Thanks to everyone who came to participate in Diaper Chatter!

Big thanks to the three ladies who donated giveaways for the winners– check out their links on my left sidebar– Terie (oliveandbubby), Maria (mariasfavorites), and Laura Beth (happygirlgreetings) are terrific! Consider using etsy shops next time you need to buy a gift/bag/baby supplies/stationery and support these hard-working, talented women!

I have emailed the three winners, and they have a day or so to get back in touch with me otherwise I will choose alternate winners!

I have many thoughts swirling around the bloggin‘ part of my brain, but they’ll have to wait until next week…

Until then, adieu, friends!

Diaper Chatter!

Welcome to Diaper Chatter!
I’m your hostess with the mostess…
I’m a part-time cloth diaperer. I prefer Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius pocket diapers. On a hectic or crazy day, I enjoy the convenience of a good Luvs disposable diaper! I’ve been changing diapers as a full-time job since June 29, 2007 when my daughter, Bug, was born. My work doubled on November 14, 2008 when my son, Little Man, came along. Some days it’s all I can do to keep everyone in a clean diaper– but I love it! I can’t wait for you to join the diaper chatter!

Everyone who links up to Mr. Linky will be entered to win one of THREE great giveaways! Many thanks to
Laura Beth!

The giveaways are now closed! Thanks to everyone who participated!

The idea:
1. Write a post about diapers on your blog– funny diaper stories, diapering advice, lessons learned from diapers, potty training experiences, cloth/disposable thoughts… please include a link back to Momfessions.
2. Come back to Momfessions.
3. Link to your diaper chatter post (using the permalink) in Mr. Linky.
4. Visit the other sites and enjoy the diaper chatter!
5. Feel free to email me if you have questions! momfessions(at)gmail(dot)com

Cloth Diapers in 2009?!

When I had Bug, I assumed all parents nowadays used disposable diapers. I was first introduced to the idea of “modern” cloth diapers through blogs of moms who were cloth diapering with various reasons. I was intrigued because 1. I want to be a good steward of the Earth God has given us 2. Buying nice cloth diapers has an initial investment, but saves money in the long run, and 3. The new cloth diapers looked cool!

I searched and read and priced and researched and finally bought six Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers: Fuzzi Bunz are pocket diapers, which to me seemed like the best of both worlds. It works just like a disposable diaper but you wash and keep them! (Not to mention they come in all sorts of awesome colors!)

Having become hooked, I bought more Fuzzi Bunz as seconds (diapers that are marked down in price because of minor cosmetic flaws– a great deal!), and purchased some BumGenius one size diapers too:I am not as gungho (does that word look awfully weird to anyone else?) about cloth diapering as many bloggin‘ mamas, but we’ve made cloth diapering work for us. How’s that? Thanks for asking…

We cloth diaper part time. Our kids wear sposies to church and when we’re out. It’s just easier for us to toss a diaper in the trash than carry it home in a wet bag (don’t shoot me!) If Kid 1 or Kid 2 is sick, we use disposables. If I’m having a bad day (or a pregnant day!), I use disposables. I’m not single-handedly saving the world, but I have cut down on the diaper waste we produce.

I must also confess that cloth diapering hasn’t happened much since Little Man arrived on the scene. I needed some normalcy of routine first! Now that we’re settling down (and Little Man fits our medium Fuzzi Bunz), we’re getting back into things.

How does diapering with pocket diapers work? The diaper has an opening in the back where a cloth insert fits inside. The diaper goes onto your child just like a disposable would, hooking with snaps or velcro in the front. When your baby is wet (or you smell something funky), you remove the diaper and deal with it according to its contents.

A wet diaper: Pull the insert out of the diaper and put the diaper and insert into a holding container of some sort– a pail or waterproof bag.

A dirty diaper: Shake the poo off diaper into the toilet and flush. Pull the insert out of the diaper and put the diaper and insert into the holding container.

On laundry day, wash the diapers according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For me that meant starting a rinse cycle and dumping my bag of diapers and inserts into the wash, washing them with the specified amount of detergent (I use Tide), and then running one more rinse cycle after the wash. On nice days I hang the diapers and inserts outside. On not-so-nice days I dry the inserts on high heat, and hang the diapers inside.

Confused yet?

