New Products, Sales, Giveaways and Free Shipping – Oh my!

NEW PRODUCTS:

We are very excited about this-we have stocked over a dozen NEW Tiny Tush mini aplix pockets (snap closure will be coming soon). We absolutely loved these for Jaxson, they fit from birth but last until around 15 pounds, much longer than other newborn diapers. The aplix is fantastic, they can be stuffed easily with extra inserts or even small hemp inserts for heavy wetting newborns, and the manufacturer is fantastic for any customer service needs:
https://abbyslane.3dcartstores.com/Tiny-Tush-Elite-Mini-Pockets_p_470.html

We have stocked an amazing New Diaper Sprayer, made by Blueberry Diapers, what makes this one different is:
1)it hangs on the toilet or mounts to the wall, so if you don’t want to put screws in the wall it is a good choice
2) the cut off valve for the water pressure is at the nozzle, not at the t-valve in the back of the toilet.
You can find the FLO sprayer here:
http://www.abbyslane.com/Flo-Diaper-Sprayer-by-Blueberry-Diapers_p_500.html

We also now carry the Blueberry wet bags, they are very similar to the WeeHugger style, but without the odor patch. You can find the wet/dry bags here:
http://www.abbyslane.com/Blueberry-WetDry-Tote-Bags_p_501.html
And the laundry bags here:
http://www.abbyslane.com/Blueberry-Deluxe-Laundry-Bag-Totes_p_503.html

Next week brings Sophie the Giraffe! You can sneak peek the products coming in here:
http://www.abbyslane.com/Sophie-Giraffe_bymfg_65-1-1.html

SALES:
As you saw above, starting on February 3rd, your Sunshine code will exclude Planet Wise products through February 10th…only because on the site they will be 10% off :) For one week only all Planet Wise is 10% of, no codes needed, you can add other things to your order and the cart will only discount applicable items:

http://www.abbyslane.com/Planet-Wise_bymfg_28-1-1.html
FREE FLIP COVER:
Also, today on the 3rd we are allowed to begin the buy one/get one free Flip cover promotion! Noodle and Zinnia only, here is how it works:
Buy one Zinnia or Noodle Flip Cover, get a second one free! Use coupon code “FlipForYou” at checkout to remove $13.95 from your order total
*The fine print:
1)only Zinnia or Noodle colors may be mixed or matched, you may choose closure on any cover
2)you may order multiple times, however each cover set must be on its own order, the coupon only takes off $13.95 on each order (so order more than once to take advantage of the sale)
3)when you add a second cover to your cart from the selection above, $13.95 falls off your purchase price with the coupon code “FlipForYou”
4)additional discounts may not apply to the covers, however you can use discount codes on other items in your order, the discount just won’t apply to these cover sets :)
5)offer ends 2/19/12
6)in the event of a return/exchange, BOTH covers must be returned in new condition to receive any credit for a refund or store credit. Colors may not be exchanged for other in-stock colors.
7)we will do our best to restock during the sale period, sale is limited to in-stock supply, no rainchecks please. If you would like an email when we restock, please let us konw at AbbysLane@aol.com
Promo may be found here:
https://abbyslane.3dcartstores.com/We-Flip-For-You-Sales-Event_p_513.html

GIVEAWAYS:
At this point we have over $300.00 in vouchers/free diapers on our blog and other blogs!

All can be found at the bottom of this page:
http://www.abbyslane.com/Promotions-and-News_c_31.html

We have 2 $50.00 vouchers up for grabs here:
http://thecloththatcounts.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/50-00-voucher-giveaway-3/

A Valentine’s Day prize pack of a Bumgenius, Tiny Tush and BabyLegs here:
http://thecloththatcounts.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/be-my-valentine-giveaway-enter-to-win-bumgenius-tiny-tush-and-babylegs-ends-02-10-12/

On other blogs we have…

A prize pack worth over $75.00 of diapers and accessories at Dirty Diaper Laundry here:
http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/1700-in-fluffy-prizes-enter-the-giving-diapers-giving-hope-fundraiser-giveaway/

a $25.00 voucher at the Dibs blog:
http://katydibs.blogspot.com/2012/01/abbys-lane-review-and-giveaway.html

a prize pack over $75.00 in value at So Easy Being Green:
http://soeasybeinggreen-blog.com/2012/01/new-baby-grand-prize-giveaway-abbys-lane/

And new up tonight, a 3 one size pocket sampler up for grabs at Padded Tush Stats here:
http://paddedtushstats.com/2012/02/01/pocket-cloth-diaper-3-pack-giveaway-ends-21512/#more-2850

RESTOCKS:
We restocked quite a bit of Swaddlebees and Blueberry diapers and accessories this week, Fuzzi Bunz, Many Moons pads and more, next week brings Bumgenius and Rockin Green :)

February 3, 2012. Tags: , , , . Giveaway, Sales & Promotions. 3 comments.

