Ilana is co-owner of AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers and mother to three girls - Azure, Phoenix and Ione. She's also the owner of A Jaded Mama, a blog about mothering, small business ownership and all things green. When she's not busy coming up with new product ideas, working on social media campaigns and co-managing the business, you'll find her babywearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, raising school-aged children and reading.

Amy is the other co-owner of AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers and mom to three boys - Bailey, Davray, Sacha, and to baby DAUGHTER, River. She's a dedicated and very attached parent and just adores the company of her enormous, gorgeous boys. When she's not busy juggling the company finances, talking on the phone with suppliers and trying to talk Ilana down off a cliff, you'll find her very involved in her community activities and enjoying the great outdoors.

Beth is the Social Media Coordinator for AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers. You can find her on @AppleCheeksDipe on Twitter or Instagram or the Facebook page! Beth has a little boy, Mason, who is 4, two girls, Audrey, who is 3 and Hayden who is closing in on 1! When Beth isn't busy figuring out fun for the AppleCheeks Fans or blogging on Me as a Mommy, she is avoiding housework, breastfeeding, trying to find some space on the couch or in her own bed, or chasing after her older kids with Hayden strapped to her back!

Katie is the Events Coordinator {aka Party Girl} for AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers. Katie has a little boy, Austin, who is 4. You may recognize her from Pickled Pink, the beautiful swim diaper named in her honor! When she isn't busy party planning or working, Katie is playing with Austin, hanging out with Beth, or glued to her iPhone texting Ilana & Amy from the shower.

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Do AppleCheeks Work on Newborns?

One of our Ambassadors, Melissa, recently gave birth to TWINS! She graciously shared some photos with us of these precious rainbow babies (a rainbow baby is one born after a loss), so please enjoy this brother and sister in their gorgeous fluff. Just when you thought there wasn’t anything better than fresh squish in AppleCheeks… try TWO of them! Follow Melissa @sweetcheeks6980 to watch these little babies grow!

approximate weights: 4 lb, 12 oz (left), 5 lb 14 oz (right) 


Naptime with their beautiful mama!


approximate weights: 4 lb 9 oz (left), 5 lb 14 oz (right)


As these photos show, AppleCheeks can be used directly from birth! The ruffles and elastic provide a supremely comfortable fit that can be customized around the cord and even the slimmest of newborn legs. As these babies grow, they will be able to continue to use these same size 1 covers for several months - or even years - talk about a reusable product! Melissa is using our 2-pli inserts folded in quarters. Our custom-milled silky soft organic bamboo/cotton inserts can be folded in myriad ways to fit all of our covers, on a variety of body shapes!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Melissa! We have been waiting for most of the year to see these little sweeties. We are delighted to have you as part of our family, and we look forward to watching these babies grow. Please continue to spam us with photos of them in their beautiful fluff!

We'd love to see YOUR newborns in our diapers! Feel free to post to our Facebook page or join our fan group Peace. Love. AppleCheeks., where we have a whole album devoted to newborns in AppleCheeks! Warning: the photos may inspire you to #buyalltheapplecheeks and want a new baby to put them on!



A Fan Gives Size 3 Some Love & We Give One Away!

Gena K., a member of our Facebook fan group Peace. Love. AppleCheeks., kindly answered our questions after mentioning that she and her son, Benton, LOVE their AppleCheeks size 3 covers! While stash shots, ruffle peeks and fluff mail are mainstays of the group, we really love seeing our products making a difference in the lives of people who make the choice to use cloth diapers.

       Benton & Gena   

How did you hear about AppleCheeks size 3s?
I found out about AppleCheeks by searching the internet and social media for cloth diapers for special needs children. I was trying to find a company that made cloth diapers in larger sizes than the normal weight ranges.
Which AppleCheeks insert do you use in them?
I use the 2 Ply AppleCheeks inserts along with the AppleCheeks boosters.
Does your child fit within the recommended weight range (30-65+ lbs), or were you surprised to learn they would fit well?
Yes, Benton fits in the weight range for the size 3s. He is however at the top of the weight range for the size 3, but he has a lot of room to continue to grow into them. I was very surprised at how well they fit when we first put them on him. 
What does it mean to you to be able to use reusable diapers for your child?
Being able to use cloth diapers not only saves my family money, the environment, but the most important thing is that my child has a diaper to wear that is super comfortable.
You mentioned that your son likes his AppleCheeks. Could you tell us more about he likes about them?
Yes, he loves his AppleCheeks! His favorite color is the Appletini! He calls them his fashionable underwear. Being 13 years old, I honestly feel like when he is wearing his AppleCheeks, he feels like everyone else. Cause hey, let's face it he can be in style! He is not ashamed to show them off to his doctors, either - and they think are pretty awesome, also! 
We'd love to know anything else you want to share about your time using AppleCheeks!
When I started searching for cloth diapers to be able to fit Benton and help my family out financially, I was way out of my element. I was scared, nervous, and afraid.  What if he doesn't like them? I quickly jumped out of my comfort zone ordered our first Appletini and we have never looked back. The design of the AppleCheeks size 3 is not only trim, sleek, but those ruffles are astounding. They do their job that they are made to do! It has been the utmost rewarding investment that we have made to make life a little easier. Having a child with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy means that life can get hectic. The online support of the AppleCheeks community is amazing and the love is unconditional. If you are a parent of a special needs child or a parent of an older child who is not yet potty trained. I encourage you to step out of the box. Take that step you will not regret it!  Thank you for letting us share our story.
Gena, your story gives us warm fuzzies when we read it! Thank you so much for sharing your time with us. Keep rocking, Benton!
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Say Hello to Serendipity!

