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The best Organic Crib Mattress for your baby

You have thought about an Organic crib mattress for your baby and are looking out for one?

How do you decide which is the best one to buy?

You have come to the right place.

Did you know that a traditional mattress releases around 30 volatile compounds as chemical emissions that can be harmful to your baby, causing allergies, deformations, and a host of other issues. 

These gases also affect indoor air quality in the baby’s room.

Traditional baby mattresses are made from polyurethane foam which is a petroleum-based product, and most waterproof ones for cribs are coated with vinyl which has chemical plasticizers.

The polyurethane foam used inside is sprayed with toxins like fire retardants like formaldehyde or Benzene.

Your baby will spend almost 15 to 20 hours exposed to all these dangerous toxins which can harm them in a number of ways. 

So if you don’t want to expose your baby to such toxins it is important to look at an organic crib mattress, even though they are more expensive than normal mattresses.

Baby mattresses for cribs should be chemically safe and that is why it is important to buy an organic one.

There are so many options available in the market with different materials making it difficult for you to understand what you are purchasing, without proper help and guidance.

Many manufacturers claim to offer organic ones, but actually they are not 100% organic and do not have proper certifications. 

They may only offer an organic cotton cover.

They are not made of all organic components.

However, as of today there is no 100% certification available for organic mattresses.

I will also explain what is a proper organic crib mattress for your baby, so you can sleep with peace of mind that your baby is safe and sound and well protected.

I will also give you a list of top organic crib mattresses available in the market.

Read on to learn more…

First, you must satisfy yourself and check if you really need one.

So is an organic crib mattress necessary?

We normally believe that a crib mattress with standard certifications is safe for our baby.

But that is far from the truth.

It has been found that 

  • crib mattresses release a lot of VOCs ( Volatile Organic Compounds) which are harmful
  • The body heat of the baby increases the amount of emissions
  • These toxic chemicals are strongest in the baby’s breathing zone.

Manufacturers are able to sell their products with minimal Govt. regulations

Read on to find out what components used in a traditional mattress are unhealthy and harmful for your baby.

Fire Retardants

These PBDEs get stored in our bodies over time and are known to cause thyroid, developmental issues with learning skills and also cancer.

These are found in various other items like carpets, couches, computers, etc.

Glues and Adhesives

These contain harmful chemicals ( VOCs)  and this is used to keep it firm and rigid.

They are the same compounds which are used in paints

PVC ( Vinyl)

The waterproof covers are made of PVC.

It is very toxic and has a strong smell and emits a lot of gas, which is again harming your child.

It is known to cause liver cancer.

Further PVC is known to crack and the urine, stools, perspiration, etc seeps through the cracks and accumulates in the mattress. Your baby ends up inhaling all this unhealthy air.

Fabrics made from polyester

These can cause skin rashes and respiratory irritation.

In fact, some disposable diapers are also using polyester and can cause problems.

Polyurethane, Soya or Latex foams

These give off chemical emissions and doors which can cause allergies and even asthma.

Considering all the above problems, you can see that it is very important for you to get an organic one.

What makes a perfect organic crib mattress?

We all understand that the term “Organic” means that anything that is grown and raised in a natural manner, without the use of toxic and chemical ingredients.

However, when we talk about the best organic crib mattress, it is not only the material used, like cotton and wool but also the way in which they are processed to make the actual final product.

Even cotton which is normally sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers does not remain organic any longer, so we need to use materials that have been created with strict standards set by the USDA NOP ( National Organic Program) and processed as per the Global Organic Textile Standard ( GOTS).

The other material used like waterproof covers, foam, fire-retardants must also be non-toxic to ensure that the mattress is organic. 

We are mentioning the main points to consider before you buy the best mattress.

Don’t let the Manufacturer fool you

Many mattresses are sold as “organic” whereas actually only the “outer waterproof cover” is organic and the rest is made from non-organic toxic stuff.

 So please go through this article to understand in detail.

No PVC and phthalates

Crib mattresses need to be waterproof because infants and toddlers wet the bed a lot.

This wetness causes the growth of mold, mildew, fungi or bacteria, and dust mites in the mattress which can be harmful to young babies.  

You should know that most of the mattresses on the market use vinyl covering ( also known as PVC )  to make them waterproof.

However, your baby will breathe in these harmful chemicals and plasticizers as well as absorb them through their skin.

Such exposure may cause a range of health problems, including kidney and liver damage, cancer, asthma, and others.

PVC is a  commonly used plastic which is made of carbon and chlorine, which are obtained from oil or gas by ethylene.

Phthalates are used for making vinyl and other plastics soft so they feel almost like fabric.

They can cause problems like cancer, reproductive disorders, development issues, asthma, allergies, endocrine disruption, and other diseases that can develop over time.

Additionally, PVC is known to be amongst the most toxic plastics used to date and is a well-known carcinogen.

