Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to care for your Wool Cloth Diapering Products! Baaa, Baaa...

Why wool?
Wool has a very important place in the cloth diapering industry.  For one, it's a natural fiber, perfect for those who want an alternative to synthetics.  Second, it's naturally water resistant!  How can that be?

Wool is different from other hairs and/or fibers because it has a hard outer layer that overlaps creating an outer water repellant layer around the fibers core.  This water repellant or resistant quality makes it the perfect, natural choice for cloth diaper covers.  Wool will essentially keep the moisture in the prefold or fitted, where it belongs.

Wool is also breathable and a great insulator.  A great option for winter climates and cool weather, thus the reason it's so popular for use in making outerwear.  However...it is also able to regulate temperature.  This means it can keep you cool in warm weather or warm in cool weather.  Crazy right?  It really is naturally that impressive, those sheep sure are lucky creatures!

The number one concern cloth diapering families have about using wool is that they are afraid that they'll ruin it or that it will be hard to care for.  Since wool covers do generally cost more than your average waterproof covers, some feel that the fact that they could be ruined easily is a reason not to buy them.

Caring for wool is actually easy!
Ok, maybe not as easy as just throwing your wool in with your other cloth diapers, but as long as you've done a little research you should be fine.
  • First you should have a Wool Wash on hand.  Eucalan, Sheepish Grins, and there are others.  A quick google search will get you an idea of the different types of wool washes available.
  • Soak your wool in the wool wash, according to the directions, in cool to barely warm water for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Try not to scrub too harshly or agitate your wool too much during the washing.
  • Lanolin can be used approximately once a month as needed to restore your wools water resistant properties.  One teaspoon dissolved in hot water, then mixed with cool water, then soak your wool for 15 minutes.
  • Rolling your wool inside a dry towel will help remove excess moisture after washing.  Some moms even throw their wool in the washer, just on the spin cycle, to spin out some of the moisture.
  • Sunning lightly helps with unwanted staining.
For a great selection of wool covers please visit a Knickernappies Retailer near you!


*Source: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/wool-guide.html

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Knickernappies 4th of July Photo Contest!

Get your cameras ready!  We want to see your cutest, most creative, red white and blue photos of your little one(s) while also wearing a cloth diaper!  The possibilities are endless. You can submit a previously taken photo or set up patriotic props and take a new one!

The Prizes:
The Details:
  • There will be no voting necessary.
  • Due to new FaceBook Contest and Promotion Guidelines you can not upload your photo to our wall.  You must email your photo to marketing@knickernappies.com with the title "4th of July Photo Contest."  We will then upload all the photos into an album on our FaceBook Page.
  • The Hicks Family; Heather, Shannon and their two kids will choose three winners based upon creativity, cuteness and their use of red, white, and blue.
  • Winners will be announced on July 5, 2011.
  • One entry per person.
So go now!  Get those red, white and blues out and start taking photos!

Monday, June 27, 2011

We have an insert or doubler for your every need!

Did you know that Knickernappies produces FIVE different types of inserts?  Each is unique in it's own way and serves it's own purpose.  I'm going to share with you below, the five different types and what each can do for you!

  •     Knickernappies Stay-Dry Hemp Doublers-  Lay doubler on top of any type of diaper to boost absorbancy.  To keep wetness away from your baby's skin, lay the fleece side next to baby.  For potty training, simply turn the doubler over to the hemp side so baby feels the wetness.  Prewashed hemp combined with Knickernappies' custom-milled microfleece makes a very absorbant, stay-dry doubler to use in any diaper. 
  •     Knickernappies Just Hemp Inserts-Knickernappies Just-Hemp inserts are just that...just hemp!  No fleece, no microfiber, just all-natural organic fibers.  Just-Hemp inserts feature 3 thirsty layers of organic hemp...trimmer and more absorbent than other fabrics!  
  •     Knickernappies Microfiber Inserts-Made with three layers of our ultra-thick microfiber, Knickernappies Microfiber inserts are absorbent and fit perfectly in most brands of pocket diapers.
  •     Knickernappies LoopyDo Inserts- LoopyDo© 2G Prewashed Inserts are a top-rated insert on Diaper Pin and a favorite with cloth diapering moms worldwide.  Made of 2 layers of thirsty hemp french terry plus 2 layers of ultra-thick white microfiber, these inserts can really absorb a lot!  Better still, the hemp has beenprewashed!  These can be used immediately and washed right away with all of your diapers!  In addition, LoopyDo© 2G Prewashed Inserts are sewn in a loop so they'll dry just as fast as anything else in your dryer.  (They will still need a few washings to achieve their full absorbancy but you can begin using them immediately.)
  •     Knickernappies SuperDo Inserts- Our SuperDo insert is a prewashed insert for heavy wetters and overnight.  The SuperDo packs a powerful absorbancy with 6 layers of hemp terry and 2 layers of ultra-thirsty microfiber.  This insert is even more absorbent than 2 microfiber inserts together.  The hemp is prewashed to avoid shrinking.  These can be washed immediately with diapers, though another 3-4 washings is still needed for full absorbancy.  The microfiber is very plush and it's extra absorbent!  (Note: Heavy wetters may still need a doubler for overnight.  Also, while these are prewashed to remove natural oils, they will still need a few washings to achieve maximum absorbency.)
So whether you're looking for an overnight solution, a super trim daytime insert or an absorbent natural fiber insert like hemp, Knickernappies has what you need.

