Thursday, June 27, 2013

Spotlight on Kissaluvs


There are a lot of great cloth diaper brands out there, and we know it can be overwhelming to research them all.  That's why today we are spotlighting a well-loved brand that offers high-quality cloth diapering products to cover every aspect of your cloth diapering needs.

Kissaluvs are probably best known for their great fitted diapers, but did you know that they make everything from fitteds, to all in ones, to wet-bags?  Whatever you need, Kissaluvs has you and your baby covered!  Let's take a look at some of the great products they offer, and some of the fantastic deals you can get on Kissaluvs from Thanks Mama!

Kissaluvs Fitted Diapers are available in two sizes- size 0 which is made to fit newborns up to 15 lbs, and size M/L which will fit babies more like a one-sized diaper from 15 to 40 lbs.  These fitteds are really absorbent, which makes them perfect for heavy wetters and for naps and night time.  They aren't waterproof, so they do need a cover.  You don't want to forget that step or you're going to walk in to a very wet mattress in the morning!  Kissaluvs fitted diapers are made from a super soft cotton fleece and have a hidden microfiber soaker.  The entire diaper is absorbent, which is what makes it such a fantastic night time diapering solution.  They come in unbleached cotton as well as some really cute colors.  The size 0 fitteds feature a snap-down umbilical cord zone to help protect those tiny navels and keep them nice and dry.

Kissaluvs Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diapers are perfect for overnight fitted diapers.  These super absorbent diapers are made out of certified organic cotton and hemp, which is a naturally anti-bacterial fabric.  Hemp is an excellent choice for overnight diapers because it is so absorbent, and the fact that it is anti-bacterial means that you will not deal with the potential stink issues that you would with man made fibers.  We all know those night time diapers can be a little on the potent side when your baby wakes up from a full night's sleep, so natural fibers like organic cotton and hemp are a perfect choice.  These fitted diapers are also available in newborn and M/L, and have a snap-in soaker for extra absorbency for heavy wetters.  This diaper also requires a cover as it is not water proof.

Kissaluvs Countour Diapers  are an economical fitted option.  These diapers are made of cotton fleece with a sewn in microfiber soaker and have elasticized leg openings, but no snap closures.  You can put these on your baby and simply cover it with your PUL or wool diaper cover, or you can use your closure of choice.  Snappis, Pins, Boingos, all of these will keep your contour diaper closed.  To adjust the rise of the diaper, you simply fold down the front or back of the diaper.  These also come in unbleached and colored cotton.

Kissaluvs Diaper Covers are the perfect way to cover up your fitted or contour diapers, and there are several great options to choose from.  Kissaluvs Wool Lover Diaper Covers are a great night time option because it is natural and breatheable, lets air circulate, and will help baby's bum stay free of rashes.  It will also help absorb any leaks while keeping your baby's clothes and sheets dry.  Best of all- wool covers can go up to 2-3 weeks without being washed as long as they aren't soiled with solids.  They do require hand washing and some special care, but as you don't have to wash often, it's not all that much more difficult than  PUL covers.

Speaking of PUL covers- Kissaluvs has several to choose from.  There's the Marvel One Size Diaper Cover, Prorap Classic Diaper Covers, and Kissa's Kutie Printed Diaper Cover.  All are waterproof and will keep your little one's clothes clean and dry.  If the cover isn't dirtied with solids, you can even wipe it down and use it for the next fitted!  It's economical, and easy.

The last thing I want to highlight (although there are many more great products made by Kissaluvs, so make sure you take a look around and explore a little bit!) are the Kissaluvs Antibacterial Pail Liners.  You've got to have a place to store all those dirty fitteds and covers, right?  Kissaluvs Antibacterial Pail Liner is made of water-proof PUL so that it keeps everything contained inside of the bag, and it's treated with an anti-microbial effect to keep your pail smelling fresh and clean.  These Pail Liners can hold a couple dozen dirty diapers, and the elasticized top will keep the liner nice and snug around your diaper pail.

