New to cloth diapers?

If you are just starting out and want more information on cloth diapers, check out my posts in October and November of 2009. This will give you information on types of cloth diapers, washing routines etc..... You are welcome to email me if you have any questions.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Diapers for charity

A well known cloth diaper store owner, put out this email today. Do you know of any organizations that need wonderful organic cotton prefold diapers? Geneva

Do you know an orphanage in need of seconds prefolds?
GMD is giving away seconds prefold diapers to orphanages. We are looking for East coast shipping destinations to send boxes of off-brand prefolds. Adoption agencies. Also crisis pregancy centers. We are trying to keep our shipping costs down for the give-aways so... east coast and charitable (tax deductible) places needed.

If you know a place that wants some of these, please send an email to


Friday, November 12, 2010

Want to start your own web based business?

Do you sew, knit or create other handmade items? Do you have a home based business and what to expand to online? Check out
Hyena cart is a web site that allows you to have your own "store front" and sell your goods to anyone who has access to the internet. You are in charge of stocking your store with your items. Hyena cart provides the online "shopping cart" that is needed to make the transaction. Most shops use paypal to accept payment, you then ship your item to the buyer. Its easy. Only requirement is that the items be family friendly. The cost is $10 to start and $5 per month. Unlike Etsy, Hyena cart does not charge a percentage of your sales price and they don't charge a fee for each listing. Get more information here:
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Great new fitted diaper....

I just received some new fitted diapers from Green Mountain Diapers.
These are the "Cloth-eez Workhorse" diapers. They are made from 100% cotton prefold diapers that are shaped like a fitted diaper with elastic around the legs and waist, and they have an extra flap style doubler sew to the back of the diaper. They come with either snaps or with no closure (you can use pins or a snappi to close).
These are great fitted diapers with an amazingly low price. They come in sizes newborn, small, medium, large and XL. I am using the XL size on Issy. She is 30lbs and 2 years old and they fit her generously, but are not too big. She will be able to wear these until she potty trains and then at night as well. I like fitted diapers because they are easy to use and they contain messes well. You can get by with using fewer covers because the fitted diaper contains the mess and you can reuse the cover more times in between washings. Many fitted diapers are very expensive and thus are a difficulty for many parents to afford. These fitted diapers cost between $3.95 (for newborn with no closures) to $6.95 (for all other sizes with snap closures), which makes them a very affordable choice. They are selling quick and right now she has size newborn, small and medium available. Large and extra-large will be in stock in a couple months.
Check out for more information.
Happy diapering,

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Issy did her first pee pee in her little potty on July 9th 2010. I bribed her with a chocolate Easter egg (I have some hiding in the freezer). I have quickly realized that potty training her is not going to be easy. She is very strong willed and wants to do things her own way. I think it will only work if she is naked on the bottom, because whenever I put a diaper or training pants on her, she immediately wets. She has had two more successful pees since the first (each with the chocolate egg bribe) and she has had two accidents. I think she is doing very well. Today, we didn't work on training since we were out of town all morning/afternoon.
Anyone who has any thoughts on potty training strong willed kids is welcome to leave a comment. I know a lot about diapers, but I could use some advise on the potty training.
Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 9, 2010

More diaper business

Here is a link to an online business that sells the new all in one diapers that I love on my little Issy, Bottombumpers. See my review of them on my April 22nd 2010 post.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Potty training, is she ready?

My youngest daughter is 22 months old. I am thinking more and more about potty training her. Both wishing she was ready and also savoring what I know are you her last months of using diapers.
In many ways she has reached the necessary developmental milestones that would tell me she is ready for potty training. She sometimes is dry after a nap or even all night. She knows when she is going pee or poopy. She is interested in the potty chair. The only problem is that she refuses to actually sit on the potty chair with no diaper/clothes on. She actually insists on using a diaper, although she can tell me right away when she has done a poop. I am trying to continue with the normal diapering routine, until she seems less scared of actually sitting on the potty with a bare bottom.
Watch for continued updates Issy's potty training progress, or lack thereof.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!!

Some mothers day sales to let you know about:

Babyworks is offering free shipping, and they have some great new products as well.

Enjoy free shipping on all online orders over $50 through Sunday, May 9th (exclusions apply*). Or use it for $5 off your purchase over $35 for store purchases through Saturday, May 8th, or on internet orders marked store pickup through May 9th.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

New AIO that I love....

