Friday, April 30, 2010

Knickernappies Retailer of the Week! Eco-Politan

Let's hear it for this week's Featured Retailer, Eco-Politan! Eco-Politan is owned by a lovely mama named Robin and they are located in Lakewood, CO (a Denver suburb). Did you know they have an 1800+ square foot store? You need to check them out!

Tell us a little about yourself and your family and how you got into the cloth diaper business-I am a working mom of two little ones. Levi Bentley is 2.5 and a cloth diaper graduate. Bianca Blu is 6 months and loves her selection of fluffy diapers. I am married to a wonderful, supportive husband of six years, Paul, who works for the Denver Hospice and happily comes after work to help out at the retail store, where the kids and I spend our days. We live and work in Lakewood, CO ... a Denver suburb. Paul and I went to the same high school, graduated from the University of Colorado before marrying in 2004.

How'd you get started cloth diapering and what made you decide to open you own business? My older son attempted to make his way into the world at 21 weeks, so I spent 16 weeks on complete bedrest. To pass the time, I spent hours each day online learning about natural parenting practices and products. It was during this time that I discovered modern cloth diapers. Inspired to leave the world a better place for our child, we chose to exclusively cloth diaper our soon to be born child and incorporate natural parenting and other eco-responsible lifestyle choices into our home.

After three months back in a downtown corporate position after his arrival, I longed to spend more time with my son. I looked back at the amazing products I discovered on bedrest and decided I wanted to open an online retail store to promote natural parenting products as an easy to use, affordable alternative for the every day suburban soccer mom. Just under two years later, we opened an 1800 square foot retail store front in a busy shopping center just a half mile from our home. At ecoPOLITAN, we have everything you need to keep your family happy and the planet healthy!

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry? As a working mom, I love the fact that so many of the cloth diaper companies are owned and operated by moms. Meeting women who created a product to solve a child's health issue or who decided to take the idea of work-life balance into their own hands, I am continually inspired by other like minded moms who are trying to do the best they can for their family and their planet.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why? It's hard to pick a favorite, but I'd have to say the Doorknob Diaper Pail has a special place in our home. Or should I say places?! We have one hanging in both kids room and on the door to our laundry room off the kitchen for towels, bibs and general laundry left around the house. It takes up no space at all and is perfect for laundry or diapers, at home or when we travel!

**Special Discount: Save 10% on your order with code Knicker10 at checkout!

Follow Eco-Politan on Twitter HERE
Become a Fan on FaceBook HERE
Read their Blog HERE

Eco-Politan is located at
437B S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood across from the Belmar area shopping district.
1-303-989-BABY


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Knickernappies Sighting: The Examiner, WeeLittleChanges & more!

Today we've got some fun Knickernappies Sightings around the World Wide Web!

In The Examiner, Sara Stone talks about her experience giving modern cloth diapers a try by purchasing a Diaper Trial from DiaperDaisy. A Knickernappies OS diaper was one of the 3 diapers she received. She discusses her trial day-by-day and how she's finding the right combination of what works for her by experiementing with different inserts, doubling up, etc. This is a great little post, head on over and check it out!

WeeLittleChanges is on a roll! I think they're setting the world record for most amount of Knickernappies Reviews on the web! We're loving all the awesome reviews and it's great to see a retailer with such motivation and dedication. Check out the WeeLittleChanges Blog and read todays Knickernappies Review by Amber.

Want to read more about what people are saying about Knickernappies? As always you can head over to Diaperpin.com and read all the customer submitted reviews. You can read reviews of the Knickernappies OS Diaper, Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diaper, LoopyDo Inserts, SuperDo Inserts and much more! Have you used Knickernappies products before? While you're there you should submit you're reviews, we'd love to read them!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cloth Wipes Part 2: When You're Out & About

Are you afraid of using cloth wipes when you're out because you think it will be a hassle? Don't fret, once you get the hang of it it's even more convenient than using disposable wipes!

Many moms find using cloth wipes out and about more challenging. I think this is due to carrying moistened wipes and trying to stock fresh wipes before each outing. It’s either that or finding yourself with a dirty baby and musty smelling wipes. Yuck!

My solution is to keep a small wet bag (or cosmetic bag or any small bag) in your diaper bag. Stock it with 8-10 dry wipes and a small squirt bottle or spray bottle of wipe solution or water. Then, moisten wipes as needed. Wet or dirty wipes go in to a bigger wet bag with your dirty diapers to be washed at home. Dry wipes go back into the small bag. Note: Planet Wise now makes a set that contains 10 wipes inside a wet bag...it's perfect!

