Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cloth Diapers and Strangers, How and when to advocate cloth!

Are you a cloth diaper evangelist? Do you find yourself so in love with your cloth diapers that you want to tell everyone, including strangers about the benefits of cloth diapers?

I used to be on fire about cloth diapers! I still am, but not nearly the way I was in the beginning. I remember taking my little one shopping. I would purposefully hand him a cloth diaper while he sat in the shopping cart. You know, a toy for him to play with. Of course, the diaper kept him entertained, even though we had toys for that. My goal was to get a stranger to notice. As we lingered in the baby aisles of our local Target or Walmart, I would talk to him about his diapers in hopes that someone would hear and strike up a conversation about my adorable cloth diapers. Of course, no one ever did. And I was never brave enough to walk up to a mom shopping for disposable diapers. - Hey, I just met you and this is crazy... but use cloth diapers on your baby! 

I've been cloth diapering for over a year and half now. I have to admit, if someone were to ask, I would be thrilled and talk to them for as long as they could listen about my cloth, but I'm not nearly as vocal or focused as I used to be. I've stopped (for the most part) sharing on my personal Facebook page about cloth diapers. I was that annoying person that wouldn't stop talking about their passion.

I no longer give my child diapers to play with in the store. He'd probably throw them out of the cart anyway. I don't even talk to him about his diapers while we're out. On the rare occasion I have to change his diaper in a public restroom, I do hope that some other mom would notice, but they never do. My friends all know I cloth diaper and a few have even reached out to me on their own for guidance. Hooray!

But, I couldn't stop thinking about my cloth diapers while on a childless weekend getaway with my husband. It was our first overnight trip away from our toddler. I was nervous to leave my little one behind, but excited for some alone time with my husband. We left our son (and our cloth diapers) in the care of my parents and headed a few hours away. We had a great day together and ended the evening at a dinner date.

While we were waiting for our table, I spotted a young mom feeding her baby homemade baby food from a Baby Bullet jar.  The wheels in my head began to turn, "Hmm, she makes her own baby food! I wonder if she cloth diapers!" I even said this to my husband. He just rolled his eyes and laughed. Then the mom got her baby out of the baby carrier and I spotted an amber teething necklace. Ding, ding, ding! She knows about amber necklaces! Surely this mom uses cloth diapers! I mentioned it again to my husband. He then informed me that I was talking louder than I thought and that I was probably creeping this lady out.

I wasn't brave enough to approach the mom and we were called to our table. I thought I would never know. I guessed that maybe she did. We were visiting a town that is known for "crunchy" types of people. On the way to the car, I got my answer. There, on the back bumper of their car was a dirty disposable diaper. I was so bummed! She made her own baby food! She used an amber teething necklace! Surely she cloth diapered! Maybe I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe her little one had a rash that required a special cream. Maybe they were out of clean cloth diapers. Maybe.

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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 411 on Knickernappies Inserts, Doublers and Liners

Inserts, Doublers, and Liners Oh My!

Are you overwhelmed with all the different types of cloth diaper inserts out there? Are you
confused about what the difference is between an insert, a doubler, and a liner, and why you
would use one over the other? Hopefully this article will help you to choose the best fabrics and
options that are right for your little one.

Inserts – Inserts are you basic “guts” of any cloth diaper. Inserts come in different shapes and sizes. Some are skinny, some are wide, some are short (newborn) and some are longer. Some snap into the diaper and some lay inside a cover. Whatever the insert, its main purpose is to help absorb the urine in the diaper.

Doublers – Doublers are used in addition to an Insert. A doubler is often used for nap or night time when babies tend to wet more. The doubler is simply placed over the insert. Doublers often come in fabrics that are known for their absorbency such as bamboo or hemp. Doublers should not be used alone in a diaper because they are made to be used in conjunction with an insert and will not hold as much urine alone (trust me, I have first-hand experience on this one).

Liners – Liners are a very thin piece of material usually placed over the insert and/or doubler. A liner can also be placed over the microfleece lining on the inside of a diaper. The main purpose of a liner is to act as a barrier from your baby to the diaper. For instance, people often use liners if they have to use a non-cloth diaper safe rash ointment. The liner will protect the diaper while allowing the baby the healing that he or she needs. Some liners are also used to help with stains. By simply placing a liner over your diaper, you help to eliminate the insides of the diaper from being stained and make it easier to handle the poop.

Now that you know the difference between inserts, doublers and liners, now it is time to take a look at the different materials that these items listed above are made from.

Hemp – Believe it or not, hemp fibers are often used in cloth diapers because of their extremely absorbent properties. In addition to this, they also possess antibacterial qualities, which as you might guess, would be great in cloth diapers as well. Knickernappies makes a few different types of hemp based inserts that would be a great solution for your heavy wetter.

Microfiber – Microfiber is a synthetic or “man-made” material often used in cloth diapers. Microfiber dries quickly and absorbs well. This fabric should not be put into direct contact with your baby as it may cause irritations or sensitivities. It is safe to put microfiber inserts into a pocket diaper with a microfleece covering.

Be sure to check out Knickernappies selection of hemp and microfiber inserts.  To shop for any Knickernappies products please use the Knickernappies Retailer Locator.

What kind of fabrics do you like and or use with your cloth diaper inserts or doublers?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Focus on the Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer, Plus a Giveaway!

There are many options for dealing with poop and cloth diapers. If your baby is exclusively breastfed (EBF), you will find that you can just throw your soiled diapers into the diaper pail without worrying about the poop.  EBF poop is water soluble and will just wash away in the washing machine. Thankfully, it doesn't smell horrible either, so you won't be bothered while it sits in the diaper pail for a day or two. But what if your baby drinks formula or is eating solid foods? There are multiple ways to deal with the waste. You can use the old method of dunking the diaper into the toilet and shaking the poop out, flushable liners will also help catch the majority of the waste, or you could invest in a diaper sprayer.

Diaper sprayers can really be worth the money and once you have one, you will be grateful that you own it! Of course, you can cloth diaper without one, but why make things harder on yourself? Here are some features of the Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer:
  • Pre-assembled kit is quick and easy to install
  • Adjustable spray setting to avoid too much water pressure (yuck!)
  • Reinforced fittings to prevent leaks
  • Fittings made from brass instead of plastic (like other brands)
  • Sturdy hose that will not burst or leak
  • Shut-off valve (so handy with curious toddlers!)
  • 1 year warranty!

I have had the chance to use other brands of diaper sprayers and Knickernappies remains my favorite! One brand doesn't have proper water pressure, it was nearly impossible to get my diapers sprayed clean. The other brand tended to leak constantly and it was more expensive!

We are giving away a Knickernappies sprayer on the Cloth Diaper Revival blog! Don't miss your chance to win!

Have you invested in a diaper sprayer? Don't forget, there are many uses for your sprayer other than just cleaning cloth diapers!

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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cloth Diapers, Where and how can you get started?

Are you thinking about trying cloth diapers, but completely overwhelmed by all the "cloth diaper talk"? There are so many different types, brands, fabrics, accessories. So much to learn! It can certainly be overwhelming at first! Here are a few tips to simplify things.

1. Attend a Cloth Diaper 101 course. If there is a local cloth diapering store near your home, see if they offer a Cloth Diaper 101 course. Seeing the diapers in person can really help you decide what is best for you!

2. Get a copy of Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapers. Oh how I wish this book was around when I was looking into cloth diapers! It's a great resource, an easy read, and really helps break down everything you need to know.

3. Ask questions! Don't be afraid to ask questions. We were all newbies at one time and have learned a lot along the way. Ask an experienced cloth diapering parent your questions. Hang out on our Facebook page and see what other questions others have. You can learn a lot just be following along. Also, attend the Monday night #clothdiapers chat on Twitter. It's a great way to see what is working for others and another opportunity to seek advice.

4. Start with a small, assorted stash. Don't worry about having everything you need to cloth diaper full time. Start small, try out a few different brands and types of diapers. Then, once you figure out what you like, you can purchase the rest of your stash. If you end up with diapers in your initial stash that just don't work for you, trade them in for store credit!

Before long, you'll get the hang of cloth diapering and be an expert in no time!

Can you think of any other easy ways to "get your feet wet" and get started with cloth diapers?  Please share!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

One Size or Sized Diapers?

When deciding to cloth diaper, not only will you to have to decide on the brand, style, and color, but you'll also have to decide if you'll sized or one-size diapers. There are benefits to both!

Sized Diapers
Perfect fit - Sized diapers fit a smaller weight and height range. They are more likely to be a perfect when your child is wearing the correct size.

Less bulk - Because it's a more perfect fit, there tends to be less bulk which makes fitting your child's outfits over their fluffy tush even easier!

Less wear and tear - Your child will outgrow these diapers quicker and you'll be using them for short periods of time. This makes for a great resale value or will still be in great condition to use for another child.

Less Expensive - Sized diapers tend to cost slightly less than one-size diapers.

Cons: You'll have to buy more diapers to keep your stash going as your child grows.

One-Size Diapers
Fits forever - One-size diapers fit "from birth to potty training". So you won't need to buy a new stash as your child grows. Just adjust the sizing on the diaper.

Stash Cost Less - Because you can use the same diapers as your child grows, you won't find your self spending more money on your stash repeatedly.

Great for Multiples - If you have two children in cloth at once, it's easy to use the same stash for both kids.

Cons: One-size diapers may be bulky on a smaller child. Your diapers may also wear out faster because you use them for longer periods of time before your child outgrows them. One-size diapers don't always fit great on a newborn.

Knickernappies offers both sized and one-size diapers! So you make the choice for what is best for your family!

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