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Friday, December 17, 2010

Back From Holiday... But Is Busy, Busy And Busy...

Arghh... Am finally back from my holiday. It's a tiring yet fun to go for holiday for almost 1 week. But now back to work I have a many backlog workloads to clear. Hmm... wondering when I can finish all these.

On top of all these, I still have a few pending blog post to write - on my wedding anniversary, my visit to the 1st Malaysia Baby, Children And Parent Expo in Mid Valley, the KL International Motor Show which is held in PWTC and also about my recent holiday to Singapore, Batam and Johore...

Ohh.. Gosh.. I think I'll need more than 24 hours a day!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cloth Diapering - How You Do Cloth Diapers Laundry

Cloth diapering mama... Let's share how you do the laundry for the cloth diaper?

I wash the cloth diapers laundry once every two days. I personally do not recommends you to do the laundry once every three days as it is more prone to get molds on the cloth diapers especially if it is a diaper from natural fabric like bamboo, cotton or hemp.  

Well, I would have wash it on daily basis if am a stay at home (SAHM) or a working at home mum (WAHM). Nobody like to have stinking diaper sitting around their house and am very sure no one like to have a stinking diaper odours around their house too. But too bad am not a SAHM or a WAHM. Am just a full time working mum (FTWM) like most people.

I am very sure that everyone of us have our own way of doing things. Some will just "dump" all the soiled diaper into the washing machine. Some will rinse before "dumping" it to the washing machine to do the rest. Some will fully handwash, etc. I don't know what is the best way to do the cloth diapers laundry. I just do the cloth diaper laundry the way that I personally think or make me feels better.

I usually practice a dry pail method. Before the laundry day, I'll place all the soiled diaper into a pail with cover. I use a pail with cover to reduce the odours from conquering the whole bathroom (yes, I do my laundry in the bathroom) or even to my bedroom. Generally, I didn't do any rinsing on the cloth diaper except for cloth diaper with poo poo before placing it into the pail.

Here is how I do the laundry. I'll first hand wash the cloth diapers with detergent then do one or two rounds of rinse before placing it into the washing machine for another round of washing without the detergent. And yes, the water is actually my main cleaning agents. I didn't put all the soiled cloth diaper straight into the washing machine for cleaning as I feels it is not clean enough or throughly.

Anyway, all my cloth diapers come out clean and fresh. At least there is no smelly odours on it. I sunned the cloth diapers too so that it can kills the bacteria and solar bleach it to remove stains without any chemicals.

Honestly, I have not do any strip washing on the cloth diaper except for once. That is when I first started cloth diapering and I have use too much of detergent at that time.

So far, I do not have any issue with the absorbency of the cloth diaper nor do I have the detergent build up problem with the way I do the laundry. In fact, I didn't really see the need for me to do stripping on the cloth diapers. Cloth diaper "lifespan" can be shorten is you frequent strip wash it. Am not saying that you can't do strip wash on the cloth diapers. You can do strip wash on it but do it only when you need it and not when as you like it.

Anyway, I know many working mama who air dry the cloth diapers indoor or under the fan. But I would suggest you to at least do your laundry once in the weekend so that you can sunned it.

By the way, for the fleece cover, soaker or longies, I'll wash it with the rest of the normal clothing laundry where we will use fabric softener. Using fabric softener on cloth diapers is a big NO NO. But when the fabric softener is use on the fleece cover or longies it actually helps the fleece cover or longies to be water resistant.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cloth Diapering : Brand That We Have Use/ Tried/ Once Owned In The Diaper Stash

Not too long ago a fellow forumer whom I fondly know her as Hanz have posted a list of the cloth diapers brand that she have used, tried, once owned or currently still in her son's stash in her blog, The Honey Bunch

Well, I thought it might be a good idea to list it down as I think I have started to lost count on the diaper brand that I have ever tried or use on my daughter. 

