Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Great Cloth Diaper Mystery #phantomfluff

So, there's a secret brewing and for those of you curious mommas this is going to be a teaser post!!!  Although I would LOVE to tell you where you can get this new and exclusive beautiful new fluff you will just have to wait-he he...ok, so I am enjoying being a tease (a little).  All kidding aside, I am so excited about the mystery fluff!  As you can tell from the teaser picture the prints on this fluff are sooo perfect for Fall it's ridiculous!  If you want to join GreenPath Baby in revealing what this awesome new fluff is, and where you can get it,  join us for a twitter party happening Thursday October 4th from 9-10 est (8 cst, 6pst).  Oh yeah, there will be some prizes too!!!!  To RSVP for the party please visit The Eco Chic, trust me...if you are a fluff addict (like me) you won't want to miss this.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Into Green Giveaway Hop

We are happy to announce that for September, our blog is going to be part of the Fall into Green Giveaway Hop!  We are partnering up with Happy Mothering and Happy Green Mama to put together an awesome great big giveaway to all of our fans.  Hop onto one blog to the next and sign-up to get awesome eco-friendly, reusable, up-cycled, or re-purposed prizes!  Our blog will be offering a great prize of TWO Kawaii Snazzy Minky Cloth diapers and a $5.00 Gift Certificate to the GreenPath Baby Online Store!

We are excited to bring you the Fall into Green Giveaway Hop, which will run from September 22, 2012 12:01 AM EST to September 30, 2012 11:59 PM EST. The hosts are accepting blogger sign-ups right now! Click here for more information and to sign up! a Rafflecopter giveaway


We also have a fabulous Grand Prize for this giveaway hop, sponsored by Maggie Bags. Two lucky winners will each receive The Tote of Many Colors in The Fall of Leaves or Camo – Maggie Bags’ most eco-friendly bag! Made of super durable recycled seat belt webbing, this roomy tote will hold everything you need and want, even that extra pair of shoes!

Click here to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Absorbency Test and Review-bumGenius Elemental

There's something to be said about having friends that are into the same thing you are.  My friends tend to be just as nutty (or nuttier) as I am about cloth diapers.  When Maggie and I were chatting the other day and she came up with a great idea: Absorbency tests!!!  Now, if you don't immediately see the brilliance in this-don't worry, you will!  If you have been cloth diapering for any length of time you know that not all diapers are made equal.  As a matter of fact, some are heavenly,  and others are down-right horrid.  And it doesn't always have to do with price necessarily-although usually the better name brands tend to have tried and true, mom-tested products.  This absorbency test idea came at just the right time for me, because I have recently added some fluff to my stash that I had never tried before, so this week we will review my latest addition; bumGenius Elemental. Maggie had been telling me about the wonderful virtues of this diaper for a while now, so I decided to give it a go.  And here is what I found.  This diaper looks exactly the same as any other bumGenius on the outside, and it only comes with a snap closure.  Since I have a squirmy baby, snaps tend to not be my go-to closure because it can be extremely difficult to deal with.  Having said that, the bumGenius diapers close really easily with snaps.  I was surprised at the awesome feel of the organic insert that is attached to the inside of this diaper.  I was soooo super soft.  My baby wore it a few times and loved it, we were out for about 2 hours and he was not bothered by the wet diaper.  I decided to test the absorbency of this diaper with 1 cup of warm water.  Now, 1 cup might not seem like alot, but poured on a diaper it is like an entire night of wetness.  The first thing I noticed while pouring the water, was that the insert sucks all of it up almost immediately,  no liquid rests on the diaper at all, the insert seems very thirsty.  Another thing I noticed was that the diaper itself was absorbing water even if it was splashing outside of the insert area, and not a drop of the liquid leaked anywhere outside of the diaper.  This diaper was not stay-dry at all, the water was quickly absorbed but the insert felt very wet.  It was exactly like a natural fiber fitted inside of a diaper shell (which I guess is the point of an organic AIO).  When I gave the diaper a little squeeze at the end of the test, the water stayed pretty much in place and didn't come back up too much.  I was surprised by that.  The small organic insert really does it's job, and looks dry, even though it is completely soaked.  Overall I am so impressed with this diaper.  I am not sure I would use it for a 12 hour night, but definitely during the day and for nap time.  It really does not leak and feels wonderful to the touch.  If I had one complaint, it would be that the diaper takes FOREVER to dry.  The manufacturer recommendation is hang dry, and even overnight it is not completely dry.  Still, I find myself in love with this diaper, it's becoming a quick favorite. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quick-time Cleaning

My four month old just recently started on solid foods.  It's really an awesome milestone for us, but not so much for his cloth diaper stash.  The nice, easily digestible, and machine washable breast feed poo quickly turned into a much thicker mess.  This is technically good for spraying off the mess into the toilet, but the food protein left in the diapers seems to be less easy to get rid of in my washing machine.  I think I have said it before, but my stash is mostly made up of Rumparooz and bumGenius diapers, so my go to detergent is Tide original.  Our routine of cold pre-wash, hot regular wash, cold second rinse, and machine dry or hang, which has worked wonderfully from day one seems to not be leaving the diapers as fresh as they used to.  I strip my covers and prefolds once every 4-5 weeks using the blue Dawn method to make sure that they are no residues left.  But even so, I feel like they are not as absorbent lately (I've had a few leaks here and there).  In addition to the absorbancy issue, there has been a really weird moldy smell floating around my nursery.  Not good.  We searched his room and realized it was the diaper insert.  This is a bit of a problem, because inserts, especially hemp (which is the bulk of what I have) are super absorbent.  They do not want to let go of the water, which makes them great for night-time doubling.  But even after washing and drying them in the dryer at HIGH heat they are still not fully dry; therefore, they are much more prone to mold/bacteria buildup than your regular diapers or inserts.  It is so important to really keep them clean to avoid any issues.   So I decided to spice up my washing routine.  I wanted to find a way to REALLY wash my inserts not just strip them, but give them a really good cleaning too.  So after much research, I decided to take out all of my inserts and wash them with my regular rountine as mentioned above.  But instead of drying them, I did another hot wash with a 1/4 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda.  I finished up with a cold rinse and voila!  All of my inserts came out fresh and clean!  No more moldy, weird, yucky smell.  I think this is a great alternative to just adding the vinegar alone.  Most people think the vinegar is a harsh cleaning agent, but it's actually a mild, acidic agent.  Adding the baking soda gives it a little grit and an extra boost, getting the inserts really clean.  Now a really important note here:  I only used this stripping method on my inserts, NOT my covers.  It is very important not to wash your covers this way.  I will post next week about how to get your covers ultra clean!  In the meantime, I am enjoying my incredibly clean insert stash.
Deliciously clean inserts!