Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here are some examples:
Organic cotton velour diaper with green dafodil outer fabric (I love that green!)
Wool Cashmere Soaker
Floral PUL diaper cover
All-in-One Pocket Diaper
Organic Bamboo Fleece fitted diapers
Lots of other goodies here, go check out her shop!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Also, be sure to check out my new longies made from recycled wool sweaters! I will be adding more in the coming days. These are so festive and would make a great Christmas gift for your little one!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I will be having free shipping , within the U.S. only and does not include custom orders, which includes many Los Chiquitos Cloth diapers at my Etsy store, Erika's Chiquis. This free shipping starts Monday, Dec. 8- Thursday Dec. 18.
Check out @ www.erikaschiquis.etsy.com
Friday, December 5, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
All Dutch Baby Dudz inventory will be 25 percent off through Christmas.
I will be adding lots more inventory soon!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Just tell me your funny or crazy cloth diaper stories (you know, the one where daddy forgot to put an insert in the pocket before going to the park, or the one where the helpful older sibling tried to 'dunk and swish' and actually flushed a diaper down the toilet)...and on Nov 15th, the funniest story wins a free diaper from LilBees! All the details are here. Go enter!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
While some may think using pins is old fashioned, there are several great reasons why they are my top fastening choice. I hear many times Mamas saying that their little one can easily take off their snapped or aplix diapers and making a huge mess. With locking head pins it is nearly impossible for them to do this. Even up to age 5 opening one is tricky.
Pinning also allows for great size adjustability, and NO diaper snakes in the wash! NO yellowed, curled, and fuzzied aplix either.
You aren't confined by specific snap placement and also don't have to worry about your snaps getting mishapen in the dryer, causing them not to snap properly.
Often times you can get a pinnable diaper to fit a super small baby all they way up to a chunky toddler. This makes Pinnable diapers so much more economical. The bottom line is they last longer, and they fit longer.
It does take some practice to get pinning right, but once you get it you will love it!
Here are some key tips I tell my customers.
1) make sure that you have 2 fingers on the underside of the fabric to protect baby.
2) pull fabric so it is stretched tight.
3) enter the fabric so the pin is positioned horizontally and come back out through the fabric about an inch away from where you entered.
4) Buy good quality sharp pins. I buy curved metal locking head pins.
The fabrics I chose in my diapers are easy to pin and snappi, the pins glide through the Organic Bamboo/Cotton terry like butter and the snappis grab hold of the terry loops easily as well. Check out my Flexible Fitteds and Night Righters in my etsy shop!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
However, that liquid poop also stains like you can't believe! Okay, some will tell me, "who cares, it's a diaper". But many other moms like me want nice clean diapers, at least once in a while.
So I am giving you this useful tip on how to bleach your diapers: Wash as usual, no special bleach needed, and just hang them in the sun after. The sun has amazing bleaching and disinfecting properties and will whiten your diapers like magic.
I have tested it with fresh stains and old stains, they all disappeared. I live on the rainy West Coast, and I have even managed to bleach diapers and a poopy outfit in the middle of January pooring rain. It took longer but there still seem to be enough UV rays to get the stain out.
It will also work in freezing temperatures, if you ask your parents, they might have stories about their own parents/grand-parents "drying" their diapers out in the winter. Knowing what I know now, I am guessing my Grand-Mother wasn'st drying them outside. She was smart enough to dry in the house by the fireplace. She was using the bright winter sun for bleaching.
If you find your diapers crunchy after drying outside, I suggest to fluff them in the dryer with a damp towel for a few minutes before folding them and this should soften them.
Here's an interesting article about sun bleaching if you want to learn more: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/309631/the_bleaching_power_of_the_sun.html?cat=58
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
October is Baby Loss Awareness month. And in honor of the angels that didn't stay on earth, we will be donating 10% of our sales for the week of October 11th through the 18th. The donation will be going to a group called Share; a online support group for parents of baby loss.
For More info or if you would like to donate please visit the Share website.
Also check out the treasury to see some of the wonderful creations by the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team.
When I have a conversation with somebody about cloth diapers, usually their first impression is that I must spend hours each day crouched over the toilet, up to my elbows in poopie water as I scrub out the diapers. "Wow, that's too much work for me, I mean all that washing by hand!"
