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July Freebies!

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This week we have 5 giveaway's brought to you by Kissaluvs!

1st giveaway (giveaway eligible for blog posts only- see #12 below for details):
3-Kissaluvs Marvels One Size Fitted Diapers
1-Kissaluvs Cloth-N-Go Bag

2nd and 3rd giveaways:
2-Kissaluvs Marvels One Size Fitted Diapers

4th and 5th giveways:

1-Kissaluvs Marvels One Size Fitted Diapers


What to do?
Simply leave a comment telling us how often you wash cloth diapers weekly (how many loads). If you haven't used cloth diapers yet tell us how often you think you will wash your diapers.

When? You should leave your comment before Thursday, July 9th 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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  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 in other posts pays off!!!

  4. Fluff Fridays
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When? You should leave your comment(s) before Thursday, July 9th at 8pm EDT.

How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, July 10th. It is the responsibility of the winner to contact us to claim their prize.

Who can participate?
US Residents are welcome!Important note about the winner: If we haven't heard from the winner by the closing time of next week's giveaway, we will choose another winner that will be published TOGETHER with next week's winner.

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 than a friend of yours!
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Fluff Friday 36 - SUPER GIVEAWAY'S!

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This week's winner is Amanda Sikes. Follow her blog here:


Our Twitter Winner of this week is Katie (blsdwfullhands)... She just won:
1- Gro Baby One Size Diaper System Vanilla
1- Gro Baby One Size Diaper System Vanilla WITH snaps


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 35 PLUS Twitter Winners

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When I announced that I was switching to cloth diapers, my second child was nearly 10 months old. It seemed odd to my friends, since I had used disposable diapers for three years. I’ve been asked by many people why I switched to cloth, and I don’t have a simple answer. Yes, there’s cost savings, and yes, it’s great for the environment. It’s also healthier for my baby and an investment in the diapering needs of future children.

No, it’s not hard and no, I don’t scrub nasty diapers all day. The laundry isn’t time-consuming and it’s so much easier than I imagined.

For me, using cloth diapers started as a passing thought, and grew over several months. It cropped up as I carried a putrid plastic bag full of disposable diapers and wipes out to the garbage can. It reared up when I stood in a checkout line, ready to fork over $50 for another box of brand-name disposables. It nudged me as my son battled diaper rashes every few weeks, which in turn caused me to buy more diaper cream to treat it. It popped into my head as we reviewed our monthly budget, looking for ways to cut our expenses.

When you think about it, every disposable diaper used is money straight into the garbage can. It’s hard to find information about what’s really in disposable diapers and how it might harm our children in the long run. They are slimmer than ever, and urine turns into a gel upon contact with … something inside the lining. The ultra-absorbancy, through the magic of chemistry, is designed for the convenience of parents, so they can go as many hours as possible without changing a diaper. Keeping my children healthy and being a good steward of the environment ranks much higher on my priority list than stretching out the hours between diaper changes.

I was afraid that my son’s room would stink with cloth diapers in the pail, and I bought a special room spray in anticipation of that. Surprisingly, due to flushing solids and washing every two days, his room smells less like a dirty diaper than it did before the switch. Our large garbage can in the garage no longer holds 3-4 bags of dirty diapers leading up to garbage day, eliminating the horrible stench that used to escape when the lid was lifted.

I don’t have a huge stash of cloth diapers for two reasons: a) I wanted to try out a few types to see what works best, and b) I don’t want a big pile-up of stinky diapers in the pail. I have eight prefolds, three covers, one fitted, three all-in-ones and eight pocket diapers. The two types of pocket diapers I use are FuzziBunz and bumGenius. I thought I would like the AIO more, but they take too long to dry. FuzziBunz are by far my favorite. Prefolds are surprisingly easy to use with a Snappi, and I love the fun covers.

My son goes to daycare two days a week, and his center has been very supportive of using the cloth diapers. I send five pocket diapers in a clean pail liner each day with him, and I add a flushable liner (LOVE these!) to each diaper. I never have to worry about running out of diapers at home or at daycare, I don’t have to search for coupons and I don’t have to factor diapers into my budget anymore.

The most surprising thing for me has been that cloth diapers do not leak. I’m sure some kinds do, but so far, I’ve never had a leak – day or night. When my son was in disposables, we had to buy the expensive “overnight” diapers and he still woke up with a wet stomach every morning.

Many of my friends are expecting babies, and I’m trying to talk each of them into using cloth diapers. I wish I had done it years ago.


- By Kristin
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Why Didn’t I Think of This Sooner?

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I use two different systems for diaper bags.

The first one is my purse that I got big enough to also put everything I need in it for diapering my daughter. If I am just out for the morning or out running quick errands this is what I use.

Inside you will find:

-Wet bag
-Change of clothes for baby
-Couple Diapers
-Pacifier case w/pacifiers
-Changing pad
-Wipes Case w/cloth wipes
-Reusable bags for shopping
-My stuff (wallet, checkbook, keys, gum, chap stick, jump drive, phone)

If I plan on spending the day out and about, then I back a separate diaper bag and baby stuff is transferred over to that bag.

