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Welcome Billy Jean and So Fetch - AppleCheeks New Releases!

Welcome Billy Jean and So Fetch - AppleCheeks New Releases!

Ahhh!  They're here!  The new double AppleCheeks release is in stock and shipping now. Billy Jean (solid) and So Fetch (print) are available in one sized and sized diapers as well as storage sacs.  So Fetch is also available in a re-useable swim diaper.  

Special note:  BOTH of these beautiful cloth diapers are LIMITED EDITIONS.  That means only a set number were made and when they are gone, there will be no more.  Typically, we well out quite quickly, so if you love them, don't wait, get them right now.  

Order Billy Jean and So Fetch in Canada now.

Cloth Diaper Kids ships AppleCheeks cloth diapers anywhere in Canada or USA.  $0.99 lettermail shipping is available or free shipping over $75.  

Sized Cloth Diapers or One Size….Which Is Better?

Sized Cloth Diapers or One Size….Which Is Better?

When I do consultations with Moms-to-Be, I often get asked which are better; sized diapers, or one size, so called ‘Birth to Potty’ diapers?

Well the answer depends on several things, so let’s go through some pros and cons of each to help you decide too…465208_10150672020690155_190282377_o

Sized Diapers
Example:  Applecheeks (size 1, 2, 3)

Sized diapers are diapers that come in more than one size to get baby diapered from birth to potty learning.  They might come in Small, Medium, Large, or Size 1, Size 2 varieties.  They key with these is that they have snaps or velcro to close them in the front and no other adjustability.  They are designed to fit specific weight ranges.  Size 1 Applecheeks, for example, fit from 7-20lbs which roughly corresponds as birth to about 6 months or so at which time you’d move into size 2 and that would take you from that point until potty training most of the time.  If you have a much larger child in perhaps the 90th percentile or one with special needs you may need the size 3 or even 4.  These upper sizes can also be useful for older day trained children who still need night-wetting protection.

Now, most people shy away from sized cloth diapers when they hear that they’ll have to buy 2 sets of diapers, each in a different size, but in reality, you don’t really have to buy 2 full sets.  Newborns need 10-12 diapers per day, but once they get older (6+months or so) they only require 6-8 diaper changes, so once you move up to the bigger size, you need fewer diapers than you did in the smaller size plus with AppleCheeks, the inserts will fit either size, so you don't need to buy more inserts. 

Another benefit is that over time, sized diapers tend to hold up better because they see less overall use.  A sized diaper is only used while baby is in the weight range, while a one size diaper will be used the entire time baby is in diapers.  Less overall use = less washes and less wear and tear.  This is especially important if you intend to use your diapers for more than one baby or if you want to preserve better re-sale value on the used market for when you are done with diapers.

But what are the biggest benefits of size diapers?  Ease of use and trim fit.  Without extra bulk or a front full of snaps to fiddle with, sized diapers are more intuitive to use, and are not as confusing to fasten.  This is nice for dads, daycares, babysitters or grandparents who may be lending a hand in the diapering department.  Sized diapers also tend to have a really great trim fit even on newborns so you are less likely to have to size up on pants and sleepers to fit clothing over them.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a few one size diapers that do fit newborns, but we’re talking bigger newborns (7-8+lbs) and yes they may function, but all the extra fabric makes them really bulky until baby grows into them.  If simple diapers and a trim fit are important to you, sized diapers are the right choice for you.

One Size Diapers
Rumparooz, Blueberry Simplex, GroVia, Thirsties, AMP, Funky Fluff, BumGenius, Smart Bottoms, Bummis, Flip

If on the other hand, a little extra bulk doesn’t bother you when baby is smaller, then one size diapers might be better for you.  One size diapers are designed to fit babies from ‘birth to potty training’ or from about 7-35+lbs depending on the brand.  To accomplish this, they have extra adjustment capabilities that allow the sizing to be scaled up or down to fit baby’s changing dimensions as they grow and gain weight. One Size diapers adjust with what's called a Snap Down Rise.  On a snap down one size diaper, there is either snaps or velcro to close the diaper up on top and then a myriad of snaps below which are how you make the diaper smaller or larger. 


Snap the top row of snaps to the middle or bottom row to create a medium or small diaper.  You can see the snaps on the outside of the diaper which some people don’t like, but it makes it super easy to adjust and once it’s snapped to the size that fits baby, it will stay snapped as you wash it until you re-adjust again in a few months when baby grows.  Since the snaps are so easily accessible and quick to do up or down, snap down one size diapers are a great option if you have 2 babies in cloth at the same time.  They can both share the same set of diapers and changing the sizing is super quick.  Be warned that daddies and grandmas often get flustered when they see so many snaps, but a quick tutorial from you (or pre-set diapers ready and waiting) and they should be good to go.

