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Thursday, April 28, 2011 0 comments

Item of the Week

JJ Cole Swaddle Pouches On sale for $10.75! Item of the Week runs Wednesday through the following Wednesday! Wednesday is DOUBLE DEAL DAY with overlapping Items of the Week!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1 comments

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, we were one of over 400 host sites for The Great Cloth Diaper Change! This event was organized to help bring awareness to modern cloth diapering in local communities and all over the world! We were thrilled to have 50 pairs of participating babies and adults and a large crowd of observers! This is the first year this event is taking place and numbers are rolling in from all over the world to set the Guiness World Record! Each of our participates received a Planet Wise Changing Pad to change their baby on and a grab bag filled with samples and goodies! Each participate was also entered to win one of over $1000 worth of prizes! A HUGE Thank You to all of our sponsors: The Isthmus, Planet Wise, Best Bottom Diapers, Rockin' Green, Knickernappies, Fuzzi Bunz, Kissaluvs, CJ's BUTTer, The Madison Birth Center, and Undercover Mama! Also, thank you to our Supervisors and Witnesses from Mother Nature Diaper Service and The LLL of Rock County!

Wednesday Winner at Nicki's Diapers! Week 11



ColeRegis is the winner of the Best Bottom Diaper!

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

Monday, April 25, 2011 377 comments

Nicki's Weekly Giveaway: Best Bottom Diaper

Ready for your chance to win a Best Bottom Diaper!  Your choice of Snap OR Hook & Loop Closure.  Nicki's Diapers will choose the color based on the gender of your baby.

There are a few ways you can enter. You can do each one of the entries however you must post back here to our blog and tell us WHAT you did. Be sure you follow the Nicki’s Diapers blog - publicly for your chance to win! 

We will post our winner on Wednesday, April 27th

How do you enter to win? (Each worth 1 entry per day unless otherwise stated)
  • Follow the Nicki’s Diaper blog publicly.
  • Blog about our giveaway and link back to our site.  When you post back here you must link to the URL where you blogged.  (2 entries)
  • Follow Nicki’s Diapers @nickisdiapers and Best Bottom Diapers @best_bottom on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway.  Leave the URL where you Tweeted.
  • Tweet @best_bottom and @nickisdiapers #clothdiapers (1 entry for each unique tweet)
  • Tweet @planetwise #clothdiapers #wetbags (1 entry for each unique tweet)
  • Like Nicki’s DiapersPlanet Wise and Best Bottom Diapers on Facebook - Be sure to state your facebook name when you post back here.
  • Suggest the following facebook pages to your friends:  Nicki’s Diapers , Best Bottom Diapers , Planet Wise.  You must post back here telling us which friend accepted your page suggestion.  (1 entry per page for each person you suggest that LIKES us)
  • Grab our button and place them on your blog.  Post a link to the blog here. (2 entries per blog - per button)
  • Start or comment on a discussion on the Nicki's Diapers facebook page discussion board. 
  • Blog about your choice to cloth diaper and include a link to www.nickisdiapers.com (2 entries)
  • Tag @nicki's diapers or @best bottom diapers in a facebook post.
  • Have a friend subscribe to our blog. Post their username in your comment. You can do this as many times as you can get friends to subscribe! 
  • Talk about Nicki's Diapers on any forum and include a link to www.nickisdiapers.com.
  • Sign up for the Nicki's Diapers newsletter (enter your email address on the top right of our homepage).
  • Start a thread about this giveaway on any baby or cloth diapering related forum and include a link to your thread.  (2 entries)
  • Place an order at nickisdiapers.commyswimbaby.com or clothdiaperclearance.com between 4-23-11 and 4-27-11. Include   your order number in your entry.
Good luck to you all! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 0 comments

Wednesday Winner at Nicki's Diapers! Week 10


Ashlee 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.

Monday, April 18, 2011 0 comments

Celebrate Earth Day All Week!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 1 comments

Product Review: Weehuggers

I heard a lot of hype about the Weehuggers covers before I saw one.  I looked them up after seeing a bunch of rave reviews, and the first thing I noticed was the CUTE prints.  Lots of great options for both boys and girls, and in both snaps and hook & loop.

I liked the idea of two sizes, as sometimes one size covers are too bulky on little babies and too small for my big boys.

