TBT- Two Kids in Diapers

Having two kids in diapers is a real life scenario for many parents. Some parents want to get the diapering days over with and for some, it just happens naturally! 😉 Our girls are 18 months apart so I had two in diapers for almost 18 months since Aubrey potty trained completely around 3 years old. For me, it wasn’t a total nightmare. It wasn’t really that bad at all! But I really wish that I had found cloth diapering before tackling the two in cloth scenario. We were in disposables almost the whole time! Can you just think about all that money that we just threw away?! Yeah, don’t remind me!

I think most of you know that I have not always been a cloth diapering mama. Aubrey was 100% a disposable diapered baby. We didn’t switch to cloth until after Baileigh turned one. We figured better late than never! (so it really is NEVER too late!)  I had attempted to switch Aubrey over when she was 2 for bedtime use, but it just did not happen. She was too excited to have on a pretty diaper! We had pink ones and purple ones, floral ones and ones with hearts on them… This led to her wanting a new diaper every 5 minutes. This just ended up me getting aggravated and throwing in the towel! So Aubrey really hasn’t had on cloth diapers. We cloth diapered Baileigh and disposable diapered Aubrey. Weird right??

For me, the worst part of diapering two kids was buying the diapers. I hated buying twice the amount of disposables and twice the amount of wipes. I felt like we were buying diapers every week. And of course, the kids just couldn’t run out of diapers at the same time. That would be too easy! I feel like cloth diapering would have SAVED my sanity as far as the buying part. Don’t get me wrong! I loved my frequent trips to Target. But now I enjoy going to Target for things other than diapers. And buying cloth is way more fun! Because what’s more therapeutic than some online diaper shopping and stalking the mailman?

Overall, two children isn’t too scary when it comes down to it. And especially with cloth since you’re already doing laundry and already working on your personal shopping addiction! 😉 If we had other children close in age again, I think I’d be more excited to have a reason to buy more diapers! More diapers means more fun! Right??

 

So tell me, are you diapering more than one child? How is that working out for you?

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Lanibaby Cloth Diapers

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Lanibaby cloth diapers are still new to the cloth diaper scene. But let me tell you…. they’re gonna go far.

A little background info. Andrea was a cloth diapering mama that had a slim baby and couldn’t find many options for her son. He was also a heavy wetter- so much so, that she was eventually changing him every 45 minutes. And who has the time for that??? After trying different options for her inserts, different brands, and even triple stuffing her pocket diapers…. she was almost ready to just throw in the towel on cloth diapers. After talking to other cloth diapering moms, she found out that bamboo and hemp were a good combination, but the dry time just wasn’t ideal. The other obstacle was just his size- he was slim with skinny little legs. There needed to be a diaper that offered the natural materials but that fit around his little legs and fit with little to no bulk. Andrea decided that she needed to create the perfect cloth diaper system for her child. Thus, Lanibaby cloth diapers were born! 🙂

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Today. Hello Lanibaby, Heavenly Cloth Diapers! These cloth diapers are pockets with an opening in both the front and back. This makes life SO much easier when it comes to laundry. Because of the two openings, I don’t have to unstuff the pocket- my washing machine does it automatically when it’s agitating.

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Now… let’s talk about these inserts. You can see me freak out about them a little bit here. It was a live Facebook video and there’s a reason why I don’t do them often. #HotMessMom all the way!

 

The inserts are both bamboo and hemp, but they’re constructed in a way that the ends are sewn together, but the middle is open. This allows the smaller inserts to be tucked into the bigger inserts as an AWESOME overnight option but so that they also have a lesser dry time. No more two or three cycles for the dryer! 😉 The top layer is 70% rayon from bamboo, 30% cotton. And the bottoms layer is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Talk about absorbency! Jackson can use the smaller insert through a nap guys- that’s amazing!

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Lanibaby diapers are manufactured in China, in a warehouse that does not employ children, workers get vacation time and sick leave, and have normal work day hours. They do high-quality work and it really stands out with these diapers. These diapers are CPSIA compliant so they meet all USA standards for being used on children.

