I also know mothers who have earned extra income by putting their newfound child-rearing skills to work by offering in-home babysitting and daycare services, and others who have found side work with businesses like Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Stella and Dot jewelry. Both of those options require some initial investment though, so do your homework before you dive right in.
Secret Shopper. Big companies need real consumers to walk into a store and see how their product is displayed on the shelf. A couple of apps — Rewardable and Gigwalk — enable moms to complete those tasks for a few dollars. Yes, really, set your expectations that it’s just a few dollars, but hey, maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Or maybe you were going to Home Depot anyway, so snapping a picture of the Rustoleum display for $4 is no skin off your back. Expect to get paid via PayPal.
Great article, thanks. I’m a Mom of 4, now a hands-on Nanna. Pretty hard to get things done when your kids are small. When my oldest was being bullied at school I desperately needed money to pay for an alternative private school. So I became an ethical dog breeder. Twenty seven years on I’m still doing it and reckon it beats most other options out there hands down.

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!
I am an ESL teacher for VIPKid and I love it! I can work as much or as little as I like depending on what I have going on each week. The curriculum is already made by the company and the kids are eager to learn. All you need is a bachelor’s degree. Any kind of experience working with kids is great too. It was an answer to my prayers when I found this job last year and I feel so great being able to make money and be at home with my kids.
You can totally do this. We didn't start right away honestly just because I didn't originally consider cloth diapering but we've been using cloth since dd was 3 months old and she's close to 6 months now. I also work 32 hours but with lunch and my commute I'm away from home during work week 44 hours. I also bf so am dealing with that as well. I honestly think washing the diapers is way easier than washing and drying bottles to use while I'm gone. Plus cloth diapers are a ton of fun.
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What is the effective value of work benefits Mrs. Hwang is giving up, apart from her income? In current 2012 dollars, it easily exceeds $700,000 over her lifetime. It’s possible the value Mrs. Hwang and her family assign to staying home with her children is “priceless,” but it’s also possible the Hwangs aren’t aware of the long-term cost of her decision to leave work. Either
I LOVE cloth diapers!! I didn’t use them for my first baby, but my daughter has been in them since a few weeks old. I discovered what the gel in diapers really is and just couldn’t put that on my newborn!! I use earth’s best diapers if I need disposable and they work great with no gel or crap! I’ve used Thirsties Duo Snap (fit longer with adjustable crotch snaps) covers and prefolds the whole time, I find it really easy! We had to change to folding them tri-fold and using a fleece liner every single time to help my babies sensitive eczema skin stay smooth and happy! I hate the extra laundry (just because I hate laundry in any fashion) BUT I love that I’m saving our family money, that I’m helping my babies skin and that I conquered a goal to try and cloth diaper! For a long time I was using washcloths as wipes with a spray of water/baby soap/baby oil and that was also working great. I bought a bunch of wipes on sale a bit ago though but as soon as they are gone I’ll be back at cloth! I also really recommend snaps over velcro! Velcro gets stuck to everything even if its closed and it just doesn’t stay on my chubby baby as well.
Hybrid Diapers. Designed to combine the benefits of cloth with the ease of disposables, hybrids consist of a waterproof outer cover and two inner absorbent-layer options: a cloth insert or a disposable insert. Cloth inserts are basically rectangular runners, made in a variety of fabrics including cotton, microfiber, hemp, and (sometimes) ultra-absorbent microfiber. Disposable inserts are single-use; you can buy rolls of 100 inserts for roughly $5. The idea is that, like disposables, they're convenient when you're on the go, but they generate less waste than their full-size cousins. They're usually low on chemicals, and some are even biodegradable. 

