Diaper Repair

While I don’t have a lot to declutter at the moment, and ongoing process at my house, I do have a lot of projects that need finished. Some of the projects are large projects that are 90-95% complete, others are new projects, and some are littel projects that seem much larger than they are.

These diapers are an example of something that was much harder in my mind. Back when I made them, I had unknowingly received a bad batch of elastic. Some of the elastic in the diapers lost it’s elasticity over time. Because I had ordered the elastic and still had some, I replaced the bad pieces with more of the same. Of course, I had the same problem with some of the elastic going bad.

So, the pile of diapers that needed repair grew. I was dreading the repair. Once I decided to purchase new elastic and and jump in, I quickly realized that the task wasn’t nearly as taxing as I had imagined. I find that this is true in many aspects of life.

cloth wipes…

When I was expecting our first child, I made a lot of cloth wipes to go with our cloth diapers. I made even more when we were expecting our second child. Two in diapers meant twice the poo, afterall. Besides, the wipes were grabbed for so many things besides wiping little bums. I cut out fabric, sewed it, turned the wipes right-side out and topstitched them. They worked wonderfully and survived through years of hard use. Eventually, now with more children, I was looking at finding the time to make more wipes. And then, the wonderful owner at The Sustainable Stitchery offered a trade.

She gave me an entire stack of wonderfully serged wipes. It was much easier than making my own, and because the fabric was from recycled T-shirts, it was much more eco-friendly. Again, we used the wipes for everything and I ended up ordering more from her (a couple of times). At that price, it wasn’t even worth my time to consider making my own again.

We’ve since gone on sabbatical from using cloth diapers, but the wipes are still in constant use. We keep a stack in the kitchen for cleaning or to use as napkins. The colors are cheerful. They are easy for the kids to grab. They wash up well, don’t require folding (bonus!), and look better than any paper version. Any time I clean, I reach for a stack.

I haven’t tried her cloth mama pads yet. Since I’ve been pregnant and/or nursing for the past 8 1/2 years, I really haven’t had the need. However, I’ll be checking them out at some point in the future.