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airplane themed baby shower

This past weekend, I helped throw a baby shower for a friend from church. She has an airplane theme in her nursery, so we decided to run with it and do an airplane themed shower with a bit of a vintage feel. Of course that meant creating a pinterest board to brainstorm! I loved the invitations I found so I redrew them in illustrator and used it in the online invitation. So cute!

BabyEarth was one of the places the mom-to-be was registered and they were kind enough to let us use a room off to the side of their store. We decided to play off of the bright green wall. Here’s the overall shot:

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These pom poms seem to be all the rage right now – I keep seeing them in different party scenarios. Instead of spending exorbitant money for the premade versions, we bought some tissue paper in corresponding colors and made them ourselves! Martha had an easy to follow tutorial. We also used a cricut to cut out tons of those little dots and I sewed them together. Looks a bit like rain clouds and rain drops – a literal shower! We also folded some paper airplanes out of vintage atlas paper and strung those through the pom poms and dots.

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Here’s an overall view of the food tables. Don’t you love those vintage suitcases? One of the hostesses just happened to have them.

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Also made on the cricut – this sweet ‘up up & away’ banner! I believe it is going in the nursery now. So cute!

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Since the shower started right after lunch, we just had some light snacks. Parmesan popcorn and kettle corn in these cute little paper tubes. . .

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Happy skewers of fruit. . .

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Cake pops (do you see the awesome airplane cake pop? amazing) . . . honey roasted and regular peanuts (remember back in the day when they used to served honey roasted peanuts on planes?) . . .

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Some cucumber water and cherry limeade (made with real cherries – more on those later). . . And let me tell you, I am officially obsessed with mason jars and these straws. They have been showing up all over the blog world and I just adore them!

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And of course, we had to have some cake! We bought a simple cake from costco and just added the paper airplane garland right before the shower.

And if you know me – you know I’m not much for games at showers – especially ones that involve candy bars and disposable diapers. So we played a simple game of guess the celebrity baby photo. It was quick and I think everyone had fun with it!

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We are so excited for the mom-to-be and really loved throwing her this sweet airplane shower!

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Pocket Diaper Tutorial

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Alright, this has been a long time coming! You may remember the diaper shower that I helped throw and the cloth diapers that I whipped up for the mama to be! I promised you guys a tutorial, and a tutorial you will have. There are many reasons to make your own diapers – cute fabrics, custom fits and we averaged our cost per diaper to be about $7 a diaper – much cheaper than what pocket diapers typically sell for!

Here are the materials you need:

  • ~25″ of 1/4″ wide swimsuit elastic cut into two 6″ pieces and two 4.5″ pieces
  • 18″ x 20″ butter suede cloth (we found this at Hancocks for $5.99 a yard), there are option options that you could use, but we found that this was the cheapest and most widely available
  • 18″ x 20″ PUL Fabric
  • 1.5″ wide Aplix Hook and Loop Tape (Velcro is not a good option – it won’t stand up to the wear and tear like aplix): 14″ Loop tape and 4″ of hook tape, if you will be making lots of diapers, you could invest in plastic snaps and a snap setter, but it is a tad pricey.
  • Coordinating Polyester Thread
  • Printable Pattern (pdf) – this pattern is approximately a small/medium size diaper so I think it would fit a 6 month old up to a thin 2 year old – Jude still fits in his!

I modified the pattern because the rise seems too long and the front tab didn’t seem wide enough to me. . . Our diaper cuts ended up being a little narrow, so I modified the tabs to be a bit shorter as well. Ideally, I would have left the width on the tabs. You could also trace a cloth diaper you already have.

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Using the modified pattern on the fold, trace and cut the pattern on the PUL and the butter suede.

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Center 7.5″ of the loop side of the Aplix (the soft side) on the front of the PUL. Edge stitch in place.

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The pattern has marks showing where to tack the elastic, I moved the elastic up just a bit on the front of the diaper. The 6″ pieces are for the legs and the 4.5″ is for the pocket opening on the back. Using a satin stitch or a tight zig zag stitch, tack the elastic onto the wrong side of the suede cloth as shown on the pattern and this photo:

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On the PUL, tack one 4.5″ piece of elastic on the back (if you are making a pocket diaper – if you are making a diaper cover, there is no need to double up the elastic or have the extra flap on the PUL).

