4.04.2017

Announcing the 7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge | May 15-21


Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

It's time for the 7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge and I'm honored to be hosting this year! Dirty Diaper Laundry has passed the torch and I am thrilled to be leading the challenge May 15-21.

About the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry founded the Flats and Handwashing Challenge seven years ago as a way to bring awareness that cloth diapers are a valid option for families in need, struggling to provide diapers for their baby.

"Our aim is not to say that every poor family facing the supremely difficult choice of buying diapers or food should use cloth diapers. That would be short-sighted of us to think it's an answer for every family. The flats challenge is a way to show that for families willing and able, babies can be diapered for less than $100 or even $50 and without owning a washing machine. It is a viable option for families who are in homes without washing machines and an effective one." ~Kim Rosas, Dirty Diaper Laundry

Why Flat Diapers?

Flat Diapers Cloth Diaper Revival
Flat cloth diapers are inexpensive. They are the most affordable diapering option, selling for less than $2 a diaper for a traditional flat diaper or can be DIY-ed for free using almost any excess material (receiving blankets, t-shirts, etc.) found in your home.

Flat cloth diapers are easy to care for. With only one layer of fabric, flats are easy to handwash and quick to dry! Even the smallest stash of flat cloth diapers works well as they only take a few hours to dry in the warm sun or overnight indoors.

Flat cloth diapers are easily accessible. Flats can be found in your local cloth diapering boutique, but can also be found in the kitchen aisle at your local big box store labeled as Flour Sack Towels. A DIY project to create your own flats stash can be completed in minutes using materials found around your home.

While modern cloth diapers, like pockets and all in ones, are excellent diapering options, the simplicity of flats is something to fall in love with. We have quite the eclectic cloth diaper stash, but from the newborn stage to potty training, I've always been a fan of flat diapers. I fell in love with flat cloth diapers when I took the challenge in 2012 with my first born. I was impressed with how easily it is to use flat diapers, something that seemed so intimidating to me prior to the challenge. And handwashing was something that only took minutes each day.

Families all over the world have discovered that flat cloth diapers and handwashing are viable options for cloth diapering and many families are using this as a full time solution for diapering their baby.

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

The Challenge

Join me and hundreds of other families as we challenge ourselves to use flat diapers for one week. Not only will we set aside our modern cloth diapers, but we'll skip the washing machine too! It's a week of handwashing and line drying to get our flat diapers clean.

Each day will have daily blog prompts for bloggers to follow and share their experience. Individuals can share and follow along on social media using #flatschallenge and #bringingflatsback.

Are you up for a challenge? Rules and a sign up form will be posted in the coming weeks. I know many of you may be wondering how things will be different with a new host, but I promise this year's challenge will keep the same spirit and flow of what Dirty Diaper Laundry has done in the past. See more info on past challenges here.

Connect with other families taking the challenge and join the discussion in the Facebook Group


3.31.2017

bumGenius Elemental One-Size Organic Cotton AIO Review

bumGenius Elemental Cloth Diaper Revival

Way back when I was cloth diapering my first born in 2011 and 2012 my all time favorite diaper was the Original bumGenius Elemental, often referred to as OBGE. We had a stash full of them and I loved every single one! They were so trim and very absorbent. When bumGenius changed to their new design (now discontinued) I searched for all of the OBGE I could find and stocked up my stash. My son had potty trained at this point, but I feared a scarcity of my favorite diaper that I was hoping to use on future babies.

Fast forward to 2016. My stash was insanely large and out of control! We were in the midst of waiting for an adoption match and I needed to raise some adoption funds. So I sold off my OBGE stash. I kept one because I couldn't bring myself to part with all of them and sent the rest on to be loved by other families.

When Samuel came along last summer, I found myself panicking, missing my OBGE stash. What was I thinking? None of the diapers in our stash compared to the trim fit and incredible absorbency of my dearly loved OBGE. But then, like a miracle, bumGenius did something amazing! They created a new bumGenius Elemental, the perfect diaper, even better than the original!

bumGenius Elemental Cloth Diaper Revival

The Elemental 3.0 is very much like the Orginal Elemental design. It has the same 6 layers of organic cotton that create such an absorbent diaper, the same rolled elastics, and trim fit. In many ways it looks like the same diaper. But this new design has some improvements. The soaker layer is sewn in such a way to prevent holes from wearing in places that the Original design experienced. And while it has the same layers of organic cotton, there is only one soaker layer over the two that the Original had. I feared that this design would be less absorbent than I was used to, but it is just as absorbent as ever!

bumGenius Elemental Cloth Diaper Revival

I'm working on building back my Elemental rainbow one beautiful diaper at a time! The bumGenius Elemental 3.0 fits from 8-35 lbs and retails for $24.95. Start your rainbow here!

This post is sponsored by bumGenius and Cotton Babies. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

3.21.2017

Favorite Folds for Flat Cloth Diapers

Flat Folds Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats! The ultimate old school cloth diaper. Flats are a great option if you're looking for cheap cloth diapers. I know they sound intimidating, but trust me when I say they are much easier than you think and a viable option for diapering your baby! Here's some of my favorite flat folds.

PAD FOLD

The pad fold is a great option if you're in a hurry or want a super simple way to use flats! This is also a great way to make new inserts for your pocket diapers. A pad folded flat is a great alternative to microfiber inserts.

Pad Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Pad Fold steps:

  1. Fold your flat in half.
  2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
  3. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
  4. Fold in the rest of the way.
  5. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front. No pins or fasteners needed!

ORIGAMI FOLD

Origami fold is probably the most popular and used folded way to use a flat. It's super easy once you get the hang of it!

    Origami Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

    Origami Fold steps:

    1. Fold your flat in half. 
    2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
    3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
    4. Flip the whole thing over.
    5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
    6. Fold in the rest of the way.
    7. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. You may need to roll in the wings around the thighs to make them come up higher on the legs. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper.

    HAPPY ANTEATER FOLD

    Similar to the Origami fold, the Happy Anteater fold is my favorite. It's just one step more than the Origami, but helps to get the wings in the right place on your baby's thighs.
    Flat Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

    Happy Anteater Fold steps:

    1. Fold your flat in half. 
    2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
    3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
    4. Flip the whole thing over.
    5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
    6. Fold in the rest of the way.
    7. Fold up your wing making the side flush with the center. Repeat on the other side.
    8. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper pin.

KITE FOLD

The kite fold is a another great option and a super popular fold! The best part is that there's only a few steps!

Kite Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Kite Fold steps:

  1. Make your flat a square by folding down one of the longer sides. 
  2. Grab a corner and pull it to the middle seam, repeating on the opposite side. This should look like a kite!
  3. Fold down the top triangle.
  4. Fold up the bottom triangle.
  5. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides (roll them in to create a barrier) and pull up the front. Wrap the wings around your baby's waist and fasten. 

MINI KITE FOLD

Very similar to the kite fold above, but a smaller version! This is perfect for newborns and preemies.

Mini Kite Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Mini Kite Fold steps:

  1. Make your flat a square by folding down one of the longer sides. 
  2. Fold in each corner to the middle making a smaller square. 
  3. Grab a corner and pull it to the middle seam, repeating on the opposite side. This should look like a kite!
  4. Fold down the top triangle.
  5. Fold down a couple of inches at the top. This will create a blowout blocker and can help make the fit a bit smaller if needed.
  6. Fold up the bottom triangle to the size you need.
  7. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides (roll them in to create a barrier) and pull up the front. Wrap the wings around your baby's waist and fasten.

NEWSPAPER FOLD

The newspaper fold is a great for boys because it creates more absorbency in the front!

Newspaper Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Newspaper Fold steps:

  1. Fold up 5 or so inches at the bottom. You can adjust this depending on how big or small you need your finished product to be.
  2. Fold in the two bottom corners, meeting in the middle. 
  3. Fold up the bottom triangle. 
  4. Pull up the left and right side, meeting in the middle and creating triangular peaks at the top.
  5. Tuck the top triangles down into the space between the layers.
  6. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides and pull up the front portion. Wrap the sides around your baby's waist and fasten.
Do you have a favorite flat fold? Share it in the comments!

Flat Folds Cloth Diaper Revival


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3.16.2017

Wool Diaper Covers - The perfect diaper cover! | Giveaway!

There are many reasons to choose cloth diapers, but many families choose cloth after their babies sensitive skin can't handle the chemicals in disposable diapers. But just like disposable diapers, some babies can have sensitivities to some of the fabrics used in cloth diapers. PUL sensitivities can be particularly frustrating for cloth diapering families. PUL is a very popular fabric used in cloth diapering and a sensitivity to the material can limit your cloth diaper options significantly. Wool to the rescue!

Wool Diaper Covers Cloth Diaper Revival

Wool diaper covers are excellent alternative to PUL covers and a great way to keep your baby in cloth diapers when PUL sensitivities are present! Wool diaper covers, also referred to as wool soakers, are a great solution! They are most often used in the cloth diapering community as an overnight diapering solution, but wool isn't just for overnight! Wool can be used for daytime too. Despite what you may think, wool is incredibly breathable and a perfect solution for cloth diapering in any season, summer included! 

Wool Diaper Covers Cloth Diaper Revival

Wool diaper covers are available in covers (shown in these pictures), shorties and longies. Replace your babies pants with wool pants that work right over your fitteds, prefolds or flats! To make wool waterproof, you will need to lanolize the wool. While this process can sound daunting, I promise it is much easier than you think! And wool has antimicrobrial properties and is incredibly easy to care for! It only needs to be washed every 2-3 weeks! 

