Okay, I don't know how to spell it, but my two-year-old just tried to "Scadoo" into his box of books!

For those of you about 20-years-old and younger (or people like me who have younger siblings that would be 20 or younger about now), you would remember "Blues Clues". What a great kids show! Great songs and engagement with the children to really make a fun show! They learn, look forward to certain common occurrences (such as "mail time" and other fun moments) and enjoy along with "Steve" (or "Joe" in the later episodes) how to figure out a mystery based on three simple clues throughout each show. It was seriously a genius program for kids!

When I have told people that my son loves watching it, I get the idea that it's not on regular TV anymore (correct me if I'm wrong). However, we watch it daily and even choose which episode we want to watch because someone uploaded LOTS of reruns on the internet! As a free mommy (and daddy) resource, I have provided a "Blues Clues" button at the bottom of the Mom's Share Page that you too will find extremely handy for your toddler's daily entertainment.

Enjoy the show!

Just wanted to share a nice discovery with my faithful readers. Last night I was up into the wee hours of morning, and a cup of tea sounded like just-the-thing for me.

I was going to have "orange and spice" when I thought, "How would it be if I mixed it with a camomile tea bag?"

Well the results were great, and I wanted you to know! Because if you are like me, you know camomile is a good promoter of relaxation and sleep, but is not an amazing flavor at all. It seems to me that camomile was meant to be ONE of the ingredients --- not the main one, or the only one.

This is why I like "Sleepytime Tea" as well. Whoever blended that tea product did a good job in making it taste good while giving all the benefits of various herbs put together. None-the-less, I keep camomile tea around --- and now I know a good way to drink it! You may enjoy it too!

Simply put one Twinings Pure Camomile tea bag together in the same mug with one Biglow Orange and Spice tea bag, a spoon of sugar and hot water. Let it steep, stir it, and WA-LA!

You have a nice tea to sip on and a way to relax.


Let’s talk diapers again --- this time, the cloth ones.

While a vast number of mama’s are using disposable diapers these days, there are still quite a lot that choose to use cloth diapers, even to the point of there being several companies that are offering this option.

I’m actually a little surprised on one hand, but then again not surprised on the other. I guess the fact that many (especially Americans) like convenience makes me think that cloth diapers would be obsolete. I also am aware that many moms have to work outside the home, so it would seem that this option would not work for them since it requires a lot of extra laundry and time to deal with them. However, when I think of how many people these days are into natural things --- recycling, baby wearing and the fact that there are still many stay-at-home moms, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that cloth diapers are still used by many!

In fact, these days, I believe, are better cloth diapering days than when our moms and grandmas were diapering us. This is good news! Gone are the days of diaper pins, for example! No more accidently sticking the baby (or mama’s finger) with the pin while trying to get that diaper on! Say “Hello” to snaps! Manufacturers have, by now, come up with some better thought-out systems of diapers with snaps, covers that are much more comfortable than the past, and zipper-up dirty diaper bags for when you are out-and-about. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.

But what companies are the best?

Since I am not a cloth diaper mama this time around, I asked others to share. Let’s hear from Rachel:

“So far I have used Bum genius one size pocket diaper.  “Bum Genius All-in-ones” (which I love cause my baby is an extremely heavy wetter and [this product ] absorbs very well but is bulky)…[I also use] a cheap China brand called “Abba Baby” (which I really like for way less price but I'm not a fan of their particular inserts so I'd order inserts from elsewhere like preferably bamboo material).

…I also have used my mom’s that she has made too!

…it's a matter of preference, but I'd buy several types of various kinds just to see which cloth diaper you'd prefer before ordering a whole bulk of diapers you may not like and to make sure you like cloth diapering. If you do like it it's a good idea to have a stash of at least 30-35 diapers so you're not doing laundry everyday but rather every other day or so.”

Thank you, Rachel! I think that helps a lot!

I especially like Rachel’s advice that once you really feel comfortable with the particular choice of cloth diaper that you have made, you do well to stash 30 to 35 diapers. This way, you should be able to do laundry every other day or so. That seems like a good plan, so I just thought I’d reiterate that idea.

Now let’s see what my friend Rebeckah has to share:

“I have cloth diapered all of my kids and my favorite is the pre-folds and covers. We use Green Mountain Diaper Pre-folds and Thirsties Covers. This time I am going for wool covers. I am going for more natural fibers. I plan on using the Babee Green Wool Covers which I found locally for $19.95/cover. Online they are more expensive. I have used Bum Genius and a variety of All-in-Ones and Pocket Diapers. The cheapest is the Pre-folds and surprisingly I like them the best!”

Also, very helpful! Thanks Rebeckah!

Last-but-not least, Heather also contributed helpful information to this topic:

“For a cheap option … Sunbaby Diapers. I have been pretty happy with them. They are a pocket style diaper and I use microfiber inserts. The best part is they are $5.00 a piece.”

Thank you so much, Heather!

Wow! You moms are great! Thanks for making this blog possible so that other moms can have a little knowledge and direction on the topic of cloth diapers. Maybe I will try cloth diapers next time, if God blesses me with another baby!

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Let’s talk diapers.

Are you are navigating this for the first time?  You may be wondering about best brands and things like that. First, there is the question of cloth or disposable, or a little of both. Once you have that question squared away with an answer, you will be asking yourself about the best brand, best price, how to know the right size, etc.

The good news is that that is really not a hard thing to figure out.

You got this!

However, no question is a silly question: it’s just that I’m here to say you have nothing to worry about.

I guess every mom has their stories of this or that diaper brand which worked for them, and comparing notes can help. So, here’s what I have found:

Huggies leak. Okay, I do have a boy, so maybe a mom with a baby girl would rave about the value of Huggies, but I didn’t even use mine after awhile and I gave them to another mom in hopes that they would find them to work for them. But they simply didn’t work for us.

Pampers are great, but expensive. Are they the only good option? Not to worry! They are great to use, but keep reading to find less expensive brands that work very well!

Luvs are excellent, and the price is right!
I’m really amazed how much “water” these diapers can hold and no leaking is going on, and yet, they are a reasonable price! I definitely recommend these!

Other generic store brands can work well too and be a decent price, but I would compare them to Luvs or Pampers to see what you are happier with. The price may even be similar. I found that our local grocery store brand was good with one exception: They leave a little cottony stuff on the baby, and I don’t really like that. I don’t know what your local brand does, so you may just give it a trial by purchasing a small package at first.

What about stocking up ahead of time for baby? Well, don’t buy more than one pack of newborn size, and not-to-many size ones either. Before long, you will be getting into size two and three…and probably hanging out in these for awhile. Don’t open any packages of diapers until you are ready to use them, this way they will not absorb humidity in the air while being stored, plus you might be able to exchange them for another size if need be.

To know which size your baby should be in, the diaper company gives a suggestion on the box based on the baby’s weight. This is okay, but not necessarily going to work out perfectly. A  good rule of thumb that works for me is: if the diapers are starting to leak (even if they seemed like a fine fit in size), it is time to go one size up…at least that’s the best way if you have a boy. I think girls tend to wear smaller sizes longer than boys in most cases.

Enjoy your baby, all diapered up and happy!

Visit again next Wednesday to talk about cloth diapers.

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