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I used quilting clips to clip the PUL and the butter suede right sides together.

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Make sure to sew with the butter suede on top otherwise the PUL will stretch (you could use a teflon or walking foot if you want to sew with PUL side up). You want to start the stitching at the edge of the pocket opening – stitching around the whole diaper  leaving the pocket open. So, with the suede facing up, starting at the right side of the pocket, stitch as close to the edge as possible – making sure that you are going through both layers of fabric. Be careful not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

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Here’s what the diaper will look like:

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Trim any excess fabric, especially around the curves.

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Now you have to create the tubing that the elastic will sit in around the pocket. I started with the elastic around the pocket on the PUL side. Fold over the PUL using the existing stitching to guide the depth of the fold.

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With the needle in the down position, stitch down the short side to the corner and turn. Often, I would make sure to stitch over the elastic once more to secure it even further.

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Carefully stitch the long side, making sure not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

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It helps to pull the fabric tight as you stitch, allowing the fabric behind the foot to bunch.

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This is what it will look like once you have encased the elastic.

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Do the same for the butter suede!

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Turn right side out – it’s starting to look like a diaper now, isn’t it!

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Now it’s time to edge stitch the diaper and encase the elastic around the leg holes. With the butter suede on top, starting at the right side of the pocket, edge stitch.

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You should be able to see the tack you make to secure the leg elastic, so edge stitch until you get to the tack. Make sure the needle is in the down position. Turn and stitch about 3/8″  away from the edge. You want it to be far enough away for the elastic to have plenty of room in the casing.

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Turn again to stitch parallel about 3/8″ from the edge for the length of the elastic. You will stop once you get to the second elastic tack mark. Turn and stitch the 3/8″ back to the edge.

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The stitching around the elastic casing will look like this:

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Complete the edge stitching, creating another casing around the other leg hole. Here is what the completed edge stitched diaper will look like.

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Now it’s time to add the remaining aplix to the tabs. I included ‘washing’ tabs to fold the hook side down during washing to prevent snagging. These pieces around about 1.5″ wide. I rounded the corners of the pieces that will be on the ends of the tabs for aesthetics. It’s not necessary if you don’t want to create the curve.

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Edge stitch the hook portion on the interior tabs of the diaper. Follow with the loop part of the aplix. Repeat on the other side.

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I included a loop piece of the aplix on the exterior of one side of the diaper to allow for crossover securing of the diaper. This isn’t necessary, but I find it nice to have.

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Here is the completed front of the diaper:

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And here is the back!

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There is definitely a learning curve in making these diapers, but after you complete one, you’ll find a rhythm! I could make about four in two hours.

As far as what to insert in the diapers for absorbency,  you can use 4-6 layers of flannel or hemp sewn together with a zigzag stitch. Really any absorbant material will work – layers of old towels, cotton . . . Or you can just buy inserts!

Lots of Diapers!

Have fun making diapers with this tutorial! And let me know if you have any questions!

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so much sewing!

Baby season is in full swing here, there seems to be something in the water around here! I have been sewing many a nursing cover, sling and new mama survival kits.

A (slightly wrinkly) nursing cover in Amy Butler’s Belle – Kashmir Duck Egg:

Nursing Cover

A very tall man’s sling in camouflage:

Pocket Sling

Ohmygoodness, I can’t get enough of this fabric. Pat Bravo’s Paradise line – Pond in Twilight and Double Bloom in Ivory:

Pocket Sling

And here’s another fabric that I just got introduced to that I adore. This is a New Mama Survival Kit in Pat Bravo’s Modern Affair – Calla Lily in Peach and Fusion in Dim:

Pocket Sling Nursing Cover

Bibs and Burps

And the New Mama Survival Kit – Deluxe! I love getting to make baby quilts. This line of fabric is Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain: Clematis in Forest, Daisy Bouquet in Natural, Dandelion Field in Mist, Mosaic in Kiwi, and from her line Love: Sunspots in grass.

