Monday, January 31, 2011

Off to a Fluffy Start: Cloth Diapering a newborn!

Reader Contributed Article

When I decided to cloth diaper I wanted to start with cloth from day one of my daughter’s life. After she was born I faced three problems; meconium, cord stump and getting the right fit. I could easily see how any first time, cloth diapering, sleep deprived parent would throw their hands up and surrender to a disposable. That is exactly why I decided to write this blog post, I want to help parents get over the cloth diaper hump. Here are the things that worked for me in those first few weeks of cloth diapering my newborn daughter.

#1 Meconium: Babies first poop, black sticky, pretty much like tar. This stuff can stain a sparkling white cloth diaper in a matter of seconds. I used both AIOs and pre-folds with covers on my youngest and found it equally difficult to remove the stains with only regular washing. I did try rinsing the meconium before putting in the diaper pail but this didn’t help much.

My two favorite stain busters were and still are lemon juice and sunshine. Here’s what I do;

• First wash your diapers per manufacturer’s specifications and after final rinse lay them in the sun for a couple hours. The CD world refers to this as sunning your
diapers.
• If the stains are still there try a few sprays of lemon juice after washing and lay them in the sun. You will need to wash your diapers again to remove the juice.

#2 Cord Stump: It drove me crazy that the cord stump was rubbing the top of my cloth diapers because I was afraid it was hurting the baby. What saved my sanity were cloth diapers with a snap-down center to prevent the cord from rubbing. Now be warned most of this type of diapers only fit for a few weeks, so my advice is to buy them used.

#3 The Right Fit: My daughter was 7lbs 11oz at birth, which I believe is an average size baby; however I struggled with the fit of most OS cloth diapers. I wasn’t able to get them tight enough on the waist or the leg gussets wouldn’t hold in that liquid breastfeed poop. Every diaper change became an entire outfit change. Then I had a light bulb moment and remembered a cloth diapering guru (mommy that had CD’ed three children from birth) telling me that x-small/small covers and infant pre-folds would give me the best fit for the first few weeks or in my case months. Switching to the covers and pre-folds kept me from giving up the cloth. It was wonderful to have dry clothes at diaper changing time. With anything new we try, there is going to be a learning curve, don’t give up, and remember you are doing a wonderful thing for your child.

Leia’s BIO:
I am a wife and SAHM of three daughters living in Northeastern Colorado. I like to think of myself as a waste not, want not kind of girl and love to share my ideas with others.

You can read more of Leia's articles by becoming a Follower of her Blog, Little Green Helper.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting into the groove with mama cloth: Tips for using mama cloth!

Using mama cloth might seem like a cut and dry issue, you either use it or you don't, and you've been having your cycle for years so you should be an expert at knowing what to do already.


No matter your level of "experience" there are always tips and tricks and things to consider when trying something new.  Mama cloth is no exception.  You might think it's as easy as ordering your mama pads and voila!  But there can be a learning curve, you have to find your groove, find what method works best.

Here are some things to consider...
  • You should try different styles, types of absorbent fabrics, lengths and shapes.  We all know that womens panties come in all shapes and sizes so you should try different types of mama pads to see which work best for you.
  • Purchase a mama cloth wetbag!  Remember that you'll need somewhere to store your soiled pads if you have to change them while you're out.  Most pads, including Knickernappies, have snaps so you can conveniently fold them up and tuck them away in your purse inside a small wetbag.
  • Decide how you're going to wash them or store them.  Some mamas like to wash theirs with their cloth diapers, others with their bath towels.  Remember same rules apply with detergent, no fabric softener.
  • Consider how you will store them until laundry day.  Some wash theirs immediately while others wait a few days.  Letting them dry means that staining could set in.  Some moms prefer to soak theirs in a bowl of water or some other container until wash day so that they'll be easier to clean.
  • Should staining occur consider changing up your wash routine and try sunning your mama pads outside or in a window to lighten the stains.  Sunning really works wonders, especially on organic stains.  Read our past post about sunning for more info.
Using mama cloth is a convenient and very comfortable option.  For more information on mama cloth and Knickernappies Stackable Mama Pads visit Knickernappies.com.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sharing the Spotlight: Check out these cool cloth diaper blogs!

Here at the Knickernappies Blog we're so thankful for all our Fans and Followers!  We just love what an active group of cloth diapering families you all are, and we'd like to spread the fluffy love around by sharing with you all some of our favorite cloth diaper blogs around the web!

Nicki's Diapers Blog

Nicki's Diapers is a fabulous cloth diaper shop with an absolutely grand selection of cloth diapers and accessories.  Their cloth diaper blog is also a great resource for cloth diapering moms worldwide.  Full of informative posts, weekly giveaways, product reviews and more!

If you're not already a Fan of the Nicki's Diapers Blog please stop by and check them out, be sure to tell them Knickernappies sent ya!

