The Set Up

I’ve been asked about our set up before, probably because it’s fun to peek in at other changing areas, so I decided to post ours. I’m not trying to go back to talking just about cloth diapers but it’s been fun to share this stuff with everyone. I apologize in advance for random dark shadows and stuff. I’m not a professional photographer at all…in fact, still trying to get used to my camera! And I was kind of in a rush because with two kids…actually, that pretty much says it all right there.

This is our changing area. It’s right off of the bathroom and laundry area so it’s not an issue if there is a smell (not an issue so far) and doing diaper laundry is a breeze. We use a regular 13 gallon trash can with a swingtop lid (you can see the sticker that I still haven’t taken off even though it annoys me) and pail liners.

There’s a laundry basket and trash can for obvious reasons and a huge counter that used to be full of clutter and isn’t any more. Woohoo for purging the home of a black hole!

To the right, on the counter, our wipes. The basket is full of various cloth wipes that I just use with water (since the sink is within reach). The plastic wipes container is from the hospital and perfect for holding random little things like Snappis, Boingos, CJ BUTTer samples, etc. Then a flip top pack of Target wipes which I looove because they are as softer than a cloth wipe and pretty tame as far as chemicals go.

The full “stash”! Yes, I managed a picture. I’m full of back pats right now, let me tell you. First shelf is a plastic container to keep all of the pockets and all-in-ones in. Super easy to see what I need and grab it and keep everything we actively use nice and neat. The bottom shelf has a box of disposable wipe packages (for the diaper bag, mostly) and fitteds, covers, wetbags, etc.

Ahhh, pretty. I love the vibrant colors! These are our pockets and all-in-ones. The aesthetic side of me wants to turn the diapers so the “pretty” side shows (like the back left) but Joshua likes being able to see what he’s grabbing and that sounds fair. On the right we have the Bumgenius 4.0 pockets, in the middle we have Bumgenius Elementals and on the left, the night time stuffed 4.0s (hemp insert AND a prefold) as well as assorted AIOs/pockets. Sometimes I miss our prefolds and then I change Liv’s diaper and remember how squirmy she is. Pfft.

Purple container: Assorted WAHM fitteds (8), spare small prefolds for stuffing pockets, hemp inserts, bamboo doublers, and PUL covers (3). I tend to not touch this stuff very often right now. Maybe later.

Wetbags, spare pail liner and a little roll of garbage bags for that trash can. Lavender scented, so I can avoid the smell of used wipes until it’s time to take out the trash (it takes a while to fill up that can).

Here is the inside of the diaper bag with the other three Elementals we own. These tend to sit in there for when it’s time to go out. On shorter trips, we don’t have to change her, but on longer trips, we’re ready to go. If she doesn’t poop, this could get us through 4-6 hours alone, not counting her fresh diaper when we leave. If necessary we pack more, of course, but this tends to work well for us.

I’ve changed up our set up a few times but now I just LOVE it. Diaper changes are easy and even Noah knows where everything is. He spent a few minutes earlier telling me what a diaper pail was, though I’m not sure why…honestly, that kid just talks. And talks.

And talks.

Oh! I can’t forget the little cutie who GETS her diaper changed. She was helping me take pictures. I have no idea what the black shadow is on the right…I think it might be the strap, actually. Oh well, I’m learning.

(More information on our “stash” is in the last post here.)

 

Nirvana: A Cloth Diaper Stash

Since my last “stash” post, we’ve discovered Bumgenius Elementals, a love for “one step” systems (at least at the changing table end; I don’t mind stuffing pocket diapers TOO much) and bought/sold/traded diapers. Our diaper stash looks a lot different now… while we still have prefolds, they tend to sit in a drawer in the closet instead of out by the changing table. Instead of 10+ covers, we have 3 (and I recently bought one just for the nostalgic reason that it was the same cover I first put on Noah, a Froggy BSWW).

We’re still “making money” by using cloth diapers. Olivia is now 8 months old which puts me at a conservative estimate of $500 spent on disposables, with coupons and Sam’s Club deals. Since that’s about what we’ve spent on cloth as a whole, anything from here on out is money saved. That doesn’t even consider that I can resell what is left for something when we’re done with them. We’d be doing even better on the cost ratio except that I chose to splurge a little and get some unnecessary colors as well as have extra so wash day wasn’t such a rush. The “wear & tear” on our diapers isn’t so bad this way either. Since pretty fluff is kind of my hobby right now, I can also consider some money per month saved, haha!

So now what you really came for…the pictures! I was having a hard time deciding which pictures to share so I’ll show you a couple of versions. Why not? I did not include a picture of our current changing table set up (which has definitely changed) because I’m still figuring out exactly how I want it. I’m kind of a control freak about organization. (My mother-in-law is probably laughing at me and remembering her Christmas visit last year when I was pregnant and nesting…)

This is just our Bumgenius diapers. This brand just really works for us. It fits well on our chunky girl with her big thighs, they’re easy to adjust and the learning curve is relatively small. I also like how easy they are to wash up and I prefer the suedecloth of the Bumgenius 4.0 to the fleece of other diapers.

Here are the Bumgenius diapers split up. On the left are the pockets: the Bumgenius 4.0s. That’s the three stacks in the back and two in the front. On the right are the Bumgenius Elementals. Four stacks in the back and two in the front. Whew!

