December 30, 2011

Kelly Wels is to the cloth diapering world what Julia Childs is to cooking!

“Oh Kelly Wels! Kelly Wels! Wherefore art thou Kelly Wels!?” that was my first thought as I paged through Kelly Wels’ Changing Diapers book. Wels’ book is to modern cloth diapering what Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking was to the home cook in America in the ‘60s. She has single handedly compiled tons of cloth diaper information, explained fluff acronyms and lingo and made the lifestyle of the modern cloth diapering appear to be easy. While disposable diapers really haven’t been around to the vast majority of the population for that long (we’re talking the mid-‘80s when Pampers came out with an affordable and better shaped diaper) but the short stint that they have been the preferred way to diaper our babies has been enough to cause young families to forget, even fear, using a cloth diaper. It’s been seen has archaic and difficult. Non-cloth diapering mamas have visions of white flat cloths, tedious folding and then shoving huge diaper pins into the cloth to hold everything in place.  Wels, however, dispels this misconception in a fun, conversational style that’s easy to read.

What I Adore About the Book:

1. Like I said above it’s an easy read and Wels’ writing style makes you feel like you’re sitting down at a coffee house with her chatting about diapers.
2. If you’ve been in the cloth diapering game for a few years now like me you might be wondering if this book is actually going to benefit you. Let me tell you, it was definitely useful to me. I have experience with pockets but have often wondered how the other diapers work. The chapter in the book titled, “Snappis, Doublers,
AIOs, and Pockets: Understanding Basic Cloth Diaper Talk,” addresses that diaper chatter that’s often confusing to read about on the web.
3. Wels is so encouraging! I’d find it hard to believe that anyone who reads this book doesn’t finish it feeling like they really can do this cloth diaper thing.
4. I love the way the book is set up and how it looks – the graphics, photos, and the real life quotes that Wels collected from real life cloth diapering moms.
5. Wels has such great advice for the new cloth diaperer such as trying out an assortment of diapers so you really know what you want to use. I really wish that I had known about this before I decided to go with pockets. I think had I heeded her advice I might not have chosen to use pocket diapers.

Cloth diapers have become a new community, a new culture in the parenting community.  If you’re new to the idea you can definitely feel completely lost and confused. Think of Kelly Wels as your friendly neighbor, ready to take you around town, give you the ins and outs of the area and ready to become your best friend! Pick up a copy, you won’t regret it!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

December 29, 2011

Is it ever too late to start cloth diapering?

Kristin S. and her husband Glenn, not only have their own booming photography business, Like a Dream Photography (Newport News, VA), but they have three adorable kids.  Two girls, Dreama (eight years old) and Grace ( six years old) and the baby boy of the family, Chance (three years old), complete this artistic little family of five.  Kristin didn’t use cloth diapers with Dreama or Grace, she did, however use them with Chance….when she began potty training him!  Instead of using the typical disposable Pull Ups, Kristin ventured into the world of fluff proving that it’s NEVER too late to start using cloth diapers.  I interviewed Kristin (whom I’ve also had the privilege of knowing since I was 15!) and asked her about her cloth diapering experience.

What made you decide to use cloth diapers?
Chance was 2, I was tired of literally throwing money away with cloth diapers and I thought that even after I got him potty trained, I could still use the CD's as night time pants =)  Great investment.

What kind did you use and how did you make your decision?
It was a spur of the moment buy in Babies -R- Us, so I just went with their brand.  I had been wanting to buy the cloth for a while, but convincing my husband to spend $100 on the CD's and re-usable inserts after doing without for our previous two children and also, Chance being almost potty trained himself, was difficult =)  It was a "I snuck this in the cart and think we really need it" kinda thing =)  Glenn couldn't argue once we were checking out =)

Did you like cloth diapering?

YES.


As a mom who started later in her cloth diapering venture what do you have to say to those who are on the fence about cloth diapering?
GO FOR IT!  It's gentle on babies delicate skin and feels rewarding to do something like this for the environment.

What was your favorite thing about using cloth diapers? 
Saving the planet...and money, in the long run.

You still use them now even though Chance is potty trained, why do you still use them?
Right before he wakes up every single morning, he pees.  I know this because it's warm to the touch.  I was tired of washing sheets every day, so we resorted back to the CD's until he's ready to start walking to the bathroom in the morning!

What did Glen think about using cloth diapers?  Do you think he would've been supportive of using them earlier in your diapering days?
YES, I think he would have most definitely been supportive if we had invested in them early on.  They're super easy to use, so he has no problem with them.

Thanks to Kristin for sharing her story with us!  If you have a friend who’s on the fence about using cloth, pass this along and help spread the fluffy movement in America!


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

December 28, 2011

Could the BumGenius Freetime diaper be the DREAM diaper you've been hoping for?

Yet another diaper has hit the market and it's taking over the hearts and homes of all who use it.  It's made by BumGenius, the popular creator of the 4.0 Onesize Pocket Diaper, Elemental AIO, Flip and Econobum lines.

What makes the Freetime diaper so special?  What features are sure to win you over?

