April 18, 2011 (12:52 pm)

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

by Kristen Suzanne

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.

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January 24, 2011 (12:26 am)

Packing The Diaper Dude Diaper Bag

topics: Diapers, Travel
by Kristen Suzanne

I was asked recently about what I pack in the diaper bag when we head out. We were about to leave, all packed up, and I thought, “Hey, let’s record a quick video.”

I blogged previously about the diaper bag here. And, for those of you interested in the organic pillow, it’s from here.

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December 10, 2010 (1:08 pm)

Diaper Dude: Green Diaper Bag That Dad Feels Cool Carrying

topics: Diapers
by Kristen Suzanne

When I was pregnant my husband and I had many chats about how we envisioned various things would be with the baby. One topic in particular was who would carry the baby / stroll the baby more and who would carry the diaper bag more. This might not seem like a big deal, but it was for Greg because he was adamant about having a cool diaper bag to carry if he was going to be the primary carrier of it. I figured he would be, seeing as I thought I’d do more of the baby wearing. So. I went off in search of an eco-friendly diaper bag that was masculine (but that I would also like, of course!).

Twas not as easy as I thought. A good many diaper bags are on the feminine side. And, with the limited selection of eco friendly materials, it was even harder to find something. Therefore, I started looking for bags that weren’t actually diaper bags and instead were bags with extra compartments. However, that required shopping online for it because I couldn’t find any stores with a good selection of eco friendly bags. But, the problem with shopping online for a bag that was not known to be a diaper bag, but that I would use as a diaper bag, wasn’t real easy. It was hard to tell from the descriptions as to whether it’d make a great diaper bag. At least when you buy an actual diaper bag there are standards that you can expect… lots of different pockets, the size of the bag and pockets, etc. (I don’t think my pictures do the cool bag justice… Check out their site for more details.)

Enter: Diaper Dude.

Wow, what a perfect solution. Masculine. Eco friendly. Diaper Bag. A friend turned me on to this bag and I couldn’t believe it. It was perfect. (I don’t think they’re all eco friendly on the website, but they have a section specific to eco friendly). It’s made from recycled plastic water bottles, loaded with pockets (on the front, back, side, and inside), and masculine. The funny thing is that I love it, too! It’s an awesome bag and will definitely be used even after it’s not being used as a diaper bag. (I don’t think my pictures really do this cool bag justice…)

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October 26, 2010 (5:09 pm)

Finding Our Groove – Sleeping, Cloth Diapers, and Toys

by Kristen Suzanne

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, Read More »

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September 18, 2010 (3:46 pm)

Organic Cloth Wipes Solution For Diaper Changes

by Kristen Suzanne

Here is a quick video showing you the solution I use when making up Kamea’s organic cloth wipes for diaper changes. I mention in the video about a great place for quality organic jojoba oil. Here is the link. In my correspondence with the company, they told me that the following are many uses for their organic jojoba oil: diaper rash, cradle cap, mosquito bites, poison oak/ivey, stretch marks, acne, eczema, etc (more details here). Amazing stuff!

Here are the organic cloth wipes I use and the cloth wipe warmer.

Enjoy the video!

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September 8, 2010 (12:25 pm)

Working Our Way Into Cloth Diapers

by Kristen Suzanne

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.

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July 19, 2010 (12:30 am)

Kamea’s 1st Bath, 1st Cloth Diaper, Cloth Wipes Warmer Rocks!

by Kristen Suzanne

We gave Kamea a bath last week and she didn’t take too kindly to it. My sweet baby girl wasn’t excited (ummm… she’s pissed) – how sad is that picture!?!? I hope they get easier – after all… baths are so awesome, right?! Her belly button is still healing and after it’s good to go, I look forward to bathing with her in the tub together. That might be more fun for her. Although, that seems a bit scary, too! Do any of you bathe with your newborns? Any tips or tricks for it? Kamea is just a little over 3 weeks now.

I also decided to go ahead and try a cloth diaper on Sunday. She’s about 8 1/2 pounds now (she’s gaining weight like a champ!), but her legs are quite skinny. I tried a Kissaluv organic cloth diaper, fitted I think is what it was… supposed to be good for a baby 5-15 pounds. I figured it’d fit great. Well, it wasn’t long until she dirtied it and it was all wet and went through her clothes. It wasn’t a blow out per se, it was just soaked through and she didn’t even have it on that long. I washed it 3 times before using it to increase the absorbency, but maybe I need to wash it more? Or perhaps I need to use a cover over it? I was a tad disappointed and quickly reverted back to my 7th Generation disposables (at least for now). I have not had one problem with those, even when she poops all watery and messy. It keeps it contained. I think I’ll tackle cloth diapers in a couple more weeks… perhaps when she’s a little bigger and I’ve had more sleep. ;)

I also am using organic BabyKicks cloth wipes. The challenge with that is using one hand to get it wet (preferably with warm water at the sink so it’s not cold on her girly bits – this takes time to get the water warm – or with a spray bottle, which requires more than one hand and isn’t warm either). I went ahead on the advice of a good friend and bought this cloth wipe warmer and boy are we LOVING it! It keeps the wipes nice and warm and wet. Ready to use. Many people said I wouldn’t need it, but I’m so glad we bought it and highly recommend it if you’re using cloth wipes (it comes with a few bamboo wipes, but I also use the organic BabyKicks cloth wipes linked above). It only takes a few minutes to get it set up each day.

We have our 1 month check up in about a week and I’m looking forward to that. I can’t wait to see how much more weight she’s gained drinking up her mama’s plant-powered breast milk. It’s been a crazy, long, fun, exciting, and exhausting 3 weeks so far. What an adventure!

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