Monday, April 30, 2012

pictures for babies.

Pregnancy is sometimes a dream world, don't you think?

I know mine was. I was very interested in finding ways to optimize their development early on, and at the same time I was pretty sure that they'd be baby geniuses on their own.

Teaching baby to read? Totally! Speaking a foreign language to them from the beginning? Of course! Learn signs so that they're communicating with me before age one? Sign me up!

Fortunately, none of that has happened.

I say fortunately, because who knows what would happen to my ego if it DID. Pride as a mother is good, but a mother on a pedestal is not. And mothering is nothing if not humbling. And having a husband with a Master's Degree in Education tell me that play is the most important thing helped, too. Noted, teach'. No more Tiger Mother moments.

But something I did do was find these free black and white printouts for "visual stimulation" on a website called BrillBaby. The site is fascinating and full of interesting information, in case you do want to attempt to teach your baby to read or do math.

(Source: BrillBaby)

You could use the printouts to create a mobile for above their bed, or, I made them into small image cards using some black and white felt. It was fun, it was fast, and it was easy. And if it DID happen to be good for the girls' brains, so much the better. At 10 months, although they can't read, or say hello in French (or, um, say hello at all!), they do like looking at these for a few seconds here and there.

They also make great teethers.

Smarties!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

save lives: bloggers for birth kits


I sometimes forget to stop and think about how blessed we are in this country. We can actually decide what kind of birth we want, and expect high-quality medical care without thinking twice. Last year, although I didn't have the birth of my dreams, I still brought my girls into this world in a safe and clean environment.

But the women in rural Papua New Guinea defy the odds when they give birth and survive. Their maternal mortality rates are 1 in 7.

1 in 7.

This takes my breath away. Of all my beautiful girlfriends and their precious babes, could I imagine even losing one of them? No.

For the women of Papua New Guinea, this is reality.

As a mother, this cause strikes me straight to the core. My heart cries for the women who fear birth, not because they're afraid of the pain or of not getting their post-baby body back quick enough, but because they know that they might not be one of the fortunate ones. 

But it doesn't have to be this way.

I am so excited to be teaming up with Adriel from The Mommyhood Memos to support this year's Bloggers for Birth Kits drive.

We have the resources available to us to assemble, collect, and distribute the basic items to make up a birth kit. We have an opportunity to do something that actually makes a difference. Everything you need to make one can be found easily and quickly at your local hardware store and pharmacy. And, they only cost $2-3 each!

This year, in honor of Mothers Day, join us in making a difference in the developing world by contributing to this clean birth kit drive.

How to Get Involved:

1. Make a birth kit. Assemble one yourself or gather a group of girlfriends, a moms group, work associates, or a church group to make a box full of them! Later this month, I'll be hosting my own Birth Kit party at my house and we'll crank out as many as we can. Learn how to assemble and ship birth kits by watching Adriel's video here

2. Donate for a birth kit to be made on your behalf. ($10 will buy 5 kits!) All donations for B4BK go toward the assembly and distribution of kits, as well as maternal care education. Make your online donation here. Please be sure to write “Bloggers for Birth Kits” in the box that says “additional comments” so the funds will be allocated properly! You can also donate on behalf of someone else for a meaningful Mother's Day gift! The instructions for doing this are at the bottom of this post.

3. Help raise awareness by posting about the cause on your blog, facebook, pinterest, and twitter. (Please use the hash tag #B4BirthKits!)

4. Add the Bloggers for Birth Kits button to your blog. Visit Adriel's blog to get the code. 


Last year, we made and distributed 2,000 birth kits! Let's double that number this year! Please join Adriel and all of us who are supporting Bloggers for Birth Kits.

The Mommyhood Memos Bloggers for Birth Kits



Monday, April 23, 2012

easy chocolate sauce (or, andy's awesomesauce)

We take our ice cream very seriously in this family.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that ice cream can be - get this - one of the healthiest treats you can choose, especially as a pregnant or nursing mama. It's definitely on my list of milk-boosting foods!

 I learned this when I was recovering from an eating disorder which had completely wrecked my metabolism. My basal body temperatures were extremely low, and to get the metabolic fires burnin' again, I started consuming one or two scoops of high-quality (read: milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks and not much more) on a daily basis. It is a powerful metabolism stimulator and is on the high side in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, riboflavin, B12, B6, Pantothenic acid, thiamin, and Vitamin E.