The Giggling Green Blog by Giggling Green Bean
The Giggling Green Blog is another of our favorites!  Full of interesting, well written articles on topics beyond just cloth diapering.  If you're a green family or interested in becoming more green, The Giggling Green Blog is a great resource you can trust.

Make sure to bookmark their blog and/or add it to your feed.  There will surely be many articles you won't want to miss.

Growing Green Bums Blog
Marissa has done a fabulous job with her Growing Green Bums Blog and is developing quite a name for herself and her store in the cloth diapering community.  Her Blog also contains tons of useful cloth diapering info, sales, announcements, giveaways and more.  Definitely become a Fan of her Blog and her FaceBook Page and stay up to date with all the latest and greatest Growing Green Bums happenings!

The Nappy Shoppe Blog
The Nappy Shoppe Blog is another Blog you won't want to miss.  Sharni does an awesome job and goes above and beyond the call of duty with each and every post.  I just love all the great pictures she shares and her posts are always so easy to understand.  Definitely a great blog for cloth diapering fanatics and those new to cloth or just interested in learning more.  Sharni also hosts many giveaways as well so make sure to follow this great blog too!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sarah's first cloth diaper! An advocate is born.

Reader Contributed Article

The First Cloth Diaper I ever bought!

I started cloth diapering mainly for budgeting reasons. I now cloth diaper for many more reasons, but that’s how it started out. It makes sense, then, that the first cloth diapers I ever bought were prefolds and covers. I bought them used off of Craigslist from a mom who was about an hour’s drive away. It was well worth the drive and a fun experience! She showed me lots of different brands and types of cloth diapers. I had a little sticker shock at paying eight or nine dollars for a used diaper then. Of course now I appreciate that price, but it’s been a long journey!

After I decided to purchase those prefolds and covers, that mama gave me a warning. “I have to warn you; cloth diapers are addictive”, she said. “Ha,” I thought. “I have enough diapers here to make a full stash for my son.” If only I could see myself now! I am a full-fledged addict! It’s been quite a journey from that first purchase. I have spent hours and hours reading cloth diapering blogs, Facebook posts, and cloth diaper reviews. I have read so many posts about various wash routines it’s ridiculous. But I can’t stop. I have since replaced more than a full stash of diapers as I gravitate to ones I like more, but for me, that makes it all the more fun.

I have now become that mama from Craigslist; there have been some diapers which I have rotated out of my stash and listed on Craigslist and sold to another mama. I
always ask if they are just starting out with cloth and if they are I will tell them all about the different types and what to do with the poop! I also make sure they understand to use a cloth diaper safe detergent. and I suggest a washing routine. So far the advice is happily received. And I frequently give that same warning that cloth diapering is addicting! I have come full circle and it has been a lot of fun.

Sarah's Bio:
I am from Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a double major in Linguistics and German.  Now a stay at home mom to Nathan, born July 2010.  I'm learning how to cloth diaper on a budget while my husband is in law school.  I enjoy clogging, I dabble in sewing, and of course, I love cloth diapering! 

Sarah was also recently featured as one of our Featured Fluff Addicts!  To learn a little bit more about her read the cute interview she shared with us or visit her at her Blog Left Handed.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Knickernappies Sightings! Sales, Giveaways, Stockings and more!


Time for some Knickernappies Sightings!

  • Giggle Britches going out of business liquidation sale!  This week only save big on name brand cloth diapers including Knickernappies.
  • Enter to win a Knickernappies Onesize Diaper from Simple Wonders over at the Fine and Fair Blog!  Giveaway ends 01/27/11 and there are many great and easy ways to enter!  Good Luck.
  • Enter to win a Knickernappies Onesize Diaper from WeeLittleChanges!  Giveaway ends 01/27/11.  Don't miss your chance to win this great onesize diaper with loopydo inserts!
  • Free Shipping on ALL USA orders at Cloth Diaper Outlet, includes Knickernappies products and more!
  • Free Shipping on orders over $50 at Nature's Nappies, also includes Knickernappies products!
Do you have a Knickernappies Sighting to tell us about?  Post a link to it on our FaceBook Page and we'll check it out.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is...Lindsey from 'So Easy Being Green!'

Today we're introducing you to Lindsey from So Easy Being Green!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.- My name is Lindsey, I'm a SAHM to my daughter, Sophia who is 8 months old! We live in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee!

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? My husband started joking about using cloth diapers when I decided to be a SAHM. We both only knew of cloth diapers as the "Gerber prefolds and rubber pants". So, I started thinking about the money that cd-ing would save us, since we would be going to a 1-income status and decided to do some reserach. Hubby was "shocked" when I decided I would cloth diaper full-time! (He was in for quite the surprise when the cd shipments started coming to the door!)

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? At first, everyone was skeptical. Everyone kinda laughed it off and said, "Yeah, we'll see how long that lasts..." After they saw the "new" cloth, they understood a bit more, but are still shocked that I'm still cloth diapering my daughter.