Well, I don't wash diapers by hand. We have this new invention called the washing machine and it does the job for me. Oh, you have one too? Oh right, I can tell you're concerned about washing out the poopie diapers in the toilet. I promise it's not that hard. You can just hold one corner and swish. Or get yourself a diaper sprayer, it makes the diapers come really clean with minimal effort, and you don't have to get your hands wet or soiled.
At this point in the conversation, the person starts to think that maybe I'm not just some kind of crazy hippie masochist. Let's face it, thinking about rinsing out a diaper in the toilet is usually the main reason that sends most parents to the disposable diaper aisle in the grocery store. (Interestingly enough, disposable diapers also should be rinsed out. Check the tiny wording on the package. It's illegal to throw poop in the garbage.) My diaper sprayer makes the job so quick and easy. They are relatively inexpensive (about $35 for my mini shower) and quick and easy to install. It's just like having a kitchen sprayer on your toilet. The same water that comes from your house plumbing into your toilet tank is temporarily diverted into the sprayer. You can purchase one of these sprayers at various online diaper shops, or make one yourself from a kitchen sprayer.
I've had my sprayer for several years, and the pressure can be small or great depending on the kind of water pressure your house has. The mini-shower has an adjustable valve that lets you lower the pressure, and in my house we use it about half-way on. It takes a bit of experience to get the pressure high enough to get the diaper clean, yet low enough to not have to wash poop off of your bathroom walls!
At one point a few months ago, I decided to buy something totally indulgent when my parents gave me some birthday money: a potty pail. This ingenious invention is quite simple, really. It's just a bucket with a hole in it, and an attachment to make it rest on the rim of the toilet. I'm sure I could have made one myself, but hey, it was my birthday. I can not begin to describe how much I love this bucket! My reason for buying it was that the pail promised to contain the overspray so I wouldn't have to wash my bathroom walls anymore. After using it, I realized that it was helpful for more reasons. For one, it lets the diaper rest on the bottom of a relatively clean bucket instead of in dirty water in the toilet bowl. All the offending solids slide nicely down the hole and out of site. This makes rinsing out the diaper even easier. And secondly, my potty pail came with a lid, which means I use it as a second diaper pail for hiding the diapers that need to be sprayed. It's very convenient. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have let as many as four poopie diapers wait in the potty pail until I am ready to throw all my diapers in the wash. At that point, I set the pail on the toilet and spray them all out. It's a super quick job, no bending down, no soiled hands, and is only done twice a week. I love it!
So, for all our readers with queasy stomachs that haven't gotten up the nerve to wash out a dirty diaper, try the sprayer or the pail. You'll love it too!
Monday, September 29, 2008
We know cloth diapers can be expensive, especially when you need a lot of them...
Cloth diapers may appear complicated...
Perhaps you'd like to sew your own diapers but don't know where to get the materials...
The promotional items are not marked in the listings like they were last time--this promotion is more about offering the types of things that will help a newbie get started, (or help an experienced cloth diapering parent restock their stash).
Are you excited yet? We sure are!
Come visit participating shops:
Breezy Babies ~ Dutch Baby Dudz ~ Eenie Beanie Threads ~ Kaboogie
Kristie Lynn ~ Kristin Jayd ~ Lil Bees ~ Lyanna Jean Designs
Monkey Snuggles ~ Purple Ducks ~ Roly Poly Crafts
Scire4 ~ Simply Sanity Creations ~ Twig and Vine ~ Suzanne's Special Kids
Wee Ones by JaJoC ~ Wild Onez Diapers ~ Wooldins
Here are some peeks at some of the items these talented sellers are offering! (scroll through the posts below for more details and photos from several of these sellers!)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Friends Craft Fair, held in Ketring Park in Littleton, Colorado, is a large venue for over 300 sellers to showcase and sell their unique handmade items. So, besides getting some great baby and kids items from Stella Bini, Laina's Laundry, and Saxon Moss, you may find other great items for yourself or for gifts, as well.
Who - Stella Bini - bibs, burpies, blankets and "droolers" (http://www.stellabini.etsy.com/)
Laina's Laundry - diapers, baby leg warmers, and baby dresses (http://www.lainaslaundry.etsy.com/)
Saxon Moss - wooden toys and playscape puzzles
What - 37th Annual Friends Craft Fair (http://www.littletongov.org/
I hope to see you there!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Enter to win 1 cloth diaper in the size of your choice, pins and a set of wipes.
