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“those are some fancy diapers”

That’s what the pediatrician said when he unbundled Baby A. for her weigh-in and saw one of these on her tush:

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A. was lucky to get several handmade birth-day gifts, including these flannel diapers from my aunt and cousin, and a monogrammed swaddle sheet from my mom.  Aren’t they adorable?  I decided to go for it and try cloth diapers this time around.  Besides being easier on my budget, an environmental-engineer friend of mine successfully swayed me with bits of info about the chemical byproducts of disposable diapers.  "It’s just not good to have soggy chemicals sitting on their tushes for two or more years, you know?"  Made sense to me.  Not to say that those of us who have used or continue to use disposable diapers are somehow terrible mommies, especially since there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of conclusive evidence for or against either choice, but I thought I’d at least give cloth a chance.  Kind of like my experiment with making E.’s baby food. It was much easier than I thought it would be and when we had to temporarily use jar food, I was surprised at how incovenient the shopping and lugging and storing and taste-testing that seemed to be comparatively.  I suspect cloth diapering is the same way: a little inconvenient to figure out at first, then easy-peasy going forward.  We’ll see and I’ll let you know.  By the way, don’t you think these are cute enough to sell?

Anyway, these handmade flannel ditties were so adorable that they inspired the "snuggle flannel" binge I went on at Joann’s Fabrics on Black Friday (courtesy my mom, the enabler).  Yes, I said that right.  My barely unpregnant self braved several hours among a sea of fabric-frenzied women on Black Friday of all days.  But at $1 a yard for flannel and all those coupons, I just couldn’t resist. The day was fairly civil; and I kept my Christmas Claws in check, for the most part. 

Now I have to find a place for the seventeen pounds of snuggle flannel I brought home and a sliver of space on my crowded bookshelf for this book my mom also bought (yes, I realize I’m a little behind on the craft-book bandwagon, you crafty former-textile-designer-turned-SAHM-bloggers who get advanced copies of this stuff):

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Okay, I promise – next post is the pink tree. 😉

Links of Interest:

The Poop On Eco-Friendly Diapers  The Joy of Cloth Diapers  Real Diaper Assoc. Fact Sheet  How to Set Up and Use a Cloth Diapering System

Sarah Byrum - I am so excited to have a friend who has already done the “figuring out” to cloth diapers. I have searched and read a ton about cloth diapers, but you only REALLY know after you use them. I can’t wait to pick your brain…when the time comes. I hope you got your package today! If not, you should get it Monday. I am glad to see your getting out and about.

Elizabeth - those are such sweet dipes! Totally cute and professional enough to sell. Are they fitteds or AIO?

charlotte - yes, they are so adorable, Crystal and good for you- braving the cloth diaper route! your girls will be grateful when they are old enough to understand the care you had – for them and for the world they live in. xoC

Dorothy - Very cool, I attempted to make some cloth dipes when H was little I was too nervous to mess up the PUL material, so it sits in the closet. I did use Bum Genius and Fuzzi Bunz, they worked great for us. Cloth is addicting!! If u haven’t checked out http://www.diaperswappers.com u should also http://www.hyenacart.com

Jenny - Good luck – my daughter has been in cloth for 14 months and it really isn’t inconvenient at all. Plus it’s so much cuter than disposables.

The Goddess - Oh! Those are SOOO cute. Makes me wish I had done cloth diapers.

killlashandra - Those are amazing. I may have to keep cloth diapers in my mind. Thanks.

Pinky - Crystal, I cloth diapered my babies and loved it. It’s much easier than most people think, especially if you use the “dry method”. Have fun and enjoy knowing that you’re saving tons of money!!
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susan - how about an update on the cloth diaper project? i need some more ammo to convince my niece. told her i would make them if she would use them. she still said no when i reminded her they were good enough for her and her sister’s tushies. i don’t like the idea of mystery chemicals on my great-niece’s sweet bum.
super blog, by the way. thanks for sharing your family with us, especially the sacrifices you all make as a military family.

glass baby bottles - The debate is still on between cloth diapers and the pampers.

Retro Jordan - In overcast conditions the skylight is always blue (clear skies are needed for the pink light) and it is generally much darker, with night falling much more quickly.