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What I Have Learned About Cloth Diapers….

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I am always asked WHY I cloth diaper… That is an easy question to answer. It’s cheaper, better for my baby, and a heck of a lot cuter! But as Putter’s just turned two I realized I have been cloth diapering exclusively for 18 months now! That got me to thinking of things I have learned on my cloth diapering journey. From what diapers I like the most, to which I like the least. To which ones have lasted while others did not. So I thought I would share a little of what I have learned with you today.

As we approach November, when my grand daughter is due to arrive, I have been thinking of which diapers I will  be able to pass along to her. There are some I have had from day one, and others that were tossed in the garbage after just a few months use.  Kushies were the first cloth diapers we used. And after just a couple months use, they were starting to wear out. Also the insert pockets were extremely difficult to get clean.  Unfortunately the other ones I have from day one are no longer being made except for the occasional special request order…. My sister in law over at What Mama Wants made them for me from some old flannel receiving blankets when Putter’s was just 5 months old.  I still use those diapers almost every day! The velcro closure on the ones that velcro are still super strong, and all the snaps still work and are still attached. I will also be able to pass along my Nifty Nappy fitted, and wool cover, which both still look brand new! Again though, Vilate is no longer making and selling diapers!

My Nifty Nappy Fitted and Wrap

I have found this to not be common though. While I don’t want to knock WAHM made diapers, I just haven’t found them all to last long enough to be used for more then one child. Not all of them at least! In other wahm made fitted  diapers I have, the snaps have stopped snapping or the velcro no longer holds the diaper shut! The fabrics are wearing out, and they look very old, and run down. So I have learned that, if you expect to be able to use your diapers for more then one baby, go for the gold, and buy the name brand diapers. I especially love my Doopsy SD, but I wonder if it would fit a larger baby? Putter’s is about 26 lbs and it’s snug on her now. And at the moment I am fighting a buildup of something on it that is making is repel liquid… not good. But not the diapers fault! I didn’t realize our new dryer had a dryer bar in it and washed the diaper four times before I noticed they smelled like dryer sheets! (Summer allergies attack in more ways then one!)

Doopsy and the bear...

I have found that fleece covers are just as good as wool and much cheaper. Plus you have a much larger choice of fabric print! They are also MUCH easier to care for! Wool isn’t hard, it just takes a little time.

I do have to say, I would not trade my Nifty Nappy wool cover for anything! I have been given or reviewed other wool covers and they just don’t hold a candle to Nifty Nappy’s because for the price, you can use it from newborn to toddler and through potty training! Wool covers do not need to be changed with every diaper change. You only need two or three to go with your diaper stash. If they get wet, you simply air dry them and the wool fibers themselves sanitize the cover! To clean them you just need a little baby shampoo and some lanolin, and a bucket with a lid.

My other favorite WAHM diaper is the  Cow Patties Cloth Diaper Famous Pocket Fitted. When I first received this diaper, and saw the long thin insert that you are supposed to fold and stuff it with, I though yea right! I don’t think they know what a super soaker baby does at night?! But it has not failed me once! In fact most mornings she wakes up and the outside of the fitted is dry to the touch while the inside is completely soaked! While I did have to re-sew the pocket opening once, the rest of the diaper is still in like new conditioning, and will definitely be passed on!

My favorite one size fits all diaper would have to be the Envibum. With it’s stretchable sides it truly fits any baby from newborn through potty training! And it’s fuzzy… and cute.Absorbent. Easy to use. (I will be having the velcro removed and some snaps added though before passing it on…) I love that they donate with every diaper sold…

EnviCherry

I have also learned that newer is not always better… since participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge awhile ago I now reach for a flat before I grab a fitted or AIO.  It takes a few seconds to fold and snappi on, add a cute cover and we are good to go! I have Green Mountian Diapers, Green Scene Diapers and Aliyah’s Hope Chest Flats all in my flats pile. I also have several flour sack towels. I use them all, and love them all. If I am going to be out and about I will usually use a flour sack towel. Then if we have a really nasty diaper I can toss it away without feeling bad as they are only about $1 each at Wal-Mart or Target, and I don’t have a smelly diaper smoldering in my diaper bag in the summer heat!

