Friday, April 1, 2011

Smart Fit One-size Diaper Cover

What makes the Smart Fit Diaper cover different from other one-size covers on the market? We are so glad so many of you are asking this question! The Smart Fit Cover is the only diaper cover in the world that adjusts to go from extra small to extra large and also expands from narrow to wide avoiding the all too common problem other covers present of having a very wide crotch when using the cover on a tiny baby. To see this demonstrated click here to check out our video tutorial!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cloth Diaper Safe Detergents

One of the most popular questions we get here at Smartipants is "What kind of detergent should I use?"
The answer depends on several factors such as your water type, whether your baby has any allergies or sensitivities and your own preferences.
We prefer clean rinsing detergents, the use of hot water and hanging to dry whenever possible to prolong the life of the diapers and get them as clean as possible.
There are many detergents that are not safe for cloth and you can find that list here are others that we can recommend as safe to use with cloth diapers and you can see those here
Whichever you choose remember that it is important to choose the brand that works best for you and to avoid whiteners, brighteners, and softeners. Also avoid natural soaps as they will leave a film on your diapers.

Monday, March 21, 2011

All New Video Tutorial Series from Smartipants

Hi Everyone,
We are releasing a set of video tutorials showing you how easy cloth diapering really is!
There are 3 videos currently available:
How to Snap the Small Setting on Smartipants
How to Make your own Wipes Solution
How to use our Smartfit One-size Diaper Cover
You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here

Coming Soon:
Detergents: A review of 5 recommended detergents for use with cloth diapers
Newborn Diapering: How-to featuring the Little Smart AIO and Preemie Prefolds with the Smart Fit Diaper Cover
Diaper Ointments: A discussion on rashes, treatments and cloth diaper safe ointments and creams
Diaper Laundry 101: the entire cloth diapering washing process
Stain Removal: How-to remove stains in cloth diapers and covers
Cloth Diaper Leaks: A Discussion on leaks, the possible causes and their solutions with a diaper fit demonstration

We will be working on these and more. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to "see."
We are also planning a second series on natural parenting to include making your own baby food how-to including a discussion on organics,
frugal parenting tips that include making your own playthings for toddlers such as play dough and bubbles, pottylearning and more.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Smartipants HOT new color giveaway!~closed

This giveaway is now closed! Thanks for all your comments! Congratulations to Erica Strauss our giveaway winner!

Do you want to WIN one of the hot new Smartipants colors? Comment here and post to our facebook fan page telling us which of the new colors you have purchased or want to purchase and why those are your favorites of the new colors!
We will choose a winner to receive one smartipants in their choice of
hot chocolate
wild raspberry
jet black
true blue
spring green
or fire engine red!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Smartipants Announces 6 New Colors!

Happy early Valentine's Day Smartipants fans! We have a sweet treat for you!

We are so proud to announce the addition of 6 new permanent colors to our line of Smartipants Diapers!
You all know and love Bright White, Clever Clover, Think Pink, Mellow Yellow, Lovely lavender and Aqu Breeze.
We are happy to introduce you to Fire Engine Red, Jet Black, Hot Chocolate, Spring Green, Wild Raspberry and True Blue! These 6 new colors are IN STOCK and ready to ship!

We are also proud to announce that you choose your 3, 12 and 24 packs now! No more limits on the colors that you can select for your packs of Smartipants! You choose all 3, all 12 or all 24 colors when purchasing in these quantites!

You wanted to choose your own colors and you wanted bright colors to be available all the time and we listened! Go to Smartipants to check them out now and grab some for your little sweetie!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 15! Final Day!

Congratulations to Karen Jeske our day 14 winner!

Day 15 is our final giveaway day! Here's today's question: What is your favorite brand over laundry detergent to use for laundering Smartipants?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveawway Day 14!

Welcome to day 14 of our giveaway! Congratulations to Jane Kellison our Day 13 winner!

Day 14 question: If you could choose a print for Smartipants what would you choose?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 13!

Congratulatiosns to Rebecca Morgan our Day 12 winner!

Day 13 Giveaway Question:
Do you stuff your Smartipants with the smart sleeve insert? another brand of insert? or a combination of inserts?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Diaper A Day Giveaway DAY 12!

Congratulations to Britney our day 11 giveaway winner!

For Day 12 of the Diaper A Day Giveaway: The question for today's diaper giveaway is... What would you rather see Smartipants come out with - New Colors, New Prints, a combo of both or a whole new product such as an All-in-one or a completely organic diaper?

