Friday, August 21, 2009

BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey-Bunz Review

I asked on another blog about how to keep the bulk down in Baby K's diapers. They suggested Baby Kicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz inserts. I'm so glad I decided to try them out!

They have 3 different size inserts. Small, medium, and large. I bought the medium size because Baby K is on the middle rise in her one size diapers.

I am hooked on these inserts! They are so thin! And really absorbent. And I don't feel like Baby K's diaper is as big as an elephant!

They need to be washed a couple of times to be absorbent. So there is some prepping time involved.

I recently bought some more of these just because they are definitely my favorite insert so far!

If you cloth diaper and have pockets, I encourage you to give these a try. Your baby's clothes will say thank you because of less bulk!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Angel Baby Bottom Balm Review

So I bought some of this balm at an organic store in Ashville, NC. It was a little on the expensive side but I was willing to give it a try since it had organic all natural ingredients in it. And it smelled like aromatherapy. Which I couldn't resist!

I quickly learned this stuff goes a really long way. It spreads so easily. I have had my small jar for over 4 months and have only used about half! Although, I only use it when baby K has a diaper rash. Which is every once in a while.

Since I use cloth, I always use a rice paper liner to keep from causing my diapers to repel.

I have also used the balm on areas of irritation, bug bites, and such. And it immediately soothes the area.

It also seems to repel bugs away. So If I don't have my natural bug spray handy, I just use the balm.

Even though it is a little more pricey, its probably not that much more than the regular stuff. It just spreads so well and you only have to use a small amount.

This stuff has so many duel purposes and its just plain great!

Friday, August 14, 2009

An artical on Birth Doula's

Cesarean Rates And Epidurals Reduced By Doula Support During Labor

During labor, the continued presence of a doula - an experienced non-medical female companion who provides continuous labor support - has significant beneficial effects for middle- and upper-class women in childbirth, even when they have their male partner or other family member with them, according to a new study in the journal Birth.

Over a 5-year period, 224 of a group of 420 pregnant women in their third trimester were randomized to have a doula accompany them during labor, and 196 women did not receive this intervention. Cesarean delivery rates decreased by 12%, the need for an epidural dropped by 11%, and the need for a cesarean after induced labor decreased by 46% when a doula arrived shortly after hospital admission and remained with the woman throughout her labor and delivery when compared with the group without a doula. Support from the doula included close physical proximity, touching, and eye contact with the laboring woman, and teaching, reassurance, and encouragement of the woman and her partner during the birth. On questionnaires administered the day after delivery, 100% of couples with doula support rated their experience with the doula positively.

"The assistance provided by new fathers, while extremely important for other reasons, does not have the same positive impact on perinatal outcomes as does that of experienced doulas," conclude study authors Susan K. McGrath, PhD, and John H. Kennell, MD, of Case Western Reserve University. "Continuous support by a doula during labor is a risk-free, low-cost method of reducing cesarean delivery rates that should be available to all women."

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

This study is published in the June

Thursday, August 13, 2009

bumgenius one size 3.0 pocket diaper review

The bumgenius one size 3.0 pocket diaper is the first diaper I ever purchased before baby K was born. I had read so many great things about this diaper. And I agree with most. This diaper makes up most of my cloth diaper stash.

It comes with 2 inserts. One large one that snaps down for different sizes. And one newborn/doubler insert. I used the newborn insert when she was tiny and it worked great. As for the larger one, I do not like the snap down feature. It just seems way to bulky. I honestly use a different insert when going out to keep her happy bottom from looking so huge. But at night, the larger snap insert works great. And since she has gotten older, I have to use both the large snap insert and the newborn/doubler for nighttime absorbency.

The hook and loop (Velcro) is okay. It doesn't stick as well as her Gro Baby diapers. But the laundry tabs work really well. And I have read that some other moms have had problems over time with their hook and loop (Velcro) wearing out. But so far, I've had no problems with mine.

The snap down feature is great! It's supposed to fit a baby from 8lbs-35lbs. And I really believe it's true. They do start out a little bulky on the little wee one's. But after they put on some weight it doesn't seem so bulky. Baby K is almost 9 months and about 21lbs. She is currently on the middle snaps.

Since this is a pocket diaper and it is either lined with suede cloth or fleece. Your baby's happy bottom stays fairly dry.

They recently came out with 4 new colors. My favorite is Zinnia.

Lastly, this diaper is one of the most reliable diapers I own. I rarely have any leaks!

If you would like to purchase any cloth diapers. You can click on the link box (Kelly's Closet) on the left side of my blog. If you choose to, I earn 5% of whatever you purchase :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Smoothie Time

Everyday I try to make some sort of smoothie made with as many organic ingredients as possible.

I went to Wholefoods the other day and found a great sale on organic cherries. I love cherries! So here is what I put in my smoothie this morning:

-1 1/2 cups of fresh pitted organic cherries
-1/2 cup of
low-fat organic vanilla yogurt
-1 cup of ice
-1 Tablespoon of Barlean's flax seed oil
-1/4 cup of organic frozen blueberries

Here is some information on cherries you might want to know:

A growing body of science reveals tart cherries, enjoyed as either dried, frozen cherries or cherry juice, have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.

Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.

A recent study from the University of Michigan reveals new evidence linking cherries to heart health benefits. The study found that a cherry-enriched diet lowered total weight, body fat (especially the important “belly” fat), inflammation and cholesterol-all risk factors associated with heart disease.

Have yourself a smoothie time of your own and do your body some good!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Gro Baby Review

So I purchased 3 Gro Baby diapers about 2 months ago. I have 2 Blackberry and 1 Vanilla with Snaps. As well as 4 additional snap in soakers. They are extremely easy to use. They are really stretchy around the legs and waist. Which I love since my little one is a little chunk.

The hook and loop (Velcro) is soft. So it doesn't scratch baby K at all. The laundry tabs on the hook and loop (Velcro) are okay. They tend to stick to other diapers in the laundry. But it hasn't bothered me too much.

The feature of being able to snap another soaker in if the shell isn't soiled is a plus. Because of this feature you save a lot of room in your diaper bag.

Since these are organic cotton, you do have to wash these a few times for them to be absorbent.

They do come with a doubler for heavy wetters and overnight. So far, we have not been able to use this diaper for overnights though. Even with the doubler, she tends to have wet areas on her pj's when she wakes up in the morning. So I stick with her bumGenius diapers at night.

Overall, I love this diaper for the day and when we're out and about. Lastly, I have been able to place a prefold in the shell. And it works out great!

Charlie's Soap

Laundering my diapers has definitely become an art! I did so much research before I started cloth diapering.

I first used Allens naturally detergent and I bought a gallon of it! Well after about a month I ended up having some stink issues. So I decided to try Charlie's soap. I found it at Wholefoods for around $10. At 80 loads a bag! I love this stuff.

I also wash our other clothes with it as well. I no longer have any stink issues with anything I wash.

Also, I used it to scrub my bathtub. It worked better than anything else I have ever tried. Probably because I typically only use some sort of natural soap to clean with. I try to stay away from any kind of chemicals. So with this being a soap I had to give it a try and it really worked!

So grab you a bag of Charlie's. You would really love it!

Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to my new blog! I will be posting reviews on some of the different cloth diapers and baby products I have tried. As well as some different tips on cloth diapering from day to day. I am also currently working on becoming a doula so I am hoping to post certain information on birth. I hope you find interest with my blog :)