Wednesday, December 28, 2011

To smell or to mask the smell, that IS the question.

Often when I speak to those new to cloth diapering I hear one thing come up over and over again..."I smell pee!"

I think it's the most obvious thing but the least often considered when deciding to use cloth over disposables.  When you use disposables you notice and don't pay much attention to the fact that they have a sort of fragrance, sicky sweet and gross in my opinion, but a fragrance none the less.  We forget that fragrance is not there just to make baby smell like a rose, it's there to mask the natural odors associated with urination and defecation.  Without the chemicals and fragrance a soiled disposable diaper would smell like a soiled cloth diaper....It would smell like pee and poop!

This "natural" aroma is a pain if you intend to let your little one sit in a dirty diaper for any length of time but should just be accepted as a part of the diapering and potty training process.  Baby smells for a reason, time to change that diaper!

In any case, I like to tell people in advance if they happen to bring up the smell factor, that it's natural and you do get used to it.  Unless you're willing to cover baby's bottom with a chemical, gel filled, frangrance enhanced, plastic/paper diaper, then you'll just have to accept the natural smells associated with diapering naturally with cloth.

So what are your thoughts?  Do you find the smell to be hard to deal with or just part of the deal.  Do you despise the smell and fragrance of disposables as much as I do?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two Winners of the Palm Tree OS Diaper Covers are....

Thank you all for entering to win a Palm Tree OS Diaper Cover!  They really are a superb cover.  Their onesize design, durable snaps and gentle leg elastic make it an excellent and affordable option for all families.

We gave away two covers to two lucky winners and they are Maria L and Abbey V!  Please check your emails and claim your prize.

Friday, December 16, 2011

We're giving away (2) New Palm Tree OS Diaper Covers!

We're celebrating the addition of the Palm Tree Diapers line to our Knickernappies product lineup and we're giving TWO away to celebrate!

Features:
  • One Size - Fits babies approximately 8-35 lbs
  • Tuck Flap - helps secure prefolds inside the cover
  • Snap Closure - snaps last practically forever
  • Bright Colors - Eight great colors for an adorable diaper bottom
  • Two-Layer PUL - our waterproof fabric hides the laminate between two layers of soft fabric
  • Gentle Elastic - our super-gentle elastic is durable yet won't leave red marks
  • Warranty - our 60 day warranty guarantees your investment is safe (see below for details)
 We're giving away TWO Covers, one each to two lucky winners!  Enter via the Rafflcopter form below!



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    Friday, December 9, 2011

    Daycare Doesn't Have to Mean Disposable!

    If you need or want to go back to work while your child is still in diapers, then the diapering aspect of his care probably isn't highest on your priorities. You're looking for a daycare where your child will be happy, comfortable, and well cared for, a place where you can leave him without worrying. And even if you've been using cloth full-time at home, switching to disposables during the day is a small price to pay if you're happy with your child's care.

    However, the benefits of cloth diapers--better for the environment, better for your baby's health, and better for your wallet--are still true. And even though most daycares are hesitant to use cloth, many are open to considering it. Before you assume that you'll need to buy disposables for daycare, talk about the options. You might find that they're happy to keep your baby in cloth diapers once you teach them how. And you might feel better knowing that your baby is still enjoying the soft comfort of cloth against his skin, all day long.

    If keeping your baby in cloth diapers is important for you, then look for a daycare that's already using cloth, or at least open to it. The Real Diaper Association has a list of cloth-friendly daycares. This list is not exhaustive, so talk to the daycares in your area as well. Some types of childcare centers, such as Montessori infant/toddler programs and daycares that advertise as eco-friendly, are more likely to use cloth diapers or be open to them.

    What if you've got your heart set on a daycare that doesn't use cloth diapers? Before you run out for a pack of disposables, try educating the daycare. Schedule a meeting with the director, and with your child's potential teacher as well if you can, and ask them if they'd consider using cloth diapers for your baby. Bring a sample diaper to show them, so they can see exactly what they'd be dealing with, along with a wet bag, and show them how they would use the diaper. Also be prepared with a list of your state's regulations for the use of reusable diapers in daycares, as well as the results of the 1995 study comparing fecal contamination in daycares that used different types of diapers. These will help quiet any concerns they have about regulations and sanitation. In addition, bring a mental list of the ways that using cloth will benefit the daycare, such as reducing trash and enhancing their reputation as an eco-friendly childcare center.

    You might also need to get diapers specifically for the daycare. If you've been using prefolds and covers at home, consider buying a set of pockets or all-in-ones for the daycare. Ease of use is an important consideration for a daycare; they probably won't be able to train every teacher in the art of folding a flat fold! Provide a wet bag that closes well (preferably with a zipper so it holds in smells), and plan to bring used diapers home and bring back fresh diapers for the daycare daily.

