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Cloth Diapering For Nights

Many moms start cloth diapering enthusiastically but prefer it only during the day. Night time Cloth Diapering looks like a big battle to most of them or is it a mental block if I may say! The thought of having a leaky diaper, crying baby, wet bed or having to change at 2 past midnight is not quite pleasant for an already exhausted mom, and disposable diapers look like the best things for nights, but if they aren’t good for the day, they aren’t either good for the night! Night time CDing is doable with a little experimentation and is pretty easy once you know what works for you.

If you are new to cloth diapering do check out this  related post that I wrote sometime back.

I started using cloth diapers when my son was 2.5 months old, soon after full days of CDing and having built enough stash, I started to cloth diaper him during the nights as well.

Warning- This post does not guarantee a leak-proof night time diapering solution; because honestly, I haven’t found any. It is to help you understand the various options that you could choose from and also to let you know that it’s okay to have a few leaky nights, you and your child are on a much bigger mission, that of saving the environment from disposable diapers!!

During the first few weeks the pocket diapers worked well for us, they used to be heavy and dripping by the dawn though, but they sufficed.

My son has been a heavy wetter (drinks a lot of water and nurses through the night, even now at 27months) and there are more than occasional leaks, but that hasn’t deterred me from using Cloth diapers at night.

Cloth diapering is about experimenting, learning through trials and errors; from your experiences and mistakes and those of other moms.

Just when you start the night-time diapering see how long your regular diaper lasts during the day; add an additional layer or 2 of insert ( I started by adding an additional insert in our regular pocket diaper). See if it works fine for you. It should work if the diaper fit is perfect and if your baby is light to medium wetter.

If this isn’t good enough for you, try adding a hemp or bamboo insert. Hemp and bamboo are known for high absorbency. Keep changing the combination of inserts to see what works best for your baby.

While using a pocket diaper adding too many inserts can make it bulky and also can hamper the fit. See that the diaper fit is intact from the legs and that the baby isn’t uncomfortable in the diaper.

Here are a few other things that you can try apart from adding extra inserts to your pocket diapers.

• Try an AIO (all in one) or AI2( all in 2), if these too are being outpeed, try adding an insert to these as well. I happened to try an AiO by Bumberry and I must tell you that it works perfectly well during the day for my son (a heavy wetter) and with an extra insert for the nights. They are soon going to launch the AIOs for sale on all their platforms.

• A fitted diaper with a cover: Not many brands offer fitted diapers, a fitted diaper is made up of hemp, cotton or bamboo fabric which is gentle on baby skin. These diapers are highly absorbent all over and hence are good for tummy/side sleepers. Since these diapers don’t have a PUL cover it is advisable to use a diaper cover with these for nights. Also being natural fabric, these fitted diapers don’t have a stay dry layer, for nights it is advised that you top it up with a fleece liner. I haven’t tried a fitted diaper, so I won’t be talking much about it.

• For tummy sleepers another option is to use a muslin or other soft fabric around the waist. My son sleeps on tummy and on sides, to avoid the leaks from the waist I started putting an insert horizontally across the tummy (right where we tuck the snaps). I waited for him to show signs of discomfort but was fine and slept well without any leaks! So, an extra insert sideways works for us.

Few more points to ease your night time CDing-

• See that the baby pees right before you set him/her for the night diaper change.

• Change the diaper only around the bed time.

• Keep a set of diaper handy by the bedside (if you co-sleep) or by the baby cot, to change if there is any leak.

At the end, do not worry about occasional leaks, keep experimenting with your fluff and you will have it right soon!

 

This blog post is a part of ‘Conscious Diapering and Sustainable Living’. A blog train sponsored by Bumberry hosted by Genevieve of Life.of.gen & Me. Here 18 Supermoms have joined hands to share their perspective on cloth diapering and living an eco-friendly sustainable lifestyle.

I thank Preeti, the founder of DelhiBlogger for introducing me. The next station of this blogtrain is thehappymummablog,  blog my Priyanka, who writes about her motherhood journey. Priyanka is a passionate babywearer and a clothdiapering mom.

Hop on to our blog-train for it needs no tickets; spread this love for clothdiapering by sharing this post and others in the series!

Happy Cloth Diapering!

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Product Review- Mother Sparsh Baby Wipes

Hello friends,

I am back with a product review.

Out of the many things that we new moms use, baby wipes become our best friend over the first few weeks and then this friendship lasts longer than we expect it to.

The wipes are consistently used through first few months and also later, used over the most delicate parts of our babies who already have sensitive skin; this makes choosing the right wipes even more important.

 

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8 points to consider while planning your first baby/toddler photoshoot

These are the times when memories may fade but pictures won’t, rather pictures help us reminisce those beautiful moments.

