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Slings and Diapers and Things (Oh My!)

This post is mostly for Tricia and the baby Froyd.

My sling is homemade. You can get really nice rings at and there are tons of great patterns online. It's a very simple project. I used a 97% cotton/3% Lycra bottomweight, which I think is about perfect as far as fabric goes! Total cost was less than $20. We have a Baby Bjorn, which we use and like, but I wish I had gotten an Ergo instead, as they are much more flexible and useful for longer. But I hadn't even heard of the Ergo until recently.

We are just starting to cloth diaper and will hopefully be full-time in the next month. The wonderoo is a pocket diaper, so you can pre-stuff it with inserts, throw it in the diaper bag, and put it on very quickly. We'll use them more when we go out and about. Our main system will be Chinese prefolds (CPFs) and covers (Bummis Super Whisper Wraps and Proraps classics). I'll use a CPF and an Aristocrats wool cover for night. There is a whole cloth diapering subculture. Check out the product reviews at the Diaper Pin for more info. I am going to order from Natural Babies. Not the prettiest web design, but the lowest prices and great ratings on customer service.

With interests in cloth diapering and slings, you ought to join the Gentle Christian Mothers message board. It's got lots of mommas who are really helpful with those sorts of things, as well as breastfeeding, etc. I don't agree with everyone there, but it's great to have a forum in which to ask "dumb" questions.


At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a dear, sweet lady from church gave me TWO aristocrat wool diaper covers and three motherease sandies when I ventured into diapering. (All used, but definitely still useable.) CDing helped pay for our washer/dryer. It was such a nice mommy-encouraging gift.

But when we went back to using a laundromat, it was back to disposables.



At 12:00 AM, Blogger Phil said...

The Gentle Christian Mothers site is an interesting one. Their positions on vaccines is quite surprising, given that if it weren't for things like vaccines, there'd be a lot more death and injury from some of these nasty diseases, like polio and diptheria. Anyway, I hope you're giving Kate her vaccinations. :) I fully admit that I am biased though, and if you have any questions, please feel free to call us! :)

At 9:02 AM, Blogger kristen said...

Don't worry Phil, we're vaccinating Kate!

There are definitely things that GCM espouses that I don't. That's okay. I know there are other moms on the board that vaccinate as well. As for us, we are vaccinating not just to protect Kate, but also small babies she might come in contact with who won't have had a chance to get vaccinated yet. If we were non-vax and one of my children got whooping cough and gave it to an infant who died, I would be completely devestated. And that has happened. I think that it's fine to choose non-vax, as long as you understand that you are contributing to an increased health risk for everyone you come in contact with. If you still think it's not worth the risk of a vax reaction (such as, if you still believe in an MMR-Autism link), then I think it's your right as a parent to not vaccinate.

As for us and our house, we get the shots!


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