Friday, April 29, 2011

Join us for a Knickernappies Cloth Diapers Twitter Party! Tuesday May 17, 2011 @9pm EST

We're getting ready for our 2nd Twitter Party!  This year's Twitter Party will be hosted by the Cloth Diaper Geek and co-sponsored by some really great Knickernappies Retailers!
What's a Twitter Party?  Well it's a specific day and time where like minded individuals or fans of a specific product or company get together and party down on Twitter!  We all use the same hashtag to chat about specific topics and there are prizes given away throughout!

We'll be giving away pre-registration prizes from now until the night of the party chosen from the list of those who have RSVP'd (you don't have to attend the party to win) and we'll also be announcing random winners during the party (also chosen from the list of attendees/rsvps)!  So it's super important that sometime between now and the night of the party that you sign up to join us!

We have some great co-sponsors participating as well (see below), who are donating Gift Certificates to be given away as preregistration prizes!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook so you'll be notified if you win!

To RSVP please click here--------->Submit Your RSVP

Still confused?  Don't worry, between now and the party we'll be sharing tutorials and tips for those who are new to Twitter and/or have never attended a party.

Make sure you are a fan of Knickernappies on FaceBook and also the Cloth Diaper Geek on FaceBook for prize winner announcements and other important Twitter Party Updates!

Our Co-Sponsors so far are:

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Changing-Diapers, The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering! by Kelly Wels

Have you seen this awesome new book by Kelly Wels, the founder of Diapershops.com, also a Knickernappies retailer?  It's called Changing Diapers:  The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering!

We are super excited about this book and can't wait to get our hands on a copy, or two, or three!  

Although we haven't gotten to pour over the book page by page yet, what I can tell you is that this is a real book, professionally made with gorgeous photography and cloth diapering advice from a real expert, in fact Kelly is one of the most famous cloth diapering experts around!

This book is one you'll want to own and will also make an absolutely perfect gift for those friends whom you'd like to convert to cloth or for those moms-to-be whom you have no clue what to buy for them!

Here's what Amazon has to say about this book:

Why join the cloth diapering movement? - Baby loves a soft, fluffy butt.
- You save big bucks and the planet.
- Eco-friendly cloth diapers are fashionable too.
- Despite what you think, cloth diapers are convenient.
- Yes, cloth diapering is fun for moms (and dads).

The leading cloth diaper expert Kelly Wels has gotcha covered in this definitive guide to everything you need to know (and forgot to ask) about cloth diapering not the pins, diaper pails, and rubber pants grandma remembers.

About the Author 

Kelly Wels' mission is to share her love for cloth diapers and advocate for diapering change. She believes that through education and knowledge, parents can be empowered to make more positive & eco-friendly diapering choices. 

Want to get your hands on this book as soon as they're available (September 2011)?  The pre-order yours today for just $14.95! 

Prefer an autographed copy?  Visit Kelly's website for more details!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Didn't your grandma teach you how to sew?!

I came across this article recently and wow, I really love it.  It makes so much sense on so many different levels and I thought it was really interesting to hear what our grandmother's generation has to say about the current cloth vs. disposable debate.

The article is from The Salt Lake Tribune and it's appropriately titled Generation gap sparks cloth vs. disposable diaper debate!

The article goes on to share what some elderly really think about disposable diapering...
 
"Lazy and entitled. That’s how some older Utahns see young people who are poor and spending money on disposable diapers. "

Women much like our grandmothers and our mothers grandmothers, wonder why would low-income families struggle to buy disposables when they could just use cloth?  Furthermore, why don't today's young people just make their own cloth diapers?  Didn't their grandmother's teach them anything?
These spunky old gals are absolutely right.  Today's young mothers may have themselves been raised in single parent household or two-parent household where both parents worked.  They were not all raised up with homecooked meals three times a day, and sewing...Sewing is kind of a thing of the past.  Why sew when you can just buy what you need?  That's most likely the mentality of a lot of families.

The debate correlates perfectly to the diapering dilemma at hand.  Decades after disposables were introduced, they have simply become "the" way to go, as if there are no other options.  Using cloth diapers, let alone making your own...that's just about as far fetched to some as the notion of hunting and gathering for your own food.  Cloth diapers just aren't on a lot of peoples "radar" (according to this article) when they find out they're expecting a baby or having trouble affording disposables.

The article goes on to explain reasons why cloth just isn't a feasible option for low-income families who may not have access to washing facilities or even a bathtub.

