Cloth Diapers On A Tight Budget

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

I hear it all the time…

We thought about cloth but it was just too expensive.

…and I totally get it. When I was pregnant and looking for advice I would see people with drawers FULL of pockets, AIOs, prefolds, every kind and brand of cover under the sun. I wondered if I had seriously underestimated the amount my baby was going to poop every day.

There is a tendency…for cloth users…to accumulate a huge stash. It makes parents new to cloth feel like they need to get 2 dozen whatevers just to get started. (It’s really not necessary unless you’re 40 miles from the nearest washing machine.)

It didn’t seem like an economical choice at all. I started to worry. “How are we going to do this? It doesn’t seem like we can afford disposable diapers OR cloth. I am a failure as a parent.

If you’re feeling like that, pump your brakes. Once you’ve gotten over the initial hump, they’re really much cheaper. It does look like a lot to buy at once but it doesn’t have to be that way. I have some tips for you. Advice I wish I had found when I was getting started.

first

People are going to give you diapers (and wipes!) whether you ask, want them, or not. At your shower. Co-workers. Acquaintences. The hospital. They’re free. USE THEM while you build your stash.

If you’re alredy using disposables it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Use what you have, build your stash.

second

Skip the newborn sizes. We didn’t get any because I simply couldn’t. It worked out fine because our baby seemed to triple in size the first month.

  1. Newborns poop and pee A LOT. This is why people give you diapers. To get enough cloth to keep up with a newborn is expensive. Especially if you are looking at fitteds or certain WAHM brands.
  2. Your baby will grow out of them so fast. Unless you have a preemie or VERY tiny baby who will be able to put enough miles on that size to make it worth it, don’t bother.
  3. Unless…you know for sure you are going to cloth diaper more newborns. Buy some. Buy more when you have another little.

third

You don’t need that many covers to start. There’s no reason to buy 15 covers. We started with 4 Thirsties Duo Wrap aplix covers (1 blue, 1 green, 2 white). I didn’t like the way they fit the baby. I didn’t like the way the aplix seemed to make the front take longer to air dry than the rest. Some people love them…they didn’t work for us.

One of those were given to us so I actually bought 3. I over-bought 3. I knew within the first week of using it that I wasn’t going to be a huge fan of that particular cover.

My suggestion would be buy 1 of 3 different covers. The three covers we have used, in order of most loved to least:

  1. Blueberry Coveralls – Snap
  2. Bummis Pull-on
  3. Thirsties Duo Wrap – Aplix

Right now we have 6 Blueberry covers with snaps that we trifold medium GMD prefolds into. I wish I had started with those covers because they are truly birth to potty. I adore the pull-ons and they are ideal to use with a fitted or diapering with prefolds and a snappis. Never used any pockets or AIOs because I didn’t want to deal with microfiber or not being able to nuke the diaper with hot water because it was attached to a PUL shell that would ruin if I did.

fourth

100% cotton is your friend. Microfiber tends to be cheaper but more fussy with stains and odors.

All our prefolds are GMD’s Cloth-eez. Start with 1 dozen, Yellow Edge Smalls.

I can’t recommend any Chinese knock-off brands of anything because I have never used them. People love Alva and Sun Baby brands but you’ll have to look for more specific information from other people.

fifth

Register for covers at Amazon. Set up a cloth diaper registry at Green Mountain Diapers. On your shower invites, make sure to note that in lieu of a gift, a monetary donation towards your cloth diaper fund would be greatly appreciated. Every little bit helps.

…and finally

It’s ok.

It’s ok if you buy “china cheapies” on ebay.
It’s ok if you use disposables from time to time.
It’s ok if you look at the Good Mama diapers and want to cry. (Seriously, don’t look.)
It’s ok if you don’t get the cutest covers
It’s ok if you can’t afford adorable made in the USA WAHM fitteds and covers
It’s ok if you decide cloth isn’t right for your family

Ultimately, these are utilitarian products. They are to catch and hold the feces and urine of our sweet little babies. Don’t try to be the Valedictorian of Diapering. I promsie you will be looking at tiny potties and step stools before you know it. Don’t sweat it.

Adding Custom CSS to Bones WordPress Theme

Adding Custom CSS to Bones WordPress theme

I love Themble’s Bones theme as a WordPress theme starter. I’ve used several over the years. TidyTheme’s blankslate is my second favorite but this post is about Bones!

Bones is meant to be used without Child themes which, honestly I’ve never had much luck with. That was one of the first things I liked about it. I downloaded Bones, initially, because I wanted to learn SASS. I didn’t think I would stick with it so I just made alllll kinds of changes to /library/css/styles.css. This is completely safe to do and is exactly what the theme developers intended. However, I wish I had made some of my customizations portable and not all wound up in styles.css. I may want to reuse these particular styles on another project or change themes but easily retain my shortcode styles, for instance.

What you may want to do is add your customizations to a separate css file. Whether you use SASS or not is up to you; WordPress won’t care. You probably will not want to do all of your overrides in your custom.css. You’d be wasting precious bytes and slowing your site down with redundant declarations

Don’t be lazy
WP Dev Beginners: Don’t be tempted to just throw a <link> tag into header.php and call it a day. Enqueue and dequeue your styles and scripts!

Enqueue style in functions.php

Alright. Open functions.php. On a new line after line 207 where you see add_action, paste this:

Create custom.css on your web server however you perfer. That’s it.

