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My Breastfeeding Journey (7 years and counting)

“Breast is best or Formula is best” seems to be one of the biggest parenting debates. While I agree fed is always best, breastfeeding no matter the amount of time should be considered an accomplishment and something to be celebrated. Since August 1St kicks off World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to share my personal breastfeeding journey. I will admit I never imagined how much breastfeeding would impact my life.

Out of all my three pregnancies, I experienced the most difficult childbirth with the oldest of my children, Jalissa. I also encountered my most challenging breastfeeding journey with her. As soon as I delivered Jalissa I knew something was wrong, she was born not breathing for a few moments of her life and lacked oxygen; she quickly began to breathe in the delivery room but she was soon rushed to the NICU for a few hours before I could even hold her. My initial plan going into this first pregnancy was to exclusively pump breast milk for her and then bottle feed her. Since Jalissa was under NICU’s supervision for over nine hours after she was born, this unfortunately delayed my milk and it didn’t come in right away. This made it almost impossible to pump, so we supplemented with formula while I tried to breastfeed and that was fine with me. I quickly realized that pumping breast milk and then bottle feeding my baby was too much work for me at that time, so I gave up pumping in favor of just nursing her. When she was just 4 months old, her pediatrician brought to my attention that she was having mild failure to thrive. We started giving her baby cereal right away and continued feeding formula 1-2 times a day along with breast milk. She quickly gained the weight she needed and we never had another issue with her weight gain.

Not long after Jalissa turned two, I found out I was three months pregnant again. I was determined to not stop breastfeeding her even though the doctor advised against it because the increase in hormones during a pregnancy can decrease milk supply dramatically. I was fortunate and found a different doctor that was more supportive of my beliefs, and shortly afterwards Jayden came into our lives (six months after my pregnancy was first confirmed). I was very lucky my milk never dried up during my pregnancy, and it was exciting to learn that Jayden was born a master at breastfeeding. I was told in the recovery room to limit his milk intake to one breast per feeding since my supply was fully in. Even with Jayden receiving limited milk, he gained weight in the hospital instead of losing it like most babies do. Finally, my milk switched to colostrum at day three (I knew this was coming eventually so I had formula on hand just in case). We ended up using the formula for a couple of days until my milk came back fully. I was extremely surprised I had a slight oversupply, even while nursing both Jayden and Jalissa. By 6 months old, Jayden was almost 30lbs (the same weight as his older sister), but he stayed relatively the same weight for a while after that and just stretched into his chunkiness.

When Jayden was only 10 months old, I found out I was 3 months pregnant again with baby number 3. This time around, I was determined to continue breastfeeding both Jalissa and Jayden. I thankfully had the full support of my doctor and found a few Facebook groups geared towards nursing multiples babies at the same time (I even had a few local moms as extra support). All my family and friends thought I was insane for tandem nursing but that didn’t stop me. Jalissa weaned off the boob when I was 7 months pregnant, just a month before she turned 4. When Jason was finally born, he followed the same pattern as his brother; he was a champ at nursing and kept gaining weight rapidly. During this time, we never supplemented with formula and the oversupply I had with Jayden seemed to multiply even more with Jason. When Jason was an infant, he was diagnosed with both a tongue and lip tie but it was never an issue for him during him nursing.

Seven years ago, if you asked me if I would be spending 7 years of my life breastfeeding, my answer would have been no. I knew I wanted a close bond with my kids, but I never imagined nursing them past 1 year old or nursing more than one baby/toddler at a time. Here I am today, still nursing Jayden (4.5 years) and Jason (3 years). Even though I never stopped breastfeeding in between my babies, each experience was different. The most incredible thing was comparing my frozen milk from each baby; Jalissa’s had no fat layer on top, Jayden’s looked  more like heavy cream, and Jason’s was an equal mix of both. The most important thing I learned is the right information, knowledge, and support, can make a huge difference in anyone’s breastfeeding experience. I consider myself an advocate for breastfeeding; I believe this shows in some of the prints and merchandise I carry. While I had a relatively easy experience with my three children, this is not the case for all new moms. I would like to empower those women who struggle with breastfeeding and social acceptance, to not give up and I encourage them to continue their own journey.

Baltic Amber, What Is It And Does It Work?

Baltic Amber, What Is It And Does It Work?

Let me start by saying I am not a doctor, nor do I claim that Baltic Amber will be a magic cure to everything, but I will give you some background, facts, and my personal experience with Baltic amber.

What is Baltic Amber?

