Reasons Why I Love Flats

Earth Footwear Butterfly Flats

Do you love flats?  Not the cloth diaper kind, but the shoes!  Ballet flats!   As a working mom with two very active kids, flats are my go-to shoe of choice (well besides my flip flops of course).  Let me count for you all the reasons I love flats.... They are comfortable!  Seriously, I feel like I run a marathon some days between taking the kids to school, karate, gymnastics, baseball, etc.  My favorite pair of Earth Footwear Butterfly ballet flats from their new Spring/Summer 2014 Collection has contoured arch support and comfort footbed cushions from heel to toe! They are fashionable!  While I'm not a yoga pant mom (at least out of the house), I do have my favorite jeans and tank outfit that can always use a little accessorizing.  A cute pair of flats makes me look and feel like I "tried" to be fashionable.   My Butterfly ballet flats are available in 4 fun colors; Grass, Red Plum, Pacific Blue, and Camel. They hide your unpainted toe nails!  Uh oh, you forgot to get ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diapering at Disney World

How to Cloth Diaper at Disney

Planning a trip to Disney World with baby's?  Do you travel with cloth diapers or take disposables along?  We've taken cloth diapers with us on all of our trips to Disney when our littlest was still in diapers.  On the Kelly Wels blog today I'm sharing my tips with you on how you can take your cloth diapers with you.  Want a sneak peek? Hybrids or disposable inserts Flats and covers Diaper services Regular cloth diapers For more information on hand washing and flats check out my post How to Hand Wash Cloth Diapers.  You'll have to modify it slightly depending on the supplies you have on hand while traveling. For more tips on traveling to Disney with kids read my post The Pros and Cons of Strollers at Disney. To read more just head on over the Kelly Wels blog and read the full story on How to Cloth Diaper at Disney World.  Come back here if you have any questions - always happy to help!   ... [ Read More ]

Overnight (or heavy wetter) Flats Solutions

Hemp Babies

Today was the first day in a week that we woke up with a leak!  EEEK!  My tot insists on going pee pee on the potty every night before bed and last night she sat, and sat, and sat but never peed.  When she woke up this morning she said, "Mommy my bankie wet."  I knew what had happened obviously.  We used a single pad folded flat (birdseye cotton) inside a Flip and it just couldn't hold a full nights worth of toddler pee. Tips for Overnights (or Heavy Wetters) When Using Flat Cloth Diapers Double up the layers by using two flat diapers before you fold and place in your cover. Add your favorite insert inside a pad folded flat to increase the absorbency. Use a hemp flat like Hemp Babies (alone or with an extra insert). Use a fleece or wool cover that will catch any leaks and keep them contained. Tonight we are trying our Flip cover with a pad folded Hemp Babies.  Here are my pictures (just excuse the bad lighting and poor iPhone quality - my camera is out of town at the ... [ Read More ]

Q&A About Washing Cloth Diapers by Hand

Today is Day 3 of the Flats & Handwashing Challenge and I've learned a lot over the past few days.  I've had some questions submitted to me that I'd like to answer for you regarding washing diapers by hand.  If you have a question that I haven't answered please leave your question in the comments and I'll be happy to answer them. Q&A About Washing Cloth Diapers by Hand Q: In real life when would you need to wash cloth diapers by hand? A:  While most of us have the luxury of owning our own washer and dryer many people in America still don't have easy access to laundry facilities. Apartments and rental properties, Homeless, Short term housing Emergency shelters Group housing Loss of power Broken washer or dryer Natural disasters Camping Traveling (hotels, cruise ships, and remote locations) Q:  I've tried hand washing our diapers but find stains are harder to get out by hand; do you have any tips on handling stains? A:  For starters especially ... [ Read More ]

How to Hand Wash Flat Cloth Diapers

Hand washing supplies

As a follow up to yesterday's How to Cloth Diaper Your Baby for $50 here is a brief tutorial on how to hand wash flat cloth diapers.  The point of this exercise is to show that even if you don't have access to laundry facilities that you can still cloth diaper your baby.  Keep in mind that my child is 29 months now and we are working on potty training so we only use 5-8 diapers on a bad day.  Today I sent her to day care in an birdseye flat (pad folded) and a flip cover because she refused to put on her big girl panties for me.  We're still using diapers at nap at night-time but at school they are using big girl panties and/or training pants.  For the sake of the exercise I'm including any wet/soiled clothes from school in our hand wash challenge. Today we ended up using: 3 flat diapers, 3 diaper covers, 1 pair of panties, 1 training pant, 1 wipe (disposable at day care), and 1 pair of shorts.  These all needed to be washed before I went to bed so we'd have a fresh clean stash in ... [ Read More ]

Scared of the Snappi – #Flatschallenge


How am I preparing for the flats challenge? I've been integrating our flats into our diaper rotation for a few weeks now but I have to admit I'm quite a lazy flats folder - I usually stick with the pad fold because I can't remember how to do the others (origami or kite fold) without referring back to a diagram or video.  We have a brand new Snappi fastener that's been sitting on our changing table for about a week and Lil' B keeps playing with the package wanting to know what it is.  So tonight after bathtime I decided I was going to try my hand at the origami fold.  I've practiced before but can never remember how to begin - so off to visit Dirty Diaper Laundry on my iphone. I get it folded in about 30 seconds, place it under her bum, and reach for the Snappi.  That is when my little girl expressed her fear of the Snappi - she freaked out! "No mommy! I don't want that!" She squirmed for about 5 minutes while I tried to reason with a 2 year old that this is how the diaper ... [ Read More ]

Flats and Handwashing Challenge – Cloth Diapers


My friend Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry blog has been very busy lately.  First she creates the Cloth Diaper Finder, an amazing program that helps you select the perfect cloth diaper for you based on your preferences.  She's also working on a few other surprises that I'm sure will be equally exciting.  Then a few months ago there were several articles floating around the internet about the lengths that some parents take in order to save a few dollars.  See disposable diapers are expensive and the cost keeps rising.  There are families out there who literally have to make the choice between buying food and buying diapers. Parents will leave disposable diapers on their babies hours longer than they should and some will even go to the extreme of reusing a disposable diaper!!  Sadly it's the babies who suffer; sitting in any diaper for more than a few hours can lead to severe rashes and infections.  Left untreated due to the high cost of medical treatment these babies lives are at ... [ Read More ]

30 Reasons to Love Cloth Diapers – Diaper Covers, Pre-folds, Flats, and Snappis!


Day 17: Diaper Covers, Pre-folds, Flats, and More - back to basics cloth diapering! I normally write about one-sized and pocket cloth diapers because the majority of my stash is made up of these systems.  Since that is what I use most frequently I often forget about the other systems.  I'm surprised to see that a number of families I talk with on Twitter use (and swear by) old fashioned pre-fold diapers.  Yes, many parents still use the simple diapering systems that our parents and grandparents used on us over the new modern systems.  Families prefer pre-folds and flats for their economical benefits, ease of use, and absorbency.  Many parents will travel with pre-folds and flats since they are easier to hand wash when laundry services are unavailable. What is a pre-fold diaper? Many people are familiar with pre-folds because they use them as burp cloths or to dust around the house.  Or am I the only one who was raised using pre-folds around that my mom reused after we grew out of ... [ Read More ]