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As summer progressed, Brendan began to figure out how to take off diapers with aplix/velcro...a problem I never had with my older son. I quickly grew tired of extra changes due to him loosening the diaper and allowing his clothing to get wet. I heard of people converting their hook and loop diapers to snaps; so I began to look into that option to solve our new problem. I found quite a few people who sell this service, and chose one whom I "know" from an online forum. I chose to convert 7 diapers: five of my bumGenius 3.0's and two of my Blueberry Minky's.
It is very important to note that by altering the diapers, you will void any warranty on them. This wasn't a problem for me since I chose diapers that were past their warranty period. I sent off my diapers, and about two weeks later, I had 7 "new" diapers that my son can't take off. They turned out looking great, and I am happy to say that our problem has been solved. I was so happy that I was able to salvage the diapers that I already had in my stash, and give them even longer life. Whereas I love buying new fluff, I enjoy adding to my stash, not replace diapers already in it.
My first revelation is that the outfit my daughter will wear for the day is usually chosen based on which diapers are available for use. Yes, you read it, her diapers dictate her fashion! I usually choose dresses because they provide optimal exposure for the diap. My favorite dresses are multicolored because they allow me the widest variety of diapers to choose. It’s not as simple as matching the outfit to the diaper, however. In fact, I usually don’t “match.” I coordinate. Yes, there is a difference! Stay with me now…I will never put a diaper on that is the same color as the predominant color in the dress, too predictable! I will pull a secondary or tertiary color in the dress and that will be the diaper I choose. For instance, a purple striped dress with yellow flowers and green stems? On go the Butternut or Grasshopper bumGenius One Size diaper. Pink dress with eggplant stripes? The Blackberry Gro Baby is the obvious choice. My favorite is a little navy dress that has so many colors in it that I can use the Blossom, Twilight, Grasshopper or Zinnia Bum Genius, as well as two different colors of SoftBums. I have waaay too much fun with this!
My second determining factor? How much she will be seen, of course! If it’s a high-profile day, which for a 6 month old means shopping, lunching, visiting or the potential for paparazzi (okay so the only paparazzi is her mama, but I do take a lot of pictures) we go with one of her cuter patterned diapers. For these, I don’t like to be too matchy-matchy. I almost like a slight clash to make the diaper stand out. I will do stripes matched with polka dots or flowers with circles. She has the Pink on Chocolate Blueberry Organic Bamboo Velour One Size diaper (we call it her “Fancy” or “Gourmet” diaper) and it looks just so adorable with dresses that have pink stripes or brown flowers. Everyone notices this diaper; it’s just so cute!
Trimness is another very important factor. My Gro Baby or hemp-stuffed bumGenius diapers are the trimmest in our stash. I will always reach for these first when going out. I’ll also put these on with outfits requiring pants so she doesn’t look so bulky. My FuzziBunz Perfect Size diapers are usually my nap or in-the-house-with-a-t-shirt diapers because they’re a little thicker. And they just seem so soft and cozy for naptime. I’ll always save a bumGenius for the end of the day and double stuff it for overnight.
Factors that are always in the back of my head…I have more Blossom and Zinnia in my stash than any other color so I will use those for naps, etc and save my blues, greens, purples, yellows, etc for fun matching opportunities. I will try to coordinate with my Gro Baby when possible if we’re going out because the shells are reusable and I can just throw a couple of snap-ins into my diaper bag. And my poor Happy Heinys One Size diaper, though I truly do love the function of the diaper, rarely sees the light of day or the public eye. It is purely superficial discrimination and very unfair, but the thing is FLOURESCENT PINK! It could be used to guide airplanes or highlight textbooks!
With all of these complicated factors, coordinating colors and contrasting patterns you would think a diaper change would take forever, but, scary as it may sound, this has become second nature for me. I can dress my daughter quicker (and, like most moms, better) than I can dress myself. It is a fine-tuned, carefully honed skill and for right now I have a very compliant little model. Now if only dressing my 4 year old was this easy…-- By Jennifer G.