Baltic Amber is an organic substance that formed over 45 million years ago. It is a fossil resin produced by pine trees that grew in Northern Europe (Lithuania). Baltic Amber ranges in colors from light yellow to a dark brown color. It can contain water bubbles, gas bubbles, twigs, seeds, or even insects encased in the amber. From a chemical point of view, amber consists of 79% carbon, 10.5% hydrogen, and 10.5% oxygen. Studies that are done with a mass spectrometer show that amber contains over 40 different compounds as well as Succinic Acids, additives of salt of potassium, sodium and iron.

How does it works?

While wearing Baltic Amber the heat from your skin warms up the amber beads releasing small amounts of its healing oils, it is then absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream. The succinic acid in Baltic Amber is known to be a natural analgesic (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory, it can accelerate the healing of wounds, and help with relaxation. Baltic Amber is NOT meant to be placed in the mouth to relive teething symptoms, but it should rather be worn so the oil can be absorbed into the skin. You may not notice immediate relief of your symptoms since the oil needs to build up in your system. Also, every person reacts differently and may not experience complete relief of their symptoms while wearing Baltic Amber.

Is a necklace safe for my baby to wear?

There are a few safety measures taken to make the amber necklaces safe for a baby or child to wear. Each bead is knotted to prevent all the beads from coming loose in the event of the necklace breaking. Another safety measure is that the necklaces have a plastic screw closure that would break apart if it is pulled. This closure is not as easily broken as a pop clasp is, so there is less of a likelihood that the necklace will be lost. It is still important that proper safety precautions are used when your child is wearing an amber necklace.

How to care for your Baltic Amber and how long will it last?

Caring for Baltic Amber is very easy; it just needs to be wiped clean with a soft damp cloth then air dried. If you choose, you can place it in the sun after cleaning and it will give a boost to the oils being released. With proper care, the Baltic Amber beads will last forever but the string and clasp may need replacing after time. Since the beads are a softer texture, they may become damaged if placed or struck with harder materials; it is recommended to not wear with metal necklaces or to put a metal pendant on your Baltic Amber necklace.

My personal experience with Baltic Amber

I got my first amber necklace while pregnant with my middle son, it was intended for him once he was born but since I had it, I chose to wear it on my ankle. I wore it all through pregnancy and never had any of the common pregnancy related aches and pains. Also, my back pain that I had since the birth of my older child was no longer a problem. When I went into L&D after my water broke, the delivery nurse hooked me up to the monitor and to my surprise, I was having contractions every 5-6 minutes. They were not extremely strong contractions, but they were strong enough that I should have felt them, but I didn’t. I did feel contractions as I progressed in my labor, they were not horrible until I was ready to push. After my son was born, I chose to give him his necklace and purchase my own. I felt the need of acquiring my own necklace since my back-pain suddenly reappeared during the time that I wasn’t wearing the amber.  I had been living with this pain since I had my daughter 2 years prior. To my surprise, the amber has helped so much, and my back pain is nonexistent when I have my amber necklace on. I know most people are interested in Baltic Amber necklaces for their teething babies; here is what I experienced with my boys. Both of my boys wore their necklaces since birth but as a mom I knew instantly when they were teething. When they started teething and had their amber necklaces on, they had a reduced amount of drooling and needed less over the counter medication to help with pain and swelling associated with teething. Many don’t believe me and often question how I could possibly know the boys’ true health benefits from the Baltic Amber since they wore them from day one. The story I always tell happened during the summer months when the entire family spent a good amount of time in the pool and on the beach. We always took our necklaces off to go to the beach and pool. During this time, I always noticed that my boys were crankier and cried more.

Our Amber Necklaces

Safety precautions

  • Do NOT let babies or children sleep in amber (or any) necklaces. Amber necklaces should be

removed from neck while sleeping but you may wrap it around your child’s ankle under socks or


  • Babies and children should always be supervised while wearing any necklace including amber


  • Always let caregivers know that your child is wearing an amber necklace so that they can be the

judge if they feel it is best to remove it when in their care.

  • Amber necklaces are NOT meant to be chewed on and will break if bitten.

How To Buy Cloth Diapers On A Budget

Cloth Diapers On A Budget Under $180

The first question parents ask pertaining to cloth diapers is “Are they really worth the investment?” The answer is yes, they are completely worth it. If you have the time, ability and the desire to cloth diaper your baby, you can defiantly fit cloth diapering into any budget. Yes, with cloth diapers you are spending more money upfront since most people want at least a two-day supply of cloth diapers. For a little baby, two days’ worth of diapers is an average of 20 diapers in total. A two-day cloth diaper stash can cost under an astonishing $180 including 3 overnight diapers. I will show you how to do this in two different ways depending on how much you want to spend per shopping trip.

