Sunday, July 29, 2012

Why choose Knickernappies Stay-Dry Hemp Doublers!

Have a heavy wetter?  Consider the Knickernappies Stay-dry Hemp Doublers. These doublers are great multi-use accessories and should be a staple in any mama's cloth diaper stash! What makes them so great? Well let's take a look...

  • They come pre-washed. Our hemp is pre-washed so the doublers won't shrink and you can wash and use them right away with your diapers. No need to have to wash them separately before use, we've taken care of the pre-washing for you!
  • Topped with Knickernappies custom milled 100% polyester microfleece. Our super soft microfleece makes these doublers a pleasure for baby to wear and keep baby feeling dry while helping wick the moisture through to the hemp side.
  • Our Hemp is a 45% Hemp, 55% Cotton blend and makes these doublers super absorbent and trim! To read more about Hemp's amazing properties you can read a previous blog post here The 411 on Hemp!
  • Our doublers can be used as a doubler inside of your favorite fitted, on top or inside of a prefold or even as an insert inside of a pocket diaper! You can use them any way you'd like!
  • Available in 3 convenient sizes; Small: 5"x12"-Medium: 5"x14"-Large: 5"x16"
  • Proudly Made in the USA
Ready to shop? Visit our Retailer Locator and get your Stay-dry Hemp Doublers today!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Are there benefits to choosing side-snapping cloth diapers?

A quick rundown on the benefits of choosing side-snapping diapers:

If you're anything like me, when you're first shopping for cloth diapers you are looking at diapers that look and work the most like disposables, that is with the velcro fastening system in the front. Some of my very first diapers were DryBee's pockets, they served me well and it was quite some time before I actually bought and tried my first side-snapping diapers.  However once I tried Knickernappies I wished I had them from the start!

At first glance side-snapping diapers might look tricky to use or hard to fasten on a squirming baby, I assure you they are not. In fact there are a lot of benefits to side-snapping diapers that you might not know about.
  • They are HIGHLY adjustable, top and bottom snaps, usually with a minimum of 4 settings give these diapers as close to a perfect fit as you can imagine.
  • Perfect for babies with chunky thighs because of the customizable settings.
  • Sized pockets provide a trim and perfect fit while the Onesize its babies and toddlers up to 40lbs and beyond!  Perfect for when you have more than one child in diapers.
  • While most children have aplix and front snapping diapers all figured out sooner than later, side-snaps seem to confuse babies and toddlers, making it harder for them to undo and take off completely at the most inopportune times. (We've all been there, baby takes poopy diaper off hands it to you and it's too late, you have a huge mess to clean up!)
  • A solid layer of PUL across the tummy is perfect for tummy sleeping babies. Some diapers have a tendency to wick through the stitching around the aplix, with side-snapping diapers there is no such problem.
Ther OneSize Knickernappies Pocket Diaper gives you all the benefits of side-snapping diapers as well as the fact that it is capable of fitting from birth to potty training, 8-40lbs! It is available with two sizes microfiber inserts or with two LoopyDo inserts, the #1 Rated Insert on DiaperPin!

It is the only diaper on the market that comes with the option of upgrading to our ultra absorbent LoopyDo inserts which contain both microfiber and hemp!

Personally, since I didn't have super chunky babies and I didn't have a need for them to wear diapers beyond 40lbs, the HUGE and most important benefit to me was the solid front panel which prevented wicking.  All three of my kids were tummy sleepers, it's just how they slept the best and most comfortably.  Before we started using Knickernappies I could just about guarantee that every time they laid down to sleep their diapers would leak through the front snaps or stitching around the aplix getting their clothes and sheets wet.  I believe that side-snapping diapers are a must try for every cloth diapering family!

Do you love side-snapping diapers?  Show your love by posting your comments and questions below and let us know why you like them compared to other styles.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HE Washing Machine Tips and Tricks!

High efficiency (HE) washing machines, cloth diapers and the problems that can some times arise when you’re new to either seems to be a common theme in the cloth diapering world. I asked the fans of my Facebook page if there were any topics they’d like to see in a blog post and one of the suggestions was washing cloth diapers with an HE machine. I don’t have an HE machine so this is totally unfamiliar territory for me. I did some Google searches trying to find specific tips and tricks and it was surprisingly difficult to find. After feeling frustrated with my search results I consulted with my friend, another cloth diaperer, Rawney since she has an HE machine and is currently using cloth diapers on her second AND third children.

Rawney said that while HE machines are different from regular machines she hasn’t really changed her laundry routine much. Here are Rawney’s top three HE washing tips:

3. To soak diapers and since she doesn’t have a soaking cycle, she runs a normal cycle and then pauses the cycle allowing the diapers to soak.

2. Use the same amount of detergent for a non-HE washer. Rawney read something recently that using less detergent (as some suggest) is actually not necessary and it may actually be counter productive. It makes sense when you think about it – you need soap to clean the diapers so naturally using less soap wouldn’t work.

1. Add a towel to the wash so that more water is used in the cycle. The machine only uses as much water as what it thinks is necessary which is great because you save on water usage. It’s not so great for diaper washing though because the less water that’s used the more build up there will be on your diapers.

Do you have any HE washing tips you can share?
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! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wolbybug One Size Diaper Cover Video Review

Today we're sharing a video overview/review by Cloth Diaper Geek of our Wolbybug One Size Cloth Diaper Cover.

Our Wolbybug Cover is a very economical and practical one size cover that fits babies from approximately birth through potty training and retails for approximately $10.99 at Knickernappies retailers.

