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Scratch Scratch the Back!

Huggies Super Dry diapers are horrible! We usually use cloth diapers but occasionally when we go out or visit people we use disposables – just to make it easier for everyone involved. About a month ago we were out and about a lot – resulting in a lot of disposes. The diaper used at the time was Huggies. Little did I know that it would be a horrible horrible decision. Z developed a rash. Not just on the butt cheeks but all along his waist and thighs. Lucas Papaw cream cured the part on his butt almost overnight, but the one on his girdle/waist and sides of his upper thighs remained. Thanks to their position my lil scamp constantly scratched and scratched and made it worse. There was almost no way we could stop him. I tried cutting his nails almost weekly (why do they grow so fast?!) making him wear his lil mittens (not a viable option as he sucks his fingers and the cloth would just get dirty and it wasn’t very hygienic) Singapore is so hot! putting him long pants was ridiculous…he sweats even when the aircon is on so no can do. We just had to struggle along trying to get his tiny hands away from his torso….diaper changes were such a challenge!

Norway was slightly better but even there the rash persisted. We had to obviously stop Huggies, stopped the cloth diapers too since he he scratched through them and they tended to heat his skin up when he scratched.

What worked for us? (its still a WIP as of now though)

  • Not too many baths (they tend to dry his skin up)
  • Cetaphil Moisturising cream/Cetaphil Restoraderm/Papaw Cream and Pure Therapy by Purist cream – a combination of these at various stages helped calm the rash down and like I said, its still a work in progress
  • Merries diapers. I do not like disposables but I have to admit these are pretty good when it comes to combatting a rash or allergic reaction
  • Libero diapers. Found these in Norway when we were running low on Merries. Worked just as well

Ah! its hard to see the lil puppy in discomfort but I’m hoping its on the recovery road and we can go back to our cloth bums 🙂

 

 

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Itchy and Scratchy

I guess it was inevitable – given just how hot and humid it is here and the fact that my sweet lil Z sweats a LOT, sooner or later we would have to deal with an outbreak of diaper rash. *sigh*

Now we only use cloth diapers. Always have, ever since he came home from the hospital. We only use disposables when we go out for the entire day and in the very early days for nights. But no more. We find that the cloth diapers hold much better, no leaks and no accidents. But thanks to the heat and my sweaty lil boy, the darn diaper rash has struck. This morning Z was very fussy and cranky. This is very unusual for him as he rarely cries for longer than five mins – usually to communicate something. But this morning he wouldn’t stop. We checked everything (including the diaper) and there was no reason for him to fuss so much. Until I opened up his diaper (remembering that yesterday he was a bit red when changing) and he stopped crying immediately. A little bit of probing and I saw his poor lil bummy all red and sore. And a bit of the rash was also on his hips. The poor lil baby. Immediately wiped him down, and left him open. He fell asleep after his feed and was calm and relaxed. Until he decided to pee. All over our bed. Well I guess theres a first and its great that we managed to go 4 months with a baby and no pee on the bed right? *sigh*

Anyway, it seems like a mild outbreak so Im hoping it goes away soon. Applied some Mustela and will see how things go. He is no longer crying and seems like his happy sweet self again.

On a separate note – my supply has dropped again. Super stressed. Not sure why this time but Ive started on the fenugreek again. Fingers crossed it bounces back asap.

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I get by with a little help from my friends….

The past nine? ten? weeks have been full of ups and downs. It has not been easy. But it has also had some of the  the most amazing times I’ve even experienced. Of course there’s always the people I could not have done it without. The Husband, mum, dadu, my bro and SIL, my part time helper and the numbers friends who cheered me along.  This is not a post to thank them. It’s a post rather, to raise a glass to all the material stuff that made my weeks easier 😉 and I’d strongly recommend any new mother to get her hands on these!

