Simple Needs

Welcome to the First Annual Freedom of Cloth Carnival

This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.

I’m a pretty simple person in general, so my needs go along with that.  When it comes to cloth diapering, I only need to have a few things in my possession to make my days easy.

I am a big fan of the Magic Stick diaper cream.  It’s like a giant, pleasant smelling glue stick that prevents your baby’s heiny from getting irritated by the the contents of their diapers.  I love it because it’s cloth diaper safe so it doesn’t effect the absorbancy of the diapers as commercial diaper creams will.  It’s not messy and I’ve never opened my son’s door after a nap and found it smeared all over the place!

I have tried every single suggestion for laundry detergent for my diapers.  I started out with the homemade detergents that were Borax based.  I tried Soap Nuts.  I used all-natural liquid detergents.  They were all nice, but nothing has compared to the success I’ve experienced with Rockin’ Green.  For me, when my babies are nursing, diapers don’t stink.  With Liam, I had to switch to formula around 4 months of age and that’s when the trouble started.  Formula poo is vile.  Add in the solids he devoured a few months later and boy howdy did I have a problem.  Once he was officially eating like an adult, I never really felt like I could quite get the stink out.  One cold, snowy night in February, I ordered the Rockin’ Green detergent and a package of the Ammonia buster.  Since that time, I’ve only used the buster once and even with mixing diapers used by a toddler and a newborn, everything comes out of the wash smelling… clean.  That my friends, is all I really want.
Since I plan to be cloth diapering for the next several years as we add more children, Lord willing, I also have a few things that I’d really love to have.  We moved last year and still haven’t put up a laundry line.  We have a neighbor who also cloth diapers her son and every time I see her diapers hanging out, I make a mental note to nag the husband again about a line.  Someday soon, I hope.  Otherwise, I might start pinning them to the shrubs to dry!  Another thing I’d really like to get is a sprayer.  I have plans for how we can modify the sink in my laundry room to also deal with the diaper waste that doesn’t let go when I flip them into the toilet.  I have plans, but again, they include nagging the husband.  He tells me that I need to remind him to the point of nagging for him to remember a to-do request.  Perhaps I should just put him on diaper care duty!  But no, I won’t.  Why?  Because for all the extra steps it adds to my week to tend to the diapers, I find it one of the most cathartic chores in my household.  I love to look over the stack of diapers at the end of the day and know that I’ve got everything I need to diaper my children for years to come in a simple, natural way.

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants on the following themes. Articles will go live on the scheduled theme day:

  • Sunday, July 3rd, 2011: Cloth Related Recipes — Writers share their best cloth-related recipes and tutorials.
  • Monday, July 4th, 2011: Choosing Your Cloth Style — Today’s posts discuss parents’ individual journeys to finding the cloth diapering “style” that best suits their families.
  • Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Cloth Diapering Must Haves — Parents talk about the most important items in their diapering “stash” and why they love them.
  • Wednesday, July 6th, 2011: Wordless Wednesday, Inspired by Cloth — We asked parents to share their favorite cloth-related photo with us and turned them into a fluffy Wordless Wednesday photo montage on Natural Parents Network. Link up your own Wordless Wednesday post there!
  • Thursday, July 7th, 2011: Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence — Today’s participants explain how cloth diapering has served their families throughout one or more stages of their children’s lives.
  • Friday, July 8th, 2011: Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day — Seasoned cloth diapering parents share their best tips and tricks for handling common cloth problems and tackling the diaper laundry.
  • Saturday, July 9th, 2011: Inspired by Cloth — For today’s theme, we’ve asked writers to explore the ways cloth diapering has inspired them to become “greener” overall.

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