Saturday, May 29, 2010

What to put in a pocket

What is in your pocket?  Pocket diapers come with a variety of options.  There are inserts and prefolds and each of those options come with futher choices when you factor in the different fabrics and materials.  Your success using pocket diapers can depend on what you place in the pocket of the diaper.

Inserts come in a variety of fabrics including microterry, hemp, and bamboo.  Microterry is probably the most common insert available.  A microterry insert is often included with the pocket diaper.  Microterry is durable, absorbent and trim.  It also gives a softer feel to the diaper.  Some popular brands are the Fuzzi Bunz microterry insert and BumGenius one size insert.

Hemp inserts are also available in hemp jersey and hemp fleece.  Hemp is naturally anti-microbial and is a better environmental choice because it is grown free from pesticides and is not bleached.  Hemp is also more absorbent and trim, but it may not last as long as microterry inserts.   Hemp jersey and hemp fleece inserts are available from Babykicks.  Thirsties also makes a hemp and cotton jersey insert.  Bamboo shares many of the same environmental features of hemp in that they are naturally antibacterial.  They also grow quickly and they are free from pesticides. Bamboo is soft and absorbent and dries quickly.  Bamboo terrycloth inserts are available from Bumkins.

Prefolds are another option for pocket diapers.  Although prefolds are bulkier they can provide the absorbency your infant needs.  Standard infant sized cotton prefolds folded in thirds fit well into medium sized pocket diapers.  You can also use an infant sized cotton prefolds in small sized pocket diapers if you fold it in fourths the other direction.  Another option would be to fold it in thirds and fold down the front to provide extra absorbency for a little boy.  Premium sized prefolds can be used in large pocket diapers and folded similar to how the infant sized prefolds are folded for small pocket diapers.  Hemp prefolds are a great choice if you have a heavy wetter.  They are less bulky than cotton prefolds, but have great absorbency.  I have found that one hemp prefold during the day and two at night to work well with a heavy wetter.  Babykicks makes hemp fleece prefolds in sizes that go along with many pocket diapers so medium sized prefolds would fit in medium sized pocket diapers.

Basically, a pocket diaper needs something absorbent.  Some parents find the best fit by mixing up two different fabrics and others insist that one particular fabric or style is best.  Finding the right material to suit the absorbency your baby needs is important to achieve success with pocket diapers.  If your baby's pocket diaper is leaking with the standard microterry insert then more absorbency will likely solve the issue.  Thanks Mama offers a wide variety of inserts and prefolds to fulfill your pocket diaper needs.  So what do you put in your pocket diapers?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cloth Diapering on the Road

Cloth diapering on the road is often thought of as a big inconvenience.  However, it isn’t as difficult as one might imagine.  Over the years I have had many opportunities to use cloth diapers on a road trip even when I have had more than one child in diapers.

For most of our road trips we were traveling for 2-3 days in a vehicle and stopping for the night.  I put all my clean diapers in a large diaper pail liner.  I had all the cloth diapers ready to use and the night time diapers all set to go.  Cloth wipes were important.  I had them all set aside so they were easy to reach.  I stored them all dry and when it came time to use one I would spray the wipe with a spray bottle full of water and a little baby soap or with Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion.  The spray bottle and cloth wipes also came in quite handy for messy hands and faces during our road trip. 

When I had a soiled or wet diaper I would put it into a pail liner or wet bag reserved for dirty diapers. It is helpful to keep them in a wet bag that you can secure shut especially if you are travelling in the heat.  I stored both the clean diaper bag and the dirty diaper bag in the trunk of the car.  When it was time to change a diaper I opened the trunk, pulled out a clean diaper, changed the diaper, and put the soiled or wet diaper in the dirty diaper bag. 

It is best to empty soiled diapers in the toilet by the end of the day, but it may not always be possible.  If you are on the road more than 2-3 days you will need to stop and wash the diapers. 

While cloth diapering on the road is not as simple as cloth diapering at home, it doesn’t have to be difficult.  You can still enjoy the comfort and benefits of cloth diapering when away from home.  Visit Thanks Mama to find a selection of wet bags and pail liners.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cloth Diaper Escape Artists

Do you have one in your house?  Some toddlers have found it fun to snatch off their diaper and streak through the house.  What can a parent do to keep the diaper on?

One simple solution that has worked for many families is to always keep clothing on over the diapers.  A layer of clothing like pants, a skirt, or shorts can decrease your child’s awareness of a diaper and cut down on streaking incidents.  Some toddlers are not deterred by a layer of clothing so wearing overall style shorts or pants can make it more difficult for the toddler to take off a diaper. 

There are some versions of cloth diapers that work better with cloth diaper escape artists.  It appears as though escape artists have the easiest time with Velcro-like closures.  Using snap closures like on the Fuzzi Bunz diaper or Kissaluvs Marvels can help deter a toddler who wants to take off his diaper.  If your toddler is determined to shed his diaper he will eventually figure out the snaps.  Other closure options are the Prorap Color diaper covers.  The medium to extra large sizes of Prorap Colors come with a tyke proof buckle.  The popular white Prorap diaper covers do not come with the buckle.  The Wahmies One Size Pocket Diaper with Hooks is another option to deter an escape artist.  The hooks are more difficult for little hands to undo.

