Monday, January 16, 2012

Men and Cloth Diapering

**Have you entered the Now Family giveaway yet? Do it!!**

The Padded Tush is doing a segment about Convincing Your Man to Use Cloth Diapers, and I thought I would share with all of you our experience with this topic.

It all starts back in April of 2009, I decided that to try to save some money I would use cloth diapers, but I would use a service.

It was horrible. Mostly because of my lack of knowledge, I didn't know anything about covers, which I had to buy my own, and the company recommended Pro-Wraps, the Extra Large left deep welts on my 21-month-old. I knew nothing about wet bags, so I didn't know how to travel with cloth very well. And our pail smelled HORRIBLE. A weeks worth of poopy diapers in a tiny apartment will do that to you. I still am repulsed by the smell of those odor eaters. I also hated having to fish poopy wipes out of the diapers and throwing them away. Garbage can full of poopy wipes? Yuck!

After our 5 week commitment was up, we canceled and went right back to disposables.

Fast forward to November 2010, our second child (Audrey) had been having horrible skin problems, and a constant rash. While my husband was changing her diaper, and applying mass quanities of cream to her bum I innocently suggested cloth diapers as a way to help her bum.

He looked like I'd smashed his toe with a hammer, and broke his favorite toy.

I even started giggling at him, his face was too funny.
But he said through clenched teeth, "If it makes her bum better, I suppose..."

Luckily, I have a good friend who let us borrow some cloth diapers to try and see what we thought of them. So I borrowed 7 Kawaii pocket diapers, and showed Jordan how to use them.

The next day he told me that we must have been cloth diapering Sydney wrong because these weren't that bad.

But there were a few things that Jordan wouldn't do, and a few things that made him more likely to use cloth diapers.

He would not wash the diapers.
If the diapers were not stuffed he wouldn't use them. He'd search for disposables or he'd wake me up and make me assemble a diaper.

I also have my own list of "demands" when it comes to cloth diapering. I refuse to use prefolds or pails after the diaper services, lol.

It's now been a little over a year, and things have slightly changed. He still doesn't wash the diapers (which honestly is fine with me) but he will assemble diapers if they are not prestuffed. He usually grabs the Nana's Bottoms AIOs first, but if they aren't clean he'll stuff his own diapers. Sure, sometimes I change Audrey's diaper to find that he's paired a hemp insert with a Mother Ease insert, and that's it, but it holds the pee all the same, right? :)

I think for my husband, the biggest turning point was when we went on a week long vacation and used disposables, and we were pooped on so many times!! I think it was then that he realized how much he liked the cloth diapers.

When I asked him for his opinion on the matter he replied, "Cloth diapers are not more difficult that disposables, instead of putting the diaper in a Diaper Genie, you put it in a wet bag, which actually is easier, as you don't have to shove it in the pail."

Now Grandmas on the other hand...we might have another segment on them...

How is the man in your life when it comes to cloth diapers? Padded Tush has some great tips for convincing or easing him into it!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

THE Balm Review and Giveaway

Whew, it's been a while! Sorry about the long break, but I am back, and I have lots of fun reviews for you all!

Starting with "THE" Balm by THinc!

I contacted this Mama back when I first started cloth diapering, and I was able to try "THE" Balm when it first came out for testing. Since that time, Malena has come out with many other products, and even opened a shop called Now Family.

"THE" Balm works great on rashes and sores that babies sometimes get (my Audrey especially) and it comes in a few different scents. I love the "Island Fresh" version, and since it's great with diaper rashes, eczema, and cracked skin (among other things) it's a perfect thing to coat Audrey's poor bum in! :)

Mad Rash
is another product that I love, it is the first thing that I break out when Audrey appears to be getting ammonia burns or even just a simple rash, and within a few diaper changes it's gone! Malena has said to use a liner with this product, although, I must be honest, I haven't done that, and I haven't had any issues with my diapers, but if you want to be on the safe side make sure you have a liner!

SPRITZ Oh my goodness, this is my absolute favorite diaper spray. I was lucky enough to be sent two of them, one in lavender and the other in orange. The orange is my favorite, I love the fresh citrus smell! They small great, they work wonderfully, and Audrey's bum looks better when we use the Spritz, compared to when we use soap/water/baby oil.

One of the other things I love about "The" Balm products is that they come in glass containers or recycled aluminum, no plastic! And it's heavy duty glass, I've never had a container break, although I have had a few dented tops, from toddlers dumping diaper bags everywhere, hehe.

THE STORE- I was given a gift card so that I could review the store as well. I choose to use this gift card on a Rumparooz diaper, and I loved how quick and simple their site is to navigate. I was quickly able to find what I wanted, add it to my basket, and the diaper was at my house only 3 days later! Oh, how I LOVE quick shipping!!

WHERE TO BUY- Now Family is the place to buy any of these great products, along with many other cloth diapering products.

Want to win one? Malena, of NOW Family is offering one lucky reader their choice of my favorite three products ("THE" Balm, Mad Rash, or The Spritz). And you have four chances to win! "Like" A Whole Lot of Fluff on Facebook, "Like" NOW Family on Facebook, Follow A Whole Lot of Fluff's blog, and "Like" "THE" Balm on Facebook :) Enter using the Rafflecopter below :) Good luck!