Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Monday Night #ClothDiapers Chat on Twitter, How can you participate?

Content republished via the Cloth Diaper Geek blog

Each week Knickernappies and several cloth diapering moms, manufacturers and retailers participate in weekly #clothdiapers chats on twitter.  It takes place Monday's from 9-10pm EST.  Have you wondered how it works or how you can participate?

Below is a tutorial with screenshots from Tweet Chat on how to use it to join in a cloth diaper chat, party, etc.

First thing you'll do (assuming you have a Twitter acct) is go to
Next, you will log in to your Twitter Acct through TweetChat.  You do not have to sign up for anything and they do not have access to your password.  You sign in and grant access.
After you're logged in to your Twitter Acct via TweetChat you will have the chance to enter your #hashtag in the box at the top of the screen.  The Hashtag is going to filter out every other thing on twitter and only show you tweets that have that same attached hashtag.  For the purpose of this tutorial I used the #clothdiapers hashtag.  For Twitter parties you'll want to use the designated hashtag for that party.
After entering the #clothdiapers Hashtag you'll see the most recent posts using that hashtag as well as any live tweets using it, in real time.
Now when you type a tweet it, TweetChat will automatically attach the hashtag that you specified to it.  You will then see your Tweets appearing in the list of tweets before you.
If the tweets are moving too fast for you to keep up then you can adjust your refresh speed as seen in the photo above.
Next thing you need to notice is that your tweets and any tweets that are directed to you or in reply to you will be highlighted and will stand out from the rest of the tweets.  (see photo above)
Lastly, you should know that you can "star" important tweets so that you can go back and respond later.  Or in the event someone shared a link that you want to check out, etc you will easily be able to find them.  Next to the "star" you will also see a way to respond/reply to a person's tweet or to "retweet" a tweet that you like.

These are the basics of participating in a Twitter Chat or Twitter Party.  If you plan on attending a Twitter Party and never have before then I suggest you try a couple Twitter Chats first.  Cloth Diaper Twitter Chats are Monday nights, every week, at 9:00pm eastern.

So what do you think?  Might you join us for a chat sometime?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dealing with diaper rash? One mom shares her tips and tricks!

Originally published on the Knickernappies Blog

It happens. Diaper rash, and especially when your child starts eating solids. (Babies are typically less apt to get a diaper rash when they are exclusively breastfed.) The question becomes, once they start getting diaper rashes, how do you choose a rash cream when you use cloth diapers?

First things first you need a cream that will not leave any kind of oily residue behind on your diapers. If this happens a build up will occur and it will lessen the absorbency of the diapers. You will also want to choose a diaper rash cream that is not staining. There are specific diaper rash creams that have been made for cloth diapers, however, if you use pocket diapers you’ll still want to strip your diapers once the rash has run its course. This is because the kinds of fibers that are used in pockets are synthetic. “Stripping” diapers removes any build up or residue that might be left behind. This is usually done with the original blue Dawn soap; you know their commercials do say that they’re excellent grease fighters!

If the cream is not made for use with cloth diapers you can create your own fleece liners or buy them and then that will serve as a protective barrier for the diaper. I made mine by using old fleece blankets. I took a newborn insert, laid it on the blanket and then cut around the blanket. Once I had my liners cut out I washed them in natural and unscented detergent so they would be good against my baby’s skin.

You can also purchase fleece liners to use, they're inexpensive and usually very light to have shipped to you.

Simple, huh? It is. When you use your liners it is imperative that you not wash them with your diapers. Again, it’s back to that oily residue issue. Also you really shouldn’t wash your cloth wipes that have been used when you’re using diaper rash creams and in the same load as your diapers. I have to admit that I have done this before and it didn’t ruin my diapers. I wouldn’t recommend doing it but we’re moms and we’re busy and sometimes sleep deprived so we make little mistakes!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Knickernappies Doorknob Pail Giveaway! Ends 06/01/2012

Feels like a good day to have a giveaway!  Am I right?

How about a chance, or many chances, to win a Knickernappies Doorknob Pail?  Our Doorknob Pails are pretty special and quite popular among cloth diapering families and we just know that you all would love it if you win.

