Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Knickernappies Giveawy Alerts! Check them out and you could win BIG!

Giveaway & Review at Secret Mommy Blog
The Secret Mommy is hosting a Knickernappies sponsored giveaway with review!  Read her great review of the Knickernappies Onesize diaper and enter to win a 2G sized Knickernappies Pocket w/ LoopyDo insert!  Giveaway ends Sunday December 12th @ Midnight.


Gift Certificate to Abby's Lane Giveaway
Hop on over to the Biehl Adventures Blog and enter to win a Gift Certificate to one of our retailers, Abby's Lane!  You could use this gift certificate to buy a wide variety of things, including Knickernappies of course!  Click HERE to enter the Giveaway!

A Merry Fluffy Christmas Knickernappies Giveaway
Visit A Year with Mom and Dad and enter their Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway between Dec 1-5 and you could win a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper w/ LoopyDo insert!  Tons of great extra ways to enter.  Visit A Year with Mom and Dad's Blog for more details on this event.

*Do you know of another Knickernappies Giveaway going on around the web?  Leave us a comment and link on our FaceBook Page and we'll check it out!

Monday, November 29, 2010

More bang for your buck AND less bulk! Let's see how the LoopyDo and SuperDo stack up!

We know that with the state of the economy and the unemployment rate, many people are switching to cloth or considering switching to cloth in order to save money, not just for environmental or health reasons.  This results in moms scouring the web for the most affordable options for both diapers and inserts.

Most pocket diapers, especially onesize come with microfiber inserts leading families to believe that they work best or they wouldn't come standard with most diapers.  The truth is that while they do work for some, they aren't the most absorbent option and it isn't long before you've realized that you need two or three stuffed inside the diaper just to get you through naptime.  If you have a heavy wetter...forget about it, you've probably realized you've got to stuff that diaper with anything and everything you can find to prevent leakage.

Many families start to investigate other options in order to solve their leaking diaper and wicking problems.  The truth is that there are other fibers like hemp which are far more absorbent than microfiber and considerably less bulky. 
  • Microfiber inserts are generally either 2-layer or 3-layer microfiber terry.
  • Knickernappies LoopyDo inserts contain 2-layers of thick microfiber AND 2-layers of hemp terry.
  • Knickernappies SuperDo inserts contain 2-layers of thick microfiber AND a whopping 6-layers of hemp terry.
Knickernappies LoopyDo and SuperDo are both top-rated inserts on Diaperpin.  Their loop design means that they dry faster and are less prone to diaper odor.  Knickernappies Onesize Pocket Diapers come with the option of bypassing the standard microfiber inserts and upgrading to the Knickernappies LoopyDo inserts right from the start, saving you time and money in the process.

So before you give up on cloth because of problems with leaking or because you childs diapers are so bulky they can't fit into their clothes, consider trying a microfiber/hemp combo insert like the LoopyDo or SuperDo insert.  They're made of quality materials, durable, designed to dry faster, more absorbent and MADE IN THE USA!

To purchase Knickernappies inserts, diapers or accessories please visit our Retailer Locator and find a cloth diaper retailer near you!

*Have you had an experience with our products?  We'd love for you to visit Diaperpin and leave a review!  Thanks!

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's that time of year! Black Friday is here!

Woohoo!  Today is Black Friday and if you're reading this then you're taking a breather from the crazy shopping sprees going on all around the country in stores and online.  We just want to wish you a safe and prosperous fun-filled day and to remind you to support your favorite Knickernappies Retailers whom we're sure have some great savings and discounts going on which include Knickernappies products.

Please stop by our FaceBook Page and view posts by "others" so that you can see all the great offers from our Knickernappies Retailers.  We will also encourage them to post their offers here as a comment on this blog post.

Have you already been out shopping like crazy?  We'd love to hear what great deals you've found.  Leave us a comment or share with us on our FaceBook page.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

You know you've got the fluffy fever when...

Article previously published on Diaper Discussions Blog

My Freecycling Dream turned Nightmare 

I was recently reminded of a funny incident that happened back when I was just starting cloth diapering. I had only a handful of diapers to use on my sons and the day they arrived in the mail I knew I needed MORE!

The thought occurred to me that I could "ask" my local freecycling group if anyone had any cloth diapers they weren't using that they'd be willing to part with. I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask and who knows, maybe I'd hit the jackpot.

So I posted to the group and got a response immediately! A woman who was about 45minutes away said she had a whole box of cloth diapers she wasn't using and that I could have them. I was excited, I asked if she knew what kind and she said she didn't know the brands. I was hopeful it was a box of fluffy new pocket diapers like Knickernappies or FuzziBunz so I agreed to take them and make the long drive to get them.

My twins were only about 4-5months old at the time and I had never taken them for more than a 15 minute car ride, let alone on the interstate AND with my 4yr old daughter, all by myself. The ride went smooth, thankfully, but I soon realized the location was in a very bad part of town, not the type of place you would normally even want to stop at a stop sign.  I questioned whether or not I was making the right decision but my addiction to fluff just had to be met and my curiosity was getting the best of me.

