How to Prepare an Emergency Kit When You Cloth Diaper

Hurricane

  (8/24/12) Added a few more notes due to some comments like this:  "No offense, but I think cloth diapering my baby would be the least of my worries during a hurricane!" This week there was an Earthquake in the East and now Hurricane Irene is heading towards the East Coast as well.  Living in Florida for the past 6 years I'm familiar with hurricane preparations - you know the last minute trips to the store to stock up on batteries, bottled water, and canned food.  However, I've never given much thought to preparing my emergency kit for a baby.  Sure I have a baby but I'm really not a planner.  I will probably been the person on the news crying because we don't even have fresh water - unlike my best friend who could probably live for six months on her supplies. How to Prepare an Emergency Kit When You Cloth Diaper Whatever natural disaster you are planning for you need to assume that you may be without power, water, and other modern conveniences for 1-5 days. Items to ... [ 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 ]