Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Ultimate Diaper Rash Remedy

Before our first baby was born I have heard of cloth diapers, but I didn't think it was for us. We decided to use chlorine free disposables and even found a great deal on craigslist, we stocked up on unopened bulk packages of our diaper of choice. It wasn't until six months after the birth of our baby that I started to seriously consider cloth diapering. Why? Because she had a non-stop rash the entire time. I tried nearly every diaper cream that existed, except for maybe a few of the most toxic ones - nothing worked. You don't even want to know what happened if I forgot to apply some cream at a diaper change. 

I've had enough and decided to try some stay dry pocket diapers and fitteds. Our first two brands were Fuzzi Bunz and Thirsties. I didn't know whether to expect a miracle or not - but that's exactly what I got! The diaper rash was entirely gone after only one day. What was I thinking?! Why didn't I try this before?! I was kicking myself for having made her suffer for so long when the solution was so simple. With only seven diapers we started cloth full time and never looked back. We did laundry every day, but it was incredible to finally have the peace of a clear baby bum and not having to buy another diaper cream ever again. 

Of course, not every baby is so sensitive to disposables. But it makes me wonder what's in them - which now I know and that's a story worthy of another post. Have you had a similar experience with cloth? Have you tried them out of diaper rash desperation and not necessarily to save money or the planet? We would love to hear your stories!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kissa's Pocket Training Pants Review

I have never imagined what potty training would be like. We're smack in the middle of it, I like to dream of it as the end of it... because I have a newborn to cloth diaper come November. We have successfully done all number two's on the potty for over three months. Number one's? Not so much. To help us get there we had the chance to review the Kissa's Pocket Training Pants.

Materials: Made with a flannel inner and waterproof PUL outer, these are designed perfectly for potty training. There is a thin, double layer microfiber insert inside, you barely notice it is there - but it is perfect for containing leaks.

Sizing: These training pants have a great, trim fit. Since there is a little room for extra inserts, they are not the trimmest, but close enough. They size 3T fits great over the slimmest pants and leggings on my 32 month old, 26 pound toddler. It is also very adjustable, we're using it on the smallest setting - so even if potty training takes longer than I hope, they will still fit. Unfortunately I can't say that for other trainers we have that she is outgrowing quickly. The size 2T fits 20 to 32 pounds and the 3T is for 28 to 40 pounds.

Performance: We absolutely love these Kissa's both in and out of the home. I save them for when we are outside. Unless there is a really big fountain of pee, they contain leaks great even without an added insert. We're just getting into trying trainers overnight since she has been waking up dry. This is the one trainer I would trust for that since I can put an insert in and she would still feel the wetness. They are rather easy to pull on and off, though my toddler hasn't mastered that with any training pants or undies yet. She just gets frustrated trying to take them off herself. 

Value: It is hard for me to justify paying $14.95 for toddler underwear, my husband wouldn't get it. But the big plus is that it can be used as a diaper as well when stuffed. If you get other less expensive training pants or undies, it's great to at least have a few of these because they are very dependable for outside the house. Oh, and we also love that they are made in the U.S.!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

KaWaii Baby Bamboo Minky Mom Label Diaper Review

We love cloth diapers around here, especially trying out new ones! Just look at our little tester's [just woke up, morning] face, skeptical of whatever comes her way. A quick little intro on myself and why my cloth diaper reviews are worth reading. I am a mom who thought she would not cloth diaper until her firstborn had an unrelenting rash for the entire first six months of life. My name is Anastasia and I blog at Eco-Babyz, where we have tested one too many cloth diapers (among other things) and lived to tell about it! I will be bringing you some fab diaper and baby gear product reviews here at Thanks Mama. You'll read a lot of my parenting thoughts and escapades too! My toughest critic pictured on the left, gives me enough to write about for eons. I'll be giving birth to another critic come November. Yeay, we'll finally be trying cloth diapering a newborn!
Today we're bringing you the dirt on the KaWaii Baby Bamboo Minky Mom Label diaper. 

Materials: If I were to categorize this material with one word, it would be 'soft'. Inside and out. These are made of breathable, anti-bacterial, and super absorbent Grade A 100% organic bamboo. Perfect qualities for a cloth diaper. I find myself wanting to put this diaper on her just because they are so, so soft. The softest diaper in our stash. The outer shell is a Minky polyester plush velour, laminated with TPU - Thermoplatic Polyurethane (an newer, improved version of PUL). 

Sizing: Designed to fit 8 to 36 pounds, the KaWaii Baby Bamboo Minky delivers when it comes to adjust-ability. Not exactly small enough enough for a newborn (she was 6 lbs 12 oz) unless you have slightly above average babies. It will be a little bulky, but still usable. I would say it's absolutely perfect for three months and up without too much bulk. It is pictured below on the second rise setting. 

Performance: The diaper performed excellent on our 26 pound, skinny 2.5 year old. Super absorbent and versatile. Use as many inserts as you need. We found one sufficient for day time and two more than enough for night time. She isn't a heavy wetter and with potty training in progress she even wakes up dry sometimes. At least I know that if she decides to go, I will not be waking up in a puddle. The insert has four layers of bamboo, great folded in half for newborns. I love the way this diaper washes and that the material doesn't hold stinkies like microfiber. We dry it indoors on a rack and it stays super soft - always. It does take longer to dry though than all of our other diapers. I'm willing to live with that for everything this diaper has to offer!

Value: At $12.99 a pop I've got to say this diaper is a pretty good deal. You may not put it on a newborn (at least not the size of babies I give birth to), but technically it is a birth to potty diaper with a lot of bang for your buck! It's a really good price for a diaper considering the material as well. 

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