Wednesday, December 28, 2011

To smell or to mask the smell, that IS the question.

Often when I speak to those new to cloth diapering I hear one thing come up over and over again..."I smell pee!"

I think it's the most obvious thing but the least often considered when deciding to use cloth over disposables.  When you use disposables you notice and don't pay much attention to the fact that they have a sort of fragrance, sicky sweet and gross in my opinion, but a fragrance none the less.  We forget that fragrance is not there just to make baby smell like a rose, it's there to mask the natural odors associated with urination and defecation.  Without the chemicals and fragrance a soiled disposable diaper would smell like a soiled cloth diaper....It would smell like pee and poop!

This "natural" aroma is a pain if you intend to let your little one sit in a dirty diaper for any length of time but should just be accepted as a part of the diapering and potty training process.  Baby smells for a reason, time to change that diaper!

In any case, I like to tell people in advance if they happen to bring up the smell factor, that it's natural and you do get used to it.  Unless you're willing to cover baby's bottom with a chemical, gel filled, frangrance enhanced, plastic/paper diaper, then you'll just have to accept the natural smells associated with diapering naturally with cloth.

So what are your thoughts?  Do you find the smell to be hard to deal with or just part of the deal.  Do you despise the smell and fragrance of disposables as much as I do?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two Winners of the Palm Tree OS Diaper Covers are....

Thank you all for entering to win a Palm Tree OS Diaper Cover!  They really are a superb cover.  Their onesize design, durable snaps and gentle leg elastic make it an excellent and affordable option for all families.

We gave away two covers to two lucky winners and they are Maria L and Abbey V!  Please check your emails and claim your prize.

Friday, December 16, 2011

We're giving away (2) New Palm Tree OS Diaper Covers!

We're celebrating the addition of the Palm Tree Diapers line to our Knickernappies product lineup and we're giving TWO away to celebrate!

Features:
  • One Size - Fits babies approximately 8-35 lbs
  • Tuck Flap - helps secure prefolds inside the cover
  • Snap Closure - snaps last practically forever
  • Bright Colors - Eight great colors for an adorable diaper bottom
  • Two-Layer PUL - our waterproof fabric hides the laminate between two layers of soft fabric
  • Gentle Elastic - our super-gentle elastic is durable yet won't leave red marks
  • Warranty - our 60 day warranty guarantees your investment is safe (see below for details)
 We're giving away TWO Covers, one each to two lucky winners!  Enter via the Rafflcopter form below!



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    Friday, December 9, 2011

    Daycare Doesn't Have to Mean Disposable!

    If you need or want to go back to work while your child is still in diapers, then the diapering aspect of his care probably isn't highest on your priorities. You're looking for a daycare where your child will be happy, comfortable, and well cared for, a place where you can leave him without worrying. And even if you've been using cloth full-time at home, switching to disposables during the day is a small price to pay if you're happy with your child's care.

    However, the benefits of cloth diapers--better for the environment, better for your baby's health, and better for your wallet--are still true. And even though most daycares are hesitant to use cloth, many are open to considering it. Before you assume that you'll need to buy disposables for daycare, talk about the options. You might find that they're happy to keep your baby in cloth diapers once you teach them how. And you might feel better knowing that your baby is still enjoying the soft comfort of cloth against his skin, all day long.

    If keeping your baby in cloth diapers is important for you, then look for a daycare that's already using cloth, or at least open to it. The Real Diaper Association has a list of cloth-friendly daycares. This list is not exhaustive, so talk to the daycares in your area as well. Some types of childcare centers, such as Montessori infant/toddler programs and daycares that advertise as eco-friendly, are more likely to use cloth diapers or be open to them.

    What if you've got your heart set on a daycare that doesn't use cloth diapers? Before you run out for a pack of disposables, try educating the daycare. Schedule a meeting with the director, and with your child's potential teacher as well if you can, and ask them if they'd consider using cloth diapers for your baby. Bring a sample diaper to show them, so they can see exactly what they'd be dealing with, along with a wet bag, and show them how they would use the diaper. Also be prepared with a list of your state's regulations for the use of reusable diapers in daycares, as well as the results of the 1995 study comparing fecal contamination in daycares that used different types of diapers. These will help quiet any concerns they have about regulations and sanitation. In addition, bring a mental list of the ways that using cloth will benefit the daycare, such as reducing trash and enhancing their reputation as an eco-friendly childcare center.

    You might also need to get diapers specifically for the daycare. If you've been using prefolds and covers at home, consider buying a set of pockets or all-in-ones for the daycare. Ease of use is an important consideration for a daycare; they probably won't be able to train every teacher in the art of folding a flat fold! Provide a wet bag that closes well (preferably with a zipper so it holds in smells), and plan to bring used diapers home and bring back fresh diapers for the daycare daily.

    Keeping your child in cloth diapers while he's at daycare may not be the most important factor in choosing your daycare. But with these tips, it doesn't have to be. Most daycares will be happy to accommodate your wishes when you educate them and make it easy for them to use cloth. And by teaching the daycare about cloth diapers, you're making it easier for the next cloth diapering family whose child attends that center. You might even make a new cloth diaper convert: when the teachers and director see how easy cloth is, they might decide to use cloth with their own children as well.

    For more information, see the Real Diaper Association's Tips for Using Cloth Diapers in Daycare.

    Attribution: Photo by originallittlehellraiser
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15029927@N05/), used by creative commons license.


    Guest Blogger:

    Lisa C. Baker is a full-time mom and part-time writer in Atlanta, Georgia. She writes about green parenting topics at Organic Baby Atlanta andteaches workshops on cloth diapers and elimination communication. She's been a mom since 2008 and has never bought a disposable diaper; she hopes she'll never need to!

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Featured Retailer of the Week is Petite Bottoms!

