Cloth Diaper Laundry and the Drama that Goes Along with It

 

The drama of cloth diaper laundryFor the past year, maybe even more, I’ve been trying to figure out why cloth diaper laundry causes such drama. I’ve even written about this once before and lo and behold, here I am feeling the need to address it once again. One can no longer ask a question about their routine without a ton of very strong opinions. You may even run the risk of being spoken down to or belittled which means that people become afraid to ask for help and will end up giving up. Not cool, ladies.

Before a now-defunct fringe diaper laundry group came on the scene and stirred things up people just quietly washed their diapers and went about their business. Now the mere mention of washing cloth diapers causes such divisiveness within the cloth diaper community. It’s ridiculous.

Yes, cloth diapering is a community. All of this arguing over who is right and calling other members of the community liars and conspirators in some kind of laundry war of right and wrong is creating a rift. That’s not cool. This is my community, a community that I love and it’s not okay to wage war over something like laundry. I don’t agree with anyone 100% of the time so I’m surely not going to suggest to anyone that I, you, or they have all the answers. Here’s the truth, folks: There is more than one way to wash cloth diapers.  

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Tips for Keeping Your Baby and Toddler Safe

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. 

My children are just shy of eleven years apart so a lot changed between my first and second sons. Safety products became more sophisticated, car seats changed drastically, and sleep recommendations had been updated. I had to do my research all over again as if I was a first time mom. I had to re-learn all of the things that I thought I already knew from my first baby.

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From the moment you see your newborn’s face you promise to love and protect them from that moment forward. Even before your baby is born you may have already started the process of babyproofing your home and researching baby gear, but how do you know that you have chosen correctly?

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That Time My Confidence Was Shaken

That time my confidence was shakenI admit it, I am not the most confident person in the world. I have a tough outer shell but that’s because I am very sensitive and my feelings can get hurt pretty easily. When that happens I lash out and defend myself to the best of my ability but other people’s words and actions stay with me. They stay with me for a very long time, in fact. Days, weeks, months, years. It depends on the level of the offense how long I will internalize it and how much it will affect me in the long run. 

Truth time. You may have noticed that I’ve been kind of quiet for the past few months. Part of it was family birthdays and holidays but a big part of it has been a combination of a guilt trip and my confidence taking a nosedive. It wasn’t intentional, at least I don’t think it was. Sometimes when you come to blows with someone things are said that shouldn’t be or maybe that’s when the truth really comes out. I don’t know, I can’t speak for others but someone made me feel guilty and less than for no longer being able to stomach working my corporate job.

I was accused of being an internet addict and that I don’t have a real job. Hold the phone on both of those, man. Just hold it right there.

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Little Monsters Cloth Diaper Review

I received a complimentary item in exchange for my honest review. 

This review is rather bittersweet for me. It will most likely be my last cloth diaper review and that makes me sad. I love trying new diapers and telling you all about them but alas, Dub has finally become day trained. We are still using cloth for naps and at night so I might sneak another review but that remains to be seen.

So without further ado, my last cloth diaper review is ending on a high note with the Little Monsters pocket diaper. I have been aware of this brand for quite some time and I’m pretty bummed that I didn’t get to try one until now but I’m excited to tell you all about it.

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Cloth is Cool Giveaway Hop – Win a Cloth Diaper from Little Monsters

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Welcome to the first annual Cloth is Cool giveaway hop! Cloth is growing in popularity because of money savings, environmental benefits and just plain enjoyment (it’s fun to pick from all the styles, prints and colors).

Check out the list below for all the cloth diaper giveaways you can enter during this hop. Your hosts, the Zephyr Hill Blog and Cloth Diaper Addicts, and all the participating bloggers and retailers, wish you a successful and enjoyable year of cloth diapering in 2015!

For my giveaway you will win a cloth diaper from Little Monsters.