Watch the video below for an explanation of the benefits and features.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Do you have a local cloth diaper retailer near you? You just might!

When is the last time you checked our retailer locator to see if there's a retailer near you where you can shop for cloth in person?

Chances are that some of you may have a Knickernappies retailer near you and you may not even know it!  Retailers are being added to the Knickernappies lineup all the time so it's always a good idea to check our Retailer Locator from time to time.

What are the benefits of finding a cloth diaper retailer near you?
  • Local Pickup or Delivery-Local pickup and/or delivery may be available if you're within driving distance of a retailer.  But what if they don't have a physical store?  Don't worry, many retailers are still very available for local orders and will even meet with you to get you your order.
  •  Cloth Diaper Trials and Rentals-Some retailers have gotten creative and they offer a try before you buy or cloth diaper rental.  Be sure to ask your nearest retailer if they have a similar program.
  • Cloth Diaper Demos & Classes-Once you locate a retailer near you check with them to see what sort of cloth diapering education they offer.  I bet you they offer free demos and most will even come to your Moms Group or Baby Shower and provide a little 'Cloth Diapering 101' class.
  • Cloth Diaper Parties-How a Cloth Diaper Party is run is up to each individual retailer so you should contact your local retailer and ask what they have to offer.  Generally Cloth Diaper Parties are a cross between a Demo and a Sale and there may even be prizes or discounts involved for the hostess and guests.
  • Hands on shopping experience-Whether or not you have an actual store to visit, meeting with your local retailer either at their store, your house, or a park, means that you can touch and feel the diapers in person and compare them, try them on your baby, and see how they all work and function.  This is especially valuable if you are new to cloth and are having a hard time imagining just how convenient cloth can be.
So, do you have a Knickernappies Retailer near you?  Check out Retailer Locator and post a comment with your findings.  Have a retailer near you but they don't carry Knickernappies?  Let them know you're a fan and you never know, they may just become a retailer of ours in the near future!

Once you locate your closest retailers make sure to follow them on FaceBook so that you can stay up to date with all their events and specials.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Knickernappies Retailer Squishy Tushy makes the news!

We can't possibly be more excited to see one of our great retailers on TV!  Woot!

Not only is any tv exposure great for the cloth diaper industry, for advocacy and for creating awareness, but it's also so great to see local media taking an interest in the growing cloth diaper trend.

Recently, Teresa of Squishy Tushy made the news!  What a great segment.  To watch the video please click below.


To visit Squishy Tushy online you can visit them at SquishyTushy.com or in person at the store

Squishy Tushy
103 S. Lane Street
Blissfield, Michigan  49228

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cloth Wipes + Cloth Diapers, They just make sense!


Why to use Cloth wipes??

During my entire pregnancy I researched and read articles on cloth diapering. I remember reading an article on the benefits of cloth wipes after reading the article, I felt prepared to use cloth wipes. These were the reasons why I decided to use cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Money Saver
  • Better for Babies Bum
  • Re-usable
  • Easy
Let me show you how easy this can be.

I use a Prince Lionheart wipe warmer to store my cloth wipes, and a wipes concentrate for wipe solution. I use two kinds of velvety soft velour wipes which are great sizes and the material is very soft against baby’s bum. How to go about it? I get my solution ready which is 2 tsp for 32oz. making a whole batch I use a spoon to mix the concentrate juice after its all mixed I dunk all my wipes anywhere from 12-16. After they are completely soaked I fold some in half and some I just lay them as is and close my wipe warmer and they are now ready to be used.

I also use cloth wipes while we are out and about. I normally have some solution left over from the batch I made so I pour it in a small spray bottle, get some dry cloth wipes put them in my wet bag. Now I’m all set to go. When I’m ready to change my son’s diaper I then spray the dry wipe with the solution till its wet enough and wipe the bum. It’s a little more time consuming but that’s what I do for now. I do know that there's a cloth wipe pouch for “on the go” wet cloth wipes. Which I totally would love to get its on my “TO BUY” list.

Using cloth wipes is very easy it’s the same as a disposable wipe except its re-usable, soft on babies bum and free of chemicals that can irritate baby’s skin. As far as washing goes I wash our cloth diapers and cloth wipes together I do not rinse our wipes unless it’s one of those “gnarly poops”. It can be very inexpensive you can purchase some wash cloths at your local store for a couple bucks or spend a little more and purchase some that might last a bit longer from your local cloth diaper store or online store or if you’re a crafty mom you can make your own as well. You are also saving a lot of money re-using these cloth wipes instead of throwing your money away. I’m all for saving money!


Do you use cloth wipes? If so what are your favorite wipes? If you have not tried cloth wipes I hope that reading this post helps you make the switch.

Contributors Bio
Pollyanna is the mama behind the blog Sew Fatty!  She's an awesome cloth diaper advocate and her blog is a valuable resource.She's also a Navy wife and mama to two beautiful munchkins.  Polly loves to sew, clean, cloth diaper, watch movies and spend time with her family.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We're sponsoring a giveaway for (2) Wolbybug OS Diaper Covers and (1) Wetbag! Enter to win!

We hope you all are having a great 4th of July with your families!  We're super proud of our nations troops and appreciate all that you do for our country and our freedom.  God bless you all!

Today we're announcing a great giveaway that we're sponsoring on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog

You can enter to win (2) of our popular Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers in red and blue, plus a white Wolbybug Wetbag to store them in!

There are many easy ways to enter and you probably already qualify for some of the entries!

Click on the image or head over to I Love Cloth Diapers Blog and enter to win! Thanks!


 
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