Ultimately this article concludes that cloth diapers are making a comeback and are beginning to make more and more sense, both for economical and environmental reasons.  I just thought that personally, it was neat to read how these elderly ladies planned to take action in their community and see that low-income families got the knowledge and resources they needed to diaper their babies, without having to rely solely on disposables.

You can read the article in it's entirety here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

52 Weeks of Clean, Rockin Green Style! Have you singed up?


Have you all heard of Rockin' Greens 52 Weeks of Clean project?  It's a super cool idea created to give you some inspiration and innovation when it comes to your day to day cleaning routines!

Sign up for Rockin' Greens 52 Weeks of Clean and via text or email you will receive a free cleaning tip, delivered straight to your phone or email inbox!

Here's what Rockin Green has to say about their 52 Weeks of Clean campaign...

Well, not only have we been hearing from all our rockin’ customers about their creative uses for Rockin’ Green around the entire house (definitely not just the laundry room), but we have been looking for a fun way to share our cleaning secrets with our awesome fans. Thus…welcome to Rockin’ Green’s 52 Weeks of Clean.

What’s in it for you: Each week, a free-yet-clever clean tip will be blasted to opt-in subscribers. We’ll feature eco-friendly cleaning tips, challenging moms everywhere to think creatively and green when it comes to household cleaning. Most tips will include the ever versatile Rockin’ Green detergent as the cleaning agent.
The once-a-week tips will be clumped several categories including:
  • Laundry Tips
  • Household Cleaning Tips
  • Tip to Managing Stains
  • Dish Cleaning Tips
How it works: Subscribers can receive 52 Weeks of Clean via SMS text message to their mobile phone or via email, with one tip coming every week for one year.

Click --->HERE<--- to sing up and for more details!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Do you secretly dread the day that they will potty train?

Article Contribution by The Cloth Diaper Geek

I know it sounds bad but I think that most or at least some of you agree that you'll be sad when your cloth diapering days are over and your babies are potty trained.

This weekend I had a chance to host out local Great Cloth Diaper Change but I had no babies to change.  It was bittersweet and I was reminded of when my little guys showed signs they were ready to stop wearing their fluffy diapers.  I was happy to not have to do diaper laundry but I was sad at the same time.

I've found many ways to stay involved in the cloth diapering community through advocacy and various other ways but I sooo miss having my own little fluffy bottomed baby to tote around on my hip.

Now that it's over for me I look back at photos of my sons and wish I had taken more pics of them in their cloth diapers, granted I have a ton, but I wish I had more.  I also wish I would have had their photos professionally taken in their diapers, and I wish I had tried more of a variety of styles.  I am envious of all of you who are diapering today with all the new brands and diapering systems there are.

Of course no one wants to prolong their childrens diapering days but I am sure that some of you are in no hurry for them to potty train and maybe are more inclined to wait until their ready, for both your sake and theirs, more so than you would if they were disposably diapered.

So what are your thoughts?  Are you dreading the day that you'll no longer use or need cloth?  Will you feel like your hobby, your passion, your obsession has been ripped from you?  Do you think you'll be sad?

I'd love to read your comments!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Have Fun and Celebrate Earth Day in Style with these great ideas!

Earth Day is here and it's also a holiday weekend too!  A perfect time for greening your daily routine with the kids by doing some eco-friendly activities, crafts and more!  Check out our suggestions below and see if you can't come up with some fun and earthy things to do in honor of Earth Day!

Eco-Friendly Recycled Crafts:  This link shares with you a gallery of recycled craft ideas, many of which I think are just adorable.  Coffee Ground Fossils, Milk Carton Bird Feeders, Toothbrush Bracelet!!!  Have fun with your everyday household recyclables and without spending a dime!

Favorite Recycled Crafts

Plant a Tree!  Check out the cool link below from the Arbor Day Foundation!  Get out and plant a tree or plants with your kids, get your hands a little dirty and dig in the earth!  The Arbor Day Foundation even sells trees for a great price, and you can give them as gifts too!  Just $3 each!  Imagine handing out tiny gift trees as party favors at your next event or at Christmas time!  You must bookmark this idea, it's one you won't want to forget!

Give the Gift of Trees, Just $3 each!

Go Geocaching!  Geocaching is a great way to get outdoors AND have fun!  It's a GPS guided scavenger hunt.  Sign up for a free Geocaching account and use your handheld GPS or Smartphone to help you locate the geocaches.  Some are even full of tiny treasures and trinkets your kids will just love.  Add this great activity to your list of things you must try!