The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Care Resource Page

Part 1:  Washing Cloth Diapers

(Added 01/30/12)  What follows below is some updated information with past articles put into one article. This week we are tackling washing problem number 1:

My diapers stink out of the dryer, or stink like stale urine once freshly peed in.

I would like to begin this article by saying
1) If your wash routine is fine, disregard what I write below. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
2) What I am writing about below is what we see working for the majority of our customers, there will always be examples of a wash routine being very different but it will work for that customer, however we feel the need to put into words what we see working for most of our customers who cannot get their diapers clean.
Clean diapers are more than just a “want”, if you have stinky diapers you have bacteria lingering behind, which can cause skin issues that can be troublesome to fix.

Wash problems generally fall into two categories, tonight we are tackling the problem of the diapers smelling out of the dryer. This is usually caused by one of two problems
1) Wrong detergent   or   2) Not enough detergent.
Let’s start with number one, the wrong detergent. Here are some cliff notes for choosing a detergent:

  • Powders generally rinse out easier than liquid
  • The more natural the detergent, generally the less effective it will be with very few exceptions
  • Free and clears, especially liquid ones, can be notorious for buildup.
  • Maintsream powders and liquids are *fine* to use, you do not have to use a cloth diaper detergent to get your diapers clean.

Over 8 years of troubleshooting wash issues with thousands of clients, and our own 5 babies, we find one detergent leading the pack over and over again. Tide.
Tide? Before you shoot the idea down completely, take a peek at who else recommends Tide:
Happy Heinys (over 10 years in the business):
http://www.happyheinys.com/care-and-sizing/cloth-diaper-detergents
Fuzzi Bunz (recommends Tide Free, over 10 years in the business):
http://www.fuzzibunz.com/faq.php#wash9
Tiny Tush (over 10 years in the business):
http://www.tinytush.com/How-To-Wash-Cloth-Diapers_ep_51-1.html
Rumparooz (over 5 years in the business):
http://www.rumparooz.com/faqs.php

That being said, if you hate the idea of Tide, try another mainstream store powder, even a generic one if it fits the budget better. Worst case scenario, you strip and start over.

The second part of this equation is using enough detergent. Unless you are using Rockin Green or Thirsties super wash, 1-2 tablespoons will not cut it. You have to use enough detergent to get them clean ( I use to the 3 line on my Tide powder ultra scoop for a load of diapers).
On January 24th, Bummis (over 20 years in the biz) had on their Facebook page:

Had a wonderful discussion with Steve “the detergent guru” again. We discussed how many people recommend using so little detergent and recommend Dawn to strip detergent residues from “suede cloth”, microfiber and other synthetics.

He does not believe it is a “detergent” residue that is causing repelling or stink in these synthetics. He believes what is really happening is that consumers are crea…ting a self-filling prophecy by not using enough detergent. This leads to microscopic soil being left behind. In fecal matter there are oils/fats from digestion. Polyester loves fats and oils and forms a chemical bond with them. If you are using too little detergent to release this soil, you will then get a microscopic build up of oils on the surface of the fabric eventually causing it to repel or stink.

While great at releasing grease on solid surfaces (think dishes) Dawn is not super effective on fabric. Hence it would work with a mild build up of oils causing repelling/stink but not on all cases. Best to avoid oily build up by using enough detergent to release oils from synthetics and enough rinsing/water to get rid of all detergent/soils left behind in the wash cycle.

Make sure you are using enough, remember that seeing suds does not mean you are using too much. Some detergents are more sudsy than others, unless you have odors with the diapers out of the dryer or once freshly peed in, don’t sweat the suds! Really, if you don’t smell anything, don’t lift the lid, don’t even peek at the rinse cycle. If they smell great out of the dryer, and once freshly peed in, don’t worry about suds.

