You’ll get no mommy-points from me!

I have been dealing with some late pregnancy insomnia lately so I was up at about 3am reading forum posts and blogs. I came across a forum post about poop-explosions and how to deal with them in public and one response read “well I use cloth diapers so we don’t have this problem because we never get blowouts”. I’ve seen similar posts in the past from mothers who feel that they are somehow superior because they use cloth diapers and think that they are doing somebody a favour by discretely suggesting they do the same.

Well… I will not do this. I honestly feel that we all have our reasons for parenting however we choose and no parent is somehow better because they are a “breast feeding mother” or a “cloth diapering parent” or a “co-sleeping family”. In regards to cloth diapers, they are just not right for everyone. While I am very excited to give them a go and think that there are a lot of benefits to using cloth, I would never even attempt it if I didn’t have my own washer and dryer. I am not sure I would attempt it with twins or if my husband wasn’t also on board with using them. If I had not known anyone who also uses them, I probably would never have given them a second thought and if I didn’t have some extra cash to invest in buying my stash without knowing if I would like it, I probably would have started with disposables. If I was grossed out over bodily fluid, I would have said ‘forget it’!

What I am trying to say is, while I think people should consider the option, I don’t knock people who choose disposables. We are all parents of different situations and to feel like we are not good enough because we chose disposables (or we make any other parenting choice) is just not right. Do what is right for your family and don’t act superior because you think your choice is somehow better than the alternative. At the end of the day, it is only better for you!


Diaper deal love

I snagged an awesome deal today! 2 GroVia covers, 4 inserts and 2 boosters (about a $100 value taxes included) for $30!

Ok, so….. I didn’t need any more diapers but for that price I couldn’t turn it down. They are very lightly used (ie. used for 1 week). I honestly don’t think the person selling them knew she could have easily gotten double her asking price but heck… who am I to fill her in?

So CD parents… Don’t forget to check your local buy and sell sites for cloth diapers, you never know what kind of deal you will find!

Baby watch update: any day now! Can’t wait to meet my little man!

Cloth diaper trial and errors

Finding the right diaper for you is not always easy but once you find a system you like, the leftovers can often be re-sold. It helps to try out different styles and brands first and a diaper trial from a local shop can help you do just that!

Olive Pitts

Ah, cloth diapers, good ol’ cloth diapers.
It has been two years now since I started my adventure in cloth, and boy, have I ever learned a ton!

It all started with a Craigslist ad, “free cloth diaper stash” what? You mean I could diaper my child for free? And it’s only a block away!?(I was 8 months pregnant, lol, good thing it was close)

So I picked them up, checked them out, got very excited, and started researching, and researching and reading and googling and researching.
These diapers were Kushies brand, a Walmart available diaper, plain flannel insides, Velcro tabs, nothing special.

And then I realize that these diapers had horrid reviews, and that ‘gasp’ they won’t fit from newborn! So obviously I had to look for more suitable ones.

Back to Craigslist, I found a bummis diaper set, a lot of pre folds in newborn and infant size…

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High-tech diapers

Today I will diverge a little from my cloth diapering posts to express my opinion on some up-coming disposable diaper trends, specifically the new ‘smart’ diaper by Pixie Scientific (read about it from and the Huggies TweetPee device (learn more from While I generally think that new technology always has a use in our society, I feel that these products have missed the mark.


Pixie Scientific ‘smart’ diaper:

If I understand correctly, this diaper has an embedded QR code on it and when your child pees, the code will change colours. If there are any abnormalities, you can scan the code with your phone and find out more precise info to determine if you should bring your baby to the doctor. While I do think this sounds pretty cool, the idea in general worries me for a number of reasons.

