Frackie's Road to Frugality


Reusable Swim Diapers
April 18, 2010, 12:51 am
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Summer is coming up and I have always been a beach/pool kind of gal. So, my daughter is also going to have to tag along, which I’m sure she won’t mind, but those disposable swim diapers are just so annoying. First off, the sizing doesn’t start till like 15lbs. Second, they sag when they get really wet. Third, they don’t contain the poop (if poop happens to happen). This is the reason why many public pools are mandating the use of non-disposable swim diapers.  And, lastly, they are just ugly. Oh wait, and also they are ridiculously expensive on top of all that! 

So, why not get adorable, reusable ones! I found these at our PX, but you can get them at a lot of  baby stores right now. This brand is iPlay and I hear great things about them. At $6.99 each I will definitely get my moneys worth. I bought 2 so when we go somewhere I will bring the extra just in case she does poop. And, also, these have an absorbant layer for pee if you are out of the water. Alot of other ones don’t have this and the pee leaks everywhere. So, for the car ride to the beach or pool, you should be safe! When you are in the water you don’t have to worry about the pee cause it magically disappears! hehe

Ok, enough talk…here they are:

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Fluffy Mail!!!
April 15, 2010, 8:17 pm
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My first fluffy mail has arrived!!! You may be wondering, “what the heck is fluffy mail?”, well, it is my cute, adorable cloth diaper order! Now, that I found the diaper that works with Arianna I made a small order. Here it is…

The orangey color diaper on the top is a bumGenius all-in-one (AIO). This was free with my order! These are great for when I’m out and about or when Arianna is with Ms. Robyn on Wednesday mornings!  The white cloths to the left are my Flip organic prefolds that are super absorbant and soft. Ok, soft is an understatement…these are comparable to a baby’s butt. This is what Arianna will wear to bed or for naps. They absorb a ridiculous amount of fluid. And then the yellow and green covers are Flips. These go over the prefolds, as I have said before.  The Bummis Fleece liners are great for bedtime and will lay against Arianna’s skin. Fleece makes you feel dry so she will be soft and dry all night.

I’m sticking with the neutral theme because of the possibility of having a boy in the future. I don’t want to have to order all new stuff. Trust me, it is tempting with all the cute fluff out there for girls. So, there it is! I ordered this all from www.kellyscloset.com and have also bought used diapers from www.diaperswappers.com . Both are great sites and if you want to learn more about CD you can get lost on those sites!

Oh, and a frugal sidenote: Arianna is 100% in cloth diapers now and I have spent around $130 for her stash. We haven’t used a disposable in awhile. It will take about 3 months for me to break even with the expenses of starting CD, but after that we will be saving money. BUT, with all of our next children, we will be saving money immediately because most of the supplies are already bought!

$$$cha-ching$$$



What about the poop?
April 10, 2010, 2:07 pm
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I think this is the most common question a cloth diapering momma gets to answer. Poop is poop. It doesn’t matter if you have to deal with poop in disposables or cloth diapers. Yes, there is an extra step you have to take with a baby in cloth diapers. I wish I would of started cloth diapering when Arianna was still exclusively breastfed because it’s much easier. All you have to do is change the diaper and throw the poop and all into a dry pail. Breastfed poo just disinegrates in water so you don’t even have to worry about rinsing it at all.

But, with toddler poop it’s a little different. You have a few options. You can get a hose that attaches to your toilet and can easily rinse the poop off, buy a liner (looks like a fabric softener sheet) that catches the poop and then just gets thrown in the toilet, or you can just shake and dip it off. The later option is what I am currently doing. I find it relatively easy because “most” the time toddler poop is solid and comes right off…especially with our bumGenius’. But, sometimes you do have to shake and dunk. So far, this is working and I haven’t had any stains in 2 weeks. See, not too hard, especially when I remember the money I’m saving!

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My journey into cloth diapering…
April 9, 2010, 12:01 pm
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And so begins another blog by me. I have 2 others but just don’t seem to keep up with them. The only reason why I think I “may” be able to keep up with this one is because I actually have something to talk about now. You see, a couple weeks ago I made the decision to be more frugal and to start making wiser choices in my spending. If you know me, you know that I am not a shopper or huge spender…but there are some areas that I can overspend (like when it comes to my 1 yr old daughter!). The road to frugality for me started out of choice, but for others it may be out of necessity.

As I take this road to frugality I wanted to document and share the experiments and changes that I am making. Maybe they can help someone else or just open their mind to some wiser spending options that they may have never known about. I’m taking this road slowly. Once you open the door it is amazing how little you can spend if you just use your resources. So, today I am going to blog about my dramatic switch to cloth diapers

Switching to cloth diapers wasn’t something I did to be more green, though that is a great side effect of it. I decided to switch to cloth to save money. The average family spends around $2,000 on disposable diapers for ONE baby! As I was reading about this I thought about how many other children me and my husband want and just couldn’t fathom spending so much on something that gets pooped in and then thrown away. So, I started reading about cloth diapers and WOW. Ok, so some people are infatuated with cloth. Cloth diapers are not like they were 20-30 years ago with those pins and old school flats. There are several different kinds: the prefolds, pockets, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, and of course flats. I found a 21 day trial package for $10. They sent me various kinds for me to try out and after the 21 days I just have to send back the ones that I don’t like. Here’s the link: http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10

Testing cloth before you buy is the best way to do it. All babies come in different sizes and poop in different ways, so it only makes sense that trial and error (without affecting your wallet) is the best way to find a good fit for your baby. My favorite out of the pack that they sent me is the bumGenius 3.0 pocket diaper. This diaper is awesome! It contains the pee and poop like it means business. It is so soft and the first time I put my DD in it she looks at me and says, “Yay!”. They are great for at night or naps. My daughter is a heavy night wetter so I just stuff an extra insert into the pocket. You see with the pocket diaper you don’t have to deal with folding those big cloths or pinning. You just stuff an insert into the pocket and “voila” you are good to go. You do have to wash the pocket diaper after every use. So, you will have to get around 10-15 pocket diapers for 1 toddler if you do your laundry every other day. These pocket diapers run around $18. This means you would spend around $250 to diaper your toddler (much more for a newborn). Sounds like alot, I know! BUT, these diapers are one size (fits 8-35lbs)! So, you can use them for mulitiple children all throughout your diapering life.

(above is a picture of Arianna’s bumGenius)

My other favorite was the old fashion prefolds with a Flip cover. I love this cover! A cover goes over the prefolded cloth and when the baby pees or poops you just have to change the prefold and you can reuse the cover(if there is no poop on it). The Flip cover is great because it’s also one size and it has snaps instead of velcro. Snaps are good in the long run as velcro can make snaps and loose it’s durability. So when we are at home I grab a prefold and the Flip cover. The company Flip also makes a biodegradable insert for when you are traveling. These are great because when you are out and about you can just throw the dirty insert in the trash. These inserts are still cheaper than buying Pampers or Huggies, but not a store brand like Walmart or Kroger diapers. Prefolds is by far the cheapest way to go and some mothers swear by them. I love them and have found alot of good used diapers here: http://www.diaperswappers.com/

(above top is a picture a Flip cover and below that is a picture of a prefold opened and then folded)

As I dive into cloth diapering I realize that you can really spiral out of control with all the different styles and prints. You can spend MUCH more than you would for disposables so it’s good to set a budget and stick with it. I spent around $100 getting my 1 year old started and everything I bought for her was neutral and one size so that they could be used with the next child. This is how you could truly save lots of money. As I said before you could spend around $250 on one child, but when your next child comes around you don’t need to spend much of anything.

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