Sometimes there's just not enough space for a plastic diaper pail.  Doorknob Diaper Pails are perfect for nurseries, bathrooms, and traveling.  All you need is a doorknob!  The Doorknob Diaper Pail attaches securely with snaps but still allows the doorknob to function normally.  The pail naturally gaps open just enough to drop in a diaper and is easily washed along with diapers in the washing machine.  Also features a sewn-in fabric swatch to use with a drop or two of essential oils to help control odors.  

Doorknob Diaper Pails are made with waterproof PUL.  They don't have drawstrings or cords, just elastic and snaps.
The Giveaway:
Enter to win a Knickernappies Doorknob Pail in the color of your choice via the Rafflecopter Form below.

Open to the USA & Canada.  All winners entries will be verified.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Low Down on Line Drying: Tips, Tricks and things to consider!

Originally published on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog

Most cloth diapers come with instructions for tumble dryers but what about line-drying? I don't have a dryer so here is what I have learned about the compatibility between cloth diapering and the washing line...

Obviously the first thing you need to consider with line-drying is your climate. If you reside where the weather is dry, hot and sunny, you are obviously at an immediate advantage. I live in a warm climate but it is often rainy and when it is dry it is also humid. However I still find that almost everything will dry in 24 hours. The common sense rule is that the wetter your weather the more diapers you will need to successfully line dry and have enough for your baby's bottom each day!

Whatever your weather I recommend having a line that is under shelter (such as on your veranda) as this saves having to rush out to collect diapers off the line the minute it rains. An inside line is also an advantage for extra items or those that need more drying time. I generally hang my load to dry in the morning and leave everything there until the next day when hanging out the next load. Fast drying items such as covers and pockets get picked off the line as necessary.

So what dries well and what items are best avoided for the line? Well I have a range of prefolds, covers, doublers, pocket diapers and inserts. As I said above, almost everything (with the exception of thick inserts on rainy days) will dry within 24 hours. From a brief flirtation with a fitted diaper I found that these types of dipes take a very long time to line-dry and can sometimes can get stinky. If you solely rely on line-drying then I'd advise to avoid Fitteds and All-in-ones unless you have a consistently hot dry climate or windy weather. However you could also try my other method, which I resort to it rains for several days in a row – hanging items to dry on on the handle of the oven while baking! (Not sure if this is recommended by manufacturers though so watch you don't melt something and void your guarantees!)

Line-drying is obviously the more eco-route to diapering yet I find that the prefolds get very stiff drying this way and I spend each evening ironing (yes ironing!) the daily set to soften them up and make the easier to fold. It doesn't take long but if I had known about this chore in advance I would have probably saved up to buy more pocket diapers and been more ecological in the bargain.

One big benefit about line drying is that most stains quickly disappear by virtue of the suns magical bleaching power. It doesn't even have to bright sunlight for marks to fade away. The outdoors air also gives the diapers a fresh scent that can not be replicated in a dryer. To me it's a sweetly satisfying feeling to see my diapers blowing in the breeze each day and it's also a great way to give directions to anyone looking for my house – just look for the diapers on the line!

Friday, May 18, 2012

How to Increase your Stash without the Cash!

Guest Post by Julie of My Cloth Diaper Stash

The main reason that I started cloth diapering was to SAVE MONEY! Yes, I knew it would be healthier for my son, and those fluffy bums are super cute, but money was my main reason. I often hear people say that the reason they are not cloth diapering is because they "don't have the money" to "start their stash." But I am living proof that there is ways to get diapers for free, or very little money! 

Here are my top tips to Increase Your Stash Without the Cash.

Register for Cloth Diapers on your Baby Registry
Many online retailers have registries for expectant parents.  Register for what you like and then stalk the computer everyday like me, watching to see what gets bought! Cloth Diapers are not only practical but they are the gift that keeps on giving!

