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Thirsties Announcement

And Thirsties is stepping up their game this year too with the new Outdoor Adventure Collection!  Most of our brands are putting out new and adorable things this week because of the All Baby and Child (#ABC Kids Expo) Conference that happens annually in October and Thirsties is no exception.  Last year they launched the Woodlands Collection and it was very popular all year for us and I think this new collection will be the same.

Thirsties is passionate about the Great Outdoors. Camping, hiking, simply basking in the breathtaking beauty – it’s one of the things that make life great. That’s why they were super ecstatic to share this year’s newest releases – during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the USA – the Outdoor Adventure Collection. It will be available in all your favorite sizes, styles, and absorbencies, these colors and prints evoke the fun, serene calm, and beauty of the outdoors.

The Collection includes 4 new nature-inspired prints and 1 new color. The new prints can be purchased individually in the following diaper lines: Duo Wrap, Natural Newborn All In One, Natural One Size All In One, One Size Pocket Diaper, One Size All In One, Newborn All In One and Wet Bags. There will also be two packages available.

We will have these enroute to Cloth Diaper Kids shortly and they will be available with the rest of the Thirsties lineup for your baby soon!  Stay tuned.

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It’s Our 5th Birthday! Come Celebrate With Us

Free_Shipping_BirthdayWe can hardly believe it, but Cloth Diaper Kids is 5 years old…that’s like 15 years in this crazy cloth diaper industry 😉

So, let’s celebrate the best way we now how:

Free shipping on all orders over $20 until Jan. 23 and a whole bunch of giveaways for Canadians including Applecheeks in the new color being announced this Monday, Martin BumGenius 4.0, Rumparooz and a Tots Bots Frugi dino print diaper (all new in package!).

Please take note that all orders placed during this free shipping window will experience a packing delay due to order volume while we ‘pump up the party’.  So, shipping will begin Jan. 26, 2015.

Start shopping HERE.

Enter the giveaways HERE.

 

 

 

 


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The Best Nighttime Cloth Diapering Solution

Successful cloth diapering at night is an important milestone and honestly it can be intimidating.  No one wants to spend time experimenting with cloth diapers if there’s any possibility of a leak at 2am and a nighttime cloth diaper solution becomes especially important when you have a heavy wetter on your hands.  Nighttime and nap-time cloth diapers are a bit different because your baby will be sleeping in their diaper for a long period of time rather than being changed every 2-3 hours or when dirty like during the day.

Usually the first thing people do when they attempt to cloth diaper at night is to adapt their current diapers by adding absorbency.  Logical right?  Adding a booster or second or third insert to a pocket diaper or all in one style diaper will give you more absorbency yes, but at some point, no matter how much extra you stuff in there you’re going to get leaks.  Why?  because the integrity of the diaper gets compromised by the extra bulk and you get gaps at the legs or a shorter rise which exposes but-crack inviting leakage up the back or out the legs.

So what do you do?  The solution is a fitted diaper.  What’s special about a fitted diaper is that it isn’t waterproof.  There is no PUL layer, it’s completely absorbent all the way around, not just through the crotch like other diaper options.  Because of this it has more total absorbency and of course you can add boosters into a fitted if you find you need to.  On top of the fitted you need some waterproofing, so a PUL or wool cover is what you put on top.the dimple diaper promo 1008px (*For all your questions about using wool.  See this post*).

Now, fitted diapers are generally made of natural fabrics – bamboo, hemp, cotton etc.  so they will generally feel wet against the skin.  Not comfortable or good for the skin over long periods of time.  So adding a fleece liner is a quick, cheap and thin addition that will provide a stay-dry layer and keep baby comfy and feeling dry.  A layer of cloth safe diaper cream is also a good preventative moisture barrier to keep skin in good shape.

Nighttime Diapering Solution:
2-3 good quality fitted diapers (so you can rotate when the others are in the wash) – the Bummis Dimple Diaper or the TotsBots Bamboozle Stretch are excellent options.
1-2 covers (PUL or wool) – we love the fit of our Rumparooz one size snap cover on our kids
Fleece liners
Cloth safe bum ointment (we love our Delish Naturals Yum Bum Butter)

**Please keep in mind that newborns and babies under aprox. 6 months will still need nighttime diaper changes as they still tend to poo overnight.  Anytime baby is dirty they need to be changed, night time or not.  The suggestions above are for babies who are a little older, usually 6+months who have started to go the night without pooing.  If they are just wet at night you can implement the above nighttime routine**

Nighttime Diapering Trick – Fighting Ammonia
Rinsing out your nap-time and overnight fitted diapers before placing them in your wet bag between washes will go a long way to combating the ammonia that sometimes plagues nighttime diapers.  Simply run them under the sink or tub faucet and wring them out a few times.

