Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Cloth Diaper Conspiracy, Is there one?

Guest Post by Tiffany

I know most of my group of friends thinks that I am completely crazy for volunteering to wash poo out of diapers. I continually tell them that it is not nearly as bad as what they would imagine and if they have a dog or cat then they have done worse things.  When they concede that fact, they usually reply with something about folding diapers. That is about the time I bring them into the 21st century of cloth diapers by telling them about pocket diapers and all in ones.
              
Today I was at my local chain baby store, we'll just call it big purple. While I was there I decided to peruse the aisles to make sure I had not forgotten anything. I stopped at the cloth diaper aisle. Is THIS the reason why nobody really knows about new age cloth diapers? The aisle is full of ANCIENT cloth diapering options - plastic pants, birdseye flats, prefolds and not a snappi in sight. Who are they kidding? Nobody would want to cloth diaper with those as their only options. I know that I sure wouldn't do that willingly or without somebody challenging me to do it.
          
So I started thinking about why is it that there is not a good cloth diapering option available at the big box retailers. Both big red and big purple sell a popular pocket diaper in their online store, but nothing in their retail locations. This is my ongoing hypothesis, the average disposable diaper goes for about .32 each and the average pocket diaper (we'll just use Knickernappies) is $17.00. If you have ever thought about cloth diapering or have ever done the math you know where I am going with this.  Based on the average cost per disposable (-sposie) and the average of 9 diapers a day, 365 days a year, for 2.5 years the average baby costs upward of $2600 to diaper.  Then there are those who cloth diaper, $17 for an average of 20 diapers, $340. So my hypothesis, is that big box retailers are contributing to this cloth diaper phobia by not offering up all the options. They are not offering up all of the options simply because it benefits them fiscally to keep people coming back for -sposies every week.  Not only does it bring you into their store for other potential sales, but it brings you back for more -sposies (which eventually cost more).  If only they knew what every other Work At Home Mom (WAHM) cloth diaper retailer knew, that is if you get 'em hooked they will come back regardless of how big their diaper stash is.

My name is Tiffany Carra. I currently work away from the house in a 9-5 job and balance cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and chasing my infant son while writing my own review blog www.dudsordeals4moms.com and running our family computer business www.facebook.com/tandsdigital. I also have been active with my local chapter of Birth Network National. A non - profit organization that promotes the Mother Friendly Care Initiative.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Today's Featured Fluff Addict is...Nicole!

Time to introduce another Featured Fluff Addict!  This week's spotlight shines on Nicole, a mama of five, from Nebraska!

Nicole & Michael, born September 2010

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.  Hello!  My name is Nicole and I am a SAHM of 5 wonderful little monkeys and I am a cloth diaper addict.  We have Zachary 9, Rachael 8, Mary 2, Veronica 1, and Michael 4 months.  We have successfully potty trained Mary, so we have just the two little ones in diapers.  We live in central Nebraska in a small rural town of about only 1000 people.  My current adventure is going into business with my mother selling cloth diapers.  I am so excited to be a retailer in our area.  It is not common and both me and my mom have been approached by so many women interested in modern cloth.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try? Back when my oldest two were still in diapers the driving factor was cost.  We were spending so much money on disposable diapers for both babies that I told my husband we needed to try something else.

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?  Back then we were not living near family, and our friends did not have little kids, so it wasn't a big deal to them.  For us, it was a life saver.  And honestly it was so easy!  Fast forward five years to when Mary was born.  We started out with disposables, and when Veronica came along I new I needed to get back into cloth diapers.

What was your very first cloth diaper? With the first two we were full-time in Gerber prefolds.  Yep that's right Gerber.  And you know, they worked perfectly!  I used the pins and pull-up pants too.  I never had a leak, and we would simply double the diapers for night.  Unfortunately these did not work for Mary or Veronica, they would pee right through.  So thus started my search into the modern cloth diaper.  Wow did this open a whole new world to me!  For them, I started with Kissaluvs and Snugglebottoms fitteds with Thirsties duo wraps and the Bummis Super Whisper Wraps.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids?  My stash has gone through so many transformations over the last year.  Right now my stash is all pockets with just 4 AIO that I wanted to try; and now love.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  The only Knickernappies product I have tried are the One Size Diaper and I LOVE it on my chunky 1 year old.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page?  Oh my goodness.  This is where I spend all my time!  I'm a huge cd addict (and if you ask some, they'd call me obsessed) and love reading about them.  I'm a fan on several facebook pages, love searching the stores and my favorite blogs are All About Cloth Diapers and The Cloth Diaper Whisperer.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?  You know, the only must-have is really just the diapers, however, now that I have a sprayer and my cloth wipes, I wouldn't give them up.  I had to switch to cloth wipes because Veronica reacts to the disposable.  And well my sprayer, as anyone knows who has one, there's just no going back to the dunk and swish method.

