Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Huge cloth diaper event on MOAS

You all know me, if there is one thing I like more then cloth diapers it's deal a day sites, so when a deal a day site has a huge cloth diaper event I can't keep it to myself!

The first of three expected fluff clear outs is the all new Oh Katy one size pockets, formerly known as Katydid diapers these diapers have great features including soft stay dry feel microfleece, the patented front loading pocket and two included inserts and more! Go check them out and don't forget to check outfits great items on the mother of a discount site and use the coupon code "yoyo10" of an extra 10% off.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

WubbaNub Soothie replacement

I love WubbaNubs, the cute little animals attached to soothie pacifiers. The only problem I have with them is my girls tend to get attached to the animals in that if you wash it it will smell different and I won't sleep for a week kind of way. So when my daughter's favorite blue pony wubba's Soothie wore out, there was no way she was even looking at a replacement one. So being the crafty mama I am I bought another Soothie pacifier and found that with 5 minutes, a seam ripper and a needle and thread you can indeed replace the Soothie on a WubbaNub.

Here's how

Step 1 gather your supplies
You will need a new Soothie, a seam ripper, a needle and some thread.

Step 2 remove the old Soothie
If you pull back the wubbanub's "lips" you can see the stitching. Just cut the stitches with your seam ripper being careful not to cut the fabric or stab yourself in the finger (never fails I do it at least once a week and it hurts!)

Step 3 replace the old Soothie with a new one making sure that the WubbaNub plush is flush with the pacifier shield.

Step 4 stitch through both sides of the WubbaNub plush's mouth and the stump on the pacifier. 6 or 7 well spaced stitches with a good sturdy thread should be enough to hold it firmly. Using a thimble or solid surface to push the needle through or a pair of pliers to pull the needle through may be helpful if you are having a hard time getting your needle through all 3 layers. Tie off your thread and clip it short.

Pull on the pacifier to make sure it is tight. Be sure to check the WubbaNub for signs of wear, loose thread etc before each use.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Soother clip tutorial

Soother clips are invaluble, we use them for everyday, to keep toys in the stroller, to make sure balnkets aren't lost, to keep a sippy cup off the floor and even to keep soothers handy and clean.
The thing is I alwaays wanted to have 3 or 4 of them and they are not cheap so I started making my own. It's super easy takes about 5 minutes can be done with or without a sewing machine, and each clip costs about $0.70 to make.

All you need is about 10" of 7/8" grosgrain ribbon, a clip, a couple of snaps or velcro, a lighter, a neddle and some thread or a sewing machine.

You can order plastic clips to make your soother clip or you buy metal ones almost anywhere sewing supplies are sold, check the dollar store, they are labeled as suspender or mitten clips.

Step 1 - cut and seal your ribbon
Cut a length of ribbon about 10" long, use the lighter to melt the raw edges of the ribbon so it will not fray.

Step 2 - attach your clip
Feed the ribbon through the slot in the clip, fold the ribbin over the slot an tuck the raw edge under so it is not visible. Sew the fold down using a straight stitch.

Step 3 - finish the other rw edge
fold the other end of the ribbon over about 1/8" from the end, then fold again incasing the raw edge. Sew down this seam with a straight stitch.

Step 4 - add a snap or velcro
fold the loose end under creating a loop to hold the soother, follow the directions for your snap tool to attach snaps or sew on velcro to close the loop.

Options and Cautions
- use a clip on both ends to make sure baby's blanket stays in the stroller
- use a toy link instead of a clip to attach toys to the stroller or infant seat
- to avoid entanglement the finished clip and ribbon length should not exceed 8"
- never use any kind of soother or toy clip in the crib.

Here's the full tutorial in video format, enjoy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Can't Wait to Quest again!

I hope all of you participated in the first ever Green Quiz Quest. If not you missed out on an incredibly fun oppurtunity to win a ton of great prizes but don't despair I hear there are plans in the works for the second Quest to begin in Januray 2011.

