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





 
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