Diaper Rash article from Today’s Parent

October 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Available in the Changing Ways Diaper Depot

Diaper Rash. – click here for the full article

This is not a favourite topic for moms to speak of because once they discover their baby has a sore bottom their anxiety level goes into hyper mode!

The first feeling can be guilt – what did I do! I’m changing diapers every couple of hours, I make sure I clean my baby’s bottom, oh dear, what else should I have thought of?

Next we start treating the diaper rash, without really knowing how it was caused.  Let’s pile on the zinc cream!  Let’s air dry or get some help from the hairdryer.  Let’s let baby go without a diaper for awhile to heal.  Let’s try a new brand of diapers.  Let’s try a new detergent.

The diaper rash gets worse before it gets better.  Baby isn’t happy and mommy isn’t happy.  Do we visit the doctor?  Do I ask my friends for advice?  Do I check what is online?  These can all be good resources – try them!

The article linked above to a Today’s Parent magazine article listing the preventative tactics and treatment options of diaper rash.  The article is still about current concerns regarding diaper rash with babies.

One of the most significant tips I have learned to pass on with new parents and cloth diapers is about timing.  Parents will need to learn babies cues as to when they soil their diapers.  Change them after they make their mess – then they don’t sit in it and create ideal conditions for a rash.

Learning your baby’s signals and noises for all wants such as feeding, play, sleep, and even diapering – can really pay off!

That said, my Natasha developed mild diaper rashes 2 days before she was ill and often with teething during her second year.  You can’t win!  But figure out the cause!

Diaper spelled backwards is REPAID

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Pam, age 2, trying out the front seat of the Uhaul. I will teach her to drive - when she's old enough!



I went off to a successful Creative Memories scrapbooking day last Saturday and in searching through cute quotes to add meaning to the pictures of my family, I found this one:


Diaper spelled backwards is REPAID.

Well, isn’t it food for thought!  Many other words are palindromes spelled into real words backwards, take for example the devil who lived and the dog who was god and the idea which gives a tug on your gut.  You get the idea…

Can I dissect this a little more – when the child consumes food, it has to go somewhere and that place is first into the diaper – your repayment for nourishing your child!

Many thankless ways children naturally have of thanking you for all the deeds you do while they are so dependent upon you.  It only seems to become more of an obvious topic when children start their first  signs of independence.

We teach them to move around, wiggle, roll over, crawl, and aid their little feet into first steps!  Yet, we get repaid for these advances through inquisitive minds determined to touch, reach, climb, chase, and eventually run after objects which are less than desirable. I think of when Pam learned to make her way around our local Zellers, I started to lose track of her faster and faster.  She got so quick on her feet and would disappear, not just around the next corner, but appropriately, all the way over to the toy section of the store in less than 3 minutes of entering!  Gee, don’t I love it when they learn to do new things <she says sarcastically…>

The raising of my girls has been rewarding because of their independence though.  When they learn to eat with a spoon by themselves – yahoo!  I can now share a meal at the same time as you!  When they learn to drink from a cup – yahoo! I can now be more flexible in where we go out for dinner in trusting your table skills!  When they learn to take off their own diaper – yikes!  Why did I want that one to happen?  Oh yeah, its another sign they are ready to be toilet trained!

Baby ready to change to cloth

Ready for the cloth diaper change!

How much do you want to be REPAID for the diapers your baby is in.  There should be some even exchange formula you can expect from your child.

Let’s take this idea to disposable diapers – garbage on – garbage off.  We pick up the packaging, use it, and it gets repackaged as waste at the curb.  For how long?  In North America, diapers have been manufactured since the 1970’s and they are massed produced for babies of all sizes to wear.  Babies in disposable diapers seem to procure worries from parents about how they believe their children will start kindergarten still using diapers. What a repayment!  Have you had a disposable diaper fail you?  Have you had the poop running out of the diaper and leaking all over the clothes baby wears and onto the clothes you are wearing or straight into your hand?  I have.  Gross.  What garbage!  And expense.  You’ll be repaid for this ton or more  amount of waste through taxes to ship our combined landfill away.

Let’s move on hybrid diapers, an example of these is the G-diaper.  This is a cross of disposable when you need it and a reusable feature when you don’t.  Flush, compost, or toss is the advertising.  The covers can be reused while the insert can be composted or flushed.  If you do actively compost with your municipality or at home, this is a great choice environmentally.  Otherwise, you’re tossing the biodegradable insert into the garbage, which will still breakdown faster than a disposable diaper would.  You’ll be repaid for this smaller amount of waste through taxes to ship our combined landfill away.

You next and oldest option is cloth diapers.  But don’t think about rubber pants and smelly pails!  All those generations of babies clothed in a reusable diaper had lots of repayment to their parents which was profitable.  Stories of babies toilet trained at 18 months are common with that set.  You and I can both see the greatest reason to give up diapers then would be the stink – get it out of the house we all would be crying!  Ugly things those diapers meant.  Now we’ve got many styles, materials, and sizes to get baby clothed in diapers from newborn to toilet training.  You can still be in diapers for less time with the current cloth systems.  Diaper pails have even evolved to let the pail ‘breathe’ without the smell and help cut the smell with a deodorizing circle inserted.  Even the laundry end of cloth diapers has become more cost effective with high efficiency, front loading washing machines and dryers which work on minimal energy draws compared to their older counterparts.  Add in some scented Laundry Tarts detergent and it gets a little sweeter with each load.  Repaid indeed!  The first baby on cloth begets other babies on cloth which starts a personal trend towards cutting back our excesses in other ways too.