First of all, has technology allowed us to become so far removed from reality that we cannot tell that our children need medical attention? What will happen if the technology in the diaper fails and a parent does not notice? Will parents ignore other medical symptoms if their child’s diaper is still telling them that all is well? Regardless if your diaper is designed to tell you that your baby is sick, parents should know what to look out for and be actively keeping an eye on their children’s health. If they are doing that and they suspect a problem, properly trained medical professionals will be able to run the appropriate tests to get the same info the diaper could have told you (and likely more). Perhaps at that point, when a problem has been suspected, this diaper could be used to gather preliminary data on the baby to help expedite diagnosis but I don’t feel that it is an adequate every-day replacement for watching out for changes in your child. I worry about the families that may use it as such and possibly miss or ignore other medical symptoms because they have become dependant on their diapers.

Secondly, disposable diapers are already full of chemicals! In order to create this colour changing QR code that is supposedly precise enough to measure bacteria levels, chemical reactions are needed. In other words, chemicals are added to the diaper that react with urine to create the colour change. Our babies are exposed to enough and now we want to add more exposure in order to track their health (which we have been able to do all along without the help of a diaper)? It just doesn’t make any sense to me, even if the chemicals used are currently considered safe. By ‘currently considered safe’, I of course mean ‘for now’ as many products are considered safe for a long time to be promptly pulled from the market due to causing detrimental health problems.

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Huggies TweetPee

Moving on to the Huggies TweetPee, which is currently being tested in Brazil. This is not so much a diaper as it is a gadget that works with your diapers. Huggies has launched an official website for this diaper gadget but since it is in Portuguese, my understanding of how it works has come from the news. Basically, it is a device that attaches to baby’s diaper and it sends your phone a message whenever baby needs to be changed. It also tracks how many diapers you use to tell you when to buy more.

My concerns with this device mostly circle around the idea that parents need to be told when to change baby. Shouldn’t we be in regular enough contact with our baby to know if it is time for a change? Huggies already has a colour changing wetness indicator to tell you if baby has peed but now we suddenly need our phones to tell us too? Is that a sign of the times that we are spending more time on our phones than with our babies? Perhaps if you think this product is an awesome idea, you should be asking yourself “why do I not know my baby needs a clean diaper?”.

I will give this product a little credit however. Some parents tend to leave their children in disposables longer than they should, simply because it saves money if they can stretch a few extra hours out of each diaper. Personally, this practice irritates me because if a baby is wet or dirty then they need to be changed as soon as possible. Adults wouldn’t want to live in a dirty or wet diaper for any longer than necessary, why should a baby? So I will credit TweetPee for helping to reduce this problem if it works to remind parents to change baby as soon as a diaper is soiled.

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Cloth wipes?

First of all, this will be my last post until at least July 12th (unless I re-blog something). I am going out of town until late on the 10th and then the 11th is filled with prenatal appts, unpacking and likely a mountain of laundry. I will then be back to posting 2-3 times a week until baby boy is born, at which point I will be on a hiatus for a little bit. 

Today I mostly want your opinions. I have already figured out what diapers I want to start with, what detergent to try, how to make my front loading washing machine give me more water and I’ve gotten my husband on board. I have purchased every little thing I can think of that I may need or want except wipes!

Initially I want to use cloth wipes at home and disposables when I am out. Eventually I will bring the cloth wipes along when I go out too but until I figure out this ‘being a mom’ thing, I will try to keep it simple and not worry about carrying around wipes and solution everywhere I go.

This is where I need your help: what wipes do I buy?!?

I have seen all kinds of brands and most come in at $1-$2 a piece. I have a hard time spending that much on something to wipe up poop but will do it because I know there is money to be saved in the long run. If I absolutely must spend this on wipes, I want to know what the best ones are. That is where you come in! If you have tried cloth wipes, what brands have you tried? Is one kind better than another? Are the thin, tiny baby wash cloths really good enough? How many is a good number to start?

I should mention that I do not sew. As appealing as it is to make my own, I do not have a sewing machine or any sewing supplies, so making my own will not be happening.

Thanks for all of your help! When I return from my trip I will be ordering my wipes and I will let you all know what I’ve purchased. I will do a review on them once baby boy is here.