Enter to win Free Diapers from Online Contests and Giveaways
All over the web there are Cloth Diaper Giveaways on blogs and retailer sites! Enter as few or as many as you would like for your chance to win Free Diapers. The more you enter, the better your chances to win. (I have won 8 diapers this way)

Try Used Cloth Diapers
Most cloth diapers hold up very well over time and therefore can be used on multiple children. You can find quality used cloth diapers from sites like EbayThe Family ClosetCloth Diaper Trader, Craig's List, or The Used Diaper Company. You can snag some great deals on these sites!

Register for Rewards Programs
Many Cloth Diaper retailers provide incentives for loyalty shopping! You can take advantage of these rewards programs and get yourself free accessories or diapers. These rewards programs give you money to spend in a particular store on anything you would like!

Look for Coupon Codes
Many Cloth Diaper Retailers will periodically offer Coupon Codes for free shipping, free diapers, free samples, or a percentage off your order! Before you place any orders in any store, be sure that you have checked to see if there are any current coupon codes.

Second Sales
Many cloth diaper manufacturers will hold "seconds sales." These "second sales" offer brand name products at a deeply discounted price. The price is discounted because during inspection, some cloth diapers do not pass the inspection because an elastic may be a tad too tight, the color may not be exactly right, a snap may not close just perfect, or a label may be incorrect. All of these "seconds sale" diapers have full functionality. This is a great wave to save some cash if you don’t mind these minor imperfections.

Beg, Borrow, but Don't Steal
Another great tip is to borrow or lend diapers to a friend in need. Borrowing or swapping diapers is a great way to save money. Maybe you bought some that didn't fit your little one quite right, and a friend did the swap and see what works. Better yet, if you are in-between kiddos, share with a friend. They will be sure to return the favor once they get a stash!!

Bio: Julie is a semi-stay-at-home mom to her handsome son J.T. who is 7 months old and wife to hubby Jered who is a teacher and pastor. J.T. provided her motivation to start Cloth Diapering! Not wanting to expose his little bum to all those chemicals in disposables and not returning to work full time, she was looking for a safe and inexpensive alternative. Cloth Diapering were her answer! Julie considers herself an advocate for cloth diapers and with her blog, My ClothDiaper Stash, she hopes to share her passion and help others reap the benefits too.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Knickernappies wants your cute baby pics! Submit your photos and receive FREE products!

Cute baby...check!
Knickernappies diapers...check!

Do any of the above apply? If so, we want you to submit your photos to us!

Knickernappies is looking for new photos to use in our online and print advertising and media.   We're asking that our fans submit their fluffy photos and if we choose your photo then you'll receive free product!

By submitting your photo and if chosen as a winner, you'll be asked to provide permission to use your photos for the reasons stated above.  That means your little one could be famous! (well, you know, cloth diaper famous!)

We're looking for babies and toddlers wearing Knickernappies Diapers, Wolbybug Onesize Covers and Palm Tree Diapers Covers!  Do you have a creative eye, a nice camera or have you had photos taken of your little ones in these diapers in the past?  If so then submit them to us!

You can
  • Upload any photos you'd like considered to our Facebook Wall.  There's no limit per person so if you have multiple photos then by all means please share them.
  • Email your photos.  If you're not comfortable submitting your photos to the Facebook Page then you can email them to us.  Please put "Knickernappies Photo Contest" in the subject and email them to heather(at)
At this time we're leaving the contest open indefinitely.  We're looking for at least 20, possibly more, quality photos.  We also ask that you have the rights to the photo and the ability to provide us with high resolution or a decent size photo to work with should your photo be chosen. In other words, if you only have a thumbnail copy then we won't be able to accept it.

Photos should clearly depict that the diaper shown is either a Knickernappies, Wolbybug or Palm Tree Diaper.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Erica, Blunt Mama of Boys!

We're featuring a new Fluff Addict today!  It's Erica from Northeast Indiana and the mama behind the Blunt Mama of Boys Blog!

First, tell us your name and a little about your family.
I am married to my wonderful husband Michael and we have two children, Hayden 9, and Maddox 13 months. We both work full-time and starting Monday will be cloth diapering full time (switching daycare's, new daycare will use cloth!)

Where are you located?
Northeast Indiana, just outside of Fort Wayne
Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers? Were you cloth diapered as a child?
Maddox, my 13 month old is in cloth. I was cloth diapered as a baby (but this was back in the pins and plastic pants age)
What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers?
It was actually my husbands idea. I thought no-way, but looked into it to humor him. I did a cloth diaper trial from Diaper Daisy and learned just how easy cloth actually was!

Favorite part about using cloth diapers?
How easy it is. Honestly, when my husband first mentioned it, I thought there is no way I am doing pins and washing poop! I wish the word would be spread. I am constantly telling mama's about it and have converted one. I am trying to get all of the mamas (new and old) to cloth diaper with me :-)
What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth?
If you only knew me :-) I should have been a lawyer. Even if they had a bad opinion, I don't know that anyone would be brave enough to challenge me. But, even with that said, someone who looks to be turned off about it, once they see how easy it is, they actually get interested.
Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share? 
I am not sure about funny, BUT I had only recently been cloth diapering, DS was MAYBE a month or two old and my husband was traveling a lot, so I had to load up Maddox to take him with me to my sons dance class. Its only about 45 minutes long and the other mamas hadn't seen Maddox yet (hubby had been taking Hayden so I didn't have to go out in the winter) so I brought him in and passed him around. I was EBFing and this makes the poop LIQUID. So as he went from mom to mom I could see this orange liquid forming on his sleeper by his leg. The poop had leaked out onto Maddox, the lady that was holding him, and while I had another diaper to change him, I had no other clothes (I mean I was going to be gone less than an hour right?). It was a nightmare! I felt so bad for the mama he pooped on :-(
Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?
A wet bag next, then cloth wipes
Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?
A custom fit pocket diaper. I have found that the sized diaper fit my long skinny boy, much better than the one size.
What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED! I was very much so in the beginning and I know of so many mamas that give up right away. It is some work, but what isn't, we had a baby right? I also bought used and bought a little at a time. So in the beginning it was only a couple a day until I was able to slowly build my stash.

Erica is brand new to blogging.  Visit her blog Blunt Mama of Boys and say hello!  You can also find her on Twitter @ericafilson and on Facebook @ericalee23.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Things I wish I had known about cloth diapers!

When my husband and I started our journey on cloth diapering (with pocket diapers) I really had no idea what I was doing. These are the things I wish I had known before we started our journey:

  • If your baby’s diaper is leaking out of the legs it means that you should either move up to the next size or move down a size if you are using a one size pocket diaper. When we first got our son’s diapers we had them on the newborn setting. He was 8 weeks old when we started and after about a week or two he started leaking around the legs. That lasted for about eight days until I called the manufacturer. I was informed that the likely problem was that his diapers were too small. So up to the next size we went! Such an easy fix but as a newbie I simply had no clue. 
  • While it’s okay to put the pockets of the diapers in the dryer for a short low heat cycle (that helps kill any bacteria that might be lingering on your fluff) you should not dry them for any great length in the dryer. When I first got my diapers (mind you this was at least over two and a half years ago) it was suggested to air dry your diapers. I’m naturally a rule breaker so I thought that since it was only a suggestion I’d do it the faster way and dry them for the same length as the inserts. Not a good idea. This breaks down the PUL which causes leaks through the actual shell part of the diaper. Now I dry them on low heat for a 30 minute cycle and even after re-waterproofing them they’re still fine. 
  • Using cloth wipes are easier than you would think. We entered into the world of fluff slowly. First it was 24 of our one size pocket diapers and then about a year later we entered into the world of cloth wipes. The decision was made because of Buggie’s sensitive skin. I wanted a way to control what was going on his sensitive little bottom and going the cloth wipes way was it. Plus, it was so much fun choosing the wipes! I’m in love with fleece wipes. You don’t need as many per changing and they are so soft on the skin. 
  • When using diaper rash creams, the suggestion to use a liner is really a good one. I experimented with whether or not I could get away with using a cream with no liner protecting the cloth diaper. Not such a good idea. You see, the cream leaves behind an oily residue that can hinder the diapers performance. If you do have this problem, try stripping your cloth diapers. I use the blue, original Dawn dish soap. Does the trick every time. 
  • There are so many different diaper detergents that you don’t really need to be a loyal fan of just one in the beginning. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to try other detergents in the beginning. You don’t need to be loyal to the first detergent you try. I used the same detergent for the last two years because I was afraid to try something new. Many companies offer trial sizes of their detergents and after trying one I decided to make the switch to a less expensive and better detergent. 
  • You really should buy a wetbag – you’ll use it! It really is easy to cloth diaper out in pubic. I was so afraid public cloth diapering with Buggie in the beginning that used disposables solely. Then I got more comfortable cloth diapering so I started using gallon Ziploc bags. Soon I was so confident bringing my cloth diapers with me that I just took the plunge and bought a wetbag. It was a great decision, I’m not wasting money on Ziploc bags and the bag I chose is SO DARN CUTE! (Yes, part of the reason why I like using cloth diapers and wipes is because of the patterns and fabrics that are available!) 
As you can see there were definitely things that I wish I had understood before I started cloth diapering. Hopefully if you’re starting your fluffy journey my little list will be helpful to you! Happy cloth diapering!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Traveling with cloth diapers? Here's what I'm packing!

