This Instructable is not to preach about the use of cloth and its pros and cons. I assume you are ready to take the cloth journey if you have made it to this tutorial...My job is just to give you a taste of the types of diapers out there and to let you know that cloth diapering is a personal adventure in tests and trials, and you WILL find what works for your individual baby. Remember that all babies are different (shapes, sizes, sensitivities, etc). Probably even your own children will respond differently to cloth as far as fit goes!
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Adelaide, I can tell you right now that you are not incompetent! You used the word “well” and “too” correctly. As an employer, I can’t even count how many applications I’ve filed to the back because of poor grammar! (some of you might be thinking why is she on this site if she has her own business… I don’t want to be at my business, I want to be able to pick up my girls from school!) I market for an online store by referring shoppers, but I can’t replace my income yet. Maybe when my student loans are paid! I’m making that my goal!
Unfortunately, many moms feel powerless because they can’t find legitimate work-from-home opportunities and sometimes fall victim to Tupperware, handbag, cosmetics or other “parties” that usually charge you a lot of money up front to start selling and rarely result in the success you want. Or, businesses that want you to pay thousands of dollars to get a “certificate in medical billing,” or “secret shopper” scams. Certainly these can be completely legitimate, but all too often it ends up costing the person more money than they ever earn.
Since you are reading this article, that means you have a skill that many people around the world are seeking – knowing the English language. Learning to read, write, and speak English has become an invaluable asset in industries based in the U.S. or that are global. Specialty websites and local resources can connect you with people looking for an English teacher to learn from and converse with.
You need to cut spending, so start with the cuts that will offer the biggest payoff. Don't waste time driving around town to find the best price on frozen peas -- look at where you can make big changes. For example, housing is by far your biggest expense -- it's typically about 30 percent of a home-owning family's budget. Can you move to a less expensive neighborhood? Or downsize your digs? Would you be willing to? This leads to the next big consideration.
Pockets are one of the most popular ways to cloth diaper. They are daddy friendly and daycare friendly. While All in ones and All in 2s are gaining in popularity (see the vocabulary definitions of these), pockets are easier to clean, dry faster, and are more customizable for your baby's wetness because you can pair different types of inserts (also called or boosters, or soakers...whatever you choose to call them).
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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 was a single Mom and 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.
Flexible spending (dependent-care) accounts offered by many employers allow employees to set aside up to $5,000 of income before taxes annually to pay for child care. Higher-bracket couples can save up to $150 monthly in federal/local income tax, and FICA deductions versus paying with after-tax funds. Even without such accounts, the federal child-care credit can save (per child, up to two children) higher-income families about $50 per month and lower-income families up to $1,050 annually. Note: You can choose only one of these two methods each year. (To find out more, see Money Saving Year-End Tax Tips and How can I use a child tax credit?)
Also, I never really bothered with any of those calculators cause they just don’t individualize them enough. I feel that figuring out if 1 parent and which parent will stay home should be done by them. For us, it worked out perfect cause I have great healthcare benefits since my son had to have surgery 2 weeks after he was born. Otherwise, we would be in some serious debt. Also life insurance for both parents is very very important.
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.
“We were talking about our decision in this long-term framework, and a lot of other people were talking about it in terms of, ‘I bring home X, and childcare costs Y. If X is less than Y, then I’d be making less money than working.’ Having done these calculations, we weren’t even in the same ballpark with the amount of money we thought was at stake,” he says.
Even the few websites that are truly legitimate and do in fact pay you cold, hard cash for surveys (which I have yet to find), consumer reviews, mystery shopping, or how-to articles, the pay is so minuscule that you would need to be on your computer 24 hours a day just to make enough to buy a cup of coffee at the end of the month. Considering most places state you must have accumulated a minimum of $100 in pay before they release your funds, you may be waiting for a very long time. Some will advertise that they pay $1.50 per review but when you scroll through the fine print, it turns out they pay thirty cents or less.
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It's one chunk of the day when you can generally expect to be able to plug away without interruption (at least not from your child). Whether your kid sleeps for one hour or three, use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration, says Erin O'Donnell, a mom of two and freelance writer and editor in Milwaukee, who often schedules work-related phone calls during her 20-month-old Jonas's naps. If for some reason he isn't tired, they have quiet time instead: O'Donnell puts him in his crib with books and closes the door. "I can usually get in 20 minutes of work before he grows restless," she says. If Jonas wakes up while she's on a work call and begins crying, O'Donnell has trained herself to resist hanging up and rushing right in to check on him. "It hurts a little bit to listen to him," she says. "But it won't kill me -- or him." Plus, she believes it's important for him to learn how to soothe himself.
