Friday, August 31, 2012

Best Uses of Overnight Training Pants


Nighttime potty training usually happens quite a bit later than daytime potty training for most little ones.  I’ve night trained two children so far.  One was rather easy.  Over time he woke up dry so I just switched him to underwear and restricted drinks close to bedtime.  The other one was rather difficult and was never dry in the morning.  When he turned 5 I decided to approach things differently.  I restricted his drinks for a couple hours before bedtime and woke him up a couple of times during the night to go to the bathroom.  Over time we reduced it to just one wake-up.  After 6 months of nighttime wake-ups with a half-awake child he was not only waking up dry, but he started not needing night time trips to the bathroom anymore. 

Overnight training pants could be used in both situations.  If you are ever in the bathroom at night with a half-awake child you would realize that a training pant that can be easily pulled up and down is a good thing.  But overnight training pants aren’t just for overnight use.  You can also use them for naps or heavy wetters.  Cloth training pants with a pocket to add absorbency also work well for overnight, naps, and heavy wetters. 
 
Some training pants are specifically designed for nighttime use.  Both the Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Night Time Training Pants are designed for nighttime use.  They have a soft waterproof exterior with absorbent micro terry inside.   They can be pulled up and down by your child and can be snapped off in case of an accident.  They come in several sizes designed to fit from 20-70 lbs.  The Mother Ease Bedwetter Pants were designed to absorb.  A regularly-sized can of soda contains 12 oz.  These Bedwetter Pants will absorb 21 oz.  They can be easily pulled on and off and come in sizes to fit from 30-65 lbs.

Training pants with a pocket can be used for many different stages of potty training including night time training.  Simply add absorbency like a prefold or inserts into the pocket of the training pant for heavier wetting times like nighttime or naps.  The GroVia My Choice Trainer is a one size trainer designed to fit from 18-35+ lbs.  It has a TPU waterproof exterior and inner cotton/hemp material.  It comes with a pocket where you can add absorbency so you can use it for nighttime or naps.  Flexible side panels can be color coordinated with the main portion of the training pant for a unique look.  The Kissa’s Pocket Training Pants also come with a pocket to add absorbency at nighttime.  They have colorful waterproof PUL outer material and an inner cotton flannel print.  Side snaps allow for easy removal in case of an accident.  They come in two sizes designed to fit from 20-40 lbs. 

Maybe your children will night train easily or maybe not.  In either situation using overnight training pants will help prevent wet beds while encouraging your child to make the move to underwear for nighttime.  Thanks Mama offers nighttime training pants as well as training pants more suitable for other stages of potty training.  

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Where Can I Find Cloth Training Pants Reviews


Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away a little boy begged his parents to buy him some training pants so he could start learning how to use the toilet.  The parents were quite surprised at the request considering their son’s age so they jumped on the computer only to discover the vast amount of choices available.  They began to wonder where they could find cloth training pants reviews.   They were happy to discover numerous cloth training pants reviews at Thanks Mama.  Three brands popped out to them because they all had lots of reviews that spanned several years.  The Bummis Training Pants, the Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Training Pants, and the Kushies Taffeta Training Pants all had multiple reviews from parents all over the USA.

Bummis Training Pants have a soft knit exterior with an inner waterproof barrier.  The inner flannel layer and three layers of terry padding help absorb accidents.  Reviewers from 13 different states gave their opinions on this training pant and all together it was ranked as 3.8 stars out of 5 stars.  The negative reviews tended to report that this training pant could wick or leak.  A mom from Michigan said “These do hold a lot of pee, but if it is a-lot, they should be taken off immediately. Otherwise it will wick around the legs and their clothes might get wet.”  The positive reviews reported that these training pants were soft, comfortable, and easy for the child to pull up and down.  A parent in Arizona said “They are very easy for young children to pull on and off and work great. We've tried several training pants and these have a much higher absorbency and better fit than any other pant we tried.”

Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Training Pants have comfortable cotton on the outside and organic terry on the inside with a layer of waterproofing sandwiched in between.  Reviews from 2 countries and 10 different states reviewed these training pants and ranked them as 4.9 out of 5 stars with no negative reviews.  Parents commented positively on how these comfortable training pants look and feel like real underwear.  A mother in California reported that these training pants “are thick and comfy and don't leak w/small accidents.”  Another parent in Oklahoma said “These training panties looked great on the Internet and they truly surpassed my expectations when I received them in the mail. They are so comfortable on our little girl and so easy for her to get up and down.”

