Updated on November 19, 2015
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Did you know that breastmilk can be donated? Yeah, it’s true! There are these awesome places called milk banks where you can donate breastmilk that you’ve pumped and it is pasteurized and shipped off to NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) across the country. Pretty cool, right? How exactly does a breastfeeding mom find out about breastmilk donation, and how do you sign up to be a donor? I’m going to share my experience as a breastmilk donor and explain how I learned about the program, how I do it, and why I do it. Maybe this is all new to you or maybe you’ve already considered donating your breastmilk. I’ve learned a lot through this whole process and I want to share my wisdom with you! Read More
Updated on November 15, 2015
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There are a lot of detergent options out there. A LOT. It can be downright overwhelming choosing one for your clothing let alone choosing one for your cloth diapers. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, finding a detergent that is safe to use on your cloth diapers could be as easy as grabbing whatever’s in your laundry room already. Really. Just ten years ago people washed cloth diapers the way they’d wash any of the dirtiest laundry produced in the house. Then suddenly the rules changed. “Cloth diaper safe” became the name of the game and everyone was scrambling to pick a detergent without any fragrance, brighteners, enzymes, or dyes. While those dedicated “cloth diaper safe” detergents can work, it takes a very specific set of circumstances for them to be truly effective on cloth diapers. You need the right washing machine, the right water softness, the right amount of detergent, and sometimes even the right kind of pee (weird, I know). Remember that with cloth diapers you are washing away biological waste. That’s urine and feces, folks. It’s absolutely the most heavily soiled laundry you will ever need to wash, so why don’t you treat it as such? The good news is that the tides are turning in the cloth diaper industry. More and more diaper companies are recommending that their customers wash with the detergent that works best for their family. Here are some things to avoid and some things to consider to help you choose the right detergent for your diapers. Read More
Updated on November 12, 2015
Yes, I said bleach. Yes, I used it in the same sentence as cloth diapers. It’s okay. Calm your fears. Bleach is not only safe to use on your diapers when it is used properly, but it can be an integral tool in your cloth diaper arsenal. The key to bleaching cloth diapers is to use the right kind of bleach, dilute it properly, and set a timer for the right length of time. The other important thing about bleaching diapers is to only use it when you actually need to use it. I don’t recommend using bleach with every wash cycle or even monthly, but when bleach is needed it works wonders. How do you know you actually need to bleach your cloth diapers? Let me walk you through it. Read More
Updated on November 11, 2015
I was the first of my close friends to get pregnant and have a baby. In some ways, that was good. I wasn’t getting a whole bunch of unsolicited advice from well meaning friends with older children, but on the other hand, I wasn’t getting much advice at all! I was very much on my own for figuring out the basics of having and raising a little human. If there was one word I could use to describe being a new mom, it would be survival. Survival is everything. Let me tell you, surviving motherhood without like minded mom friends is hard. To get through the early days of motherhood I needed to find some mom friends stat. Now, three and a half years later, I can tell you that I have a lot of mom friends. They’re no longer just mom friends to me either, they are friends. Wonderful, caring, inspiring women who all happen to have kids around the same age as The Heir (and a handful of them now have children around the same age as Petit Prince too). It wasn’t always easy to find and make mom friends, but I can tell you now that the effort I put in has been well worth it! Here’s how I did it.
Updated on November 26, 2015
If you’ve been cloth diapering for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the term “stripping” being thrown around. You may even hear it often enough to think it’s something you should be doing on a regular basis. Although stripping has its place in the world of cloth diaper laundry, it is NOT something you want or need to be doing on a regular basis. That being said, there are still times when stripping cloth diapers can be a useful tool to bring life back into diapers that are perhaps not performing as they should. There are a few reasons that a diaper may not perform as intended. Maybe you’ve got a stink in your stash, mineral build up from hard water, or you’ve bought previously loved diapers and don’t know their laundering history. In all of those situations, stripping your diapers can be a great tool. If you’re switching from a gentle detergent to a mainstream detergent for your diapers because of stink or absorption issues, you should do a strip to ensure any leftover build up is removed. Read More