January 27, 2011

Daycare and cloth diapering

Guest post

Once I decided to go back to work, many people asked me what I would do with all my cloth diapers. I replied, “Use them, of course!” My stash is mainly compiled of pockets and AIOs, so I knew it wouldn’t be too hard for the wonderful women who care for my girls to catch on.

The first thing I did was talk to the director about accepting cloth diapering-- and I came prepared. I printed out literature from our local county health department explaining the acceptable uses and storage for cloth diapers in a child center. I also brought examples of cloth diapers, wipes and wetbags to show her exactly what would be used and how it wasn’t much different than the daycare’s policy of double-bagging disposable diapers. I went through step by step how I use diapers at home: from stuffing, to wearing to washing. She was pleasantly surprised at how evolved cloth diapering has become and said she didn’t see why it would be a problem.

The first day was a bit of a challenge. I composed my daycare stash of mainly pre-stuffed Bumgenius OS pockets with aplix. I did think about starting them out with disposable wipes, but figured I should just go for it and get it over with, as I prefer cloth wipes. I showed the morning teacher how easy it is to put on the diaper and just wrap the cloth wipe inside, rather than a 2 step process of tossing a paper wipe and then bagging a cloth diaper. They seemed a bit hesitant but definitely open-minded. I brought in 12 diapers and after 6 hours all 12 diapers were gone!!!! When I picked up my baby, she was in a spare disposable. The teachers complained the diapers were leaking! What happened?Turns out, the teachers got a bit confused and thought they had to unsnap the rise. My petite baby was now in a large sized pocket and just peeing through the legs. The teachers were also afraid to really tighten the aplix, so the large diaper was drooping right off of her. Luckily, they were game for another tutorial and the next day I was greeted with a fluffy-butted baby and smiles.

It’s only been 3 weeks but the teachers seem like old pros. They are now willing to pull out wet inserts (“We get peed on all the time”, one teacher said, “What’s the difference?”) and even plop poop into the toilet. I know not every daycare is as open-minded but I think a positive attitude, patience and the willingness to educate make a huge difference!
……….Next week maybe I’ll try snaps! ;)

Written by Nicole Hinden
Originally published June 29, 2009

January 25, 2011

Trophy Tuesday - BumGenius Elementals - *closed*

Today's Trophy Tuesday product spotlight is BumGenius Elementals

Can I say right off how much I love this diaper?  It's one of our favorites and always one of the first I reach for. 

It has all the qualities you could ask for...soft organic cotton against the skin, One Size, and All-in-one! 

Wash, dry, wear, repeat. 

It's as easy as that.

Our son is currently 21 pounds and 27 inches long.  The BumGenius Elemental fits him beautifully and never leaks.  It's plenty absorbent for daytime use and he can even wear them overnight with a Just-Hemp insert added on top. 

The Elemental is a true all-in-one, meaning there are no separate soakers to keep track of, no pockets to stuff, all of the absorbency is sewn into the diaper in one neat package.
These diapers also fit my son pretty well right from birth.  They were one of the first one size diapers that really did fit him nicely and definitely the first aio one size to fit. 

Ew, don't mind the poo stain! 
This is the BumGenius Elemental One Size when our son was about 2-3 weeks old, around 10 pounds.

*I did not receive any compensation for this review.  The diaper was purchased at Cloth Diaper Outlet.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive:  *CLOSED*

(1) BumGenius Elemental diaper in Jet Setter print from Tiny Socialite Collection

Giveaway runs Tuesday Jan 25, 2011 through Monday Jan 31, 2011 at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced Tuesday Feb 1, 2011 on the Blog and our FaceBook Page.


Winner Announcement:

Entry #25 Felicia Yoakam

Congratulations Felicia!  Thanks so much for reading our blog!  ***I do not have an email for you, so you will need to contact me within  7 days to claim your prize.