you’re not washing AI2 shells after every use, your loads of diaper laundry will be much lighter. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?!

How to Pack a Diaper Bag Like a Pro

Are you the type of mom who tries to pack an item for every conceivable (and not-so-conceivable) outcome for your two-hour errand? An extra change of clothes. Sweater. Snacks. Drinks. Nursing cover. Burp cloth. Bibs. Backup bibs. Wipes. Pacifiers. Toys. And of course, diapers. Sigh. Cloth diapers do take up more precious diaper bag space than disposables.

It can drive a mama crazy, y’all.

Now that I have two kids I’ve really tried to become a minimalist when it comes to the diaper bag. Gone are the days of packing every little thing I could possibly need, because, ironically, that actually makes it hard to find the one thing I really do need at the moment I need it.

It’s all about finding the products that are the most versatile and useful for the amount of space they take up.

cloth diaper bag essentials

So what’s in your diaper bag?

all in two diapers flat diapers cloth wipes wet bags Image Map

Fun with Boingos

If you’ve ever had someone question your sanity when they discovered that you use (or plan to use) cloth diapers, it’s highly likely that they harken from ye olden days when cloth diapering required pins.

no more diaper pins

If you’re reading this blog you probably realize that modern cloth diapers have come a looooong way since diaper pins. Of course, you’ve got your Velcro and your snap closures, but you can also still use really basic, inexpensive diapers like flats and prefolds without needing pins.

Enter Boingo.

boingo diaper fastener

They’re stretchy. They’re grippy. They’re cute and colorful. And they do an awesome, pinless job at keeping a prefold or a flat diaper fastened securely on baby.

baby wearing boingo

(Pardon the lack of a real baby in the above photo. The real baby in my house wasn’t too keen on staying still enough to have his picture taken properly. Fake Baby FTW!)

Not only are Boingo fasteners totally adorable, but they’ve got a lot of uses besides just cloth diapering.

Sprained your ankle? Forget those ugly metal Ace bandage fasteners. Give your wound some bling with a Boingo!

boingo ace bandage

Need a little something extra for your hairdo? There’s a Boingo for that. (Not that my niece isn’t so stinking cute without any accessories whatsoever, but I must say she totally rocked the Boingo-as-a-hair-accessory look.)

boingo in hair

And I’m sure that you creative ladies could probably figure out tons of other uses for a Boingo long after your baby’s diapering days are done. To win some Boingos of your own, enter the giveaway below!