Features:
  • Onesize design, similar in fit and function of other BumGenius diapers like the 4.0 and Elementals.  Fits babies from approximately 8-35lbs and up.
  • Snap down rise for easy size adjustments.
  • Available in durable hook/loop (velcro) closure or snaps if you prefer.
  • All In One makes this diaper easy to use.  No stuffing, extra snap in inserts or accessories needed.  Two semi-attached stay-dry inserts help provide the perfect absorbency while keeping the diaper easy to dry and less prone to odor issues.
  • Trim fitting without compromising absorbency!
If you're a fan of ALL things BumGenius then you have GOT to grab at least one of these great new Freetime Diapers!  Cloth Diaper Outlet has them in stock and ready to ship!

    December 19, 2011

    Traveling with Cloth Diapers? It can be done, if you're prepared!

    I have a confession…I have traveled with fluff once. It was almost three years ago and I was staying at my parents’ house in Galena, IL, during the last week of tax season. My hubby’s an accountant so the week before April 15th is long, tiring and very lonely. I usually escape for some comfort and company. I brought my cloth diapers on the road three years ago. I’m used to using a diaper sprayer for the dirty diapers and my parents don’t have one. I had to rinse off the poo the old fashioned way…in the toilet. Yuck.
    That was enough to make me not want to travel with cloth again.

    So why attempt this again three years later? Chalk it up to experience and confidence.

    Here’s what I’m packing for my trip:
    • Cloth diapers – (um, duh! I did have to state the obvious though!) I have pockets but I’ve recently gotten a few AI2/3’s and a fitted diaper. I think I’m going to bring 15 of my 27 diapers with. I love the idea of bringing a few inserts and covers with you when you travel. You should be able to reuse a cover for up to two days as long as the fecal matter stays off of it. It’s less to pack which is why I think it’d be a great diaper to take with you on the road.
    • Liners – To help lessen the nastiness of swishing the diaper in the toilet I’m going to use flushable liners. Or if you want to cut on costs and you have some old fleece blankets laying around that you don’t want any more you could cut those into liners and use them. They’re smaller than the diapers so it’s easier to swish. Swish, swish, and swish.
    • Detergent – I use EcoSprout so I’ll be bringing that with me so I can do laundry.
    • Large Wet Bag – I need something to store the diapers in when they’re wet and/or dirty.
    • Cloth Wipes & Solution – I love Knickernappies’ Baby Bum Drops and since I’m going to be away for about five days I think I can get away with only bringing one drop with me. I’ll fill a wipes container full of my cloth wipes and then use those while I’m away.
    I think this’ll be a better experience than last time. For one thing, the liners will be MUCH easier to work with than rinsing the diaper in the toilet. Can I say it again? Yuck.

    Are you travelling with your fluff? What do you pack?


    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    December 12, 2011

    Tips for treating cloth diaper stains that just won't budge!

    Cloth diaper stains happen, they're virtually unavoidable and you can't really control which diapers they'll affect.

    So is there a way to get those unsightly stains out that aren't easily washing out?  Here are some tips to consider.
    • First, save yourself a ton of trouble and wait to see if the staining washes out over the course of a few washes.  Use regularly and wash regularly, some stains aren't really stains at all.
    • Second, try sunning your diapers.  You can lay them in a window sill, car dashboard, hang or lay them outdoors and even sun them in the rain or on cloudy days.  The sun's powerful UV rays are often all it takes to easily remove cloth diaper stains.
    • Still there?  Try spot treating the stains.  I recommend fixing a really hot bowl of water.  spray your spot cleaner on them.  Try Bac-Out, Baking Soda, Rockin Green Soap, Fantastik, Oxy Clean or another.  Let them sit and then scrub with either a nail scrub brush or old toothbrush.  After scrubbing place them in the bowl of hot water to soak.  After soaking you should rinse a couple times with hot water to ensure you've gotten all the soap/spot cleaner out, then proceed with washing them in your cloth diaper laundry again.
    • If sunning, spot cleaning and washing doesn't completely remove the stains then don't worry, stains don't affect the performance of your diapers and they're on the INSIDE so no one will see them but you.  Sad, yes, we know everyone likes to keep their diapers nice and new looking and stains happen to the best of us.
    So do you have stains that just WILL NOT go away?  Had you battled tough stains and found a remedy?  Please share with us your tips for removing stains and what worked or did not work for you.

    December 6, 2011

    Benefits of prepping your new prefold cloth diapers, with pictures!

    Why on earth do you need to wash your new prefold diaper?  Will it really make a difference in the diaper’s performance?  I tested this out Sid the Science Kid style in my Super Fab Lab (okay my son’s completely enthralled with Sid)!  Aside from washing anything that may be touched with chemicals (prefold diapers do have sizing in them as a way of finishing the fabric) away from your sweet baby’s skin, the benefit of pre-washing a prefold diaper is that the fabric will fluff up making it more absorbent and effective for your diapering needs.

    Let’s look at the experiment!

    This is how the diaper looked when it first arrived at my house.  Flat and stiff.
    This is the diaper after the first wash and dry cycle.
    Second wash and dry.
    Third wash and dry.
    Finally, the fourth wash and dry.
    See the difference as I washed and dried it from the first picture to the fourth?  Bet you won’t think twice next time about taking the prepping step with your prefolds, huh?


