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Get started in cloth for ultra cheap!

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by by

Cloth diapering is usually pretty cost effective in the long run (unless you get sucked by the cuteness and buy WAY more than you need!), but the start up costs can be a tough hurdle.  You can buy a pack of disposable diapers for $10 and diaper your baby for a few days.  $10 doesn’t buy a single diaper in the big name brands, but there’s good news.  There are cheap ways to get started.  Check your local Craigslist.  You can almost always find some on there.

Thanks to my online mommy friends, I now have an even better idea.  Order a dozen Prefold diapers.  I love the Imagine line from Nicki’s Diapers.  While you’re there, get a set of diaper pins.  In the couple of days, while you wait for your diapers to arrive, hit the nearest fabric store and buy 1 yard of fleece.  Then follow this tutorial.  It’s stinkin’ brilliant.  She used a sewing machine, but you can absolutely just hand-stitch a couple of pleats.  You can do all this for less than $40.

Month #1 – You’ll have to commit to washing your diapers every day, but you can do it.  It’s just one month.  Every time you would have bought disposables, set aside that money.  At the end of the month, use that money to buy another dozen prefolds and a few covers. (I like Proraps for their price, and they work great)

Month #2 – Keep setting aside your diaper money.  Now you can start going 2 days between washes.  Again, at the end of the month, use your savings to buy some more diapers.  You’ve probably got enough now to buy a couple of pockets or all-in-one diapers if you want to try those out.  I would suggest buying one each of as many different styles as you can.  Then you can figure out your favorites.  This is a great time to look into some pre-loved diapers on Craigslist.

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Intro to Cloth Diapers- What is a Prefold?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011 by by

In this installment of the neverending “Introduction to Cloth Diapers” series, I’m talking ’bout Prefolds. You know, the diaper your rich grandma or young grandma may have used.

There was a time when the Prefold was the “luxe” diaper.  Flat cloth diapers, the very large squares of fabric, required lots of folding to use.  Prefolds, which have more layers in the middle strip  called the “wet zone,” only required minimal folding around the baby.  They can come in white (bleached) or brownish/tan (unbleached).  Unbleached prefolds have natural oils and take longer to prep (multiple washings to reach max absorbency).

Prefolds are rectangular diapers with more layers of cotton (or chosen fabric) sewn into the center, and less on each side.  Most prefolds are 4x8x4 layers.  The most common prefolds are Chinese or Indian.  Many brands have colored stitching to help visually tell their sizes.

Today, many people see a prefold and think, “Geeze, that looks hard.” It doesn’t have to be.

There are lots of reasons to love prefolds. They: (more…)

Announcing my BlogHer 2011 Sponsors!

Saturday, May 14th, 2011 by by

I’ll be Child Free at BlogHer '11!

Making the decision to go to a blogging conference seemed like a no-brainer but it was hard. I have two babies who need me. Initially I was going to make it a family affair but since BlogHer is in San Diego this year I was worried about the time change and the short stay so they boys are staying home with their Dad.

Other than my children my next concern was the expense.  Travel, hotel, ticket, miscellaneous expenses- these all add up! I decided to seek sponsors to offset the cost.

My goal was to work with companies that I already knew and loved.  I don’t do “sponsored” posts (posts where I’m paid to write about a topic) because I do value the mission of this blog and the trust that you have in my voice.  While I do accept items to review and have participated in a few cloth diaper related blog parties that were compensated with- you guessed it- cloth diapers, that is the extent.  My monetary income is derived from my amazing advertisers and my affiliate sales. That is it.

I emailed my top picks for brands that I loved.  I was escatic to hear that they wanted to work with me as well. So who do you think I’m representing at BlogHer?! (more…)

How to Cloth Diaper for Free

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by by

The other day I stumbled across this blog post, Almost Free Diapers – How to diaper your baby when you can’t afford disposable diapers or cloth diapers.  I totally loved this post and wanted to share it.  Now, when you read it you might feel a little jipped.  No, you’re not going to get a big stash of BumGenius diapers by following her advice but it was common sense advice on frugality and making do with what you have.  And, it made me feel a little better as a person reading it.

I thought I was the only one who did this.  I don’t do this now because I have a gazillion and one diapers stockpiled now, but when my older kids were babies there were times when we did run out of diapers.  I used to have some cloth diapers on hand for emergencies like this.  They were the old fashioned flat diapers that you pin.  But, I have also used old hand towels, tshirts, or other absorbent things from around the house when in a pinch.  I didn’t keep diaper pins on hand so I would just take a pair of my older kids’ panties or undies and use them to secure the diaper.

It’s amazing to me how resourceful you can be when you have to be.  It just never occurred to me that anyone else would do this.  It also seriously makes me reconsider cloth diapering again.  I’ve been toying around with the idea anyway.  I have so many disposable diapers right now that I will use up what I have first but I had been thinking about buying some of the new fancy cloth diapers. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on them.  In order to have enough to really cloth diaper with you would need to invest quite a bit in a diaper stash.  But, after reading this post, I think I could start cloth diapering for a whole lot cheaper if I want to.

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Need Flats for the #FlatsChallenge?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 by by

You could knock me over with a feather right now because I never imagined that there would be close to 250 people interested in taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 23-30 (details for participation and rules).  Retailers are also getting involved by offering discounts to customers or special gifts with purchase!

This is the list so far.  If you know any others participating leave a comment!

