February 11, 2011

How to Stuff a Pocket Diaper

Guest Post

At the request of my husband, the bulk of our diapers are pocket diapers. They are just as easy as a disposable when the need for a diaper change arises. The system works best if all the diapers are stuffed and ready, so it’s the first thing I do every other morning. Pocket diapers comprise about three-fourths of our stash, but I need only about twenty minutes to get all the diapers from the dryer to the shelf.

Stuffing a pocket diaper can be frustrating. I’ve discovered a little trick that works perfectly on our Knickernappies diapers. My husband kindly served as photographer so you can see it in action.


First, place a hand on each side of the diaper cover and scrunch it up on either side. (Ladies, think pantyhose!)










I hold the diaper cover with my left hand and place the inserts into the opening with my right hand.









I then slide my left hand over so I can pinch the inserts at the closed end of the diaper cover.






I spread the right hand so my thumb is on one side of the insert and my fingers are on the other, tucked just inside the diaper cover. I hold them out slightly, so they can slide easily on either side of the insert. Then I pull my right hand down, dragging the cover with it. The insert and end of the cover stay in place, still held firmly by my left hand.
That’s it!

I like to give the diaper one good snap to even everything out. Sometimes I then run my fingers over the edges just to make sure the insert is smooth.

~Post written by Kansas Mom, originally posted 3/18/09

February 10, 2011

Diaper Liners – The Small Things That Make a Big Difference

Guest Post

I started using diaper liners as soon as I began cloth diapering, convinced that they would save me time on cleaning messy poop from my prefolds. However, this was still in the early days when my baby was entirely breastfed and the consistency of poop usually ran overboard. Since I almost always ended up washing out the stains by hand before they were put in the pail, I stopped buying the liners.

When baby started solids, things immediately changed. With the poop now more firm it would have been easily contained in the liner and it was frustrating to be spending so much time each day washing the marks out. Because the liners were not locally available I started using pieces of folded kitchen paper instead but this disintegrated with urine and made a mess. So it was with eager anticipation that I awaited for my next online order of Imse Vimse liners to arrive. As expected I now find these liners invaluable. They make cloth diapering so much easier and are truly an item that I don’t want to live without!

I bought the Imse Vimse range because it said they were biodegradeable and suitable for septic tanks and at the outset I threw every used one into the toilet. Then I read a review of the product in which the reviewer shared her experience of using the liners, saying that whilst the dirty ones got flushed immediately, the ones that were just wet could be washed and reused. Well to me, an eco-mama on a budget, this was great advice. I started washing them out by hand which was successful but when one slipped into my machine load and came out fine I began to add them to my pail for the main wash. So I save both time and money with these liners!

As an aside, this recycling of the liners gave me the opportunity to compile some statistics on my daughters diaper habits. I kept all the clean and dried reused ones in a bag and when I finished the roll of 100 I counted how many had been saved in order to tally her poop to pee ratio! A mother's fun!

--Written by Terri Henry

February 9, 2011

Ewwwww...

Baby boy is sick.  All the nasty diapers are going into the washer each day for rinsing and cleaning.  After they were thoroughly washed, I found bits of peas and carrots in the bottom of the washer. 

Ewwwww.

Just sayin...

February 8, 2011

Trophy Tuesday - Magic Touch diaper balm - CLOSED

Several years ago, at a Le Leche Leaque conference where I had a business booth, I met another business-owner-mama named Rosetta.  She owns Mama Rose's Naturals based out of Eugene, Oregon.  She has a great line of skin care products for mom and baby, all produced right here in Eugene.  Rosetta has a young daughter and the line originally came from her desire to have natural products for her child.

Magic Touch Diaper Balm
One of my favorite Mama Rose's products is the Magic Touch Diaper Balm.  This was made for use with cloth diapers (though, as always, when in doubt use a liner).  We've found that it washes out of diapers easily and is great for clearing up skin irritations.  Not just on bottoms, but I've also used it for lip balm, to soothe sore noses, owie balm, etc.

Nature's Nappies offers Magic Touch in 1/4 ounce (perfect for the diaper bag), 2 ounce, and 4 ounce tubs.  A little goes a long way--it kinds of melts and smooths easily over the skin.  You don't need much!  

We're giving away one (1) of the 1/4 ounce tubs to TEN lucky winners! 


Sponsored by Nature's Nappies


To Enter -CLOSED
Please comment once for each entry and include your email address (or have it in your blogger profile).  Winners will be announced Monday, February 14, 2011, and winners will have 7 days to claim their prizes.  Ten (10) winners will be chosen via random.org to each win one (1) 1/4 ounce tub of Magic Touch.

At least one of the following as a mandatory entry:
  1. Go to www.mamarosesnaturals.com and tell us one other product they have that you'd love to try.
  2. Like Mama Rose's on Facebook and tell them we sent you!
  3. If you don't already, make sure you Like us on Facebook, too!
Extra entries:
  1. Tweet about our giveaway - every unique tweet counts as a new entry
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Winners!
Entry #7 - Erin Ford Becker
Entry #14 - Heather Hough
Entry #62 - Cassondra Law
Entry #51 - Jenny Molton
Entry #3 - Boise Wiebers
Entry #57 - Kelly Rollins
Entry #60 - Jen T
Entry #58 - Kelly Rollins
Entry #8 - Tara
Entry #41 - Anne Perry