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Ilana is co-owner of AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers and mother to three girls - Azure, Phoenix and Ione. She's also the owner of A Jaded Mama, a blog about mothering, small business ownership and all things green. When she's not busy coming up with new product ideas, working on social media campaigns and co-managing the business, you'll find her doing handstands, doing pull-ups, co-sleeping, raising school-aged children and reading.

Amy is the other co-owner of AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers and mom to three boys - Bailey, Davray, Sacha, and to beautiful DAUGHTER, River. She's a dedicated and very attached parent and just adores the company of her enormous, gorgeous boys. When she's not busy juggling the company finances, talking on the phone with suppliers and trying to talk Ilana down off a cliff, you'll find her very involved in her community activities and enjoying the great outdoors.

Natalie is the Social Media Coordinator for AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers. You can find her on @AppleCheeksDipe on Twitter or Instagram or the Facebook page! Natalie is the mother of three children - Elinor (6), Grant (3) and Roslyn, who will celebrate her first year of life - fully diapered in AppleCheeks - in December! If you follow her personal account on Instagram @justgnatty, you'll know that she's just a little obsessed with taking fun photos of these diapers and has an outright addiction to MiniZips. Got a blog topic, giveaway wish or product feature idea? Send a note to natalie@applecheeks.com!

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AppleCheeks in Daycares? Oh yeah!

My name is Erin and I've been running a home daycare for a little over 3 years.  I have 3 gorgeous boys: Brent who is nearly 6, Bryson who just turned 4, and Brayden who will be turning 1 very soon!!  I would love to be able to say I cloth diapered all my children but sadly, that is not the case.  I did start out wanting to cloth diaper as soon as I became a mother, but due to the lack on information and options, my football-sized fitteds and icky plastic covers soon made their way to the classified ads and I never looked back until Brayden's birth.  I was speaking to a friend who was also pregnant (and due a couple weeks after me), who spoke of cloth diapers.  She was a wealth of "new" information and I started doing my research again.  

I was overwhelmed with the amount of different styles and brands and eventually settled down on some All-In-Ones.  They were great in the beginning when my little guy was a newborn but my love for them faded shortly after as I realized how long they took to dry and how smelly they got as a result.  I then moved to a hybrid system which was great as long as we didn't have any of those newborn poops (which were still quite frequent!).  I also tried fitteds (less bulky then my first attempt with them) but I still found them to be a lot of work and they didn't really fit my busy lifestyle of 3 boys plus the many children I had for daycare.  Then one day I had an interview for a little boy to start my care who was clothed diapered.  I told the family that I had no issues with changing and wet-bagging his cloth diapers, which to my surprise, was a surprise to them since no other daycare had been open to doing this!  

On his first day it was time for the first diaper change and after opening his diaper bag, I quickly learned he was exclusively diapered in AppleCheeks.  I had never used a pocket but the family had already prefolded the inserts and laid them on top, opting for what I later learned was reffered to as the All in Two method.  I found them so easy and trim that i decided to do some more research and find everything out on the brand.  The fact that they were made in Canada was something that definitely got me interested! 

Wanting to try them out for myself, on my own little guy, I soon found out that my local cloth diapering shop had a Cherry Tomato and 2ply insert in the previous loved bin.  It was sold to me at a discounted price and off I went to soon fall in love.  I loved everything about it.  I loved how absorbant it was, I love how leak-proof it was, I loved how easy it was to wash and dry....It was so easy that I soon bought a couple more and started wondering why more people weren't using these...including my daycare families!  I thought of how easy it was to change my son and my little daycare boy with AppleCheeks vs all the leaks, and up-the-back mishaps I had with disposibles. Not to mention the amount of garbage I went through having to throw out all those disposibles and the lack of space my house was suffering due to having to store all the daycare kids' boxes of disposibles and wipes.  That's when it hit me.  If had finally found the perfect system why shouldn't all diaper changes be this easy and why should I ever have to change another disposible again?!  

I already knew cloth diapering was cheaper and easier than disposibles but could I really pull off cloth diapering approximately 5 children without it costing me anything in the long run?  You bet!!  After speaking to AppleCheeks co-founder Ilana about my idea, she was gracious enough to offer me a small discount to help get my daycare stash started.  I was loaded up with everything I needed right down to the cloth wipes.  I took on the inital cost of everything and calculated that within 5-6 months, most of the supplies I bought would be paid off if I charged $10-$15 per month per family.  The trick now was to convince my daycare families to make the commitment.  I figured a pack of disposible diapers cost, at best, $20.00-$25.00 and I knew I went through those about once a month so this would be my selling point.  The fact that I would be the one to launder them all and put their child back safely in a familiar disposible before they left my house was also a highlight.  Most families embraced my option to cloth diaper with excitement.  Others were more hesitant and did not want to participate in the change.  It was their choice, although for the life of me I cannot understand why anybody would not want to save money especially since they would not have to deal with the only downside of cloth diapering, the laundry.

I started my cloth diapering service in January 2011 and I have been cloth diapering 3 children (including my own little guy) while 2 remain in disposibles.  I have not yet had any problems (with the AppleCheeks that is, the disposables is a different story!) and I hope to eventually convince all my families to make the switch to cloth while at daycare since our garbage bin allowence has been reduced from two to one starting at the beginning of March 2011.  I take pride in knowing that I am doing my part in reducing the amount of waste that leaves this house and ecstatic to have AppleCheeks behind me (and on the behinds!) each and every day.

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Reader Comments (7)

This is great! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoey

AHHHHHHHHH so many cute babies!!!!!!!!!

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That is so cool. Way to go! {and what kind of reason could they seriously have against their baby being cloth-diapered?!?!}

This is SO amazing. Yay for you! I've read about so many daycares that don't "do" cloth diapers...!!

(I really hope I find child care who does - I will NOT go disposable!)

:)

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfunkylindsay!

Thats great! Maybe you should explain that due to the garbage bin allowance they need to take their 'garbage' back with them ;) haha I'm not sure if you can really do that but I bet that would convince them to just take the cloth. :)

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia

Sonia, I honestly had thought about that!!! I still do from time to time and will probably implement this at some point after the summer!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

That is AWESOME that you do that! My daycare was ok with me bringing cloth diapers for my daughter. They also did it when I first brought my twin boys but after a few months asked that I bring them disposables!!! Apparently they now had 4 kids in diapers and the cloth diapers just weren't working out. I don't get how but they used to get their clothes wet and what not. I cringe every time I have to go buy them for day use at daycare. I wish we could use our AC's all the time! I even tried the compostable or biodegradable disposables but the cost is just too much with twins and we couldn't afford to continue with those. Anyways, I just wanted to compliment you on your efforts to keep those disposables out of landfills! Every little bit helps! You are offering an AMAZING service and anyone that doesn't take you up on it is just nuts! To each his own I guess...

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

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