Monday, August 23, 2010

Diaper Types Part 1 (Pockets, Prefolds, Covers)

A pocket diaper has an outer layer of waterproof material (usually PUL - polyurethane laminate) and an inner layer of microfleece or suedecloth. There is an opening (usually at the waist) where you slide the insert or absorbant part of the diaper in.  Examples are BumGenuis, FuzziBunz, Happy Heinys, Thirsties Duo Diapers

A prefold is a rectangular shaped diaper with 3 'sections' divided by seams. The center section has more layers than the outer sections. This is referred to as ply (i.e. 4x8x4). A prefold can be pinned or simply folded and placed inside a waterproof cover. These are a great choice for newborns - many moms agree!  This is your 'grandmothers' diaper.  Prefolds combined with covers are the MOST cost effective way to cloth diaper.

A diaper cover or wrap is made of a waterproof layer of material. These are used to cover prefolds, flats, fitted or contour diapers. Diaper covers can have a snap or velcro closure.  Covers can be a wrap (fastens at the waist) or pull up type - common with wool and fleece covers.

Not Me Monday

Mckmama- Not Me Monday
My first NOT ME Monday post!! After reading them at MckMama's blog ( for over a year I'm finally writing my own.
        I DID NOT eat the rest of the package of chocolate chip cookie dough from the fridge last night after the kids went to bed.
       I DID NOT go grocery shopping with the kids and allow DD to wear her pajamas to the store and post a picture on FaceBook.
      I DID NOT tell my DH he was being mean to DD and take both kids for a 2.5 excursion to get away from him - when I was on the first day of my period.

Stripping Your Diapers

Build up refers to residue left by detergents, fabric softeners, and other substances used to clean diapers. In rare instances, baking soda will react with certain minerals in water and also cause build up. If you notice a decrease in the functionality of your diapers, build up may be the culprit.

Stripping refers to the removal of residue on diapers. There are a few different options for you to try:
Option 1: Repeat the following process twice (standard top-loading washer):
· Run your covers and diapers through a wash with only hot water (if allowed by manufacturer’s washing instructions).
· Run a second wash using 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar in this second wash.
· 1/2 cup vinegar again in first rinse cycle.
· Run a second rinse cycle with plain hot water.
· Dry covers/diapers in dryer.

Option 2: To strip diapers, simply hand wash your diaper with your regular dish soap (gets the oils out), add a bit of dish soap to the fleece, either rub the fleece vigoriously together or use a medium bristle dish brush or hard bristle toothbrush to scrub the fleece. Turn inside out and repeat on this side. Rinse very good, making sure that the water runs clear. You may use this method at any time you feel that the diaper may be repelling or as a preventative measure once a week.

Option 3: If you are still having problems, special cleaning agents may be used to strip diapers. These options include a very hot wash using 2 scoops Oxiclean or you may also try a hot wash with 1 ball of RLR

Saturday, August 14, 2010

How do I wash my cloth diapers?

Standard Top Loading Machine
  1. Set washer to highest water setting for a big load of diapers.
  2. Run a Cold Rinse Cycle.
  3. Wash Warm or Hot (as recommended by manufacturer) with about 1/4 cup of detergent.
  4. Rinse well to ensure all detergent is removed from diapers.
  5. You can dry your diapers & inserts in the dryer on Medium or High heat (as recommended by manufacturer) -or- you can air dry them outside.  Sunlight acts as a 'bleaching' agent and will keep your diapers & inserts looking fresh & white -- naturally!

HE or Front Loading Machine
  1. Run a Rinse/Drain cycle with no spin.
  2. Run Warm or Hot wash cycle (as recommended by manufacturer) with 1 scoop of Charlie's Soap (recommended for its low-sudsing wash).
  3. Rinse well to ensure all detergent is removed from diapers.  (We run an extra rinse!)
  4. Spin on High to reduce drying time!
  5. You can dry your diapers & inserts in the dryer on Medium or High heat (as recommended by manufacturer) -or- you can air dry them outside.  Sunlight acts as a 'bleaching' agent and will keep your diapers & inserts looking fresh & white -- naturally!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Dumping Disposable Diapers" a Great Read for Those Considering Cloth

If you've never wandered over to then you're really missing out. Not only is it full of tons of great info from from topics like home birth, breastfeeding, vaccines and cooking to cloth diapering! The Mothering crew really has a love for cloth and they've got some great articles that are really worth reading.
One such article is Dumping Disposable Diapers, by Lindsay Evans. Lindasy shares with readers her thought process on making the switch, how the idea came about and why it works for her.
"as my stock of disposables dwindled and Amelia and I settled in to our new life together, the thought of continuously buying—and supporting the makers of—disposable diapers made me sick."