Inside this bag you will find:

-Wet Bag
-Changing pad
-4-6 diapers
-baby change of clothes
-Blanket
-Wipes case w/cloth wipes
-Pacifier holder w/pacifiers
-Change of bottoms for 3 year old
-Change of bottoms for 5 year old

I keep my stuff in my purse and just have two bags those days. In my purse I am able to put things next to each other so I can see everything. In my other bag I have to stack everything and that make digging for everything inevitable. I do try to stack it though with the least like to use on the bottom and the things that will have to be use on top. On the bottom of the bag you would find the bigger kids change of bottoms, as that is more cautionary then anything. The baby’s change of clothes and blanket would be next and the diaper changing stuff and soothing things on top. Sometimes you will also find a baby wrap in there too.


- By Angela S.
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Double Duty Bagging

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Ok- I thought you would all get a kick out of this.

On most of my trips-whether business related or personal I try to bring cloth diapers with me for my one year old son, Riley. I even cloth diapered Riley in Vegas last year when we attended a children's show!

On my last business trip however I left on Sunday out west and flew back the next evening on a red-eye flight so unfortunately cloth diapers wasn't an option. The reason why it wasn't an option is because I didn't want to check luggage and only took one small bag for both Riley and myself.

So an overwhelming sense of guilt pours over me. How can I visit a cloth diaper manufacturer with my son in disposables? I just can't. It seemed unethical. Now really- were they going to check to see if he was in disposables? No- but they could ask- and they did!

So I go buy a small package of gDiapers. My thought is I can have Riley wear a pocket diaper (as a cover) and place a gDiaper insert in it. So the Friday before I left I thought I'd do a test day just to make sure my "hybrid" system worked. Before I left for the shop I took the flushable inserts and layed them into 6 diapers (3 Smarti Pants and 3 bumGenius). To my amazement the system worked terrific. Super absorbent and trim.

A couple of hours into the morning I changed him and he had a you know what. Honestly everything was contained and even stayed on the insert. So- I thought I would go ahead and do the inaugural flush. I read the directions- tear down each site of the insert, put in toilet, and swish.

I flushed- uh oh. Clogged- instantly. I swish the "stuff" around with the swivel stick provided. Nothing and the toilet almost over-flowed.

The water was 1/2 inch from the top and I didn't have a plunger here at the new shop.

So, do I endorse the use of gDiapers? I asked myself the question "Flush, Compost, or Toss?" (as written on the home page of gDiapers) I choose composting. When traveling I would toss but I at least know that it will take about 60-90 days to compose vs 500+ years for a disposable. I would hesitate to recommend flushing the insert- especially in the newer-low,flow toilets (like ours at the shop). What is nice about the flushable insert is that it is compost-able in about 60 days. See video of how the insert decomposes vs a typical disposable diaper.

After I got back from my business trip I did learn the gDiapers has now come out with gCloth Inserts. The insert is made of hemp/cotton and is topped with 4 layers of a soft microfleece. I have some on order and will be testing them out as soon as they arrive and will let you all know what I think.

I would love to hear any feedback you have about this "hybrid" system.

By Kelly
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Flush, Compost, or Toss? Experiences with gDiapers.

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Introduction to Snappi®:

The Snappi® is a PINLESS diaper fastener that offers a practical and reliable way to fasten a cloth diaper. It is a T-shaped fastener made from polyurethane, with grips on each end. These grips hook into the diaper fabric in a triangular shape, enabling a snug-fitting diaper that helps prevent leaks, but with enough natural movement for the baby's comfort. Snappi®s are available in a variety of colors and come in two sizes. Many parents, who are nervous to cloth diaper using pins, can now opt for this healthier diapering choice using this "pinless" and easy to use diaper fastener.

History:

The Snappi® fastener was invented by a father, Hennie Visser, in South Africa over 25 years ago. Hennie was actively involved in raising his daughter, which included his fair share of cloth diaper changes. Hennie commented:"I simply became frustrated whenever I had to change my baby's diaper because I most often ended up pricking my finger with the diaper pin, and left with a diaper that didn't fit securely!" He knew there had to be a better, safer and easier way to fasten diapers instead of using the old fashioned pin method. This was when he thought of a diaper fastener with rubber bands and tin grips, which marked the birth of the Snappi® fastener. After many prototypes and adaptations, the Snappi® was commercially available in 1987. It was launched at a large trade show in South Africa, proving an immediate hit with retailers and pharmacies. In 1990 the international market took notice of this product with exports to Australia, the United Kingdom and Brazil proving a consistent seller.

