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Night time Diapering Success – No leaks!

I’m happy to say my days of changing my baby four to five times a night with pee covered jammies and sheets are over! It seemed I’d tried everything waking four to five times a night to change my saturated baby. At one point I even switched back to disposables for night time diapering, thinking that would help get him through the night. Even the disposables soaked through!

Bum Genius 4.0 on 3 1/2 Mos. Old.

After two months of searching I’ve found night time diapering success inside my AIO Bum Genius 4.0 with the two microfiber Inserts  that come with them! After putting my 2 1/2 month old baby in this diaper he began sleeping 4-6 hours straight – I actually began waking him up for feedings. After 4 hours of sleeping in this combination, I checked him expecting his jammies and bedding to be wet. I’m happy to say, my heavy wetter was completely dry even on the outside! The diaper touching him was virtually completely dry to the touch. When I pulled out the inserts they were completely wet! This is such a great diaper! The second night of him wearing this combination, he went 8 hours without waking! I finally went in to check on him and offer a feeding. Again, I checked him expecting to find pee-saturated sheets but not even a hiint of wetness existed!! When I checked his diaper it was only a tad wet!!! No more changing awkward crib sheets in the middle of the night for this mom of a heavy wetter!! We have achieved night time diapering success!! Thank you Bum Genius 4.0!

Bum Genius 4.0 Coupled w/ Leg Warmers - A Winning Combination for Nighttime Diapering Success!!

Now that he is 3 months old I use Bum Genius 4.0 exclusively as his bedtime diaper. I’ve tried other brands and nothing stays dry like this. I have 3 Bum Genius that I use at nighttime. Even though they aren’t saturated, I still change him at each feeding just to keep him as comfy as possible. I have just placed an order for 3 more Bum Genius 4.0 to add to my nighttime rotation in order that I don’t have to continue washing diapers daily – I’ll go to an every other day wash cycle.

I must say, I do HATE the feel of the microfiber inserts. They stick to my hands ( I have very dry skin) when putting them in but I have decided it’s a small price to pay to achieve nighttime diapering success! 

I will also say, with the two inserts this diaper is VERY bulky on my guy (3 mos. and 15 lbs.) So I don’t use this particular combination (Bum Genius with the 2 inserts) under clothes as he’d likely have a very big butt! I prefer trimmer diapers during the day. However for church or other special outings I do use the Bum Genius and just include one insert in the pocket.

Curriculum for a First Time Homeschooling Mom

Summer is coming to an end, which means moms and dads will soon be making their annual shopping expeditions to buy kids’ school supplies, new clothing, lunch boxes, book bags, and more.  For me, it’s bitter sweet to think that I will not be making this trek this year. This fall I will be a first year home school mom! 

It’s pretty overwhelming at first to open up that first “How to Home School” manual, trying to discern what the important lessons are you need to know. What am I supposed to cover? What type of learner do I have? What type of school do we want to ‘run’? What will this mean for our family and home life? And perhaps scariest of all, what are the legal ramifications? Can I really do this? Will I have the stamina and perseverance to see this through? Or will I be showing up on the Superintendants door step in January begging him to take my kids back into school!!! : ) 

I actually began thinking about and researching this option about 2 years ago when my daughter was just starting preschool. Now my daughter is starting first grade, my son is starting preschool, and my baby is just over two months old! I’ve been up and down about the whole decision but just recently I’ve felt a real sense of inner peace. I am resting in the fact that I’m not doing this on my own… God is there helping me along the way.

It can seem overwhelming at first but once you have a handle on things it doesn’t seem so scary, and really seems like a lot of fun!! There is so much out there in the way of information. Instruction and decisions galore! So I thought I’d share just a bit of what I’ve learned and the where I’m leaning toward curriculum in case there are others just starting to think about things, or perhaps forced into this decision at last minute and really not knowing where to begin.

When I began researching home schooling I asked everyone I knew what style of teaching and curriculum they used.

I located nearly all my materials on sale through either christianbook.com or used on Amazon. So my materials ended up being pretty reasonable, under $200 on curriculum for 2 kids! (My little one will be able to use the same materials when he gets older too!) Of course, I’m sure I’ll want to purchase some other books through the year(s) as well as materials for Science Experiments and Field Trips. I plan on making quite a few trips to the library too!

A lot of the moms around here go with the Charlotte Mason or “living books” method. That seems really interesting to me but in the end I decided to go with a bit more structure to ensure I was hitting all the bases, at least for this first year while I’m such a “newbie”.

