Saturday, September 08, 2012

fluffy bottom {fleece}

i keep getting deeper and deeper into my adventures of cloth diapering little man. i have learned so much over the last 8 months. a far cry from where we started with prefolds & pocket diapers. thanks to being on several cloth diaper boards, i have learned about this whole new world. things i would have never known if it were not for so many wonderful mamas sharing what they know with me. because of them i jumped ship and ran to fleece. yes fleece! and i am in love.

my very first piece of fleece for sammy was a custom fleece soaker (diaper cover). i had to get it because it was a police print and she cut it so the police car would be centered on the booty.



why fleece?
fleece is an extremely breathable material and is water resistant. these two reasons together help reduce diaper rash from your little one sitting in a wet diaper too long, especially from wearing over night. fleece is a really durable material as well. it is great for your on the move child. also so many cute fabrics to pick from. fleece is an inexpensive fabric which helps making fleece a cheaper option for cloth diaper covers.

how is fleece used?
fleece is used as a cover over top of a prefold or a fitted diaper. it can also be used over any cloth or disposable diaper for extra protection from leaks. fleece naturally breaths which will allow for the moisture to escape verses being locked in like a PUL cover. fleece may have leaks after extended time covering a soaked diaper and being sat or laid on. for us, if anything his sheet may feel a little damp in the morning but there is no wet spot. you do not want to put other clothing over fleece. fleece is intended to be worn as the bottoms for the outfit.

does any fleece work?
any polyester fleece should work. i mainly use blizzard or anti-pill fleece in my soakers, longies and shorties. yes that means technically if your child has a fleece sleeper or fleece pants from the store they will work in the same way.

soaker, longies & shortis?
a soaker is like the one pictured about. they are a a diaper cover. typically have an extra layer of fleece sewn in the wet zone area to give more protection as well. longies are pants and shorties are shorts. longies and shorties typically have a sling style double layer for wet zone protection. they all function the same. they also do not have to be a perfect fit. we have several soakers that are a size too big and they still work great.

do i have to special wash fleece?
no! fleece does not require special detergent or even being washed separate with your diaper laundry. the opposite is actually the best. wash with your normal loads of wash. the use of regular detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets all help in making fleece that much more "waterproof" or helps to repel the moisture from soaking through the fleece. 

needless to say we are addicted to fleece! after purchasing my first soaker and loving it, i decided to start making my own. which now has lead to me starting to sell them!


 
 
i plan to start making more longies and shorties now that it is getting cooler out. i love longies for nighttime use, since they are his pj bottoms.
 
please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have about fleece or cloth diapering in general. i will gladly try to answer all questions the best i can!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

fluffy bottom {seven month update}

hard to believe our little six pound, ten ounce baby is now seven months old. not only is he 7 months old, but he is a whopping eighteen pounds! which means he has officially outgrown the majority of the cloth diapers we started with. do not fear, we have plenty of diapers for the little man still. i may or may not have a very tiny addiction to buying cloth diapers. especially ones with really cute boy prints, such as anything police related. just maybe. as you are probably guessing my original stash has exploded and grown over the last six months and you would be absolutely correct to assume such things.


my original stash. 36 prefolds (all not pictured), 6 thirsties covers (not pictured) & 7 daddy friendly diapers (two thirsties, 1 fuzzibunz, 1 bum genius & 3 bumkins).  of these original diapers only the fuzzibunz and the bumkin diapers still fit our growing little marshmallow. so as you can see, i needed to expand our modest stash.

so what does our stash look like these days?

all the above plus 3 pocket diapers and a pair of fleece longies (pants).

holy cow! where did all those diapers come from?

i admitted i might have a small addiction. they are so cute and awesome. i mean who would not want their child to have the cutest bum in town. well lucky for our bank account the majority of our diapers were bought at a very reasonable cost. thanks to co-ops and buying used.

yes. i said used. it is a fairly common practice to buy used diapers. they are clean and i clean them when i get them. great way to cloth diaper and save even more. especially when building a stash of daddy friendly diapers, which can become costly quickly.

so the big question, how much did this new stash set up cost?
under $250. so in all i have spent well under $500 since we began cloth diapering for everything needed to cloth diaper.

well i am pretty much set now for the long haul. i do not need to buy any diapers, but i do want to expand his fitteds further. i really like them for night time. i am thinking i would like to try and sew a few of my own. i also plan to continue to make fleece soakers, longies and shorties. over all the months to come should be less and less in spending. i can also start to sell the diapers we like less.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

fluffy bottom {the fitted}

i am in love with fitted diapers. i only have two currently, but plan to grow this portion of our 'stash.'