No Foam

All foams including polyurethane foam, soy foam, and vegetable-based foams let off Volatile Organic compounds that are harmful to your baby. ( unless it is CertiPUR-US or Greenguard Gold certified, where the mattress is classified as Organic )

A true organic mattress will be filled with natural, non-toxic, firm, and breathable Organic cotton. Wool can also be used as a filling material, but it can be allergenic.

So, you have to make a choice of the filling material before choosing a final organic mattress.

No fire-retardant chemicals ( PBDE’s)

Most mattresses use PBDE as a fire retardant, which can be harmful to your baby, either by breathing or through skin absorption. 

They can  cause immune suppression symptoms, cancer issues,development delays,behavior changes, and a host of other issues (Read more here : National Institutes of Health)

Free from FORMALDEHYDE

Formaldehyde might be present due to adhesives, glues, and chemical reactions. It’s a known human carcinogen and scores the highest-concerning rate of 10 by the Environmental Working .

You need a mattress that’s certified to be free of formaldehyde.

Check for the right certifications

Your mattress must be certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards ( GOTS) or Global Organic Latex Standards ( GOLS).

GOTS certified crib mattresses are manufactured using material that is certified as well as in certified factories

They follow the highest standards and the certification process is very rigorous.

There are other certifications that are offered such as  – Oeko-Tex, USDA Organic, CertiPUR-US certified, which although are better than having no certifications, are still not high enough and the materials used may not actually be organic.

Natural Latex/foam is not the same as GOLS certified latex as it can contain up to 30% synthetic material like polyurethane foam. 

However, CertiPUR-US certified polyurethane foam mattresses are considered organic.

All CertiPUR-US certified foams are made without PBDE’s, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates, ozone depleters, and have been tested for low VOC emissions 

You may find organic cotton covers on some mattresses but this does not make it ok.

GOLS/GOTS certification is very essential.

Greenguard certified crib mattresses are tested for low levels of harmful emission of Volatile organic compounds, but this does make them non-toxic.

You  also get  GreenGuard Gold certified crib mattresses which have substantially lower levels of emission and also tested for other chemicals used and their effect on the health of the baby

The certification is not able to test for every possible toxic material or contaminant.

Also, it is expensive to get the GreenGuard Gold certification so many manufacturers will avoid investing for this.

Check if manufactured in the USA

Most mattresses made in China lack in quality control and can have contamination.

Make sure to buy ones made in the USA only.

Some Top Rated Organic Mattresses for your baby

We have listed out some good options based on feedback received from readers and verified purchasers.

PROS
  • Double-sided – just flip if any spillage
  • Safe flame retardant
  • Firm coils
  • good edge support

 

CONS
  • Can sag without proper support
  • It is expensive
  • slight unpleasant odour
PROS
  • Free from all toxins
  • lowest emissions
  • reduces risk of suffocation and CO2 rebreathing
  • prevents sweaty backs and baby sleeps well
CONS
  • Not fully made in USA
  • Has a strong smell when opened
  • Mattress is too hard
  • Does not fit a standard crib properly
  • Causes skin irritation and redness
PROS
  • Lightweight.
  • CertiPUR-US certified.
  • Blended organic cotton cover.
  • Waterproof
  • Affordable
  • Firm
CONS
  • Not 100% organic
PROS
  • for both infants & toddlers
  • lightweight
  • dual firmness
  • water and stain proof cotton cover
  • Good packagiing
CONS
  • sinks in after use
  • mattress is not thick enough
PROS
  • Good packaging
  • Has a pleasant smell
  • Durability
CONS
  • known to slope in after a few months- some customers have reported that a hole develops in the middle due to baby weight
  • unsatisfactory customer support

Buyers Guide for crib mattreses - things to consider

Mattress Size

There is no absolutely right size for a mattress.

As per Government regulations, the width should be between 27 5/8” to 28 5/8” and the length between 51 3/4” and 53”. It should not be thicker than 6 inches.

However, the mattress must fit snugly in the crib and the gap between the mattress and the crib should not be more than 2 fingers at the maximum.

Material used

A good mattress should not only be more comfortable for your baby ( so they can sleep more ) but it should also have proper support for the healthy development of the spine. 

There is no specific opinion on whether spring or foam mattresses are better.

You must do your own research and decide.

Which is better - Soft vs Firm

Many experts feel that firm crib mattresses are better than soft ones for infants.

The main cause of deaths in the US is the Sudden infant death syndrome. ( SIDS ). You can read more about that here.

This is caused due to suffocation hazards because of soft sleeping surfaces.

The bedding should not conform to the shape of the baby’s head and it should snap back. It should be resilient enough to regain its shape quickly.

Mattresses are available with two levels of foam firmness. The harder ones for infants and the softer one for toddlers.

It is advised to use firmer ones for Infants.

Compliances

Crib mattresses must comply with certain requirements in order to be sold in the US.