The other benefit is that you only have to buy diapers once.  No second set of diapers to purchase when baby gets bigger.

BUT, the trade-off for one size diapers means a very fluffy, bulky bum at the smaller sizes which may not accommodate pants, let alone skinny jeans, so plan on sizing up on some clothing when baby is on the small settings.  Also, if you're using them on a newborn, keep in mind that one size diapers will sit up over the umbilical cord at about mid-chest.  It might look a bit funny for awhile, but if you can get a good fit, they will function fine and babies grow into their diapers super fast. 

 







**One caveat with one size diapers on newborns though…most brands will claim that they fit newborns from about 7lbs.  This is largely false marketing.  We see a great many newborns – in fact I would say a majority of newborns, who are too small for one size diapers right after birth.  There is simply too much fabric and their legs are too skinny to prevent gapping at the legs.  One size diapers generally do not start fitting babies well until about 10lbs.  So, what does that mean practically?  It means that there is a grey area between birth and about 10lbs when your stash of one size diapers may not fit baby.  So, what’s the solution?  You have a few:

  • Newborn diapers – You could purchase newborn specific diapers to bridge the gap.  Lil Joeys, for example are a great option (4-12lbs) and fit newborns perfectly, but are outgrown fairly fast.  This option is pricey and defeats the cost savings of going with one size diapers.  It also sees you getting two different sets of diapers very similar to going with sized diapers in the first place.

  • Use up those gifts – Many moms find that they receive newborn disposable diapers as part of their gifts at baby showers etc. Some moms just choose to use those up before switching to their cloth diapers.  Other moms don't want to start their cloth diapers until a few weeks after they heal from birth and settle in with their newborn. Depending on how many disposable diapers you were gifted, how many weeks you want to wait before you begin cloth and/or how big your baby was at birth that may give you enough time for baby to grow into your one size diapers (depending on brand). Generally speaking babies will begin to fit one size diapers well at about 8 weeks/2months/10lbs.  

So, if you know you tend to have larger babies that will fit one size diapers sooner, if you are starting to cloth diaper with an older baby or you are cloth diapering 2 children at the same time, one size diapers are the way to go for you.

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Funky Fluff - AWJ or Bamboo - What's the Difference and How Do I Choose?

Funky Fluff - AWJ or Bamboo - What's the Difference and How Do I Choose?
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Thirsties 'Road Trip' Is Here

Thirsties 'Road Trip' Is Here
There's a new LIMITED EDITION Thirsties print in town and it just landed here at Cloth
Diaper Kids in Canada.  Welcome 'Road Trip' to the lineup.  #ThirstiesRoadTrip celebrates summer in all the best ways bringing back memories of travelling with your family.  Whether you're heading to Grandmas on the other side of town or across the ocean,  Thirsties has you covered with a cute new print to go with your adventures.  

Road Trip is available in one size natural all in ones, newborn natural all in ones and duo wrap covers. 

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And don't forget, Thirsties diapers are proudly made in the USA.

Have you been on a road trip travelling anywhere with your cloth diapers this summer?  Tell us where you went with your kids in cloth in the comments below...

GroVia Packages Now Available - Save 10%

GroVia Packages Now Available - Save 10%

We love the quality and diapering options available with GroVia.  And now you can enjoy it all at a discount with our GroVia Packages.  From simple try-it-out packages to full time cloth diapering kits, we've got you covered.  

Bundle and save 10% on GroVia package deals in Canada at Cloth Diaper Kids. With easy-to-afford packages, GroVia can help you get started with these award-winning diaper solutions. There's lots of different simple and cost-effective solutions to help you get a complete cloth diapering system in one convenient and discounted package. No coupons required and most ship free.  They also make great baby shower gifts or starter kits when you're new to cloth or building up a stash. 

Choose from Hybrid All in Two Systems or the O.N.E diaper kits that are great for nighttime.

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And if you take a peek at the other packages from our other brands, check those out too.
See all our diaper packages here.

Can I Use Diaper Rash Ointments or Creams With My Cloth Diapers?

Can I Use Diaper Rash Ointments or Creams With My Cloth Diapers?

Traditional diaper rash ointments and creams can cause diapers to repel and not function properly, especially creams that contain zinc (you know, those white sticky bum pastes).

The good news is that many cloth diapered babies experience little or no diaper rash.

