Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cost calculator

Ever wonder exactly what you will save using cloth diapers?

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

dealing with the gross poops

When I started writing this blog I had an almost 3 year old foster son. We did the cloth diaper thing with him but shortly after potty trained him and thank goodness because his poops + cloth diapers = nasty nasty mess.

At the time my son was just a baby and still on breast milk, his poops were no big deal.

When we started feeding him solids and not being comfortable with his poop going in the washer anymore we had to find something else to work with, that is when my friend recommended these:

Found here:

They are brilliant! They come in small and large options. They line the diaper, catch the poop and are then flushed down the toilet. They are thinner than toilet paper and are bio degradable. The large cost $8 and last us about 2 months, so definitely worth the investment.

If you use them and your child doesn't poop, you just toss the liner instead of flushing.

Happy cloth diapering!

All about stripping

So once you've used your diapers for a while they start to build up detergent on them (at least this is what I was told... aka not exactly fact). But you WILL find (fact) that they stop being as absorbent. Just like that out of no where your child will start leaking through the dipes.

So you will need to "strip" them. I didn't have to do it for 8 months, but sometimes you'll need/want to do them more frequently.

Here is the process:

1. Cold soak for 30 minutes, drain.

2. Hot wash with 1-2 tablespoons of Dawn (the blue/original kind) in addition with your diaper detergent.

3. Cold rinse

4. repeat steps 2 & 3.

5. repeat steps 2 & 3 but without the Dawn.

6. extra cold rinse cycle at the end to get all the dawn out.

Then line dry as normal. Your diapers will get their absorbency back!

Great price on Bm Genius!

They are $4 off! I don't know how long they'll last

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The sun is your friend.

Even if you choose to dry your diapers in the dyer, you can still throw them out in the sun every once in a while for a natural bleaching! You wouldn't believe the stains that the sun takes out in an hour! They come out looking so white it's like they're brand new.

I will post pics on the subject sometime down the road, but for now, know that the sun works miracles!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How do you CD on the go?

I worried at first that using CD's while out and about would be a hassle. What I've found is it's no big deal! Sure the diapers take up more space in the diaper bag, but all in all it's really not a problem.

I usually keep 2 BG's in my diaper bag, a few cloth wipes and a wet bag. This is the one I use from Target:

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It was $12.99 at Target. I only have 1, but I really could use another one. It's on my list! The only reason I need 2 is so I have one while the first one is being washed.

It's just a bag with a liner that zips! You just throw the diaper/wipes in the bag and bring it home to wash. But make sure you wash the wet bag with the diapers! You don't want to leave a poopy mess behind! :)

Before my days of cloth wipes I use to throw the disposable wipes in the diaper and put the whole thing in the bag. And then I would just wash it all. Turns out it's no big deal to wash the disposable wipes! In fact I would be willing to bet if you wet them you could re-use them! They come out in one piece and very clean :)

Swimming with cloth diapers

I can only speak for BG's because that's all I use, but we have used them to swim with!

I just took the insert out and put the outside part on. It was perfect!

I read about it and what I found was that really swim diapers only catch the poop, but the pee sort of goes in the pool. So using a CD in the pool was the same as a swim diaper.

I was cautioned that the chlorine could fade the diaper so I set one aside to use for swimming, but it didn't fade at all.

I did get a pack of 25 swim diapers at a garage sale for $1 so I'll use those this summer, but just FYI you can use them for swimming :) Just take the insert out, or else it's H-E-A-V-Y! My dad make that mistake, lol.