Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do you have a Knickernappies Retailer near you? Fill your diaper bag locally.


Chances are that some of you may have a Knickernappies retailer near you and you may not even know it!  Retailers are being added to the Knickernappies lineup all the time so it's always a good idea to check our Retailer Locator from time to time.

What are the benefits of finding a cloth diaper retailer near you?
  • Local Pickup or Delivery-Local pickup and/or delivery may be available if you're within driving distance of a retailer.  But what if they don't have a physical store?  Don't worry, many retailers are still very available for local orders and will even meet with you to get you your order.
  • Cloth Diaper Demos & Classes-Once you locate a retailer near you check with them to see what sort of cloth diapering education they offer.  I bet you they offer free demos and most will even come to your Moms Group or Baby Shower and provide a little 'Cloth Diapering 101' class.
  • Cloth Diaper Parties-How a Cloth Diaper Party is run is up to each individual retailer so you should contact your local retailer and ask what they have to offer.  Generally Cloth Diaper Parties are a cross between a Demo and a Sale and there may even be prizes or discounts involved for the hostess and guests.
  • Hands on shopping experience-Whether or not you have an actual store to visit, meeting with your local retailer either at their store, your house, or a park, means that you can touch and feel the diapers in person and compare them, try them on your baby, and see how they all work and function.  This is especially valuable if you are new to cloth and are having a hard time imagining just how convenient cloth can be.
So, do you have a Knickernappies Retailer near you?  Check out Retailer Locator and post a comment with your findings.  Have a retailer near you but they don't carry Knickernappies?  Let them know you're a fan and you never know, they may just become a retailer of ours in the near future!

Once you locate your closest retailers make sure to follow them on FaceBook so that you can stay up to date with all their events and specials.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Cloth Wipes Tutorial "How to fold cloth wipes for a "pop-up" effect! and other great videos from Youtube!

If you haven't searched Youtube for cloth diaper resources you're really missing out!  From diaper reviews to tutorials, Youtube's got it all.  One of the best channels out there for cloth diapering is Dirty Diaper Laundry's Channel.

Thinking about using cloth wipes but worry that they won't be as convenient as disposables?  Watch Kim's awesome tutorial on how to fold cloth wipes for use in a pop up wipes container!  She makes this look so easy you'll wonder why you never thought of it.


Having a problem with your aplix diapers and their velcro tabs?  In this great demo Kim shows you how to clean your aplix tabs and make them function properly.



Use wool diaper covers? Need help learning how to lanolize them? Watch this tutorial and check out how easy caring for wool can really be.




These are just a few of the great video resources that can be found on Youtube! Do you have a favorite or youtube channel you'd like to share? Leave a comment and let us know!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Update on Colby, Knickernappies tiniest employee! Plus some fun behind the scenes interview questions.

Time for an update!  It's been nearly 4 months since Heather and Shannon, the owners of Knickernappies, welcomed their new little man Colby into the family.  Inquiring minds want to know...Does he wear Knickernappies?   How has his arrival changed the way Knickernappies runs?  Plus some other fun questions.  Read my interview with Heather below.


What's the little guy up to?  Colby is growing like crazy!  He's such a little butterball right now, all short and pudgy.  He's working on rolling over though he hasn't done it yet.  He's slept through the night once (hooray!) but otherwise he gets up once most nights.  He smiles and he giggles, especially when mommy makes funny noises at him.  We do naps and nursing on-demand, but he's starting to work into his own routine.  Most days, he's a pretty good napper, thank goodness!

His stats, 16 weeks old, 15lbs 8oz., currently wearing a size Medium diaper!
 
Since having a newborn/tiny babe in cloth, Do you find yourself reaching for one style of diaper over another? Pocket diapers are what we use the most of, but surprisingly I found myself loving All-in-one diapers.  Even more surprising is that my husband really likes fitteds & covers.  Out of the 30 or so diapers we have right now, about 20 are pockets.  Five are AIO and five are fitteds.  And I use the AIOs first!

Do you prefer sized, One-sized, Prefolds? We really prefer the sized diapers.  They give such a good fit with no fuss.  We do have a lot of OneSize diapers, both Knickernappies and a variety of other brands.  But the sized diapers are definitely our favorites.

Encountered any difficulties with regards to cloth diapering so far?
  Not really.  We've had our share of leaks from a variety of brands (we've been sampling over 45 brands/types of diapers), but now that he's a little older, we're narrowing our stash down to the ones we like the best.  Thank goodness Knickernappies is still one of our favorites!  I try to be really unbiased when choosing our son's diapers, but our Knickernappies have been leak-free most of the time.  We did learn to twist the flaps upward so that pee doesn't get onto them, but otherwise we're very happy with our Knickernappies diapers in both the One Size and the 2G sized.

What's your favorite detergent and why?  We use Country Save.  It rinses clean and works well for our water type.  We used Country Save when our daughter was in diapers, too.  If not Country Save, then we use Tide.

