Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Retailer Appreciation Day; Leave your Feedback & Reviews!

Every day should be Retailer Appreciation Day but let's make today super special!  Let this post serve as a reminder to you all how important it is to leave your favorite retailers feedback and reviews.  Remember since most cloth diaper retailers are run by work-at-home-moms, chances are they get notified each time you leave them feedback and let me just tell you....They appreciate it!

Word of mouth is super important in the online retail business and small business owners count on you to spread the word if you liked their customer service, love the products you purchased and want to refer your friends and acquaintances.

Remember there's no act too small.  Everything counts, whether it be a mention on your FaceBook Page or Blog, a nice little tweet on Twitter or a Review on Diaperpin.  Keep in mind also, the importance of leaving a link whenever you can.  A link allows retailers to see that you care and that you've said something nice about them somewhere online.

Interested in leaving reviews?  Most retailers have an account with Diaperpin where you can leave them "official" feedback.  You can leave each store a review each time you shop with them or you can leave a review for each product you purchased.  For detailed instructions on how to leave Diaperpin Reviews click here and read our past blog post about how to leave reviews.

Many retailers also have a Tab on FaceBook titled "Reviews" where you can also leave them feedback.  Make sure you check each retailers Fan Page for more info.  If you don't see anywhere to leave feedback or reviews for a retailer then just ask, I am sure they'll direct you to where they'd like you to leave them comments.

So off you go!  Make someones day today by leaving them Feedback, Comments or Reviews!  I guarantee they'll appreciate it!

Monday, August 30, 2010

An Ode to Leaky Breasts

Previously published article from The Cloth Diaper Outlet Blog

The baby is here
The breasts have grown
Soon the leaking will appear
That much, experience has shown
At first, the breasts will swell
Past the C, past the D, all the way to E
Then you're in nursing bra hell
Engorgement spells misery
When that stage is done
You'll need to have some pads
For now it's time for all the fun
That a leaky breast adds.

Ah, yes, leaking breasts are the hallmark of breastfeeding.  They can be painful, they can be embarrassing, they can even be fun (Mommy, make your boob squirt!).  I can't solve the painful part (grin and bear it, you'll get through!) but I can help with the embarrassing part.

Knickernappies Stay-Dry pads
If you're reading this blog, then you probably already know about cloth diapers.  Cloth nursing pads is an easy switch to make.  Not only are they more comfortable than disposable nursing pads, they can save money too.  One more thing to NOT buy at the store!

Knickernappies Stay-Dry Nursing Pads - these have several nice features.  Against the skin is soft fleece.  It wicks moisture away from the skin, keep you dry and helping to prevent mastitis.  Inside the pad is a layer of hemp, naturally anti-microbial and absorbant.  On the outside is PUL, stopping leaks before they hit your shirt. A great go-to pad for venturing outside the house or for nights.


Moonbeam Wool & Bamboo nursing pads - I love these pads!!  So expensive but so worth every single dime.  I leak a lot and wear pads 24/7, so these have been fabulous.  Bamboo velour against the skin is very soft, though not stay-dry so you'll need to make sure you change pads if they're at all damp.  Inside is absorbant cotton.  On the back is waterproof (but washable!) wool.  These are also leakproof, like the KN pads above, so moisture won't seep through onto your shirt.  The pads we carry at CDO are extra absorbant, which make them awesome for heavy-leakers or for nighttime.  Moonbeam pads conform to the breast so they don't show, even though they're thicker than the other brands.

Knickernappies Hemp Nursing Pads - A great, all-natural pad with no waterproof barrier.  This is a simple pad with three layers of absorbant hemp.  I love these for nights tucked under a waterproof pad for maximum absorbancy and leak protection.  These also form nicely to the breast so they don't show hardly at all under tshirts. 

All three of these brands are made in the USA and all are about 5" in diameter.  All are machine-washable and dryable.

by Heather, Mama to Colby and Camille.  Owner of Knickernappies and Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Twitter Party Prizes & Sponsors have been revealed!

Coming September 2nd is our first ever Knickernappies Twitter Party hosted by The Eco Chic!  Not only will we be having a great time chatting about cloth diapering and Knickernappies products, but there will be a ton of prizes given out at random to those who pre-register/rsvp.

Prize details are as follows...

From Knickernappies:
  • Pre-Registration Prize will be given of 3-Pack of Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diapers w/Inserts.  Winner will be chosen from those who pre-register in advance, prior to the day of the party.
  • Additional Prizes given at random will include (1) Diaper Sprayer, (1) Baltic Amber Teething Necklace or Bracelet, (1) Knickernappies Doorknob Diaper Pail.
  • Grand Prize will be (1) 6-Pack of Knickernappies Onesize Diapers with Inserts!
From our Top 5 Retailer Sponsors:
  • My Baby Pumpkin will be giving away a Knickernappies Onesize Diaper w/ Loopy Do & Hemp Insert.
  • The Nappy Shoppe will be giving away a $25.00 Gift Certificate to their store.
  • Snooty Booty Diapers will be giving away a $25.00 Gift Certificate to their store.
  • Comfy Cozy Diapers will be giving away a $40.00 Gift Certificate to their store.
  • Fluff Envy will be giving away a $30.00 Gift Certificate to their store.
In addition to the "Top 5 Retailer Sponsors" tons of other Knickernappies Retailers are also going to be participating and hosting their own giveaways, sales and more!  You don't want to miss this great party!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is...Tara!

Meet Tara, The Small Town Mom!  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.-
My name is Tara and I live outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I married my best friend in 2008 and gave birth to my daughter in December 2009. I am a SAHM and in my free time I love to sight-see, sew and blog!

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
We received a bunch of bumGenius 3.0's from a friend and it peaked my curiosity so I started using them during the day and then the 'addiction' hit and we made the switch to cloth full-time!

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?
Everyone had a bit of "Are you crazy, you'll never stick with it" type of reaction when I told them, but my mom has been awesome with it and wanted to learn how to change my daughters diaper right away. My Grandma is just blown away by a Snappi! She goes crazy telling all of her friends about this new 'bungee cord' type contraption, and if I'm with her she makes me show them!