I have a confession…I have traveled with fluff once. It was almost three years ago and I was staying at my parents’ house in Galena, IL, during the last week of tax season. My hubby’s an accountant so the week before April 15th is long, tiring and very lonely. I usually escape for some comfort and company. I brought my cloth diapers on the road three years ago. I’m used to using a diaper sprayer for the dirty diapers and my parents don’t have one. I had to rinse off the poo the old fashioned way…in the toilet. Yuck.
That was enough to make me not want to travel with cloth again.

So why attempt this again three years later? Chalk it up to experience and confidence.

Here’s what I’m packing for my trip:
  • Cloth diapers – (um, duh! I did have to state the obvious though!) I have pockets but I’ve recently gotten a few AI2/3’s and a fitted diaper. I think I’m going to bring 15 of my 27 diapers with. I love the idea of bringing a few inserts and covers with you when you travel. You should be able to reuse a cover for up to two days as long as the fecal matter stays off of it. It’s less to pack which is why I think it’d be a great diaper to take with you on the road.
  • Liners – To help lessen the nastiness of swishing the diaper in the toilet I’m going to use flushable liners. Or if you want to cut on costs and you have some old fleece blankets laying around that you don’t want any more you could cut those into liners and use them. They’re smaller than the diapers so it’s easier to swish. Swish, swish, and swish.
  • Detergent – I use EcoSprout so I’ll be bringing that with me so I can do laundry.
  • Large Wet Bag – I need something to store the diapers in when they’re wet and/or dirty.
  • Cloth Wipes and Solution – I love Knickernappies’ Baby Bum Drops and since I’m going to be away for about five days I think I can get away with only bringing one drop with me. I’ll fill a wipes container full of my cloth wipes and then use those while I’m away.
I think this’ll be a better experience than last time. For one thing, the liners will be MUCH easier to work with than rinsing the diaper in the toilet. Can I say it again? Yuck.

Are you travelling with your fluff? What do you pack?

This post was previously published on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog.

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 June, 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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jena, today's Featured Fluff Addict, exclusively uses Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers!

Time to feature a new Fluff Addict! This one's extra special, her stash consists of ALL Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers! Woot!   Read on below and get to know Jena better.

Tell us a little about yourself, where you are located, how many kids you have,little ones in cloth, etc.-
I live in Portland, OR with my husband and son, 2 years old who is a very active and physical little guy.  We are both self-employed free-lancer creatives (I'm a photographer, my hubby an industrial designer) and I work from home part-time.  Our son has been in cloth diapers since he was a newborn, both at home and with his childcare provider.  We are a very outdoorsy family, and enjoy riding our bikes in all weather, swimming, and skiing.

