Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our many incredible instructors, Maggie Butterfield. Maggie is passionate about nutrition because she has seen the difference it makes in the health of her family. A proud VBAC mother, teacher and much more, we are proud to call her one of our own. Enjoy her post, and if you are in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, call her!
In the current economy and with the easy availability of advanced cameras, a lot of new parents are looking to take their own pictures of their newborn baby.
Although North America’s Top Newborn Celebrity Photographers Keri Meyers & Jennifer Blakeley recommend you hire a professional newborn photographer, they have developed some tips for those looking to handle the photo shoot independently, but most importantly, safely. Read more
The transition to parenthood is a unique experience in that some look forward to this time, while others fear the changes that will come. One thing is for certain: No matter how prepared you think you are (or aren’t), something is sure to surprise you along the way!
Bringing Baby Home is a workshop developed by the Gottman Institute and is based on years of research studying young couples during this transition period. The Gottman group has found that 67% of couples showed Read more
Babies are truly amazing. They bring much joy into our lives. Babies have the ability to make you experience a love deeper than you have ever felt was possible. And given the fact you and your partner are responsible for this tiny and precious new life, makes the experience even more special.
However, with all the joy and love of welcoming in a new baby, often comes difficulties and challenges of which can be stressful and tough on any relationship. The keys to keeping a relationship strong during major life transitions, such as babies, work transitions, moving, illness, etc., are the same as those needed for a healthy relationship in general.
I am going to tell you a story about how I decided to cloth diaper. In 2002, I had a friend that was pregnant with her first. At the time she was also recently single and broke. She had said that she was going to cloth diaper to save money. When she went to Babies R Us the only thing that was available were prefolds and cruddy plastic pants. Ask any grandma, plastic pants suck. They always have, they always will. They are reminiscent of a shower cap with leg holes. Except this shower cap was designed to keep the moisture in. HA! Slightly disappointed in what was available at big box retailers, I turned to the internet. I quickly found Fuzzibunz. At the time I thought they were the coolest thing ever, but alas was not inspired enough to run out and have a baby.
Fast forward to 2010, I am pregnant and reminded of my find 8 years prior. Yes, Fuzzibunz have been around that long. So I jumped online and found that there was much more than just Fuzzibunz, there were Fuzzibunz, GroVia, AppleCheeks, bumGenius, and more. I was quickly overwhelmed with the options available. I was completely aware of prefolds (ref afore mention friend) but fitteds, pockets, and all in ones were a completely new ballgame.
When I told my husband that I wanted to cloth diaper, he quickly told me that I was a complete lunatic. My husband is the second out of five boys. He remembered cloth diapering with those sucky plastic pants, prefolds, and pins. The conversation went a little like this:
“I am not washing diapers out in the toilet,” he told me.
“But honey we can cloth diaper at home and disposable while we are out. We will save a ton of money.” I replied
“You are crazy. I don’t care how much money we save. I am not swirling anything in the toilet.”
“Ok fine, we can cloth diaper at home and disposable while we are out, and *I* will take care of the laundry. You just change the diaper.”
“Whatever, but I still think you are crazy”
So that is what we did. We started out in pockets, but I wasn’t thrilled with fit or absorbency. Still confused by the difference between a fitted and an all in one, I decided to attend a Cloth Diaper 101 at my Chiropractor’s office. We picked up a couple All in Ones, a GroVia and a Bottombumpers .
Within a few weeks, my husband was helping me stuff our stash of pocket diapers.He exclaimed, “Just be done with this and go with the All in Ones!” HE was hooked. From that point on, my son was in cloth 100% of the time.
Now when my husband hears somebody is having a new baby, the first thing he asks is if they will be cloth or conventional diapering. The average answer is similar to what his was in the beginning. Now his response to their objections is simple…”Cloth is awesome!”
Tiffany, owns and operates the Fort Worth Cloth Diaper store, Simple Baby. She is an advocate for natural birth, breastfeeding, and real diapers. She is a chapter leader for Tarrant County Birth Network, the largest chapter of Birth Network National in the nation. For more information about cloth diapers be sure to visit the Simple Baby Cloth Diaper Encyclopedia.