Thursday, January 26, 2012

BumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size Cloth Diaper Review


I've been cloth diapering for three years and have never tried a BumGenius diaper until now, can you believe it?  We've tried about 30 different brands, but not the most popular one! I was pretty excited to try the BumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size Cloth Diaper

The first thing that stood out to me is just how well made it is. It's one solid diaper, no wonder it is $24.95 a piece. The quality is outstanding and it certainly doesn't look like it will wear out anytime soon. This is great because I don't think we're done having kids! I really appreciate the way it is constructed, there is nothing to stuff - it's an AIO diaper with quick drying time because the interior layers come apart. There is nothing for me to touch when I put it in the wash - I love that! I find myself reaching for it more and more just because it is so easy. Speaking of washing, it doesn't stain either, everything comes off surprisingly well - which I didn't expect from an organic cotton diaper

(BumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size on 7lb 7oz newborn) 

Our infant is our first son, I didn't anticipate just how much boys pee. This diaper really stands up to his heavy wetting, more so than most other cloth diapers we tried on him (and that's over 20 different brands!). It lasts about 3-4 hours, though I usually change it every 2 since it's not a stay-dry diaper. It's a diaper I would use for night time if my other three preferred night time diapers were soiled.

I think the fit is great for a one-size with snaps. Though a little large on a newborn, it's snug on him now that he is two months old. No gaps at the legs, no leaks, and snug on the waist.

Buy a BumGenius Elemental Organic AIO One-Size diaper at Thanks Mama! 


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool Longies Review


I have always loved all things wool, not just for baby, but for myself as well. I even remember my own mother seeking out wool products for me when I was little, they were highly valued. I had the great pleasure of trying the Sustainablebabyish Wool Longies on my two month old son. They are made of 93% wool and 7% Lycra yarn for an incredibly soft, non-itchy blend. It may be used as regular clothing or a wool cloth diaper cover. I like it both ways. 

It was below zero today and after a week long fight with a virus (the whole family), I still wanted to take my toddler and two month old outdoors. It finally snowed, it was a must! I put these longies on baby T over his cloth diaper and he was cozy warm with his little legs dangling out of the Moby Wrap. I love how they fit him and even the fact that they are a little long, that way his legs aren't bare when I'm holding him or he is in the wrap. He is about 14 pounds and these are size x-small, I have the long cuffs rolled up. Yes, he is about to burst out crying in this photo, he wasn't in a picture-taking mood. 


The only issue I ran into is that the waist is very snug, it can be hard to put on over a fluffy cloth diaper bum. It does however guarantee that they will not slide down, they stay put very well. I just wish the waist was either a tad wider or adjustable somehow. Overall I'm very happy with these because they keep him warm, but not sweaty - not to mention super cute! They are very pricey, not really something that fits into my budget (the review longies were courtesy of Thanks Mama). At $64.95 they are quite an investment, a worthwhile one. They will fit for a while if you buy one size up and you really do not need more than a pair for two/three seasons, they do not nearly need to be washed as much as regular clothes. Wool is naturally dirt repellent, what mom won't appreciate that?!

Buy Sustainablebabyish Wool Longies at Thanks Mama ($64.95)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oh NO the cold season!