For a bonus entry, please continue to vote for smartipants if you can and lets make Smartipants the #1 choice in Cloth Diapers!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Diaper A Day Giveaway DAY11!

Congratulations to Michaela our day 10 giveaway winner!

Michaela said that in addition to using cloth diapers she saves money by... "I volunteer at a local grocery store twice a month so we get many food items that way. We walk to the library often and I always shop clearance or second hand. I always make sure to give whenever I can because with an open hand we can receive more too."

Day 11 Question:

Today's entry in the giveaway is simple, all you have to do is vote for smartipants here: MAKE SMARTIPANTS THE BEST CHOICE IN CLOTH DIAPERS! and then come back to our blog and comment that you voted for us. We are currently ranked #47 :-( and we think our smartipants fans can do better! :-) :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 10!

Congratulations to Pamela Reddy our day 9 giveaway winner! Pamela loved this photo which had more than one vote as favorite photo!

Day 10 Question:
Share a frugal mommy tip! In addition to using cloth diapers I save money by______________.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 9!

Congratulations to Laura Roberts our day 8 giveaway winner!

On how she found Smartipants Laura says "My husband was determined to find a good cloth diaper and took the initiative to google for it. He came across them and said we should get some. He has been very very right!"

Day 9 Giveaway question
Which picture on our facebook fanpage is your favorite? Or submit a pic for your entry!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 8!

Welcome to Day 8 of our giveaway!
Congratulations to Deborah Penwell
our day 7 winner who says of her favorite Smartipants color
"I have brown smartipants and love them!!!! I would like to see some kelly green or royal blue"
So many of you responded with fabulous ideas for dream future Smartipants colors!

Day 8 Question: How did you first hear about Smartipants reusable diapers?
Comment here and be sure to post on our facebook page for additional entries in the giveaway Good Luck!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Diaper a Day giveaway Day 7!

Congratulations to Christie our Day 6 winner with this review of Smartipants
"love love love them!! the snaps are so easy in comparison to other brand I have tried and the two way pocket is AMAZING! Truly comes out of the diaper, even on my lowest setting (for pre-soak)... clean up so well and easy! Even my hubby loves them best and he was NOT a cloth-diapering-fan!"

Remember to comment below for an entry to win today by answering this question!
Day 7 Question:
What is your all-time favorite Smartipants color and what is your dream Smartipants color?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 6!

Congratulations to Rachel Leslie our Day 5 winner!
About her first experience with cloth diapers Rachel says: "My first experience was with a borrowed set of prefolds and covers from a very good friend. She knew I was interested and was the one who got me started. My little girl was 6 months old. The first time we put the diaper on her I loved it, I felt like i was doing something good for my baby, our family and the environment. Nothing went wrong that first day, but the next day she had a terrible diaper rash. We got our own set of cloth diapers and found that she cannot use prefolds. A year later and look at me now, who would have known. Cloth diapering has changed my whole life in many ways."

Day 6: Today's entries are a little different. Leave a review for Smartipants at any cloth diaper review site. On our facebook fan page there is even a review section. We'd love for you to share with other parents learning about cloth diapers why Smartipants is a great choice. Then comment here with a link to your review. If you have already reviewed us online post the link for your entry.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 5!

Congratulations to Hilary our day 4 winner who says in regards to going green, "We steam-mop our floors (no chemicals), we use cloth grocery bags, we recycle, we re-use plastic containers (i.e. sandwich meat, etc), we try to line dry as many things as possible, we try to conserve energy usage."

Question for Day 5 Giveaway:

Share your first cloth diapering experience.

Just for fun I'll share mine. I had my baby who was a couple of weeks old and my diaper stash consisted of a few prefolds with pins and plastic pants. I didn't know any of the fancy folds like the jellyroll back then so the fit wasn't great but got it pinned on and under the plastic pants who could tell. I remember matching up my sets of dritz pins so I would only use a matching set with each change. I remember feeling so proud of that first diaper. I was terrified that I would poke the baby and those dritz pins were SHARP! I got myself a few times but never the baby so I was happy about that. Eventually I loved using prefolds and pins but ultimately I developed a much more modern easy to use and inexpensive system which has evolved into Smartipants today!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 4!

Congratualtions to our Day 3 winner Michelle Bardos! About dipaer reviews Michelle says
"I read reviews on the different diaper sites but mainly rely on word of mouth from other cloth diapering momma friends."
We agree that word of mouth reviews and experiences are sometimes the best way to learn about cloth diapers!
Congratulations Michelle!

