Alternative Uses for Your Cloth Diaper Sprayer

Alternative Uses for Your Cloth Diaper Sprayer

This post contains affiliate links. There are so many ways to cloth diaper and everyone has an opinion on what is a must-have accessory and what isn’t. For me, a cloth diaper sprayer is a must-have. Not only have I found my diaper sprayer to be a life saver during the toddler years, it still is even after potty training. My son has been potty trained for several months now and we still have our diaper sprayer connected. Not only that, I don’t have any plans on disconnecting it anytime soon. During our years of cloth diapering, I have discovered that there are many other uses for our diaper sprayer other than just rinsing cloth diapers. In fact, I still use it several times a week. So if you’ve been wondering whether or not the purchase of a diaper sprayer is worth it or are planning on disconnecting it after your child is potty trained, my answer is yes, it’s worth it and no, don’t disconnect it. Here are just a few other uses for a cloth diaper sprayer: Filling up the watering can Washing out the litter box Cleaning trash cans Filling and rinsing a mop … Continue reading

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Cloth Diapering: Should I Use Flats or Prefolds for my Newborn?

Cloth Diapering:  Should I Use Flats or Prefolds for my Newborn?

If you like both flat diapers and prefolds but aren’t sure which style works best for a newborn, here’s a quick comparison. Flats are more versatile when it comes to sizing. The small size can last from birth until 4 months or more, depending on your baby’s size and weight. With prefolds, you might have to buy 2 sizes to get you through the first few months (newborn and small, or small and medium). For newborns, fold your small flats using my Mini Pad Fold. When your newborn is bigger, try the regular Pad Fold or other basic folds. Prefolds are quicker to get on because they can be folded in thirds. If time is golden to you, go for this style. This is the main reason so many mothers choose prefolds over flats for newborns; they feel that flat diapers are just going to take too much time. Flats are a bit cheaper, but not by much. One dozen cotton flats is about $22 and one dozen prefolds is about $24. If you use flour sack towels instead of diapers, the cost savings are more dramatic because a dozen … Continue reading

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Cloth Diapers & Potty Training – The Struggle Is Real

Cloth Diapers & Potty Training – The Struggle Is Real

Potty training can be a tumultuous transition whether you use disposable diapers or cloth. Using cloth diapers during potty training made things a bit more relaxed for us since we didn’t feel the pressure to train to avoid buying increasingly more expensive diapers or pull ups. As disposables get larger, there are fewer in the package, but with cloth it doesn’t cost you much of anything to toss a handful of diapers in with a load of laundry. On the other hand, that means you don’t have that extra motivation either! Here are some things that have gone through my mind when potty training! Pro: Baby’s no longer wearing diapers, yay! Con: Baby’s no longer wearing (cloth) diapers, boo Pro: Not having to lug diapers with you on outings Con: Having to lug spare underwear and pants with you on outings (not to mention mad dashes to find a bathroom or hearing that little voice from the back seat saying “I need to go potty!” when you are nowhere near one) Pro: Adorable eeny teeny toddler underwear Con: No excuse to buy fun cloth diaper prints (But you need some … Continue reading

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When Someone Else is Caring for Your Cloth Diapered Baby

When Someone Else is Caring for Your Cloth Diapered Baby

If you’ve made the decision to use cloth diapers, it’s very possible that you might feel quite alone, even among your family and friends, because more than 95% of American babies are in disposables. When someone else will be caring for your baby, here are a few ways you can help make things a bit easier for them, and also be a good ambassador. Have some easy diapers on hand. I will leave out a few AIO diapers which are nearly foolproof to put on. For someone who is completely new, or skeptical, I don’t want to make it seem daunting or like you have to be in the Illuminati to understand cloth diapers. Another option is to leave out a few disposables and a few cloth diapers, so they can choose which one to use and not feel forced to use a diaper they have no experience with. Be willing to learn.  A lot of us switch to cloth diapers and think “this is such a smart decision!” And it is, when you calculate the money saved and other benefits. But you should still be willing to learn, even from … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Toddler Cloth Diapers

Troubleshooting Toddler Cloth Diapers

One challenge many cloth diapering parents face is adjusting their diapers to meet the needs of their growing little ones. As baby’s grow their diaper size and absorbency needs change. Depending on the child, one’s bullet-proof cloth diapering solution will look a bit different at six months, a year, 18 months, etc. Personally I found troubleshooting the toddler diaper particularly challenging. Here are some of the issues we faced and how to work around them. Red Bottom! Around 18 months of age something happened to my son’s urine out put. While he peed less frequently, when he did go it was a lot. I found that after urinating he quickly soaked through his diaper’s absorbency and soon we had a little irritated red bottom on our hands. I noticed the same red bottom issue when changing him out of his night time diaper. (Note, this was an irritation and not a full blown diaper rash.) In addition to frequent diaper changes (or at least diaper checks) during the day, averaging every three hours, I needed to significantly increase his diapers’ absorbency. I started adding extra boosters or inserts until I found combinations … Continue reading

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Cloth Diapering: It’s Not About Perfection

Cloth Diapering: It’s Not About Perfection

When I first started cloth diapering I assumed that all cloth diapering moms use only cloth diapers all the time. As a first time cloth user this only cloth all the time standard intimidated me. Not only that, but my self-constructed all or nothing mentality made me feel incredibly guilty, like a failure, whenever I put a disposable on my son. Yes, I love me some fluff and I’m a big believer that there are many reasons why cloth diapers are far superior to their disposable counterparts. There are many great articles on kellywels.com to help you trouble shoot any cloth diapering challenge. And yes, it’s absolutely possible to never let a disposable touch your baby’s bottom… but cloth diapering is not about perfection. Indeed, we’re a proud cloth diapering family, yet there have been times when I was secretly thankful we had some disposables on hand. For example, when we were struggling to figure out a sure night time cloth solution. We also used disposables while navigating our move last summer. When I was in my first trimester with baby #2 and could hardly get through a diaper change without throwing up (let alone … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Cloth Diaper Prints Today

My Top 10 Cloth Diaper Prints Today

I’m a sucker for a unique print. I go for bold colors, a retro vibe, nostalgia, and creativity. Prints, in my opinion, are what truly set cloth diapers apart aesthetically. If I had unlimited funds, I could easily become a print collector, regardless of cloth diaper style or brand.  I’m not much for gender neutral and girl/boy is not a big concern for me, especially because I love primary colors. I’m not opposed to a pink diaper or one with flowers, but it’s just not my style. Today, I am going to pretend the skies the limit budget-wise and go shopping for my top 10 cloth diaper prints available to buy in store at retail value today! 10. Blueberry Simplex AIO in Traffic. This little gem is playful and perfect for either gender! 9. AppleCheeks Envelope Diaper Cover in Winging It.This print has an elegance to it and there’s nothing else like it on the market. 8. SoftBums Omni  in Getting to Gnome You. This print is simply fun! I think it would make such a great conversation starter. 7. Moraki AI2 in  Kaleidoscope. A gorgeous take on the traditional rainbow. 6. Smart Bottoms Smart One … Continue reading

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Washing Cloth Diapers Part-Time: One Mom’s Wash Routine

Washing Cloth Diapers Part-Time: One Mom’s Wash Routine

(This post contains affiliate links) Whether you are considering using cloth diapers at home while your baby uses disposables at daycare or if you’re potty training, there may come a time when you find yourself cloth diapering part-time. Though my son is now potty trained we are still using cloth at night. This means that I had to change my trusty routine from full diaper loads of 15-20 diapers three times a week to a partial load of 3-4 diapers twice a week. I don’t like to let my wet diapers to sit in the pail or wet bag for more than three or four days so now that we’re only using diapers at night, I am only washing about three or four diapers at a time. It would be incredibly wasteful to wash them alone and they probably wouldn’t get very clean anyway since you need more laundry in the machine for proper agitation. Now my diaper routine looks like this: Rinse diapers on the rinse cycle of my machine. If you are using cloth pads you can also rinse & wash them with the diapers. Add a full amount … Continue reading

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TOP 5 Reasons Cloth Diapers Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

TOP 5 Reasons Cloth Diapers Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

TOP 5 Reasons Cloth Diapers Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts Mother’s Day is just around the corner, are you still struggling to find the perfect gift?  Here are some reasons cloth diapers make a great gift and might be more thoughtful than you realized. 1.  She’ll know YOU GET HER She’s passionate about cloth diapering and you’ve watched her go from total newbie to total advocate.  Most people don’t quite understand why mamas get so involved in the cloth diaper community or why they just can’t stop shopping for cloth diapers.  Show her you really GET IT by giving her a cloth diaper you chose all by yourself! 2.  Sharing is CARING Perhaps you’ve been talking about cloth with a friend or family member who is expecting or a mama who’s still on the fence.  All it takes is one cloth diaper for her to test the waters.  For less than $20 you can purchase an affordable, reliable and adorable cloth diaper that she’s sure to love! 3.  Cloth Diapers make GREAT keepsakes Even if the mother you’re shopping for doesn’t use cloth diapers regularly, every mom is sure to … Continue reading

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Are There Really Must Have Cloth Diaper Accessories?

Are There Really Must Have Cloth Diaper Accessories?

Post contains affiliate links. When I began cloth diapering nearly 6 years ago, I was overwhelmed by all of the accessories I “needed” to have. Wet bags and liners and sprayers, oh my! How would I know which to choose, which I needed now, which could wait, and how would I pay for it all? It seems that many cloth diapering families have their own list of what accessories are absolute must have items and what are a waste of money. I’ll be the voice of dissent and say – all you need in order to cloth diaper are cloth diapers and a baby. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of goodies available to make cloth diapering easier or more fun, but don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff to make cloth diapering work. Here are some common cloth diaper accessories and why you might want them. Cloth wipes If you’re already using cloth diapers, it just makes sense to use cloth wipes as well. Cloth tends to do a better job cleaning messy bottoms than disposables, disposable wipes are expensive, … Continue reading

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