Our retailers, worldwide, carry a great selection of our Knickernappies products!  To locate a Knickernappies retailer near you, please visit our Retailer Locator.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Potty Training Boys...I wish there was a reset button!

My tale of two boys, lot's of peeing in the great outdoors and now...faux butt wiping!

Finally a potty training blog post!  Actually I might have more to gain from reading your responses to this post then you have to gain from reading my experience.

I know you must think I'm crazy to say that if I could press "reset" and start our potty training all over again I totally would.  So where do I think I went wrong and why would I want to re-train my sons?  I'll give you the details on my potty-training woes below...

First let me tell you, I have twin sons, they're 4 yrs old and will be 5 yrs old in October.  They stay home with me and will be starting school in August.  They are "potty trained" so to speak but that's not technically the name for what they do.  Maybe "underwear trained" would be more suitable.

The first way we went wrong was teaching them it's ok to just pee outdoors.  Whether at the beach, out on a nature walk, bike ride, etc.  we pretty early on just started encouraging them to pee in the grass.  This worked great, after all, there's that age where they want to use the public restroom everywhere, just for fun.  Public restrooms give me the heebie jeebies so stopping somewhere to let them pee in the bushes just seemed like the preferred way to go.

So what's wrong with teaching them to pee outdoors?  Well for starters they now pee anywhere and everywhere and in front of everyone.  At home, instead of going to the bathroom they just open the sliding glass door and pee in the grass, on the patio, on toys, on eachother, the dog...you name it!  At the playground, zoo, beach, etc.  same story.  Now I am petrified that when they start school they might try to pee in front of people at recess or on the playground!

Another problem, I suppose because there are two of them, is that when they go to the restroom at our house they go in together and sometimes pee together even though I discourage it and ask them to wait their turn.  Bottom line is that they are used to having company in the bathroom.  So at a playdate or someone else's house, they'll walk right in while someone is washing their hands and start peeing in the toilet.

Finally, the issue of the butt wiping!  With girls it's natural, a non issue, they learn early that they have to wipe themselves and so they are also pretty knowledgeable by the time it's their own responsibility to wipe their bottom.  With boys, especially mine, I have wiped for them.  They yell "mommmmmmy!" when they're ready, they assume the position, lol, and that's it.

Now that they're becoming school age I am trying to teach them to wipe on their own but it's turning out to be more like "faux butt wiping."  No matter how I instruct them they just can't seem to arch their back right and their hand, with toilet paper, does not really come close to wiping anything at all.  None the less, they're happy with the "faux" wiping.  They ball up as much toilet paper as possible and then wipe everywhere but where they need to, then toss the clean toilet paper in the toilet and flush!

Now you must realize why I wish there was a do-over.  Perhaps if I hadn't encouraged them to pee in the bushes, or allowed them more privacy, or taught them to try and wipe for themselves when they were younger then I wouldn't be in this precarious situation?

If you were hoping my story would help you with potty training I apologize.  I am obviously the one in need of advice, but at the very least you can learn from my mistakes!

So let's hear it! Am I the only one who's trying to "potty train" already "underwear trained" boys?  I'd love to read your comments.

-Julie, the Cloth Diaper Geek

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Last Call: #FluffStash Twitter Party is tonight, June 21st @9pm EST and we're sponsoring!

