Question of the week:
What 2 Kushies products would you consider purchasing that we don't currently carry at Kelly's Closet? Please visit Kushies.com for product selections. You should leave your comment with the full names of both products before Thursday, March 4th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the question ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)
Other ways to enter:
- Follow Kushies Baby on twitter page and post a comment letting us know you are following Kushies.
- Become a fan of Kushies Baby on facebook. Come back and comment that you are now Kushies facebook fan.
- 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!!!
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- One entry for signing up for our newsletter at Kelly's Closet. Post a comment when you sign up or if you are already signed up.
- Tweet @diapershops fluff friday @kushiesbaby #clothdiapers giveaway Enter at http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/. Then come back and comment that you tweeted AND the exact tweet (not tweet id status).
- Tweet any unique tweet with @diapershops #clothdiapers. Cut and paste your tweet and post as a comment. You can get 1 entry for EVERY unique tweet!
- Being an affiliate of Kelly's Closet. Please post your affiliate id in your comment.
- Place an order at any DiaperShops store between 2/26-3/4. Post your order # and order date in the comments.
- Start a thread about our giveaway or comment on a thread that is about or giveaway on any chat room (http://www.diaperpin.com/, http://www.diaperswappers.com/, etc) . Post the name of the thread AND the url of your comment.
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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, March 5th. It is the responsibility of the winner tocontact 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!!
She will receive:
1- Knickernappies One-Size Diaper with 2 Loopy-Do Inserts (provided by the manufacturer)
1- Knickernappies Hanging Door Pail Liner (provided by DiaperShops.com)
Among Colorado’s many natural blessings is an almost daily dose of high-intensity, high-altitude sunshine--over 300 days per year. The kind that can burn your skin nastily if you stay out more than just a few minutes without protection, but as well the kind that makes solar panel manufacturers slobber on themselves.Enter Erin Kimmett, founder and owner of one of America’s largest cloth diaper manufacturing and wholesale companies, Thirsties, Inc. Long an advocate for less-impacting methods of modern living, Kimmett began Thirsties five years ago as a venture to supplement her husband’s teaching income, to find an outlet for her incessant entrepreneurial spirit, and in large part to spread the news of the wonders of cloth diapering, both as a less-expensive means of diapering and as a way to drastically cut down on the environmental consequences of the omnipresent--and in her mind dangerous--disposable diaper.
Fast-forward the five-odd years since its inception, boasting a retailer roster of over 300 stores worldwide, and through all the struggles and hardships that any small business owner witnesses, Erin is still hard at it--the all too common platitude of “being a good steward of the planet” living deeply and with resounding truth in both her life and business ethic:
- 100% domestic manufacturing--check
- Utilizes American-made materials--check
- Purchases carbon credits to offset 100% of manufacturing and transport utilities--check
- Recycling of all used cardboard and paper--check
- 100% recycled cardboard and paper for new shipments--check
Skimming past the obstacles that seemingly obstructed her path to the sun--local skepticism and regulatory hurdles, among others--Kimmett has never taken her eyes off of the prize, and is characteristically enthusiastic about steering her alternative-energy mantra to solar production. Especially relevant to Thirsties’ ability to finance the undertaking are the present federal tax credits available to anyone installing a solar energy system ¾ coupled with a special business installation credit ¾ in addition to the local utility’s own solar energy rebate program, bringing a $44,000 system down to a more small-business manageable level of roughly $7000.
The solar tour de force is only adding fuel to Kimmett’s clean energy fire, complementing an already long laundry list of green practices which dominate Thirsties’ business model. Who knows what’s next?
By Dave Kimmett January 28, 2010 CAÑON CITY, Colorado - Erin Kimmett, CEO of Thirsties, Inc., can be reached at 719-315-2333 - Dave Kimmett can be reached at 719-275-4919
What we need: We are looking for a few good cloth diapering stories. If your story fits into any of these categories, please email Jenny@diapershops.com and you may be included in a special project for Kelly's Closet!! Thanks for your help in advance!!
Mom who is cloth diapering multiples (twins, triplets, etc.)
Mom with a special needs child and uses cloth diapers
Mom who uses cloth diapers because of doctor order / specific medical reasons
Working mom who convinced her daycare to give cloth diapers a go
Stay at home dad who uses cloth diapers and likes it!
