Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Diapering: Nighttime Solutions

So… you have been cloth diapering your little one for a while and you have come to a slight speed bump… nighttime.  Your little one has graciously given you a longer stretch to sleep at night, but is waking up wet.  What should you do?  

Get yourself a few diapers that will work specifically for night time.  


Our favorite options…

Kiwi Pie by GroVia


This one-sized diaper is unbelievably absorbent, especially considering how trim it is.  It comes with two additional inserts that make this beyond perfect for a dry night!  Pair with a Flip or wool cover.

Dimple Diaper by Bummis

This is also a fitted one-sized option that is made of soft organic cotton.  An extra booster is included that ensures your child won't wake up wet! Pair with a Flip or wool cover.


Prefold Combinations


Maybe you use prefolds and want to stick to that.  You may just need to use a combination of prefolds to make them work through the night!  Try a newborn prefold combined with an Osocozy pre fold. Cover with a Flip or wool cover.


One of the great things about nighttime s once you have found your favorite, you only need 2-3 if you wash regularly!

Happy diapering :)

About the author…

I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 




Monday, January 5, 2015

Cloth Diapering Essentials

Are you or a friend getting started with cloth diapers? Does it feel just a bit overwhelming? It is easier than you think! Just a few simple things and you will be ready to go!


Diapers

Let's start with the obvious, right?  You need about 24 (give or take) diapers.  You can grab all in ones, pockets, hybrids, prefolds, fitteds or any combination of the above!  Having 24 diapers will give you the wiggle room to wash every two days.  

Wipes

Probably the most obvious necessary accessory.  Use cloth wipes and wipe solution so that you never have to buy a pack of disable wipes.  Plus, cloth wipes are so much better for your baby's skin! Don't forget to grab some wipe solution too!

Wet Bags

So now you have dirty diapers and wipes… where do you put them?  In wet bags my friends!  I recommend at least one smaller wet bag for the diaper bag and at least one pail liner for the home.  If you have two of each you can use one while the other is in the wash.

Detergent

Once you have started to use cloth diapers, the washing must begin!  Don't worry, this is easy too.  It is just a few extra loads a week!  Charlie's Soap is a great option and inexpensive per load.

Diaper Sprayer and/or Diaper Liners 

As long as your child is exclusively breastfed, you won't have to worry about these!  But eventually they must start to eat solid food and you have to do something about the… waste.  One option is to connect a sprayer right to your toilet and spray off the diapers into the toilet.  If you choose to go with the liners, you put one in each diaper and just flush it down the toilet when soiled.  

Your Personal Cloth Diaper Expert

Even though it is easier than you think to get started, there is an option of using a cloth diaper expert and it is completely free to you! They can help you pick out what you need, get you set up, help you with fit and washing.  If you have an option of a team of experts helping you than why not?

Are you ready to get started on your cloth diapering adventure?  It is fun, I promise.  Check out eLeMeNO-Pee and get in touch with your local cloth diaper expert!

About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Shopping Series- Week 4... Teachers and Neighbors

Christmas time is fast approaching my friends… and it is time to knock out that shopping.
I am going to take the next few weeks to tell you about my favorite Christmas presents from 

Each week I will cover a different category on your shopping list…


So stick around and I think you will find some great gift options!
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This week is all things for the friends, neighbors and any of the other gifts you still have to give!

Here are my favorite picks…

Tea

The Birds and Bees Teas are a great gift choice!  Simple easy loose teas for everything from family immunity, to easy naps and calm nights, to peaceful pregnancy.  There is even a sample bag that gives you a trial!



Honest Company Products

Have you tried the Honest Company products yet?  They are fantastic and a prefect gift for anyone.  Last year I gave my little one's teacher some Honest Company products and she was so excited!  I am sure your friends, teachers and neighbors would be excited too!

Honest Company Discovery Sample Set


Face and Body Lotion


Honest Company Shampoo and Body Wash- Sweet Orange Vanilla

Honest Organic Lip Balm Trio


Beauty and Self Care Products

Every one needs to be pampered… and these products are sure to do the trick!

Earth Mama Angel Baby makes fanastice beauty and self care items. Body buttershampoo and body wash, and lip balm…. they are all wonderful!
Body Butter

Natural Orange Vanilla Shampoo and Body Wash

Coconut Smoothie Lip Balm
Hosie Naturals is another great company that makes health and beauty products. The sugar scrub, the face serum, the massage oils and the headache balm are among my favorites.

