Cleaning Dirty Cloth Diapers

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Hey Y’all, it’s Erin.

There was an interesting discussion on the ambassador Facebook page about using a diaper sprayer. (By the way, have you taken the opportunity to sign up to be a LilHelper Ambassador yet? If not check it out here.)

I wanted to talk about cleaning dirty cloth diapers after reading the thread.

Full Disclosure: This post is going to talk a lot about poop. There’s not really a way to help you in your cloth diaper journey without talking to you about it. But, never fear! None of the pictures or video feature any real poo 😉

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Got Extra Junk In The Trunk? (what to do when cloth diapers are too bulky)

Got extra junk in the trunk? blog title image. What to do when you think cloth diapers are too bulky.

No, this isn’t a post about a Black Eyed Peas song. (Anyone else here grow up in the late 90’s?) It’s even better than that! I’m going to give you all the tips and tricks that you need when you feel that cloth diapers are too bulky… A.K.A. gotta lil’ extra junk in the trunk!

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I’ll be completely honest. When we decided that we wanted to be a cloth diapering family, our main concerns were what we we were putting against our daughters skin and doing our part every day to make a difference in the amount of trash in the world.

Thinking that some of the cute outfits we bought her might not fit was the furthest thing from our minds! My realization that there was a bit of extra bulk that I didn’t account for went something like this…

I picked out the perfect outfit, the perfect cloth diaper, and our little one looked adorable (like always!). I was so excited as I was putting the little clothes on her.

I went to do up the onesie and pull up the pants, and suddenly I encountered resistance… What the heck is going on?! Why won’t the pants pull up?! Every time I snapped the buttons on that onesie, they popped right back open!!

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Panic set in. What am I going to do?! Is my baby going to fit into ANY clothes with her cloth diapers EVER AGAIN?!

Alright, so all of that was just a tad on the dramatic side, but have no fear! I have got you covered! Everything you need to know about what to do when you think your cloth diapers are too bulky is below. Read More

Self Care for Parents

Picture of dad holding a sleeping baby in a red Little Helper Diaper with bearded men on them. Text reads "Self Care for Parents" with Lil Helper Logo

Hey Y’all, it’s Erin.

So much of our focus as parents is on caring for our children. Self care for parents is just as important.

If we don’t take time to “refill our cups,” it can lead to burn-out. Our stresses can consume us.

I’m not sure about you, but when I’m stressed then I get irritable. When I’m irritable, I don’t have patience. Our little ones require lots of love, attention, and patience. So, taking some time to take care of ourselves is a vital part of caring for our littles.

This post is going to offer 5 strategies on self care for parents. Maybe you’re reading this as a parent who needs to implement these strategies. Perhaps you’re the loved one to a parent looking for ways to help them take some “me time.”  Either way, this post is for you!

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