It is all perfect till the time we have our pre- wedding or maternity shoot, because all we need for these shoots is a good location, a good photographer and a few change of clothes.

The moment your little one enters the photo scene, dynamics change altogether.

Here I share with you 8 points that you should consider while planning your first baby/toddler photoshoot. Continue Reading

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IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP DURING PREGNANCY

 

For a woman, her pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement. At the same time, it can also be a time of serious sleep disturbance due to the hormonal changes and due to the growing belly bump. Therefore, apart from being physically active and eating healthy diet, it is vital to have a good sleep during the pregnancy period.

As you have begun with your pregnancy, you should understand the importance of sleep during pregnancy.

Your healthcare provider might have advised you to take proper rest and sleep. The proper rest and sleep during your pregnancy helps you to avoid complications during pregnancy.

Therefore, in this blog, you will find the importance of sleep during pregnancy. Let us have a look.

  1. Maintains Blood Pressure

 

A proper sleep helps you to regulate and maintain the blood pressure of your body. As during the pregnancy, the blood pressure tends to fluctuate, therefore, in order to prevent any complication associated with the same can be controlled by taking proper rest and sleep.

 

 

  1. Comfortable atmosphere to your baby

If you are taking good rest and sleep during your pregnancy, you are not only helping your body to relax but also giving your baby to grow and develop in a comfortable environment. According to the studies, expectant mothers who are stressed during their pregnancy time, it has affected somehow to the development of the baby. Therefore, be relaxed and take proper 8 hours of sleep, so that you can help your baby grow comfortably.

 

  1. Control Fatigue

The importance of sleep during pregnancy can be understood with the fact that it helps to control fatigue and tiredness in the body of an expectant mother. As the body of a pregnant lady undergoes with the hormonal changes, this leads to the continuous feel of fatigue and tiredness.  Here, proper sleep and rest can be beneficial.

 

  1. Lowers the stress from your heart 

During pregnancy, it is obvious that you may feel stress sometimes. So, here if you take proper sleep and rest, stress can be relieved. Please remember, do not exert yourself and drink plenty of fluid to keep yourself hydrated and energetic.

 

We all understand that a healthy body gives birth to a healthy baby, hence it is very important to take a good sleep while taking proper care and cautions. Moreover, if you are planning how to get pregnant proper rest and sleep is important.

 

Take Care!

This is a guest post by Akansha Bansal.

Akansha lives with a notion “SIMPLE LIVING, HIGH THINKING” and has an optimistic approach towards life. She is always eager to learn new things. She is the founder of a Parenting website called “Budding Star“.

 

Link of website: buddingstar you could also check: buddingstar  on Facebook, on  twitter and  Instagram

 

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Tips for a perfect and smooth photoshoot with your newborn

Pictures have always played a very important role in my life, I have albums full of my boarding school and college hostel memories from the times much before the advent of DSLRs or mobile phone cameras, I am writing about newborn photography not because I had a perfect shoot with my new born; neither was it a disaster; I am writing this because I altogether missed doing a newborn shoot for my baby.Honestly, I was exhausted  and could not think of sparing 4-5 hours for a shoot; but now when I look back I only regret. As I write this I feel like having one more baby only so that I can do a newborn shoot for him/her, so strong is my regret!

Well they grow up too fast and camera is the only tool to have these growing up moments frozen in squares and rectangles!

Here I have some tips for helping you plan your newborn shoot the perfect way-

1. Choose the photographer wisely- New borns are tiny people susceptible to infections and illnesses; it is therefore important to choose a reliable photographer who would have sanitised all the props and equipments.

2. Decide what kind of photos you want- New born photography is categorised into candid lifestyle and Posed shoot. The posed shoots are mostly done within 14-16 days of birth, mainly because the baby sleeps majority of the times and is wary of things happening around. During these first 2 weeks of birth It is easier for the photographer to use props, swaddle and mold the baby.  The candid lifestyle type shoot can be done anytime within first 2 months of birth. The lifestyle newborn shoot captures the baby in variety of moods and also captures the bond in the family.

If you are confused, you could choose a combination of both.

3. The new born shoots may take 4-6 hours; babies don’t come with a manual, they may want to nurse or cry for a diaper change just when your photographer has set up everything for the shoot. Bottomline is ” stay calm” and do not fret over things taking long.

Try nursing just before the shoot is scheduled, keep yourself and the baby full.

4. If the shoot is happening at your home, make some room for equipments that photographer will bring along. Have the photographer visit your home a few days prior to the scheduled shoot.

Free the space of any clutter.

5. If the shoot is happening at a studio, ensure that it isn’t far off. Prepare your bag a day before and do not leave anything for the last moment.

Pictures are precious and so are the moments that create them, hope you have a memorable shoot.

Do let me know if I missed any points!