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Take $5 off and receive Free shipping on an order of $50 or more at Kellys Closet. Use coupon code NEW at checkout.

Valid Jan.3rd & 4th only. Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
Limit 1 coupon code per order.

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Weekend Super Saver Coupon! Jan.3rd & 4th!

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Im very happy to announce that the winner from this week is actually a pregnant lady!!! She is expecting her first baby due in February, and she has a cutest puppy named Ellie. Check her out on her blog.
Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your diapers shipped!!!!! We all wish you a fast delivery and a healthy baby!!!
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Fluff Friday Winner from Week 9!!!!!

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Happy New Year! As I reflect on 2008 I am so pleased at how many things our company has accomplished and thank you for helping us!


I also want to dedicate this post and ask you what you would like to see for 2009 from our blog and our company. We want to make your experience here at the blog the best ever and your shopping experience at our stores fun and informative.

Some questions I have for you all:

1. What kind of articles/topics would you like to see on future posts?

2. Any suggestions on how we can make the blog better? (link suggestions, layout, communications)

3. What new product(s) would you like to see us carry?

4. Any service(s) we can provide on the blog and/or our stores?

5. Any other comments or suggestions would be appreciated!

Post your comments between today, New Year's Day, and next Sunday (January 4th) and get an extra entry into our Fluff Friday Drawing!
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Models: Nicol C. and daughter, Audrey P. and son, Shannon T. and daughter, Heather R.'s son and puppy, and little girls Gaby, Mia and Mimi F. ***Thanks for your cooperation! ***
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New Year's Eve Day!

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Most moms I talk to are oftentimes discouraged from even considering cloth diapers because they are intimidated and overwhelmed by the mere thought of having to wash “dirty” diapers. My husband, too, shot down my initial suggestion of cloth diapering when I was pregnant with our first darling daughter because of his concerns with washing them.

My initial thoughts when it came to laundering cloth diapers were, “What’s the big deal? I’m already doing laundry; what’s an extra load or two a week. It can’t possibly be too vexing; after all the machine is doing most of the work.” I personally LOVE doing laundry. However, in my early cloth diaper days I discovered a few challenges that almost had me throwing in the proverbial towel.

I read many comments online about not having to rinse soiled diapers of exclusively breastfed (EBF) babies. Just throw the soiled diaper in the pail and it will all come out in the wash. How simple! Now imagine my dismay after the first load of diapers came out looking nearly the same way they went in. YUCK!

I quickly figured out that I wouldn’t be able to get away with not rinsing the diapers before putting them in the pail. Thankfully I purchased the bumGenius Shop and Go Pak from Kelly’s Closet which included the nifty diaper sprayer making rinsing a cinch! This step along drastically improved the cleanliness of my dipes after laundering them.

Unfortunately, I still had issues with the vibrant orange poo juice stains. After a bit of online detective work I discovered the culprit: hard water. But not just ordinary hard water; I’m talking water so hard if measured and ranked on Mohs Hardness Scale it would be as hard as a diamond.

Simply put, hard water has a lot of minerals in it, namely calcium and magnesium. Detergents don’t work as well in hard water because they often work at softening the water instead of cleaning the clothes – so a separate water softener is strongly recommended. After adding a water softener to my detergent I finally achieved the oh-so-clean diapers I had been longing for!

Some common (and not so common) water softeners are Borax (sodium borate), pH UP (sodium carbonate), and Calgon (polycarboxylates). Most pocket diaper manufacturers will recommend/approve the use of Calgon for combating hard water while laundering their products. The aforementioned additives also do wonders for softening hard water which is why you will find both of these elements in many of the “cloth diaper friendly” detergents such as Allen’s Naturally, Country Save, Planet, etc… However, it’s important to keep in mind these elements have been carefully formulated/measured to be effective but not harmful to your clothes and diapers.

If you find that you are having difficulties with your cloth diapers not coming out completely clean - hard water may be the problem! The easiest way to detect hard water is if you notice soap scum in your bathtub or on your shower tiles, and/or calcified deposits (white buildup) on plumbing fixtures (sink/bath faucets) and/or inside your coffee maker or tea kettle.

