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This Adventure, Our Life: Guest Blogger: Diana from Hormonal Imbalances

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Guest Blogger: Diana from Hormonal Imbalances

Today we have the opportunity to meet Diana from Hormonal Imbalances while she shares her insight on cloth diapering.  Diana and I both share a love of the laundry that goes along with cloth diapering, yeah, I know it is weird, but yet so rewarding!!  Nothing is better than clean cloth diapers.  After reading her Q & A here, check out her blog!  When you are at her site you will want to enter her contest, no you really will want to, this one is a MUST!!  This giveaway is from Thirsties and includes the following:  Five Duo Diapers in your choice of size, two packs of Fab Wipes in your choice of colors, the Thirsties Prewash and Super Wash and a 4 oz and 8 oz Booty Luster.  This bundle is worth $170!!  Click HERE to link to her giveaway!!  What a great way to start cloth diapering or add to your fluffy fetish!!  Anyone can enter this giveaway, and while you are there check out her precious little girl Bella!!  Go enter, soon, it is a more than awesome giveaway!!

Describe yourself...
I'm an eco friendly, cloth diapering new mom of a 4 month old little girl. I stay at home after teaching the past two years, and being a nanny in Southern California before that. I'm really into all things green - and love to share those things with my readers.

How long have you been cloth diapering and how old is child?
Bella is 4 months and I've been cloth diapering her since she was a week old.
What, if any, were your fears/ misconceptions before cloth diapering?
That it would be too time consuming, and that it wouldn't be practical for overnight or travel. And now I wonder how anyone uses disposables during those times.
What convinced you that you should cloth diaper?
I watched my doctor's kids for a while this past summer and she cloth diapered. After getting the hang of it, I was in love.
What is your best advice about starting cloth diapering?
Start small, perhaps only with covers and prefolds. Save your money (and sanity) for down the road, when you have time and knowledge to find what style would work best with your baby.
Were you intimidated? Is there anything that still intimidates you?
I was of the unknown, of what might happen if I didn't have enough diapers. (Again, prefolds are great as an "Ooops, I forgot to do laundry" option). I'm not anymore, I absolutely love using them.
Why do you prefer cloth diapers over disposables?
Disposables are awful. Bella did them on and off for the first month while I got the hang of cloth and she had constant diaper rash, blowouts, leaks, chapped skin and smelled horrible.
So far, what’s your favorite brand(s) and why?
I love Thirsties and Gro Baby. They are both really absorbent, Gro Baby is great for my husband as it's just 2 steps, snap one out, snap one in.

What would you tell someone who is skeptical of cloth diapering? 
Give it a try. And don't give up until you've done it for a month or so. It's possible to switch between disposables and cloth diapers while you get the hang of things.
What’s the best part about cloth diapering?
The laundry. :) It's a great feeling to have all those little clean diapers sitting there, waiting to be folded and put away.
What is a must have when you are cloth diapering?  
Prefolds, covers, a few fitted diapers, and some good traveling ones. Also, I love a wool cover for overnights.
How is the husband handling the cloth diapers?
He enjoys them as best he can when handling poop and a crying baby. :) I try to save the easier, faster ones for him - no fancy folds or too many snaps.

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