Boost absorbency

We are going over ways to boost fitteds for absorbency. We had a few emails this week with mamas wondering how to make their fitteds more nap and nighttime friendly. The problem with making a fitted super absorbent, the more layers you sew in, the harder they are to clean and the longer to dry. That being said, one of the best fitteds for absorbency is a real underdog, the Baby Beehinds one size fitted. We don’t sell a lot of these, but they really pack a punch for their trimness.

A few ways to increase absorbency with fitteds:
-If you have nothing else on hand, cut up some old hand towels or use washcloths, fold in half and lay between the fitted and cover. When we used prefolds and covers 7 years ago with not a nickel to spare, I used lots of old rags to boost absorbency, terry cloth items can work really well!
-If you have prefolds, fold in half and lay in as well, same way between cover and fitted.
-Hemp inserts will pack the most absorbency per inch for their trimness, joey bunz are inexpensive and last forever, you can upsize easily if you don’t mind tucking them under a little in the back, a little extra bulk and you can skip a size with these.
-If you use pocket fitteds stuff them with anything absorbenct, wipes, washcloths, prefolds or hemp inserts. If you have only microfiber inserts on hand, they can be laid behind the fitted as well, you just don’t want them laying against your baby’s skin.
-Preemies and newborns do well with baby washcloths folded behind their little fitteds, if you just need a tiny boost try these first since you usually have a bunch on hand.

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July 30, 2010. cloth diapers, Fitteds, Night time solutions, Q & A. 3 comments.

Flip Day Pack Giveaway!

Comment below or your entry! I just need to know “Girl” or “Boy/Neutral” for your color choice 🙂

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July 29, 2010. Flip, Giveaway. 330 comments.

WINNERS

And the winners are…..Kim the Nanny for the wet bag, and Alaina the Poet for the diaper pail liner!

Congratulations ladies!!!!

July 28, 2010. Fun, Giveaway. Leave a comment.

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Today we are looking for two lucky winners!! Winners can pick a wet bag or pail liner of their choice (not both).

Comment on this entry with why you need one. We will pick the two most persuasive arguments, so make it good!! You have until Monday, July 26 to enter.

July 20, 2010. Fun, Giveaway. 131 comments.

Diaper Cream Q & A

We are talking about diaper creams. In fall/winter dry weather, combined with woodstove heat and other factors, many of our customers will see eczema creeping up on their babies. The summer and more humid weather tends to see less of this, as the moisture in the air can keep it at bay. The problem with diaper creams are actually what makes them work, they are a barrier to wetness. On the baby’s skin this is great, it lets skin heal and keeps urine away. On diapers, it keeps urine away and will leak out the sides, plus it will soak into the fabrics and create stinky stains that can be hard to wash out. Some creams are better than others, but we truly have yet to see one across the board, either mass produced or mom-made, that every customer who tried it washed it out with no problems. Some moms cannot get out a pea sized amount of vaseline, some moms have no problems with globs of desitin, it truly varies from neighbor to neighbor, you have to test the creams for your washing conditions.
We go over it on the site here:
http://www.abbyslane.com/faqs.php#Q12

And finally, you will not always have the option of a “safe” cream to use. Infections, illness, chronic diaper rash will need prescription creams, and some of them are thicker than tar. For any new cream to your house, cut up a bunch of fleece liners. You dont have to sew fleece, you can go to your fabric store, get 1.2 yard and follow the measurements on our site. Also, Wal Mart usually has really cheap fleece throws for 2-3 dollars, cut one up to make your liners. Every time you use the cream, use a liner. Wash them seperately (keep a wet bag or grocery bag next to your regular wet bag to keep them in). If you wash together, your oils from your creams can leech onto your other diapers. After a week of washing them seperately, smell them and look at them. Stained and stinky? That is what the cream will do to your diapers, so keep using your liners. If your liners are washing clean, the diapers will, so feel free to use that cream on the diapers.

If some cream gets on the diapers, don’t panic, it is fixable. Get an old toothbrush, some liquid dishsoap, and hot water. A little elbow grease will get it out, let me know if you have a real stubborn spot or two~

July 17, 2010. Tags: . cloth diapers, Diaper Cream, Q & A. Leave a comment.

Heavy wetters

Today we are chatting about heavy wetting newborns. Most newborns are not heavy wetters. We have found from chatting with a lot of mamas, most newborns follow the usual route of needing to be changed every 1.5-2 hours during the day, minus cluster feeding/pooping time, and at nighttime the same schedule for the first 4-8 weeks while they are still pooping at night when they feed (hint here for the first time mamas, change the baby after you feed/nurse them, they always poop after a good burp, if you change them first then feed them, you will be doing it again 10 minutes later.

If you have a hard-to-wake baby and need to feed them disregard what I just said and change them first, it will wake them up, you can feed them than change again, just get a few extra diapers for this-LOL). If you are using prefolds and covers exclusively, and find those 2, maybe 3 if you are lucky, hour stretches at nighttime are oversaturating your diapers, an easy way to optimize absorbency is to trifold a second prefold, and lay it in the middle of the prefold you wrap around the baby. If you do this, you may need to size up your covers earlier than expected, especially if you are using newborn covers and infant prefolds. If you have a 5-7 pounder and you need this, use a preemie prefold as a doubler, for 2-3 dollars you can get one and try it, see if it helps solve the problem at nighttime. For the fitted mamas, same thing, an economical way to double up is by trifolding a prefold with your fitted. If you are using natural fibers, lay it in the middle of the fitted. If you have a stay dry fitted, lay the prefold outside the fitted, between the fitted and the cover, so you have the absorbency but do not lose the stay-dry feature of your fitted. This is an easy way to solve this problem, once the baby stops pooping at night, most have beefed up enough to use some pockets or extra small pockets if you need to boost absorbency again, or have enough leg chunk to use some of the thicker fitteds, even some of the one size fitteds you can snap down for huge absorbency.

July 16, 2010. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, Newborns, Q & A. Leave a comment.

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July 15, 2010. Fun, Giveaway. 2 comments.

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July 8, 2010. Fun, Giveaway. 472 comments.

Soft Water

We are revisiting a topic that has been the source of several emails this week. A few months ago, we presented the idea to moms with really soft water to try HE detergents in their regular top loaders. We had some really positive feedback from moms who tried this, as it solved some buildup/rinsing problems. The summary is this:
-You CAN use HE detergents in a regular machine
-You CANNOT use regular detergents in an HE machine, including HE toploaders.

HE detergents are formulated to be low-sudsing, putting regular detergent in your HE machine will end up like a bad I Love Lucy episode, but you will get some very sparkly floors out of it. Or, some really warped hardwood if you have wood in your laundry room. IN a regular top loader, HE detergents are fine, the low sudsing formulas are working well for moms with very soft water. You usually can tell you have soft water by looking at your faucets and showerheads. If you notice a white, powdery film on them instead of orange and brown minerals, that is indicative of soft water. Really soft water means you are using a tablespoon of detergent and still getting buildup (indicated by smelling fine out of the dryer, but like stale urine and feces once freshly peed in). Try some HE detergent if this is you, we are finding powder versions working better over liquid versions, our detergent list on our website still applies to which brands we are finding work with the most success from all of our customer feedback.

July 8, 2010. Wash routines. 1 comment.

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July 7, 2010. Fun. 2 comments.

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