What was your very first cloth diaper?
We were very lucky to receive a bunch of brand new bumGenius 3.0's and AIO's from a friend.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?

My stash is primarily pockets, but I pretty much have one of everything in it; AIO's, AI2's, flats, prefolds, covers, and pockets!

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
I would love to try the Knickernappies Onesize diaper. I have never used a diaper with the side snapping feature and I am so interested to see how it works!


Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?
I love talking cloth with my local moms on www.momslikeme.com but I also love talking cloth on my blog http://sewandtellbytara.blogspot.com/

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
A wetbag!! Everyone needs at least one they are so great for traveling with and just storing dirty diapers in at the house.

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?
Take it slow, it is so easy to become overwhelmed by all the information on the internet and from other moms that just trying to digest it all can turn you away. Try using cloth just during the day, or for a little while at night and easy into it. Also don't purchase a bunch of the same diapers all at once. Since each diaper can fit babies differently you never know how it will fit yours.

Thanks so much to Tara for contributing and being our Featured Fluff Addict this week!  If you're interested in becoming our next Featured Fluff Addict please visit our FaceBook Page and in the Discussions Tab you'll find the details.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Do all print diapers leak? The difference between Cotton Laminate and PUL.

I bet you've heard through the grapevine that you should stay away from purchasing print diapers because they leak.  We're going to de-bunk the myth for you and explain the difference between Cotton Laminate diapers and PUL diapers.

The topic of diapering materials, especially if you don't sew or have never attempted to make your own diapers, can be super confusing.

Most diapers, solid colored, are made from what is known as PULPUL is is a polyester/polyurethane knit fabric that is 100% polyester. It is then laminated to make it waterproof/leak-proof and is considered a non-breathable fabric. PUL usually comes in two thicknesses 1mil & 2 mil. While both are waterproof, the 2 mil is sometimes considered more durable, however it is also known to be harder to work with, as far as sewing diapers is concerned, and therefore not all diapers are made from 2mil.

What about print diapers?
Some print diapers are a polyester print that was sent off, usually to the same manufacturers of the solid color PUL, so that they may laminate it, rendering it waterproof, the same as the regular solid colored PUL.

Other print diapers are a cotton print. 100% Cotton prints that are laminated, known as cotton laminate, are not as effective as polyester prints that are laminated. They are known to wick and/or leak more frequently than their polyester friends. However, there are 50% poly 50% cotton knits that are laminated and in most cases to perform just as well as the 100% poly, so it seems that laminated prints should contain at a minimum 50% poly or more in order to be effective at preventing leaks/wicking.

Why do some diaper manufacturers still make diapers out of cotton laminate?
Because there are soooo many cute prints of course! The cuteness factor often reigns supreme in the grand scheme of things. Maybe it's not important to everyone to have all the cutest diapers, but try and convince someone they don't want that uber cute "ooga booga' pocket diaper they saw and you'll be fighting a losing battle.

Ultimately, just because a diaper is made from a cotton knit and not poly simply means that you're sacrificing extended wear and some reliability for the joy of being able to put a cute diaper on your babies bum for friends, for photos, or for comfort. You take the good with the bad, you put the diaper on knowing to check it more frequently, or maybe after a thoroughly soaked diaper change because you know she or he will be able to wear it a little longer.

The verdict:
Check the fabric content for the diapers you buy and keep the above information in mind.  If you have a concern ask your favorite retailer about the materials of the diaper you are interested in and they should be able to tell you what they're made of.

The Cloth Diaper Industry is constantly changing and so are the materials that the diapers are made out of so make sure to ask if you have questions or issues.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cloth Diapering Multiples Part 2: Accessories, necessity or luxury?

Now that you've had time to digest that you're going to have two in diapers and you have either made the switch to cloth or have decided that you are going to use cloth, it's time to talk about all the necessities that you'll need besides just an adequate supply of diapers.  So let's talk about accessories!

What types of accessories are out there and which ones do you need?
There are many many types of cloth diapering accessories and just like any other product on the market there are your basic versions and your designer versions.  With multiples in cloth, let's face it, saving money is one of the top reasons we're doing it.  So chances are you'll be more interested in the economical and affordable accessories.

