July 17, 2015

Black Tie Affair: Our favorite diapers for summer weddings & other fancy fun!

For many people, summer means wedding season and other special events! While I personally think babies can pull off just about any cute look at a wedding, here are a few black-tie inspired diapers we would especially choose for a summer wedding or fancy party, and the white ones would be perfect for a baptism too!


Clockwise from top left corner:
BumGenius 4.0 Pocket Diaper in Albert with hook & loop closure
Thirsties Snap Duo Cover  in white
Thirsties Duo Fitted Diaper in white

Logan + Lenora wet bag in black damask

Center:
Wolbybug All-in-One Cloth Diapers in black

Have you taken your baby to any special occasions yet? What did they wear?


July 11, 2015

Cloth Diapers Decoded: Inserts, Doublers, and Liners

Cloth diaper lingo can be confusing! But anytime you see the "Cloth Diapers Decoded" logo above, you'll know we are here with a post to help clarify things for you! Have a cloth diaper word, phrase, or expression you'd like us to clarify in a future post? Leave us a comment below and we will do our best to make it happen!

Today is all about what you're putting inside your diaper: do you know the differences between inserts, doublers, and liners?

Inserts
Example: 

What it means: An absorbent piece of material (usually several layers of fabric sewn together) to put inside a diaper such as a pocket or hybrid diaper that has waterproof and/or moisture wicking layers but usually no built in absorbency. 
Pros: absorbent
Cons: have to stuff diapers before use

Doublers

Example:

What it means: An absorbent piece of material to add to existing absorbency in a diaper. 
Pros: adds absorbency
Cons: extra expense and can add bulk

Liners
Example:

What it means: A piece of fabric set in a cloth diaper to serve as a top layer. Often disposable. 
Pros: can protect diapers from being ruined by conventional diaper creams, can make cleaning up poopy diapers easier, can reduce diaper rash
Cons: Added expense and waste if disposable or laundering if reusable

July 10, 2015

Product Spotlight: MosquitNo Insect Repellant Bracelets

Are Mosquitos putting a damper on your summer fun? They're sure trying to here, so I got a kids' size MosquitNo bracelet from Cloth Diaper Outlet for my preschooler and an adult one for myself to try out. Instead of DEET, they use citronella oil to, as I told my son, "make us stinky to the Mosquitos" (but luckily not to other people!)

I tried out pink in the adult size:

And my son got glow-in-the-dark in the kids' size:

Here's how they compare on the two of us:

And here's both on me:

I have extremely small wrists, and the adult was big but not falling off, and the kidsbarely fit without stretching, so I'd definitely recommend the "adultfor pretty muchall adults.

If you or your child have sensitive skin, you could wear yours over a shirt sleeve or hook it to a backpack or belt loop. 

The reusable bags are especially handy and I found it easy to put them back in and seal them. It's hard to tell for sure how effective any bug repellent is, but my son and I have worn them several times for hiking and a music festival and neither of us got any bites any of the times we wore them and my husband and other people around us did get some bites some of the time, so I think they are working!! 

I definitely recommend these cute and effective bracelets for anyone who loves being outdoors but is tired of mosquito eating them alive when you do go out. At time of posting this review, both sizes are $3.99 (but there's a discount if you buy 3 or more!!) and the adult size MosquitNo Bandzz are available in black, came, glow-in-the-dark, light blue, navy, orange, pink, red, tie-dye, and yellow and kids' size are available in glow-in-the-dark, green, light blue, orange, pink, red, tie-dye, and yellow (check the Cloth Diaper Outlet website for up to date prices and availability as both are subject to change!).


July 1, 2015

Red White and Blue Fluff


Can you believe it's already July?!? We hope you're able to spend some of your weekend celebrating freedom and independence with your friends and family, and to get you in the spirit, here are some of our favorite red, white, and blue diapers from Cloth Diaper Outlet

Clockwise from top left corner: 
BumGenius Elemental AIO in Moonbeam
Wolbybug AIO in Red
Applecheeks envelope cover in Storm Reborn

June 25, 2015

Thrifty Thursday 6/25/2015

On Thursdays we want to help you save money by sharing the latest deals, coupon codes, and new additions to the outlet section of Cloth Diaper Outlet! Here are some of our favorite ways to save money at Cloth Diaper Outlet this week:

Coupons 

Use code swim10 through June 30th to save 10% on everything in the swim section of the Cloth Diaper Outlet website!

Sales & Clearance


Applecheeks Envelope Covers are on sale for $16.50. Lake Echo Orange You Glad, and Stomr are born are all available in size one and Storm Reborn is available in size 2!

New Outlet


Size large Super Undies Pocket Training Pants in Coral Sea Maiden for $10!
Size small Super Undies Overnight Underwear in Moss Monster for $15.49!

Gently Used Outlet

Over a dozen fitted diapers from $3.60 to $15.46
A wide variety of nursing pads, nursing covers, wet bags, and snack bags can be found in the accessories section of the used outlet!


Quantities may be extremely limited for outlet and clearance products and we make no guarantees that they are in still in stock by the time you are reading this!

June 19, 2015

Cloth Diapers Decoded: Prepping, Stuffing, and Stripping

Cloth diaper lingo can be confusing! But anytime you see the "Cloth Diapers Decoded" logo above, you'll know we are here with a post to help clarify things for you! Have a cloth diaper word, phrase, or expression you'd like us to clarify in a future post? Leave us a comment below and we will do our best to make it happen!

