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Rumparooz New Prints - 'Soar' and 'Lava'

Rumparooz New Prints - 'Soar' and 'Lava'

I love when the mailman comes right in the morning :)  The new Kanga Care Rumparooz prints - 'Soar' and 'Lava' arrived today!

Fresh and original, both of these adorable prints are for grabs on our website starting NOW.

Available in one size Rumparooz pocket diapers, one size Rumparooz covers as well as wet bags, they are a fantastic addition to the lineup of Kanga Care colors and prints and we are one of the first stores in western Canada to stock them for all of you.  

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What’s better: Natural Fabric v.s. Synthetic Fabrics For Cloth Diapers

What’s better: Natural Fabric v.s. Synthetic Fabrics For Cloth Diapers
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Welcome 'Kumbaya' from Funky Fluff!

Welcome 'Kumbaya' from Funky Fluff!

Today's new Funky Fluff release did not disappoint!  Please welcome the newest print KUMBAYA.  It comes in one size and newborn diaper systems, as well as double pocket travel wet bags and the ever popular hanging wet bags (currently on backorder).

If your family love to camp, or even if you just prefer to make your 'smores indoors, Kumbaya is what summer memories are made of.  Add it to your collection today

Kumbaya

Also released today were thew new Funky Fluff One Size Swim Diapers!  OOOOH, AHHHH. They are so original and utterly adorable.  Tango, La Vida Loca and Maritime are available to order as well here

Swim Diaper Funky Fluff

I Hate Laundry. How Much Extra Laundry Will Cloth Diapers Make?

I Hate Laundry. How Much Extra Laundry Will Cloth Diapers Make?

Lots of people get on the Cloth Diapering Wagon because they want to save money, keep diapers out of landfills and keep baby healthy, but when it comes to actually putting words into action the issue of laundry often gives them pause.  When cloth diapers are mentioned it’s not uncommon for me to hear the ‘I hate laundry’ excuse or the ‘Haha, I already do enough laundry’ comment.  But let’s consider how much ‘laundry’ is really involved in cloth diapering shall we?

Generally speaking we advise that you plan to wash your diapers every 2-3 days.  Why?  Because then you don’t need to store too many diapers, odours don't build up and you get less staining.  Prompt washing also keeps the diaper fabrics in better shape over the long-term.

So, that gives you maybe 3 loads of laundry a week.  But you know what?  You’re going to be doing a LOT more laundry with a new baby anyway (trust us) and while clothing needs to be washed, dried, folded and put away, diapers just need to be washed and dried.  You only have to fold your diapers if you want to, it’s not mandatory at all.  In fact, I rarely do it ;)

Plus it’s nowhere near the effort required to haul smelly bags of disposable diapers to the curb, especially in a Canadian winter.  And just the thought of running out of disposable diapers and having to pack up baby and go to the store at an inconvenient time is more than I can handle.  Throw your cloth diapers in the washing machine.  30 seconds.  Done.  You can even do it without changing out of your pyjamas.  You can't go to the store to buy disposables without putting pants on.  Or wait, you can but...

Conclusion?  Yes.  You will have a couple more loads of laundry.  But no.  It’s not a big deal. You’ll probably find you like doing diaper laundry more than any other kind of laundry too.

Still not convinced?  Try cloth diapering part-time.  No one said it was all or nothing. Discover the benefits and figure out first-hand, without a big investment, how little ‘work’ it really is.

Tell us in the comments how you feel about your cloth diaper laundry.  

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The Reluctant Dad – 7 Tips To Get Daddy On Board With Cloth Diapering

The Reluctant Dad – 7 Tips To Get Daddy On Board With Cloth Diapering

Do you have a reluctant-to-cloth-diaper Daddy in the house?  Not every Dad is on the same page as Mom when it comes time to decide how to diaper that adorable little baby bum.  Here’s some tips for making sure Daddy will be happy to participate in cloth diapering too:

  1. Make it easy
    Make sure you have super user-friendly cloth diapers in your stash.  For Dads and other caregivers (think Grandma or babysitters) easier is better and the less thinking required when trying to diaper a wriggling baby is always a bonus.  So, consider all-in-one (AIO) diapers.  AIOs are all one piece with the absorbent layers and the waterproof layer all together with no stuffing or fussing required.  You just put them on and take them off.  Nothing fancy.  These are very intuitive and are the closest thing to putting on a disposable you can get.  Generally a big thumbs up for ease of use.  Alternatively, if you’re wanting to do a pocket type diaper, look for one that can accommodate Daddy’s bigger hands when it comes to stuffing the absorbent insert in the pocket opening.  Applecheeks diapers for instance were designed with the diaper changing Daddy in mind.  Their pocket opening is specifically placed at the widest point of the diaper, making stuffing the absorbent insert inside very easy.  Plus, if Daddy forgets to pull the insert out before washing, no big deal.  Applecheeks inserts will agitate out in the wash on their own anyway.  See?  Easy.  Note: when using pocket diapers, if Mom pre-stuffs them ahead of time, then it’s even easier for Dad 

  2. Address the poop issue and home washing concerns
    This can be a big thing for Dads and is one of the first questions that comes up in our Cloth Diapering Workshops.  Lots of Dads have never changed a diaper in their lives and have no idea what baby poo even looks like.  No wonder many of them balk at the idea of having to change diapers and wash them in the machine at home.  When you let the imagination run wild it often comes up with something way worse than reality, so address this issue up front with him.  Assure him that newborn poo is hardly scary and barely has any volume at all.  It’s all water soluble and can be easily handled by the washing machine in a clean and sanitary way.  No scraping, dunking or soaking required.  Just change that diaper and toss it in the wet bag with no further thought for babies 0-6 months. 

    Once baby starts solids, Dad will be getting used to changing diapers, but with the introduction of solids comes some interesting bowel movements.  Never fear, that’s where flushable liners come in.  Simply show Daddy how to lay the liner on top of the diaper and when the diaper is soiled you shake it into the toilet along with the poo and flush it away!  The rest of the diaper goes in the wet bag for washing.  Whatever is left the machine can handle, I promise. 

    A diaper sprayer can also be of assistance during this phase as an option for easier cleanups.  Plus Daddy can show off his home improvement skills by installing it (no tools required and it easily attaches to the water line of your toilet with simple instructions included).

  3. Discuss health and environmental issues
    These things are easy to find just with a little ‘googling’ or browsing our website.  Daddy may not have time to do all the research, but if you do, then condense some of the pertinent info and share it with him.  He may not realize what kinds of chemicals are in today’s disposable diapers.  Don’t bombard him with info, but do share the facts and discuss how your family can save thousands of diapers from ending up in landfills for the benefit of future generations.

  4. Crunch the numbers
    Dads often like to see cold hard numbers and facts, so give it to him straight.  Show him on paper how much money can be saved for how many children you plan to have and it all becomes quite black and white.  Here’s one great cost breakdown to make it easy for you which even addresses the cost of machine depreciation, water and heating costs and detergent requirements.  As for the up-front cost of getting started, this is a legitimate concern.  Depending on the style of diaper you go with, your initial stash can run you a few hundred dollars.  But, telling your friends and family that you want to cloth diaper (think baby shower gifts) and building up your stash over 9 months of pregnancy can help you get started. In the end, remind Dad that those cost savings can go towards other fun things like vacations, a new car or your kids’ university fund.

  5. Show him how cloth diapering will make his life easier
    Mention to Dad that with cloth diapers, he’ll never have to cart stinky trash to the curb every week, or run out at night to grab more diapers from the corner store when you run out.  Cloth diapered babies also have way fewer poop blowouts than those wearing disposables.

  6. And if all else fails…
    Don’t push Dad into it if he just isn’t there.  Perhaps do half and half.  When Mom changes baby, use the cloth diapers, when Dad changes baby, he can put on a disposable.  Often, once Daddy sees how easy it really is and that you have cloth diapers that match the colors of his favorite sports team…he’ll come around to cloth diapering too 😉

    Do you have tips for getting Daddy on board with cloth?  Does your baby's daddy help with cloth diaper changes?  Leave us a comment below and tell us about it!

What Was In the GroVia Launch Box? Meet Rose & Abalone

What Was In the GroVia Launch Box?  Meet Rose & Abalone

As GroVia retailers we have participated in all 3 GroVia Launchbox events.  First there was Woodlands Remix, then the charity initiative for autism awareness, Heatspring...and now today the two newest additions to the GroVia lineup were revealed via live Facebook video - meet Rose and Abalonee!

