Friday, December 31
Yes, I want to lose weight, and as of January 1st I have an active gym membership and plan on losing 20-40lbs over the next year. Blah blah blah, what a boring way to begin 2011. So I thought I need something more challenging... I have no real control over what my career prospects are at this point and truthfully, I'd rather not stress over it until September when it's back to work for me. After a discussion with my baby-daddy, we've decided to take the big step. No, as I once shouted... "there will be no aisle",... we're talking about EC and diapering.
Call me crazy, but I think Kate's ready for potty training - or maybe more like I think it's time to train me! I've been reading up on this "elimination communication" (or EC for short) theory and thought, "my life isn't tiring enough these days... let's try something else on my plate!" We're going to start out with introduction to potty after her naps and after each feeding. Kate already HATES being wet or dirty, (god bless cloth diapers!) and I can already tell by her face right before she pees. (She also lets out a little fart.) I know someone who's done it, and swears by it. So I'm going to give it a go. First step, finding a potty small enough for her tiny bum. Suggestions? Wish me luck!
More on the subject here...
What is Elimination Communication?
Infant Potty Training
Thursday, December 30
I really can't express how happy I am with the outcome of these photos. They are far better than I could ever have imagined.
Thanks again to Natasha for doing this for us, you truly are a talent, and I hope to work again with you soon. :)
Please see Natasha's site for a complete list of her services.
Monday, December 27
At 3 am, I'm waiting for the kettle to boil, while Kate is patiently waiting for her milk, I sit at my computer (conveniently near the kitchen) and start browsing the home page on Facebook. Blog Exchange? I'm there... then I found the CUTEST thing tonight. Mandee Franee Designs SOCK PUPPETS!
Seriously, you need to check them out. SO cute. Gives me the urge to craft one myself! Or maybe I'll do the lazy thing, and have this woman make it for me. :)
Sunday, December 26
1. I love my pumas. My feet and fingers got fat during/after I got pregnant. I went up a whole size. Pumas make me feel normal.2. I own lots of jewelery - but hardly wear any. I bought me my own engagement ring after my last bad breakup.(à la Sex in the City). I lost it after finding the new BF.
3. I don’t have many mom friends - I'm too laid back in my parenting ways for them. Some think I'm neglectful for not rushing to my child every time she cries.
4. I hate my job - but don't have the guts to do anything else.
5. I have too many business ideas in my head, but no enough cahonies to pull through with one.
6. I stress about money ALL THE TIME. Even when I'm debt free.
7. I hate office work. I love working retail. My office job pays far too well to quit.
8. I shower too many times a day.
9. I don't like cats. But I have one.
10. I don’t own a hair brush. I rather comb with my fingers.
11. Sooner or later, I get hurt doing almost everything - even walking.
12. I don't shave unless I have to.
13. I chug my drinks. I don't know how to sip.
14. Buffets are gross. They scare me, but I'm not a germaphobe.
15. I have no real taste in specific music. I'm all over the place. Some people call that "eclectic" I call that "too lazy to make a decision".
16. I hate karaoke and hate people who enjoy it.17. I have been someone's supportive hand on getting an abortion.
18. I hate it when people are late. I'm always late. Me and my period.
19. I've watched someone die. I also have experience using an iron lung.
20. I've lived in a house with 4 other girls and a boy. We were not a frat/sorority house.
21. I used to suffer from OCD. I counted steps and imagined tripping and breaking my front teeth. I sought help.
22. I get bored. Easily. So I nap. I have PJ days far too often.
23. I've had far too many surgeries for someone my age. Breast reduction, Shoulder arthroscopy and D&C are the biggest.
24. I'm not a huge fan of summer. I think I'm better at snowboarding that I probably really am.
25. I have only been seriously hungover twice in my life. I hate booze. If I had met me 5 years ago after a bad breakup, I'd hate me. I was drunk 4 out of 7 days. I was a bit of a dancing bar fly. Glad those days are behind.
Saturday, December 25
Merry Christmas to all of you, and hope your day was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine... now sleep is needed for Boxing Day shopping!
PS - I don't care what people say, I think my kid is turning out to be the cutest thing in the world. I may be bias... but just saying... who else can sport a ski-doo brand winter hat and not look like they need a beer in hand.