    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    December 5, 2011

    How do YOU take car of YOU?

    Guest Post by Bert

    Every Saturday morning I take a really long hot shower. I exfoliate my face, give my hair a good washing and if I’m feeling like it I shave my legs. It had been some time since I had shaved my legs this past Saturday but I thought, I might as well do it, I’ve got my husband home so if there’s an immediate need he can attend to it. I started shaving. Clumps of hair easily came off. (Hey, I live in Minnesota and we had our first snow of the year this past Saturday, there’s really no reason to shave my legs!) There I am shaving my legs and suddenly a spider fell onto the bathtub floor. I just about screamed but then I realized after closer examination it wasn’t a spider. It was my leg hair!

    How true is that though of us moms? We give and give and give and often times forget who we are. We get lost in the lives of our children and while that isn’t exactly a bad thing anything that’s not done in moderation is not good. So what can you do that’s for you?

    For myself, I’m actively involved in my church as well as my Mothers of Preschoolers group. I also write part-time. I LOVE writing and I love remembering that I was an actively contributing member of society before I decided to stay at home and raise two future members of society. The other thing that I think is so important whether you’re at home or working is that you remember that you are doing a huge job in raising these little beings. They could be the next President of the USA after all or the next Superbowl champ. Do not downplay your role as a mother. Take at least 20 minutes to yourself while the kids are awake and do what you love. Read. Write. Engage in social media. Talk on the phone with a friend or family member. And hey if you have time shave your legs!


    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    November 30, 2011

    Register for the Knickernappies Diaper Hunt and you could win awesome prizes!

    Have you heard about Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt? It's an online Scavenger Hunt of EPIC proportions from December 1-31st!

    Nearly 30 Knickernappies Retailers are participating, including Cloth Diaper Outlet, and there are just as many awesome Knickernappies prizes to be won!

    How does it work?
    Each Knickernappies Retailer who is sponsoring can be found in an album on Knickernappies Facebook page. Along with their URL, you'll find a link to their Facebook page and the prize for their leg of the hunt. Visit each site and look for the icon with clue #1, there you'll start your hunt.

    After solving the clues you'll find a final icon linked to an entry form. There you can enter to win that sponsor's prize. *It's suggested that you then go back to the Knickernappies Sponsor Album and comment on the ones you've found so that you don't lose track.

    Each sponsor's hunt that you solve will not only qualify you for an entry into their giveaway but it will also earn you an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway! The more you solve, the greater your chances are of winning the Grand Prize, a 6 pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers with Micro Inserts in the color and size of your choice!
    Entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway can be found on Knickernappies.com!

    What if you need help?
    Can't figure out a clue? Need a hint or a little extra help? Each sponsor is responsible for helping hunters with their leg of the hunt. Please visit their Facebook Page and ask questions or contact them directly.

    First thing you need to do is register to hunt!
    Fill out the Rafflecopter Form HERE with your name and email address and LIKE each sponsors page.

    *You have from December 1st-31st to figure out each sponsors clues and claim your entries into their giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaway.

    Although registration is starting just a little early, you will not be able to start hunting for the clues and icons until the 1st of December.

    November 29, 2011

    Is it ever too early for Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces?

    Is it ever too early to buy a Baltic amber necklace for your child? No. My daughter, Lady Bug, has been wearing hers since she was four months old. Was or is she teething? No. I just didn’t want to go through the pain and discomfort with her that I experienced with my son, Buggie, when he popped out his first two teeth.

    Buggie spiked a temp (and yes, I know that doctors swear kids don’t do this when they’re teething but I maintain that they’re wrong and that kids do weird things when teething) and was pulling on his ears. We took him in only to find that nothing was wrong (and that a trip to Urgent Care is more expensive than a regular visit). Sure enough three days later his first teeth popped through. That whole experience was enough to make me never want to go through it again! If it won’t hurt, why not start early?

    Here’s my Lady Bug wearing her pretty Baltic amber necklace! When did you get yours for your little one(s)?


    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    November 25, 2011

    BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 15% off Store Wide plus FREE Shipping on Oders over $35!

    It's that time!  Black Friday!  Save 15% off store wide at Cloth Diaper Outlet with code BLACK at checkout!  Offer is only valid through 11am Eastern.  Plus you can take advantage of FREE Shipping on ALL orders over $35!

    November 22, 2011

    Water of Life, Help us make a difference for the holidays!

      
    This holiday season at Cloth Diaper Outlet, it is laid on our heart how very blessed we are to have clean water, as much as we want, anytime we'd like.  That's a privilege that a huge portion of the world doesn't have.  This Christmas, we'd like to help give it to them.  Compassion International distributes water filters to families in third world communities.  These filters never need changing and will provide a family with clean water for life.

    From Thanksgiving to New Years (and hopefully beyond!) we will donate a portion of our proceeds to Compassion International to purchase water filters. 
    Our goal is to buy 10 filters.  These provide over a million gallons of clean water to families who have no access to clean water.  This is a life-giving gift.

    Shop at Cloth Diaper Outlet from now through New Years Day and we'll be donating a portion of our proceeds to purchase as many of these life-saving water filters.