The best part?  When you buy a Kissaluvs fitted or contour package of 6 or more, you get a free cover! You can choose from Bummis Whisper Pants, Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, Or Proraps.  That's everything you need to get started at a great price.  Also, for a limited time you can get $10 back through a mail in rebate when you purchase $100 or more of Kissaluvs products by July 2nd!  You can get all of the details and access the form here.  So go go go!  That makes a great deal even better, and you don't want to miss out!  Kissaluvs are a great way to diaper your baby, and now is the time to stock up!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Why Organic Mattresses?

When you're preparing for a new baby, you want to get the best and safest of everything for them.  You buy them organic cotton cloth diapers, organic cotton onesies, and you research everything to make sure it's safe.  The one thing you've probably not thought about a whole lot is your baby's crib mattress. It's an easy thing to overlook because it seems so simple, but not all crib mattresses are equal.  You may want to consider an organic crib mattress.

So why spend the extra money on an organic mattress, such as the Naturepedic Crib Mattress?  There are quite a few great reasons!

1.  Babies spend 10-14 hours a day sleeping.  So your baby's mattress is the one thing (besides you) that they spend the most time around each day.  That's a lot of time spent with their little heads resting on the mattress, so you want to make sure it's safe.

2.  Organic Crib Mattresses are made with organic and non-toxic materials that limit your baby's exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, letting your baby sleep comfortably while you sleep worry free.

3.  It's still waterproof!  Naturepedic Mattresses are made of food grade polyethylene.  That means your baby's mattress will not absorb any night time accidents, but it's also non-toxic and safe.

4.  No chemical fire retardants!  Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are filled with organic cotton, which is much less flammable than traditional chemical-laden materials.  This means that your baby is safer in every respect when it comes to being resistant to fire.

Naturepedic Organic Mattresses are made to be comfortable and to last with Steel Innersprings or Wavesupport Lightweight Technology.  Their Steel Innersprings are recyclable and provide great support without aggravating anyone with allergies.  The Wavesupport Lightweight Technology mattresses are exclusive to Naturepedic and offer great support at about half the weight of a traditional innerspring mattress.  That means easy and less back-breaking sheet changes!

At Thanks Mama you can find organic mattresses in the sizes you need most.  You can keep your baby comfortable an safe in their first weeks on a Naturepedic Bassinet Mattress, move them later onto their organic crib mattress, then once they're ready for their first big kid bed you can help them sleep soundly on a Naturepedic Twin Mattress.  We know you want the best for your babies and children, and an organic mattress is an important thing to consider.  It may help you and your baby sleep more soundly!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reusable Swim Diapers

It's summertime mamas, and you know what that means!  Trips to the park, the zoo, play dates, and pool parties!  Since you're such a savvy mom, I'm sure you're already planning on putting your little one in washable swim diapers at the pool or spray park.  So if you're wondering about your options, and are in the market for a cute and effective swim diaper, look no further!

Bummis Swimmi diapers are super easy and adorable swim diapers that have aplix closures and function much like normal cloth diapers.  They are trim, have a mesh interior to keep messes in, and let water out.  They come in five cute prints and are an affordable option for baby!

Imse Vimse Swim Diapers have 18 prints in all sorts of colors to choose from, including cute skirted diapers for girls!  That's a lot of cute to pick from!  Besides being able to match your babe's swim diaper to almost any suit, Imse Vimse Swim Diapers have comfortable elastic to keep baby comfortable, and side snaps for easy changes.  They also feel like a swimsuit, so pair these with a rash-guard and you have an adorable suit for your little one!

Kushies Swimsuit Diapers have an outer shell of nylon, let gussets for a comfortable and secure fit, and a completely customizable tie closure.  Also, have you seen these reusable swim diapers?  Oh my cuteness.  These are perfect for the tiny fashionista.  No other little bum will look as cute as your little one at the pool this summer.  They are also affordable and offer 11 different prints and colors, so it won't break the bank if you can't decide between a few of the cute colors!

i play Swim Diapers have several styles to choose from.  All are functional and fashionable.  You can choose ruffles, no ruffles, or board shorts!  They have a waterproof outer layer, an absorbent core, and a moisture-wicking inner liner.  The price varies depending on the style of i play Swim Diaper you choose, but they are all reasonably priced and would be perfect when paired with a coordinating rash guard.

