Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Well, I'm here to tell you all that I was wrong. This option, which I originally dismissed, has actually become my favorite.
But first, I'll tell you why I wasn't too fond of it at first. These diapers have absolutely no gel in them, which is wonderful if your baby breaks out like crazy from the gel. The diapers are made out of cotton which is great!!!! However, the diapers are pretty thick, and are very stiff, their tabs are old school 90s tabs, so they are sticky instead of the fake-velcro that are on most of todays disposable diapers. Half the time the tab would unstick, and the diapers would fall off pretty easily. Which is no good, and instantly turned me off on these diapers.
So how did Tushies become my favorite vacation diapers? My wonderful husband couldn't find any of the clean diapers one morning when he was letting me sleep in, and so he found the Tushies and he put on one Audrey, and then he put a Flip cover over the top of it. It fits perfectly over the Tushies, and if the tabs unstick throughout the time they are being used it doesn't matter, because the Flip cover keeps it in place.
Another thing I loved is that since it's an entire diaper in a cover, all the mess is totally contained. It drove me crazy that when we used Flip disposable inserts that when she pooped the poo got all over the cover, which can be extremely frustrating and can cause some anxiety while on vacation (running out of covers is no fun when you are in the middle of no where, trust me!)
Another great thing about Tushies is their sizing, it's newborn, small, medium, and large. When I bought Huggies for a week long cruise I was so worried I might choose the wrong size because I had no idea which "number" she wore!
I hope that these few posts have helped you all with choosing what type of disposable options for traveling for long periods of time :)
Friday, October 14, 2011
No one likes stink, it's gross. And nothing is worse than having your husband crinkle his nose every time he walks upstairs, but is too polite to say anything about the stink. (Except of course, when he mentions the stink!)
First, I needed a new detergent. I had been using Tide (I've also tried Charlie's Soap, Rockin' Green, Bio Kleen) because it was the only one I felt actually got my diapers clean, and they didn't smell like poop when they came out of the wash.
However, I could tell they were starting to build up pretty badly, so we needed a change. I was at my local Cotton Babies, and asked what they recommended, I explained my issues (stinky diapers, build-up, terribly sensitive baby) and was told that I should try a liquid soap instead of powder, the lady suggested Mountain Green.
One thing I love about Cotton Babies (besides looking at an entire store of fluff!) is that their section of laundry soap is all cloth diaper approved, which is wonderful! I don't have to stare at the soaps hoping one will jump out at me.
Now, as to my thoughts about the detergent. I do like it, it gets the diaper clean, it seems to help Audrey's poor bum, and not irritate her skin. My only issue is that it has no smell, which isn't a problem to most, but I feel like my diaper should come out smelling nicely...well, they didn't. They came out smelling like clean poop.
That's where this second "must have" item comes in handy. It's called Bac-Out! It's wonderful! I put a little in the pre-wash, and when my diapers came out they smelled so pretty and wonderful! No gross smells, just clean. I think I'm going to start buying it in bulk (or just make a stock pile.)
I always thought that in order for clothes and diapers to smell "clean" they had to have a scent, but with the combination of Bac-Out and Mountain Green my diapers come out with no smell, none at all, it's like smelling (clean) air!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
At the end of August my husband returned to school. He is going to be an accountant...in 19 VERY long months (no I'm not counting down or anything!)
There is homeschooling, cleaning, dishes, laundry, playdates, sewing, scrapbooking, and the cloth diapers.
And yes, sometimes some of those things get pushed to the back burner.
Because at this very moment I am 4 months pregnant and all I want to do is sleep.
However my four-year-old and one-year-old completely disagree with this idea.
In the midsts of all this Audrey's rash occurred again, my diapers began to smell horribly and the girl's room needed a constant air-out, otherwise the room smelled like poop, which could be made worse by the heat we were having.
So I'm here to tell you all, that when life feels like it's crushing you, it's okay to go to the store and buy a (small) package of disposable diapers and take a break.
Are disposables still bad for the environment? Yes, of course.
Do disposibles still have yucky and dangerous chemicals in them? Yes, they do.
Are disposables still expensive? Yes, they are.
But is your sanity important? YES.
Make sure you buy the small package, because otherwise it might be hard to come back to the light :)
Also, make sure you wash your diapers, because otherwise they still stink!
But, yes, for the past 5 days Audrey has been in disposables, along with heavy duty cream over her sores (which actually can't be used with the cloth.)
With one less thing to do, my motivation has gone up, and now that I have a big basket of clean fluff, life is good again. And full of cloth.
But look out, because there will be there will be some fun things coming up. New detergent reviews, new shop reviews, new products, and a few giveaways.
Next month is my 1-year-anniversary of being a cloth diapering Mama, and you'd better believe there will be a celebration! :)
Friday, September 9, 2011
Some of the things I liked are:
1. They don't cost too much 18 inserts for $4.95 ($.28 center per diaper)
2. I can use my cloth diaper covers, so no blow outs!!!!
3. Since I used my covers, most of Audrey's pants still fit nicely and didn't fall off her bum
4. They didn't stink when pooped or peed in
5. There are less chemicals
Some things to consider:
1. It is easiest to change the diaper by having a cover and insert all put together, and just switching for the soiled cover/diaper. Diaper baby up, and dispose of the insert.
2. The insert isn't as wide as the Flip over, expect that when you have poopy diapers it WILL get on the cover (especially if you baby eats way too many raisins while camping!)
Several years ago, my husband and I tried a diaper service as our first dabble into the cloth diapering world. I hated it, he hated it, there was a lot of hate. The biggest reason was simply that when Sydney peed, the inserts would wad up and the cover had urine in it, and if she pooped the poop would get all over the cover. I hate poop stained covers! This problem is repeated with Flip disposable inserts.
But, all in all, I consider them a success, and for any future vacations I'll be using Flip, I'll just make sure I have many more covers! ;)
The best part, for me, was that I was NEVER pooped on, and the poop never left the diaper, yes, the cover might have been covered in poo, but it was never on me or anyone else who was holding the baby!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Yes, that's right, we took a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old on a week long cruise.