  • Detergent:  You ARE going to need a cloth diaper safe detergent.  You are going to want to stay away from those fancy "baby" detergents like Dreft that you may have been gifted at your baby shower.  Detergents that are Free & Clear are recommended as well as brands like Country Save, Rockin' Green, Allen's Naturally, Tiny Bubbles and others which specifically state that they are cloth diaper safe.  For super easy laundry routines I suggest you use something that's safe for your diapers and clothing as well so that you don't have to switch back and forth between detergents or worry about residue that could be left in your washer from non-cloth diaper friendly detergents.
  • Liners:  Liners are available in washable stay-dry fleece or even biodegradable options which can be flushed away with the majority of the poop which makes doing diaper laundry a lot easier.  Fleece liners also provide that great stay-dry feeling similar to the inside of pocket diapers, but can be used with fitteds and prefolds as well.  Biodegradable liners usually come in rolls of 100 sheets and can even be cut in half for newborns providing you with 200 uses per roll.
  • Diaper Sprayers: While you can successfully cloth diaper without a sprayer, many who use one swear it is a must-have and that they could not live without theirs.  Sprayers simply make laundry easier by allowing you to take your soiled diaper to the toilet, spray it down until the majority of the poop is washed off and then place it in your diaper pail, wetbag or place directly into the washer.  To read some great info on how to use a cloth diaper sprayer please revisit our past blog posts here Diaper Sprayers Part 1 & Part 2.
  • Fasteners:  Make sure you have EXTRA Snappis and or Diaper Pins on hand.  Chances are you'll be in the midst of a diaper change only to realize you can't find the snappi or pins you need so it helps to always have plenty of backups.  They're inexpensive and I recommend you buy some to keep in the diaper bag, some in your diaper changing area, and maybe even a couple somewhere else in the house so that you know you'll always have plenty when you need them.
  • Inserts:  You are definitely going to need extra inserts.  You can't rely solely on the inserts that come with your diapers.  There will be times when you have to double up on your inserts or times that some may not come as clean as you'd like during the wash and it always helps to have extra on hand so you're not stuck with empty pocket diapers that you can't use.
  • WetBags:  WetBags are both a necessity and a luxury.  While you can simply use a plastic bag, you will benefit by having a wetbag that you can easily open and close.  They're washable and come in many economical versions and of course designer prints if you desire.  If you have to take babies to childcare or to a sitter I recommend a real wetbag because diapers placed in plastic or grocery bags can easily be thrown away and there's nothing worse than finding out that your daycare provider accidentally threw away your favorite pocket diapers.  It does happen, just don't let it happen to you!
  • Pail Liners:  Depending on your laundry routine you can either go with a traditional pail liner that fits inside a kitchen size garbage can or if you're pressed for space, you can go with a DoorKnob Diaper Pail which can easily be hung from the shower curtain rod in your bathroom, on the doorknob or even on the back of the door.  Keep in mind that they do need to be laundered so you'll need to keep at least two, if not more so that you'll never be left without somewhere to store your dirty diapers.
  • Pail Deodorizer:  Pail Powder like Fluff Dust is a great accessory to have.  If you feel your diaper pail isn't smelling so fresh you can sprinkle this great deodorizer into it and help neutralize the odor.  Also works great for other laundry, pet odors, carpets, etc.
  • Cloth Wipes:  Cloth wipes just make sense when you're using cloth diapers.  Imagine you're changing a diaper and have the dirty diapers to store in a wetbag or diaper pail liner and are left with a handful of dirty disposable wipes that you've got to deal with.  With cloth wipes you can simply toss them into the laundry with the diapers.  This is especially convenient when you're out and you may not be near somewhere that you could easily dispose of the disposable wipes.  Remember you usually need to pre-moisten them daily and there's no exact way of knowing how many you need so I recommend keeping at least 1-2 dozen clean ones available for use each day.
  • Cloth Wipe Solutions:  Cloth wipe solutions like Baby Bum Drops are an excellent product made to go hand in hand with cloth wipe use.  They allow you to pre-moisten your wipes, either with a spray bottle at each diaper change or at the beginning of each day.  They are gentle on the babies bum and their natural mild fragrance makes diaper changes more pleasant.
So, that's the rundown on the most common cloth diapering accessories. It's up to you to give them a try and decide which are worth it and which you think are just a luxury.  Cloth diapering can be as simple as you want or as economical.

See something I've missed?  Leave me a comment and I'll add it to my list.

Julie

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    How to use Twitter and participate in a Twitter Chat or Twitter Party!

    Retailer Contributed Article by Growing Green Bums

    Twitter:  How To Guide for Cloth Diaper Chats and Twitter Parties

    Twitter is such a great social networking site! I have been so surprised about the community of natural mamas out there! It is wonderful place and twitter is a great way to connect all of us! Not only can you chat with other natural mamas, but you can chat with other Retailers, Manufacturers, Celebrities, etc. You will also learn about sales and giveaways!!
    TWITTER BASICS: 
    What is Twitter?
    Twitter is a service for friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
    Terminology
    Following: Same idea as adding a “friend” on Facebook, except that if they do not follow you back they will not see your updates.
    Tweets: These will appear in your “timeline” or Twitter Feed. Your tweet has 140 character limit. Here is an example tweet: “Finishing up hanging my #clothdiapers out on the clothesline”.
    Retweet or RT: This is a process in which you repost someone else’s Twitter status on your feed. Here is an example “RT #username “text of the tweet you are reposting”.
    Hashtags: The hash “#” sign is used to mark a word as a keyword. For example adding #clothdiapers hashtag allows others to view your tweet that are following that keyword in case they are not following you!
    @ (Mentions or Replies): The @ sign is used to indate that your are replying to a specific username. For example, if I wanted to ask Tiny Tush a question about their diapers, I would tweet: @TinyTush “text/question”. Remember that @reply is visible to everyone, so if you need to discuss something privately use Direct Message.
    Direct Message (DM): Direct Messages are the twitter equivalent to email. You may only send direct messages to those following you.
    #Clothdiapers Chat
    Every Monday night at 8:00 pm EST a cloth diaper community comes together and chats all about “fluff”. To chat along with the group, it is pretty simple adding a hashtag at the end of your tweet #clothdiapers.
    There are a couple of different ways to join in on the chat, but here is one simple way to chat
    1. Of course, must have a Twitter Account. You can sign up here: http://www.twitter.com/
    2. If you have a twitter account go to http://www.tweetgrid.com/
    3. Once you are at Tweetgird, look at the top of the page and you will find a search button. Please click “search”. Enter in “clothdiapers” (one word)
    4. Enter the hashtag box with #clothdiapers, enter your Twitter Username and Password and click “Tweet”.

    Now you are all set to chat! Tweet Grid is nice beacause it will automatically update. Yes, it gets very busy and it is hard to keep up with the chatter, but you will get the hang of it! This really is a great forum to connect with other cloth diapers families, retailers, and manufacturers. You can ask questions about cloth diaper care, cloth diaper sizing, cloth diaper troubleshooting and so much more!

    What about Twitter Parties?
    You would participate in a Twitter Party the same way that you would participate in a Twitter Chat, so follow the above directions.  What's the difference?  With Twitter Parties there is usually a sponsor and a theme and those who will be participating will be asked to RSVP in advance.  Prizes are usually given out at random and winners are chosen from those who have rsvp'd.

    Did you know Knickernappies is having their first Twitter Party?  It's September 2, 2010 from 9-10pm EST.  The Hashtag is #knickernappies and you can RSVP now at The Eco Chic Blog!

    The majority of this article was contributed by Marissa of Growing Green Bums!  Want to follow her on Twitter?  You can find her at @growinggreenbums!

