Our cloth diapering routine

We started cloth diapering when Little Sister was 2 months old. (Nerddad would probably dispute that “we”… I MIGHT have made a unilateral decision here…) I really had no higher motive beyond $$ and OMGSOCUTEFLUFFYBOTTOM. But I got a free spendy one from a vendor at Blogher, then inherited a friend’s whole stash – so it seemed like a low risk investment. And here we are, several months later.

So what does this look like?

We have about 25 of these:


Called “Chinese pre-folds”. They go in covers without pins, like so:


These are my workhorse diapers. I rotate through my 5 covers at each change, reusing them and only throwing them in the wash in event of poo. She wears these most of the time.

We also have about 10 “all-in-ones”:

Some have removable inserts, some are one piece. The common thread is they don’t have covers. You put them on like disposables and when they’re wet or poopy, take them off and throw the whole thing in the wash. These are what I throw in my purse for daily outings and what sitters / Nerddad use.

Some disclaimers:

  • Baby girl HATES wet diapers. Can. Not. Stand. So we probably go through diapers faster than most. Thus the 25 prefolds. Most folks probably use less.
  • I like bleach. Diaper companies / reputable sites tell you to use bleach sparingly. They’re probably right. But I like bleach.
  • I don’t rinse poo. We’re still not feeding her solid food, so the diapers can just go in the wash the way they come off her bum. This will probably have to change as she learns to eat things not on tap at Restauranté Boob.
  • We still use disposables at night – both b/c of the aforementioned pee aversion and because me trying to do snaps without glasses at 3 am is… Hilarious. Yeah. We’ll go with hilarious.

Our routine:

  • Put diapers in wet bag laundry bag (a plastic lined canvas bag) when they come off her bum. Wet, poopy, prefolds, all-in-ones – everybody in the pool.
  • Every other day I dump my wet bag into my 5-yo HE front loader. I do a soak cycle w/ half a scoop of specialty diaper detergent (currently bumGenius brand) and bleach – on hot. I then do a heavy wash (extra agitation & rinsing) with the other half of a scoop of detergent on hot-cold. Finally, I do a rinse-spin cycle on warm-warm.
  • If it’s early enough in the day and sunny I hang everything outside to sun. I then fluff the diapers on hot in the dryer for 15 min (no softener, just dryer balls) to unstiffen them. If it’s rainy or later in the day, I dry the diapers on high for an hour straight from the wash. The covers for the prefolds don’t go in the dryer – rumor has it dryer heat breaks down the plastic & ruins the waterproofing of the covers.

As she gets older I’m slowly trying to build up my stash of the more convenient all-in-ones – mostly through the site http://www.alvababy.com or flash sale sites. She seems particularly long waisted (imagine THAT – whodathunkit), so I am starting to search for diapers made especially for long babies.

I’m still learning in this – I’m not quite happy with my stripping routine (not THAT kind of stripping – gutter brain), and always on the lookout for great hints and tips… If you have some, please share!!


FOOOOOD!! (aka – she blogged twice in a week?!?!)

I love food.  LOVE.  Not in a foodie “ugh!  You should have used the WHITE truffle oil, you barbarian.” way, but in a “GET IN MAH BELLEH!!” way.

In our wild and crazy days Nerddad and I would take vacations, staying in cheap motels and seeing free attractions so we could save all our pennies for expensive food.  Omnomnom.

So a little over a year ago, when I turned up with celiac disease, it was irrationally hard.  Suddenly grocery shopping was overwhelming.  Cooking wasn’t as intuitive or spontaneous anymore (and I fancy myself a decent cook).  And I *shudder* became THAT person when we ate out.  The special-order-sauce-on-the-side-what-EXACTLY-is-in-this person.

But it eventually was okay.  Shopping got easier, cooking got easier, I got better at deciphering menus and knowing what and where I could generally eat.

Fast-forward to a few weeks ago.  Right around 2 weeks old, baby girl went from normal baby to Colicky McScreampants.  For HOURS.  Every day.  Apparently “colic” is defined as 3 hours of inconsolable screaming, 3 nights or more a week.  Hell, sometimes we were hitting that mark before BREAKFAST.  So, per Dr. Google’s recommendations, I cut out dairy and soy.  And in a matter of days she was back to her old self.

Ummmm – what?  So now I’m gluten, dairy and soy free?  Oof.

Then I had peanut butter for breakfast.  And she broke out in hives.


Pro tip: if you find yourself googling “anaphylaxis in newborns”, make an appointment with the pediatrician.  Stat.

Our awesome AWESOME pediatrician.  He took me seriously, believed what I said I saw and experienced, and said we were on the right track.  That it was too early to test baby girl for actual allergies (all her antibodies are still really MY antibodies), but it sounded like we had a dairy & nut problem on our hands.

Not an allergy – she’ll probably outgrow the dairy bit, and might outgrow the tree nut bit.


While I nurse, I’m gluten, soy, dairy, and tree nut free.  *overwhelmed* In a few months I can try introducing dairy again, but tree nuts are verbotin until she’s 2.

