June 6, 2015

Heat Rash and Cloth Diapers

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

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

Cloth safe diaper balm

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

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

Get wet!

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


June 1, 2015

Cloth Diapers Decoded: Snaps, Snappis, and Hook & Loop!

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

Cloth diaper closures can be confusing if you're new to the game. Here's the scoop on some of the most common types:

Snaps
Example: 

What it means: plastic pieces that snap together to hold a diaper closed
Pros: good hold, cute, durable, toddlers generally can't undo
Cons: can be confusing to figure out which snaps to snap together, limited adjustability (can only snap where there's a snap, even if in between would fit better)

Snappis
Example:

What it means: A specific brand of fastener generally used to hold prefolds or flats in place, on their own or under a cover. Snappis have grippy metal hooks on three arms that latch onto a cloth diaper to hold it in place
Pros: great substitute for safety pins etc, all one piece, easy to use
Cons: sharp, dangerous when not in use, not usable on waterproof fabrics like covers

Hook & Loop
Example:

What it means: fabric strips such that one side has soft loops and one has little barbs to catch the loops. Often referred to by brand names including Velcro (which actually isn't all that popular in the cloth diaper world!), Aplix, and more. 
Pros: simple, very adjustable for width
Cons: can't adjust rise with H&L, easier for toddlers to pull apart on their own


What's your favorite way to fasten a cloth diaper?