Thursday, June 14, 2012

Give It Another Spin

If you’ve been reading here long, then you know that I don’t have a dryer.  Washing machines in a rented apartment are something of a luxury here in Brooklyn.  When we were planning to move here, I asked God for a washing machine so I could wash my diapers at home.  He saw fit to grant my request, and our apartment has a full size, top-loading wash machine.  We just pay a little extra for the water it uses. 

Sometimes I get frustrated with how wet my diapers are when they finish the final rinse & spin cycle.  Often, a lot of water gets trapped in the wet bag, and soaks the inserts nearby as the machine finishes.  If I am in a pinch and need diapers fast, I don’t have time to let all of the extra water line-dry out of my inserts.

A while back I started re-setting my machine to do a second spin after the cycle had completed.  This second spin seems to release the water trapped in the wet bags, because I don’t have that problem any more. 

I also know for sure that even more water is spinning out of my diapers & inserts, thereby cutting the dry time.  How do I know this?  Because my washing machine is in my kitchen, and it drains into my kitchen sink.  Sometimes I stand and watch the second spin cycle, amazed at how much water had been left in my inserts.

My washer drain

So even if you have a dryer, cut the drying time by running an extra spin on your machine before you start the drying cycle.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I’m sure I’ve shared before about the benefits of using Tide detergent for your cloth diapers.  It is recommended by Rumparooz/Kanga Care for their products.  Julie Ekstrom, the creator of Rumparooz, told me once that people run into trouble when they start experimenting with laundry “cocktails” instead of just keeping it simple. 

Tide works!  They have put the resources and research into developing a superior laundry detergent which cleans deep down and gets everything out.  Just what you need for cloth diapers.

I use Tide Ultra, and the powder is better than the liquid because it won’t coat your diapers with a film.  I use 2 Tablespoons per load, for about 20 diapers or so.

Tide for Diapers

Last August I joined Costco and my first purchase was this huge box of Tide Ultra for $25 {or so}.  Just today I emptied the remaining contents of the box into a gallon size Ziploc bag, after I filled my laundry jar on the shelf.  It will definitely last us until August or even longer. 

Detergent Jars
I keep homemade laundry detergent in the jar on the left, and Tide for our diapers in the jar on the right.

So for $25 I washed cloth diapers for a year.  I had 2 kids in diapers for 4 months of the year, and we were potty training with lots of accidents for 2-3 months of the year.  So for about 6 months I washed 3-4 loads per week, and now I wash 2 loads per week.  That’s what I call great value… Rockin’ Green never delivered such great clean at such a great price.

I only use the Tide for my diapers, because I can’t afford it for our regular lundry.  A couple of times I have cheated and used it for laundry when I was desperately out of detergent. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baby Comfy Nose

My kids were sick back in May.  I could hear the congestion in Nolan as he tried to nurse, and he had to stop every couple of sucks to get a breath.  My hospital nasal aspirator wasn’t getting anything out.  I remembered that I had read about the Nose Frida a while back.  But the thought of using my own mouth to suck snot out of my kids’ nose was a little revolting.  Yet in desperation I looked up nasal aspirators online.

I found the Nose Frida, along with an aspirator called the Baby Comfy NoseAfter reading a lot of reviews, I settled on the Baby Comfy Nose.  There is one store in my area that had it in stock, so I loaded my sick kids into the stroller, onto the bus, and then the train to go and purchase it.  I am so glad I did!


There are many reasons why I chose the BCN over the Nose Frida.  First, there are no filters to purchase and replace.  The BCN uses an ordinary facial tissue as the filter. This is more porous than the rubber filter of the Nose Frida, therefore it is more absorbent.  It is also cheap and easily replaced.

The Baby Comfy Nose also comes in a pouch that allows it to dry completely after washing, as opposed to the Nose Frida case which does not.  The BCN is also more economically priced.


Once you get past the thought that you are sucking snot out of your kids’ nose, you will greatly appreciate the Baby Comfy Nose.  It is easy to use, and you can see & hear how much mucous is leaving the nasal passages.  Human lungs generate 10x as much suction power as a battery operated aspirator, so the BCN is much more effective.

When you’re done, just discard the tissue and rinse the BCN clean.  Allow it to air dry.  It is so easy!

I used this on my 10 month old and my 2 1/2 year old.  Neither one enjoyed it, but they didn’t like the hospital bulb aspirator either.  My little girl actually came to me several times and asked me to suck out her nose.  I know it’s because she could tell the difference – she could actually breathe again after I used the BCN to clear out the snot!

I would highly recommend this product and I don’t think any parents of infants or toddlers should be without one.  I’ll probably be giving it as baby shower gifts from now on!

Disclosure – I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this post.  I purchased the product and all opinions are completely mine.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What We’ve Been Doing…

I haven’t blogged here since I closed the online retail part of Doable Diapers back in April.  I’ve been enjoying life as a wifey, homemaker, and stay-at-home-mom.  And I am pretty convinced that that is the way God designed it to be…

So here are a few snippets to let you see what we’ve been doing for the last two months. I have had several things rolling around in my mind that I want to share here, and now that I feel like life and schedules are back on track, I will probably bombard you with several posts.  So don’t go away…lots of fun coming right up!

Verrazano Bridge at Sunset
Sunset walk under the Verrazano Bridge (connects Brooklyn to Staten Island)

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with friends

Elaine's Big Girl Bed
Elaine got a “big girl bed”

Bronx Zoo  Bronx Zoo
Feeding the goats at the Bronx Zoo with Grandma & Grampa

Bronx Zoo
Our family  - Me, Nolan, Elaine, & Ben

Nolan in bumgenius Freetime diaper
Testing the new bumGenius Freetime diaper – more on that to follow later.  Suffice it to say this is my new favorite diaper!

Day 6 You  img_4331
A lot of sewing – including an Easter dress for Elaine {in the midst of closing the store}, matching skirt/dress for Elaine & me, some play skirts, and even some dolly clothes!

Nolan's First HaircutNolan’s first haircut!  {10 months old.  He also started walking just before this}

Mother's Day 2012
Mother’s Day in our matching dresses

On the Airplane to Denver
Flight to visit “Ma” & “Pa” in Denver, Colorado

Nolan's first time in the swimming pool
Swimming in Pa’s pool

With Grandma & Grandpa Paul
Visit with my grandparents.  My kids are great-grandchildren # 7 & 8 or something like that…out of 11 great-grands

At Washington Park with Ma
Fun at the park

Elaine's first Motorcycle Ride
First motorcycle ride {just Elaine…not Nolan} with my Dad

Memorial Day
Memorial Day in Brooklyn – we went to tour the ships in dock for Fleet Week and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

The $4 Swimming Pool
Lots of fun in the sun

Homemade Jame
Some homemade strawberry jam, and lots of freezer cooking & baking.  It feels good to do that again!

That was a whirlwind trip, but it seems like a lot of pictures.  Come back this week for more cloth-diaper related posts!

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