Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Products! Woot!

Hey all! Thought I'd give you the scoop on some great NEW products we've got coming in!



OsoCozy Better Fit Prefolds These prefolds are meant to be tri-folded inside a cover (no pins or Snappi necessary). These new and improved diapers have a suede-cloth top layer to wick moisture away from baby's bum. SO soft! $28.00/dozen (infant) or $34.00/dozen (premium)

Rumparooz Newborn Diaper Covers $10.00 (solid) or $12.00 (prints)

Rumparooz Lil Joey Newborn Diapers New prints and colors! $29.90 (2-pack)

Country Save Detergent Sample Packs $1/each

Water Quality Test Strips (so you can know which Rockin' Green formula will work for you) $0.75/pack

Rockin' Green Femme Rock Detergent (for cloth menstrual pads, which are COMING SOON!) $11.95

A big thanks to our rock star, Anna, for her hard work in scouting out new products for the shop!!! What would you like to see us carry here at MSDC???

Monday, October 21, 2013

Brand Spotlight: Best Bottoms and Planet Wise

I think, if forced to choose, Anna will tell you that Best Bottoms are her favorite diapering brand. They’re unique for sure! Here are a few reasons why…

Best Bottoms is a privately owned brand, with a husband-and-wife team at the helm. The owners work hard to ensure that the diapers are user-friendly, high-quality, and responsibly made.



Best Bottoms is a two-part (or all-in-two) diapering system which consists of a waterproof cover (shell) and snap-in inserts. Inserts can be changed out as needed, and shells only need to be washed when soiled. Best Bottoms shells come in TONS of great colors and prints, and are one-sized, meaning they’re designed to fit from birth to 35 pounds. Inserts are sized for better fit and performance.

Best Bottoms also makes training pants (stay tuned for more info in a separate blog post)!

Did you know that Best Bottom Diapers are a part of Planet Wise, Inc.?

Planet Wise is a company best known for its wet bags (used to hold dirty/stinky diapers until laundry day). We highly recommend them here at MSDC!



Planet Wise is not just about wet bags, though! They have many different product lines, including snack bags, changing pads, and nursing covers. Check them out!

Feel free to order online, or stop in to the store sometime. We’d be happy to introduce you to Best Bottoms and Planet Wise… great brands, indeed!

Thanks for reading,

Erin

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wool, and how not to be overwhelmed

For a long time, I was afraid of wool. In cloth diapering, that is. I know it can seem expensive, and complicated. But the truth is, wool offers many unique benefits. And it doesn't have to be tricky to care for! Here's a basic tutorial on using wool for diapering:



Benefits: Wool is very soft and comfortable. Because it helps regulate temperature, it can actually help keep babies cool in hot weather (and, of course, warm in cold weather). It's also incredibly absorbent; it's able to absorb about 1/3 of its weight in moisture. But that moisture immediately evaporates into the air... leaving cover (and baby) nice and dry.  It's soft, stretchy (without losing its shape), and very breathable... making it an excellent option for cloth diapering!

Easy Care: Yes, you read that right. The steps to washing wool are simple, once you understand them. And wool only needs to be washed every couple of weeks (unless soiled). It's naturally antibacterial, so any urine smell will disappear as it evaporates and dries (if the smell remains... it's time to wash).

Here are a few helpful links I've found:

A detailed post on "Why Wool?" from Real Diaper Association

A YouTube video tutorial: Washing and Lanolizing a Wool Cover

Sustainablebabyish on Wool Care

When you're ready to try wool for yourself, stop in to see our selection of Sustainablebabyish wool covers (oh, the gorgeous colors)... OR order online! Don't forget your wool wash and lanolin!

Thanks for reading,

Erin

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brand Spotlight: Sloomb

These may be my very favorite diapers. Why? Because they are so stinkin' soft! These diapers make me want to be un-potty-trained*

*Not really, people.



Anyway...

Sloomb has a fantastic line of diapers and wool covers, and their site offers accessories, clothing, body care, and even baby carriers! Their cloth diapers are made by hand in Denver, CO, and workers are paid fair wages and care about the product. Most fabric is sourced from sustainable or organic crops. They're hip people. Check them out, here! Be sure to listen to the happy little song halfway down the page. I dare you not to smile.

The Sloomb/sustainablebabyish line is known for function (outstanding absorbency) and comfort (like I said... so soft). We carry their Overnight Bamboo Fleece Fitteds, Snapless Multi Fitteds, Wool Covers, and Lanolin.



If you're at all near our shop in Lancaster, PA, please stop in and feel these delightful diapers! (Excuse the crazy sales associate rubbing them on her cheeks and ahhhhing.) You can also buy Sloomb products through our online store.

Thanks for reading,

Erin

P.S. Need a little extra convincing? For each sustainablebabyish diaper you buy, a tree is planted in Southeast Asia.

P.P.S. Stay tuned for a blog post all.about.wool.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cloth Wipes: Yes, you definitely should.

I've noticed something along the way on my cloth diapering journey. Lots of folks will willingly (sometimes even eagerly) use cloth diapers, but they balk at the idea of cloth wipes.

My husband was one of those. I get it. It may seem gross to you, but let's stop and consider for a moment. Cloth wipes are thicker and softer. You won't feel the poop through the wipe like you will with disposables (sorry to be gross, but we are talking about diapers). Cloth wipes are safer for your baby. No chemicals, just soft, natural fibers. And cloth wipes are easier on your wallet. Buy them once, that's all, and wash them along with your diapers! (Side note: this means you won't have to throw your wipes away separately when changing a diaper...much more convenient.)


Cloth wipes can simply be used with water or you can add scents using a cloth wipes solution.

Here's how we use our cloth wipes:

1. We place clean wipes, folded, in a disposable wipes container (you could use whatever container you wish, or even a wipes warmer). Here's how we fold them so they "pop up" like disposables (I used Thirsties Fab Wipes for this example):



2. We mix a cloth wipes solution with hot water, then pour over folded wipes in the container. You could also use a spray, like Thirsties Booty Luster.

3. We change the water/solution frequently to keep it fresh.

That's it! Wipes get washed and dried right along with your diapers (see our post about washing here). Stay tuned for a post about traveling with cloth (diapers and wipes)!

Thanks for reading,

Erin

P.S. Check out our selection of cloth wipes in store, or see them online here.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Simplest Way to Wash Cloth Diapers

I'd say the number one question I (Erin) get about cloth diapers is... "How do you wash them?" and I try to keep my answer as simple as possible. The truth is, it's easy to wash cloth diapers. Here's my basic routine:

1. Store wet/rinsed cloth diapers in a wet bag or pail with liner. No need to use water in your pail. (Note: all solids should dunked/sprayed off prior to storing, with the exception of exclusively breast-fed poop, which is water-soluble.)



2. Dump in washing machine. Do a rinse or quick wash on cold with no detergent. (Hot water can seal in stains, so we recommend cold for the initial rinse.)

3. Wash again, hot and heavy, with detergent.



4. Extra rinse (or two), just in case.

5. Hang dry, or dry in machine.

Some loads will require extra rinsing. More or less detergent can be used, depending on the brand of diaper, soil level, load size, and detergent type. You'll find what works for you! Just trust us... it's not as hard as it may seem! And we'd be happy to help.

Contact us now (or stay tuned for later postings) if you need help with wash-day troubleshooting.

Thanks for reading,

Erin

P.S. Some brands do have their own washing instructions which, when not followed, may void your warranty. Please check before settling on a wash routine.