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Monday, September 26, 2016

Exploring Cloth Diapers: Diaper Covers and Prefolds FAQ's

The #1 question I get asked as a cloth diaper maker is:
What is the EASIEST and CHEAPEST way to cloth diaper?

My answer is always this:


 "Diaper covers and Prefolds"



In my opinion they are the easiest and most efficient (cost and time) way to cloth diaper because:

1. Diaper covers are inexpensive and can be washed with the clothes cycle
2. Prefolds (premium diaper service quality aka: DSQ) are made from cotton and they are used by all of the diaper services because they are heavy duty and can withstand sanitation cycles. 
3. This option is probably the least expensive way to diaper your child from birth to toddler hood and the diaper stash will likely last through multiple children.

What you need to get started (recommended):

6-12 One size diaper covers. Start with 6 and if you like this option add more as you go - 12 is usually sufficient! Custom covers handmade by me are available in my shop as well as several ready to ship covers

2 dozen cotton prefolds- My favorite were Osocozy Premium 4x8x4 available on Amazon.

Cloth Diaper liners for easy cleanup (optional)

1 pail to store the dirty diapers

Access to a washing machine (you can hang dry, or if you have a dryer you can use that option)

Laundry Detergent (I chose Tide original)

and a cute little baby bum to wear the diapers!


How to use cloth diapers:

1. Choose your cover
2. Fold the prefold into thirds, lay it in the cover
3. Lay baby on the diaper and fasten it on.

If the cover remains clean at changing time, you can reuse it - but it is recommended to let it dry out between uses, so rotate between two covers. If the cover gets dirty, wipe out the mess and hang to dry. 

Cleanup:

Wet diapers can be thrown into the pail. Poop diapers get rinsed in the toilet, wring out the prefold and store in a pail, or trash can style bin. I kept the covers draped over the sides of the bin separate from the prefolds so they don't get any stains!

Schedule a diaper wash every couple of days.

Covers can be washed with the prefolds or with a regular cycle of clothes. Always hang dry your covers - the dryer heat can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the PUL.

Recommended wash routine for prefolds:
1. Cold rinse cycle. 
2. Hot wash cycle with detergent.
3. Hang to dry or throw in the dryer.

Use any laundry detergent that does not have additives like fabric softener or bleach. The general consensus is to use Tide original detergent especially if you have hard water. Prefolds are so versatile that you can use just about any detergent. 

Are my diapers getting clean???

You will know when your wash routine is failing - more likely you will SMELL when your routine isn't working.
Look for these clues: Are they stained? (poop stains are somewhat normal, but pee stains should not be seen at all). Do you smell FUNKY odors when your child wets? Do you smell AMMONIA -or notice a rash when they wet?

If you notice those signs ask yourself these questions:

1. How long have my diapers been sitting: 1-2 days MAX between washes is OK, otherwise you should be rinsing all diapers before they go in the pail to get you to 3 days MAX. You WILL start smelling the pail if you are waiting too long between washes!

2. Am I using the recommended amount of detergent?  Too much or too little isn't good. Start by following the instructions on the detergent bottle. Check to make sure that there is a light layer of suds on the water during the wash, then check to make sure there are NO suds in the final rinse. 

3. Double check to make sure you are using an appropriate DETERGENT - strong enough to clean the diapers. Often times handmade soap and even some diaper soaps won't do the trick because they lack the cleaning power. Do not use detergents that contain additives like fabric softener or bleach. I know that some of you don't want to use harsh detergents- either did I, but run a test and maybe you can switch off between the two depending on your circumstance!

4. Do you have hard water? I washed my diapers in a standard machine with well water - my water couldn't be harder. Hard water makes it difficult for the detergent to break the surface tension and make it through the fibers in your clothes/diapers to clean them. You will need to soften your water to get a good cleaning and your best bet is using Tide because it's "the original hard water detergent" and maybe even a cup of baking soda to go into the first rinse cycle.

5. Soft water??  I don't have experience with soft water but I do know from research that you need less soap - so look in your washer during your routine to make sure there aren't too many suds and use an appropriate amount of detergent.  

What to do if my diapers stink:
Well, my friend it's time to STRIP THOSE DIAPERS!

The nice thing about prefolds (no need to strip the diaper covers!) is that it's REALLY hard to destroy them.  They can easily recover from most of what we throw at them. If you have a wash routine gone bad, simply throw the prefolds in the bathtub, add a small squirt of Dawn or other dish soap that doesn't have any added ingredients (cheap is good) and give them a good swishing and soaking for about an hour. You want to see just a few suds, don't go overboard! Rinse them and then put them through a regular wash cycle. I often used a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil in the final rinse just for it's antibacterial properties and to get the diapers squeaky clean.  
If all else fails, you can explore the use of bleach or acid soaks but I don't recommend that unless you have to.

And finally those annoying Stains. If your diapers are getting clean you shouldn't notice terrible stains, but it's inevitable - no matter how hard you try - poop leaves stains on your diapers.  Best bet is to let them dry flat in the sun. This is called Sunning - natures bleach!  I've also heard of squeezing lemon juice onto them during sunning for extra tough stains!

