It is that time again! Time to sign-up for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. This year our event will take place beginning on the morning of May 11 and lasts until the end of the day on May 17. The excitement is building as more parents are learning about the event and the […]
To say I love flat cloth diapers is an understatement. There are no diapers that compare when it comes to versatility, affordability, and wash/dry friendliness. So they may take longer to learn than a wrap and go style of modern diaper… so what? Practice on your teddy bears and bribe your baby with a toy […]
That idea became a blog and that blog became a huge part of my life and eventually, a paying job as well as a passion/hobby. Dirty Diaper Laundry started from an idea while a new and insomniac mom laid in bed thinking of a new cloth diaper coming out and how she wished she […]
If you’ve ever considered teaching a class locally about cloth diapering or you are currently teaching one, this post may be of help! For an event I attended recently I made up some handy cards, one for each type of cloth diaper, that could be handed out with that diaper so each person could see […]
This is according to the film Paycheck to Paycheck, a documentary produced by Maria Shriver with data from the Shriver Report, showing a year in the life of a struggling single mother. This film aired on HBO and is now available on HBOGo. I heard about this movie through an email sent by the […]
The date has been set so mark your calendars for May 11-17 for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! If you’re new to DDL let me give you some background information on what the Flats Challenge is and why you should consider participating. In 2011 I began the Flats and Handwashing Challenge as a […]
We are going back to basics with this post! If you are just beginning your cloth diaper journey, or are preparing to start in a few more months once the baby arrives, you will find this guide to each style of diaper informative. If you’re already an experienced user of cloth diapers this may bore […]
When I first started cloth diapering there were a lot of side snapping options and they were quite popular! GAD Baby, Knickernappies, and GEN-Y were all hot topics on the forums. People liked side snapping diapers because they could pull up and down easily and they had a cleaner look on the front since […]
I’m not a patron of the fine arts and most of the things on my walls are from thrift shops or estate sales. I do, however, love to hang art on the walls that actually means something to me beyond just being pretty when I find it. When I was approached by Erin, the […]
One of my favorite things about having a little girl is sewing dresses for her. I have such vivid memories of standing impatiently for my mother while she poked and prodded me to pin pattern pieces together for a good fit. The fittings were frustrating for an adventurous little girl, but I did love having […]
Heck, there are some days when I am “done” with just about everything except sleep and coffee ice cream. This can happen with your commitment to your reusable paper towels, your compost pile, your garden, and yes- your cloth diapers. There are some days when a modicum of convenience and an extra day off from […]
Using cloth diapers on a newborn may something you are looking forward to, or dreading, or both. There is no easy way to put this- it is hard. Not hard in the sense that using the diapers on your baby is hard, that is the easy part. It is hard because there are so many […]
Two weeks ago my family and I were so lucky to be given passes to enjoy Disney World with our daughter. Matt and I are HUGE Disney fans. We announced our pregnancy by attending the park while wearing a shirt I made that said “Future Mouseketeer” in the classic Disney font with a tiny mouse […]
Harper loves to talk at home. She’ll chat away about her interest in Mama, Dada, Puppy, Kitty, Banana, Cookie, etc, till the cows come home. But the moment you put her on the spot, and a stranger tries to charm a “hello” out of her, she acts as though she’s never spoken a word in […]
is the most feared word in the cloth diaper community. It is the scourge of the earth, a menace to society, some even call it a “beast” because it is so hard to get rid of. Ammonia is unmistakable, and if you aren’t sure if you have build-up in your diapers all you need to […]
Rather than buying several sets of diapers in each size needed, most families are able to buy a single “stash” of diapers. Typically, you only need 24-36 diapers for the duration of your child’s diapering days. One Size diapers fit babies at their different sizes by having an adjustment, usually on the rise (rise=the front […]
Have you ever thought about the history of cloth diapers and how they evolved from simple flats to the modern marvels of invention many of us use today? At one point in recent memory even flats with pins and rubber pants were the modern diapers. Prior to the invention of the safety pin in the […]
I’m so pleased to finally unveil a project over 2 years in the making: Cloth Diapering Solutions for Families in Need and Have Snappi… Will Diaper are the results of a pressing need for booklets that cover low cost cloth diapering solutions that will work for any family on any budget. Cloth Diapering Solutions for […]
When it comes to ultra budget-friendly cloth diapers flats are the easiest and most accessible option for so many reasons. They’re easy to find, cheap, and can be handwashed. When it comes to cloth diaper covers it is harder to find them locally. This video tutorial shows how to make a DIY Fleece Cover that […]
Posted on 02 April 2014.
If you’ve ever considered teaching a class locally about cloth diapering or you are currently teaching one, this post may be of help! For an event I attended recently I made up some handy cards, one for each type of cloth diaper, that could be handed out with that diaper so each person could see and touch it while getting information about that style. I left the printed cards at home (of course I did) so I didn’t get the chance to use them, but so many people wanted to know where to get them after posting an image to Instagram that I knew posting them to the blog would be a good idea! Each card has the type of diaper and the pros/cons of each. At the bottom of the post are links to download, there are 2 sheets to print with 3 cards on each. You’ll have to chop […]Pin It
Posted on 28 March 2014.