What was your very first cloth diaper? I purchased a variety at first, but my main decision was to go with prefolds for the cost-savings. The first diaper my daughter ever wore was a Bummis prefold with a Bummis Super Brite cover when she was 2 weeks old.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.? I soon realized that prefolds were just "not my thing". I found pockets (love) and AIO's and replenished my stash with those. I am now a fan of AI2's because of their versatility, but I think my heart will always belong to pockets!

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? I have the Knickernappies OS diaper and I LOVE it. Alot of my OS are starting to fit a bit snug and I'm wondering if they will truly last until potty training, but my daughter DEFINITELY has alot of room to go in her Knickernappies. I love the trimness of this OS! I would LOVE to try a Fitted Knickernappies too!

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page..? I learned most of my information from The Bump Eco-Friendly Family message board when I was doing my research. Now, I love to meet #clothdiaper Mamas on Twitter and I LOVE to blog and show pictures of my daughter in her CD's on my blog, So Easy Being Green! (http://soeasybeinggreen-blog.com)

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? Wetbag and Diaper Sprayer tie... I used my diaper sprayer ALOT. It kept me from having stains and yucky pail liners (that's a must have too!). It saved me when I first started cd-ing from the "ick" factor. I love my wetbags for when we are out and about. They keep the dirty diapers from smelling and my diaper bag clean!

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? Do a CD rental program! Use one that lets you try LOTS of different kinds of diapers to find out what you like best. I could have saved the money from buying prefolds, if I would have tried more varieties first!

*Don't forget, Lindsey is having a fun event coming up Feb 7-17th where she'll post reviews and host giveaways galore!  Make sure you follow her blog for more details!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winner of the Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper w/ Insert is...Sarah Schulz!

Congratulations Sarah Schulz, Comment 161! You were chosen by random.org as the winner of our Custom Fit Diaper Giveaway!  Check your email for a winners notification and to choose your color and size.


Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  If you'd like to know more about Sarah you can visit her at her Blog, Left Handed and check out the adorable video she's posted of her little cutie Nathan who is learning to talk!  What a cutie!

Stay connected with us through FaceBook and our Blog and you'll be the first to know about our next giveaway!

Thanks!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Enter to win (2) Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers @ RockinGreenSoap.com!

We're happy to announce that we're sponsoring a giveaway over at www.RockinGreenSoap.com!  The folks over at Rockin Green are so great to work with and the fans are amazing too!  In appreciation of all they've done for the cloth diapering community and for introducing a product that has become a vital cloth diapering accessory we figured we'd have a Rockin Green inspired giveaway!

This giveaway is only live for 24 hours and you only have until about Noon Central time today to enter!  Visit the RockinGreenSoap Blog for the details and to enter.


A winner will be chosen at random and will win 
  • (1) Spring Green Custom Fit Knickernappies Diaper
  • (1) White Custom Fit Knickernappies Diaper
  • (2) Microfiber Inserts
*All in the sizes of the winners choice!

So run on over to Rockin' Green and enter right away!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How excited would you be to get to shop for cloth diapers in person?! Maybe you can!

How far would you drive to be able to shop in person?

In writing last week's Featured Retailer post I realized when looking at the photos of For the Monster's retail store in Elkins, AR that it would have been so cool to have been able to shop for cloth diapers in person when I was just starting out.

To be able to drive over to a shop or a boutique owners home and touch, feel, and ask questions of a qualified, knowledgeable retailer...that would have been priceless.

We can do all the research we want online but truthfully, it's really hard to know exactly what the materials feel like and how the diaper functions just by looking at product photos.  Not to mention, being able to see all the different styles and brands side by side in order to compare them, that would have been awesome.

One of the reasons I am sure we're all addicted is because we shop online and shopping online means you have to do your research.  You want the best prices, the best colors, the fastest shipping and a quality product.  So what else can we do but sit at the computer and read, read, read all about diapers until we're feeling that fluffy high.

I recall not to long ago there was some buzz about a major cloth diaper manufacturer of onesize pockets, who were suddenly being carried in Target stores sprinkled across the nation.  The internet's cloth diapering communities were all chattering "do you have them in your local target?"  "oh my gosh, i saw them!"  "nope, so sad, my Target doesn't carry them..."  "take a picture, we all want to see!"

So what's a mom to do but load up the kids and take a drive to Target! lol  I was a bit apprehensive, even if they sold them in Target, how was a mom new to cloth going to be able to get the support and knowledge to cloth diaper successfully from one of the local high schoolers who stock the shelves in the baby isle?  There's so much to know and if you didn't know about the wealth of information online...surely a moms "target" purchase would end in failure.

Three kids and one shopping cart later I approached the diaper isle and found the display of cloth diapers.  I stealthily took out my camera and took pictures!  I must be crazy I thought, but it was so fun, like a secret cloth diaper spy mission!  I stood and stared for a while, handled the diapers and waited to see if anyone was going to come and look at them.  I secretly wished I could engage a newbie in discussion but alas, no one came near me, the crazy lady taking pictures of a diaper display.

