Saturday, September 6, 2014

Staycation Week

The second to last week of August we decided to drive up the canyon near our house and do a mini camp out with the boys. We didn't spend the night we just had a campfire and picnic lunch. The boys absolutely loved it. They ate lots of marshmallows but mostly just enjoyed playing in the dirt. 

That night we headed up to G.'s mom's house for her annual Dutch Oven night, its also morphed into my birthday dinner and I absolutely love it because it means I get a dutch oven pineapple upside down cake as my birthday cake. Its a win-win. My mother-in-law is an amazing chef and everything is incredible. We look forward to it every year. 

 The day after dutch over night my parents drove into town and we all met up at a condo/timeshare up in the mountains. The place was incredible and we had a wonderful time. It was the perfect vacation without driving super far. We made so many wonderful memories.

Tuesday we had the fantastic opportunity to tour a LDS temple. It was a absolutely perfect day and you could feel the spirit of God as you walked through the sacred halls/rooms. 

There is a wonderful park near where we stayed where the playground is on astro turf. I am someone who hates bark and other itchy things that normally get in your shoes at parks. I wish it was closer to our house so we could go all the time. Even with how high the play structure was Hodie would clim to the top all by himself. What a brave boy. Mr. B was more concerned with playing on the modern merry go round spinny thing that they had. He could have spun around all day. 

We probably went swimming twice a day everyday the whole week. And when the weather didn't permit the boys used the gigantic tub in the room to "swim." On the last day we had a huge double family get together at the waterpark with my family and G's family. The weather amazing. What a perfect last day at the waterpark. That Sunday (my actual birthday) it was back to business as usual and we spent the day unpacking and lamenting that our fun week had come to a close.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Extended Cloth Diapering

Most parents excitedly count down the days until their child is ready to potty learn. They can’t wait for their diapering days to be over. Yet for some kids the typical potty training age comes and goes. Whether its due to medical or developmental challenges some children may spend a few extra years (or possibly forever in diapers). Yet pull ups and larger sizes of disposable diapers can get incredibly expensive, placing a huge financial burden on families that are usually cash strapped as is. Sadly in these situations cloth is often overlooked as an option. Some families fear that cloth diapering will be too expensive or too much work. Others simply didn’t even know about cloth diapering at all. Because of my son’s medical condition we have had to explore our options for the future and have found a variety of options.

When the problem is simply that a kiddo is too big for typical “one size” cloth diapers sized diapers and adjustable absorbency trainers fit the bill. Brands like Thirsties and Blueberry have a size 2 diapers that fits a 40 pound child comfortably. Fuzzibunz also also offers a XL that will fit 40-55 pounds and a xxl that will fit 50-70 pounds. Adjustable absorbency trainers and special night time trainers may also be an option (sewn in soaker trainers alone won’t replace a diaper but doublers can provide extra absorbency). There are options on even the tightest of budgets the cheapest option will be large sizecovers and toddler size prefolds. Or for those into DIY they can sew their own extended size diapers.

Even if the child does not require the full absorbency of diaper a child may continue to have issues (such as minor bowel and bladder incontinence) that warrants some type of waterproof underclothing. For these children cloth diaper trainers are a great option. They often come in sizes beyond the “one size” 10-35 lbs while providing just enough absorbency to prevent accidents from affecting the child’s clothing (and the embarrassment that that can cause). Cloth diaper trainers also often look like underwear making them a great options for kids that are self conscious about wearing disposable pull on diapers.

While a stash of extended size diapers may seem expensive, when you consider that some children will spend much more than the typical 3 years in diapers the savings of cloth become even more substantial. Cloth diapering is not just for the average sized, normal peeing/pooping kiddo. Cloth diapers are an option for all with diapering needs. Whether your kiddo simply has outgrown their “one size” diaper, an option for small accidents or a permanent incontinence, there is a cloth diaper type/system that will work for them.

Or check out my original post at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Monday, August 18, 2014

Last Splash Pad Day

With school starting tomorrow this is the last real summer day for all the kiddos to go together. It was a perfect day weather wise and we had a absolute blast.  We spent a good two hours splashing around and enjoying the sunshine. It was perfect, and as usual it was impossible to get all the cute kiddos in one picture together. 

Nicki's Diapers Bamboo All in One- Review

** This is NOT a sponsored review. I purchased my Nicki's Bamboo All in One or NBAIO as they are commonly called directly from their website.

I purchased my first NBAIO in January of 2014 about 6 months after they were first launch. I shied away from buying one because my kiddo is a HEAVY wetter and we had not had luck with the previous all in ones we had tried like the Thirsties, Elemental, Freetime and Grovia. So I waited until more reviews appeared on the Nicki's Diapers website. I kept seeing more and more of them saying they worked for light wetters overnight. So I finally decided to give one a try. We started with that Grape solid one and now have close to a full rainbow.

What makes the NBAIO different? 

1) Absorbency, this diaper has thick thirsty bamboo terry it looks like a fluffy bath towel on the inside, and there is an additional layer of bamboo attached to the body of the diaper itself.  Also because they are bamboo instead of microfiber you never get compression leaks.

2) The option to snap out the soaker. If you look closely in the picture below you can see where the insert snaps to the shell of the diaper. So basically you can dry the diaper inserts on the high heat they require (I find they took a full 90 minutes to dry). 

 3) We really like the rolled elastic, while its a little tricky to tuck it in we find it much softer on chunky thighs. The picture below is how it looks when it first goes on, then you tuck it in so none of the inner bamboo is showing. 

4) Fit- This diaper fits my 30 pound 2 year old (50th percentile all around) on the middle rise. He has lots of room to grow. Likewise my daycare kiddo uses them on the first rise at a mere 15 pounds and they fit him great too. While they may look fluffy they really are actually are quite trim, my son just has a HUGE bubble but. The diaper actually does cover his whole bum cheek I just didn't take the time to do so before snapping the picture. 

5) Price- These diapers are an amazing deal at 15 dollars a piece. I also have found them on sale as low as $13 at Christmas time and around $11 used on the diaper swaps (although you won't see many of them because they are so popular)

Cons- These may not be good for daycare diapers because the rolling in at the legs and the longer soaker may confuse people not familiar with cloth diapers. Also children sensitive to wetness with require a stay dry liner. 

Ultimately, we LOVE the NBAIO and can't say enough good things about them. If you haven't tried one already watch out you may love them too.