I was just randomly playing around with my Google Analytics — a very cool tool for a blogger. Obviously, I don’t produce a whole lot of entries since I pour my heart and soul into a lot of entries, and I usually wait for a spark to write more emotional posts. However, what I can do, is check out some of the ways people have found this site on the internet — what did people search for to find my humble blog? And can I answer some of the things they were searching for? Yes, I can perhaps give some help on those queries. I’ll select a few each week and write a bit about those. I’ll go ahead and address some of the more popular queries.
1. “Best natural disposable diapers” has brought a lot of people to my site. I did address this before, but I’ll definitely address it again. The best for fit and absorbency are Earth’s Best, hands down. The best (in a reasonable price range) that are the best for the environment are Nature BabyCare diapers. They have great absorbency (same as Earth’s Best as far as I can tell), and they are better for the environment than EB. Since they less plastic, they do tear occasionally, but it’s not very often. They use biodegradable packaging, soy ink, and have a reduced amount of absorbent polymers compared to other disposables. The best thing about so-called “natural” disposables is that they don’t SMELL like regular disposables — which to me have an awful chemical smell and something in them makes pee smell even more rank when it enters the diaper. I wouldn’t bother with Huggies Naturals — there isn’t much natural at all about them. They’re just regular Huggies without fragrance, and some of the exterior is made with organic cotton. Earth’s Best, Seventh Generation and Nature BabyCare are chlorine bleach free, which is awesome. This keeps harmful dioxin away from baby’s sensitive bottom. (I don’t like Seventh Gen as well simply because the fit is less generous, and the tabs aren’t as nice as either EB or NBC.) I don’t bother with the GDiaper hybrid diapers, since they always leak and are just a pain to deal with in general! Hope this helps, searchers! (And buy everything on Amazon — get the Amazon mom and subscribe and save discounts, and the fancy natural diapers come down to the price — or lower than the price — of “regular diapers” in the grocery store.)
2. “Safe paint for pregnant women” brings folks around too. Of course, it directs them to my previous post, but I’ll just say it again. Go for no-VOC brands of paint like FreshAire (available at Home Despot). Lowe’s, Ace, McCormick, Sherwin Williams — all of those stores should have their own no-VOC brands. And at the specialty paint stores, they can usually mix up whatever color you want in no-VOC. (The no-VOC was important for me because I just didn’t want to breathe in the smell of the regular paint. It made me just super sick and headachy after using regular, cheaper paint. The no-VOC was worth it! And it’s supposed to be better for the bambinos — born and unborn!)
3. “Best extended rear-facing car seat” brought a few folks by as well. For that, with my lovely penchant for excessive research, I would highly recommend the Britax series. Most all of them rear face til 40 lbs, front face til 55-70 lbs, and they are really high quality and come in cute prints. I have the Boulevard in cowmooflouge and we love it. They are a little tougher to buckle than infant seats, but I can deal with that for safety. Of course, the Britax are ridiculously expensive. This Evenflo Triumph is almost just the same as the Boulevard and costs a hundred bucks less. (My parents have it for my son, and the only difference I can see is that it doesn’t have soft shoulder pads. Otherwise, it appears to be exactly the same. The weight limit for the seat is 65 lbs, and the Boulevard is 70. Only other difference.) Lots of other people love the Sunshine Radian XTSL — I considered it because it goes to 80 pounds and 45 rear facing, but it is very tall, and as the back seats of the Element are raised, I didn’t want it interfering with my driving vision. It is THINNER than other seats, which is an advantage for those with multiple kiddos. Overall, those are the three I considered — and we all love the Boulevard and Triumph. The XTSL will have to wait for our imaginary next kiddo. Happy shopping!
Other answers to brief random questions that sent more than one person to my site:
1. Q: “Does formula make babies feel fuller?” A: Yes, I believe it does. They can take more of it at a time, and it is also thicker than breast milk. This is a plus, because Sam sleeps longer now than he ever did when he was breastfeeding. This is a negative, because it sends little babies (0-3 months or so) into a deeper sleep than they need to be in, increasing the risk of SIDS. That’s my short answer!
2. Q: “What are the best bras during pregnancy?” A: Bras from A Pea in the Pod, like this one, and sports bras from Target (if you can find ones that go nicely under your clothes). Skip Victoria’s Secret. If you’re super rich, go to Intimacy. Don’t wear your old bras — they can compress your breasts and cause pain and possibly damage to your breast tissue.
3. Q: “Are Medela bras at Target the same as the bras at A Pea in the Pod?” A: NO. NO. NO! My Medela bra literally fell apart after a few months of wear. The used and abuse APIP bras are still going strong.
4. Q: “Attachment parenting mom with Babywise friend?” A: There is no true answer to this. I do believe that moms with opposing viewpoints can and SHOULD be friends. My friend did Babywise, and it has worked out beautifully for her and her daughter. She doesn’t let her little girl cry, but the schedule was an awesome fit for both her and her little one’s personalities. It didn’t resonate with me. But I don’t believe crying it out or scheduling are really harmful to babies — Sam is on somewhat of a schedule, and nowadays, we have to let him fuss it out in his crib when he’s tired once in a while. Then he falls beautifully asleep. Point is — short of actually beating on a kid, withholding food from them, feeding them Big Macs every day, or calling them “idiot” instead of their given name — I am trying to be cool with how other people parent. And that would be my absolutely honest recommendation to a lady with an opposing viewpoint from her other lady friend. Friendships are important, and they are worth more than getting upset over a trifling matter like scheduling naps.
