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Fluff Friday:
2-Smartipants One-Size Cloth Diapers (with inserts) in Cocoa Bean color

Question of the week:
What kind of diapering system do you use at night-time to diaper your baby? (list brand and style of diaper) Leave your comment before Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the question ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

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  10. Tweet @diapershops fluff friday @thesmartipants #clothdiapers giveaway Enter at http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com. Then come back and comment that you tweeted AND the exact tweet (not tweet id status).
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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, April 23rd. 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 75

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is: Kim Day!
She will receive: 2-Rockin'Green HARD ROCK Cloth Diaper Detergent

Facebook Winner:
Thanks for everyone for partipating in our Facebook Painting Giveaway

Rebecca Gettel wins a $25 gift certificate to the DiaperShops.com store of her choice!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 74 PLUS Facebook Winners

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Continuing is my advice for my friends Marissa and Jeremy who are expecting their first baby any day now… They have asked me what my advice, tips and tricks are for first-timers thinking about cloth diapering.

I think the two looming questions that parents diving into cloth diapering have are:
1) What do you do with the poop?
2) How do you wash these things?


As simple as people tried to make it sound for me it still seemed overwhelming and difficult. Looking back I’m so surprised at how quickly it all became routine. You will be too. Hopefully my experience and trial and error will save you some time and get you started on an easy day-to-day routine.

A diaper change results in two options. Option number one, wet diapers, go in the diaper pail/basket/bag. Simple. Done. Option number two, poop diapers. I love when people or websites say “Just shake it off and flush.” I remember looking at my 4 month old’s breastfed poops wondering what I was supposed to “shake.” Before solid foods the poops…aren’t so solid. My best advice for these is a diaper sprayer, a handy little device that attaches to the water feed of your toilet. I’m writing this post for Jeremy, whom I have witnessed firsthand being a little stymied in the handyman department (before you balk, Jeremy, recall the deck painting, cabinet doors, etc).

Even Jeremy can install a diaper sprayer and, let me tell you, it is a lifesaver. Down the road you will be able to shake the solid poops right into the toilet with little to no residue left on the diapers, I promise. However, in the early months, you will use the sprayer. I always removed the insert (you can either just toss it in your basket or rinse and toss) and just spray the pocket diaper itself. With pockets nothing ever stuck or stained. Then just toss it in your basket for laundry day. Not so bad, right?

Laundry Day. Forget the fear. Ignore the complicated additives. Start with a basic routine. Cold water rinse and spin. Hot water wash with Rockin’ Green. One more rinse and spin. Done. Down the road you might run into some stains or build-up or some smells from time to time. At that point you can troubleshoot or do some research (this blog has it all!) to figure out what might be your best solution, but honestly, with Rockin Green (no, I do not own stock in the company!) you will probably have some smooth sailing.

I have simplified things quite a bit, but cloth diapering really doesn’t have to be complicated. I have laid out my best advice based on my experience as a recent “Newbie.” I believe the simpler you keep it the more likely people are willing to try it and stick with it. The beauty of cloth diapering is that there are so many options, styles and brands to suit every family’s needs. One person will swear by a method or style that just doesn’t work for someone else. Once you get into the swing of things you will figure out what you love and what you could do without and make your decisions accordingly. I can almost guarantee that you will find a system that works for you and you will truly love cloth diapering.


By Jennifer G.

Update: Marissa and Jeremy welcomed their beautiful little boy, Hayden James, soon after this post was completed. Congrats and good luck, guys. Can’t wait to get my hands on him!!!
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Advice for New Parents (Part 2)

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This post is my personal advice to my friends Marissa and Jeremy who are expecting their first baby… TODAY! Ironically, they were at my house when my very first package arrived from Kelly’s Closet. All four of us looked at these adorable little bundles of fluff with interest, intrigue and more than a little intimidation. The following week they got a positive pregnancy test! I was their own personal guinea pig as I became the “Newbie” for them and everyone here. Now that I have been cloth diapering for about 9 months they have asked what my advice would be for them to begin cloth diapering their new baby boy. I figured I would share my thoughts here, based on my experience, so other people who are considering cloth diapering might have a look.

My first piece of advice for a new parent may be a little controversial in the cloth diapering world. In my humble opinion I am advising my friends not to start cloth diapering for the first time until the baby is at least of couple of weeks, maybe even months, old.

Now if you are super-enthusiastic, have support from family or friends and feel that you’ll be ready to dive in, by all means, go for it. It really isn’t that tricky and if you’ve done the research ahead of time you could start with cloth diapers right off the bat and never look back. However, I am giving this advice to my friends, who will be brand new parents, with the hopes of minimizing their stress and frustration and maximizing their wonder and bond with their new baby. In the end, I would rather see them start cloth diapering a little later and succeed than have them frustrated and overwhelmed and end up quitting.

