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He’ll be four months old on the 20th and is already eating rice cereal. If you read the baby books, that’s about 2.25 months ahead of the recommended schedule. But Dr. B (our glorious pediatrician) gave the ok and Little Man was showing all the signs so we went for it and Little Man is happy as a clam (clams always seem so straight faced to me), so I felt the need to buy a Beaba (I have an addiction to kitchen tools) and a high chair. Continue reading

I walked into a trash can this weekend

Leaving Target, carrying the diaper genie elite in the box, I was reading the description and walked right into a trash can. Just one more misstep in the trials and tribulations of diaper disposal. When we found out we were expecting I asked around about the best way to dispose of diapers and from most people I heard that putting the diapers in a regular trash can and then tossing the bag daily outside is sufficient. So, I returned the diaper genie elite that we had registered for, along with all the special bags (which was the big downfall of the genie I heard) and bought the diaper pail instead. It takes regular bags but has a little piece that turns over so you don’t see the diapers.

Baby arrived and we started off with the diaper pail. Problem was you put the diaper in the top and turn the handle and you get poo on internal pieces that are impossible to wash. Howevere, in trying you put wipes in the top and find out that wipes get stuck somewhere in between and you have to pull them out, getting poo on your hands. So, the diaper pail went out the window.
Diaper Pail rating: Nissan Murano

We moved on to a large step trash can. After about 3 weeks of emptying it daily we noticed the smell remains and you see the pooy diapers every time you open it. So, the trash can went out the window.
Trash Can: Ford Focus

We moved on to the diaper genie. It was pricey so I chose the diaper genie II, rather than the  elite to save $10. It was good for lack of smell, but you have to open the lid (one hand opening, one hand holding baby on table, one hand holding diaper… wait that won’t work) and you have to push the diaper into the disposal by hand. Just one day with a baby will tell you that newborn poo gets everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Somehow you have it on both hands, up the wall, on your shirt and almost always on baby’s foot. Do you really want to be pushing it through a small opening by hand? So, the diaper genie II went out the window.
Diaper Genie II: Cadillac Escalade

We have worked our way from bottom to top. The Diaper Genie Elite has a step, is tall enough that I don’t have to bend down (I’m not lazy, I just want to be on the same level as my baby on the changing table) and has a mouth opening that opens each time I step on the step. Bingo. No smell, no touching or pushing poo, no residual poo on the receptacle.
Diaper Genie Elite: Aston Martin DB7

So, if you are looking to save money, don’t do what I did and avoid the special diaper bags. I spent approx $25 on each that did not work out and $30 on the Diaper Elite. $60 down the drain to save money.

The truth about cloth diapering (Gdiapers)

It’s been five weeks now of cotton diapering and we’ve graduated from xsmall to small and have also been supplementing with pampers sensitive that we got as a gift. Here’s the highly scientific findings:

1. disposables are much easier to carry in the diaper bag. Keep a small box around for that use.

2. gdiapers are much cuter on than pampers

3. gdiapers are much more cozy. Obviously I can’t speak for wearing them (they won’t fit, otherwise I’d try. Anything for science), but they seem more comfy and they are cozier when you hold the little one too.

4. Gdiapers are about $10 cheaper than pampers, but you have to watch where you buy – the shipping can ruin everything.Using the cloth inserts makes it much cheaper and messier.

5. Gdiapers are no more work than regular diapers until it comes to assembly. It takes 15 minutes to put all of ours together each laundry day, between the snap in liner and then the insert. But it’s for my baby and I’ll do almost anything for the little guy.

6. The gdiapers are bulkier so he’s pushing out of newborn clothes when he wears them. That’s not so bad though – not many people buy newborn clothes so we have a ton of 0-3 and 3 month outfits that I’m dying to get to!

7. Most importantly – the gdiapers leak less. For pee (especially at night when you avoid changing for fear of waking), the jammies aren’t wet, whereas the pampers will leak through and cause a change of clothes as well as change of diaper. And that means a waking and that can keep you up for hours. I’d actually pay more for the extra sleep. For poo, the g will hold it better but the change can be messier when it’s a blowout because you’re not tossing everything, so you have to handle the messy insert and sometimes you have to do a liner rinse or even the whole thing has to be rinsed. Once you’ve changed the baby a handful of times though, touching pee or poo is no biggie.

Overall, I prefer the Gs, but the cost difference is very little and they are slightly more work.

 

Don’t call your doctor from work

I just called the hospital to register for the delivery. I called from work and I sit in an open office environment where everybody can hear everything. So when she asked is this VAGINAL or C-SECTION, I had to tell her, my employees and everybody else around me that it was VAGINAL.

And the woman at the hospital didn’t find it nearly as funny as me.