The below listing includes :-
  • those that have been used and is still in the stash
  • those that is still new and is in the stash (unused, unwashed)
  • those that have been tried but have since sold
  • those that I have already bought and is still in the mail
I'll categorized the diaper brand into the types of diaper. The diaper brand name is arranged in alphabetical order and not based on my preference on the diaper. There might be more. But these is what I can remember right now. I'll be updating this if there is more though... :P

Pocket Diaper

Baby Cheeks
Baby Doodlez

Baby Hanan (Sewn by a local mama)
Baby Kanga

Baby Wizard
BambooLite CM-TrueFit PUL (Can be use like AI2 style)
BambooLite (Older version)
Bayu Diaper


Freshbots DRYZ Pocket Diaper
Fuzzi Bunz
Green Acre Designs (GAD)
Happy Heiny's
LampinKain (Sewn by a local mama)

Mommy's Touch
Moms & Tots
Moo Moo Kow

Nice Cloth Diaper
Pretty Printed
Rocky Mountain Diaper (RMD)
Rumparooz G2

Swaddlebees Econappi

All-In-One (AIO) / All-In-Two (AI2)
Baby Beehinds Minkee Magic All (with pocket for stuffing)
Baby Beehinds Petite AI2

Baby Wombie (Sewn by a local mama)
Bagshot Bamboo Row

BambooLite AI2
Berry Plush AI2

Best Bottom AI2
Bling Bumz AI2 (Sewn by a local mama)

Blueberry Basix AIO
Bottombumpers AIO
Bubble Butt Diapers AIO

BumGenius Freetime AIO
BumGenius Organic AIO

Chago Mago AI2
Coolababy AIO
Cushie Tushies AIO
Cute Tooshies AI2

Cutey Baby AIO
Doodle Dypes
Dream Eze Organic AIO
Drybees Hybrid AIO (with pocket for stuffing)

Flip System
Freshbots Snazzy AI2
GoodMama AIO
Grovia AI2
Grovia AIO
Heartland Dreams AI2
Itti Bitti D'lish/ Brites AIO
Itti Bitti D'lish/ Brites SIO
Itti Bitti Tutto

Kissaluvs Marvel AIO
Little Boppers

Maybel's Closet AI2 (Sewn by a local mama)

Moms & Tots AI2
Monkeez AIO
Monkey Doodlez Bamboo AIO
Muttaqin Baby AI2
My Eco Nappy

Nice Cloth Diaper AI2
Pampered Cheek
Piddle Poodle
Primm n' Proper Baby
Ridzs Collections (Sewn by a local mama)

Sprout Change Diaper
Starbunz AIO
Swaddlebees AIO (with pocket for stuffing)

Swaddlebees Simplex AIO
Thirsties Duo Diaper
TotsBots Easyfit AIO
Tweedlebee & Tweedlebum AI2
Twinkle Crystal AI2 (Sewn by a local mama)

Wool In Two (WI2)

Fitted Diaper
Baby Beehinds Bamboo FittedBaby Beehinds Hemp Fitted
Baby Beehinds Night Fitted

Baby Wombie (Sewn by local mama)
BambooLite CM-TrueFit Fitted (With pocket for stuffing)
Banana Bottoms
Bangshot Bamboo Row
Bella Bottoms

Bella Posh
Blueberry OS Bamboo Fitted

Bubble Butt Diapers
Bubblebubs Good Night Sleep Tight
Bugga Bugga Boutique

Bunnyfeet Boutique
Cheeky Butts
Cooshie Tooshies
Cute Tooshies
Dillon & Claire
Doodle Dypes
Dream Eze
Fluffy Mail

Four Little Fluff Bugs
Freshbots (Sewn by local mama)
Graham Bear Wear
Green Acre Designs (GAD) (Pocket Fitted)
Green Sprout Baby

