This week's giveaway is for :
1-Grandma El's Gift Pak (given by manufacturer)
Set includes one each of Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention (easy dispense tube), Tear-free Gentle Baby Shampoo, Tear-free Gentle Baby Wash, and Free organic washcloth
1-Smartipants One Size Cloth diaper with Smart Sleeve insert (given by DiaperShops.com)
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Okay, okay… so it’s not THAT bad but it HAS been seventeen days since my last fluffy mail delivery. I love shopping online for all the cute fluff I can find. There’s something special and exciting about shopping for fluff, finding a great deal, placing the order, and anxiously waiting for the mailman-excuse me, mail person- to deliver that wonderful package.
My last order was for prefolds and a NEW Thirsties Duo-wrap in Meadow Green. I absolutely couldn’t wait to try it out on my little guy. This cover kits like a glove! Even better was the performance; combined with a prefold and a hemp doubler, it kept him dry all night long. The “high” you get from trying out new diapers is amazing, but it never lasts long enough! I’ll soon need to place another order!
Is there a Fluff Addicts Anonymous out there; a place to go and get much needed help? I’m sure there are other women out there like me, right? Although I haven’t cloth diapered for too long as I started quite late with my daughter (who’s now three years old), I’m hooked! I placed my first order for two bumGenius diapers on the advice of a friend, just before my daughter turned 2 years old and was about to potty train. Those two diapers are all it took to turn me into an addict; my daughter looked too cute in her little pink diapers.
I became a kid in a candy store or a drunk in a bar. There was no stopping me. I researched other cloth diapers. Sure, I liked the bumGenius but I wanted to know more. I learned about diaper covers and prefolds, fitteds and flats, all in ones and pockets. I discovered there were a ton of different brands all begging to be tried! And the prints, the colors! It was all so cute. I had to have them for the next baby.
When I became pregnant with my son nearly a year later I immediately told my husband I wanted to cloth diaper our son. He was skeptical, but as this was our fourth child together, he knew what I was like when I was pregnant; there was no sense in arguing with me as I would never change my mind. He humored me, though I’m sure he thought I’d never stick with it. Over the course of the pregnancy I bought enough diapers to last us five days without washing. Told you I was addicted!
Since having him three very short months ago (man, the time goes fast, doesn’t it?), we’ve discovered our son has very sensitive skin and has been diagnosed with childhood eczema. The cloth diapers are the best thing for him. No need to worry about reactions to chemicals in his diapers; in fact he has fewer diaper rashes than he would if he were in disposables. We’ve only had one really bad rash and that was before we knew he had eczema and how to treat it. Our son loves diaper changes just as much as I do. I lay him on the changing table for a new diaper and the biggest smile spreads across his face; it’s adorable! For that, I’m proud to be a fluff addict!
-- By Kristi S.
I spent two years buying disposables for my oldest child who exploded out of them on nearly a daily basis when she was an infant. She was like a ticking time bomb for who ever was holding her at the moment of detonation! I was so frustrated but never even thought to change to cloth diapers.
That is, until I was pregnant with my second child and my sister-in -law (who was also expecting) told me she was going to cloth diaper her baby. I was taken aback; did people still do that type of thing?
Like many women my age, I had heard my mom tell me stories about cloth diapering and it sounded like a LOT of work...not to mention the "gross-factor". Besides, I thought cloth diapers would never hold in more poo than a disposable! But, after that, the idea stuck in my head. I started to do some research online about the different types of cloth diapers and all that entails. I was quickly hooked.
It turned out that cloth diapering looked like it could be the solution to all my diaper-explosion problems as well as having so many more benefits. Just to name a few, saving a huge amount of money (which is increasingly important for everyone in this economy), being a little more eco-friendly by eliminating so much trash from disposables, no more diaper rash, and the fact that they are just so cute!
Now, I am nearly ten months along in my cloth diapering journey and have never once had a dreaded diaper explosion! I couldn't be happier with my decision to switch to cloth diapers and would never go back!
-- By Kelly
(SAHM of two: Sophia 3, Joshua 9 mo.)
Oftentimes we’re asked, “Why can’t I use free and clear detergents to wash my cloth diapers?”
Or, “My friends use X Free and Clear to wash their cloth diapers. Why can’t I?”
Excellent questions. While detergent recommendations are a dime a dozen, first it’s important to understand what works for one doesn’t work for everyone. There are so many variables to consider: type of cloth diapers being laundered, washing machine, water condition (soft or hard), washing routine/frequency, etc...