In case you missed the reveal of our latest retailer exclusive, here is the scoop!

We are delighted to reveal Serendipity, available exclusively from The Baby Bum! Officially, Serendipity came to be when the AppleCheeks Fairies started mixing colours (whiffs of Periwinkle and Steel Me are present!), but like so many of our beautiful shades, we know you'll pick up nuances of additional hues as well. We are thrilled with the response to this gorgeous collection of Envelope Covers, Size 1 sacs and the ever-popular MiniZips!

See what happens when we catch those glittery Fairies in laundry room action!


Don't miss out on this stunning dusky shade - add Serendipity to your stash today!


Being Green: AppleCheeks and Beyond!

Recently we announced our latest retailer charity initiative, Always On My Mind. It is available exclusively at Nature’s Baby Basket in size 1 and 2 covers, and MiniZips! A portion of the sales will benefit brain and mental health research at Alberta Children's Hospital, and the Canadian Mental Health Association, which provides initiatives and community support for those with mental health challenges and their families.
Although they are Canadian charities, the research and initiatives impact and support the global community. Sonja Johnston, the owner of Nature’s Baby Basket, hopes this can uncover conversation about the cause while covering cute bums in cloth!


Always On My Mind is a great way to boost the GREEN in your AppleCheeks stash, along with supporting a great cause!


Speaking of green, one of the many wonderful reasons to use cloth diapers is the fact that they are reusable. However, there are myriad ways to incorporate more reusable products - and less waste generated - in your household! 

One item that we go through a lot of in this house with small children is napkins. I hate the idea of buying so many packages of paper napkins that we just wad up and throw away. Cloth napkins to the rescue! It’s an “extra” load of laundry each week, but a minimal initial investment can add up to real savings quickly. Financial savings aren’t always the only reason to reuse, though - it’s so much easier to clean up the eating area without having a pile of paper trash of which to dispose. After all, we use washable plates, cups and utensils, and cloth napkins dress up the table so easily.

Another area is packaged food and snacks. For example, my son loves applesauce pouches. But I hate all the waste they generate! There is so much packaging involved for very little food product. I would much rather buy a big glass jar of applesauce (or just make my own!) and give it to him in a bowl. With a 3 year old, I’m almost guaranteed to have a bigger mess on my hands (and floors and rugs), but everything in my house is washable, and if it’s not washable, it’s replaceable. This is why we can’t have nice things, right?

What about paper towels? Have you tried “unpaper” towels - reusable cloth towels that snap together for easy dispensing on a roll? Or maybe you use plain old bar towels to clean up those little messes. Once again, a cloth item will generate much less trash in your bin - this can be especially helpful if you live somewhere with very tight waste management regulations!

I really enjoy using reusable grocery bags and feel naked if I accidentally wind up at the store without them! Mine are washable, too, so that I don’t worry about anything icky getting on them. They make carrying in lots of groceries in fewer trips so easy, and I don’t have 20 plastic bags floating around the kitchen after I put the food away. One way I could improve this venture is to take my own mesh bags for produce, or look into a community share for produce deliveries. We go through a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, so that would be a great way to cut back a little more on trash generated.

Let’s talk about something just for the moms - items for that time of the month! Disposable products often have many of the materials we’re concerned about in disposable diapers - why put them next to YOUR body? Cloth pads - often called “mama cloth” - come in tons of shapes, sizes, materials and patterns. Why not brighten the experience? For the ultimate in low-waste, minimal-material feminine care, have you considered a reusable menstrual cup? There are so many brands with different sizes and shapes to fit anyone. These products sometimes have a more significant investment upfront, but will definitely save you in the end.

What about you? Are cloth diapers just one of many ways you reuse products in your house, or are they just the first step? Do you have other suggestions for reusing products to generate less waste and save money?


Meet Our Newest Ambassador!

In case you missed the news recently, we have a new Ambassador on our team! When there was an opening, one fan stepped up and graciously volunteered to take on the position. The ladies at HQ couldn’t resist such an offer, and recognized her in this video:


So, let’s meet Ashley!

1.Tell us about your journey with AppleCheeks!

