I have a few friends now that have made the switch to cloth diapers, when they first started looking into the switch, they all asked the same thing. Should they buy all new or used diaper and why?
I tell them my story. One of my first cloth diaper purchases was new and from a WAHM. Unfortunately, it was the worst cloth diaper purchase I have ever made. I was a cloth newbie, did not know what to look for and the WAHM did a horrible job. She ended up closing up shop before I was able to do anything about it and I was out a lot of money. After that I bought a variety of used diapers and I was so glad I did. Buying used diapers gave me the chance to try several different things, find what worked best for us and not spend a lot. Even buying used, my diapers have lasted a very long time, I have been able to resell everything that did not work for us and get more of what did. I have bought new diapers, some being on the more expensive end, some being wahm, others being cheap and bought from coops.
There are advantages and disadvantages of being new or used. I have put together a small list below with a few examples.
“But what do you do with the poop?”
This question is often asked by new cloth diapering parents, or by non-cloth diapering people who regard cloth diapering as sort of an anachronism, like dressing in Renaissance fair clothing except cloth diapers are worn every day and have more poop involved. It’s not a bad question, because disposable diaper poop goes into the trash most of the time and the rest of us use toilets and merrily flush our excrement away without much thought. So what DO you do with a cloth diaper full of poop?
It doesn’t matter what time period you are from. Babies always pull down your shirt at the most inappropriate times, such as while sitting for a formal portrait.
Posted 11-14-2013 at 12:48 PM by yoliyoda
I have to applaud the island country of Jamaica. They are in discussion for banning the advertising of infant formula to the general public. Dr. Kenneth Russell of UNICEF says that for the “big picture”, the standing ban on advertising of formula in Jamaica needs to be observed. He says that it’s about producing healthy children.
Jamaica is one of the many countries that took seriously the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Adopted by The World Health Organization, the document says that companies which produce breastfeeding substitutions should not promote their wares to the general public or give free supplies and gifts to mothers and healthcare workers, or prompt themselves in hospitals. Breastfeeding substitutions include both formula and bottles. Companies also have to be careful about the language the actually put on their products. They have to clearly state the dangers of their product and and no use ‘dreamy’ idealized language to describe their it.
In the introduction of the piece, the WHO cited The Twenty-seventh World Health Assembly from 1974, noting “the general decline in breast-feeding in many parts of the world, related to sociocultural and other factors including the promotion of manufactured breast-milk substitutes, and urged ‘Member countries to review sales promotion activities on baby foods to introduce appropriate remedial measures, including advertisement codes and legislation where necessary’ “
Bravo for every country that sticks up for the benefits of breastfeeding! While I have used formula to supplement, I love breastfeeding. My love-bunny (when he grows up don’t tell him that I called him his nickname in public) breastfeeds more than he doesn’t. And while the US does have some regulations on what companies that produce breastfeeding replacements can and can’t do, in perspective I don’t think that they’ve done enough.
In our parents’ and grandparents’ time, cloth diapers were simple. In most cases, they were just prefolds, pins, and plastic pants. There were very few choices available and in many cases, they rejoiced at the appearance of disposable diapers. This is not the case for those of us using cloth diapers today. There are a lot of options, from the type of diaper to the look of the diaper. There are so many options that anyone looking to get started in cloth can be easily overwhelmed by all of it. Often the terms used can get confusing. People are left wondering whether they are talking about a diaper or some military project. So here is a quick list of some cloth diaper terminology and acronyms.
First there are the types of diapers.
*All in One-abbreviated AIO. This is exactly as it sounds. It’s a whole one piece diaper, just like a disposable
*All In Two-abbreviated AI2. This diaper type has an absorbent pad that is removable. Often that pad will snap in or simply be laid in the diaper
*Pocket-This is similar to the AI2. However the diaper consists of two layers with a pocket in between and that is where the absorbent pad fits into
*Prefolds-These are the diapers that older generations are usually most familiar with. These are flat diapers with an absorbent portion sewn into the middle. It’s meant to be folded and fastened around the baby’s bottom.
Posted 11-8-2013 at 01:15 PM by yoliyoda
“Exclusively breastfed”. It’s two words that when placed together create a golden ideal for some mothers. Many of us read the research about the benefits of breastfeeding our children exclusively for the first 6 months and then continuing afterwards for the first year or beyond. So many of us start with the idea that we can do it. We don’t think about the fact that life happens, issues arise, and something just might get in the way of the best laid plans.
Many mothers may find themselves in the position that I was in: formula in the fridge. I had a hungry baby and supply issues that just weren’t going to be solved overnight. I did what I had to do for my son at the time. However, just one sip of one bottle took him out of the “exclusively breastfed” club. It was devastating on so many levels, and for a short time I wondered if my breastfeeding efforts were still worth the results. Very rarely do we read about the benefits of supplementing. It can leave a mother feeling it’s all or nothing.
However, there is hope on the horizon. Often articles do a clean-cut comparison to show the dramatic differences between breastfed and formula-fed babies by citing the statistics on exclusively breastfed babies. It might be that many scientist only include exclusively breastfed babies in their research because there are too many factors for babies that are supplemented–factors that might skew the outcome, or make result subjective (such as how much formula they have, what time of day, what brand, ect.) But remember, the wording of the studies and statistics don’t null and void the benefits of some breast milk over none at all.
