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Friday, April 30, 2010

Hook and Loop OR Snaps?

At Happy Heinys we have done our best to make every possible combination of diaper available to all parents. We are truly your one stop diaper shop. A little bit of everything. For the first 6 yrs of our company all of our pocket diapers were only available in a hook and loop version. We found that many parents preferred the ease of the hook and loop diapers. Especially when it came to those midnight changes, when you don't want to turn the light on for fear of waking everyone else up in the house.

Then you have our very wonderful husbands whom just by nature have larger hands and well if your husband is anything like my husband, the easier the better when it comes to changing the babies diapers. My husband is the best when it comes to helping to care for the kids but during the diapering years if I had thrown a diaper with snaps at him, well let's just say if it made it on the baby it would not be on correctly. I also know for a fact if his only choice was snaps, he would do everything possible to avoid changing diapers.

Soon after we started selling our hook and loop closure diapers we quickly became known as the "daddy friendly" diapers. Nice wide pocket for big hands and easy hook and loop to close the diaper. They could do it blind-folded. Moms praised the fact that now with their choice of using cloth their sweet sweet husbands no longer had an excuse not to change the diapers and often times some moms stated that they "saved" their happy heinys for their husbands.

Unfortunately as baby gets older, there can be a slight issue with the hook and loop closure on the diaper. You see sometimes it can be a little too easy for some babies to rrrrrriiiiiiiiippppppppppppp off and it makes this wonderful rrrrrrrriiiiiiiippppp sound and the funny thing is mom comes running in fear. Of course the same thing cane happen with disposable diapers, hence all of the adults today whose parents still lovingly speak of their brown colored wall art early in the morning. Well, it's the same thing. Not all babies go through what we call the stripping stage but the fact of the matter is some will. For these kids snaps will always be the best choice. Hence the debut of our snap closure diapers. You asked and we have provided.

It's quite ironic though, when it comes to deciding what type of closures you should buy for your baby. Even though the snaps can be a saving grace for some sneaky little ones they can also be a night-mare for a rambunctious toddler who would rather do anything than lay down for what seems like a life0time to get their diaper changed.

So what would be best for you? Well, it's a personal decision and it really does greatly depend on what type of diapers you are going to go with. If you are going to use sized diapers, this means that you will purchase at least 3 different sizes of cloth diapers during your babies diapering days. For the smallest size, make your life easy and go with the hook and loop. As your little one starts becoming their own person and starts learning new fun tricks, when you size up you may realize I better go with the snaps.

Today my baby is almost 8 yrs old, the original Happy Heiny. But if I had a little one my choice would be simple: I would use the mini one size from birth to 15 lbs. This is the only true diaper out there that will fit a 5 lb baby with those cute little chicken legs. Plus they will fit up to a true 15 lbs so they are not a huge waste of money like most XS diapers are. You would use these for at least 3 months if not closer to 6. Then I would switch to a combination of the snap and hook and loop closure diapers. I would have the snap for over-nights knowing that if my toddler had a little too much time in the morning they may decide to do some wall painting so I would want the protection. Yet I also rather enjoy having a helpful spouse so I would make it as easy as possible for him. To me it is the best of both worlds.

Giveaway time!!

Today we are giving away a Tie Dye Pocket Diaper with SNAPS. You choose your size. This is not a onesize.

Ways to enter are below. Please post back to us here or on facebook and let us know how you entered. Each one counts as ONE ENTRY so you can do all of them as many times as you wish to increase your chances of winning.

  1. Become a follower of our blog.
  2. Follow Happy Heinys on twitter www.twitter.com/happyheinys
  3. Fan / like us on Facebook. www.facebook.com/happyheinys
  4. Tweet about our giveaway on Twitter after you follow us. Use #clothdiapers #giveaway @happyheinys
  5. Tweet @happyheinys mentioning they follow our blog for #clothdiapers #giveaways

Good luck today! We will select the winner at 9pm CST. Have fun with it. We love reading all your tweets!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Interesting News on Hybrid Diapers

We have many parents who us gDiapers contact us and ask if our Happy Heinys inserts will work with their sling style pants. The great news is Yes, our Med size hemp stuffin fits the sling of the med and large gDiaper cover just perfectly. The small fits the small.

We tend to look a gDiapers as a great bridge to full cloth diaper usage diaper but I was just doing some reading and saw a very interesting comment.

