Friday, March 29, 2013

Start cloth diapering when YOU'RE ready!

Are you ready to start cloth diapering?

I decided that I would use cloth diapers on my baby during my first trimester. We didn't know anyone that cloth diapered. Our friends and family thought we were crazy. So, since I had no support system and didn't know anyone with experience, I decided to research it all on my own. Cloth diapering was overwhelming to me while I was pregnant. I felt like there were so many rules, brands, styles, accessories. I just couldn't wrap my mind around it all, but I was adamant that cloth diapering was right for us. So, my husband and I decided we would figure it out along the way.

During my nine months of research, I came across moms that cloth diapered straight from birth, still in the hospital. They made comments about how a disposable diaper would never touch their baby's skin. This scared me! I wasn't horrified of disposable diapers. We had received quite a few packages as gifts. I just didn't want to waste my own money on diapers that would be thrown away and piled up in a landfill. What scared me was the philosophy that a disposable diaper was really that bad and I needed to start right away.

I let reality sink in and gathered my thoughts. I was going to be a new, first time mom. I had lots of experience with babies, but none for 24 hours straight as my sole responsibility for a lifetime. What if my hormones were too much to handle? What if I was exhausted? What if we had a baby with colic or breastfeeding issues? I didn't want to set myself up for failure, so I set a reasonable goal for myself. One month. I would give myself one month to get my feet wet as a new mom. After that month, if all was going great, we would start using cloth diapers.

Turns out, I was hormonal and exhausted, but we didn't have a colicky baby or breastfeeding issues. After the first week, I felt we were settling into a routine. My hormones were crazy, but it was manageable. I was becoming accustomed to the lack of sleep. I saw my stash of cloth diapers and was so ready to use them! At 2 1/2 weeks old, we put our first cloth diaper on our son. I didn't feel guilty one bit for waiting. I knew I was ready. I could mentally tackle the overwhelming world of cloth diapers at that moment.

Next time, I'd like to cloth diaper sooner. Now that I know what I'm doing, I see that it's manageable and not at all overwhelming. Of course, every baby is different, but I know that disposables are an option and I don't need to feel guilty about that. So new moms, don't feel pressured or guilted into your decisions. Do what you feel comfortable with. After all, you are the one that has to live with the decisions you make. Not your friends, family, or even strangers that you encounter.

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Diaper Sprayer = Necessary Luxury

I've recently moved to a new house and with that comes lots of adjustments on the normal things of life while you're transitioning into that new space. For example, the installment and use of a diaper sprayer is an adjustment I had to make while living in my new house for the first few weeks. When we first moved I didn't bring the diaper sprayer over because I didn't really see it as a need and it was just one more thing to tote over from our old house. Plus, there was no one living in our previous house so we could afford to leave a few unnecessary items there.

After about a week we brought the diaper sprayer back to our house and during that time my daughter started having teething poop. You know the kind: runny and very soft with a touch of acid. I was so happy to have my diaper sprayer back in the house. The only problem was that we needed a different part to connect the sprayer to the toilet in the new house. You know what that meant? That meant teething poop and having to do the good old swish and flush method sans diaper sprayer for another five days

Now I will tell you, a diaper sprayer probably isn't a necessity when it comes to cloth diapering, however, after a week of nasty poop without a diaper sprayer I will tell you that it's definitely worth the extra bucks. The Knickernappies diaper sprayer costs $43.99; think of the luxuries (a few meals out, a few coffees made from a coffee shop, you get my drift...) in life that you could eliminate for a little while to afford the diaper sprayer that will last you through the entirety of your cloth diapering experience. We've had our diaper sprayer since 2008 and it still works the same as it did when it was brand new. I also think, after being sprayer-less for two weeks, that your cloth diapering longevity will greatly increase when the use of a diaper sprayer is present. My little sister is currently pregnant with her first and will be cloth diapering her son. She was visiting with us and had her first experience with the swish and flush method of dirty diapers. Needless to say, she's fully willing to purchase a diaper sprayer.

Like I said, a diaper sprayer is probably more of a luxurious necessity than an actual necessity. I'm not saying that you have to have a diaper sprayer to be able to cloth diaper successfully but I am saying that it's definitely worth the price, especially when teething poop is involved!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cloth Diapering Tips and Tricks I've learned along the way!


After a year and a half of cloth diapering, I've figured out a few tips and tricks to help you out!
  • Rinse, rinse, rinse! Rinsing diapers before throwing them in the pail, especially nighttime diapers, can help keep ammonia at bay!
  • Wash your diapers every 2-3 days. The longer they sit, the more time ammonia has time to develop.
  • Use flushable liners when traveling. They will make cleaning off poopy diapers so much easier!
  • Keep a spare diaper in your car. You never know when you'll need one!
  • Prefolds and flats work great trifolded. No need for fancy folds or "pins".
  • Microfiber can cause compression leaks! Use a natural fiber or add a doubler.
  • Less is more! Start with less detergent and add a little more if you need to. More detergent can cause buildup or ammonia issues.
  • What diapers work for your friend's baby, may not work your baby.
  • Weight recommendations are not an exact size. Look at how the diaper fits on your baby to determine when to change the rise on one-sized diapers.
  • Ammonia smells are from too much detergent. Barnyard smells are from not enough detergent.
What tips and tricks have you figured out?



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Benefits of Hemp in Cloth Diapers

Knickernappies carries a variety of inserts that are made with hemp! You may be wondering what all the fuss is about hemp. Hemp is...

Great for heavy wetters! If you are looking for something more absorbent, you want to boost your absorbency with hemp!

Breathable! Air can circulate through hemp which allows your baby's skin to breathe and can prevent diaper rash.

Anti-microbial! Hemp has natural anti-microbial properties which prevent mold and mildew.

Pesticide free! Hemp is grown without the need for pesticides. No harmful chemical residue will be left on this fabric.

Long lasting! Hemp is durable. After many years of use, hemp will maintain it's absorbency and quality.

Check out our Stay Dry Hemp Doublers for a boost in absorbency in your diapers. Our Just Hemp Organic inserts are a trim fitting option for those who only choose to use organic fibers. Our best-selling LoopyDo inserts are a perfect combination of both hemp and microfiber for fast absorbency. Heavy wetters and overnight leak problems can be solved by trying our SuperDo inserts! They contain both hemp and microfiber, but have more layers for super wetness absorption!

Do you have any hemp diapers, inserts or doublers in your stash yet?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tips for Washing Cloth Diapers: Start simple, adjust as needed.

Washing cloth diapers can be one of the most difficult parts about cloth diapering, but it doesn't have to be! Start simple and only adjust things when a need arises. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Before washing:
Rinse your cloth diapers before throwing them in the pail or wet bag. This prevents stains and will keep away ammonia. This is especially true for nighttime diapers.

Wash every 2-3 days to keep away ammonia, stink, and stains.

Wash Day:
Use warm water for a pre-rinse. The warm water will help rinse out urine because it's closest to body temperature and prevent stains from setting in.

Don't forget the second rinse! The extra rinse cycle at the end of your wash routine will ensure that all of the detergent rinses out.

If you choose to dry your diapers in the dryer, use low heat. Hanging the shells to dry is another option.

Avoid these detergents: Free and Clear, "baby" detergents (Dreft), detergents that contain frangrances, enzymes, fabric softeners, bleach, and whiteners. These detergents can cause build up which can lead to leaks or repelling.

Avoid using fabric softeners or dryer sheets.

*Be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions on your diapers before washing.

 
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