My Cloth Diaper Stash + Diaper Reviews on 4 Brands

My Cloth Diaper Stash

 

UPDATE 03/08/2016

Now only Bitty A is in cloth diaper, since Little a decided to potty train herself. Gotta love an ambitious chica! Regardless, my diaper stash is about the same, with a few extra prefolds and covers added in. 

UPDATE 11/1/2015

Big A is officially out of night time diapering, WOOT! I didn’t think we’d ever get that bedtime routine down, but it finally clicked for him. Hang in there potty-training parents! It eventually happens! 

I don’t normally post stuff like this, but I’ve become rather fond of my little stash that I have accumulated over the nearly 4 years that I’ve been cloth diapering.

When I first began cloth diapering, I had no idea what I was doing. Big A was only a month old and his father and I quickly discovered that disposable diapers were eating away at our already tight budget.

So I sought out the kind of cloth diapers we could quickly afford on our limited budget. These are often referred to as “China cheapies”, because they’re inexpensive diapers manufactured in China. The brands I chose were KerrBear Kids (KBK) and Kawaii. Both brands were very inexpensive compared to other cloth diaper brands (roughly $8 per diaper) and they came in some pretty adorable prints. When I ordered my Kawaii diapers, I opted for one of their company’s ‘bundle packages‘, which provided me with about 12 pocket one size pocket diapers at a much cheaper rate. I spent roughly $90 on the bundle, but they offer other package deals that you can choose from.

China Cheapie Diapers

While I wasn’t exactly thrilled with these two brands, for various reasons, they have served my family and I well for the time that we have used them. I still have quite a few of the ones I originally started off with, over 3 1/2 years ago, and they’re only now beginning to show wear, despite being on a very steady rotation. Now that they’re old and have seen some wear, I use them as overnight diapers for Big A and Little a, who are both mostly potty trained, but still have some issues at night.

Kawaii and KBK compare

The picture above shows a KBK pocket one size on the left and a Kawaii pocket one size on the right.

In comparing Kawaii cloth diapers and KBK cloth diapers, I would have to say that Kawaii are my favorites. Both brands offer positives, which makes it a hard choice, but after 3 1/2 years of using both, the Kawaii’s have held up the best and have provided the best absorbency, which are both huge pluses in my book. If all you’re looking for is a cloth diaper to get you through one child, then KBK’s will serve you nicely. For me, though, I was looking for a brand that would last me beyond my first child and Kawaii’s have proven to do just that.

KBK diaper tag

Now on to the negatives…

One of the biggest negatives I have with both Kawaii and KBK is that their diapers are manufactured in China. While I have no qualms with ordering items from overseas, I do worry about the work conditions the factory workers dealt with while creating my diapers.

The next biggest issues, and this deals mostly with KBK diapers, is that they’re not made from natural fibers. When I first started cloth diapering, I wasn’t too concerned about the make or fiber quality of the diapers. I just wanted something that would last my child until he/she were potty trained and something that would help save me some money. Both KBK and Kawaii fulfilled those needs. However, as I began researching the different fibers that are used to make cloth diapers, I became more picky about the diapers I purchased in the future.

My concern about fiber came full force when I discovered that Big A had what appeared to be a sensitivity to synthetic fibers. He would get hives along his “manly bits” anytime he wore the KBK diapers, which are made of PUL and microfiber. I eventually figured out that his allergy seemed to be to microfiber. Thankfully, when I had ordered the Kawaii diapers, I ordered them in cotton, so he was able to wear Kawaii diapers for the rest of his diapering days.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive diaper that will last you roughly 2 children and is of decent quality, then Kawaii’s are my recommendation. They even come in cotton and bamboo, if you’re concerned about synthetic fibers like I am.

Now on to the rest of my stash…

diaper stash shot

Here’s a shot of a good portion of the diapers and covers that I use. I use a variety of diapering styles and methods. In the picture, the top arching row of diapers are the majority of the Kawaii’s and KBK diapers I own. I had more, but over time, I’ve sold or traded some.

