11.30.2011

Baby Products - dangers (please read) & what we use.

I've gotten many, many emails and comments asking what products we have settled on and if we like them. I thought I would do a post in response :) I'll include some pics and links as well.

I know there was new lately about Johnson & Johnson having harmful chemicals in their baby products. The fact of the matter is, many companies do :( I say harmful; many articles say toxic. Johnson & Johnson was targeted, but hopefully they, and many other companies, see the era of their ways, or better yet the government takes a stand for our kids. Anyone?

The two basic things we want to try to avoid for our tots..and even ourselves...are dioxane quaternium-15. These are both agents that help release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is basically a preservative to help products last, but as a chemical, it's side effects are harmful and possibly cancerous.

Unfortunately, there are all sorts of alternative names, that companies are somehow allowed to use on their containers, that are basically these same things.

*****According to cancer.gov, HERE is a little info about formaldehyde.

So, while the actually name "formaldehyde" may not be listed in baby products, or any products, these other agents are formaldehyde releasing. So, basically they create formaldehyde in time, in the product. 

It can be hard to avoid them and I don't really think that's fair. I think more companies need to take pride in their products and protect the population, most importantly. There are studies, but so far it seems a lot of major companies are choosing to ignore them.

I know, you are thinking well everything has something bad in it. True, most things do, but not everything. If we think about how common cancer seems to be now, it starts to add up. Back in the day, babies had their bottoms wiped with a cloth and water, mineral oil and/or magic potion mix that was probably chemical free. They might have suffered from diaper rash more often, but now, because of chemicals in these "helpful" and "easy-to-treat" products, the risks of cancer are higher (probably as an adult) than they would normally be. I think so many healthy issues are due to environmental issues.

I'll get off my soapbox now, though I'm likely to return. it's just something I feel pretty strongly about and frankly, I wish I could do something about it. I know I can't exactly, so I just wanted to share so you all could make your best judgement and decisions. 

I pray everyday that these two will live healthy lives. If I can do something to help them see their grandkids or great grandkid, I'm happy to try.

Diapers - We are still using Pamper's right now. We don't like dry max. I have no clue how I managed to over buy. I stocked up before the babes arrived and I guess I thought they would be in size 1 for longer than they will be. I did order quite a bit on Amazon so I'm hoping some place local with do some exchanging with me.

My friend, Whitney, still really has me itching to do cloth diapers. See this post. I mean seriously? The girl has it down and has done her research!

If not cloth diapers completely, I may try the gDiapers, though they seem quite expensive. Has anyone tried them? They are covers with liners on the inside. The liners are biodegradable whereas disposable diapers are not.

Right now, we go through approximately 10-12 diapers per day. Both babies are regular with their poop and pee after they eat.

Diaper Pail - I really had it in my mind that we wouldn't want/need one of these. Well, those tiny baby poops don't stink too much, but just give it a few weeks. Now, I cannot IMAGINE having an open trashcan or something that doesn't seal shut concealing the stink! One of the reasons I originally didn't want one is because I know a lot of them have their own specific bags you have to use. I kind of thought that would be a pain. My mom picked up The First Years "Clean Air" one for us and you can use your own trash sacks! They do have filters that you can change out to help with odor. I keep a box of baking soda close by, hidden in a corner, to also help.



Clean baby - We started using the Burt's Bees from day one. Both babies had a little bit of baby acne so we used Aquaphor wash for a bit, but couldn't tell it made much of a difference so we went back to Burt's. The acne/bumps passed after a few weeks. Our ped told us it was pretty typical and that anything can irritate their skin. Now, when their little faces get irritated, I'm certain it's due to their hands rubbing them, daddy's beard or our kisses. It clears up quick!

Since Sloane has chubbier legs, once or twice I've noticed they were pretty red where her diaper rubs. I put some of Aquaphor on it and it seems fine the next time I look. Knock on wood, no diaper rashes or anything of the sort yet.

Wipes - We are still using and loving the Kirkland wipes. There have been no traces of the formaldehyde releasing chemicals in these. **After doing this post, it was brought to my attention that Kirkland wipes have nitropropane in them. I blogged a little bit about that here. Looks like we will be trying Seventh Generation as it's ingredient list appears to look the safest.