Extra Credit: Something I learned

1000 represents the order you want the script/stylesheet to appear.
Without specifying 1000, this shown below from functions.php @ line 45
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'bones_scripts_and_styles', 999);
would cause library/css/styles.css to appear after library/css/custom.css. Depending on how you use this stylesheet, it might cause you problems. We set custom to 1000 to ensure the custom file appears after. All done.

revel

Jasper. Today…you are 17 months old. It’s the last month we’ll say “He’s X months old.” This time next month you will be a year and a half old. From now on your age will be defined by years and halves (until you learn fractions and figure out where the 3/4 mark is).

He’s 2. He’s 2 and a half. He’s almost 3.

18 months, almost.

Last night when your Uncle Paul set up the green picnic table (which has been the kids’ table since I was a kid), I picked you up and put you in your spot for the first time. You were delighted. You sat through the entire meal with Meme’s Finding Nemo spoon, eating nuggets and hashrounds. Drinking from your sippy, watching the big kids.

You figured out how to get up and down by yourself in pretty quick time. After dinner, you climbed up all by yourself and had some more to drink. Swinging your feet and waiting for cheesecake.

I don’t know if you’ll ever read this one day but you’re fascinating to me. Every thing you do is amazing because you’re the one doing it.

Can’t believe you’re mine…

xoxox, momma

Aside Post Format

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

Chat Post Format

Bekabug: progress!
Bekabug: do not be fooled by Nature Valley’s square soft baked oatmeal bars.
grimapples: i shall not
Bekabug: it’s a cookie. it’s not breakfast.

frozen solid

It’s a roasty toasty 70° here in the living room. When we redo the fireplace, electric logs are now 100% out of the question. Yesterday, Lowe’s was selling $700 troybilt generators like they were nothing. Calling after all this is over to see what we can do to equip us with some natural gas lines or a tank. Relying on dumb luck and kindness has gone a long way so far. Hate to press my luck.

Jasper is confused but hanging in there the best one could expect a rambunctious 16 month old to. We got so stir crazy we started shoving batteries into every clock radio, trying to get some news. Turns out the only one with a working radio, while running on batteries only, was my hello kitty teacup clock. Hah!

I love WIVK in an emergency.

The crazy blizzard at noonish was something to see. Zero visibility, total whiteout.

I called SUB again at 2p and she said their plan is to have everyone on tonight, no guarantees it will happen or if it does that it will stay on. I gave the lady I spoke to our street and she sort of paused a moment. Asked me for my full address, name, and phone number.

Here a little bit later, they are in our neighborhood. Fingers crossed.

Earlier, I took the Canon out and snapped a few pics. The ice on everything is very beautiful; especially when the sun was hitting it. Then the wind blows and suddenly it’s perilous. Groaning, creaking, stuff falling. Moved quickly and headed inside. I expect to lose more limbs out of these trees tonight. As long as they fall in the yard and don’t come through the roof or windows, I won’t mind.

A while ago I found a great pin for getting your emergency food prep on. 52 Weeks. Every week you buy one thing.

Well, my phone is about to die and I think I’m done rambling on. Stay warm, luvvies.

treadwear

http://www.nickmom.com/more-lols/how-you-handle-first-second-and-third-child-milestones/

Jasper is getting the benefits of being the second and the first. Benjamin kicked a bunch of the new off of me as a mom. Not to say that I’m not completely smitten with both my babies but what happened changed me…a lot.

Benjamin taught me 3 importan
t lessons that I take with me every day, everywhere. Perfection is futile. Nothing is a sure bet. Treasure every second.

It sounds 2/3 nihilistic but it’s not. He’s made me a way more chill and loving parent.

I do everything within my power to keep Jasper healthy, safe, educated, and make sure he feels loved. Doing it all “perfect” (babyproofing, for example) isn’t going to keep him out of trouble.

It’s not going to keep him from launching himself, head first, out of the crib/off the bed/across the couch the first opportunity he gets. Despite the fact that we babyproofed the cabinet under the sink he STILL managed to get a dishwasher pod in his mouth (but it didn’t burst!)

While I miss him being a tiny cuddly baby sometimes, I relish his blossoming independence and his growing understanding of things. I want him to learn about the world and how to make good choices. You have to bump your head sometimes to do it. We took a pretty hard knock, ourselves.

With Benjamin I wanted him to have lots of wooden toys and all organic bedding and a montessori bedroom and cloth diapers and all natural homemade food. I was so happy Jasper was alive, I couldn’t wait to introduce him to pizza, green beans, baseball, finger paint, puppies, skinned knees, and his Mommy’s magical boo-boo kissing powers.

wheelin

2 observations upon moving out of Maryville:

  1. Maryville is cooler than you think it is.
  2. Maryvillians are the laziest, most spoiled drivers anywhere, period.

Regarding my first observation, Maryville is getting better and better all the time. I hated it with every fiber of
my being for so long. After going out west to NM and getting a little wanderlust, I resented it even more. Now that I have lived here in Sweetwater, I miss it. Sweetwater has her charms but it sucks.

And yeah, ya’ll lazy. I am an hour from everything except Wal-mart. Maryvillians can’t even fathom that and it wasn’t
all that long ago that they were 45 minutes from everything but a Hardees and Simple Simon’s was the hot place to eat after church. Ask them to drive beyond Maryville
city limits? “OH MY GOD! That’s like so out there.”

The laziness…I used to be guilty of it too. Now that it takes me an hour to get home from Maryville and about 45 minutes from
Knoxville? I see just how damn spoiled Maryvillians are with all their places to eat and shop and get gas.
You lucky dogs. People from Townsend…Lenoir City…Madisonville…they all know, too. No one wants to come to your house
because you’re so far out there. You might as well be on Jupiter. If you want to see anyone, you’re gonna have to gas up the car and hit the road.

PS Maryville, you know I love you. I’m just jealous.

PPS call me.