When I was pregnant and trying to up my calorie intake, two scoops of good quality ice cream with chocolate chips or bananas or berries was a daily snack, and it's still an almost-nightly ritual for us both. 

If you're lactose intolerant, this wouldn't be for you. Fro-Yo still completely doubles me over. But I find that I can eat and tolerate a few scoops of real ice cream that doesn't have any gums, artificial fillers, or nonfat milk, like Straus Creamery. Homemade would be even better, or if you're non-dairy, you could make your own with coconut milk! I get excited just thinking about it.

But back to toppings. 

My parents and sister were visiting this weekend, and Andy whipped up this chocolate sauce to top our after-dinner treat. It was so good that I had to share it with you. If you aren't on the ice cream bandwagon, you could dip fresh fruit in it, or pretty much anything.


Chocolate Coconut Sauce (or Andy's AwesomeSauce)

1 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Cane sugar or other sweetener (rapadura, sucanat, etc.) to taste, around 6-7 Tbsp.
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Heat the coconut milk and cocoa powder in a saucepan or a double boiler over medium heat to combine. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, sea salt. If you'd like the consistency to be thinner, add a tablespoon or so of warm water to the mixture. Pour into heat-safe container, like pyrex, to cool. After it cools, transfer into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to a month. (It won't last that long.)

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

coffee + babies.

The perk of living downtown is that there are excellent coffee shops just blocks away. I'm usually good and make my own coffee at home, for economic reasons, but over the past few weeks the poor weather's been getting to me, so I buckle the girls into their stroller and head out for a cup. 

I take a book or a magazine because I pretend that I'll be able to read, but after about five minutes these two get antsy and I become their entertainment.


The funny thing is, I've switched to decaf and I notice absolutely no difference in quality or flavor. I know this is only because the shops I visit are selective about everything they serve. Off the top of my head, I count six within a short distance that are always reliable and serve Intelligentsia, Coava, Ristretto, Stumptown, Sisters, Heart, and more. Barista is a seven-minute walk from my front door.

In other words, I'm incredibly spoiled and I KNOW IT. It's really hard not to be a "coffee snob" when you live in this city. I'm serious. 



I'm not a snob who doesn't want to share - if you came to visit me, I wouldn't keep any secrets from you. I'd enthusiastically take you to every good shop! So I think I'm doing OK.

But if we ever move, I'm doomed.

Or am I?


What's your drink of choice? Do you think this lover of good coffee would survive in your city?

Monday, April 16, 2012

out & about.

Wow, we've been out and about more than usual over the past two weeks, with and without the babies! It feels good and strange all at the same time. Like I should preface any conversation with, "I have two babies at home. I don't do this often. Pour me another drink."

We went out for a family breakfast at Tasty n' Sons in North Portland and had chocolate donuts. 


I went to a demo cooking class at Whole Foods. Appetizers, cherry mojitos and wine, fennel and apple salad, and pea and mint risotto. Delicious.


Last Saturday night was the Portland bloggers cocktail party, coordinated by the amazing Jenni and Sam. My friend Mandi and I met some new local bloggers and enjoyed delicious cocktails and cupcakes. I got dressed up, curled my hair, and actually wore lipstick. No, I don't have any evidence of this, but I did it and it felt amazing!



 Sunday morning, we went out to breakfast at Nuvrei Patisserie to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Actually, our anniversary was on Saturday...but he was busy with a grad school project that had to get done, and I was at a baby shower and then the blogger meetup. So we hardly saw each other, but every time we did, we'd wish each other a "Happy Anniversary!"




We also discovered that these girls like cornichons and each chewed on a pickle while we ate. They'd make sour faces every now and then, but go right back to gnawing!

Andy came up with the brilliant idea of attaching their little rattles to a pacifier chain and clipping it to their sleeves. They chewed them, shook them, banged them around, but everytime they dropped them, they just hung off their sleeves. No hitting the concrete, no falling into floor crud. He's a keeper.


 

Friday, April 13, 2012

hello and welcome!

This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party and I'm looking forward to meeting and learning from new friends out here in blogland!

So, for the newbies, welcome!


I'm Megan. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our nine month old twin daughters, Ruthie & Afton. The doctors tell us they're identical. We can totally tell them apart. So we don't know!

