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Valid Jan 24th & 25th only.
Limit 1 coupon code per order. Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - Jan. 24th & Jan 25th

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Today's winner has SIX kids and ONE grandchild!!! Looks like her younger daughter is the same age as her granddaughter: how sweet is that!!! Meet her on her blog. She sure have a full nest!!!! She also commented that she is still using disposables (gasp! LOL), so I hope this is her time to switch!!!
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Fluff Friday Winner from Week 12!!!!!

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I have been planning to post about this since a few weeks ago, but it was until the last couple of giveaways, that I realized the need to do this.

PhotobucketQ: Is it okay for me to leave multiple comments on the same day if I'm a subscriber, follower, Facebook fan, etc.? You say only one comment per day.
A: You can only leave one comment per day (which is your contest entry) if you answer the question that was asked. You can come back to our blog and answer that same question each day and accumulate additional entries as well. Posts like: "This is my comment from today " and not answering the question, would not be allowed. You also can get extra entries by doing things like becoming a follower, subscriber, etc (see rules on the Fluff Friday post for each week) and leaving us a comment to tell us about what you did. You can leave those additional comments only one time during the entire giveaway. Each comment equals one entry. Each entry is assigned a number and the winner is selected with an online number generator.

PhotobucketQ: May I leave a single comment answering the question that is asked and in that same comment also say that I'm a follower, subscriber, Facebook fan, etc?
A: No, you need to leave one comment for each activity that you do because each comment is assigned a number and I select a random number as the winner. The more numbers you accumulate the better chances are that you'll win.

Photobucket Q: What does being a "follower" entail? Do we just say we are a follower if we read your blog on a regular basis or do we have to do something to be an actual follower?
A: Being a follower means that you have formally signed up as a follower of the blog. To do this, please click on the "Cloth Diaper Lovers - Follow this Blog" link located on the right sidebar of the blog and become a follower. If you have a blog profile, it will show on our blog that you're a follower of our blog.

Photobucket Q: I posted a comment but it didn't show up on the site. Did I do something wrong?
A: I approve each and every comment before it goes live on the site. I try to approve comments as they come in but there are times when it may take me a bit longer to approve. Please note that not all comments are approved. This usually happens when a person posted the same message twice or did not abide by the giveaway's rules. Check the blog in 24 hours to see if your comment is there. If not feel free to contact us so we can figure out what happened.

Photobucket Q: I already won one of the giveaways. May I participate again?
A: Yes!! We also have special treats that only winners are eligible to win – so the more you win the more special treats you may get too!

Photobucket Q: I have a suggestion for a giveaway. Who can I send my suggestion to?
A: You can contact us by clicking on the "Contact the Whisperer" button on the left sidebar. We love getting suggestions – thank you!!

Photobucket Q: Who is eligible to participate in the contests?
A: Any one with an email address and who lives in the US or Canada. Canadian winners would just have to pay shipping costs.

THERE IS MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PhotobucketShare the love for diapers and bring a friend!!!!

All you have to do is to bring a FRIEND to become a follower!!!You need to tell your friend that after she becomes a follower of the blog she needs to answer the question of the giveaway PLUS she needs to say that you invited her.

After you make sure your friend becomes a follower AND the comment on the giveaway with your name is approved and posted, then you can post a comment telling us about your friend. Please note that she has to be a NEW commenter on the blog to count.

And your HUSBAND doesnt count!!! (Sorry if you were already calling him to post a comment... LOL)


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Fluff Fridays: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Need: flannel, scissors(roter cutter and board), thread and sewing machine

I love cloth wipes, I use them even if I need to use disposible diapers. I have made many of these and give them as gifts for new parents to use as wipes or wash cloths.

