Diaper Pin on November 17th, 2014

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These are our customer’s choice members in cloth diaper directory this month! These businesses have earned enough rave reviews (15 or more) to earn the awards below:

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Diaper Junction         for baby   for mom
Home to the 100% cotton Diaper Rite Prefolds, Diaper Junction carries all the cloth diapers, diaper covers, & accessories you’ll need to diaper your child from birth to potty training. FREE SHIPPING
Member since November 2002 (updated: May 2012)

Little Boppers      for baby   for mom   made by mom
Hello Baby! Little Boppers are plush and stylish cloth diapers you’ll love to show off! Fitteds, Hybrids, AI2s, & Covers, handmade with great attention to detail. Custom orders available.
Member since February 2004 (updated: May 2014)

AppleCheeks         for baby   made by mom   sewing resources
Throw away your preconceived notions. Ignore your skeptical peers. These are NOT your grandmother’s cloth diapers.We are AppleCheeks™, a breakthrough in reusable diapering. This is a paradigm shift. Thought you knew what reusable diapering was all abo
Member since September 2008 (updated: December 2013)

FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique         for baby   for mom
FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique is Mommy Owned and Mommy Operated! Most orders ship within 24 hrs. US orders over $69 ship FREE! Eco-Friendly, Family Focused. Local appointments available.
Member since April 2012 (updated: August 2014)

Nicki’s Diapers         for baby   for mom
Long-standing business and large in-stock selection for all your cloth diapering needs. Fast, free shipping included on most items and all orders over $75. Also, Nicki’s Diapers offers a wide selection of Mama and Baby Items. A one-stop shop!
Member since June 2004 (updated: December 2011)

 

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Pantley on November 4th, 2014

 

Discipline is a complex matter. The days are long and complications abound – there are many, many things we must get our children to do, or stop them from doing – all day, every day. Add the the fact that children don’t always listen to us, or do the things we want them to do, and you can understand why parenting is a challenge!

As you move through your days, it helps to keep in mind these four parts to the purpose and goal of discipline:

  1.  To correct immediate behavior.
  2.  To teach a lesson.
  3.  To give tools that will build self-discipline and emotional control.
  4.  To build the parent/child relationship.

Let’s examine how this applies to a few typical situations so that you can begin to understand how these four purposes color almost every discipline situation with your child.

Situation:

Your child is having a temper tantrum in a store because you won’t buy a new toy.

1 – Correct immediate behavior

Take your child to a restroom or unpopulated corner of the store. Wait for your child to stop the tantrum.

2 – Teach a lesson

You can’t have everything you want. You need to express your emotions appropriately.

3 – Give tools to build self discipline and emotional control

Help child write a wish-list of toys that she wants, but can’t have right now.

4 – Build the relationship

Demonstrate leadership, understanding and patience.

Situation

Your two children are squabbling over a toy.
1 – Correct immediate behavior

Put the toy on the counter while you get your children to stop tussling and pay attention to you.

2 – Teach a lesson

Children need to learn how to share toys and take turns.

3 – Give tools to build self discipline and emotional control

Help children by setting a timer so each can have a five minute turn with it. Show them how to do this in the future without your help.

4 – Build the relationship

Show them how to play together and how to settle disputes. Show them that they can look to you for help in handling problems.

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Situation

Your child is upset with a playmate and bites her on the arm.

1 – Correct immediate behavior

Separate the children. Provide attention and care to the child who was bitten.

2 – Teach a lesson

Get down to your child’s level, put your hands on her shoulders, look her in the eye and tell her, “Biting hurts. We don’t bite people. Tell Emmy you’re sorry. That will make her feel better.”

3 – Give tools to build self discipline and emotional control

Give your child a few hints on how she should handle her frustration next time; “If you want a toy, you can ask nicely for it, or you can come to Mommy for help.”

4 – Build your relationship

Show your child that you are on her side even when she makes mistakes. Demonstrate that she can count on you to teach her how to handle strong emotions.

Discipline is not a one-time maneuver

You say you’ve tried to get your little one to put his toys away, but he never does. You’re after your daughter constantly not to whine, yet that screechy voice continues. You repeatedly attempt to get your two children to share their toys nicely yet it seems that daily you’re refereeing an argument over toys. No matter what you do, the same issues keep coming up over and over again.

Think about something that you do, or don’t do – that you know you should do differently. Perhaps it’s exercising or eating healthily. Maybe it’s keeping your desk organized or your closet clean. In all of these examples it’s likely that you struggle to always do the right thing, even when you know what the right thing is. So, if you, the mature adult, still don’t do everything the right way how could you possibly expect such a feat from your young child?

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Discipline means “to teach”

Discipline is about teaching, and it is a very rare lesson that can be learned in one simple session. Furthermore, young children cannot easily apply what they’ve learned in one situation to another. So even minor variations create entirely new scenarios – for example, learning to share toys with a sibling at home isn’t easily transposed to the situation of sharing playground equipment with a friend at the park.