    Water of Life - Isaiah Challenge 2 from Compassion International on Vimeo.

    November 18, 2011

    Cloth Diapering in a world of Disposables

    Guest post by Jenny M.

    My husband and I always knew I would quit working once we had children. When I found out I was pregnant we immediately began discussing ways to save money. Jokingly, my husband suggested cloth diapers. We knew nothing of modern cloth diapers. All of our family and friends used disposables. Here we were picturing pins and plastic covers. In my mind I was thinking I wouldn’t go that route to save money, we’d find another way to make it work on one salary.

    Then one afternoon I ventured into a local baby boutique to dream about all the adorable things our baby would need. Amidst all the adorable clothing, nursing d├ęcor, and breastfeeding supplies was a display of cloth diapers. I was drawn to the bright colors and cute prints. I picked up a Fuzzibunz and loved how soft the fleece was on the inside. I instantly knew a baby would be much more comfortable in this diaper over a disposable.

    I gushed to my husband about the diapers when I got home and began doing research. If you Google “cloth diapers” you will quickly become overwhelmed with all of the information out there. I was overwhelmed by terms like aplix, wicking, all in one, all in two, and hybrid. I didn’t understand what all the various acronyms meant and the more research I did the more confused I became! There was so much information out there I didn’t know where to begin and I had no one to turn to. I found myself spending hours absorbing as much information as could about modern cloth diapers. I became obsessed with the idea of cloth diapering our soon-to-be son.

    We signed up for a cloth diapering 101class at the local boutique to learn more. We bought the first part of our stash to get started, a mix of various brands and types of diapers. Our plan was to try them when our son was born and complete the stash when we figured out what we liked. I had 5 other friends pregnant at the same time. I tried to persuade someone, anyone I knew, to venture into the world of cloth diapering with me. They all thought I was crazy. Friends suggested we use eco-friendly disposables. Family members began taking bets on how long we would last. No one thought it was a good idea. Luckily, my husband was supportive and completely on board.

    As my due date approached I became anxious. I had built up in my mind how wonderful the diapers would be, but I had no experience. Who would help me troubleshoot if we had a problem? What if I hated it? By this point, I felt that failure wasn’t an option. I had to prove everyone wrong. I looked for a way to connect with other cloth diapering moms. I found the best place to start was through websites of cloth diaper retailers. I found helpful information on diaper care. I began subscribing to blog posts and “liking” Facebook pages for anything cloth diaper related. The more I immersed myself into the cloth diaper online community the more comfortable I felt.

    We’ve been cloth diapering for almost 3 months now. My husband and I are so glad we decided to go this path. Not only are we saving money, but we really feel like we’re giving the best to our son by keeping those chemicals and scratchy diapers off his skin. So if you’re thinking about cloth diapering, but feel alone, don’t be afraid! You’ll make tons of new friends by connecting online. Check out Facebook, Twitter, and local boutiques. Before you know it, you’ll feel like an expert too!

    Bio: Jenny is a stay at home mom to 3 month old Noah. She spends any spare time she can learning about cloth, discussing cloth, or window shopping for cloth!

    November 14, 2011

    Diaper Styles, In order accoring to ease of use.

    Oh, cloth diapers, how we do love thee.  Though some we fawn over more than others.  What makes a family or person prefer one style over the other?  Well, let's look at some of the different styles and look at how they compare in terms of ease of use.

    Easy
    • All-In-One Diapers-  Although recently onesize AIOs have hit the market, they are a popular sized option.  They are all in one, just as they are named.  Use just like a disposable, easy enough for daycares, dads, babysitters and grandparents.  No stuffing, inserting, folding or complicated accessories needed.
    • Pocket Diapers-  Usually just as easy to use as the AIO above but are non-absorbent until stuffed with the inserts of your choice.  Available in sized or onesize and in aplix or snap closure.
    Easy and Versatile
    • Hybrid Diapers-  Brands like GroVia and Flip can be used in a variety of ways.  They include a waterproof, non-absorbent shell that you can use with a biodegradable/disposable insert, cloth insert, prefold or fitted.  Definitely a lot of options.  Easy to use and sure to become a favorite among families who try them.
    A Learning Curve 
    • Prefolds & Flats-  Great cloth diapers, versatile, and moderately easy once you get the hang of it.  Prefolds and flats require the user to know a folding technique and sometimes require a fastener depending on the fold.  They are not waterproof and therefore do require an extra waterproof layer, aka diaper cover.
    • All-In-Two or Three-  Imagine a cover that's not absorbent but does have absorbent inserts that fold in and often snap in.  Pretty easy but the novice cloth diaper-er may not know what goes where and which snaps to use.
    • Fitteds-  As easy to use as an AIO diaper but without the waerproof layer.  You'll need a cover and therefore a fitted/cover method is like putting a diaper on, on top of a diaper.
    A Wee Bit Complicated
    • Wool-  Families who use wool as their waterproof cover over cloth usually love it.  Families who've never tried it...are scared to death of it.  It's amazing and works great but can be complicated to wash, expensive, and easily ruined.  Research on how to wash and care for your wool is required and a must in order to use successfully.
     So, that's my take on what's easiest and why.  Do you agree?
     

