Category Archives: Cloth Diaper Tips

Tips for new and experienced parent for using cloth diapers successfully

Pail liners make cloth diapering a breeze

Pail liners are a great storage solution for soiled cloth diapers.

Kissaluvs Pail Liners and Planet Wise Pail Liners fit most diaper pails and waste cans. Both have sturdy elastic at the top and are constructed to prevent wicking and leaks. They are anti-microbial and resist odors and stains while keeping smells in.

Using a pail liner in your cloth diaper storage means no mess! Ahhh, perfect!

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Cloth Diaper Workshops in Vancouver

workshopThese workshops are a practical hands-on experience to learn the “how to’s” of cloth diapering. You will learn how to use cloth diapers, diapering options, what you need to get started and have all your questions answered by an expert.

There are 3-4 workshops a month at different locations in Vancouver (only). The cost is $15/person and receive a $10 coupon for use with your first purchase of $95 or more.

For all the details and dates for upcoming workshops, please visit our website.

Just Spray Away!

8052093_origSo, your wee one isn’t so wee now and is diving face first into the exciting world of solid foods. As the taste adventure begins, so too must your exploits in dealing with the “new” mess in the cloth diapers. Have no fear – there are lots of options!

You can do the “dunk and swish” in the toilet or use a bio liner….not so keen on those approaches? How about a diaper sprayer? The AMP Diaper Sprayer easily attaches to your toilet and lets you spray away any solids in a flash!

We also have the bumGenius diaper sprayer. Both of these are amazing quality and you can’t go wrong with either.

Bottom line: cloth diaper sprayers will make your life easy peasy when it comes to diapering a munchkin in cloth who is munching on solids.

Bio Liners are the bees knees!

amp flushable linersBio liners can be a great addition to your cloth diapering routine. Used regularly or for outings, these handy liners can make dealing with poops a breeze.

Flushable and compostable, they are so easy to use. Just lay on top of the diaper and they’ll catch the mess.

Make sure if you flush them, that your sewer or septic system can handle them (regular plumbing is usually fine, septic tanks beware).

We stock our favs which are AMP Flush-able diaper liner, bummis Bio-Soft liner, Applecheeks Diaper Liners and GroVia Bioliners.

The trick to using bio liners in your cloth diapering routine is you must remember to put them on the diaper or good ol’ Murphy will get you as soon as you forget 😉

Picking Pocket Diapers, Fitteds or All-in-Ones

Pocket Cloth Diapers or Fitted Cloth Diapers & Cloth Diaper Covers or All-in-One Cloth Diapers

Forget the horror stories about cloth diapering and get the real low-down on which diapers are the right fit for you and your little one.

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Removing Stains from Cloth Diapers

Even if your diapers are squeaky clean, and you follow the best of washing routines, stains are bound to happen from time to time on your cloth diapers.

Some people don’t mind them, but others do. So, if you’re wondering how to bust stains on your cloth diapers, here are some suggestions:

(1) The easiest and most natural way to lift stains is to sun your diapers. Yes, that’s right, sun your cloth diapers! Just lay them out WET face up in the sun. Now, the sun needn’t be outdoors either. So long as you don’t have UV coating on your windows, you can lay your cloth diapers in the sun through a window on a winter’s day. Leave them there for a few hours and you will be amazed at what you see!

If you have a front loading machine, you may want to wet your cloth diapers a bit more after the spin cycle as so much moisture is removed. Natural fiber diapers, like cotton cloth diapers, are the most prone to staining, whereas diapers made of polyester fabrics are less prone to staining. Generally we find as a result it is easier to lift stains on the natural fiber diapers!

(2) You can try some oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is a cloth diaper safe bleach that is hydrogen peroxide based rather than chlorine based. We always encourage you to follow your cloth diaper manufacturer’s guidelines before using additives, as many say using additives will void the warranty. In our personal experience we have found that periodic use of oxygen bleach is okay (every few months). We just ensure that the bleach is rinsed REALLY well before the diapers are dried. However, make the choice that you are most comfortable with and remember, sun is always best!

