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ABCs of AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers

Take a quick look inside our favorite AppleCheeks cloth diapers. AppleCheeks are pocket diapers but we sell them as “covers” without the inserts. We do this so that you can add your preferred absorbency. Not all families like the same type of inserts so this allows you the option to customize the diaper to your own preferences. Some of the fan loved features of the AppleCheeks diapers are the ruffled elastics, wide envelope opening, and the buttery soft microfleece inner lining. AppleCheeks diapers are available in a one-size and a sized cover. They recently added an even larger, Size 4 option for our specially abled individuals. Size 1 AppleCheeks covers are designed to fit most newborns through 20lbs. To fit the slimmest and tiniest newborns you may want to pull the tabs up for a snugger fit around the legs. Once your baby reaches about 20lbs it may be time to move to the size 2 Applecheeks. This should fit through potty training on most babies. For our older toddlers, specially abled children, and when you need a larger size; the AppleCheeks size 3 & 4 may be what you need. If you prefer a one-size system, there is an option for that as well. Most loyal diehard AppleCheeks fans prefer the sized system; but the one-size system is a great option as well. AppleCheeks makes a 2ply and a …

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Smart Bottoms Dream Diaper 2.0 – Even Dreamier than Before

Smart Bottoms has just announced two great updates to their Dream Diaper.  They took all of your customer feedback and made a couple of adjustments to the areas that needed some improvement while still keeping all of the great features the Dream already had.  Little Noah got a chance to try the Dream Diaper 2.0 out and the redesigned version is tested and approved! The first change is to the pocket opening at the front of the diaper.  The opening has been streamlined and the flap was eliminated.  The new fit is clean and trim while still allowing a generous enough pocket opening to fit all of the insert options.   Without the flap at the front of the diaper it is much simpler to get a flat and comfortable fit even on the smallest rise setting as you can see here in our pictures of Noah.  The lack of a front flap also makes spraying and removing solids even easier!   The second change is an increased width of the diaper starting at the crotch and up to through back of the diaper.  The extra inch of width will give older and larger babies better bum coverage and further contain their messes.  Noah is very narrow through the hips and bum and the new width still offers him a trim and comfortable fit.   Noah is a very active …

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Nature’s Stain Stick – The Sun!

You made the decision to cloth diaper! You run out and buy all the cute fluff and start prepping as soon as you can, you finally made the leap!  You quickly get the new fluff on the bum and next thing you know, you get “that look” from the baby, you know the look that I am referring to, the diaper is no longer clean. After the change and soon the first wash (or even the hundredth) using the wash routine you thought you mastered and you just don’t end up with clean diapers!  You pull them out of the wash and they look dirty but smell fresh.  They have this ugly looking stains and you wonder if you will ever have new looking diapers again.  Let me introduce you to my favorite bleach – and, the best news?  It is FREE! – the sun! The sun doesn’t contain any of the chemicals that us parents cringe at thinking that they may be touching our precious baby’s tush.  It is a cheap, safe and effective way to rid those unsightly stains. The sun’s UV rays will remove the toughest of stains.  All it takes is some time and patience and a nice day.  Following the wash, rather than dry in the dryer, put the diapers in the sun.  Inside, outside, in a window, on the floor, even on the dashboard!  …

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2 Months into Cloth Diapering and the Top 10 things I’ve Learned

We are just now getting comfortable with our cloth diapering routine and it’s time that I share a few tips with you. I promise cloth diapering isn’t as hard as you think it will be. Meconium doesn’t stain and disposable liners aren’t for me. I was so worried about this but most of the time the disposable liner didn’t stay where I wanted it and the meconium got on the diaper anyway. A wash later it was gone. Exclusive breastfed poo stains for sure, but a few more washes and it seems to go away. If that’s not working or you don’t’ want to wait see point 2. The sun is magic Seriously. Put your diapers outside a little damn in the sun and the bright yellow EBF stains will disappear before your eyes. I’ve even found it really helps the darker stains from used diapers I’ve bought.  Cloudy day? Don’t worry the UV rays go through the clouds and they will still lighten up. Can’t put it outside? Find a window.  Have no fear of stains when you have the magic sun to help you. Overstuffing will cause leg gaps and will cause the leaks I’m trying to avoid I get it, you’re afraid of that cloth diaper leaking so you throw in some extra stuffing in an effort to help. Then little one ways up wet around the …

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Growing With GroVia – GroVia O.N.E.

Welcome to our second edition of Growing With GroVia! If you missed last months post you can read all about the GroVia Hybrid Shells.  Be sure to follow along with us all day on social media, we have some prizes and a LIVE Facebook chat today at noon ET to talk about the GroVia O.N.E. #GrowingWithGroVia if you are following the hashtag! GroVia O.N.E. As longtime Grovia fans we were super excited to try the ONE as soon as it was released. At the time our second daughter was a toddler. It quickly became a go-to diaper for naps, long car rides, and even nighttime!  When I was pregnant with our baby boy I asked my husband if there were any particular diapers he’d like to see more or less of as we switched up our girly stash to something a little less pink.  His immediate response was that he would like a whole stash of the Grovia ONE. Not only did we add several new ONES to use during the day, but we never did get rid of our daughter’s and those became baby boy’s nighttime stash. As a newborn we we able to start using the ONE around 11lbs. The best fit for a little baby is with the snap in hook and loop and the small snap in soaker. At 4 months old and over 14lbs we moved …

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