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Tristan in his new BumGenius 4.0, Albert print.

After taking a break with cloth diapering my daughter, we are back at full force! With two under two and potty-training on the horizon, cloth seemed like the most affordable method, and I’ve always preferred using cloth to disposables. With working part time, the extra load of laundry doesn’t cause much stress and I usually throw them in with hard-worn work clothes or towels and do an extra rinse.

When I was pregnant with my daughter I did a lot of research on cloth diapers, both the more convenient kinds like All-In-Ones (AIO’s) and the old fashioned prefolds with covers. I settled on a one-day stash of both. I went with KangaCare’s One Size Rumparooz for my pocket diapers (they had seconds available at the time, which made their price lower than normally cheaper brands like BumGenius and FuzziBunz) and Thirsties Duo Wraps with cotton prefolds for my at-home prefold and cover diapers. One size cloth diapers have been my absolute favorite, most fit from 8-35 pounds and range from $7-25 depending on the brand and quality. This allows me to use the same diapers on my 2 month old son and my 22 month old daughter, completely eliminating the need to buy two different sizes of disposables. Now, the Thirsties Duo Wraps aren’t a true one size diaper. Instead of having one size or five (Newborn, small, medium, large, extra-large), they have two sizes available: one that fits 6-18 pounds and one that fits 18-40 pounds. This allows their diapers to fit tiny newborns better than most one size diapers, and also lets them fit larger toddlers (like my daughter, who is 37 pounds at 22 months) without being too tight.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this generation’s cloth diapers, there are many different kinds to choose from and benefits to each. Prefolds and covers are much like the cloth diapers that our parents used and are cheaper than the more convenient kinds, though they require a little more time for changes. However, safety pins aren’t needed for these diapers anymore: there are some products like Snappis that can be used with one hand and without the fear of accidentally sticking your baby! Pocket diapers and AIO’s run a bit more expensive than prefolds, but are worth it for the easy no-hassle changes. These diapers are put on as one piece. Some of them, like AIOs, are always one piece and some, like pockets, have absorbent inserts that are stuffed in the diaper before you change the baby. I usually stuff my diapers as soon as they cool from the dryer, allowing me to have diapers on hand that can be used just as quickly as a disposable would.

I am in the process of trying more brands of cloth diapers (I just bought a BumGenius one size pocket diaper last week and I’m really liking it), but I haven’t really run into any trouble with a diaper not working the way it should. Different kinds have their advantages and disadvantages, leaks happen (often due to user error as I’ve never really had to think about which direction my baby is peeing before…), and different brands do seem to fit differently. Though I haven’t had much time with my new BumGenius diaper yet, I like the way it fits my 2 month old better than the way the Rumparooz do.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be getting three new brands of diapers in the mail: Sunbaby pockets, Pororo covers, and a Thirsties all-in-one, in addition to trying out home-made cloth baby wipes. I’ll make sure to keep you all updated on the way that each fit, their absorbency on each of the kiddos, and do an overall comparison as well.

I am not being compensated in any form for this review, all opinions written here are my own.

Let’s get it started!


I’ve been pondering making a mommy/cooking/writing/whatever-else blog for a while now, and have finally taken the time to do so! A friend of mine has recently fully introduced me to the amazing network of mommy, review, and giveaway blogs that is on the net and I’ve become hooked. After taking baby steps – joining some survey sites, reviewing more products online, and joining Influenster – I’ve decided to take the plunge!

Please be aware that this is a free-for-all blog. I love cooking, saving money, and I lean toward the crunchy side of things more often than not. With that said, let’s get it started!

I talk about Bountiful Baskets a lot. I can’t say enough good things about this great non-profit food co-op. It provides a basket full of fresh fruits and veggies, bought as locally as possible and usually worth about $50, for a contribution of $15. It’s run completely by volunteers, and has pick-up sites all over the US. Many sites also offer extras like organic baskets, homemade bread, granola, and extra themed veggie or fruit packs. This week, my area’s site has Tropical Granola (with macadamia nuts, coconut, papaya, and pineapple), an Asian-themed Veggie Lovers’ pack, organic 9 grain bread, organic blueberries, small brown lentils, organic multigrain bread with Omega-3, and white corn. The extras cost more and come in bulk (the bread provides 5 1lb loaves, and the lentils are 25lbs, for example) but boy is it worth it! The sourdough bread tastes like the loaves I got from the farmer’s market in San Francisco, and the bread is unsliced, so we made lots of cheesy garlic toast with it.

I recommend this organization to everyone – I absolutely can’t get over the value. The produce you get in the standard basket each week is always a surprise, but I like it that way. It encourages us to go outside of our routine and find or think of new recipes to try, and I love getting surprised with the occasional pineapple or bundle of asparagus. Who doesn’t like surprise asparagus? Here I have a recipe for you that we came up with to get rid of our extra yellow squash and zucchini, toddler-approved as always!:

Southwestern Garden Chicken

• 1 package of skinless boneless chicken tenders

• 1 can of Rotel

• 1 1/2 cups of cheese or Velveeta

• 2 medium sized squash, we use 1 yellow and 1 zucchini

Put thawed chicken in a casserole dish, a 11×9 works fine with room to spare. Slice squash thinly and add with Rotel to the chicken. Add a pinch of salt and pepper or Tony’s Creole (we swear by Tony’s) and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Grate cheese and sprinkle generously over the chicken before returning it to the oven for 15 minutes. Goes great with brown rice.