Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Diaper Pails, Pail Liners, and Wet Bags

After a few years of cloth diapering, I have fallen in love with using zippered wetbags for storing my daughters diapers until it's time to do the wash. We've replaced our stainless steel diaper pail, with regular pail liners, for Leslie's Boutique Hanging Diaper Pails. These designer wet bags have cotton on the outside, in gorgeous prints, and have a 2 mil PUL inner layer to prevent any wicking. You can hang them on a door knob, or on a hook in your laundry room.
We use the largest hanging pail size most often, but also alternate with the medium bags from the same brand for any outings. When you are ready to wash your diapers, you toss them in the wash and also put in the wet bag. We have been drying ours in the dryer and then are holding out great, but hang drying would probably extend the life of these products.
Since selling our house and downsizing to an apartment, these wetbags help us save on space. They are also great if you are traveling because you can have an instant diaper pail no matter where you go. Also, they are so gorgeous that no one would expect to find dirty diapers in them. Asides from diaper duty, we recommend grabbing a few of these bags for packing toiletries in your suitcase, or for carrying wet swim suits and wet towels.
Here are the prices in USD, since the CAD prices on our website fluctuate based on the strength of our dollar. We usually use Xe.com to convert between USD to CAD.
Swim: $13.99
Medium: $16.99
Large: $19.99
XL (Hanging pail 15 x 30): $24.99

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

$5 off puchase of $50

We have set up our cart to send all new account holders at Cloth Diaper Mom a Welcome coupon of $5, valid for any purchase over $50.

Not wanting everyone who already has an account to miss out on this offer, we have e-mailed all existing acounts holder the Welcome coupon.


Friday, November 28, 2008

New Mini-One Size Diaper

Last night we received our first new Mini-One Size diaper from Happy Heinys. So far a popular diaper for parents has been the regular one-size diaper from the same company. The one-size looks like a regular small pocket diaper at first, but has 4 rows of hidden snaps and that allow you to change the diaper from x-small to small, medium, or large. When in the larger sizes, the rows of snaps are no longer hidden. One size diapers can result in great financial savings for parents as the parents no longer have to invest in 3 - 4 different stages of sized pocket diapers. Now, while lots of parents and babies are happy with the one-size right from the start, others find a one-size diaper can be bulky for newborns. One option has been to start using a one-size a few months in, but this leaves parents either using disposables, or needing a solution for those first few months. Options have included using infant prefolds with x-sm/sm covers, or x-sm/sm sized diapers. Now, Happy Heinys has the Mini-One size.

My thoughts so far:
We have only received one mini-os so far, to have on hand for parents to see at our workshops. When you first see the mini-os inside the packaging, it doesn't look hugely different from the regular os, however keep in mind that the regular os comes snapped into the x-small settings. When you take the mini-os out of the packaging, you have the pocket and 2 inserts. The inserts are made of micro-fiber and come in small and also a brand new HH microfiber size, x-small. The new sized insert is adorable and perfect for newborns, even very tiny newborns. The weight range is for infants 4lbs - 16lbs. When you use the x-small snaps settings and the x-small insert, you can see right away that their is hardly any bulk to the diaper. The PUL outside is nice and soft and seems to have some nice stretch to it. The elastic around the back of the diaper and the legs is nice and stretchy and would soft around newborn legs. And of course, HH fleece is always super soft. I always found that with HH dipes, I would have to check the inserts of my daughters dipes to see if they were wet, because the fleece would stay dry to the touch and against their skin. Finally, this mini-os comes with HH's cross-over tabs, so you can customize the waist size for your newborn, pulling one waistband tab over to align it on top of the other tab, versus having the tabs both meet at the center of the diaper. You can definitely imagine diapering a brand new baby in the softness of the this new OS.

The main advantage of the new HH mini-one size diaper, is that expecting parents do not have any way to know the exact size or shape that their newborn will be. It can be a hard decision for parents to decide whether or not to go with an x-small diaper or a small diaper, and they don't always know ahead of time if they will end up cloth diaper right from their baby's very first diaper or if they want to delay the start of cloth diapering by a few weeks or months. The HH mini-os should definitely be a safe buy for expecting parents, knowing that this diaper will give them good coverage for their infant, for many months.

I can't wait to see how well these work for newborns and how they contain wetness and the other things that newborns do. That said, I do not have an newborn right now. I've already placed an order for mini-os inventory and I would love testers. For anyone due mid-December to late December, please contact me and I will be selecting one to two people to try out a new mini-os and report back with their reviews.

Mini-OS on our site
Regular OS

Regular OS w/Snaps
Happy Heinys Website

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Day One!

Our site blog has begun. I can't wait to start sharing more about our site and cloth diapering in general. Cloth diapering was one my favourite choices to have made as a new parent and I love sharing that info with other parents making the switch.

Never would I have thought that making the decision to start cloth diapering my first baby would have taken me down the path of starting a cloth diapering store, http://www.clothdiapermom.com/, and eventually getting more involved in the industry as it evolves. More to come soon.