November 2010

special needs #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

It’s Monday, so today I will answer user submitted questions!  If you have a question, email maria at change-diapers.com and put “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject.  Questions don’t have to be about cloth, as long as you’re nice.  (e.g. don’t ask me why I’m so dumb or why my nose is so big!)
Carrie says:
Hi Maria!


I have a question for you about older kids. I have an almost-4-year-old who is potty-trained, but still has occasional accidents at night. We limit the drinks before bedtime and make sure he goes to the bathroom one more time before getting in bed, but still there are accidents. I know all the disposable diaper companies make nighttime “underwear” for big kids, but I was wondering if you could recommend any cloth versions. I didn’t start cloth diapering until my third who is 12-months-old now so I don’t really know what to do about big kids.

Thanks!

Carrie

Good question Carrie!  Though I’m not there yet myself, I’ve been keeping a look out for these.  It doesn’t sound like you really need the absorbency (or want the look) of a diaper.  For those who do, Fuzzibunz mediums are huge, so I don’t doubt for a second that their larges will fit a 45 pound child, as they estimate!  They also sell an extra-large, to fit children over 45 pounds.  They seem to be harder to find though.  I believe they may actually be made to order.

Mother-Ease has some specialty products that include training pants for kids up to 60 pounds (the largest size holds only 6 ounces, so not diaper absorbency.  Their bedwetter pants fit up to 65 pounds, and hold 21 ounces!

Bumbledoo sells cloth training pants that look more like undies, can be ordered in custom sizes, and are quite absorbent.

Super Undies makes night time undies look like underwear, are quite absorbent, and can be used with step-up inserts for extra absorbency.  These look best to me for a big kid!

Happy Heinys sells Pocket Trainers that come in larger sizes (up to XL/55+ lbs) and of course, are stuffable to customize absorbency.  Snap-EZ has a pocket trainer too, but they are going out of business!

I haven’t personally tried any of these, since my son isn’t quite there yet, but they are what I’ve found and been interested in thus far.

Hannah says:

Hi Maria,

I’m using cloth diapers for my special needs little brother. Due to some medical issues, he is really susceptible to diaper rashes and when he does get a rash it means his entire diaper area is fiery red, raw and bleeding. I’m also thinking that some pull-ups we used during a recent hospital stay may have helped to cause the rash.

I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for diaper rash creams that would be strong enough to actually do something to help heal his bottom and keep the rash away.

My second question, in your cloth diaper search, have you come across diapers for Special Needs kiddos other than the two big diaper companies, FuzziBunz and Happy Heinys? I’m always interested in finding more companies that support cloth diapering for Special Needs children.

Thanks!
Hannah

Well, I actually got this submission after I had typed the answer to the first one, and had it ready to publish.  Since I found myself wandering from night time potty training to special needs kids, I thought I may as well combine them! 

Hannah, I am thinking the mother-ease “bedwetter” pants or even the super undies with some additional inserts would be nice.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for others!

You can use any diaper rash cream as long as you use a fleece liner to protect the cloth diaper.  I had great luck with Boudreaux Butt Paste when my daughter was little, and I have heard many, many Moms say that Triple Paste is excellent for the really bad rashes.  Luckily, my son has a little redness from a dirty diaper at the worst, and a little Grandma El’s or EMAB bottom balm clears it right up.  His rashes from disposables never actually bled, but they sure were close.  I’m not sure Grandma El’s or EMAB would work for a  bad rash, but once you get it cleared up, a thin, preventative layer at each change would likely work wonders.

Sorry I wasn’t more help, I will definitely be on the lookout for any larger, absorbent diapers!

How about you, readers?  Have you found a night-time trainer that you love?  Anyone found great special needs diapers?  Have you ever battled bath rash with cloth?  What worked for you?

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I was actually surprised to see so few people enter this one!  I am guessing it’s because it started and ended on a weekend, with the holiday in between there. I am sure people have been busy!

In any case 133 people entered with 241 entries total.  The winner is # 219 which is Rebecca Huss.

Congratulations Rebecca, I’m emailing you now!

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giveaway

If you’re like me, you’re staying far, far away from stores today.  Before you fall into a turkey leftover coma, take a look at some of these awesome cloth giveaways!  Every Friday I round up cloth diaper, accessory and baby wearing giveaways that I’ve found, or that have been submitted. 
 
I’d love submissions if you’d like your giveaway highlighted.  Just send a description, link and photo (if applicable) to maria at change-diapers.com.  I like to keep the roundup to cloth, baby wearing etc. but you can put anything family friendly in the linky.  Just please, no “adult” stuff!
 

