This post may contain affiliate links. Adapting to the needs of two little ones in diapers can be quite a challenge. When you have one infant and one toddler it makes things even more interesting, especially when you try to leave the house. Suddenly there has to be twice as many diapers, the wet bag […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Let’s face it, cloth diapers don’t last forever! Eventually every diaper that has elastic will lose its stretch (become relaxed) and will need a new elastics to be as functional as before. A diaper’s lifespan can be 1.5-3+ years before needing repairs; this will vary based on your washing/drying routine […]
This post may contain affiliate links. By now you’ve probably heard about the newest solid color from GroVia- Little Warriors! Thanks to the online cloth diaper store Jack be Natural one lucky DDL reader will win one! Little Warrior is a collaboration between GroVia and Spray-Pal. 10% of sales will benefit March of Dimes. The […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Look back at black and white images of babies wearing diapers and you may see something perplexing… every single baby’s diaper looks to be ill fitting and far too loose. The diapers are so loose that you begin wondering if they were even effective! The diapers are pinned in […]
This post may contain affiliate links. You may have noticed a lot of new prints being released from cloth diaper brands that are exclusive to a particular cloth diaper store. These “Retailer Exclusives” are taking off in popularity! As a consumer you may be wondering what it all means- are these exclusives limited in quantity? […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Have you been waiting for this announcement?! DDL will be hosting the Flats and Handwashing Challenge once again this year and it is our 5th year. When the challenge began in 2011 it was a personal challenge I wished to take myself. At that time diaper need and the […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Now that you have decided to use cloth diapers and you’ve selected which brands and styles work best for your family the “oh crap… now what?” moment is upon you. Time for a quick start guide to get you on the path to cloth diapering happiness! This post isn’t […]
This post may contain affiliate links. It’s always nice to have a mega-resource for an oft asked about topic. This page is going to be your new favorite resource for menstrual cup information and a nice link for your cup or cloth curious friends. I’ll be referencing this page at my menstrual products workshops so […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Having cloth diapered for a total of 4+ years with two children it’s to be expected that I learned from mistakes and sometimes even regretted a decision or two. I asked DDL readers on my Facebook page the question “What is something you would do differently when it comes […]
This post may contain affiliate links. When it comes to the history and legend behind cloth diapers the Boater cannot be ignored. The inventor, Marion Donovan, was a new mother solving the age old problem of leaky diapers. A young and educated women, Marion quit her job as an assistant beauty editor at Vogue to […]
This post may contain affiliate links. The topic of the moment in social media has been menstrual cups- how they can impact the lives of women in third world countries, how they could be the answer to the prayers of homeless women without regular access to restrooms, and how women in the US are making […]
This post may contain affiliate links. The stash shot has been around a long time.. I even have one from way back in 2008! But as social media and cloth diapering have gained in popularity and our outlets are more visual you see them everywhere. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, maybe even Ello. I would check […]
This post may contain affiliate links. One of the things that I have noticed lacking in the cloth diaper world is an introduction to cloth diapers that is simple, not overwhelming, and that isn’t brand specific. Generally speaking, the only people interested in putting the time and effort into this type of thing are big […]
Posted on 28 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. Adapting to the needs of two little ones in diapers can be quite a challenge. When you have one infant and one toddler it makes things even more interesting, especially when you try to leave the house. Suddenly there has to be twice as many diapers, the wet bag has to be twice as big, there needs to be two different sets of spare “just in case” clothing in separate yet current sizes, and that isn’t even taking into account toys, food, drinks, and all the other little necessities that we like to have handy. It can be tricky figuring out what to bring, and then debating on whether to walk around with everything tossed in a giant backpack in a disorganized mess or to bring only some of what you might need and cross your fingers you can make do without. I was […]
Posted on 20 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. Let’s face it, cloth diapers don’t last forever! Eventually every diaper that has elastic will lose its stretch (become relaxed) and will need a new elastics to be as functional as before. A diaper’s lifespan can be 1.5-3+ years before needing repairs; this will vary based on your washing/drying routine and the diaper itself. If you need your diapers to last though multiple children replacing cloth diaper elastics is a skill worth learning! Lara, DDL contributor, came over and we filmed a 2 part video series on how to replace the elastics in cloth diapers! You’ll hear the noises of 3 children, 2 of Lara’s and 1 of mine. We tried our best to keep them entertained but in Part 2 you will find that Lara’s baby Autumn makes random appearances on her lap while she is at the sewing machine! Don’t worry, Lara is […]Pin It
Posted on 18 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. In July 2008 I discovered the world of modern cloth diapers. I know because I was adorable and kept a pregnancy journal because I was a newlywed, first time mom with a lot of time on my hands. I’m almost 7 years from that time in my life and a lot has changed. For starters, I didn’t keep my baby’s milestone book past 6 months and for my second I didn’t even buy a book. And the cloth diapers I started researching over 6 years ago? Well those have changed a lot too and so has the public’s awareness of them. In 2008 I didn’t know a single person who cloth diapered in any of my circles- not my co-workers, not my cousins (all 50+) or any of the parents I went to school with. I only learned of them online in a mommy […]
