Here are a few new Wrap Conversions!
Toddler size MT with a ring waist, flat/adjustable hood, contoured body with padded leg opening, waist belt, wrap straps, and fully reversible with the dark side on one side and the light side on the other. It’s BEAUTIFUL.
Actually, no. And I personally find it much easier on my muscles than lugging a car seat around or holding a squirmy toddler! If you’re using your sling or carrier correctly, it won’t hurt at all. If you’re using a ring or pouch sling, make sure the fabric is spread over the ball of your shoulder and across your back, not all bunched up near your neck or in a tight, thin wad across your back. If you’re using a wrap or any carrier with straps, make sure the straps are not wadded, bunched, or twisted. If wearing your baby hurts, then there is a problem that should be solved! Please contact us or find a local babywearing group for hands-on help.
I sat down a month ago and sketched out TARDIS pants. I wasn’t sure I’d gotten the dimensions right, but I think I got them RIGHT ON. These are ADORABLE.
Since I started them, I’ve gotten numerous requests to make the pattern available, which I will be doing as I have time. If you’re interested in being a test knitter, please let me know.
Additionally, I’m HAPPY to knit a pair of TARDIS longies for your little one. The price will vary depending on what you want for yarn, but will be around $70.
Don’t you hate Tutorials without picture?? Sorry.
Simple messenger bags are pretty easy to make. Perfect for a last-minute gift for anyone on your list this year.
- Fabric for outside
- Fabric for inside
- Interfacing if desired
- Webbing or other material for strap
- Buckle if desired
- Fastener for flap if desired
1. Decide what size you want. Let’s say you want a bag that’s 12 inches by 24 inches and 2 inches wide.
2. Cut out pieces. A front, a back, a flap, and a strip for the width.
Front and back: 13×25 (Your desired bag size plus 1/2 inch seam allowances on each side)
Flap: I chose to cut mine the same size as the front and back. You may go shorter or longer. You may opt to shape it as a rectangle, or to angle the edges in a bit, or to make it a half circle.
Strip: 3×48 (the 48 comes from adding up the three lengths that the strip will be sewn to. 12+12+24, the 3 is the bag width plus two half-inch seam allowances.)
You’ll need to cut the whole bag out of both your main fabric as well as your lining fabric. If you chose to use interfacing, cut the bag out of that, too, and iron or sew the interfacing to your lining fabric.
3. There are several ways to go about assembling the bag at this point. These directions will give you just one option.
4. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the two fronts together, right sides facing, along the top edge. Turn right sides out and iron the seam flat. Topstitch if desired. Baste around three unfinished edges.
5. Sew the two strips together, right sides facing, along the two short edges. Turn right sides out and iron the seam flat. Topstitch if desired. Baste along two long edges.
6. Sew the two flaps together, right sides facing, along three sides, leaving one long edge open. Turn right sides out and iron the seam flat. Topstitch if desired. Baste along open edge.
7. With wrong sides together, baste two back pieces together along all four edges.
8. Pin and then sew strip along the sides and bottom of front piece, right sides together. Clip strip at corners to enable smooth turning. Repeat with back piece. Turn right sides out.
9. You now have a little bag that just needs a flap and strap!
10. Sew flap to back, right sides together.
11. Finish all exposed seams however you desire – overcast, pinking shears, seam binding, etc.
12. Determine how long you want your strap material and sew it securely to either side of the bag. (If you decided to use a buckle, now is the time to assemble that and attach.)
13. If you desire to fasten the flap, assemble and attach whatever you have chosen as a fastener.
And you’re done.
The Wallypop Family of stores is having some awesome deals this weekend. The sale prices are all actually live NOW – and will be live until I take them down, no earlier than Monday night. Knowing me, probably sometime mid-December, lol.
Here’s what we have going:
Mei Tai carriers are $10 off! That’s an amazing price for these awesome carriers.
Ring Slings are $5 off!
