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
Winter SALE!!
Use coupon code SNOW to
save 10% on orders over $75*
Free Shipping on orders over $40!
Choose from all your favorite brands including:
FuzziBunz, bumGenius, Bottombumpers, GroVia,
Thirsties, Happy Heinys, Knickernappies and more!
*does not include bumGenius products*

Little Fluff Monster - Always free shipping in the US and limited to Canada. Whether you like prefolds with covers, fitteds with wool or pockets and aio''s. We''ve got your little monster covered. Use coupon code GRANDOPENING for 5% off your order. Always same or next day shipping! 

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.

RG Natural Babies 
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!

Today's Steal: Katelyn & Co. Chiffon Pettiskirts! Perfect for dress up, pictures and every day wear. 50% off!

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!