What's your washing routine like?  Do you use a wet pail, dry pail, doorknob pail?  We use the dry pail method and wash every other day or sometimes every third day.  I run a cold water rinse first, then a hot water wash.  I use a full scoop of Country Save in my top-loading machine.  My machine can automatically run a second rinse after the wash cycle and I usually do that.

Must have cloth diapering accessory?
  Wet bags!!  I have two for my diaper bag, plus assorted others that we use for different things at different times.  I never get rid of wet bags because they're so handy for so many things.  Swim suits, potty training accidents, sandy shoes from the park, you name it.  When my daughter has a cold, she prefers a cold wet cloth wipe, so then I give her a small wet bag to carry her wipes around.

Being in the midst of cloth diapering, what would be one of your best pieces of advice for a new mom or expecting mom, who plans on cloth diapering?  Give it time and make it easy on yourself.  That's two pieces of advice, but they're both so true!  If a diaper leaks, don't panic, just give it another try.  That first couple of weeks when you're first using cloth can be challenging, especially if you're switching from disposable the way we did when our daughter was a baby.  There's a learning curve to everything, including diapers.  After that first couple of weeks, everything seems to click into place.  And make it easy on yourself...don't over-complicate the wash routine or build your stash from 40 different brands.  Choose a few diapers that you really love and build your stash around them.  If they all take all the same size inserts, all the better!


Has adding another baby to the family changed the way you run your businesses?  Oh gosh, yes.  Re-prioritizing happened pretty fast.  It's very hard to talk on the phone and hold a squalling infant at the same time.  I can work at my desk and nurse him simultaneously, but that's about it.  Otherwise, I have to stop what I'm doing and tend to him.  And we do delegate more jobs out.  I have an assistant that comes every Tuesday to help out and Grandma takes our 5 year old one day a week (and sometimes two!).  Our 5 year old is also in school 4 days a week which is helping a lot right now.  We also are starting to work earlier in the mornings.  My husband, who packs all of our orders and manages the warehouse, starts to work before 7 am some days just so we don't get behind on things.  And usually, we don't wrap up our work day until around 6 pm.

Thanks for reading our little behind the scenes update on the family behind Knickernappies and thank you all of course for supporting a family-run business like Knickernappies!  We appreciate your support!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is...Jessi of Welcome to the Zoo!

 Let's get to know Jessi, this week'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 Jessi. I blog about our life and family at Welcome to the Zoo. I'm a 24 year old SAHM to four kids age 4 and under. We have our two children who are 4 and almost 3 years old and we have legal custody of our nieces who are 2 years old and 9 months old. I live near Cincinnati, Ohio. Our house is filled with kids, animals, and love! 

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? I'm not going to lie, the first thought was saving money! Then I thought about all the diapers filling up our landfills and decided to dive right in.

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 I first started to use cloth, I knew of one other person who used cloth. Needless to say, my family and friends thought I was absolutely crazy for switching to cloth. Some still do, but I've managed to switch quite a few people over to the "fluff is love" side since!

What was your very first cloth diaper? *Hangs head in shame* Rubber covers and the not so great prefolds that you buy in the store. It worked for a while but those rubber pants were just horrible. Finally, we broke down and got the money together enough to buy Bum Genius 3.0 and they were and still are one of our favorite diapers! Sadly, my children both potty trained within a few months of getting our Bum Genius so I had to pack them away until this past February when we got custody of our nieces. We had some diapers donated to us from a wonderful woman, Amanda, and using those, combined with my Bum Genius, my nieces have been in cloth full time since around March! My 2 year old niece potty trained a couple months ago so now I just have 1 in diapers and it's a little sad. You know I'm an addict when I'm sad about that!

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
I have a little of everything, but mainly pocket diapers. I love my pockets! AIO come in a close second.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I would love to try the SuperDo for overnight because my 9 month old niece is a very heavy wetter!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, Facebook page, etc.? I use my blog, Welcome to the Zoo, and Facebook to get the word out about cloth. And it works!

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? I would have to say my Clean B detergent. It smells yummy and it keeps my diapers fresh and leak free!

If you could share just one tip with someone who is just starting out with cloth or considering using cloth, what would be your best piece of advice to them? Try a few different diapers out  before you decide to go with a certain brand or type. There are so many options out there and you can find something that works perfectly for your family!

A BIG Thank You to Jessi for sharing with us and contributing.  Please stop by her Blog, Welcome to the Zoo, and tell her Knickernappies sent you!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Knickernappies Featured Retailer of the Week is...My Baby Pumpkin!

Time to shine some light on another fabulous Knickernappies Retailer, Kristin of My Baby Pumpkin!  Below you'll find her answers to our interview questions.


Tell us a little about yourself and if you have little ones in cloth-  I am a full time stay at home mommy to a my June 2007 little girl and my August 2008 baby boy.  I am a school teacher by trade, but put that on hold as I did not want to miss out on being a mommy, something I could never get back down the road.