She covers the different styles of cloth diapers, their cost, how to care for them, and more in this great article. She even discusses traveling with cloth diapers and the environmental debate, cloth vs. disposables.

This is a perfect article if your a newbie, or considering making the switch to cloth. Head on over to Mothering and check it out!

Also check out the Diapering forum in the Community Area.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Layaway Program Now Available!

You have made your decision to use cloth diapers..... And the startup cost of cloth diapers has got you down. Use our layaway program to buy your stash for your upcoming arrival or to purchase the next size. A great way to switch and watch your budget at the same time.

How it works:

1.Make your selections and add all the items to your shopping cart and go to check out.

2.On the payment screen enter coupon code LAYAWAY. This will reduce the order total by 75%.

3.Continue through the check out process and pay 25% of your order total plus the shipping charges via your PayPal account

4.You will receive an email confirming the your layaway.

5.Make a payment every 30 days for at least 15%

6.When your order is paid in full and your order is scheduled for shipment!

The fine print

•Orders of $100 or more are eligible for Layaway

•Can not be combined with sales coupons except the military discount which CAN be applied after your initial payment

•Certain items are dropshipped from the manufacturer. These items are not actually ordered until the payment is made in full. In rare cases a manufacturer may change or discontinue a product during the payment period. If this happens and the product or a reasonable substitute (such as a different color) is not available then a refund will be issued.

• Pay it off quickly or spread it out over 6 months to pay! Make several payments, or one lump sum. Pay Pal is accepted for payment. Comfy Cozy Diapers will send out reminder bills on the 1st of the month until payment is paid in full.

•Cancellations: layaways that are cancelled, have not had a payment in 60 days or remain unpaid after 6 months will not receive a cash refund, only store credit will be issued for amount you have paid less the 20% restocking fee.

•Please be sure to enter correct contact information, including a e-mail address that you check regularly.

•The price at time of layaway will not be adjusted for future sales, or increases in price.

Gift certificates may be applied to your layaway! Just send me an email with the gift certificate number.

If you have a question on our layaway program please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions. You may contact me at

SoftBums Insert as a Contour Diaper

I got a resin snap pliers last week and was able to try something I had wanted to do for a while. I added a snap to my Kawaii Baby Cover and then snapped in my SoftBums Pod(Drytouch insert) to use as a contour diaper. It worked great! If you want to create your on AI2 then this is a great cost effective way to do it.

 I added a snap to the back of a Kawaii Baby Stay Dry Cover

Bamboo insert snapped into place and folded under in the front

All done! Just replace insert when it's wet or dirty and you can wipe down the cover between changes.

Teething Pain?

Are you looking for a way to help your little one with their teething pain but trying to avoid unnecessary medication? Try a baltic amber teething necklace or bracelet.

"Acompletely natural, drug-free way to relieve the symptoms of teething in babies and toddlers

Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone. It is therefore warm to the touch, and light to wear.
When amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases miniscule amounts of healing oils from the amber which are then absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream.
Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties have long been appreciated by parents in Europe.
Baltic Amber baby teething natural pain relief necklaces are suitable for babies, toddlers, and children. They are not designed for chewing with teeth, parent supervision is recommended at all times when baby is wearing necklace. Amber is associated with sunlight and warmth and reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds and is thus the perfect help for babies and toddlers who wear it when they are teething."

Amber may also be beneficial for YOU! I'm wearing some to help with boosting my immune system and giving me more energy. Succinic acid is used by the body in many of it's processes and the succinic acid absorbed through the skin from the amber can boost these processes.