GeoCaching

Make Earth Day about doing something different.  Get out and explore, stomp around in the woods, dig in the dirt, reduce, reuse, recycle and more! 

Do you have an Earth Day activity or idea you'd like to share?  Please leave a comment here or on our FaceBook Page, we'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Great Cloth Diaper Change, spreading awareness while setting a World Record!

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is almost here, and did you know that over 400 locations world wide are participating in this record setting event? 

Did you also know that Knickernappies retailers worldwide will have prizes, including free Knickernappies products to distribute at their events?  At Bambini Eugene in Orgeon, a Knickernappies retailer, we'll be there to distribute FREE Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers to the first 25 participants to arrive! How cool is that!?

This event is sure to be one of the biggest deals within the cloth diapering community in years and we all hope to make it just as big of a success next year!  Make sure you attend if you can and help share with the world that cloth diapering has come a long way since the days of plastic pants and diaper pins!

Join us Saturday, April 23, 2011!

Countries participating include:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • USA 
If you haven't already heard of the Great Cloth Diaper Change visit the Great Cloth Diaper Change website for more details and to see if there's a location close to you!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cloth: What you need to know before taking the plunge!

Guest post contributed by Caitlyn

Once you’ve made the decision to try cloth, naturally you may wonder, what next? As with any new endeavor, it is important to understand what your priorities or goals are. In other words, what do you hope to accomplish, aside from the obvious purpose of diapers of course. With that in mind, I have a few suggestions based on the underlying reason you are considering committing to cloth.

Economics
If your main motivation for switching to cloth is economic, then prefolds are may be an option you'd like to explore. They are the least expensive form of cloth diapering, and are fairly straightforward in terms of use. After preparing the prefolds (via several cycles of washing and drying) you can simply use them in conjunction with a diaper cover, or some other waterproof containment mechanism. Though you will need many of the prefolds, you do not necessarily have to have an equal number of covers, in fact, many are the type you can wipe clean during changes, and only need to switch out in case of a leak.

Additionally, there are many accessories out there, that although they make cloth diapering more convenient, they are not necessities. It is easy to get wrapped up in the absolute plethora of choices and overspend. Thus, you should evaluate what it really takes to diaper baby on your budget and decide accordingly.

Environment
According to at least some source, it takes approximately 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. Plus, the use of disposable diapers puts what should be going to the wastewater treatment plant into the ground, thus adding to the preexisting solid waste in landfills.

If the environment is your primary reason for switching, then your purchasing decisions literally run the gamut. Among the prefolds, pocket diapers, hybrids, etc. You can choose not only what is the most convenient, but certain companies are now using waterproof liners that are biodegradable over a term of years. As an aside, I personally prefer pocket diapers when it comes to the laundering aspects of cloth diapers since I’ve found prefolds can be messier and thus more difficult to deal with. (In the scheme of things, however, dealing with cloth diapers and washing them is a minor inconvenience in comparison with the wider consequences you can personally affect.)

In addition to choosing the diaper that’s right for you, you can also consider the environmental impact of the detergent you are using. Because only certain detergents are considered “safe” for cloth diapering, you can choose among those that are biodegradable, and take it one step further by using that detergent for all of your laundry.

Additionally, you can purchase a drying rack or laundry line to dry your diapers in the sun, rather than using a dryer, further decreasing your environmental impact.

Overall benefits to baby
I like the juxtaposition of imagining whether you would prefer to expose yourself to a complex concoction of chemical crystals and gels or organic cotton, fleece, or suedecloth. Especially when making this decision for your baby, it seems the choice is obvious: those materials which are the closest to nature and involve less potential toxins and potential for chemical reactions. Many moms tout the far lesser rates of diaper rash with their little ones, whether due to chemical reactors, or the fact that disposable diapers may be changed less often because of their enormous capacity to absorb.

Potty Training
In addition to the other seemingly “too good to be true” claims of cloth diapers, there is that babies who are cloth diapered potty train on average a year earlier than their disposable diapered peers. This is because babies who are cloth diapered are more likely to feel “wet” than in disposable because the moisture is not completely wicked away, (although there are microfiber diaper liners that do remove the moisture) they thus feel uncomfortable, and the concept of what is going on becomes clearer sooner. There are even cloth diaper potty training pants when your child enters that phase.

(Additionally, just one of the benefits of a diaper like Knickernappies, is the side snaps, which make the diaper more difficult for a toddler who doesn’t quite understand the purpose of a diaper or why they need it, but still enjoys taking it off anyway, occasionally creating disaster. My 20 month old, for example, has been able to remove disposable diapers, cloth diapers with aplix closures, and even a cloth diaper with snaps in the front, but she has not once been able to take of her Knickernappies!)

