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!