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?  Keep it simple and try a variety.  Even now I don't have just one kind of diaper.  Even though I have all pockets, I have different brands.  Between my three youngest, one brand did not fit all. 

Want to follow Nicole and her blog?  Click here to check it out!  Check out her new Cloth Diaper Store, Cloth Convert at http://clothconvert.com/.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Knickernappies Featured Retailer of the Week is...Dexter's Diapers!

Today I am excited to introduce you all to a new Knickernappies Retailer...Megan of Dexter's Diapers!

A little about yourself and your family, if you have little ones in cloth diapers or have used cloth diapers, your location, etc.-  My name is Megan Nichols I am the mother of an amazing little boy who is now 8 months old! I am the wife to a great husband, I won’t say his age! Family is the most important thing in the world to me and they come before anything else that is why I decided to open Dexter’s Diapers. I have always used cloth on my little man and I hope to influence more moms to start using cloth diapers as well. We live in a small navy town in South Georgia, I love it here!

How'd you get started and what made you decide to open your own business?   I realized I was missing to much time with my son working and I knew I needed to stay home. I decided to go into the cloth diaper business when I found myself talking to many local mothers and on chat boards about the diapers and how much they have changed over the past ten years, how great they are for baby, and how great they are for the environment! I decided I needed to open a cloth diaper store so that more moms would be able to find cloth and have their questions answered about the diapers!

When and/or how did you find out about cloth diapers and what made you decide to start selling them?
  I found out about cloth diapers many years ago baby sitting but I had brushed it off then when I found out I was pregnant my boss at the time, a chiropractor, gave me a magazine all about natural parenting. When I saw cloth diapers in there and read an article I immediately knew that I must use cloth diapers! I haven’t looked back since! I decided to start selling them when I left my job because I wanted more moms to know about cloth and make a difference in the community.

What do you like best about being a part of the cloth diaper industry?  I like knowing that I am helping mother make a more natural decision for their babies that will help them save money and save our planet.

What are your favorite Knickernappies products and why?  I love love love the Amber beads! I love them because when my son started teething he was having such a difficult time and would pull on his ears constantly! Bite his tongue and chew on anything he could get his hands on. He was always fussy and nothing I did was making him happy. I had tried the baby teething gel in my own mouth and hated it! My mantra is don’t do anything to your children you wouldn’t do to yourself! I would not want that gel in my mouth so how could I put it in his? I knew I needed something else. When I signed up to be a retailer for Knicernappies I saw they had Amber beads and immediately ordered them.  Talk about excitement when I got my order in! As soon as I saw the package on my doorstep I opened it and put the beads on him! They have made such a difference! He is so calm and happy now even though he is cutting more teeth.

What's your one must-have cloth diapering accessory?
A diaper sprayer and a wet bag!

What makes your business unique and what might some of your goals be for the future?  I have a very personal touch with my business and I answer all of my customer’s questions myself. I always have time for anything and when ever any one asks me a question I always give the most thorough answer I can. I love what I do and I think it truly shows in the way I treat my customers and the products I sell. I only sell products that I would personally use. My goals for the future are to one day have a brick and mortar store and start a program for the battered women’s shelter to be able to donate diapers to the soon to be mothers or mothers with little ones there!

Special Savings for Knickernappies Readers:
Sale: 10% off and Knickernappies products with the code KN10 good for two weeks from 05/27/11. Also this week Knickernappies os is our product of the week! Receive free shipping and double rewards points on Knickernappies one size diapers!

Connect with Dexter's Diapers:
Website link: https://dextersdiapers.com/
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DextersDiaperscom/213477688667597

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Product Release: Knickernappies Indian Prefolds!

We've heard your pleas and have added a new diapering system to the Knickernappies family!  Ok, maybe not a fitted like you were hoping, but prefolds!  Super squishy, soft, durable and absorbent Indian Prefolds! 

