May 24, 2012

Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Inserts and Doublers, Have you tried them yet?

Did you know that Knickernappies produces FIVE different types of inserts?  Each is unique in it's own way and serves it's own purpose.  I'm going to share with you below, the five different types and what each can do for you!

  • Knickernappies Stay-Dry Hemp Doublers-  Lay doubler on top of any type of diaper to boost absorbancy.  To keep wetness away from your baby's skin, lay the fleece side next to baby.  For potty training, simply turn the doubler over to the hemp side so baby feels the wetness.  Prewashed hemp combined with Knickernappies' custom-milled microfleece makes a very absorbant, stay-dry doubler to use in any diaper. 
  •  Knickernappies Just Hemp Inserts-Knickernappies Just-Hemp inserts are just that...just hemp!  No fleece, no microfiber, just all-natural organic fibers.  Just-Hemp inserts feature 3 thirsty layers of organic hemp...trimmer and more absorbent than other fabrics!  
  • Knickernappies Microfiber Inserts-Made with three layers of our ultra-thick microfiber, Knickernappies Microfiber inserts are absorbent and fit perfectly in most brands of pocket diapers.
  • Knickernappies LoopyDo Inserts- LoopyDo© 2G Prewashed Inserts are a top-rated insert on Diaper Pin and a favorite with cloth diapering moms worldwide.  Made of 2 layers of thirsty hemp french terry plus 2 layers of ultra-thick white microfiber, these inserts can really absorb a lot!  Better still, the hemp has beenprewashed!  These can be used immediately and washed right away with all of your diapers!  In addition, LoopyDo© 2G Prewashed Inserts are sewn in a loop so they'll dry just as fast as anything else in your dryer.  (They will still need a few washings to achieve their full absorbancy but you can begin using them immediately.)
  •  Knickernappies SuperDo Inserts- Our SuperDo insert is a prewashed insert for heavy wetters and overnight.  The SuperDo packs a powerful absorbancy with 6 layers of hemp terry and 2 layers of ultra-thirsty microfiber.  This insert is even more absorbent than 2 microfiber inserts together.  The hemp is prewashed to avoid shrinking.  These can be washed immediately with diapers, though another 3-4 washings is still needed for full absorbancy.  The microfiber is very plush and it's extra absorbent!  (Note: Heavy wetters may still need a doubler for overnight.  Also, while these are prewashed to remove natural oils, they will still need a few washings to achieve maximum absorbency.)
So whether you're looking for an overnight solution, a super trim daytime insert or an absorbent natural fiber insert like hemp, Knickernappies has what you need.

Our retailers, worldwide, carry a great selection of our Knickernappies products! 

Cloth Diaper Outlet has a great selection of Knickernappies Cloth Diapers, Inserts and Accessories!

May 22, 2012

Trophy Tuesday, Lunette Cup Review, Giveaway and 15% Discount! Ends

Today's Trophy Tuesday is just for mama!  Cloth Diaper Outlet is excited to be a new retailer of the Lunette Cup and we're celebrating by offering a review, giveaway and 15% discount!

With our first wholesale order from Lunette, I had the chance to try a Lunette cup for myself.  I've been a menstrual cup user for years, so I was excited to try a new cup.  But I had the same concerns as a new cup user: will it leak?  Will it be comfortable?  Easy to insert and remove?

My cup arrived along with our store's order.  We bought the clear cups for our store, but my cup is a pretty blue.  Once it arrived, it was just a matter of waiting for the right "time".

Thanks to vacation, that time arrived 3 days early (though not during our vacation, thank goodness!)

First, Lunette is a silicone menstrual cup, completely safe and FDA-approved to use throughout a menstrual cycle.  If you're new to cups, they fit up inside, near the cervix, and catch the menses.  Two or three times a day, or as needed, the cup is removed, emptied, and usually cleaned, then reinserted.  It can be worn overnight, during the day, for swimming, during exercise, etc.

It comes in two sizes.  Size 1 is for women who've never had sex or who have smaller vaginas.  Size 2 is for sexually active women and women who've had kids.

Next, my personal review.  Since I have two kids, I got a size 2 cup.  The Lunette's rim is stiffer than my regular cup.  I found this made it really, really easy to insert.  Once I had it folded, I inserted and it popped open immediately.  A couple of Kegel's and it was right up where it needed to be.  But...I could feel the stem.  I always feel the stems on my cups and I always have to trim them completely off.  (I have three cups now, all different brands.)  I removed the Lunette and trimmed the stem all the way to the base.  Reinserted, then headed out for my morning run.  Running two miles with a new would it do?