    November 10, 2011

    A wet bag, the quintessential cloth diaper accessory!

    A wet bag is a quintessential accessory for any savvy cloth diapering mama. What is a wet bag, you ask? A wet bag is a bag that has a polyurethane lining (PUL) on the inside making the bag waterproof. This makes the wet bag perfect for many things:
    • Cloth diapering on the go – Buy a small or medium wet bag and use it to store wet or dirty diapers and cloth wipes when you’re out and about.
    • Did someone say laundry? – If you buy a large wet bag you can hang it from a hook on the door of your nursery close to your baby’s changing station. Put the wet and dirty diapers in the bag for an easy way to store them before you wash them as well as an easy way to transport them to and from your laundry room.
    • Potty Training Accidents – When we started potty training my son it was such a relief to be able to use my wet bag to store his accident laden pants when we were at the store or playground. I didn’t have to hold urine soaked jeans by my fingertips dangling them away from myself as I sprinted to the car; I just put them in my trusty wet bag.
    • Swimming Suit Holder – There’s nothing more annoying than a trip home from the pool with your wet suits balled up in a soggy towel. Enter the wet bag. Now you have a waterproof bag that holds your wet swim suits.
    • Picnicking! – Rather than a basket use your wet bag to hold all of your picnic food.
    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    November 8, 2011

    Dear Mr. Disposable Diaper...

    Dear Mr. Disposable Diaper,

    I regret to inform you that after exclusively breastfeeding two infants, your performance rating regarding spillage is rather poor. For being the popular means of diapering in America I would think that you should be able to contain my baby’s slippery breastfed disposals, however, that is not the case. Why just this morning my poor daughter was awakened from her morning nap because you failed to contain her massive amount of poo. If I had known this was going to happen I would have hurried cleaning her stash of fluff.

    I think that you should take a note from your competitor, the beautiful and rather clean Miss Cloth Diaper. While many parents are on the fence in regards to using her method of diapering on their babies, I have found that she has contained both of my babies’ breastfed poops. Naturally, she does have errors here and there with leaking. It’s rare though and especially rare when it comes to bodily waste.

    Rather than trying to mask yourself in Miss Cloth Diaper’s clothes by acquiring adorable prints, you must come face to face with reality: You are not as good as she is. You never were and never will be. Please stop trying to pose as her as you’re only humiliating yourself.

    Sincerely,
    A Devoted Miss Cloth Diaper User

    November 5, 2011

    Do your prefolds leak? Read these tips and tricks for using prefolds with success!

    Prefold diapers are the same as pocket diapers and AIOs – sometimes they leak. I think I’m stating the obvious with that statement. If you’re on the fence about which diaper to start using and you’re researching your options then it’s best to know that all cloth diapers will leak at some point in your diapering journey.

    Prefold diapers are what our mothers and grandmothers used for diapers before disposables were even available or popular. You need to use a waterproof diaper cover for these diapers so when we’re exploring the main causes for prefold leaks we also need to look at the cover that’s being used.

    Main Culprits for Prefold Leaks:

    Size – Again, I cannot stress enough how important size is in cloth diapering. Rather than going by the weight of your baby to determine the size, the way you would when buying a disposable diaper, you really need to get out that measuring tape for an accurate cloth diaper measurement. Remember – measure around the waist starting at the belly button, then around the largest part of the thigh and finally the rise (belly button, in between the legs and to the same area on the back as the belly button).

    As far as the sizing with prefolds goes if you don’t have the right size for your baby then there won’t be enough panels to absorb your baby’s wetting. If you have been using the same size prefold for a while and are experiencing leaking issues consider moving up one size.

    You haven’t washed your prefolds enough. – The more you wash a prefold the more absorbent it will become. The standard suggestion for prefolds’ pre-washes is three to five times.

    The diaper isn’t fastened tight enough around your baby’s waist. – With a prefold diaper you need a way to keep the prefold and that’s where a fastener comes in. You can use a higher quality diaper pin, Snappi or a diaper wrap (that’s a cover that wraps securely around the prefold and holds it in place.

    Your diaper cover is not sized properly. – Yes, size really is everything when using prefold diapers. With the cover you need to assess the kind of cover you are using and go from there to determine if the size is correct. A diaper wrap will have side wings similar to a disposable diaper that attach to the front of the cover with either snaps or Velcro. Diaper wraps are a trimmer fit so it’s absolutely necessary that they are sized properly by using the correct measurements that I described above. Pull-on covers do not work well with prefolds. They are better used with fitted diapers. If you are currently using a pull-on cover and are experiencing leaking I’d eliminate the use of that first.

    Breastfed baby poop. – If you breastfeed your baby you know how slippery his or her poop can be. There are a few ways to combat the escape artist that breastfed baby poop is by using a two different folding techniques.
    1. The Jelly Fold – Simply roll the prefold’s sides towards the center panel. This will create two high points that you bring together and fasten.
    2. Angel Wing Fold – Fold the prefold into thirds in the front so that the back is laid flat and looks like “wings.” Then pull the front up between the baby’s legs, fold the excess down and bring each wing forward and fasten.
    Detergent build up on the diaper cover. – If you’ve assessed all of the above potential problems and your prefold are still leaking give your covers a good stripping to get rid of any build up from the detergent.