You can read more here.

What price range should I look for?

While buying a mattress, you should not try to look for bargain offers. Neither should you pay for an overpriced one as it won’t really give you any extra benefit. You can judge the quality by the price.

Generally, a high-quality mattress will cost between $90 to $350.

However Organic mattresses will have a price between $80 to $400

Types of Crib Mattresses

1.Foam

These are the lightest mattresses with thickness in the range of 3 to 6 inches. Firm ones are recommended for infants. To check these mattresses, put your child on the mattress and see if it conforms to the shape of the child’s head. Then apply pressure to the center of the mattress or on the edges and see if the mattress remains its shape quickly and snaps back.

You should also check for foam density by seeing the weights of different models.

If the density is good, you will not be able to squeeze it too much.

2.Innerspring

These types are the most popular because of the firmness and reliability.

Most parents are themselves using innerspring mattresses on their beds and hence they feel it is best for their infant.

They have coils that are placed in a specific pattern and then a layer or two of foam and vinyl insulator pads.

They are heavy due to their content.

3.Organic 

 These mattresses are made of cotton, wool, natural latex, etc.

They do not contain polyurethane or vinyl foam, fire retardants, which are known to release toxic gases that could harm your baby.

Some users feel that non-organic latex may cause allergies .

Organic cot mattresses are becoming globally popular because people are mainly focused on keeping your child safe from various hazardous materials.

Although there is not enough research, people who are pro-organic consider that non-organic products put your child at risk, as they contain materials such as polyester fabric, vinyl or petrochemical foams.

These materials can cause respiratory allergies, or have a bad influence on your child.

Different fire retardants and cheap glues used in non-organic ones are also a potential danger to your child.

But many people don’t believe that organic types are much safer than non-organic. After all, the majority should be eco-friendly nonetheless. You should be careful not to overpay and check the product characteristics to see whether it’s “really organic.”

Are mattresses made from bamboo organic?

You will also find some bamboo-based crib mattresses in the market being sold off as organic ones. However, don’t be ignorant and choose one.

 You must know that strong chemical solvents are used in the manufacturing process of these mattresses. 

The coverings of a bamboo mattress are mostly composed of synthetic fabric, meaning there isn’t even much of the bamboo plant in the finished product.

Do you need a breathable crib baby mattress?

Breathability is important, but you can also increase airflow around your baby by using a ceiling fan or simply adding a breathable mattress pad to your baby’s waterproof mattress.

Materials are important, so you should also consider using a traditional organic crib mattress.

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The Best Changing tables for babies

The Best Changing tables for babies

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You want to make diaper changing an easier and less painful task, but don’t know how?

Diaper changing tables can be a great blessing for you.

We give you a full guide on the various types of changing tables and how they will help you out.

After all, diapers need to be changed 8 to 10 times in a day.

It can be a real painful task.

What is a Diaper changing table?

A diaper changing table is nothing more than a small platform that is raised.

A person can stand comfortably while laying the baby safely on the table to change the diaper.

There are usually rails on the table to ensure that the baby does not fall.

The table also provides storage for extra diapering supplies.

You will usually find a diaper table in a nursery set.

Do you Need a Changing Table?

People generally overlook or ignore  purchasing Changing tables, because they feel it will not be useful once the baby grows up.

Also because it is not a nice looking piece of furniture and does not go well with the room.

Some reasons that may make you go in for one

1. You or anyone else that changes the baby’s diaper will have a designated area where the diaper will be changed.

You do not have to worry about someone changing a diaper on your couch, tables, or even on your bed.

Let’s face it, we are talking about bodily waste here.

No one wants that stuff all over their furniture.

This will ensure that the babysitter or whoever is changing the baby is not going to be placing the baby on the floor to change their diaper.

Who knows what kind of germs are down there?

2. While you can’t get out of diaper duty, it is possible to make diaper duty a little easier on you.
The best way to make diaper duty easier is to have a changing table.

It is going to help ensure that you are not bending over uncomfortably and putting pressure on your back.

It is also going to ensure that you are going to have all the necessities and other supplies that you need within arm’s reach.

3. You are going to be using it many times throughout the day.

A baby will need their diaper changed 10 or more times each day.

4. If you have had a C-section, it is going to reduce the amount of pain that you deal with as your body heals.

Types Of Changing Tables

Changing tables have evolved over the years but one thing remains the same.

It is important to have a designated area for changing diapers.

There are many different types of changing tables available today.

Tables are made of metal, plastic, and wooden material.

Some are made for especially for corners, some that can be folded and stored in a corner or under the bed.

Multi-purpose ones like bathtub combo and playpen combo are available.

Some must be assembled, and some are moveable, as well as changing table toppers.

There are changing tables that have open shelves where baskets are used, some have drawers and some have cabinets.

There are some that are a combination

There’s no shortage when it comes to the different types of styles of changing tables available.