I discovered AppleCheeks two and a half years ago when my first (A) was around eight months. My sister was cloth diapering her baby and I had been curious about it for awhile. She convinced me to try and I built a stash of mixed brands that were all primarily pockets. I bought four brand new AppleCheeks covers: Delicious, Purple Rain, Raspberry Sorbet and St Lucia. We started cloth diapering a month later when my little was nine months. I will admit I was underwhelmed with AppleCheeks. I couldn’t get a decent fit and felt they were too bulky. Turns out instead of size 2’s… I should have been putting A in size 1’s instead. After trying ones, I fell in love with how trim they were and how perfectly snug I could get them. I began destashing my other brands and built a stash of primarily AppleCheeks. I still dabbled in AIO’s and fitteds but kept reaching for our AC’s. When I became pregnant with my second in the Fall of 2013, I knew I wanted to use only AppleCheeks on her. I started building a size 1 stash again (I had sold my others to fund twos when A was 15 months). I built a decent stash of 36 covers and 2 ply inserts and was so excited to use them from the beginning. Well turns out my second daughter K, had a very sensitive skin and could not wear any type of fleece. Microfiber pajamas, pants, jackets, blankets and sadly our AppleCheeks were all a no-go. So I decided to keep our 2 ply inserts and use simple PUL lined covers. We did this for about four months and had no more rash issues. In December of 2014, I noticed her fleece sensitivity was starting to lessen and I decided to attempt using AC’s again. I tried a size 1 AppleCheeks on her and lo and behold… it did not fit! SO when Delishmas was released, I couldn’t resist and bought a size 2 to try. I added this to our stash and used as an AI2. Luckily we had no issues and I happily started destashing once again and rebuilding my AppleCheeks stash. I had not found another cover that gave us the same type of fit and leak protection so was thrilled to be using them again. By the end of January 2015, I had over 40 covers and inserts plus a multitude of storage sacs, wipes and mini zips. And the rest is history!

2. Let's meet your family! What bums are or have been diapered in your house? Is your husband supportive of cloth diapering? What's his favourite colour?

We are a family of four who reside in the Golden Heart of Alaska. My husband, Garret, and I were both born and raised here. Garret works maintenance for Banner Health and I run a home daycare and am currently working toward my early childhood degree. We have two daughters, Avery (3) and Kendall (recently turned 1). Avery is spunky and has an independent spirit. She was cloth diapered from 9 months until she daytime potty learned at 22 months. At newly 3 years old, she made the switch to panties full time. Kendall is our chunky monkey. She is happy as can be and loves anything to do with food or balls. She has been cloth diapered since birth! My husband was resistant to cloth with Avery and would refuse to change a diaper and if he did, he would always put a disposable on her. With Kendall, he has adjusted and knows how to wash them, stuff them and has recently developed favorites (Sailor’s Blue and Emerald City!) He still says I’m ridiculous for stash shots, AC inspired selfies and other AWESOME things I’ve done for the love of the brand. But I love his newly developed support!


3. Do you have a local retailer you love to support, or are you a fluff mail junkie?

I am so excited because we just recently got a local retailer who sells AppleCheeks! They stock a fairly small selection so I still often order online. There is still nothing better than fluff mail!

4. If you could only have two colours in your stash, what would they be?

Only two?! If I had to choose, it would probably be Riptide and Suddenly Royal or Jem. Oh wait I LOVE lemon zest and Raspberry Sorbet too. First Crush is also great… okay it’s impossible to choose only 2. Too hard… next question!

Her beautiful Raspberry Sorbet and Lemon Zest badge!

5. What's your dream AppleCheeks colour that doesn't exist yet?

I would LOVE a peach. A soft, pinky peach.

6. Destash, Unicorn, Permastash: which colour goes in each category?

If I had to destash any color, I would probably choose Eucalyptus. Is it blasphemy to say it’s not a favorite?! Although I do love it paired with peachy colored clothes. My permastash is definitely Riptide, I reach for it every single time it is clean. My unciron is a size 2 Samoa! We had a size 1 we got to play with for awhile but I didn’t fit my chunky butt so I would love a size 2!

7. What do you like to do as a family?

I would love to say my family has lots of fun exciting Alaskan adventures but honestly we can be quite boring. In the summer, we take lots of walks to the park across the street. We bbq a ton and spend time with family (we both have lots in town) and friends. Occasionally we do day lake trips and camping trips. In the winter we watch lots of movies and we are big hockey fans so we attend many of the local universities games.

8. What's your favourite movie? Book? Dinner to cook for your family?

I have a few hobbies that I haven’t been able to find time for recently. Life is just so crazy! I love to sew and was getting into scrapbooking again. My current favorite movie is the Hunger Game trilogy (go figure!) I love to read and have been in love with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. They just finished a season related to the first book and I loved it! I will admit, I do not enjoy cooking. I often go for the easiest things to prepare so it’s a good thing my family loves spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread so much!

Well, I don’t want to keep you away from the pasta and AppleCheeks selfies any longer, so we’ll wrap this up! Thanks for answering our questions! Readers, if you have any more questions for Ashley, please post them in the comments!