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Cloth diapering is a family affair at our household. In some form or fashion everyone has a "job" when it comes to diapers. I have two older children- Olivia (10) and Hanz (8). Olivia is so helpful in more ways than one. She loves to entertain Riley (4 months), helps me give him a bath, gets his clothes, and the best part- changes his diaper! She doesn't even complain if he did a "you know what!"

Olivia has a calm spirit and a very good energy about her. I told her she would be a wonderful pediatrician and she is considering it. She is a 5th grader and loves to dance. She takes jazz and tap lessons. She also enjoys taking horse-back riding lessons. She keeps asking me- "Mommy, when are you going to have another baby?" What a sweetie!

My son Hanz is the official diaper folder, snapper, etc! He knows the name of every brand diaper without looking at the tag. He keeps telling me he loves the Blueberry One Size Minky Diaper by saying, "Mommy, I just love that tie dyed diaper." (It's not really tie dyed but looks that way.) As you can see from the picture he is snapping a Fuzzi Bunz.

Hanz is a smart little boy. He loves to read and hardly ever watches tv. He skipped 2nd grade and is now in 4th grade at age 8. He tells me, "Mommy, someday I am going to be an inventor."

We have a points reward system here at the house. I just love giving reward points! Each task is worth a point. At the end of the week they redeem their points and can put it in their savings and/or spend as they wish. It is a great program and gets everyone involved in the daily routine. Hanz gets 2 points everytime he snaps a batch of diapers and I give Olivia a certain amount of points for helping me do extra things around the house.
I am so blessed to have three wonderful children and I am especially grateful to Olivia and Hanz for helping me out each and everyday!
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Mommy's Little Helpers

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What happened to cloth diapers? Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, grocery clerk. Ask any of them about cloth diapers. Everyone knows and will quickly tell you (along with other wonderful and unsolicited bits of advice) that cloth diapers are nothing but trouble. They are smelly, bulky and cumbersome and there are PINS! You have to wash deposits out of them in the toilet and there are PINS!

Thanks to the invention of wrist corsages, I (and other guys my age) have avoided the opportunity to start an evening off poorly by stabbing someone that we wanted to make a good impression on. After dodging that bullet, do I really want to make a terrible first impression on this wonderful little girl? “Welcome to the world! Here’s your first piercing.” No thank you, I’ll gladly spend the extra money to come home with packs of diapers like college students with cases of beer. NO PINS!

What do you mean cloth diapers have changed? Sure there have been remarkable advances in computer technology. Sure video games have come a long way since Pong. But cloth diapers are cloth. How could they have changed? Two words: no pins. That’s right, while we were celebrating the birth of the Internet, movies on discs called DVDs and phones the size of business cards that go everywhere; someone invented a little thing called the snappi. My wife discovered this magical item on the Internet, and suddenly cloth diapers seemed do- able. When did cloth diapers get this makeover? I must have missed it because Ty Pennington wasn’t shouting about it on a bullhorn or gathering entire neighborhoods to shout at bus drivers to move their buses.

As if finding a magical stretchy, T-shaped pin alternative wasn’t enough, thanks to the Internet, a friend of my wife found a pattern online to make cloth diapers, which opened up a whole other dimension of pin-free cloth diapering. My wife bought stylish, chic and fun material to make cloth diapers with elastic and Velcro. Our daughter has cloth diapers with paisley patterns, shoes, purses and my personal favorite-the Packers diaper for football season! When the entire state of Wisconsin turns green and gold every game day, our little girl was able to join in by wearing a green and gold with Packers logo cloth diaper! Before anyone gets the wrong idea—don’t worry—we didn’t let her soil the team colors. The material on the inside of the diaper was purple and yellow with the Vikings logo!

When I was younger, I never thought I’d grow up to be excited and knowledgeable about cloth diapers. Life can be surprising, though. For my wife and I, cloth diapers are just as easy to use as disposable diapers, a lot more cost effective and can be fashionable, too. Plus, it’s fun to amaze people with a vast amount of knowledge on the advances of cloth diaper technology. When your uncle shows you where he stabbed his thumb changing a diaper in the middle of the night twenty-some years ago, you can boast that you will never pierce your thumb and show him why. That’s right this isn’t your parents’ cloth diapering-cloth diapering now comes with bragging rights-oh yeah. And NO PINS!
-By Jason E.- Blog Contributor
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Congratulations Winners!

*Largest order of the week (Oct 21st-28th) receives 1000 rewards points
WINNER: Colleen D. of Lancaster, PA

SUPER GRAND PRIZE: 12 pack of Bumgenius One Size Pocket Diapers (includes NEW colors)
WINNER: Kathleen W. of Kutztown, PA
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Since starting The Cloth Diaper Whisperer I have come across some absolutely wonderful blogs. Dinker and Giggles is a site owned by Alaina Frederick and is a wonderful resource for natural parenting information, "dinker and stinker reviews", and much more. Currently she dabbles in a little bit of everything- from writing books, guest blogging, learning new tools of the trade like- wordpress, twitter, and so much more. She keeps herself busy with her freelance assistant work and her upcoming web solutions company. Alaina is even coming out with a new book focusing on cloth diapering in March 2009!

Pop on over and visit Dinker and Giggles for their 31 days of free giveaways from Oct.20th-Nov.20th. Dinker and Giggles is now offering a $40 gift certificate giveaway to our Kelly's Closet store.

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Dinker and Giggles-Where natural and fun come together

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When JaneƩ Pedersen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Noelle, last year, she was certain that cloth diapers were the right thing for her.

“I knew I would use cloth before I was even pregnant with my daughter. I did a lot of research online and by the time we came home from the hospital, I had my stash ready to go!” she says.

