Posted in Parenting

Ten Thought Tuesday: The Getting Better Edition

TTT

  1. Finally!  After ten days of the flu and its symptoms bringing me down, I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
  2. The little guy is also back to his usual smiling and exploring self as has become apparent by the new bruises he is sporting on his legs today.  *Sigh* he really MUST climb on everything…
  3. I am super excited because this week, I’ll be reviewing a product I received and will be hosting a giveaway.  Woot!
  4. Just as Little Dude has grown out of his sleep sack, I found this awesome one via Etsy.  Can’t wait to give it a whirl!  It’s going to be in a very cute and bright dinosaur print.
  5. This Friday is going to be an awesome day.  First off, it’s my mom’s birthday.  Plus, I’ll be posting my group post on the best and worst teething toys and relief options.  If you would like to participate, just check out the end of this post and shoot me an email.
  6. Yesterday we had some pretty yummy cod fishcakes and today we are having pasta.  What are you eating for supper tonight?
  7. We’ve recently been watching Masterchef Jr. and I am impressed by how well those 8 to 13 year olds cook!
  8. I managed to finish Dan Brown’s Inferno this week and really liked it!
  9. Sadly, NaNoWriMo is a no-go.  With the flu that kicked into high gear at the beginning of November, I just didn’t have the energy to give it a go.  Amanda, from Writing in White was giving it a go too, though if you want to hop over her blog and encourage her!
  10. Our bath plug mysteriously disappeared a couple of days ago after my son decided to use the washroom as his playroom and the toilet (which had been left open by mistake) became his new favourite object…
Happy baby!
Happy baby!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Posted in Infant, Newborn, Product Reviews

Baby Product Review #1: Applecheeks Washable Diapers

These ain’t your grandma’s ol’ cotton diapers!

I’d always been interested in using washable diapers for my children.  I’d figured, though,  that I would most likely wait for my kid to be on solids before using them as I’d heard how liquid milk poo was (and, boy is it liquid!).  However, the joys and challenges of giving birth to my first child put many of my ideas on the back burner and so, I (temporarily) forgot about the diapers.

My memory on the subject was jogged when I saw a pitch for the applecheeks washable diapers on an episode of Dragon’s Den Canada.  My first thought was ‘oh yeah, I wanted to use washable diapers’; it was soon followed by ‘wow, I had no idea washable diapers looked like that: they’re so darned cute!’.

During my nightly chunks of awake time, I went onto their website to learn more about them.  Besides being designed and manufactured in Quebec, Canada (way to encourage the local economy!), they seemed devilishly simple to use and care for even and especially with exclusively breast or formula fed babies.  No, seriously: 1. Put soiled insert/diaper cover in odor-free bag; 2. Empty everything (including the bag into the washing machine; 3. Wash them in hot water on a pre-rinse, heavy duty, extra rinse cycle; 4: Dry the inserts on high (without fabric softener) and hang the covers and bag to dry.  Voilà!

Reading about them got me really excited, but there was no way I would know if they lived up to their claims of simplicity without actually trying them out for myself.  So, I went on their online store and purchased a size 1 (there are only two sizes, the second going up to accommodating a forty-pound baby)  starter pack.

Before I knew it (really, the shipping was super fast) they had arrived and I was pre-washing them so I could finally try them out.

My verdict

I personally, really enjoy these diapers.  We loved them enough to purchase three more covers and four more inserts meaning that we have the equivalent of 13 size 1 diapers.  They are very easy to care for and are easy to use and they really are fully adjustable.  The odor proof/waterproof bag that came with the kit we ordered is does in fact keep odors away very efficiently (we keep it in our son’s room, right beside his changing table and there is no smell whatsoever even if it stays there for up to four days).  We are definitely going to invest in the size 2 covers when our son has outgrown the first diapers.

Some suggestions

  1. I would (and did) wait for my baby to be completely past the meconium phase before using them.
  2. The website provides care instructions that states that a “residue-free, scent-free, softener-free, glycerin-free” detergent be used.  They also suggest some detergents.  The shop I went to, which specializes in natural and eco-friendly personal care and cleaning products, suggested the Nature Clean hypoallergenic, unscented laundry liquid.  Personally, I am very satisfied with this product.

Worth the cost?

Our two purchases combined with the detergent cost us in total about 280 CAD.  Now, the detergent is going to last us a long time as we have a 3000 mL bottle and each wash requires only 30mL of soap for a top loader (if you have a frontal, you’ll only need 15mL).  This means that the 3 L bottle that I bought will yield 100 washes (if you have a frontal, you’d get 200 washes).

Now concerning disposable diapers, if you coupon and shop around (here’s a website that does the shopping for you) it can cost you as little as 0.15$ per diaper.  That means that you’ll start getting a return on your investment after changing roughly 1860 diapers.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I change anywhere from 6 to 10 a day.  If we keep things on the low side and estimate 6 a day for a year, we’re already at 2160 diaper changes in one year.  Plus, you can store them and reuse them for a second, third, etc. child.  In my eyes, it’s well worth the money.

Take a look, this is one of the six washable diapers we have.  Told you they were adorable!
Take a look.  This is one of the six washable diapers we have. Told you they were adorable!