There you have it - Cloth diapering with covers and prefolds!
If you still have questions or need guidance, try a Facebook search for your local cloth diaper groups and you can always contact me, I'm happy to help!

Kim

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BOO!! Halloween, on the bum!

Hello everyone!
Are you all as ready for the fall season as I am. I'm in San Diego, CA and we aren't know for a change in seasons. BUT fall is definitely my favorite time of the year. Weather, food, holidays and family - It's an exciting time.
And today - the first day of fall, I'm announcing my limited edition of Halloween themed diapers!

Check them out here (click on photo to take you directly to the listing)
Errol the Owl

Happy Halloween Pumpkins

Monster Mash

Spooky Spiders

Happy Halloween Ghosts


There are only a few available and I'm making them special: Diaper cover or AI2 option.  Just choose from the drop down menu. Diaper Covers are lined with microfleece with two snaps in the back.  When you add the organic soakers you have an AI2 diaper.  Sound good?

But you have to hurry because they are limited and won't last long. I will also be adding some cotton over PUL style covers in the next few days!

Hope you enjoy this new season and a new set of diapers from PatsycakeBaby!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sign Ups for Healthy Baby Home Party!


Calling all fellow bloggers and readers!!! 
Do you care about our environment? Do you try to limit the toxins and chemicals that your family is exposed to? Are you trying to be the best parent that you can for your family? GOOD! So am I, and I would like to share this opportunity with you so you can get involved and make a difference through this Seventh Generation campaign design to keep us informed. All you have to do to get started is sign up for the chance to host a Healthy Baby Home Party!


Friends enjoying some of the sample in the kit.
A great turn out for a great cause!

Some friends that won a full size pack of baby wipes (looks like she'll need those soon!)

Zoom in on the basket of goodies for the party.
It was simple, fun and informative!!

I hope you will hop on over and sign up today to host your own party. It's a great opportunity to get hands on familiar with Seventh Generation, Zarbees, Bobble, Green Toys and MORE!

Link to enter: http://www.generationgood.net/

Thank you, Kim

Thursday, November 12, 2015

All-In-One Diapers - easy as disposables!


PatsycakeBaby All-in-One Cloth Diapers are as easy as disposables... but better!!

Check out why...


What are they? They are a cloth diaper with some of the conveniences of disposables. The All-in-one design means that all the parts and pieces are together in one diaper: no stuffing soakers and no separate covers. Just add baby...and the baby adds the rest!
The barrier fabric is the same Polyurethane Laminate (PUL) that is in the diaper covers, but it is hidden under the soaking layers in the diaper to keep the wetness for coming through. The snake style soaker is sewn into the diaper at the back with the front unattached. This is so that you can fold the soaker under to adjust for size, and for quick cleaning - you can just spray the soaker instead of the whole diaper, and it also helps the diaper to dry faster after washing.  There is also a built in soaker for extra soaking power! PLUS all of the soaking layers that touch your baby's sensitive parts are made from organic cotton and hemp fabrics!


The PUL leg gussets help keep wetness from wicking The outside cotton design is set away from the wet zone so it doesn't pull it to the outside of the diaper. The PUL gusset extends around the elastic to the inside so the inside layers don't soak the outside. 


If you custom order the AIO diapers with velcro - it's even simpler!  You can also choose your outside fabric print! Check out the listing Here.
What makes them better than disposable? Aside from all the above AND from saving trash from the landfill, AIO's are one-size from about 10-30+ pounds and can be used over and over again!

So if you thought you were done with the cloth - take another look at the easiest all in one cloth diaper option around. 

Some adorable AIO's: 


To wash an AIO, spray off any solids, and store until wash day (recommended every 1-2 days). Do a cold rinse with no soap. Do a hot wash/cool rinse with your favorite diaper detergent, rinse until no soap remains. You can tumble dry on low or hang dry, I recommend hanging to dry in the sun and finishing off the drying process in a low heat dryer to regain the softness!

Enjoy! KIM
www.patsycakebaby.etsy.com


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

5 Reasons to use Cloth Diaper Covers WITH Disposables!






What? That doesn't make sense to you?
I'm here to tell you right now that it makes perfect sense! It happens all the time.  I get many many orders for PUL Cloth Diaper Covers and every once in a while I get a message that goes something like this: " I love the {rainbow} print diaper you have in your shop.  I use disposables, can I still use that cover?"
and my answer is:

"OF COURSE YOU CAN!!!"

But why? Well here are 5 good reasons why you should use cloth diaper covers WITH disposable diapers.

1.To help keep in leaks while wearing disposables at night!
2. To help keep in leaks during the day while wearing disposables (think BLOWOUTS!) Think of it as a second layer of protection before it gets on your babies clothes, and YOU! If you have to double up or boost the absorbency on the disposables, a cover can help keep it all snug to catch leaks. Covers are One-Size with a snap up rise so you can get a good fit and prevent the soggy diaper syndrome.
3. PatsycakeBaby diaper covers are cute and come in a ton of options. Just check out the fabric choices here. or you can send your own fabric to match outfits.
4. They look super cute instead of pants and can be worn with those adorable baby leg warmers! Plus you can add ruffles for the girls!
5. They can double as a swim diaper....AWESOME.


