September 23, 2014

Cloth Diaper Washing TIPS

Washing cloth diapers can seem like a hassle to someone considering cloth, but it is actually quite
simple. Believe it or not, it may even become, gasp, enjoyable! Here are some tips to get you started; however, you will quickly find out that everyone has their own routine for diaper laundry and what works best for someone else may not work best for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the best routine for you!

Use the right detergent and the right amount

There are so many detergents on the market for cloth diapers that it is difficult to recommend one. Some families have successfully used commercial brands found in grocery stores while others prefer to stick with brands specifically designed for cloth diapers, most often found at online retailers. How well a detergent works for you, as well as how much detergent to use, may depend on your water type (hard vs soft) and washer type (top vs front loader). You may need to try a few different types and vary the amount until you find what gets your diapers the cleanest. Avoid detergents with fragrances, whiteners, or softeners.

Wash your diapers frequently

The best way to avoid a stinky diaper pail and stubborn set-in stains is to wash your diapers often. Don’t allow them to sit in a pail or wetbag for more than a couple days. Expect to do diaper laundry at least every 2-3 days if you are full-time cloth diapering.

Don’t overcrowd, don’t under fill

When washing cloth diapers, you will want to make sure the water level you choose and the number of diapers you are washing allows the diapers to sufficiently agitate. If you do not use enough water or try to wash too many diapers at once, the washer will not be able to effectively move and wash them. On the other hand, if you wash in too much water or use too few diapers, the agitation will be less effective at getting your diapers clean. How many diapers you can wash in one load will depend on the size of your washer as well.

Don’t forget to secure those laundry tabs on your aplix diapers before putting them in the washer to avoid snags and pills!

Pre-rinse/wash

Whether you rinse your diapers or throw them straight into your pail or wetbag, you may want to start your diaper laundry with a cold or warm pre-rinse/pre-wash to get rid of any loose debris you don’t want to end up in your wash cycle. Either set your washer dial to start a rinse cycle or run a short wash cycle and stop before it enters the rinse.

Hot wash

Wash your diapers on hot (unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer) on the longest wash cycle your washer allows. DO NOT use the sanitize cycle if your washer has one. Hot water from this cycle can damage cloth diapers and void your warranties.

Rinse until water is clear

Rinse your diapers in cold water at least once or twice. The important thing is to make sure there are no soap bubbles during your final rinse. Any soap that is not rinsed out can leave a residue that builds up over time and cause repelling or odors. If you see there are still soap bubbles after 2 rinses (Hint: Turn off your washer during agitation. If the bubbles remain, they are soap bubbles. If they quickly pop and disappear, they are agitation bubbles not soap), use less detergent in your next load and make sure to continue to rinse until the water is clear.

Drying

Although manufacturer recommendations will vary, most diapers can be machine dried on a low heat setting. Some diapers and covers need to be line dried, so make sure to check your care instructions. Line drying is a cost effective way to not only dry your diapers, but also treat stains by sunning them. If you don’t like the way your diapers feel after line drying, throw them in the dryer for just a few minutes to soften them up.

Bleach, vinegar, water softener, baking soda

Occasionally you will read about people using one of these products to solve wash issues – barnyard stink, stains, or ammonia build-up. While some of them are actually recommended by certain manufacturers (bleach) and others are especially useful when hard water is a factor (softeners), be wary of adding anything to your diaper wash that isn’t specifically indicated in care instructions.

September 15, 2014

Baby's First Tooth: Signs your baby might be teething

A baby’s first tooth usually breaks through around age 6 or 7 months, however, they can appear anywhere from 3 months to 1 year of age. So how do you know when to expect that milestone with your little one? Here are some signs to clue you in that your baby may be teething.

Fussiness

The pressure of a tooth that is making its way through your baby’s gums may be painful, or at the least, uncomfortable. Accordingly, your baby may become fussier/crankier than usual in the days (or weeks, for some) leading up to a tooth erupting through the gums. This discomfort may also lead to increased night-waking or poor sleep quality.

Increased drooling

Teething causes excessive saliva production, so many parents notice more drooling during this time. The increase in saliva can also cause coughing, gagging, or a rash on your baby’s chin, face, and/or neck.

Chewing

Chewing on their fingers (and yours!) and toys (and anything else they can get their hands on!) is another sign of teething. Applying pressure externally to the gums can relieve the pain and discomfort from teething. This is a great time to bring out all of those teething rings and toys!

Refusal to eat or drink

The sucking action of nursing or bottle feeding can cause pain for a teething baby, so you may find your baby refuses to nurse or take a bottle while teething. Older babies who are eating more solid food may also have a poor appetite.

