Friday, March 21, 2014

Mommy Look What I Can Fit In My Nose!

Little Young came to me with a panic look in his eyes and I immediately figured he had an accident in his undies. But to my surprise he kept babbling on and pointing at his nose. I didn't see anything and then.....ahhhh, something was moving......a LADYBUG!!! Chuck ran for the nose sucker and I kept him (and myself) calm. Yuck, Yick, Yucky. It came out just fine and all is well again. Little Young loves ladybugs and often stinks like them ,but i think even he was surprised at what he had done.
Little Young's little friend

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rumparooz Cloth Diaper Review

This next review is also for a diaper that I like, but it has it's flaws. The Rumparooz!!!! I only have one style in this brand.

RUMPAROOZ- the one I'm reviewing is a pocket diaper. This diaper has 2 microfiber inserts (like the Bum Genius 4.0), but this one has the option of snapping the inserts together. It also has "double gussets" which helps to keep poo blow-outs in. And is a One Size, so it has the snap down rise. I own and use both the aplix and snap versions.

- aplix wears well
Little Young in his snap Rumparooz
- nice fit
- cute prints
- double gussets
- very absorbent with both inserts
- inserts snap together for easier "stuffing"
- fairly easy to obtain

- very, very bulky with both inserts
-  the opening inside that you "stuff" into is small, so you have to touch the inserts to pull them out and wash
- the opening inside that you "stuff" into gapes open and makes poo very hard to spray out cleanly, most of the time poo will get all over the inserts

I love the double gussets of this diaper, but the bulk is very hard to fit under clothes. If it's summertime and your child can go without a bottom then it's no big deal. This is our "go to" nap time diaper, because it absorbs well and the "big butt bulk" doesn't matter in bed. Again, I wouldn't make my whole stash out of these. If I didn't already own them, I would probably just use one of my other diapers for nap.
*I am trying a couple of the Rumparooz newborn AIOs for the new little guy*

Rumparooz aplix

inserts snapped together

inside double gusset

gapping back opening

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Planting Our Lettuce

Snail helped me plant the lettuce this past weekend and now we are just waiting for them to pop up and make a presentation. All but one variety was purchased from  Bakers Creek Seeds ,we have been buying them for about 7+ yrs ,we actually visit the farm in Missouri in 2012 on our way to South Dakota. The are very conscious of the GMO problems and keep their seeds pure. Plus, they have varieties that you can't find anywhere else....great company, with an interesting family.  These are the varieties we planted  this year...

1) Gotte Jaune D'Or- beautiful little heads
2) Red Romaine
3) Crisp Mint- Also a Romaine type
4) Little Gem- this is one of our favorites and we have grown it for years. They are small little heads that are so yummy.
5) Parris Island- this one is a Martha Living brand and grows well down here in the south

I can't wait to have our own fresh lettuce again!!! In a couple weeks, I'll sew lettuce seeds again in between the rows, so we'll have lettuce until it gets too hot.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bum Genius Diaper Review

This is the first chance I have gotten to start my diaper reviews because we have been......potty training!!! Which makes me love my cloth diapers even Little Young has had a rocky start with the potty. Anyway on to the review.....

Bum Genius isn't my favorite or my least favorite, it's somewhere in the middle.

I use/used two different styles both in snap and in velcro (aplix) Bum Genius Freestyle and Bum Genius 4.0.....I'll start with the Freestyle.

Little Young in his snap Freestyle

FREESTYLE- this is an All-in-One (AIO) diaper, that means everything is sewn in and all you have to do is put it on. And a One Size....can take you from birth-potty training (would be very bulky at birth) The soakers inside are microfiber (man made)

- You don't have to "stuff" these like a pocket diaper
- They wash well
- Good fit
- Very absorbent
- Easy to purchase (popular)
- Comes in a variety of cute colors

- Elastic wears faster than any other brand I have tried (elastic should be easy to replace)
- Velcro wears out fairly fast
- Holds odors more than a natural fiber
- When spraying out solids, the sewn in inserts can be hard to clean

4.0- this is a pocket diaper (you stuff in inserts into the pocket), this diaper normally comes with 2 inserts, a newborn sz and regular sz that can snap down for size variation. I started using just the regular sz insert and as he has wet more I started add the newborn one also as a "doubler". This also is a "One Size" diaper.

-Good fit
- Very absorbent, with both inserts
- Easy to spray out solids
-Comes in a variety of cute colors
Little Young in his aplix 4.0
- Easy to purchase (popular)
- The pocket opening is large enough that you
can just shake the inserts out and not have to touch them.