This method makes using cloth wipes out & about much easier. The only catch is to remember to restock with dry wipes occasionally, which you’d have to do with disposable wipes

What's so convenient about it? Well when using disposables you have to place your dirty diapers into a wetbag for transport home and then you're left with soiled disposable wipes that you'll either have to carry around in a separate bag or find somewhere to dispose of them. With cloth you simply place the soiled wipes in your wetbag with your diapers and wash them all together! It's super convenient and makes diaper changes in public much easier.

Heather Hicks. Copyright CDO, LLC. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Customer Review by Maria, Knickernappies Onesize Diaper w/ LoopyDo Inserts

Maria's review of the Knickernappies OS w/ LoopyDo Inserts

Purchased at TheBabyShop

How was the overall review of product, fit, features, ease of use, how you like this product compared to other brands? My baby, Faye was 10 month old when she first time used KND, she has a Spring Green one, nice colour. The first night we used it..it worked great, no leaks anymore and of course my Faye was still dry and in comfort until the morning..even with just using 1 LoopyDo insert. But maybe for the older baby,they need 2insert for night, first I try to use 2 LoopyDo inserts but it seem too thick and uncomfortable.. So now I decide to use 1 LoopyDo plus 1 microfiber insert for night.

Compared with other brands, I like the size of KN, it's really flexible and adjustable,and I think I even can use until 3years old children (depend the weight). KN have a simple design and the high quality snap work great that makes it easy to use.

What's your favorite feature? LoopyDo Inserts that prevent leaks. I never found an insert like this before!

Would you recommend this product to others? Of course, I've recommended KN to my friend and she has one KN now.. :) and I'll recommend KN to more friends.. But FYI..it is still too expensive for us in Indonesia to have this KND :( it takes about US $30.. some of my friends objected to having KN because of the price.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cloth Wipes Part 1: Using Cloth Wipes while at home!

With the passing of Earth Day it's a perfect time to pick up a new green habit. If you're not already using cloth wipes with your cloth diapers then you should make the resolution to switch! I'm often asked about using cloth wipes so I've written a comprehensive article all about wipes. It'll be a three-part series, so stay tuned for the next two segments.

Part One: AT HOME
Keep 5-6 wet cloth wipes in a plastic container at your changing station. I use an old disposable wipes container, but anything will work fine. I like having the wipes almost dripping, but not actually have standing water in the container. You can moisten the wipes with either a Wipe Solution or plain water.

Keeping just a few wet at a time ensures you’ll use all of the wipes before they turn musty. No matter how natural disposable wipes claim to be, they always have a preservative; they have to or they’d be really stinky once we buy them! Cloth wipes do not have any chemicals whatsoever, making them great for baby’s skin but they last only a day or two with plain water, and just 3-4 days with a wipe solution, before they start to smell funny.

On a nearby shelf, within arm’s reach, keep a stack of dry wipes. Next to it, have a bottle of wipe solution or water handy. This way, you can easily moisten more wipes to be ready for the next diaper change. Or, if you have a really nasty diaper and you use all of your pre-moistened wipes, you can wet more right away without leaving your baby’s side.

Dirty wipes can go into the diaper pail with cloth diapers and be washed right along with diapers. If you don’t use cloth diapers, you can wash your cloth wipes with towels, baby clothing, etc.

-Heather Hicks, Copyright-All rights reserved CDO, LLC

Friday, April 23, 2010

Knickernappies Retailer of the Week! Squishy Tushy

Guess who this week's Featured Retailer is? It's Teresa of Squishy Tushy! Squishy Tushy is a modern cloth diaper boutique and also local diaper service. They are located in SE Michigan, 15 minutes from Toledo, Ohio and 30 minutes from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family and how you got into the cloth diaper business-I created Squishy Tushy to share my love of cloth diapers with the rest of the world. Here's my story and experiences with the diapers that changed my life!

Before my oldest was even born I decided I wanted to use cloth diapers. I went to a department store bought Gerber prefolds and those little Gerber plastic pants (yuck!). I was so excited, everyone told me I was crazy but I was determined to use cloth. My first sweet pea was born and I used cloth for a few months, then I started having trouble, leaking, messes everywhere. I decided cloth must just not be for me and started using disposables.

My second sweet pea was born and she got a HORRIBLE bleeding rash on her bottom. I took her to several doctors and no one could tell me what it was from or how to stop it. She would scream when I would change her diaper and the tears would just roll down both of our eyes. I tried different kinds of disposables and nothing helped, prescription upon prescription and still she had an extremely sore, bloody bottom. So I decided I had no choice but to use cloth diapers again. That is when I discovered the WONDERFUL world of cloth! I bought some pocket diapers and within 3 days her bottom was free of any rashes, her and I were both happy again. One of my favorite diapers for my babies was a Knickernappies Pocket, they were our jeans diapers!


