Welcome to this week's giveaway!

What would you win:

A GroBaby System Sample Kit, which includes (2-Gro Baby Shells with 2 snaps in soakers and 2 boosters and 1-Gro Bab Snap-in soakers 2pk)
PLUS
ONE-Magic Stick Diaper Ointment
This week's giveaway is generously given by the manufacturer.


What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us how many diapers do you own and how many you would like to have? 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 30th 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:
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.
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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!!!
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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, May 1st, 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 26 *** CLOSED ***

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FREE shipping with the purchase of 2 or more bumGenius (any style) on Kelly's Closet.

Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
Limit 1 coupon code per order.
Valid April 25th and 26th Only.

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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - April 25th & 26th

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Our first winner of the day is our Fluff Friday winner!!! She is another mom of 3 beautiful kids (or should I say 3 beautiful babies under 3.5)... Follow her on her blog.



~ Twitter Winner ~

Our Twitter winner of the week is Amanda C. from New York!

She tweeted: I want to enter the Happy Heiny's giveaway! I love bumGenius 3.0 but want to try other brands too!

Amanda: Now here’s your chance to try 2 Happy Heiny’s One Size Pocket Diapers in your choice of Snap or Aplix closures!

If you haven’t already signed up to please do so now for more wonderful giveaway opportunities in addition to up-to-the-minute news and updates!




ANNIVERSARY WINNERS:

Congratulations
to our Kelly’s Closet Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza Week 3 Winners!

~ Courtney S. won the bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket Diaper 3-pack
~ Trish M. who won the
Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Fit Pocket Diaper 3-pack

Thanks for everyone who participated this week!

Remember if you didn’t this week, you’re still eligible for our Grand Prize drawing for one of two Nintendo Wii Consoles with the Wii Fit game!*

Suzy, Amanda, Courtney and Trish: Contact us as soon as possible so we can get your prizes out to you!


* No purchase necessary to win. To enter, please mail your entry (include name, address and phone) to Kelly’s Closet, PO Box 203, Waterford, ME 04088. Entries must be received by April 23, 2009 by 7:00 pm EDT for the bumGenius and Fuzzi Bunz giveaways and by April 30, 2009 by 7:00 pm EDT for the Wii giveaways. Each entry, as well as those automatically entered into the contest, will be selected based on a random number generator. Winners will be notified individually and announced on our blog. Please send a SASE to Kelly’s Closet, PO Box 203, Waterford, ME 04088 if you would like to receive mail confirmation of the winner. Entries limited to US residents.
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We have 4 winners today!!! Fluff Friday 25, Twitter and 2 from our Annivesary Giveaways

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1) Your family will save almost $2500+ per child vs using disposables. The average family spends $2,694.54 for 7,349 disposable, single-use diapers. *1

2) Your family will NOT produce 1 ton of waste that would go into landfills. It is estimated that 10,000 tons of disposable diapers are added to landfills EVERY day. *2

3) Your baby will have less diaper rash.

4) Your baby won't be exposed to sodium polyacralate (the shiny crystals in the diaper that can stick to babies skin causing skin reactions) *3

5) Your family doesn't have to put 1-2 bags of disposable diaper trash out on the curb for trash day.

6) Using cloth diapers vs using disposable diapers will reduce your babies chances of getting asthma. The Archives of Environmental Health tested 6 leading cloth diapers and 6 leading disposable diapers and discovered that the emissions from one disposable diaper were high enough to produce asthma-like symptoms in mice.*4

7) Your family is reducing their carbon footprint by using cloth diapers. The manufacturing of disposables takes over 1 million metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000+ of metric tons of plastic each year. *5

8) Using cloth diapers will help facilitate quicker potty training. During potty training time children who have been in cloth will recognize sooner when they are wet vs a baby in disposable diapers.

9) Cloth Diapers are just as easy to use as disposables. With the modern age of cloth diapers and brand such as bumGenius and Fuzzi Bunz there are now options that are much, much easier than 30 years ago!

10) No more trips to the store late at night when you are out of disposables. Just pop a load into the machine and you have instant diapers. Just think of the gas savings! NO more trips to the store!


- By Kelly


Sources:
1. Natural Family Online.
2. Earth Easy
3. Caldwell, Ginny. "Diapers. Disposable or Cotton?," Eco-Baby Catalogue
4. The Archives of Environmental Health, Acute Respiratory Effects of Diaper Emissions, Archives of Environmental Health, 54, October 1999
5. Earth Easy
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10 Benefits To Using Cloth Diapers

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It’s not too late! The Kelly’s Closet 8th Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza is coming to an end soon – we still have our two grand prizes to give away!

We have TWO Nintendo Wii Consoles and Wii Fit games (more than $350 value each)

All orders placed between April 1st and April 30th until 4:59pm EDT will be entered in the grand prize drawing!

The winners will be selected on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 pm EDT.

Thanks for participating!


-Kelly
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Grand Prize Time is Almost Here!!!

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bumGenius cloth diapers have invaded the cloth diapering world with a BANG! Now, with all the various options available from bumGenius, you may find yourself asking, “What are the differences and which one is best?”




Honestly, I love all the bumGenius cloth diapers. However, there are differences between each and I’m here to evaluate all of them for you in a side-by-side comparison!

bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket Diaper

First up to bat first is the tried-and-true, well loved bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket Diaper. These are the most versatile of the bumGenius diaper line-up. Each diaper comes with 2 super thirsty micro-terry inserts.

For the early days, you can reduce the bulk by using the newborn/doubler sized insert. However, since this is a smaller and less absorbent insert you will need to change more frequently to prevent any potential leaks. The one-size micro-terry insert snaps to fit each size setting of the diaper – small through large. However, keep in mind this will add a bit of bulk on the small and medium settings.

Pros: Allows you the flexibility to adjust the absorbency needs of your little one… additionally, you can opt to use other inserts such as prefolds, hemp, or bamboo if you’re not particularly fond of micro-terry.

Cons: Requires stuffing manually, a tad bulky with the one-size insert on the small and medium settings. A bit of wear and tear to the hook and loop over the course of time; may not last through subsequent children.


bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket with LIMITED EDITION FLEECE!


The limited edition Fleece bumGenius One Size 3.0 diaper is identical to the original, except the inside lining is made from fleece.

What’s so great about fleece?

Some prefer fleece to suede cloth… I, personally, have noticed suede cloth is more prone to staining, but others have stated they’ve had wonderful results with it. For others, their little ones are sensitive to suede cloth (contact allergy), however, find no reaction/sensitivity to fleece. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.

bumGenius Deluxe All-in-One Diaper



Up next is the bumGenius Deluxe All-in-One diaper. The All-in-One diapers are convenient because instead of stuffing them, the absorbent micro-terry is sewn into the underside of the stay-dry lining. However, bumGenius utilizes the same nifty pocket opening at the back to allow you the ability to add inserts to customize your absorbency!

These are Sized diapers… now while you won’t be able to use these like from birth to potty training – this diaper is trimmer and reduces bulk! The x-small size provides a wonderful fit for most newborns too. There are no snaps on the front to adjust the rise (as with the One Size diaper) giving the diaper a nice, clean appearance! The bumGenius Deluxe All-in-One Diaper is as close to a disposable diaper as you can get!

Pros: Don’t require stuffing; although the pocket design still allows you the flexibility to adjust the absorbency needs of your little one. Best fit for a newborn. Will likely hold up for use with subsequent children.

Cons: Slightly long drying time. Must purchase each size as your child outgrows them.


bumGenius Organic One Size All-in-One Diaper


Lastly, we have the crème de la crème of the bumGenius lineup; the bumGenius Organic One Size All-in-One diaper. This diaper is fully lined with lovely organic cotton and the absorbent soaker is also sewn into the diaper on each end (front and back) while leaving the sides unstitched to facilitate easier laundering and slightly quicker drying time. Since this is a One Size design, you’re able to fold the excess fabric either up front for a boy or in the center/back for a girl on the smaller settings (on the medium setting I’ve found that you don’t even need to fold the excess fabric as it pretty much adjusts itself).

Organic cotton isn’t as absorbent as micro-terry; therefore, you will have to be more attentive to changing your little one regularly to avoid any leaks. However, organic cotton is a natural material and does a better job at allowing your little one’s skin to breathe.

Unlike the other bumGenius diapers, these require prepping. Just as any unbleached or organic cotton material, they need a minimum of 6 washes prior to use before they will even begin to absorb (the natural oils in the cotton must be thoroughly washed out otherwise the diaper will repel). Thereafter, you will notice the absorption increases with subsequent washes. With all that said, these will most likely not work for nap and night time unless you add some additional absorbency such as a newborn prefold, bamboo or hemp doubler.

Better yet, this gem of a diaper comes in two options, Hook and Loop (aka Velcro, or Aplix) and the new edition in Snaps.

bumGenius Organic One Size All-in-One diaper with Hook and Loop
Very convenient and a favorite for those interested in a super speedy diaper change! The laundry tabs are different from those on the One Size diapers, instead they utilize the same size and shape tab in the loop material in order to fasten the tabs for the laundry.




Pros: Organic cotton next to baby’s skin! No stuffing required and the organic cotton makes for easier laundering as it’s not as picky of a material to wash as micro-terry.

Cons: A bit of wear and tear to the hook and loop over the course of time; may not last through subsequent children. Long drying time.*


bumGenius Organic One Size All-in-One diaper with Snaps

My personal favorite! These are THE TRIMMEST diaper I’ve ever tried (and you all know I’ve tried a LOT). Surprisingly, they are even trimmer than the Hook and Loop version of the same exact diaper! I’ve got the photos to prove it! I put a pair of jeans on my little man and was amazed how the jeans fit; he had inches of room all over, versus no room with other diapers including the standard bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper.




Pros: Snaps allow the diapers to last for a longer period of time; will likely last through subsequent children.

Cons: Long drying time.*


1. TRIMNESS BETWEEN THE ORGANIC ALL IN ONE ONE SIZE w/SNAPS AND THE ONE SIZE:

2. TRIMNESS BETWEEN THE ORGANIC ALL IN ONE ONE SIZE w/Hook & Loop AND THE DELUXE ALL-IN-ONE (MEDIUM)

3. Comparisson of size/bulk from one Diaper to the other:


NOTE:
One Size diapers fit most babies from birth to potty training… however, for the larger sized child these may not fit until potty training. However, their overall value is still great.


* I’ve developed a technique to speed up the drying time a bit. I put them in the sun for about an hour to help remove any stains – then I turn the soaker inside out and wrap it around the diaper to allow more sun exposure and air to circulate through the cotton. Leave out for an additional 30-60 minutes and then toss in the dryer to help fluffy up the cotton and finish drying.



- By Serena
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Product Review: bumGenius Gone WILD!

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Two teething four month olds + 30 diaper changes a day with 2 parents, 1 who works three 24 hour shifts a week + a cat who thinks he is a baby that needs bottles and diaper changes + a million and one tank and pond fish = WHEW - complete and utter chaos.

So you can imagine that when I announced the switch to cloth diapers, I was met with, “Are you insane?” “Why would you make things harder for yourself?” “Cloth? We used those in the 70’s!” “You were given a million and one boxes of disposable diapers at your shower. Aren’t you going to use those?”

Honestly? I had thought about cloth diapers for a mille-second as I spent 24 weeks on bedrest. I had plenty of time to do research, but it was so easy to ask for people to bring disposable diapers to my shower. I had a great changing table that would hold disposable diapers well in the drawer. I had a sister who had boy/girl preemie twins like me who would tell me which brand worked best with who and when.

But then it all changed. My son got a diaper rash and it wasn’t your ordinary diaper rash. It turned to open wounds. It bled and my happy son turned into a miserable kid with parents who were reduced to tears every time they changed him. We tried every brand of diaper cream out there. We took him into the pediatrician twice and a medicated cream was suggested with a recommendation of airing his butt out and apply a nice dry heat. Great suggestion, but with a child who is fed breastmilk, poops every two hours and lives in the real world, how does one manage to find dry heat that won’t burn him, get him to keep his butt propped up in the air all day long and really, how does one stop him from pooping?

Going off breastmilk didn’t help, prescription creams didn’t help and finally, a burn cream was suggested. In the meantime, I had run to the store and bought some cloth diapers – ones you pin and wear plastic pants with. Guess what? The stores sell the cloth diapers BUT NO DIAPER PINS! Fed up and frustrated and heartbroken over my miserable son, I began looking at other cloth diaper options. I found a plethora of brands out there and within a few days, had three different brands to try. The bumGenius ones, in our minds, were sent from heaven. And with the help of silvadine cream and those plush diapers, a rash that consisted of open wounds for almost two months was gone in less than a week! And so we made the plunge – bumGenius was our choice and we entered the world of cloth diapers and felt DARN good about it.

Now, the big challenge arose. How would we keep organized with twins and a million and one diapers around that didn’t fit in my perfect little diaper change table? I had to think of something that would work for us and would be easy to establish as a habit. And so our system was born.

1. Every day, I do a load of diapers. It’s a small load and I could go two days, but I just make it part of my routine (yes, I do take a day off each week).
2. After washing and drying them according to bumGenius’ instructions, I bring them upstairs in the wet bag and dump them out on the couch.
3. While the kids are sleeping, I put all the inserts in the diapers right then and there. I usually get a chance to catch up on a television show, the news or a magazine that sits in a stack piled to the ceiling (well, not really, but almost).
4. Once all the diapers have been stuffed with the inserts and 2 of them have the overnight inserts in them, I put them in their designated spot – the dresser. I had to redo the drawers, but it’s worth it.
5. I keep them all in the top dresser drawer. Prepped and ready diapers to the right, extra overnight pads in the middle and extra inserts on the left. We make sure we NEVER run out of diapers that are prepped and ready, especially when two kids are dirty and hungry!
6. And yes, we do use the drawer of the changing table still – we keep the soft and plush cloths from Kelly’s Closet in there to use as our wipes.
7. Right to the side of the table hangs our diaper bag – ready to be filled and taken downstairs the next night.

This was the BEST change we have ever made and I’m PROUD to be using cloth diapers and to be doing my part for the environment. I’m sad I didn’t start with them right away, but I’m a changed Mom and I found the right path finally – the path of environmentally friendly (and NO MORE DIAPER RASHES!). And the non-believers who thought we were nuts? They “oohed” and “ahhed” over the diapers, the design of them, the colors, the awesome sprayer to clean them, the bag to store them in until wash time - everything. And the funniest thing? At Christmas when we were with family and most people RUN from stinky diapers, we always seemed to have an audience when it was diaper change time. Bottom line, a little bit of organizing and a lot of believing = one big happy family and even happier little bums!

- By Sarah L.
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A little bit of organizing and a lot of believing

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Kelly’s Closet is proud to announce we’re sponsoring the ninth semi-annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt brought to you by Diaper Decisions.com… an internet scavenger hunt from May 1-31, 2009.

By visiting the sites on the hunt during the month of May 2009, you have an opportunity to explore a myriad of excellent natural family sites as you qualify for 35 random prize drawings, including One Ultimate Grand Prize worth over $600 and a Daily Prize for each day of hunting!

Please visit Diaper Decisions.com for more details about the ninth semi-annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt and sign up today!


Please be sure to let them know Kelly’s Closet referred you!

Happy Hunting!
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Join the HUNT!

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After receiving our winnings from our Fluff Friday win I didn't waste any time getting our new diaper in the wash. We had only used Fuzzi Bunz sized diapers or Prefolds with Bummi's so getting to try a new brand was super exciting for me. Especially since I was having some fit issues with our medium sized Fuzzi Bunz.

First of all the diaper we won, Bum Genius 3.0 One size is great for our diaper bag, it's easy to get them on and off with the Velcro and trim enough for most all of our outfits. The legs give her a nice and trim fit. I was having gaping issues with our current diaper. However; as well as this fits my 2 yro, this diaper wasn't as versatile for me as I had hoped. It does not fit my 3 and a half year olds for nighttime use.

I also received the Planet Wise wet bags. I fell in love with the bags the moment I saw them. The small one is perfect for a quick outing it fits one diaper. The larger size which we got in the black and white curly q print, super cute! Is great for an extended day trip or a weekend trip. I used the larger bag when we traveled away from home using our cloth diapers for the first time. It was perfect for the over night diapers, no smells. I'll be purchasing more of these lovely bags from Kelly's Closet soon.


- Erin L., mommy to Aynslee 3 and Avery 2
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Update from our 8th Winner - Erin L.

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