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Jessica von Wallenstein

Jessica von Wallenstein is a stay at home mom who chronicles her parenting adventures at She has three children and is buried in cloth diapers.

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Review: bumGenius Flannel Wipes and Bottom Spray
October 9, 2014 8:13 pm | by

When I was offered the opportunity to review bumGenius Flannel Wipes and Bottom Spray, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been using cloth wipes since I started cloth diapering just over 4 years ago. Some are even from the very beginning. With a baby and a two year old currently in cloth diapers, we’re always in need of methods to improve and streamline the diaper changing process. The flannel wipes arrived and I first noticed how big and soft they are! They’re 8″ x 8″, or about the size of a baby washcloth. The Bottom Cleaner was very easy to spritz and

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Real Mom Talk: Meeting Parents
October 8, 2014 7:26 pm | by

Being a parent is a peculiar mix of never being alone, yet frequently being lonely. While it’s incredibly rewarding to raise children, it’s also isolating and, let’s face it, a little boring at times. I love Play-Doh as much as anybody else, but there comes a point (usually 45-60 minutes in) where I want to have an adult conversation.   Enter other parents. They can relate to you, hold your kid while you pee, not care when your toddler throws a tantrum, and offer some much-needed social interaction. But how do you meet other parents? Where do you start? Well, it’s

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Review: MilkDaze Nursing Cami
July 10, 2014 6:11 pm | by

It’s hard to find a nursing tank that meets all of my criteria – not too skimpy, supportive, comfortable, and easy to nurse in. With the birth of my third baby in April, I was on the lookout for the perfect tank. The MilkDaze Nursing Cami has been the best I’ve found so far. The nursing tank is true to size. I wear a large shirt and the large tank fits well. It’s nice and long, which I like because I don’t want my postpartum belly popping out of my clothes. The tank is a bit low cut, but it’s perfect to

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Real Mom Talk: Winter Activites
January 28, 2014 11:59 am | by

Winter can be brutal, and it seems like this one has been worse than most. Between sub-zero temperatures, snowstorms, and icy roads, we’ve found ourselves stuck inside the house quite a few times already – and there is still plenty of winter left to go! Here are our favorite strategies for avoiding cabin fever when we’re trapped inside. Break out the crafts: I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to fit in messy crafts when we’re always running out to a playdate or preschool. So, on the days where we have nowhere to be, I turn to

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Real Mom Talk: A Guide to Babyshower Gifts
July 2, 2013 11:36 am | by

Hooray! Someone you know is having a baby. It’s an exciting time and you get to go celebrate with them. But, wait – what should you bring as a gift? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the strategy to choose the perfect gift, no matter your budget. Step one: Check out the registry. Most moms-to-be register for everything under the sun. (You can even register at Cotton Babies!) Look early and see if there is something on the list that you loved/your baby loved/someone you know loved. If so, that’s a perfect place to start because you know it’s

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Real Mom Talk: Off to the Zoo
May 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by

Now that the weather is (finally) warm, it’s time to start planning our outdoor activities. One of my favorite places to take the kids is the zoo. It’s perfect: sunshine, animals, and (fairly) contained spaces for children to explore. What more can you ask for? Don’t overthink the venue. Kids will be equally thrilled with a zoo complete with African safari or a farm with a few horses and cows. Everything is fun for them. Some of Vicki’s favorite experiences were feeding turtles animal crackers at the lamest zoo I’ve ever been to. She didn’t care – for her, seeing

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Why I love the Flip Diapering System
October 31, 2012 3:00 pm | by

I’ll be honest: at first, I was not a fan of Flip Diapers. I originally bought my Flips when Vicki was a little over a year old. At that point, she was still nursing a little but was mostly on solid food. And the combination made for some rather messy diapers. I got frustrated with the Flips because I unrealistically expected them to contain those disaster diapers and still be able to reuse the Flip cover for the next diaper. (To be clear, the diapers weren’t leaking onto her clothes, but the poop was on the insert and the cover.)

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Baby Sign Language
October 24, 2012 1:00 pm | by

I first heard about baby sign language from my sister. She gave me a book on the topic when Vicki was 4 months old. I didn’t start signing to Vicki for another 3 months after that. And then we couldn’t stop.   Baby sign language revolutionized how I was able to communicate with my daughter. Before she could vocalize her wants and needs, she could sign them to me. I had her signing “more” and “please” by the time she was 8 months old and, to this day, I can cut off a cry or a whiney voice by asking

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Cloth Diapering Baby #2
September 10, 2012 11:47 am | by
Cloth Diaper Creams

I’m a few months into this mom-of-two gig, and I feel like I’m starting to know what I’m doing. (Well, as much as any of us know what we’re doing.) I went into this knowing I’d cloth diaper Luke from the start, and would continue to cloth diaper Vicki until she’s potty trained. I seriously underestimated the amount of diaper laundry I would have. When Vicki was a newborn, we rented 24 newborn diapers because we weren’t sure if we would stick with cloth diapering. This time around, we purchased our newborn diapers so we would have them for future

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How to Stay Cool While Pregnant
July 25, 2012 10:40 am | by

It’s summer. It’s supposed to be hot. But every summer seems like it’s hotter than the summer before, especially if you’re hugely pregnant. My daughter was born in September, so I experienced a full hot pregnant summer, and my son was just born in June. (Apparently I like weighing an extra 35 pounds while it’s 100 degrees out.) When it’s this hot out, it’s important to stay cool not just for your comfort, but for your health. Drink LOTS of water. If you already drink a ton of water, that’s great. Drink more. This is so incredibly important, especially when

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