Pedersen, like many of today’s eco-minded new moms, is part of a growing number of women who are ditching disposable diapers for more environmentally-friendly diapering options. The influx of moms going green has been a key contributing factor to the booming resurgence of cloth diapering.

The good news is that there are many cloth diapering systems for a mom to choose from, however, this plethora of options can be overwhelming. Here is advice from three veteran cloth diapering moms on how to get started -- and stick with -- cloth diapering.

Get Educated
“The first thing a mom needs to do is become educated on the different types of cloth diapering systems, from pockets to all-in-ones to fitteds,” advises Kelly Wels, who is expecting her third baby and is the founder of Kelly's Closet, a popular cloth diapering boutique. “After a little research, moms will realize that cloth diapering has nothing to do with pins, rubber pants or soaking and swirling dirty diapers.”

Wels also recommends that moms turn to the Internet, specifically the Diaper Pin, to learn the cloth diapering lingo and read about the different cloth diaper brands.

Try Different Types and Brands
New mom Jesi Josten from Denver concedes that figuring out what type of cloth diaper to choose can be overwhelming. “I always suggest that you buy a couple of each kind of diaper, then sell off the ones that don't work and go with the ones that do. Sometimes what sounds great on paper doesn't really work for you in real life,” she counsels.

Go With the Tried and True
With new diaper brands popping up every day, Wels advises that you can’t go wrong using the tried and true brands. “I usually recommend new moms use Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers because they are so easy-to-use and wash at home,” she says. In fact, Wels has dedicated an entire online boutique, Fuzzi Bunz Online, to exclusively selling this type of diapers and accessories.

Other tried and true brands include BumGenius and Happy Heinys, which are popular one-sized pocket diaper brands available online at One Size Diaper Store. These diapers allow parents to squeeze maximum value from their investment because the same diaper fits most babies from newborn to toddler.

Josten says when she first started cloth diapering her 16-month-old daughter, Violet, pocket cloth diapers were all the rage. However, these diapers just didn’t work for her daughter so she switched to Thirties fitted diapers. Josten is happy she made the switch rather than give up on cloth diapering altogether.

“I’ve learned that there is no such thing as one-kind-fits-all. There are literally hundreds of different brands and styles to choose from, so even if you have a hard-to-fit baby you can find something that works for you,” she says.

Follow Your Heart
Josten believes that it’s important to make decisions that mean something to the world-at-large. “My husband and I try really hard to follow the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ motto in our daily life, and I just couldn't see throwing away literally dozens of diapers a day into landfills. My research into cloth confirmed my beliefs that this was the best way to go.”

Don’t Give Up
Josten also advises that moms shouldn't give up if cloth diapering doesn’t seem to be working for them right away. She suggests getting support from a local mom who uses cloth diapers too. “It would have been great to have a mentor to meet with where I could actually touch and feel the diapers and ask questions about cloth diapers in real-life.”

Wels says that cloth diapering is so much easier than most people think and tells moms that they should at least give cloth diapering a chance if they are even remotely curious about it. “Give it a shot. You might just surprise yourself and become a fellow mom of the cloth.”

-Jenny L.,-Blog Contributor
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Don't forget there are only 2 more days left to enter our Super Grand Prize drawing to win a 12 pack of Bumgenius One Size Diapers!

View our previous post about the delays of this great giveway.

You can enter the drawing until Tuesday night, October 28th by 12 midnight est.

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Yes, how embarrassing and I can't believe I am admitting it. I forgot to change my son's diaper. I am usually right on top of changing but Friday happened.

It was a crazy morning and we all slept late. My older kids, Olivia (10) and Hanz (8) needed to be at school at 8:30 and it was 7:55.

Have you ever tried to get yourself, a 4 month old, 10 year old, and 8 year old out the door in 30 minutes or less? Luckily I just fed Riley and turned around to look at the alarm clock to see 7:55 am. I literally freaked. I quickly changed the baby and headed downstairs to get the older kids up. My 10 year is grouchy in the morning and I popped in her room and the dreaded words of,"Olivia we need to leave in 20 minutes."

Fortunately the diaper bag was already packed and I had the kids lunches made,backpacks ready, by 8:20am. My husband was coming with me this morning as he had to have a test done at the hospital and I was taking him over.

We managed to get the kids to school by 8:30 am. I was feeling pretty good about the morning especially with the major crunch time.

We got to the hospital at 9:05am. I lifted the back door of my Jeep to get the diaper bag and .....can you guess? It WASN'T THERE! My daughter was supposed to take it to the Jeep for me but in the rush she forgot it. Oh my goodness. A 4 month old and no diapers, no wipes, NOTHING. I said to myself "Stupid,stupid,stupid....I have 40,000 diapers sitting at my shop, a full diaper bag at home, and now I have nothing. Poor Riley. Well, diaper don't fail me now."

It seemed liked forever waiting in the waiting room. Riley nursed and you know what usually happens after that...a big BM (bowel movement). This time there was nothing. Phew! My husband finished his test and was famished (he had to fast) and said, "Let's go out to breakfast."

I had to say yes as it was almost 15 hours since he last ate. I still heard no sounds from below the waist line (LOL) and no leaks. Next, hubby wanted to stop at the hardware store to get something.

After all this we got home around 12:45. Hubby was so sweet and said,"Why don't I watch the baby for awhile and you can get caught up on emails." It was 2:00pm before I realized that I hadn't changed Riley in over 6 hours. I went into the other room and felt so terrible. I swooped Riley up and changed him. No leaks at all and his bum wasn't even red. (Hubby felt bad too that he forgot to change him.)

So, yes life happens and we forget to change our baby's diaper. Even The Cloth Diaper Whisperer does too. (shhhhh!)

By the way, Riley was wearing a BumGenius Organic One Size All-in-One Diaper!

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The day I forgot to change Riley's diaper!

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