What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry?
I love my job, not everyone can say that, but I truly do. I love to help other moms with all the questions and help trouble shoot any cloth diapering problems.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why? I love the Sized Pocket Diaper-they are so trim and super adjustable. I wish my babies were still in diapers, I know the one size would really be a hit at my house. SuperDo's and LoopyDo's are some of my other favorites, they are a great insert when you just need a little or sometimes a lot more absorbency!

Special Offer:
Save 10% off your purchase with Coupon Code "Knickernappies" at checkout!

Become a FAN of Squishy Tushy on FaceBook HERE
Follow Squishy Tushy on Twitter HERE

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Knickernappies Sightings! Earth Day Edition

It's that time again! Time to spotlight some of the Knickernappies Sightings around the world wide web.

Enter to win a Knickernappies Onesize Cloth Diaper w/ 2 Inserts courtesy of The Diaper Wagon over at Luvn Life Blog! While you're there read Sarah's great review of the KN OS and be sure to check out her adorable pics of her daughter Emma in her Chocolate diaper!

You also don't want to miss April's review over at the WeeLittleChanges Blog! She loves the Onesize combined with the use of LoopyDo Inserts and/or SuperDo Inserts. She's found a great system for getting her little guy through the whole night without leaks. Be sure to head over there and read more about her experience with KN Products.

While you're there don't forget about WeeLittleChanges Knickernappies Giveaway. Enter while you still can, the giveaway ends May 13, 2010.

Been over to the Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog lately? If so you might have noticed our Fan Photo Contest featured yesterday! Plus, in honor of Earth Day they're offering 15% off storewide today! That includes Knickernappies products! Make sure you take advantage of this great deal.

Clover and Violet: Our Blissful Lives has another great OS review! Plus, check out the simply adorable photo of her little guy sporting his new Knickernappies diaper! Want to vote for him? Check out our Fan Photos!

Stay tuned here at the Knickernappies Blog and we'll update you with more Knickernappies sightings and Earth Day specials as we become aware of them!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Green Mama Benefit Auction Starts tomorrow! April 22-30

Have you heard about the Green Mama Benefit Auction? It's hosted by The Cloth Diaper Foundation!
About:
Join us as we kick off Earth Month and Mother’s Day Festivities with our Green Mama Benefit Auction Fundraiser!

We have a vast variety of donated items from businesses all over the United Stated and Canada! Our auctions will begin at 8am (central) on Earth Day and end at 8pm (central) on April 30 so that items can be shipped and received into your home before Mother’s Day.

Where: Cloth Diaper Foundation In-Stock Store on Hyena Cart

When: Bidding opens 8am April 22nd (Earth Day) and ends 8pm April 30

Why: The Cloth Diaper Foundation, formally Miracle Diapers, gives needy families cloth diapers and assists them with building their own cloth diaper stashes. They helped over 450 babies last year alone!

The auction will celebrate moms and Earth Day and we are looking for both mom and baby products. Would you be willing to donate an item, help a good cause and spread the word about your products and business?

What: There are tons of great goodies up for auction. From Baby Slings to cloth diapers, mystery boxes to Rockin Green Soap, Diaper Bags, Soakers, Shorties, Make-Up and more! They've got something for everyone and all proceeds got to a good cause!

Be sure you Bookmark it and stop by tomorrow and place your bids on your favorite items!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Looking for some great new Cloth Diaper & Natural Parenting Blogs to follow? Check these out!

Did you know that no matter how many Cloth Diapering Blogs I visit I am always able to find new information, opinions, tips and tricks that I'd never heard of before? I never cease to be amazed at the wealth of information mommy bloggers can provide us.

That's why in this Blog post I'd like to share with you some great Blog's you may not have heard of and they all happen to be run by Knickernappies Retailers which makes us so proud!

Stop by each one and check them out, become a Fan or leave a comment if you like. Tell them that Knickernappies sent you!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Ultimate Showdown - Snaps vs. Velcro: Is one better than the other?

Cloth diapering can be very overwhelming, that we know for sure! And just one of the things that can cause your head to spin is whether or not to choose a snap closure system or a velcro system. What makes one better than the other and is one clearly better than the other? In this Blog post Snaps and Velcro will go head to head and we'll let you decide which you think is the better option.

First things first...

What in the world is Aplix and where does it fit in this conversation?
Aplix, Touchtape and Velcro are pretty much all in the same family. Aplix and Velcro have a stronger hold than Touchtape but all three are "hook and loop" type closures. In this discussion we'll just use the term "velcro."

Let's list the pro's and con's of both Snaps and Velcro. In the RED corner we'll have Velcro and in the BLUE we'll have Snaps!