I made my wipes using a 6” square. I cut many squares out at once.
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Once I have the squares cut out I pair two squares up with wrong sides together (those would be sides you do not want to see).
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Once those are put together you will want to zigzag stitch close to the sides on all four sides of the square.
Sewing:
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Straight stitch:
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Zigzagged:
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Once washed the sides will unravel alittle, but once those stings are cut off, it will not unravel any more.
Finish Product:
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It can also be used different two different fabrics:
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With this wipes I do one of two things with them. I either get them wet and store them in a sealed bag. This works well to keep in the diaper bag. The other way I use them is in a wipes warmer (the warmers with the pillow on the bottom work the best with cloth). I put about 3-4 cups of water in the warmer with one baby bits (a mild handmade glycerin soap). I let the water warm up and the baby bit melt before I put the cloth wipes in there. It usually just takes about an hour. My daughter loves having warm wipes. We live in South Dakota and everything is cold this time of year, it is always nice to have something warm.

- By Angela S.

Pictures provided by Serena (Thanks Serena!).
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Do-It Yourself: Making Cloth Wipes ** UPDATED with PHOTOS!!!

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Need: Fabric (fleece, flannel, old t-shirt, PUL, micro-terry), thread, paper, scissors and sewing machine

PhotobucketThis basic instruction can be changed to make a diaper that suits your needs. In making a diaper I wanted one that was easy to make, I take easy as less them an hour project. I will try to put in where changes could be made to improve this basic design.
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PhotobucketTalking about design, the first thing that needs to be done is a pattern. I make my patterns by making half of the diaper I want. I either trace a cloth diaper I want or a disposable that fits my baby well. You only want to do half because you want the diaper to be symmetrical. I took a disposable that I had and traced that and then changed the areas that I wanted a little different. I make the crotch skinnier and the tabs longer. Once your design is on paper cut it out and you have your pattern. You can save this basic pattern for making others and them you just have to lengthen where you need it bigger, usually in the rise of the diaper.



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PhotobucketThe kind of fabric you use can really vary by what you have on hand or if you want to use a diaper cover or not. I make mine to be used with a diaper cover,Photobucket or without a diaper cover and bottoms. My first ones I made were out of flannel (inside and out) and micro-terry cloth soaker. In my example I used fleece on the inside, flannel on the outside and micro-terry cloth as the soaker. Another option would be PUL on the outside and either flannel or fleece on the inside. You can also use other soakers, extra layers on flannel, an old flat diaper or old t-shirts also work as good soakers. I pick micro-terry because it holds a lot and is cheaply found in the automotive department of stores.

Photobucket Once you have your pattern and the fabric picked out, you will go on to cutting out your fabric. You will only need your inside and outside fabric and not your soaker. You will want to fold your fabric in half (make sure if there is a pattern on it, it is the way you want it to be. In my example I wanted the cats to be the right way in the front of the diaper, but they are upside down in the back. If I wanted that different I would have needed a crotch seam). You want to pin the pattern with the half line on the fold. Once pinned, you can cut the fabric out.

Photobucket Once the pattern is cut you will want to unpin it and lay both pieces flat with right sides together (that would be the sides you want showing)





PhotobucketNow you can sew a straight stitch all along the sides of the diaper, make sure to leave an opening in the back big enough to put you soaker fabric in. Also make sure to back stitch when starting and stopping, this will make turning right side out easier. Once stitched, you will want to turn right side out.


Photobucket Now you have to decide if you want to make it like a pocket diaper or a contoured diaper. For a pocket diaper you will want to fold the extra fabric in the back down inside the diaper and do a zigzag stitch around the opening. You can then leave in like that and put in your insert (soaker) or zigzag around the edge of the diaper and then put in your insert. In my example I make a contoured diaper. After turning right side out I put what I wanted to use for a soaker in to the opening (I folded the micro-terry cloth in fourths the long way).



Photobucket You have to make sure that the cloth is all the way up in the front and then cut off whatever hanging out of the opening. Then close up the opening, pin the opening shut and zigzag all the way around the diaper.


Photobucket To put on I use a snappi to keep the diaper close and a diaper cover over that.




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If you made it with PUL on the outside you would want to add elastic around the back and legs. You would also want to add Velcro to for the closure. You would also want to add elastic if you wanted more of a fitted diaper and did not want to depend on the cover catching the poo mess. I have used this pattern with a cover and have not had any blow outs. It all depends on what you want and what works for your child. This is one reason I liked this idea; I could change it many different ways and still have the basic simple idea I started with.