Pump - I use this Medela pump. I like it best because the actual machine part is small and not attached to the big bag.

Production - A few people have asked, I've not had to supplement, but I've heard great things about Fenugreek. I ordered two bottles to have on back up in case I was ever doubting my milk production.

Storage Bags - I pump twice a day, one time makes bedtime bottles and the other makes milk to freeze. I use the Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags. I get them at Target. They are less expensive than the Medela ones. They are pre-sterilized medical grade and BPA free. I don't put any particular amount in each bag, which I may regret one day, but I put as much as I can in order to use as few bags as possible. I figure with two babies, I'll be able to utilize the milk in whatever increments it's stored.

Bottles - For the bedtime bottles, we use Dr. Brown's. For a while we used the Gerber First Essentials, and they did great,  but Knox & Sloane seemed to grow out of them. I do think Dr. Brown's helps with the gas. However, it could just be that they are a bit older now and their systems work better, too.

Each baby is now up to about 8oz of milk for the bedtime bottle. I pour the milk into the bottles straight from the fridge. I have short, fat measuring cup that is thick glass. I fill it up about half way and heat in microwave for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I put the bottles in the hot water AFTER I take it out of the microwave. I do that when we start the bath water and the bottles are a good temp by the time the first baby is ready to eat. We like doing bottles at night to make sure they are getting full bellies and so Brent and I both can have that feeding/cuddle time with them.

Formula - As I've previously mentioned, Knox is my slow/lazy nurser. Our ped told us to put 3/4 a scoop of formula in his bedtime bottle. We were using Similac Advanced regular until I realized they had a Similac Advanced Organic.


Washing bottles and such - To wash the bottles and parts, as well as the bottles and parts for my pump, I use a bottle brush, JR Watkins soap and The First Years steam sterilizer. The cleaning brush I use, I only use on these things, no dishes or anything else. I wash with hot water and soap and then sterilize.


Med help - I don't really consider the below meds, though Knoxy is on Axid for his reflux, which seems to have gotten better.


The hiccups don't happen near as often as they use to. When they do now, it's typically in the morning. If they seem to last a while and start to annoy the babe who has them, we give Mommy's Bliss gripe water for that and it works well for us. It says it relieves stomach discomfort and gas as well. It's basically organic fennel and ginger.

Knox gets saline at least every other day. We have the Little Noses brand. I might should be giving it more. Sloane has probably only gotten some a few times, but Knox is a bit more stuffy. I don't always suction it back out, but when I do, I just use the bulb from the hospital. A few girls on Twitter have been mentioned the NoseFrida being really good, so I've been meaning to order one.

If you notice, tummy time is actually a good way to get boogers out as well ;)

We are trying some of the Vick's baby rub in the morning on Knox. I like to just put a little on the outside of his jammies. Brent also sits by a steam shower with him some mornings.

Lotion - I've not put any lotion on Knox & Sloane, but I do love Johnson's lavender bedtime lotion. Of course, knowing what I know now makes me nervous. I love the Shea Mountain baby lotion I posted here and I put it on myself daily, so if they needed some, I'd probably use it. 

Noise Machine - We use this HoMedics noise machine. I think we are going to get a second one in the nursery at the new house. I will say a noise machine that plugs in is the way to go. We had a smaller one with batteries, in addition, for a while. Man, we went through a lot of batteries.


We use the sound machine at night and during all naps.

(There is black electrical tape on everything because we keep the room completely dark at night.)

Humidifier - Crane Mr.Frog is our humidifier. Note: a humidifier only really works as it should with the door closed. I should close the door during the day when they nap, but I typically don't. It's usually closed from about 7:45 until we go to bed. We open it once we go to bed and the house is dark.


Purifier - We are using an Oreck purifier that I haven't taken a picture of yet. I'll be doing a review and giveaway for one of those soon!

Washing: We are using Method detergent and vinegar (on some loads.)I think both work well. The Method really doesn't take much. Vinegar helps with the smell on the burp rags and such. I may try setting some things in the sun if they have stains left behind.