Pocket Sling Nursing Cover

Bibs and Burps

My favorite part of this set was the baby quilt. I adore the way it turned out. I followed Oh Fransson’s tutorial for a quick charm squares baby quilt, which is one I have been wanting to sew for a long while. I love the way it looks and it turned out better than I anticipated. I did not use a charm square pack but it would have come together super quick if I had. I definitely recommend this to any beginning quilter.

Charm Square Baby Quilt

A close up shot:

Charm Square Baby Quilt

Oh yeah, and I love free motion quilting on my new-to-me machine. Which is good, because I have a big project coming up soon. More details to follow. . .

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Friendly Monsters Changing Pad Cover

It feels good to sew something for my own little one. Although, this might be more for me than for him since it keeps me from having to clean poop out of the crevices of our diaper changing pad. I mean, really, who thought it was a good idea to put a relief pattern in that thing? Anyways, I feel like I’m starting to really enjoy some of the boyish fabrics that are out there. Lots of robots and monsters and rock guitar related fabrics these days.

I mean, look at these guys, green horned, orange monster?

Bob

The seven eyed friendly monster?

Joe

Happy cyclops?

Sam

Smiling fanged three eyed blob?

Max

I love them all! And I also love that I used that fabric to make Jude a new changing pad cover. I actually completed a task for my own home! Who knew? I loved using fleece for this project – it’s so soft and you don’t have to worry about any of the cuts fraying, which means no pinking the interior edges and I didn’t have to double roll the elastic casing!

Friendly Monster's Changing Pad Cover

And again, I used this tutorial as a guideline for the project.

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It’s raining babies!

In my little corner of the world, at least! I have been busy making many a baby item lately. Especially slings!

For my friend Heather, expecting her second little boy:
Heather's Sling

For my friend Kim, expecting her second child, a boy this time!
Kim's Sling

And for a good friend from college, expecting her first little girl!
AJ's Sling

AJ's Nursing Cover

AJ's Bibs

AJ's Burp Cloths

Can I just say how much I adore Patricia Bravo’s new collection of fabric! The purple is from the collection, Paradise and is Pond in Twilight. The green is from the collection, Oval Elements and is called Oval Elements in Green Apple.

I’m pretty sure that you guys are going to get tired of all this baby sewing that’s going on around here! Eventually I’ll sew other items . . . I promise!

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This just in . . .

the shop, I mean! A deluxe New Mama Survival Kit for mama’s of little boys (or girl I guess, but I was thinking boy when I was making it)! And I am so tempted to just keep the quilt from this collection. I love the way the back turned out. Those grey polkadots are my favorite.

Fabrics are Michael Miller:: Giraffe Garden, Zoology Lagoon and Citron & Lagoon Blue Surf.

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How-To: Prefolds

To follow up my cloth diaper 101 post, I thought I would share what is currently working for us in the world of cloth diapering. Since Jude has a bit of a polyester sensitivity, most pocket diapers are not an option for us since microfiber and PUL = polyester. This means cotton prefolds and wool covers. Surprisingly, prefolds are not near as difficult as I had anticipated them to be even though most people cringe when they hear the word ‘prefold’. Yes, they are what most people think of when you say “I cloth diaper my child” but they are a bit easier to use then you would imagine. We use diaper rite unbleached prefolds along with a snappi. How do they work? Well let me show you!

Here is the prefold as it comes out of the dryer. Nice and quilted. Quilted = absorbant = good.

Prefold Diapering 101

We start by folding the prefold into thirds. Side one,

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and side two.

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Now to create ‘tabs’ to go around the babies waist. This is called a ‘butterfly’ fold. Fold back one corner:

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and the other. Now we’re ready for the baby.

Prefold Diapering 101

Leaving the folds where they are, place the babys bottom on the prefold. You want the top back of the prefold (with the butterfly) to be just above any butt crack. Then you just wrap the prefold up. Now we’re ready for the snappi.

