Welcome to this week's giveaway!

What would you win:
1-Rumparooz One Size (aplix) lazy lime with 2 Rumparooz 6-r micro terry inserts (given by the manufacturer)
1-Rumparooz One Size (snap) with 1 Rumparooz 6-r micro terry insert (given by Kelly's Closet)

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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.

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Fluff Friday Week 29 *** CLOSED ***

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Free shipping on a Rumparooz G2 One Size Diapers with Snaps with 6-r Soaker purchase at Kelly's Closet or One Size Diaper Store. Use discount code RUMPAROOZ.

Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
Limit 1 coupon code per order.
Valid May 16th and 17th Only.

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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - May 16th & 17th!

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For those of you who haven’t heard, Kelly’s Closet is helping sponsor the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt, brought to you by Diaper Decisions! The hunt is during the entire month of May so it’s not too late to get started. There are some pretty spectacular prizes being given away – daily, as well as weekly in addition to the grand and extreme prizes at the end of the hunt!

A special thank you for everyone who indicated we referred you to the hunt!!! Because of you we had the second largest number of referrals!

Go and get your hunt on!

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Happy Hunting!!

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My little man was 5 months old when I went back to work and I was not ready to leave him. At the time, I was questioning how to manage cloth diapers and washing them myself (along with the pressures and requirements of working full time and being a mom). When he started in day care I had 22 pocket diapers in use, while on maternity leave this was plenty. I washed them every other day and had the schedule down pat. While interviewing day care provides, I always asked the very important question, "Do you mind using cloth diapers?" The woman that we chose was so excited to learn that we were using mainly BumGenius because that's what she was thinking about using for her baby (due in July). She was excited to have a "trial run" with cloth on our baby. After a week back at work, and continuing to wash diapers every other day, I was exhausted. My husband suggested that we get new diapers and I was able to get 6 new BumGenius! It was such a relief.

Our routine is as follows: at night I pack the baby's bag for day care, he get 5 or 6 diapers and multiple flannel wipes. In the morning, my husband or I change the incredibly full nighttime diaper (typically it is a Fuzzi Bunz stuffed with a prefold wrapped around an insert). During the day he wears BumGenius, Haute Pockets, and Happy Heinys with only one insert.

When I realize that there are 6 or less diapers in the closet, I start the laundry. I generally start the diapers in the afternoon/evening. I do two loads, (one cold, one hot) and then put all of the inserts and wipes in the dryer. The diapers are hung to dry on a rack in the laundry room. When everything is dry, we put everything on a chair in the living room and in the morning or at some free point during the next day we re-stuff the diapers and start the process over again.

This has worked out well for us, we currently have 33 diapers in use and are able to wash them every 2-3 days. I thought that I would have more of a schedule (such as every Sunday and Wednesday), but it hasn't worked out that way. We have found that some days he needs to be changed more frequently than others and that there isn't really a true pattern to this. I also realized that although the task seemed daunting (washing diapers and working full time), I could do it (with the help of hubby) and that it is well worthwhile.


- by Becky D.
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Back to Work I Go

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I have three kiddos and two of them are in dipes, am I ready for my 2 year old to potty train? Well she is trying and I'm not going to push, she will get it before I know it. My son is 3 months now and since I ventured into cloth diapering because of him I figured why not with my daughter also (especially because her sposies are so much pricier).

Since I was buying to save money I decided to buy prefolds (PFs) and one size covers and some one size dipers. I have bleached chinese PFs (12) and unbleached chinese PFs (12) 4 snappis and 4 WonderWraps which I love, no leaks ever! I also have 1 med Thirsties cover and 1 small. My BumGenius OS 3.0 I reserve for overnight (my daughter is a heavy wetter), I have 6 in gender neutral and just added a blossom AIO for my daughter, just figured I could splurge on one girly dipe and I am hoping to add a few GroBabys into our mix.

Our stash works really well for 2 in diapers that are different ages because with the pfs you can fold them for each child depending where they need the most absorbancy. For my son I use the newspaper fold and for my daughter the jelly roll works great and then the BumGenius you can add the amount of inserts each kid needs for absorbancy. The best part is not having to make sure I have enough of each size in my diaper bag for outings or running to the store because I'm out of dipes. I do laundry every 2 days but I don't run out of clean ones because I have plenty of PFs. I can't imagine going back!


- By Tani
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Works for our 2

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Like most pre-teen and teenage girls I thought tampons were so gross. I remember my girlfriends and I would talk about how we would never use tampons because, “that’s just WRONG!”

Thankfully I grew up and became more experienced. Learning about my body, how and why it functions the way it does, helped me understand; regardless of what menstrual method you use, nothing is “wrong.”

I learned about the DivaCup a few years ago shortly after the birth of my first daughter. I was very involved with my local La Leche League group at the time a local sponsor had donated some DivaCup products for our fundraising benefits. I researched it and then, well, SURPRISE, I was pregnant again – only 6 months after giving birth. Since I no longer had a need for the DivaCup I simply forgot about it.

Now, a few years later I rediscovered this phenomenal contraption and I’m not looking back!

It’s truly astonishing how despite modernization and technology – some things that worked “way back when” are still better than what we have now. Cloth diapers are a prime example: someone modernized diapers and made them disposable; yet reusable cloth diapers are far better for our little ones and the environment than their disposable counterparts. Now, I concede – we have lovingly modernized cloth diapers from the days of old – but the point is what worked best for decades still works best now!

The same philosophy applies for the DivaCup. The menstrual cup was used for quite some time, dating as far back as the 1930’s. Yet, we’ve moved on from cloth menstrual pads and these nifty little menstrual cups to disposable pads and tampons which are full of chemicals (not to mention the significant amount of waste they create as well).

I ordered the DivaCup after my last menstrual fiasco last month. And, to be completely fair I did a test run of the DivaCup and some “natural tampons” to see which worked best and to be objective. The DivaCup outperformed the “natural tampons” hands-down (I had leaks with the natural tampons) whereas I had no leaks with the DivaCup. In order to prepare for the leaks that are associated with the adjustment period (no pun intended) while learning how to use the DivaCup I also bought some Swaddlebees Organic Cotton Velour Menstrual Pads from for backup (which are lusciously soft by the way) as well.

Thankfully, however, I was leak free (ok, so I had one itsy bitty leak on day 3 of using it, but that wasn’t because I didn’t quite turn it all the way to form the proper seal – so it was my fault). Since the DivaCup is made from a soft silicone material – these are hypoallergenic, soft and pliable, making them easy to insert and remove. I found this device comfortable from start to finish – and was better able to gauge when my cycle was almost finished so I could switch to cloth panty liners.

For those of you who’ve been on the fence about getting a DivaCup – here’s a something to help ease your mind: While it’s not as “simple” to insert as a tampon- it’s certainly far more comfortable than a tampon. Once you figure out how to get it in right, you won’t have to think twice.

The DivaCup is easily stored in your medicine cabinet or your purse (better yet, buy two and keep one as backup for those truly unexpected visits).

I can’t believe it’s taken me all these years to finally become a Diva! Now, I can say I’m a cloth diapering Mama Diva!
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Mama Diva!

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Are you a Diva? A mother and daughter with the vision and determination to revolutionize feminine hygiene!

The menstrual cup was first developed in the 1930’s. It was made from rubber latex (an allergen for many). Millions were sold in those first years by multiple companies. Because of management issues, the companies closed and menstrual cups were hard to find.

Meet DivaCup creators: Francine and Carinne
Then over 15 years ago, Francine recognized the need for an alternative to unreliable disposable tampons and pads and found a company offering menstrual cups. She and her daughter, Carinne, singlehandedly resurrected the 75 year old menstrual cup concept by reintroducing this product to the world market when it was virtually unknown. They sold this rubber/latex version for 10 years.

In 2003, drawing on their experience and expert knowledge about the menstrual cup category, they developed a modern redesign, made from soft, top-quality silicone, to meet the needs of today’s woman. They launched their own company, Diva International. Their revolutionary concept, The DivaCup, is patent-pending and ISO certified. Today, The DivaCup is the preferred choice.

The DivaCup Team has over 38 years of combined experience in natural feminine hygiene alternatives. Their passion is to provide women an environmentally responsible, convenient and reliable alternative to tampons and pads.

“Not every woman can afford a hybrid car nor easily convert their home to solar power. Yet, by choosing to use a menstrual cup instead of disposable tampons and pads, any woman is able to make an environmentally responsible choice each month. This is no small matter. In the U.S. alone, billions of tampons and pads are dumped into landfills and the environment each year.” Carinne Chambers

“With all the state-of-the-art conveniences Western society has developed, it baffles us why outdated feminine products are still being used. We believe that reusable menstrual cups are the next generation of feminine hygiene because they are the most environmentally responsible choice. They are also the most convenient and reliable option available and are not associated with an increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.” Francine Chambers.

The DivaCup
*Latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free
*No dyes, colors or additives
*Comfortable, reliable
*Worn for up to 12 hours
*Clean, convenient, easy-to-use

The DivaWash
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Naturally pH balanced
*Gentle: Ideal for sensitive skin
*Concentrated formula: reduces the eco-footprint
*100% plant-based ingredients
*No animal testing or animal ingredients
*No parabens, sulfates or petrochemicals

We Adhere to the Highest Quality Standards in the World!
*FDA, Health Canada, ISO certification

DivaCup is Environmentally Responsible
Women, on average, experience a lifetime menstruation span of 41 years (11-52). From use of disposable feminine hygiene, an estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped into the North American environment each year (1998). More than 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999. Our revolutionary, reusable product is a modern, viable alternative to disposable tampons and pads.

Most tampons and pads contain surfactants, adhesives and additives. In addition, most pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production is a pollutant. Also, dioxin, a known carcinogen, is a by-product of the bleaching process of tampons containing rayon. In landfills, many of these substances can leach into the environment (groundwater, streams and lakes) causing serious pollution and health concerns.

DivaCup is Economical!
Because many women have become accustom to purchasing disposable feminine hygiene products, they consider the expenditure “necessary”. Most women spend $150-200 U.S. a year on disposable tampons and pads. The purchase of The DivaCup results in significant savings. The cost of The DivaCup is equivalent to a moderately-priced blouse or dinner out, yet saves you money!

Calculate your own personal care savings:
1. Estimate your monthly total in disposable feminine hygiene products.
2. Multiply by 12 months.
3. Minus the cost of The DivaCup.
4. This total is what you will save each year by using The DivaCup.
5. Consider donating a small portion of your savings!

Become a Diva today!
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April Spotlight Moms

MEET KIRA

Name: Kira
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Mom to: Logan Elizabeth (6 months)
Occupation: Physician
Stats: Woke up today at 1:30 am, 3:30 am, 6:00 am and finally 7:00 am – regularly fantasizes about sleeping until 9:00 am
Would be in big trouble if she lost... her baby’s Miracle Blanket – “We’d never get any sleep!”

Why did you decide to cloth diaper Logan?
I’m trying to “go green” as much as possible without becoming militant about it. I did a ton of research before Logan was born and it just felt like the right thing to do for her health and for the health of our vulnerable planet. I’d say it’s good for our budget, but since I keep finding new things to buy on Kelly’s Closet, I’m not so sure that’s true. Beware the CD addiction!

What is your favorite cloth diaper brand?
I’m torn between bumGenius and Fuzzi Bunz. I love that the BG’s will grow with baby, but the FB’s fit a little trimmer under her clothes and the snaps are harder for her to unfasten (yes, at 6 months, she is already trying to take off her diapers!). Both of them are great in terms of containing those explosive BF poopies! I’m looking forward to trying out the one-size FBs…the best of both worlds!

What is your one guilty pleasure? (OK, Kira, you can have two….)
I have 2: 1) Facebook and 2) The Cloth Diaper Whisperer (seriously, not just saying that because I’m being “Spotlighted”). One of the downsides of returning to work is that I don’t have time to get on the Internet anymore. Now I have to sneak in a few minutes before bedtime!

What is one thing Logan hates doing?
She hates when I try to excavate boogies from her nose! It’s like I’m on an archeological dig with those Q-tips!

What is one “mom invention” you wish you came up with?
Some sort of “surrogate” breast contraption that can soothe baby when you’re driving. Maybe it could be attached to a battery-operated breast pump and could feed baby while you drive…nothing worse than that helpless feeling you get when baby is crying and you can’t pull over! OK, don’t anyone steal my idea!

What is the best parenting advice you ever received?
“Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, they throw you a curveball. Don’t get fooled into thinking you’ve got a rhythm or a routine going… just go with the flow.” This advice was from a friend with two grown kids who both seem really well-adjusted, so I figure she must have done something right!

What’s the nicest thing you did for your husband since baby came along?
My husband says that nursing the baby throughout the night and allowing him to get uninterrupted sleep. He has to get up at 4:30 am so I guess I am pretty awesome to let him get his rest! Best wife ever!

What’s on the menu for dinner tonight?
Either beef stew or chicken in chipotle red sauce. I cook up a few things over the weekend so all hubby has to do is heat up leftovers when I get home from work.

MEET AMY

Name: Amy
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Mom to: Haven Elise (10 months)
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

One Guilty Pleasure… Online window shopping

Can’t Leave Home Without… Veggie puffs

Why did you decide to cloth diaper Haven?
There are so many reasons to use cloth diapers that I honestly don’t know why people still use disposables! They are easy to take care of, soft and safe on your baby’s skin. Plus, they’re great on your pocketbook too (in the long-term anyway!).

What is your favorite cloth diaper brand?
Softbums are my go-to diapers. My baby isn’t the biggest baby, so the ultra trim fit of these diapers is really great. There is no stuffing either, so if I’m behind on my diaper laundry I always have these to go to. I just snap on a soaker and go!

How long have you been cloth diapering?
I’ve been cloth diapering since December 2008. I started cloth diapering Haven at seven months. Of course I plan on cloth diapering the other babies I plan on having too!

What three adjectives describe your baby?
Curious. Adventurous. Bossy.

What is one thing your baby hates doing?
Yelling and flailing may ensue when any of these are encountered: 1) Being still on the changing table; 2) Pooping; or 3) Waiting for food to be made.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to go without sleep. I would not get grumpy and get so much done!

What’s on the menu for dinner tonight?
Mexican Stack (Stack your plate in this order: Fritos, Rice, Ground Beef, Shredded Cheese, Salsa, and Olives….yum!!)




May Spotlight Moms

MEET SHANAKA

Name: Shanaka (aka “Mama B”)
Hometown: Rustburg, VA
Mom to: Caleb (4 years) and Kyle (15 months)
Occupation: Domestic Goddess in Training and SAHM
Guilty Pleasure: The Internet
Superpower: I wish I could simply wiggle my nose and make my house clean.


Three words that describes you… adaptable, determined and happy.

Three words that describes your baby… adventurous, hungry and silly

Could watch her baby… sleep forever (he’s so cute and quiet too!)

Wishes she invented… the On-the-Go Potty – I despise public restrooms (ick!)

Uses cloth diapers… because I like to save money

Favorite cloth diaper brand is… Drybees, particularly the fleece nighttime diapers because they work the best at night. So far so good!

MEET PAMELA


Name: Pamela
Hometown: Bel Air, MD
Mom to: Brian Andrew (16 months)
Occupation: Treasury Coordinator
Stats: Woke up at… 4:00 am
Wishes she woke up at… 8:00 am

Would be in trouble if she lost… my baby’s Goldfish crackers. It’s the only way I can keep Brian still on the changing table.

Wishes she invented… the Snack Trap cups. They are the best!

Has been cloth diapering for… 10 months

First learned about cloth… while looking for an environmentally-friendly alternative to disposables. Although it was a little scary and intimidating to take the first step, I quickly found out how incredibly easy and addicting it was.

Favorite cloth diaper… bumGenius because they’re well-made and trim-fitting!

Being green is important because… because it enables me to contribute to an important cause

And what’s on the menu for tonight?... Pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans! Yummy!
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Spotlight MOMs! *April and May 2009*

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We know all the moms out there work hard every day, caring for their children, their homes and even their interests outside of the home too. This month we are honoring moms in two very special ways:

FREE GIFT: Every order starting Mother’s Day week will include a little present for mom. You will get a sample of either Earth Mama Monthly Comfort Tea Bags or Angel Baby Bottom Balm*. It’s our way of saying thank you for being a wonderful mom! (Sample subject to change based on availability. )

MOMS GIVE BACK: For every order placed in the month of May, we will be donating $1 to charity up to $2,000. We will be supporting two wonderful charities this month: Miracle Diapers, which provides reusable diapers for families in need, and Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, which offers support to families who have experienced the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.

We hope you all have a joyous Mother's Day!

The Staff of DiaperShops.com
Kelly, Karley, Serena, Jill, Anelys, Janet,& Scott
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