Swollen gums

Upon examination of your baby’s gums, you may observe swelling, redness, or bulging. You may even be able to see the teeth or small amounts of pooled blood (will appear to be blue) right below the surface of the gums.

Pulling on the ears

Pain in the gums may radiate to the ears, so you may notice your baby pulling on or rubbing his or her ears more often.

Diarrhea or Fever

There is some debate about whether diarrhea and a low-grade fever are indicative of teething. Some experts believe swallowing so much extra saliva can irritate the digestive system and cause diarrhea or loose stools. Gum irritation can cause a low-grade fever, but most doctors recommend calling your pediatrician if the fever persists for a few days even if you believe it may be related to teething.

Some babies will display all of these signs while others will show no indication of teething until you suddenly notice them poking through the gums! Some babies sprout front teeth with no trouble but become miserable while teething their molars. Whatever the case may be, it is helpful to know what to look for so you can comfort your baby when the time comes.


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August 29, 2014

Cloth Diapering a Newborn? Here's what you NEED!

Will you be cloth diapering a newborn?

Cloth diapering your baby from birth can seem like an overwhelming task, but you really only need a few things to get started!

1) Diapers

Obviously to cloth diaper your newborn, you’ll need diapers! But the question is, how many? What kind? It’s a good rule of thumb to have around 12 diapers per day for a newborn, so you will want to have approximately 24 diapers if you plan to wash every other day and 36 diapers if you plan to wash every 3 days. Of course, this is a general estimate; you may find you need fewer or more diapers for your baby.

There are a lot of options for cloth diapers on the market for newborns. Some cloth-diapering families find that so-called "one size" diapers do not fit tiny newborns well, so you may want to consider purchasing cloth diapers that are specifically designed for babies less than 10-12 lbs. Newborn-sized diapers are available in many styles - all-in-ones (AIOs), pocket diapers, fitted diapers, and flats/prefolds and covers. Which style you choose is a matter of personal preference and budget. Many families choose prefolds and covers because they don’t want to make a large investment in diapers that will only fit for a limited time.

2) Cloth-diaper safe rash cream and detergent

It is important to know that most diapers creams you find at the store are not safe to use with cloth diapers. They create a barrier inside the diaper that impedes absorption and can leave a residue that is very difficult to remove. Rash creams that are safe to use with cloth diapers do not affect absorbency and wash out with a normal diaper laundry routine. They can be easily found online.

Just as many diaper creams are not compatible with cloth diapers, many detergents aren’t as well. Using the wrong laundry detergent can cause repelling (diapers will not absorb wetness) or skin irritation, or simply won’t get your diapers clean enough. Although there is some reported success with brands found at local chain stores, there are countless cloth diaper safe rash cream brands available that are specifically tailored to cloth diaper laundry.

3) Wetbag or pail liner

You will need a place to store soiled diapers until laundry day; wetbags or pail liners are the perfect place to put those dirty diapers. A wetbag is a waterproof bag that keeps odors and moisture contained. They come in many different sizes: there are very large wetbags that can hold an entire load of diaper laundry all the way down to small wetbags that can be kept in a diaper bag for storage of one of two diapers on the go. If you would rather use a diaper pail, a pail liner is a convenient way to keep your pail dry, clean, and odor-free. Both wetbags and pail liners can be tossed in right along with your diaper laundry so they too are clean and ready to go for the next diaper change.

4) Liners

You may want to consider using disposable liners for the first few days as meconium can be difficult to remove from your diapers. They are placed between the diaper and baby and can either be thrown away or flushed (depending on brand) during diaper changes. Stay-dry liners, which are made from fleece, may also be useful if you plan to use prefold/flats and covers. They keep baby’s skin dry, which is more comfortable for your baby and can lead to fewer diaper rashes.

If you are expecting and plan to cloth diaper from birth, congratulations and good luck with your cloth diapering journey!

August 4, 2014

Both Snap and Aplix Closure Diapers Have Their Benefits, Which do you choose?

Snap or Aplix Closure Diapers, Which do you choose?

No matter what type of cloth diaper you choose - prefolds and covers, pockets, all-in-ones, or a hybrid system - there is one universal choice that needs to be made. What closure should you use - snaps or aplix?  Here are some benefits of both to help you make the decision.

Snaps

Snaps excel in durability. Most often made of plastic, they rarely show wear and tear and are designed to last for years. Unlike aplix with laundry tabs that need to be secured before washing, there are no special preparations for laundering cloth diapers with snap closures. There is also no concern about creating snags on other diapers during the wash cycle or drying, which can happen despite best efforts to secure velcro tabs. Snaps are also the most secure closure. They are not easily removed, which is a good thing if you have a toddler who would rather go without a diaper! Additionally, some moms prefer the cleaner look of snaps, as  most snaps match or compliment the color or print of the diaper.

