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Every week I have so much fun choosing the winner... I love reading the answers, peaking on the blogs and simply getting to know a bit more about you all. This week's is a young single mom of one very cute little girl. I loved reading her year in review and about her baby's new love for dolls... Follow her in her blog.
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Carley: Contact us ASAP to get your diapers shipped!! We would love to see pictures of Tatum wearing them!!!!

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When I say we get snow in Maine- we get snow. We live in the Western Foot Hills of Maine and the past 2 years we have received so much snow- it truly is unbelievable.

I knew there was supposed to be a big storm coming in Sunday night but hubby was so sweet and said he would watch the 3 kids for a few hours while I went to the movies. I don't get out much so I decided to take him up on the offer. I headed out about 6pm and went into the theatre to purchase my ticket. I decided to splurge a bit- well a lot- and loaded up on Sour Patch Kids and Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Bits. I figured after going to Weight Watchers and loosing 52 lbs that I deserved a treat. My other thought that Riley nurses all the time. They say you burn 600 calories a day when you nurse. I swear I burn double that the way he nurses (LOL).

Speed up to the end of the movie. I come out of the theatre sugar charged and get into my Jeep. I call the house to check on the kids. All is well. Riley has been down for a bit and the Olivia and Hanz were reading. I decide I am going to go get a few items at the store. It had starting snowing quite a bit at this point and probably had 5 inches on the ground.

I went in the store and took my time. I was in there for an hour! I am so used to rushing around all time. I was a treat just to take my time. "Take my time" is not a term that I say very much!

I checked out and pushed my cart out to my Jeep. Oh my goodness...in an hour the storm turned into a blizzard. A 20 minute drive took about an hour to get home. We live 3 miles on top of hill and even with my 4 wheel drive and couldn't make it up. I found a place to turn around and drove around town to the other entrance of the road which had a less steep incline. I felt I was on one of those Jeep commercials on the top of the mountain. As I was going thru the unplowed dirt road the snow was literally flying over the top of the Jeep. I have to admit it was scary but in some way fun.
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I walked into the house with the few things I purchased and headed to bed. All thru the night the power flickered on and off. By the time we all got up we had no power. We walked downstairs and opened the front door. With the drifts the snow was up to our necks. We could not get out the door. My two older kids exited the house thru our side shed door where the wind had blown and the door was easy to get out of. We all took turns shoveling and finally reached the road. Hurray!
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My hubby, Scott, went down mid morning to check on the shop- aka "Diaper World". He called on the phone and there was no power there either. Oh boy. We just had 170+ orders come in over the weekend. I was getting a bit stressed as I was afraid we might be days without power (yes, this has happened before)
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We do have a generator set-up at our house which is about a mile from the shop. I was able to get online with my wireless card (our cable was out so we didn't have the internet). Let me tell you the wireless card is my best insurance policy ever!
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After the snow removal and the constant tending of fires we sat down, all five of us and just hung out and talked. Wow- it has be way too long when we just all sat down in one place. Usually Scott is on the road for work, the kids are at school, and Riley and I are at the shop. Without power it forces you to slow down a bit. I am a true believer that a "higher power" directs how our lives flow. This day was meant for us to get closer again as a family. It was nice to really re-connect with everyone as it was truly and fun and special day. Oh...and by the way...we received over 2 feet of snow!
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- By Kelly Wels (aKa the Cloth Diaper Whisperer)
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I have tried a few diaper patterns and have settled on a fitted diaper pattern put out by VERY BABY. I chose this one because it was the easiest to make AND it seems to fit my son the best. It also turns out GREAT!!! The pattern can be found at www.verybaby.com and is quite detailed and explained very well. Someone with basic sewing skills should have no problem at all. The pattern also includes all of the markings for placement of the elastic and snaps. The Very Baby pattern is intended to be a snapped diaper but can be modified for hook and loop tape which is what I prefer. I have given an overview of the process below.

