Friday, August 31, 2012

Why we chose to cloth diaper

The first time I came across cloth diapering during my pregnancy, my first thought was why are people still using cloth diapers in this day and age???  I thought it was such an old fashioned, unhygenic, backward thing to still be doing in such a modern time. But the more research I did, I realized that if anything was backward and old fashioned it was actually me and my ignorance on the topic.   I came to realize that cloth diapers have evolved so much over the years and that without a doubt they are the healthier option for the baby. The fact that they are eco friendly is an added bonus.  I honestly never thought I would be the type to actually enjoy cloth diapering, thats right I actually enjoy it. And this really surprises me becaue  I'm not granola, crunchy, earthy or hippie,  I'm just a regular girl who likes the convenience of modern technology. I thought I would hate cloth diapering, but decided to try it and hopefully grit my teeth and endure it for the sake of my baby but I actually love my cloth diapers!! So hear me out and maybe you might be convinced to give cloth diapers a try.

Reason number 1 -  I discovered that disposable diapers are loaded with harsh chemicals such as
  •  Dioxins which are a by product of bleaching the diapers white
  •  Sodium polyacrylate which aids absorbtion and helps prevent leaks. It often forms into small gel beads and lumps that can be seen on the babies skin when the diaper is taken off. Huggies claim that these gel beads aren't harmful to the skin. Yeah right.
  • Volatile organic compounds such as ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene
  • Many other chemicals like  polypropylene, polyester,  polyethylene, synthetic rubber and dyes.
Even pampers swaddlers (which we use at daycare) still arent chemical free, although they contain some soothing ingredients like aloe.  All these harsh chemicals can cause, irritate and aggravate baby skin as well as have other effects on the endorine system of the body.

Reason number 2 - Even though cloth diapers cost more money upfront, in the long run they work out to be cheaper than disposable diapers. Once you have built up a stash of cloth diapers and all necessary gear, all you do is just reuse it rather than constantly having to buy new disposables.

Reason number 3 Cloth diapers are eco friendly. This is an issue that has been heavily debated, since cloth diapers need to be washed over and over again, many argue that the water and energy used in washing the diapers is just as bad as the trees and landfill space used in disposable diapers. I beg to differ.

Reason number 4- Cloth diapers don't blow out and hardly leak if used correctly.. If you don't know what a blow out is consider yourself fortunate. If you're squeamish just skip to the next paragraph! Basically a blow out or diaper explosion is when your baby poops so much or with such force that it literally explodes the diaper and goes EVERYWHERE. Cloth diapers can withstand this and are able to contain what every poopy surprise your little one has waiting for you, disposables can't.  Since I started using cloth diapers I have never had a blow out or a leak. But disposables constantly leak, especially overnight. Even the almightly pampers swaddlers.

Reason number 5- Disposable diapers come in multiple sizes, so you have to keep going up a size as the baby grows, and sometimes your baby will outgrow a size half way through the box and you end up with half a box of diapers that are too small. Whereas the one size cloth  diapers are adjustable and grow with your baby.

Reason number 6- Cloth diapers come in cute and fun colors and prints, so you dont need to buy diaper covers to match your baby outfits.

SimplyChic baby is currently in daycare and sadly they don't allow cloth diapers, so she wears disposables (Pampers Swaddlers) to daycare but soon as she gets home she is back in her cloth diapers and wears them evenings, over night, weekends and any day she doesnt go to daycare.  Her skin is very sensitive and the one time we tried Huggies diapers she got angry looking bumps all over her bottom by the end of the same day!! So that was the end of that Huggies experiment. I actually did a side by side comparison of the huggies diaper with the pampers swaddler diaper and you can tell that the huggies feels rougher and harsher on the skin.

For our cloth diapers I chose to go with Freetime diapers by Bum Genius shown in the photos below

As you can see from the photos, they are an all-in-one, one size cloth diaper which means they go on just like a regular disposable diaper and have either hook & look (velcro) fasteners or snaps. They are one size which means they are adjustable to fit a baby from 8lbs to 35lbs. Which means we didnt use them right away when baby was born because they were too big for her, plus she needed a diaper that didnt touch or cover her belly button until it healed properly.   So far baby loves being in cloth diapers and  as you can see in the photo she looks cute as a button in them. Stay tuned for the next post about the actual cloth diapering process plus all the gear and cost involved!

Happy friday!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Are bumbo seats unsafe or just being misused?

If you havent heard about the Bumbo seat recall, you can read the full article about it here. The short version is that these seats have been voluntarily recalled as of August 15th 2012 due to babies sustaining injuries as a result of falling out of the seat primarily from elevated surfaces or sufaces of "unknown elevation" as well as from the ground.

For those that don't know, a bumbo is an infant seat designed for babies who are not yet able to sit up by themselves. The inside of the seat is shaped in such a way that it pushes the baby into a sitting position and the high back of the chair keeps them upright. This seat is very useful because it gives the baby a break from constantly lying down and is much more productive than propping pillows around the baby in an effort to train them on how to sit down. It is also a great prop for taking pictures of your little one. We have a bumbo at home, I love it, baby loves it... its a hit!  Now to the topic at hand, the recall...
The interesting thing about the recall is how some of the babies fell from the bumbo from an unknown elevation. Umm excuse me but as a parent how can you not know the elevation of your bumbo when your baby fell out of it. It was either on the floor or not. I suppose they reported it as unknown because they didnt want to admit that they had misused the product by placing it on a table.
To be honest this is just one of those common sense issues, babies shouldn't be left unattended in a product like this, and it shouldnt be placed on a dining table or kitchen counter as a replacement for a high chair.  But these days common sense is not so common and for that reason a new bigger warning label is being shipped out with the repair kit which includes a safety harness to keep babies buckled in place.. Below is a photo of the bumbo with the new repair kit restraints attached. To request a repair kit visit their recall site

One thing I will say against Bumbo is that the old warnings on the bumbo were just printed in ink on  the back of the seat and the ink fades away with time, so for those parents who may have bought a used seat, they may have been unable to read the warning.

The bumbo retails at $40 which is pretty expensive for an infant chair that is only useful for a very short while. If you can borrow one or buy one used then definitely go that route since they are easy to clean and disinfect. There are accessories for it such as the play tray and fabric covers shown below.




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Laughing till you cry & Crying till you laugh

May 13th 2012 was my first ever mothers day, and the picture above shows the awesome Hallmark expressions card my husband bought me. My baby was 23 days old by that time (3 weeks and  2 days), and this card was the most accurate reflection of exactly how I felt; like I was on a big looping rollercoaster.. high and then low and then high again.  If anyone tells you that parenthood is all roses and butterflies right from the get go, they lie.  It is hard work, sometimes stressful and very challenging, especially in the first month, but it is ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. 
My 4 month daughter is my angel from above and my experiences with her will be the main muse for this blog.
A little bit about me:
  • Bridal fashion blogger and writer for the past 3 years and continue to write about bridal fashion at Down The Aisle.
  • I go by the pen name simplistichic because I believe in minimalist fashion that is both simple and chic.
  • Love to blog, but also love my privacy hence minimal pictures of me on my blogs
  • First time mommy with an adorable 4 month old and plenty of opinions about it!

Happy Reading!