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Weekend Super Saver Coupon! Jan. 17th & Jan 18th

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The winner has been a commenter from the beginning and it is very nice to see her winning... She has three GORGEOUS kids (2 boys and a girl), and she recently had a very successful night with a new bedtime plan with her kids (go to her blog to read about it). On her comments here she mentioned that: "Potty training has been one of the most difficult parenting things for her", and as she still has two more kids to potty train we hope these trainers help her a bit!

Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your trainers shipped!
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BlueBerry Minky Trainers Winner!!!!!

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She doesnt have a blog available, so we cant peak on her life, but as she mentions on her comments, she just graduated one of her kids from diapers, but she still has three more kids to go!!!! I wonder if they are 4, 3, 2 and 1...

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I really hope she comes by and sees it and there is no way to contact her as she doesnt have a blog, or a profile, or a email posted.... Im sure *or at least I hope* that she will check in!
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Fluff Friday Winner from Week 11!!!!!

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Ladies and gents, I really like (LOVE) ebay.

What started as an online trading site for PEZ Dispenser collectors has in a very short time evolved into what can best be described as the world's largest garage sale!

Got a gift that you don't want to regift...put it on ebay. Looking for Rudy the Robot from 1969, check out ebay. Want to comparison shop for an item, and see the range of prices others are paying for an item you saw in the department store...research it on ebay.

As a cheapskate at heart I go on to look for bargains on things that I can't find at a traditional brick and mortar store. Recently, my wife Kelly mentioned the need to replace her favorite jeans. These were not just any jePhotobucketan, they were a discontinued levis low slouch, type 1 button fly, buckle back jean in size :). I gave some thought to my search terms, and ventured off on my ebay safari. Low and behold, within a week I had 3 pairs headed our way!

We live in a 18th century farm house. As such, I insist that all the furnishings must be comensurate with the period of the home +-40 years. Where do you turn to find a 1700's writing chair? ebay! In the case if the chair, I wound up winning the auction paying 1/10th of what the chair would normally cost. The bad news, I had to shlep from Maine, to Long island, NY taking backroads, and a hairy Ferry ride to pick it up! But I got it boy!

I have seen nooks and crannies of the northeast, and New England in particular, that I never knew existed. I've met some great, folks, and a few colorful characters. I've gotten stares from folks on the road as I motor passed with my latest quarry lashed to the roof of my car. Each and every adventure is different, but they all culminate in that sense of excitement when the item you ordered arrives in the mail (like cloth diapers!!), or you drive to pick up an item, and it exceeds your expectations.

Like the stock exchange, the auction at ebay provides the widest assortment of items imaginable, at prices set by what we the market will bear.

Happy ebay,

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The Cloth Diaper Whisperer's Husband Loves Ebay

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The following post is written by Margarita McClure, owner of Blueberry and Swaddlebees. We currently don't have the Blueberry Minky Trainers in stock but they are on order and expected to stocked in our Kelly's Closet store in about 2 weeks. Margarita really went into detail with me when I inquired about this trainer and told me it is extremely absorbent and most likely the most absorbent cloth trainer on the market. Have fun reading!

"While we created the One Size Minky diapers for picky cloth diapering moms, the Blueberry Minky Trainers was created for the picky toddler, who, as we all know are at that age when they are starting to exercise their little opinions already.

Designed with an outer layer of waterproof minky in a variety of fun colors and prints, it is equipped with an inner layer of soft cotton velour and 2 generous hidden layers of absorbent microfiber terry in the wet zone. The cotton velour inner lets the baby feel it when they have wet to help facilitate potty learning. The gentle waist and leg elastics will enable your little one to pull the trainer up and down by themselves, to help foster independence.

This trainer is meant to catch a major accident, or several little ones. We used it a lot for overnights, when our youngest son would just be too sleepy to get up and go potty. We also used it for our eldest son, who, at around 2.5 yrs regressed for a few weeks to not wanting to go potty first thing in the morning after being dry all night (he was already night trained by 14 months). Both boys loved the ritual of picking out their night diapers before going to bed. They definitely loved the Minky Trainers and picked out a different print each night.

