Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday time is right around the corner...

Show your baby's holiday cheer with these cute cloth diapers and covers.

For other holiday themed cloth diapers and covers, visit the participating stores:
A Little Fluffy
Banana Bottoms
Rethink Crafts
Sweet Violets Mama
The Creative Mommy
The Laughing Place
Zinnia Flower

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wool wash options

There are many options for caring for your wool. Each one you may find to have benefits over the other (which is why I personally have a tub full of various types of wool wash!)


Liquid Wool Wash: These are made commercially and by WAHMs and have everything together - wool wash and liquid lanolin. Wash and lanolize with one easy step. No rinsing required. They have just enough lanolin to keep your wool working right with every wash.

Wool Wash Bar: This is a solid form of wool wash (usually with lanolin). Great for stains and soil spots - just rub gently on wet wool and rinse. You can also use a wool wash bar to make a sink full of sudsy water to soak your woolies in and get the same effect as a liquid wool wash. Depending on the suds, you may need to rinse slightly. I find the liquid tends to have a bit more lanolin content, depends on the maker. 

Spray Lanolin: This is a form of liquid lanolin with no wash, put into a fine mist sprayer. Used to freshen up your woolies between washing (get a scent you LOVE!), or to add more lanolin after washing (especially helpful for night wool). Great for the "wetzone" area. Can be sprayed on wet or dry wool. I prefer to spray it on wet and it seems to soak in better.

Regular Wash: You can easily wash your wool using baby shampoo, or other mild soap/shampoo. You may not even need to lanolize for a few washes. When you notice they start to soak up too much liquid, smell, or not function right, its time to lanolize them.

Solid Lanolin: You can lanolize your wool separate from washing (great if you do a regular wash, or if you need an extra lanolin boost). Using Lansinoh (the purple tube you may recognize from breastfeeding) and very hot water to melt it, add to a sink full of warm water and your wool.

Liquid Lanolin: Like solid lanolin that you don't have to melt!

- Wash your wool inside out! Just in case your lanolin is not fully melted to avoid lanolin dark spots. Also it gets the bulk of the lanolin where you want it - on the inside!
- I prefer not to have my wool "sticky" with lanolin, but you'll figure out the right amount for you.
- Pick different scents and try them out, there are some wonderful ones out there!
- The most inexpensive option is to wash with baby shampoo and lanolize yourself with solid lanolin. Its a bit more time consuming, and doesn't have the fancy scents...but is definitely the cheapest!

If you've never lanolized wool before, there are some great online tutorials. (Usually your wool wash will also come with instructions.)
Etsy Cloth Diaper Team
Diaper Pin - by Laura Gent
Green Mountain Diapers

All of my favorite sellers seem to have their shops closed right now :(
Ewe Need It (liquid, spray, and bars)
Ignite the Senses (bars)
Blue House Soaps (bars)
Eucalan is a good commercial brand. And there are LOTS of sellers on Etsy and HyenaCart that offer wool wash products.  

What are some of YOUR favorites or tips to share?

And, if you're in need of wool to be washed....please browse my shop! :) Jen

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Post'er and FREE give away

Ok so here it is, my very first post to this awesome blog!  So in the spirit of giving I am.  I have a special offer to all my customers on my etsy store. 

I am giving away FREE cloth wipes and cloth everything wipes to those of you who buy my cloth diapers and or cloth mama pads (breast or menstrual).

Here is the deals:

Buy a Cloth diaper and recieve a wipe and a special gift FREE!

Order a Cloth diaper set and recieve one cloth diaper free!(orders over 5 only) Please convo for special offer.

FREE cloth everything wipe with every menstrual / Breast cloth pad purchase!

Order a custom set of mama Breast Pads or Mama Menstrual pads and recieve one FREE !!! (orders over 5 only) Please convo for special offer.

Feel free to contact me via etsy for all your custom request!
Thanks to those of you who have helped me get to 90% positive feedback, only 10% to go!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

with our WAHMs on the Etsy Cloth Diaper team.

