6 Ways to Save Time When Cloth Diapering

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Cloth diapering doesn’t require a huge time commitment, but it is an extra chore on your to do list. So if you are looking for ways to make cloth diapering quicker and easier, while still reaping all the benefits, this post is for you!

Being a mother of seven (while also blogging, consulting and home schooling), I’ve found a few ways to save time while using cloth:

  • Diaper liners help make clean-up quicker. They can be washable fleece or silk, or a flushable material like bamboo. A good quality liner can virtually eliminate time spent dunking and swishing. Here are some helpful tips for using liners with cloth diapers.
  • Storing diapers without folding also saves time. On busy days, I pull my diapers out of the dryer, dump in a laundry basket and then stash in our closet. Or use bins and baskets to sort; throw covers in one, prefolds in the other, etc. etc. Don’t get me wrong; I love the beauty of a stack of nicely folded flats, and will do that when I have time (and my oldest daughter is off school for the summer), but when things are hectic, I appreciate shortcuts.
  • Changing the style of diaper you use can reduce your time commitment. Some moms find that stuffing a few days worth of pockets takes too long; switching to covers with inserts or trifolded diapers can be faster. Or on the flip side, changing from complicated folds and fasteners to AIO or AI2 diapers, can make a difference. Check in here to see my reviews of different styles of cloth diapers.
  • Have your older children help with simple diapering tasks. My daughter not only helps with changes, but can move a load from the washer to the dryer, or empty clean diapers into the laundry basket and take to my bedroom. Young children can help replace the liner in your diaper pail or separate wipes from diapers in your latest laundry load.
  • Simply your wipes routine. I used to spend time mixing up solutions and rolling up or folding wipes in a warmer. With more on my plate these days, I find that a small squirt of diaper lotion and a wipe soaked in water gets the job done quickly and easily. Plus, diaper lotion doubles as a skin protectant and can even soothe minor rashes and irritation.
  • Simplify your system. In our eagerness to try new things and take whatever is offered by friends and family, it’s easy to build up a stash filled with inserts, diapers and covers of all different sizes and styles. That might add up to more time spent sorting, snapping and stuffing. If you are keen on saving time, it might help to pick just one or two styles and stick with that. Cull everything from your stash that isn’t being used and put it up for sale as a lot.

What are your thoughts about cloth diapering and the time it requires? Do you have any shortcuts to share?

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It’s a Happy Healthy New Year Giveaway!

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Happy New Year! I’ve joined up with Mommy Scene to bring you a “Happy Healthy” giveaway featuring some great products that your family might like to check out this year. Here’s what’s included in the prize package:

Pure Hazelwood baby necklace & Munch Mitt teething mitten.

Chub Chub Baby PouchBuddy feeding attachment that screws onto the spout of many standard and reusable baby food pouches.

Funbites food cutter that makes meals fun! Check out the new Paw Patrol Funbites!

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Preparing for My First Home Birth!

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If all goes well, I’ll be giving birth at home in January to our 9th baby! My official due date is January 24th, but I have always delivered early. When it comes to labor and delivery, I’ve experienced everything from a surprise c-section to a medicated/hospital VBAC to six natural deliveries at a midwife-run birth center.

I decided to try at home this time because the birth center’s policy changed and they could no longer take VBAC’s. And after six natural deliveries with a midwife, my husband and I just didn’t want to go back to a hospital setting, with all the red tape and rigid policies. We chose a local midwife who was highly recommended by friends and has a lot of experience under her belt. Throughout this pregnancy, Rachel has been a kind and attentive care-giver, and she is a wealth of information when it comes to dealing with pregnancy complaints. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities, and that is a very important factor when you’re giving birth at home.

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Nicki’s Training Pants Review & Giveaway

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Ingrid’s still in diapers at age 2, but also very interested in sitting on the potty, so we got a couple of Nicki’s Diapers training pants for her to try out. Ingrid’s cousin, Gareth (3 years old), also gave them a whirl. Read through today’s review and see what you think of our experiences, then enter to win a pair for your little one!

Here are the basic features of Nicki’s training pants:

  • Absorbent 100% cotton flannel core and a waterproof PUL outer
  • Stretchy sides and leg elastics
  • Available in small (16-21 lbs), medium (22-30 lbs) and large (30-38 lbs)
  • Available in 10 colors/prints
  • Retail price $9.95
  • Available exclusively at Nicki’s Diapers

Only the middle part of the trainer is absorbent; the stretchy sides are made of soft, waterproof PUL. The cotton needs to be prepped several times before first use; we washed four times with our other household laundry.

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How to Dry Laundry Without a Clothesline

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When we think of hanging laundry to dry, a traditional outside clothesline probably comes to mind. But you need space for that, and money to buy quality parts and time to set it all up so that it will be sturdy and durable. Thankfully, there are many alternative ways to dry your household laundry. In fact, many of these ideas were shared by you all!

Drying Rack: this is the most common method for indoor drying, but you have a lot of rack styles to choose from. This classic accordion rack has 18 feet of drying space and doesn’t take up too much floor space.

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