So, after much wrangling, budgeting, worrying, and excitement we are starting our diaper service! We are very excited to be offering this service for parents and their babies. My parents were lucky enough to have a service back in the mid 70s (yes, I did just date myself–but I’m ok with it!). Things are much different now and today’s cloth diapers are just as easy to use as disposable diapers. They’re better for you baby, our environment, you pocket book. And they’re a lot cuter than those box diapers. But I digress…
We already have a handful of customers and some ready to sign up as soon as their precious newborns arrive. I never thought about this before, but a serious perk to this business is getting the awesome opportunity to witness parents’ joy and excitement over the birth of their babies and getting to know these green conscious families!
So, if you are thinking about cloth diapers and want a laundry service be sure to contact us through our website or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org! You too can make a difference with every change!
GO GREEN TAMPA BAY!!!
A few months ago I started a Diaperbizsupport Yahoogroup for Diaper Service start ups. It is geared towards the moms & dads and families who have, are trying, or want to start a diaper service in their communities. We currently have a few members, but we want more! The starting members decided to protect our plans by limiting membership by allowing only one biz/member per region/city. That way we aren’t inhibited to share our ideas and plans by the fear of having our hard work swept up and implemented by others. This hasn’t been an issue yet but this “rule” of sorts aids our willingness to share.
I’m very encouraged by the number of diaper services that are popping up all around the country. It is a good thing for our babies, our communities, and our environment. It helps to spread the good word on cloth diapers by providing parents and care givers with a “real” option for diapering their wee little ones (although I should mention the need for adult cloth diapers and services for that population too–but that will be another post!).
So, if you’re in the diaper service biz or hope to be–come check us out!
My dear little girl turned one on Monday. It has been an emotional roller coaster around here. I feel intense pride and joy as she grows. But I also experience a deep sadness too. My little baby is growing up and there is nothing I can do but watch. Maybe it is my issue of control or lack thereof. I want to hold that baby in my arms and keep her there forever. I never could have prepared myself for how fast the first year goes by. I am reeling. I can’t catch up. She has already grown into this fierce and independent personality and is quickly becoming a force in our family dynamic. So many things are changing–my head is spinning. It was all so overwhelming. I got a migraine and stayed in bed for two days. And I am told this is all just the beginning!
I found an interesting blog RookieMoms. I like their take on motherhood and up until Monday, I too considered myself a “new” mom. After all, my daughter was still an infant. Although she started walking at 9 months, she’s just a little baby! After reading some of their posts and their activities on their website I have to face facts–I am no longer a rookie. I might not know it all, but I’m definitely well on my way. In the past year I’ve become an expert lactivist–12 months and going strong with no signs of stopping. I am a knowledgeable and skilled cloth diaper dresser-able to fold and cover in the middle of a dark night or in the back seat at Yeehaw Junction while on a road trip. And I can now sing several nursery rhymes in more than a shy whisper and even enjoy singing about brushing teeth, laying our heads down, brushing the dog, going potty or any other mundane activities. I have also developed keen super human hearing and can distinguish between a little dream peep and a “I am going to need some help back to sleep” moan–rooms away while trying to watch Project Runway and folding diapers. This of course is much to the dismay of my two pre-teen step-darlings. I hear every word, whether I like it or not.
Looking back it has been quite a wondrous year. I’m proud of the mommy I have become. My little one is growing up. I am too. And that is something I can and will be happy about.
In my not so spare time, I look for interesting and insightful green activities and resources. I found Conscious Consuming an organization that promotes awareness of the impacts our purchasing and buying options have for our health and wealth. An upcoming event, the US National Downshifting Week, July 7-13, 2008 encourages us to “slow down and green up”. In what ways can you downshift? I’m starting a long list!
I checked out the CC blog. There are some interesting things. However, I was actually really surprised that there was nothing posted regarding cloth diapers–at least nothing I could find via their search feature. It would seem like a no-brainer considering their stance on reducing waste and purchasing as well as a focus on local community business and green options. It goes to show that the good word of fluff still has a way to travel. Cloth diaper advocacy is still needed so be sure to help spread the word.
I did it! I sewed and dyed wool shorties!!! I ordered some wool blend from a wool co-op months ago in the hopes that I would sew some wool shorties or covers for punkinette. It finally arrived and I couldn’t be more pleased with my mad sew skillz!!! I used a pattern from Katrina’s Sew Quick Soaker Pattern and am very happy with the fit and sizing. I’ve made two shorties and have tried them both on over prefolds, double stuffed, and my goodmama fitted diapers (get one…IF you can!) and they fit really well. Check them out!
At first I thought I would need an overlock machine, but a straight stitch from a regular sewing machine works just fine. Now that I’ve had the chance to make a couple, I may attempt to alter the pattern a bit for a dipped front. However, I’m afraid to screw up that lovely wool blend I got. Maybe I’ll try to make some out of fleece.
As you can see in the picture I vat dyed some of the wool in my washing machine. I pretty much guessed at what I remembered from a dye tutorial. I also guessed with colors as I mixed powders to create the blues. It was really quite fun. So much that I’m getting more wool and want to sew some for all my cloth diapering friends! I’m also attempted to try my hand at diaper sewing. I’d really want an overlock machine for that though. So if anyone wants to sell me a used machine, I’m in the market.
Once lanolized they are a dream AND night time wonders! This natural fiber is so fabulously great–it is comfortable even here in schwampy Tampa. If you haven’t tried wool yet, do yourself a favor and get some–FAST!