Friday, October 29, 2010

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

Let me introduce Jennifer! She's our Featured Fluff Addict and below are her answers to our interview!  She's got some great advice for moms new to cloth, make sure to read through and see what she has to say.

Tell us a little about yourself!  I'm Jennifer.  I'm a first time mom with a 6 month old little guy, Andreas, who arrived 7 weeks early giving us a little scare.  My family lives in Holland, MI.

Before Andreas was born, I was a student at Oakland University trying to finish up grad school.  I studied molecular genetics and cellular communication.  Andreas showed up early and I was unable to finish up my research.... as of yet!

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
Since I'm a student loving the sciences, I also love the environment and trying to save a buck!!  Therefore, cloth diapering really interested me.

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 sister-in-law used G-diapers so she knew a little about cloth diapering and some of the savings involved.  I think everyone else was extremely doubtful
of my decision to use cloth diapers.  They assumed (wrongly) that I'd waste money on CD and use disposables because they are so much easier (wrong, wrong, wrong!).

What was your very first cloth diaper?
I first bought BumGenius 3.0 AIO.  (I have since sold them!!)

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.? Now, my stach of about 30 diapers, is a split between OS and perfect size pocket diapers.  I have a few AIO organic diaps that I use at night.


What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why?
I love my Knickernappies.  I have perfect size pockets in medium.  They fit my chubby 6 month old (20lbs) really well with much room to grow.  I hope to still try Knickernappies OS and also the diaper sprayer. I love that I could adjust the flow of water coming out of the sprayer.  Awesome idea!!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.? Locally, there's a CD store here in Holland. It's called Ecobuns.  Kellie, the store owner,is absolutely the best.  She answers all my CD questions and really promotes CDs in general.  I also love The Cloth Diaper Whisperer, all the
blogs and of course Facebook!

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? My must haves are a wet bag pail liner for home, a small wet bag for travel and a large wet bag for extended travel and vacations.  I also could not live
without my Rockin Green.  I love the stuff and use it to clean my house, in addition to clothes and 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? Any parent who's considering CD should go for it!  It's so easy and the products available are adoreable.  I would suggest that any new parent take
advantage of all the info on the net.  Read blogs and reviews and see what works best for other parents.  Oh, and don't be scared of dirty diapers.  I've found that anything that comes out of my little one isn't gross to me and I don't mind touching it!!!  I guess it's a mom thing :D

Thanks for sharing Jennifer!  If you're interested in being a Featured Fluff Addict just like Jennifer then please head over to our FaceBook Page and check out the Discussions Tab where you'll find all the info you need on this opportunity!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Knickernappies Sightings! TinyTreeHugger, WeeLittleChanges, OnePoshBaby & more!

Calling all Canadians! 
TinyTreeHugger is holding a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper Giveaway!  This giveaway is open to Canadians only and ends November 2, 2010.  Please visit the TinyTreeHugger Blog for more details on how to enter.

Free Shipping, Giveaway and a Discount !
WeeLittleChanges is offering FREE Shipping on US orders!  Also, don't forget that today's the last day to enter to win their monthly Knickernappies OS Diaper Giveaway!  WeeLittleChanges is also offering 10% off at checkout with coupon code "PUMPKIN."


Knickernappies Stocking!
One Posh Baby restocked their Knickernappies!  Be sure to head over to their FaceBook Page and follow them in order to stay up to date with all their stocking info, sales announcements and more!

My Precious Kid is also another of our new retailers!  Check them out on FaceBook and if you're in the Hillsboro, OR area stop by their retail store and tell them Knickernappies sent you!

*Do you have a Knickernappies Sighting to share?  Please leave a comment or post it to our FaceBook Wall so that we can check it out!  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wetpail or Drypail? What worked for me.

Retailer Contributed Article by Earth Angels Diaper Co.

This is the story of how I ended up beating the infamous cloth diaper odor issues that plague us all and what worked for me.

Cloth diapering twins was going well for me in the beginning.  At first I didn't have enough diapers to get me through the day so in order to make it I was having to wash the diapers practically right off their bums.  I realize this was a huge waste of water and energy but I was addicted to seeing my little guys in their diapers and I was determined to make cloth diapering work for us full time.

In hindsight I wonder if the fact that the diapers were not sitting at all in a diaper pail or wetbag may have been the reason that we had no odor issues at that time but I can't know for sure.

As my stash slowly grew, primarily pocket diapers and microfiber inserts, I began having the option of whether I wanted to wash every day or every other day, and if I was really feeling like a slacker and they hadn't used all their diapers up then I could even try to go another day without washing.

Our diaper pail was the inside shell of an aluminum pop-top kitchen size garbage can, it had a handle and worked great for for a diaper pail.  Generally I'd keep it in our utility room within our garage and often the strong ammonia odor was "out of sight out of mind" until laundry day.

As you can imagine with the amount of dirty diapers I had to wash with twins and going more than one day, there were a lot to wash and it wasn't long before the dreaded stinkies arrived.  At first I thought, "hmmm that's a weird pee like smell on my clean diapers" and it wouldn't really be noticeable until the diaper was on the babies and began to heat up with their body temp.  It was pretty embarrassing but I started to think maybe it was just normal with cloth diapers because I really didn't know what to expect.