Doesn't it just break your heart when your babies are sick? Both of my kids are getting over cold as we speak. Alisa must have picked it up at day care and two days later baby Erik was not his happy usual self, by night time he had runny nose and so uncomfortable that he could not fall asleep. Here is what I did to help them feel better naturally. Alisa is 3 years and 4 months old so we can use a variety of remedies to help her.
Let me go back and mention that starting some time in October, Alisa started taking daily supplement - vitamins/minerals, I get them at local Whole Foods, they are derived from concentrated fruits and veggies. Alisa loves them so I often use them as reward for "good behavior" something my daughter needs more of :) this way we kill two birds with one stone. I also give her about half of tea spoon of dark raw honey every day, I usually sneak it in her during cartoon watching. We also buy milk that has fish oil added to it, also sold at our Whole Foods Market. We have tried to add fish oil to her milk separately but she would not drink it. I feel that even a little is better than nothing. We also run humidifiers in both of our kids rooms at night and during naps, we start humidifiers as soon as we start to heat the house. Moist air helps to keep air ways clean and hopefully viruses get flashed away instead of settling in to multiply. Oh we also add probiotics to Alisa's milk. I would say every month or so I do a few days with probiotics, add to milk one time a day. I buy them in dry powder form.
When Alisa gets sick, I add to the above regiment warm Chamomile tea sweetened with raw honey, little by little throughout the day. When she coughs, especially at night I give her warm milk with honey, it usually works very well. When her symptoms are especially bad I give her homeopathic cold and flue syrup. I rub her chest with Respiratory Rub during the day and especially before bed, this helps to clear congestion. I sometimes put it on a cloth and put near her head so she can inhale the fumes during the night. This rub also helps with muscle pains and even back pain (used it on myself) To help with nasal congestion, we use saline mist by Little Noses, Alisa puts up a fight but it helps so I persist. This time around we also gave her additional D3 vitamin, a suggestion I got from a fellow mom.
With baby Erik we can't do many of these thing, he is only 8 months old so honey is out of question so is cold/flue syrup and vitamins. There is one great thing that I found and we added to Thanks Mama selection, this simple applicator really works, it is called Nose Frida, with a little practice you can clean infant's nose in no time. I've used it with Erik since he was 1 month old and still use it every time. We didn't have it when Alisa was little, I remember how difficult it was to see my newborn daughter all congested, unable to sleep, I used to seat with her in the bathroom during the night with hot shower on so she could get some relieve from warm, moist air. So now I clean Erik's nose with Nose Frida as needed, keep humidifier going and nurse. He gets my immunity with my milk, I am so glad I am able to do it. I use the rub on him too, I think it helps.
Both of my kids are much better (knock on wood) Alisa got over the worst of her cold in 2 days, missed only one day of day care. Erik has been sick for 2 days, he is clearly better today. We would love to hear what other moms do to help their children during the cold or how you prevent it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cloth Diapering a Newborn

This week our newborn is seven weeks old and I can say that we really like cloth diapering! We started on day three and haven't looked back. I would say my favorite thing about it is not having to deal with any rashes or diaper creams! That was a nightmare with my first baby, whom we started cloth diapering at six months. Here are a few things I've learned during this month and a half. 

  • Prefolds aren't complicated or scary! I honestly thought I would not like them, but they were my favorite the first four weeks. Now he just pees too much for them to be very effective, but I still use them doubled up and with a stay-dry fleece liner. Too bad the little ones I have are getting too small on him at 12 pounds!
  • A few newborn size diapers are really nice to have. I wouldn't invest in an entire newborn stash, but they are great when you want a good fit. He already outgrew about six diapers, but I did love them while they fit. I guess that's exactly why Thanks Mama carries some perfectly sized newborn cloth diaper packages. It would still cost less than the crazy amount of disposables you would need that first month or two.
  • Boys pee. A lot! So much more than girls, or at least my girl. I never understood why doublers are needed until now! I pretty much use two inserts whenever I can with this boy, he soaks right through everything. 
  • Laundry is not time consuming at all. I have quickly learned that breastfed poop stains are not a big deal (perhaps because I do not use a dryer to set them), they come out with a couple of washes. I've also grown to love the Imse Vimse Gall Soap that is awesome at removing stains and especially those on microfiber. I also learned that a front loader is so much better with cloth diapers, we invested in one last month and our diapers have never been so clean! I love the sanitize cycle that I use every few washes. 
  • Blowouts are made for cloth diapers (and vice versa), really, disposables have nothing on them. I find that prefolds/covers, contour diapers, and fitted diapers are best for containing newborn blowouts.  
  • Wool is awesome for any redness. Since cloth diapers seem to keep rashes at bay for us completely, the only issue I ran into is some mild redness if I leave a poopy diaper on him to long (happens a couple of times a week). The best solution for that is - not a cream - but a prefold with stay dry insert and wool cover on top. 
  • When it comes to reusable wipes, you'll need more than you think! I thought I would be okay with a dozen, but you should make/buy at least as many as you have diapers, or even better if you multiply your stash by 1.5 and get that many. 
  • It's okay to cheat a little. I have a preferred brand of disposables that I've used for the first time with baby T, I really, really like them. At one point during the first week of sleepless newborn daze I even regretted I couldn't use them exclusively (they're expensive, and I have 30+ cloth diapers!), that's how much I like them. We used them the first three days and I used them at night for a couple of weeks as it seemed it was the only thing that would last the whole night without leaks or changes. I also used them when we visited family. Now that I'm out of them, I'm glad to be back to cloth exclusively and not having to spend money!

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