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Thursday, February 24, 2011 0 comments

My Swim Baby is on Facebook!

Our sister site, www.myswimbaby.com, now has a facebook page! To helps us kick things off, we're giving away an iPlay Ultimate Swim Diaper and matching hat to one lucky follower once we hit 300 "Likes"!
For your chance to win, head over and "Like" My Swim Baby, it's as easy as that! Tell your friends!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 0 comments

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Saturday, February 12, 2011 0 comments

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Friday, February 4, 2011 1 comments

Weekend SALE at Nicki's Diapers!

On finding 'stashisfaction'

I've been cloth diapering my oldest full-time for about 18 months.  My youngest is now 14 months old and he's been in cloth since day one.  I think at this point I've used just about every choice possible with varying degrees of success.  I thought at one point that I could purchase a whole system of one-size diapers that would work perfectly for both boys.  I forgot, however, that every kid is different.  My big guy is tall and lanky, and not potty-trained yet now at a bit over three years old.  My youngest is now a small but solid (stocky!) guy who finds great joy in taking off velcro diapers.

I used prefolds and covers for awhile, sized appropriately for my boys.  They are, unfortunately, very heavy wetters and have sensitive skin, so I needed something that was going to keep their skin drier, especially overnight.  Contours had essentially the same problem.  Just not the perfect fit for us.

I started using hemp and bamboo fitteds overnight.  The BabyKicks one-size hemp fitteds, Bamboozle fitteds, and Kiwi Pie fitteds are some of my favorites.  I really love using wool longies (like Aristocrat) over fitteds, especially at night.  Very simple and bulletproof.  I also use all-in-ones at night, but only Dream-Eze (for some reason their absorbency and fit is good for my boys - they're now the GroVia AIOs).

During the day, I found that pockets were easiest for us.  I stuff them right out of the laundry, and then they're ready to go.  My big guy is still in bumGenius pockets, and I hope those will work till he is out of diapers.  The little guy has a smorgasbord of diapers.  Pockets and all-in-ones are what I tend to stick with during the day, as that system just fits our lifestyle the best.  For him, I love the Blueberry pockets, Rumparooz pockets, and BabyKicks Bumboo pocket diapers.

It has taken a long time to find out what works for us.  I've bought and sold a TON of diapers.  My message to you is to not get discouraged if one brand or style doesn't work for you.  Try something else!  Tell us what you liked/didn't like and we'll try to help find the PERFECT diaper system for you.  Take advantage of our sampler packages and try lots of different things.  There is a perfect system out there for you, and we'll help you figure it out.

By Casey

Thursday, February 3, 2011 12 comments

Reusable Pads? Are you nuts?!

I am not going to lie, this was what I thought when I saw reusable mama pads while searching for some diapers.  I didn’t even like disposable pads, why think of one you have to wash?! It was a freaky subject! Soon, a friend of mine, wanted testers as she was starting to make diapers and all the accessories. I figured why not, since it was very little cost to me just a few dollars to ship! I  LOVED them! That’s right the thing that I vowed, I would never try I did and I liked them. Let me tell you, they hold amazingly well. They are soo comfortable that you barely know they are there. They fit great, and with the right soaker fabrics can be super trim and no one will notice! I was done, paying for the highest brand of pads to still be unhappy about them.

Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals! You’ve heard of all the toxins in diapers and tampons right? They are in sanitary napkins too, and may be harmful. YIKES! Those chemicals may also effect your period, and hormones crazy huh? With cloth menstrual pads you may actually make your period shorter and lighter!  Just about every woman wants that correct?

Onto the money factor. Now with varying flows, still the average woman spends about $100 a year on sanitary napkins. I’ve seen cloth about 5-8 each depending the size/absorbency. You can get about 8-15 (15 for super heavy flow to just have spares in case). You can normally get a three pack for about $13-19. You will need at least three of these three packs. That is about 45 dollars for a stash of pads that will last up to seven years. By the first year, you’re already splitting your money in half! Caring for your reusable pads are fairly simple, especially if you are used to cloth diapers.  Just rinse in cold water and then wash in hot with a very small amount (I use just a pinch of powder detergent or a drop of liquid) of natural/additive free detergent.  They can either be hung to dry or the dryer on low for 15-20 minutes without dryer sheets.  I urge you to try cloth for yourself! We need some pampering too,and you may just be hooked.