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    Weekend Knickernappies Sightings

    • WeeLittleChanges is giving away a Knickernappies OS diaper and today is the last day to enter!  Check here for entry rules and guidelines.  Don't miss your chance to win a great diaper!  Also make sure you follow WeeLittleChanges on FaceBook to stay up to date with their sales and announcements.
    • All Natural Baby Center is having a weekend Sale and you can save 10% off Knickernappies and other fine diapering products.  Visit their FaceBook page for more details.
    • Ecobuns is giving away a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper!  Details can be found on their FaceBook Page!
    • Knickernappies were mentioned in a great cloth diapering post over at the Fluff Newbie Blog!  Check it out.
    • Cute Knickernappies Sighting over at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog where Audrey was Augusts Spotlight MOM and mentioned that one of her favorite brands is Knickernappies!  She also shared the most adorable photo of her daughter modeling a pink Onesize!
    • The Cloth Diaper Report posted a great review of the Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diaper and they're also doing a giveaway of a 2G Pocket, ends 08-31-10.  Visit the Cloth Diaper Report Blog for more details.

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Knickernappies Twitter Party COMING SOON! RSVP today!

    We are super excited to announce that Knickernappies will be having it's first ever Twitter Party!  What is a Twitter Party?  Well it's a designated time that we all meet on Twitter via TweetGrid or TweetDeck, use the same #hashtag and chat about whatever we want!  This party will of course include talk about cloth diapering and Knickernappies products and will involve many of our retailers so there are bound to be tons of great deals and promotions announced during the party.

    Date:  Thursday September 2, 2010
    Time:  9:00-10:00pm Eastern
    Hashtag:  #knickernappies
    Visit the EcoChic Blog for more details.

    There will also be tons of prizes given out at random to those who RSVP'd and who also participate in the party.  Our pre-registration prize is a 3-pack of Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diapers with Inserts so make sure you register asap in order to be eligible to win.  In addition to the pre-registration prize there will
    be (5) Retailer Sponsored prizes as well as other great Knickernappies prizes available which are yet to be determined.

    Where do you R.S.V.P.?  Head on over to the EcoChic Blog and register via our Official RSVP Page!  Want to help spread the word?  Use any of our Twitter Party graphics and post them on your blogs or facebook page and link to our RSVP page!

    Have questions?  Feel free to leave comments.  Coming next week we'll have posts on how to use Twitter and how exactly to participate in a Twitter Party.

    Click HERE to RSVP.

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Today's Featured Fluff Addict is...Megan of Newly Wed,Newly Bred!

    Time to feature yet another fellow cloth diaper addict!  We're really enjoying reading each new story.  You'd think that there are only so many ways to answer our interview questions but each week I am surprised and amazed at the differences from mom to mom.  Each has their own unique experiences, preferred methods, tips, tricks and stories to tell.

    This week's Featured Fluff Addict is Megan of Newly Wed, Newly Bred!  Read her interview below and find out more about her.


    Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-  I'm Megan, wife to Tom and Mommy to Carson, who is rapidly closing in on 2 years old! He is our only kiddo, so he was our guinea pig as far as cloth diapering has gone. We are in Omaha, Nebraska. You know, somewhere in the middle of America. In a corn field. I am a SAHM and a Mommy blogger, and love my life!

    What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?  Money!! I like having it, and I love spending it. But not so much on stuff for my kiddo to poop in, and then throw away. And of course as a first time Mom, i bought Pampers. Those suckers are $40 a box! It was insanity. And being a SAHM, we have a limited budget, so we decided (and by "we", I mean, I decided, and told the hubs to deal!) to give cloth a whirl.

    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 family has really been supportive. My Mom used prefolds with me, so it wasn't much of a big deal to her. Friends reactions have been mixed. Some think we are insane, but I can happily say that I have managed to convince MANY friends to switch to cloth! Since switching, I have also taught several local cloth diapering classes, and have really enjoyed it!

    What was your very first cloth diaper?
      Our first purchase were a lot of Kissaluv fitteds and Prorap AIOs all in size newborn. Then baby ginormo came along, tipping the scales at 11 pounds 3 ounces and didn't fit into a single blasted diaper! I sold them all off, and our next purchase that we actually USED was a half dozen prefolds and Thristies cover in melon. We quickly realized that prefolds are not for us, and continued our cloth journey!

    What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc?  Our stash is huge and varied. We have fitteds, pockets, AIOs and AI2s. I love fitteds and pockets the most. We use fitteds at home and pockets out and about.

    What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  I love my OS Knickernappies in chocolate with loopydo inserts. They are SO absorbent, it's crazy! They also have a very generous fit, which I love. Many OS diapers got too small for Carson, since he is so big, but Knickernappies have tons of room left!

    Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc?
      I have a blog that I often do cloth diaper reviews on. www.newlywednewlybred.com. I also frequent the BabyCenter Community Cloth Diaper and Cloth Diaper Swap boards!

    What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?  Wool! I love using wool shorties and longies over our fitteds. They are SO cute, breathable and pretty darn bulletproof, too! We have a lot of Monkeysnuggles wool, and really love it. Renee is SO nice to work with and does outstanding work on all her products.


    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?  DON'T buy an entire stash of just one type of diaper! Every diaper fits differently on different body types, and your ideal diaper may not end up working for you. I always suggest trying several brands and types before committing to one thing!

    *A BIG Thank You to Megan for sharing!  Please stop by her Blog and say hello!  If you're interested in being one of our Featured Fluff Addicts please visit our FaceBook Fan Page and check out the Discussions Tab for more details.

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    Thinking of traveling with cloth? Read these great tips.