The first option is to buy all diapers at once:

  • (1) Cuddle Bear Bundle– $50
    Baby Basic All In Three
    Charcoal Bamboo All In One
    Alva Pocket Diaper
    Happy Flute All In Two
    2 Inserts
    Coupon for 15% off future purchase
  • (2) Baby Basic All In Three- $16.50 each
  • (10) Alva Pocket Diapers- $6.99 each
  • (4) Charcoal Bamboo All In Ones-$8.60
  • (1) Microfiber Insert 10 Pack-$8

This gives you 20 complete cloth diapers with inserts for $195.3, but don’t forget to add to the savings. All new customers can use coupon code “NEW15” to save 15% on their orders making the total only $166 with free shipping.

The second option is splitting your order in half:

First Order

  • (1) Cuddle Bear Bundle– $50
    Baby Basic All In Three
    Charcoal Bamboo All In One
    Alva Pocket Diaper
    Happy Flute All In Two
    2 Inserts
    Coupon for 15% off future purchase
  • (2) Baby Basic All In 3-$16.50 each
  • (2) Charcoal Bamboo All In Ones-$8.60 each

This gives you 8 complete cloth diapers for $100.20 but all new customers can use coupon code “NEW15” to save 15% on their order making the total $85.17. You can add more or less to this order depending on how much you want to spend on your first order. The important thing to buy in your first order is the bundle. The Cuddle Bear Bundle gives you a one-time use coupon to a future diaper order, making you able to get your second order of diapers at 15% off.

Second Order

  • (10) Alva Pocket Diapers- $6.99 each
  • (2) Charcoal Bamboo All In Ones-$8.60
  • (1) Microfiber Insert 10 Pack-$8

This order would give you 12 complete diapers for only $95.10, but since you brought the bundle in your first order, you can apply a special 15% off coupon to your total making it only $80.85 with free shipping.

Another way to save is to check our Sale section. This is always changing but has some amazing deals!

Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness

Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness

As many might know October 14th – November 1st is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The shocking truth is that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a miscarriage or stillbirth, for many families there are no answers as to why.  With this number being so high, there is still such a stigma associated with pregnancy or infant loss. No one ever knows what to say to the person in distress and if they do say something, chances are it’s not helpful. I have personally heard of many people reacting with “at least you weren’t further along” or “You can always try again” and so many more. These are not the right things to say and though you mean well, these words hurt.

Cuddle Bear Bottoms is a proud supporter of The Pink and Blue Project, this project is meant to spread awareness against the stigma associated with infant or pregnancy loss. We have a few products that were designed specifically for this project by Baby Basic. In addition to these items being adorable, a portion of the money spent to buy them goes to families suffering pregnancy or infant loss. Money collected is given to non-profit organizations Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (M.E.N.D), Molly Bears, and Heavens Gain. M.E.N.D is a Christian organization; it offers a variety of monthly support groups and they host annual remembrance ceremonies. Molly Bears make weighted teddy bears to fill the empty arms of families enduring the loss of a baby at no cost to the family. Heaven’s Gain provides free services (baby loss Doula’s and grief counseling) and products to purchase at a reduced rate (caskets, urns and memorial gifts) for families suffering the loss of a child.

pregnancy loss

The Pink and Blue Project holds a special place in my heart, because like so many others I have suffered a miscarriage. Sadly, I am in the 2% that has suffered multiple miscarriages all around 9 weeks of the pregnancy. Fortunately for me, the doctors figured out the cause of my miscarriages and I was able to sustain my next 3 pregnancies. I don’t normally share this information because it is very private to me but would hope my story helps others heal. My first miscarriage happened when I was a junior in high school, when I realized I was pregnant I was too scared to tell anyone. I had no clue I was pregnant with twins till the day I started miscarrying. I passed the first baby naturally at home but something wasn’t right and my parent noticed. They brought me to the hospital where doctors noticed I still had a baby in me and assisted me in passing it so that I didn’t need a D&C. As a teenager, I didn’t let any of this affect me, I pretended it never happened and I wouldn’t talk to anyone about it. As an effect of not talking to anyone, I felt completely isolated for the remainder of high school.

I never knew the impact this experience would have on me till a few years later when I found out I was pregnant again. I was happy but was also kind of dreading it; I tried doing everything completely different since I thought my previous miscarriage was my fault.  I told lots of people, I went to the OBGYN right away, and started restricting my foods and activity to make sure everything was pregnancy safe. Even with taking all the precautions, I was still scared I would miscarriage, and then came the day when my 2nd miscarriage started. This time, I did have the emotional support, but I still wouldn’t talk about it with anyone, I took their kind words as just that… kind words. I got a tattoo to remember the baby I lost, my family thought it was insane and I was even told it was “disgusting” and “inappropriate” but it was my way to grieve. As a result, I felt these miscarriages were somehow my fault. When I became pregnant a third time, I didn’t allow myself to be happy or excited because I didn’t think the pregnancy would last. Now that I have my 3 healthy children and the causes of my miscarriages was found, I know now they were not my fault but, a hormonal issue.