I use a serger to do the majority of the sewing. There are a few steps that still need to be done on a regular sewing machine. The diapers can also be made on a regular sewing machine using the turn and topstitch method. I just really like my serger!

You are given a list of suggested fabrics with the pattern but I have chosen to use recycled cloth from t-shirts, flannel sheets, nightgowns etc. I do wash all of the fabric with the same detergent that I use with my cloth diapers BEFORE I cut them up. If I am using recycled materials I will also strip them just as I would cloth diapers to remove any detergent residue or residue from softener sheets.
Most of the diapers that I make, I make from flannel just because I have a lot of it and have a pretty easy time getting more.

Materials needed:
Pattern, print flannel for outside layer, solid flannel or other absorbent material for inside layer, touch-tape (diaper quality velcro), ¼“ swimsuit elastic, terry toweling for soaker Optional materials: snaps for a snap-in soaker (I use size 16)

The diaper in the pictures is made of 1 outer layer of cute printed flannel and 3 inner layers of recycled flat diapers that were given to me.

TIP: In some of the pictures you may notice a small folded over blue ribbon serged into the top back edge. I use different colors to mark the different size diapers that I make. NB-white Small-blue Medium-green and Large-red

1. Cut out the layers for your diaper. Transfer markings for the elastic from the pattern onto the inside layer with a marking pen and sew the touch-tape(diaper quality velcro) to the outside print layer just under where the elastic will be sewn. Stack the layers together with right sides out. Pin all the layers together being careful to not block where you need to put elastic.
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2. Sew the elastic into the diaper between the two inner layers, where marked with a zig-zag stitch, stretching as you go. As you finish each leg area and front and back area clip the elastic close to your ending point.

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3. Serge around the diaper catching all the layers. The wings are the hardest to do because of their rounded shape HOWEVER if you are careful to pull the material out straight in front of the cutting blade and take it slow it comes out very nicely. When you get back to your starting point serge another inch or so being careful to not get anything in the way of your cutting blade. Finish off your serged edge by pulling out extra thread and clipping it, giving yourself plenty of room to tie it off neatly.

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4. Sew touch-tape onto the inside of the wings along with laundry tabs and a tab to overlap the wings if desired..

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5. Cut out the soaker fabric. I use 3-4 layers of old bath towels. Serge around the edge. I serge the towel 2 layers at a time and then machine stitch the 2 groups of 2 together so that I am not putting my serger through to much fabric.

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This diaper has an external soaker so that it dries quicker. The soaker can be free floating OR you can apply a few snaps for the soaker to snap into the diaper body. The snaps are pretty easy to install and I like being able to have 1 piece to handle. I use the snaps from snap source since the snap setter is fairly cheap. Their snaps have the longer prong necessary for cloth diapers as well.

The first picture is of a soaker that is free floating, the second is a picture while the snaps are going in and the third is of a snapped in soaker

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Completed diaper Size small and 2 that I had made the other day in size NB

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PhotobucketThat is all there is to it! It takes me only about 30-45 minutes to make 1 diaper (depending on how many interruptions I get). I personally LOVE them! They are SO easy to make AND use! They are also REALLY cute since I am able to choose my own fabrics. I am able to use recycled cloth which really cuts down on cost and saves an article of clothing from being thrown away when the material is still usable. Furthermore, my husband is a lot more eager to help with the diaper changing now that I no longer use just prefolds!!!!!

Warning!!! Diaper sewing can become VERY addicting!

- By Crystal
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Since the inception and subsequent success of cloth diapering alternatives, such as Fitted, Pocket, and All-in-One diapers, it’s not surprising to hear people ask, “Which diaper will fit my baby/child best?”

Although the One-Size diaper is growing in popularity for its “one size fits most” advantage, it’s still important to realize that babies come in all shapes and sizes! Even your own children will differ in size.

