Read all about the Breitenfeld’s and why they love cloth diapers. They have used Simply Clean for three of their five children because of the ease and lack of rashes with cloth. Read below to find out more about them and why they think cloth is best.
1. Tell us a little bit about your family:
David (nurse anesthetist), Noelani [mental health counselor by education, but I like to call myself the Chief Operating Officer of our household currently:-)], Kehaumailani, Kahuikaika, Pomaikai, Malieonaona, & Iwalani; currently living in St. Louis with our hearts in Hawaii & Washington state.
2. Who do you currently have in cloth and/or past Simply Clean Alumni?
‘Iwalani is our latest Simply Clean beneficiary. We are transitioning Malieonaona out of cloths, using them for security during potty training. Pomaika’i is our Simply Clean alum
3. What are the main reasons you like being a Simply Clean Diaper Service customer?
We love the convenience of a diaper service! If we didn’t have Simply Clean, I don’t think we’d be cloth diapering. With a large family, I just can’t see myself washing another load of laundry! We originally considered cloth diapers after our first two babies’ diapering experiences. We started out with conventional disposables, but we weren’t comfortable with the persistent diaper rashes. It was so bad with our second child that diapering was painful for both parents and baby (e.g., open, bleeding sores on the bottom)! We switched to more environmentally friendly disposables, which helped ease #2′s bottom. However, they didn’t go away completely. I started researching cloths as an alternative when pregnant again with the third. We liked the thought of a soft, breathable material for baby’s bum that wasn’t going to contribute to landfill mass. We were delighted to discover baby #3 (despite skin sensitivities like the first two), rarely suffered from more than a slight reddening of the bottom that would clear up almost immediately with a little salve. We were convinced we made the right decision to switch, and we’ve been using them ever since.
4. What other green activities have you incorporated in your everyday day life?
Having lived in the Evergreen State, we pride ourselves on the environmental footprint we leave on a place. We have always recycled, eaten locally harvested foods, etc., but since having children, we’ve added other ecological practices to our routine. I started using cleaning products that were less toxic. I’d like to eventually make my own products from vinegar, baking soda, lemon, essential oils, etc, but I haven’t found the time yet. (Imagine that!) Whenever possible, I buy the kids’ clothes at consignment stores. Now that the kids need to bring lunches to school, we use containers for food and drink that are reusable. I hate the thought of throwing away plastic each day! Oh yes, then there are the cloth napkins and towels. They are more for me to wash, but they are small enough that they don’t create too much more work each week.<
5. What are some of your favorite family activities?
We are an active family. We love playing and watching sports (professional and college). Currently the boys are playing hockey, and us girls dance hula. Summer break means swim lessons on most days of the week for the older kids. We also love to camp, fish, travel, and eat/cook gourmet and ethnic cuisines.
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