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Bizzing Bea and Peachy Green {A Review}

Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Giveaway, Local Companies, Product Reviews | 2 Comments »

Cloth Diaper retailers from Minnesota

About 6 months ago I found the most amazing group of cloth diapering moms ever on Facebook. Through that group I have met some great local WAHM’s who make fab diapers as well as some great local retailers. The Bizzing Bea Baby Emporium (AKA The Bizzing Bea) is run by a great mom I’ve met through the group (although she’s since migrated east to Wisconsin!).

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#SummerCloth Giveaway Hop!

Posted: June 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Giveaways | 47 Comments »

We all know I’m a sucker for cloth diapers and what a better way to start or add to your stash than to *win* brand spanking new cloth diapers and accessories?

For the next 10 days I will be participating in the Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things.

Almost 50 blogs have linked up to bring you fantastic cloth diaper giveaways during this event.

Enter my giveaway below and then hop to the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post to enter their fluffy giveaways as well! Each blog has a cloth diaper prize valued at $25 or more and many blogs have prizes worth over $100.

My giveaway includes a Peachy Green AI2 sponsored by The Bizzing Bea, a Cutey Baby AIO +accesssories, a Babu Baby Pocket and an Awesome Blossom Pocket! Great additions to any stash!

Check back this week for reviews on each of the diapers and of course be sure to enter my giveaway!

Click Here to get to the Rafflecopter entry form!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 7

Posted: May 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | No Comments »

Well, we made it!

7 days of flat and covers.
7 days of handwashing.
7 days of hanging diapers to dry.

Thankfully I only had 1 day where rain was an issue and we easily rigged up an indoor drying rack and we woke up to perfectly dry diapers the next morning.

I think my biggest takeaway from the Flats and Handwashing Challenge is this: I know I can do this if I had to.

Had being the keyword.

I don’t *have* to do this and although I found the handwashing to be fairly easy, I found myself kind of obsessing about the weather. When it rained I just wanted to throw them in the dryer and be done with it, not looking for a good solution for drying them in my already hot and humid house.

I do have a new found love of flats though. All 3 boys have gone to bed in flats the past 3 nights. In the past 6 months I’ve added more microfiber to my stash than I could have ever imagined, and I gotta say- as excited as I was in the beginning, I am pretty over it. Microfiber has nothing on natural fibers. For the past two weeks I’ve stuffed all of my pockets with prefolds and although they are a little bit bulkier- I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you to Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry for putting together such a great hop! If I happen to have a kid in diaper next year (it could happen!) we’ll happily go for the Hat Trick!

*No diaper pics from yesterday- too much cleaning in preparation for Grandma and Grandpa’s arrival from Virginia!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

Posted: May 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | No Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Yesterday it looked like this:

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

And even though there was no breeze, my diapers were dry and ready to go within an hour. It was perfect since I had all 3 boys in flats for overnight so I had a big load that needed to dry quickly.

Today it looks like this:

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

And when I finally gave in and started washing, I had 8 out of 12 flats plus 5 of my designated covers to wash and dry. I waited as long as I could, then I thought maybe, just maybe the rain would stop and I could take advantage of the breeze.

It wasn’t meant to be.

So I rigged up this:

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

That’s an IKEA hanging dryer that I have yet to have rigged up to my ceiling in the laundry room. I’m putting that on the list of projects for Yogi Dad and his dad to work on this week.

Let’s all cross our fingers that these are dry tomorrow because I have exactly 1 flat that is clean and dry at the moment!

One Day left!!!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 5

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 2 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 5: Tips from the Flats Challenge

Last year, I was a ball of nerves going into this challenge. It was the first cloth diaper relate “thing” I had done and I was afraid I was going to screw it all up and get pulled over by the Crunchy Police and kicked out of the cloth diaper club.

It turns out, I didn’t need to worry. Everything went great last year.

This year as we approached the date I was still kind of on the fence. With three kids in cloth and only a dozen flats, I was only going to diaper one in flats but the obvious choice (Judah) wasn’t really the best choice with his new found attitude about diapering in general. Namely that he doesn’t want to wear one. Ever.