Method to my Cloth Diaper Madness!
We women are notorious for opening our closets and peering inside only to exclaim, “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!” I’m guilty! I’m sure you are too, right? Thankfully, I don’t have the same problem when it comes to cloth... Ok, well, if truth be told, I do. Oftentimes I insist that my little man’s diapers match his clothes... even his pajamas match his nighttime diapers (as do my girls' nighttime cloth too). Obsessive? Yes, I know!
With the overwhelming amount of diapers I do have available I worked out a little routine which helps me rotate through my stash and ensure all the diapers in our stash get some lovin’!
For nighttime we used to use all bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers. However, I’ve grown weary from stuffing diapers and trainers for all three of my kids for night purposes therefore I’ve converted both Ilyas and my younger daughter Halimah over to the bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diapers for night-time. While these diapers aren’t typically suited for night-time, I’ve found if I add a Thirsties Hemp Insert to the diaper by simply laying it on top then these diapers work great for both my son and daughter for overnight. My oldest daughter is thankfully showing signs of being night trained soon! However, in the meantime, she wears the Happy Heinys pocket trainers stuffed with a premium prefold (these truly save me from the inevitable backache that comes from having to virtually dismantle the top bunk of her bed in order to change the sheets should she wet during the night)!
In the morning I change Ilyas into either a FuzziBunz diaper (sized or One Size), or a cute print from either Happy Heinys or Bumwear. Since he typically goes poo in the morning I prefer to use the pocket diapers because the fleece lining is very easy to blast clean with the diaper sprayer! Although, lately he’s been an unexpected marathon poo-er - so my best laid plans have oftentimes been thwarted.
On days when it feels like I’m living inside an oven I put him in a Kiwi Pie fitted and nothing else - we decide to go sans diaper cover unless we leave the house (and even then I’ve gone coverless a couple times - I just add a hemp fleece doubler beneath the bamboo soakers for added protection)!
Kiwi Pie fitted diapers are incredibly soft and absorbent yet completely breathable; perfect for hot days! Surprisingly, out of all the diapers I’ve tried the Kiwi Pie’s are the ONLY diaper my hubster has approved of thus. Therefore, on the weekends my little guy is wearing solely Kiwi Pie’s; otherwise hubby complains and takes off the diaper to allow him to crawl around the house “marking his territory” like a cat. Ummmm... no!
For naps, outdoor activities, trips, or visits to family and friends then we’re back in the bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diapers as well as the SoftBums and Gro Baby diapers. On laundry days I especially like to use the SoftBums and Gro Baby diapers since those inserts can typically withstand being in the diaper pail for a couple days without causing excessive odors and they don’t take up much space at all (they’re also great to travel with)!
We all have our own little quirks when selecting a diaper; what’s yours?
Founded in 2005, and owned by Jonathan & Melissa Posner, the proud parents of a 2 1/2year old daughter, Giavannah, Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention was formulated in early 1972 by Jonathan’s father, Robert Posner, a renowned skin care specialist and cosmetic chemist. It was initially formulated for Jonathans’ stubborn diaper rash in their Long Island home. When it was realized that the product worked so well, Grandma El (Eleanor Posner), found herself hand delivering this miracle to people who had heard of the product from their friends.
Jonathan followed in his mother’s footsteps and as the word of this miraculous product continued to spread, he hand delivered the miracle to friend’s and neighbors at all hours. He then formed the company using the name Grandma El’s and now helps prevent and heal diaper rash throughout the country. If your baby is in diapers, you Need Grandma El’s!
The product, Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention, was formulated in 1972 by Robert M. Posner. At this time, Posner was one of the most well known formulators of wound healing products, lecturing across the country in hospitals and nursing homes including burn units at UCLA, Albert Einstein Medical Center in NY, and The Sam Houston Burn Center in Texas. Robert M. Posner is responsible for research and development for the Company. Posner, a 45 year veteran cosmetic chemist, is known for formulating some of the most effective skin care products available today.
