Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Babyland Diaper Review Part 1

UPDATE: Here's part 2 of my review
Babyland Diaper Review Part 2

I just got my Babyland diapers! (aka Papoose) This would be my initial review on them.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I ♥ Baby Diaper Giveaway

Who can join: Any mom interested to try cloth diapering, expectant mothers due by December 2011, or moms who have started using cloth diapers on their baby for less than 3 months. Baby can be of any age.

How: Join our FB Group MCNPinays

Winners will be chosen randomly, there is no voting or getting the 'most number of likes' or judging who has the best photo submitted- everybody will have an equal shot at winning!! ;)

One entry per mom only.

Entries may be submitted from TODAY (14 November 2011) until 13 December 2011, 10pm.

Winner will be notified via Facebook Message.

Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Chronicles of a nursing mom is having a giveaway hosted by Caleb's Closet Ecostore! You will be getting a yellow Charlie Banana cloth diaper.

To learn more about the giveaway and how to join, click Caleb's Closet - Charlie Banana Diaper Giveaway!
This is a great opportunity for moms who are new to cloth diapers to try and also for CD users to add to their stash.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New fluff! One Size Heavy Duty and Goodnight Heavy Wetter and CD overnight Trial 1

I got new shipment of cloth diapers a few weeks ago, I thought I'd try them out before posting them.
I got 2 One Size Heavy Duty (aplix) and 2 Goodnight Heavy Wetter (snaps)
Red and blue (in the wash) is the One size heavy duty and the 2 Cow prints are Goodnight Heavy wetter.
They're all one size pocket diapers from Kawaii Baby

Cloth Diapers: How many do you need?

This is probably the second question most often asked when starting out with cloth (first is, "Which system should I choose?").

In my experience, we started CDing when Ash was about 5 days old and we typically went through 10-12 diapers in a day. Infants poop a lot more, every time they eat, actually. So that's every 2 hours within a 24 hour period. But as they grow older, you'll be needing less and less diaper changes. Ash, at 5 months, poops an average of twice in a day so we go through diaper changes 6-8 times in a day, sometimes less.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Washing your Cloth Diapers

Funny that I’ve made a post on how to strip CDs before making one on how to wash them. Here is my washing routine for cloth diapers.

I use a wetbag to store my soiled diapers. I have 2.

The wetbag is placed inside a garbage bin with a pedal I bought from SM (supermarket) for about P150.. 

I start with about 10-12 dirty diapers which are kept in a waterproof wetbag inside a garbage bin with a lid.
Soiled diapers inside the wetbag.

You can either use a wetbag or dry pail to store soiled cloth diapers.

Here in the Philippines, we’re used to hand washing our clothes so when I feel like it, I pre-rinse my diapers in cold water in the sink by hand before I toss them in the washer (we do have a washing machine). When I’m too lazy to do that, I can just toss all the dirty diapers and liners and wetbag in the washer and pre-rinse them there.
When they’ve been rinsed, I load them for washing with about a tablespoon of detergent (use cloth diaper friendly detergent) for 10-12 pcs of cloth diaper in the washer.This is 2 days worth of diapers. I try to do the wash every other day.
I rinse and rinse (I prefer by hand) until all the suds are gone.
I load them in the spinner (or if you have a dryer that’s ok too) to squeeze all the excess water before I line dry them under the sun.

Line dry your diapers with elastics lengthwise to avoid stretching the elastics. On sunny days, the diapers and inserts with stain (they stain sometimes with poop) I don’t spin those. I leave them a bit damp and lay them out in the sun and let the sun do it’s magic. The sun is great for removing stain, making your whites whiter, and they disinfect too.

For poopy diapers, breastfed baby poops are water soluble so you can just throw them in the wash with your other soiled diapers. But if your baby is taking solids, it's better to dump as much poop as you can in the toilet and rinse the diaper either with a bidet sprayer or in the sink before putting them together with your soiled diapers. I personally wash the pooped on diapers immediately as much as I can to avoid staining.

Do not use bleach. Although some manufacturers suggest using bleach on occassion to disinfect the diapers. I've never used it and don’t plan to. The sunshine is good enough. They say you can also use baking soda for removing stains. Make a paste with the baking soda, apply on the stained area and leave on. Make sure the diaper or insert is clean and a bit damp before doing this.

Do not use fabric softener. No matter how stinky you think the diapers are, never EVER use fabric softener. They will just coat your diapers and will cause repelling and leaking. Some use white vinegar during the final rinse because it supposedly softens clothes. I've only done this once but didn't see much difference so I didn't do it again.

If you’ve used fabric softener or have detergent build-up that has caused repelling, you can strip your diapers.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ash at 5 months

A day after Halloween, my daughter turned 5 months old!
She's starting to grab anything within her reach and putting them in her mouth.

She can roll on her tummy and back but she prefers to lie down or stand up (while someone's holding her of course).
She makes a lot more noise now especially if no one's paying any attention to her.
She's such a smiler. =) But it's pretty hard to get her to laugh.


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