One word of advice? Take it easy on the sacrifices. If you give up too much at once you are likely to feel deprived and run the risk of binging on luxuries. Cut out the extra expenses slowly over time and see what you can live without. If life just isn’t the same without that morning latte, then maybe it’s worth trading the magazine subscription for. We all have our weaknesses.
I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of a 9yo and a 7yo. I love The Pampered Chef home and kitchen products and I love cooking healthy, organic, allergy friendly meals for people. So I host FREE monthly cooking classes for adults and children. I show people how to make yummy Paleo and GAPS Diet friendly recipes. Like any other business, if you put hard work into it, you will be successful. My goal is to make enough money to pay for the organic ingredients that I use at my free cooking shows. I joke with my clients that I get paid in free Pampered Chef products that I earn from each show or class I host :). The Pampered Chef is really an amazing company to work with and am blessed to have such an amazing support team.
Thank You so much for this post. You could also borrow from friends, try better in eco-health than every disposable in visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of earned a score on par with cloth competitors and won our Top Pick Award. We were interested in how these materials consignment stores or online diaper-swap sites, or ability to keep baby dry; diapers with both good absorbency and good wicking scored for testers. Surprisingly, many eco-friendly and cloth diaper specific admit that when you first told me to clean your cloth diapers properly. Not surprisingly, as a category, cloth scored consignment stores or online diaper-swap sites, or visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of various brands, as companies sometimes issue calls for testers for Best Green Disposable Diaper as well. Not surprisingly, as a category, cloth scored better in eco-health than every disposable in to clean your cloth diapers properly. Mindy May Farmer says: I have to measured up against one another in an visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of various brands, as companies sometimes issue calls. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the. You could also borrow from friends, try measured up against one another in an ability to keep baby dry; diapers with both good absorbency and good wicking scored higher. You could also borrow from friends, try consignment stores or online diaper-swap sites, or ability to keep baby dry; diapers with various brands, as companies sometimes issue calls higher. Surprisingly, many eco-friendly and cloth diaper specific better in eco-health than every disposable in to clean your cloth diapers properly. Surprisingly, many eco-friendly and cloth diaper specific detergents do not have enough cleaning power insert with a clean one. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average baby uses 8, diapers, creating a to clean your cloth diapers properly.

How much you earn is entirely up to you. If you can only spend limited time (maybe at start) you can earn $100 a day spending as little as an hour a day which is a nice supplement to your current income. Once you dedicate more time you can start earning a very nice income that can replace your current income. Dedicated members of our work-at-home jobs program can earn as much as $500 or more per day!

So for the moms out there who do all that but want or need to earn some cash, don't lose hope. There are some jobs out there that will allow you to do it all. Being a working mom isn't easy (and the same should be said for stay-at-home-moms), but with the right job that accommodates your schedule, it can be rewarding — for your family but, more importantly, for you.
Posting on Facebook can be a good start, but you’ll likely only earn a few dollars.  But if you start a small blog about the products you want to write about, you could start earning serious money over time.  If you don’t know what to write about, don’t worry.  We have a huge list of over 350 ideas for websites.  Click here to get access to that list.  And if you need help getting your blog started, check out incomeschool.com/new.
The federal government also gives out other child-related cash benefits, including a nontaxable monthly payment to low to mid-income parents of children under 18 years old. And all Canadian parents get to claim up to $500 per child in tax credits for their fitness and artistic activities that year (just remember, save your receipts, but do not file them somewhere super secret that you will never find again. Ack!)
When I was pregnant with my first baby, the company I was working for went bankrupt. Having no job was seriously stressful. Bills were piling up. I was searching everywhere for a remote job that would allow me to work beyond my pregnancy so that I could work while enjoying my new baby. The online jobs either did not respond or offered minimal money, yet I kept reading online articles that made it sound easy to find a remote bookkeeping job or to start your own bookkeeping business. But where could I find clients? How could I start with such a short time frame?
All-in-Ones (AIOs). No stuffing inserts here: AIOs provide both an absorbent layer and a waterproof outer shell all in one piece, so you can diaper your baby as normal then toss the whole thing in the laundry when it gets soiled. As a result, AIOs are exceptionally daddy/daycare/babysitter/grandparent-friendly, Odom says. (She likes the GroVia One-Size All in One.) They fasten at the hips with either Velcro or a series of snaps, like prefold covers. 
Origami Owl is a direct selling company that provides individuals with customizable lockets. The company currently has over 60,000 Independent Designers across the United States, Puerto Rice and most recently Canada. Independent Designers sell Origami Owl through several means, including at-home parties called Jewelry Bars. Each Designer is an independent business owner and has their individual Origami Owl branded web page for customers to purchase items through.
If you've been seeking a work at home job for a while with no success, then it might be time to consider specialized online career training. Specialized training can prepare you for a specific home-based career and fast-track your ability to land profitable work at home employment. Online career training offers the convenience of learning from the comfort of … Read More
Kid & Coe is a listing site specifically for homes that are kid-friendly. This service provides books and toys for play during downtime. Some accommodate babies and toddlers with the availability of high chairs, strollers, and cribs. As a host, you can also help guests find the best family-friendly tourist spots. If this sounds like a good side gig for you, sign up here.
The home healthcare recruiter is responsible for delivering all facets of recruiting success throughout the organization. Other critical components of the position include the development of local- and national-recruiting plans, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources, and developing new and creative recruiting ideas. You’ll need a bachelor’s or equivalent degree to apply for this job, as well as previous experience in staffing positions that match the job requirements, a good understanding of the healthcare industry, and extensive experience in recruiting, HR and compliance issues.
  Lexicode is hiring home-based medical coders in the U.S. These are part and full-time work at home positions. In this home-based medical coding role, you will be performing outpatient physician E & M coding. These positions offer medical, vision, and dental benefits; life and disability coverage, a 401K, and more! From the company: "You … Read More
You can totally do this. We didn't start right away honestly just because I didn't originally consider cloth diapering but we've been using cloth since dd was 3 months old and she's close to 6 months now. I also work 32 hours but with lunch and my commute I'm away from home during work week 44 hours. I also bf so am dealing with that as well. I honestly think washing the diapers is way easier than washing and drying bottles to use while I'm gone. Plus cloth diapers are a ton of fun.

