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Washing Your Cloth Diapers November 29, 2008

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washer1 If you are new to cloth diapers, washing them may seem like a bit of a risky procedure.   There is alot of talk out there about how you should and should not wash your diapers, as well as what kind of detergent is best. I know when I did my first load of diapers (all five of them, lol) I was worried I was doing it wrong. And I probably was by most standards. I used all cold water and All Free & Clear. I didn’t have any problems with it though, so I kept doing it that way for awhile.

I did eventually do more research into washing though. I accumulated a stash of one kind of diaper, which came with washing instructions. So I went by that. Then I started reading more into detergents and how they could strip your diapers or worse. I started getting really paranoid about that. I was glad when I read a really long thread on diaperswappers.com about washing routines though. Many a mom put in her 2 cents about how she washed diapers. Some of those moms had been washing diapers for a lot of years. It was relieving to know that some mamas used regular old Tide, and not all used natural detergents. Not using natural detergent myself, I was worried I had somehow ruined my diapers.

Now after a year of cloth diapering, I think it’s safe to say I didn’t ruin the diapers. I have switched my detergent to Country Save though and I’m thinking of making the switch once again, this time to Allens Naturally. There is a great and informative page on detergents and their ingredients on Pin Stripes & Polka Dots you may want to check out. I’ve used it many times myself.

So after much research and trial and error, I have come to a washing routine I am quite happy about. Here it is:

A pre-rinse in cold – add a squirt of Bac Out if you have the stinkies

A regular wash in hot with a 1/4 detergent

A post-rinse in hot with a cap full of Ecover if you want to soften it a little

I think you will find that this is a tried and true washing method that alot of other mamas use. Good luck and happy washing! Please don’t forget to visit Eco Baby Buzz for tons of informative articles and how to’s on cloth diapering!

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Black Friday Sales November 25, 2008

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In case you weren’t aware, many of your favorite online diaper stores will be having Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales! This is really exciting for us cloth diapering mamas! Here are some great links to check out who’s having sales.

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=609891

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=606827

The Diaper Pin

Leslies Boutique

Luving Mama Diapers

Earth Angel Diapers

Cloth Diaper Outlet

Sew Crafty Baby

I know there are many more sales that arent even being annouced until Thanksgiving as well! Keep your eyes open, subscribe to the newsletters at your favorite stores, and check the Diaper Pin and Diaper Swappers again! Good luck and Happy Shopping!

 

Fleece and cloth diapers November 24, 2008

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As much as I love wool, I also really love fleece. I read somewhere that fleece is the man-made version of wool. I have to say that fleece is pretty awesome. What I love best about fleece is that you can just throw it in the washer. I let my son run around outside and get dirty in it because I know that I can wash it so easily. The biggest plus for me is I have learned to make my own fleece longies, so I can run up to Wal Mart and buy some awesome fleece that I love and whip out a couple of pair like that.

The only thing I dont like about fleece is once it gets wet it will smell like urine. Wool does not hold the smell of urine so it doesn’t have to be washed as often. Thats why I was super happy when I found the fleece I have been using. I have about 10 pair of fleece pants that I use daily. I made two of each pattern so if one gets dirty, I can throw on another just like it. LOL.

For more articles and tips on cloth diapers, visit Eco Baby Buzz!

 

The Wonders of Wool November 23, 2008

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I love wool with cloth diapers. It is amazing. My favorite wool is interlock though. It is nice looking and so easy to take care of. Wool is breathable, anti-bacterial, holds up to 30% its weight in liquid and only needs to be washed once a month or when soiled. You really can’t beat that.

Wool is my go to cover when Im going out with the baby or nap time. I have even started using it at nights over my pocket diapers because they aren’t quite holding it all in anymore. The only thing I don’t like about wool is it’s so darn expensive. I have yet to try some really nice knit wool because I really don’t have the money. There is a solution to the expense though. Make it yourself. I recently bought a yard of interlock and I’m going to make three pair of longies. And I know there are tons of mamas that have learned to knit to make their own longies. I have tried to learn to knit and I cannot figure it out. Bless those that can.

