Friday, August 1, 2014

Beyond Cloth Diapers: Alternate Uses for Wetbags

Wetbags are a great solution for storing dirty cloth diapers until laundry day. However, their utility extends well beyond diapers. Here are a few ideas for alternative uses of wetbags you may not have considered!
  • Storage bag for the pool or beach - Wet bags are the perfect, leakproof place to put wet towels and bathing suits after a day at the pool or beach. And once you're home, they can be thrown in the wash along with the contents of the bag.
  • Gym clothes - Transport sweaty workout gear home in a bag that not only contains smells and wetness, but is easily laundered and ready to go back to the gym the next day.
  • Toiletry bag - Have you ever opened your suitcase to find a bottle of lotion or shampoo has spilled all over your clothes? Never worry about this happening again by placing all of your toiletries in a small wetbag before packing.
  • Travel bag for dirty clothes - While traveling, use a zippered wetbag to store your dirty laundry and never come home one sock short again!
  • Keep on hand for accidents on the go - Wetbags are a useful item to keep in your car or purse for those unexpected spills and messes. They are a much more convenient option than searching around for a plastic bag as well as a cleaner option than balling up soiled clothes on the floor of your car.
  • Menstrual product storage - Cloth diapers aren't the only reusable products that can be stored until laundry day in a wetbag. A wetbag is ideal for keeping soiled cloth pads in one place until time to wash them. Some companies manufacture mini wetbags specifically for this application.
  • Protect electronics - Wetbags are perfect for storing items away from accidental exposure to moisture while away from home.
  • Ice packs - A small wetbag can easily be transformed into an ice pack. Fill with ice cubes for an instant first aid accessory that is comfortable and stays dry.
  • Universal storage bag - Anything that can be stored or transported in a plastic bag can be stored or transported in a wetbag too! And unlike plastic bags    that are typically thrown away after one use, reusable wetbags are a more environmental-friendly option to put cosmetics, snacks, drinks, toys, first aid supplies, medications, dog treats, loose items in your purse - the possibilities are endless!

Besides cloth diapering, how do you use wetbags?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cloth Diaper Cover Care & Use

Cloth Diaper Cover Care and Use 

With the abundance of cloth diaper brands and styles, the convenience and ease of cloth diaper
covers is often overlooked. Covers, most often made from polyurethane laminate fabric or PUL, are waterproof and versatile, but more importantly comfortable and breathable for baby.

Unlike pockets or all-in-ones (AIOs) that have the absorbent layer either sewn in or stuffed into them, covers are not absorbent themselves, but serve as a waterproof layer when worn over flats, prefolds, or fitteds. And because they can be used with flats, prefolds, or fitteds, they are customizable to work with any wetness level. Similar to pockets and AIOs, covers are available in both snap and hook and loop closures, and are either sized to fit various weight ranges or one-size with a snap down rise to accommodate most sizes.
Covers, like our Wolbybug Covers, offer several advantages over pocket diapers and AIOs. They are economical; covers are often less expensive than pocket diapers or AIOs, and covers can be wiped clean and reused from one diaper change to the next (as long as they are not soiled), which translates to fewer covers for your diaper stash and more money in your pocket. Covers are laundered just as pockets and AIOs, yet they can be line or machine dried in a fraction of the time.

PUL diaper covers are typically associated with cloth diapering, however, fleece and wool covers also provide breathability and wetness protection. Some wool covers require the extra step of lanolizing to maximize absorbency, however they can be used multiple times before washing and often make the difference between an unsuccessful and successful nighttime cloth diapering routine. Fleece covers offer wetness protection that is more affordable than wool, but usually cannot be used over as many changes. 

Cloth diaper covers have come a long way since the rubber pants of the early 1900’s. They are easy to use, comfortable, effective at containing messes, and as a bonus, they are available in just as many fun prints and colors as other styles of cloth diapers!

So tell us, how many cloth diaper covers do you own?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Baltic Amber as a Teething Remedy

baltic amber

Baltic amber (succinite) is a fossilized resin collected in Lithuania. Both warm to the touch and light to wear, amber's anti-inflammatory properties are a natural way to relieve teething symptoms in babies.