    We're excited to bring back our Featured Retail posts!  This week we're featuring a new retailer, Petite Bottoms!

    Petite Bottoms is owned and operated by Kim!  Kim has 11+ years of experience in operating a successful business in the state of New Hampshire.  Her love for natural and organic living also lead to cloth diapering that ultimately turned her part time business into a now retail store.  She's not only very professional and friendly but is a very positive individual that's known to think 'outside the box'.  She is also a mother of two children who genuinely loves to help out other people including animals and are actively supporting various organizations outside her business.

    Petite Bottoms does have a physical location as well as a website.

    Petite Bottoms
    401 Kent Place
    Newmarket NH 03857
    424-CLOTH4U
    Hours: Monday 10am to 2pm
    Wednesday and Friday: 10:30am to noon and 3-5pm

    Do you have any little ones in cloth diapers?
    Not currently but I will next summer.

    How'd you get started in the cloth diaper retail business?  What inspired you to open?
    I started my business from a product that I created and it grew from there into what it is today.
    There is a real need for physical cloth diaper stores. I am currently the only dedicated one in this state, that need led me to open my store.

    So far, what's been the most exciting business moment?

    The grand opening of my retail location. I will never forget the joy of that day!

    Do you have any business goals for the future that you'd like to share?
    Continuing to educate people about cloth diapers and helping moms cloth diaper their babies.

    Of all the Knickernappies products, which is your favorite and why?
    The one size diaper. I think that it's a great value, well made and made right here in the USA.

    If you could give some advice to a mother considering cloth diapers, what would you tell her?
    Cloth diapering is not as hard as people tell you it is.


    Exclusive Discount for Knickernappies Fans!
    10% off for new customers, free shipping to NH, Maine, Mass, and Vermont.

    You can connect with Petite Bottoms on Facebook and stay up to date on all their latest sales, stocking announcements and more!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Our Diaper Hunt has begun! Have you registered yet?

    Have you heard about Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt?  It's an online Scavenger Hunt of EPIC proportions!

    Nearly 30 Knickernappies Retailers are participating and there are just as many awesome Knickernappies prizes to be won!

    How does it work?
    Each Knickernappies Retailer who is sponsoring can be found in an album on our Facebook page.  Along with their URL, you'll find a link to their Facebook page and the prize for their leg of the hunt.  Visit their site and look for the icon with clue #1, there you'll start your hunt.

    After solving the clues you'll find a final icon linked to an entry form.  There you can enter to win that sponsor's prize.  *We suggest you then go back to the Knickernappies Sponsor Album and comment on the ones you've found so that you don't lose track.

    Each sponsor's hunt that you solve will not only qualify you for an entry into their giveaway but it will also earn you an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway!  The more you solve, the greater your chances are of  winning the Grand Prize, a 6 pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers with Micro Inserts in the color and size of your choice!


    Entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway can be found on Knickernappies.com!

    What if you need help? 
    Can't figure out a clue?  Need a hint or a little extra help?  Each sponsor is responsible for helping hunters with their leg of the hunt.  Please visit their Facebook Page and ask questions or contact them directly.


    First thing you need to do is register to hunt!
    Fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your name and email address and LIKE each sponsors page.  Yes, this is mandatory, but think about it.  We would have asked that you like each sponsor anyhow so we figured it was best to just get it out of the way at the start.  Plus, this gives us a way to count how many people participated in the hunt.

    *You have from December 1st-31st to figure out each sponsors clues and claim your entries into their giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaway.

    Although registration started early, you will not be able to start hunting for the clues and icons until the 1st of December.


    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt Information and Registration!

    Have you heard about Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt?  It's an online Scavenger Hunt of EPIC proportions!

    Nearly 30 Knickernappies Retailers are participating and there are just as many awesome Knickernappies prizes to be won!

    How does it work?
    Each Knickernappies Retailer who is sponsoring can be found in an album on our Facebook page.  Along with their URL, you'll find a link to their Facebook page and the prize for their leg of the hunt.  Visit their site and look for the icon with clue #1, there you'll start your hunt.

    After solving the clues you'll find a final icon linked to an entry form.  There you can enter to win that sponsor's prize.  *We suggest you then go back to the Knickernappies Sponsor Album and comment on the ones you've found so that you don't lose track.

    Each sponsor's hunt that you solve will not only qualify you for an entry into their giveaway but it will also earn you an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway!  The more you solve, the greater your chances are of  winning the Grand Prize, a 6 pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers with Micro Inserts in the color and size of your choice!


    Entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway can be found on Knickernappies.com!

    What if you need help? 
    Can't figure out a clue?  Need a hint or a little extra help?  Each sponsor is responsible for helping hunters with their leg of the hunt.  Please visit their Facebook Page and ask questions or contact them directly.


    First thing you need to do is register to hunt!
    Fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your name and email address and LIKE each sponsors page.  Yes, this is mandatory, but think about it.  We would have asked that you like each sponsor anyhow so we figured it was best to just get it out of the way at the start.  Plus, this gives us a way to count how many people participated in the hunt.

    *You have from December 1st-31st to figure out each sponsors clues and claim your entries into their giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaway.

    Although registration is starting just a little early, you will not be able to start hunting for the clues and icons until the 1st of December.

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    Knickernappies welcomes Palm Tree Diapers to their product lineup!

    Newsflash!  Knickernappies is super excited to announce their teaming up with Palm Tree Diapers to bring customers a reliable and quality cloth diaper cover.

    We care about quality and function and we also know that families need affordable options.  Palm Tree Diaper Covers are Affordable, Dependable and Durable and here in the Knickernappies household we've been putting them to the test!

    You'll love the way it fits, you'll love the price, and you'll love that it works.  That it comes in eight adorable colors doesn't hurt, either.  This is the cover you've been looking for.