Let’s go over wash temps here, the best routine we have found for diapers is

  • Warm or hot pre-rinse (see notes below)
  • Hot wash with good amount of detergent (not the sanitary cycle, your regular hot cycle, your water heater should be set to 120 degrees F)
  • 2 cold rinses. Your machine will do one automatically, add another if you can.

Wait, warm or hot pre-rinse? We have always advised warm or hot, the reason for hot being that many water heaters won’t get up to 120 in the pre-rinse, so setting it to warm gave you room temperature water, setting it to hot gave you the higher temperature that is needed. Now with more sophisticated machines, we are adjusting our advice to say warm pre-rinse, not hot or cold.

Bummis recently had this article as well for some of the science behind the warm prerinse:
http://blog.bummis.com/2011/10/laundry-science.html#!/2011/10/laundry-science.html

In our experience, the cold prerinse set in stains and make it much harder to wash the fresh feces and urine out of the diapers. Switch your prerinse, see if it helps. If your water heater doesn’t get very hot, consider doing a hot prerinse to boost those temps a little.

Stripping: We are going to cover how to strip the diapers.
Stripping refers to an action of doing something to the diapers to disinfect or strip them from detergent buildup, ointment buildup, old feces or urine buildup, fabric softener, basically anything that is hindering absorbency. Today I am going to review what does need to be stripped versus what doesn’t.
Many times, truly most times, when a customer thinks the diaper needs to be stripped, it is actually a scenario where more absorbency is needed, or the fit is incorrect for the baby. You do NOT need to strip if:

  • The diapers leak, but more than 30-60 minutes has passed
  • The diapers leak, but the entire diaper/fitted or insert is wet
  • The diapers leak but do not have odors to them

If you are having leaking but find that the above fits, you likely have an absorbency or fit issue, not a need to strip. Very, very rarely will buildup occur without an accompanying odor. If you have enough buildup left to hinder absorbency, you will be trapping old feces and urine, and it will stink. What may be a cause a need to strip is:

  • Odors out of the dryer, or once freshly peed in.
  • Leaking within the first few minutes of the diaper being on.
  • Leaking and the diaper is wet in spots only.
  • Use of creams, and you can see and smell spots where ointment has been.
  • Use of the wrong detergent, this is also evident when you take the diapers out and they have a sticky or tacky feel to them, almost like they are coated with something.

I like to highlight the odor key in all of this, remember you cannot ever mask the smell of poop. You can spray perfume on it, put bleach spray on it, it will smell like perfumed and bleached poo. It is incredibly rare when we see buildup not accompanying odors, it can happen, but really is very rare. If you suspect buildup and do not have any odors, we will first go the route of more absorbency/checking the fit. If you strip and it is an absorbency or fit issue, you won’t solve anything and be right back where you started with leaky diapers.

I do want to throw one more tidbit in,I see websites promoting the “water drip test” to see if your diapers are repelling. The idea being you dribble a few drops of water on the diaper, if it doesn’t sink in right away the diapers need to be stripped. The truth is I can do this on my perfectly fine pocket diapers and you won’t see it sink in, the pressure of the baby against the diaper pushes urine into it, so don’t rely on that test to see if you have buildup and need to strip.

There was a method that was very popular a few years ago in stripping, and I sincerely hope it has completely died out but I know some still recommend it. It involves using your dishwasher to strip the diapers. Now, this is a fire hazard, and will render your snaps and elastic pretty useless, so under no circumstances should you ever put your diapers in the dishwasher, please please please.

Another popular method is to put Dawn dish soap in the washing machine. We don’t recommend this either, your washing machine wasn’t made for dish soap, it is high sudsing and can clog the hoses. If you have a new washer under warranty you could void it. We have had customers who used Dawn, and when their machine broke and the repairman came, it was very easy to tell soap had been used, and the warranty was voided, so please take note of those problems if you go the Dawn route.

What is safer for you and the machine, is to bleach the diapers if you have buildup. 1/3 cup of chlorox in the detergent cycle with clean cloth diapers, and hot water, will take care of the problem. If you have cotton print diapers, dyed fitteds or prefolds, or cotton outer wet bags, you can use color safe bleach. That is the best method to strip, and safe for your machine. For disinfecting purposes, color safe bleach may not be appropriate as it uses hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine to bleach, but for residue purposes it can work.

Make sure the diapers have been washed and dried, if they are soiled the bleach won’t do much. Once in a blue moon bleach is fine on your diapers, it is when it is used on a regular basis that you see premature wear and tear, just like you would on your clothing. PUL is dye fast and will not bleed from bleach.