Though the physical act of diapering the baby isn’t that much different with cloth vs. disposables, cloth diapering does add a little extra work with clean-up and laundering and a sleep-deprived, possibly overwhelmed, new mom doesn’t need anything extra on her plate. Also, waiting a little bit will give you time to develop some sort of schedule, and an understanding of your baby’s routine, habits and needs. You will feel much more in control, relaxed and open-minded once you’ve gotten into the swing of things with your new little one.

I personally think pocket diapers are the easiest diapers with which to begin cloth-diapering. There are many who swear by the cost-effectiveness, functionality and versatility of fitteds and prefolds. However, when I first started I found pockets to be extremely user-friendly. Everyone has their personal favorites, based on their own needs and expectations. My advice would be to start with bumGenius, FuzziBunz and Blueberry One Size pocket diapers only because I have used them myself and found them to be all-around excellent diapers. There are several different brands at different price points to try out (Smartipants, Happy Heinys, etc) but I can only vouch for the ones I’ve tried and loved. I wouldn’t get too caught up in snaps vs. velcro when just starting. Velcro is the easiest for new parents, but you may find you prefer one over the other once you’ve had a chance to use them both. As far as quantity, I started with about 6-8 total diapers consisting of a couple different styles and brands. That’s a good number to try things out and not commit too much money, however once you fall in love with cloth diapering (and you will) you will want to quickly buy more of your favorites to ease up your laundry duties.

Once you have your diapers you’ll need a simple laundry routine and a few accessories to make the whole process easier. Check out Part II of my post as for the rest of my advice to the new parents.

By Jennifer G.
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Advice for New Parents (Part 1)

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Diaper Shops invites you to join them on Earth Day to take part in the first ever cloth diaper Twitter party “Get Real – The Inside Poop on Cloth Diapers.” On Thursday, April 22nd at 9pm ET, Diaper Shops, Eco Mom Media, The Real Diaper Association, and other experts in the cloth diapering industry will be available to answer all your cloth diapering questions. Learn the basics of cloth diapering, including the truths behind many cloth diaper myths. Find out why cloth diapers are great for your babies health, your wallet, and the environment.

We ask you to invite a non-cloth diapering friend (or ten!) to join you on Earth Day for this cloth diaper celebration! Attendees will be eligible for party prizes, including a complete stash of cloth diapers! Don’t forget to pre-register because Diaper Shops is giving away a Flip Ultra HD camcorder to one random attendee.

Diaper Shops is also giving away the Grand Prize for the evening; a complete starter set of cloth diapers and accessories! The extreme cloth diapering prize package includes 18 Smartipants one-sized diapers with inserts, 18 cloth wipes, 1 wet bag, 2 pail liners, and Kissaluvs wipes solution. Rockin’ Green Soap is also throwing in a bag of Fresh Linen cloth diaper detergent. This prize package will be awarded randomly at the end of the party to someone brand new to cloth diapering. What better way to make the step into cloth diapering than with a complete stash of diapers and accessories.

But don’t worry…there are more prizes for you parents already in cloth diapers. For every friend who writes your name as the person who referred them to the party you will be entered to win one of four referral prize packages compliments of Soft Bums diapers. There’s more, help us spread the word about #GetRealDiapers by blogging, tweeting, or sharing your friends in other online arenas and you can earn advocate entries for even more great prizes! You can see the complete list of prizes and how to enter at Eco Mom Media.

So jump on board and share the cloth diaper love this Earth Day! After all, we can change the world one diaper at a time. Don’t forget to register and we’ll see you on Earth Day!
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Get Real – "The Inside Poop on Cloth Diapers" Twitter Party

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The BabyKicks Diaper Hunt continues with Week #2. Can you guess where Stephan, Otto, & Maya are located? Post your guess as a comment to this post (comments will not be approved until right before the winner is drawn). Follow the clues on BabyKicks Facebook Fan Page. (Complete description of the Diaper Hunt can be found in the narrative below the pictures.)Winner will be drawn by BabyKicks and posted on their Facebook Fan Page on Saturday, April 17th!
Join Stephan from BabyKicks on the first ever BabyKicks’ Easter Diaper Hunt featuring Otto and Maya. Throughout the month of April Stephan, Otto and Maya will be crisscrossing Europe to meet local retailers, part of the BabyKicks design team as well as run a Marathon (in preparation for an upcoming 60 mile Charity Race in which BabyKicks will be participating). To celebrate the holiday and the start of spring BabyKicks invites you to participate in our Easter Diaper Hunt that will be ongoing through the end of April.