    Features:
    • One Size - Fits babies approximately 8-35 lbs
    • Tuck Flap - helps secure prefolds inside the cover
    • Snap Closure - snaps last practically forever
    • Bright Colors - Eight great colors for an adorable diaper bottom
    • Two-Layer PUL - our waterproof fabric hides the laminate between two layers of soft fabric
    • Gentle Elastic - our super-gentle elastic is durable yet won't leave red marks
    • Warranty - our 60 day warranty guarantees your investment is safe (see below for details)
    Palm Tree One Size Covers will MSRP for $10.99 and you should see them hitting the shelves of some of our fabulous retailers soon! 

    So what do you think?  Aren't you excited to try them? 

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    What Cloth Diapers would the 'Friends' Characters have used?

    As I was rinsing out my daughter’s dirty diaper with a diaper sprayer I got to thinking, I wonder what kind of diaper Rachel from FRIENDS would use? Then I thought, a hybrid diaper for sure! That led me to start thinking of the kind of cloth diaper Phoebe and Monica would use. (I know…clearly I had a lot of time to think but really the thing is that with two little ones and being home full-time I’ve found that my mind is really
    some times the only place where I can think about adult topics.) So here it is, a fun post celebrating that thing that we all love, cloth diapers!

    The Rachel Diaper (aka the Hybrid Diaper) – Rachel’s the kind of cloth diapering mama who cares more about the look and style of her diaper than it’s actual functionality which is why a hybrid diaper with the ability to remove inserts (and possibly throw them away) and reuse the cover would be perfect for her. She could color coordinate the clothes with the diaper cover she’s using that day. Because Rachel knows her trends and fashion, she’d pick up a few Blueberry diapers and Goodmamas since they are the best! Then she’d slip them in with Monica’s diapers so Monica could wash them. Genius!

    The Monica Diaper (aka the Pocket Diaper with flushable liners) – Because of their functionality, cleanliness and being able to flush the poos down the drain; Monica would definitely use a pocket diaper with flushable liners. Monica doesn’t care about how the diapers look on her twins. She wants a diaper that’s reliable and gets the job done.  Monica’s obsessive focus on organization and tidiness would also make a pretty sweet picture of how she would store her fluff, don’t you think?

    The Phoebe Diaper (aka organic Prefolds with wool covers) – Every the hippie free spirit Phoebe’s main concern for her little ones is the material that touches their sweet little skin. Phoebe is also concerned about the way her diapers are made and because of that she only buys from “made in the USA” or “made in Canada” fluffy manufacturers or she buys from co-ops or off of Etsy. She also uses cloth wipes from only the most pure fabrics.

    So which FRIENDS’ cloth diapering mama are you? Me? I’m undeniably Monica!



    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Cloth Diapering on the go? Packing your diaper bag is easy!

    You want to use your cloth diapers on the go but how do you pack your diaper bag? Here’s a peek into my diaper bag to help you with yours.
    First you’ll want to presoak your cloth wipes with your wipes’ solution so that you can put them in your traveling case. I make my wipes’ solution in a clean bowl, soak the wipes and then put the solution back in my spray bottle so that I don’t waste anything.
    Next wring out the wipes a little bit so they aren’t sopping wet in the case. Place them back into the case for later use when you’re out and about.
    You’ll need a wet bag in your diaper bag so that you have a place to put the wet or dirty diaper and the used wipes.
    And you cannot forget the cloth diaper! That would be quite the mess, wouldn’t it?

    See, easy as pie and it doesn’t take up THAT much room.  What do you pack in your cloth diapering diaper bag?


    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Washing Cloth Diapers in a Small Apartment

    So you like the idea of cloth diapers, but you don't have a washing machine. You live in a tiny apartment, and the closest laundromat is six blocks away and costs $4 per load. Are cloth diapers an option for you? Or are you stuck with spending $60 a month on disposables that will fill the landfill for the next 100 years?

    Never fear, apartment-dweller: you, too, can use cloth diapers.

    After all, our great-grandmothers all used cloth, and none of them had washing machines.

    If the financial advantage of cloth is one of its main attractions for you, then you'll want a washing solution that's inexpensive, too. The cheapest way for you to wash your own diapers is by hand, but there aren't many people these days who dare to attempt such a feat (and really, I can't blame you!). However, if you're brave enough, you can wash your diapers is with a bucket and a clean (unused) toilet plunger. Put the plunger in the bucket or tub along with your dirty diapers, and add water and detergent. Agitate the diapers by moving the plunger up and down in the water. This method works best if you let the diapers soak for a while first (your wet pail could even double as your washing bucket) and if you use hot water. Also if you have strong arms. There's definitely a gross factor, though: you have to dump out the water by hand and replace it with clean rinse water. And you have to wring the diapers dry.

    Not quite up for hand washing diapers? How about a handmade washing machine? Lifehacker has a plan for building a hand-powered washing machine out of wood and netting. The innovative design is made to agitate clothes (or diapers) without letting them get bunched up or tangled, and it can clean a load in about fifteen minutes. You still have to dump the dirty water out and refill with rinse water by hand, but you can use the machine to spin some of the water out and make drying easier.

    If you can't handle the thought of dumping dirty water into your toilet or bathtub, then your best bet is to purchase an apartment washing machine. This doesn't have to be expensive; you can buy a hand-powered mini washing machine for around $50. You still have to agitate by hand, but with the efficient crank, most of these machines will wash your load in less than ten minutes. A hose allows you to drain and refill, preventing the need to dump the water out, and you'll use less water than you would with the bucket method. And you can still wash diapers even if your electricity goes out.

    If you really want the convenience of a traditional washing machine but simply don't have the space for it, you can get an apartment-sized washing machine. Most of these hook to your sink, so you don't need a laundry hook-up. Prices usually run between $150 and $300, which sounds like a lot until you realize that you could easily spend more than that on disposable diapers before your baby hits six months old.

