Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Babies Wearing Babies

Young children love to mimic their parents.  They want to be just like Mom and Dad.

This is my daughter.  You've probably spotted her hanging out at EcoBuns with me.  She loves when parents walk in wearing their babies.  If she is wearing her baby on her back, and someone walks in with a baby on their front, she'll ask to switch her baby to the front.  

I have done a lot of baby wearing with her and her brother.  She also sees Aunt Meghan wearing her cousin all the time.  It's only natural for her to want to be just like the grown ups in her life.  

The Boba Mini is a great gift for any child looking to be just like mom and dad.   It's a bit big on Alivia who is only 17 months old.  It is made for children 3 and older, so she has quite a bit of room to grow into it.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

HE Machine Washing Tips for Cloth Diapers

Washing cloth diapers in an HE machine may take a few extra steps than a standard top loader.  HE Machines are great for the environment as they sense the load size and only add as much water as is needed for the load size. 

Cloth diapers are very absorbent and need the extra water to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned.  There are a few adjustments that can be made on an HE machine to get your diapers sparkling clean every time.  

Most HE machines will not allow you to set your water level.  Call the manufacturer and ask them if there is a way to adjust your water level manually.  If there is not a way, you need to "trick" your machine into thinking there is a heavier load size.  The easiest way to do this is the wet towel trick.  Reduce the number of diapers, and add a soaking wet bath towel or two to the load.  

Use whatever setting adds the most water to the first rinse.  If your machine has a setting such as soak and no spin cycle, consider using that for the first rinse.  You can also change your spin speed on your first rinse of diapers to off, or low.  This will leave more water in your diapers when you run the wash, which makes them heavier.

You may also consider adding extra water through the detergent drawer.  Keep in mind that this may void our the warranty on certain machines.  Check with the manufacturer before attempting to add water this way.   

Do not use the Sanitary Cycle on your diapers.  This cycle adds incredibly hot water and will damage PUL and elastics.  It will also void out the warranty on some diapers.

One of the best perks from buying your diapers at EcoBuns is that we will help you every step of the way with your cloth diaper journey.  We are committed to helping you love cloth diapers as much as we do!  If you have any specific questions, please e-mail info@ecobuns.com or visit the store in Holland, MI.  We would be happy to help!