Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Kristin!

It's Friday, time to feature another fluff addict!  This week we're featuring Kristen, a mama of two and the mom behind the Kristen's Blog. Read our interview with her below.

Tell us your name and a little about your family.
My name is Kristen. My husband and I have been married since 2005. We have a 4 year old son and a nearly 9 month old daughter.

Where are you located?
Near Kansas City, MO.

Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers?
My daughter is currently in cloth diapers.

Were you cloth diapered as a child?
No.

What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers?
Financial. My husband was out of work for the last 4 months of my pregnancy and the job he did find, doesn't pay nearly as much as the old one.

Favorite part about using cloth diapers?
The cute factor and the money savings.

What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth?
They thought I was nuts at first. The parents still aren't too keen on the idea. In fact, my mom still buys disposables every now and then. That's fine if she wants to use them, but I'm not buying them! 

Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?
Cloth wipes or a wetbag.

Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?
I'd like to try any of them!  I don't have any Knickernappies products yet.

What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
I was lucky to have a family member who uses cloth diapers on her kids, and I was able to bounce questions off her. She actually gave me the stash I have, with the exception of 3 BG 3.0s I bought off of Craigslist. So my advice is if you're considering cloth, find a message board or someone you can bounce questions off of and just try it. I wasn't sure i'd like cd'ing until I tried it. And now I'm addicted. If you don't like it, you can always resell the diapers and get most, if not all you're money back. You really don't have much to lose, just a lit of money to save! 

Want to stay connected with Kristen?  Follow her blog, Kristen's Blog, and tell her Knickernappies sent you!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Save your cloth diapers with flushable liners!

Ever wondered about flushable and biodegradable liners for cloth diapers?  In the past I have heard that if you add the expense of using them they'd just defeat the whole purpose of using cloth in the first place.  I don't really agree. 

Many of the reasons moms give up on cloth diapering is because of stinky diapers, laundry issues that they can't seem to resolve, or they see their diapers wearing out and don't think they'll be saving as much money as they thought they would.

Flushable liners actually help make cloth diapering easier and they are available for purchase at many of our Knickernappies retailers.
  • Liners give something the poop to stick to besides just the inside of your diaper.  They often can be pulled off and flushed away, sometimes you won't even need your diaper sprayer.
  • They help prevent and reduce staining because the poop doesn't get as embedded in the fleece or microsuede liner.
  • They make washing SO much easier because you'll have less solid waste that needs to dissolve from the diaper and be rinsed out.
  • Since your diapers won't be as soiled, you'll have less odor issues.
You might hear families complain that they don't work.  Truth is, they sometimes can bunch up and miss the poop completely.  However, they range in price from $4.95 and up per roll for 100 sheets.  That's approximately  .05cents per diaper change.  Keep in mind that some are able to split a sheet in two, depending on the size and brand, and get twice as many uses out of a roll.

I think that even if they don't catch the solids every time, the times they do make them so worth it.  I recommend every family try flushable liners at some point.

Have you tried them?  What did you think?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FIVE uses for Cloth Wipes besides wiping baby's behind!

Guest post by Bert

To use cloth wipes or not to use them?? Ah, the grand question every mama asks herself once she feels confident in cloth diapering her baby. To help you make your choice (and to encourage you to come over to the ever so fluffy side…) I’ve compiled a top five list of ways you can use your cloth wipes other than wiping your baby’s behind.
  • A softer and greener way to wipe those messy noses during cold and flu season. Certainly if a cloth wipes is soft enough for your baby’s sensitive skin then it’s also sensitive enough for their chapped noses and lips.
  • Clean your house with the wipes. Add a little water and vinegar to a spray bottle and get to those dirty mirrors, counters and windows. For a natural dusting solution on varnished wood simply use a few drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle with ½ cup of warm water, spray onto the wipe and wipe away. For unvarnished wood you can mix two teaspoons each of olive oil and lemon juice together and add to the wipe, then wring the wipe out to distribute the solution into the cloth. Wipe away using wide strokes so the oil goes on the wood evenly.
  • Bathtime fun! Most cloth wipes are made out of natural fibers which means that those tough to get clean areas are protected because you’re using a natural material.
  • Kitchen face cloth. I don’t know about you but I like to have a separate wash cloth on hand to wipe my kids’ faces after meal or snack time. I have purchased wash cloths from retail stores and after two years of heavy wear and tear they have bit the dust. My cloth wipes on the other hand are still going strong and are so soft on my son’s eczema prone skin!
  • Use them as a protective liner when your baby has diaper rash. You cannot use a diaper rash cream on a cloth diaper unless it is made for use with cloth diapers. You can, however, repurpose your cloth wipes to protect your diaper from the non-cloth friendly oils. You have to wash these cloths separately from your diapers as you will not want for the oils to invade the entire load of diapers.
I hope if you’ve been on the fence about cloth wipes this little list will have helped entice you to give it a try. You’re already using cloth diapers so you might as well go all the way in, right? Right!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Winner of our EcoSprout Giveaway is...Jessica S!

