Harper loves animals so much, I really lucked out in how gentle she is with them. We’ve practiced since she was a baby, teaching her to softly touch toys and blankets long before she could really comprehend what “gentle” means. Our dog and cat are a tremendous joy to her, and she gets so happy […]
I haven’t purchased a velcro/aplix/hook and loop/whatever you call it diaper in years. Why? Because in general- they suck. The velcro either stops sticking after a while, curls up, or starts out so strong that it is a strong man competition to pull it open in hopes it will last. I had pretty much given […]
It has taken a while but I do have the results from the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Unsurprisingly, the data is nearly identical which shows the viability of using flat diapers in general and of handwashing. You can refer to the results of last year here: 3rd Annual Results. There were less participants […]
This post is part of a new series I hope to bring to Dirty Diaper Laundry that focuses on the history of manufacturers and brands. Even companies that began in recent memory still have a valuable story to tell and I’d like to tell it. If you have any suggestions on who you’d like to […]
For most of us cloth diapering started out as a little idea that would save money and maybe look cute too. Little did we know what a roller coaster it would become! Saving the world, saving money, and cute diapers! What isn’t there to LOVE about cloth diapering? When is the baby getting here? […]
It’s time for your little one to start their journey to potty training! It is both an exciting venture and stressful for all parties involved. Some children make it easier than others and practically train themselves, others need charts, stickers, treats, and parades for each successful bathroom visit. Regardless of how your child gets there, […]
The idea behind cloth diapering for most parents is saving money- using a diaper over and over saves way more than using throwaway diapers. That being said, cloth diapers are great but they aren’t magic- heavy use and repeated washing and drying takes a toll and they will wear out. The question is- what is […]
Wool soakers are common in today’s cloth diapering wardrobe and often seen as a luxury item. The history of the soaker dates back to the mid 19th century and saw a peak in popularity and use around 1940’s. Wool is seeing an artisanal resurgence in the 2000’s and is becoming more mainstream. Ever wonder how […]
Each year for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge there will be sales/specials or packages that retailers or brands will offer for participants. If you haven’t yet ordered your flats or covers take a look at this post. In order to make the most good come of our event I ask companies running specials or events […]
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 […]
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 brands. I got the idea in […]
Posted on 23 June 2014.
For most of us cloth diapering started out as a little idea that would save money and maybe look cute too. Little did we know what a roller coaster it would become! Saving the world, saving money, and cute diapers! What isn’t there to LOVE about cloth diapering? When is the baby getting here? I’m READY to get this thing started and prove to all the naysayers that I’m gonna rock this! Started out strong with a basket full of beautifully prepped diapers but now the baby is here and things are getting REAL! Not sure if I can do this- my nipples are working overtime and the baby is playing a cruel game called “poop whenever I start a load of diaper laundry.” The Internet has become my social outlet and I’ve found new friends in cloth diapering groups. I learned about “limited edition” prints and […]Pin It
Posted on 17 June 2014.
It’s time for your little one to start their journey to potty training! It is both an exciting venture and stressful for all parties involved. Some children make it easier than others and practically train themselves, others need charts, stickers, treats, and parades for each successful bathroom visit. Regardless of how your child gets there, you may be wondering about how to handle this transition if you use cloth diapers and what the next step should be. Nope, not even close. Training pants are trim and have very little absorbency. If you are looking for a training pant that functions as a diaper you need what they call “bedwetting” or “overnight” pants. And if you are looking for trainers that function like diapers, ask yourself “why?” Would a diaper still fit the child you need the diaper-like trainers for? If so, maybe you don’t need training pants after all. Trainers, […]Pin It
Posted on 10 June 2014.
I’m constantly worried that I’m screwing my kids up for life, and not in the good way. As a child from a dysfunctional home I pride myself in the positives that came from it- like knowing a lot about drug culture (but never trying them because I had the best “say no to drugs” commercial on 24 hours a day at home), understanding how to help a person when they’re having a grand-mal seizure (if anyone drops in front of my at Target I know not to shove a spoon in their mouth), and earning my Chandler Bing style, self-deprecating sense of humor to cope with a miserable home life. My kids have a completely opposite existence. They never have to worry about seeing their mom fall asleep in her food (ok, that might be a lie…) or seeing her OD and aspirate on her own vomit. They won’t have to […]
Posted on 06 June 2014.
