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Creative Cloth Diaper Storage Solutions

What’s the best way to store your fluffy cloth diapers for both style and function?  Here’s a couple of fresh ideas for you.

Simply in a drawer
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I don’t know about you, but I like simplicity.  This is how many moms store their cloth diapers and this is how we have stored ours for over 5 years through 3 babies.  Cloth diapers always get the top drawer in our house.  Clothes and other necessities are always farther down 😉

The toy bin
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There’s lot of different styles and options here, but this one in particular tends to be popular.  Re-moveable, interchangeable bins on this toy rack make for easy moving, coordinating and sorting of diapers, inserts and accessories.

Free standing shelving units

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IKEA can really be your friend here.  I bet you can find a shelving unit to fit almost any space or design theme.  Re-purpose a tall and skinny media shelf for diapers.  The width of DVDs is perfect to accommodate diapers and look now many diapers you can get into a really small amount of space.  Great for small nurseries, apartments or even multiple babies in cloth.  The cube shelves are also a hit.  Stack diapers any which way or add baskets into the cubbies for easy sorting and portability to and from the laundry room.

Portable units
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Anything on wheels can be super functional, especially if you find yourself changing diapers all over the house rather than in just one spot.  A caddy on wheels can also be a good small support station for main floor diaper changes even if your major change location is upstairs in the nursery.  *Remember this is more helpful if you have hardwood or laminate floors.  It won’t work as well on carpet 😉

Bookshelf
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Move over books, Moms don’t have a lot of time to read you anyways!  Use those bookends for something more functional.  Cloth diapers look so pretty arranged like this don’t you think?  Bonus is most people have bookshelves already, no need to go buy something new.

Custom wall shelving units
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If you’ve got a handy Daddy in the house, this solution just might be right for you.  A great way to use vertical space and prevent lots of bending, on wall storage units can be done in all different configurations of open shelves and hanging hooks or closed with cupboard type doors for a neat and tidy appearance (even if the inside is messy).

Over the door shoe hangers and hanging canvas closet organizers
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Normally for shoes, but definitely multipurpose here and great for cloth diapers.  They save space, hang anywhere and are inexpensive.  They also don’t take up any floor space.

Armoirs
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No closet?  No problem.  Clothing and diaper storage in one!  With or without doors an armoir can multi-task like no other.

Bins and ottomans
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Easily portable, and stackable, bins, totes and ottomans make diapering simple.  Bonus if you use an ottoman is extra seating and a tidy appearance when the lid is down.  Just make sure you get one with a child safe lid so it doesn’t slam down on little fingers.

Done with babies?

And how should you store those diapers between babies you ask?  Your best options are vacuum sealing or simply put them in an empty drawer in a spare room or in a pillow case in your linen closet.  Just keep them away from extreme temperatures and overly dry or moist conditions (no attics, garages, outside storage sheds etc.) and they’ll be ready to go again when you are 😉

Do you have a creative diaper storage suggestion?  Leave your comments below!


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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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20 Uses for a Wet Bag

Wet bags aren’t just for diapers!  Large and small wet bags can serve a variety of very useful purposes for the whole family.  They can be great for:

  1. Wet swimsuits at the pool or the beach.
  2. Mama cloth (cloth menstrual pads).
  3. Makeup, hairspray and gel in your suitcase to protect your clothes against leaks.
  4. Snapping on onto your cabinet or stove handle to collect dirty dish cloths and towels.
  5. Leaky sippy cups and bottles.
  6. Extra set of clothes in case of potty accidents at daycare, Grandmas, pre-school or sleepovers.
  7. Re-useable garbage sacs in the car.
  8. Breastfeeding parts for pumping moms.
  9. Holding pre-moistened cloth wipes when you’re on the go.
  10. Activity sacs full of fun stuff for each child on long car rides.
  11. Pretty gift bag if you’re taking a shower gift or new baby present to a cloth diapering mama.
  12. Lego pieces, puzzle pieces, marbles, chess pieces or other small toys that are part of a set to keep them together.
  13. Dry dog or cat food if you’re traveling with your pets.
  14. Keeping passports dry when traveling.
  15. Coloring/art supplies/stamps/toys to occupy kids at a restaurant.
  16. Big pencil case – perfect for watercolor painting supplies or those big fat markers.
  17. Bingo dabbers for Grandma
  18. First aid kit/epi pen holder to stash in the car, or have handy on outings to the park etc.
  19. Vomit bag in the car for motion sick kids or newly pregnant mamas.
  20. Sweaty clothes after a workout – especially hot yoga.