"What is a green quiz quest?" you ask. Well simply put it is a "green" product scavenger hunt. Quest sponsers submit riddles which lead to a specific product or page on their website, it's up to the "seekers" to figure out the riddle and find the product page marked with the "riddle solved" badge. Once a seeker finds the pages, the URLs are submitted and as long as 80% are correct answers the seeker gets an entry for the awesome prize packages. This quest had a grand prize with an estimated value of over $1300 including cloth diapers, wipes, green cleaning products, reusable lunch bags, mama cloth, wetbags, even reuable glass drinking straws!

I had a blast trying to figure out the riddles, some where easy and some not. I got my mom involved and even my husband started trying to solve a few. I learned about a bunch of products that are availible and a few things I had to buy. Waiting for the winners to be announced on the facebook fan page was the best part, even my son was practically vibrating off his chair as I refreshed the screen every 10 seconds.

So long story short if you missed the first quest make sure you don't miss the second. I can't wait for January.

Back in Action

Well Hailey, our newest addition, arrived in early June and wow having 2 under 2 is crazy! Things are starting to settle down now and I have a few posts planed for the near future including
- Raves for the recent green quiz quest
- My experience with the rockin green hard rock formula; will I actually be able to use microfibre again?
- A quick tute on dying wool in the microwave
and more.....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Diaper Stash is now complete......... for now

I'm done. I now have way more then enough diapers for both babies and an efficient storage / display method for them all. And of course, I have to share.

Here is my Stash, changetable / dresser and spanky storage cube system DH installed for me.

Some of this stuff will go into the top drawer of the change table once it's fixed. This crib and change table have been through a few kids and one of the rollers on the drawer needs to be replaced...... I'll get to it eventually.

Here is a close up of all the storage cubes, my MIL had this little shelf unit thing in her store years ago, and it works great for diaper storage.
Front top to bottom, right to left I have Small covers, All in Ones, Medium covers, medium Gdiapers, Newborn covers, newborn prefolds, infant prefolds, pockets, small G inserts, more newborn prefolds, more infant prefolds, med/large g inserts, small gdiapers, small fitteds, medium fitteds, large gdiapers.

A close up so you can get the full effect of just how much I like my labeler. Everything is labeled in order to make it easier for Daddy or baby sitters or anyone else.

Of course I have way more diapers then what actually fit in the storage cubes, so the extra's go in the top drawer.
Left to right I have medium fitteds, extra newborn and infant prefolds, small fitteds, flats, and toddler prefolds.

This is where I keep all the assorted diaper accessories like extra gdiaper liners, fleece liners, wet bags and what not.

Again labeled for Daddy.

I love my diaper addiction.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cloth vs Disposable - Real Sustainable diapers

This post is part of the Real Diaper Facts carnival hosted by Real Diaper Events, the official blog of the Real Diaper Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cloth diaper education. Participants were asked to write about diaper lies and real diaper facts. See the list at the bottom of this post to read the rest of the carnival entries.

So most people have heard about the problems parents have been having with the new pampers diapers and the lack of concern and support from pampers. Recently an article showed up on the pampers village site myths and facts

So here is my response to pampers "facts" about diapers

Myth: Cloth diapers are better for my baby.
Pampers “Fact”: Disposable diapers like Pampers were developed to offer babies benefits that cloth diapers could not meet. That goes beyond convenience to helping keep babies' skin dryer and more comfortable by reducing leaks and locking wetness inside the diaper in a way that cloth doesn't. As a result, doctors and parents simply don't see the same level of diaper rash that used to exist before disposable diapers

