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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


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Okay so you don't actually know me but I got to your blog through Amy Fisher (from Against The Grain) and really appreciate your general thoughtful take on life. Just wanted to say that we are having a very similar sleep experience with our little boy (he's 20 months old) and I also would probably drop in a heap on the floor if I found him asleep like you found Camilla today. He still isn't consistently sleeping through the night, but I am taking hope in your experience and maybe it will be soon! Also, I was wondering which shoes are your "favorite flexible-soled" ones - we like See Kai Run but I am always up for something someone else has had a good experience with. And in case you'd like to find out just who on earth is this typing on your blog, you can find me at (for the kid-posts) and (for other random posts). Thanks! I hope it's not creepy that someone you don't actually know is reading about your life... sorry if it is!

My daughter just fell asleep by herself yesterday for the first time! It was after the bedtime routine, but after months of drawn out bedtimes it seemed like a miracle! I hope Camilla keeps it up! One nice thing about having a poor sleeper is that you REALLY, TRULY appreciate these little miracles when they happen.

On a different note, I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like Bumgenius diapers. Maybe I got some from a bad lot. I LOVE my cloth diapers, though. They've saved us tons of money, they're super easy, and we've only had a couple minor blow-outs. I hope you love yours just as much :)

yes cloth nappies are awesome! The *only* times I get pooey leaks onto clothes is when I use disposables.

Sorry to bust the bubble, but cloth diapers can leak. Remember the "mustard" on Dad's suit? Although to be fair, those were so long ago they weren't even prefolds (which I hated)worn with rubber pants. But I'm just saying.

I definitely think the Bums are fantastic at holding in those newborn poopsplosions. They will leak as soon as the insert gets saturated, though. This takes quite a while when the inserts are new, but after a few months of washings (are you doing them every other day?) they get a lot less absorbent. I can't get enough inserts in to keep Violet dry overnight, unfortunately, so I'm stuck with disposables for her overnight. I hope you like the diapers. Aren't they just too cute in them??

They leak when they're full! But welcome to the cloth diapering fold, Arwen! It's nice here. With the added bonus of self-satisfied smugness.

And good luck with the sleeping child; I hope this couch nap is a good omen for you. She looks adorable, incidentally.

Poop on your face before a party? That's just awful. I am glad to hear that the cloth diapers are going well. I am planning to procure some, too - please keep us posted on how you like the Bum Genius ones.

Thanks, too, for the tip on Huggies. My guy is starting to get a flat bum like Dad, so we may have to make the switch...

Fingers crossed that this is a new trend for Camilla!

We have the BumGenius 3.0s too and they are AWESOME. I rarely get a leak and it is usually when she's in an odd position, like in her bouncy chair and has managed to pull an edge aside (which hardly counts). Plus they are so cute. In my opinion, the only downfall is that they make her grow out of her clothes earlier since she has the extra padding.

Oh, and no more diaper rash!

I really want to do cloth diapering! We made a half-hearted attempt when our daughter was born, but as new parents with me working full time and my husband a full time student it was too much. Hopefully we'll be able to make the switch when baby number two comes along (whenever that may be.) Also, that is so awesome that you have a diaper store where you live! I'll have to order it all online.

I loved my bumGenius diapers - too bad my 20-month-old is the size of a preschooler and she grew out of them already! Good luck with them and congrats on Camilla falling asleep by herself. That's AWESOME.

If Shea fell asleep randomly on the couch, you know I'd be documenting it with photographs/blogging, too! That's exciting!

We have had a few leaks with the BG, but they are very rare. I had the baby in a disposable last night... and then she decided to poop this morning before we changed her out of it. Totally shot up the back, through the jammies and onto her dad. Glad it wasn't me this time.

For those that note the leakage of cloth diapers due to the washings...
Remember that it matters what detergent you use. Here's a great site that compares all the options:

Also, try stripping your diapers if they feel "dirty" or still seem to smell post-wash. Here's a good site for that:

I love my BGs, and only had leaks when my Monica was really little and her legs were too tiny and when I was using the newborn inserts, when she needed the regular inserts. I did experience some nasty diaper rash, but that was eliminated when I started double-stuffing with hemp liners for night time and long naps. BGs are superb!

Veronica's been having biweekly blowouts as well, but as nice as cloth diapers are - we have to pay for every load of laundry and wow, that adds up. I'm just hoping she'll get past that stage quickly.
And WOW on the spontaneous nap! I hope you got some good relaxation time while she was doing that :).

The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use, at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain.

I am so happy to hear SoCo's news! I was wondering what had happened to her!!

CLOTH DIAPERS DON'T LEAK????? Why did no-one tell me this when I had the baby who pooped once a week, at best, and pooped everywhere and on everything - rivers of warm yellow mustard running down my belly; the carseat; the sling; dripping on the floor at the Dali exhibit at the city art museum?? Ohhhhhhh....

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