Monitors - We have a Summer monitor with two cameras. It can hold up to four and I like that. I can view each one on mine. The only thing is the cord that chargers mine, stopped working. I have to use my computer and it's not convenient.  I might try to exchange it while in the moving process. Maybe we just got a faulty cord.
I just ordered an Angelcare monitor. We might try it as well as a Snuza if they are napping somewhere besides their crib.

Pacis - Neither baby seems too attached to their paci. In fact, I don't think Knox has taken his in three or four days. Sloane mostly takes her when she gets tired and starts fussing or if she wakes up early. It helps her fall back to sleep. They use different ones as you can see. Sloane's is a Gerber one and Knox's is a MAM one. We have lots of cute WubbaNub pacis with the little stuffed animals, but neither can do the paci. I guess they may be too small and since we started them with different ones early on, they just don't work. Sloane will try.  It's funny, though, because she usually ends up wanting to pet the animal and play with it and it jerks the paci out of her mouth.


So, that's are little run down. No, we aren't perfect and I'm sure there will be unsafe things in products we are/will use. I know I can't protect Knox & Sloane from everything, but I can do my best to try on the things deemed harmful. I use products that aren't good for me and I know I eat things that aren't good for me, but I have made efforts to improve on that. I like the sulfate free shampoo and conditioner I use, but I do think it makes my hair a bit more frizzy than products containing it do, but supposedly, shampoo and conditioner are one of the most harmful things absorbed by our body.

Supposedly right? Wouldn't all the facts be nice? Why won't the government make these studies more public knowledge. I know they are still working on a lot of them, but from what I have read, a lot of information has turned into facts that certain things are harmful and yet they are still in most everyday products. I know people can make decisions on what they buy, but I also know a lot of people are simply unaware of what is actually in products.

I came across THIS not long ago and thought it was a good breakdown.

A lot of these chemicals give more side effects than people realize.

I'm allergic to p-Phenylenediamine. I haven't always been, but something happened a few years ago when my hormones change and I can't even begin to describe what it did to my skin. I've never fully posted the pictures because it happened about the time I started blogging. The dermatologist loaded me up on meds and I kept saying it has to be something in my hair washing out on my skin. I finally requested allergy testing and sure enough I had developed the allergy and was having a major reaction.

I hope this helps you or someone you know.

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53 comments :

  1. Thanks for the info! We use plain Vaseline or plain cornstarch for all things diaper related at our house, like rash or chaffing. Corn starch is amazing, let me tell you.

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  2. Thanks for all the info! I was horrified to hear all that about J&J and immediately threw away all my stuff which was a lot. We use California baby and Burts bees. Please don't take this as anything but helpful but it's my understanding you are NOT supposed to microwave breast milk at all because it breaks it down. Your babies are adorable as ever!!!

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  3. I'm not a mom, but my sister in law in a nutritionist and she just had a baby so I've been hearing a lot lately about all of the chemicals in baby products. When it comes to disposable diapers, I know that there have been studies done and I found this article which will explain better than I ever could. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/111348-chemicals-disposable-diapers/)

    Also, the G diapers are great, but you have to buy them in sizes, whereas the BumGenius line grows with the baby, so one size fits all. I just remember my sister in law price researching each and I think the GDiapers came out cheaper month to month, but over time, BumGenius was a better investment because what you buy to begin with is what the baby can wear until they're potty trained (then pass on to the next baby).

    Hope that helps!

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  4. Thanks for all the tips! Always nice to know what works for others--too overwhelming with all the info out there.

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  5. Great post. I wish more mommy's were willing to talk about this or think more about it! I'm with you and if we can do anything to prevent something later in their life let's do it. My niece is 5 and has all kinds of problems from asthma to allergies and terrible immune system yet my SIL won't think to change anything in their life. Then they think my husband and I are completely irrational for being so careful with my 1 year old. Let's try to make positive changes and quit criticizing the mommy's who try!!

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  6. Your breast pump link isn't working :) which one do you use?