So after hours and hours of research and reading reviews, here is the curriculum I decided upon. Perhaps you will find it helpful:

Horizon Math 1 (available at CBD.com)

Rod & Staff Language Arts for 1st Grade and Preschool.   http://www.rodandstaffbooks.com

So we have utilitized some of the drills/ideas from: “Teach your child to read in 100 Easy Lessons” and supplement with flash cards on phonics and sight words. I also bought the Bob Books, Set 1, Beginning readers and Nora Gaydos, “Now I’m Reading, Playful Pals, Level 1.”   

History for Little Pilgrims (Available at CBD.com)

Social Studies:
http://www.christianbook.com/social-studies/0867344512/pd/344512. This will serve as my “roadmap” and I’ll branch off and go into more depth using books on America, George Washington, etc.

Early Bird Start-up Science Vol. 1-4:
http://www.christianbook.com/singapore-earlybird-start-up-science-1/9789810106607/pd/106607

My kids love to do science experiments so we will be supplementing with these books:
Usborne Book of Science Activities Vol. 1 http://www.amazon.com/Usborne-Book-Science-Activities-Vol/dp/0746006985/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279903535&sr=1-1

Super Science Concoctions http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=super+science+concoctions&ih=7_12_3_2_0_0_0_0_1_1.24_61&fsc=9

Lastly, I picked up a couple of “Big Preschool” and “Big First Grade” workbooks from CBD.com.

There are so many great looking programs out there! It is refreshing to have the opportunity to tailor your child’s (children’s) education according to his/her own likes, needs, etc! We are really looking forward to this school year!

Hypoglycemic Seizure

It happened at 4am on August 13, 2007. I went to bed late that night, at 3:30am because my husband and I were up late watching lectures for school. I then stayed up even later, drafting a letter of support for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes (my daughter, Skylar, was diagnosed Sept. 18, 2006, at 2 ½ years of age). So I was still drifting off to sleep when I heard her… She started blubbering like “blblblblbl” then screamed. At first I thought it was a nightmare but I decided to check on her. When i saw her lying there in bed with her legs shaking. She was non respondent. She wouldn’t talk or open her eyes. I picked her limp body up in my arms and yelled to awaken my husband for help. I remember saying “God Help Us, Oh Jesus” over and over again. My husband and I were both running around the house searching for the Glucagon (an emergency shot of glucose (fast acting sugar) that you give a diabetic when they are having a seizure and cannot open their mouth to take sugar orally). We finally found the Glucagon but then we couldn’t figure out how to use it because we’d never had to use it before. I called 911. My husband kept saying “Skylar” over and over as we sat there helpless and frantic watching our daughter lie limp and non respondent. I recall my husband yelling “Lord Jesus” at one point and Skylar stood up, opened her eyes and started walking around. Shortly after that my husband figured out the glucagon and was able to administer the shot. Just after that the police arrived. A fire truck and ambulance came too. Skylar doesn’t remember anything from the event. She slept all of the next morning into the afternoon. I’ve heard this is common after a seizure. When I asked her the next day if she remembered anything, she said “I remember getting sick.” I was afraid to close my eyes for several nights after that happening. I would often end up in her room on my knees reading Scripture and praying for healing in the wee hours of the morning. Dear God have mercy. Please help doctors find a cure.

Praying for a Cure

My oldest child, Skylar, was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes on September 18, 2006 at 2 1/2 years of age. She is now 6 ½ years old, and will be insulin-dependent until a cure is found.

In a year’s time she undergoes approximately 1,800 fingerpricks and 1,500 insulin injections. All her food must be “counted” and watched closely to ensure she doesn’t go into a hypo or hyperglycemic reaction such as seizure or coma. She had her first (and hopefully last) seizure at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2007. Praise God, doctors and organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), we had the necessary supplies on hand for a full recovery from this potentially deadly event. She is such a strong little girl and through all the pricks and pokes she continues to smile, laugh and love like no other. 

I often hear Skylar pray “God, please take my diabetes away.” Her childlike faith gives our family such encouragement. She is so special, so innocent, and so sweet. It breaks my heart that she has to endure this dreadful disease. The reality of Diabetes can be heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death. Doctors are getting closer to a cure, but they haven’t found it yet. I am hopeful that Skylar will one day be able to say, “I used to have Diabetes”.

