About Brian Cline

Brian Cline is the Marketing Director of Nature Bumz and father of two young boys, and a girl that have all worn cloth diapers, and husband to Crystal Cline. Brian often interacts with fans on the Nature Bumz Facebook wall and with our followers on twitter.

How to Use your GroVia All-in-One Cloth Diapers

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GroVia created a video on how to use their GroVia All-in-one Diapers and we’re excited to be sharing it with you.  The GroVia All-in-One diapers are a great modern choice for those who are new to cloth diapering, care-givers, and is the next thing to a disposable diaper – but made from soft, absorbent and safe materials designed for your babies bum.

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How to Use your GroVia All-in-One, One-Size Cloth Diaper:

Adjust the rise snaps as required and fasten on baby.

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Use the snap in Soaker (included) for older babies or heavy wetters.

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When soiled Start with a Fresh Cloth Diaper.

GroVia has broken down these steps for you in a beautiful video featuring the owner of GroVia, Kim Ormsby alongside her adoreable baby North.

GroVia All In One Cloth Diaper from GroVia on Vimeo.

How to Wash Your Cloth Diapers

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Here’s a great Tip Sheet for washing your cloth diapers.  If you follow these basic tips / directions, you should be able to develop your own wash routine specific for your cloth diapering needs.

**Rule of Thumb: Unbleached Organic Cotton / Hemp / Bamboo & All Natural Materials must be washed 5-8 times prior to initial use.  Prewash all other synthetic fibers only once before use.  This maximizes absorbency.**

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1.  REMOVE solids with a diaper sprayer / flushable liners and place cloth diapers in a wet bag, or diaper pail.

2.  MAXIMUM water level.  Run the cloth diapers through a pre-wash / rinse cycle using warm or cold water to remove the nasties.  (use only cold or warm water for this stage as hot water may set stains should they form).

3.  HOT water wash.  Wash your cloth diapers in hot water following the detergent manufacturers guidelines on their package.  We recommend The Laundry Tarts Detergent or Rockin’ Green Detergent.  (if you have soft water use a little less detergent, if you have hard water use either a detergent formulated for hard water, or add a water softening agent).  (We recommend Rockin’ Green Hard Rock or Soft Rock Formulas for specific water types).  • Don’t know what type of water you have?  You can purchase a water quality test strip to determine if you have hard, normal, or soft water.

4.  SECOND rinse cycle.  Run a second rinse cycle to avoid detergent build-up should there be any.

5.  TUMBLE dry or hang your cloth diapers.  Hanging covers are the NatureBumz.com way of drying (usually takes a quick 1-2 hours depending on the brand / type of cloth diaper) and fluffing/tumble drying inserts help to maintain absorbency.

**Natural Stain Removal: Sunning a diaper (laying it out in the sun for 1-2 hours after washing and before drying) is a great way to remove stains naturally.  If you need a little more stain removing power, try the Bunchafarmers or The Laundry Tarts Sweet Spot Stain Removing Sticks (they work amazing!).**

 

Welcome AppleCheeks New Colour • RipTide

AppleCheeks-Baby-RipTideAs the beach party continues on AppleCheeks Event Page, we’re happy to announce that we’re accepting PRE-ORDERS of the *NEW* AppleCheek Cover in RipTide!  Please do allow 3-4 weeks for delivery to our showroom from AppleCheek Headquarters.  Enjoy some of these adoreable babes in the NEW AppleCheek Diaper Cover in RipTide!

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Tell us… what are YOUR thoughts on the NEW AppleCheeks RipTide Colour?

Now a Great Diaper is Easier to Use!

We thought we’d seen it all, a great fitting diaper, excellent at preventing leaks & blowouts, a one-size version that fits birth to potty training in the AMP One-Size Duo Diaper!   But AMP diapers have a Stay-Dry All-in-One diaper that’s been on the market for a while now and is becoming one of our newest favourite cloth diapers.  It has a similar design plus everything is built into one.