But, if you need or want to use a bum cream with your cloth diapered baby, you certainly have options.  Some excellent cloth diaper safe ointments are available when needed to help soothe and heal rashes.  Therapeutic Blend Delish Naturals Yum Bum Butter is our personal favorite.  What makes certain products 'cloth diaper safe' is the low melting point of the ingredients (ie. they easily rinse out completely during a hot wash cycle).  Many commercially available products are petroleum based which causes them not to wash out of fabric during the wash cycle and leaves a greasy residue.  So have a look at those labels, ask us if you're not sure, or browse our full selection of products that are great to use.  

You can also try pure lanolin (the stuff you use for sore nipples while breastfeeding), coconut oil or cornstarch based baby powder on baby's bum if the skin on baby’s diaper area needs some temporary healing assistance.

Creams and powders do not need to be used at every change once the rash has cleared, however, you can use a light layer of cloth safe ointment at each change if you wish to keep baby's skin in great shape.  Note **do not use cornstarch if baby has a yeast rash**.

If your baby requires the use of a medicated rash cream or other ointment that won't wash out easily, you should use them sparingly and pair it with the use of a liner such as Bummis Bio Soft Liners between baby and the diaper to make sure none of the cream touches the diaper.  Or switch to disposable/compostable bio-liners during the use of the product.

If you mistakenly get diaper rash ointment on your diaper and experience repelling as a result, wash your diapers normally with the hottest water you can get and then apply some dishwashing liquid, like Original Blue Dawn, to the affected area in the sink. Scrub the affected area with a toothbrush or other soft bristle brush. Rinse the diaper out thoroughly to get rid of most of the suds and then wash it again normally with your regular diaper laundry.  While this is a suggested method, it may not always work (depends on the ingredients that were in the cream). Diapers affected by diaper rash ointments are not covered by warranties. (Note: never put Dawn or any other dishwashing liquid in your washing machine).

TIP: If you are using disposable wipes and you find baby has a persistent rash, they may be sensitive to the chemicals and preservatives in the wipes (even if they are labelled as 'sensitive' or 'hypo-allergenic' and switching to cloth wipes can help solve the problem.  For info on using cloth wipes look here.

What To Do With Dirty Diapers Between Washings

What To Do With Dirty Diapers Between Washings

Alright, you successfully changed a cloth diaper.  Maybe it was even a poopy one.  Great job.  But now what.  You're holding a soiled diaper...what do you do?

FIRST
Is the diaper dirty or just wet?  If it's just wet, then it's really easy.  Simply store the wet diaper in an open air pail with a lined with a washable pail liner or in a hanging diaper pail (called a hanging wet bag).  That's it.  Collect the diapers in your wet bag for 2-3 days and then wash, dry and re-use.  You even throw the wet bag right into the wash along with the diapers.  Super easy.  If you really want to know our personal favorite, we love the hanging wet bag by Funky Fluff.  They're thick, don't leak, are large enough and they've got heavy duty snaps all at a reasonable price.  Find them here.

SECOND
If that diaper was dirty, there's just one extra step.  Knock any solids into the toilet first and then transfer the diaper to your wet bag.  If baby is breastfed there won't be much to knock off and they can go straight into the wet bag.  Once baby is bigger you may want to consider a diaper sprayer or disposable diaper liners for easier cleanup, but those are optional. Remember you just need to get the majority of the solids off.  The rest is handled by your washing machine.    

PRO TIPS
*Make sure you have 2 wet bags.  You'll need one for collecting diapers while the other is in the wash.  Grab a couple of the travel size wet bags as well for changing diapers when you're on the go outside the house. 

*Let air circulate! A closed diaper pail or wet bag will concentrate odours making them worse and may cause mould if you let the diapers sit too long between washings.  Keep your diaper pail or wet bag in a cool, well ventilated area like the nursery, or the bathroom out of direct sunlight. An open diaper bag smells less, trust us.  

*You do not need to use a wet pail to soak your diapers in water or any other solution between washings.  This is no longer necessary with the great washing machines we have today and it is a drowning hazard for curious toddlers.  It's also bad for the elastics in your diapers and soaking will shorten the lifespan of your cloth diapers when the elastics get brittle and snap.

*If you have pets or curious kids, opt for a hanging style wet bag and use a wreath hanger to hang it up over top of a door.

*When you're done with diapers, your pail liners or wet bags double as laundry bags, water-resistant storage for camping gear, toy storage or any number of other uses. 

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What Accessories Do I Need For My Cloth Diapers?