    Reader Contributed Article

    There's still a little bit of summer left, and if you're considering traveling with your cloth diapers, I have a few tips for you.  I flew from Virginia to Washington state for a two week vacation with my husband, baby, and stash of cloth diapers to visit family and friends. (Disclaimer: at the time my baby was not on solid foods, this simplified the whole trip, tune in next summer for diapering a toddler on vacation!).  Here are a few of my lessons learned:
    • Bring as many diapers as will fit in your suitcase.  I thought fifteen would be a good number, but wish I had brought more like twenty.  We took several day trips and it would have made it a little easier to plan diaper washing around when we were home instead of the other way around.
    • Pack as many diapers into your carry-on as possible.  We ended up missing a flight and staying overnight, and were glad we had more than the four diapers I had packed for the flight alone.
    • Diaper your baby in an overnight diaper while you're on the airplane, ever tried to change a baby in an airplane restroom?  Me either, I ended up having to do it on my lap!
    • When you're going to be in the car for a long time, especially in the heat, put cloth diaper safe cream on before you start the trip, not after your baby gets a heat rash.
    • Bring enough laundry soap for everyone to use yours while you use their machine, otherwise you risk additional build-up.
    • Bring whatever diapers are easiest for you, but also consider bringing diapers that are easy for grandparents/friends to change (such as pocket diapers or AIOs) , in the event someone else is going to change your baby.
    • Get a couple medium sized zipping wet bags, this way you can carry a couple dirty diapers in your diaper bag, but also leave some in the car/room if you return to it, you're not confined to a single location for dirty diapers while you're away.
    Other than a few mishaps, our cloth diapering vacation was hassle free.   So, don't let your cloth diapers hold you back, or think you need to switch to disposables (I even brought a few with me, just in case, but never used them).  Happy traveling!


     Jennie is mommy to 6-month-old Silas. She's been cloth diapering since he was a month old, and loves it.  When Silas gives her a chance, she devotes her spare time to the Etsy shop she runs with her mom.  Feel free to stop by their blog, Clover & Violet :: Our Blissful Lives, for cloth diaper tips, sewing stories, tutorials, recipes, and more.

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    Cloth Diapers in the news! Have you read 'The Cloth Evolution'?

    I guess it's safe to say cloth diapering is making a comeback when mainstream news outlets begin featuring cloth in their publications.  Back in 2009 Elizabeth Diffen wrote a great article for Medill Reports, Chicago.  Her article titled The Cloth Evolution:  Today's cloth diapers aren't old-fashioned and they have perks all their own, is a great piece.

    Elizabeth discusses how diapering has changed from the traditional cloth diapers our mothers and grandmothers used, to the invention of disposables in the 1950's, and now how cloth diapering is making a comeback thanks to some very innovative and stylish new designs.

    She also points out how cloth diapering is not just for crunchy hippie moms these days, there's no specific demographic for it, and families are switching to cloth from disposables for a variety of reasons not just because of the desire to "go green."

    This is really a great little article and I suggest you read it, bookmark it and add it to your list of cloth diapering resources just like we have.  It gets an A++ in our book!

    Click here to read the article in it's entirety http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=127839.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Knickernappies Sightings on the web! Giveaways, Sales & more!

    Time for some recent Knickernappies Sightings!

    Knickernappies retailer Fluff Envy of Elgin, IL is giving away a Knickernappies diaper when they reach 1500 FaceBook Fans!  Head on over to their FaceBook page and check them out, tell them the Knickernappies Blog sent ya!

    Don't forget that FluffEnvy also offer Cloth Diaper 101 Courses, Personal Demonstrations/Consultations and they have a local showroom!
    All Natural Baby Center has re-stocked their Knickernappies!  Make sure you head over there and see what they've got to offer.  Also, visit their FaceBook Fan Page and read about the details of their DIRTY LAUNDRY Sale which includes Wool Dryer Balls, Rockin Green Soap and more!

    Comfy Cozy Diapers, also a Knickernappies retailer is now offering a Military Discount!  Details can be found on their FaceBook Page!  While you're there make sure you check out their events tab as well as sign up for their Newsletter!

    Great Product Review of the http://www.diaperjunction.com/knickernappies-one-size-pocket-diapers.htmlKnickernappies Onesize Diaper over at the DiaperJunction website! Scroll down below the product listing and read the superb feedback.

    Don't forget to take advantage of Diaper Junction's Sale, FREE Shipping on orders over $49.00!!

    Want to know about more sales and announcements?  Make sure you view our FaceBook Fan Page and read our Wall posts by retailers!  There are always a ton of great deals to be had!

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is....Mary Katherine!



    Happy Friday everyone! Today's Featured Fluff Addict is Mary Katherine!  She is a fully addicted cloth diapering mama of two.


    What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
    I decided to give cloth diapering a try when my oldest LO was potty training and only going through one pullup at night and one pullup at nap time. My thought was, "hey, I can do this with my yougest and only go
    through 4 disposable diapers a day." Two in diapers is expensive!!! This started my addiction. I went and bought some cloth diapers at a local store. I totally feel in love with how cute they looked and how soft they were. I bought 5 to start with so that I wasn't committing but by the time I took the first diaper off and my baby's bottom was dry and the part of the diaper that was against her skin was dry as well I knew I was sold! I went and bought more the very next day!

    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? Some people were very skeptical of it and some really supported me  but were kind of weary of it. They thought we were talking diaper pins and rubber pants. Once they saw the new diapers they were amazed at how easy it was.

    What was your very first cloth diaper? My very first cloth diaper was a BumGenius.

    What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc? My diaper stash is primarily one size pockets.

    What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? My favorite Knickernappies product is the Knickernappies one size diaper with loopy do! I have one in chocolate that is to die for! To be honest it is my favorite diaper out there and, I hate that I did not try Knickernappies earlier!

    Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc? Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog and Facebook and Diaper Shops on Facebook

    What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? I would say my favorite accessory is a wetbag. It is a must have when you are out and about.

    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?  Build slow you don't have to quit using disposables cold turkey. You can significantly cut your use by just having 6 or 7 diapers.

    Thank you to Mary Katherine for being featured and sharing her cloth diapering tips with us.

    *If you are interested in being a Featured Fluff Addict please visit our FaceBook Page Discussions Tab for more info.

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Cloth Diapering Multiples? I switched and so can you! (Part 1)

    Cloth diapering multiples has it's benefits and it's drawbacks. Let me begin by saying that even if you don't have a set of multiples born at the same age like twins, triplets, etc. the term multiples in cloth still applies when you have more than one child in your household in diapers.

    To many, especially those who have never cloth diapered before, the thought of not only using cloth but having more than one child in cloth can seem like an insurmountable task.

    I can speak from personal experience.  When we found out we were expecting twins we were overwhelmed with the long list of all the things we'd need doubles of.  Two bouncy seats, two baby carriers, a double stoller, two carseats, two highchairs, twice as many clothes and the list went on.  On top of all that we were going to need DOUBLE your normal amount of diapers!

