Quick tip.

30 07 2011

This tip was provided by soon to be PhD in biology Alejandro Valenzuela.

No liners for your cloth diapers? You can use rice paper, it works in the same way, letting moisture pass but retaining the solids. You can then compost it.

Thank you, Ale!

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Product Review: Grovia Diaper pail liner.

28 07 2011

As I started reading about cloth diapering while I was pregnant I wondered how to deal with the diapers during the time between the baby and the washing. I was advised to dump the used diapers in a bucket with water and bleach, but this didn’t seem like a good idea to me. I did not want a bucket constantly full of bleach! I did not want our clothes to suffer white spots nor wanted to risk our cats getting in trouble and running to the emergency vet in the middle of the night.
This dilemma ended when my husband came across diaperpin, where they talked about the different ways of dealing with dirty diapers. We decided we wanted to go with a dry pail, but we needed a pail! And pail liners!

The colors are beautiful!

We bought GroVia pail liners (not to be mistaken with the smaller wet bags which are to carry dirty diapers in the diaper bag). We got two blackberry bags because we just loved the color! They are coated inside with a waterproof treatment (PolyUrethane Laminating a.k.a. PUL), and they have a cord to close the bag and carry it around. So far they have worked wonderfully! No leaks at all.

We always have one bag in the pail to gather the diapers. When is laundry day we pull the cord, close the bag (the non-elastic cords work better), pick the bag out and bring all the stuff (diapers, inserts, covers, wipes) in the bag to the laundry room. There, we empty the bag in the washing machine and dump the bag in with the diapers. This minimizes contact with the dirty diapers!
While the machine is running we place a new bag in the pail. Then we pick up the bag that was being washed and put all the diaper covers in it. We do not dry any of these in the drying machine because repeated drying would ruin the PUL and would make the bag and diapers leak. We air dry these in a drying rack.

We liked these so much that we bought a second set, this time vanilla, to keep a second pail in Ignacio’s room.

Product review: GroVia Bioliners

21 07 2011

GroVia bioliners

After posting about the money considerations of cloth diapering, I was planning to post a second entry about health and environment, but the liners got so much attention that I thought I would skip to the product review section instead and leave the other entry for next week. I guess people want to avoid touching stools as much as possible, and I don’t blame them, I am amongst them!
I use GroVia liners. They come in a roll of 200 units, they are flushable and biodegradable. The way to use them is to take one liner and place it in the inside of your cloth diaper (against baby’s bum), they will capture the solids.

I started using them as soon as I started Ignacio on cloth diapers, but the fact is that his stool was too runny and it would go straight through the liner. I tried them for some days and then did not see the point of using them. I remember my mom also commenting on how useless these liners were. But then Ignacio grew and turned 1 month and his stool turned thicker and more consistent (sorry if I am grossing you out, but this is a diapering entry after all!), then I went back to the liners and was very satisfied with them. I really like how they work, they simplify my life a lot. When the baby poops I just bring the diaper to the bathroom and take the liner, contents and all, and flush it down the toilet, which is really useful, because it saves me from trying to dislodge the mess from a cloth diaper with toilet paper.
At the moment that I bought them I chose those because they were the best price out there. There were no other factors, I had no idea of their quality compared to other brands, but I am very happy with them. They are strong and stay put when you have to take them out and flush them, which is essential, the fibers allow moisture to pass by but they do not weaken at all.  I would very much buy them again and I recommend them!

Have you tried a different brand of liner? What are your thoughts on it?