I tried to go grocery shopping yesterday, and texted a few friends that it felt like all I could buy was meat and produce.  Turns out I’m basically Paleo now, with a swap of rice and corn for nuts.

This should be interesting.  Manageable, but interesting.

(And don’t get me STARTED on the fact that baby girl reacts to my ONE morning cup of coffee.  I’m still going through the stages of grief on THAT one.)

If you have any recipes / tips / experiences – I’m all ears.  Seriously.

And look – cute picture!!  Kids!!


We survived “roughing it”

On Saturday I talked about how me and the Little Scientist were doing a stint as live-in nannies for a friend while she was induced for kiddo #4.

We survived.  Wa-hoo.

Her kids were EXCEPTIONALLY well-behaved.  But I learned that adopting a 7, 5 and 1-year old is NOT in the cards for nerdfamilymathfun.  Oof.  There may have been a TAD much screen-time over the course of the three days.

iPad ftw - ironically in a pile watching the EXACT same thing they could be viewing on the big tv just out of frame.

iPad ftw – ironically in a pile watching the EXACT same thing they could be viewing on the big tv just out of frame.

The “roughing it” part?  NO MICROWAVE.  Seriously.  I never noticed that I use ours fifty bazillion times a day until I kept catching myself wandering aimlessly around the kitchen with a cold cup of coffee or plate of lukewarm food.

Related – dear Dominos.  I could smooch you on the mouth for delivering a house full of pizza via iPad app.  *MWAH*  (Not the least because the warm-up meals I brought for the LS and I were, um…. microwave meals.  Dammit.)

She uneventfully delivered an almost 7-pound healthy baby girl – whole family home and comfy.  Win.

And pass the Tylenol.

(Funny part – the night we headed up to help I got a call from my only other remaining pregnant friend, wondering if we could watch her 18-month old, because she seemed to be in labor.  She got it covered – and ended up 2 doors down from the microwave-free mama! Babies for all!)

Squeaking in under the wire to link up with the #iPPP gals this week – check ’em out!


HOW did she get blue eyeshadow in THERE?!?!

I had a cute, no-words post ready for y’all:


On Monday morning we had our 14-week ultrasound.  And the tech nonchalantly said “Oh, THAT’s a girl.”  I SWEAR this is what I then saw on the screen:

Gulp. 🙂

(Maybe one of the awesome #iPPP ladies can teach me about makeup and shoes and stuff… ACK!!)


Your baby vs. baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper

So I read in a Canadian study (here) that caregivers of toddlers feel much less comfortable / aware of math milestones and development then they do literacy milestones.  Experienced caregivers were much more likely to present math ideas earlier, but even they weren’t exactly sure what was appropriate when.

This made me all angsty – until I realized that I, too, have NO FREAKIN’ CLUE as to what those developmental milestones were either.  Doh.

It also made me think about my mother, and how she is convinced (as are so many grandparents) of the burgeoning genius of her grandbaby.  A genuine baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper, if you will.

This thought, combined with some trolling across the web looking for baby milestones led to the following comparison.  (And yes, it might be time to switch to the decaffinated, hallucinogen-free coffee.)

Numbers: between 18 & 24 months, babies usually begin to recognize number words, but don’t really associate these words with any particular quantity.  Some babies might be able to distinguish the meanings between 1, 2, and many. baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper gave his first lecture on the analysis of complex numbers at age 20 months.
Operations: between 18 & 24 months, some babies start to grasp that if they have 1 of something, and get another 1 of that same thing, now they have 2 somethings! baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper developed a new method for indefinite integration by parts at 17 months
Geometry: between 12 & 24 months, a baby usually understands that a hidden object hasn’t disappeared and can be recovered (aka object permanence). They also can usually complete simple 2 or 3 piece puzzles, or replace a part on a toy (say, a wheel) when they see it removed. baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper not only completed a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle at age 22 months, he did it without the box. In 3 hours. Without drooling on a single piece.
Measurement: between 12 & 18 months, a baby can adjust its reach and grasp based on predicted distance to and weight of the object.  They don’t, however, understand that one object broken into lots of little pieces hasn’t grown in size. baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper still isn’t convinced of the need to actually touch anything. He’s working on developing levitation via telekenesis. Less germy.
Time: between 18 & 24 months, a baby just begins to learn sequence of events (first lunch, then nap).  Duration of time is a concept that develops over the next several years. baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper laughs at your time, and has 2 words for you: Space. Time. Continuum. (Sheldon, that’s 3 words… oooookay. We’ll pretend it’s 2 words. Stop crying.)
Categorization: between 18 & 24 months, some babies learn to group objects by familiar categories (hard vs. soft) or arrange a few objects like blocks by size. baby Dr. Sheldon Cooper gave himself a migraine trying to arrange his toys based on their molecular similarities. He’s gone to have a binky and a nap now.

(Many thanks to the pbs.org child development website for the milestones.)