Cloth Diaper Review: Fuzzi Bunz

Fuzzi Bunz diapers are the diapers I originally bought when I had my first baby.  I did not try any other diapers before buying them, but simply invested in them based on friends’ recommendations and online reviews.  Now days, parents have the option of buying a fitted diaper from Fuzzi Bunz called the Perfect Fit (they come in preemie, small, medium, large, petite, etc.) or a One Size, that has many snaps like the Rump-A-Rooz to fit from birth to 35 pounds or so.  When I bought my Fuzzi Bunz they didn’t make the One Size, so this review is specific to the Perfect Fit style of Fuzzi Bunz.

Also note that I know a bit more about these diapers than the others I reviewed, since I’ve used them on two babies now, and the others for only nine days total.

Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Fit

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Cloth Diaper Review: Kushies Classic

During the nine day study I participated in, the other type of cloth diaper I got to try was the Kushies Baby Classic diapers.

Kushies Baby Classic Diapers

These diapers are an All-In-One (AIO) cloth diaper.  That means that there are no inserts like the pocket diapers.  Essentially, they are the most like disposables in the ease-of-use category.

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Cloth Diaper Review: Rump-A-Rooz

A few months back, my youngest son and I participated in a infant feeding study.  During the last nine days of the study, we were required to collect stool samples from every diaper he wore.  The study provided cloth diapers that had been washed in a special soap for these nine days, so I had the opportunity to try a couple of different brands of cloth diapers (besides my own, which I could not use during the study).  I thought I’d offer up a review of the diapers we tried, in case it helps other parents decide what kind of diapers to go with.  One of the diaper brands provided in the study were Rump-A-Rooz.

Rump-A-Rooz

These diapers are a pocket style diaper, meaning that the diaper its self it made up of two layers: the outer one being water proof, and the inner one, meant to wick moisture away from your baby’s bum.  There is an opening between the layers (the pocket) where you can put in various absorbent inserts, adjusting for your baby’s individual needs. Continue reading

The Unexpected Home Birth

Usually during your childbirth education classes you hear about how long a labor can be.  But what if your labor goes really fast?  So fast that your midwife can’t get to you or you don’t have time to get to your planned birth place?

While it’s a rare occurrence for first time mothers, it’s not a rare concern.  Here are the answers to some common questions surrounding precipitous birth and fast labor.

What is fast labor? Fast labor is considered to be less than three hours and is also called “Precipitous Birth.” It is not an emergency. However, it can be intense and sometimes frightening for parents.

How common is it? Between 2-3 percent of births are considered precipitous, however it is much more common in second (or more) time mothers than first time moms. If a mother has already had one fast labor, she is more likely to have another. The chances of a first time mother having a fast labor is very small. Continue reading

Birth Philosophies

Diana Korte, author of A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, said “If you don’t know your options you don’t have any.”

It is important to remember when choosing a care provider that not only do you have lots of options, but that you have the power to hire, fire, and change care providers anytime during your pregnancy and prenatal care.

Below are some generalizations on two very different ways of viewing pregnancy and birth-related care. Continue reading

Leg Cramps During Pregnancy – What You Can Do

Lately, I’ve noticed my pregnant Facebook friends complaining of a common pregnancy discomfort:  leg cramps.  Some call them charley horses, they usually happen in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning, and they can wake you from a sound sleep.

So what causes them?  Why are they common among pregnant women?  It’s thought that they are caused by circulation problems, or simply the increase of blood circulation during pregnancy.  They are also believed to be caused by the increase of weight during pregnancy, which explains why they are often worse in the second and third trimesters.  Additionally, a decrease in exercise or pressure from the growing baby and uterus on your blood vessels may contribute. Continue reading

Vitamin D, Protein and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, one of the challenges many women face is the constant barrage of “eat this” and “don’t eat that.”  A lot of women have a hard time taking that prenatal vitamin, whether due to morning sickness, or the size of some of the vitamins out there.

A great way to be sure you are getting all the nutrients you and your baby need is by eating the foods that contain them.  Study after study has shown that we absorb far more nutrients from our food then from a supplement.

So here’s a little info that might help pregnant mamas tackle two of the hot topics for pregnancy nutrition right now:  vitamin D and protein.

For many people, especially those who don’t eat a lot of meat, it can be challenging to also meet the recommended daily levels of protein for pregnancy.  A friend recently shared an article on spelt, a wonderful whole grain, that is packed with protein.  A single serving contains 10.7 grams!  The bread recipe linked to the article also calls for flax seeds – another great, natural source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.  Essential fatty acids, the “good fats,” provide a host of health benefits, like better memory and brain function, a real dietary bonus.

An article recently published stated that “a new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology says seven out of 10 pregnant women in the U.S. are not getting enough of this crucial vitamin.  Prenatal vitamins do raise vitamin D levels during pregnancy but this study shows that higher doses may be needed.”

We can easily absorb vitamin D from just fifteen minutes of bare skin exposure to the sun per day.  But cold climates, or sunscreen use often blocks those health rays.  The great news is that there really are quite a few choices when it comes to foods that contain vitamin D.  And, happily, many of these foods are protein packed!  While vitamin D is added to fortified foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt and cereal, it occurs naturally in eggs, mushrooms and many types of fish.

Shiitake and button mushrooms that have been dried in the sun are great at absorbing vitamin D.  And all that sunshine vitamin gets passed on to those who consume the mushrooms, along with high amounts of B vitamins, which have been shown to help with nausea.

In climates with higher latitudes, like Alaska, people tend to get less vitamin D from the sun, but also tend to eat more fatty fish.   These fish, while high in vitamin D also contain high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Some examples of these vitamin D packed fish are salmon, catfish, tuna, and sardines.  A small 3 1/2 ounce serving of one of these fish contains 50-90% of the recommended daily value of vitamin D.  When choosing these fish, however, make sure you are getting fish that are low in mercury and sustainably raised.