Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cloth Diapers - Wash Cycle and Wipes

So in my last post I mentioned that I (and Aaron) are both obsessed with cloth diapers. Well okay...not obsessed ..but put it this way unless its completely in no washer to use. We don't use disposable diapers.

We have been cloth diapering for almost a year now and we have learned ALOT. There is so much information, brands, opinions, process, and products for cloth diapers there can be a lot to sort through.

When I tell people that we cloth diaper and we love it, their first statement is "Eww!". Then they next statement is "How to wash them" Don't get me wrong...spraying a toddlers poopie diaper is not for the faint of heart...or stomach. But the wash cycle is very easy once you get into a routine. For me throwing a load of diapers in the wash is way better than getting out my yoga pants and going to Target ;) The third question people ask me is "Hasn't your water bill gone up?" It has NOT gone up, not even a dollar. I wash diapers about every 5 days-ish. So that is about 5 or 6 times a month.

I will also say since we have been cloth diapering we have discovered some things about wipes. At first we used cloth diapers and disposable wipes. This to me was irritating. Because now not only do you need to have a diaper pail for your cloth diapers but also a trash can for the wipes. So...we use cloth wipes as well. That way you can just roll the whole thing together and throw it in the pail and not have to worry about it.

I make our wipes because it literally takes 5 min to make 4 or 5. I don't usually have to buy fabric for them because. I always have scrap flannel laying around. We are not color/print and gender oriented yes Parson does have some purple butterfly, pink hearts, and flower wipes. Anyway...I keep a stack of cloth wipes and a spray bottle of solution in Parsons room and when changing time comes I spray the wipe a few times and do the dirty business and presto you have a clean baby booty.

Wipe Solution Recipe

2 C. Water
1 Tsp of your favorite baby shampoo
3 Drops of tea tree oil (Anti-fungal)
5 Drops of lavender oil (Anti-fugal)

Cloth Diaper Wash Cycle

1.) Pull any inserts out of pocket diapers

2.) Spray any diapers that have excess yucky stuff that you may have missed the first time. If your child is exclusively breastfed and not on solids you can skip this step. Breast milk poopie is water soluble. 

3.) Dump diapers in washer (sorry for the sideways pic)

4.) Run a hot rinse. Make sure you use the largest setting your washer has, the more water the better

While my first rinse is going, I always disinfect my diaper pail. 

5.) Add you cloth diaper safe detergent. We use Rockin Green.

6.) Run your longest, hottest, largest wash cycle. With 1 rinse.

7.) When this wash cycle is done, run a single cold rinse

8.) Hang your diapers to dry. Hanging them outside in the direct sun is best. The sun has an amazing bleaching effect that will take out any stains you may have gotten. 

9.) Stuff your pocket diapers and wear!

See its under ten steps and does not take that long. I know because we started cloth diapering when I worked full time. :)

If you have questions feel free to ask :)


Monday, November 26, 2012

Lets get honest...

So I have a few confessions that I think are  kind of embarrassing or I thought I would share :)

1.) I love to in Parsons Elmo coloring book with old school crayola crayons ...I wonder often who likes coloring more...Parson or Mommy

2.) When Aaron is not working from home, Parson and I don't get out of our jammies until about 3pm when its outside play time...even then I will not be wearing makeup :P My thought on this is I have no one to impress if the hubs isn't around :P

3.) I am addicted to cloth diapers...I know it sounds strange. But man there are some really cute ones out there. I got Parson a 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish doctor sues one a few weeks ago on Zulily. The nice thing about cloth diapers...the cost is generally pretty low and you can reuse them :)

4.) I LOVE reading other peoples much so...I have to not do it because I will waste a whole 2 hour nap session not being productive.

5.) This is it...the really strange one and I guess you can call it my type A personality. Everything must be in even numbers, how many spoonfuls of veggies at dinner or the amount of M&M's I has to be even. Ask Aaron he has a grand time trying to flip me out over it.

What are your silly confessions?


Friday, November 16, 2012

November in pictures

 Our November in pictures...

Messy Breakfast

Family Dates

Hot Air Balloons

Bath time fun

Playing in the leaves

Walks with Mom

Grandma and Grandpa Jones visit

Thanksgiving with buddies

Fun with Kelen

Monday, November 12, 2012

Quick Update!

Sorry I am neglecting you again....I guess life is busy and you have to prioritize tasks. :(

1.) Whole30 is more of a Whole8 that turned into a Whole30-ish days. More on that later.
2.) We had company in town from Monday till Thursday and from Friday till this morning.
3.) I am opening an Etsy store I am sewing like a madwomen
4.) I am doing data entery on the side for some extra green
5.) Oh and being a wife, mommy and whatever other titles I need to be at any moment.

Its been crazy....but its been great!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Whole30 Day 1

Today is the first day of Whole30. You would be surprised the habits that you have with food that you don't even realize. Now, I did kind of set myself up for failure by choosing the day after Halloween to have my first Whole30 day...oh and it helped that Parson let mommy sleep like 3 hours last night. Anyway, here is what I have eaten and plan to eat the rest of the day.

Breakfast - 2 egg muffin cups with breakfast sausage, black coffee, and a plum

Snack - 2 mini Hershey crackle bars...this is that habit I mentioned. I walked past  the left over candy and just grabbed a piece without even thinking... I swallowed and though...CRAP Whole30! The left over candy has been hidden in the back of the pantry :(

Lunch - 4 spinach nuggets (these had breadcrumbs on not all the way approved...but its progress), 1/2 Cup pomegranate seeds, 1 Lara bar, water.

Snack - Baked Root Veggie Fries

Dinner - Tortilla-less Chicken Tortilla Soup and salad.

Day far so good minus the chocolate mishap. I think we can do this...if I can just stop craving a icy cold diet coke :)