Day 4 Question:
In what ways does your family "go green" in addition to using Smartipants reusable diapers?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 3!

Congratulations to Adrienne Slade our Day 2 winner!
About changes she'd like to see in Smartipants Adrienne says:
" I would love to see more color/print selections. But I would especially like to see an a la carte option where we can make our own 3 pack with whatever color combos we would like."

Many of you agreed and wanted to see these changes as well. Congratulations Adrienne!

Day 3 Question is:
What is your favorite place to review or read reviews about cloth diapers and have you shared your review of Smartipants there?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Diaper a Day Giveaway Day 2 - 1/20/11

Welcome to Day 2 in our Diaper a Day Giveaaway! We loved all of your responses to our first question about the benefits of cloth diapering with Smartipants.

Our Winner for day 1 (1/19/11) is Kristin Jensen!
Kristin Says: "The best thing is that the inserts come out in the wash. I won’t even consider buying any other pocket diapers no matter how many rave reviews they get. If the inserts don’t come out on their own, then I’m not buying!"
Congratulations Kristin!

Here's the question for Day 2: (Don't forget to comment here and on our Facebook Fanpage for entries)

What changes would you like to see in the Smartipants diaper this year?

Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Smartipants Diaper a Day Giveaway!

For 15 days starting Wednesday January 19th Smartipants is giving away one diaper per day to our blog readers!

Each day we will post a question and when you comment to answer it, you will be entered to win a Smartipants diaper and insert in your choice of color! You can also post your answers to our facebook fan page for an additional entry.

The question of the day for Wednesday January 19th is:
What is the biggest benefit of using Smartipants cloth diapers?

Monday, January 10, 2011

How often do I need to change my baby?

We get this question a lot from new parents and often the question is regarding cloth diapers. The truth is that babies should be changed every 2 hours or so or whenever you notice the diaper is wet or soiled no matter what type of diapers you use.
We recommend changing every 2-3 hours during the day and during the night whenever your baby wakes. If your baby sleeps through the night make sure the diaper is fitted snugly but comfortably and that the absorbency is adequate to get baby through the night. Hemp inserts can be a wonderful addition to your diapers at night to increase absorbency due to their ability to hold a lot of fluid and are great for heavy daytime wetters as well. Place it just behind your microfiber insert in your smartipants for a night combo many of our customers swear by.

If you choose disposable diapers you still should change this often to keep your baby clean, dry and comfortable.

If you prefer to use a barrier cream or diaper ointment at each diaper change we recommend a light layer of aquaphor healing ointment.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Top 5 recommended detergents for cloth diapers

It's hard to recommend detergents because different people have different washers, different types of water and different diapers. Here are the top 5 recommended by users of Smartipants in no particular order.
Customers have been happy with the following detergents, not every brand works for every family, and not all detergents are available in all areas. Many are available online. The key is to find what works for you!
Again- these are user recommended brands to try if you don't know where to start

Rockin Green
Country Save
Tide Free
All Free and Clear
Charlie's Soap

Simple Way to Strip Cloth Diapers

If you experience leaks or your cloth diapers are stinky you might need to strip your diapers. But how? This is the simplest method and works for most.
Turn up your water heater or boil water on your stove to add to your washer. You need HOT water to strip residue from your diapers.
Add your clean diapers to your washer and add the hot water if you boiled it otherwise turn on the machine. You can add a few drops of Dawn dishsoap which can break up residue to the wash.
Set your machine for a hot wash and extra rinse.
Wash the entire load again with no detergent, no soap, just water with an extra rinse. Watch this wash to see if you see any bubbles. If you see bubbles you'll need to rinse until you don't. If you see no bubbles you can dry the diapers.

If you try this method and you still have diapers that are stinky especially when wet, you may need to scrub the lining of your diapers with a nail brush or an old toothbrush and dishsoap to get the residue out.

If you've tried both methods and you still have issues then I recommend adding 1/4 cup of bleach to your next load of diapers. You can do this about once per month if you have issues with stinky diapers. Using bleach too often can wear your diapers out faster than normal, so use sparingly and only when necessary.
Make sure if the diapers smell dirty, not just like amonia that you are using enough detergent to get them really clean. Your inserts can be bleached every other week or so separately from your diapers.
Remember not to use fabric softeners at all!