Cloth Diapering 102

Here is how I cloth diaper in my house. Keep in mind, everyone is different, so you need to find what best fits your family and your needs. 🙂

Babyland Snaps Babyland Pocket 1) Pocket Diapers. I prefer them over prefolds/covers and AIO (all in ones) because I like to be able to adjust the insert kind and count as baby grows. You can also start out at the smallest size and adjust the rise snaps to make the diaper bigger as they grow.

 

Inserts

2) Inserts. I use Microfiber to start, then as baby grows and needs more absorption I either add another MF, or a blend insert (cotton/bamboo, MF/bamboo, etc). I also make small half size mini-booster inserts from the MF cloths that you can buy in bulk from Costco.

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Pail RoomWetbag room3) Diaper Pail. I have a diaper pail with a diaper liner in my son’s bedroom so I can easily disassemble a wet diaper right then and there at time of change. I also have a zippered wetbag hanging so that I can wrap up a poopy diaper and put in there for later spraying. (see#4). You don’t necessarily need a diaper liner, you could use a garbage bag (and just reuse it) but I prefer the PUL liners.

 

 

Diaper Sprayer4) Diaper Sprayer. There are many people who say you do not need a diaper sprayer in order to successfully cloth diaper; I, on the other hand, completely disagree. I do not believe I would be able to CD without a sprayer. It is so convenient and EASY. Mine broke for one week and I tried the swish and soak method and it was too hard, I ended up keeping Carter in disposables for that week until I got the sprayer fixed. I also keep a second diaper pail in the bathroom for the diapers after I spray the poop out.

 

 

Diaper Liners5) Diaper Liners. There are some restrictions on what kind of ointments you can use with cloth diapers that won’t clog up the PUL and make leaks happen. Instead of freaking out about it, I decided to just get some biodegradable diaper liners that you can flush down the toilet, so if by chance one of my kids needs some diaper rash cream (although my kids rarely get diaper rash with CD 🙂 ) I can throw a liner down and use what I need to use. There are some CD safe ointments (my favorite is Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Bottom Balm… it seems to clear up pretty much any sort of rash/yeast in a short period of time.

 

Travel Wetbag6) Travel Wetbag. I got a wet/dry wetbag for when I am out and about, the front is just cloth with a zipper to hold your dry diapers, the back part has the PUL lining so you can put dirty diapers in there (also zippers). There are several sizes, the one pictured is I believe 11×14, you can fit about 4-5 diapers comfortably in there at a time. Sometimes I use this as my diaper bag too, throw some toys or a bottle in the front. I also have a one diaper sized one if I won’t be gone long and only want to bring 1 diaper “just in case”…

 

 

Hemp Insert7) Nightime Leakage. I have chosen to use CD at nighttime as well, since my kids seem to leak through disposables just as easily as CD. I have found the combination of MF and hemp help to keep leakages at a minimum. A lot of people use disposables at night instead of CD, it’s all what you prefer.

 

 

 

 

IMAG52768) Washing. You should use as little detergent as possible to reduce the chance of it building up on your diapers. I use about 1 TBSP of Ecover (I get it from Sprouts) per load, or I have also used Dreft or Purex Baby.

Basic instructions: Dump dirty diapers in washer. Do one rinse cycle. Do a wash cycle with 1 TBSP detergent. After done do another rinse cycle. Hang to dry on the line, or if need quickly you can put in the dryer (low heat preferred, but high heat is OK). Since my kids have a history with the yeast monster, I add some Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to the first rinse cycle and some Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) to the last rinse cycle. It is supposed to help with the bacteria. You can also add OxiClean to the wash cycle if you want to bleach them a little, but make sure to add another rinse cycle at the end.

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The 2nd ½ challenge – LIBERATION!

We have several steps in becoming more money-conscious, that I outlined in my previous blog here. Today we actively begin…
 
STEP ONE of the 2nd ½ challenge – cut up and get rid of credit cards.
 

