Monday, September 17, 2012

A Day at the "Beach" - A DIY Recipe for Cloud Dough

Oh...what to do when it is over 100 degrees outside and you don't feel like packing everything up to go to the beach? You make cloud dough! Soft, fluffy, mold-able cloud dough!

I had seen the idea on Pinterest awhile back and was really looking forward to making it! I thought it would be so much fun to bring the "beach" indoors on a hot day. It is a super, easy-peasy recipe that only needs 2 ingredients to make. 

Cloud Dough Recipe:
8 cups of flour
1 cup of baby oil


Mix ingredients together in a bowl until the baby oil is thoroughly mixed in. Transfer to a bigger container (I used a small, shallow under bed storage container) and add scoopers, moulds, shovels, cups, beach toys, etc and let the fun begin!

Little man had a blast helping me scoop and dump the flour, pour the baby oil in and then stir and mix our concoction together! I think this has been one of the more successful creations - little man played with this for over an hour for 3 days in a row! He couldn't wait to dive in every day to build castles and knock them down! It also lasts a really long time. We just keep the lid on the plastic box and it has kept nicely.

Little man calls the container his sand table. :) This made me think that it would make the perfect addition to an actual sand table...and that we should make him one!

Tea Collection Favorites on Sale for a Limited Time!

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Here are the sale details:

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 (Offer only valid 9/17-9/20)

Stock up on comfortable and durable pants for boys. Mix and match adorable girls' tops and bottoms for endless outfit combinations. There are so many cute options like the Laululintu Tee for girls, and the Kalmari Layered Tee for boys. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this amazing sale from Tea Collection! 

Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: 29 Weeks

Happenings of the Harper Household

I've been linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. She has since had her little girl (Yay!), but I still wanted to continue to keep a pregnancy journal. I'm excited to keep  sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!

  29 Weeks!

This week, baby boy is measuring about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds. He still has a bit of weight to gain and should just about triple his weight before birth! His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, as is his head, which is getting bigger and bigger to make room for his growing brain! His skeleton is hardening as well and our little guy is needing even more calcium because of it. Little boy is not only moving and kicking, but he is plumping up too. He is probably starting to get a bit cramped, which is probably why I can feel him rolling and jabbing so well! As my belly is growing to make room for our little guy, my skin is stretching, making for an itchy belly! Also, as baby boy is growing he will continue to put pressure on my digestive system, which can lead to pelvic pain and also make me have to go to the bathroom more often!   
 About me & baby boy this week….
Symptoms:  I have been really hungry lately! I eat smaller meals, since I also get full really quickly. But, some days, I feel like I am almost constantly hungry! I still am dealing with an achey back, but I feel like it is at least manageable with baths. Baby boy is as active as ever, especially in the evenings! Also, it seems like baby boy is filling up as much space as he possibly can! It seems like I couldn't possible get any bigger...but I know that's not the case! I personally think it looks like my baby bump has really "popped" out too! On that note, my belly button is starting to, err... go away. It is getting flatter and I'm sure it's only a matter of weeks before it's non-existent! With little man, my belly button went flat towards the end. It never popped out, but it was definitely flat! I was also just telling hubby that I was surprised that the linea negra (the black line that runs down your belly) hadn't shown up yet. (With little man it ran from the top of my belly to the bottom) When lo and behold, this morning, I noticed a faint dark line starting to appear. I guess it's coming back! With little man it lasted for 6 months or longer after he had been born too! It seemed to take forever to go away! Braxton hicks contractions seemed to also amp up this week - I guess my muscles are getting serious about preparing for birth! 

Weight Gain: I am up to 154.8lbs. - not much of a difference this week, only up .4lbs. 

Cravings: The other day, I suddenly exclaimed that nachos sounded really good. Of course, I wanted them to be healthy nachos with real cheese. Velveeta sounds gross, but the idea of melted cheese over chips sounds super yummy! I'm not sure where that craving came from though, since I can't remember the last time I have eaten nachos! (I haven't succumbed to my craving, because unless I make nachos, I doubt that healthy nachos exist.) 

Food Aversions: No real food aversions, but I just feel like I can't eat very big meals. I get full quickly and then super hungry again (usually within 2 hours).
What made me cry this week:  Nothin' honey!