Tuesday, December 21
I spoke about how I seriously don't possess the knitting gene (seems everyone else in my extended family knits but me). I tried making squares, but they turned into parallelograms. I turned to crocheting, the jury is still out on that one.
All this to say that my mom is the best, I spoke to her about wanting to make her a pair of wool longies. Described briefly what they were and next day, my mom calls and says, "I made a pair of pants for Kate". These took her 4 hours. 4 HOURS!!?? WHY did my sister get the luck? Why can't I make a simple straight stitch??? I can't even purl knit. Oh well, At least they're willing to make things for me...
FYI - I'd share a pattern for these, but my mom just "winged it". I do have a pattern in my back pocket for a similar pair and will type it up for you the minute I get a chance. In the meantime, back to Kate.
Monday, December 20
My very first batch of Roving Wool Balls. Why did I make a bunch of balls? There is no need for fabric softeners when you use all-natural 100% wool dryer balls! It reduces static and saves on drying time! These are about the size of a tennis ball and cloth diaper safe which is initially why I wanted them in the first place. Winter time takes forever to dry my diapers. I gave up and used the dryer on super delicate cycle. Dryer balls cut the time in half! Woohoo! Kate and I both have soap sensitivities and I find these are a great alternative to fabric softeners when it comes to keeping your towels from feeling "crunchy". I will be making these available for purchase in the new year. Still have to come up with a clever name for them though! Any thoughts? Keep it clean people...
Saturday, December 18
Please note however, that there are 2 types of Crunchy Clean (found this out today). There is a Diaper safe version and an everyday version used to clean anything else - however it may cause your diapers to repel. Just an FYI.
Crunchy Clean (WEB) (BLOG) (FACEBOOK)
Retails for $18.50 CAD
(80 loads / 160 HE loads)
Crunchy clean is a cloth diaper detergent made from "naturally occurring minerals, detergents, oxygen releasing agents that have proven to clean diapers in a safe way that does not harm your precious baby or your diapers". I don't fully agree with this statement. I tested is on lightly soiled towels. It made my towels stink like wet dog. I tried it on one load of diapers and it made my diapers smell like skunk - I read reviews that Crunchy Clean also made diapers repel - I did not experience this. I'm wondering if it was the scents I chose??? I have a second sample pack that I am willing to try... stay tuned. Available scents: Monkey Fart, Pink Sugar, Baby Bee Clean, Clothespin, Vanilla Lavender, Unscented, Custom fragrances also available. See website for details.
- No optical brighteners, fillers, dyes, or enzymes
- Great for military use!
- Clean rinsing - an extra rinse isn't necessary!
- No soap to build up in your diapers.
- HE compatible.
- Great for all of your family's clothing and diapers.
- Chlorine free
- Planet friendly
- VEGAN (ALL NEW, FALL '09!)
- Dye free
- Free of enzymes, and optical brighteners
- Approved for military use!
Thursday, December 16
Martha's World offers a quick and simple pattern to create your own longies... and make a matching T-Shirt with the leftovers. Check her out! Her blog is quite informative. It's now part of my daily read. Please note, her site does not mention felting your wool first. Personally, I run my sweaters through a hot wash and toss them into the dryer to make them into itty bitty sweaters. http://marthasworld76.blogspot.com/2007/05/how-to-make-wool-soaker-from-recycled.html
I will be posting all of them as soon as I have them all finished. Who knows,.. if I get good enough, maybe I'll start selling them on my site too! (PLUG HERE: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bibmababy)
I'm trying my hand at these ridiculously cute wool soakers later when I can salvage about an hour of my day - who knew a baby was so time consuming? Stay tuned for pics! This woman offers a free pattern here.
Older post: http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/instructions-for-sewing-soaker.html
Make your own Wool Wash!
I use this recipe to clean all my wool diaper covers.
- Add a pea size of Lanolin to a cup of HOT water.
- Let it melt.
- Add a few drops of baby shampoo.
- Put about a teaspoon of your concoction into a tub of water.
- Swish the water to ensure even distribution of lanolin wash.
- Turn all your wool items inside out - careful colours may run!
- Soak for about an hour.
- Remove your wool and roll into a towel to remove moisture.
- Reshape and lay flat to dry. Hanging can distort the shape of your wool.
