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New Easy Fit (with minky!) Review

Let me start out by saying that when I initially heard that big changes were coming to the Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper, I was a little nervous. Ever since I won an Easy Fit in a Bummis blog giveaway, I fell in love with them and they have been one of my favourite diapers. My initial thoughts were “why mess with such a near-perfect thing?” However, I have been very happily surprised by the changes to the diapers. Apparently, near-perfection can indeed be turned into a whole new kind of perfection.

Some features that have changed:

The interior of the diaper:
The old Easy Fits were lined with two layers of fabric – one layer of rayon from bamboo, and one layer of microfiber. On the new version, the interior is made of minky. The minky interior should be far more durable, it eliminates the need for microfiber (which is more prone to stink issues) and, according to Tots Bots, it absorbs up to 20% more than the old interior and dries a LOT faster.

The elastic around the waist:
This is now wider, making for a tighter fit at the back, which keeps messy early poops in even better than before. Very conveniently, when I was sent these diapers for review I had a son at the top end of the weight range at about 34 lbs and was about to give birth and thus be able to test the diaper out on a baby at the bottom of the weight range at the same time. I was honestly a bit skeptical about how these would work on my tiny newborn girl, since the new stretchier waist gave a much more spacious fit on my son. However, I was happily surprised to find that they fit and worked on both children fantastically well. Kind of a shock to me, since I’ve always been more of a sized diaper kind of girl.

What I like about the New Easy Fit:

The wider waist and extra stretch gives a much nicer fit on a baby at the top of the weight range. Although our other Easy Fits (old version) still fit my 34lb son, they do tend to slide down off his bum and give him “plumbers butt.” This problem is entirely gone with the new version.

The minky interior is soft and stays soft even when line drying. A general complaint about diapers made of natural fibers is that they tend to get stiff and a bit crunchy when they are line dried. This was true of my older style Easy Fits. The minky is pretty much as soft as new, even after two months of only hang drying.

The drying time on these diapers is incredible! I live in Canada and was given these diapers mid-February in the thick of winter. I have been able to hang dry them every time because they dry so quickly. The actual drying time will of course depend on the temperature and humidity in your home, but at my house, when hung side by side, the old Easy Fit took about 12 hours to fully dry while the newer style dried in about 6 hours. Not only is hang drying better for the diapers, but it also saves money and energy not having to throw them in the dryer!

I like the snap version for my newborn, which was a complete surprise for me. I’m not a fan of snap diapers in general. My little girl has a tendency to be a bit gassy and the snaps on her provide a much less rigid line around her tummy than the hook and loop, so she can move more freely and get that gas out. She always cries less when wearing a snap diaper.

The look of them. The matching hook and loop and outer fabric look fantastic! It gives a much more polished look than the white hook and loop on the older version.

Minor issues for us:

The snaps are a little bit harder to do up and undo than other snap diapers that I’ve tried. It just means extra time putting the diaper on and taking if off, as well as needing to be careful to hold the fabric very close to the snap when undoing them.

The design of the New Easy Fit with snaps is slightly different than the New Easy Fit with hook and loop. To avoid having cross-over snaps for the smallest setting, Tots Bots made the front of the diaper slightly longer and the tabs slightly shorter on the snap version. This means that they fit fantastically on my little girl at just under 8lbs, but are on the last setting for my 34lb boy. They do fit him, but honestly it’s a bit of a struggle. That being said, the weight range on these is 8-35 lbs, so they do cover what they should.

In conclusion

All in all, I love the New Easy Fit. When I ask my son (who’s nearly 3) what he thinks, his response is that they’re like a teddy bear on his bum. He likes to snuggle with the minky. He’s extremely comfortable in his New Easy Fits, they absorb more than the old ones, they dry faster and they look great. What more could you ask for?

This review of the New Easy Fit was published by myself, but written by Malina, the social media coordinator at Bummis. You can find her on Facebook here.

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Our Cloth Diaper Record in Montreal!