The benefits of using a reusable swim diaper for baby are pretty obvious.  You are choosing to put soft cloth against your baby's sensitive skin instead of the papery feeling of disposables.  You'll save a good deal of money over disposables since you can reuse washable swim diapers over and over and over again.  Don't throw those cute swim diapers away!  Also, and this is something I think most cloth diapering parents will agree on, the cute factor of cloth swim diapers just can't be beat!

So what are you waiting for?   Ditch the disposables and jump into reusable swim diapers, the water's fine!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Kushies Giveaway!

You may have noticed a new giveaway on our Facebook page last week. We've partnered with Kushies to give away a package of 5 Kushies Ultra Lite cloth diapers, a swim diaper, wet bags, long sleeve bib, and the awesome Stacrobats Magnetic stacking toy. You can enter to win right here or stop by our Facebook page

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Potty Training Pants and Overnight Training Pants

Is your baby showing signs that they're ready to ditch the diapers and use the potty?  For cloth diapering parents, that can bring up some mixed emotions.  On the one hand- no more spraying poop into the toilet!  On the other- no more cute fluffy diapers!  Well moms and dads, I'm going to tell you about some adorable potty training pants and reusable overnight training pants that will help both you and your baby transition out of their cloth diapers and into those cute princess or superhero undies.  With a lot less bedwetting in the mean time!

There are quite a few brands of super cute and super functional reusable potty training pants available at Thanks Mama, so let's go over a few of them and help you figure out what will work for you!

Bummis Training Pants are a lot like underwear, so these might be just what you need if you have a little one who is just over diapers.  Bummis Training Pants don't have hip snaps, they pull up and down like real underwear, so your little one will feel like a big kid in these training pants.  These training pants come in white and a cute gender neutral print.  They're waterproof with a cotton-hemp inner that will help your child recognize wetness when they have an accident.  They're not as absorbent as cloth diapers, so they may not be the best choice for overnight wear if your child doesn't sleep through the night without wetting consistently.  The absorbent core is a layer of microfiber and a layer of long loop cotton terry.  As an added bonus, Bummis Training Pants are made in North America!  They are produced in Canada, and they try to source as many of their materials as possible from North America.

Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Training Pants are another underwear-like option.  These training pants were actually designed to fit a loosely so that your little one can pull them up and down by themselves easily.  We all know that how quickly a little one is able to pull their underwear off can mean the difference between going potty in the toilet or on the floor next to it.  It's pretty much across the board that they will wait until the very last minute to tell you they've got to go!  Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Training Pants are waterproof, and have an inner layer of knit cotton to cover the 2 layers of absorbent core.  The cool thing about Potty Scotty and Potty Patty training pants is that the Potty Scottys are padded with extra absorbency in the front where boys need it most, and the Potty Pattys are padded in the middle where girls need it most.  They'll contain the mess while still allowing your little one to feel wet so they will want to potty train faster.  These training pants are recommended more for day time or for more consistently dry little ones.

Mother Ease Training Pants are a really cute pull-up training pant option.  They come in a variety of prints, and while they are waterproof and have a layer of cotton terry inside to help absorb messes, they are quite a lot like underwear.  These training pants offer light protection against accidents.  They are easily pulled up and down by your toddler, and have fully elasticized leg openings.

Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Night Time Training Pants are a more night-time specific training pant.  They are much more absorbent than day time training pants, and while they are still easily pulled up and down by your little potty-trainer, they also have hip snaps for easy accident cleanup.  This is great if they have a messier accident at night.  They're waterproof with an inner of soft terry cloth and an absorbent inner core of fiber sponge.  These trainers are a great option for naps and night time, jut keep in mind that while they are absorbent, you do need to change your child after one accident.  They probably wouldn't hold an entire night of accidents.

Mother Ease Bedwetter Pants are a good option for night-time potty training.  They are much more absorbent than their training pants, and have an absorbent soaker panel that is separated from the cover at the leg openings.  This means faster drying time, which is great.  They still look a lot like underwear and can be pulled up and down by your toddler.

There are several more types of reusable potty training pants available at Thanks Mama, but hopefully now you have a good idea of what is out there without feeling totally overwhelmed.  So be prepared for the day your little one makes their move to potty train and stock up on a few day time training pants and night time cloth training pants.  Once they have the urge to start, you don't want to lose momentum!

Good luck!

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