I have diapered a baby just about any way that you can. I was a nanny for infants and toddlers for 8 years before having my own and between all of those kids I have used 9 different kinds of disposable diapers and 5 different types of cloth diapers. With my own children I practiced elimination communication and used 4 different types of cloth training pants during infancy as well. That is 18 different ways to cover a bum. 18 ways to cover a bum and they all had their pluses and minuses. The only things they all have in common is that they all work really well with my favorite 3 products. The cloth diaper world has come out with some great products that I was using 6 years ago and they still haven’t made it over to the disposable diaper crowd and I have no idea why. If you want a clean and shiny bum for your little one, you have come to the right place.
My two boys have never had a diaper rash. Ever. The first thing I credit is practicing elimination communication from birth which drastically cut down on them pooping in a diaper. The second are these three products.
First we have the ‘bum stick’, which is what we lovingly call it in my house. I’m starting out of order by talking about The Grovia Magic Stick first as it is the last thing you put on before a fresh diaper. If there is only one thing that you listen to me on ever, this one should be it. This little beauty goes together with diapers (any diapers, not just cloth diapers) like peas and carrots. Raise your hand if you have ever gotten some of that white, pasty diaper cream stuck under your finger nails. It’s a cringe worthy experience. White, pasty diaper cream can have it’s place, but it shouldn’t be an every day addition to the bum. What should is this magic stick that is, pretty darn magic. Once you get that bum clean and dry (see below) pull out the magic stick and using the deodorant like applicator glide across the bum, leg creases and front, avoiding the genitals. Bam, just like magic you have a moisturizing barrier that will protect your little ones skin from any poo-splosions.
We’re bringin’ booty baaaack! My second favorite product on the dream team is Booty Luster. For the name alone this product makes an amazing baby shower gift. It’s not just a silly name though, it gets the job done. Booty Luster is a spray intended for use with cloth wipes to clean a dirty bum. I have found it is not just for cloth wipes though! Ever had a real stuck on situation and next thing you know you have a Mt. Everest of dirty wipes towering over the changing table? Keep a bottle of Booty Luster handy and it will help you decrease that amount of wipes even for the biggest job! It is also great for a refresh when changing a pee diaper instead of using a wipe. Spray on and dab off with with a dry, clean cloth and your baby is good to go. This product is also very handy to keep by the toilet for babies that practice elimination communication or recently potty trained kids. Sprtiz the bum after a poo and wipe with toilet paper! No need for those wipes that claim to be flushable, but aren’t really. Your plumber will thank you. I distribute Booty Luster into a few smaller spray bottles and dilute with a little water. Using it this way it lasts for a very long time so you really get your moneys worth AND help the environment.
Cloth diapers are great for so much more than just diapering a little bum. I highly suggest them for burp clothes. It can be a fun dyi project to sew on a cute swatch of fabric too. But burp cloths is not why we are here. Clean, dry, rash free bums are. So how do these soft cloths help keep the bum happy? They keep it dry. Using baby wipes can leave the skin in the diaper area wet. It is important to fully dry the area before applying a new diaper. A dry bum is a happy bum! For an extra happy bum this is where the Grovia Magic Stick would come in to play. Along with cloth diapers, flannel receiving blankets are another great option.
With this dream team in your arsenal you will be ready for any bum battle that needs to be fought. Happy wiping!