From Winnipeg Canada, this is from Bill Watters who is a senior project engineer that works for the CAO secretariate in Winnipeg : "A toilet system is meant for rapidly degradable human waste," said Bill Watters. "Other things don't belong in there. Diapers don't belong in there. They can cause a problem with your home plumbing, but they can also cause a problem with the city system."

Bill Watters says send any diaper you use to the landfill -- where they belong.

He said his department gets about 100 calls a month for backed up sewers, and added there are many items you should never flush down your toilet."

This is on the heels of threads available online regarding Drain Technicians seeing the dollar signs and thanking the manufacturers of the G-diaper for their new found income from unclogging drains as seen here.

In another report from the City of Vancouver here. "The city is not saying do not use the g-diapers but what it is saying is that for those who use gDiapers should not flush the inserts, they should instead throw the inserts into the trash because they are unsure of how the insert will react in the plumbing.

Please don't get this post wrong. As I said, I look at gDiapers as a bridge diaper to cloth diapers. It has the reusable cover and many moms will realize that washing an insert is just as easy as washing the cover without having to purchase extra disposable inserts. But for those with old plumbing, those living in shared buildings like apartments and condos, be for warned. But please try it and throw them away, especially if it is being used as a stepping stone.

Ewwwwww Cloth Diapers REALLY??

I bet if I asked everyone who has purchased and used Happy Heinys if they ever received that comment 99% of them would say YES.

I would do anything to get it out to the public that todays cloth diapers are NOT the gross ucky kind that our parents/grandparents used on our bottoms.

Ugly, stained prefolds, big diaper pins, baby getting stuck several times over their diapering lifetime, bleach buckets, hand swishing in the toilet, hand wringing out in the toilet, more bleach in the washer, and hanging them up to dry only to have them stiff and hard. Let's not forget the hot and crinkly plastic pants. Nothing would ever fit over the cloth diaper butt.

When talking cloth diapers many parents still have that same visual. But in reality it is not that way. In fact, it could not be easier. Less fuss, less mess, less waste, less chemicals, less work.
The Happy Heiny pocket diapers are super easy to use. Let's talk about the One Size diapers. These will come to you with 1 diaper and 2 inserts. The diaper is kind of like a glorified diaper cover that is form fitting to your baby (read that as trim as compared to other cloth diapers). The diaper has a water proof layer that is not crinkly but is actually soft and then next to baby you have a stay dry layer. You simply take your insert and stick it right inside the pocket formed by the 2 layers just described.

Here is one of the cool parts, you can choose just how much absorbency that you want. This means if you are just sitting around the house and will be changing baby with each poop/pee then you just use 1 insert. But if you are going to the grocery store, picking up the older siblings, and then stopping off to pick up dinner you will want a little extra protection so now you will add 2 inserts. At night-time you are one of those blessed parents whose child actually sleeps through the night, add 1 more insert. No need to wake a baby just to change a diaper.

The thing with cloth diapers though vs. disposable diapers is cloth diapers are only as good as their absorbency. This means if you put only 1 insert in and the baby has wet the diaper. The insert is now very wet, if you do not change the diaper the diaper WILL leak. This goes for any brand or style of cloth diaper.

Disposable diapers have these chemicals called SAP's in them. Also known as Super Absorbent Polymers. You know the gel beads on your babies bottom when the diaper is sopping wet. That's them. These beads are able to absorb more and more liquid while continuing to grow. The problem with this is these SAP's are a member of a group of chemicals that can cause some pretty severe health issues. So even though these gel beads are great at absorbing a lot, is it worth the potential risk?

A baby who is under 3 months really should be changed 8-10 times a day. Not only when the diaper is super squishy, you know the squish test. If this is being done then I promise you will have no problem switching to cloth diapers. Just remember, instead of having built in gel beads, you have to add your absorbency. I have had moms tell me that they will use 5 or 6 inserts for their heavy wetting, nursing through the night, baby, who wakes up dry. Diaer inserts can be wrung out but baby is dry.

For me and my family a dry baby is a happy baby and a happy baby means mom is happy and when mom is happy everyone gets to be happy. Which is exactly what Happy Heinys will do for you and your family. Babies heiny will be happy, soft, and dry.

Stay tuned for the washing experience.