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  7. Great post! I wanted to say I think you're amazing for breastfeeding twins...I love it but admit its sometimes HARD with the pumping and everything and I only have one mouth to feed.
    We use bumgenius 4.0 diapers and love them. Now when I do have to use a disposable I hate how chemical-y they smell. Cloth is overwhelming at first but gets easy fast once you get a system down. Good luck!

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  8. This is a wonderful list!!! I have several pregnant besties right now and am going to direct them to this post ASAP. I chose so many of these same products for my little boy who is now 11 months old. I was always super concerned about chemicals around him and changed so many products I used once I became pregnant...all-natural or green cleaners, dish soap, etc. Thanks for taking to time to post this:)

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  9. I hated G-diapers! In my opinion one sized diapers are the way to go since you only have to buy one diaper vs. sm med and large (double with twins!) I truly love cloth diapering and the chemicals and such in the diapers freaks me out!! Callie had a great cloth diaper post yesterday, here is the link http://www.throughcloudedglass.com/2011/11/cloth-diapering-tips-1.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThroughCloudedGlass+%28Through+Clouded+Glass%29
    and if ever have any questions about cloth diapering feel free t ask! I could talk about cloth diaper fluff all day :) and if you ever do have a diaper rash on need lotion for the babies coconut oil is great for the skin and clears up a rash. Not to mention all natural and has many other uses :)

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  10. I have been reading your blog since my sister turned me onto it when I was 7 weeks pregnant with twins, you are 7 weeks ahead of me so it has been a while. I love this post. We use all natural wipes but when my girls had diaper rash (from temporarily using disposables) the ped recommended cotton balls with water and I loved them! I am debating on whether to just continue with that instead of wipes.

    I have cloth diapered since the girls were 2-3 weeks old. I LOVE them and hate when I have to use disposables. They really are simpler than expected and we have a steam function on our washer so that makes me feel better. I use gdiapers but am looking into other brands. I just ordered 7 others to see which I like better because the velcro is a bit annoying and a bit stiff, plus, like someone else said you have to buy different sizes. With twins, I have stayed away from all-in-ones because the covers are usually $18 and I want to be able to reuse them. Here are some two-part brands to research if you are interested: Econobum, Prorap (didn't like), Thirsties, Flip, GroVia, Best Bottom, & Weehuggers. If you go with another brand, you can still use gdiapers disposable inserts with others for when you are out and about. Good luck!

    Sorry such a long post - I enjoy reading your blog!!

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  11. Thank you for this post! I'm in my third trimester, and have done a lot of research on getting our home free of harmful chemicals. Coconut oil is also great for diaper rash (if you ever run into it), and I plan to wash our little man with Castille soap, as it is all natural. Thank you for all this info, I believe you helped to fill in the blanks!

    By the way, your little ones are simply adorable!

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  12. When you run out of the Lansinoh bags, you might try the Honeysuckle brand. They are biodegradable snd hold up so much better than the Lansinoh bags. I used Lansinoh with my first but when it came time to thaw out the frozen milk, the bags would split and I'd end up wasting lots of milk! With my second, I have been using Simplisse (which are great and really thick but I don't think are biodegradable) and the Honeysuckle brand. I've thawed out both brands and have not wasted an ounce of milk due to the bag splitting. I tried the Simplisse first and was really pleased but read good things about the Honeysuckle and found that they were a little less expensive. Like I said, I've thawed out both and have not had any tearing like I did with 90% of my Lansinoh bags.

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  13. OMG gripe water was my BFF for several months. MY little man had colic...this was the ONLY thing that soothed him...absolutely AMAZING stuff!

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  14. Just a quick recommendation for diaper (rash) cream if you do happen to need one. Mustella Vitamin Barrier Cream. Smells good (not gross like other diaper creams) and works WONDERFULLY. I still occasionally use on my 2.5 year old daughter if her little bum gets red from constipation or whatever. We always have a tube or two of this around and it's worth every penny.

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  15. As someone who seemes very concerned about chemicals you should definitly make the switch to cloth! Disposables have many chemicals in them, Tributyl-tin just to name one which was actually banned from tampons because of it's link to toxic shock syndrome. Not something I would want next to my babies bum for 2(ish) years!