Important features to consider in a Changing table

1. Safety

A changing table needs to be safe for your baby.

It needs to have a safety strap.

When your baby is a newborn, he or she will not be able to move around on the table.

However, when they get older, these straps are going to ensure that your baby does not end up falling off the table.

You will also want to ensure that the changing table has a railing which is just another way to ensure that the baby does not fall.

While the railing is not going to stop an older baby from falling, (which is why straps are so important) it does help to protect smaller ones.

Check for any sharp edges, loose pieces or things that your baby may grab and pull down and get hurt.

When you are purchasing your changing pad, you want to make sure that the pad is the size that is recommended by the manufacturer.

This is also going to help ensure that the baby is safe when you are using the changing table.

2. Storage

There are a few different options when it comes to the type of storage that is available in changing tables.

There are tables that have open shelving which is going to make it easy to quickly reach the items that they need.

These items are usually stacked in plain sight.

If you do not want these items to be visible, you can also use baskets to hold the different supplies.

Some changing tables have drawers.

The drawers are great for storage and they keep all the changing items out of sight.

Of course, you can also get a drawer/shelf combination that will allow you to keep smaller items such as nail clippers and diaper rash cream in the drawer while still storing clothing and diapers on the shelves.

Many people opt for drawers because the drawers hide items from the baby as it grows and keeps them from exploring the changing table as a toddler.

We all know what a mess can be made with diaper changing supplies.

3. Height

The height of the table is going to be very important.

There are changing tables that are as short as 36 inches and go all the way up to 43 inches.

If you are a shorter person you do not want a tall changing table and if you are a tall person you do not want a short changing table.

4. Secure the Table to the wall or any other furniture

It is also important to make sure that you are going to be able to secure the table to the wall.

You can purchase furniture straps or anti-tip devices.

If the baby tries to  climb on the changing table that it will not tip over on them.

What Do You Need In Your Diapering Table?

Having a changing table means that you can be well prepared when it comes to changing time.

But what do you need in the table?

1. Diapers & Wipes

This is a no-brainer.

We all know that you are going to need a lot of diapers and wipes when you have a baby.

It is important to keep the changing table nice and stocked so that you do not run out of stock when you really need them.

2. A Diaper Pail

Make sure that the pail is right next to the changing station so that you don’t have to toss the diaper across the room and miss.

There is no specific type of pail that you will need to purchase, simply get one that works best for you.

3. Lotion

Make sure that you have whatever lotion your pediatrician recommends for your baby.

Also keep any creams that you will need for their umbilical cord, or circumcision.

You don’t want to end up having to undress the baby again later in order to treat the skin.

4. Organizers

If you are using a changing table that has shelving you are going to need organizers.

You are of course going to put all your supplies into these organizers.

5. Clothes

Always make sure that you have at least a couple of changes of clothing for the baby at the changing table.

This is going to ensure that if things get a little messy you will be able to clean the baby up and get the baby’s clothes changed without having to go look for anything.

6. A couple of toys

As the baby gets older you are going to want to have a few of their favorite toys handy for them to focus on while you change their diaper.

This ensures that they are not reaching down and grabbing handfuls of whatever is in their diaper while you are changing them.

Try to have something nearby that is going to keep the baby distracted and those little hands busy.

7. Hand sanitizer

You want to make sure that you are sanitizing your hands after every diaper change.

You do not want to end up spreading germs to the baby or around the house.

This is especially important if the baby is sick.

While it is very important for you to wash your hands after every diaper change, the sanitizer is going to keep you covered until you can get to a sink to wash up.

Conclusion

As you can see there are various types of Diaper changing tables and before you buy one, it is important to understand your needs and get one accordingly.

You may find that you want to have a second changing station in your home.

This is especially helpful if your changing table is upstairs and you spend a lot of time downstairs with the baby.

Some people even find that their main changing area is not even in the nursery and that is perfectly fine as well.

As a new mom, it is important for you to do whatever works best for you.

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The Best Diapers for infants

The Best Diapers for Infants

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If you have an infant or a newborn baby, then Diapers are something that you are going to need a lot of over the next couple of years.

But have you ever looked at the choices out there? It can be overwhelming. There are two main choices when it comes to diapers. You have the choice of disposable diapers, but you also have the choice of  re-usable diapers , mainly cloth diapers.

Within these two main choices there are a lot of other choices.

That can really make you wonder if you are making the right decision. 

If you are looking for a quick and complete guide on the Best Diapers for your infant or newborn, you have come to the right place.

We will brief you on the various types of Baby diapers available on the market .

Don’t worry  as we’re going to help you choose what is right for you and your baby. Ready to soak up some diaper details?