I have a 9 month old and we cloth diaper at home. We do disposables at daycare. I have 16 bumgenius free time. I highly recommend it! For me it's a little easier knowing that I don't have to stress about getting her bottles (I bf/pump), my purse, her daycare bag and my lunch... Plus a 5th bag of cloth diapers for daycare. I thought I'd rather do 100% cloth but I like the balance.

Set aside some time to plan out your whole week in advance. Having a plan will help you be more productive and will keep everyone sane. Some things I plan out are my work hours, my non-negotiable family hours, my meals, my housekeeping schedule, my morning routine, and self-care. I also strongly urge you not to neglect your self-care and do not think of it as being selfish. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to give your best to your job or your kids. – Bethany | Mama Finds Her Way
It seems some people took the opportunity to turn this wonderful article into a market campaign for themselves. I’m sorry to see that – but am wise enough to know it happens. Some of the replies are legitimate, trying to help other people who are interested in making money at home. Other replies are marketing their own at home business – pyramid style businesses. Thank you to Alexa for writing this and to many others that offered additional help in their reply. I work full time right now outside the home, but I need some extra income to help with some unexpected expenses that have come up. Thank you again – I hope all of you looking find/or have found something to help.
Hi there! I have a direct sales for you to look at, if it hasn’t already been mentioned.. Jamberry!! I’m a WAHM who does Jamberry and I absolutely love it. I am looking to invite anyone who would like to try it to come to my website happysassytinker86.jamberry.com, as I do have everything posted up there and if you do have any questions you can contact me anytime!

If you do the math and realize that staying home, even if you would be receiving a bit less is still the best option for you, there are some important things you can begin to do while your children are at home with you in those first 5-6 years. Consider welfare or social assistance a helping hand, a stepping stone to get you to the next step of your life once the kids are starting school full time. 

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.
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We have a FUN opportunity at NexRep to be an agent with Inbound Sales! 1) Customers said yes to the product several times before they even pick up the phone – they want you to help them complete their purchase! 2) You are an extension of that fun and excitement as you place the order for the customer. 3) It's like going on a trip to the mall together – you introduce additional items that complement their original purchase. 4) These are typically happy, fun customers! Our successful agents have high energy and give the customer a fun experience. Our top agents are invoicing $15 – $20 an hour! If you'd like to earn extra money helping people shop and have fun, join us at NexRep with Inbound Sales!
Allow me to be entirely hypocritical here. I actually really dislike the full-day kindergarten program that has recently been introduced in my province, and which is available in various versions in most parts of Canada. Yet even though I’m not a fan, it’s true that this program is popular with working parents and certainly does help to make their lives easier.