Pro's of Velcro:
  • Provides a very adjustable and customizable fit.
  • Very easy to use. Good for babysitters and daddy's, anyone whom you don't want to overwhelm or that you think might get confused by snaps.
Con's of Velcro:
  • Can be noisy which interests babies and easily becomes something they want to mess with. Leads to an interest in taking their diapers off.
  • Depending on how often you wash, velcro does wear out over time and may need to be replaced.
  • Can collect a lot of lint which can affect it's strength.
  • If not secured properly in the wash and dry cycle velcro can attach to other diapers and cause damage as well as become a lint magnet.
  • When it comes into contact with the babies skin it can cause irritations and scratches making baby uncomfortable.
  • Babies can undo velcro closures more easily than snaps.
Pro's of Snaps:
  • Much more durable than Velcro and can last the life of a diaper.
  • Much more quiet than Velcro.
  • No risk of damaging other diapers in the laundry.
  • Will not collect lint.
  • Not abrasive and will not scratch the babies skin like velcro.
  • Babies are less likely to take off their own diapers.
Con's of Snaps:
  • Limited number of snaps/settings make them a bit less adjustable than Velcro.
  • Not as easy to use as velcro. Could be a learning curve for newbies and caregivers.
  • Harder to replace a broken snap than to replace worn out velcro, although most manufacturers provide snap warranties on their diapers.
The Judges Scorecard: According to our scorecard we'd recommend you choose snap closures whenever possible. You might even have noticed that companies who used to exclusively produce velcro closure systems are now also offering their diapers in a snap closure. This further proves that snaps are the bees knees! Whoop Whoop!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Winner of the Custom Knickernappies Diaper from Knickernappies on Hyena Cart is....jdeemarie!


Congratulations Jodi a.k.a. jdeemarie! Her comment, #354 was chosen by randdom.org as the winner of the Custom Made Knickernappies Diaper! She gets to choose all the details like sized, onesize, outer, inner, snaps, insert and more! Whoop!

Thank you everyone for entering and making this another great giveaway!

Want to follow Jodi on Twitter and congratulate her? Follow her by clicking here http://twitter.com/jdeemarie

Jodi please keep your eyes on your inbox, we'll be contacting you asap with more details on how to claim your prize!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Knickernappies Retailer of the Week! Inspired by Baby/Custom Knickernappies

We are pleased to announce this week's Featured Retailer is Caye of Inspired by Baby /Knickernappies on Hyena Cart located in Eugene, Oregon!
Tell us a little about yourself and your family and how your business came to be-It is kinda funny how I met Heather and got invited into the Knickernappies family. In 2006, I was pregnant with my first daughter and doing some internet research on cloth diapering. I came across Heather's website www.clothdiaperoutlet.com and saw a help wanted link on her home page so I emailed her. I had been sewing clothes and things for myself for several years and wondered if I could sew diapers.

Come to find out she lived only a couple miles from me in Eugene,Oregon so I went to meet her one day. She showed me how to sew a diaper and gave me the pattern and some fabrics to practice making some. She like what I did, and I have been sewing custom Knickernappies ever since. Heather owns the Hyena cart store but wasn't using it, so she lets me run it to sell the customs as well as my own creations under the label "Inspired by Baby". I make minkee topped changing pads, wetbags, wipes, play block, and baby blankets. I sell some of these items in a baby boutique here in Eugene as well as the custom diapers. After my daughter was born, I also worked for Heather packing orders for her retail diaper business. Our daughters have grown up together and become playmates and we have all become like family. She has taught me everything I know about cloth diapers and has helped me through so many tough parenting moments by sharing with me her own experiences. If I have a question about cloth diapers or how to handle a 2 yr old temper tantrum, I ask Heather. She is a wealth of information and always willing to help us out. We now have a 9 month old daughter, Josie, and look forward to her playing with Heather's new baby.

My husband is an English teacher at OSU in Corvallis, Oregon and also writes fiction short stories. He was a little leary about using cloth diapers in the beginning, but we learned how to do it together and now he loves the aspect of saving money and the environment however we can. My two year old loves picking out which diaper she wants to wear (and it usually has pink in it somewhere!).

Heather has used a couple photos on her website of Sabrina, my two year old, wearing KND's when she was a newborn. When Sabrina was 9 months old, Heather wanted a photo of a baby wearing her diaper for a pamphlet, so we took some of Sabrina and she used one of them. It was so exciting to see our baby in print!

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry? What I love about cloth diapering is that I can mix my love of colors and patterns with a practical application, not to mention that sewing allows me to get away from the stress of parenting and be an artist for a little while. I also love the fact that there is a resale market for cloth diapers which allows us to sell some of our older diapers and get new ones. I have met some great women buying, selling, and trading new and used diapers that I wouldn't have met otherwise.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why? My favorite Knickernappies product (besides the diapers of course!) is the Fluff Dust. What a simple product that helps so much with a smelly diaper pail. I love the Satsuma Twist scent the best because it has a nice, clean citrus smell. I also love her LoopyDo and SuperDo inserts. They are so absorbent and a great add on sale for my diapers!