Guerilla Fluff
Happy Hempy (Pocket Fitted)
Itti Bitti Boo

K&K Chubby Cheeks
Kiwi Pie
Klbs Baby Boutique

Kooshie Keister
LampinKain (Sewn by a local mama)
Lil Adi Cloth Diaper

Little Bettle
Little Boppers
Little Fancy Pants

Littla Lamb
Mandi's Menagerie
Mandy's Mac Purple
Meg A Roo's Designs
Monkey Snuggles
Monkey Toe Diapers
Muttaqin Baby
My Diaper Addiction 

Nifty Nappy
One Happy Baby

Owl Nest Designs
Pampered Cheek
Pianissimo Cloth
Piddles Poddles
Piper's Closet
Poopsie Doodles
Poverty Jane
Primm n' Proper Baby
Purple Lily Boutique
Seun Designs Inc.
Shabby Pants

Sticky Peas
Sunny Day Babies
The Covered Caboose
The Eli Monster

The Raven Tree
Thirsties Duo Fitted
Tiny Tush Trim Fitted
TotsBots Bamboozle
Tweedlebee & Tweedlebum
Twigs And Vine

Zinnia Flower

Diaper Cover (PUL)
Baby Beehinds PUL Wrap
Berry Plush

Bunnyfeet Boutique
Eenee Designs

Little Lamb Wrap
Thirsties Duo Wrap
Wonder Wrap

Diaper Cover (Fleece/ Wool)
Fleece cover by BambooLite
Fleece longies by Tweedlebee & Tweedlebum

Fleece shorties by Tweedlebee & Tweedlebum
Fleece soaker/ skirty by Wild Child for Babies
Fleece soaker by Dancing Bear
Wool wrap by Loveybums
Wool longies by Forty41
Wool longies by Snuggle Pants
Wool longies/ capri by Sweet Violets Mama
Wool soaker by Kozy Design

Wool soaker by Little Beetle
Wool soaker by Loveybums
Wool soaker by Twigs And Vine
Wool soaker by Three Happy Trees

Prefold/ Snapfold/ Converted Prefold/ Flat
Econobum (Comes with cover)

Mandi's Menagerie
One Happy Baby

Oso Cozy
Swaddleebees Flat
Tinkle Traps

Pull-Up Pant
Antsy Pant
Little Doodlez

List updated on 28th February 2012

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cloth Diapering : What Detergent To Use

Am taking the cue from the Malaysian Cloth Diapering Parents group that I joined in Facebook recently to write this posting. There is quite a number of parent who newly converted to cloth diaperingtheir children ask which detergent or sort that is suitable to use to wash the cloth diaper.

I'll be updating this post from time to time as there will be new detergent poping out every now and then in the market that is suitable for use to wash the cloth diaper. I do hope that this detergent listing can be use as a reference especially to the new cloth diapering parent.

Do update me if you found any detergent that is safe/ unsafe for cloth diaper.

Detergents that is formulated for cloth diaper or best use for cloth diaper
(Available locally in Malaysia)
  • Autumnz - Baby Safe Laundry Detergent
  • BumGenius Diaper Detergent
  • Charlie's Soap (powder)
  • LunaCare Detergent
  • Nellie's Laundry Soda
  • Pureen HAD (liquid)
  • Rockin' Green Detergent
  • Tiny Bubbles Detergent

Detergents that is formulated for cloth diaper or best use for cloth diaper
(Currently NOT available locally in Malaysia yet)
  • Crunchy Clean
  • Country Save
  • Bio-Vert (with no perfume)
  • Alltitude
  • Bi-O-Kleen Laundry Powder
  • Charlie's Soap (liquid)
  • Dropps Baby
  • Nature Clean
  • Vaska
Other detergents that is NOT formulated for cloth diaper BUT is said to be safe for cloth diaper
(Have been tried/ tested by others)
  • BabyOrganix Kids Wear Liquid Cleanser
  • Cosway Kiddiewash
  • Fab
  • Might Detergent
  • Trojan
  • Kuat Harimau
Generally all the basic detergent can be use so long the detergent is free from additives like:-
- Softener
- Enyzme
- Bleach/ Whitener
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Oils