Thanks to EcoSprout Soap for sponsoring this great giveaway!  The winner will receive a 24oz bag of their EcoSprout Soap as well as an EcoSprout Bottom Balm which is sage for cloth diapers.

We had a great response.  Rafflecopter chose the winner and the winner was...Jessica S!  Jessica please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize.

To purchase EcoSprout Soap you can visit their website or shop at your favorite Knickernappies retailer, many of whom carry EcoSprout in their stores.

Please stick around and continue to follow us, we'll have another great giveaway coming up soon!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is an Etsy Mama...Stacy!

Time to meet another great fluff addict!  This week's featured mama is Stacy!  Read her interview below and get to know her a little better.

Share with us you name and a little about yourself and family:   My name is Stacy Mojica (23). I met my husband Jose (24) in Korea while I was teaching English and he was stationed there with the Army. We have a little girl, Mia Bella, who is 8 months old now. I decided to cloth diaper my baby before she was born, but I was having trouble finding my absolute ideal diaper in the commercial marketplace, so I started experimenting with sewing my own to pass the time while on maternity leave anxiously awaiting baby's arrival. Then I got addicted! I wanted to sew many more diapers than my baby girl could ever wear :P I opened my Etsy shop My Cute Genes on Mothers' Day 2011. 

Location: Hinesville, GA (ft. Stewart) 

Cloth Diapering History: I was not cloth diapered. I was inspired to cloth diaper by my friend Kristine who I met on a What to Expect message board (our birth month board actually, and she happened to live in my hometown!). I have been cloth diapering Mia since she was 1 month old. 

Why cloth diaper? I decided to cloth diaper at first just because the concept was so freaking COOL to me. Like most people, I hadn't thought about diapering or really anything baby before I got pregnant, and I definitely did not know about the evolution of fluff and the comeback it has made since the days of flats, prefolds, and rubber pants. When Kristine told me and sent me links, I started reading. I saw the hybrid flips system and my eyes went O.O I had to try it out. 

Favorite thing about cloth diapers: My favorite thing about cloth diapering is definitely the WOW factor. When people comment "what cute bloomers!" or "look at that baby's cute pants!"  or even, "what a cool diaper cover," I get to say, "Actually, it's a cloth diaper!" For my husband, he looooves to brag to people about how much money we are saving. That is *his* number one thing! 

Does your family support your decision to cloth diaper?  My family is behind me 100%. They think it's awesome that I've decided to become a WAHM and start my own business. They are always promoting my shop by talking it up with their friends and neighbors :) 

A must have accessory: Cloth wipes! It's a pain to have to throw away a disposable wipe in a separate pail. Half the time I'd end up finding half disintegrated wipes in the drier :P Now I use my own 2-ply flannel and flannel/terry cloth cloth wipes exclusively. A lot of people love the thinness (and cheapness!) of baby washcloths those are definitely a great option too. I LOVE showing people how I can accordion fold them and make them POP up out of a wipes case/warmer. 