    Have you discovered yourself with leaking diapers and been able to identify the problem to correct it?
    Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

    November 3, 2011

    Cloth Diaper Outlet has been nominated for Retailer of the Year!

    Did you know that Padded Tush Stats, an online cloth diaper resource, is hosting their annual Diaper Awards?  Well they are!  Cloth Diaper Outlet has been nominated  for Cloth Diaper Retailer of the Year and we couldn't be more excited!

    Besides Cloth Diaper Retailer of the Year you can also vote for Accessory of the Year, Resource of the Year and Diaper of the Year!  Every little vote helps.

    Please stop by Padded Tush Stats and cast your vote today!  Thanks!

    November 1, 2011

    Booty Love? Only Thirsties could have come up with such a name!

    Thirsties newest product, Booty Love, has hit the shelves at Cloth Diaper Outlet!  What kind of product is it?  May not be apparent right away, but Booty Love is an organic diaper rash salve that's cloth diaper friendly of course!

    Thirsties new diaper ointment can be used between diaper changes and after baths to soothe and prevent diaper rash. With certified organic oils to moisturize and nourish your baby’s sensitive skin and natural herbs to relieve dry skin and rashes. Can also be used to aid in the healing of minor cuts, burns and skin irritations.

    What's in it?

    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
    • Beeswax*
    • Oregon Grape Root
    • Myrrh Gum
    • Yarrow Herb*
    • Calendula Flower*
    Having a cloth diaper safe rash cream and preventative on hand is a must have, a staple, when you're a cloth diapering family.  You never know when a rash could appear and you need to be prepared in the event that you need to slather something on without the fear of it ruining your cloth diapers.

    Visit Cloth Diaper Outlet or Natures Nappies today and check out this great new product!  You'll love it!

    *Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth

    October 26, 2011

    Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds are soft, trim and absorbent!

    What's a fitted diaper?  It's a cloth diaper that looks just like any other modern cloth diaper but it's not waterproof.  Fitted diapers generally have the size, shape and absorbency built in and many do not require the use of a fastener.
    They can be used under the cloth diaper cover of your choice and make an excellent option for use with wool longies or shorties.

    The Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted is a two-size system.  Size 1 and Size 2 are all you'll need to diaper from birth through potty training.  They're made of a super soft and luxurious velour material and come in super cute, bright colors.  Now they're even available in your choice of snap or aplix closure! (see below)

    Both snap and Aplix® closures are available on Thirsties Duo line. While the majority of families prefer Aplix® closures because of the simple, secure fit they provide, snap closures do have a few advantages of their own. They are pretty much indestructible. As well, they are more unyielding than our Aplix® hook-and-loop closures, making them more challenging to unfasten for a toddler who prefers to go naked.

    Sizing

    SizeWeight RangeAge Range
    one6-18 lbs (3-8 kg)0-9 months
    two18-40 lbs (8-18 kg)9-36 months

    Thirsties products are also made in the USA and are crafted from some of the best textiles and materials available.  Many families cloth diaper their children with success using only Thirsites cloth diaper products and accessories!

    Have you tried Thirsties?  You should!  Also, don't forget about Free Shipping on USA orders over $35 at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

    October 25, 2011

    Winner of our Cloth Wipes & Wipe Solution Giveaway is...Kat M!

    Congrats to our lucky winner!  Kat M has won a dozen cloth Economy Baby Wipes and the wipe solution of her choice, either baby Bum Drops, Ruby Moon or Baby Bits!  Everything she'll need to get started using cloth wipes with success.

    Thank you all for entering.  It was great to see such a response and interest in using cloth wipes!  Make sure to check out Cloth Diaper Outlet for all your cloth diapering needs, a great selection of cloth wipes, wipe solution and other natural parenting and baby gear.

    Kat, congrats!  Please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize.

    October 24, 2011

    Do you own a snot sucker, aka Nasal Aspirator?

    There's nothing more miserable than a snotty baby who can't breathe, can't nurse and can't clear their own nose.

    Personally, I had a snot/booger experience once when I was a new mom and I nearly called 911 because I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my screaming inconsolable baby.  I tried nursing, she would not, pacifier-no, rocking, singing, dancing, driving...I seriously thought I might lose my marbles.  This was literally my first experience with my daughter where I couldn't calm her down and I honestly thought she was in pain in some way.

    The truth, she was ticked off because she had boogers.  It seemed like it took me hours to figure this out.  If I had a Nasal Aspirator it would have been a lifesaver, in hindsight I wished I had put one on my baby registry.
    Baby snot and boogers are probably not even something you're thinking about when it comes to parenthood and taking care of a baby, you've got so much other stuff on your mind and so many other needs to tend to.

    That's why we think the BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator is a staple, an absolute must have!

