Monthly Archives: September 2009

Diaper Quick Review: Gro Baby

When I first heard about Gro Baby, I immediately wanted to like it.

When I first used Gro Baby, I had two consecutive leaks! I was so disappointed.

Then I realized it was my fault: the soaker wasn’t washed enough, and normal cloth diapers just isn’t meant for my DS’s night time use.

Now I use it exclusively during the day, and maybe during nap time. I have never used it as a cover for a gDiapers flushie, but I heard it works.

Things I like:
Hook and Tape: The hook and tape on the Gro Baby isn’t like your regular cloth diaper. For one thing, the hook doesn’t scratch! And the tape side is so big I can tape it whichever way I want, which is good, because DS’s got chubby thighs but not a very big waist.
AI2: I have 3 Gro Baby covers (2 hook & tape and 1 snap) and 8 soakers. On the days I use Gro Baby, I can use up all the soakers and the cover still stay clean.
Cotton: While microfleece is nice to help stay dry, I prefer natural fiber over synthetics.
Biosoaker: I haven’t tested the new disposable biosoaker for Gro Baby, but I heard good things about it.

Things I don’t like:
Booster: The booster is too thin in my books. I wish it’s double the size.
Absorbency: The soaker doesn’t hold as much fluid as my trusted all-bamboo gFlapper. With the Gro Baby, I have to change within 3 hours.
Size: DS is only 10 months old and is already using the highest rise setting and, for the snap version, the widest waist setting. While I understand he is built bigger than most 10-month-olds, and he’s at the highest rise setting for most one-size diapers we use, I still prefer it to be bigger.
Proprietary: While I can use other inserts with the Gro Baby shell in a pinch, the Gro Baby soakers doesn’t work with other diapers.
Cost: A Gro Baby shell + soaker costs more than a regular pocket diaper.

Verdict: 8 out of 10

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Diaper Quick Review: gDiapers

I’ll kickstart my Diaper Quick Review series with my first foray out of the world of disposable diapers: gDiapers.

Things I like:

  • Versatile: have the option to go with flushable inserts (a.k.a. flushies) and cloth (I use gFlappers from Nappy Shoppe).
  • Travel: Flushies are great for travel.
  • Cute: They come in a good selection of colours. In addition, the gPants are made in mostly cotton, making them great for dyeing and embroidery.
  • Night use: I used to use 2 all bamboo gFlappers for night time, but now switch to 2 flushies.

Things I don’t like:

  • Steeper learning curve: My mom doesn’t know front from back, sometimes forgets the snap-in liner, and generally has problem getting a good fit.
  • Leaks: Since I use 2 flushies or gFlappers at night, it’s hard to get a perfect fit on DS who escapes from all diaper changes in no time. I sometimes get leaks the next morning.
  • Velcro: Some of my gPants have bad velcro. Some of them have so-so velcro. In general they’re much easier to get caught in clothes than other diapers.
  • Cost: Flushies are more expensive than disposable diapers.

Verdict: 9 out of 10

Easy High Chair/Shopping Cart Cover

I followed the instructions on My Boho Baby is Hippie Chic and made this high chair/shopping cart cover. If this works well, I might make another one for gifting.

I bought some Heat ‘n Bond and some felt for some custom applique too, though I’m not sure whether fleece is a good fabric to try it on.

Should I Go Gluten-Free?

DS is having rash on his cute lil’ bum because I can’t get his cloth diapers clean enough.  (Seriously, the HE FL washer is my new nemesis.)  And that’s after I tried a supercharged washing routine with an assortment of Bac Out, Oxyclean, Nellie’s laundry soda, and soap nuts.  He’s back on flushies until I figure something out.  I might have to boil the inserts.

However, I also notice (and noticed for a long time) DS’s anus is always red since, well, forever.

If people on Foodlab are to be believed, DS might have food sensitivity.  The most common food sensitivity are apparently gluten, dairy, soy, and corn.

