Thursday, December 15, 2011

And the winners are.....

Please read post below to see if you have won!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

And the winners are....

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared your traditions with us.....

Random.org picked the winner!

Deb U wins our package of the cover, prefold, AI3 and flannel wipes!

Since it's a festive season, we also picked 3 additional winners.

Wetbag and flannel/velour wipes: Carissa, Attila/Tamara and Jaye Payne

Happy Holidays!

P.S. Please e-mail us at sweetpeadiapers@yahoo.ca with your mailing address.
We will most likely mail out prizes after the holiday rush.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the 12th day of Christmas, Sweet Pea gave to me....

On the 12th day of Christmas, Sweet Pea gave to me
1 Owl print cover
1 newborn sized prefold
1 Owl print AI3 and
1 pack of flannel wipes....

Post a comment on our blog and tell us what one of your favorite holiday traditions is.
Giveaway ends Monday, December 12th at 9pm EST.

One comment per follower, please.
Please let your e-mail address.
Thanks and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Pocket Diaper Lover Reviews the SweetPea AI3 Diaper!

I had the privilege of reviewing Sweet Pea Diaper’s AI3 (all in three). I’m strictly a pocket diaper user so I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive of trying something new on my daughter, Lady Bug. Initially, I was intimidated by all of the snaps on the diaper. Whoa! I do have to admit that when I started using cloth diapers three years ago with my son, Buggie, the popular fasteners on cloth diapers were hook and loops so this whole snap thing is rather new for me. It really has nothing to do with the diaper’s job – which is great by the way.

An AI3 diaper consists of a waterproof polyurethane layered cover (or as my mom would call them “rubber pants”) and two inserts that snap into the cover. As long as the cover isn’t soiled or sopping wet just wipe it and use it again!

Here are my Loves about this diaper:
  1. Easy to use. Kelly Wells in her book Changing Diapers describes the "all in" diaper as the “daddy and daycare diaper.” I couldn’t agree more. The beauty of this AI3 diaper is the fact that there is no stuffing required, just snapping, which is refreshing to this pocket using mommy!
  2. Aesthetically pleasing. Of course looks aren’t everything but they definitely help! The owl print that was sent to me is so cute and it is gender neutral.
  3. Trim. As a pocket diaper user I frequently have Lady Bug wear clothing a size bigger to accommodate her fluffy bum. I was really impressed by the trimness of Sweet Peas.
  4. Perfect fit around the thighs. As you can see by the picture, the fit around Lady Bug’s thighs was just right. Not too tight and no gapping around the leg.
  5. Absorbent but keeps baby’s bum dry. The bamboo soaker is AMAZINGLY absorbent. It took me more than my normal low heat drying cycles to dry it and it still wasn’t completely dry. There’s a soft micro fleece topped two layer microfiber doubler that did a great job of keeping Lady Bug’s bum dry.
The only thing about Sweet Pea Diaper’s AI3 that could have been better, was how long it took the soaker to dry, however that is also one of the things that I really liked about the diaper. It’s a catch-22. You want your diaper to be able to really absorbent but you’re a mom and you want things to be done quickly. I think that I’d rather have an absorbent soaker that takes a while to dry than a quick drying soaker that wasn’t absorbent.

I think that if I were to redo my stash of fluff I’d buy more Sweet Pea AI3s. I really LOVE the ease of the diaper as well as how it looks under Lady Bug’s clothes. If you’re new to cloth diapering this would be an excellent starter diaper for you and your family.


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cloth Diapering was Dad's idea!

I’d love to tell you that the decision to start cloth diapering was mine. Yes. I’m that wonderful, earth saving, frugal mom who took it upon herself to get hubby on board with the idea. Nope. Incorrect. It was my husband’s idea, not mine.

It all started when friends of ours looked into cloth diapering their first child. She was due three months before I was due with our first. She showed us the website where she was going to buy her cloth diapers and once my hubby saw how much money we could save he was hooked. I was completely frustrated and annoyed because I knew I would have to do all of the work. Why on earth were we doing this? Wasn’t bringing a child into this world enough work for me to do as a stay-at-home-mom than to add on the daunting task of cleaning diapers? And how could we save THAT much money – wouldn’t our water bill go up? He’s the numbers guy and brilliant at it. I don’t question him unless I want to do the work and really, numbers and I don’t get along.

