Friday, April 24, 2009

Slacker Central

That's my sewing room lately...but I have decided that I really MUST get back to sewing and the first place to start is to do something about the piles of unfinished cloth diapers and covers that are taking up space and making the sewing room look all cluttered! I listed seven new covers today...Minkee, fleece, and PUL and am hoping to work my way through another pile this coming month which will mostly be OBV fitted diapers. Take a peek below to see what's new at 3d ~ deebleDdo!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Good Nights are back!

About a year ago I posted here about my new Good Nights deluxe fitted nighttime diapers. I sold several that spring, but then got busy and haven't sewn up any more in quite a while. Well, with our nighttime theme of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star this month, I knew this was my chance to get them back in the shop. It may be the end of the month, but they are finally here!

It may look like a fairly normal fitted diaper, but look again! The attached doubler makes it extremely absorbent yet keeps it trim, and now that I have a snap press, I'm offering these diapers (and most others) with your choice of touchtape (velcro) or snaps! And, since they fall into the theme of the month (for one more week!) purchase a Good Nights diaper and get a 25% discount on your second item!

Finally, listen to what the customers are saying about LilBees Good Nights!
"Wow! Baby wears these all night long, with no leaks (he often leaks by morning in other diapers). He is quite comfortable too. I'm impressed--they're worth every penny!"

"My son could soak through anything, and I was using so many inserts and doublers that the resulting enormous diaper looked terribly uncomfortable...the first night he used one of these he didn't even get the outside layer wet. I am so impressed, I don't know how I lived without it!"

Come visit LilBees for all in ones, OOAK (one-of-a-kind) designer fitteds, and Good Nights nighttime diapers!
Also, coming next month, StarDustCreations embroidered diapers (I'll post more about those as it gets closer!)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Its Earth day!

If you are using cloth diapers or even looking in to to it. Thank you!
using cloth diapers does decrease the amount of trash that we put out.
While sceptics may say that the energy that we use to wash and dry them is just as harmful that is simply not true.
There are ways to make your cloth diaper washing more green.
Here are a few tips.
- use a biodegradable and earth friendly detergent - don't forget to recycle the bottle!
- make your own detergent- I have a recipe posted for this on my blog
- when the weather is nice dry your diapers outside and then fluff them in the dryer for 15 minutes. This can also be done inside but it will take longer.
The added benefit of doing this outside is that the sun will bleach out stains and help get rid of smells!
- if you are able buy energy efficient appliances when you replace your old ones!

Other tips-
try to buy diapers that will fit for a long time and use them for multiple children.
reuse prefold diapers for rags to clean the house
If you can't afford to buy diapers right now, look around your house for flannel sheets, tshirts or other $100% cotton material so that you can make your own!

The earth thanks you for cloth diapering your baby and so will your babies when they grow up!

visit me at my etsy store!
in honor of Earth day

P.S - Oprah has a great show on today about pollution- check it out!

Monday, April 20, 2009

How to wash cloth diapers

You will eventually establish your own diaper washing routine. Some ladies prefer to rinse once, then send the diapers through a wash cycle. Some prefer to simply put the diapers through the wash cycle.

Be aware that bleach can lessen the life of your items by causing wear and tear on fabrics and elastic, and may cause fading of colors. If you choose to wash in bleach, fill the washer with hot water and ¼ cup of bleach. Once the bleach and hot water have had a chance to mix (the washer is full), add you diapers. DO NOT bleach your PUL (Polyurethane laminate) covers – this will eventually ruin the PUL.

An alternative to bleach is vinegar. Fill a downy ball with white vinegar, and toss it into the washer with the diapers. Using vinegar will help kill some bacteria and will also make your diapers softer. You may notice a slight vinegar smell upon removing the diapers from the washer, but your diapers won't smell of vinegar once they have been dried.

You can dry your diapers either in the dryer or on hung on a line outside. If you choose to line dry them, you can throw them in the dryer for just a few minutes to soften them up a little. Line drying will allow the sun to naturally whiten your covers and help remove stains. Drying your PUL covers in the dryer will not harm them.

