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!

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How to use your AppleCheeks


Welcome back, Little Bundle!

ACLittleBundleSM You can always count on AppleCheeks™ to bring the sexy back to cloth diapering, can't you? And our new Little Bundle packaging is no exception!

When we first launched we'd offered the Little Bundle as a retail package but not officially, just as a suggestion to our retailers. Now we are thrilled to announce our new packaging option! Each Little Bundle contains one AppleCheeks™ Envelope Cover and one super absorbent bamboo insert.

 Our sleeves are printed right here in our own building on 100% recycled paper! Can't beat that for local, can you?

Little Bundles are available for sale through our eStore and through our valued retailers!


Comfy boobies and clean bottoms



So slowly but surely, we're coming out with all the products you've requested along the way. After all, as I've mentioned before, your happiness = our happiness and we are here to serve!

I've got a couple of new products to mention today, and both should be available to order from your local retailer shortly, if they aren't already.

Washable Nursing Pads

The first one, as you can see above, is our 4-pack of super soft, super absorbent Washable Nursing Pads. We're huge proponents of breastfeeding here at AppleCheeks™ and boob comfort is a priority. Our Washable Nursing pads are made of the same, plush rayon from bamboo/cotton blend as the inserts you love. The bottom half of the pad is three layers, while the top is two layers, so that you get absorbency where you need it without added bulk.

Gentle Cleansing Solution and Concentrate 

ACGentleCleansing Our second set of exciting product releases are our Gentle Cleansing Solution, and Gentle Cleansing Concentrate. The gentle, all natural, multi-purpose disinfecting cleansing solution works perfectly in conjunction with our fabulous plush wipes. You're not limited to diaper changes with this solution. Use it on dirty hands and faces, for travel, etc. 

We've added Tea Tree Oil for it's anti-bacterial properties and Lavender for a gentle, pleasing smell.

When you run out of the solution, simply pick up a 4oz bottle of our Gentle Cleansing Concentrate and follow the directions on the bottle for diluting, and you're good to go! Stow some in your diaper bag, your purse, etc, and stop using throwaway wipes.

As always, our new products are designed, manufactured AND packaged right here in Montreal, Canada!


Why are you guys so expensive?? Uh, we're not!

ACLittleBundleSM Have you all been reading the reviews we're getting from blogging moms who are trying and LOVING our products? If not, here is a quick link to the list of them (it's not updated but we're working on it!). Pretty impressive, huh? We think so too, though we're not the sort to toot our own horns. See how we're modestly hanging our heads and shuffling our feet?

The reviews of the AppleCheeks™ system are consistently fantastic, without exception. We get top ratings for quality, performance, and customer service. But we keep falling short on the price point, and that's what I want to address in this post.

Let's look at the features that go into making every AppleCheeks™ diaper a high-end performer. Because really, when it comes to cloth diapers, you get what you pay for!

• Modular : The envelope cover can be used as all-in-one, or as a cover + insert

• A two-size cover and a one size insert. Thanks to the adjustable 2 row snaps, the two-sized covers fit baby from birth to toilet training, whatever her shape or size.

• Economical : The AppleCheeks™ system is designed to be attractive as a whole kit.

• 8 gorgeous colours and frequent limited editions that would suit even the most fashion conscious parents.


Now, when we created our system, we really thought it all through. Though we understand that there's a large portion of the population who prefers their cloth diaper stash to be an assemblage of a variety of brands (we totally get that desire, don't get us wrong! Fluffy mail is SO MUCH FUN!) there is also a large group who wants one, easy-to-use, well-supported system. AppleCheeks™ offers some great, pre-assembled packages that take the guesswork out of diaper shopping, and you know that when you invest in us, we invest in you (for proof, check out our Facebook Fan Page or trying emailing us with your question). This is the case whether you own one cover or a whole assembly! We don't care. All we care is that you're satisfied with our product!

If you place our system up against a system that is 1) manufactured outside of North America,  2) uses a synthetic insert system, 3) uses hook and loop closures instead of snaps or has only one row of snaps, 4) kind of, sort of fits, but not really, and 5) can only be used as a pocket diaper and not as a cover/insert system or vice versa, then yeah, we're going to come out LOOKING expensive. But at what cost? Ultimately, if a system doesn't really work or if it's going to cause problems and send you running back to the grocery store for your diapers, then sure, you've saved in the short term, but in the long term you're back to square one!

As the market's most versatile diaper (see our tutorial video which demonstrates how you can use your AppleCheeks™ as a pocket OR as a more economical cover/insert), AppleCheeks™ ultimately does not cost more than the leading competitors. It's all about the hard numbers!