My hubby said that we’d wait a few weeks until our son was older to start cloth diapering. We had read reviews that the kind of pocket diapers we were going to buy were not the best fit for a newborn. I was so relieved. I didn’t have to try to start this “stupid” lifestyle change right away. You know what though? At the end of the eight weeks, after having to make midnight runs to the store to buy yet again another package of diapers, after dropping more money on disposables and having to do more laundry due to explosive blow outs I was ready for a change. My husband was more than ready for it.

It took a month of getting used to it but I fell in love. I mean really, I fell in love. I got sucked in and I’ve never looked back. The benefits that I’ve seen by cloth diapering far outweigh the convenience of disposables. My son has incredibly sensitive skin as well as eczema and switching to cloth was a perfect choice for us with him. And yes, it’s silly but cloth diapers are just so darn cute! There’s a reason why mamas get hooked on them… have you seen some of the diapers out there? ADORABLE. If you haven’t you’re missing out and yes there is one and only one reason why disposable diaper brands are putting cute prints on their diapers. They recognize the current cloth movement.

I always tell my friends that if I can cloth diaper anyone can. Remember, I was completely reluctant to do it but now I can’t imagine having a baby and solely using disposables. The “work” that is often assumed by those who don’t use cloth diapers isn’t that much and it isn’t life altering. And after using cloth diapers for the last three years and with both of my children, I can tell you that my view of the world is a little greener. Give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And speaking of cloth diapers, I have to run downstairs to do the rinse cycle on mine before the morning. Adieu!


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Five "other" uses for your wetbag, besides cloth diapers!

A wetbag, although an awesome cloth diaper accessory, is often considered more of a luxury item than a necessity.  Truth is, a wetbag has many uses, beyond cloth diapering, making it a very versatile product and one that you'll be sure to get your money's worth out of.

So what CAN you use your wetbag for, other than cloth diapering?
  • Perfect for those fun, yet very possibly wet situations.  Bring along with you to the pool or beach and use your wetbag as a tote to protect your cell phone, car door opener or any other valuables.  The handle makes it easy to hang on a chair, stroller or beach umbrella.
  • Traveling? Wetbags are great for carrying toiletries or for use as storage for your soiled delicates.  Keep your socks, underwear and anything else inside, then store inside your luggage.  Perfect for keeping odors in.
  • Potty Training.  A webtag is great for use when little one has an accident.  You'll have somewhere to store their soiled clothing or underwear until you get home and can wash them.
  • Family cloth or Mama cloth?  If your family uses family cloth instead of toilet paper then you need a handy storage place in the bathroom to store the cloth after use.  Use the handle to hang your wetbag from the toilet paper dispenser or a hook within arms reach.
  • General tote bag.  Although waterproof, there's no reason you couldn't use your cute wetbag simply as a tote, diaper bag, book bag or lunch tote.  Great for storing overnight clothes, toys, trinkets, snacks and more!
So there you have it!  Five reasons you NEED a wetbag, even if you don't think it's an absolute must have for cloth diapering.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

When was your "Wow I'm a grown up moment?"

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted a mini-van. Weird? Yes, most 20-somethings aspire to buy anything but a mini-van but I guess I’m not like most. My parents had a mini-van so I saw it more as a convenience than anything else.

My hubby and I got pregnant in 2008 and I felt the mini-van urging again. My hubby’s a very practical man and felt we didn’t need a mini-van with only us and one child (okay and a beagle too, sorry I didn’t forget you, Chula). We waited and I drove an undesireable car for the next two and a half years.

Then hubby and I got pregnant again in the fall of 2010. I thought that surely since we were adding another being into our family we’d get the mini-van. Nope. Not so because of course we didn’t need it; we could easily fit into our car the four of us. And Chula? Well, when we drove to my parents’ house in Galena, IL, the five and a half hour drive wouldn’t be that bad for Chula since she’d only be lying in the middle seat between the kids. We only made one trip to Galena in our little car until that little car that seats four starting needing more and more repairs. We took the plunge and I was finally going to get my mini-van.

I was so excited about our big move into adulthood, rather, parenthood. That’s until I test drove our mini-van. Sitting behind that wheel, I looked out at the road and thought to myself, When did I become a grown-up?

Isn’t it interesting? We so badly want to grow up when we are children. We badly want to go to high school and then college. Then we dream of careers, meeting the love of our life and having babies. At what point though do we become the grown-up we were striving to become as children? Is it when I carried and birthed two babies? No. It was when I bought and drove my own mini-van. Suddenly I saw myself not as a girl playing house with a boy but as a mother caring for two beautiful children with the love of her life.

When was your Wow I’m a grown up moment?

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cloth Diapering from birth? What to pack for the hospital.

