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Fluff Friday 215

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This week's fluff friday winner is: Courtney Kittel!

She will receive the following:
2 bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Pocket Diapers

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Cloth diaper enthusiasts know that cloth diapering has the capability to save big time money over their disposable counterparts. The system you choose (prefolds, fitteds, pockets, AIO) will have the biggest influence on the overall cost of cloth diapering. While saving money wasn’t my #1 reason for cloth diapering, it was an important factor, I didn’t want to end up spending more than I would on disposables. I’m always looking for ways to save money so here are a few ways I have saved money on traditional cloth diaper accessories. Some of these accessories were made with things I already had so we are creating less waste by reusing as well!

Instead of buying cloth wipes, I use baby wash cloths. These are popular shower gifts & it seems everybody has a surplus of them around. I like the Target brand as they are nice and thin. I also made some out of old receiving blankets by just cutting them into squares & serging the edges. They’re not the prettiest thing but they’re also not cleaning up the prettiest thing so they work just fine.

A quick google (or Pinterest) search will bring you to tons of recipes for wipe solution. I have also found recipes to make wipe bits, although that project is still on the to do list. Experiment and see what you like using ingredients you have around the home.

If you have the most basic of sewing skills, you can easily make your own wet bags. Again, you can do an internet search but it’s pretty simple. You will need some PUL, cute print & a zipper. For my daycare wet bags, I use about ½ yard of fabric & cut a little off the top. That will hold 9 hours worth of diapers for 2 kids. I also have a few smaller ones for when I’m out with one kid, a spare to keep in the car, etc. If you are able to buy fabric on sale (PUL will be the most expensive component) you can easily make your own wet bag for less than $5.

Skip the pail liner or make your own. I made some pail liners but within a couple of weeks quit using them. We have a front loading washer so it wasn’t convenient to dump the contents in. Instead I just put the diapers in a plastic pail with a lid &clean it after emptying.

Instead of buying expensive deodorizer for your pail, use essential oils. I have an extra cloth wipe that I put a couple of drops of tea tree oil & lavender on that I hang over the lid of the pail. The tea tree oil really neutralizes the odor and the lavender just smells good!

If you are into fitteds, consider making your own wool or fleece soakers/longies/shorties. Again, this is a great way to up-cycle things you may not use anymore. I found patterns and directions online & within an hour had a functional (read: not the cutest!) wool soaker to use at night. If you don’t have any wool around, check out consignment or second hand shops.

While I realize there are certainly more frugal ways to cloth diaper, I have found ways to save money in order to have a decently sized stash of bumGenius 4.0 and FuzziBunz perfect size diapers. The pocket diaper system is a must for us with daycare but by saving money with accessories, we are able to make cloth diapering even more affordable.

By Megan N.
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Saving More With Cloth

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Summertime for my family means fishing season. We pack up our home (this year both my husband and I both, and for good) and move to fish camp, where the work days are long, the resources are limited, and perhaps most inconvenient for a determined cloth mama…the washing and drying option are a bit more primitive (I once wrote about how lucky I had struck it in my laundering). At camp this year we had both my own 6 month old, and my sisters 16 month old. Having never put a disposable diaper on my baby yet, I was determined to keep him in cloth. As we completed each batch of laundry, I became more and more determined not to break into my reserves…disposables I had been given.

We did have the luxury of a washer. After a bit of finagling (winter was hard on it) we got the washer running off the generator. Before filling the washer soiled diapers got a “pre-rinse” by hand with an old fashioned plunger/bucket system. Each load required filling the washer by siphon hose (slow, cold only, no pressure) for each wash and rinse cycle. We quickly found that filling buckets while each agitation cycle ran cut our washing time extensively. Still, washing diapers felt like an all-day endeavor, as each step was squeezed in between checking the fishing nets, caring for kids, chopping wood, cooking meals, and all the other daily chores.

Then there was the drying... the crux of the problem. It was a wet summer to say the least. While I did finally discover the amazing bleaching capacity of sunshine, something I had not yet tried with this babe or previous, we had very few days sunny and warm enough to dry diapers. If we did get a sunny day, we immediately started a batch of diapers in the morning in a rush to get them out to dry. However, we often found ourselves hanging diapers on every hook and line in our small un-insulated cabins, where with the damp cold ocean air it sometimes took more than 18 hours just to get them dried. Not only were our diapers constantly in the process of being laundered, and not always well, but our other wet gear (we were commercial fishing in full raingear mind you) rarely had a turn above the fire, diapers always took priority, kids clothing a close second.

Why did we do it? Looking back, I am not sure really. It would have been so much easier to give up and use disposables. We spent a ridiculous amount of time and energy on diapering, time that could have been spent getting much-needed rest or spending quality time with the kids, or even picking more fish. But somehow, it became a challenge, and with each successful load of laundry we became more and more determined to “win”. I guess it was payback for all my easy days in my previous home, a way to learn to empathize with those who truly struggle to make it happen. Call in stubborn mama determination. At any rate, it did open my eyes, made me more sympathetic, and still more determined to win over mommas to the wonderful world of cloth!!!

Lynnette lives in remote Alaska with her boys 2.5 and almost 5 months. She started her journey in cloth with trepidation with son #1, and fell in love. Cloth diapers have opened the door to a whole new world, and she does her best to show that world to anybody that will look or listen.
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Diapering To Extremes

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