Thursday, December 9
Saturday, November 7 - Took by diapers out of the wash and OH OH!!! The PUL separated from the liner. :( Hope they live up to their warranty...
Monday, November 9 - FuzziBunz will take their diapers back, but I need to find receipts. :s... Found 1 receipt, but can't find the one for the blue dots. Breaks my heart to part with these. They are my favourite prints!
Tuesday, November 10 - Good news!!! FuzziBunz stood behind their product. Must ship without inserts to save on cost.
Wednesday, November 11 - They have been shipped for replacement. So far, I am really impressed with their customer service! Thanks FuzziBunz for making this easy!
2 weeks later...
Tuesday, November 29 - I got an email today. FedEx return shipment. Woooo!!!!
Monday, December 6 - Got my new FuzziBunz! Granted I lost my favourite print to an unfortunate manufacturing defect,... BUT My return was hassle free, and they were kind enough to send me 2 packs of wipes along with my new diapers (Choco Truffle and Cotton Candy) WITH new inserts! I must admit that I was a little scared since I've had issues with other CD companies (who shall remain nameless) where they didn't live up to their so-called warranties. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FUZZIBUNZ! GREAT PRODUCT, AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE! I will definitely be sticking with them once Kate moves up to the next size. Keep up the good work FzBz!
Freebie they sent - FuzziBunz® Wonder Wipes – Organic Cotton / Fleece Double sided wipes – 10 Pack
They are made with 100% organically grown cotton on one side and luxurious quick clean up fleece on the other. Use one side to wipe up the mess, and the other to wipe baby nice and clean. Each wipe is 9in. x 9in.
Tuesday, December 7
Comparing bum pastes, salves and ointments
Petroleum Jelly (aka Vaseline or soft paraffin, mineral oil) is claimed to be the baby essential. It's been trusted by moms for well over a hundred years. They've used it from diaper rashes to sticky eyes to cradle cap and even teething pain. Vaseline claims that it “protects chafed skin due to diaper rash, seals out wetness, treats and prevents diaper rash.” Sure, this is what marketing claims, but... considering it is a petroleum derivative, is it really safe? I've read a few researches in the last month or so on the subject and here are my findings. (Take this with what it is... a bored mom researching over the INTERNET.)
Mineral Oil blocks pores and forms a waterproof film on the skin's surface. It prevents the ability to perspire and expel toxins.Vaseline says that their product ensures a 100 percent barrier! Mineral oil seals pores to prevent germs and moisture from getting into the skin irritation. On the flip side, it doesn't allow any soothing anti-inflammatory to enter either. Taking this into consideration,... Vaseline doesn’t hurt, but it doesn’t heal either. Mineral oil is considered nontoxic because it doesn't get absorbed by the skin.
Dating back to a study in 2008, mineral paraffin was found to be one of the largest contaminants in our body. Mineral oil paraffin can be found in human body fat and milk. (Concin N, Hofstetter G et al. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2008 Feb; 46(2):544-52.)
Paraffin most commonly enters our body through food - but babies are formula and/or breast fed - they ingest 1% of mineral oils from moms through milk, or balms and salves used to ease nipple chaffing. Babies have been known to swallow up to 1.5 g of petroleum jelly a day. This said, no studies have determined the safe-level of petroleum jelly in children. I say that until we know - I'll use a greener method - plant oil–based creams.
Based on this, here are a few products I've tried in the last few months.
Remember, there is a difference between a salve, cream, paste (safe fir everyday use) - and then there's the ointment which should only be used when there's an actual presence of a diaper rash since these can be a little harsher.
Patatras! Crème by Pissenlit et Coccinelles
Retails: $11.99 CAD (30ml)
Calendula and white argyle based cream. Use very sparingly as a little goes a LONG way. Creates a protective barrier on baby's bum. No preservatives, no chemical additives that risk being absorbed by the skin. You get a big bang for your buck on this one...
Smell: 2.5 out of 5 - I'm not a fan of the smell but dad doesn't mind it.
Messiness: your hands stay greasy unless you do a thorough soap and water hand wash. On the plus side... my nails looked way healthier when I'd rub it into my fingers.
Ease of use: you need to work the cream between your fingers first, it doesn't feel too waxy, but it is a little thick.
