Mary Alice Yeskey is the Director of Marketing at Charm City Cakes (she appears on the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes because she works for Chef Duff Goldman at Charm City Cakes (any fans of the show?). When she’s not making cameo appearances on TV, she is a busy mom of a 4 month old son, Spencer. She has been cloth diapering since her son was 3 weeks old and she loves bragging about her son’s FuzziBunz!
Here are our five questions with this week’s Monday Mama:
1. How did you first hear about FuzziBunz and modern cloth diapers?
I am lucky to live in Baltimore, which is home to Soft and Cozy Baby – an actual bricks and mortar cloth diaper shop. A dear friend of mine registered there for her baby shower a couple years ago, which introduced me to the concept. It wasn’t until I got pregnant that I really started researching, investigating and thinking I would follow the same path. I knew I wanted to cloth diaper, but the choices were overwhelming. I started out with prefolds and covers that I got prior to Spencer being born, but quickly found that they didn’t fit snugly and were rather hard to manage on an actual live baby (it seemed so easy in the store!). After reading more reviews online, I came upon so many raves about FuzziBunz that I bought a couple to see how they would work for us. I loved them immediately – the custom size-ability of the one-size diapers is perfect for our chunky monkey and they really do feel like an investment since they will grow with him. My husband is a mega die hard FB fan – he won’t use any of the other brand diapers in my stash, it’s so cute.
2. Why do you cloth diaper?
We have been cloth diapering since Spencer was three weeks old and I honestly can’t imagine ever going back. Three main reasons:
- They’re cheaper (it may not seem so at first, but do the math! It will blow your mind.);
- They’re better for the environment (the 3 weeks we used disposables we generated more full trash bags than we had in probably the entire 3 months prior. It was gross.); and
- They’re better on our son’s skin (no diaper rash to speak of, at all).
3. Please share with us your best CD washing/caring tip.
Behold the power of the sun! Even though my FuzziBunz get pretty fantastically clean in the wash, sometimes they do have a residual stain on them. At first I just chalked that up to heavy use and figured that’s how it would be, but then I read about sunning diapers. My husband tied up a laundry line for me in our backyard, and the next wash I pinned up the diapers and inserts that had stains. It was AMAZING. They literally looked like they’d been bleached white after only a couple hours. And I didn’t use any electricity to do so! Hooray! I’ve even put them out on the line on really cloudy grey days and they still get totally white. It’s like magic. Plus, there’s something really charmingly old school about pinning diapers on the line, and it’s so nice to get outside if even for 2 minutes to hang them up or take them down.
4. What one word describes your parenting style?
How about “newbie”? As Spencer is only four months old I am still definitely learning as I go. I am very grateful to have a group of close friends who are all new parents and/or expecting now as well, so I feel like our little tribe of nears and dears is working as a village to learn from each other and help each other out.
5. If you could be any TV or movie mom (real or character), who would it be and why?
This one’s easy : Sarah Connor. Specifically, Sarah Conner in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. I want those biceps. And any mom that would go up against the Terminator to protect her son cannot be trifled with. I could do without all the machines taking over apocalypse unpleasantries, but in terms of just shear mama-bear fierceness, you can’t touch Sarah Connor.
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