There are different programs, depending on your interests. The one I am most familiar with is Bradley, and they have training across the country every year. The training does cost, but it is a wonderful program. I went through Bradley classes with my husband when we were pregnant with our first and it was just the best experience for both of us. You can find more about training here.
I opted to go with pocket-style diapers. (There are 243,793,450,138 different styles and options and I won’t lie, I got so confused by all the lingo on the cloth diapering sites that I gave up and emailed bloggers who use cloth for recommendations.) Pocket-style cloth diapers really resemble disposables — there’s a cute outer shell/pant thing that you stuff uber-absorbent inserts into. They fasten with snaps or velcro or snaps AND velcro and are crazy adjustable — you’ll notice the weight limits tend to run from 15 to 35 pounds or so. (To give you an idea of that range: Ezra weighed 15 pounds by four months, while Noah currently weighs around 33 pounds at three-and-a-half. So they wear the same size. Glorious.) (Noah, despite being on the high end of the weight range, is so skinny that he still isn’t on the loosest snap setting on a medium Fuzzi Bunz, that technically says it’s for 15-30 pounds.)
When it's time for a diaper change, you can replace the soiled prefold with a fresh one and reuse the cover (after a quick wipe-off, if necessary), thus cutting down on laundry. To make sure the prefolds stay in place, you can use separate stretchy one-piece fasteners called Snappis, in addition to the snaps, or Velcro. At bedtime, many parents double up on prefolds, or add cloth inserts called soakers, to make it through the night without leaks.
It’s not all bad, of course. I never have to miss anything my kids are a part of, and I do get to enjoy a lot of time with my little people. I have been forced to learn to compartmentalize my time and set clear boundaries, which is a good thing. I have had to learn not to feel guilty for working in front of my kids, though admittedly I still struggle with that sometimes. My husband more than pulls his own weight, so overall, the benefits outweigh the challenges.
When I was pregnant 16 years ago with our first daughter I had a conversation with my Grandma a few weeks before she went to be with the Lord. I told her there is NO way I could stay home…it’s just not possible on one income. Well, it was possible and the Lord provided a way for me to transition from working at the physical therapy office I was employed with and had done some transcription for by putting me in contact with a local transcription company ran by a husband and wife. I typed for about the first 4 years of her life and then we found that we could indeed live on one income if we prioritized and ran our household differently. And avoided unnecessary items that today’s society in general think are priorities. It has been a wonderful 16 years with my two daughters. I began homeschooling them, too, eight years ago! It’s wonderful and now I don’t have to work at all. When they were small I would buy high end clothing for them and re-sell it to make it a near wash when the clothes were outgrown. Now we enjoy thrift storing almost exclusively and those clothes we don’t ant any longer or don’t fit we sell at consignment shops to make back some money. I regularly go through my house, too, and get rid of things that aren’t being used and sell them on facebook or my areas local selling page. It helps to make back a little!
Did I find this article useful? Yes, yes and a resounding yes!!! I happen to have a friend from Florida who has been bugging me about an online income opportunity because she knows I am a freelancer who earns through online jobs. But since we live worlds apart, I just didn’t know how to help her. I am definitely sharing this to her and I am checking some of the things listed here too for myself. Thanks Alexa!
There are so many investments that it’s tough to know what a safe and reliable on is. Personally, I recommend index funds for this. An index fund invests in many of the largest 500 companies in America. Over the last 100 years, and the last 20 years, and the last 10 years, you’re very likely to see a return of about 9 or 10% after fees. These are much safer investments than buying stock in an individual company.
After all, the cost of child care will only decrease as your kids age, and your salary will only go up. But if you leave the workforce even for just a few short years, you may find yourself coming back at a salary MUCH lower than the one you left–and that’s if you can elbow your way back in at all (which is notoriously difficult to do, especially for women).
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Some moms don't want to play the "parent card," admitting to clients that a finicky child is preventing them from meeting a deadline. In that case, it may be best to keep the fact that you're working from home out of the conversation completely. Give your child a nonverbal "Do not disturb" when you need quiet time. Perhaps you could wear a tiara when you're on the phone to signify that kids are not allowed to make noise or interrupt -- unless there's an emergency. If you have an office door, tie a red ribbon on it when you're not to be bothered. This tactic is best for older kids; toddlers won't understand that they can't always have your undivided attention.