The first thing I realized was that there was no way I could cloth diaper. I didn't have enough diapers to last a week. Plus, I didn't really want to do a weeks worth of yucky diapers.
First I bought Tushies, I bought these several months before the cruise, and I quickly dismissed using them because they did NOT stay on at all. Nor did they absorb very well. And the tabs were HORRIBLE.
I have been a cloth diapering Mama for 10 months.
I was a disposable diapering Mama for 3 years and 4 months.
Why Disposable Diapers Suck:
1. My heavy wetter causes even the most absorbent 'sposies to explode during the night.
2. My stinkerbell realized very quickly that she can pull off the diaper, and that it was easy. She pulled off her diaper, threw it on the floor, and with a smirk she continued to walk around the room naked.
3. During that nap time she pulled off the same diaper that was pooped in and continued to pee all over her port-a-crib.
4. I was using 5-7 wipes per poopy diaper!
5. Ug, they stink when pooped in.
6. UG! They stick when peed in!!!
7. During dinner she pooped and instead of the poop being IN the diaper, it went right up the top of the diaper!
8. On the way home she pooped, and instead of the poop going in the diaper, it seriously went straight out of the leg. When we took the diaper off it didn't even have any poop in it!
And of course, me being me, I also have my vain reasons for disliking disposables:
9. None of my baby's pants fit anymore, her jeans were falling off her flat paper bum.
10. Letting her run around in a t-shirt and a diaper lost it's cuteness when it's a paper diaper
11. I never felt like the diaper fit properly.
I never felt like I could trust the diapers. I was expecting to be pooped on at any moment.
Sure, as a cloth diapering Mama I get peed on, probably a little more often than I would be if I used disposables. But I'm NEVER pooped on. In 10 months my cloth has always kept all the poop contained.
Of course, this list is just why I dislike disposables for their functionality, there are many more reasons why we, as cloth diapering Mamas, choose cloth; environmental, harmful chemicals, budget, etc.
So, in my professional opinion, disposable diapers SUCK.
I think I'm going to make a button...
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
First of all, I adore Autumn's blog All About Cloth Diapers. It's a great source of information.
Recently I was reading one of her posts and someone commented about The Natural Baby's Cloth Diaper Trial Package, and I thought, what a great thing to try!!
I have a hard time keeping my baby dry at night time, she is a heavy duty wetter, and she sleeps for so long at night. So this was the perfect opportunity to try out some diapers for night time.
The details: The trial package costs $10, and you get to choose any of the diapers that The Natural Baby has in their store. You get to try them out for two weeks, your two weeks start the day you receive the package. The owner, Rebecca, even sends you a note to remind you when your two weeks are coming to a close. Whatever you decide to not keep you just package up and send it back. Super simple :)
In my trial package:
Thirsties Duo Diaper
Fuzzibunz Perfect Size
bumGenius 4.0 with Velcro
My thoughts: Thirsties Duo Diaper- I honestly loved this diaper. It was an amazing fitted diaper. I really wanted to buy it, but my hubby lectured me about having too many diapers, hehe. It fit great, I never had a leak, and the diaper had a perfect spot to add hemp inserts when needed.
Fuzzibunz Perfect Size- I was more impressed with the perfect size than I was with Fuzzibunz's one size. It was nice and wide in the crotch, so we didn't have any leaks, but I really disliked that there was only a hip snap and one top snap, unlike with the one size. I'm not totally sure it really made much difference though...
bumGenius 4.0 with VELCRO- I've made my dislike of velcro no secret on this blog. I don't really buy anything with velcro, and I don't have any one size diapers with velcro, I simply don't like it very much. But I'll admit I was intrigued, I have a friend who prefers velcro to snaps, and I was very curious as to what's so great about velcro. And I am here to tell you all that I kind of prefer velcro. It makes such a nice snug fit, the velcro on the bumGenius is very thick, so I wasn't worried about Audrey pulling it off. And best of all, I can change her anywhere extremely easily with velcro, those silly mobile 1-year-olds! :) I kept this diaper.
I also kept my hemp inserts, I love me some Thirsties Hemp Inserts!! They are a night time neccesity.
I enjoyed my experience with The Natural Baby, Rebecca was very fun to work with. They ship fast, and they included a free sample of Country Save laundry detergent. And luckily for me, Rebecca was up for doing a giveaway!!
The Natural Baby is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store!
Want to win it?
**You MUST do this entry in order to enter the giveaway**
"Like" A Whole Lot of Fluff on Facebook, and post a comment about the giveaway.
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EACH entry should have your email address in it. For Facebook entries, write your facebook name. (ie: Liked A Whole Lot of Fluff, FB name is Samantha Thyme Sherman, email diaperfluff AT gmail DOT com.)
Contest ends July 17th, 2011 at 11:59 PM, PST.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I went to move the blog it wordpress.
And when I thought it was moved I deleted it from blogger.
Only to find out that it wasn't at wordpress.
Any questions you'd like answered in our upcoming posts, as I try to remember everything I had written? lol
WHEW! Thanks to Google Viewer, I was able to copy and paste all my posts back together. I'm so glad to be back, and I can't wait to tell you all about new reviews and have some giveaways! :)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This choice comes because I have to go to the doctor's office four days out of the five this week, and our doctor is on the other side of the city.
I also don't own any flats, I was planning on using receiving blankets until my flats came in tomorrow.
So we will call this my abridged version =]
I couldn't get the origami fold to work with a receiving blanket, so I used the kite fold, which worked great.
I still can't quite get the snappi to work. I could get the left and right side to work, but the bottom didn't work so great.
I was also a little worried about the diarrhea that Audrey gets for a few hours after she gets her antibiotic shot, but I actually liked the flat better than her regular fitted for the containment of diarrhea.
How did your day 2 go?
Monday, May 23, 2011
Let me tell you about my day.
On April 28th I took Audrey into her doctor, she'd be pulling at her ear, screaming and running a fever for the past several days.
She was had a double ear infection.
So we got our antibiotics and went on our way, and she took them for 10 days.
At the end of 10 days I didn't see much improvement, so I took her back to the doctor.
The doctor told us that one of her ears was better, and the other was still infected.
Second round of antibiotics, and the ear was NOT better. In fact she hasn't been sleeping much, she's too busy screaming at us.