I arrived at the mobile home which had plywood over some of the windows, the yard was nothing but dirt, and I wondered if I was going to have to knock or be invited inside and what I should do if that were the case.  Luckily I spotted the box outside in the carport. There were large barking dogs tied up outside which no doubt notified the homes occupants that I had arrived. However, they did not come out to greet me. The dogs chains were just short enough that they couldn't reach the box but were within just a couple feet of it. 

I swallowed hard, left the kids in the car, ran up and grabbed the box, threw it in the car seat next to me and then took off. I got a couple blocks away and pulled over to inspect the boxes contents. There were at least two dozen diapers and an assortment of covers. They looked like they hadn't been used since 1969 and were riddled with holes and covered in dirt, dust and cobwebs. All were bleached by the sun in a way that told you the box had been outdoors for quite some time.  They were completely unusable and the trip proved to be a total waste of time.  I was seriously disappointed and a little embarrassed.

I studied the box the entire drive home waiting for a giant roach or tarantula to jump out at me. I felt like a huge idiot for having gotten so excited and was sort of upset the people, who knew I lived almost an hour away, would allow me to drive all the way there for what was obviously garbage.  Seemed like some sort of a cruel joke.

My husband got a kick out of my little adventure and since then I haven't asked for anything from my freecycling group.

The moral, of course, is that most of the time when things seem to good to be true, they usually are!

*Do you have a silly cloth diapering story, a blooper, or something to share? I'd love to hear from you!  If you'd like to submit your story in the form of an article or blog submission please email it to me at marketing@knickernappies.com and we'll feature it here on the Knickernappies Blog!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mission Complete: Dirt on Diapering Survey! The lucky random winners are...

Thank you so much to all who participated in our 'Dirt on Diapering' survey.  We really appreciate you sharing your experiences with us and we will be using this data to help improve cloth diapering and solve some of the cloth diapering community's greatest dilemmas.  The response was overwhelming and we couldn't have done it without you.

We promised prizes and we haven't forgotten.  Without further delay, below are our random prize winners!

Lucky Winner #1 is...
Participant #345, Laura Stahly referred by Rockin Green on FaceBook!  She is the winner of a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper with LoopyDo insert.  Please look for an email from us with the details.  Thanks!
Lucky Winner #2 is...
Participant #602, Madeline Miller also referred by Rockin Green on FaceBook!  Madeline will receive a Knickernappies Loopy Do & SuperDo Insert in the size of her choice!  Please look for an email from us with the details.  Thanks!
Lucky Winner #3 is...
Participant #724, Amy Burden referred by Facebook.  Amy will receive a Knickernappies Doorknob Diaper Pail in the color of her choice!  Please look for an email from us with the details.  Thanks!
*Again, thank you to all who helped spread the word and make this survey a success.  We appreciate your help!

Monday, November 22, 2010

What if you want to use cloth and your significant other doesn't?

I remember it well...I was ready to try cloth diapers. I'd talked myself into it, had decided the cost would be worth it, and I was excited to order. But, roadblock...my husband didn't want anything to do with cloth. One look at his face told me I'd have an uphill battle.

Ultimately I dipped my toe in and ordered just two diapers. Sure enough, once he saw them, he said "THESE are what you want to use?"

My husband, and later my mom, both had the idea of old-fashioned cloth diapers stuck in their heads. My sweet hubby was imagining folding squares of fabric, using pins, dunking poopy diapers, and sweaty rubber pants. My mom used those very things on me, so she was sure I'd hate cloth diapers.

Does this sound familiar? I often get emails from moms (and occassionally dads or grandmas) who want to use cloth, but are facing opposition from someone else in the family. In most cases, I really think they think the same as my husband and mom...old style cloth that our grandmas used.

Good news! Modern cloth diapers are soooo different that they'll be shocked. It might be worth buying just one to show off. Modern cloth diapers are great because they are SO similar to disposables, except reusable. From sized pockets to one-size, fitteds, aio's, prefolds, covers, wool and more, there is a method to suit everyone's preference. There's one thing everyone can agree upon, and that's the fact that cloth diapers have come a LONG way since the days our mothers and grandmothers diapered their children.

So how did it turn out for us? Well, my husband was on board 100% after that and we never looked back. When our diaper sprayer needed a new part, we spent a month dunking and he even dunked diapers (I took this pic for proof!)

And my mother? Now she's such a huge advocate that she's converted lots of new moms to cloth diapers. Some of my best customers and one of my favorite retailers were converted to cloth by my mom. And when we travelled for 2 weeks for my brother's wedding, Mom drove me around a tiny town looking for a laundromat so I wouldn't be forced to buy disposables.

Heather, Owner of Knickernappies & Cloth Diaper Outlet

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is....Sara, a self-proclaimed "closet treehugger!"

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is Sara, mama to Meredith and Heston! Read our interview below and get to know her better.  If you're interested in being a Featured Fluff Addict here on the Knickernappies Blog please visit our Discussions Tab on Facebook for more details on how to submit your bio.  Thanks!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-
I'm Sara.  I am a stay-at-home wife/mom/college student in a rural Texas small town.  I have a 4 year-old daughter (Meredith) and an 18 month-old son (Heston).  Heston has been in cloth his entire life.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
My husband and I are closet treehuggers, and decided before our son was even conceived that we would do cloth with him.  We wanted to keep thousands of disposables out of a landfill, and in this economic climate, the money we would save on diapers was a driving factor as well.  I haven't had to buy new diapers since around this time last year when Heston was about 6 months old and grew out of his FuzziBunz smalls, which is AWESOME!  About a week into our cloth diaper experience, we kicked ourselves for not being brave enough to cloth diaper our daughter. 

