Fuzzibunz, Tea tree oil and Fluff mail!

So I’m sure; those of you that follow me, remember that I got some Fuzzibunz diapers recently for a really reasonable price and was really excited to try them out. Well we have had them for about a week now and I can safely say that I LOVE THEM! haha We had a hiccup the first few days, but its all solved now. Fuzzibunz just look, fit and function more like disposable diapers than gdiapers.  We still prefer our Gdiapers for night time (since the inserts absorb SO MUCH PEE! haha) but have started putting Elenore in Fuzzibunz everyday, during the day.

I’m sure you all know that Elenore is super slim (I can her petite) and is on the small side, so other diapers tend to overwhelm her. Fuzzibunz don’t. When she is wearing them you can’t really tell that she is wearing a cloth diaper and she moves freely and more easily then when she is wearing prefolds or Gdiapers. So overall, we are preferring Fuzzibunz now. The only issue we have encountered is that she was reacting to the synthetic materials in the diaper. I’m not 100% sure what was happening, but after she peed in a Fuzzibunz diaper she got a real red rash. So after washing all of them 4 times and then putting Baby powder on her bum on each changing, she has stopped reacting. (Thanks Tara for that tip bit of advice! I.e The baby powder trick) And we are happily using Fuzzibunz everyday now.

We also got a Sunbaby diaper the other day and another diaper that my friend, Tara purchased off of a Co-op. They are both adorable diapers and they fit Elenore great! Plus, she hasn’t reacted to them. (I really don’t get why she was reacting to the Fuzzibunz diapers lol) So with that in mind; I believe that Matt and I will be purchasing Sunbaby diapers for our next child. (They have a 12 diapers plus inserts package for $60! Can’t beat that!) Once we add more sunbaby’s we will have more than enough diapers to cloth diaper a newborn full time! Yippee! Matt loves the price of Sunbaby’s and so do I. You just can’t beat that! 🙂

And finally, another tid bit that I have learned in my Cloth diapering adventures: Tea tree oil.

“Tea Tree Oil: One of the better known disinfectants. Tea tree oil is available in different grades, so it’s smart to educate yourself on what the grades mean when you buy and use. You want to look for a quality Australian Tea Tree oil (melaleuca).

Two major chemical components that make up tea tree oil are called 1,8 Cineole and Terpinen-4-ol and you want to look at the numbers associated with those components when selecting your tea tree oil for disinfecting.

1,8 Cineole is the compound that gives tea tree its camphor-like scent and is also found in eucalyptus oil. Cineole is a skin irritant so you want a low number for disinfecting. If a bottle says “for aromatherapy” there’s a good chance it has a high cineole percentage and will not work for disinfecting or any kind of application that will touch skin.

Terpinen-4-ol is what gives the tea tree oil its germicidal properties. It’s related to alcohol and is a good antibacterial and antiviral. You want a high number.

Top quality tea tree oil for disinfecting has a maximum of 5% cineole and a 35-40% Terpenin-4-ol

To use: add ½ -1 teaspoon to laundry*

For diapers, don’t put it directly on diapers. Add it to the water after the machine has filled.  If you are using a front loading machine, add the tea tree oil to some water and put that in the soap dispenser.

* I understand lots of people use anywhere from 5-10 drops for normal “everyday disinfecting” but if you need to really disinfect a load of laundry (contagious sick person in the house, yeast infection, etc) more tea tree oil should be used.

Kills: bacteria, mold, some viruses, yeast, but not yeast spores (for yeast spores see Grapefruit Seed Extract)”
Source: http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/simple-effective-ways-to-disinfect-cloth-diapers/

What a awesome resource! So after reading this I went out and bought myself some and tried it out on my new load of diapers (The “new to me” diapers) The house filled with the smell of Tea Tree oil and I still haven’t decided if I like the smell or not, but I love the fact that I know that if there were any nasty bugs on those diapers, they are dead! I plan on just putting a few drops in each load so that I don’t have to worry about my diapers getting nasty. Now, I also found on that link that you can use Grapefruit Seed Extract for more disinfecting of diapers and other clothing when you have a real nasty bug in the house. (Staph infections, Influenza, Herpes etc.) What a great resource! I wasn’t able to find Grapefruit Seed Extract at HEB but plan on looking at a local health food store and if that doesn’t work, buy offline. I want the stuff in the house, just in case. 🙂 Who knows when you will need to kill of yeast or a staph infection in a load of diapers?!

Here is more info on Grapefruit seed extract:

Grapefruit Seed Extract: synthesized from the seeds and pulp of the grapefruit, it’s a very broad spectrum microbicide, bactericide, fungicide, antiparasitic, and anti-viral.  Grapefruit Seed Extract is the only natural way to kill yeast spores. It also kills staph, strep, salmonella, and e.coli.  It also kills herpes and influenza!

GSE has been tested and found to be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more effective against these offending microorganisms than chlorine bleach, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, and iodine.

