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Leading Cloth Diaper Retailer, Kelly’s Closet, Celebrates 9th Anniversary

Online cloth diapering boutique offers nine ways to win nine new cloth diapers with special giveaway.

South Paris, Maine (April 2010) – Leading online cloth diapering boutique and resource, Kelly’s Closet, Inc., is marking its ninth birthday today by kicking off a month of celebrations featuring cloth diaper giveaways galore!

For the first nine days of April, cloth diaper enthusiasts or novices can enter to win an incredible package of nine new cloth diapers from Kelly’s Closet including the best-selling bumGenius, FuzziBunz, Gro Baby, and Flip one-size diapers. Giveaways will happen all month long and Kelly’s Closet owner will host a ‘Twitter Party’ in late April to cap off the 30-day virtual birthday party.

“In nine years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the cloth diapering world,” says Kelly Wels, the founder and president of Kelly’s Closet, Inc. “But what I treasure most is being a part of a wonderful, supportive community of cloth diapering families who all want the best for their babies. I am so grateful to all the cloth diapering moms and dads out there for making Kelly’s Closet what it is today.”

The giveaways and special April programs are being promoted through Wels’ blog, The Cloth Diaper Whisperer. Anyone wishing to enter the nine-diaper giveaway can do so by completing one of nine social networking activities such as blogging about the contest or posting nine reasons why they use cloth diapers on their baby.

Initially started as an upscale baby boutique, Kelly’s Closet has evolved to become one of the largest and most popular destinations to buy today’s modern cloth diaper brands and diapering accessories. Since opening its virtual doors in April 2001, Kelly’s Closet and affiliate stores – FuzziBunzOnline, OneSizeDiaperStore, BulkClothDiaper and HappyHeinysOnline – have sold millions of cloth diaper products and accessories to thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada.

About Kelly’s Closet, Inc.
Kelly’s Closet, Inc., is the online purveyor of four online specialty baby boutiques and diaper shops, including KellysCloset.com, FuzziBunzOnline.com, OneSizeDiaperStore.com, and BulkClothDiaper.com. KellysCloset.com offers one of the Web’s largest selections of cloth diapers and accessories. FuzziBunzOnline.com offers an exclusive collection of Mother of Eden products and accessories, including the patented FuzziBunz diaper system. OneSizeDiaperStore.com offers the Web’s premier selection of one-size cloth diaper brands. BulkClothDiaper.com offers deep diaper discounts on various cloth diaper brands. Kelly’s Closet Inc., has been a trusted name in cloth diapering, having served more than 30,000 customers since opening its first store, www.KellysCloset.com, in 2001.
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Leading Cloth Diaper Retailer, Kelly’s Closet, Celebrates 9th Anniversary

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Fluff Friday:
2-Bamboo Baby One-Size All-in-One Diapers

Question of the week:
What is your favorite one-size diaper and why? You should leave your comment before Thursday, April 8th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the question ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

Other ways to enter:

  1. Head on over to our Facebook Fan page and leave a comment one of the posts in the 'Discussion tab'. Come back here and comment which post you commented on.
  2. Post a comment letting us know how often you wash your cloth diapers.
  3. Being a follower of our blog or subscribing to our blog, gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower.
  4. 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!!! You must have your Blogger profile accessible to be selected as a winner.
  5. Fluff FridayAdvertising the giveaway in a forum or other blog gives you ONE extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a advertising and where.
  6. Using our button on your blog (or starting to) gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are using it and where.
  7. Being a fan of our Facebook group gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a Facebook fan.
  8. Being a follower on Twitter gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower and your Twitter ID.
  9. 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.
  10. Tweet @diapershops fluff friday Bamboo Baby #clothdiapers giveaway Enter at http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com. Then come back and comment that you tweeted AND the exact tweet (not tweet id status).
  11. 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!
  12. Being an affiliate of Kelly's Closet. Please post your affiliate id in your comment.
  13. Place an order at any DiaperShops store between 4/2-4/8. Post your order # and order date in the comments.
  14. Leave a product review at Kelly's Closet and return to the blog and comment which product you reviewed.
  15. 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.
  16. You must have your Blogger profile

Have questions?? Visit our FAQ's.

How?
We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, April 9th. 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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This week's Fluff Friday winner is: Kaylyn!
She will receive:
1-Little-to-Big Beetle Organic Wool Diaper Cover
1-Little-To-Big Beetle One Size Organic Velour Diaper

This week's Twitter winner is @ZeesMommie
She will receive:
1-Thirsties Duo Wrap in one of the new prints

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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April marks the ninth anniversary of Kelly’s Closet. My, how the time has flown! In nine years we’ve seen a lot of changes in the cloth diapering world, but it all comes down to being a part of a wonderful, supportive community of Mamas (and Dad's) who all want the best for their babies. It has been so much fun to be a part of your lives and the cloth diapering community for nine years. Thank you.

