Bummis Prints Are Too Hot to Cover Up

Baby dancing in Bummis diaper cover

Too hot for clothes? If all your baby is wearing this summer is a diaper, make it count. Have you baby wear a bold and beautiful diaper cover that looks stylish on its own. One company does great prints better than any other: Bummis.

Bummis Super Whisper Wrap

Bummis flower diaper cover

Bummis took the tough Super Whisper Wrap cover that parents have loved for so long and made it in bright prints: flowers, frogs, jungle, dots, and several more subtle prints. This soft, polyester cover stands up to a lot of washing.

Super Whisper Wrap Froggy Pond print

Froggy Pond print

Super Whisper Wrap jungle print

Jungle print

Flower print

Flower print

Celery Dot print

Celery Dot print

Bummis Super Brite

Babies in Bummis cloth diaper covers

For an even lighter cover in brighter colors, choose Bummis Super Brite. This one-layer cover with soft gussets comes in four colors of a print you will not want to cover up.

Super Brite Green

Super Brite Green

Super Brite Yellow

Super Brite Yellow

Super Brite Blue

Super Brite Blue

Super Brite Pink

Super Brite Pink

If it’s too hot for baby to wear pants, wear that diaper cover with panache—and don’t forget to cover that precious skin.

Summer Diaper Pail Smell

Antibacterial diaper pail linerIt’s hot. Anything that is generally moist becomes even more generally stinky in the summer, even the cloth diaper pail. Now is the right time to take simple actions to get rid of diaper pail smell.

Dump the poop. It helps if you empty a full diaper all of the time so you have less to do when you empty the diaper pail into the washer, but it is especially important if you have a problem with smell to dump the stinkest messes in the toilet before the diaper goes in the pail.

Leave the lid off. This may seem counter intuitive, but I find there is less smell from an open diaper pail than from a pail with a closed lid. I put my pail next to a screened door in the summer, and I didn’t have a problem. If you have a curious toddler and a pail that can be reached, don’t try this.

Natural odor control. Add ½ cup of baking soda or a few drops of tea tree oil. I prefer not to put essential oils or even baking soda directly onto the diapers, so I put them on a cloth or a diaper wipe and toss into the pail as a natural odor absorber (baking soda) or mask (oils). Bonus, some essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, and generally anti-nasty.

Wash daily. If you do a small load of wash every morning, so you catch that first morning diaper, you will have less smell.

Sun the Pail. Let the empty pail sit in the direct sun while you wash diapers. Use the power of the sun to bleach, bake, and eliminate any lingering odor.

Bamboo Charcoal Diaper Pail Deodorizer.

Bamboo charcoal diaper pail deodorizer

This bamboo charcoal has more surface area than regular charcoal deodorizers. Because of the way moso bamboo grows, millions of tiny holes are created as the plant matures and becomes more dense, a process taking approximately five years. The tiny holes created during growth ultimately give the resulting bamboo charcoal its revolutionary abilities as both a deodorizer and dehumidifier. With proper care, the bamboo charcoal deodorizer can last up to one year.

Kissaluvs Antibacterial Diaper Pail Liner.

Antibacterial diaper pail liner

Kissaluvs’ new diaper pail liner provides non- wicking, bacteria-free and odor-control storage. The polyurethane laminated fabric is treated with SILVERPLUS®, an antimicrobial effect that is Okeo-Tex Standard 100 compliant. According to the manufacturer, silver ions are embedded in the fabric in way that a resistant-to-washing and dry-cleaning to protect against the spread of bacteria and to form a reservoir to counteract odor.

Here’s To the Dad Who Didn’t Gag

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To moms, cloth is cute. To most dads, cloth is ick. This is a tribute to the brave few who can call themselves Cloth-Diapering Dads.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when his wife ditched the sposies, dressed their little one in cloth, and waited to see what his response would be at that first diaper change.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when one day his wife had too many irons in the fire to be able to change that really awful smelly diaper, leaving him to the task all by himself.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when he turned the diaper sprayer on full force and ended up with smelly poo all over the toilet, the wall, and himself.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when he saw the credit card bill with a three-digit-and-some-change receipt to an online cloth diapering company.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when he mistook the diaper pail for a real trash can and unwittingly caught a whiff of what might knock a lesser man to his knees.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when his wife changed a diaper on the bed next to his sleeping body, of which he promptly rolled over and in to.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when his wife forgot to throw a load of diapers in before vacation, causing them to return to a house that smelled much like a cattle yard.