I have learned that cloth diapering is really just as easy as disposables. You dump out or swish off the poo, toss them in a bucket, and every other day throw them in the wash where they get a cold rinse with no detergent, a hot wash with a little soap then two more cold rinses. That’s it. The only inconvenience is that the other laundry piles up on diaper washing day… but then it piles up every other day too.

And expensive diapers are not always better! For a fraction of the price you can get a high quality diaper from KaWaii, in super adorable prints. Just stick with snaps and not the velcro! I have found in most cases the velcro is the first thing to go out on my diapers… some only lasting a month or two before it falls off or just stops hooking.

What have you learned on your cloth diaper journey?

~Katie

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BioKleen Soy Cream Cleaner Review and Giveaway!! CLOSED!!!

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I love BioKleen’s dish detergent. Not only does it smell great, it get’s my dishes clean and keeps my hands soft. Always a plus since I have problems wearing gloves. I can also get a larger amount for the price of a smaller bottle of Dawn or Ivory. But even though I have used BioKleen dish detergent for several months, I had never tried any of their other products. I was sent a coupon for the product of my choice, and I chose the BioKleen Soy Cream Cleaner for Kitchens and Bathroom.

I was not sure that it would work on our bathrooms. See,  our apartment, before we moved in, was a bachelor pad for almost 7 years. The bathroom  shower was the worst! Nothing else I had tried was working to get it really clean. And I had tried every other natural homemade, or not natural product I could think of. Vinegar, bleach, baking soda, SOS pads.. nothing was cutting through the mold in that shower. It would look like it was gone, then come back with the first shower!

So I was amazed when I asked my 11 yr old to use this cleaner and a toothbrush and scrub the tile down and it actually came clean!!

I got it even cleaner after this… this was after my 11 yr old cleaned it! But the mold is gone here…

 I am now  hooked on BioKleen cleaners, and have even tried a few other products such as their cloth diaper safe laundry detergent, and glass cleaner. They have 30+ products that are sustainably-made non-toxic, biodegradable, non-flammable cleaning products that are free of harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Safe for your children to use, and for use around your children. Their laundry detergents are free of petrochemicals, so they are great for cloth diapers, or baby clothing! And they get them clean! I also used it to clean our new home before we moved in. It was left a mess by the previous renters, and then sat empty for several months before we rented it. The bathrooms were nasty, but the BioKleen Soy cleaner easily cut through the dirt and grime and other yucks, and left me with a clean, fresh smelling room. The kitchen counters and refrigerator also quickly and easily were scrubbed clean with no nasty chemical smell after!

Biokleen offers a unique line of over 30 sustainably-made non-toxic, biodegradable, non-flammable cleaning products that are free of harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. They have been in business for over 20 years and are a family owned and operated business in Vancouver, Washington!
Do you have a favorite BioKleen product, or would you love to try one for yourself? Head on over to the BioKleen website to order for yourself. BioKleen is also on Facebook and Twitter.
BioKleen is offering my readers the chance to win a BioKleen Soy Cream Cleaner for the Kitchen and Bathroom!! Thanks BioKleen!!

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Crazy Life….

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A lot has happened around here in the last 6 weeks or so! Hubs found a job he liked, so we moved to a house we like, then he found another job he liked just as much, but even closer to our new house… it was a 40 mile round trip every day to the first job and not full time. His new job is a fast paced, fun restaurant in Downtown Ashland.

If your ever in Ashland Or., head over to Ruby’s on Pioneer St. for a great burrito, hamburger or other fast, but yummy sandwich! Hubs has brought me home a few burritos now, and even cold you can’t put them down!

Ashland is also home to the fantastic Shakespeare Festival and several other fun and exciting things to do, whether you are looking for theatre, camping, or a fun day at the lake and water slides! I enjoy just walking around and window shopping… I could do that for hours in Ashland! My favorite is the Paddington Station store! I am not allowed near there close to pay day…

We also celebrated the 4th of July and Putter’s 2nd birthday.

Mimi was as excited as the kids about the fireworks...Pyro dog!

Sister's enjoying the 4th Of July!

Putter’s new favorite word is purple… every thing is purple, even the bright green we painted our bedroom! So she got a new big girl bed, with purple Tinkerbell bedding…

Putter's and her big girl bed...it would be nice if she slept in it..

She had carrot cake cupcakes, with cherries from our backyard tree on top, or maybe it was the neighbor’s cherry tree… I don’t remember.  But they were good!!

Yum!