You might find that the emotional and practical benefits are worth the sacrifices. If you have time to prepare to be a SAHM you can work toward getting out of debt and start living on one income while you still have two. Bank your income to use as an emergency fund. If you find yourself thrust quickly into making this decision, check out my book So, You’re Broke?: 18 Drama-Free Steps To A Richer Life to learn practical ways to not only survive, but thrive on one income.
I let the idea go in one ear and out the other with a quickness. A few weeks later and well into my second trimester my husband and I were having to have the tough conversations about what our finances would be like after our baby was here and how much I would need to work to help keep our household afloat. I could hear my mom’s voice in the back of my head saying, “you know cloth diapers will save you a lot of money. Disposables are so expensive.” I sat down at the computer and started crunching numbers and doing research and realized it would help give us a little cushion in our budget if we chose the cloth diaper path.
Pockets: These go on just like a regular diaper. These have a literal pocket that you stuff the insert into. The insert absorbs the wetness. You can add more than one insert to boost absorbency (sometimes called a booster) like by putting microfiber over a hemp insert. You take out the inserts and wash all diaper parts. Before using again, you have to stuff the diaper, which takes some time.
I love this community and just discovered it! I’ve been searching and searching for something to help me transition from Work Out There, to Work At Home. I’ve actually worked at home as a designer for an advertising agency for the past 4 years when they suddenly dropped freelance contracts. I also have a 4 year old son, so I was not ready to go back to “Work Out There” after all that time with him as my little assistant. I am struggling with routine, and this forum seems to have a lot of answers! I do still work at home, thank goodness, as I started with a brand new network marketing company called RemeVerse (anti-aging, science-based skincare). I think network marketing is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated “careers” out there for WAHMs. There’s so much potential! Now just to get to a solid morning routine…. hi everybody!
Every working parent dreams of being able to spend more time with their children, whether or not they love their careers. But is choosing to work from home the right choice for you? Could you manage to balance all the demands on your time? Would you lose too much of yourself? These are important questions to ask before jumping in with both feet. It isn’t easy, even if it can be enormously worth it!
This group is for those looking for work at home jobs or work at home businesses. We have information on how to avoid work at home scams and how to find the right work at home opportunity for you! This group is here to help Moms find their perfect work at home opportunity! Please read the post below entitled "Welcome to the WAHM Community! READ THIS POST FIRST" so you know what is allowed in this community if you have your own business and if you are looking some key things to look over. Welcome and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
Coming home late and washing diapers in the evening means mine don’t get hung outside very often. I try to make sure that I do at least one load on a weekend morning, so I can hang that load up for some sun and fresh air. The weather doesn’t always cooperate, or sometimes it’s the family that doesn’t cooperate, and sometimes I forget the diapers are finished in the washer until it’s 4 in the afternoon and the best sun of the day is gone!
This arrangement allows me to stay right in the heart of my field while saving on the cost of childcare. My career is important to me and I never really pictured myself being happy staying at home without working. I get the self-worth I feel from continuing my career while also having precious time with my son while he is young. It’s the best of both worlds. – Meaghan
I did work for a while, and then I got married, but when our first baby came along, we couldn’t really afford for me not to work at all. So I started a small editing business from home, which allowed me to bring in a little cash and keep up my professional skills. After a while, I wanted more regular work, so I started doing online tutoring. I set my hours around my husband’s schedule, and it all worked well.
The first step in cloth diapering as a working parent is to either find a child care provider that allows cloth diapers or ask your current child care provider if they are willing to use them. My son goes to a center and I never thought they would allow cloth diapers until a friend encouraged me to just ask. I did and sure enough there were two other families there cloth diapering already.
The first time was fair; before I left my job wasn’t nearly busy enough, and while I was on leave, they lost a significant contract. My boss was also an accountant and able to fill the void. Even though he was able to provide me with more than adequate notice, he also gave me a few weeks of severance pay, which was more than he was required to do. The second time, I could have taken my employer to the Labour Board, but to what end? That would have meant no severance package, no reference and could have led to a very negative professional reputation. It was too risky for me, even though I felt like I was letting them get away with it.