CD Friendly?: Yes
Price: Most bang for your buck
Main Ingredients: Olea europaea (huile d'olive), Butyrospermum parkii (karaté), Calendula officinalis
Bum Balm by Dimpleskins Naturals
Retails: $12.00 CAD
Marketing Pitch: Zinc-Free and Cloth Diaper Friendly! Apply to diaper area at each diaper change. A must in every diaper bag and an excellent choice for cloth diapers. Learn the reason why we do not use zinc oxide! Pure, unbleached, Canadian beeswax provides a nice barrier on the skin, helping to keep moisture away, while organic Calendula oil provides natural healing properties for rashes.
Review: I find this a little waxy, but it gets the job done. I found this creme at a ridiculously cheap price - $7.99 at PharmaPlus Drugstores. Seriously folks... if saving money is the most important thing to you... just stick with this stuff. A little goes a long way. The smell well,... jury's out on it. It doesn't stink, but i wouldn't bathe in it either.
Smell: 3 out of 5
Messiness: needs a good hand scrubbing
Ease of use: feels waxy, really need to work it between your fingers first
CD Friendly?: Yes
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, pure unbleached Beeswax, organic Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Calendula Oil (infused in Sunflower Oil), Cocoabutter, Vitamin e Oil (derived from pure Soybean oil), pure Lavender essential oil.
Bottom Balm by Earth Mama Angel Baby
Retails: $17.99 (60ml)
Marketing Pitch: Your new angel's skin – is anything softer? Is anything sweeter? Hey! What's that crud, and that rash, and those scrapes? Being a baby is a hard business, from diaper rash to tiny fingernail scratches, and then bangs and scrapes galore as they begin to explore. Clinically tested Angel Baby® Bottom Balm has got her back, his bottom, mama's dry skin, papa's razor burn and gazillions of other owies that come your family's way.
Our #1 best selling salve is clinically tested, safe for cloth diapers, and safely battles existing diaper rash and protects against flare ups. The only balm made with organic olive oil infused with a proprietary blend of naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal organic herbs, Shea butter and pure essential oils, soothes itchy bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns.
Allergy tested, non-irritating Angel Baby® Bottom Balm is vegan (no beeswax!) and works great for all your diapering needs, and especially well with all kinds of cloth diapers.
Review: This is by far my favourite, yet it is also the MOST expensive. I've used this product for more than baby's bottom - after giving birth, I used it on myself. It helped with that "not so fresh" feeling.
Smell: 4.5 out of 5
Messiness: easy to clean off your hands
Ease of use: feels like lotion. not waxy at all.
CD Friendly?: Yes
Price: I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 because it is pretty expensive for my taste...
Ingredients: Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John's wort) extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain extract), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla), Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, proprietary blend of Lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil
Magic Stick Diaper Ointment
by The Natural Baby Company (makers of GroVia) and
Magic Stick by GroVia This product goes by 2 different names.
Retails: $16.25 CAD
Marketing Pitch: Clean. Simple. Organic. All Natural Diaper Ointment. Now keep your hands clean when applying diaper balm. Easy to use Magic Stick goes on smooth and keeps baby’s delicate area protected and comfortable. We love this diaper ointment! It lasts forever and works wonders! Magic Stick®’s all natural and organic ingredients and petroleum-free formula is safe to use with cloth or disposable diapers. Keep Your Hands Clean and Baby Happy.
- Safe to use with cloth and disposables
- Use a light layer to protect from wetness
- Helps clear up minor rashes
- Hate greasy, messy hands? Great NO MESS packaging makes application a cinch. Just the right amount will be left on baby's skin and NONE on yours!
- Safe to use on minor skin irritations....chapped skin, stretch marks, most anywhere you need extra moisture
- Made with natural and organic ingredients
Use as needed with diaper changes and at night before bed. Apply to clean, dry skin. Use only one stick per child.
Review: SUPER easy to use, smells okay, but this one is an OINTMENT! Ointments are typically used for the treatment of rashes. It claims you can use it all the time, however a main ingredient is Grapeseed Oil which is a pretty harsh oil... I'd use this one if things look a little red - not for everyday use. (Seriously, try to take a Grapeseed Oil pill,... you'll understand what I mean afterward.)
Smell: 4 out of 5
Messiness: your hands never come into contact with it.
Ease of use: can barely tell that you're putting some on baby's bum.