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Now for my experience. Oh. My. Goodness. I could really relate to Andrea’s struggle with a tiny baby. Jackson is a peanut so having a diaper specifically made for slender babies has been life changing. With the smaller insert, I’m confident that he won’t have any leaks during nap time. And it passed my overnight test when using the smaller insert tucked inside the medium insert! Lanibaby just came out with a larger insert as well, but it was a little too big for me to use with Jackson right now. I do believe that it will come in handy as he grows; it’s a great option for bigger babies! Now… for the cute pictures! You can really tell that the diaper fits him well and that it’s not too bulky on his tiny body. This diaper really felt like it was made for MY baby!

 

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

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You Know You’re a Cloth Diaper Addict When…..

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  • You have more than one package arrive in one week containing Fluff Mail.
  • You have placed more than one order from your favorite store within a few days.
  • You started out using cloth as a way to save money. You still tell your partner you’re saving money.
  • A cloth diaper resource page tells you that you’ll need 20 diapers. You’re stash consists of at least twice that amount.
  • You have Rainbow Syndrome: you must complete a full rainbow of your favorite brand(s) and when that’s finished, you start a double rainbow.
  • You match baby’s outfit with their diapers.
  • The only laundry that gets folded and put away are the diapers.
  • You can’t stop talking about fluff bums!
  • Seeing a disposable diaper on a baby takes a minute to register… What are they wearing?!
  • You see colors and instead of green, blue, pink…. You see:
  • You have enough BG detergent samples to do diaper laundry until the end of time, or at least the end of potty training days.
  • You highly believe that “Stashified” doesn’t exist.
  • You’re always looking for a new way to store your stash.
  • Your partner may think you’ve got something going on with the mailman since seeing him is the best part of your day.
  • You dream about diapers.
  • You think about diapers.
  • Stalking, and eventually breaking, websites at stocking time is the highlight of your month.
  • You understand, and sometimes take this phrase literally: BUY ALL THE DIAPERS!!

 

If you have read this nodding your head, giggling to yourself (even in your head), and thought, “Oh my gosh… How does this woman know me so well?!” You’re welcome. You are officially a cloth diaper addict. And I am right there with ya, sister!! Just remember, buy all the diapers and cloth diaper addicts unite!! 😉

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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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Spray Pal Review

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If you’re a cloth diapering mama, chances are you’ve heard of Spray Pal. If not… man are you missing out! When we started cloth diapering, the biggest thing I was afraid of was poop. Poop is a big thing with cloth diapering because you actually have to deal with it. I knew right away that we would be getting a diaper sprayer for our main bathroom and using it always. This just became one of my favorite cloth diapering accessory!

Spray Pal was created by a mom and dad team when they realized how much poopy toilet water splashed all over their bathroom when spraying diapers off. They are a small business working in their home (and garage!) and also made in the USA. Put all that together, and that is one of the best kinds of companies to support, if you ask me!! 🙂

Now onto my review…. This thing is AMAZING. Could I be over exaggerating? No. I hate poop. It used to make me gag. Being a mom of two toddlers, I deal with a lot of poop. And this made my job just a tad bit easier. Here you can see me wearing a toddler (because sometimes we need held after a good poop, I guess?) and spraying down a diaper. No mess. No fuss. Just getting the dirty job done without getting dirty! 🙂

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Spray Pal is also super easy to clean. I wipe it down every other day or so with a Clorox wipe really quick just to keep the germs at bay. You can unclip the snaps to squeeze out the extra water that built up in the diaper. I honestly haven’t done that because I just kinda roll the diaper because its easier for me to throw in my wet bag all rolled up. I also like to keep mine ready at all times for action since poopy diapers can happen up to three times a day! I don’t have time to really set up my equipment, so that works for me. I keep it on a towel that I switch out once a week on the floor next to the toilet. It took some getting used to for the kids to not mess with it. But once I told them it had “poopy yuckies” on it, that was it. No more wanting to touch the poopy yuckies! LOL 🙂

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Overall, this is an awesome tool to have for any cloth diapering family. I honestly wouldn’t recommend living without it. Is that extreme? Maybe. But for retailing at only $25.00, you can still easily save money while cloth diapering. This is a family owned, small business, made in the USA so it’s a business I think everyone should support. Spray Pal also has some adorable t-shirts for toddlers that have the #makeclothmainstream hashtag. Its super cute and Bai wears it often!! Check out Spray Pal’s website HERE and be sure to like them on Facebook HERE. 🙂

