Because I will occasionally use disposable diapers, as much as I hate to, I was excited to get the chance to review Baby Magic's revolutionary new product, their Patty Cake Dustless Powder. I have steered clear of baby powder for years, since it generally contains talc, a known carcinogen, and can be cause serious respiratory problems when the dust is inhaled...And let's face it: Using traditional baby powders, you AND your baby WILL breathe in the dust. It's pretty much as unavoidable as death and taxes.
Baby Magic, a trusted leader in baby bath and body products, has come up with a whole new, SAFER option for those who use baby powder...or those who don't because of the associated risks! Their Patty Cake Dustless Powder contains NO TALC, and is completely dustless, which can help you and your baby breath a whole lot easier while enjoying the benefits and protection that powdering can offer!
This unique product is contained in a space-saving "compact", and comes with several pads to apply the product to baby's bum. Think of cosmetic powders you probably use on your face every day. It's the same general concept and method of application. I love this method of applying the product. There is virtually no waste, since you are in complete control of how much powder is applied, and there is no mess, either! One of the main ingredients in this product is rice starch, eliminating the use of harmful talc. So using Baby Magic Patty Cake Dustless Powder can definitely be a win-win situation for parents who want a safe, convenient alternative to conventional baby powders.
I tried this product over the weekend, since we were out of town and using disposable diapers while we were gone. (Boy, am I thrilled to have gotten home to my fluff!) I have to say, I am definitely impressed with the ease of use, convenience, and effectiveness of Patty Cake Dustless Powder. This ultra-portable product took up no room whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I carried it in my own purse my own stash of cosmetic powders for easy access! I used this product on both babies as a barrier against moisture and skin irritation. It was a warm, active weekend with a ton of time being spent outdoors in the pool and lounging on the deck, so it was definitely put to the test. I also used it in creases in my toddler's chubby thighs to protect against chafing from moisture and friction. Baby Magic Patty Cake Dustless Powder definitely helped protect the skin of my babies, and helped clear up what little redness was already there. (I have noticed when I go from using cloth to disposables, even temporarily, my babies' skin tends to have a mild reaction that usually subsides after the first couple of diaper changes.) This product held-up wonderfully despite dunks in the pool and running around all day. It was easy to apply, and a little goes a long way! I also loved that I was in total control of the application, so my babies weren't totally gunked-up with an excess of powder. Using the included applicator pads, I was able to get a light, even application.
CLOTH DIAPER TEST:
Okay...I was brave enough to potentially sacrifice a couple of cloth diapers that I don't particularly like. To be exact, they were the El-Cheapo Babyland diapers sold for ridiculously low prices on EBay. They have horrible wing-droop, so I rarely use them now, since I have built my stash up to "REAL" cloth diapers that perform well. So I used Patty Cake Dustless Powder while using cloth-diapers so I would know exactly what it is and is not compatible with. I would hate to see one of my lovely readers harm their diapers when trying this product, so I wanted to be the guinea pig so I can accurately tell you all what I have found.
WITH Flushable Diaper Liner:
I had no issues at all when using cloth-diapers lined with a disposable diaper liner. I keep liners on hand for when I have to use diaper rash creams that may not be fluff-safe. They have always worked well for me for this purpose, and I have never had to strip my diapers due to product residue build-up when using this method, since the product never comes in contact with the inner of the diaper.
The Baby Magic Dustless Powder was easy to apply, and stayed in one place very well. I didn't notice any smearing, rubbing off, or coming into contact with my cloth diapers through the liners. So if you choose to use this product WITH a diaper-liner, you'll be just fine with careful attention to the application of this product.
WITHOUT Flushable Diaper Liner:
I put my big girl panties on, said a little prayer for my fluff, and tried the product without using a diaper liner, too. I applied the product lightly, and cloth-diapered as I normally would. I DID notice a slight build-up on the fleece inners of the diapers, although it was not bad and didn't seem to cause repelling. Over long-term use it could be an issue. If you strip your diapers regularly, you could probably get away with limited use with cloth without a liner. I personally will use the liners while using this product, just to be on the safe side. Patty Cake Dustless Powder DOES contain zinc oxide, which has been known to damage cloth-diapers by leaving a build-up, so I recommend staying safe here and using the liners when using with cloth-diapers.
I love this product, and would recommend it to any parents who use disposable diapers. It is very convenient, easy to use, and takes up virtually no space in the diaper bag. It will protect baby's skin without fear of nasty respiratory issues that are a common fear while using traditional baby powders. For cloth-diapering families, this product CAN be used with fluff, but I would highly recommend using a flushable liner and taking care to apply in such a way that the liner will act as a barrier between the treated area of baby's skin and the diaper's inner fabric.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND PROLONGED USE WITHOUT A LINER WHEN USING CLOTH DIAPERS!
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