I started blogging in 2008, right after I got married and we lived in Southern Oregon. I was working a high-stress nonprofit job and my downtime was spent baking and crafting, and I wanted a place to share and decompress.

Fast forward four years, and now we've moved, finished our degrees (Andy's added a Masters), sold our stuff and backpacked Europe, and added two new little surprises to our family. It's been a wild ride, and it's amazing to see the subtle evolution of this blog from its beginnings as BohoMeme to now, The Boho Mama.

I write mostly about my new life as a stay-at-home-mama and the craziness that having twins brings, with some recipes, crafts, travel adventures, reflections, and local Portland delicious-ness (Coffee!) thrown in to keep things interesting. I'm also working on my first e-book, and I'm super excited about it!

I'm also on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, and Instagram (megkimmelshue).

I look forward to meeting you, and thanks again for stopping by!

 Ultimate Blog Party 2012 

(Join up with the Ultimate Blog Party here.)

legwarmer love.

Is there anything cuter than babies in legwarmers?



I've been using them more frequently as the girls are getting more mobile and the weather slowly warms, but they're down to one pair each and I need more!

Lucky for me, BabyLegs is having a 50% off sale through this weekend! It's a great opportunity to stock up for your little ones.

I'm ordering these from their Organic line:




 Using the link above will help support this site, or you can go directly to www.babylegs.com, but whatever you do, don't miss this great sale!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Coconut Oil: Nature's Baby Magic.


Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children's personal care choices.





The number of baby care products on the store shelves today amazes me. There are so many different brands, with so many different formulations and ingredients and promises made by savvy marketing teams. How is a mama supposed to know which is best for her little one?

I decided early on that I wanted to be able to eat whatever I was putting on my baby's skin without having to call Poison Control. Our skin is our largest organ, and that means that what we put on it gets absorbed and can enter our bloodstream. Organizations like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  and the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep are exposing research that shows the ingredients in many skincare products are dangerous with long-term use and are affecting our health in a myriad of detrimental ways. Little baby skin is even more sensitive than our own.

Enter using edible oils, namely coconut oil, to help keep baby's skin soft and nourished. I'd be hearing a lot about the healing benefits of coconut oil, and we use it all the time for cooking and eating.  Would the oil be good for baby, too?



Coconut Oil is chock full of A's: it is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. It has antioxidants, lauric acid (same as in breastmilk!), capric acid and caprylic acid (medium-chain fatty acids that are used by the body for all sorts of good purposes). Research continues to confirm its benefits and it is useful in treating all sorts of ailments.

First, be sure to check in with your doctor about your child's condition. Also, if you're allergic to coconut, using coconut oil wouldn't be a good idea.

A Natural Massage Oil & Moisturizer

We first started using coconut oil when we ran out of gifted organic baby massage oil. It's been a wonderful oil to use on their skin and our nightly massage has been a fun time of bonding for all four of us. A little goes a long way, and it melts easily into your hands and into baby's skin. You can learn more about baby massage, including videos, at the Motherlove Herbal website.

Try rubbing a little warmed or softened coconut oil all over baby's body right after bath, followed by a gentle massage. As a bonus, it smells so good.

We've also used it for any patches of dry skin that show up. Right around Christmas, Ruthie developed a tiny little rash under her earlobe. It may have been due to the sugar in the holiday treats I indulged in, I'm not sure. I applied coconut oil morning and night, and it soon disappeared. It can be an effective treatment for psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. You can add a drop of lavender essential oil or even make your own coconut oil-based lotion using this recipe from a previous Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Treating Cradle Cap

Both my girls have had on-and-off experiences with cradle cap, and the coconut oil remedy works wonderfully. I rub a small amount of the oil into their scalp, and after a while, take a soft-bristled baby brush or a fine-toothed baby comb and, taking your time, gently work it through to slough off the dead skin. Gently wash baby's head with a mild wash like Dr. Bronner's to remove excess oil.

Treating Diaper Rash

Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, which has strong anti-fungal properties. You can apply coconut oil generously to a dry bum and let them go diaper-less, use a flushable insert, or a disposable for a few hours. I'm not sure if the oil is cloth diaper-friendly, and I'd rather be safe than sorry. So far, it has worked pretty well!

