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Learning About Cloth Diapering: Pros and Cons

I used disposable diapers with my first. I thought about cloth diapering with him, too, but the up front cost and exhaustion I felt all during that pregnancy deterred me from getting started. After he was born, I just continued with the disposables.

This time, I’ve decided to give cloth a shot. There is a lot to learn about the different types of cloth diapers now available and the proper care of them. I’ve decided to to a series of blogs to share what I learn through research and trial and error.

First up, here are my reasons to cloth diaper:

1. Cost. Sure it costs a lot to buy the diapers up front, but over the course of about 2-3 years, disposables cost much more. It’s been a few years since I’ve had to buy diapers, so I’m estimating a little here. It seems like the cheapest boxes I would buy ran about $15 and lasted less than a month. The training diapers he used in the last few months cost closer to $16 and lasted two weeks, tops. My son was 2 years 8 months when he finished potty training. Even if we figure a box diapers lasting a full month and a pack of training diapers lasting two weeks, we get (24 x $15)+(16 x $16)= $616. That doesn’t take into account that the number of diapers per box decreases as the size increases, so they don’t last as long, or that I couldn’t always get the cheapest brand. That also doesn’t include disposable wipes. So for me, $616 is the minimum number I have to beat in order to come out ahead with cloth diapering one child.

2. Comfort. Everyone in my little family suffers from eczema to some degree. Personally, I’ve found most disposable menstrual products to be irritating to my skin and have switched almost completely to cloth. Since the materials in disposable diapers are similar to what’s in disposable pads, it seems likely that cloth will be much more comfortable and less likely to irritate my baby.

3. Newer styles of cloth diapers are about as easy as disposables. I got to test some one size pocket diapers while watching a friend’s little boy, and found them to be as easy to change as disposables. Those used snaps to close. Others use velcro. For the old-school prefold or flat fold styles, you can use these plastic fasteners called Snappi’s. Unless you like living dangerously, there’s no need for diaper pins. This is important if you are as clumsy as I am.

4. I can make them. For a DIYer like me, this is big. So far, I haven’t made actual diapers, but I’ve made inserts (soakers) and cloth wipes from suitable materials I already had on hand. Some of the material came from old t-shirts that were no longer wearable and bath towels that had seen much better days. Fun and free or very, very cheap. 🙂

To be fair, here’s a list of cons:
1. You have to wash them. If I didn’t have my own washing machine, this would be a big deterrent. But, I have the luxury of being able to do laundry at any time of day, at home, in my pajamas if I want. Also, Finn had TONS of blowouts with disposables, so I was washing poop covered clothes almost daily until he started solids. (I’ve heard cloth don’t do this as much. *fingers crossed*) Washing poopy diapers won’t be much different. If anything, it will probably be less annoying because they are supposed to get poopy.

2. You have to store the dirty diapers. Dirty diapers stink. Some people try to say that they don’t if the baby is exclusively breast fed. They lie. For me, though, our trash pick up runs on Tuesdays and Fridays. Assuming someone remembers to take out the trash, that’s only two times a week we can get rid of stinky disposable diaper trash. The rest of the time, it’s either sitting in a diaper pail or in the trashcan outside baking in the sun. With cloth, I can wash a few small loads per week and keep the dirty diaper content in our house to a minimum.

3. You have to carry the dirty ones with you when you’re out. Gross. But, for me, I usually had to find something to do with poopy clothes when out and about due to blowouts. Also gross. I will be testing and possibly making my own washable bags to contain the poop and stink to deal with this. Heavy duty freezer bags also seem like a good possibility to use for this. If all else fails, I may use disposable diapers for the times when I will be away from the house all day. I’m pretty much a homebody, so that won’t make too much of a dent in the savings I get from using cloth the rest of the time.

I’m sure there’s many more for both lists, but those are the main reasons I have considered when deciding to cloth diaper. Feel free to share your own. 🙂

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Catching up, muffins, car and baby

Over the past few days I’ve been busy with car repair and insurance stuff from the accident, so everything from blogging to laundry has been neglected. In case you’re wondering, I’ve decided to start my catch-up day with a totally random blog post before moving on to laundry. You’re welcome.

First up,  I did manage to try out a new recipe Saturday night for Bran Muffins made with bran flakes, or in my case, the Raisin Bran that I bought on sale but nobody eats because, well, it’s Raisin Bran. Eww. It does taste much better in muffins, and they are easy to eat on the run. You can find the recipe here. I got 15 muffins from the recipe. After the first day, I put the rest in the freezer to pull out and warm up for a fast morning breakfast.

I did make a few changes since I was feeling adventurous. I added 1/3 cup of whole flaxseed (because I need to use some up), a tablespoonish splash of vanilla (because I put vanilla in everything) and a dash of cinnamon and a squirt of honey (just because). I might add a little more sugar or honey the next time I make them, but they’re really yummy as-is with just a little butter or honey. I’m also curious to try them using vanilla almond Special K in place of part of the Bran Flakes.

