Thursday, December 19, 2013

Five last minute Christmas gift ideas for kids!

Christmas is only a few days away...eek! Do you still have some shopping to do? Are you dreading heading to the mall? Worried that ordering online will cost you an arm and a leg to get the gifts shipped in time? Have no fear! Here are some ideas that will save the day!

1. Gift Cards
So this may not be as exciting to open, but gift cards are a great gift for all ages! You can even have some gift cards sent by email, saving you the trouble of going to the store! The child gets to to pick out the gift and what's not to love about that?!

2. Memberships
This is another gift that may not be as exciting to open, but it's the gift that keeps on giving! Memberships to local zoos, aquariums and children's museums are awesome gifts! The parents don't have to worry about another toy cluttering up the house and the kids get to go on fun adventures all year long!

3. Homemade Play dough
If you've never made homemade play dough, it's incredibly easy to make! You can whip up a batch in 10 minutes. Add some cookie cutters and put it in a cute box. Such a simple and fun gift!

4. Subscription Boxes
Send a subscription to a monthly box service! There are so many choices available, you're sure to find the right one for the child you need to buy for. Citrus Lane, Kiwi Crate, even cloth diaper subscriptions exist!

5. Themed Box
Create a themed box! Have a child that loves crafts? What about baking? Gather up a few items and put them all in a fun box (or mixing bowl).

How much your holiday shopping is complete?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Accessorize your cloth diapers with these great TIPS!

Now that you're a cloth diaper addict, you probably want to show off your cloth diapers every chance you get! Why not make your baby's diaper the outfit and match everything else to it! Here are some accessories to help you dress your baby so the diaper can still show!

Baby Leggings
These adorable leg warmers make pants useless! A pair of these will keep your little one's legs warm, knees protected when crawling, and make diaper changes a breeze! There are many brands, colors, and designs, perfect to match your cloth diapers.


Cloth Diaper T-shirts
Nothing is worse than having to put a onesie over your baby's diaper. It can be hard to find t-shirts in baby sizes, but never fear...cloth diaper advocacy t-shirts to the rescue! These adorable t-shirts allow your baby to show off their cloth diaper and spread the word about how wonderful cloth diapers are all at the same time!

Left to Right:
Cloth Rocks from Dirty Diaper Laundry (shop is currently down for inventory, so bookmark the link!)
Cloth Diaper Advocacy from Kelly's Closet

Does your little one show off their cloth diapers in style?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pants and cloth diapers, let's talk about fluffy butts!

There's a reason cloth diapers are called "fluff"...they sure can make a fluffy bottom for your little one! In the summer, you can use your cloth diapers as "pants", but with colder temperatures in the air, you may be struggling with ways to get pants that fit over your diapers. Here's a few tips:

Jeans from Project Pomona
1. Pants made for cloth diapers!
There are pants made especially for cloth diapers! These pants have a bit more room in the back for the fluffiness of you diapers and are a guaranteed fit!

2. The stretchier the better!
Using leggings or other stretchy pants will help keep your little one's diaper covered. Jeggings are a great option, especially for baby girls!

3. Size up!
If you find that your child's normal clothing size isn't cutting it, go up a size and just roll up the legs if needed.

4. Use a trimmer insert!
Make a change with your diapers. Use an insert that is equally (or more) absorbent, yet trimmer! Hemp is a great solution!

Do you find that dressing your baby in the cooler months is harder with your cloth diapers?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Baby's First Thanksgiving Ideas!

If this is your baby's first Thanksgiving, you may be looking for a way to make it fun and memorable! I've scoured Pinterest for some of the cutest ideas!


Make a keepsake plate or platter using your little one's hands and footprint! 
This will be cherished for many years. For details, see Cheap Crafty Mama


Do you want your little boy to dress up in a practical way? 
Nothing's cuter than this bib from My Little Hedgehog!


Your little girl will be warm and cozy in this adorable chevron turkey tee from hkgmom! The best part is it's made for babies and toddlers. Pair it with a pair of baby legs and a matching cloth diaper!


If your little one is old enough and ready for solids, there are some great Thanksgiving baby food recipes from Parents that are easy and fit in with baby led weaning. 