In my opinion there are three important things to consider when packing cloth diapers for use at the hospital.
  1. Cloth Diapers-  Pack a variety of cloth diaper styles and sizes.  While you don't need to pack an entire stash, you do want to keep in mind that you don't know how little or big your newborn will be.  Will he be 6lbs or 8lbs?  Chunky or super skinny?  If you plan to use one size, keep in mind that they might not fit yet.  Be prepared or you may end up having to use the hospital provided disposables.
  2. Clothing-  If you're new to cloth then you might not realize that fluffy bums often mean that certain styles of clothing, particularly pants, shorts, denim, etc. have to be the next size up to accommodate the cloth diaper.  This varies depending on the brand and fabric.  Bring an extra outfit or two just in case that newborn or preemie size outfit you love just won't fit the new little one.
  3. Liners-  Biodegradable/Flushable Liners are awesome.  Not only will they help with meconium stains, they make cleanup easier.  You can simply toss the dirty diapers into your wetbag and when you get home, remove the liners and flush.  You will have saved yourself a LOT of work.
Well, those are just a few important things to keep in mind when packing for the hospital, especially if you're going to be using cloth diapers from day one!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A peek inside one mamas cloth diaper washing routine!

Guest Post by Samantha

If you ask someone how they clean their cloth diapers, you will get many different answers. This is the way our family gets our diapers clean!

When its time for a diaper change, we rinse off the dirty diaper, using a diaper sprayer. I have read that we probably could skip this step since our baby is breastfed. Breastfed baby poop doesn’t have to be sprayed as it will get clean during the first rinse. We keep all of the dirty diapers in a trash bin in our laundry room. We use a pail liner, which will go right into the wash with the diapers. I would recommend having two pail liners, so that while one is in the wash, you can put the other one right on.  

When it is time to do a load (which for us is every other day), we first do a rinse cycle on COLD. Once that is finished, do a regular wash cycle HOT with detergent. We use Rockin’ Green detergent (right now we are using Motley Clean scent…smells so good!)  Let them soak one hour (or overnight if you aren’t in dyer need of clean diapers).  Once that is finished, do another rinse cycle COLD. This step is very important because it gets all the remaining detergent out. When that is finished we line dry all the cloth diapers and cloth wipes. On a nice day we put the drying rack outside. Not only does it seem to dry a little quicker, but the sun is sort of a natural bleach and gets most of the stains out. Last but not least, always check the cloth diaper makers instructions on care. You may need to wash certain diapers separately.


So what's your wash routine?  Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

Bio
My name is Samantha, I am 27 years old and live in upstate New York. I am a mom of two amazing little girls ages 3 years and 4 months. I have been married to my best friend Mathew for 4 and a half years. I am a college graduate, but I am living the good life of being a stay at home mom! I love my family, taking pictures, reading and writing. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

What's the scoop on Vinegar?

I know you've heard of it, Vinegar!  It's cheap, it's smelly that is true, and it can be used for a TON of different purposes.  But why does it work and is it safe for use with cloth diapers?

Here's the scoop!

Vinegar is a safe and inexpensive alternative to chemical based cleaning products.  It naturally has the opposite pH as ammonia which makes it an excellent choice for cloth diapers because it will neutralize the pH.

It's acidity is perfect for the breakdown of buildup and reside and this is why it's preferred for cleaning.  From coffee pots to dishwashers, washing machines to tile floors and counter tops, vinegar can be used to clean it all.

For household cleaning it's generally diluted with water, about equal parts, and used in a spray bottle to clean whatever you choose.

To strip or deep clean your washing machine or dishwasher it's recommended that you add at least a few cups to an empty wash cycle.  It will help dissolve and break down nasty grime and residue that might have built up over the years.

In laundry, vinegar is used to prevent and treat stains as well as a natural fabric softener.  You can add vinegar to a fabric softener ball and toss into the wash just as you would regular softener.  For stains you can spot treat with a spray bottle and scrub brush.

The effectiveness of vinegar can vary depending on your water quality and water type.  If you notice any undesirable smells in your laundry or cloth diapers please discontinue use.  It's not for everyone, but those who love it use it for nearly everything.

So how about you?  Do you use vinegar in your household?  How have you used it?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Have you seen DDL's Video Review of the One Size Diaper?

It's an oldie but goodie!  Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry made a great video review of the Sweet Pea Onesize Cloth Pocket Diaper!  Her video shows you up close and personal just how easy to use and adjust the Onesize diaper is!

We've embedded the video below so that you can check it out for yourselves!  Make sure to give it a thumbs up if you love Sweet Pea Diapers!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Washing Diapers -- It is simple!