I started troubleshooting.  I read about the magical blue Dawn Dish Soap, the controversial Bac-Out Odor Eliminator, all the various ways to strip diapers, I even read about using your dishwasher to wash them!  I do not recommend that (the dishwasher method), nor did I try it, but it was just an example of the hundreds of methods out there and all the things that we cloth diapering moms have tried to do in order to kill that terrible odor that makes you want to give up cloth diapers all together.  At least I was not alone, I thought to myself.

The most obvious thing to me was that perhaps I was washing way too many diapers at once and they were not washing clean enough?  So I started washing less diapers at a time.  The odor remained.  Then I bought the blue Dawn Dish Soap and tried that, no luck.  Next I wanted to try Bac-Out but couldn't find a local retailer.

Finally, at the end of my rope, tired of being embarrassed when people would hold my sons and smell that funky odor, I decided to go driving around town in search of Bac-Out.  The best I could find was Biokleen Laundry Liquid which contained many of the same ingredients as Bac-Out and was made by the same company.

As each diaper went in the pail I'd make sure to pour about one pitcher of warm/hot water into the pail and with the first diaper I'd add an ounce of the Laundry Liquid.  As the pail got more full of diapers I'd make sure to use a broom handle or my hand and press the diapers down so that all were soaked in the water.  (Using an old broom handle did make me feel like a witch stirring my horrid stinky diaper brew, lol) Then I went back to washing every night.  I made extra sure to not fill the pail with so much water that I couldn't lift it and when I was ready I'd carefully dump it and the diapers into the washer, run a rinse cycle, add another ounce of laundry liquid and then run my regular wash cycle but start by leaving the lid up so they can soak for another half hour.

I must admit, it was a chore, the water was gross when it was ready to wash the diapers, but it was working.  The odor went away and I was one happy mama.  So in the end, using Biokleen Laundry Liquid and the wet pail method are what worked for me.

Thanks for reading my story!  Do you use a wetpail?  Have a trick for battling the stinkies?  We'd love to hear what works for you.

Julia Clark, owner of Earth Angels Diaper Co & the Diaper Discussions Blog

Disclaimer:  Please consult your diaper manufacturers warranty information if you are concerned about voiding your diaper warranty.  Some techniques, detergents, etc. are not recommended by certain diapering manufacturers.

Also, please note that washing and leaving the lid up is a drowing hazard as is using a wet pail with no lid.  Please only try these if you are confident that your laundry and diaper pail are in an area not accessible to small children.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Meet Raspberry's new BFF...Lavender! Knickernappies adds Lavender to their family of colors!

Since our previous fabric supplier unexpectedly and abruptly shutdown, we've had to begin having Knickernappies colors custom made just for us.  Our new lineup of colors, old and new, are made by our new fabric manufacturer and are better quality than ever before.
Knickernappies is excited to introduce Lavender to our diaper lineup!   It's been a long time coming and it's finally here!  Lavender has made it's debut and we couldn't be more pleased.

Many of our great retailers are stocked up on this new color so make sure to grab yours asap!

Need to recap on all the colors available in the Knickernappies Onesize?
  • Baby Blue
  • Blue
  • Butter
  • Celery
  • Chocolate 
  • Lavender
  • Raspberry 
  • Red
  • Spring Green
  • Turquoise
  • White
Looking to add colors to your stash but having a hard time finding them?  Make sure you visit our Retailer Locator and search for a retailer near you.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is Mama Bennie of 'Randomness of a Cloth Diaper Addict'!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.- My name is Terry Bennie, and I live in Archbald, PA. I am a 24 year old SAHM to 2 little girls. My oldest is 2 years old, and my youngest is
5 months old. Their birthdays are 13 days apart. Both my kids wear cloth at the moment. My husband and I just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary, and couldn't be happier with our little family.

My stash currently consists of 15 KaWaii Baby pockets, 6 KaWaii Baby covers, 1 Wonder Wrap, 1 Organic Caboose Eco Fleece cover and 24 prefolds. I just can't get enough diapers, and I am ALWAYS shopping online for new diapers because they don't sell them in stores where I live. I am mainly addicted to cloth diapers, but I also have an addiction to babywearing too. They kind of go hand in hand.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?  My husband had originally mentioned it when we were pregnant with my first daughter. I originally said no though, because I thought it was still the icky diapers with the plastic pants. When my first daughter was in the disposables she would get this horrible rash all the time, and eventually it started working it's way up her stomach and on to her chest. As it turns out she was allergic to the disposables, and when she was about 16 months old we found out I was pregnant again, so I started to do the research into cloth. She was officially into cloth about 3 months before her 2nd birthday, and her baby sister was born being exclusively cloth diapered.

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 my family saw the modern cloth diapers they were amazed, and they thought it was wonderful. Before they saw them though, they thought I was a little crazy. Most of my friends on the other hand just think I am crazy anyway because they don't have kids.

