Product Review: Tushies Gel-free Diapers

I hate to say this, but Tushies Gel-free Diapers are the worst diaper we have ever used.

They seem awesome on paper. They are gel-free (which they point out is only a bell/whistle), dye- and perfume-free, made from non-chlorine bleached materials, and have a nice soft exterior. Instead of gel, the diapers employ a cotton/wood pulp blend. The wood pulp is made from Scandinavian-grown trees in a sustainable fashion. With exception to the wood pulp, all materials used in manufacturing the diapers are made in the U.S.

It is not hard to say how annoyed we were that the diapers leaked 80% of the time. Granted, our wee one is a heavy wetter, but still! The diapers would become heavy after only an hour or so, and if you left E in them for 3 hours… it was bad news. We even had to wash his bouncy chair cover once because the pee had soaked it through.

TGD begs you to avoid them unless you have stock in a laundry detergent or related company.

Sorry Tushies! We really liked where you were headed. Maybe future versions will be better…

Product Review: Baby Cheapskate Reviews NatureCare Baby Diapers

Baby Cheapskate, one our favorite sites, has reviewed NatureCare Baby Diapers! Sadly, the review is a positive one… not to say we would write a negative one (stay tuned for a negative review of another brand coming up tomorrow), but maybe a neutral one. They were fine, a bit ill-fitting and stiff, but fine. We prefer Seventh Generation still… they are trimmer, absorb all our heavy-wetter has to offer, and don’t contribute chlorine to our water systems.
So few baby-related things are inexpensive, so I would encourage those interested to give all the diaper brands a try. Just don’t buy too many of anything until you’ve gone through a whole package.

Amazon should give new parents a free Kindle, Apple should give them Apple TVs

I love our son. I love him 24 hours a day. I love taking care of him. I do not love the 3am feedings anymore. But what’s a dad to do? I want to look into his eyes, connect. But then I realize after 5 minutes he’s off looking elsewhere, or his eyes are closed.

To get through, I’ve been using my favorite device for these feedings: my Apple TV. I love it. I buy or rent whatever I’m in the mood for and it’s ready to watch in minutes or even seconds. The only problem is, I really miss reading! (I WAS reading The Amazing Adventures of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay)

I’d love to read, but holding a book with my free hand that’s pinned down by my son’s head on my fore arm just isn’t going to work. How would I turn the page?

So I propose that every new parent receive a gift from Amazon: a Kindle. It’s like an iPodfor books. It can be worked one handed, it’s lighter than most books, and you can download books or news right from the device, at 3am, with your child asleep on your lap.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE TV, but it’s time to get back to the books. Including, maybe some baby care books… I think I see a rash….

For Amazon this would be a great way to generate buzz around their new reading gadget, and generate some revenue from book downloads. Parents are great evangelists. If you get them talking about the kindle as a must have, word will get around.

So, Amazon, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to give you our address. And I promise to post a review on your site 🙂

Amazon\'s Kindle

Bye-bye Nalgene, Hello Metal Water Bottle

After many years of Nalgene use (including the occasional scrubbing under very hot water — eek!), I am jumping ship to safer-water-bottle-land. Nalgene has been an aggressive defender of BPA’s safety, so I’m not too sad to go.

Here are the options I am considering:

  • The Klean Kanteen – Reusable, lightweight, and risk-free 27oz stainless steel bottle comes with your choice of a loop, flat, or sports drinking cap made from safe, non-leaching polypropylene (pp#5). Weighs 8 ounces. About $18.
  • Corn-based Biodegradable 16 Ounce Bottle with Carbon Filter – Buy 4 Get 1 Free at Your Guide to Green @ $8.49 each. These bottles look like your run-of-the-mill plastic bottles, but they’re made of 100% corn plastic. They’re good for 90 uses, and biodegrade in 80 days. An interesting choice if you have access to a compost heap (which all NYC-ers do at their local greenmarket). This would also be a good choice for low-schlepping and lazy days when you’ not ready to give up on the lightweight convenience of bottled water.
  • Sigg. Oh colorful, beautiful Sigg! A one liter bottle costs about $20. Is it worth the extra couple of bucks. I think so. I also know a lot of people who drink from Siggs and no one complains about funny tastes or any of the usual water bottle complaints. Sigg bottles have also done well in consumer testing match-ups with similar stainless steel bottles.
  • There are also great no-name stainless steel bottles out there for less than the Sigg and Klean Kanteen. If you do a search on Google
    you will find lots of these mixed in among the name brand ones.

UPDATE: Via Z Recommends, Nalgene announces plans to offer a BPA-free water bottle. After defending BPA and its use, should we really stick with you, Nalgene?

PS – Check out these great leak-proof, BPA-free food jars at the Two Gay Dads store on Amazon.com.

City Life: The StrollAway

The StrollAway is an over the door (no wall or door damage from screws) stroller storage system. Constructed of sturdy steel, the StrollAway will accommodate most stroller models, and folds flush to the door when not in use! Hang it on the back of the closet door and voila! Out of sight until your next jaunt with Junior!

You can buy one here for $39.99 plus S&H.