I am sharing my experience because I honestly wish I knew how common miscarriages were when I suffered mine. I wish I knew that whatever you feel after a miscarriage, is okay to feel and it’s completely normal. I wish I knew that grieving a baby that “was never a real baby” was something completely normal to do.  I wish I knew what kind of support there was available for families suffering losses. If I went back in time, I’m not sure how different my experience would’ve been, but it is comforting to think that I am not alone in my experience. Pregnancy and infant loss is not something to be ashamed of or something that needs to be hidden and never talked about. I am so thankful there are organizations like The Pink and Blue Project that spread awareness because Pregnancy and Infant loss is something real and tragic that happens far too often.

Cloth Diapers: A father’s Point of View

To this day, I consider my experience with fatherhood as one of the most extraordinary blessings I could ever encounter. From the moment I witnessed my first born Jalissa’s arrival into this world, my life was forever changed. I knew from that moment on, all I wanted to be was the best dad that I could be, the best husband a wife could ever ask for and I wanted to always be there for my children. As a first-time dad, there was so much information about parenting I didn’t know about, and so many different ways out there to raise your children. When my daughter was two and a half years old, my wife brought up the idea of cloth diapering Jalissa. At that point in my life, the only experience I had with Cloth diapers came from when my when my youngest brother was a baby. Being that I was born in Central America 30 years ago, it was common back then to cloth diaper your baby mainly out of necessity.  My siblings and I were all cloth diapered until potty trained, and when I say cloth “diapered”, I mean just wearing flats and plastic pants.

My first thought to her sudden suggestion was to turn her idea down, because I felt like I could afford to pay for disposable diapers. I also thought cloth diapers would be an inconvenience or a nuisance. At that time, I didn’t know there were additional benefits from cloth diapering your baby other than to save a buck. I learnt early in my parenting career to respect and take into consideration my wife’s recommendations that concerned our children. I remembered being astonished at how natural it was for her to breastfeed and nurture our daughter; I also knew my wife was very determined to cloth diaper and it could turn into a losing battle if I was to oppose to this idea.

When we first introduced my daughter to cloth diapers, she was at the stage of potty training. I remembered being stunned by how much cloth diapers had improved since my brother was a baby. Not only did they look modern and trendy, but they were also absorbent. During the time my wife took to learn the ropes of Cloth Diapering, I still had my doubts about them and hoped she would soon lose interest. What really changed my mind and put everything into perspective was noticing how much my daughter’s skin improved after switching to cloth. Before making the change, (no pun intended) I remember having to constantly apply diaper cream to my daughter, as she cried hysterically from awful blistered diaper rashes. This is not a biased opinion from a cloth diapering father or even a sales pitch from a business owner, my baby’s skin truly made a remarkable improvement after switching from disposables. There was no need for more diaper cream because the rashes completely disappeared. After you noticed something like that, as a parent, you start to question what kind of chemicals you’re exposing your baby to.

Despite the fact I had considerable doubts about cloth diapering, my whole attitude soon changed, and I was fully on board with this parenting decision. I was more supportive of my wife and often offered her help with diaper changes as much as I could. I even hung cubbies that stored all her diapers on top of the baby’s changing table. A few months went by and we were pleasantly surprised to know that my wife was pregnant again with my 2nd born. This time around, we agreed to start cloth diapering him full time from newborn on. When Jayden arrived into our lives, we had put together a stash of pocket diapers plus whatever hand-me-downs Jalissa had grown out of. These one-size diapers have adjustable snaps that can work for most babies and toddlers. Yes, a full diaper stash of 30 or more diapers may be pricey, but soon you start to notice your investment pay for itself, after you consider all the savings due to the diapers’ sustainability.


Diaper storage
Cloth diaper shelving above changing table


A year goes by and my wife tells me she is pregnant again with baby number three. At this point in my life, cloth diapering has become the norm in our household. The fear I had of the “inconvenience factor” was diminished and proven to be less work than I originally thought. With the help of items like wet bags, diaper liners and a good ol’ washer and dryer, cloth diapering was breeze. By the time Tino was born, we had doubled up our stash count. I continued being supportive of this lifestyle with Tino as much as I did with Jayden. Fortunately for us, Tino is now fully potty trained and only uses cloth diapers at night as a precaution. Among many things, I credit my wife for making me cognizant of the importance of maintaining a low carbon footprint. My advice to new dads contemplating cloth diapering, is to weigh in the benefits against disadvantages; I understand this parenting choice is not for everybody but I’m very happy I gave it a chance. Whether you and your significant other agree or disagree on a parenting choice, you should always do the research and keep an open mind.