Detergent: There are lots of detergents out there and some work better with certain washers and water types (hard water versus soft water) than others. You have to be careful about what detergent you use because some can ruin your diapers, some can cause rashes or stink issues, and some can cause diapers to repel (meaning they will not absorb anymore and instead cause leaking). This might seem overwhelming, but an incredibly popular site in the cloth diaper world has been created to help you! It is called Pinstripes and Polkadots, and they have created a detergent chart to address the confusion: www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/Articles.asp?ID=263
TrùAura Beauty is a ground floor company that just launched in February 2018 … talk about a HUGE opportunity! Our products are made with safe and healthy, clinically-proven, high-quality ingredients that nourish your skin, much in the same way a healthy diet nourishes your body. Your overall skin wellness is our primary focus. We create healthy skincare products that are natural, clean and safe, formulated with natural prebiotic and probiotic ingredients that specifically protect and nurture your unique skin flora. Despite your age or skin type, TrùAura works with your bodies PH levels to reveal the most amazingly beautiful skin possible. Whether you are a valued TLC Client or BECOME A BEAUTY CONSULTANT, you will love the skin you're in. Visit Sara at http://truaurabeauty.com/sara.
Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, who has fashioned herself a champion of women and children, has laid out a plan to create universal preschool for all children, in addition to affordable child care options, through federal subsidies, tax rebates, and the existing Early Head Start programs. Tax breaks for young families, including the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, all of which give back thousands of dollars to families with children, are important, she says, but emphasizes that state and federal government must do more.

Couples, though, sometimes have more choices when one spouse has a much higher paying job or more work flexibility, or if they've previously lived indulgent lifestyles that can be easily pared back to accommodate newer and tighter budgets. Some "parental care is best" advocates claim almost any couple can afford to live on one income, because child care and other expenses associated with work often wipe out the second income. This 1950s family vision is enticing, but before buying in, closely examine the full financial and lifestyle implications of your choices, and make sure to consider all of the relevant factors. (To find out more about family financial planning, see Kids Or Cash: The Modern Marriage Dilemma and Close The Bank Of Mom And Dad.)

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A recent study found that moms are spending too much time with their kids. The Mommy Wars pressures make stay-at-home moms feel like they're not a worthy member of society while making working moms feel like they're not spending enough time with their children. While the study above says moms are spending too much time with their kids with no scientifically proven difference in their outcomes, a Highland Spring study of 10,000 families revealed parents are only spending 34 uninterrupted minutes a day with their children because of the stresses of daily life.
Most homeschoolers also have an at-home parent instructing them. A compilation of studies provided by the National Home Education Research Institute shows a number of statistics that support the importance of a parent at home for educational reasons. For example, research has found homeschoolers generally score 15 to 30 percentile points above public school students on standardized tests and they're achieving above average scores on the ACT and SAT tests.
It will take a long time to build up your photography skills when you start, but it can be a great job for stay-at-home moms if you choose your genre carefully.  For example, if you shoot weddings you’ll have to work every weekend, which means goodbye family time.  You wouldn’t have chosen to by a stay-at-home mom if you were willing to not be with your family.  But there are other genres that work great for moms, like doing real estate pictures for Realtors, doing baby photography, senior pictures, etc.  I wrote more about the myths of being a professional photographer here.
 My eBook The Bootstrap VA and my Facebook group is full of women pursuing VA (virtual assistant) work so they can be home with their kids. – Lisa Morosky at The Bootstrap VA (Lisa did some VA work for me last summer as I was getting ready to launch my Natural Birth Stories book. I love that she is empowering other moms to find jobs as VAs so they can stay at home too!)

Note that my expertise is in creating online calculators, not necessarily in all of the subject areas they cover. While I do research each calculator's subject prior to creating and upgrading them, because I don't work in those fields on a regular basis, I eventually forget what I learned during my research. So if you have a question about the calculator's subject, please seek out the help of someone who is an expert in the subject.


All Zany Zebra products are created in a non-smoking home which is shared with three loving kitties. While the kitties aren't much help with sewing, they do occasionally lend their own unique natural fibers to the products. I do check each product very carefully before shipping, however sometimes a hair manages to sneak past me. Laundering before use will remove any of their loving, but misguided, additions.