When I have had a little one determined to shed a diaper and didn’t have access to a more tyke-proof diaper option, I have put the diaper on backwards so the fasteners are at the back.  This has almost always worked, but it isn’t a permanent solution because cloth diapers are not made to fit backwards.  It can help with the situation while you obtain a more tyke-proof cloth diaper option. 

Another consideration is that your escape artist may be ready for potty training.  Does your child tell you when a diaper is wet or soiled?   Is your child removing the diaper just after it is wet or soiled?  If so, you may be seeing signs of readiness for potty training. 

Whether you need a temporary or a permanent solution there are some things you can try to deter your little one from removing his diaper.  Check out Thanks Mama for cloth diaper options suited to an escape artist.  

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Heinys Made to Fit

Have you ever tried a Happy Heiny diaper?  I first encountered a Happy Heiny diaper about seven years ago when my oldest child was a toddler.  The medium sky blue diaper impressed me with the fit and ease of use.  Since then Happy Heiny has introduced even more diapers into the cloth diapering world.
The Happy Heiny one size diaper is designed to fit your baby from approximately 8-35 lbs.  The diapers have four rows of snaps down the front to adjust the sizing to a newborn, small, medium, and large size.   Happy Heiny one size diapers are pocket diapers.  Pocket diapers require you to stuff absorbent material into the pocket of the diaper before use.  The Happy Heiny one size diapers come with two inserts – a small and a large.  When your baby is using the smaller size settings you can use the small insert.  When your baby is ready for the larger size settings you can use the large or both inserts for added absorbency that is often needed in larger sizes.  The one size diapers come in a wide variety of colors and prints.  Both the colors and prints are made from the same material and have been tested to last 12 hours at night for most babies.  The Happy Heiny one size diapers also come with two different closures – snap and aplix.   

Happy Heinys has also developed a diaper suitable for little ones.  The Happy Heiny Mini diapers come with two size settings for your tiny baby.  Typical one size diapers are bulky during the newborn stage, but the Happy Heiny mini is specifically designed to solve that problem.  It is designed to fit from approximately 4-15 lbs and has two different size settings.  It comes with two different inserts like the regular one size diaper, but the inserts are a extra small and a small size.  They come with aplix closures and are available in a wide variety of colors and prints. 

If you are looking to purchase your Happy Heinys in quantity you may want to take a look at package deals.  Purchasing items in bulk not only saves you money per diaper, but you may find free items in a package.  Thanks Mama offers Happy Heiny one size packages with a free hemp insert.  The 6 and 9 Happy Heiny one size diaper packages come with one free Hemp Baby Diaper Doubler that can be used as an insert.  The 12, 18, and 24 Happy Heiny one size diaper packages come with two free Hemp Baby Diaper Doublers.

Happy Heiny offers so much more now than the day I first put a Happy Heiny diaper on my little boy.  The Happy Heiny one size diaper as well as the Happy Heiny mini are a welcome addition to the cloth diapering world.  Visit Thanks Mama for a wide selection of Happy Heiny diapers and accessories.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

How to get started cloth diapering


So you have thought about cloth diapering and want to get started?  What do you need?  How do you prepare the diapers?  How do you wash them?  Don’t they leak easily? Getting started with cloth diapers is not as difficult as it may seem.

First you have to decide on how often you plan to wash.  Some people wash daily while others wash every two to three days.  In order to avoid diaper stink you shouldn’t let the diapers sit for more than three days.  If you have a newborn you will need about 12 diapers per day.  If you have an infant you will need about 10 diapers per day.  If you have an older infant or young toddler you will need about 8 diapers per day.  An older toddler will need about 6 diapers per day.  Add in a couple extra diapers to allow for washing time.  So if you have an older infant and plan on washing every two days you should have 20 diapers plus 2-3 extra diapers to allow for washing time.

Along with diapers you need a few accessories including wipes, a wet bag, and a diaper pail liner.  You will need a lot of wipes for the newborn stage – at least 1-2 wipes for every diaper change.  As your baby grows you won’t need quite so many wipes for diaper changes, but those same wipes can be used later on to wipe messy faces and sticky fingers.  A wet bag will give you a place to put your soiled or wet diapers when you are out of the house.  A diaper pail liner will help keep your diaper pail clean.  Many parents use a kitchen garbage can as their diaper pail and purchase a waterproof liner to line the pail.

Most cloth diapers need to be washed and dried several times prior to using.  This will help remove the natural oils in the diaper and cause the diaper to become absorbent.  This will also help soften up the diaper because some diapers are stiff before they are first washed.  You should follow the washing instructions for the diaper brand you are using.  In general you want to wash the diapers on hot and dry them on hot for at least three times before using them. 

Washing soiled and wet diapers doesn’t have to be difficult.  Simply shake off the soiled diaper before placing it in your diaper pail.  On wash day put all your diapers in the washing machine and run a cold rinse.  Follow that with a hot wash with half the recommended detergent.  Run an extra cold rinse at the end to make sure there is no detergent left in the diapers.  Then you can line dry or run them in the dryer.  While most diapers can be washed and dried this way, be sure to follow any specific instructions for the diapers you purchase.

It is important to have a good fit and an absorbent diaper to help prevent leaks.   You can have the best diaper cover ever made that fits your baby perfectly, but if the diaper underneath is not absorbent enough you will have leaks.  You can use the best and most absorbent diaper ever made, but if it is too big at the legs the diaper will leak.  Follow the sizing recommendations for diapers to help you find a good fit.  You can find a wide assortment of quality cloth diapers at Thanks Mama.
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