So now we have shown where we are at when baby is 1 month old. In our window at Nappy Shoppe we have a stash of newborn cloth diapers, and the disposable diapers in size 1 needed for a newborn for the first month of life. Depending on brand, you could be at this point running neck and neck for the cost factor. However as far as resource usage is concerned, disposables are the clear loser her for the amount of resources used. The bulk is visually obvious. Even though I was already convinced that cloth diapers are the way to go, this window display has been a visual eye opener for me. Just seeing it grow. That one or two packets of disposables that sat under my older sons change table just did not really show his usage like this window display is. And this window is nothing like what is in my office right now. The pile fell on me the other morning when I opened the office door!
I just want to give a huge THANK YOU, to all our customers who have participated in the program. I know we have given store credit back, but many of the brands of diapers donated, are not the cheaper ones, so I know many of you are getting back less than you spent. And many of you are doing it, knowing its going to help a good cause, Hopes Door Womens Shelter. So THANK YOU! And a special thank you to the customer who lives out of state but sent in disposables because she had some left over from when she transitioned to cloth and wanted to know they would end up in a good program!
So nearly 5 years ago, I wanted to start stocking Grandma Els Diaper Cream. And because we want to be able to say a product works before we stock it, I bought a tube to try out on my then infant son. However, my son was cloth diapered, and unlike his older brother who was in disposables, he did not get rashes. So I had this tube next to his change table for weeks, and no rash ….
So what was a girl to do? I wanted to know if this stuff would work. So it was winter. My heels were cracked. I thought, if it works on my cracked heels, its going to work on rash. So I started applying the cream to my heels each night, and put a sock over the top of it. And it worked!! So I stocked the cream.
Eventually Braden did get a rash. It came with teething. He was a late teether. So it wasn’t until he was around 7-8 months old. He got what I call acidic poop. And this comes about because when they teeth, babies drool, and they swallow the drool as well as drool it! And that drool is acidic, and hence the acid poop. And that poop causes a burn like rash on babies poor little bottoms.
So I grabbed that tube of Grandma Els back out of my night stand, and returned it to the change table area. And started using it. It works great as a barrier when you have the worst kind of rash. And for milder rashes you do not need a lot of it. But this stuff works. I have customers who are the same, it is what they come in for when their babies teeth, or react poorly to a new food, or have to go on antibiotics.
If you are applying Grandma Els thinly to baby’s bottom, it is safe to use with cloth diapers. However, the tendency when baby’s bottom is really sore is to slather on a diaper cream. So when you feel the need to do that, we do suggest you use a flushable liner to protect your cloth diapers.
We are a couple of weeks into our disposable diaper buyback program. My office is filling up with disposables. Something I never thought I would see owning a cloth diaper store. But we hope to make a point over the coming weeks with our window display, and if you are on the fence about using cloth diapers, hopefully this will make you swing in this direction. And in the end, the disposables will go to Hope’s Door women’s shelter.
So your newborn baby is 2 weeks old, and you have changed them around 168 times. It seems that all they do is poop, sleep, cry, and feed. What seemed like a large wheelie bin that took your trash to the street, seems to have shrunk, because the space the disposables is taking up in that trash can is quite significant. If it is the middle of summer, you may be noticing it stinks worse than normal … pee will do that when sitting in a plastic container in the hot sun wrapped in plastic bags …
So lets look at a few statistics.
- Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
- Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
- The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
- No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
- The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.
- Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.
Source – http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
There are many reasons to use cloth diapers over disposable, and to me this one is the biggest. Don’t let your little one start out with a giant carbon footprint!
So baby is a week old. Many parents when they come in, they want to cloth diaper, but they say they do not want to do the first few weeks, because they think it will be cheaper to do disposables. Depending on brand, it could be a bit cheaper, but it is still hard on planet earth.
A week in and baby has gone through 84 disposables! A pregnant parent with baby number one may look at us incredulous, saying surely, not that many?!? Yes that many. Newborns go poop and pee A LOT! It will seem like you just put a fresh diaper on baby when you hear that all telling blurting sound. They have no respect for how long a clean diaper is on them before they have to go. And you certainly do not want their delicate skin sitting too long in a soiled diaper.
So when you think about a newborn stash of cloth diapers, it is worth it, cost and environmentally.
Don’t forget about our disposable diaper buy back!
So here we are a couple of days into our disposable diaper buy back program for Earth Month. And there is a lot of disposables in my office. But for now we have two days worth in our store window.
Our newborn stash of cloth diapers is on the left, and our 2 days of disposables in size 1 are on the right. There is 24 changes right now. And space wise, our little newborn stash of cloth diapers is taking up a bit more space … but that will change by the next blog post. I don’t know about you, but I find the diapers on the left far cuter than the ones on the right!
We discussed cost in our last post. Today lets look at the space it takes up. If you use a traditional change table for your baby, with the storage underneath, you could store all your cloth diapers under it. For disposables you would fit a couple of weeks. And then you would transfer that bulk to your trash can. Believe me, over the course of the week this takes up a lot of space in your trash can. Our trash gets collected once a week. We also get a recycling can in our neighbourhood. Ideally when we put out our trash, our recycling is filled more so than our regular trash. Back when my 11 year old was in disposables, it was not the case. At least half the can was taken up with his disposable diapers. It reeked as well! My husband was making that trip outside to the can every couple of nights.
