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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