Cloth diapering [the system]- washing, storing and stripping

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What worked for toddler twins with a HE Washer:

When changing we would take the inserts out of the pockets and put into a trashcan lined with a planetwise wet bag. If the diaper was dirty rotten we used the bumgenius diaper sprayer that we had attached to the toilet [very easy to install] and rinsed the bulk of the poo into the toilet before we put it in the wetbag. Whenever the bag was full [every 2-3 days or so] I would take the whole thing and put it in the wash.

We had a HE washer and used Charlie’s detergent. I washed on warm with an extra rinse cycle. Then I would line dry the diapers and dry the inserts on a medium heat [too hot can effect absorbancy]. Then stuff and ready to go!

This worked great most of the time…and if the diapers still smelled a little funky then I would run them again…when I noticed that the diapers were beginning to smell or leak then I knew that it was time to strip/disinfect them. It’s good to do this once a month.

Different diaper manufactures recommend different systems to strip their diapers. For Kawaii I used the sanitize setting with vinegar to wash the[clean] inserts; microfiber inserts are known for holding in odors sometimes. For the covers I would use a bucket of hot water with baking soda and submerge the [clean] diapers until the water cooled. Then I would dry in the sun if possible.

**[edited below]Stripping is necessary usually because of detergent buildup. The easiest way to strip diapers is to keep washing them alternating warm and cold cycles until there are no bubbles in the washer.

Storage:  We pre-stuffed our diapers and stored them in shelves hanging over the door.

THIS TIME AROUND:

This time around I’ve done my research. Stripping shouldn’t be necessary if you have a good wash routine!

We store our diapers in a hanging zippered wet bag and wash every 2-3 days

We have a regular old top loading washer and we have hard water- I throw all of the diapers in with biokleen detergent [I’ve heard tide powder is good] and 1/2c of borax [for the hard water] and wash on heavy with a cold rinse…that’s it. Sometimes if I’ve left them for longer then I would like before washing I’ll do a cold pre-rinse.

I throw everything in the dryer on low or on sunny days or days when I have time for the extra step I’ll hang them on the line [line drying will keep your diapers longer and sunning cures all stains]

 

STRIPPING UPDATE:

We had a yeast rash and had to research the real [and sad] way to strip. 1/2c bleach and cold water in your washer [or the tub] and soak for 1 hour, then rinse cold. Then wash on hot with detergent to get all the bleach out. It may still smell a bit but bleach breaks down with the salt in the detergent and hot water.

Cloth diaper brands

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No one system of cloth diapering will work for everyone…but I’m going to keep track what I’ve tried and what worked and didn’t work for me!

 

NEWBORN DIAPERS:

Charlie Bananas

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The diaper: pocket with a microfiber insert

Fit: Fit my daughter from 6lbs to about 9lbs but

Leaks: at about three weeks old [9lbs] she started blowing out and leaking through

Price: $40 for 3 new but I got them used for $5 each

 

Infant prefolds snappis and pockets:

The diaper: The Old Fashioned: a three folded cotton rectangle of fabric, angel wing fold is great for newborn poop and older babies can have the diaper folded and placed inside of a waterproof cover. When you change them if the cover isn’t poopy you only need to change the prefold. Green mountain diapers are a great brand for the prefolds and we used thirsties, burberry and kawaii covers

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Fit: the preemies fit well for the first couple of weeks and then we switched to pockets. There are different size guidelines online. They take a little practice but are trim and seem comfortable. They fit when nothing else seemed to on my little 6 pounder.

Leaks: Never, the cover catches everything

Price: Very economical, can be purchased used at a steal or at a reasonable price new kawaii [luvyourbaby.com] newborn covers are $5-$10 [you’ll need 8-10] and the prefolds can be purchased at greenmountaindiapers.com for about $25 a dozen

 

Kissaluvs fitteds:***

The diaper: a fully cloth diaper that is “fitted” to snap around your baby. Can be used around the house to let a baby bum breathe or with a cover [see covers above] for everyday wear. We LOVED these for the newborn stage. So easy, never leaked, simple. Favorite

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The fit: Size 0: Fit from when we got them at 8lbs [would have fit smaller] to about 12lbs when she got too wide. They seemed comfortable and weren’t too bulky

Leaks: They were still absorbing well when she grew out of them, holds newborn poop well. Many moms swear by fitteds and use them for nighttime because they absorb so well

Price: fitteds are the most expensive type of diapers. I lucked out on these for $7 each but they go for $15 and other brand fitteds go from $10 to up to $50 a diaper!