Thus, as with anything else related to child rearing, or really life in general, figuring out what you hope to accomplish can help steer the direction your cloth journey takes.

Bio: Caitlyn is a stay at home mom/attorney. A newcomer to the cloth diapering world, she has two girls, Isabelle (3), and Maya (almost 2), with baby brother due to arrive this May. Her website is http://www.obolskytaxlaw.com

Monday, April 18, 2011

Green your Cleaning: Tips and Tricks for Natural Cleaning with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Reader Contributed Article by Amanda

Natural cleaning with items like vinegar and essential oils isn’t as out of the ordinary as you might think. There are actually a lot of people that use these natural alternatives to save money in addition to those who use them to reduce their impact on the environment. You really don’t need to use commercial cleaners, which can cause respiratory distress, asthma attacks and even lower consciousness, to have a spic and span home.

What do you need?

Vinegar:
Let’s just pretend for a minute that you never want to use chemicals for cleaning again and need to use items like vinegar, reusable cloths, and Castile or other natural soaps only. There are tricks and tips for cleaning EVERYTHING in your home without resorting to chemicals. For example, consider the following:
  • Spray your mirrors down with vinegar and use an old newspaper to clean away streaks. The result is a sparkling mirror.
  • Lemons and baking soda mix with enough vinegar to make a paste can whiten and brighten countertops while also killing germs.
  • Baking soda mixed with vinegar isn’t just for making volcanoes during Science. Sprinkle greasy pots and pans, even those with dried on bits, with baking soda then add a little vinegar. The foaming action cuts the grease and dried food within seconds. It’s an amazing way to do dishes, just make sure to wear gloves or avoid touching the mixture directly since it can irritate skin. I just fill the pan with water after the foaming to avoid irritation.
  • Vinegar can be used to whiten and soften laundry. We use about a half a cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle for our cloth diapers and the result has been wonderful. As a caution, don’t use vinegar if you have hard water because it can interact with the minerals in the water.
  • Vinegar can be used full strength on tough grime, grease or filmy glass. You can also mix a little bit in a spray bottle with plain water for general, day to day cleaning. I use about a fourth a cup of vinegar in a filled twelve ounce spray bottle of water. The sudsing action of a couple of drops of castile soap is also a nice touch, too.
Essential Oils:
For the super tough messes I was once a person who always turned to chlorine bleach. Why? Because I felt that bleach was the only thing that could kill germs successfully. That simply isn’t true, and bleach can in fact cause a lot of health issues for your family. Vinegar can actually kill germs and bacteria even without added essential oils. If you want to have a scent left behind then you can add some grapefruit seed essential oil, which also kills germs. Other germ killers include orange oil, tea tree oil, lavender essential oil and four thieves essential oil.

You may not like the smell of vinegar, but I guarantee that by the time the vinegar and water mixture you use to clean with is dry you won’t be able to smell it at all. The same for clothes. You can add the vinegar into the rinse cycle and when your clothes are dry you can’t smell it at all.

Taking the time to learn more about natural cleaning can save tons of money. A gallon of vinegar is less than three dollars and will last at least a couple of weeks for regular cleaning. If you do decide to use essential oils in your cleaners you will want to research the best option for your family.

You can read about and experiment with different essential oils to find that that are right for your family. It is also vital that all cleaners, including essential oils and vinegars mixed with the oils, be kept up where your kids can’t reach them to reduce the risk of ingestion by children. With a little research you can have a clean, green home without using any commercial cleaners at all.

About the Author:
Amanda Hall is a green mom of six kids and a blogger who also writes professionally. You can check out her blog at Cloth Diapering Mommy to Six or her business website at www.SEOProOnline.info.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Winner of our Green Gamboni Jeans Giveaway is...Lisa B, entry #274!

We're super excited to announce the winner of our Green Gamboni Jeans Giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered and helped spread the word about this great mom-run company.  Don't forget to make sure you're a fan of Green Gamboni on FaceBook so you can stay connected with her and hear about all her sales, announcements and other promotions.

The lucky entry was #274 which was Lisa B!  Congrats on winning!  Please look for a notification from us in your email so that you can claim your prize!