    I think that friends, family, and co-workers realized this need, especially the need for diapers and before the twins were even born we had been gifted tons and tons of disposable diapers.  We hadn't even really had a chance to imagine the cost involved in diapering multiples and our new disposable diaper supply ended up being enough to last us through about 4 months of age.

    At this point my husband and I were realizing that we were going to have to add diapers to our weekly budget and when I informed him how much we could expect to start spending it was really eye opening.  I had already been exposed to modern cloth diapers on my 'moms of multiples' message board and knew that pocket diapers existed.  I hadn't done a whole lot of research but one of the moms from the forums offered to sell me some gently used onesize pocket diapers and inserts.  I was excited to get them and my husband was excited that we'd never have to buy disposables.

    What happened from there?  I quickly became addicted.  I was using all six of my cloth diapers, washing them and using them over, washing again, and using again and again.  It took about two days to realize that diapering twins with six cloth diapers meant that I would have to be washing them as soon as I took them off in order to have them ready when the others became dirty.  Washing such small loads 3-4 times a day was not cost or energy efficient at all.  So little by little I added to our stash until we were in cloth full-time.


    What do you need?
    It's true that having more than one child in cloth means you'll need more diapers and will have more laundry to do.  These two factors you really can't do anything about.  What you can do is make it easier on yourself by purchasing easy to use and easy to launder diapering systems.

    For small babies and/or newborns-  I recommend using prefolds and covers while at home and having convenient to use pocket diapers for use overnight, during nap-time or while you're out running errands.  If you have two different age/size children in cloth then you can use onesize pocket diapers that both children can share.

    Prefolds are easy to launder and since you don't always have to change the cover this means you'll have less diaper laundry to do.  Prefolds also dry easily outside and are very durable.

    For larger babies and toddlers-As you know little ones gain better control over their bowels as they grow and this results in less frequent diaper changes but the need for more absorbency.  They'll be pooping and peeing in mass quantities compared to the tiny squirts here and there during the newborn stage.

    Diapering during this time will be when you need to decide if the more economical method of using prefolds is the method you want to stick with or if you want to add more pocket diapers to your stash because they can hold more and contain larger messes.  Keep in mind that prefolds need to be changed a whole lot more frequently than their super absorbent pocket diaper buddies.

    Pocket diapers can be customized to suit your needs by stuffing different types of absorbent inserts in them. There are Microfiber, Hemp and Loopy-Do's for regular use and Super-Do's which are extra thick and absorbent and work great for overnight and heavy wetters.

    How many do I need?
    If you have newborn twins in cloth I recommend you have 3-4 dozen prefolds,  at least 8 covers and 12 pocket diapers.  This amount, in my opinion would safely cover you for 2 days before you'd need to do laundry.  As the twins get older I recommend adding pocket diapers to your stash as needed and if convenience is a major factor and you decide to use pocket diapers full time for the duration of their diapering years then I suggest you keep at least 2-3 dozen pocket diapers in rotation.  The more you have the less each diaper will get used and you will experience less wear and tear.

    If you have children of different ages in cloth you'd need prefolds for each size and you can purchase duo size or onesize diaper covers that can be shared.  Take into consideration the quantities I recommend in the paragraph above and adapt them to suit your needs.  Most mamas with different size children in cloth opt to use onesize pockets as opposed to sized pockets because they won't need to invest in as many diapers and it makes things a little less complicated.

    I also recommend you invest in a variety of extra inserts and doublers.  This way you'll have enough to add to your diapers to make them more absorbent without running out of inserts for use in your other diapers.  I suggest at least an extra dozen inserts in a variety of thicknesses and styles.  

    Remember this is Part 1 of our Cloth Diapering Multiples series.  Stay tuned for Part 2 which will give you some tips and tricks for laundering and what accessories you'll need the most.

    Julie

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Knickernappies: The Importance of producing American Made Products and the benefits.

    Lately in the cloth diaper industry it's become less clear which products are made in the USA and which are not.  Some manufacturers clearly state that they are and some don't state anything at all leaving consumers to do their research and investigate on their own.

    While it's a known fact that foreign outsourced products can be manufactured and obtained at a cheaper cost and sold at a cheaper retail price point, what exactly are consumers sacrificing in order to save a couple bucks and is it really worth it?

    Buying American made products is important for a variety of reasons including
    • Quality workmanship and materials
    • Safety regulations and product inspection
    • Fair labor laws and wages guaranteeing that your products are not being made by a child and that workers are being adequately compensated for their time
    • Proper work conditions for employees
    • Environmental standards prohibiting factories from careless and dangerously exposing workers and surrounding areas to unnecessary and unregulated pollution
    Is buying American made products important to you?  Knickernappies is committed to providing it's retailers and customers with quality American made products and I had a chance to talk to Heather, the owner of Knickernappies about why it's so important to them and what the future might hold for the Knickernappies brand.  Below are her responses to some of my questions.


    Have Knickernappies products always been made in the USA? Our products have always been made in the US, with the exception of our new Baltic amber teething necklaces which are made in Lithuania where the Baltic amber is collected.  However our sewn products (diapers, inserts, nursing pads, etc) have always been made in the US.  This includes all of our inserts, which most other diaper manufacturers make overseas.  But since we are so committed to US-only production 100% of our inserts are made here in Oregon along with our diapers and other products.

    Why is it so important to you that your products are USA made and remain USA made?  The number one reason we want our products made entirely in the US comes down to relationships.  We have a close relationship with our sew shop and we know each person who sews our diapers by name.  In good conscience, I simply can't do anything to jeopardize their jobs.  Once, we ran out of thread and production stopped.  Three ladies were working that week.  All three were sent home.  They all three in turn had to send home their babysitters.  Altogether, there were 6 people who didn't get paid that week because we ran out of thread.  That made it very personal to me to make sure those ladies always have jobs.  Not only do I make sure that our production stays in the US, but now I make double sure we have plenty of thread! 

    Additionally, it's very important for me to have a direct influence on quality.  If a shipment of fabric looks funny, or the elastic isn't quite right, I can be at our sew shop in 10 minutes, inspecting things personally before anything is sewn.  I couldn't possibly do that if our products were made overseas, or even out of state.

