My Little Miracle

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Cloth Diaper Update/Review #1

We started cloth diapering Leonidas at 4 weeks old. I would love to have started earlier but because I was staying with my aunt I didn’t want to trouble them with washing those diapers. Also… the hospital and some of my friends have given me newborn disposables. So might as well use them before he outgrows it! Haha!

For those who are wondering what are cloth diapers or those thinking “why is this lady using cloth to diaper her child???”, please read my previous post on my fluff update here. Modern cloth diapers are not like what you have in mind 😉

Okay, so here goes. I will post actual pictures of the diapers that I have tried and what I think about them.

1. Grovia Newborn AIO

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What I like: I love the fit of this diaper. It is probably due to the fact that it is a sized diaper. It fits a baby from 5-12 lbs (2.3-5.4 kg). I love the design and print. They look absolutely adorable and trim on him! It is very absorbent and holds poop pretty well.

What bugs me: Leo is currently 5 kgs so it may only fit him for another month or so 😦 Wicking does happen if the diaper is too full. I’ve had maybe twice of this happening so far and had to change this clothes. Because this is an AIO diaper, it takes a longer time to dry. But this is not totally bad if you live in Malaysia… the sun is soooooo hot, it’ll dry 🙂

2. Rumparooz OS Pocket

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What I like: This diaper has double leg gussets which will hold all the poop/mess in place. Also, the cutting for this diaper is smaller than most one-sized diaper so it will fit a newborn too! When Leo wore it, I had to adjust the height to the next rise snap already!

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What bugs me: This diaper is made up of fleece material inside, which means that it’ll be hot!!! Leo started sweating in it within minutes! I do believe it is a good diaper but because I have no air conditioning in my living room, it’s just too hot to be in it. Once, I felt that it leaked towards the back. I wasn’t sure if I had put it on wrongly or maybe the fleece material isn’t as absorbent? I have to try this diaper again to really be sure.

3. Bum Genius OS Pocket

Bum Genius

What I like: This diaper fits him perfect now. Trim and not bulky. So far, I’ve had no leaks at all. It is easy to wash and the large opening for the insert really makes it easier to stuff. I really like the snaps better on this diaper as it is easy to snap (only 2 on each side) and remove. The inner material is not fleece, so it is not so hot and Leo seems really comfortable in it. I like Bum Genius.

What bugs me: The Velcro version of this diaper may not be my favorite. The tabs seems hard (might be painful if it touches baby’s skin). However, this might be daddy’s/daycare’s favorite as it is easy to remove Velcro tabs. I will need to use this diaper more often/long enough to see if there are any more cons.

4. Thirsties Cover + Green Mountain Newborn Prefold

Thirsties Cover

What I like: This is by far the best system that I used. I really liked the fact that I can reuse the cover if it is not soiled. At first the cover seems a little “fragile” or “ciplak” to me, but I was so wrong!!! The PUL is durable and the Velcro fastens well too. Leo had poop in it a few times and I have had no blowouts!

What bugs me: This is a sized cover. Which means as Leo grows… he’ll need another cover. Currently, he is using the S size cover which fits from 12–18 lbs (5.5–8 kg). I hope that it will fit him longer because the Velcro tabs are still overlapping when he wears them.

5. Bummis Cover + Green Mountain Newborn Prefold

Bummis Cover

What I like: I also liked this cover. Similar to my review on Thirsties. Durable and fastens well. No blowouts!

What bugs me: Again, similar to Thirsties. It is a sized cover and will have to buy more as Leo grows. The front part of this cover seems short. The part where you fasten the Velcro tabs. It doesn’t go all the way to the side (where his hips are), but it’s not really a major con.

6. Shiezy AI2

Shiezy Cover

What I like: Very, very similar to Thirsties and Bummis. I used it with GMD Prefolds, it worked. I used it with the insert that came with it (not sure if its hemp or cotton… but with microfiber insert too), it worked. I used it with charcoal bamboo insert, also worked! Sizing is pretty trim and really not bad considering the price 🙂 No blowouts either!

What bugs me: The 2 inserts that came with it, fit him, but very bulky! Probably because I had it snap down to the smallest rise setting. The insert didn’t fit the cover (length wise) and it was just too huge on him. The Velcro tabs does not grip as well and does not look very durable. However, for the price we’re paying, it is ok.

7. Green Mountain Diaper Newborn Prefolds

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What I like: I ABSOLTELY LOVE THESE PREFOLDS. I did not regret getting them at all. They are super absorbent and easy to change (I do not use a snappi btw, just put a cover over it). For smaller babies, I guess the prefold + cover system works really well. I am sure that Leo will not fit into the OS diapers when he was smaller so these are GREAT!

What bugs me: NOTHING! These are also sized. I am using NB size but I foresee that I can still use it later on as an insert for his pocket diapers.

So far, that is all the diapers that I have tried. Honestly, I have been using the Grovia NB a lot because I know he will outgrow them very soon so I am making the most of it! If not Grovia, I use prefolds and covers a lot too because I really like the system! It is easy to change and very absorbent. Also due to the fact that the covers I’m using are sized… so making the most out of it again. When Leo goes to daycare, he will probably use the pocket diapers as it is easy to put on and take off. I may have to re-review the pockets as I use them more later on. As for now… I am happy and glad that I cloth diaper and it is so easy! Fun as well! You may call me crazy but I love picking prints and seeing him wear them. Diaper laundry is really no big deal if you do normal clothes laundry anyway. So that is all for now 🙂

Do post any questions if you have them!