Here's what we want to share about our prefolds:Here's what we want to share about our prefolds:
Knickernappies Indian Cotton prefold cloth diapers are made from the fluffiest, softest cotton.  Made to withstand years of washing and daily use, they'll be your favorite prefold diaper in no time.

Your prefolds will arrive flat and lifeless, but wash them 3 times and they'll perk up into fluffy diapers begging to be used.  Your prefolds will be absorbent after the first three washes and they will continue to gain absorbency for another 8-10 washes before achieving their peak potential. 

Your prefolds are also a bit of a shrinking violet...they'll look huge when they arrive, but after washing they will shrink to the perfect size.

Sizing - all are 4x8x4 layers
Infant ~ White Edge ~ 6-15 lbs
Infant Plus ~ Lime Edge ~ 10-20 lbs
Premium ~ Purple Edge ~ 15-30 lbs 


Dimensions - after washing (inches)
Infant ~ 13.5 x 11
Infant Plus ~ 13.5 x 12.5
Premium ~ 19 x 12


Choose from bleached (white) or unbleached (natural).  The only differences are the bleach used to turn the natural cotton white and that unbleached feels a little softer to the touch.  Otherwise, it is your personal preference.  Both are equally and perfectly absorbent.  Diaper Service Quality (DSQ)

Like all Knickernappies products, we back our prefolds with a 1 year warranty on the seams and fabric quality.  We guarantee that you're getting a quality prefold diaper!

Use InstructionsWith Knickernappies prefolds, you can use pins or Snappis, or you can trifold and simply lay into a wrap-style cover.  Our Infant and Infant Plus prefolds are perfectly sized to lay in a cover without folding down the length.  A cover is needed for waterproof protection.  Our prefolds can also be trifolded and used inside almost any pocket diaper.

Care Instructions

You'll want to keep your diapers happy so they'll perform at their peak, so use their favorite detergents...additive-free laundry detergent or any that are made specifically for cloth diapers are the best.  Avoid "baby" detergents such as Dreft or All Baby.  Your diapers don't like them and if your diapers aren't happy, no one is happy.

When you get your diapers, wash and dry them three times separate from other diapers in hot water with detergent.  This will wash out the natural oils present in all natural fibers such as cotton.  Washing out this oil prior to use is essential for absorbency.

After the first three washes, you may wash your diapers with other diapering products.  Wash in hot water for best results, though some users find that warm or even cold water does just fine.  You may dry in the dryer or hang to dry, though they will be softer and fluffier if dried in the dryer.  Alternatively, you can hang dry, then put into the dryer for 10 minutes to fluff them up. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fluff Stash, The World's First Cloth Diaper iPhone App is coming!

Fluff Stash
The World’s First Cloth Diaper Addicts iPhone App
Scheduled to hit the App Store today!
Official Press Release


Introducing the very first of its kind, Fluff Stash, an iPhone app just for cloth diaper fanatics!  In this easy to use and navigate app you’ll have so much fun snapping pics of all your diapers, categorizing them by brand, color, size, style and more!  Sort, organize, and share your stash with the click of a button.


We know just how addicted cloth diapering moms are, not just to their cloth diapers, but to their smartphones and their social networks.  That’s why we’re giving you the best of all your favorite things by allowing you to satisfy your craving to talk about cloth, use your phone, and share photos of your entire stash all in one convenient place!


What’s the best part?


It’s totally affordable, just .99 and it’s easy to use!  No gimmicks, finally an app that you can use on a daily basis for practical or totally impractical reasons, you decide!


Download Fluff Stash from the App Store today and take your cloth diaper addiction to a whole new level!

Make sure you also “LIKE” Fluff Stash on Facebook where you can connect with other Fluff Stash users, ask questions, participate in promotions and more!

Like what you’re reading?

We need your help spreading the word about this new app!  Please copy & paste this press release and post it to your blogs, facebook, twitter, message boards and more!  Don’t keep this exciting news to yourself, the more who use it the more fun we all can have!

Tips for being Green on a Budget!

Guest Post by Tiffany

According to Dr. Sears in Happy Baby The Organic Guide to the first 24 Months, the deepest shade of green is the mother who breastfeeds, uses glass bottles, reusable nursing pads, etc. The problem is that all of those are expensive. Here are a few tips that I have found work great to stay green and keep your green in your pocket.