That’s all for today! We’ll see what comes up in the next week on my Google Analytics!
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Recently, Sam has been in a lot of disposable diapers. He’s been battling a terrible diaper rash (which we now think is due to teething), and the hardcore rash creams are real tough to get out of the cloth diapers in the wash. Sucks, but true. (Note: this would not be a problem with a diaper service, as they have industrial washers that can get most anything out.) Anywhoo, I’m not as down with the regular disposables that are made with chlorine.
Let me tell you — there are a lot of misconceptions out there about so called “green” or “natural” disposable diapers. I certainly love our Earth’s Best and Seventh Generation diapers, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them “natural.”
One of the big misconceptions is that “natural” disposables are biodegradable. This is absolutely not true. Yes, there are some disposable options that are biodegradable — but these do not include the more popular brands of natural disposable diapers. Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best and Huggies Natural all contain just as much SAP (sodium polyacrylate — the super-absorbent gel that holds your kid’s urine) as regular disposable diapers, and — news flash — that stuff does NOT biodegrade! Even diapers with no SAP — made with absorbent wood pulp — will not degrade in a landfill inside of a plastic trash bag. Nothing does.
What makes these diapers “natural”? The above options contain wood pulp that is not processed with chlorine. This means they may not be as irritating to the skin as other disposable diapers, and it means that the process by which they are made is much more environmentally friendly. (I can’t find a real, solid explanation regarding why chlorine is used to process any kind of diaper material — I assume it is a bleaching process for the wood pulp, which still doesn’t make sense to me.) This process is more “environmentally friendly” because it is not releasing chlorine into the environment. For your baby, this means chlorine-treated wood pulp is not sitting next to the skin. Some of these supposedly eco-friendly diapers boast that they use fewer petrochemicals to make the diapers, though it is not entirely clear what that means. The benefits pretty much end there.
I’m not saying the world wouldn’t be a slightly better place if moms everywhere used chlorine free diapers, but it’s not as huge a step in the right direction as advertising seems to suggest. Those moms who opt for the more “natural” options are still generating a truly staggering amount of trash. When using disposable diapers in this household (we do change frequently, every two hours or so, because of Sam’s propensity to diaper rash), we produce at least two full trash bags of diapers per week. We’ve also raged through 14o diapers in far less than a month. It makes me cringe — that’s just lots and lots of trash. And it’s trash filled with human waste. Gross.
I still advocate for the use of chlorine free diapers — and SAP free diapers, if you find a brand that you like. I still highly advocate for cloth, but until they find something that works as well as goopy, sticky Desitin but doesn’t stain cloth diapers and cause urine to repel right off of them, I’m stuck in the limbo world between disposable and cloth.
Info on your eco-friendly options:
Manufactured with more organic materials: Huggies Pure and Natural ARE manufactured with chlorine — the way the get away with being “natural” is the use of organic cotton in their product.
Chlorine free and SAP free, and compostable: For the most environmentally friendly choice in disposable diapers, look for Broody Chick, which are 100% compostable and SAP free. (If you’re into composting, or you have a trash center that accepts compost, these are a great option!) Bambo Nature and Attitude are also compostable.
Hybrid options: Flip diapers, gDiapers, and GroVia diapers are all hybrid systems, with waterproof covers and disposable and cloth insert options. For my money, I would recommend the GroVia or gDipaer inserts inside Flip covers. (All of the disposable options are chlorine free, and they are manufactured with far less SAP than conventional diapers. I have found them to be highly absorbent and effective. gDiaper inserts even have a flushable piece that can be torn away, so you are not throwing human waste into the garbage.) These options are more environmentally friendly not only because they contain less SAP and no chlorine — they are just less surface area than regular diapers, and would take up less space in a landfill if used exclusively. The drawback to this system is that breastfed poop can get into the PUL covers, causing you to wash them (a minor pain). But they are fabulous because you will get 100% fewer blowouts because of the way the PUL covers are made (especially the Flip covers — they are bulletproof).
For the money, I would recommend going with Seventh Generation or Earth’s Best if you have an Amazon subscription. (Chlorine free is better for the environment, if only minimally.) In my experience, they work as well as (if not better than) Huggies and Pampers, and they STINK way less. Get Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom, and you’re set. The other options tend to be far more expensive — though some of them are far better for the environment. Of course, cloth IS best for the environment, particularly if you have an HE washer. If you prefer the convenience of disposables, check out the above options — but remember, anything that goes in a landfill STAYS there. It doesn’t biodegrade … and it doesn’t go away.
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I’m a liberal feminist that believes that liberal, feminist ideals should gel with embracing your gender and motherhood (if that’s what you feel like doing). I support all kinds of moms and dads and parents. Oh and, although I totally love that natural vibe and not harming the environment, I supplement my organic milk and fresh fruits and veggies with the occasional Twix, the frequent Oreo, and the daily Coke Zero. I’m opinionated, not easily offended, and a loudmouth in person and on the internet. I am what I am. Welcome.
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