Friday, April 27, 2012

Itti bitt d'lish Diaper Review

For those of you interested in a fitted option, this next post is for you. Most cloth diapering mommies talk about their pocket diapers. Just to refresh your memory, a pocket diaper is one in which you stuff with some sort of absorbent material. It has either snaps or aplix, and it is waterproof so you don't need a cover. Pockets are great options for increasing or decreasing absorbency.  Also, pockets are usually one-sized, so you cut down on costs by using them from birth (depending on the weight of the baby) until potty training.

Let's face it though, one sized diapers are typically bulky. You usually have to go up one size in pants to get them around those big bulky diaps. No one ever really talks about that in the cloth diaper blogosphere. Cloth diapers are bigger by necessity. There are no absorbent crystals inside the diapers that expand when they absorb pee. The materials used for cds are pretty limited, and thus bulky.

So what's a girl to do?

Well, sized diapers are the best option for a trimmer fit. That being said, I only own a few sized diapers, so I'm going to give you my review of the Itti Bitti D'lish.


Pros

1. Minky-The outer material is Minky, which I love because it's smooth like butter. Don't worry, the minky is waterproof. I'm assuming there is a later of Pul behind it, but I haven't had the guts to cut any of my diapers open and test that hypothesis. I'm sure it's somewhere out there are on the Internet tubes. Google it.

2. Snaps-I know that some of you are afraid of snaps, but honestly, you want them. Later on when little billy or sally learns how to undo the aplix (Velcro), you'll want to change it up with snaps which are harder for them to figure out.

3. Trim fit-These diapers are sized so they are really trim. You can have a few of these in your stash for when you want to put them in a trimmer fitting pair of pants.

4. Bamboo and organic cotton in the soakers. Bamboo is anti-microbial and anti-fungal. It's also really absorbent and softer than hemp in my opinion.

5. SIO-The snap-in-one feature makes this a great option because you can buy just a few shells in each size and stock up on soakers to snap in and out. This way you are washing the inside snap ins more often, instead of an entire diaper like with AIOs or pockets.

Cons

1. Low rise-If you have a really tall baby that happens to be a boy, this diaper might not be for you.

2. It's sized so you'll have to buy diapers for every size.

3. These are definitely not made for all babies. I'm sure they wouldn't fit the larger, more snugly varieties on the large end. You might end up sizing up and then switching to another brand for the couple of months before potty training, depending on your baby.

Basically, you'll have to try it out and see for yourself if Itti Bitti's are the right choice for your baby. I love mine and am thinking about getting a set in small when we have our next baby to try out for the newborn stage.

How to:

Top left-Stay dry snap in liner
Top right-Snap in booster
Bottom left-Shell
Bottom right-Snap in soaker
These snap-in-one diapers do have a few parts. However, once you understand what they do, you'll appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into their design. Let's start in sections. First you will want to lay down your shell. Then you'll need to decide how much absorbency you would like. For our purposes, let's say you're going to run some errands and would like to avoid a diaper change. For this, we will do the most absorbent option.

-Take the snap in booster and snap the purple snaps to the purple snaps on the liner. (It really doesn't matter as the purple snaps fit into the yellow ones as well. )


-Then take the stay dry liner (top left) and the snap in booster (top right) and snap the red snaps onto one another.

-Finally snap the liner into the shell and voila!


For the next diaper change, you'll just switch out the things you snapped in, and put the dirty soakers into the drybag. If you are going to use these exclusively, I would have several shells and at least 12 soakers for all the changes you'll need for the day. I'm using these in addition to all my other options, so I'm not super worried about having enough shells and soakers. These are very similar to the Grovia system, except the shells have suede cloth on the inside, so your baby doesn't have any PUL touching their skin.


Okay, that's it for the D'lishes! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Next blog I'll talk about the AIO version and the Tutto, which is the one-sized option from Itti Bitti.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Are cloth diapers sanitary?

Is your underwear sanitary? Gotcha with that one didn't I. My logic is impermeable because your drawers are dirty.

A few days ago, a babysitter we were trying out said that a Virginia state in-home daycare auditor came over to her house and she happened to be watching her change my daughters diaper, which of course is an honor in itself. The state employee said that she didn't think that was very sanitary to use cloth diapers. Well, that was my first encounter with a statement like that, and so in passive-aggressive fashion I will debunk her outlandish statement that cloth diapers are dirty with my undeniable scientific prowess.