Kelly Wels

In celebration of our 9th birthday we have a very special giveaway! We need your help to increase our followers on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

Enter to win 9 One Size Diapers! Giveaway includes:
  • 3-bumGenius One Size 3.0 diapers
  • 1-Flip One Size Stay Dry System
  • 1-Flip One Size Organic System
  • 1-FuzziBunz One Size Diaper
  • 1-Gro Baby One Size Shell Set
  • 1-Econobum One Size Diaper
  • 1-Rump-a-rooz One Size Diaper
9 Ways to enter:
  1. Visit today’s post (4/1) on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer called “Networking Nine Giveaway” and leave us a comment (1 comment only for ENTIRE giveaway) with 9 reasons why you use cloth diapers. The 9 reasons HAVE to be within 1 comment.
  2. On the blog use the “Share to Post” and let someone know about 1 of the posts. You then need to post a COMMENT on this post as to which post you shared (the title of the post) and the date. You can share as many posts as you like just as long as you post a comment with the title of the post AND the date you shared.
  3. Visit our flagship store, Kelly's Closet, and let us know 9 products that you have tried. Post a comment on this post with the 9 products. (HONESTY PLEASE-if you haven’t tried 9 products you cannot post.)
  4. Tweet a unique tweet on twitter about our Networking Nine Giveaway. Make sure your tweet has @diapershops AND #clothdiapers in the tweet AND links to the Networking Nine Giveaway post. Come back to the Networking Nine Giveaway post and paste your EXACT tweet (not twitter id status). EVERY unique (different) tweet counts as an entry.
  5. Visit our Facebook Fan Page and start a new discussion or comment on a current discussion. Come back to this post and comment which discussion you posted on AND the date.
  6. Start a NEW thread on anything cloth diaper related AND make sure you link back to us somewhere in thread. Come back to this post and leave the name of the thread AND the url.
  7. Tweet on twitter this exact tweet: Enter 2 win 9-one size #clothdiapers at www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com Network Nine Giveaway. Please RT Come back and post a comment that you tweeted about the Networking Nine Giveaway. 1 entry per day.
  8. Write a post about our Networking Nine Giveaway on your blog in 90 words or more. Come back and post the name of your blog AND the url of the post.
  9. Tell 9 or more of your friends about our blog. Come back and post the first names of your friends and the date you let them know about our blog.
We will DOUBLE the giveaway and offer 2 sets of 9 diapers if we reach the following goals:
  • 1500 followers on our blog
  • 4500 followers on Facebook
  • 3500 followers on Twitter
The giveaway runs 9 days from April 1st-April 9th. On April 11th we will post the winner(s) on our blog.

The more you network us the greater your chances of winning! Be creative!
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I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers while planning to start a family. When I lived away from my home I was briefly babysat for a family who used cloth diapers, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. In hindsight, the one kid who was still in diapers was almost potty trained so she didn't wear as many diapers and I wasn't doing the laundry.

When I became pregnant I began obsessively researching about cloth diapers. I quickly learned about the various types, how to care for them, etc. I informed everyone I was going to use cloth diapers and became a cloth diaper crusader before even using them. Thankfully, my husband was agreeable to the idea; although, every time he would talk about them he would say we're going to "try" them. Try? Why would we need to try them? In my mind we were using them… end of story!

With a couple months to go, I had the opportunity to visit family a couple hours away in an area that has one small shop which carries cloth diapers. I was a bit surprised when I discovered one-size diapers are bigger and bulkier than I expected. Then I began to worry. I realized there was a chance we wouldn't like them. I had been so caught up in baby and diaper excitement I really hadn't given it much serious thought. I then began to develop fear of the unknown. What if they were too bulky, looked huge, and were uncomfortable for our baby? What if they didn't fit well or leaked all the time? What if it was just too much work? I had skimmed over blogs about issues with build up and smell, but now I was worried.

I planned what I felt was the perfect stash to get us started, and diapers were arriving in the mail at a rapid rate. I reluctantly promised my husband not to open and wash all the diapers I purchased just in case we would want to send them back. Then we waited.

Our son was born on 12/29/09 and we began using the cloth diapers when we was 10 days old. His first diapers were 6 bumGenius Deluxe 3.0 All-In-Ones, 3 Thirsties Fab Fitted Diapers, and 1 Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper. We had a couple Thirsties Diaper Covers and a couple Thirsties Duo Wrap Diaper Covers. Obviously not enough to exclusively use cloth diapers, but enough to get started. Day 1 passed, day 2, and then a week. We were using cloth diapers... and LOVING them! We were having major issues with leaking using the disposables plus we were quickly amazed with how many we were using! It was easy to see within one week how much money we could be saving by using cloth diapers exclusively.

