Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Curious about Wool Diaper Covers? Then this post is for you!

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

Friday, December 7, 2012

Highlight on Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers

Wolbybug, what's that you ask? Well it's a cloth diaper brand distributed by Knickernappies and named after their son Colby. Wolbybug is a nickname of sorts and has a special meaning for their family and as a result it made perfect sense to name a new cloth diaper line after him.

So what are Wolbybug Diaper Covers?


They're a single layer TPU waterpoof diaper cover. Gentle leg elastic encased inside waterproof TPU prevents leaks, holds in the messiest of messes and is just tight enough.

Durable snaps provide adjustability for the waist and hip and also work great for babies with chunky thighs who need additional settings. A snap down rise allows mama to snap and unsnap should she need to use the same cloth diaper cover on mutliple children of different sizes. The snap down rise also makes Wolbybug an affordable option. No more having to buy the next size up, Wolbybug Covers fit from birth through potty training.

Interior front flap and elasticized back flap help keep the prefold or insert of your choice in place and help prevent bunching.
Wolbybug hasn't reinvented the wheel, errr...the diaper cover, but it has spiced things up a bit with it's durability and unique elasticized interior back flap.

Have you tried one yet? You should! They're available at several Knickernappies retailers and are very affordably priced.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Featured Retailer: DiaperShops.com!

There's one thing you should know about Knickernappies, we LOVE our retailers and strive to support them in any way we can. 

One such awesome retailer, whom we love, is DiaperShops.com also known as Kelly's Closet!  Diaper Shops is a one-stop shop with everything from Knickernappies (of course) to gifts, breastfeeding gear, toys and more!  Definitely a popular shop among cloth diapering families.

Today we tip our hats to DiaperShops and we hope you'll swing by their page on Facebook and say hello if you're not already a fan!

As luck would have it, Knickernappies Super Do Inserts are also their Deal of the Day, so make sure to check that out if you're in need of the BEST overnight solution for heavy wetters!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: The Giveaway Edition!

In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web. This week we're focusing on the open giveaways that are recently popping up!

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com

So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?  


Visit Abby's Lane - Top cloth diaper retail store, Abby's Lane, is hosting a giveaway on their blog Cloth that Counts for a One-size Diaper, 2 Micro Inserts and 1 Super Do Insert. Mandatory entry is to leave a comment with your experience with Knickernappies products, what you love about them or what you'd like to try. 

Visit The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom - Cloth diaper blogger and mommy of two, Michelle, reviewed one of our One-size Pocket Diapers. Sponsored by one of our fabulous retailers, Irresistibly Green, Michelle is giving away a One-size Pocket Diaper along with a bunch of other awesome prizes. To read her review on our diaper please visit here! No mandatory entry.

 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Daycares + Cloth Diapers, What do you need to know?


Tell me if this has happened to you. You go into a really nice daycare. You meet the caregivers. You finally feel comfortable trusting your new baby with this center. Then you ask them if they allow cloth diapers.

They say no.

You get bummed, but it was as you presumed it would be, and so you accept their decision.
Here’s what you have to understand. To most people, cloth diapers are still the old pre-fold diapers with rubber pants and pins and wet-pails.

If you want to use cloth diapers all the time, here’s the effective strategy my clients used to get them to allow cloth in their facility.
  1. Have your diaper bag prepared like a well oiled machine, ready to rival the convenience of any disposable diaper change.
  2. Choose an easy to use diapering system.
  3. Pre-stuff your diapers pockets before you leave your house so that the diaper doesn’t seem overwhelming.
  4. Introduce the topic with these words: “Oh, and let me show you the diapers we use because his skin is very sensitive.” presenting it as more of a necessity than an alternative choice.
  5. Show them the pre-stuffed diaper, and demonstrate very briefly that the closure works the same on cloth as it does on disposables.
  6. Show them the diaper on your child pointing out there is no diaper cover nor diaper pins.
  7. Show them your wipes. Have them pre-bagged and moistened with a mixture of water and wipe solution to mimic disposable diaper wipes.
  8. Bring an example of a wet bag and explain that they are simply to use that in lieu of the garbage pail.
  9. Explain that they are not to empty the poop from the diaper, but rather they should just fold it as they would a disposable and place in the wet bag.

This method has been highly successful with my clients in the past. I’d love to hear your experiences with this method after you try it. I bet you will also be very successful.

Article by Dawn Papple, freelance blogger for Everything Birth 

Everything Birth is your top choice for birth supplies, cloth diapers, organic baby products, and birth advocacy. Carrying the cloth diaper brands you have grown to love and trust like bumGenius diapers, FuzziBunz Pockets,  Gro-Via Hybrid, Made in the USA cloth Diapers such as Knickernappies, Thirsties and more.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Knickernappies Pocket Diaper Review

A customers feedback.  Maria shares with us her review of her side snapping Knickernappies cloth diapers.

How was the overall review of product, fit, features, ease of use, how you like this product compared to other brands? My baby, Faye was 10 month old when she first time used KND, she has a Spring Green one, nice colour. The first night we used it..it worked great, no leaks anymore and of course my Faye was still dry and in comfort until the morning..even with just using 1 LoopyDo insert. But maybe for the older baby,they need 2insert for night, first I try to use 2 LoopyDo inserts but it seem too thick and uncomfortable.. So now I decide to use 1 LoopyDo plus 1 microfiber insert for night.

Compared with other brands, I like the size of KN, it's really flexible and adjustable,and I think I even can use until 3years old children (depend the weight). KN have a simple design and the high quality snap work great that makes it easy to use.

What's your favorite feature? LoopyDo Inserts that prevent leaks. I never found an insert like this before!

Would you recommend this product to others?Of course, I've recommended KN to my friend and she has one KN now.. :) and I'll recommend KN to more friends.. But FYI..it is still too expensive for us in Indonesia to have this KND :( it takes about US $30.. some of my friends objected to having KN because of the price.


What are your thoughts?  Isn't it exciting to know that USA Made Cloth Diapers are on the bums of babies in Indonesia?  We think so!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Discounts at Knickernappies Retailers, Save 15% and more!


Save 15% off Knickernappies and Wolbybug products at participating retailers!

Onesize Cloth Diapers, Sized Diapers, Diaper Covers, Inserts, Prefolds, Diaper Sprayers, Baltic Amber and more!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: Sales, Giveaways, and More!

In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web.

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com

So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?   

FINAL sale on all Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers at Fluff Envy! Price for a new Knickernappie is $9.99. Only available in size small Kelly Green.

Are you trying to conceive? All Natural Baby Center has our Midstream Ovulation Test available for $4.50. The Midstream Ovulation Test has individually packaged test strips to help detect when it's optimum time for makin' babies.

Kelly's Closet has newly stocked Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers including new colors, Green Dots and Twinkle Stars. The versatile cover can be used with your prefolds, fitteds and any other kind of diaper that needs a little more reassurance. Covers are $10.99.

Have you seen all of the Baltic amber teething necklaces that are adorning little tikes all over? Not quite sure if you want to have your baby wear a necklace? Well, The Stork Wearhouse, carries our Baltic Amber Bracelets for just $12.99. You can receive the benefit of Baltic amber and not worry about having your baby wear a necklace if that's what is holding you back. Also, check out our blog post on how to tell if your Baltic amber is real or (gasp!) countfeit!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting used to cloth diapers and discovering your routine!

Reader Contributed Article

Many people respond with wide eyes that seem to say, "You're crazy! I would never do that!" when they realize that I cloth diaper full time, as if I were spending all my time slaving away. I've been giving it some serious thought lately, because it doesn't feel like a difficult thing to me. I've been asking myself, "In all honestly, is it really that much work?" After much thought, my honest response is, "No." Cloth diapering is not as hard as many people think it is, and I'm definitely not spending tons of time slaving away over it. Let me explain my reasoning.

In the same way that cloth diapers are an investment of money in the beginning (and huge savings in the long run), they are also an investment of time and mental energy in the beginning, but not for the duration. When I first started cloth diapering I do admit that I spent a lot of time learning about the different kinds of diapers out there, and how to use and wash them. Since my baby girl came early and nursed for at least an hour at a time, I spent a good amount of that time reading and asking questions on forums about how to care for them. I had a few issues with washing in the beginning, due to my own stubbornness. I had been determined to use less than the recommended water for cleaning my diapers, which looking back was very foolish. Had I just gone with the recommendations, I would have had no problems! Much of my looking up information and re-washing diapers was due to this. You can read about a few lessons I learned the hard way about washing cloth diapers here. This led to lots of reading and re-reading, and I admit it was overwhelming as I learned about detergents and how many of them leave residue, how this or that can cause rashes, and how this or that cleaning agent can harm this or that cloth diapering product. However, even though it took some serious thought and investigation in the beginning, as soon as I found the wash regimen and products that work for me, I've settled into a routine and do not feel like the diapers are much effort at all! When I do come upon issues now, it's easy to tweak things without much ado.