She got lots of presents… purple clothes, light up balls, doll strollers, a new Barbie from Grandma and Grandpa in California… and more…

Light up ball... enough said... :o)

Ready to stroll....

And we started up the rest of our school year… after an extra month off. So the past few weeks have been some hectic catch up time… but life has been good. Crazy but good….

Be Blessed..

~Katie

Country Kids Training Pants Review and Giveaway! CLOSED!!

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Country Kids sent me a set of training pants to review, one night time pant and one day time pant. They are really adorable. They are VERY absorbent in case of accidents.

I have to be honest though, because I have always promised to be! I found them to be a little difficult for my 2 yr old to pull up and down, and she has reached that stage where she must do it herself, they are also somewhat bulky and they take awhile to dry. I do wish that both pairs came with side snaps to make the night time trainer easier to take off when there is an accident.

I have to add though that the small problems I have with them are WAY outweighed by the good!

Because… Putter’s LOVES them, and always asks for them to be put on. And I can’t blame her, because for all my thoughts on them, good or bad, she is the one wearing them, and they ARE super soft and comfy and “too toot.” In her words. And these reviews can’t always be about what I think, especially when I am not the one actually using the product! At times I wish she could type, then she could share what she feels about something!

Here they are…

Lisa at country kids has this to say about her life:

“I am a stay at home mom to three beautiful children. I love to craft and sew and garden. We live on a small farm in western Wisconsin. In addition to raising babies, we raise beef and lamb and have too many pets including chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, horses, mules, rabbits, and a couple of crazy cats.

I learned to sew as a child and started sewing again why my first child was born. One day I stumbled across an article on cloth diapering and making cloth diapers and trainers became an obsession!”

Wow, and I thought having just a dog to care for took a lot of time! I don’t know where she finds the time to sew and craft and her blog is a treasure trove of laughter and cute stories as well as great crafting ideas and more for those of you who do those things! These trainers are superbly made, the seams are very strong, and I have not found any dropped stitches. The snaps on the day time trainer are very strong and don’t pop open like other snaps I have had do! These are great trainers for beginning potty trainers because they will hold as much as a diaper in the case of accidents, or oops I completely forgot to take my child potty times! I do wish I had ordered the next size up so they will fit longer! They are great for going out and about when you may not be able to get to a restroom in time because they really do hold as much as a cloth diaper!

Lisa has also wonderfully offered a reader the chance to win an adorable daytime trainer, and she is offering FREE shipping for the rest of July on any orders over $25 to anyone who let’s her know I referred them to her site!

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Winners!!….

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We are finally back online after I had to cancel two appointments with the cable company to have cable and internet installed. That 4 hour time frame they give you as to when they just may be by to turn your cable on, is just the pits. But they arrived yesterday, when I finally knew I would be home for the afternoon, and after a little over half an hour I had cable and internet!

I am still trying to figure out why it took three cable guys to install it though. One never came in, he was outside the whole time, talking on his phone on the lawn, another sat in the living room, checking EVERY single channel while flirting with my 19 yr old, while the first guy that arrived went to work, was very polite and professional, even telling the second guy to lower his voice, there was a baby sleeping! Maybe he was overwhelmed by kids crawling out of the woodwork and called in reinforcements or something?!

Anyways, I know you have been waiting to  hear who won while I was away!

The winner of the Kona’s Creation’s adorable little gecko is Tasha Haston. Congratulations Tasha!! I will be emailing you shortly, and you will need to reply to that email within 48 hours to claim your prize!

And Amanda Alvarado won the awesome small blue tangiball from Brandy Wojcik- Discovery Toys Educational Consultant. Congratulations! I will also be emailing you shortly and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize!!

Be Blessed…

~Katie

Elysium Mimzi Hugz Mama Cloth WINNER!

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Sorry it took me so long to pick a winner, I had a nasty cold, and am still working on getting internet at home. I just wasn’t up to taking 6 kids to the library while sick! But I am here now and out of 94 comments Random.org chose comment #13 as the winner! Congrats  induetimeramblings! You will love this mama cloth! It is so soft, and comfy, great for the time of the month when we all need a little pick me up! :O)

I favorited Elysium on Etsy, and my favorite products in her store are the mama cloth. #2

 

Now I am off to round up my kids and head home to make dinner! Thanks for your patience everyone!

Be Blessed…

~Katie