cloth diapering newborns!

This week I feel it is appropriate to share our newborn diapering adventures so far! Our previous newborns were diapered like this:

-Abby was not in cloth as a newborn, I started her at 3 months, 8 years ago, and diapered her entirely with prefolds, proraps and a few pockets for potty training
-Camille was in prefolds/covers as a newborn exclusively
-Lucy was diapered in a combination of prefolds and fitteds as a newborn, I did have a few Bumgenius extra small AIOs for her as well
-Sebastian was in fitteds/covers, with Bumgenius AIOs in extra small, a few preemie Fuzzi Bunz and then he quickly went into one size diapers.
So, with Jaxson I was excited to get into some of the newer brands of small pockets and AIOs that have come on the market!

He was born at 8’13” and is now probably close to the 9 pound mark. Here is what we are using and loving 🙂
-Lil Joeys-they are really almost outgrown, but while his cord was healing I did love them. We have found for most term babies they are outgrown between 9 and 10 pounds, but are a cute, snug and trim little diaper for skinny little legs.
-Grovia Newborn AIOs-good fit, not as trim in the legs due to the turned/topstitched edges, but very soft inners and a nice organic diaper for a newborn
-Bumgenius extra small AIOs-great fit, good absorbency
-Bummis Tini Fit-one of my favorites-generous rise ( I like a high rise for newborns) good absorbency while staying very trim, I like how the inner is not completely stay dry, but wicks away a good deal with the bamboo/poly blended inner.
-Preemie Fuzzi Bunz-another favorite, gentle on their little waists while getting a nice leg fit

Nothing has failed us with the explosive little bowel movements, remember newborns get changed round the clock for a while since they are still little poop machines at night, I know if I went much past the two hour mark we would overdo the absorbency on most of those listed above, for really heavy wetting newborns fitteds/covers, or prefolds/covers with lay in hemp would be a nice way to boost absorbency.

I do feel like what we advise for the newborn umbilical stump in our Cloth 101 held true this week. We have generally advised not to let the newborn cord notch make or break your choice in a newborn diaper. Like my babies before, the notch wasn’t always exactly in the perfect spot where it needed to be to not interfere with the cord. Even the day we spent in the hospital with disposables, the little Pampers newborn swaddlers rubbed his cord even being folded down. I prefer to lay the rise of the diaper gently over the cord, it protects it from being knocked around by sleepers/onesies, and picking them up to carry/nurse/burp/buckle in a car seat and the million other times you are handling your baby 🙂 I did like the Lil Joeys because they did rest below it, but we would get a little blood/draining on the clothing and the very top of the diaper. All of that is completely normal though, you can’t really completely protect the cord from all movement, and since bowel movements don’t go to the front of the diaper (they like to shoot out the back or legs-LOL) you don’t have bacteria going up that way. Everyone will do this differently though, so if you want help choosing diapers with newborn notches let me know and we can go over the options with you 🙂

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September 23, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter. Leave a comment.

Blog Friday, September 23

Happy Friday everyone! This week we are giving away a BotomBumpers one size AIO in Honeydew Green:

Comment below once to enter, diaper winner chosen on Saturday, the 24th 🙂
Link back to http://www.AbbysLane.com where we announced the new Fall/Winter line of a VERY cute baby accessory!

September 23, 2011. Uncategorized. 140 comments.

Ergo Winners!

Jessica W and Katelyn B, check your inboxes! Congrats ladies, you have a Petunia Picklebottom Carrier coming your way :D:D:D

September 16, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Last chance for the Ergo giveaway entries ;)

This will close as of midnight Eastern time on September 14th. On September 15th we are choosing two winners for a Petunia PickleBottom Ergo Carrier 🙂
We have had no-buy entries on the blog, buy-in entries via orders over $50.00, and several extra entry opportunities on facebook. Comment below on your favorite place to wear your baby. Out of the entries below, we will select three entries at random to have an extra entry in the drawing!

September 14, 2011. Uncategorized. 152 comments.

