Friday, December 2, 2011

The battle of the YEAST monster!

So as you all know we have been fighting a persistent rash. After talking to some friends of mine I started to look up stuff on a yeast rash. Sure enough, it looks just like the one my little monkey has. Ugh! Now what!

Knowing that I now have yeast in my cloth diapers I put my son in disposables. Super sad and just annoyed that he has to be in them! I'm also feeling so wasteful! I also made a homemade ointment to try and clear up his rash. Coconut oil is one of natures anti-fungal, as well as tea tree oil (TTO). I took the two and mixed them together and have been putting it on every diaper change. I have also been putting some Butt Paste ( the natural one) on top. This seems to be working the best as I continue to research my brains out.

I saw some people used apple cider vinegar to clear up a yeast rash. This made sense to me so I gave it a try. After a few applications my son was crying and grabbing himself, I stopped this treatment right there! Maybe it would help but I am just not a fan of making my little guy any more uncomfortable. Its bad enough he's dealing with this rash and not to mention teething.

His rash seems to be improving but is still there. It doesn't seem as red but you can still see a raised flesh colored rash. So I picked up an anti-fungal cream. Saw Clotrimazole anti-fungal cream recommended on the Dr. Sears website. So here goes nothing!

As for my diapers, going to strip them and treat them with TTO. Have been debating bleaching them. I'm so worried it will destroy them. I will keep you posted on this part of the process as the battle of the yeast monster continues!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Homemade leave-in conditioner/ detangler

This was a hard one to figure out. Having blonde hair means you can't use the normal leave-in recipes you find online. That's right! Mayonnaise will not make my hair silky smooth. It will leave it a greasy mess. So after doing tons of research and trials, I found an amazing leave-in recipe.

You'll need an eight oz squirt bottle, distilled/filtered water, jojoba oil, and your favorite essential oil.
In the squirt bottle pour in about a tablespoon of jojoba oil and add the distiller water to the top. Leave a little bit of room for the top to go on. Lastly add a few drops (to your liking) of the essential oil of your choice. Put the top on, shake, and spray!

Only spray a few sprays. You don't need much at all. I spray my ends and then one spray for the rest of my hair. Brush or comb to make sure it evenly distributed and your done! Enjoy! Let me know what you think! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Great Soap Adventure! Part 1

So I took my class and bought my supplies and now its time, time to make some soap! My friend and I get all the supplies ready, mix the Lye and get it and the oils (Coconut, Palm, and Olive oil) to the right temperature. At this point our essential oils and botanicals are out and ready.
We begin to mix the Lye and oils and get the perfect consistency.  Now to add the goods, in goes the scents and botanicals. The room smelt heavenly as we mixed the two parts into the soap mold. Our next step, WAIT!

This is the hardest part! Waiting! After the soap is placed in the mold it's ready to come out and be cut in 24 hours. Although, if you wait to cut it 3-4 days you get a better soap.  So come Wednesday we will see what we made. During this time the soap is covered and you can't see it.  So Wednesday can come and we find out it didn't mix right or at all. Or it smells horrible! You really don't know what you are getting!

So we wait till Wednesday. Too bad it doesn't stop then. After cutting the soap you have to wait till it cures! UGH! That takes 3 weeks! So we really won't know what we get till December 11th! I'll keep you posted on each step but till then we just wait and hope it turns out awesome. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rash that last!

We have been battling this rash forever it seems! For those who don't know we are a cloth diapering family, and love it. When using cloth you can't just put on any rash ointment, it can destroy your dipes. There are cloth diaper safe ointments and we are putting them to the test!!

CJ Butter, we heard so much about how wonderful you are. I think as a preventive your great but you didn't really seem to put a stop to this rash.

Burt's Bee, you seemed to keep this rash from getting worse but after a few days we didn't see much improvement. I did really like the smell.

Grandma El's, I was so bummed with your performance! I love your products. Just didn't seem to do the job. I did mix this with Earth Mama Angle Bottom Balm and saw some improvement!

I also mixed Burt's with Angle Bottom Balm and saw some improvement. So naturally, I started using Angle Bottom Balm solo and so far I have seen a huge improvement this morning! Hoping this works, I really don't want to do disposables and harsher creams. I will if I have to! Ugh, Lord let this rash go away!!!

