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My Feeding Journeys + MiLK Conference Giveaway

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This week, #MomLifeMonday and #WinItWednesday are colliding! A huge thank you to MommyCon’s MiLK Conference for sponsoring this post and providing the tickets to giveaway!

*Before I became a mother, I had how my babies would be fed all planned. They would be breastfed for at least 6 months, until they started on solid foods. I would make their pureed baby foods and they wouldn’t eat “junk.” Little did I realize, babies don’t follow the plan.

 

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Aubrey was our first baby, born when I was still a kid myself. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding much before becoming a mother. However, I figured it was something natural so it should work out just fine. I purchased nipple cream, a breast pump, breast pads, and a boppy pillow. I thought I was set and ready to go.

After Aubrey was born, we had a difficult start. She didn’t seem to be interested in nursing and her blood sugar was a little low. There was a point in time that she didn’t nurse for over 8 hours. After nursing again, they let us go home as long as we followed up with her doctor in a few days.

Breastfeeding was extremely painful for me. My nipples were raw. They were cracked and bleeding. I was putting Vitamin E on them plus the nipple cream. I distinctly remember, and it almost sends chills down my back now, crying when she would start crying in hunger. My poor baby wanted to eat but I didn’t want to feed her. I would cry and ask my husband, “what kind of mother doesn’t want to feed her baby?!” It was hard for us. And I decided to somehow, stick it out.

I started pumping in preparation to return to work. I had a cheap breast pump that I picked out at Target just because it went along with the bottles we picked. It did nothing for me. It would suck and suck but nothing would come out. I could nurse her just fine at this point with very little pain but I just couldn’t produce enough milk to store and to keep her satisfied. We fell into a rabbit hole and decided that we would start supplementing with formula.

The start of our formula journey was when she was 6 weeks old. I had that “plan” of just breastmilk until 6 months old so I felt a little guilty. At this point, she was half breastfed and half formula fed. Within two weeks, I was too overwhelmed as a mother at 18 years old. I needed life to be just a tad bit easier. And then she became 100% formula fed.

Looking back now- I feel like I had a strong lack of knowledge and support. I *could* have successfully nursed her until she was at least 6 months old. I *could* have nursed her until a year. I *could* have nursed her until she naturally weaned herself. Facebook Groups weren’t so much a thing when she was born and I was the first of my friends to have a baby. I had no idea what I was jumping into and thought that the most natural thing in the world would just come….. naturally. The super sore nipples could have been caused by a number of things. And I really wish I would have known to find a lactation consultant to help me ASAP. Aubrey was my first little guinea pig, if you will, on this whole being a mother thing.

 

Baileigh


Before Baileigh was born, I started doing more research on breastfeeding and how I could be more successful with the next baby. She was born 18 months after Aubrey so things were still fresh in my mind. I knew to start lathering my nipples up with cream even in the hospital. I knew that I wanted to get a freezer stash started and that I was going to have a much better pump as my sidekick. I had made all these “plans” again. Afterall, I had been there and done that. It just had to be easier the second time around, right???

Wrong. Baileigh and I had a pretty good nursing relationship from the start. She had an okay latch and it most definitely wasn’t as painful as it was with Aubrey. I had the same goal of exclusively breast milk for the first 6 months. I didn’t have to return to work as I had become a stay-at-home mom but I still wanted her to take a bottle. Three days after having her, I started pumping with a Medela manual pump. My goodness- I loved that pump. Baileigh took to the bottle so whenever we left the house, she would have a bottle of breastmilk so I wouldn’t have to nurse in public.

Here’s where I think I went wrong. I was so worried about my supply dropping like I felt like it did with Aubrey…. That I started taking a supplement to boost my milk supply. Fenugreek. I smelled like a pancake house and not in a good way. I had such a strong letdown that I started to almost choke her when she would nurse. I just had way too much milk! This little baby was only 4 weeks old and I could easily pump 10 ounces in a session. WOW, right?!

Baileigh then started having some belly issues. Well, more like spitting up issues. She had always spit-up just a little bit. But this was like, projectile vomiting. I specifically remember a middle of the night feed and I thought her head was going to spin around like a horror movie. The amount that she vomited all over the bed was WAY more than I thought she could even have in her little body.

Baileigh also had some problems gaining weight. She was so tiny and petite. At the recommendation of our pediatricians, we started adding some cereal to her breatsmilk bottles. It helped to hold the milk into her belly, but just not enough for me to feel like she was nutritionally getting the milk she needed. Those pesky formula companies…. I had formula cans in my cabinet from the free samples they sent me. They won. I couldn’t see my baby not gaining weight anymore. And I couldn’t deal with all the spit-up anymore. I also was dealing with postpartum depression and I’m sure that wasn’t helping anything.