Here’s to the dad who didn’t gag when his wife announced a new baby would arrive with no chance the first one would be potty-trained, thus creating double the diapers.

Here’s to the dad who listens to his wife go on and on and on about cloth diapers. Here’s to the dad who fiddles with snaps, velcro, and ties not simply as a way to humor his wife, but because he also believes cloth is best for his little one. Here’s to the dad who gets a kick out of that big ole fluffy cloth diapered bottom just as much as mama does.

Cloth-diapering Dad, you are a Cloth-Diapering Mama’s dream come true! Thank you!

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This has been Amy’s last post. Thank you, Amy. It’s been a pleasure having you as our guest blogger over the last few months.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and not necessarily those of Eco Baby Steps or Parenting By Nature.

Dad’s Favorite Diapers

Pocket Cloth DiaperWhat is the most likely cloth diaper for a father to reach for? How do fathers approach diapering in general?

When Nature Mom asked for help determining what Dad’s approach to cloth diapering, one tweeting father wrote, “What do you mean what’s my approach? Why should it be any different than a woman’s approach?” Well, thank you for asking. Since the male brain and the female brain are quite different (nature) and males and females are most often culturally conditioned to be different (nurture), it would make sense if we were to find differences in approach to the simple act of diapering. With such different sensitivities to touch, for example, I would wonder whether men and women would look for different textures in diapers.

But, we didn’t go that far. We made a completely unscientific survey of friends and Facebookers over the past several days. The results lead me to believe that there are a couple of distinct ways fathers approach diapers.

What is Dad’s favorite diaper?

FuzziBunz one size diaperAmong the women on Facebook reporting on their husbands’ diaper preferences, all but a couple said that dad’s favorite diapers are pocket diapers, with bumGenius as the clear front runner. Among the reasons for choosing bumGenius were “fit and containment.” One father prefers Fuzzi Bunz because the insert goes in so far that he doesn’t have to touch much when he takes it off. This same father also prefers Fuzzi Bunz because he likes snaps.

Preferred diaper closure. Closure came up for several. Some specifically like Aplix (hook and loop), while others specifically like snaps. One wants the diaper and the cover to have opposite closures, so he likes a snap diaper with Aplix cover. My husband wants no closure on the diaper and snaps on the cover. That leaves me with absolutely nothing conclusive to say about closure except that preferences vary.

Cotton and Wool. Out of 12 who responded to the question, three mentioned that they like cotton diapers and wool covers. One likes them because they are easy, and he looks for natural fibers.

My lovely oddball. My husband also mentioned cotton diapers and wool cover, and he prefers natural fibers, but he is the oddball in his reasoning.

This is where the biggest difference in approach becomes apparent. Most of the fathers are looking for diapers that solve problems. My husband wanted a diaper that would allow HIM to solve the problem.

My husband prefers flat diapers the same size as prefolds. Our first diapers were terry on one side and flannel on the other. Even after many years of trying other styles, he still went back to these. He said that folding cloth diapers is like origami. He wants to stand back and assess the current situation then engineer a specific solution.

Another way his answer differed was that he prefers no closure at all on diapers. He never used pins or Snappis. He found them too limiting. He just used the snugness of a stretchy wool cover and a snap-under T-shirt to make sure the diaper stayed up.

Cloth diaper laundry. We didn’t ask about washing, but a couple of people mentioned washing. One woman said her husband doesn’t mind what diapers he uses “so long as I deal with the dirty laundry part.” In my family, my husband always did the diaper laundry, and he specifically said that AIO diapers were his least favorite because of the difficulty in getting them completely clean. There were too many crevices and blind seams where waste or pilled fabric accumulated. Again, he was looking at how he could solve the problems he was presented with. His job was clean diapers on healthy baby bottoms, so he worked backward to find his solution.