1. Glass Breastmilk Storage

As you all know I work full time, and pump at work. When I first started I was concerned as to how to store my milk for long term on a budget. Bottles are expensive and I was not about to freeze a stash like that in bottles. But I was determined to keep as little my milk as possible in plastic. My solution – Mason Jars.
I use half pint mason jars. It is really the best solution. The portion sizes are small (8oz) they are reusable, and easily sterilized. Also they are easily marked with dates. I use a Dry Erase marker to easily wipe off the date after the milk has been used.

**NOTE** In order to prevent glass from shearing off into the frozen material inside, only use glass specifically marked for freezing. More information can be found here, http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/FreezePage.htm

2. Breastfeeding Tank Tops in lieu of Designer Tops

While my entire closet is not decked out with tank tops, a great portion of it is breastfeeding tanks. Why? Because I can easily turn any top into a breastfeeding top when layered with a tank. My abs are covered, but I have access to the goods. The only thing is that the top layer needs to be loose or lifting it will be prove difficult.

3. Breastpads

I only purchased a few reusable breastpads, land I used them for less than 12 weeks. I have never used a disposable breastpad EVER. This is really the healthiest thing to do for yourself and your pocketbook. Your body needs to breathe, so let it. If I have a MER or Milk Ejection Reflex at an inopportune time then I just politely cross my arms and apply a little pressure. If any leaks through then it is minimal and drys quickly. 

4. Coconut Oil

I have found this to be an inexpensive miracle cure for most skin ailments. AND CLOTH DIAPER SAFE! I think it cost me $10 for like half a pound or a full pound at Sprouts. The exact size is not important. The stuff goes for miles so it makes it extremely inexpensive. I use it on dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, heat rash, and dry skin. Totally worth it.

5. Buy used

I buy used whenever possible. This is a no brainer. It is both cheap and the greatest form of recycling. I rarely pay retail for anything largely because of craigslist and eBay.

How do you save money and stay green?

My name is Tiffany Carra. I currently work away from the house in a 9-5 job and balance cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and chasing my infant son while writing my own review blog www.dudsordeals4moms.com and running our family computer business www.facebook.com/tandsdigital. I also have been active with my local chapter of Birth Network National. A non - profit organization that promotes the Mother Friendly Care Initiative.This was originally posted on my blog http://www.dudsordeals4moms.com/2011/04/green-on-a-budget/ this April, but it got a good response so I thought I would share.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cloth Diapers, Stinkies and One Mama's Battle with Well Water.

Guest Post by Rebecca Henson

Greetings from Southwest Florida! I wanted to discuss some well water issues that are down here that may be discouraging others away from cloth diapering!

When I first started cloth diapering with my second child, two and a half years ago, we lived downtown with "City Water".   Never once, did we experience an issue with "the Stinkies" or ammonia with our diapers. I had never had to use bleach or vinegar on our inserts.  Cloth diaper washing was just so easy for me in the beginning up to 8 months of the adventure.

When our lease was up at the home downtown we were renting, we moved into a bigger house where there was well water. Unbeknown to us, our water softener system was broken! After 4 weeks- our diapers had the most awful smell because the EXTREMELY hard water. The detergent was not cleaning out the diapers. Still not knowing there was an online cloth diapering community to help me at the time, I had to start trying to figure out what was happening. So, we switched detergents... which was no help at all, so we went back to what we originally used. Soon enough- I figured out more detergent was suddenly better and doing a rinse with vinegar seemed to keep the stink to a minimum. Our cloth diapers went through this treatment for 6 months until we got hit with yeast.

After a good bleaching on all of our inserts in the fall of 2009 (to kill yeast)- I was shocked at how the smell vanished! This soon became my technique to bust the stink once a month. Again, cloth diaper washing became easy and stink free. Well, of course by the time I had it all figured out- we moved AGAIN.

So, "What is the issue now?!" you ask?

When our water softener runs out of salt, our water smells like rotten eggs. This was never an issue at the other house we lived in that had well water, too.

I also noticed, since living in our current home, I am battling horrible stink issues with ANY detergent I use and a "graying" of our inserts. This stink is very different than the stink we have had before. This stink smells like rotten fish.  Even when the inserts are cleaned and dried you can smell it.  I have done 3 or 4 heavy bleachings of inserts within the past 4 months- that is just crazy! I have now had to resort to a pre-wash of inserts only, consisting of 1/4 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup of Borax added to it before I do ANY washing with a detergent.

