Category: Diapers

Baby Swim Time – Kamea Loves The Water In Her Swim Diaper & Swim Raft

April 18th, 2011 by

When staying at my mom’s house, we’re lucky that her neighbor across the street allows us unrestricted access to their salt water swimming pool. My experience with Kamea since she was born is that she is fascinated with water whether it’s coming out of a faucet, garden hose, sitting in a dog bowl, or if she’s taking a bath. As you can imagine, I’ve been dying to see how she is in a pool. The verdict? I think the picture speaks volumes. She’s totally Hollywood and chillin’ like life couldn’t be better. In fact, she is teething right now and yesterday was a rough day (in spite of the amber necklace I blogged about here, although I hate to think of how it would be without it?). I took her to the pool and all was better! Yay! Looks like a lot of pool time in our future.

In anticipation of Kamea’s first time in a pool, we bought her a baby swim diaper, baby raft, and Nana bought her some groovy shades.

The raft I chose has nice reviews on Amazon, comes with a sun shade, and should last us a long time. It’s a little big for her still, so we put a couple of swim noodles under it. I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, but it looks more comfortable for her. And, she does look comfy wouldn’t you say?!

Kamea’s baby swim diaper we bought at Giggle (we have a store near us, but here is a link to their online store). I like that it’s free of PVC and super absorbent gels and that no other diaper is necessary. Apparently there are some states that require the use of approved swim diapers in public pools. Arizona requires the use of them. However, I doubt we’ll be in any public pools in the near future because I’m not crazy about chlorine pools. So far we’re opting to just have her wear the diaper instead of a full swimsuit. It seems easier to take on and off than a full swimsuit, and also seems like it would be really comfortable for her this way.

The shades are so stinkin’ adorable. My mom’s favorite print is animal print so naturally that is what she bought for Kamea. Cute! She bought them at a health food store, but they’re also available on Amazon (although my mom paid less than what Amazon is charging right now). According to Frubi’s website, “Not only do the Ultraguard????lenses on Frubi Shades block 100% of UVA and UVB, they also block all of the harmful blue light. Research shows that blue light may contribute to macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in elder Americans).” That’s extra important for us in Arizona where the sun shines almost daily. More info on their website here.

Finding Our Groove – Sleeping, Cloth Diapers, and Toys

October 26th, 2010 by

Now that Kamea is four months old, we’re really finding our groove. This mama job is a breeze. ;)

For the past month, we’ve been sleeping better. Kamea co-sleeps with us and it’s been such a joy. Most nights she sleeps quite well. We can stay in bed for 9-12 hours at night. She doesn’t sleep straight through but she kind of does. She tosses and turns when she’s hungry, I roll on my side and latch her on, and we’re both back in dreamland. Well, I usually get back to dreamland. Some nights she thrashes around a lot which keeps me awake because I keep putting her back on my breast (my husband says she’s practicing her “ninja” skills). But, some nights, like last night, we both sleep soundly. There are the occasional nights where she decides she’d like to wake up after about 4 hours of sleep and stay up. When this happens, it only takes about an hour of hanging out with her in bed and she’s ready to sleep again.

Nap time has been great too. We’re not on a schedule, but I’d estimate that she wants to nap every few hours. The one nap I can count on is in the morning. About 2 hours after waking, she’s ready for a nap. Sometimes she naps for 40-60 minutes and other times she sleeps a whole 2 hours.

What does all that mean? Mommy is getting more sleep! My eyes are no longer bloodshot and I feel like I can drive a car without causing harm to myself or others. Seriously, I didn’t start driving again until just recently because I only felt I had enough energy to make it through my day at home. Driving a car required too much alertness.

The pretty colored ones are Swaddlebees Econappies. The white diaper with easy-to-use colored snaps are BabyKicks.

We’re also getting into cloth diapers more regularly (every time I use one, depending on the size, I save about 30 cents – gotta love that). They’re still not as great as I thought they’d be. For starters, you have to wash them (that’s work). Then, you have to stuff them (that’s more work). Finally, they’re still bulky as heck, but the fit is getting better. However, in spite of the extra work, it’s better on the earth and my baby’s girlie bits, and… they’re cute as hell! I think our plan is going to be using cloth diapers at home and when we go out, we’ll use eco-friendly disposables. I’m a fan of two cloth diaper brands right now:??BabyKicks and Swaddlebees Econappi. Both are one size diapers that are supposed to fit from newborn until 35-40 pounds (depending on the brand), but I’m only now liking them on her at this age / weight because I think they’re too bulky to use for newborns. I have 6 BabyKicks and 4 Swaddlebee Econappis plus the Flip system I wrote about here. Flip are not my favorites, but they’re working okay.