I also am a club director and coach for our local volleyball club.  This is my 10th season coaching club.  Volleyball has been a major part of my life and I am so glad I can share it with others.

How'd you get started cloth diapering and what made you decide to open your own business?
I never really thought of any other options other than cloth diapering.  I came from a family where almost everyone except my youngest brother was cloth diapering.  I decided to open my own store, because we live in an very eco friendly area and felt it would be a great way to share my love of cloth.  Before I opened, I spent over a year just in researching and preparing and I feel that helped me greatly when I started.

What are your business goals for the future? I just opened a second website www.babybearcrafts.com And I hope to also open a small retail shop when my kids are finally in school.  It is important for me to work around my kids and be there first for them and my family.

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry? I love the other retailers I have met while doing this.  I also value the customers I have gotten to know.  But one of my favorite things are all the amazing eco friendly products I have learned about by being in this industry. 

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why?  I love the One Size pocket it is so trim and so absorbent.  They fit both of my kids equally well.  I also really love the just hemp inserts these inserts work really well for keeping my little ones dry.  They also quality wise have held up amazing compared to other hemp inserts I have used.

Best piece of advice to someone interested in cloth diapering or new to cloth? Start small, try 1 or 2 of several different diapers so that you know what you truly like before you buy a whole lot of diapers you don't care for.

Special Offer:  Coupon Code "knrocks" for 10% off all Knickernappies products until October 1st at My Baby Pumpkin.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Addicted to fluff? Share your stories with us!

Are you a cloth diaper addicted mama?  Then we want to hear from you.  We're featuring Fluff Addicts on the Knickernappies blog in our weekly 'Featured Fluff Addict' posts.  This is a perfect chance for you and your little one to get a little time in the spotlight, gain a little extra exposure for your blog or website and share some of your expert advice with those new to cloth diapering.

It's super easy to get featured!  Simply copy/paste the questions below, fill out your answers, attach a couple pictures and email to marketing @knickernappies.com.  We'll get you in the lineup and you'll see yourself on the Knickernappies Blog!  To check out our past Featured Fluff Addict posts click HERE.

Here are the questions we'd like answered:
  1. Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-
  2. What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
  3. 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?
  4. What was your very first cloth diaper?
  5. What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
  6. What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
  7.  Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?
  8. What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
  9. 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?
If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, shoot us an email, post a comment here or contact us on our FaceBook Page Wall.

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Top Loader vs. Front Loader; How do they affect your washing routine?

Does having a front loading washer affect the way you wash your cloth diapers?

Washing routines can seem pretty cut and day, but does having either a front loader or top loader mean that you'll need to follow a different set of instructions for washing?  The truth is, whether you have a front or top loading washing does make a BIG difference in how you should be washing your diapers.

Front Loading washers use a lot less water than top-loaders.  This does make them more eco-friendly and a greener alternative, conserving water use can never be a bad thing, right?  Well sometimes, the fact that there's so much less water involved in the washing means that you have to add yet another rinse/wash cycle to your routine.

So for a Front Loader we've got a routine that looks like this:
  • Cold Wash/Rinse cycle, no detergent
  • Hot Wash/Hot Rinse, long cycle, with cloth diaper safe detergent
  • Hot Wash/Rinse to finish, making sure that all the debri and detergent has rinsed thoroughly from your diapers.
For a Top Loader routine it is:
  • Cold Wash/Rinse, use either no detergent or a squirt of a pre-wash or booster if desired
  • Hot Wash/Rinse with cloth diaper safe detergent
  • Final rinse not needed unless you think you washed to large of a load and they might not have washed/rinse completely clean.
What about detergents for Front Loaders? This can be a tricky subject.  There are of course now many brands of detergents that are HE compliant for front loading, water saving machines.  Many are in liquid form. Can you still use powdered detergent?  Yes you can!

With powdered detergent you can either dissolve your detergent in warm water for use in your FL machine or you can place the powder directly in with your laundry.  There are other tips and tricks you will find on each cloth diaper detergents FAQ sections to help you better know how to use their product.  Below are a couple informational links to help point you in the right direction if you use a powdered detergent.
So what's your washing routine like?  Do you have a Front Loader?  Has it changed the way you wash diapers for better or worse?  We'd love to read your comments.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Knickernappies Giveaway Sightings!

 Want to win some of your favorite Knickernappies products?  Check out these great Giveaways going on around the world wide web!

Squishy Tushy Cloth Diapers-Squishy Tushy is giving away a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper with LoopyDo Insert.  Many great and easy ways to enter.  Giveaway ends Thursday September 23, 2010.

The Cloth Diaper Report-TCDR is giving away a Knickernappies sponsored SuperDo insert!  Perfect for heavywetters and overnight diapering.  Enter to win and see why the SuperDo is the #1 Rated Insert on Diaperpin!  Read the accompanying TCDR Review of the SuperDo while you're there!

Soft and Cozy Baby-Soft and Cozy Baby is giving away a Knickernappies Pocket Diaper over at the Cloth Diaper Retailer Cooperative Blog!  Giveaway ends October 1, 2010.