Said husband was not totally on board with cloth when we started with our now 6 year old. But a couple of months in, he admitted to me he far preferred the trek to the washer every couple of days, to out to the trash can. He said it was less effort! And people keep wondering if cloth is more work. I personally think no. My washer is the one doing the work, not me :)
Just to recap, for Earth Month 2014 we are doing a disposable diaper buy back program. Through out the month we will be using the disposables in a window display. And we will feature our window in our blog for the month.
We typically recommend that parents have two sets of cloth diapers. A newborn set and a one size set. We find that most one size cloth diapers do not fit newborns that great as they have “chicken legs”. Even the bigger babies born at 9 pounds still have those long skinny legs. And in general the leg holes of a one size diaper are too big to get a good seal around the newborn legs. A one size diaper is typically very bulky on a newborn baby as well. So we suggest a newborn set of cloth diapers. The set in the picture is 24 changes. There is 12 prefolds, 3 covers, a snappi and 12 all in ones. We mixed it up for the display. The cost here is around $250. As newborns grow out of these before wearing them out, they are good for more babies. You can keep them for your own babies, or resell them at one of our pre-loved diaper sale events, or give them to a friend to use.
Disposables can range in cost from 15 cents to 60 cents each. The more environmentally friendly brands cost more. And given a newborn needs to be changed on average 10-12 times a day (they poop a lot!), this can add up.
Come in and exchange your open packets of disposables for store credit! We want to build that display. And when we are done with the display, we are donating the disposables to Hope’s Door Womens Shelter.
Let’s celebrate Earth Month 2014 at Nappy Shoppe. During the month of April 2014 we will buy back your unused disposable diapers. If you have been thinking of trying cloth, this is a great chance to get some credit towards your cloth diaper purchase, or if you have that half open pack of disposables that the grocery store cant take back, we will.
What are we going to do with these disposable diapers you ask? After all we are a cloth diaper store! We will use them for a window display for a short time, and then we will donate them to Hope’s Door Women’s shelter. They are always in need of donations like disposable diapers for women in need.
Terms and Conditions
- We will pay 20 cents per disposable diaper.
- We will pay for a maximum of 50 diapers per family.
- Payment will be in the form of store credit to Nappy Shoppe. Total amount paid out per family is $10 ONE TIME in store credit.
- Store credit to be used in the month of April 2014.
- You are welcome to drop off more than 50 diapers in order to donate to the cause.
- Offer valid from April 1st 2014 to April 30th 2014.
- Offer valid in store only.
- Diapers must be in a usable condition. Open packets are fine.
- We reserve the right to refuse unusable, dirty, mangled, etc. diapers.
- This promotion is a one time payout per family of $10 maximum. If you wish to donate more than the 50 diapers to the program, you may do so at your own cost.
Planning a Natural Hospital Birth?
Have you Considered a Monatrice?
By Alexandra Wyatt, LM, CPM
If you are planning to birth your child in the hospital, but would like a more natural experience with as few interventions as possible, what things can help you achieve that ideal experience? Taking a good childbirth education class? Definitely! Reading a lot of books and doing research about your options? For sure! Hiring a support person to assist you at home and at the hospital? Yes, have you considered a Monatrice?!
What is a Monatrice? A Monatrice is typically a Midwife who is practicing as a Doula for moms who are planning for a hospital birth. She supports the mom in labor both at home, and once at the hospital.
What is the difference between a Monatrice and a Doula? A Doula is able to provide emotional and physical support during labor and childbirth, as well as information about certain procedures and choices that a mom can make for herself and her baby. A Monatrice is able to provide these same things, but since she is also a Licensed Midwife, she is trained and fully capable of providing medical support as well. This could include:
- Monitoring maternal vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, etc.)
- Palpating maternal abdomen to help determine fetal positioning so that different positions can be offered to facilitate fetal rotation and birthing
- Monitoring fetal heart rate and assessing those tones for variability, accelerations and decelerations (this helps to determine fetal well-being)
- Vaginal exams to help mom decide when she would like to go to the hospital
What is the benefit of a Monatrice? For a mother who wants to stay at home as long as possible before heading to the hospital, but who has concerns about wanting to make sure she and her baby are doing well during labor, a Monatrice is the key to merging her desires. This mother would be able to feel safe staying home during active labor knowing that her baby was doing well (and would probably labor better because of this) and be able to make an informed decision regarding when she would like to go to the hospital.
If I have a supportive partner, do I still need a Monatrice? Yes! Your partner should be there to support you and enjoy the birth of your child, without having to worry about everything else. When partners feel like they have to remember everything they learned/read about childbirth, provide emotional and physical comfort, communicate with your doctor/nurse, take pictures, and know how to satisfy every wish and desire a mother may have…it is easy to understand how childbirth could be exhausting for them too! The partner should be able to take on whatever roles they would like and just enjoy being in the moment with the mother and their child. This is where having a Monatrice to step in and help take some of the weight off of the partner’s shoulders can be very beneficial.
About the author, Alexandra Wyatt, LM, CPM: Alexandra is a Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife through the state of Texas. Before becoming a Midwife, she was a Doula for 9 years and is trained in HypnoBirthing, Bradley and Lamaze child-birthing methods. Alexandra has attended hundreds of births and feels blessed each time she is asked to help welcome a new little one into this world.
If you would like to learn more about how a Monatrice can enhance your birthing experience, please feel free to contact Alexandra. You can find her online at: www.ButterflyBirths.com or on Facebook under “Butterfly Births Midwifery Services”.