The Kushies Taffeta Training Pants also received many reviews at Thanks Mama.  These cloth training pants have a waterproof exterior, an inner layer of flannel, and a soaker made from a mix of polyester and viscose.  Reviewers from 15 different states ranked this training pant as 4.2 out of 5 stars.  One parent in Florida reported that her daughter refused to wear them.  She thought it was maybe because “they're too tight, or maybe she doesn't like the quiet crinkly sound of the material, or maybe she just doesn't like the feeling of wet underpants.”  A positive review from California said “The lining is soft and surprisingly very absorbent (for daytime use). The different fabrics used make it even more fun for my daughter to use and I had fun picking them out. “

While you will probably never have a child who will beg you to buy cloth training pants, you will likely find cloth training pants reviews very helpful when determining the best training pants to suit your child.  Thanks Mama offers training pants in brands like Bummis, Dri-Line, Flip, Fuzzi Bunz, GroVia, Imse Vimse, KaWaii Baby, Kissaluvs, Kushies, Mother Ease, EcoPosh, and Mom Innovations.  Take a look around Thanks Mama and read the cloth training pants reviews written by parents like you to help you find the best training pant for your child.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What are the Benefits of Reusable Nursing Pads?


Nursing pads are important.  No one wants to be that woman walking down a grocery aisle with a great big wet spot on her shirt.  Should you choose disposable or cloth nursing pads?  Which is best?  There are many different benefits of reusable nursing pads.  If you are looking for nursing pads that are environmentally-friendly, budget-friendly, absorbent, comfortable, and easy to use then reusable nursing pads will fit the bill. 

Not only can you help save the environment by using washable nursing pads, but you can also save money at the same time.  The cost of a box of 60 disposable nursing pads is around $10.  The amount you will need each week varies widely.  Some women leak very little and others are fountains and go through at least a box every week.  When you have to keep repurchasing boxes the costs add up.  Washable nursing pads are much more economical.  A pair of Kissaluvs Milk Pads is only $4.95.  Most nursing moms need 3-6 pairs of nursing pads.  If you get Babykicks Hemp Jersey Nursing Pads you will save even more because you can get three pairs for only $11.85.  The savings don’t end there.  You can also save money if you use these nursing pads for future children.  Designed to last, they hold up well to repeated washings. 



Many disposable nursing pads contain absorbent chemicals.  Cloth is naturally absorbent and is more comfortable and breathable.   Breast infections thrive in moist environments.  Cloth nursing pads allow for greater air circulation than disposable pads.  The Imse Vimse Silk/Wool Nursing Pads are a healthy choice to prevent infections and clogged ducts.  They feature silk on one side and wool on the other.  Silk is naturally anti-bacterial and up against your skin.  Wool is naturally absorbent and breathable.  They come in three different shapes to meet your needs.  Milk Weeds by Hemp Babies is another great choice if you want natural fibers up against your skin.  They are made from organic cotton and antimicrobial hemp. 


Reusable nursing pads are easy to wash and dry.  Most brands can be washed quite easily with your baby’s clothes.  Some moms prefer to place them in a laundry bag with baby’s socks.  If you choose the Imse Vimse Silk/Wool Nursing Pads you will need to hand wash them in a sink with a little wool wash.  Since nursing pads are relatively small they can be air dried.  I found it easiest to just hand wash the used nursing pads and let them air dry.  The Kushies Nursing Pad Case is an easy way to store clean and used nursing pads.  Two separate compartments with a waterproof barrier in between allow you to easily transport used and clean nursing pads in your purse or diaper bag.


If saving money, helping the environment, using natural fibers free from absorbent chemicals, and comfort is important to you then reusable nursing pads might be the best choice for you.  Thanks Mama offers many different brands of nursing pads including Kissaluvs, Kushies, Hemp Babies, Imse Vimse, and Babykicks.   

Monday, August 20, 2012

Best Ways to Use Washable Training Pants


I potty trained my son in a couple days.  Now, before you think I’m some potty training guru I should also state that it took me a year to potty train another child.  I used similar strategies, started at the same age, and had different results.  Children are not all the same and there is no magic potty training method.  I found washable training pants to be useful at the many different stages of potty training.

The first stage of potty training is helping your child connect wetness with having to go potty.  If you are using cloth diapers without a stay-dry liner this connection typically comes earlier than if you are using disposable diapers.  If you are using cloth diapers with a stay dry liner, start putting the insert or prefold on top of the stay dry liner to help your child feel wetness.  If you are using disposables you can switch to washable training pants.  Since your child will still need the absorbency of a diaper at this point you may want to use the Kissa’s PocketTraining Pants or the GroVia Trainer.  These have a pocket where you can add absorbency.  You can continue to use these throughout potty training. 

