Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm doing it, Daddy is doing it, Daycare is doing it - we're all doing it!

Cloth diapering that is :)  This was my first full week of cloth diapering full-time.  My hubby came around to it mainly because of the cost saving, but then when he realized that the "hard" part was the laundry and he wouldn't have to do that, he was on board 100%.  Daycare said they would give it a try and let me know.  I bought a box of disposable gDiaper Liners (at bru)  for them (about $7.99 for 105 liners) to use, and that did the trick!  Karla said that when baby bug pooped it just dumped right into the toilet, no hassle at all.  It does help that our daycare keeps the changing table in the bathroom.  At home the changing table is in baby bugs room, so I have to wait until I'm done changing her to dump into the toilet. At home I use the bummis liners (once a day in her late morning diaper), same price but a softer "flimsier" liner.  I figured daycare would want one more substantial.

Week 1 Summary:  I'm hooked!  I just can't believe I didn't do this from day one.  Also, my last blog post helped to convert two of my friends (maybe more I don't know about) to cd'ing!  :)  Honestly, I didn't even think anyone ever read my blog!

Diaper pail with liner.  It looks like a trashcan so I added instructions

This pail liner can also be hung.

My favorite wetbag so far, zippers with a handle.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Switch: from disposable to cloth

When I was pregnant there were three things I really wanted to do for my baby bug that caused me quite a bit of grief from other mammas: nursing, home made organic baby food, and cloth diapering.  I am a pretty strong minded woman; I like to think of myself as assertive, but I think some find me abrasive or over-bearing; however, I let myself get talked out of cloth diapering before I was even 6 months along.  How?  Because I hadn't done my research and therefore did not know the arguments to make when confronted with those set on disposable diapers. I held my own and stuck to my guns on the other two issues, but when my baby bug arrived I used disposable diapers.

So, here I am 20 months later, with a lovely baby girl who is almost ready to be potty trained, and I am making the switch!  I have many reasons: fewer rashes, easier transition to panties, no money spent on pull-ups, they are cute - but the main reason  is just because I WANT TO.  Yes, I'm mad at myself for not doing it to begin with, and I've decided that baby #2 will be cloth diapered, so I might as well start now!

I have a good friend who does all cloth diapering, so I contacted her and got the nitty gritty.  She let me borrow a few diapers just to try it out at night to see what I thought, and after only 3 days I had bought enough diapers to go a full weekend of cloth diapering, and after only a week I knew that I had made the right choice.

So -- if you are interested in cloth diapering - from the begining or making a switch I suggest you do the following:

  • ignore people who say you are crazy
  • don't listen to anyone who used cloth diapers prior to the 1990's
  • go to www.jilliansdrawers.com and do a lot of reading
  • go to "fluff swappers" on Facebook and buy some used diapers
  • if you are switching from disposable to cloth, start at night and weekends first
  • pre-stuff your cloth diapers and put them in the diaper holder your disposables used to be in, so they are easy to grab
  • keep a wetbag next to your changing table (mine hangs off) to quickly put away wet diapers
  • keep a diaper pail with a pail liner in the bathroom near the toilet to quickly put away soiled diapers
  • find a friend or two who supports you in your decision to share all of your fun "fluff" stories with!
  • have fun!

Friday, February 17, 2012

No posts in a year -- I've been a busy mom!

So apparently working full time and parenting makes it almost impossible to blog regularly; however, I've decided to give it another shot.  I will focus the blog on two specific areas:

Gardening -- fresh veggies for our family!

and

Making the switch to cloth diapers (and potty training)

Of course, because I am scatterbrained, I'm sure there will be random posts about random things as well and long periods of time with no posts.  Not the best blog to follow. sorry.