Homemade Diaper Wipe Solution

Once you are using cloth diapers you really might as well use cloth wipes as well! Nothing quite like making your own diaper wipes so you know what exactly is going on your little baby’s bum! Once the wipe is used just roll it up with the dirty diaper and toss them together in your bin.

I recommend starting with a dozen BumGenius flannel wipes (less than $12). These wipes are sooo soft, and do up really well. You can also use baby washcloths but I find the flannel is much softer. I purchased a little airtight plastic container with a lid from Target for less than $5 which I make and store the wipes in.

My favorite concoction so far is 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon of Baby Wash (I’m currently using Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo), 1 tablespoon Baby Lotion (I’m currently using Aveeno Baby Fragrance Free Soothing Relief Moisture Cream) and 1 tablespoon Baby Oil (I like Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil). This solution is very gentle and sweet, and offers great results in cleanliness and softeness. I have never experienced any hint of diaper rash with this solution.

Mix the water with the three ingredients in the container. The lotion will not dissolve so you will have tiny little squiggles of lotion throughout container at this point. The next step is to coat all wipes equally. I do this by going through the wipes one by one, individually placing the center of each wipe (the focal point for which you will use when wiping your baby) into the solution. I do this individually in order to ensure they are all coated with the oils/lotions fairly equally. I then go back through the pile starting with one wipe and then one by one placing them neatly on top of each other taking care to place any that did not get very wet in between two that are more saturated. This amount of solution works well for about 18 wipes. I use a few of these for my “to go” container and the rest for my stash at home. The wipes generally last 2-3 days. I’ve read that you don’t want to keep them much longer than that as they may get moldy.

An added benefit of this mixture is that you always have fresh and clean wipes to use when you are on the go or at home! I often use them for my older children when we are out and about to clean faces, strollers, hands, etc. You can also use them for a quick “wipes bath” on your baby just to clean his face, hands, feet, etc. The solution smells so good!

There are some great mixtures on this website: http://www.zany-zebra.com/cloth-wipe-solution.shtml

The first time I tried making my own wipes I only used water and Baby Wash. My baby actually did get a rash from this concoction. I realized after the fact that I used too much water and it was just too much moisture on my baby’s butt. I also did not use any cream or oil so I think it may have been a wee bit abrasive. Since using less water and adding the cream and oil I have had absolutely no problems!!

Note: Obviously homemade wipes would store well in a Pampers or Huggies Wipes container but as I was going through the effort of making homemade wipes I really didn’t want to advertise store-bought brands : )

Laundry Day

Washing diapers is really so fun, and best of all, it’s so easy to get great results! Many people keep their dirty diapers all together in one container until wash day, with no problem. However, I’m pretty organized by nature and like things clean and tidy. I like to keep my diaper supplies sorted in three separate buckets – 1 poo, 1 pee, and 1 for diaper covers and other accessories that are not very dirty but still need washed.

1st Wash: On laundry day (which for me begins about every other morning) I take the poo diapers and throw them into the washer, making sure any Velcro tabs are attached to their wash tabs. I put about 1-2 T of Planet 2X Ultra Detergent (available at most supermarkets) into the wash and run a cold cycle. Once that’s complete I take the washed diapers out and put them (still wet) in a clean pail while I wash the dirty pee diapers.

2nd Wash: I clean the pee diapers with about 1 T of Planet 2X or Rockin Green and put through a cold wash.

3rd Wash: Once the pee diapers are cleaned I put the cleaned poo diapers in with them and wash them all one last time in a hot/cold wash with an extra rinse. I usually put my covers that are not dirty but need freshened up in this washing too. I use 1/4 of the recommended amount of detergent – about 1-2 T of Planet 2X or Rockin Green.   

When I have extra time and energy on my hands I wash the “not dirty but still need washed” items by hand in a bucket with 1-2 Tablespoons of Planet 2X then hang to dry. I also sometimes fill the poo bucket with water just to cover, add a couple Tablespoons of Planet 2X and soak for about 30 minutes prior to washing.

If I’m trying to save time/steps, once I’ve cleaned the poo diapers, I will throw the pee diapers right in and clean them together on a second wash on hot/cold, thereby, cutting out the need for a 3rd wash. By doing this I’m cleaning my pee diapers with the cleaned poo diapers so they are swishing/swashing together with the pee water so it isn’t as santiary as doing 3 washes. However, I have done this on numerous occasion without problems.

