homemade gluten free play dough

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I looked for a long time to find a recipe to make gluten free play dough that didn’t contain corn or rice, and couldn’t find one.  My daughter is sensitive to both, so I set out to make my own!

I had sorghum, arrowroot and millet in the fridge.  After three batches, sorghum flour did the best.  I took Mommypotomus’ play dough recipe and modified it to use sorghum flour.

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup sorghum (sweet, white, bobs red mill)

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup water

purple: 2 tsp red beet powder ( organic, non GMO)

Pink: 1/2 tsp red beet powder

Yellow: 3/4 tsp tumeric (mix the 1 cup water and heat before adding to dry goods)

Heat stove to medium.  Stir ingredients constantly until thickens and pulls away from pan.  Its still a bit tacky.  I then scoop it out onto parchment to cool a little.  I sprinkle 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sorghum flour over it and knead it together.  Add more if still tacky after it cools.  You don’t want to add too much flour.

 

Ear Infections

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Ever have an ear infection?  If you have, you know they are painful.

I never had an ear infection until this last year.  This year I’ve had two.  I’m thankful for the experience, so I know how to help Eby when and if she seems like she has one.

A trip to the doctor is not necessary.  All you need is a clove of garlic and olive oil and you can both prevent and treat ear infections!

Peel a garlic clove and crush it.  Place it in some olive oil in a closed container for 8-12 hours in a dark place.  After 8-12 hours, strain out the garlic and pour the garlic oil into a dark eye dropper bottle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FAT8A2/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001FAT8A2&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

Any time you think you might have an ear infection or your child is acting like they have one, put one or two drops in each ear.  Repeat until symptoms subside.  You can warm the bottle of oil in a pot of hot water (make sure the oil isn’t hot when you put it in your ear.).   It’s harmless even if you don’t have an ear infection.

Hot water bottles help a lot too.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKEO68/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001CKEO68&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

If your child gets recurring ear infections, dairy may be to blame.

Also, I’m not an advocate of the garlic oil you find in the store.  It has not worked for us.

Other things you can do: pull out and down on your ears very quickly three times on each ear.  This is something our chiropractor taught us.

Cloth Diapering 102

Here’s round two of the basics of cloth diapering!

Leave a comment about anything you have questions about.

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How we wash our diapers:

When Eby was exclusively breastfed, the routine was simple.  We would throw her soiled diaper into our Planet Wise  wet/dry bag.  Every other day we would throw the dirty diapers in the washer with the bag (empty it out) and run a rinse cycle.  After the rinse cycle, we added nellie’s washing soda and ran a hot wash with a cold rinse and an extra rinse.  Then we threw everything in the dryer (I suggest low heat if you are putting a wet bag in, or let the bag air dry inside or outside).

When solids are introduced, you have to think about how you will remove the poop before throwing the diapers in the wash.  Some use flushable liners, and some use a diaper sprayer.  We have a diaper sprayer I use on occasion, but for the most part I prefer to take toilet paper and wipe the poo into the toilet.  I can just throw the toilet paper in the toilet and its something we already have on hand.  Someday I’d like to try the liners.  If you don’t remove the solids, they will remain in your washer.

A helpful detergent chart: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoicesataglancepspd.htm

Some people use soap nuts.  I have yet to try them.   I just bought some to try on our regular laundry first.  I’ll let you know if we ever try them on our diapers.

Wet/Dry Bag:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005WWIE3G/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005WWIE3G&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

Diaper Sprayer:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZKHVMU/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000ZKHVMU&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

Liners:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004N3C2YM/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004N3C2YM&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

Nellies Washing Soda:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GODIEE/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001GODIEE&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20″>

As for diaper changes:

We love this spray by California Baby:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GZJIVQ/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000GZJIVQ&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

And we use these wipes:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012IJBUE/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0012IJBUE&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

They are also great for when little ones have colds!

At night we add a stay dry liner by bum genius to our freetime diapers, and that seems to be working.  We have a sustainably babyish fitted diaper we use with a flip cover on occasion, and that works too.  Our daughter is only one, so only time will tell if these methods will continue to work.

Any stains that develop can be taken care of by hanging in the sun.  The sun naturally bleaches and disinfects.

What other things do you want to know about cloth diapering?

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Cloth Diapers 101 : Types of Diapers

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I get a lot of questions about cloth diapers, so I’m gonna do my best to share what I know.

I have had an interest in cloth diapering since we first started trying to get pregnant.  I knew I wanted to try cloth diapering with my first, but I didn’t know how it would go.  My parents used prefolds on me with rubber pants, and Dustin’s parents used prefolds as well.

A lot of family and friends tried to gently discourage us from cloth diapering or urged us to use a diaper service.  This drove me to pursue cloth diapering even more.  Buying disposable diapers that take 500 years to decompose was not an option for me.  A diaper service wasn’t economical either.  Not to mention there are some super cute cloth diapers out there that seemed really easy to use.  And cloth diapering saves money!

Cloth diapering has come a long way since our parents did it.  There are numerous types, styles, and sizes.  And you don’t have to use diaper pins (Although you could if you wanted!)

Lets go into the different types:

First, there are prefolds (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AJHDQW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003AJHDQW&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20 ) These double as great burp cloths.  They can be held in place with a snappi (a pretty cool invention that replaces a diaper pin! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EH4W6G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001EH4W6G&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20 ).  You can use a diaper cover with snaps or velcro, or you could use a lanolin treated wool cover.  ThIs is a great option as you can reuse the covers until they are soiled!  I know a lot of people who use gdiapers with prefolds.  (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZYM06K/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003ZYM06K&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20 )   Thirsties and Flip covers are other great options with prefolds.

Next are hybrids.  Hybrids have a diaper cover that can be sized or one size.  Hybrids have removable inserts that either snap or lay in the diaper cover.  Some hybrids have a Eco friendly flushable/ compostable insert.  These are much like the prefolds in that you can reuse the covers till they are soiled.  However, you don’t have to fold a prefold.  They come with an insert. Examples of hybrids would be best bottoms, Flip, and gDiapers.

The next option is a pocket diaper.  Pockets are nice because you can stuff as many layers as you want to get the absorbency you want.  The inserts come out, so dryer time is less than that of an all in one.  However, you have to stuff the pocket diapers. For some people this is no big deal.  For others, time is money and why have the added step?  Rumparooz has an example of pocket diapers. Bum Genius and Thirsties carry pocket diapers as well.

The next option is an all in one diaper!  In contrast to the pocket diaper, the diaper is one piece.  You simply put diaper on and take diaper off.  Theres no stuffing (unless you want to add an extra layer for absorbency, like at night.).  Some all in ones take longer to dry, but really some don’t.  We use Bum Genius Freetimes as they are easy to use, don’t stain as readily as our others, and they dry fast in the dryer.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072FRFI6/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0072FRFI6&linkCode=as2&tag=thepne-20

We also have Bum Genius elementals which are all in ones, but they take a lot longer to dry and have more stains (which go away when put in the sun).

Last are fitted diapers.  These diapers are designed for the best fit and absorbency making for a great night time diaper.  They look like all in one diapers, however you need to use a diaper cover with them.  Sustainably Babyish is a good example of this that people love.

How many diapers should you have?

12-24.  You want enough for a little over two days, as you should ideally wash a load of diapers every other day.   With prefolds and hybrids you don’t need as many diaper covers; but you want to have a stash of 12-24 prefolds or inserts.

To Be Continued…more on cloth diapering in the next post!

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