What was your very first cloth diaper?  It was a bumkins cover with Gerber 6-ply prefolds. I didn't really like either of them, so I got KaWaii Baby covers and some Dappi extra-absorbent prefolds instead. They worked for a while, but I wanted something more simple so I went and bought the KaWaii Baby pockets because I don't have a whole ton of money.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?  My stash still mainly consists of the prefolds, but I try to avoid using them because I like my pocket diapers better. I do diaper laundry every day just so my pocket diapers are always clean.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  I am dying to try one of the pocket diapers, because my 2 year old would have a hard time getting the side snaps open. I have been trying everything in my power to win one, but it just hasn't worked as of yet. In the mean time, I have been reviewing other products on my blog, like right now I am writing a review on some products for some detergent and baby moisturizer.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?  I use Twitter. Twitter is like a drug, you can't stop using it.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?  That would be a large wet bag. When you are out with 2 kids in diapers, this is a must.

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 write off the cheaper diapers just because you think a lower cost means they are crap. My first cover was $16.50 and it was crap, and my cheaper ones are amazing.  Also, not every diaper is good for every baby and when you find something that works, stick with it.


Want to stay connected with Mama Bennie?  You can find her here:
Randomness of a Cloth Diaper Addict
My facebook page is
My twitter page is
and my twitter ID is @MamaBennie

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Winner of the Rockin' Green Prize Pack is....Carrie from DangerousCrayon!

Congratulations Carrie, lucky comment #118!  You've been chosen by random.org as the winner of the Rockin' Green Prize Pack!  That means you'll be getting
  • (1) Full Size Bag of Rockin' Green in the style/scent of your choice
  • (1) Laundry Scoop
  • (1) Shake It Up Pail Freshener in the scent of your choice
Carrie is the mama behind the blog DangerousCrayon.  Please stop by her blog, say hello, and congratulate her on her win!

Thanks again to Rockin' Green for sponsoring such a great giveaway.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ever had trouble cloth diapering? We'd love to hear from you! Take our "The Dirt on Diapering" Survey!

We're super excited to kick off our "Dirt on Diapering" Cloth Diaper Survey!  We want to know what the most common reasons are for why families choose not to cloth diaper full-time, why they take breaks, why they quit for good, or just plain feel like throwing in the towel.

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

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

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

Thanks!
The Knickernappies Team

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ever wondered about the logistics of camping with cloth?

Camping seasons coming to a close, but have you ever wondered about the possibilities of camping AND using cloth diapers?

It's almost winter so camping season is pretty much over depending on where you live. But if your family is like mine, you'll be heading outdoors to camp again as soon as you possibly can.

(Photo from a past camping trip!)

Many families choose to use disposables for camping, but if you'd rather use your cloth, here are some tips to have a great trip.

Short Trips: If your camping trip is just 3-4 days or less, then you can easily use whatever diapers you currently use.

  • Pack every single diaper you own, even the ones you don't like. Even the old prefolds that were best used as burp clothes or dusting rags.
  • Pack all of your cloth wipes and a big bottle of plain water to wet them with.
  • If you have two pail liners (the big bags for storing dirty diapers in the diaper pail), take them both. Fill one with the clean diapers and add dirty diapers to the other throughout your trip. Twist the top of the dirty bag so it'll keep the smells inside the bag. If you camp near your car, then keep the dirty bag in the trunk. I don't recommend keeping it outside because it could attract animals who might chew through your bag and damage diapers. Can't have that happening!
  • We used our car's back seat as a changing table, but you can use whatever surface you have handy.
  • If you'll be hiking away from camp a lot, also pack a wet bag for dirty dipes when you're away from your campsite.
  • Basically, for short trips, cloth diapering is just like at home, except you'll need every available diaper since you won't be washing.

Long Trips: I've actually never done a long camping trip, but I've heard of families who go for a week or more and are still able to use cloth. Here are some of their tips (feel free to add more to our comments section!)

  • You'll want the thinnest diapers possible--faster to wash, faster to dry.
  • If you normally use pocket diapers, take them...they'll still work great! Whether or not you want to wash your inserts is up to you; microfiber inserts do usually dry pretty fast so you'll probably be fine with them.
  • If you normally use prefolds or AIOs or anything that takes a long time to dry, you'll want to invest in a set of very thin diapers. I've heard flats are the best way to go. Flats can be folded however you want and can be used in either covers or pocket diapers. They are basically a 1 yard piece of hemp or cotton fabric. They're usually really cheap and they are OneSize, so you won't need to buy that many. A dozen or two will be plenty, depending on how often you want to wash.
  • However you wash things during long trips, make sure you bring enough detergent to do your diapers. I've heard of families using Dawn dishsoap or something very environmentally-friendly, then washing in lake water or stream water. Whether you choose to do that or use fresh water or trek into the nearest laundromat is up to you. Taking a bucket will probably be helpful.
  • Take a clothesline so you can hang your diapers. Pockets, covers, and flats will dry within a couple of hours. Microfiber inserts will probably need overnight unless they're hanging in direct sunlight.
Be prepared for diapers to get dirty, to have grass or burrs stuck to them, etc. If you have an expensive favorite, it's probably best to leave it at home. But otherwise, cloth diapers are plenty durable for a camping trip and your little one will be so comfy in his or her usual diapers. So don't be afraid to use your diapers and have a great trip!

