Cloth Diaper Podcast – Show 13
The Blythe Life
Where does one even start with this story? Blythe is the amazing woman, mother, creator, and champion of mama’s behind the business The Blythe Life. This work at home based cloth diaper business is the innovator behind a unique patent-pending pre-flat styled diaper.
Blythe shares her journey of motherhood, of starting a business, and we talk about the design, the textiles, and her dreams for the future.
Today, I’m joined from Blythe from the Blythe Life Creations.
My name means joy, happiness a life full of contentment.
More than anything, I know there needs to be space for compassion and safe spaces. I want to create safe spaces for mothers who are in the desert spaces of their lives – and having a health space for women to laugh and lift each other up.
My journey to this spot was very cultivated. I didn’t know if I would be a mom. I struggled with fertility and miscarried. I always had this heart that I wanted to be a stay at home mom.
My first Charity was born 9 years ago. And having Charity I was able to start healing and navigating through challenges my miscarriages and self.
We wanted to have another. Tried and tried. Infertility again. Charity was three years old, and went to the doctor. I taught myself that I had a high pain tolerance and thought may be she burnt out a kidney… and learnt that I had bladder cancer discovered for the endometriosis.
I had a three-year-old for those weeks and they were a tough few weeks sitting in the darkness. These were moments that could refine and define or destroy and damage. And in those moments and went step by step to navigate through this.
Time passed, found herself the director of Children Ministry, and giving her heart and love to other babies since she was told she wouldn’t be able to have more.
I started to have pain again and went to the doctors, and needed to have a pregnancy test before the shots… and that was Baby Hope. They said 100% that she would be a tubal pregnancy, but she was exactly where she needed to be.
And then the Cloth Diaper Journey
I didn’t cloth diaper with Charity… I can’t keep up with the day-to-day. But cloth diaper laundry is different.
With Hope, I decided to try out cloth diapering. I spent a lot of time on bedrest, and spent much of my pregnancy on YouTube learning about cloth diapering. I had every type of system to learn more about different types of diaper to ensure that I would find what. Hope is my last baby and wanted to have the right choice for my family.
Stretchy Flats, Mom Shops, and all of the collecting brought a lot of joy. And in that process, I love stretchy falts. I love how you can customize and fit it perfectly.
I was having a hard time with getting the absorbency and fold that I needed. So that’s how I got up with my flat. I took what I had, and started getting creative to create something that I needed with some stitching. I modified everything and got this shell of a diaper.
Here’s the IGTV video about the Blythe Life Flat.
Let’s talk about the textile that you are using? Why lyocell and why wool?
I think my addiction has moved from diapers to textiles….
The things that are key – the absorbency potential, it has to be soft and stretchy, it has to be comfortable, and when you have the wool you get some of the antimicroable influences.
This isn’t wool that you lanolize, this is wool that holds a lot of water.
I have people on my team that support me in this exploration of finding good fabrics for diapering
You’ll have to listen to the fab conversation about wool, hemp, and different types of material and the quality, absorbency and production.
Where do you want to take Blythe Life Creations.
I have the copyright on the design – I’m working on the potential to manufacturer and that looks like finding moms in the community that can work and contract for me.
I started with a provisional copyright, and now navigating through this and everyone who has their version. What does that look like is a big question that I’m navigating through right now.
Experimenting with this diaper in an XL and finding some independent solutions for that diapering journey – she referenced this previous show about special need cloth diapering.
Where can people find you? Learn more?
The Blythe Life Facebook Group is one of those spaces where you can connect with Blythe and other moms – just a safe space.
I’m also on Instagram.
You can also buy diapers from BlytheLife.com. I’m trying to do a drop a month as I balance motherhood and my journey.
Professional Cloth Diaper Educator
Bailey brings 5+ years of cloth diapering experience and conversation to the cloth diaper space. She's not just your every day mom blogger sharing her experience - Bailey is immersed in the cloth diaper community learning from other parents and growing as an individual. She wants to find the cloth diaper solution that truly works for you.
Bailey believes we need to stop and listen to cloth diapering parents. We need to recognize our own bias and preferences and focus on solutions that work for you, not us. The Cloth Diaper community needs to recognize the privilege of being able to cloth diaper, and provide spaces for more conversations and stories.
Cloth diapering is not about rules but about our own strength as parents to do the best we can for our children with the resources available.