Quick Tip: Protect your diapers!

28 11 2011

Whenever you need to use ointment for the baby’s butt and you are using cloth diapers, remember that if the ointment has lanolin or petroleum jelly it will ruin the absorption of the diapers. You can buy ointment especially made for cloth diapers, you can buy cloth liners especially made for this, or you can go for the really cheap solution: Get an old T-shirt that you don’t care about anymore and cut liners to fit your diapers. That way the ointment will get trapped in the liner protecting your cloth diaper.





Updates: Grovia pail liner

11 11 2011

We still like our Grovia pail liners, still no leaks, but I am not so in love with them anymore. The cord does not flow nicely and it “sticks” to the bag, so we cannot close the liner when we go do laundry.





Updates: Grovia bioliners

26 10 2011

Our baby is starting solids, breast milk poop is very water soluble. Solids poop… well, it is not.

I am so happy with the GroVia Bioliners! I liked them before, but I could deal with not using them. Now they are priceless!





Cloth wipes, different uses for different brands.

29 09 2011

Using cloth diapers, using cloth wipes felt as the next natural thing, they don’t add much to the laundry, since you just shove them in the diaper pail with the dirty diapers. I already had a recipe for the wipe lotion, now I just needed to find the right wipes. I read a bit about what people liked but being that there are millions of individuals, there are also millions of preferences, I just had to get some and find out for myself what would work best for my baby and I.

I got three very different kind of wipes and I found different uses for each.

Charlie Banana organic cotton wipes.

I love these. They are so super soft! The weave is strong and they are as soft as you can get with cotton. I read some complaints about the labels, but I cannot see how that would be a problem, the labels are large, but they are super soft too, and you can always either cut them or put them aside. I use these for wiping the baby’s bum so I wash them very often, I have not had any fraying in the edges. I got a bunch of these because I found them super cheap in Amazon!

Charlie Banana wipes.

Gro-Via wipes.

These are like little towels, and they are thee softest thing I’ve ever touched towel-wise! I didn’t think this would work for me to keep in a tub with solutions because of how much moisture they would hold, I was afraid they would end up being soaked, so I used them instead to wipe spit up from Ignacio’s face. Because they are so super soft he really likes them (as in he actually smiles each time I wipe his face). They are also used heavily and they are still soft, some of them show a little fraying but not too much.

Gro-Via wipes

Baby Kicks wipes.

These are hemp and cotton, one side is softer, fleece like, the other one is rougher. I am not too crazy about them because they are not super soft, so I did not want to use them to wipe the baby’s bum. However they are very absorbent. I have used them to absorb urine while I am changing diapers (you know, baby boy?) and also as doublers while I was waiting for my doublers to arrive. They look cute with the multicolored edges.

Baby Kicks wipes

 

 





Home made baby wipe solution.

24 08 2011

Yesterday Hope, our office manager, called me to let me know that we had a package. I got very excited because it was our Aloe vera juice! Oh, by the way, I do not drink Aloe vera juice, but I use it to make my baby’s wipe lotion.

Changing table, complete with pump bottle and wet wipes contaier. This was before Ignacio arrived, so I did not know which system I’d like best.

See, I have heard once and again the story of how when I was a little baby I never got diaper rash except that one time my mom used commercial pre-moistened wipes. And both my husband and I have very reactive skin, so it really is a matter of probabilities that Ignacio’s skin will react strongly to things. So I started to look into making my own wipes. I bought cotton wipes (also non disposable and environmentally friendly!) and bought me some ingredients. I made a mixture of a recipe given in Diaper Pin and one that my friend Hanna makes.

It works really well. It smells great (lavender!) and has kept Ignacio’s bum clean and rash free. Plus I know exactly what goes into it and have not to worry about any unwanted chemicals. Once I prepare the solution I place the wipes in an empty tub (I use one that used to have disposable wipes) and add a generous amount of solution to it. Then I turn the wipe stacks upside down and add some more solution. They stay moist for a long time (think couple of weeks). You might get some deposits as some components can precipitate over time, but this is not a problem.

I know Hanna uses her solution in a pump bottle. I tried this but I found it easier to have the wipes pre-moistened for whenever I needed them. I keep the remaining solution in a soda 1L bottle until I need to prepare more wipes. If I don’t use it soon enough (two-three weeks) the oil might oxidize, but I just wash the bottle with hot water and clean out the old solution.