I will vouch for the fact that pocket diapers are very easy. I have dubbed them “cloth diapers for dummies” because that’s what I was when I got my first Fuzzi Bunz in the mail!

Still not sure? Don’t feel pressured, cloth diapering might not be your thing! (gasp!) Or maybe cloth diapering part time would work for your family.

If you’d like some more information, here are some great cloth diaper resources:

Diaper Swappers: Community for buying/selling/trading diapers
Cloth Diaper Terminology
Cloth vs. Disposables
Cloth Diapering 101

Baby Shower Gift?

When you’re in the stage of life I’m in… 20-somethings, you find yourself at a lot of baby showers. It just happens that way. After college you find yourself at a lot of bridal showers and weddings, and soon after the babies start rolling in.

I have pondered baby shower gifts many times. I desire to get the best gift for the mom-to-be. I want my gift to be something she remembers as a “favorite”. I’m kinda delusional like that.

Thinking back to my own baby showers, there were some good gifts.

And there was a lot of clothes.

I used to give clothes as baby shower gifts too. It’s hard to resist bite-sized pieces of pink and blue that just jump out at you from the baby department. But let’s be realistic people. If the mommy is expecting a summer baby, that baby will live in onesies and socks for the first months of life. A winter baby? Footed sleepers. And let’s face it, they grow out of everything at break-neck speed the first year of life! So teeny, tiny clothes for the smallest of babes just isn’t a real practical gift (however cute the outfit might be!)

Want to give a real winner? Give diapers!

Although it feels quite boring to hand a basketball-bellied lady a cutesy bag with diapers and wipes inside (she might even feel slightly let down), I PROMISE you that it is the best, most practical gift for a baby shower! That mama may have no idea, but she’s about to change at least eight diapers a day for at least two years. Help a poor woman out!

Now the question is, cloth or disposable? Do a little pre-shower detective work and figure out which route the new mom is going and gift accordingly. She’ll thank you later!

So on the second day of Diaper Week we learn– always bring diapers to a baby shower!

Diaper Week

It’s diaper week here at Momfessions! I am in dire need of fresh blog fodder, and my life currently consists of diapers and more diapers since I have two under two– so I decided to call it a week!

Feel free to leave me or email me any and all diaper questions you have this week, on Thursday I will do a carnival post answering any diaper questions I’ve gotten, and letting you post a link to your own diapering thoughts! I have so many blog friends and real life friends expecting their first bundle of joy– hopefully they’ll glean some great information from you, the experts! Feel free to write about diapering in any form or fashion– even if you’re not a parent, you might have a dirty diaper to air share!

I tried to make a fancy box to give you the code to my diaper chatter button, but I’m not that techno-savvy and it’s not working. (If anyone wants to give me a lesson on iframes and other helpful html code, help please!) So if you’d like the diaper chatter button, right click on it above, save it to your computer, and post it on your sidebar or post for Thursday.

Today I just had a little diaper ditty to give you. We flew with Bug twice before her first birthday, and I just need to tell ya that traveling babies produce the worst poo! I am not sure exactly what causes the phenomenon, but whew! Last June we were flying to Montana. We had a layover in Chicago O’Hare and were enjoying an overpriced and not quite delicious lunch from the airport Quiznos at some ridiculously early hour of the morning. Hubs thought he smelled something radiating from Bug’s stroller and peeked down her back to see what was up. He raised his arm in the air, pointed at her backside with his index finger and called out, “SiiiCK!”

(Our good friends, Shawn and Rebecca still look back on this pronouncement with fondness…)

After laughing about Hubby’s non-subtlety, we tried to figure out the best way to solve the little… ahem… problem. Hubby ended up carrying Bug at arm’s length in front of him down the crowded airport corridor (O’Hare, remember?) We found a little alcove and began to get to the root of the problem. We peeled off smelly layers that were soiled in an unnatural color of poo. Ack!

Picture Bug stripped down in the middle of the airport being wiped down by Mommy and Daddy. Luckily I had anticipated diaper trouble and had packed empty grocery bags to wrap up any diaper that might attract beasts of prey, and changes of clothes. Yes, plural– changes.

Lesson for Diaper Day 1? Be prepared for the traveling baby’s worst diaper. Have changes of clothes in your carry-on for you and your bundle of joy, empty grocery bags, plenty of wipes, a travel changing pad, hand sanitizer, and a sense of humor!