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When I began cloth diapering, I figured that all I needed were a few diapers. I had watched my friends change their little ones and it seemed straightforward; buy a cloth diaper…use a cloth diaper. All my friends ever seemed to need for a successful diaper change was a clean cloth diaper, or so I thought. I honestly never stopped to think about the other little things they owned to go along with their diapers. However, just a little bit of research opened my eyes to the wide array of cloth diapering accessories available. I now realize that I must not have been watching my friends very closely!

I have now been successfully cloth diapering my dear little girl for 8 months and I have purchased and come to love several of my accessories. In fact, at this point in my cloth diapering journey, I do not think I could live without these little things! While there are nearly endless accessory options, three of my accessories have become my favorites. My favorite cloth diapering accessories include my diaper sprayer, my wet bag, and my hemp inserts.

My absolute favorite of all my accessories is my diaper sprayer. If I had to give away my all cloth diapering accessories except for one, the diaper sprayer would definitely be the one to stay. I love this little tool because it makes removing soiling from a diaper SO MUCH easier. Before I bought this little wonder, I used a small piece of toilet paper to scrape off the soiling. This was not terribly effective and required much more interaction with a dirty diaper than I like. Once my diaper sprayer arrived, it became so much easier to remove soiling and I did not dread the task so much!

Another favorite is my wet bag. I honestly do not know what I would do without this little thing. When I first started with cloth, I have to admit that I was worried about what to do with the dirty diapers while out on the go. I was not sure that I wanted a dirty diaper in the diaper bag on my shoulder. I was very worried that the dirty diaper might leak on other items in the bag. Once I began using my wet bag, these fears were completely relieved. Using this little bag, I can confidently throw even the most soiled diaper in the diaper bag and know that it will not cause a problem.

A third favorite cloth diapering accessory is my hemp inserts. When I first bought my stash of FuzziBunz diapers, I used only the microfiber inserts that were included with the diapers. Experience, and quite a few leaks, has taught me that a variety of inserts in different materials allows for much flexibility in cloth diapering. Hemp is my favorite material for inserts because it is so trim and so absorbent even for the heaviest wetters. By using hemp inserts, I can turn my diapers into a workable leak-free 12-hour nighttime diaper.

These accessories, which now feel essential, are just a few little things that make my cloth diapering experience easier. They are a few little things that I would definitely recommend to all who endeavor to cloth diaper.

Bio: Danielle Abril is a stay at home mom to her darling 9-month old daughter. She blogs about cloth diapering and being a mother at
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A Few Little Things

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I love Dr. Seuss and yo celebrate I'm adding to my stash. But wait, I can't find any Dr. Seuss diapers anywhere, how do you do this? I solved this problem by making a hidden pul pocket diaper.

Well, the best place to start is a template. Find a diaper you like (or two or three with different things you like about each one), a ruler, and a sharpie. Create something that looks like this:

Then you need to lay out your material. Lay out: the lining material (I prefer flannel), the print, and the pul. Remember to put your lining and print right sides together. In this scenario the pul side should be face up. Then you cut out the material. I prefer a rotary cutter, but scissors would also do the job.

After you have cut out your material you add the snaps for the rise (since this is a os diaper) and the snaps for the front, or the velcro. Whichever you like. I suggest laying out the male and female parts of the snaps in a rough design of what you want so all you have to do is grab as you are using the press or pliers. Put the snaps through the pul and print, but not the liner. Start with the snaps nearest the middle for best results. This gives you a double layer through the snap, and a cover against baby once you turn it. After you put the snaps on align the layers like you did when you cut the fabric out. Don't worry about the tab snaps, those are the last thing.

