Well this is about as crunchy as it gets people….wool diaper covers I made from thrifted sweaters. And guess what? They WORK. We have never been able to find a night time diapering solution that doesn’t either leak, stink, or get ripped off by Abi (including disposables). These are the solution and I can say that the stripey sweater (thick 100% lambswool) is not only cute, but totally waterproof. The fancy marino wool sweater I picked up is better for daytime and is not quite as waterproof. It is so great to finally have a solution to our problem….for $16! I picked up the pattern here and got two sweaters at the local Goodwill for $8. That made 6 covers (4 covers and 2 tights), which is quite a bit better than the $40 per cover for already-made ones. Although I would have to say those would be worth it too, and still more economical than disposables. If you do this, look for 100% wool, use polyester thread, and go for thicker in the sweater.
Okay, and on to my rant – why is it now suddenly in vogue to live the kind of lifestyle we’ve been living (very NOT in vogue until…uh…last month)? Why does it take a huge crisis for people to stop borrowing and stop mindless spending? And here’s my biggest beef: I don’t care about irresponsible lenders. Nope. I think the real problem here is irresponsible borrowing. When did we stop thinking about how much we can pay back?? Draw your own conclusions.
On a positive note, I think that while there are no easy or fast fixes for the global financial crisis, it will spark some good changes on individual levels. I’m personally hoping for a society with much less debt and less emphasis on stuff. Call me naive. It’s been working for us. And it’s kind of nice not to be (so) weird for a change.