Have YOU done the math? As the mother of a newborn (again) I find it hard not to think about how much money I'm saving by choosing to use cloth. Just pretend I actually bought my stash for this exercise. A full-time two-size AppleCheeks™ kit costs $836, which will give you 36 changes and be good for up to 35+lbs:

1. Ione goes through about 12 diapers in a 24 hour period, sometimes more.

2. I have about 24 changes in my stash at this point, which is not enough. I need another days' worth. So say I have 36 and I'm washing every three days. I expect that her usage will decline somewhat as she grows and stops pooping so much, so after three months let's drop the number to 8 diapers per day.

3. Throwaway diapers cost about $0.15 each around these parts for the cheap ones. So the first 3 months of usage would cost about $162 and the next 2 years and three months about $1000 for a total of $1162. If you use premium diapers or the so-called "environmentally-friendly" diapers, you can easily double that figure, so let's say $2200, because a lot of people prefer higher end brands for whatever reason. And those throwaways can only be used once. My AppleCheeks™ are on their second child now, so double my savings. Had I had them when my first was born, you could have tripled my savings, but we weren't around then.

So based on the equations above, I've already saved a couple of hundred to a thousand dollars on child one, and any subsequent children (there won't be any around here but there might be in your household!) will not cost anything.

Now, compare us to the leading retailers of one-size pocket diapers, which average about $24 for the whole shebang, cover and insert. For around the same price as our system you get 36 of their diapers, BUT you compromise on fit and performance as they are not nearly as customizable.

Remember, AppleCheeks™ is a two-sized cover because fit is NOT something we're willing to compromise on. But our inserts are one-sized and we've got some great additional options to make sure our system REALLY works for your baby!

The fact is, after over two years on the market and feedback from hundreds of satisfied parents, we KNOW that AppleCheeks™ meet the high standards parents have come to expect from their cloth diapers. Performance-wise we're right up there, and in terms of customer support we get top marks. We're moms too, so we treat you like we'd expect to be treated. And you shouldn't expect less!

Check out our retailer listings to find a source of AppleCheeks™ products near to you. More retailers are being added on a weekly basis, so check back regularly if you don't find someone in your neighbourhood!


Newborns and AppleCheeks™

I didn't realize quite how much I'd appreciate having a newborn and for which reasons exactly. It's funny because I've had two before. But I guess a certain amount of selective amnesia is to be expected. I forgot about how they force you to do NOTHING because, well, you haven't got hands to do anything with. And yes, third time around forced immobility IS appreciated.

I also forgot about the challenges of cloth diapering a newborn, and while for your average person this might not be so significant, for a co-owner of AppleCheeks™ who supports her customers through their own newborn trials, it's nice to have a hands-on refresher. So thank you to Ione for the opportunity to write this post! IMG_0428

First off, let me back up a step. I mentioned the challenges of cloth diapering a newborn. Really, I should have said diapering a newborn. Because cloth or otherwise, newborns are in a category of their own when it comes to containing their output.

My oldest daughter has this Baby Alive doll that takes a bottle. What goes in comes out right away, and while said baby lacks a digestive system, this is pretty much what you can expect with a newborn baby. What goes in must come out. And out it comes, in impressive quantity!

When Azure was about two months old I took her to a restaurant in a throwaway diaper, and she chose halfway through dinner to explode. The poop channeled right up the back of her diaper all the way up to her hair. My mother and I had to strip her down and wash her in the sink, it was so bad.

Guess what? Neither Phoenix nor Ione, both of whom were in cloth from day one, EVER experienced a blowout. We've had minor leg leakage only because there are times when nothing short of a duct taped seal will contain the mess, but the poop stays inside the diaper where it belongs for the most part. Yes, I might be doing an extra load of laundry or two a week for my diapers, but the clothes and linens are staying clean, which means far less of that sort of laundry compared to if I'd gone the throwaway route!

I often get asked if AppleCheeks™ are good from newborn, and I am happy to report that although I already knew this based on the extensive testing we did prior to launching our line, I can say from first hand experience that there is NO reason why AppleCheeks™ can't be the first item of clothing to touch your newborn's skin.

There are a few issues that seem to concern people, so let me address them one by one:

1. Meconium - We get MANY emails about meconium and staining. The fact is, meconium is far less inclined to permanently stain your diapers than regular breastmilk poop. Meconium is a tarry mess of all kinds of gunk that your baby accumulated in their gut in utero, and it's actually not very liquid or even all that sticky. It washes perfectly off diapers and mine don't even have the slightest residue. Ione pooped at least five times before my milk came in. If you are very concerned, consider using a disposable liner to keep it off the fabric, but really, it's not something to concern yourself with in as far as not using cloth from the get go is concerned. See number 5 below regarding staining.

2.The umbilicus - When a baby is born, the cord is clamped and cut and for a day or so baby is left with this big plastic thing attached to the stump. After a day, your doctor or midwife will undo that clamp and the stump will be left largely alone until it dries out and falls off. It will take anywhere from three days to two weeks for this to happen, but the fact of its presence does NOT mean you can't use AppleCheeks™.

