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Monday, April 2nd, 2007
3:47 pm
[chamois_shimi]
Disposable diaper brands
We haven't tried EVERY diaper brand available, but sometimes it feels we've come pretty close to it. :) This is a list of our experiences with various brands - your mileage will, of course, vary.

For C, a boy, with a flat rump, round belly, and giant thighs:

Huggies leaked all over the place and the "baby shape" wasn't at all C's shape, they fit him very awkwardly.

Pampers Baby Dry fit well, and almost never leak.

Pampers Swaddlers never fit C very well, they were just the wrong shape and leaked a lot.

Parents Choice (Walmart) are the most plastic and least breathable of any disposable we've tried, the leg elastic isn't very good, and while the packaging talks about stretchy tabs for a better fit ... they don't stretch.

White Cloud sizing runs HUGE, like a whole size bigger than Pampers/Huggies HUGE.

Western Family, President's Choice (Fred Meyer), Kroger generic : we HATED them all, they leaked like sieves.

Luvs sizing tends to run smaller than Pampers and Huggies, and they leaked like mad with C.

Safeway Ultra-Stretch, Dry 'N' Happy, and Target store brand are essentially Pampers Baby Dry clones - they fit the same and look the same as Baby Dry, same lack of leakage for us.


Safeway sells a generic disposable diaper doubler that I'm thinking of trying with C at night - I'm not sure whether it's still got the same stay-dry kind of action that the diapers do, though. Anyone ever tried them or anything like them? Cloth doublers aren't an option for us, C's skin is enormously sensitive to dampness.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, February 19th, 2007
5:43 pm
[my_altered_life]
Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider

Okay, so this one is interesting. 3 stars. 

5 stars on the functionality. 
2 stars on price. 

Average - 3 stars. 

We bought this glider for two reasons. One - he has acid reflux and needs to sit up after he eats, but not sit up too far. It sits at a perfect angle (has two positions) for him to be comfortable. Two - he doesn't sleep in a crib, and started resisting the swing, and the bouncy seat died. This works well because the seat itself swivels 360 degrees, so it can either glide side-to-side or back and forth. The seat has two comfy cushions (washable), a buckle for safety (we don't use it yet), and it was easy to assemble. It takes 4 "D" batteries, and we have yet to replace them. It also has two speeds, and plays two kinds of music. 

Downsides

One - the price. It was 80 dollars at Wal-Mart. For what it does, I don't think it should be so expensive. 

Two - the speeds. It goes slow, and super slow. However, it seems to be fine for Conner. I just thought that it would move a little faster, more like a swing. But alas, it does not. 

All in all, I think it was a pretty good investment. 

 photo courtesy of http://www.fisher-price.com

1:19 pm
[marta128]
Monitor Recommendations
Hello Everyone! I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations of monitors that they really liked. I'm currently on the lookout to buy one and all the online reviews are so contradictory that I want to minimalize that and just go with one "authority" which will be you guys!
Friday, February 2nd, 2007
4:34 pm
[my_altered_life]
Bottle warmer.
Has anyone used/seen/heard of a portable bottle warmer? Like a travel one that runs on batteries? We're in the arctic zone - aka Ohio - and its so cold that if we put a bottle in the diaper bag and leave it in the car, the bottle will have ice in it! We need a way to warm bottles on the road.
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
3:13 pm
[my_altered_life]
Brand spankin' new.
Okay, so no one has joined yet. 

But hi to those who are thinking about it! 

I shall start the posting by asking this question: 

Whats the one baby item you don't think you could live without? 

And I'm not talking about essentials, like a car seat, I'm talking about an individual product that makes your life easier. 

Mine: Bouncy seat. This one vibrates. I'm not sure what the brand is because I got it from a garage sale, but my son LOVES it.
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