By Guest Blogger - Samantha

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 0 comments

Item of the Week

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Wednesday Winner at Nicki's Diapers! Week 9


Krystina! is the winner of the Planet Wise Snack Pack!

Please contact us at media@nickisdiapers.com with your address. You have 7 days to claim your prize.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 0 comments

Madison Retail Closed February 2nd

Due to inclement weather, Nicki's Diapers Madison Retail Store will be closed tomorrow, February 2nd. Thank you for your understanding!
Shop from the warmth of your home at http://nickisdiapers.com/!

Let's Talk Cloth Wipes!

If there was one thing that I wish someone, anyone, had told me about when I first started cloth diapering it would be to use cloth wipes! In fact, I wish that someone had insisted that I try them. I had no problem flushing and scrubbing solid messes out of diapers but I didn’t want to deal with wipes. I think my mind finally changed when I found about three or four disposable wipes in the washer with all my velcro diapers. It took me a while to get all of the disposable wipes out of the tabs.

There are many benefits to using cloth wipes. They are an eco-friendly, gentle on baby, wallet friendly alternative to disposable wipes. Plus, when cloth diapering, you can just throw the dirty diaper and wipe/s into the diaper pail then directly into the wash. No sorting out the wipes to go in the garbage anymore. It always nagged at me that I was throwing away human fecal matter as well, knowing it was, and is, illegal.

Let’s talk about cost
Many of us in the cloth diapering world are doing so because it is more cost effective. We can definitely see that with cloth wipes as well.


That’s $382.50 for only the first year of using disposable wipes! Now how many of us use  or used disposable wipes ONLY for diaper changes? I do have to admit that they are handy for cleaning little hands and faces. Cloth wipes, on the other hand, cost literally a fraction of disposable wipes. Kissaluv’s Awesome Terry Knit Cloth Wipes cost $15.00 for a 12 pack. Assuming you buy 3 packs to make it through to laundry day and then some, thats $45.00. That’s a savings of $337.50 just for the first year.

Storage Choices
There are many storage choices available for cloth wipes. Each method has it’s own benefits and disadvantages. Different people prefer different methods. One storage method just might lend itself more useful to you and your situation. I think the best advice is to try each type of storage until you find one that works for you.
  • Wet Storage: A storage container such as a wipes tub, is used to hold the wipes. A wipes solution is usually poured over the wipes to keep them pre-moistened and ready to use. This does take a minimal amount of time to prepare (putting your wipes into the container and adding your wipe solution literally takes a minute). 
  • Dry Storage: Wipes are kept close to the changing area as well as a spray or squirt bottle full of wipes solution. When changing time comes, take a wipe and either spray baby directly or spray the wipe. You don’t have to spray the whole wipe, just the area you are going to use. The only problem I have run into with this method is deciding where to store my wipes. 
  • Wipes Warmer: This method is very similar to the wet storage method. Wipes are put into the warmer with the solution of your choosing. The warmer should be cleaned from time to time. I’ve never personally used this method but know people who swear by it.  (Nicki's Diapers doesn't carry nor recommend these for safety reasons.)
Wipes Solution
Wipes solution are a great way to customize what you put into your wipes. Most solutions contain three main ingredients.
  • Water: Cleanses; dilutes other ingredients. Also, the main ingredient in wipes solutions.
  • Soap: Cleans urine and feces off baby. Most solutions contain a castile soap such as Dr. Bonner’s.
  • Essential Oil: Added for the antibacterial properties of the oil. Smells nice too. This ingredient is optional.  
Wipes solution is really easy to prepare. You can buy concentrate and just add water when needed, or you can make your own.  There are a bunch of different recipes that are available on the internet. Simply do a search for “cloth wipes solution” and you should have an afternoon’s worth of reading to do! The great thing about making your own is you can  improvise and adjust the recipe depending on you and your baby’s needs. This link has a great wipe recipe.

Alternative Uses
Cloth wipes will stay around long after you are done diapering your child. I’ve been known to grab a wipe from the pile and use it to wipe my little one’s nose.  Washing up the kiddos is an excellent way to reuse wipes. Keep a pile near the sink for wiping up after meals. They are also the perfect size to dry little ones hands off. My daughter loves the independence of being able to wash and dry her hands herself. Reusable wipes make wonderful dolly blankets and pretend dishrags in a kitchen. They most likely will last for multiple children as well, increasing your savings!

By Guest Blogger Sarah