The little pink one below all of my KBK’s and Kawaii’s is a Kissaluv countour fitted. It’s made out of 10% polyester and 90% cotton, so not a completely natural fibered diaper like I want, but it works great for my chunky thighed toddlers. You can find other really cute diapers and fitteds on Kissaluv’s website.

tardis hemp diaper

If you thought the little diaper on the left was a TARDIS, you were correct! I don’t normally delve into my nerdiness on this blog, but I’m a huge Whovian and have been for years! When I saw this diaper, I just knew I had to have it.

Pitter Patter Stitches

It’s a hemp AIO (all-in-one) one size made by a Tulsa, Oklahoma (semi-local for me) WAHM. Her company is called Pitter Patter Stitches. Isn’t that business tag just adorable? Anyway, I am really in love with this diaper. I’m a huge fan of hemp and I’m already sold on it being a wonderful diaper fiber. You can also follow Pitter Patter Stitches on Facebook.

The white cloths on the sides are flour sack towels. I use these like you would use flats. However, I have found them to be far more superior to the cheapo Gerber brand flats you can buy at WalMart. You can purchase flour sack towels at Amazon, Target, and WalMart. Amazon even offers unbleached flour sack towels. Most of mine I purchased used from a local lady, but you can get them for less than $1 a piece. They fit newborn all the way up to my very chunky thighed 2 and 3 year olds. These are super convenient because I can just throw them in my regular wash and not have to worry about any fancy wash routines.

wool stash shot

The blues and browns are all wool diaper covers that I made myself from upcycled sweaters. I’ve also made wool menstrual pads and wool nursing pads, as seen in the picture above, but I’ll talk about those another time. By the way, my upcycled nursing pads will be listed on my Etsy shop very soon.

These woolies are for Bitty A. Some are roughly newborn to 3 months old, while others are more medium sized.

wool longies

These little wool longies are probably my favorite. They’re made from the sleeves of an angora and cashmere sweater. Sooooo soft!

The cute little diaper with the airplane applique is actually a fleece soaker/diaper cover. You would use this over a fitted, flat, or prefold, like you would with the wool covers. This one was made by a local WAHM and I really like it. I still think wool trumps fleece any day, but it’s nice to have because it can just go in with my regular laundry and doesn’t require special washing like wool does.

Cloudy Diapers

I have a few other diapers in my stash, like this adorable bamboo fitted. Overall, I have just barely enough to get me through with a newborn and two mostly potty trained toddlers.

When I had Little a, all I had was 18 diapers that I had to use between two kids. Somehow I managed. I did do part-time elimination communication with Little a, which helped save me on washes.

If someone were to ask me what’s my favorite diapering style out of all of my diapers, I would have to say it’s the flour sack towels and wool covers. Very simple. Very old school. But it’s my favorite!

By the way, you can find more of my articles on cloth (and wool!) diapering here. You can also find my Pinterest board on cloth diapering here.

What’s you’re stash look like and what’s your favorite diapering method? 

8 Things Different with a Pregnancy After Miscarriage

8 Things Different with a Pregnancy After Loss

Becoming pregnant again wasn’t exciting

I dreaded conceiving again. When my husband first asked if we could try again, I shut him out. I didn’t want to hear it. I wasn’t ready, mentally or physically. My body, nor my heart, could handle going through another pregnancy. In some ways, it felt like all conceiving again would accomplish was a horrible attempt at trying to replace the baby we lost. But the biggest fear was trying again, only to lose another.

Eventually, we did try again, and conceived. At the time I write this, I’m 42 weeks pregnant with the baby that we tried with again. When I found out I was pregnant, I wasn’t happy, nor was I sad. Honestly, I was just indifferent.

I check for blood every day

Every. Damn. Day. I check for blood in the toilet and in my underwear. Of course, now that I’m 42 weeks, a little bit of bloody show would be a good sign, but still… This entire pregnancy I’ve constantly feared seeing blood, just like I did the morning I woke up miscarrying.

No point in this pregnancy feels like “the safe zone”

There’s no such thing as a “safe zone” (past the first trimester) with a pregnancy after loss. Every single day, every single trimester, feels like a “danger zone” until this baby is safely out of my body and in my arms.

Bonding during pregnancy has been almost impossible

I have never had a difficult time bonding with my babies while they were in the womb. I’ve always felt a very strong connection to each of my children as they grew inside of me. With each, I knew their gender before it was ever revealed. I also kind of knew what their personalities would be like before ever meeting them. But with this baby, it has been so hard to have that same connection.

