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About: Megan McCoy Dellecese

Megan is a wife, mother to two young children, freelance writer, and educator. She shares her attempts at simplifying, among other things, at her blog, Meg Acts Out. When not busy meeting deadlines and chasing cats and kids, she enjoys acting in community theatre (where she met her husband), watching old movies, and sharpening her history buff skills.

Recent Posts by Megan McCoy Dellecese

My Experiences Cloth Diapering a Toddler

Our second child is officially a 16-month-old toddler. Actually, her body just seems to have caught up with her mindset; she clearly thinks she’s far older than she really is and wants to keep up with her 4.5-year-old brother.

If you have any “big kids” like us, you know that mobility changes the parenting game, big-time. Silence means trouble, closing the bathroom doors becomes a necessity, and diaper changes are…challenging. If your little one is still, well, little here are some things you have to look forward to when it comes to diapering a tot – because odds are you’ve mastered your cloth diaper washing routine and how many you expect to use in a day and the perfect nighttime stay-dry strategy, but things are about to get a little different.

– “You want me to stop playing…for you to do WHAT?!” For all the horrible newborn diapers and runny … Read More

A Letter to Newly Expecting Parents

I know that we have a variety of readers stopping by this blog, from parents with multiple kids to newbies, people who are new to cloth diapers to folks who have been using them forever.

So, I thought I’d reach out today to those new parents who are just starting off on your parenting journey. Maybe you’re here researching cloth, or just looking for a supportive community. Today, I’m talking to you.


Dear New Parents,


First of all, a huge congratulations! I have a son who’s in pre-K and a 16-month old daughter and I still remember what that first trimester was like. Aside from the fact that you probably feel like “blaaaaahhh” all the time (getting stuff done? Meh, it can wait), the emotions run from overwhelming to ecstatic to terrified…and more. It’s a lot, so along with a congratulations, I offer a hug. The feelings don’t always go Read More

Overcoming the Winter Slump with Cloth

We all get in a slump sometimes, right? In every part of our lives, sometimes the drudgery or stress can get us feeling low or less than excited about things.

This time of year can be tough. We’re past the real heavy, super cold winter and spring is even tempting us with some snow melt and occasional sunshine, but it’s still not quite nice enough to get into full-on nice weather mode. Y’know, when the littles are still wearing mittens and boots to avoid the muddiness but are also begging to get out their kiddie pools (even though it’s still only 38 degrees).

Here are some ideas to spark your passion again even in the dreary winter months:

Take advantage of a weather change or switch up your laundry routine. A lot of the U.S. had a surprise February warm-up, and while it didn’t last (why, hellooooo, snowflakes!), I saw … Read More

Some Great Books to Teach About Presidents’ Day


I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of books (by day, I’m a school librarian), so with today being Presidents’ Day I thought I’d share some of my favorite presidential books for kids. And since there are many awesome books at varying levels and there are parents in this forum with kids in several age brackets, I’m organizing them by age.


Preschool

This Little President by Joan Holub
Highlighting a handful of significant presidents in a super simple, board book format, this is the quintessential starter “primer” for kids to learn about presidential history. With a more complete list in the index, you can choose how much (or how little) information you read with your child. Let’s just say we’ve started our 1-year-old out recently with this title; we grab one fact from each page (even though the pages are extremely concise and simple as they are), so this one’s Read More

Show Your Diaper Love on Valentine’s Day


One of the not-so-guilty pleasures that come with using cloth diapers is the fun expression that we can display with them. Y’know. On our kids’ bums. Ahem.

 

It’s true, though, isn’t it? When you see a new print and think, “OMG that goes perfectly with my LO’s nursery theme! Are they reading my MIND?!”

 

Or, “they finally came out with the perfect shade of blue that goes with 90% of my baby’s wardrobe.” Then you shout it from the rooftops – and by rooftops I mean social media.


So, why not use Valentine’s Day as the perfect excuse to show your love of your little one – and cloth?

Here’s a little Thirsties inspiration to help you do just that:

Thirsties Love Notes

Love Notes is Thirsties’ latest limited edition print that shows a sweet graphic version of a valentine. Its colors also lend well to either gender (not that we Read More