    I know it can seem overwhelming. Especially with twins. But once you get your routine down it's not hard at all!

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  16. Thank you so so so much for posting this Megan!! We're trying to do so much research and prep before our little one arrives in (or around) early February. This list is super helpful :)

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  17. You should NEVER microwave breastmilk. It breaks up important nutrients!

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  18. Wonderful post Megan! So good to be thinking about what we put into and onto our babies bodies, as well as our own.

    I use disposable diapers for my twins too. I was so overwhelmed in the beginning breastfeeding I couldn't handle the thought of cloth! We do the best we can. Good to avoid drymax though, they linked it to chemical burns in some babies!!!

    Method makes great baby soaps and lotions, we love them!

    You are doing so amazing with your twins and I am SO impressed with how well you are handling it all!! I wasn't nearly as calm and put together as you are at this stage in the game =).

    Oh and lastly (and randomly) my twins halfheartedly took Soothie brand binkies until about 4 months, then suddenly they both started taking Nuks. So ya never know!

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  19. We use a lot of the same products. I like Johnsons naturals for shampoo/wash. We tried the organic Similiac and it made B really constipated bc of the extra sugar. We ended up going to the regular Similac and all was good.

    Great post!

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  20. Also, I see other Mommas have already mentioned this, but I'd heard micorwaving breastmilk broke down a lot of the key nutrients. I would not have known that unless our lactation consultant told us and I guess they only discovered this a few years ago so not a lot of people know it! We would always just warm the lanosih bags of pumped breastmilk in mugs of hot water or if it was in the bottles, we'd fill the sink up with hot water and let the bottles sit in there for a bit.

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  21. These are all things that many momma's think about it. Great post! I tried cloth diapering but it just wasn't for me. I do use 7th Generation chlorine free diapers and love them. It's so easy to order through amazon and get a great price as well!

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  22. I was trying to find where you mentioned what types of products you use for shampoo, hand soap, etc. I really want to make the switch to using more natural products. Information like this is scary! Thank you for posting! (It would be wonderful if you could re-post or link back to the post about the natural personal hygiene products you use! Thanks!)

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  23. Man I learn so much about babies through my bloggers! Whenever I have kids, I'm going to be ready!!

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  24. Love your blog! Love all 3 of your babies!

    I became a SAHM earlier this year, and have enjoyed finding some creative ways to become more frugal. One of those ways is cloth diapering.

    I used g-diapers with cloth inserts and didn't like them much. The fit wasn't good for my chunky boys. Plus the pants and velcro frayed in the wash, and the liners always got soiled and had to be washed separately and who has time for that? Not me, anyway....

    I have always had two in diapers (I have 4 boys) and find cloth to be kinda fun. Call me crazy :) I use prefolds and covers, and also Bum Genius 3.0s pockets - one sized has worked perfectly for us too, because we can then use both kinds on both boys in different sizes -- although now the baby is chunky(!!) and the toddler is skinny, so they wear the same size, haha.

    It's overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it and find your own "system" that works, it's actually pretty easy/simple. Just a few extra loads of laundry a week. The trick is just that, though: keeping it simple.

    I use cloth wipes (mostly old, cut up tshirts) and plain water for wiping bums.

    I will occasionally do cloth as an overnight diaper, but mostly I stick with disposables at night.

    cottonbabies.com
    diaperswappers.com

    these are a couple of my favorite websites for cloth diapering -- including the purchase of previously loved (used) CDs.


    Enjoy those cuties!!!

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  25. Megan, I'd be happy to help you with cloth diapering!

    I have a tab on my blog (right hand side) with a few posts I've done about it. I also have some info in the "Birth and Baby References" tab at the top of my blog.

    It is SO SO EASY. And fun! We do about 3 extra loads a week and we don't mind a single bit. We tried a few different kinds of diapers and settled on Bumgenius 4.0s being our favorites. We never have issues with them. Honestly, cloth is so cute and easy, the ONLY reason I can imagine someone wouldn't do it is if they didn't have a washing machine.

    The average family spends about $70 a month on diapers...times that by two for twins...and you're looking at over $3,000 to diaper your babies for the next 24 months. Plus, that's about 10,000-20,000 diapers that will end up in a landfill. It takes over 400 years to disposables to biodegrade.

