New Diagnoses and Grief

Grief is a normal, natural reaction to getting a new diagnosis. I recently wrote about my own reactions to a new, unexpected diagnosis over at Teddy’s blog.

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Recently, my kiddo’s picked up a fair number of new diagnoses. Three were not surprises, one was. Sort of…

And I’m full on going through the five stages of grief over this.

And it’s ok.

I think, too many times, special needs and/or medical needs parents feel like the process we go through when we get a new diagnosis is weird or unacceptable or weak. But it isn’t.

It’s grief.

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Read the rest of this article over at Teddy Bear’s Journey.

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Somebody Asked…What are the benefits of a two piece diapering system?

At Wallypop, we primarily make – and champion – fitted diapers with covers. Somebody recently asked us about the benefits of a two piece diapering system over something like pockets or fitteds.

There are so many.

What is a two-piece diapering system?

Let’s start by defining a two piece system. A two piece diapering system consists of either a fitted diaper plus a cover, or a prefolded diaper plus a cover. The absorbent part and the waterproof part are completely separate.

Customization

Since the absorbent part and the waterproof part are completely separate, you can easily adapt your diapering system to fit your needs. Do you need super absorbency and breathability, and prefer natural fibers? Use an extra absorbent fitted diaper with a wool cover. Need something super trim? Pair a trim fitted with a thin PUL cover. Is your child a super wetter? Nothing beats the overnight pee-a-thon like a fitted plus fleece cover.

Fit

Two piece diapering systems typically are sized – just as Wallypop’s Perfect Size diapers. This allows a superior fit over one-size diapers, and reduces leaking issues.

Cost

Believe it or not, two piece diapering systems are actually usually LESS expensive than pocket diaper systems or all in one systems. First, covers can be worn several times before they need to be washed, so you don’t need to change both pieces every time. Second, they just simply cost less, generally speaking. Woot!

Reuse

As mentioned above, you need to own fewer things overall, because you don’t need to change the cover every time you change the diaper. Make your cloth diapering even greener!

Absorbency

A two piece system can easily be made more absorbent to suit your needs. Pockets and All in Ones can be hard to stuff with enough absorbency, but it’s easy to increase the absorbency of a fitted diapering system – either purchase more absorbent fitteds (we make extra absorbent fitteds especially for those heavy overnight pee-ers), or simply add doublers – the cover will still fit snugly over the diaper without gaping around the legs, as can happen with pockets and all in ones.

Drying Time

Because they are a two-piece system, fitteds with covers tend to dry faster than all in one diapers.

Natural Fibers

Fitted diapers are made with all natural fibers, and if you prefer to use 100% natural fibers, you can use wool covers.

Easier to Wash with Less Stink

Two piece diapering systems tend to be easier to wash and experience less stink as a result. All natural fiber fitteds don’t require any special treatment in the laundry, and most covers can simply be washed and set out to dry. (Wool covers DO require special treatment!)

There you have it! If you’ve never tried a two-piece diapering system, we’d encourage you to give it a try. Wallypop fitteds and covers are an affordable way to diaper your baby!

Tula Covers – Give yourself variety without breaking the bank!

You know you’d like to own five or six (or more) Tula baby carriers – there are so many fun prints, and wearing the same carrier every day gets kind of boring, right? But your bank account says “absolutely not!” Right?

Slipcovers to the rescue!

Are you thinking about your Great Aunt Gertrude’s sofa? Our slipcovers are way cooler than that.

Show off your fandom:

Support your favorite team:

Show support for a cause:

Simply add some of your personal style:  

Let everyone know how awesome your taste is:
(OK, that’s a Doctor Who print, for those of you who don’t know that.)

Our Tula slipcovers are fully reversible, so you get two looks for the price of one!

Yesterday!

I spent the day yesterday talking to two Family and Consumer Sciences classes at a local high school. The topic? Natural Parenting. We covered cloth diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding, natural birthing, positive discipline, and many other topics. The kids seemed really interested and asked some good questions, including:

– Don’t you HAVE to breastfeed for 3 months? (How I wanted to answer that one with “yes.”)

– Why do people eat placenta? (i did not bring this up!!) (this led one confused young man to ask if we were talking about eating our periods. Um, no. I’m very glad you asked, though.)

– Did my husband agree with the way we raise our children. In my answer, I deftly skirted the issue of religious beliefs about the role of husband and wife in marriage, and stuck to “in our family, my husband has delegated all child-related decision-making to me, as the primary caregiver.”

The students were incredulous that an epidural might affect a baby, or that homebirth can be safer than a hospital birth. I encouraged them to research the issues themselves. I hope they do.

In Praise of the Fabric Shower Curtain

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Last fall, we took down our vinyl shower curtain and hung up a green canvas one. We had bought it at Target, after they put their back to school stuff on 75% clearance, for about $4. We weren’t entirely sure that an all-fabric shower curtain would work – would it keep the water in? Would it get soaked? Would it drip on the floor?

Well, I’m happy to report that it DID work, it did keep the water in. It got soaked, but it did not drip on the floor.

It did, however, start to break down and tear apart. We think the problem was combined soap scum and mildew. And once it started to go, it really deteriorated quickly.

So, this fall, I bought myself some Hemp and Organic Cotton plainweave and made us a new one. It was not hard to make (I mean, it’s just a big square – 72 inches by 72 inches – with holes for the rings at the top). Hemp is a bit more rot-resistant than cheap cotton is, and we’ll also take it down to wash it more often. Hopefully, this one will last us a good many years.

I like the natural color better than the green, as well. (hey, when you’re buying on clearance, you can’ t be too picky!) If we ever fix up the bathroom, I’ll stencil the shower curtain with historically-appropriate designs.

What I love most of all is that it’s not vinyl. It doesn’t fill our bathroom with noxious fumes. It’s renewable and biodegradable.

Cross-posted at Boulevard Designs.