When it is about time to get out the little potty chair you will want to have several washable training pants on hand.  The type of training pants you need depend on many factors.  Basically there are two main types:  thick underwear style and ones with a waterproof exterior.  Some parents jump right to an underwear style.  The training pants with a waterproof exterior will contain more liquid and are especially useful if your child takes a long time to potty train.  Kushies Taffeta Potty Training Pants, Flip Potty Trainers, and Bummis Training Pants all have waterproof exteriors that will help prevent puddles on the floor and wet spots on the couch.


When your child has mostly successful days, you can switch to thick underwear training pants or regular underwear.  For the first six months or so after a child is using the potty consistency I like to continue to use washable training pants for times when we were away from the house.  Training pants like the EcoPosh Recycled Organic Training Pants and the Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Bumpy Training Pants have a look and feel of underwear and work better for this time period.  They have a layer of waterproofing sandwiched between soft cotton.


Nighttime is usually the last hurdle.  This can take much longer than the rest of potty training.  You can use cloth diapers or pocket training pants for nighttime absorbency.   I continued to use cloth diapers at night until the child no longer fit into the cloth diapers or until the child was waking up with a dry diaper consistently.  When my child outgrew his extra-large cloth diapers at nighttime I put him in real underwear with a couple night time potty trips.

Whenever you decide to potty train remember that all children are different.  Some little ones are so wrapped up in play that they “forget” to do something when the urge comes.  Some little ones are more serious in nature and hate getting messy.  Some children are rather easy to potty train and others need more practice.  Whether you have an easy trainer or one that needs time, washable training pants can be used on the journey.  Thanks Mama offers many different brands of training pants to help you choose the one that suits your child the best.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Help Save the Earth with Cloth Training Pants for Boys

Your baby boy has grown and isn’t a baby anymore.  The time has come to start potty training.  While there are disposable trainers readily available, you can do your part in saving the Earth by using cloth training pants.   Not only will you be preventing more disposable products from going into the landfill, but you will also be saving energy.  Manufacture and use of disposable diapers and trainers consumes more energy than reusable cloth diapers or trainers.  Cloth training pants for boys don’t have to be plain.  Bummis Training Pants, GroVia My Choice Trainers, KaWaii Baby Training Pants, and the EcoPosh Recycled Organic Training Pants have prints and colors that would appeal to boys.

Bummis Training Pants are good cloth training pants for boys.  These high quality training pants are made with a flannel and terry pad interior to help your little boy feel wetness.    The cute print is made from polyester knit with a layer of waterproofing underneath.  These training pants can be pulled up and down by your child easily.  Soft lycra is at the legs and waist for a comfortable and secure fit.  It comes in several sizes designed to fit from 20-40+ lbs.  Bummis has a jungle and a frog print that would be enjoyed by many little boys.


The GroVia My Choice Trainer comes in a rugged gray color that is perfect for little boys. You can customize the look by changing the side panel color.  Made from an outer waterproof TPU layer and a hemp/cotton interior, this trainer has a special polyester GroCool liner against your child’s skin to help your little one feel wetness.  A feature of this training pant is the pocket that allows you to add absorbency making this a great choice for naps, nighttime and early potty training.  They are easy for your little one to pull up and down and easy for you to snap off for clean-up.  This one size trainer adjusts to fit from 18-35 lbs.  You can also use them at a larger size if you purchase the larger side panels.


KaWaii Baby Training Pants offer prints that would make good cloth training pants for boys.  Stars, cows, safari, and camouflage prints are all options your little boy might enjoy.  These training pants can be pulled up and down by your child.  They have a breathable waterproof TPU outer material and flannel on the inside with 3 layers of padding.  These only come in one size that fits 30+ lbs. 



Take a further step in saving the Earth by using cloth training pants made with recycled water bottles.  The EcoPosh Recycled Organic Training Pants are soft and comfortable like thick underwear.  The outer material is made from recycled water bottles and organic cotton with 2 layers of bamboo and organic cotton on the inside.  Sandwiched between is a waterproof panel of TPU.  These are not fully waterproof and are best used at later stages of potty training.  You can continue to use them as underwear after your child has trained.  They come in three sizes designed to fit from 25-45 lbs. 