    Keeping your child in cloth diapers while he's at daycare may not be the most important factor in choosing your daycare. But with these tips, it doesn't have to be. Most daycares will be happy to accommodate your wishes when you educate them and make it easy for them to use cloth. And by teaching the daycare about cloth diapers, you're making it easier for the next cloth diapering family whose child attends that center. You might even make a new cloth diaper convert: when the teachers and director see how easy cloth is, they might decide to use cloth with their own children as well.

    For more information, see the Real Diaper Association's Tips for Using Cloth Diapers in Daycare.

    Attribution: Photo by originallittlehellraiser
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15029927@N05/), used by creative commons license.


    Guest Blogger:

    Lisa C. Baker is a full-time mom and part-time writer in Atlanta, Georgia. She writes about green parenting topics at Organic Baby Atlanta andteaches workshops on cloth diapers and elimination communication. She's been a mom since 2008 and has never bought a disposable diaper; she hopes she'll never need to!

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Featured Retailer of the Week is Petite Bottoms!

    We're excited to bring back our Featured Retail posts!  This week we're featuring a new retailer, Petite Bottoms!

    Petite Bottoms is owned and operated by Kim!  Kim has 11+ years of experience in operating a successful business in the state of New Hampshire.  Her love for natural and organic living also lead to cloth diapering that ultimately turned her part time business into a now retail store.  She's not only very professional and friendly but is a very positive individual that's known to think 'outside the box'.  She is also a mother of two children who genuinely loves to help out other people including animals and are actively supporting various organizations outside her business.

    Petite Bottoms does have a physical location as well as a website.

    Petite Bottoms
    401 Kent Place
    Newmarket NH 03857
    424-CLOTH4U
    Hours: Monday 10am to 2pm
    Wednesday and Friday: 10:30am to noon and 3-5pm

    Do you have any little ones in cloth diapers?
    Not currently but I will next summer.

    How'd you get started in the cloth diaper retail business?  What inspired you to open?
    I started my business from a product that I created and it grew from there into what it is today.
    There is a real need for physical cloth diaper stores. I am currently the only dedicated one in this state, that need led me to open my store.

    So far, what's been the most exciting business moment?

    The grand opening of my retail location. I will never forget the joy of that day!

    Do you have any business goals for the future that you'd like to share?
    Continuing to educate people about cloth diapers and helping moms cloth diaper their babies.

    Of all the Knickernappies products, which is your favorite and why?
    The one size diaper. I think that it's a great value, well made and made right here in the USA.

    If you could give some advice to a mother considering cloth diapers, what would you tell her?
    Cloth diapering is not as hard as people tell you it is.


    Exclusive Discount for Knickernappies Fans!
    10% off for new customers, free shipping to NH, Maine, Mass, and Vermont.

    You can connect with Petite Bottoms on Facebook and stay up to date on all their latest sales, stocking announcements and more!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Our Diaper Hunt has begun! Have you registered yet?

    Have you heard about Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt?  It's an online Scavenger Hunt of EPIC proportions!

    Nearly 30 Knickernappies Retailers are participating and there are just as many awesome Knickernappies prizes to be won!

    How does it work?
    Each Knickernappies Retailer who is sponsoring can be found in an album on our Facebook page.  Along with their URL, you'll find a link to their Facebook page and the prize for their leg of the hunt.  Visit their site and look for the icon with clue #1, there you'll start your hunt.

    After solving the clues you'll find a final icon linked to an entry form.  There you can enter to win that sponsor's prize.  *We suggest you then go back to the Knickernappies Sponsor Album and comment on the ones you've found so that you don't lose track.

    Each sponsor's hunt that you solve will not only qualify you for an entry into their giveaway but it will also earn you an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway!  The more you solve, the greater your chances are of  winning the Grand Prize, a 6 pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers with Micro Inserts in the color and size of your choice!


    Entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway can be found on Knickernappies.com!

    What if you need help? 
    Can't figure out a clue?  Need a hint or a little extra help?  Each sponsor is responsible for helping hunters with their leg of the hunt.  Please visit their Facebook Page and ask questions or contact them directly.


    First thing you need to do is register to hunt!
    Fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your name and email address and LIKE each sponsors page.  Yes, this is mandatory, but think about it.  We would have asked that you like each sponsor anyhow so we figured it was best to just get it out of the way at the start.  Plus, this gives us a way to count how many people participated in the hunt.

    *You have from December 1st-31st to figure out each sponsors clues and claim your entries into their giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaway.

    Although registration started early, you will not be able to start hunting for the clues and icons until the 1st of December.


     
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