    Where are the products made (city/state) and by whom? All of our sewn products are made right here in Springfield, Oregon, near where we live.  Terry and Julie own the shop and do most of the sewing.  They also have several ladies who sew for them and work exclusively on our products.  Cutting, sewing, and snapping are all done on-site.  It's a very clean shop, with lots of windows and flowering plants.  It's an enjoyable place to be and we actually spend a lot of time there.  Even our daughter enjoys visiting (though that might have something to do with the candy bowl on the counter!).

    What does the future hold?  Do you ever see Knickernappies wanting to move manufacturing outside the USA or is this something that you will not seek?  At this time, we have no plans whatsoever to produce sewn products overseas.  We did just add Baltic Amber teething necklaces that are made in Lithuania, but since that's also where the amber itself is found, it makes sense to have the necklaces made in the same country.  Plus, Lithuanian artisans are the best in the world for cutting and polishing amber and creating necklaces.

    How important is it to you that you buy American made products?  Only when it's convenient or is it something that you make a priority?  What are the main reasons you buy American made?  We'd love to read your comments!

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    This week's Featured Fluff Addict is.....Victoria!

    Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-
    I am an elementary school librarian and I live in Olyphant, PA with my husband who is an auctioneer (be on
    the look out in early 2011 for a show about his family's auction business on National Geographic!). We just had our first baby on April 30th, and have been cloth diapering him since July 7th. We also have found a
    cloth diaper friendly day care near my school so we're excited to be able to cloth diaper my son once I go back to work at the end of August!

    What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?

    While I was pregnant I had entertained the idea of cloth diapering when our baby got here, but the only diapers I really knew about were the Gerber diapers and the vinyl pants. I also got shot down by a lot of people when I said I was thinking of cloth diapers, and because of this we decided against cloth diapering. Once my son got here 4 week early and I saw how many diapers we went through a day (we we're using the preemie sensitive ones, and they were EXPENSIVE!), I started thinking about cloth diapering again, but it wasn't until I had gone to the store and I picked up some Gerber cloth diapers to use as burp cloths that I really seriously considered cloth diapering. As I got to researching I stumbled into the wonderful world of modern cloth diapering, and while super overwhelming at first, I quickly learned all the different terms and types of diapers out there. I immediately decided that we were going to cloth diaper our son (without telling my husband...whoops!), I went with one size pocket diapers and we haven't looked back since!

    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?
    When we would first tell people we were going to start cloth diapering our son, people were really put off by it and told us how gross it was going to be, and how smelly it was and the rashes, etc. But once I was able to explain how the pocket diapers worked and later actually show them how they worked. We got a lot of positive feedback from family and friends. I've actually converted an acquaintance to cloth diapers and I have a few family members who are seriously considering it when they have their own little ones! And once we explain how they work, we've gotten a lot of support from everyone, we still get a few "eww! that's gross" responses from a few people, but a lot of people are completely intrigued by them. We even have full support from our day care!

    What was your very first cloth diaper?
    The very first cloth diaper I purchased was a FuzziBunz One Size, but this was quickly followed by a whirlwind shopping spree of BumGenius diapers, Rumparooz, and Knickernappies, along with other diapers that I only bought one or 2 of to try.

    What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
    Our stash completely consists of one size pocket diapers! We love how easy they are!

    What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
    I absolutely LOVE Knickernappies LoopyDo's and SuperDo's! They are the best inserts ever, especially at night with my little guy who is a super soaker!

    Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?

    I am frequently on diaperswappers, facebook, and twitter with a ton of different diaper groups and manufacturers! I love being able to connect with people all over to talk about some of my favorite products and get feedback or suggestions for any problems we might be having! I also hang out at my new blog Fluff Newbie !

    What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?

    Definitely a diaper sprayer, flushable liners, and a couple hanging diaper pails! I don't think I could survive without these items! Especially the sprayer and the liners- my little guy is formula fed (he's allergic to my milk) and the liners and sprayer really help to get the mess out of his diapers!

    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?
    Don't commit right off the bat to one type of diaper for your stash, my first order was 15 FuzziBunz and while they are great, the adjustments are a bit work intense, I should have really bought 1 or 2 of each diaper I was interested in and then built my stash from there. I need to add one other tip, coming from someone who is only a month into cloth diapering, ask for help whenever and wherever you can, and research as much as possible! Forums like diaperswappers, store websites, and manufacturer websites are a HUGE help when deciding on diapers! I research for about 3 days, and I have to say that it's not enough! The cloth diapering community is extremely helpful and welcoming and I should have utilized this first instead of utilizing it after I started!





    Victoria is a new mom who loves cloth diapering her son.  You can read more about her, her family and adventures in cloth daipering at her Blog Fluff Newbie!  You can also Follow her on Twitter at @fluffnewbie.

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    Saturday, August 7, 2010

    Knickernappies Introduces Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces & Bracelets!

     Knickernappies is pleased to introduce genuine Baltic Amber teething necklaces and bracelets!

    • Designed for wearing by either boys or girls; may coordinate with either necklace or bracelet and wear as a set.   
    • A completely natural, drug-free way to relieve the symptoms of teething in babies and toddlers.  
    • Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone. It is therefore warm to the touch, and light to wear.  
    • When amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases miniscule amounts of healing oils from the amber which are then absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream.  
    • Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties have long been appreciated by parents in Europe. 
    *All of our Baltic Amber teething bracelets feature rounded beads for your babies maximum comfort. 

    Baltic Amber baby teething bracelets and necklaces provide natural pain relief for babies, toddlers, and children. They are not designed for chewing with teeth, parent supervision is recommended at all times when baby is wearing bracelet. Amber is associated with sunlight and warmth and reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds and is thus the perfect help for babies and toddlers who wear it when they are teething.

    Wear two for more complete pain relief.  Can be worn on the ankle also, though pain relief effect is best when worn close to the source of pain.

    Only natural 100% authentic Baltic amber is used to make our teething bracelets.  Beads will vary in color, shape, and size since they are natural resins.

