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Now….about the wipes….

Okay, so we came home from the store last week with a pack of Seventh Generation diapers and a free pack of their wipes.

I haven’t really had much opportunity to try out the diapers just yet as we usually use cloth diapers during the day. I definitely like them a whole lot better than the Pampers we used in the hospital and for the first few days after we got home – talk about leaks!! I had received a pack of Huggies as a gift, though, and I really liked those as our back-up…..fortunately, I had a few decent coupons from Target for some Huggies products, so DH picked up a pack of their diapers and wipes and that’s pretty much what we’ve been working with those from the beginning.

The Seventh Generation diapers actually seem pretty comparable to to the Huggies. The exterior is a little more paper-like, but the construction is nice and has elastic bits in just the right places….and, as with the Huggies, we haven’t had to deal with many leaks when we use them. Super environmentally friendly, chlorine free and leak free? That makes them pretty kick-ass in my book ;^)

Now.

About the wipes.

The Huggies wipes are very nice to the touch. They are heavy and thick – very cloth-like, nice. The package says “fragrance free” but I think they actually have a pretty strong scent. It’s not unpleasant, mind you, and I’m the type that’s overly annoyed by pretty much any smell so it’s not really wise to take my word on this…..and to be fair, there is no fragrance listed on the package in the ingredients list so it’s probably just the “natural” scent of the wash solutions.

The Seventh Generation wipes…..well, they’re different. They still have a cloth-like feel to them but they are a little thinner. Not so much that I’ve had to use more than one with a normal diaper change and not more than two with a bigger mess, so that’s pretty good. At first, the smell really put me off but again, I’m easily annoyed by scents….and it actually isn’t bothering me so much anymore so it must have just been that initial shock.

BabyFrog has never been a happy camper when it comes time for a diaper change. It was always more than just a “hey, we’re wasting precious eatin’ time here!” kind of cry, too….so I was always on the look-out for a developing rash or something because she really would howl any time I unfastened her diaper. I tried to warm up the wipes, thinking she was anticipating a cold shock….made sure to put something on her bottom in case there was a little irritation I couldn’t see with all the kicking and squirming and hollaring she was doing….but yeah, diaper changes were not a happy time around here.

But after the second day using the Seventh Generation wipes, BabyFrog wasn’t howling anymore. Sure she was still kicking like crazy, but now….it was play time! She was laughing and smiling and making faces and actually okay with having to wait 5 seconds before she could eat!!

So what’s the difference?

From Seventh Generation‘s website:

Water, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose (plant-derived cleaning agent), glycerin (vegetable oil derived), citric acid (provides stability and pH balance), aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (food-grade preservatives)

Huggies:

I actually can’t find a list of the ingredients for Huggies wipes online. So if you’re like me and prefer to do your shopping online, you’d be out of luck if you wanted to make sure there’s nothing on these wipes that your baby might be allergic to and probably wind up buying another brand anyway.

So, thanks for the free sample, Seventh Generation – you found yourself a new customer here ;^)

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Review: The Wonder Wash

When we first considered using cloth diapers with this baby, the big looming problem with the decision to do so….was washing them. The thought of hand washing diapers every day or even every other day, was almost enough to put me off completely.

We’re apartment dwellers and that whole thing seems to work well for us….I love that I can hypothetically call someone and go “Hey, my dishwasher just blew up and is spewing glass and caked on stewed tomatoes all over my kitchen!” and they come up and fix it and I have a new dishwasher before I get home from work the next day without an extra cent coming out of my pocket. However, awesome as it is to not have to worry about repairs and all the other tedious crap involved in home ownership….we don’t have a washer and dryer.

Naturally we have wash facilities in the building and the wash room is really only about 50 feet from the door to our apartment. But, it runs about $3.00 per load, $2.25 if I use the short dry. So, while not out of the question for the occasional total stash wash, not really a cost effective way to cloth diaper on a daily basis. So I started looking around……the internet is a marvelous thing, ya know.
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