Thursday, May 13, 2010
RED - work - woodpeckers - diapers...
Red-headed Woodpecker this morning. He was resting in the Willow Tree out in the backyard. It snowed and rained again a little bit this morning, but has since stopped. The coming days are supposed to be sunny and warm. Yippee! The rain has been a blessing though.
RRP (Rita's Rump Pocket) classic diaper. She has a free diaper pattern here, and really, it was a snap to make. This particular diaper has a pocket in the center that allows you to add an absorbent pad or cloth pre-fold diaper inside. It will need a single diaper pin in front to close it, but as the baby gets bigger it can expand and will take two pins or a Snappi (have you seen these?), or I could add velcro closures to the diaper. I made the diapers out of stuff I had at home: thread, a red flannel sheet, a windshirt my son was throwing out, and some elastic. I am hopeful that the blue diaper's outer covering will be water-repellent, otherwise these diapers will need a cover. As I investigated the *new to me* cloth diapers, I found a great idea for a pad that goes into the pocket of the diaper -- Shamwow! or microfiber chamois or those super-absorbent cleaning cloths you can buy for a buck! This would reduce the bulk in the diapers and add super-absorbency!
This picture shows the diaper completely open and one diaper closed. Aren't they neat? I wish I had had something like this when I was diapering my five babies in cloth. I felt blessed to have the pre-folds with pins and plastic pants. I always had two in diapers so I know that I saved a TON of money diapering my kiddos in cloth. I did buy the not-so-good-back-then disposable dipes for night time and for trips to town though and I think it's always smart to have them on hand. I washed diapers every other day and on nice days I hung them out on the line to dry. I know I could cloth-diaper a baby in my sleep yet today!
This afternoon I mailed out six diapers to my friend along with an extra super-absorb cloth and a cute fleece cover like this one....
pull-on training knickers pattern for the diaper cover. Cute eh? Check out these DIY diaper sites: the Nappy Network , Diaper Jungle and here's a YouTube video for sewing the pattern I used. For excellent diaper-making supplies click SewShoppe. These rainy days have brought lots of opportunities for indoor projects, but I'm itching to plant potatoes, onions, and lettuce. Maybe tomorrow!