Do you have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Visit our FaceBook Page and leave a comment on our Wall.

Friday, September 17, 2010

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



Time to get to know another fluff addicted mama!  This week we're spotlighting Alycia of Springfield MA.
 
Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.- I'm Alycia and I live in Springfield, MA. I'm a SAHM of a soon to be 1 year old who I've been cloth diapering full time for 10 months.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? I can't remember the exact reason, but I do recall stumbling upon a picture of bumGenius cloth diapers and I thought "wow...those are cute!" From there I did more reading and found Diaperswappers. I officially became an addict from there! 

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? They were a bit skeptical  but very supportive at the same time. They thought the diapers were absolutely adorable, and now after almost a year of using cloth they have no problems with it- they actually prefer using cloth on DS!

What was your very first cloth diaper?
A very awesome friend who ended up not cloth diapering gave me a package full of Little Beetle Fitteds, Happy Heiny Sherpa Fitted, Thirsties Covers, and a Thirsties Fab Fitted. A great starter stash!!

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
Our stash has a bit of everything in it. Pockets and AIOs for going out, Fitteds, Prefolds, and Covers for around the house, Hybrids when I'm expecting a *really* messy diaper or when he'll be watched by family outside of the home for long periods of time.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I really love our Knickernappies OS Pockets, the fit is wonderful and the colors are so vibrant! I'm dying to try a Medium Knickernappies Pocket because I think they'll be even trimmer and just as cute!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.? I spend way too much time on Diaperswappers.com and on several blogs, including www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com and www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? I would never cloth diaper without a diaper sprayer. You may think you can live without one, but trust me, you can't and you shouldn't! Plus you can use it for soo much more then dirty diapers! Spraying out potties, cleaning the bathroom, water fights....oh the list goes on and on!


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 go out and buy a large amount of one particular diaper brand. You have no clue what you'll like and what will work until you actually use them. Start out with a trial program or buy 1 of each of different brands until you decide what you like best. But be prepared- just because you like it now doesn't mean you will 6 months down the road- trading is your best friend!

Thank you Alycia for sharing your story and for all the great advice!   If you're a Fluff Addict and you'd like to be featured here on the Knickernappies Blog, visit our FaceBook Page and check the Discussions Tab for the details.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tips for dealing with the stinkies! How to use Bac-Out, RLR, Dawn and more.

Retailer Contributed Article by The Nappy Shoppe

Dealing with the Stinkies?
Some of you who cloth diaper may be lucky enough to never have to worry about stinky diapers, but if you have hard water, chances are, no matter how good your washing routine, you will periodically get stinky diapers.

When I diapered my first, I never knew stinky diapers. I used a wet pail system, and the diapers soaked in a solution similar to oxiclean until I was ready to wash them. And then her diapers were hung on a line to dry. A combination of soaking and sunlight, I believe meant I never had build up. Given I lived in several different places while she was diapered, and used anything from rain water to town water to city water, I know that it was the method, not the water that prevented stinky diapers. So if you can truely never beat the stinkies, try a wet pail.

Anyway, these days I can only use a dry pail system. Because of the way my laundry is set up, a wet pail system is out of the question. I would only use a wet pail if I had a safe place to store the pail, as it can be a drowning hazard.

So here are the stripping methods I have tried with success. As with most things in life, the most expensive method is the one that works the best for me, and uses the least water to do so.

RLR - Cost $1.85 (I was only ever able to find it online, but you might be lucky enough to find it at your local supermarket in the laundry isle).

Read my full blog review here.

Method:
  • Cold rinse the diapers to remove any solids etc.
  • Fill my machine on hot and add a FULL packet of RLR. I then let the diapers soak for several hours in it, preferably overnight. My machine is a top loader, and when I leave the lid up, the machine does not drain. If you have a front loader that will not allow you to soak, you might want to try to do this part of the method in a large bucket or the bath tub or large sink.
  • Drain and finish the machines cycle.
  • Run the machine on a full hot cycle without any detergent.
  • Dry diapers as normal. If the weather allows, I will do this outside. Sunlight really does help with stains and stink I have found.

Bac Out - Cost is approx $1.30 (You may be lucky enough to find this one in the laundry isle at your local supermarket. Keep an eye out for it going on sale if you do.)

Read my blog review here.

Method:
  • Rinse on cold.
  • Fill the washer with warm or cold water. Do not use hot, I have heard it can kill the enzymes in bac out.
  • I add around a quarter to half a cup of bac out to the load.
  • Soak several hours, overnight preferably. If your machine does not allow you to soak, then try a large bucket, sink or the tub.
  • Finish the cycle.
  • I generally run another full cycle with no detergents. It is important that you rinse this out totally as some babies skin can be sensitive to this product.
  • Dry diapers as normal. If the weather allows, I will do this outside. Sunlight really does help with stains and stink I have found.