Next week we will chat about the problem of “they smell fine out of the dryer, but stink when freshly peed in” issue, since hopefully we have conquered the “they smell out of the dryer” issue.

Don’t just “put up” with stink, doing so can lead to health problems and rash problems that you don’t want against your child’s skin. If your toddler threw up on a tee shirt, you wash it and it still smells like puke, there is no way you would put it back on the child. Diapers have to be treated the same way, (except even worse because you are putting old poop and urine back up against their genital areas). Don’t tolerate stink, truly, shoot me an email and we will figure it out!

We don’t stand to profit on your smelly diapers, most of our customer service is in regards to fixing wash routines. My first goal is to make sure your baby’s skin is healthy, and my secondary goal is to make your wash routine easy. When you have to do 3 wash cycles or add more ingredients than you do making cookies, it really sucks the fun and ease out of using cloth diapers. With those two goals in mind, we are always working on trying to get as close to a uniform wash routine as possible. If you still have odor issues, email me with a “tried it, still have stink at x,y and z” and we will troubleshoot what needs to change.

Part 2:  Dealing with urine, ammonia and other strong mystery odors.

(Added 02/06/12) This week is a comprehensive look at the “my diapers smell fine out of the dryer but smell like stale urine once freshly urinated in.”

This is one of two problems, too much detergent, or not the right detergent to begin with. Make sure you read our first article to see if your detergent is the right kind (powder over liquid if possible, not a free and clear if it can be helped, not the more natural detergents).

How to tell if you are using too much? Remember, last week(part 1) we said “don’t sweat the suds IF you have no odors issues”, and we stand by that advice. If everything is fine and smells like clean fabric, don’t worry about checking for suds at any point in your wash routine. However, if you have this problem of stink when peed in, check your suds. To do this with a front loader, clean the diapers as usual, then do a hot wash cycle with no detergent and then…

  1. If you have an HE machine, look at the glass during the wash cycle, do you see bubbles coming out?
  2. If you have a top loader, wait until you hear it going in the wash cycle (past the filling stage, then you hear it agitating everything around), then open the lid. Do you see bubbles formed (give it a minute or two to get washing)

If you see some soapy bubbles (not just little air bubbles from swishing fabric around), then you may have buildup. There are a few ways to strip diapers with this kind of buildup:

  1. If they aren’t too bad (and hopefully you can catch this early so you don’t get a lot of bacteria built up), doing 2-3 wash cycles with just hot water on CLEAN diapers (make sure you wash them first and then do this), should strip out the residue. Don’t do any cold pre-rinses, try to hit them with as much hot water as possible.If they are really stenchy, you may need bleach to strip them. Again, that link above has proper stripping techniques, please do not use Dawn dish soap to strip.
  2. Once they have been stripped of the detergent buildup, reductions in detergent are needed or a new detergent. IF you have very soft water, you CAN use an HE detergent in a regular machine. You can never use regular detergent in an HE machine, but you can use HE detergent in a regular machine with soft water, it is formulated to be low sudsing for HE machines, and will rinse easier. You have to be careful with detergent levels, too high and you get buildup, too low and you will get that bacteria left behind/stink out of the dryer problem. If you want help finding the right level of detergent or the right detergent, give us an email at AbbysLane@aol.com

Part of this problem also embraces ammonia. Old detergent buildup can trap old feces and urine, which can lead to ammonia odors. That being said….  There are two times when ammonia can be normal:

  1. 1) in the diaper pail, when you lift the lid, ammonia wafting can be normal.
  2. 2)in the morning diaper. When a diaper has been on for 8+ hours, it can smell of ammonia in the morning.

Remember, our bodies cannot tolerate ammonia internally, so we convert it to other byproducts. When urine leaves our body and meets air, it will start to convert back to ammonia salts (with or without bacteria present). If your baby pees early in the night, that is 8+ hours of urine salts sitting in a nice, warm, moist environment, so it will smell in the morning. Adding absorbency to break down the concentration will help, but especially as your baby ages that morning smell is normal. If your diapers smell fresh out of the dryer, and do not smell of stale urine within the first hour of being worn, your wash routine is otherwise fine.

Ammonia burn or chafing is *never* acceptable, it is something we work with many customers to fix, usually by fixing the wash routine or increasing absorbency/breathability depending on why the child is sensitive to the urine.

