Thursday, March 28, 2013
Every now and then I feel like writing about something other than cloth nappies... as much as I love them ;)
Since having my second bub, I'm once again thinking about milk supply and weight gain. LouLou, my first, starting sleeping 8 hours a night at around 8 weeks and would often sleep up to 5 hours during the day as well. She started this while we were on holidays. I assumed that because she was going to sleep ok and staying asleep she mustn't be hungry and must be getting enough. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and when we got back and weighed her she hadn't put on enough weight. So for the next 2 months, I did lots of expressing, trying to increase my supply, but at the 4month mark, she still wasn't putting on enough so I had to start supplementing with formula. And by 6months I had pretty much run out (and LouLou had grown teeth!) so I decided to give up. I was quite sad at the time, because I loved the connection we had while she was feeding, and it didn't seem quite the same with a bottle. But LouLou thrived and loved me just as much, if not more, for feeling full & healthy and I had one less (big!) thing to worry about, which was great!
So with ChaCha coming along, naturally I started thinking about it all again. While I was pregnant I found out about lactation cookies and teas and stored that info away for future reference, which is now :)
I found this great recipe for lactation cookies with helpful info on the ingredients and why she chose them. They're really yummy but also full of good stuff - a real "feel good" bikkie... and with choc chips! The recipe is here at Dr Momma.
I did find them a bit hard to make, though. The dough is quite dense and I almost burnt out my little electric hand beaters. If you had a mix-master or kitchen-aid it'd probably be easier. So anyway, I decided to make an Anzac version to make it a bit easier on myself and thought I'd share it with you, as I didn't notice any online in my searches. I've used the same key ingredients from the above recipe and added them to my Anzac recipe. I hope you like it!
Aussie Anzac Lactation Bikkies
1 1/2 C Rolled Oats
1 1/2 C Coconut (I use 1C dedicated & 1C shredded)
1 C Plain Flour (I use 1/2C white & 1/2C Wholemeal)
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1 C Flaxseed Meal
3 Tbsp Brewers Yeast
3 Tbsp Golden Syrup
2 Tsp Bicarb Soda
4Tbsp Boiling water
1. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients (oats, coconut, flour, sugar, flaxseed meal, brewers yeast), mix well, make a well in the centre and set aside.
2. In a medium sized glass (microwave safe) jug or bowl add the golden syrup and butter and microwave on high, stirring regularly, for 1 minute or until melted and hot.
3. Add the bicarb soda to boiling water, stir to dissolve and add immediately to the syrup mix. It will froth up a lot, so be ready to pour it into the dry ingredients.
4. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until well combined.
5. Roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls, place on tray and squash a little fork. To stop the mixture sticking to your hands and fork, wet them after each few balls.
6. Bake at 180C (160C fan forced) for 10-15mins or until golden.
For extra fun (& nutrition) you could add 1/2c of chopped mixed nuts to the mix.
Or swap the golden syrup for honey and add peanuts for a "Crunchy Nut" version :)
These bikkies are a bit more "meaty" than regular Anzacs, but have the lovely Anzac flavour. Let me know what you think of them!
I do have to mention that if you too are blessed with a good sleeper, it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll have problems with supply like I did. There were a few other contributing factors that are worth mentioning.
Firstly, my mum had similar problems with the four of us, so there's a good chance it was partially genetic.
Secondly, we were on holidays and doing a lot of driving, so she might have been rocked to sleep in the car when she otherwise might have woken and cried for food.