One last picture! This was over a year ago. Our daughter was 4 years old and right at 40 lbs. I wore the empty Ergo until she was too tired to walk anymore, then she rode in style. Even at her weight, it was very comfortable for both of us. Who says Ergos are just for babies?!

Heather, Owner of Knickernappies & ClothDiaperOutlet

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The thrill of the hunt...Are you ready? GCDH begins November 1, 2010

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt is almost here!
We're super excited that the Knickernappies Blog is sponsoring the 11th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt!  The GCDH is a 30 day is a fast and furious online scavenger.  I say 'fast and furious' but you really can hunt at your own pace.  However, WARNING, it is addictive and the more you find the more you'll increase your chances of winning and the more you'll want to keep on hunting.  You'll find yourself up late at night saying "just one more icon and then I'll go to bed..."

When? November 1-30, 2010.

What do you look for?  Sponsors have a special icon, not the one you see here but similar, they hide this icon somewhere on their website or blog and then leave you clues to find it.  Once you find the special icon you click it and it is recorded through the link that you found that icon.  The Diaper Hunt website tracks your progress and which ones you've found.

How do you register to participate in the hunt?  Visit DiaperDecisions and read their FAQ.  Here you will find all the info you need in order to participate in the hunt.  If you're ready to register click >HERE<

Remember, registering is the only way that your progress will count, so don't forget to register.  There are also Forums set up for the hunt.  In the forums you will find Hint Threads for each of the sponsors.  Here you will find either hints to assist you or you can request a hint.  There are also lots of other fun discounts, sales, giveaways, etc. during the month of the hunt so don't miss your chance!  Register today!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Knickernappies Giveaways & Reviews on the web!

There is a plethora of Knickernappies Reviews and Giveaways around the web right now!


Check out It's Me MelbieGoGoNatural is sponsoring a Knickernappies Onesize diaper giveaway.  Melanie shares a great review of a Knickernappies OS Diaper and she also included a ton of great action shots to go along with it, which we love!  Giveaway Ends 10-30-10

Enter to win a Knickernappies OS Diaper from WeeLittleChanges!  Their giveaway is open September 29-October 28, 2010!  You don't want to miss out on an opportunity to win this great diaper from one of our favorite retailers!  And don't forget, they offer FREE USA SHIPPING!

The Inquisitive Mom is having a TWO Part Knickernappies Giveaway!  In Part 1 she reviews the Knickernappies OS courtesy of The Nappy Shoppe!  She purchased this great diaper with a Gift Certificate that she won at our Twitter Party! Woot!  You can also enter to win a Knickernappies 2G Pocket Diaper with insert.  Ends 10-25-10  In Part 2 The Inquisitive Mom is giving away a Knickernappies OS Diaper w/ Loopy Do's.



*Have a Knickernappies Sighting you'd like to share?  Post it to our FaceBook Wall and we'll check it out!

Have you entered our Rockin' Green Detergent Giveaway? Don't miss your chance to win BIG!

If you're not a regular blog follower then you might have missed our Rockin' Green Detergent Giveaway post.   One lucky person will win a bag of Rockin' Green, Laundry scoop & Shake It Up pail freshener, all in the scents of their choosing!

Take advantage of this great opportunity!  Rockin' Green is a great detergent for cloth diapering families and may just be the answer to your fluffy prayers, especially if you're having laundry issues.

So head back to last Monday's post and enter for your chance to win!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is...Tamara of Adventures of a first time SAHM!

 Today's Featured Fluff Addict is Tamara of Adventures of a first time SAHM!


Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how
many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-  I'm Tamara, a former mental health social worker and current SAHM. My husband and I live in Washington state with our daughter, Emma, 2 chihuahuas, 1 grumpy old cat and a few goldfish. It's been an adjustment going from 2 incomes down to one, but being home with my daughter is priceless!! Oh, and we're trying for number two right now ;)

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
I'd been thinking about it and researching while I was pregnant, but didn't end up actually starting until Emma was about 6 months old. I admit, I was a little scared at the thought and hesitant because my husband was so resistant. But, I eased into it, my husband came around and now I'm completely addicted!!

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? Most people are really surprised at how easy they really are, they're still picturing prefolds, plastic pants and scary pins, stinky wet pails and diaper service. Not that there is anything wrong with those methods, in my opinion, there are just so many easier ways.

What was your very first cloth diaper? My very first set of diapers were a ton of thrift store prefolds, 3 Thirsties covers and one Bummis cover.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
Pocket all the way, they are my absolute favorite!!

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I've not owned any Knickernappies pocket diapers, but of course I would love to! I do, however, LOVE my Loopy-dos!!!

 Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.? My blog, of course! Adventures of a first time SAHM!

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? Cloth wipes. I kept using disposable wipes for a few months until I was like: "What am I doing?", it was silly to keep a separate trash can just for dirty 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? Don't be afraid, just "take the plunge", it'll all work out. There's definitely a learning curve with cloth diapering, but that's part of the fun :) Do what you can, I was a part time CD mama for a long time and built up my stash slowly, even keeping a few sposies in the closet-"just in case". I'm happy to report, though, that we are an all cloth, all the time family now!!!