How do you get cloth diapers ready to use? Here is some of the key vocab to know!

Prepping 
What it means: Cloth diapers or inserts containing natural fibers contain oils that prevent full absorbency. Prepping means washing these oils out, usually by washing with laundry detergent on hot about 2-6+ times, but individual manufacturers may provide different instructions for specific products. 
Pros: makes diapers really absorbent and soft
Cons: extra laundry

This is three of the same prefold diaper, one unwashed, one washed one time, and one washed many times. You can see what a difference it makes--the prepped diaper is about doubled in height!


Stuffing 
What it means: putting inserts into a pocket diaper or cover so that they are ready to be used
Pros: makes sure inserts are properly placed
Cons: a little time and effort is required

Stripping
What it means: washing used cloth diapers in a special combination of chemicals to get rid of set in stains, mineral deposits, and all sorts of other gunk
Pros: cleans diapers well, and gives new life to old diapers
Cons: can be hard on diapers (not a good idea to do it frequently), requires some effort and may require buying ingredients you don't normally keep on hand. 


June 18, 2015

Thrifty Thursday June 18, 2015

On Thursdays we want to help you save money by sharing the latest deals, coupon codes, and new additions to the outlet section of Cloth Diaper Outlet! Here are some of our favorite ways to save money at Cloth Diaper Outlet this week:

Coupons 

I super hope you do use code "SuperDo" to get an extra 10% off SuperDo inserts!

Sales & Clearance


You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that BumGenius 4.0 Pocket Diapers in Albert or White, Hook & Loop are a great deal on sale for $16.49!

No need to be a goldigger if you save by grabbing a Limited Edition Wolbubug One Size Hook & Loop cover in platinum & gold on sale for $5.99!

New Outlet


I second the motion that you should buy a Seconds quality Wolbybug wetbags in blue, bubbles, butter, butterflies, platinum, red or spidey for $7! 

And Seconds quality Knickernappies cloth menstrual pads for $3.50 are a great deal, period. 

Gently Used Outlet



Im wild about these adorable Kawaii newborn pocket diapers-there's a whole herd of them (a dozen!) for $3.87 to $5.18! What a great newborn stash that'd be!!

Quantities may be extremely limited for outlet and clearance products and we make no guarantees that they are in still in stock by the time you are reading this!

June 13, 2015

Summer fun for babies and toddlers

We posted last week about avoiding diaper rash in summer. So this week we wanted to share some of our favorite ways to have summer fun outdoors with babies and toddlers!


Explore your backyard
Observe an anthill
Chase a bunny
Go to the park
Dig in a sandbox
Play in a water table
Walk to a friend or relative's house
Shoot hoops
Scribble with chalk on the sidewalk
Blow bubbles
Collect seashells
Hike a local trail
Go for a swim
Drive toy cars around the yard or patio
Splash in the sprinkler
Host or attend a play date
Make mud pies
Play catch

A few things to remember...
Babies and toddlers are likely to wear out and/or overheat more quickly than older kids. Be sure to play close attention to signs that your little one is hot and thirsty!
Sunburns are no fun! Use sunscreen, hats and clothes as sun protection, and play in the shade to help reduce odds of your child getting a sunburn. 
Water safe baby carriers like ring slings are an option many families like for keeping a baby safe and snuggly during wading or water play. 
Bug bites can put an itchy damper on summer fun. Try insect repellent bracelets to keep mosquitos at bay!

What's your favorite summer activity for little ones?

June 10, 2015

Diapers Dads Love

With Father's Day just around the corner (it's on the 21st), I thought it'd be fun to celebrate some of the diapers the dads in my life would like most. Every dad has different taste, but if my husband, dad, and brothers all had the chance to pick two or three items from Cloth Diaper Outlet, here are some of the diapers and accessories I think might land in their cart:

Clockwise from top left:
Which cloth diapers do you think the dads in your life would like most?


June 6, 2015

Heat Rash and Cloth Diapers

While I love warm summery weather, I dread heat rash. But there are ways to reduce and treat heat rash in cloth diapers in summer, and we'd like to share a few of our favorites with you!

Change often
This one is pretty easy: be even more diligent than usual about changing your baby or toddler promptly every time their diaper is wet. The less time spent in damp diapers, the less likely heat rash is to encroach!

Cloth safe diaper balm

Using a cloth safe diaper balm like Angel Baby Bottom Balm, Thirsties Booty Love, Grovia Magic Stick and Magic Stick Z, Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Preventer or Mama Rose's Magic Touch Diaper Balm can help reduce and treat heat rash, not to mention keeping that baby smelling so nice!

Breathable diapers
Waterproof leakproof diapers sometimes do their job a little too well in summer and prevent airflow as well! Try including fitted diapers or prefolds with Snappis without covers as part of your summer diapering routine at home to allow for more airflow! While they are not waterproof, they are very absorbent and you should notice when they get damp enough that there's a risk of getting the rest of your house damp. Besides the options already linked, you can also find a variety of prefolds and fitteds in the used outlet section!

Get wet!

Grab a swim diaper and cool off in a baby pool, a big pool, or splashing in the sprinkler or a water table! Just make sure to dry off well after! We have an Imse Vimse swim diaper that we love, but I also think the new prints of the My Swim Baby Swim Diaper are super cute!