Of all your Custom KN Diapers, what are your favorite color/print combos? Two of the most popular custom combos I have done over the years is a red PUL outer with a cow print suede cloth inner and black and white snaps, and a pink PUL outer with a dalmatian suede cloth inner and black and white snaps. I love the contrast of the colors and it also looks great in the new One Size KND. I love anything with an animal print whether it be in minkee or PUL, on the outside or inside of the diaper. They are fun and gender neutral.

Special Offer: Customs start at $17.95 but you can save 20% when you use Code KND20 at checkout for a limited time.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Knickernappies 2nd Annual Photo Contest starts now! You could win BIG!

We're are so excited to announce the launch of our 2nd Annual Knickernappies Photo Contest and this year it's bigger and better than ever! The Grand Prize is huge and what's the best part? You're in control of your own destiny. There's no mystery panel of judges who randomly announce a winner, this time you promote your photo and get as many votes as you can.

Here are the details:

When: Contest runs from April 15-May 15, 2010

Where: Knickernappies FaceBook Page

How to enter: To enter the contest you must be a Fan of Knickernappies on FaceBook. After you've become a Fan you need to upload a photo of your little wearing a Knickernappies Diaper. One entry per person please. In the comments for your photo please add the URL to the store where you purchased the diaper. Make sure to include a clickable link to the store, not just the name.

Eligible photos must be uploaded to the Fan Photos between April 15 through May 15. If you already have a Fan Photo uploaded that you'd like to use as your entry then you need to upload it again so that it will have the proper date and also a link to the retailer.

If your photo does not include a link to a Knickernappies Retailer in the comments it will be deleted and you will have to resubmit . If you don't know the store name or didn't get the diaper new just say so.

How do you get votes? Every time someone "LIKES" your photo it is a vote. When the contest ends the photo with the most "LIKES" is the winner. Comments are encouraged as well but do not count as votes.

How do I promote my photo? We've provided a handy "Vote for Me" button on the left hand column of the Blog. You simply grab the code and replace the code/url that says http://www.knickernappies.bogspot.com with the url to your Fan Photo. You can then place the button on your Blog or Website, on Message Boards, Your FaceBook page, etc. and encourage friends and family to vote for your photo by "LIKING" it.

Another GREAT and EASY way to promote your photo is to "SHARE" it via FaceBook. When you are on your photo in our FB Fan Photos you will see a link to "SHARE" it with your friends and family via your FaceBook Page. When you share it you need to make sure to let your friends and family know that they need to click through the link to the Knickernappies FB Page to "LIKE" it. Liking it on your page when you share it is not the same as liking it on the KN FB Page.

What are the prizes?

Grand Prize-(1 Winner) 6 Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diapers with your choice of inserts (Just Hemp, Microfiber, Loopy-Do's), color, and size!

Runner Up's- (5 Winners) 1 Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diapers with your choice of inserts (Just Hemp, Microfiber, Loopy-Do's), color, and size!

But what about the retailers?
Knickernappies will match each winners prize as a donation to The Cloth Diaper Foundation (formerly Miracle Diapers) on the each of the retailers behalf!

Have questions? Post your questions here or visit our FaceBook Page where we'll have a discussion in our discussion forums started to answer your needs and help you with any issues you may have.

*This contest is open to participants worldwide!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Inside Poop on Cloth Diapers Twitter Party! Coming April 22nd

Ever been to a Twitter Party? Don't even know what one is? Well you've been invited and we're going to fill you in on what it's all about!

When: Thursday, April 22 Earth Day
Time: 9:00-10:00pm EST
Where: Twitter of course!
Hashtag: #GetRealDiapers

Topic: You are invited to attend a special Twitter Party all about diapers. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day the Real Diaper Association, Bamboo Bums Diapers, Diaper Daisy Modern Cloth Diapers and The Eco Chic would like to explain how cloth diapers are making a comeback.

Want to find out more about how this particular Twitter Party works? Visit Ecomommedia and read all about it, find out how to register and what all the great prizes will be!

Need Help? Does this all sound like another language to you? Marissa over at Growing Green Bums Blog has written a great tutorial that will teach you how to use Twitter and how to participate in Monday nights Cloth Diaper Chat. All you need to do is use her instructions and replace #clothdiapers with #GretRealDiapers on April 22 and you'll be front and center at the Get Real: The Inside Poop on Cloth Diapers Twitter Party!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Knickernappies Sightings Galore!

We're so pleased to have so many Knickernappies sightings on the world wide web! From cute pics of babies in their KN diapers to KN product reviews and KN sales there's always something going on! This week's no exception!