Thanks so much Tamara, for sharing your story and advice!  We appreciate it!  Want to stay connected with Tamara?  Make sure to follow her Blog for all her latest posts and more cloth diapering information.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Knickernappies Care Instructions; Tips & Tricks for taking care of your cloth diapers and accessories!

Thankfully, caring for your Knickernappies products is just as easy as caring for the rest of your laundry!

How do I wash Knickernappies diapers?
Simply run a cold rinse to wash off most of the ickies and prevent stains from setting.  Then wash on hot with 2 or 3 Tablespoons of detergent*.  Next, either dry in the dryer or hang dry.

First wash before initial use: No special instructions for the first wash, but I highly recommend drying in the dryer the first time and once a month or so afterwards.  This does help to seal the PUL nice and tight. 

  • For detergent, the actual amount that is best for you may vary depending on machine and water quality.  Most people find that 2 to 3 tablespoons works for a top-loading machine and about 2-3 teaspoons for a front-loading machine.
  • Do not use most free & clear detergents. Also do not use Dreft or ALL Baby.  In general, these will cause buildup.  Allen's Naturally, Country Save, Mountain Green, Tide, Tide Free, and Planet all work well.  Also, diaper-specific detergents such as BumGenius Detergent, Tiny Bubbles, and Rockin' Green are safe to use.
  • Do not use fabric softener. 
  • Do not use bleach as it can cause the PUL to fail.  Bac-Out and Oxyclean can be used to prevent odors and staining.
How do I dry Knickernappies diapers?
You may dry them in the dryer or hang them to dry.  If you choose to hang dry, go ahead and machine dry them once in a while to keep the PUL sealed. 

Do I need to prep my Just-Hemp inserts?
Yes, the hemp for the Just-Hemp inserts is not prewashed so it will need 3-4 washings separate from your diapers.  You may wash them with other laundry (towels, clothing, etc) as long as the detergent recommendations are followed.  It can take up to 8 washings for hemp to be fully absorbant.  You may use the inserts prior to this, just remember that they aren't fully primed so you may need to change diapers more often. 

Do I need to prep my LoopyDo inserts, SuperDo inserts, or Stay-Dry Hemp Doublers?
No.  The hemp in these inserts has been prewashed so that it won't leave buildup on the microfiber or microfleece.  These can be washed immediately with the rest of your diaper laundry.  However, it will take 4-6 washings for these to become fully absorbant.  You may use them in the meantime, but understand they aren't at their peak yet!

Can the Doorknob Diaper Pails be washed with my diapers?
Yes!  Just wash and dry with your diapers. 

How do I wash the nursing pads and menstrual pads?
Nursing pads can be washed with your baby's laundry or with your own.  We do not recommend washing with diapers for sanitary reasons.

Menstrual pads, however, can be washed easily with diapers.  You may want to rinse them first with cold water to prevent stains from setting but you can also skip this step.  Simply toss them in the diaper pail, wash and dry with diapers.  If you don't do diaper laundry, then they can be washed with towels or whatever laundry you feel comfortable washing them with.  Use 1/2 the amount of detergent you'd normally use to keep your pads absorbant.

For other information on caring for your cloth diapers and accessories you can contact your preferred Knickernappies retailer or email Knickernappies directly for troubleshooting.  Posting questions to our FaceBook Page is also a great place to gain advice and tips from other cloth diapering moms!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Have questions about laundering cloth diapers? Check out Rockin' Green's Youtube Channel!

It's not surprising that Rockin' Green has a Youtube channel and the good news...It's full of really great information on laundering your cloth diapers.  Some of their great videos include; How to use a Front Loader, Stripping Cloth Diapers, Rockin' a Soak and more!

Below I'll share with you a few of our favorites!  Make sure you check out their Channel for more!

Rockin'Green Soap vs. The Other Guys




Got stinkies or stains?  Watch this video on how to 'Rock a Soak'

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meet the Rockin' Mama behind Rockin' Green Soap!

Rockin Interview with Kim, the CEO of Rockin' Green Soap!

Since Rockin' Green Soap is on Knickernappies list of approved cloth diaper detergents we thought it'd only be appropriate to get to know Rockin' Green and the mama behind it a little more.  Plus who doesn't love a behind the scenes look inside one of the cloth diapering worlds fastest growing and most popular product lines.

Below you'll find Kim, the CEO of Rockin' Green Detergent's answers to my interview questions.  Enjoy!  

Let us know a little about yourself and your family?  Your location?  Do you have little ones in cloth diapers?- My husband (Jeremy) and I have been married for ten years now, and we live in San Antonio TX. We have two very active little boys. My oldest is 4.5 and wore cloth diapers for the last year of his "diapering career", and my youngest just turned 2 and has never been in a disposable. We even did cloth in the NICU. :)

How and when did you decide to use cloth diapers? My oldest kept getting really bad diaper rashes, and my mom suggested that we put him in cloth just for a few days to let his bottom heal. I bought a few diapers on craigslist, and have been hooked ever since!


When did you get interested in making your own detergent and why? We all have really sensitive skin, and some of the hardest water in the country which is a double whammy when it comes to washing cloth diapers. So, if I found something that didn't break my kids out, it left me with stinky, repellling diapers! So I decided to come up with something that gave me clean diapers and happy kids.