I regret not having taken pictures of Ione's stump before it came off IMG_0429 but as you can see from this photo, the diapers fit nicely below her belly. Mind you, Ione is not a small baby and at just over three weeks old when this photo was taken she was already pushing 11lbs, but when she was born at 7lbs12oz I simply left the snaps at the waist done up loosely and they did not interfere with her belly button at all. The cord dried up nicely and fell off into her diaper during a change at five days old. If you have a small newborn you could always avoid doing up the waist snaps at all and just fold down the front flap to keep it off the cord.

3. Fit - This is the biggest challenge when it comes to diapering a newborn, in my opinion, and it's SO important because newborns are so little and yet they EXPLODE. This is also the benefit of a sized system vs. a one-size diaper. AppleCheeks™ REALLY fit. We've even had 4lb preemies in our diapers despite the fact that they are designed to start fitting a 7lb newborn. If you haven't already, please take the time to watch the two videos found here.

As well, some parents find that our one-size insert seems a little large on their tiny newborn. Though we do suggest folding your insert in thirds to fit nicely inside of your size 1 diaper, I have found that folding mine in four (as in in half and then in half again) makes for a much slimmer fit between the legs.

Alternately, we do make a two layer booster which is much thinner than an insert folded in half, and it could be a great insert for a size 1 if you have a small newborn that requires frequent changes. And if you do end up spending a little extra on our boosters you'll appreciate having them once the baby is older or for nighttime diapering.

4. Quantity - This is a tricky question so I'll base my recommendation on my experience and on what we've found works well for our customers. But really, the quantity you purchase depends on how often you're comfortable washing diapers. I prefer not to have to wash more often than every three days and if I can go longer I'm very happy. I unfortunately kept adding to my stash without really counting how many diapers I'd taken. But I'd estimate I have about 36 and for the first month or so I was washing every two days!

Why, you ask? Well, let me remind you about what I'd said about newborns in one of my opening paragraphs - remember Azure's Baby Alive doll? Yes, that was Ione. By the time she hit two months, however, she was down to a once-a-day poop so now I can easily go three days with my 36 diapers.

Remember, however, that when I say 36 diapers I actually mean 36 CHANGES. As AppleCheeks™ can be used as either a pocket-style diaper (1 insert + 1 cover) or as a cover/insert (3 inserts + 1 cover) you have to take your preferred method into account.

5. Staining - Fact: Diapers are there to contain poop. Fact: Poop stains. It's kind of hard to get away from this. So inevitably you will have to deal with some sort of residue/staining.

When used as a pocket-style cover with the fleece against the skin staining is minimized because the microfleece is not as absorbent.

When the bamboo inserts are used against the skin you can end up with quite a bit more staining because of the nature of natural fibres. They're just not as slippery as synthetic fibres.

So what can you do? First thing's first, DON'T PANIC. They're just stains. If your diapers smell clean then they are clean, even if they don't really look it. Staining is aesthetic and really, no one sees it but you. Your baby presents the stain-free side of her diapers to the world for the viewing pleasure of her admirers. They won't recoil in horror if the diapers are slightly stained on the inside. Check out the baby clothes of people who choose throwaways and THEN you'll see what staining is all about!

But if they do bother you, there are a few great ways to remove them. The first tried and true method is the sun. This is a great option for inserts, but we do not recommend hanging your covers in the direct sunlight as it can dry out the elastic.

The second great option is a prolonged soak in an oxygen bleach. I don't mean a product like Oxyclean but rather a simple product that is made from hydrogen peroxide. These products tend to be pretty mild and shouldn't harm your diapers, but they are excellent at breaking down the buildups that cause the staining. Fill your laundry sink with very hot water and add half a cup of the oxygen bleach and soak for two to four hours before washing.

As well, certain detergents, such as Lulu's Glamour Wash, are made with ingredients that are proven to minimize staining.

6. Creams - Along with most cloth diaper manufacturers, we're not fans of the use of creams. First off, creams are created to prevent a moisture barrier and moisture barrier = repelling. You don't want your cloth diapers repelling as that sort of defeats the purpose of diapering in the first place. Secondly, the conditions that cause rashing in throwaway diapers are controllable with cloth so we prefer to trouble-shoot with you and figure out what's irritating your child so it can be eliminated.

However, there are circumstances where creams are necessary, such as in the case where a circumcision is chosen and a cream has to be used to protect the incision if it heals.

Repelling is not the end of the world because it can be fixed but so long as you are using any creams we recommend the use of a throwaway liner (our own will be available towards the end of August!). As well, it's much more challenging to remove cream buildup from the microfleece than it is from our natural-fibre inserts, so you may not want to stuff your diapers for the period of time that you need to use the creams.

I think that's about it in a nutshell! If you have any other questions or concerns that I have not addressed, please email me and I'll do my best to answer your questions!