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new" cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of your choice to use cloth diapers?
I started announcing our decision to use cloth when I was pregnant, to mixed reviews.  Older family members tried to scare me with their horror stories of having to dunk in the toilet, of entire days spent cleaning their diapers, the leaking, the rashes.  Other family and friends ranged from "You just let me know when you need me to bring you some REAL diapers" to "You're crazy, but good luck!" to "Awesome! I want to try cloth too!"  Two friends have gone cloth as a result of our decision.       
What was your very first cloth diaper?
FuzziBunz Perfect Size small. We started using them about two weeks after Heston was born, when his circumcision healed.  We had been given some newborn disposables as a shower gift, so those came in handy while we were taking care of that.  I sold his smalls to a friend of mine. Her 6 month-old daughter has been in those since birth.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
We have equal amounts of FuzziBunz mediums, an array of onesizes (SmartiPants, Knickernappies, HautePockets, SweetPea), and covers (Bummis, Thirsties) with prefolds.  Our inserts are primarily microfiber, but now that Heston is getting older we have to double up at every diaper change, so we wrap an insert with a cotton prefold.  I also have some hemp inserts that I LOVE. 

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
I love Knickernappies onesize.  The trim fit is great for a kid on the move (running, climbing, terrorizing), and he hasn't quite figured out the snaps are on the side so he doesn't try to take them off.  I'd love to try the sprayer, but I haven't been able to justify the expense.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?
I have several online diaper stores and diaper brands on my Facebook "like list".  I go to their blogs and FB pages for advice.  I also am a fan of RockinGreen's Facebook page.  That's a great place for information. 
What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
RockinGreen detergent.  We had some serious buildup issues about a year in, even though we had only used bad-stuff-free liquid detergents.  RockinGreen fixed us right up and I've never looked back. 

If you could share just one tip with someone who is just starting out with cloth or considering using cloth, what would be your best piece of advice to them?
I tell people that cloth is not as scary as it sounds; cloth's come a long way.  We've taken a vacation and go camping twice a month, all without disposables.  I also suggest using RockinGreen or another popular cloth detergent.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Knickernappies Sightings around the world: Photo Contests, Giveaways, Sales & more!

Time for another edition of our weekly Knickernappies Sightings! This week we're excited to see a Knickernappies Photo Contest and Giveaway all the way across the globe in Malaysia!  It's true, Malaysian moms are becoming just as addicted to fluff as we are over here in North America.

Photo Contest
My Cheeky Boo has sponsored a Knickernappies photo contest on their Facebook page which has recently ended.  Soon a lucky winner will be chosen.  You can view the entrants photos by clicking here.

Enter to win a Knickernappies OS Diaper and read a great review with many informative photos over at Mommy Made Green!  Giveaway ends November 22, 2010.  This giveaway is sponsored by Knickernappies and Mommy Secrets Online.

Knickernappies will be sponsoring Fluff Envy's "I don't cloth diaper yet!" promotion and giveaway.  Visit the Fluff Envy Blog and Follow them on FaceBook for more details and to stay informed on all their promotions.  Click HERE to read about all their current Sales & Discounts.

*Do you have a Knickernappies Sighting, Sale or Promotion that we've missed?  Leave us a message on FaceBook or comment here and we'll try to include it in our next Knickernappies Sighting post.  Thanks!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Save 10% off your order at participating retailers by using your GCDH Discount Code!

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt is in full swing.  It began November 1st and runs through November 30th.  Just for registering to hunt each participant is emailed a secret code which allows them an exclusive discount at GCDH Sponsors.  Click here to register.

Since we're sponsoring as a manufacturer and not as a retailer that means that our retailers are able to sponsor through us and honor the GCDH Discount Code!

The discount varies and is only valid at participating retailers so make sure you check with your favorite Knickernappies Retailer and ask what their discount is.  Generally it's good for 10% off!

Have you been hunting?
We hope you've been enjoying the hunt.  It's been really fun interacting with the hunters on the Diaper Decisions Hint Forum.  It's surprising that the hints that completely stump some mamas is the one that others have no problems with.  Don't forget that if you're having trouble with our clues or clues on other sponsor sites then all you have to do is visit the forums and ask for a hint, it's that simple.

If you haven't already registered then you should! It's not too late and there are still many prizes to be won.
Visit Diaper Decisions for more info.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Spread the word about cloth diapers in your community!

For many moms getting started with cloth can be a one-woman expedition into the online world of cloth diapering.  There may not be any local retailers in your area or at least you may not know of any, and you might not even know anyone else locally who uses cloth diapers.  Therefore you've found you fit in best with the online cloth diapering community.

The problem, it's no fun being alone or feeling like you're alone.  So why not start spreading the word about cloth?  In the process I bet you'll find that you've got a lot more cloth diapering families in your area than you thought and you may just discover a retailer or two.

Where do you start?
A great place to start is Meetup.com.  You can search for other groups in your area with similar interests and you may even find a cloth diaper specific meetup group.  If you're really motivated and determined you can start your own Meetup, it's quick, easy, and a great way to connect with others and make friends in your area.