    No matter which washing method you choose, be aware that you're not sanitizing your diapers, just cleaning them. (But most washing machines don't sanitize either, unless they have a very hot sanitary cycle.) However, sanitizing diapers isn't necessary, at least not for every wash. If you're concerned about germs, consider adding a disinfectant to your wash water such as tea tree oil, vinegar, or even bleach (not recommended for most types of diapers, so check with the manufacturer). You can also boil your diapers after washing them: just put them in a pot of boiling water for ten minutes.

    What about drying your diapers? If it fits in your budget and your tiny living space, you can buy an apartment-sized dryer to match your little washing machine. But if space and money are tight, a simple folding drying rack will serve you just fine. Hanging diapers to dry may be a little time consuming, but it's actually the preferred method for most diapers: they'll last longer when hung to dry. If you have a porch or a balcony, then put your rack of drying diapers outside when you can, since direct sunlight will disinfect them and bleach out any stains. If it's raining, or you just don't have any outdoor space, then put the rack in your bathtub to catch drips.

    All this might sound like a lot of work. But in the long run, cloth diapers can actually be a lot more convenient, even in a tiny apartment. After all, how long would it take you to run to the store every time you ran out of disposable diapers? And how far do you have to carry your trash? When you consider all the factors, you may discover that five minutes of turning a hand-cranked washer isn't so much work after all.

    Lisa C. Baker is a full-time mom and part-time writer in Atlanta, Georgia. She writes about green parenting topics at Organic Baby Atlanta and teaches workshops on cloth diapers and elimination communication.  She's been a mom since 2008 and has never bought a disposable diaper; she hopes she'll never need to!

    Photo by simplyla, used by creative commons license.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Selfless Mothering: Would you give up your piece of pie?

    "A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." Tenneva Jordan

    As Christmas quickly approaches I’m finding the daunting task of giving out my “wish list.” What do I want for Christmas? This was not a difficult thing for me to do before I had children. In fact, someone could ask me at any given time what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas and I would instantly be able to list off a number of things. Now, when asked, I pause. I rack my brain for ideas but what do I come up with? Things for my kids.

    Whether it’s a cute outfit for my five month old daughter, Lady Bug, or a fun imagination sparking toy for my three year old son, Buggie, I can honestly say that those gifts bring me more joy than the newest electronic device or pair of hot shoes (okay, I can’t wear heels any more now that my feet have changed after two pregnancies but who’s counting, right?). Maybe I’m simple and have grown to be less materialistic. Actually, unfortunately I don’t think that’s the case. I’d love to say that it was and that I’m this super awesome human who doesn’t need or want the worldly things others desire but that’s not true. I am normal. What I’m seeing that’s different though from the way it was is that the things that bring me joy have now changed.

    My birthday is really no longer that important to me (except my 30th next year which I do plan on celebrating!). My kids’ birthdays? Now those are so important. Seeing Buggie all giddy as his little friends arrive for his party warms my heart. Dreaming up the lovely celebration we’ll have for Lady Bug’s first birthday in June makes my lips curl up into a small smile. Before I started caring for these two little bugs I never would’ve predicted the change in my attitude about what matters most in life.

    I think I have, to a degree, become a little more selfless. I know that when I read the quote by Tenneva Jordan above, about giving up a piece of pie, I completely resonated with it. I thought to myself, Yeah, I never did like pie either. 

    What about you? Would you be willing to give up your piece of pie?

    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Cloth Diapering Daycare Directory

    Did you know about the RDIA's Cloth Diapering Daycare Provider Directory?  Well now you do!
    The RDIA's Daycare Directory is part of an ongoing project that's constantly growing and they need your help!  Does your child's daycare use the cloth diapers you provide them with?  Then encourage them to get listed, it's a great way to gain a little extra exposure for their business.  In addition to benefiting the many daycare's listed, it's obviously also an invaluable resource for those looking for a cloth friendly daycare.

    Want to add your child's daycare to the provider directory yourself?  You can do that too!  The RDIA in partnership with RDA needs your help to continue to build and grow this great resource.

    Please share this post with your friends and together we can really help promote cloth diapers and help families in need who are looking for a cloth friendly facility.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    The brew that used to be my wet pail.

    Cloth diapering has it's ups and downs and for whatever reasons we all seem to have experienced funky diaper odor at one point or another.

    One thing I never thought I'd try, because it was such an old school method, was the wet pail method for storing your dirty diapers until laundry day.

    Now, one thing you should know is that over soaking your cloth diapers is not recommended by most manufacturers, but rinsing your diapers to remove debris and urine is, and that's pretty much how the wet pail worked for me.  I washed ever day or day and a half due to having two in diapers.

    Here's how I used my wet pail.
    • I had a kitchen size garbage can in my laundry room, (maybe a little smaller than kitchen size) away from the kids, basically in my garage next to the washer and dryer.  
    • I'd take my soiled diapers to the pail, after removing as much waste as possible into the toilet, and put them in the bottom of the pail.
    • Then I'd use my ultility sink to get a gallon or two of super hot water to add to the pail, just enough to cover the diapers that were in there.
    • Along with the hot water I'd add an ounce of Biokleen Laundry Liquid and/or spray the diapers with a little Bac Out before placing in the pail.
    • Every time I'd add a couple more diapers I would add more fresh hot water.
    • Like a witch stirring her brew, I had a broom handle that I used to push the diapers down and agitate them a bit each time.
    • When I had enough to start a load of laundry I would then, very carefully, pour the pail and diapers into the washing machine and run a rinse cycle.
    • After the rinse cycle I'd add more Biokleen Laundry Liquid and wash normally.
    Yes, wetpails can be gross.  Yes, it can be heavy to lift.  But I found that letting my diapers soak, constantly adding the fresh hot water, and the combination of the Biokleen products were the only things that cured the funky ammonia odor that the diapers seemed to so easily get.