    How does it work?
    The BabyComfyNose uses your own suction to remove your baby’s nasal mucus. Mucus is suctioned into the receptacle body and is isolated there. Use a wadded tissue in the body of the aspirator as a super absorbent filter. Laboratory testing has demonstrated that healthy human lungs can generate 5-10 times as much suction power as commercially available bulb or battery-powered nasal aspirators: this is why human suction aspirators are so effective. The design of the BabyComfyNose eliminates any possibility of oral contact with mucus and germs.

    Watch this video for a demo on how to use it!

    October 21, 2011

    Benefits of choosing cloth diapers with a suedecloth interior.

    When it comes to cloth diapering there is a lot to learn about the different fabric types, their place in the cloth diaper world and why you should choose one over the other.

    One fabric which you'll find in cloth diapers is the use of suedecloth as a pocket diaper lining or insert topper.  But why is suedecloth a good choice and what's so great about it?
    • Suedecloth is usually more thin than microfleece
    • It's a synthetic stay-dry fabric which allows moisture to wick though and into the absorbent inserts leaving baby with a stay-dry feeling which helps prevent rashes.
    • It does not pill like microfleece and in turn remains newer looking for longer.
    • Since it's not as thick and textured as microfleece there's less for the poop to stick to which results in messes being easier to clean and poop that seems to "peel" off the diaper instead of becoming embedded in it.
    • It's much more resistant to staining.
    • Suedecloth is also very durable, does not snag or tear as easily and is quick drying.
    Many popular cloth diaper brands use suedecloth as their interior of choice.  One such diaper is BumGenius.  BumGenius has been a huge fan of suedecloth and cloth diapering families love their diapers worldwide because of it.

    So what do you think?  Do you prefer suedecloth over microfleece or vice versa?  Have you noticed other benefits to using suedecloth than the above mentioned facts?

    October 19, 2011

    Featured Product and Giveaway: Cloth Wipes and Wipes Solution! CLOSED

    Cloth Wipes can save you a ton compared to the cost of disposable wipes plus they just make sense! 

    When you use cloth wipes you can simply toss them into the cloth diaper, place in your diaper pail or wetbag and wash them with your diaper laundry.  It's that simple.
    • No more finding shredded up disposable wipes in the laundry that accidentally got washed.
    • No more having to keep a separate bag to store your dirty disposable wipes in when you're out and don't have access to a trash can.
    • No running out of wipes or having to toss them when they unexpectedly dry out.
    With cloth wipes you'll be able to either pre-moisten them with your favorite cloth wipes solution like Ruby Moon or Baby Bum Drops or you can moisten them as needed at each diaper change.

    Cloth Wipes Solution is cloth diaper safe and wipes can easily be washed with your diapers without the fear of buildup or residue coating your diapers.

    What else?  Cloth Wipes can be used beyond the diapering stages as napkins, wet wipes, family cloth and more.  They're the perfect green alternative to disposable wipes, give them a try today!

    Enter to win!
    We're going to give one lucky fan a set of 12 Economy Cloth Baby Wipes and the Wipes Solution of their choice (Baby Bum Drops, Ruby Moon or Baby Bits)!  Everything you need to get started using cloth wipes!
    Enter via the Rafflecopter Form below.

    Winner of the Kawaii Cloth Trainer Giveaway is...Tosha P!

    Congrats to Tosha P!  She's the lucky winner of a pair of Kawaii Cloth Training Pants from Cloth Diaper Outlet!  She'll receive a pair of Kawaii Trainers in the sprint of her choice from available stock.

    Thank you to everyone who entered.  The Kawaii Trainers really are worth trying.  They're an inexpensive alternative to some other cloth diaper trainers and will definitely save you a ton of money over the cost of disposable training pants or pull-ups.

    Purchase yours today at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

    October 17, 2011

    Winner of our iPhone4 Case Giveaway is...Danielle R!

    Congrats to the winner of our iPhone4 Case Giveaway!  Just in time for the release of the new iPhone4S, which this case should fit, or use with your iPhone4!

    According to Rafflecopter the winner is Danielle R!  Danielle R is the mama behind the cute blog Torrential Raines!  Danielle, please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize.

    Thanks to everyone who entered for your support and also for liking FluffStash, a work-at-home-family created iPhone app!

    October 11, 2011

    Trophy Tuesday: Training Pants, from Kawaii Cloth Diapers, Enter to win a pair! CLOSED

    Time for Trophy Tuesday!  Guess what's new at Cloth Diaper Outlet?  Kawaii Training Pants!

    Save a ton of money over the cost of disposable trainers and pull-ups when you use cloth/reusable trainers.  The Kawaii Trainers come in some adorable prints, we especially love the faux denim.  They fit children size 30+ lbs and are waterproof, breathable and absorbent.
    Cloth trainers are great not just because they'll save you money, they're much more comfortable for your little one and easily pull up and down.  Disposable trainers are too similar to disposable diapers and feel a lot like them.  Treat your little one to a cute pair of "big kid" pants and see how much more fun and easy potty training can be!


    Measurement:Waist:  Normal - 18cm x2,  Full Stretch - 31 cm x 2
    Leg hole: Normal - 12 cm x 2, Full Stretch - 18 cm x 2

    This pant can be washed in 95 degree F, 35 degree C, dry in low to medium heat and dried at normal temperatures. Please avoid fabric softeners, chlorine bleach, and any other whitening agent.