Fitted diapers are 2 for $14. This is another amazing price.
Pocket diapers are $10 each.
Wet bags are $8 and $12, which is a substantial savings on these handy items.
Changing pads have also been lowered to $8
Syringe Holsters are $10 each
Tubie Cushions are $5 for a two-pack
Additionally, use code THANKSGIVING at our Etsy Store, Boulevard Designs, for 20% off everything there.
Sale prices are good only for instock, ready to ship items. I’m not working this weekend, so items may sell out and not be marked as such. You’ll be offered to pick a substitute if that happens. Sale prices are only good on the items specified. The Fitted diapers sale price applies ONLY to purchases of TWO diapers. (the cart will let you add 1 for $7, but I’m asking you to please use the honor system here.)
According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, it is estimated that between Thanksgiving and the New Year an extra million tons of waste are generated nationwide each week. In fact, 38,000 miles of ribbon alone is thrown out each year–enough to tie a bow around the Earth!
Holy cow! I thought you might appreciate a quick list of ways to reduce Holiday waste…
- Use reusable shopping bags, or forgo shopping bags altogether.
- Wrap gifts in reusable packaging like fabric or gift bags, or use recycled paper or comic pages.
- Save the bows and reuse them next year.
- Give gifts that don’t require much packaging or wrapping, such as gift certificates, concert tickets, etc.
- Give homemade gifts like cookies, breads, or other goodies.
- Recycle wrapping paper and cards.
- Or, save bits of wrapping paper and cards and use them next year as gift tags.
- Send e-greetings instead of paper cards. Or, call your friends and family instead of mailing cards.
- Use rechargeable batteries, and consider giving rechargeable batteries and a charger with any battery-operated gifts.
- Put your holiday lights on a timer and/or cut down on the number of lights you use.
- If you use a live tree, have it recycled or composted instead of just throwing it away. (City of Des Moines will pick up Christmas trees and recycle them.)
- Consider, instead of decorating an indoor tree, decorating a tree outside with natural, edible decorations for birds, squirrels, and other little fuzzy creatures to feast on.
- Don’t buy cheaply-made, easily-broken gifts.
- Purchase gifts you are certain the recipient really wants, or buy gift certificates or consumables.
- Take holiday photographs using a digital camera.
This is my Husband Drawer.
My husband didn’t care that much one way or the other about cloth diapers, but he was reluctant to actually change a diaper, and didn’t want to actually put any effort into learning about the different diapers. He was worried (and I was worried) he’d forget to put a cover on with a fitted, or he’d use a cover alone instead of a pocket diaper, and it made him less than enthusiastic about the whole process. So I made the Husband Drawer. It had a few prestuffed pockets and a few all in ones, and a small pile of wipes. I kept it stocked at all times. This is a good solution of your Husband problem lies, not so much in actual reluctance to allow cloth diapers into the house, but just in the diaper changing department. Disposables feel fool-proof (they’re not); cloth seems weird and confusing (it’s not).
But what if your husband problem is more that your husband doesn’t want to use cloth diapers at all?
Many families find that they can compromise.
First, I’d encourage you to actually consider how much diaper changing your husband does (or will do). In our house, 90% or more of diapers are changed by me. If my husband were going to really be difficult about it and absolutely refuse to touch cloth diapers at all, that wouldn’t have dramatically impacted my life much. Some women find that they’re ok with simply completing all or most diaper changes themselves, and those women typically find that their husbands eventually get on board as long as they don’t nag or push.
It’s also possible to use a combination of cloth and disposable. If your husband doesn’t want to use cloth, he can use disposables when he completes diaper changes (and you can put baby in a disposable if you’re leaving the house and dad will be with the baby). And you can use cloth when you complete diaper changes. If dad works during the day, you can use cloth during that time (whether at home or at daycare) and switch to disposables at night. This combination approach makes everyone happy and still saves you money on diapers.
