Monday, June 26, 2017

Traveling With Cloth Diapers

This post almost seems silly because it's really so easy to travel with cloth diapers. But most people tend to over-complicate things in their head and leave the fluff at home when they travel.

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Traveling with cloth is essentially the same as using cloth at home.
If you are going to the grocery store- or out for a only few hours -add an extra booster or use a more absorbent insert if you don't plan on changing a diaper.

Bring a small or medium travel wetbag and a couple diapers in case your kid decides to test the limits of their diaper in the produce aisle. Seal it in the bag and deal with that shiz when you get home.

Planet Wise wetbags are AMAZING FYI -when my oldest was a baby, I swear that kid would wait until we ran out to fill his diaper. Half the time I was walking around with a poopy diaper in my bag and I promise to you- even my pregnant nose was none the wiser. 

For Long Trips:

If you will be in the car for long stretches of time, you want to add an extra insert/booster or use your nighttime fluff (if that is disposables for you -go ahead, use disposables).

Pack a large wetbag, all the fluff you can fit, and if you are gone longer than your stash will last, hopefully you have access to a washing machine -because you're doing laundry!

Which, I imagine you would need to do anyway, if you're gone that long. Is it even possible to go more than a few days without doing laundry when you have kids? Share your secret.
Actually, don't. I love laundry.

I have this awesome large wetbag from Planet Wise that will hold a whole (long) weekend's worth of diapers. These wetbags are awesome, seriously.

They are bulletproof- they hold in all the stink and wetness so I just will bring it back with me and wash it all at home if I'm only gone a few days.

*Side note- This wetbag used to be apple green. But when I had kids, I think my brain came out with them. So now I do things like accidentally throw stuff in the washer during my monthly bleach cleaning cycle.*

When I go somewhere for a week -like my mom and dad's -I have access to a washing machine so I just wash as needed.

Some people even hand wash if they don't, but honestly, I don't think I would.

If I didn't have access to a washing machine over time, I'd probably do a mix of fluff and disposable and wash it all when I got home. Or bring/buy an excessive amount of inserts (I strictly use flour sack towels) and hand wash the diaper shells, saving the inserts for when I had access to a washing machine.

And my kids would be half naked by day three because they ran out of clean clothes.  

But maybe the half naked part isn't any different than normal.

I wanted to add another side note for an option I've never used, but would maybe consider if I was somewhere more rustic for an extended amount of time without washing machine access.-please call for help, because it was not by choice - You can buy disposable inserts. That way, you only need to hand wash the shells of your diapers. I have heard of people doing this for camping trips.

Do you use cloth when you travel?

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The BEST Cloth Diaper Hack EVER: How to Make Fleece Liners for Cloth Diapers

 Editing in: 
I have since invested in a diaper sprayer, but this was my method for about a year.
 I will be updating and editing some details and photos. I initially used to buy fleece for $1.50/yard but that does not seem to be the norm anymore.

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There's a hack or two out there when it comes to cloth diapering, but this one, to me, takes the cake.
Or in this case, poop.

Some people spray their diapers, some people dunk 'n' swish, some people scrape (sorry guys, this one makes me cringe).

I don't like poop.
I don't want to do any of those things.
I don't even wanna deal with it.

There's this magical thing called "fleece" that ensures you don't have to.

Poop doesn't stick to fleece.

Put a liner made of fleece in your cloth diaper and that sh** will just plop right off  into the toilet.

Praise the porcelain throne, you don't have to stick your hands in there!

"What if my baby's shiz isn't ploppable you say?"

Just toss the liner. In the garbage. You'll be out...less than a penny (I'll explain later)

Critics say - "Well, isn't that creating waste? Throwing AWAY a piece of fleece?"

And I say, first off, it's a heck of a lot better than tossing a whole disposable diaper.
And second, it's a heck of a lot better than tossing out a disposable liner every time it's used.

So here's what you do -unless you're one of those dunk 'n' swishers who's cool with that -all the power to you;

Go out to your local Walmart, craft store, Amazon, wherever sells fabric by the yard (Amazon actually DOES, but I cannot in good conscience recommend any. If you do try some, let me know!).
Buy a yard of fleece.
It will probably put you out about $3-$4.
*Walmart sells these cheap microfleece blankets for $2.50- $3 that you can also use*

Buy a light color, by the way. Poop blends right into camo, imagine that.

