Got Diaper Rash?

Got diaper rash? When my kids were still in diapers I came across A&D Ointment. I cannot tell you how this stuff saved us, AND STILL DOES! Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? Gus uses Windex to heal everything (his wife may wash the windows with it too, who knows). Well, A&D – we refer to it lovingly as “butt cream”- is OUR Windex. This summer, for the first time in a very long time, our son got a little bit toasty from a trip to the lake (as the result of poorly applied sunscreen in some spots) and ended up with a sunburn across his back. That evening before bed I applied a generous helping of A&D ointment, put a long sleeve shirt on him and sent him to bed. I was surprised the next morning when it looked like there was NO burn at all. NO JOKE!

We always used it on diaper rashes, and it never failed, my son -who didn’t like to be wet so I begrudgingly put him in microfleece lined pockets- didn’t do great with the synthetic materials and would break out when he was in his pockets for any extended periods of time so we’d slather him with A&D ointment and seriously, within HOURS, he was noticably healed, if not healed completely! HOURS!
We use it on burns, we use it on scrapes and with me milking goats and with my hands in and out of hot soapy water MANY times a day, they get chapped! I combat this by using goat’s milk soap and my soaps contain a lot of natural AD&E vitamins from the natural oils I use but sometimes, I just NEED something more. At night, I’ll rub in A&D really well and wear gloves. It’s not the most wonderfully smelling stuff,  but I’m telling you, by morning, they are 100% better!

Now, I know, some of you don’t like to use synthetic products and A&D does contain petroleum product (vaseline namely), and if that’s the case here’s a simple solution! Because I feel the A&D vitamins (and even E) are SO important and what helps the body and skin to heal so quickly, take some lanolin and mix a little cod liver oil in. Now, my big thing with CLO is A. I have not found any that don’t smell to date (course I haven’t really looked yet either but I’m sure it exists) and B. I don’t mind, for the little bit of A&D stuff we actually use, the petroleum. But for those who DO care or use it more frequently and don’t want the vaseline in it, use CLO or if you can find A&D (and even E) in capsule form, pop a small hole into a capsule or two and mix it with lanolin or coconut oil! Grapeseed and sunflower oils are super high in Vit. E too and these may be easier to get out of cloth diapers than lanolin and most, or all, of these products can be found in organic form.

You have 2 main objectives: 1. to put up a moisture barrier 2. to induce healing. Most diaper rash products out there don’t promote healing. They create a barrier from moisture to allow the body to heal. In my experience, including immune boosting and healing aides through vitamins allows the skin to start healing immediately. Literally, within HOURS, I’ve had rashes go from bad to healed.
Here’s to happy healing.

~Amanda

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Egats! Those are expensive!

Have you questioned why fitted cloth diapers (in particular) are/(can be) so expensive?

The answer is simple yet somewhat complex. Compared to prefolds they can take more fabric. It’s not so much the amount of fabric but more so what waste can result from the cut.

Secondly, the time in which is involved to make a fitted can be extensive. Different people have different ways, one of the slowest being to make them one at a time. As in, cut one at a time and sew one at a time. I myself like an assembly line style but still, it’s time consuming. From cutting the diaper itself, cutting soaker layers, sewing internal soaker layers (if any), adding elastic or sewing the diaper together then sewing elastic, then turning and tops stitching (or serging) and finally, closures. There are a lot of steps!

Third, type of material. When you’re paying anywhere from $5 to $15 per yard of fabric and your diaper contains 3 layers plus soakers and maybe a knit outer layer, the price adds up. Snaps cost, thread costs, elastic costs, time to photograph, time to describe, time to list, time to package, time to ship, paying employees (if applicable), machine upkeep & repair, etc. it’s not just as simple as buying some fabric and whatever it costs per yard is what the price should be.

I will be the first to admit that I think $15+ is a lot of money to pay for a diaper. And while I do think there are some diaper makers out there that are probably overdueing it with what they charge, the higher end materials used in some diapers really costs, add that to the other things I mentioned and it’s easy to see (maybe) why the prices are so high.

So, if you were wondering how on earth it’s possible for a single solitary diaper to cost $15+ when all it is fabric, there are some valid reasons :o).