Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I love Science: My Cloth Diaper Experiments...

 Megan, from Cow Patties Cloth Diaper uses Bamboo fleece in a lot of her diapers.  Now for our little household who is always looking to try something new...I was very thankful for this chance to try it out!  I know I wrote my review, but I wanted to share with you how fascinated I am with her Bamboo fleece inner lining and liner.  Having both a Bamboo Fleece liner as well as the inner fabric to be Bamboo fleece are two things that I would consider a good pairing.

My Experiment:
I wanted to figure out which cloth diaper in my stash would hold the most.  Now, being that different diapers have different systems and fabrics and other numerous things, I just simply used what the diaper originally came with--except the Indian prefold I used a cover just to be able to observe the water absorption.  
Cow Patties, Indian Prefold, Cotton Hemp
What I did was line up 3 Diapers.  The first one being the Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted Diaper with a bamboo fleece.  The second is an Indian cotton prefold.  The third diaper is one of my go to diapers-a cotton hemp fitted diaper with a cotton hemp liner.  I received the Cow Patties Diaper for a review, and thought I would take it a bit more in depth!  This new diaper is something that is one of my favorite "GO TO" diaper now.  I consider it an amazing diaper even better than my old time favorite Cotton Hemp Fitted Diaper!

 I took a measuring cup and measured out water and started slowly pouring it into the open diaper.  I sort of checked at about every 4 oz.  My efforts are not really exact okay!  I disclaim being a scientist!  I am just a mom who LOVES science--so the way I conducted the experiment is not exact, but based on the feeling of my hand underneath the diaper, and am limited to what I see.

The Cotton Hemp diaper held a pretty decent amount of water (mind you it is without a cover so just wanting to "measure" how much water it could take in.  Now, I started to pour slowly, and what I ended up pouring in is about 1 cup of water--and a bit more.  I know that fitted diapers can hold a lot more because it has its liner, and the whole fitted diaper that absorbs liquids!

The Indian Prefold was next.  I did the same thing except I kind of monitored how much it could hold before looking like it would really really leak through.  The amount it could hold was not much, but decent.  For what it was it held just a bit under 1 cup.  For me, I know prefolds are an essential to me as a cloth diapering momma.  It is one of the basic necessities.  I like that I can utilize many prefolds and one cover.  I am very prepared to change the prefolds more often than I would another diaper.  Needless to say, I love using my Indian prefold--it was fun to see "just how much" it could handle.

Lastly, I put the Cow Patties Cloth Diaper to the test!  So the type of Cow Patties is a fitted diaper (which needs a cover) Bamboo fleece with a Bamboo fleece liner stuffed in the pocket.  I placed my hand underneath the diaper without a cover, and poured the water slowly into the diaper.  One cup of water went into the diaper....and then one and a half cups...and then 2 cups!  Amazingly, I felt a little dampness at 1 cup, and at 2 cups it had absorbed as much as it could!

My Research on Bamboo:
  I did a bit of research on Bamboo textiles just because it is so new to me!  I found so many PROS about Bamboo utilized in clothing--I thought you all would be interested in reading it too!  Taken from Wikipedia (one of my favorite go to sites):

Benefits of using bamboo for clothing

Numerous claims have been made for the superiority of bamboo yarn over other textiles. These include the following:

  • Organic Quality more accessible - bamboo is often grown without pesticides or fertilizers.
  • Soft - bamboo is soft.
  • Sustainable - Moso bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants, growing up to a metre in a day. Bamboo is a grass, so once cut it can regenerate quickly without the need for replanting. It grows very densely and so the yield per acre is high in comparison to cotton.
  • Eco-friendly - bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide than equivalent stands of trees.
  • Absorbent - bamboo absorbs up to 60% more water than cotton. This makes it an excellent choice for towels and bathrobes.
  • Breathable - the porous nature of the fibre makes it breathable and extremely comfortable against the skin.
  • Thermo-regulating - Bamboo fibres expand when warm to let skin breathe, and contract when cool to trap heat close to the body.
  • Hypoallergenic - bamboo's organic and natural properties make it non-irritating so perfect for extra sensitive skin.
  • Anti-bacterial - bamboo actually kills germs and bacteria that accumulate in fabrics made of bamboo. This means that bamboo won't harbor bacteria as much as other fabrics.

I love to hear if this helped you out please comment below :) 
Also, I did a review and giveaway of Megs, Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted Diaper!  Check it out! Cow Patties Review and Giveaway 

Megs also runs a weekly giveaway on her blog! :)  Be sure to follow her for some great giveaways!