Ammonia isn’t present in urine until it leaves the body and meets air. The Urea that it is converted to internally is sterile until oxygen will start to convert it to ammonia, bacteria doesn’t always have to be present. We have had many customers who had ammonia odors in disposables they used, which obviously didn’t have detergent buildup and hadn’t been in play with bacteria long enough to build it up. There are lots of factors that can cause that “ammonia” smell, some will never encounter it at all unless these factors are in play. Heavy wetters will be more prone to the odor, if you have had a light wetter versus a heavy wetter, you know the difference between the volumes. When you start adding half an ounce of urine to each diaper change, or more, you are really increasing the urea output. Toddler urine is more complicated as well, more going into it, more coming out.

Additionally, if your baby pees when you put them down and it is a big one, you are getting several hours of a head start on this whole process, so the odors will be much stronger.

Imagine peeing on a tee shirt (fitted/prefolds), wrapping it in a plastic bag (cover) then leaving it for 8 hours, it would stink to high heaven when you opened the bag, on the flip side, if your had your 2 month old pee in a little tee shirt and did the same thing for 3 hours, the stench wouldn’t be nearly as much, hence the volume/concentration/age factors.

For the pail, it can vary based on lots of things, if you keep an open pail in a broom closet and wash toddler diapers every 3-4 days, your odors will be very different from a closed pail in a larger ventilated room washing every 1-2 days. Clean diapers will still do this in pails, it doesn’t matter how clean they are going in, if you have the right combination of volume and age in urine, it can produce the same effect. Additionally, remember a closed lid pail isn’t airtight, unless you vacuum seal it after each time you put a diaper in, you allow lots of air flow in the pail to open and close the lid every 90 minutes to a few hours, plus the lid itself doesn’t seal air out, so it is fine to have a closed-lid pail (this is beneficial for other reasons than containing odors, like keeping out bugs-yes it does happen-and exploring little children)

Nothing that harms a baby’s skin is ever normal, and needs to be corrected. If the wash routine is otherwise fine and you have stripped the diapers, sometimes increasing the absorbency does the trick, breaking down the concentration of urea leaving the body makes it less volatile on the skin. For some, they need more breathable options, since air still gets into PUL diapers you never have an airtight diapering system, but for some babies the extra air flow to their skin is what it needs to tolerate that old urine breathing back onto their skin.

For some babies, you need to explore eczema and other skin sensitivities, if you have skin that is already compromised to begin with, adding urine breathing onto it for 8+ hours is too much. Middle of the night changes, eczema ointments,other options can help. For “yeasty” babies cornstarch is great as a preventative measure (not during an outbreak, as it will feed the yeast, but on healed skin to prevent it is great), plus lots of air flow/naked time so the fungus has a hard time growing without the moist and dark conditions.

We relay this to our customers who have perfectly fresh diapers out of the dryer (meaning nothing bacterial is left behind from feces), and the diapers do not smell of stale urine when freshly peed in (indicates buildup and need to be stripped), and the only time they smell the ammonia odors, or “strong urine” odors is in the pail when they lift the lid to toss in a newly soiled diaper, or the morning diaper on from 8 hours prior. Remember, rashes or burns are not normal, please email us if you need help with these issues!

Some fun urine resource sites-LOL:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-odor/MY00378
http://sxxz.blogspot.com/2006/07/why-is-urine-yellow.html

January 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Diaper Chatter, FAQ, Wash routines. 41 comments.

Be My Valentine Giveaway, Enter to win BumGenius, Tiny Tush and Babylegs! CLOSED

We’re sweet on our customers and fans and want to bring you a giveaway that is sure to make your Valentine’s day extra fantastic!  You’ve got a chance, well many chances, to enter our “Be My Valentine” Giveaway!

Up for grabs:

  • BumGenius 4.0 OS Pocket Diaper with Snap Closure in White
  • Tiny Tush OS Diaper in Red with Snaps or Aplix
  • 3 Pack of Babylegs in the Kiss Me assortment

Read all the entry methods below and comment on this blog post with your entries.  If a task gets you more than one entry, then you comment “entry 1″ ,”entry 2″, etc.  You should be leaving one comment for each entry you earn.