At what point did you realize that Rockin' Green was going to be a hit with the cloth diapering community? Oh, that's a tough one. I still don't think it's sunk in yet- LOL!

What sets Rockin Green apart from other detergents? Rockin' Green has fun, natural scents and customized formulas which means that there is something for everyone. 85% of Northern America has hard water, and most detergents don't address hard water issues.

Where do you think most families go wrong when it comes to laundering their diapers and why do you think so many have trouble? In the beginning, washing diapers can be scary. You go to the message boards and hear all the horror stories....you see people doing crazy chemistry experiements in their sinks trying to rid themselves of stink. My advice: keep it simple, and know that it is really hard to ruin your diapers. A little bit of diaper cream on a diaper...is always fixable!

What does the future hold for Rockin' Green? Lots of new projects in the pipeline! I spend countless hours working with industry leaders in the chemical, environmental and government sectors to get the best of the best. We are always testing new things, and pushing the boundaries. We are launching a new product in November, which I am REALLY excited about! It's something that the cloth diaper industry really needs. We have also been working on revamping our classic and soft rock formulas, thanks to customer feedback, so you can look for that this winter. And then in January we have two new lines of products that we are releasing. I have been busy!

Well I don't know about all of you but now I am dying to know about the new products that Rockin' Green will be coming out with next!  Anyone have any guesses on what they'll be?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Rockin' Green Soap Prize Pack Giveaway! CLOSED

It's here!  To kick off our Rockin Green sponsored week on the Knickernappies Blog we're starting off with a giveaway!

One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive:
  • 1, 45/90 Bag of Rockin Green Soap in the scent of their choice
  • 1, Shake It Up Pail Freshener in the scent of their choice
  • 1, Rockin Laundry Scoop
Giveaway runs October 11, 2010 through October 22, 2010 at 11:59pm.

Guidelines For Entry-
  • First entry requirement is to visit Rockin Green and leave your first comment/entry with your favorite scent and whether you'd need Soft Rock, Classic Rock or Hard Rock!
  • Please comment once per entry so that you are entered the correct number of times in the giveaway.
  • Make sure you either leave your email address, blog or website address in each comment or make sure you are logged in to your Blogger account so that we can be sure to have a way of reaching you should you win.
  • Contest is open to participants in the USA & Canada.
  • Contest runs from October 11-22, 2010.
  • Winner is chosen via random.org and winning announcements are posted on the Blog & FaceBook.
  • Participants have 7 days from close of giveaway to respond and claim their prize.
How to earn extra entries-
  • Earn (1) extra entry for posting a pic of your baby in a KN diaper to our FaceBook Fan Page!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN of Rockin Green on FaceBook!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN of Knickernappies on Facebook!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following the Knickernappies Blog.
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you Follow @Knickernappies on Twitter.
  • Earn (3) extra entries each time you Tweet about the giveaway, please be sure to include this link (http://tinyurl.com/39k6x2y)to the giveaway and use #knickernappies in your tweet. (Max. 1 tweet per day)
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you place the Knickernappies Blog Buttonon your website or blog.
  • Earn (3) extra entries when you Announce the Giveaway either on FaceBook or your Blog, you mays use this link http://tinyurl.com/39k6x2y.
  • Earn (3) extra entries when you submit your information to become one of our weekly Featured Fluff Addicts.  Visit this link for more information on how to submit your story. *You may only earn these extra entries if you submit your info and have not been our Featured Fluff Addict before.  Thanks!
Good Luck!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is...Kristina from Cloth Diaper Addiction!

Time to feature another hopelessly cloth addicted mama!  This week is Kristina and she has a blog, appropriately titled...Cloth Diaper Addiction!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.- My name is Kristina C. I live in West Michigan. I currently have two little boy and we want to have a few more kids yet! My oldest son will be 2 beginning of September and my younger son was born April 23 of this year! Both are in cloth!

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?

Having two boys in disposables can get really costly. Plus my husband and I really wanted me to become a stay at home mommy instead of having to go back to work after my maternity leave. We were trying to cut cost in as many places as possible in order to do that. We had considered cloth when we had our first but never made the switch. Now that we have two in diapers we decided to give cloth a try and I am so glad we did. Its one of the best decisions we have made for our boys!

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new" cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of your choice to use cloth diapers? I think after we decided to switch to cloth some of our family was kind of grossed out by it. My mom who watched the boys while I was at work said she would rather do disposables while watching them. But now She uses cloth, I have also gotten a cousin and my sisters to go to cloth!

What was your very first cloth diaper? Our first cloth purchase was Bummis Prefolds with Thristies covers. We wanted to keep cost down and make sure we really liked cloth diapering and that we would continue with it before making any big purchases. We also just started out cloth diapering our infant then a month later switched our toddler over to cloth as well.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
I like to try a little of everything. I have prefolds and covers, quite a few pockets and some AIO's and AI2's, and a couple hybrids. I probably have the most in pockets and prefolds though.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I really like my door knob diaper pail. I can use it on the door or put it in a smaller diaper pail. I've also hooked it around a dresser knob too! I would really like to try out the Knickernappies one size diaper. oh and I also LOVE the LoopyDo and SuperDo inserts for at night!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.? I am all over the web talking about cloth! I have a blog called Cloth Diaper Addiction (www.clothdiaperaddiction.com) , as well as a facebook page for my blog. I love to visit my local cloth store Ecobuns (www.ecobuns.com) to talk about diapers as well.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? Wet bags! I have 2 medium, 1 large and to pail liners!