 

Check out this image from GroVia – this magic stain removal happened from just 2 hours in the sun. Yup, wet cloth diapers laying face up in the sun to bust stains. That’s seriously how great the sun can work!

Stripping Cloth Diapers – How to Do it!

If you read our previous blog post, you’ll have a pretty good sense of whether you have build up in your cloth diapers.

Now, it’s time to get it out! There are a few products on the market that work really well at restoring your cloth diapers to a place of great function once again.

(1) RLR.

OK, so maybe the packaging is old school. But the very fact this product doesn’t need to update its packaging and it still sells like hot cakes is a very good sign that what’s inside is pretty amazing. RLR works super well for stripping down your diapers, particularly mineral deposits as well as detergent which can happen in areas with hard water.

Use 1/2 pack of RLR for a front loading machine and a full pack for a top loading machine. Put the RLR into the machine with your cloth diapers during the hot cycle with detergent (both can go in together) and then rinse like crazy until you see no more bubbles. We usually estimate 3-5 hot rinses, but some folks will need more.

 

(2) GroVia Mighty Bubbles

GroVia Mighty Bubbles is relatively new to the market but it works great! One thing that is neat about it is the fact that not only is it great at getting at mineral deposits, it’s also really quite good at busting ammonia in your diapers. Unlike the RLR which you can toss in with detergent, GroVia finds that Mighty Bubbles tends to work best on CLEAN diapers. So for the best stripping results, use the GroVia Mighty Bubbles on a set of clean diapers. You won’t need as many rinses as with the RLR as supposedly just one hot rinse after will have your diapers in great shape again.


(3) Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer

Ammonia be gone with the Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer. The most common way that folks use Funk Rock is part of their regular wash routine. They put some Funk Rock in every pre-wash cycle as a maintenance strategy to ward off the stinkies.

 

 

Wondering what our favorites are at New & Green? We love RLR and GroVia Mighty Bubbles, so recommend trying out those two first. However, as with everything in the cloth diapering world, it all comes down to personal preference and user experience…go with that works for you and your cloth diapers!

 

Stripping Cloth Diapers – How do you know if you have build up?

shockedbabyWe often get questions about stripping cloth diapers. When should you do it? How do you know if you need to strip your diapers? These are all great questions. Let’s de-mystify the art of stripping cloth diapers for you.

In this post, we’re going to talk about how you can determine whether you have build up in you diapers. In the next post, we will address how to strip your diapers to get them in tip top shape.

How do I know if I have build up in my diapers?

(1) You may notice over time that your diapers are not performing as well as they once did. Most notably, you may find that they are leaking, or that you have to change your baby much more quickly. This may be a sign of build up in your diapers. For example, over time not all the detergent may get rinsed from your cloth diapers. Over time, as more and more detergent builds up in the fibers, it interferes with the ability of the material to absorb. Then your cloth diapers can leak. Not good! No no, no one wants a leaking diaper!

(2) You may find your diapers stink. They just might not smell as fresh as they once did. There can be different kinds of build up in the diapers. When you deal with detergent build up, your diapers just might not smell fresh when they come out of the wash. If you are dealing with ammonia build up, you will notice a strong smell after baby pees. It will almost make your eyes want to water!  Both are types of build up, and both need to be lifted from the cloth diapers.

If you are noticing either of these issues, it might be time to give your diapers a good stripping! Read our next post on how to strip your diapers to learn what to do to get your cloth diapers back in tip top shape!

N&G Expert Panel – Introducing Solid Foods

We would like to introduce you to Crystal Di Domizio, this month’s contributor to our N&G Expert Panel. Crystal kindly took the time to answer a few questions regarding the introduction of solid foods into baby’s diet. We love her knowledgable and holistic approach to making the transition from liquids to solids.

If you have additional tips or information you would like to share, please share in the comments section.

N&G: In the early months, what is the best way that a family can prepare a baby to begin to take solid foods?

