Day 5! Open topic

Check out the challenge here!

Today is an open topic and I’ll be touching base on something I’ll expand on in a later post. At first, I had no idea what i wanted to write about for today until I woke up and dreaded washing diapers today. It wasn’t because it’s time consuming, because it’s actually pretty quick. It wasn’t because drying takes forever, because it really doesn’t take long at all. But it was because I miss my old diapers and miss the convince for throwing them in the washing machine and dryer and letting the machines do all the work.

That’s when it hit me, this is what the challenge is really about. Many families struggle to provide diapers for their children and for some hand washing is the only way to provide diapers for their children. One of the purposes of this challenge was to show using cloth diapers can be easily done without a washing machine or dryer and that it could be done on a budget. As much as I love this challenge and what I am learning, I can’t wait for next week when we can get back to our other diapers and wash routine! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. 


Until next time,

The Rivers family ❤

Day 3 and 4

Day 3

Share your favorite fold!

Well I missed day 3 yesterday since we had a really busy day so today’s post will cover day 3 and day 4. The question for day 3 was to share your favorite flats fold. This was pretty easy since we only use two types of folds. We use the kite fold and pad fold. The pad fold is super simple and I think that’s why we use it most. We use a kit fold at night or if I think we’ll need extra absorbency.

Day 4

Share your wash routine!

I think I’m most excited about this because I actually really like washing diapers. We use a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot and a plunger for our washing machine. Our first step is to rinse the diapers. Sometime I rinse them off in the sink then put them in the bucket, other times especially if I’m washing a lot of flats I put them all in the bucket and fill it with cold water. I use the plunger to agitate the diapers and do anywhere from 60-90 pumps with the plunger. I take all the flats, covers, and wipes out and rinse them and put them to the side. I empty the bucket and refill it with HOT water.

I put a little detergent (we use tide powder) and put the diapers back in the bucket. Now we start the washing cycle. I use the plunger to agitate the diapers again, using at least 90 pumps. I may or may not let the diapers sit for a few minutes before starting the wash cycle. I take the diapers out again, rinse the diaper off, empty the bucket and refill it one more time for a final rinse cycle. The final rinse cycle is done with COLD water and I, once again, do about 60 pumps with the plunger. Everything is rinsed and squeezed out and taken outside to line dry.

We have been very lucky that we have had amazing weather and I’m able to hang dry out diapers. I try and wash first thing in the morning so they’ll have more time to dry but for the most part my diapers only take a few hours to dry. The other day I did two washes and by the time I was done with the second wash of diapers, my first load of diapers was already dry!

Don’t forget to read about the challenge and other’s experiences here!

Until next time,

The Rivers Family ❤

Our drying line
Kite fold and pad fold as our nighttime solution
one of these was extremely poopy, can you guess which one?

our washing machine

11 month update

Happy 11 months sweet little girl!

You have grown up so much in the past month and I can’t believe that you are almost one years old. In the past month, you have become a pro at walking and running and every time we go somewhere you want to be put down to run and play. We have made so much improvement in your sign language! Right now you love to sign ‘more’, ‘milk’, and ‘all done’. You have become quite the adventurous little girl and give me a heart attack every time I see you climbing something new.

Some days you’ll sit by yourself with all your toys around you playing and exploring while other days you just want to snuggle with me and eat your milkies. We are still breastfeeding and have no plans to stop anytime soon. You love to eat everything we give you and can clear a plate i no time at all! We have finally found a sippy cup that you can use and you love carrying it around with you! You have a new found love for music and love to dance and sing to any song that comes on the radio. Right now, you love the songs from Moana and the Pretty Little Liars theme song. Your sleeping habits still haven’t changed and you love to sleep just as much as I do. Currently, you have two more bottom front teeth, two molers, and at least two top teeth coming in but they don’t seem to bother you at all.

Planning for your first birthday party is in full swing and I am looking forward to celebrating your first birthday with all our friends and family. It’s no surprise that our little mermaid is have a mermaid theme pool party for her first birthday.