A great way to try wool inexpensively is by using recycled wool. Recycled wool is made from wool sweaters to create soakers, longies or shorties. That was how I first tried wool. I got a pair of recycled longies for $12. They were super cute and I got a great introduction into the joys of wool. Best of all, you can find recycled wool all over the place. I just wash my recycled wool on delicate in the washing machine also.

As wonderful as wool is, you do need to be careful when washing it. I have mistakenly gotten lanolin stains in my wool from scrubbing it with a lanolized wool wash bar. I have also accidentally shrunk my wool in the washer after washing it too many times trying to get the stains out. And I also felted it. Lol. It was a great learning process though, and I came to find out that I liked the wool felted a little better because it worked a little better. The good news is, if you shrink interlock wool you can stretch it back out. You just need to soak it in conditioner for an hour or more, then pull like crazy to reshape it.

Wool is amazing. For more wonderful wool tips and a how to’s, visit www.ecobabybuzz.com.

 

Night Time Snuggles November 20, 2008

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I love to sleep with my little one. He is sweet, warm and cuddly. He snuggles up to me all night and when he isn’t in bed with me I miss him. He also hogs up most of the bed, kicks me, gets on top of me and sometimes does marathon nursing all night. That’s OK. This time is precious and will not last long. I want to treasure it and enjoy these time while I can.

I co-slept with my other two sons also. When my first son was 1 1/2 and I was pregnant with my second, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and living with my parents. Co-sleeping took on a new meaning as I shared my bed with my 2 year old and my newborn. It was definatly interesting being squeezed in between the two of them, but sweet. It was just the three of us for years as we had to live in my old bedroom in my parents house. Sometimes a trying situation, but I look back at those nights fondly. I would read little story books to them at bedtime, then lay with them until they drifted off into slumber land. It wasn’t until my oldest son was four that I was able to move into our own place and they had their own room. It was actually really easy for them to make the transition from sleeping with me to sleeping in another room on their new bunk beds. Of course we still had to have ‘sleep overs’ every once in awhile.

As the years went on, story time was still an important part of our lives. We would all crawl onto one of their beds and read together. Sometimes in the mornings my youngest son would sneak into my bed and snuggle in bed with me for a couple of hours. It was very sweet to hear him softly breathing next to me, just like old times.

Now my newest son who is 14 months old, often will sleep in his crib all night. Sometimes I won’t put him in because I just want to be with him. It’s just a reminder that he’s growing up and becoming so big. I think my time co-sleeping with my sons has been wonderful and has only made us closer. I wonder if they will co-sleep with their children too.

 

How I Fell In Love With Cloth November 19, 2008

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When I was pregnant with my third son, who is now 14 months old, I didn’t really give much thought to cloth diapers. I had really wanted to use cloth diapers with my first son, but felt really discouraged about the whole thing so I never even tried. So after my baby was born I decided to look into cloth diapers and boy was I surprised! Cloth diapers are not what your grandma used anymore! They are completely different, easy to use and uber cute! The problem I came across was, I was completely overwhelmed. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of cloth diapers. Pockets, All In Ones, Fitteds, Pre Fitteds. I had no idea what it all meant. My head would spin as I would search around on the internet trying to figure out what was what and what to use.

When I saw BumGenius One Size Pocket diapers though, I was mesmerized. I had no idea diapers could be so cool. The word ‘newfangled’ comes to mind, lol. And that was how I got hooked. I spouted the many reasons why we should use cloth diapers. Most importantly, we would save money! He liked the sound of that. It was the initial investment that was the part he didn’t like. “These diapers cost HOW much?” So I just bought one BumGenius to try and a few prefolds with a cover. Once I tried the Bumgenius I was amazed and completely hooked. It was like an addiction. One led to three more and then six more and then I had to have at least 24 so I could last a few days before washing. It took me a couple of months to get them all, and while I slowly built up my stash, I washed every day or two, lovingly taking care of my prized diapers.

Now many dollars and many diapers later, I don’t even have any of those diapers anymore. LOL. Talk about addiction! That led to having to try many, many other diapers. Luckily I found diaperswappers.com where I could sell my diapers to fund more, more, more! Funny thing is, I sold and bought so many diapers and now that I have found one I am really sticking to (and I mean it!) I have also gone back to good ol BumGenius. Hey, they are great diapers. What can I say?