Some Facts you should know

  • That in just one year you are going to spend at least 600 dollars and up to 1600 dollars on diapers and change your baby at least 2,500 times, or 7 to 8 times per day.
  • Purchasing cloth diapers may seem like the more expensive way to go but while the upfront cost may be more, in the long run it is going to save you quite a bit of cash. In fact, cloth diapers only cost about 1/3 of the price of disposables.
  • You don’t have to choose cloth over disposable or the other way around. Many people use both types. For example, some people use cloth diapers when they are home and disposables when they go out because there is less of a risk of a mess with disposables.
  • While buying in bulk or using a delivery service is a great idea, it is better if you try out a few different diaper brands beforehand. This is going to ensure that the diapers work well for your baby and that they are not allergic to them.

Whether you are purchasing disposable diapers or cloth diapers there is one rule that you need to follow. Buy just what you are going to use and no more. Your baby is going to change diaper sizes quickly and you don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of diapers that you cannot use.

Let’s Start With The Basics - Types of Diapers

You are going to need a whole lot of diapers.

While you may change your preferences as your family grows, every baby that you have is going to need diapers.

Therefore, it is important to be prepared when it comes to making diaper purchases.

Disposable Diapers

Disposable diapers have been around since the 70’s.

Although they have evolved greatly (thank goodness) the idea remains the same.

They are more convenient and less messy than reusable diapers.

They are super absorbent and help to keep your baby dry. There are many different brands from HuggiesPampers, Luvs, all the way down to store brands. Each of them has a different price range.

There are also eco-friendly diapers that are disposable.

Today there is a wide variety available.

These diapers do not contain chlorine, latex, lotions, or fragrances.

There are also those that are biodegradable and some that are made from recycled materials.

Reusable Diapers

These diapers have also been around for a very long time.

They are nothing more than fabric rectangles that are made from different types of material depending on your preferences.

They are much like the diapers that were available to your great grandmothers.

Using reusable diapers can take a bit of practice but with a few accessories such as diaper pins and a waterproof diaper cover, you can make them work for you.

The prefolds and flats (types of reusable diapers) are going to be the diapers that cost the least.

If you purchase these, you are going to need to make sure that you also purchase some waterproof diaper covers as well as some diaper pins.

The prefold cloth diapers are reusable diapers that are smaller than the flats and often they are used inside of a pocket diaper.

A pocket diaper is just a waterproof cover that has a cloth lining on the inside as well as a pocket which can hold an insert (or a folded cloth diaper), inserts can be washable or disposable.

Of course, there are also the all in one diapers.

When you purchase these diapers, they are going to cost a bit more and they can be harder to wash and dry than the prefolds and flats.

However, these are great for families or parents that do not know a lot about cloth diapering but don’t want to use disposable diapers.

There is also a hybrid diaper.

This diaper is much like the pocket diaper except that instead of putting the insert into a pocket you are going to place it right against the baby’s skin.

Many parents like this type of diaper because instead of having to change the entire diaper, they are able to change out the insert.

There is a separate soaker insert that many people find less convenient however, the hybrid diaper does make diaper duty much easier.

How Many Cloth Diapers do I buy?

This is a question that many people find themselves asking.

For each size of diaper, your baby is going to need about 36 cloth diapers.

This will allow you to wash diapers about once every two days.

If you want to wash less, you will need more diapers.

However, you don’t want to try and get fewer diapers because life happens.

Don’t count on being able to wash diapers every day. It is important if you are just starting out with cloth diapers that you don’t over purchase.

You may find that using cloth diapers is not right for you and you will just be out that money.

Instead, start with what you NEED.

If you find that the cloth diapers are going to work for you, then you can purchase more as time goes on.

If you choose to go the cloth diaper route, you are going to need to purchase diaper covers as well. Luckily you are only going to need around six of these. The covers don’t have to be washed every time the diaper is changed. They only need washed when they are soiled or every three diaper changes.

Disposable Diapers - Things to consider before buying

There are a few things that you want to take into consideration when you are purchasing diapers.

The first is how absorbent the diaper is. The job of the diaper is to keep the baby’s skin dry. If the baby’s skin is not dry, they will suffer from painful rashes and chafing. Disposable diapers are usually more absorbent than cloth diapers.

However, they still need to be changed often in order to protect the baby’s skin.

You want to look at the diaper and determine if it is going to be comfortable for your baby.

Having elastic around the legs of the diaper will help to ensure leaks do not happen but it is also going to help ensure that your baby is more comfortable.

Next you want to think about how easy it is going to be for you to fasten the diaper.

Whether cloth or disposable the amount of time that it is going to take you to fasten the diaper is going to matter.

You want to also make sure that the fasteners are going to stay fastened.

Many disposable diapers now have Velcro like fasteners which allows you to refasten the diaper if you find that it is not soiled when you thought it was.

What About Your Budget

Your budget matters when you are considering what type of diaper you are going to purchase.

Let’s face it, diapers cost a lot of money.

While cloth diapers are going to save you money, you must decide if you are able to pay the upfront costs.