So I took her back in today. Not only is that ear MUCH worse, but the other ear (which had previously healed) was reinfected and not doing well either.
I was told that there was a pretty good chance that her ear drums will rupture in the next few days, and that when it happens, to bring her back so they can assess damage.
We were also given a referral to the ENT doctor, and Audrey started her first round (out of the 3) of antibiotic shots.
I was told this shot will cause diarrhea.
This week I get to go see the doctor 4 days.
So, yeah, I didn't exactly get around to doing the flats challenge. This kind of disqualifies me, but I still plan on doing this challenge, I'll just start later than everyone else.
Do you have a story? I'd love to have you as a guest blogger!
(Oh, and I can't figure out the snappi, any tips?)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Well, it's simple, in my church we are encouraged to have supplies in case of an emergency. We are encouraged to have 72 hour kits, 1 year of food storage, etc.
With Sydney I always had an extra box of diapers, that I kept in storage. When I bought a new box, I would replace the one that was in storage.
For the past few months I have wondered how to have a storage of cloth diapers. I knew I could hand wash if necessary, and we just added extra water to our food storage.
So I figure this challenge is the perfect excuse to try out using flats, which is something I have never tried to use, and have no knowledge of.
My daughter's skin is very sensitive. If we put her in ANY disposables, she breaks out, horribly. In the event of an emergency, in which water or power would be cut off, flats would be a better choice than our pockets or fitted diapers.
Do you want to learn more about the flats challenge? Maybe do it yourself?
It starts tomorrow. I will be using ONLY flats for 1 week, and hand washing them myself. WITHOUT the use of my diaper sprayer (shocker!)
The exact details are here.
Will you be joining me? :)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
1. One Size
And I kind of wanted the gussets. I thought those were pretty awesome.
And I saw two diaper covers that fit that bill, Blueberry and Rumparooz. Rumparooz were less expensive, so I decided to try them first.
Oh, I love them! It was kind of strange for me at first, there are 4 sizes instead of the usual 3. The diaper also seems pretty tight, which is something that I like, but my wiggly baby did not! (She's got things to bite, don't you know?)
I love all the pretty colors.
Rumparooz are not made with PUL, instead they are made with TPU, which is suppose to be better environmentally (from my understanding.) The TPU is much thicker, which is another feature that I really like.
This is going on my list of current favorites!
Where to buy: I bought mine from Squishy Tushy, simply because they have lots of the pretty colors in stock, and the shipping was free at $50. This was my second order from them, and I plan to make future ones. They have great customer service, and are very quick to ship. Both of my orders went out the same day and were at my house within 2-3 days! :)
Next on my list is to buy some Blueberry Coveralls! I can't wait to try them!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
It depends on why you cloth diaper.
I cloth diaper because of my daughter's sensitive skin. And after doing a bit of research I decided that I would try to avoid as many harmful chemicals as I could.
Autumn over at All About Cloth Diapers has a semi-funny story about disposable pads vs. a flash flood.
Which reminded me of when I was about 5-years-old. I had stolen my baby brother's diaper and put it on one of my dolls. Somehow the diaper got left outside, and as it does so often in Washington, it rained. When I woke up the next morning and went out side to play, I discovered that the diaper had exploded! And there were all these gelly chrystals everywhere. My friend and I proceeded to play with them. And that afternoon we began to steal more of our younger siblings diapers and left them outside so they would explode. I believe this went on for two days before our parents caught on and put a stop to it. Though, I don't believe either of our parents realized we were playing in harmful chemicals, they simply didn't want us wasting their diapers. (ha!)
But, I figured, cloth diapers are softer than disposables, right?
So cloth pads would be softer than disposables as well!
So I bought some from 4 companies, and I attempted to make my own.
All with wings, because I can't stand normal pads without wings. Here was something that was interesting to me though, I normally buy overnight pads and wear them during the day. With cloth pads I was able to buy regular pads and be just fine! They were more absorbent and SOOOOO much more comfortable.
I bought 13 pads, figuring that it would last me through 2 days. I also purchased 2 wet bags, one for home and one for on the go. I was also instructed to use stain remover on them once they are used, so my on-the-go wet bag has a mini spray bottle of Shout in it.
It was just as simple as cloth diapers. I personally didn't wash them twice (unless they were thrown in with the diapers) I just threw them in with my everyday clothes.
Here are the four different types I bought:
Pink Lemonade: This was the last site I bought from, and the first to arrive! Super fast shipping, and shipping is FREE!! I loved how soft these were, they were a little expensive. About $10 per pad, but they are so soft, and of great quality, and they are extremely pretty! Plus free shipping, which you all know I'm a sucker for! These were my preferred and the first I would grab. I plan on buying 2 more. **I guess shipping isn't always free, it was part of an Earth Day promotion.**
MotherMoonPads: I was slightly disappointed by this site. Shipping was $2.75, I spent $18 on two overnight pads, and $7.75 per pad on regular pads (I bought 2.) The quality is a good, the shipping was also fast, but they pads themselves were kind of blah. But they were super soft and stains came out super easy. I just really liked bright colors.
Tamarack Creations: $7.00 per pad, and $2 for shipping for the first item and $0.75 for each additional item. I really liked these pads, they were so bright and pretty, and had some PUL on the inside. They were great, and my second choice pads. They were nice and soft. :)
GEM: I bought these first, as they were not expensive (I believe I paid $15 for 4 pads) and shipping was included. However, they took about 10 days to get to me, and I only got to use one of them, which it was soft and nice, and they are well made. If you're on a budget, or want to use Mama Cloth inexpensively than I would start with them!
What I Liked About Cloth Pads: They were SUPER soft, they didn't chafe. They weren't hot or uncomfortable.
What I Didn't: I was never sure if I should throw them in with my diapers (as you use stain remover on them) or with my clothes (fabric softener.)
One thing that I learned though, was that using my diaper sprayer didn't work so great with the cloth pads. Instead I use ran it under the sink in my bathroom, worked much better. But I suppose you could always stick the entire pad in the toilet and then spray.
Monday, May 2, 2011
So, yes, the cost can knock the wind out of you. But there are several ways to make it more cost effective, as well as different ways to cloth diaper.