- You have to "stuff" the inserts
- You can only stuff the inserts into the back
- Elastic wears faster than any other brand I have tried (elastic should be easy to replace)
- Velcro wears out fairly fast
- Holds odors more than a natural fiber

To sum it up, I wouldn't get rid of my Bum genius, but I wouldn't go out and buy nothing but Bum Genius for my stash. I like the Freestyle better than the 4.0, because they are similar, but I don't have to stuff them. So, I normally use them first (after wash day), because I have to stuff the rest. Also, they come in snap and Velcro. I like the snap better for longevity, but you do get a customize fit with Velcro.....if it wasn't for it wearing out so fast :( But with all the Velcro out there, on smaller babies, when they are doing lots of crawling and sitting up the velcro digs into the baby's belly. If I was starting over again, I would buy a couple Freestyle snaps for my stash.
*I am trying a couple of Bum Genius AIO x-smalls for the one little one.*

Freestyle open with inserts flipped out
Freestyle inside

Smallest rise setting (meant for newborn)
Middle rise setting (infant)

Largest rise setting (toddler)

Inserts for the 4.0 diaper

Inside of the 4.0

Outside of the 4.0 (as you can tell the elastic is relaxed)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crash Course in Cloth Diapering

I am a huge researcher, anytime I start something new I research and read up on it as much as I can. And when I started the cloth diaper journey I read a ton and watch a lot of youtube videos, so I figured I better do my part....before we start potty training!!!

I started cloth diapering when Little Young was almost 6 months old. I had a few cloth diapers I had bought before he was born (we figured if the government tells you to have a
few months of food stockpiled, then we better have a few emergency diapers too).  I have purchased a large assortment of diapers to see what we liked best. Ever family and baby is different, so like everything else I jumped right in and started buying just a couple of each brand that seemed to work well (per other people's reviews). We cloth diaper all the time, except night time.....Little Young has been the most difficult sleeper, so I was afraid he would leak and wake up or not like bulk....anything the keep him sleeping!!!! Some people don't cloth diaper when they are out or only on the weekdays. I don't find it any harder to cloth diaper while out, so I always bring them with.

Anyway, I started with the cheapest diapers I could get and it was a rocky start. I'm going to list a few basics about cloth diapering and then in different posts break down the different brands we have tried. Here we go......

What you need to start.....

-DIAPERS- you'll need enough cloth diapers to last 2-3 days (that's how often you'll be washing).
My diaper pails
 For a newborn that's going to be anywhere from 24-36+ diapers, you can't really wash more than that at one time anyway.
For an older infant the number will go down, with Little Young right now he uses 10-15 diapers in 2 days.

- DIAPER PAIL- or somewhere to store your soiled diapers. Lots of people use an empty kitchen trash can or large wet bag. I use containers that are meant for dog food, they have a nice rubber seal that keeps the stink in. I originally bought one that was too small and then had to buy a bigger one, so I use the bigger one for the wet diapers and the smaller one for the poopy diapers. My only regret here is that with that tight seal the diapers have no air circulation and have had ammonia build up (this is mostly due to my hard water and poor detergent). Also, I would like to have a "pail liner", this is a waterproof bag that fits inside the diaper pail and you just throw that in with your diaper laundry....instead of washing the pail all the time like I do.

-A WASHING MACHINE (and detergent)

-And of course.....A BABY

The wonderful diaper sprayer

-DIAPER SPRAYER- this is just like a kitchen sprayer and it hooks up to your toilets plumbing. When your little one has a stinky diaper you just hold it over the toilet and spray out the poop. It sounds easy, but it can be tricky your first couple times. I didn't have a sprayer until we had cloth diapered for at least 6+ months. They can be expensive, so I wanted to make sure I was going to stick with it (I got mine off ebay and paid less than $30).

-DIAPER LINERS- these are another option to make poop diapers easier to clean out. They are either made of fabric (normally fleece) or are disposable. When I didn't have a sprayer I used disposable liners occasionally. They are relatively cheap and you get a ton. You can also buy some really cheap thin wipes (they need to be extremely thin) and dry them in the dryer....instant liners.

-WET BAG- this a waterproof bag with a zipper on top. They are very handy to have when your out....just throw your soiled diapers in there until you get home. And they come in very cute prints!

-Change diaper like normal (I do not use cloth wipes)t
-Take insert out if a pocket diaper
-Spray out diaper if poopy
-Throw in diaper pail

1- Prewash, Cold water, no detergent (I just run a "quick wash") This just gets them rinsed out and ready for washing
2- Wash , Hot Water, detergent (I use the "heavy duty" setting on my washer)
3- Extra Rinse
4- Hang to dry, you can dry some things in the dyer, but anything with PUL (waterproof material) or elastic will wear out much quicker.
~SUNNING~ dry your diapers in the sun as much as you can. The sun is great at getting rid of stains and keeping them fresh.

-If you have detergent build up/residue or hard well water (like mine) you may have to strip your diapers of this build up periodically. To do this I put all my CLEAN diapers in bathtub for a long hot soak in detergent, Calgon, or bleach. I let them soak for 4-8 hrs, so I refresh the water with hot every few hours. Rinse them a couple times in the tub and then put them in the washer for a rinse and spin.

This is a touchy subject, but it's worth talking about. I use TIDE Free and Gentle. I have used several "cloth diaper approved" detergents and they never cleaned my diapers and I had a huge ammonia problem. Since switching to Tide over 8 months ago I'm happy and so is Little Young's bottom. If I hadn't switched, I would have stopped cloth diapering. Some diapers companies will void your warranty if you don't used an "approved" detergent, but when they start stinking and having yeast and ammonia issues, you have to use a product to fix those things that will void your warranty anyway.

There is a ton of different diaper brands and I plan on talking about the ones we've tried next time.

I'm sure I'll think of more later and add to this post. If you have any questions or comments pleases leave me a message in the "comment" section!