For instance, my oldest daughter Aaliyah was an itty bitty newborn. She remained very petite until she reached a year old and then her height and weight skyrocketed. She went from wearing a one size down to size to wearing a size (sometimes two) ahead of her age (when she was 2 she wore a 3T and when she was 3 she wore a 4T/5T, now she’s 4 and wears a size 6!). My youngest daughter Halimah, on the other hand, was my Chubby Wubby Bumble Bee. She had ham hock thighs, water wing arms, and a rotund belly! However, when she reached a year old her growth slowed and she thinned out! Now she’s very petite (just turned 3 but still wears a size 2T).

Measuring your little one would be the ideal way to ensure the best possible fit when selecting a cloth diaper for your little one. With the right fitting diaper you can be virtually leak-free! Additionally, you’ll be saving money by not having to go through the “trial and error” process!

Supplies:
*Pen and paper (to jot down the measurements)
*Measuring tape (the soft flexible type – I do not recommend the retractable metal kind)

Don’t have a measuring tape? No worries!
Find some yarn, a piece of string or ribbon, something long and flexible which can be used instead. Ideally you’ll need a ruler (yardsticks would work better but you can get by with a 12” ruler too). However, in a pinch you can also use your fingers to measure – I’ll tell/show you how later.

The best way to measure baby is without a diaper. For privacy purposes I put a pair of my daughter’s panties on my son in order to measure him, take pictures, and avoid being potentially hosed down! (Besides, I’ll enjoy the opportunity to tease him about it when he’s older!)

Measurements You’ll Need:
*Waist
*Thigh
*Rise
(aka depth)
*Waist
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Babies don’t really have a defined waistline. The general rule of thumb for determining the waistline for a baby is to use their navel (belly button) as a guide and find the fullest point in that general vicinity. Wrap the measuring tape around them and make sure the measuring tape isn’t held taut – you’ll want a loose measurement.

Thigh

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Measuring the thighs of babies is a little tricky as they typically have a few rolls in that area! So which roll do you measure? Typically the inner most part of the thigh has the larger roll, but not always. Measure the fullest part of the thigh and use that measurement.

Rise (aka depth)

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Start with baby laying on his back, gently roll him onto his side so you can place the measuring tape (or string/ribbon) on his back at his waist (since babies don’t truly have a waist you’ll want to use the point that is level with his navel). Return back to his back and, if necessary, adjust the tape measure. Loosely pull the tape measure over the crotch and up towards the navel (do not hold taut but not too loose either).

Once you have the measurements you can determine what size/type of diaper will fit best.

Fitteds/Sized Pockets/One-Size/All-in-One Diapers
If you’re intending to use Fitted, Sized Pockets, One-Size, or All-in-One diapers, you’ll need to add a minimum of 2” to the rise measurement to get the proper fitting diaper. 2” is a good round figure but it can be up to even 3” or more if you intend to use very thick inserts/doublers (for instance night time diapers will usually need a larger rise in order to accommodate the added bulk). Additionally, boys will typically require a higher rise than girls since they wet their diapers more in the front.

I measured all of the One-Size diapers I have on hand and while they’re all roughly the same overall, some diapers can fit smaller and/or larger than others.
The One-Size diapers with the smallest possible fit: Soft Bums, Rocky Mountain Diapers
The One-Size diaper with the largest possible fit: Happy Heiny’s and Wahmies
The standard sized One-Size diapers are: Blueberry, bumGenius, Bumwear

Prefolds

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For prefolds, these you’ll just have to make sure that the width and length of the diaper will accommodate you little one. For example, here’s a picture of two prefolds. The larger one on the left is a standard premium sized prefold. The smaller one on the right is a standard infant sized prefold. The measurements of the diapers are as follows:

Premium sized prefold: 13” wide x 18½” long
Infant sized prefold: 10” wide x 13” long

Obviously the infant sized prefold is too small for my son’s current measurements. The premium sized prefold is the perfect width but a bit too long. However, the nice thing about prefolds is the excess can be folded over in order to fit (which also provides a little bit more absorbency up front – which works out especially well for boys).