Prefold Diapering 101

The snappi works by digging the plastic teeth into the cloth, so pull that tab you created in the back around to the front and put a snappi there. Don’t worry, even though the snappi teeth are sharp, they aren’t long enough to go through the entire thickness of the prefold.

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Snappi the other side tab and once both sides are secure, pull the middle snappi down and secure.

Prefold Diapering 101

Then just cover up the prefold with a cover! Make sure to tuck any extra prefold into the cover around the legs and waist area.

Prefold Diapering 101

All done! That’s not too bad, right? The cotton fabric may not be as poop repellant as microfiber, but the quilting does a pretty good job. Often, you can just shake off the poo into the toliet, no handheld sprayer needed. And to make things easier, you can use a flushable liner when out and about. That simplifies things a lot!

And prefolds are only a couple dollars each. I honestly never saw myself this knee deep in cloth diapering, but when it comes down to it, I actually LIKE using prefolds!  I especially feel good about myself when I do a load of diaper laundry and see all the diapers that I didn’t have to throw away (both money and trash)!

Any questions?

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Cloth Diapering 101

Ahh yes, the world of fluff. CDing. Almost a lost art but lately there has been a resurgence. There are so many reasons to use cloth diapers – saving thousands of dollars, reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills, reducing baby’s exposure to chemicals. Lately I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about cloth diapering from my friends that are new mamas or expecting mamas. I thought it might be easier if I can concisely sum up some of the different methods available on the blog and talk about some of the items that have worked well with us. This is by no means an exhaustive study of all of the brands and methods out there, just some of the more common.

One size vs fitted diapers – Regardless of what method you go with, this is an option.

  • One size (fits all) diapers size up and down, usually with a series of snaps on the body of the diaper (Fuzzibuns uses elastic around the leg holes and the back). We have used both types and I prefer one size because of the cost savings. The benefit is that you never have to worry about buying diapers and covers as they grow, you just redo the snaps. The downside to using one size diapers is the bulk when they are small. Examples of these are the Bum Genius 3.0, SmartiPants and Little Beetle Wool Covers.
  • Fitted/countour diapers and fitted diaper covers are sized based on weight and age. Usually sized as S-M-L-XL. The benefit is that fitted diapers and covers are significantly less bulky. The downside is that they are significantly more expensive because you have to buy a stash in each size as your baby grows. Example of the fitted sized diaper cover is Bummis Whisper Wrap (requires a prefold, insert or contour diaper underneath). Example of a fitted diaper is Imse Via Contour diapers. Fitted diapers can come with snaps, velcro or flaps that require a snappi to secure. You can also make your own from prefolds.

Pockets vs Prefolds vs Hydrid vs. All-in-Ones (AIO)

  • Pocket diapers are exactly what they sound like: they have a pocket where you insert a absorbant core. When you wash them, you remove the absorbant core and wash both the outer and the inner. Benefits are that they don’t take too long to dry. Downside is that you have to stuff the diapers before using. Examples of this system are Bum Genius 3.0FuzzibunzSmartiPants. A stash of about 22-26 is a good place to start an exclusive stash.
  • Prefolds with covers are what most people think of when they hear cloth diapering. It’s a sized by weight rectangle of fabric that is secured with pins or a snappi and then a waterproof/resistant cover is put over it. When wet, the prefold is washed but the outer cover does not have to be unless pooped on. Benefits are that you don’t have to have as many covers (especially if you go with a one size cover), which makes this system the cheapest. Downside is you have to buy more prefolds as your baby outgrows the size you have and that this is the more difficult method and harder to teach how to put on (not the best for babysitters). An example of this is Econobums, Bummis Whisper Wrap with diaper rite prefolds. 22-24 prefolds and 4-6 covers is a good place to start an exclusive stash.
  • Hybrid – These are like a combination of prefolds and pocket diapers but without the pocket. You lay/snap the insert in the diaper and put it on. So similar to prefolds, you don’t need as many covers because you just launder the soiled insert. Another benefit is that often there are flushable inserts, disposable inserts, and cloth inserts all available within one brand. This is like gdiapers, Flip diapers, BumGenius elemental and GrowVia. 22-26 inserts and 4-6 covers is a good place to start an exclusive stash.
  • All-in-Ones are most like disposables, nothing to insert, just put on the diaper and go. Once soiled, the whole thing goes in the wash. Benefits are that it’s easy to use. Downside is they take a long time to dry. Examples of this are Rumparooz and many of the cloth diapers sold on etsy. 22-26 is a good place to start an exclusive stash.