Hi I am Sharni and I own the Nappy Shoppe in Allen Texas (and distribute Sweet Pea Diapers in the US). I have a three year old son who recently trained, but he is my third infant to cloth diaper. We get a lot of people who come to the store or email me who want to use cloth for the various benefits but are concerned about the washing aspect.

It is easy! I promise you are not required to have a stream in the back yard with rocks to pound on the diapers. Your washing machine does all of the work! When I was washing diapers I was doing 2-3 loads of diaper wash a week, but on the other side of the coin, I was doing less clothing wash than I had with my previous baby in disposables, because I had far less blowouts and leaks with cloth. So I found that I was not doing many extra loads.

The keys to a successful washing routine are water and the right detergent. Diapers are dirty! Yes dirty! Someone just pooped and peed on cloth so they are dirty, and this takes water to clean out. So I ran a rinse before I did anything. I did a cold rinse, so I didn't set any stains with heat. Now I have removed the worst of the soil, I can then add my detergent to really clean the diapers.

I use an additive free detergent. There are several great brands on the market that are made for cloth diapers, such as Rockin Green, Thirsties liquid, Eco Sprout and Eco Nuts. And yes you can use these on your regular wash too. I found them to be comparable price wise so I no longer buy regular detergent.

I found I used far less detergent than I used to before I cloth diapered. One of the biggest mistakes that many make (including myself starting out) was that they use too much detergent. And the residue gets left in the fibers and reacts with pee and causes rashes. I found for my water, a tablespoon of Rockin Green worked the best for me.

Suds do not make for clean diapers. Suds mean there is residue to be removed from the water. The better detergents do not make suds. When you peek in your machine for the final rinse, suds is something you do not want to see. If you do, run a rinse cycle or full cycle again.

I use hot water for the wash cycle. My machine does a hot wash and cold rinse. This worked fine for me. Do not use the sanitise cycle on your machine, the water can be so hot it can ruin the elastics and the waterproofing of your diapers.

Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Keep it simple! These items will harm your diapers. All you need is water and your diaper safe detergent to wash your diapers. Do not use dryer sheets. Not only do these harm your diapers, but they also have harmful chemicals in them that are not good for you in general. Cutting out all these items keeps the cost of washing down too!

So keep it simple, a good detergent and lots of water, and your diapers should be clean

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Winners announced!

You guessed correctly!
Our new colours will include PURPLE and RED!
First 3 to guess are:
Vanessa
Kristen Joy
Mummy Kim

You have until 3 pm EST tomorrow (09/29) to send us your address at sweetpeadiapers@yahoo.ca

Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

1000 FB Follower Giveaway!!!!!!!

Finally!

The first 3 followers to tell us what TWO new colors we are adding to the Sweet Pea collection win~!
1st correct guess: 1 pack of velour wipes, 1 pair of nursing pads, 1 cover/prefold and 1 Ai3!
2nd correct guess: 1 pack of velour wipes, 1 pair of nursing pads and 1 Ai3!
3rd correct guess: 1 pack of velour wipes and 1 pair of nursing pads!

Giveaway ends when all 3 guesses are correct.
Only 1 entry per follower, please.
GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!

1000 FB Follower Giveaway!!!!!!!

When we reach 1000 fans on Facebook (which looks like tonight or tomorrow), we will be giving away 3 packs of wipes, 3 pairs of nursing pads, 1 cover and prefold and 2 AI3!
Stay tuned...

1000 FB Fan Giveaway!

Only 25 to go to win TONS of great Sweet Pea Products!

Monday, September 19, 2011

1000 FB Fan Giveaway!

We are getting close....only 94 more to go!
We will be giving away lots of wipes, lots of nursing pads and our AI3 diapers!

Friday, September 9, 2011

1000 FB Fan Giveaway!

When we reach 1000 fans on Facebook, we will be giving away some of our awesome products! Wipes, nursing pads, AI3!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

1000 FB Follower Giveaway!!!!!!!

We will be sharing our awesome products with you when we hit 1000 followers!!
Stay tuned.....

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Winner is Abigail (#70) picked on www.random.org
We have e-mailed you!
Thanks for playing.....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

OWL PRINT giveaway #2


We have an owl print cover to give to one of our faithful followers!
Please post in the comment section along with your e-mail address WHY you would like to win one!
Giveaway closes Wed, June 29th, 2011 at 10pm EST.
GOOD LUCK!

Friday, June 10, 2011

and the winners are.........