And in case you aren't convinced here are two more reasons:

6. Baby take off their diaper? Snap on covers can help keep them on!
7. When you run out of disposable diapers, you can lay a towel in the cover and use it as a backup.

So just when you think that cloth diapering is just for cloth diapering families - think again.  Cloth diaper families pair the diaper cover with an absorbent layer like liners, prefolds, and fitted diapers. Disposable diapers are absorbent layers too - so go with it!

Q: Is it hard to wash the cloth diaper??
A: Nope, and the other good news is that you can wash the diaper cover in a regular load of clothes.  If it becomes soiled on the inside you can just wipe the cover clean with a baby wipe.  If it gets really soiled from containing a blow out - you can rise the cover to prevent stains and then wash with your next load of clothes.







Have you tried it yet?
Let me know and if you have a photo don't forget to post it on our Facebook Page
Or Follow me on Instagram hashtag #patsycakebaby

KIM

Saturday, July 25, 2015

7th Generation Healthy Baby Home Party: How you can help!!



Hello Friends! 
I'm sharing this amazing opportunity with anyone who is in love with 7th Generation Products! If you are not familiar with this line of products and their Mission, I encourage you to go to their website and sign up for their newsletter and browse around the website, request some samples and find out just what I'm talking about.
Seventh Generation is currently looking for individuals and families who want to participate by holding a Healthy Baby Home Party.  I have hosted this great event and have received the samples and kits FREE for 2 years now and I can't tell you how happy I am to support this amazing company. I am a mom just like you (and Dad's, grandparents and others are equally encouraged) and I believe in making safer products readily available for my children and yours, keeping bad checmicals away from our growing children and our family AND taking a stand against hidden toxins in our food and products.
This past May, I hosted a Healthy Baby Home Party and it's SO easy and fun.
I gathered a few playground parents from my daughters school during a playgroup.  We took about 30 minutes to go through the information provided in my Home Party Kit.  We signed the petition. We played the Bingo Game and my friends won the FULL SIZE products you see below in the sample photo - this year it included: One pack of Diapers, One pack of wipes, Full size detergent, and a Bobble reusable bottle.  Not to mention all of the coupons, mini sized saples and information in the goodie bags. It's free, it's fun and it's for a good cause!!!


Would you like to host a Healthy Baby Home Party???
Here is some information directly from Seventh Generation:

If We Can Get Monsters Out of Closets, Bring Toys Back to Life, and Heal Scrapes with a Kiss, We Can Get Toxins Out of Our Kids. 
What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? Seventh Generation's Healthy Baby Home Parties are fun and informative for you and your guests, and together you will create a healthy environment for your families! And of course, the most fun of all is the opportunity to get together and talk about your kids and the things that matter to you most.
The Healthy Baby Home Party kit contains educational information from non-profit partner Healthy Child Healthy World, a fun party game to help you share tips, and products and coupons from Seventh Generation, bobble, Zarbee's Naturals, and other brands.
Hosts and guests will also be invited to join us in asking our U.S. Senators to reform chemical policy. For more information on our perspective, visit:www.seventhgeneration.com/responsibility
  What is the Application Process?


  • All applicants must be members of Generation Good first.  Sign up at generationgood.net.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified in mid August on whether or not they have been selected to host a party via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then be asked to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission and confirming their shipping address before they are sent the Healthy Baby Home Party Kit.
    Each selected host will then receive a free party kit in the mail. We ask that all parties are held in August/September. For full Terms and Conditions:http://www.seventhgeneration.com/content/healthy-baby-home-party-terms-conditions



  • Goodie Bags, Games, Game Prize samples and information ready for my event in May 2015


    Some local parents gathered at school to attend my party!

    Last but not least, hurry, there's not much time to get in on the next party!!! Click this link to start your sign up! generationgood.net 
    Good luck to you all and I look forward to hosting another party soon!!!



    Friday, May 15, 2015

    Cuckoo for Cloth Giveaway Hop 2015





    The 2nd annual Cuckoo for Cloth giveaway event, hosted by Zephyr Hill Blog and ConservaMom, starts today! It's a fun way to visit lots of different cloth diapering bloggers and enter to win some wonderful prizes. The grand prize package is worth over $150 and includes items from Funky Fluff, GroVia, Wink Diapers, Margaux & May, Zookaboo and Geffen Baby!


    The Grand Prize!!!! Click on this photo to enter to win the grand prize!


    That's not all!!! PatsycakeBaby is also giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to enjoy towards any Ready to Ship item in my shop - including cloth diapers, wipes, wool covers, bibs and wrap scrap items! Enter the giveaway see the rafflecopter giveaway below!





    Don't forget to hop on over to the other blogs celebrating cloth diapering! See the link below and click on the blog links for more prizes! Happy Diapering!