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Rose is the perfect summer shade of pink and Abalonee is a gorgeous and very gender neutral blue/teal color.  The pics just don't do them justice.  We've got them ordered up and on their way.  

***Available to purchase on the Cloth Diaper Kids website for CANADIANS on JUNE 23, 2017***

We will have them stocked in hybrid shells (snap and hook/loop) as well as O.N.Es and wet bags!

P.S. Wanna know how to pronounce Abalone?  It's "Aa-bah-LOW-nee." Like the sea snail ;)

What do think of the newest colors?  Which one is your favorite.  Leave us a comment below...

Will All-In-Two (AI2) Work For You?

Will All-In-Two (AI2) Work For You?

All-In-Two (AI2) diapers are all the rage.  The ability to re-use the waterproof cover while just switching out the absorbent inner during diaper changes seems so easy and practical.  In theory it should cut down on laundry, be cheaper since you need fewer covers and reduce what you need to carry in the diaper bag for changes on the run.  But does the AI2 really perform that way in reality?  Will it work for you and your baby?  Let’s see shall we?

As you may know, newborns pee A LOT and when they have a #2 explosion it can be pretty fantastic too.  During this time when babies are small (roughly 0-6months) when bowel movements are frequent and very soft, you may find that the cover of your AI2 gets soiled along with the insert and cannot be re-used as much as you would like.  There goes your convenience factor if you were hoping to re-use the cover.  You many find yourself washing both the cover and the insert at more changes than you would like, leading to the necessity of having more covers on hand than you planned on.  The upside though?  If you need a cover in a hurry or if it’s just slightly soiled, you can wipe it clean or wash by hand and they dry very quickly if you don’t have time to wait for it to go through the wash.  Also, many babies this age (especially those who are exclusively breastfed) can go a number of days between bowel movements.  If this is the case for you bundle of joy, then the AI2 may work well for you during the newborn phase.

Where you really start to see the benefits of an AI2 diaper system is on older babies about 6+ months.  Once babies are comfortably on solids and bowel movements are more solid (like yours and mine) it becomes much for feasible to re-use the cover and just put in a clean insert during diaper changes.  Fewer explosions mean more contained messes that lend well to this type of system.

So, in conclusion.  Are AI2 systems great?  Absolutely.  Will you always be able to re-use the cover for about 3 diaper changes?  Depends on the factors above.  Keep that in mind and you’ll enjoy your AI2 diapers as much as we do.

P.S.
Which AI2 diaper is our favourite?  We love using the GroVia Hybrid System with snap in inserts.  Applecheeks used as an AI2 (by laying the insert on top, rather than stuffing the pocket) was also very successful and easy for us when diapering our 3 kids. 

22 Uses For A Wet Bag

22 Uses For A Wet Bag
Wet bags aren’t just for cloth diapers!  Large, small and mini/wallet/clutch size wet bags can serve a variety of very useful purposes for the whole family.  They can be great for:
  1. Wet swimsuits at the pool or the beach.
  2. Mama cloth (cloth menstrual pads).
  3. Makeup, hairspray, nail polish and hair gel in your suitcase to protect your clothes against leaks.
  4. Snapping on onto your cabinet or stove handle to collect dirty dish cloths and towels.
  5. Leaky sippy cups and bottles.
  6. Extra set of clothes in case of potty accidents at daycare, Grandma's house, pre-school or sleepovers.
  7. Re-useable garbage sacs in the car.
  8. Breastfeeding parts for pumping moms.
  9. Holding pre-moistened cloth wipes when you’re on the go.
  10. Activity sacs full of fun stuff for each child on long car rides.
  11. Pretty gift bag if you’re taking a shower gift or new baby present to a cloth diapering mama and want a wrapping solution without the waste.
  12. Lego pieces, puzzle pieces, marbles, chess pieces or other small toys that are part of a set to keep them together.
  13. Dry dog or cat food if you’re traveling with your pets.
  14. Keeping passports dry when traveling.
  15. Coloring/art supplies/stamps/toys to occupy kids at a restaurant.
  16. Big pencil case – perfect for watercolor painting supplies or those big fat markers.
  17. Bingo dabbers for Grandma
  18. First aid kit/epi pen holder to stash in the car, or have handy on outings to the park etc.
  19. Vomit bag in the car for motion sick kids or newly pregnant mamas.
  20. Sweaty clothes after a workout – especially hot yoga.
  21. To hold extra shoes in your suitcase
  22. To keep your cell phone dry at the beach

And more…

What do you use your wet bags for?