DO NOT: Use Borax or Bleach on your PUL covers
DO NOT: Use any fabric softener or fabric sheets – these will put a coating on your diapers which will yield in less absorbtion.
DO NOT: Use any detergent which has a softener in it.
PLEASE DO NOT: Wipe off a PUL cover and reuse it on baby - although this may seem practical, it is unsanitary. Feel free to rinse the cover in warm water (if only pee has been on it) and allow it to dry between uses.

Dealing with the nasty stuff (Poop): Using a diaper sprayer is not necessary and can sometimes be an added cost to cloth diapering. If you have a diaper sprayer, use that to spray the poop off your diaper. If you do not have one, and your baby is on solid food, you will need to rinse your cloth diaper to remove the poop. Doing this while the toilet is flushing helps to rinse the poop off, just be careful not to accidentally let the diaper slip into the drain! Breastfed poops require no rinsing. Simply place those diapers in your diaper bucket.

Happy Diapering,
Little Moose Diapers

Friday, April 17, 2009

Look what the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team has been up to!

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Small Fitted Flannel Diapers

I love using fitted diapers. When I began cloth diapering, I used prefolds with covers, and while those are probably your most economical choice, fitteds make your life a little folding, pinning, or snappis.

I have created some super cute fitted flannel diapers. They have Aplix 800 closure and a sewn in gauze soaker pad. I choose gauze as a soaker because I find it to be more absorbent than flannel.

I even joined in the monthly theme - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star...

Happy Diapering,
Little Moose Diapers

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Goth Girly Covers and Order Status Update

First the update: Alison1L got shipped out yesterday. Kiddo353 I have 6 trainers done for your replacement. Pink Cupcake Cafe, I have 2 out of 3 of your last trainers done for you.

I finished the punk princess pocket diaper for the WAHM Nation collaborative, and even got 2 new covers done to list in my store. Shown below, as a link, are the 2 covers I just finished this morning. They are a single layer of PUL (one is hot pink with the pink plaid skull and crossbones print and the other is purple with the purple plaid skull and crossbones print) and bound in soft black fold over elastic, with matching black snaps. Shown here on the middle rise setting.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wool Wraps - Little Moose Diapers

Little Moose Diapers Recycled Wool Wraps are made from 100% wool items. This cover has two layers, with the inner being a darker shade of green and the outer being Teal. Lastin is sewn into the legs and across the back, fully enclosed so no elastic touches your little one's skin directly. Aplix 800 is used for closure, yielding a more adjustable fit.

Sizes fit -
Newborn 6-10 pounds
Small 8 to 14 Pounds.
Medium 14-20 Pounds
Large 20-30 Pounds
Extra Large 25-35 Pounds

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Burp Cloths and Flannel Wipes

When I first switched over from disposables to cloth, I was most aggravated by using disposable wipes...and then I thought I had a light bulb moment - why not make cloth wipes - little did I know, I was the only one who saw this light bulb as I soon found that most cloth diapering families already use cloth wipes! Needless to say, Little Moose Diapers' Flannel wipes are made of 2 layers of flannel, while the family wipes are made of a layer of flannel and a THICK layer of white terrycloth.

I soon found the need for some large absorbent burp cloths, since my daughter was known to spit up her entire feeding (or so it seemed). The burp cloths I make are made of one layer of microfiber terry surrounded by adorable flannel prints. The edges have been snipped and leave an frayed appearance, which babies enjoy playing with.

You can find these items and more at

Happy Diapering!
Little Moose Diapers

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April theme: Twinkle Twinkle Little stars

This month, we have night diapers and stars as a theme.

Have a look at what our members have created for you:

Sanity has a whole section dedicated to nightime diapers, check them out!
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NEW! Snappy Nappies now available at La Petite Krott Creations

After putting a lot of my time and effort into knitting Wool Soakers/Diaper Covers. I have decided to concentrate more on cloth diapers. I am happy to introduce a new design for La Petite Krott Creations : Snappy Nappies!
These are still made with my shop focus in mind with 100% cotton. I was getting tired of separating diapers from each other after they became stuck together in the wash, even with laundry tabs. So I chose to make these with snap closure for a more convenient diaper. These are a One Size Fits Most diaper with adjustable snaps, which allow this diaper to fit from newborn to toddler size. I have 6 fabric patterns to choose from, with more coming soon! Please check out my shop for more information and pictures.
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