My baby ate her diaper cream!

The changing pad cover was in the wash so I put down diapering essentials on the rug in Willow’s room. I laid out some cloth wipes, a new cloth diaper, and her diaper cream. The phone rang, I could tell it was important by the serious tone it rang. Okay that’s bs, but the phone really did ring. I answered it and came back totally forgotten about said essential diapering items on the floor and saw the baby eating her diaper cream!

In most cases the amount of diaper cream ingested would warrant most parents a trip to the ER for some stomach pumping. But me… I giggled at the “shiny”, as my daughter calls it, all over her face and hands. You see we use Coconut Oil as diaper cream! So ingestion is far from a problem. A common diaper rash in quite a lot of babies is caused by yeast. Coconut Oil prevents the growth of yeast and therefore eliminates the yeast diaper rash. It also helps act as a barrier to moisture in cloth diapers.

Coconut Oil is one of the best monounsaturated fats you can eat, its also an excellent emollient to add to your skin care regimen. There are many other uses of coconut oil and according to many websites this is the modern day cure-all. So pick up a jar of Coconut Oil and slather it on!

 

 

Stash

Most everyone has a stash of some sorts I’d imagine. A redneck has his chew, a star baller has his championship rings, a little girl has her barbies. Me? I have a stash of diapers. 114 to be exact. It started as a need for a night time no leak solution and turned in to an obsession. I’m a sucker for cute prints I suppose. Here they are in all their beloved glory ranging from BSRB, Goodmama, GroBaby, GroVia, Flip and a few WAHMs.  Someone please send me to CD Anonymous!

And the baby that wears them all.

And the biggest reason I do it.

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My Cloth Diaper Spiel

Since I’ve started cloth diapering a lot of my friends and mom’s in my mommy group ( hi you know you who are) have asked me questions about cloth diapering. Here are some of my favorite resources and tips on cloth diapering to hopefully help someone that looking in to cloth diapering too. The more converts we get to cloth diapering the better off this world will be.  So here is my spiel. Enjoy. And by all means please feel free to ask me any questions.

TYPES:

There are many types of diapers. I use hybrids and fitteds.

My bullet proof go to diaper is GroVia Hybrid formerly known as GroBaby AI2. You can find GroBaby’s on the diaper swaps all the time. I wouldn’t pay more than $12-13 per shell and soaker. These diapers are waterproof, the shell is reusable for a few changes and they also have biodegradable disposable inserts you can buy separately which come in handy when you’re traveling. Other brands of hybrids include Flips, and GDiapers.

I also use what’s called a fitted. This is an evolution from the prefold diaper (the kind our parents used on us). They either close with snaps or a snappi or pins. They require a cover but we go coverless at home which lets the bum air out. It’s also great b/c I can tell when the baby wets. The biggest brand of fitteds include Goodmama and Bagshot Row Bamboo (BSRB). Other popular and up and coming boutique fitted brands are Nacho Dipes, Guerilla Fluff, Mudshrimps, Piddle Poodles, Cutiepoops, Rockstar Fluff, Raven Tree, and OMG the list goes on.

The other types of diapers are Pockets, Prefolds, All-in-Ones, Contours and Flats. The diaper type you pick should be one that fits your baby, is convenient to you and the people that also might be diapering your baby.

HYGIENE:

Only use diaper SAFE diaper creams. If a rash breaks out you either have to use liners (rice paper or microfleece) or you have to use sposies. Diaper creams like Desitin are NOT safe and will cause major fish stink in your diapers. They also cause repelling and the pee just bounces off the diapers rather than soaking in. For a list of creams check out the resources links below.

EBF (exclusively breast fed babies) diapers don’t require any care before the pail. Just toss in and wash as usual.

#1’s
Prepare a solution of 30ml Ammonia Remover and 48oz of water in a spray bottle. Spray off each pee diaper before going into the pail. Check out my previous blog all about Ammonia.

#2’s
After introducing solids you have to remove #2 before going into the pail. You can do this via a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet. Makes life convenient. Or you can try EC – elimination communication and catch the baby right before actually doing #2 and remove the diaper and off to the toilet. Spray each sprayed off #2 diaper with Bac-Out. You can get online at drugstore.com or you can buy at Sprouts/Wholefoods/Health Store etc.

Diapers can be stored in a dry pail (ie no water in the bottom). I use the saftey first diaper pail but any bucket with a lid will work. I also line it with a wet bag which can be purchased from the Natural Baby Co. (the large one).

I use cloth wipes which you can buy from etsy or from me, I make them turned and top stitched with flannel and terry. These are way more efficient at cleaning the bum and you can control what solution goes on them.

At each diaper change I will also apply extra virgin coconut oil (it melts when in contact with the skin) this keeps a coating between the baby and diaper much like diaper cream which helps keep moisture off the baby bits. It also prevents yeast rashes since yeast cannot grow in coconut.

LAUNDRY:

Laundry should be done every 2-3 days no more than every 3 days or you’ll get some major funk. Wash consists of the following routine.

RINSE

HOT WASH with cloth safe detergent

RINSE

SECOND RINSE

For a list of safe soaps check out this link. I can personally vouch for Rockin’ Green and Tiny Bubbles (by Natural Baby Co.) They have been great. But if you’re in a pinch you can use Planet which can be found at health food stores.

LINKS

**Resources Websites and Communities:

http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a16235/cloth_diapering

http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/basics.htm

**Diaper Trials:

http://diaperdaisy.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=374

http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10

**Used diaper market place:

http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a69805/cloth_diaper_swap

http://www.diaperswappers.com/

**Diaper Sprayer

http://shop.ebay.com/sigma_products/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

**Diaper Brands

http://gro-via.com/

http://hyenacart.com/BagshotRowBamboo/

http://shop.thegoodmama.com/

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How to Get Rid of Cloth Diaper Ammonia !

Cloth diapering mama’s AMMONIA got you down?

Recently a mom on baby center’s cloth diaper board suggested this and many mama’s including myself have experimented with great success. It’s a little zany but it works!!!!  Here is the first thread and a Second Thread for your browsing pleasure.

Here’s what you do:

Try using  FISH Ammonia Remover! Yes you read that right! You can get it from any pet or fish store. Use about 4-5 tablespoons or 60-70ML  for a full load. Fill water to highest setting.  Do a 5-6 hour hot soak with clean diapers then rinse. Then follow up with hot Wash using Rockin’ Green (or any CD safe Diaper detergent) then follow with a second rinse. From my testing this soak will last about 2-3 months. If you want to go even further between soaking times then try the next step.   I only have a top loader non HE machine so I have no advice on how to fill your washer full.

How to stretch the time between soaks:

I created a spray solution using a 31.5fl oz (931ML) old oxiclean spray bottle. I filled with water and added 30ML of ammonia remover. I spray on each pee diaper before putting into the pail. Using this method I’ve not seen ammonia for approximately 5-6 months after an ammonia remover soak for covers, and diapers with organic cotton and cotton velour and 3-4 months with organic bamboo and bamboo velour. Unfortunately I do not use Microfiber so I do not know the time span it takes between soaks using the spray method.

Funk smell (from #2’s) I use bac-out on every poo diaper and have kept funk away for the most part. Again, bamboo, like that found in BSRB tend to get stinkier a little bit faster.


What diapers are safe to soak?

I’ve found that putting any diaper is safe and hasn’t worn any part of my diaper thin, or ragged, or damaged. So covers, fitteds, aio’s, hybrids, prefolds, bamboo, cotton, flannel you name it. Do the diaper companies recommend this? No they don’t recommend it yet because they haven’t done the research. They also don’t recommend soaking anything with PUL or elastic in vinegar but a lot of have done so anyway. So take your own chances. Again I’ve seen no damage to my diapers so I will continue to use it.

What’s in it?