We now live in a home with a working water softener... but I just figured out within the past few days there is a bacteria issue somewhere.  I have done a lot of research and water that smells like "rotten eggs" means it probably contains hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas.
This gas comes from:
- Decay of organic matter or chemical reactions with sulfur-containing minerals in soil and rock
- Sulfate-reducing bacteria which convert naturally occurring sulfate and other sulfur compounds to hydrogen sulfide gas
and
- Water heaters
(provide warm environment for sulfate-reducing bacteria to live and the anode within the water promotes the reaction of sulfate to hydrogen sulfide gas.)

This type of bacteria can generate a slime that can promote the growth of other bacteria, as well as clog wells and plumbing. Hydrogen sulfide gas can also stain plumbing black and can corrode water pipes. I bet this is why bleach and Borax are what is keeping the stink at bay from the cloth diapers for the time being and fixing the graying issue. I have also notice our plumbing in the bathroom clogging up from our sink and shower.

With all this said, "rotten egg" well water is a VERY common problem throughout Florida and I know other states experience this issue, as well. The only way to fix these issues is through disinfecting the source of the problem! To fix water heaters: disinfect with a bleach solution, turn up the heater's temperature to 160 degrees F & possibly removing the anode. If you think it is the well, plumbing or water softener/treatment unit- you must disinfect these appropriately. If you believe it is solely a groundwater issue, then you have to treat it through filters.

Right now, I am trying to target what our source is. I am pretty sure it is our water softening system that has the bacteria in it. The maintenance company for our water system will be out next week to check out the water.

I wanted to bring this to the attention of the cloth diapering community because I do not think people would ever consider this, otherwise. If you have "rotten egg" water- "the Stinkies" are probably NOT from your detergent!  Check for bacteria and it's source, use some bleach and Borax in a pre-wash until you can fix the bacteria issue and keep on Fluffing!

About Rebecca:  Rebecca is a Christ Follower, Blogger and Stay at Home Momma to 3 children, ages 4 1/2 years, 2 1/2 years and 8 months.  She and her family are modern but highly embrace natural living. She started cloth diapering over 2 1/2 years ago.   As a complete cloth diaper advocate, she has started a non-profit, cloth diaper lending charity, in her local area.  She also introduces strangers to cloth on a daily basis. Rebecca has been through major cloth diapering adventures, giving her insight and advice into the world of cloth diapering!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kelly Wels' #ChangingDiapers Twitter Party, June 7th @9pm est!

For those of you who just attended our Knickernappies Twitter Party, here's another great one you won't want to miss!

Kelly Wels, the founder of DiaperShops.com, is the author of a new book, "Changing Diapers:  The Hip Mom's Guide to Cloth Diapering."  She's having a Twitter Party to celebrate the upcoming launch of her book!

Between Kelly and her co-host, The Eco Chic, you're sure to have a blast and the co-sponsor list....it's crazy long and keeps growing!  Knickernappies is excited to be a Platinum Sponsor along with some other great co-sponsors.

The Grand Prize....Is an iPad 2!  How cool is that!?

For more details on this great Twitter Party make sure you visit KellyWels.com!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Knickernappies Twitter Party Winners List!

Last nights Knickernappies Twitter Party was a huge success!  It was so fun and we are super flattered that for many of you it was your very first Twitter Party!  The conversation moved super fast and I know it was hard for some of you to keep up.  Keep in mind that you can go back to Twitter any time and do a search for #Knickernappies and read what went on at the party!

Below is a list of the lucky winners!  If you're on the list please send an email to marketing(at)knickernappies.com with your color choices, size choices, name and shipping address so that we can get your prizes out to you asap!

Winners of Knickernappies Insert Sampler Packs
Kristin, @Kristin1346
Chany, @chany10

Winners of Knickernappies Baltic Amber Necklaces
Tiffany, @hislittlemrs10
Tiffany, @tfunny25

Winner of Knickernappies Baltic Amber Bracelet
Mary, @Chiolip

Winner of Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer
Judi, @jcousar

Winner of 12 Pack Knickernappies Stay-Dry Fleece Liners
Jennifer, @EstherVester

Winner of Knickernappies Doorknob Diaper Pail
Alisha, @LeashaE

Winners of Limited Edition Custom Made Knickernappies OS Diapers
Adrianna, @mamadrianna11
Lauren, @laurensgoodies

Winner of Grand Prize (6 Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers with Inserts)
Heidi, @DoneWDisposable

Winner of Remaining Co-Sponsor Gift Certificates

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!  We look forward to seeing more of you at the weekly Monday Night #clothdiapers chats and at our next Twitter Party!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Are you a cloth diaper snob?