We quit breastmilk almost cold turkey at 6 weeks. At this point, I felt like a complete failure. How could so many mothers nurse their babies for so long yet I couldn’t seem to last more than 6 weeks?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not “bashing” formula moms at all- but this wasn’t what I had planned for my babies. This wasn’t the healthiest option I saw for them and it just wasn’t what I had wanted.

 

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Jackson James- my little game changer. Before Jackson was even conceived, I found my support groups. Knowledge, power, support, confidence, and perseverance was what was going to get me to my goal for at least one of my babies. And with him, I even edited my goal to wanting to nurse him for one year.

When Jackson was born, we clicked right away. He was a boobie monster and loved mama’s milk. I decided to wait to really pump because being a stay-at-home mom, it wasn’t necessary for a bottle. There would be a minimal amount of times that I left him and it wasn’t going to be a for awhile anyways. It was just me and him- and that was A-OK for me.

Remember how I had hoped everything would just come naturally? I was waiting for a problem to occur: cracked nipples, bad latch, drop in supply. I was just waiting. Luckily, it didn’t happen in the beginning like it had with the girls. We were smooth sailing through our journey.

Months went by and he had only had breastmilk. My first *successfully* breastfed baby. I had support from family and friends. I nursed in public. I pumped when needed, and that was it. Everything was wonderful!

And then it wasn’t. Two things happened: Jackson’s weight gain seemed to have plateaued. And I needed to pump to leave him… And my boobs decided they weren’t going to cooperate anymore. I was worried that my supply had finally dropped. I was worried that Jackson wasn’t actually getting what he needed from me anymore. I tried lactation cookies, I tried increasing my water intake, I tried fenugreek again. Nothing seemed to be working. I even tried an electric pump and that got out less than my manual! I was so frustrated.

I had family pressuring me to try formula, so I did. After all, formula companies sent me formula while I was pregnant. Wouldn’t you know that a baby at 8/9 months old wouldn’t drink formula after only having breastmilk as their milk source? Yeah- I figured that too. Lucky for me, I have some amazing friends that knew my goal and knew my struggle. I now have an amazing supply of frozen donor milk in my deep freezer for when we need it. My supply has come back enough that I don’t wonder if I’m making enough.

We are just under a month away from his first birthday. I will have nursed my baby, with a little help from donor milk and a splash of formula, for one full year. I made my goal of 6 months of just breastmilk. I know there are many women that nurse for years and years and multiple babies. And compared to them- my story seems dull and silly. But it’s a part of my motherhood journey. And accomplishing this year makes me feel, well, kind of badass. My body has successfully nourished another human being though 9 months of pregnancy and almost 12 months earthside. <3

 

 

 

MiLK Conference

The second annual MiLK Conference will be held in Costa Mesa, CA November 11-12. It will be MommyCon’s final event in 2016. MiLK is an infant feeding conference for parents and parenting professional. It’s set-up to provide not only nutritional information, but support and an educational platform for the health of children. Want to go? There’s one of two ways from here- you can purchase your tickets using my promo code FLUFFBUM16 for $5 your ticket price OR you can enter to win the rafflecoptor below and win a pair of 2-day tickets! 🙂

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My Three Reasons for Mom-Guilt 

  
I won’t lie… Mom-Guilt is something I deal with basically every day. And honestly, I have more “reasons” for mom guilt than I could fit in a typical blog post. So here’s my three reasons for mom-guilt. 

  

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 Aubrey is our oldest daughter and she’s five. Five has been such a great age for her. But I’ve had a lot of mom-guilt with her lately. She’s always been my helper and she’s always tried to be the center of our attention. And with a new baby in the house, it makes things a little difficult for her. Don’t get me wrong- she is obsessed with her brother! But it’s hard that she has to share her mommy and daddy with yet another person, and that tiny person requires a lot of attention. I’ve had to sit down and explain to her that he can’t feed himself, can’t go to the bathroom on his own, can’t entertain himself, etc. And she totally understands and acknowledges that— but it doesn’t make it any easier for either of us. I can’t tell you how many times I have put her to bed and then felt plain awful about how much time may have been taken away from her that day. But then I also remember, that I’ve given her something as well and that’s siblings. She’ll have people there for her when her father and I aren’t on this earth anymore. And for that… I’m a little grateful. 
  