CD Friendly?: Yes
Price: higher than average.
Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils.
Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention
by Grandma El's
Retails: $18.99 CAD
Marketing Pitch: Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention is a Patented, Pediatrician recommended, healing ointment. Used with each and every diaper change it will help to protect, prevent, and heal diaper rash.
This pleasant fragrance-free ointment soothes baby's most sensitive skin while keeping it protected. It is absolutely the most effective diaper rash treatment product available today. Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention reduces the redness, pain, itching & irritation caused by diaper rash. This ointment creates a patented breathable, softening, protective barrier which prevents wetness from coming in contact with the skin, therefore keeping your baby comfortable. An application of Grandma El's will heal & protect, helping your precious little one to be more comfortable while sleeping, playing & exploring. Use Grandma El's with your next diaper change.
Three children & four grandchildren later, Grandma El has decided to share her patented secret with you. Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention was discovered & developed in 1974, by Grandma El's husband, Bob, who has been a staple in the skin care industry for many years.
Most diaper rash is caused by wetness coming into contact with baby's sensitive skin. Anhydrous Lanolin & Yellow Petrolatum USP are combined to form a barrier preventing wetness from coming in contact with the skin. Vitamin E & Salicylic Acid USP are also included in this product to encourage healing. The unique combination of all the ingredients in Grandma El's is simply miraculous.
Review: Strong and unpleasant smell. Overpriced. Contains salicylic acid and petrolatum. If you search it online, it seems to get 5 stars all around... I don't understand why really,... lack of knowledge about other salves out there maybe? Better marketing? Who knows. Not my fave.
Smell: 2 out of 5
Messiness: easy cleanup
Ease of use: like using a thick lotion
CD Friendly?: Yes
Price: Too expensive for my taste...
- Anti-oxidant Natural Vitamin E, derived from Wheat Germ Oil (D alpha tocopherol acetate)
- Natural active derivatives of the plant Balsam of Peru, a known healing agent
- Salicylic Acid, derived from Willow bark and Wintergreen; this ingredient acting with Vitamin E can promote the growth of new skin
- Yellow Petrolatum, derived from naturally occurring mineral oil
- Insecticide-free Anhydrous Lanolin, a naturally occurring, allergy-free protecting and healing agent
There are still several more balms I'd like to try and 29 Diapers is having a Giveaway a Zoe Organics Baby Balm click here!
I'd also like to try try:
Thirsties Booty Luster spray (8 oz)
Retails: $11.00 CAD
Thirsties Booty Luster is blended by hand in small batches, using flowers, plants, resins, and high quality organic ingredients. Each component of our wipes solution has been carefully selected to not only clean your baby's diaper area, but to soothe and moisturize, as well. And perhaps most importantly, the properties of Thirsties Booty Luster actually help to restore the natural barrier your baby needs to protect him/herself from harmful, rash-inducing bacteria. Use Thirsties Booty Luster at every diaper change to clean thoroughly--yet gently, to moisturize, and to help protect your baby from diaper rash.
- A completely non-toxic, non-irritating solution
- Custom formulated by a chemist especially for use in cleaning your baby’s diaper area
- Designed to help loosen waste, thoroughly cleanse, and gently moisturize your baby’s skin
- Restores skin’s natural barrier against bacteria
- Soothes skin and helps prevent diaper rash
- Dries completely clean; will not leave residue
- Made in the USA
Thirsties Booty Luster is free of petroleum, alcohols, animal products, parabens,
NOTE: I did not receive any compensation for this review. I have purchased all of these products on my own.
Friday, December 3
I've signed up to a neat little blog called Made by Rae. She is ingenious and has an amazing blog site that offers a myriad of free patterns (baby friendly and more) I absolutely adore her stuff and will be trying some of her patterns out early next year just in time for my Bibmababy relaunch (also on FACEBOOK). I have a huge love for fabrics - some might call it an obsession - seriously, check out my basement. I often buy used clothing, curtains, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc. at second hand stores and recycle them into new goodies.
Made by Rae introduced me to a very monetarily dangerous website...
Fabricworm.com Sells Fun, Modern Cotton Fabric for Quilting and many other Craft Items and they one of the largest selections of Japanese Imported Fabrics on the World Wide Web. I LOVE the bright child friendly colours!
