June is a special month in everyone’s life. As a student we would like to welcome the month of June to show our new bags, to enter our new class, to meet new set of teachers and so on.. When we came to know about the environment we started to wait for the 5th to plant saplings, speak about it. Then as a child we wait for our Father’s day and now adding to it as a mommy I am happy to know it’s a cloth diapering month. Being a cloth diapering mom isn’t it good to have a special month dedicated to us?? And a special bond I have with this month is the birth of Baby A. Too much of memories I do have with the month of June. As its special I have come up with a Review on Totscarts handmade fitted diapers and in association with the Totscart family we are running a giveaway to make this month even special.
I am proud to say that we are a cloth Diapering family and if you know me in person you would have known about the love I have for cloth diapers. We have successfully completed 11 months in the journey of cloth diapering and we are eagerly waiting to continue till we can. As a new mommy when I heard about cloth diaper terminologies I had a massive attack and then with the reviews I succeeded the journey. Today we are going to have a detailed review on the Totscart handmade fitted diaper.
For new mommies Let me explain what a fitted diaper is?
Fitted diapers otherwise called as fitteds comes either with snaps or snapless and they are highly absorbent in nature. They do have elastic at the legs, backside for a neat fit and the inserts are either attached or can be removed. Fabrics used will be from the cotton family. These are not waterproof in nature. In a layman terminology fitteds are a diaper where the whole diaper absorbs the pee.
Fitteds really hold a strange part in the cloth diaper world. Their cost worries a lot. But to rescue in the cost part totscart came to play a role. It didn’t leave a hole in our pocket and it serves the best. It really helps when your little one has a rash. A fitted can be used either with a cover or without a cover but I do prefer without a cover as its good way to air out those tushies without harming them.
Features of Totscart Handmade Fitted:
- These come with adorable cute prints to keep us entertained and calm even in difficult situations :p
- It comes in 2 key parts.
- Outer Shell
The Shell is made of 4 layers of cotton and insert is made of 6 layers of cotton Flannel and a one layer of hemp terry!! So totally 11 layers (including hemp) in the wet zone but, yet will look very trim!
- Adjustable Rise settings for small, medium and large.
- For a better fit around the waist it has a cross-over tab.
Promises of the Totscarters:
- Shell is made of 4 layers of cotton and insert is made of 6 layers of cotton Flannel and a one layer of hemp terry!! So totally 11 layers (including hemp) in the wet zone but, yet will look very trim!
- It will last for 4 hours.
- Totscart has come up Tongue style insert for easy use and high absorbency. It is made of 5 layers of cotton flannel and 2 layers of hemp when folded into half. Thus gives a good absorbency. It is topped with stay dry layer. With shell it provides 11 layers of absorbing layer (including two hemp layers). It could last anywhere between 3 hrs to 5 hrs..
- Prints can be customised by pre-ordering.
- Can be used from 3kgs to 20kgs.
- It will be trim.
- A++ for the customer Service.
What I like the most?
- It’s a crowdpleaser and it will win the diaper beauty contest for sure.
- It works like a dream and its adorable where it can be used a daytime fitted.
- It lasts for 3 hours plus for my medium to heavy-wetter daughter
- For my lo its trim in nature
- Dries completely quick.
- Earlier the insert was stiff but with frequent washes its flexible and it stays in place so that the pee gets absorbed without the leakage.
- With no PUL 100% breathable.
- For a new mommy the stiff insert is little irritated but with frequent washes it can be adjusted according to our needs.
- Few prints fade out after many washes and that’s how the cotton works which Preethi discloses earlier when doing the purchase.
Its nominal for a fitted diaper. 460Rs. Plus shipping
PREPPING & WASH CARE:
Its asked to wash twice in warm water before its used on the tiny tushies. I usually wash my new diapers alone and line dry them and the third wash will be with the regular laundry as my husband feels it’s a new cloth and it shouldn’t be used with laundry. So my fitted was on baby A after the third wash. The stiffness of the inserts became flexible in my seventh wash. And it worked fine from the sixth wash.
Special Wash Routine:
The soiled diapers (whether pooped or peed ) will be rinsed once and stored in a open pail and then on the laundry day a prewash followed by a regular wash and 2 rinses extra and then line dry them.
Will I Recommend this Product?
Totscart handmade fitteds are definitely a workhorse diaper and will stay dry for minimum of 3 hours. It’s a perfect day time fitted. I have seen the mommies with very leaner babies found it difficult to fit these diapers properly so I wouldn’t recommend for them. So my final verdict is I would recommend this diapers for all except the very leaner babies as they find it difficult in the fit. I have 4 fitteds from totscart in my stash and my baby falls on the leaner side.