Recently I participated in our local Great Cloth Diaper Change, it was held at a local park, right next to a really busy playground in fact.  We had about 27 babies cloth diapers changed, and at least fifty adults in our group.

There were canopies set up selling and showing cloth diapers and other products, I had brightly colored cloth diapers and accessories hanging from clotheslines as a decoration and our group was as friendly as can be.

I had assumed that there would have been more public interest in what we were doing,  and at least some people from the playground, that would have come up to check out the diapers and see what all the commotion was about.

After spending at least three hours there for our event and seeing tons and tons of the general public come and go, I can tell you that only one person came up to look at our event and ask what we were up to.

This makes me wonder, with the diapers all on the clotheslines, all the breastfeeding and babywearing going on that the "public" had to have noticed that it was a cloth diaper or at least somehow "natural" parenting type of gathering.  Did they assume we were snooty or snobby?  That perhaps we think we're better than they are because we cloth diaper?  Did they think we were all cloth diaper snobs?

It's pretty hard to fathom, knowing how passionate and friendly the cloth diapering community is and how much we like to spread the cloth gospel around, that maybe, just maybe, outsiders think we come across as pushy or snobby.

Where I had assumed there'd be tons of curiosity and opportunity to talk about cloth with the disposable diapering crowd at the park, there turned out to be no outsider interest.  Parents kept their distance, were they afraid we would try to convert them?

What do you all think?  When you're out in public changing a cloth diaper or doing anything cloth or natural parenting related do you feel that others can be stand-offish?  Do you think that you're sometimes perceived as a cloth diaper snob among your friends or peers?  I'd love to read your thoughts.

-Julie, The Cloth Diaper Geek

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crafting a Green World, You Should Check it Out!

From time to time I come across a blog or website that is so fun, so inspiring and motivating that I just can't stoop looking at it.  I immediately go to bookmark it and in the back of my head I'm thinking "Man, bookmarking just doesn't do this blog justice, I wish there was an extra glittery, sparkly, super bookmark for it!" lol

In my opinion, the best thing, right after bookmarking is to share the link with my friends via FaceBook of course!  Oh, and blog about it, we must definitely share it with our blog followers!

And so here I sit, hoping to share this great crafty new site that I found with you all.  It's called Crafting a Green World:  DIY for Environmentalists!

We've discussed it before, cloth diapering is a gateway for a lot of us.  After we're into it we can't help but begin to want to green other parts of our lifestyles and do more eco-friendly things whenever we can.  Being crafty is no different.  If you head to the local craft store it's almost impossible to get out of there without spending a fortune, often on cute things that you "must have" but then never end up using.

That's why Crafting a Green World is so cool.  It shows you some awesome cheap, and often free projects that you can do with found objects, many things you already have in your home.

Below I'm going to link you to some of the cool little projects I've found there.

These are just a few of the many many cool idea and tutorials there are on this great site.  Make sure to check it out and share it with your friends!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Twitter Party Referral Contest! Refer your friends and win!

Starting today we've decided to have a referral contest for our Knickernappies Twitter Party, May 17, 2011 @ 9pm eastern!

We've added a new place on our RSVP form for those who have not already RSVP'd to enter the name of the person who referred them.  On Tuesday night, the night of our Twitter Party we'll announce the name of the mama who referred the most people to RSVP and she'll win a Free Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper w Insert!

Remember, you do not have to be present at the twitter party to win and those whom you refer are encouraged to attend but also do not have to attend in order for your referrals to count.  Plus, they'll be eligible to win some great prizes too, just for rsvping.

Here's the link to share with your friends, it points directly to our RSVP form:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&pli=1&formkey=dDd6dDJoQm1iRnE5TXluMmFOZlNaZWc6MQ#gid=0

So, go and tweet the link, share it on FaceBook, Blog about it and more!  Spread the word about our Twitter Party on Tuesday, encourage your friends, family and fans to rsvp and make sure they put your name in as the referral.

Beside our referral prize there are also pre-registration prizes and prizes to be given out during the party!  Visit this link for a complete list of prizes.

Our Twitter Party Co-Sponsors are:



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Friday, May 13, 2011

Do you plan to save or sell your diapers?

When considering cloth diapers one of the major benefits is the fact that you can save them for use on future children. Already having your diapers paid for in full when your next little one comes along would definitely be nice and further demonstrate that cloth diapering can save you a ton over disposable use.