Any moms out there have cloth safe rash creams that worked wonders? Let me know I would love to try them!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Get your sugar scrub on!

So after looking up tons of recipes and how to videos, I decided to just jump in! I made my first sugar scrub! It was so simple. I took a little bit of sugar, my choice of oil, some essential oils for an amazing smell, and some secret add ins ;). Thats it! Mix it all together and you're ready to go!

After trying it out my skin felt so smooth and soft. I was so excited about my masterpiece I made (wasn't that hard) my hubby try it. He wanted to eat I also packaged some up for my friend. Who by the way loved it it too! Overall sugar scrub project is a success.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Some causes of gas in babies

  • Many young babies have a certain amount of gas and seem to strain as it is passed or as a bowel movement occurs simply because of the immaturity of their digestive system. This doesn't always indicate a problem. Most babies' bodies manage gas more easily with growth, maturity, and greater activity. As long as your baby is not overly bothered by the gas or has no other symptoms of food sensitivity or other problems, then "tincture of time" is likely the best solution.
  • Too much milk too fast, so that baby gulps and chokes and takes in too much air along with the milk.
  • Anything that causes baby to take in too much air may result in a gassy baby (what goes in must come out!):
    • Crying - Babies swallow air when they are crying, so crying is more likely to be thecause of gas, rather than the result of gas.
    • Bottlefeeding - Babies usually swallow more air when drinking from a bottle. When using bottles, use the slowest-flow nipples so baby doesn't get overwhelmed with the milk flow. To reduce air swallowing, keep baby at about a 45 degree angle (rather than lying down), make sure baby has a good seal on the base of the nipple, and keep the bottle tilted so the neck & nipple are filled with milk. There are also varieties of bottles that aim to reduce air swallowing. Don't let baby suck on an empty bottle. Burp baby more often if he seems to be swallowing too much air.
  • Overabundant milk supply.
  • Thrush can cause gassiness in babies.
  • Babies who skip several days between stools tend to be gassier. Older breastfed babies (after the first 6-8 weeks) can go several days without a stool. Ten days or more is not uncommon! The long periods between stools in a baby who is obviously thriving is not a cause for concern if the baby's abdomen remains soft, baby is content and alert, and the stool is soft and profuse if several days have gone by.
  • Sensitivity to something in mother's diet, including any vitamin/iron supplements, etc.  If this is the reason, you will most likely notice other symptoms, such as excessive spitting up or vomiting, colic, diarrhea, rash, persistent congestion or runny nose.
  • Anything that baby is eating/drinking other than mother's milk, including vitamins, formula, teas, medications or herbs, solids, juice. Any substance (other than breastmilk) has a much greater potential to increase gassiness rather than reduce it.
  • Formula feeding tends to cause more gas and digestive upset for most babies because it is not specific to the human baby. Formula-fed babies overall tend to spit up more, be constipated more, have more gas, be more colicky, have more intestinal illnesses, etc. Remember, too, that supplementation most always undermines your milk supply and may result in premature weaning.

Frequently Asked Questions about breastfeeding and gassy babies

Breastmilk is made from what passes into mom's blood, not what is in her stomach or digestive track. Below are a few common questions that moms have about breastfeeding and gassy babies.
Can drinking carbonated sodas cause gas in baby? No. For something to pass into your milk, it must first pass into your bloodstream. It's the carbonation in sodas, etc. that can cause gas in mom. The bubbles in a carbonated drink cannot pass into your milk and affect baby. If this could happen, you'd have carbonated blood and carbonated milk!
If mom is gassy, can that make baby gassy? No. Gas in mom's body cannot pass into breastmilk.

