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!



How to Get Rid of Cloth Diaper Ammonia !

Cloth diapering mama’s wii u bitcoin 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. (

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.


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

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.

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!

On the Wagon

Drugs, sex, rock n roll, beer, food, shopping….most everyone has the propesnity to get addicted to something. Sometimes it sneaks up on you before you even realize that it has happened to you. For me it all started with night time leaky diapers. Since her diapers stay on longer at night she tended to leak out of them by the morning. Using prefolds helped this but they just weren’t all that cute. I ordered my first ever fitted diaper called Bagshot Row Bamboo (BSRB). It came in the mail. I used it at night. There were no leaks. Her bum was cute. By the following week I had 18 more fitted diapers arrive in the mail. Doh! After realizing what I had done I stopped scouring the message boards looking for adorable diapers. I have put myself on the wagon. This is a common term in the cloth diapering community when a mom realizes she’s gone a little overboard buying diapers. Often times the husbands are the one that put them on the wagon.

I now have enough diapers to last about 20 days without even washing. Though I’d never go more than 2 days without washing. Part of my fitted stash is below not including one’s that need to be washed and three in the mail. When you stay at home all day its nice to look at a cute fluffy butt.


Added more to the Stash as of Earth Day 4/22/10:

My Fluffy Love

If you haven’t heard already, I just came back from gall bladder surgery. It turned out to be a 48 hour ordeal which meant the husband was in charge of our 4 1/2 month old baby, ALL by himself. This was a big deal but he took care of her with flying colors. He brought my daughter to visit me in the hospital (well she needed to eat) two times and both times she had on her cloth diapers and he neatly packed away her diapering supplies in her diaper bag without me even saying anything.

I use an All in 2 (AI2) system called Gro Baby by The Natural Baby Co. If it weren’t so easy to use their system my husband would have been forced to go buy sposies. When he and my daughter came to visit me, he didn’t quite feel comfortable using the wet bag and such so he brought along a few Bio Soakers which are biodegradable inserts that fit into the Gro Baby shells.

I felt so proud that my husband used cloth diapers on his own and this wouldn’t have been possible without Gro Baby cloth diapering system. So I just wanted to post some fluffy love.