    What are your thoughts on the wetpail?  Have you tried it?

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    At least I still have my diapers!

    Guest Post by Amanda

    Traveling with cloth...
    A couple weeks ago I went on a trip with just myself and the kids. I’ve never traveled alone with all 3 kids before so I was a little nervous, but we were going to visit my family so I knew I would have help. I think one of the hardest parts about traveling with kids is getting everything packed and not forgetting something important.

    First I packed for the twins. This used to be a monumental task but now that they are 3 it is much easier. All I needed was to make sure they had enough clothes, especially underwear, and their allergy medicines. I kept reminding myself to put their potty chair in the van. About an hour into my drive that was the first thing I realized I forgot.

    After packing for the twins I packed all my stuff. Compared to packing for the kids, packing for myself is pretty easy. I almost always forget my tooth brush but miraculously that didn’t happen this time. However, since my husband packed up the kids’ medicines I forgot to pack my own medicine. Good thing it’s something I can live without for a week.

    I waited until morning just before leaving to pack for the baby since she was asleep while I was packing for everyone else. I packed two bags for her, one bag full of all her clothes, shoes, socks, jacket, hair bows, and a blanket. The other bag had all her cloth diapers and accessories. I packed 5 covers and all of my stay dry and organic inserts, several hemp doublers for overnight, a couple of fitted and pocket diapers, and a couple extra covers. I also made sure to bring a large Diaper Palz wet bag for dirty diapers and several small wet bags for my diaper bag. Lastly I put cloth wipes in two small wipes containers and soaked them in a homemade wipes solution so I would have my wipes ready to use. I didn’t bring any laundry detergent because I planned on visiting the local cloth diaper store (Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale, MI) once I got to my dad’s house and picking up a free sample. After getting everything packed I started stacking all the bags that needed to be put in the van in a pile in the living room. My husband loaded all the bags into the van as I grabbed a few last minute items.

    I was pretty proud of myself when I made it to my dad’s house after 8 hours. Normally it’s a 6 hour drive, so I made pretty good time traveling alone with three kids. After visiting for awhile it was time to start getting the kids ready for bed. I went out to the van to bring in all the bags. After doing some quick math I realized a bag was missing. I checked the front of the van just to make sure my husband didn’t stick a bag on one of the seats. No luck. The bag with all of the baby’s clothes didn’t make it into the van.

    You would think this would be when I started freaking out about not having any clothes for my daughter for an entire week. Instead my reaction was relief. I was just so relieved that it wasn’t the bag full of cloth diapers that I couldn’t be upset. Clothes are easily replaced, but my precious cloth diapers are irreplaceable!

    What about you?  How important are your cloth diapers and how bummed would you be if you lost them?

    Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of 3 year old, identical, twin boys and a beautiful, 8 month old, baby girl. She is a new found cloth diaper addict who also enjoys sewing and crocheting when the kids aren't climbing all over her. She married an amazing man and enjoys living two houses away from her in-laws. Amanda has a degree in Public Health Education from Brigham Young University. She started blogging to keep her family updated on the crazy and cute things her kids are up to.  You find her at The Duke Family blog.

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Do you own extra inserts? Perhaps it's time you invested in some!

    Something most families, especially those new to cloth diapering, never think of is that it's great to have extra inserts on hand...besides the ones that your diapers come with.  The problem is that it's not that obvious.  Each modern pocket diaper usually comes with one, usually two inserts, which is all you need to use that diaper.

    So what's the big deal?  Just as your cloth diapers experience more wear and tear the more often you use them, the same is true for your inserts.  Micro-fiber terry loses it's "terry" the more it's used and the longer it's used.  Worn out microfiber inserts are often the culprit when baby's diaper is all of the sudden leaking or and doesn't seem to hold as much as it used to.

    The other factor to take into consideration is that if you have the exact amount of inserts you need for the number of diapers you have, what happens when you need to double or triple stuff a diaper for long car-rides, overnight or naptimes?  You'd end up with more clean pockets than you have inserts to put in them.

    In order to prolong the life of your inserts, keep your diapers functioning properly and have enough to use for those nights or days when you need a little something extra, it's a very good idea to invest in extra inserts.

    Check your local cloth diaper boutique or online retailer and see if they don't have a discount when you buy in packs of 3, 6 or more.  Add your new inserts to your cloth diaper stash and rotate out any inserts that seem to have lost that fluffy terry feel.  You can still keep the worn out ones, just use them as rags for dusting or for cleaning!

    So how about you?  Do you have extra inserts?  How many do you have and when did you decide that you needed them?

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Cloth Diaper Detergent Immunity? Is there such a thing?

    OK, there's not really anything called cloth diaper immunity, but sometimes it seems like your diapers can build one.

    What am I referring to?  Well I'm talking about the fact that families always seem to be in need of changing their cloth diaper washing routine.  Just when you think you've got your routine down pat, next thing you know that infamous cloth diaper odor rears it's ugly head leaving you to question all that you thought you knew about washing diapers.

    Could those diapers have suddenly become immune to your detergent, the one you've been counting on and using for so long?  No.  Of course not, there's no way, but there could be other culprits at work behind the scenes.

    Things to consider if you find your cloth diaper washing routine has suddenly stopped working.
    • Do you have a water softener?  Make sure that it's still functioning properly and hasn't run out of salt.  I can't tell you how many times I've checked mine only to discover that it was accidentally unplugged or out of salt.
    • Did you use enough detergent?  Mommy brain, it's a real thing!  Could you have washed a load of laundry without adding detergent?  Stranger things have happened.  Perhaps you used detergent but added way too much or not enough?
    • Did you skip a rinse cycle that you normally add before or after you wash?
    • Did you wash more diaper than normal or had they sat in the diaper pail longer than usual?  Sometimes it's literally the littlest things that can affect your wash and how clean your diapers get.
     This post is just a reminder, that before you divorce your beloved cloth diaper detergent and go in search of another, there could be simple things affecting your wash routine.  If the detergent did the trick before, chances are that it's not to blame for your suddenly stinky diaper laundry.

