May 272012
 

Check out my thoughts from earlier this week:

Day 1 ~ Day 2 ~ Day 3 ~ Day 4 ~ Day 5 ~ Day 6
Just in case you missed what’s going on, nearly 500 people have decided to use only flat cloth diapers and wash those diapers by hand for this entire week! Crazy? Not really. You can read the reasons behind the challenge in this post from Dirty Diaper Laundry.

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It’s the final day! Hooray!I’m glad I participated this year and I learned a couple things that I didn’t really think about in 2011.

#1 – I would gladly spend a dollar or 2 to take my diapers to a laundromat if I got behind on washing, or even once a week to reassure myself that they were truly clean. I’d machine wash, but still line dry.

#2 – Since I stay home with my kids it is worth it to wash each diaper as it is used. It was easier on my hands, and seemed to take less time. It also felt like I was able to get everything cleaner and I wouldn’t have to worry about the stink building up as much.

**By the way, I wound up soaking my offending cover from yesterday’s post in a bucket of water with 1/4 cup of vinegar for a few hours and then washing as normal.**

I’m looking forward to next year, while Jaron will be potty trained by that point, I’m hoping to have a newbie in cloth diapers and see how much that differs from a 6 month old (in 2011) and an 18 month old (in 2012).

So until next year, let us all value our machines while knowing that if they break down, WE CAN HANDLE IT!

May 252012
 

Check out my thoughts from earlier this week:

Day 1 ~ Day 2 ~ Day 3 ~ Day 4 ~ Day 5
Just in case you missed what’s going on, nearly 500 people have decided to use only flat cloth diapers and wash those diapers by hand for this entire week! Crazy? Not really. You can read the reasons behind the challenge in this post from Dirty Diaper Laundry.
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It took 5 days. Five. And I’ve got issues.Yesterday we were in Orlando all day, had a great time. Jaron pooped a couple times while were out and about and I tossed the diapers in a bag to rinse out and wash when we got home. 

In case you missed my post I decided to be a slacker and put off washing until this morning. But I did rinse them out and let them soak in a sinkful of water with a couple Tbsp of detergent.

The diapers are fine.

The cover on the other hand. I CANNOT get the stink out.

I’m sure the answer is going to involve vinegar or bleach, but how do you do that handwashing? How much? How long? How much is it going to destroy my hands or my nose?

Trust me, I thought about just waiting a couple more days and dealing with it in the washer. But this is a real issue that a lot of people are going to deal with. So not I’m bent on finding the answer. 

HELP! What ideas do you have? Are ya’ll dealing with this too?

May 252012
 

Check out my thoughts from earlier this week:

Day 1 ~ Day2 ~ Day 3 ~ Day 4
Just in case you missed what’s going on, nearly 500 people have decided to use only flat cloth diapers and wash those diapers by hand for this entire week! Crazy? Not really. You can read the reasons behind the challenge in this post from Dirty Diaper Laundry.
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Day 5. I’m slacking. This is what my clothesline looked like yesterday. That’s what it looks like today.
We were also out of town all day today. So my plan for tonight? Rinse out the poopy diapers from the day, pop them in the sink and let them soak overnight. I’ll wash tomorrow. And now I’m going to bed. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s ok to slack. That is all.
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May 242012
 

Check out my thoughts from earlier this week:

Day 1 ~ Day2 ~ Day 3
Just in case you missed what’s going on, nearly 500 people have decided to use only flat cloth diapers and wash those diapers by hand for this entire week! Crazy? Not really. You can read the reasons behind the challenge in this post from Dirty Diaper Laundry.

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2011 Ikea Flat  – Origami Fold w/ leg contour
Ahh, Day 4. We are officially halfway through the challenge!The biggest thing that I have noticed this year is how much easier it is to handwash diapers from a potty training 18 month old than it is a 6 month old!

I didn’t keep up with doing individual diapers, so I figured I would be spending quite awhile washing. Lo and behold, I only had 4 diapers & 2 covers to wash. Nice.

That’s not to say that I’m enjoying the handwashing…speaking of which, hold on while I go disinfect my sink…thanks. It’s a pain, it’s killing my hands and it’s one more thing to do. But if it were this or washing out and reusing disposable diapers? I’d definitely rather spend a dollar or two on hand lotion.

I also changed my washing routine up today, I still wash in the bathroom sink. I scrub each diaper individually. But once I’m done with the actually washing I squeeze them out and them set them aside. The first 3 days I rinsed each individually under the tub faucet. Today I rinsed them in the sink. It’s just easier to stay in one spot, plus simpler than bending over the tub.

I’m interested to see how things go tomorrow. I’m going to be putting a flat into our Flip training pants since we’ll be out and about all day. I’ve tried putting a flat on a standing toddler in a public restroom before – definitely not worth the effort and frustration!

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May 222012
 

                                          Check out my thoughts from earlier this week:

Day 1 ~ Day2
Just in case you missed what’s going on, nearly 500 people have decided to use only flat cloth diapers and wash those diapers by hand for this entire week! Crazy? Not really. You can read the reasons behind the challenge in this post from Dirty Diaper Laundry.

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Ahh, Day 3. Flats. Handwashing. Challenge.

Hands.

Chapped already. And no. I didn’t learn from last year and use gloves this year. Fail.

Current bathroom sink fixtures

I had originally hoped that Jaron would be completely potty trained by this point, but thanks to me pushing him just a little too hard in a public restroom  he regressed from 90% trained to 40%trained. 

It has been nice though, because I’ve played around with my flat folds, so I’ll have a few more folds that I don’t have to actually think about when Baby #3 comes along.

Up until this week I’ve been a dyed in the wool Origami folder (Origami with leg contour/poop pocket tutorial). Love that fold! It’s effortless and easy to fold right out of the dryer and store for later use.

This week I’m mixing it up a little with the Diaper Bag Fold (Video Tutorial). I’m not as thrilled with the extra bulk in the front, especially the way it looks under his clothes; but it’s wonderful to have so many layers right where Jaron needs them when he’s running around the house coverless.

Now for a secret. Flat diapers make amazing handkerchiefs.  Seriously. Toss one in your bag in the am and you’re good to go for awhile, even with a kid who’s brains are falling out with all the power of Niagara Falls!  They’re also great to clean up spills and messes at home and while you’re out and about.  If you dye them or purchase patterned or dyed flats then so much the better, cuteness factor! Even when we’re done diapering I can’t imagine living without my flats…yeah, I’m addicted.
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Day 3 link up with Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry!

Day 3 from last year!

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