Friday, June 26, 2009

AppleCheeks Giveaway :)

So Fawned is doing a Apple Cheeks giveaway! I just entered and you should too! Apple Cheeks are a great diapering system. You can find out more Here

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Smartipants Review

Let me preface this with the following:

Not every diaper is best for every baby. Some diapers are awesome and fit lots of babies, but not some babies. Smartipants are incredibly well made, good quality fabrics/materials. They just didn't work for US.

So here's my review.

I ordered a 3 pack of One Size Diapers from Smartipants.com because I had seen great reviews for them on Diaperpin.com .

I got them today, washed them per the instructions, and slapped a pair on Izzy:
From Cloth diapering


Here we have it on the smallest setting/as tight as I could get it on my 9.5 lb baby. The rise wasn't as adjustable as I would have hoped and there was some major gaping at her tummy and her thighs:
From Cloth diapering

Also the insert (while super super soft and absorbent) is a one size insert. Unfortunatley that means when it's on the smallest setting, it sticks out a bit at the ends:
From Cloth diapering

Which is okay in the back because the back gusset hides it, but the front sticks out over the waist band and I can imagine wicking issues with this.

I'm hoping that when my daughter is a bit older it will fit her snugger. I can't return them at this point, because as we speak Izzy is loading her brand new smartipants diaper... lol.

We'll see how it holds up to explosive baby poo in about 5 minutes.

All in all Smartipants is a well made diaper, but for now it's going to the bottom of my stash until Izzy is older, then we'll try them again.

The things I would change are the spacing of the snaps in order to provide a more adjustable rise, and maybe make a smaller insert for younger babies like BumGenius has. Otherwise it's a nice pocket diaper.

On a personal note: I'm kinda bummed. My husband said he'd let me get 3 more diapers prior to this, and then I can't buy anymore for 2 months, let alone bug him about getting more. So I chose these Smartipants for the good reviews and the great price... but I'm kinda wishing I would have just ordered some more BumGenius or Mommy's Touch or Happy Heiny's from Nicki's Diapers only because I know those diapers work amazingly well for my daughter. Those are my top 3 pocket diapers.

Oh well. If I've learned anything in this whole cloth diapering adventure, it's you have to try new things to find what really works best for you. I'm glad I gave them a try.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Smarti Pants?

So I'm giving these lovely diapers a try:

Smartipants.com

It's a new pocket diaper thats a one size fits all. Meaning it grows with your baby from infant to toddler. It's kinda like the BumGenius 3.0's I have, but these have snaps and I heard a lot of good reviews about them on
Diaperpin.com
so I figured why not.

They should be here tomorrow or the following day, then I'll wash and use and review them on here. I'm a little daunted by snaps, I'll admit... I always used velcro/aplix cause it's just easier for me. However I'm learning from other cloth diapering mom's out there that snaps give you a better fit, more customizeable. So I figured I'd give it a shot. If I like it I'll get more Happy Heiny's and BumGenius diapers in snaps.

Mike is going to kill me if I don't stop ordering these... but at the same time it's saved us so much money. Disposeables cost so damn much per year (like 2k) where as you can reuse these, save them for the next kid, or even resell them at places like Diaperswappers.com for a really good price! I haven't used a disposable diaper in over 2 weeks. I had used one or two here and there when we were out in public. Now I just carry a ziploc freezer bag in my diaper bag to stuff a used cloth diaper in if we are out. It's no different than using a disposable cause you still have to touch a disposable to throw it away.

Plus I love Cottonbabies.com because I get my Bum Genius 3.0's there and they have some great sales/clearances every now and again on factory seconds, and thats when I stock up like crazy. All that means is they have a minor defect, like a smug of dirt from production, a crooked tag, or something you probably won't even notice. I love it! I was able to get some really awesome fleece lined Bum Genius 3.0's last time and they are much softer on Izzy's butt. Now I just need to get some in the snap version.


I recently got in touch with a old friend, Dani, whom I'd not spoken to in a very long time (due to petty bullshit fights we had a long time ago, we're both so over it) and she knits and makes the most beautiful yarn... She might make me some wool soakers for Izzy. I'd love that, seeing as they are very expensive online.
What I need to do is learn how to knit from her, then buy her yarn, knit some woolies and sell them for 30 bucks a pop and make me some money :D

Anywho. Izzy is finally taking a nap, and Caitlin is slowly falling asleep, talking to herself, but trying... I just had a glass of wine (thanks for leaving that behind Dad) and it's time to go kill some bad guys online!

