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Top 10 Posts of 2013

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It's that time of the year, the time when we start thinking about the year that lies ahead and reflecting on what the past year taught us.  I decided to look back at the blog this year, see what I liked, what I didn't and what direction SEBG should continue to head in the New Year. As I looked at the most popular posts of 2013, according to the number of views, I saw that you indeed prefer a certain type of posts... cloth diapers. I'm so excited to get back to the root of So Easy Being Green, go back to why I started in the first place, and re-examine my love of cloth diapers and all things that are easy and green. Top 10 Posts of 2013 1.  Cloth Diapers Inserts and Liners FAQs Apparently you do have a lot of Frequently Asked Questions about Cloth Diaper Inserts because this post is overwhelmingly the most viewed post on the … [Read more...]

Fluffy Friday: Prepping Cloth Diapers and Prepping Natural Fibers

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I've blogged a lot about cloth diapers over the past three years and I'm sure the information about prepping cloth diapers is hidden in quite a few posts.  Today we're making the subject it's own post! If you'll think back at when you first started thinking about using cloth diapers, or if you're at that point right now, prepping your cloth diapers for the first time can seem overwhelming and you probably scrambled and searched online for directions.  I promise - it does not have to be hard. To start the subject, you'll definitely need to know what fabrics your cloth diapers are made of.  If they are made of microfiber, fleece, cotton, etc. - prepping is a breeze.  If you're using natural fibers like organic cotton, hemp, and/or bamboo - there's a little more time involved, but really no more work. Prepping Synthetic … [Read more...]

A TRUE One-Size Cloth Diaper: a Review of the Softbums System

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I received a Softbums Cloth Diaper to review.  All thoughts are 100% mine. This isn't my first rodeo with the Softbums Cloth Diaper system.  I've had lots of Softbums in our stash over the last 3.5 years of cloth diapering and I've reviewed them a few times too.  But it HAS been awhile since I've seen a Newborn Diaper, I seriously forgot how teeny tiny they are! That's the very reason that I did a double take at the package when I pulled the diaper out.  I thought that Softbums must be making a new Newborn Diaper and accidentally sent it to me instead of their OS.  Seriously, y'all!  It's been that long.  Then I saw the OS and remembered just how tiny these diapers really get. Now, I'm not in need of any newborn diapers {two toddlers are all I need right now}, but if you're thinking of investing in a one-size cloth diaper system … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering on a Budget: Series Recap and Accessories on a Budget

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

We've done it.  We've delved deep into the subject of Cloth Diapering on a Budget and came out the other side totally refreshed and knowledgable that you can cloth diaper on a steep budget - even right at $100! So far, we've covered: Cost Breakdown of Cloth Diapering Systems when you're on a Budget 5 Reasons All-in-Two Cloth Diapers are Budget Friendly How to Make Using Cloth Diapers Really, Really Cheap Using Pocket Diapers While On a Budget DIY Reusable Diaper Liners While closing up this series, I want to address a couple of things that I thought of that haven't shared yet. Cloth Diapering on a Budget Necessities When I first started the series, I had a Facebook reader comment that my numbers were … [Read more...]

Washing and Lanolizing Wool in under 2 Minutes {video demonstration}

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Using wool with a cloth diapering routine is one of those things that people usually resist until it becomes totally necessary.  It became totally necessary for us when Sophia was 9 months old.  She was soaking through a bumGenius 3.0 doubled with hemp inserts and I was getting totally frustrated at having to wash her sheets every morning - not to mention having a cranky, wet baby every day! And althought most people talk about cloth diapering with wool in the overnight sense, it can be used during the daytime too!  It's just that the combination of a fitted cloth diaper and wool makes for a bulletproof nighttime routine for most! So why then do most parents dread using wool?  Because they think it's going to be hard.  Washing, Lanolizing, Drying - oh my!  News Flash - it's … [Read more...]

Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0 AIO Diaper

Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers

I have always been a fan of anything that makes my to-do list easier. So, when I decided to use cloth on the foster children that graced our home, it was a no-brainer to search for the easiest ones to use. I looked at everything and had so many questions (which were always answered by the Bestie and her blog and another cloth diapering friend of mine) about the different kinds of diapers there were, how to use them, what is best for the babies, which ones will be best for any size/age baby that we would get, which ones would last the longest, and which would be the EASIEST on myself. So, my decision was to try a few of each kind. I have mostly different brands of pockets but there have been two kinds of all-in-one’s that have stayed in the stash until a couple of weeks ago when I was sent the Smart One 3.0 (free for review … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering on a Budget: DIY Reusable Diaper Liners

DIY Reusable Diaper Liners

If you're on a cloth diapering budget, you're probably scouring the web {and Pinterest} for simple ways to save money while using cloth diapers.  After all, that's one of the biggest reasons that parents choose to cloth diaper their children - the $$$ savings. One of the easiest and cheapest things that I've DIY'ed during my cloth diapering days is reusable diaper liners.  They're not a necessity to cloth diapering, no, not at all.  But they certainly have advantages: Keep baby's bottom dry {fleece works magic, I tell you!} Keep stains at bay - making used diapers easier to sell if you go that route. Makes clean up a bit easier.  Sometimes it's easier to shake solids off a liner than a diaper. Protects your diapers from diaper … [Read more...]

Pocket Cloth Diapers are Still an Option When Cloth Diapering on a Budget

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Remember our breakdown of cloth diapering systems that I wrote a few days ago?  I shared that it is possible to cloth diaper, even on the strictest of budgets.  And that you even still have options! Now, you don't have to be on a budget to buy these cloth diapers - obviously.  But if you are, imported diapers might just be a good option for your family.  First, let's get all this imported talk out of the way so we can focus on the adorable black diaper {that we were sent free for review} that you see above from Comfy Rumps! There are quite a few different companies that sell cloth diaper made in other countries - a lot being from China.  This is where the term "China Cheapies" comes from - if you've heard it thrown around.  A company like Comfy Rumps provides … [Read more...]

Clothing Diapering on a Budget: Prefolds and Covers

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When you think about cloth diapering on a budget, I guarantee you probably go straight to thinking about prefolds and diaper covers.  It's the most economical choice {unless you have expensive tastes for say, super fine cashmere wool covers} when it comes to using cloth diapers - or any diapers for that matter. It is pretty amazing that realistically, you could cloth diaper a child for right at $100 for the entire time they are in cloth.  Sure - we can argue it up both sides and down - you might want smaller prefolds when they're younger, etc, but it can be done and probably for less than $100 if you really tried. I'm no expert on prefolds or flats.  I used them very little with both of my girls.  They were probably my favorite way to cloth diaper in the first few weeks of Sophia … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering on a Budget: How to Make Using Cloth Diapers Really, Really Cheap

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We've been talking about Cloth Diapering on a Budget - even broke down 3 different systems and compared prices.  Today, we're talking cheap - dirt cheap.  Ok, maybe not dirt cheap.  But we're talking about how you can absolutely, positively spend the least amount of money possible and still successfully cloth diaper your child. Thing about it for a second.  In today's modern world, we've tricked out cloth diapers.  They have stay dry fabrics, snaps, and waterproof layers.  Back in your Grandma's Cloth Diapering days, they didn't have that.  They didn't have disposables either.  Well, maybe your Great Grandma days for some of you.  So, if you want to go cheap, you simply have to go classic. I've had plenty of emails from readers … [Read more...]

5 Reasons All-in-Two Cloth Diapers are Budget Friendly

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We're continuing the Cloth Diapering on a Budget series today with a look at a cloth diapering system that is extremely budget friendly.  It's also a system that is very popular among cloth diapering parents that don't consider themselves on a strict budget. The All-in-Two Cloth Diapering System is just like any other - you can make it relatively cheap or purchase diapers that are on the more expensive side.  Today, we're taking a look at why this system can be budget friendly AND I'm showing you a new diaper brand that we're sporting in our stash! First, let's cover a myth - just because you need to purchase two parts to this system doesn't make it more expensive.  On the contrary, this system can be quite inexpensive because you can actually reuse your diaper … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapers made in the USA! #redwhiteblue Grand Prize from Thirsties – US/CAN

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What better way to celebrate the Land of the Free than Free Giveaways!? Welcome to the Red, White, and Blue Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.  We're celebrating Independence Day with a bang - an Event full of giveaways!  Each giveaway is either patriotic, made in the USA, OR color themed!  So, be sure to hop around and see the fun, unique prizes at every blog! As a Grand Prize for this Patriotic Event, we're bringing you a USA Cloth Diaper Company that is one of my FAVORITES!  I loved Thirsties Duo Wraps when I used prefolds on my girls as newborns and am still loving their Duo All-in-One diapers to this day! Only the best USA-sourced components are chosen for our products in order to reduce our carbon footprint, to help support domestic textile mills and our local economy, … [Read more...]