Will this be your baby's first Thanksgiving? How will you be celebrating?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Knickernappies Sighting: Giveaway on the Change-Diapers Blog

Giveaway alert! Knickernappies is sponsoring Change-Diapers' 4-year "blogiversary" giveaway!

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Head over to Change-Diapers to enter to win a Knickernappies custom fit diaper with microfiber insert.

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Knickernappies Sighting: Diva Diapers, Diaper a Day Giveaway

Giveaway alert! This month, Diva Diapers is giving away a diaper every day on their blog.

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Today's day-30 giveaway is a Knickernappies one-size diaper . Don't wait to enter, the giveaway is open today only!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Side snapping cloth diapers to the rescue!

Has your baby or toddler recently figured out snaps and velcro? Are you worried your child will never wear a diaper again? Never fear, side snapping diapers to the rescue!

If you've tried every trick in the book to keep your child's bottom in diapers, but you are continually outsmarted, give side snapping diapers a try! 

Side snapping diapers are harder for your child to remove and you'll find they are an awesome solution for your Houdini baby! Side snapping diapers have other benefits as well:
  • Cleaner, trimmer front panel
  • Easy to pull up and down for busy babies or toddlers
  • Great for potty training 
  • No wing droop
Have you tried side snapping diapers? They may be just the trick to solve your troubles! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How to deal with cloth diaper nay-sayers

One of the questions I see from many cloth diapering parents is "what do I do when my friends and family aren't supportive of cloth diapers?"

Well, the truth is, you do nothing. Nothing about their feelings anyway. If you believe that using cloth diapers is what's best for you family then you continue doing it. You don't have to get into debates or arguments. You don't even really have to defend yourself. You keep going and stand by your decision. Don't let their negativity get you down.

This isn't always easy, trust me! I'm a people pleaser. I hate when other people don't think I'm doing something right. When I started cloth diapering, I didn't know anyone that used cloth diapers. There was discussions and bets in my family about how long I would last. They thought I was crazy. People offered to buy us disposable diapers. Despite all of that, my husband and I stood firm that cloth diapers were best for our family. We didn't get in arguments. We just stated facts when the topic came up and were always enthusiastic about our choice. Eventually, I began converting friends and family. They saw how easy it really was! The nay-sayers became interested and jumped on board!

I definitely think you catch more flies with honey! If I had been argumentative, I don't think they would have opened up to using cloth diapers. This isn't going to be true for everyone. I still have friends that wouldn't dream of switching to cloth diapers, but that's okay. We're happy with our choice and they are happy with theirs.

This of course doesn't just apply to cloth diapers. Many of the decisions you make either as a parent or in your life will be met with opposition from others. We're all different. We have different ideas about the best way to raise our children or live life. Ultimately, you are responsible for raising your children the best way possible. If you stand behind your choices and truly believe you are doing what's best, it doesn't matter what others think.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Back to school ideas for your toddler!

The big kids are heading back to school and your littlest one may be feeling left out! Here are some great activities to do together!

Homemade Playdough


Source: Elika Mahoney
Talk about colors and let your child choose which colors you should make! Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and letters.

Alphabet Books


Source: Parents
Work on the letters of the alphabet by making an alphabet book! Find stickers to put on each page or cut out pictures from magazines.

Coloring


Source: Parents
Use these free printables to work on colors, fine motor skills, and the alphabet! There's also a Spanish option to work on a second language! 

Homemade Doodle Paint


Let your little one be creative with homemade doodle paint! 

Matching Games

Working on matching skills and colors with this fun Monster Match-Up free printable! 

What activities do you like to do with your toddler or preschooler?

Monday, September 16, 2013

What to stuff in your pocket diapers!

Are you looking to replace the inserts in your pocket diapers? Perhaps your inserts are old and not doing the job lately. Or maybe they just don't provide enough absorbency. There are quite a few options for adding new life to your pocket diapers.

Microfiber inserts- Replace your old inserts with new microfiber inserts. Typically, microfiber will need to be replaced after 2-3 years of use. It will become flat and less absorbent.