Do a google search online for moms groups or organizations in your area.  Many local churches have moms groups.  Look for a local Attachment Parenting, Natural Moms or LaLecheLeague/Breastfeeding group.  If you aren't aware of any contact your local Lactation Consultant or Midwife and ask if they know of any in your area.

Find a local retailer.
Even if you don't have a local cloth diaper retailer who has a physical store or showroom it doesn't mean they don't sell locally.  Online retailers usually also sell locally, host diaper parties, do cloth diaper classes and demos and are generally pretty willing and eager to promote cloth diapering in their areas.

Visit the cloth diaper manufacturers websites and look for their "Retailer Locator."  Here is our Knickernappies Retailer Locator.  If you don't find anyone local through our locator try another manufacturer.  Not all retailers sell the same brands so you may find one by searching through the various sites.

Schedule a Cloth Diaper Demo or "101" Class.
Once you've found a local cloth diaper retailer to work with see where you can schedule a demo.  Usually moms groups and mops clubs like to have an occasional speaker or demonstration and most likely they'd love to have a cloth diaper lesson, especially with the renewed interest in saving money and going green.

Can't find a group that would like a demo?  Schedule one for yourself and invite your friends and family?  Having a baby shower?  Invite your local retailer to speak at your shower and do a demo for your friends and family.  It's a great way to promote cloth, break up the monotony of a baby shower, and show your friends and family what modern cloth diapers are all about and why you're interested in them.

If you don't have a local retailer in your area then fear not, chances are one will pop up eventually. Just keep checking back with the manufacturers lists of retailers and I am sure that you'll find one sooner than later!

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Sunning" your diapers in the rain; Does it work?

Article originally published on the Cloth Diaper Outlet Blog, Written by CDO and Knickernappies owner Heather Hicks!

I live in a part of Oregon where it rains approximately 400 days a year.  Okay, not that many, but it feels that way!  We do get rain most days during the winter and spring.  That makes sunning diapers difficult.  Or does it?

I often tell customers they can sun their diapers anytime, even on cloudy or rainy days.  I've done it before, but thought I'd do it again and post pictures along the way.
Clean diapers with heavy stains: Hemp on the left, bamboo on the right

11:45 am - Laid them out on our patio...in the rain.
Rain and massive clouds!
4:45 pm - Looking much improved already.  Bamboo is nearly stain-free.  Hemp has a little way to go yet.  You can see that both diapers are sopping wet from the rain.  It rained all day.
11:00 am the next morning - stains are gone!
Freshly washed and dried, they're in perfect, stain-free condition.

All together, the "sunning" took about 10 hours but it worked, even with constant rain and clouds.  And you don't have to put your diapers outside...it works laid in a window or even the dashboard of your car, too.

So why does sunning diapers magically bleach out stains?  The UV rays...terrible for skin, great for naturally removing stains!!  As long as it's daylight, UV rays reach the earth (and they do at night too, but far less).  If UV rays are reaching the earth's surface, you can lay out diapers!

Sunning works on all types of organic stains.  Blueberry stains on a onesie?  Spit up stains on a bib?  Lay them outside and let the sun (or UV rays) work its magic!

You can read more of Heathers informative articles over at the Cloth Diaper Outlet Blog.  Also, don't forget to check out Cloth Diaper Outlet and take advantage of FREE USA Shipping over $50.00!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Don't miss your chance to participate in our 'Dirt on Diapering' Cloth Diaper Survey! It ends soon!

Our "Dirt on Diapering" Cloth Diaper Survey is a hit and we're so pleased with the results and amount of participation so far!  We wanted to know what the most common reasons are for why families choose not to cloth diaper full-time, why they take breaks, why they quit for good, or just plain feel like throwing in the towel.

It's not to late for you to share your experience with us and also become eligible to win some great prizes..

The more you share the more you help us help future cloth diaper users.  From what types of diapers you prefer, how you got started, to what kind of detergents you use...We want to know it all!

Just for participating in our quick little survey you are entered into a drawing for great prizes.  There are also prizes for those who refer the most participants so make sure to grab the code for our survey graphic over on the left side of this blog and start sharing it with your friends.  Make sure they tell us you sent them!

So, are you ready to take the survey?  Click here THE DIRT ON DIAPERING SURVEY.

The Knickernappies Team

Friday, November 12, 2010

Knickernappies Featured Retailer of the Week is...Mountaintop Tribe's Natural Family Supplies!

 Today's Featured Retailer Spotlight is on Mountain Top Tribe's Natural Family Supplies!

A little about yourself and your family, if you have little ones in cloth, your location, etc.-
We are the Beals, otherwise known as Mountaintop Tribe.  We call ourselves that because we live in Alma, Colorado - the town with the highest elevation in North America.  We're way up in the Rockies, and even with the possibility of snow every month of the year, we love it here.  Jeremiah and I have been married for 10 years.  We have three kiddos: Faith is eight years old, Georgia is six and Holden is nine months and happily an exclusively cloth diapered baby.  Jeremiah is a custom furniture maker using re-purposed, reclaimed lumber and I am a stay at home, homeschooling mother and small business owner.