Is there a Knickernappies product you'd love to try?  I would *really* love a diaper sprayer. I want to say I'm "desperate," but I have rubber gloves so it's not *that* bad :P

Best piece of advice?   I would advise not to become overwhelmed by the plethora of information/articles/websites/shops/products/blogs out there. Just read 1 or 2 Cloth Diapering 101 articles (I really like the one at Diaper Jungle) to be sure you know the basics like how to launder. There are a ton of fantastic youtube channels like The Cloth Diaper Channel and Dirty Diaper Laundry's kdhoney1 (she has an *amazing* series on all the different types of cloth diapers) if you like actually seeing things demonstrated visually. Then buy a sample pack! There is nothing like experiencing something first hand for yourself. There are tons of sample packs that you can buy and return parts of or rent  from retailers. I never did this, and I kind of regret it. Because now I already have enough cloth diapers and my husband's not gonna let me buy more just to "experiment!" lol! Anyway once you've decided what KIND of cloth diaper you like best, use clothdiaperfinder.com to narrow down your search to a few different brands.
Want to find out more about Stacy, you can connect with her online via the links below.

Etsy shop: My Cute Genes, www.mycutegenes.com. I have a facebook fan page www.facebook.com/mycutegenes and a twitter www.twitter.com/mycutegenes.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Crunchy Shannon was right, Amber Teething Necklaces DO work!

Guest post by Bert

If you haven’t tried Baltic amber yet I dare you to give it a try. I first heard about it from my fairly crunchy friend, Shannon. Now Shannon’s a nurse so she’s got a good and smart head on her shoulders but I thought, when she suggested a Baltic amber necklace for Buggie’s teething pain, Really Shannon? Okay you are taking this natural living thing way too far! Boy was I wrong!!!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. After Buggie had finally broken two teeth at once the sweet relief that came from the sleepless and short naptimes, long nights, ear pulling, slight fever and loose stools we had gone through the two weeks before convinced me that I had to try this necklace. We had been using Hyland’s teething tablets which were about $7 at the time (keep in mind this was two years ago) and we were going through those puppies about every two or three days. My hubby is the number cruncher in the family (an accountant) and he suggested that we try our crunchy friend’s necklace. He figured that with the cost, if it worked we’d be saving ourselves a lot of money.

We ordered our necklace and I promise you, no exaggeration here, within an hour our little boy’s painful demeanor changed drastically. At the time he was getting another tooth and I had spent the day holding him, trying to get him to sleep and being very unsuccessful at it. (Buggie’s always been more dramatic, much more dramatic than Lady Bug is. I have to admit that he takes after me, not my hubby, so when I’m frustrated with him I have to remind myself of what my parents went through with me. You can only imagine that with his dramatic nature, teething Buggie was a miserable baby to be around.) After wearing the necklace, suddenly Buggie was back to his happy, laughing and smiling self. I couldn’t believe it. Crunchy Shannon was right; the darn necklace works.

How does it work, you ask? Balticamber is a natural pain relief method that’s been around for hundreds of years. The amber has succinic acid in it which is a combination of plant and animal tissues. When the amber is against the skin the warmth from the skin releases the succinic acid which is pain relieving. When you’re buying Baltic amber you’ll want to buy a stone that is opaque; if you can see through the stone then there will be less succinic acid in it. The more opaque it is the better.

So then how does your baby wear it? Simple: When measuring your baby for the necklace, you want the necklace to be long enough so that it doesn’t choke your baby. But it also needs to be short enough so that when your baby is putting things in his or her mouth they can’t chew on the necklace. The necklace is not for chewing on! When Buggie was sleeping we would wrap his necklace around his ankle so that we didn’t need to worry about it getting caught on something. Also when you’re looking to buy your necklace you’ll want the beads to be individually knotted so that if (and that’s a big IF) the necklace breaks only one bead will come off not the entire strand of beads.

Like I said, I was such a skeptic but crunchy Shannon was right (she usually is!). The necklace works, Buggie was happy and he wore his necklace until he was two years old. Actually it was hard to get him to take it off. How cute is that?! Happy teething travels!
Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cloth Diapers aren't as absorbent as disposables...

Article republished via The Cloth Diaper Geek Blog

...but isn't that a good thing?