Several customers have also sworn by these Minky trainers, claiming them as their “workhorse trainers”. It’s also a good alternative to when you’re ready to start the potty training process, but not quite ready for regular underwear yet and still need the absorbency of diapers."

Margarita wants you try them out.... That is why she is giving away TWO MINKY TRAINERS to one of our readers. All the entries from the Fluff Friday of this week will be entered on this giveaway, and the winner will be posted on Friday, together with the winner of the Fluff Fridays... You also will have the opportunity of an EXTRA comment if post a comment saying "Why you want to win this trainers?".

Thanks Margarita!

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Product Focus : BlueBerry Minky Trainers PLUS a GIVEAWAY!!

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There is much debate over this topic and this question was posted last week thru our Fluff Friday giveaway.

I personally love one-size diapers and my product of choice is the bumGenius, hands down. At our house it is the first diaper I pick, my hubby picks, and my 11 year old daughter picks when we are changing Riley.

To be honest though, for the first 2-3 weeks a one size diaper, even the bumGenius one size diaper is big for an average size newborn (of 7-7.5 lbs).

At our house we used the BumGenius AIO Diaper in size XS for the first 3 weeks. Now you can use the BumGenius One Size Diaper but it will be a bit bulky, especially for those first few days/weeks.

Why do I think the tendency towards one size diapers? I think more people with the state of the ecomony are really trying to cut costs any way they can. Also, we are finding that new customers using cloth diapers (that were disposable users before) are looking to the one size for their first purchase.

On the flip side there are some absolutely wonderful sized diapers on the market like the Fuzzi Bunz. Fuzzi Bunz is the original pocket diaper and is our 2nd best selling diaper after the BumGenius.

Basically a one size diaper fits baby best once they are 9-10lbs thru 35 lbs. Happy Heiny's One Size diaper is a great one size if your baby is still in diapers after 35 lbs as it is more generously cut and has a 4th snap row so the rise (or height) of the diaper is higher than that of the bumGenius.

Remember, every baby is different and what work on one baby can work totally different on another baby. I think the one-size vs. sized diapers discussion is very similiar to the aplix (velcro) vs. snaps in that it is truly a personal choice. My advice is to do what works best for your baby, your family, and your budget.

- By Kelly

This post refers to questions from two girls:
*Amanda asked "I'd like to see a post on the pros and cons of one-sized diapers versus diapers for each stage and size"; and
* Erika asked "what is your all time favorite cloth diaper".
Both of you get an extra comment on this week's giveaway.
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One Size vs Sized Diapers

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Potty training (aka potty learning) is a BIG deal for your little one! Of course, it’s an equally BIG deal for you. Cloth diapered children will usually potty train faster than their disposable diapered counterparts (especially those who wear cotton diapers as the wetness is more significant than diapers with stay dry liners – such as pocket diapers).

Things to consider when preparing to potty train:

1) Make sure you and your child are truly ready! Don’t feel pressured into potty training your darling son at 18 months because your neighbor’s daughter was potty trained by that age. Every child is dAmeliaifferent; some recognize their body’s elimination signals while other children do not recognize them for a long time. There are babies who detest any wetness and others who don’t mind marinating! *lol*

Look for signs of readiness such as: verbal communication, imitates you on the toilet – or shows interest in going potty on the toilet, stays dry for long stretches of time (usually 2-3 hours).

External signs of readiness include: squatting, crossing legs (as to try to hold it in), grabbing the diapers, retreating to a corner or a hidden place in the house. These signs are only indicators that your child may be ready – but not necessarily so.

2) Make it fun and exciting. Aside from making sure they’re ready – this is the next most important advice. Have a special rewards system in place for acknowledging their successes. Try not to emphasis the accidents and encourage them for success the next time they must “go.”