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Baileigh May. Oh man. This one is hard. So much mom-guilt over this one. She is SO different from her sister and literally in almost every aspect. And I’m trying so hard to not throw her into the “middle child” group because I’ve seen how that an affect a kid in the long run. But sometimes… I do it without even thinking. For instance, Aubrey needed a shirt for picture day and Jackson needed a pair of those terry fake jeans— I walked out of the store with just those things. But then it was pointed out to me that I left with nothing for Baileigh. I totally didn’t do it on purpose… But I felt so awful when it was pointed out to me. Super mom-guilt. I didn’t forget about her but it was obvious I wasn’t thinking about her while I was shopping either. Since that day, I’ve made it a point to get a little something for everyone if I need to get something but it’s just not fair. And although “life isn’t fair,” it’s not necessarily a lesson that I find important to teach at three years old. 
  
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So he’s still new to the family. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t felt the mom-guilt with him. Obviously we cloth diaper, since that is what this blog was founded upon. But I’ll admit that we’ve used a fair share of disposable diapers too. We also breastfeed. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about giving him some formula to give myself a break. (It hasn’t happened- but I’m hanging on by a thread most days.) 

Being a mother is seriously SO hard. Being a mother to three is as hard, if not harder, than I thought it would be. Our family life has finally adjusted since welcoming Jackson five months ago- but that doesn’t mean that it’s all high fives at te end of the day. Sometimes it takes everything I have in me to not cry over something I should have handled differently or something I should have or should not have said. There are days that this mom-guilt crap tears me up and I really just can’t help it. It’s a part of life, a part of living. It’s a part of raising these little humans that I’ve created. Some how, some way, i hope to have a better handle on my guilt as a mother.   

“Ah, yes. The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”

                        -Rafiki, The Lion King 

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MommyCon 2016 Promo Code

 

It’s time to start planning out your trip to MommyCon this year! Need a MommyCon 2016 promo code to get a discount? Use the coupon code FLUFFBUM16 for $6 off your general admission ticket!

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Fluff Advice Wednesday: Try Different Cloth Diapers

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It seems like when mamas start cloth diapering, they find one brand and try to stick with it. While that sounds great, it’s not ideal. Sure, if it works for you then why change what works? The thing I’ve found most helpful in my stash is variety. I liked different cloth diapers for different circumstances. Diapers for during the day were different than what I’d put her in for naptime. Bedtime diapers were different, car ride diapers, out and about diapers… I could go on and on. It wasn’t just the style of diapers I likes to have variety in, but brands as well. If you use prefolds and covers, for example, do you only have one brand of covers? Or all-in-one users, do you only have one brand of all-in-one? Here’s my story:

My stash changed drastically throughout our cloth diapering journey. Heck, we only use one diaper per day and I still try to find new things. When I started cloth diapering, I had all Alva Baby diapers. A few months later, I added some Sunbaby into the mix. Finally, I decided to support USA based cloth diapering brands. I don’t know why… It just felt more right to me. So I sold all my “China Cheapies” for Bumgenius diapers. That was the first major change in my cloth stash. I went from having all pockets, to having a few pockets (4.0s), a few all-in-ones (freetimes), and a few covers (flips) to use with prefolds. This was just the start of variety. A little bit of time went past and I started trying Thirsties products. I tried their all-in-one diaper and their Duo cover. The all-in-one didn’t stay in my stash long because I just found others I wanted to try. I have a revolving door for diapers- they don’t all stay very long. If I find something else I want to try, I usually put one or two on the chopping block to fund the next diaper. The Duo cover, I bought a few more and still use them. Next into the mix was Moraki. They also didn’t stay very long but mostly due to fit issues I had along with absorbancy issues with Baileigh. They were a great diaper, just not the best ones for us. Then Lalabye and Sloomb entered my life. Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about love. Sloomb became our night time diapers and my “if she gets a rash” diapers. (I’d throw a fitted on her with no cover due to the breath-ability.) Lalabye became the mostly used daytime diaper for us just because they were great!

Fast forward to our one diaper per day: Lalabye Baby diapers are no longer in our stash because they couldn’t hold up for night time. Moraki has been long gone. Freetimes and 4.0s are used frequently, Flips are used frequently, I love pairing up a Sloomb fitted with a Thirsties Duo Cover, and I’ve also added in some Best Bottoms covers to use with prefolds. I’ve tried new diapers. I’ve found WAHM diapers to love. And I’ve re-tried diapers I was contemplating selling off. Diapers that weren’t working anymore suddenly work again and I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t keep the variety in my stash. I feel confident in what I’ll buy for future babies and I keep looking to see what I may try that I haven’t tried yet.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try new brands. Try new styles. If they don’t work out, then instead of feeling defeated, sell them and try something else! There is something out there for everyone!!! You never know…. You may just find the best diaper ever! 😉 Happy Cloth Diapering! 🙂

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My Exclusively Pumping Story

I started out my pregnancy just like everyone else…confused. Perfect strangers would come up to me and ask me 100 questions about how I would raise my child. These strangers made me feel like I HAD to Breastfeed, cloth diaper, baby wear and do everything else that “the perfect parent” would do. It was completely frustrating to me but I decided to try to research as much as physically possible to make the best decision I could.

