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.

  • 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? 

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