Monthly Archives: July 2010

Everything you wanted to know about the Flip.

by abbyslanehype

I wanted to share some Flip feedback :) We have had many moms writing in asking how they are working, and many more moms emailing us with their comments and feedback.

We spoke with two moms this week using them on babies 10 pounds or under. One had a 9 pound newborn, and started using the flip at the 2 week mark, the other had a 10 pound 4 week old, so a bit older but the same weight. Both loved the simplicity of the system, and both had a great fit with the cover even at only 10 pounds. The only downside was on really messy poops, some did escape the insert (a mix between the stay dry and organic inserts), and would get on the cover, but did not leak out of the cover itself. Since this can happen with regular prefold/cover systems, it isn’t a bad thing for the Flip, the key is keeping it contained which it seems to be doing a good job of.

The other moms had older babies, and a good range of weights and builds (slender, average, chunky). Some were really amazed how the organic insert did at holding their heavy wetters for nighttime, and adding an extra insetr for nighttime kept it a very trim system and still held their babies. Some did need a fleece liner on top for the nap and nighttime periods, but this can happen at any age if wetness is a problem with urine concetration/ammonia for longer periods of time.
What I am seeing, if you like pre-stuffing your pockets or using AIOs, and having to deal with two pieces throughout the day is bothersome, it isn’t the system for you. If you stuff as you go, or use fitteds and/or prefolds with covers, moms are really enjoying the system. Especially with the interchangeable inserts (some are doing stay dry during daytime, organic at night with a fleece liner for more absorbency, or some just streamline and do all the same thing), there is a good deal of variety there.

One diaper does have a 14 day trial, meaning if you purchase one, you can use and wash it for up to 2 weeks. Decide you don’t like it, email us and we will have you send it back to the manufacturer, and you receive a full product refund.


Welcome & Win!

by abbyslanehype

Welcome to our newest blog members! We will give away a $10.00 voucher to welcome everyone here for our new giveaway place :)
Post a comment to enter, winner picked on Tuesday the 6th…


the importance of clean diapers

by abbyslanehype

We are going slightly off topic on our washing, and I would like to express the “why” behind the reason your diapers need to smell clean out of the dryer. This is more than an aesthetic or stink issue, of course no-one wants to use diapers that smell like a fraternity bathroom on their baby, but there are potential health implications as well.

If your diapers have a fecal or urine smell out of the dryer (which is usually caused by a Free and Clear or a natural detergent, in most cases), it means that indeed some feces or urine is being left behind, either trapped in detergent buildup or thick diaper materials that didn’t get washed thoroughly. If this happens, that old gunk gets to be re-wet with fresh urine and/or feces, than placed in a warm, dark pail to soak for 2-36 hours. That bacteria now growing in your diapers can worsen and/or develop into health conditions which can affect your baby. We have seen an enormous spike amongst our customers of baby’s with both staph and yeast problems. These are very different problems, but some similarities.

Yeast: Some babies are truly just more “yeasty” than others. Their Ph and chemical levels just make it easier for yeast to grow in their little bodies. Yeast infections can range from a mild nuisance to a big problem, if you suspect yeast or see a funny rash that your usual treatments don’t help, please go to a doctor to seek treatment. If your child is diagnosed with yeast, we do recommend bleaching your diapers. Recurring yeast infections is the most frustrating thing, and can permanently scar your child’s skin. Follow your doctor’s advice, and to use anti-fungal creams with your diapers, see our blurb here:

http://www.abbyslane.com/faqs.php#Q12

Yeast doesn’t come from your diapers, it comes from you (through nursing) or from your baby, but it can live and thrive if your diapers aren’t washed properly. Yeast will have a funny odor in most cases in diapers, so make sure they smell good out of the dryer, and do treat the diapers if your child has yeast.

The more serious issue of Staph and/or MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staph) is one that hits close to home. 2 out of 3 of our girls have had MRSA within a few months of birth. Staph used to be only limited to hospitals, but is quite common now. If you have had a hospital birth (and I am not knocking this by any means, all 3 of mine were born in hospitals and I wouldn’t have it any other way), your chances of contracting Staph on you or your baby are going to be present. Staph lives on surfaces of things and humans, and it just needs an entry point into the skin to develop the sores. If you see a rash with pimples that doesn’t look like your average heat rash, please take it seriously. Typically Staph infections have pus-filled tiny sores, sometimes white or green inside, sometimes with a hard red bump underneath. Your doctor will culture one of these sores and test it for Staph or MRSA. If your child is diagnosed, no if’s, and’s or but’s, you have to bleach your diapers and bleach them with 1/4-1/2 cup of clorox. I know the pretty dyed fitteds will fade, but this is serious stuff, and you do not want to run the risk of not killing the strain of bacteria.