And here…is our whole stash. I didn’t include our prefolds (24 GMD red edges) or our covers, which were dirty. Technically two fitted diapers are missing, but they are plain white and would have been hidden by everything else anyway.

For those who wonder, our stash consists of:
– 22 Bumgenius Elementals
– 19 Bumgenius 4.0s (4 exclusively for night time and small sized prefolds for stuffing)
– 1 Bright Star Baby AIO (the pirate diaper)
– 1 Blueberry Pocket (giraffes)
– 1 Swaddlebees Simplex (owls)
– 1 SugarSugars hybrid fitted (brown owls)
– 6 Goodmama fitteds (white fitteds with colored serging)
– 1 Diapey Doo fitted (fishes)
– 24 Green Mountain Diaper prefolds (medium)
– 3 covers (2 Blueberry coveralls and 1 BSWW)

Then, of course, assorted inserts (Thirsties hemp), Snappis, Boingos, a couple of flats, etc.

It’s a pretty streamlined stash with some diversity thrown in for when we need it. Joshua can easily grab whatever he wants and he actually does match diapers to outfits just like I do. We have fun with it, because, well, why not? A diaper is a diaper and if a pretty one doesn’t cost more than a plain white one then I see no reason not to pick out the really fun colors!

I think we’re really happy with this. I may trade off that Owls Simplex for a Blueberry pocket if I can (I am just NOT a fan of side snaps!) but everything else is perfect. I can scroll through a b/s/t site for buying diapers and not be interested. That makes me think we may have hit the infamous-in-the-diapering-world “stash nirvana”.

Disclaimer: I used a white blanket to cover up our ugly sofa. I wasn’t trying to make these look like professional diaper shots. Colors are pretty true to life but I wouldn’t base purchases off of these pictures!

Diaper Laundry Helpers

My next post about cloth diapering was going to be our “stash” but this was too cute not to post about.

This isn’t all of our diapers but it gives you an idea of what we use and what diaper laundry is like for us. There are sometimes threads on forums called “OTD/RTG” and the idea is that you post the pile of diapers that are fresh out of the diapers and then the pile “ready to go”. Since the kids were being really cute about helping me do diaper laundry, I thought I would snap a few pictures!

Here we have alll of the diapers in this load. No, this is not all of the diapers but yes, this is mostly prefolds, so that volume isn’t SO bad.

  
Noah was helping me stack the prefolds by color so I could either straighten them (the reds) or trifold them for stuffing (the yellows).

 

Olivia likes to chew on wipes so she got covered in wipes and flats. Very helpful cute.

Annnd, ready to go! Stacked so nice and pretty. :) Too bad they don’t stay that way, just like all laundry. They get used and then re-washed and the cycle starts all over again. *sigh* (Sidenote: some of these aren’t actually in rotation yet. There is a small stack of Swaddlebees Simplex that are size Large so they don’t fit Olivia, but we’ve been selling and buying lately. That Retail Therapy Bumgenius on top? New-to-us and I LOVE it.)

Oh well. At least they’re really cute on her, right?

Still here!

June was a crazy month for us between all of the injuries (ankle sprains, scraped up legs, ankle sprains and, oh, more ankle sprains) and sickness and new jobs. Crazy! July has been slower so far but, admittedly, I took time off to enjoy the holiday a bit. Despite sarcastic remarks I might make, I’m actually very patriotic towards America and very grateful to the strong people who helped make this country  – on the battlefield and off.

I still have posts ready to post and some to re-write since we’ve done some re-stashing (Is that a word? It is now.) in the past few weeks. I’m also going to feel free to post whatever I want aside from that because, really, this is my blog. I do seem to forget that. ;)

Minecraft, Kids and Imaginations

I wore myself out today! I have been making a point to take Noah out for an hour a day, at least, so he can work off some of this energy that’s been making him an annoying – but still cute – pain in the butt. I love him, but four year olds have so much energy and if they get too pent up, they start to bounce off of the walls… possibly literally.

My brother and his friend were nice enough to come over and play with us so we went outside and ended up playing tag, in a sense, with a Minecraft spin. All of us, including Noah, play Minecraft. It’s pretty fun, especially if you like Legos, so Noah and I were “super humans” with our hands held and we chased the “zombie” and the “skeleton” (Gregory and Alex). The boys fashioned swords out of tree branches (to my motherly unease, but kids will be kids) and Alex made a bow from some greener branches he found on the ground. It was pretty creative, honestly! I loved seeing them use their imaginations and working together to bring a fun game from the computer to life.

Here’s Noah, after tackling his uncle, the zombie:

I’m not used to running around any more, though, which I’m honestly sad to say. I need to work on that, but hopefully swimming this summer will restore some of my endurance. I couldn’t swim much last summer because I was too nauseated with morning sickness. Fun stuff, that. Blech.

I did have a lot of fun playing with my imagination. I live in my mind quite a bit, as someone who likes to read and daydream, but I don’t often share my imagination with others. I don’t know if it’s too awkward or that I’m just shy – I’m definitely introverted – but breaking out of my shell to play was fun. There’s nothing quite like kids to make you think out of the box and seeing the world through Noah’s eyes has been an adventure in exactly that.

I wonder what it will be like, looking through Olivia’s?