Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cloth Wipes your way!

Making the switch to cloth wipes is easy and worth it! You'll save money and realize how much better cloth wipes do at cleaning up than disposable wipes. One cloth wipe can easily do the job of 3 disposable wipes! Just throw them in the diaper pail and wash with your diapers. There are different ways to use cloth wipes and it is up to you which system works best for your family.

Spray Bottle with dry wipes
Keep a spray bottle full of either water or wipes solution next to a stack of dry wipes. Just spray and wipe!

Tip! The spray method works great on wiggly babies! Just one quick spray on the diaper area seems to get their attention.

Pre-moistened wipes
You can also pre-moisten your wipes so they are ready to go at each diaper change! Just prepare your solution before hand and pour over your wipes. You can store them in any wipe container you choose! There are wipe warmers made specifically for cloth wipes that leave out the pop up feature. Or you can store them in a pop up container and make your wipes pop up! See below for a great video tutorial from!

Have you made the switch to cloth wipes? What works best for you?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Troubleshooting leaky cloth diapers!

One of the most frustrating problems with cloth diapering can be leaks! I remember in my early cloth diapering days, I wished a "Cloth Diaper Fairy" could come to my house and help me troubleshoot my leaking diapers! Well, have no fear, the Cloth Diaper Fairy is here to help! Here are some common problems associated with leaking diapers and some quick fixes!
  • If the diaper is soaked when you change the diaper, change the diaper sooner.  You have reached the absorbency capacity for that diaper. You could also consider adding an extra insert, a doubler, or a more absorbent insert.
  • Check the legs! Leg holes that are too loose or too tight can cause leaks! You should be able to easily insert a finger in the leg holes while your baby is wearing it, but you should not see gaping holes.
  • If your diaper isn't absorbing at all, you have a repelling issue. You need to strip your diapers to solve the problem.
  • Old microfiber inserts that have been used for a few years lose their absorbency over time, which can lead to leaks. Consider replacing your inserts.
  • If you are experiencing leaks when your baby is sitting for long periods of time or while you are holding them on your hip, you may be experiencing compression leaks! Microfiber is prone to compression leaks when pressure is applied. Consider using natural fibers or adding a doubler. 
Have you been experiencing leaks?  What have to tried in order to resolve your problems?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Wing Droop: What is it and can it be prevented?

What is wing droop? 

Wing droop is caused by the sides of the diaper not being supported along the hips and waist. The extra fabric can droop at the hips below the waistline. This can cause gaps at the legs and frustrating leaks.

Wing droop typically happens with diapers that are too large or have snaps on the front. If your baby is smaller or skinny, you may find that wing droop happens more often. Also, the diaper may look like a great fit at first, but as your baby wiggles, crawls, or walks, the fabric will work it's way loose and droop down.

You can prevent wing droop by using side snapping diapers! Side snapping diapers keep the fabric in place around the hip, waist and thigh, and prevent the diaper from drooping too low. Both our custom fit and one-size diapers have hip snaps which keep the diaper held up in the right place!

You'll be happy to avoid the leaks and gaps and your baby will be free to play without fear of losing his diaper!

Do you notice a difference with wing droop when you're using side snapping diapers compared to front snapping?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bleached vs. Unbleached Prefolds: Does it matter?

Prefold diapers are simple, easy to use and cost efficient. They're also great because there aren't too many choices that you have to make with them so if making decisions isn't your thing you should consider using cotton prefolds.

One decision you will have to make in the prefold area, however, is whether you want to use bleached or unbleached prefolds. I've always wondered what the difference was between the two and there really isn't that much difference.

Bleached Prefolds - Bleached prefolds go through a process before the threads are woven where they are removed of any color. Bleached prefolds are white which is appealing to the eye and some families prefer the clean white look.

If tie dye or embellishing prefolds is your thing, then white prefolds work great for when you're feeling crafty!

Unbleached Prefolds - These prefolds are cream or "natural" colored because they are in their natural state; they are also sometimes softer to the touch.  Some families prefer unbleached because they like the natural look, want to avoid fabrics that have been treated with bleach or peroxide, and they like that natural colored prefolds can make staining seem less noticeable.

We offer both bleached and unbleached prefolds here at Knickernappies. There will not be any absorbency difference between the two kinds of prefolds; the bleaching process is really more for cosmetic purposes. Find your local Knickernappies retailer to buy yours!

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