Now, what does this have to do with smelly diapers? No detergent, unless you are adding bleach to it, is anti-bacterial. You don’t want it to be, it is overkill (think of Lysol and anti-bacterial soaps and disinfecting our kids=superbugs kind of thing), but if you are leaving feces and urine behind, you are creating the perfect petrie dish for bacteria to grow and thrive in your diapers. The less opportunity you give your diapers to grow yeast or staph, the better for you and your baby, hence why this is so important. Again, these two ickies don’t come *from* your cloth, but they can and will live in them until you treat the diapers, so please do so if diagnosed.

Now that I completely have you terrified of your diapers, sell them all and wrap your child in palm leaves ;)
No, really, the odds of any of you having this problem is very small, and even in the best of washing conditions these problems can and will occur, so don’t ever feel it is something you did or didn’t do to cause it.


Detergent

by abbyslanehype

We are discussing the detergent selection in your diaper laundry. Like last week, if you have a good wash routine that is without odors or excessive stains, do not change a thing and skip right over this section. But, if you are having trouble with diapers smelling out of the dryer, or especially awful smelling with the first urine that hits them, or in general unhappy with your wash routine, this is geared towards you~

If you have read our website advice, you know our first detergent recommendation is regular Tide, for front loaders, Tide HE. We prefer powder over liquid. Tide is on top of consumer reports year after year because it is a good, strong detergent and it works very well with diapers. If already you want to throw your computer out the window in disbelief I am mentioning Tide, take a peek at what Happy Heiny recommends as their top pick:

http://www.happyheinys.com/diaper_care.php

I have spoken with Cotton Babies personally, contrary to internet rumors, using Tide will not invalidate your warranty on Bumgenius diapers.
Tide does have enzymes, which are little living guys that like to eat stains and fecal and urine residue. The controversy over Tide is whether or not these enzymes also eat away at your baby’s skin after the diaper has been washed. If you are washing your diapers daily, or every other day, with hot water, and rinsing well, you will not have this problem. Truly, in over 4 years of this business, talking with thousands of women, we see insanely few true reactions to Tide, compared to numerous reactions with Charlies, Sports Wash and sensi clean. If your child is sensitive to Tide, in most cases it presents as a pink tint wherever the diaper is touching, within the first 1-2 hours of having the diaper on. There is also concern with perfumes and dyes, but Tide is formulated to be strong enough to wash out these additives, and we see very few babies react to them

Tide does make a “free” version, while we don’t recommend it as highly as the regular Tide, it is a good option if your child is sensitive to dyes and perfumes.
We will get into more brands next week, but at a glance, we do like Planet as a more eco-friendly detergent, you do have to be washing on hot with this one, though, it is also friendly from HE machines as well as top loaders.

On our website, we don’t have a chart with name brands and spread sheets marking which detergent has which ingredients. We feel that ingredients alone do make the detergent what it is. I like to use the analogy of making cookies, you can take butter, eggs, flour and sugar and still come up with some pretty awful tasting cookies, the issue isn’t with what is in it, it is how much of each, and the way they interact with each other. Some of the most natural and “non-impacting” detergents are absolutely the worst with diapers. We have seen on local babies the genital scars they have gotten from Charlie’s, and 9 out of 10 customers who e-mail us with odors issues are using either a Free and CLear detergent, or a green detergent like Shaklee, 7th Generation, Allen’s, Dr. Bronners or Method. In other words, you have to see how a detergent works with your water conditions, temperatures and level of waste left behind. Truly, the more natural the detergent, the less success we see with it overall. Now, I know some of the ones I just mentioned work for moms, and that is fine, keep using them. But, for the majority of our customers we have to state the facts of what we see working and not working, and hopefully this will help those having problems.

Another problem we see, people using too little detergent. A good rule of thumb:
-If your diapers smell like a barnyard out of the dryer, you did not use enough detergent, or you are using the wrong kind. This can be dangerous physically to your baby, as well as a cosmetic issue, as leaving behind old feces and urine, only to be re-wet and then placed in a dark and moist pail for 24-48 hours is a haven for breeding bacteria, yeast and staph.
-If your diapers smell immediately after putting them on the baby, there is detergent buildup, either from too much or the wrong kind.


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