Goodnight everybody!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Grampa Romeo and the girls



annnnd some video of Izzy:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Laundry Day lol

Here's a small glimpse into my cloth diaper laundry routine.

I wash my cloth diapers every other day. I have 17 Pocket Diapers and a bunch of prefolds and covers. So Izzy wears the pocket diapers all day and on laundry day she's in prefolds while I wash everything. I could even go longer, maybe every 2 days, but after I'm done with my chores and cleaning I have nothing better to do so I might as well wash some laundry ;)


Here's how I usually do it.
When I change her, I have 2 pails I put stuff in. One is for the pocket diapers and covers, the other is the inserts and prefolds. That was I don't have to worry about the velcro on the pockets getting messed up.

I'll throw Izzy in a prefold with a Thirstie's Cover and then do a load of pockets (mostly BumGenius 3.0's but there are a couple Mommy's Touch and Happy Heiny's in there). I wash them on cold with no detergent once, then hot with detergent, then throw in a extra cold rinse. After thats done, I hang dry them on a cheap little sweater drying rack I got at walmart, and put them outside in my back yard in the sun. They dry within like a hour usually due to the Vegas heat.

While those are drying I throw in my inserts and prefolds and do the exact same thing with them except I dry those in the dryer on low.

All in all it's easy and fast and doesn't interfere with my day. I get a ton of stuff done while I'm doing the diapers. Plus the washing machine helps lull the crabby baby to sleep so maybe I can take a nap too lol.

I plan on getting some more diapers. It's kind of like a addiction. Once you get into it and realize how damn easy it is, and discover products like One Size Pocket Diapers (adjusts to fit your baby from birth to like 35lbs which is amazingly economical vs. disposables), you start getting addicted to buying different kinds to try, different colors and fabrics. Do you want organic fabrics? Fleece? Microfiber terry cloth? Prints or solid colours? There are so many different kinds to choose from. There are Minky diapers which are like the Cadillac's of the cloth diaper world... They are made from a super soft fabric that feels like... well... a mink coat. They start at around 35 bucks each.
Then there are woolies, which cost a pretty penny to unless you know how to make them. They are wool covers that are amazingly absorbent. I want them so bad but my husband is threatening to break my fingers if I don't stop buying cloth diapers ;)

Speaking of.... The little one needs a changing!
Later!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Adventures in Cloth Diapering

People who know me well, know I hate fuss and having to take extra steps for anything. I look for short cuts as much as possible. A lot of people were surprised I chose to cloth diaper. I won't go on a huge rant about it. I've already said how much you can save, how it's better for your baby's skin etc..

I just wanted to share something cool I bought ;)

So when your baby is exclusively breast fed, you can just toss poopy diapers in the washer because it is water soluble. However Izzy is on formula now and her poop needs to be dumped off the diaper. Well, in the old days, mom's would dunk the poopy diaper in the toilet to get the poop off before washing them. Now you don't have to. There are a few ways to do it now.

You can use these soft paper liners in your diaper that can be flushed. So it catches the poop and you just chuck it in the toilet.

Also some cloth diapers have a fleece lining that poops doesn't stick to well, and once your baby starts solids, it will just roll off into the toilet.

Now my baby is still young, 2 months to be exact. So her poop is like freakin peanut butter. So I can either use a liner OR I can use this lovely product:

From Cloth diapering


It took me 2 minutes to install... Basically it's a sprayer that you hook up to your toilet line and it can wall mount or tank mount. You can set it on high pressure to blast the poop off into the toilet OR you can set it on gentle and use it for feminine hygiene (or so the package says... lol)...

I had heard all the mom's on the baby boards I frequent talking about how I MUST have this thing. So I went on diapers.com and grabbed one. Since they are in the same state as me it was here the next day and I got to try it this morning when Izzy woke me up at 2:38AM (every night like clockwork) for a butt check. Sure enough she was poopy. So I changed her, put her back in the crib and went and tried the sprayer. It worked GREAAAAAT. I blasted all the nasty, sticky, evil baby poo into the toilet and tossed the diaper in the pail. I don't know how I did without this thing.

