BG Area Mothers of Multiples

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Cloth Diapers – Are You Crazy?! August 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bgmoms @ 9:00 am

There are many things that indicate I am crazy, and you can go ahead and add cloth diapers to the list if you want.

Before we were pregnant, I had a friend who told me she was going to use cloth diapers on her new baby.  I called her a hippie.

Fast forward however-many months, and my husband and I went to visit my friend when her baby was born. She showed me her cloth diapers and gave me the low-down on how she reached that decision.  Then my hubby and I decided that maybe it was pretty smart.  When we got pregnant, we were pretty sure that we would use them as well.  It made sense to help the environment and save some money along the way.

Fast forward to our 19 week ultrasound when we got the shock of our lives and discovered we were actually carrying TWO babies.  Once we recovered from that, we thought it was obvious that we would use cloth diapers.  Why, you ask?

1.  $$$$$

Who doesn’t want to save money?!?! It is estimated that parents will spend up to $2000 diapering their baby in disposables from birth to potty training.  Unlike some things that come with multiples, diapers are not things your babies can share, so you can go ahead and multiple that cost times 2 (or 3….or 4…) with your multiples.  I have spent approximately $700 on cloth diapers and accessories, and I have purchased one-size diapers which are good for up to 35 pounds.  We do not have a monthly diaper line item in our budget!

2.  Environment

Did you know that a disposable diaper takes up to 500 years to decompose in the landfills?  Diapers make up 1/3 of the US’s trash.  That’s a lot!!

3.  Better for baby

I definitely feel better about having nice, clean, soft white cloth next to my babies’ skin rather than chemically-filled paper.  That’s just me.  Diaper rash is very rare because they get changed often enough to prevent it.

4.  Cute!

That’s it! They are just CUTE!

The Four Basic Types of Cloth Diapers: (taken from kellyscloset.com – my favorite online cloth diaper retailer/resource!)

1. All-in-One Cloth Diapers (also known as “AIO”s) – These diapers are the easiest and most leak proof diapers to use and have a built in diaper cover sewn into the cotton or fleece layer. They fasten with snaps or velcro and work like the ease of a disposable. NO diaper cover required.

Examples of All-in-Ones:

  • Thirsties Pocket AIO Diaper – Easy to use stay-dry AIO.
  • bumGenius! All-in-One Cloth Diaper – The bumGenius! All-In-One Cloth Diaper is a distinguished iParenting Media Award Winner! This product was tested by an expert, a parent, a child care center and an executive review committee. It was given the thumbs up by everyone and was the first product of its kind to be awarded an iParenting Media Award.
  • Mommy’s Touch One Size All-in-One – The Mommy’s Touch One Size Diapers are the perfect one size fits all diaper, easily fitting most babies from 7 to 35+ pounds. If you like FuzziBunz® you’ll love these!
2. Fitted or Contoured Cloth Diapers – These diapers are fitted with snaps or velcro and do require a diaper cover. One of the reasons why customers choose these diapers is because they dry faster than the All-in-One diapers.

Examples of Fitted/Contoured Diapers:

  • Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper – Kissaluvs fitted diapers are known for their quality fabrics and terrific fit. All of Kissaluvs diapers are made with wonderfully soft, absorbent, and durable cotton fleece or fleece/terry. These diapers DO require a diaper cover.
  • Thirsties Fab Fitted Diaper – A stay-dry fitted diaper perfect for daytime use.
3. Pre-fold and Flat Diapers (old-fashioned diapers) – These diapers are wonderful for not only diapering but are used as burp cloths, household clean-ups, and so much more. These diapers need to be fastened with pins or a Snappi and used with a diaper cover. Most of the covers we have available do NOT require the use of pins.

Examples of Pre-fold or Flat Diapers:

  • Chinese Prefold Diapers – These are by far the best pre-fold diapers on the market. They are super soft and become more absorbent wash after wash. These diapers are recommended if you are going to use pre-fold diapers full time. Available in white (bleached) or natural (unbleached). 5 sizes available.
  • Birdseye Cotton Flat Diapers – These are the true old fashioned diapers (nappies) that are made of soft 100% birdseye cotton. They measure 27 by 27 inches and are one layer thick. This is the original cloth diaper still used in many countries. These are a one size fits all diaper that requires folding to properly fit baby. These diapers also make wonderful comfort blankets, dish towels, burp cloths, cleaning cloths, lap pads, and more! The diapers dry very quickly because they are only one layer thick. Use with pins and pants or try one of our diaper covers. If you have the patience and the pioneering spirit, using these diapers are far and away the least expensive way to comfortably diaper your baby.
4. Pocket Cloth Diapers