Next on the list is my car. My beautiful, injured car. I had an appointment on Monday to take it to Service King (SK) to get the repairs started and finally get a rental so I can quit driving with a broken taillight. We went with SK because they are part of State Farm’s (the at-fault party’s insurance company, SF) select service centers, meaning we wouldn’t have to wait for an adjustor from SF, because they have on-site Enterprise car rental, and because they weren’t quite as backed up as other shops. The guy at SK looked at the damage and saw previous repairs from before we had purchased the car and refused to work on our car. We left, obviously not happy and called State Farm to find out what to do now and to get them to okay a rental immediately since driving without a taillight is both dangerous and illegal.

At first we were told that SK should not have turned us away and they would call SK to find out why that happened. A little later SF called us back and said no, SK couldn’t do the repairs, and none of their select service centers would either. Okay, so we find our own shop, but in the meantime we need a rental NOW and could they please send the adjustor to our house to asses the damages and get that rolling. SF refused to send an adjustor to our home, they will only send someone to a body shop once we find the one we want to use. They also refused to cover a rental until our car is at a body shop, even though it is our only car and it is currently unsafe and illegal to drive.

At that point we headed home in the car we shouldn’t be driving trying to figure out what to do next. On the way, we passed a nice looking shop, so we pulled in and talked with them about the repairs. They have no problem working on our car and have experience dealing with SF, so we called SF to let them know we have a shop, our car is there waiting for an adjustor and we need a rental.

So far, we do have a rental but as far as I know the adjustor hasn’t made it out to look at the car. If I don’t hear from someone today I’ll probably be spending a good chunk of tomorrow on the phone with SF trying to figure out what is going on. I’m also trying to be optimistic, but for the way things are going, I fully expect to have to fight them tooth and nail to get the repairs covered even though everyone is in agreement that it was their customer who was at fault and my car was in good condition prior to the accident.

Finally, on a much happier note, tomorrow is my sonogram. Hopefully all is well and the baby will cooperate so I can quit referring to the baby as an “it”. I’ve heard that drinking orange juice beforehand will make the baby more active and more likely to show everything. I’ve also heard that the o.j. can make the baby too active to get a clear picture. So I have no idea whether I’ll try it. I’d be interested in hearing your experiences if you tried it.

Also, your chance to vote in the boy/girl poll ends tomorrow morning, so don’t miss your chance to vote and win bragging rights if you guess correctly. 

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Au Natural Etsy Treasury

‘ “Au Natural”‘ by handcraftusa

If you are allergy prone you might like to try a more natural alternative that Etsy has to offer.


Natural Lip Gloss in First B…

$8.00

Two Branches In Antique Bras…

$24.00

loofah soap bar – mint scent…

$5.00

Halcyon. Leather Wrap Brace…

$82.00

Natural Wooden Baby Teething…

$9.00

Clean and Simple Laundry Soa…

$7.50

Organic Patchouli Facial Cle…

$1.60

Macrame Necklace with Stunni…

$85.00

Citron Splash Dead Sea Salt …

$18.95

Earrings – Lovely Lemon Post…

$5.00

All natural and organic vege…

$8.00

Purple Crazy Lace Agate and …

$25.00

Unscented beeswax 6 ounces(…

$7.00

GOATS MILK SOAP – Handmade A…

$4.50

Organic Cotton Baby Rattle E…

$20.00

SALE – English vintage red f…

$15.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Pregnancy post in which I whine because I’m getting sick.

My throat hurts and my head hurts and I’m sleepy and I need to wash dishes and I need to eat something but I want to sleep more but I need to do stuff when will the Sudafed kick in I should gargle some salt water stupid Tylenol doesn’t do crap I should drink some hot tea but that would mean walking all the way to the kitchen and why are my ears popping and look at the baskets of laundry that need folded and why is it so hot today why am I sick when it isn’t even cold outside and we’re out of popsicles and I want a popsicle and I don’t even like popsicles but they’re cold and would be good now and I should just go take a nap but it probably won’t help and I’ll still be sick and laundry will still need folded and dishes will still need washed and I’ll still be hungry and possibly sick from not eating and…..




I did try to warn you.

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Newest Creation from SubEarthan Cottage: Handmade Washcloths

Set of Three Hand Knit Washcloths in Neopolitan White by sophiecls.

I love these handmade washcloths. I am incredibly careful but slooooow when it comes to knitting and almost as slow with crochet. If you want them, get them now, because it will probably be another six months before I have a set finished.

Also, does anyone else want to spell “washcloths” as “washclothes”? Because I am constantly trying to do that.  Thank goodness for spell check. Washclothes does seem practical as its own word, though. I think I’ll define it as ” The clothing one wears on laundry day because everything else is dirty. Often riddled with stains, holes or serious 80s flair.”

Three handmade washcloths

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What I did before 9am.

Got up and dressed.
Nearly tripped over the dog.
Woke up the kiddo and got him dressed.
Made lunches for the kiddo and hubby while trying not to trip over the dog.
Made breakfast for the kiddo.
Put the dog outside.
Started a load of laundry.
Got the dryer’s info so I could pick up a new dryer belt and finish laundry later. (Yes, my dryer joined the revolt. See Appliances are People Too and The Battle Rages On.)
Took out the trash.
Took hubs to work.
Drove kiddo to school while helping him work on sounding out and writing words.
Waited with kiddo in the school cafeteria for his teacher to meet his class.
Picked up a few things at the grocery store.
Picked up a new dryer belt.
Fed the dog.
Made fake coffee and microwave sausage biscuits for myself.
Sat down.