Most things we do in life take getting used to, finding our groove, or getting into a routine. It is the same with cloth diapering. Many dirty diapers and washes later, I can honestly say it takes me just a few seconds to change my baby's diaper, and just a minute or so to spray them or just toss them in the pail. Washing them has become simply a regular part of the laundry. I just throw them in, run the cycle and when they're done, guess what! No folding required! I dump them on the nursery floor, do a quick sort, by stacking the different items on top of each other and stick them in the drawers. They are actually the easiest laundry I have.

Motivation also plays a huge role in one's perspective about anything in life. I have been very motivated from the beginning to make cloth diapering work because I saw it as a huge way to save money for my family. Since I have discovered that it gives me a great feeling to know that I am not adding to landfills in this way, and I love the fact that I never have to run out and buy more diapers. I enjoy diaper rash and yucky leaks being a very rare occurrence. There are so many unique types of cloth diapering products and I enjoy trying different kinds. I have to admit that I think modern cloth diapers and covers are super cute, which adds substantially to my motivation! So, with all that plus having this cute little helper, it would be worth it even if it were difficult!

Bio, Amy is just a novice in all things domestic keeping a log of what she learns on her blog The Cheap and Choosy. From cooking to cloth diapering, to crafting or budgeting, this is a log of ideas that she finds to be worth sharing

*Are you interested in sharing an article with the Knickernappies Blog?  Contact marketing(at)knickernappies.com for more information on becoming a contributor.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: Sales, Giveaways and More!

In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web.

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com  


So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?


Ah, the rare and beautiful sunshine yellow Knickernappies' One Size diaper; isn't it beautiful? Need to get your hands on one? Well, jump on over to Cloth Diaper Outlet because they're the only ones selling them and if we know one thing about cloth diaper fans it's that they love having one of a kind fluff. Hurry while supplies last!





Wolbybug Cover - Curious about the Wolbybug Cover but you don't feel like reading a review? Check out the Cloth Diaper Geek's video review to hear what Julie thinks of our very affordable diaper cover.



Green up your period with our stackable menstrual pads! It's only natural to consider using cloth menstrual pads if you're already using cloth diapers on your baby. There's a great review on Hobo Mama Reviews on our stackable menstrual pads. Then you should hop on over to Kelly's Closet and purchase a few.

Stock up on Stay Dry Fleece Liners at Abby's Lane. Every purchase you make with Abby's Lane qualifies you for FREE SHIPPING in the US! Our Stay Dry Fleece Liners are a great way to protect your diapers from non-friendly cloth diaper cream as well as an easy clean-up when you have dirty diapers. Purchase them at Abby's Lane here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: Sales, Giveaways and More!



In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web.

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com


So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?

Did someone say a Knickernappies One Size Diaper GIVEAWAY? Why yes, yes we did! Head on over to The Cloth Diaper Revival's blog and enter for your chance to win a KN One Size diaper. If you've never tried one of our diapers you'll be pleased by the thorough review Jenny writes to accompany the giveaway. Open to the US and Canada!! Click here to enter.

Quick fix wipes solution? Giveaway ahead! Irresistibly Green's October giveaway features a box of our very own Baby Bum Drops up for grabs. Hurry though, the giveaway ends on Halloween! Click here to enter.

Speaking of wipes solution consider buying a box of your own! For just $14.00 you can purchase a box of Baby Bum Drops from Irresistibly Green. Not convinced if it's worth your time? Read our review here with a price break down to see if you think it can match up.

Do you live in a place where space is limited? If so, chances are you won't have room for a diaper pail which is why our Doorknob Diaper Pail is an excellent way to save space and store your diapers properly before laundry day. Check out Diaper Safari to get yours today. Also, check out what Maria, of Change Diapers, has to say about our diaper pail on the Kelly Wels blog here.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Handwashing Cloth Diapers, Resource List!

With Hurricane Sandy fast approaching the Northeast coast of the states, people for miles and miles will be left without power, which means they can't machine launder their clothes and diapers.  Several will also likely be left without a place to shop for disposables when in a pinch or they may even end up stranded without a way to get to the store.

I thought this was a fine time to go over some Handwashing Resources you can find online.

On Youtube:
On the Web:
You can also find a great amount of useful DIY Cloth Diaper Care Tips and more on Pinterest of course!

So will you be affected by Hurricane Sandy?  Do you have a plan in place in the event that you need to handwash your cloth diapers and other laundry?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Disover the Real Diaper Association as an invaluable cloth diaper resource!



Do you love cloth?  Well then you should help spread the word about cloth diapering, how easy it is and how modern cloth diapers do exist.  Each and every one of you is probably an expert in the field and when you combine your knowledge with the tools and resources that the RDA has to offer then you're ready to be a local advocate for cloth!



Have you been to the RDA lately and checked out all that they have to offer? 

They offer
  • Advice on how and where to promote cloth
  • Free printable brochures and handouts
  • Cloth diaper advocacy badges for your blog or website
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Become a Real Diaper Circle Leader
  • Find out if there is already a Real Diaper Circle near you
  • Tons of cloth diapering facts, resources & articles
  • Cloth Diaper Friendly Daycare Directory
  • and much more!
You don't have to be a retailer to be a member of the RDA and become a Circle Leader, you just have to be a cloth diaper user and have a passion for it.  Everyone knows you can't have one without the other!

Where can you promote cloth?
  • Hospitals
  • Daycares
  • Church
  • Moms Groups
  • Playgrounds
  • Grocery Stores
  • anywhere you want!
Visit the RDA today and read all about the advocacy opportunities available.  For tons of great info read the RDA's Article "You Are the Local Cloth Diaper Advocate" from their Quarterly Newsletter.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thoughts on Stripping Cloth Diapers, Do you really have to?

Stripping cloth diapers is one of the most feared words in the cloth diapering index. When I first started cloth diapering and I heard that we were suppose to strip our cloth diapers every so often to prevent residue build up, I felt completely overwhelmed.

If you are using a cloth diaper safe detergent and no rash creams then you should not have to strip your cloth diapers more than every few months or at all. I have been cloth diapering for 4+ months and I have never had to strip them. It all has to do with how you take care of your diapers, what kind of rash cremes you use and what your water type is. 
 
You will  need to strip your cloth diapers when you notice or suspect that they are beginning to repel moisture or when they begin to smell bad or funky even after they have just been washed. In order to strip detergent buildup on your diapers, fill your washer with the hottest setting possible but remember not to exceed 150 degrees F so that you do not risk damaging the waterproof material Place your washer on the largest load available so that they will have plenty of room to agitate. Then use a mineral remover such as RLR and follow the instructions. Next make sure that you rinse a least two extra times. Hang and dry or dry in the dryer per your regular routine. 
 
After speaking with many other cloth diaper mommies, they stated that they either do a couple of hot washes with no soap or they use dawn dish soap which is a degreaser. Since we've never really had to strip our diapers we would probably use the hot wash routine if it was ever to arise.

Just know that stripping never has to be a feared topic again and that there is plenty of research and methods out there, and sometimes you just need to use trial and error to find what works for you.

Have you been able to avoid stripping your cloth diapers?  If not, which method do you prefer for stripping?

 

My name is Ashley Suzanne. I am a 21 year old pre-nursing student. In my free time I enjoy blogging, collecting baby items, dreaming about my future family. In the meantime I love to learn more about cloth diapering, homeschooling, and raising my children in God’s amazing love and grace through family and friends!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dioxin, What is it and what's it doing in disposable diapers?

It's commonly brought up when advocating cloth diaper, Dioxin, one of the gross chemicals found in disposable diapers.  But what do we really know about it?

According to the RDA:
"Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process.  It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.  It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S."
So I decided to head on over to the EPA website and see what I could find out.  Using their search feature I was presented with numerous pages of information related to the toxicity of Dioxin.

Although they are not listing disposables diapers as one of their primary sources of human exposure to Dioxin, they do go on to say what some of side effects of Dioxin exposures are...
"Skin rashes, liver damage, weight loss, and a reduction in the effectiveness of the immune system have all been attributed to human exposure to dioxins."
The EPA website categorizes their chemicals into subtopics and Dioxin IS in the carcinogen category.  Carcinogens are described as "substances that may cause or aggravate cancer."

Dioxins are dangerous because they can accumulate in the body over the course of ones lifetime.  I know what you might be thinking, that exposure through contact with disposables is probably so small...It won't make a difference, right?

Well take into consideration the fact that humans are exposed to Dioxins in a variety of ways, many times without our knowledge, and then purposefully add exposure via disposable diapers from birth up to 3yr the list!  The exposure could be tremendous.

Personally, and like most mothers I suspect, I always worried about my babies and toddlers health.  We have no way of knowing in advance whether our children will have certain allergies, compromised or weakened immune systems, neurological problems or any other issues.  The less we expose them to toxins, especially carcinogens like Dioxins, the better off they'll be.

The Health Wyze Report recently published an article that helps describes some of the chemicals found in disposables, you can read this article here.