    What do you think?  Does any of this sound familiar? 

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Where and how do you fold your cloth diapers?

    Guest Post by Bert


    It’s the little things as a mom that you begin to enjoy. For me it’s putting together my daughter’s pocket diapers and watching TV. When I first started using clothdiapers three years ago with my son I hated putting the inserts into my pocket diapers after a good washing. It felt like just another thing to add onto an already growing to do list that I couldn’t ever whiddle down.

    Now its three years later and I can tell you that I actually don’t mind having to wash diapers every other day. I actually like washing diapers because I like the satisfaction of seeing if the detergent I’m using (which is EcoSprout and it really IS AMAZING) did its job. I also love putting together the diapers because it gives me an excuse to sit down and watch a little reality TV queued up in our Netflix instant queue! Seriously though we’re moms and some times we don’t take the time to just relax. Granted you may think that putting together diapers is not relaxing, but I beg to differ and here’s why:
    • I can put diapers together sitting down. When, other than breastfeeding, can I do anything sitting down? Let me tell you, it’s a rarity!
    • It’s mindless and the diapers don’t ask me questions. “Mommy why Diesel is a naughty engine? Why? Why?” Need I say more? I think not.
    • I can watch TV! If I’m going to be putting diapers together I should be entertained!!!
    • The cloth diapers are so cute and we have cute wipes! Ascetics are everything, right? I say that if you’re going to be doing chores you might as well have something pretty to look at.
    What do you do when you put your cloth diapers together?
    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Tips for Troubleshooting Pocket Diaper Leaks!

    Guest Post by Bert

    Sometimes cloth diapers leak. Heck, some times disposable diapers leak! The truth of the matter is that unless you practice early elimination your baby needs to wear diapers. What do you do when your cloth diaper is continuously leaking?

    I like to go through a process of elimination when it comes to solving cloth diaper leaking problems. First, I look at the way I put on the diaper. Are the inner tabs pulled up causing the urine to wick up the clothes? Is the diaper the right size; is it too tight or too loose around the legs causing a gap?

    Pocket Diaper Leaks
    The main reason for pocket diaper leaks start with what makes a pocket diaper stand out from the rest of the cloth diaper pack – their ability for the user to tailor absorbency by adding and removing inserts. If you have too many inserts in the pocket it will cause gapping between the diaper and your baby’s legs. If you don’t have enough inserts your diaper will leak.

    Most pockets, at least the more popular brands, are one size. If you’re experiencing leaking in a one size pocket diaper, particularly around the legs, I encourage you to try moving your baby up or down a size. If the diaper’s too small there won’t be enough area for the insert to absorb the urine. If the diaper’s too big then you’ll have leaks around the legs from gapping.

    The other cause for pocket diaper leaks could be due to a build up of detergent. A detergent build up can happen with both the pockets and the microfiber inserts (if you use microfiber). If this is the case you need to strip the diapers to get rid of the build up. What’s a simple stripping method? The original blue Dawn detergent. Yes, that’s right, Dawn detergent. Two squirts into a very hot washing cycle of clean diapers will do the trick. Do an extra rinse cycle after that and you’re done. You can also use baking soda or vinegar. I haven’t used either of those methods because Dawn works for me so let me know if you’ve had success with either of those.

    If you notice that there’s leaking that’s happening and it’s not in the common problem areas of the legs or near the top of the pocket chances are that your waterproof liner (aka the PUL) could be worn down or peeling. You can tell if this is happening by turning the diaper inside out and holding it up to the light. If you can see through it, if there are breaks in the liner or it’s not shiny then your leaking problem is the PUL. There are ways to re-waterproof your pockets otherwise you’ll likely need to restock on new ones. Once the waterproofing of a pocket diaper isn’t working it’s got a very short time before you’ll need to replace it or buy a cover.

    Now of course there are other reasons for leaks in a pocket diaper. These are the most common causes for pockets. If you’ve found other causes please comment below and share your knowledge.

    Hope this helps!

    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Love the Knickernappies Onesize Pocket Diaper? Leave your review!

    This is your friendly reminder that you can both research cloth diapers by reading the reviews of the various styles and brands on Diaperpin as well as leave your reviews that will assist others in making their decisions.

    At Knickernappies we love Diaperpin and we also love reading your feedback!  The latest review our Onesize Diaper has received on Diaperpin is great!

    Irishmarmalade gives us 5 stars and writes:
    "I was looking for a good pocket diaper for my chubby, belly-sleeping, heavy wetter. I've been using this diaper (One-Size) for naps every other day for the past two months and love it! I double stuff it, or use a loopy-doo. There was a bit of a learning curve with the side snaps, but now I like it so much I've purchased another. The inner is very soft and overall quality is excellent."
    She purchased her Knickernappies OS diaper at Sew Crafty Baby!  That's something else to consider.  Every time you review a product on Diaperpin you get to share with the world where you purchased it.  This is essential to small mom-owned businesses and helps send new customers their way!

    When's the last time you took a moment to review some of your favorite products and retailers?  Stop by Diaperpin today and leave a couple reviews!

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Facebook Pages, The NEW Customer Support Center?

    I've found myself doing it too.  I need to hit a local store, instead of looking it up in the phone book...(by the way my 8 yr old saw our phone book the other day and asked, what is that?) I go straight to Facebook.  Surely XYZ store has a FaceBook Page?  And, they do!

    I find it so interesting how quickly we're phasing out the old and getting on with the new.  Do businesses need an 800 number anymore, a customer support email system, a live chat option?  It's looking more and more like they don't.