Using cloth diapers is one of the best ways to reduce, resuse, and recycle.
Did you know that disposable diapers take more than 500 years to break down in landfills?
Cloth diapers are better for the environment, and your baby too.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I think there are three main considerations when you start your cloth diapering adventure with a newborn.
1. Blow-out containment.
2. Ease of use, since a lot of new parents are new at diapering all together.
3. Frequent changes
The containment factor: Here we go, the very graphic part of the story!
Because newborn poop is very runny and can be quite… dare I say… explosive, elastics are really nice. Really, really nice…. I also liked to have the two layers of protection that a fitted or snappied prefold and a separate cover gave me. If the diaper did not contain it all, the cover caught the balance before it made it on the clothing. For the records, we only had to deal with a tiny baby’s major blow-out on clothing while using disposable diapers (and once only in a pocket diaper.) As far as my experience goes, pocket diapers do contain runny poop much better than a disposable, but not as well as a separate diaper and cover do. We had a few pocket dipes on hand and liked to have them in the bag on outings, and also at night since our baby was a daytime-only pooper.
Which bring us to ease of use. Magic word for new parents: Hook and loop (i.e. Velcro!). It is nice, not intimidating and easy for daddy to deal with in the middle of the night. Be warned here, as this series of posts progresses though, you might not like Velcro forever… Other great choices for the ease of use are pockets and all-in-ones. However, for the reasons above, I do not recommend a complete stash of pocket and all-in-one diapers to start, but do try them, a lot of parent just swear by them so they might work out great for your family as well.
The ease of use is also linked to the frequent changes. Newborns seem constantly wet and they poop a lot too. You may have to change a diaper 16 times a day, including night, so you will want to make sure it is easy.
Another side consideration is the umbilical stump for the first few days or weeks, depending on when it falls. We really disliked a PUL cover rubbing on our tiny baby’s stump, so for most of the time, we just kept her in a fitted diaper without a cover, laid her to sleep with a lap pad underneath her and changed the clothing with the diaper for the first little bit. We were given gazillions tiny sleepers anyway. Since then though, I have learned to use fleece and wool, and my next baby will most likely be wrapped in wool from the start.
The last thing to keep in mind is that newborn diapers won’t fit for long. Buy good quality diapers but please do not spend too much on newborn/small size. A lot of parents who do fancier diapers in bigger sizes prefer to do cheaper options for the newborn.
Some parents use cloth in the hospital, some don’t. A huge benefit of using cloth from the get go is that you can feel those wet diapers right away rather than guessing if a disposable is wet. These first wet diapers are quite an important indicator if baby is getting milk and believe me, it is not fun to take a disposable apart to figure if it was actually wet! And yes, worried first time parents do silly things like that! A downside of dealing with cloth in the hospital is to bring them back home for a wash, but really you can see it as a first experience in traveling with cloth diapers. If you like cloth diapering you will probably end up doing several overnight travels with them anyway so one more or less won’t make a big difference in the end. You will also have to wash the meconium, which is not as bad as you might think. It does wash fine; no special pre-treatment is needed and doesn’t stain any more than other bowel movements. If you are really worried about it, you can just put a disposable liner in the diaper.
My personal recommendation for a newborn is to get fitted diapers and PUL or wool/fleece covers as a main system for those first months, a few pocket/AIO diapers to see if you like them too, as well as a dozen or two of good quality infant size prefolds as a back up in between wash days while you figure out how to use them and see if you actually like to use them as a main diaper. Prefolds are cheap and versatile, so having some on hand from the start is just great. They will be useful in the future as inserts/doublers in bigger diapers or to wipe the slide at the park, wash the car, and one of our team member can even turn them into training pants for you.
I also recommend a big stack of cloth wipes. They will be a lifesaver and some of them can even be folded in a tiny diaper as a doubler.
On this note I will congratulate you on your new baby - you are not reading this just for fun, are you? :-)
- To be continued with the older baby/crawler part soon…
Saturday, September 6, 2008
because how could autumn be anything BUT joyful with velour on your little ones bum?!
Velour has recently become a popular diaper fabric, so I decided to try it out. WOW! It is so soft, I just want to sit and snuggle with it all day. It does not wick or 'stay dry' like microfleece does, but because of the pile (the fuzz) it does leave skin feeling dry, which is nearly the same! Furthermore, it remains soft through many washings--not many fabrics do that!