What this all means is that you must teach the same, or similar, lessons over and over and over and over again in many different ways until, perhaps, your child will master the idea and claim it as his own. Even then, just because a child knows what is right doesn’t mean he will always do the right thing! (Do you always drive the posted speed limit?) Our job as parents is to help our children learn right from wrong, and how to make the right decisions in life. It is to guide and teach our children, every day, in many ways.

Discipline means teaching, and as such, it can encompass almost every interaction you have with your child. When you are thoughtful about your role as a parent, and when you keep your eye on your long-term goals and use carefully planned parenting skills, then your essential parenting attitudes will be properly aligned and your job as a parent will be more fulfilling and rewarding.

Excerpted with permission by McGraw-Hill Publishing from The No-Cry Discipline Solution (McGraw-Hill) by Elizabeth Pantley http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth

Diaper Pin on October 21st, 2014

 

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Diaper Pin on September 24th, 2014

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It is time for a look at the rated products at Diaper Pin!

Our ratings are valued among customers, manufactures and retailers because of our unique ranking system.

We have weighted rankings giving precedence to highly rated products with a significant number of reviews.

– the red star represents the product’s average rating based on customer reviews.

– the purple star represents a weighted average of the number of positive reviews associated with a product.

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Top 10

Monkey Foot Designs Wetbag
 (58)
Bags
AppleCheeks™ Envelope Cover
 (64)
All in Twos
Domino Pads
 (44)
Feminine Products
CJ’s BUTTer
 (151)
Ointments
Bum-Ware All-In-One
 (38)
All in Ones
GEN-Y Diaper Cover
 (49)
Covers
sew is your baby! Minky One Size Pocket
 (25)
One Size Pockets
Planet Wise Wet Bag™
 (90)
Bags
Ragababe ‘Easy’ All-In-One
 (60)
All in Ones
SoftBums Echo System
 (65)
All in Twos

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Top 11-20

bumGenius™ One-Size Pocket Diaper
 (146)
One Size Pockets
Rainshine Designs All-In-Two Diapers
 (22)
All in Twos
Disana Double-Knit Pull-On Wool Cover
 (17)
Wool Covers
Rainshine Designs Pocket Diaper
 (13)
Pocket Cloth Diapers
Orange Diaper Co One Size Fitted
 (12)
One Size Fitteds
BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz
 (11)
Pocket Diaper Inserts
Fussybutt Moonbow Pad
 (10)
Feminine Products
BALM! Baby Diaper Balm / 1st Aid ©
 (10)
Ointments
Moraki Fold-To-Fit™ Hemp/Organic Cotton Insert
 (10)
Pocket Diaper Inserts
Beco Butterfly
 (9)
Baby Carriers

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Diaper Pin on September 20th, 2014

 

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Amy on September 17th, 2014

 

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As a first time mom new to the cloth diapering world I started off about 3 months ago purchasing some used diapers off a local diapering group. It didn’t take long before I was hooked and my stash began to grow.
Recently I was excited to try out my first brand new diaper from Tidy Tots. I received the trial set which includes a no leak cover, 2 organic hemp no fold diapers, 2 organic hemp boosters, and 10 flush able liners.

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Although the package does say the diapers and boosters have been p rewashed 6 times, I did do one wash cycle of my own before using. Following the instructions on how to prep the diaper was fairly easy, especially since this was my first experience with a cover and diaper set. They take a little time to prep the first go around but once I got the hang of it they were just as easy as the pocket diapers I am used to stuffing after each wash.

I love that the diaper and booster are both made of hemp. Better absorbancy and soft on baby’s bum! I did use the booster each time because my 5 month old is a heavy wetter. It fits easily inside the no fold diaper and will agitate out in the wash, which means no touching a messy insert when you wash!

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The liner is made from cornstarch and was surprisingly soft. Adding it onto the diaper was made simple by the use of velcro tabs to hold it in place. When snapping it into the cover its important to make sure the liner covers the snaps as well so that it will be held in place along with the diaper. Now it’s all prepped and ready to wear!

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The package states it fits 10 lbs & up. My girl is about 16 lbs and the diaper was a great fit! The aplix is very sticky and actually took a little muscle to get it undone from the wash tabs.. The legs have a deep gusset with elastic that ensures a secure fit without any adjustments needed. There was not a lot of bulk to it once it was on her and it fit well under her clothes.

GUSSET – ELASTIC

When it came time for a change, all that needed to be done was to remove the flushable liner before tossing the diaper into the diaper pail. The liner is easy to remove without getting messy due to flaps over the snaps inside the cover. Tidy Tots thought of everything when it came to the ick factor of cloth diapering!

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Although the liner is flushable we have a septic system so I chose just to toss it instead. I did not find the liner to be very useful for my girl since she is exclusively breast fed (ie liquid poo). When it came to changing a poopy diaper, the liner seemed to be an extra messy step so I chose to use it without the liner. I think it will be very helpful to have on once she starts solid foods though. And I must say I was very impressed by how well the leg gussets held in the mess….finally a no leak diaper!

Diaper Pin on September 15th, 2014

 

 

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It is time again to review our category rankings – Today we are highlight Prefolds, Covers, Flats,  All in Twos and Ointments.