So often with disposable manufacturers the issue of "maximum absorbency" is a big deal.  The big name sposie manufacturers go to great lengths and spend millions to develop a product that is built to soak it up, soak it in and absorb-absorb-absorb.  But in reality, is that something you really want or need?

Admittedly, the issue of absorbency is usually a great source of confusion with moms who switch from disposables to cloth.  They expect cloth diapers to work just the same as disposables and are often surprised when they don't.  When a cloth diaper doesn't make it through the night without leaking or a trip out to run errands, moms frequently and mistakenly think there must be something wrong with that diaper or brand.

Truth is that cloth diapers need to be changed more often than disposables, but that's not something that should be considered an awful inconvenience.  With disposables sure, the longer the baby can wear the diaper the less diapers you'll use and the more money you'll save.  But at what cost?

Putting yourself in your babies shoes, or let's say diaper...Would you want to sit in a wet, hot, gell filled diaper for hours on end just because it's not yet leaking?  Or as a toddler, would you want to be toddling around with a five pound bag of hot jelly swinging around between your legs when you've just learned to walk?  I think not.

Personally, I was happy to be a little inconvenienced by having more frequent diaper changes when I realized the alternative:  Letting baby sit in a soiled diaper just because I can.  It's a gross thought.

That's my two cents.  I feel the case for cloth is stacked against disposables for just this one simple fact, and I didn't even need to mention the health risks, chemical and carcinogen exposure associated with the use of disposables.

Julie, The Cloth Diaper Geek

Monday, September 19, 2011

EcoSprout Soap & Bottom Balm Giveaway! Enter to win! Ends 09-25-11

Here at Knickernappies we love cloth diapers, obviously, and we also love work-at-home family run businesses!  Fairly new to the cloth diaper scene is EcoSprout Soap, manufacturer of a cloth diaper safe detergent, cloth diaper safe bottom balm and some other great products.  EcoSprout Soap was started and is run by a work-at-home cloth diapering dad, how cool is that!?

Here's a bit about Jared from his Bio...
"It wasn't easy, he wanted something that was environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and 100% natural. But it had to work! It had to CLEAN the diapers too.  After months of trial and research he finally did it! Came up with the perfect balance that resulted in clean diapers, derived from natural ingredients, 100% bio-degradable, and kicked the ammonia smell!"
 Eco Sprout Detergent is an eco-friendly, all natural detergent that's great for your entire family, and SAFE for cloth diapers & sensitive skin. It will clean and disinfect your diapers while rinsing clean. No more battling with eye-watering ammonia smells, as Eco Sprout dramatically helps neutralize the odor.

The scent is for you to enjoy and will freshen your washing machine and make your laundry room smell nice. It is designed to safely wash out of your diapers or clothing and leave nothing behind but a clean fresh scent.

*EcoSprout detergent is safe for all water types and is designed to work with both HE and conventional machines.

Our detergent is free from dyes, brighteners, enzymes, phosphates, & is SLS free. It is also 100% natural and biodegradable.

Want to win a 24oz Bag of Eco Sprout Soap and a Bottom Balm?  Enter our Giveaway below!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is...Chana from Adventures in Fluff!

Welcome back to our Featured Fluff Addict segment!  Our stockpile of fluff addicted mamas and papas has been replenished and so here we are!  Today we have a super cool cloth diapering mama to introduce to you, it's Chana from the blog Adventures in Fluff!

Tell us your name and a little about your family.
Hi!  My name is Chana.  Together with my wonderful husband Brian, we are raising two rambunctious little girls.  Riley is 5 years old and just started Kindergarten.  She’s so smart and loves to do craft projects.  Reagan is 4 years old and in her last year of pre-school.  She’s my little comedian and loves to play dress up with her dolls.  After years of thinking we were done having children, Brian and I decided to make a go for number three.  We’re having a boy!!!  Lincoln will be here very soon and is due on November 2nd.  Both Brian and I now work at home so we’re excited that we’ll be able to spend a lot of time with our girls and our newest addition this fall.