Ben was really excited to liberate himself from his Discover Ball-and-Chain

Buh bye

 WE DID IT! Well, I did it while Ben sat and watched NASCAR… get it while you can buddy because STEP TWO is GETTING RID OF DIRECTV!

Stay tuned… 🙂

On a side note, I asked Ben to put Carter down for his nap, and when I went to check on them after a while I found Carter fast asleep… and Daddy too. 🙂

The 2nd Half 6 Month Challenge!

Mama, what do you need all these cards for?!

In order to curb our spending habits and try to get out of some debt and save up for a new car for me, Ben and I have decided to challenge ourselves to save money these next 6 months. So…. that means we are getting rid of “non-necessities” including:

– Satellite TV (rabbit ears, here we come!)
– Home phone
– Satellite Radio
– Netflix
– Eating out more than once a week (including lunch!)
– Unnecessary driving (try to carpool?) to save gas/fuel (Diesel is over $4/gallon!!!!)
– Credit Cards – the great card-cut-up!
– The extra motorcycle (Yamaha, anyone?)
– No more racing every weekend (okay, so it’s getting hot out and Ben does this every summer anyways… but you racers are expensive! This should save us a little $ if anything for Fall racing season…)
– Starting a $20/wk personal and $50/week grocery allowance (includes CVS! D’oh!)

In order to keep myself busy so I don’t do any “Bored-so-I-Go-To-Target” shopping, I pledge to work on my garden, sewing, blogging, Carter, polishing my housekeeping skills (yay) and photography.

I challenge YOU to join our challenge! Any other ideas on how to curb spending?

My baby is 6 months old!

I can’t believe how fast time flies! I thought I would do some comparison shots to see who he is looking like and how much he is growing… What do you think?

I'm thinking this one is a no-brainer... 😉

 
My baby is growing up so fast! Happy half birthday Carter! 🙂
 
 

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Why I, as a Die-Hard Bargain Shopper, Will Still Shop Locally for Some Items Even Though it is Less Cost-Efficient…

I will sum it up in two words: Customer Service.

 

Most of you know that I use cloth diapers… when I was first getting into cloth diapering, my sister and I did some research and found a diaper website that had a local shop in old town Scottsdale called Zoolikins (formerly known as Wildflower Diapers). Kind of a hole-in-the-wall, you walk in to the small shop and immediately are surrounded by every sort of diapering tool you could ever want or need. Different types, styles and colors of diapers and everything to go with them. It was love at first sight…

When I was still pregnant, I started out by purchasing some diaper covers they had on sale. After doing some research, I decided to buy my Diaper Sprayer from them even though I technically had found some cheaper online. It was a little more heavy duty than the ones I had found and I ended up LOVING IT. Recently, a part broke and stopped working. I didn’t know what to do, since it had pretty much become an extra appendage that I used every day, so I was fully ready to go and buy a new one. Someone mentioned that I should call the store and see if there was some sort of warranty since I had only had it about 6 months.

I love my diaper sprayer! Don't know what I would do without it...

I called the store and talked to Alyssa. Since they keep record of everything their customers buy in their own file, she was able to see when and what I bought, and offered to contact the manufacturer for me. Within an hour she called me back with a contact at the manufacturer who said they would help me. I called them and left a message. They called me back, and asked that I send them an email with more detail on what the problem with the sprayer was so they could either send me replacement parts, or replace my sprayer… I sent the email with pictures, and within 1 day the manufacturer responded that they would send me a brand new sprayer… for FREE. Asked for my address, and sent confirmation that it shipped that same day.

I have referred friends there because a) they know what they are doing when it comes to cloth diapering, and b) you just can’t beat the hands-on customer service they give! She could have very easily just told me that there was nothing she could do, and I would have bought another one in a heartbeat. But no, she went out of her way to make things right.

I have bought their wet/dry bags and diaper pail liners, and will be heading back there to see what other items I may “need” in the not-so-distant future…..

So thank you to Alyssa and Zoolikins for making this busy mom’s life just that much easier! 🙂

Happy Easter!

Carter was so excited for his first Easter that he wanted me to give you a little preview of his Easter pictures…  Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

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