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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Give Yourself a Break

Mom guilt…it’s there with everything we do isn’t it? Are they eating enough, should they be playing with that, what’s best for my baby? Mom guilt is normal – it means we care enough about our children to worry about their well being. But sometimes, it’s okay to let go of the guilt.

Cloth diapers can be overwhelming. First there’s learning all the lingo, then you have to figure out just how they work. There’s diaper storage and the all consuming diaper laundry. It’s okay not to love your cloth diapers all the time. Maybe your house is going through a stomach bug, you have morning sickness due to a new growing bean, you’re going on vacation, camping, a weekend at grandma’s... It’s okay to take a little break from all the laundry and choose a sposie or a hybrid cloth system.

There are many reasons to love your cloth diapers – they’re economical, eco-friendly, healthy for baby, and they’re cute. They help prevent blow-outs and diaper rashes. The only real down side is the poop and cleaning them. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of laundry and need a break, but you don’t want to use disposable diapers, using a hybrid system might give you time to recharge and be ready to dive back in head first.

One of my favorite brands of hybrid diapers is Flip. I love the back and front flaps inside the cover because they really help keep all kinds of inserts in place. You can use a Flip as an all cloth system or with a disposable insert. I’ve folded all sorts of cloth options inside our Flips – fitted diapers, receiving blankets, flour sack towels, prefolds, and even a t-shirt in a pinch. They’re great for days and nights. The disposable inserts are good for on-the-go or anytime when you need to cut down on the laundry. They are also dye and fragrance free to lessen the chance that they’ll bother your little one’s bottom. The shell is easy to wipe clean and can last through several changes. When it is time to wash these covers are no-fuss. Easy wash, easy dry even in a hotel sink or while camping.

GroVia is another fantastic hybrid system. Their Bio Soaker Pads are disposable, but they’re also biodegradable and compostable. Like the Flip disposable inserts, they are dye and fragrance free. They’re also free of chlorine and plastic making them breathable and hypo-allergenic. You can even flush the core of the insert and throw the rest away. I love that their cloth inserts come in an organic and stay-dry option. And the colors and prints are so fresh and fun!

SoftBums is a third hybrid system that offers a disposable insert. Their H-Pods are new and designed to make diapering on-the-go even easier like the two systems above. The H-Pods are made from bamboo viscose and are biodegradable. The Omni shells are also quite versatile if being used as an all cloth system. You can snap in an insert, stuff it like a pocket, or use it as a cover for prefolds, fitteds, and flats.

If your cloth diaper laundry has you down, remember to breath. You can use the occasional sposie or simplify the laundry with a hybrid system for a few days. Ditch the mommy guilt and give yourself a break!

About Ashley: Ashley is a stay at home mom with two young boys. She blogs about life with young children and her adventures with them including sewing, cloth diapers, and every day parenting at

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1 comment:

Mary said...

I use flips all the time. I got the cheap cotton prefolds to use with them. Works fine. And when we got a tummy bug I used disposables. I don't think I could have handled it otherwise!