Others that is NOT a detergent BUT can be use to wash cloth diaper
(Note : Might not be as effective as the other detergent though)
  • Soap Nut
  • Laundry Ball
Detergents that is not suppose to use for cloth diaper
(And yet there is still people using it to wash cloth diaper)
  • Pureen Kiddiwash
  • Pureen ABD
  • Kao Attack
  • Nappikleen
  • Top Detergent

Breastfeeding : Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Lactation Cookies

I came across this when one of my forumer friend shared it in her Facebook. It's a recipe to bake a cookies. It's a cookies that is said to be able to boost the breastmilk supply as many lactating moms have claimed.

Well, I have stop breastfeeding. But still I thought it is good to share this with everyone else especially those who are still breastfeeding their child and have a low breastmilk supply. 

Hopefully this cookies can really helps to boost the breastmilk supply. Am keeping this recipe for my reference in the future. But I do hope that I'll have sufficient milk supply and don't need this in the future if I ever breastfeed though... :P

Picture from Diary Of A First Child

Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Lactation Cookies
Ingredients :-
- 1 cup of butter or margarine
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal (no substitution)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast 
(no substitution)
- 3 cups of oats

- 1 cup chocolate chips

Preparation :-
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix the flaxseed meal and water and set it aside for 3 - 5 minutes
- Beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar well
- Add eggs and mix well
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla
- Beat until well blended
- Sift together the flour, brewers yeast, baking soda and salt
- Add dry ingredients to the butter mix
- Stir in oats and chocolate chips
- Scoop or drop by teaspoonfuls onto a non stick baking sheet, or one lined with baking paper
- Bake for 8 - 12 minutes
- Let it set for a couple minutes before remove from tray

Total serving size : 
- Around 4 - 6 dozen of cookies depending how big you scoop or drop the cookies.

Recommended "dose" :
- 4 cookies a day

Storage :
- Cookies can be store in the freezer

Note : 
- Flaxseed seed and brewers yeast is suppose to be a main ingredients on this recipe that helps to boost the breastmilk supply and it cannot be substitute with others.
- But as I read more about this recipe, I actually found there is others who have substitute some or part of ingredient in this recipe to something else and yet it still give them the same "boosting" effect.
- To add on, the lactation cookies recipe above is not really that healthy with the amount of the sugar and brown sugar used.
- This is another reason why some change this recipe here and there a bit to make it "healthier".
- The other reason as to why part of the ingredient is changed is because there are some people who are unable to get a constant supply of that particular ingredient at the place where they stayed. (ie : brewers yeast).

The Other Options On The Ingredients ~ Said to be healthier by others
(Below is some of the option that have been tried by others. Am just compiling  these from HERE and some from elsewhere)

1. To changed the white flour to whole wheat flour (some changed it to 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 oat flour).

2. To add fenugreek to the basic recipe.

3. Use only 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add 2 tablespoon of molasses.

4. Some didn't use sugar or brown sugar at all and replace it with 2 - 4 tablespoon of molasses.

5. Replace the chocolate chip to raisin, almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, sesame seeds or any of these combination(Depending on what is the taste that you like).

6. Add ginger if the nursing mama have a slow letdown (this is not recommended for those who have significant blood loss after birth as ginger is a natural blood thinner).

7. Replace the brewers yeast with 7 opened capsules of fenugreek and add 1 cup of dried cranberries.

8. Use only 1/2 cup of butter and substitute the other 1/2 with apple sauce.

9. Some use coconut oil in place of the butter.

10. For those who are allergic to oats can either make the cookies without the oats or simply substitute the oats with baby food rice cereal and add some raisin into it.

p/s : 
The lactating cookies does looks yummy isn't it in the picture above. Anyway, do let me know if any of you have tried this recipe. Does it really helps to boost the breastmilk supply like what others have claimed?