3) Chose the system that best suits your child. Some children prefer their own potty chair; others like to use the big toilet like mom and dad. If your Royal Highness prefers their own throne include them in the selection process. If your child prefers the standard toilet – consider (temporarily) decorating the bathroom to accommodate their interests. Keep a couple short books handy (potty books are especially helpful), some pictures of things they enjoy, etc… a step stool to make getting on the potty and washing hands more accessible/easy. Personalizing makes the restroom their special place to potty!

4) Remember – accidents happen. Do not punish your child for an accident – these areCamila & Doll Kaithlyn bound to happen. It’s difficult for our little ones to unlearn their previous potty habits; before it was completely acceptable to go potty in their pants. If accidents occur far too frequently – then take a break and try again later as your child may not be ready just yet.

The purpose of potty training is to teach your child to recognize the connection between feeling the urge to go and then ultimately going. I personally employed the bare bottom approach in the initial stage – as the child becomes more aware of their body and their elimination needs when there’s nothing on their bums. This is easiest in warm weather as you can let your child run around in a long t-shirt and nothing else. If they have an accident – they immediately feel it and recognize their body’s signals faster when bare bottomed. Of course, this is also a bit frustrating for clean-freak parents like me – it was pretty hard to mentally tolerate the idea of accidents on the carpet (hardwood floors are more potty training friendly). However, we had far fewer accidents with the bare bottomed approach.

Underwear or Trainers?

This is the million dollar question among parents when taking on the potty training challenge. Once you’ve taught youAliyahr little one to recognize their body’s signals – you must decide whether they should wear standard underwear or some form of trainers; this is entirely up to you and what your little one will respond best to.

True training pants are not diapers and are designed to contain accidents but are not typically waterproof (only more absorbent than standard underwear). However, not all trainers are created equal. Some trainers have no waterproof barrier – but are made with a thicker cotton than standard underwear while others do include a waterproof barrier such as the Imse Vimse Training Pants; other trainers are nearly identical to pocket diapers except they utilize side snaps or sewn sides and can easily be pulled up and down (these are usually best for overnight purposes) such as the Bumwear Pull Up Training Pants.

Evaluate how your child reacts to underwear and/or trainers. If your child treats the trainer like a diaper, then it would be best to avoid them. I used “pull-ups” on my youngest daughter for trips outside the home just so I wouldn’t have to deal with any potential accidents (which always seem to occur at the most inopportune time). However, after awhile I noticed she wouldn’t bother going potty in the toilet or telling me when she needed to go potty while wearing her pull-ups - she’d just reliever herself in them; if she wore panties – she would always tell me when she needed to go potty. Naturally, I stopped using the pull-ups when going outside and she rarely had an accident.

Lastly, overnight dryness may take some time. Therefore, it’s highly recommended not to tackle nighttime training until after your child has mastered daytime dryness. Even then, some children have issues with bedwetting (a condition called enuresis); this is more common in boys than in girls, and is considered medically normal/acceptable until approximately 6 years of age. Both my children are still heavy night-wetters and not ready for nighttime training. Until they’re ready we use waterproof pull up training pants and one size diapers (for my slender almost 3 year old) for overnight and they work great/ I haven’t experienced a leak yet as opposed to the disposable overnight pull-ups which leaked more often than not!
- By Serena
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It’s Potty Time!

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Welcome to this week's giveaway!!!!

What would you win? The winner will get:
1-Bumwear pull on training pant with micro terry insert
1-Bummis Training Pant (new to our store!)
1-Tiny Tush Pull on Training Pant What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us what do you think works best for potty training a child: training pants or regular underwear and why. Please, have in mind that you need to answer the question EACH day to make it count. 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 15th 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.
6 - Being membre of our Facebook group give you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you our friend.

How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, January 16th, 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! What a better person to win that a friend of yours, in case that you dont win yourself!!!
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Fluff Fridays - Week 11 *** CLOSED ***

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