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Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Are You REALly Ready for a Baby?

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

I knew nothing about real food and natural living when I got pregnant with my first child. And there was nothing natural about the process of fertility treatments with no explanation why my body wasn’t working.

Fast forward a few years (and more treatments and another child) to when I got pregnant naturally with my third. I knew so much more. My lifestyle was so drastically different (like drinking raw milk and eating raw liver instead of being terrified of anything raw during pregnancy).

It was almost like for the first time I was REALly ready for a baby.

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

What Was Missing?

As I look back on all three pregnancies there is one thing I wish I had had – a week-by-week guide based on a traditional way of living.

For all you mamas-to-be you are in luck! It does exist now!!

The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide To Pregnancy and Childbirth has everything you ever wanted to know – from what’s going on during the first two weeks (that you aren’t actually pregnant) to natural birthing options, placenta encapsulation and best stroller options. For real, it has everything!

Genevieve Howland (author and founder of mamanatural.com) has helpful tips on easing morning sickness naturally, what nutrients you and your baby need at different stages and the benefits of breastfeeding.

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Great Read

I’m a Type A person that wants to read every little detail about what’s going on during pregnancy. I sometimes wish there was a day-by-day or hour-by-hour handbook (seriously, I’d read it). So it’s been so fascinating (even when not pregnant!) to read this amazing resource.

In fact, it’s so cool I’ve caught my nine-year-old reading it!! I’m just careful about which parts she’s reading.

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Get Yourself Ready

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or know someone else who is this book is a MUST! Grab a copy for yourself and one to give away.

Looking back on my baby shower there are really only a handful of things I needed – cloth diapers, a good baby carrier (love my BabyHawk!), a bouncy seat…and a pregnancy guide that showed me how to do things the REAL way.

Are you REALly ready for a baby? That’s kind of a loaded question – nobody is really. But whether you feel ready or not, the Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth is for you!

I have been compensated for my time to write this review but all opinions expressed are my own. I have not been paid to post a positive review.

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Cloth Diapers – Staying Dry

We’ve been using cloth diapers for about 3 months now.  I’m no expert by any means.  But I have already learned quite a lot about keeping a baby dry.  Abram is a very heavy wetter…probably because he eats so much 😛  When we first started putting him in cloth diapers it felt like he was wet a lot.  And he had leaks/wet clothes all the time.  The worst part was night time.  Every single time he woke up in the night he was soaked…jammies, sleep sack, bedding.  It was getting very tiring cleaning everything multiple times a night.  And I was wondering if cloth diapers were going to work for him at night.  I did some research and talked to the owners of our local store that sells cloth diapers to try to find a solution.

There are basically two things to consider when trying to keep a baby dry – absorbency and fit.  I’ll start with absorbency.  There are various inserts you can use for pocket cloth diapers.  We use Bum Genius and Fuzzibunz.  So I’ll be talking about those.  They come with microfiber inserts.  In general these are nice…they absorb decently and aren’t too bulky.  The diapers come with a newborn/doubler insert and a regular insert.  But even as a newborn with both inserts Abram was wet at night.  I then turned to hemp inserts.  Hemp is quite thin, but much more absorbent than microfiber.  So I bought some Fuzzibunz hemp inserts.  We used those with a microfiber insert.  We started having more dry periods.  But still some leaks.  And they were fairly bulky.  Especially for a newborn.  I then tried a new brand of hemp inserts (Hemp Babies).  The insert is much thinner/smaller than the Fuzzibunz insert.  And with this hemp insert I used a regular old pre-fold cloth diaper around it instead of the microfiber insert.  This seems to work very well!  It’s pretty amazing how much the good old cloth diapers can hold.  So at the moment this is what we are using.  A Bum Genius diaper stuffed with a Hemp Babies hemp insert inside a pre-fold cloth diaper.  It is very rare that we have leaks at night these days.  We have also found that the Bum Genius All-In-One diapers work quite well at night.  And they are as easy at it gets!  So we usually start the night with the hemp insert diaper (longest stretch of the night).  Then I change him into an all-in-one when he gets up.  And that lasts the night.