Dawn - Cost is pennies. Get the blue classic dawn dishwashing detergent in the supermarket.

Read my blog review here.

  • Rinse on cold to remove solids etc.
  • Fill machine with hot and put in a very tiny squirt of dawn. I don't bother soaking with this method.
  • With this method, you keep rinsing with just water, preferably hot, until you no longer see suds.
  • If you use too much dawn, there will be a lot of rinses.
  • Dry diapers as normal. If the weather allows, I will do this outside. Sunlight really does help with stains and stink I have found.

Tips to avoid build up.

  • Use a diaper friendly detergent. Don't use detergents that have additives etc. There are some good detergents made for cloth diapers on the market. Just be aware, that not all detergents will work with YOUR water. So that friend who lives three states over who swears by said brand, may not work for you because your water composition is different.
  • If it is not a detergent made specifically for diapering, use less than recommended. When I used Ecos from the supermarket, I used about a quarter of a cup. Anymore than that and I would end up with stinky diapers.
  • Don't be stingy with the water when washing your diapers. You need the water to be able to flow freely through the fibers of your diaper in order to clean the fibers. If you use too little water, then particles will remain behind.
  • Do not use diaper creams directly on your diapers. If you need to use a diaper cream, use something to protect your diapers. You can use a flushable liner, or fabric liners that are cheap, or cut up an old t-shirt if need be. There are some creams out there that are safe to use on cloth diapers, but only in the recommended amounts.
Contributed by Sharni, The Nappy Shoppe

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Knickernappies Sightings! Cloth Diaper Addiction, Youtube, and WeeLittleChanges!

Time for some more recent Knickernappies Sightings around the web!

Sneak Peek inside the Knickernappies Sew Shop on Youtube!  Guess what?  Mini filmmaker Camille, daughter of Heather and Shannon, managed to take an accidental video of the inside of the Knickernappies Sew Shop.  It's very brief but we still think it's cute and so far, it's the only known video footage of the sew shop.  Ooooh Ahhhh! LOL  Check it out!



Have you seen the wonderful post over at Cloth Diaper Addiction reviewing the different types of nursing pads?  It's super informative and guess what?  Knickernappies reusable nursing pads are her favorite!  Here's a snippit of what she's got to say:

"My experience: These are my favorite nursing pads hands down. They are very soft, not itchy, fairly discreet, comfortable, leak proof and come in cute colors. I wash them with my diapers and line dry. The fleece is nice and soft up against you and these wash up great. I love these and will purchase these as gifts for some of my friends and family that are going to have babies and plan on nursing."

WeeLittleChanges is giving away a Knickernappies OS Diaper on their Blog!  Giveaway ends 09/26/10.  Many great ways to enter this giveaway.  Also make sure to check out their current sales, currently use code "sale" for 10% off your entire order!  Tell them Knickernappies sent you!

Do you have a Knickernappies Sighting you'd like to share?  Post a link to it on our FaceBook page and you might just see it in our next Knickernappies Sighting Blog Post!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Check out Knickernappies LoopyDo & SuperDo RAVE Reviews on Diaperpin!

Do you read customer reviews and feedback before investing in a new product?  Well you should!  Diaperpin is an excellent resource where you can find honest, legitimate reviews of all your favorite products as well as products you have yet to try.  From baby carriers to training pants, they've got it all.

Visit Diaperpin and click on the link that says "Product Reviews."  There you will find a list of some of the most recent and most reviews items/products.  You can also browse by category which you will find on the left column, or you can "search" for a product or category by typing in a keyword or search term.

Type in LoopyDo and you'll find our RAVE reviews!  To read them click HERE.
Our LoopyDo's are super trim yet very absorbent and in most cases eliminate the need for having to use 2 or 3 micro inserts.  When you figure that into the equation, LoopyDo's save you money and they work best!

Interested in the SuperDo, LoopyDo's big brother?  There are also many helpful and informative reviews of the SuperDo!  Click HERE to read them and find out why many moms claim that the SuperDo is the ONLY thing that works for their overnight diapering solution.  The SuperDo is currently rated #1 on Diaperpin and if you haven't got a chance to try one you should definitely put it on the top of your list!

Have you got a chance to try the SuperDo & LoopyDo?  Well submit your reviews and add them to the Diaperpin Product Reviews Directory!  Don't forget to give credit to the retailer where you purchased the product. 

To leave a product review simply find the product on Diaperpin, scroll to the bottom of the reviews of that product and click on the link you'll see that says POST YOUR REVIEW.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Benefits of choosing side-snapping diapers and why I loved them!


A quick rundown on the benefits of choosing side-snapping diapers:

If you're anything like me, when you're first shopping for cloth diapers you are looking at diapers that look and work the most like disposables, that is with the velcro fastening system in the front. Some of my very first diapers were DryBee's pockets, they served me well and it was quite some time before I actually bought and tried my first side-snapping diapers.  However once I tried Knickernappies I wished I had them from the start!

