Zinny Jane Wool Soaker Review and Giveaway! Ending 4.29 Worldwide!

We had A LOT of problems with Peanut and diaper rash. She spent so much of her first two years with actual open sores on her bum that I’m surprised that she doesn’t have scars. We did everything we were supposed to do to both prevent and get rid of rash. Plenty of airing-out time, wiping with water only, cloth diapers, etc. When all of that didn’t work, we ended up getting various creams from the doctor, which still didn’t do much. Eventually the rash would go away, just to turn around and come back for virtually no reason. Even when the open sores weren’t there, she always was pink.

Without a medical degree or testing this at all, since it only occurred to me in hindsight, I think it might have been the lack of breathability of her diapers. Especially at night.

This realization made me want to use more breathable diapers on Twig when she came. I also needed something that I could easily remove for elimination communication. After reading this post by Hobo Mama on prefolds and That Mama Gretchen’s Wool Week posts, I decided that was the route I wanted to go. I started in search of prefolds and wool covers.

That’s when I stumbled upon Zinny Jane on Etsy.

This lovely woman knits the cutest wool soakers in the world! I’ve been using the small one she sent me in combination with other covers and I have to say, it’s by far my favorite. It is absolutely darling. I know that soakers generally go under clothes, but I often find myself putting Twig in this one with leggings just because it is So. Frickin’. Cute.

And it’s not just cute. It’s really well knit. Knowing some about knitting myself, I can recognize a plain pattern versus an intricate one. This one has special ribbing in all the right places rather than just around the legs and middle. It has different colors of yarn used for the stripes, but I’ve had zero problem with the seams leaking or anything of that sort. It’s all perfectly the same tension and it’s really tightly weaved. I’ve heard others say that they can’t use knit covers for nighttime, only felted will do. This one has had zero issue, even with me finding out the other day that I had only partially been lanolizing my wool (I was using wool wash with lanolin, but not any pure lanolin). Zero leaks even when her prefold is literally sopping in every square centimeter. And, teamed with a stay dry liner, very little pink rash.

Beyond that, it’s super easy to clean. Twig has monster poops. She only poops once or twice a day, rather than the probably 4-5 times Peanut used to when she was this age, and she definitely makes up for it all at once. I’ve seriously tried Every. Single. Fold. that is supposed to contain breastfed baby poop, but it still gets on the covers (any tips or ideas on this would be great!). If you use wool, you know how much of a pain it is for poop to get on the wool. You can’t just throw wool in the washing machine, you have to hand wash it. Some of my wool covers seem to just hold the poop in. I spend upwards of 2 minutes scrubbing to get it all out of the fibers, which is difficult when Twig is screaming to be picked up and Peanut is screaming to be played with. This cover has it all come off instantly and there’s zero staining, even in the off-white colored yarn. It’s awesome! And it dries quick too!

Beyond that, Molly, the owner of Zinny Jane, is amazing. She spent quite a few messages back and forth with me explaining what to measure, how to measure it, and what sizes would be best. Since Twig is such a huge baby (13 lbs 13 oz at 9 weeks!), she sent me two covers to review! One small and one medium. How nice is that??! I know how much time and effort goes into knitting a project, so in my mind that gives her extra props. Honestly, I wish I owned more of them even. I just love this soaker so much! I’m sure that I’ll be talking my husband into getting some more soon.

So do any of you want to win a wool soaker?! You can! (make sure to leave a comment for each entry!)

*Mandatory*  1 entry – Go check out Zinny Jane’s Etsy store and tell me which product is your favorite in a comment! (don’t forget to include your email in your first entry so I can contact you if you win!)

1 entry – follow me on Twitter. If you already follow, you still get an entry!

1 entry – Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link to the tweet in the comment). You can tweet about this giveaway once every day for an entry. That’s up to 31 entries just from tweeting!

2 entries (make 2 separate comments) – follow this blog by RSS or email.  If you already follow, you still get an entry!

2 entries – become a fan of The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

2 entries – become a fan of Zinny Jane on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

1 entries – Write a post on your Facebook page about this giveaway! Make sure you link to The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook in the post and leave a comment here each time you do it. You can do it once per day! That’s up to 31 entries!

4 entries – blog about this contest (leave a link the comment). Once per giveaway.

This contest is worldwide. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, April 29th at 5PM Mountain Standard Time by random. The winner will be emailed and must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

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Motherlove Green Salve Review and Giveaway!

It seems Miss Peanut has a sensitive bum.

It’s silly that it’s taken me over a year to figure this out, but I guess when you have cloth diapers you don’t notice such things. The few times we’ve used a disposable diaper, she always gets a little red. Really though, we’ve used them so infrequently that it just simply didn’t occur to me. Thank goodness I was planning on cloth diapers from the start so I never had to deal with transferring over because of a rashy baby.

Back to the point—rashy Peanut. After not swimming all winter long (I know! Who doesn’t swim in winter!??!), we had a playdate planned to meet a friend and her daughter at a local splash pad. Getting ready to head out the door, I go grab her swim diaper. Oh my, this looks mighty small now. Let’s see if it still fits. Oh boy, it certainly does not. So we decided to drop by Target and buy some disposable swim diapers. I figured that I would order a new cloth one off the internet and this one time wouldn’t hurt, right?

Yeah, you can’t just buy one swim diaper. They come in a pack of 20.

So I quickly decided that we would just have to use these ones up before buying a new cloth one. Why would I waste all those swim diapers? They’re not cheap either! I could get a cloth diaper for how much I paid for those!

Then, of course, Miss Peanut gets a rash from them. Every. Single. Time. That she’s worn one, she’s gotten a rash. Luckily, it’s not anything too awful, just kind of a redness-all-over kind of thing. I let her go diaper free for most of the rest of the day and we’re alright.

Then enters Motherlove’s Green Salve.

When Motherlove contacted me wanting me to review some of their products (see the review for More Milk Plus here), I knew that the Green Salve sounded like a good fit for my family. My husband has some pretty awful eczema and I’ve been looking for ages to find something he can put on it other than that nasty prescription cream.

Of course, life likes to laugh at me.

Little did I know, my husband doesn’t have eczema hardly at all in the summer! It makes sense and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. I think my brain has just been so scattered with the Breastfeeding Cafe and moving and school that I’ve forgotten to think.

So I used the Green Salve on a nasty patch of eczema I had on my knuckle (which, btw, went away within a couple days after nothing else worked over a series of months), but I needed something else to test it on. Then Peanut turns up with one of her swimming rashes.

Wait a second! The site specifically says “softens rashes” on the description of the Green Salve! I’ll try it on Peanut’s bum!

Oh. My Goodness.

Gone! Within hours! Not a whole day or two like normal! This stuff is amazing!

I will openly admit that with a more severe rash she had later (she gets huge open sores if she sits in a poopy diaper for more than 5 minutes), it didn’t work so amazingly. It certainly helped, but just not as much. For the just redness all over though, it was awesome.

And you know when you put diaper cream on your babe and it’s all over your hands and even after scrubbing it off at the sink it’s still all over everything? You can just rub this stuff in! It works better than lotion for my cracked cuticles (yeah, I bite my cuticles, so what?).

So are you ready to win some of this awesome salve? Here’s how you do it!

Please leave an additional comment for each entry.

1 entry — Follow me on Twitter.

1 entry — Follow Motherlove on Twitter.

1 entry — Tweet about this giveaway (i.e. “#breastfeeding #giveway Win Motherlove’s More Milk Plus! http://wp.me/pDcm9-oa”). You can RT once a day.

1 entry — Follow this blog by RSS or email.

1 entry — Vote for this blog on Top Baby Blogs by clicking this link.

1 entry — Follow Motherlove’s blog by RSS.

2 entries (leave 2 separate comments) — Become a fan of The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook.

2 entries — Become a fan of Motherlove on Facebook.

2 entries — Subscribe to Motherlove’s Channel on YouTube.

3 entries — Blog about this contest (leave a link in your comments).

Contest closed! Congrats K La! This giveaway ends September 17th, 2010, at 11:59 MST. A Random Number Generator will be used to choose the winner who will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.