How'd you get started cloth diapering and what made you decide to open your own business?
When we found out we were going to have our third child, I was really excited about the idea of cloth diapering.  It had been five years since I'd had a baby, and in that time, I had started to see so many of my friends using cloth.  I loved the idea of it for the obvious reasons:  It is the most environmentally friendly way of diapering, the most cost-effective, and the best for baby's bottom!  I did a lot of research on cloth diapers and felt pretty confident and ambitious in the beginning.  I sewed up a batch of small, fitted diapers and they worked for awhile, but when it was time to size up, I found that I didn't have time to invest in the process... I was busy homeschooling, caring for my baby, and just keeping up with all of our other family activities.  I started trying out all of the different types of cloth diapers and brands that I had been reading about since the early part of my pregnancy.  I had so much fun learning what I liked, and what worked best. 

It became very important to me that I use diapers made in the USA, and that they be of the highest quality.  I started to develop a passion for cloth diapering!  I eventually came to feel like a bit of an "expert" and wanted to share what I had learned with other parents up here in the mountains.  That was what initially started us on the road to opening our own little shop. 

Most of the small mountain communities up here are too small to independently support their own natural parenting shops, which means that if a person wants to see, feel or try a product, they have to buy it online sight unseen... Jeremiah had the great idea that we should make our shop "mobile" and start touring around the mountains, bringing the products to the folks who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to "try before buying".  I thought it was a great idea too, and started investing my bits and pieces of free time into making our vision a reality.  We also decided to not just limit our shop to cloth diapers, but to offer all sorts of natural products to folks who really were looking for ways to "green" up and to better care for the environment and themselves.  Thus, NaturalFamilySupplies.com was born!

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry?
What I like best about being involved in the cloth diapering industry is being able to share what I have learned with new moms or moms new to cloth diapering.  I feel like I have a good grasp on the "how to's" of it all, and what the best products on the market are.  We have had such great personal success with Knickernappies!  I love to spread the word and show others how easy, affordable and earth friendly cloth diapering is.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why?
My favorite Knickernappies product is the OneSize diaper with the LoopyDo insert!  Holden can wear one overnight (he's a fairly heavy-wetter) and wake up in the morning feeling dry!  I know he's comfy and cozy all night in his Knickernappies.  I am also constantly amazed by how well these diapers wash up!  We do not have one stain, and it's not because I'm diligent about keeping them stain-free!  These diapers just come miraculously clean!  I like to tell everyone I know that is interested in cloth diapering that they will not be disappointed in the quality of Knickernappies diapers.

What's your one must-have cloth diapering accessory?
Cloth diapering would not be nearly as enjoyable without our diaper sprayer that hooks up to the toilet!  I can't imagine how else I would rinse off messy diapers before putting them through the laundry.  It didn't matter much in the early months.  Newborn messy is nothing compared to solid-food-eater messy.  The diaper sprayer makes the most unattractive part of cloth diapering not so bad!

If you could give one bit of advice to a mom new to cloth diapering what would it be?
My advice would be to talk to other cloth diapering parents who have some experience under their belts.  Ask around to find out what brands are working for others, and what methods of diaper washing works!  There are so many options and opinions out there - so it's good to poll the folks that you already know, and then find a way to get your hands on different types and different brands!  Don't sell yourself short by buying one type/brand of cloth diaper online.  Discover for yourself, through many methods, what is going to work best for your family and your precious babe!

Special Savings from Mountaintop Tribe:
We currently have all colors of Knickernappies OneSize Diapers in-stock, in both microfiber and LoopyDo inserts!  At this time, purchase 6 Knickernappies Diapers and receive the 7th free!  Add 7 seven diapers to your cart and upon check out, use the discount code:"Knick".  Offer is good for one "OneSize" Diaper with microfiber insert! 

Want to stay connected with Mountain Top Tribe's store?  Utilize the links below!
Website:   http://www.naturalfamilysupplies.com
Blog:  http://naturalfamilysupplies.myshopify.com/blogs/going-down-the-road-with-mountaintop-tribe  Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-CO/Mountaintop-Tribes-NaturalFamilySuppliescom/112616455468934
Twitter: @mountaintribe

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Guide to Buying Used Diapers; Should you? What are the risks?

There are all sorts of reasons why moms and their families choose to use cloth diapers.  Many use them to be frugal and because they want to save money in the long run.  With the desire to save comes the opportunity to purchase used cloth diapers.  But should you really buy used?  What are the pros and cons?  Let's take a look at this popular diapering option and bring up some things you should know.

What kind of condition is the diaper in?  Let's look at some of the way used diapers are rated/described.

EUC, Excellent Used Condition.  To me this would mean barely used, practically new looking, but it may mean something completely different to the person who is selling it so make sure you ask them to clarify.  VGUC, Very Good or Very Gently Used Condition.  GUC, Gently Used Condition.  In addition to a rating, make sure the seller lists if there are any stains, signs of wear, flaws, etc.  If there are none listed then ask, just because they didn't say "no stains" doesn't necessarily mean there are no stains.

Do you really know where that diaper been? This is a huge problem in the buying/selling of used diapers.  You as the buyer have no way of knowing the real history of the diaper, unless it's new or being sold as never having been used.  In the past I have purchased used diapers and have been told they're in great gently used condition and that they were only used a handful of times, didn't fit the sellers baby, etc.  Turns out even though the seller only used the diaper a few times, it was not new when they obtained it and it was in fact a pretty old, well used diaper by one of it's previous owners.