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? Just give it a try, Put aside all your previous thoughts because once you give it a try you will love it!

Did you like reading about Kristina?  Well if you want to stay connected with her you can Follow her BlogFan on FaceBook. and/or become a

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Meet Shannon, the Proud Papa behind Knickernappies!

I had the opportunity to interview Shannon, the daddy behind the diapers!  I thought it would be fun to get to know him a little better since he's such an important part of Knickernappies but mostly stays behind the scenes.  Let's find out what makes him tick and what he really thinks about cloth diapers and the future of Knickernappies! 

When Heather first mentioned that she wanted to use cloth diapers what were your initial thoughts?  Is she crazy?  Too much work?  When Heather first approached me about doing cloth diapers my very first thought was World War II, hang it out on the clothes line, poky pins, white cloth diapers, and I think I even said out loud, "Cloth Diapers, WHY!" Heather was prepared for my resistance and patiently explained that cloth diapers had changed over the years. I believe the first diaper we tried was a SnapEz, I still love SnapEz, a shout out to Ruth who runs a top grade company. Once I actually changed a cloth diaper I loved them. Really, come on, everyone has to admit that cloth diapers are cute as a button. Most buy because cloth is cheaper over all, but I still say the cute factor has a lot to do with the masses of mothers choosing cloth.

Honestly, were diaper changes easy?  Did you avoid them or had you become a pro?  Having ones first baby is extremely intimidating no matter what diaper a parent uses. Choosing cloth over the marketing machine work of the disposable entities out in the market place seems outside the norm. However, changing cloth diapers reinforced my self confidence about choosing cloth diapers. In other words I felt more and more strongly that I had made the right choice. Nobody is a pro when it comes to changing diapers, but as a parent you know when you've made the right choice for your baby and with each diaper change I knew I had made the correct decision for my baby.

After becoming a cloth diapering family and acquiring the Knickernappies business, how much of a leap of faith did you feel Heather was taking and did you ever expect that you'd eventually both be working full-time for the company?  Everyone reading this has to remember one thing. Everything about cloth diapering your baby is good. Good for your baby. Good for the environment. Good for your families pocket book. Heather and I are business people and working in a business that is all about good was an easy step. Yes, I believe that our company will continue to grow and hopefully some day our children will want to take over. But for right now I get to play-wrestle with my kids in between working on and for our business. It is a dream come true.

What do you like best about being a work-at-home family?  This may surprise most people, but I love being able to go to my daughter's events. All those activities that a child does while growing up are almost always attended to by one parent. Heather and I both get to attend our childrens' daily events. I have worked for other people and I know how difficult it is to ask for time off work to be involved in simple activities. A recent example was the first day of school. Our daughter is five and she was very nervous. We went as family to see Camille off to school and I believe it helped give her confidence. Please, don't misunderstand me, we still work very hard. There are lots of hours that we encourage/tell our daughter that she has to play by herself while we finish our work.
 
What are your goals for Knickernappies in the future/where would you like to see the company in five years?  Goals are huge with me. This is a very key question in anyones life. Just exactly where do we want to go with this company? We have achieved our primary goal of making a living from our business while working at home. I would like to see our company continue to build a symbiotic relationship with locally owned retail stores. Its not just business. People are real. Their money is real. I keep in mind that someone has left their family at home in order to go out and earn a paycheck. I want to see our company remain personal to retailers and people that buy our product for use. Easy to say and difficult to achieve, however I believe it is a worthy goal.

What product are you most proud of and why? or what is your favorite KN product?  I don't have a favorite product, but I am very excited about some new products we are designing. I believe we will see these new products released sometime in the next six months.

Is there a Knickernappies accomplishment or milestone that you're most proud of?  I am amazed at Heather. To everyone reading this, please know that Heather is incredible. She is the force behind Knickernappies. Our faith in Christ is our ultimate foundation, but I believe God answered my prayers when he sent Heather to me to become my wife. We have been married ten years and she still makes me shake my head in amazement. Knickernappies accomplishments or milestones are all achieved because of Heather.

Since the birth of your new son Colby, how has this affected the way Knickernappies and the way you and Heather work or the roles you take?  Our son Colby is three months old and has become a constant disruption to our daily work. I would not have it any other way. We had infertility issues and a miscarriage prior to Colby. Colby is a blessing and we are glad he is here to muck up our lives a bit.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Knickernappies Sighting in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

We're super excited to have had our DoorKnob Diaper Pail featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

As you all know, cloth diapers are making a comeback in a big way and it is so exciting to see mainstream news sources and magazines, which are usually dominated by the larger disposable diaper manufacturers, now beginning to take notice that cloth diapering may be the way to go.

This time P & N highlight the benefits of cloth diapering and make suggestions on how to make it easier and more convenient on the mother and family.