Cloth training pants for boys come in a variety of brands, prints, and colors.  Not only can you help save the environment by using cloth training pants, but you can also make potty training more exciting with prints and colors your little boy would love.  Thanks Mama offers training pants from many different brands such as Mother Ease, GroVia, Imse Vimse, KaWaii Baby, Kissaluvs, Kushies, EcoPosh, Bummis, Dri-Line, Flip, Fuzzi Bunz, and Mom Innovations.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Spoil your Newborn with Bumgenius 3.0 All-in-One Cloth Diapers



Just before the birth of my daughter I added a six pack ofBumgenius 3.0 Deluxe All-in-One Cloth Diapers to her stash.  The little pink, white, and green cloth diapers I selected were adorable and tiny.  After she arrived and I was able to put the diapers to use, I fell in love with the diapers.  These cute and comfortable diapers were so easy to use and they held in messes quite well.

When she was a couple months old our family went to a restaurant with some new friends.  The topic of cloth diapers came up.  They had never seen a modern cloth diaper.  I pulled out a clean Bumgenius 3.0 out of my diaper bag.  As it passed from person to person there were “oohs” and “aahs” from parents at how easy and comfortable it looked. 

Bumgenius 3.0 Deluxe All-in-One Cloth Diapers have a waterproof exterior and a thirsty microfiber pad hidden under a stay dry lining.  They are designed to absorb and help your baby feel dry.  The gussets at the legs help keep messes contained.  If you have had a newborn, you know that keeping messes contained will save you much laundry.  Stretchy tabs with hook and loop closures make this diaper easy to put on and take off.   I found it easier to put on and off than a disposable because I didn’t have to unfold the disposable and put on diaper cream.   When you use cloth diapers you will find that diaper cream is not necessary most of the time.  When your baby does have a rash and needs some diaper cream you will need to place a barrier between the cloth diaper and the cream such as a washcloth, wipe, or a disposable liner.


The Bumgenius 3.0 Deluxe All-in-One Cloth Diapers are designed for newborns.  These little diapers fit from 6-12 lbs.  They fit below the belly button area so your baby’s cord will be given time to heal.  My daughter was 6 lbs. at birth and they started fitting right away and she was able to wear them for months.   When I purchased my daughter’s diapers there were only about 6 colors available.  Now they come in 13 colors including white, bold colors, and pastel colors.  If you are fond of prints, Thanks Mama offers these BumGenius newborn diapers in two different prints as well.

This easy to use cloth diaper is also easy to clean.   When you take the diaper off your baby, attach the hook and look fasteners to the laundry tabs.  For newborn breastfeeding only babies you can just toss every soiled and wet diaper into the dry diaper pail.  For babies who are using formula or solids you will want to shake off or rinse off any soiled areas before placing the diaper into the diaper pail.  Every 1-3 days you will need to wash the diapers.  On wash day place the soiled and wet diapers into the machine and wash on cold with 1/4 of manufacture’s recommended additive-free detergent.  After the cold wash, wash on hot with the same amount of detergent.  Then run two rinses and dry on warm.

These easy to use BumGenius 3.0 Deluxe All-in-One ClothDiapers were a hit in my household.  They were a hit with my friends.   While I had several different kinds of cloth diapers in my daughter’s stash, these were my favorite.  I didn’t just spoil my baby with these diapers.  I was a little bit spoiled too.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Go Green by Buying BumGenius Organic Cloth Diapers


So you recycle, walk to work, and set the air conditioner so you are on the brink of constant sweat, but you are not sure about this cloth diapering thing.  Aren’t they quite messy and don’t they use up a lot of water in washing?  Cloth diapers are not only the best choice environmentally, but they are quite easy to use and wash.  BumGenius Organic Cloth Diapers are a great choice for someone who wants to use natural materials and needs an easy to use cloth diaper.

The environmental benefits of cloth diapering are enormous.  Proponents of disposable diapers champion the idea that cloth diapers use so much water to wash that it isn’t much different from using disposables.  However, disposable diapers use water too.  More water is used to manufacture and use disposable diapers than cloth diapers.  There is also the landfill issue.  With over 27 billion disposable diapers used in the USA alone every year there are large amounts of disposables going into the landfill.  It is estimated that they will take from 250-500 years to decompose.  Disposable diaper packages state that human waste is to be discarded into the toilet, but human waste is often discarded along with the diaper.  Cloth diapers are the ultimate in recycling.  You can recycle the same diaper through multiple children or use it for several years.    Then when you are all done with the cloth diaper you can sell it, give it away, or even use it for house cleaning.  When that is all said and done you are left with something that will not take 250-500 years to decompose. 