Adding hemp- If you find that typical microfiber inserts aren't absorbent enough for your baby, adding hemp can boost the absorbency. Hemp is trim and absorbent! You can add a hemp doubler or try a Loopy Do insert which includes both hemp and microfiber in one insert.

Nighttime absorbency- If you need something to stuff inside your pockets to absorb for a whole night, try Super Do inserts! These super absorbent inserts made of microfiber and hemp work great for overnight or heavy wetters.

Natural fibers - If you prefer to only use natural fibers inside your pocket diapers, consider using prefolds instead of microfiber. Just trifold the prefold and stuff!

What do you use stuffed inside your pocket diapers? 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: Knickernappies Stackable Menstrual Pads Giveaway/Sale at Cloth Diaper Outlet

Giveaway and sale alert! This week, Knickernappies stackable menstrual pads are the Trophy Tuesday giveaway item on Cloth Diaper Outlet's I Love Cloth Diapers Blog!

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Knickernappies menstrual pads consist of an outer shell & liners that allow you to customize your absorbency while saving money. Enter to win a Knickernappies stackable menstrual pad set in microfiber or hemp in this week's Trophy Tuesday giveaway. You can also save 15% when you order Knickernappies stackable menstrual pads at Cloth Diaper Outlet this week!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: One-Size Diaper, Loopy Do & Super Do Giveaway at Abby's Lane

Giveaway alert! We've spotted a giveaway on Abby's Lane's Cloth That Counts Blog.

Enter to win a $45 Knickernappies package that includes a one-size diaper with inserts, plus Loopydo and Superdo inserts.

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Using Cloth Diapers to TEACH your preschooler!


Babies and toddlers are amazing little creatures that learn and absorb information everyday! Without even realizing it, you are teaching your little one new things all day long! So why not incorporate cloth diapers into your unofficial "home schooling"?

Colors
Use your cloth diapers to teach your little one their colors. Simply stating, "how about we use the red diaper" or for older children asking them to hand you the red diaper. As you stuff your diapers, you could ask your child what color diaper you have. Of course, if you're a true cloth addict, you could teach the real names of the diaper colors, but by the time they get to Kindergarten you may want to be sure they know the common names.

Counting
Have your children learn to count by counting the number of diapers in your stash! For some of you the number may be very high! 

Shapes and objects
Find the shapes in your cloth diapers and teach them to your child! Snaps are circles, prefolds are rectangles, wipes are squares. Use your prints to talk about animals or other objects. 

Of course it doesn't have to stop with cloth diapers! There are many objects in your house that can help you teach your child basic skills! You've probably already done this without even realizing it!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: Baltic Amber Giveaway & Discount at Cloth Diaper Outlet

Cloth Diaper Outlet hosts a Trophy Tuesday Giveaway each week on their I Love Cloth Diapers blog. As a bonus, the featured item is on sale also, and this week it is a Knickernappies Baltic Amber teething necklace in beautiful, limited edition styles.

Go enter to win a Baltic amber teething necklace, and shop for Baltic amber at 15% off!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Potty Training Laundry Tips

Potty training can be a trying and frustrating time for you. One of the obstacles you may need to overcome is dealing with your diaper laundry once your little one starts to use the potty. Until they are fully potty trained, you will most likely be using a diaper or trainer for naps and nighttime. Accidents will also happen in underwear or trainers. You'll need to wash these items, but what's the best way?

The problem is you won't have enough dirty diapers, trainers or underwear (hopefully!) to follow your typical diaper wash routine. You'll need to make a few adjustments. Here are some suggestions:

1. Rinse! When accidents happen immediately rinse the soiled item. This will prevent ammonia build up while the item is sitting and waiting for wash day.

2. Wash with other laundry! It's okay to wash soiled trainers, diapers, or underwear with your other laundry. I suggest washing them with towels because you can wash in hot water. I throw the soiled items in the washer first for a quick rinse cycle, then add my other laundry.

3. Simplify your diaper needs! If you are still needing to use diapers for naps and nighttime, try flats and covers. They are much easier to hand wash if needed and are easier to care for if you end up going longer than 2 or 3 days between washing.

What tips do you have for dealing with potty training laundry? 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: Custom Fit Cloth Diaper Giveaway on the Kelly Wels Blog

Win a Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper in this giveaway Sponsored by Cloth Diaper Outlet at The Kelly Wels Blog!

One lucky winner will receive his/her choice of size and color of a Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diaper and a micro insert!

Find custom fit diapers at Cloth Diaper Outlet and many of our other retailers!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Make the switch to reusable nursing pads!

Alright nursing moms, let me tell you a little secret...ditch the disposable nursing pads and switch to cloth!

There are many benefits to using cloth nursing pads. Not only are they a million times more comfortable, but they are better for you too! Disposable nursing pads contain nasty chemicals that you don't want against your skin. Cloth nursing pads are absorbent, anti-microbial, and easy to care for! Knickernappies nursing pads have a waterproof PUL layer to prevent the world from knowing you are lactating. An inner layer of hemp makes them incredibly absorbent. There's also a layer of microfleece to wick away any moisture and keep you dry. This is important for preventing thrush or other infections.

Cloth nursing pads are easy to care for! Just throw them in the wash with your other laundry (diapers excluded). They can even be dried in the dryer.

To figure out how many pads you need, it really depends on the individual. In the early days, when you are engorged, you will need more pads. You can always more often if you don't have enough pads to get you through a few days. Once your milk settles down and you are nursing your baby less during the day, you will find that one set of pads will get you through a whole day.

Have you made the switch to cloth nursing pads?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cloth diaper extras that make cloth diapering easier!

There are many things you can add to your cloth diaper stash that are not necessary, but really make cloth diapering much easier! These are not "must haves", but they are nice to have!

Diaper Sprayer: Nothing is easier than spraying off a dirty diaper and flushing away the mess! Sure liners are an option, but they tend to bunch up and aren't full proof.

Wool Dryer Balls: Wool dryer balls reduce dry time, decrease static, and soften your laundry. The other great thing about them is they can be used on all of your laundry!

Snappis or Boingos: If you're using flats or prefolds, you could use old fashioned diaper pins or trifold or padfold your diapers, but add a Snappi or a set of Boingos and things will go much faster!

Spray Pal: The Spray Pal is most certainly not a necessity, but it will help you direct the spray and the contents directly into the toilet!


Diaper Dawgs: Weary about touching gross, dirty diapers? Use a set of Diaper Dawgs and keep your hands clean!

What cloth diapering accessories are making your life easier?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY Eco-Friendly Air Freshener for your Diaper Pail or Home!

Are you looking for a natural solution to deal with the smell of stinky diapers in your nursery? I recently discovered this DIY, natural air freshener! It's easy to make inexpensive and free of chemicals!

DIY Air Freshener

What you need:
Small, empty jar with a lid
Baking soda
Essential Oils, any scent

  1. Fill your empty jar with baking soda. Leave a bit of room at the top.
  2. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil. Use more or less depending on how strong you want the scent to be.
  3. Stir the mixture being sure to break up any clumps.
  4. Punch holes in the lid of the jar with a hammer and nails.
  5. Enjoy the fresh scent! 
The baking soda will absorb any unpleasant smells and the essential oil will provide a pleasant scent to your nose! 

What natural DIY recipes are you using in place of commercial products?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dealing with stinky diapers? We're here to help!

It happens sometimes. Your diapers will stink and I don't mean because of the present your baby left inside for you to deal with. Here's some of the common reasons your diapers may stink and how to solve your problem.

Barnyard Stink
This is used to describe cloth diapers that smell bad despite being clean.

Solutions:
Increase the amount of detergent.
Switch detergents - your detergent may not be doing a great job.
Decrease the amount of diapers you wash at once. If your load is too big, your diapers will not get clean.

Ammonia
If you notice a burning, knock your socks off smell in your dirty diapers, you are dealing with ammonia! There are two types of ammonia:

Diaper Pail Ammonia: if your diapers doesn't wreak of ammonia after you change your baby, but you notice the smell after they've been in the diaper pail, this is common! If this is your problem, you'll want to wash more often and rinse your diapers before throwing them in the pail.