So I didn’t know if I was going to do it. I didn’t have a “plan”. Right up until the day before the challenge started I thought I might back out until I walked into the Family Closet where we keep our cloth diapers, pulled out my flats and covers and made a pile. I informed Yogi Dad that Lincoln was to be in all flats, all the time for the next 7 days and we just went with it.

I didn’t have a huge elaborate washing routine. We didn’t worry about whether or not nights were going to be an issue or if we would be able to have enough from day to day. We just jumped right in.

And it’s been just as easy as the rest of our routine. I have a renewed love for flats- so much everyone wore flats and covers to bed last night!

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 5

So that would be my tip- keep it simple. Relax, have fun with it! This isn’t a competition and in the end we all get a big ol pat on the back for attempting it and sticking with it.

My other tip would be to avoid berries and dried fruit. I don’t know about your house but at mine they are the top diaper wreckers. Save yourself some trouble if you can!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 4 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 4: How I’m doing- My thoughts on handwashing

So far, things have been going really great. Like, really really really great. I think I picked the right kid to go with flats (only one of my 3 is doing the Flats Challenge) because we haven’t had a leak yet (even overnights!) and his poops have been few and solid, so washing has been a breeze.

Which brings me to the washing. I don’t mind handwashing.

Then again, I don’t mind poop. I don’t own a diaper sprayer and after 3 years of cloth diapering, I really don’t see the point. We dunk and swish and sometimes have to do a little scrub but really…it’s *just* poop. That’s what soap is for. Right?

So today was my regular diaper washing day and I had high hopes to get all of the cloth diaper laundry out for a good sunning. But it was cloudy. And it looked like rain. So I tossed my flats and covers into the tub to soak and threw the pockets and prefolds into the washing machine for a rinse cycle.

Then I got the boys on the bus, drained the bathtub, added clean water and a little Biokleen and got to washing.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

I washed, I rinsed, I tossed the clean flats and covers into their basin and checked on the washing machine.

It was still on the rinse cycle. They sky was still grey so I put Judah down for a nap and headed downstairs to get busy with the chalkboard paint.

I painted labels on all of our bins (two coats), plus a nice big space above my desk (also two coats). I heard the washer stop so I ran upstairs, added detergent and started the wash cycle.

I did dishes. I folded laundry. The wash cycle ended and I ran it through again for one more good rinse. The boys got off the bus. We had lunch. The big boys went down for a nap and the sun (hallelujah) came out.

The washer finally ended it’s third and final cycle and I trudged outside with all of my diapers to hang them out to dry.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

It took me no longer than 15 minutes of actively washing my diapers by hand (they soaked for probably 20 minutes) and it took the better part of 3 hours to run through my regular wash routine for everything else.

Talk about a time suck!

If we used flats all the time, you can bet your Bum Genius I would be washing by hand every single load. The energy savings alone would be phenomenal.

So, that’s where I’m at. Flats rock and handwashing is going great.

So, tell me- are you afraid to touch poop or do you just get in there and get it done?




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 3

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 3 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 3: My favorite way to use flats!

Well, as I said in the last post, I have never really *used* a Snappi. Played around with one? Yes. But then I tossed it into the bottom of a basket to be pulled out every now and again only to toss it right back in when I decide it’s not worth the hassle.

The absence of Snappi use pretty much ensures I am going the easiest route possible:

The Pad Fold.

The Pad Fold couldn’t be any easier. Fold it into fourths, fold it into thirds. Voila. A Pad Fold. Basically if you come out with something resembling a prefold that has been trifolded, you are on the right track.

The Pad Fold enables you to just lay the flat into the cover and then fasten the cover. I have never in my 3 years of cloth diapering had an issue with a flat or prefold moving around inside the cover. Of course I use front closure covers that are quite snug. This might be an issue with pull-on covers, like woolies for example.

Last night we did attempt the Origami Fold with an extra flat pad folded inside and then the whole thing Snappi’d on under a pair of woolies. It worked really well, I was surprised. Tonight I tried to recreate that and try as I might, I could not get the origami fold to stay within the woolies. I’m not sure what the deal was but we ended up using a double pad fold in the Swaddlebees Capri cover. I think we’ll be fine with that combo.