And more…

What do you use your wet bags for?


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Will All-In-Two (AI2) Work For You?

All-In-Two (AI2) diapers are all the rage.  The ability to re-use the waterproof cover while just switching out the absorbent inner during diaper changes seems so easy and practical.  In theory it should cut down on laundry, be cheaper since you need fewer covers and reduce what you need to carry in the diaper bag for changes on the run.  But does the AI2 really perform that way in reality?  Will it work for you and your baby?  Let’s see shall we?…

As you may know, newborns pee A LOT and when they have a #2 explosion it can be pretty fantastic too.  During this time when babies are small (roughly 0-6months) when bowel movements are frequent and very soft, you may find that the cover of your AI2 gets soiled along with the insert and cannot be re-used as much as you would like.  There goes your convenience factor if you were hoping to re-use the cover.  You many find yourself washing both the cover and the insert at more changes than you would like, leading to the necessity of having more covers on hand than you planned on.  The upside though?  If you need a cover in a hurry or if it’s just slightly soiled, you can wipe it clean or wash by hand and they dry very quickly if you don’t have time to wait for it to go through the wash.  Also, many babies this age (especially those who are exclusively breastfed) can go a number of days between bowel movements.  If this is the case for you bundle of joy, then the AI2 may work well for you.

Where you really start to see the benefits of an AI2 system is on older babies.  Once babies are comfortably on solids and bowel movements are more solid (like yours and mine) it becomes much for feasible to re-use the cover and just put in a clean insert during diaper changes.  Fewer explosions mean more contained messes that lend well to this type of system.

So, in conclusion.  Are AI2 systems great?  Yes.  Will you always be able to re-use the cover for 3 diaper changes?  No.  Keep that in mind and you’ll enjoy your AI2 diapers as much as we do.

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Which AI2 is our favorite?  We love using Applecheeks as an AI2 (we find it easier than stuffing the pocket) and the new Bummis Deluxe Duo Brite are both excellent options.

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The Reluctant Dad – 7 Tips To Get Daddy On Board With Cloth Diapering

Do you have a reluctant Daddy in the house?  Not every Dad is on the same page as Mom when it comes time to decide how to diaper that adorable little baby bum.  Here’s some tips for making sure Daddy will be happy to participate in cloth diapering too:

  1. Make it easy
    Make sure you have super user-friendly cloth diapers in your stash.  For Dads and other caregivers (think Grandma or babysitters) easier is better and the less thinking required when trying to diaper a wriggling baby is always a bonus.  So, consider all-in-one (AIO) diapers.  AIOs are all one piece with the absorbent layers and the waterproof layer all together with no stuffing or fussing required.  You just put them on and take them off.  Nothing fancy.  These are very intuitive and are the closest thing to putting on a disposable you can get.  Generally a big thumbs up for ease of use.  Alternatively, if you’re wanting to do a pocket type diaper, look for one that can accommodate Daddy’s bigger hands.  Applecheeks diapers for instance were designed with the diaper changing Daddy in mind.  Their pocket opening is specifically placed at the widest point of the diaper, making stuffing the absorbent insert inside very easy.  Plus, if Daddy forgets to pull the insert out before washing, no big deal.  Applecheeks inserts will agitate out in the wash on their own anyway.  See?  Easy.  Note: when using pocket diapers, if Mom pre-stuffs them ahead of time, then it’s even easier for Dad 😉
  2. Address the poop issue and home washing concerns
    This can be a big thing for Dads and is one of the first questions that comes up in our Cloth Diapering Workshops.  Lots of Dads have never changed a diaper in their lives and have no idea what baby poo even looks like.  No wonder many of them balk at the idea of having to change diapers and wash them in the machine at home.  When you let the imagination run wild it often comes up with something way worse than reality, so address this issue up front with him.  Assure him that newborn poo is hardly scary and barely has any volume at all.  It’s all water soluble and can be easily handled by the washing machine in a clean and sanitary way.  No scraping, dunking or rinsing required.  Just change that diaper and toss it in the wet bag with no further thought for babies 0-6 months.  Once baby starts solids, Dad will be getting used to changing diapers, but with the introduction of solids comes some interesting bowel movements.  Never fear, that’s where flushable liners come in.  Simply show Daddy how to lay the liner on top of the diaper and when the diaper is soiled you shake it into the toilet along with the poo and flush it away!  The rest of the diaper goes in the wet bag for washing.  Whatever is left the machine can handle, I Promise.  A diaper sprayer can also be of assistance during this phase as an option for easier cleanups.  Plus Daddy can show off his home improvement skills by installing it (no tools required and it easily attaches to the water line of your toilet with simple instructions included).
  3. Discuss health and environmental issues
    These things are easy to find just with a little ‘googling’ or browsing our website.  Daddy may not have time to do all the research, but if you do, then condense some of the pertinent info and share it with him.  He may want to know that keeping his little boys’ testicles cooler in cloth diapers might contribute to better fertility down the road.  And he may not realize what kinds of chemicals are in today’s disposable diapers.  Don’t bombard him with info, but do share the facts and discuss how your family can save thousands of diapers from ending up in landfills for the benefit of future generations.
  4. Smells be gone
    Cloth diapering smells a lot less than disposable diapering if you ask me.  And yes, I’ve done both!  But if Daddy is worried about, or sensitive to smells, keep things fresh with an open diaper bag (yes, open to the air smells less than closed off options) and products like the Rockin’ Green Pail Freshener.
  5. Crunch the numbers
    Dads often like to see cold numbers and facts, so give it to him straight.  Show him on paper how much money can be saved for how many children you plan to have and it all becomes quite black and white.  Here’s a great cost breakdown to make it easy for you which even addresses the cost of machine depreciation, water and heating costs and detergent requirements.  As for the up-front cost of getting started, this is a legitimate concern.  Depending on the style of diaper you go with, your initial stash can run you a few hundred dollars.  But, telling your friends and family that you want to cloth diaper and starting a registry for cloth diapers can help get you started.  And you have 9 months to build your stash up slowly while waiting for baby.  In the end, remind Dad that those cost savings can go towards other fun things like vacations, a new car or your kids’ university fund 😉
  6. Show him how cloth diapering will make his life easier
    Mention to Dad that with cloth diapers, he’ll never have to cart stinky trash to the curb every week, or run out at night to grab more diapers from the corner store when you run out.
  7. And if all else fails…
    Don’t push Dad into it if he just isn’t there.  Perhaps do half and half.  When Mom changes baby, use the cloth diapers, when Dad changes baby, he can put on a disposable.  Often, once Daddy sees how easy it really is and that you have cloth diapers that match the colors of his favorite sports team…he’ll come around to cloth diapering too.


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Dish It: The Scoop On Stripping Diapers With Blue Dawn Dish Soap

Stripping cloth diapers has got to be one of the most confusing things for people new to cloth or considering cloth diapers for the first time.  All the stripping ‘rules’ seem so complicated, and so contradictory and everyone seems to have a different opinion on how to do it ‘correctly’.  (For time tested proper stripping guidelines and methods see here).

Amidst all the mis-information out there is the mysterious Blue Dawn recommendation.  This recommendation says that to strip your cloth diapers you should go and find Dawn dish soap (specifically the original blue kind) and use some to ‘strip’ the residues off your diapers and walla your repelling or odor problems will be fixed.  Just put a squirt or two into your washing machine instead of your regular detergent and you’re done.  Blue Dawn can fix all the world’s problems you know.

So first of all why must you use Dawn dish detergent and no other brand?  Apparently someone has decided it is more gentle and/or has fewer harsh chemicals than other dish soaps (yah right).  And second why must it be blue?  Supposedly the original blue version of Dawn has the fewest additives (umm, okay).