While worn, the wearer's skin warmth releases small amounts of healing oils from the amber, which are absorbed into the skin.

baltic amber

Knickernappies uses only 100% authentic Baltic amber, and each bead is individually knotted for safety. Boys or girls can wear the necklaces, which are available in varying colors and shades. Necklaces are not designed for chewing with teeth, parent supervision is recommended at all times when baby is wearing necklace.

Shop for Baltic amber teething jewelry at a Knickernappies retailer.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wolbybug Wet Bags - You'll Want More than One!

Wolbybug wet bags are a cloth diapering must-have. A generous 16.5" x 11.5", the bags are large enough to hold 4-6 diapers, yet fold down small enough to tuck into a diaper bag, purse or glove box. The zippered closure has been improved and is super durable.

wet bags

With a huge selection of 30 prints & colors, you might find it hard to choose.

wet bag
wet bag

The best part is, you don't have to! With a suggested retail price of just $10.99, you can buy several of your favorites, and always have one handy.

Shop for Wolbybug wet bags at your favorite Knickernappies retailer.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NEW Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers from Knickernappies

One Size Diaper Covers by Wolbybug

Wolbybug, a popular brand known for it's affordable pocket diapers, doorknob pails, diaper covers and wetbags has recently added a new product to it's growing selection.

Meet, the Wolbybug One Size Diaper Cover with aplix closure!  Aplix closures make diaper changes easy and are often preferred because they give a somewhat flexible fit.  Whether you the tabs to completely overlap for the tiniest baby or need to use them on the absolute widest setting, aplix gives you that freedom.

Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers are just $10.99 each and come in a HUGE selection of colors and prints.  Front and back interior flaps help keep prefolds and inserts from bunching and can also help reduce wicking and leaking.

Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers work great over stay-dry topped inserts, prefolds, flats and fittteds.  They're versatile and affordable and customers just can't seem to get enough of them!

Locate your nearest Knickernappies and Wolbybug retailer here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How many cloth diapers do you need in your stash?

If you're new to cloth and you may be wondering what is the perfect stash size. There are many different answers and it really depends who you ask, but there are some general guidelines to get you started.

Figuring out about how many diapers you'll need a day is the first step. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Newborns - 12-15 diapers a day
  • 2-6 months - 10-12 diapers a day
  • 6+ months - 8-10 diapers a day
You will want to wash your diapers ever 2-3 days, so a stash that is big enough to get you through until wash day is necessary. The bigger your stash, the longer you'll have to go without washing. That being said, you will still need to wash every 2-3 days even if your stash is big enough to get you through a week.

Some tips:

  • The bigger your stash is, the less wear and tear you will have on your diapers. 
  • Cloth diapers are addicting! Don't be surprised if you start with the perfect amount, but keep adding diapers because you can't stay away from the cute colors and prints! 
We hope these tips have helped you better understand how many cloth diapers you need, or do not need, in order to cloth diaper successfully!

So, how many diapers do you have?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tips for leaving cloth diapers for your babysitter!

You finally convinced yourself to take a night off and go on a date with your significant other! Congrats! You even made the big step and hired a babysitter. Now comes the hard part, what do you do about cloth diapers? Do you buy a package of disposables for the babysitter or hope for the best and leave behind your cloth diapers? Here are some tips for making cloth diapering a success for your babysitter:

Choose wisely! Pick the easiest diapers in your stash. All-in-ones or pocket diapers (already stuffed) with hook and loop are the most like disposable diapers. If you only have  a stash of flats or prefolds, consider pad folding your prefolds or trifolding your flats and have them lying in covers ready to go. The less complicated your diapers are, the easier it will be for your babysitter to get the hang of things.

What about the poop? Consider leaving flushable liners for your sitter. If you don't have liners, leave a wet bag behind for your sitter to contain poopy diapers. You can spray them when you get home.

Remove any creams that could be harmful to your diapers! Save yourself the headache of scrubbing diaper cream off of your diapers. Hide away any unapproved creams and prevent accidents from happening.

Change one diaper before you go! Show your sitter how easy cloth diapers are by changing a diaper. If you don't make it a big deal, your sitter will most likely not consider it one!

Leave brief easy notes for your sitter. You want your kids to have fun with their new babysitter. That will happen much easier if your sitter is relaxed and not stressed.