At My Little Slice of Mommy Heaven you can view action shots of MommieV's daughter modeling the Violet Knickernappies Onesize that she won through one of our recent giveaways! We're so pleased that she likes it and she of course looks adorable in it.

Over at Go Green Wisconsin's Blog you can read an excellent review of the Knickernappies Onesize diaper by Jamie, purchased at My Baby Pumpkin. Jamie had great things to say about our award winning onesize.

"This diaper fits my baby (almost 9 months) and toddler (2 1/2 years) both wonderfully! I have tried many other versions of one-sized pockets and these are, without a doubt, my favorite one-size pockets." -Jamie


Want to read more about this review head on over to Go Green Wisconsin!

Knickernappies is also April's Manufacturer of the Month over at Wee Little Changes Blog! Head on over there to read the interview. Also, check out WeeLittleChanges offer of a 15%off Coupon for your honest reviews of the Knickernappies OS Diaper! Details can be found on the sidebar of their Blog!

Do you have a Knickernappies Sighting to share or will you be creating one? Send your sightings to marketing(at)knickernappies.com and you just may find yours featured here on the KN Blog!

Monday, April 12, 2010

CLOSED: Knickernappies Giveaway Days! Week #6 -Win a Custom KN Diaper of your choice! (Ends 04-16-10)

This week's giveaway is super special. Up for grabs is a Custom Made Knickernappies Diaper! You choose the outer, inner, snap color and whether you want a sized diaper or one-size! Could it get any better?

I bet you're thinking, "Custom Knickernappies!? I must be dreaming!" LOL Well you're not, and this is your chance to get one totally free!

Guidelines For Entry-
  • First requirement is to tell us whether you'd choose a Custom Onesize or Custom Sized Pocket and what color combos you're a fan of. You can view a complete list of all the custom options HERE.
  • Please comment once per entry so that you are entered the correct number of times in the giveaway.
  • Make sure you either leave your email address, blog or website address in each comment or make sure you are logged in to your Blogger account so that we can be sure to have a way of reaching you should you win.
  • Contest is open to participants WORLDWIDE.
  • Contest runs from Monday 12:00am to Friday 9:00pm.
  • Winner is chosen via random.org and winning announcements are posted on Saturdays.
  • Participants have 7 days from close of giveaway to respond and claim their prize.
How to earn extra entries-
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN of Knickernappies on Facebook!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following the Knickernappies Blog
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you Follow @Knickernappies on Twitter
  • Earn (3) extra entries each time you Tweet about the giveaway, please be sure to include a link to the giveaway (Max. 2 tweets per day)
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you place the Knickernappies Blog Button on your blog or site and comment with a link to where you placed it.
  • Earn (3) extra entries when you invite your FaceBook Friends to become a FAN of Knickernappies or Announce the Giveaway.
  • Earn (1) extra entry for each comment you leave to a non giveaway blog post on the Knickernappies Blog.
  • Earn (5) extra entries when you Blog about the giveaway in a blog post. Please include a link to the giveaway and feel free to grab any of the giveaway graphics for use in the post.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Call to Action: The importance of leaving feedback at Diaperpin

Feedback pep talk ahead! Alrighty mamas, you can't hide, we know you love fluffy mail! We know you shop online and have probably order from various places. Did you know that you can and should leave feedback for each order and each product? It's super fun and easy, not complicated.

Leaving feedback helps remind the wahms you order from that they're doing a great job and to keep up the good work and also helps promote their business by word of mouth and referrals. Leaving feedback for the products you purchase is also very important because future shoppers can read your honest review before investing in a product and they also know where to go to buy it.
How to leave a review for a store-

At Diaperpin it's never too late to leave feedback. Simply visit Diaperpin's Directory page and search for the retailers where you made your purchases. Scroll down and read the reviews if you like or fast forward to the bottom where you'll see Post Your Review.

After clicking on the Post Your Review link you may be prompted to enter or create a Diaperpin ID. If you have one sign in, if not then don't be afraid to create one. It's super easy and I promise you're not going to get a bunch of spam or get your email sold to the masses.

Then all you do is leave feedback and hit "submit." Each time you leave feedback that business owner will be notified by email of your comments and I promise, we LOVE feedback. You will surely make their day by leaving your review.

How to leave a review for products-


To leave a review for products purchased, like the Knickernappies Onesize for example, the steps are very similar.

When on the Directory Page, on the left hand side you'll see a link that says Product Reviews. Click on Product Reviews and then find the category of the item you are looking for. In this case Knickernappies Onesize is a Onesize Pocket Diaper so you click on Onesize Pockets.

Then you will see a list with star ratings of all the brands available. Choose the one you're interested in reviewing and click on it. Scroll down to Post Your Review and leave your comments. Be sure you also try to accurately list the store where you purchased the product so that they too can benefit from your review.