It is becoming the disinfectant of choice in hospitals, too!

It is expensive, so the other options on here are far more economical for other disinfecting, but when it comes to yeast – this is the single most effective way to stop it in its tracks on your clothing and cloth diapers. You can buy it at your local health food store.

GSE can also be diluted and used as a swab on affected areas, for cleaning, or even internally for parasites, but I am a laundry queen, not a doctor, and not an expert on treating any kind of human infection – though there’s plenty of other books and websites that can tell you all about it.

For light laundry disinfecting: use 10-15 drops per load.

For heavy disinfecting (when dealing with something nasty or resistant): ½ to 1 teaspoon of GSE to each load of laundry. Wash and dry normally.
Source same as above link.

Here are more awesome links: http://rockingreensoap.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/64983-frontloader-database (For the best way to wash cloth diapers in a front loader)

& (How to strip diapers)


857319_10151552948613313_1535774431_oI’ll leave you with some pics of my lovely  new diapers <3<3


2 days of fun

Yesterday and today Elenore and I have been having a blast playing with our new crafts. Yesterday we made a “jellyfish in a bottle” and I made Rainbow Rice and started her water beads.

She loved her jellyfish! She walked around with it all last night, shaking it and just looking at it in in awe.

what is it?

what is it?

Then as she was playing with her jellyfish I made sure her rice was drying and added more water beads to the water. (These were going to be her “sensory box”)

Rainbow Rice

Rainbow Rice

Today I made sure her Finger “painting” was up on the windows when she got up and man, she LOVED it! She stood in front of them for hours saying “wow…” and playing with the paint. It was definitely worth the shopping yesterday for the supplies! All it is, is paint in a ziplock bag and then taped to either a table or window. I did the window so that the sun could shine through her creations.

Finger painting

Finger painting


And then finally I made her sensory box. Between the two crafts she played all morning long! She loved it! Her box was full of water beads, rice, beans and a few spoons for her to play with. She sat in there and played for hours. Well worth it!


Workouts and Play time

Recently I started the Turbofire 90 Day program and discovered that; without fail, my child will take a 15-30 minute nap when I’m working out and then when I try to have her just play in the room with me as I work out, she will scream at me for daring to ignore her.

Working out with an 18 month old is proving to be real difficult. I could wake up earlier and workout before she wakes up, but I am so not a morning person. haha I set my alarm for 6 am (Good lord help me!) and when it goes off, I just keep pressing the snooze button till its time for Elenore to wake up. Yep, no will power. haha Matt even tried to help me this morning and woke me as he was walking out the door for work (even sat on the bed and talked to me to make sure I was truly awake) and nope, I fell asleep the minute the truck started up and pulled out of the garage. *shakes head* I really am horrible in the mornings. I guess I’m going to just have to keep on trying lol I do get my workouts in though, just not when I want too. Like last night I did it right before bed. (I hate doing it before bed)

Another change in the Berry lifestyle is that I plan on going to get paint, contact paper, and a few other things, for Elenore to start doing projects. Its great that she just runs around all day, but I think I need to start adding some structure to some of her play. I found some activities for Toddlers on Pinterest and I plan on trying them out this week. I’ll post some of them; with pictures, when I get a chance.

First project: Finger “painting”

Should be fun!

Cloth diapering fun

Sorry that its been awhile. Life got a head of me and we lost a family member. Blogging just hasn’t been on the agenda!

I can say though that this cloth diaper adventure I started as been a blast! Elenore has now been 100% cloth diapered for a month and I couldn’t be happier! We got our first water bill and it only went up by $4, so that was a relief to know that our energy efficient washers were doing their jobs 🙂 Not to mention that I have started putting our diapers and inserts on the line Matt made for me outside and my diapers actually dry faster out there then in my dryer. haha That was fun to find out. I believe my “smart” dryer just got really confused by the inserts. It kept turning off thinking that they were dry and they weren’t. So after restarting the dryer, over and over again, it was actually doubling the amount of time it should have been taking to dry them. Now that I line dry them, they are dry within 30 minutes or less. Its super nice!

I have another really exciting development in my cloth diapering adventure…. .I got a complete cloth diapering system for $165! That’s the wet bag, sprayer, inserts, covers, diapers, etc.! They can run upwards $400 and I got it for under half that! Whoo hoo! Matt even told me that I did good 🙂 I am so pumped.

In this system I got some diapers that I have never used before too, so I’m excited to see if I like them better then my current gdiapers. They are flip covers, Econobums, and Fuzzibunz Elites. The Econobums was a complete starter system too! (Again, I am so excited!) They are in the washer now being prepped. Can’t wait to see how they work!

I put one on Elenore and I just have to say that I think they are going to work out great. They are much slimmer than my gdiapers and Elenore is so small, so it really fits her wonderfully.

Hears to more diapers and less laundry! haha Not to mention I got my Rockin Green laundry detergent in the mail… LOVE IT!