Popular treatments for gas in babies

For most babies, the number one most effective treatment for gas is TIME. Babies are born with an immature digestive system, and it needs time to mature. Until this happens, baby is likely to be gassy no matter what you do. Some babies "wake up" around 3-4 weeks to all the new GI sensations they are feeling and get really unhappy about it. If you cannot find an apparent cause for your baby's gassiness, he probably just needs a little more time to mature.
Gripe water, fennel tea or other herbal remedies
Herbal remedies have been used for gassy babies for a countless number of years. I prefer to avoid using herbal remedies for gas in young babies. Here are my reasons:
  • In a healthy baby, anything other than breastmilk is more likely to cause problems rather than solve them.
  • Giving baby substances other than breastmilk can alter the intestinal flora and reduce the protective qualities of exclusive breastfeeding, thus making baby more susceptable to illness and allergies.
  • Many of these products contain mixtures of herbs or other substances, thus putting baby more at risk for adverse reactions. Some contain alcohol, so read labels very carefully.
  • Most of these products have not been tested in infants for safety or effectiveness.
  • It is more effective to look at treating the causes, rather than simply trying to treat the symptoms.
Note: Star anise has been associated with illness ranging from serious neurological effects, such as seizures, to vomiting, jitteriness and rapid eye movement.
Mint tea is sometimes used for gas and gas pains. Peppermint oil and tea can be dangerous if given directly to babies. Large amounts of peppermint or spearmint are known to decrease milk supply, and mint tea is traditionally used for decreasing milk supply - breastfeeding mothers should avoid drinking mint tea regularly or in large amounts.
Simethicone drops (Mylicon, Ovol)
This medication is considered quite safe, as it is not absorbed by the body. It breaks down bubbles of gas trapped in the stomach and the intestines. Whether this treatment is effective is a different story, however. In clinical trials, simethicone drops have been shown to be effective in reducing the total amount of gas passed. However, they have not been shown to be more effective than a placebo when the study focused on baby's total crying time and the severity of colic-like episodes.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Egg yolks increase brain development

Many cultures encourage pregnant and nursing moms to eat as many eggs as possible because they are considered brain food.  Studies show that eggs richer in certain special long chain fatty acids (found in hens that are allowed to eat bugs and graze on green pastures) are needed for optimal mental development of infant's brain, nervous systems, and visual activity. The fatty acids that they are talking about are arachidonic acid (AA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Researchers have warned that adequate EPS and DHA in the diet of infants is needed to prevent learning disabilities and defects in visual function. Its recommended that an egg yolk per day be given starting at four month.  Egg yolk also supplies the cholesterol needed for mental development as well as important sulphur-containing amino acids.

Its important to know that its not recommended to give the egg whites to infants.  Egg whites contain difficult to digest proteins and can be hard on the immature digestion system.  After a year of age you can add in the egg white if you like.  Small amounts of grated raw organic liver can be added after six months. Liver is rich in iron, the one mineral that tends to be low in mom's milk

Also, a pinch of salt should be added to the yolk. This will facilitate brain development as well.  Salt is necessary to activate the formation of glial cells in the brain. These cells make connections and help us think faster. Salt should be unrefined sea salt.

Here is the the recipe:

1 organic high-omega-3 egg
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon grated raw organic liver, frozen for 14 days(optional)

Boil egg for 3 1/2 minutes. Place in a bowl and peel off shell. remove egg white and discard. Yolk should be soft and warm, not hot, with its enzyme content intact. Sprinkle with a pinch of salf

If you wish to add liver, grate on the small holes of the grater while frozen. Allow to warm up and stir into the egg yolk.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Best Bottom Diaper Video and Review

I've been using the Best Bottom diapering system for two months now and love them! During these two months, I haven't experienced many leaks. The only time we leaked was when my little guy was between sizes. I was trying to prolong the use of his size smalls. 

These diapers are overall great! They travel and wash very well and are super cute! My husband likes them and favors the Orange Sherbet and Moo-licious covers. We prefer the Hemp insert as it holds more and is breathable. I have used the Micofiber Stay Dry insert and liked it but prefer natural fibers. I have not used the Hook and Loop covers because we prefer snaps, we feel they last longer. I recommend these diapers to anyone who is or wants to cloth diaper. Check out how they work in this video:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

what baby cries mean

If you haven't heard, you can interpret your baby's cry and know exactly what they want. A girlfriend and I were talking about it and both of us think its pretty awesome! Interpretation works best with babies between birth and three months, after that it get a little harder as their reflexes change, but can still be done. Check it out and try it yourself!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Treating Congestion in Babies Naturally

It's hard to see your little one struggling to breathe. The best way you can help your little one is in the bathroom. Heres what you can do:

Dress your baby in light clothing to prevent overheating. Turn the shower on Hot and let the steam accumulate in the bathroom.  Sit in the steam filled bathroom with your baby for about 10 minutes (if your baby is still congested stay a little bit longer). You may want to cuddle your baby to help them be more comfortable. Some say to use saline nasal spray, then suction out the excess saline nasal spray (after 10 minutes)  with a bulb syringe after your steaming session.  I personally have not used saline, but I do suction out my little guy's nose after we are done in the steamy bathroom.  