Blog Friday September 9th :)

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s prize is a 6 pack of Diaper Rite prefolds (new in package) size large. The measurements are 17 x 19 (layered 4 x 8 x 4), great for older babeis or trifolded for pocket stuffing in larger diapers! We have done some itty bitty baby giveaways, so this is something for the older tots 😉
To enter, comment below linking back to http://www.abbyslane.com with the product line (so looking for a brand here and a link) that goes on a two week sale starting this Sunday 🙂

September 9, 2011. Uncategorized. 71 comments.

diapering in the fall and winter

This week we are going to start chatting about some common fall and winter diapering issues, and how to prevent/fix them 🙂 The nice thing about the cooler weather, we see a dramatic decrease in our customer service emails about yeast. Yeast loves damp and hot, and the drier, cooler air really helps keep it away. But, we then see a resurgence of eczema issues. Over the years we have seen time and time again that babies and toddlers who struggle with yeast will often also struggle with eczema. This is why if you have had recurring yeast infections, it is a good idea to ask your pediatrician to prescribe an antifungal and an eczema cream, the combination can help keep things at bay and heal much more quickly. Skin compromised by eczema is an easy portal for fungus to thrive, so consider it if you are having to deal with yeast over and over again. Over the years, with our eczema cases, we honestly see it split down the middle if babies do better with stay dry or natural fibers. Half of them do better with natural fibers to prevent irritation and chafing, and the other half cannot be in wet fabric if even for a minute. If you have eczema experiment to see which helps your baby more. Moisture is your friend with eczema, so find a good moisturizer for your baby for between outbreaks to keep the skin from cracking and being more susceptible to further issues. You don’t need a daily steroid moisturizer, ask your pediatrician for a daily one that is risk-free to your baby. Over the years, too, we have found that customers who burn wood stoves with babies who have eczema benefit from humidifiers in their bedrooms and near the stove, to keep the air a little more moist from the dry heat.

Next week we will tackle the line drying challenge in winter 🙂

September 8, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter. 2 comments.

Blog Friday/Extra Ergo Giveaway Entry/September 2nd

Hello everyone! Today our Blog Friday giveaway is also your extra entry method for the Ergo Baby Carrier giveaway!
You don’t have to do both, the prize for today is a Blueberry Coverall in your choice of print/closure 🙂

Comment below with a “enter me!” reply, one winner chosen Saturday night, September 3rd 🙂
ALSO! For your Ergo Entry, if you can get one person to subscribe to our blog, from today (September 2nd) through Thursday September 8th, email me at AbbysLane@aol.com with the subject line “Ergo Blog Entry”. In that email, I need:
-Your name and email address
-Your friends email address they subscribed to the blog with
-The date they subscribed
One I verify they are on the list with the right date, you have an extra entry~

September 2, 2011. Uncategorized. 188 comments.

Traveling with cloth

Last week we discussed traveling with cloth and what to watch for with using commercial laundry facilities.

We received lots of questions, mostly related to temps and detergents. Your hotel sink and tub will likely be set to 120 degrees or lower, but even at 120 degrees it is very hot to hand wash, so you will likely be washing at lower temps than usual. Detergent should be easy to rinse out, if you are using powder I would mix it in with a cup of water first to dissolve it, then add it to the sink/tub. Again, multi layer diapers won’t fare as well with hand washing, so thick fitteds, dense hemp inserts and AIOs will be the hardest to hand wash. Cotton prefolds, flats, thin microfiber, covers, pocket shells and flannel will be the easiest. The flip disposable and Grovia disposable inserts are nice options (Flip is out of stock by the manufacturer until late Sept/October), to use in your covers, if you use Grovia in anything but the Grovia shells, don’t take the adhesive off as it is very strong and can damage your PUL covers. Each disposable insert is about the equivalent to one 3 layer microfiber insert in absorbency, so plan accordingly for your child’s needs. Let me know if you have any questions!

September 1, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter. Leave a comment.