My Ins And Outs Of Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers today have come a long way from your grandma’s generation of pins and rubber pants. Modern day cloth diapers are not only cute and fashionable but are built to last; they feature convenient button snaps or Velcro, elastic waists and sewn in or removable inserts.  The reasons I chose to switch to cloth diapers for my kids include my family’s cost savings benefits, my kid’s health benefits and the cute stylish designs options they offer. Cloth diapers fit perfectly with our natural parenting style and the benefits outweigh the negatives.

The biggest factor for me was the cost of cloth diapers. They range from about $5-$20 per diaper new, at first glance that could seem expensive, but that one diaper will be used multiple times and could be sold or passed on to siblings. A typical family will spend around $600 on cloth diapers and diaper accessories for one child compared to an average of $1500 on disposable diapers.  Once I factored that amount, the savings for us was huge especially since I had 2 boys in diapers at the same time. The only other cost associated with cloth diapers is washing and drying them. Some may notice a slight increase in their water and electric usage but I have not noticed a great increase on my bill.

cloth vs disposable

I’ve always heard how cloth diapers can be inconvenient, especially while being out and about with your baby. Yes this is true, you shouldn’t just roll up your dirty cloth diaper and throw it away but you can roll it up (wipes and all) and throw it in a wetbag to bring it home and deal with it later. Another great benefit of cloth is the fact that we haven’t had any poop-splosions. I know everyone dreads having to deal with them especially while being out. The tight elastic around the back and legs keeps all those messes contained. Since I’m talking about poop, yes you need to rinse solid poop out of diapers before you wash them. Yes this adds an extra step to diaper changes, but did you know it is recommended to dump poop out of a disposable diaper also?

rolled diaper

The worst feeling I’ve had as a mom is being helpless when my daughter (who only used disposables) would have a diaper rash; I’m allergic to diaper cream so that was not an option in our house. Since using cloth diapers on my boys, they have never had a rash. If you have a baby with sensitive skin, (like my youngest) you may want to add a stay dry fleece liner, since not all cloth diapers have a moisture blocking layer and could irritate them.

This is probably the most impractical reason why I chose cloth diapers for my family but it was the most convincing one (other than cost) for me at first. A cloth diaper is so cute, not only do they come in many different prints and colors but that fluffy diapered butt is so cute on a baby. That fluffy butt is cute but it does make it harder to fit in slimmer fitting pants.  I am so happy we decided to cloth diaper our boys and the pros for us really do outweigh the cons.

Tino and me

Washing, Prepping And Stripping Cloth Diaper (My complete routine)

Washing, Prepping And Stripping Cloth Diapers

This is the exact step by step process of how I wash, prep, and strip my diapers. When I wash my diapers, I wash about every 5 days for my two kids in diapers. This is what works for me and my family and yes, I have had to wash using each of these methods at least a few times. These methods may work great for you or you may need to slightly tweak them to be the perfect match for your family.

Here is a list of all detergents rated from best to worst for cloth diapers.

Washing Your Diapers (standard machine)

1)        Rinse poop if baby is on formula or solids (not necessary when baby is drinking breast milk only). I choose to use a reusable liner so it is easier to rinse the poop off. I just plop or swish it in the toilet. I also choose to rinse all overnight diapers.

2)        Prewash is a short cycle to start the cleaning process of your diapers. You may use hot, warm or cold water. I choose warm water for this cycle. This cycle should have at least 6 minutes of agitation.

3)        Main wash should be your machines longest cycle with the strongest agitation (heavy duty, super wash). You can use any type of water you would like as long as diapers look and feel clean after. I choose to use cold water for this cycle. This load should have a full amount of detergent. I have found that tide or gain powder works the best.

4)        Extra rinse this is an optional cycle but I feel my diapers need this to get the last bits of detergent out. You can use the rinse and spin cycle for this.

5)        Dry in dryer or on clothes line. It is your choice. I choose to dry all in ones and inserts in the dryer and others on the clothes line.

*I used a standard machine for 2 years while cloth diapering

Washing Your Diapers (HE machine)

1)        Rinse poop if baby is on formula or solids (not necessary when baby is drinking breast milk only). I choose to use a reusable liner so it is easier to rinse the poop off. I just plop or swish it in the toilet. I also choose to rinse all overnight diapers.