Where are you located?
Fresno, California

Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers?  Were you cloth diapered as a child?
I did not cloth diaper either of my girls and to be honest it never even crossed my mind.  I was not cloth diapered as a child and knew of nobody that had used cloth diapers.  I came across a pregnancy board posting that discussed cloth diapering while pregnant this time around and all the benefits of cloth diapering greatly intrigued me.  I started researching everything I could about cloth diapering and chatting in all the cloth diaper forums.  Soon enough I was hooked.  I was going to cloth diaper our third child.

What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers?
I know that there many great reasons to cloth diaper (cost savings, the environmental benefits, lack of chemicals, etc.), but my main reasons that pulled me in to cloth diapering were the comfort for the baby and the cuteness factor.  I just kept thinking about how much I hate wearing disposable pads when on my period and it really made me feel bad for my baby having to wear diapers 24 hours a day for 2-3 years of their life.  Granted, they don’t know any different, but I do so I’d like them to be as comfortable as possible.  Then there is the cuteness factor.  Enough said on that one.  Cloth diapers are sooooooo cute!!!!

Favorite part about using cloth diapers?
I haven’t started using them yet, but my favorite part so far is educating everyone around me about a whole other option out there for diapering that a lot of mom’s and dad’s don’t know a lot about.  They are still envisioning the old ways of cloth diapering and don’t know how much cloth diapering has advanced.  It’s great when you see that spark in their eye and they too get as excited about cloth as I did when I first found out about it.


What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth?
Unfortunately most of my friends and family think I’m crazy to try cloth diapering.  They think it’s too much work, gross to clean, and that I will quit after a month or less.  There are a few that are with me all the way, including my mother in law.  She cloth diapered my husband and is amazed at all the new products that have come out.  I think it’s funny that my husband still has some concerns and he was in fact cloth diapered as a child.

Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share?
No funny stories yet, but I’m sure there are lots to come.  With the lack of sleep that comes with being a mommy to a newborn and having to put diapers on in the middle of the night, there are sure to be a few mix-ups in the process, and all you can do is laugh.

Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?
This one is a tie for me.  It has to be between a diaper pail liner and cloth wipes.  I picked the diaper pail liner because I’d hate to wash out a diaper pail constantly to get the pee and poop out of it.  It just makes sense to have a liner that you can toss into the washing machine along with your dirty diapers.  My other must have cloth diaper accessory would be cloth wipes.  If you’re going to be doing laundry anyways there’s no reason not to use cloth wipes.  They have all the same benefits as cloth diapering and I didn’t want to add yet another place to stick dirty disposable wipes.  Why make things harder when you can make it easier with cloth wipes.

Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?
I heard that the Knickernappies breast pads were the best, so I’ve already purchased some of those and can’t wait to test them out.  Of course I’d LOVE to try some of their pocket diapers.  Side snaps have always intrigued me and I love that there are both sized and one size diaper options.  I’m leaning towards sized diapers right now, but you never know.  The one size diapers might surprise me.

What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
My best advice to moms and dads considering cloth diapers is to test out a few different types and brands before you settle on one.  You never know if you’re going to like or dislike AIO’s, AI2’s, Pockets, Fitteds, or Prefolds till you try them.  I see so many people asking what works best so they can go buy their whole stash, but each baby is different and each parent’s likes and dislikes are different, so it’s best to just go try some out for yourself.  One persons favorite might be another person’s enemy and vise versa.
Thanks Chana for sharing your story with us.  Congrats on cloth diapering and on the upcoming arrival of your little boy!

Want to connect with Chana?  You can follow her blog and also connect with her on FaceBook and Twitter!
Twitter ID: Fluff_Mom http://twitter.com/#!/Fluff_Mom
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DesignMomm1?feature=mhee

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Is your husband on board with your crunchy cloth diapering ways?

Today I am curious as to how you all cope with husbands who may not be too keen on your cloth diapering or natural ways?  Do they give you a hard time but let you make the decisions with regards to parenting, diapering, etc.  Are they completely on the same page as you, was it even their idea to use cloth or take up any other eco-friendly or natural practices?

Personally my husband's not necessarily crunchy, he's definitely leaning a lot more toward natural ways than he used to.  He used to think vitamins...a waste of money.  Recycling...too much trouble and it's just a scam.  Cloth Diapering...as long as you're doing the laundry and most of the diaper changes.  Vaccinations...do what you think is best.  And so on.