My recipe:

2 cups hot water

1/4 cup aloe juice (the cheapest one, I will not drink it after all)

1 tablespoon mild soap (Dr. Bronner)

2-6 drops tea tree oil

Oh, and there is no reason why you should not use this on yourself too! I did, and it was the only thing that wouldn’t burn like crazy when the skin around my belly broke into a wild rash in my 9th month of pregnancy!





Product review: Diaper pail, safety 1st.

18 08 2011

I get asked quite a bit about how do I deal with the dirty diapers until I am ready to wash them. I use a dry pail system. I must confess that the whole ‘storing dirty diapers until laundry day’ was a little intimidating to me because I was afraid of the smell. Imagine a two days pile of dirty diapers!
We chose to buy Safety First… and so far we have no complains. The pail comes with a deodorant disk in its lid and we add some baking soda between diapers, to control odors. If you walked into our room you would not be able to tell that there are dirty diapers, even with poopy diapers and wipes. As long as the lid is shut, the smells stay inside. It is a little small, it does not hold a three days stash (45 diapers plus the shells) but it would hold a two days load, we just solved that problem by buying a new pail and having one in each changing station.

It is not only great controlling odors but it is also light and easy to use. It has a release mechanism that opens easily and promptly, which is a must when you ar getting rid of soiled diapers and wipes with one hand while holding a wiggly infant with the other.

When we started cloth diapering Ignacio my mom went do laundry and asked me if I wanted to put together the diapers and his clothes. I said no (yuck!) and after she explained that it would be a load saver I insisted that I would rather not to have his dirty diapers thrown together with his clothes. Once she came back from the laundry room she told me “you were right, the diapers smelled!” but none of us could tell until the pail and bag were opened!





The ABC of cloth diapers.

1 08 2011

When we decided to go the cloth diaper route, I did a lot of research before committing to one brand or another, and I was gladly surprised to see how cute these new cloth diapers are, definitely not what I remembered from childhood! However, I was confused about all the vocabulary and the multiple different options that are out there. All in Ones, Pockets, Inserts, Boosters… And the list kept growing! I hope I can help some of you to make some sense of the loads of information with a brief summary of cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers come in a variety of systems to suit different needs, and many accessories. Some of these are:

All in Ones: These diapers work a lot like a disposable, the diaper is put on the baby and washed at each change. They are very easy to use, however they take a long time in drying and they can be pricey because you have to buy one diaper per change.

Boosters: An extra piece of cloth you put in your diaper to enhance absorption.

Doublers: See booster.

Hybrids: Cloth diapers that you can use either as a traditional cloth diaper or a disposable one. You can purchase disposable biodegradable inserts to use when you are on the go and avoid carrying a soiled diaper in your diaper bag.

Inserts and Covers: In this case you have cloth inserts that are set into a waterproof cover, they can be just placed into the cover or snapped on to it. The advantage to these is that the cover can be reused as long as it is not soiled and the inserts are washed. They can be a cheaper option since you will only need to buy many inserts but less covers. They dry fast! You can choose from a different arrange of inserts, and this will depend on the brand you are purchasing. I like to keep it simple and not have to fold the inserts myself, but some people like the versatility of folding their own diapers.

Liners: A piece of cloth or paper that you put between the diaper and baby’s bum to keep the solids from soiling the diaper, so you can get rid of them more easily. There are flushable biodegradable options.

Pockets: These diapers have an outer waterproof shell, and a pocket in which you can add cloth inserts. They work a lot like an All in One, except that you can take the inserts out and they dry much faster. You can also adjust how many inserts you would like to have depending on how much absorption your baby needs.

PUL: Polyurethane Laminating. This is a plastic layer that covers the outer part of the diaper, it keeps the moisture in, preventing spills.

Shells: Covers.

Inserts and covers are a good economic option for cloth diapering.





The prices vary a lot between systems and companies and you might want to invest some time considering what fits your pocket and lifestyle. If ease and convenience is a must, then all in ones are ready to use. If putting your hand into a wet pocket to retrieve the inserts is a big deal, then you might want to forgo pockets. If money is a big issue, then the Inserts and Covers (they are not hard to use, either!) are the way to go.

Whatever you choose, the initial investment might leave you thinking this is a very expensive option. After all, I spent about $500 when I set up my diaper stash for Ignacio. However, think that disposables are much more expensive, you will be spending $100+ per month in diapers! In about 5 months you will have cancelled your initial investment, plus you can use them for your next child too! This will bring the price so low!