Monthly Archives: March 2016

Testing the new DM Paper Liners

Recently, the well-known German drug store DM has started to sell paper liners for cloth nappies. The cloth diaper community seems to be quite excited about it, because up to now it was not possible to simply buy equipment for reusable nappies just around the corner. I bought our paper liners on the internet or drove all the way from Bonn to Königswinter, to the only store I know that sells the Disana paper liners.

So when I heard about the Pusblu liners, I started looking in the DM stores and found it directly in the Kaiserpassage near Bonn’s main station. You can find it near the Alana products and it costs 3,95 € for 100 sheets.

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Of course I bought a roll and compared it to the Disana liners that we normally use. At first sight, they look alike, only the single sheets have a slightly different structure.

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The biggest difference is the length: the Disana sheets are 36 cm long, while the Pusblu papers are only 28 cm in length. Both are 16 cm wide. Here you see the two sheets next to each other and, for comparison, next to a Little Lamb fleecy liner:

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We are currently using nappy covers by Blueberry and Milovia in the one size version. Inside we stuff cotton prefolds, fleece liners, and the paper liner goes on top. The Disana sheets covers the prefold and can be stuffed into the pocket – the Pusblu papers however are smaller and cannot cover the inserts completely. You can see it in the pictures below, even though I did not stuff the diapers all too well: in the top row, the Pusblu paper liner is used in the Blueberry Capri on the left and the Disana sheet covers the inserts of the Milovia cover on the right. In the bottom row, the Capri is used with the Disana liners and the Milovia with the Pusblu sheet. In both cases, there is a part of uncovered fleece liner visible where the Pusblu paper is used.

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Both paper liners can be machine washed, then they crinkle a bit and thus get a little smaller again. The producers of both say you can also dispose of them in the toilet, which I usually do not – you never know what will happen and I do not want to risk a clogged loo.

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Personally, I will probably stay to the Disana paper liners, even though that means I have to order it online or buy it in stores farther away. Simply because it is longer and thus fits better into our diaper system. We also have shorter all-in-one nappies that go well with the short liners, but right now we are in the process of sorting them out because they don’t fit the big baby.

Maybe if I will use newborn size nappies again, I will change to Pusblu – on the other hand, you do not really need paper liners for breastfed newborns. Hence for us, another size of about 8-10 cm more in length would be so much better! If there was another size, I would directly change to the Pusblu brand because of the cheaper price and the better availability.

tl;dr: the German drugstore DM sells paper liners! If the sheets were longer, I would certainly use it.

 Disana  Pusblu
 Price  4,90 € for 100 sheets  3,95 € for 100 sheets
Availability in 4 stores in Bonn, according to Disana in many DM stores
 Size 36 x 16 cm 28 x 16 cm
Miscellaneous
machine washable; can be disposed in the toilet machine washable; can be disposed in the toilet

Codewars

Here I am back again, after a long break in the flu season. And today I will even write a post in the long neglected category code!

During my maternity leave, I am not coding a lot. There is a lack of time, of concentration, and also of meaningful projects. Okay, I have a few ideas, but I cannot sit down and think about a problem whilst the baby cheerfully seeks for the next plug. Or eats lint she found in the carpet. Or cries out because she cannot crawl with her head into the next wall – literally.

Nevertheless, programming is not only part of my profession, but also kind of a hobby. And if I want to find a new job in summer, it cannot hurt to be a little bit in shape code-wise. So here comes Codewars: a platform that gives you tasks you have to solve by writing code snippets in a language of your choice. Currently, supported languages are Clojure, CoffeeScript, C#, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby.

Every task (also called kata) has a certain difficulty level expressed in kyu and dan levels, borrowed from Japanese martial arts. By solving katas, you can earn experience and in turn progress in your personal kyu or dan level. Gamification for the win! There is also a social component: you can comment on the solutions of others, grade them, create your own katas, and so on.

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