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.  

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