We were giving away 2 bumGenius One Size with Fleece on Twitter. Our winner is:

SARAH S.

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Welcome to this week's giveaway!

What would you win:
1-Moby Wrap (Given by the manufacturer)
1-Gro Baby One Size Diaper System (Given by Kelly's Closet)

What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us if you wear your baby and why you do it? 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, April 16th at 8pm EDT.
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:
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How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, April 17th, 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. Canadians winners will be responsable for shipping costs.

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell all your family and friends about the giveaway! In case that you don't win, what a better person to win that a friend of yours!!
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Fluff Fridays - Week 24 *** CLOSED ***

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Free shipping on your entire order on Kelly's Closet with the purchase of 2 items in our Natural Skin care category with code SKINCARE.

Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
Limit 1 coupon code per order.
Valid April 11th and 12th Only.

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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - April 11th & 12th

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The winner is the mom of a gorgeous baby and after reading her blog for a bit, I think she is a beautiful person herself... Go and check her out on her blog.

Please, contact us ASAP so we can ship your winnings...
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Fluff Friday Winner from Week 23!!!!!

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Ding! Ding! Ding!

We have our first two winners for Week 1 in the Kelly’s Closet 8th Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza!

Congratulations to Jessica Carter and Marie Vallet!

Each of you ladies will receive a $25 Gift Certificate for Kelly’s Closet!

Thanks to everyone who placed their orders!

Remember if you didn’t win for the week in which your order was submitted you’re still eligible for our Grand Prize drawing for one of two Nintendo Wii Consoles with the Wii Fit game!


Warmly,
Kelly
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Most diaper rash creams are just not safe to use on cloth diapers. The reason why is that many creams leave a barrier on the cloth diapers (especially diapers with synthetic fabrics like fleece) and will make your diapers repel (leak).

Of course if you see your pediatrician and they recommend you use a specific product we recommend that you follow their advice but just be sure you know if it is safe to use while cloth diapering.

Diaper Creams to avoid- Any diaper cream that contains cod liver oil. A&D Original Ointment contains cod liver oil, micro crystalline wax, and paraffin just to name a few ingredients. This ointment is fine when using disposable diapers but not to be used with cloth. Desitin also contains cod liver oil. If you use either one of these ointments with cloth your diapers have a great chance of repelling as it will create a barrier on the fibers and your diapers will smell like a fish market! (Again-please note that if your pediatrician recommends these creams please follow their advice however we don't recommend using cloth diapers when you do use them.)

So what diaper creams are safe to use with cloth diapers?

Northern Essence Better Butt(er) Cream
My personal favorite! Riley hardly gets a rash but I do notice that if he goes a little longer between changes or if he is having a bad day with teething he does get a bit red. A very little bit applied and the redness is all cleared up. Receives a 5 star rating at Diaper Pin.

Other cloth diaper safe creams are:


Northern Essence Diaper Rash Salve - This salve contains Healing Calendula Infused Oil, Therapeutic Emu oil and natural un~refined Shea & Cocoa Butters! Contains NO lanolin or petroleum. We can hardly can keep this item in stock.



Grandma El's Diaper Rash Cream - Highly endorsed by Happy Heiny's Cloth Diapers as one of the best creams to use when using cloth. This diaper cream recently received rave reviews.






California Baby Diaper Rash Cream- Is safe to use and is readily available in most health food stores. An all-natural, food-grade diaper rash cream includes ingredients such as ultra-purified lanolin, vitamin-grade zinc (12%) and vitamin E, in addition to organic tea tree and aloe vera.







Magic Stick Ointment- This is great for the diaper bag as it makes applying the ointment SO easy. The ingredients are so wonderful: Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils. Received a 5 star rating at Diaper Pin. Smells great and works good on a remedy for "boo-boo's".
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The Low Down On Diaper Creams

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Our Giveaway Extravaganza continues… This week our presents include:

* One limited edition "Reduce, Reuse" Moby Wrap ($44 value)

* One Earth Mama Angel Baby “I Love My Mama” gift set ($35 value)


Remember, all you have to do to be eligible to win is to make a purchase! The winners will be selected on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm EDT.

All orders placed between April 1st and April 30th until 4:59pm EDT will be entered in our grand prize drawing to win one of two Nintendo Wii consoles and Wii Fit game!!!

Thanks for participating!


Have Fun!

Kelly
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We’re still celebrating our 8 wonderful years in business!

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High fevers and listlessness aside, there’s little else that raises our mommy alarms than a rash! Rashes come in all shapes and shades, even textures… some are quite frightening but typically harmless. Generally, rashes are usually a sign or symptom of a problem; this is especially true for diaper rashes.