Stephan will be traveling with the BabyKicks Bumboo Pocket Diaper and the BabyKicks Organic Fitted Diaper - which we nicknamed Otto and Maya respectively – throughout the journey.

Every Monday from April 5 to May 3 the trio will post pictures on the Cloth Diaper Whisperer of themselves in front of landmarks in well known cities in which they are hiding. In addition to the pictures they will post clues to their new hiding place on the BabyKicks Facebook page during the week. If you can find out where Stephan, Otto and Maya are you have a chance to win 1 of 6 BabyKicks Easter Bags! To enter the hunt, correctly guess the city, post the location on the Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog and a random winner will be drawn.

There will be 6 prizes in total, one prize per week for 5 weeks and one LARGE prize when Stephan, Otto and Maya return from their ventures the first week of May. Each prize will be delivered in a unique hemp Easter Bag and is guaranteed to include at least 1 Bumboo Pocket Diaper. If you enter and don’t win, your name will automatically be entered into the next week’s drawing. Winners will be announced on the BabyKicks Facebook page. And, just like the traditional Easter eggs it’s a SURPRISE, so no peeking!

The promotion starts on Monday April 5, 2010. So get your basket ready because we’re going on an Easter Diaper Hunt!
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BabyKicks Diaper Hunt Continues- Week # 2

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And the winner of the Networking Nine Giveaway is: dbassett

She will receive:
  • 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


  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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    Networking Nine Giveaway Winner

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    Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry has joined our team as a contributing videographer.

    In this video Kim takes you thru her typical cloth diapering wash routine while using a top loader.


    Kim occassionally uses Ecover fabric softener in her cloth diaper wash routine.

    "I read a lot on Ecover before trying it, and after all of the people who tried it agreed that it didn't cause repelling issues I decided to use it. I had prefolds and fitteds that were less than soft. It has been working without causing any repelling. I don't use it for every single wash, just every few when I feel they need softening up. It even softens the microfiber. This is the only fabric softener I have ever heard of that is cloth diaper safe." Kim says.

    Thank you Kim for taking us step by step thru your washing routine.

    *Please note: Some manufacturers do not recommend the use of fabric softeners when washing diapers. We recommend researching the manufacturer's recommendations before starting any wash routine.
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    Washing Cloth Diapers in a Top Loader

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    Running into difficulty getting your daycare to continue your commitment to cloth? Or are you a new mom returning to work and trying to find a daycare that will accept cloth? Unfortunately, the daycare industry has been slow to join the cloth diapering movement. Citing health concerns and time-management issues as the main roadblocks, many daycare providers may just need to be educated to make cloth diapering at daycare a success! The Real Diaper Association advocates cloth diaper usage in daycare and helps parents educate providers about the practice.

    Here are a few tips for making it work.
    • Be upfront. Whether you are just looking at daycares or have already committed and are trying to change the policy, let them know from the first meeting that this is something that is important to you. It may even be worth a phone call to each provider on your list before you visit to see how they will react. If the reaction isn’t positive, maybe it’s not worth a visit.
    • Be thorough. Consider all types of daycare when doing your research. When a daycare center might not be flexible, an in-home provider might be your answer. There are many daycares popping up that do support cloth diapering…in fact some prefer it, so get online and start hunting for ones in your area.
    • Be prepared. Have a plan for how cloth diapering with work and come to the meeting prepared to share your ideas. Many daycares don’t have formal policies regarding cloth diapers, so hearing a plan of how it would work may make some providers more comfortable with the idea.
    • Be instructive. Bring a sample diaper along with you to show the provider exactly how it works. Most are probably thinking of the cloth diapers their mother used, so show them how far cloth has come! Don’t forget a wet bag and other accessories you’ll be providing so they can see the whole picture.
    • Be flexible. There may be a compromise to your proposal that would make everyone happy, so be open to their concerns and suggest an alternative that will work for both.
    • Be a guinea pig. Suggesting a trial-period might be the best way for both daycare provider and parents to test the waters. After 30 days, most will likely be converts, but having an “out” will make everyone more comfortable. Be sure not to sign a long-term contract until the trial is over to ensure you are not tied into something that isn’t going to work.
    • Be calm. Nothing is going to change with a negative or quick-tempered attitude on your part. A calm, kind demeanor will let the provider know that you are serious about making this happen and you want to work with them not against them.

    For more tips of bringing cloth diapering to daycare, check out the Real Diaper Association’s Tips for Using Cloth Diapers at DayCare. Good luck!
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    Cloth Diapers at Daycare: Tools to make it happen

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