My husband and I attended Breastfeeding classes and I became increasingly confident that I could do it! My husband is one of those people who read everything the experts say and thinks we have to do it EXACTLY by the book. This is something I find incredibly annoying and incredibly beneficial. Ha Ha. Let me follow that by saying, if my husband was not so adamant and supportive of my Breastfeeding I would have given up on day one.

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Our daughter is the laziest baby ever. Even in the hospital, with the lactation consultants help, I struggled to get the proper latch and was in a lot of pain. We went home on a Friday and by Monday morning I was dreading feeding Myla because it hurt so bad and was so miserable. When those nosey strangers tell you that you HAVE to breastfeed they don’t tell you how incredibly hard it is. It’s like they forgot or something, I don’t know, but I’ll never forget.

This is the look I kept getting from Myla in the hospital.  "Yeah right mom, good luck getting me to eat from those things..."

This is the look I kept getting from Myla in the hospital. “Yeah right mom, good luck getting me to eat from those things…”

One morning I was feeling Myla and pulled her away to find blood all over her mouth and face. Screaming for my husband, I was thinking I somehow killed our baby, until I realized that it wasn’t her that was bleeding… It was me. I was so raw that my nipples had actually begun to bleed. It was awful. That day just so happened to be Fathers Day. I decided that as a present to my husband (and myself) that I would pump and let him feed her for the first time. I fumbled with the pump and hoped I was doing it right. For the first time, I wasn’t dreading feeding my child. She drank the bottle so well that I decided to exclusively pump from then on out.

There are many reasons some moms choose to exclusively pump for their babies. I chose to do this because traditional breastfeeding was not working for us. I was miserable, and Myla was hungry. “If mommas not happy, no one is happy.” That is the best advice I ever got and I totally agree!! There is almost no information or support for exclusively pumping mommas out there so here’s how it works!

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You pump just as much as you would feed your baby. At first, I pumped about an hour before she would be ready to eat. You pump, on a pressure that is comfortable until the milk stops flowing. It takes awhile at first but your body will get the hang of it. I would then pour the fresh milk in a bottle and let her chow down! She ate so much better this way, and actually started gaining weight like she was supposed to! YAY! I was blessed with “over production”, meaning I produced more milk than Myla needed so I had a wonderful stockpile in my freezer! Fresh milk only lasts a couple days in the fridge so every 3 days or so I would pour my fresh milk into the freezer safe bags with the date and lay flat in the freezer. What is great about a freezer stockpile is that when your little one starts eating cereal, you can thaw and use the milk in the cereal instead of water. Double the nutrients!

Once Myla got older and my body got used to the pumping I could go longer without pumping and not have to pump as long. I got down to as little as 3 times a day and only pump for 20 minutes or so. The downfall for all this for me was I could not go longer than a week without getting clogged ducts. If you know what these are you know how painful they are! I would spend almost an hour in the super hot shower trying to message them out so I could sleep at night. Then Myla and I got Thrush. Thrush is basically a yeast infection on your breasts and the baby’s mouth. Its terrible. So So terrible. At around 5 months I had decided that I had enough and it was becoming more of a pain. Hubby and I own our own business, so our schedules were crazy!! After attempting to pump in a moving car one too many times I knew that my lifestyle wasn’t cut out for this. Once again the thought popped into my head, “If mommas not happy, no one is happy!”

I started weaning myself off the pumping. I need to express how important it is to go as slow as possible because you can get so many infections and pain from doing it too quickly. It involved a lot of Advil and ice packs, and could never be described as fun!

Once I finally got dried up, Myla had maybe 2 weeks worth of milk left in the freezer that I continued to give her. Once I got down to about a week left I started mixing in the formula. We started out with Similiac Supplementation, which is meant for breastfed babies. This tastes the most like breast milk so it was an easy transition. At first she would drink 2 oz. of formula and 4 oz. of breast milk. Every couple of days I would up the formula and decrease the breast milk.

Myla was officially a formula baby. While part of me is mad at myself for not sticking it out, I am ultimately happy. I wish I loved breastfeeding as much as some moms do, but I hated every second of it. Formula actually improved Myla’s well being. She wasn’t going #2 any more than 2 times a month. The formula and the introduction to cereals helped her become more regular. The doctors were incredibly concerned with her bathroom habits and were on the verge of recommending some drastic measures. I could not be happier with my decision to give her formula.