Another thing that works REALLY well are Essential Oils! You can use them while in the steamy bathroom and during nap time or at night.  Take a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil with some olive oil or coconut oil (I prefer coconut oil) and rub it on your little one's chest. You can put some under their nose too.  It also helps to have your baby sitting up or at an upright angle so everything can drain out. You can put a few pillows under their mattress or sit them in a boppy.  Also, make sure their chest is bare where you rub the oils in.  This will clear up your little one in no time! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention Product Review

There are so many mixed thoughts about Grandma El's some people love it and some people hate it. People claim it stains their cloth diapers, doesn't work, and causes build up in their cloth diapers.  Other claim it works miracles on rashes and they have no cloth diaper problems. Due to all of the mix claims about this Diaper Ointment I had to try it out myself.

I have to say I am overall pleased with Grandma El's.  It gets rid of any redness or irritation very quickly.  Within a few diaper changes my little man's bum was red free! Now Grandma El's claims to be fragrant free but there is some type of odor to it.  It's not horrible but its defiantly there.  Some people can't stand it but I personal didn't mind it.  

While testing the ointment, I visited their website and checked out the ingredients.  The main active ingredients are for the most part great. It contains vitamin E, Balsam of Peru (healing agent), Salicylic Acid (Willow bark and Wintergreen and encourages new skin growth), Yellow Petrolatum and Insecticide -free Anhydrous Lanolin (healing agent). 

I would recommend this product but if you are a cloth diaper user you may want to use a liner.  Grandma El's does claim to be cloth diaper safe but it does contain Yellow Petrolatum and Insecticide-free Anhydrous Lanolin. These ingredients repel liquid, creating a barrier from wetness (Great for baby's booty!). They can build up in cloth diapers and create absorptancy issues with your diapers. Many people use Grandma El's with no problems but I just wanted to put a fair warning for all you cloth diaper users. If you use disposables you don't have to worry about this and I think you will love this product.

If you have tried Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention ointment let me know what you think. You can contact me via Facebook or Twitter or leave your comments below.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Survivor Dad: Dealing With Diapers

Coconut Oil the natural remedy

Finding a diaper rash cream can be the hardest journey we as moms and dads embark on. Search no longer! Coconut oil is a great natural cure for diaper rash. Most people calm that it heals our little one tushies in half the time of most prescription rash creams.  Coconut oil is also an anti-fungal and clears up diaper rashes cause by candida
(yeast) overgrowth too. So next time your you little one gets one of the those nasty common rashes try slathering on some coconut oil and watch the magic happen! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Here are some of the latest promo codes...enjoy everyone :)

Sweet Little Blessings
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Use coupon code SNOW to
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Madison Organics

"Celebrate Thirsties!" Sale 
15% off in-stock Thirsties 
THIRSTIES Duo Fab Fitteds 
THIRSTIES Duo Diapers 

on sale through January 31, 2011 or while supplies last 
quantities are limited 

on orders of $50 or more 5% off with the code FIVE and free shipping with the code FREE!

Weecare Diaper Company 
Save 15% while we're away by using coupon code WEE1 at checkout!

Bummis, Fuzzibunz, bumgenius, Flip, Econobum, Thirsties, Rockin' Green and more!

Kelly's Closet
Free One-Size Diaper with $29.00 purchase. Use discount code FREENEW . Limit 1 code per order. Limit 3 uses per customer. Offer valid while supplies last. KC chooses brand and style of one-size diaper.
Take $5 off an order of $25 or more with code JANFIVE
Take $10 off an order of $75 or more with code JANTEN
Rules for codes: Limit 1 code per order. Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted. Excluded bumGenius, Flip and Econobum brand products. You can order these but the coupon won't deduct until you have $25 or $75 (depending on which coupon you use) of other brands. Limit 3 uses per customer. Can expire at anytime.