Find an insert, and cut the fleece just wider than it.
I like wider coverage, and you have to allow room for shrinking with washing.

Remember, these are catching poop so the edges don't have to be perfect. 

I get exactly 30 out of one yard.

That comes to about 13 cents a liner.
That you can use a hundred times over -so really, there's not even currency small enough for how much they'll cost you over time.

FYI: disposable liners cost close to the same price per liner, but you are only using them once.
Oh hi, remember me? I'm cheap.

Now, every time you put a diaper on your kiddo, lay them in there, like so:

Oh, did I mention they also double as stay-dry liners? Use them in your nighttime diapers to keep those bums feeling dry all night.

And then tell all your friends about how amazing fleece liners are -they need to know!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

How To Cloth Diaper For LESS THAN $200 - Cloth Diapering on Budget

Two things you should know about me:

The first is that I am really lazy. I know I usually start my mornings darting around like a drunk hummingbird, making sure the house is clean, and mouths are fed, and all the things are done, but the fact is that I only do it so I can be lazy for the rest of the day.

The second thing about me is I am -I wouldn't say "cheap" -but I like my money in my bank account where I can see it. I hate wasting it. And well, actually, I can be pretty cheap. I don't like spending money on things I don't think are necessary.

I'll be honest, I have no idea how much disposable diapers cost, but I read somewhere that it costs around $800 a year to diaper one kid.

And all I thought was man, I'm pretty sure I didn't even pay that much for my first car.

And that is money you're throwing in the garbage? Literally.

When I was pregnant for my oldest, I bought my entire stash (BG pockets) used from my sister for about $200. I honestly had no idea what I was doing -the info out there is overwhelming.

I basically threw a dart and it landed on "pocket diapers!" so that's what I went with.
It was a good deal for a full stash of name-brand pockets.
(If you like pockets).

It wasn't until well after I began my cloth diapering journey that I found out how CHEAP you could buy a brand-new diaper stash if you just go with covers.

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I know a lot of people jump straight into all-in-one or pocket diapers because they are "most like disposables".

There's a huge misconception that covers are harder to use than pockets.

But seriously, I think pad-folding a flat, flour sack towel (FST) or prefold in a cover is the most simple route.

-wash easily,
-dry quickly,
-require no stuffing -OR unstuffing when dirty.

After almost two years into my cloth diapering journey, I can attest that this is the easiest way for me to cloth diaper.
Remember, I'm super lazy.

I now highly recommend you go with covers and FST if you are just starting out with cloth diapers.

Since FST are single-layered, natural fiber, they are super forgiving if you haven't perfected your wash routine.
And they are ridiculously cheap ($1 or less).

If you reuse each cover three times before washing (I usually use a lot more than that), it comes to just over $5 per diaper.
My current stash cost me a whopping $160 and will cloth my two (or more, if I'm so blessed) kids FOR THEIR WHOLE DIAPERING PHASE.

This is a breakdown of a typical stash of covers+FST:

10 covers for $12 each: $120
30 FST bought in packs of 10/$8: $24

This is a (very generous) stash for just under $145.

There are many awesome brands you can buy, which I have compiled in a whole post here- Cloth Diaper Covers to Buy on a Budget

I left a little bit of grace money for the only diaper accessory I consider a necesssity (SERIOUSLY! This doesn't need to be complicated!): wet bags.

I personally love Planet Wise brand.

I like a pail liner (I don't even think 2 is necessary because it does not need to be washed every time you wash diapers) and a travel bag or two, depending on how frequently you go out.

(Fleece liners are another diaper luxury, but at a few dollars for a whole set, the expense is hardly worth mentioning.)

Obviously, everyone has their own preference for their type of cloth diaper but I highly recommend you start with covers and pad-folded FST if you are just starting. You aren't taking a huge financial risk and it is MUCH easier than it is made out to be.

Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions whatsoever! I want you to realize how SIMPLE it can be to go green -and save it, too!

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