Cloth Diapering Compilation: Stupendous!

Who would have thought? There is a compilation of cloth diaper patterns, how-to’s, materials, and more in Google Docs. If it hadn’t been for someone in our local Freecycle wanting wool, I’d never have found this document. I’ve been thinking about making homemade cloth diapers. We have enough to last two and a half days before I need to wash, but extra would be nice. Sometimes my wash day lands on Sunday, and I really like to use my Sunday afternoons resting, knitting, or watching documentaries with Danny. I have waterproof material that I bought specifically for making diapers, and… I never got around to it. Lately, I’ve wanted to steer to a more natural fiber for the diapers. I don’t want to drink out of plastic cups or store my food in plastic; why should I dress my baby in something plastic?

The suggested alternative made on freecycle was wool. I’m not going to post about all of wool’s tremendous properties right now (I want to do my own research first, not just copy and paste what someone else has said), but it looks like wool is going to be our new cloth diapering alternative. But where do you start? Do I copy the diapers I already have? Is there a pattern out there, somewhere on the internet, that I would like better? How do I find it? I’ll find it here, on this great chart: I am very thankful to the person who did the research, spent the time, and then placed this chart on the web for all who were desperately searching. Whoever you are, you deserve to be paid for all the time you put into your work. But thank you for making it free for others to use!

I don’t know which pattern I will use. I will debate with myself for a while before I decide. Until then, I have my starting point. And that makes the rest of the process a lot easier to handle.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

After two years of buying the expensive but non-chemically detergent, I had had enough. I was tired of spending WAY too much money to clean our clothes. So I scoured the internet until I found ingredients for homemade detergent that I agree with.

I’ve used one full batch of this detergent and have started my second batch. It took about four weeks of using this detergent for me to notice a difference, but our clothes are much cleaner than they ever were with store-bought cleaners. Even Danny has noticed the difference!

Homemade Detergent

     1    bar soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, available here for $4.09 +                                                    shipping)
1/2  c Borax
1/2  c washing soda
     4     gallons of water
Chop the bar of soap into 1″ cubes. Melt the soap in one quart of water over medium heat in a pan. When the soap is melted, dissolve the washing soda and borax in the mixture. Pour into a 5-gallon bucket; add enough water to fill the bucket approximately 3/4 of the way full.

To wash one large load of clothing, use 1/4 cup of detergent. I use 1/3 of a cup in a load of diapers- that’s diapers from two days, about 17 diaper shells and 42 liners.  The soap doesn’t get super sudsy, just enough that I don’t worry that it’s not working. 🙂 Also, Borax, washing soda, and Dr. Bronners Castile Soap are all septic system safe!

I can’t find my pictures (for some reason), but I believe the directions are fairly straight forward.

Co-Sleeping

My original plan was for Declan to be in a bassinet. With Bella, we kept her in a bassinet in our room for the first two or so months before moving her to her crib.

But my plans changed when I awoke one night to Declan choking. Needless to say, I was really, really scared. He was in the bassinet, a few feet from me, and I just kept thinking, “What if I hadn’t heard him?” He hadn’t been very loud. And I was terribly sleepy from being up a few times each night. I moved him to our bed that night. Continue reading Co-Sleeping

Cloth Diapering

When Bella was about one year old, my husband and I decided to begin cloth diapering. We had figured that were spending at least $75 each month on diapers. If we bought two twelve-packs of Gerber pre-fold diapers and five two-packs of plastic pants, we would pay about $50. The diapers would pay for themselves in under a month’s time, and they would be much better for Bella and our earth. Win-win, right?

Crinkly sounding plastic pants

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