I'll let you know how I go this time round :)
Monday, March 4, 2013
In my stash of Newborn Nappies, the majority (and the ones that I use the most) are 2 piece systems - prefolds or fitteds with a separate cover. I prefer these for a couple of reasons:
- They're cheap,
- More realiable (2 layers of leak protection)
- Good fit / less bulky
- Less to wash when the cover doesn't need changing
- Prefolds can be re-used as boosters in larger nappies
- They can be fiddly - hard to get both pieces on properly when bub is wriggling
- Disposing of the soggy nappy
I've been using Hemp Babies Little Weeds and the Peapods Bamboo trifold boosters as my prefolds, which I fold into a triangle and put in the cover. (see pictures). I also have some proper cotton prefolds (with the thicker middle third, but find them more bulky and less absorbent)
|Hemp Babies Prefold & Weehuggers Cover|
I've found that already at 8 weeks, I'm needing to boost my Hemp Babies, but the Peapods are still lasting the distance. I'm boosting them with the bamboo boosters from the small Baby Beehinds Magicalls (All In Ones) and Pikapu microfibre boosters.
Bum Cheeks make a newborn prefold that I also love - bamboo fleece, with a snap in booster and snap closure - they fit really nicely and hold quite a lot - haven't had any leaks yet.
|Thirsties Fab Fitted|
UPDATE: At 9 weeks they're fitting quite well and I still love them!
I also have a 2 tots Bots but they're still a bit big... more on those later
|Thirsties X Small (and gussets), Thirsties Size 1, Baby Beehinds, Imse Vimse, Pikapu, Weehuggers|
I have so many - all PUL some velcro and some snaps
Baby Beehinds Newborn - PUL sandwiched between 2 layers of polyester to protect the PUL coating (good quality!) and wide leg elastic, Strong velcro closure. Cute colours, prints and minkee! Although this one doesn't have double gussets, the wider ealastic makes a good, comfy fit around the legs.
Pikapu Newborn & Blueberry Mini Coverall - These 2 are very similar, the Blueberry is slightly bigger. They are the same style as the Thirsties with sizing snaps, but not quite as thin and stretchy - stretchy PUL, velcro closure, sizing snaps, double gusset.
Weehuggers - snap closure, double gussets, gorgeous prints! This one has an inner flap at the front and back to tuck the prefold into, which keeps it nicely in place, however, if used with a fitted it gets soggy.
Bum Cheeks Newborn - PUL with snap closure. A little bigger leg holes, was too big over my prefolds at 5wks, but fits better now (8wks) 3 snaps on each wing to combat wing droop.
I like and use them all, but prefer the softer , stretchier ones - they seem more comfy. Generally, the thinner the cover the stretchier it is and therefore it's easier to fit and seem more comfy, but if the laminate layer is exposed, it could potentially deteriorate quicker. Although, because these are only used for a few months, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
I find the velcro is heaps easier to fasten on a small and wriggly bub, but it can sometimes rub on their tummy, which must be unpleasant.
The sizing snaps are handy and make the cover use-able for longer, but add bulk and warp the leg holes a bit.
Double gussets are ingenious and fit so beautifully snug around the legs! A definite must for keeping in newborn poo-plosions!
So, as you can probably tell, I'm having a hard time picking my favourites, I love the trimness of the hemp prefolds with the Imse Vimse cover, but the asorbency and fit of the Geobels with the soft thirsties covers is great for longer periods.
As I mentioned before they can be fiddly, which is annoying especially in the middle of the night, and I've also found it slightly more tricky to dispose of the soggy nappy. I use mainly pockets on my 21mth old, Lou Lou, and when I change her, I just roll them up and fasten the wings together, so I have a nice parcel to put to the side (or on the floor!) while I dress her. But with these, when I re-use the cover, I have a soggy prefold to deal with. I have been hanging a wet bag off the corner of my change table and putting them in there, but an icecream bucket would be another option. Or I could use a clean cover for each change, and then after I take the nappy to the laundry, I could bring the cover back and load it with another prefold, ready for the next change. This would give the cover time to air and would make the next change easier... I like this idea - I'm going to have to try it :)
So they're my thoughts on my collection of prefolds, fitted nappies and covers. Let me know if you have any questions :) Or leave a comment and let me know how you nappy your newborn. Which nappies are your favourites?