Friday, April 15, 2011

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

Time to feature another fluff lovin' mama!  This time it's Donna from upstate New York!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-  I live in upstate NY with my husband JJ, daughter Jane (19 months) and we are waiting on another baby girl due in 3 weeks!   
What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? I was introduced to them by a family that I nannied for and fell in love with the idea.

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new" cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of your choice to use cloth diapers? My family has been very supportive and lets me talk ther ears off about my cloth diaper obsession!

What was your very first cloth diaper? prefold! And I still love them for little ones.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.? I just switched to pockets for my 19 month old and I LOVE them. However, I do have my stash of prefolds ready for the new baby!

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which
Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? My favorite Knickernappies product is the one size diaper and I am dying to try the diaper sprayer! I am still dunking and swishing and have heard great things about the convenience of having one of these.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a Blog, Message Board, Facebook page? I like using the cloth diaper board on Babycenter.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? Wet bags are a must! For home laundry and travel too.

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? Sample different diapers before you commit to buying a whole stash of diapers. Look for some used ones or borrow from a friend and find out which ones work right for you.
*Are you interested in becoming our next Featured Fluff Addict?  Visit our FaceBook Page Disscussions Tab for more details on how to submit your interview!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cloth diapering for low-income families? Yes, you can!

Have you seen this recent news article about the "High Cost of Diapers Forces Some Parents Into Risky Practices"?  It essentially points out what we've probably all known all along, which is that low-income families cannot afford diapers for their children.

Yes there is assistance for low-income families, but WIC does not pay for diapers and we all know just how pricey disposables can be.

The article above interviews several moms who admit to re-using disposable diapers if needed, leaving soiled diapers on their children as long as physically possible (even though they know they need changing), because they need to stretch the amount of use they can get out of their package of disposables.

It is frightening and sad in so many ways, not to mention unhealthy, unsanitary and unsafe.  The terrible reality is that these moms believe they have no choice.  Even if they do know about the "existence" of modern cloth diapers, there's probably no way they could afford, or consider, buying even one. 

Another reason low-income families don't consider cloth diapers is because they either don't have laundry facilities or think that washing them would be too costly.

Truth is, you CAN use cloth diapers and you DON'T need electricity.

Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry has been inspired to come up with the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, May 23-30.  She is encouraging all who can and all who have a desire to, to participate in the Challenge.

She'll teach you how to use the misunderstood and uber intimidating method of using the flats method.  She'll also show you how you can learn to wash and care for them by hand, without the use of electricity.  Already you can view her Camp Style Bucket washing method, there's even a video!

For more information and details on how you too can sign up for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, visit Dirty Diaper Laundry.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cloth Diapering, Venture into the past!

Reader contributed article by Caitlyn

It’s sort of ironic to think that something as routine in babycare, diapers, could serve as a way to connect with older family members. A child of the 80s, I was formula fed and disposable diapered, as presumably many (if not most) others of my generation. Discussing my decision to cloth diaper with my mom was sort of different from what I expected, given my upbringing, but I think she was interested in learning more because it has become more popular and in fashion. My mother in law, on the other hand, couldn’t wrap her mind around why I would want to do something like that when I didn’t have to.

It’s funny to think that when my parents were babies, there was no other option. It was cloth diaper or nothing. My grandmother, or grammie as my girls affectionately call her, confirmed this when she was telling me about some blue polka dot prefolds she received as a shower gift when pregnant with my uncle in 1956. She has been amazed with how far cloth diapers have come, I’ve discussed the leopard, cow, and camouflage prints, and how prefolds are still around, but come with adorable covers. After just our first conversation, I could sense her excitement, and she even offered to help build our stash.

Unfortunately, I was somewhat shocked to find that there were no cloth diaper stores nearby, and the only mothering store nearby carried only one brand, not what I was looking for. Thus, our cloth diapering shopping trip has yet to take place, but I enjoy showing off the new styles I pick up for my daughter, and soon to arrive son. She tells me about how when she used cloth diapers, aside from there being a lack of options, she had to hand wash. It definitely makes me appreciate how far the field has come, and how little effort it actually takes, especially considering the tremendous benefits for the environment and our bank account. Cloth diapering across generations, who knew?
Bio: Caitlyn is a stay at home mom/attorney. A newcomer to the cloth diapering world, she has two girls, Isabelle (3), and Maya (almost 2), with baby brother due to arrive this May. Her website is http://www.obolskytaxlaw.com

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tips for organizing your cloth diaper stash!