Available entry methods are:

  • (1 entry) Like Abby’s Lane on FaceBook
  • (1 entry) Follow Abby’s Lane on Twitter
  • (1 entry) Subscribe to our Abby’s Lane Newsletter, leave the name/email you subscribed as in your entry.
  • (2 entries) Subscribe to this blog via email (located on right column)
  • (1 entry per day) Share the link to this post on Facebook, Google+, Blog, Forums)
  • (2 entries per review) Once per day you can review any product on Abby’s Lane.  You earn two entries per review with a max of 1 review per day during the giveaway.
  • (2 entries per day) Tweet this:  “Abby’s Lane #Clothdiapers has FREE USA Shipping on ALL orders!  Visit them today! –> http://ow.ly/8Ios4″ *Leave the URL or your Twitter ID with your entries)

Open to participants in the USA.  All winners entries will be verified.

January 27, 2012. Tags: . Giveaway. 1,649 comments.

$50.00 Voucher Giveaway :) CLOSED

To celebrate reaching 3500 fans on facebook, we are giving away 2 $50.00 vouchers below :) Every 500 fans we give two more away, so now is a great time join if you haven’t already:
http://www.facebook.com/AbbysLaneDiapers
Simply comment below to enter, we will pick two winners using random.org on February 10th~

January 25, 2012. Giveaway. 585 comments.

Free One Size Diaper Cover Promotion ends today! Grab one while you can!

Free One Size Cover giveaway!  Starting at *9* AM Eastern time on Monday, January 23, on orders over $59.00 after all discounts, type in the word “cover” in the “apply coupon” box at checkout, and click “go”. We have a stash of gender-neutral color, one size covers you will *flip* over ;)  Coupon will not take any money off, do not add a cover to your order, it only works to track the quantity of the free covers and lets us know who gets one.
  • Cover has a $13.95 retail value in the event of refunds on your paid order, if you return items for refund that bring your order total below $59.00 we will deduct $13.95 from the refund. You may return the unwashed and unused cover with your return items to avoid refund deduction.
  • Not valid on past or previous orders
  • This coupon may be used with other discounts, order must total $59.00 after all discounts
  • Coupon will stop working when we run out of covers, you will see a “invalid coupon” error message pop up when you enter the code and click “go”
  • Coupon MUST be entered in the voucher box, and click “go”, please do not type in order notes box
  • Coupon is only valid once per order, however you may place multiple orders if they qualify for the amount stated.

January 24, 2012. Sales & Promotions. 2 comments.

Our weekly promotion lineup!

Weekly Sales and Promotions from Abby’s Lane! We’re sharing these in a blog post so that you always know what to expect and where to find us!

Mom Rocks Monday: Every Monday when you order between 6am and 6pm and place “Mom Rocks” in the order comments you’re entered to win. Every Monday one order will receive a freebie.

Babylegs Tuesday: Similar to Mom Rocks Monday, on Tuesday place “Babylegs Tuesday in your order comments between 6am and 6pm and one order will receive a free pair of Babylegs.

Wingin’ It on Wednesday: Every Wednesday one order placed between 6am to 6pm will be refunded at random. No code needed. Maximum refund $50 value.

Twitter Thursday: A new Twitter related giveaway each Thursday. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for details.

Facebook Friday/Blog Friday: A really great giveaway debuts every two weeks on Facebook and our Blog. Make sure to check in with us on Facebook for the details and winners announcements.

January 24, 2012. Giveaway, Sales & Promotions. 1 comment.

“Must Haves” Giveaway~

Hello, everyone! For Blog Friday celebrations this Friday (1/13) through Friday (1/20), we are offering a “Must Haves” prize pack to one winner, chosen from entries below on Sunday 1/22.
The prize pack includes:
-One Planet Wise wet bag in Piccolo Dot print

-one Sigma diaper sprayer

And one Planet Wise pail liner, neutral solid color:

ENTRIES:
Entries run from today (1/13) through Friday 1/20.
- You may enter once as a “no buy” entry by posting below linking back to our store to your favorite fluffy product :)
-Additional entry may be via a post below, type in your order number placed starting January 10th through the 20th over $20.00, I need the numbers following the “AB” to confirm your order. Remember, orders over $20.00 count as an extra entry.
-Additional entry given if you comment below for subscribing to our blog, type below “Blog Subscriber!”, and I will confirm this via email if you are the winner
-Additional entry given if you follow us on Twitter! Type in “Twitter follower” and we will confirm via email if you are the winner
-Additional entry given if you follow us on facebook, type below “Facebook follower” and we will confirm via email if you are the winner.