For other holiday themed cloth diapers and covers, visit the participating stores:
A Little Fluffy
Banana Bottoms
Rethink Crafts
The Creative Mommy
The Laughing Place
Zinnia Flower

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blog giveaways at Winkydinks!

I'm celebrating my 1 year Etsy anniversary and have lots of specials, charity offers (benefiting Miracle Diapers), and giveaways. Please visit my shop for all of the details!

Current Winkydinks blog giveaways:
-Enter to win a FREE custom fleece diaper cover or hat (ending Nov 22nd)
-Enter to win a FREE package of Monky Fartz scented Booty Cubes wipes solution (ending Nov 30th)
(Entries must be posted to Winkydinks blog posts)

Thank you to all of my customers for a great year. And thank you to all of the cloth diaper users out there to make this world a much fluffier place! :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Cloth Diapers

Every baby needs a holiday cloth diaper and cover, don't you think?

For other holiday themed cloth diapers and covers, visit the participating stores:
A Little Fluffy
Banana Bottoms
Rethink Crafts
The Creative Mommy
The Laughing Place
Winky Dinks
Zinnia Flower

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

And November and December's theme are the holidays. What could be cuter than your wee one with a special Christmas cloth diaper or cover. Adorable. Here are a few to get you in the spirit.

Check back often to see more holiday themed cloth diapers and covers.

You can also check in at participating stores:

A Little Fluffy
Banana Bottoms
The Laughing Place
Winky Dinks
Zinnia Flower

Monday, November 2, 2009

How to measure for longies/soakers

In most cases, sizes for cloth diaper covers are not as helpful as actual measurements. Here is a visual on how to calculate your child's measurements. If you don't have a flexible tape measure, this method also works with a straight ruler. (Or, you can take a piece of string and measure your results.)

Sometimes it's easier to measure a well fitting pair of pants than your squirmy child :) Keep in mind that if the pants you are measuring have an elastic waistband, you need to account for how much they are stretched when worn to get a good waist approximation. Of course, if you have a cooperative child, you can also measure their body with a flexible tape or string.

WAIST: The part that sits 1" or so ABOVE the diaper, near the belly button. Measure one side of the pants, then double for your waist measurement. Here the result is 16". (If measuring on the body, just put the tape/string around their waist like a belt for your result).

RISE*: This is the measurement from front to back, through the crotch. You can start at the back, loop through the crotch and measure the result. Here the result is 17". (If you don't have a flexible tape, use string. Or simply measure the front, then add to the back. Often the front is slightly lower than the back, depending on design). Tape is slightly crooked to show the tape at the back. You should measure straight!

THIGH: Measure just below the crotch, at the fatty part of the thigh. Double your result for the thigh measurement. Here the result is 10". (Often you want longies to fit loose at the thigh, more like pants).
Thigh measurement on a soaker (which usually you want to fit snug). Here the result is 9". (If measuring on the body, just put the tape/string all the way around their thigh for your result).

HIPS: This is the part just below the waist and hip bones (where the cloth diaper is). Measure across the front, and double your result. Here the result is 19". More room in the hips also allows for a more bulky diaper underneath. (If measuring on the body, just put the tape/string around their hips and OVER the diaper you'll be covering for your result).

INSEAM: Crotch to ankle measurement. Measure straight down. Here the result is 8".

*Notes about RISE: This measurement makes sure you have enough coverage to get the cover to actually cover the top of the diaper at the waist. When covering a fluffy bum, you need to make sure there is enough extra (or enough stretch) to allow for the bulk of the diaper. Otherwise, your rise shortens by an inch or two and you'll wind up with a cover that doesn't cover the waist of the diaper. Most wool stretches plenty to allow for this, however fleece does not stretch vertically, so be sure to add some to your actual rise measurement.

(These fish longies are available for purchase at Winkydinks!)
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