Ever since I got pregnant, I've been steadily gaining weight. I won't say how much weight I've gained so far (wink). Another new thing thats happened since I got pregnant is that I've been craving sweets! Cakes, donuts and ice cream to name a few. I don't usually eat ice cream and I don't eat cakes at all. I have no idea why I crave these things but I do, so I've thought of another way to satisfy this craving. Yogurt! Frozen yogurt to be exact. Just pop these things in the freezer for about an hour and you get a healthy treat in an ice cream-like consistency. They're the perfect low-fat frozen delight especially in this sweltering heat.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Why I Cloth Diaper
I decided early on in my pregnancy that I would use cloth diapers on my baby but I needed to find an alternative to the old ways of using cloth diapers (i.e. lampin). So, I turned to the internet for help. I Googled endlessly about cloth diapers and found out that there is a new way of cloth diapering. Well, there are a lot anyway. I talked about the various systems in this post.
I wanted to do cloth diapering because:
1. I wanted to be Earth friendly,
Disposable diapers leave a trail of waste and pollution. Some disposable diaper packaging instructs to dump solid waste into the toilet and flush it away, but most parents aren't aware of that. That means that waste is going into our landfills where it can leach into groundwater and possibly spread disease. Cloth diapers release solid waste where it belongs - into the sewage system where it is treated with other household waste water. Cloth diapers can also be reused on succeeding children as well.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
This is what I got from Kawaii Baby's website:
Pre-Wash: Brand new diaper repel moisture rather than absorb it. Make sure that you wash 3-4 times before using. There can be residue left on the fabric from the production process that can cause leakage. Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/4 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
When I got my diapers, I immediately had them washed twice in hot water with very minimal detergent. I used Cycles. I know you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions and it said to wash it 3-4 times but I think it's a waste of time and resource, so I opted to use hot water and wash it twice and I think it works just as well. I also made sure to line dry them under direct sunlight for optimum clean.
The diapers I bought were bamboo and you shouldn't wash them together with your diapers lined with microfleece or suede because the oils from the bamboo will coat your microfleece and result in leaking.
To prep cloth diapers:
Wash them in hot a couple of times with very little detergent (Cycles, 1/4 cup to 15 diapers) line dry under direct sunlight.
To prep bamboo and hemp:
Boil some water in a pot then put your bamboo inserts in when the water has reached boiling. Boil for 15mins.
I did the same with my Hemp inserts or run them through several washings (but like I said, I think it's a waste of resources) Boiling is faster. This is to get rid of their natural oils and it help make them more absorbent.
I didn't boil my shells though, (yikes!). I just washed them in hot a couple of times before use then wash them as I normally would cloth diapers. It's a good thing they're all bamboo!
(Cloth diapers usually come with washing instructions and if they don't, I hope this post will help.)