I returned home, mission complete, and reported back to my cloth diapering friends that I indeed found the cloth diapers in my local store, I even shared the photos as proof! 

The online commotion surrounding this brands temporary stocking in Target stores proves that many of you are not lucky enough to have a knowledgeable cloth diaper retailer near you.

So with this post I am wondering?  Do you have a local retailer to buy from?  Have you shopped there or just used them to investigate the products and then go home and order online?  How far would you drive to be able to see diapers in person?  If you don't have a local retailer you shouldn't give up, keep checking our Retailer Locator, you may have a retailer near you that you didn't even know about!

Below I thought it would be fun to share a few pics of the insides of some of our retailers stores so that you all could daydream a little about shopping there!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Benefit Raffle for Shannon, CouponMommyof3. Check out the Custom Knickernappies you could win!

Fellow blogger and cloth diapering mama, Shannon of CouponMommyof3, recently found out that her 3yr old daughter Emily was diagnosed with cancer.

The cloth diapering and blogging community is rallying to support her and her family and help them raise the funds they need for the upcoming care and expenses associated with the life changing events they are having to go through.

To read about Emily and her store visit this page Emily's Journey at CaringBridge.

Donations are being accepted  in two ways through ChipIn and go directly to Shannon's paypal acct and by mail.  Please read the following if you are interested in making a donation to the family.

All donors may mail funds to the account at:
Dominion Credit Union
PO Box 26646
Richmo
nd, VA 23261
Write "Emily Hubbel" in the check memo.
Dominion Employees may go through the bank.

Via ChipIn at


In addition to making a donation you can participate in many of the fundraisers going on around the web.
Knickernappies has donated two more Limited Edition Knickernappies OS Diapers to the charity raffle. 

Visit this link for more information:
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=125214870877746



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Vote for Knickernappies in the Babble Best: Cloth Diapers awards!

We're so excited to have been nominated and would love it if you'd vote for us in the Babble Best: Cloth Diaper Awards!

Simply click on this LINK and scroll down until you see Knickernappies and then vote! All you have to do is click LIKE, you don't have to subscribe to anything or even give out your email address, it's that easy!

Thanks so much for being a fan of Knickernappies!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Knickernappies Featured Retailer of the Week is...For the Monster!

 
Today we'd like to introduce you to one of Knickernappies newest retailers!  Although new to Knickernappies product line, For the Monster has been around for a while.  Read our interview with Gina below and learn all about this great store.


Tell us a little about yourself and your family, if you have little ones in cloth, your location, etc.-  For the Monster started in Southeast Kansas in July of 2004. In 2009 we moved to Northwestern Arkansas and stayed online only until the end of October 2010 when we opened an actual retail store.  We now have a Retail location and online boutique.  Eric and I have been married for 10+ years now and have two little monsters of our own. Ryan age 7 and Andrew age 2.


Address:
2421 N. Center St. Ste. D Fayetteville AR 72701  
(located in Elkins AR, even though we have a Fayetteville address!)
Phone: 479.442.3610
and on the web at
www.forthemonster.com


How'd you get started cloth diapering and what made you decide to open your own business?  In 2003 I had our first child, and a friend of mine had used cloth diapers on her child. She helped me pick out my first covers and prefolds, and then the love or addiction of cloth diapers grew from there. There were no stores local that carried cloth diapers.

What are your business goals for the future? For the Monster has grown so much in the last 6+ years I would like to see it keep growing. I would like to see For the Monster become more known to our local parents as well as on line.

What do you like best about being in the cloth diaper industry? I like being in the cloth diaper industry because of the people.  The customers, the manufacturers!  It is nice to talk with parents that have the same parenting style that I do.  I like this industry because if there is a family that needs help, we band together and help.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why?  It's no secret that I am a pocket diaper lovin' mama, but I have to say I like the One Size Diapers!  With the One Size Diaper you get a better cost savings!

Best piece of advice to someone interested in cloth diapering or new to cloth?  Do not sink your money into one brand. I think a new person to cloth should try out all brands. Purchase AT LEAST two of every kind you want to try.  I know at For the Monster we will build packages so you can get what you want with a little saving too!

Special Discount for Knickernappies Blog Readers:  Save 10% off at For the Monster with Code KnD10 at checkout!

Stay connected with For the Monster by
Following For the Monster on FaceBook
Following For the Monster on Twitter
Reading the For the Monster Blog

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Support Handmade and Small Businesses by contacting your congressman regarding the CPSIA!

You might have heard about the CPSIA and how it's affecting small and handmade businesses everywhere.  But you may not know why it is or what it is.

The CPSIA is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.  It was designed to help protect children from harmful toxins and chemicals in cheaply made foreign toys that were being imported to the US by requiring expensive third party testing to be performed on each any every component used in the production of said toys.  Although a good idea in theory, the rules and regulations of the CPSIA ended up encompassing more than just foreign made toys.  It ended up requiring that all manufacturers of toys, clothes, cloth diapers, etc. to be used by any child under the age of 12 also be required to pay for this testing regardless of their history or track record having been providing quality, safe, handmade goods.  The cost of this testing would shut down, and has already shut down, many small businesses.

