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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

cover-your-bum.com

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The Suds Talk

 

This is going to be a review of 17 different laundry detergents you can find in the just about any grocery store. I will be looking at the price, durability, any special needs, safety factors, and their contents. This isn’t a complete list of detergent but are ones that are safe for cloth diapers and can be easily found at any grocery store. I have included the price and where I found them at.
 

The list of detergents we will be looking at:

  1. Persil Proclean- liquid
  2. Purex-liquid
  3. Seventh Generation Baby 4x Free & Clear-liquid
  4. Tide Purclean-liquid
  5. Oxiclean-liquid
  6. Gain w/Febreeze-liquid
  7. Fab-powder                                                                                        
  8. Dreft-liquid & powder
  9. Cheer-liquid & powder
  10. Arm & Hammer Ultra Power-liquid
  11. Gain-liquid
  12. Great Value High Efficiency-liquid
  13. Up & Up Baby-liquid
  14. Wisk-liquid
  15. Woolite Baby-liquid
  16. All-powder
  17. All Free Clear-powder

 

Cost and Where They Can Be Found

 

  1. Persil Proclean- 40oz. $5.24 (walmart)                     
  2. Purex- 75oz.$3.97 (walmart)
  3. Seventh Generation- 95oz. $11.54 (walmart)
  4. Tide Purclean- 50oz. $8.97 (walmart)
  5. Oxiclean- 100.5oz $9.97 (walmart)
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- 100 oz. $9.94 (walmart)
  7. Fab- 50oz. $7.97 (walmart)
  8. Dreft- 40oz. $9.43 (walmart)
  9. Cheer- 100oz. $7.48 (walmart)
  10. Arm & Hammer- 94.5oz. $5.96 (walmart)
  11. Gain- 50oz $6.85 (walmart)
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- 100oz.$6.28 (walmart)
  13. Up & Up Baby- 100oz. $13.19 (target)
  14. Wisk- 50oz. $5.13 (walmart)
  15. Woolite Baby- 75oz. $3.97 (walmart)
  16. All powder- 32.5lb $6.00 (walmart)
  17. All Free Clear- 3.25lb $9.40 (walmart)

 

Do They Hold Up

 

  1. Persil Proclean- stands up to life’s messes moments with its Pro 10 technology.
  2. Purex- no enzymes which make it ideal for everyday use.
  3. Seventh Generation- has enzymes that are specially formulated to target tough baby stains.
  4. Tide Purclean- gentle cleaning power even in cold water.
  5. Oxiclean- very versatile because it’s tough on stains yet gentle on clothes.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- a synthetic detergent with enzymes to produce great smelling clothes.
  7. Fab- a synthetic detergent with enzymes but is a little weak.
  8. Dreft- dreft is gentle on babies sensitive skin but tough on stains.
  9. Cheer- fight fading and pilling with a fresh clean scent.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- helps get tough stains out.
  11. Gain- a synthetic detergent that does contain enzymes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- whiten, brighten, and freshens.
  13. Up & Up Baby- tough on stains yet gentle on baby’s skin.
  14. Wisk- attacks body oils and sweats with microfibers.
  15. Woolite Baby- hypoallergenic for baby’s sensitive skin.
  16. All- attack tough stains and leaves your clothes clean and fresh.
  17. All Free Clear- strong, yet sensitive and recommend #1 by pediatricians, dermatologist, and allergists.

Do They Have Any Special Needs    

  1. Persil Proclean- for colored clothes check to make sure they are color fast.
  2. Purex- great laundry detergent at an affordable price.
  3. Seventh Generation- is plant based and made for cloth diapers.
  4. Tide Purclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  5. Oxiclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- good for both HE and regular washers but may cause extra bubbles in washing.
  7. Fab- compatible with HE machines
  8. Dreft- compatible with HE machines and regular machines.
  9. Cheer- does well in HE machines.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- do well in HE machines and regular machines.
  11. Gain- Good for both HE and regular washers
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- can use on all machines.
  13. Up & Up Baby- safe for both HE and regular machines.
  14. Wisk- safe for all types of machines
  15. Woolite Baby- suitable for all machines
  16. All- safe for all machines and at all temperatures.
  17. All Free Clear- suitable for all machines.

What Are Their Safety Features

 

  1. Persil Proclean- follow label instructions when washing.                              
  2. Purex- HE safe and synthetic made.
  3. Seventh Generation- sort clothes before washing and follow instructions
  4. Tide Purclean- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  5. Oxiclean- always refer to packing directions, safe for color fast fabrics only.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  7. Fab- unique combination of essential oils that will stimulate your body and mind.
  8. Dreft- add the detergent then sorted clothes.
  9. Cheer- add detergent, sorted clothes, then start washer.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- follow washing directions on the label.
  11. Gain- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- first pre-treat anything that needs it, add soap then sorted clothes
  13. Up & up Baby- follow label directions for washing.
  14. Wisk- add detergent then clothes.
  15. Woolite Baby- follow directions on label for washing instructions.
  16. All- add detergent then clothes.
  17. All Free Clear- add detergent straight onto washable clothes, let soak, add detergent the sorted clothes.

 

What’s In Them

 

  1. Persil Proclean- 10 dimensions of clean which contains enzymes.
  2. Purex- stain fighting properties to help lift out ground in stains.
  3. Seventh Generation- natural baby detergent with no phosphates
  4. Tide Purclean- plant based product with honey lavender scent.
  5. Oxiclean- serious stain fighting enzymes to tackle even dried on stains.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- detergent has a smell that will linger for at least a month.
  7. Fab- clean smell will last for 21 days.
  8. Dreft- good for newborn thru toddler stage. They even have a stain boosters for after that.
  9. Cheer- contains enzymes to help colors stay bright and colorful.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- free and clear with no enzymes.
  11. Gain- detergent that will get rid of dirt but lock in this amazing great smell that will last for weeks.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- synthetic detergent with no enzymes.
  13. Up & Up Baby- biodegradable clean agents but still have a clean smell.
  14. Wisk- enzymes, brighteners, and colorants.
  15. Woolite Baby- free of bleach, phosphates, enzymes, and dyes.
  16. All- has in-wash pre-treaters with active stain lifters for great stain removal.
  17. All Free Clear- dermatologist recommended, dye free, and fragrance free.

 

Conclusion

That isn’t all the laundry detergents, of course. But those are the major ones and the most popular that can be found in your local grocery store. All those that are listed are cloth diaper safe and approved.

According to everything I read here are the brands that are rated as the best and why:

  1. Tide- because of the variety of choices. Just make sure you don’t use one with a fabric softener in it.
  2. All Free Clear- powder is recommended but not the liquid because it has an ingredient not good for cloth diapers.
  3. Woolite Baby- most versatile for an infant. Many great rating.

I hope you find some helpful information in this. Check out my other articles such as:

  • Styles of Diapers
  • 5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures
  • How To Clean Cloth Diapers
  • 4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop
  • What’ Inside
  • Comparing Cloth vs Disposable Diaper

 

 

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