    Seriously, DO CLOTH :)

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  26. What a great post. I wish I could highlight and write under the things I want to comment on.

    Johnson concerns have been around since my youngest was born. I agree scary. Try the aveeno lavender stuff or baby lotion, it doesn't break the bank and doesn't seem to irritate senstitive skin. Even my body has developed more skin allergies as I age...maybe fro. My pups but who knows. I'm an ingredient snob now because of it.

    If you have a Costco around try Ecos detegent as it is a great deal there. I'm a method Brand lover too.

    If it's a lot of $ different don't do the organic similar....they are from my town. I guess the FDA does t have regulations on organic formula yet and companies could just charge you more for putting organic on it. Sadly, green washing is so active today.

    Also, I have a great book about brands, etc that are good for the environment. I love it. I'd be happy to send it to IOU if ou email me our address. Keener family ( one word) at gmail dot com.

    Also here is a great cosmetic database out ther to let you know about ingredients in products. A big one to watch next summer is sunscreen. And with your allergies, for you too.

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  27. Oh I was told not to microwave breast milk too. And it also doesn't work well in cereal it breaks down. And have you thought about some reusable milk containers? It might save some money in the long run. Great job on the nursing.

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  28. LOVE this post. Baby #2 is due in 6 weeks( yikes!) and it's nice to have this refresher, after 5 years. We used gDiapers with our first and liked them. Our toilet wasn't able to handle the flushable inserts, so we just put them in the trash. For baby #2, I stocked up on little gDiapers and made some cloth inserts, and will use prefolds for the inserts as well. I've heard great things about Kawaii diapers (you can google them, they cost about $7 each.)
    Thanks for the post! And I agree with the toxins, etc. We only use Burts' Bees for Owen and make sure all the products we use are sulfate free, etc. Thanks for the link!

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  29. You have some very useful information on here but I do want to caution people about using Kirkland wipes and to also check many of the baby wipes out there. Many of them (including the Costco brand, Kirkland) include a form of propane in them. I believe in the Kirkland ones it is listed as Nitropropane. Our pediatrician is the person who alerted us to be careful when choosing wipes. We did try them on one of our kids because we were gifted a package but they turned his bottom fire-red. We have always stuck with Huggies natural care ones and not had problems.

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  30. Thanks for all the information! The more I research and read the more paranoid I get...about pretty much everything we eat/use. It drives me a little crazy when people say, "Oh, everyone eats/drinks/uses that and we're all fine," when, obviously, as a population, we're really not fine at all since we're all overweight and everyone is touched by cancer at some point in their lives.

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  31. Love your blog! The twins are adorable!
    I used the dr browns bottle warmer for my pumped breast milk and loved it!
    Does your video monitor put out light? Mine has a small blue led light but it puts out a lot of light in my baby's room. I just assumed they all must do that, otherwise how would you see the baby. I want to find one that makes the room darker.

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  32. Love this post! I have used similar products with my girls, now almost 3 and 9 mo. We have been using cloth diapers with the little one since she was 6 weeks old. As she grows I am not HATING g-diapers. My current love are econobums. They are old school cloth diapers with snap covers. I just love them! Anyways, enjoy this time with your munchkins!!

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  33. I work at a daycare and a litte girl had the g diapers there. They were a hassle to change, often got poop on the liner, and let PERMANENT scarring on her bottom. She got diaper rash a lot from wearing it (too tight some times), and the scars from the rash have not gone away :(

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  34. I saw someone posted that they had problems with the Lansinoh bags tearing and I had the same problem. My daughter's babysitter keeps a few other children and she said she saw that problem a lot with the lansinoh bags...she recommended gerber or nuk bags and I never had any problems with those brands. Also, just fyi for other readers...the medela bags only hold 5oz and the other brands hold 6...doesn't sound like that much of a difference but it drove me crazy when I used the medela bags that I didn't have room for that extra ounce!