I almost always hang my diapers to dry on a clothes line. I have never had any need to strip my diapers in the 3 1/2 mos. I’ve been doing cloth other than one time when my Bum Genius began leaking. To treat this problem, I put them through a wash with no detergent with an extra rinse. I haven’t had further problems since doing this so there must have just been some detergent built up on them.

If I’m doing the wash at night, I just leave the final load of clean items sitting in washer until morning at which point I then hang on the clothes line outdoors to dry. If I’m in desperate need for the items or if I’m greeted with a rainy day then I toss all the items in the dryer. I do have a clothes line in my basement which I sometimes hang the covers on if it’s too rainy but I have also thrown them in the dryer and have had no problems with wear/tear. Prefolds actually like the dryer, so you never have to feel guilty about drying these by machine! However, line drying in the sunshine is my preferred method!!!

I cannot recommend outdoor line drying enough!! Not only does it save on electric, the sun will brighten those prefolds, inserts and doublers and bleach any remaining stain right out of the white!!

I’ve been caring for my diapers in this manner for over 3 months now – starting at 2 weeks – and happy to say I have a great, clean diaper stash that looks brand new! My little guy is happy and so is mommy : ) Really a fun and enjoyable routine!

Diaper Pail Set-Up

The dirty diaper set-up area is going to vary based upon the set-up of your home and your diaper wash procedures. Some people use covered waste cans, others use regular diaper pails, others hang Diaper Pail Bags from the door. I initially purchased a Gro Via Diaper Pail Liner bag but it is HUGE!!! As I do my diaper laundry every day or two, I really don’t need something so big. I have a basement that is virtually only used for laundry so I just store the dirty diapers there. If you don’t have a basement and live in a home where the dirty diapers will be kept on a “main floor” until laundry day then I can see that the bag would definitely come in handy!! If you tossed all your items into the bags then you could just tote the bags to the laundry machine on cleaning day. I find that it is easier just to toss the dirty diaper laundry in buckets as opposed to put them in the bag. I throw the poopy diapers in a pickle bucket. The just-peed-in diapers in another little bucket. And the just-needing-washed plain diaper covers (as long as they are not dirty or pee saturated) in the Diaper Pail bag. It would really be easier to just put the just-needing-washed covers in a little bucket too. But since I bought the Liner I figured I might as well use it : ) This method of sorting keeps my laundry separated and organized for laundry day!

Word about Cloth While Caring for Umbilical Cord Stump

One lesson I learned with cloth is that I would not recommend starting cloth until the baby’s belly button has fallen off. When I began the stump hadn’t fallen off yet and the diaper covers would rub against it a wee bit as they didn’t have the umbilical cord cut-out built in. So the cord all but fell off at a week and was hanging quite a bit. On day 8 I noticed the cord was only hanging by a hair-thread so I pulled on it and it did come off but it also started bleeding. After this it would start bleeding at random times throughout the day with just the teeniest disturbance. I finally took my baby to the doctor so they could treat it with silver nitrate. This made his belly button black for the next 3 weeks or so. Needless to say, I’d recommend you not cloth diaper until the stump is off, and I’d also recommend you NEVER pull a stump even if it’s hanging on by just a thread-sized piece of skin. Let it fall off in nature’s time.

NOTE: I have read posts by people who simply fold down the cloth in order that it doesn’t irritate the stump. From my personal use I found this did not work. The baby is constantly being held and moved about with such frequency that the cover eventually would hit the stump unless I used extreme attention and care. I really was more interested in cuddling him than I was in making sure his diaper was always folded down just so. So just be aware of this. If you choose to go ahead and cloth before the stump falls off then go for it – just be careful!!!

How Early Should I Start with Cloth?

I started my baby on cloth at about 2 weeks because I was recovering from a c-section and had to take it easy for a bit. Some of my friends suggested waiting until the baby was 1 month in order to give me a chance to adjust, and give the pee/poo frequency a chance to slow down. I really don’t see the reason to wait unless you are having trouble with adjusting, feeling overwhelmed and overly tired, and just need some time… I will say that my baby has been a good sleeper from day one so I was able to get a lot of sleep. I can see for mom’s who aren’t getting any sleep at night that disposables may be helpful at first, giving them just one more thing not to worry about. It’s true, disposables do not need changed as often. If you start early and find yourself getting overwhelmed give yourself a break from cloth for a week or two. After a quick break you may find you cannot wait to get back to cloth!! Just give it a try. Commit to a couple months, and most of all, have fun with it!! Like everything else in cloth diapering, there are no rules. Do what works for you! Be sure to read my blog on Cloth while Caring for the Umblical Stump.

