Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012

     Last year in 2011 a Guinness World Record was set for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The Great Cloth Diaper Change website says that in 2011 6,363 participants in 10 countries were active in the change. Unfortunately,  due to qualifications not being met only 5,026 participants in 5 countries counted towards making this World Record. This year we got together on April 21st to attempt to break that record.

The gift bags for the participants for the change
Me and Haleigh
We had Gillian there who teaches baby sign language
We all learned a few more signs and got to play a few games
Ready?! Hold up your diapers!

Change your babies!

Done changing? Hold up that baby!!

     This year we had 10 more participants then last year! TEN! That's amazing! I hope that all hosts were as successful as ours! Did you participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change this year? Show us pictures and share your story with us.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Children's Book Reviews

Big Sisters Are The Best
by Fran Manushkin

     Do you have a little girl at home who is about to become a big sister? This would be a great present to give to her. Big Sisters Are The Best concentrates on all the positive things of being a big sister- helping out and knowing best simply because you are the sister. It shows your child that although there will be changes in the house like having to be quiet during nap time or sometimes playing with your toys while your parents take care of the baby, Mommy and Daddy still love you a lot. And "...there are plenty of hugs and kisses for everyone - especially a big sister."

Play Baby Play
by Marilyn Janovitz

     This colorful board book takes you through a baby's day as he goes to day care, meets new friends, uses his imagination, and gets ready to go home again. The illustrations of Play Baby Play are simple but filled with color to hold your child's attention as you flip through this book. You can't help but almost sing the words of this book as the sentences rhyme and the words seem to have a beat. "We like to hear a story, We like to read a book, There are a lot of pictures, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!"

Is A Worry Worrying You?
by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
Illustrations by Marie Le Tourneau

     What is a worry? "A worry is something that stops you from... feeling good..." "It is invisible. But seems very real." Wolff and Savitz have written an amazing book that shows you that worrying is real and can make you feel sad and weighed down but not to fear because there are ways to stop worrying. Things may go askew and not how you planned but that doesn't mean everything is ruined. Things can be done to turn a situation around.
     If there was a way to rate this book with more then five stars I most definitely would! This book shouldn't only be listed for children as it applies to everyone, possibly even adults more children. The story was so well written and the illustrations were amazing. I will definitely be adding this book to our collection!

Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully
by Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson

     Chester, Ronny, and Cassy, along with their classmates, are having a hard time with a bully at school. He is stealing their toys, scaring and picking on them. Chester and Ronny's mom decide to tell them a story that will hopefully help them deal with the bully in a nice way. This book is a great book to read to children just entering elementary school. Bullies are a hard thing to deal with at any age but especially as a child when all you want is to make friends, play, and enjoy school. This book shows children that there are ways to deal with bullies, you don't have to keep letting them get you down.  Barbara L. Gibson does an amazing job with the illustrations. One of my favorites is at the very end when Chester sees his mother and sends her a little message. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Real Diaper Week - GCDC and Washing routine

     Welcome to Real Diaper Week! The week leading up to earth day will be a week filled with cloth diaper advocacy and education. Each day, participating bloggers, will be posting on different things having to do with cloth. Today, along with a video about the Great Cloth Diaper Change of 2012, I'll be sharing my washing routine.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday we wash diapers, or at least, we attempt to stick to this schedule and here's how it goes:
- Clean off all diapers that haven't already been cleaned off (aka - poop in toilet)
- Remove all inserts from pocket diapers
- Put in washer for a cold soak. For the soak you want to use as much water as possible.
- Let soak for about 4 hours (or overnight - all depends on when I put them in)
- Run through cold cycle.
- Run through a long hot cycle with 2 scoops of Rockin' Green detergent
- Run through a medium warm cycle with 1 scoop of Rockin' Green detergent
- (Sometimes I) run through an extra cold rinse
- All things that are waterproof - pocket diapers minus inserts, diaper covers get hung up to dry while all inserts go in the dryer on low heat. If it's possible to hang everything outside to dry in the sun I'd suggest that however, my apartment complex won't allow us to.

What is your washing routine? Share yours below!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Real Diaper Week

     Welcome to Real Diaper Week! The week leading up to earth day will be a week filled with cloth diaper advocacy and education. Each day, participating bloggers, will be posting on different things having to do with cloth. Today I will be concentrating on the different types of cloth diapers. There are a ton of different types and brands of diapers out there. I'll be touching on the main kinds of cloth and some of the main brands. It can be very confusing when you are just entering the world of cloth so hopefully this will be helpful to newcomers.

Pocket diapers have a waterproof outer layer, an inside layer of fabric that keeps the skin dry, and those layers make a pocket where an absorbent insert can be placed. An example of a pocket diaper is Fuzzibuns

All-in-One diapers (AIO) are the easiest to use. These are often called 'daddy friendly' or 'babysitter friendly' diapers. There aren't multiple pieces, the outer layer waterproof cover is attached to the cotton or fleece on the inside. An example of an AIO diaper is the Bumgenius AIOs.

a Diaper Cover is a waterproof outside layer that you can use over flats, prefolds, or fitteds. These can come in all different colors, prints, and sizes with velcro or snap closure. An example of a cover is the Flip cover. It's a one-sized cover and can fit 10lbs-40lbs.

Fitteds are a type of cloth diaper that need to have a cover. They are made from all different types of materials from bamboo to cotton fleece. Fitteds are (from what I've experienced) the most absorbent. Some are made with snaps and velcro while some are made to be closed with snappi's. Some examples of fitteds are Goodmama's, Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds, and Kissaluvs.

Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds

A Stay Dry Insert like the Flip insert is made to go inside of a diaper cover. The Flip insert is a one sized insert that can be folded to adjust to the size you need.

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A Prefold is what some might consider 'old fashioned' cloth diapers. They are rectangle shaped layered pieces of cloth that can be folded multiple different ways and placed in to the diaper cover. Cotton, Hemp, and Bamboo are the most used materials for prefolds. These are the most economical cloth diaper option if one of the reasons you are looking to cloth diaper is to be more economically savvy.

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