Medical Stuff: I got the results back from my gestational diabetes test - I got 5 stars! No diabetes, not even a hint of anemia and my midwife was so excited when she called, saying that my results were some of the healthiest that they had seen in awhile! Yay! that brightened up my day! If I had to have blood work done, at least I passed with flying colors! Other than that, there's not much going on. I only have one more appointment that is 4 weeks from now, then after my next appointment (at 32 weeks), I start seeing my midwife every 2 weeks! I feel like my due date is approaching so quickly! I almost feel like I'm going to blink and the baby will be here! Hopefully I will get the new nursery decorated before he gets here! Although, he will be sleeping in our room, so I doubt he'll complain if the room isn't completely decorated. ;)

Thoughts from little man:  Little man hasn't talked a whole lot about his little brother lately. He just smiles shyly when someone asks him about his brother and remains quiet. 

Something I am excited about: I really want to get started on decorating the nursery! We chose yellow, gray and white for his room colors! Pinterest has become my best friend for ideas and I am excited to create some of the ideas in the nursery!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Nordic Naturals & Healthy Child Healthy World Back to School Promotion

Nordic Naturals wants to make a difference in the lives of children. This year, Nordic Naturals has teamed up with the nonprofit group, Healthy Child Healthy World. They want to help educate families everywhere with their message:
"It is essential that we protect our children from harmful contaminants by creating healthy environments where our children can grow, thrive, and flourish."

In today's world, there are a growing number of toxins and chemicals that are affecting everything from the food we eat to the products that we bring into our home and beyond. Nordic Naturals and Healthy Child Healthy World are concerned about this issue and how it is affecting our families:
"Our children live in a world that is vastly different from years ago. More than 80,000 chemicals, most of which did not exist fifty years ago, are registered for use in commerce in the United States, and approximately 700 new ones are introduced every year. These chemicals are used in everyday items such asfood, shampoo, toys, furniture, electronics, household cleaners, and lawn care products, to name just a few. The effects of most of these chemicals on human health are unknown. Of these high-volume chemicals, only 43% have been tested for potential human toxicity, and only 7% have been studied for their possible effects on child development. Even fewer have been tested for their health effects when they interact with one another. What is this doing to our kids? For the most part, we don’t really know. It’s largely an unregulated experiment—and our children are the canaries in the coalmine."
The reality of toxins and chemicals not only affecting us, but our children can be a scary thought. How do we protect ourselves and our children? How can we prevent these chemicals from affecting our children? 

I try to educate myself about creating a healthier environment for our family. It has been a journey for me and I feel that every step I make is a step towards making a healthier home and future for my family. I am continually trying to eliminate toxins from our home to make it a safer, cleaner and greener place. Here are some of the things that I do to make our home a greener place:

  • We used cloth diapers with little man (and are going to be using them for baby #2). There are a lot of chemicals in paper diapers and the amount of waste that heads out the door to a landfill is just staggering! Switching to cloth has kept those chemicals off our our sons bottom and it is also helping to keep waste out of our landfills.
  • We use all-natural detergents that are free of fillers, fragrances and chemicals. I found that this really helped to clear up little man's bumpy, rashy skin on his arms.
  • We have switched out traditional, store bought household cleaners and replaced them with more eco-friendly cleaners or simply use baking soda and vinegar to clean with. It is truly amazing how many things you can clean with vinegar! 
  • My goal has been to swap out all of our beauty products, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, etc. for products that have less toxins than traditional products. This has been a slower process, as I am still learning about which brands are truly better. When I am out looking for new products, I look at the ingredients - the fewer the better! The more ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are ...even better!
  • We try to only have healthy, natural and/or organic foods into our home. I rarely buy processed or boxed food items and try to stick to making most meals from scratch. We shop at our local farmers market, which is fun and it is so nice to buy organic foods that come from the farms within a small radius of where we live. Ever since I learned about the "Dirty Dozen", I have really tried to keep pesticides out of our home and bodies that could be lurking in our foods. We also joined a CSA program this year. I love supporting a local, organic farm and getting a box full of goodies every two weeks. Not only have I learned more about foods and learned some great, healthy recipes, but I also think that I have added a lot of variety to our diets. 
  • We have also added vitamins and omega-3's to our families daily diets. While I try to make plenty of balanced and varied meal options, there are some days that little man just doesn't want to eat much or we are out and about and don't eat as healthfully as I would like. Vitamins are a great way to fill in the days nutritional "gaps" and omega 3's help your brain to work and function better. Little man takes a liquid form of omega 3's and we call it his "brain juice"!
  • We have houseplants growing throughout our home (especially in the bedrooms). Not only is it nice to have some greenery throughout our home, but plants like english ivy and philodendrons (among others) are great at filtering toxins out of the air in your home.
I enjoy educating myself and have found Healthy Child Healthy World to be a great resource as I try to learn more. They are a nonprofit organization that encourages healthy living and awareness of unnecessary toxic risks to children's health. Healthy Child Healthy World, empowers parents to take simple steps to create healthier environments for children. I appreciate that they don't make their information overwhelming, but rather, they encourage you with easy actions and responsible lifestyle choices. You can check them out at to learn more information.