A Diaper Service
I’ll start with the different methods of cloth diapering. The first way is one that I would not recommend, it won't save you money, and I've personally tried it and really disliked it; was a diaper service. My local diaper service cost me about $70 a month (for 50 diapers a week, I used the service when my daughter was 21 months old.) Once a week a man in a truck would come, take my yucky diapers and replace them with clean ones. I had to provide the covers, and wash those myself, the cheapest I have found are called Econobums, they are a PUL (waterproof material) one-sized cover so you have to snap them down to make them a size small or medium, so it’s nice not to have to keep buying the different sizes of covers, and these covers are $8.95. It was nice because I didn't have to wash the diapers. It was terrible because the diapers were only washed once a week. I had a pail of gross diapers sitting in my tiny apartment for 7 days, odor-eaters didn't work. I also didn't have the flexibility to choose what type of diapers I wanted; I had to use prefolds, the old-school cloth diapers.
Service Per Month: $70 (840 per year)
7 Econobum Covers: $62.65 (You need one cover per day)
I’ve heard many women say that they don’t cloth diaper simply because the diaper service is not eco-friendly, which it’s not. But I was shocked to find out that they thought that that was the only way of cloth diapering! Washing the diapers yourself cuts down costs exponentially. Prefolds
24 Gerber Prefolds $21.98
4 Econobum Cover: $35.80
Prefold Total: $57.78
PrefoldsIf you want to do the work yourself, buying prefolds and covers, this is a truly inexpensive way to go! On Amazon you can buy a package of 12 for $10.99! Buy two packs and you'd have more than enough diapers to wash them once every other day You'd also need a cover to go over the diaper, and you don't need as many covers as you do diapers, because unless they get poo on them, you just replace the prefold, so I'd recommend buying 4 if you plan on washing every other day.
Fitted diapers are like the prefolds, except that they are in the shape of a diaper. They usually
Velcro or snap together, and also require a cover. I know some people who let their kids walk around in just the fitted diaper. They are more reliable than fitted or flats (they don't move around and get poo on the cover.) These are great, because the diaper allows the bum to breathe a lot more than some of the options listed below. Fitted diapers start at $8, these also are mostly sized, same as the cover.
The least expensive route that I have found are Mother-Ease One Size, which cost $11.95 each. These are great fitted diapers, and the fact that they are one-sized helps cut costs, as you don’t have to keep re-buying your stash.
18 diapers Mother-Ease One Size: $215.10
4 Econobum: $35.80
Fitted Total: $250.90
Pocket diapers are diapers that you have to put flats in between the PUL cover and another fabric. This requires you to stuff all the diapers prior to use. While they are very nice to have, because you don't have to wrestle a wiggly baby for nearly as long, they do get very pricey. These can also be sized, or one sized. The least expensive that I have found is called Kawaii diapers. These run about $6.99 per diaper (if you can get them from the main website, which can prove challenging at times) or $7.75 if you buy them elsewhere (I've only found this price at Jack Be Natural.)
18 Kawaii's: $125.82 (or $130.50)
I must say it though, Kawaii's are the least expensive by a long shot. You might have some that are even cheaper, but Kawaii's are good quality diapers for very inexpensive (I tried one that was $5.50 for a diaper and it was horrible quality.) The next closest price is $15 per diaper.
18 diapers for $15 each- $270
These diapers are super easy to use! There is no stuffing, no covers, it's a diaper that has everything you need in one diaper. It's like a pocket diaper, except that instead of having a pocket, it's sewn right across. These are the most expensive way of cloth diapering. They typically cost about $25 each. But they are what I call “daddy-friendly,” they are easy for people who don’t cloth diaper to use, as they (like the pocket diapers) are single use diapers, many day-cares require AIO diapers if you plan on cloth diapering while your child is in daycare.
18 AIO diapers: $450
Now that I've laid out the different types of diapers, and how much they cost for a 2 day supply, let’s compare them to disposables. Let’s say that you still use 18 diapers in 2 days, and that you get a box of 80 diapers for $26.99 (Size 3 Huggies, obviously this number is slightly skewed as when your baby is younger you will go through more diapers and the box has more diapers, and when they get older the box has less diapers.)
If you use diapers for 3 years:
Diaper Service: $2,582.65
Pocket: $125.82 / $270
Disposables: $3,324.83 (9 diapers per day * 365 days * 3 years / 80 diapers per box * $26.99 per box)
This is solely the price of diapers that you will pay. Let’s look at the other things you will need when diapering a baby for three years.
Things you need for disposables:
Diaper genie $40.39
Diaper genie refills $7.49 per month ($269.64 for 3 years)
Wipes $11.99 per month ($431.64 for 3 years)
Things you need for cloth diapering:
Spray bottle for wipe solution: $0.99
Baby wash (for homemade wipe solution): $4.79 for 15oz (this lasts me 3 months, so $57.48 for 3 years)
Baby oil (for homemade wipe solution): $5.99 for 20oz (this lasts me 4 months, so $53.91 for 3 years)
Large Wet Bag: $29.95
Travel Wet Bag: $21.00
Diaper Soap: $14.95 for 80 loads (15 loads per month, this will last 5 months, so $107.64 for 3 years)
Cloth Wipes: I made mine, I bought 1 yard of fleece from JoAnn Fabric for $6.99 (I used a coupon) and it made 50 wipes for me.
Total for Disposables for 3 Years: $4,066.50
Most Expensive Cloth Diaper System For 3 Years: $727.96
Least Expensive Cloth Diaper System For 3 Years: $335.74
Did I mention the best part? You can use cloth diapers for more than one child! I know some people who have used the same diapers for 4 children! Let’s do the math!
4 children in disposables for 3 years each: $16,144.83 (diaper genie was only added once.)
4 children in cloth diapers for 3 years each, expensive system: $1,385.05 (baby wash, baby oil, and diaper soap added for each child, all the other things only added once.)
4 children in cloth diapers for 3 years each, cheap system: $992.83
$16,144.83 vs. $1,385.05?!
(Let me tell you, even I was shocked when I got this number!)
