For all of you who have babies in the house…do you ever wonder how something so small can make such huge messes? Me too. Thankfully I am really good at cleaning. Like so good that there was a time in my life that I considered being a cleaning lady. And, as it turns out, that […]

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  • Kellie - My favorite cleaning tip is to hire a cleaning lady! hahaha!ReplyCancel

A few days ago we decided we were ready to dye some Easter eggs (naturally, of course!) and opened the fridge to find only brown eggs. Not the best for dying. But instead of waiting until we could get to the store to get some white eggs, I improvised. I found a non-toxic white paint […]

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Month 4 of the year of mini notebooks project. April. In honor of spring. April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. William Shakespeare You will need: a plain mini notebook white or off white lace trim glue (not shown) Directions: Cut a piece of white lace or eyelet trim 3 times as wide as your mini notebook. […]

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Before we ever had kids, I vowed that our living room would never look like Babies R Us on crack. I truly believed (and still do!) that you can chose a few beautiful, well made toys for your babies that won’t be an eyesore in the room. So I wasn’t going to give in to […]

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  • Alexis @ Persia Lou - Wow! This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - This looks great! I’ve been trying to find a nice play gym that isn’t screaming with tacky colours. What kind of paint did you use? Craft paint or house paint? And how did you apply the paint? Any paint cracks on the plastic pieces?ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Thanks, Jane! I used leftover paint that we used on a dresser – it was no VOC, I believe from Benjamin Moore. I just applied using a foam brush, and there hasn’t been any chips or flakes at all. It still looks brand new.ReplyCancel

      • Jane - So I gave this a shot this wk and it turned out great! I decided not to pry off the spinning toys on the side since you had mentioned it was difficulty. Instead, I placed a piece of paper towel behind it and painted them black. The wooden pieces to hold the mobiles got painted white. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your idea :)ReplyCancel

        • Kaley - Jane, that is so great! I am so happy that you tried it and love the results. If I were to do it all over again I would skip taking the spinning toys off as well.ReplyCancel

  • Katy - Thanks for this post! This is just what I was looking for! I was about to enlist a family member to make a play gym for me from scratch as I truly could not find anything that didn’t make me cringe or that was under $100+ I will definitely be doing this, looks great!!ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - So glad you like it Katy!ReplyCancel

      • rebecca - hi, this is so lovely..i have got the same play gym and currently painting some bits white with annie sloan paint, unfortunatley i dont have any black paint and not sure whether to fork out the money to buy some.

        I am trying to get the spinning toys off at the sides, did you say you used a saw? They just wont come off! ThanksReplyCancel

        • Kaley - Hi Rebecca,
          We tried sawing them off and tried prying them off with a screwdriver. They are stuck on there pretty well, but we were finally able to get them off. Good luck! I wish there was an easier way!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I’m with you on doing everything possible to avoid the onset of the Babies R Us phenomenon in our home when our son was born. I love a little bit more color and think it can be deftly deployed in an adult-friendly way, so that’s what we’ve tried to do with our home. That said, I love what you have created with this play gym; it’s a very attractive hack and I would have it in my house in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • 25 Best IKEA Hacks for Kids - […] All those gaudy bright baby toys aren’t exactly the look you might be going for in your living room. But with a little paint, you can take the classic birch LEKA Baby Gym to a piece you won’t mind keeping around. All the other moms will wonder where you got it. (via Kaley Ann) […]ReplyCancel

  • 25 Best IKEA Hacks for Kids - Proverbial31 - […] All those gaudy bright baby toys aren’t exactly the look you might be going for in your living room. But with a little paint, you can take the classic birch LEKA Baby Gym to a piece you won’t mind keeping around. All the other moms will wonder where you got it. (via Kaley Ann) […]ReplyCancel

  • 25 Best IKEA Hacks for Kids | Interior Design Blogs - […] All those gaudy bright baby toys aren’t exactly the look you might be going for in your living room. But with a little paint, you can take the classic birch LEKA Baby Gym to a piece you won’t mind keeping around. All the other moms will wonder where you got it. (via Kaley Ann) […]ReplyCancel

  • 25 Best IKEA Hacks for Kids ⋆ Steal Mag - […] All those gaudy bright baby toys aren’t exactly the look you might be going for in your living room. But with a little paint, you can take the classic birch LEKA Baby Gym to a piece you won’t mind keeping around. All the other moms will wonder where you got it. (via Kaley Ann) […]ReplyCancel

  • 25 Best IKEA Hacks for Kids | Club - […] All those gaudy bright baby toys aren’t exactly the look you might be going for in your living room. But with a little paint, you can take the classic birch LEKA Baby Gym to a piece you won’t mind keeping around. All the other moms will wonder where you got it. (via Kaley Ann) […]ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Well it isn’t true that babies can only see in black and white. Lol! They just see high contrast best (black, white, red). I do love this hack for this reason though! I might choose to incorporate a little red on one of the hanging toys.ReplyCancel

  • Dovanų gidas: labas, kūdiki | Ū ilgoji - […] Šiek tiek užtruks laiko, bet padovanosite, ko niekas kitas neatneš. Perdažimo idėją radau šiame blog’e. // 23.17 Eur + dažai, IKEA 9. 60-ųjų įkvėptas retro stiliaus kramtukas, pagamintas iš […]ReplyCancel

  • jenna - I am nearly finished painting the pieces and you were right – it takes FOREVER. There really isn’t an easy way to prop them up so that you can reach all the sides, so its taken me a few days. I can tell it’s going to look awesome, though, when I’ve finished.