    With regards to cloth diapers, Facebook is becoming the catch all for customer service, product support, order tracking and more.  Now customers are helping customers when their questions are shared on a pages wall and business owners are able to provide public support and customer service all in one place.  I think it's pretty amazing personally.

    How do you feel that Facebook has changed how you look for customer support?  Do you find yourself more interested in asking the online community for support rather than taking your chances with a personal email or phone call?  Do you feel you're able to get more immediate responses to your inquiries as opposed to the "traditional" methods of contact?

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Carrie!

    Yay for Friday's!  Time to feature yet another Fluff Addict!  This week it's a super sweet mama named Carrie and man, I just love her daughter's name, Claire! So cute! 

    First, tell us your name and a little about your family. 
    My name is Carrie and I am a previous insurance agent / current SAHM to almost-three-year-old Jack and eight-week-old Claire.  I met my husband, Charles, 12 years ago at a blackjack table in Las Vegas (I swear).

    Where are you located? 

    Wylie, Texas (yeeeehaw, y'all!)

    Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers?  Were you cloth diapered as a child? 
    I currently have two kiddos in cloth diapers (although I am really, really hoping to have just ONE in diapers in the next few weeks as we are strongly bribing, I mean encouraging, Jack to use the potty).  I was cloth diapered as a baby although my mom always tells me it wasn't as easy back in the day as it is now.

    What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers? 
    Originally, I intended to do something that would be better for my baby and the environment, as well as save money.  I have to admit I am probably not saving that much money anymore, it seems like every time I find a new diaper or my favorite brands come out with new colors, I *must* have them.  ;)

    Favorite part about using cloth diapers? 
    Not only are they cute and I can coordinate them with the baby's outfits, but every time I put one on I feel like I am doing something good for both my child and our earth (which is where my child lives, so double bonus!).

    What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth? 
    At first they thought I was off my rocker, but I think everyone is on board now.  My mom always talks about what a great idea it is and how great they are and how she wishes diapering had been this easy when I was a baby.  I am pretty sure my non-cloth-diapering friends think I'm batty, though. 

    Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share?  
    My first experience with the diaper sprayer was a complete disaster.  I had the sprayer on full-blast and managed to spray all of the poop off in one good spray...but it splattered ALL. OVER. THE. BATHROOM.  As in...everywhere.  All over the top of the toilet (no, not IN it...), all over the walls and the floor and the toilet paper holder and...you get the idea.  It was not fun to clean up, but I learned my lesson and have improved my diaper-sprayer technique.

    Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?  
    Cloth wipes.  My little girl has only fussed once during a diaper change, and that was when I had to use some cold disposable wipes on her bottom.  I felt so bad, I haven't used them again since!  Instead we use cloth wipes with a wipe solution and she is much happier.  My son even asks for the "butt spray" when I change him.

    Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?  
    I would love to try the one-size side snapping pocket.  I have mostly pockets and AIOs and I am intrigues by the side snaps but haven't tried them yet!

    What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby? 

    Start small - there are so many choices out there, it is overwhelming!  Pick a few diapers you'd like to try and go from there.

    Visit Carrie on her blog, Burp Cloths and Saddle Pads, and get to know her better!

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    The 2011 Cloth Diaper Awards are coming! Make your nominations!

    Have you heard of Padded Tush Stats?  They're an awesome cloth diaper review site that you can refer to when you want real, honest, factual reviews of cloth diapers that you might be interested in trying or purchasing.

    Well, Padded Tush Stats is hosting their Annual Cloth Diaper Awards!  You have from now through October 31, 2011 to nominate
    • Diaper of the year  
    • Cloth Diaper Retailer of the Year 
    • Cloth Diaper Resource of the Year, excluding Padded Tush Stats 
    • Cloth Diaper Accessory of the Year
    If you love Knickernappies we'd love for you to nominate any of our products or accessories!  Have a favorite retailer?   Nominate your favorite retailer!

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Sometimes pictures can do all the cloth diaper advocating for you!

    Guest Post by Lisa B.

    I'm not sure why I decided to clothdiaper this time around. With my daughter, who's now 4, I never gave a thought to buying diapers box after box after box. Sure, I felt it was a waste of money, and who knows what happens to those things in the landfill? But cloth diapers were a bit of a mystery.

    This time I need to save money any way I can, so I asked a friend about cloth diapers. She is so passionate about it that I was convinced. I ordered a few and rushed to the mailbox each day to see if the “fluffy mail” had arrived. (Since we didn't find out the sex of the baby, I couldn't really wash clothes. Washing those cute, colorful cloth diapers gave me something to do when the nesting urge hit.)

    I became a bit addicted to cloth diaper blogs and websites, cruising through the pages to see all the different types and reading testimonials from moms. I couldn't wait to wrap my baby in cloth.

    Most of the sites urge you to spread the word about cloth diapers, but how could I when I was a newbie? I was still figuring out what “prefold” meant. (Did it come prefolded?)

    Enter social networking, in this case, the wonders of Facebook. Without even trying I've let my friends know about cloth, just by the simple act of posting a photo with my baby sporting a cute cloth diaper. This isn't even intentional – I just happen to think that chubby babies wearing only a diaper is about the cutest thing in the world.

    The most recent photo, taken by my 4-year-old, captured my baby boy's grin as I covered his cheeks with kisses. Being a hot summer evening, he was wearing only a red Knickernappies diaper. (Or maybe his clothes had been stripped due to his messy eating – it all just means more laundry to me.) At any rate, I posted that image as my “profile picture” on Facebook.
    His contagious smile garnered lots of responses, but that bright diaper caught one friend's eye. She asked me about it, and then wanted to know my favorite brands. I immediately responded, probably gushing a little too much. And I added a few of my favorite websites as well.

