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Week 8 winner!

Congratulations to Kim, our week 8 winner!  Kim, check your email for instructions on redeeming your prize and feel free to enter our giveaways again.  For the rest of you, don’t despair–a new giveaway will kick off tomorrow!

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February 28, 2010 at 6:42 am Leave a comment

New product alert: Thirsties duo wraps with snaps!

thirstiesWe’re excited to announce that Thirsties’ most popular cover is now available in a snap option!  The popular duo wrap is shipping now from Thirsties, so place your order with Mothering Grace today!  Available in all the same colors as their aplix version.

February 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm 9 comments

Word of the Week: joy

Sometimes in the midst of all the craziness, and the struggles, and the day-to-day busy-ness of everything it can be easy to lose sight of just how much joy these little ones bring into our lives.

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February 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm 6 comments

Spotlight: Mothering Grace & REgarding Peanut Open House!

REgarding Peanut and Mothering Grace are hosting an Open House in Kirkland, Friday, February 26th (3-7) and Saturday, February 27th (10-4).

Join us for a chance to try on baby carriers, play with cloth diapers, and get your questions answered by ‘experts’.

Mothering Grace will have samples of all the diapers and color options, as well as lots of accessories, too!  I’d love to answer your diapering questions!  Regarding Peanut will also have the last of that sale stuff available for purchase…including Hotslings, Sippy Cups and BabyLegs.

We’ll look forward to seeing you this weekend…feel free to bring a friend!

And, just so those far away customers don’t feel left out, REgarding Peanut is offering free shipping through the 27th. Use code: openhouse.

DETAILED DIRECTIONS:

Directions to 12709 NE 116th St C104, Kirkland Wa 98034

From 405 northbound:

Exit at NE 116th St. Turn right.

Continue through the light at 124th Ave NE.

Continue straight up the hill (do NOT veer to the left).

Turn right into the CEDARWOOD complex.

The condo is in the second building on the right, and we are the first unit on the bottom.

From 405 southbound:

Exit at NE 124th St. Turn left.

Turn right at 124th Ave NE.

Turn left at NE 116th St.

Continue straight up the hill (do NOT veer to the left).

Turn right into the CEDARWOOD complex.

The condo is in the second building on the right, and we are the first unit on the bottom.

February 24, 2010 at 9:50 am 3 comments

Week 8 giveaway: PlanetWise wet/dry bag & Tiny Tush wipes

PlanetWise wet dry bag

This week’s prize: one package of Tiny Tush wipes & a PlanetWise wet/dry bag in the pattern (in stock) of your choice)

Why you want this prize: PlanetWise makes fabulous wet bags, and their wet/dry bag is the perfect accompaniment for your trips outside the house.  The wet/dry bag is outfitted with a stroller loop and a dry compartment that is perfect for holding your Tiny Tush wipes.

Details: winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Deadline for last “comment” is Friday, February 26, at 9 p.m. PST.  Winner to be posted Saturday, February 27, and has 72 hours to claim prize.  If no response, a new winner will be selected and announced next Saturday.

How to enter?

Leave a comment telling everyone what your favorite on-the-go diapering tip are.  (Note: some of you answered the skincare question that I accidentally left up from last week, and that’s fine, too–your entries are still valid!)  You must answer this question for any subsequent entries to be counted.

Other ways to gain additional entries (one extra entry per giveaway for doing any of these things, not per day):

  • Become a fan of Mothering Grace on Facebook
  • Grab the Mothering Grace button (leave the URL of where it’s posted in your comment)
  • Subscribe via email
  • Subscribe via a reader
  • Follow the Mothering Grace blog
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link
  • Follow @motheringgrace on twitter and retweet this giveaway (max of one extra entry per day for retweeting)
  • Comment on other posts during the week (one extra entry per post you comment on)

And in your comment, make sure it either links to a public profile or that you leave an email address where I can reach you if you win!

Good luck!

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February 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm 120 comments

Week 7 Winner!

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Congratulations to Khrystina, winner of our week 7 skincare giveaway.  Khrystina, look for info in your email about redeeming your prize and feel free to keep entering our giveaways since there is no limit on how many times you can win.  For the rest of you, don’t despair–a new giveaway will be posted on Monday!

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February 20, 2010 at 3:24 am 3 comments

How do I prevent & treat stains in my diapers?

Because of the nature of diapers, stains are an inevitable concern.

For the most part, though, I think most cloth diaperers find that stains are not nearly the issue that one would expect them to be.  I really rarely have to deal with stained diapers, and I have an 18-month-old who is definitely well into the “nasty poop” stage.

Certainly, however, prevention is certainly the easiest method to combat stained diapers.

I am a firm believer that immediate and thorough removal of poop is a must if you wish to prevent stained diapers.  I immediately hose off Grace’s poopy diapers with our diaper sprayer before tossing them into your diaper pail.  Certainly, a diaper sprayer isn’t a must-have item, but in my experience it does work much more effectively than the old “dunk and swish” method of cleaning diapers.  My diapers go into the pail poop-free, even if I have to spend a couple of more seconds hosing them off, and I think this certainly is why I don’t have issues with stains.

Stain prevention is also why I recommend a cold rinse prior to your hot wash cycle.  The cold rinse will wash away any poopy residues before your hot wash sets the stains.  Hot washes are great on their own for actually cleaning the diapers, but the cold rinse is a must for stain prevention in my opinion.

Now, what to do if you already have stains?  There are a few good choices for stain removal.

1.  My top recommendation for stain removal is to embrace the power of the sun.  Many people think, “Oh, I live in a cloudy climate (Seattle?) so the sun won’t work.”  This is absolutely not true.  I have experienced good results in stain removal even on cloudy days, because it’s the UV rays that are actually doing the stain-removing work… and like dermatologists preach, the UV rays are out even on cloudy days.

To remove stains, I first wet my clean diapers, then lie them out in the sun.  I do seem to have better results with wet diapers than dry.  A few hours later, they may not be dry yet, but often the stains will be totally gone.  If it doesn’t work in one cycle, give it another try.

The first time I did this I was honestly shocked at the results.

2.  Oxygen bleach products (such as Oxyclean, Oxyclean Baby, etc.): I prefer oxygen bleaches to chlorine, and I personally use a tiny bit (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per load) about once every 1-2 weeks with my diapers.  However, just be aware that, as with any detergent product with additives, oxygen bleaches can sometimes cause repelling due to a “film” left on the diapers.  I haven’t personally had this problem, but I do use a minimal amount.

3.  Biokleen Bac-Out: Biokleen Bac-Out is available at many natural/health food stores, including Whole Foods, as well as some regular supermarkets like Fred Meyer.  A lot of people favor Bac-Out because it is a “natural” antibacterial stain remover, and I’ve seen its use advocated on Diaperswappers and other sites.  I personally have not had great results with Bac-Out.  I haven’t seen any damage from its use either, but I also haven’t seen that it actually removed stains.

4.  Chlorine bleach.  I do NOT recommend the use of chlorine bleach for your diapers, especially if you are using any diapers or covers with PUL, wool, or elastic, since chlorine bleach can seriously damage or ruin these things.  You can use chlorine bleach with prefolds; howver, be aware that it will also weaken these fibers as well… and worse, chlorine bleach residues can potentially remain in the diaper and cause skin irritation for your little on.  Personally, I would rather have a stained diaper or two than use chlorine bleach on my diapers, but in the event you do decide to use it, use only a tiny amount.

If you have other stain-removing tips, please leave these in your comments!

February 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm 4 comments

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