When do cloth diapers get pitched?  Not too often.  I understand parents rip the old apart and create new ones; use the old inserts as rags around the house, pass on diaper gear to other parents, etc. Have you checked out the action on DiaperSwappers?

Children are a wonderful blessing!  They teach you how to live all over again.  You get the joy of being so proud of your little one as a new skill is learned!  Remember every good deed gets REPAID!

There is a place for disposables?

February 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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As you see from some of the references to cloth diaper research online I have become a great follower of a Texan mom who enthusiastically writes about cloth diapers.  She has a killer sense of humour and an honest way of reviewing many topics related to cloth diapers and getting them clean.

One of her latest postings really caught my eye and I had a good read, so I invite you to do the same.  Are Disposable Diapers Really That Bad?

There is a short history of disposable diapers compared to cloth diapers in our society.  Yet cloth diapers have only been formally around for about 200 years.  Cloth like a linen or other available fabrics and even vegetation were the first recognized padding under baby’s clothing to absorb their pee and poops.  Baby was swaddled in these clothes and changed once a day as personal hygiene standards were lower than they are today.  (Reference to academic article here)  Toilet training was begun at very early ages to avoid having so much mess to clean.  Parents today can tell me stories about how young they were when toilet trained as their mothers would finish with diapers by 18 months as the next baby needed them!  Plastic or rubber pants were soon fashioned to fit over the cloth diaper and that is the image many grandparents still have of cloth diapers and then they remember the washing with inferior machines, let alone hard water and uneffective soaps!

Enter the modern day. Parents introduce baby to the world from a hospital bed with baby wearing a supplied disposable diapers.  I’m not saying all parents go this way, but my first two did and about 1,400 babies each year are born in the Peterborough hospital.  It’s fair to say disposable diapers are commonplace now.  Cloth diapers are still trying to escape their work intensive, smelly past with the advent of PUL fabrics in beautiful designs and patterns to make any new parent proud of their baby’s tush!  I have upgraded to a front loader HE washing machine when I moved to Peterborough and love it!  The detergents have been formulated now to produce less suds (lower phosphates) and use less water (which will show off the benefits when the water meter gets installed).  Detergents have very appealing scents or none at all.  Plus we now find many biodegradable products for the same cost or cheaper than good old Tide.  Oh, how technology and education has advanced the diaper industry!

Have you backed up your reasoning to a cloth diaper parent for why you use disposables? Have you snubbed you nose at a disposable diapered supporter?  Let’s try on each others shoes for a bit and recognize where they are both advantageous.

Changing Ways hosts a playgroup called Diapering Darlings and I do have a half bag of size 2 diapers on hand for parents who come over and may have gone through their last diaper in the bag.  A disposable will help get that family back home without the stress of an accident along the way.  Another time the disposables came out was when I hadn’t kept up with washing our diaper covers and I was sick of it – just stressed over the poop my daughter kept producing.  I put her in two disposables that day and when I finally had the time to think, those covers were ALL washed and ready again for use.

I am aware parents practice cloth diapering with exceptions.  Here’s a short list:

  • except at nighttime
  • except when we visit the doctor
  • except when we go over to Grandma’s
  • except when baby goes to daycare
  • except when baby is left with dad
  • except when baby has a rash
  • except when I know the biggest poop of the day is coming, etc.
  • I have even heard from parents who use disposable diapers except when they run out and so they pull out the cloth diapers until they can restock the disposables.  I love that one!

My previous post offered a challenge for using cloth diapers 3 times/day to cut down in some way on the waste.  Consider a newborn can burn through 10 diapers/day so in one week with a baby using 3 cloth diapers a day, 21 disposable diapers could be saved from waste while baby was in cloth.  Those numbers can add up and remember how cheap the investment was to get cloth diapers for 3 diaper changes?  Forty bucks.

As a cloth diaper user, what comments have you had to support your cloth diaper habit?  Are comments positive, admiring, negative, depressing?

As a disposable diaper user, what comments have you had to support your disposable diaper habit?  Does anyone ever question you?

Now we can pick from so many brands of disposable diapers (but even more with cloth diapers!) and there seem to only be three competitors out there – Huggies, Pampers, and store brand diapers.  Can I give you a fourth option?

Introducing Simply Kids. This a whole line up of baby products from disposable diapers to lotions and wipes!  They are special to me as it was the brand I was buying when I did use disposable diapers.  And then I met one of the owners last year: Pinball Clemens.  You know – the football guy from the Toronto Argonauts who was an amazing player for being such a little guy and then became the coach for the team he loved!  Pinball and his wife work together in this corporation and I want you to check out the Contact page too as you can see the address is Toronto!

Simply Kids Home

In Peterborough, Simply Kids is available at the Metro grocery store in the north end.  Why not support a Canadian entrepreneur for your baby care needs?  Try it out!


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