Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Cloth Diaper Covers & Fitted for Overnight

The last thing anyone wants is to wake up to is a wet baby with a leaky diaper. *insert sad face for both you and baby* Lately, Riley's night time cloth diaper situation has been less than ideal. When Riley would wake up to nurse in the wee hours of the morning, I would inevitably feel that his jammies were wet. Then we had to do the please-don't-wake-up-while-I-change-your-diaper-and-pj's dance and then get him back to sleep. Well, I knew I had to figure out the best combo for our nights, so that Riley could nurse and get back to sleep in peace (and I wouldn't have to keep washing sheets!).

I tried a few different combos and what surprised me the most was that what had worked for Michael when he was a baby did not work for Riley. I think that because Riley co-sleeps with us, sleeps on his side and nurses (often) throughout the night, his regular night time diapers weren't holding up and the extra liquid would just leak out the side when about half of a pocket diaper with hemp insert was wet.

So, after some trial and error, I found two different solutions that have worked perfectly for Riley! My bullet-proof overnight combo are diaper covers and super thirsty fitted diapers!

After trying out a few of my different covers, my top choice for overnight (and fir use in general) is the Blueberry Coverall Diaper Cover and the Best Bottom Diaper Cover. My favorite thing about these covers is that they both have double gussets around the legs. That helps to keep the moisture on the inside and with the snug fit, it keeps Riley's jammies dry. One added bonus to the Best Bottom cover is that the PUL cover is 2 layers thick, so there is extra protection from wetness leaking through! Even though the Best Bottom system is designed to have a snap-in insert, I found that using a fitted diaper at night works perfectly and the snap button doesn't bother Riley. Both diaper covers are made in the US, come in lots of fun colors and prints and with all the snaps, there is plenty of rooms to adjust. What's not to love?!

Now for what's on the inside of the cover! I think what you choose to use on the inside of a diaper cover is super important. My favorite fitted diapers are the Sustainablebabyish Snapless-Multi Fitted Cloth Diapers and the Bamboozle Fitted Diaper by Tots Bots. The Sustainablebabyish fitted is made from organic bamboo/cotton terry material and comes with two boosters! This is my absolute favorite and a super thirsty diaper. I have never had a leak with this fitted! The Bamboozle is made with bamboo and has a hidden microfiber core, plus it comes with an extra snap-in insert. This has also been a super trusty fitted for night time and I always get a great fit with it.

There's Riley (above) in his Blueberry cover with the Sustainablebabyish fitted ...all fresh, clean, ready for his pj's and ready to wake up dry in the morning! Yes, the diaper combo is bulku, but hey, it works...and that's what matters! I think that the fitted diapers work really well at soaking up the wetness as Riley nurses throughout the night. I also think that the material lets the liquid "evenly distribute" throughout the fitted, rather than just pooling on one side. That, paired with the diaper covers that fit really well and have double gussets, have proven to be a leak-free overnight solution for us! 

What is your "go-to" overnight cloth diaper solution? Do you use fitteds and/or covers?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Walnut Milk Makin' Lactation Cookies

At the Big Latch On event that I went to at Granola Babies on the 2nd, there was a Lactation Cookie exchange that Giselle organized! To prepare, I tested out multiple lactation cookie recipes and blended a few different recipes together to make my favorite Milk Makin' Cookie recipe! Testing out so many recipes was fun and I have a well stocked fridge and freezer! I love "treating" myself to a few cookies every day and knowing that the ingredients have some potent milk production boosting power!

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I am! Here's the recipe:

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Walnut Milk Makin' Lactation Cookies


  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 4 tablespoons water 
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (Can use molasses or butter in its place) 
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (Can use all-purpose or a flour alternative in its place) 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 12 fenugreek tablets 
  • 3 Tablespoons Brewer's Yeast 
  • 3 cups oats (NOT instant oats!) 
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips 
  • 1/4 cup walnuts


Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the flax seeds and water in a small bowl and set aside for 3-5 minutes.

Cream the butter, brown sugar and coconut oil together. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add in the flax seed and water mixture and the vanilla extract. Blend in well.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Open 12 fenugreek capsules and dump the powder into the mixture. Add in Brewer's Yeast and sift together.

Add the dry mix to the wet sugar and butter mixture. Mix. Add in oats, chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Mix thoroughly.

Drop cookie dough by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Enjoy 2-4 cookies per day! : )

I just love this picture and moment that Alison captured from the Big Latch On! {credit: Alison Bernier Kids Photography // image source}

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to suit your preferences and needs. Don't like walnuts? No problem! Just leave them out. Don't have brown sugar? That's ok - try regular sugar instead. I also used organic ingredients, but if you don't have organic ingredients, just use what you have in your pantry. Don't need these cookies to have quite so much milk makin' power- then you can add just the Brewers Yeast or the fenugreek (not both). I personally add both, since I definitely don't have a problem with oversupply and take supplements to help with healthy lactation supply as it is. Now, for me, I haven't found that these cookies boosted my supply in some crazy way. I'm know that all women respond differently to herbs and supplements, so for some, this recipe may be overkill! Haha!  I (personally) have felt "full" more often throughout the day, but I haven't needed to pump or anything after nursing. I feel that they do give me a pick-me-up and that they are an easy and tasty way to get some extra supplements into my daily diet.

Do you have a favorite lactation cookie recipe? Did you try this recipe? Tell me what you think!

Monday, August 5, 2013

How I Celebrated World Breastfeeding Week - The Big Latch On!

This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week and one thing that I did to celebrate was to take part in The Big Latch On! On Friday, the 2nd,  I went out to Granola Babies in Costa Mesa, CA (about an hour away). I love the community at Granola Babies and head to the store to shop or take a class whenever I can!

This year's World Breastfeeding Week theme is "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers". Support for mother's is so important from day one and continues on for as long as mama and baby decide to breastfeed. It has been so meaningful for me to have family and friends that surround me to encourage, support and cheer me on. "The key to best breastfeeding practices is continued day-to-day support for the breastfeeding mother within her home and community."

I was so happy to be able to take part in this years Big Latch On event! I remember this time 3 years ago when I first heard about this event and I was so wistful, because Michael was only 8 months old and our breastfeeding relationship had already come to an end. So, this time, when the event rolled around and Riley was still breastfeeding, I saw this event as a way for me to celebrate our journey. I am thankful that we have worked together to keep nursing. I am thankful every day that Riley is still breastfeeding.

The Big Latch On brought together local mamas, who at 10:30am, all started breastfeeding their little ones for (at least) a minute to help set a record! I was able to get there early and sit, chat and get to know some other mamas and their little ones. Riley and I had so much fun - he was smiling at everyone, playing with other babies and sharing his toys! I really loved being around so many other nursing moms and their babies! 

Just before 10:30am, Giselle (the owner at Granola Babies), did a count down to start nursing. It was so funny to watch all of these babies trying to focus on nursing! There were so many other babies around that they didn't seem to know whether to nurse or watch what the baby next to them was doing! Haha!

This was such a pleasure to be able to attend. It was so relaxing and wonderful to nurse around other mothers who were comfortable feeding their babies in public - it definitely gave me a boost of confidence. My hope is that nursing in public will continue to become more natural and that eventually, no one will even bat an eye when they see a mama feeding her baby.

How have you celebrated World Breastfeeding Week so far? Have you felt supported or encouraged to nurse in public by anyone?