Friday, November 4, 2011

Adventures in overnight...

Since Z. was born, we've used disposables overnight. It was just not something I could deal with after having 3 kids and trying every overnight "solution" under the sun with my other 2 I decided that I wasn't going to bother with her.

Now that she's 18 months old, the disposables are smelling something foul at night. I'm not sure if it's her urine, or if it's the diapers so we're going to try cloth tonight and see how it goes.


Wish me luck.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flats and handwashing challenge: what I learned

Sorry I'm late with this post but I haven't been feeling well this week at all. In fact, I've taken it to the ultimate extreme from last week and we've been using Gdiaper flushies in the Flip covers. I just can't deal with more laundry right now.

Anyway...the FAHC was a good experience. It taught me that it IS possible to cloth diaper your baby for less than $100, it IS possible to hand wash, it IS possible to use only 5 covers...that said, I wouldn't WANT to do it full time. If I was in the situation where I had to choose between food and diapers, I'd find whatever I had around the house that would absorb and use that so my family could eat, but I can't say I'd be happy about it.

We didn't have any leaks, except the first day with the onesie over the weehugger that wicked. Even at night, we didn't have any problems. I did have to switch up the covers because DD figured out that velcro is super fun to undo, so I dug out the snapping covers we had.

Kim summed up my feelings in her post at www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com I am grateful for my husband's job that allows me to stay home with by babies. I am grateful for my washer and dryer. I am thankful that I don't have to hand wash.

But I could if I needed to. And that's what the challenge was for. To see if it was possible. And it is.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 7...the finish line!

I'll be back tomorrow with my "what I've learned from this experience". Yesterday's total was 9 diapers. I washed them as they came off her, which was actually even easier than the wonder washer. The wind dried everything very quickly.

I'm finishing up tonight. She'll sleep in our bullet proof night time solution of 1 little-lions flat (diaper bag folded) and 1 tiny birds flat padfolded inside it under an UNlanolized kissaluvs wool cover. The cover is thick enough that I have found she doesn't need it to be lanolized at all. Not a leak. Not even any dampness. It's spectacular!

I may do this again, just for the "green" aspect of it. It wasn't bad. There was a few times I wished I could grab a velcro AIO to slap on her, but in actuality, she's taking EVERYTHING with velcro off so quickly, I would have regretted that in an instant.

I am surprised how much I LOVE econobum covers for flats. I love flips too. I had fallen out of love with them, but found the love again :)

More tomorrow, hopefully with pictures too!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Flats challenge Day 6

So I have a very sad baby. I didn't wash last night, so I did it this morning. We had some funk. No sure why, but it took 2 washes (1 in tiny bubbles, 1 in tide then 1 rinse). They are fine now. Not sure which was the culprit.

Yesterday's total was 11 diapers.

Not much else to say LOL!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Flats challenge Day 5

Yesterday's total was 11 flats. I washed last night because I had to take all 3 kids to the doctor this morning. My kids are prone to ear infections/ruptured ear drums and they've all been congested and nasty. Sure enough, sinus and ear infections all around.

Anyway, last night we had a minor snafu, DD2 woke around 2:30 AM hysterical (her ears, I am assuming). I checked inside her wool soaker and she was wet and cold, so I changed her into a disposable. I couldn't get a flat on her in the dark.

We've taken the velcro covers out of rotation. She won't keep them on, and she rips them off faster than I can even get them on her.

Other than that, things are going fine.

Just for fun, here is a short video of my 5 year old origami folding a flat :)

video

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Flats challenge Day 4...

Yesterday, baby girl went through 14+3 gerbers as doublers and 2 fleece topped microfiber doublers. I missed a poo, and that was a bummer. It took some scrubbing to get it off the fleece, but it's clean now. I made the mistake of waiting until this morning to wash. 17+3 doublers and several wipes was just too much for the wonder wash. It was full to the brim. Because of this, I ended up dumping them all out after 2, 2 minute washes and stepping on them in the bathtub to make sure all the detergent was out. Today's wash/wring/hang took 45 minutes, as opposed to about 25 for a smaller load. Needless to say, I may be washing more often if it looks like that might happen again.

First day of summer "vacation" starts today. My kids were up at 7 AM and I was done with the wash before 8. It's supposed to be windy today, so I may have to bring the rack inside, but hopefully by then the diapers will be done dripping.

It took us 3 days to get through our flats "stash" with the addition of the 8 flannel receiving blankets I purchased yesterday. I'll admit, I got bored. Gerber blankets are 5/$10 here so I bought a pack of them and a 3 pack of some other cute ones at Target.

No pictures today, because really...how many pictures of flat diapers do you REALLY want to see? *yawn*

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Flats challenge Day 3!