Here is a photo of my flats drying this morning! I love that with the nice brisk breeze, they literally took 30 minutes to dry. Awesome.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 3

What is your favorite fold? What is your favorite cover?




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 2!

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 5 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 2: What supplies I will be using

Flats: I am using the dozen birdseye flats I used last year, this year they are spiffed up with a brand new dye job! I am planning on using mostly the pad fold, simply because I like it to be as easy as possible.

Covers: I chose a few that I love but don’t use very often since we started using wool: a Gen-Y that I just got at the Great Cloth Diaper Change, my new Swaddlebees Capri, my Thirsties, and 2 Flips. Everything has snaps and they are all different bird patterns (except the Flips which are solid).

Wipes: We use cloth wipes and I may or may not add them to the regular diaper laundry.

Overnights: The plan is to use 2 flats in a wool soaker at night. I have a couple pairs of upcycled wool soakers from My Eco Baby (on Etsy) that will be rotated through for his nighttime cover. I did have to figure out how to Origami fold tonight and dig out a Snappi in an effort to keep everything from moving around in his woolies. Three years in and I don’t think any of my kids has ever actually worn a snappi! If the double flats + woolies combo doesn’t work at night I will be putting him in a fitted + wool for nights.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 1

Washing: Just like last year, I will be doing the washing in my bathtub. Flats rinse pretty clean so I don’t think I need any sort of special equipment. I’ll be using Biokleen detergent and lots of elbow grease. The plan right now is to wash in the morning so I can get them on the line bright and early. I’m just tossing them in a hospital basin so I can keep them separate from the other diapers. I think I need to rinse them as they are used though. I am trying to remember what we did last year…

Drying: I *thought* I was going to have a new clothesline up today (our old one was collateral damage when the tree came down) but Yogi dad couldn’t find it at the store last night so I am going to pick it up this morning while the boys are at school. Let’s pray for sunshine otherwise I will be rigging something up in my house like last time.

Other than staying away from berries and dried fruit in an effort to keep the crazy poops away during this challenge, I think that pretty much sums up what we’re doing here!

How was day 1 at your house? Are you using a snappi or going easy with a pad fold?




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 1!

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 3 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day One: What do I expect to Learn and why am I taking the challenge?

Last year we did the challenge even though we were knee deep in moving and unpacking and we really thought we had nailed it. We were a prefold family so flats weren’t that big of a stretch for us. I also had a baby who only pooped every 4th day so handwashing was a breeze!

Things have changed in the past year.

Just as I did last year- only one of the boys will be in flats. Judah is currently going through a phase where we have about 15 seconds to get his diaper on or he is across the room. I had to give up my fitteds and woolies, I can barely get a pocket on without a struggle, a two-part diaper like a flat and cover is completely out of the question.

So, I had to choose between Lincoln and Wyatt. Lincoln is the one who is most amenable to diaper changes but he is also starting to potty train so we have dryer diapers some of the time but also the challenge of getting them on and off quickly. Alternately, Wyatt likes to take his pants off during naps and overnight so I think a 2 part diaper is kind of out for him to. If I had to choose, I would rather not work up a sweat just to put on a diaper…so Lincoln it is!

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 1

I recently dyed our prefolds so they are all jazzed up and ready to go. I have chosen my cutest covers (which all seem to have a bird theme) and am excited to get some use out of those as they have been temporarily replaced by pockets. We’ll be using wool overnight, starting with doubled up flats but switching to a fitted if the first night is a flop.

I’ll be posting a picture daily, but there will be no bum shots. Sorry, I’ve had some strange search results lately and I have removed all photos of my kids in their diapers.

So, what do I expect to learn? I’m guessing I will learn just how well I can keep these puppies clean since I will more than likely be dealing with more poop than last year. And, I’m doing it just because it’s fun- it will keep me on my toes and force me to get back to hanging my diaper laundry out in the sun which will be awesome now that that pesky tree is gone!

Are you taking the challenge? Did you do it last year? Are you excited? Apprehensive? Skeptical?