BumGenius Elemental Organic One Size Cloth Diapers are easy to use cloth diapers with certified organic cotton up against your baby’s skin.  This diaper goes on and off like a disposable.  The stretchy tabs and gentle leg elastic help your baby get a good fit.  Since this is a one size diaper this cloth diaper can be used from approximately 7-35lbs.  Sizing is easily adjusted by snaps on the front of the diaper.  To use bumGenius organic diapers simply fasten the diaper on your baby with snaps.  When soiled shake off any waste into the toilet.  You can also use a handy diaper sprayer over the toilet to remove any soiled areas.  Clean your baby’s bum and fasten on another cloth diaper.  When wash day comes you will need to run an initial cold wash to rinse them well, followed by a hot wash and cold rinses. 

When you enter the cloth diapering world you will find that your options for style go far beyond a little printed strip at the front of a disposable diaper.  BumGenius organic diapers come in a variety of colors and prints.  In addition to a standard white there are 12 additional colors available.  You can choose a pastel or more bold color to suit your child’s personality.  You can also find some beautifully designed prints.  BumGenius Organic Cloth Diapers are available individually or in cloth diaper packages.  You will save more money if you purchase them in a package.  Packages are available for 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 diapers at Thanks Mama.


Using cloth diapers is an excellent way to go green.  Choosing cloth diapers with material grown free from pesticides and herbicides is even better.  No need to worry about the icky factor.  BumGenius Elemental Organic One Size Cloth Diapers are easy to use and wash.  Take a look at all the many different colors and prints available at Thanks Mama.

Where to Buy the Best Wool Diaper Covers


When I first looked into cloth diapering, I considered using wool diaper covers full-time.  I was advised not to go that route because I was told that wool was too bulky for daytime use.   After 10 years of cloth diapering I can say that isn’t true.  There are many different styles of wool diaper covers and it all depends on how you use them.  The best wool diaper cover is the one that is right for your family.

Wool is a natural and breathable material that is absorbent too.  It is antimicrobial and doesn’t need to be washed after each use.  While it may cost more to purchase a wool diaper cover, you will need less of them.  They are designed to last too.  Last night I used an AristocratsWool Cover on my daughter.  It is the same one I used on my son 5 years ago.   If you have a heavy wetter then wool is an excellent choice.  When I cloth diapered my first child I realized that I had a super soaker on my hands.  Oh how I wish I had gone with the wool full-time back then. 

Wool isn’t a trim choice.  You will typically need to buy a larger pant size because clothing is not made for a cloth diapered bum.  Some wool diaper covers would work better with pants than others.  The Sugar Peas Single Layer Organic Knit Wool Covers and the Imse Vimse Bumpy Wool Covers are a more trim option.  If you have a little girl who wears many dresses more options are open for daytime wool use.  Many parents use wool covers as a pair of shorts too.  You can also use wool longies or shorties during the day.

So what is the best wool diaper cover for your family?  It depends.  First you have to consider what kind of cloth diaper you will use.  If you will be using prefolds and don’t want to pin then your choices are more limited.  The Imse Vimse Bumpy Wool Cover will work with prefolds.  If you are using fitted cloth diapers or fastened prefolds then you can use a much greater variety.   Do you want to use the wool diaper cover as a pair of shorts or pants?  The EcoPosh Wool Cover, the Aristocrats Wool Cover, Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool Cover, and the Kissaluvs Wool Lover all have a similar design.  They are pull-on covers that can be used as a pair of shorts.  Many parents use them for nighttime because they stretch to cover the nighttime diaper and are naturally absorbent.  

Wool Longies may be the best wool diaper cover for you if you desire to have a wool cover and pants in one.  Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool Longies and the Aristocrats Wool Longies can be worn as a pair of pants over a cloth diaper.   Because wool is cool in summer and warm in winter you can use longies all year round.  If you are wanting shorts then consider the Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool Shorties.

The best wool diaper cover for your family is out there.  First determine what kind of cloth diaper you will use and how you will approach clothing your little one.  Using wool full-time is an option, but using wool part-time is great too.  So where do you find these great wool diaper covers?  Thanks Mama offers many wool diaper cover choices to suit your family from brands like Imse Vimse, Sustainablebabyish, Kissaluvs, Aristocrats, EcoPosh, and SugarPeas.

Make Your Cloth Diapers Last Longer with One Size Fits All

So you have decided to cloth diaper and you are thinking of going with one size cloth diapers?  One size cloth diapers are growing in popularity.  Many parents are deciding to forgo multiple size cloth diapers and get all their baby’s cloth diapers at once.  One size cloth diapers are not all made the same.  Even if you decide to go with one size cloth diapers you will have to determine which one will meet your family’s needs the best.