You can also look for graphics on reatilers websites or blogs with the Diaperpin logo that say "Rate Us." Clicking through these links should land you right where you want to be so that you can quickly and easily leave your favorite retailers feedback!

I hope this post helps you all. Now go! Run over to Diaperpin and leave your comments today!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Knickernappies Retailer of the Week! Sugar Dipes

Check out this week's Featured Knickernappies Retailer, Sugar Dipes where cloth diapers are as sweet as sugar! Let's get to know Sarah, the mama behind the sweet name.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family-I am a WAHM with a 2-1/2 year old daughter. We live in Munster, Indiana which is about 30 miles southeast of Chicago. My daughter is in cloth diapers full time.

How'd you get started cloth diapering and what made you decide to open your own business? A friend of mine was using cloth on her little girl. Since I tried EVERY disposable on the market and Savannah was having rashes and reactions I thought why not! They are so cute! I fell in love with cloth diapers. OK so I am addicted to them! LOL I decided since there wasn't any cloth diaper stores in the area, I wanted to be the first one!

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry? I like being green! I think that is a very important part of helping the Earth for our children. Everyone that I have met through cloth diapers is so nice! I really like educating mamas about cloth diapers. I have in home consultations and I also do cloth diaper parties as well.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why? I really like the One Size diaper with the loopy do inserts! The Loopy do Inserts are awesome! So trim yet so absorbant. I also really like the Super Do that is what we use at nighttime!
Special Offer: Sarah would like to offer readers 10% off Plus FREE Shipping for all Knickernappies Products. Visit SugarDipes for more info.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Diaper Sprayers (Part 2) - Tips & Tricks for use

In Part 1 we covered the basics of why it benefits you to have and use a diaper sprayer, ease of use, installation and more. Now we'll cover some of the recommended tips and tricks for using a diaper sprayer that will help you cloth diaper like a pro!

Tip 1 Make sure to turn the shut off valve after each use. This prevents curious toddlers and others from testing out the sprayer and hosing down your bathroom.

Tip 2 Lift the seat first before you get started!

Tip 3 Adjust the spray to your preference before each use. Michelle of Cloth Diapers Made Simple recommends a test spray into the toilet first so that you'll get a sense of how and where it will spray. This will greatly reduce accidental overspray.

Tip 4 Hold the diaper down into the toilet as much as you can and spray downwards.

Tip 5 Wring out the diaper into the toilet using the exterior of the diaper, if possible. Andrea's article, The Art of Diaper Spraying, gives a great example. If you were to spray a prefold you would then use the cover to wring out the prefold into the toilet by rolling it in the diaper/cover.

Tip 6 Keep a diaper pail or wetbag near the toilet to help you transport your sprayed diapers to your main pail, if it is not already located in the bathroom. This helps prevent dripping everywhere!

Tip 7 Install the sprayer in your laundry room! Bayla of Soft and Cozy Baby Blog suggests you look for alternative places to install the sprayer if you're uncomfortable with the idea of it being at the toilet. Some moms have successfully installed their sprayer at their utility sink or at the washing machine in their laundry room.

Do you have any diaper sprayer tips that aren't listed above? We'd love to read them. Please leave your comments.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Diaper Sprayers (Part 1) - Are they a must have?

I'm sure you've heard about Diaper Sprayers and how all who use them swear by them. But are they a necessity or a luxury? Can you successfully cloth diaper without one? Let's go over the benefits of using one.
They're easy to install-The Knickernappies Sprayer kit comes fully assembled and all you have to do is use the included hardware to attach to your toilets water valve.

"I installed our diaper sprayer myself. (I told my husband I had to do it so I could let all my customers know how easy it was!) I timed myself and it took 6 minutes, including reading the instructions. The only requirement is an adjustable wrench or pliers."-Heather
They're easy to use-The trigger operated sprayer and flow-control valve makes using this accessory as easy as 1-2-3 and you've also got the option of attaching a wall mount to hang it or using the holster to attach to the side of your toilet, no screws required for that!

They help keep your diapers cleaner-Essentially the cleaner your diapers are when they go into the washer, the cleaner they'll come out and the easier they'll be to launder.

They help prevent stains from setting in-We all know that sometimes, no matter how often you wash, stains can appear and be a pain to remove. Rinsing your diapers before putting them in your pail will help keep stains from drying and setting in.

Washing your diapers is much easier when you've used a sprayer-Using a sprayer to treat your soiled diapers before placing them in your diaper pail or washing machine reduces the amount of waste that needs to rinse from your diapers before washing. This could reduce the need for additional unnecessary rinse cycles.