You also have to determine if you are going to be able to purchase the additional liners, waterproof covers, and fasteners that you will need.

Can you store these diapers to be used on other siblings down the road?

Are you going to be able to keep purchasing cloth diapers as your baby changes in size?

What Is Going To work for your baby

Sometimes using cloth diapers just is not an option.

You must think about what is going to work for you and your family.

Do you need to be able to take your baby to daycare?

Cloth diapers are not going to be very convenient in that environment.

Are you willing to carry around dirty diapers until you get home?

Do you want to have a bin of dirty diapers in your home waiting to be washed every three days?

How often can you realistically do the laundry?

These are the types of questions that you have to ask.

You may also want to think about how you are going to get disposable diapers.

Is a delivery service going to work for you? Would you save more money if you signed up for a subscription and had them delivered on a regular basis?

Finally, you need to make sure that you have a back up plan.

What if your baby simply can’t wear disposable diapers?

What if you want to use cloth diapers but find that they are more of a hassle than you thought they would be.

Always be ready for whatever could happen by having a diaper back up plan.However

Frequently Asked Questions about Diapers

Can One month old babies use diapers?

Yes you can use diapers on a baby who is just 1 day old. You can get special pampers for newborn babies.

However just remember to keep the diaper on for 2 to 3 hours at a time otherwise the baby may develop rashes and infections.

Are Pampers or Huggies better?

Both these well known diapers offer around 12 hours of protection.

They both have a nice elastic waistband and also offer protection from leaks.

However Pampers are rated higher by most parents because they have better absorbency and they fit better.

Thus your baby is more comfortable

Should you wipe your baby after every diaper change?

Suprisingly, the answer is NO.

You do not need to use Wipes after every diaper change.

This is because firstly pee does not generally irritate the baby’s skin.

Secondly the diapers are generally very absorbent so there is not much pee which comes in contact with the skin.

For how many hours should a baby wear a diaper?

Ideally you should make your baby wear diapers for 2 to 3 hours.

Keeping it on for longer periods can lead to rashes and other skin problems.

In case the baby passes stools, then the diaper must be changed right away.

Is it OK for a baby to wear diapers 24 hours?

It is not advisable to make your baby wear diapers for 24 hours. 

If you are using disposable diapers, then the chemicals from the diapers are in constant contact with your baby’s skin and mucous membrames which will ultimately cause harm to your baby.

Even if you use cloth diapers, constant contact will cause rash and fungus to develop on your baby’s bottom, thighs etc.

You need to keep the baby diaper free for a couple of hours atleast so that all these can be avoided.

How do I keep my baby diaper free?

You can keep your baby diaper free after a diaper change, before or after a bath, during tummy time or playtime, just before bed.

However make sure to use a washable sheet or mat below the baby during the diaper free time, to avoid messes.

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How to prevent diaper rash in newborn babies

How to prevent diaper rash in newborn babies

how to prevent diaper rash

Diaper rash is inflamed skin that shows up as a bright red patch on the bottom of your baby.

It can alarm many parents and is also very uncomfortable for the baby.

It generally affects babies who wear diapers regularly for extended periods.

In most cases, it clears up with simple home treatment methods and there is no reason to panic.

Diaper rash shows up as red, tender-looking skin on the  buttocks, thighs and genitals. 

Your baby seems more uncomfortable than usual, especially when you change diapers.

In this post I will tell you all you should know about Diaper rash –  Causes, prevention and other tips to make your baby comfortable.

Causes of Diaper rash

1. Poop and urine irritation

Leaving a wet or dirty diaper on for too long can cause diaper rash. Long term exposure to urine or stool can irritate your baby’s skin.
In case your baby has frequent bowel movements, he or she may be more prone to diaper rash as the poop will irritate the skin more.

2.Bacterial infection.

The area covered by a diaper — buttocks, thighs and genitals — is warm and moist, making a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.

These rashes can be found within the creases of the skin, and they show up as red dots around the creases.

3.Chafing or rubbing

Diapers that are tight or clothing that rubs against the skin causes a rash.

4.Irritation from a new brand of diaper or wipes

Your baby may get a rash due to a reaction to  a new brand of diapers, baby wipes, or a detergent, bleach or fabric softener used to launder cloth diapers.

Other causes could be due to ingredients found in some baby lotions, powders and oils.

5.Intake of different foods

When babies start to eat solid foods, their stool content changes.

This increases the chances of getting  diaper rash.

Also changes in your baby’s diet can increase the frequency of stools, which can cause diaper rash.

Breast-fed babies may develop diaper rash in response to something the mother has eaten.

How to Prevent Diaper Rash

You can prevent diaper rash by keeping the diaper area clean and dry.

Follow these few simple guidelines to  decrease the likelihood of diaper rash.

1.Change diapers often.

Do not leave wet or dirty diapers on for too long. Change them immediately when the baby poops and as soon as possible if they pee.

