Essential Oil Diaper Cream

Looking for something to make with your essential oils when you get your Premium Starter Kit? Here is a recipe I stumbled across while trying come up with a cloth diaper safe ointment I could make with what I had on hand. This uses 3 of the oils that are included in your Premium Starter Kit. The coconut oil and Tea Tree EO are very inexpensive and extremely handy to keep on hand.

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In case you can’t read the recipe from the graphic above, here it is:

2oz Coconut Oil
6 drops Copaiba EO
6 drops Frankincense EO
6 drops Lavender EO
6 drops Tea Tree EO

Melt coconut oil in microwave just until liquid. Add essential oils and stir well. (Use a wooden craft stick to stir.) Store in a tightly-sealed container. (Coconut oil will leak if not tightly sealed!)
Apply to diaper area each change.

This is super simple, super cheap, good for baby’s skin, and safe for cloth diapers. I have seen this cream clear up a raging red rash on my son in just one application! This is a 2% dilution, which is perfect for tender baby tushies. 🙂

EDIT: 8/1015 I just realized I made a mistake in this post. This is actually a 4% dilution. Still perfect for babies. 🙂

And We Come To The End

First off, let me apologize for not blogging but twice during the week. This has been a rough week. Not sure if it is just stress, or some postpartum issues, or a little of both.

But I can assure you that I kept up with the challenge. I diapered my 4 month old son in nothing by flats (and a few fitteds for nighttime), and I handwashed all of them. I diapered with flats at work and the car dealership while my car was being repaired. I washed 3 times this week in a camp washer and hung everything to dry either in my bathrooms and laundry room, or outside on the fence. (I don’t have a clothesline.)

So what did I learn? I learned a new way to support a mother or father who is wanting to cloth diaper, but has limited funds. I learned a way to help them make it work for them. I learned how I can continue to cloth diaper in power outages and while camping.

 

I plan on still posting about various things I learned throughout the challenge, like my wash routine and such.

 

This week was fun, despite everything, and I already plan on participating next year. 🙂

This Is Why You Read Ahead & Plan Accordingly

DISCLAIMER: I sell cloth diapers for a living. While I am giving retail costs for my stash in this post, I did receive a discount on my diapering supplies.

 

So today’s post was supposed to include pictures of your stash. And I, (being me) didn’t think to look ahead. So…

I don’t have a picture.

I know. I’m sorry. 😦 I would take one, but my stash is currently scattered across my house, drying in various places. I didn’t get to wash until 8pm, so line drying was out of the question. So no picture.

But I can tell you what I have and how much it costs! 🙂

We good now?

Ok, great. 🙂

*whew*

Ok, to start off, for my diapering stash I have:
12 OsoCozy Unbleached Cotton Flats ($22.95 for a dozen)
3 Rumparooz Newborn Covers ($12 each)
2 Rumparooz OS Covers ($16 each)
2 Size 1 Snappis ($3.99 each)
2 EcoPosh Newborn Fitteds ($29.95 each)
2 Hemp Babies Small Diaper Doublers ($2.50 each)

For my washing equipment (supplies?…whatever), I have:
1 5gal. bucket with lid ($4 approx.)
1 plunger ($3 approx.)
Eco Sprout detergent ($24.95 for a large bag. I have been using this same bag for 7 months.)

Wait! I have one pic! Of my washer. 🙂 Shout out to my dad for drilling. 🙂

 

So let’s say I didn’t have the fitteds or doublers. Those were items that I already have that are allowed in the challenge. I could effectively cloth diaper one baby for around $100, depending on what covers I bought. I have Rumparooz, but, if buying my first stash, I could easily go with Thirsites or Kawaii covers for cheaper. I am also lucky to have a boy who is not yet a heavy wetter, so I have used only 9 flats in 2 days (that includes nighttime), so a dozen flats works well for me.

So far, this challenge has been eye-opening for me. Tomorrow I will do a post on using flats while out of the house, and Wednesday’s topic is all about washing. I washed tonight and I will probably wash tomorrow. So I should have plenty for those 2 days. Until then, have fun, learn much, and diaper on!

Giveaways!!!

I am doing a giveaway post in the middle of the week, because we have some really good ones!

Abby’s Lane:
Enter to win 3 bumGenius Elementals in the Tiny Socialite Prints! Last chance!

Diaper Junction:
Enter to win a SoftBums Omni Shell in Nebula.

Diaper Parties:
Enter to win a bumGenius Freetime in…JULES!!!

Green Team
Enter to win a number of prizes in the #SpringIntoGreen giveaway!

Flats & Handwashing Challenge: Day 1-Why Are You Taking The Challenge?

Today is the 1st day of the 4th Annual Flats & Handwashing Challenge! I have never used flats before, so I am excited to do this. 🙂

So why am I taking the Challenge? Well, one, I have never used flats. Two, I need to make myself familiar with one of the cheapest (if not cheapest ways) to cloth diaper. I sell cloth diapers for a living, and this is the one system of diapering that I have not tried yet!

Those are the main reasons. I have a few others. 😛
They are, (in no particular order):

1. Travel – Even though disposable inserts are better to use then popular-brand disposable diapers, it can get expensive! I recently had to resort to disposables during a bout of yeast (and spores. Yikes!) and used disposable inserts and covers. Let me tell you, I spent some money! I would rather not have to factor in diaper costs when planning a vacation.

2. Versatility – You can do anything with a flat. Though I am only doing the challenge with my 4 month old, I have an almost 2yo still in diapers. I am going to be trying out the flats on her after, as she is starting to outgrow my prefolds.

3. Availability – You can make flats out of anything in a pinch! Cotton towels, cotton shirts, anything that will absorb pee.

Thus far, flats have worked great for my little man. All day I have used flats with a Snappi and a Rumparooz cover. I am not sure what I would call the fold I used, but it worked for us. 🙂 Since little man is already down for the night, I used a flat and a Hemp Babies diaper doubler. So we will see in the morning how that worked!

Tomorrow should prove interesting, as I work tomorrow and I take little man with me. So tomorrow’s post will be about using flats at work! Stay tuned!

The 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge from Dirty Diaper Laundry

 

I have decided to enter the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge from Kim Rosas over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Basically the way it works is you pledge to use only flats (with a few exceptions) for a week, and handwash and hang-dry them for a week.

If you follow Dirty Diaper Laundry for any period of time, you will quickly learn that Kim is very passionate about Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a program from GroVia that helps provide cloth diapers to low-income families. They operate only on donations. The challenge is to help cloth diapering families become familiar with flats and covers (pretty much the cheapest cloth diapering option out there), and then in turn educate other families so that they know about the options they have other then disposables.

I entered as a blogger, so in order to participate, I have blog. 🙂 So be sure to stay tuned May 11-17 for daily posts on my journey to using flats! And if you are interested in entering yourself, just click the graphic for all the info and rules. They are also links to helpful articles and videos. 🙂