At first glance side-snapping diapers might look tricky to use or hard to fasten on a squirming baby, I assure you they are not. In fact there are a lot of benefits to side-snapping diapers that you might not know about.
  • They are HIGHLY adjustable, top and bottom snaps, usually with a minimum of 4 settings give these diapers as close to a perfect fit as you can imagine.
  • Perfect for babies with chunky thighs because of the customizable settings.
  • Sized pockets provide a trim and perfect fit while the Onesize its babies and toddlers up to 40lbs and beyond!  Perfect for when you have more than one child in diapers.
  • While most children have aplix and front snapping diapers all figured out sooner than later, side-snaps seem to confuse babies and toddlers, making it harder for them to undo and take off completely at the most inopportune times. (We've all been there, baby takes poopy diaper off hands it to you and it's too late, you have a huge mess to clean up!)
  • A solid layer of PUL across the tummy is perfect for tummy sleeping babies. Some diapers have a tendency to wick through the stitching around the aplix, with side-snapping diapers there is no such problem.
Ther OneSize Knickernappies Pocket Diaper gives you all the benefits of side-snapping diapers as well as the fact that it is capable of fitting from birth to potty training, 8-40lbs! It is available with two sizes microfiber inserts or with two LoopyDo inserts, the #1 Rated Insert on DiaperPin!

It is the only diaper on the market that comes with the option of upgrading to our ultra absorbent LoopyDo inserts which contain both microfiber and hemp!

Personally, since I didn't have super chunky babies and I didn't have a need for them to wear diapers beyond 40lbs, the HUGE and most important benefit to me was the solid front panel which prevented wicking.  All three of my kids were tummy sleepers, it's just how they slept the best and most comfortably.  Before we started using Knickernappies I could just about guarantee that every time they laid down to sleep their diapers would leak through the front snaps or stitching around the aplix getting their clothes and sheets wet.  I believe that side-snapping diapers are a must try for every cloth diapering family!

Do you love side-snapping diapers?  Show your love by posting your comments and questions below and let us know why you like them compared to other styles.

-Julie

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is....Jill from Life is Not Bubble Wrapped!

It's Friday!  Time to feature another Fluff Addict!  This week we're interviewing Jill and getting to know her a little better.


Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.- My husband and I live on the IL side of St. Louis, and just bought our first house, so we've been very busy with prepping our property and house for our family. We have a daughter, 21 months. I blog about cloth, the day to day of having an almost 2 year old, and living 'a life without bubble wrap' -- at Life Is Not Bubble Wrapped . (By the way, laminate flooring boxes are EXCELLENT toddler toys!)

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? I read a blog testimonial about cloth diapers while I was pregnant, and found out about the modern cloth diaper. I was surprised to learn about all the options and the $ savings as well as environmental factors.

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new"cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of yourchoice to use cloth diapers? I think everyone was shocked --mostly because no one really understands that modern cloth diapers exist. We heard second hand that others were saying we wouldn't 'make it' --not really sure why. My husband has been the most supportive.

What was your very first cloth diaper? At first we had prefolds and covers-our daughter was 3 weeks old when we started!

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.? Our diapers currently in use are mostly pockets, although we started with prefolds and then AIOs. We have a couple of AI2s

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I would love to try the Super Do for overnight, I'm still testing the KN dipes that I won in a giveaway recently!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?  I add blogs to my reader as I find them-and fan those same pages on facebook.

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

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? Usually my advice is very long winded and goes on for several pages, I warn people to read it in bits and always offer to answer any questions that they have, although I would say the best advice is to try several different types of diapers and don't invest in one type or brand all at once. Also, find out what is IMPORTANT to you, for example, is it important that everyone can change the diapers easily? Then an AIO in hook and loop might be best. Is it important that you save as much money as possible? Then prefold/cover or AI2 systems might be best for you. Don't want to size up? Go for one size dipes at the outset.

**Thanks so much to Jill for sharing her thoughts and advice on cloth diapering.  Make sure you stop by and visit her at her Blog, Life is Not Bubble Wrapped.  If you're interested in being our next Featured Fluff Addict swing by our FaceBook Page and check out the Discussions Tab where you'll find the details.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Knickernappies Sightings around the web!

 Time for another Knickernappies Sighting post!  We'll give you the run-down on Knickernappies Sales, Sightings, Rewviews & Stockings!  Have a Knickernappies Sighting to share?  Let us know by posting a link on our FaceBook Wall!

Fluff Envy is now carrying Knickernappies 2G Sized Pocket Diapers!  Make sure you head on over to their website and check out the great selection that they have to offer.  They also offer Cloth Diaper 101 Classes & Personal Consultations for local customers!

Top to Bottom Baby is another great Knickernappies Retailer!  They also carry Knickernappies products and our new line of Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces & Bracelets!  Check them out.

Tomorrow, Thursday September 9, is the last day to enter the Cloth Diaper Whisperer's Fluffy Friday Giveaway!  Tons of great ways to enter.  Make sure you head on over there and take advantage of this great chance to win some Knickernappies Products!