So to recap – scams are plentiful but not hard to recognise; finding a legitimate work at home position for a company is hard to find but not impossible, and starting your own company or joining a direct sales company is simple but not easy and not guaranteed to be profitable either. In the end, there’s no easy answer to what opportunity will be right for you. Just be sure to take your time deciding and don’t jump into anything, especially if you’re handing over your credit card.
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Very interesting perspective and yes a bit jealous coming from the US and from the non paid mat leave working world. However at some level either you and/or other taxpayers are paying for your leave. You’ve either paid this in your withholdings in your check already and/or other workers have paid into this program. This is similar to what some US states have in america for women on mat leave, they pay into this state run program. As a working mother with unpaid leave, I think these sort of programs are wonderful. However, on the flip side, I don’t think I would want to have a job, leave for a year and then go back to work. That’s an enormous amount of time off to then head back into the working world. Regardless if that’s the law, I can’t imagine that’s an easy process for the woman on mat leave and the employer/co-workers. It was an adjustment coming back to work after 12 weeks, I could not imagine what sort of environment you would walk into after 52 weeks. I would really like to know the stats on how many woman actually come back after the one year mark or just collect their benefits of this one year paid leave and then never set foot back into work. Is there a caveat on getting the benefits if you don’t go back?
Third, I needed support. We all need support! And sometimes that support means my (awesome) hubby sprays the diapers while I’m still putting the baby to bed. Or sometimes it means he knows I’m doing diaper laundry that night, so he’ll dump in most of the diapers and fill the prewash but leave it open so I can just throw in the poopy diapers after I spray them. Sometimes support comes in the form of older siblings helping you stuff diapers or having a mom or mother in law who loves you enough to put diapers away when they come to babysit for the evening. Having the support of your family, whether immediate or extended, is important for any big parenting decision- cloth included.
Pockets come in various price ranges from $5 per diaper to $20 per diaper. Although $5 seems like the obvious way to go, be sure to do your research on the diapers you are buying. In most cases, you get what you pay for. $5 diapers can delaminate causing the PUL to stop working. Some that are made overseas do not have to meet US regulations for chemical use, so please just know what you are buying and putting on your baby. You will likely find that one brand fits better than another, so try a few brands before buying your whole stash! Pockets hold about 70% of their retail value when sold in EUC, so you can either buy used ones to try or purchase a few different brands of new ones then sell the brands you do not like as much to fund more of the ones you like! Be aware of the value of diapers..again, do your research so that you do not end up paying more for a used diaper versus what it would cost to buy that brand new!
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You could also borrow from friends, try consignment stores or online diaper-swap sites, or visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of various brands, as companies sometimes issue calls for testers. Or join a trial program, like Diaper Lab's $35, two-week "Experiment to Own" option, which is basically like leasing a car, only with nappies instead of a Nissan. Jillian's Drawers is another option. In the end, it all comes down to your (and your baby's) personal preference.
It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
Since naptime is when many moms are tempted to cram in everything on their to-do list -- dishwashing, playdate schedules, laundry -- try to stay focused. "If you were working outside the home, you wouldn't be concerned with anything but work," says Durst. Concentrate only on the things you can't do when your child is awake. Aside from naptime, if you're a morning person, use the wee hours to get stuff done before the rest of the family wakes up. A night owl? Burn the midnight oil.
By reading some of my favorite blogs, I’ve seen them post jobs for VAs (virtual assistants). I replied to one, which led to getting a job with her. That job led me to connect with a couple of other bloggers. She now runs her own company with people working for her as VAs to give other SAHMs a chance to earn money for their families. – Rachel at Signed by Me
“Designing and making hang tags. If graphics are not your thing you can even purchase pre-designed hang tags online. Then you cut them out and use pretty ribbons, bakers twine, or lace to tie them off. Embellish with buttons and bling. These are especially popular closer to Christmas. But you can make them for all seasons. These sell well on eBay and Etsy as well.
For example, the calculator estimates that a 30-year-old woman who began working at age 22, who makes $100,000 and plans to take just five years off from work, could lose more than $1.2 million in income going forward, including $500,000 in lost wages, $424,561 in lost wage growth and $340,590 in lost retirement assets and benefits. Men typically lose more, Madowitz said, because their wages are often higher to begin with. But fewer men take time off to become full-time dads.
