Friday, July 19, 2013

Watch Your Diaper Rash Cream!

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Many people new to cloth diapering don't realize that many diaper creams available are not cloth diaper safe. Zinc oxide can cause major wicking on your diapers as well as it is nearly impossible to wash out. You also want to watch for creams that have cod oil in them. Many diaper companies will have their recommendations on what creams to use with their diapers and some may recommend not using any creams at all so always be aware of the care instructions that come with your diapers.

Here are a list of common diaper rash creams that are safe for cloth diapers:

Angel Baby Bottom

Baby Bottom Better


California Baby (I do not recommend the Calming. It made Ava scream bloody murder and we have not used it since.)

Coconut Oil

I'm a big fan of coconut oil. I use it as Ava's daily moisturizer as well as her diaper rash cream. She is a rather yummy smelling baby. Coconut oil is all natural and completely chemical free. The only time it has not worked for us is when we had a nasty yeast rash a few weeks ago and our pediatrician had to prescribe a compound cream to get rid of the rash (she got it thanks to a food allergy and having very acidic bowel movements from it - no more yogurt). If for some reason you have to use a non-cloth diaper friendly cream I recommend purchasing the flushable liners and lining your diaper with them each change. We get our liners from Amazon. They are $6.00 a pack and got the job done of protecting the diaper from the cream.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Charcoal Bamboo 5-Layer Inserts

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I purchased some Babyland 5-layer charcoal bamboo inserts (CBI for short) from one of my regular co-oping groups. After having a few leaking issues with just microfiber inserts I figured it was time to change things up. I've tried the blended inserts from Sunbaby however I just wasn't that impressed by them. They didn't seem to hold much for the cost and description that came with them.

I'm on day 5 of my CBI inserts and I LOVE them!! I double them at night and always get 12+ ours of sleep from them and during the day Ava gets probably 5 hours with just one insert at 6 months old. I usually change her sooner than 5 hours but it is helpful if we are out shopping or socializing not to have to stop every 3 hours and change a diaper due to having a heavy wetter. They also fit wonderfully in all my diaper brands (i.e. Sunbaby, Charlie Banana, Happy Flute, Flip, Weegro)

So here are the perks to using CBI inserts:

* They don't stain as much as the white microfiber inserts do

* You can put them directly on skin so you can use them in covers as well.

* The insert is 2 layers of 100% bamboo charcoal and 3 layers of 100% microfiber inside which is suppose to make them 5 times more absorbent.

* Charcoal bamboo is naturally antibacterial.

The other plus is that they are easy to prep but you will realize how much liquid they absorb while prepping. I prepped mine the following way:

1. Bring large pot of water to a boil

2. After water is at a boil place as many inserts that you can into the pot (Be careful cause it will bubble and boil over if you put to many)

3. Boil for 20 minutes and then careful remove the inserts and let them cool down (They retain heat for a good 20 minutes)

4. Wash inserts like you usually would with detergent on hot/cold

5. Rinse inserts and extra 4 times on a cold rinse

6. Dry inserts either by line drying or in dryer (I am a fan of line drying however these take FOREVER to dry due to being so absorbent)

7. Stuff your fluff! You are good to go!

I always do an extra rinse before washing soiled inserts and diapers after using them. And on a super exciting note I should be getting some new fluff this week to try out and review! I'm stalking the mail lady!