Most one size fits all cloth diapers start fitting around 7 or 8 lbs. and usually fit until your little one is around 35 lbs.  So unless you have a smaller baby or a larger toddler one size cloth diapers can take you all the way from birth to potty training.  Many parents find this a more economical choice especially if they are cloth diapering only one child or the youngest child.  One size fits all cloth diapers don’t all work the same way.  Some brands like bumGenius adjust sizing by snaps on the front of the cloth diaper.  For diapers like MotherEase One Size Fitted Cloth Diapers sizing is adjusted by folding down the top of the diaper before snapping it on.  If you are fond of the button-style size adjustments in children’s clothing then you may prefer Fuzzi Bunz One Size Elite Pocket Diapers.  Button adjustments at the legs and waist help you get the right fit for your baby.

If you have been considering cloth diapers you have probably noticed that there are many different types of cloth diapers.  You have all in one cloth diapers, pocket diapers, fitted diapers, cloth diaper covers, and more.  There is the same variety found in one size fits all cloth diapers.  You will find one size all in one cloth diapers like the bumGenius Elemental Organic One Size Cloth Diaper and the Bumkins All-in-One One Size Diaper.  Fitted diapers are also available in one size options like the MotherEase One Size Fitted Cloth Diaper.  Pocket cloth diapers are probably one of the most common one size fits all cloth diapers.  Popular brands are Fuzzi Bunz, bumGenius, Bumkins, KaWaii Baby, and Happy Heinys.  It doesn’t end there.  There are one size cloth diaper covers that you can use with one size fitted cloth diapers.  There are also one size contours like the Imse Vimse Organic TerryContour Diapers.  Let’s say you wanted to have the adjustability of a pocket diaper, but also desire organic fibers and wish to use wool covers for an all-natural diaper stash.  There are a couple one size diapers that will fit the bill there too.  The Babykicks OrganicFitted Cloth Diaper and the EcoPosh Recycled Organic One Size Fitted PocketDiaper have natural fibers and pockets for you to add any needed absorbency. 

One size fits all cloth diapers will typically last for a baby’s cloth diapering years.  Depending on how often you wash them they can continue to be used for future children as well.  Many parents also find that one size cloth diapers are especially useful when you have a couple children in cloth diapers at the same time.  They can use the same cloth diapers at different size settings.  All in ones and pocket cloth diapers are typically the most easy to use.  Fitted cloth diapers with cloth diaper covers usually provide more natural fiber choices.  There are a plethora of options out there.  Decide what is most important to you and choose the one size cloth diaper that works best for your family.

What Are the Best All in One Cloth Diaper Brands


When I was searching out what kind of cloth diapers to buy for my baby, I read reviews of many different kinds of cloth diapers.   Reviews can give you the experience of everyday moms and dads who have put the diaper to the test.  Thanks Mama is a great place to read reviews and it is easy to view the cream of the crop from the bottom half just by looking at the 5 star rating system.  At Thanks Mama parents rated the Thirsties Duo All in One Cloth Diaper, the Mother Ease All in One Cloth Diaper, the Bumkins All in One One-Size Cloth Diaper, and the bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size Cloth Diapers as the best all in one cloth diapers.



The Thirsties Duo All in One Cloth Diaper has a waterproof outer and a soaker made out of microfiber terry.  Stay dry microfleece is up against your baby’s skin.  The unique tunnel system not only allows you to add absorbency, but it will allow the diaper to wash easier and dry quicker.  You can get it with Aplix or snap closures.  This is a two size diaper with additional snap down size adjustments on each diaper.  The two sizes are designed to fit from 6-40 lbs.





The Mother Ease All in One Cloth Diaper was rated among one of the best all in one cloth diapers.  It is a thirsty side-snapping all in one.  It has a waterproof outer with inner material that is made out of knit cotton terry.  This is a great choice for bedtime or naptime.  It provides a comfortable stretchy fit that is breathable.  This one comes in three sizes that fit from 10-45 lbs.



The new design by Bumkins was highly rated as well.  The Bumkins All in One One-Size Diaper has the popular soft and cute Bumkins waterproof prints.  The snap closures eliminate the dreaded diaper snake in the dryer.  If you are looking for a trim all in one cloth diaper then consider this one.  It has stay dry fleece up against your baby’s skin and an absorbent fold out cotton and bamboo panel.  You can fold this and stuff it in the pocket behind the stay dry fleece or lay it on top of the stay dry fleece.   Snap down adjustable sizing make this a one-size cloth diaper.



bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size Cloth Diapers also ranked high with parents.  Organic cotton is up against baby’s skin with a waterproof exterior that comes in a variety of colors and prints.  Snap closures and gentle leg elastic help provide a great fit.  The attached organic liner can be customized to absorb where your baby needs it most.  This one size diaper has snap down settings on the front of the diaper and it is designed to fit from 7-35 lbs.