My truth: Diaper rash can happen to any baby no matter what type of diaper they are wearing. I admit my first was in disposable diapers for most of his diaper days. He didn't get diaper rash, not from Pampers not from Huggies, not from store brands, not from cloth. The boy just really does not have sensitive skin at all. My second baby on the other hand wore disposables for the first 7 months of her life, at that point she developed a bleeding, blistering, awful rash out of nowhere in a matter of two days. No changes in her diet, not teething absolutely no changes in any other aspect of her life but every time we changed her diaper it was worse and worse and she was crying and in pain and we knew we had to wash off her bum and put on cream and change her more often but it hurt her so bad that I said enough is enough. I went out to the shed and found the “cloth diaper bin” now I'll talk more about these diapers when I address the environmental aspects of this diaper debate but these were my diapers, not my diapers that I bought to use on my first child, or my diapers that I thought I would use but didn't end up putting on my kids, these were my diapers that I wore as a baby! So after a quick wash and dry I wrapped my poor baby girl in a super soft 100% cotton, 33 yr old, cloth diaper added a pair of pull on waterproof pants since that's all I had and you know what happened? In 12 hours of being in cloth the rash was better by at least half, she only had one small open sore and the rest of her diaper area was just red. In 24 hours there was just a slight discoloration left and she was no longer in any pain. At that point I put her back in a disposable for her nap, when she woke up I went to change her diaper and found it cracked open and bleeding again. So looks like my little one is allergic to pampers, maybe we'll try Huggies..... same issue, what about these really expensive “natural diapers” same problem. After doing some research I found that the one common ingredient in almost all disposable diapers is super absorbent polymers or SAP for short. One of the common SAP is sodium polyacralate. I recognized that chemical compound, where had I heard that before? Oh yes in the fake snow product I had used in a school aged daycare for a science experiment. This same stuff gave me a rash on my hands, and come to think of it I'm pretty sure it had a whole list of warnings about how to safely handle it. Back to the Internet I go to find the material fact sheet for
sodium polyacralate

ok so it says to avoid inhaling it, avoid contact with skin, rinse immediately if skin contact occurs, don't allow contact with clothing....... um haven't I been putting this next to my babies skin for the last 7 months? No wonder she got a rash. The more reading I did on the chemicals in disposables and the possible adverse effects of all these chemicals the more I wished I could back in time and never have a disposable diaper on either of my children. I just finished emptying the cupboards of any and all cups containers bottles and what not that had been recalled due to BPA and now I find out I've been swaddling my precious little baby in an entire cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals many of which have been linked to the very same type of hormone disruption not to mention infertility and cancer.
Diaper facts

Are cloth diapers better for my baby? Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

Myth: Cloth diapers are better for the environment than disposables.
Pampers “Fact”: In October 2008, the United Kingdom's Environment Agency published an update to its 2005 Life Cycle Assessment study on cloth versus disposable diapers. The update confirmed the earlier study's findings that there is no clear winner in terms of environmental impacts between disposable and cloth diapers in the U.K., once all factors such as water, energy, detergent, and disposal are considered.

My truth: Ok I admit in all my research I came across this info as well, and honestly I had to shake my head, how in the world could there be no difference between the environmental impact of using a plastic diaper once and tossing it out or using the same cloth diaper over and over for years. Keep in mind the diapers I was using were 33 yrs old, my mom used them on my brother and then used them on me, then I used them part time on my son and now my daughter was wearing the very same 100% cotton diaper and the very same pull on style waterproof pants over top. Yes washing laundry takes a lot of water, but I have a spanky new HE washer and energy star water heater and dryer, and these same diapers are on their 4th child. Common sense lead me to check into the study and low and behold I find article after article about how the study was (obviously) flawed. Here is great one from whatawaste.info
flawed impact studies review

And yes I have now purchased more modern diapers and have made many new diapers from new and recycled materials as well, but I still use those now 34 yr old diapers and I will use all of our diapers on baby #3 who is due to arrive any day now, and when I'm done with diapering my kids I will keep my favorite all hemp fitted diapers to pass onto my grandkids like my mom did, the diapers in the best condition will get sold or given away and I know there will be fights between my dad and my brother over the old worn prefolds which just happen to make the best shop rags in the world. None of my babies' diapers will end up in the landfill.

