Cloth Diaper Gifts for the Cloth Diapering Family

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Ever had a shower or baby present to buy for a cloth diapering mama and you had NO clue what to get her? For people who are unfamiliar with cloth diapers, purchasing a cloth diaper gift can be very overwhelming and you may worry if your gift will be loved. 

Sure there are many different things you can get a new mama, such as clothes or wash, but let's face it -- babies NEED diapers. It's what they go through the most. So today I have put together a handy list of cloth diaper items for you to get a new mama without having to worry about whether or not you purchased the brand diaper she likes or wants. I'll also give a description of these items so you'll know just how your gift will be used!

1. A wet bag. This is something that us cloth diaper mamas can't have enough of because we keep them everywhere and sometimes they are dirty, so we need backups! Wet bags transport our dirty diaper laundry when we are out and about. You really can't go wrong with wet bags. Sometimes they have two compartments for wet/dry items and those are well loved, but any wet bag will be very appreciated! 

2. A wet/dry diaper clutch. These are made for ALL mamas (cloth or not) who need a cute bag that is stylish and practical for quick errands or to go into restaurants and so forth. This bag has a waterproof lining so technically a dirty diaper can be placed in it and it has two pouches to separate things. They are machine washable and come in such stylish prints. I LOVE these and recommend that each mama has one! 

3. Biodegradable liners. These are great and something that most cloth mamas use and love. Basically this is a liner to place between baby's bum and diaper to "catch" the poop, making cleanup a breeze. Mama just peels of the liner with the poop on it and flushes it all! Makes clean up easy and is very practical for public outings in cloth. 

4. A Hanging Pail. These are kind of like wet bags in the sense that you need more than just one! A hanging pail stores 2-3 days worth of dirty laundry and then can be thrown into the washer with the dirty diapers. It's great to have a few on hand!

5. Soakers. Soakers and boosters are great to have on hand for heavy wetters or nighttime diapering. Sometimes mamas have to try a few different types of soakers to see what works at night, so having some variety can be great! 

6. Baby Legs. These are pretty self explanatory! Cloth diaper mamas rarely put pants or shorts on their baby at home, so baby legs are great! 

7. Cloth safe rash cream. Not every rash cream out there is safe, particularly zinc based creams. Typically any natural one sold at a cloth diaper store is all you need! 

8. Haversacks. These diaper bags are adorable for any mama, but they are designed with compartments that are the perfect size for cloth diapers! And they come complete with a changing pad!

There are so many possibilities for cloth diaper gifts as you can see. We also carry cute cloth diaper themed onesies in our store that mamas would love. Don't ever be afraid to purchase a cloth diapering present when all of these accessories are well loved and used by all. And don't be afraid to throw in a good, top quality diaper for a new mama to try. All mamas love new things! 

All of these items are available in our store online with FREE shipping on all orders, all the time! 

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Smart Bottoms All in One Review

Smart Bottoms Review

If you are looking to keep your "ecological footprint" small, cloth diapering is the way to go. Eco-friendly disposable diapers exist, however, they can be expensive and still create a large amount of waste. You will quickly realize that there are many cloth diaper styles to choose from such as all-in-one (AIO), all-in-two (AI2), pockets and covers. Not only are there many styles of modern day cloth diapers, each company has their own take on each style.

My advice is to buy a few styles of cloth diapers from several different companies. I started out with a variety of styles from many different companies. After a month or so of trying them out, I sold the ones that did not work well for my long and slender boy. Then, I used the money to buy more of the ones that worked. Say what?! Yes! A great benefit to using cloth diapers is that you can sell them once all of your children are out of diapers.

Okay, enough of the introductions! In case you are still on the fence, I think these pictures of the Smart Bottoms AIO in Allister will probably do the trick. Smart Bottoms is a family-owned company right here in the United State and their diapers are made in the USA. Their high-quality diaper line includes the Smart Bottoms one-size AIO, Born Smart newborn AIO, Too Smart cover, Lil' Swimmer and Lil' Trainer. Today, I will be reviewing the Smart Bottoms one-size, organic cotton all-in-one cloth diaper.

Smart Bottoms Review

This diaper is a wonderful addition to your stash because it is very similar to a disposable diaper. All-in-one diapers are an easy style for caregivers to learn how to use the cloth diapers. The absorbent insert is attached to the back of the waterproof cover. This "tongue" of absorbency can be folded for more coverage in the middle for girls or more coverage in the front for boys.

In addition to the versatility of the attached insert, this diaper comes only in one size fitting most babies from birth to potty training. This is made possible by four rise settings that you can easily snap and modify as baby grows. Some one-size diapers can be very bulky on tiny babies since there has to be enough material to fit them until they are 35lbs. The Smart Bottoms AIO is not bulky at all, even on my son who has been in the 1st percentile since he was born.

The inside of the diaper is lined with 100% certified organic cotton. Why is this important? Conventional cotton is doused in pesticides, whereas, organic cotton is free of chemicals. Organic cotton is very soft when dried in a dryer but can become a little stiff if you air dry. For this diaper, I usually let it air dry and then throw it in the dryer at the very end on very low heat. On the bright side, this AIO has a relatively short drying time compared to similar natural fiber all-in-one diapers.