We are proud to see our Doorknob Pail recommended for convenience

"Use a waterproof, machine washable diaper pail for convenient and sanitary storage of soiled nappies until laundry day."

It is very encouraging to see that reducing waste, recycling and living more a more eco-conscious lifestyle is becoming more popular, especially since cloth diapers are a much healthier and safer diapering alternative.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Will your babes diaper be part of their Halloween costume?

We can all concur that one of the cool things about cloth diapers is that they're so cute you don't even have to make baby wear pants!  Often the diapers match the shirt and a pair of baby legwarmers and tada! instant outfit!

Where normally it's not exactly considered tasteful to bring your baby around in only their disposable, the same is not true for cloth.  Yet another reason that cloth rules!

Does the same go for seasonal outfits?  Will your babies cloth diaper be a part of their costume or will it be covered up?  Do you buy seasonal diapers or consider them to be a waste of money since they can only be shown off during a certain time of year?

If buying Halloween, Christmas or other holiday inspired diapers are not in your budget you can always just coordinate with plain colors.  Melon, orange, or black diapers work for Halloween while red and green of course work for Christmas and winter.

So what's the verdict?  Are seasonal print or embellished diapers a part of your holiday plans or will you stick to more versatile diapers?

Have any cute photos of your little ones in diapers that complement their Halloween costumes or other seasonal outfits?  Post your pics to our FaceBook Page Wall, we'd love to see them!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ever wondered about dying your diapers?

We've all been there. You're looking at a site that sells already pricey fitted diapers, usually ranging in price from $18-35.00 each for the natural un-dyed variety. They look so soft, so luxurious, but they're not even waterproof, they require a cover. Can you make yourself do it? Spend so much on one fitted?

Then it happens, you see them, the hand dyed diapers. Same luxurious fitteds dyed in beautiful vibrant colors. Their names are usually just as magical and awe inspiring. Neapolitan, Pumpkin Pie, Sorbet...you begin to drool.

Five minutes ago you were trying to talk yourself either into or out of buying an $18-35 dollar diaper. Now you can't stop your mouth from watering at the site of their even higher priced dyed versions. You tell yourself every babe deserves at least one "special" (a.k.a exspensive) diaper, right?

The truth is, hand dyed diapers are hard to resist. They're like a work of art that your kid poops in. But they don't have to cost you an arm and a leg, you can learn to dye your own diapers.

From cotton prefolds to bamboo velour, there are tutorials and dyes for every fabric imaginable. I've decided to post a link for you all to check out in case you're thinking of dying your own diapers.

All About Hand Dying Addresses issues like The Dyeing Process, How to keep the tag from getting dyed, What types of dyes to use on which fabrics, and much more. This is a really informational site and it will really give you a good idea of what's involved so that you can decide if it's really something you'd like to try or something you'd like to leave up to the experts.

Did you even know that you can purchase some of your dyeing supplies on Amazon?  Plus, there are even tons of videos and demos on Youtube which can help you understand how to use the different dyes.


Don't forget to check with the diaper manufacturers warranty before dying your diapers if you are concerned with the possibility of voiding their warranty. Some companies such as DryBees specifically state that the use of Procion Dyes does NOT void their warranty.

Hope you all found this information helpful! Have fun dyeing.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is...Crystal from Biehl Adventures!

Today's Fluff Addicted mama is Crystal of Biehl Adventures!


Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-  I'm a former middle school teacher-turned-SAHM to 1 handsome little man named Collin who was born in December of 2009.  I live in Indiana with my hubby of 5 + years (he was my high school sweetheart)  Fun fact: My hubby and son share the same birthday!

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?  Originally, it was all about saving money.  But now that we've done it for 9 months, we love that only cotton touches our little man's bum.  We also love that we aren't adding to the landfills with disposables.

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?  All our aunts/moms/grandmas couldn't believe how much easier it was now! My friends all think the diapers are so cute! I've had several expecting mom friends message me about cloth diapers -- wanting to know my favorites, if washing them is really that bad.  We've received nothing but support and praise for using cloth diapers.  In fact, another cloth diapering mama and I may have converted a mom of twins to cloth! She wanted lots of info!

What was your very first cloth diaper?  Cotton Babies prefold with a Thirsties cover and also a Bumgenius AIO.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?  Mostly pockets but ..being a fluff addict who can't resist a good contest when she sees one..We also have prefolds, fitteds, AIO, AI2s...pretty much a little of everything.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  I would love to try a 2G pocket diaper because I love side snaps, elastic at the front and back...and it comes in CHOCOLATE!!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?  Love love love the Twitter #clothdiapers chats on Monday.  Pretty much if there's a Facebook page about cloth diapers...you'll see me there.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?  It's a tie-- Diaper Sprayer and 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?  Educate yourself--there are so many facebook pages, blogs, and tweeps who would love nothing more than to share tips and advice about cloth diapering!


You can find out more about Crystal by visiting her Blog, Biehl Adventures!  Also, make sure to check out her event Fluff Baby Home where she's working to raise funds for her brother and sister-in-law's international adoption!  You can read more about Fluff Baby Home by clicking HERE.

 
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