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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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GroVia Prefolds have arrived!

Hip, hip, hoooooooray! We get really excited at New & Green when new cloth diapering products make their debut. We love GroVia are pretty excited about their all new prefolds.

What makes them so exciting? The GroVia Prefolds are a blend of cotton and bamboo. The benefit? Well first, these prefolds stay uber trim. In other words, they don’t quilt up, or pillow up, like traditional prefolds do. That makes for a trimmer fit. Second, these prefolds are *super* absorbent. The combination of bamboo and cotton kicks up the absorbency factor.

The new GroVia Prefolds are available in four different sizes:

Size 1:      Newborn –  12 x 13 in.  (2 x 6 x 2 ply)
Size 2:      Infant –  14 x 15.5 in.  (4 x 8 x 4 ply)
Size 3:      Infant Long –  15 x 18.5 in.  (4 x 8 x 4 ply)
Size 4:      Toddler –  16.5 x 20 in.  (4 x 8 x 4 ply)
Whether you are looking to use a cover plus insert system, stuff these inserts in a pocket diaper, or wrap them on baby, the GroVia prefolds are sure to prove to be a cloth diapering staple in many folks’ stashes.

Cloth Diaper Stocking Update – GroVia

Wondering what’s on order and en route to New & Green Baby Co.?

GroVia has released brand new Bamboo / Organic Cotton Prefolds. These prefolds will hopefully be hitting our shelves later this week. Woot! We cannot wait for these silky soft, uber trim, and super duper absorbent prefold inserts to arrive. Available in four sizes, we’re pretty confident not only that you’ll love the GroVia prefolds, but that you won’t be able to resist adding some to your cloth diaper stash.

Coming along with the new prefolds are the…drum roll….Kiwi Pie Fitted Cloth Diapers. Kiwi Pie is GroVia’s brand which is manufactured entirely in the United States. These fitted cloth diapers are going to be super absorbent (yup, you’re getting the idea…GroVia diapers are all about tons of absorbency!) and of course, utterly adorable. We have come to expect nothing less from GroVia when it comes to awesome prints and colors.

These products will be on the website available for purchase by the end of the week. We simply can’t wait!

We will also be receiving more of the GroVia cloth wipes, doublers, shells and soaker pads.

 

Bummis Bio-Soft Flushable Liners – Restocked!

A big Bummis shipment arrived today with more cloth diaper favorites….

We have re-stocked the following:

1. Bummis Bio Soft Flushable Liners. These handy little liners look just like a dryer sheet but are soft as can be. Lay one on top of baby’s diaper before fastening and it will help catch the poop making dirty diaper clean ups a breeze.

2. Bummis Swimmis – Whether it’s the pool, the beach or your backyard, Bummis Swimmi diapers are the best when it comes time for your little one to splish splash. These reusable swim diapers fit great and work well.

3. Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds. A cloth diapering staple. These high quality, organic cotton prefolds are super absorbent. Economical and durable, prefolds are a great option whether you are diapering a newborn or a toddler. Available in newborn prefolds, infant prefolds and baby prefolds sizes.

You will notice that we are still out of stock on Funk Rock and getting low on other Rockin’ Green products. Rockin’ Green has experienced some significant (and usual) production delays but we are hoping to see more product rolling onto our shelves within the next week or two.

What’s New & Green up to in March?

Did you get lots of love last month from all the cupids in your life?  I know I did, from extra “I love you to the moon and back’s” and “butterfly kisses”, I was soaking in the love from my little beauties.  And did you read about the prefold love that our Parent Review Panel shared?  If not, take a read; they all fell in love with prefolds and some were utterly surprised by the outcome!

This month on the blog, in the newsletter and on Facebook we’ll be talking about spring cleaning (lots of laundry science and washing tips), you’ll be seeing the results of our latest Parent Review Panel on Facebook and be hearing from our next Expert on Feeding our Babies whole foods in our new Expert Series here on the blog.

Our March Cloth Diaper 101 Workshops in Burnaby, East Van and Downtown are already filling up.  Spring is the time for babies to be born, so if you need to get your cloth diaper knowledge on the up and up, register sooner than later for your workshop seat.

We also have our next playdate at Gymboree North Van on March 20th.  Watch our newsletter and/or facebook page for details on how to RSVP.  Free for New & Green customers and subscribers.

Here’s to putting a spring in our step as we March into the month of green!

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Cloth Diaper Spotlight: Sometimes Simple is Beautiful {Prefolds}

snappibabyLast month, we asked our Parent Review Panel to get cozy with prefolds.  Many people love prefolds, but many shy away from them perceiving them to be difficult, messy or slow to get on a fast moving baby.  After hearing from our Parent Review Panel on Facebook and some of their responses and observations about prefolds, we hope that you now have a different view of these simple beauties!

What are prefolds you ask?  Here is the short & sweet 411.

  1. Prefolds are made from several layers of unbleached organic cotton twill.  They are sewn into rectangles which have three panels – a thicker panel down the middle and thinner panels on the edges.  They are flat so often folks want to know what’s up with the “pre-folded” name?  Those panels, they are pre-folded for you into thinner and thicker sections.  That’s the pre-folded part.
  2. They are very versatile and to some this can be overwhelming – too many options can cause fear.  We teach parents how to use prefolds at our Cloth Diaper Workshops Snappi them on or Fold & Lay.  Simple, simple, simple.  The Snappi Method requires a bit of practice at the outset but the fold and lay system is very easy and fast.  To get a good visual of how it all works, check out our tutorial in our Video Learning Series.