    I also got a red plastic rocker from IKEA at Value Village for a few dollars and spray painted it matte black. If you like black and white decor, you should definitely try it if you can get a hold of one.ReplyCancel

  • IKEA Hacks For Kids | Decozilla - […] The favorite of the mom’s, with its elegance and soft color, it’s not hard to imagine why. This LEKA Baby Gym is something so pretty you’d want to keep it forever. You can tell your other mom friends to check out  Kaley Ann. […]ReplyCancel

We didn’t start cloth diapering our first baby until she was a year old. I had great intentions of starting right at the beginning. Did the research, even bought a few different kinds of diapers, but I was just too overwhelmed. It seemed too complicated and I just kept putting it off. I would like to […]

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  • Ally - I am due in 3 months and planning to cloth diaper. This is perfect! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Thanks so much for writing on this! I’ve been researching and this is the first time I’ve found something that makes sense. Did you find that you had any trouble getting the coconut oil out of the diapers? Or that it affected the absorbency?ReplyCancel

    • kaleyann - Hi Becca,
      So gad that this info helped you. No, I don’t have any issues at all with the coconut oil. I just use a little bit and rub it into her skin and it works like a charm!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I am cloth diapering my 2 week old right now but using disposable wipes and I always am forgetting to throw the wipes away when I put the diaper in the dirty bag. I want to know more about using cloth wipes. How do you fold them? How do you travel with them?ReplyCancel

    • kaleyann - Hi Michelle,
      Yes, cloth wipes were the most confusing to me as well, since I used disposables when I cloth diapered my older daughter. But after just a few days of using cloth wipes, it was so easy. You fold them like an accordion, so that they pull out of the holder like disposables. As far as traveling with cloth – I think I will have to do a whole post on that. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carly McManus - Did you try any other brands of newborn diapers besides bum genius? Everyone is telling me to get one of those starter packs with all the different types to see which one we like.ReplyCancel

    • kaleyann - Hi Carly,
      No I didn’t try any other brands. I knew I liked the bumGenius 4.0s, but I still did a TON or research and decided that I would go with the bumGenius newborn diapers. I am so glad I did. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - This post is so comprehensive and helpful! Thank you! I’ve been a little on the fence about cloth diapering but you’ve given me peace of mind and convinced me that it’s worth it!ReplyCancel

    • kaleyann - You’re welcome, Cassie! So happy you are feeling good about it now!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle - I have a 3 month old and much like you I was researching since I was pregnant but became overwhelmed by everything. I was just wondering what you do to prep the diapers before the first use? Also what detergent do you use?ReplyCancel

    • kaleyann - Hi Rochelle,
      It can be so overwhelming! I promise it is easier than it seems! Before I used them the first time, I washed the diapers twice on hot with a small amount of detergent, then dried them and had them waiting in the drawer when we brought our little babe home from the hospital. I have used a few different detergents, but have found that I get the best results with biokleen.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie - Thanks so much for this information. Was always very intimidated by cloth diapers, but you’ve made it seem very doable!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Great information! My daughter just had a baby and would love to start using cloth diapers, but she has not been able to breastfeed her daughter (health issues) and has had to go to formula and we were wondering about the cleaning part of the diapers with a formula feed baby?ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - That is a great question, Colleen! I am not sure if washing them would be the same as when feeding solids, or if you should treat it more like breastmilk poo. Maybe someone else can comment on that as I don’t have experience with it?ReplyCancel

  • Christina - When I was using cloth wipes, I used the peri-bottle from the hospital (the one they give you to wash your bottom post-partum). I would keep my wipes solution in there and squirt it on dry wipes or even baby’s bum.ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - I did the exact same thing before I switched to the wipes warmer! I still use the peri-bottle to mix the solution in. :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Madden - I’ve been looking at options for cloth diapering newborns, and this seems less work than what I was thinking (prefolds). I’ve also read that the BumGenius are better for babies with chubby legs, so I’m happy to read that these worked really well for your tiny, skinny baby.