Now the race is on to have the CPSIA amended and reformed.  Small business owners and handcrafters need your support.  Help save not only small cloth diaper manufacturers, but many other wahm and family run businesses by printing the letter below and sending it to your local congressperson so that they might take notice.

In support of Small Businesses please use the sample letter below and send to your congressman letting them know how important this issue is and how it will further affect our economy and the livelihood of many small family run businesses.

Sample Letter


From:  [your name and address]

To: [your congress person or senator]

Re: The Consumer Product Improvement Act (CPSIA) will result in a drastic deepening of the economic crisis even more

Dear  [your congress person or senator],
The economic crisis in our country is distressing to millions of Americans. That is why it concerns me that under the CPSIA, many small business owners will be driven out of business, deepening the crisis.  The premise of self reliance and entrepreneurship on which this country was founded is in jeopardy.
Like many people, I was deeply concerned by the dangerous and poisonous toys that large Chinese toy manufacturers have been selling to our families.  And, I was pleased that Congress acted quickly to protect America's children by enacting the CPSIA.

However, I am very concerned that the CPSIA's mandates for third party testing and labeling will have a dramatic and negative effect on small businesses whose safety record has always been exemplary. It will devastate small manufacturers and home businesses who create children's products such as clothes, handmade goods and toys for children, beautiful Native American artifacts, children's books, adaptive products for children with disabilities, and classroom and homeschool materials. These small businesses simply cannot afford the $300-$4,000 price tag per product that Third Party testers are charging.

With the economic crisis we find ourselves in, fewer families will be able to afford the higher costs of the goods that remain available. Any company that is able to remain in business will undoubtedly raise prices due to increased compliance costs. Everyone will have to pay more for the remaining available goods, deepening the effects of the economic crisis for millions of families.

I urge you to quickly request the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make some very reasonable exclusions in their interpretation of the law as they continue their rulemaking process.  These include exempting books and uncoated fabrics from testing and allowing manufacturers to rely upon testing done by their materials suppliers instead of paying for redundant unit-based testing.  I would also like to see an exemption to third party testing requirements for micro-businesses similar to the exemptions granted by the FDA for small producers under the food labeling laws. As the Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Commission needs to implement the rules without putting more companies out of business in an already tenuous economy."
These toy makers, crafters, publishers and small home based businesses have earned and kept the public's trust.  They provide jobs for thousands and quality playthings and educational products for hundreds of thousands.  Their unique businesses should be protected. Please visit www.handmadetoyalliance.org to learn more about this issue.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,


[your name] 

*Much thanks to KT Steppers on FaceBook for providing this form letter. Please also repost the content of this post on your blog, tweet about it, post a link to it on facebook, etc.  We need your help spreading the word.

For more information on the CPSIA please visit this page located at The Handmade Toy Alliance website.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper Giveaway! CLOSED

Time for a Giveaway!  In honor of the re-naming our popular 2G Disposanot/Sized Diaper to "Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper" we would like to give one away!  Here's your chance to win one!  Many super easy ways to enter.  Good Luck!

One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive:
  • (1) Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diaper w/ Knickernappies Micro Insert in the size and color of their choice!

Giveaway runs Weds Jan 12, 2011 through Weds Jan 19, 2011 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be announced Thursday Jan 20, 2011 on the Blog and our FaceBook Page.

Guidelines For Entry-
  • First entry requirement is to leave a comment with an idea for a future blog post.  A topic you'd like to see discussed, an idea, or something else entirely.  Whatever you like, just a suggestion is fine.
  • 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.
  • 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 Knickernappies on Facebook!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following the Knickernappies Blog.
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following our partner blog, I Love Cloth Diapers!
  • 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 ()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 may use this link and the above graphic if you can.
  • 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!
  • Earn (5) extra entries when you contribute an article to be posted on the KN Blog.  Please email marketing@knickernappies.com for more details or to submit your article.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Do you have a keepsake diaper?



What makes a diaper special enough that you'd want to keep it?

I thought it would be interesting to know if anyone has a keepsake diaper, or two, or three...lol  It's an interesting concept considering the fact that if you used disposables there would obviously be no favorite diapers to keep or attachment to any in particular.

With cloth diapers there are favorites.  That diaper you stalked and drooled over and then finally purchased.  The diaper that's just so adorable on your little one that you can't bear for it to be used in a regular rotation because you don't want it to get stains or get worn out.  You reach for it on special occasions and for taking photos.  You use it to show off cloth diapering and advocate it with your babies eye-catchy, too cute to resist cloth diapered bum.

Maybe you even have an outfit to match or baby legwarmers that go with it?  Will you be keeping the accessories too?