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  35. Oh, man...your post has me thinking. And that is always dangerous! =O We cloth-diapered our twins, and it really wasn't bad like I was anticipating it would be. I am, however, ashamed to admit that #3 has only been in cloth infrequently. Mostly because the older two need the potty, so it isn't convenient to have a diaper pail sitting on the extra toilet in the house. =O I don't think I've ever thought about the chemicals in wipes, or diapers, either, really. How naive of me! =O Yikes. Oh...and a possibly helpful hint - we froze milk in ice cube trays - I think it was an ounce or half an ounce a cube (it's been a while. =O), and then I'd put them in big freezer bags, and then whola - I could just pull out the amount I wanted, and it probably thawed faster that way, too. Just an idea. (Don't remember who I got this idea from, or I could give them credit. =O) Oh, and thanks for sharing your vinegar tip - I might have to use that on some stinky laundry. ;)

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  36. Hi Megan,
    This is a great post! Especially for new moms looking to get reviews on baby products from another mom. I work in a NICU, and thought I would mention that there is a powdered Human Milk Fortifier that we add to the preemies' breast ,in order to boost the calories. Just in case you didn't want Knox to have to have baby formula every night, there is an alternative out there. Just ask your Pedi about it. :-)
    Also, those Kirkland baby wipes are only about $19.00 for the same case at Costco versus $39.00 at Amazon! Save your money for those bambinos!

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  37. When I became a mama I started on the same quest for natural products for my babies and family... I agree, there needs to be more action from the govt. Please check out www.saferchemicals.org. This site can link you to a super easy email form to petition your local govt to action as well.
    Also, here is a nice one stop shop of "cheat sheets" on children's products and what they contain.

    http://safemama.com/cheatsheets/

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  38. I hear you about the personal care products! Its my soap box too. I'm using mostly Earth Mama Angel Baby products. Love how clean the soap rinses off. If you follow them on facebook they have a 50% off code for a select product each Friday.

    G diapers are just glorified sposies ;-D I've been CDing for over 3 years and you couldn't pay me to even try them lol. Your friend had some good info. If you want more info I have a couple pages typed up for newbies that I send out when someone asks me about cloth diapers. Its a few tips and advice but somehow it turned into 2 pages haha!!

    Holy Cow girl you are a milk machine!!! I bet you do nothing but drink all day to keep up that production ;-) I used to pump in the mornings and would be lucky to get 3 oz from one side (the other I can't even pump). Baby won't take a bottle (super frustrating!!) so I don't even pump anymore. You nurse twins so it's understandable you produce so much though. I don't understand the formula thing BUT I am glad you are using organic that is super important! (That's another soap box for me!)

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  39. I also forgot to add that Honeysuckle milk bags are great! You can only get them on Amazon. I got a free sample from their facebook page and was really impressed. Def way better than Medela or any other brand I have used. Check out the reviews of them on Amazon.

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  40. We use bumgenuis diapers and LOVE them!! I am so buying that diaper pail!!! I have one with a lid but it does leak some stink! Hahaha
    You should really give it a try! We all know laundry is going to happen every day so adding a load of diapers isn't that much more work!
    Congrats on the new house and the babes are as adorable as ever!!

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  41. I LOVE cloth diapers. Our little guy is 6 weeks old and now fits into the one-size diapers we bought (we used prefolds w/ a cover before now). It seems like a big cost up front, but when you consider how much you end up spending on disposable diapers it's worth it. Plus, you can sell the diapers when you're through with them. The laundry isn't bad either.

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  42. I love my cloth diapers. My daughter has severe eczema in the diaper area, and breaks out into horrible rashes with disposable diapers. I must say though, I find it a little strange to be so cautious about baby wash, when your baby is in a diaper 24/7 and those diapers have many harmful chemicals.

    I wouldn't use gDiapers. Liners really suck. Poop gets everywhere. It's much easier to have an entire diaper to wash than to have half of it washable and the other have throw away. We do cloth diapers and cloth wipes, everything is washed, there is no separating it.