Non-diapering husbands. I thought I would hear more women say that their husbands didn’t do the diapering, but there was only one of twelve who said, “My husbands approach is to let me do it.” For the most part, fathers do their part in diapering. It isn’t clear to me whether fathers diaper differently than mothers, but that doesn’t matter so much. For now, I just have two loose conclusions.

1. So, the two main approaches I saw were those fathers looking for problem-solving diapers and those fathers (or, really, that father) looking for diapers with which to solve problems.

bumGenius pocket cloth diapers2. Dads’ favorite diaper is clearly a pocket diaper, a bumGenius pocket diaper, but there are a few others who still go for cotton and wool.

Results from 12 responses:

  • 8 like pocket diapers
  • 5 like bumGenius pocket diapers
  • 3 like Aplix on covers or all-in-one diapers
  • 2 like snaps on covers or all-in-one diapers
  • 2 like fitted diapers with wool covers
  • 1 likes flat diapers with wool covers
  • 1 doesn’t do the diapering at all

New Mother Gifts: Cloth Diaper Packages

Bummis cloth diaper packageThe best gifts for a new mother fall into several broad categories: share delight in the baby (like a camera), ease the transition to parenthood (maybe a cleaning service), and tools to help with baby. This week I am going to write about the latter, baby tools that would be great gifts for a new parent.

Most parents probably have a registry or a list of things they want, but I have always thought that the best gifts are those that the recipient didn’t realize they wanted. I think that for a new mother, the best gifts are those have been helpful or meaningful to the giver.

Without a doubt, the gift I found most helpful before my first child was born was Dr. Sear’s Baby Book. A new mother gave me this gift, and she talked to me about attachment parenting. This respectful approach to parenting really resonated with me, but I don’t think I would have heard about it without her. I have since given the book to many others.

When you tell a new parent “I found this helpful when my first baby was born” or “I wish I had this when I was starting out,” the gift is far more than a consumer product to go on a shelf. A much-loved item offered to a new parent is a loving embrace in support of their new parenthood.

Cloth Diaper Package

Giving a new mother a full kit of cloth diapers can help her by making the decision to use cloth diapers, and WHICH cloth diapers to use, much easier. Once the diapers are there, clean and tucked away near the changing table, she is more likely to choose cloth diapers for her baby.

AppleCheeks Pocket Diaper Packages

Apple Cheeks cloth diaper packageIf I were to start over, I would use just the simplest cloth diapers for my children, but a lot of parents are attracted to the familiarity of shaped diapers. For a wonderful new mother gift, consider a full set of pocket diapers with enough inserts for three days.

The AppleCheeks full-time cloth diaper package includes enough diapers and covers for 36 diaper changes.

12 AppleCheeks Envelope Covers
36 hemp inserts
2 Storage Sacs
10 Bamboo Wipes
2 Hemp Boosters

Bummis Organic Cloth Diaper Packages

Bummis organic cloth diaper kitFor those who have expressed concern about environmental impact of diapering, a full set of organic prefolds would be a perfect new mother gift.

The Bummis complete diaper package includes enough diapers for 24 diaper changes, and the kit comes with a complete guide including care, washing instructions, and folding techniques.

24 unbleached organic cotton prefolds
6 cloth diaper covers
3 packages diaper lines
5 reusable stay dry cloth diaper liners
1 wet bag
1 sample of Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm
1 Snappi cloth diaper fastener

Diaper Service

Another great way to ease a new mother into cloth diapers is to give her diaper service for a couple of months. Once she sees how easy cloth diapers are to use, she may even want to explore options and start washing her own at home.

Of all of the baby tools you have tried, what do you wish you had when you were a new mother just starting out? What cloth diaper accessories or brands did you find most helpful? When you are looking for the best new mother gift, look at your own experience and offer the new mother your best advice through your gift.