This week’s giveaway finds:
The Cloth Diaper Whisperer 
Flip Hook and Loop and Organic Insert
Thirsties Duo Wrap and Stay Dry Insert from Makobi Scribe Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 12/5)
$25 Applecheeks Gift Card from Confessions of a First Time Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/4)

Thirsties Duo Wrap and Stay Dry Insert from A Heart for Home (ends 12/6)

Doopsy SD Diaper from Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/6)

Doopsy SD Diaper from Biehl Adventures (ends 12/1)

Bumware AIO from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique and Dibs TWO mandatory Facebook “likes” (ends 11/29)

$350 Fuzzibunz Kit from Kelly Wels Giveaway is run on Facebook, mandatory “like” (ends 12/21)

Tiny Tush Elite Diaper from Liz Has a Life (ends 12/14)

Bummis Wet Bag from Life with my Littles Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/7)

Comfy Rumps Pocket Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/23)

Nifty Nappy Super Duper Soaker from Biehl Adventures (ends 11/30)

Katydid Cloth Diaper from A Heart for Home (ends 12/8)

GoGoGreen Pocket Diapers from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/26)

Bummas Wipes from Heavenly Savings (ends 12/7)

Bum Essentials Diaper from Momma in Flip Flops (ends 12/8)

ErgoBaby Doll Carrier from One Savvy Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/21)

Comfy Rumps Diapers from Chubby Cheeks Thinks 2 winners, open to the U.S. and Canada (ends 12/15)

Bumkins Dr. Suess Bundle from Knocked up and Nursing (ends 12/9)

Giveaways still running from last week:
Zizzies and Izzies Fleece Soaker from Marlie and Me (ends 12/1)

Funhog Felts Wool Dryer Balls from Marlie and Me (ends 12/2)

Bummas Wipes from Marlie and Me (ends 12/3)

Pooters Pocket Diaper from Marlie and Me (ends 12/4)

Kawaii Snazzy minky Diaper from Life of This SAHM (ends today, 11/26)

Babykicks 3g Pocket Diaper from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/27)

Planet Wise Medium Wet Bag from The Not So Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/4)

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag from Bum Covered Diapers and It’s Me Melbie Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/2)

Happy Heinys Pockets Diaper from Nature Bumz and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/12)

Applecheeks diaper from Life With My Littles Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/28)

Kawaii Pocket Diaper from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/15)

GoGo Green Wet Bag from Mommy’s Blessings (ends 12/3)

Baby K’Tan pink baby carrier from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/11)

Doopsy SD Diaper from Life with my Littles Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/30)

FuzziBunz Perfect Size Diaper from Thanks Mama and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/17)

Babee Greens Organic Cloth Diaper from Children Teaching Mama (ends 12/6)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/5)

ErgoBaby Doll Carrier from A Mom’s Balancing Act (ends 12/3)

ErgoBaby Doll Carrier from Thanks Mail Carrier (ends 12/3)

Boba Carrier from Born 2 Impress Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/28)

Thirsties Duo Wrap and stay dry insert from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends today,  11/26)

FuzziBunz Diaper from Cake Blast (ends 11/29)

Babykicks 3G Pocket Diaper from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends today, 11/26)

$10 GC to SweetBottoms Baby Boutique from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends today, 11/26)

$11 GC to Wee Little Changes from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 11/29)

Katydid Cloth Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/2)

Kissaluvs Marvels AIO from Hip Tips For You Mandatory product review OR Facebook Comment (ends 12/1)

You may enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. At a minimum, please include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Please view my post on where I list my giveaways to find more great places to link up!

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>This is part 3 of my ramblings on the future of cloth.  See Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them!

As modern cloth evolves, I expect to see more “hybrid” diapers like the Amp Duo Diaper and the Softbums Omni.  Diapers that allow you to use them as a pocket diaper, all-in-two, or a cover with prefolds.  So you don’t necessarily have to choose and invest in just one type.  We’ve already seen a pretty big boom with the hybrid/all-in two styles with wipe-able shells like the Best Bottom Diapering System, the Flip and others.

I also hope/expect to see even more insert options, more natural fibers, trim inserts, perhaps combined with a soft, wicking fabric on top, like microfleece.  I think if there were even more disposable/flushable/compostable inserts available, it would help people test the waters with cloth, and realize that washing the inserts really isn’t a big leap!

One-size diapers have gained enormous popularity in the past few years.  When I researched cloth in 2004 for my daughter, I don’t recall seeing any pocket diapers with the “snap down” rise one-size feature that is so common today.  Bumgenius was founded in late 2005, but I don’t know who was the first to do this style.  I believe the “one size” fold down rise that’s common on fitted diapers today, was introduced by Mother-Ease.

While they are great, in the future I see more companies considering a two-size system like the Thirsties Duo Diaper.  I didn’t start cloth diapering my son until he was about 14 pounds at 4 months old, so I don’t have experience cloth diapering a newborn.  Many “one size” diapers claim to fit starting at 6 or 8 pounds, but I hear many say they didn’t fit well until about 10 pounds, and I don’t at all doubt that is truth.  This means that most people will need to purchase newborn/extra-small diapers, unless they plan to use disposables in the beginning.