Wool Diaper Covers Cloth Diaper Revival


Imagine Baby Products makes wool affordable and adorable! Whether you need a new nighttime solution or are looking for a natural material to cover your baby's diapers, they have just what you need!

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3.08.2017

Make a Splash with Bummis New Swim Line!

Summer is coming and Spring Break is just around the corner! We love to spend time at the pool and the beach and adorable swim diapers are a must have in my baby's summer wardrobe! We've always been a fan of Bummis swim diapers and are very excited to see the new Splash Swim Line from Bummis!

Bummis Swim Diaper Cloth Diaper Revival

There's something so adorable about these prints! And I love that the swim tops have matching sleeves, but the hat puts this swim line into over the top cuteness! From anchors and whales to mermaid and flamingos, the new swim line from Bummis is perfectly adorable!

Bummis Swim Diaper Cloth Diaper Revival


Each Swimmi swim diaper is one-size and made to fit from 10-35 lbs. For more details and interior pictures, check out my review here. The UV Tee comes in three sizes and provides 35+ UPF protection from the sun. The matching sun hat is perfect for keeping the sun off of your baby's face.

Bummis Swim Diaper Cloth Diaper Revival

See more of the Bummis Splash collection and shop here!

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3.01.2017

Affordable, Easy Baby Wearing with the New Moby Ring Sling

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

I've always been a fan of baby wearing, but when Samuel was born, I was not prepared for such a teeny tiny preemie. My first born, Noah, was 7 lbs. 10 oz at birth and we quickly jumped into the world of soft structured carriers. We loved the ease of baby wearing and being hands free was so convenient! So when we were waiting on baby #2, I fully planned on using my soft structured carriers again. 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

When Samuel came home at 5 lbs 2 oz I knew that the carriers I had on hand would have to wait. He'd need to grow a lot. But Samuel was tiny. He needed to be held. He was early and still supposed to be in the womb. He needed to be snuggled in tight. And with adoption, we really needed that bond that baby wearing can help facilitate. So I put my SSC in the closet and started looking into other options for preemie baby wearing. My friends introduced me to ring slings and a whole new world was opened! 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

I love how easy and comfortable a ring sling is. Ring slings quickly became my favorite way to baby wear and I was in no rush to pull out my soft structured carriers. When Moby announced their new ring sling in 2016 I was intrigued! Ring slings can be expensive and the price point on this one is amazing! For the price of $49.99 you can purchase an amazing ring sling! I love how comfortable the fabric is, the fit is perfect and I had no issues getting a secure hold on my tiny baby. 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival


Samuel is 8 months old now, crawling and very wiggly! He doesn't like to be held much because he just wants to GO! But when I put him in the ring sling, he snuggles up and I'm able to shop, clean, and be completely hands free. 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

The Moby Ring Sling comes in three different color or print options and is a great buy! If you're looking for an easy, affordable way to baby wear, this is your solution! One of the best things about this ring sling is it fits up to 45 lbs! You won't regret your purchase! 

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Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival


2.21.2017

Say Goodbye to Cloth Diaper Stains with the Power of the Sun!

Sunning Diapers Cloth Diaper Revival

Have you discovered the magical powers of the sun? If your cloth diapers have stains, there's no need for bleach or other harsh chemicals. Just a little time in the presence of the sun's magical rays is all you need!


1.25.2017

AppleCheeks Review and Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be present in this post. 

I've always heard that AppleCheeks size 1 diapers fit teeny, tiny newborns, but I never actually knew for sure. With my first son, we didn't try AppleCheeks Envelope Covers until he was fitting in a size 2. We loved the fit and swim diapers have always been a favorite! So when my first son came home at 5 lbs 2 oz (born at 4 lbs 4 oz) we were excited to try the size 1 covers on him to see how they really fit.

AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Revival


While the diaper looks huge on him (he was oh-so-tiny!), it actually was a great fit around his scrawny legs. I didn't have any concerns about leg leaks. We used the cover paired with 2 ply bamboo insert and love the absorbency! One of my favorite things about AppleCheeks is the ruffles. I love how adorable they look!

AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Revival


AppleCheeks covers can be used as a pocket or as a cover. The best part is that my inserts always agitate out in the wash without me having to pull them out myself. I love that! AppleCheeks covers come in three sizes. Size 1 is supposed to fit from 7-20 lbs, but as you can see above, it definitely fits on smaller babies too! Size 2 fits from 20-40 lbs and size 3 fits at 30+ lbs and is great for big kids! AppleCheeks also has a new one-size cover.

For the newborn phase, I'm a huge fan of size diapers that start fitting on newborns and fit much longer than a typical "newborn" diaper. AppleCheeks size 1 definitely fits this criteria and is a great solution for new babies! At six months old, my son still fits in a size one cover and will for quite some time!

AppleCheeks covers are $17 for the sized version and $22 for the one-size cover. Enter the giveaway below to win a Microterry Bundle from AppleCheeks!

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