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 am a single mom of 3 beautiful girls. My oldest has decided to move out on her own, but my other two are still at home. I work part time, go to school part time, and supplement my income by selling candles for a company called Jewelry in Candles. I have only been doing this for a few months and not many people have heard of this company where I live so it has been slow going, but it is going. I used to work 12 plus hours a day, 6 days a week and did it for years. I decided it was time to slow down a little bit so I can be around for those sporting activities.
It can also be a challenge when weeknights (after bedtime) are no longer spent on my own hobbies or as quality time with my husband because I have to finish that project I just couldn’t get done during the day. Sometimes I have to spend some time on weekends when my husband can care for our son, so it can feel like I never get away from work. Setting boundaries between work and home life is certainly a challenge. – Meaghan
Your significant other. Your partner's support of your decision is critical; otherwise there could be many difficulties. If the person that you're living with is unsupportive, he or she may not help you with finances, child rearing, or household chores. Resentments could build up on both sides. If you and your significant other disagree over whether you should stay home or work, Yasgoor recommends a six-month trial period followed by an evaluation to see how one option works for the family. Also, whatever course of action you take, make sure to run by potential issues with your partner. If you decide to work, for example, it's important to figure out details such as how long maternity and paternity leave will be, who will pick up kids from day care or school, or who will care for them when they're sick, says Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Mommy Wars.
Your blog is very inspiring! Am currently in EBA 3.0 and I need for this to work. LOL! I been a SAHM for years and recently became a school bus driver to earn money and the schedule works around the kids for the most part. But the Hubby’s schedule is changing in Jan. and I have to make this work. Thanks so much all the freebies and inspiring stories.
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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.)
Hi JuD. At daycare we always provided disposable wipes. I never did explore cloth wipes with them. I was happy enough that they were open to cloth diapers. At home we used cloth wipes until my son started solids, since BF poop doesn’t have to be sprayed. Then we switched to disposable wipes full time. Spraying out diapers is enough in my opinion. I don’t want to spray off cloth wipes too!
On the great debate on whether it is best to stay home with your children or to work for a living, I do not think there is a right and wrong answer. This is a decision that each family needs to make for itself. Our family feels that it is best for me to stay home with our children, partly because of the cost of working, but mostly for other reasons. That may not be the same for your family, and that's fine! There is nothing wrong with families who for one reason or another have two working parents, or a single parent who needs to work.
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One of the things you often hear from people who work-at-home full-time is the difficulty in finding balance. When your home becomes your office, you no longer have a clear line of separation so you never feel like you can truly shut your work down. From talking to these work-at-home, stay-at-home moms, I can only gather that this situation gets even harder when you add childcare, a third type of work, to your balancing act.
Transcription work is one of the best at home jobs for moms looking for flexible hours and work that doesn’t require much experience. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and type out what they hear. As such, attention to detail and excellent listening skills are essential, which makes it a perfect job for moms. You'll also want to be able to touch type, of course.
So how many do you need and what sizes? I recommend 2 pail liners (one to use while the other is in the wash for every other day washing). I recommend 2 smalls; one to keep in the diaper bag for outings, and the other in case you go on two outings in two days. Mediums and larges are great for daycare. I recommend 3 to rotate through for daycare. You will want to hang these to dry, so if you have 3, you will always have 1 dry one in your rotation. Large bags are also great for overnights. I bring 2 larges with me: one for dirty diapers and one for dirty laundry!
A lot of jobs are not advertised and as the saying goes, sometimes its who you know. I know you are doing everything you can, and with regard to having a little one and finding a job that not only pays the bills but fits in the school time table 9-4 can be extremely difficult, especially because like you said, a Bachelors Degree is the new High School Diploma.
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I can totally relate to your situation! It's rather deceiving when OSAP or any other loan money becomes your sole source of income. I was fortunate in that I had a part time job here in Ottawa while I went to school full time (60% course load). I am now having to make payments on my $30,000 worth of student loans and I still have 2.5 credits left to graduate. My husband makes too much money for me to qualify for any loans now, but the reality is, what he makes is just enough for our family to get by.. and nothing to save up to pay for the schooling I have left.
