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Happy Friday! It’s been a long week, so I’m very ready for the weekend! I still have a little gardening to finish up, but hopefully I can sneak in at least one nap! Even though Foster is sleeping better at night, I’m still exhausted. The first year is rough, especially the second time around!

Here are some of my favorite links from the week:

As any mom knows, motherhood is messy. The job entails everything from dirty diapers and spit up to crazy emotions and utter exhaustion. No matter how hard you try to plan for every outcome, kids are unpredictable. Sarah Bessey calls motherhood a holy disruption. Isn’t that a perfect description?

If any of you have more than one kid, I’m sure you can agree with at least one of these pieces of advice for going from one kid to two, especially if they are close in age! My favorites are #5 and #9. Dance parties make everything better!

Here’s one last one for Moms. If you’ve ever negotiated with a toddler, picked up the last bite of a peanut butter sandwich and called it lunch, or sorted through piles of clothes that don’t fit, this one’s for you. In the words of one of my favorite mom-cheerleaders, Lisa-Jo Baker, moms are super heroes. green smoothieI shared an easy recipe for Emerson’s favorite afternoon snack, a green smoothie, over at Yummy Toddler Food.

I never thought of placing a monetary value on my negative or critical words, but Bob Goff’s insights on the cost of negative words are good motivation to hold my tongue!

I recently joined the Influence Network (are there any other members out there?). I love the mission, “to equip and encourage women to live out their passions” and I’m excited to take some of the online classes. I’d really like to go to the conference in Indianapolis this fall, but haven’t quite pulled the trigger on registering. Is anyone else going or gone before?

Whether you are a mom who will be spending Sunday with your kids or a daughter celebrating with your mom, I hope you have a great Mother’s Day weekend. I’m looking forward to spending Sunday with my favorite boys and hopefully sleeping in a little–we’ll see how that goes. Foster usually wakes up around 6:30 and I’ll feed him and then hopefully sneak back into bed for a bit!

I’m linking up with Christa over at Brown Sugar Toast and Susanna at Revolutionary Life. Be sure to check out their Friday Favorites.

cloth diaper suppliesLast week I told you why we use cloth diapers (mainly to save money). There are tons of options when it comes to using cloth diapers. When I first started researching cloth diapers before Emerson was born, it was a little overwhelming. Now that we’ve been using cloth diapers for over 2 years, I’ve figured out what works for us.

Here are my go-to cloth diaper supplies:

  1. bumGenius One Size Pocket Diaper 4.0 (snap) I highly recommend bumGenius diapers. They are super easy to use and I love that they are resizable, so you can use the same diaper from the time your baby is an infant until they are potty trained.

  2. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder This is the only detergent we use in our house. It works great and lasts forever! I bought a huge bucket of it 2 years ago and still have tons left.

  3. Planet Wise Reusable Diaper Pail Liner We keep dirty diapers in a trash can with one of these bags. When it’s time to wash the diapers, I just throw the bag in the washer with them.

  4. econobum Cloth Diaper Cover If you want to save even more money, diaper covers are the way to go. The covers are $12 each (the pocket diapers are $18). I have 4 of these that I use for Emerson. They are a little more cumbersome than the pocket diapers, but they are a good way to increase your cloth diaper stash. They great thing about the covers is that you can use them multiple times without washing because only the prefold diaper gets wet or dirty.

  5. OsoCozy Prefolds Unbleached Cloth Diapers If you use diaper covers, you also need prefold diapers. These come in 2 sizes, depending on weight. As Emerson has gotten bigger, I have found that these are more absorbent than the pocket diapers, so he can stay in it a little longer.

  6. Magic Stick All Natural Diaper Ointment Our kids rarely get diaper rashes when they are in cloth diapers, but when they do, it is important to use a cloth-diaper friendly cream. Avoid anything with zinc oxide. It will build up on the diaper and make it leak.

  7. GroVia BioLiners We always liners in the diaper to catch the poop. They make it easy to flush the poop and throw away the liner.

Resources
There are lots of great websites about cloth diapers and online stores where you can order supplies. If you’re in Des Moines, I recommend going to Little Padded Seats in Valley West Mall. They offer free cloth diapering classes and have tons of supplies. I like to support local business, so I buy most of my supplies there, but I have also ordered diapers and supplies online. Here are 3 sites to check out:

Kelly’s Closet

Cotton Babies

Green Mountain Diapers

It is worth signing up for e-mails so you know when there are sales. Usually I end up getting a free diaper when I order mine!

So that’s what we use to cloth diaper. I hope this is helpful for anyone who is interested in using cloth diapers or who has questions about them!

 * includes some affiliate links

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