Cloth Diapering part 2

Many people know I am passionate about cloth diapering our twins. I won’t go into all the reasons in this post, you can check it out in Cloth Diapers part 1 found here. The purpose of today’s post is to actually help you get started. Recently many people have been asking exactly what my home set up is like, so here it is, with links included 🙂

We have 36 Unbleached Cotton Diaper Rite Prefolds found here. Currently we are still using the Newborn size meant to fit up to 12 pounds. Our girls are 16+ but I figured as long as they still work, I’m still using them!

We have 6 Thirsites covers in the small size found here. I LOVE these covers, they are the best I have tried!

We have 2 diaper pail liners found here. These we use to store the diapers in between washes. I just wash them when I wash the diapers. One to store, and one to use while the other one is in the wash. The bags just fit into a basic kitchen size trashcan.

I have tried cloth wipes, although I won’t give you any links here as I have not found any I really like. I feel like they are too thick to clean properly in all cracks and crevices. If you know of any that are great please let me know.

Please make sure if you wash these diapers yourself you use the correct soap. NO bleach, fabric softeners, dyes or perfumes! We have used Sun Free and Clear and All Small & Mighty Free and Clear found just at our local grocery store and were mostly happy with both. We did have to run extra rinses and strip from time to time. Now I buy our detergent from Ruby Moon and have been really happy. Here is a website where you can check your current detergent. Also, the tote bags and covers should only be put in the dryer about once a month- too much will break down the waterproof layers. Line drying the diapers will also extend their life!

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm  Comments (4)  

Homemade Baby Food

As you might have gathered by now I do try to do things as natural as possible for my girls, and that includes making their baby food at home. Alongside with using cloth diapers I believe this is one of the best things you can do to give a child a healthy start to life. It is simple, inexpensive and the benefits far outweigh the effort. By making all our own baby food I know exactly what my children are getting (no added sugars, preservatives, etc).  I use this website as a guide- http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ It has tons of great information about when and how to introduce solid foods, how to cook and store the foods, and the nutrients contained in each food. It is a great website.  Making baby food is also much less expensive than buying those premade baby foods. For example- I picked up some butternut squash on sale at my grocery store. It was already cut and cubed ready to cook, for .82 cents. I bought two bags ($1.64). It made over 50 servings. That is .03 a serving! The average price I have seen for store bought baby food is $1.29 for a two pack. Even if you were to pre-split this package into four servings that is .32 cents a serving. 10 times as expensive! Pre-splitting is important because once a baby starts to eat from a container any unused portion must be thrown out due to bacteria in the baby’s mouth.  Using ice cube trays to freeze food yields about 1- 1.5 ounce servings… especially helpful when baby is just starting solid foods and won’t eat as much. Most people wouldn’t need to buy any special equipment to make baby food either. I use a pot (when steaming or boiling), pan (for baking or roasting), a food processor (a blender would also work) and ice cube trays. Here are some pictures of the process.

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cloth Diapers

O.k. so I wanted to do a post to let everyone with kids (or about to have kids) know just how EASY, CHEAP, and BENEFICIAL cloth diapering is. Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about this.

First- Beneficial.

Disposable diapers contain many chemicals, including Dioxin (which the EPA has confirmed is one of the most toxic of all cancer linked chemicals. It also causes severe reproductive and developmental problems, as well as damage to the immune and hormonal systems) Dioxin is BANNED is most other countries. They also can contain sodium polyacrylate (the stuff that turns to a gel when wet) This is the same substance associated with toxic shock syndrome from ultra-absorbent tampons.

More than 21 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year in the US alone. Disposable diapers are estimated to take 200-500 years to decompose.

Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.

Babies who have used cloth diapers tend to potty train sooner than disposable diaper babies. Because disposable diapers keep babies from feeling wet it also keeps them from understanding the cause and effect of elimination, which can create confusion when trying to potty train.

Second- Cost.

If a family needs roughly 60 disposable diapers per week, at an average of 25.5 cents each that is $1,600 in disposable diapers alone for just 2 years. (overall cost would be more since most kids are not completely potty trained by age two)

For a family that uses cloth diapers they would average about 6 dozen diapers. Pre-fold diapers, covers and all the accessories can be purchased for around $300 (which can be used for multiple children) The difference in cost is amazing.

Lastly- Ease.

This is the part I was most worried about. I thought it would be messy and difficult to use cloth diapers. In reality it is SO easy. We are using the pre-fold diapers with separate covers. The fact that these two things are separate is about the only difference between the ease of cloth and disposable. You simply have to lay the cloth inside the cover before securing the cover. Covers are basically the same design as disposable diapers, with velcro that attaches the side to the front of the diaper.
The cloth is softer on the girls skin, and not as bulky as one might expect. We have chosen to only buy 36 diapers in the size they are in now, and so with both girls sharing them I wash them every day and a half. This is even very simple as there is no separating or folding. You simply dump them in the machine and start it. If we had more diapers (or less babies) I wouldn’t need to wash as often.

Here are some pictures of our setup, and Kylie modeling the diaper. I want to say that I do feel like this is an easy process and I have no problem finding the time with twins, so it shouldn’t be much work for a parent of a single baby. But, I DO NOT judge anyone who does not feel the same way I do. I simply wanted to put this information out there, as I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding and lack of information about cloth diapers out there. Please feel free to ask me any questions!

Here is the website we have used to buy all of our materials from, they also have lots of information about washing and care on their website. Click here to check it out.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm  Comments (4)  

Baby Dress

So last weekend I went to a baby shower and made a dress for the little girl about to be born. Here are some pictures of the process and the final result. I had also made my girls dresses for fourth of July using a modified version of the pattern found here : http://www.made-by-rae.com/2008/04/free-itty-bitty-baby-dress-pattern.html

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm  Comments (1)