I recently purchased a second quality "Bottombumpers" all-in-one (AIO) diaper. I got one directly from the company. They are a PUL outer with an inner layer of organic cotton fleece. They have a snap in soaker with 4 layers of organic cotton fleece and one layer of bamboo velour. I purchased the aplix closure style, which I really like. But they also come in side snapping. I also purchased one of those in size medium, this turned out to be too small for my almost 2 year old daughter, but the size large in aplix was perfect. They fit well, are very absorbent and are SO easy to use. The only thing wrong to make it second quality, was some crooked stitching. They are $16.95-$18.95 new and $12.00 for seconds, which are sometimes posted on there website,
The first quality diapers are available at:

I used AIOs on my recent trip to Virgina and they worked great. I have 1 Bottombumpers and about 8 Sposoeasy diapers (see prior review of these). More on traveling with cloth, in my next post.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cloth encouragement......

Need some encouragement to start using cloth diapers on your baby?

The great thing about cloth is that you can start using them at anytime. It will save you money in the long run to start using cloth diapers on your baby starting from birth or soon thereafter, but you can start using cloth diapers at any age. It is better for the environment to use cloth diapers. "Disposable" or rather single use diapers, are what make up the majority of our landfills. They are not biodegradable and the "natural" brands are not biodegradable either. They may be better for your baby since they don't contain some of the same chemicals that are used to whiten and process regular disposable diapers, but they do contain the same super absorbent gel material that is not a natural substance and does not break down.

Whether your child is 6 weeks, 6 months or almost potty trained, using cloth diapers is great for your pocketbook and also a great way to "go green". Just think, investing in cloth diapers now will mean that you will already have diapers on hand for your next little bundle of joy. Most will last through more than one child and when you don't need them anymore, use them as rags or donate to a friend in need or even send them overseas to an orphanage. No need to throw them out, but know that when you do....they won't be hanging around for 500 years.

Feel free to email me if you need more information or advise.
Happy diapering.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dealing with.....poo.....after starting solids

While your baby is exclusively breast feed, washing diapers is rather easy. Just take the diaper, BM and all, and toss it in the washer for a cold rinse cycle followed by your hot wash routine. Breast milk poo has the consistency of yogurt and will easily break down with just water.
Once you introduce solids to your babies diet or start to supplement with formula, your diaper washing becomes more complicated, but still manageable once you get a routine down. At this point you will need to remove the waste into the toilet before washing the diapers. The easiest method that I have found is to use a "diaper sprayer" and spray to waste into the toilet. I keep a bucket beside the toilet to store that diapers in. When I have enough diapers to wash, I do a quick cold rinse cycle to remove any lingering stuff and then do my regular wash routine (see older posts for delated washing instructions. A diaper sprayer is a device that is connected to with water line and your toilet. It looks like a hand held bidet. They are available online and at local diaper retailers. Here is a link for more information:
There are several brands that are similar to the one in the link. This is the brand that I use. If you don't have a diaper sprayer, nor the funds to purchase one (they cost almost $45 new, I got one on craigslist for less than half that price still new in package) you can still effectively clean your cloth diapers. When your baby is older waste may "plop" easily off the diaper into the toilet, while they are still young and poo is more of a "peanut butter" consistency, you will need to do some dunking/ flushing to remove the waste. Rubber gloves a good for this, keep a pair near your toilet that are just for diaper dunkin'. Remember to keep a good grip on your diaper, you don't want to flush one down! Another useful tool for dunking to clean is the diaper duck, here is a link:
I have never used a diaper duck, but they look great. This will ensure you don't flush that wonderful prefold down the toilet.
To remove stains from diapers make sure to do the initial cold rinse. This will remove the poo residue and won't set the stain. The best way to remove stains is to air dry your diapers in the sun. The UV rays work wonders on diapers. If you have no sun (hey we live in Washington State) then you can use a tiny bit of bleach in your wash once a month or so. This will help to disinfect your diapers as well, especially if you are getting a lot of ammonia smell to your diapers. You can also try using a non-chlorine bleach like Oxo-brite. This is an oxygene bleach that I get at Trader Joe's. I love this stuff, it works great. Now that I use Country Save detergent, I don't use Oxo-brite as much because Country Save already has oxygene bleach added to it. Check your detergent, if you don't have any "sodium percarbonate" in yours, try adding a scoop of Oxo-brite or Oxyclean Baby to your diaper wash. It may work wonders. Lastly stains don't usually mean that your diapers are not clean. Smell your diapers, if they smell like nothing at all or smell clean, then they are.
If you have questions or need more information about cloth diapers or washing cloth diapers, email me or send me a comment. Happy diapering.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Loveybums Seconds Sale

