Blog Friday 10/28

The prize is a version one small Simplex by Swaddlebees, in Amber color 🙂
Version one has a more generous rise and non-stretchy tabs, this diaper would fit a 10-18 pound baby~
Enter by linking back to Abbyslane.com below (honestly if the answer isn’t “right” it will still count), we loaded some graphics tonight for new items coming in about 10 days or so. Hint: some keywords to look for would be “purple” and “performance” 😉

Winner chosen on Sunday!

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October 28, 2011. Uncategorized. 60 comments.

cotton/bamboo

Last week we discussed the ins and outs of microfiber, this week we are discussing cotton/bamboo. Both of these fibers are on par with each other as far as absorbency goes, in our experience we don’t view bamboo as having the same dense holding power that hemp does, but we do find it is comparable to cotton and its properties.

Cotton is what most of your prefold brands will be made of, prefolds are usually sewn in 4, 6 or 8 layers depending on the size that you get. Prefolds are what many newborns will start out in, but don’t store them after the newborn stage, they make great inserts and doublers for older babies and toddlers! If you are using fitteds in your older babies, fold your infant prefolds in half and place between the fitted and the cover, you may have to bump your cover size up earlier than without it, but it provides 16 layers of cotton in addition to your fitted. If you use pockets, fold into thirds (or half for infant prefolds), and stuff inside. This is a very economical way to boost absorbency in pocket diapers, it will be bulkier but will hold more than microfiber, especially if you can add some thinner hemp inserts to it as well. If you are using prefolds exclusively, fold in half or trifold your smaller ones and place them in the middle of the bigger prefold. Then, flip your rectangle that you laid in up over the baby’s belly, and wrap the bigger prefold around and fasten, you have just doubler your absorbency with less bulk than adding another large prefold. Prefolds also make amazing burp cloths (especially if you have a baby with reflux, or a “happy spitter”-LOL-those little cute 6 x 6 cloths aren’t going to help you at all, but toss a regular size prefold over and you will enjoy the coverage!) Prefolds are pretty easy to wash, and last for years if stored properly. We have many customers who hand wash their diapers, and have found that a mix of prefolds and flats are very easy to wash in the tub and hang dry. No elastic, snaps or PUL to worry about, and can be bleached periodically without showing wear.

Density wise cotton is very “middle of the road”, meaning it isn’t as quick to slurp up liquid as microfiber, but holds more overall. On the other end of the scale, it will slurp more than hemp initially, but inch for inch not hold as much overall as hemp. Nighttime layering is where prefolds really come in handy, you can customize the width of your folding technique to fill the wider pockets that can be used for nighttime, or used to provide an economical solution for heavy wetting side and tummy sleepers. Microfiber and hemp make a great combo for absorbency, but when you need coverage to solve the problem of having “space” to fill, that is where prefolds can help.

Next week we will chat about hemp and then get back into some nighttime diapering 🙂

October 27, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, Q & A. 3 comments.

microfiber inserts

Last week we discussed differences in fabric density when dealing with absorbency. This week I am going to expand a little on microfiber and its uses, and pros/cons. Microfiber is a synthetic material, usually your free inserts with pocket diapers, and used for many AIOS in the internal soaker. As we said last week, very “quickly” absorbent, great for fast wetters and catching heavy wetters, overall on the absorbency scale not the most dense. This means for most babies as they get older you will need a denser fabric paired with your microfiber to hold their wetness. Microfiber should not be placed directly against your baby’s skin. Because it is so quick to catch wetness, placed against a baby’s genital skin can create the potential for adhering to their skin, but underneath a flannel or fleece liner it is fine. As microfiber gets older/more washes, the fabric will lay down flatter, it won’t seem to “catch” your skin as much if you are stuffing pockets and this skin-adhesion warning isn’t as strong, but new microfiber should be used with a liner. Microfiber can be laid under fitteds, between the fitted and cover, if you have some extras laying around it can boost absorbency this way. Also, if you use prefolds, lay a microfiber insert in the middle with a liner on top, then flip the top half over their belly button and wrap your prefold around, a cheap and easy way to catch more urine quickly. Two microfibers can be used easily in pockets, if you use very trim fitting pockets (bumgenius, oh katy for example), once you get past the wetting needs of two you will usually find you need to switch one out for a denser fabric, like a hemp insert. Overstuffing your pockets can lead to gaps in the legs, you will see the diaper stand away from the skin, causing leaks when the baby rolls on their side or is held on the side, so watch how you are stuffing the diaper. Old or extra microfiber inserts make excellent cleaning rags, on your swiffer or attached to a mop to reach ceiling fans, they hold up incredibly well over time and multiple bleachings, truly you can bleach microfiber inserts constantly and they really don’t show much wear and tear from it. The nature of microfiber inserts makes them pretty easy to tell if you have detergent buildup, they get an almost slick feel to them, and you can see the fabric laying very flat. Smaller microfiber inserts can still be used in diapers, just put them in the middle of the diaper when stuffing/laying in diapers with a liner, they will still “catch” urine to pass through to the denser, more absorbent fabrics underneath. Next week we chat about prefolds and cotton 🙂