This year Nordic Naturals and Healthy Child Healthy World have partnered together for a wonderful Back-to-School Promotion. Nordic Naturals will donate a portion of proceeds from selected Nordic Naturals children’s products to Healthy Child Healthy World during its Back-to-School promotion, which will run from August 1st   through October 31st. One dollar of every bottle sold of the following products will be donated to Healthy Child Healthy World:

Nordic Berries™ – chewy, sweet-and-sour multivitamins provide 100% of  the daily value of the most essential nutrients
Nordic Omega-3 Gummies™ – easy-to-chew, omega-3 tangerine treats for ages   2+
Children’s DHA™ – chewable, strawberry-flavored omega-3s support brain   and visual function for ages 3+
Baby’s DHA – omega-3s for babies 5-35 lbs. with a measured dropper   for easy addition to formula or food

I think that this is a great promotion and one that I am more than happy to support! I buy the Nordic Berries and Children's DHA for little man. He absolutely loves the Nordic Berries and I love that he is getting a healthy source of vitamins and omegs 3's every day!

You can connect with Nordic Naturals through Facebook and Twitter as well as shopping for their products at your local healthy food store. You can connect with Healthy Child Healthy World through Facebook, Twitter and follow along on their Blog.

*I have partnered with Nordic Naturals and Healthy Child Healthy World for for this post. I will receive product compensation for writing this post. The compensation has not influenced my opinion.*

Monday, September 10, 2012

Homemade Crayons - A DIY Project


After making our Melted Crayon Artwork, I was trying to think of other fun things to do with crayons and the sun. I remember seeing posts about taking leftover, broken crayon bits and melting them in the oven into fun shapes using silicone molds. I thought that little man might enjoy making some fun, chunkier shaped crayons, so we set out to peel, chop and melt!

I didn't have a lot of broken crayon bits, so I just used whole or stubbier crayons. My mom helped little man and I peel all the paper off of our crayons to get them ready for the chopping block. Little man loves to help chop with the knife (definitely under lots of supervision, of course!), so he helped me chop up all of our fun, bright colors. Then he helped me scoop up our different color piles and drop them into our heart-shaped silicone mold. 

It was another toasty, 100+ degree day, so I just set the tray outside in the sun! We quickly retreated back inside, since it was stiflingly hot outside!

About 1-2 hours later, I went to go check on the crayons and they had melted beautifully inside their molds! 

Liquid colors! So pretty!

I brought them inside to cool and let little man take a peek at his melted creation. After they were cool, they easily popped out and they were ready for paper! I love that the shape is smaller - it seems easier for little hands to grab onto. Funny enough, after an initial coloring spurt, little man preferred to put them back in the mold and pop them out, over and over and over! :)

I think that these could also make great homemade valentines gifts, party favors or stocking stuffers! I'm sure that you could find different shaped molds for any occasion - stars, cars, flowers, etc. They're easy to make in the sun (or in the oven, if it's not very toasty where you live!) and a fun project to involve little ones with!

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Best Cloth Diaper Accessories

 Looking back on my time cloth diapering little man (just about 2.5 years), I really grew to love some of my accessories. Since little man is mostly potty trained (except at night), I had put away the majority of my cloth diapers and accessories. This past week though, I have been pulling things out and going through them to start getting ready to cloth diaper our little boy who is due in November!

