Cloth Diaper Support is local to Peterborough

February 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, Community, Experiences, Starting out 

Here is a new page on the site I want to draw your attention to.  If you can help another parent by offering advice or a listening ear, you have done a fantastic service.  It takes a village to raise a child is a remarkable proverb.  But imagine all those conversations the village has to have around decisions for that child. 

Join the conversation!

Our Diapering Darlings need us…

The Real Diaper Association was created by the leading manufacturers and retailers of cloth diapers in 2007.  This non-profit association has started advocating for cloth diapers.  The idea is local groups and individuals are supported by the RDA and educated, advised, and organized about cloth diaper trends in their local community.

Peterborough is lucky to have so many parents using cloth diapers.  Everywhere I go, I hear of another family who is washing cloth diapers at home.  Some families are doing cloth part time and others commit full time.  It is impressive to get aquainted with these families, moms and dads alike!  The frequent reasons local parents start with cloth or switch to cloth is long term cost, waste management, and health.

Parents who have chosen to use cloth diapers and have become successful in their diapering and laundry methods can be valuable assets to others in our cloth diaper neighbourhood.  Promoting those successes can be key in pushing forward a cloth diaper movement in Peterborough.

If you have started cloth diapers and have become frustrated with their fit, style, or laundry routine, let others know so the wealth of tips and support can come back to you. 

We need to connect together!  A Real Diaper Circle is a great forum!

Currently, there are two casual playgroups hosted biweekly by Andria.  Diapering Darlings and Toddlers in Training.

On alternating Tuesdays there is Diapering Darlings for the infants.  This group has been running since May 2010 and the members who have attended are not always cloth diaper users.  Three moms came along to chat with current cloth diapering parents – they had the gear, but had not used the cloth diapers yet!  Each of those moms felt more confidence after attending and started using their cloth diapers on baby.  Success!

On alternating Fridays, Toddlers in Training brings together the children from about 16 months old and up for a playdate.  These children, may or may not be showing signs of potty training.  There was unusal interest created by three little girls when only one potty was presented to the group – the novelty of trying out someone else’s potty and taking turns resulted in some surprised looks from toddlers and moms alike.  Success!

Contact Andria to find out about the next Diapering Darlings or Toddlers in Training playgroup.  These events are often posted on the Facebook site and on the Peterborough Moms Group calendar (membership is required and free!).

Do you want to have a Real Diaper Circle in your area?  Andria will visit your playgroup to facilitate a meeting on cloth diapers within Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes counties.

Here is a Cloth Diaper’s User Guide to help you get started on more research beyond what Changing Ways Diaper Service is already offering.

Rockin Green in Cloth Diaper land

October 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Experiences 

What do you wash your cloth diapers with?

Hot water seems necessary, but what about the detergents to be considered? When you’ve got stinky diapers that just won’t wash clean and you’ve tried all the other remedies suggested, where do you turn?  Rinsing is your friend, but do you need to get to boiling diapers?

My research online and through friends with feedback has my awareness pretty high now that washing cloth diapers isn’t as easy as the rest of our laundry! Finicky it can be!

Changing Ways has ordered in some sample packages of Rockin’ Green laundry detergent. Charlie’s Soap suppliers have evaded me so far and other brands of detergent which are good for cloth diapers are common place or easily available, such as Nature Clean and cheaper store brands.

Testers have volunteered themselves to try out this Rockin Green soap using the Classic Rock, Soft Rock, and famous Hard Rock versions! Scent free samples are available for a couple other cloth diaper parents interested in helping me determine if Changing Ways should consider making this a regular product available.

Send me a note by e-mail, text, or on the Contact page note Rockin Green is your question if you’d like a sample package to review!

Cloth diapering and the clean up, should be easy.  Let’s see if this experiment confirms what all the other reviews say about specially made detergent for cloth diapers!

Here’s the first feedback from a mom in Havelock with hard water who’s been fighting stinky diapers:

Diaper Strip Soak:
I had the perfect challenge for this.  A year ago I put away some diapers that I just couldn’t get the ammonia out of.  They were truly unbearable, you could smell my son peed from across the room.

I Filled the tub with the diapers and some covers (mother ease, Kushies and Bummies)  and warm water (more than tepid but less than a hot bath) with an extra large water cycle.  I added  3 tbs rock and green hard and let it aggitate for a minute or so. They soaked for 15 hrs then I let the machine run the full wash cycle.

After the soak but before the wash you could see the fibers on the dipaers were raised in the water.
During the wash there were very few bubbles.
During the rinse (cold water) I saw some small streaks of foam.
After the wash before the dry the diapers had no oudor and looked clean.
The diapers smelled and appeared clean after the drier too.