What about the cost of washing the diapers? This is a question that depends on where you live. I live in the Pacific NW, and it only costs me about $2 more per month to wash cloth diapers every other day. But I do know others in different states whose bill doubled or tripled, it all just depends on where you live.
There are several ways to cut some of these costs down as well. For disposables you can follow couponing blogs, clip coupons and get the diapers for a fraction of the cost. The same goes with cloth diapers, stores are always having sales, discounts, and there are several work-from-home moms who sell these items for very inexpensive (Nana's Bottoms is a great route to go!) Or if you're handy with a sewing machine you can just make them for yourself, Very Baby has several PDF patterns for sale that are very easy to follow.
All calculations were done by me, all disposable diaper information was taken from diapers.com, the cloth diaper information was the least expensive that I was able to find online.
Friday, April 29, 2011
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The Dermatologist told us that not only did Audrey suffer from chronic yeast infections, but she also had severe eczema on the diaper area.
And to top it all off, it was all infected; Audrey also had impetigo.
We were given 3 different prescriptions to help her, but we were warned that the yeast infections and the eczema would flair back up until Audrey was potty trained.
But we were told to use a Vaseline on her bum with every diaper change, as a barrier. Audrey was also lactose-intolerant and her hypoallergenic formula caused her to poo more than she peed, in fact we usually only saw 1 pee diaper a day, the constant poo irritated her bum.
Vaseline was not a good option for many reasons. I know some of you probably dislike Vaseline, I've read that it's not good for your skin. However, our reason for not wanting to use Vaseline was simply because it's not good for cloth diapers.
So we bought some Grandma El's, because it was suppose to be cloth diaper friendly. I've used it with Fuzzibunz, Kawaii's, bumGenius, and Mother-Ease (both Sandy and One-Size.)
NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER use it with Fuzzibunz. It clogged them, and I had to strip them about twice to get it out.
Everything else it has worked great with, absolutely no problem, it's a great barrier. As my daughter's issue is not a diaper rash, I'm not sure how effective it is at alleviating actual rashes, but it certainly doesn't make it worse, which is always a plus. ;) It's my favorite to use at night, as it's nice and thick.
I really like Grandma El's, and it's available through Amazon, and I can use my free 2-day shipping!! It's awesome as a barrier, it comes in a big tub, and a little goes a long way. I like the smell too, I can't really explain it, it doesn't have a definite smell, but I like it all the same.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A new shop called Petite Bottoms sent me some goodies this week! It was truly a pleasure working with Kim to come up with this giveaway and review some fun diaper products! Her shop offers free shipping on orders over $50, and and also offers a FREE prepping service! It's always nice to not have to prep your diapers before you use them! :)
I love CJ's BUTTer, do you remember my review?
Well, they also have a formula meant to help yeast infections!!
I called it yeast formula, and my husband teased me saying that it sounded like I was giving my baby yeast. Silly.
It has great timing, another infection just flared up a few days ago.
So while I play with my new goodies and formulate an opinion, we're going to have a giveaway!
Kim, from Petite Bottoms is giving away 1 4oz CJ's BUTTer For Yeast and a CJ's BUTTer Sample pack of 6 yummy scents.
The scents are:
1. My Pixie Pie
2. Monkey Farts
3. Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
4. Warm Vanilla Cake
5. Lullaby Baby Lotion
6. Cucumber Melon
How to enter:
(You have to do this one first before any of the other entries)
Follow A Whole Lot of Fluff, and then comment here.
(go to the right sidebar to follow.)
1. Like A Whole Lot of Fluff on Facebook, and comment on the wall and comment on the wall about the giveaway, and then leave a comment here.
2. Like Petite Bottoms on Facebook, and comment on the wall about the giveaway, and then comment here.
1 comment per entry. If you already follow or like say so in your entry. You MUST have seperate comments per entry. Total of 3 entries per person for this contest.
ALL entries must have your email address on them.
This contest will end May 7th, 2011 at 11:59 PM.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
My biggest obstacle was finding a good cover. I first paired my Sandys with a Thirsties Duo Wrap. I've said it before, but I am not a fan of Velcro, I avoid Velcro at all costs. I was glad that Thirsties Duo Wrap had a choice for snaps. Unfortunately, that's the only good thing I can say. The size 1 was too small, on it's largest setting, and the size 2 was too big, on it's smallest setting. I don't like the bunchy elastic in the front, my daughter is a tummy sleeper, and the bunchy elastic paired with a diaper that is on the bigger side makes for night time leaks!
A friend suggested Bummis Super Brite, and I love these diapers, dispute the fact that they are Velcro. They work great!!! After I figured out the size issue (my daughter is apparently a small, not a medium.) I am also not a big fan of sized diapers, I don't have the money to buy 3-4 of each size! I love things that are one sized.
I also tried a Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, which I give two thumbs down. It also has heavy duty Velcro (this diaper actually caused my thumb to bleed when I was taking the diaper off my girl!) and the prints are really cute, but they goods end there. Every time she wears the wrap and her fitted diaper gets wet, her wrap gets wet. It says it has PUL, but the PUL seems to be totally ineffective. I'm not a fan.
The last wrap that I bought was an Econobum. I was a little weary as it was about $4 less than all the other wraps I'd seen, but it was a One-Size with snaps, so I was sold, I bought 2. I was very surprised by this wrap! I was extremely worried when I put it on her, it was thin feeling and the PUL felt kind of cheap. I wasn't planning on ever trying this diaper at night time, but everything has been leaking, so I figured, why not? Econobums haven't leaked on me ever, and everything else that felt thicker leaked. Econobums are the best wrap ever!!! I just ordered two more. These are my favorites!!! The first night we only had a tiny leak, and she slept about 15 hours that night. But the tiny leak was much better than the finding my baby completely soaked every morning.
Though, I had a thought, if I bought a Large Size Bummis Super Brite and added snaps (I own a snap press) could I turn the Large into a One-Size? I'm going to try it, and get back to you with a tutorial if it works! :)
If you've got a favorite wrap, please let me know!!
Monday, April 18, 2011
At the beginning of each week I go to the store, buy fresh produce and make baby food out of it, all while Sydney is at preschool.
This week Audrey will be enjoying carrots and bananas with strawberries.