The two diapers packed away in a closet somewhere, with all the baby clothes and other keepsakes, are my two JustDucky AIO's.  The had a cotton over pul outer, not the most functional combination, and a super fluffy, soft, plush interior.  I even had two shirts that went with them and matched perfectly.  They didn't get much wear other than for my fluffy photo shoots, they tended to leak easily, but their cuteness was more than I could resist and I just knew from the start that theses would be the two diapers that I would save for years to come.

Do you all have any keepsake diapers?  What makes them the ones that you will keep and cherish for years to come?  Is it their print?  Are they custom made?  Brand name?  Super expensive?  A gift?

And what are your plans for these keepsake diapers?  Will you display them in your child's room on a shelf or some sort of display case?  Will you just store them away to show to your children's children?

I'd love to read your comments on why you chose to keep the ones that you did and what makes those diapers more special than the rest?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Knickernappies 2G Pocket diapers have a new name!

Bye Bye Disposanot, Hello Custom Fit Diapers!

You might remember the Knickernappies sized pocket diapers as the Disposanot.  A cute and catchy little name that has served us well.  What you might not know is that some time ago we actually dropped the "Disposanot" name and have referred to our sized pockets as "2G Pocket Diapers."

Now we're taking our "2G Pockets" to the next phase in their life and we'll be re-naming them Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers!  Same great diaper as the 2G a.k.a. Disposanot, just a new name which allows customers to recognize our sized pockets exactly as they are, custom fit diapers available in three sizes, each with adjustable hip and waist snaps giving you that perfect fit for your little one.

Our Custom Fit diapers are available in an adorable variety of colors and are in stock at many of our fine retailers!  Looking for a retailer?  Visit our Retailer Locator here "Find a Store."

Friday, January 7, 2011

Crunchy Mom Prioritizing; Taking Baby Steps.

Guest post by Dawn Papple of Everything Birth

When my first baby was born, I wanted to do the right thing, but there were so many life changes needed to be a fully crunchy mom, I was overwhelmed and confused.

Then, I ran across a blog that pointed out when you’re having a new baby, taking baby steps into the green lifestyle is often the best way. The woman explained I needed to prioritize so as not to get overwhelmed. Instead of prioritizing by what was most important to me, I thought about what one choice would have the most impact right off the bat?

Crunchy Priority #1 was clearly cloth diapering. Cloth diapering causes lasting positive impact in so many areas…

My Baby’s Comfort...
Realizing that he’d spend 2-3 years in them, I thought about what I’d rather sit in: Paper and plastic or heavenly soft cloth? With the new cloth diapers, there’s almost no need for rash cream either, they were designed to fight rash.

My Finances...
Disposable diapering for 2.5 years cost about two grand. Even the greatest set of cloth diapers would end up saving meat least $1500. As it turned out, my diapers managed to get passed around to other kids and then, I sold them for almost what I paid for them because by then, the different colors and styles were like collector’s items.

The Ecological Legacy I Leave for My Children...
If I used disposable diapers, I would be leaving a legacy of about 6000 dirty, non-biodegradable diapers for my kids to figure out how to clean up when they’re my age. Each year, tens of billions of disposable diapers are tossed into US Landfills. Our kids are not going to be happy when they realize we didn’t actually pick up after them when they were infants, be just swept their poop “under the rug.” At least with my diapering choice, I can stand confident and tell my children when they’re grown that I was a part of the solution, not the problem.

Convenience...
Instead of cloth diapering being a hassle like I thought it would be, it turned out to be very convenient. Using cloth meant I didn’t have to buy a huge box of diapers every week. I thanked myself in the middle of the night once when I had run out of clean diapers that I didn’t have to run out to the store. All I did was use a hand towel inside of a cover until the rest of the diapers were clean! Besides, as it turned out, washing a load of diapers isn’t like washing a load of clothes. The hassles aren’t there. Washing diapers doesn’t involve coat hangers, ironing, matching socks, or folding pants just right.

As it turned out, my number one crunchy mom priority wasn’t that hard to get used to and it wasn’t long before I was able to work on my next self improvement step! I’m just glad I was patient with myself and eased into it so that I didn’t end up frustrated and throwing in the (crunchy) towel.

Article by Dawn Papple, freelance blogger for Everything Birth 

Everything Birth is your top choice for birth supplies, cloth diapers, organic baby products, and birth advocacy. Carrying the cloth diaper brands you have grown to love and trust like bumGenius diapers, FuzziBunz Pockets,  Gro-Via Hybrid, Made in the USA cloth Diapers such as Knickernappies, Thirsties and more.  

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Knickernappies needs your votes in the 2010 Cloth Diaper Awards!

The Rockin Green 2010 Cloth Diaper Awards end tomorrow, have you cast your votes yet? Well you should! Knickernappies have been nominated in a few different categories and we couldn't be more pleased.  Just being on the ballot is a lot of fun and we can't wait to see the results of the survey!

Simply follow this link Cloth Diaper Awards and cast your vote! Voting ends Friday January 7, 2010.  Not only is it fun to participate, but you can win cool prizes just for casting your vote!