Also, a little pro tip: if you’re an expecting mom, it’s great to find a remote job during your pregnancy before your bundle of time-consuming joy arrives. This way, you’ll already have worked out an ideal schedule doing work you’re familiar with. Take leave when your baby arrives, and then return to your established work-from-home position or projects when you can.
Inserts: These go inside a pocket diaper or can be stacked for additional absorption. Sometimes referred to as a soaker or a booster. They are made of many materials such as microfiber, charcoal, bamboo, hemp, fleece, Zorb, windprofleece, and cotton. You want to look for the most absorbent material with the least bulk. Many moms like hemp for this reason.
You know, before I started cloth diapering I was always baffled by the fervor of the cloth diapering people because OH MY LANDS, could they ever go on and on and on about cloth diapers. I mean, I get the landfill thing and all that, but the excitement seemed to go deeper than that typical smugness people get from their reusable grocery bags and their hybrids and their compost piles. These people seemed genuinely jazzed about diapers.
Teaching English online from home is a great way to make some extra money or bring in a full-time income. Currently, three companies that specialize in teaching English to Chinese children online are in the midst of a hiring push. Online teaching is flexible, and the pay is excellent. It's also rewarding to work with children. The three companies … Read More
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Take your double income and subtract the figure you calculated in step 3 (the cost of working). Now compare that number to your spouse’s single income. If the numbers are worlds away from each other, you might not be able to make it work. If they are closer together, staying at home to raise your children might be feasible, with some slight lifestyle adjustments.
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Even if you have another source of income, earning online is your way to save for a new car, add to your child's college fund, or get those extra things that can make life special. If you work online, you can work at home at 2AM, at the playground with your kids, at the beach, on a train, on a plane, or even on your lunch hour. All you need is a computer, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone - and a plan.
Most of my reason for wanting to “get rich” is so that I could stay at home with our (potential) child(ren). Not for everyone, but it’s my Last Big Goal in life. The calculators are less helpful to me than a pad + pen – the question comes down to “could I (and kid) live on what DH could lose from “his” money and what I could come up with without an away-from-home job”. Of course, our finances are still pretty separate, so that might not work for many couples!
I'm not advocating that a single parent should go on welfare or social assistance. What I am saying is that you need to assess your situation, do some homework and decide what will work best for you and your children. How important is their happiness and well being? How important is your own happiness? Your peace of mind? My sister's kids all love and thrived at daycare, my daughter didn't. I had to take that into consideration.
We make 50k a year between myself and my husband. He is self employeed so we have health bennifits and life insurance that we pay for. ( Which is very important- you NEED to have these things if you are a working mom or not. ) You should always figure out in yor stay at home budget these costs if you would lose them from leaving your job) In my case I never had any of that from my job anyways. We own our own home ( small 3 bed 1 bath), and a camp. We live modestly, drive older vehicles, but still eat out once a week. We have cable, internet, a snowmobile, and an off road truck. We budget budget budget. Cut back where we can, and splurge where we feel we need to the most. Our home is paid off in full as of after Christmas because we have made many many extra payments. I am 26 years old and my husband is 32. We are building our dream home next year with the proceeds from selling this one ( my husband is a contractor- so our home has increased in value, and he will be building our new home). We will have our new home paid off in 10 years. Plan Plan Plan.
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I am a cloth diaperer and it actually DOES simplify my life. I love when we’re out that I can toss her diaper and cloth wipes in her wet bag and go. no plastic bag for disposable diapers and wipes and then having to find the trash can to dispose when we’re out. They’re super cute and the money saving is clearly a bonus! We use Bum Genius one size snaps with the inserts. Love them! And we use cloth wipes as well which I LOVE one millions times more than regular pre-soaked wipes. For detergent we use Charlie’s Soap (which we use for all laundry) and it works great! So excited to hear that there are more cloth diaperers out there!
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Some things are worth way more then any amount of money. Regardless of what the world tells us we can’t have everything. I don’t believe you can be the best possible parent and work a full time job. I also don’t believe you can reach your full career potential and stay at home. Something has to give, and unfortunately when it comes down to it most people choose their career over their children (bring on the flames).