I love all cloth diapers, but my two favorite types are pockets diapers and covers with pre-folds. I recently was able to try Knickernappies SuperDo and LoppyDo inserts after winning them for contributing to the Knickernappies blog. It is nice to have an insert that can be used with both my favorite systems. Here are a few things that I liked; the SuperDo with its layer of hemp and the trim fit of both inserts. The layer of hemp made the SuperDo truly super. I used it with a cover overnight and had no leaks. Even though the instructions say you don’t need to wash your SuperDo insert before first use, I would recommend it. Mine leaked the first use right out of the box, but after one wash it’s perfect. The LooyDo is not absorbent enough for us, I have to add a pre-fold or make sure I changed her as soon as she wet. I don’t use s LoopyDo alone, if I’m leaving the house. The SuperDo and LoopyDo are wide enough for most brands of pocket diapers. These two inserts helped boost the amount of time between diaper changes. I believe these are far better than the standard microfiber inserts that come with the purchase of a Knickernappies diapers. I am very happy with my new inserts and will be purchasing more SuperDos.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Here are my new Sweet Cheeks 100% wool dryer balls scented with Pink Sugar (smells like cotton candy). Dryer balls are simply reusable balls that replace your dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener. They can be made of plastic or wool. I have a set of plastic, but now that's it's winter I need a couple more to keep the static down. There isn't an exact number that you have to have but I think the drier your climate is the more balls you need. I have four total now. I have been using dryer balls instead of fabric softener sheets since May 2010. The Pink Sugar scent is wonderful, it makes the whole house smell like cotton candy.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
So my kids are sick again. I suppose it's no wonder with this crazy -10 degree weather we have been having here in sunny Colorado. It is hitting Samantha particular hard simply because she can't blow her nose. Babies naturally breathe through their noses. If they can't breathe through their nose it makes it very difficult to eat or sleep. The bulb syringe is not working because it breaks my heart to hold her down while she screams her brains out. I received read a review for a NoseFrida from DirtyDiaperLanudry.com and decided to order one of my own. I ordered the NoseFrida today and am hoping to receive it by Friday!! I will let you know how it works. I have included the link for anyone that wants to check their site out. It's another great WAHMommies invention. They are also offering FreeShipping if you order two. Makes a great shower gift.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I was that annoying mom that had no issues breastfeeding my two older daughters, until Samantha was born. She began testing my breastfeeding knowledge within the first hour of her life. To start things off she wouldn’t open her mouth wide enough to latch properly. So here I am trying to encourage her open her mouth, which means, pulling down her chin, while holding her head at the right angle and my breast at the same time. Of course you know what happens next, her vice grip like jaw and octopus suction grab a hold of the tip of my nipple. Not so much fun for mom. One too many of these episodes left me wondering if it had been too many years since my last child or it I had forgotten how to breastfeed all together. Fortunately, we got the hang of the latch in a few weeks and everything seemed to be in place, until she began teething at six months. My first two didn’t not break teeth until 10 and 11 months respectively, so even though I nursed them until 12 months, there was very little biting. I was taken completely by surprise when Samantha bit me with her puppy sharp tooth. My reaction was to let out a scream which, in turn scared her. She continued to bite every time she ate for the next 48 hours. My reaction was similar each time. I didn’t mean to scream but man it hurt enough to make you pee down your leg. Needless to say my overreaction to the bite caused her to go on a “nursing strike” for two days. A nursing strike is exactly what it sounds like, refusing to breastfeed. Samantha would scream whenever I tried to nurse her. My only option was to give her a bottle and pump to keep my milk supply. It was a very long two days, with many tears shed. Now, you may be thinking did I give up nursing her? The answer is simply no. Things are different with Samantha. The way I get through these hurdles is to joke and talk with my follow mommy friends. It doesn’t matter if they breastfeed or not because we have all been that sleep deprived person with the half crazy look in our eyes. We mommies and even the daddies, have to stick together.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Those of you that read my post from a few short days ago know that it was 65 degrees here and now it's -9 but with the wind chill it's more like -20. Since we are having a "it's to cold to go to school day" today, I'm going to try to get some diaper videos up with the help of my 8 year old!