However, once you're knee deep in cloth diapers and full-on addicted to fluff, you come to the realization that it's really no fun if you can no longer buy new diapers!  You also, by this point, have realized there's quite a market for the buying and selling of used diapers.  In fact, there are whole websites dedicated to it.

Deep sigh of relief...You can complete your stash and then when you tire of a diaper or see one you really really want, you can sell some of your old ones or trade for it.

So, back to my original point, when you have a new little baby to diaper are you seriously not planning on buying any new diapers for that cute new little bum?

Chances are you've already thought about it and I'm willing to be that most of you will not and can not resist buying new cloth diapers for the new baby.  So you'll sell some of the old ones to finance the new?  Or even if you don't know when or if you'll have more children, will you save your existing stash or do you already plan to sell them when you're done and buy new ones when the time comes?

We'd love to read your thoughts!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Are Cloth Wipe Solutions really worth the money? We challenged one mom to find out!

Remember Elizabeth?  She contributed a post recently about how to use cloth wipes!  She also shared her own cloth wipe solution recipe.  Well we decided to challenge this super frugal mommy and sent her a box of our Baby Bum Drops to try.  Below is her review.  Enjoy!

I had the opportunity to try out Knickernappies’ Baby Bum Drops after I wrote a little article on how to start using cloth wipes. I’m always up for trying something new so I figured, what did I have to lose? I hadn’t really looked into using another form of solution for my cloth wipes because the homemade solution I made wasn’t difficult and was very cost effective. My mentality typically is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I was up for the challenge though and really wanted to be able to give my honest opinion to you all.

My package arrived in the mail about five days ago and I quickly ripped into it to see what these Baby Bum Drops looked like. The packaging was small but very appealing to look at. It was simple and classic looking – something this Mama really likes. I don’t know about you but I feel out of control and chaotic in a mess so packaging that is too busy or cluttered stresses me out.

I opened the package and pulled out a little bag of what appeared to be little yellow wax squares. So these are the Baby Bum Drops, I thought to myself.  I opened the bag and took in the smell. Mmm…relaxing, I like it. I read the directions on the back and was surprised by how simple they were – simply add one drop into one cup of hot water, let it dissolve and then add it either to your spritzer bottle or wipes case. I did just that – although I didn’t have a measuring cup and I wanted to do it right then and there so I just added the hot water and Baby Bum Drop to my spritzer bottle.

Instantly I was impressed by how easy it was. Why shouldn’t it be? It takes the measuring and washing out of making the solution! It was quick and easy and as a busy pregnant mom with a two and a half year old I need quick and easy.  I also loved the way the solution smelled. I could get used to this, I thought to myself.

The next test was a poopy diaper and a yeast rash that Brennan had developed over the past few days. I thought that maybe the scent would affect his little sensitive and rash prone skin. I was prepared for the let down…here we are about five days later and not only has his rash cleared up (with the help of skin creams) but the scent has not bothered his skin at all.

I think it’s safe to say that I would definitely recommend this to anyone out there who is making their own wipes solution. The fact that the Drops are organic is very appealing to me. (I’m fully ready to jump on the organic bandwagon; mydear financially minded hubby is a different story though!) I thoroughly love having the piece of mind that what I’m putting on my son’s skin will not cause any harm to his little developing body.

I just had to make another batch of solution so I would say that the drops last approximately about four to five days and I’m sure that depends on how many diapers you are changing. From the online research I’ve done, most retailers sell the drops for about $13.95. For that amount of money you can make 50 - eight ounce spritzer bottles (3.5 cents per ounce) using Baby Bum Drops. The solution I make costs about 2.1 cents per ounce to make. To make 50 - eight ounce spritzer bottles with the solution I make would cost $8.40. 50 spritzer bottles last me about a year so it is roughly a price difference of $6 per year. For the added convenience of the Baby Bum Drops along with the organic quality of them, the price difference is, in my opinion, insignificant. (And I have to give credit where it’s due…my brilliant accountant hubby did the numbers!)

This mom gives these little drops an “A” for ease, effectiveness and appeal! Go out and try Baby Bum Drops for yourself, I don’t think that you’ll regret it – even my son likes them!

About Elizabeth:  She's the mama behind the blog FTM, First Time Mom.  Married since 2005 to her college sweetheart and mama to 2yr old Brennan. Elizabeth is  expecting her second child, Kendall, soon.