It's not that sellers are deceitful, but they share what they know  The diaper looks good, they barely used it so they consider it barely used...

Examine the photos closely. Make sure you take a close look at the photos and ask questions if you see anything that looks off.  It is also a good idea to go to the manufacturers site and take a look at what the diaper is supposed to look like new.  This especially helps in knowing how to tell if the elastic is worn out.  The seller doesn't always know when the elastic isn't functioning properly.

Take into consideration how it might have been washed.  It's not a bad idea to ask what type of detergent it's been washed in, but remember, if it's been sold/traded multiple times you will never know for sure.  Consider that it could have been washed/stripped with bleach, it may have build-up, it could repel, and there may be odor issues.  These are all possibilities and should be taken into consideration, especially if you have a baby with sensitive skin.

The bottom line...I am not saying that you should never buy used, but that in order to protect your investment and your baby, buying used diapers that are in excellent, like new condition is best.  Here's a re-cap on what you should do/ask before you buy.
  • Why the diaper is being sold?
  • Was the seller the only owner? Did they buy it new or was it already used when they purchased it?
  • Was it a second?
  • Does it have any stains, holes, defects?
  • What type of detergent was it washed in and how?  Has it ever been stripped?  If so, how?
  • Ask to see really good photos. Compare the photos to new photos of the diaper so that you know what it is supposed to look like.
  • Check the sellers feedback or only buy from people you know and trust.  If buying in forums, check the sellers recent posts to make sure they've been forthright.  They may say they've been the only owner but you see a post where they just bought it on the FSOT a month ago... (This is not necessary when buying from those you trust.)
  • Consider buying used from a cloth diaper retailer who will sell them as "Certified Pre-Owned."
Just be careful, cover all your bases and don't be afraid to ask questions!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Knickernappies Giveaway Alerts, Discounts & more!

 Tis' the season to be crazy!  There are sales galore, giveaways galore and BLACK FRIDAY is just around the corner!  Below you'll find a few of the current sales and promotions involving some of our Knickernappies Retailers.

Save 10% with the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt Discount Code- Register to participate in the GCDH and you'll be given a top secret discount code that you can redeem for 10% off, sometimes more, at participating Knickernappies Retailers!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save.

WeeLittleChanges, Knickernappies Giveaway-
WeeLittleChanges is hosting their next monthly Knickernappies OS Diaper Giveaway!  In addition to this great giveaway, they have FREE Shipping on all US orders and 10% off with code FALL at checkout!

Knickernappies Baltic Amber Giveaway-  We're sponsoring a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Giveaway at Minnesota Mamas Must Haves!  Check out the MMMH Blog for more info on how to enter.  Giveaway ends soon, 11-15-10.

Green Quiz Quest-The Knickernappies Blog is sponsoring this round of the GQQ!  Visit the Green Quiz Quest for more details on how you can win some great prizes and have fun participating in this online scavenger hunt!

Have a Knickernappies Sighting that we've missed?  Please leave a comment, post to our FB Wall or send me an email!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cloth diaper stains...they're inevitable but not the end of the world.

I know, it's a hard pill to swallow.  You've just purchased a new diaper and it's already stained.  How could this be?  Why did it stain so easily?  How are you going to get this stain out?  It is a bummer when you realize that they only way to keep your baby's stash in like-new, excellent, bright-white condition is to not use the diapers at all.  Truth is...stains happen.

Don't worry.  First thing you need to realize is that staining is normal and the most important thing to remember is that, while stains aren't cute, they don't affect the functionality of the diaper.

Possible causes of stains:
  • Non-cloth diaper friendly diaper rash ointments
  • Newborn meconium poo and other bowel movements
  • Detergents that contain dyes
  • Your dirty diaper storage/washing techniques
  • Colors bleeding from other laundry
Possible preventative measures:
  • Use cloth diaper safe ointments and creams like Grandma El's, Magic Stick, Northern Essence Diaper Salve, and California Baby
  • If you must use a non-cloth diaper safe rash ointment then try using a fleece liner to help keep most of the ointment from sticking to the diaper.  Or keep an already stained cloth diaper for use when you need to slather on the ointment.
  • Stay away from detergents that contain dye.  Even if you don't use it on your diapers, only your laundry, dye could remain in the washer and transfer onto your diapers during the wash process.
  • Try using a diaper sprayer or wetpail method.  Soaking/rinsing the diapers or at least spraying them with a sprayer before placing in your pail, wetbag or washer will help keep the stains from setting in on heavily soiled diapers.
Possible solutions:
  • Try sunning your diapers.  Sun is great at lightening stains over time, a great way to dry diapers without the use of electricity, and also a help in treating diaper odor.
  • Spot treat your diapers with Bac Out or try "rockin' a soak" with Rockin Green Detergent.
  • Try OxyClean for stains that really won't budge.
You should also know that stains fade over time.  The more you use, wash, sun your diapers, the lighter the stains will get.  Diaper stains are not the end of the world and are not something you should be embarrassed of or stressing out over.

