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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Directions For Use


Our diapers are pocket diapers; the microfiber insert is used inside between the outer later and the microfleece. Microfibre should never be used against your baby; it is highly absorbent and can dry out baby’s skin. After laundering, hold the insert at one end and pull it all the way into the pocket. While removing your hand smooth out the insert so it is flat against the outer cover. Ensure the insert is covered by the microfleece, and either fold in half and store for use or put it on your baby.
Your one size diaper comes with three rise settings: small, medium and large. Small is when the bottom three snaps are attached to the top three rise snaps. Medium is when the middle and top snaps are together. Large is when none of the rise snaps are attached.
The three top snaps include two waist and one hip snap (lower snap). When you bring the diaper around baby’s legs let the elastic stretch a little and then attach the hip snap snugly to the lower row of snaps. After attaching both hip snaps, attach waist snaps snugly. If the fabric between the hip snaps is pulling it may be too tight. You should be able to fit 1 or 2 fingers into the waist on the diaper, if you use disposables, the fit at the waist should be similar.
If you find baby has red marks on their legs check around their legs that the diaper is sitting in the creases of their legs. Otherwise the diaper may be too tight in the hips.  If you are experiencing leaks the diaper may be too lose in the hip area or not sitting in the crease of their legs.
Cloth diapers generally need to be changed every 2-3 hours; you can increase absorbency by adding an extra insert inside the pocket for sleeping or long car rides.  
After you remove the diaper from baby, remove the insert, un-snap rise snaps, and store both in a wet/dry bag for laundering.
Liners can be used on top of microfleece to assist in solid waste removal. Unless otherwise directed on liner packaging, unsoiled liners should be thrown into the garbage.

Cloth Diaper Care


We recommend washing your diapers 2-3 times before first use
No matter how beautiful your baby is, some funky things will come out of them. To keep your diapers looking and smelling their best we recommend the following care tactics:
Wash:
  • ·         Rinse diapers on cold rinse cycle first to avoid setting stains (without detergent)
  • ·         Add detergent (*see below for info on detergent) and run on Hot/Cold or Hot/Warm wash
  • ·         After wash is complete run another cold rinse cycle to ensure all detergent is rinsed out
  • ·         Hang to dry or machine dry on medium heat 
DO NOT use any fabric softener or bleach on your diapers!
A pre-rinse may be required for poopy messes, usually not for babies that are exclusively breast fed. Diaper sprayers can be purchased or you can just use the wash tub. Solids should be flipped or scraped into the toilet prior to storing in a wet/dry bag. DO NOT store your dirty diapers in water, this is dangerous for children, unsanitary and can cause premature wear on your diapers. Do not store soiled diapers in a wet/dry bag for more than 2-3 days.
Separate cover and insert before washing.
For easy stain removal, after laundering, let your covers and inserts sunbathe! The sun is a natural stain remover and sanitizer.
A few helpful hints I’ve learned along the way:
  • ·         Old toothbrushes are great for coaxing the messes out of the leg elastic gatherings!
  • ·         For your final rinse, take out any wet bags or pail liners. They don’t need the extra rinse but they can hold lots of water inside them and away from your diapers!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Our new web site!

We are pleased to announce the opening of our online store http://www.donewithdisposables.ca/ !
Please visit our store for great cloth diapers at a great price!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Cloth Diaper Dictionary