I have recently gotten in several colors of velour, and am starting to stock velour-inner AIOs and fitted diapers at LilBees.
Come check them out!
It looks like fall is just around the corner! My favorite time of the year. Cozy Recycled wool longies and New wool longies will be in the shop soon. I think they will be a hit.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
My Etsy store is called Petit Mouton.
I have been member of this team for a few months but had not posted here yet... I make crocheted wool soakers using the Ladybugz licensed pattern. I have a shop blog too, check it out.
So first a little bit about myself and how my store started:
I have been knitting for at least 10 years now, and I learned to crochet about 5-6 years ago. Self taught at sewing when I decided to make diapers for my little one. Technically I am not a WHAM, since I work out of the house, but I have a long daily commute and I love to crochet in public transit! With my daughter, we use wool soakers over training pants during daytime since she is an EC'ed baby. I modify the patterns to make the butt smaller in order to fit a less bulky trainer. These also work great for sposie babies, so I have also made a couple cotton ones for moms not sold to cloth... But I intend to stock my store mostly with "regular cloth cut" wools. Too bad I had not discovered wool when our DD was littler, I guess it will be for the next one.
A few months ago we also started to use wool at night and we love it. It took a couple trial and error to find the "right" diaper to wear under, but we got it. A snappied premium prefold and a hemp doubler work like a charm for us under a pair of "full bum" shorties. She wakes up in a dry bed and without the "stinky bum" smell that the PUL pockets used to give her.
Why PetitMouton? Well, I am French Canadian expat in BC, Canada and it means "little sheep" in French, so I thought the name was perfect for woolies.
I like to work with wool, and also to include some alpaca blend in my woolies. Alpaca tends to be warmer than wool, but it is also very soft. For this reason, I like to use a yarn with just a touch of Alpaca. Check out the shorties and longies with a skirt that I have made with it.
I would like to eventually add bamboo wipes and cloth diapers to my lines, but I do not know when... Maybe if someone installs a sewing machine on the train line I take I could squeeze time for that...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Since then I have learned a few things about wool!
1) Wool is a natural fiber, and it breathes. This is nice for kiddos with sensitive skin! This article explains how wool's natural properties (yes, its very molecular structure) are perfect for diapering.
Sheep produce something called lanolin on their skin and in their wool. Lanolin is something like the natural oils on our skin, only it happens to be waterproof. Yup, those sheep standing out in the rain in Ireland are not actually soaked through--their wool is sortof like a natural raincoat because of the lanolin!
This same lanolin then makes a marvelous diaper cover! The wool itself is absorbent (and can absorb up to three times its own weight) but it is also quite waterproof...so when used as a diaper cover, wool absorbs from the inside, while blocking leaks from getting to the outside.
Lanolin is also naturally antibacterial. How perfect is that for a diaper cover?!
3) Isn't it scratchy?
Most wool covers are made with softer wools, such as lambswool or merino. Different makers have different standards for what wools they use, so if you are concerned about a child with sensitive skin, feel free to ask the seller about their fiber content. For my sensitive-skinned child, I stick to lambswool whenever possible.
For those who are allergic to wool, something to consider: most wool allergies are not true *wool* allergies, but actually allergies to either the chemicals used to treat wool (to make it machine washable, for example), or to the roughness of the fiber. Properly washed and lanolized wool does not have these chemicals, and wool covers are typically made from the softest wools, so while wool is not perfect for everyone, it will work just fine for most children.
4) What is a soaker, longies, or shorties?
These are all names for wool covers that double as outerwear. Longies are pants, shorties are shorts, and the term 'soaker' can apply to any wool cover. They come in two main types--hand knit/hand crochet, and recycled (which means they are made from old sweaters or other wool garments). Some soakers are also made from new yardage of plain wool fabric.
5) Doesn't it leak?
Yes, technically it can--if the child is left in the same diaper for a long time, or the cover is compressed (as in a carseat or snug outfit) then moisture can get through. But it doesn't leak very often under normal conditions. The best solution is to change the child frequently, and use doublers or extra-absorbency diapers for heavy-wetters.
Personally, I had not been able to find a diaper that was sufficient for my son at night, and then I started using wool longies. His diaper absorbs almost everything, but that wool is a second line of defense just in case...no more wet sheets!
6) But it's handwash!