Maybe you can't cloth diaper full time for whatever reason.  Just keep in mind that even using cloth at home, whenever you can, is better than using disposables full time.  You might also want to consider a cloth/disposable hyrbid  diapering system which usually consist of a reusable cover and a biodegradable  and/or flushable insert.

*So what are your thoughts?  Did you know about the presence of Dioxins in disposables or did you choose cloth for another reason?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: Sales, Giveaways and More!

In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web.

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com

So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?  


Green Baby Elephant has a 6 pack deal on Knickernappies' 100% Unbleached  Indian Cotton Prefolds available in all three sizes (Infant, Premium Short and Premium). Prefolds are an excellent cloth diaper option when you're on a tight budget or when cloth diapering a newborn.

Did someone say FREE SHIPPING? Going on now at Happy Baby Company, any time your total purchase is over $35 you receive shipping for free! Happy Baby Company sells Knickernappies' Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces, One Size Diaper, Baby Bum Drops, pregnancy test strips and Stay Dry Nursing Pads.

Comfy Cozy Diapers has Knickernappies 1G Pocket Diapers on sale for $10.50 (retail price $15.95)! Hurry these puppies are selling out fast!

If you're looking for a new nighttime diapering solution check out Tales from the Nursery's review of our One Size Pocket Diaper and Loopydo Inserts. Darcy's, the mama behind Tales from the Nursery, little girl is a heavy wetter so finding a nighttime solution was something she really needed to do.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Sun and Cloth Diapers

The Sun and Cloth Diapers- An Amazing Pair!

The sun is awesome. It’s warm and bright and gives us much needed Vitamin D. It’s also awesome for cloth diapers! I didn’t use the sun for my diapers for the first year that I cloth diapered and now I couldn’t do without it!! Here are a few things the sun can do for you and your cloth diapers!

The sun removes stains! If you’ve been cloth diapering for even a short amount of time you’ve probably encountered a stain or two. They are pretty inevitable when cloth diapering. I’ve had them from exclusive breastfed poop stains to solid poop stains. Nobody likes stains, especially on pretty cloth diapers. So what do you do? Stick them in the sun! If you stick your stained diapers or inserts in the sun, slightly damp, the stains will disappear! I was so surprised the first time I did it! I had quite a few stained inserts and every single insert was stain free after I left them in the sun for a few hours! It’s like magic!

The sun disinfects! Not only does the sun remove stains but it kills germs too! So whatever the washing machine doesn’t get, the sun will definitely get! Got stink issues? Try the sun for a while? It might help!

The sun saves time and energy! For the longest time I just stuck my cloth diapers in the dryer. But when I tried the sun for my stains I realized that they dried really quickly in the sun! Over the summer I could have completely dry diapers and inserts within an hour when they dried outside in the sun and not use any electricity from my dryer! If you line dry your diapers outside in the sun you will save time, and use a lot less energy, ultimately saving you more money!

The sun is an all natural and amazing way to keep your diapers performing at their best! It can also save so much time and money! Even if you don’t have a clothes line or a lot of sunshine, you can still stick your diapers near a window that gets a lot of sunshine and enjoy the benefits of the sun! So what are you waiting for?! Give the amazing sun a try!

Michelle is a stay-at-home-mom to two boys, ages 3 and 10 months. She loves to blog about her life as a mom, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, and other great parenting topics! Check her out over at The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

#FallforFluff Sweepstakes: Win Knickernappies Cloth Diapers and more!

The amazing Kelly Wels is hosting another MEGA Sweeptakes! There are over $1000 in prizes and you'll be able to win anything from cloth diapers and accessories to detergent and even GAS cards for your vehicle!

Knickernappies is proud to be a sponsor and excited to see who wins!  The giveaway is open through October 21st and there are several easy ways to enter, several of which you probably already qualify for.

To enter the Fall for Fluff Sweepstakes please click on the graphic below.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: Sales, Giveaways and more!

In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web.

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com

So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?  


Did you know that Knickernappies makes more products than cloth diapers? It's true! We do! Check out the thorough review of our Stay Dry Nursing Pads over at Minnesota Mama's Must Haves to read up on what she calls, "The best reusable nursing pads ever!"

All Natural Baby Center.com has Knickernappies' Diaper Sprayers on sale for $35.99! That's 18% off; hurry while supplies last!

WolbyBug Diaper Covers are in-stock and up for grabs over at Irresistbly Green. Head on over to their shop to purchase any one (or two or three!) of these awesome WolbyBug Diaper Covers in Black, Bubbles, Spring Green, Autumn Dot, and the new print Soccer Balls.

Our Palm Tree Diaper Cover is an excellent one size option if you're looking for sustainable and on the less expensive side of diaper covers. A few reviews have been written about them so you can read the rave reviews and then see for yourself if you think our Palm Tree cover is awesome. First Time MomPadded Tush StatsLife with my LittlesOur Home on the Range





Friday, September 28, 2012

Techniques for keeping your diapers in the best condition.

My husband and I are the proud parents of 2 children: Noah, who will be 3, and Gianna who we welcomed in March. We started cloth diapering Noah at 3 months and have never looked back.

We regularly use pocket diapers and have also used prefolds with covers. Looking at our pocket diapers, which we used for Noah, and now Gianna, you would hardly know that they have been used for multiple children. We use a few different techniques to keep our diapers in the best condition.

First, and probably most important, we hang our covers and pocket diapers to dry. The dryer is so hard on the Velcro and it really only takes a few hours before they are dry and ready to use, plus it uses absolutely no energy at all. What could be better for the environment?

Second, we discovered early with our son that disposable liners work great. This not only makes it easy to clean out soiled diapers, but it also keeps the stains from setting in to the fabric.

Lastly, if there ever are any stains that do set in, we take advantage of the beautiful sunny days, and sun our diapers, or dry them in the sun, to remove any stains that may have set in. You’ve gotta love Mother Nature as a bleaching agent for diapers! Just a little bit of time in the sun can make all the difference in the appearance of a diaper.

Our diapers are still in excellent condition and we hope to keep them this way for any future children we are lucky to be blessed with!

Guest Post by Melissa

Monday, September 24, 2012

Knickernappies Sightings: Sales, Giveaways and more!

In our Knickernappies Sightings post we give you the details on where you can find Knickernappies sales, giveaways, reviews, blog posts and more on the web.

Have a Knickernappies Sighting to report?  Email us at marketing(at)knickernappies.com


So where have we recently spotted Knickernappies recently?   

  • There's a Knickernappies Pocket Diaper Giveaway on the Dibs! blog courtesy of one of our fabulous retailers, Petite Bottoms.  You've got six days left to enter this great giveaway and there are many easy ways to enter.  Go check it out!
  • Our Knickernappies Wolbybug Diaper Covers are now in stock on the DiaperShops website!  If you're a fan of Kelly's Closet/Diaper Shops, now you can purchase our Wolbybug OS Covers there along with the rest of your favorite cloth diapers and accessories!
  • Knickernappies Baltic Amber is now in stock at Buttercup Baby Boutique, one of our new retailers!  If you're looking for a natural teething pain remedy, try our Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces and Bracelets today!
  • Wolbybug Cover Video on Youtube!  Thanks to Padded Tush Stats, our Wolbybug OS Cover has been featured in a great Youtube Video!  The video gives you a great idea of what you can expect from the cover, how it works and shows you exactly how it's different from most other covers on the market!
These are just a few of the recent places our Knickernappies, Wolbybug and Palm Tree Diapers products have been featured online.  Check back next week for our next Knickernappies Sightings post and see what's new!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Help the Real Diaper Association by taking thier Cloth Diaper Survey!

Take the 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey

Help the Real Diaper Association by participating!

The Real Diaper Association needs your help! Participate in the 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey.

The 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey is for cloth diapering families only, plus there's an incentive for participating. Take the survey today!

The purpose of the survey is to understand current cloth diapering practices. Therefore, the survey is for CURRENT CLOTH DIAPERING PARENTS ONLY. While the RDA does value all their cloth diaper supporters who have used cloth diapers in the past, the goal with this survey is to learn how to help more families choose and use cloth diapers.

The Real Diaper Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and they will use this information to influence how they educate parents about cloth diapers.

To participate in the 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey please visit this link. For more details visit Real Diaper Association on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cloth Diaper Laundry, One mama's wash routine.

My cloth diaper wash routine starts with storing dirty diapers in a dry pail with waterproof pail liner. If the diaper happens to be soiled with a #2 I will dump what I can into the toilet and “dunk-n-swish” whatever decides to stay on. I don’t have a diaper sprayer for fear of my children getting a hold of it and, well, one can only imagine what could happen next.

I do my cloth diaper laundry every 2-3 days and when it’s that time I haul the pail liner to my front-loading washing machine, shove the bag inside the door and proceed to turn it inside out, dumping all of the diapers out. If I had a top loader this would be an easier dumping process, but I don’t. I have no interest in taking each diaper out by hand (even if gloves were involved) so I stick to my shove and dump method.

