Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crossing the Line

Yesterday, I posted this picture on our Facebook page. It's my diapers out on the line waiting for the sun to crest over the top of my house and dry them.
I realized some people new to cloth may not know about all the benefits of line drying, and figured it was worth a blog post.

Line drying is fantastic for cloth diapers, and here's why!!
  • Stains - As we know, diapers can sometimes get stained. It's a natural thing to happen since your kid is supposed to poop in them. What you've heard is true. The sun is AMAZING at getting stains out of your diapers. If the sun alone doesn't work, a little boost with some lemon juice will do the trick!
  • Energy Bills - Obviously not using the dryer means you don't have to PAY to use it, so the more you get those diapers outside, the less you need to use your dryer.
  • The environment - Again, using the dryer, and the electricity that goes along with it is harder on the environment than popping the diapers out on the line
  • Photo ops - Yeah, I know this is silly. BUT, here it is. There are zero photo ops when your diapers are inside the dryer. But when their out on the line? You can catch photos like this:
 Still not convinced? Line drying also helps the elastics and PUL hold up. While you do need to dry in the dryer every so often, to help make sure the PUL stays sealed at the seams, the dryer will shorten the life of both the elastics in your diapers and the PUL that keeps them waterproof.

Don't have a clothesline? Guess what? Neither do I!! I make my own on days when I can sun by hanging a rope between the fence and our garage. You can also find collapsible clothesline trees at hardware stores, and often Walmart or Target.

How do you currently dry your diapers? Has this post made you reconsider??

Thursday, June 21, 2012

AppleCheeks on the cheeks

If you haven't noticed yet, I'm kinda an AppleCheeks fan! I switched to AppleCheeks over two years ago after trying an embarrassing number of other cloth diaper brands. Each brand I tried I "liked" but didn't love enough to settle down. Since trying out my first AppleCheeks I found my brand love and loyalty. I sold off all my other brands and went exclusively Applecheeks, and haven't looked back since!! So what's with the love?

AppleCheeks, first and foremost is an amazing brand. Their customer service blows other brands straight out of the water. I have yet to find another brand that interacts with their fans the way AppleCheeks does. The warm fuzzy attitude the brand creates for their fans seems to spread, and AppleCheeks fans have created various groups to chat, exchange diapers, and surprise each other! Yes, there are other brands where the fans band together for support, but I haven't ever seen a group like the AppleCheeks ones!

The fit. AppleCheeks just fit my kids better. I started with AppleCheeks when my daughter was just 9 days old. My son wore them up until the day he potty trained, and still wears them overnight (tips on overnight potty training are always welcome!). Of the brands I tried, AppleCheeks were the trimmest while still having enough junk in the trunk to soak up my heavy wetter's pee with no leaks.

Speaking of no leaks... in over of two years using Applecheeks, I've had a total of 3 leaks. Not bad right?? Well it gets even better when I tell you all 3 of those leaks could have been prevented. 2 are because I didn't put an extra insert in and left the diaper on all night while my munchkin snuggled next to me and nursed the entire night. Yeah, there's only so much a single diaper can hold. The third leak was by far the most embarrassing - hello poopsplosion right up the back - and is 110% the fault of my darling husband. Who, when we first started with AppleCheeks, had no idea what he was doing and put the snaps on the very last setting - leaving the diaper not only loose, but darn near falling off.

Last but not least, AppleCheeks prints are just WAY too cute. They are custom designed fabrics and are nearing their end! Grab a Delicious or Wild Child print (both with AppleCheeks apples on them!) before they are gone!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Wrap it up!

There are all kinds of diapers in the cloth diapering community. Many of the less expensive options require the use of a cover. While there are many covers out there, Thirsties has become the leading cover of choice among our fans on Facebook! So what's all the hype about??

The Thirsties Duo Wrap Diaper Cover is designed to grow with your baby. The two sizes each look like most one-size diapers. This way, you can adjust the rise as well as the waist as your baby grows. Many diapers claim that their largest size will fit up to potty training, but with the Thirsties cover, you can be sure it will!! In fact, I threw it onto my almost 3 year old little man (who has been potty trained for quite some time now!) just for the sake of this post. Look, still fits!! (he doesn't have a diaper on under this, but he's also got a TON of extra room around the waist and in the bum.

The Duo Wrap comes in tons of cute colors or a few select (but super cute!) prints. For this review, I'm using the Duo Wrap in Warm Stripes. Mine is snaps - I try to keep all my diapers with snaps so the aplix doesn't snag anything... but I know there are TONS of mommies out there who prefer aplix, and the good news is? The Duo Wrap comes in aplix as well!!

No matter what you plan on putting under the Duo Wrap it's sure to keep everything inside while still looking cute and going easy on the wallet.

Still not convinced? Check out the reviews on the Lil' Tulips site for these covers!! All 4 Mommies gave these covers 5 stars!