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New SoftBums Omni Miss Kitty Print is on the way!!!  Get your order in today!

We also have a Coupon available through Thursday!  5% OFF your purchase over $45 with code: Jan5

Plus FREE SHIPPING on purchases over $60 in the USA at RG Natural Babies!!!

Today's KidSteal: Little Lesiw Valentine's Daisy Set! Blooms handmade with love for your little Valentine! 50% off!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Babies need solids earlier than six findings?

Researchers look at the past studies in the areas of infant infection, nutritional adequacy, iron intake, allergies and concluded that solid food need to be introduce before six months. Time to break it down.  After reading this from the Natural Parenting Group I had to say something.  

When they look at the studies in regards to infant infection they found that kids who were exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) got fewer infections. No news here.  They did say that the benefit might taper off after three months. Really? I have never heard this before from my mom circles or from any professional. Formula feed babies had the highest rate of infections. Does this surprise us?! Nothing against the moms that formula feed but we have know for some time now that EBF is the best for our little ones.

Then the researchers look to see if breast milk can sustain an infant's needs (nutritional adequacy).  nI my opinion they didn't find anything new.  They stated that breast milk was nutritionally adequate for babies who were EBF for six month. Then they go on and say that if babies got solid foods earlier breast milk may not have been enough for them. This makes no sense! Seems to me that they didn't find anything but because of the pressure to present finding they had to come up with something. 

When they looked to see if babies were getting enough iron all they could say is if you had a low birth weight baby and you plan to EBF then you need to think about an iron supplement and watch out for anemia. This seems like common sense to me. 

Now for the area of allergies. The researcher found that kids who had gluten allergies were more likely to have gotten them before three months or after six months. They stated that kids who started gluten type solids between four and six months have fewer gluten allergies and lower incidence of celiac disease. But the Natural Parenting Group makes a great point that kids now a days seem to have more sensitives then when we were kids. Could this be due to the change of living and all the processed food we consume.  Maybe its from all the chemicals that are surround our selves with. Of course that is all speculation but it gives you something to think about.

So overall, This study doesn't seem to bring us any ground breaking news. EBF is still the way to go! I wouldn't worry about giving your baby solid foods before they are three months. We are make for this and our breast milk provides everything that our little cuties need.  If you baby shows signs of wanting solids between four and six months then you can begin to introduce them.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

So why in the world would you Cloth Diaper!?!?!?!

Do you really have to look at me crazy and crossed eye when I tell you I cloth diaper my son! Really think about it, it's not that bad! I am helping to keep the environment by not adding to the landfills with those nasty disposable (sposies) diapers. Every time I put a cloth diaper on my son's bottom my carbon footprint goes down! Let me be honest with you, that's not the reason why I decided to cloth diaper. I put those cute little diapers on him because I can't stand the thought of all those chemicals in the sposies touching my son's cute little booty!

If you don't know what chemicals are in sposies lets have a look! Disposable diapers release volatile organic compounds, or VOC. This includes toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene. These VOC's have shown to have toxic health effects on the baby.  Sposies also contain sodium polyacrylate, the main absorbent filler.  Sodium polyacrylate can cause respiratory and skin problems. They also have trace amounts of a highly carcinogen byproduct of chlorine bleaching called dioxin (I'm sure you knew that almost all of sposies are bleached white with chlorine, thus the byproduct). The list can go on!!!
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When my son was first born we used sposies for the first few weeks.  In just that little of time he developed a rash. Since using cloth we haven't had to worry about rashes at all! Wondering why this happened, I discovered that the absorbent material in sposies not only wicks away the urine from the skin but it also is known for wicking away the moisture in the skin.  This causes rashes to develop along with other skin problems. 

So can you really blame me for wanting the best for my cute little man? I have become in love with cloth diaper because it's the healthiest (and most cost affective)  choice for our family!  We don't feel comfortable having all the those nasty chemicals sposies are made with on or around our son!