Tonight is the night of the FluffStash Twitter Party!  Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you have the Fluff Stash App or an iPhone.  We'll be chatting about cloth diapers, celebrating the launch of the app and giving away prizes galore from all our great sponsors!

This Twitter Party will be hosted by Cloth Diaper Outlet, the creator of the FluffStash App, and by The Cloth Diaper Geek.

Make sure to RSVP so that you'll be eligible to win these great prizes!


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    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Beware of Bad Cloth Diapering Advice!

     Guest post by Rebecca

    We all know how extremely overwhelming cloth diapering is when we first start. There is so much to know, so many questions- we ask questions just about anywhere to anyone who uses cloth diapers. Especially, when it comes to how to wash them! This is all fine and dandy to ask advice, but BEWARE of the Destructive, Detergent used with Cloth Diapers, Advice!

    What does she mean? You say to yourself. I will share with you what you need to know about washing your cloth diapers, so you can recognize potentially bad or damaging advice.

    On my internet journeys this past week I saw something in a forum that really bothered me.
    A mom was telling a new cloth diapering mother that it doesn't matter what type or brand of detergent you use on your cloth diapers.
    -Let me say, ^ this is wrong!
    YES it ABSOLUTELY DOES MATTER what detergent you use and YOU MUST BE CAREFUL!
    (It's best to start with Eco Sprout, Thirsties, Rockin Green, Charlies Soap, Soap Nuts, Tide Original or All Free & Clear).

    This is why:
     #1- By not being careful with the detergents you use- you can burn your child's bottom (chemical burn), cause your diapers to not absorb properly and waste precious time & water trying to strip out whatever you did to your cloth diapers.

    #2 - If I would have used just my plain ole' detergent of my past- I would have burned off my girls' rears! I would have been devastated, discouraged and angry at the person telling me to try whatever detergent I felt like using. This advice is setting new cloth diapering families up for failure by telling them to go with what they have always used!

    #3 - Just because your child has no reaction to the detergent you use right now on their regular clothes, doesn't mean you're in the clear to use it on cloth diapers! Detergent reacts differently once poop & pee interact with it and then touches your child's skin! Having a mild, safe for cloth diaper detergent will limit bad reactions!

    I personally know! When I was running out of my cloth diaper detergent a few months ago, I picked up a store brand of detergent. I read the labels- it seemed okay in my book. I used it to only wash our clothes and the cloth diaper detergent to wash the cloth diapers. The little residue that was left from this detergent in my WASHING MACHINE- left a nasty chemical burn on my baby's rear-end. See the picture of my poor baby's diaper area! I had ALWAYS been careful with detergent, my washing machine and cloth diapers. My one tiny mistake cost my child's butt for a week. The burn then was compromised by yeast... it was a mess! I had to wash the diapers almost 10 times (all with 2nd rinses) and stripped my washing machine 2x, to get rid of the residue left behind. I wasted water and energy from the earth and money from my wallet! I never would have known how sensitive my child's bottom was if this didn't happen. It goes to show, that it is important to play it safe- than possibly cause pain to your child! Those of you who have not ran into issues with using detergents that get bad ratings normally with cloth diapers- you are some lucky families!
    It is true- every baby's urine & feces effect that baby in an individual way, every type of urine & feces reacts differently with different detergents, everyone has different water... Basically, every situation is different for anyone! However, there are many cloth diaper safe and recommended detergents to use that are the same price as regular detergent. This means, you are better off using something mild that you know is safe for and that you know will or will more than likely, rinse clean from your cloth diapers.

    I also have seen posts about how natural detergents are causing "burns". More than likely the detergent has not caused a burn, but not washing properly did. You need to use the proper amount, follow instructions from the manufacturer and do your extra rinse(s). Did you know, that cloth diapers using natural detergents, need a disinfecting once or twice a month? This is because there is nothing in these detergents to disinfect and discourage bacteria growth! So, you have bacteria breeding and growing, which attacks your baby's bum!

    There is so many factors to washing cloth diapers- it is just silly to add another with a detergent that just isn't right for cloth diapers in general!

    Here Is How You Can Kill Rash Causing Bacteria for Sensitive Bums:
    BEWARE OF ALLERGIES TO DISINFECTANTS!
    *TTO breaks both my daughters out, but Bleach does not. This is not the case & opposite, for other cloth diapering families I know.*
    -use 1 to 2 capfuls of bleach to a large/extra large wash load with detergent and extra rinse,
    -a few drops  (4-5) of Tea Tree Oil to a large/extra large wash load with detergent and extra rinse,
    -a few drops of Grape Seed Extract/Oil to a large/extra large wash load  with detergent and extra rinse.