Loveybums is a company that makes handsewn organic diapers and wool diaper covers. They are having a clearance sale on there "seconds". Usually seconds just have small cosmetic flaws that do not effect the function of the diaper/cover at all. Right now the seconds have all been marked down significantly. They have a lot of wool covers in size newborn/small (birth to 12lbs) and also size medium (9-22lbs). They also have some large and x-large in stock. Check it out here:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My favorite prefolds on sale

Green Mountain Diapers has there Cloth-eez second quality prefolds on sale for one day, today. These are usable diapers that are just not perfect. Maybe sewn slightly irregular, cut a little bit smaller, have a dirt or pen mark, or stiching is just not perfect. I have many seconds and love them, they have all been usable. I wish I could buy more, but just don't need them. So I hope someone else can benefit from this sale.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My favorite workhorse diaper.....

I would like to share with you my favorite inexpensive and easy to use cloth diaper. The humble prefold. Prefolds make up the bulk of my daughters cloth diaper stash. While I love the ease of the Sposoeasy all-in-one and the containment of the Mother-ease or Under The Nile fitted diapers, I always return to my true workhorse diaper, prefolds.

These diapers are large rectangles of cotton twill fabric that have extra layers of fabric down the center for greater absorbancy through the "wet zone". Prefolds generally come in 4 sizes. Preemie size, for the tiniest babies, infant size for babies 7-15lbs, premium size for babies 15-30+lbs and toddler size for big toddlers. There is also a "standard" size which is the same dimensions as the premium, but thinner through the middle, making a less bulky diaper (and also less absorbent). Most babies will only ever use infant and premium sizes. Infant size diapers will be bulky on a normal size newborn, but preemie size are not thick enough to provide the absorbency needed. Traditional prefold diapers, are often not wide enough for chubby babies and thus become hard to pin or snappi as the baby grows. Sizing up gives more width, but also a lot more length, thus the diaper needs to be folded down, creating more bulk in either the back or the front (depending on your fold).

I have discovered and love to use a wonderful prefold diaper from an online company called Green Mountain Diapers. These prefolds are named Cloth-eez (registered trade name) Prefold Diapers. These diapers come in 5 sizes, each of which have extra width without the extra length to fold down. Newborn size for babies 6-10lbs, size small for 10-15lbs, size medium for 15-29lbs, size large for 25-35lbs and toddler for large toddlers up to 40lbs. The newborn size will truly fit a tiny newborn, of course they won't last long and those of you who have larger newborns can start with a size small. Size small should last up to 5 months, then instead of having to size up to a prefold that is too long, size medium Cloth-eez is a perfect fit. Size medium may last up to 18 months depending on the shape/weight of your baby. Size large should last through potty training. Cloth-eez prefolds are slightly more expensive than traditional sized prefolds, but they are well worth it. You can get them in "bleached" white cotton, unbleached cotton or yummy organic cotton (my favorite).

My daughter wore traditional infant size prefolds from about 6 weeks old until 5 months old. At that point they were getting too narrow to fasten. I then ordered Cloth-eez prefolds in size medium, they fit great and lasted until she was about 14 months old. A great investment. My daughter currently wears size large Cloth-eez prefolds, but she also wears traditional premium size prefolds as well.

Now that I have given my recommendation regarding prefolds from, let me add that I think traditional sized prefolds are great diapers. This type of prefold diaper is available from many online retailers including and These companys sell diaper service quality (DSQ) prefolds, which are superior to Gerber prefolds that you can find at Fred Meyer (I don't recommend those for anything except maybe birp cloths). These prefolds are great because they are inexpensive, easy to use and easy to wash and they are all natural fibers against your babies skin....cotton. Traditional sized prefolds are easy to just fold in thirds and lay in a snug fitting wrap style diaper cover, no pinning required. Two sizes will work from birth to potty training. If you need to save money, and don't mind a bulky diaper during those first few weeks, then traditional sized prefolds are great. I diapered my first baby in these prefolds and never had a complaint.

Happy cloth diapering,