So here’s the real test.:
I put  one of the ammonia offending, now cleaned diapers on my girl and waited for a pee.
Upon chaning her there was only a small trace of ammonia.  You really had to get up close to notice.

Diaper Wash

I rinsed my load of dirties with an extra large cycle and warm water, only the wash portion of the cycle was used (my rinse is cold and I have had problems in the past with diaps not coming clean).  I interupted the cycle after the drain but before the rinse and started the wash cycle over using warm water and a small load.  I added the 1.5 tbs of soap remaining in the sample, and let the machine run it’s course.

Findings/ Test:
Out of the wash the diapers looked and smelled clean.
After drying the diapers had a noticeable poop odour. This surprised me.
I ran the same wash cycle using  my regular diap detergent (arm and hammer, something scented) and got the same results.
I don’t know what to tell you here.  Perhaps my dryer still had the scent from the first run? or maybe I am still having washng problems.

My opinion:
This stuff is awesome as a strip soak.  One soak did nearly as well as 10 hot washes. It is low sudsing and unscented. My little ones had no skin reactions.  I would consider using this for soaking again. As for the wash I figure it would be fine and there s something else in my routine causing the oudor. I would need to work with it and my system longer before making a final comment on it.

So there you have it.  The low down on how the rock and green hard works with my diper washing cycle.  Hope this, is what you were loking for.

I’m awaiting some more results!  Have you already tried Rockin Green?  What’s you favourite scent?  Why did you turn to it?

Get to Know your Local Health Unit

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Community 

Each community has its own place dedicated to helping its members live better lives and get connected with the right resources.  Peterborough hosts an extensive connection of resources in the Peterborough County-City Health Unit.

Note the News & Alerts calendar right in the middle of the front page to see what’s current and upcoming!

I have lived in 4 other Canadian cities before landing in Peterborough and eventually one figures out who the real connectors are.  Connectors know people.  They have long lists of acquaintances, business contacts, friends, family, and general experience in knowing who to ask for information.  I like these people and consider myself one of them.  So, let me introduce you to some of the connections the Peterborough County-City Health Unit can offer a you.  Play the video  regarding the news segment recorded by CHEX TV from the last Pre Natal Health Fair and you’ll find me demonstrating the Snappi® fit!

Here’s a one stop search online at the Parenting Page for the local services offered to parents offering connections for Breastfeeding, Childcare, Playgroups, Recreation, Special Needs, Family support, Financial assistance and Health and Development.  My hay fever reactions have peaked already this year, but when I was a nursing mother and I started suffering the sneezes and sniffles, the MotherRisk site helped me choose a drug which was safe for breastfeeding mothers.  I credit Early Years Centre as having been an important resource to support my parenting with the Resource Library for toys and books and Well Baby Clinics to let me weigh baby between doctors visits and discuss concerns with another health professional.  Living in Ottawa, there was a troop of moms and babies who would cross town by bus to attend the programme du jour offered at each satellite location!  I’ve met great moms out in Stewart Hall and even down at the Lions Club in East City where the Early Years Centre brings their van of toys and circle time.  We tried out this orange and blue slide from the Lending Libary before acquiring one permanently!  Are you a lucky mom raising twins or triplets?  There are groups to network with found on this Parenting Page too!  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then call the Health Unit to speak with member of the team who will help you find your way.  What a connection!

When I arrived in Peterborough, I found out I was pregnant with darling daughter Natasha and knew I had to track down a Pre Natal course ASAP.  I’ve heard of great waiting lists for these courses when offered through government funded resources and shelled out a pretty little sum for a private weekend crash course 5 years earlier.  I wasn’t going to remember anything from the first experience and I had a new dad on board with this baby.  What fun we had at Helen’s Pre Natal course!  Each week, the moms-to-be got a little bigger and both moms and the dads were a little more prepared with information and ideas for the new baby.  I’ll never forget the night the guys huddled together to learn what should not go in the baby’s crib and what was safe for baby.  My husband came home and ripped out the crib bumpers so fast and with such assurance!  Have you met Helen when you were pregnant at the Pre Natal course or the Pre Natal Health Fair at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough?  She’s warm, caring and ready to inform you or direct you to the person who can!  What a connection!

This site is updated regularly and can be a go to site when the winter viruses creep over your doorstep and you want to know if and when to get the flu shot.  Upcoming this weekend is the Breastfeeding Latch On where babies who latch to mom are counted in and awarded certificates of participation by each location.  I got to attend last year and it was the last day Natasha ever nursed!  Free movie and lots of information from the Health Unit too!  What a connection to offer to you!

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