I thought I would share what I think the best cloth diaper accessories are:

Thirsties Fab Wipes1. Cloth Wipes: It took me a little longer to jump onto the cloth wipe wagon than the cloth diapering wagon. Somehow I thought disposable wipes were easier or less gross. I finally decided to give them a try and once I did, I was hooked! I quickly learned that cloth wipes were in fact, easier! It was simple to just roll a wipe up in a soiled cloth diaper and then toss then in the wash with my cloth diapers. Much easier and cheaper than constantly buying disposable wipes. Thirsties Fab Wipes are by far my favorite! They are nicely sized and they are made up of 2 layers for extra cleaning power! They are soft, come in fun colors and they get the job done!

2. Wet Bags: A good wet bag is a lifesaver! If you plan on going out of the house with your little one, you will need something to contain wet, soiled cloth diapers to prevent the smell and wetness from lingering anywhere that you don't want it. My favorite is the Planet Wise Wet Bag - they are made really well and the zipper closes securely, keeping smells and dampness inside, where they belong. I love the different size options as well as all the fun patterns! Wet bags are also great for storing a change of clean clothes (for mama and baby...especially when dealing with spit-up), wet clothes after a trip to the pool or beach, or a wet outfit when a cloth diaper leaked or mama's wet shirt when baby has decided that your shirt makes the perfect burp rag. You can never really have too many wet bags!

3. Diaper Rash Cream: Little man has always had sensitive skin - whether it was a rash on his chin and cheeks from drooling, dry skin on his arms or red, rashy skin on his bum when he would wake up in the morning... he just seemed prone to rashes. I tried quite a few different cloth diaper safe creams and little man and I were both happiest when we discovered Angel Baby Bottom Balm! I just love that it is made with organic ingredients and that it is safe to use with cloth diapers! Another big plus is that it is a multipurpose balm for babies and adults- you can use it on scratches, rashes and more! This is definitely a staple in my diaper bag and at home.
Eco Sprout Cloth Diaper Detergent4.  Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent: One thing that I really researched before investing in cloth diapers was how to clean them (without ruining them, preferably). I really wanted to know how to best take care of my cloth diapers so that they would last as long as possible and stay looking nice. At our house, we have hard water and it took me a little while to find just the right wash routine. But, I am happy to say, that I have it down and haven't had very many issues! The detergent that works best for me is Eco Sprout Cloth Diaper Detergent. I love it! It smells great, it works in all water types and can be used with our HE, front-loading machine. It has also been great for little man's sensitive skin. He hasn't broken out with a rash on his arms since I switched to using Eco Sprout and now I use it on all of his laundry! I also want to mention that we stopped using dryer sheets all together when I started cloth diapering little man. (Dryer sheets can coat your diapers and make them loose absorbancy!) Instead of dryer sheets, I use wool dryer balls and love them!

Babykicks Hemparoo PREMIUM Joey Bunz5. Inserts/Doublers: Once little man started soaking through a standard insert at night, I started looking for something trim and absorbent to add to his night time diapers. I found Babykicks Hemparoo PREMIUM Joey Bunz to work perfectly for us. I just placed them under a microfiber insert and stuffed them into my night-time diaper and we were good to go! I love that hemp is not only eco-friendly, but that it can absorb a lot of liquid as well! Plus, the shape of these doublers was also great for having a boy - a little wider in the front and back than the middle. :) 

Those are my favorite cloth diaper accessories! What are your favorite cloth diaper accessories? Do you have one that isn't on my list? I would love to know! Maybe I will find a new accessory that I love for baby #2!

Shop for the best cloth diapers and accessories at Diaper Junction!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: 28 Weeks - the Start of the 3rd Trimester!

 Happenings of the Harper Household

I've been linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. She has since had her little girl (Yay!), but I still wanted to continue to keep a pregnancy journal. I'm excited to keep  sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!