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Hi Emma, Sorry to hear about your job loss and we hope things are going better for you. The jobs and resources in this post have been researched and they are legitimate. My advice to you would be to determine what marketable skills you have that could help you earn an income from an online job. Can you type well? Are you a skilled writer or editor? Do you have amazing organizational skills? Are you good at problem solving? If you are still in need of a job you should look into customer service rep positions or maybe even look into direct sales if you are a people person. Good luck!
When she first looked at trimming her family's budget, New Jersey mom Heather DeGeorge (who now stays home with her toddler) kept a pad in her purse and wrote down everything she spent and what she spent it on. If it's easier, you may want to use a daily expense tracker app or save your receipts and total them at the end of each day using a spreadsheet, financial software, or calculator.
I have two small children and found going to a workplace full time was incredibly difficult alongside meeting the children’s needs (and paying for childcare!). It was very scary leaving a place of security and heading towards the unknown of being self-employed and working from home. I believed in myself and took the plunge to teach online for an established company. It was the best decision. The job is fun and energising and I fit it when my kids are at school. My children are happy and calm and I’m not worried about finances.
Or how about the costs of disposable diapers? I had been putting my children in cloth diapers at home, but the daycare centers would not use them. So I had to purchase diapers each week for my babies to use at daycare. Not to mention the fact that I was supplementing my youngest with formula, because I could not pump enough breast milk to provide for her throughout the day.
Unfortunately, most couples don't grow old together. So, in deciding on two incomes versus one, consider not only the effects on joint long-term finances, but also on potential long-term effects on each partner. Although a man deciding to become a stay-at-home parent is becoming more common, the mother's income is still usually sacrificed, so women should be aware of the particular financial challenges they face.
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Money. Your family's financial picture is obviously important as basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care costs need to be covered. Beyond the essentials, household needs vary, and it is up to you and your family to decide whether staying at home, working part time, or working full time will work best. If you decide to stay home, consider what the loss of income will mean for the family and for your own spending. Make sure to discuss this with your significant other, and if you both need help, consult with a financial planner, advises Karen S. Yasgoor, PhD, an organizational psychologist in private practice in La Jolla, Calif., and owner of the Center for Work Life Assessment.
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Let me first start out by saying that my heart goes out to you if you are a single parent who has little if any choice as to whether or not you can afford to be a stay at home parent. Sadly, with half of all marriages ending in divorce (many caused by disagreements over those little pieces of paper we refer to as "money"), my heart is going out to a lot of people.
Your partner can also be a great source of support. When Samuelson's husband, a teacher, arrives home at 3:30 p.m., she relies on him to take over kid duty. He can ferry their two children to the park and get dinner ready, and Samuelson will emerge a few hours later feeling finished with her day's to-do list. If your partner gets home after dinner, ask him to oversee bedtime -- you'll fit in at least an hour of work before the kids yell "Mom!" And once they do, you're there for the call, with no rush hour to race through.
Definitely agree on all accounts! I thought of using cloth then we moved to Luxembourg and saw the cost of disposables. My daughter was premature and still potty trained the first which I believe was due to cloth. With minimalism I am now stopping myself buying any more. I am lending some to a friend, borrowed from another friend and plan to sell them when my next child potty trains.
We’ve used cloth diapers almost exclusively with both of our boys (the only exception was a box of disposables for each of them during the first week after they were born, and a box of disposables during a week-long trip with our older son). We’ve been on weekend trips and short camping vacations using cloth, and have gotten so used to them that they are one of the easiest things we do. Our two-year-old is just about toilet trained now, so we only use diapers if we’re going somewhere, and overnight. But even when we were using them all the time, they were always one of the easier parts of full-time parenting (because let’s face it, there’s plenty of hard stuff involved with that job!) I have an HE washing machine, and I do the first cycle with cold water and some soap nuts liquid detergent (I make it by boiling dry soap nuts). Then for the second cycle, I use hot water, soap nuts detergent and OxiClean that’s free of dyes and perfumes. I hang them to dry, either on our clothesline or on a rack inside (we don’t have a dryer), and that’s all there is to it. We use a trash can to hold the dirty diapers, and I just rinse it out after I dump them in the washing machine. I do rinse out poopy diapers before putting them in the trash can, and we never have issues with odor. We use one-size pocket diapers that I got on Craigslist. Some have velcro, some have snaps. I agree with you on the snaps – definitely better. The velcro is starting to wear out, but the snaps are still great.