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Wet Bags are just so handy!

Of course, wet bags are so handy for cloth diapering – from hanging wet bags/storage sacs for at home to various sized wet bags perfect for out and about. But there’s lots of other uses these nifty bags are great at and here’s just a few other ways to use them:

  • Perfect for wet bathing suits
  • At the beach, keep your valuables and keys dry and sand free
  • Anyone get a little car sick? Well, a wet bag could save a big messy clean up
  • Keep your snacks or lunch in them
  • Keep your dirty cleaning rags in them
  • An activity bag for paper, pencils or whatever crafty project
  • Got a boo-boo?  Put in some ice and  voila – you have an ice pack (some wet bags do a better job of keeping in the melted ice water than others)
  • At the grocery store, put your fruit and veggies in some
  • A change of clothes in a wet bag is ready for when accidents happen
  • A toiletry bag – shampoo, lotions, cosmetics, etc.

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Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag

pwhangingwetdryThe Planet Wise Wet/Dry bag is a great cloth diapering accessory!

This “2 in 1” bag is just so handy!

Each bag contains a “wet” section that is sewn and sealed AND a zippered dry section.

Carry all your items in one bag while keeping your dry items dry and your wet or soiled items separate.

Perfect for daycare, traveling and at home!

Newborn Rental Program

newbornrentWould you like to use cloth diapers right from day one?  But you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a really great newborn cloth diaper system that will only fit for a few months….well, this Newborn rental program is the solution!
 

For more details, please visit our website

Do you have your Wet Bags?

Moms on the go know that a few good wet bags are a must have!  Wetbags come in handy sizes, small (to store a couple of dirty, or clean diapers during a quick trip to town), medium (3 or more diapers) or large (often used as a pail liner). Clean up is simple, just pop them in the wash with your diapers and hang to dry. We proudly carry Bummis Fabulous wet bags, PlanetWise wet bags, Applecheeks wet bags and bumGenius wet bags. At New & Green Baby Co. we have lots of cute and stylish designs and colors and with so many to choose from there is something for everyone!

After your cloth diaper days are done, wet bags can still be handy to have around the house for packing up toys or laundry, for swimsuits after play at the pool, storing shoes in suitcases and more! They’re handy and you can never have too many.

Planet Wise Wet Bags – Restocked!

Planet Wise wet bags are the best! You can never have enough wet bags, particularly with so many uses beyond cloth diapers (shoes in a suitcase, swim suits at the pool).

Planet Wise bags are available in both wet bags, sizes small, medium and large, and in wet / dry bags as well.

One of the best features of this cloth diaper accessory is the range of prints and colors from which you can select! We just added a new print as well in the current shipment – the adorable monkeys print pictured!

The monkeys print is available in both the Planet Wise Wet Bags and the Planet Wise Wet / Dry Bags.

Cloth Diapers in Daycare :: How to Make it Work

One of the most common questions we’re asked at our New & Green Cloth Diapering 101 workshops is about cloth diapering at daycare. Do daycares allow cloth? Which diapers are best? Do I need any special equipment?

From the bit of research we’ve done, it seems the vast majority of daycares in the Lower Mainland are happy to accommodate cloth-loving parents, provided the process is made easy for the care providers.  We definitely recommend that you “know before you go” – call your daycare (or prospective daycares) and find out what they specifically prefer so that you don’t end up buying diapers and supplies you don’t need. Also, check out the Real Diaper Association’s excellent tip-sheet for some great info.

Basically, when it comes to cloth diapering in a daycare, it boils down to this:

KISS (Keep It Simple, Silly): Make it as easy for the care providers as possible.

  • Use diapers that are most like putting on a disposable – either an All-in-One or a pre-stuffed pocket diaper with Velcro closures. Velcro closures make diaper changes both easy and speedy!
  • Have a zipper-closure wetbag big enough to hold all the diapers from the day. A bag with a hanging loop is extra handy.
  • Considering using a disposable liner such as Bummi’s Flushable Bio-Soft liners and pre-line all your diapers. This way, poop is easy to deal with for the care provider and you’re less likely to have super-poopy diapers coming home for you to deal with later! (Always a plus!)
  • Remember that some daycares require that everything belonging to the child must be labeled, including cloth diapers. You can either stick these labels right on the diapers or hand-sew a little tag onto the diaper to hold the label so that you can easily remove it later. Laundry-safe labels can be found by searching online for “children’s clothing labels” (or some such variation).
  • If you want cloth wipes used as well, consider having them pre-wetted in a travel-size disposable wipes container so they are easy to grab and ready to use.

Be prepared: About 93% of the daycares we surveyed on the North Shore  stated that they would be happy to use cloth diapers, provided they were shown how to use them. At your first meeting with the provider, bring along samples of everything you’ll be sending with your child and be prepared to show them how to use it. It often helps if you’re upbeat and positive, emphasizing how easy the process is!

Be flexible: If your daycare isn’t quite sure about cloth diapering – even after your enthusiastic tutorial – perhaps propose a trial period, say three weeks, in which to try cloth. Likewise, choosing a different type of diaper may help the daycare as well. Be flexible in accommodating their needs as well as your own – some of them may never have seen modern cloth diapers.

