I turn to Twitter for a lot of advice on raising my son. My Twitter friends have helped me through the very end of my pregnancy (although I didn’t tweet much then), dealing with an emergency c-section and the following infections and most recently, my
obsession love of cloth diapers.
@graciekate was the first Twitter friend of mine to talk about cloth diapers a lot. Then one day at my favorite local baby store, Bellani, I strolled over to the cloth diaper section and decided to pick up a couple of gDiapers to try out. I started out small with a couple covers and the disposable inserts. After that, my cloth diaper stash exploded into about 30 diapers of all different brands and styles. I love it! I love how Jackson never gets a red, rashy butt and I really love not throwing a ton of diapers away every week. Now that I am a stay at home Mom I have the time to do a couple of extra loads each week. I doubt I would be willing to do it if I worked outside of the home.
One thing about cloth diapering that annoyed me was separating the disposable wipes into the diaper genie and putting the diaper into my cloth diaper pail. Every load of diaper laundry seemed to have an errant disposable wipe which shredded all over everything and got stuck in each diaper’s velcro. The next logical step was cloth wipes. I bought some on etsy and got some from a Twitter friend (a review will be coming soon!) and started using them.
I LOVE having cloth wipes. It makes diaper changes so much easier, everything gets thrown in the same pail and washed without paper shreds! One of the fun things about the cloth wipes is making a solution for them. I wrote about that here.
One of my Twitter friends noticed that I was using lavender and tea tree oil in my solution and mentioned that both of those ingredients may cause “estrogenic” effects in boys. I turned to Google and the first hit was this: “Lavender and Tea Tree Oils May Cause Breast Growth in Boys.” This was not from a Mommy Blogger or cloth diaper nut, but from THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. Basically the article stated that using lotions & potions with those ingredients can cause prepubertal gynecomastia, which is better known to my friends as “man boobs.” But since these are a pre-pubescent problem we’ll call them “boy boobs.”
So thanks to my Twitter friend for helping Jackson avoid boy boobs! We are back to using water for our cloth wipe solution.