I am a big advocate of cloth diapering for a few different reasons!
#1- They are the GREEN thing to do-- did you know that disposable diapers end up in landfills every year & most of them take years to break down.
#2- You can save a boat load of money!
#3- Babies with very sensitive skin usually benefit from cloth diapers!
When I first found out I was pregnant, I started researching cloth diapers & their prices. I researched all different types of styles such as the All in Ones, All in Twos, Pocket Diapers, Prefolds & Covers, Fitteds, etc.. my head was spinning. I ended up finding someone on Etsy who makes cloth diapers & she had amazing reviews! You can see her shop here.
LOTS of people have told me I would give up on cloth diapering & that I would hate it... Well YOU ARE WRONG! I personally love it so far & know quite a bit of mommas that love it as well!
I ended up buying a dozen diapers from her and was so excited to start putting my son in them!!
Then came the birth of my son-- he is a very tiny 6 pound baby! We used the newborn disposable diapers we were given for his baby shower for the first two weeks but then I became antsy.. Because diapers are expensive! We were spending about $25-$30 a week on diapers & I didn't like the way that was going!
So we tried some flat cloth diapers and some prefolds with covers. My son didn't seem to be a fan of either. I quickly learned that there were different sizes of flat prefolds and I was using the toddler size because I had been given them for my baby shower. So I ordered some flat newborn prefolds and a newborn cover. My son was not happy, as you can see in both of the photos below. He usually cried the whole time I had him in them- which was irritating to say the least!
When I realized that the cover I had bought was for babies from 6lbs to 15lbs that got me thinking. My son was only 6lb 5oz at this time and still had a long way to go until he reached 15lbs. Even when I used the smallest settings for the snaps, he wasn't happy. So I began searching amazon for preemie diapers.
I happened upon Tiny Tush diapers. As I was reading about them in the description, their tiny tush mini diapers were for preemies or tiny newborns ranging from sizes 4lb to 10lb. So I bought one pocket diaper & thought I would give it a try. It came in the mail and I was floored! It fit my son perfectly on the smallest possible setting. The best part is he seemed quite happy and content in this diaper! WIN!!
So then I went and found Tiny Tush online and ordered some mini cloth diaper covers, since my mom had ordered me some fitted prefolds to put under them. They came in the mail and once I figured them out, they have been great as well! My husband is even a fan of the tiny tush mini pocket diapers-- so we ordered some more! Right now they have a sale that is buy 5 and get 1 free! So we jumped on that right away!
And can I take a second to talk about tiny tush customer service?? They are outstanding! I sent them an email with a quick question about the diaper covers when they arrived and Charlene was very quick to help! I also emailed back and forth with her with some questions about the diapers & ordering! She got back with me within an hour each time & was super helpful! I have never seen better customer service with any baby items thus far!
As you can see above-- these diapers fit my son so well! We are now saving so much money and have a happy baby at the same time!
Like I have said above, cloth diapering really can save you money! Since the beginning of my pregnancy my husband and I have spent $350 on cloth diapers & supplies to go with them. That $350 has gotten us the following:
12 Momgaroo Pocket Diapers (Size 10lb-2years) order here
5 No-name Pocket Diapers (Size 10lb - 2 years)
2 Rumparooz Newborn Covers (Size 6lb-15lb)
5 Tiny Tush Mini Newborn Covers (Size 4lb-10lb) order here
7 Tiny Tush Mini Elite Newborn Pocket Diapers (Size 4lb-12lb) order here
1 Preemie Cover from Green Mountain (size 4lb to 9lb)
13 prefitted prefolds
12 flat prefolds
The diapers will have paid for themselves when our son is 16 weeks old & we will get to use these awesome diapers for our next child as well! I strongly suggest that everyone at least give cloth diapering a try-- even if it is only on the weekends when you are home and not working! You can buy them cheap & even used! There are great for sale groups on facebook and even some co-ops!
Since my hubby and I have tried these out we would LOVE to share these awesome diapers with a lucky follower! Enter below to win a Tiny Tush Cloth Diaper! Whomever wins the giveaway will be contacted as to which size best fits their needs!
I give Tiny Tush a 5 Star Rating & hope everyone will try them out!!
I have to say I have some of the greatest followers & supporters! Since my son was born (February 14,2015) I have gotten lots of emails, messages, and comments from people wanting to know how motherhood is going! Since a few weeks before my son was born, I slowed down on the blogging, recipe updating, and products simply because I felt spending time with my husband, dogs, and son are so much more important! I can't get these days back-- but I'm ready to start taking some time to make products & work on meal plans & such for my awesome followers!!
To answer some of your questions-- Motherhood is going great! I fell right into it and absolutely love it! I have been blessed with a pretty easy baby, even when he wasn't feeling well at around 4 1/2 weeks old-- he wasn't too hard!