Based on our experiences as parents and “Diaper Therapists”, these are some recommendations about prefolds:

  • Newborn prefolds are tiny.  They don’t often Snappi on well as they are too small but they are great for keeping a trim bottom and fit perfectly under the newborn Super Brites.  Once they are outgrown, they can be used as extra absorbency inside of infant or baby sized prefolds or if you want to upcycle them into another use all together, the owner at Bummis told us they make great pads for moms going the reusable menstrual pad route.
  • For younger babies with runny poop, parents often love Snappi’ing them on.  These babies are often not yet mobile and are patient with parents as they get on their Snappi Groove.
  • For the ultimate in ease, the fold & lay method wins for older babies that have less runny poop and are on the go.
  • For younger babies we recommend having 3-4 covers per day, more with the fold & lay method, less with the Snappi method.
  • For older babies, we recommend having 2 covers per day.

Here is a picture tutorial on how to fold prefolds in many different ways addressing different wetting and functional needs of babies.

It seems that everyone is decluttering, downsizing, simplifying.  Why not try the same with your diapering collection.  Start or boost your collection with prefolds – they are beautifully functional and wonderfully inexpensive.

Check out Newborn, Infant or Baby Prefolds now.

Check out the infamous Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener now.

Leaking Diapers? Common Reasons AND Fixes

cryingbabyOne of the most common frustrations for cloth diapering parents and one of the most common reasons we know of why parents decide to quit cloth diapering is leaks.

But leaks are fixable – and often easily so. Read on for a checklist to see how you can keep your baby AND his clothes dry.

Typically, leaks happen because of issues related to fit, size, absorbency, or because bits of the diaper are peeking outside the diaper cover.
Also, leaks commonly happen when a baby is “in between” sizes or when a “one-size” diaper is too big on an itty-bitty newborn.
Let’s look at each of these scenarios by itself:

FIT: Each baby’s shape and size is different. Some babies are long and lean and some have those lovely rolls of baby fat around their thighs. Thus, even though two babies may be the same weight, the same diaper will fit them differently. Basically, just make sure that once your diaper is on that there are no gaps anywhere around the thighs or back of your baby. Everything should be tight, snug, and secure (and don’t worry – it’s difficult to get a diaper too tight.)

A second, though less common, “fit” issue is with how a diaper is sewn in the legs. On some babies, certain diapers will tend to “roll up” at the thighs and this can cause liquid to wick out. If you see any “inner” part of the diaper showing, such as fleece or cotton, try to roll it or tuck it back into place.

SIZE: It may seem obvious, but make sure you’re using the right size diaper. If the diaper is too big, there will be gaps around the legs or back where pee and poo can escape. (Gaps may be obvious or not. Basically, if you can easily fit more than one finger in between the elastic of the diaper and your baby’s leg, liquids will have no problem getting out.)

Likewise, if the diaper is too small, the elastic around the legs and back may get stretched too much and they can’t do their job of containing everything. Often diapers that are too small also have a very low rise over the crotch. Especially with boys, this can mean there’s just not enough diaper where the liquid wants to go and the leaks will happen at the front.

The fix? Check for gaps, over-stretched elastic, and your diaper’s rise and adjust which size diaper you use accordingly. If you are “in between” sizes, where a “small” is too small and a “medium” is too big, consider adding a bit of bulk, such as a doubler, or changing the brand or type of cover you use, which often fit differently, to get you through those two or three interim weeks.

ABSORBENCY: As a baby goes from a newborn to toddler, the amount and frequency of the baby’s wetting changes. Typically, as a baby grows she will pee less often but with a greater quantity. Thus, make sure you are using a diaper with adequate absorbency for your baby. If you need to increase the absorbency but aren’t ready to switch to a different size, add a doubler or two.  Also, if you use pocket diapers, consider adding an entire prefold or flatfor night time leaks.

“TUCKAGE”: This one is especially easy to fix and is incredibly common, even among experienced cloth diaperers. “Tuckage,” while perhaps not even a real word (darn!), merely refers to the times when a bit of the diaper doesn’t get tucked into the cover during the diaper change. Especially when you’ve got a wiggly baby, it can be difficult to remember to check that everything is tucked securely inside the cover, but this one step will make sure everything stays dry!

BAGGY ONE-SIZE DIAPERS ON NEWBORNS: One-size cloth diapers can be real budget-savers and a great way to only have to buy diapers once in your baby’s diapering lifetime. However, they can be too baggy in the newborn days. In this case, we recommend adding a hemp/cotton cloth wipe folded in half. This will add some bulk, but it will improve the fit until your baby fills out the diaper a bit more.

Here are a few products that seem to excel at keeping frustrating leaks at bay:
FuzziBunz UNIQUE one-size cloth diaper
Bummis Super Brite covers
Tots Bots Easy Fit All in One cloth diaper in Hook & Loop or Snaps

Have you solved your leaking problems in a creative way? Please let us know! We’d love to pass your advice on to other parents.