You can buy them from www.facebook.com/totscart
AMS Ratings: 9.5/10.
Disclaimer: Totscart Handmade Fitted diaper was purchased by me. Neither I nor The AlizehmySoul Blog were compensated in any way for this review.
As Baby A is reaching her One year mark shortly in this beautiful world I was able to come up with something in regards to the thankless tasks of parenting. The world of Internet today has thousands of resources like Gentle Parenting and thousands of groups around to help during the crisis which would be a normal issue. When as a family we are entering the 1 year milestone we happened to move to a nuclear family from a joint setup. In my marriage life of approximately 1 year 10 months this is little peaky for me as I was lucky enough to be in a joint setup right from the beginning. Both my mom and mother- in-law were near to guide me in all my doings throughout. Now everything is still the same but at a distance. Last night Baby A had a rash kind of thing which made me panic to the core but it wasn’t a rash luckily [Al hamdulilah]. The moment I saw that my hands went out to reach the phone to call my mom! As it was late hours down there in india I just refrained myself from calling her. Parenting is too hard you see!! Later Baby A was put to sleep and this thought was going on and on back in my mind all day ! Will Baby A thank me for the stuffs I do? Will she think in the future about me even when she is grown up? Then my mind voice interrupted and exclaimed! Hold-On, Have you ever thanked your mom who never whined to keep your bum off the icky poops even those days when the trendy diapers or easy to go disposable pants were not widely available? When your mom braided your knee-length hair?(which you don’t have now). Have you ever thanked her for the designer and stylist avatars she took over, looking at your beautiful old time photos? Ever thanked your dad? When he carried you on his shoulders during the knee level flood times only because your shoes and uniform shouldn’t get up messed up? The real baahubali who comes to rescue with no CGs and imaginary illogics? When he made your shoes shine? When he taught you how to ride a bike? When your parents made a wonderful decision to lead a life as you wished? When they gave you permission to work the way you wanted? When Baby A was about to enter the world, I was able to see my mom and dad in tears, which reflected their concern about their two new babies, the divine process of labour was going to gift them then. Outwardly “ONE” to come back safe as “TWO” was their only chants !! That’s parenthood. A “NO-THANKS” from us is not going to make their life less prosperous or miserable nor do they expect favours in return. They live a selfless life simply to take us to heights.
After so much of conflicts and confusions within me I came to a conclusion where I should put together a few basic steps to honour our parents. A gist which is feasible and combination of what I have done in the past and what I am planning to in the future is what this blog is all about!
1.SPENDING TIME WITH THEM
A Best gift a person can give to his/her parents is by spending a quality time with them. Explain them how special they are to you. Call them regularly and speak to them, discuss with them the daily happenings. In this modern era, with advanced technologies we can do this from any corner of the world. Only because of this I lead a homesick free life. Thanks to the technology.. I learnt this from my mom and dad in their own ways. My nanima (whom I used to address as “AMMA”) passed away on her early 80’s which is three years back. During her last days my mom made it a point to go meet her literally everyday after her hectic office hours and spend time with her as much as possible and made us to follow the same too. This was her way of expressing her love towards her mom. My dad cared his mother-in-law the same way as he cared his mom and that nature of his I adore a lot even now. The same was done with my dhadhima(paternal granny) too with no compromises.
2.Never ever feel shy to say those powerful words “I Love you”
Let your parents know how much they mean to you in your life. I really adore my parents for the efforts they have taken to make us reach a solid position in our life. My husband moved out of the country for the first time leaving behind his family. His journey was approximately 26 long hours and during which my father in law had sent an “I love you” message to his son. When I heard that from my husband I teased him but later realised what was wrong in it? Why should I tease the bonding they have? Have I ever said those powerful words to my parents? My answer was a big No. Took my phone and typed those three words in my mobile and quickly hit the send button to my parents. I felt very happy to identify the energy their voices had later when I called them. Those three words are really powerful that they make the ones who hear them really joyful.
In this modern era we forget the power of handwritten letters. We sit in front of a computer or a mobile type what we feel and send them but preparing a handwritten note is way too special when compared to the email note! This I understood when I saw my mom cherished when she looks at our old handwritten messages to her. She is keeping them as a treasure. So I feel it is one of the beautiful ways to honour our parents.