Guest Post by Emily

We’ve got them all. Pockets, AIO, AI2, Hybrids, prefolds and covers, etc. Each diaper serves a purpose and is used regularly. So in order to keep them all handy and ready to go, we had to organize them in a way that would be easy to keep track of. We decided to use baskets on our changing table shelves, and add a diaper hanger and hanging organizer to the side.
Pockets and AIO go into one basket. It’s in the middle and easiest to grab since they are our go-to diapers for home.  The pockets are pre-stuffed for an easier change since putting a diaper on baby is like trying to dress an eel, or alligator, or squirmy little baby who really hates wearing clothes in general. 
Doublers, some snap in inserts, and newborn inserts go into another basket.  These aren’t used quite as often, but I do like the keep them within reach in case I have to add some absorbency mid-change. I also keep the spare diaper pail liner folded beside it.
Overnight diapers and flats go into another basket. We only use the flats as burp cloths right now, and they have a tendency to disappear. But we can usually fit all 12 of them in the basket along with the overnight diapers.
Prefolds, Flip stay dry and organic inserts, and one lone overnight insert go into the diaper hanger. This makes it easier to just pull out the prefolds/inserts and lay them right into the covers.  
The hanging organizer is home to the container holding cloth wipes and a squirt bottle in the top pocket, diaper covers and AI2 shells in the second, GroVia soakers taking up the third, and the bottom pocket holds miscellaneous baby essentials such as the diaper cream and baby oil.
This was the easiest way for us to set up the diaper stash. But there are many other ways! You can store them folded in drawers, stuffed or unstuffed, stacked, sperated by type, or all throw in together. The important thing is that you organize it in a way that is comfortable and convenient for you and whoever else might be changing the baby!

About Emily:   Emily is a Navy wife and WAHM to a handsome baby boy. Sh has been cloth diapering her son since he was a month old, and is a self-proclaimed fluff addict.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Meet the mama behind Green Gamboni's Cloth Diaper Friendly Jeans!

Since Green Gamboni is the sponsor of our fabuolous giveaway this week, we thought it would be fun to interview her as well so that you guys can get to know her and her company better!
Green Gamboni was started by Anne, a cloth diapering mama who saw a need for toddler jeans that would accommodate cloth diapers and decided to create them!


Where did the name Green Gamboni come from?
Years ago, on the beautiful Mendocino Coast of California, some good Italian folks (including members of my family) discovered a wonderful mushroom known to many as porcini (or little pigs). Thinking that the delightful mushrooms looked more like chubby legs than little pigs, they aptly coined them gamboni (big legs). I love the mushroom. I love chubby little legs. And, well, I love to say the word. Gamboni. Gamboni. Gamboni.

What has been the hardest part about starting your own business so far?
The hardest part of my business so far has been balancing the work of being a mom and dedicating time to my business.  I find myself checking email on the fly and doing my work during naptime.

What business accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am still glowing about the recent mention in Mothering Magazine's last issue under their "cool stuff: strokes of genius" section: http://www.greengamboni.com/mothering_pages.html  I'm also really happy with the feedback that I have been getting from my customers...folks are really happy with my product!  They are cute and fit
their tots really well.  This is the reason why I wanted to start this business in the first place...to fill this need. So as you can imagine, it is totally gratifying to hear such positive feedback and reviews! 


Any future goals for Green Gamboni that you'd like to share?
I am planning on launching my greencycle program later this Spring which I am excited to get going: http://www.greengamboni.com/greencycling.html  I also hope to be doing a lot more wholesaling by the end of this year.  I hope that you will soon be seeing my jeans in all of your favorite cloth diapering retailers!

*Don't forget to become a Fan of Green Gamboni on FaceBook and also enter our Green Gamboni Giveaway which ends 04-15-11.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Enter to win a pair of Green Gamboni Cloth Diaper Friendly Jeans! A $39.00 Value! CLOSED

No you're not seeing things!  There really are cloth diaper friendly jeans and they are super cute!  Green Gamboni has really cornered the market on cuteness.  She saw a need for denim that would actually fit cloth diapered babies and she designed (5) adorable styles of jeans that you're sure to love!

Heather got a chance to give these jeans a try on her 10month old and she loves them!  Like most cloth diapering moms, she'd pretty much written off toddler jeans entirely, there just weren't any out there that fit over top of cloth diapers properly.  Now that she's found Green Gamboni her son Colby can actually wear jeans!
Heather has written an extensive review of the Green Gamboni "Hedgehog" jeans that Colby's been wearing and you can read all about them here on her blog I Love Cloth Diapers!
Want to win your very own pair of Green Gamboni Jeans?  Enter our Giveaway below.