    Great Washing Tips:
    DiaperPin.com has a wonderful article on washing cloth diapers! Visit the article by CLICKING HERE.
    I personally can only use Vinegar a few times a month on our cloth diapers because that is another sensitivity my baby has!  Read the DiaperPin.com article to help you understand how to use Baking Soda, Washing Soda and Vinegar in your dirty cloth diaper wash.

    Happy diapering and keep in mind to be aware of advice that could cause more harm than good!
    Cheers!

    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!

    Visit her blog at NaturalMommas.blogspot.com

    Friday, June 17, 2011

    Kickernappies Custom Fit Diapers get rave reviews on Diaperpin!

    Have you ever headed over to Diaperpin.com to check out the customer reviews of cloth diapers that you're interested in trying?  It's a great resource and there's a lot to be learned from the experience of others.  You'll be able to determine a lot about a diaper, it's fit, it's function and other valuable information that will help you decide whether to purchase or not.

    Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers have been getting some great reviews on Diaperpin!  we'll share some customer feedback with you below.
    "I have a med. It's a great fit, and has plenty of room to grow. I love the wider pocket. Mine was a well-loved gift, and as the second owner I'm pleased with it's condition.  I also have two one-size KN pocket. They are on the larger range of OS pockets. At last check, they fit my 32lb. 38mo. boy. With one snap down, they fit my 20lb. 11mo. baby very well"." -MusicMama
    "These are my favorite diapers! I reach for them anytime they are clean. They are great quality and I never have leak problems with these not even over night and my son is a very heavy wetter.  The colors are cute although I would love some prints. The side snaps are great because my son can't pull them off like he does with velcro. All in all these are a great diaper I have five of these and have never had a problem." -Beck
     "I first purchased size 1G mediums for my 6 month old and they fit great around the legs and rise as he is on the thinner side. I see others said they used their mediums until their children were much older, but I had to upgrade to the Large 1G at around 15 months (25 lbs) as DS was becoming too tall for them. They started fitting funny/tight around the upper thigh. I also bought some Large 2G thinking they'd be similar to the 1G, and was totally WRONG. The 2G fit WAY bigger in both the rise and leg holes. I'm quite sure it would be at least 9 months or more before DS grows into the 2G. Anyway in addition to some used Large 1G's, I have a couple of customs which I ordered off Hyena cart and LOVE them. You CAN get great/funky colors if you order them custom. You can choose the outer color or print, inner color/pattern and snap color. They also gave the option of 1G or 2G customs which is great." -Michele
    Have you tried any Knickernappies products lately?  Make sure you head over to Diaperpin and leave your review as well.  We love reading your feedback and others depend on your honest evaluation of cloth diapers so that they can make an informed decision.

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Winner of the Knickernappies Indian Prefolds is...Comment 43, Raquel B!

    Our Knickernappies Indian Prefold Giveaway has ended and we had a great response.  We're so glad that so many of you were excited about winning and trying our prefolds.

    According to Random.org, the lucky winning comment was number 43.  Comment 43 belonged to Raquel B!  Raquel please check your email for a winners notification from us and to claim your prize.

    For those of you interested in purchasing our prefolds, you can find them at fine Knickernappies retailers nationwide.  Please check our Retailer Locator for a cloth diaper boutique near you or you can shop online.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Un-Pilling Your Cloth Diapers Microfleece, an AHA Moment!

    Every so often you come across other blog posts and have one of those Oprah Winfrey "aha! moments."  Well after browsing the Mod'N'Natural Blog and seeing her post on un-pilling your cloth diapers microfleece I thought "wow, what a great idea!"  I am sure it's been done before and I would have never considered it something that can't be done but I had never personally tried to tackle un-pilling fleece on my own.

    Pilling fleece is not a huge problem but certainly un-pilled fleece is preferred, softer and much more sightly.  So if you're wanting to freshen up your diapers, perhaps before you try to resell them or just to help keep them looking newer, check out the post on Mod'N'Natural and try her technique!  She even has before and after photos to show!

    So, if your Knickernappies Pockets are looking well worn on the inside you can bring them back to life, at least partially, by using this cool technique!

    Check out Mod'N'Natural for some other great cloth diaper posts as well!

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    Meet this week's Featured Fluff Addict...it's Jessica!