Hidden Diapering Costs

When considering whether cloth or disposable is right for you, one of the main reasons why people chose cloth is because it can save you money. You will find countless breakdowns online of how basic cloth diapering set-ups can save you a ton of money compared to disposables but there are also some hidden costs on both sides that you may not have considered. Some of these include:

Diaper pail refills (disposables only)

Diaper pail (disposables or cloth): one time purchase but in either case, it can be as inexpensive as you make it

Garbage bags (disposables only)

Garbage collection fees (disposables only): some municipalities limit the number of bags per week, or charge more per bag

Gas (disposables or cloth, depending on where you buy): will be more for disposables as you need to buy them more often and may need to make ’emergency’ trips to the store when you run out

Shipping (cloth only): save by buying more at once to qualify for free shipping

Wasted diapers (disposables): when the sticky tabs break as you put a fresh one on, or baby soils it within minutes

Wipes (disposables or cloth): will cost more for disposable wipes

Laundry/water use (cloth): how much will your utilities increase?

Diaper repair (cloth): velcro may need replacing as it wears out (but this is cheap and easy)

Addiction (cloth only): can you really resist all of those adorable prints?

All of these things really depend on your own personal usage so there is no magic number in how much savings can be attained going one way or the other. Consider your own situation and how these hidden costs will factor into your diapering solution!

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Lil Joeys Review

Reblogging this because I won’t be able to review these anytime soon myself!


Prior to Sweet-T being born we decided to rent some newborn sized cloth diapers. We knew that not all babies are born the same shape and size… Let’s face it, some are long and thin, others are short and chunky, and others are a happy mix. So, when we decided to rent ALL Lil Joeys instead of a good mix, it was a real gamble on our parts.

First thing I have to say about Lil Joeys is how adorable they are! The prints are bright and vibrant, and super fun. (Because if you are going to change a diaper, it may as well look fun…) I am particularly fond of Quinn and Dexter, which is the newest prints for Rumparooz. So, I was super pleased to open my rental box and find that Tami at Kissed by The Moon had magically known I wanted those prints with all…

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CD Sales!

Today I stumbled upon a few sales that are currently on at some of my favourite retailers. In case you are in the market for cloth diapers or just have an addiction and want more.. check these sales out first!

*I have no clue if any of these sales are also available in the USA but at least at the time of publication, they are available to us in Canada*

Bum Genius – Buy 5 BG 4.0, Get 1 Free! 

This sale has been on for a few months now and can end at any time. It is available at most retailers.

AMP – 15% off diaper covers until July 1st!

Available at Cozy Bums

Charlie Banana – 15% off all CB diapers and 6 packs until July 1st!

Available at Cozy Bums

Some Thoughts on Detergent


I have a lot of cleaning supplies in my laundry room!

I have Purex HE, which I was using on my clothing for the longest time because it was cheapest option per load at Costco. I have been going through less than 2 bottles a year and it is really nice to not need to buy it on a regular basis. I also have Clorox bleach HE which to be honest I don’t really use because I find OxiClean works much better. I use OxiClean on any load with a lot of stains or whenever I wash my white bedsheets. I love OxiClean!

Then, I have Tide Ultra HE powder and Nellies. These products came into my home for cloth diapering purposes. If you are just beginning to learn about cloth diapering, you will see countless recommendations for cloth safe detergent and cloth-specific detergents and it may be confusing to know where to start. Truth is, I cannot tell you! One detergent really does not work well for everyone but here is why I ended up with both Nellies and Tide in my laundry room.

I like to save money!

I had a hard time jumping on the Rockin’ Green bandwagon because of the price. 90 loads would cost me almost $23 (tax inc.) which would cost close to 25 cents a load. Most other detergents designed specifically for CD cost about the same. I am trying to ‘save’ money with cloth diapering, not spend it. Considering my Purex was costing me only 10 cents a load, I did not want to pay much more than that, even if one bag would last me 6-9 months if I used it solely on cloth diapers. I needed something cheaper by the load and kept hearing rave reviews on Nellies. Nellies is a more natural detergent than your average grocery store brand and it was cheaper than RNG. I found some at Winners for $6 a bag for 50 loads. With tax factored in, it was just over 13 cents a load. I picked it up and it worked fine on everything I tried it on but then, Winners sold out and I could not find anymore. The only place I can get it now is online and since I like to be cheap, I want to buy it based on whatever deal gets me the cheapest per load cost. That was Costco! For $95+tax you can get 1100 loads! That is less than 10 cents a load but leads to another problem… I may not want 1100 loads because I could possibly get tired of it after 100.

