Hello everyone! Thank you very much for your participation. Today was the Grand Opening of EcoBuns and Jabber Log was there to witness such an excellent turn out. The friendly staff of EcoBuns answered every question and greeted every guest with a smile. This is definitely the place to be for all your cloth needs and natural products. Make sure to visit the ever popular EcoBuns at their store 12330 James st. Suite B30 Holland, MI in the Outlet Mall or their web site here.
And now for the moment you have been waiting for. The giveaway brought to you in part by EcoBuns and Jabber Log began this past Monday. The giveaway involved three steps in order to be eligible for the giveaway of a package that included a BumGenius All in one organic, matching pair of baby legs and a Bummis Swimmi dipe. The names were mixed up and given numbers at random. Afterward they were given to our guru random.org and a winner was chosen. The winner of this most excellent giveaway is Christy Vande Waa! Congratulations and thank you all for participating and making this giveaway and Grand Opening a success. Please stay locked to Jabber Log for Diaper Wars: A Father’s Tale; May the cloth be with you where this father will document his many adventures within the world of cloth diapers. Thanks again and for Christy, please contact Candis of EcoBuns within two weeks at email@example.com.
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For the past two weeks my wife and I have been running a trial with disposables over cloth diapers. I have enjoyed the convenience of them but they have been rather messy. I posted a few weeks back that my problem with cloth diapers was that my daughter kept wetting through them. The disposables on the other hand kept her dry but they allowed for messy blowouts. Well, after our trial with disposables, feedback from readers, and the excellent customer service at EcoBuns, we are back on track with cloth. The disposables kept the wetness in, however, the blowouts were crazy. Here’s a mental picture for you. My wife would be holding our daughter for a while and of course I wanted a turn. She would be wide awake and smiling. I would make faces at her and play. You know, father and daughter enjoying their time together. Then her stomach begins to rumble and bubble. This is followed up with a complete red face and an explosion of her diaper. At times it was bad enough that my hand would move from the explosion. As you can see it was pretty bad and the disposable did nothing to combat the dreaded blowout.
After numerous blowouts our trial was done. The entire point was to compare both diapers and see where the pros and cons were. At the time it seemed that they both had at least one con in reference to pee vs. poo. After weighing our options it was decided that poo is better dealt with when cloth is used and blowouts cease to be. In all honesty I would rather deal with a wet diaper then a chili like blowout. So we decided to look at different folding techniques and possibly using pocket cloth diapers like some readers suggested. Last week I came home from work and I picked up Lola to give her a big hug. She was all smiles and my wife told me that she probably needed to be changed. I noticed that she had a cover on and somewhat freaked because last I knew, the Snappi was missing in action. I figured I could just wrapped her up tight without needing the Snappi but I also assumed it was mandatory to keep everything in. Either way I laid her down to change her and when I pulled down the cover I noticed it was different. I didn’t see the pre-fold and I froze. For a moment I thought it was a GroVia diaper where I could pull out the insert so I went for it. As Lola smiled at me I pulled on the section of the diaper that was completely soaked with no give. Yeah…I was wrong…way wrong. This part did not come off and it turned out to be a Fuzzibunz pocket diaper so all I had to do was wrap it up and toss it in the wet bag.
“How do I work this thing?”
I could hear my wife laugh as she made her way to the room to assist me. I was stumped after soaking my hand and I felt stupid because I was wrong on the type of cloth diaper and confused. After she explained it to me we had a good laugh and I finished changing Lola. I’m not sure I like the FuzziBunz pocket diaper but as of right now I am digging the Thirsties covers combined with a thicker pre-fold. My wife and I also went to EcoBuns the other day to see if we could find a better technique for folding our pre-folds. As usual our visit was superb and if you haven’t had the opportunity to make contact with Candis and the rest of the EcoBuns team, you’re missing out. There is always a friendly greeting when walking in and they are very knowledgable and passionate about cloth diapers and the rest of their products. We left with a new folding technique that I have dubbed, “3 Folds and a Snappi”. It consists of three folds up front and in for better wetness protection and it’s topped off with a Snappi. So far it has worked in our favor and Lola has not leaked or blown out at all. Thank you to EcoBuns and the readers of the cloth that responded to my previous posts. Although I did not have a chance to respond I did read the comments and they were much appreciated. So here it is! The cloth strikes back and winning out once again against the disposable diaper of blowouts. Armed with a new folding technique I’m ready to continue my journey with cloth diapers.Post Views: 450
Woooooooo! Two weeks and counting my fellow Jabber Loggers! Yesterday made the birth of my daughter more of a reality. My wife and I had to meet with one of the advisors of the hospital in order to pre-register so that we did not have to do it when my wife goes into labor. The hospital is very nice and it’s pretty peaceful as well. I’m sure it won’t be all that peaceful when my wife is crushing my hand while dealing with a killer contraction but oh well. I helped make the child so I might as well take some pain as well right? We sat in the office with the advisor and we enjoyed some small talk but we quickly moved on to the good stuff. Let’s register and get to know everyone by asking somewhat awkward questions.