My first cycle is a quick wash with extra rinse using warm water and maybe a pinch of detergent if it’s an extra dirty load. I hear that warm water helps #2 rinse off better because #2 comes out warm :)

My next wash is a heavy cotton setting with extra rise using warm water again. Not hot water?!?! From my research the water in your “hot water” setting is not as hot as we think in terms of sanitizing, but is hot enough to damage PUL quicker than warm so I choose warm.

My final wash is a quick wash with extra rinse using cold water. If my diapers have been a little stinky while clean I might add another cold quick wash to my routine.

Now that I’m done washing I prefer to hang my diapers on the clothesline in my backyard to dry and be bleached by the sun. After being out there for about half a day I will throw the diapers in the dryer for a few minutes on medium heat to soften up and rid themselves of the occasional ant or gnat that made its way onto them while on the line. Yes, its true.

If it’s a rainy day or I am low on diapers I may throw all of my inserts and fitted diapers in the dryer with my wool dryer balls on medium heat and hang the covers on my basement clothesline to dry. This might take 45 minutes and sometimes I have to throw the covers in there for a few minutes too.

So how does your wash routine compare? Leave your comments or share with us on Facebook.

Bio: Stephanie is the blogger behind www.housewifemama.com where she hosts weekly reviews and giveaways for all sorts of family-friendly products. She is married to her college sweetheart Michael and is a SAHM to Adah (almost 3 years old) and Abigail (10 months old). In her free-time she enjoys...wait, what's free time?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Potty Training without Training Pants? It can be done!

Funny how you're using cloth diapers and at some point you come to an age where you need to address potty training and the issue of whether or not to use trainers.

With cloth diapers your child is always a little more aware of the moisture when they pee as opposed to when they wear disposables and so it makes no sense to go from using cloth diapers to using disposable trainers.  Cloth trainers do exist but from my experience they're a sort of backup, not made to necessarily catch all that toddler pee, and let me tell you, my toddlers sure can pee a lot, especially at night.

I knew pretty early on that I just wasn't going to use cloth trainers for overnight, I wanted to stick with my pocket diapers.

I slowly began to transition the boys from cloth diapers during the day to wearing underwear during the day.  This went over great and they really enjoyed wearing their underwear just like daddy.  Each day we went virtually accident free, but at night there was just no chance I wanted to risk them BOTH wetting the bed, especially MY BED! lol

I decided that although our diapering days were pretty much over that I'd make one last investment in cloth and get them some new pockets to wear just at night.  I really didn't need new ones but I thought that having some new colors or prints might help them better understand that these were their special "nighttime" diapers and not just those same old ones they wore when they were a baby.  This went over really well with them.

I explained that their special new "nighttime" diapers didn't actually need to get peed in, they were for just in case, and if they didn't pee in them then we could take them off in the a.m. and put them back in our special drawer.

I never felt that just because a child is technically in a diaper meant that they'd automatically feel the need to use the diaper.  My sons enjoyed getting to wear their new big boy underwear during the day and it wasn't long at all before they were able to wear them overnight too, but for quite some time we used our Knickernappies OS Pockets and a couple other pockets as our nighttime diapers.


So that's it in a nutshell, that's how we skipped training pants all together and it worked perfectly for us.  What are your thoughts?  Do you use trainers or plan on using them?  Do you use disposable trainers?  I'd love to hear your experience.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Do you leave feedback or reviews? You should! Here's why.

Feedback pep talk ahead! Alrighty mamas, you can't hide, we know you love fluffy mail! We know you shop online and have probably order from various places. Did you know that you can and should leave feedback for each order and each product? It's super fun and easy, not complicated.

Leaving feedback helps remind the wahms you order from that they're doing a great job and to keep up the good work and also helps promote their business by word of mouth and referrals. Leaving feedback for the products you purchase is also very important because future shoppers can read your honest review before investing in a product and they also know where to go to buy it.
How to leave a review for a store-

At Diaperpin it's never too late to leave feedback. Simply visit Diaperpin's Directory page and search for the retailers where you made your purchases. Scroll down and read the reviews if you like or fast forward to the bottom where you'll see Post Your Review.

After clicking on the Post Your Review link you may be prompted to enter or create a Diaperpin ID. If you have one sign in, if not then don't be afraid to create one. It's super easy and I promise you're not going to get a bunch of spam or get your email sold to the masses.

Then all you do is leave feedback and hit "submit." Each time you leave feedback that business owner will be notified by email of your comments and I promise, we LOVE feedback. You will surely make their day by leaving your review.

How to leave a review for products-


To leave a review for products purchased, like the Knickernappies Onesize for example, the steps are very similar.