2.Rinse your baby with warm water when you change diapers

 Put the baby in a sink or a tub and rinse the bottom wiith warm water. Use a moist cloth gently to clean the skin. You can use a mild soap.

Avoid using wipes which have alcohol or any fragrance. 

Gently dry the skin with a towel but avoid scrubbing.

Let the skin dry for a while.

3. Keep the diapers loose . 

This will allow air to flow into the diaper area and keep it dry. Moist conditions create favourable conditions for rashes.

Also if you tighten the diapers too much , there may be chafing and rubbing against the skin around the waist or the thighs.

This will allow air to flow into the diaper area and keep it dry. Moist conditions create favourable conditions for rashes.

Also if you tighten the diapers too much , there may be chafing and rubbing against the skin around the waist or the thighs.

4.Keep your baby's bottom open

Whenever possible, let your baby remain without a diaper, exposing skin to fresh air .

This helps  to let it dry.

Lay your baby bare-bottomed on a large towel and keep them engaged.

5.Use an ointment

If your baby gets rashes often, apply a Petroleum jelly or zinc oxide based ointment during each diaper change.

6.Do not use cornstarch or talcum powder

These are known to  irritate the baby’s lungs.

7.If you use cloth diapers

Proper washing can help prevent diaper rash

Conclusion

.Diaper rash can be a real nuisance to both the baby and you. 

But you can avoid it by following the above simple guidelines.

Read More about Diaper Rash here

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How to get diapers for cheap

How to get diapers for cheap

how to get diapers for cheap

Are you a  mom with one or more babies? Are you struggling on how to manage your budget with the high cost of diapers?     

In this post I will tell you some secrets on how to get diapers for cheap, and help you save a substantial amount every month on your diaper costs.

You will save a lot 💰💰💰💰💰💰

1.Build up your stock of diapers

Diapers can be stored for as long as you like – they never go bad. So you can start buying whenever you see a Sale or Special discounts being offered.

Generally Baby sales are on in September and February and once you  are pregnant, you can start to stock up diapers at discounted prices

2.Check the unit prices of diapers before buying

Buying diapers can be complicated as each brand has different pack sizes and different diaper sizes on sale.

You must divide the cost of the pack by the number of diapers in that pack to arrive at unit price for a diaper.

For a box of Size 7 having 88 diapers which costs $47.49 , the cost per diaper works out to $0.54.

You might feel you have found a great offer on diapers, but you must check on which size is being offered and what is the cost per diaper, before you buy

3.Keep a record of Diaper prices based on brand and size

The quantity of diapers in a box generally decreases for larger sizes.

As your baby grows, you will need larger sizes.

So do not get stuck with extra diapers which your baby has outgrown.

It will be a waste of your precious money.

4.Get great deals from Amazon on diapers

You can use Amazon Coupons for buying Diapers on Amazon.

They have an entire page offering coupons on various Baby products ( as well as other products ) from time to time.

Use the Amazon Coupon savings alongwith the Amazon Mom Member program and save an additional 20% on your purchase of diapers and wipes.

You can also become an Amazon Prime member and get 20% discount plus other benefits like Free shipping and Next day delivery

5.Track Sales at Drugstores and National Retailers

You can save a lot by tracking Sales and stockpile diapers.

Avoid Warehouse Stores as they rarely have the best prices. Sometimes you may end up paying more than twice at Warehouse stores.

They may provide convenience but you will save more by keeping track of sales at Drugstores and National Retailers

6.Save the Rewards offers

All big stores offer Diapers on Special Sales with Rewards offers.

“Spend $40 on Huggies Diapers and get $10 in rewards”

Start to stack up these deals with coupons for big savings.

Stock up as many diapers as you can buy when you find a good sale

7.Start to collect Coupons

Diaper coupons are available everywhere. Sign up for newsletters check out various Coupon sites as well as look out for the Coupons page on the websites of Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS Store etc.

Ask your friends and relatives to sign ups for Diaper coupons for you.

8.Rebates must be used

You can get actual cash rebates from various apps which will help you save a lot of money when you buy diapers

You can try out the following

a) Pampers Club

b) thesmartwallet.com

c) diaper.com

d) Rakuten

 

You have to be consistent and see that you keep a track of various Deals, Sales, Coupons and Rebates available throughout the year and you will have saved yourself a lot of money on diapers alone

You could also use the same suggestions for all your other Baby needs .

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How often to change cloth diapers

How often to change cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are wonderful for your baby for many reasons.

They are eco-friendly, healthy, and save you a lot of money as compared to the disposable diapers.

The main difference is that Cloth diapers do not contain SAP (super absorbent polymer) gel, which make the disposable diapers trim,  and yet so absorbent.

The average disposable diaper needs to be changed after around 10 pees.

Whatever diaper type you use, You must change your baby every 2 hours during the day. This will keep the baby’s skin healthy and prevent rashes.

It will also prevent leaks from the diaper.