 

What a great weekend we had for Earth Day. At Boutique Bummis we celebrated with the Great Cloth Diaper Change event, which we co-hosted with Baby Auric Diaper Service. We had 93 parents and babies gather together from all parts of Montreal, Laval, Sherbrooke, Trois Rivieres and even some coming from the Quebec City area, all to celebrate cloth diapers. It was so much fun seeing all the cloth diapered babies in the room!

While we counted down to 12:30 exactly, we read some wonderful stories about respecting our planet in honor of earth day.  We followed that with a great parent-baby yoga warm-up with Martina from StudioVie and face-painting and animation by A Painted Bouquet and Lulu the Clown. The the main event was a grand success thanks to our 3 official witnesses: human rights activist, Milton James Fernandes, Jamie Orchard from Global Television, and cloth diaper expert Lesley Everest, from MotherWit Doula Care. They were incredibly wowed with the families that attended and genuinely thrilled to be a part of our event.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated and braved that less-than-perfect weather to join us. We’ve been very excited to see photographs posted from around the world in the past couple of days, so we want to be sure to share favorites from our event. See more photographs on our Facebook page.  If you want to re-live the event on video, you can see also us on Global Montreal!

We cannot let this update go out without a big e-hug to all our friends and supporters. Our after-party was catered by Dolce Vita Bakery, all participants went home with amazing gift bags and 27 lucky participants also left with a rockin’ raffle prize too. In total we gave away over $15,000 of swag!  Please take a minute to look at all the generous companies below.  This event just would not have been possible without them.

 

 

Keep your fingers crossed, but once we get word from Guinness World Records about the results of the record attempt, we will be sure to post about it on the event page. All participants can then order official, personalized certificates from Guinness World Records as soon as the official record-breaking count is confirmed, but not a minute before!

Instructions to claim your certificate:

Visit: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/member/orderparticipationcertificates.aspx

Enter Claim ID 372250 and the participation code: jvzb4394JV.

See you next year, but in the meantime… keep spreading the world that WE <3 CLOTH!

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Battling Yeast in Cloth Diapers

Yeast. It’s one of those things that comes up occasionally in conversations about cloth diapering. Yeast can continue to grow in your diapers and reinfect your child after the rash is gone. Hard to get rid of? Not necessarily. In fact, this latest time that Malina had to deal with yeast in her household, she were able to keep her son in cloth while treating him and the diapers.

     
     Step One: Identify the Problem

Many rashes look alike, so it’s not always obvious to figure out what you’re dealing with. Yeast often manifests as bright red spots with bumps around them, like moons around a planet. It can look like chicken pox, or pimples, and is often concentrated in the creases and folds of the skin. Yeast often appears after a treatment with antibiotics, since they will kill both the good and the bad bacteria in the body; so if your baby has recently been treated with antibiotics, and has a rash matching the description above, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with yeast. That being said, it’s important to consult with your health care provider to determine whether that is actually the case.

 

Step Two: Kill the Yeast!

In order to get rid of yeast, you will have to treat your baby’s skin and you’ll have to wash any cloth products that have been in contact with the skin (diapers, liners, wipes, towels, changing pads, etc.). It’s very important to address both issues in order to fully resolve the problem. Read on:

 

Part One: The Skin

You will have to apply a diaper cream at every change. You can try a natural cream that is specially formulated to treat yeast. Or, if natural creams don’t seem to be working, you may need to use a medicated cream prescribed by a doctor. It’s important to use Bio-Soft liners during this time to protect your diapers from the creams you are using, to avoid residue problems. Contrary to what many people think, it is not a good idea to apply powder, as the yeast will feed on the talc in the powder, and it will make the problem worse! You should also try to change your baby’s diaper more often, about every couple of hours.

 

Part Two: The Diapers

To properly rid your diapers, liners, wipes, towels, changing pads, etc. of yeast, you will need to switch to a more rigorous washing routine using oxygenated bleach until your baby’s rash disappears, and for five days afterwards, as follows*:

  1. Fill machine with hot water
  2. Add the maximum recommended amount of oxygenated bleach, stir until dissolved
  3. Add diapers etc. and soak for 15 minutes
  4. Wash on hot, with oxy bleach (same quantity as above) + detergent
  5. Rinse well, with lots of water
  6. Dry in the sun if at all possible (it really helps to disinfect), or in the dryer.