Obviously leaks don’t just happen at night.  We do have leaks during the day sometimes.  What we’ve found to be our biggest problem during the day…Fuzzibunz diapers.  Apparently they just don’t work for Abram.  At least not with the microfiber inserts.  When we use Fuzzibunz he’s often wet/leaking in a matter of minutes.  Even with both inserts.  It’s hard to tell if this is an absorbency issue or not.  I have tried using a prefold cloth diaper in the Fuzzibunz.  And so far he hasn’t leaked with that.  So it must be at least partially absorbency related.  It is very rare that we have leaks during the day with the Bum Genius.

This brings me to the fit issue.  In order to stay dry the diaper has to fit properly.  We use one size diapers.  So there are many ways to adjust them to fit your child.  We seem to have found a good fit with the Bum Genius for now.  They keep him dry.  They seem comfortable on him.  The Fuzzibunz…not so much.  I am constantly adjusting the elastic and snaps to see if it will make a difference but he always leaks.  And they make his legs and belly red/leave marks.  The elastic seems so tight.  I love how soft and cute the Fuzzibunz diapers are, but they just don’t seem to work for Abram.  I did read a long time ago when I was first researching diapers that Bum Genius was better for chubby babies and Fuzzibunz was better for thinner babies.  I guess it’s true.  And the main reason I didn’t buy many Fuzzibunz start.  Thank goodness!  For now we have stopped using the Fuzzibunz.  I might use them once in a while with a prefold insert if I’m running out of clean diapers.  And I’ll try them again when he gets a little older/thins out a little.  But right now we are just using Bum Genius.  Unfortunately this means we are down 6 diapers again…and may have to do laundry more often again.  So I may have to buy a few more we’ll see.  We don’t use as many at night as we were before, so that helps.

So when trying to avoid leaks, be sure the diaper is absorbing properly (is the insert saturated if a leak happens) and fits properly (snug, but not making baby’s legs red).  Hemp works well for overnight and heavy wetting.  I’ve heard bamboo is good as well.  Prefolds and even the regular cloth diapers work well as inserts in pocket diapers.  At some point I might try making my own inserts.  But for now this is what works for us.

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Cloth Diapering – My Experience So Far

Early on in my pregnancy with #2 I decided I wanted to cloth diaper this time around. Why?  I’m not totally sure.  But I knew I wanted to.  I told my husband and he seemed ok with the idea.  Oddly enough it sounded like fun.  I wanted to save money.  I wanted to be more environmentally friendly.  And I wanted to do what I could for my child’s health.  Of course I was very nervous.  I didn’t know the first thing about cloth diapering.  I just envisioned the basic pre-folds and pins like I grew up with.  But after a little research I found there are so many more options today.  I read my cousin’s wife’s blog posts about her experiences with cloth diapering…and it seemed so easy.  I also took a cloth diapering 101 class at a local store (Hop Scotch).  That really taught me a lot about every kind of diaper and helped me decide which route I wanted to go.

I decided to try one size pocket diapers.  After reading reviews I went with some of the more popular brands – Fuzzibunz and Bum Genius.  And I splurged and got a few of the all-in-one Bum Genius just to see how I liked them.  So far I have been happy with these diapers.  But I think the Bum Genius works better for us.  Abram seems to leak less with them.  And they fit around his chubby legs better/without getting marks.