4.Live Out THEIR Values
Each person will have his or her own unique principle. If it is good we should try to follow them. Live out their values if they have a unique character which is good in nature. This thought provoked me looking at my nanima (amma’s) behaviour. I was privileged to be near her during the last phase of farewell from this earth. At that particular moment the words she told me still keeps on ringing my ears. Even in severe pain she asked me to thank each and every person who took care of her in the hospital starting from the sweeper to the Doctor who attended her. My mom still follows that very principle from my amma and I hope so I’ll follow the values as well, which my mom and dad follow till date. Of course a little appreciation to others is not going to let us down rather it is up someone’s day for sure. Why not we be the reason??
5.Name Something in their Memory
Parents give us life with the Almighty’s grace. They struggle hard to make us reach a position, help us in gaining knowledge. In return we should do something to the society which will leave a good impression on our parents. A simple deed like building a water tank, or constructing a sun shade or helping the poor and needy in all possible ways will do the job! When this task has been done, prayers and blessings will reach the person and that definitely becomes a vicious cycle. My mother gives scholarship to a student in the remembrance of her mother and I have made been inspired to do something similar to honour my parents.
6.Seek Advice for the Stuff you do
While thinking to do a particular task, make sure you involve your parents in the discussion. When you involve them they would be really happy to know that they are still being the same significant person who plays a special role in your life.
These are the few ways I do to honour my parents. Please do share with us (Baby A and Mom of BabyA) what are the steps you take to honour your parents?? Come let us spread the joy and make this world a better place to live in!!
A diaper bag is a saviour for a mother in the initial years of a baby. Its her companion and it will have all the stuffs of baby in it. I am a person who doesn’t like to carry bags. But after the birth of Baby A the scenario is totally changed. My mom used to worry a lot as during my early childhood days I wouldn’t move out of the home without a sling bag itseems and now she can see me (OLD ME) and she is happy to cherish my old memories. :p
Back in India either my mom or my sister or my brother (Suhaib does a perfect job :p)used to pack my diaper bag in the initial days so I had a peaceful environment but back in my home when we went out for Outings I had many facepalm situations for missing out simple but very necessary stuff. Then I understood arranging a diaper bag is an art and organising them neatly is also an art. So from then On I learnt to organise my diaper bag perfectly.
Now let’s have a look out of the essentials available in my diaper bag cum hand bag.:p
- MODERN CLOTH DIAPERS [ One for every three hours +2 extra for emergency]
- Wetbags/Superbags- 2 [One to carry soiled diapers and one to carry fresh ones]
- Cloth wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Changing Pad/Blanket
- Burp cloth
- Hand Kerchief for baby
- Water bottle
- Sippy cup with a spoon
- Finger food
- A bottle with a juice[For mommy]
- Extra pair clothes for both Baby and mommy [Emergency can happen any time]
- Favourite Toys
- Zip lock bags to store stuffs
- Ring Sling/Carrier
I came up with this list because in the initial days I took time to get organised with the packing of a diaper bag. So I felt there would be a need for new mommies in organising a diaper bag.
Please do share what were/are your essentials in your diaper bag!
HappyNap Rash Cream- A product by an Indian for the Indian. It’s manufactured by Apex Laboratories Private Limited, Tamilnadu.
How much does it weigh?
It weighs 20g in the form of a paste filled in the tube. Its approximately Rs.85/-
How did I land into this product?
I am basically sensitive person and since babyA was in my womb wanted to avoid antibiotics, medicines as much as possible. The most threatening fact which made me to use the cloth diapers is as I didn’t liked to use the disposable diapers as I didn’t want my kid to fall trapped with the chemicals as the bum should be chemical free. Im lazy too and thanks to my sister who maintained the record of not using disposables at all till babyA was 3 months old. Though we are super careful BabyA got her first mild rash when she was in the teething phase around 4 months old so when we had our regular visit to the doctor he said its nothing serious and if at all the rash builds up more use this cream and it works wonders. I have a great respect for that doctor as he does everything from the view of the baby, breastfeeding friendly doctor too. As he suggested we got this product.
What’s the composition?
It contains Zinc oxide to the larger proportion and benzalkonium to a minimum composition in the cream form. It heals the rashes as well as behaves as a barrier by preventing the development of new rashes.
Promise of the TEAM:
Ø It’s actually a cream for babies who have sensitive skin. It can cure the rashes caused due to nappies, diaper or tight clothing.
What’s the best which I like!
Ø It works wonders as promised
Ø A small amount is enough to cure the rashes
Ø The existing rashes are also cured.
Ø The price which doesn’t make a hole in our pocket.Can be available all over India.
Ø I am unable to really quote disadvantages as im extremely happy with the product and if at all Il have to say it can come in little larger quantity.
How to Use:
Ø Wash the affected area and pat dry
Ø Take the cream and apply them in the affected region.
Ø Use three times a day.