“So Ricardo, I see you’re a 911 dispatcher.”
“Yep, that’s correct.”
“Oh, that sounds like a very interesting job.”
“Why yes it is.”
The advisor stared at me for a moment, smiled and nodded her head. I was baffled. I smiled back and nodded my head as well.
“I bet you’ve heard it all huh? The job sounds unpredictable.”
“That it is, that it is.”
There were long pauses and I usually don’t talk about all of my calls because I have taken some horrifying ones. If you don’t believe me, click on the right side for “Within the Trenches” and you can read a few bad ones. So after a few awkward pauses we moved on. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk to her. I was just saving her mind from thinking too much about any bad call I brought up. We moved on to allergies in the family and past medical history. It was the normal routine crap but what threw me for a loop was when she asked about our race/ethnicity.
“So I see that you’re both white but do either of you have anything else mixed in there?”
I chuckled for a moment. I glanced over at my wife and then smiled. I slowly turned toward the advisor and my smile grew. Imagine the scene in the animated version of, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when his smile starts out small and then grows beyond belief.
“Um…well I’m actually 100% Mexican.”
“Oh!” She turned red for a moment. “Well, I thought you might be mixed because your name is Ricardo but…”
My wife and I laughed. I took no offense at all by her comment. It takes a lot to upset me and I have an open mind and an excellent sense of humor.
I laughed and said, “It’s cool. I am slightly lighter than most Mexicans and I have no accent.” I made sure to say all of this in my best announcer voice and we all shared a nice laugh about it. Then the advisor asked another question and I almost lost it!
“So Rebecca, I know Ricardo is full Mexican but do you have any Mexican in you?”
I let out a chuckle and I bit my tongue. Seeing how she was pregnant I could have busted out several cracks but I held back. I glanced at my wife and she gave me the, “Don’t you dare joke right now” look. I’m sure she would have laughed but I let it go. The registration ended with a tour of the birthing center and I was impressed. The best part, for my wife that is, was that she may have a room with a jacuzzi. Now from what I saw, it looked pretty sweet. Are there any mom’s out there that had a chance to use one? If so, let me know what you thought about it. There is just a short time left and Lola Mae is on her way and I’m stoked! Can’t wait to meet you baby girl!Post Views: 449
It’s only been about 11 days since my daughter was born. Although it’s been a short time I can already see the changes in her. She seems to have grown a bit and she’s making all kinds of funny faces. She’s a complete snuggle bug and I love it! My older children were the same way but it feels special because she’s daddy’s girl. Every day has been fun and she’s starting to get used to sleeping by herself and chilling by herself while she’s awake. Her eyes have not changed completely but if they happen to stay as blue as they are now I’m in for a lot of trouble once the RiffRaff comes around. I don’t think I have too much to worry about though. She already seems to have that, “take no crap” attitude. She’s so young yet she does so much that makes me laugh. One thing I noticed, after my wife pointed it out of course, was that she has my eyebrow lift. A better example would be the eyebrow lift that The Rock is known for. I can do both, my son Logan can do it, and Lola is already busting it out. I guess I can say this is our thing since my wife is unable to do it.
When Lola cries she sounds like a baby lamb. I try not to laugh because she mostly cries when her diaper is being changed. She seems to despise it for some reason. I can only imagine that it’s because she is cold and possibly uncomfortable to begin with but since she cries out like a little lamb. I of course, have started calling her this. I’m sure I will be able to call her this for years to come until about middle school when everything her old man does embarrasses her. So much has happened and there is a lot more to come. With all this goodness comes a little bit of the messiness. How is it possible that someone so little can create such destruction? I mean, she eats a lot but wow! One night my wife had passed her to me because I wanted to cradle her and when I got her she let it go.
“Oops! Guess dads going to change that one huh?”
I think they had this planned out. I can’t prove it just yet but I’m sure they trapped me. Whatever the case though, I have been doing pretty good with the cloth diaper changes. The Snappi is no longer my enemy but sometimes I forget to tuck in the diaper in the back. Luckily I have not experienced any blowouts. I have also been amazed at how there has been no redness like they way my 7 year old used to get when he was in disposables. We cleaned him on a regular basis and he was never in a wet, soiled diaper for a long time but he managed to still get some redness. I can only assume that it had to do with whatever is used to scent the diaper but who am I to judge. All I know is that I have had a better experience with cloth diapers than anything else. All in all everything is going great! I have yet to use our sprayer but I’m sure that when the time comes, it will make for a funny story. Cheers!Post Views: 338