Be happy: We believe that choosing cloth is a wonderful, fun, and sustainable choice for you and your family. Extending that choice to other people who care for your children can require courage, wisdom, and knowledge – you should be happy knowing you’ve prepared yourself for this journey and your child will reap the benefits. Hip hip hooray!

On the Road Again…Soon!

A mama from our New & Green Family shares her recent experience travelling with cloth diapers.  Anne recently participated in our Diaper Tester Program with her little guy and hasn’t looked back.  Her faves include: Bamboozles and AMP Duos.

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“When we first decided to use cloth diapers, I honestly thought that there would be instances I would have to use disposables.  For example, if we were away from home. Then I went out during the day with cloth –  I took home a dirty diaper in a neat little bag and realized it was not a big deal at all.  But I still thought if we went away from home overnight I would have to buy a pack of disposables.  I was worried my hotel room would get stinky or it would be too much stuff to travel with.

Last weekend I  decided to try going away overnight with cloth.  It wasn’t thinking of the garbage factor, or that I’d rather treat myself to a  latte or two while I’m on my holiday than spend the money on a pack of  diapers – it’s honestly that that our cloth diapers fit Benjamin so well and work so well for us, AND that he really is so darned cute in them, that I really didn’t want to leave them at home!

So, we packed a little garbage pail with lid  to use as our home away from home diaper pail.  I didn’t have a drawstring bag that fit it, so I used a garbage bag to line it. I stuck a deo disc on the lid. I packed enough cloth diapers for the two nights we were away, along with wipes.  When I set up the playpen and other stuff in our hotel room, I set up our home away from home changing station.  It was easy, nothing smelled, and it didn’t add much to our luggage at all.  Best of all, Benjamin was cozy and cute in his cloth diapers.

 And, on the same reusable front – we also used a cloth swim diaper in the pool – it worked great!”

Thanks for sharing your story with us Anne.  It sounds like you’ll be back on the road again with cloth in no time!

There’s No Place Like Home…

Many parents who attend our workshops want to know how to use cloth diapers when they are away from home. They can visualize how the system would work at home, but out and about or more far fetched – away on holiday or camping? How does that work??

It can be done! Here are our best tips for daytrips & outings, vacations and camping.

Daytrips and Outings: Not hard – at all. And you don’t need to bring a suitcase of stuff. What’s in our diaper bag? We carry 2-3 one step diapers (pre-stuffed pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers), a travel case of cloth wipes, a bottle of water (to drink or use on the wipes) and a wet bag to carry home the diapers we take off our little one.

Vacations:  If you have access to a washing machine, whether it be in-suite, in building or at a laundry mat, cloth diapering can be done.  Consider how often you can access the washer and then bring enough diapers to get you through.  So you may only need one day’s worth of diapers or you may need three.  Store your dirties in a drawstring diaper pail liner for easy transport and containment.  Use flushable liners for poop management.

Camping:  You can handwash your diapers and hang them to dry – we’d recommend a prefold diaper or pocket diaper system with this scneario, though.  All in ones are best left to a washing machine’s skilled agitation to get really clean.  Another alternative is to use a compostable gDiaper insert in one of your pocket diapers.  This would allow you to use your pocket shell as the cover and either lay a gDiaper insert inside the diaper or stuff it inside.  We have had good results with laying the gDiaper insert inside of the AMP Duo or stuffing it in the Duo or bumGenius Pocket.  With this method you toss or bury the insert (use common sense, please, not by a water source and don’t throw in an outhouse) and all you have to rinse/wash is the pocket shell.  There is minimal hand-poop contact if you use the insert on top of the diaper shell instead of stuffing it inside.

What’s in your diaper bag?

Daycare & Diapers

Heading back to work after maternity leave is not always on the forefront of your mind when you are still pregnant or making your diaper plan, but it definitely is something to consider. Most children will still be in diapers at least part time past their second birthday. With mat leaves lasting about a year, that leaves one year of diapering to a care provider – be it family, a nanny or daycare.

We’ve surveyed all the care providers in one city in the lower mainland that and found that 93% of them were agreeable to cloth diapering. The ones that said no gave the reason that they perceived it was too messy or that they had a bad experience in the past. Many of them said and emphatic YES! But then followed with…as long as YOU wash them. But of course!!

To make life easier for your care providers, we suggest that you consider providing them with a one step diaper such as a pocket diaper or an All-in-One Diaper. Velcro closures are more intuitive than snaps (though with some coaching, can be very easy, too). We also recommend that you pre-load your diapers with Bio-soft flushable liners so the poop is easily taken care of by your care provider or by you later on. We love the Monkey Doodlez Tote for daycare as it has a zipper and a loop for hanging up. It’ll easily hold a days worth of diapers. You can have a clean and a dirty one.

Most care providers would appreciate an orientation to putting on, taking off and storing the used diapers. You may also want to tell them how to position the Bio-soft liners, the reason for them and how to dispose of them.

So, to summarize, it is important to think of who’ll be using your diapers (besides your child!). Consider your care provided when purchasing your second set of diapers. Most care providers are more than willing to give cloth a go but may need some coaching.

Here are some diaper & accessory choices that may be the best match for a care provider: