Ditching Synthetics in Diapering

MotherEase one size fitted cloth diaper

Are you thinking of ditching synthetics in diapering? Some of our customers are only familiar with polyester diapering options. If you are considering cool wool options for summer, you may be ready to use all natural cloth diapers.

Natural fiber diapers don’t hold on to smells like synthetics can, and you don’t need to be as careful in washing and drying since a cotton or hemp diaper is tough enough to handle most any wash routine.

All-natural Diaper Options

Most all-natural diapering options include a separate diaper (the moisture absorbent part) and cover (the moisture resistant part).

We have several natural diaper choices available: hemp, organic cotton, or a blend; prefold, fitted, or fitted with snaps; and smooth woven prefolds, slightly stretchy fitted diapers, or super stretchy fitted diapers.

Hemp fitted cloth diapers

Fitted diapers made from a hemp / organic cotton knit with no closure. Just wrap around baby or add a Snappi.

Hemp cotton flat cloth diapers

Flat diapers made from a hemp/organic cotton French terry. Fold like a prefold.

Unbleached Indian Prefold cloth diapers

Unbleached cotton prefold diapers for the classic cloth diaper fit.

MotherEase one-size organic cotton cloth diapers

MotherEase organic cotton diapers made with brushed terry knit stretches for a snug fit. Snap closures.

Did you notice that I haven’t included bamboo diapers? Yes, bamboo is grown in a field and it makes a soft, absorbent diapering material. I have stubbornly left it off the list, though, because all bamboo other than that processed in a way similar to linen is classified as man-made fiber (rayon or viscose made from bamboo) because of the chemical processing—it is broken down into good and extruded into those super-soft fibers. If you love bamboo, don’t ditch it. Every family looking for their perfect diapering system will find their own best options.

Natural Diaper Covers Means Wool

Wool is breathable, absorbent, and easier to care for than you might expect. We offer three wool diaper cover options.

Stacinator Wool Diaper Cover

Stacinator is a lightweight wool diaper cover for summer.

Lovey Bums Wool Covers

Lovey Bums wool diaper cover is a very trim cover that works very well under clothes.

Aristocrats Wool Diaper Cover

Aristocrats is the classic nighttime wool soaker make from 100% untreated soft virgin wool.

Natural Liners

A lot of parents want a liner between their baby’s skin and the wetness of a diaper. Especially when a baby has a rash or other skin sensitivities, arguments in favor of a synthetic liner can be compelling. If you are looking for that all-natural liner, you have a natural option that is also naturally soothing.

Natural parent, please let me introduce you to the raw silk diaper liner. Raw silk retains sericin, a creamy wax given off by silkworms, which is both soothing and antibacterial. These liners are thin, so they won’t add to the bulk of a diaper. You can wash the liners with your wool diaper covers in woolwash, and they will continue to soothe your baby’s skin for a long time.

Silk Diaper Liners

Natural Laundry

Natural diapering goes well with natural laundering, and we have a new cloth diapering detergent made with natural ingredients.

The key to successful diaper washing is in the your water. Rockin Green Cloth Diaper Detergent comes in three formulations: Hard Rock for hard water, Soft Rock for soft water, or Classic Rock for those in between.

Rocking Green is made from sodium carbonate, sodium percarbonate, natural chelating agents, sodium sulfate, and biodegradable surfactants.

Rockin Green Cloth Diaper Detergent

Whether you are looking for diapers that are easier to care for, you are ready for diapers that won’t hold on to smells, or you just want to know that you are using renewable resources in diapering, you have a full range of natural diapering options to fit your needs.

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Wool So Cool

Stacinator wool diaper cover

Are you curious about wool diaper covers? A lot of our customers are attracted to wool diaper covers, but they are afraid caring for wool will be too much work or that wool will leak. Wool is absorbent and breathable, and it takes only a little extra care.

What about Waterproof

No, wool diaper covers are not waterproof. That is a good thing.

Wool is breathable. A wool diaper cover is the most breathable diaper cover that you can find. Wool keeps your baby comfortable by maintaining a normal body temperature under the diaper cover so your baby is never overheated, hot or sweaty within their diaper. Parents are amazed when they remove a polyester diaper cover and compare this to a wool diaper cover. The temperature under the wool is always cooler.

Wool is absorbent. The structure of wool fibers allows wool to absorb one-third or more of its weight in liquid. Urine isn’t sitting on the outside of the fiber but is absorbed to the core away from baby.

If air can move through the cover to keep baby cool and if moisture moves in and through the fibers, some moisture will also move through the cover. A good wool diaper cover will not leak, though the air in the vicinity of your baby’s bottom may be a bit more humid that if you had kept all of that moisture locked inside a laminated polyester cover.

Sensitive skin under a wool diaper cover gets more exposure to air and less sitting against wetness, which also means less diaper rash.

Wool Care Basics

Wool resists bacteria and odor.

  • If a wool diaper cover is just a little bit wet, hang it to dry between diaper changes.
  • If the cover is very wet, rinse in water, squeeze excess water out, and hang to dry.
  • If the cover is soiled, wash in warm water and a teaspoon to a tablespoon of wool wash like Eucalan, squish, squeeze water out without wringing, then hang to dry.

For a diaper cover than hasn’t been soiled, wash at least every two weeks. This adds a 3-5 minutes of hand squishing to your wash routine, but it is worth the benefits

Wool is:

  • absorbent
  • breathable
  • bacteria resistant
  • odor resistant

The benefits of wool for your baby are worth a few extra minutes of washing.

Wool Diaper Covers for Summer

Stacinator wool diaper cover

Many parents ask us what their options are during the warmer summer months to keep their baby cool and comfortable. Our Stacinator wool diaper covers are the perfect choice! Stacinator makes one of the trimmest fitting, lightweight wool diaper cover options around. Wool diaper covers are the perfect summertime diaper cover and our Stacinator wool diaper covers make it easy and FUN! With many colours to choose from, simply pair with a t-shirt and baby is set to go.

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Bummis Prints Are Too Hot to Cover Up

Baby dancing in Bummis diaper cover

Too hot for clothes? If all your baby is wearing this summer is a diaper, make it count. Have you baby wear a bold and beautiful diaper cover that looks stylish on its own. One company does great prints better than any other: Bummis.

Bummis Super Whisper Wrap

Bummis flower diaper cover

Bummis took the tough Super Whisper Wrap cover that parents have loved for so long and made it in bright prints: flowers, frogs, jungle, dots, and several more subtle prints. This soft, polyester cover stands up to a lot of washing.

Super Whisper Wrap Froggy Pond print
Froggy Pond print
Super Whisper Wrap jungle print
Jungle print
Flower print
Flower print
Celery Dot print
Celery Dot print

Bummis Super Brite

Babies in Bummis cloth diaper covers

For an even lighter cover in brighter colors, choose Bummis Super Brite. This one-layer cover with soft gussets comes in four colors of a print you will not want to cover up.

Super Brite Green
Super Brite Green
Super Brite Yellow
Super Brite Yellow
Super Brite Blue
Super Brite Blue
Super Brite Pink
Super Brite Pink

If it’s too hot for baby to wear pants, wear that diaper cover with panache—and don’t forget to cover that precious skin.

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Summer Diaper Pail Smell

Antibacterial diaper pail liner

It’s hot. Anything that is generally moist becomes even more generally stinky in the summer, even the cloth diaper pail. Now is the right time to take simple actions to get rid of diaper pail smell.

Dump the poop. It helps if you empty a full diaper all of the time so you have less to do when you empty the diaper pail into the washer, but it is especially important if you have a problem with smell to dump the stinkest messes in the toilet before the diaper goes in the pail.

Leave the lid off. This may seem counter intuitive, but I find there is less smell from an open diaper pail than from a pail with a closed lid. I put my pail next to a screened door in the summer, and I didn’t have a problem. If you have a curious toddler and a pail that can be reached, don’t try this.

Natural odor control. Add ½ cup of baking soda or a few drops of tea tree oil. I prefer not to put essential oils or even baking soda directly onto the diapers, so I put them on a cloth or a diaper wipe and toss into the pail as a natural odor absorber (baking soda) or mask (oils). Bonus, some essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, and generally anti-nasty.

Wash daily. If you do a small load of wash every morning, so you catch that first morning diaper, you will have less smell.

Sun the Pail. Let the empty pail sit in the direct sun while you wash diapers. Use the power of the sun to bleach, bake, and eliminate any lingering odor.

Bamboo Charcoal Diaper Pail Deodorizer.

Bamboo charcoal diaper pail deodorizer

This bamboo charcoal has more surface area than regular charcoal deodorizers. Because of the way moso bamboo grows, millions of tiny holes are created as the plant matures and becomes more dense, a process taking approximately five years. The tiny holes created during growth ultimately give the resulting bamboo charcoal its revolutionary abilities as both a deodorizer and dehumidifier. With proper care, the bamboo charcoal deodorizer can last up to one year.

Kissaluvs Antibacterial Diaper Pail Liner.

Antibacterial diaper pail liner

Kissaluvs’ new diaper pail liner provides non- wicking, bacteria-free and odor-control storage. The polyurethane laminated fabric is treated with SILVERPLUS®, an antimicrobial effect that is Okeo-Tex Standard 100 compliant. According to the manufacturer, silver ions are embedded in the fabric in way that a resistant-to-washing and dry-cleaning to protect against the spread of bacteria and to form a reservoir to counteract odor.

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Keep Your Breastfeeding Cool

Bravado Nursing Tank

Summer is hot enough. When you are carrying around the extra weight of warm milk for baby, it takes some effort to keep your breastfeeding cool.

The one summer breastfeeding accessory that I recommend is a good, supportive nursing tank top. I like the Bravado Nursing Tank.

Bravado Nursing Tank Top

Support. A shelf that creates one horizontal boob blog will not do, especially in the summer when lifting and separating is not just for aesthetics but very important to staying cool. The Bravado Nursing Tank has a double-molded, full-support bra built in.

No extra layers. A nursing tank that can be worn by itself without extra layers is essential in the heat. No sleeves need apply.

Flattering. You aren’t breastfeeding every minute of the day (though, yes, it can seem so at times). You want a top that looks great on you even when you have no baby attached. The Bravado Nursing Tank is fitted on top without hugging you around the middle.

Colors. You don’t need to be stuck with white and cream. The Bravado Tank comes in white, black, chocolate, and passionate pink.

Cool Bonus

If you do find that your breasts are just too hot in the summer, you can use the old cure for engorgement just to cool down. Put a cold cabbage leaf inside your bra next to your skin, and the relief can be immediate.

Booby Tubes

You can also use products made to help you cool down, like the Earth Mama Booby Tube. This is a long tube of organic cotton filled with flax seeds. If you freeze this, it will hold the cool a lot longer than a cabbage leaf.

If you are wearing the beautiful, fitted tank top, probably neither cooling remedy will look great, though a giant spiral on one side might call more attention than a cabbage leaf peeking out the top of your shirt. Still, when you need relief, how you look is probably not a priority.

Stay cool while breastfeeding this summer.

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