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This is Myla now.  She just had her first birthday and could not be a happier (and more ornery) girl in the world! If you are feeling lost like I was for almost the whole first year of her life, just keep in mind you are not alone.  Also, look at the picture above.  Myla is healthy, happy and couldn’t be more perfect!  Whatever you chose to do for you and your little one is the right choice.  Either way, your baby will be happier if you are happy.  You don’t have to torture yourself to make your children happy.  They are going to be happy if you are!

If you would like to see what my ESSENTIALS for Exclusively Pumping are, you can check out this post from my personal blog, Myla Moo Review!

It has been wonderful sharing my story with the Fluff Bum crowd! Thank you so much Amanda for inviting me to do this entry!  -Jess

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Lalabye Baby Cloth Diaper Review

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I’m doing something different for this Lalabye Baby cloth diaper review! There’s a video! 🙂 Now, be a little nice because this is my very first video and I totally recorded it and messed with it about 20 times! 😉

 

A few things I forgot to mention in the video:

  • Lalabye Baby diapers are made with TPU, not PUL. This is a higher quality fabric and is also better for the environment.
  • Lalabye Baby diapers should fit babies from around 6 pounds to 35 pounds.

 And here are what some other people had to say about Lalabye Baby when asked what they like/love about them!

  • EVERYTHING!! I used to have a stash full of big name brand diapers but then I tried a lalabye thanks to spraypal and was immediately hooked. They’re super trim, bright rich solid colors and fun prints, LOVE the color coded snaps, 2 bamboo inserts, really great price, and most importantly an amazing momma behind the company! I sold off all of my name brand diapers to get more lalabyes and I couldn’t be happier!
  • Love the bamboo inserts and the trimness of the Lalabye. Great price for a quality diaper too.
  • This is our go-to diaper! Love the bamboo inserts, super trim fit, bright colors and contrasting snaps, the option to use it as pocket or ai2, the owner is SUPER sweet and I could go on and on! I have a 4 month old and a 2.5 year old and these diapers fit great on both! My 4 month old has been wearing them since 8 weeks and I was impressed with the fit. Love the color coded snaps as well, my hubby isn’t a fan of snaps but with the color system he can get a good fit without the gues work. Did I mention I love these diapers?!
  • I love how trim and absorbent they are! And who wouldn’t love all the bright fun colors.
  • These diapers are high quality with an affordable price tag. Trim, highly absorbant and super fun colors. We love them!
  • Great quality, love the overall look & fit… also that I can use as AI2 or pocket. And the wonderful all-bamboo inserts! Oh, and can’t forget the snaps. The fit my chubby 8 week old beautifully on 2nd rise from the bottom. I also feel that they are a good value because they are under $20 and include the 2 bamboo inserts.
  • I agree with everything previously said. Trim, super absorbent, great fit (I put one on a 5lb 14oz preemie), beautiful colors and prints, great price, quality product (unlike my big name brands who’s elastics haven’t even made it 9mos), the tpu is so soft, and I love the rainbow snaps! The rainbow snap system got my husband and mil on board with snap diapers! Also, the owner is a great lady who I love to support.

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So you can see, Lalabye Baby Diapers are AMAZING! I urge everyone to just try one! You really won’t be sorry! Interested in trying one? Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $20 gift card just in time for their next stocking!! 🙂

 

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Please Note: I was compensated for this review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

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Diaper Dawgs Cloth Wipes

Have you heard about Diaper Dawgs Cloth Wipes?

Diaper Dawgs were created by a cloth diapering mama that wanted to get rid of the ick factor (or at least cut it back some) when taking care of the poop messes that comes with cloth diaper territory. You can see my review for these handy little guys here. After the success of Diaper Dawgs was apparent, the makers of Diaper Dawgs decided to come out with a new product- cloth wipes. But what makes these wipes so special from the hundreds of other brands you can try?

These wipes are like gloves. Yes! There is an opening that you can stick your hand in to wipe the bum. No more crossing your fingers that your wipe doesn’t slip up and hope poop aren’t under your nails or on your finger! Or you can use it like my husband does and flip it inside out after the outside is all dirty from a massive poop explosion and use the inside too. This means you could use half the amount of wipes!

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Now isn’t that a neat idea? My husband LOVES these wipes. He actually requested that I replace all of our wipes with them! Now of course, I have many, many wipes so I can exactly do that. But I do like using these a lot.