Sadly, I’ve realized that this lack of connection is all my own doing.

I’ve been so scared to bond with this baby. He’s tried to connect with me. I’ve felt him reaching out. But I’ve shut myself off because this entire pregnancy I’ve been so scared of losing him. It all seemed like it would be easier to go through this pregnancy if I just didn’t try to open myself up to him. Instead, its made this pregnancy even more agonizing.

This pregnancy is nearly over and I’m just now realizing that my fear is preventing me from knowing him. I’m working on acknowledging my fear and trying my best to show my baby that I am scared, but that I know he and I can do this, together.

October and February are two bittersweet months for me

I miscarried in October and the baby I lost was due in late February. The baby I carry in my womb  now was conceived sometime in February and is due anytime now, now being in October. I certainly didn’t plan things to end up like this, it’s just kind of how it all happened.

In a way, it’s sweet. But at the same time, I feel like I jinxed myself from being able to have time to grieve. I’m trying to find the joy and peace behind these two months, and honor the blessings and the losses.

I question myself constantly

Before my miscarriage, I had such a strong belief in myself, the birth process, and my body’s ability to deliver a healthy baby. Ever since my miscarriage, I have found myself questioning my beliefs and what I know to be true.

I ended up doing a few things differently this pregnancy, like getting an ultrasound, but ultimately, I have found my way back to trusting in myself and my baby. It took time, lots of tears, and LOTS of research, but I eventually found my way.

Having PPD is a legitimate fear this pregnancy

This time around, I’ve been terribly afraid of having Postpartum Depression (PPD). With my other babies, I never had that fear. I’ve had PPD before, after giving birth to Big A. Even though I had it with him, I never worried about getting it with Little a. I knew that the PPD I had with him was due to a horrible hospital experience and his NICU stay preventing us from bonding.

This time around, though, I’m worried that no matter how perfect Bitty A’s birth goes, I’ll have PPD due to unresolved grief from my miscarriage. This fear has only been exacerbated through mine and my husband’s separation. But I have hope. I have herbs, foods, and a minimal stress environment now, so I’m hoping those will help me as much as possible.  

I will always want the baby I lost

I’ve always known that nothing would replace the baby that I lost, especially not having another baby. Despite knowing this, it has still been hard coming to terms with what I lost and knowing that I’ll never meet my little baby.

I’ll never hold him in my arms.

I’ll never be able to kiss him as he nurses.

I’ll never watch him grow and learn.

But I did know him. I knew him in my womb. Even though we never truly got to meet one another, I felt as much love for him as I’ve felt with each and every one of my other babies. His time here was short, but he was well loved and wanted and he taught me so much. And in the end, knowing that I felt all that for him in the few short weeks I got to know him helps me to continue on.

8 Things Different with a Pregnancy After Miscarriage

How to Save Money on Witchcraft Supplies

How to Save Money on Witchcraft Supplies  ~Primordial Willow~

Have you looked at the cost of candles lately? And don’t even think about looking at altar supplies if you’re on a tight budget – – – they’re outrageous!

If you’re like me, a Pagan on a very fixed income, trying to keep your religious supplies fully stocked can be nearly impossible. There have been times in which I have gone months without burning incense or performing a candle ritual simply because I couldn’t afford the supplies to do so.

Thankfully, there are ways to work around your tight budget and still get all of your Witchy goodies.

Dollar Stores: I love a good non-toxic, ethically gathered beeswax candles just as much as the next Witch, but I usually can’t afford them. Instead, I buy most of my candles at Dollar General or Dollar Tree. You can usually get a variety of candle colors, shapes, and sizes all for very reasonable prices at the dollar store. I like to keep a drawer fully stocked with various colors and sizes of candles to have on hand for whatever I might need them for. At the dollar store, you can also usually find very cheap supplies for decorating your altar.

The Crystal Fox: The Crystal Fox is where I like to buy my incense. They have very reasonable prices, the people that run the shop are super friendly, and it was my favorite place to shop at when I lived in Maryland. You can order from them online, or if you live near Laurel, Maryland, you can go check them out in person! Occasionally they will run special coupons for things like 10% off your order. I usually try to watch when they’re running deals like that and order a large batch of incense.