When you pin the pul/print to the liner to sew the seam, only pin in the seam allowance. (Holes in pul = BAD!!) Typically the seam allowance is 0.25 inches, so if you have a quilting foot, get to know it. Stitch the border seam at the scant 0.25 seam allowance. Turn the diaper. Tack the elastic (12.5 inches when stretched of 0.25 inch width elastic for legs, 10 inches for back) to the leg part. I find the second rise snap to be a good part in the front, and the curve for the tab a good place in the back. Like so:

Topstitch the diaper and be aware of the elastic casings. To make the leg casings, ensure you have about a 0.375 inch topstitching seam. When stitching the casings, pull the elastic taunt so you get the bunching required once you are done. Now, you add the flap snaps and you have a fun diaper with whatever print you want! You get to do a bad thing before you put it on baby though, put it in the dryer on HIGH for about 5 minutes. This will help seal the pul around the seams.

Bio: Carolyn is a work at home mom and regularly reads Dr. Seuss to her 10 month old daughter. In her spare time, her sewing machine gets a work out, provided she isn't hitting the trails pushing/pulling said daughter along.
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The Sneetches, and the Art of a Pocket Diaper

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Maybe I am lucky, maybe I have a unique situation, but I do think grandparents get a bad rap when it comes to cloth diapering. Disposable diapers began in Sweden in the 1940’s, but didn’t make it to the United States until the 1950’s. Pamper’s began manufacturing a thinner version in 1961 and the first patent was awarded to Proctor & Gamble in 1973. My mother in law had her first child in 1971 and she used cloth diapers full time and I was born in 1976 and my parents tried to use cloth diapers ( I guess I would break out into a really bad rash). So with both my parents and my inlaws they had experience with cloth diapers; just not the new and improved cloth diapers of today.

My husband and I are both researchers at heart. It will take my husband about 6 months to find the perfect car or appliance and I will take less time; however mine is an obsession while researching. It is the only thing I read or dream about. So when we found out we were pregnant….why would this be any different? After many hours of research, I found the perfect mattress for the crib; we decided to use a midwife instead of an OB, we took every parenting class available, we decided to make our own baby food, but I really didn’t research cloth diapers (I think I was burnt out). I bought a couple FuzziBunz, Grovia’s and some Mother Ease. We used cloth maybe 25% of the time until I started staying home full time when my daughter was 12 months old. Since then, I have since researched every website, read every blog, and bought almost every diaper available on the market.

Our parents have never once turned their noses up at our parenting choices. We obviously got the “what if something goes wrong” when we told them we were using a midwife or “you want me to pay how much for a mattress”, but they bought it anyway. When I told them I wanted to cloth diaper and initially didn’t follow through there was no “I told you so” or “I knew you weren’t going to do it”. There was never a discussion about it and when we started cloth diapering full time, there wasn’t an ounce of push back at all.

Our first test was traveling to Lubbock, TX to meet my husband’s parents for a banquet. My mother-in-law had no problem changing the cloth diapers once I showed her how. We then went on vacation to Orlando with my father and he watched Morgan for an entire day; again no problem changing the cloth diapers. He even used the cloth wipes which completely surprised me. With both scenario’s, I gave the option to leave the poop diapers on the sink and I would take care of them when I returned. They both dumped the poop in the toilet and put the diapers in the wet bag.

Our parents weren’t afraid of the cloth diaper because they have had experience with them. They used pins and all. I would think that most of the grandparents who had kids in the 1960’s and 1970’s shouldn’t have an issue once they see how far cloth diapers have come. I am learning that people who have strong opinions on cloth diapering, but have never used a cloth diaper are just afraid that they will love it. Maybe even become addicted to them, like most of us. I am truly blessed that I have never had to fight with grandparents on our parenting choices and I would hope that most families out there have the same experience. Again, I may have an ideal situation with both sets of grandparents and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

By Liz McGarraugh
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Grandparents just don't understand....or do they?

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When researching cloth diapering I was quickly impressed by the benefits of wool. Warm in winter, cool in summer, it provides a breathable, absorbent yet waterproof layer over prefold and fitted diapers. I quickly went to purchase one, but was blown away by the price. It was more than four times the price of a PUL cover!

