DIY Mei Tai Baby Carrier

This past Summer, I purchased a woven wrap and was so excited to be able to wear Little Man on my back so that I could get some housework done. Although I loved the look and feel of the wrap, I didn't love putting it on. It took too long for me to get on and I didn't feel comfortable putting Little Man on my back by myself. So I began the search for a soft structured carrier. The two types of carriers that fall into this category are buckle carriers and Mei Tai's. I was able to try on both … [Read more...]

The Outdoor “Womb”

No, it's not a new HGTV show. It's my thoughts on babywearing. Attachment Parenting talks about continuing the womb experience for your baby after they are born to help them make a gentle transition into this busy world. Some of the ways you can do this are by breastfeeding, co-sleeping and babywearing. Wearing Little Man in a Ring Sling at 3 months... People joked with me that it was like I was still pregnant when I wore Little Man in the Ring Sling. Exactly! He's up … [Read more...]

Cloth Wipes and Homemade Wipe Solution

When I started cloth diapering, it didn't make sense to continue using disposable wipes. I made some cloth wipes by serging a piece of flannel and terry cloth together in a 4.5" x 7.5" rectangle to fit in my wipes warmer. The terry cloth side works great to "scrub" the baby's bottom clean, and the flannel side provides a nice finishing wipe.As I mentioned earlier, I store my wipes in a Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer. These can be purchased at your local Wal-Mart or Target. It keeps the wipes warm … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Washing Cloth Diapers

Just like storing dirty diapers, there are A LOT of different washing routines when it comes to cloth diapers. I am going to tell you what I do and what works for me.Let's start with detergent. Many of your regular detergents leave residues after washing, and these residues can build up on your diapers causing them to repel rather than absorb. Here is a fantastic article on choosing a detergent for your diapers. I personally use Charlie's Soap on my diapers and now on all of my laundry. I chose … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Dirty Diaper Storage

Now that I have explained the different types of cloth diapering options that are available, I am going to talk about the everyday practical side of cloth diapering. If there is a "good, bad and the ugly" side of cloth diapering, this would probably be the ugly. But it's not that bad...I promise! Basically there are several options to choose from when storing your dirty diapers until wash day. I am going to tell you what I do, and then offer you some links to read up on methods other than … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Hybrids, Pockets, All-In-One’s

Hybrid Diapers are fairly new on the market. Basically, they consist of a waterproof (PUL) cover or shell, and an absorbent insert. Some have traditional reusable cloth inserts that you would wash, and some offer disposable inserts that are bio-degradable and can be flushed or composted. Some people also use a prefold that is folded into thirds to lay in the inside of the shell making this pretty much the same as using prefolds and PUL covers. The most popular brands of hybrids … [Read more...]

My Nursing Necessity

I was invited to a baby shower this past weekend and was so excited to make the mama-to-be a nursing cover. My nursing cover has absolutely contributed to my "success" in breastfeeding and I wanted to help this new mama in her breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is one of the BEST things you can do for your baby! To read about the many benefits of breastfeeding, click here. My nursing cover has helped me so much because it makes me feel comfortable to nurse in public, which makes … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Diaper Covers

If you use flats, prefolds, or fitted diapers, you will also need to use a separate waterproof diaper cover. There are three types of covers: PUL (Polyurethane Laminate), Fleece, and Wool. PUL covers are probably the easiest and least intimidating diaper cover for those new to cloth diapering. PUL is basically laminated polyester. These covers are made to fit right over the diaper and will secure with velcro or snaps. Many covers have added leg gussets to help contain poo. PUL covers can be … [Read more...]

It’s a wrap!

I finally was able to purchase my "dream wrap". When I had previously talked about babywearing, I said my "dream wrap" was a Neobulle Julie. But that was before I saw this beautiful wrap...the very hard to find Girasol Green Tea.  I didn't think I would ever find one, but I lucked out and was able to buy one used on The Baby Wearer. It is so beautiful and soft like a blanket! There are so many ways to wear a baby in a wrap, but I mainly purchased one so that I could wear Little Man on my … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Flats, Prefolds, and Fitteds

As a promised follow up to my previous post on why we use cloth diapers, I am now going to talk about the many different types of cloth diapering options. In every cloth diapering system, you must have two essential things: absorbent fabric and waterproof fabric. There are many types of absorbent fabric. Some examples are natural fibers such as cotton, hemp and bamboo, as well as synthetics like microfiber and microfleece. Examples of waterproof fabric/fibers are fleece, wool and PUL … [Read more...]