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A Day in the Life

Cloth Diapering Twins Part 3: The Wash Routine

So, once you start researching cloth diapers, you find out all sorts of crazy stuff that takes even more research. One being “the wash routine.” You do have to be careful, because some detergents aren’t safe for cloth diapers and can make them repel liquid which makes for really leaky diapers and sad babies. However, I don’t think it has to be so hard! I’m keeping this post short because I got so overwhelmed just trying to figure out how to clean them. Here’s what I do.

  1. Detergent: We have used Tide for our cloth diapers from the very start. It is Cloth Diaper safe. It smells good. I have had no problems with it. I am almost out, though, and have heard that the homemade laundry detergent I use for the rest of our clothes is Cloth Diaper safe [and cheaper] so I will absolutely be trying that out before I buy another jug of Tide.
  2. I use about 1/4 of what a normal load of laundry would get detergent-wise.
  3. Hot Prewash
  4. Hot Wash
  5. Cold Rinse
  6. Longest Cycle Possible
  7. Extra Rinse [You have to make sure the water is clear of bubbles. Any bubbles mean your diapers will have residue and won't be as absorbent. I sure wish someone had told me that before I started all this! Would've helped a TON.]
  8. On the clothesline or in the dryer [during winter months]

And then you see this out your kitchen window. Oh it makes my heart so happy!

Part One and Part Two of this series.

Cloth Diapering Twins Part 2: Inserts

See the first post in this series here.

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get the next installment of the Cloth Diapering series up. If you want the honest truth, I have hesitated because we have been struggling over here with cloth diapering. It definitely takes some figuring out! I’m getting together a post of “what I wish I had known” to post as part of the series as well as a “troubleshooting” post. However, it is absolutely still worth it and we have got a really good thing going now! I love cloth diapering their cute little bums! It is so economical and the pros far outweigh the cons for us. I realize it’s not for everybody, but it IS for us.

We have two types of inserts that I use. One I bought for the covers, and one I bought for the pockets. I like them both for different reasons.

First up: Osocozy Indian Cotton Prefolds

I bought these in the infant size off a recommendation from the friend that inspired me to cloth diaper in the first place. And, at first, I thought they were too bulky. NOT SO. They were pretty bulky when we started cloth diapering but my boys were 10 weeks old. And they were small. I still stuffed their diapers with them and they worked great. It took some figuring out how to fold them just right to fit their small bums, but I stuffed these into the covers and pocket folds alike. I got overwhelmed a couple times because my diapers were leaking and I couldn’t figure out why. [There was a myriad of reasons, none of which were the prefolds' fault. I told you it takes some figuring out!]

Six months later, these prefolds are still going strong, and I actually need/want to buy another pack as soon as I can scrounge up the money! I have six pocket diapers we don’t even use in our regular rotation because I don’t have enough inserts to stuff them with! At only $2 a piece, these are definitely my go-to.

I absolutely love them. And in other news, I stuffed Nash’s diaper with this and one of the inserts below and he slept twelve hours last night and woke up dryer than he has with a disposable on. The kid pees. A lot. We ran out of our last box of diapers we received as gifts at baby showers two nights ago. The boys have only been wearing disposables at night because I was too afraid to cloth diaper at night. I’d heard so many horror stories and I figured we had disposables anyway, we might as well use them up! But, that ended and last night, for the first time, the boys slept in cloth. And the slept SO GOOD. Normally Gray wakes up after 10 hours and I have to coax him back to bed. I’ve noticed a handful of times that his diaper is leaking and so he’s wet and uncomfortable and cold and I had to change him. This morning, both boys had slept 12 hours straight and were perfectly dry! The diapers were full, but they were warm and dry and comfortable. I was so excited and encouraged. We won’t be buying disposables for night time. So thank you to everyone who gifted us diapers! They got us through almost 8 months of baby-ness!

Second up: Thirsties Hemp Inserts [Love the sunflowers. lol. So classy.]

I bought these after I was so frustrated with my diapers leaking. I posted on a message board about how my boys’ diapers are leaking and interrupting nap time. It was such a terrible week! I had worked so hard on making my cloth diapers and I thought everything was just worthless. I thought I had sewed them wrong. I was so ready to give up. Then, I found out my boys are heavy wetters. Honestly, when I exclusively breastfed them, they hardly ever pooped. They would just constantly wet their diapers like crazy. I didn’t realize they were heavy wetters because I had nothing to compare to. And I thought that was the problem, so I bought inserts that absorbed faster thinking that would be the solution. I also bought Hemp Babies Diaper Doublers off a recommendation from the message board. And the two combined work really well. I have since figured out the problem and will post about it in the troubleshooting/what I wish I’d known post.