Diaper Change Ammonia: if you can't change your baby's diaper without being blown away from the ammonia smell, you need to strip your diapers! The ammonia can cause burns on your baby that are very painful, so it's important to treat your diapers. You'll want to start rinsing your diapers before throwing them into the pail, especially nighttime diapers. If you have hard water, consider adding Calgon to your wash routine. Make sure your detergent is rinsing out of your diapers in your wash routine. You may need to decrease the amount of detergent you use.


Have you been battling cloth diaper stink issues?  Have you tried any of the tips above?  Please share!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Saying goodbye to cloth diapers, now what?

If the sad day has come when your last child potty trains, you may be wondering what to do with your cloth diapers. There are quite a few options! 

Donate them! Look for a local cloth diaper bank or charity that can use them. There are also some other organizations like Giving Diapers, Giving Hope or Share the Love.

Pass them on! Do you have a friend that could benefit from using cloth diapers? What about someone who has crossed your path that may be struggling to provide for her baby? Sharing your cloth diapers with others may be the best thing you can do with them!

Sell them! Recoup some of the money you spent on your diapers and sell them! You can use a site like Cloth Diaper Trader to list and sell your diapers. 

Repurpose them! If you have a ton of flats, prefolds or microfiber inserts, use them for cleaning rags around the house! With kids, you can never have too many towels to clean up spills! Another idea is to let your little one use a diaper cover on her dolls. 

What do you plan to do with your diapers when you are finished with them?


Monday, July 15, 2013

How to choose a cloth diaper safe detergent

There's a lot of discussion about what detergent to use on your cloth diapers. The detergent works for one person may not work for you or your baby. Here's a guide to help you find a detergent that is safe for cloth diapers. These are ingredients you should generally avoid when choosing a detergent:

  • Enzymes
  • Dyes
  • Perfumes
  • Optical Brightners
  • Fabric Softeners
  • Wrinkle Guards

A few notes:

  • Powdered detergents should be dissolved before adding your diapers.
  • Free and Clear detergents can cause build-up which can lead to leaks.
  • Powdered detergents are best for hard water.
  • If you have hard water, consider adding Calgon to your wash routine.

Knickernappies recommends the following detergents:

  • Allen's Naturally
  • Country Save
  • Mountain Green
  • Tide
  • Tide-Free
  • Planet
  • BumGenius
  • Tiny Bubbles
  • Rockin' Green

Have you found a detergent that works well in your routine?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: Custom Fit is one of "Three Pocket Diapers You Must Try"

Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers are one of "three pocket diapers you must try" at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Our custom fit diapers were praised for their great fit, side snaps, and option of microfiber or hemp blend inserts.

Find custom fit diapers at Cloth Diaper Outlet and many of our other retailers!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Top five reasons you should cloth diaper!

There are tons of reasons you should cloth diaper, but here are my top 5

1. Save the Planet! - The average baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers! That's a lot! If you are using disposable diapers, they are thrown into a landfill to sit for an estimated 250-500 years before decomposing! That means that every disposable diaper that has ever been thrown away is still sitting in a landfill somewhere. Yikes! Cloth diapers can be reused for multiple babies and even repurposed once you are finished with them.

2. Save your wallet! - It costs roughly $2,500 to diaper a baby from birth to potty training using disposable diapers. With cloth you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars! A baby can be cloth diapered for less than $100 when using flats or prefolds and for just a few hundred dollars you can use modern cloth.

3. Protect your baby's skin! - Disposable diapers are full of harmful chemicals. Have you ever heard of toulene, sodium polyacrylate or dioxin? These are just a few of the harmful chemicals used in cloth diapers. Sodium polyacrylate is the gel like substance in disposable diapers. It has been linked to TSS and banned in the use of tampons. Dioxin is used to bleach the diapers to look white. The EPA considers it a cancer causing agent. Toulene is found in paints and gasoline and creates the awful smell. Cloth diapers are made from fabric. Not harmful chemicals to come into contact with your baby's skin!

4. It's easier than you think! - Sure, there is a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, especially if you are used to disposable diapers. The information on cloth diapers can be overwhelming at first, all the different brands, styles, and accessories. Once you get started, you will quickly become an expert! You will find that one extra load of laundry really isn't that bad and it's much more convenient than running to Target at midnight because you are out of diapers.