 

ONE SIZE DIAPERS

Bumgenius 4.0 [cottonbabies]

The diaper: Microsuede pocket diaper with a microfiber insert that snaps down to different sizes [helpful]. Bumgenius is the name to beat in cloth diapers. They are the most popular brand and it isn’t hard to see why. These diapers are known to last and last through multiple years and babies

The fit: They were bulkier then I would have expected on a little baby. They fit from around 12lbs but she looked a bit silly. At 15lbs when she was 2months they look fine though. Very comfortable

Leaks: None yet, we use these with a doubler for overnights

The price: About $17 new but they have great sales and if you catch a “seconds sale” then you get diapers with imperfections that you would never see for a huge discount. cottonbabies.com

 

Flips [cottonbabies]***

The diaper: Essentially just a cover but it’s made by bumgenius so the quality is there, it’s essentially a 4.0 without the lining. There is a flap at both ends of the diaper to hold the insert in place. It is meant to be used with a trifolded prefold or the flips branded inserts [staydry or disposable]. These are our go to diapers. We lovelovelove

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Fit: perfect. Not too bulky. The flip stay dry inserts have a fold in them to fit any size but when it’s folded to a small the extra flap can leave a little bulk

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…so for us the ozocozy better fit prefolds are magic, they’re just long enough without having extra fabric

Leaks: nope never ever

Price: About $15 but same deal as the 4.0s there are seconds sales and they also are pretty easy to find used

Kawaiis:

The diaper- microfleece pocket diaper with a microfiber insert.

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Fit- They seemed very comfortable. Not very trim. Fit my daughter starting around 12lbs [but bulky] and fit big toddler twin boys that were 30+lbs, I would say better for bigger babies. [They snap down to be smaller]

Leaks- no blow outs but when it reached the wet capacity it would begin to leak through [as would any diaper] GREAT for heavy wetters overnight if you double up the inserts

Price- Price is right! With sales and free shipping you can get the cost down to $5-$7 a diaper luvyourbaby.com

 

Alvas:

The diaper: Microsuede with a microfiber insert/ microfiber bamboo insert, very similar to Kawaii in quality but has loads of cute prints! Happyflute and sunbaby are essentially the same diaper only sold from different sellers with different labels

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Fit: smaller then Kawaiis, trimmer also, but I’ve heard they max out early and aren’t great for heavy wetting toddlers

Leaks: we have leaks occasionally but it depends on the inserts you use with them as well, the bamboo holds more

 

More reviews to come!

EMFs and pregnancy

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Most of the general public knows that for a healthy pregnancy a mom should eat healthy and not drink or smoke or lift heavy things. If you’re doing those things then wonderful! However if you’re like me and you would like to take a step further…

EMFs are electromagnetic fields. They are a form of radiation that comes from microwaves, cellphones, laptops ect. These are harmful for us generally but even more potentially dangerous to a developing fetus. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=5380 [fetus-asthma link]

Unfortunately there isn’t much research on the subject and some scientists will even deny that EMFs are harmful whatsoever. Keep in mind that research proving that cell phones give you brain tumors would be catastrophic for many large companies and potentially for our economy in general. [Can you say Apple?] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/161960.php

EMFs are scary because they are all around us but we do have ways to protect ourselves. goingscalar.com is a great website. If you call customer service a very sweet lady will contact you back and talk to you about which products are best for you. If the price seems a bit steep you can go to amazon or ebay and get most of the same items for cheaper. I wore my scalar pendant before pregnancy but it isn’t proven safe to wear during so it’s hanging on my bedside. I purchased scalar EMF stickers to put on my cellphone and laptop to protect the baby.http://www.amazon.com/FusionExcel-Energy-Quantum-Shield-Cell-Appliance-Protection/dp/B00455F45C/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1370909051&sr=8-5&keywords=scalar+emf+stickers

I want to protect my baby the best I can so that he/she will have the best chance to develop to his/her fullest potential.

Congratulations to me!

I am seven weeks pregnant today! Horrayy.

Since I am a somewhat overachiever in the research department I decided I would make a blog to track my knowledge and progress and maybe help out some other expecting moms as well!

 

About me…I’m a young nanny who is looking to have her baby the way they would have thousands of years ago, before we forgot how to do things we’re born to do! I want to find the ideal diet and keep my baby as protected from the MSG EMF HFCS polluted world that we live in.