- by Angela S.

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Do-It Yourself: How to Make Cloth Diapers

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When thinking about cloth diapers it’s easy to forget about the little details, such as cloth wipes. If you’re already committed to cloth diapering – using cloth wipes is truly the easiest and economical way to go!

There are many types of cloth wipes available; terry cloth, organic cotton, flannel, bamboo, velour, hemp, etc… My personal favorite is terry cloth wipes such as Kissaluvs Knit Terry wipes. Knit terry fabric is coarse enough to thoroughly wipe up the messiest bowel movement but is still gentle on your little one’s skin. Oftentimes I can even clean my little man’s monster poo with one terry knit wipe (although I typically use an extra one for good measure). For pee-only diaper changes I like to use a cotton wipe, such as the bumGenius Egyptian Cotton wipes (these came as part of my bumGenius Shop and Go Pak).

On a tight budget? You can make your own wipes by purchasing a ½ - 1 yard of fabric (depending on how many wipes you want to make); cut the fabric into even-sized squares then stitch and/or serge the edges to prevent the material from fraying. Here’s an example of the double sided terry wipes I made myself with some stretch terry knit fabric I found on clearance at my local Wal-Mart. My daughters even helped me put the squares of fabric together and handed them to me as they were ready to be sewn.
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A solution for your wipes solution…
The cloth diapering fun never ends; once you find the cloth wipe you like best – you can experiment with wipe solutions too! There are some who choose to use only water. I’ve tried this approach but found with numerous diaper changes throughout the day a little moisturizer is needed to prevent excessive skin dryness.

There are many great reviews for the more popular wipes solutions: Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion, Baby Bits, and Northern Essence Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Free Wipes Solution. I’d love to try these, but since I prefer to save my cloth diaper “allowance” for diapers, I’ve chosen to make my own wipes solution. I use 2 teaspoons of Burt’s Bee’s Baby Wash and 2 teaspoons of Burt’s Bees Apricot Baby Oil with 2 cups of water; this solution is enough for approximately 20 wipes.

Other recommendations for DIY wipes solutions: boil water with lavender and/or chamomile tea bags and let cool (strain if necessary), then add a little oil (such as olive oil) if desired.

I prefer to have my wipes wet and ready to go, so I store them in a wipe warmer (which I will discuss in a moment). However you may store the solution in a spray bottle and either wet the wipes as needed or spray directly on baby’s bum.
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Storing and Warming Your Wipes…
Although I use a wipe warmer it’s essentially a glorified storage box as I’ve chosen not to use the warming feature. I could have used a plastic storage box (or a recycled plastic wipes box), but I still had the wipe warmer my dad bought me 4 years ago – so I might as well use it for storage if nothing else.

The warming feature is great, especially for babies who detest a cold wipe against their skin. Take a cold wipe and slap it against the skin on your stomach to test for yourself how cold wipes actually feel and you would understand why so many babies cry during diaper changes. My little guy doesn’t seem to care either way so for the sake of less maintenance I’ve chosen not to warm them.

If you do utilize a wipe warmer you need to be a bit more attentive as the combination of water and warmth can cause a few problems, namely musty smells or even mold. To deter smells and/or mold avoid using too many wipes in the warmer (no more than you can use in less than a day). You may also consider adding a couple drops of Tea Tree Oil (TTO) to your solution. Tea Tree Oil has antifungal properties and will help ward off any potential problems with mold and also combats smell.

Another way to have warm wipes is to use a small thermal pump pot. Basically fill the pump pot with a little of your warm solution (or plain water) and this will keep it warm for at least 8 hours, maybe longer. Just pump a little water onto your wipe and voila – instant warm wipe!

More savings!
We all know the significant savings we gain by using cloth diapers; but those figures don’t typically factor in the cost of disposable wipes. When I used disposable wipes I would purchase them in bulk from Costco Warehouse. A box of 704 wipes (8 packages of 88 wipes each) costs approximately $16; which breaks down to $0.02 per wipe. Two pennies may not seem like much, but over the course of time they certain add up especially when you’re using a few dozen a day! By switching to cloth wipes I estimate a person can save a minimumof $100 each year!