Keep those things in mind and you’ll enjoy many happy and dry nights!

Do you have a bulletproof overnight cloth diaper solution?  Share it with us in the comments.


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Washing Diapers 101 – The Best Way To Wash Cloth Diapers

Washing diapers should be simple.  Really.  You shouldn’t need lots of special rules or excessive rinsing or stripping to keep your diapers clean and functional.  Follow these quick and easy steps to worry free cloth diaper washing.

#1) Rinse – Do an initial rinse or short wash cycle without detergent.  Cold or warm is fine.

#2) Wash – A HOT wash with detergent.  Use the proper amount of detergent for your load size and type of washing machine as recommended on the package regardless of whether you use a commercially available brand or a cloth diaper specific brand.  What detergent should I use.

#3) Rinse – This additional rinse is somewhat optional as all wash cycles are followed by a rinse anyway.  So, this ends up being a rinse on top of that rinse.  It’s generally a good practice to make sure all detergent residues are gone, but, if you don’t do one and you aren’t having smell, repelling or rash issues, then don’t worry about it.

*The above applies to any washing machine whether it be a top loader, front loader, high efficiency (HE) machine or not.

There you have it.  Easy peasy.

IF you have leak, smell or rash issues then reference the linked articles to troubleshoot or contact us for help 🙂


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She Put What In The Washing Machine?! – A Photo Series On Poop

More often than not the biggest hang-up people have when considering cloth diapers is what to do with the poo.  This is especially true for first time parents, and let me tell you I was no different when I became a mom.  I’d never changed a diaper before in my life before I had kids so when books talked about sticky meconium or seedy breastfed baby poo I had no idea what that meant, and more importantly it made no sense to me that cloth diapers covered in it could go in the washing machine.  Eww right?

So here you go…real photos of newborn poo in cloth diapers and full explanations of what can go in the washing machine and what needs attention (scraping, flushing etc.) before being laundered.  This post is not for the faint-hearted, but boy will it all make more sense when you’re through 😉

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This is the thick, dark, tarry stuff that makes up babies bowel movements for the first few days of life.  Can it go straight into the washing machine without scraping or dunking?  YES.  It is water soluble, easily dissolve-able and washes right out of diapers.  This pic is of my own newborn’s diaper and I threw it in the wash without a second thought.  It came out perfectly clean.  Caveat: meconium can stain your diapers and will stain natural fabrics worse than synthetics.  If this bothers you, consider fleece or flushable liners for the first few days.  Meconium did stain some of my diapers.  This doesn’t bother me, I did nothing about it and now a few washes later the stains are gone.  They fade over time with subsequent washes.  TIP: meconium is quite sticky stuff.  For easier cleanup, put a little cloth safe bum ointment or coconut oil on baby’s bum and wiping will be a breeze.

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This is what you’ll start to see 4-5 days after baby is born.  The meconium clears out and is replaced with this yellow stuff.  Often described as seedy or mustard-like, this is what you will content with until baby begins to eat solids.  Now, this photo represents a breastfed baby.  Did this diaper go straight into the wash without scraping or dunking?  YES.  Once again, breastfed baby poo is water soluble, rinses easily away during a quick rinse cycle before the wash cycle, and causes no laundry problems.  If you have a formula-fed baby, you’ll be dealing with a little more volume than this as formula isn’t as thoroughly digested by baby as breastmilk so use your judgement.  In the first few weeks formula fed diapers will look similar in volume to this pic anyway so wash them straight away.  If there is enough volume that some could be flushed, then do so before laundering or use flushable liners for easier cleanup.  But the point is, don’t get overly paranoid or make things too complicated for yourself.  You really shouldn’t have to do much to a dirty diaper before laundering.

Babies & Toddlers
Once baby starts solids, just keep one thing in mind.  If there’s enough poo to scrape, or toss into the toilet, do so.  Whatever is left on the diaper your washing machine can handle.  I promise.

Wash Routine
Stick to the simple and easy wash routine of
RINSE  >>  WASH  >> RINSE

  • A light rinse or short initial wash cycle – no detergent
  • A hot wash (heavy soil and max water settings or something similar if available for your washer) – with adequate detergent for the load size
  • An extra rinse if desired
  • Line or machine dry on low

*No fabric softeners, dryer sheets or petroleum or zinc based rash creams

Rockin’ Green and Charlie’s Soap are my favorite soaps.  I prefer Charlie’s slightly myself and it’s the only detergent we use for all our families laundry, diapers included.  It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic, Front loader/HE compatible and biodegradable.  And if you’d like something to replace traditional chemical filled dryer sheets, consider re-useable dryer sheets and/or wool dryer balls.  Click their links to read about their features and benefits.


