2008-05-18

Cloth Diapers after 3 Months

Cloth diaper photo
To anyone out there thinking of using cloth diapers, do it! I can't even begin to tell you how much more enjoyable cloth is than disposables. The first month I was using 'sposies diaper changes were something to be done quickly and gotten over with. Buying them was depressing, and heaven forbid the baby pooped right after a change, there goes $$ down the drain. Cloth though? Wow! Changing time is so fun, picking out a diaper to match the days' outfit, accessorizing with some cute Babylegs, maybe even go for gold and match it all with your diaper bag ;) Shopping for diapers has become an addiction. I found myself stalking new posts on Diaperswappers waiting for someone to sell the coveted Blueberry Minky OS at a cheap price. (Which I did finally find, yay!) I love that it doesn't matter how many diapers I use a day, or how many wipes it takes to clean up that poop explosion, because it's all going into the wash and not into a landfill.

Places to shop:
A few of my favorite places to shop for dipes, both practical and cute.
Diaperswappers.com - A forum for parents to buy, sell and trade.
Etsy - For all things handmade
Hyena Cart - Cloth diapering mecca

Side note, some of these great shops take Revolution Money Exchange (RME) like Paypal, but without the fees. Sign up now and get a free $25. That's free diapers!
Wash routine:
Here is how I take care of my diapers. It's really much easier than you would think. When you take off the dirty diaper, toss the whole thing into your wetbag and forget about it 'til laundry day. If your baby is exclusively breastfed, it's all water soluble. Just use an extra rinse at the beginning of your wash. (Another great reason to breastfeed!!! By all means, if you've got questions about breastfeeding, please contact me) Once your baby is 6+ months old and you've added solids to their diet, you can purchase a sprayer that attaches to the toilet to get the solids off. None of that toilet dunking you may have heard about! Eww *wink* My wash day goes like this:
  • Dump all the diapers out near the washer
  • Turn on a cold rinse
  • Remove inserts from the diaper, toss it all in
  • After that rinse, start a hot wash/cold rinse
  • Add 1/2 a capful of detergent (See this site for lists of cloth diaper safe detergents, a great source for cloth diaper information)
  • After that's done, run one more cold rinse to make sure the detergent residue is out
  • Dry on medium heat

And that's it! When they're dry I stuff my pockets so they're ready to go when I need to change a diaper. It couldn't be easier.
I'm a big fan of "one-sized" diapers that grow with your baby, but there are also great choices that are sized. Like these: Green Acre Designs. To learn how to measure your baby, click here.

And finally, I'd like to share a couple photos of my "stash". Thanks for reading!
Cloth diaper photoGADs:
Cloth diaper photoBlueberry Minky OS & Mother's Touch OS
Cloth diaper photoTwilight Bumgenius 3.0
Cloth diaper photoWhite Bumgenius 3.0
Cloth diaper photoGrasshopper Bumgenius 3.0
Cloth diaper photoButter Bumgenius 3.0
Cloth diaper photo
Babylegs:Cloth diaper photo

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2008-05-17

Baby laughs

Adorable baby giggles caught on tape.


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2008-05-16

A day outside



Cute baby photos
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2008-05-14

Babyhawk

I ordered a Babyhawk, woot woot! I'm so excited to get this thing in the mail I think it's going to be gorgeous. Here's the patterns I ordered. The caramel border is the strap color and the carrier is reversible with Surf & Sand paisley on one side and Owl Paisley Pink on the other. Yes I'm planning ahead in-case I ever have a little girl :)


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2008-05-11

My cloth diaper GADs came!

Green Acre Designs: http://www.greenacredesigns.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=DiapersCovers
So here's lots of pics!

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2008-05-09

I was the image of domestic bliss today

I finally got around to tackling the mountain of laundry that had been piling up. When it was all washed and folded, I carried my baskets upstairs and opened the curtains in the bedroom. It was a beautiful day outside, sunny and bright. I put my 4 1/2 month old in his pack-n-play bassinet that's by the bed, turned the TV towards it and popped in the Baby Einstein Brad's sister loaned us.

I felt rather June Cleaverish standing by the bed hanging up my husband's shirts and putting away all the folded things; all I was missing was the retro dress. I'll have to admit it felt kinda good, we've been accumulating clutter since the baby was born and getting it cleared away is refreshing.

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What's unusual about this picture is pretty much everything. Usually the bassinet is buried under mounds of my laundry. Braden doesn't sleep there, he sleeps with me. The other thing is that I'm not a huge fan of letting a baby watch TV and really hate having one in my bedroom, but my husband was becoming a little depressed about the state of the house, so it was nice to have something the baby could enjoy while I worked.