Bulk: In my opinion, bulk is the best way to go when it comes to herbs. I get a large portion of my herbs in bulk from a local health food store. The wonderful people that run the store grow most of the herbs themselves in a very organic setting. Another place I like to get herbs from (especially unique or hard-to-find herbs) is Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of herbs for very reasonable prices. I also like to purchase many of my essential oils from them. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs website here*.

DIY: Most of my supplies I make myself. I make my own wands, altar sheets, seasonal decorations, smudges, oils, and more. What I can’t make myself, I try to find out in nature. Pretty much all of my seasonal decorations come from the seasons themselves. When decorating my Samhain altar, I used pine cones, acorns, pine needles, and other things that were in-season. I have several Pinterest Pagan projects pinned to my Pagan board that could help you come up with your own DIY projects. You can find the link to my Pagan Pinterest board here.

Amazon: Amazon is where I buy a bunch of my supplies. You can usually find great prices on Goddess/God statues, Pagan books, altar supplies, Witchy fabrics, occasionally herbs, and herbal candles. Usually I’ll use Amazon gift cards I’ve earned through Swagbucks* to purchase my goodies.

If you’re on a tight budget, the best thing to do is realize that you’re not going to be able to purchase the perfect cauldron, or the perfect athame, or the perfect whatever. Sometimes you have to just come up with your own thing that works best for you. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay!

What are ways you save money on Witchy supplies?



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One Year After Miscarriage

Thoughts and feelings one year after a miscarriage

One year ago today, I woke up to blood. I had been 15 weeks pregnant…

My worst nightmare as a pregnant mother had come true; I had lost my baby. The miscarriage took an entire month to pass the little baby that I would never get to meet. It was agonizing, waking up every morning to the sight of blood and going to bed every night with the visible reminder.

On October last year, I lost so much. I lost a baby, I lost my confidence in myself as a mother and as a person, and I eventually lost my husband. Miscarrying my little baby shook my family in a way that we were unable to repair from. But I also gained a few things while experiencing that loss.

I learned that there’s another side of me. A side of me that can feel bitterness and anger. There’s a side of me that has experienced emotions that people typically try to shun. Instead of shunning them, I learned to accept them. It was a side of me that I hadn’t known before, but I learned to accept this part of me. In the end, it helped me grow as a person. It was a step in my life that, apparently, I had to take in order to grow as an individual.

I still haven’t healed from this loss, not completely. Even though I have another baby dwelling within my womb at this very moment, he doesn’t fill the loss that I felt. My life still isn’t back to “normal”, but I’m trying to learn and adapt to a new normal.

Losing my little baby made me realize what I want out of my life. It made me become more determined to be a doula, so that I can help woman. I want to be able to help and support them as they experience the joys of birth and welcoming new life. I also want to be able to help and support the few who will experience loss, so that they won’t be alone like I was.

This candle is in honor of the baby I lost. Even though I never got to meet him, he taught me so much about life and about myself. For this, I am eternally grateful.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Guest Articles Wanted

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Guest Articles Wanted

 

UPDATE 03/08/2016

I am always looking for guest posts, especially surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. If you, or someone you know, would like to contribute, please contact me.

 

Mamas and Papas… I have a request.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is on October 15th. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that Bitty A (my current pregnancy) is a rainbow baby – meaning, he was conceived after I lost a baby.

I am looking for fellow parents who have lost a baby to help me write blog posts for a good majority of this month in honor of the babies that we have lost.

These posts don’t have to be just by mamas. Papas feel the pain of loss, too, so if I have any male readers who would like to contribute, you’re more than welcome!

Here’s what I’m needing… I need posts that cover a variety of the issues that are faced by loss parents. I need articles on the emotions we go through during and after the loss, articles on how you coped with your loss, pregnancy after loss, and more.

I know this is such a difficult topic. Do not feel obligated to contribute just because you’re a loss parent. I’m just wanting to create an archive of articles that can be used to help other parents who have gone through what we have.

If you’re interested in contributing, please message me on here or on my Facebook page for further info.

Thank you for your time!