These wipes are made of 70% viscose bamboo, 28% organic cotton, and 2% polyester with 100% polyester thread. They are 8×6 rectangles that are perfect for big or small hands. They are some heavy duty wipes but are still soft enough for baby’s bum. These wipes are sold in 6 pack bundles. I really like the thread colors that can match your set of Diaper Dawgs! Best of all, these wipes are made in the USA by a group of stay at home moms.

These wipes have gotten me through some messy situations and I’ve been thankful to have them every single time. Want to purchase them yourself? Click on the “What Do You Do With Poop” banner on the right hand side —–> and you’ll be directed to Diaper Dawgs’ website. These wipes retail at $9.95 but at the end of the week, you have a chance to win them! Make sure you are subscribed to the blog by entering your email over there too —-> so you’ll be the first to know about the giveaway! 🙂

Please Note: I received these wipes for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Buttons Cloth Diapers

When I started cloth diapering Bai, we used pockets. Then I ventured into some prefolds and then finally discovered all in ones. To me, they were easy- no stuffing, no folding, just all right there and good to go. Then I found Buttons Cloth Diapers.

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Buttons diapers are very “wallet friendly” when you’re starting cloth. Because of their system, you need a very small amount of covers to start out- like when using prefolds and covers. The only difference is no folding, no stuffing, its all right there! This diaper “system” uses snaps to hold the insert in place. It’s simple. One snap in the back, one snap in the front, and you’ve got yourself an absorbent diaper!

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This diaper is a one-size diaper and is marketed to fit babies between 9 and 35 pounds. There are two different sizes of inserts- small will fit between 9 and 20 pounds and large will fit between 20 and 35 pounds. The inserts are made of microfiber but have a soft fleece top so it’s safe against baby’s skin. The daytime inserts are very trim and fit nicely inside the diaper. The overnight doubler is thicker, adds a lot more layers, and makes the diaper less trim but SUPER absorbent!!

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If you’ve read any of my other cloth diaper reviews, you’d know we don’t end up trying many of the diapers overnight simply because they just won’t work. Baileigh is a super duper heavy wetter and can pee out of anything so it’s very difficult to find one that will work. Well ladies and gentlemen, this is one diaper that DOES work! The first night we tested it, I couldn’t believe it worked! I was literally in awe. I felt like that couldn’t have been right so I made that day diaper laundry day so I could put her in it the next night. And sure enough, no leaks that night either! So I HIGHLY recommend Buttons Diapers!!

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What makes these incredibly affordable? You can use one cover for on average 3 diaper changes. As long as your cover didn’t have to keep in a poop explosion, you should be able to just wipe it clean, stick in a new insert, and you’re good to go! A full “stash” can be made up of 8-10 covers, 18-24 inserts, and 2-3 overnight doublers! Check out Buttons Diapers HERE and see their prices for each item individually but also take a look at their packs!! 🙂

Interested in trying out Buttons Cloth Diapers? Enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate to use online using the Rafflecoptor below!! 🙂

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Mini Spray Pal 2.0’s Birthday Bash and Giveaway!!

Some of you may know the Spray Pal family’s story and others may not. In short, they’re an awesome family that have been through obstacles together. One of those obstacles included having a micropreemie born at only 25 weeks. After spending time in the NICU and many doctors appointments later, this adorable little boy is turning TWO! To celebrate, Spray Pal is hosting an amazing giveaway for you in celebration!! Take a look at all the amazing companies that are joining together to sponosor this event:

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For this giveaway, there will be two winners. Both winners will receive $700+ in prizes! Prizes include a baby carrier from Beco, a high chair from Joovy, and of course, cloth diapers!! 🙂 So what are you waiting for?? Celebrate this little guy’s birthday! He’s beating the odds every day so take your chance at the odds and enter in the Rafflecoptor below! 🙂 And today, blow a birthday candle out for Mini Spray Pal 2.0 as he turns two years old TODAY!!! 🙂 Happy Birthday Buddy!!!