Additionally, we had far less leaks! With much relief I opened up the other box from Kelly's Closet and started washing the rest of our new stash. Our son quickly gained weight and we were able to use the one-size diapers just a couple weeks later when he was up to 10 pounds. Our one-diaper stash consist of several bumGenius 3.0 and FuzziBunz, plus a couple Rocky Mountain diapers. I love them all, however, the bumGenius 3.0’s are becoming a quick favorite. The hook and loop tabs make getting a diaper on a wiggling infant so easy.

It is such a relief to discover we really do love cloth diapers and we're going to stick with them. I believe being over-prepared [with all the reading I did early in my pregnancy] helped. I knew how to properly launder the diapers and I had my cloth diaper friendly detergent [Charlie's Soap] ready. I had 2 diaper pail liners and a wet bag for the diaper bag. I really liked being able to launch fully into using cloth diapers all at once. I was able to establish a routine and it was a super easy transition from the disposables. The only item we haven’t purchased yet is a diaper sprayer. Right now I'm comfortable with rinsing the diapers in the sink, but a sprayer will probably be a future purchase.

I've been saying "we" were using cloth diapers, but my husband is still slowing transitioning. I've found myself changing most diapers, disposable or cloth, just because I'm quicker and it seems like less of a hassle. He started helping with the cloth by taking a dirty diaper to the pail, but he wasn't thrilled with pulling the insert out of the pocket diaper. I've since arranged the diapers to have all the all-in-ones together for him to use. The next step was the laundry.

I showed him the special detergent and went over the general instructions, so he helped out with washing a load last week. He asked a couple questions before starting the cold rinse and again before the hot wash. Then he came to tell me the diapers would not be done as soon as expected because he forgot to add fabric softener. That's right. Panic!!!

Unfortunately, he already started another rinse cycle with fabric softener. Many hot washes and nearly a day later the diapers were stripped and ready to use again. A minor set back but the diapers survived! His first attempt to change a cloth diaper a few days ago was a bit of a struggle too. He almost put it on backwards and then didn't get it snug enough. He stepped back and let me fix the diaper while he watched and took some mental notes. I appreciate his efforts to try something totally new and I'm sure he's going to be a cloth diapering pro soon!

by Natalie G.
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As many of you many have seen, Friday on ABC's Good Morning America, green living expert, Sara Snow, sang the praises of cloth diapers! In this informative segment, Snow talked about earth friendly ways to diaper your baby and featured gDiapers, bumGenius and Flip diapers, saying that she intended to use cloth on her baby due in a couple of months. We couldn’t be happier that cloth diapers – especially some of our favorites – are getting such great national attention and glowing endorsement from this respected expert. We wish Sara the best of luck with her cloth diapering experience!!



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Name: Jody B.

Hometown: Urbana, IL

Mom to: Kennedy (9 months)

Occupation: Wife and Mother

Fav Cloth Diapers: It depends. When Kennedy was smaller, I preferred Happy Heinys. Now that she's bigger, it's bumGenius.

What is the one cloth diapering tip you would tell a new mom?
If you have extra time during the day, go ahead and assemble the diapers (put inserts in diapers). It saves time when you are in a hurry and during the middle of the night.

What are your TOP 5 favorite websites?
theclothdiaperwhisperer.com, safemama.com, passionatehomemaking.com, amazon.com, and allrecipes.com

What is your parenting style?
At this stage, we are primarily focused on her health, so we are careful about reading the labels on food, drinks, and healthcare products. We are taking a more natural route, trying to avoid ingredients that aren't helpful. I love junk food, so this has been a lifestyle change for me also. As she grows, we will have more to worry about, but for now that is our main concern.

What is the cutest thing your baby does?
She snorts at us and it has become a game. She'll snort and then we'll snort back at her. She giggles and just loves it!

How involved is Dad in cloth diapering?
Very involved! He and I both made the decision to use cloth diapers. I appreciate his concern for our baby's skin and comfort, as well as for the environment.

What went into your family history book as the funniest cloth diapering moment?
The fact that she lives in stretch pants! We love little jeans and try to squeeze her big diaper bottom into them, but they are always too tight.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Having a special little person to love and nurture! I feel so blessed that I am able to stay at home with her and teach her about world and our beliefs. It is so exciting to think of all the things we adults take for granted, that a baby has yet to experience. I look forward to taking her to see the ocean or mountains or to a museum.

What's your "go-to" dinner on a busy night?
Veggie pizza is one of my favorites!
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