The product is reviewed on own basis and I have no connection with the company. As I felt the product is good felt it would be helpful for new mommies.
Baby Alizeh was born on June 29th and that may be the reason she is contributing more towards the Mother Nature, we can say! Basically Iam a person who is obedient to teachers so when I was a kid few stuffs were deep in my mind and I followed those stuffs till I can and those stuffs have transformed in my bub I can say.
Reduction of Disposable Garbage:
As soon as she was born she was in cloth nappies which are homemade. So her first contribution as soon as she entered the world is like she didn’t use disposable and made a huge contribution to the society by not dumping the huge disposable garbage. Because of her I too have started using menstrual cup. Baby Alizeh became a social citizen who teaches her mom to give back fresh air to the society. It was really hard in the beginning to use only cloth and then later when she was 2 months old I started using one size MODERN CLOTH DIAPERS which are reusable and washable which is a great thing to use. Its really cool to see beautiful designs on the bum. With a minimum stash of 22 we reuse them and enjoy wearing them. Baby A also loves her diapers. She doesn’t like the disposables and to be frank we don’t know how to select a disposable diaper for her in this country :p I can hear you people regarding the night time diapering. As a mommy I too worry about my darling’s sleep. Yes, she sleeps peacefully in her nighttime diapers which comes for more than 12 plus hours but I do change when we hit 9 hours as I don’t want to take a chance on my baby’s bum. But there are parents who use for 13 hours with our trusted Superbottoms Plus. In a day we use approximately 4 to 5 diapers so you can technically understand that BabyA has successfully prevented 1650 disposable diapers in these 11 months from going into landfills for 500 years. Isn’t it that cool?
Spreading the Love for cloth diapers
Baby A has did her major part so can we be happy by sitting quite?? Haven’t our elders taught us Good things should be shared?? So what We (BabyA & mommy club) did was spreaded the love of Cloth diapers to others by claiming the positives and negatives of using cloth diapers and we can proudly say nearly 10 mommies have started using cloth diapers looking at the joy this mommy club has attained in using the cloth diapers. We didn’t stop with that alone, baby Alizeh gifted newborn cloth diapers to her newborn nephew to spread the love she has in cloth diapers.
Reducing the usage of Plastics
We can say we are eco-friendly only when we complete this part and it’s a difficult task. But we tried our best and trying our best to complete this process hope we will succeed in this task soon. Slowly we are trying to use Tote bags. Whenever I use plastics Baby Alizeh shows me her bums which makes me realise I should use a tote bag instead of a plastic bag. To store the soiled diapers I do have wetbags but those wetbags are so beautiful where it ended up in carrying our clothes, stuffs when we move out which takes a role of plastic bag. Win win situation for us!
Usage of Teethers:
One of the toughest phase in parenting I can say is teething phase. I was so specific in not getting plastic stuffs for her either for her toys or any other stuff it matters. So we avoided getting toys for her till she reached the teething phase. Selecting the teethers were the toughest task but we got her Food grade Silicone where we did our bit in this too in becoming a Green Family who is doing their small bit to safeguard the nature.
LIVING WITH THE NATURE:
We read somewhere where a best contribution to the Global warming is to open the windows and doors as soon as one wakes up from his/her bed and that part we do daily as Alizeh loves nature and she needs fresh air to breathe in!!
When we go for the walks we speak to the plants/Trees, Leaves. She touches them, feels them. I could sense a joy , can see a spark in her eyes when she does that. Earlier I thought she is doing it as a play and later I could relate how kids become teachers and teach us , remind us about the stuffs which are rusted?
Relating to the Theme
“Connect with Nature” is the theme of this year and Baby Alizeh did her job by speaking with the clouds, touching the mud, grass, trees, bark, leaves. Baby Alizeh speaks to them in her language which I don’t understand a bit but I am sure mother nature understands and acknowledges back by blowing a gentle breeze, where the leaves move and make us happy. A smile on baby Alizeh’s face say it all!! As a mommy I feel very proud that I am able to transfer the principles, teachings which my mother taught me and I could relish the moments which I spent with my parents during my childhood days.
These are the major roles which we are happy in contributing for making a safe place to live in. A few suggestions from our end for you readers:
- Plant saplings
- Water them and safeguard them.
- Say No to plastics
- Avoid using toxic stuffs
- Go the park spot on the different species.
Please do share with us how did your child teach you to respect the Global world? What steps the bub has made you to give your contribution for safeguarding the globe?
- Plant saplings
- Water them and safeguard them.
- Say No to plastics
- Avoid using toxic stuffs
- Go the park spot on the different species.