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Our Cloth Diaper Wash Routine

Cloth Diapers can be complicated, but I believe it’s only as complicated as you make them! I will totally admit that I was super overwhelmed when we decided to make the switch from disposables. There was so much information to read, to take in, and to just learn. A lot of things are just trial and error and you can’t really read enough to just figure that stuff out. You don’t know what inserts you’ll like, what type of diaper will work for you, what cloth diaper wash routine will work, so on and so forth. Some people make the wash routine complicated. Me… I make it as simple as can be:

  • Warm Rinse, no detergent.
  • Heavy Duty Wash, with detergent
  • Cold Rinse and Spin

And then you’re done! Bahda-bing. Bahda-boom. I throw everything in the dryer with wool dryer balls for 20 minutes, take out the covers and AIO diapers, and then finish drying the inserts, prefolds, and cloth wipes. The detergent needs to be what works for you. In our house, we use Gain. We’ve tried cloth diaper detergent and it didn’t take out our ammonia issues. We tried ALL free and clear, also didn’t take out our ammonia issues. We switched to Gain and have had no problems. It canceled out the warranty in our bumGenius diapers, but most of them were bought used anyways. We use a small amount of bleach about once a month to really clean them and use RLR Laundry Treatment as needed. The dirty diapers are in a hanging “rubbish bag” that was bought from Alva Baby. I spray off any poopy diapers and then just throw them in the bag. I usually wash every other to every two days. It honestly depends on the stink from the bag, how many diapers have been used, and if I really want her to wear a diaper that day that was in the bag dirty. I have so many things going on that I just can’t handle complicated.

So tell me, what’s your wash routine with your cloth diapers? And what detergent have you found works in your house??

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BB-Cloth Diaper Review

BB-Cloth makes one-size pocket cloth diapers in a variety of fun prints, solids, and football team logos! They’re affordable and adorable. So what more could you really need?!

A little bit of background of BB-Cloth: This company was created November 1, 2013 after noticing the lack of football team cloth diapers on the market printed on PUL fabric. The company has since taken requests for new teams and other prints. Each design is their own and is made in a limited quantity.

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Chevron is super popular in our house so this diaper is more than just a pretty design! This diaper also came with a bamboo blend insert. Their insert worked so well that I didn’t have to double up on inserts like I usually have to do with any other diapers. This made the diaper super trim and not bulky. I was very surprised that the one insert worked so well for Baileigh! I usually have a horrible time with new diapers because she’s a heavy wetter and it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out how much pee that particular diaper will hold and if it can withstand a long car ride or her 2 hour naptime.

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I was very impressed with this diaper. It is similar to an Alva diaper, but with higher quality. Since it does compare to an Alva, you could also use it as a newborn diaper folded like this.

BB-Cloth also has a variety of fun prints that have JUST been released! And aren’t they adorable???

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Want to win a BB-Cloth diaper for your baby? Enter in the Rafflecoptor below!! 🙂

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Please Note: I received this BB-Cloth diaper for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Being a Young Mom

Here’s a little background of my life since becoming a young mom and some words that I’ve not only written as inspiration for myself, but hopefully words of inspiration for other young moms.

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I was 17 years old when I became pregnant with Aubrey. I went from picking out colleges to picking out nursery colors. My life did a complete turn around and I had to adjust to that along with my family, my husband’s family, and our peers. I successfully completed high school at 3 months pregnant with awful morning sickness. I had to leave almost every class, but still kept my grades up and didn’t miss a day. I had support from my wonderful friends that would grab my books for me while I rushed to the bathroom and a wonderful boyfriend turned husband that stood by me no matter what.

Most teenage mothers and young moms don’t go into it with a plan. Or they do… but it doesn’t work out. They have a fairytale stuck in their head. I will admit, I had that fairytale in my head that I’d get married, have that baby and live happily ever after. Happily ever after only happens in movies…. unless you WORK for it. My husband and I got married when I was 8 months pregnant. I was 18 and he was 17 years old and a senior in high school. We both had part time jobs and were living with his parents. 4 months into our marriage and into his senior year, we started renting a house his parents owned. We were 18 with a 3 month old baby, my husband still in high school, and on our own. And by the grace of God, things only got better. We eventually got out of our part time jobs at a pizza place and got “real” jobs. I became a daycare teacher part time and he started working for a fabrication company. He graduated from high school with good grades and had missed barely any days even though we had a new baby and had gotten married. We then conceived our second daughter.

After getting pregnant again when Aubrey was only 9 months old, we were on the search to make our lives just a little better. We started house hunting. I was now addicted to watching shows on HGTV like House Hunters and My First Place to learn the ins and outs of buying a home. Months afterwards, we bought our first home- a 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house with a great big fenced in back yard and (almost) completely updated. Even better, my husband got a raise at his job and I became a stay-at-home mom.

I can’t even count how many times I just wanted to give up. People are so judgmental and it hurts when those judgmental people aren’t just strangers but they end up being your family and friends. Doing it the “right” way is awesome: getting married, plan a pregnancy, then have a baby, and living your life. But we chose a different path: we got pregnant, then got married, then had our baby. Life was thrown at us in a million different ways. And honestly, I think we did a heck of a good job keeping up with it! We had support but it wasn’t always from the people we had wanted or needed it from. And that was just another part of being a young parent. Sometimes it felt like the only support I had was from my husband.