Lucky for you, Made by Rae is having a FabricWorm giveaway! Head over and check it out!
Thursday, December 2
Count me lucky to have found an amazing photographer in my backyard! I accidentally found Natasha on a Used Ottawa post looking for newborns to use in a photo shoot. I jumped on it, thinking "why not?". Natasha has a dedicated room designed into a fun studio in her basement filled with props. She's kind and gentle and Kate had no issues posing for her. (A problem I have run into 3 times prior with other photographers...) We spent a little over an hour with Natasha coming up with wardrobe changes and prop selections. Here's a teaser of what is to come.
I really enjoyed working with Natasha and highly recommend her to other moms in the area. Her stuff is reasonably priced - and you get lasting memories. :)
Love the hat? My mom made it using a pattern from The Inner Hooker (FACEBOOK, ETSY). I've had a few of these made for friends - they make great shower gifts. I'm not quite agile enough to attempt something like this with my crochet hook... I'm still working on circles and flowers. Thanks Mom!
Thursday, November 18
Retails for $49.95 CAD
Our odour-free diaper pail is the most eco-friendly and best diaper pail on the market today as it is made from durable, recycled plastic.
Its natural odour control system uses a carbon filter and basic air flow. Odours are eliminated by absorption through the carbon filter and are not artificially masked. This odour control system helps ensure diapers do not mold or create unwanted moisture within the pail. The filter is positioned on the lid, which snaps down and is secured by side handles. The diaper pail is ergonomically designed and is easy to seal, carry and empty. While blending well with nursery environments, our diaper pail is also ideal for diaper services.
Our diaper pail is vanilla in color and has a 7 gallon capacity (holds about 18 diapers). It is designed to be space efficient and compact. The smart looking lid offers ventilation for the diaper pail. The ventilation opening is shaped as a teddy bear and will be a cute fit in any nursery. The filter case snaps into the lid making it easy to replace the natural odour absorbing carbon filters. The lid is secured by 2 durable side handles which snap down over the edge of the lid. The container is 12.5" wide x 14.5" high.
Replacement Carbon Filters
Retail Price: $5.25 CAD
A package of 2 replacement carbon filters which naturally absorb odour. Simply replace the used filter in the teddy bear filter case on the lid of our Diaper Pail.
I tried the regular old garbage pails, diaper pails, some swear by reusing Nellie's Soda's empty suds tubs. I found something that was functional - wasn't HUGE and was easy to use. I was a little disappointed that it only comes in Vanilla - til I realized it matches my room. (Unexpected score!) My one BIG problem with it's design is the HUGE ugly logo slapped on the front. It's pretty hideous, but I flip by pail around and voilà! The only one who knows about that big green stain is the wall.
Kate's room is a very small room. I was afraid that poopy smells would linger in there forever in such a confined space - but the ME diaper pail seems to get the job done! Especially with the smelly disc insert that I sneak in between it's carbon filter and lid. Before buying this product I read a bunch of reviews where a lot of people were saying that it was just as good to get yourself a cheap garbage can and throw a towel with some Tea Tree Oil in there... Tried that. It raped my nose. I caved and bought the over-priced diaper pail. I'm happy I did. I noticed a HUGE difference in wafting smells. The alternate would probably work in a larger room - but like I mentioned, Kate's room in a walk-in closet. I'd rather pay the extra and not let her nose suffer as much as mine. (Sidenote - I rinse poopy diapers and try to take out stink bombs as much as possible. I launder every other day.)
Wednesday, November 17
This pretty much sums up how we came to choose the name Kate.
It was a lot of my doing - I've always loved the name Kate (yes, stemming way back from my days at home sick with my mom indulging in treats while watching Days of Our Lives - and then they introduced Kate... That name always stuck in my head... then Cate (Winslet) was reintroduced through Titanic... and then Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale - I had finally forgotten about it (or ignored Kate Gosselin)... til I saw Indiana Jones 4 with Cate Blanchett. Shortly thereafter - I found out I was pregnant. :)
I've always been fond of names like Jane, Claire, Marie, Lynne - simple and unpretentious. Kate seems to be the one that's followed me through my life. My grandmother was a huge follower of the Royal family. She would definitely have approved of Kate. RIP.