On the other end of the spectrum, Moms with larger babies or late potty trainers (learners) say the “one-size” diapers didn’t fit through potty training.  Not only that, but you can’t necessarily expect a diaper that’s been in constant use for 2 1/2-3 years, to last through another child.

The two size diapers seem to be the perfect compromise between sized and one-size diapers.  No need to buy newborn, one-size and extra-large, or newborn, small, medium etc.  Two sizes truly cover the range from newborn to potty training.  it seems like such an ingenious idea to me, I’m surprised more companies haven’t caught on.  I am still hoping that Bumgenius will come out with a mini-one size pocket diaper!

I think I’m going to stop here since I’m trying not to make these posts tl;dr worthy (too long, didn’t read!)  I have more on my mind about the future of cloth, so stay tuned!

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cloth diaper detergent

In my opinion, wash routine and detergent are the biggest hurdle in cloth diapering.  My personal motto is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”  If you have a detergent and wash routine that are working for you, stick with it.  After trying many different detergents, I’ve been using about 1/4 the lowest load line of Tide powder, with an extra rinse.  About once a month, I notice a slight ammonia smell or funk to my inserts, so I wash just the inserts with a dab of bleach, and rinse until the water is clean and the bleach smell is gone.

So why am I messing with it?  I was sucked in by the new Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer, thinking that maybe by using it, I could eliminate the monthly/semi-monthly bleaching.  I decided to also buy a bag of the mighty mighty marshmallow classic rock detergent to use along with it.  Lucky for you, I bought an extra bag of each to give away to a reader!

rockin green scoop

magnetic measuring spoon magnetic rockin green scoop

I also snagged one of the magnetic measuring scoops that sticks right to the washer!

mighty mighty marshmallow classic rock

I don’t know if the mighty mighty marshmallow smells exactly like marshmallows, but it smells sweet and yummy!

soaking diapers overnight

The Funk Rock package suggests first soaking the diapers overnight in 3T of Rockin’ Green, so that’s what I did.  I followed that up with a full wash/double rinse, and at least two more full washes/double rinses.

funk rock ammonia bouncer

Next, I opened up the funk rock.  The package says to initially use 4T and soak 30-60 minutes.

ready to rock

I soaked for about two hours, then followed with a full wash/double rinse, and two more full wash/double rinses.

getting ready to soak

After that, the diapers stunk.  Not like ammonia or funk, but like poop.  Like they hadn’t been washed.  I did another wash with 2T of Rockin’ Green, with more full wash/double rinses.  In all, I had been washing/soaking for a full 24 hours+.  I did at least 8 or more full washes, all with double rinses.  I reviewed a sample of Rockin’ Green back in April, and learned that you need to soak and rinse like crazy when first switching.  That the switch can bring all the funk to the surface.
 
To be honest, after a full day of washing (and this was only half of my diapers!) I was ready to throw in the towel.  I was sniffing them after every wash to see if it was getting any better, but it wasn’t.
 

stinky diapers waiting to be washed in tide

So, at the time I’m writing this at 10:40 P.M., my stinky diapers are being washed in Tide.  Hopefully the detergent police don’t come after me, but I won’t stray again as long as it’s working for me!
 
We have mountain spring well water, a water softener and an HE washer.  Even if you have exactly the same, what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa.  Unfortunately, that’s just how washing goes!  So, even though this didn’t work for me, it may work for you.  Who knows, it I’d kept washing for another day (or three) maybe it would have worked out.  Right now, I don’t care to find out.  I’m having a moment where I’d like to pretend my laundry room doesn’t exist!  I’m having flashbacks to a month of constant washing battling stinkies!

I just want to be clear that Rockin’ Green has worked wonders for so many people, especially the Hard Rock version for those with hard water.  I still wholehearedly recommend trying Rockin’ Green if you’re having trouble.  It just isn’t the right detergent for me!
 
Giveaway: I have another 45/90 load bag of Rockin’ Green Classic Rock Mighty Mighty Marshmallow scent and a full-size bag of Funk Rock to give away.  Combined retail value is $26.90.



giveaway prize

 
Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  Mandatory entries are name & email addressOptional bonus entry for following this blog.  Just like last time, you pick GFC, RSS, Email, “like” me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.  I want you to choose what will get you to come back and keep reading!  Especially with 5 days of huge giveaways coming up  with the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event and several more diaper giveaways after that!


I will accept entries until Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.


I love comments, but comments do not count as entries. Feel free to comment about detergent/wash routines, or just to remind yourself that you entered!  Post will be updated daily with the # of entries received.

Please note: This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or approved by, nor affiliated with Rockin’ Green or any retailer.

# of entries received as of November 30th at Giveaway Close: 197

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