I took another look at the soaker. It was wool.

I knit. There was wool in my closet.

How hard could it be?

As it turns out, not very hard at all!, a social network for knitters, has dozens of free and inexpensive patterns for wool soakers, longies, and diaper wraps. I picked one, and two days later had a pretty purple soaker! Using only intermediate knitting skills, I was able to nearly reproduce the expensive soakers I’d seen in online diaper shops.

After knitting the soaker I made a discovery. Cloth diapering is very popular among knitters. Both of my local cloth diapering friends were also members of my knitting club, and Ravelry’s cloth diapering parents forum has over 1100 active members. This isn’t surprising once you think about it. Both practices recognize that the easy way of doing things is not always the best way. Also, in recent years both have found a modern spin, and a lot of enjoyment, on the thing that our grandmothers did as chores. We both even call our collections of raw materials a ‘stash’!

Encouraged by my success, I tried my hand at even more diaper related crafts. Felted wool diaper wraps were slightly more challenging because they involved dragging out the sewing machine, but boy were they cute! As long as that sewing machine was out, why not make some quilted changing pads? Wool dryer balls were a snap, no crafting skills were needed at all.

As fun as all the crafting was, I was still nervous to try out the soaker on my daughter. What if it leaked? However, our previously foolproof method of a cover over her kissaluvs cotton/hemp fitted diaper had recently started leaking anyway. What did I have to lose? I lanolized the soaker, and put it on over her overnight fitted diaper. It worked! Not only was she dry in the morning, but the slight rash we had been battling for days was completely gone! It won’t be long until another soaker makes its way onto my knitting needles.

Melissa Lindsey is a cloth diapering mama to 5 month old Evelyn and a life-long knitter. Full notes on all over her projects can be found under her Ravelry profile, workerbeeknitting.
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Knitterly Diapering

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The washing machine. It’s sort of like a cloth diaperer’s best friend. So when it’s taken away, a novice cloth diaperer might be a bit concerned. And believe me; I was.

When I first began my adventure in cloth diapering, I had a great set up. I lived in a basement apartment, and the washer and dryer were right smack in the middle of the apartment. Two months into this adventure, however, I moved. The washing machine was no longer right in the middle of my home. In fact, it was no longer in my home. Thankfully, I didn’t have to resort to a laundry mat; my apartment complex had a laundry facility. But I did have to go out the back door of my apartment, down a flight of stairs, and over to the basement of the apartment building next door. Not terrible, but not ideal – especially with a little one at home.

I was not going to give up though. I was determined to make it work, even if it did mean $2.25 every time I washed and dried a load. It also meant pre- and post-rinsing were no longer so convenient. That would mean an additional four quarters every time I rinsed. So I started developing a system – a system I am still perfecting.

Here’s how I’ve made it work so far. I have a wet bag in my little guy’s room and a wet bag in the bathroom. Throughout the day, I toss the dirty diapers in his room. At the end of the day, I lug the bag down the hall to the bathroom and dump the diapers in the tub. I run the water on hot and give those diapers a rinse; then I plop them in the bathroom wet bag. After a couple days of this routine, I’m ready to do laundry.

On laundry day, I dump all those diapers back into the tub for one more rinse. Then I put them (one more time) back into the wet bag and make the trek to the washing machine. Since I’ve already rinsed, I just do a normal wash. When they’re done, I empty the machine, and haul the diapers up to my back porch, where I hang them on my drying rack to air dry. By pre-rinsing by hand and air drying outside, I only have to spend a dollar per load.

So far, the system is working. It’s a little extra effort, and I will confess that whenever I’m spending time at a family member’s house, the bag of dirty diapers finds its way into their convenient washing machines. But overall, I really believe that I can make cloth diapers work even without a cloth diaperer’s best friend close by.

Bio: Aimee is a new mom and a new cloth diaperer. To learn more about her attempts at green and ethically living, check out her blog at
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