Posted on 17 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. Today is the very last day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Starting Monday May 11th all participants (Almost 300 of them!) switched to only using flat cloth diapers and handwashing those diapers for 7 days. They will continue to do so until their baby goes to bed tonight. For our last blog post and link-up the topic is “How was this experience for you, what have you learned, and what will you do with your new knowledge?” This is a chance to reflect on this experience, offer hard earned lessons, and share our opinions on whether this is really an option for other families or if it just isn’t possible in a modern world. This year I both looked forward to and dreaded the challenge. I have loved the past challenges as I feel really good about getting out of my comfort zone and managing to accomplish what […]
Posted on 16 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. The 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is almost over. We have made it to day 6! Today we’ll talk about flat folds and what has worked best for you. Over the course of the week, I’ve worked with large thick terry flats, small thin cotton flats, less than square flats, and loosely woven flour sack towels. Each style flat seems to have a different fold that works best for it, and of course the baby that will be wearing it is a factor as well. My long skinny two year old wears her flats quite differently than her 20+ lb six month old sister. It’s also a good idea to consider wet pattern as well. A toddler will generally go a while without doing anything then go a lot all at once, whereas a nurse on demand baby may have a little here […]
Posted on 15 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. On our 5th day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is the wash routine. Arguably, this is the most important thing to discuss about this event. There is no denying that handwashing diapers (or anything) is not ideal or enjoyable in the eyes of most people. Can it be done and what is the best method? There is no easy answer but all of the participant takers are working to find what works best for them in their busy lives. In the real world it would be expected to do whatever is best for you at the time, in our challenge there can be no cheating, no buying disposables, no using the washer. The hardest thing about my wash routine seems to be psyching myself up for it. With two in diapers laundry tends to stack up quickly and becomes […]
Posted on 14 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. It’s Wednesday already and today we are talking about traveling with flats. I actually usually keep a flat and cover in my car for emergencies; I think we’ve all faced a moment when a miscalculation or anomaly results in a need for a change when you’re nowhere near home. As long as I keep my cover out of the sun (extreme temperatures aren’t so great, but in a glove box or a trunk seems to work well for me, of course it never really freezes down here in Florida, so maybe during the winter months some folks may prefer to keep a cover in their purse instead) I can trust that I’ll have a change available if I need one. When you’re running errands with flats you can keep your supplies pretty simple. An extra flat can double as a changing pad in a […]
Posted on 13 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. We’ve had a great and enthusiastic start to this year’s Flats Challenge and our bloggers are contributing their experiences to this now vast library of knowledge. So far this week we have covered the WHY and the WHAT. Today our bloggers will be getting creative and sharing anything they feel is important. There’s also been great activity on social media, which I love, because it continues to show how affordable and possible using flats (and even handwashing if needed) can be! I’ve collected a few of my favorites to showcase today. One in particular I love because this participant is living in an RV while taking the challenge, amazing! A photo posted by Teal Rino (@theclothdiapercrunchy) on May 12, 2015 at 11:05pm PDT A photo posted by Naomi (@frugal_crunchy_mom) on May 12, 2015 at 10:10am PDT A photo posted by Steffani Rideau (@iffyinklings) on […]
Posted on 12 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. Today is all about what flat diapers we are using for the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge but also the covers, accessories, and the other items that are in rotation for the week. The reason we discuss this is to show the variation in what people can get by with- whether they invest a good bit and use wool covers over their flats, or they do it as cheaply as possible with homemade or upcycled covers and free or cheap t-shirts. Even store-bought flats are usually cheaper than any regular diaper you can buy. I’m always amazed at the ingenuity and creativity this event brings out from those participating. Lara gave us a full breakdown: Over the last couple years I’ve managed to bulk up my flats and covers stash to enough diapers that I could probably use flats full time on one […]
Posted on 11 May 2015.
This post may contain affiliate links. On our first day of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is “Why are you taking the challenge?” My first year of taking the challenge I limited myself to handwashing in the sink as a way to prove to myself I would be able to cloth diaper my baby even while on vacations that limit my options like on a cruise or staying in a motel. I wanted to know that even without any tools beyond my simple rubber gloves, some running water, and a small amount of detergent, I could effectively use cloth diapers without disrailing my daily routine. My second year of taking the challenge I really did go on the road, as I hand washed cloth diapers during a week long camping trip, oh and PS I was secretly pregnant! Morning sickness and handwashing was not […]