2)        Prewash is a short cycle to start the cleaning process. When filling the HE Machine it is important that it is at least 2/3 of the way full so the clothing agitates properly. You can add towels etc. to make sure the drum is full enough. Again you may choose the water temperature you like. On my machine I do the Quick wash cycle with Eco-warm water.

3)        Main wash should be your machines longest cycle (heavy duty, super wash). You can use any type of water you would like as long as diapers look and feel clean after. I choose to use cold water for this cycle. This load should have a full amount of detergent. I have found that tide or gain powder works the best.

4)        Extra rinse this is an optional cycle but I feel my diapers need this to get the last bits of detergent out. I choose another quick wash with Eco-warm water

5)        Dry in dryer or on clothes line. It is your choice. I choose to dry all in ones and inserts in the dryer and others on the clothes line.

*this is my current washing method

Washing Your Diapers (hand washing)

1)        Rinse poop if baby is on formula or solids (not necessary when baby is drinking breast milk only). I choose to use a reusable liner so it is easier to rinse the poop off. I just plop or swish it in the toilet. I also choose to rinse all overnight diapers. With this method I would only wash 2 days of diapers at a time.

2)        Presoak dirty diapers in warm water with a little detergent for 30 minutes. Anything waterproof should only be put in for the last 10 minutes

3)        Prewash your diapers by putting just enough water to cover diapers and ¼ the amount of detergent (you may use a bucket, sink, or bathtub). Then use your hand or plunger to agitate your diapers. You may want to rub fabric against itself or use a washboard. Then let soak 10 minutes. Then squeeze out excess water (do not ring as it can stretch fabric)

4)        Check for staining if needed you may use a gentle scrub brush to remove staining.

5)        Main wash your diapers by adding warm water and full amount of detergent to your bucket/sink/tub. Add your diapers and swish them around making sure there is enough room for diapers to freely move. Then agitate and kneed your diapers for several minutes than drain water

6)        Repeat main wash steps (except adding soap) until all the bubbles are out of your diapers then squeeze excess water out of diapers and hang dry of put in dryer

*I have done this for 2 week it is a lot of work but in a pinch it does work great

Prepping Your Diapers

Synthetic material such as pockets, covers, and microfiber need no true prepping but it is recommended to wash once.

Natural materials such as hemp and bamboo need to be prepped to remove their natural oils that will affect absorbency. They should be washed at least twice with hot water if possible. There is no need to dry until both washes are done. My tip is I throw them in with our regular weekly laundry; I tend to wash them four times but not in hot water then dry at the end.

Stripping your diapers

Stripping your diapers should be done as needed only. I have been cloth diapering for almost 5 years and have stripped my diapers only 3-4 times; not counting the used diapers I have brought. Stripping diapers is only needed when detergent or ammonia builds up, which affects its absorption, or when diapers develop a smell; this happens when wash a routine isn’t perfect.

This is my step by step of how I strip my diapers

  1. Start with clean diapers in a well-ventilated room (I use my bathroom and the bathtub).
  2. Fill up a tub ½ of the way with very hot water (this is for stripping my whole stash of diapers; about 40 diapers; and would need adjusting if you had fewer diapers). In with water, I mix 2 packets of RLR laundry treatment, ½ a cup of detergent (tide or gain powder works best) and all my inserts. Then mix around until everything is wet.
  3. Mix thoroughly with a strong broom handle every 20 minutes for the first hour. After 60 minutes and the water cool cools down (to the point you can put your hand in it) I add my diapers with PUL to the tub.
  4. Continue to mix every 30 minutes for 4 hours. Then drain the tub and squeeze the water from the diapers.
  5. Next step, you fill the tub with cold water and do a quick rinse of the diapers (if washer is close by, put in for a quick cold water only wash) it is important to get mot if not all of the RLR and detergent completely out in this step. It requires lots of stirring and squeezing of absorbent parts of the diapers.
  6. Next step requires a bleach soak, this is important to get all the ammonia and bacteria out of your diapers and should not be skipped or you will most likely need to repeat stripping your diapers.** Again you fill ½ a tub with water and ½ a cup of bleach. Then you must stir up and let soak for 30 minutes.
  7. The last step is to wash diapers in the washing machine with warm/hot water with regular amount of detergent. I follow this with 3 quick washes with cold water only to ensure all the detergent, bleach, and RLR is off.

*The bleach soak may cause some materials to fade

Here is another great source for cloth diaper washing, including the difference in hard/soft water, different methods to empty diapers and different ways to store your diapers till washing day

Please feel free to contact us if you need assisting with your wash routine and we will try our hardest to assist you.

