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So, after a few months of cloth diapering, I think I've got my system down. I have to admit something that I am not very proud of, but my baby uses disposables at night. I just couldn't find a way to keep her bottom dry enough throughout the night. We also use them when we go out. It just makes life a little easier. I have a lot of stuff to carry already, I don't want to have to bring an extra bag of diapers- I mean, isn't that essentially what the "diaper bag" is for? 

As far as diapering at home, it's been great...

 
Before having J, I never used cloth wipes. So why use them now? Well, since I'm using cloth diapers, might as well use cloth wipes too, right? I'm not discrediting store bought wipes, though. I have several packs at home. We use them when we go out. I'm sure there is going to be one day when I will really need them for something. They are stored under my changing area for those just in case moments. 

 
Wow! So I have been quite busy the last how many weeks and haven't had the chance to post anything! Since the last time I posted, I gave birth to my pride and joy Jordan Rylie T.! She arrived five weeks early and was very tiny. She did a short stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and went home ready to take on the world!

So how has cloth diapering worked for me so far? 

 
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First, a little background on my childhood. We did NOT grow up green. We were the typical American family. We did not go out of our way to do things or buy things because it was better for our environment. We went with what was convenient and with what everyone else was using and doing.

When I became a nanny several years ago, I slowly started learning about "going green". I had picked up things from different families and began forming in my own mind how I would like to live. The pivot point would have to be when I was a nanny for a beautiful young infant who used cloth diapers. The family utilized a diaper service called Tiny Tots which would drop off a week's worth of prefold diapers and pick up the previous week's dirty diapers. I was hooked. I loved it. 

I decided that when I had kids I would use cloth diapers too! 

Fast forward years later, I am pregnant with my first baby and excited to start using them! 


 
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Here are my DIY diaper pail liners! These took me less than an hour to make from start to finish. 

I don't have any PUL, so I made do with a thrifted mattress protector. I am not quite sure what type of material this is but if it helps to keep your mattress dry from spills or accidents, then I figure it should keep moisture in- and not in the pail, right? 

So how did I make it? 


 
Let me just begin by saying that I am cloth diaper obsessed! Although my baby girl hasn't arrived yet, I've built up for myself a pretty good stash- and for a fraction of what other moms are spending on cloth diapers!

If you go to Target, their main cloth diaper is the brand Charlie Banana, and at $20 a piece, no wonder people shy away at building their own stash. But there are so many ways to cloth diaper your child for cheap- I mean, isn't that why most parents choose to cloth diaper? For it's economy? Not to mention its greenability! I'll delve into the statistics in another post.

So this is what I have in my stash...


The EcoFrugal Mama