Before our toddler was born my husband left it up to me as to whether we would use disposable or cloth diapers. I knew his preference was cloth for both financial and health reasons. I felt the same way, so I researched the different types to see what was out there. I hadn’t changed a baby’s diaper in, well, ever really so I had no idea what I was looking for. Somewhere on some search board I came across these:

 

These, my friends, are what have made cloth diapering so easy that I find using disposables when traveling rather difficult and quite leaky. These are the Mother-Ease one size diapers. I love these diapers for many reasons, but one is simply because they were designed by a mother from Canada who wanted better cloth diapers for her baby.

The first thought that popped into my head when I thought of cloth diapering was "Oh no, I hope I don’t stab our baby with a pin." These are pin free and so easy. They literally work from 8 lbs. up. Both our 6 week old baby and our two year old toddler are using the same diapers as we speak. Granted, our baby has a huge bum, but it’s very cute and charming on a little guy like him. When we first ordered diapers we ordered the complete package. This supplied us with diapers, soaker liners and covers.

I know it’s a lot of money up front, but it certainly does pay for itself in the long run. I also realize there are less expensive ways to do cloth diapering, but this is what we chose. After a while we ended up ordering 12 more diapers, along with larger diaper cover sizes along the way.

Diaper Covers

The covers are great, too. We have used the air flow covers. We very rarely have leaks, and they generally occur not because of the diaper cover but because our little man is a heavy wetter, especially when he gets a hold of a cup of tea :). As our 2 year old has grown out of them we simply order new ones and save the old ones for the next in line.

Our baby is now wearing the small diaper covers that originally came with the complete package. We have not had a single leak since we put him in these hand-me-down diaper covers about 4 weeks ago. We hope to re-use all of our toddler’s diaper covers for the baby.

Wipes

We also chose to use cloth wipes for the same reasons as cloth diapers – cost and health. To dampen the wipe we use a thermos with warm water and a couple of drops of tea tree oil. This cleans them up with no added chemicals or alcohol and the tree oil acts as both a deodorizer and a disinfectant. We purchased some wipes online and I (ahem) tore some old wash cloths in half and didn’t sew them up. I remember telling my husband "Look, I cut all of those washcloths in half and now we have twice as many wipes." He looked at me and said "You know the edges are going to fray, right?" Whoops :). We still use them, though. Our baby’s bums don’t know the difference. Tomorrow I will post about how we do diaper pails and cloth diaper washing. 

I am hoping this will be the first in a series of how we do certain things in our household. This is not necessarily the right way or the only way, but the way that things work for us. Right now what is running through my head is all related to simple living concepts, the first of which is how we do drinking containers for all ages around here.

 

Adults – Mason Jars.

This past summer with being pregnant I was drinking water constantly it seemed. I am not a huge fan of plastic containers for many reasons, but one day found myself without a plastic container to fill up before I left the house. So I reached for the only thing that I could guarantee would have a leak proof lid – a quart mason jar. So now whenever I need to carry water I grab for the glass quart jars in the cupboard.

Cons: Obviously glass is breakable so we try to be careful when on hard surfaces. I have, however, dropped these on our hard tile floor in the kitchen and they have simply bounced, so they are pretty durable.

Toddlers – Klean Kanteen.

Once our little guy was ready to move on from the bottle (more on that below), we were looking at handing him plastic sippy cups we had been given as a baby shower gift. There was nothing inherently wrong with these cups, but again we wanted something other than plastic. We looked online and found the klean kanteen. They make all sorts of sizes, and thankfully a small one with a sippy spout. Our toddler used the plastic sippy cups until our klean kanteen arrived in the mail.

Cons: Inevitably your toddler will drop it or ‘accidentally’ knock it off of the high chair tray. When this happens a dent can be made in the kanteen. It is only cosmetic, though. Also, their is the risk of your toddler dropping a full one on his toe and that would probably be painful, although ours never has. He always seems to dump it out instead :).

Babies – Glass Bottles. Picture Credit.

When we originally found out that I wasn’t making enough breast milk to sustain our first son we were in a panic and sent my mom out to buy bottles that would most closely resemble eating from mama. She brought back some great bottles with disposable liners which was great since I was constantly nursing or pumping and had little time to fuss with bottles. Eventually, though, we realized that plastic wasn’t what we wanted.

So we bought some evenflo glass bottles for our first baby. He rejected them straight away, no matter how many times we tried to give them to him. The nipples were much different than the plastic bottle ones and also much different than mama (since I was still breastfeeding). So we gave up and he continued to use the plastic bottles until we got him his klean kanteen. This time around when it was apparent that I wasn’t making enough milk again my husband headed out to the store. He brought home Dr. Brown’s glass bottles. I wondered if the baby would take them again, but thankfully we had no problems this time around since we started him on the glass bottles right away.

These have worked well for us and we just purchased the larger 7 oz. bottles since our little guy is eating up a storm.

Cons: Again, glass is breakable. You have to be careful not to heat the bottle up too much when you heat it. We have never had a problem with a shattered bottle, though. Also, it takes a bit more effort and time to wash these out since a). they’re not disposable and b). they have more parts to them since they contain an air release to cut down on gas.