Sensitive Skin? Cj’s BUTTer to the rescue – {Giveaway}

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 Do you have sensitive skin? 

If the answer is, yes. You might want to try Cj’s Butter, its a balm or spray that you can apply on cuts, burns, eczema, bites. I have used it on all three of my munchkins. On the boys for rash and on Adryana for her eczema.

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Summertime Tips and Tricks for Cloth Diapers +
BabyKicks Beach Bash Giveaway #BKswim

 

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It’s summertime! Everyone loves what summer stands for: enjoying beautiful weather, sunshine, warm nights around a campfire, swimming, sweet corn, watermelon, berry picking and staying up late catching fireflies. What else could make summer great?

Summertime is the best time to cloth diaper. The number one reason we love summer is because we live in the North and get limited sunlight the rest of the year. So, out comes the drying rack and many of our diapers soak up the UV rays to save on energy costs of using the dryer. It also helps the diaper last longer as there’s less wear and tear on the diaper when it’s not tumbling around in the dryer.

You can get creative with how to dry diapers in the sun. One of my other favorite ways to sun dry is to take bkpants hangers (the plastic kind with the clips you bring home when you buy clothes) and clip the diapers in them. This prevents diapers from blowing away on windy days and/or landing in dirt below your deck or yard (needing another wash)!

But did you know that the sun is a natural bleaching agent? So not only will it dry your diapers, but it will also bleach away stains, all by itself. You can actually do this with any of your laundry (anyone have EBF stains on a favorite baby outfit? Get that puppy in the sun!).

The trick to bleaching in the sun is that the diaper (or clothes) need to be clean and wet. So wash as usual, and then lay the diapers directly in the sun after pulling them out of the wash. It will naturally kill bacteria and get rid of smells as well. I’ve also put lemon juice on the wet diapers in the sun to get rid of hard stains, which I appreciate because it’s a natural stain remover.

Another way to save during the summer is to use a reusable swim diaper. Swim diapers are really just meant to keep in solids in case of an accident. Even the thin disposable swim diapers don’t hold much urine. You can save a good amount of money by purchasing one or two swim diapers and washing and reusing them versus buying packages of throwaway swim diapers. Our swim diaper is on its second child and is holding up really well! I’m thankful not to be adding 2-3 swim diapers to the trash every week that we play at the pool or out in the sprinkler.

I’m an ambassador for BabyKicks, and this month we got the exciting news that they are adding swim diapers to their lineup of products! The swim diaper is sized (small through XL), has snaps on one side, and a mesh/athletic lining on the inside. It’s an adorable anchor/marine print that is perfect for the water. And the price is $13.95 super reasonable.

We’re planning a week at the beach in a few weeks and I can’t wait to play in the sand with the kids and show off our adorable swim diapers. I hope you get a chance to try out a swim diaper and make great use of it this summer!

Who wants to win some fluff?? BabyKicks will be releasing their *NEW PRINTS* tomorrow and to celebrate they want to host a giveaway 2 winners!! Whoot Whoot !!

Open to US ONLY. Enter Below. 

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Blog Contributor :  Tiffany works from home and is a full-time mom to two beautiful boys, 2.5 and 1, with baby #3 expected in January. Cloth diapering was exactly what her firstborn with eczema needed,  and she’s never looked back. She’s passionate about reading, eating well, and being an informed parent in all things child-related.

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I Stripped my Cloth Diapers with RLR

rlr love or hateI have been battling with a constant rash with my “lil bam bam”. Every time he poops it’s a total guarantee that he will end up with a red bum. The rash/burn is horrible because he cries when I wipe him and it hurts him so much that he doesn’t even want me to hold him. He also walks funny because he is in pain, its horrible to see him this way. It only occurs with older pocket diapers we use not the “New Cloth Diapers“. So I either figure out what is wrong with him or with our cloth diapers but we need to get to the bottom of this. I wanted to start this weekend with a stripping so I have heard that RLR works great for “ammonia”, stinks, and buildup. Which its possible I have buildup since I do live in Texas and Texas has hard water. So here goes nothing at this point I’m willing to try anything. RLR is an unofficial way to get rid of buildup it is normally used for clothes but a lot of cloth diaper stores and mammas use it for cloth diapers. I was a bit skeptical to use it on my pocket diapers since they do have PUL, the last thing I want to do is ruin my diapers. I asked around and some mammas said it was “okay” to use it. A great friend of mine that is very knowledgeable in “cloth diapers” said to me “sporadic use hurt them”. I figured its worth a try so here is my experience so far I have washed them and they are currently waiting for the inserts to try to stuff my pockets I will come back and update this post to let you all know how the stripping went.

Here is a little background on RLR and how I did my wash.

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RLR is NOT a soap or bleach.  It is a Special Treatment to remove dulling dried-in particles from fabric, leaving whites whiter and colors brighter.  During regular detergent washing, mineral deposits in the water, dirt and soil sediment, and residual matter from detergents all accumulate in the fabric causing it to look dingy.  RLR works by removing these particles from the clothing, holding them in suspension in the water and preventing redeposition so they rinse away leaving fabric looking like new.

Directions for Stripping Diapers: 

Open package and empty directly on dry, clean cloth diapers. Run a full wash/rinse cycle without detergent. Bubbles appear as the RLR strips the build up out of the diapers.  Continue to run rinse cycles until bubbles are not observed in the washer. Dry as usual.

RLR Laundry Treatment contains no phosphates, is bio-degradable and non-polluting.

My Experience

Short Video of me Stripping my Cloth Diaper Pocket Shells – Click on this Link

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I started with clean diaper, I put ONLY pocket shells to strip first there was about 21 shells. I used 2 packets of RLR (yes I might have over done this part but I just really wanted to make sure my diapers got cleaned.) I started with a hot wash I let my washer fill up with water first, after that I then added the two packets of RLR. Keep in mind that RLR does not sud up a lot or at least not for me. I think I got more suds with my pocket shells then I did with my inserts as you can tell from my short video and this picture above. After that wash I did a second HOT wash to get any other suds out and after that I just did cold rinse cycles till suds were gone. I might have over done this step too but “hey rinsing doesn’t harm right” 🙂 Lastly I used my drying rack inside the house to dry them after smelling they smelled clean but had a very faint smell like RLR not sure if I was just being paranoid or what ?? so I tossed them in my dryer ** I have never put my pocket diapers inside a dryer** and that seemed to do the job. They do look brighter and smell clean. My inserts are in the dryer now and they definitely smell super clean no scent at all just clean. So I will be stuffing diapers all night and I will come back and update you all on how this stripping goes.

Hope this helps you with your stripping, I did a lot of researching and just decided to do it. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Comment Below.

 

How do you strip your diapers to get rid of ammonia/stink/buildup ??

 

 

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