This is according to the film Paycheck to Paycheck, a documentary produced by Maria Shriver with data from the Shriver Report, showing a year in the life of a struggling single mother. This film aired on HBO and is now available on HBOGo. I heard about this movie through an email sent by the National Diaper Bank Network- it was said those who work or volunteer in the diaper bank world should watch. So, I watched it. In the film, we see Katrina Gilbert struggle to provide for her three children. She was married ten years before splitting with her husband due to his painkiller addiction. She became a CNA (certified nursing assistant) to pay the bills, working long days and even longer consecutive stretches to keep a roof over their heads. She is paid what some may think is a good wage, higher than minimum even- $9.49 an […]
Posted on 26 March 2014.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Babies in Bloom Baby Fest in Northern California, about an hour from San Diego. The entire experience was wonderful and I was having so much fun and living in the moment so intensely that I found myself forgetting to use my camera or my phone to take any pictures! I’m so thankful that Rochelle, the owner of Babies in Bloom, thought enough of me and the work I do here on Dirty Diaper Laundry to invite me. It was a very fast weekend but I squeezed in a ton! Baby Fest was a huge success and raised a lot of money for March of Dimes so it was great to play a tiny part in that. On Saturday my first hour in California was spent chatting with the owner of a local diaper service at the airport! […]
Posted on 21 March 2014.
Every year parents from around the world get together on one day and all change their babies at the same time in order to break the previous year’s record for most babies changed into a cloth diaper! This year The Great Cloth Diaper Change will be April 26 at various locations around the world. These events often feature vendors, raffles, family friendly events, and goodie bags for attendees. It is also a great way to meet other local moms just like you who use and love cloth diapers while bringing awareness to the fact that yes, they do still exist! I’ve attended events in Syracuse, NY and Charlotte, NC but I’ve never hosted an event, until now! I’m teaming up with my friends from Molly’s Suds- a locally based detergent company that recently introduced their cloth diaper safe powder. Also hosting will be Kelly’s Closet- an online cloth diaper retailer. […]
Posted on 18 March 2014.
As I juggle a lot of different projects outside of the blog itself I find it harder to devote the mental energy and time to get a good post up for you guys! So… let’s talk about cats, man. About 3 weeks ago we welcomed two cats to our family. Inspired by an episode of Hoarders where there were 12 cats trapped in boxes, pacing back and forth and looking neglected and miserable, I immediately drove to one of the pet stores that has a cat adoption center. My local store works with a charity that fosters cats, and they go to the stores during the day and on weekends in hopes of finding a forever home. I’ve wanted to get a pet for the boys and for us but the timing was never right with various travel plans, but with no family trips planned at all in the near […]
Posted on 14 March 2014.
It only took me a year, but I finally updated the New to Cloth Diapers page with the best and most helpful articles and videos published here on the blog in the last 12 months. This page has everything you need to know to get started using cloth. Articles and links to videos are listed in no particular order though I’ve tried to group related topics together, and with this latest update I’ve added a few images to spice things up. It’s been nearly 5 years since I started Dirty Diaper Laundry (5 years next month… to be exact) and over that time I’ve written more than 1,000 posts and filmed over 300 videos so there is more information than can possible be contained on that page! If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the page, use the search function in the upper right and type in the […]
Posted on 12 March 2014.
The date has been set so mark your calendars for May 11-17 for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! If you’re new to DDL let me give you some background information on what the Flats Challenge is and why you should consider participating. In 2011 I began the Flats and Handwashing Challenge as a way to test my own commitment and willingness to do whatever it took to keep my own child in clean diapers, if the situation were necessary. The news outlets were reporting on diaper need- when families cannot afford to buy diapers for their children- and how they often resort to leaving disposable diapers on longer than is safe, some even going as far as scraping out the contents and reusing them. Why were no media outlets talking about cloth diapers? Why do they never mention cloth diapers as a viable means of solving diaper needs? […]
Posted on 11 March 2014.
Yesterday Lara, our fabulous diaper reviewer, wrote her review of the Chunky Cheeks Hybrid Fitted and loved it, especially for her heavy wetter! Now we get to give one of them to a lucky DDL reader! YES! Hybrid fitteds are so hot right now (lol) and if you haven’t tried one this could be your chance! Hybrid fitteds have a hidden layer of poly fleece between the decorative cotton knit outer and the inner layer (cotton velour in this case) so it helps to stop the moisture from going through to the outside. It isn’t waterproof, but it does prevent all of the wetness from going through right to your furniture or lap. This is nice for babies with sensitive skin who need breathability! Chunky Cheeks hybrids are one size and fit babies 10-35 pounds using a fold over rise. Their waist has a generous amount of room for babies […]
Posted on 10 March 2014.
Harper loves playing pretend. Pushing her “babies” around in the wagon and taking sips from her little tea cup so she can pretend to refill it from her teapot are two of her favorite games. It’s amazing to me how imaginative she is, and how she picks up on these things so quickly. We’ve used our stroller maybe three times and I don’t think she’s ever been awake while I’m having tea (that’s a naptime joy) so she’s learned these things purely from the playing we’ve done together. My mom once told me the best and most important gift you can give when you are choosing presents for birthdays and holidays is to sit down and show your child what they can do with their new toy. It seems simple, but it’s true. I remember my mom asking me all kinds of questions about a toy I had asked for […]
Posted on 07 March 2014.
We are going back to basics with this post! If you are just beginning your cloth diaper journey, or are preparing to start in a few more months once the baby arrives, you will find this guide to each style of diaper informative. If you’re already an experienced user of cloth diapers this may bore you. The goal of this post is to show parents the differences between each major style of cloth diaper. There are smaller differences within each larger group and the steps referenced in the guide only refer to putting the diaper on/taking off. It doesn’t reference one size vs sized diapers or snaps vs velcro. The cloth diaper options today are very overwhelming, but if you break it down into smaller, bite size chunks it is much easier to understand. An All-in-One (AIO) is considered to be the closest cloth diaper to a disposable. It is […]Pin It
Added on 10 March 2014