5. Oh  my, the cuteness! - Have you ever seen a baby wearing a cloth diaper? Oh my! Is there anything cuter?

What is your #1 reason for using cloth?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: One Size Diapers on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog

Knickernappies has been sighted on Cloth Diaper Outlet's I Love Cloth Diapers Blog!

The Knickernappies one-size diaper in red, white and royal blue was featured in this lovely 4th of July diaper collage.

Visit a retailer to get festive diapers for your baby!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Knickernappies Superdo is a Padded Tush Stats Top Pick

Knickernappies Superdo is a Padded Tush Stats top pick!

Tara says: "...SuperDo came to save the day. The microfiber on top allowed it to absorb quickly, but the hemp on the inside allowed it to absorb MORE. That combo made this diaper work great. And I had no stink issues because (a) I use Tide and (b) the tunnel design on the diaper lets water and detergent get deep into the insert much more easily and helps it dry faster."

Read her Superdo review, and enter to win two Knickernappies Superdo inserts.

Check the retailer locator to find a retailer who sells Superdo inserts, so you can get your own!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hemp proven to be anti-bacterial

PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release
June 19th, 2013

    Rampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily.  One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China's military: industrial hemp.  Staph is spread by direct contact and by touching items that are contaminated such as towels, sheets, privacy curtains, and clothing.  As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, “It is estimated that each year 2 million Americans become infected during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 of them die.  MRSA (an antibiotic resistant strain of staph) is a leading cause of hospital-borne infections.”  One of the most important recent discoveries is hemp’s ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and polyethelyne allow it to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time.

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    Unknown to many, hemp fabrics exist in today’s market that can replace each of these transmission prone hospital items.  In addition to staph resistance, other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use.

    Hemp fabric was tested against two bacteria strains, Staphylococcus Aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia).  The fabric tested was a hemp blend, 60% hemp and 40% rayon.  The staph test sample was already 98.5% bacteria free during the first measurement of the testing, while the pneumonia fabric sample was 65.1% bacteria free.  These results, even prior to the tests completion, clearly display the fabrics unique capability at killing bacteria and reducing their spread.  This is especially imperative for healthcare facilities.

    For infrared testing, the same hemp blend was analyzed resulting in a test result of 0.893, or nearly 90% resistant.  Different blended fabrics have the potential to increase the percentage of this initial test, especially fabrics with a higher percentage of hemp.  Many of hemp’s applications will benefit our military, and hemp fabrics have recently been approved by the USDA as Federally Preferred for Procurement under their BioPreferred Program.

    Thirty one states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 19 have passed pro-hemp legislation.  The potential for military and national adoption of hemp appears to be moving forward expeditiously considering a decade’s long ban.  As science continues to “rediscover” the benefits of hemp for society, the solution is emerging from the fog of prohibition.  Hemp is no longer an ancient fiber and it is well on its way to be the future of fabric.


References:
1.       Survival of Enterococci and Staphylococci on Hospital Fabrics and Plastic - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC86187/

  1. San Francisco Chronicle, “HEALTH / High staph infection rates in hospitals stun public health officials / New study reports lethal drug-resistant bacteria widespread” - http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/HEALTH-High-staph-infection-rates-in-hospitals-2554708.php

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Join the New Authorized Buy/Sell/Trade Group for Knickernappies and WolbyBug Products

We are pleased to announce the new authorized buy/sell/trade group for Knickernappies and WolbyBug products on Facebook!

We know you love your Knickernappies, so why would you want to sell them? Perhaps you are sizing up in custom fit diapers, or you decided you like one-size better. Maybe you fell in love with Wolbybug and want to switch to all covers. Whatever your reason, the B/S/T group will allow you to recoup some of your cost, find items you're looking for, or swap.

New to the lingo? Check out this post from Change-Diapers on Used Diaper Condition Definitions.

Join the group today!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cloth Diapers, Are they for everyone?

Cloth diapers aren't one size fits all. No, I don't mean sized vs. one-size diapers. I mean the actual act of using cloth diapers on your baby. Are all parents capable of using cloth diapers? Of course they are, but what it really comes down to is what you as a parent are willing to commit to. So cloth diapering advocates out there, don't be mad at me as I write this post. Of course I would love for everyone to see how amazing cloth diapers are and how easy they can be, but we have to remember, there are lots of parenting decisions to be made and some people are going to make ones different from yours.