I'm sure you are wondering by now where you can find out more about these diapers that were ranked as the best all in one cloth diapers.  All four of these brands are found at Thanks Mama along with reviews written by parents like you.  Read the reviews and decide which one best fits your baby’s needs.

Reduce your Carbon Footprint with Cloth Training Pants for Girls


So you have reached that all important step in your little girl’s life and it is time to start potty training.  All the options can be overwhelming.  When you choose cloth training pants instead of disposable trainers you are not only providing your little girl a comfortable trainer, but you are also helping reduce your family’s carbon footprint.  Cloth training pants for girls don’t have to be dull and plain.  Many exciting colors and prints are available for little girls.

Using cloth training pants is a great way to recycle and reduce the amount of garbage heading to the landfill.  Disposable diapers and training pants use a large amount of water, wood, chlorine, and fuel in manufacturing.  Cloth training pants are more energy efficient.  At the end of potty training you will still have potty training pants that you can recycle once again by selling, giving them away, or saving them for a younger child.  Colorful prints found on cloth training pants can also be a great motivator leading to less time potty training.


Kushies Taffeta Potty Training Pants are great cloth training pants for girls.  These training pants have a waterproof exterior and flannel interior with a hidden soaker.  They are good for daytime use and can be pulled up and down by your toddler.  They have sizes to fit toddlers from 22-50 lbs.  Their girly prints are modern and cute.  They include prints like Milky Latte, Pink Crazy Circles, Distressed Pink Circles, Pink Fanta, and Light Pink Groovy Squares.



The Kissa’s Pocket Training Pants are good for daytime or nighttime use.  Just add some absorbency into the pocket for nights or naps.  They have a waterproof outer and an inner flannel print.  Your toddler can pull them up and down and you can snap them off for an easy clean-up.  When you add absorbency into the pocket they will absorb like a pocket cloth diaper.  They come in two sizes to fit from 20-40 lbs.  If you have a little girl you may be interested in the Kissa’s Pocket Training Pant in pink with a coordinating inner flannel print.



Imse Vimse Training Pants are very comfortable and make great cloth training pants for girls.  They look and feel like thick underwear.   They have a layer of waterproofing hidden between organic terry on the inside and cotton the outside.  These are best suited to the later stages of potty training.  I still like to use them with my recently potty-trained daughter when we are on the go.  They come in multiple sizes designed to fit from 20-54 lbs.  They do have a cute girly print too.  The Kiss the Frog print has flowers, hearts, crowns, and a frog prince on them. 


Not only will you help reduce your carbon footprint if you use cloth training pants, but you will also find an assortment of cute and girly prints that will delight your little girl.  Thanks Mama offers cloth training pants from a variety of brands including EcoPosh, MotherEase, Bummis, Flip, Dri-Line, Fuzzi Bunz, GroVia, Imse Vimse, Kissaluvs, KaWaii Baby, Kushies, and Mom Innovations.

How to Find the Best Cheap Cloth Diapers for Sale


In this economy cloth diapering is an excellent way to save money on expenses for your baby.  The costs of cloth diapers can vary based on the kinds of cloth diapers you choose.  If you are cloth diapering to save money then you will want to look for cheap cloth diapers for sale.  The most inexpensive types of cloth diapers are prefolds with diaper covers and if you purchase them at package savings you will save even more.

Prefolds will give you the biggest bang for your buck if you are looking for cheap cloth diapers for sale.  They are thirsty, durable, and quite inexpensive.   Prefolds are rectangular cloth diapers that have been folded and stitched.  They must be folded into a diaper cover or fastened on your baby with diaper pins or a Snappi.  Bleached and Unbleached Indian Cotton Prefolds cost only $2.75 for an infant size and $3.50 for a premium size.  If you want to save even more and are planning to fold the prefold into a diaper cover then you can find the OsoCozy Better Fit Unbleached Prefolds for only $2.00 for the infant size and $2.50 for the premium size.  You will need 6-15 cloth diapers per day.  It is typical for newborns to need about 12-15, infants to need 10-12, and toddlers to need 6-8 prefolds per day.  You can wash every day or every 2-3 days.