When on the Directory Page, on the left hand side you'll see a link that says Product Reviews. Click on Product Reviews and then find the category of the item you are looking for. In this case Knickernappies Onesize is a Onesize Pocket Diaper so you click on Onesize Pockets.

Then you will see a list with star ratings of all the brands available. Choose the one you're interested in reviewing and click on it. Scroll down to Post Your Review and leave your comments. Be sure you also try to accurately list the store where you purchased the product so that they too can benefit from your review.

You can also look for graphics on reatilers websites or blogs with the Diaperpin logo that say "Rate Us." Clicking through these links should land you right where you want to be so that you can quickly and easily leave your favorite retailers feedback!

I hope this post helps you all. Now go! Run over to Diaperpin and leave your comments today!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Becoming a Cloth Diaper Addict


The best way to become a cloth diaper addict is to start using cloth. If you start, I can almost guarantee that you will become addicted to it. When I began to cloth diaper my son, I just thought it would be something to try out to save a little money and be kinder to the earth. Little did I know that I would become the cloth addict I am today. Some of the advice that I read when first starting out was to try out a few different brands to see what worked for my son and us as a family. Well, there are a lot of brands out there and they are all so cute! Each brand that I tried was great for certain uses. I became addicted to Diaperswappers.com and getting what diapers I could for a little cheaper. One of my favorite purchases were two sized Knickernappies diapers in a nice bright orange and a cute blue. I loved them! I didn't have the inserts for them, so I made my own from folded micro-fiber towels from the auto care section (yes, it can be done and I had to have inserts for the diapers that I kept buying)! Then I found an OS Knickernappies diaper with the two sizes of Loopy Dos and the lady also had a SuperDo! I might have finally found a solution for my heavy wetter at night! I was thrilled!

Once you start with cloth, you start to do even more research online and do you know what you find? TONS of diaper giveaways! Of course I started entering giveaway after giveaway in the hopes of winning just a few diapers to build my son's now growing stash. It took a while, but then I hit a winning streak. I won two or three diapers within a month or so of each other and one of them was a brand spanking new OS Chocolate Knickernappies from a giveaway on their site. Boy was I in heaven. Now I had twenty or so diapers for my son and they were all great. Most of them were pocket diapers, but I also had a couple AIOs, but even those had pockets for extra stuffing. My husband began to take notice of my stash. He liked it, but we had plenty of diapers in his mind.

What did I go and do? I had a friend with a new baby and I showed her cloth diapers as a way for them to save some money. I gave her some of my stash to try out. That left me with fewer diapers. What is a momma to do?! I am a seamstress of sorts, so I began sewing some extra diapers just to feed my addiction to expand my son's stash of cloth diapers! Of course, I still want to go out and buy some of these super cute prints and all that they are coming out with, but I know I shouldn't. Then we get another reason for me to buy up cloth once again, I find out that I am pregnant with baby #2. Oh! well that changes everything!

I had never used cloth on a newborn before. I had medium sizes and one size diapers, and I have small babies. These OS diapers would totally not fit very well on my little one who very likely would be no bigger than 6 pounds. I needed more diapers. Yes, I could sew up some super cute diapers for my little one (who we found out is going to be a girl), but I wanted some of those cute prints and everything that was out there! I was addicted. What am I saying, I AM addicted! What started out as a way to save a few bucks and be kinder to the earth that we have been given, turned into an honest to goodness love of cloth diapers. I love the colors and the prints. I love the cloth wipes we now use, and I love the laundry, odd as it may sound.

All I had to do to become a cloth diapering addict (which I never thought would happen in a million years) was to start using cloth diapers on my son. The difference it made for him and the way I felt knowing it was better all around, got me addicted. Oh, and my friend who has a now 9 month old girl is addicted to cloth to the extent that she can be. She uses it as much as she can and still uses the part of my stash she originally got as a trial. :) Cloth diapers are a wonderful thing, but the addiction that can ensue, well, just watch out for that!

A little about me:
I am a 27 year-old SAHM/WAHM to a wonderfully rambunctious 2 and a half year old boy, with a little girl due in Feb. I have a degree in Secondary English Education. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have been together for 11 years (married for 5).  I do what I can to make life for my family the best that it can be. When I renewed my love for sewing, I began a little side business in order to bring in a little extra money, and to help with the purchasing of more cloth diapers. When I began to use cloth diapers and entering giveaways, I started to blog for more entries. That turned into a love for blogging about my journey as a mom and everything that is a part of that. 


My blog is Lynifer's Blog.
Lynifer.blogspot.com

 
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