Now years have passed, the tides have changed and his friends at the firehouse where he works make fun of him for being a hippie.  He takes vitamins, advocates cloth (to fellow firemen!), breastfeeding and tells people we don't vaccinate.  At home we recycle and try to eat much healthier than we used to.

Ultimately I think he knew resistance to my natural ways or tendencies was futile so he decided to go with the flow.  However I do know that for some people there's a battle between father and mother who don't see eye to eye.  How do you cope?  Was there or is there an issue with any of your natural ways?

Please share your comments here or on Facebook, we'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fluff Addicted? We want to feature you on the Knickernappies Blog!

Hello mamas and papas!  We're rounding up some new faces to feature on the Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Blog!  We love getting to know the families who use cloth diapers and we love giving you a little time in the limelight!
There's no catch involved in being featured.  Just copy and paste the interview questions below into an email, fill out the answers, attach some photos and click send!  We'll be featuring a new Featured Fluff Addict each week and we'll let you know when you're up on the Knickernappies blog!

Being featured is a great way to get a little exposure for your blog or cause, share your story, help others who might be considering cloth diapers and also a great way to show everyone how cute your little one is in their diapers!

So, here's what we want to know!
  • First, tell us your name and a little about your family.
  • Where are you located?
  • Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers?  Were you cloth diapered as a child?
  • What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers?
  • Favorite part about using cloth diapers?
  • What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth?
  • Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share?
  • Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?
  • Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?
  • What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
Please email your answers, photos, links to your blog or website and any other relevant information (FaceBook Page, Twitter ID, etc.) to marketing(at)knickernappies.com and put "Featured Fluff Addict" in the subject line.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, September 12, 2011

"To sleep is to dream..." A mother's thoughts on the CIO method.

Guest Post by Elizabeth

I had my preconceived notions before I became a mother that I would have absolutely no problem with letting my children cry themselves to sleep or as we say now in this texting world "CIO". I just assumed that naturally I would be okay with this. That I would instinctively know that it was what was best for them. That, however, was not the case. It went against EVERY fiber of my being to sit and listen to Buggie cry (okay it was screaming in protest not the sad cry) when he was a baby.

I had created a monster during the long months of Tax Season (Ben, my hubby, is an accountant). Buggie was getting up about every three hours just like he was a newborn but he was four months old. I knew he didn't need to eat. It was just easier for me while Ben was gone to pop into his room, pick him up, and nurse him until he was calm. Then I'd place him back in his crib awake and he'd go back to sleep. I have to admit, I enjoyed the cuddle time we were having in the glider in his room with me holding him close in my arms. Needless to say once Tax Season was over Ben put the kybosh on that one.

Ben had to watch me and make me stay out of Buggie's room while he was crying. "The book [Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child] says that you need to let him sleep, Bert. You aren't helping him," Ben would say. It took about a night or two of listening to him cry but after that Buggie went back to sleeping nine hours straight. (I still got up to feed him at around 4:30am which our pediatrician said was completely fine and normal.)

Sure enough once we had the nighttime figured out the next week our struggles became naps. Geesh! I had a routine for him and it worked. It went like this (yes, it was very long… now at two years and ten months we still do some of the routine!): He'd get swaddled in his Swaddle Me, I'd put his favorite blanket (Taggie is what we call it) over his chest so he could suck on one of the tags and then I'd turn on his little Fisher Price aquarium and off to dreamland my boy went. If he woke up crabby, I'd just have to go in, rock his belly back and forth and sing, "Jesus Loves Me"; he'd be back to sleep again. Then it changed.

It's so true that once you figure out a system and it works with a child, that same child goes and changes it on you. When Buggie was seven months old he still needed to be swaddled, however, he was also rolling over onto his tummy during his sleep. One day I decided I'd do the Swaddle Me loosely so that at least he can get his arms out if need be. He was also having a very difficult time going to sleep that afternoon so I went in to do my rocking of the belly and singing routine. NOPE! Did not work at all! Before that day he never looked at me when I did that.