An Aid for Thrush & Candida

Coconut oil both internally and topically can help treat the yeast that causes both thrush and candida. A little oil dabbed inside the baby's mouth or a little on a spoon for them to lick off, as well as mom eating it and applying it to her nipples, can be very effective. However, using coconut oil isn't necessarily a cure for yeast overgrowth, but may help keep it at bay. Other treatments should be pursued with guidance from your medical provider.

Want to learn more?

For older children and adults, it can be used from everything from treating lice to weight loss and improving thyroid function

Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama's 80 Uses for Coconut Oil article.

Benefits of Coconut Oil from Sustainable Baby Steps

The Wonders of Coconut Oil at Simple Homemade

Other Sources

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database - see how your products stack up.

http://www.ilovenaturalskincare.com/coconut-oil-uses.html
http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/coconut-oil-for-skin.html
http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/
http://healthimpactnews.com/category/coconut-health/
http://www.coconutdiet.com/index.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/025199.html

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

happy easter!

Happy Easter and be blessed today, friends! 


"Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. - Romans 6:9-10

"And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him.  For He departed, and behold, He is here."  - St Augustine



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

photo challenge: eyes.

It's been a while, but I'm once again having some fun and taking part in this week's photo challenge at The Paper Mama!

Both my girls have beautiful eyes, but this picture of Afton was captured right before a walk, in the right light at the right time. Love this girl.


Have a picture you'd like to link up? It's not too late!
There is a ton of baby cuteness going on over at her site this week.

The Paper Mama Photo Challenge

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

just write: butterfly


Mari-posa

Mari-mari-posa

Mari-posa

My nine-month-old presses her cheek to my cheek and holds it there as I softly sing the butterfly song.

We are skin to skin, her arms around my neck, her belly full from a pre-nap nurse. Sitting in the rocking chair, we gently rock back and forth, cheek to cheek, and I continue singing.

butterfly, close your eyes, butterfly
fold your wings,
dream sweet dreams,
butterfly.

This is a rare moment, and my breath catches as I feel her soft chub holding still against my face. Her sister watches us from her bed in the dimly-lit room, sucking contentedly on her too-small naptime binky, but this moment is between her sister and her mama. 

when you feel
the sun warm
on your face again,
spread your wings, beautiful things,
butterfly.

I breathe a prayer of thanksgiving for these small beautiful beings, every living minute of their lives is a miracle. We are cheek to cheek as I finish my song, she hasn't moved, and I'm still amazed at her purposeful stillness.

She pulls away to see me, her mama, and her eyes are piercing and perceptive and I see wisdom there, and a connection happens, one that makes the hard days of motherhood worth it all, every bit.

Glory.

She starts to wiggle, ready for bed and her binky and her sleep, out of my arms too soon. 

Just Write. 

You can read my other Just Write posts here

Monday, April 2, 2012

cloth diapering twins, part two.

This is part two of my cloth diapering routine, and the most important: washing and care. If you're curious about what kind of diapers we use and how, read part one here.

Again, it seems like it should be easy. Wash dirty diaper, the end. But not really. There are so many different ways to store dirty diapers in between washings, and then you have to take care with the type of detergent you use, and the way you dry them...but once the legwork is done and you get your routine down, it's second nature. I promise.


How We Store the Dirty Dipes & Wipes:

There isn't one magic way to store your dirties. It's whatever works for you and your home setup. I've tried a number of things - using a diaper-genie type container, a small wetbag attached to the changing table, a big drawstring pail liner, and a round plastic basket/bucket. I switch back and forth.

Lately, the best for us has been using the big drawstring pail liner from GroVia. The drawstring close keeps the smells inside, and the bag fits all our diapers and cloth wipes. When it's time to wash, I can throw the bag, diapers, and wipes in all together. Since I'm paranoid about other people seeing me wash, I can slowly open the bag and dump the diapers into washer without taking any out (I think I may have a complex).

A disclaimer: my girls are just starting solids, so they still have water-soluble breastmilk poo and I don't have to hassle with the solid poos yet. My routine will change a little once this happens.

How We Wash in an Apartment Building:

In the dead of night, when no one is around. Joking...kind of. I don't know how other people feel about cloth diapers getting washed in communal machines. It is sanitary, because they go through a few cycles and are washed with detergent, but still. So I try and wash them when no one's around, and I set a timer so I can be there a little before the diapers are done so I can pull them into the basket and run!