October 21, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, Q & A. 4 comments.

Blog Friday 10/21

Lots of focus on newborn diapers lately, let’s give away a large trainer by Imse Vimse, Jungle print (20-26 pounds) 🙂
One winner chosen from the comments below, let me know by linking back to our site what is one new product line that hit this week!

October 21, 2011. Uncategorized. 50 comments.

Blog Friday 10/14

One winner chosen Sunday 10/15 for a $10.00 voucher 🙂
Leave a comment below with a link to one of the new “special deliveries” coming next week to the store 😉

October 14, 2011. Uncategorized. 76 comments.

Cloth 101: absorbency

This week I wanted to chat a little about absorbency, we had lots of emails this week about leaks and I wanted to do a brief 101 on insert and fabric density, next week we will get into more specifics. In cloth diapers, there are 3 basic “groups” that I put fabrics into.

1)microfiber/microterry, 2) cotton/bamboo (other organic velours and cotton blends fall here) 3) hemp

You can have variations of these groups, but for discussing density these three will do 🙂

These three groups will behave differently in wetting situations. If I laid out a microfiber insert, a cotton prefold and a hemp insert (all prewashed),
and tossed a cup of water on them, the microfiber is going to slurp it up wherever it hits, but hold the least amount overall. The cotton prefold will soak up most of it, some will roll off before it has a chance to absorb, but will hold more overall. The hemp insert will likely “catch” the least amount, but if it has time to absorb will hold the most overall. This is why layering is important in fitteds and pockets. Now, many times fitteds will have the hemp blended with another fabric to “catch” faster, so this isn’t so much of a deal as just putting plain hemp inserts inside a pocket by themselves. If you have pocket diapers, putting microfiber on top of a hemp or cotton insert will help catch fast wetters. If your baby or toddler is a slow wetter or light wetter (meaning they pee a tiny amount every few minutes rather than flooding the diaper once or twice an hour), denser fabrics will work more effectively by themselves. For quick wetters or flooders you may find you need the microfiber to catch it initially and give the hemp a chance to absorb it all. Next week we will get into some specific layering advice, what is “too much” for a pocket diaper, and why pockets don’t usually work for super heavy wetters at nighttime and naptime, even if layered correctly~

October 14, 2011. cloth diapers, FAQ, night time diapering, Night time solutions. Leave a comment.

Blog Friday, October 7th

Good morning everyone! To celebrate the newborns in our lives, today’s prize is really, truly awesome 🙂
It is an extra small (newborn size) SustainableBabyish wool soaker, MIneral color (gorgeous neutral green shade), a $42.00 value!


To enter:
-You may enter once via a comment below as your “no-buy” entry
-You may gain an additional entry by referring a new subscriber to our blog, if they join today or tomorrow (Friday or Saturday), email me at AbbysLane@aol.com with their email address they sign up with.
-An additional entry method is via an order placed today or tomorrow (Friday and Saturday). Any size, email me at AbbysLane@aol.com with the subject line “Sbish Order!” and include your order number, and it counts as an extra entry 🙂

Winner chosen Monday, October 10th!

October 7, 2011. Uncategorized. 133 comments.

cloth diapers and yeast issues

We tackled a lot of yeast issues this week with customers. We have written quite a bit about yeast in past articles, which you can find here.