Every once in a while (today) I can use the fruits that I recently purchased. We had strawberry/banana smoothies on Saturday.
Currently I own a magic bullet, which makes it SOOO much easier, but a month ago I was doing this with an old school blender that my mother received as a wedding present. It can be done.
This week was super easy, all I had to do was boil the carrots until they were soft. While I was waiting I was cutting up bananas and de-top'ing strawberries. Always wash your fruits and veggies!!
Blend them up. We don't have ice trays in our house, we have one of those commercial water coolers (we bought the base and our own 5 galleon bottles, and we fill them each month) so I bought a Baeba, I adore it. But you could totally use your ice cube trays! After it's blended, pour it in, and freeze.
I also have some freezer safe Tupperware that I use, after they are frozen I pop all the food cubes out into a Tupperware so that I can use my Baeba for the next batch. I own 2 Baebas, so I only have to do this process twice (Audrey eats 4 cubes a day.)
Today I bought 6 bananas and 3lbs of Strawberries, for a weeks worth of food I will use all 6 bananas, but I will only use 8 strawberries. I also bought 2 packages of 1lb of baby carrots.
6 Bananas $1.47
3lbs of Strawberries $3.00
2lbs of Baby Carrots $2.00
This makes 7 cups of baby food.
It's hard to convert cups to oz, as a cup is measured in volume, not weight. However, Audrey eats about 4 of those each day as well.
BUT I discovered I that a 2 pack of Gerber fruits is $0.97. For $6.47 I could have bought 6.6 packs (so 13 containers of fruits.)
I spent $6.47.
28 containers of Gerber fruits $27.16
I saved $20.69
A great place to find information is called Wholesome Baby Food. I have never purchased a book on how to make baby food, not when this is a great website!
Happy Monday everyone!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This brand has the bonus that I see it every time I go down the aisle of Target. And every time I do, I want to buy them all!!
Up until a few weeks ago I would always look at the lotion and the body wash.
But I wouldn't buy them.
I was afraid I would love them too much, and then I'd have to buy them all the time!
Non-Burning Diaper Area Wash- This was the first thing I bought. I love it! When I first bought this I was using a water/soap/baby oil mix for my wipe solution, and I would spray the Diaper Area Wash on the new diaper before putting it on Audrey. It does a pretty good job of keeping flare-ups from happening, and it smells so good too!
Calendula Cream- I thought this would be a good addition to my stash. And I adore it! It works great on cuts, eczema flare ups on her belly and legs, and (for me) it has been cloth diaper friendly when I've put it on the diaper area. It also smells pretty good, and it doesn't seem to bother Audrey when we put it on the open sores in the diaper area.
Diaper Rash Cream- For Audrey I think it works the best. We've tried several things, but I really like this. This cream does a great job of calming her rash and keeping it from spreading and healing what is already there. Since I started using this, it's always the first thing I reach for when we have a nasty flare up.
Non-Talc Powder- I love baby powder. When my older daughter (Sydney) would get diaper rashes, which was extremely rare, I would always use Johnson's Baby Power with Aloe and Cornstarch. I have since found out that 1) Baby Powder has been linked to several forms of cancer and 2) Cornstarch feeds yeast infections. At any rate, on the Rash Cream and the Diaper Area Spray it says to buy this, so I did. They don't sell this at my Target, I saw it at Whole Foods and bought it. It smells horrible! But it does a pretty good job, I think, I honestly don't know if baby powder can do a bad job. The rash doesn't get worse when I use it anyway! =]
Calendula Body Wash and Lotion- I really loved the Calendula cream, so I though, why wouldn't the lotion and body wash also be awesome? I was pretty disappointed in these products. These are my least favorite products I've bought, honestly. They did not help at all, in fact her eczema on her back and arms came back when I used these products. I now use the lotion on Sydney (whose eczema isn't as bad as Audrey's) and I use the body wash in my diaper spray to keep the oil and water from separating.
Where to Buy It: Target!! Whole Foods also sells them, and I've also seen them at my local Cotton Babies.
Monday, April 11, 2011
But at night time my daughter kept leaking through her pocket diapers.
So every morning I would strip her bed, and give her a bath.
And then something occurred to me.
She has eczema on her diaper area!
Yes, yes, I knew this, but suddenly I realized something.
I can put her eczema lotion on her bottom!
When Audrey first started showing signs of eczema (on her face and arms) I did exactly what I did when Sydney showed eczema, bathed her every night and lathered her in Eucerin.
But it didn't work with Audrey, in fact, it made it worse. Her skin looked better if she only bathed once a week. So that's what I've been doing.
But for the last few days we've had plenty of night time leaks, and she's gotten a bath because of it, and combined with her CereVe lotion we use for her arms, face, and back, her rash is mostly gone, still some rough red patches, but mostly gone.
So, for Audrey, bath time works wonders on her bum.
(Unfortunately it makes her arms, back and face worse.)
So, I have new diaper challenge rules!
I am going to continue the diaper challenge, but instead of seeing which diapers help rashes the best, I'm going to tell you which ones I prefer for my daughter's bum, which are cost effective, durable, and what I think are the best.
Friday, April 8, 2011
There are two brands that every cloth diapering mom knows.
There are pros and cons to both.
Some of my pros/cons are, I will admit, a bit vain, but I will include them.
Things I Like: It seems to be a great diaper, I've never had a single leak from this diaper, it has a great fit, and the elastic isn't horribly tight. (I feel like the elastic on some one-size diapers are too tight!)
Things I Don't Like: I am not a huge fan of just how many snaps there are on BumGenius's diapers. I don't like having to count snaps when I'm putting my wiggly baby into a diaper.
The crotch of the BumGenius is also wider than the Fuzzibunz, which was great, means less chance of a leak!
When I first looked at cloth diapering I thought, for some reason, that there were only Fuzzibunz and BumGenius (and prefolds.) How wrong I was! But I remember thinking that I wanted to try Fuzzibunz instead of BumGenius'.
I originally chose Fuzzibunz over BG because of the following:
1. I really liked the adjustable elastics
2. Fuzzibunz had more colors [vain.]
3. The inside was softer
4. Because of the adjustable elastics you don't have the snaps in front to change the size [vain.]
Now, I will address the following with my new thoughts on these "issues."