The Best Nighttime Cloth Diapering Solution - The Secret to Leak Free Nights and Dry Mornings

The Best Nighttime Cloth Diapering Solution - The Secret to Leak Free Nights and Dry Mornings

The Best Nightime Cloth Diapering Solution

Successful cloth diapering at night is an important milestone and honestly it can be intimidating.  No one wants to spend time experimenting with cloth diapers if there’s any possibility of a leak at 2am and a nighttime cloth diaper solution becomes especially important when you have a heavy wetter on your hands.  Nighttime and nap-time cloth diapers are a bit different because your baby will be sleeping in their diaper for a long period of time rather than being changed every 2-3 hours or when dirty like during the day.

Usually the first thing people do when they attempt to cloth diaper at night is to adapt their current diapers by adding absorbency.  Logical right?  Adding a booster or second or third insert to a pocket diaper or all in one style diaper will give you more absorbency yes, but at some point, no matter how much extra you stuff in there you’re going to get leaks.  Why?  because the integrity of the diaper gets compromised by the extra bulk and you get gaps at the legs or a shorter rise (which exposes but-crack) inviting leakage up the back or out the legs.

So what do you do?  The solution is a fitted diaper.  What’s special about a fitted diaper is that it isn’t waterproof.  There is no PUL layer, it’s completely absorbent all the way around, not just through the crotch like other diaper options.  Because of this, it has more total absorbency and of course you can add boosters into a fitted if you find you need to.  On top of the fitted you need some waterproofing, so a PUL or wool cover is what you put on top.

Now, fitted diapers are generally made of natural fabrics – bamboo, hemp, cotton etc.  so they will generally feel wet against the skin.  Not comfortable or good for the skin over long periods of time.  So adding a fleece liner is a quick, cheap and thin addition that will provide a stay-dry layer and keep baby comfy and feeling dry.  A layer of cloth safe diaper cream is also a good preventative moisture barrier to keep skin in good shape.

Nighttime Diapering Solution - What you need for success:
2-3 good quality fitted diapers (so you can rotate when the others are in the wash).
1-2 covers (PUL or wool) – we love the fit of our Rumparooz one size snap cover on our kids
Fleece liners if desired for a stay-dry feeling for baby.
Cloth safe bum ointment if desired.  A thin layer is really great.

**Please keep in mind that newborns and babies under aprox. 6 months will still need nighttime diaper changes as they still tend to poo overnight.  Anytime baby is dirty they need to be changed, night time or not.  The suggestions above are for babies who are a little older, usually 6+months who have started to go the night without pooing.  If they are just wet at night you can implement the above nighttime routine**

Nighttime Diapering Trick – Fighting Ammonia
Rinsing out your nap-time and overnight fitted diapers before placing them in your wet bag between washes will go a long way to combating the ammonia that sometimes plagues nighttime diapers.  Simply run them under the sink or tub faucet and wring them out a few times.

Keep those things in mind and you’ll enjoy many happy and dry nights!

Do you have a bulletproof overnight cloth diaper solution?  Share it with us in the comments below!

Welcome AMP Diapers

Welcome AMP Diapers

We've added AMP diapers to our store!  Please help us give a warm welcome to the newest brand in our selection. Annie Marie Padorie (AMP) diapers is owned and run by Annie - a mom of 7!  

This Canadian company was born when Annie couldn't find cloth diapers that fit her babies correctly and that were comfy and absorbent too...so she started making her own. Friends urged her to make some for them and a company was born. The company grew quickly and Annie realized she had made something wonderful, something better for our planet, better for babies and that saves parents a lot of money.

AMP diapers employs a wonderful team of men and women that work very hard at making the highest quality products possible. Every AMP diaper is made in their own factory in Winnipeg, MB.  All employees make a fair wage and work in comfortable and safe working conditions. 

Here at Cloth Diaper Kids we had lots of requests for the AMP brand in our store, so here you go!  We have a full line (and huge color selection) of AMP Duo One Size Pocket Diapers, natural fiber inserts (hemp and bamboo) as well as diaper sprayers, boosters, liners, wet bags, pail liners and more.  

Click here to see all of the quality products from AMP that we have in stock now.

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