Dye Job

Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: DIY | 2 Comments »

Wednesday afternoon our wireless router blew up and we unexpectedly found ourselves without an internet connection for the next 24 hours while we waited for the new one to arrive. After I got over the traumatizing realization that I would only have my phone to keep me connected to the outside world, I took it as a good thing and went looking for something else to occupy my time between naps and lunches.

I have been meaning to dye my prefolds for months now. I bought the dylon dye a few weeks ago and had been waiting for the right moment to actually do it. About 30 minutes before the boys got off the bus I was dragging tubs upstairs to get my dyes going. I pulled out my prefolds and I got to work.

The tutorials I had read all said that one package would dye 3 prefolds and I wanted to dye 1 dozen, so I had chosen 4 colors- Tulip Red, Goldfish Orange, Tropical Green and Ocean blue.

Other than the fabric dye, you will need salt, water and some sort of receptacle to do the dyeing in. The package of Dylon suggested using a sink but I wanted all 4 colors going at once so I pulled 4 medium sized tubs from our playroom for the project.

To start (I’m sorry, I did not take pictures of this process) you will measure out 4 cups of warm water and add the fabric dye to that to dissolve. I just did it in a large glass measuring cup.

While that is dissolving, start to fill up your plastic tub or sink with warm water- enough so that your fabric can move freely. I filled my tubs about 1/2 full and that was plenty.

Add 1/4 cup of salt to the warm water and mix.

Add your dye mixture and mix. I did this without planning so I did not have any gloves. Even with my hands in and out of the dye all day I did not have any staining but if you are worried about that, I’d wear gloves.

Once the dye is mixed into the warm water- add your fabric and submerge.

Now the instructions on my dye say to stir for 15 minutes. I’m assuming this means to stir continuously for 15 minutes because the next step is to “stir regularly” for 45 minutes.

I didn’t stir for 15 minutes. I stirred, made sure everything was submerged and then I went on to getting the next color going.

I wasn’t going for perfection- I mean we’re talking about prefolds here! I just want a little bit of color so if some areas had better saturation, I wasn’t going to be too bothered. If you are going for perfection, you might want to stir for the first 15 minutes.

I got all 4 of my tubs going and then I just watched them, stirring every few minutes, making sure everything was submerged. Waiting…tick tock.

I’m not a patient person.

As soon as my one hour was up, I started the steps of rinsing and washing.

I squeezed out the dye from each prefold (one color at a time) and then rinsed under cold water until it was running mostly clear. Then I tossed it into the washing machine that I was filing with warm water.

I washed all 4 colors together, I was a little worried the extra dye might stain the other prefolds so I threw in a plain white prefold to soak up any extra dye. At the end of the wash cycle, the prefold was still white and the colors were all just as they should be!

The directions say to dry without heat or sunlight. It was an overcast day so I hung them on the line but ended up throwing them in the dryer when it started to rain. Again, I wasn’t going for perfection here so you might want to follow the instructions exactly in case that step is crucial to setting the dye. I haven’t noticed anything that would leave me to believe drying them with heat was bad.

And this is what I ended up with:

Dylon dyed prefolds

I was pretty excited. The green wasn’t nearly as dark as I would have liked, but the orange, red, and blue are perfect! I’m sure there will be some fading over time but I can live with that.

You would think I was done…right? I mean the instructions clearly state that you can dye 1/2 a pound of fabric with each packet of dye and I’ve done that.

Except dyeing things is so much fun!

So It threw caution to the wind and pulled out my flats:

Dylon dyed flats

And then the prefolds that I have been meaning to start using as cleaning rags:

Dylon Dyed cleaning rags

And I may have also thrown in some red, yellow, green, and blue dishtowels as well as our bar mops and dishclothes.  At some point.  Maybe.

I couldn’t stop myself!

This project was the most fun I’d had since, well, since I dyed that pair of Bumby woolies with Kool-Aid a few weeks ago!

Obviously the colors were not as bright after the first fabric went through and I am guessing if you had more patience than I do you might get your prefolds even brighter on the first round by leaving them in longer than 60 minutes.  It’s worth a try.

This is a breakdown of the color difference:

Color Comparison Dylon Dye

So tell me- have you dyed any of your diapers?  Prefolds?  Woolies?  It’s almost as addicting as cloth diapers.  Almost.