1. For some reason FB One-Size diaper has a smaller crotch than their Perfect Size diapers. This is bad. This caused leaks with my chunky legged baby. Even brand new FB didn't work.
2. Okay, well, I still like that FB has more colors. But I like that BG's snaps match the diaper.
3. FB insides ARE softer when they are first washed. After several months of washings, FB lose their softness. My BG still looks the same after a few weeks.
4. I still dislike the snaps on OS, but whatever. The smaller crotch is still a bigger problem than snaps on the front.
Where to Buy: Both Fuzzibunz and BumGenius diapers can be bought on almost every cloth diapering website. Like I said, these are the most popular and well known brands. Currently, BumGenius is offering a deal, buy 5 get one 1 Free! Check out Fluffy Cheeks for more details!
BumGenius for the WIN!
[Though I must say, I still like Kawaii's better than Fuzzibunz or BumGenius.]
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This challenge was made obsolete with simple bathing everyday.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This is a new favorite of mine. I'm sure you've heard of it.
This stuff is awesome!!
It's cloth diaper safe.
It works great.
It comes in large quantities and you get your money's worth!
And they smell delicious!
A friend of mine had the blueberry kind, and I'll be honest with you, I continued to smell it for the rest of my visit to her house, and I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't for eating.
The Ones I Own: Unscented- While it has no scent, it still smells pretty good. Not as great as some of the others do though, I don't have resist the desire to eat it, :).
Coconut Lime Dream- Another honesty moment for you, I sincerely dislike the smell of coconut. But mixted with lime? Mmmm! It smells so good.
Love Spell- I haven't used this one on Audrey yet, mostly because I want to wear it myself, and Sydney shares in this desire, she's always sneaking the Love Spell off to sniff.
Monkey Farts- Um. It smells like banana. I handed it to my husband and told him to smell and he replied that it smelled good. I told him that it was called Monkey Farts, and he gave me this look and replied, "Are they trying to be cute? Because it's not much of a marketing strategy, to call something a gross name." I guess it worked though, as I have it, lol. But seriously, it smells like bananas, and it smells GOOD.
Lavender and Tea Tree Oil- Again, I'm not a huge fan of the smell of Lavender, but wow! CJ's has a way of making everything smell so good!!! And the best part? I think the added Lavender and Tea Tree Oil actually works better than the unscented! My Audrey's bum looks pretty good after being smothered in CJs.
The Ones I Want to Own: Blueberry, Pumpkin Spice, Orange & Vanilla, etc, etc, ALL OF THEM!!!
Where to Buy Them: Right now Fluffy Cheeks is having a sale, if you spend $30 (on anything) you will get a 4.0 oz jar of CJs (your choice of scent) for FREE. And Fluffy Cheeks also has FREE SHIPPING! Fluffy Cheeks is my new favorite place to buy from. She stocks all the big brands, and along with free shipping on every order, she is also super speedy! I have made two orders from her, and both of them were here in 2 days, this is super awesome, as she lives (seriously) on the opposite end of the country from me! Like I said I ♥ Fluffy Cheeks!
CJs comes in tubes or jars, and sometimes I've seen them as sticks. I love that you can get 4.0 for $9! (I've bought some things that were 1 oz for $8, so I was very relieved!)
CJ's BUTTer can be used for eczema and and dry skin. However, I haven't have much luck with it for eczema on Audrey's back, stomach or face, but it has worked great in the diaper area.
And now, we have a winner, thanks to Random.org.
Congratulations, Hillary! Fluffy Cheeks will be contacting you with the information :)
Sunday, March 27, 2011
When I first started cloth diapering, these were the absolutely first diapers that I put on my Audrey. A friend of mine uses Kawaii's and she let me borrow some to see if they helped my Audrey. And they did! How great is that? Her 2 month old rash went away within 12 hours after I put her in a Kawaii. My husband was shocked by these diapers and how simple they are. We attempted cloth diapering with Sydney in April 2009, we used a diaper service which was prefolds and Prowraps, and my husband hate it. Can't say I was too much of a fan either, so the Kawaiis were great! My husband commented that we had cloth diapered Sydney all wrong.
Things that I love about the Kawaii One Size Diaper: The price! At theluvyourbaby.com site their One Size Diaper is only $6.99!! How great is that?! The fact that they got me to cloth diaper, and that they helped with my daughter's rash? That gives them a special spot in my heart! I also love that these are great nighttime diapers paired with a hemp insert. They are also very sturdy diapers, if you accidentally put the wrong kind of cream on them (guilty at times) these diapers can take it without any real harm to them! Major plus! The website also has minky diapers, bamboo diapers, and it's not expensive!
Things I Wasn't So Happy About: I only have one tiny issue. The poop doesn't come off as easily with my diaper sprayer. Which compared to all the pros about these diapers, is just a tiny insignificant thing.
Their main website seems to be out of stock often, and after a bit of research, and just simply asking I was told to go look at Jack Be Natural. I was very impressed with this site, most other sites that carry Kawaii's increase the cost by about $3-5 per diaper. Jack Be Natural increases the diapers very little, and they offer Free Shipping on orders over $30, as oppose to Kawaii's main website that sometimes offers free shipping on orders over $75. In my package, which was shipped FedEx, I received two samples of laundry detergent along with a handwritten card from the owner thanking me for the purchase. I will most definitely be ordering from them again.
**Edit: Here is something I found very interesting, if you plan on buying under $70 than Jack Be Natural is the best place to buy these diapers. If you plan on buying over $70 worth of Kawaiis, then the best place is to go to theluvyourbaby.com website. theluvyourbaby.com website has free shipping on orders over $70, and Jack Be Natural on orders over $30. Gotta make those bucks stretch! :)
In my house we love the Kawaii's, even my 3-year-old requests that her sister wears "the flower diapers." :) If you need to cloth diaper on a budget, these are definitely the way to go!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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When I first started cloth diapering with Audrey, we had a stash of Fuzzibunz. These were great diapers for my 4 month old! I love the many colors and I loved how soft they were on the inside. I choose Fuzzibunz because of their leg elastics. When I attempted to cloth diaper Sydney in April 2009, we had to stop because I didn't know that there were other covers besides Prowraps, and in a size Extra Large, Sydney had red marks on her legs due to the elastic being too tight. The red marks would dry and crack and were extremely painful for her. So the idea that I could adjust the leg elastics by themselves was a huge plus! These diapers are super easy to use, my husband even would occasionally volunteer to change the diapers!