Aplix

Aplix excels in ease of use. Hook and look closures make diaper changes quick, which is important when babies become mobile and don't want to lay still for diaper changes. Fast diaper changes are also desirable for those middle of the night changes. Aplix is also easier for caregivers to use as they are similar to disposables in terms of putting them on and taking then off. Many cloth diapering families prefer hook and loop closures because they can get a better fit. Unlike snap closure diapers that have predetermined locations for fastening, aplix diapers can be secured anywhere along to belly panel strip to obtain a customized fit for your child.

Each closure offers its own unique benefits. You may find you prefer all of one kind or even a mix of the two!

For a great selection of both snap and aplix closure diapers please visit ClothDiaperOutlet.com

July 30, 2014

TEN Alternate Uses for Cloth Wipes (Besides wiping butts!)

 

10 Alternate Uses for Cloth Wipes

Cloth wipes are easy to use, make diaper changes more efficient (no need to worry about separating disposable wipes from your diapers), and are gentler on your baby and the environment. But diaper changes aren’t the only time that cloth wipes can come in handy. Here are some other uses for cloth wipes you may not have thought of!

1. Face and Hand Wipes – Cloth wipes are not only great at cleaning bottoms, they work just as well on little faces and hands. Disposable wipes often contain chemicals that can irritate delicate skin. Just a little bit of water on a cloth wipe is all it takes!

2. Spot Cleaning on the go – A few cloth wipes in a purse or diaper bag can be invaluable when messes happen out of the house. Whether clothing or a carseat, you will be glad to have cloth wipes on hand when you’re out.

3. Make up Remover – Cloth wipes are a gentle way to remove make up without needing to toss countless tissues or cotton balls in the trash.

4. Reusable napkins – It is estimated that each American uses 2000+ paper napkins a year. Cloth wipes are a great alternate to paper napkins by reducing household trash and saving money.

5. Extra absorbency – Need a little absorbency boost? A few cloth wipes folded and placed inside a pocket or under the soaker of an AIO could be the solution!

6. Tissues – What’s worse than a rough tissue on a red, raw nose? Cloth wipes are a soft and gentle way to wipe runny noses.

7. Washcloths – Cloth wipes can clean hands, faces, and bottoms outside of the bathtub, so why not in the bathtub!

8. Family cloth –Globally, the production of toilet paper reportedly requires 27,000 trees daily. Switching to reusable family cloth not only saves money, but the environment as well.

9. Dust rags – Instead of using old rags or paper towels to polish furniture or dust shelves, why not use cloth wipes? They are great for getting into all those nooks and crannies and can be thrown in the wash with the rest of the household laundry.

10. Cleaning computer/TV screens – Paper towels can be damaging to monitor/TV screens or the screens on touchscreen phones and tablets. Cloth wipes are a gentle way to get those screens clean without the risk of scratches.

These are only a few alternative uses for cloth wipes; the possibilities are endless! I hope you got some ideas from this post of new ways to incorporate cloth wipes into your home!

July 17, 2014

Great Cloth Diapers for NEW Users!

Great Cloth Diapers for New Users 

With so many types of cloth diapers available, the prospect of building a diaper stash to a new cloth diaper user can seem overwhelming. Whether you are ready to make the switch or even just considering cloth, these are some great options you may want to consider to get you started.

All-in-one diapers, or AIOs, are easy to use and easy to clean. The absorbent layer(s) and waterproof outer layer are encompassed in one unit, meaning no stuffing in an insert before use or pulling an insert out before washing as you would with most pocket diapers, and no multiple steps such as folding a prefold and placing it on baby, followed by a cover. They are available in snap closures or hook and loop closures, which can make cloth diapering more user-friendly to those who are used to the tabs on disposable diapers. Many popular cloth diaper brands, such as BumGenius and Thirsties, offer all-in-one diapers.


If you are looking for a more budget-friendly approach to start cloth diapering, prefolds and covers may be a more desirable approach. Prefolds can be purchased singly or in bulk for a greater discount, and are usually priced between $2-$4 per prefold. There are a variety of folding and securing techniques that do require a learning curve to using prefolds, but they can also be laid inside a cover and used as a simple liner. There are many tutorials online for the various ways to fold a prefold, but a great one for some basic folds can be found here at http://www.clothdiaperoutlet.com/how_to_fold_prefolds.html. Waterproof PUL covers can be wiped out and reused over several diaper changes therefore reducing the number needed to complete your stash and therefore, the cost of getting with cloth.  

If you are new to cloth diapering and looking to build your stash or just researching a switch to cloth, all-in-one diapers are one of the most user-friendly option to consider. If you are on a budget or simply don’t want to invest too much before taking the plunge, prefolds and covers may be the best option. Once you give cloth diapering a try, you may find that it’s a lot easier and more convenient than you thought!

