2 years of changes

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.

There are few things I like more than diapering a teeny little newborn heiny.  I just love to wrap them up and then admire the cuteness, even if the clean diaper lasts only a few moments.  With my son, I used the Bum Genius diapers exclusively until about 4 months ago when I added the Econobums into our stash.  He was a big baby from birth, so he never looked like he was drowning in his diapers.  My daughter in contrast, is rather petite.  I was grateful to borrow some Kissaluvs that fit my daughter like they had been custom made for her.  Once she was big enough, we started the BG diapers back on the newborn size and I marvel at how small Liam had once been.  Putting her diapers next to his is just another way for me to realize how my baby has changed.
After 2 months of having both children in cloth diapers, I’ve decided to start potty training.  This Independence Day weekend, I’m making a bid for my son’s independence and we’ll be pulling out the cloth trainers and underpants.  We had started training back in the Fall and he was really starting to catch on and like wearing his truck printed underpants.  Sadly, just when he was really “getting” it, we had a family tragedy and I needed to stop so I could be available to others.  I’m looking forward to teaching him how to listen to his body and give him the independence he naturally craves.  I will say that I’ve liked that he is so used to frequent diaper changes because I’m not taking any chances on diaper rash from being in a wet diaper, that the continual trips to the bathroom during this early stage of pottying aren’t a big deal.  He loves the feel of the cloth against his skin in contrast to the scratchy pull-ups, so we don’t have a fight over putting them on.  And, when he has an accident, he actually gets to see what happens in contrast to the traditional method where the pull-ups act like a diaper still.  

I love that cloth has served our family so well.  I love that my cloth diapers are lasting through multiple children and that there is no waste.  These products grow with us and adapt to our needs without a hassle.  And it doesn’t hurt that their darling bottoms look cute the whole time, too! 

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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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