If the main problem is that dad just doesn’t want to have to deal with poop… well, poop is a part of life with babies. There’s no avoiding it, regardless of diaper type!!
Sometimes, a baby or a wearer or both need some time to get used to a carrier.
Start slowly. Pick a time when baby’s happy, and put baby in the carrier as quickly as possible. (If you’re using a ring sling, have it already adjusted so you need to make only minor adjustments once baby is in. If you’re using a wrap or other carrier, use a simple position.) Do not stand still while you putz with the carrier – move, bounce, walk, sway, sing, whatever your baby likes. Make sure baby’s comfortable and that you’re mimicking whatever in-arms position your baby enjoys. Wear the sling for 5-10 minutes or however long you’re both comfortable and happy. Do this several times a day, aiming to lengthen the amount of time slightly each time you wear the carrier.
Consider whether your baby just doesn’t like the particular position you’re trying. My oldest, though he loved being held laying down, detested the cradle position in the ring sling – he preferred to be sitting up. Many older babies don’t like the arms-in position and will resist any attempts to restrain their arms. Sometimes, older babies prefer to be worn on your back in a high back carry so they can look out at the world (but still have the ability to shut it all off if it’s too overwhelming).
If the problem is more that you need to get comfortable getting baby in and out with minimal crying, consider practicing first with a doll or stuffed animal, just to get the feel of the movements you’ll be using when handling your actual baby. When you’re practicing with your real baby, keep in mind that babies generally don’t have a high tolerance for the getting in/getting out process.
1) Diapers. For a newborn, start with a dozen diapers for each day you don’t want to do laundry. (I want to do laundry every three days, so I need three dozen.) Get 6-8 covers, if you’re using prefolds or fitteds. You can always buy more if you need them! (Want to see what my newborn stash looks like? I talk about it here on my blog.)
For an older baby, you probably have a good idea of how many times you change your baby during the day. You’ll find that you change the baby more often when he’s wearing cloth, so add a few diapers to your daily diaper total and that’ll tell you how many to buy! Most people use 2-3 dozen diapers and 6-8 covers in the medium and large sizes.
2) Wipes. Plan on a dozen per day.
3) Diaper Pail. You can use a step-lid garbage can. Pair it with a pail liner if you wish. Or, skip the pail and just use a wet bag or pail liner.
4) Wet bags. For on-the-go diapering. A small size will work for day trips and errand-running, a larger bag will be suitable for longer trips.
5) Optional accessories. Some people like to use diaper liners and doublers. You might want a changing pad or two.
My diapers are stinky.
There are many causes of stinky diapers and many solutions to try.
- Vinegar in the rinse. This can cause stinky diapers for some people, it can solve a stink problem for others, and it makes no difference for still others. If you have stinky diapers and you use vinegar, try cutting out the vinegar for a few washes. If you have stinky diapers and you don’t use vinegar, give it a try.
- Detergent. Some detergents just don’t get things clean. Our family had terrible luck with Melaleuca detergent (but other families like it). Homemade laundry soaps often don’t result in a satisfactory clean, especially in hard water. For some, the “CD-safe” detergents just don’t get the job done. Consider switching brands.
- Wash frequency. Diapers that sit for longer than three days can start to really absorb odors. If you can’t wash that often, at least rinse your diapers often.
- Rinsing. A hot rinse can lock in odors and stains. Many families do not need a pre-rinse at all, but if you’re having stink problems, try a cold pre-rinse.
- Diapers just not able to get completely clean. Maybe they’re too wadded up when you put them in the washer (like if you roll up your diapers when removing them from the baby). Or maybe your water level is too low to allow the diapers to agitate.
- Not using enough detergent. Yes, if you use too much detergent, you could get detergent build-up, if it’s not getting effectively rinsed out. This is not as common as you might think. More common is too LITTLE detergent. If your diapers stink when you take them out of the dryer… they’re just not getting clean. “Barnyard stink” is often caused by too little detergent. Try using more detergent and hotter water.