    Some days I find Facebook annoying, when I see people update their status hourly. But it has become a great networking tool in our world, and I monitor the news feed every morning to check for cloth diaper news and giveaways (I even won once!). And now I can use it to spread the word about cloth diapers in a quiet way – I'll let my baby's cuteness and round, cloth-diapered bottom, do the talking.

    Bio:  Lisa J is a freelance writer who lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and two children, Olivia, 4, and Max, 7 months.

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Lori, The Gnomes Mom!

    Featured Fluff Addicts is another reason why I just love Fridays!  Today we're super excited to introduce you to Lori, a fellow blogger, and the mama behind The Gnomes Mom!  Read all about her in our interview below.

    First, tell us your name and a little about your family. 
    Hi! I'm Lori. I've been married to Jason for almost 2 years. He's a total sports addict who can wash and stuff diapers with the best of them! He's not afraid of a snappi either! He also works really hard so that I can stay home with our son. Our son is 11 months old and we call him "The Gnome." We have 4 crazy dogs - a Boxer named Aggie, a German Shepherd named Tucker, and 2 Chihuahuas named Chico and Kiwi.

    Where are you located? 
    We live just south of Fort Worth, Texas.

    Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers? 
    Yes! When I was pregnant we did a ton of research and finally made our decision on which cloth diapers to choose. We went with a OS diaper and got them all prepped and ready in the nursery so that we could start The Gnome in cloth as soon as we got home from the hospital. Unfortunately, when we came home from the hospital he only weighed 4lbs, 15oz so a OS diaper wasn't an option. Once The Gnome got up to 8 pounds we started him in cloth and haven't looked back since! 
       
    Were you cloth diapered as a child? 
    No and my mom and mother-in-law both told us we were crazy for choosing cloth. My mom bet me $100 we wouldn't stick with it. Guess I should call her and collect!
       
    What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers? 
    Originally, it was the savings. Once we decided that I was going to stay home, we knew we would be cutting our income in half. Disposable diapers are expensive! Neither of us counted on me becoming such a fanatic. Even with the huge stash that I've accumulated, we're still saving a ton of money.
       
    Favorite part about using cloth diapers? 
    They're adorable! A close second is the community though. In addition to the online community, I belong to a local cloth diaper group. We have over 740 members and we have monthly meet-ups to talk fluff and let the kids play.
       
    What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth? 
    Most of my friends think it's cool and I've converted a few of them. Our family thinks that we're nuts!
       
    Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share? 
    A few days ago I got into the car after grocery shopping and I was wearing shorts. I have leather seats and it was 102 degrees outside. Apparently my seat had been in direct sunlight because it was so hot that I couldn't sit down. I looked around for something to put down but I had nothing in the car. I did have 2 Flip inserts in my diaper bag though, one for each leg!
       
    Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory? 
    A travel wet bag. We don't use a lot of accessories (confession: diaper sprayers scare me) but a travel wet bag is a must-have!
       
    Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why? 
    The Knickernappies One Size diaper in Spring Green. I've heard amazing feedback about them and the LoopyDo inserts from my cloth diaper group!
       
    What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
    Check out Dirty Diaper Laundry! Kim Rosas is amazing. She has a ton of great information on her blog, including this series: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/category/cloth-diapering/intro-to-cloth-diapers-series/
    Big thanks to Lori for sharing her story and advice with us!  Make sure to follow her blog so that you can stay connected with her.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Thoughts on cloth diapering, We ride the fluffy train!

    Guest Post by Bert

    It will be three years this January since I started my journey on the cloth diaper train. We’ve had our bumps and derailments along the way like when my son’s diapers kept leaking and I had no idea why. (Turns out I needed to move him up one size! Woops!) We had some excellent destinations that only confirmed to me that we had made the correct choice to use clothdiapers like when my son’s sensitive skin responded positively when we started using cloth. And I’m happy to say that we will continue riding this train through the rest of our diaper wearing children.

    I also cannot tell you how happy both my hubby and I are about the money we’ve saved. My hubby is an accountant, a natural number cruncher as well as very frugal, he estimated that we saved in our son’s first year $1,416! That’s $1,416 more than what we would’ve had if we had used disposables. Plus, we haven’t had to make any late night trips to the store to buy more diapers. If we ran out of diapers we simply did a load of laundry. You can’t do that with disposables!

    The cloth diaper train is prettier than the disposable train and the disposable train knows it. That’s why you see disposable brands with fun and cute patterns. They want to be fluffy. Imposters. If only they were cool enough to ride our fluffy train!

    And yes, we are major Thomas the Tank Engine fans in our house. Sorry for the train analogies! “He’s a really useful engine you know….”

    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Dads discuss the "Cloth vs. Disposable" debate over a glass of beer!

    This is an interesting take on the "cloth vs. disposables" debate.  The guys over at Dadlabs did a pretty good job in my opinion, in covering the cost of cloth versus disposables, the varying environmental impacts of both and the inconvenience factor.


    While I do think they did a fairly good job, they left out some key advantages to using cloth diapers.  Perhaps it was the beer that made them forget, but I'll guess they left them out because they don't use cloth or did not use cloth and just didn't realize.

    Some of the important things to remember that they didn't mention are
    • The fact that cloth diapers can be used for future children making the investment in diapers for that child an absolute non-issue.
    • The fact that cloth diapers can be resold if maintained properly and a family can re-coup 50% or more of their investment.
    • The fact that children who are cloth diapered often potty train earlier than if they were disposable diapered.
    • The fact that if you use one size cloth diapers you can use the same diaper stash for two children at the same time.
    • The fact that cloth is a healthier and more natural alternative and much better for baby.  They made no real mention of the carcinogens and toxins used in the manufacturing of cloth and the possible effects of exposure on babies and children.
    What did you think?  Can you think of anything else they left out?

     
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