Everyday when your Baba and I look at you we see how smart and beautiful you are and how you are turning into a toddler right before our eyes. You have been our greatest adventure and we are so lucky to be your parents. We cannot wait to see what this next month brings.


Snow day! March 11, 2016


 

Until next time,

The Rivers Family

 

Cloth Diaper FAQ

1. How many diapers do I need?

This depends on a few things. One is how often do you plan on washing and the other is how old the baby/babies are. The numbers I’m giving are just an estimate but if you cloth diaper, you’ll know how easy it is to fall into the trap and buy way more than you need. I’ll include a chart I find very helpful for how many to get.

2. How often do I wash?

Personally, we wash about once a week. When Mackenzie was younger, we washed more often since she was going through more diapers and we didn’t have nearly as many as we do now.

3. How do I wash?

Wash routine varies person to person and depends on the type of water you have (hard vs soft), the type of machine you have (front loader vs top loader), and what type of detergent you are using. For us, we use powder Tide and do a small prewash with 1-2 lines of tide, followed by a heavy wash in warm/hot water with 3-4 lines of tide. Everything goes in the dryer after that and then comes the fun part of stuffing the diapers. Everyone will have a different wash routine but that is what we do and works for us. I would check with your diaper manufacturer for a correct wash routine so that you do not void the warranty on the diapers.

4. Which type of diapers should I use?

The type of diaper you use is really a personal preference. We love our pocket diapers since we can make them as absorbent as well need. We use fitted and covers for nighttime and occasionally we’ll use prefold/flats and covers.

4. Why use cloth?

We decided to use cloth to save money and we figured our daughter would have very sensitive skin so we did not want to put all the chemicals from disposable diapers on her. Plus I could make some diapers and all the prints are too cute to pass up!

5. Does it really save money?

For us, it does. We do not have to worry about running out of diapers in the middle of the night. The money spent on one box of diapers could be used to buy 4-5 diapers and can last until they are potty trained. We also use cloth wipes so we don’t have to worry about

Advice for first time cloth diaper users

It does not need to be all of nothing. You do not need to full time cloth diaper. Some people find it easier to use cloth at home and disposables on the go or at night. Some people will use cloth at home and disposables at daycare. It does not need to be difficult and washing them is typically easy and not as scary as it might seem.

If you have any other advice for first time cloth diaper users leave a comment below!

Cloth 101

Nicki’s Diapers

Abby’s Lane

Fluffy Penguin Co

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(image from google, if you know who made it please let me know so I can give them credit)

Until next time,

The Rivers Family

Cloth Diapers

It’s no secret that we are a cloth diaper family and love our little fluff butt and all the cute prints. In recent weeks, many of our friends and family members have come to us asking about cloth diapers. I decided to make a little post about our experience with using cloth diapers this will probably be a two part post and today’s post is about where we get our diapers from and why we buy them from these companies.

From the time we decided to build our family I knew I wanted to cloth diaper, getting Koryn on board was a whole other story. However, once that happened we slowly started building our stash. We knew we were going to save a ton of money by using cloth and the fact we could use them for any other children we might have was an added bonus.

One of my favorite website to order from is Nicki’s Diapers! Not only is their reward points system amazing, they have amazing customer service, if you use the tag #ilovenickisdiapers they pick random people to send free items too, and the best part is for each Nick’s diaper purchased one is given to a child in need. Not only are you help go green and reduce the waste in landfills by using cloth for your baby but you’re also helping others who cannot afford to cloth diaper. Check out their website here to place an order today Nicki’s Diapers.

Another favorite website of mine to order from is The Fluffy Penguin . Her prices can’t be beat, shipping is crazy fast, and her exclusive diapers are too cute to pass up. We mainly use pocket diapers from Fluffy Penguin but she offers many other options as well.

Celebrating 8 months in fluff

Matching diapers! Northern lights diaper is from Nicki’s diapers

All of our diapers!

Our diaper storage solution