- Hard Water. Add a water softener like Calgon.
- Join the FB group The Cloth Diaper Compenduim, read their files.
My diapers are leaking
Cloth diapers should not leak. Here are some common causes and solutions.
- Have you washed them? Some diaper materials and some diaper brands need to be washed 1-3 or more times before use to attain full absorbency. Check with the manufacturer of your diapers. It’s always a good idea to wash any diaper before use, just to make sure any dirt from the manufacturing and shipping process has been removed.
- If you’re using a fitted or prefold, make sure the diaper is completely contained within the cover.
- If you’re using a pocket, make sure the insert is completely inside the diaper, and not sticking out the back a bit.
- Does the diaper fit right? The elastic around the legs and waist should fit snugly against baby’s skin without cutting in. Gaps will allow urine to run right out, particularly around the legs. Diapers that are too small or too big will tend to leak.
- Is the diaper absorbent enough? Is the diaper completely saturated? This is an indication that it is not absorbent enough for your needs (or that you’re not changing often enough).
- Is the diaper repelling? To check, take a clean, dry diaper and pour some water on it. Does the water soak in, or does it bead up and run off? If it beads and runs off, that’s repelling. See Stripping Diapers.
- Is the cover a good cover? Covers tend to wear out more quickly than diapers, and many covers that are purchased second-hand or given as hand-me-downs are at or near the end of their life span. Old covers sometimes just leak and there’s nothing to be done. Sometimes, you can revive an older cover by giving it a good spraying with a waterproofing spray (sold in sporting goods stores for tents).
- Is it a pocket or an all in one? Try running it through the dryer. Needle holes in these diapers can open up over time, causing wicking and leaking. Drying will help seal those holes back up.
- Is your pocket or all in one wicking around the legs? Check to make sure that the fleece or suede inner is rolling to the OUTSIDE. Do not tuck this inner fabric back in! It should be touching baby’s skin all around the leg openings.
- Have you overstuffed your pocket diaper? Overstuffing can actually cause the diaper to fit very oddly – the center of the diaper will be firmly against baby’s bottom, but the leg openings will be kind of hovering just above baby’s legs. This means that urine will tend to run down the baby’s legs and out the diaper.
- Is the leaking mostly at night, because baby is sleeping longer and going longer between changes? Up the absorbency and try a wool or fleece cover.
- Are you using a waterproof cover? Fitted diapers and prefolded diapers must be paired with a cover to be waterproof. They can certainly be used without a cover, but they will not be waterproof.
- Are you using prefolds that you fold into covers, relying on the cover to hold the diaper in place? Many families do this without problem, but sometimes, baby’s movements can make the diaper shift and bunch, which could mean that there’s no diaper where it needs to be when baby pees. Try using a Snappi or pins for a few days to see if that solves the problem.
Often, you can start your troubleshooting by looking at where the leak is coming from. Leaks around the waist are often caused by inserts or diapers not being completely contained by the cover. Leaks around the legs are most often caused by poor fit, not enough absorbency, or repelling. Leaking around the legs plus a diaper that is only damp usually means the diaper and cover are too big or not closed up tightly enough, or that the diaper is repelling.
My diapers don’t look clean
If your diapers are actually still dirty, you have a problem with your wash routine. Maybe you’re wadding the diapers up too tightly when you toss them in the pail, maybe your water level is too low in the washer, or maybe your detergent just isn’t getting the job done.
If your diapers are dingy, it’s probably your detergent. Try another brand.
If your diapers are stained, well, that’s pretty normal. We are talking about poop, after all. Hang them out in the sun, or try some Bac-Out.
My diapers are actually repelling water
This can be caused by soap build-up (not usually by regular detergents), by fabric softeners, by diaper ointments, or even by using too much essential oil in the wash. See Stripping Diapers to take care of this problem.