Three times a week, I wash everything together. First cycle is a cold wash with no detergent. Second cycle is another cold wash with detergent, either Allen's Naturally or the bumGenius brand detergent.

After the wash cycle, the BG microfiber inserts and the Kissaluv's get dried in the dryer, otherwise the KLs get that crunchy feel. The BG shells are not to be dried, I found this out after I had been drying them for a few months. Whoops! I also don't dry any of the other covers. I lay them out on a small drying rack on our balcony or in the guest room with the fan on. If you have a yard with sun, all the better.


If I had my own washer, I'd do another rinse just for good measure, although sometimes I'll put on an extra hot wash with no detergent just to keep residues from accumulating. Brittany at The Pistachio Project wrote a post about how washing diapers in cold water with detergent is as hygienic as using hot water, and it's saved me 50 cents per wash, so I'm choosing to believe her. 

When we visit our parents or in-laws, I try to bring the diapers with us so I can have a wash-rinse-fest and a sun dry so they are extra squeaky clean.

How To Deal with Stink:

I've read that stink is usually caused by the diapers not getting completely rinsed in the wash, and the detergent residue builds up. This can also cause leaks.  

I dealt with stink at the very beginning because the family I bought the bumGenius diapers from used a soap that left buildup, only I didn't know until after I started using them. It took a good stripping of the microfiber inserts to get them all clean, and a switch to a bumGenius-approved detergent. The best way to know which type of detergent to use is to look on the company website.

To strip, bumGenius recommends a warm wash with a squirt of liquid original blue Dawn (the dish detergent) and a few rinses. What ended up working for me was adding 1/4 cup of bleach in a large hot wash load and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing.

About Cloth Wipes & Diaper Sprayers:

We started using cloth wipes from the beginning. The NICU had soft cloth-type wipes that we used with warm water, and we continued the practice at home. We keep disposable wipes around and use them, yes, but I made a whole bunch of cloth wipes out of flannel receiving blankets and we use those, too.

You can use warm water from the tap or in a spray bottle, or you can make your own solution.

We have a diaper sprayer ready to go for when their eating solids daily and their poo changes. You just spray it right off into the toilet, and store the dirty diaper as usual.

I've also read about people using flushable liners (like the gDiaper, GroVia, and Flip systems), or even plain cheap paper towels, and I really want to try some, or all, of these.


About Diaper Rash & Frequency of Diaper Changes:

I change the girls every 2 hours or so. Cloth doesn't absorb liquid like disposables do, so the babies know they are wet, which is good for future potty-learning! 

A commenter asked how often I change them and what I do about diaper rash. My girls haven't experienced much of a diaper rash, and if they do, I slather them with coconut oil and put a disposable on overnight. It seems to help keep it at bay. I also give them some coconut oil to suck off a spoon to help them from the inside-out.

If you're doing full-time cloth, there are approved diaper creams, like California Baby. Too much cream can leave residue on your diaper and cause buildup and stink, so just be careful.

More Helpful Links

Cloth Diapering 101 @ SimpleMom
How to Save Money Using Cloth Diapers @ All About Cloth Diapers
Diaper Junction has the option of trying out cloth diapers for 30 days before purchasing!
Cloth Diaper Basics
The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Phew! Did I forget anything?

I like hearing what others are doing and maybe even changing it up around here! What's your routine?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

cloth diapering twins, part one.


When I was pregnant, I read and read and read about cloth diapers. We wanted to try them, to save money, because diapering twins was looking to be a very expensive and intimidating endeavor. Besides the financial issue, I hate wasting things, and the idea of throwing away 15-20+ diapers a day was giving me a stomachache.

But I couldn't quite wrap my mind around all the options. It seems simple, right? Fold a piece of cotton fabric around your baby's bum and put something waterproof over the top. Wash when dirty.

I was partly right, but wrong about its simplicity only because there are so many different ways to cloth diaper. Prefolds, fitteds, AIOs, hemp, bamboo, microfiber...and with twins, I was figuring that we would need double the number of diapers! At times, it felt like an impossible task.