What is a Pocket Diaper? The three main components of the pocket diapers are: first, a waterproof outer barrier fabric that is sewn to the second component, an inner moisture-wicking fabric that keeps the skin feeling dry. These two fabrics form a pocket for the third component, an absorbent insert. However, the term “Pocket Diapers” is so much more than just two layers of fabric sewn together! Pocket Diapers function in a way that no other diaper has in history. They use special materials against the baby’s skin to keep the baby’s skin dry resulting in numerous benefits for the mom and baby, not to mention the elimination and treatment of diaper rash … which is why this style diaper was created in the first place.

Examples of Pocket Diapers:

(Most of my stash are pocket diapers)

Common questions I am asked:

1. What do you do with the poop?

I have a diaper sprayer that is hooked into the water line of the toliet.  I spray off the poop and flush it away and put the diaper into the pail (which is just a trashcan from Walmart lined with a pail liner)  We have no issues with stink.

2. What about the laundry?

I have enough diapers that I wash twice a week.  That is not so much that it feels like a ton of work, but it’s often enough where the diapers don’t stink.

My babies, in their cloth diapers, at 9 months old

A stack of clean, cute, fresh cloth diapers

If you have any other questions about cloth diapering, let me know! You can leave a comment here or email us at bgmoms@gmail.com.

Do you still think I’m crazy? I hope not!

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Duplicate Toys? August 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bgmoms @ 5:33 pm

Buying toys can be expensive…especially when you’re never sure if your kiddos are going to like something.  Sometimes the big ticket item gets big votes, and other times, the kiddos seem to like the proverbial box more than the toy.

With almost every toy I’ve purchased since our girls were born 19 months ago, I’ve bought only one.  My thinking is that, if the girls really like it, I can buy another.  At least I lessen my investment risk by half, right?

And oftentimes when I do find a toy our girls like, I return to the store to purchase a second.

Sometimes this works well…they each have Step Start Walk n’ Ride toys, for example…and they push them around after each other.  Other times, though, they couldn’t care less that there are two – or ten! – of the same toys available to them.  No, A wants exactly the toy that B has.

I imagine some of this will change as they get older.  At some point they’ll be able to understand that two toys are exactly the same, and they’ll be satisfied to each play with one (this will eventually happen, right?!).  And at some point I’ll want to teach them how to share one larger toy…to take turns playing with it, or to play together.

I have seen another school of thought in the multiples world, as well.  One mom told me that she always buys two of everything.  Her rationale is that her twins already have to share so much…birthdays, a bedroom, time with Mom and Dad…she thinks the least she can do is keep them from having to share their toys.

Personally, I’m not so sure about this ideology.  I know we’ve got a few years, but I’m just guessing that our two will be sharing a car one day (when they are permitted to learn to drive, when they turn 25).

How do other MoMs manage toys?  Do you buy duplicates, or try to instill the principle of sharing?  Does your approach change based on your kiddos’ ages?

 

Mandy

 

August 2010 Meeting Recap August 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bgmoms @ 7:02 pm

Fellow BGMoM Demara Goodrich, R.N., M.S.N, and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Western Kentucky University spoke about Complementary and Alternative Modalities (CAM), previously known as Alternative Medicine. 

CAM includes therapies such as massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, bioenergy, and color, art, and music therapies.  People often turn to such therapies when they experience frustration with conventional medicine practices. 

CAM can – and often should – be used in conjunction with conventional medicine.  CAM can offer more “natural” options for the treatment of certain conditions, and patients often experience a sense of empowerment from the “partnership” with their CAM practitioner in addressing their health issues and concerns.

While the state of Kentucky currently has no laws pertaining to CAM practice and certification, when seeking a CAM practitioner, consider their education and training; they should have specific training to any particular area of treatment.  Seek references from other patients.  And look for CAM practitioners who are experienced in working with other healthcare practitioners.

Additional information resources are as follows:

http://nccam.nih.gov/ (geared towards healthcare providers)

http://www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org/

http://www.aaimedicine.com/

http://www.ahna.org/

The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford

Thanks to everyone for a very engaging discussion!  Please feel free to email Demara (demara.goodrich@wku.edu) with any follow-up questions.