What’s in it
Grandma El’s is manufactured by an FDA and cGMP compliant skin care product manufacturer in New York, USA. Grandma El’s contains no preservatives and only contains ingredients on the FDA GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) List so you can be assured your baby is getting the safest therapy.
- Natural Vitamin E - an anti-oxidant, derived from Wheat Germ Oil.
- Balsam of Peru natural derivatives - a plant of Peru, known as a healing agent.
- Salicylic Acid - Promotes new skin growth. Derived from Willow Bark.
- Yellow Petrolatum - A moisture barrier. Derived from natural mineral oil.
- Anhydrous Lanolin - Insecticide-Free, Allergy-Free. Protects and heals.
Why Grandma El’s
Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention is absolutely the most effective diaper changing ointment available today. Used with every diaper change, Grandma El’s will keep your baby free of diaper rash as it prevents, protects, and heals. Grandma El’s is pediatrician recommended & hypo-allergenic, and safe for babies with even the most sensitive skin.
Grandma El’s has put an end to the white, messy paste, lotions, and creams. The patented formula creates a breathable barrier which lets your baby’s skin breathe as it protects from moisture, making it the fastest, most effective product available. Grandma El’s begins working immediately on contact to sooth and heal your baby’s sensitive bottom. Over 76% or our parents are brand loyal to Grandma El’s.
Grandma El’s is the only product tested and approved by Happy Heinys to work with cloth diapers.
If your baby is in diapers, you need Grandma El’s.
I wasn't outspoken about my rather idealistic goals. I knew most people would think I was crazy, probably doubly so for using cloth and for trying to potty learn at an early age. Mostly, I just kept my head down and my mouth shut. I did share what I was doing with a few close friends that have young children, since they couldn't help but notice the switch. But I never set out to convince anyone to cloth diaper. I wasn't fully convinced yet myself. It was merely an experiment.
As the grand experiment continued, I began noticing some "side benefits" to my cloth diapering decision: no huge, smelly trash bag full of diapers in my garbage, no more costly store trips to stock up on something I was just going to throw away. I bought my last small package of disposables when my son was 14 months old, and they lasted a good two months. And wow, disposable diapers smell bad to me now, even when they're not dirty! I had never noticed. This change just might work for us....
Over time, my friend Rachel began asking me questions about what I was doing: "How much do cloth diapers cost? How do you wash them? Do you like them? Do you think it's working?" I answered as honestly as I could; I was very open about sharing my successes and struggles -- what was working, what was driving me nuts. She could see the benefits on her own -- not having to shell out the cash for disposables was something even our frugal husbands could get excited about!
Now I'm convinced that cloth diapering is a great decision, and I can see so many benefits that I didn't see before. However, I didn't actively try to persuade Rachel (or anyone else, for that matter) that cloth diapering was a good idea. After all, I never would have tried cloth myself if I had not come to it with ulterior motives! I simply answered questions when asked, showed others what I was doing, and let them form their own opinions. Most people are pretty good at doing that, anyway! I'm learning sometimes the most convincing argument is the one you arrive at all by yourself.
The day finally came, a few months later, when Rachel called me with a question, "Um, could I borrow some of your prefolds and covers? I'm thinking about this cloth diapering thing."
I grinned to myself. "Sure! Absolutely!"
Our sons are both two years old now; they've mastered the potty and ditched the diapers. However, we have many cloth diapering days ahead and we're both adding new little members to our families. Rachel just had a baby last month, and I'm expecting in a few more weeks. We've both decided to try cloth diapering a newborn, only this time, we'll be experimenting together. We're having fun trying different diaper combinations on Rachel's accommodating, sweet new baby to see what works and what doesn't. I'm very excited to begin cloth diapering my newborn with a supportive friend! If we just so happen to influence a few more friends to join us along the way, so much the better!
-- By Jennifer H.