    Beads are small enough to not pose a choking hazard and each one is knotted individually for safety. 
    Bracelets are approximately 5" long.
    Necklaces are approximately 13" long.
    Made in Lithuania where the Baltic Amber is collected.

    Visit one of our fine retailers to purchase your Knickernappies Baltic Amber jewelry today!
    Congratulations, you've found it!  Please click on the image below!  Don't forget to Follow us on FaceBook where you'll find lots of Giveaway Announcements, Sales & other Promotions!  Happy Hunting!

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    The Cloth Diaper Foundation is in desperate need of help!

    Remember The Cloth Diaper Foundation, formerly known as Miracle Diapers?  Well they are in desperate need of help from the cloth diapering community.

    Due to a serious lack of funding The Cloth Diaper Foundation has recently been considering the possibility that they might have to close their doors indefinitely.  As with most non-profits, The Cloth Diaper Foundation relies on donations of diapers and monetary help in order to stay in business.  They need approximately $300.00 coming in per month in order to stay open.  They have currently been averaging less than $20.00 per month.

    This is very sad, TCDF has come a long way and helped many many moms and families over the years and now it's our turn to help them.

    What can you do to help?

    • Donate!  Donate any amount, even as little as $1.00 by clicking HERE and following the instructions on how to send a gift through paypal.  Your donations help keep TCDF running and help families in need get the cloth diaper loans they apply for.
    • Have a fundraiser!  You could host an auction, designate an item/items to sell and give the proceeds to TCDF.  Have a local yardsale, car wash, bake sale, sell stuff on Craigslist and more!
    • Donate diapers.  Visit TCDF, view their Drop-off Locations and find one near you.  Contact the location and make arrangements to get them your diapers.  They'll take care of shipping the diapers for you in the most economical manner possible. 
    • Buy from TCDF!  Did you know that they have a store?  Spend your money wisely and shop with them, your funds will be going to a good cause and you'll also be getting your shopping fix!  Click HERE to shop in the TCDF store.
    • Become a Sponsor or Member!  TCDF Family Memberships are only $15.00 and Business Memberships start at just $50.00!  Get free advertising and support a good cause.
    Aside from these great ways you can help out, visit The Cloth Diaper Foundation Facebook Page and view their Wall.  Make sure you're viewing all the posts from TCDF and others so that you can see all the posts with tons of other great ways you can help.  Many retailers and friends of TCDF are having giveaways, auctions and more!

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Starting with cloth diapers part-time; The benefits of starting out small.

    Reader Contributed Article 
     
    Giving Cloth a Try 

     
    I was pregnant with my third child when I broached the topic of cloth diapering with my husband. My husband was reluctant but willing to give it a try. We started with seven diapers and only used cloth part-time, a wonderful decision for our family. If you are interested in cloth but a little overwhelmed by the options, worried about the responses of family or friends, or convinced the babysitter would never agree, read on for some of the benefits of starting small.


    Cloth diapering part-time allows a family to investigate cloth without making a huge investment. Many cloth diaper stores have developed packages or samplers that provide a few different kinds of diapers. One or two packages would provide a day’s worth of diapers and the opportunity to find the right diaper for your family. Or find a friend who is already using cloth and ask to borrow a few different types of diapers.

    You won’t feel the pressure to wash your small stash diapers every single day (unless you want to!) if you have only committed to cloth diapering part-time. You’ll be able to enjoy your cloth diapers without overwhelming yourself with the investment of daily washing.
    We’ve been using cloth diapers for over two years now and my mom still isn’t excited about changing a cloth diaper. She’s much more comfortable using disposables. When she visits after the birth of our fourth child, we’ll have a few packages of disposables on hand for her. As much as I love cloth myself, I love a grandmother who changes diapers even more. By cloth diapering part-time, you can use the cloth diapers yourself without overwhelming grandparents or other caregivers.

    Perhaps you know your family will never use cloth diapers full-time. For many years, our first two children attended a day care two days a week. My husband and I weren’t interested in converting the teachers to cloth diapers. Personally, we were happy to cloth diaper at home and send disposables to the day care. (You can find resources online for working with day cares if you are interested in working with them on cloth diapering your children.  Try the RDIA's DayCare Directoy)
     
    There are probably as many reasons to cloth diaper as there are families that do. Our own reasons are mainly focused on cost-savings, lessening our impact on the environment and avoiding unnecessary exposure to chemicals. Cloth-diapering part-time still allowed us to reap these benefits.

    Even compared with a bargain price of $0.14 per diaper for disposables, a premium one-size diaper could still recoup its cost within a few months. Every time we used a cloth diaper instead of a disposable, we were sending less to the landfill and decreasing the impact from the manufacture and shipping of a disposable diaper. While I haven’t read anything that completely convinces me that disposable diapers leach chemicals into my baby, or if those chemicals are at levels I should consider dangerous, I do know that every time I used cloth, I didn’t have to worry about it at all.

    If I’ve convinced you to give cloth-diapering a try part-time, plan to purchase at least six or eight diapers so washing a load of diapers doesn’t seem like a waste of time or energy. Also be aware that diapers will need to be washed about every other day even if you haven’t used them all to avoid stains and unpleasant smells. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to try different kinds of diapers, too. There’s no better way to find the perfect diaper for your child or your family than trying a number of different cloth-diapering approaches.

    One warning, though, if you decide to try cloth diapering part-time, don’t be surprised to discover you love it! We almost always have some disposable diapers floating around for various reasons (like grandma’s preference for disposables when the littlest one is born), but over the past two years we’ve invested in enough diapers to cloth diaper full-time. Now I have to restrain myself from buying even more than we need!

     Kansas Mom lives on seven acres (and a bit) with Kansas Dad, her four children, a dog, two flocks of chickens and a slew of unwelcome bunnies. They spend their days reading, homeschooling and gardening. They've been cloth diapering since 2008. You can read about their adventures on their blog, Our Home on the Range. Yes, they do live in Kansas!

    **Are you interested in contributing an article and getting published on the Knickernappies Blog?  Send an email to marketing@knickernappies.com for more info.

     
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