Waterproof vs Wool

  • As you may know, we used to use Bum Genius 3.0 AIO diapers. I loved them and they are waterproof diapers. Waterproof diapers use a type of fabric called PUL or Polyurethane Laminate. That is what makes them waterproof. It contains polyester though. About 8 months into cloth diapering, Jude developed a polyester sensitivity and I had to sell the BG diapers. Benefits are that waterproof covers can be machine washed and they are inexpensive. Downsides are that they are not as breathable as wool.
  • I looked for natural alternatives and came across wool diaper covers. Wool diaper covers are not waterproof, they are water resistent because of a natural occurring compound called lanolin. When wool is on the sheep, their skin produces lanolin to coat each wool fiber. This is how sheep’s coat repel water when it rains. And once the prefold is saturated, wool diaper covers can absorb up to 30% of their weight in liquid before feeling wet. Benefits are the breathability, all fibers are natural and you can use 100% wool thrifted sweaters to make your own (or knit your own). Downside is that wool covers can be expensive, need to be handwashed with a special wool wash to restore lanolin and line dried, require more diaper changes. Examples of this are Little Beetle and Kissaluvs wool diaper pull ons.

Laundry Detergents– Cloth diapers require a different laundry detergent than your clothes for a variety of reasons. Smell control, stain control, proximity to baby’s genitals, use of fragrance/dyes/enzymes/brighteners. Rockin’ Green has worked the best for us. That being said, here’s a chart with a bunch of different options and their costs and ratings. Also, make sure to read the washing instructions that come with your diaper – they are usually very specific and sometimes if you don’t follow them, you will void the warranty on the diaper (like Bum Genius 3.0). Most of the time, you can ‘strip’ the diapers using dawn dish detergent and that will get rid of the most rank build-up and smells!

Diaper Creams – Typically, you won’t have to worry about diaper rashes when you are using cloth diapers. It is one of the benefits of increased air flow. If you do encounter a rash, the best rash cream isn’t actually a cream at all – it’s breast milk! Breast milk has antibacterial properties that heal most minor infections. Baby has an eye infection, try breast milk! I know it seems strange, but it works and it’s free. If you do find yourself needing diaper cream, you can’t use it with pocket diapers or all in ones. The cream can block the absorption and cause leaks. This is less of a problem with hybrids and prefolds, but I still might use a flushable diaper liner to serve as a layer between the bottom and the absorbant material.

Nighttime SleepingDoublers are the best solution here although we are still working on a solution for our heavy nighttime wetter. Wool just doesn’t contain the way that waterproof diapers do.

Wipes – This might be the easiest cloth diapering product to use! We use these but I’m sure any are great. If I had a serger I would have made my own. We use a spray that I make at home and it works well. Here’s the recipe:

  • Baby Wipe Solution
    1 cup water
    1 tbsp baby wash (I used Burt’s Bee’s)
    1 tbsp olive oil
    few drops of tea tree oil

    Mix together and either soak your cloth wipes or use as a spray.

Smell– Ah yes, the dreaded ammonia smell of a cloth diaper. It’s not pleasant. It’s a sign that your laundry detergent isn’t working well. It’s a sign that it’s time to do laundry. Some people will not allow the dirty diapers to sit longer than 2 days. We can make it about four before it starts to smell. Here’s what we do. We have a laundry basket lined with a large wet bag (use small wet bags when out and about) and toss soiled diapers in there. We give it a spray with some biokleen bac-out odor and stain eliminator and we’re done. No smell. Biokleen is all natural and not to expensive either. Whole Foods carries it locally or you can order it online.