Diaper Covers
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In order to find the right sized diaper cover, you will want to take the same measurements with an actual diaper on you baby (prefolds or fitteds). In the picture of the fitted diaper the rise on it is larger than the rise with the prefold. Therefore, if you’re using more than one type of diaper (such as a combination of fitteds and prefolds), you’ll want to make sure the cover you buy will accommodate/fit both diapers.

Trainers

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Just like diapers, finding the right sized trainers is important! Since trainers are intended to be pulled up and down to facilitate potty learning (while also helping prevent accidents) – they shouldn’t be as snug fitting as diapers.

Therefore, you’ll want to make sure your child’s waist and thigh measurements are within the specified ranges for the trainer (weight ranges aren’t very accurate because a tall and thin 45 pound child and a short and fluffy 45 pound child will not fit the trainer the same). You will find the rise on virtually all trainers is similar to that of cloth diapers (even disposable trainers have a very high rise).

For those of you without a measuring tape… Use the yarn/string/ribbon to take the measurements. It would be ideal to cut the yarn/string/ribbon for each measurement you take. Use the ruler to determine the measurement.
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If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can get a rough estimate by using your forefinger and middle finger. The width of those two fingers together is roughly 1” for average sized hands/fingers. Basically lay your fingers onto the strand and alternate your fingers between your two hands to count the number of inches. It’s not exact, but it’s better than nothing!


- By Serena

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My name is Tracie Whittemore, I am a WAHM of a Aurora (6) and Winter (8 months). I have been in the WAHM world since 2004. I fell in LOVE with cloth diapers when my oldest was 7 months old. I am also proud to say that my youngest has only been in cloth diapers, since day one! When I found out I was expecting, I couldn't wait to start the cloth addiction again. AnyonePhotobucket reading this knows that it is an addiction and if you are just getting into cloth diapers now, then this is your warning of the addiction to come! That is why last year I started manufacturing my own line of diapers. I found inspiration literally in my own backyard. I named my diapers after the beautiful mountain range we call home. This picture was taken from down our street, you can really see how beautiful they really are. For me the Rocky Mountains represents how magnificent our earth is, cloth diapering helps protect our earth, it was the perfect name.

When I started brainstorming ideas for a new diaper, I wanted something that would grow with my baby, but still look like a sized diaper. My first pattern was made at 2 in the morning with my best friend at my side with the end result being a diaper pattern we drew on kids birthday wrapping paper! I had a long way to go :) My insight came from the ease of adjustable waist jeans; however, I improved on this design by utilizing simple snaps, instead of buttons. The snap system makes it Photobucketmuch easier to find the right adjustment for an even fit. The end result was a diaper that is affordable, yet still made of quality materials and a design that will accommodate the variety of shapes and sizes of growing babies.

Rocky Mountain diapers are a trim one-size pocket diaper without the typical one-size look. That is because instead of confusing, or cumbersome snaps on the front of the diaper, I have hidden the snaps inside the leg elastic of the diaper. It has a series of snaps that will adjust to fit almost any baby, from tiny newborns to a typical sized toddler. These snaps only need adjusted when your baby needs a larger size. To adjust, lightly pull on the elastic until you get the size you desire and snap it into place with a single snap on each side. You only need to adjust again when your baby grows.

Rocky Mountain Diapers are made in the USA of high quality PUL on the outside, and beautiful complimentary colored suede cloth on inside to keep your baby dry. They are also dad and babysitter friendly, once they are stuffed, they go on by simply wrapping it around the baby and snapping shut. With the trim fit, baby can wear them under virtually any type of clothing, even jeans. Rocky Mountain diapers come in a variety of color combinations. They have adorable leg gathers that also prevent leaking, and no messy snaps in front to bulk up the diaper or design. I am so proud of this diaper and even more thrilled that one of the web's most respected stores, Kelly's Closet, is carrying them!
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