  28 Weeks!

This week, I am starting my 3rd trimester! Yay! I am now 2/3 of the way there (depending on when our little boy decides that he's ready, of course). Baby boy is measuring about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and measures about 13.6 to 14.8 inches. He is  continuing to get ready for his grand entrance by practicing his breathing skills! His little lungs are almost developed enough for life on the outside! He is also adding some fat to his frame, which will help to smooth out his wrinkly skin (I think I'd be wrinkly if I were floating in fluid for 28 weeks too!). My body is continuing to prepare and my colostrum has come in to get ready to nourish our little one (maybe that's why I've been so sore and tender lately). Also, Braxton Hicks contractions will start to increase as my body prepares for labor. It is so amazing that women's bodies were designed to grow life and prepare to deliver them! I am constantly in awe of everything that is going on inside of me!   
 About me & baby boy this week….
Symptoms:  I am pretty sure that our little boy likes to hang out on my sciatic nerve that runs down the left side of my body. Hopefully he's comfy, because it's not so pleasant for me! :) Chiropractic adjustments do help, but the relief usually just lasts a day or two before the little guy is back to putting pressure on my sciatic. I have also found that certain yoga positions can help to lessen the ache and a warm bath really, really helps! I love water for relieving pain! Hopefully it will also help during labor! I have been feeling our little boy move and roll and kick - he is as active as ever! I love it though - it is so fun to feel him move around! I think that I have been feeling some Braxton Hicks contractions. They feel like my whole belly is getting tight for just a few seconds. been getting headaches that can last for most of the day or just a few hours. Overall though, I am feeling pretty good! I am feeling a bit "bigger" and noticing that I tire more easily and that it is just a tad harder to get out of a deep armchair! ;) 

Weight Gain: I am up to 154.6lbs. I have gained 3.4lbs in the last 2 weeks. I'm not exactly sure what the "going rate" is for weight gain right now, but my midwife seems to be happy with where I am at!

Cravings! No real specific cravings this week. I definitely have a desire to eat a lot of healthy foods, like beans, veggies and salads. I have been feeling like eating smaller meals and not making "heartier" dishes. That could be because I don't have as much room anymore, so smaller, more frequent meals definitely sounds better to me.

Food Aversions: Still no food aversions! I have a bit of a prenatal vitamin aversion, haha! I am a bit tired of taking them every single day, but I still do (no need to worry!). 
What made me cry this week:  No tears for me, thank you very much! :

Medical Stuff: I had my 28 week appointment with my midwife yesterday! I always look forward to those! I did have to have the diabetes blood work test though. (Boo!) I am 99.999% sure that I do not have diabetes, but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry. I really hate needles and I was so worried going in! Last time they drew blood, I passed out, so I was worried that the same thing would happen again. I really wanted to do better though and since I had just finished reading The Birth Book, by Dr. Sears, I thought I would give some of the relaxation techniques a try! Might as well get some practice in before I really need it for the big day! I am happy to say that with hubby's help (and little man too - he patted my leg and said, "It's ok mama") and I also had a friend pray for me, that I actually did amazingly well! It hurt at first, but the anxiety and intense pain wasn't there like it had been before! Yay! I was so happy that I got through it and was able to relax. It gave me a lot of encouragement for delivering this little boy. Also on a happy note- I didn't have to drink that gross glucose "drink"! My midwife gave me a list of alternate foods to eat or drink 1 hour before the test. So, I had a 4oz glass of apple juice, 2tsp of honey and a small banana. Yum! So much tastier! 
Little man helped out with the doppler again - he just loves it! He also loves sitting on the little stool right next to our midwife while we are chatting. It is so cute! He just has to sit next to her (or play with the spray nozzle in the birthing tub...) We got to hear our little guys heartbeat again! I don't think I will ever tire of that. My midwife also felt to see where our little boy is positioned and he seems to be chilling in the most common position - head down, his butt is on my right and his legs are on my left. It would be nice if he stayed that way - seems like he may be anxious to meet his mommy, daddy and big brother!

Approximate location of our baby boy ;)

Thoughts from little man:  Little man is generally unaware that I have a big baby bump. Or, perhaps he just doesn't think that this belly should affect my range of motion or activity level! If you ask him where his baby brother is, or what's inside mommy's belly, he does know that that is where his baby brother is. He also is pretty good at saying his new brother's name (yup! we picked out a name...finally!) and after a bit of thought, he will usually say it with a smile on his face. :)

Something I am excited about: We have our first Bradley Method class coming up on the 16th and I am excited to see what that is like. Also, I am sure excited to be in the 3rd trimester. Nesting seems to have really kicked in and I can't wait to work on decorating the nursery! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Getting Ready to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

When I first started cloth diapering little man, he was just over 4 months old. I remember seeing a mom in my breastfeeding group with BumGenius diapers and I was floored at how they looked like they worked similarly to disposables but so much cuter! I chatted casually with her about them and she told me how easy they were to use and wash. She told me to go check them out online ...and that's what I did... as soon as I got home! Hubby and I were tired of cracking open our wallets to buy disposable diapers. I spent some time researching cloth diapers and was blown away! They looked so easy to use! 
Little man in his first cloth diaper!

