Monthly Archives: November 2011

2 weeks and diapering strong..

2 weeks and diapering strong...

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2 weeks and diapering strong..

Lucy finally arrived on November 11, 2011 at 1:41pm.  She weighed 8 lbs 7 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long.  The labor and delivery were painful as expected but since I had already given birth once before to a 9lb baby (Jack), I knew what to expect and managed to have more control throughout the entire process.  This isn’t a natural labor blog so I’ll spare you the gory details, but all in all it was a wonderful experience and we are so glad that Lucy arrived safe and happy.

I know I had mentioned before that I was planning on starting her cloth diapering whilst we were in the hospital but that plan didn’t survive.  First of all, I left the diapers at home…Second of all, I don’t believe it would have been an easy process seeing as how she was taken back and forth from the  nursery, nurses were changing her diaper often, and I was enjoying them taking care of her for the first two days so I didn’t protest :).  Now, I am sure that if I wanted to I could have made it work, but I failed and that’s okay.

She dropped down to 8 lbs before we left the hospital and when we arrived at home I was anxious to try our flip diaper system on her. The only trouble was that her legs were quite tiny and the inserts and covers left a gap that was going to lead to leaks. So, we have been using pre-folds with snappies and then using the flip cover over it.   I began using the inserts a few days ago and since she has probably gained at least 1 1/2 lbs or more since she has been home, her legs have chubbed up a bit and the inserts are working great! Everything is working great so far, but we do have to change her diaper quite often as she has been eating a lot and seems to be a heavy wetter.

Lucy wearing her fluff

Each night, or every other night, I have loaded our washing machine with dirty diapers, pre-washed, then washed with our Rockin’ Green detergent and mio-babino antibacterial nappy cleanser.  I rinse twice and then throw the inserts, or prefolds into the dryer and line dry the covers (which dry extremely fast).  All in all, Matthew and I have found this process to be way easier than anticipated. We haven’t bought any disposable diapers and wow, are we glad because this little girl wets and poops way more than Jack ever did.  I will place an order this week for a wet bag which will make going out easier as well as a diaper sprayer, which will make the breastfeeding poop come off the diaper easier than a swirl in the toilet (sorry if that grosses you out but it works!).  After those orders and two more purchases for a flip day pack, I believe that we will be well on our way to a full time cloth diapering family.

I would say to those who think that cloth diapering is more of a chore than necessary, go ahead and try it.  It’s not that hard, it’s not that stinky, and man…they sure look cute wearing them :)….happy diapering!!

Dioxane…the chemical of the hour

Halloween and pregnancy have slowed me down a bit these last few days but good news…Jack’s diapers do not leak overnight! He is 2 1/2 but his diapers are still wet when he wakes up in the morning. Both of the inserts were wet but his skin was mostly dry and best of all, nothing leaked from the cover! This is great news for me since I am still hoping to only have to use pre-folds and Flip diapers and inserts on my babies.  I like everything that has occurred so far.  I will say that he has not had a poopie in his Flip diapers yet but I wonder if that is because of his age and the fact that he only goes once every other day…as well as the fact that he is aware of how different they feel and may be purposefully holding it in.  But, only time will tell.

I read an interesting article today referred to me by a friend and saw that Johnson & Johnson is finally being exposed a little about the chemicals that are found in their products.  Dioxane is one of those chemicals that is found in these baby personal care products which is also a chemical that is found in disposable diapers.  Here is some information I found on the EPA’s website that gives a detailed definition/description of dioxane:

Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000

      1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent.  Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans.  It may also irritate the skin.  Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water.  In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths.  Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals.  EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.

So hopefully as people become aware of the possible danger(s) of dioxane they will thoroughly research products such as disposable diapers that contain this chemical.  I find it interesting that dioxane can cause irritation to the skin and when considering sensitive baby skin, it would seem even more important to use products on babies that do not contain this chemical.  I am glad that I use Arbonne products that contain no harmful chemicals or even mineral oil in them and they have all but rid my son of his eczema.  I wonder now that he will be in cloth diapers for most of the time, if that will also help with any redness that may occur near his diaper area.

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