While DS doesn’t eat any of these food other than gluten directly, he might still get it from my milk.  That means I need to be gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and corn-free.  I’m already shellfish-free and nut-free.

My challenges:

  1. We Chinese use soy sauce to marinate pretty much everything.
  2. We eat out on weekends and it’s impossible to know what goes in them.
  3. It takes 6-8 weeks to eliminate all the contaminants from his system, but we are going on a 10-day trip to Greece in 3 weeks.
  4. Explaining to DH this is necessary.  He’s also the type of person who believes there are “social rules” which we all have to conform to, e.g. DS should wait for us to finish dinner and go to bed at 9pm because we adults have dinner at 8pm because *HE* has to stay late at work until then because *HE* doesn’t wake up until 10am in the morning to go to work.  (Sorry I’m ranting.)

You Know You’re a Parent When…

You have the rhyme  “Humpty Dumpty” or the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” stuck on your head.

‘Nuff said.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words: Sidecar Crib

DS sleeping in between the two beds.

This is the sidecar crib arrangement I mentioned in the previous post. You can see DS much prefer my bed than his own. *sigh*.

Since no safety bed rail fits my bed, there are futons around the bed (not shown) to prevent him from injury if he falls (which unfortunately has happened multiple times). I try to create a barrier with our comforter, but it only works to prevent DS from rolling in his sleep and is useless against him crawling. I also rush to him when I hear the slightest squeak from the baby monitor. Had I known this is what we’re doing, I might have bitten the bullet and bought a video baby monitor. (Our baby monitor was one of those really basic ones, given to us by one of DH’s coworker.)

Baby Sleep — Our Journey Thus Far

We hosted a party over the weekend, and a couple with a 9-week-old was among our guests.  Their LO cries all the time, and swaddling tight–SO TIGHT that only dad was able to do it–was the only thing that calm him a bit.  Day time drives mom (a SAHM) crazy.

Looking at them, it reminded me of our own nightmare with DS.  DS was colicky from about 3 weeks and on.  There were long, long crying spells, which unfortunately made DH frustrated and furious and, even more unfortunately, made him shout back at DS. Neither of which did I have the heart to withstand.  It was only later that I discovered part of his crying was from being overtired, and partly out of fear DH would blow up again, put DS to bed before DH came home from work.

It took all three of us some time to adjust.  After we have (correctly) diagnosed DS as being overtired, DH realized DS didn’t cry furiously on purpose–and especially the cry wasn’t directed at him–and in turn became more sympathetic. We became a happier family.

However, we still had troubles putting DS to sleep.  It routinely took over an hour to put DS to sleep, only to have him wake up in 1/2 hour for naps, and maybe 3 hours at night.  Eventually, I, out of desperation during DS’s 4-month growth spurt, started co-sleeping.  Co-sleeping was great to buy me and DS sleep, but at the expense of DH sleeping on the floor for months (initially we had no extra bed, and we were in the middle of moving).  It also created a very strong sleep association with nursing, to the point that DS wouldn’t fall asleep without it.

As of now, we have DS in sidecar bed (really just his drop-side crib tied to my side of the bed, without the drop-side).  DH gets his side of the bed back.  Our bedtime/naptime routine consist of me putting DS seated in his bed, then I lying down on my side of the bed, resulting in DS throws himself over me to nurse.  Most of the time, he would still be awake after nursing, so I hum lullaby and we cuddle (really mostly him rolling on my tummy) until he falls asleep.  DH and I have tested and we have agreed I am now the new sleep association instead of just nursing.

Ideally, I would like to remove myself from being the only person who can put DS to sleep.  However, as separation anxiety has kicked in, this is probably the new norm for a while.

As for my friend and their 9wo, I lent them my Woombie and they were happy to report it is working really well–their LO slept 5 hours straight for the first time.  Good for them; I only used it once and the snap broke.  (I replaced the metal snap with a resin snap using my snap press, acquired two weeks ago, before I gave it to them.)