Using a sprayer helps reduce the odor-This one's a no-brainer! Compare the odor of soiled diapers with waste still attached, to diapers that have been sprayed/rinsed into the toilet and it's easy to imagine which would smell better. Well maybe "better" isn't the right term, how about smell "less." LOL

Can you cloth diaper successfully without a sprayer? Yes you can. However diaper sprayers make cloth diapering much easier and really help eliminate many of the issues that may arise with regards to laundering you diapers. Not to mention they help cut back on electricity use and unnecessary wear and tear on your diapers and washing machine due to over washing.

Want to know the steps involved in using one from your baby's bum to the washing machine? Come back tomorrow for Diaper Sprayers: Part 2!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Customer Review by Usie, Knickernappies Onesize Diaper w/ LoopyDo Inserts

Usie's Review of the Knickernappies OS w/ LoopyDo Inserts

Purchased at MIVI Baby Shop, Bandung Indonesia

How was the overall review of product, fit, features, ease of use, how you like this product compared to other brands-The diaper is quite big, it prevents leakage, and it can be used longer than others brand and the microfleece inner is so soft. It's safe for my baby's skin.

It's easy to wear on my baby, because of the side snap. The LoopyDo insert, so so highly recommended. My baby is so heavy wetter. I usually put a disposable diaper on him during the night until I found Knickernappies one size with Loopydo insert, my baby could wear it all night long without leak at all. There are some brands from US which when worn by my baby is always leaking, even within 3 hours only during the day.

What's your favorite feature? The big size diaper and loopydo insert. I loooove it! ;D

Would you recommend this product to others? I have a small online baby shop. I sell some local cloth diaper products. But for night time use, mostly I recommend Knickernappies
with LoopyDo
insert to my customers.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Winner of the SuperDo Giveaway is....June F.

Congratulations June F. comment #18! June says she's never been brave enough to try cloth diapering overnight so now, with the help of the SuperDo, we think she'll be ready to take the plunge and cloth diaper with confidence!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Knickernappies Retailer of the Week! Fluff Envy

This week's Featured Retailer is Justine of Fluff Envy! Fluff Envy is an adorable online boutique who's name I think is just great! They located in Elgin, IL. Want to get to know a little more about Justine and her business? Read our interview below.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family-We are a very happy family of 5. My husband Nate and I have been married 7 years this month. We have three beautiful girls - Samantha is 5, Camryn is 2.5 and Alexis is 9 months. I started to cloth diaper Camryn when she was 15 months old (she's been potty trained for about a year now) and Alexis is cloth diapered too.

How'd you get started cloth diapering and what made you decide to open your own business?I had read a lot about cloth diapering online. I never thought that I would cloth diaper because I always pictured burp cloths and pins. But then I saw what cloth diapers looked like today and I was immediately hooked! I started Camryn when she was 15 months old. I was so excited when I was pregnant with Alexis - I was anxious to be able to cloth diaper her! I wanted to start my own business because I saw a need to educate people on cloth diapering. I think if more people knew what it is like to cloth diaper, they would make the switch. A lot of people think prefolds and pins but there are so many more options out there. That's the second reason I wanted to start my own business - there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. I wanted to be able to show people what is out there and help them decide what is best for them.

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry? I absolutely love answering customers questions - whether it's about what diaper to choose, how to care for their diapers or anything in between.


What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why? I love the OS diapers. I had never used any Knickernappies products before and wanted to try one out before stocking them in my store. It was love at first site. I love the side snaps, how trim they are and of course how well they work. These are my go-to nighttime diaper because I know that I can count on them to have no leaks all night long.

Check out this special Discount Code for Knickernappies Blog readers...Save 10% off Knickernappies OS Diapers at Fluff Envy with Coupon Code KND10 at checkout!

Want to try Knickernappies? You should check out Fluff Envy's 21 Day Love Em' or Leave Em' Cloth Diaper Trial Program!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Knickernappies Sighting: Baby-Mel @ The Cloth Diaper Malaysia Blog!

Ever wonder about cloth diapering in other parts of the world? Well you may not know it but cloth diapering is gaining popularity in Malaysia. Malaysian moms are getting just addicted to fluff as we are over here in North America. There's even an Indonesian Distrubutor, Metropolis Baby, who caters to retailers in that region.

Today's Knickernappies Sighting is the Blog ClothDiaperMalaysia.com. Farhana, a cloth advocate who created this Blog to let other moms know about all the cloth diapering options available to them and to provide information and support. She also features cloth diaper retailers just like we do over here at the Knickernappies Blog!

This week Farhana features www.Baby-Mel.com! Baby-Mel is a Knickernappies Retailer and ClothDiaperMalaysia spotlight's Knickernappies diapers in this week's post! So if you're a Malaysian mom, or just curious, head on over to ClothDiaperMalaysia.com and read about Baby-Mel. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you'll see special offers for customers of Baby-Mel like FREE Shipping and more!

Memiliki popok kain sangat senang hari!

 
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