What made you decide to give cloth diapers a try?
Our son has been in cloth diapers since he was a newborn, but I didn't discover Knickernappies until he was 5 months old and needed the next size of cloth diaper. For newborn size, I did a trifold + cover option, but for the next size I was curious to try a pocket or AIO option.  After consulting with a local cloth diaper shop (that sadly is no longer in business), I tried a couple of different brands and kinds, but totally fell in love with the Knickernappies brand because of the fit to my son and the absorbency of the loopy-do liners.  Since he was already a little older, we started with the medium custom fit pocket diapers and are now still using the large sized custom fit pocket diapers.  We have used the loopy-do inserts exclusively in all our pocket diapers (we own a couple fuzzybun pockets in the medium size that I stuffed with loppy-dos).  I tried several brands of AIO diapers, but after I decided on the pocket system, I consigned all the trial diapers I had purchased. One issue I had with AIO diapers being in a wet climate was having them dry by morning if I hung them rather than machine drying - with the Knickernappy pockets + loopy-do inserts, they are completely dry every morning and that made me very happy not to have to worry about it or do an extra dry cycle before we started our day in cloth diapers. I also like that I can toss the inserts in the dryer, but hang dry the covers separately.

What were your friends and family's reaction when seeing the "new" cloth diapers and have they been supportive or skeptical of your choice to use cloth diapers?
My family and husband both kind of rejected the trifold + cover option we started with and thought they were too difficult to get a good fit with, but when we converted at the next size to the pocket diaper style, they LOVED them.  It was no question when we needed the next size of large to stay with the same brand and system of cloth diapering.  Since my son will be able to wear these until he is potty trained, I feel like it was a great investment.

What was your very first cloth diaper?
Our very first cloth diaper was a organic cotton tri-fold diaper + Thirsties smaller one size cover. I wish I had waited to try a couple options once my son was born, but not knowing, I just did the research and bought 30 tri-folds and 6 covers.  Because of that, I felt committed to have him wear those until they didn't fit any longer and then make the switch to either an AIO or pocket for the next size, deciding on pocket style as my favorite.

What type of diapers does your stash primarily consist of; pockets, aio, onesize, prefolds, flats, hybrids, etc.?
My stash now with our 2 year old is 100% Knickernappies custom fit pocket diapers in size large and the large Loopy-do inserts.

What is your favorite Knickernappies product or which Knickernappies product are you dying to try and why?  
With baby #2, I would like to purchase the Knickernappies One-size diaper to fulfill my Small - Medium size diaper needs, then reuse my custom fit pockets in large. I'm totally sold on the loopy-do inserts so would purchase those as an upgrade with the one size covers.

Do you have a favorite place to hang out and talk or learn about cloth ; a blog, message board, facebook page, etc.?
I don't go on any forums… I do spread my love of using cloth to my friends via facebook and have sent many of new moms I meet out and about to my favorite supply websites, like Cloth Diaper Outlet.  Unfortunately, three different brick & mortar diaper supply shops in Portland have since closed down since my son was born. Two of the shopkeepers in particular were so knowledgeable and were always such a great support for laundry questions or fit issues - I was very sad when each of them separately closed down, not only because they were the only suppliers near me for Knickernappies, but because of their support to the cloth diapering community. Now the nearest shop is more than 45 min drive from my house, so I switched to online purchases and reading tips on those same websites.

What cloth diapering item, besides diapers, do you consider to be a must-have accessory? 
A good diaper pail with cloth liner - my favorite pail is a Brabantia pedal bin with a Planet Wise pail liner. Also, I love our rectangle shaped terry cloth wipes that fit perfectly in our Price Lionheart cloth wipes warmer. Re-usable and warm makes for a happy mama & baby!  Lastly, I think having a good zippered wet bag for your diaper bag makes cloth diapering on the go so much nicer.

If you could share just one tip with someone who is just starting out with cloth or considering using cloth, what would be your best piece of advice to them?
Talk to as many moms you can find either locally or online about their favorite brands.  The fit of a diaper so depends on the body build of your child that I think it's hard to purchase a system before your baby is born.  Much easier to decide what brand you like once you have some mileage under your belt with your own baby.  For instance, before my son was born I thought that a velcro tab would be more my liking due to ease of use. However,  once I laundered velcro tabbed covers for months on end, I decided to give an all snap option a try with the next size and I LOVED using snaps.  So much easier than I thought and no tangling issues in the wash!

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