Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions. They don’t have to be about cloth diapering! I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to Maria at change-diapers dot com.
I am looking for submissions for late October and beyond!
What’s the best natural fiber doubler that is inexpensive and effective?
For natural fibers, I like hemp. Very absorbent and naturally anti-bacterial. Bamboo/cotton blends are also great!
Unfortunately, natural fiber products are also more expensive than their microfiber counterparts, and natural fiber doublers aren’t as easy to find as full-size natural fiber inserts..
A small Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemparoo (13.5″ long and 6″ wide at it’s widest) retails for about $5.00. I really like the organic cotton/bamboo doubler that came with my Blueberry Bamboo diaper, but I don’t think the doubler is sold separately. The one size insert and doubler sell for $8.00.
How many scoops of Tiny bubbles do you have to literally use on dirty diapers with an older washing machine?
Tiny Bubbles is designed for cloth diapers, so I would suggest using the recommended amount (not 1/4 or 1/2 like you would with a standard detergent.) I believe that would be two scoops in a top load washer with normal water (use less if you have soft water.) If you don’t already, I’d suggest doing a cold wash (without detergent) first to rinse the diapers, then a hot wash with the detergent.
So how about you guys? Have you used Tiny Bubbles? How much do you use? Do you have a favorite natural fiber doubler?
My post on The Village of Moms today is about my experience with baby wearing. I’d love for you to check it out!
The diaper EcoMom sent me is an organic hemp fleece fitted diaper by Play All Day.
The body of the diaper has 3 layers of organic hemp fleece, while the soaker has two. Edges are all serged.
Like other hemp/organic cotton products, it needed to be washed and dried 3 times on hot before use, to remove the natural oils. It will continue to gain absorbency through 8-9 washes.
The first time I tried the diaper on my son, I didn’t double the soaker, and used it coverless.
We have used the diaper several times already. The first time, he “christened” it quickly, as he always does with new diapers. The second time, we got about an hour and a half out of it coverless, before I noticed some dampness on the outside in the wet zone.
Hemp is excellent in a diaper, since it is very absorbent, without being bulky! The MSRP of the size medium is $17.50.
EcoMom is offering one reader a $15 gift certificate. Use it on a diaper, or anything you like from their store! This is open to the U.S. and Canada! All of my readers may enter discount code SBBL287 at checkout and receive 15% off of your order through 8/31/10! Here’s how to enter: You may do any or all of the below. Leave a separate comment for each entry. Be sure to leave your email address in at least one comment if it isn’t visible in your profile. If you are using the anonymous comment option, please leave it in all comments. You may use the format email at host dot com if you like. 1. Visit EcoMom and leave me a relevant comment such as: What product would you like to see them carry that they don’t already? What product do they carry that you would like to see me review? What would you buy with your $15 gift certificate if you win? 2. Follow this blog 3. “Like” me on Facebook 4. “Like” EcoMom on Facebook 5. Follow me on Twitter 6. Follow EcoMom on Twitter 7. Tweet about this giveaway. One tweet per day please. You may use this if you like: @chgdiapers has a #giveaway for a $15 gc from @ecomomceo for #clothdiapers or other #organic products. Ends 8/10 http://bit.ly/beJKh9 8. Sign up for EcoMom’s Newsletter This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada. I will accept entries until Tuesday August 10th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern. I’ll select a winner with random.org’s true random number generator, and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner chosen. Winner’s email address will be shared with EcoMom, for prize fulfillment purposes only. Winner will be required to provide shipping address to EcoMom. Remember you can use discount code SBBL287 to get 15% off of your order until August 31, 2010!
EcoMom graciously provided me with the pictured diaper for review purposes, and will also provide the winner with a $15 gift certificate. I was not otherwise compensated, I was not requested or required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!
> BabyKicks has been Family owned and based in my home state of Maryland since 2007. I was really impressed to see on their history page that some of it’s production is done by local disabled workshops.