I'm just really happy that after 3 baby books, I looked at Eli and said... "How to you feel about Kate?" ".. I like it!" SOLD!
Monday, November 8
MiniMaestro from an Ottawa Mom!
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I spend a lot of time looking on-line for new and better cloth diapering options. I'll be honest - I find it hard to stop. There's so many different kinds of diapers we've tried (FuzziBunz, Little Beetle, GoodMama, MonkeyDoodlez, White Elephant, KiwiPie, Kawaii, Anne-Marie Padorie, AppleCheeks, Jamtots, Dream-Eze, Diapeze, Econobum, Woolly Bottoms and there's still a few others on my list which I'd like to try.
Mainly a NEW diaper introduced here in our own back yard...
"Sophie Gratton wanted to make cloth diapers that fixed some of her pet peeves from when she cloth diapered her children. She wanted a trim diaper, that was leak free, made in Canada and of course affordable. MiniMaestro diapers are made in Montreal. The manufacturer is a non-profit organization that fights poverty and violence and ensures it provides fair working environments and wages. The manufacturer’s mission is to help people, mostly immigrant women, single, unemployed or living on welfare." - Namaste Mommy
MiniMaestro offers a variety of purchasing options. Great affordable bundles or a la carte diapering. I'm so happy to see more Canadian alternatives to cloth diapering. I hope to get my hands on a diaper real soon - and you can too!
Or buy now! :) www.minimaestroweb.com
I saw these in person over the weekend. They look like Happy Heiny's, but are a little more bulky. However the Aplix closure seems FAR more baby-proof. Will update when I get my hands on them.
Sunday, November 7
Fuzzibunz - 4 out of 5
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Retails for $19.00-$24.00 CAD
I am going to start out by saying we tried out several versions of the FuzziBunz. Kate is short and skinny for her age, which made the sizing chart useless for us. We had to test out the diapers on her once a week until she finally seemed to fill them out without too many gaps. This review will be done in three parts : Older version of Perfect-Sized FuzziBunz (triangle tabs), Newer Perfect-Sized FuzziBunz, Newer One-Size FuzziBunz. What attraced me to FuzziBunz? A suggestions from a local retailer, but mostly the Mom reviews... Let's get this party going!
I started my stash with FuzziBunz because I read many reviews while I was pregnant, claiming these were one of the best. Invented in 1999, they change every few years become better and better, fixing their quirks. I was a little skeptical at the beginning (but that's because we were fixed on what the sizing charts claimed she should wear...) I put them away and went back to my other small diapers. I came across a woman who was ridding herself of her stash and I ended up buying the older version of the FuzziBunz at a RIDICULOUS price. I now had an extra 10 diapers in my stash which I wasn't quite a fan of to begin with. I soon realized that the rise on the older diapers were quite shorter... which meant Kate finally had a FuzziBunz that didn't double up as a romper!
- Absorbency - good for regular flow
- Fit - Trim and sleek under clothes. Older version is great for a short torso, newer version apparently is a favourite among other moms.
- Leaks - no leaks with the new version - used 2 liners for nighttime though
- Softness - SUPER soft microfleece - even after wash and line dry.
- Drying time - covers take an hour or so
- Retail price - competitive!!! Can get them on sale for as little as $14.95 if you're willing to do the hunt.
- Insert - microfleece, very absorbent
- Ease of Use - Snaps! No velcro issues in the dryer
- Absorbency - not ideal for a heavy wetter - I sometimes add an extra liner for nightime use if I'm out of my favourite nighttime diaper but does lead to a BULKY BULKY butt.
- Fit - Wasn't great for Kate until her legs got a little chunkier - the One-size with an elastic leg band was a WAY better fit o the legs... but too fit for her tummy.
- Leaks -Suffered 1 leak... realized afterward that the liner was an old skinny and seen it's days liner. Once I changed it to a new liner... no leaks!
- Softness - no issues here!
- Drying time - new liners take an overnight dry - old liners (they're thin) take a couple of hours max - but aren't as absorbent.
- Insert - doesn't come with a booster, need to use a second liner for heavy wetters
- Ease of use - a little more challenging with a kicker... snaps are strong... one of my diapers has a sticky snap.
Bonus Video! Preserving your Fuzzibunz with Flushable Liners
NOTE: I did not receive any compensation for this review. All diapers were purchased at full or sale price.