This is why I ended up with Tide Ultra HE. Yes…TIDE! I am sure some of you may already be grieving my diapers assuming that they will be ruined in no time as Tide has enzymes and fragrance in it, but many manufacturers and retailers are now recommending it (see links below). Enzymes and fragrance, after all, are not bad for your cloth diapers but they are discouraged because *some* babies will be sensitive to them (especially if not properly rinsed out). If my baby seems to be sensitive to Tide then I guess I will break down and buy a lifetime supply of Nellies but since neither my husband or I have ever been sensitive to any laundry detergent, I think I will take that gamble for now and go with a detergent that I can easily get for a reasonable price*.

You are probably still thinking: Tide will not work and I will get build-up. I believe that the main reason we get build up is because of fabric softeners, using the wrong detergent for your water type and using the wrong amount of detergent. You can get two types of build-up: from detergent (too much or insufficient rinsing) and from ammonia or left over soiled matter (too little/wrong type of detergent). It is not because of enzymes! In fact, enzymes help clean your diapers because they help break down soiled matter that causes diapers to stink (

Moving on from why Tide is safe, I also want to talk briefly on my opinion of cloth-specific detergents and why they are pushed so hard when one of the easiest to find detergents is much cheaper. It is is a simple reason in that cloth-specific detergents are sold by CD retailers! They want you to buy the detergent that they sell instead of going to Walmart or Costco and buying plain old Tide because they make money off of CD-specific detergents and no money off Tide. It is the same reason why when you buy from an electronics store they push so hard for you to buy the extended warranty – because they make more money this way.

Still not convinced? Here are the retailers and manufacturers that I know of that recommend Tide in some capacity: 

Kanga Care (manufacturer of Rumparooz)

AMP Diapers (manufacturer) – says that many people use Tide with no problems

FuzziBuns (manufacturer) – recommend Tide Free

Grovia (manufacturer) – lists it as recommended by their customers and has suggested it on their Facebook page

Happy Heinys (manufacturer) – used to recommend Tide but now features Country Save (it does not discourage Tide however)

Padded Tush Stats (CD statistics site) – One of the highest rated detergents

Nature Bumz (retailer)

Jillian’s Drawers (USA retailer) 

Tiny Tush (USA retailer)

*Price of Tide: In my case, I can get a box of 120 loads for $20+tax. This works out to over 18 cents a load so it is not a huge savings compared to RNG unless you cut down the amount you use. I believe that when it comes to regular (ie. not ‘natural’ variety) detergents, many of us can get away with much less detergent. When I first bought Tide, I measured 4 TBSP to the first line and started out only using 2 TBSP per wash. The amount certainly gets my clothing clean no problem so in very least I can cut my cost per load down by half! In lightly-soiled loads (ie. clothing that is being washed just because it was worn), I only use 1 TBSP. My clothing never smells or looks dirty and in fact, it seems cleaner than the Purex I was using. If I find I need more than the 2 TBSP when washing CD then I have still saved a lot of money over all.

Excuse me while I shake my fist in anger

Eye opening blog post! Worth a read!

Diaper Parties by Crystal

Every once in a while a great idea just presents itself to you.  I had this moment not too long ago after reading a highly disturbing article about low income families who, when faced with the decision of choosing between buying food or buying diapers they bought food (obviously!) and then cleaned up or dried out the used disposable diaper and reused it.  I was horrified.  Having a 7 month old baby myself it broke my heart to think of what a fellow mom must feel when making this choice…watch your children go hungry or put a diaper full of dried piss (or worse) back onto your baby’s bottom.  Being a cloth diapering mama myself I thought, “Well, how simple is this problem to solve?!  They need cloth diapers!”

A few days later I read another article, this one about how Finland gives a box to every expecting mama that…

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