Yes, it is, BUT you don't have to wash it very often! Even when it absorbs some urine, the lanolin interacts with the urine to neutralize it, leaving odor-free covers. Those who use wool full time usually have 2-3 covers in use at once, and allow each to fully air-dry between uses. This gives them time to dry out and for the lanolin to work its magic.
If aired out between uses, wool covers only need to be washed when they actually become soiled (on the inside or outside), or when they begin to smell (which means that the lanolin has been used up). Most wool users wash several covers at once by swishing them in tepid water with appropriate soap, and then putting them in the washer on a spin cycle (to get out excess water) and hanging to dry. I was really worried about this part, but I have found that I can wash several longies in just a few minutes, and then after a good spin cycle, they dry out in about a day (and I live in the humid rainforest!)
7) So where can I get those special wool washes?
There are many soaps which are safe for wool and can be found in places that sell wool yarns or products. In addition to a wool wash, you will need to apply lanolin periodically. This is available from a number of shops that sell wool diapering products.
One option (my favorite) is to use a wool wash bar, which is specifically formulated for washing wool covers, and actually has lanolin in it! Using one of these bars saves you the trouble of separate lanolizing, although many wool-users still like to use a lanolin spray to 'reinforce' the covers from time to time. I got my wool wash bar and lanolin spray from Blue House Soaps on etsy, and have been very happy with them (they smell wonderful too!)
Here are a few more informative links:
One mother's story of the wonders of wool.
A very detailed article that covers everything I just explained, only in a lot more depth.
Wool's Cool another article with some helpful information.
Team members who offer wool (you can visit their shops via the shop links at the left):
Adorabubble, Ariana'sClothesline, BabyBearBums, BeanandBeagle, Betriska, BundlesofJoy, BabyCakesKnits, BeBops, BoulevardDesigns, CussinCrafter, DutchBabyDudz, GreenMountain, Greensprout, GreenWayBabywear, Handmadebymama, HandmadeCreations, KristieLynn, KathleenThomas, KristinJayd, kaboogie, LilLambCreations, LuckyFishes, MamaMadeThreads, MammaHenerin, MunchkinKnitworks, MandyMartinCreations, MacaroniAndCheese, NorasKnickers, Natural Blue Cloud, NaturalPunk, PinkPug, PetitMouton, Purple Ducks, TinyPetals,TuliptreeBaby, Wollagins, WoolenPhoenix, YarnIt
Friday, August 22, 2008
If you can't make it to the fair, all remaining items will be posted on our Etsy shops after October 4th so be sure to check back then!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Most of these diapers can also have a dress or appliqued tee, or an embroidered cover made to match the diaper fabric...just ask because I am having a good time digitizing designs for embroidery. :)
3d is open again for custom orders for embroidery and cloth diapering items, and as always, I am happy to have you send your own diapers or garments to me to be embroidered. You can visit the 3d~DeebleDdo blog to view the design gallery and get a peek at what I've done recently.
Thanks for your patronage of our Etsy Cloth Diapering Team!
Monday, August 4, 2008
The rise and length are easily adjusted to fit your little girl, just like with my other patterns. This one is a tad more difficult, though, and probably is not best for beginners (my striped pattern is perfect for beginners, though!). This pattern ties with a simple "belt" rather than braided strands as my other patterns do.
I also have a cute boy shorties pattern coming soon! You can see all my patterns in my etsy shop.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The long awaited pattern is finally here!
or click here for instant download for $7
Size Waist Rise Thigh
X-Small 14” 16” 9”
Small 16” 17” 10”
Medium 18” 18” 11”
Large 19” 18” 11.5”
X-Large 20” 19” 12”
16" circular needles (or 40" for magic looping), dpn's or second set of circs for legholes.
50 gms MC, 50 gms CC, Doodlebirds wool recommended
2 stitch markers
Gauge: 20 sts per 4" square
Skill Level: In Knitty terms, piquante. I would rate this as intermediate/advanced. Do not select this as your first project!!!
I can't wait to see all the different color combos you come up with!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
These Miniature Diapers open up just like the real thing, and even have little sewn in soakers! They are made from a miniature version of the BBOriginal Diaper pattern, from flannel scraps, and are a available now at Beebabottoms!
Also, right now at Beebabottoms Shop Blog, there is a drawing going on to win one free for shipping!
Saturday, July 12, 2008