 The inside is lined with organic cotton and the tongue can be folded different ways for boys or girls to increase absorbency. 

The inside is lined with organic cotton and the tongue can be folded different ways for boys or girls to increase absorbency. 

 Smart Bottoms have a long tongue that is different from it's competitors but since it is highly absorbent, it works wonders! 

Smart Bottoms have a long tongue that is different from it's competitors but since it is highly absorbent, it works wonders! 

 Here the diaper is set on the smallest setting possible. This is the very popular Eloise print! 

Here the diaper is set on the smallest setting possible. This is the very popular Eloise print! 

My favorite part about this diaper, aside from the adorable designs, is that the elastic is hidden behind the organic cotton lining. Make sure to tuck in the lining around the legs when you put on the diaper to avoid a leak. The main reason it took me so long to try this diaper is because it costs $29. I am a stay-at-home mom and we are living on one income, therefore, we could not afford a whole stash of these amazing diapers. Instead, I picked out my favorite print, Allister, and am currently saving up to get a few more. My son is beginning school two mornings a week, so I will need a few more easy diapers to send with him. There are pro's and con's to everything but this diaper is definitely a winner in my book.

PROS:

  • Trim fit
  • Cute prints
  • Made in the USA
  • Modifiable absorbency
  • Easy for parents and caregivers
  • All-in-one is similar to disposables
  • One-size fitting most babies from 10-35lbs
  • 100% Certified Organic Cotton Lining and Insert
  • Relatively short drying time (compared to other natural fiber AIO)

Cons:

  • Price (worth every penny but more expensive than other AIO)
  • Leaks may occur if the cotton lining isn't completely tucked in
  • It seems to show stains more than others but that is easily fixed by sunning

You can purchase this diaper at The Mushy Mommy and earn rewards!

Who has tried Smart Bottoms before and how many of them make up your diaper stash?

 

Easy to Make Cloth Diaper Mistakes

Cloth Diapers

There's a few things about cloth diapers that are really helpful to know about. When it comes to cloth diapers, many people have different ways of doing things and follow different recommendations. Unfortunately, sometimes the recommendations we follow is not always what is best for our diapers. 

I've put together a quick and easy to read list of some things that I see people do or complain about with their diapers. By being active in cloth diaper communities, doing my own research and using cloth myself, I feel like I can tell what may or may not work. 

Cloth Diaper Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Choosing the wrong detergent. Some places try to sell up fancy detergents that are "special" for cloth diapers. While they may indeed work for many people, they don't always work for all people. You can actually use most mainstream brands as long as their are no added fabric softeners, brighteners, etc...  Many mothers successfully use Purex, Tide or Seventh Generation, etc... For the best index on safe detergents, Check out Fluff Love University. 
  • Not using enough water. You have to use a lot of water when you wash your diapers. Make sure for a full load that you do the largest amount of water you can. Smaller loads can get away with a medium setting, but never use less. I always use the largest amount unless I am washing only a day's load. 
  • Not using enough detergent. For most detergents, you're going to do a full scoop or cup plus half-to another full cup. This just varies with your load. But not using enough can really make for a stink!
  • Washing improperly. One cold CYCLE with NO detergent followed by one HOT CYCLE WITH detergent. That's it! And make sure you wash often enough -- maximum of every three days. Waiting too long can become a problem (and you'd have a naked baby anyway).
  • Extra rinses. Some people say to add an extra rinse at the end of your cycle. There is no need to and this can actually lead to stink issues because it may stir back up minerals onto the diaper that you don't want (resulting in the diaper not being fully cleaned). 
  • Using the wrong diaper creams. Try to stay away from any creams containing zinc oxide as the ingredient can harm the fibers of the diaper. Use cloth safe creams and if you are unsure, use a liner between baby's bum and the diaper while using creams. We carry all safe creams and liners in our store!
  • Wrong Fittings. Play around with your rise and snaps to get just the right fit. Usually it is best to place the diaper on baby before doing this. 
  • Not prepping enough. Don't get discouraged if a new diaper leaks. There's a really good chance it just wasn't prepped enough. Organic cottons, bamboo and hemp usually take several hot washes with detergent to be fully prepped (like 6-8). Also remember that a cloth diaper must be changed more frequently than a disposable. Typically that will be every 1-1.5 hours. 
  • Stripping the wrong way. Sometimes we need to freshen up our diapers and stripping is the route we take. Stripping your diapers can be a very easy process and I usually recommend Fluff Love's recommendations -- strip with RLR or GroVia Mightly Bubbles. DO NOT MIX BLEACH AND DAWN TOGETHER. This is bad advice that many people still pass out. Look on back of the bottles, they say DO NOT MIX TOGETHER (yes it really says this on back of Dawn). Dawn and Bleach create a deadly gas! 
  • Acting like your diapers are fragile newborns. While yes you should treat your diapers with respect and realize that you want them to last, just know that they are not fragile things. It takes a lot to really ruin a diaper. Like, A LOT. Don't freak out because you used an unsafe cream or because mom brain distracted you and you washed them wrong. Just try your hardest to remember the "rules" but don't think you have to burn your stash because of one booboo. 

Ask us your cloth diaper questions in the comment section and we'll reply! 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.