Cost vs. Effort
I chose to cloth diaper because of the money saving benefits. In two years, I have spent way more than I needed to on a very large stash. In that time I have sold a few diapers and made some of my money back, but I still haven't reached the amount it would have cost my family to diaper our son with disposables. All that said, some parents see the convenience of disposables worth the cost. To not add another load of laundry to their wash routine is worth it! 

Eco-friendly Options
Of course cloth diapers are the most eco-friendly choice when considering waste going into a landfill. We won't get into water usage in this post. But there are disposable diapers on the market that are more eco-friendly than others. Many parents are choosing these diapers over the mainstream disposables. Many parents aren't, but what are you going to do? 

Frustration!
If you've ever dealt with rash after rash after rash or ammonia stink that you can't get rid of no matter what you try, you may understand this one. Some parents try cloth diapers only to throw in the towel as a last resort. They've tried so many solutions that they are frustrated. Of course not all cloth diapering parents have this experience, but it does happen. 

I'm writing this post for perspective. I know many times I think parents don't know what they're missing. Sure, if they gave it a try, they could see how easy it really is, but you can't force your opinions and ideas on everyone.

cloth diaper mom
I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wolbybug Cover Named Padded Tush Stats Top Pick!

We are thrilled to announce that the Wolbybug Cover has been chosen as a Padded Tush Stats top pick!

Tara says: "The biggest reason for why I like it is because it is elasticized where you would put in an insert."

Read the entire post, and enter to win two Wolbybug covers of your own.

To shop for Wolbybug, use our retailer locator to find a store near you!

Cloth Diaper Tip: Stock your car with a back up cloth diaper!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, a cloth diapering tip. Have you ever been out running errands and realized you forgot your diaper bag? Or perhaps you brought it, but you've run out of cloth diapers.

What do you do now!?

Just the other week, I brought one extra cloth diaper for a quick trip out to run a few errands. My toddler rarely needs a diaper change while we're out buying groceries and I hardly ever use the one diaper I keep in our diaper bag. Of course, as soon as we got to Target I realized if I wanted to prevent any leaks, I should change his wet diaper. We were in the store for all five minutes when he pooped...in the last diaper I had with me! I didn't want to buy a package of disposables, but I didn't have another cloth diaper. There was no way I was comfortable leaving him in the soiled diaper either. If only had a back up diaper!

So now, I do! In the trunk of my car, I keep a wet bag with a flat and an old cover. All three of these items are things I don't miss in my normal rotation. It doesn't make me feel sad that one of my beloved all-in-ones is sitting in the back of my car for an emergency and I will be prepared the next time this happens and won't be stuck wondering what to do!

Do you have a similar story to share?  Have you learned to keep a backup diaper in your car?


Friday, June 7, 2013

Tips for getting past the teething stage!

Teething can seem like a never ending saga. As soon as one tooth comes in, another is right behind it. You may be frustrated with whiny, fussy babies and sleepless nights. Here's a few tips to help ease the pain for your child.

Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces
Looking for a safe, natural way to ease teething pain for your baby or toddler? These necklaces release healing oils that soothe your little one's discomfort.

Cold Wash Cloth
Give your child a cold or frozen wash cloth to chew on. The coldness will ease the pain and the wash cloth gives them something to bite on.

Teething Toys
Many teething toys will give your child some relief because they will have something to gum down on. Try Sophie the Giraffe, a favorite at our house!

Frozen fruit chucks
Take chunks of frozen fruit in put them in a mesh teething strainer. Your child can bite or suck on the strainer and you won't have to worry about choking hazards.

Just remember, eventually, your child will get all of their baby teeth and you will get past the teething stage. Hang in there!

Have you tried any of these teething tips?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: O/S Diaper & Wolbybug Cover on YouTube

Knickernappies has been sighted on YouTube!

This video reviews both the one-size diaper and the Wolbybug cover:

For another review of the Wolbybug cover, including a look at what makes them different, watch the video below:

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

 
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