Here is a photo of the United States with a visual breakdown of concentration of water hardness... I figured this would help you guys visually to pinpoint your area and have an idea on the level of water hardness you may be dealing with:

- By Serena
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Could you have hard water?

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I started working on Bummis in 1988 as a new mother. I have 3 sons – who are now all enormous! I always used cloth diapers on my babies and always felt pretty passionate about the whole issue. I knew first hand that really great and affordable products made it easy to use cloth diapers. So I developed thBetsye products I needed on my own babies and tested them on many, many others in my circle and beyond. Then I took everything I had learned from my wonderful father who was an entrepreneur, and founded Bummis. It was a long and winding path to where we are now – I home schooled all my kids, so we grew slowly but steadily over the years. I have been working with my business partner Shirley Murdock, since 2000. She makes it way more fun to be in business, and we compliment each other nicely. She is detail oriented and a scientist and problem solver, and I am big picture and still way too passionate!

We live on this wonderful little cloth diapering planet here at Bummis that we and our employees have created. We have a lovely factory with lots of plants and natural light, and our offices are situated there. We also have two beautiful little stores in the Montreal area where we sell tons of cloth diapers, baby carriers and nursing supplies. In addition we have a warehouse and a small staff in upstate NY, in the very scenic 1000 Islands. I am an American citizen and so am able to work in both countries. We all really enjoy working on our special little planet refuge at Bummis, and we have a great team - all of whom care passionately about whaShirleyt we do and how we do it.

Something that is at the core of our work is the notion of giving back. We give abundantly – donating diaper covers and diapers to orphanages around the world. We give sets of diapers and covers to needy women in Montreal on a regular basis – through a couple of our favourite aid organizations. And we proudly support our local and very cool meals on wheels (bicycles sometimes!), Santropol Roulant.

Encouraging parents to use cloth diapers is easy – waste reduction, cost and comfort are our 3 irrefutable arguments. I have to say that even after all these years, I still love pre-folds and covers. I find them versatile, super absorbent and easy! Very affordable too!

We concentrate on constantly improving and upgrading our products, and also on teaching people how to use and wash them so that they will be successful at cloth diapering. We make it our priority to give great customer service and support – we love solving problems! We still do a lot of testing of our products and use our stores as laboratories. In fact our famous Cotton Diapering Kit is actually something that worked amazingly well in our store – which is why we stuck it in a box and offered it to everyone! Soon it will be a super reasonably priced Organic Cotton Diapering Kit!

Diaper covers are our specialty – we make 3 with hook and loop closures and one pull-on. We also make a great swim pant and training pants as well. They are all made in our Montreal factory with North American fabrics and components. Our diapers are imported from Pakistan , and are oeko – tex certified. We are working with our supplier to obtain SA 8000 certification, which is a measure of social accountability.

Who are we?

We are first and foremost mothers, who know that good quality, easy to use and affordable diaper covers make it easy to use cloth diapers. We encourage parents to use cloth diapers because of the many benefits to be had in terms of waste reduction, cost and comfort.

We work hard to create good quality products, and we stand behind our products. Our diaper covers are all made in our own factory in Montreal.

Customer service is our priority – we provide user guides, washing instructions and telephone/e-mail support.

We believe in giving back wherever and whenever we can. Donation and service are at the core of our values. Our customers, suppliers and employees are the foundation of our success, and we treat them with the appreciation and respect they deserve.

We believe we are making a difference in the world through our business practices - and we have been doing it since 1988!

Our Diaper Covers - A comparison

Super Whisper WrapSuper Whisper Wrap
• Will fit with just about any type of cloth diaper – flat or fitted.
• Can be washed industrially – is very sturdy!
• Easy care – hot wash and dryer are fine. Is somewhat more prone to detergent residue problems, due to the extra layer of polyester.
• Parents love this cover because the laminate layer is hidden inside the layers of polyester and is not in contact with baby’s skin.
• Available in white and fun, colorful prints
• Excellent all around easy to use, easy to wash cover.