They are thinner and I like the boys to wear these to church so their pants don’t look so bulky. Also, I like to pack diapers stuffed with these in the diaper bag because they don’t take up so much room. They are slightly more expensive, so I really would buy the pre-folds and see how those work for your baby before splurging for these. They’re nice to have around, but I won’t be buying any more of them. I love them, don’t get me wrong. And I’m glad I have them, but from a financial standpoint, I have to recommend the first prefolds. These are more than double the price of the prefolds.

Originally, the prefolds were for the covers and the inserts were for the pocket diapers, but now, I use the prefolds for the covers first and then stuff any pockets I can with them. I stuff the remaining pocket diapers with the inserts and hemp doublers. I have 12 prefolds, 8 inserts and 5 doublers. I stuff 20 diapers at a time to have on hand. I can’t wait to get another pack of prefolds so I won’t have to do laundry so often! Still, I wouldn’t use disposables again. Once you try it, you’ll never go back!

Pure Joy + Comfort

It is the first weekend in October. I don’t know what a lot of you have going, but my family and I are going to be watching General Conference.

I have a firm testimony that we have a living prophet on the Earth today. I believe that God continues to speak to us, His children. I know from personal experience that following the teachings of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and our other appointed leaders brings the sweetest joy, peace, comfort and confidence I have ever experienced. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to listen to what counsel our Heavenly Father has for us today.

Please take this as a sincere invitation from me to you. I would love to share with you something that has brought such immense joy, comfort, and happiness to me and our family. A real kind of happiness that doesn’t ever leave. It is incredible. It is such a strength to me. If you are looking for answers to a question no one seems to be able to answer or are in a rut and don’t know what’s wrong, or just feel like the world is continuing to become a place you just don’t want to be a part of, please take a bit out of your day to listen.

Sessions are: 10am & 2pm today and tomorrow [MDT] So here in Texas, we’re watching at 11am & 3pm. I am the worst at timezones…so I hope that makes sense. Just click the image below for more information!
Come listen to living prophets

As always, I encourage and welcome your respectful discussion and questions. I sure love my readers. It would be such a joy to me to know this was able to help you in any way.

Home Management Binder: Daily Docket

If you missed it, the overall post about the home management binder is here.

Alright, so the first part of my binder is the Daily Docket. It’s the meat of the whole thing. It ties the other parts together, and honestly, if I had to pick one part to do, this would be it. I get so much done with this little piece of paper. When I started out making my Daily Docket, I got a little carried away. And I made it too complicated. This is where I started:


It had too much on it and it stressed me out. There was wasted space on it because the sections didn’t work for me. I removed the daily schedule portion, the drink more water portion, and the morning and evening checklists. It is SO much better! So, if you’re looking to make your own, write down a list of everything you think your daily docket should include, and then delete 3-4 of them. You will thank me later.

After the clean-up, this is where I landed. And I love it. [Click the image to download the printable file]

Exhale. So much better. I have figured out a trick to making this work for me. I absolutely HAVE to fill it out the night before. Right before bedtime. Otherwise, I waste half the day trying to figure out what I really want to do vs. how tired I am. When I fill it out the night before, things like

“Hey! I cleaned the fridge before 9!”

or “Well, now that dinner’s already in the crock pot, what should I do during the boys’ afternoon nap?”

come out of my mouth.

And it rocks. I also get a whole lot of satisfaction from crossing things off. No more check boxes. The nicest part about it is that my day is thought out when I’m at the end of the day before and I know full well what I would do with a few extra hours in the day. Now, those tasks actually get done because they’re mapped out for the next day. And I am actually excited to get up. No lie. This is a huge deal for me. The past couple weeks, I have been working on supporting Cam and waking up with him at 5:15 am to pack his lunch, have breakfast and scriptures with him, and get a jump on the day. It’s addicting. I LOVE having the time to myself. I can workout, shower, and get my chores done before the boys even wake up. This morning, I did Zumba, showered, made the bed, started the laundry, hung the diapers to dry on the line, did my scripture study and made myself a yummy uninterrupted breakfast before the boys made a peep. And when they did wake up, I was so happy to see them! I am a better mom because of this little piece of paper. Another one of my friends posted on Facebook that she hates when naptime is over and it’s been wasted. Me. Too. Oh it is the worst feeling. And I avoid that feeling when this is filled out. I know exactly what I am doing during that time. And the house is clean, and I know what we’re having for dinner, and I feel human because I’ve done even the smallest workout and/or showered. I could sing its praises all day.

Here’s an example of mine all filled out:

Next Up: The Budget. [Yikes!]