Children? one very spoiled daughter, amelia (9 months)
Where do you live? jacksonville, NC
Is your hubby on board with using cloth diapers? yes, thankfully!
When did you start cloth diapering? between 2 and 3 months after she got a little chunkier and the diapers fit!
What was your main reason for switching to cloth diapers? cost effectiveness at the beginning - cuteness now!
What is the short story of how you started using cloth diapers? we started before amelia was even born!! i bought all the diapers we would need for her through potty training in a single brand. (very) unfortunately, this brand did not work for us - size or absorbency-wise. we de-stashed and re-stashed with an enormous variety of brands and styles and couldn't be happier with the current state of our diaper stash!
What is your favorite brand and style of diapers? mudd butt or doopsy diapers for me, gro-via hybrids for my hubby!
How many diapers are in your stash? 6 overnight pockets, 15 day time pockets, 2 applecheek envelops with 5 bamboo inserts, 4 grovia shells with 12 inserts, 2 urban fluff icandy shells with 6 inserts (and growing.... always growing!)
Share a blooper or “newbie” story from your cloth diapering experiences. i got to sleep in one rare saturday morning. when i finally rose from bed, caleb had already tended to amelia and i was so happy! that happiness was short lived when he told me she had not had any breakfast or a bottle (because he didn't know which came first.... does it matter?!), there were two soiled diapers in her room, stinking the nursery up, and finally - her current cloth diaper was on backwards! how was any of this possible, let alone all of it?! good thing for us - cloth diapers work forward or rear facing at any age!
Do you have a tip to share with others? strip diapers frequently in small batches so that you don't have an enormous stinky stash all at once!! i also take care to "strip" my washing machine - i'm sure there's poopy that lives in there somewhere....
When you started using cloth diapers, what is one thing you wish you had known? some babies need higher level of absorbency and not all diapers will accomodate that - select a wide range of brands and styles so you have a diaper for every occasion!
What is the greatest issue or problem you’ve had with cloth diapers, and how did you resolve it? repelling and leaking! no one ever told me about clean rinsing detergents so we were frustrated for a long time with repelling. i finally found a core group of cloth diapering friends (who knew there were so many of us out there?!) who guided me down the diaper laundry path.
Regarding cloth diapers, is there anything you would like to know? what really IS the best diaper rash cream for cloth diapers?!
What are your other hobbies, interests, and obsessions? obsessions - blogging, definitely. it is so much fun and actually, very relieving to be able to put a virtual pen to paper so to speak. i have a million different thoughts scrambling through my mind at any given point and it's helpful to my sanity to relieve some of that craziness!! we love to go camping, cook out and play games as a family!
What are your favorite blogs and websites? i love reading www.beneaththeacaciatree.com for their adoption story! it is a beautifully written blog that brings me to tears several times a week.
Tell us a little about your personality. i've never really grown up! i'm very much a little girl at heart - i love surprises, cupcakes, coke in glass bottles and holding hands. my family is my WORLD and i am constantly overwhelmed by love for them. i'm extremely quirky, utterly passionate and somewhat naive. i believe that love is the greatest gift of all time!
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