First and foremost we always recommend consulting with your pediatrician, they are far more experienced and qualified to determine whether the rash requires any medical treatment or if it’s nothing to fret about.

Now, the good news for those who cloth diapers, rashes are a less common occurrence. Studies have shown approximately 5% of cloth diapered babies experience diaper rash issues as opposed to 50%+ amongst the disposable diapered babies.

Why such a drastic difference between the two?
Disposable diapers are made from plastics, not paper like many people mistakenly believe (even chlorine-free diapers are also made from plastic polymers). Plastic does not allow the skin to breathe properly and causes heat retention which can ultimately leads to rashes.

Additionally, some babies are very sensitive to the chemicals found in disposable diapers and are unable to wear them at all without developing severe blistering rashes. This is referred to as allergic contact dermatitis.

However, diaper rashes aren’t exclusive to the disposable diapering bunch. Rashes that occur with cloth diaper usage are typically either the result of prolonged wetness, sensitivity or reaction to detergent and/or bacterial residues on the diaper, or more rarely an allergic reaction to material/fabric itself.

Prolonged Wetness
Frequent diaper changes will generally resolve rash issues caused by prolonged wetness. It also helps to ensure baby is dry before putting another clean diaper on. Allow your children a few moments between changes to “air out.”

Some babies develop yeast rashes/infections due to continuous exposure to moisture/wetness, especially in their little nooks and crannies since yeast thrives in warm and moist areas. Therefore, it’s especially important to change baby regularly and ensure they are dry.

It’s important to note when battling a yeast rash/infection – the diapers do require disinfection. Otherwise, bacteria from the rash linger in the diapers and can ultimately re-infect your little one making the rash last for weeks and sometimes months on end!

Ways to disinfect your diapers
These are also helpful if you suspect a rash due to a buildup of bacteria as well…

Hot Water
Make sure you’re using hot water to wash your diapers (after your initial cold rinses of course). Hot water does help in killing a good majority of bacteria.

Vinegar

Depending on what type of diapers you’re using – you may consider using between ¼ - ½ cup vinegar in the main wash. The vinegar is acidic and works to kill most, if not all the bacteria.

Sunshine!

Be one with the SUN! Sunning is an excellent way to rid your diapers of bacteria naturally. It also helps whiten, brighten and remove pesky stains from your diapers.

Skin Reactions
Adverse skin reactions are trickier to figure out since there are so many!

If there is detergent buildup on your diapers then it is likely a child will experience a reaction due to the buildup while other children may truly have a sensitivity to the particular detergent. I suggest washing the diapers several times in hot water with no detergents or additives to ensure the diapers are free from detergent residues and see if that doesn’t resolve the issue. If a true allergy to the detergent is suspected then it is recommended to discontinue use of the product.

There are other skin reactions such as eczema, psoriasis, or just plain friction which results in rashes. Although rare, some children develop a sensitivity or allergy to synthetic fabrics and well. Therefore, it’s really important to consulting with your pediatrician or family doctor as they have years of experience and seen the gamut of rashes to provide a proper diagnosis.

Diaper Creams, Medicated Ointments and Powders
If you thought your cloth diaper options were numerous – try checking out the number of diaper creams and ointments on the market! A large majority of diaper creams and ointments aren’t cloth diaper friendly. There are a few that are, and my personal favorite is Northern Essence Better Butt(er). One of you wonderful mamas asked me about it a couple weeks ago so I decided to order some and test it myself… this stuff is wonderful! It has a lovely whipped texture and goes on very easy! I noticed a comparable improvement in my son’s yeast rash overnight (on par with the prescription cream from the doctor).

Additionally, it has done wonders to soothe my poor hands which are affected terribly by eczema! My little guy scraped his chin raw the other day, I decided to rub some Northern Essence Better Butt(er) on it and the next day there was a noticeable improvement! I need to buy a vat of this stuff!

Even with the use of cloth diaper friendly creams or salves, I like to recommend the use of a protective barrier/liner just to be cautious. Disposable liners such as the Bummis Bio-Soft liners or washable/reusable liners such as Hemp Babies Raw Silk liners are wonderful products that I recommend. On a budget? Make your own liners by cutting up an old t-shirt or some very thin fleece.

I do not recommend the use of baby powder or corn starch. This is unnecessary and has been known to cause more problems than any possible good. Studies have shown babies do inhale the powder which can lead to respiratory problems. Additionally, baby powder is believed to be associated with the increase in Urinary Tract infections (UTI’s) and promotes yeast rashes (especially when using corn starch based baby powders).

NOTE: If you’re using medicated creams or ointments that aren’t cloth diaper friendly it’s important that you wash all wipes and liners separately from your diapers, otherwise the creams/ointment can be deposited onto the diapers during the wash cycle and cause repellency issues.


- By Serena
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RASHES Happen!

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We offer natural handcrafted soaps, lotions, baby products, healing salves and so much more! Come try our famous Diaper Rash Salves, Creams and Wipes Solutions, they were formulated to be safe to use with all Cloth Diapers! We carry specialty products for the nursing mother and allergy sensitive babies & children. Come and see our full line of Wool care products, including many other products for you cloth diapered babies needs. We are always working on new and exciting products for the entire family!

Some of our products:
Northern Essence Whipped Baby Lotion - Baby Bliss
Northern Essence exclusive...you will love this rich and creamy lotion! Try our Exclusive Baby Bliss Scent that everyone raves about(a baby powder scent with just a touch of sweetness!). Perfect for a quick baby massage, absorbs fast! Use it for your little one, give it as a gift or even use it for yourself (I do!) Made with wonderful ingredients such as: Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil. All wholesome goodness, whipped to perfection...for your perfect little one!

Northern Essence Soothing Buttermilk Baby Bath
We've teamed up Buttermilk and added some soothing ingredients for a wonderful baby milk bath! A WINNING COMBINATION TO SOOTHE, RELAX AND COMFORT your lil' angel! Just perfect for baby's precious skin. So gentle and pure, unlike store bought detergent-based "baby baths". Only the BEST for YOUR LITTLE ONE. Great for the whole family!!

Northern Essence Diaper Rash Salve
Our Diaper Rash Salve has always been one of our top sellers. Our Diaper Salve contains only ALL NATURAL ingredients such as Healing Calendula Infused Oil, Therapeutic Emu oil and natural un~refined Shea & Cocoa Butters! Contains NO lanolin or petroleum. Carry one in your diaper bag and have one near your diaper changing station!! Safe to use on Cloth Diapers!

Northern Essence Diaper Dust
Finally, a diaper powder that you can put on a baby's bottom and not feel guilty about it! Our diaper dust is talc-free and will not cause yeast infections. Great for heavy wetters, especially for use during naps and bedtime! Also works well for providing protection from diaper rash.

Northern Essence Better Butt(er) Cream
Finally a cream that you can use when your baby has a yeast infection and it WILL NOT irritate it! Safe to use on cloth diapers. Contains no Essential Oils, only conditioning oils and butters including: Hemp Butter, Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and many more. It also contains GSE (grapefuit seed extract) in it, we triple whip it to give it a fluffy appearance and super smooth texture.

Northern Essence Tea Tree Oil/Lavender Free Wipes Solution
This is natural wipes solution but without the Tea Tree & Lavender Essential Oils. Made with the same gentle ingredients...including a very mild glycerin soap, THERAPEUTIC calendula, and gentle Apricot Kernel Oil, plus we have added other beneficial essential oils for a baby's skin! Use it to gently clean and wash baby's bottom, can also be used for the entire family! We keep ours in a wipes warmer, ready to use for diaper time or quick clean-ups for hands and face. Has a clean fresh citrus scent.

Northern Essence Pure Liquid Lanolin
100% pure top grade liquid lanolin. Free of solvents, fillers, excipients, preservatives, chemical additives and colors.

About the owner:
We are located in a rural town in Northern Georgia. We have 5 children that range in age from 20 down to 4. My husband has been a Police Officer for over 22 years and I am also a former Police Officer that decided to take a large career change to stay home with our children and become a WAHM! Our middle son has suffered from sever eczema since he was a baby. After many oral medications and medical creams, we came upon Northern Essence products. We began using them and soon fell in love! In 2004, Northern Essence was for sale and I has recently left my Police career. I decided to purchase the business and have been enjoying it ever since. We have expanded into many different products that cater to the natural mom/family. We are looking forward to many more years to come.
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Product Focus: Northern Essence

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The Cloth Diaper Whisperer cordially invites you to join in our cloth diapering love and fun… share your cloth diaper expertise and become a Guest Blogger!

Here’s the details:

Contact us by submitting a customer service request here

In the subject line please be sure to write: Guest Blogger Request

We will email you a selection of our current topics to choose from as well as any deadlines.

We do request all submitted material should be new and not previously posted elsewhere and kindly request the post be accompanied by pictures!

Diaper Dollars™ Rewards points will be rewarded if we use/post your submission!

Thank you, in advance, for your participation!

- Kelly, Serena and Anelys



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