    Kawaii Trainers retail for just $11.95 each!

    Want to win a pair of Kawaii Training Pants in the print of your choice?  Enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

    October 8, 2011

    Winner of the autographed copy of Kelly Wels Changing Diapers book is...Mary!

    Congratulations Mary, aka @simplymerrier on Twitter!  Mary will receive an autographed copy of Kelly Wels awesome cloth diapering book titled Changing Diapers:  The Hip Moms Guide to Cloth Diapering!

    This book is a must have for anyone who uses cloth diapers or is considering them.  It also makes the perfect baby shower gift for those friends and family who might be on the fence about which diapers they want to use.

    Mary, congrats! Please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize!

    October 6, 2011

    Are you in Eugene Oregon? We've got an event for you!

    Local Eugene Oregon Mompreneur needs your help for an upcoming event on October 21st!

    Knickernappies and Cloth Diaper Outlet are proud to be co-hosting an upcoming event in Eugene, Oregon.  Sue, the mompreneur behind the practical and affordable CrumbCap line of products needs our help spreading the word about her October 21st event.

    Sue is looking for babies age 6-24months to join her for a fun playdate, product fitting and photo shoot!  Attendees will receive swag bags and refreshments will also be provided.  Siblings are welcome to attend as well.  Read on below to find out more about this event and it's location.

    Sue says:
    I’ve gotten a lot feedback from other moms and a few retailers to create a Crumb Cap with some fun styles- basically to jazz it up a bit. So, I’ve developed some cute prototypes with ears, antennas, and flowers in a new style, and now I need to see how these fit, and most importantly, what other moms think. When I produced my first prototypes, my youngest was always my model, for both for fitting and photos, but now that she’s almost 5, I can’t do that anymore! So I’m reaching out to local Eugene area moms who have babies ages 6 -24 months to come out to this event and provide some honest feedback about my product, try a few caps on their babies, and have a few pictures taken! 

    Moms should never underestimate the value of their opinion, and this is a good chance to provide some honest input on this new product, while having fun at the same time!

    About the event:
    I think it will be a lot fun, and I can’t wait to meet some local moms! There will be fun toys and plenty of space for the babies, and for the moms, we’ll have refreshments, swag bags, door prizes and opportunities for some professional pictures of their babies.

    Date and Location:
    October 21st from 10-12noon
    Lamb Cottage near Skinner Butte Park
    Please RSVP to Sue at info@crumbcap.com or call 541-914-5335.
    Space is limited and an RSVP ensures that we'll have enough swag bags, refreshments and room for everyone.
     
    To learn a little more about Sue, her family and her business please read about her below!

    Tell us about yourself and your family- I’m a stay at home mom to three wonderful kids, my son is 8, and my daughters are 6 and soon to be 5. My husband and I moved to Eugene from Montana two years ago, and we absolutely love the community, and all the family-friendly recreational activities that are available here.

    What do you like most about being a work-at-home-mom? I love seeing my oldest two off to school everyday and being home to meet them when they get off the bus. As a stay at home mom with a small, start-up business gives me another outlet to direct my energy towards, and for me, I think this makes me a better mom.

    I’m very blessed to be able to be home with my kids, especially since my youngest has Sensory Processing Disorder and recently diagnosed with Dyspraxia, which is a developmental disorder involving movement and coordination. We are always on the go with therapy appointments, and at home we spend a lot time working on different skills. I can’t imagine being able to do all of this with her if I had to work outside the home. I hope one day that my business will grow large enough so that I will be able to use my website to help raise awareness about these disorders that are not so well-known.

    Tell us about your business and the inspiration behind it? When my oldest daughter was a toddler, she loved to put her gooey, sticky hands in her hair at every meal. The only way to get the food out of her hair was to bathe her, which was sometimes difficult to do, since her little sister was a newborn at the time. Then one day during an incredibly messy lunch, I spotted her winter hat nearby and put it on her head. It worked like a charm, no messy hair, and she didn't mind having it on! I searched the internet looking for hair bibs for babies and toddlers, and was astonished when I couldn't find anything. So I developed my own, finding a comfy, waterproof fabric that could be wiped off or thrown in the washer. The Crumb Cap was born, out of necessity.

    Not everyone has kids that are messy eaters and smash food in their hair, but for those who do, the Crumb Cap can help save a few tears and frustration during mealtime cleanup. And with my new designs, I think children will have fun wearing them. Currently the Crumb Cap and matching bibs are only available online, through my website and a few others, but I plan to start offering them to small, baby boutique stores soon.

    What has been the biggest challenge you've faced in business so far?
    The biggest challenge for me was networking with other work-at-home moms who manufacture their own baby products. But after moving to Eugene, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Heather with Knickernappies. She has been so generous with her support and advice as I’ve been slowly developing my product and brand. When we get together, it’s a lot of fun to talk shop, as we both use similar material for our products, and we love to keep up with each others family, as both our daughters went to preschool together and continue to be good friends. So, what could be better for two work-at-home moms, than to set up a play date and be able to talk shop? Heather has really been my mentor and inspiration, and I hope to pay-it-forward someday by helping another aspiring mom-entrepreneur!