There simply needs to be more research done into the benefits of supplementing over exclusively formula-feeding. The information published prompting breastfeeding should speak to the mass experience of mothers. The truth is that according to the CDC, in the US 76.5% of babies
It is the middle of the night, your baby wakes up crying. You pick her up to comfort her and the smell hits you. You know immediately what is going on, your baby has diarrhea. I know I am not the only mom that has dealt with this. I will never forget the time that my youngest came down with rotavirus. She was so miserable and the smell was the worst. We were washing diapers around the clock to keep up and keep the smell away. We thought about switching to disposables during this time but since her skin was already very irritated from the diarrhea, I did not want to make it worse. Between lots of diaper changes, lots of CJS at each change and baths, I was able to keep the rash pretty much at bay.
Even my best diapers were not able to contain all the mess at times. We had a few blow outs and times it would leak out around her legs. It did not matter if you changed her in a matter of moments after, the diaper just was not always able to keep up. For this reason, I was keeping a fleece cover over her diaper at all times. If it got dirty, I would immediately rinse and wash it to prevent it from getting a lot of stains.
We were washing her diapers twice and I sunned her diapers as much as possible to help with the staining as well. It seemed like the minute one load was out, another was in. We made it through all seven days of her being sick and used cloth the whole time. One of my fleece diapers did get stained
There are a lot of reasons people will give to use clothe diapers. There are lots of really good reasons, including money savings, saving the environment, and using natural products on baby’s sensitive skin. Provided you don’t go crazy shopping, cloth diapers will save you money over disposables, even with coupons. And they are always better for the environment. Since disposables are full of synthetic products, cloth diapers that use natural fibers are usually less reactive, keeping baby’s skin healthier. But, there are other reasons we all use cloth, even better reasons than these altruistic ones.
5. You become part of a secret society. There’s the Illuminati, the Freemasons, and then there are the Cloth Diapering Moms. In this society there are special secret codes like BG AIO and IVDSO on FSOT. There are special meetings, like The Great Cloth Diaper Change. And you only gain entrance to this secret society by using cloth diapers. Or having used them at one point. Or just liking them.
4. You like big butts and you cannot lie! The bulk in a cloth diaper ensures that your baby has a bit of junk in the trunk, and it can be hard to fit pants over that booty. But when you like big butts, you also enjoy the hunt for well fitting pants.
3. The science of laundry is fun. Every household has their own unique combination of washer and dryer and water quality. This means that what works best for getting poo catchers clean in one household might not work as well in another household. So figuring out what works for your baby’s diapers can involve more experimentation than your high school chemistry class.
I knew I wanted to have a gender reveal party the moment I got a positive pregnancy test. I spent the next sixteen weeks planning and prepping for the big day.
We found out October 11th what our baby was. My mom and I went to the ultrasound ( she helped me cook and make the cake ) and I opted to make the cake so the tech told me the gender. There are several different ways that you can do a gender reveal. You can opt to know and make a cake ( or whatever way you decide to announce ) yourself, you can have the tech put the gender in an envelope and have a friend or family member make the cake ( or whatever else ) for you and you can find a local baker that does gender reveal cakes and have them do it.
There are several different ideas for gender reveal cakes available online. I made myself a board on pinterest with all the ideas I liked and then decided from there which one I liked best. My top three choices were a candy filled cake, a layered cake with colored frosting or frosting filled cupcakes. I picked the cake with a hole in the center, filled with colored candy. When you cut into the cake and pull the slice out, the candy falls out and reveals the gender. I found colored sixlets in the walmart cake isle. You can also use other candies, the choice is yours. Instead of doing a large layered cake and cutting the hole in the middle of the layers, I made a bunt cake. After is cooled, I put it on a cake stand, filled the center with the candy, frosted the whole thing and put frosting over the hole. I then put a pink and a blue rattle on the top and covered the top in pink and blue frosting.
We invited close family and friends to our little get together. First we had dinner and then cut into the cake. Our cake revealed that we were having another little girl.
Posted 10-28-2013 at 08:43 AM by yoliyoda
Is there such a thing as a breastfeeding bully? A recent article in Australia’s paper The Morning Bulletin had my head spinning to realize that not only do they exist–some of them should know better.
In the article the mother of a child in the ICU at the Wakiato Hospital in Australia was not given meals because she did not breastfeed. She was directly told that the reason that she only received toast for breakfast and nothing else was because the hospital only provided extra meals to mothers of children in the ICU that breastfeed. The mother indicated that for her own medical reasons she decided not to breastfeed. She also indicated that she didn’t want to leave her child alone in the ward while she went to the cafeteria to get food. The Southern District’s Health Board said that the long standing policy was put into place to encourage mothers to breastfeed.
Ouch. Can you said “overkill”?
For as much as I’m an advocate of cloth diapers, cloth wipes turned me off for a long time.
That is weird, you are probably thinking. Cloth wipes have the same advantages as cloth diapers. They are better for the environment because they aren’t taking up landfill space. They are not clogging sewage systems and pissing off your local department of public utilities. They are gentle on baby’s butt and aren’t full of weird chemicals and fragrances. You don’t have to separate them from your cloth diapers to throw away later; you can just toss them in the diaper pail with the dirty diapers.
I KNOW this. I don’t know why it took me so long to try them. Perhaps it was laziness; we were gifted tons of disposable baby wipes before our daughter was born. But finally after a few months of seeing people talk about cloth wipes all over the place I was all, FINE. I will try them. We shall see.
I ended up with a mish mash of wipe materials and fabrics. Flannel is fairly soft and durable. Sherpa is even softer. Minky is okay as long as the other side is something more…grippy. Bamboo terry is amazing except I hate bamboo for other reasons. Fleece is idiotic and smears everything around. And so on. I could go on all day about fabrics and how good or bad they are at wiping up poop, but that’s heading into Crazy Cloth Lady territory which I try to avoid when I can.
Cloth wipes: As cute and collectable as cloth diapers, if you want them to be!