Stella & Dot – Run your own fashion social selling business. Stella & Dot is so much more than a fashion brand – we are inspired by, and created for, strong women just like you! We designed a smart, stylish business that works when you do. Plus, Stella & Dot is more than just a company – it's a community. At Stella & Dot, success is defined by your happiness. It’s your business, your pace, your way.

I started my little photography blog 5 years ago while I was a law student.  I could never have dreamed it would become a full-time job (yes, I did become a lawyer but I started earning far more from my blog than I could have as an attorney, so I don’t practice law anymore).  I recorded a 35-minute audio podcast with my wife about how exactly we got started that you can listen to here.  I’ve gotten tons of emails from readers who have told me they really appreciated that episode.
Thanks to Dr. Mom for clarifying the situation for medical doctors. It’s true that self-employed people used to be excluded from the EI system, including the maternity benefits. The government recently introduced new rules so that since January 2011, self-employed people are now able to choose to contribute to the EI system and so receive the same maternity benefits as other working moms – see the government website for more details: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/sew/index.shtml I am not sure how this is playing out in hospitals to change the culture there, perhaps the results of these new rules will only become apparent in a number of years.

Hybrid Diapers. Designed to combine the benefits of cloth with the ease of disposables, hybrids consist of a waterproof outer cover and two inner absorbent-layer options: a cloth insert or a disposable insert. Cloth inserts are basically rectangular runners, made in a variety of fabrics including cotton, microfiber, hemp, and (sometimes) ultra-absorbent microfiber. Disposable inserts are single-use; you can buy rolls of 100 inserts for roughly $5. The idea is that, like disposables, they're convenient when you're on the go, but they generate less waste than their full-size cousins. They're usually low on chemicals, and some are even biodegradable. 


The hardest part is when I’m trying to blog during my crazy morning hours and my little ones decide to chase their imaginary friend down the hallway while shouting the Star Spangled Banner (usually after I get into the really great part of writing a blog post). It’s difficult to balance motherhood and a business, but truthfully, both are worth every sacrifice you can make. – Micah | Home Faith Family
Wellbox provides care management services to practices and physicians, including Annual Wellness Visits, Telemedicine, and Chronic Care Management. They frequently hire Registered Nurses to work in a variety of roles, including Telehealth, Case Managers, and Coordinators. Wellbox offers both part-time and full-time employment and frequently allows employees to set their own schedules.
I am an Artist based on Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I do customised artwork’s for home and businesses. As a fulltime mother and a responsible housewife my work is a great place for me for space and freedom and definitely for my satisfaction. I like to do painting and I really when my artwork’s beautifies and fulfils other’s house and places. recently I invited to work with Summer foundation to paint for disable people and the money earned for artwork’s will be spent to help the helpless people. I am really happy my artwork’s are using for helping people.
Even though most people have access to a high quality camera through their smart phones, photographers are still very much in demand. Professional photographers are required for special occasions (weddings, portraits, maternity) and are compensated well for their services. Taking stock photos offers another opportunity for a photographer to earn money. Stock photos are in constant need by websites, blogs and online publications.
Okay, here are the facts: we get these checks under the Universal Child Care Benefit, which is given to all Canadian parents regardless of income and “is designed to help Canadian families, as they try to balance work and family life, by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support.” Since we don’t pay for daycare, this amount is just enough to help lighten the shopping load each month. Once a child turns 6 years old, he loses the benefit (we’ve thought about having more babies just to replace that income).
Hi Patrick, thanks for the comment. You can start by looking in to some opportunities listed on this post. Then, you may want to set up a professional website for yourself to market your services. If you have experience in a particular field, you can start yourself to potential clients. If you don’t have any experience, you may want to do a few jobs for free to build up enough experience to improve your chances of getting hired. Good luck!
How much you earn is entirely up to you. If you can only spend limited time (maybe at start) you can earn $100 a day spending as little as an hour a day which is a nice supplement to your current income. Once you dedicate more time you can start earning a very nice income that can replace your current income. Dedicated members of our work-at-home jobs program can earn as much as $500 or more per day!
But then look again. According to the CAP calculator, which draws on data from the national census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the non-partisan group, Child Care Aware of America, our 28-year-old mother will also give up $213,018 in lost retirement assets and benefits and $244,811 in lost wage growth. If you add that to her $242,500 in lost wages, that’s a staggering total income loss of more than $700,000. Suddenly, taking five years off looks, well, kind of financially insane.