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Diaper Rashes – Causes and Cures

Okay, at Cloth Diaper Kids we deal with diapers and baby bums and with those two things, the question of rashes always comes up.  So let’s discuss some of the simple causes and simple solutions that might help your baby get rid of the redness.

**Let me preface the following info by saying that I am not a doctor or medical professional.  If your baby’s rash is severe, chronic, blistered/bleeding or does not show quick improvement, please see a doctor ASAP**

Alright, now let’s get to the basics and clear up one thing first.  Babies who are cloth diapered tend to get fewer rashes than babies in disposables.  Plain and simple.  However babies in cloth can get rashes too.  The skin in that area is super sensitive and thin and needs the best of care to remain healthy, BUT, not all rashes are caused by the diaper baby is wearing.

Rashes that have nothing to do with diapers

  • TEETHING – You’ll hear lots of people say that teething does not cause diaper rash, and then you’ll hear lots of other people swearing that it does.  Whether it’s caused by baby swallowing lots of extra saliva or by other factors going on in the body, many a mom has noticed a correlation between popping a tooth and a sore tushie.  Solution: A cloth safe barrier ointment can help a lot.  Delish Yum Bum Butter is a favorite of ours and can be used safely with cloth diapers.
  • DETERGENT SENSITIVITY – Just as there is a possibility of breaking out with a lotion, soap or cream there is the possibility of being sensitive to the detergent you are laundering your diapers in.  If you are using the correct amount of detergent for your machine and load size and an extra rinse at the end hasn’t helped…Solution: Try a different brand of detergent of course.  Note: just because you are using a certain detergent on baby’s clothing without an issue doesn’t mean it won’t cause a problem when you use it with your diapers.  Remember, in the diaper area you are dealing with very thin, delicate, sensitive skin and any detergent residues are combining with pee/poo in a moist environment.  Under these conditions a normally fine detergent may cause baby troubles.
  • SKIN CONDITIONS – If skin troubles run in your family, if baby has very fair skin or if baby is prone to or dealing with something such as eczema then re-occurring rashes can be frustrating for mom and annoying for baby.  Solution: Let baby have as much open air diaper free time as possible.  Keep baby in very breathable natural fabric diapers and consider preventative use of organic coconut oil or unscented Delish Yum Bum Butter at every change to keep skin healthy.  Wool covers can also be helpful rather than PUL as a waterproof layer.  A natural fabric diaper such a fitted or prefold paired with a wool cover is a classic favorite of sensitive skinned babies.
  • DISPOSABLE WIPES – Chemicals and preservatives used in disposable wipes can cause some really bad rashes and if not the actual cause of the rash they can exacerbate a rash baby already has and cause pain and stinging on raw skin.  Even so called ‘gentle’, ‘hypo-allergenic’ or ‘natural’ wipes still contain preservatives and can cause serious problems which is part of the reason why so many parents never consider them to be the cause of a rash.  Solution: Cloth wipes are the way to go.  Not only are they economical, they are soft, gentle and re-useable and come in a variety of different materials.  Plus you simply wash them right along with the diapers you are already laundering anyway.  Learn more about how to use cloth wipes here.
  • FOOD ALLERGIES / STARTING SOLIDS – Food can be a source of rashes too believe it or not.  Food allergies can cause bum rashes and babies beginning to eat solid foods can experience them too.  For example, our first baby loves oranges to a fault, but too much citrus and his poops become so acidic that they burn his skin and cause blistering rashes.  Also keep in mind that smaller babies, who are breastfeeding can be sensitive to something that mom has eaten and passed along in the milk and can get a rash that way too.  Solution: An excellent barrier cream is in order to keep poop from touching the skin if acidity is the issue.  For something nice and thick, consider pure lanolin or Lansinoh (the stuff you use for sore nipples when breastfeeding) to give the skin the protection it needs.  Lanolin and Lansinoh are cloth diaper safe.
  • SICKNESS & INFECTIONS – If baby has been sick (think diarrhea) this can change the PH of their bowel movements which can lead to skin irritations and rashes.  Additionally, some rashes can be caused by yeast (common after antibiotics, or if mom or baby has thrush from breastfeeding) or bacterial infections like staph.  Solution:  If baby is sick and has loose bowels then all you really need to do is protect the skin from the acidic-ness.  A cloth safe barrier cream will do the trick and flushable liners will make cleanups easier.  For yeast or bacterial infections you are best to see your doctor as a medicated cream may be necessary to treat the rash.  In these cases, switch to disposable diapers during treatment as the medicated cream is not cloth diaper safe and preventing re-infection is important.  During this time, sanitize your cloth diapers.  Contact us for info on how to do this (as the method will depend on what type of infection).