Therefore, we definitely recommend following the guidelines set by your diaper manufacturer. All diaper manufacturers provide the same disclaimer when it comes to detergents:
NO: enzymes, dyes, perfumes/fragrance, optical brighteners, whiteners, or fabric softener
Nearly all commercially available detergents found at your local grocery store and box chain store will have most, if not all of these “no-no’s” in the formula. Free and Clear detergents are no exception. While “Free and Clear” sounds great, in reality the only thing the detergent is free and clear from is fragrance and dyes. Free and Clear detergents usually still have optical brighteners, enzymes, or even worse - fabric softener (leaving behind waxy residues).
More often than not these ingredients will cause buildup on your diapers and ultimately lead to wicking or complete repelling (ie. the diaper is unable to absorb any fluid). Therefore we do no recommend using a free and clear detergent for this primary reason; the consequence and hassle is not worth the risk!
We do recommend Charlie’s Soap, Allen’s Naturally, Country Save, FuzziBunz Detergent by Vaska, Tiny Bubbles and new to our cloth diaper recommendations and coming soon to Kelly’s Closet: Rockin’ Green!
Lori Caden is the creator of the Belly Bandit. Prior to the birth of her second child, she was looking for a safe and quick way to get her belly back into shape. She started researching and came across an article about how in many cultures women would wrap their bellies to hold in and exert pressure on their abdomen. She put together an uncomplicated homemade band and started wearing it all the time. It felt great and to her surprise, her belly was noticeably smaller and tighter within a very short time. Lori quickly realized the importance of this ancient tradition and called on her two sisters to help her make an up- to-date version of the band, so other mothers could get similar results. In the fall of 2008, The Belly Bandit Company was born.
The Belly Bandit can be worn snuggly around the waist as soon as the day after delivery. Wearing it after a c-section may actually decrease the post-op recovery time by minimizing associated incision pain, which allows greater mobility post surgery. To reach maximum benefits, it should be worn for 6-8 weeks post delivery. The adjustable Belly Bandit Collection, which is proudly made in the U.S., comes in five sizes and three signature styles- Original and Couture (made from polyester and Lycra) and Bamboo (which is eco friendly, moisture wicking, anti bacterial, anti fungal, hypo allergenic, and is made from 95% bamboo and 5% spandex).
What makes the Belly Bandit so special?
- Elastic- The elastic on the Bandits has the perfect amount of tension to straighten out your back without compressing too tightly and will NOT roll.
- Material- Instead of sewing pieces of material together which breaks down the strength of the elastic, we chose to use only one piece of material for our Belly Bandit™. Our design wears better over time because the durability of the elastic isn’t compromised. All Belly Bandit® styles are 100% Latex Free.
- Customized- Tailored specifically for a post-partum body with a standard 9” width which provide complete compression of the targeted area.
- Comfort- Our rounded soft edges were created so you do not have excess material that digs, cuts or jabs your skin. Our material used will not bunch under your clothing. Our tag-less design will not irritate your skin.
When I was pregnant there was not even the slightest thought of using cloth diapers. Now 8 months into the life of my gorgeous daughter, I am a full speed ahead cloth-diapering momma! Wow, how quickly things can change.
It all began because no disposable diaper could contain my daughter’s bowel movements. After switching diapers many times I began looking into cloth diapers. After a lot of research and some convincing of my husband, I dove head first into the cloth-diapering world.
I started with the good-old-fashioned pre-folds with covers and soon bought some pockets, which began my addiction! If I have a free moment I am searching online to find a good sale. Or, if I happen to be in the area of my favorite baby boutique in town, I will make a quick stop, “just to look”, which always ends up with me leaving with a bag of new diapers!
I have learned so much about what I like, and what I could live without. My addiction has led me to try so many different brands and options. I have decided snaps work better than the Aplix for us and at the moment, I am looking to find a good WAHM snap pocket diaper. I really want to start using more organic material, oh-so-soft bamboo! I have a few bamboo pockets and I absolutely love them! Who knows when my next purchase will be, maybe when I finish this post!
I am sure my husband wonders why there is constantly a delivery of new diapers on our doorstep, but he doesn’t question anymore, he just laughs. If cloth diapers weren’t so cute, I wouldn’t have this problem!-- By Alexis B.