Nappy Shoppe carries our fabulous Fluff Dust and also recently featured a great review of it over on their Blog which you can read by clicking HERE.

Earth Angels Diaper Co. is giving away a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper over on their DiaperDiscussions Blog!  Make sure you visit them and take advantage of this opportunity to Pimp Your Stash!  Giveaway ends September 15, 2010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Support The Cloth Diaper Foundation through the Dozens Diaper Drive!

Did you know the Cloth Diaper Foundation relies on donors and sponsors like you to keep their doors open?  They are currently super low on diapers and need our help.

The Dozens Diaper Drive is aiming at a goal of 1200 diapers.   TCDF sends out diapers to their recipients by the dozen and they'd like to have enough diapers for 100 recipients on hand before they open back up for applications.

According to their ticker located here, they're up to 236 of 1200 diapers collected.  Their goal is to have reached the 1200 diapers by the end of September.

For more info on where to send your diaper donations, what they do and do not accept, and how to obtain a receipt for tax purposes please visit the Dozens Diaper Drive website.

Can't afford to send in your diapers?  Visit the Cloth Diaper Foundation Website and see if there's a drop-off location near you where you can turn in your diapers.  The drop-off sponsor is responsible for sending in the donated diapers.

Don't have any diapers to send?  Monetary donations are also very helpful.  Click HERE to make a monetary donation.

Sponsorship:  For each 60 diapers donated, one recipient's package will be sponsored (no shipping costs to them), and an additional 6 diapers will be sent to the sponsored recipient. If you believe we can exceed this goal, and you would like to participate as a sponsor, please click here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Learn from others mistakes! Don't ruin your diapers.

Contributed by Heather of Cloth Diaper Outlet & Knickernappies
I knew the title would get your attention. :) I've ruined not one but TWO stashes of diapers and I'm going to share exactly how I did it.

The first stash was our daughter's original diaper stash. We had about 25 diapers that we'd been using for about 3 years. They worked great! Then I made the first mistake...she was on antibiotics for a sinus infection and the antibiotics gave her diarrhea. That led to a rash which led to heavy use of Desitin. Now I'm a diaper retailer, I KNOW how to care for diapers. Of course I used a heavy-duty fleece liner to protect our diapers. My mistake was washing the soiled fleece liners with the diapers. Doing it once might not have made a difference, but over the course of a week with heavy diaper cream use, it made a huge difference. Our diapers began to leak and repel like crazy. Since they were pretty much unuseable anyway, I started to experiment. I tried all kinds of tricks, anything I read on the internet. Dawn, orange hand cleaner, bleach, vinegar, Oxyclean, lemon juice, lime juice, on and on. Eventually, the Desitin did wash out and the diapers were saved.

But in the meantime, the diapers developed an ammonia odor. Here comes mistake #2: I used bleach. Everyone always said to never ever ever ever use bleach, but I tried it and you know what? Nothing bad happened. And herein lies mistake #3: I started using bleach with every diaper load. Never were my diapers whiter or fresher!

About 6 months later, I noticed that the PUL layer (the shiny laminate inside the pocket) looked funny. Closer examination revealed tiny cracks all over the entire laminate layer. On every diaper. Then the diapers started leaking. Crud. All that experimentation, something was bad for the diapers. I tried to save the cracked PUL, but it didn't work and I ended up with a whole new stash of diapers. This time, I used ONLY detergent. And maybe a little bleach now and then. After all, the bleach didn't hurt diapers. It was more likely the vast experimentation I'd done, the overnight soaks in lemon juice perhaps.

Here it comes, Mistake #4: I kept using bleach. Since bleach didn't seem to hurt the diapers, I kept using it, about 1/4 cup in every wash load. And you know how this is going to go...after about 6 months I noticed the same funny PUL. The same cracks. Some of our newest diapers had just tiny pinholes in the PUL. Over a few more weeks I watched those pinholes turn into tiny cracks. Eventually, the laminate layer would disintegrate and be completely gone, as though the fabric had never been laminated. This time, I knew the reason for our stash's demise: bleach.

By this time, our daughter only wore diapers at night. It felt silly to get new diapers, but she wasn't ready for underwear. So I bought stash #4, thankfully just a few diapers by this point. I ONLY used detergent and Bac-Out and these diapers remained pristine and waterproof the rest of our time using them.

The moral of my story? Don't use bleach! In the end, I found that even a few uses could eventually cause the pinholes and cracking. Only one brand allows any bleach use at all and that's BumGenius. They do allow 1/4 cup once a month to a full load of diapers without voiding their warranty. But just to be on the safe side, I wouldn't use it unless you're completely desperate and your diapers are pretty much ruined anyway.

-Heather

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Knickernappies Sighting: Fluff Friday @The Cloth Diaper Whisperer! You could win big!

 How exciting to see a Fluff Friday of ALL Knickernappies goodies!

