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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.)

Today’s Baby Food Recipe: Baked Apple with Nutmeg and Chicken

I found out about wholesomebabyfood.com yesterday and I adapted one of the apple recipes (can’t find the link now) today:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut an organic royal gala apple into quarters and core.  Leave peel on.
  3. Place the apple quarters into a shallow baking dish.
  4. Fill the baking dish with enough water to cover most of the apple, but not covering the hallowed core.
  5. Sprinkle nutmeg into the core.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove apple pieces from the baking dish and let cool to touch.
  8. Peel the apple and cut into 1″ pieces.
  9. Puree the apple in food processor.

At this point, I poured the apple puree into baby cubes and freeze them, save for what I would use for the immediate meal.  I then took a baby cube of pureed chicken (steamed ground chicken) from the freezer, heated it up in the microwave, and added it to the food processor for further blending.

I was worried DS would not like this meal.  I mixed steamed sweet potatoes with chicken last time and he didn’t like it at all.  It’s also his first venture into spices.  Imagine my delight when he finished the whole meal. 🙂

Baby Food

I just realized I’m very–and I do mean very–behind on introducing new food to DS.

With his eczema flaring up again after about two weeks of clear skin, I’m at my wit’s end to what food he and/or I might have eaten which triggered it.

(It’s probably me, since it started again when I went on an all-hell-broke-loose diet around that time.  Another possible culprit is wheat/pasta.)

At 9 months, he really should be eating a lot more solid than just 1/2 to 1 jar/cube of baby food per meal, 2 or 3 times a day.  But then, at 21lbs/29″, he’s pretty big for a baby who eats so little solids.

More over, for a while, I fell back completely from making my own baby food to using jar food.  It was just easier and with more variety.  Also, even if he refuses, it wasn’t as frustrating and disappointing than when I spent 1/2 hour steaming and straining a pear only to have him not taking a bite.

As far as meat goes, he has only had chicken thus far.

I feel I’m running very behind.

Vacation with gDiapers

gDiapers is my first entry to “alternative” diapering.  I bought a starter pack, size medium, about two months ago, and I have never looked back.  (I have since bought more.  Way more.)

So when DH decided to surprise me with a getaway for all three of us last weekend–telling me on Thursday night that we were to leave on Friday afternoon, sending me into a packing frenzy up to the minute I left home–I chose to use gDiapers with flushies instead of my stash of AIOs and pockets and fitteds.

Using flushies was a balanced act between minimizing waste and convenience.  To say the truth, I was not too keen on keeping dirty diapers inside the car with me for hours in hot summer weather, even if they’re safely tucked inside a wet bag.

Since I always have this constant fear of running out of anything baby-related, I brought all 6 pairs gPants and a full case of flushies with me.  Obviously I didn’t use even 1/4 of the case.

The only complication was our visit to the beach.  I dressed him in the full gDiapers at the beach, complete with flushies.  I didn’t know better.  Luckily the flushie was only soaked but didn’t explode because he wasn’t in the water for too long. (My little guy HATES cool water.)

For our upcoming trips, I’ll probably still choose gDiapers with flushies over other solutions.

Cloth Diapering Experiement – Woolies

DS wearing wool shorties for the first time

DS wearing wool shorties for the first time

I purchased a few recycled wool covers from Someday Sarah’s Etsy store.  (Bonus points for her being a local WAHM!) After properly lanolinizing and washing them, I put a pair of shorties on DS on his 9-month-old birthday.  He was wearing a Jamtots snapless fitted underneath the shorties.

Once I made the jump, I found using wool covers isn’t much harder than using other cloth diapering system.  In fact, it was easier for me to wash them than figuring out the “right” way to wash my pockets and inserts–something I’m still experimenting, after 3 different detergents and stripping.

My biggest hurdle to cloth diapering with wool is actually finding affordable and adorable t-shirts to go with his woolies.  He has been wearing bodysuits but they would look awkward with a wool shorties underneath. 🙂