All-in-one Diapers (AIO’s): Diapers that have an insert sewn into the pocket. The diaper usually consists of a PUL layer, insert of hemp, microfiber, cotton or bamboo and a fleece layer to keep baby dry. AIO’s often take longer to dry but fit trimmer. They are the closest to disposables and the easiest to use.
Aplix: A hook and loop fastener used as closures on some cloth diapers.  Some brands have the option of Aplix or snaps.
Bamboo: Fabric made from Bamboo trees and is soft and naturally breathable.
Birdseye Fabric: A gauzy material made of 100% cotton. Often used for flat diapers and also make good burp cloths. 
CPF / Chinese Prefold Diapers:  The flat diapers that most of our mothers used back in the day.  Available in several absorbencies and sizes. Comes in two colors, white and unbleached.
Contour Diapers: Hourglass shaped diapers that require a diaper cover and snappis or pins.   
Diaper Covers: Used over pre-folds, flats and fitteds, covers are the waterproof layer to keep baby’s clothes dry. Covers are made in one size or fitted options and close with Aplix or snaps. Covers can be made of PUL, vinyl, polyester or wool.
Diaper Wrap:  A cover that is designed to wrap around the diaper. Because of its snug fit a wrap does not require fasteners
Doublers: Similar to liners but used for extra absorbency inside diapers. Great for heavy wetters or for naps and overnight. Can be used inside a pocket diaper to double up with a liner.
Fitted Diapers: Look similar to disposables
as they have a contoured shape and gatherings around the legs. They have their own fasteners but need a waterproof diaper cover.
Flats: These are the diapers they used years ago with pins and plastic pants, they are the most economical. The flats you find in the store are not very effective as cloth diapers, generally made of Birdseye cloth.
Hemp: A course fibre made from the inner bark of the hemp plant. It is durable, absorbent and has natural anti-microbial properties. Hemp fabrics become stiff after the first few washes and will soften with continued use.
Inserts: The absorbent materials used to stuff pocket diapers. Often made of materials such as microfiber, hemp, cotton, and bamboo.
Liners: Thin material used between a baby's bottom and the diaper itself. Most liners are used to keep stool away from diapers for easy clean up. Another type of liner is the polar fleece one. These are thicker than their paper/flat sheet counterparts and are great for keeping the baby's bottom dry.
Longies: Wool soakers that have longer legs. They are great for cold temperatures.  Also known as soaker pants or sweater pants.
OS / One Size Diaper: Generally fits babies from birth to 35 pounds.  The size is adjustable by using snaps on the front of the diaper. The front of the diaper can be folded over to reduce the diaper rise to a smaller size.
Pre-folds: Rectangular shaped diapers that are divided lengthwise in 3 sections. They can be enclosed in a Velcro or snap fastened diaper or they can be pinned with safety pins or snappi fasteners.  Pocket diapers: Pocket diapers are two piece diapering systems typically with a piece of fleece that makes up the inner portion of fabric and a waterproof layer that makes up the outermost portion. An absorbent material (insert) is placed inside of the two pieces making the whole system act as an all in one system that keeps babies dry. Pocket diapers once “stuffed” are another easy-to-use alternative to disposables.
PUL / Polyurethane Laminate: Waterproof Fabric usually made of polyester knit or a combination of poly and cotton.  The fabrics are bonded to the urethane material to make it waterproof. The fabric remains flexible and breathable.
Snappi: A plastic item that is used to fasten cloth diapers. These are frequently used instead of diaper pins.
Suede cloth: 100% polyester fabric that works like micro fleece.  It looks like regular suede but is much easier to care for. It doesn't stain easily and washes very well. Often used for the interior of diapers as it does not absorb moisture, and actually wicks moisture away to keep your baby dry.  Many prefer micro fleece over suede cloth because they say it will keep your baby dryer but others prefer suede cloth as it will not pill up like micro fleece.  
Stripping: A process done to remove laundry detergents and other types of residues and build-up.  if your diapers are wicking and repelling liquids, if they have odour problems, or your baby is getting lots of diaper rashes you will need to "strip" your diapers
Wool: A fabric made of fleece of sheep or lamb. Its water repelling properties and breathability are what make it popular for use as a diaper cover. Many save their wool covers for night-time use since it is bulkier than vinyl or polyester. Many choose wool because it is natural. Take special care when washing and drying your wool products or they will dry out and become stiff.

Abbreviations commonly used in the cloth diapering boards:
AIO
All-In-One
CD
Cloth diapers
CPF
Chinese Prefolds
DD
Dear Daughter
DD
Disposable diapers
DH
Dear Husband
DS
Dear Son
DSQ
Diaper Service Quality diapers
EDD
Estimated Due Date
FSOT
For sale or trade
IMO
In My Opinion
LOL
Laugh Out Loud
Sposies
Disposable Diapers
TMI
Too Much Information

WAHM
Work At Home Mom

Please comment any additions you have and I will edit them into this post!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Social Media

I think blogging could be one of the best and worst things I could have found. Since I’ve been thinking of doing this blog I have spent hours and hours (and hours) on the net. I’ve been checking out other people’s blogs, company blogs and pages about blogs. Not to mention all the great cloth diaper and children’s product sites I’ve found.
Before blogging took over my “free” time, I would tease J (my husband) and ask if he had found the end of the internet yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done my fair share of searching for the end before I had kids. I have found that if I spend all day on the computer now, my house will be torn apart; it’s just not worth it now. So I’m working on finding the balance and I think it’s going to take some time.
Somehow I have ended up on Twitter and Facebook (fan page) as well, probably not the best way to find time at home but definitely entertaining!
I have found Twitter to be the best social media source yet and I’m surprised it took me until now to sign up. It is fast info that you can explore further or just take it as the 140 characters or less “tweet”. I have been learning how to limit myself to under 140 and it can be difficult. I’m not sure that this is a great idea to be teaching the next generation but it goes with the times of everything needing to be faster and more efficient.
I will continue to enjoy the breaks I get to blog, read about my readers, and the spare minute I get to “tweet”...but I will also be enjoying my son’s and this beautiful weather headed our way!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Flushable liners - Not-so flushable?