I sought out some "basics" that laid out how many I would need and what kind with the least amount of fuss. One of the most helpful Cloth Diapering 101 articles I found is on the Re-Diaper site. She gives simple options to fit your budget and how often you want to wash, and from there, it's all about experimenting with different kinds and also seeing which brands you prefer and fit your kiddos the best. The Cloth Diaper Basics section on the Cotton Babies website (makers of bumGenius, Flip and Econobum) was also a good resource.

What it came down to for us was the up-front investment. We didn't have a lot of money to spend, but I wanted to give it an honest try, so I had to be creative about our method and purchases. I also couldn't wash the diapers every day - we live in an apartment and pay for both washing and drying. My goal was every other day, or 3 times per week. Using the Re-Diaper guidelines, I estimated that we'd need around 30 diapers and 5-7 covers. I could get away with buying a few less because we'd be using disposables at night.


I searched around our local Craigslist, resale and consignment shops, and Re-diaper.com. There are also other sites you can use to buy gently-used diapers, like Diaper Swappers, but I found that a bit intimidating and I didn't understand all the lingo. The only caveat to Craigslist shopping - check out the diapers before you commit to buying to make sure the quality matches the price. Cloth diapers hold their value only if they're in good condition! Some people don't understand this.

Another thing I learned: every kid is different, so diapers will also fit kids differently. Don't commit to one brand of cloth diaper until you try it out for a bit.


Here's what we've done, from birth until now:

Our Initial Investment:

15 bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers - bought piece-meal off Craigslist. These are pocket diapers and have rows of snaps to resize them as the babies grow, starting at 8 lbs and up to 35 or 40 lbs. 

I stripped them, and bought BG diaper refresher kits for $1 each from Cotton Babies to renew the elastic and velcro. Tutorial for doing this is coming soon!

12 Kissaluvs Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diapers - these were generously gifted to us from a mama who was done diapering. The girls started wearing them after they grew out of the small prefolds when they were around 12-13 lbs and are still in them at 19 lbs, with more snaps to go. They'll be in them for a while.  

19 Unbleached Infant-Sized Prefolds (4x8x40) - purchased off Craigslist in like-new condition.  

13 Unbleached Toddler-Sized Prefolds - purchased off Craigslist in like-new condition.

2 Snappi Diaper Fasteners - for securing the prefolds.

5 Kawaii One Size diaper covers - bought off of Re-Diaper.com for use over the Kissaluvs and prefolds.

4 Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap Covers - Size 1, 6 - 18 lbs, to be used over newborn/small prefolds.

2 Bummis Super Whisper Wrap Covers - Size S, 8 - 15 lbs, used with the newborn/small prefolds.

2 Bummis Super Whisper Wrap Covers - Size M, 15 - 30 lbs, and are used over the Kissaluvs and the prefolds.

We also tried some Gdiapers but didn't end up using them much.

Other Useful Things:

1-2 zippered or drawstring wet bags

1 large pail liner and pail

Doublers that add extra absorbency in a pocket diaper (if you are using your diapers at night)

Diaper sprayer

Cloth Wipes - you can make your own from old receiving blankets!


How They Wear Them: 

The girls were born at just shy of 5 lbs each, and we waited until they were a few months old before we actually started using cloth (besides cloth wipes, which we used from the beginning). I was giving myself a lot of room to get used to having two babies to care for - no sense in stressing myself out for no reason.

During the newborn phase, I loved using the prefolds with the Thirsties covers. Once you figure out how to fold them, it takes the same amount of time as putting on a disposable, and we rarely had blowouts. This was a very easy stage.

Once they gained a bit of weight, they moved out of the infant prefolds and into the Kissaluvs/Covers and the bumGenius diapers. I was already used to using covers with the prefolds, so the Kissas were an easy transition, and they fit my girls' chubby legs extremely well. The only drawback to my covers is that my girls' legs are so chunky (and getting chunkier by the day) that sometimes the gussets give them red marks. I don't like this. For that reason, I've been relying on the bumGenius diapers more and more.

Tomorrow, I'll continue the fun with our washing and care routine (like how to wash in an apartment building with communal laundry facilities!) and I'll list some more cloth diapering links that have helped me figure this thing out.

Questions so far? Do you have a favorite cloth diaper that I should try? Email me or leave a comment below.

And if you're thinking of purchasing cloth diapers, you can take the plunge and help support this blog by using the affiliate links listed above. Thanks so much!

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