Review of my Initial Diaper Stash

My initial stash consisted of: six Cloth-eez white pre-fold newborns (orange), 12 Cloth-eez white pre-fold smalls (yellow), two Kissaluvs fitted diapers (size 0), four one-size regular covers (2 Blueberry snap one-size coveralls and 2 small Thirsties Duo Wrap Covers – one velcro and one snap), 4 hybrids (2 gDiapers with inserts, 2 flips), 2 small Bum Genius all in ones (AIOs), 3 Hemp Diaper Doublers, 4 Snappi Fasteners, and 12 BumGenius Flannel Wipes. I also purchased 1 Large Gro Via Diaper Pail Bag and 1 Small Gro Via Wet Bag to store dirty diapers in, and a small bottle of Bum Genius Odor Remover.

If I were to do it over again, I would not have bought the gDiapers. I love the feel of them, they are sooo soft on the outside, but my baby (now 2 months) soaks through and his pooh runs out into the waterproof cover about every time he wears them. Granted, the poo generally does not come onto his clothes, but still if I can use a regular cloth diaper and have no mess except for what is caught in the diaper itself, why deal with the extra mess the gDiapers bring! So for what I spent on them (about $30 for a set of 2 which included the 2 covers, 2 plastic inserts, and about 6 cloth inserts) they were an expensive addition which didn’t work very well. The idea is great — you can either use the cloth inserts or earth-friendly disposables — but the disposables are expensive enough that while living on a budget I just haven’t ever spent the money for them. I basically use these as my “last set” which I use as a last resort when all the other diapers are in the wash. I recently asked my husband what his least favorite diaper is, and he said “the ones that have all the pieces that you have to put together” (meaning the gDiaper set). It’s a cover with snap in waterproof inner liner followed by the cloth gLiner. So just three componenets but yet cumbersome when you are trying to get a little guy covered before he decides to “aim and fire” before he is fully diapered again!   

I must say I still love the idea of the gDiaper, and they are super cute! I admit, I’m proud to “show off” my little guy’s gDiaper by coupling it with just a t-shirt when we are at friends’ homes, because they are truly just so darned cute! My original draw to gDiapers was because I hated the feel of the regular covers and AIOs. However, I’ve sensed learned a valuable lesson – the feel of waterproof (PUL fabric) is worth getting used to! They don’t bother me a bit!

I only have the 2 Flip covers because they were part of a promotion. Had they not been part of the promotion I would have purchased another brand. They are a fine diaper but I could take them or leave them. They do look cute on my baby and I like the colors. But as I don’t use them for their hybrid use (I have only used them as a cloth cover) they are really just another cover.

One-Size Flip Cover on 1 Mos. Old

The Thirsties Duo Cover snap, though it is not the first cover I reach for, is very nice. I have the “honeydew” color and it is a great color and a great diaper!! I have never had any leaks with my Thirsties. I received the “blackbird” Thirsties cover in Velcro as a gift. I love the feature of Velcro (so easy to use!) and the small size fits new babies so well! It was definitely the best fit in the early weeks of my baby’s life. Unfortunately, he will likely grow out of it by four months. You have to check out the designs on Thirsties – so cute!!

A friend had raved about the Blueberry diapers so I purchased two with snaps. They are also a cover I could take or leave. Nothing really special about them other than their colors are very pretty, I’ve never had any leaks with them and they are super easy to clean! I have also found that do to their geneous sizing they fit well over everything from prefolds to fitteds. So with that being said they are a good diaper.

I adore the appearance of the Kissaluv fitted diaper. A beautifully soft diaper with such a cute fit! However, the minute my baby pees the diaper is saturated and needs changed! I’ve noticed that this diaper above all others bothers my baby when wet. He will cry and cry with this diaper, yet is very tolerant of the other types. I would say this however – this diaper is great for pictures!! I took my son in at his one month pictures and used this diaper (without a cover) for a few of the pix. Looks adorable in the pix because it’s so soft and cuddly looking. Additionally, I’ve put this diaper on under my baby’s swimsuit. Upon removing the diaper I noticed the baby had pooped in this while in the water, but nothing came out. The poop stayed just as it should, in the diaper. To the contrary, I once had my baby in a pool wearing an Indian prefold from Green Mountain under his swimsuit and all of a sudden realized his poop was leaking out of the diaper into the pool!! I took him out immediately! So I’d definitely get at least one Kissaluv for pictures and swim diaper use : )

