Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Diapers, weaning and sleeping through the night

Hi! I am in the process of trying to get back into more of a groove with blogging, so today I am leaving a mess in my kitchen and forgoing the laundry folding in order to write a quick update. I might regret this later, and I know for sure that H and I are going to need to leave the house as soon as she wakes up from her nap so I don't have to look at the mess. But for now, I'm just going to turn my chair away from the dirty dishes and do my thing. Hopefully I can finish this with a few minutes to spare.

Here are few things that have been happening around here ...

I am a cloth diaper failure. Well, not entirely. We are using gDiapers, but with the disposable inserts rather than the cloth. We started out with Thirsties, and I did not love them. So, when H outgrew the newborn size I invested in lots of little gPants and gCloth instead. Not long after (this was when she was about 9 months old), she got a rash. A really, really bad rash followed by a yeast infection and then a bacterial infection. It was awful! Poor girl! We wound up trying out the disposable inserts while we were fighting the rash. It finally went away. When we switched back to cloth, the rash returned. After a few rounds of this, I decided to just quit messing around and forget about the cloth altogether. She hasn't had a rash since. This scenario is not what I had hoped for, but I'm happy with the solution we found. When/if she outgrows her current little gPants, I'll probably just use regular disposables until she is potty trained (because I don't really want to invest any more money into a diapering system).

Sleeping through the night = love. It seemed to take forever, and at times it felt like I would never get a full night's sleep again. But sometime in January, H's sleep patterns started to improve drastically and she started to sleep through the night pretty regularly. Then we went out of town for several days. Regression. Ugh. Desperate, I pulled out my aromatherapy book. The book suggested putting a drop of geranium oil plus a drop of chamomile oil in a bowl of warm water under the child's crib every other night until sleep improves. A complete miracle! She's been sleeping 11 or 12 solid hours each night for two months now. It. Is. Amazing. I love aromatherapy!

Weaning. We did it. We officially stopped breastfeeding last Tuesday, the day before H turned 18-months-old. The weaning process was seamless in a lot of ways. I didn't really push it, I just kind of let nature takes its course ... slowly dropping the last few feedings as time went on. For several weeks, we were down to bedtime and wake-up only. At some point she stopped expecting to nurse at bedtime so I casually let it go. No big deal.

When it came time to drop the morning session, I decided to take One Fit Mom's (always excellent) advice and gave her a heads-up that she wasn't going to be getting milk in the A.M. for very much longer. One day, she suddenly seemed more interested in breakfast so we skipped it. I thought we were done, but no -- the next morning she was frantic for milk. We did every other morning for a while, and I kept telling her we were almost done. Eventually, we were down to once every third day. Last Tuesday, though, I decided to just close the deal. I knew that if she could go three days, it wasn't really necessary. Admittedly, the next few mornings were difficult. Carl had to get her up and take her downstairs for breakfast before she saw me, but she was not happy about it. And as soon as I walked in the room ... major tantrum. I felt terrible, knowing how significant of a change this is for her. We got through it with some extra cuddles and lots of distractions (shoes and sunglasses always cheer her up). Anyway, in some ways it is sad and hard to believe that this stage in her life is over. But I am truly thankful for a successful breastfeeding experience.

Now, on to potty training ...

6 comments:

  1. Have you tried The Honest Company's diapers? I'm intrigued. They're offering a free trial of a month's worth of diapers and wipes on their site. I'm hoping they'll still be offering it closer to my due date in Sept!

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    1. I haven't! I did not know they sold diapers ... I am going to go and check it out. Thanks, Anna!

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  2. It sounds like your diapers need a serious stripping. Try that (its an easy google) and see if the rash goes away.

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    1. I did do the stripping, and I even tried brand-new cloth inserts. Unfortunately it didn't help. :-(

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  3. I think some of the leaking problems people have are due to incorrect prep and washing so if you follow the directions and use the correct soap you shouldn't have a problem. When she is big enough for the mediums, I will buy them again. We have never had a problem with diaper rash. As you can tell, I'm happy with these and although the washing and stuffing the diapers is a little more work, we make it happen. We will soon be using cloth wipes because it won't be anymore work for us and better for our little girl!

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  4. Hi there! I am a Paleo mom of a 1-yr-old. We recently started weaning, which has been going really well. However, my son still cannot tolerate dairy, so we're not sure what to give him once I stop producing breast milk. What did you give your daughter when you weaned her? My son eats lots of solid foods, but his pediatrician still recommends that he drink 20 oz. of milk per day, and I think he *wants* the milk as well. Thanks! ~Alyssa

    (Also, we use gDiapers and had trouble with a yeast rash, just as you describe. We started adding bleach to the diaper laundry, which has helped a lot. We also use a diaper spray with tea tree oil; we spray the liners, pouches, and his bottom. We still see a little rash some of the time, but the situation is much improved. We tried disposable diapers for a while, and the rash actually got much worse, so we're back to cloth for now! Good luck!)

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