So the questions most mothers ask are , “How many hours can I leave my baby without changing the diaper?” or “How often to change cloth diapers?”

The most common answer is, “Until you notice they’re wet!”

The general rule is that diapers need to be changed 8 to 10 times in a day.

 

However, the answer is not that simple and there are a lot more points to be taken into account.

Babies of different ages will have different outputs.

So you will need to have a general idea of when  to check the diaper, and how many ready diapers you need  for each age.

There maybe some babies that may not let you know when they are wet or dirty, so it is advisable to check the diaper over regular intervals.

As mentioned earlier, diapers should be checked every 1.5-2 hours during the daytime.

However for older babies you may check over longer intervals.

You will soon understand  the elimination routine  for your baby, and will adjust accordingly. 

Another factor is the absorbency of the diaper and that will also determine how often baby needs to be change.

Some babies are fussy and do not like to stay insoiled or wet diaper for any amount of time, whereas some may not bother too much.

However make sure  that a soiled (number 2 – poop ) diaper should be changed immediately – whether it is day or night.

Further many new parents may not realize that their babies have different outputs at different times during the day.

So they must keep a watch and understand how the amount of output can change based on the age of the baby and time of day.

Generally newborns are likely to output more at night-time, but as said before, there are many factors that affect this.

Newborn babies output a higher amount of fluids, but it is over more frequent intervals.

This is understandable, since they are primarily on a liquid diet.

The older babies need fewer diaper changes as they start on solid foods and have more control on their stools and also have  a greater bladder capacity.

 

So to summarise how often to change cloth diapers, you can use the following guidelines

  • Change as soon as possible if you find poop, whatever the child’s age
  • For Babies upto one month – change every two hours during the day.
  • For Babies upto  6 months – change every 2 1/2 hours during the day.
  • For Babies/toddlers over six months – change approximately every 3 hours during the day
  • For Toddlers over 12 months –  4-5  nappy changes in a 24 hour period (subject to poops)
  • For a one off occasion at any age, you can add a booster to make a nappy last as long as you need (or at least until the next poo). 

Once your child is sleeping through the night, a well-padded real nappy will easily last 12 hours.

We suggest the following Absorbent nappies  for night time -Bumbles, Bambeasy, Little Lamb Bamboo, Bamboozle Stretch.

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How to clean reusable diapers

How to clean reusable diapers

how to clean reusable diapers

You have decided to use reusable/ cloth diapers as they are more economical and save you a lot of money in the long run.

However cleaning and washing them can be a daunting task at first.

Don’t worry. This article is going to show you everything that you need to know about cleaning cloth diapers

If you follow some simple guidelines on how to clean reusable diapers, it can make your life easier.

Here as some simple step to follow

  • Keep used diapers in a dry pail.
  • Wash everyday if possible or at least every other day
  • To remove poop from the diaper, use a diaper spray and leave the diaper wet till you wash it. This will help to reduce the stains and also will wash the poop more easily.
  • If your baby is only breast-fed, then you do not need to use a diaper spray to remove the poop. Just put your diaper in the diaper pail and the cold rinse will remove the poop.
  • You should wash around 12 to 15 larger size diapers at one time, but if you have a larger barrel washer then fill the barrel at least 3/4 full so that the diapers get agitated against each properly
  • Try to first rinse with cold water and without using any detergent
  • Use a detergent with a warm water cycle to clean the diapers properly
  • Use a dryer to slightly dry the diapers before you hang them to dry overnight.
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Steps to improve life of diapers

Here are some steps which you should follow to improve the diapers and increase the life of the diapers

  1. Avoid using chlorine or any other bleaching agent as this will break down the fibres of the fabric and reduce the life of the diapers
  2. Avoid fabric softeners as they create a coat on the fabric which reduces absorbency
  3. While using the dryer, do not keep the hottest setting
  4. Dry them in the sun to freshen them and remove stains
  5. In case your diapers have elastic, make sure you hang them correctly so that the weight of the wet diaper does not stretch the elastic.
  6. Please carefully check the washing instructions of the Cloth diaper brand that you are using so that you do not void the warranty.

Useful Products for cleaning Reusable diapers

These products can help you to make your life easier while cleaning cloth diapers

1. Diaper Sprayer

These can be fixed in the toilet and look like a small showerhead

They can spray waste off a diaper before you throw it in the diaper pail or before washing

2. Liners

They are like dryer sheets which you can place on the inside of a clean diaper.

When the baby poops, simply lift the liner and flush the liner and waste down the toilet

3. Detergents

Use gentle and effective detergents specially designed for cloth diapers.

Many regular laundry detergents cause a buildup on cloth diapers and this reduces the absorbency and also can lead to diaper rash.

4.Diaper Wet bag

They are handy to store dirty diapers before washing.

You could use 2 we bags – one to use for soiled/used diapers and one for clean fresh ones