If you decide to save money and use prefold cloth diapers you will need to purchase some waterproof cloth diaper covers.  If you stop by your local baby warehouse store or big department store you may find plastic pants for a really good price as well as prefolds for an even better price than the ones listed here.  Avoid those.  Leaks are quite common because the prefolds are not thirsty and the plastic pants are not high quality.  Choosing a thirsty cloth diaper and a good quality diaper cover will save you many changes of clothes for you and your baby.  The Bummis Pull-On Diaper Cover is a high quality pull-on pant that goes on like a pair of shorts and is priced for savings at only $6.50 each.  You would need to fasten the prefold with diaper pins or a Snappi first.  If you want to fold the prefold and lay it in the cover consider the KaWaii Baby Happy Leak Free One Size Diaper Cover for only $6.99 and the durable Proraps Diaper Covers for only $7.99 each.  You will need at least 4-6 diaper covers.

With cloth diaper packages you can find prefolds and diaper covers at even greater savings.   You can get started with the Just Get Me Started Package at Thanks Mama.  At only $45.99 you will get a dozen prefolds and 3 Proraps.  You will have to wash daily, but you can take the money you would spend on disposables and get more prefolds and covers.  The Infant Prefold Package will give you 24 prefolds and 4 Prorap covers allowing you to wash every 2-3 days for only $69.95.  If you have an older baby you may be interested in the Premium Prefold Package that comes with 18 premium prefolds and 4 Prorap Diaper Covers for only $68.99. 


Finding cheap cloth diapers for sale isn’t too difficult.  If you want to save money then sticking with high-quality prefolds and diapers covers is a great choice.  For the cost of two packs of disposables you can get started cloth diapering and watch your savings multiply.  At the end of your cloth diapering journey not only will you have saved many dollars, but you will also still have cloth diapers that you can use for another child.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Natural Teething Remedies



I wish I would have all the answers on how to relieve the pain for a teething baby. For now all I can offer is our experience and a few words of wisdom. Guess what?

"The teeth will come out eventually, teething doesn't last forever though there are moments it may seem like it does!"

"Every baby teethes differently. Ignore those that say 'It can't be too bad', they must have had an easy teether."

I knew teething bothers babies. My first daughter had a hard time, but every teething remedy actually helped her. My second, a son, is really bothered by it and nothing helps him beyond fleeting momentary relief. Of course this means I have searched far and wide for anything that may help him. He will be 9 months soon, not a single tooth yet. We have a couple of teethers that get chewed on a lot, but they only offer so much help. 

Teething Necklaces: I was skeptical of these but wanted to try it because I didn't know what else to do with Baby T. To my surprise these do work, it seems to make his teething a lot less severe. I know this because at one point I took the necklace off and forgot he wasn't wearing it, until I realized that it was the worst two weeks of his teething and remembered that it was a lot better with the necklace. I put it on him again and magically it does something, he didn't have any more long screaming episodes - somehow it relieves the pain and lessens drooling. 

Teething Tablets: These homeopathic tablets helped my daughter tremendously, we used them a lot and they they were our no fail go-to remedy. Baby T? Not so much. They offer a little bit of relief, but definitely not after one dose (he needs at least two), and not for very long. So as all things, it will depend on your baby. I actually found that single ingredient chamomilla helped him more than the combination tablets. 

Teethers: It's hard to find non-toxic teethers, but they do exist and they are often made of natural rubber - our preferred material. Silicone ones may also be a good option, but I don't feel they are quite as safe as rubber. I love the look and features of the So'Pure Sophie the Giraffe Natural Soother, it looks like something Baby T would love to gnaw on. A wooden teether or rattle is also a wonderful option, wood is actually naturally antimicrobial. 

Clove Oil: Don't ever use clove oil straight up on the baby's gums, but instead look for essential oil blends that include clove oil. We have found it helpful on several occasions for severe teething episodes. There are quite a few small, 'home made' brands that make clove oil blends that are safe for babies. You can also find recipes for diluting clove oil yourself, don't forget it is perfect for adults with tooth pain too!

Cold Wet Washcloths: A tried and true method that many parents swear by is the wet wash cloth placed in the fridge or freezer. We didn't find this particularly helpful, perhaps it is preferred by older teething toddlers, but my 9 month old wasn't a fan, he just didn't like holding a cold, wet washcloth

Ice in a Mesh Feeder: Some ice chips or frozen fruits and veggies places in a mesh feeder are another great option. Frozen mango chunks in a mesh feeder is a favorite of Baby T. Other favorites are bananas, strawberries, and watermelon. Ice chips will not be as messy, but with fruit be prepared for a sticky situation and a possible bath!

What is your baby's favorite natural teething remedy?



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