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Le 24 novembre 2015, 15:10 dans Humeurs 0

cloth diapers have come a LOOOOOONG way over the last few decades. Pins and prefolds are a thing of the past. If you don’t believe it, check out bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers!

bumGenius 4.0 is a reusable diaper insert that is just as easy to use as disposables (except it’s way better for the environment — and your wallet). From its “stretchy, butterfly tabs” that provide a comfortable, personalized fit to the trim pocket design, bumGenius 4.0 is a practical option for anyone — especially those who may be resistant to cloth.


One of the great things about bumGenius is that you have options. With exclusive colors and prints to the closures and absorbency, YOU can customize your diapers to meet your needs.

Durable snap closures help keep diapers on. This is quite helpful when it comes to little fingers figuring out how to take off a diaper!
Easily replaceable elastic keeps your diapers fresh and secure.
Waterproof insert stopper* prevents leaking at the tummy.
Reusable Diaper are bundled with two inserts: a newborn insert for smaller babies and a one-size insert for growing baby.
Wide slot opening makes it easy to stuff and remove insert.
Slot cover* protects your baby from wetness.

5 Tips for Buying Handcrafted Silver Jewelry Online

Le 11 novembre 2015, 08:40 dans Humeurs 0

Summary: Whether you're looking for pieces to add to your collection or are shopping for gifts, there are excellent online sources for handmade earrings, pendants, rings, barrettes, and necklaces.

Genuine handcrafted silver jewelry is as beautiful as it is unique. Whether you're looking for pieces to add to your collection or are shopping for gifts, there are excellent online sources for handmade earrings, pendants, rings, barrettes, and necklaces. For a wonderful buying experience, follow these five tips.

1. Find a reputable source. This may go without saying, but don't confuse commercially manufactured jewelry with handcrafted silver jewelry. The latter is made by artisans that take great pride in their work. It's helpful to look for a company that has been in business for decades, and that has been selling online for at least five years. 

2. Take advantage of customization. When jewelry is handmade, it can be customized in any number of ways, from the lengths of chains to the types of gemstones used in pendants and rings. You don't need to settle for "almost good enough." Instead, you can get the piece you've always dreamed of, in exactly the right size. 

3. Measure carefully. Because customized pieces generally aren't returnable, it's important to make sure that the fashion handcrafted jewelry you order will fit. It only takes a few minutes to get a good measurement, and doing so will ensure that the necklace or ring you order will be exactly what you want. For rings, ask a friend to take a piece of string, put it around the knuckle or largest part of your finger, and mark the string. To determine the size, hold the string against a tape measure and compare your measurement to the website's sizing chart. If you're in between sizes, it's best to go with the larger size. You can also use string to measure for bracelet, necklace, or anklet lengths. 

4. Do your gemstone research. The best online jewelry sites have a wealth of information on gemstones. Before you order, read up on the gemstones you are considering. It's important to know, for example, that aquamarine can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent, but that ultrasonic and steam cleaning may damage the stone. Similarly, you may know that pearls are delicate and can easily absorb liquids, but you might not know that turquoise is also porous and can easily become stained.

If you're going to order statement jewelry with gemstones, it's also crucial to know whether the stones are natural or if their colors have been enhanced. Reputable artisans will freely share this information. Don't be alarmed, however, if the stones have been heated or irradiated to intensify or change their colors. Naturally colored rubies, sapphires, and topaz, for example, are extraordinarily rare; it is an accepted practice within the jewelry industry to enhance gemstone colors. 

5. Invest in the real thing. Silver jewelry is gorgeous, but only if it's real silver. Make sure that the online jewelry store you select uses either sterling silver (.925 or 92.5 percent silver) or fine silver (99.9 percent pure silver). When you invest in handcrafted silver jewelry, you're not only buying a piece you will treasure, but one that is likely to become an heirloom for future generations.

Diaper Rash: What's causing it and why?

Le 19 octobre 2015, 14:27 dans Humeurs 0

Statistically speaking, babies who are cloth-diapered have fewer occurrences of diaper rashes than babies who wear disposables. Many cloth diapering moms are surprised when their cloth-diapered little one presents with a diaper insert, but it can happen.

Why does it happen and what can you do about it? Read on to find out!

Teething Rashes Teething causes an increase in saliva production. Your baby swallowing this excessive saliva can lead to tummy troubles, specifically loose stools and frequent bowel movements. Both of these may lead to diaper rash. Applying a cloth-diaper safe rash cream after every diaper change creates a preventative barrier between the diaper and skin that can reduce the chance of a rash developing. Also, be sure to change your little one often and as soon as possible after they have soiled their diaper.

Introducing New Foods This is a common cause of diaper rash in older babies because your baby is beginning to eat solid foods. Some foods (fruits, tomatoes, citrus juices) may cause bowel movements to become loose or more acidic, which can lead to diaper rash. A food allergy (to wheat, dairy, or soy, for example) can also cause redness and irritation. Make sure to introduce one new food at a time and wait 4 days between foods. If a reaction occurs and there are no other signs of a true allergy (systemic rash, breathing difficulties, etc), wait and try introducing that food again later on.

Medications Various medications, particularly antibiotics, can cause diaper rash. Typically this is contact rash, due to diarrhea caused by these medications. Make sure you are changing your baby as soon as possible after a bowel movement and use cloth-diaper safe rash cream after every change as a precaution. You may also want to encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut by giving your child probiotics every day while taking the medication, particularly with longer courses of antibiotics.

Yeast Rash Sometimes antibiotic use can lead to a yeast rash, which is caused by the disruption of the natural state of the intestines. A yeast rash can also be caused by too much sugar in the diet or a reaction to dairy or gluten. A yeast rash looks different from a typical diaper rash; it presents with raised, pimple-like bumps or splotches and is very red. If your child has a yeast infection, you will need to sanitize all of your diapers, wipes, and liners as yeast can be harbored in any of these and will re-infect your child. Options include bleach, grapefruit seed extract, vinegar, or sunning. Keep in mind that topical creams used to treat yeast rashes are not cloth diaper safe, and you will need to use flushable liners, hybrid diaper inserts or sometimes disposables until the rash has been gone for at least 5 days.

Wetness Unlike disposable diapers that pull wetness away from your baby, some cloth diapers require a liner to make them stay-dry or feel dry against your baby’s skin and in general, cloth diapers need to be changed more often than disposables. Simply having a wet diaper against their skin for an extended period of time can cause redness. Make sure to change your baby often, use a fleece liner to keep baby’s skin as dry as possible, and allow them to have some air time when they are not wearing a diaper to make sure they are completely drying out between diaper changes.

Allergy (diaper component, detergent) You may notice your baby seems to get a rash more often in one kind of cloth diaper versus another. Some babies have a sensitivity to PUL, a material often used as a wetness barrier in cloth diapers, or other synthetic materials. An allergic reaction to a detergent or diaper cream can also cause a rash. If you are unsure of what is causing your baby’s rash, make sure you haven’t made any changes to your laundry routine or products you use that may be causing a problem. Sometimes it is simply a build up of detergent in the velcro diapers that causes irritation. Stripping your diapers and either switching detergents or using less detergent in your diaper laundry can help.

Has your cloth-diapered baby ever had diaper rash? What tips do you have for dealing with it?

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