Since I discovered that cloth diapers were indeed modern and convenient, hubby and I jumped in and we haven't looked back! I loved cloth diapering little man! I even branched out and learned how to use flats and prefolds on little man and I actually really liked them! Iit really opened my eyes to the variety of diapering styles that are out there.

Now that we are preparing to welcome baby boy #2 into our arms, I have newborn cloth diapers on the brain! Since we didn't start cloth diapering little man until he was 4 months old, I have no experience with diapering a new, tiny baby. I have been researching some of the options and reading about what other cloth diapering mamas love or find to work the best. One thing that I have read over and over is that prefolds and covers are the way to go! They are easy to adjust for fit, absorbent, inexpensive and easy to clean. Those all sound like good things to me!

Even though I have plenty of one sized diapers, I have heard that it is best to start your new baby out in sized diapers or prefolds and covers. Unless our little guy ends up being over 9lbs, he probably won't fit into one size diapers until he 2 months old or older. Little man was born at 7lbs, 14oz. and I am hoping that baby boy #2 will be around the same birth weight!

I feel that using prefolds will help us to get the best and most secure fit on our new little boy. Whether he has long and thin legs like his older brother or if he has chunkier legs, a prefold will be able to adapt to fit around his legs snugly and keep the poo where it belongs! There is also a lot of versatility with a prefold. You can simple trifold it (folding a prefold into thirds) and lay it in a cover or you can do a fancier fold and secure it with a Snappi for extra security. One thing that I find myself really liking about prefolds and covers, is that you potentially have the option to remove a wet or soiled prefold, wipe the cover down and then re-use it (if there wasn't a poo-spolsion, of course). This means that there will be less laundry to do and less covers to buy!

So how many diapers will a newborn go through in a day? If memory serves me correctly, our little guy should go through around 12 diapers a day (or more)! So, to make things a little easier on the laundry side, ideally, I would like to have 2 dozen prefolds (or maybe more!) and about 6-10 covers for our new little one. That way I don't have to do laundry every day!

Now, while there are a lot of really cute, sized newborn diapers out there, I feel that personally, it is not the most economical way for us to go. Newborn prefolds are very reasonably priced, as are most covers. Most prefolds are around $2 each and covers are around $10-12. So, 2 dozen prefolds would be around $48 (sometimes you can even get a discount if you are buying more than 12) and if I got 6 of the $12 covers, I would spend $72. Add some diaper pins & fasteners, like Snappi fasteners to secure the prefolds and I am ready to go!

So, how am I preparing to cloth diaper our baby boy?

Here's a peek at my "Must Have Cloth Diaper List" for our new baby:
  • 2 dozen organic cotton prefolds - newborn size
  • 6 diaper covers - newborn size or size 1
  • 4 fitted cloth diapers
  • 2 Snappi Diaper Fasteners in Size 1 
 Pretty simple, huh? So far, I already have 1 dozen organic cotton prefolds, 3 diaper covers, 2 Snappis, 2 fitted diapers and 1 one size cloth diaper. Of course, I already have cloth diaper safe detergent and I may add a few more things here and there that are "wants", rather than "needs". ;) But, I am well on my way to reaching my goal list of things to have before November gets here!
photo from Diaper Junction
One great thing that I found was that if you buy in bulk, you can save! I found the Bummis Newborn Pack that comes with a dozen organic cotton prefolds and 2 Bummis Super Brite Diaper Covers on Diaper Junction for $41.99. If each prefold is $2, then each cover would only be $8.95 each! Definitely a savings! I have bought one of these newborn packs already and can't wait to use them when baby boy gets here! I absolutely love that the prefolds are organic cotton! Plus, they are so cute and tiny!

So, as I prepare for little baby boy #2 and look to fluffing up my stash of tiny goodies, I may get another one of the Bummis Newborn Packs or I may branch out and try out a few of the Thirsties Diaper Covers or Rumparooz Newborn Diaper Covers. I am so excited to get everything ready for baby boy! I am looking forward to using prefolds and covers and can't wait to wrap my little guy up in cotton-y goodness!

Have you cloth diapered a newborn? Do you have a favorite diapering solution for daytime or night time? 

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