Drooling over that brand new Limited Edition color, Riptide, from Applecheeks? It is lovely and you could win one right here from My Sweet Pickles! Riptide is already a favorite among Applecheeks loyals and everyone else and this color is meant to be seen under sweet little dresses or paired with an adorable tank top. My Sweet Pickles is sponsoring this giveaway. They’re an online cloth diaper store that carries all of the major brands, Applecheeks included. They also have accessories like Bubble Gum Wool Dryer Balls, and my personal favorite- the Lunette Cup! Entering is simple, use the rafflecopter below. One free entry per person, then you can gain extra entries. Open to US only and ends 6/20. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Posted on 05 June 2014.
The idea behind cloth diapering for most parents is saving money- using a diaper over and over saves way more than using throwaway diapers. That being said, cloth diapers are great but they aren’t magic- heavy use and repeated washing and drying takes a toll and they will wear out. The question is- what is a normal life span and are there certain diaper brands or types that outlast others? (Note- the diapers shown in this post are from my personal collection, being in this post doesn’t mean they aren’t good brands, it just means they were well loved) A brand new cloth diaper is a beautiful thing! Then, they are often used, sometimes immediately (that “new diaper reflex” kicks in!) and to the washer it goes. Just like your favorite cotton t-shirt, cloth diapers will start showing their age after repeated washing. The first thing that you might notice […]
Posted on 03 June 2014.
Matt joined a gym this year and the membership includes access to a highly visible child care center while you work out. He loves the layout because he is able to do a set, then stop at the water fountain next to the glass doors and observe Harper playing before moving on to the next machine. Last week they held a member appreciation day where he was allowed to bring a guest so I was able to see firsthand Harper’s experience with the gym’s facilities. I love that they always have two caregivers on hand and that they know Harper by name and look forward to encouraging her play. I found a treadmill on the second level that allowed me to see the play area clearly, and while I listened to my music I watched her play with the pretend kitchen, ride around on a little push toy, and color […]
Posted on 27 May 2014.
Some families using cloth diapers are purely into the function. It holds the pee and poop… we buy them… wash them…. and sell them/donate when they are done for. Then there are the families who “collect them all!” Collecting diapers and the concept brings about string reactions from people outside of this community. I can understand why, what is the appeal of collecting an item meant for such a purpose?! Yet, there is a segment of this comunity that cloth diapers as much for the thrill of adding a new print or color to their stash than saving the environment. They are not cloth diapering to save money… collecting and saving money are two words that don’t go hand in hand. Collectable diapers still make their way onto the bum. Some collectables, even those that can serve a purpose, will sit unused to preserve their value. Think of the toys […]
Posted on 19 May 2014.
Wool soakers are common in today’s cloth diapering wardrobe and often seen as a luxury item. The history of the soaker dates back to the mid 19th century and saw a peak in popularity and use around 1940’s. Wool is seeing an artisanal resurgence in the 2000’s and is becoming more mainstream. Ever wonder how parents survived without their lifesaving modern, waterproof diapers? For the most part, up until diaper covers used a more breathable and pliable vinyl in the mid 20th century, babies wore no covers at all! Diapers were changed right as they were damp- before the wetness leaked onto clothing or furniture. Lap pads were also commonly used, often made from old blankets, that would be laid down to protect laps or furniture. Similarly, some mothers chose to place a rectangle or square of rubber or sheeting in the diaper’s wet zone as it was folded for […]
Posted on 17 May 2014.
Today is the 7th and final day of the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Starting Sunday May 11th all participants (Over 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 “Overall Experience; What did you learn? Would you do it?” 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. Handwashing isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and while convenient in terms of cost and supplies, it is not convenient physically. Taking the time to wash every diaper your baby has used and making sure they are thoroughly clean and dry […]
Posted on 16 May 2014.
The 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is almost over. We have made it to day 6! It is once again an open topic day for the bloggers who are participating so you will have to visit their blogs to see what they are writing about today. Some of you may be ready to give up, don’t do it! You’re very nearly there! There are times when I really don’t feel like doing laundry, but just managing that preliminary rinse and putting your laundry in to soak is already making so much progress, and once you’re started it’ll be easier to get back into the groove. Today I want to talk a little bit more about our camping experience. We’re having so much fun, and using flats and handwashing our laundry helps me get into that “back to nature” mood all the more. We are utilizing more luxuries with this […]
Added on 24 July 2014