Elizabeth says, "I really feel that even though I'm into my second pregnancy I will always be a first time mom - FTM.  Brennan will always be my "experiment" and my first everything.  Thanks for reading and joining me in on this little thing we call "motherhood.""

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Amanda's Review of the Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper!

Custom Fit Diaper Review by Amanda


How did you like the Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper?
I love it! Originally I fell in love with the deep brown color. HAD to have it. But when I went to get it, I really liked the bright orange as well so I got both. They are both in our regular rotation. Very happy with the fit, no leaks and they look really slim on my son.

Would you recommend the Custom Fit Diaper to others?
Yes, absolutely. I have before. The slim look of the diaper is appealing to a lot of people. Even with an insert and a doubler, they don't look bulky.  

What did you think about the fit of the diaper and what inserts did you use with it?
My diapers were on a final sale, and no inserts were available at that store. That's ok. I use a regular generic microfiber with my Knickernappies stay dry/hemp doublers and it works great! I love the fit. Mine are mediums and my 14 month old fits fine in them. I don't know that he will ever outgrow this size which is great. We've never had a leak and the inside is easy to spray off leaving no stains. 

Overall, how would you rate your experience with the Knickernappies line?
Very positive. I started with the stay/dry hemp doublers and ended up getting two in each size as my son grew. We still use them all regularly. I decided to try the pocket diaper and I have nothing but positive things to say. I do however wish there were a better color selection. More vibrant colors, or patterns. 

Where did you purchase your Knickernappies products?
Cutie Tooties, http://www.cutietooties.com

Comments or Suggestions for Knickernappies?
Yes! Colors! Bold, vibrant, bright colors. Patterns would be fantastic. Your color selection really limits me since I have a boy. I find most of the colors to be too girly and soft.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Knickernappies Twitter Party prizes announced!

You've heard about our Twitter Party on May 17, 2011 @9pm eastern, now you can get the nitty gritty details on the prizes to be won!

As you know, we're giving out a ton of prizes before the party, just for rsvp'ing you're eligible to win!   Pre-party prizes are Gift Certificates in various amounts to our co-sponsoring stores!  We've already chosen a few random winners from our Twitter Party Guest list, you could be next!

Now for the really sweet prizes...During the party we'll announce the random winners of the following prizes!  Random winners will also be chosen from the list of those who pre-registered to attend the party!

The Prizes:
  • (1) Baltic Amber Bracelet
  • (2) Baltic Amber Necklaces
  • (2) Insert Samplers (1 Micro, 1 Loopy, 1 Just Hemp, 1 SuperDo)
  • (1) Diaper Sprayer
  • (1) Doorknob Pail
  • (1) 12 Pack of Fleece Liners
  • (2) Knickernappies *Limited Edition* Onesize Diaper w/ Inserts
The Grand Prize:
  • 6-Pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers with Micro Inserts in the Size/Color of the winner's choice!
Need to RSVP?  Click here to Pre-Register!

Our Co-Sponsors so far are:


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Samantha's Review of the Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper!


Custom Fit Diaper Review by Samantha

How did you like the Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper?
It's one of our favorites. I actually won this diaper in a giveaway and am so glad I did. We had limited funds starting out our stash, and after trying out one, I had to buy more. I've never had a leak, I get a great fit, and the loopy do insert is super absorbent. I love the side-snaps, and I love how well made this diaper is. After 2 months in a small-ish stash this diaper still looks like new!

Would you recommend the Custom Fit diaper to a friend?
Yes, I have been recommending this to all of my friends who cloth diaper, and are thinking about starting cloth diapering. They hold up well to wear and wash, are absorbent, very soft on baby's tush, and I've never had a leak!

How did you like the fit of the diaper and what inserts did you use with it?
I love the fit of the custom fit diaper. I'm impressed with the generous waist-line and snaps, to give a good fit for a long period of time. It helps out especially not having a lot to put into diapers, so you can use them for a longer time that other sized diapers that I have seen.  I used a Loopy Do insert with the diaper.

How did you like the LoopyDo Insert and how does it compare to other inserts you have used?
I've only used the Loopy Do insert, and the BG one size inserts, but I would say their absorbency is comparable, but the Loopy Do insert is much trimmer for the amount it holds.

How would you rate the Knickernappies Custom Fit diaper?
I give it a 10 out of 10. I honestly have never had a problem with this diaper. No stinkies, minimal staining, and overall it's awesome on my little guy. I love it!

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