    My question is where did you buy your diapers from.ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Hi Angela,
      I bought them from Amazon. Since they were still like new after 4 months of use, I was able to sell them for almost what I paid for them.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I totally read the whole thing and loved it. Simple, informative and exactly what I needed. You did such a great job describing newborn cloth diapering. I am super excited to start when our baby arrives and my husband is on board. Our parents tell us these horror stories of their cloth diapering days of like 30 years ago. Things have changed parents! We are going with BumGenius, but have been puzzled on what to do our newborn in. This helped a lot. :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Thanks, Rachel! I’m so glad it helped. Can’t wait to hear how it goes when your little one arrives!ReplyCancel

  • Angel - Awesome post! Super helpful ((:ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - What was your experience using cloth diapers while you and baby were out and about? Say you had to change baby while you were out, what did you do with the dirty diaper? What did you do about the smell? Sorry if it seems like a silly questionReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Hi Andrea,
      Not silly at all. Using cloth while out and about isn’t that hard at all. I carry a zippered wetbag and put the dirty diapers in it. The bag contains any moisture and smell just fine. When I get home, I throw the wet bag and the dirty diapers into the regular diaper bag and wash them all normally. I will expand on this in my cloth diapering updates post.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - I was wondering about washing the NB cd. For some reason I’m not having luck with washing my lo’s cd. Her poop seems to stain the cloth diapers. AIO & prefolds. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? I’ve washed the way they suggest to wash the CD I even soaked them and did it twice. The diapers still have major yellow stains. She is exclusively breast fed too. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Have you tried laying them out in the sun? That always worked for me. But you have to lay them out right after you wash them. They should still be wet. Then allow them to dry completely in full sunlight.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Great post1 Did you just buy your newborn bumgenius from amazon? Or did you find a good deal elsewhere?ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Hi Alicia,
      Yes, I bought them from Amazon. Since they were still like new after 4 months of use, I was able to sell them for almost what I paid for them.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - I love this post. I’m expecting twins in April so I’m trying to up the amount of diapers I keep on hand. I’m thinking of going for 36 newborn and 36 regular and hoping that I can get away with laundry every – every other day. When you put the diapers through the dryer, one cycle on low, they come out not completely dry. How long did it take them to hang dry from there? Did you have any shrinking issues? I see bumGenius’ site recommends drying the liner but hanging the cover right out of the washer, but it would be so much easier for me if they got a little dry in the dryer first. With twins, I can’t risk having to wait around for them to dry! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • Steph - I use BumGenius and I do not put my covers in the dryer EVER! The high heat can damage the covers and make it so they don’t keep moisture in. I always line dry mine straight out of the washer and they dry in no time. By the time my liners are done in the dryer, my covers are dry on the line. Putting them in the dryer also voids the warranty. If your diapers have problems within the warranty period, BumGenius won’t do anything for you if you haven’t followed their washing directions.ReplyCancel

      • Kaley - I agree, once we switched from the BG newborn all-in-ones to the BG 4.0, the covers never went in the dryer. The BG 4.0 cover does dry super fast, but the BG newborn diapers don’t have a removable insert, so they take much longer to dry.ReplyCancel

  • nicole - This was very helpful i have 2 kids and unfortunately i was very young and now im pregnant again, planned, and i am deciding to use cloth diapers and wipes i have been doing some research on how to make your own wipes and diapers and came across this.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - What kind of detergent did you use for the newborn stage? Many moms have said Tide, but I worry about scents for the first month or so. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel


    • Kaley - Hola Carmen! Los pañales se venden en Amazon y cuestan $15 cada unoReplyCancel

  • Jeannette - Hi Kaley!

    Im so so so so happy I came across your post! I knew from the beginning that we were going to use cloth diapering and Ive been doing research on everything but glad that I could get so much usual information from one post!
    Quick Question: which warmer did you use for your cloth wipes? I
    Ive been looking at reviews on Amazon but dont know which brands would work best with cloth.

    Thanks again for the great post, cant wait to use our cloth diapers in November with our first! :))))ReplyCancel

    • Jeannet - Oh almost forgot!

      Please add a post on tips on how to use cloth diapering when traveling and on the go…we plan to do a lot of traveling with our little one and tips/tricks would be amazing!!!


  • Nicole - Hi, really enjoyed the info on this blog about cloth diapering a newborn. Have you written any other blogs about cloth diapering? More information on what has worked for you on outings, with babysitters, and once they begin eating solids would be so great! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - I am dying to know how you made the BG NB diapers fit until your baby was 12 lbs!! Mine is not even 9 lbs yet, but I can barely get the elastic to stretch around the legs enough to fasten the velcro. Maybe my kid is just too chunky??ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - My oldest would have never fit into the NB diapers for that long. My youngest has always been a little peanut, so maybe thats why?ReplyCancel

  • Sara - So helpful!! I am wondering if you got a special warmer at all? What laundry detergent do you recommend? Last question: how can you get a good deal so they are more affordable? Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Thanks, Sara! Glad it helped you. I didn’t use a special wipes warmer, just the one I linked to in the post. I tried a few different detergents, but I think BumGenius detergent is by far the best. If you are looking for a good deal on cloth diapers, gently used is definitely the way to go. You can also try to wait for the Black Friday sales, or buy the discontinued colors. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaylee - Love this! I’ve always wanted to try CD when I have kids, but you hear horror stories from previous generations and it gets scary! My question is, you say you just secure the Velcro tabs and toss them in the washer… Are the diapers open and the tabs are just kept secure, or are they still in little poop-containing balls? I would think you’d have to open them but I wasn’t really sure what you meantReplyCancel

    • Kaley - The diapers are open, and the velcro is folded down to attach to a little tab on the inside of the diaper. Otherwise the diapers will all get stuck together and the velcro will snag everything.ReplyCancel