Happy cloth diapering!

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Breastfeeding Update #1

Alright, I am so sorry for not updating as frequent as I should. Well, as I mentioned earlier, my computer crashed. So hubby sent it for repair and it was a hard disk failure. Yes.. I had lost all my documents (photos/music/videos/work stuff… it is like I have a new computer now). I was terribly sad and needed some time to settle with it. Re-downloading all my programs and I am still doing it right now!

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Also, time is precious at this moment. Taking care of a fairly new baby is hard. He needs me 24/7. Although he is no more a newborn (I am guessing newborn means less than a month old?) He is now almost 7 weeks and I barely have time for myself. When I do (while he’s sleeping), I am doing laundry, preparing lunch/dinner, pumping milk, simple cleaning or jusit down for a nap with him as I am sooooo tired… no time for blogging! I promise I will try to find time to do it!

Now that he’s sleeping, I am gonna make a breastfeeding update!

How is breastfeeding going? Is breastfeeding easy?

Let me tell you, YES IT IS! Please read on before you judge me :p

I have to say, I am thankful I researched and read a lot on breastfeeding even before he was born. I read this book, written by Dr. Choong’s wife, Christine Choong on breastfeeding as I had numerous questions on it while I was still seeing him as my OB. I was determined to do it and stayed really positive on supporting bf. I also have friends who has done it and encouraged me to do so. I have heard crazy stories on people who did not bf and why they did not. Some of their responses was valid but mostly is just lack of understanding/research/determination? I really encourage new moms or moms who really want to bf to read this book.

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BF has been going really well for me now. I am glad I started out right and kept on going despite the pain. The first few days was hard. REALLY HARD. When Leo was first given to me to bf, I remember the nurse asking “do you want us to give him formula? in case you do not have milk”. I was shocked to be asked that question! Confidently, I said “I have milk, surely will”. When he was placed in my arms, the nurse helped me position him so that he could latch. She squeezed my nipple to see if I have “milk” and voila, there was the colostrum. A yellow liquid which most  moms call it liquid GOLD! It took some time for him to latch but he did it and started sucking slowly.

Even when I was home, the first 4 days was the most difficult. I cried, I complained, I fussed. There was almost nothing and he was sucking on my dry nipple, not to mention his latch was shallow because I felt that his mouth was too small to take in a mouthful. I remember my uterus contracting SO MUCH the first 4 days whenever he feeds. I would cry in the middle of the night and prayed that it’ll all go away. My nipples hurt so bad and once there was a little crack and started to bleed.

On the 4th day, my milk started to come in and I was so engorged. I remember feeling like I had a bowling ball on my my chest! With more and more practice latching Leo (which was almost 24/7 feeding), he learnt to latch properly. Day by day, weeks passed and he’s learnt to feed well. For me, I had a lot of milk. My let down would be so strong that he would choke on my milk or start gagging even before he starts! I was scared, not sure what to do. Even now, occasionally he would choke. It is normal if that happens and it’ll go away by 3 months. Baby will learn to control the milk flow better. All you have to do is… LATCH. Latch latch and latch. I did not take any supplements that boost my supply. I just ate like normal. Of course there are some days I felt that I had more milk and some days, less milk.

Am I ever worried that my milk supply is dropping? YES! But then again, do not stress about it. Your body is adjusting and supply=demand 🙂

Now, I pump around 3 times a day to relieve engorgement and also to keep some frozen stock for emergency. I am also preparing for the day I get back to work, where he will be in daycare and will need ample supple of milk. I am not sure if my supply will be this much when I get back to work as there will not be direct latching as often, but I am determined that I could do it.

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Breastfeeding is a lot of hard work and require patience. I know not many moms out there have that patience and I understand why. Lack of sleep with no rest, a baby clinging on to you, latching 24/7 and even in public, it is devastating! I felt the same way too. But I remember what I’ve learnt. It is only the first month or two that is the hardest. Once you pass that, it’ll all be okay and worth it! I was determined to bf as long as I could and tell myself that formula does not exist! I remember saying to Leo, “if you’re hungry, mommy has lotsa milk… if you don’t latch well, there is no other supplement for you. So like it or not, you have to learn this together with me.” And it did work.

I believe that your milk supply depends on your mood and determination. If you are determined to bf, you WILL have milk and you will not doubt yourself! No second guesses at all. It is scientific that your hormone Oxytocin (happy hormone) is released when bf and is needed to produce milk. So moms-to-be out there, please don’t give up! I wish I could come over and help those who need it! Your breast milk is the BEST nutrition you could give your baby. And it is FREE!

People say that you bond with baby when you are bf. I did not believe that at first. When I nurse Leo in the early days, he would not look at me, or look at me blank! “What do you expect? He’s a newborn!”,  I’d tell myself. But now… at times he would look up and stare at me in the eye. Sometimes he smiles and sometimes just listening to me talk. I begin to feel that bond. It is something so special that only he and I could have. So yes, that bonding will come few months later and I know I wont regret it!

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That is all for my bf update for now. Like I said, Leo is only 7 weeks old. So far so good. I do not know what it’ll be like later on. I will keep updating you guys.

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