Here's what Rockin Green has to say about the awards:

Do you ever wonder what’s in everyone’s diaper stash? Do you like finding out about new cloth diapers and products? Do you like FREE stuff? We here at Rockin’ Green have a love (obsession) with all things cloth and wondered what some of your favorite products were for 2010. So…..we decided to create a survey. And to make it even better we are going to do a giveaway along with it!

Here’s all the details:

1. Fill out the Rockin’ Green 2010 Diaper Awards Survey letting us know what ranks #1 in your diaper bag

2. Share the survey link with friends

3. On Friday, January 7th at 5 PM CST we will pick 3 participants to win our “Rockin’ Green 2010 Diaper Award Prize Pack!”

*This will include: a $25 dollar gift certificate good for Rockin’ Green, Funk Rock or anything else in our store. The winner will also receive 2 items from the winners list. So you could win a Fuzzibunz Diaper and a Rumparooz wet bag….or it might be a tub of Grandma El’s and a Bumgenius AIO. The possibilities are endless- and your votes help determine the prize pack!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Are breastfeeding moms more likely to forget their diaper bags?

I thought this would be a funny topic to discuss.  If you breastfeed your child are you more likely to leave the house and forget to bring your diaper bag along with you?  I know this was definitely the case with me!

I can't say whether is was because I was a new mom, because I managed to do it plenty of times with my sons who were not my first born, but with my daughter I feel like it had everything to do with the fact that I breastfed.

Breastfeeding worked out for me in so many convenient ways.  At night I could nurse my child in bed without having to wake up and prepare a bottle, I had no nipples or bottles to sterilize, no last minute runs to the store because I was out of formula, and throughout the day...I could even nurse at the keyboard! (oops did I admit that out loud?)

These are all pretty silly reasons to breastfeed and not at all any of the reasons why I chose to, but they were all reasons that made me enjoy it even more.  It suited my laid back personality and parenting style very well, maybe too well.

With my daughter, my first born, my days of forgetting my diaper bag started at our six week OB check up.  I drove myself, with her in her new carseat, to the doctor and was waiting in the waiting room.  I don't know about you all but here they like to make you wait at least 30-40 minutes before they take you back to a room where they then proceed to make you wait another 15-20 minutes...

I waited the normal amount of time and was taken back.  My daughter began to rustle and needed to nurse.  This was my first time nursing in public and the nurse told me I could breastfeed in the office.  I settled into a chair and reached to take the baby from her carrier, I then realized that she had a blowout.  Poop all over her onesie, up her back, out the sides...and then I realized I had no diaper bag!

I wanted to cry, but she was crying and wanted to eat, so I wrapped the one baby blanket around her and nursed her. I was too embarrassed to ask if they had diapers, and even if they did it wouldn't change the fact that she now had poop all over her clothes, her blanket and the carseat cover.

I felt terrible but I just couldn't ask for help.  I nursed her to the brim so she was fat and happy, sat through my appointment and rushed home as fast as I could swearing I'd never forget my diaper bag again.

Even that traumatic experience was not enough to teach me a lesson.  I am a chronic diaper bag forgetter...My husband can't stand it and as a result it seems that I need clean diapers and clothing the most when I am out with him and the kids.

Something in me never clicked, I just never got the routine down and should I ever have another baby I am sure that I'd be going down that path again.

What are my one or two pieces of valuable advice if this happens to you all the time or if you're worried it might?
  • No matter how inconvenient, bulky, ugly, etc.  Stop using a purse and use the diaper bag as your purse.  This means you'll have to take it with you wherever you go because it will have your keys, wallet, phone, glasses, etc. in it as well as diapers and accessories.
  • Pack a separate, back-up, bag for the car.  Keep a couple of your least favorite diapers and a change or two of clothes that you won't miss and stash the spare bag in your trunk for emergencies.  That way if you ever forget your diaper bag and are in a pinch you'll have the spare bag you can run to!
So what are your thoughts?  Do you forget your bag?  Do you think it happens more or less if you breastfeed or am I just a slacker?

-Julie

Monday, January 3, 2011

Our Exclusive Interview with Kelly Wels, former owner of DiaperShops now Green Living Promoter and more!

Today we're super excited to share our exclusive interview with Kelly Wels, founder of DiaperShops.com and former owner.  Want to know what she's up to now and what her newly launched site KellyWels.com is all about?  Read our interview below, we've got the inside scoop!

Kelly please tell us about yourself, where you live and how you got started cloth diapering?  Do you currently have any little ones in cloth?  Do you have any hobbies?
I am now a "semi-stay at home Mom" living in Waterford, Maine with my 3 children: Olivia (13), Hanz (10), and Riley (2). I started cloth diapering when I was the former owner of KellysCloset.com. I founded the company in 2001 and opened the website as a specialty boutique and nothing sold. I was then contacted by a few moms and asked to carry cloth diapers. I did the initial "roll eyes" but at that point felt I had nothing to lose. I ordered a small shipment of cloth diapers and they sold within a few days. My second child was a year old at the time so I decided to try the cloth diapers on him and that is when the cloth diaper bug bit me!