Crystal: There is no special attention or advanced preparation needed to prepare your baby for solid food. Babies are unique so you’ll need to look to them for signs of readiness, rather than a date on the calendar!
The World Health Organization states that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants (without any additional food or drink, not even water.) After 6 months they recommend breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond, along with the introduction of solid food.

N&G: What are the top three readiness signs that tell you your baby is ready to eat something other than breast milk or formula?

Crystal: Babies become developmentally ready to eat solid foods around 6-8 months. Look for the following signs:

  1. Baby can sit up well without support.
  2. Baby is ready and willing to chew and doesn’t automatically push solid food out of his mouth with his tongue.
  3. Baby picks up food or other objects between her thumb and forefinger and is eager to participate in mealtime and may even try to grab food and put it in her mouth.

N&G: Many families are seriously looking into the foods that they eat and provide for their children and I’m seeing a shift toward “whole food” nutrition. If parents would like to start their babies with whole foods, what are some good options to consider for first foods?

Crystal: I highly recommend beginning solid food introduction with real food, rather than processed cereals that are hard for baby to digest and devoid of natural nutrients. You’ll want to introduce new foods one at a time, continuing to feed that same food for at least 4 days before moving on to another so you are aware of any negative reactions.

Nutrient dense first foods, introduced between 6-8 months include:

• Cooked Egg Yolk – preferably organic, from pasture-raised chickens
• Pureed Meats – preferably organic, grass-fed beef, lamb, turkey, chicken
• Raw Mashed Fruits – banana, avocado
• Cooked Pureed Fruits – pears, apples
• Cooked Vegetables – squash, sweet potato, carrots

Since we’ve only covered the basics of this important and lengthy topic here are some resources for further reading:

World Health Organization Exclusive Breastfeeding

Is My Baby Ready For Solid Food?

Nourishing a Growing Baby

*note from N&G: The introduction of solid foods will result more solid poops. One of the most effective tools we recommend for ‘poop management’ is Bummi’s Bio-Soft Flushable liners.

About Crystal Di Domizio: Crystal is a Vancouver based Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Prenatal Coach and Hypnobabies Childbirth Educator. She offers a comprehensive 6-week prenatal course that teaches women how to use self-hypnosis for an easier, more comfortable childbirth experience. When she’s not teaching you can find her blogging about her first pregnancy at www.prenatalcoach.com

Find out more: http://cultivateyourhealth.com

Dear Customers, Friends & Supporters of New & Green

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It’s with joy, pride and a great feeling of possibility that I write this letter to you.  On March 17th, 2012, (as luck would have it!), you’ll be continuing your journey with a new owner at New & Green Baby Co.  I’d like to officially welcome Colleen Bezeau as the new owner of New & Green.  Colleen is a mom who is passionate about the cause behind cloth diapers and ready to support New & Green customers with empathy, open arms and a boatload of knowledge to get you through whatever diapering situation you find yourself in.  Colleen is a seasoned business-person and I’m thrilled to have her taking over the helm of New & Green to bring the company toward new horizons and build on the great community that we have solidified over the last five years.New & Green Baby Co. was a dream come true for me and in all rights has afforded me everything I intended.  We have put cloth diapers on the radar as a true and real possibility for thousands of parents, touching more than 1000 parents locally at our Cloth Diaper Workshops.  I have met more amazing people in customers, fans and colleagues than I could have imagined and have been inspired, challenged, encouraged and most definitely affected by each of you in a small or big way.  And most important of all I have been able to be present for my family in a way that would not have been possible if not for this wonderful opportunity to create this company.

I am so grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend with New & Green and all of you, but as life often dictates, it’s time for a change.  And for me, in the season of life I’m in, it means coming home to be with my family full-time.

For the parts each of you have played in my life, allowing me to fulfil my dream, to be a part of your lives and to learn all that I have, I thank you.

With the warmest memories of a wonderful five years, I wish you all the best.

Karen Randall