Saturday, November 6
Retails for $29.00 US
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I've been using this diaper now for about 2 weeks as a nighttime diaper. The fit is ok, for my girl however I find the crotch to be a little too skinny - but so far.. no leaks. So maybe I'm just used to seeing crotch bulkiness and this that that's normal? It's a cute diaper, the shrinkage was minimal and it stays soft after a quick tumble in the dryer. (I hang dry my diapers and boil them once in a while to get rid of any potential crunchiness. If they get a little stiff, I will give them a slight tumble in the dryer.) I read over reviews claiming they had issues with missing or breaking snaps. I have yet to have this problem and my diaper is a second hand well used but still in great condition diaper. I'm not a fan of the soaker. It twists and sometimes sneaks out from the leg holes. I don't think I'd ever willingly buy this diaper at full price. I find it a little too steep. In all honesty, I don't understand the hype over this diaper. Good PR?
- Absorbency - VERY absorbent, but needs a cover
- Fit - stretchy for a snug fit
- Leaks - none at all
- Softness - incredibly soft
- Drying time - 1-2days
- Insert - booster is attached inside, slide an insert in between the diaper and the booster
- Ease of Use - fairly easy
- Style - Comes in cute patterns!
- Absorbency - I didn't know much about bamboo diapers... got a big wet bed when I realized I was half asleep and forgot to put a cover on it.
- Fit - bulky especially with a cover, crotch area is skinny.
- Leaks - unless you get a good fitting cover, you may feel wetness after an overnight pee
- Retail price - a little steep for my taste
- Drying time - takes a long time to dry
- Insert - twists
Kiwi Pie One-Size Bamboo Fitted - 3.5 out of 5
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Retails for $25.00 CAD
Made by The Natural Baby Company (think GroVia). I love this diaper. It's very trim for a one-size bamboo. Incredibly absorbant! Super soft and stretchy, and I love that the snaps are hidden. The serging is soft, so it won't irritate the baby's skin. I use this as a nighttime diaper. It has 2 doublers inside and I use a wool soaker from woollybottoms.com as a cover and this seems like it's water tight. All in all I think this is a great diaper. My only issue is the slight twisting of the bamboo insert after washing. A bit of tugging seems to straighten out the fibers though! UPDATE: ok, wash number 6... and the insert is getting on my nerves... it bunches since there is no snaps to keep it in place. hmpf.
- Absorbency - Super absorbent
- Fit - super stretchy, nice fit
- Leaks - No leak - slight dampness after 6 hours of wear
- Softness - incredibly soft
- Ease of Use - place 2 boosters in the bottom of the diaper. it's as easy as that
- Style - So many cute patterns and vibrant colours!
- Drying time - 1- 1.5 days
- Retail price - a little high, but willing to spend the extra few bucks for the cuteness factor.
- Insert - 2 bamboo booster like inserts... they shift with my wiggly baby
- Ease of use - the inserts twist
WoollyBottoms Wool Covers - 4.999 out of 5
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Retails for $19.00 CAD
I picked this up from The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe last week after the kind lady behind the counter suggested I try it. FANTASTIC cover, comes pre-lanolized for you. I was planning on making my own, but I adore this cover. Only needs to be washed once a week (as long of no messes made it's way) so I'm thinking of getting me a second to help me through washes. I've tried other covers and found them too thick using them over another already bulky diaper. These are pretty trim considering the material being used - recycled wool anything! Thumbs up on this one. Check out her site for other cute woolly things!
- Absorbency - Repels well! Comes pre-lanolized
- Fit - great fit with stretch at waist and legs
- Leaks - covers well. no leaks.
- Retail price - reasonably priced!
- Insert - has a double strip of wool at the crotch for added protection
- Ease of Use - slip on, slip off
- Style - every cover is an original since the maker recycles wool to make these. She has a great eye for colour palettes. It was hard to pick just one cover.
- Softness - merino or cashmere wool - makes me wish my underwear were the same...
- Drying time - 3 days for complete dryness
- Ease of use - hard to be sneaky with a diaper change in the middle of the night - but I feel that way about ALL wool and fleece covers
NOTE: I did not receive any compensation for this review. I have purchased all diapers at full or sale price. (Goodmama was purchased as a gently used diaper.)