I love to garden! In fact I am certified horticulturist in the State of Maine and have my degree in horticulture.

When did you decide you wanted to enter the cloth diaper industry and what do you like best about being a part of it?
I entered the cloth diaper industry in the summer of 2001. I just passed the reigns of ownership of DiaperShops.com and KellysCloset.com in September 2010 and have decided to stay in the industry by launching my new advocacy site, http://www.KellyWels.com.  I have developed some amazing business and personal relationships in this industry. It is a very unique industry and what I like most about it is that cloth diaper manufacturer's have an amazing passion for what they do. It is not just a business to them. The industry also includes some very influential bloggers and other diaper retailers who I have great admiration and respect for. The advocacy and love for this industry is like nothing I have experienced before.

At what point did you realize that you're business was a success and one of the most popular cloth diaper retail sites on the web?

In 2006 I completely re-structured the business and brought in some employees to help me really run the business as a business. Up until this point I ran the business more like a hobby. In 2007 and every year since that sales increased up to 70% a year and I grew the business to a multi-million dollar corporation. In early 2010 I decided I wanted to focus more time on my family and marketed the business for sale. The sale finalized in September 2010 to a wonderful couple who actually grew up in the area where the business is physically located.

Since the sale of your business what are you doing with your newly found spare time?
I have been taking a lot of family time the past few weeks. I used to work 80 hours a week so it is nice to not have to work round the clock anymore. I have been able to re-connect with my kids and husband and that is so important to me.

What is your new role with DiaperShops?
I am currently staying on as their social media and marketing director to help them grow the business.

Tell us about www.KellyWels.com, and what your goals are for the new site and blog?
I currently launched my new website, http://www.KellyWels.com in November 2010. The site is primarily focusing on cloth diaper advocacy. I have been working on some advocacy projects for quite some time now and have some exciting projects that will be launching in 2011.

Where do you see the cloth diaper industry in ten years and what involvement do you still hope to have?
I truly see a huge decrease in amount of disposable diapers being used. Right now approx 95% of parents used disposables on their babies. I foresee that going down to at least 75% (and hopefully more). Once my advocacy projects launch in 2011 I am hoping to have more opportunities to advocate for cloth diapers. I see myself speaking at green and industry events and being an advisor/consultant to cloth diaper manufacturer's and advocacy organizations.

As a past or current cloth diapering mom, what was your favorite must have cloth diapering accessory?
I have 2 must-have diaper accessories:
-Planet Wise Wet Bags- I use all styles of this brand for cloth diapering. I use the wet bags for storing dirty diapers and for holding clean wet cloth wipes.
-Knickernappies Super-Do Inserts- The best insert on the market! Every new Mom or Dad needs at least 2-3 of these. They are the most absorbent insert and are terrific for taking baby thru an entire night without having to be changed.

If you could give one piece of advice to a  new cloth diapering mom or someone considering cloth, what would it be?
Sample, sample, sample. When first starting out sample 2-3 brands/styles before you make a big investment in one brand and style. Every cloth diaper fits every baby differently so by sampling you can find the best system for you and your baby.







Do you want to know more about Kelly?  Follow the links below and stay connected with her! 
Kelly on FaceBook
Kelly on Twitter
Kelly's Blog

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Knickernappies New Blog Contributor Incentives for 2011! Earn free diapers, accessories and more!

We know it's hard to find time to post on your own blogs let alone contribute quality articles for publication on another blog, so that's why we're coming up with something new.  An incentive for contributors!

We want to make 2011 the best year so far and we need your help!  Each month one or more contributors will be chosen to receive free Knickernappies products based upon the content of articles submitted, not just quantity!  What else?  Contribute at least four qualified articles per month and earn yourself a spot on our Contributors list, located on the right side-bar of the Knickernappies Blog!  This would be a great way for you to earn a little extra exposure for yourself or your blog.

Don't know what to write?  We can help!  We're not just looking for articles about cloth diapering!

Here are just a few ideas:
  • Parenting tips and advice
  • Elimination communication 
  • Potty training
  • Homeopathic and Natural Remedies
  • Dealing with sensitive skin
  • Laundering diapers
  • Troubleshooting
  • Making your own baby food
  • Raising multiples
  • Tips and advice for being green
  • Why you chose to cloth diaper
  • Diapering multiples or children with special needs
  • Experience using a diaper service
  • Cloth Diapering in Daycare
  • Attachment parenting
  • Working on becoming a wahm
  • Knickernappies product reviews
  • Photo and/or Video Tutorials on diapering techniques, folding, using cloth wipes, diaper sprayer
  • How to best organize your stash
  • and much more!
If you have a question about a topic and want to make sure it's suitable before you write it then just shoot us an email to marketing@knickernappies.com!

*Content submitted can be previously published on your own blog as long as you are the sole owner of the article you are submitting to us.

 
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