Super BriteSuper Brite
• A gusseted cover that makes it easy to contain messes with any type of cloth diaper – flat or fitted.
• Works well on hard-to-fit or long and skinny babies.
• Features a special newborn size with an umbilical cord cut-out that fits teeny tiny babies!
• Single layer of polyester with lamination means that you can simply wipe clean and re-use.
• Easy care - machine wash and dry at high temperatures. Crazy bright colours and a funky retro print.

Polar BummiPolar Bummi
• A premium diaper cover with superior moisture vapour transmission properties. Over three times more breathable than other diaper covers!
• Especially comfortable for nighttime diapering and for babies with sensitive skin.
• Gusseted to provide coverage with any type of cloth diaper – flat or fitted.
• Very easy to care for – can be washed and dried with your diapers.
• Available in a soft, creamy beige.

Bummi OriginalBummi Original
• A favourite with diaper service customers - the fit is legendary. In some circles this diaper cover has cult status.
• 6 sizes for an excellent and very specific fit with a flat diaper only.
• Slim, trim, lightweight nylon with a mesh interior to create airflow and reduce slippage of diaper within cover.
• Soft and stretchy lycra leg bindings.
• Available in white.
• Needs special attention in laundering – wash in lukewarm water, air dry only.

Whisper PantWhisper Pant
• Pull-on design – fabulous with fitted diapers!
• Lightweight nylon – no tearing or cracking like old fashioned plastic pants.
• Stretchy, soft lycra bindings
• Needs special attention in laundering – wash in lukewarm water, air dry only.

• Our very chic swimpant – a Bummi Original with a cotton exterior, used without a diaper inside
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Product Focus: Bummis

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Are you pregnant right now?? Do you have a baby that is less than 2 weeks old??
I understand that this is a HUGE gift for anybody, but especially to those that are expecting a baby or just got a new baby, so if your answer is YES to any of the questions listed above, you can make an EXTRA comment PER DAY to increase your chances of winning!!!!
Have in mind that YOU need to be pregnant or with a new baby... You cant post a comment for another person that is not you...
Good luck!!!!
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More EXTRA comments for the Fluffl Friday from Week 9!

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What would you win? The winner will get: A COMPLETE COTTON DIAPERING KIT FROM BUMMIS!!!!!!!!!
There are two options to choose from:
8-15 pounds: (A $117 value)
36 incredibly thick and thirsty unbleached cotton pre-fold diapers and 6 Super Whisper Wraps. Enough diapers for 3 days of diapering your new baby. No need to wash more often! Plus a user guide and a roll of flushable liners.
15-30 pounds: (A $144 value)
24 of our gorgeous unbleached pre-fold diapers with 4 Super Whisper Wraps. Plus our user guide and a roll of flushable liners.

What to do?
Simply leave a comment telling us what is your most important resolution for this new year. Don’t forget to leave a way for us to contact you if you're the winner. You don’t need to have a blog to win, but be sure to leave your email address if you don’t have one.

When? You should leave your comment before Thursday, January 1st at 8pm EST.
What else to know? You can make ONE comment PER DAY. If you want to get more comments there are several ways to do it:

1 - Being or becoming one of our followers gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower.
2 - Being a subscriber of our blog or subscribing to our blog, gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower.
3 - Commenting in other posts during the week will give you ONE EXTRA comment PER EACH comment that you make. Simply post a comment on this one saying the title of the post where you wrote your comment. So, what are you waiting for?? Participating on other posts pays off!!!
4 - Advertising the giveaway in a forum or other blog gives you ONE extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a advertising and where.
5 - Using our button on your blog (or starting to) gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are using it and where.

How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, January 2nd, and will notify the winner by blog or email that they've won.

Who can participate? US Residents and Canadians are welcome!

Important note about the winner: If we havent hear from the winner by the closing time of next week's giveaway, we will be choosing another winner that will be published TOGETHER with next week's winner. We promise to do our best to get in contact with the winners.

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell all your family and friends about the giveaway! It will if somebody that you knows get to win, in case you dont win yourself!!!
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Fluff Fridays - Week 9 *** CLOSED ***

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