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AMP’s absorbent micro-fleece protective layer, interior absorption built into the core of the diaper, and a waterproof Cover are all built into this one cloth diaper – no messing around with inserts or doublers.  Not only are these a great diaper, they are also available in 2 different sizes, which means a perfect fit for newborns and when they are ready to potty train.  This now easier to use design allows those who find cloth diapering a bit challenging easy to use.  These AMP Stay-Dry All-in-One cloth diapers will be available at Nature Bumz Co. May 14th, 2014!

We give these a 5 out of 5 for user friendly-ness, absorbency & perfect fit!

10 Tips For Making Cloth Diapering Easier

When I first suggested cloth diapering to my wife, she thought I was absolutely crazy and that it would require a ton of extra work. It’s been almost five years since we first tried cloth diapers and we found them to not be difficult at all. Over the last few years, we’ve opened our own natural parenting store and helped hundreds of families with their cloth diapering problems.

  1. Wash regularly: at least every two days to make it easier to reduce stains and make it easier to wash the cloth diapers. If possible, we recommend washing every other day to prevent issues with smell, reduce staining, and prevent the occurence of bacteria.
  2. Buy a diaper sprayer and any other accessories you think will make things easier for you and your family. For the first year of our cloth diapering experience, we didn’t have a diper sprayer so we spent a lot of money on disposable liners or spent what seemed like a lot of time swilring soiled diapers in the toilet.
  3. If you can afford it, consider using inserts made from natural fibers. In general, diapers made from cotton and hemp are much easier to wash than those made from micofibre or other polyesters. (Most prefold diapers are made from organic unbleached cotton and can be very easily used.)
  4. Purchase new cloth diapers instead of used cloth diapers. We frequently hear of someone having problems because they purchased used cloth diapers that weren’t in the condition they were described to be in.
  5. Have at least enough diapers in your stash to go two days without washing. Life is busy, sometimes you won’t always be able to wash the cloth diapers every other day or maybe you’ll be sick.
  6. Don’t be scared to use regular, conventional, detergent if you don’t want to use some of the more natural alternatives or can’t afford to use a natural detergent.
  7. Prefold diapers and flats are really easy to use: don’t be scared of them. Certainly, some flat diapers require special folding or the use of a diaper pins or snappies but prefolds don’t. Instead of worrying about how to fold them, check out this blog article about how to use prefold diapers.
  8. Consider showing someone else how to wash the diapers, so they’ll still get clean if you are sick or aren’t able to wash them for some reason.
    In the two years or so that you could be cloth diapering, there’s a fairly good chance that you will be sick at least once which may prevent you from being able to wash them.
  9. Hang dry the covers outside every now and then to reduce stains. The UV rays from the sun are able to lighten up stains and eventually cause the stain to be light enough that it’s no longer visible.
  10. If you need help, don’t be scared to ask the manufacturer or retailer you purchased from for help. If you purchased form us, a member of our team would be happy to assist. We can be reached toll free at 1-866-240-8080 or online at http://www.naturebumz.com/contacts

What tips would you give your friends or family to make cloth diapering easier? If you found this post useful, please it with your friends or mommy groups.

Which Cloth Diaper Fabric is Most Eco-Friendly?

Which Cloth Diaper Fabric Is the Most Eco-Friendly?Most families that cloth diaper choose to cloth diaper because of economic reasons: let’s face it, cloth diapers are definitely much more economical than disposable diapers. As, we’ve blogged previously about in the Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapering Fabrics it’s super important that cloth diapering fabrics be absorbent, and be very strong because they will be washed hundreds of times.

In our years of cloth diapering, we’ve started to realize that it’s also important that we buy the most eco-friendly option that we can afford for our baby. Sorting through all of the different cloth diapering options is overwhelming for many families, and we hope that this blog post will simplify things for you and help you find the best option for your family.

Synthetic Materials

Synthetic, or materials made in a factory are generally made from nonrenewable resources like petrochemicals or require an incredible amount of processing such as Bamboo from Rayon.