The biggest hurdle I have had to jump is honestly, my own mind. Since my son was born he has refused & I mean refused to sleep on his own. He might nap for an hour in his swing, but for the most part he likes to be close to someone. He likes touch. You don't have to be holding him, but he likes to at least put his hand out and find you. We started cosleeping after a thought I had when he was a week old--- "I wonder if he will sleep better next to me"... that night he slept from 9pm to 2am woke up for an hour to be changed and fed and then fell back asleep around 3am to 8am. We had the best sleep ever... So that is what we did we began to cosleep! I was terrified of all of the mishaps you hear about with cosleeping/bedsharing. Some people have said it will ruin my marriage, while others have said he will never leave our bed. Some comments from family and friends kinda got my anxiety going- until one day my husband responded to my nervousness with "Last time I checked he was OUR son and not anyone else's". What a breath of fresh air!
So basically, I follow what feels natural to me when it comes to my son & it has been quite peaceful because of it! Of course, I have had some meltdowns... When my mom came to visit & my son wasn't feeling well-- we had a pyloric stenosis scare (but not to worry his pyloric valve is perfect)--. I had a good cry. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and did everything in my power during my pregnancy to ensure my son was born healthy. I took all the vitamins & supplements & drank ALLL of the bone broth. I did my best to support each organ that was developing each week, spent time mediating, etc etc etc! I have come to the realization that I can't control everything! If my son gets sick-- he gets sick! It will help build his immune system! I do what I can now by breast feeding, eating as healthy as possible, giving him his vitamins, and probitoics & that is all I can really do!
At 5 weeks & 4 days, Ezra finally latched onto my breast on his own and didn't need help doing it! It felt like such a huge moment for us! He smiles often when he is sleeping-- but not necessarily on cue yet. When his daddy comes home from work, he usually gives him a smile or coos at him! He has the cutest little cry & isn't too loud yet. He LOVES being worn! We currently have a moby wrap, ring sling,kangaroo shirt, and an infantio carrier. When I'm wearing him I get to do all my business stuff! He loves having his baby massages! He has energy work done by me a couple times a week as well! He also has chiropractic care every 1-2 weeks! He is officially in cloth diapers as of 5 1/2 weeks old as well!!
Oh one more thing... showers are his favorite but he HATES baths!
Well that is all for now!!
It is no secret that I am a LOVER of food! I love cookies... LOVE LOVE LOVE them... but I'm not a fan of what they can do to my waistline or all of the crazy ingredients in them...
When I realized you could have cookies that support lactation & breast feeding... WHOA sign me up!
After making tons of different lactation cookies... here is my recipe for the ones that turned out the best and worked the best!
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 3/4 c. oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 c. natural peanut butter (1-2 ingredient peanut butter peeps)
1/2 c. butter, softened (I love kerigold)
1 c. flax
1/4 c brewer's yeast
1/3 c. water
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c coconut sugar (or organic brown sugar works good too!)
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 c. chocolate chips
3/4 c. chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer's yeast, flax and water until creamy.
Mix in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.
Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones.
Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
Bake 12 minutes.
During the amazing time of breast feeding-- many moms look into foods that will promote healthy lactation & give themselves a little bit more milk.
There are tons of lactation cookie & brownie recipes on pinterest, but when I was looking into eating healthy versions of lactation "snacks", I couldn't find too many-- so I decided to come up with some of my own!
These are really yummy and are the real deal! I produce tons of milk right now!
Banana Coconut Lactation Cups:
1 Banana (overripe)
2 Cups Gluten Free Oats (Old Fashioned Oats)
2-3 Tbsp Flaxseed
1 Cup Dried Coconut
1/4 Cup (4Tbsp) Brewer's Yeast
1/4 Cup Honey (I used Raw)
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter (I make my own with just peanuts)
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
Opt -- 2-3 Tbsp chopped dates
- In a large pan, melt coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, and mashed banana together- mix until they are smooth.
-Add in the rest of the ingredients
-Place in muffin liners or put in a pan that is lined with parchment paper.
-Keep in the refrigerator !
As soon as I started nursing-- I made some lactation cookies that I found on pinterest. They helped keep my supply going but I kinda got tired of cookies pretty quick.
I started thinking about which foods are great for a nursing & recovering mama & came up with lactation bites. I made them and overnight I had tons of milk! Leaking and what not! I had to pump a bit before I fed my son (he is still learning to nurse) because so much milk was coming out!!
I hope these work for you like they did for me!
1 1/2 Cup Organic Dates (Pitted)
1/4 Cup Organic Dried Prunes
1/4 Cup Dried Fruit (I used cherries)
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Almonds
1/2 Cup Organic Whole Oats (Make sure they are gluten free & aren't tainted with wheat)
3 Tbsp Brewer's Yeast
1-2 tsp flaxseed (opt)
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon (opt)
1 Tbsp Raw Honey
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!