(In no particular order)

  • Medela Pump in Style double breast pump (lifesaver! since I exclusively pump and feed Z, I think besides my baby this is what I spend the most time with)
  • Medela Breast Shields (good for sore nipples but don’t use them if you are leaking – they tend to spill)
  • Medela PureLan cream
  • Mustela Vitamin Barrier cream (touchwood Baby Z’s bottom is just as soft and smooth as the day he was born and I attribute it to using this)
  • Cetaphil – we use the moisturising cream and the wash and it’s perfect! doesn’t burn, sting or even need to be rinsed off.
  • Nuna Leaf (perfect lil rocker – I love that its not battery operated – no hassle of that needing to be changed)
  • Nuna Sena (So much better than a cot bed! Z sweats a lot and all that padding would just prevent the air from circulating around him while he sleeps – the Sena is perfect!)
  • Breast pads – Im not fussy, I use whatever is there and so far Pigeon is doing the job well for me
  • The Belly Bandit (It’s a must have for a post Csec. The hospital gave me some abdominal binder but it was so itchy and rough – the bamboo bandit is fantastic and helped me shrink my tummy within a week!)
  • Tommee Tippee bottles – We used these on Z since he came home from the hospital and he has never had nipple confusion. Not sure if thats because of the bottles or he’s just smart but either way, I love these!
  • Allerhand Diaper bag – Holds in everything we need, looks fantastic and the Husband loves carrying it around
  • Baby K’tan wrap – If you need a carrier that is zero fuss and super easy to put on, this is it! It goes on like a tee shirt and hugs your baby just like a regular wrap would.
  • Lucas Papaw cream – For my Csec scar, for Z’s tiny facial scratches for practically everything under the sun – this lil red tube of magic is simply terrific!
  • My Brest Friend – As nursing pillows goes, love this for the back support it offers and the easy in which I can place it around my body. Wish he wasn’t outgrowing it so fast)
  • Fenugreek seeds – boosted my milk supply and I’m freezing milk again! 🙂

I’ll probably add to this list as time goes by but for now I know this is what has made my life that much more easier and I hope by sharing it can help others too.

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What goes in, must come out!

Before we had our baby I was absolutely positive I would have nothing to do with changing diapers. Horrible icky stuff, I mean wasn’t I already doing enough dealing with the input end, I did not want to have anything to do when that eventually came out! Never changed a single diaper in my entire life (although I have two nieces and two nephews, never bothered or volunteered to) and I was desperately clinging to the hope that I could get away with it with my old child too.

But of course thats ridiculous. Which mother can get away without changing a diaper – *sigh* so here I am doing it like a pro, not ever concerned about any icky stuff. The icky stuff found its way to my clothes, my lap, my hands etc a long time ago and now I may never look at samosa chutney in the same way ever again.

But the reason I write this post is because I’m in love with my diapers. We chose, long before Z was born to cloth diaper. We did not want to use something that is not environmentally friendly and contributes to waste that is not easy to breakdown. Although we don’t think we do enough, we try and live green lives – recycling, up cycling, segregating garbage and using products that are eco friendly as far as possible. So it was only obvious that we’d give cloth diapering a decent shot.

Around 70 days in and we have absolutely no regrets! Cloth diapers are wonderful! Now, to be completely honest, we use a combination. Cloth diapers during the day and disposables at night. And I am seriously considering stopping the disposables at night because almost every single night during the feed, Z will pass a motion and he diaper will leak all over us. This has never happened with the cloth diapers (except once when I put the insert in wrong)

We use two brands, Rafraf and Charlie Banana One Sized Pocket diapers. Both are pretty fantastic though if you’d ask me to chose I’d probably go with the Charlie banana’s for just one reason, My lil Z sweats a bit and with the heat in Singapore, I feel like the outer shells of the CB’s is a bit more breathable than the RR. Having said that, the charcoal bamboo insert that comes with the Rafraf does a great job in keeping the surface completely dry. So often I need to double check and feel it again to ensure he really has peed because it’s still so dry. The CB’s soak right through and you know immediately that it’s wet (only once opened though, you can’t feel anything from the outside) Thankfully Z has never cried because of this wetness and is very comfortable in both types.

It’s easy to put on, looks adorable and cute and is not difficult to wash off and maintain. All we do is keep two small buckets filled with soapy water. Once a diaper is dirty we rinse it off with  a hand held spray in the toilet, and then soak the insert and the shell in a bucket each. Next morning we throw it all in the washing machine for a daily wash and line dry it in the sun. Not a single stain on any diaper till date. They wash well and still look as good as the day we bought them. Rafraf had a bit of a problem with one of the buttons but they replaced it for us promptly and we are happy with their service. We have a total of 12 diapers with about 40 inserts.They work just fine for us till now because we do a daily wash but for someone wanting to wash less frequently you may need more.

For those considering cloth diapering, I’d say – go for it! its easier than you think, less stress of diaper rash, cuter bottoms for the babies and so much more kinder to the environment – whats not to love?