Rashes caused by cloth diapers

  • MATERIAL SENSITIVITIES – Sometimes rashing is the result of babies with sensitive skin who react to synthetic fabrics on the bum.  Occasionally we see babies who turn red from diapers that have fleece or minky on the inside and sometimes babies are sensitive to the waterproof PUL next to the skin or turn red in the leg creases from latex sensitivities in the elastics of certain diaper brands.  Solution: Natural fabric diapers.  Look for diapers with organic cotton, bamboo or hemp and use a PUL or wool cover overtop to make the system waterproof.  If latex elastics might be the issue, ask us which of our diaper brands feature latex-free elastics.
  • POOR FIT – Streaks of redness on the belly or thighs can sometimes indicate a poor fit (either too loose or too tight).  If chaffing is happening it can make baby uncomfortable and appear rash-like.  Solution: Make sure you are getting the right fit for the type of diapers you are using.  Leg elastics should fit in the crease of the leg the same way underwear would fit.  Elastics around the legs and waist should be snug so there are no gaps.  Slight red marks such as what you might experience from the elastics on your socks are nothing to worry about.  If you’re not sure about the fit you are getting on your baby, ask us.
  • WETNESS SENSITIVITY – Similar to babies who have skin that is sensitive to synthetic fabrics, there are babies who’s skin is sensitive to wetness.  This happens when baby is using natural fabric diapers such as cotton, bamboo or hemp where wetness is felt against the skin because there is no wicking layer.  During the day you may not see this kind of rash as baby is changed relatively often and the skin dries out a bit between changes.  At night however, when the diaper is on for longer you may see it more pronounced.  Solution: Lots of diaper-free air time for baby to get the rash under control.  Cornstarch used in the same way as baby powder to put a light coat over baby’s bum can help keep things dry and is safe to use with your cloth diapers.  Also, consider adding a wicking layer to your diapers with the addition of a thin stay-dry liner between diaper and baby to keep the wetness off the skin between changes (especially for overnight).  Or, switch to diapers that have a built in wicking layer such as those with microfleece or microsuede on the inside.  In addition to a wicking layer, a cloth safe  moisture barrier cream or lanolin can be helpful for overnight.  Note: DO NOT use cornstarch on any rash that may be caused by yeast.  It will make yeast rashes worse.  Also, baby powder that is made of talc should not be used on babies because of the inhalation risk.
  • AMMONIA BURN – Now this one can be quite serious as it is a chemical burn to the skin and can often be quite severe if not dealt with quickly.  If you’re dealing with ammonia, you’ll know it.  Ammonia smell is very very strong.  I mean burn your nose, sting your eyes till they tear strong.  This is different and stronger than barnyard smell, poopy smell, or strong toddler urine smell.  Besides the terrible smell, baby’s bum will be all over red and/or blistered wherever the wet diaper has touched the skin.  Ammonia is most often troublesome with nap or overnight diapers that have been on the bum a long time and are very saturated.  Solution: Keep those diapers off baby’s bum until you’ve dealt with the ammonia issues and make sure the bum is rinsed clean of any ammonia residue.  What’s happening is that your diapers are not getting clean enough in your wash cycle and bacteria, hard water mineral deposits and or soap residues are reacting with the pee/poo to create the problem and the stench.  First rinse your nap and overnight diapers in the sink or bathtub before putting them in your wet bag between washes.  This can help a lot.  Second, get rid of the ammonia you have now by using Funk Rock, a product specifically made to combat ammonia problems.  Then tweak your wash routine and make sure you are using enough detergent to get your diapers really clean and keep them that way.  We can always help you troubleshoot.
  • DIAPERS AREN’T GETTING CLEAN ENOUGH – Similar to ammonia issues, but not quite as severe, if your diapers have any sort of smell to them when newly washed or right away when peed in, they aren’t getting clean enough.  Often referred to as barnyard smell, it signals that there is some kind of bacteria or residue left in your diapers that can cause rashing in the warm moist environment of a diaper.  Solution: Get those diapers clean.  Generally barnyard smell is an indication of not enough detergent.  Don’t skimp on detergent, especially if you have hard water.  Diapers are dirty and they need proper agitation and adequate detergent and water to get really clean.  Read through our other blog articles related to washing diapers, be open to tweaking your wash routine and contact us if you’d like help troubleshooting.  We’re always here to help!