We are still interested in trying Elimination Communication, but even now, I still don’t feel like it’s the right time. I know many people start early, but I have a few issues to figure out. 1) I have no idea when she’s peeing and she pees many times. 2) I don’t get much warning for poop either. Therefore, I’m just not comfortable with her being diaper free until I get a better handle on that. And, 3) it’s weird holding her on the potty when she doesn’t even sit on her own yet. I tried it the other day. Not fun. For either of us. All in good time though. We’ll work on that later.

As I mentioned in the last post, we took Kamea for her 4-month pediatric visit. At this visit we started talking about solids, just so we can start thinking about them. I plan on waiting to introduce solids until she cuts some teeth hopefully (that could be at 6-8 months). That means three things: 1) I need a high chair (going to start researching this very soon). 2) I need baby spoons. 3) I’m excited to start thinking about homemade baby food recipes and the next book I’ll write!

Kamea is also starting to grab at toys and hold on to them, play with them, etc. It’s so exciting to see her develop. I recently bought her this groovy Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush. It’s BPA, latex, and phthalate free. She also has this eco-friendly baby rattle (BPA, PVC and phthalate free). And, Kamea loves her organic dolly that Lauren and Ginger bought her. She likes to chew on her, too. ;)

Working Our Way Into Cloth Diapers

September 8th, 2010 by

A small cloth diaper update: Kamea is 10.5 weeks old now. We’re just starting to work our way into some cloth diapers. It’s taken this long because they have been too big in my opinion. Yes, too big. Even the AIO – snapping them down to fit simply makes them thicker and even more uncomfortable looking on her. But, this past week, I’m starting to see some potential with one brand (understand though, I have not tried them all, and I know there are a lot out there, but I have tried a few. I’d probably go broke trying all of the different brands and styles ??- lol. I have heard some good things about gdiapers because they apparently have a really small size available for newborns but the whole gdiaper system wasn’t attractive to me… it was just one more thing to learn as a tired 1st time new mama).

Kamea wearing BabyKicks cloth diaper

Right now, I like BabyKicks -??this one in particular, shown in the picture. (I have this other version of theirs, but prefer the “bumboo” diaper??because it doesn’t require a cover. Covers add extra bulk). I like the bumboo because it fits her better at this age / size than some other brands I have, which I predict will fit well when she’s 3-4 months (I’ll post on those when the time comes). However, even with BabyKicks, the only way I like the look of them is when she’s wearing just the cloth diaper and a tshirt (or just the cloth diaper alone) – serious cuteness! But, honestly, how many people go out in public with just that on a baby? There are some adorable cloth diaper prints available, but who sees those other than me? Or am I missing something? Do people take babies out in a cloth diaper and tshirt alone? I presume clothes should be worn and so I am still of the opinion that clothes look silly on her when covering a cloth diaper. She looks like a giant pear (or as another reader wrote “a hockey goalie” lmao). Therefore, we’ll stick to cloth at home for now, where she’s chilling out in her cloth diaper and organic tshirt??(we still use eco-friendly disposables too, especially at night).

Keeping things honest and real… there is one brand so far that I don’t think I like. It’s Flip. I want to like them! To be fair, I’ll try it again in case I was doing something wrong, but I wasn’t in love with it during our first go with it. Perhaps I used it incorrectly? From what I can tell, it’s a cover and you fold a cloth diaper and lay it inside. I’m guessing that the cloth is folded lengthwise and simply placed down the middle. The system seems promising in that you can use the cover multiple times and just change out the organic cloth part, but it didn’t fit well. That being said, maybe I’ll like it more when she’s bigger. UPDATE (10/26/10): Kamea is 4 months now, bigger in weight and length from when I first wrote this post. The Flip are better than when I first tried them, but they’re still not my favorite. I love the concept though.

I get asked frequently about which soap I use for her clothes (ours, too). This is the soap that was recommended we use to wash the cloth diapers, which can be used for all clothes: Country Save.

Update: After the first comment from Amy on this post, I’m back to checking out gdiapers – lol.

Update #2: I just read a gdiaper review on Amazon where a lady said the gdiaper insert worked better in the Flip cover than the gdiaper. Go figure. Maybe I’ll try that.