Winners of the 2 wet bags are Paula and Mrs. M
#1 and #31 were drawn from Random.Org this morning!
I will e-mail you shortly!
Next giveaway! 2 AI3's........soon............

Monday, June 6, 2011

New OWL PRINT giveaway!


In celebration of our OWL print release, we are giving away 2 wet bags to 2 Sweet Pea fans!
Follow us on our blog, FB or Twitter!
One entry per person!
Please tell us why you would LOVE an OWL print bag.....
Please provide your e-mail address.
(Ends Wed. June 8th, 2011 at 11pm EST).
GOOD LUCK!

Monday, March 14, 2011

The simplicity of prefolds...

Laura from More Than Cloth Diapers has graciously submitted the 2nd guest blogger post!

I have a confession! I used to tell people that if I had to use prefolds I would not do cloth diapers. Yes, it’s true.

The simple rectangle of absorbent cotton even scared this cloth diaper addict. When I got pregnant with my second child I did buy some with the intention of using them but never did.

When I had my 3rd I knew I should give them a try, if for nothing else to tell my customers an opinion of them.

When my 3rd child was born a month early he was the smallest baby I had ever had weighing a little more than 6lbs. Although I was armed with a lot of diapers I did not expect such a small baby as my others were closer to 7.8 lbs. With 3 children at home and laundry galore with 2 in diapers; prefolds became my first grab over all the expensive diapers.

They were so versatile that the preemie size fit him right away. I was able to fold over the top to cover his little parts and keep the absorbency where I wanted.

The ease of washing and drying with no stuffing or folding was a sanity saver. I was able to do laundry quicker which in my land of 3 small children is a necessity. I simply would pile the prefolds on top of one and another and stacked them in the drawer.

My baby had GERD and anyone who has lived with a baby with this extreme reflux knows how often they projectile. My prefolds were great at catching the barf. I was going through 18 barf bibs a day, the prefolds can hold a good spit up unlike the little barf bibs.

At almost 1 yr old now I still use the prefolds. I keep them on the change table if a little poop gets on them I am able to throw them in the wash and not have to change the table cover.

I also use them as inserts by folding them in pocket diapers. Absorbent and trim its perfect for this application.

There are not many baby products that you can get this kind of mileage from for the nominal price. Later I can use them as cleaning cloths or donate them to a mom in need.

My mom still uses the prefolds from when I was a baby (30+yrs ago) for cleaning cloths... that’s real value.

If you are not a prefold user I suggest you give them a try. There is nothing complicated about them and you may fall in love with the simplicity of them like me!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back to basics with diaper laundry - Guest Post

Laura from More Than Cloth Diapers is our first guest blogger!

Diaper laundry should not be intimidating; there are so many complicated washing instructions out there.

Well I am not a self proclaimed diaper expert I can tell you what works for me after having children in diapers for 7 years nonstop.

1) Start with removing solids. I hold the diaper over the toilet and let the solids fall out. If it doesn’t fall out I don’t stress about it. If this makes you squeamish Bummis makes great flushable liners that can be flushed in the toilet.

2) Put the diapers in the washer. Makes sure all Velcro is fastened to the laundry tab. Most pockets will have the inserts taken out; unless they are Sweet Peas (they will agitate out on their own).

3) I do a warm pre rinse. Why warm? Because I find it takes the left over solids off the diapers better.

4) My wash cycle I use 3 tablespoons Rockin' Green Hard Water formula. It seems to work best with my water. My water softness all depends on if the salt in the water softener has gotten low or not. I use hot water on power wash and one cold rinse. I know some of you may gasp that I am not doing a double rinse. My washer machine does not have that option and I find I can get away without it.

5) I hang dry everything, all year round. In the summer everything gets on the clothes line. Winter I hang them on a clothes rack over night in front of my corn stove. I then take them and fluff them in the dryer on low heat in the dryer for a few minutes just to soften up the diapers and makes sure they are totally dry.

And there you have it, my simple washing instructions for cloth diapers.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

WINNERS of the giveaway!

WINNERS of the giveaway....
Please see below. You have until tomorrow morning to contact us!
Thx.
Random.org picked #19 and #26
So that's Wow Wardrobe Women and Katie..I have Katie's e-mail but not WWW...Please e-mail me at sweetpeadiapers@yahoo.ca with your addresses.
Stay tuned for our first guest blog and another giveaway!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sweet Pea 500 FB Fans Giveaway!

Please follow our new blog, join us on FB, and/or Twitter!
Please enter with your e-mail address and tell us why you would like to win one of 2 diaper covers!
(Ends Wed. January 5th at 6 pm EST.)
 

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