“Wrapping” for Toddler Booties! (Daily December #9)

I don’t know about you, but none of my Christmas presents are wrapped. Mostly because they haven’t been purchased. And even once they are wrapped, I guarantee they won’t look blog-worthy. Rather than subject you all to gobs of fancy tape and torn corners, I present you with:
christmas wrapping pic

I’ve tried countless different diapers and combinations over the past nine-ten months since I started cloth diapering. Through trial and error, I was able to discover what the best style of diapers are for each specific situation. Some people like to stay loyal to one type and brand – with a lot of experimenting, I have found out that a combination of all different types and brands works for us. A little of this, a little of that. Without further ado, here is what works for us:

For everyday errands (read: anytime we leave the house) my hands-down favorite diaper is (and always will be) the BumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper with snaps. It was the first diaper I tried on the boys, and it still works great.
bg 4.0nighttime diaper

It’s on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. The quality is superb. I usually wait for a good sale from Cotton Babies to pick up more. You can also get them at BuyBuyBaby, and the in-store coupons will save you 20%! Unfortunately, while I love the fit and the look of the 4.0, the microfiber inserts that are included are simply not absorbent enough for my heavy wetters. Instead, we stuff them with a single Alva 4-layer insert (available from AlvaBaby, and also on Amazon. You’ll notice the picture has an additional charcoal bamboo insert (CBI) – this is our double-stuff go-to for night-time. It provides an extra component of dryness (in addition to the stay-dry lining of the pocket shell).

For naptime or longer outings, I decided to supplement with some Happy Flute AIO (all-in-one) diapers.
hf AIOnap diaper

These are available in co-ops at a ridiculously low price. I’ve found these to be the highest quality of the “cheapie” diapers. They come in every color and pattern imaginable, as co-ops will create and order custom designs. I love the price and the variety of colors. They have a double-gusset which works well to keep moisture in, and they also have an additional pocket to customize absorbency. Another benefit is that the lining is charcoal bamboo, which again is absorbent but also has a stay-dry quality.

Finally, for around the house (or when we need a trimmer look for a specific outfit) we love Charlie Banana diapers.
cbcb with insert

These have a bra-strap style elastic instead of a multi-rise snap, so it takes a bit of tweaking to get a good fit. They are adorable on – I like the look of them best, and I love the colors they come in. They’re also ridiculously soft. I scored a ton of these when Target was clearancing them. The microfiber inserts don’t hold up well to toddler torrential downpours pee, though, so don’t put these under your favorite outfit.

What are you “wrapping” your little one in this holiday season? Share your favorites with me!

How I started my cloth diapering journey

My children are geniuses. It’s true! I frequently look over and notice them solving complex equations, learning quantum physics, and developing cures for infectious diseases.

Despite their obvious intellect, there is one problem they have never figured out. They loooooove to eat, drink, and nurse – but haaaaate to have their diaper changed. Hate is an understatement, actually. I try to perform all diaper changes in dark, soundproof rooms so that no one calls
social services.

In the early days, our typical schedule looked like this: wake up, nurse, change diaper, nurse, change diaper, nurse, change diaper, nurse, HOLYMOTHEROFGODHOWDOESONEKIDHAVESOMUCHPOOP, nurse, DEARGODANOTHERONE, nurse, change diaper, nurse nurse nurse… You get the picture.

When we first brought the boys home from the hospital, we had to stop swaddling because they peed through every diaper and we literally couldn’t afford enough swaddles to get us through two days of laundry. Their sleepers were affectionately referred to as peepers, and we changed crib sheets two-three times A DAY. For each kid.

We tried Every.Single.Brand of diaper. Every brand. Every size. We had the best luck with Huggies, and I can safely say that if someone buys you Babies R Us store brand diapers you should reconsider your friendship. I heard many moms talk about blowouts – these were POOPSPLOSIONS.

In my struggle to find a fix, women would tell me about how they once had a blowout so bad, they had to cut the onesie off. One, I try not to wield scissors when there is one of me and two of them. Bad ratio. And two, if
I cut off every outfit they blew through, my kids would be naked all of the time (instead of just 99% of the time. TG for SoCal weather.)

This brings me to the day I was at home, alone, with two babies blissfully sleeping, scrubbing poop out of a pile of clothing for the fifth time that week. A lightbulb went off, and I thought, “If I’m going to be elbow deep in filth every night, I might as well spend all my money have my kids look cute and fluffy save the environment while I’m at it.

And that, my friends, is how my obsession began.

Dipping my toes in…

I’d like to share the photo that inspired the name. This is what two days worth of diapers looks like for twins with a stomach bug.

 

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In all fairness, maybe I should have changed the name to quadruple the laundry. Or more. And to be totally honest, my husband does most of the laundry. It’s one of the reasons I married him.

I started this blog to celebrate what I consider to be the greatest accomplishment of my lifetime: Just over a year after giving birth to twins, my husband and I are still on speaking terms with each other. AND EVERYONE IS ALIVE. That right there is blogworthy.

Follow me for more about raising twins, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, parenting while working, marriage, and life in general. I’m not an expert but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve by now.

I’ll leave you with a gratuitous picture of the cutest kids around.Image