Kissaluv Verson 2.0 on 1 Mos. Old

Kissaluv Version 2.0 on 1 Mos. Old

I really like my BumGenius v. 3.0 All in Ones (AIO). They are the first diaper I reach for when we are going to church, out to eat, etc. They are tried and true just as the reviews say. They hardly ever leak and are so easy to use. They do take a long time to dry on the line. If you have a whole day you just need to turn the pockets inside out and plan on waiting! Otherwise you can put them in the dryer with no problem! Just remember to attach the velcro to the laundry tabs. I initially purchased them for my husband to use, but have liked them so much that they are a favorite for me too! I affectionately call the Bum Genius my “Church Diaper”! When going to church I would often put a Hemp Doubler inside. I could then quickly undo his diaper and pull out just the doubler when wet or dirty, and close up the diaper again without making a full change. The Hemp Doubler would soak up the majority of the wetness/all of the poo, and I was able to leave the AIO on him until the service was over. I’d just change the diaper right there in church on my lap with just a friendly smile to the person sitting next to me : ) Now at 2 months of age I’m finding that my BumGenius are soaking through while using at night if I don’t put a hemp doubler in the pocket. I change him at each feeding through the night (three hour intervals) and we’ve had no further leaks! Before I was putting the doubler in he was soaking through his diaper and pajamas. I just placed an order for four BumGenius v. 4.0 and cannot wait to get them in the  mail!!

Bum Genius 4.0

I would not have bought the BumGenius Odor Remover. Granted, I have no problems with it, and it has a nice light smell. It’s just not necessary. I only purchased it because I needed to spend $6 in order to get free shipping so I tagged it on. If you get in this situation, purchase some BumGenius Flannel Wipes instead! These are fabulous!! So soft and work great!

I also would not have bought the Diaper Pail Liner given the set-up of my home. I had planned to hang the bag on a door and toss the diapers in when dirty. But I have found that I prefer to keep the dirty’s separated. And the bag is HUGE – not really made for a door. I do my wash in the basement so I just throw my dirty diapers into buckets going down the stairs – one for poohs, one for pees, and one for used covers that aren’t dirty but still need a wash. I then just carry the buckets to the bottom of the steps on laundry day. I can see how the Diaper Pail Liner would work great for people not having a separate basement area, and needing to carry their dirty’s a longer distance. So give this consideration and figure out what works best for you. A simple pickle bucket works for me. However I do have to clean the pickle bucket once in awhile whereas with the Diaper Pail Liner you just have to throw it in the wash. If you find an inexpensive one you may want to give it a try just to see whether or not it works for you. If you decide not to use it for diapering you’ll be able to find other uses for it in the long run! I will say that the GroVia bags by The Natural Baby Company are pretty colors at a comparatively low cost. For the value ($15.25), the best bags I’ve seen. www.thenaturalbabyco.com/product-list.php?cID=169

I have found that the large pail bag does come in handy when traveling with cloth. We went on a 3 day trip and used cloth all the while. As the diapers got dirty I’d toss them into my large pail liner bag. Even with 80-90 degree weather with the pail bag sitting in the car with dirty diapers all the while, they never got stinky one bit! So if you do plan to travel with cloth then I’d recommend this bag as it holds a lot!!

I do like the GroVia Wet Bag. At $6.75 it was a good investment! The last thing I would potentially change, is to have gotten another Velcro cover as opposed to so many snaps. The Velcro’s work so easily on the little babes and are very nice to use in the middle of the night. Some people complain that the velcros get stuck together in the wash but personally I’ve had no problems with this whatsoever. As long as you remember to close the Velcro covers before washing then you shouldn’t’ have any problems.

I am glad I only purchased six of the newborn prefolds. As my baby was 8 lbs. 10 oz. at birth they were pretty small for him and he has grown out of them at this point. I sometimes fold them and use as inserts if all my other diapers are on the line. They did serve a need though as initially the smalls (yellow) were just a tad too big. So keep this in mind when trying to figure out size. If you generally have smaller babies then you may want to consider a few more.
I probably went overboard on covers initially. I really didn’t need that many. As you don’t need to wash them after every use I could have easily done fine with four-five covers to begin. However, all in all, my initial purchase of diaper stash was a good investment – we got through the baby’s first couple of month’s without too much cost or hassle. I was able to try out a variety of items and found what my favorites were and what I won’t buy again.