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"?

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.

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?

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