Three days prior to the described afternoon that became a thing of the past. I had to do what I HATED doing the most...let him cry it out. Weissbluth (author of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child - very excellent book about sleep and believe me we had to learn a lot about sleep with this boy) says to let a baby who is between five and 12 months of age cry for up to one hour for naps. ONE WHOLE HOUR. After I realized that I walked out of Buggie's room (after having tried for 20 minutes to get him to sleep) and as Ben was walking out to the garage I threw my hands up in the air and said to him, "Well, I can't get him to go back to sleep any more. He's going to have to cry it out. It's 2:36 and we'll let him do this until 3:36." Praise the Lord he eventually went to sleep!

I hated listening to my boy cry but the need to sleep became more important than my hatred for having to listen to it. I knew he wasn't hurting, he was just tired. Thankfully Lady Bug has been an excellent sleeper from the start. I think it’s part of her nature and probably also because Ben and I know how important it is for her to sleep. We follow her drowsy cues and lay her down when she’s drowsy but awake. Hopefully there won’t be as much crying with her as there was with Buggie but if there is I know I can handle it.

Remember, “To sleep is to dream…”

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, became a "mom" to a beagle named, Chula, that same year and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM.  Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Q & A: My diapers are leaking and my inserts are still dry. What's up with that?

You might think that overnight diapers and inserts for heavy wetters like the SuperDo are pricey and not worth the investment.  Why spend the money when you can just double-triple-quadruple stuff your pocket diapers and get the same effect, right?  Wrong!

A very common culprit, known to cause mysterious leaks is the overstuffing of pocket diapers.  Overstuffing basically renders the leg elastic on your cloth diapers useless.  The cloth diaper no longer conforms to the baby's shape and the elastic does not fit securely or move with the baby.

Overstuffing causes gaps around the thigh and inner leg and groin area.  This is frequently the reason you'll see moms looking for support, they complain "My child's bedding or carseat was soaked and they had on a brand new diaper, even the inserts were still dry!  Something's seriously wrong with this diaper."  In my experiences, the problem of overstuffing or using the wrong inserts can be the root of the problem.

It's important, especially with pocket diapers, that the diaper still be pliable and not stiff after putting in the desired inserts and that it be able to move with the baby and conform to the babies shape.

In the photo below you can see a Knickernappies OS Diaper stuffed with two micro inserts and a tri-folded prefold vs. a Knickernappies OS Diaper stuffed with a Knickernappies SuperDo insert.  Clearly if your pocket diaper is literally able to stand up on it's own, you can assume it's not quite going to go with the shape and movement of the child wearing it and you can also tell that the stuffing will prevent the elastic from fitting securely against the child's thighs.
So what do you think?  Does this make sense?  Do you think you've overstuffed before and that it may have been the culprit of your leaking problem?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The FIVE Lucky Winners of the FluffStash for iPhone Vouchers are...

Our FluffStash for iPhone Giveaway has ended and we chose FIVE lucky winners who will each receive a Voucher for a Free copy of FluffStash!  They can use the voucher, give it to a friend or even host their own FluffStash Giveaway on their blog!

If you didn't win and would like to purchase a copy of this .99cent App please visit FluffStash.com!

The FIVE lucky winners are below.  Please check your emails to claim your prize!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Leaving the house? Tips for packing a bag for an outing!