In 2001, Kate Braithwaite, co-owner and marketing director for Snappi® Baby, was approached by a friend, one of the patent attorneys of the Snappi® diaper fastener, to become their official distributor for North America. Having used and become reliant on the Snappi® when she cloth diapered her daughter Jordan (now 17), she knew the value of this incredible invention that could improve the lives of many.At first, selling the Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener in a disposable diaper dominated market was a daunting challenge, but as the market became more health and environmentally conscious, the demand for cloth diapers increased and Snappi sales started taking off. Kate recalls: "I remember the first few months we could hardly give the Snappis away! Now, 8 years later, Snappi has become a cloth diapering essential with sales growing exponentially. We have new stores calling and ordering almost every day, saying that customers are asking for Snappis! We are very encouraged by this growth in our sales. Patience, perseverance and belief in a wonderful product are starting to pay off. We are also grateful to our wonderful, loyal retailers who do an outstanding job of marketing our product, and also the cloth diapering parents who use our product, for it is their word of mouth advertising that has given Snappi the success and credibility it now enjoys."

Snappis have revolutionized cloth diapering worldwide, and they have become one of the most important cloth diapering accessories. Over 65 million Snappis have sold internationally to date. Hennie is still involved in Snappi® Holdings in South Africa serving as managing director. Through his invention he changed not only the course of his own family's life, but also millions of other families around the world.

Why Choose Snappi®:

The benefits of this fastener include:
  • Reliable - a snug fitting diaper to prevent those dreaded leaks
  • Economical - affordable fastener that works well with the less expensive flat, prefold or contour cloth diapers
  • Safer than pins - no more pinpricks for baby or parent!!
  • Easy to use - allows first time parents, grandparents and people with arthritic problems to cloth diaper with ease. It is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3
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Product Focus: Snappi Diaper Fastener

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As cloth diapering mommies, we all know how important having the right diaper bag can be. But, when I purchased my first bag (before my daughter was even born) all I knew about diaper bags was that I wanted it to match my travel system. Looking for functionality never even occurred to me. Once I started taking trips out of the house with my daughter, I quickly began to realize how un-functional was the diaper bag that I chose.

While there were indeed allot of pockets in the bag, the changing pad took up most of the interior room and of course, being a first time mommy I felt the need to carry MANY "just in case I need it" items....actually, I still do....I like to be prepared. And I'm not into carrying multiple bags around so, I also put my wallet and some personal belongings into the bag. So it was a tight squeeze and trying to quickly fish a diaper, wipes and ointment out of a tightly packed bag with one hand and holding a wriggling, crying baby with the other proved to be difficult and stressful. (We were not even using cloth yet). Often times the bag was so full I could not even pull the zipper closed, causing contents to fall out on a regular basis. Then, (due to unfortunate medical reasons) I had to quit nursing my daughter and so bottles and formula dispensers were added to my list of things to toss in my bag. At that point I HAD to get a new bag and fast!

Before setting out to get a new bag I sat down and made a list of the must-have features that I wanted in my bag:

*Outside pocket for changing pad
*Roomy Interior w/ lots of pockets...and I mean ROOMY
*Exterior side bottle pockets
*Strap long enough to hang bag over the stroller handles.
*Something chic & trendy...NOT babyish.
*Metal feet to help protect the bottom from excessive wear and tear.

Amazingly, when I arrived at the store, the first bag I saw had all of my must-haves and a huge bonus...it was pink and brown...like my stroller/travel system. It was the Carter's All the Works Diaper Bag. I still perused over the other bags they had to offer just to make sure I was not making an impulsive decision. Then I removed all of the contents from my diaper bag and put them into the carters bag to test it out. Oh my goodness!!!! I managed to get 2 bottles, 5 diapers, 1 formula dispenser, a large wallet, a wipes case, rash ointment, teething tablets, hand sanitizer, infant Motrin, infant Tylenol, infant gas medicine, lip gloss, Neosporin spray, sunblock, extra bottle liners (Playtex drop-ins) a burp cloth AND a change of clothes all into the bag...ALL easily accessible w/ out having to take something out to get to an item. AND there was still some room. It also came w/ a matching wet bag for dirty duds & an insulated bag (which I never really used). I was sold....it was the perfect bag!

When I first purchased the bag I took it to the mall and had my daughters initials embroidered onto the front of the bag so it looks very "Pottery Barn Baby chic" without the Pottery Barn Baby price. And when she is older this bag will make a great little overnighter bag for her if she ever stays over at Grandmas, a cousins or a friends house for the night. So, I figure that I will get more than my moneys worth out of this bag.

Several months later I became a cloth diapering Mama and the bag still remains more perfect than ever. I can fit everything mentioned above in addition to 5-6 cloth diapers & a cleansing spray (which I use after poopies to freshen her little bum). And now that my daughter is older, sippy cups have taken the place of bottles and snacks have taken the place of the formula dispenser.
It's like Mary Poppins bag...I could just keep pulling items out of my bag because it holds SO much. As you can see in the picture, there is still room at the top of the bag....no problems zippering this bag.
Now that I have been learning how to sew, when we have the next baby, I will be making my own diaper bag with all of the great features I love. In fact, I just hosted a baby shower for my cousin and my gift to her was a diaper bag which I made....with a matching wipes case and changing pad. I loved it so much I was tempted to keep it. But....it doesn't match my stroller...LOL ;) Here is what her bag looked like....


- By Amanda G
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Mary Poppins...A peek into my diaper bag

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