Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome to the world of cloth diapering

Yes, we use cloth diapers. And, no we don't go around hugging trees for a living. We are using them to be "green," but it also saves us some major dough, wards off diaper rash and are cute to boot! The only time we have diaper blow-outs(moms you know what I'm talking about) is when he is in a disposable. And, come on, who doesn't like a baby with a big butt?
In the first few years you have a kid, diapers are probably the biggest expense. William is only 5 months old, and the diapers have already paid for themselves. Before William fit into the cloth ones, we used disposables, either Seventh Generation or Earth's Best (to avoid the chemicals that can be found in other diapers). He was using about 10 diapers a day, meaning he would go through a pack of 40 in less than a week! The cloth diapers we bought,Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius, are one-size-fits-all. So the supply we have will last him until he is potty trained! It's a big expense upfront at $20 a pop, but after that you never have to buy another diaper again. We have about 20 diapers and found that is the magic number. That way we don't have to wash them all at once. How does cloth diapering work you ask? We toss the wet ones into this hanging bag.If the diaper is dirty, we spray it clean using our diaper sprayer that is attached to the toilet. When we toss them in the wash they are just wet. We wash them every two to three days and then hang them to dry. We got a new Samsung washer and dryer which are amazing. The spin cycle on the washer rings them out so that they are almost dry!The new washer makes using cloth so much easier. Before, with the old washer that we inherited with the house, we would have to throw the diapers in and put it on a rinse cycle. Run back down to the basement to put it on a wash cycle and run back down for a second rinse cycle. The new washer allows you to program the wash cycle however you want, so we just push a few buttons and it rinses,washes, and rinses again without having to go down to the basement. I'm in love. Never thought I'd be so excited about a washing machine, oh how things change.
William even helps out with the laundry once in a while!

I was pretty hesitant to jump on the cloth diapering train before we had a baby, but now it is just part of our day-to-day baby routine. It's also pretty great that these diapers can be used for kid #2 (don't get any ideas now, this is a loooong way down the road).

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Small Updates

No major projects are going on right now in the Roache household. Though, Dave has been re-wiring a big portion of our first floor. Back in 1960, when the house was built, they thought it was good idea to put all the lights on one circuit. For instance, the light in William's room is the power source for the bathroom, our bedroom and front hallway. So Dave has to wire new circuits (or something like that, I have no knowledge about this stuff what-so-ever, I just take photos of it). In the process of fixing the bathroom wiring, he had to take out the medicine cabinet. And we decided why would we ever put that thing back up after taking it down.
And in its place we put up a simple black-framed $20 Homegoods special. The bathroom has a LONG way to go, but something as simple as taking out the old mirror makes it look a tad more modern. A new light fixture will spruce things up a bit too, though unfortunately nothing can make that green tile look any better.