    Today it's my pleasure to introduce to you, Jessica, our Featured Fluff Addict of the week!

    Tell us a little about yourself, where you're located, and if you have little ones in cloth diapers-
    My name is Jessica. I am a SAHM living in Cleveland, Ohio with my husband Corey and 2 year old son Asher. Currently Asher is in diapers, but I have another baby on the way due in May.

    What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
    Honestly, I can't remember, but I am so happy that I did! 

    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?
    Thankfully all of my family and friends were very supportive. A couple of friends were actually interested in cloth diapering, but didn't know anyone who did it until they saw my son in cloth. They are now fellow cloth diaper addicts.

    What was your very first cloth diaper?
    Green Mountain Diaper prefold under a Mother-Ease Air Flow cover.

    What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids?
    Mostly flats and wool.

    What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?
    I really want to get my hands on the Knickernappies diaper sprayer. My son has been in cloth for over a year and I am more than ready for a diaper sprayer!

    Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page?
    All the various cloth diapering pages on Facebook and the diaperpin.com forum have been my main source of cloth diapering info.
    Small Wetbag

    What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory?
    Small wetbag for when you're out! For a while I was using just a regular grocery bag and it does not hold in the smell well at all. Definitely need to invest in a real wetbag unless you don't mind people thinking you smell like a dirty diaper...

    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?

    Cloth is not scary! Once you figure out the diaper that works best for you and your baby and you figure out a wash routine, you're set!

    Thanks so much to Jessica for contributing her interview.  If you'd like to be featured on the Knickernappies Blog please email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Want to make your own Cloth Wipes?

    Cloth Wipes and Cloth Diapers are literally meant to go together.  You might think they're too complicated to make or too expensive to buy, but they're not.

    Retailers carry a variety of cloth wipes for every budget but if you'd prefer to make some on your own you should consider checking out Youtube.  There are many great cloth wipes tutorials that will walk you through making your own.







    Do you make your own or buy them?

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Cloth Diapering made as easy as 1...2...3!

    Cloth Diapering can be easy.  Granted, you can do research on top of research, read product reviews, articles, blog posts and join online communities.  Sometimes though, the more you know the more confused you get, especially if you've yet to try or even see a cloth diaper in person.

    In a nutshell, there are some basics, all you'll need to get started with cloth diapering.
    • Cloth Diapers!  To cloth diaper full-time and wash every 24 hours I recommend you have enough diapers for a minimum of 12-18 diaper changes.  You won't want to have the exact amount you need, you'll want a little more, this will help when you have washing issues, a sick baby (or sick mama), or simply use more diapers than expected.  It's always a good idea to have backup diapers.
    • A Diaper Pail or Hanging Pail Liner!  A doorknob pail works great, either hanging in the bathroom or nursery or used inside a garbage pail/diaper pail as a pail liner.  With cloth diapers you'll definitely need a place to store your dirty diapers until laundry day.
    • Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent- It's important to know that not all laundry detergents work for cloth diapers.  You'll want to avoid detergents that contain lots of optical brighteners, fabric softeners, fragrances and dyes.  Visit your cloth diaper manufacturer for list of cloth diaper safe detergents.
    Other cloth diapering accessories you might want to consider...Diaper Sprayer, makes laundering diapers easier.  Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Ointment, so that you don't ruin your diapers by using Desitin and other heavy diaper cremes. Cloth Wipes, much easier to use than disposable wipes when you're a cloth diapering family.

    So that's the skinny on your cloth diapering basics!

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    We're sponsoring the #FluffStash Twitter Party! Have you RSVP'd yet?

    We're excited to be a sponsor of the Fluff Stash Twitter Party! 


    Below are the official party details, prize and sponsor list.


    June 21st is just around the corner and before you know it we'll be partying down at the FluffStash Twitter Party!  Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you have the Fluff Stash App or an iPhone.  We'll be chatting about cloth diapers, celebrating the launch of the app and giving away prizes galore from all our great sponsors!

    This Twitter Party will be hosted by Cloth Diaper Outlet, the creator of the FluffStash App, and by The Cloth Diaper Geek.

    Make sure to RSVP so that you'll be eligible to win these great prizes!


    Are you ready for me to reveal our great sponsor list and the prizes, so far, that will be up for grabs?