Sandbox Lane: 15% for Flats with code flatschallenge

Swaddlebess.com: 20% off Swaddlebees Flats with code FLATS2011

Mom’s Milk Boutique: If you buy 12 Flats get a FREE COVER!  Code COVER12.   Limit 2 Covers per person, MMB chooses cover.  Feel free to say Boy/Girl

For Canadians:

Re-Diaper.ca 15% Discount on Flats.  (see their FB page for more information)

If you would rather buy in store remember that Target and Walmart both sell “Flour Sack Towels” which work as flats very well.  Ikea (in store only) also has flats which are “burp cloths.”  Receiving blankets work too, or you can use an old t-shirt or sew your own Terry Flat.  As long as it is 1 Layer and large it qualifies as a true Flat.

The Cloth Diaper Finder- New Review System and Improvements

Sunday, May 8th, 2011 by by

Dirty Diaper Laundry has recently improved the Cloth Diaper Finder to allow everyone to submit their own reviews.  And this just isn’t any review system!  With this tool, you can rate a cloth diaper based on 5 categories on a 5 star system.  You can also use the sliding scales to represent your baby – this covers height, Skinny or chunky, light or heavy wetter, and even the span of time your baby has been using the diaper.  On top of that, you can select the Pros and Cons from a handy list which will display along with your written review of 1,000 characters or less.  But wait, there’s more!  Reviewers can even add a photo of their baby/toddler in the diaper as a visual reference (or to show off that cute patootie).

Thumbnail of uploaded image. Can be clicked to enlarge.

Lastly, you get to say a simple “Yes, No, or Maybe I would buy this diaper again.”

A completed review ready for submitting!

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How to Prep and Wash Flat Cloth Diapers

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by by

In preparation for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 23-30, I have been creating lots of tutorials to help guide everyone as they enter the world of Flat cloth diapers!

I’ve already shown you the three major different folds (Pad Fold, Kite Fold, and Origami Fold) and how to make a Camp Style Bucket Washer.  Now, here are two more videos, one on How to Prep your Flats by Boiling them, and the other on How to Wash your Flats using the Camp Style Bucket Washer.

How to Prep Flats by Boiling:

How to Wash Your Flats (or other Cloth Diapers) Using a Camp Style Washer

For the challenge you can prep your flats in your machine however I wanted to use a method that would work if you didn’t have washer/dryer access. Boiling one dozen flats took an hour since I could only fit 2 flats in each pot. I was boiling the 33″ GMD Flats.

If you don’t want to use or make a bucket washer there are other washing methods. You can use your bathtub-video here-, your sink, a large wash tub, or a portable washer. You can also use your hands as agitation, or a breathable washer (20$).

The most beautiful thing about handwashing flats is that they aren’t picky. Our grandmothers used baby laundry detergent (my Grandma used Ivory Soap- we all know that is not “cloth safe” these days) because the flats aren’t synthetic! They don’t hold detergent as much as a suedecloth lining or a microfiber soaker. I’m not saying you should start using Dreft, but there is a little more wiggle room here.

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change- Syracuse, NY 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011 by by

Yesterday was the big day- The Great Cloth Diaper Change.  This was an attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records™ for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously around the world.  Since I live in Syracuse, NY I attended an event put on by Basic Baby.  There was also a location on the north side of town and quite a few in the surrounding areas.

The event was held at our local Mall which was nice since this allowed plenty of space, and a chance for a Soy Toffee Nut Latte for me.

It was a very good turn out, 35 babies were changed that day.  I saw tons of cute fluffy diapers!  I had a hard decision to make for what I would be changing my son out of and into.  I chose an Artist Series bumGenius! 4.0 for before, and the Charlie Banana “Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth!” diaper for afterwards.  It was a show stopper and everyone loved it.  In fact, Everett’s butt was plastered on a few news stations and in our Sunday newspaper.

It was nice to be a participant and not a Host.  I was able to mingle and chat with other like minded moms, some I had met before, and some that I hadn’t.  I think the funniest thing was after we were all corralled into the “pen” where only the changer (more…)

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 by by

This past Saturday was the much talked about event, The Great Cloth Diaper Change. I haven’t spent a lot of time talking about it on my blog because it seemed like every natural parenting blog was “covering” it. But I do feel that I ought to at least mention our experience with it.

We made arrangements to stop at the East Cleveland location on our way to visit Daryl’s family for the Easter holiday. It was hosted by Ecoroots and held at the Woodmere Whole Foods Market on Chagrin Blvd.

The event, for those who aren’t up to date with the fluffy-butt scene, was an attempt to raise awareness about the ease and benefits of modern cloth diapering.Many communities, including the Whole Foods market, incorporated the event into their “earth week” celebrations. The goal was to have as many cloth diapers changed simultaneously around the globe, to claim a world breaking title. Most locations included information about cloth diapers and other natural parenting methods and products.

At our location, there were raffles for free cloth diapers, a photography session with a professional photographer, and free herbal supplements for nursing and expecting mothers. I won a bottle of Motherlove More Milk Plus! (more…)

Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Why are You Joining?!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 by by

I can feel the excitement around the internet in my small niche of cloth diaper lovers over the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. It has honestly shocked me; yet I am thrilled to have almost 200 people already interested in joining and even more who want to try it out when they can.

Already many of the bloggers involved are posting about the Challenge and why they are joining.  I promised a Linky for the people who are in the Challenge so here is your first one:

Write a post about WHY you are doing the Challenge. It can be any reason.  It doesn’t have to be my reason!  If you have already written your “Why” post just check that you meet the Linky requirements and add that post.

So, why am I?

I started this challenge, and will be participating, because there is absolutely no reason a child should sit in any diaper for an extended amount of time to save money. Period.

Someone might say “Who are you to ask a mother, who is already stretched to her limit from working a job, caring for her kids, and cleaning/cooking, to then handwash diapers?!” (more…)

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