Nighttime Cloth Diapers

Sleeping Baby

Have you ever been woken up by a screaming baby to only to learn that their diaper was soaked and leaking? Now the baby and bed sheets need changing before you can go back to sleep.  Do you constantly find yourself waking up every 2-3 hours at night to change your baby? This seems to be the most common time when families experience leaking diapers whether in cloth or disposable.  For me, once I’m fully awake in the middle of the night, it’s almost impossible for me to get any additional sleep after that. This is why finding the best nighttime diaper solution was very important to me, but at the same time, it seemed very intimidating. Here are some of the best nighttime solutions I discovered and some things that worked or didn’t work for me.

Extra stuffing your diaper is typically the first option parents try when experiencing leaky nighttime diapers and it works great for most babies. This is the method I used with my son, Jayden; I would use a diaper cover or pocket diaper and wrap 2 inserts (1 bamboo and 1 hemp) in a FST or flat. This did work well on him and gave him slightly less than 12 hours of absorption with no issues even though he didn’t and still doesn’t sleep sound through the night. With my youngest, Jason, this method does not work the best since his legs are skinnier and it’s difficult to get the right leg fit on him since this method makes it very bulky. This method can also be used with any type of diaper, just make sure if using microfiber inserts, to not let them touch directly on your baby’s skin to avoid irritation.

Fitted diapers are another great option for nighttime use; they provide lots of absorption and can be waterproof when paired with a diaper cover. Fitted diapers have many layers that make them very absorbent and you can always add additional inserts to increase absorption. On the flip side, sometimes with all those added extra layers, fitted diapers can feel slightly bulkier and normally cost more than your average cloth diaper. I have personally bought and tried a few fitted diapers myself, and while I like the fact that they can offer close to 12 hours of absorption, they are not my favorite due to some of their disadvantages. Fitted diapers may appear pricey in comparison to other diapers but can provide needed nighttime absorption where other styles of diaper may lack. Fitteds also tend to be sized to your baby, so they don’t come in a “one size fits all” meaning you will need to buy multiples throughout your baby’s diapering years (it might just be me but if I’m spending $20+ on a diaper, I want it to last). Fitted diapers have the potential to be a great nighttime option; I suggest adding a stay dry layer since not all fitteds are stay dry and baby could become uncomfortable from dampness.

All In Three diapers are the best thing I have discovered in the overnight diaper department; their best attribute is their superior absorbency, combined with their fascinating slim fitting that prevents the need to size up your baby’s pajamas. These diapers feature all the extra stuffing absorption built right into the diaper. They have 12 layers of natural fiber absorbency (5 layer sewn in, 4 layer sewn on, and 3 layer snap on inserts) plus they feature a pocket to add more inserts if needed. These diapers do need prepping before the first initial use, but once these are fully prepped, AI3 diapers will provide 12 plus hours of optimum absorption. All in Three diapers are designed and created by a cloth diapering mom; being that she is an Army wife, she named her company Baby Basics, and her merchandise is only available on the market to a few retailers.  If I knew about these diapers when I first started cloth diapering, I think they would take up the majority of my diaper stash.

Fortunately for my followers, I have learned a thing or two from many trial and error experiences, I can share tips and tricks with confidence that they will help you successfully cloth diaper your loved ones at nighttime, no matter what diaper style you choose. My first suggestion to a new cloth diapering mom is to size up pajamas; regular cloth diapers make babies butts bigger, and with the added stuffed layers, their butts will be even bigger.  My second suggestion is to buy a washable waterproof crib and mattress protector; they are a life saver if and when nighttime leaks happen.  I recommend putting a mattress protector on every bed and not just the crib; they have saved our beds many times from all sorts of messes. My last tip to cloth diapering moms is to rinse your nighttime diapers out in the morning because all that overnight pee can have a strong ammonia smell. Rinsing the diaper prevents ammonia build up and keeps your diapers from stinking up the house in the warm weather.

Just like everything discussed that is baby related, what works for me might not work for you. I hope my tips and experiences can steer you in the right direction towards finding your perfect nighttime cloth solution. If you are having trouble finding what works best for your baby, please don’t hesitate to contact us and I will try to trouble shoot your nighttime routine.

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Nighttime Diaper Size Comparison All Have 12 Layers Of Absorption


Cloth Diapering Terms and Abbreviations Decoded

Like all things online people don’t like typing out the whole word and each online community has their own abbreviations and terms. The cloth diaper community is no different. Here is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations and terms and what they stand for. Not all of these terms refer to cloth diapers but to the lifestyle that is or can be associated to families that cloth diaper.


AI2– all in two diaper

AIO or AI1– all in one diaper

AI3 or Supers– all in three (Super Heavy Wetter)

FST– Flour sack towel is an inexpensive but very absorbent towel that is found in many home stores. These can be used in similar ways that you would use a flat or prefold.