For more advice on diaper laundering or stain removal contact your favorite cloth diaper retailer or visit the cloth diaper manufacturers Care Instructions page.  In order to make sure that you are not voiding your cloth diaper warranty please consult each manufacturers Care Instructions & Warranty pages before attempting any of the above methods, each manufacturer is different.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is....Michelle!

Meet Michelle!  She's today's Featured Fluff Addict!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc Hi My name is Michelle. I am located in Northeast, GA. I am a stay at home mom and full time student. I have one son, Noah who is 17 months old today! He is our first cloth diaper baby and we started cloth diapering him when he was 7 months old.  (Michelle also sells Avon.  If you're interested you can visit her site here http://mferguson8294.avonrepresentative.com/)

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? I was always interested in cloth. My mom cloth diapered me and my sisters so I knew it was something I wanted to look into when I had one of my own. But when I did some research all I saw were the expensive $20 diapers and thought there's no way we can afford those! Well then one day a mom friend of mine and I were talking and she was telling me she used cloth and she got them from a local store. She told me they had a trial program where you paid $10 to try all different kinds of diapers for 3 weeks. I was so excited! So I talked to my husband and convinced him it would save us money and he let me try them! I fell in love right away!!

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new" cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of your choice to use cloth diapers? My husband was on board as long as it saved us money and he didn't have to change poopy diapers! (which he now does and even cleans them!) My parents thought it was cool, since they did it themselves when we were babies. My in laws seemed open minded about it and now they think its really awesome!

What was your very first cloth diaper? A Thirsties Fab Fitted with a Thirties cover! And then a Bumgenius 3.0.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.? I have a lot of pockets, fuzzibunz to be exact. I love my fuzzibunz! The rest of my stash is some BumGenius All-in-Ones and a few Doodle Dypes AI2s. (cuz they are just so cute!)

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I have honestly never tried any Knickernappies products but I just recently found out about ya'll! I would love to try a one size diaper!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.? There's the babycenter cloth diapering board that has TONS of awesome information and a lot of my friends use cloth so I talk to them about it and get advice and give it too!

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? A wet bag and pail liner! When I first started I didn't have either and lets just say it was a stinky mess!

If you could share just one tip with someone who is just starting out with cloth or considering using cloth, what would be your best piece of advice to them? Try different kinds of diapers before you make a decision on what you want to use. Most likely you'll change your mind! And you will save money! It takes a little time but it will happen and it will be great!

*Are you interested in being a Featured Fluff Addict?  It's easy, all you do is fill out our questionnaire, attach a couple photos and voila!  Visit our FaceBook Page Discussions Tab for more details. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don't just accept that your cloth diapers stink, seek professional help.

This is a very important post and I hope that everyone takes the time to read it.  Cloth diaper odor is becoming a an issue that really affects a lot of cloth diapering families.  The trouble is, it's not normal and no, you don't just need to accept it as a part of cloth diapering.

As the preliminary findings come in from our "Dirt on Diapering Survey" many moms are admitting that diaper odor and/or diaper rash and irritation are the main factors involved in their decisions to take a break from cloth diapers or the reasons they gave up on cloth completely.  *If you haven't already participated in our survey please do so, we'd love to get as much data as possible.

Diaper rash and irritation go hand in hand with diaper odor.  If your diapers aren't getting the proper cleaning then chances are that's what's causing the rash/irritation.  Why are so many moms having trouble getting their diapers clean?  Let's address some common issues.

  • Each detergent is different.  One tablespoon of Charlies may be their recommended amount but that does not mean that you in turn only need one tablespoon of another detergent.  Follow the directions on the package, use the recommended amount for that brand.
  • Are you only supposed to use 1/4 to 1/2 the recommended amount?  No!  This cloth diaper myth alone is where I think a lot of moms go wrong.  This may have originated before so many cloth diaper safe detergents came out.  Expensive detergents with heavy fragrances, brighteners, built in softeners, etc. were what a lot of moms were working with and therefore it was not recommended that you use the same amount on your diapers that you would on your laundry.
  • What if my cloth diaper detergent is expensive and I don't want to waste it?  If cost is truly an issue then maybe you should consider another brand.  Trying to save money by significantly reducing the amount of detergent you use for each load is just not going to cut it.  Having clean and odor free diapers to put on your babies is much more important than getting more use out of a bag of detergent and saving a few cents per load.
  • Don't wash too large of a load.  Just because you have a considerable stash and you can go 2-3 days without needing to wash doesn't mean that you should attempt to wash 2-3 days worth of diapers all together.  Use common sense, used diapers are dirtier than regular laundry.  You wouldn't cram your washer full of laundry until there was no room for the laundry to move about freely and wash clean, so don't do it with your diapers.  Experiment with how many you wash and notice whether you think your load size is making a difference.
  • Add a rinse cycle.  It is always recommended that you rinse before you wash.  My personal routine was to put the diapers in, turn on a rinse cycle, leave the lid up (if you have a top loader) and let the diapers soak for at least 15 minutes before closing the lid and allowing the rinse to complete.  Then follow with your wash routine.
  • Don't believe everything you read online.  The worldwide web is FULL of cloth diapering info, forums, blogs, etc.  We recommend that you get your advice from retailers and other cloth diapering professionals.  Many attend classes at trade-shows, are certified Real Diaper Association and Real Diaper Industry Association members, and have cloth diapered for years.  They are the best equipped to help you with your questions and issues.  In fact, they love to help.  Contact your favorite retailer by email or through their FaceBook and ask them your questions.  Anyone can start a blog or share their knowledge on forums but they are not always right so we recommend you seek professional advice.
These are just a few of the issues that cloth diapering families face.  The bottom line is that cloth diapers are not "supposed" to smell.  There should not be an odor that you just have to live with and we'd like to keep babies as comfortable and rash free as possible so we want to help in any way we can.