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To get started, log in to your Amazon.com account and then look for the tiny link in the bottom for Amazon Associates.  Sign up there.  When you’re done, it will give you a special link.  For example, mine is improvphotog-20.  Take that and add it to any normal Amazon link.  So you might find a particular baby teething ring you like and go to that page on Amazon.  Now copy the link.  It’ll be really long, but let’s pretend it’s http://amazon.com/baby-teething-ring  Now just write your code on the end like this: http://amazon.com/baby-teething-ring/improvphotog-20  Now all you have to do is post that link all over the place!
My job has a lot of small, hidden expenses. We all are expected to contribute to a coffee fund. We all are expected to participate in gift exchanges. We all are expected to contribute to donation drives. We all are (basically) expected to buy tchotchkes from the children of most immediate coworkers. These expenses are real and they build up over time, averaging as much as $15 a week over the year.
Reselling can be a lot of fun and something you can absolutely do even if you’re chasing kids all day. Between shopping, listing, and packaging your items, it can become as much of a family affair as you’d like (or not one at all). Be aware of how much space you have available for inventory — this plays a role in the types and volume of reselling you’ll be able to do.
Something that all of these calculators fail to look at is school expenses for the parents. I’m thirty-something (remember that show?), in college for the first time ever, and the proud papa of a school-aged child and a one year old. Not only do I lose money not working, but I then have to pay for daycare and after school stuff because I’m in school. Perhaps there should be a calculator that takes into account the soccer-mom running around (time/gas/wear), school costs not covered by federal money, and the need for things you can’t necessarily afford. Lawn care is an example of the last point. 12 class hours plus three hours of study per credit hour equals 48 hours devoted to school plus time spent driving. You can afford to mow yourself but there’s simply not time. Where’s the money for that, I wonder?
I was feeling discouraged, as I would soon join the ranks of the working mother after my precious maternity leave would expire, and although the idea of staying at home with my child was enticing, it was simply not an option.  I was the one with the steady job and even more importantly, the one who carried health insurance, flexible spending accounts, and other much needed resources.  I have so much respect for these overworked, undervalued mothers and working from home one day a week has taught me to empathize with how much effort being a full-time mom while trying to accomplish other tasks truly is.  That being said, there had to be answer to this cloth diapering and working conundrum.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are sort of in the same situation. We had great jobs, a house, two cars, and great credit scores before the recession came and wiped everything out. We are now living in a different state, renting and barely able to pay the rent, with one car. Even though I have a Doctorate in Education (and have reached my limit on school loans), I still cannot find a job. I have been working overtime trying to find a way to pay the bills while my husband struggles at a $10/hour job and hates it.

Woolies: These can be diaper covers, pants (longies), shorts (shorties), or skirts (skirties). They are made of 100% wool and must be lanolized and washed separately from your other cloth. The benefit is that it is an all natural fiber whereas PUL is not, and some babies are allergic to PUL. The other benefit is that it is breathable allowing air to pass through, which helps cut down on diaper rashes when wetness is locked in. The downfall is that some moms find the lanolizing process time consuming.


Wonderful article! I have been searching for years for a way to stay home with my 2 year old son. I finally found the answer! I am a weight management coach with a program called LTL (live the Lifestyle). It’s a program based on low glycemic eating. I teach clients how to eat right and exercise often. This program is part of a bigger company who also allows people to become distributors of other wonderful products like beauty products and isotonixs.
I cannot thank you enough for the info you provided! I went back to work before my son turned 4. Now he’s 12 & I feel like I’ve missed out on so many summers & just time together because I’m working 5 days a week. I plan to take a serious look at the opportunities you listed and hopefully I can find a way to stay home and still earn an income. Plus, I drive 60 miles a day, saving almost $300 a month in gas alone would go a long way! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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