CD-Cloth diaper

Fluff– is another term for cloth diapers. Other similar terms are fluffy mail or any other form of fluff or fluffy. This is used because cloth diapers give babies a “fluffy” bigger butt.

OS– one sized diaper fit baby’s from approximately 7-40lbs

PUL– polyurethane laminate, the waterproof layer of the diaper

TPU– thermoplastic polyurethane-the waterproof material used in some diapers

Stash– the collection of someone’s cloth diapers

BNIP– brand new in pack (never been used, washed, or opened)

LN-like new (perfect condition, used but no sigh of use)

EUC– excellent used condition (has been used but has almost no sigh of use)

VGUC– very good used condition (has some minimal signs of use but nothing that effects function)

GUC– good used condition (has some signs of use but nothing that effects function)

UC– used condition (may have signs of use or staining, should not have anything effecting function)

NR– needs repair (could have bad staining, stretchered elastic, bad PUL, holes ect.)


Contoured– similar to a flat or prefold but are contoured to fit baby usually with elastic. They are normally not waterproof.

Snappi– is a brand of diaper fastener that is slightly stretchy plastic with little teeth used to turn a flat into a diaper (replaced the old fashioned pins)

Soaker– the absorbent layer of a diaper

Doubler– is a thin insert that increases absorbency of your diaper. It can be used in any type of diaper

Hook & Loop– means Velcro closure

Aplix– Velcro type of closure on a diaper

Lanolin/Lanolized– it is a waterproofing that is added to wool covers. Lanolin is also used while breastfeeding for dry nipples

Minky-soft outer layer that is on some diapers. It almost feels like a stuffed animal or blanket.

Sized/Perfect Fit– diapers that come in different sizes

Wicking-the act of moisture being moved from one place to another. When referring to cloth diapers it is good when moister is wicked away from babies skin fast, but bad when moisture finds a weak spot or exposed area and it leaks out.

Prepped– washed a few times to have maximum absorbency (only needed for natural fibers)


AP– attachment parenting

BF– breastfeeding (BFing)

EBF– exclusively breastfeed

Crunchy– a term referring to a natural parenting lifestyle

BM– Bowel Movement

DD– daughter

DH– husband

DS– son

LO-little one (youngest or only baby)

MIL/FIL/SIL/BIL– mother/father/sister/brother in law

PPD– postage paid domestic

SAHM/SAHD-stay at home mom/dad

WAHM/WAHD– work at home mom/dad

Why Cloth Diaper And Other Questions Answered

Why cloth diapers? I got asked this question a lot when I first started cloth diapering my son by friends and family. I also got told many times that it won’t last, I will get bored of it, and it will become too hard to manage especially when I became pregnant with my youngest. I will elaborate on these questions since I feel many other new moms can relate to the subject.

“Why cloth diapers?” It was simple for me to transition out of disposable diapers since I was sick of throwing away something that my child only wore for only 2-3 hours out of the day; many times for much less especially when my kids were newborns. I thought of it like this, it would be crazy to throw away a shirt or a pair of pants that I wore for only part of a day; then I wondered where all these dirty diapers being used end up. Unfortunately used diapers end up on landfills and I found it very surprising to find out 1 third of our landfills consist of dirty diapers. In my opinion, the price of cloth seemed to be the better option; I spent around a total of $500 for all my cloth diapers that have lasted me 4 years and 2 babies so far. Obviously this figure doesn’t include the expenses associated with washing and drying but it still a way more affordable option. You can also sell your used diapers and regain some of your startup money or donate them and help a struggling family after your baby is done with them.

“It won’t last and you will get bored.” My reply to this statement was simple, based on the answers I provided above combined with the cuteness of the diapers, and the fact that they are chemical free, helped me and my family stick with cloth. There is always going to be a new print you must have or a diaper style you desperately want to try. Sometimes on days that I truly struggled, I considered giving up but then I simply thought of the benefits of the diapers (no chemicals, better on baby’s sensitive skin, more affordable) and the excitement of getting a new diaper is always a huge plus.

“It will be hard and it’s more work.” I’m not going to lie and tell you it will be easier because sometimes it could be hard, but nothing is easy when it comes to parenting. Every decision we make as a parent on how we raise our children involves a lot of work. Yes it is slightly more work but, no more work than washing an extra load of laundry. Did you know even using disposable diapers, you’re supposed to flush the poop and not throw it away? To be honest I have considered switching to disposable on occasion but I have decided that the benefits outweigh the negatives when it comes to what’s best for my kids and my family.

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