Myth: Developing countries prove that cloth diapers are better than disposable diapers.
Pampers “Fact”: Our product provides key benefits in terms of skin health, dryness, and even sleep. In China, for example, we've learned that babies and parents are frequently awakened during the night each time the baby soaks the bed, because the baby has no diaper or a very thin piece of cloth. As a result, studies have shown that a disposable diaper can help a baby there get a better night's sleep. In another test, we have also seen less fecal contamination spread around the home using disposables versus cloth or nothing.
Clearly, we have a lot to learn about how to help with basic hygiene needs in countries that have very different access to clean water to wash with, and how to best dispose of products after use. We've also learned about hygiene for older children through our Always feminine care business – where in many parts of the world girls are forced to miss school one week each month during their period because they don't have enough pads or fresh water.
We are working in those regions to better understand what they do with products after use, and how to work with local agencies and other businesses to ensure the best long-term system to manage it.

My truth: ummmmm let's break this “fact” up into a few key points.

  1. "In China, for example, we've learned that babies and parents are frequently awakened during the night each time the baby soaks the bed, because the baby has no diaper or a very thin piece of cloth."

  2. - Yes this is true because it's the cultural norm to practice Elimination Communication or early potty training. This statement from Pampers is not only misleading it's also a little offensive. In China and other Asian countries Elimination Communication has been practiced for as long as time, and in fact the practice is now gaining popularity in western and European countries as well.

  3. "In another test, we have also seen less fecal contamination spread around the home using disposables versus cloth or nothing."

  4. - Is this for real? There is less fecal contamination when using disposables vs cloth or nothing. Seems to me there is quite a difference between using cloth or using nothing, so did this test compare fecal contamination levels while using disposables vs cloth and disposables vs nothing or just disposables vs cloth or nothing grouped together? If the later is true then the test is pretty meaningless, I mean of course you are going to have more fecal contamination in a household if your baby is wearing nothing, that's why we have diapers in the first place.

  5. "We've also learned about hygiene for older children through our Always feminine care business – where in many parts of the world girls are forced to miss school one week each month during their period because they don't have enough pads or fresh water."

  6. - what does this have to do with disposable diapers? Disposable pads are just another problem for women's health and the environment. I could start in on this argument but let's try to stay on topic shall we?

  7. "We are working in those regions to better understand what they do with products after use, and how to work with local agencies and other businesses to ensure the best long-term system to manage it."

  8. - We haven't been able to figure out a decent long-term system to manage the waste from disposable diapers and feminine hygiene products here in north America, how are you going to ensure proper disposal in a developing country that has fewer resources available?
Myth: Disposable diapers are harmful to the environment.
Pampers “Fact”: All of the component materials in Pampers diapers are gentle to consumers and safe for the environment. Pampers diapers are made of materials that are also frequently used in a wide range of other consumer products. We are committed to continuing to reduce our environmental impact. For example, Pampers has decreased its diaper weight by one-third and packaging weight by two-thirds. And innovative technologies, raw materials, and product design improvements have led to significant reductions in energy, water use, emissions, and waste at our plants. We are working so that our diapers in the future will have less impact on the environment than even today's diapers.

My truth: Gentle to consumers and safe for the environment. So is that the same as safe for consumers? What is considered safe for the environment? “We are working so that our diapers in the future will have less impact on the environment” But I thought you said they are safe for the environment already. Are they safe or not? Is it enough for a product to be gentle on my baby or do I need it to be safe? Are disposable Diapers harmful to the environment? No more so then a wide range of other consumer products except those other consumer products can often be recycled, oh and those other consumer products are usually not found in landfills covered in human waste, what about the environmental impact of tons of untreated urine and feces in a landfill instead of the sewer where it can be treated properly?

Myth: The materials that make up Pampers diapers are depleting our forests.
Pampers “Fact”: The pulp used in our diapers comes from well-managed forests in North America. In some cases, we source our pulp from scrap wood chips from lumber and saw mills. Our pulp suppliers are required to be certified by an independent third party as practicing sustainable forestry. Certification includes standards and criteria for replanting trees, protecting biodiversity, water, air and soil, and for obtaining broad stakeholder input into the forest management plan.

My Truth: Coming from a community and a province who's economy is very dependent on forestry I can appreciate the fact that P&G is ensuring their suppliers are engaged in sustainable forestry practices, that being said there is still a lot of demand placed on forestry to produce disposable products, and as that demand increases so does the burden on our forests. That wood could and should be used for more important things then a one time use diaper that can't be recycled.

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