*And finally a quick word on breastmilk…that stuff is amazing in more ways than one.  Dabbing some on baby’s bum regardless of what’s causing the rash and air drying before putting on a new diaper can help soothe redness too.

We hope that helps you clear up your little one’s rash.  Was this info helpful for you?  Have you experienced a rash with your baby that we haven’t covered above?  Let us know by leaving a comment!


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How To Use Cloth Wipes

Does your baby have a persistent rash?  Suspect your disposable wipes.

Would you like to save about $100/year in addition to what you’re already saving by choosing to cloth diaper?

If someone was wiping YOUR bum what would you want them to use?

Enter super soft, economical, easy to use and chemical free cloth wipes!wipes-roll-png_bmprd_lf

Made from a variety of materials including cottons, velours, flannels, microfleece, minky and more, cloth wipes have many advantages and are easy to use.  I mean, heck, you’re doing diaper laundry anyway, why not be using cloth wipes too.  You wash them all together anyway.

How to use cloth wipes:

  • Have your wipes handy, either close to your diaper changing area or bathroom sink.
  • If baby has peed, use a wipe to dry them off.  If baby has pooped, use the diaper to take off as much poo as you can as you take it off, then use a damp wipe or two to clean baby’s bum.
  • Place the used wipe (s) in your wet bag along with your used diapers and wash everything together on wash day.

How do you wet your cloth wipes?

There are a number of ways to wet your wipes before use (note: you can use them dry, that’s perfectly fine, but to get baby nice and clean most moms prefer them damp like disposable wipes).

  • You can simply keep your wipes in the bathroom nearest the change table and wet them with warm tap water on your way to change baby.
  • You can do what I do and use a pre-mixed spray such as Applecheeks Gentle Bum Cleansing Spray to either spray directly on baby or to wet your wipe before using.  Bonus it contains no chemicals and has a lovely smell of Tea Tree Oil (anti-bacterial) and Lavender.  This option is amazingly convenient, works really well and it’s super easy to keep this small spray bottle in your diaper bag for fuss-free diaper changes when you’re out on the town.
  • You can use a small container (some moms use an empty disposable wipes container) to put your wipes in and pre-wet them in the container so they’re always ready and waiting.  To do this, pour the wipe solution of your choice over the dry wipes and you’re good to go.  You can make your own home-made wipe solution, use plain water, or make a wipe solution from wipe cubes like this. (Note: if you use this option you’ll want to clean out the container and put in fresh solution about once a week).
  • Or, you can take any of the wipe solutions mentioned above (plain water, home-made solution, wipe solution made from cubes) put it in your own spray bottle and use it to spray baby or your dry wipes at diaper change time.  (Note: if you use this option with home-made solution or solution made with wipe cubes, you’ll want to clean out the spray bottle and fill it with fresh solution about once a week).

Traveling with Cloth Wipes

Is this possible?  Of course!  Same rules apply as above, but on a smaller scale so they fit in your diaper bag:

  • Pack dry wipes and pre-wet them just before use at the sink or with a small spray bottle.
  • Or, put pre-moistened cloth wipes in an empty disposable wipes travel size container, or small wet bag.
  • Store your used wipes along with the used diaper(s) in a wet bag to wash when you get home.

How Many Cloth Wipes Do You Need?fab_wipes_girl-7763

Most Moms find roughly 2 dozen to be a good number if you’re wash routine is every second day.

Other Uses For Cloth Wipes

Oh yes you can do lots of things with wipes either than clean a bum.  Cloth wipes are also great for spit up, wash clothes in the bath, face wiping, makeup removal, post-partum mama care (especially when softness is appreciated on stitches or tears) and they make lovely absorbent doublers for use in newborn diapers among other things.

So what are you waiting for.  Cloth wipes are inexpensive and easy.  Browse the different kinds we have available here and join the fun!

P.S.
As a quick side note, if you have a baby with a persistent rash that isn’t explained by a more obvious cause such as ammonia, detergent buildup, material sensitivity, yeast infection, need for a stay-dry diaper inner etc.  it may very well be that they are having a reaction to the chemicals and preservatives in disposable wipes.  We see lots of babies that have reactions even when using brands that are of the ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘gentle perfume-free’ variety.

And definitely don’t use disposable wipes if baby has a bad rash or open blistered rash.  See your doctor and in the mean time use cloth wipes with plain water as the ingredients in disposable wipes will sting quite a lot on open skin.