One of my co-workers pointed me to this ParentDish article Warnings emerge about Bumbo baby seat – ParentDish this morning. Apparently, there have been a number of cases where parents have put their children in a Bumbo chair on an elevated surface. Let’s stop for a moment here. Why would you put your child on an elevated surface without some form of mechanical restraint? Any child will fall from an elevated surface if they are not physically attached to the surface and given enough time.
Now, the Bumbo chair itself has a warning stamped on it that clearly indicates it should not be used on a raised surface:
Warning text that is printed on the Bumbo chair
Similar text is also printed in multiple languages on a pamphlet that comes inside the box with the chair.
Of course, baring common sense, what’s the first thing you have to do if you fail to heed warnings and your kid takes a bad fall? Well, you have to sue of course. There’s no possibility that the parent could be at fault, the manufacturer and retailers must have sold bad products that are unsafe.
Sheesh, if that was the case, I should go sue a zipper maker because their zippers may pinch my skin if I don’t use them properly. Heck, just imagine the damage that could be caused by failing to use the zipper on your pants properly. A man could be rendered sterile! Sue the zipper company and all the retailers that sell pants! They sell bad, unsafe products!
So after my rant and raving about how I LOVE our hemp/cotton inserts.. and still do by the way, I have learned something new. I was talking with a lady from my Parent and Tot swimming class and she said that hemp didn’t work for her son and that she preferred the microterry inserts since he was a “fast” pee’er and they soaked it up faster then the hemp insert. So food for thought, hemp inserts hold more apparently but are slower to absorb (so maybe better for girls) and microterry inserts hold less (much less in my opinion) but are fast absorbing so better for last pee’ers like boys.
So we decided to buy a few “cheaper” Fuzzi Bunz like diapers called Pocket Change Diapers from Montana’s Diaper Store. They are new on the market and actually come with both a terry AND a hemp insert and only for $17.95US. It’s a great deal so we (aka I) decided to buy 6 of these diapers. When they arrived I wasn’t overly impressed with how they went on our baby, they just didn’t seem to snap on as easily as the Fuzzi Bunz but we slowly warmed up to them and learned the knack of proper diaper placement. Now the inserts also took some warming up to, unlike my Jamtots hemp/cotton inserts, the hemp inserts that came with the Pocket Change diapers took almost 2 months of washing before they would even soak liquid up the back of the insert. This of course resulted in some leaks and a saturated bum for our baby.. yuck!
Anyways, my first disappointment came when the red diaper consistently leaked around the legs. I contacted the owner of the store (in freaking Montana…), and after some problem solving e-mails she asked me to send the diaper back to her and she would gladly replace it with a new one. I was impressed. I didn’t get around to sending it immediately and then I went away on some holidays. When I got back I noticed that one of the other diapers had lost its elastic in the back and contacted her again, she again asked me to send the diaper back (since it had only been 2 months) and she would gladly replace it… awesome. That same day another one lost its elastic. Long story short, I ended up sending back 3 of the 6 diapers I bought from them and it cost me $6.20CAN shipping to return them.
So, the customer service at Montana’s Diaper Store is just fantastic but the Pocket Change Diapers in my opinion are certainly… just ok.
All these years I thought that fast nipples referred to when you caught a quick glimpse of a woman’s nipple when you weren’t supposed to.
Having a kid redefines a lot of terms. Now I know that fast nipples are for your kid’s bottle and have a higher flow rate. Even better, you can get a pair of fast nipples at almost any store for about $7. I don’t get to use many bottles with fast nipples though as our munchkin likes her milk directly from the source.
You’d probably have to pay a lot more than $7 to see the other kind of fast nipples on demand.
Some common questions I get about using my Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers:
How many do I need?
Well, we had 17 small diapers and are currently using 20 medium diapers and I wash them every 2 days. I prefer having the 20 diapers as it gives me a bit more time if i want to be lazy. I think the “recommended” amount is 24 but i would think that would be to many unless you are using the microterry’s only then you will certainly need more cause you will change more.
Where do you keep the dirty diapers and do they stink?
Diapers go in the diaper pail which is just a smaller garbage can we bought at Walmart for less then 10 bucks. I add some tea tree oil to a small piece of fleece at the bottom and rarely have a problem with smells. Tea tree oil apparently has anti-microbial properties and doesn’t smell too bad.
How do you wash them?
I have the recommended Allen’s detergent that is biodegradable and supposed to be the best for the Fuzzi Bunz. You only need a small amount, like 1/4 the recommended amount on the bottle. Anyways, I prewash with warm water to get rid of the remnant solids and then hot wash with the detergent followed by 2 warm rinses. I use 2 rinses just to make sure the detergent is gone as I have found any remaining detergent can cause the diapers to smell differently once soiled (although i am apparently the only one who thinks so in this house). You only need 1/4 of the recommended detergent as you don’t want a million suds but just enough to see a few in the water. Oh, and NO fabric softener…. EVER!! Unless you want your diapers to repel water thus defeating the whole purpose of cloth diapers. I hang my covers to dry and inserts go into the dryer on high (with NO fabric softer again!). You can dry the covers if you are in a pinch but on low heat.
For breastfed babies there is no need to wipe off the poop, just chuck it into the washer and it will magically disappear. When you feed soilds you will need to knock it off into the toliet but with fleece there is no need to touch it it will simply fall right off… awesome, eh?
Do you cloth diaper even when you are out of your home?
Humm, well YES! It’s just as easy to cloth diaper when you are out of the house then when you are at home. I have a waterproof bag that holds the dirty diapers and they just come home with me. If you are worried about smell, try some tea tree oil on a piece of fleece trick. All you will smell is the tea tree oil.
Would you cloth diaper on a road trip?
See question 4. You’re darn right I would. Really it’s probably nicer for the baby to sit in a comfy fleece lined diaper while traveling then plastic and chemicals…. enough said.
Are they really better for the Environment with all the water you have to use to clean them?
Three simple little thoughts….. Water is a renewable resource. Landfills are not and take centuries to biodegrade. Poop and pee belong in the sewer not in landfills. Really, it’s the people who feel bad for not using cloth diapers who come up with this silly excuse.
Where do I buy them?
We bought ours over the internet as it is probably the most convenient way however there are some local places to buy them as well. There are also work at home moms who sell from there houses. You can check out http://fuzzibunz.com for retailers.
I’ve purchased all of ours from http://jamtots.com with no issues and they have awesome hemp insert that they make themselves. If you buy the diapers from them you have the option of getting a discounted hemp insert at the same time so you can probably save about 2 dollars per insert depending on which one you buy. I like the new stuffer with the snaps. Oh, and free shipping when you spend over a certain amount.