Any ammonia remover with the main ingredient Sodium methanal sulfoxylate will do the trick. And all you who are searching wikipedia after reading that word, don’t let the ‘formaldehyde’ scare you off. The trace amount is  VERY small and a smaller amount than the ammonia that’s built up in your diapers. Ammonia remover is completely safe for fish which as a fellow aquarium enthusiast know that fish are the most fickle creatures when it comes to water quality.

According to Wikipedia:

A niche use is its use as water conditioner for aquaria as it rapidly reduces chlorine and chloramine and reacts with ammonia to form the innocuous aminomethylsulfinate ion. [1] It is also used as an antioxidant in pharmaceutical formulation. (wikipedia.com)

To interpret the above it is used in fish aquariums and pharmaceuticals and the byproduct is not harmful.   In fact formaldehyde derivatives are even most likely in products YOU already use – check out this list.

What Brand do I get?

There are many brands but what has been tried so far is TopFin, For Dummies and Aqueon. If you try a different brand be sure it is NOT a compound product, ie a dechlorinator, a ph nuetralizer, water conditioner, etc. It should just say Ammonia remover, detoxer, killer or any other variety of words. And again the main ingredient should be Sodium methanal sulfoxylate.

Q&A

How can you tell if you have ammonia?

Immediately after a #1 there will be a stronger smell than normal urine. It literally burns your nasal cavity when inhaling. Products that get rid of FUNK (such as Bac-Out) are usually for #2 build up and might not be formulated to get rid of Ammonia issues.

What causes ammonia in cloth diapers?

When a wet cloth diaper smells really bad, it is most likely due to an overproduction of ammonia. In the body, ammonia is converted to urea and excreted. Once the urine is released, the urea begins converting back to ammonia, so some ammonia smell is perfectly normal. Lingering urea in the diaper and certain types of bacteria can speed up and increase the production of ammonia. So if you smell an unusually strong odor of ammonia after your baby pees, you most likely have a biological residue in your diaper. This residue is most commonly caused by not using enough water to wash and rinse diapers clean. It can also be caused by not using enough detergent. Detergent is what enables water to enter the fibres of the cloth and release its soil (by decreasing the surface tension of the water). If there is too little water (or detergent), the urine is diluted, but not rinsed away. It is recycled in the wash and dries onto the fabric, remaining there in the form of residues. (From Bummis.com)

How does this get rid of ammonia?

Since I know you’re not going to drop the formaldehyde issue check out this great article on why ammonia and formaldehyde derivatives are arch nemeses. In a nut shell they bond to each other and their chemistry changes to a byproduct of water.

The Fine Print:

I am not endorsing nor affiliated with any of the products or chemicals mentioned in this article nor by you trying anything mentioned in this article am I to be held responsible or liable for any claims you might take against me or this article. This is for leisure purposes only. I am just a mom that had stinky diapers and did my research and wanted other mom’s to use this knowledge to make their own decisions. Thank you!

This Seriously Rocks

Rock 'n Green

Message boards are addicting enough but trouble starts when you get product recommendations from them. Though I love my Tiny Bubbles cloth diaper detergent, the message board mom’s are ALWAYS raving about this detergent called Rock ‘N Green (RNG). Though I already have at least a year supply of detergent I caved into the message boards and purchased my first bag of Rock ‘N Green. Without even opening the box it came in I smelled the deviously delicious smell. RNG has about 10 different flavors and 3 different versions of detergent. I chose classic rock fresh linen scent. I am in olfactory heaven and though I’m not due to do diaper laundry until tomorrow…i’m tempted to do a load right now.   

From a marketing stand point – I really enjoy the product packaging, the colors, and the whole grungy motif. That slightly sold me other than all of the recommendations.

*UPDATE*
And now for my review. I’ve previously stripped our diapers twice using original dawn and lots of rinses. But they still had the ammonia build up no matter what I tried. This is initially what led me to buy RNG. I did one normal wash routine, pre-rinse, hot wash with RNG, 2 cold rinses. Smelled fresh n clean out of the drier. Then for the real test waited for my daughter to pee in them to see if the ammonia build up was gone and it WAS! Maybe it was a fluke? Nope I’ve done four washes since writing the original post and no more ammonia smell. WOO!