Posts Tagged ‘ cloth diapers ’

So much time, so little to do

Strike that, reverse it.

No shortage of things to do around here. Fabric to shop for, baby wipes to cut out, wash cloths to crochet, TV to watch.

reusable flannel wipes

It seems like most of the world (or least regular programming) stops for the Royal Wedding, but not mine.

My world just keeps on spinning. I can’t stop just because some prince somewhere is getting married. Heck, I can’t even watch it on TV without my husband complaining about it being UN-AMERICAN.

So it looks like he won’t be watching any more foreign kung fu movies. I know, my logic is powerful. If I can’t watch old re-runs of Charles’ and Diana’s wedding, he can’t watch Ong Bak 3. I don’t know if that’s even a kung fu movie, but it has lots of fighting and it isn’t in English, so he’s not watching it.

We are watching the new show “The Voice” though. Like literally watching it right now. Not as you’re reading this, tomorrow morning when it’s posted, but tonight as I’m writing it. One of our friends is supposed to be on this show, but if he doesn’t make an appearance soon, I’m going to bed. Of course the one person I want to see is being saved for last. If this turns out to be a 2 hour premiere, Mama ain’t gonna be happy.

Don’t be cutting into my sleep time, NBC. It’s limited enough as it is.

And on that note…good night.

gDiapers: A Review

Have I mentioned before that I’m a big fan of cloth diapering? Because I am. There are tons, TONS I say, of cloth diapering options out there. But I like to keep it simple. 1 brand.

gDiapers Little gPants

“Earth friendly diapers,” they say.

I’m not going to pro and con you with the cloth diaper debate here. I just want to tell you about gDiapers.

But first. Look. at. those. rolls.

baby wearing gdiaper

baby wearing little gpants

Hey, what you lookin’ at?

little gpant vanilla

The gDiaper is pretty simple. There are 3 parts.

  • Cute cloth outside
  • Snap-in plastic liner (this is what keeps the liquid on the inside of the diaper and not on you)
  • Insert to hold all that liquid.

You can buy their flushableor reusable clothinserts to go with. I just use regular old-fashioned cloth diapers on the inside. You know, the kind that your mother used to pin on you. Only I don’t use a pin. I just fold the diaper into a rectangle, lay it in the liner (which I’ve already snapped onto the cover) and velcro the whole thing onto the baby.  It’s so easy, even my husband can do it. Hardee har har. Hi honey.

Seriously, it’s that easy. When I take the diapers out of the dryer, I immediately build diapers. Snap liner to cover, stuff diaper in liner. Done. Next. Then when it’s diaper changin’ time, I have plenty of diapers all ready to go. It’s just as easy as putting on a disposable at that point.

Washing the gDiapers is easy, too. It all goes in the washer (fold those velcro tabs over though, or you’ll have a huge chain of diapers stuck together) with my homemade laundry soap. Then hang dry the plastic liners and machine dry the rest. Oh, and the liners hang dry in about 10 minutes, I kid you not.

So what’s not to love? Not much, really. To be honest, we did have a small velcro issue with one of the dipes that we bought off eBay, but they are sending us replacement velcro and were very nice to work with.

If you’re interested in seeing more gDiapers, click the picture below. And no, they are not paying me to say any of this. That would be nice though. Maybe I should look into that.

Cloth Wipes

Folding all these little cloth wipes makes me happy.

Happy because:

a) my mom made them

and

b) I know they are gentle on Amelia’s skin

and

c) they are free. Did I mention my mom made them? They cost me absolutely nothing. In fact, they probably cost her nothing as well, because she made them out of scrap fabric.

I love, love, love my cloth wipes. I keep a handful in a wipe warmer ($4 on clearance) with some homemade wipe solution and the rest of them in a drawer in the changing table.

When the warmer is empty, I throw in some fresh solution and another handful of wipes and we are good to go. Dirty wipes go in the dirty diaper bucket and get washed along with the diapers. Couldn’t be easier.

Here are the details for you other crunchy moms 🙂

Wipes

  • 8″ square
  • Flannel
  • Serged edges

Wipes Solution

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2-3 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2-3 drops Calendula Oil

To make the solution I just carry the warmer over to the sink, run some warm water in it, dash in the oils, and swirl it around with my finger. I can even do it with the baby in one arm. If I am really pressed for time, or the baby is screaming, I just fill the warmer with water. Remember your highschool chemistry? Water is a universal solvent. It’s really all you need. I add the Tea Tree Oil as an anti-fungal and to keep the water fresh. Calendula Oil is healing and soothing to the skin, but you can definitely leave them out. Check the interwebs for more solution recipes. But please, try the cloth wipes. You’ll love them.

And just in case you don’t believe me, I asked Amelia what she thought.

Cloth wipes?

Oh yeah.

Disposable wipes?

Clearly, not a fan.