We have every accessory you will need for diapering your baby. At the very least you will need:

  • Your cloth diapers,
  • Wipes (either reusable wipes or disposable ones)
  • A portable travel wet bag for storing soiled diapers when you’re out and about; and
  • A storage solution for soiled diapers before wash time. 
We carry both traditional washable diaper pail liners as well as the very popular and unique hanging diaper pail bags that store the soiled diapers and wash right up with them in the washing machine.  That's right you just carry the wet bag to the wash, dump the diaper in and throw the diaper bag in the wash too.  Super simple.


**Remember to get 2 pail liners or hanging wet bags so that you have one available to collect soiled diapers while the other one is in the wash ;)

Additionally you will need a cloth diaper safe detergent or at least a store brand detergent with no added fabric softener (really anything such as Tide will do fine).  Learn more about washing your cloth diapers here.

Optional, but very nice to have accessories are a set or two of wool dryer balls to replace traditional dryer sheets and facilitate drying in a faster, chemical free way (at least 4 balls). You may also want to consider the optional but handy (and highly recommended) diaper sprayer, which attaches easily without tools to the back of your toilet.  This way you can easily spray off solids with the adjustable flow water stream.  Or, you may prefer flushable/disposable liners to aid in messy cleanups instead.  These lay right on top of the diaper so you can easily peel off solids. They are particularly nice when babies are starting solids and diapers can get, well, interesting.

Other accessories such as cloth diaper wipe solutions and sprays, additional boosters for extra absorbency, diaper rash creams or laundry additives are nice, but totally optional as well.

Don't forget a re-useable swim diaper too!  Those are great whether you cloth diaper or not.

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What Detergent Should I Use For My Cloth Diapers? Can I Use A Store Brand?

Using a good detergent in the correct amount is critical to success with cloth diapers. Use the right detergent and you’ll enjoy easy washing and fresh clean diapers.  Use the wrong detergent or not enough and you may experience leaking diapers, rashes, excessive staining, odor issues and an overall bad experience using cloth.  But is choosing detergent for cloth diapers really that hard?  Nope!

So what's the big deal with detergent then? Why all the hype about it.  Well there used to be a lot of talk about using ‘proper’ cloth diaper specific detergent.  There was a lot of info circulating about how commercial detergents were bad and how they had brighteners and whiteners and enzymes that would eat your diapers alive.  There used to be a conception that you should only use 1/4 of the recommended amount of detergent and lots of other talk that made washing diapers seem like rocket science.  But really, it's quite simple.

Luckily common sense seems to have prevailed and even many of the main diaper manufacturers are now recommending readily available mainstream detergents such as Tide.

So, let's be clear.  You can use ANY detergent you like.  Ones that are made commercially and are found at any grocery store, or 'environmentally friendlier' ones if you wish (note, you may need to use more detergent than recommended on the package for these types of detergents).

BUT - do not choose any detergent that contains fabric softener.  That's all you need to remember.  If the detergent contains fabric softener (as many 'baby specific' detergents do), it's a no-no as it will coat your diapers and cause repelling.  So, for example, Tide is okay, Tide with Downy is not. Easy right?

Keep in mind that some babies can be sensitive or even allergic to some ingredients in detergent or the fragrances, so if your baby reacts or gets a rash, switch detergents to something hypoallergenic or more natural and see if there is any improvement.  

Powdered or liquid detergent doesn't matter either.  Just make sure to get the kind that's made for use in your machine (HE high efficiency detergent if you have an HE machine).  

And you know what’s even easier?  No more guessing at the amount to use either.  Just follow the amount specified on the back of the package for the size of load you are doing.  No more, no less.  If you increase the amount of water you are using in your load, increase the detergent too to maintain the proper ratio for your detergent to work properly and not be diluted and you’re good to go.  Use common sense.  Diapers are dirty laundry.  Treat them accordingly and use good detergent in a proper amount. Then let your washing machine handle the rest.

 

Can I Use Vinegar On My Cloth Diapers?

Vinegar was originally used on cloth diapers way back when to “soften” them up and possibly as a disinfectant many years ago in the days of cotton and flannel flats and prefolds. However today’s modern cloth diapers do not need any further softening and with detergents that are effective and hot water settings, no additional disinfecting is needed either. Therefore, vinegar in the wash is not needed and could even cause odour problems if any vinegar is left on the diapers. Vinegar’s acidic nature can also weaken the elastic used in diapers or covers when repeatedly used or if diapers are soaked in a solution containing vinegar.  It is not recommended by most cloth diaper manufacturers and may also void any warranties.  

With a good wash routine, vinegar is not needed on cloth diapers.

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