How to Save the World without Washing Diapers

I decided pretty early on that I wanted to do cotton diapering when I found out that diapers last at least 500 years in landfills (see my previous post), so I visited a cotton diapering store in St Louis while we were there to see how it was done. I took my mother in law. I walked out completely confused and she walked out thinking I was a looney tune. There were so many different versions of cotton diapers and all of them entailed wet pails and soaking of poopy diapers. I love the earth and all, but my gag reflex is stronger than superman (or weaker? Point is, I gag at poo.)

I did some research and found gdiapers. These are cotton diapers that do not entail washing of poo filled diapers (I’m sure there are some accidents and some leaks just like with disposables). Basically, they are these cute little diapers that you put a disposable insert into; when poo happens you can throw away the insert or… get this… FLUSH it!! They are biodegradable (you could even use them in compost if you were crazy like that!), they break down in just a matter of weeks and actually provide nutrients to the earth that help rather than hinder the world! Even the outer layer that you don’t toss is biodegradable. Here is a video from the nice folks at gdiapers showing exactly how their products break down. I can’t vouch for their use (I’m gonna feel like an idiot if they turn out to be terrible after all of these blogs!) quite yet, although they did fit the teddy bear very well when we tested, but the cat wouldn’t sit still long enough. I plan on giving cotton diapering a try and so did these celebs.

If you have any questions about gdiapers or cotton diapers in general, shoot me a message and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you.

Upcoming posts on this subject will include:
How to use gdiapers.
Cost analysis of gdiapers vs. disposables.
How to get ’em cheaper.

Tricks for Tuesday: Swaddling your baby

So apparently babies are pretty happy in the womb. I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be: wrapped up all cozy, fed regularly, toasty and warm, get to listen to music and other people’s conversations… and when they come out, they cry. They cry because they’re cold, they have no control over their limbs and (in my humble opinion), people stop talking about interesting things around them and make stupid noises instead.

So, how do you make your baby happy once it’s born? Well, according to the good folks at Happiest Baby on the Block amongst other various experts, one way would be to wrap the baby up nice and tight so that it doesn’t freak itself out in the middle of the night by flailing limbs (which probably feels like that falling feeling). There are products on the market, like the kiddopotamus swaddle me that is mostly set up for you to swaddle your baby, but that’s like cheating (it’s LIKE cheating, it’s not actually cheating) and besides, those of us in hot climates might have a tough time with a thick swaddle blanket if you’re supposed to keep house temperature at 68 – 72 degrees. So, my favorite swaddle is a muslin blanket shape made by Aden + Anais. It’s cute, airy and light and the video link here shows you exactly how to use it to swaddle your baby:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4SnaQ1DVJM

Baby wipes

Kandoo wipes

This blog post was so shocking (and well written) that I had to report it here. Please visit MommyPie’s regular blog to read more about her wonderful family.

Piece of Crap: Kandoo ‘Flushable’ Wipes

And this week’s craptastic award goes to … (drum role please)

Kandoo “Flushable” Wipes (or any baby/toddler wipe that claims to be flushable, for that matter).

Seriously. Can it get more accurate than that?

Ankle deep into the potty training years, I thought these lovely little inventions were a Godsend. I’ve been happily flushing away for nearly two years now. (As MaggiePie is fond of saying … oh, silly woman.)

A few months ago, a sudden overwhelming stench and rapidly growing pool of filth — seeping, seemingly from the depths of Hell (located conveniently just outside my back door, btw) — propelled me to the yellow pages. Later that afternoon, I watched as my new sulphur spring exploded. Five hundred dollars and mounds of dirt later, I was told this was, in fact, not the handiwork of the Devil, but of … Kandoo.

“Do you have a young child in the house?”

“Yeeesss …”

“Wipes.”

“Wipes??”

“Wipes.”

I watched in horror as my plumber surfaced with huge wads of what looked like dirty rags.

“But the package says they’re flushable!” (Silly, silly woman.)

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this. I dig up at least one system per week that’s plugged with these things. It’s unbelievable.”

(Note to reader: Keep in mind, I live in a relatively small town, and one a week for one plumber is A LOT.)

“But the package says they’re FLUSHABLE.”

“Anything’s technically flushable. Gravel is flushable. I can’t believe these things are still on the market.”

I’m sorry … WTF??!?

The long and short of it (according to my plumber) is, “flushable” does not necessarily mean biodegradable, although marketing efforts clearly lead the consumer to believe otherwise. Lesson learned.

After a little research, it seems this is happening all over the place – and not just in the U.S. Here’s some info I wish I would’ve had two years ago (these are just a few of the top Google links):

Motive Grounds
Mommysavers Forums
Amazon Reviews
Dooyoo
That Hideous Man

There’s almost nothing I hate more than to be made a fool of. All things considered, I pride myself on being a reasonably intelligent person, and I was duped. Yes, MommyPie’s more than a little pissed off. So, in appreciation, Kandoo, let me be the first to congratulate you on becoming the first product to earn my very personal Piece of Crap Award.

Stay tuned for more turds in the punchbowl, Gentle Reader …