Want to win one? Check back tomorrow for the giveaway with a cloth diaper!! 🙂

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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!! 🙂

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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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The Honest Company Diapers Review

Although we use cloth diapers now 100% since we made the switch, I figured that doing a more natural brand of disposable would be nice for the mamas not ready to cloth diaper full time. Directly from their website:

  • Plant-based (PLA) inner & outer layers — gentle on your baby’s bottom
  • Sustainably harvested pulp – NO chlorine processing or harsh chemical bleaches
  • Natural citrus & chlorophyll odor-inhibitors
  • Bio-based wheat/corn blend in super-absorbent core — less sodium polyacrylate
  • Yes, diapers can be fun too! Cute, stylish designs for girls & boys — updated seasonally! Never miss out.
  • Comfy-stretch side panels & soft, refastenable tabs for perfect fit & wigglability!
  • Securely fitting moisture barrier cuffs prevent leakage & blowouts — fewer accidents, less laundry!
  • Simply pure — NO risky fragrances, lotions, or latex
  • Gentle, safe, and non-irritating for the most sensitive skin

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Honest Co. diapers pledge that they are free of chlorine processing, latex, lotions, fragrances, common allergens, phthalates, optical brighteners, PVC, heavy metals, organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT) & harsh petrochemical additives. If you have read my guest blog post on CloudMom or why we switched to cloth diapers then you already know what harmful things we put on our precious babies. (Click the links to be directed to those posts!) Having the knowledge of what is in your typical disposable diaper, you can feel better knowing that the Honest Co. keeps the diapers free of as many chemicals as they can.

There were things that I like, and things that I did not like…. They hold a lot of pee. And for us, that’s a very good thing as Baileigh is a super heavy wetter. In my opinion though, they do have a very distinct disposable diaper smell. Maybe I just never noticed them in the disposables we used to buy… but I could really smell them. They come in a variety of prints. If you don’t like the plain Jane white diapers or you don’t like Sesame Street characters on your diapers, then these will be perfect for you! They do run a little bit more expensive than the brands in your usual Target store. The Honest Co. is also a monthly subscription box. Each month, you can personalize your order with exactly what you need. If you need a little bit more, you can add more. If you need less, you can get less! If you want to “try” the different products, they do have a free trial with a sample of their essentials and of their diapers and wipes. For more information, click the affiliate banner at the bottom of the page to be taken to their website!

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I wonder when Bai will be too old to show her diapers off… She always thinks its hilarious!!

If you are interested in purchasing diapers from the Honest Company, click the banner below! 🙂 They have many more products free of other harsh chemicals for the whole family! There are vitamins, cleaning products, baby gear, and bath & body things for mama, baby and the entire family!

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Fluff Mail

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When you know that you’re getting new diapers in the mail, the day feels like it takes forever! The anticipation is killing me!! You could have an entire stack of bills in that mailbox but one new diaper makes it an AWESOME mail day. Anyone agree?? I’ve got a few diapers coming my way today and I am so excited! I even put off diaper laundry so I could prep the new ones while washing the others. I’m hoping they’re just as good looking in person as they were online!! I got a few girly prints and I think 2 gender neutral. They’re “China Cheapies” but that doesn’t make them any less exciting in my book!

Do you have diapers coming your way today?? 🙂 And if so, what brand?! And just a reminder about the Christmas Giveaway!! Make sure that you enter and the winner will be announced Tuesday afternoon! Will it be you?! 😉

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Why I Love Cloth Diapers

It is no secret that we cloth diaper. After all, that was a main reason why I even started the blog!! Cloth diapers have been a life changer in more ways than one. We are saving more money every month, which was awesome for our Christmas budget! We are putting less waste in the landfills, which makes me feel like I’m actually doing something to help save our planet. We are putting no more chemicals on our children and it has opened our eyes to other ways to be a more “natural” parent.