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  43. My children are older, but I am firm believer that all of the chemicals in small doses add up to cause harm. My oldest was diagnosed with ADHD, and put on medication when she was six. I was unhappy with the side effects, and search for other solutions. Diet and exposure to certain chemicals came up quite a bit. We now avoid many products (shampoos, reusable bags, etc), all food dye, and processed foods. She has been medication free for a year now and showing no symptoms of ADHD (which I believe is a symptom itself, not a disorder...but that is another soap box!). If she eats something at a friend's house that has dye or is processed, we immediately know. Her whole demeanor changes. I think you are right to be concerned, and I think our government should do more to either remove the chemicals or educate us to their cumulative effects.

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  44. Hey Megan,

    I love reading your blog. The twins are soo adorable. If you are really interested in natural and organic products you should really check out Shaklee. They are a wonderful company that provides tons of products that are all natural/organic. They have all natural/organic cleaningh products, vitamins, beauty producs, and a full line of baby stuff. I use all their products on my 15 month old and we have never had any problems and there are no chemicals or harsh ingredients to worry about. If you want you can check out my website.
    http://blessedmommy.myshaklee.com

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  45. I was skeptical about cloth diapering but it actually helped me be a stay at home mom. it is expensive to build your stash but the money you save is amazing. i thought about gdiapers too but heard too many negative things about them. i tried the bumgenius flips (they are similar to gdiapers) and they are amazing. i also love bumgenius, fuzzibunz and kawaii. i even have bought a few homemade diapers from some wahm. my only issue is that there are not stores in my area that sell cloth diapers or even the proper soaps and creams to use with them so i have to order everything online. other than that, its super easy

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  46. Human milk fortifier is ONLY for preterm infants and is not meant for term infants. It is only to be used under medical supervision.

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  47. We're planning on using gDiapers with the cloth inserts. When doing our research, we found out that though the upfront investment is considerable, you're actually saving a few thousand dollars over time (and even more with two babies!!). They are, of course, better for the environment and easier on baby skin than the stuff used in the plastics.

    When I read this, it convinced me to make the investment.

    We're also going to be using cloth wipes with homemade (all natural) solution. Again, something that requires some upfront investment, but is healthier overall than all those nasty chemicals and it saves money overtime. We bought these unbleached flannel wipes that we'll be using for them and if you just Google "homemade baby wipes," you can find some really easy recipes that use household items that you most likely already have.

    Good luck, and hugs to you all!!
    :o)

    kirsten

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  48. Just wanted to say thanks for the link to the cloth diaper post. I have a lot of bumgenius diapers that I bought for our baby, but she was a preemie and hasn't been able to fit into them yet. I'm hopeful we can start using them soon.

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  49. GREAT post! We have the same monitor and i lost our charging cord ( no idea how) and I am so glad you suggested charging it on the computer! It never occurred to me!
    BTW if you do decide you want to cloth diaper, especially gdiapers there are tons of inserts etc at my discount store so I can prob save you a lot of money there. Just let me know! Happy to do it for you.

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  50. Thanks for all the useful info on baby products and the chemicals they contain!

    We use gdiapers on our 21 month old. We have never tried the disposable liners, just the cloth ones, and we love them. It's really easy and saves us lots of money. After the first couple of months, we had made up the initial investment. We use disposables at night, though. We also use cloth wipes with warm water. We keep water in a wipe warmer and dip the wipes in it to wipe her bottom, and we throw the wipes into the wet bucket with the diapers. The wipes are just squares of flannel. we keep them folded in half and stacked on her changing table. You can cut up stained or worn receiving blankets to use. Hope this helps. Your babies are super-cute! Glad things are going well for you.

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  51. Have you heard of Chartreuse products? I have starting using there cleaner and baby products (which are organic) And I am loving them! Just thought I would share!

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  52. I have had this page bookmarked for a long time, and now that our little Cameron is 3 months old, I am figuring out what works for us. :) Did you end up switching to Seventh Generation wipes? We are almost through our Pampers Sensitives and may switch!

    Thanks for keeping up such a great blog - I am always reading to see what you have to say!

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  53. My son is now almost 6 months old and we use them every day (we use something else at night.) The two rows of snaps make the diaper fit well around the waist and around his legs (and he has some chunky thighs!) He only rarely has any leaks and he doesn't get the ugly red marks on his thighs that some diapers leave.
    honest co

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