Hosie Naturals Coconut Lime Sugar Rub
Hosie Naturals Face Serum

Hosie Naturals Massage Oils
Hosie Naturals Headache Balm


What are your picks for your friends , neighbors and teachers this year?




About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Shopping Series- Week 3... Moms

Christmas time is fast approaching my friends… and it is time to knock out that shopping.
I am going to take the next few weeks to tell you about my favorite Christmas presents from 

Each week I will cover a different category on your shopping list…


So stick around and I think you will find some great gift options!
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This week is all things for the moms out there!

Here are my favorite picks…

Jewelry

Who does not love a new piece of jewelry?  The great thing about the jewelry we carry for mom is that it is both stylish and functional!  We carry Chewbeads, stylish 100% silicone teething jewelry, worn by moms.  Another great option is Baltic Amber.  Baltic Amber is also a natural remedy for chronic ailments like Hypothyroidism, Fybromyalgia, Arthritis, GERD or Reflux, Eczema or Psoriasis, auto-immunity, migraines, and allergies.
Chewbeads- Greenwich Necklace
Mama Goose Adult Amber Necklace-Lemon


Beauty and Self Care Products

Moms need to be pampered and generally will not spend the money on themselves! Here are some great products to get moms to spend a little time on themselves!

Earth Mama Angel Baby is the perfect product line for moms. Body butter, shampoo and body wash, and lip balm…. mom is sure to feel great!
Body Butter

Natural Orange Vanilla Shampoo and Body Wash

Coconut Smoothie Lip Balm
Hosie Naturals is another great company that makes health and beauty products. The sugar scrub, the face serum, the massage oils and the headache balm are among my favorites.

Hosie Naturals Coconut Lime Sugar Rub
Hosie Naturals Face Serum

Hosie Naturals Massage Oils
Hosie Naturals Headache Balm


Baby Carriers

So these are for the baby too, but moms LOVE a good baby carrier.  It gives them some ability to work  with both hands while still holding their baby!

Ergo Original carriers are a fantastic option. They are versatile and easy to use! You can wear your baby in the front, back or side.

Original

Organic Cotton Collection
 Another option is Ergobaby performance collection.  This option is more lightweight and therefore cooler for parent and baby.  It is also designed with a longer back panel so it is ideal for babies 6 month and up and can allow the carrier to be worn longer.




So those are my picks!  Which are you going to get this year?




About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Shopping Series- Week 2... Babies

Christmas time is fast approaching my friends… and it is time to knock out that shopping.
I am going to take the next few weeks to tell you about my favorite Christmas presents from 

Each week I will cover a different category on your shopping list…


So stick around and I think you will find some great gift options!
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This week is all things baby!
Here are my favorite picks…

Aden + Anais

These are Muslin baby blankets, swaddles, towels, and bibs are favorites of moms and babies!


Burpy Bibs



Furniture

When my husband and I were pregnant we got our crib for Christmas and it was the biggest blessing!  We did not have to worry about the the largest furniture purchase.  The pieces eLeMeNO-Pee carries are high quality and have a low price.  This would be a great gift and would certainly make a hem mom's day!

Aloe Tree Shirts and Bodysuits

These are made with organic cotton and have a stitched felt appliqué.  They are preshrunk, soft and ready to go!



Diapers

I mean, of course who does not need a few more diapers?  Maybe a few cute patterns of covers? Or maybe there is a style or brand that you have been wanting to try, this is a great time to do it!

Elemental- Albert by Bum Genius


One Size Pocket- Blackbird by Thirsties

Trainers

If your little one is potty training soon it would be a good idea to give them some trainers for Christmas.  This helps you to cover a necessity and gets your little one excited about potty training!

Bummis Potty Pants
Grovia MyChoice Trainers

Under the Nile Baby Clothes

Super soft and made with Egyptian organic cotton these are a great go to gift.  They have classic pieces that are comfortable for any baby.
Under the Nile Convertible 

Under the Nile Kimono 

Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

Moms are always looking for teething remedies, especially natural ones!  This is a great pick and looks cute on any baby.
Mama Goose Infant Amber Necklace- Cognac 

So those are my picks!  Which are you going to get this year?





About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper