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Why Changing Boys And Girls Can Be Scary

 

 

A number of people are of the opinion that changing the diaper of boys and girls are either the same, very different, or scary. I would like to explain the process of both.

Let me first explain, I had a girl and then had a boy. Personally I thought they would be the same but quickly, though trial and error, found out that they we’re not. I never thought they were scary though. I will not go into depth about my boo boos but I will explain how they are the same but at the same time difference.

But Elaine, how can they be two things at once? Well simply, they are babies! But if you keep reading, I will do my best to explain what I mean!

So let’s jump right in to our first topic of how to properly change a girl’s diaper!

 

Changing A Girl 

 

If you have a girl then they are pretty easy to change, but they still have things you watch for. For instance, with a girl you will always wipe from FRONT TO BACK. But Elaine, why is that so important? Well, I’m glad you asked me so I can tell you.

When you wipe a girl from BACK TO FRONT then you are bringing the germs that are secreted from her anus into her vagina. This can then ultimately lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI), which isn’t pleasant.

Another interesting fact I have found is that you should use baby powder and diaper powder as little as possible so that the moisture levels will remain in balance. You see if you use too much powder it can irritate the baby girl soft skin and cause an infection.

As most people are aware boys and girls are different so now I will tell you about how to change a boy.

 

Changing A Boy 

 

Changing a boy is similar to a girl except you do have some extra external parts to deal with. I will be discussing this in detail here.

First thing you will need to do when you remove the front of the diaper is cover the penis with a wash cloth so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine.

Next you will need to wipe down the areas around the penis and scrotum carefully.

If he has just wet then you will need to wipe all the areas off, but if he has pooped you will have to clean the mess plus possible put on diaper safe cream (if you use it). Clean all around the bottom by lifting his little legs in the air very gently.

Now lift the baby’s legs a little higher so you can pull out the old diaper and insert a clean one. Make sure the clean one is at his waist and the penis is pointing downward before you fasten the diaper. By pointing the penis in a downward fashion this will help keep the urine from leaking at the waist.

Now you simply will redress your baby, place the diaper in the bag or can, and wash your hands. Wa-la you are done!!!

So in what ways are boys and girls similar?

 

How Are They Similar         

 

Whenever any baby is changed you will want to keep a close eye on them especially if you are changing them on a surface of the ground.

Be sure to have all supplies you will need on hand and ready to go, because once you get started you can’t leave the baby unattended.

Remove their outer clothing so you can get to the diaper easier. If they are squirmy or wiggly then give them a toy to occupy them while you are changing them.

All babies should be checked for changing every few hours during the day and at least once during the night. Why should you check them so often? Because the pee and poop can very easily irritate their sensitive skin.

When you are changing any baby you will need to use fragrance-free, alcohol free products on their skin so they won’t break out in a rash.

You could just simply wash them with water and then pat the bottom dry. Just be sure not to scrub the baby too hard because this can lead to skin breaking down. This is why I am stressing to PAT the baby’s bottom. Better yet, you could simply let them air dry.

 

Now we will talk about how the two can be so different.

 

 

How Are They Different

 

This is a way they are all similar but different at the same time. You are probably saying she has me so confused by that statement. So let me try to explain.

All babies, well at least most babies, will pee as soon as air hits their privates. That is just a natural reaction so be prepared for it. The reason I say most babies is because if I say all babies then I’m sure that there will be that one who will not. So let’s just go with most.

Anyway, back to what I was saying, most babies will pee when air hits their privates, the difference will be with boys it will tend to go straight up and girls will dribble down. This has been my experience and yours may have be a little different. Just be prepared for the shooting or dribbling urine!! and have the towels or wash cloths ready!!

And water, it may have a similar effect as air just to let you know so you can be prepared.

 

 

In Summary

 

 

Changing A Girl

  • Pretty easy to change
  • Front to back

Changing A Boy

  • Exposed external parts
  • Cover the penis

How Are They Similar

  • Never leave them unattended
  • Check them every few hours

How Are They Different

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Let’s Chart It!

 

In this article we will be discussing the use of a diaper changing chart. We will be talking about what this is, why it is important, what is recorded on it, and some misc. tips.
Many pediatricians want a new parent to track a newborns diaper output for about 6 weeks. A parent will go to see the doctor a few days after being released from the hospital and then again 6 weeks after the baby is born. You can expect them to ask about peeing, pooping, and feeding of their child. The newborn should be having about 6 wet diapers a day and 1-3 poop diapers per day. This will all depend on whether they are bottle fed or breast fed. They also should be eating 24 oz of formula or 8-10 times per day for breast fed newborns.

Now let’s get into the first category of What is it.

What Is It

 

First thing we need to do is define what a diaper changing chart is? A diaper changing chart is a chart where you keep track of the diaper changes, and what is in the diaper. In other word, whether the diaper is just wet, filled with poop, or has diarrhea.

But Elaine, why would you need to know this? This is important for many reasons that I will go into in further detail in the next category but this information is needed mainly for health reasons. Parents need to be keeping track of this information for their pediatrician.

There are also charts that will keep track of both feeding and diaper changes. They will be discussed in detailed later in this article. But for now I will give you a brief overview. For instance, how much formula or breast milk they had, whether the baby ate solid food or not. These will or can affect the diaper output.
Now we will discuss why this is important.

 

Why Use It  

It is important to change your baby often to prevent health problems. You need to monitor your baby’s output because these help to indicate this. The pediatrician may ask you these questions at your appointment so this way you will be ready.

One of the changes worth noting is that if your baby is peeing less than usual or their having hard poops then this could be a sign of dehydration.

You should change your child regularly because the ammonia from the urine will mix with the bacteria from the poop and cause a rash. Therefore, you will need to change the baby before or after each feeding.

Also since most babies do not show discomfort when they are wet, this is why a diaper changing chart comes in so handy. This is a schedule to help you to get into the habit of changing your baby every few hours.

 

Now we will talk about what will be recorded on the chart.

 

What Do You Record    

On these charts are listed whether the child is dry, wet, pooped, diarrhea as stated previously. This information is useful to the parents for the reasons I have previously stated, mostly health issues. Also, on the charts are listed the times and then room for the caregiver to write comments.

Some charts list diaper changing and feeding while some only track the diaper changes. The feedings would be helpful because there are times when that will affect the diaper output.

 

When you introduce a new food to your child this can sometimes affect their output. To check for any allergic reaction or any changes for that matter, you simply follow the unspoken rule of waiting 4 days before introducing a new food. For example, if you introduced carrots on Monday you would wait until Friday to introduce another food. This way you could see if the carrots cause any changes in poop habits, gas pains, or any allergic reactions.
Babies will pee about every 1-3 hrs. and will poop at least 3 times per day. I wish I was still this regular!
What or how do I know if my baby is constipated?

That is a very good question!

 

Now we will discuss some helpful tip that are listed below.

 

Tips    

Constipation– this happens more with formula fed babies than breast fed. Why? The consistency of the milk, breast milk is easier to digest. But back to your question, their poops are firm and hard to pass. The solution- give them plenty of water, high-fiber cereal to their regular food, or pureed veggie or fruit.

 

Diarrhea– very watery stools which can occur from milk allergies, parasites, viral infections, and reaction to antibiotics. We have dealt with the milk allergy issue ourselves, the parasites is from the child in day-care centers who are exposed to “giardia” which is fecal contaminated objects that a child will put in their mouths’. Rotavirus was common until 2006 when a vaccine came out to greatly reduce the symptoms. And last we have the reaction to antibiotics. Some children who take antibiotics also develop diarrhea as a side effect. But, if the antibiotic is stopped early then the bacterial infection that it was given for will return. The solution for diarrhea- to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. Don’t give juice because that can just cause the symptoms to get worse. You will also need more frequent diaper changes because the acid from the poops can really irritate the sensitive skin. Also, needed, are air drying or soft warm water washing but NOT using wipes. The wipes can be irritating to the baby’s sensitive as well.

Now we will sum up what we talked about in this article.

 

Conclusion

Here is what we talked about in this article

 

What Is It

  • Definition
  • Information needed for pediatricians

Why Use It

  • Prevents health problems
  • Help create new habit

What Do You Record

  • Wet, dry, poop, diarrhea
  • Diaper change and feeding

Tips

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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My Solution To The Issue!

 

In today’s article we will be discussing the different types of changing table stations that are available today. Well not just ones that are available but also that you can create yourself. How can I (you are probably thinking), I don’t know how to build anything? Sometimes it doesn’t take you actually building from scratch to get a changing table that will work for your living situation or environment.

I will give you ideas and you can run with them from there. In this article I will be showing you pre made changing tables, giving you custom table ideas, how the two can be two can be used together, and finally more DIY stations. Personally I love creating a DIY station because it can be designed to fit my own person needs.

Now there is nothing wrong with a premade or ready-made station because you can always add something to make it personal. With these you already have the basic building blocks to work with.

So let’s jump into our first station- the ready-made.

 

Ready Made    

As I stated earlier with these you already have your basic building blocks. Most have a changing pad on top with low rails all around. They usually will have 2 open shelves below.

Here is where you can get creative! You can add small labeled baskets to hold your cloth diapers and then another for all your accessories. Of course, you will need wipes, home made wipe solution in a spray bottle, and fasteners. You will be able to keep a diaper wet bag and diaper pail by the station if that is your choice.

Some people choose to keep one by the station and one in the bathroom so when they have to rinse the poop diapers they will have something to transport them to the container in the nursery.

I have provided a picture of a ready-made changing table.

Now we will discuss your custom table ideas.

 

Custom Creations          

I have already given you one idea but here is another.

Now let’s talk about a dresser. This is a piece of furniture that can be painted or stained to match the nursery theme. But of course if you would rather, you could just leave it the natural wood color. For example, I have seen some that have the theme for their nursery “Toy Story”. They will remove the knobs and replace them so they match them. That is a very cute idea!! Another idea is listed below.

At the baby shower have all the participates write little notes with special permanent markers that wouldn’t wash out. Or draw a picture that has a special meaning. The notes and drawings would become keepsakes for Mom and baby. Of course, these could be sayings of how much the baby is loved before he/she is born. These notes and drawings could then be painted onto a dresser as a permanent memory that Mom and the entire family can treasure forever.

Now for the next idea of how we can combine our ready-made tables and our custom ideas.

 

Combo Ideas         

One combo idea is to have a changing pad just simply placed on top of the dresser. Then in the drawers you can store cloth diapers. In one of the drawers you can place extra blankets and thin changing pads. On top of the dresser you keep a portable diaper caddy that will have all the small accessories like fasteners, cream, and hand sanitizer. Be sure you have a small toy to occupy the child while you change the cloth diaper. This can all be kept in the nursery while you have you’re main changing area in another part of the house.

Having the supplies in a portable diaper caddy will allow you to take them from room to room. You can even keep a thin changing pad to use in the caddy. This way if the baby is in the living room and needs to be changed out of an only wet diaper you may do so. Of course, if it’s poop you will need to change in or near the bathroom or the water source.
For our final topic today, we will be looking at my personal fav the DIY section.

 

DIY      

This is a very interesting and enjoyable section for me personally. Now it’s not that I’m a creative person but it’s that like I stated before you can fix the piece so that it fits you, the nursery, and the baby. I have seen people do amazing things in this group. When you let your imagination run wild, you never know what you will come up with.

People have taken an armoire which is a beautiful piece of furniture. When the doors are closed it is a tall cupboard or wardrobe sitting in the room. But when you open the doors there is a changing that is about at waist height. Then, just below that are two long drawers that hold the diapers and accessories. On the inside of each door are hooks, which can hold outfits if needed to change the child. You could place hooks also inside along the back wall to hold small toys to help entertain the child while you are changing them.

You can have a dresser with a changing pad placed on top. Then the drawers can be used to store the prepared cloth diapers. In another drawer you can store the accessories in small boxes or dividers that are within the drawers to help organize everything so it is easy to find. This will look very neat and orderly in the nursery.

Conclusion

I will review the major points we talked about today.

Ready Made

  • Basic building blocks
  • 2 open shelves

Custom Creations

  • Toy story theme
  • Memory notes

Combo Ideas

  • Thin changing pads
  • Diaper caddy

DIY

  • Armoire
  • Re purpose furniture

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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4 Ways To Store Cloth Diapers

 

There are many unique ways to store cloth diapers. In this article we will be discussing in detail 4 different ways I have found. They are:

  • Open Shelving
  • Wire Baskets/Shelf
  • Drawers/baskets
  • Shoe Organizer

I will be going into more detail on each below. With all these options you will also need fasteners, a spray bottle with pre made wipe solution, and a container for cloth wipes.
Some people have used just one of these storage ideas and then I have seen others that have gotten very creative and have combined two or maybe even all of these ideas into one masterpiece.

Remember you are the creator of your baby’s nursery and the sky is the limit. You are the one that will be changing your child so you design what will work best for your space, your style, and your needs.
So let’s get started without first topic- Open shelving.

 

Open Shelving               

Now I have seen so many uses with this.

To begin with, you can simple use a bookcase and use the open shelves to store your diaper in. This can be an effective way but there are other people that prefer to have things more organized. Here you would simple stack your pre-stuffed and ready for use diapers. You will also want a container to keep your fasteners in. Then another container to keep the clean cloths in. You will need a spray bottle to keep pre made wipe solution in.

Let me give you more ideas that fall under Open shelving.

 

I have seen people either line or stack wooden crates along a wall. This will give you a smaller area so that if you want to order your diapers by color, design, use, time of day, etc. you may do so. If that doesn’t appeal to you, doesn’t appeal to you then I have one more I idea in this category. You can then place the accessories above the crates.

Lightweight and ecofriendly storage cubes that can be hung on the wall. These come in many different colors so you can find one that will blend or match with the theme of the nursery. For example, you can put one long block in the middle and short blocks above and below. That way you will have you small “shelves” on either side to place your accessories.

Open shelving is very convenient and easy because then you can see in just a glance what you need and when it is located.

 

Now for our next group, Wire baskets/Shelf.

Wire Baskets/Shelf

       

This is something that is somewhat convenient. Personally when we used these I found them to be useful to a point. I agree that if anything were to spill then it could be wiped up easily. The only problem we found was that many of baby items were small and would tend to fall though the slots between the wires. For the diapers and wipes then they would work great. For personal items and fasteners I would use something else, but that is just my personally opinion.

 

Of course, on these like I said in the beginning I would use a combination of wire baskets and regular baskets. I would keep the diapers in the wire baskets and then use the regular baskets for holding smaller items like the fasteners. Just like with the open shelves you will need a spray bottle with your pre made wipe solution and also a container for the wipes.
Now Ikea does have a solution to this problem with the Raskog rolling cart. It holds a bunch of cloth diapers plus accessories that I have listed above. It has 3 levels which you can customize to fit your needs. It can even be rolled where ever you need inside the house, say the bedroom if baby is still co-sleeping.

 

Next topic please Drawers/Baskets

Drawer/Baskets           

 

Now this is an interesting group, let me tell you all about them. You can get very creative in this group.

I have seen people take pieces of furniture and re purpose it to so they can use they drawers for a cloth diaper stash. For example, you can take a student desk and use the existing drawers to hold your diapers and accessories.

Another idea, would be the open bookcase to add labeled baskets to hold different items. This would help divide and organize the shelves if they are long.

Within a drawer, I would add small baskets to assist to keep the fastener organized by color, and type so that you can just reach in and grab one quickly.

All these ideas are to help you make the changing process as quick as possible. You need to have everything within reach for safety sake of you child.

 

Last topic, Shoe organizer.

 

Shoe Organizer          

This is a really neat and nifty idea. It is also a space-saving way to store cloth diapers. You simply use a sturdy over the door shoe organizer to store your cloth diapers in.

You can fit 48 pre-stuffed pocket in each pocket.

This will save space in the nursery or if you live in an apartment and have the baby in the same room as you, the diaper storage is now creatively out of site.

Now for the summary of what we have talked about.

 

Conclusion

I will summarize major points of the ideas for you below.

 

Open Shelving

  • convenient
  • Can see what’s needed at a glance

Wire Baskets/Shelf

  • Need something else
  • Rolling cart by Ikea is good solution

Drawers/Baskets

  • Help with organization
  • Use existing furniture

Shoe Organizer

  • Saves space
  • Over the door

 

I hope you have found some valuable information in this article. I enjoyed writing this plus learned some new things myself.

Remember, when you are designing your baby’s nursery to keep in mind the future function that will YOUR needs!

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All my Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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What’s Inside?

 

In this article we are going to talk about what will go in a diaper bag when you plan to be cloth diapering. Now some of this isn’t much different from someone who is using disposable diapers with the exception on the kind of diaper included, the wet bag, and possibly the groceries bags.

I did research a lot and there wasn’t too much out there but I found a few articles that listed the content you will need. I will give you a brief list here and go into detail below. You will need:

  • Diapers- change out
  • Wipes- always kept in there
  • Wet Bag- always kept in there
  • Grocery Bags- added when needed
  • 1-2 change of clothes- change out
  • BabyCarrier- always kept in there
  • Changing Pad- always kept in there
  • Nursing Cover- always kept in there
  • Sippy Cup/Snacks- added when needed
  • Hand Sanitizer- always kept in there

Let’s talk about the thing that are always kept in the bag for one reason or another.

 

Always Keep In                                             

 

Some items you will always keep in the diaper bag. For Example:

  1. Wipes
  2. Wet Bag
  3. Changing Pad
  4. Hand Sanitizer

Why would you need these things? Well let me tell you about each one.

#1 The Wipes- when you are at home you are probably using cloth wipes so you can buy a small package or disposable wipes you can just carry or keep in your diaper bag. They will only be used for this purpose. Something to think about when you purchase the wipes, is whether you are changing a boy or a girl. Because if it is a little boy, you will want something to lay over his privates while your changing him so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine. In other words, if it’s a boy, get some thick wipes!

 

#2 The Wet Bag- you will need this to have something to keep the wet diapers in. It has a zippered closure and a waterproof inside. This also helps to keep the ammonia smell from getting on everything.

 

#3The Changing Pad- many times this will come with the diaper bag but if it doesn’t then you need to be sure to get one. It is a thin changing pad that you can place anywhere. This way you don’t have to be dependent on other people or worried about your baby getting germs from someone else. No risk of cross-contamination because only your child will be using it plus it can be wiped down with a wipe or wet cloth and soap.

 

#4 The Hand Sanitizer- this is very important!!! You will want to sanitize your hands BEFORE you change your baby and then again AFTER they are changed. You don’t want to go spreading any germs to anyone.

 

Next we will discuss what we will change out frequently.

 

Change Out                                               

 

There are some items that need to be changed out regularly. They are listed in detail below:

  1. Diapers
  2. 1-2 changes of clothes

#1 The Diapers- Well this makes sense that you would change these out. You will be adding them as you need them because when you get home you will take the dirty ones out to clean. When you are getting ready to leave, you will simply pack in some fresh clean diapers.

 

#2 The 1-2 changes of clothes- now this makes sense as well. You wouldn’t pack in clothes and just leave them in there because if you have to change your baby and the only clothes in the bag are winter clothes but it is summer you now have a problem. This is almost as bad as having no clothes at all. So you can see why changing out the clothes is important. You need to have 2 changes of clothes in the diaper bag, or more if they are younger.

 

Now we will talk about what you need to replace when it runs out.

Replace When Out                 

 

There a few item in the diaper bag that will run out from time to time and need to be replaced. You will just need to keep an eye on these and replace them on an as needed basis. They are listed in detail below:

  1. Groceries Bags
  2. Sippy Cup/Snacks

 

#1 The Groceries bags- now these are simply the plastic bags you get from the grocery store. These are used to hold the poop diapers. You wrap them up real good, to seal the poop away from everything else and then put them in the zipper wet bag.

 

#2 The Sippy Cup/Snacks- a child will need to have something to drink and something to eat. Now you can’t put this in the diaper bag once and expect it to still be good forever, or last forever. So it makes sense that you are going to have to replace it when it runs out. Duh!!

 

Now we will discuss our last topic for this article which is the little extras. There a few little extras you might want to carry in your diaper bag.

 

Little Extras

 

For our last topic, we will be discussing two extras that are nice to have in your diaper bag. I will list and describe in detail below:

  1. Baby Carrier
  2. Nursing Cover

 

#1 The Baby Carrier- sometimes called a baby sling is a nice thing to have in the diaper bag. This way if your baby falls asleep you can continue shopping hand-free since you have somewhere to put the baby.

 

#2 The Nursing Cover- this is considered an extra. This is used as a swaddling blanket so you can breastfeed out in public. This will help shield the child so they have fewer distractions. At the same time, the woman is offered discreet privacy.

 

 

Conclusion    

 

To sum everything up, the BIGGEST different between a cloth diaper bag and a diaper bag for disposable diapers is your choice of diapers. As I have stated in my of my articles the choice of diapers is YOUR choice.

 

The second difference would be the addition of a wet bag and grocery bags.

 

Of course the little extra items are also optional for the diaper bag.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

 

Elaine Smith

cover-your-bum.com
 

 

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4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop

 

In this article we will be discussing why it is important to clean your poop diapers immediately. Some people will leave them dirty and think “Oh, I will just get them clean when I laundry them.”

 

Folks, This is not a good idea for many reasons and we will be discussing four of those reasons here. Those four are:

  1. The smell it will leave in the room
  2. The stain it will leave
  3. The irritation it can cause your baby
  4. The early breakdown of the diapers

I will be going into more detail in each group below but I wanted to tell you what we would be talking about. I have included a video explaining the different stages of poop and how they are handled.
So now let’s start by talking about the smell in the room.

 

 

The Smell In The Room

Let me begin by asking you a question. Have you ever gone into someones house who has lots of cats and they haven’t cleaned their litter box recently? You know how there is just the smell of poop in their house? Well I have been to houses like this and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. I wanted to run for the hills.

 

If you don’t clean the diaper of the poop and just put it in the pail, it will smell up the room like this. But unfortunately, not just the room, but the smell will get on the walls, in the babies clothes in that room and everything in that room. The smell will spread to your entire house. This can be stopped with one simple solution.

When you have a dirty diaper all you need to do is immediately clean it, deal with the poop, and then you can put the wet diaper in the pail until laundry day.

 

Now we will discuss what will happen if you don’t clean the poop up immediately.

 

 

 

The Stain It Can Leave

If you don’t clean poop immediately you can have some issues. As was pointed out in the video when a baby is breastfed or formula fed ONLY they will have very loose runny poops that will be water-soluble. At this stage you don’t have to worry about cleaning the diapers mainly because they don’t smell. If they do have any stains after they are washed just simply dry them in the sun and the stain will be gone.

 

The sun is a natural bleaching process so this will even work when the child gets older and begin to eat solid foods that tend to leave stains. (A note here:You never want to use bleach or harsh chemicals when you are washing the diapers. See my Blog on How to Clean Cloth Diapers for further discussion on washing procedures)

 

 

The Irritation It Can Cause Baby

Now we will discuss what the consequences are for your baby.

 

When poop isn’t fully cleared up, it can lead to diaper rash isn’t fully cleared up it can lead to diaper rash. What I mean by this is that if you leave the poop on the diaper it will likely stain. The stain when wet will get an ammonia smell which in turn will cause the baby’s skin to be red, scaly, sore, and tender. This will probably turn into a diaper rash or worse.

The simplest way to prevent this from even occurring in the first place would be to change the baby as soon as they poop. Not only clean the baby properly but also dispose of the poop immediately.

 

Also, at bed time you might want to consider using an approved cloth diaper cream or ointment just as a protective layer.

 

For our last topic, we will discuss how this affect the early breakdown of diapers.

 

 

Early Breakdown of The Diapers

   

Now we will discuss the early breakdown of the diapers. By leaving the poop on for a long period of time does a few things to the diapers themselves.

 

First, the smell, I’m not real sure how to describe it. Is it poop, ammonia, or what? I’m not really sure. It will take extra detergent/laundry booster to get the smell out. Plus extra clean, fresh water just to make sure all the residue is out of the diapers.

 

All this extra washing does lead to the diapers needing to be replaced sooner. Diapers when properly cared for may need to be replaced in 9-12. Since they are being washed more they may wear out and fade sooner.
I’m speaking from experience here, that if your diapers have any Velcro tabs on them, you will want to tuck them under before washing. If not they will come out all twisted up and joined all sorts of ways. Trust me, that if you make this mistake, you will only do it only once.

 

Some of the diapers have elastics in the legs. These can only withstand so many washing also before they begin to show signs of wear.

 

Now we will review everything we have talked about in this article.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Today we have learned many facts about poop! and what we should and should not do with it.

 

This is a summary of what we talk about *The Smell in the Room- smells similar to lots to cats which makes the room smell like poop. Actually not just the room but the entire house.

 

*The Stain It Can Leave-always clean immediately. We learned that the sun is a natural bleaching process.

 

*The Irritation It Can Cause Baby- when poop is left diaper rash can develop, or maybe something worse. Another suggestion was to use an approved diaper cream at bedtime as a protective layer.

 

And finally *The Early Breakdown Of The Diapers-due to the fact that you wash them so much more and use more laundry soap just to get them clean.

 

In summary, all these can be prevented by simply cleaning the poop immediately or as soon as you can.

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

 

All The Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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How To Clean Cloth Diapers

There are a lot of myths that cloth diapering is very difficult and messy. I would like to write this article to help point out some truths about the ease of how to clean cloth diapers.

Warning, some points in this article will be graphic and to the point. I have included a video at the beginning to help explain how simple it is to clean a cloth diaper.

I will admit you will be doing laundry frequently, but that really isn’t a big deal. You will be saving so much money over the cost over disposables.

 

What Do I Do With The Poop

 

Let’s get the most uncomfortable topic out-of-the-way first. Yes if they were in disposable diapers you could just wrap it up and throw it away. Instead, all you have to do is flush the poop down the toilet.

 

I have read a number of different articles and watched many videos but they all say about the same thing. You need to clean the poop immediately. Why, Elaine do you need to do that? Well there are many reasons. I will briefly address them here in this article.

  • The smell in the room
  • The stain it can leave
  • The irritation it can cause the baby
  • The early breakdown of the diapers
  • The over all look of the diapers

Dealing with the poop is a whole article on it’s on but this article is about washing the cloth diapers. So our next process will be letting them soak.

 

Soak  

First we will put all the diaper, liners, covers, cloth rags, diaper bag turned inside out, and a small amount of detergent in the washer. Next I will discuss the settings for your machine.
First we will turn the dial of the washer to hot to sanitize the diapers. We don’t want to use any fabric softener because this will cause the diapers to lose their absorbency and that’s not a good idea.

 

We also want to set the washer on the extra rinse cycle so everything gets nice and coated. What I mean by that, is that all the pee and poop will be covered. You want to get all the poop and pee soaked in detergent during the first wash.

 

 

Soap Debate      

As I was reading and watching many hours of videos there was a debate on what kind of detergent to use. The main conclusion I have found is the type of diaper and the material used is what makes the difference. In other words, if you are using microfiber you need to use a special detergent made only for cloth diapers. On the other hand, if you are using cotton or a natural product you can use any detergent that is good for your baby’s sensitive skin. With either product you will need to add a booster to help clean and whiten the whites and brighten the brights.

 

Like I said before, you soak the diapers in hot and I will further explain why below.

 

 

What Temp     

You soak in hot water to sanitize. Well that makes sense. In my research I found mixed reviews about this step. Some found this great while other thought it unnecessary. To me, personally, it makes sense but I also can see where the controversy can lie because this does add an extra step. The end result is to have nice clean diapers that are fresh for your baby. It creates the end result so you have to look at whether that extra step is worth a healthy baby bottom that smell all nice, fresh and clean. As I read, the nose knows! The next step is to do a pre-wash as I will describe below.

 

 

 

Pre-wash    

During this pre-wash you will NOT add any detergent. This cycle is to mainly get out the pee and poop that remains in your diapers. You do not change the other settings on your washer such as temperature, extra rinse, and normal/heavy-duty. Of course, like I said before you NEVER want to use fabric soften so that setting is always turned off.

 

The next step will be to do the main wash cycle.

 

 

 

Main Wash  

During this last washing you will want to add more detergent and booster. You don’t change any of the settings except the wash cycle. By this I mean you put the machine on super wash and let it run it’s course. When it is done your diapers will be nice, clean and ready for the dyer/air.

 

I will explain what goes where in the next few steps.

 

 

 

To Dry    

In the dryer you will put all the cloth rags and white diapers only. For the reason you never use fabric softener, is the is same reason use dryer sheets. A diaper with no absorbency is no beuno. You will want to set your dryer on hot so you get your diaper good and sanitized plus dry. A mildewed diaper is not something you want to have on your baby’s bottom. Neither do you want to smell that when it is mixed with urine or worse.

 

Now we will talk about what you place out to air dry.

 

 

 

Air Dry  

There are somethings that you washed that need to be air dried. Things like all the diaper covers and the diaper bag. The reason you air dry them is that the dryer can break down the elastics and plastics in the diapers causing them to not last as long. You don’t want to put on a diaper and have a snap melted off because you dried it.

 

Another option would be to dry the white diapers, cloths, and everything outside in the sun. Any stains that may have been there would definitely be gone. They also would smell great!

 

The last step is to fold.

 

 

 

Ready For Another Day 

 

The remaining step is to fold everything and put it all away where it belongs With pre-fold diapers you would simply snap and fold the covers. Then fold the white diapers.

 

With pocket diapers you will need to stuff the diapers.

 

The point is get the diapers ready for use again no matter what style they are.

 

Now I hope you see how simple it is to clean cloth diapers. I had fun researching this article and watching hours of videos.

 

Summary

 

I have talked about nine steps to get a cloth diaper clean. So let’s review them briefly.

  1. The Poop should be flushed immediately.
  2. Use a small amount of detergent during the soak time.
  3. The detergent type depends on the style of diaper.
  4. Hot water is used to sanitize.
  5. No added detergent during the pre-wash.
  6. Add more detergent but the cycles on the machine don’t change during the main wash.
  7. The dryer is used for whites only.
  8. Air dry cover and pail liner.
  9. Get diapers ready for using again.

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures

Today I want to list the proper diaper changing procedures. But before we can begin, there is one very important item we must take care of.

What item is that, Elaine? Well, silly, We need to wash and dry our hand. We don’t want to get germs on the baby, now do we?
Oh yeah, also we need to lay out another cover and diaper just in case. In fact, why don’t I just tell you the supplies you will need. That way you can have them ready when it’s time to change the baby.

You will need:

 

 

Unfastening

First thing to do is unfasten the diaper cover, (that would be the colorful one) and pull it down. The next step would be to unfasten the dirty diaper, (usually white) and also pull it down but only half way. This way if you are changing a little boy you can put another clean absorbent cloth or something to cover his penis so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine.

 

Dirty/Replace

 

Now the reason you brought the front of the diaper down is so you could use it to clean the baby’s bottom. You will fold the dirty diaper in half just for a moment. Plus this will give the baby extra padding.

 

Clean the baby’s front with a cloth/wipe. Remember if it’s a girl to use the front to back wiping method to keep germs out of her vagina.