NOTE: If experimenting with your own solution be very careful not to use too much of any one ingredient, especially oils and essentials oils. If you use too much, you not only risk causing harm to your little one’s skin, but the oils can deposit onto your diapers causing an oily buildup leading to leaking and repellency problems.

- By Serena
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Wipe-Out!

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We are SO excited by this wonderful product called the KozyPal Shopping Cart Cover. My 7 month old Riley just grew out of his infant car seat so now he needs to sit in the shopping cart. It is a wonderfully product and is terrific for keeping those little hands off those shopping cart parts!

I purchased one of these shopping cart covers and I am in LOVE. (I purchased the Space Dreams-picture on right.)
We don't sell them directly but I did want to tell you that for today only the company is offering a 20% off discount with discount code KOZY20
The direct url is : http://kozypalcartcovers.com/store/go.asp?NC=833
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Kozy Pal Shopping Cart Covers 20% off today only

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PhotobucketIn the spirit of change we are running a "Change to Cloth" Campaign!

We are looking for a short story/testimonials of at least 250 words-500 words on how you can convert a non-cloth diaper user to cloth diapers.

Theme:
How have cloth diapers improved your lifestyle? (this can be economically, environmentally, etc-specific facts, figures, or experiences would be great).

To submit your entry you need to open a customer service ticket at Kelly's Closet. In the subject line write "Change to Cloth Campaign".

What can you win?
Grand Prize- 6 bumGenius One Size Pocket Cloth Diapers
Runner Up Prize-
3 bumGenius One Size Pocket Cloth Diapers

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* Contest runs until Tuesday, Jan.27th. Winners will be posted on Wed. Jan 28th.
* Limit 1 entry per family. Entries will only be accepted thru our ticket system and must be clearly written in the subject line "Change to Cloth Campaign".
* Due to the high volume we expect we won't be able to personally respond to each entry but please be assured that we will read every one.

Look for exciting promotions with our new "Change to Cloth" campaign coming soon.
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Change to Cloth Campaign

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A short description of Little Comet Tails products, when it was invented, and the types of materials it is made of.
I drafted the Little Starter Cloth Diaper Pattern in 2005 soon after the birth of my first child. I started out selling finished products and I kept getting asked what pattern I used to make them, because they fit so well. All of my pattern pieces are professionally computer drawn and printed on 24"x36" 20# drafting paper. All the sizes are included on one pattern sheet and they come with detailed instructions so that even the beginner can follow.
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Why choose Little Comet Tails?
Unlike ready to wear clothes that are designed around a size standard and end there, that's where I start. I create the pattern from scratch, scale to the standard, then test on hundreds of babies and toddlers and redraft for the best fit in each size before they are ever released.

A brief intro about Little Comet Tails and about the inventor
I've sewn from when I was a kid, always tweaking and "reinventing tPhotobuckethe wheel" on whatever I made. Little Comet Tails came about as an outlet for me to be creative while making some extra money as a full time stay at home mom. I started sewing my own diapers when my son was 3 months old. Before he was born I stocked up on a complete stash of newborn and small cloth diapers thinking I was set for at least 6 months, Thomas had other ideas. He grew to over 15lbs at 10 weeks eliminating my newborn stash. As the smalls were starting to get tight I sat down and calculated how much it would cost making my own vs buying some already made. Taking into consideration that I had an almost 20lb 2-1/2 month old, I decided to sew my own so I could not only save some money, but I could customize the fit. As a busy mom of two, I decided to sell the patterns so the frugal and crafty parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends) can make their own.

- Answered By Samantha, owner of Little Comet Tails
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Product Focus: Little Comet Tails

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Welcome to this week's giveaway!!!!

What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us what kind of wipes do you currently use? Cloth or Disposables? Why you like it? 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 22th at 8pm EST.PhotobucketWhat 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 a fan of our Facebook group gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you our fan.

How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, January 23rd, 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! In case that you dont win, what a better person to win that a friend of yours!!
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Fluff Fridays - Week 12 ** CLOSED **

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