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Baileigh LOVES showing off her fluff bum! As soon as I get a new diaper prepped and put on her, I ask her to model it and show it to me. She puts her tiny (big) bum in the air every time! She giggles and giggles and does it some more! Seeing the joy she has showing me her new diaper is so wonderful. I know she probably doesn’t realize that its new (well, maybe since I wave it around and have a happy dance once the mailman comes) but seeing her little smiles just to humor me is awesome! I ffel like she’s such a girly girl getting excited for new clothes! 😉

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Something else that I love about my cloth diapers, ORGANIZATION. I have never been a good organizer. I can sit there for hours and do it but a week later, its full of clutter again. With cloth diapers, I feel like that option just isn’t available! I HAVE to fold and stuff diapers or I’m going to regret it later. I have to keep it all together in one spot and all sorted out by type for whichever mood I’m in that day. In some ways, cloth diapers have actually helped me organize other parts of my life. I need to keep the laundry going so I don’t have a bunch to do on cloth diaper laundry days. I have to wash diapers a few times a week or poor Bai won’t have anything to catch her poop!

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Aubrey loves cloth diapers too! She loves helping mommy on “Diaper Laundry Days!” This is literally how she learned how to sort: Bamboo inserts here, microfiber inserts there, charcoal bamboo over here, prefolds over there… etc. And she got good at it quick! If I try to help her, she tells me, “No no no mommy. Me do it for you. Me help you.” And then she gives me that beautiful little Aubrey smile. She also helps me when I go to stuff them. We put one microfiber and one charcoal bamboo insert in each pocket diaper. She’ll hand me one of each all put together and ready for me to stuff them. She’s such a good helper!! 🙂

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I think its funny that I love using cloth diapers. I never would have seen myself buying them, using them, or even thinking they were adorable. And now I can happily admit: I am addicted to cloth diapers! My stash is bigger than it should be and I am ALWAYS looking for a new diaper to try out or a new brand to lust over. My husband even loves using cloth! He’s had friends come over (non-married, no kids, no girlfriends, ultimate bachelors) and he’ll start telling THEM about cloth diapers. Like honey…. they don’t care. They don’t have kids and probably won’t for another 5-10 years! He loves the fact that we’ve saved some money and can either sell them or use them for future babies (or both!). And I honestly think he loves them because I do. It is now a part of me that will never go away. I can totally see myself lusting over some diapers on Cotton Babies when my kids are grown up and buying them for my future grandchildren that are still years and years and years away. I can really see us never going back to dispoables. Cloth diapers are in our family to stay!!

What do you LOVE about cloth diapers and why? Do your kids love their diapers or their siblings’ diapers? And what about the husband? Is he a good cloth helper?

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What’s Currently on MY Baby’s Bum

Yes, miss Bai has on a disposable diaper! Oh my goodness! But… its a better than normal disposable diaper. We’re in the middle of doing an Honest Co. review so she has on one of their cute little diapers. You’ll have to wait at least a week longer to hear about WHY I like them and HOW I actually like them. But for now, you can do some research of your own. 🙂

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My Love/Hate Relationship….

I have a love/hate relationship with my…. diaper sprayer. Yep. I said it. I admit it. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I LOVE it.

When we started cloth diapering, a diaper sprayer was something I put my husband in charge of. We found links online on how to just pick up parts at the hardware store and do it ourselves. It was cheaper. We could just drive to the store and get it instead of waiting on delivery. And we could choose what color we wanted the actual sprayer to be. Awesome right?? Well sure. Except it took my husband days to it. He is a custom fabricator at work so he can put anything together but that wasn’t the issue. Things on the actual toilet needed replaced and we didn;t know until he started adding things to it. So 3 days and 3 trips to Lowes later…. we had a diaper sprayer! Woohoo! Whenever Bai had a bad poop and I couldn’t get it off the diaper, we would go outside and spray it off with the hose into our grass. YUCK! I was sooo excited to finally have something inside, easy to use, and quick…. or so I thought. I love my diaper sprayer because I have one and it does come in handy. But sometimes…. it just doesn’t work up to my expectations. I get a really sticky, mushy poopy diaper and it takes 15 minutes to spray off. There have been a number of times that I’ve just thought to myself, “I’ll just throw this prefold away. I have a million anyways… I won’t miss this ONE.” But then of course, I remind myself that I cloth diaper to save money, not throw it away. So then I proceed to deal with the yucky poop with the 3 year old begging to help me and the 1 year old tugging at my pants crying for milk. With cloth, you just get a little more up close and personal with poop but that’s also just a wonderful trait of motherhood. 🙂

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Click on the Picture above to be taken to Nurtured Family. They have a few diaper sprayers that are friendly on the pocket book! 🙂

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