Polyesters / Microfibre

In general, most of the inserts made from synthetic materials are made from microfibre which is actually a polyester. Sometimes, the inserts are called by other names like minky, or zorb. Polyesters aren’t very eco-friendly because they are actually made from chemicals and petroleum (oil) byproducts. There are a few upsides though: micorfibre is known for it’s quick absorption, durability, is very economical and very light.  

Most cloth pocket diapers come with a pair of microfibre inserts which to most families will be more than absorbent enough. Read on about some of the different options.

Bamboo From Rayon

Bamboo is increasingly becoming very popular with cloth diaper inserts because of how soft, and how light it is in textile form. Bamboo really would be the perfect fabric if we were completely able to ignore the environmental consequences. Unfortunately, bamboo goes through a very rigorous and fairly unfriendly process to become a useful textile. In our blog article called “How Is Bamboo from Rayon Made” we discuss the process in detail.

Interestingly enough though, before the processing happens bamboo is the ideal plant for fabric. Bamboo grows so quickly that it is not actually considered a tree. Instead it’s considered a grass!

Bamboo requires roughly one third of the amount of water to grow cotton and doesn’t require the use of pesticides because it has very few natural pests and grows so quickly. Our top selling cloth diaper inserts are actually the Bamboo From Rayon Inserts by AppleCheeks which we find to be incredibly soft and absorb quickly.

Natural Cloth Diapering Materials

Over the last few years, the cloth diapering community has come to really embrace natural fabrics and show tremendous interest in products made from hemp. Many different companies have changed their focus completely and started offering more natural diapers such as cotton or hemp.

Cotton

Traditionally, cotton is used most often for fabrics in clothing and cloth diapers. Most of the clothing you own is probably made from some sort of cotton blend. Cotton is most often used for flat diapers, prefolds, and fitted diapers.

Cotton requires a growing period of at least 160 frost free days which eliminates many areas of the world. Major cotton producing countries are the United States, China, India and Pakistan.

Weather, insects and moisture can affect the growth of cotton: many farmers opt to use pesticides and other methods to better optimize the growth. In many countries, such as India and Pakistan the use of pesticides is not very well monitored and may be over applied.

Cotton is actually not a very eco-friendly choice, because it requires a lot of water to grow and generally there are a lot of pesticides that are applied while it grows to keep it pest free. Bummis, is our favourite manufacturer of prefold diapers because they have opted to only sell certified organic prefolds.

Hemp

Hemp is a very eco-friendly plant and incredibly versatile because it can be grown from either seed or fiber. Hemp is a very eco-friendly cloth diapering choice.

In the past, hemp hasn’t been used much for cloth diapers because it is illegal to grow hemp in the USA and difficult to get a license to grow in Canada. In the USA, Hemp is known as a Schedule 1 controlled substance which means special permission is needed to grow it. From a few different google searches and sources, I’ve found it is very difficult to get permission and then just it’s just as difficult to find someone able to make hemp into a fabric. In Canada and many European countries, farmers can grow it but may require special license.

Hemp materials are very absorbent, quite thin, but don’t absorb as quickly as cotton or polyesters which means they are usually paired with another material like cotton. For example, AMP Hemp inserts are a 45% Hemp and Cotton blend.

Hemp is a very popular choice for cloth diaper inserts designed for use at night. Our favourite hemp diaper inserts are the Punkin Butt Patch Inserts or the AMP Hemp Inserts.

There are some brands of fitted diapers that use hemp like the AMP Hemp Fitted diaper.

Wool

Wool is created by sheep and very sustainable. In cloth diapering, wool is pretty much the gold standard for absorbency, breathability, and is most commonly used for wool diaper covers.

The only problem for many families considering wool is that it does require a little bit of special care, but it’s actually really easy once you have the hang of it. If you are considering wool diaper covers, we recommend taking a look into Sustainablebabyish diaper covers.

Are the environmental benefits of cloth diapers important to you? What material did you decide to use for cloth diapering your little one?