Remember that every babysitter is different. Some sitters may be more open to new things that others. And your sitter may just fall in love with cloth and be open to all of the diapers in your stash, not just the "easy" ones!

Monday, February 10, 2014

What to stock in your [cloth] diaper bag!

Okay cloth diapering mamas! You may be wondering what you need in your diaper bag once your little one arrives! Here's my list of must haves!

1. Diapers! The number really depends on how long you will be away from your home. I would plan on one diaper for every 2 hours you'll be away, plus one extra just in case!

2. Wipes! You'll need a stash of wipes to get you through the outings as well. If you use cloth wipes that aren't pre-moistened, don't forget to bring a spray bottle of solution.

3. Diaper Cream! Even if you don't use diaper cream at every diaper change, you never know when you'll need it. A sample size is perfect for keeping things light in your bag.

4. Wet Bag! You need someone to store those dirty diapers that will keep the smell and wetness from contaminating the rest of you diaper bag.

5. Flushable liners! If your baby is on formula or solid foods, you may want to consider bringing a roll of flushable liners to make diaper changes a breeze on the go!

6. Changing Pad! You'll need someone clean to put your baby down for diaper changes. A blanket works as well.

7. Hand Sanitizer! Just in case you have to change your baby somewhere where you won't have access to a soap and sink, keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer near by!

These are just the essentials for cloth diapers. What else do you stock in your diaper bag?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Knickernappies Sighting: Giveaway at Cloth Diaper Revival

Knickernappies is featured in Cloth Diaper Revival's Favorite Things giveaway hop.

Enter to win a $200 Grand Prize that includes a Knickernappies diaper sprayer, then check out the other participating bloggers' favorite things!

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Knickernappies Sighting: $100 Giveaway at My Precious Kid

You do not want to miss this giveaway from My Precious Kid.

knickernappies giveaway
One very lucky person will win $110 in Knickernappies Cloth Diapers including 3 Custom Fit Cloth Diapers, 3 Loopy Do Inserts, 1 SuperDo Insert, 1 Wet Bag and 1 Pail Liner. The winner gets to choose size and colors!

Head over to My Precious kid to enter this great giveaway.

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Setting up your cloth diaper changing station!

Has nesting kicked in? Are your diapers prepped and ready to go? As you wait for your baby to arrive, don't forget to set up your changing area to make diaper changes a breeze!

Where should you set up? 
This is a tough one! If your baby is exclusively breast fed, you won't need to spray diapers. So you can keep your changing station in whatever space of your home is most convenient for you. The room the baby sleeps in may be the easiest. If you live in a two story home, it may be helpful to have two areas set up.

If your baby is formula fed or on solids, you will need access to the bathroom for poopy diapers. Setting up your changing station near the bathroom may be easiest. If you have a bathroom big enough, putting the changing station in that room may be ideal for you!

Should you use a changing table?
This is really a personal preference! Some people use their changing tables religiously, while others prefer to change diapers on the floor. If you use a changing table, you can stock the shelves or drawers full of your diaper changing supplies. If you will be forgoing the changing table, a basket full of your supplies works perfect!

What will you need?

  • clean diapers
  • wipes and solution
  • diaper cream
  • wet bag or pail

Stock your changing table with a basket full of clean diapers! It helps if they are ready to go (pockets stuffed, soakers snapped into all-in-two diapers, etc). Have your wipes in reach! If you are using dry wipes, keep a spray bottle of wipes solution nearby as well. You'll need your cloth diaper safe diaper rash cream in case your little one has any redness. Lastly, keep your wet bag or diaper pail nearby so you don't have to carry dirty diapers throughout the house.

Customize your changing station to meet your needs! Don't forget to check out Pinterest for tons of diaper storage ideas!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Knickernappies Proudly Supports The Rebecca Foundation
The Rebecca Foundation is a charitable organization that serves as a supplementary program to help families begin to use cloth diapers. Chapters across the United States provide diapers and support to eligible families.

Need help affording cloth diapers?  Visit the Rebecca Foundation and use their map to locate your nearest chapter!

Knickernappies is proud to become a Rebecca Foundation supporter and will be helping the organization with donations of diapers and fabric/supplies.

Visit The Rebecca Foundation to learn more, find out how to donate or apply.

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