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Potty Training a Stubborn Preschooler

I am pretty sure that my son has cornered the market on stubbornness. He has a double whammy from both sides of his gene pool so when The Husband and I seem surprised by it, who are we kidding? Not only that, he is high needs. All of these traits together has led to a battle of wills and The Husband and I have all but conceded long ago.

Parenting books don’t tell you about potty training stubborn children that just don’t want to use the toilet. That’s because the fact of the matter is, if your child doesn’t want to use the toilet then he won’t. I know that it sounds simplistic but we have tried everything from high praise to bribery and everything in between. No go.

Potty training a stubborn child. It might seem like your child will go to Kindergarten in diapers but it will happen, mama. Really.

Finally, after over a week of being pretty much accident-free in underwear I am ready to finally say that Dub is day trained at four years and two months old. I know, I also thought he was going to graduate high school in diapers. But what I want you to know if you also have an older child who just won’t use the toilet, it will happen. It can be done.

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An End to the Holiday Hiatus

It’s time put the turkey leg and Christmas cookies down. I have used the birthdays and holidays as an excuse for too long and it’s time to get back to the grind. It has been nice to take a mental break and relax though, I’m not going to lie. 

My mother flies out every year from New England for Thanksgiving since it’s the most time she can get off from her shop. She co-owns a vintage shop so flexibility isn’t abundant there. This year I got a surprise when she sent me a message and asked if my grandmother could come along. My grandmother was bummed that I couldn’t make it back east for my uncle’s wedding this fall so she decided that she was going to take it upon herself to invite herself out here instead. Ha! I’m glad she did because it was great to see her, take her sightseeing, and the kids loved having her visit. 

The three of us stayed up way too late gabbing and reminiscing about funny and not-so-funny family stories. I love catching up with the women in the family since it’s something that we don’t get to do very often with all of us being so spread out. 

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Get What You Really Wanted with a Barnes & Noble Gift Card

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Welcome to the Get What You Really Wanted Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

The Holidays are over and the return lines are long – that’s because you might not have got what you really wanted this Holiday season. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to offer prizes of Gift Cards and Cash to help you get what you really wanted! Be sure to hop around to all of the blogs participating and don’t miss the amazing Grand Prize of a $200 Gift Certificate to LushDecor.comenter to win here!

For my giveaway you will win a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

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Make-Ahead Breakfast for Busy Mornings {Pancakes}

Last week my fifteen-year-old had his ADHD med check. This came a week or two after his yearly check up and he had lost weight in that time. Red has always been on the skinny side but lately he is in danger of blowing away in the wind so his doctor ordered him to sleep more and EAT. He forgets to eat in the morning and since he leaves the house at 6:20 in the morning I am not in any position to get up before dawn to cook him a wholesome breakfast. I have never been a morning person and never will be so that’s just not something that I can do.

Instead I have decided to make some breakfasts that are easy to freeze and defrost so that he can have a good breakfast instead of a quick (processed) convenience food in the morning. My first make-ahead meal is homemade pancakes. Instead of buying the boxed (processed) frozen pancakes it’s very easy to make them ahead of time and freeze them yourself. 

Make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings - homemade pancakes

I have also included my buttermilk pancake recipe at the end of this post. This batch is actually banana and I will share that variation as well. 

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5 Personal Goals for 2015

There is something about the word ‘resolution’ that almost sets me up for failure. I have never been very good at keeping them so now I don’t even make them. That doesn’t mean that I don’t set goals for myself for the new year but I don’t put so much pressure on myself by calling it a resolution. I know, tomato tomahto. 

I tend to have big dreams but poor follow through. It’s cool. I own it and have accepted it as my truth. Because of that I have decided that I will make yearly goals instead. Yes, it’s really the same thing but it’s all about the word. To me a resolution sounds like a throw away but a goal is easier to attain. Instead of saying that I’m going to lose 40 pounds by summer or I will reach 100,000 pageviews by the end of the year I have kept my goals for 2015 pretty simple and easily attainable. They have to be or I won’t stick to them. 

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