Poop – This is the question that I get asked about the most when people find out I cloth diaper. How do you deal with the poo? Well when babies are exclusively breastfed, their poo is water soluble and does not smell bad. So you toss the whole soiled diaper in the wash, poo and all. Once solids or formula are introduced you have to figure out how to get that poo from the diaper to the toilet. There are several different methods. Many pocket diapers have microfiber interiors. This allows the poo to just fall right into the toilet with some shaking. You can also use flushable liners like these. Then all you do is lift the liner out of the diaper and flush. We also have a sprayer that hooks into our toilet that will spray the solids into the toilet. And really, it’s just not as bad as you think it’s going to be. Poo is supposed to go in the toilet, not the landfill.

My final thoughts

  • Buy different brands, try different types. Heck, get a kit like this one to help figure out what you like. Don’t get too sold on one system because other systems may work better for you!
  • Don’t be afraid to search craigslist for deals. A lot of times you can find ‘like new’ sets of diapers because a mom has gone back to work and the daycare won’t take the cloth diapers.
  • Register for cloth diapers. Target carries Bum Genius and FuzziBunz, Babies R Us has Flips, Econobums, Kushies, Bumpkins, FuzziBunz and gdiapers (at least online). We received almost all of our cloth diapers as gifts, reducing our diapering costs even more. You can find local stores that carry cloth diapers that will allow you to register as well.

Alright, what questions still remain? What have I missed? What works well for you and your little one if you cloth diaper?

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bittersweet transition

I know I talked about this not long ago, but I thought I’d share again since Jude is now completely weaned. It’s such a bizarre feeling since almost the last two years of my life my body has been devoted to nurturing another human being, partly through pregnancy and the rest through nursing.

I initially felt really sad through the whole transition. Especially with each feeding I dropped, but now, with the weaning complete, I don’t feel as upset and I think that may be for a couple of reasons. Jude transitioned to whole milk really easily – he didn’t protest at all. I know that I may be lucky in that aspect because I feel like we hit the timing really well. I also took my time phasing nursing out – we dropped one feeding each week until we were down to just the night feeding, then every other day until my supply just dried up. What made this transition the easiest on me was learning new ways to sooth Jude and help him get to sleep. At night, instead of nursing him to sleep, I hold him close and bounce him until he lays his head on my shoulder. Then I sit in the comfy chair in his room and hold him until he falls asleep. It usually happens in about 15 minutes or so, but I cherish that snuggle time with him especially because he isn’t still frequently. I was so nervous about finding ways to comfort him once nursing was out of the picture since that was such and effective method, but I’m so relieved that he took well to other ways.

As a side note to those that may be interested: I used 1/4 tsp dried sage mixed into a spoonful of peanut butter three times a day to help reduce discomfort and it seemed to help a lot. You can also make sage tea. Cold green cabbage leaves seem to help some women too, but it didn’t seem to help me. Apparently mint tea, birth control and decongestants can help as well.

Looking back on it now, nursing was such a brief sweet period of bonding time and I enjoyed it much more than I had anticipated. I know each mom has to make her own decision regarding feeding her child, but I really believe that nursing has SO many benefits and should at least be attempted for as long as possible.

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another new mama

One of my good friend’s from college is getting ready to become a new mama. So in honor of that, of course I had to sew her my normal gift items. The sling:

Jenny's Sling

Ever useful nursing cover:

Jenny's Nursing Cover

And of course the bibs and burp rags:

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I also sewed up a couple sheets (using the MADE tutorial) and some curtains, but forgot to take pictures. I’m hoping to share a picture once the nursery is complete.

But the true gem of the set is the quilt which is the New Wave quilt from Oh, Fransson! There is a free tutorial for this patterns here but she also offers an expanded version of the pattern for sale here. She ran a discount on the pattern awhile back, so I went ahead and bought it. I bought another one of her quilt tutorials and found it incredibly helpful. I knew I liked the New Wave quilt enough to make it a couple more times in different sizes, so I decided the purchase was worth it.

New Wave Baby Quilt

It turned out beautifully. I couldn’t ask for a better end product.

New Wave Baby Quilt

I think I love this pattern so much because it showcases the beautiful fabrics that the new mama picked out for her nursery.

And the best part about it all? The sweet reaction. 🙂

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