But the main points I want to readdress are:
-Over the years, we have found the best way to get rid of yeast the first time, when you are prescribed the antifungal, pick up a pack of disposables at the pharmacy. Keep the baby in them until the skin has been clear for 48 hours, then they can move back into disinfected cloth. If your baby is allergic to disposables, we will have to find some other alternatives, it is best if you have prefolds or flats that can withstand multiple disinfecting sessions to keep the baby in cloth while they are being treated. Remember, yeast doesn’t come from the diapers, but it can live in the diapers and reinfect the child.
-To disinfect the diapers, we recommend all diapers, wipes, inserts be bleached. To do this, wash/dry as normal, then wash with just hot water and 1/3 cup clorox bleach. PUL is dye fast and will not fade. If you have dyed or cotton print diapers, color safe bleach can be used for these items, although remember color safe bleach uses hydrogen peroxide to disinfect, which in rare yeast strains may not be enough. If you go this route and the yeast comes back, you may want to consider using chlorine bleach to kill the strain.
-After you go back into cloth, changing frequently the first 1-2 weeks back in cloth are important while your baby’s chemistry gets back to normal, also, if the yeast is completely gone using cornstarch in the diaper to promote dryness is good. Cornstarch feeds an active yeast infection though, so be sure your baby is completely healed for a few days before starting this.
-If you have dealt with more than a few yeast infections within a 6 month period, we need to evaluate the diaper choices and your wash/disinfecting routine with you, so please email us. Some babies truly are more yeast prone than others, and analyzing what you are currently doing can help find a solution. Also, some babies with medical conditions that require continuous antibiotics will be more prone to yeast as well, so if this is your baby please let us know and we can offer some tips to make cloth successful.
-And as always, please seek a doctor’s advice and help diagnosing the yeast.

October 6, 2011. Tags: . Diaper Chatter, FAQ. 3 comments.

diapering a newborn

Continuing with some newborn updates, our little man is 2 weeks old today, and we have some fluff updates to share 🙂
We are moving away from newborn diapers that we covered last week, Lil Joeys are done, and to simplify with having two in diapers I would love to get into some of our one size pockets as soon as we can. Below I have a list of some current OS pockets that are working beautifully for him, at this point he is 9 pounds even, a little shorter build with a chunkier waist and a little chunk on his thighs.

Oh Katy one size pockets-the most trim one size fit on him, leak free and works great!
Rumparooz one size pockets-also leak free, a little bulkier but fits well
Tiny Tush one size-probably the bulkiest at this point, but from past kiddos I know these guys last size wise forever (my 24 pound 20 month old still has a rise setting to go, my third daughter potty trained from these at close to 38 pounds with room to grow). These offer a nice size range for toddlers, so by the fact they fit my 9 pounder I know I can definitely invest in them safely
Tots Bots by Bummis, Easy Fits-no leaks, higher rise than the others but more narrow in the crotch.
BG 4.0-no leaks, decent fit, he needs a tad more leg chunk to fill them out well

I promise I am not neglecting our fitteds/covers mamas 🙂 We have played with a few things in that arena, too! Newborn Gen-Y covers definitely fit from the beginning, not as trim as others but they do fit and work. Thirsties duo wraps were a go from the start, we paired them with a Thirsties duo fitted, all the way snapped down on both was bulkier, but did fit and contained everything. He is up a notch or two now on the fitteds, they do work well (same with the duo wraps, I prefer aplix in the newborn stage for a more precise fit). From my last son I know that newborn Sandys work well at this stage, higher rise, they do need a little leg chunk to fill them out. Kissaluvs fitteds size 0 work as well from 7+ pounds, usually outgrown by the 10-11 pound mark because the rise will get very low.

I tend to shy away from one size fitteds until around 2-3 months when they stop pooping at night, if you have specific brand questions do let us know! We have tried or had friends/family try almost everything we sell to get a feel for sizing/how they run for the build of your baby, so definitely ask away if you have questions 🙂

October 1, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter. Leave a comment.

Blog Friday (or Saturday…..)

Coming in a day late here 😉 One winner chosen on Sunday October 2nd, comment below IF you have placed an order with us in the last two weeks! Just a “ordered!” will do, if you can verify you placed more than one order, you may comment twice to double your chances (same for three, four, etc…). We will pick one winner and email you to get the order number to verify, the prize is a Blueberry One Size Minky pocket with aplix closure, mint patty print:

October 1, 2011. Uncategorized. 41 comments.