Each Entry must be its own comment below to allow for random.org winner selection. Prizes do not have a cash value attached, and may not be returned for store credit or cash compensation. Prizes are selected by Abby’s Lane, color and print where applicable, substitutions may not be chosen.

Good Luck!

January 13, 2012. Uncategorized. 780 comments.

prevention of yeast

This week we are going into some tips and tricks for prevention of yeast if your baby has battled it more than once.

First, one cause of yeast could be antibiotics. If you are nursing and are on antibiotics, or if your baby has to be on antibiotics, all of the good bacteria along with the bad will be killed, and the overall chemistry of your baby’s skin will be more susceptible to yeast. If your baby is old enough, talk to your pediatrician about giving him/her probiotics. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to take some as well if you are nursing, there are safe supplements for babies and toddlers, adults can take over the counter acidophilus tablets. You may or may not see thrush in the mouth of your baby, it can appear in a few different forms, but if you see any changes inside your baby’s mouth or it seems painful for them to eat (nursing or bottle), let your pediatrician know ASAP.

If your baby isn’t on any antibiotics and you are not either (if nursing), but seems to be more yeast-prone, ask about probiotics anyway, it can definitely help keep the yeast away!

Now, the next step will seem completely pointless if you haven’t battled yeast, but I have to throw it out there. We see yeast happening as much in natural fibers as in synthetics. It really just depends on the baby, some cannot tolerate the wetness from natural fibers, and will flare into yeast quickly. Others cannot tolerate synthetics, and need natural fibers to promote breatheability. If your baby is battling yeast, look at the diaper system you have. If you have solely natural fibers, consider investing in some fleece liners to use to see if it makes a difference. On the flip side, if you only use synthetics, switching to a more air-flow friendly system can help.

Keep an eye on your nighttime system as well, for baby boys often yeast will start as a very red penis, sometimes with or without blisters, if your baby boy presents this symptom and you don’t see it clear up with ointment within a day or two at the most, take him in to get diagnosed.

We will go over some more on this next week, but one last thing to remember with yeast.

If your baby’s skin is completely clear, and has been for at least a few days, cornstarch is fine to use to help absorb moisture to keep yeast away. However, if your baby has any skin symptoms at all, cornstarch will feed yeast with the sugars present, so do not use if there is any skin rash present to suggest yeast.

January 13, 2012. Tags: , . cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, FAQ, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Blog Friday for January 6th

This week we are focusing on positive energy and thoughts :) Not all that related to cloth diapering, but not a bad topic ;)
This week brought some challenges to our store, some were minor, some will take some time to solve. I would love to hear some positive stories from your week (they don’t have to be related to cloth diapering), so tell me what happened to you this week that was good, one winner picked on Sunday gets 154 points in their Abbys Lane account for a $10.00 voucher!

January 6, 2012. Uncategorized. 105 comments.

yeast and cloth diapers

When looking at our customer emails, one topic we see come up often is Y-E-A-S-T. Unless it is being used to make cinnamon rolls in your house you don’t want to have the word come up, yeast is a fungal infestation in the skin of your baby, which is encouraged by dark and damp environments ( ie: diaper area), and should be diagnosed by your pediatrician.

When you have the yeast diagnosis, here is what we recommend (next week we will go over tricks and tips to prevent it from coming back)

1) your doctor will likely prescribe nyastatin cream or gentian violet orally
2) when using one of the above products, we advise moving into disposables until the skin is completely cleared for 48 hours.
3) during this time, you need to disinfect your diapers. This needs to include diapers, wipes, inserts and other accessories. To do so, wash and dry as usual, then wash with just hot water and 1/2 cup of clorox (we used to advise 1/3 cup, over the past year we see more success with the 1/2 cup mark). Chlorine bleach is what can and will disinfect the diapers, color safe bleach uses hydrogen peroxide, which has not shown to be as effective.
4) if you have PUL pockets, AIOs and covers, the bleach will not fade them, as PUL is dye fast. If you have cotton print products, and do not want them to fade, you can sort these out and disinfect with a color safe bleach. HOWEVER, if the yeast comes back I highly recommend using chlorine bleach to disinfect them, you don’t want to fungus to keep regrouping and coming back, for the health of your baby (it can be miserable when it is a strong strain).
5) once baby has been clear for at least 48 hours, they can go back into disinfected cloth, make sure over the next 1-2 weeks you change frequently to promote air flow to their little bottoms to keep yeast away.

January 5, 2012. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, Diaper Rash, Q & A. 11 comments.

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