Life wasn’t easy, it’s not supposed to be. Our marriage had its struggles. Parenting was difficult. And adding in ANOTHER member to our family was challenging. The only thing that kept our family together was a promise that we made to each other: till death do us part. We live in a world where divorce and separation is accepted. It’s the easy way out. Replace what’s broken instead of fixing it. Not in our house!! We may be “young and dumb” but we know that there will be things constantly trying to tear us apart. And we won’t let it!

Being a young mom is difficult. The looks you get at the grocery store from complete strangers when your child is having a tantrum and even looks you get from family members hurts your feelings. Life at 21 is “supposed” to be freedom, partying, drinking, and just having fun. We traded that in for play dates, family dinners, and movie nights watching Monsters University. We should be staying up late with our friends and instead we’re going to bed early knowing the toddler is going to wake up a few times that night. Things are much different for us than our friends’ lives. You lose touch. You’re in different stages of life. Sometimes, I feel like the only friend I have is my husband. And sometimes, that’s just okay because he is in the same journey with me with the same goals in life.

Being a mother in general is challenging. You deal with the Mommy Wars if you’re 18 or 35. You have hopes and dreams for your children. You have goals in life. You have work challenges, relationship challenges, personal challenges and you have to overcome them. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young mom or one that has had the freedom before becoming a parent. You just have to push yourself to get through the day, the month, the year, and be the best mother you can be. Don’t give up. On the difficult days, remember this too shall pass.

 

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10 Things Only Cloth Diapering Mamas Understand

10 things a cloth diapering mama will understand

Here are the top 10 things only cloth diapering mamas understand! Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom with something you think needs to be added!!

1. Stalking B/S/T sites for the limited edition prints.

2. Letting baby run around in a t-shirt (and baby legwarmers if its cold) so you can just stare at that pretty diaper on the bum.

3. One load of laundry being washed continuously all day long.

4. Needing to buy a size up in baby’s pants- waist doesn’t fit, length too long, fits tight in the bum.

5. Being up close and personal with poop… sometimes multiple times a day. Thank God for a Spray-Pal and a diaper sprayer!

6. Talking about cloth diapers. Dreaming of diapers. Thinking of diapers. All. Day. Long.

7. Shaking your head when someone doesn’t get your obsession.

8. You’re constantly looking for a new way to store your stash.

9. You enjoy folding diapers and diapers are always folded while the rest of the clean laundry sits in a basket. Unfolded.

10. Stalking your mailman when you are expecting fluff mail. And the day seems to go by so slooooooow until he/she shows up!

 

Bonus: Building your paypal account by transferring just a few dollars at a time to buy a new diaper… and hope the husband doesn’t notice!! 😉

 

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BabySteps Electric Food Mill F900 by KidCo- Product Review

When I started using the reusable pouches, like Yummi Pouch, Ufill, and the Little Green Pouch, I wanted to put more than just applesauce or yogurt in them. Afterall, when Plum Organics hid a veggie in their pouches, my girls ate that up!! So why couldn’t I do it too??

My problem was that I did not own a food processor or a baby food maker. I would have to get out my blender (which we don’t use often) to make anything for the pouches. I just didn’t feel like my big blender was right to make small batches of something. It was nice when I’d make smoothies for the whole family… but 2 little pouches for the girls? This is where the Electric Food Mill comes in! I feel like it saved the day! Here are the features, direct from their website:

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf2 cup bowl

  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

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Here’s pictures of me blending some carrots and applesauce- Bree and Bai’s favorite snack!!

This food mill is so easy to use and so easy to clean! It has just a few parts that get dirty. It can go in the dishwasher for an easy, quick clean up or you can hand wash it with no problems at all! The only thing that I think would make this even better: if it could also steam foods. When I make they’re Carrot and Applesauce pouches, I have to cook the carrots either on the stove-top or in the microwave. It would be so much easier for the food mill to steam them too! But for now, this works out so much better! I feel like because its smaller, I won’t over make any batches. It takes just seconds to puree which also makes it convenient when you have screaming kids at your feet. I highly recommended this purchase to make baby food, toddler snacks, or just to use as a mini food processor! I actually used it to grind up some oats in this muffin recipe!

Here’s my “recipe” for the Carrots and Applesauce Puree:

  • a few handfuls of baby carrots, steamed or boiled
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce, more or less depending on taste

I just combined them all together in the food mill and let it whip around a few times. And here was my tasty result:

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If you are interested in purchasing this item, click the Amazon link below! (affiliate link) For $26.84, that’s an awesome price!!

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