11 Baby Care Favorites for the Cloth Diapering Momma

Lockers in a baby’s room? We raised a few eyebrows with this decorating decision, and on the other end of the spectrum, also got a lot of oohs and aahs. So what do we keep inside of Lucy’s lockers anyway? In addition to the storage bins, stacks of receiving blankets, burp cloths, linens, baby puzzels, and wooden toddler toys we keep in locker two and three, we’ve turned the first locker into a diaper haven. When I found out I was pregnant, my cousin asked me if I was interested in buying her cloth diaper collection she used for her only child. Cloth diapers for a fraction of the cost? I would be crazy to say no, especially since we had just moved into a house with a washer and dryer (shazam!). But I was a little intimidated at the thought of all the care that goes into cloth diapering a baby. (And as you can see, started out with regular diapers that we were gifted at Lucy’s baby shower.)

Granted, I’ve only been a mom to a real, live, pooping baby for three weeks now. But I think I’m starting to get the hang of this cloth diapering gig, and it’s not as complicated as I thought! We do have to use special creams to maintain the diaper’s absorbancy, and I’m exploring organic cleaning options as well. I’m still new to this game, so if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

Here is a list of the care items that we use for Lucy.

  1. Earth’s Best Chlorine Free baby wipes
  2. The First Years Gumdrop baby pacifiers
  3. Bobby changing pad liners
  4. Chan Pie Gnon Pie soft teething toy (squeaks and distracts a fussy baby)
  5. Johnson’s Baby wipes container
  6. California Baby diaper rash cream (safe to use on cloth diapers)
  7. California Baby calendula cream (we use for rashes on belly)
  8. Bum Genius newborn diapers
  9. Eco Nuts laundry nuts (for washing diapers)
  10. Fuzzibunz one size diapers (for when she outgrows the newborns)
  11. A happy baby, of course!

BABY’S BEDROOM TOUR // Making Nice in the Nursery

I’m so excited to finally share our little girl’s nursery with you! Sure, she’ll just be a little baby who sleeps, and poops, and spits up everywhere. And for the first couple of months, she’ll actually be snoozing away the nights (fingers crossed!) in a bassinet in our bedroom, rather than in her crib you see here. But still, it was so fulfilling to put together a fun, friendly, and cute little room for our little girl who will surely have all of those characteristics and more! I hope we can spend lots of time in here, reading together, playing pretend, watching the squirrels run through the backyard, and wave at the trains that go by. Hopefully she will love her room, and when she’s old enough, together we can add special touches of her own.

As an interior design school graduate, and a person who just generally loves to decorate, I was sort of super bummed out by the tiny bit of our budget we were able to allot for putting together a nursery. I told myself it didn’t matter. I reminded myself that babies don’t care about nurseries, and that I shouldn’t either… but none of those things worked. I still found myself obsessing over this project, and somehow managing to pull everything together on a shoestring budget. I feel pleased and blessed to be so happy with the little space. And now I have motivation to turn my attention to planning the decor of the rest of our home.

  • Our drop-rail on the crib is currently facing the wall, and will be bolted to disable that feature.
  • The art hanging above the crib is securely fixed with heavy-duty foam tape.
  • The chord for the balloon lamp on the crib wall has been secured to the wall with coax staples.
  • The flooring in our home is terrazzo, which is marble chips laid into cement and sealed.
  • I shared some planning details for this room at this post and this post.
  • Below, I’ve noted where items were purchased/how they were revamped.

  • dresser: hand-me-down from my grandparents
  • rocking chair: Craigslist find – 1955 rocker reupholstered with a blanket by me and Phil
  • lockers: Craigslist find, repainted by my father
  • pepsi crate: vintage
  • white toy basket on lockers: Marshalls Department Store
  • floating book shelves: Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelf from Amazon
  • three-unit crate shelf: Marshalls (gift from parents)
  • side table/typist stand by rocker: thrifted
  • yellow lamp: thrifted
  • pouf under typist stand: DIY (my process shown here)
  • set of two interlocking wall shelves: vintage (from Etsy)
  • crib: Craigslist (gift from parents)
  • rug: Flokati purchased on eBay 4 years ago
  • pom pom garland: made by me with yarn scraps
  • rag doll on interlocking shelves: Oh Just Dandy on Etsy
  • striped knit bunny on crate shelves: Bi Bi oj Blaka on Etsy
  • knit bunny in white basket on lockers: BlaBlah Kids
  • all linens (crib sheet and changing pad cover aside): vintage or handmade by me/as gifts
  • coral flock screen print: purchase from Three Potato Four four years ago
  • all other art, toys, books, and clothing: thrifted and/or vintage
  • curtains: Lowes
  • wall paint: Valspar brand (from Lowes- can’t recommend it) color: Champagne Pink
  • curtain rods: Bed Bath and Beyond

PLANNING FOR BABY | The Blanket Collection

Last month, I asked my Twitter friends if they thought I was crazy for wanting to crochet a blanket in the middle of July. Crazy? Maybe! But I had this idea for a checkerboard -style baby blanket, and knew I wanted to wrap up our little baby girl in something just like it. So off I went, crocheting little squares that a week later would be joined to create the blanket above. It turned out to be the easiest blanket I’ve ever made, and great for Summer, since you only work with a tiny section at a time until joining them at the end- and I will say, joining  all of the little pieces was certainly time consuming!

So how about you? Are you crafty with a crochet hook, or only wish you could be? Some people appreciate the finished product, but don’t have the desire to work on such an extensive project. I get that. But if you’re somebody who actually wants to learn, and feels overwhelmed- don’t be! I learned how to do all of the stitches you see here by viewing YouTube videos kindly shared by some pretty crafty ladies. You can check out how to do the single crochet (how I made the squares in the above blanket), this video is great. For joining the squares, watch this one. And if you want to make the granny ripple blanket below (fast and easy- promise!), view the crochet-along series here.

Oh, and if you want a crochet blanket, but don’t want to put in the time- I don’t blame you! I purchased the last blanket shown here on Etsy. It was too quirky and cute to pass up.