Remember those great leg elastics? They aren't so great when your baby can crawl and stand up and just wants to move. She has no patience for diaper changes anymore, which makes it hard make sure I have a perfect fit around her chubby little legs. It is also a very tedious job to readjust all the leg elastics. Also, starting at 9 months all my diapers started to leak. After a big of research, I found out that when babies get bigger the One Size tends to leak, due to how narrow the crotch is in them. I'd love to get my hands on a Perfect Size so that I can compare them, as I've been told this isn't a problem with the Perfect Size.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
When we used disposable diapers, my daughter would have a blow out every night.
When we switched to cloth diapers for her, at 4 months, she no longer had any leaks.
And then she became a tummy sleeper! And she'd leak again.
So we used Kawaii diapers, and those worked great! No leaks at night.
And now at 9 months, she's waking up with soaked pajamas, all the way up to her arm pits!
Said it before, but ew!!! Who wants that?
At the recommendation of my friend, I decided to try Mother-Ease Sandy diapers, which I bought through Fluffy Cheeks. These are a fitted diaper, and they hold up to 15 oz at night. I paired this with a Thirsties Duo Wrap, and the next morning when she woke up, she was completely try.
No leaks out the legs.
No leaks out the top.
Diaper was very full (my girls pee a lot at night!)
And the best part?
For my sensitive skinned baby, night time is the worst. Whatever progress I made during the day is usually ruined at night, because most the time she poops at night, or she pees heavily and then sits in it for 12-14 hours.
But when she woke up after having the Sandy's on?
Her bum actually looked better than when she went to sleep the night previous!
I was amazed at how great this diaper was.
I only have one small complaint; when I take it off in the morning, the diaper is totally soaked, so to unsnap it I have to touch the wet.
But, this diaper can be paired with a liner, which adds an additional 7oz of absorbency. Right now I don't see the need to even try that as this diaper worked so well without it, minus my tiny complaint.
Now for the fun part! Fluffy Cheeks is giving away 1 Mother-Ease Sandy to a lucky reader as our part of our launch!
To enter, do any or all of the following:
1. Like A Whole Lot of Fluff on Facebook, and write on their wall about the giveaway
2. Like Fluffy Cheeks of Facebook and write on their wall about the giveaway
3. Follow this blog
4. Go to Fluffy Cheeks and tell me which color Mother-Ease Sandy you want if you win
If you already follow A Whole Lot of Fluff or "like" it and Fluffy Cheeks, just leave a comment saying you're already a fan for each entry.
You have a possible 4 entries per person. One comment per entry, so if you do all 4 of the things above, there should be 4 comments.
In your comment, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!
This contest will close Tuesday, March 29th at 11:59 pm, PST.
Winner will be announced Wednesday, March 30th.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
First of all, lets address the following issues:
Pins? No! Bleach buckets? Absolutely not.
Bleach is bad for the fabrics and can break them down quickly. It's also not good for your baby's skin.
When it's time to change my daughter's diapers, it's basically like every disposable diaper that I've changed. Except that it's snaps instead of tabs. Instead of commercial wipes, I use cloth wipes. My wipes are just cut up fleece. I use fleece instead of flannel, because I feel like they keep their soft-ness, which is important to me.
Anyway, spray the wipe with wipe solution, Zany Zebra has some great recipes for making your own from home! (I'll share mine a little later.) I find that it's helpful to spray the bum and the wipe, so that both are wet. :)
After you put your baby in a new diaper, what do you do with the old one??
You buy or make what is called a Wet Bag. It's a bag with a layer of PUL in it (waterproof material.) I add a few Arm & Hammer Deodorant Disks to the bottom to keep it from stinking. Most people also have a travel wet bag, so that when they are out and about they have somewhere to put the dirty diapers. I have personally made a travel wet bag, it was pretty easy as well. I'll have to post a tutorial on that soon!
Laundry day! What do you do?
Alright, I'll be honest with you all. I don't like cleaning up poop. Shocking, right? Isn't that why people cloth diaper, the love of poop? I have a whole station for my cloth diapering washing.
A pair of rubber gloves.
An empty gallon ice cream bucket
A diaper sprayer.
A diaper sprayer?
My husband took a kitchen sink sprayer and hooked it up to our toilet so that I don't have to scrub out the yucky diapers. The total was about $15. You can buy one as well, but they are much more expensive.
Want to learn how to make your own? Here's a tutorial!
Once all the poopy diapers are clean I just throw them in the washing machine, and I wash them in the following way:
1. Cold Prewash with Bac-Out (helps with smells and stains.)
2. Cold Wash cycle with Mountain Green detergent.
3. Hot Wash cycle with rinse with Rockin Green, so everything smells pretty. (Keeps my husband from complaining.)
No fabric softener. Sounds like a lot of detergent, right? Nope! Mountain Green and Rockin Green only require you to put in 1 tablespoon of detergent! And yes, it gets them clean! Most cloth diaper companies tell you to only use 1/4 of amount of soap that most detergents tell you to use!
I then hang the diaper covers up to dry and dry all the inserts in the dryer. I had a large enough stash to only have to do laundry every 3 days.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Cloth Diaper fluffy, that is!
It has become my new obsession.
And what does a stay-at-home-mom do to relieve her poor husband of her non-stop chatter about her obsessions?
She creates a blog.
I will start with this: my 9 month old suffers from severe eczema, as well as chronic yeast infections. These are made worse by disposable diapers, which led me to cloth diapers. My daughter seems to love change, because something that works sometimes, doesn't work other times.
So this blog will be where I tell about all my trials, tribulations, and thoughts of different cloth diapering products.
Please excuse the mess until I get thing situated, but as soon as the dust settles, look forward to my reviews on Mother-Ease Sandys, and California Baby Creams! :)