*Please defer to your diaper manufacturer’s recommendations if they differ from these.

Some people choose to use disposable diapers while treating their baby for yeast. If this is what you choose to do, you will still need to complete the routine described above once, and then to put your cloth diapers aside until your baby’s rash disappears, and for five days afterwards, to ensure that the yeast is completely gone. If you continue to use cloth diapers, wipes, change pads, etc. while treating your baby, you will need to follow this routine at every wash.
Part Three: Advanced Troubleshooting for Stubborn Problems

If you follow the above routine and you are still unable to get rid of the yeast, you can try chlorine bleach instead of oxygenated bleach. It is much harsher, but much stronger. Follow the same steps, but you can use warm water instead of hot if you wish.

If you have prefolds, you can try boiling them to kill the yeast. We do not recommend boiling any other type of diaper, or any type of wrap, as the elastics and PUL are not likely to stand up well to this intense process!

  
     Alternative or Additional Solutions

Some people swear by grapeseed extract or tea tree oil as remedies for yeast, so you can try one of those instead of oxy bleach if you wish. You will need to use between 20-100 drops each time you wash. You can also make a bum wash solution with grapeseed extract or tea tree oil to help disinfect at each diaper change.

Some people swear by acidophilus as a treatment for yeast infections. If you are breastfeeding, you can take it yourself and it will transfer to your baby through your breastmilk. If not, it can be given directly to your baby. This article is more specific to breastfeeding and thrush, but is also applicable to yeast infections and diapering, and offers acidophilus treatment ideas.

This blog post is the result of a collaborative effort between Malina, Shirley and Maeghan.

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Mastitis: Go Away and Don’t Come Back! — By Jennifer Welch

This article a the first of a series by our Guest Blogger Jennifer Welch, Lactation Consultant. Stay in tune over the next few weeks to read her great insights on breastfeeding and lactation!

So, you’re starting to feel the telltale signs of mastitis:  you’ve developed a painful lump in your breast and you feel a bit of a fever coming on.  You’re not sure yet whether it is just inflammation or a full-blown infection.  Not to worry, you will soon find out!  If you have an infection, there will be no doubt.  Your fever will spike up high and you will feel very, very sick, much like when you have the flu.  The good news is that there is a lot you can do at home to make yourself well again.

 

Now what?  How do you make it go away?


Strategies for mastitis are much the same, regardless if it is infectious or simply inflammatory:

  • Most importantly, keep the milk moving.  Nurse often, starting with the affected side.
  • Massage the sore spot and apply brief heat before your nurse (5 minutes max!).
  • Reduce the inflammation by applying cold packs after you nurse.  Ibuprophen is also great for reducing inflammation and is compatible with breastfeeding.
  • Rest, eat well, hydrate. Snuggle in with your baby in for a nursing staycation and be sure to eat nutritious foods and drink lots of water.
  • Consider seeing a IBCLC and your doctor.  Inflammatory mastitis should clear in 3 days or less but if it lasts longer or you are really sick with a high fever, there is a good chance you have an infection and will require antibiotics.  An IBCLC can increase your odds of clearing it quickly.

How can I make sure it doesn’t come back?


Mastitis is caused when milk is not draining well.  If there also happens to be bacteria present, then you’ve got the makings of an infection.  A bit of sleuthing may be required to figure out why the milk is not moving well.  Be sure to consider the usual suspects:

  • Poor latch or positioning
  • Oversupply
  • Infrequent or irregular nursing/pumping
  • Pump problems (your shields are the wrong size for you or they were poorly positioned)
  • Something pressing into your breast (ill-fitting bra or baby carrier, heavy bag/purse strap)

Still stumped?  Back again?  Since they are trained to consider all aspects of breastfeeding, an IBCLC can help pin-point the cause.


For more information on mastitis check out this link:  http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Jennifer Welch, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
jennifer.welch.ibclc@gmail.com

514-296-8073

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