They aren't and your momma. Science.

Now, I know that my scientific reasoning is flawless and you don't need anything. But, I like most women, am very outspoken and have the need to continue to talk about a subject until your brain bleeds. So with that, here are, in no particular order, the reasons that I think cloth diapers are sanitary.

1. Science.
2. I think they are cute.
3. Do diapers need to be sanitary? Will we be using them to do any kind of surgery later?
4. Are disposable diapers sanitary?
5. What is sanitary?
6. Have you seen the patterns you can get with cloth diapers?
7. Did you know that you are technically not supposed to throw poop away in the garbage can? Just google it! Here is a list of how to properly dispose of poopy diapers:
Livestrong
eHow
Insert other websites because I am too lazy and you all know how to use google.

However, if you do more research, you will find that casual poop disposal is fine and varies by state. I do not care if there is poop in my landfills or not. I leave that up to the environmental activists. I trust you know better than I do. I don't cloth diaper solely for the benefits. I do it because I like the diapers, I find it makes diaper changes more fun, my daughter has never had any diaper rash with them, and the few times that I have used disposables, there has always been this really bad smell whenever she pees.

But seriously, back to the sanitary thing. If you clean your diapers thoroughly they are completely sanitary. Some moms even use a couple cap fulls of Clorox in their diaper loads from time to time. When we were using a front loader I used the sanitize setting every couple of washes and I Clorox the drum every week. I think my babies "underwear" is a lot cleaner than most of yours. No offense to your underwear of course. I'm sure it's just fine.

Just be smart.

1. Don't put a disgusting poopy diaper into the drybag when you could have easily taken it to the toilet and washed off and/or knocked off the poop.
2. Buy a diaper sprayer. They are amazing.
3. If you don't mind rinsing them out in the toilet, then do that!
4. Properly wash your diapers. This varies by region, washer, type of diapers, etc...
5. If you smell that the diapers are still stinky after a wash, wash them again!
6. Sun your diaps from time to time.
7. Make sure your water is hot enough.
8. Do your own research and you'll find that cloth diapers have been used for centuries. With the proper washing routine your baby will have a happy, healthy bum.
9. Use disposable diaper liners! I use these whenever I think she is going to poop. I know her bowel movements better than I know myself. It's a gift that every mother possess because constipated babies are not very happy babies.
10. Science.

Again, feel free to leave comments and let me know if I'm way off base. I'm willing to listen. I'm not a scientist. Just a mom who likes to cloth diaper. Btw, don't ever call my babies butt unsanitary again. It's beautiful and you know it.




Sunday, April 8, 2012

Diaper Donation

Teaching at Lakehill taught me one thing, and that was the importance of service. That is one of the things I will miss most about that community. Seeing as I've recently left my job there, I've been sitting here thinking how I could combine my love of cloth diapering and service. Well, it came to me after several posts from an old school friend on Facebook. She is newly single and raising a daughter as well as her four week old baby boy. This past week she posted about how she needed some diapers (disposables) and asked if anyone would be willing to donate. That got me thinking. I wanted to help her out regardless but I thought, I wonder if she would consider cloth diapering? The disposable diapers I sent her would only last for a couple weeks at best.  What if I could donate diapers to last her son until potty training?

I decided I would give it a shot and I sent her an email asking what she thought about cding.  She emailed me back almost immediately and said she was interested because of the savings. I took that as a green light and here I am, asking whoever might read this to help out in whatever way you can.  Do you have a gently used diaper that you would like to donate? Some extra inserts? An extra wetbag or drybag you aren't using? A diaper sprayer? Covers? If you're done diapering your baby maybe you'd like to donate some or all of your diaper stash. Please contact me via email and we can discuss how to get your donations to a deserving mother and son. Thank you so much for your help and hopefully we can get this mommy some supplies to help her and her baby out!

Wishlist
18-25 Pocket and/or AIOs/AI2s
2 wetbags (preferably double sided for going out)
2 drybags
1 Diaper sprayer
30+ Cloth wipes
Cloth diaper friendly detergent
Cloth diaper friendly diaper rash treatment
Cloth wipes wash
I will update this list as we get donations. If you would prefer to donate money, please click on the donate button on the right side of my blog. These donations will be used to help out this single mom for cloth diapering purchases only. If you would like to give actual items please email me to coordinate. I look forward to hearing from you and please, pass this post along! I would like to get this stuff to her ASAP! Thank you!