We are proud to announce the new Gro Baby Getaway Package:
"I'd offer the GroBaby "Getaway" package, with everything you need to spend a few days away from home with 3 shell sets and a package of bio soakers. If you were using biosoakers on the trip, you wouldn't need the regular soakers, but who would really want a bunch of shells without soakers? Anyhow, that'd be sweet."- Suggested by Slee F.
Thank you to everyone for your participation! If we decide to utilize any further package suggestions (exactly as suggested) we will contact you.
Without any conscious decision on my part, I gradually felt little nudges to look into modern cloth diapering. Initially, someone I knew registered for cloth diapers for their baby shower; so I spent time exploring them online. Then, some of my sister’s friends started cloth diapering. Finally, a good friend of mine came for a visit and was using cloth diapers. She asked me if I ever thought about it, and I said, “Yes, BUT here’s my reasons why I don’t…” Following is my list of reasons why I would NEVER cloth diaper:
1. I don’t want to have to swish poopy diapers in the toilet
2. I don’t want to have to carry dirty diaper around with me when I go out.
3. I have enough laundry as it is. I don’t want to add anymore.
That very night after my friend visited, I was up all night thinking about the benefits of cloth diapering and how cute her baby looked with his fluff. I spent the following week doing research and by the end of the week I had purchased 9 bumGenius 3.0 One Size pocket diapers, a diaper sprayer, a FuzziBunz hanging diaper pail liner, a small wet bag, bumGenius bamboo wipes, and some flushable liners. So… how did I overcome my 3 biggest hesitations?
1. The diaper sprayer: This is the most amazing cloth diapering tool. I don’t know how people cloth diaper without it. I can tell you I definitely would NOT!
2. I keep a small wet bag inside my diaper bag so I always have a place for wet or soiled diapers. I also try to use flushable liners when I’m out so I can just drop the mess in the toilet.
3. I know it probably sounds strange to some of you, but I really love washing my cloth diapers. It’s different than regular laundry because I don’t have to do all the folding and sorting. I just sit and stuff them and they all get put away in the same spot.
My friend urged me to just buy one or two cloth diapers to try it out. She also advised me I could still use disposable at night or when I went out. Instead, I just jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back. I haven’t purchased any disposable diapers or wipes since my son was 16 months (he’s now 22 months). Now I always encourage new moms to try cloth diapering.
My only regret? I wish I had started sooner!
By Megan W.
What goes into creating an award-winning diaper? Come behind the scenes with me for a moment.
I’ve owned Knickernappies for about 4 years. My husband works with me and together we wear all of the hats: packing, shipping, designing, sourcing, customer service, etc. Two years ago, we were ready to create a One Size diaper. But since our diaper is side-snapping, this presented some unique challenges for designing a one-size-fits-all diaper.
On our kitchen table, I set up my sewing machine and cranked out sample after sample. After about 10 prototypes, over the course of a year, I had a pattern that I was ready to take to our sew shop for a professional prototype. We went through another five or six prototypes over 6 months. First the snaps were way too high and interfered with the side snaps. Then the snaps were way too low and just looked uncomfortable for baby. We got the snap placement just perfect, but I really wanted a top-stitched diaper. Those look so clean and finished…but we had elastic on the belly and that interfered with the fit if it was top-stitched. Around and around we went, tweaking and testing. Our local testers used a variety of prototypes and gave us valuable feedback on what they liked the best, what worked, and what didn’t.
Finally in April 2009, after nearly 2 years of sewing and testing, we started official production of the Knickernappies One Size Diaper. They released to retailers in June 2009. Last fall we submitted our diaper to a panel of judges and to our great joy, our diaper was awarded one of the Best Products of 2009 from iParenting Media. What an honor to have all of our hard work anointed with a seal!
By Heather - Owner and Creator of Knickernappies
This writer and busy mom of a nine year old and an infant is making the switch to cloth diapers and is documenting it all in the online publication, the Seattle Examiner. She’s taking her readers through the process from start to finish – from stuffing inserts to finding detergents to washing – and giving them a real-life glimpse into cloth. I’ve given her some tips and advice about getting started and I look forward to helping guide Rachel through this process. It’s a great way for anyone who’s thinking about switching to learn exactly what it takes.
I encourage you to check in with Rachel periodically … comment and cheer her on! She’s in for a very big, but very positive change in her life and we’re happy to be a part of it! Go Rachel!!