DIY Diaper Change Mat

I am expecting my first baby, due sometime in the next month. I plan on using a combination of disposable diapers, cloth diaper, and EC (Elimination Communication). One project that I did recently was to make a diaper change mat that I can use anywhere to change my child. I can put it on the table, my bed or take it with me to the park. Here are some directions on how I made it so you can make it yourself.

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What you need

Vinyl or plastic table cloth material

Soft material: cotton, flanel, whatever you want to lay your baby on

Quilt batting

Elastic

2 buttons

scissors, measuring tape, pins, sewing machine, thread

I bought my material from the discount end of the role bin to save a bit of money.

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My change mat turned out to be 28″ x 37″ due to the amount of material that I had, you can make it smaller or larger depending on what size you want your change mat. Decide what size of change mat you want and then add an extra inch on each side for seam allowance. Ex. I cut 29″ x 38″ rectangles to end up with a 28″ x 37″ change pad.

1) Cut your plastic table cloth material, soft material, and batting to the same desired size rectangle.

2) Line up the table cloth and soft materials together with right sides facing.

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3) Line up batting on top of soft material and pin around edge in place.

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4) Sew around both long edges and one shot edge leaving one of the short edges open.

5) Turn inside out so that batting is in between soft material and table cloth material and right sides are out.

6) Decide if you want to role your mat straight up or fold it in half and then role it. I folded mine in half and then rolled it so it was more compact.

7) At the open end mark where you want your elastics to be. Fold seam inwards (about a 1/2″) pining your looped elastics in place. Mine ended up being 3″ and 11″ from the left edge when the open end was facing me and table cloth material was facing up.

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8) Sew along edge.

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9) Roll your mat up to see where the elastics line up on the table cloth material. Mark these spots and hand sew on your buttons onto the table cloth material side. Mine ended up being 3″ and 11″ from the left edge and 10.5″ from the bottom when the open end was facing me and table cloth material was facing up.

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10) Cut all lose threads and there you go!

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Placenta Encapsulation Articles and Research

Placenta encapsulation is becoming more and more common as the positive feedback from mothers who have taken placenta pills increases. Here are a few videos and articles that emphasize the benefits of consuming placenta capsules.

 

A video of the process of placenta encapsulation from Joel Stein’s article Afterbirth: It’s What’s For Dinner from TIME Magazine:

http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,27457107001_0,00.html

A CTV National News Video Report on Placenta Encapsulation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBfhXMKdREY#action=share

NBC News Video Report on Placenta Encapsulation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7QQMyMEI1I

 

Placentophagy Survey (Selander, Cantor, Young and Benyshek 2013): A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption By Jodi Selander a , Allison Cantor b , Sharon M. Young c & Daniel C.  Benyshek c.:

http://placentanetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Placentophagy-Survey-Selander-Cantor-Young-and-Benyshek-2013.pdf

Does eating placenta offer postpartum benefits? The British Journal of Midwives July 2012;  Written by Michelle Beacock – Student Midwife, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire and NCT Antenatal Teacher:

http://placentanetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Michelle-Beacock-BJM-article-copy.pdf

Research and Articles from IPEN (Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network):

http://www.placentanetwork.com/research-and-articles/

Research and Articles from Placenta Benefits.info a world renowned placenta encapsulation company, and the company I did my training and certification with:

http://placentabenefits.info/articles.asp

Research studies supporting placenta encapsulation from Placenta Wise; a placenta encapsulation company providing placenta encapsulation services and placenta encapsulation specialist certifications programs:

http://www.placentawise.com/research-studies-supporting-placenta-encapsulation/

 

 

 

Positive Birth

I am pregnant with my first and I am due in June. Often when I talk to other women about their births I hear the horror stories: the long painful labours, the disrespect from a nurse or a doctor, the emergency Cesarean sections. Rarely do I hear a woman say “I had an amazing birth” or “I loved giving birth”; but it does happen, and I think that the positive stories need to be told in order for woman to feel more confident and enthusiastic going into birth.

Ina May Gaskin wrote Ina May’s Guild to Childbirth, which was the first book that I ever read on childbirth. I love this book as the first half of the book is dedicated to telling different women’s positive birth stories. It got me excited about birth, not scared, and I think it is a huge contributor in my decision to become a doula and placenta encapsulation specialist.

As a doula I have had the privilege of being at a number of different births from 3 hour home births from first contraction to the baby being born, to 72 hour labour, to hospital births with all the bells and whistles. Every birth is different and beautiful in its own ways. There are joys, sorrows, and obstacles that must be overcome and through all the births I have attended the main thing that has stood out for me is the strength these birthing mothers possess. I think all births can be talked about in a positive light and I appreciate when I do find articles that empowers women in the birth process such as in this article Honesty regarding Natural Birth.

I am excited for birth. I know it will be hard. I know I will have challenges that I will have to overcome. I know I will have to work harder, both mentally and physically, than I have ever had to in my entire life. But I am ready for this challenger and this journey that is going to bring me into my new role of motherhood.

Boys and Babies

A friend of mine shared this beautiful link about young boys learning to be fathers by taking care of  baby dolls. It is a great read and very inspiring. I think it is so beneficial to start teaching our young boys about the responsibility and joy that they can look forward to when they become fathers.

William’s Doll

I also thought this cartoon goes along perfectly with it.

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