Archive for September, 2010

How to: Night Time Cloth Diapering

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

We have a bullet proof over night diapering combo we’d like to share.  We regularly go 12 hours over night without a change and we have never had any leak issues. None.  I’d actually never given in much thought until last weekend when talking to some moms who use disposables and hearing some real horror stories.

Our nighttime solution consists of three parts; A fitted, a doubler and a soaker.

We start with a bambozzle.  Funny name , but these are great bamboo terry fitted diapers carried by Bummis.  They are really soft and extremely absorbent.
SInce Rebecca nurses at night she really soaks them.   Therefore we add a hemp booster.  We have had a few different brands but there’s little or no difference between them.  Last but not least, we cover it all with a gorgeous sbish interlock wool soaker.  Wool is fantastic since it is breathable, antibacterial and looks great.

Here’s the Bamboozle in action.

Just because you’re wearing a nighttime diaper doesn’t mean you’re actually going to go to bed.

Here’s the whole ensemble with the sbish wool cover.

Wordless Wednesday: Thank goodness for Grandparents

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Rebecca and her grandparents crossing over the French River in North Ontar-i-o-i-o,  North Ontar-i-o.


How to: Cloth Baby Wipes

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
I tend to be asked lots of questions and quite often these questions are ones that I get asked again and again.  I really enjoy being able to share what I’ve already figured out so one of the things I’m hoping to use this blog for is as a platform to give some good clear answers and to have a place to keep these answers for the next person who asks.

We use cloth diapers for Rebecca and although we get asked about the diapers all the time we also frequently field questions about wipes.  We do buy disposables from time to time but 99% of the time we use cloth wipes.

We prefer cloth wipes for a quite a few reasons.  For an investment of about 5 minutes every week or two, we have a cost effective and greener choice than disposables.  Disposable baby wipes are actually made of a plastic product that is not biodegradable, will do a number on your plumbing if you flush them and unlike diapers are generally not accepted into city organics disposal (like Toronto’s green bin).  We also like that we don’t have to do any sorting while changing a diaper, all the dirty laundry goes into the same wet bag and then it all goes into the wash together.  Last but not least, even the unscented-sensitive wipes can cause reactions in an allergic baby or caregiver and as our midwife said, “wipes are an invitation to diaper rash and yeast”.

Here is the break down:

We use the little cheap face clothes and have about 4 or 5 dozen.  We don’t need anywhere near this many these days but we certainly did for the first few months.

If you don’t already have one (they multiply in your house even if you don’t use them), ask a friend who uses disposables to save you a container.

Start by folding your cloths neatly in half, and then simply roll them up.  They should look just like when you first got them.

Then stack in rows in the wipe container, we do 3 rows of 7.  We normally have one box upstairs and one box downstairs and I make them up at the same time.

Once your box is full, its time to add the liquid.   This is not an exact science.  Combine ¼ cup white vinegar and ¾ cups warm tap water. Sometimes I add a drop or two of tea tree oil.  Franny decided to help out.

Pour it over the top of the rolled cloths.  Close the lid and give a little shake and you’re done.

The liquid will even out an
d make each cloth just damp.  We use them at room temperature but here are some great instructions on how to use them in a wipes warmer from
the feminist breeder. 

They will look like this:

We just wash them with the diapers and keep them in a little stack until there are enough clean ones to start again.  We use them for everything, just like the disposable ones, diaper changes, washing hands and faces, dusting, wiping off sticky keyboards and telephones, and they’re also really great if you are treating the dreaded thrush.

They will last up to two weeks with out any issues.

A ziplock bag is great to take some out with you but even better is a tiny wet bag.  We just received a free itzy ritzy reusable snack bag from renewing our subscription to mothering magazine that is absolutely perfect for this.

Recipe: Perfect Cinnamon rolls AKA Cinnamuffins

Friday, September 24th, 2010

After many glorious failures on the cinnamon bread front, I have finally found and tweaked a great recipe for cinnamon bread.  Not to stop there, we have now developed the perfect recipe for cinnamon rolls.   Ryan calls them cinnamuffins and Rebecca likes to unwind them and share them with the dog.

This is a real bread recipe so there is some waiting around while it rises but it is easy-peasy when you use a stand mixer.  Should yield about 2 dozen buns.
For the bread
½ cup of milk
3 tablespoons of raw sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
3 tablespoons of butter
4 ½ teaspoons of dry yeast (that’s 2 packages)
1½ cups of warm tap water
5 ½ cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
For the filling
4 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup of raisins
1 teaspoon milk
1 egg white
Heat milk, butter, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar is fully dissolved.  This should take less than 5 minutes.  Cool until lukewarm.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a warm mixer bowl.  Add the milk mixture to the bowl. Using the dough hook attachment on low speed, mix in the flour ½ cup at a time.  After about 5 minutes total, you should have a nice smooth and elastic lump of dough that cleans the sides of the bowl.
Make a nice ball with your dough and place in a greased bowl, we use sunflower oil, roll it around so the top is greased too.  Cover well and place in a nice warm spot where there is no chance of a draft.  After about 1 hour it should have doubled in size.
Punch the dough down and divide in thirds.  Roll out one piece on a well-floured surface.  We have a tiny kitchen so I like to use a cutting board over the sink.
Spread butter on dough and cover with cinnamon sugar mixture and raisins. Cut into strips as wide as your muffin tin is tall.  A pizza cutter really works well for this.  For regular muffin tins, 10-12 inches is about the right length and for the mini ones, 4 or 5 inches is all you need.
Roll up the dough while paying attention to optimal raisin placement.
Place rolls in well buttered muffin tins.  They do not need to be perfect, as when they rise for the second time they even themselves out.
Brush egg white and milk mixture on top.  Cover with a tea towel and put back in that warm draft free spot from earlier for another hour until doubled again.
Bake a 375 for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from tins immediately and cool on wire racks.
Devour, preferably with a cup on tea on the deck while the baby naps.

Wordless Wednesday: Rebecca meets Eggplant

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

This is what I am contending with when I try and take product shots for Etsy.  I think the baby led weaning has something to do with it.

Hmmm, what do we have here?

Don’t mind if I do.

These are great!
And they match my dress!

How about we have some watermelon instead?

Ryan and I aren’t normally huge fans of eggplant but I grilled them up for dinner and she ate every last bit.  Thankfully I had already gotten some good shots: Snowy White Eggplant and Little Fingers Eggplant.