I finally got to touch and feel them in the store, and grabbed a size 2 to try out on my kids.  I first put it on my youngest, who is almost 18 months old and around 27lbs.  An Econobum prefold fits very nicely folded inside.  I was amazed that it was so roomy even at the top of the weight range.

I was so impressed, in fact, that I decided to try it on my older boy -- who is 3.5 years and almost 40lbs.  I used a Babykicks hemp insert topped with a doubler, and was shocked that it was even roomy on him!  The picture shows that even on a very large kid, there was still another set of snaps to use if necessary.

The double leg gussets provided great leak protection.  Another unique feature is the flaps that hold inserts in place -- they are soft fabric against baby and PUL waterproof underneath so that no wetness seeps through.

Overall this is probably my favorite cover.  The features plus the fit and prints make it a great choice.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 201 comments

Nicki's Weekly Giveaway: Planet Wise Snack Pack

Ready for your chance to win a Planet Wise Snack Pack? Included in the pack is 1 Window Bag, 1 Snack Wrap and 1 Snack Bag!  

There are a few ways you can enter. You can do each one of the entries however you must post back here to our blog and tell us WHAT you did. Be sure you follow the Nicki’s Diapers blog - publicly for your chance to win! 

We will post our winner on Wednesday, April 20th

How do you enter to win? (Each worth 1 entry per day unless otherwise stated)
  • Follow the Nicki’s Diaper blog publicly.
  • Blog about our giveaway and link back to our site.  When you post back here you must link to the URL where you blogged.  (2 entries)
  • Follow Nicki’s Diapers @nickisdiapers and Best Bottom Diapers @best_bottom on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway.  Leave the URL where you Tweeted.
  • Tweet @best_bottom and @nickisdiapers #clothdiapers (1 entry for each unique tweet)
  • Tweet @planetwise #clothdiapers #wetbags (1 entry for each unique tweet)
  • Like Nicki’s DiapersPlanet Wise and Best Bottom Diapers on Facebook - Be sure to state your facebook name when you post back here.
  • Suggest the following facebook pages to your friends:  Nicki’s Diapers , Best Bottom Diapers , Planet Wise.  You must post back here telling us which friend accepted your page suggestion.  (1 entry per page for each person you suggest that LIKES us)
  • Grab our button and place them on your blog.  Post a link to the blog here. (2 entries per blog - per button)
  • Start or comment on a discussion on the Nicki's Diapers facebook page discussion board. 
  • Blog about your choice to cloth diaper and include a link to www.nickisdiapers.com (2 entries)
  • Tag @nicki's diapers or @best bottom diapers in a facebook post.
  • Have a friend subscribe to our blog. Post their username in your comment. You can do this as many times as you can get friends to subscribe! 
  • Talk about Nicki's Diapers on any forum and include a link to www.nickisdiapers.com.
  • Sign up for the Nicki's Diapers newsletter (enter your email address on the top right of our homepage).
  • Start a thread about this giveaway on any baby or cloth diapering related forum and include a link to your thread.  (2 entries)
  • Place an order at nickisdiapers.commyswimbaby.com or clothdiaperclearance.com between 4-12-11 and 4-19-11. Include   your order number in your entry.
Good luck to you all! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 4 comments

The Smallest of Small: Cloth Diapering a Preemie

The unexpected birth of our third daughter at 25 weeks and 4 days gestation threw me into a cloth diaper frenzy. I was certain that I had three and a half more months to figure out the ins and outs of cloth diapering, what products to use, where to order from, and how to do it. The last thing I expected was to be sitting in my hospital room without a full term baby and researching cloth diapering to distract me from the stress, worry, and fear that consumed my mind as my daughter fought for her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a different hospital 40 minutes away. After all, we were supposed to be visiting the area for 3 weeks, not 3 months, I was supposed to have the baby with my husband by my side in Colorado, not alone in Connecticut, and I was supposed to have more time to get my cloth diapering act together. Amid all the chaos that ensued with my daughter being admitted to the hospital for the following 14 weeks, and my other two daughters and I taking up residence with my parents for the duration of that event, figuring out the details of cloth diapering seemed like a realistic and manageable goal to achieve in midst of the storm we found ourselves in.

