This post contains affiliate links. It all started with cloth diapers! Once upon a time, I got pregnant and quickly became overwhelmed by the cost of disposable diapers. I began researching my options and found that cloth diapers were the way to go! Not only are they super cute, but the cost savings was a major selling point. It wasn’t long into my cloth journey before I began exploring other reusable products. Cloth diapers can be the gateway to so many amazing, reusable products. 1. Cloth Wipes – If you’re already using cloth diapers, it just makes sense (and cents!) to switch to cloth wipes too. They do a much better job of cleaning up than their disposable counterparts. 2. Nursing Pads – Forget the itchy, uncomfortable disposable pads and do your tired, sore boobs a favor! These absorbent, soft nursing pads will make nursing a much better experience! 3. Menstrual Products – Whether you are postpartum or experiencing the return of your monthly cycle, reusable menstrual products are not as scary as they seem! In fact, many users report that their cycles are much less of an ordeal thanks … Continue reading
Support GDGH when you SHOP at Nicki’s Diapers in November! During the month of November, Nicki’s Diapers will donate 1 diaper to Giving Diapers Giving Hope for every Nicki’s Diapers brand all-in-one or pocket cloth diaper purchased. Giving Diapers Giving Hope (GDGH) is a national diaper bank lending cloth diapers to income qualified families. The cloth diapers GDGH lends are donations from generous families, retailers and manufacturers like Nicki’s Diapers. This month, treat your baby to a fantastic diaper, and provide one to a family in need at the same time!
Your Money, Your Voice, Your Choice! While there are many excellent reasons to cloth diaper, saving money is probably the most common. However, even on a tight budget, I humbly argue that saving money isn’t the end all be all. Consumers need to ask themselves how far is too far when trying to save money on cloth diapers. How people spend their money is their business, but I hope this post will help families think through their cloth diaper purchases and become responsible cloth diaper consumers. The cloth diaper blogging world has been abuzz with news of copy-cat diapers, “China-cheapies,” and black market diapers tainting the cloth diaper industry and disappointing customers. These diapers copy patented components of name brand diapers and are sold for a fraction of the real diaper’s price. Copy-cat diapers attempt to look like the reliable brands, fooling customers into thinking that they will perform like the name brands. Another issue getting press is cloth diaper co-ops. Instead of buying diapers from a reputable cloth diaper retailers, some moms get suckered into cloth diaper co-ops that promise big savings but have many loopholes, offer products with no … Continue reading
You CAN travel with your essential oils! So recently I traveled halfway across the country with my two little girls (3 1/2 & 1 1/2)without my husband. I stressed about it for weeks and though I did actually get some miracle help (my mom flew to Idaho just so someone could help my fly to Missouri) it was actually a little after thought item that actually saved my sanity during the trip. You moms know how kids can get when they’re out of their element. Suddenly sleep schedules fly out the door and for my girls that means some changes in eating habits as well as mood. As if the traveling part wasn’t tough enough on it’s own, I don’t need the extra grief of unnecessary tantrums and whining. I mean really, kids suddenly have every little thing needing attention and causing issues all at once and it’s frustrating to have to run to a store (or find one if you’re not visiting someplace familiar) and maybe have to compromise on your normal natural options just to battle whatever is bothering your little one. In our home we use essential … Continue reading
One question I am asked often by mothers who are just starting out with cloth is “Should I use a pail liner or hanging wet bag to store diapers?” If you wondering which one will work best in your situation, read on to compare the pros and cons and prices. I used the selection at Kelly’s Closet (aff) as a cost guide. Hanging Wet Bags are also made of 100% waterproof PUL and have a built-in handle or loop at the top so you can hang it from virtually anything strong enough to support its weight (when filled with wet, dirty diapers). A doorknob is the most obvious spot. Most hanging wet bags close in some fashion at the top (with zippers or a flap of fabric) to help keep odors at bay. Saves space Highly portable No lid needed The price for a full-size hanging wet bag that holds a few days worth of diapers ranges from $20 to $30 Can be turned inside out and washed along with your diapers Pail Liners are typically made of 100% waterproof PUL with tight sewn or sealed seams that prevent leakage. The … Continue reading
Do you really need a cloth diaper sprayer? Today’s post necessitates starting with a “Back in my day…” story. That’s right, I started cloth diapering over four years ago and things were different back in “those” days. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is the increasing price of cloth diaper sprayers. We purchased our cloth diaper sprayer in 2010 and it cost about $40. At the time, $40 sounded like a ridiculous amount of money to be spending on anything cloth diaper related. We waited until the absolute last minute to purchase the sprayer because I was in complete denial that my little breastfed baby’s diapers would ever require spraying–I was wrong. Solid foods = yucky diapers. We raced out, spent the money, and have never looked back. I realize and understand that cloth diaper sprayers are a helpful and nice tool to have, but I was surprised to see that cloth diaper sprayers have increased in cost quite a bit from when I first started cloth diapering–most sprayers are around $70 or $80. This might seem even more shocking and a turn-off to purchasing a sprayer. However, it’s … Continue reading
I didn’t initially set out to start a cloth diaper blog. In 2009, our second child was born, we moved into the new home we’d built, and things were rough. Our move didn’t quite go as planned (very long story for another day) and we were really stuggling – financially and otherwise. I really needed something to help maintain my sanity & give me something to work towards, enjoy and have, just for me. The year before, we’d started a blog on Blogspot so relatives could see photos & hear the latest house news. It was my husband who suggested that I start a blog for myself. At the time, I’d never heard of a cloth diaper blogger, and only read a handful of blogs. My journey to cloth diapers had been many years long, and I had a very difficult time finding the information I was looking for. I made it my goal to share every step of the journey, everything I had learned, and all my new knowledge with others. I wanted to create a resource where families could go to get the real scoop on cloth diapers. … Continue reading
During the month of October, GEN-Y has pledged to donate 1 cover to Giving Diapers Giving Hope for each cover sold on their website. Giving Diapers Giving Hope is a national charity which lends cloth diapers to income qualified applicants. GEN-Y is a Northern Virginia based company manufacturing fantastic side-snapping covers in unique prints. Don’t miss your chance to purchase a great USA made cover & give back at the same time. Shop GEN-Y now.
Tip #1 Buy covers that have more than one snap setting on the rise so your newborn can wear them longer. Newborn covers with growing room in the rise include Sweet Pea, Blueberry Mini Coveralls and Thirsties Duo Wraps. Tip #2 Try fitteds or special folding techniques to contain blowouts. Tiny babies have a lot of bowel movements, and you might find that newborn fitted diapers will help hold in messes better because of the leg elastics. If you usually just trifold a prefold and lay it in a cover, consider mastering some folds to help keep blowouts at bay: the Jelly Roll fold, the Angel Wing or the Bikini Twist (aren’t those names great?). Having just a few fitteds for your newborn won’t cost much; the Imagine snapless fitteds at Nicki’s (pictured above) are just $5.95 each. Tip #3 Give yourself a break at night. By using a Geffen newborn hemp prefold and a small Diaper Rite cotton doubler, my newborn can sometimes go all night without a change, even after waking up to nurse a time or two. Finding a nighttime diaper that works can save you a lot of money … Continue reading
One reason many parents choose to cloth diaper is for the financial savings. You can save thousands of dollars just by using cloth diapers on your baby. Want to save even more? Here’s some DIY ideas for all things cloth diapers! Make your own wipes solution with this recipe from Diaper Wrecker. Keep your pail fresh with this recipe from Homespun Aesthetic. Keep your baby’s skin dry or protect from diaper creams with these DIY fleece liners from The Anti-June Cleaver. Reduce dry time with DIY wool dryer balls from Thinking About Cloth Diapers. Contain your dirty diapers in a home sewn wet bag from Cloth Diaper Guru. Solve nighttime leaks with a DIY wool soaker from Lo-Wren. Cloth wipes are easy with tutorial from Padded Tush Stats.