CategoryCloth diapers

Cloth diaper update

At several people’s recommendation, I ordered some samples of Rockin’ Green detergent. The lavender mint scent smells fantastic! So far, it seems to be working well. It also looks like we didn’t rinse enough after washing before – we were doing one extra rinse but it sounds like we needed to do another. The diapers just went in again for another run through. I took them out of the washer this morning to dry them, only to discover gel beads […]

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Pausing cloth diapers

After using cloth diapers faithfully for almost six years, we have switched to disposables. It is a bit frustrating. With Samuel, we used cheap prefolds and plastic covers. I later made him some fleece covers, and used that system until he was out of diapers. With Caleb, I made some Rita’s Rump Pocket diapers and loved that the system was easier than folding and pinning prefolds. Then he started getting rashes that wouldn’t go away. At first, I thought it […]

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Fleece soakers

Recently I came across a pattern for fleece soakers. They go together really easily and doesn’t require a lot of fabric. They’re really trim, and do a great job of containing the wetness. Even though I measured both kids (the green soaker is for Caleb), they both fit pretty snug. Next time I sew any, I’ll make the next size up. And just in case anyone is wondering, I still love the Rita’s Rump Pocket dipes. Since Caleb’s have seen […]

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Our cloth diapering system

Tara recently left me a comment asking about the diapers we use: I have not tried cloth diapers before, but I am wanting to. With the RRP pattern, do you also need to make the cover to go over the diaper? Also, could you explain in more detail about “stuffing” the diaper? I’ve read all your blog posts on cloth diapering – thanks for all the tips. I answered her in an email, but then I thought that others might […]

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Newborn diapers

Here are 6 of the newborn diapers I finished yesterday. They seem so tiny compared to the other diapers! They’re from the Mama Bird NB size pattern, but from what I’ve read, the lady that offered the Mama Bird pattern isn’t offering it for free any more. I had quite the adventures making these. The first two (not pictured) I got the steps out of order, so they don’t have the hook and loop closure. It’s not a big deal, […]

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Updating my sewing list again

Today I finally finished the cloth diapers that I’ve been working on. There are sixteen here. A friend gave me some fleece she wasn’t using so I can make more (thanks, H!). I’m not sure exactly how many more it will make, but it should bring me pretty close to my goal of two dozen. They are from the Rita’s Rump Pocket pattern (which by now is probably not a surprise to anyone). All the diapers in this picture have […]

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More sorting – diapers this time

It’s funny how some days one thing leads to another, which leads to another, which keeps going on and on and on. . . Today was like that. I went to put some stuffed diapers away, and ended up sorting through our entire stash of cloth diapers. We have SO many! I’ve been meaning to pull out the newborn diapers, just to have them ready. I remembered that we didn’t have very many, but didn’t remember that we only have […]

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Wetbag

Recently I switched to using wetbags for storing wet and dirty diapers. It’s been amazing how the zip-top bag keeps the smell down so much better than the lidded pail we used to use. Even with three days’ worth of soiled diapers, you can’t smell them when the bag is closed. That sure couldn’t be said about the pail we had. A lady I know from Hannah’s Prayer was kind enough to send me a yard of polyurethane laminate (PUL) […]

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Cloth diapers

Yesterday I recieved this comment: Can you tell me what you use to make the diapers. And also, how often do you change your little guy? First, we change him when he is wet. ;O) I don’t really keep track of time. It’s probably every couple of hours or so. I highly doubt it’s much more than about two hours in one diaper. The diapers we use during the day are all from the Rita’s Rump Pocket pattern. I like […]

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Microfiber in cloth diapers

Microfiber in cloth diapers is wonderful. A couple weeks ago, we picked up some microfiber cloths to use as inserts in our cloth diapers. What a difference! It’s trimmer (a HUGE plus!) and seems to hold every bit as much wetness as the cotton inserts did, if not more. Not only that, apparently one thing we needed to do that we weren’t doing is fold the elastic edges in on the diapers. When I made them, too much of the […]

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