Body by preemie.
Even though I knew that 24 weeks gestation was likely the minimum gestation that I needed to reach in my pregnancy in order to give my daughter a chance of survival, I never considered the physical implications of a baby that age. Sure I saw the seemingly fully formed body parts of my daughter at the 20 week ultrasound just a few weeks earlier; but the fact that I never expected my daughter to be born 5 weeks after that ultrasound caused a lapse in my thinking perhaps. Despite the fact that my daughter was born at 25 weeks and 4 days, weighing two pounds, and reaching 13 inches in length (almost the same size as a Subway sandwich), she looked like a very tiny newborn. Apart from the hairy body and transparent skin, she was a complete newborn. She had fully functioning female parts, and the tiniest butt I have ever seen. Incredibly, those little parts tried their best to work just like a full term babies’ parts.

Potting preemie style.
As cute as that microscopic butt was, the internal pipes were not mature (by full term newborn standards) and therefore were met with some challenges. It took several days for my daughter to have her first poop. Interestingly enough, the first poop from a preemie was the same sticky, black meconium of a full term newborn. She continued to poop just like a full term baby (only proportionate to her size) after that, but it was much more difficult. Even though she was on a full breast milk diet through her feeding tube, her intestines were being asked to digest food 15 weeks sooner than they should have been. As a result, she needed frequent assistance with achieving those poops. Suffice to say, the preemie poops were a highly anticipated and much celebrated accomplishment every time they occurred in the NICU.

The diapers for those preemie poops had to be specially made, so even the smallest of small cloth diapers would not fit a micro-preemie. Besides the fact, the nurses were responsible for weighing each and every diaper that had been worn to be sure the babies were peeing and pooping adequately. To ensure accuracy and continuity in the weighing of the diaper, as the measurements were taken seriously, the hospital had to use the same brand diaper for every baby every day so disposables were it.

Knowing the size factor and the hospital’s policy on diapers, I decided to order the smallest fitted diapers and covers I could find and wait anxiously for the day that I could bring my baby home to those tiny little fitted diapers. I must confess there were a few times when I was left unattended to change her diaper and I managed to sneak a cloth on her for a few minutes just to see what it would look like. These fleeting opportunities made me even more anxious to get her home and into those super cute fitteds!

Size what?
Given the exceptionally small stature of my preemie, finding the right fit of cloth diaper for her was important. Even though preemie bodies are miniature versions of a full term newborn, typical preemies don a “preemie belly”. In the hospital, the “preemie belly” develops often as a result of the extra oxygen support that the babies require. Although the medical staff tries to reduce the unnecessary over consumption of air, certain breathing supports such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) creates extra air which ends up passing into the belly where it can collect and create a potbelly or “preemie belly”.

As a result of this “preemie belly”, even though my daughter was barely five pounds I could barely fit the size 0 Kissaluv’s fitted diaper (which is sized for babies 5 to 15 pounds) around her waist. Whereas a typical five pound newborn would probably have the diaper snapped down in the middle to protect the umbilical stump, and on the tightest setting across the front, I had to unsnap the umbilical fold and use the snaps at the furthest setting out around her waist to make it fit comfortably across her belly.

Given the fact that my five pound baby was hardly fitting into the size 0 diapers, it was no surprise that at nine pounds she needed to graduate to the next size up. About three quarters of the way through her stay in the hospital her belly reached its largest disproportionate girth, but she continues to have that ”preemie belly” even six months post delivery. We used the Kissaluv’s fitted diapers for a while, but discovered that they were no match for her oversized belly and little skinny little legs because the size of the diaper she needed to accommodate her belly became too big for her little body. Instead we switched to the Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted diaper which provides more range in sizing and a better fit for her type of body. She is happily wearing the Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted diapers and is in line to inherit her big sister’s Fab Fitteds before long.

I am not certain as to how much longer I can expect this “preemie belly” to last, but six months into our cloth diaper adventure we have found our niche. Our daughter spent 14 weeks in the hospital, and came home to us one week before he due date weighing 5 pounds 3 ounces. She is now 6 months old, 9 pounds 7 ounces, and one of the happiest babies I could ever ask for considering all she went through to get here. Digestion and elimination continues to be a challenge for my preemie, but considering how far she has come, we are thrilled with her progress and adore the sight of her wearing cloth diapers.

By Guest Blogger Sarah