Guest post by Elizabeth

The great Minnesota get together AKA the State Fair has been occurring for the past two weeks in the Twin Cities. My hubby and I decided that we’d do the Fair this year with our two-and-a-half year old son, Buggie, and our 11 week old daughter, Lady Bug. Now this wasn’t Buggie’s first time at the Fair – he experienced the fun last August. This was, however, one of our first big outings since having Lady Bug so I wanted to be extra sure that I packed all the essentials. Here’s what I packed:
  • 1 Diaper Bag – I have a great diaper bag that I ordered custom made off of Etsy. It’s the perfect size and it’s so cute that I can use it as my purse. Before we went anywhere though, I needed to go through and take all of the non-essentials out of it so it didn’t weigh me down.
  • Diapers, diapers and more diapers – We use cloth diapers, however, for an outing like this we opt for disposables, but that's up to you. It’s just easier for us, mainly me, b/c I’m able to do a quick diaper change like I had to with Lady Bug in her infant carrier and I can just toss her diaper. We so rarely use them that I don’t feel terrible about it. Buggie’s in the thick of potty training so I had extra training pants for him too.  If you were to pack cloth diapers you'd want to make sure to have extra in the event of an emergency.  Pre-stuffed pockets like Knickernappies would be great and super convenient!
  • Wet bag – I bring my Leslie’s Boutique wet bag with me everywhere, even when I’m not using my cloth diapers. It’s great for accidents in clothes and blow outs from Lady Bug. Definitely an essential for any diaper bag.
  • Bottles – I exclusively breastfeed Lady Bug but on an outing like this I brought along two bottles with my milk. It’s just easier to feed her that way than to have to get the cover out. I feel like I don’t really pay attention to her and what she’s doing when I’m breastfeeding in public which is why I like bottles in busy public settings.
  • Nursing Cover – I do still bring my cover, however, in case Lady Bug decides to be a girl and change her mind. That way I’m prepared. Always be prepared.
  • Extra clothes – One long sleeved t-shirt and shorts for Buggie and a pair of pants and onesie for Lady Bug. I also brought a little sweater for her because, after all, this is Minnesota so layering is an essential part of any outdoor activity.
  • Wipes – Even though we use cloth wipes primarily, I always have hordes of disposable wipes with me because they are great for cleaning pretty much anything. You should have seen Buggie’s face after he inhaled his bag of cotton candy!  If using cloth wipes it would be easiest to bring them pre-moistened with your favorite wipe solution, and extra for those sticky situations!
  • Band aids and ointment – You never know and hopefully you won’t have to use them but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Antibacterial gel – There are public restrooms at the Fair, however, for the amount of eating that we do it’s just not feasible to make a stop to wash our hands. This is a must. I maintain that last year Buggie contracted the cold sore virus from a shopping cart. (Yeah that was a great experience.)
  • Baby sling/carrier – I pretty much wore Lady Bug yesterday. She was a little over stimulated by the noise and lights of the Fair so this was the best way to comfort her. Plus, it’s so sweet to snuggle and wear your baby!
  • Sippy Cup – Did I say that my Buggie gets cold sores? Yeah, he does and he has one right now. He had to have his own cup for this trip; otherwise, we probably would’ve shared everything. Cold sore or not though I always bring a cup of water for him. I want him drinking water rather than needing to make a stop to get something from a machine because I wasn’t prepared.
As you can see, I didn’t pack any toys or anything like that for this trip. Normally I do but when the outing is at a kid friendly place and your little one is going to be entertained there simply isn’t a need to bring that extra baggage with you. I’ve noticed (and tell me if you have too) that as a breastfeeding mom, my back is sore the majority of the day just from the weight of my “girls.” Add needing to sometimes carry a 33 lbs. toddler and wearing an 11 lbs. baby and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a sore back. That’s why I packed light for this outing. My advice if you’re going out for a fun little family outing – bring the essentials, leaving the rest at home and be prepared for anything that will need immediate attention. Now let’s get out and experience life!


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, became a "mom" to a beagle named, Chula, that same year and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM.  Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Newsworthy: DiaperShops.com has their finger on the PULSE of the cloth diapering community!

DiaperShops.com, a Knickernappies retailer just published the results from their 1st Annual Cloth Diapering Pulse Survey and the results are super interesting!

Just a few of the statistics revealed are:
  • Out of 500 surveyed, 44% own 31 or more cloth diapers!  That means that cloth diapering families often invest in more cloth diapers than they actually need.
  • Pocket Diapers and Snaps beat out other cloth diaper styles and closure styles!  Knickernappies knew that of course! lol
  • A whopping 60% of those surveyed said that they made the decision to use cloth diapers before they had their babies, that's huge and super exicitng!
Want to read the results of the entire survey?  Head on over to DiaperShops brand new blog and there you'll find the link to download the survey!

Many thanks to DiaperShops for organizing such a great survey and sharing the results with the community!



 
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