Anywho, I'm exhausted from no sleep, Izzy is cranky, and there is coffee to be drank. I'll post more later on the whole crack addict aspect of cloth diapering... like when my husband looks at me like I'm insane for wanting to order another cloth diaper with a cute print when we already have plenty.

It's a addiction. I swear.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Life

Lets see...
My Dad came to visit on his way back to Alaska from Seattle. He was in Seattle finding out what they are going to do about a tumor that is growing off one of his kidneys. They are going to do some sort of radiologic procedure next month. So he came down to vegas to see Caitlin and meet his new grandbaby. It was so nice to see him again. I haven't seen him since I moved here from Alaska. My heart is breaking to see him leave again. I would give almost anything to be able to move back home and be a family again. It hurts, this searing, terrible pain... I just want to be with my family again. I want to raise my girls where I was raised. I want to be able to have dinner with my folks on the weekends again. I want to be able to have coffee with my best friend again and talk about our kids. I want to be able to drop my kids off with someone I trust so that my husband and I could have a date night.

I. Hate. Vegas.

*sigh* It doesn't matter cause I will never be able to go home.

Izzy turns 2 months today. She has her appointment this afternoon. It's a shot appointment... Something I am not looking forward to considering how very princess and the pea she is. The littlest things make her so uncomfortable. So shots are going to be great fun (ugh).

Summer is here and I'm home full time with my girls. I miss my job... but I know that this is better for the kids (and our bank account, omg daycare is expensive here) so I'm trying to remain positive and slide into this roll as a SAHM/House Wife.

I have to say I'm proud of myself for sticking to cloth diapers though. I have 17 BumGenius 3.0 one size diapers and I use them every day. They go on like a regular disposable. You just throw them in a diaper pail and wash them once in awhile. WAY to easy for so many people to still be using disposables and killing our planet. Not to mention all the chemicals in disposables up against your baby's junk! You can cloth diaper your baby with organic prefolds and some covers for super cheap, or get the one size pocket diapers like I have that grow with your baby and last you until they are potty trained... We're talking saving 2000.00 and up every year just by using cloth. It's not gross or a hassle like it was 50 years ago. If you can strap on a disposable then you can do cloth diapers. :)

/steps off her soapbox.

At least I can still do that. I had to stop pumping breast milk for Izzy due to medications I'm on for my back that could seriously harm her. I felt like such a failure because here I am, not able to breastfeed and now I can't even pump for her? I must have cried for days... BUT we found a good formula that she tolerates well and i figure I'm still doing cloth diapers and going to make my own baby food so I'm doing good stuff for her still and saving us money.

Speaking of babies.. Izzy is awake. I better try and feed her and get her back to sleep since it's 1am and she likes to keep my up all damn night.

much love,

Sarah

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cleared for Active Duty lol

Well! My 6 week postpartum appointment has come and gone. I am now cleared to resume my normal activities. I can't wait.
I plan on throwing myself back into fitness, with a vengeance.

I have lost all the weight from my pregnancy, but I was a fat ass before I got pregnant so I still have quite a bit to loose now.

I walk every afternoon 1.6 miles to pick up my daughter from school. There is a amazing park just behind the school... I'm thinking of walking there twice a week or more since her last day of school in Friday. Other ideas include going back to belly dancing, and trying to do sit ups and stuff while the baby sleeps.

The hard part is the diet... We aren't very financially stable. I can't afford fruits and veggies very often. Our meals consist of cheap, boxed items. We do cut back on calories when we can. For example we use ground turkey instead of beef, light mayo, light sour cream etc. But honestly it's not enough. I need to find a way to supplement my diet with healthy foods that won't break our budget.

Plus, I'm on Depo now for birth control and that WILL make me gain weight. So I really really need to be extra careful.


I'll do my best. I really wanna make this work.

Anywho.. bed time for me. Bella is finally sleeping (colic has made life suck). I got my Moby Wrap in the mail and it's like instant sleeping baby... I put her in it and she's out like a light.

Better take advantage.

From More Bella

Tuesday, June 2, 2009



6 weeks and full of smiles