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July 14, 2014

Baby Shower Gift Ideas from Cloth Diaper Outlet

Baby Shower Gift Ideas


If you are looking for some baby shower ideas for the mom who plans to use cloth diapers, Cloth Diaper Outlet has a variety of choices. From diapers to diaper sprayers to wipe solution, they have everything a mom needs to get started.

Whether you are looking for all-in-ones (AIOs), pocket diapers, covers and prefolds, or newborn diapers, Cloth Diaper Outlet has you covered. If mom plans on cloth diapering from birth, the selection of newborn diapers, both pockets and AIOs, is extensive. Prefolds and diaper covers are also a great option for cloth diapering a newborn. CDO offers many brands of covers and prefolds that fit from 7-15 lbs.



AIOs make a great gift for moms who are new to cloth diapering; easy to use with no stuffing an insert in before use, they streamline diaper changes and diaper laudnry. One-size (OS) diapers are a popular choice, which are designed to fit from birth until potty training, feature a snap down rise that makes tailoring the diaper to your baby simple and quick. Bumgenius Freetimes and Blueberry Simplex are the perfect combination of AIO and OS diaper and either (or both!) would be a well-received shower gift.



Diapers are only one part of a successful cloth diapering routine. Wet bags and pail liners are essential to storing dirty diapers and convenient as they can be washed with diaper laundry. Cloth Diaper Outlet offers many brands of wet bags in countless beautiful prints and several different styles. Cloth wipes are a great way to reduce waste and make diaper changes easy, and CDO sells packs of wipes made by many different brands, as well as wipe solution and diaper rash cream that is safe for cloth diapers. Any of these would be a welcomed gift for a mom planning to use cloth.





Beyond cloth diapers and diapering accessories, Cloth Diaper Outlet carries many other useful baby shower gifts - bibs, crib mattresses, wool dryer balls, even gifts for the breastfeeding mom such as cloth nursing pads and nipple cream. If you can’t decide on the perfect shower gift, CDO sells gift certificates to fit any budget from $5 to $200. And to top off their wide selection of products, they offer free shipping after $35 and discounts codes for orders greater than $50, $150, and $250. Cloth Diaper Outlet is here to help you find the best gifts for mom and baby for the best price!

Check out all that Cloth Diaper Outlet has to offer here.

June 16, 2014

Flushable Cloth Diaper Liners - How they Work & Why You Should Try Them

flushable liners


One of the biggest questions from people considering cloth diapers is "what about the poop?" One popular answer to this question is "flushable liners!"

Biodegradable liners like Imagine or Grovia's Bioliners make the transition to solid foods an easy one.

grovia bioloners


Lay a liner inside a clean diaper, then put on baby as usual. Liquids pass through the liner, but solids are caught. When you change the diaper, simply dispose of the liner in the garbage or toilet (use caution with septic tanks or older plumbing systems.)

Babies who have a predictable bathroom schedule can use the liners at changes where poop is expected, eliminating the need to rinse.

Shop for diaper liners at Cloth Diaper Outlet.

June 4, 2014

These 3 Accessories Make Cloth Diapering Easy

Looking for ways to make cloth diapering easier?

There are lots of great cloth diapering accessories available, but these three make cloth diapering easy:

cloth wipes
1. Cloth Wipes - Cloth wipes are available in materials from simple flannel to luxurious bamboo. Simplify your diapering routine by making both your diapers and wipes reusable. Cloth wipes make great hand & face wipes too!

wipes solution
2. Baby Bum Drops - These little drops dissolve in water to make a gentle but effective wipes solution. Pour over wipes, or use in a squirt bottle. One package makes 50 cups of wipes solution, saving you money.

diaper inserts
3. Extra inserts - As your baby grows, you might find yourself needing extra absorbency. Having extra inserts on hand makes it easy to add absorbency, whether it's for nap time, night time, or every day.

What is your must have cloth diapering accessory?

May 27, 2014

Sidewalk Sale! HOT deals on amazing NEW items!

 
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Sidewalk Sale!

Whenever Heather picks up a new line, or one of our vendors comes out with something new, she buys a few samples.  Sometimes she uses them, sometimes she uses them as giveaways on Facebook, and sometimes they pile up.  And pile up.  And pile up.  
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She needs her desk back!  So it's sidewalk sale time at Cloth Diaper Outlet.  Fabulous prices on brand new products, some of which are even one-of-a-kind.

All items have a 30 day warranty.  Regular return policies apply.  


Wetbags, prefolds, nursing covers, silicone teething jewelry and more!  It's a great way to SAVE BIG on some really cool new items!

Visit Cloth Diaper Outlet's Sidewalk Sale page here