Hooray!  The Lunette did just fine.  I never felt it, it didn't shift, and I was leak-free during my run.  Wore it the rest of the day and it was great.  Just as comfortable as my usual cup.  I had a little trouble removing it for cleaning because the bottom of the cup is also stiffer than my usual cup, but this was just the learning-curve to which I quickly adjusted.

That night, I cleaned it and thought about using my regular cup for overnight, just in case.  My regular cup leaks a little overnight, so I have to wear a fairly large cloth pad as back-up.  But a review isn't a review unless you give it a really good test, so I reinserted Lunette and went to bed.  Usually, with my regular cup, I wake up in the middle of the night with the gooey feeling (I know, tmi, but this is a period post!)  Bleck.  To my utter amazement, I woke up the next day and felt completely dry.  My pad was CLEAN.  Not a single drip all night long.  Oh. My. Gosh.  I'm in love.  If you can love a menstrual product, I do.  And I promise you, I'll be sleeping with it again and again.  :)

Since starting with menstrual cups 5 years ago, my period has gone from 5-7 days with tampons to just 3 days with the cup.  I don't know what they do to tampons and disposable pads, but it wreaks havoc with my cycle.  I love having a 3-day period!  So I wore Lunette for three days and three nights, cleaning it twice a day like usual.  I never once had a leak, not even on my heaviest day.  Halfway through day 2, I stopped wearing a pad because it just wasn't needed.

After my full cycle was complete, I cleaned my Lunette one final time.  Looks great, no staining or discoloration.  And I kind of can't wait until my next cycle so I can see if it works just as beautifully.  Honestly, I may never wear my old cup again!

Bottom line: I would recommend Lunette to anyone.  The stiffer rim made it super easy to insert it correctly and get it positioned.  No need to do "the dance" so often required with some other brands of cups; the Lunette slides right into place.

-Heather, Cloth Diaper Outlet

Discount:  Save 15% when you order the Lunette Cup this week at Cloth Diaper Outlet when you use code TROPHY at checkout!

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Winner of the Knickernappies Prefolds, Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is...Julie A. M.!

Wow, we had an absolutely amazing response to the Knickernappies Prefolds Giveaway!  So excited to see such interest in the old school method of cloth diapering.

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May 20, 2012

How can you tell when it's time to strip your cloth diapers?

Post originally published on the Knickernappies Blog

If only cloth diaper washing were as easy to figure out as stuffing a pocket diaper.  There's one way to stuff a pocket and a million ways to wash your cloth diapers.

Something that I vividly remember when I first started was learning that there's such a thing as "stripping," and no, no poles or naked people are involved in this kind. lol  Stripping your diapers is recommended when you think you have an odor or buildup problem or if you suspect your cloth diapers of repelling.  Repelling is when water beads up instead of being absorbed or wicking through.

There are a lot of recommended ways of stripping, some have even claimed that putting them in your dishwasher works.  We do not recommend that method...

Anyhow, this post is not necessarily about how to strip your diapers as it is about how to tell if that's what you really need to do in the first place.

One of the most common problems when it comes to diaper odors and other funk related to cloth, is that you may simply not be using enough detergent.  I know, you read somewhere, from someone, that you should only use 1/3 to 1/4 of the recommended amount.  But we all know that not all detergents are created equally and definitely not all detergents are created with cloth diapers in mind.

First thing you should do is directly ask or consult with the brand of detergent you are using.  Get it straight from them and not just a fan or fellow cloth diapering mom.  Remember that everyone has different washing machines, different diapers, different types of baby poop and definitely different types of water.  From chlorinated, to soft water, hard water, city water, well water and more, there's a lot to know and there's absolutely no way that another mama is going to be able to 100% troubleshoot with you.  So it's best to consult with the manufacturer of the detergent you use.

Then check your cloth diaper manufacturers warranty and make sure that stripping them or using certain brands of detergent will not void their warranty.  They'll no doubt have some other great washing tips and info for you on their Care and Use page.

Chances are, you are simply not using the right detergent or the right amount of detergent, and you might not even need to bother stripping your cloth diapers.

Curious as to what repelling looks like?  Watch the Rockin Green video below for a great demo on how to tell if your diapers or inserts are repelling.

Lastly, if you want to experiment with different types of detergents, stripping techniques, etc. you might want to just try it on one diaper before you decide to do your whole stash.