 

Now gently lift the baby’s bottom off the changing surface by holding both ankles in one hand and lifting very carefully and gently in an upward direction. If your baby has pooped, grab another wipe so you can clean the bottom. Lift the legs as I have described before and be sure to clean in the creases of their wiggly legs and thunder thighs. This sometimes will get missed!! Many grandmas just loves to pinch this area when they are loving on the child.
If there is time to let them air dry that’s great but if not then just pat them dry with a clean cloth. If it’s needed at this time you can apply some diaper cream but make sure it is approved to work with cloth diapers. Remember you only need a thin layer!

 

Last thing is you will want to remove the soiled diaper and cover if necessary. Remember though, Safety first, so if you are changing the baby on a changing table just put the soiled diaper to the side. You can deal with it later when the baby is safely off the table.

 

Clean/Newborn  

Now we will discuss how to line up the clean diaper plus touch on the difference for a newborn.

 

Place the clean diaper underneath your baby so the back edge is lined up at about the waist. You will pull the front part to the baby’s tummy. One note here, if you baby is a boy you will want to point his penis down so he is less likely to pee over the top of the diaper.

 

Then for Newborns, be sure that the back of the diaper is higher than the front. You don’t want the fabric to rub on the umbilical cord stump. Many newborn diapers and covers will have snaps or fold-down areas for the cord.

 

Well, now that your baby is back in a clean, fresh diaper you will need to wash your hand again. Just in case you got some germs on you while changing their diaper. Once you have the baby in a safe location you can go back to take care of that dirty diaper. Of course, you will want to take care of that before you thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

 

Tips

Now here are a few tips that I hope you will find useful.

  1. Make sure the middle of the diaper that is between the baby’s legs is spread as wide as possible. Too much material in that area can cause discomfort and rashes. After all I wouldn’t want to walk around with a bunch of material between my legs either. Just makes sense to me.
  2. Fasten the cloth diaper with fasteners or pins. Make sure the diaper is tight but not so tight that it pinches. Diapers like per-folds and flats that you fold will need fasteners but there are some that have built-in snaps or tabs.
  3. Once the clean diaper is on, you will need to put on an outer cover. You can either use the one the baby had on, if it is still clean or put a clean one on. Just simply fasten the cover with its snaps or tabs.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

So today we talked about the proper diaper changing procedures. Of course the very first step is to wash and dry your hands. This is important so we don’t spread germs to the baby as discussed in the beginning. We covered all the step-by-steps to changing a cloth diaper. If anyone still has questions a video has been included which should further explain this procedure. These steps will vary slightly with the style of diaper used and the age of the child.

I hope you took away some valuable information because I thoroughly enjoyed researching this. I myself delight in this topic and grasp great mysteries. I enjoy seeing the evolution of progression of what they were back in the 1950’s and what they are now.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

 

Elaine Smith

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Styles of Diapers

 

So you have made the decision to cloth diaper. That is great but what basic supplies do you need? You will need at least 24-30 diaper of your choice, 24-30 inserts, diaper pail, wet bag (optional,but also recommended) and 30 cloth wipes. This diaper pail can be a simple step trash can. Like I said the diapers are YOUR choice. If you choose to go with the pre-fold then you would need diapers and waterproof covers but no insets. The wet bag is used to put the wet diapers in while you are traveling, whether it be room to room or around town.

Have you decided on the style of diaper you will be using? I have included pictures of each so you will know what they look like.

Let’s go over the different styles and I will give a brief description below:

 

 

  • All-In-One cloth diapers or as many stores like to call them (AIO)- these diapers have one absorbent layer then a waterproof cover but they are all one piece. They go on and off just like a disposable diaper.
  • There major disadvantage is that they take a really, really, really long time to dry.  And since you have to put the in the dryer then they tend to wear out quickly.

 

  • Pocket cloth diapers- a waterproof outer shell that has a inner “Pocket” running from the front to the back. This holds an absorbent insert that looks like a supersized maxi pad. This is stuffed into the pocket so the whole diaper works similar to a disposable without the harmful chemicals. But once the baby wet , the pocket diapers will need to be “unstuffed” before washing, which will require you touching the inserts to separate them from the shell.
  •   A major disadvantage is that “stuffing” the pockets are a hassle and leaking is a BIG problem with pockets.

 

  • All-in-Two cloth diapers (AO2)- now these are very similar to the AIO except that they have snaps on there waterproof covers so that another absorbent insert can be used without having to “stuff” it into a pockets. This insert will stay in place even in the wash.
  • Their major disadvantage is that they don’t dry very well, which is makes this somewhat complicated and difficult to add the extra soakers or liners into.

 

  • Fitted cloth diapers- these are very easy to put on and seem to be very comfortably because they are soft and stretchy. They are also very absorbent which makes them a very good choice for nighttime use. Since the covers can be reused they also have a prolonged life. The covers dry quickly on the clothes line.
  • The major disadvantage to these is since they are in two pieces you are going to get your hands messy touching the wet or poop diaper.  And they take longer to dry since they are in two pieces but they work great for nighttime!

 

  • Prefold cloth diapers- are the old fashioned “cloth diaper” that you can buy in many stores these days. We use them as burp cloths. With these you will need a waterproof outer shell of some sort. Many people will pin the diaper with diaper pins but they have now come out with new fasteners called Snappi and Boingo. These are both neat fasteners that are replacing the diaper pins to prevent accidental poking.
  • You will also need a waterproof cover for these.

 

  • Flat cloth diapers- now these are the diaper I remember my mother using. I also used these as dish towels. If you could think of a flat cloth diaper before the machine folded and folded it. That is what a flat diaper is. Just one thin sheet that you will need to fold yourself.
  • Oh and you will also need a waterproof cover for flat diapers. They are secured with your choice of the above fasteners.

 

  • Flip cloth diaper covers- these have inserts that just lay or tuck in the shell. These are nice because there isn’t any “stuffing” involved. As the name suggests you just “flip” out the insert, dry and insert a fresh absorbent pad. Since these air dry so quickly and you really don’t need to use the dryer this prolongs their life.
  • A disadvantage to “flip” diapers is that there nothing holding the two pieces together so it’s important to make sure that all the absorbent parts are tucked in.

 

So no matter what style of diaper you decide to use there are things to consider. Advantages and disadvantages, such as drying situations, absorbency, and stuffing/un-stuffing. For example as I pointed out, many diapers will last longer if they are air dried as opposed to machine dried.

 

Something you need to take into consideration is what is important to you and your family. What do You want to do, not what others think is best. How important are natural fibers to your family? What do you want your baby’s skin to be touching? These are questions only you can answer. So think about it!!!

 

I hope this has given you some helpful information that can be found all in one place to help you make your decision. Just keep in mind, that no one else can make the decision for you whether to cloth diaper or not. You can get many other peoples opinions but the ultimate decision is yours!!

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

Elaine Smith

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Where Oh Where Is It!

 

Have you ever heard this statement before? I have heard it many times. I may have even used it myself. In fact I know I have. When I can’t find something I go through certain steps.

I will search and search online, doing lots of research. I will do a lot of my research on trusty Google. Today I’m looking for Flip Hybrid cloth diaper cover. Let me take you through the steps of my research. 

First I google just Cloth Diaper  and see what I find. Hum..Best Cloth Diapers of 2017  This talks about how cloth diapers are beginning to make a comeback. Now this is good because just below this article is another post from Amazon (everyone likes Amazon so let’s check them… our first)

On Amazon, we can enter Flip Hybrid Cloth Diaper in the search bar. Let’s just try that and see what we get. What do you know… a snap-pepper-one size cover comes up. Plus 20 more colors. Let’s click on that and find out more about it. Oh, I wish ya’ll could see these pictures because they are so cute. They give you what other customers are buying after viewing this : best selling, top selling, and the lowest price. Then what customers viewed after this. This product sells for $14.65 at this moment. Ok I like the looks of this but I want to compare it so let’s compare it to something else. Let’s check a look at what Babies R Us has to offer.

 

Now let’s check Babies R Us. We Google Babies R Us, search Flip Hybrid Cloth Diapers. We come up with bumGenius flip cloth cover. These are sold in the local stores with 3 types of inserts for $14.99. I have heard this is a really good brand!

Well that’s two but I like to get at least 5 or six then I will start eliminating what I don’t like for one reason or another. So we can get some more. Next we will look at my favorite store. Most of the time this store has the lowest price but sometimes not. That is why I will get other prices from many places.

 

Now let’s check Wal-Mart, I always check here because I like this store. Google Wal-Mart, search Flip Hybrid Diapers. And..bumGenius w/Snap Closure-Hummingbird. Oh, sorry guys they are out of stock:( But they carry the Cotton Babies Flip so let’s try that one. There is a one-size Hook&Loop; Closure Diaper cover-Zinnia and it comes with free shipping. This is a cute diaper that has one piece of what looks like Velcro across the top to hold the two sides together. That’s a smart idea!! The diaper comes in a magenta color for $14.99. I like this one but they are all running about the same price. That’s interesting!

Of course you can always go the much more expensive route with the multi-snap flip Cloth Diaper Cover-Snap-Moonbeam-One Size for $30.90. That is more expensive!

Well let’s look at one more place just for grins!

 

Finally let’s take a look at Target. First, let’s Google Target, search- Flip Hybrid Diapers. Well what do you know… We also come up with Flip cloth covers that are sold both online or you can have them delivered to a store near you. They come in 5 solid outer colors. Each has 3 different types of insets all for $14.99. Hum.

 

 

 

So let’s sum this all up. We have Googled 4 different stores, all well known places and found 5 different products to compare.

I have put the prices and products in a chart for you to compare.

  • Amazon                   snap pepper                          14.65
  • BabiesRUs              bumGenius                            14.99
  • WalMart                  Cotton Babies                       14.99
  • Target                      bumGenius                            14.99
  • WalMart                  multi snap                             30.90

 

This chart will tell you the stores, the brand of diaper, and the price. From this point you can make a decision on your next step.

I know of a site that will make your decision much easier. The site is cover-your-bum.com. There are lots of cloth diapers and different accessories. Some items you will definitely need and the rest are extras.

 

I have that item plus lots of other cloth diaper products you are going to just love:) I have other choices of cloth diapers, diaper bags, diaper caddies, organizers, many different types of fasteners, and biodegradable flushable diaper liners. There is also a blog roll that has informational posts about cloth diapering.

I hope you found some useful information in this post that will be helpful to you.

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the best,

Elaine Smith

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