 

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Prefolds

(60) Cloth-eez® Prefold Diaper
(3) Panda Tushies Bamboo Prefold
(3) Tushie Ties
(2) Disana Tie Nappy
(1) GroVia® Bamboo Prefolds

 

Covers

(50) GEN-Y Diaper Cover
(7) GEN-Y Simplicity Diaper Covers
(6) Capri Diaper Covers – H/L
(6) Bummis Pull-on Whisper Pants
(5) Hiney Lineys Diaper Cover

 

Flats

(9) Orange Diaper Company Organic Bamboo Terry Squares
(7) Diaper Rite Birdseye Cotton Flat Diapers
(7) sustainablebabyish Flat Cloth Diaper
(6) Birdseye Flats at Little-Lions
(5) OsoCozy Birdseye Flat Diapers

 

All in Twos

(64) AppleCheeks™ Envelope Cover
(67) SoftBums Echo System
(22) Rainshine Designs All-In-Two Diapers
(4) Macaroni Baby AI2
(3) Chelory AI2

 

Ointments

(151) CJ’s BUTTer
(10) BALM! Baby Diaper Balm / 1st Aid ©
(7) The Green Panda Organic Diaper Cream
(4) Northern Essence Better Butt(er) Cream
(2) Bee All Natural Organic Baby Body Butter

 

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Sherri on August 22nd, 2014

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I have been looking for prefolds to use with my newborn daughter and what I got with GroVia’s prefolds was not what I was expecting! I really like to pair prefolds with wool to give my little one’s bottom the most breathability through the 20 plus diaper changes she has a day. I certainly did not expect to be wowed by a prefold, but GroVia was able to not only wow me, but change my perception on what to expect from a prefold!

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Here are the features of GroVia’s Prefolds

Diaper Type: Prefold

Fabric: 55% Bamboo and 45% Organic Cotton.

Size Range: These are sized prefolds that come in four sizes

  • SIZE 1: Newborn – 12 x 13 in. – 4-9 lbs. 2x6x2 ply
  • SIZE 2: Infant – 14 x 15.5 in. – 7-15 lbs. 4x8x4 ply
  • SIZE 3: Infant Long – 15 x 18.5 in. – 15-25 lbs. 4x8x4 ply
  • SIZE 4: Toddler – 16.5 x 20 in. – 25+ lbs. 4x8x4 ply

Waist Closure:  A pin, Snappi, or Boingo can be used. These also work well soaker-folded and used inside a cover without using a fastening device.

Putting GroVia’s Prefolds to the test:

Fit: I used a Size 2, infant prefold from day 1 with my daughter, who was 8 pounds and 10 ounces at birth. It fit lovely without too much extra material. I simply tucked the front to keep it clear of her umbilical cord. These prefolds were easily maneuvered to get a nice fit around my skinny newborn’s legs. I would say GroVia’s sizing chart is true to size. My daughter is now over 12 pounds and these prefolds still fit great and she has room to grow.

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Use:  I really liked the feel of this prefold even just after prepping. Once I started using GroVia’s prefold, I noticed the absorbency really stood out compared to 100% cotton prefolds. They have set a new standard of what I expect out of absorbency! These prefolds hold up well for several hour stretches. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to test them for overnight use. I definitely look forward to the day that I can! Did I mention soft? They are so soft! Like silky, buttery soft. With every wash they seem to become softer and softer. They are truly the softest prefolds I have ever laid my hands on. Even with all that softness, I didn’t have any problems with the material sliding loose on my little one’s legs. They are also very trim! They fluff up nicely after prepping, but they are not bulky at all.

With their great absorbency, these prefolds can serve many purposes other than a diaper. These could definitely be used as a soaker, tri-folded and laid in a cover. They would also work well used as an insert in a pocket diaper. The absorbency of this prefold is truly phenomenal compared to 100% cotton!

Ease Of Use: In general, I think prefolds are easy to use. These prefolds were easy to get a nice fit quickly, without having to readjust due to the material sliding.

Washing:  I don’t think washing gets any easier than prefolds. There is no elastic to worry about or Velcro to remember to secure. These can be line dried or put in the dryer. I personally like to line dry for sunning out the stains. What I noticed with these prefolds is, unlike my cotton prefolds, they were actually soft after line drying! When I did put them in the dryer to see how they would stand up to the heat, there really wasn’t any noticeable shrinkage. For me this is a huge plus!

Quality & Cost:  The quality and durability of GroVia’s prefolds are great! The material seems to get softer with every wash and the serging has withheld well. The cost of a 3 pack of GroVia Prefolds, range from $8-$16, depending on size. They are very economical especially knowing they are made with bamboo and organic cotton.

Summary

These prefolds have a lot to offer when it comes to trimness, absorbency and affordability. I have used other brands of prefolds and these by far, are my favorite! They are very absorbent compared to cotton prefolds and are so squishy soft! Economically, these are a great way to have high quality diapers for very little cost. I highly recommend these prefolds for first-time, cloth diapering parents as well as experienced cloth diapering parents. These prefolds have truly raised the bar of what I could ever expect out of a prefold.

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Diaper Pin on July 24th, 2014

 

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Diaper Pin on July 24th, 2014

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