Friday, June 21, 2013

Cloth Diapering Update

It has been almost two weeks since my first post so we have had plenty of time to adjust to the cloth diapering world! Let me just tell you, I love it more each day!
Our little K is now out of newborn sizes and into smalls, which is great since he is 5 weeks old! As I said in the last post, we are very fortunate to have a wonderful friend who is willing to let us borrow some of her diapering tools.
She let us use a few dozen of her newborn pre folds, a few snappi fasteners and a few of her PUL covers.
As I said previously, Gdiapering just wasn't for us but I know a few people who have had great success and love using the Gdiaper system so I feel like if you are unsure about the cloth diapering adventure Gdiapers would be the place to start.
That being said, I am so glad that we chose to make an attempt at going full cloth.
Not only are we cloth diapering full time now, I recently took on the adventure to make my own cloth wipes. I AM IN LOVE! I only recently had my mom around to teach me to use the sewing machine that has been collecting dust for over a year now and I am so thrilled! My first adventure into sewing was to make my own wetbags. They weren't the best thing ever but up until they fell apart they served their purpose.
Cute right?
For my second project I decided to make cloth wipes. These turned out so cute and I love using them!
I took two receiving blankets, cut them into squares and then sewed them together. It was quick and easy!
I also tried out cutting a t shirt into wipes, I do not like that option as much as I like the wipes I made. The t shirt wipes were very thin and a little flimsy where as the ones that I made, are much thicker and sturdier.

 As far as wipe solutions go, we have yet to make one that we absolutely love. The first one that I tried had:
1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon baby soap
1 tablespoon baby lotion
1 cup water
So far that concoction is our favorite and it looked like this.
The one that we most recently tried out was
1/2 Cup baby oil
1/2 Cup baby wash
2 Cup water.
This one seemed to have too much wash and too much oil in it for our liking. The one that I am dying to try is a coconut oil solution which has
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap
The reason that I haven't yet is that I couldn't find the castile soap at my grocery store. I will be looking for it at Walmart and another grocery store very soon though. I am really not liking the baby oil solutions. I will be sure to post an update once I use that solution. Below is the link to some other baby wipe solutions:
If you have one that you tried and liked comment below to let me know!
I will try to have a new update here in a few days and definitely won't let it get to almost two weeks away!
Thank you for reading and taking this journey with me!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Post #1

Hello all!
I suppose I should take this first post as a chance to introduce myself and my family!

This is my fiancé, our three year old and myself when she was pregnant with our second son. He is finally here and will be a month old in a week! How time flies, but I guess as moms we know that all to well right?
So this blog will detail our adventures in the world of cloth diapering. With our first son we just went the "normal" route. Disposable everything! Also with our first, whom I carried, I was unable to breast feed which was quite hard on me. With baby number two we are trying the cloth route as well as taking some more "granola", as I like to call it, approaches to motherhood. Fortunately my partner is producing plenty of milk and having no issues breast feeding. We aren't even having to supplement with formula. Whew!
Luckily our three year old is almost fully potty trained so we are really only having to deal with diapers on one.
We are very fortunate to have a friend who has been cloth diapering and strictly breastfeeding her now 6 month old to give us advice and even loan us some of her cloth diapers for us to try out. At first we were going to go the Gdiaper route and start by using the disposable inserts, so only partial cloth diapering. We quickly learned we weren't to fond of them which really bummed me out. We have now been strictly cloth diapering for three days and can honestly say that we are loving it! I don't know what I was so afraid of!
So, to recap, we started out wanting to go partial cloth just using disposable inserts. Ended up not liking that at all and have now become huge fans and supporters of full cloth diapering. So far so good right?
This friend of mine also using cloth wipes so we are now going to venture into that new territory. I am looking forward to it. Once I fix my sewing machine I am going to make a ton of wipes and get the things needed for the wipe solution. Is it normal to get this excited about diapers and wipes?
Once I have my things in order I will be using this blog space to post all about our "granola adventures"! I hope you will follow along on our journey!