There are a lot of misconceptions about cloth diapering I think.  So I just wanted to say that it’s really a great way to go for many reasons.  First, it’s easy!  Really, it is.  A diaper change with a cloth diaper is the same as it is with a disposable.  Just take off the diaper, throw it in a wet bag and put on a new diaper.  It’s actually quite nice when you’re out and about.  You don’t have to worry about finding a trash can or throwing away a diaper at someone else’s house.  A pocket diaper is so simple.  Just put the insert in the pocket and it’s all set.  Cloth diapers are also great financially.  You can go really cheap with the basic cotton diaper and some covers.  And probably only spend a couple hundred dollars total for several years of diapering a child (compared to the thousands you spend on disposables).  And depending on the brand you choose you can spend more or less.  And you can be gently used diapers to save money as well.  Our diapers were about $18 each.  And we bought new, name brand diapers.  Even with all of the wet bags, hemp inserts, diaper sprayer, etc. we have spent around $650.  FAR less than what we spent on disposables for Rebecca.  And hopefully these will last for any future children (if we are blessed with more).  I also love that it’s better for my baby.  Like it or not there are nasty chemicals in disposable diapers.  Anyone that has ever had a diaper break open knows that.  Not sure what kind of goo is in there.  But it’s nasty stuff.  I’d much rather have soft cotton against his skin.  And obviously it’s much better for the environment.  I use cloth diapers and wipes.  So I don’t throw anything in the trash.  Some people argue that you’re using a lot more water having to do more laundry.  But that is far from the truth.  It actually takes the equivalent of 1 washer load of water to produce ONE disposable diaper.  So I can wash 30 diapers with the same amount of water it takes to make one diaper.  One of the best things about cloth diapers…no poop blow outs!!!  Seriously.  It is so wonderful not to have to panic every time I hear Abram do a big dirty diaper.  No figuring out how to get clothes off without getting poop everywhere.  No scrubbing clothes to get stains out.  It’s really quite amazing.  And I haven’t had a chance to experience it yet, but I’ve heard that using cloth diapers can make potty training easier.  Amazingly they are not bulky.  I haven’t had any issues with clothes not fitting over them or having them look bulky/odd.  Finally the obvious…they are just so cute!!

So, what do I personally use for cloth diapering?  I have about 30 diapers (Abram is a heavy wetter and  needs changes fairly often).  I have heard anywhere from 18 – 30 is good.  Depending on the child and how often you want to do laundry.  I have to do laundry about every 2 days for him.  I’m guessing that will go down a bit as he gets older and goes longer stretches between wetting his diaper.  I currently dry the diapers most of the time due to time constraints/not wanting to run out.  But you can definitely line dry them (especially the covers).  And save more energy.  I have 5 wet bags.  I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s not really.  You have to have 2 per spot where you deal with the diapers so you have one to use while the other is in the wash.  I have 2 large bags for the bathroom (where we deal with poopy diapers).  I have 2 medium bags for the changing table (for diapers that are just wet).  And I have 1 for the diaper bag.  I have 3 bummis, 1 Fuzzibunz and another that I’m not sure the brand (got it as a gift).  I think I like the Fuzzibunz bag the best.  No zipper on top (not that I ever zip them shut except in the diaper bag).  But it does have a zipper on the bottom which is nice when you’re ready to do laundry.  I also have a Bum Genius diaper sprayer.  It hooks right to the toilet.  And is SO handy.  They are not necessary if you’re trying to save money.  But I personally love having it.  Especially with the sticky/liquid breastfed poop.  And I have some hemp inserts to help keep Abram dry at night.  I also use cloth wipes.  I bought 1 pack, got one pack as a gift and made the rest.  And honestly I like my homemade wipes the best.  You can make a solution for them.  I just get them wet and keep a small stack ready for the day.  Then throw them right into the wet bag with the diapers when you change a diaper.  Some people use disposable/flushable liners in the diapers.  I bought one pack and tried them when we first started using cloth diapers.  I found them to be a nuisance personally.  They just got soaked immediately and stuck to Abram.

So, after a little over a month of cloth diapering do we have it all figured out?  Nope.  We are still having issues with leaks.  Especially at night.  Sometimes it’s an absorbency issue.  Sometimes it’s a fit issue.  So we’re still experimenting with fit/size and trying different inserts.  Abram is right on the edge of being too big for the small setting and too small for the medium setting.  Trying to figure out which is best right now.  And we’re trying a couple different hemp inserts as well.  I’ll update more on that some day when we figure out what works best for our heavy wetter.

Overall I love cloth diapering.  It’s so much easier than I thought it would be.  I think Justin would agree.  It takes about 1 diaper change to get the hang of it.  I highly recommend it!

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.