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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 doing handstands, doing pull-ups, co-sleeping, 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 beautiful 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.

Natalie is the Social Media Coordinator for AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers. You can find her on @AppleCheeksDipe on Twitter or Instagram or the Facebook page! Natalie is the mother of three children - Elinor (6), Grant (3) and Roslyn, who will celebrate her first year of life - fully diapered in AppleCheeks - in December! If you follow her personal account on Instagram @justgnatty, you'll know that she's just a little obsessed with taking fun photos of these diapers and has an outright addiction to MiniZips. Got a blog topic, giveaway wish or product feature idea? Send a note to natalie@applecheeks.com!

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7:28PM

Product Line Updates!

The Year of the Prints is moving right along, but we wanted to take a moment to update you on our product line offerings.

First up: Size 4 plus larger 3 pli inserts!


We've had a wonderful response to our Size 3 covers but there was still a demand for an even larger size of reusable diaper. Finally, a larger sized cover geared to older children, teens, and small adults! These covers fit individuals weighing between 60 - 100+lbs, but as with our two other sizes, that sizing is approximate. With waist extenders the system will fit up to about 145lbs, depending on the build of the individual and the combo of inserts. We recommend using this cover with our Extra Large 3-pli bamboo insert, folded in half the long way, depending on absorbency needs. Combine with our regular 3-pli inserts, or double up for maximum absorbency! The larger inserts are approximately 17.5"x19.5". 

And next: Updated Learning Pants!

Customer feedback (yes, we listen!) led us to update our Learning Pants. The new style features absorbency from the same material as our bamboo/cotton inserts, instead of the microfiber. Also, there's no more pocket for stuffing the included insert for extra absorbency - all of the accident-catching power is built right in! The new style is available in the following prints: Flamingle, The Shark Side, Iguana Dance, 150 and an extra round of You Rock! (keep in mind that You Rock! was also produced in the original style.)

Be sure to let us know how you like these additions to our lineup, and what else you'd love to see from AppleCheeks!

3:16PM

The Prints Keep Coming!

We're almost halfway through the year, and we've had so much fun revealing our new prints!

In April, we released The Shark Side and Flamingle into the wild (and your stashes). These prints were produced in Size 1, 2 and 3 covers, OS covers, MiniZips, Size 1 Sacs and Size 2 Sacs (with the exception of no Flamingle Size 2 Sacs) and PRINTED SWIM DIAPERS! Did we mention these prints are also available in our new style of Learning Pants? (Stay tuned for a post about those soon!)

Last week we were delighted to bring you our first Canada-themed print: 150! Iguana Dance joined 150 in a dual June reveal, and we are loving the fantastic response to both of these gorgeous prints. These prints are available in Size 1, 2 and 3 Covers, OS Covers, MiniZips, Size 1 Sacs and Size 2 Sacs, as well as Swim Diapers and Learning Pants!

We've got another print in the works for late summer...what do you think it could be?

3:22PM

Using AppleCheeks From Birth!

In our wonderful online community on Facebook - Peace. Love. AppleCheeks. - we see lots of questions on using AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers on babies directly from birth. Guess what? It's a thing, and it's fabulous. Let's discuss some of the frequently asked topics!

1. How Many Diapers/Changes Do I Need?

You'll want to have about 7-10 changes per 24 hours for those first few days. Brand new squishes don't put out a lot of urine, but they do start to produce solid waste! Speaking of...

2. What About Meconium? Does it stain?

Meconium is the EASIEST poop you will ever wash. Promise! It looks scary but comes right out and your fluff will still have sparkling white fleece. Some people like to use the disposable liners, but really, it's not necessary. You can take those soiled diapers and toss them right into the pail or storage sac, and right into the wash!

3. What Kind of Inserts?

A baby who is one or two days old will not have a lot of moisture output, so some people use a couple of boosters as a very trim insert that adequately soaks it all up. Our super soft 2 pli bamboo is a wonderfully versatile insert, and you can fold to meet your baby's size, shape and absorbency needs. The quarter fold is especially popular with newbies! Check out popular folds here!

4. Stuff or AI2?

Some people like the ease of a pre-stuffed diaper - it's simple for anyone to handle diaper changes - and others like the slightly different fit of all in 2, where the insert is laid on top of the fleece. The other benefit to all in 2 is that if the cover is not wet, soiled or smelly, you can reuse it for another change or two! This can be especially helpful in those early days of very frequent changes. For guidance, our website details each method here.

5. What Size Stash?

We recommend a minimum of 24 changes between laundry sessions. Building up to 30-36 will give you more breathing room between wash days and help prolong the life of your stash. You can do this with 24-36 covers plus inserts, or 8-12 covers plus 24-36 inserts. You need an insert for every change, but if you use as AI2, you can have fewer covers and reuse them. Other things to simplify your fluff-lovin' life are fleece liners, cloth wipes and all the storage sacs for organization (helloooo, MiniZips!) and easy outings! Peruse shopapplecheeks.com or your favourite retailer for all of your cloth diapering supplies!

We'd love to hear your best tips for using those beautiful ruffles on baby from birth - leave a comment or send an email to natalie@applecheeks.com! Have questions? We love to hear those, too!

7:45PM

A ReWilding Experience!

We've got a fun MommyCon Exclusive for you this year - ReWild Child!

It's the beloved Wild Child print, reimagined in stunning colours! Bright jewel tones have transformed this fan favourite into a whole new look. In Memphis, we brought along super limited quantities of Size 1 Storage Sacs and Swim Diapers. (psst - we released just a few of the swim diapers on our site, for Canadians only! Click here. Hurry - once we're sold out, the listing will disappear.) Other events this year will feature more items, like Envelope Covers and those hot little MiniZips! Stay tuned to our Page, join our fan chat group and subscribe to our newsletter on our website so you don't miss ANY news about this print!

Are you coming to meet us? Find out which events Amy & iLana will be speaking at! MommyCon 2017

8:00PM

Sparkles & Rainbows

A huge part of AppleCheeks is our online community. Sometimes it seems like the group as a whole develops its own personality, and even moods. There are days that leave us brimming with joy and wonder at beautiful events, and there are days that leave us sapped of all positive energy. It is not an uncommon occurrence in online groups, though - but how do we get our sparkle back?

It starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with every single individual deciding to be a positive part of someone's day. It doesn't require PIFs or fluff mail - although aren't those fun? It doesn't require having the biggest, fanciest stash shot - although aren't those fun? It can be as simple as deciding to "smile" at everyone you come across in the crazy world of virtual connections. You never know who might be having a rough day, and your uplifting statement or compliment might be the best thing that happened to them in a long time. Hint: EVERYONE loves to hear how beautiful/cute/adorable/sweet their baby or child is. The members of our online community are there because they love the friendship and interaction with fellow devoted AppleCheeks fans. There's a place for everyone, and no one is alone. You CAN find someone who is like you and form a wonderful relationship - even though you may never meet in person. Take the time to welcome a new member. Take the time to get to know a longer-term member. Is everyone picturing sparkly rainbows now?

Be the light. Be kind. Show love. You may find that when you do those things, they will be reflected back to you, multiplied. Are you ready to shine?