Alright, now let’s think about what dish detergent does.  It’s made to remove greasy residues from dishes.  Hint: greasy residues.  Not ammonia, not odors, not mineral or detergent buildup.  9 times out of 10 you are going to be stripping for smell issues or buildup issues, not grease issues.  But, on the small chance there is something on your diapers which is greasy (i.e. you accidentally used lots of petroleum based bum cream and enough of it got on your diapers to cause repelling, or if your baby is on a high fat diet of some sort that causes greasy/oily bowel movements that have coated your diapers which is causing repelling issues, then yes, a SMALL amount of dish soap MAY assist you in getting your diapers clean again.  But you know what?  A couple of hot hot washes with a bit more of your usual (high quality) detergent will usually do the same thing too and if not, then honestly, your diapers were probably too far gone for Dawn to help anyway.

Why then, am I so cheeky about blue Dawn if there is in fact a reason to use it?  Because if used carelessly it can cause you some major headaches.  Of primary concern is this:  Dawn dish soap should NEVER be used in your washing machine EVER.  Not even  a little tiny bit.  A ‘squirt or two’ is a completely ambiguous measurement and dish soap is designed to foam up much more than laundry detergent creating a condition called ‘suds lock’ in your machine.  This is an actual problem that happens to actual washing machines when you have too many bubbles from an overdose of detergent.  The result is a costly repair and a sheepish grin when you have to confess to the repair guy what you were trying to do when you broke your washer.  But I won’t put in too much you say?  That won’t happen to me you say?  Well maybe not, but do keep in mind that even if you successfully choose an amount that doesn’t hurt your machine, it will hurt your warranty.  The warranty on your washer will be null and void if you use dish soap instead of laundry detergent.   No questions asked.

We almost never suggest dish soap as a solution to diaper problems, but if you insist on trying it, what’s the proper way?  In the sink with a toothbrush.  Put a dime-sized, tiny bit of dish soap (any dish soap) onto the problem area of the diaper and gently scrub it around into the fabric of the diaper with an old, soft toothbrush and hot water.  Then RINSE that diaper A LOT.  Dish soap is not meant to be on a baby’s bum so any soap left behind has the potential to cause a skin reaction on a sensitive baby.  So, rinse and rinse and rinse until you’re not getting any more suds and then put it in your washing machine for a hot wash cycle with no detergent and then a hot wash cycle with your usual detergent plus extra rinses until you no longer see bubbles in the rinse water.

Or, better yet, just make sure you have a good wash routine (rise, wash on hot with detergent, rinse) and you’ll never have to worry about stripping anyway!

 


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101 Ways To Use A Diaper Sprayer

Let’s get right to it.  Are diaper sprayers really worth it?  What are they good for anyway?

#1) Rinsing diapers of course.  Nothing better than a diaper sprayer once baby starts solids to help toss chunky stuff off the diaper into the toilet before washing them.  They are easy to install without tools and the adjustable water flow makes sprayers a lovely cloth diapering accessory.  By the way, rinsing diapers isn’t limited to dirty diapers.  Rinsing urine soaked nap and nighttime diapers is a fantastic way to prevent ammonia buildup.

#2) Rinsing Mama Cloth (cloth menstrual pads)

#3) Toddler water fight.  Yes, when the kids figure out how to use it, they will spray you.

#4) Toilet cleaning.  Genius right?

#5) Cleaning out the toddler potty.  THIS is my least favorite job.  Thankfully a diaper sprayer makes it delightfully easy and hygienic.

#6) Mama care down there – (Think bidet.  Both pre and post baby)

Okay so that’s only 6 ways to use a diaper sprayer off the top of my head but you’re going to be doing about 3000 diaper changes.  And even if only 1 in 10 of those diapers are poopy that still leaves you with 300 poopy diapers to deal with before potty training success day.  So, maybe I should have titled this post 306 Ways To Use A Diaper Sprayer 😉

By the way, our sprayers are the only ones on the market that are plumbing code approved for installation on toilets in the USA and Canada.  They also have a 3 year warranty.  That’ll get you through till potty training no?  So grab a diaper sprayer now and start enjoying those 306 benefits.

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