Right Now…

  ...sitting in my bedroom enjoying the cool air from our newly repaired air conditioner after 3 weeks in an 86+ degree home.    ...sipping Peach Iced Tea that I discovered while out shopping yesterday. Yum!   ...loving my sweet husband of 8 years. We celebrated our anniversary with a much needed 2-day getaway last week.    ...playing my husband in Words With Friends and LOSING every game. Not cool. But I will beat him one of these days.   ...nursing my 15 month old, who I thought was … [Read more...]

How to Shop Diaper Swappers

I love Diaperswappers!Not only for the amazing deals I have found on cloth diapers, but also for the community of mama's whose parenting styles are very similar to mine. There are so many discussion forums that have topics on everything you can think of as it relates to natural parenting. It has been an amazing resource to me as a mama. But I will have to say that I was a little intimidated at first, because I  didn't know much about posting on forums. So, for any of you that feel the … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Getting Started

I have a couple of friends who are expecting and are thinking about using cloth diapers. They have both asked me about what they need to get started, so I thought I would post my advice here on the blog in case any of you are wondering the same thing. First up, I would recommend purchasing used diapers from either Craigslist or Diaper Swappers. That will save you a lot of money up front and allow you to try out cloth diapering without investing too much money. If you have never shopped … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Why We Use Cloth Diapers

A lot of people seem very surprised to learn that I use cloth diapers.   "Do people still do that?"  Yes! And a lot more people than you would think. I didn't cloth diaper Buddy because we lived in the mountains at the time and I thought you needed to live near a cloth diapering service in order to use cloth diapers. When I got pregnant with Little Man, I looked into it a little more and found out that most people purchase and wash their own diapers rather than going with a service. I … [Read more...]