what is a fitted?
it is a completely absorbent diaper made of several various layers of absorbent fabrics. usually a really cute print for the outer layer, which is normally a knit fabric or high quality woven. the other layers may include organic bamboo velour or cotton velour, bamboo fleece and stretch fleece. fitteds are extremely absorbent, so the perfect nighttime solution. a good fitted will take several hours to become wet all the way through.

what makes them so absorbent?
they have a 'soaker sandwich' in the inside of the diaper. the soakers are extra layers of absorbent materials.

are these waterproof?
no. you need to use a cover with fitteds, since they do not have a waterproof layer incorporated in them.

what do you put over them?
you can use a PUL cover, fleece or wool over your fitted. or you can let your child run free in the fitted only. great when older. allows your child's behind to breath a little. personally i have been using mainly fleece over my fitteds. a much more breathable option for a cover than a PUL cover offers.

twinkie tush fitted diaper.
 outside of the fitted. the cute print. this one is a knit fabric.
 inside of the fitted without the soakers added.
 this one shows the soaker sandwich. in the end has three layers of the soaker. the soakers snap in.
 this shows it folded down with how it goes on the booty.

 just with the long soaker. when folded down gives two layers.
 or you can use just the single layer soaker for daytime use or a light wetter. less bulky look.

honestly anyway it is worn. who can resist this cute fluffy butt?!


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

six






height: 26.5in. weight: 17.8lbs. head: 17in.

sammy has two teeth, with a third on the way. he is army crawling like a pro and almost sitting entirely independently. his current best friend is our siberian husky, shelby. he also loves he lovey blanket and his homemade taggies. sophie the giraffe and him are pretty inseparable as well. he loves to crawl to the dogs water bowl and splash in it with his hands. he can usually be found getting into something he should not be getting into. he is solidly sleeping through the night and just beginning to seriously eat solids (or homemade purees.. avocado and sweet potatoes so far). he also is starting to want to hold his own bottle and loves to fight and move around during diaper changes.

6.17 - first father's day celebrating daddy
6.23 - first food - homemade sweet potato puree
7.1 - first tooth poked out
7.1 - first family vacation. overnight trip to san diego with mom. dad & grandma and grandpa p.
7.1 - first time in a high chair at a restaurant
7.2 - first dip in the pacific ocean
7.4 - first july 4th and seeing fire works
7.8 - first food - homemade avocado puree
7.11 - officially moving and grooving with army crawls

so hard to believe he is halfway to being one year old. excited to see what the next 6 months bring us!



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

sews my machine {parker}

from the first time i saw an "i spy" quilt, i loved the idea. i knew this would be the perfect homemade gift for any little one of any age. a good blanket for infants to roll around on and play on & perfect for older kids to play and learn on. i am in the process of making several of there for various people in my life. after doing the last quilt and trying to pick fabrics that went well together, this was a nice break. i just picked any fabric that had a print that popped out at me. anything with characters, items, animal, things, ect on it. so much fun to search through all the fabrics. while hunting for my spy fabrics i found some fabric map panels and fell in love. so great to learn from and can have so much fun with them as well. i bought several. one of the world and a few of just the united states. i figured these panels would make great backing for the quilts.

i have several of these that i am wanting to make for various kiddos i know. here is the first. it took me several weeks to finish between all the cutting and sewing. in the end it was a simple quilt to complete. i am very satisfied with how it turned out. in total this quilt has 54 different fabric squares and the world map for the back. the final size is 68" x 36".

this one had a very special destination, the parker family. you can follow their story here : team parker. the parker's just welcomed their third child home after nearly a year of ups and downs of going through the adoption process. all three of the parker children are adopted. the oldest two were adopted together and welcomed home on christmas of 2010. it has been an amazing story journey to hear about and witness. i really wanted to celebrate all three of the children and figured this was a way i could. i hope they enjoy it, as much as i enjoyed making it.




Saturday, July 07, 2012

frest take [bag storage]

today i opened up the cabinet to put store away yet another plastic bag and realized we had no more space under there. so out i yanked them all. it was a huge mess. 
 i have been slacking majorly with storing them in my typical neat fashion. a friend showed me this several years back and i have been doing it since. so i spent about 15 minutes doing just that.
now they all fit nicely under our kitchen sink. i also have a box in our upstairs hall closet that just stores these bag knots as well. neat to store and takes up so much less space.

here is how to make these neat little bag knots for storing all those useful grocery bags.
1. take your grocery bag.
2. grab one bottom corner and pull
3. pull through with hand to make a tight rope like
4. start to wrap around 2 fingers
5. keep wrapping till have a little tail left
6. remove fingers from the bag so there is a hole in the middle
7. put the tail through the hole
8. now you have a neat little knot

they are easy to store and easy to use when needed. just pull apart and use.