Big thank you to a Milton Mom who linked me to a discussion about what wipes and “flushable” liners do to our water system.
It’s known that regular wipes shouldn’t be flushed, although I’m sure most of us are guilty of flushing the odd one. But who would have thought that many of the products advertised as flushable shouldn’t actually be flushed?
The test I read about is that if it can not easily rip, it shouldn’t be composted either! If it can be ripped apart like toilet paper, it is OK for either flushing or composting.
Products like baby wipes and even those “flushable” toddler wipes can cause serious problems not only on your plumbing end, but at the treatment facilities also.
Since starting cloth we have been using more cloth wipes (actually just cheaper face cloths that have been designated to be bum wipes), they just go in the laundry with the diapers, easy, cheap and better for the environment! Yay!
As for the liners, I am still affected by the ick factor of poop. Other than to keep your diapers a little cleaner, I’m not sure about the purpose of using reusable liners. I really do like being able to dispose of most of the mess so easily.
I’m still re-organizing my change area to be cloth friendly, I have bigger storage for the diapers, a new shelf to hold everything out of T’s reach and the cloth wipes nice and easy to grab. I have been using a Diaper Champ for my disposables and I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to deal with waste collection. I would love to hear any tips that work for you!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Some unpleasant lessons learned!

Since Friday morning I have been using the 7 cloth diapers I have on both the boys. My mom and step dad were visiting, they think I’m crazy (diaper crazy!)…J has known this for a little while now.
So I have done diaper laundry every night so I can use the 7 every day. Did I mention that our rental house has a cheap washing machine that doesn’t have a rinse cycle! So I go down and start the wash, then I go back and stop it, add soap and change to hot water and run a full wash. Once that’s done I go back down and run the end of the wash cycle again. This wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to guess where to stop and start the machine; I have new respect for a proper machine.
We got through the first two days with no leaks! The next two were not as lucky but that is what I expected of our first few days on cloth. I’m LOVING the inserts (absorbent part) from Go Green, I think I may actually like them better than the BG inserts!
I had a hard time with stains but a longer cold rinse and a hot wash (followed by another rinse), and the diapers were like new! A note for new diaper-ers: flushable liners are recommended for older babies, but I would tell you to use them for exclusively breastfed babies also, it just makes for easier clean up.

Now that our company has left I can spend more time on all the great ideas I have for posts! We’ve had a busy weekend but it was interesting and I made lots of notes of topics I’d like to discuss/share. So I’ll have lots more to come in the following days, please check back!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Swim diapers

With the warm sun shining I can’t stop thinking about trips to the splash pads all over the GTA and day trips to Centre Island. Last year I made some of those trips with my little guy in my belly, I can’t believe how much has happened over the last year!
Today on my new favorite deals site (http://www.babyhalfoff.com/) they offered Monkey Doodlez swim diapers. I have not put much though into what the boys would be wearing in the pool or splash pads, I always used the disposable swim diapers. A friend linked me to a site discussing cloth swim diapers and the option of using regular cloth diapers as swim diapers (without the absorbent liner). The purpose of a swim diaper is to hold in the poop messes, so a pocket diaper cover would definitely get the job done.
In the splash pad I would not want to use a diaper without the liner…I don’t want to have to guess if it’s water running out of the cover or pee!
I’m not sure I’m ready to see what the chlorine in our local pool will do to my brand new cloth, but I would love to hear from anyone who has used either cloth swim diapers or covers for swimming.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Show-and-tell!!

Are you new to cloth? Are you curious about cloth?
Are you a long time cloth user looking to see what’s new?
Make sure you “Follow” my blog for details on an upcoming mommy get together to discuss and have a show-and-tell of cloth diapers!
Please comment and let me know if you are interested in participating or attending and what diapers you have to show-and-tell!

Friday, 8 April 2011

My diapers are on their way!

With my newborn asleep next to me, (he is supposed to be having tummy time but he falls asleep like that) I am venturing into the world of blogs. Why? Over the past 10 months I have been having the cloth debate in my mind and with my husband, although he really doesn't care as long as it's easy for him and I'm doing all the cleaning. I've finally decided to commit to cloth and I've made my first few purchases! So now I wait...impatiently!
I have already purchased a Bum Genius All In One (Sized diaper S,M,L - liner is attached to inside of the pocket) and a One Size(one size birth to potty training) , but it's hard to be motivated to use just 2 cloth diapers. So now I just received a second BG OS as a gift and I've ordered 2 Apple Cheeks (thank you http://www.babyhalfoff.com/). I also have a G Diaper and two Go Green pocket diapers on their way from the states. I’m so excited to get these diapers and get going on my cloth journey; clearly my new cloth addiction has already started!

My piece of advice to share for now is to make sure you follow washing instructions closely. Detergents are important despite what some discount diaper companies may say, and rinse, rinse, rinse! I am looking forward to line drying my new diapers now that we’re getting into warmer weather. Not only is line drying economical, it will also do wonders for getting out those poo stains (so I’m told).