Yesterday went MUCH smoother than the first day. We were gone most of the morning and I planned for a leak, but that padfolded swaddlebees flat held for 2 1/2 hours no problem. In fact, I actually gave them all a better run and she only went through 7+1 gerber as a doubler. Now, I will admit she wore a disposable to bed last night. DH got her out of the bath and put it on her and I wasn't going to go switching it (he gets a little offended when I do that). Kim said we could use our regular night time set up... I did one load of laundry this morning. In the wonder wash, we can do a wash cycle (I rinse them all as they come off of her and put them straight into the washer) and a rinse cycle to get the bubbles out in about 7 minutes. DD1 actually did it all today, she likes turning the handle. Fine with me!!

Yesterday's poop was exactly the same as day #1. I got smart and used a FLUSHABLE liner (woohoo!) so that turd went down the toilet. Awesome. No rinsing required. Although the cover retained some of the poop smell, so I hand washed it in the sink w/ dish soap.

This it the only picture you get today. The 7 flats drying on our back porch. Because of super strict HOA covenants, we aren't allowed to have a line. I'm not sure THIS is even allowed, but I kind of hit it behind the trampoline, so unless someone is super nosey, I doubt anyone will notice.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flat challenge Day 2!!



So yesterday went perfectly except for the 1 leak with the weehugger cover. Because of that, I've decided to swap it out with another econobum cover.

We did laundry last night at about 5 PM. At that count, there were 10 flats in the wonder wash. This morning, I decided to get caught up again and there were another 7 in rotation. 17 diapers in 24 hours. Granted, she was coverless most of the day and I double diapered her several times but 17 diapers! Wow!! I would suggest to anyone planning to do this full time to have at LEAST 2-3 dozen in rotation.

We had one poop. I have been using home made fleece liners and I will admit I threw that one away. DD's BM was the consistency of warm chunky peanut butter and I did not feel like dunking and swishing it off a liner that cost me $.02.

For night time last night, I double diapered her in 2 tinybirds colorgrown organic flats, an additional colorgrown organic cotton doubler and a HUGE fleece liner under a kissaluvs wool lover diaper cover. She woke up completely...........................dry??? Whaaaa?? Ok, I wasn't expecting that at all. Since the wool cover is not part of my 5 cover rotation, I changed her into a padfolded flat and econobum to take DS to school.

So here's a short video clip of my 5 year old helping wash the diapers in our wonder washer. I'm not sure how much more effective this is than washing them in the sink, but she thinks it's fun. Please excuse the color of my bathtub, I haven't bleached it after a dye project I completed... video

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 1-Flats challenge

DD usually wears a disposable at night. I tried for years with my other 2 to find an adequate solution that didn't smell like a barnyard or a hamster cage in the morning and decided that for this little one, I wasn't going to bother. I have not regretted it at all.

She woke up with a green runny nose this morning, thanks to her older brother, so that makes this even more challenging. Sick baby=extra nursing= wetter diapers.

Well, we changed her out of the last disposable of the week and into our first combo. A pad folded swaddlebees flat inside a FLIP cover. Trim, and the absorbency was where she needed it. She tends to wet a TON in the mornings.













Our second was a pad folded swaddlebees flat in a weehugger cover. This was a fail and I'm not sure why. We've used it before. The only thing I can think of was the onesie she was wearing wicked moisture out her leg because when she woke up from her nap she was SOAKED. Here she is, mid sneeze :( Poor bug.













So we're down 1 cover and needed a change of clothes.

Flat #3 is a "burp cloth" from Ikea, kite folded and the legs are jelly rolled. Trim but not super absorbent. I'll probably have to change her again in about 20 minutes. No cover. I'm letting her air out.












The stash and covers:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I've narrowed it down!

Ok, I've got myself down to 30 flats (some I have to double because DD2 is a heavy wetter) and 5 covers. The covers we'll be using are:
Grovia (for padfolding)
Flip w/ aplix
Thirsties duo size 2 w/ aplix
Econobum *second quality* from cottonbabies.com
Weehugger with snaps *second quality* from swaddlebees.com

I am fortunate enough to have a wonder washer handy (we bought it for our emergency supply stuff) and so I will be using it for the washing instead of a camp style washer. I need to learn how to work it anyway.

Stay tuned for some pictures as we get started!

Oh, and I just realized that we MIGHT be traveling the weekend of the 30th, so this really might end up being quite challenging...we'll see!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flats and handwashing "challenge"

Kim from http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/ has called for a challenge to Cloth diapering moms. To use only flats and 5 covers for 1 week and *gulp* HANDWASH them.

There are many mothers out there struggling to diaper their babies because of difficult financial situations. They have resorted to drying out disposables and reusing, or keeping their baby in the same diaper until they have a bowel movement. As you can imagine, this practice is not only unsanitary, but also baby for baby! So Kim had an idea. Show moms out there that handwashing a small stash of flats is possible.

Or is it?

I'm still trying to decide which of my 5 covers to use. I also need to get a plunger to set up a camp style wash. I'm good on flats.

Wish me luck! I'll be blogging a lot in the next week!