*Green Gamboni Giveaway*
One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive:
  • (1) Pair of Green Gamboni Jeans in the size and style of your choice!
Giveaway runs April  08, 2011 through April 15, 2011 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be announced April 16, 2011 on the Blog and our FaceBook Page as well as contacted via email.

Guidelines For Entry-
  • First entry requirement is to visit Green Gamboni, check out the styles of jeans offered and come back to comment with the size and style you'll pick if you win.
  • 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- (some additional methods of entry have been added in  green)

  • Earn (1) extra entry for visiting the Green Gamboni Blog and leave a comment
  • Earn (1) extra entry for following @Green_Gamboni on Twitter
  • Earn (3) extra entries for tweeting Check out @Green_Gamboni Jeans made especially for #clothdiapers http://ow.ly/4yjlr (Max. 1 tweet per day)
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN of Green Gamboni Jeans on Facebook!  (leave a comment on her Wall telling her Knickernappies sent you.)
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN or already being 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 this "Enter to #win @Green_Gamboni #clothdiapers friendly toddler jeans from @Knickernappies  http://ow.ly/4w24n  " (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 (10) extra entries for making a purchase at Green Gamboni during the week of the giveaway.  Comment here (10 times) and leave the invoice number from your order in one of the comments)
  • 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!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Winner of the Sweet Pea Organics Giveaway was...The Vernon Family!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our Sweet Pea Organics Prize Pack Giveaway!  The lucky winner, according to Random.org was Comment #10, The Vernon Family.  We hope they'll enjoy the great organic treats from Sweet Pea Organics as much as we did.

Please check your email for a winners notification from us and to claim your prize.

To purchase Sweet Pea Organics please visit their website or follow them on FaceBook!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mary's Super Review of our Super Do Insert!

Knickernappies SuperDo Inserts purchased at Nature's Nappies & Diaper Junction

How did you like the Knickernappies Super Do?
Love, Love, Love the Super Do's.  My 17 month old son wet through every diaper and insert combination that we tried for overnights, until we found the Knickernappies with Super Do inserts. These are the only inserts that work for him overnight.

Would you recommend this product to a friend?
I would highly recommend these inserts to anyone for overnight diapering. We have not had a single leak since we started using them. They are quite trim for all the absorption you get too. Plus made in the USA. It just doesn't get any better.


How did the SuperDo compare to other inserts you have tried?
I have tried many combinations of diapers and inserts. These Super Do's are by far the most absorbent. They soak up tons of liquid and do it fast. There is just no comparison to the quality and functionality of these inserts.

How satisfied are you with this Knickernappies product?
5 Stars! Extremely Satisfied.

*Do you have any Knickernappies products?  We'd love for you to submit your review of them HERE.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's a Cloth Diaper? Animated Video, Great for newbies and advocacy!

Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry has done it again!  She's come out with another great little video that will assist you in telling your friends, family and the general public about cloth diapers.

This video highlights briefly the different types of diapers, how to use them, store them and care for them.  Make sure you check out this adorable video and share it with your friends!  Help spread the word about the benefits and conveniences of cloth diapering!

Make sure you also check out all the other great videos, demos and tutorials on Kim's Youtube Channel, she has quite a collection going!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Dads and diapers, What did your husband think?

Is daddy on board with your decision to cloth diaper?  Is he now an advocate or does he not really care one way or the other?

I'm always curious to hear what other families have gone through with regards to their decision to cloth diaper?  I know some families are more eco-conscious than others and that in those families it may have been more of a joint decision to cloth diaper, or maybe even a non-issue. 

In my case, the discussion of cloth diapers came up when we realized how expensive it would be to use disposables with twins.  Not to mention we had already become extremely aware of how much waste we were producing, the garbage bags were so heavy with diapers that I could barely even carry them out to the trash can.  We seemed to be tearing through the disposable packages left and right and saw no real end in sight, the babies were only a few months old at that point.

What was he thinking?

I remember when I first mentioned cloth he thought it was a brilliant idea.  I was so excited, "wow that was easy" I thought to myself.   Then I brought up the issue of buying them and all the sudden he realized we actually had to spend money! Perhaps he thought I could just make them appear of out thin air?  Regardless, he was totally shocked when I explained that even with really good used diapers, I'd need to spend 10-12.00 per diaper, if not more, and for new ones at least $15.00.  Those figures were insane to him, but when I explained the overall savings he remained convinced it was the right decision for us.

Did he actually plan on using them?

Well when it actually came right down to it, he didn't have a choice because we didn't keep disposables in the house any more and all he could use were cloth diapers.  Granted, I didn't leave him home too often with our breastfed twin babies, but when I did he was in charge of changing their diapers.

I quickly realized that sized pockets and definitely pre-stuffed ones, were what I'd have to prepare for him to use.  We had some hilarious incidents where he put pocket diapers on them with no inserts inside, and with the onesize he never tried to make them fit, always just used the first snaps which meant the diapers were always falling off, thankfully the babies weren't mobile at the time.

Did using cloth diapers make an impact on him?

Actually yes!  I can't tell you how many times he advocated cloth to his co-workers, who if you can believe it are all men and firefighters none the less.  He even took a diaper to work at the fire station every now and then to show them what they looked like.

I'm not sure he was ever convincing enough to convert anyone but he sure tried and I thought it was sweet.  If money hadn't been an issue I still think we would have ended up using cloth diapers but I am not sure he would have been so easy to convince.

*So tell us, what did the daddy in your household think?  Was he easy to convince?  Was it his idea?  Does he change diapers?  Please share your stories with us.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Meet our Featured Fluff Addict, Shakeeta!

Time to feature another great fluff addicted mama!  This week we're featuring Shakeeta!  She's one busy cloth diapering mama!  Read our interview below and get to know her a little better.

Tell us a little about yourself, Where you are located, If you have any little ones in cloth-   My name is Shakeeta, a FT WOHM and PT student, & 1st-time mom to princess Mackenzie and wife to Brad.  We're in Anderson, SC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Mackenzie is 1 and has been in cloth diapers for about 7 months.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? I had been researching them sort of halfheartedly but when I saw some for super-cheap at a consignment sale, I jumped on it ($15 for 2 Goodmamas and a WonderWorks!).  At the time, I didn't know anything about covers and fitteds and inserts so those first few tries were less than ideal.  Now, you couldn't begin to convince me to go back!

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? There has definitely been some skepticism but when we explain to them how much money we're saving and how much we'll save with future children, they seem to understand it better.  I was even able to convince my mom to change a cloth diaper and she actually did pretty good!

What was your very first cloth diaper? We were able to get three diapers at one time and they were a pink GM, a light blue GM, and a purple Wonderworks.  Unfortunately, the pink GM is no more due to some weird staining that we're still not what it was.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids? Our stash is mainly OS pockets since DH loves their simplicity (and so does daycare) but we do have about 12 prefolds, several covers, and a couple of fitteds and AIOs.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why? My favorite product is the OS diaper.  I love the side-snapping and LOVE the Loopy-Do inserts! No more super-stuffing her diaper and having her duck walk because of all the bulk necessary for added absorbency.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page? I liked Cloth Diaper Bloggers because it combines 2 of my favorite things!

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? A wetbag for when you're on the go.  No one wants to open their diaper bag and be bombarded with the smell of dirty diapers!

If you could share just one tip with someone who is just starting out with cloth or considering using cloth, what would be your best piece of advice to them? Buy diapers from other mamas if you want to experiment without the high price of brand new.  That way, you'll be able to find out what you like without having to spend your life savings!
*Thanks so much to Shakeeta for contributing her story!  I hope you all enjoyed reading about her.  If you're interested in being a Featured Fluff Addict please visit our FaceBook Page Discussions Tab for more details.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Are disposables really that convenient? Have you ever read the fine print?

Imagine a world where all disposable diapering families had to take each soiled diaper home in a baggie, take each disposable diaper to the toilet, and rinse or shake the poop off before disposing of the diaper?

Nevermind whether they all actually would do it, but do you think they'd think twice about the convenience of disposables compared to cloth diapers?  After all, part of what people think is so gross and inconvenient about cloth is having to deal with the poop, take the diaper to the toilet, etc.

Well did you happen to know that human waste is not actually supposed to end up in landfills?  The directions of the backs of each package of disposable clearly states that users are to take the diaper to the toilet and rinse or shake the poop off before throwing the diaper into the garbage! 

Here's exactly what this particular package says...(I know my photo didn't turn out nearly as clear as I'd hoped)
"Rinse or shake diaper contents into the toilet.  Wrap diaper securely inside it's back sheet before discarding into waste receptacle."
Now imagine, if families really followed the directions. (lol)  How many more disposable diaper users would be converted to cloth because they would no longer find disposables so much more convenient?

What are your thoughts?  Did you know that when using disposables you are NOT supposed to throw away the waste?

 
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