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog is giving away a Knickernappies OS Diaper w/ Micro Inserts as well as a Doorknob Diaper Pail!  This is one prize you won't want to miss out on.

Never participated in a Fluff Friday Giveaway?  Check out the post for all the giveaway details, methods of entry and giveaway rules.
Giveaway ends September 9, 7pm.  Good Luck!

Friday, September 3, 2010

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

Welcome to another of our Friday Fluff Addict posts!  Each week we feature a new mom, one who's hopelessly addicted to cloth diapers, and we share her story through a series of interview questions.  This week we're interviewing MommieV!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-  I am a single mother of a beautiful little girl.  I live in Southern Indiana and I am a college professor.  My daughter is 16 months old, and we have been using cloth diapers full-time since she was about 2 months old. On my Blog, My Little Slice of Mommie Heaven I go by MommieV!
What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?  I like the idea of reusable diapers because I don't like the thought of disposable diapers sitting in a landfill somewhere.  I thought they would be better for my daughter, I thought I could save some money, and I thought I could save the planet, all by using cloth.

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 that has seen them has thought they were really neat.  My mom was the one I was most worried about, but she was very supportive of my choice to use cloth diapers.  One advantage to being a single mom is that you don't have to convince a husband or partner to use cloth!

What was your very first cloth diaper?
  I tried everything at first!  The very first one I ever put on her was a custom-made preemie sized AIO I bought from a woman on Hyenacart.  I had ordered it from a laptop while on bedrest in the hospital, when I found out she would be early - and small!  I ordered it custom to match her "going home" outfit.  When we started cloth diapering full-time we were using prefolds and covers primarily, but I also had some fitteds.  When she started daycare at 9 months old, they wanted to use a "one piece" diaper, so that gave me an excuse to buy more pockets!

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
  We started with a stash that was mostly prefolds and covers.  I still have a good stash of prefolds and covers that we sometimes use on the weekends, and I have a stash of fitteds that I use under woolies in the winter.  But right now the majority of my stash is pockets.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  I'm divided here.  I started with the Knickernappies sized pockets in size M when she was just getting to that size.  She is very petite, so it is likely that she will potty learn out of this size.  The sized pockets are just so trim and look great on her.  However, I like the OS pockets also.  I like that if she does get alot bigger that one diaper will accommodate different sizes.    But I guess if I had to pick, I would say our sized Knickernappies pockets.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?  I talk about cloth diapers all the time on my blog - My Little Slice of Mommie Heaven.  I have a series of posts called Cloth Diapering 101 where I try to introduce mamas interested in cloth into the basic ideas about cloth diapers and some of the things that I have learned firsthand.  But I also have done A Day in Cloth, and sometimes I just write about different things related to using cloth diapers.  I have also posted photos of my daughter's naked behind when she takes her diapers off - she will hate me for that when she is older!  In the past I have hung out on the Diaperswappers forums alot, but I haven't had as much time to do that recently.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
  Wet bag. Definitely.  I dunk-and-swish, so I've never had a diaper sprayer, and it's never been missed.

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?  Think about why you are interested in cloth diapering, or what you expect to get out of it.  Your expectations will help you to decide what kind of diapers to look into.  If you want to spend minimal money and be really frugal, you will probably shop for different diapers than if you want all organic fabrics for your baby.  So knowing what your goals and expectations are will help you to navigate all the different choices.

*We'd like to thank MommieV for contributing and sharing her story!  Please stop by and visit her over at her Blog My Little Slice of Mommie Heaven, she's got some really informative posts. Are you interested in being our next Featured Fluff Addict?  Visit our FaceBook Page and check the Discussions Tab for more info.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last Call: Knickernappies Twitter Party tonight at 9pm EST.

Tonight's the night!  We'll be partying on Twitter from 9-10pm eastern.  You won't want to miss the fun and excitement!  There will be random prizes awarded to the participants as well as many great deals to be had.

When & Where?
Date:  September 2, 2010

Where:  TweetGrid
When:  9-10pm Eastern
Hashtag:  #knickernappies
Who to follow:  @ecochicparties, @knickernappies, Retailer Sponsors & other participating Retailers

What are the prizes?
Pre-Registration Prize:  3-Pack of Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diapers w/ Inserts in the size/color of your choice!
Additional Door Prizes:   Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer, Knickernappies Baltic Amber Teething Necklace or Bracelet, Knickernappies Doorknob Diaper Pail
Grand Prize:  6-Pack of Knickernappies Onesize Diapers w/ Inserts

Retailer Sponsored Prizes?
Need Help?  Have questions about how to use Twitter?
Read these past blog posts for more information on how to sign up for Twitter and particiapte.
http://knickernappies.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-to-use-twitter-and-participate-in.html

Where to RSVP?
http://ecochicparties.theecochic.com./knickernappies-party-92/
Retailer Sponsors:
http://www.comfycozydiapers.com
http://www.mybabypumpkin.com
http://www.nappyshoppe.com

http://www.snootybootydiapers.com
http://www.fluffenvy.com

 
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