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      Tuesday, June 7, 2011

      Knickernappies, Not just pocket diapers anymore...Indian Prefold Giveaway! Ends 06-14-11

      For the longest time you might have noticed, Knickernappies, we're all about pocket diapers!  Our Custom Fit Diapers and One Size Pocket Diapers are a hit among cloth diapering families but now we've branched out, broadened our horizons!  We were pleased to recently add our Knickernappies Indian Prefolds to our line of Cloth Diapers!

      In case you missed it, our Indian Prefolds are available in THREE sizes and Bleached or UnBleached...
      • Infant (13.5 x 11 after washing)
      • Premium Short (13.5 x 12.5 after washing)
      • Premium (19 x 12 after washing)
      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!

      Want to give our Knickernappies Indian Prefolds a try?  You can purchase them at one of our fine retailers or enter to win a half dozen in the giveaway below!

      Enter to WIN (6) Knickernappies Indian Prefolds!

      Giveaway runs Tuesday June 07, 2011 through Tuesday June 14, 2011 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be announced Wednesday June 15, 2011 on the Blog and our FaceBook Page as well as contacted via email.

      Guidelines For Entry-
      • First entry requirement is to visit our Knickernappies Retailer Locator and comment on this post as your first entry with the store name or link of the retailer that is closest to you!
      • 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 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 (2) extra entries for RSVP'ing to attend the FluffStash Twitter Party June 21, 2011. *You do not have to have an iPhone or the FluffStash App to attend or win prizes at the Twitter Party!
      • Earn (3) extra entries each time you Tweet this "Enter to #win 6 @Knickernappies Prefold #clothdiapers ---> http://ow.ly/5bYV6 *Ends 06-14-11" (Max. 1 tweet per day)
      • Earn (1) extra entry when you place the Knickernappies Blog Button on 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!

      Friday, June 3, 2011

      Should we feel flattered? Faux Cloth Diapers...

      I hate to even blog about this and "spread" the word, but it's just something we had to share.

      A manufacturer, whom we will not name, but who we have to thank for billions and trillions of single use dispoable diapers, has now set it's sights on "cute" cloth diaper-esque prints and patterns.  I like to refer to them as "faux cloth diapers."  Funny because just the other day I was looking at some professional baby photos online and couldn't get past these adorable babies being professionally photographed in garbage, literally.  There's nothing cute about disposables and there never has been.

      Well apparently someone spilled the beans, or we can attribute it to the growing popularity of cloth,  and now disposable manufacturers like the above mentioned, are attempting to make their diapers look more cloth-like.  They'll no doubt function the same as the plain old disposables but they'll just cost more.

      Have you seen their new ads?  What do you think? 

      Thursday, June 2, 2011

      Born this way? And I'm not talking about Lady GaGa...

      Did I grab your attention?  I know, born this way, is a new Lady GaGa song or the name of her album or something of that nature...but I'm curious about a non-gaga topic.

      Were you born into a crunchy or natural living household?  Were your parents peace loving John Lennon fans or were they anything but?  I want to know specifically, is there anyone you credit for your natural ways?

      I came from a pretty normal set of parents, nothing fancy, in fact I don't remember us having most of the modern new-fangled conveniences most other families at the time had but if my parents could have afforded them we might have.  My mom was a lactation advocate and LaLeche League Leader.  I nursed until about age four, maybe beyond.  I was cloth diapered but had they been able to afford it they might have used disposables.  I'd say my parents were "hippie-ish" but not super natural, and less and less natural as I grew older.

      I give my mom credit for my breastfeeding ways, because of my upbringing there were just no other alternatives to breastfeeding on my radar.  My mother never suggested cloth diapers to me, my parents never recycled, never grew their own food or bought organic.  We weren't a soda and Fruit Loops cereal household either but there were no real strides taken to lead a natural lifestyle.

      So with this I wonder, were you raised by crunchy parents?  Were they into natural living at all?  And if not, how do you think the growing popularity of the "green movement" in today's society will impact our children and their children?  Surely they'll be a few shades greener then we are because of it.

      I'd love to read your thoughts and who you credit, if anyone, for your natural ways!

      Julie

      Wednesday, June 1, 2011

      Tips and Tricks for Washing Cloth Diapers in a Front Loading Washer

      Having trouble washing your diapers in a front loading washer?  You're not alone.  Many moms, super excited to have a fancy new front loader are very disappointed when they discover their diaper laundry is no longer getting as clean as they like.

      Here are some great videos we've found on Youtube that we hope will help you perfect your cloth diaper washing routine, even if you have a Front Loader!




       
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