Please remember your cloth diaper retailers are available to help and they're trained to help.  Don't be shy, contact them any time you have a question.

Also, please take our "Dirt on Diapering Survey" if you haven't already.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What's the point of pocket diapers? Why one mom prefers pockets over all the rest.

Reader Contributed Article

When I first started cloth diapering, I used all prefolds and covers. Then I discovered that my baby's bum was on the sensitive side, and learned about micro-fleece stay-dry liners.The fleece wicks the moisture away from the skin, keeping baby feeling dry. I made my own liners by cutting out rectangular pieces of micro-fleece. They worked great, but were somewhat cumbersome to put on during diaper changing.

I had heard of pocket diapers but had never really given them much thought. I was just looking for the least expensive route for diapering. One day, however, I was thinking about how nice it would be if I could somehow attach the stay dry liners to the diaper to make diaper changing a little simpler. That's when it dawned on me, "I bet that's the point of pocket diapers...I bet the inner fabric is fleece!" I went and did a Google search of the brand of pocket diapers I'd heard of, and discovered that the inner lining was indeed fleece, expressly for the purpose of keeping baby dry and rash free! Suddenly it made so much sense. I ordered a couple to try out and since then I have gradually begun to prefer pocket diapers for daytime use, both for their ease of use and trimmer fit than prefolds and covers.

Most pocket diapers have an inner layer of fleece or some other fabric that wicks moisture away from baby, but not always, and you can have an "all in one" with a stay dry inner layer as well, so what is the point of the pocket diaper aside from the stay dry aspect?

Here are the benefits of pocket diapers in my experience:

1. As I already mentioned, if the inner layer is fleece, I enjoy not having to grab my stay dry liner and put it on separately.

2. I like to preserve my PUL. I wash my covers with the diapers usually, but try to let them hang dry as much as possible to help extend their life. I like being able to machine dry the thick absorbent inserts or soakers, but just hang the quick drying outer shell of the PUL and inner liner. This also helps extend the life of any aplix on the outer shell as well. With an all in one diaper, needless to say it's all attached and must all be washed and dried together.

3. In the same vein, I like to be able to put the inserts and soakers through more rigorous washing. With a pocket diaper, though it may still require stripping from time to time for the inner layer of fabric, for the most part the inserts are the part that may begin to hold the most odor and need more frequent stripping or more rigorous washing. PUL can be damaged by a variety of cleaning agents that can be useful in cleaning inserts from time to time. In these cases you can just keep the PUL out for those extra washes.

4. I also like the fact that you can add additional stuffing to a pocket diaper without covering up the inside stay dry liner! You can make them as absorbent as you need them to be, or on the other hand you can keep them as trim as you'd like depending on the type of insert that you use! I like switching up inserts, or using something totally different for stuffing! If you have a favorite kind of insert, you can usually use it with any kind of pocket diaper. You can even use flats, prefolds, flannel receiving blankets, or even t-shirts, or anything absorbent that you can fold and stuff into a pocket diaper for an extra boost or in place of an insert!

For all of these reasons, and the fact that there are so many great styles available in so many fun colors, pocket diaper have become my favorite daytime diaper! I prefer wool for nights and when a rash threatens to break out, but I like pockets for regular day to day use! Some people like to combine pockets and wool nighttime. You can stuff the pocket all you want and then cover with a wool cover. That way, just in case all the stuffing becomes saturated, the wool will catch any "overflow." I have a heavy wetter and haven't found this necessary, but I know some parents have! It would definitely be a no leak solution!

Do you prefer pocket diapers? If so, what are some additional benefits of using them?

Contributed by Amy,

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Hunt is on: The clues have been posted, the icon has been hidden, let the race begin!

Time for the 11th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt!
Today is the day!  The 11th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt begins today at 11am EST.  Hundreds of stores have hidden the coveted "diaper icon" and only by solving their riddles and finding the clues will you be led to the prize!

Knickernappies Blog is a proud sponsor this year and our hunt is ready if you so dare to begin!  You'' find your first clue on our blog, to the right, just under our sponsor button.

What do you need to know about the hunt?
  • Hunting is open between Nov 1-30, 2010
  • It is a virtual scavenger hunt where you explore sponsors site to find a hidden icon and then click on them to record your progress.
  • You must REGISTER to hunt.
  • Registrants receive a Discount Code that is worth valuable discounts at hundreds of retailers.
  • There are 71 random prize drawings!
  • One Ultimate Grand Prize worth over $500.00!
  • There are Hint Forums where you can look for help if you're having trouble solving the clues and can't find the hidden icon.
  • You can keep track of your progress by clicking HERE.
So what are you waiting for?  Let the hunt begin!

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