Free Smartipants One Size Diaper (no insert) in exclusive Cocoa Bean color with a $25 or more order at Kelly's Closet.
Use discount code FREESMARTI at check-out.

Valid thru end of day on May 2nd or while supplies last.
Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - Free Smartipants Diaper!

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Fluff Friday:
2- BumEssential Bumbino One-Size Diapers

Question of the week:
What is your favorite diapering system and why? (aio,pocket,fitted,prefold,hybrid,etc) Leave your comment before Thursday, May 6th 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. Follow BumEssentials on twitter (www.twitter.com/bumessentials) . Come back and post a comment that you are a follower of Flip 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 @bumessentials #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 (not tweet id status) 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 4/30-5/6. 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, May 7th. 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: Mom of FIVE!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 76 WINNER!

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Name: Angie

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

Mom to: Alanna, 16; Spencer, 12; Piper, 3.5; Ruby, 22 months

Occupation: Financial Administrator, cook, maid, comforter, taxi driver, argument-diffuser, MOM

Fav Cloth Diapers: bumGenius.

What is one cloth diapering tip you wish you had gotten at the very start?
Don't get overwhelmed- there's a lot to learn! Choose the easiest type (for me, it was pockets) and go from there. There is always time to branch out. And don't feel guilty if you're not into the latest fad diaper… fads come and go, stick with what you like and don't feel you have to try everything.

What baby product could you not live without?

My baby carriers!!!! Mainly the Beco, but when the girls were smaller my wraps were indispensable. I would never make it without a good carrier.

What are your TOP 5 favorite websites?
www.thebabywearer.com; www.sting.com; www.ebay.com; www.hyenacart.com; www.etsy.com

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
The hugs and kisses I get when I come home from work; and the pride I feel when I see my older two growing into amazing young adults.

If you had a free day to yourself, what would you spend it doing?
I'd go into New York City and spend the morning exploring boutiques in the Village, pick up a good book and have lunch at my favorite restaurant, L'Express on 20th & Park. I'd eat a leisurely lunch of onion soup and a croque monsieur with nobody climbing on me, have a couple of Stella Artois and read my book. I'd go to the Cloisters museum for the afternoon and soak in the beautiful medieval artifacts. I'd finish off the day with a Middle-Eastern dance class at my teacher, Morocco's, studio.

What is your parenting style?
Laid back, attachment, mostly mellow, slow to anger but I'm too easily annoyed. I get over it quickly though. I tease my kids often and we laugh a lot. I'm the gooey-softie parent; my husband is a better disciplinarian than me.

What's your "go-to" dinner on a busy night? Sausage & peppers, baby!! YUM!
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Meet April's Spotlight MOM: Angie

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Many of you attended (or tried to attend) the Get Real Diapers party on Twitter last week. If this was your first experience on Twitter you might be a little intimidated. With over 1700 tweets in one hour from over 250 different people even I was a little lost at times. Here are some tips to help make your next Twitter party a little easier to follow.

1. How do I sign up for an account on Twitter? If you don’t already have a Twitter account you will need to set up an account. Visit www.Twitter.com and select Sign Up Now to create your very own account. You will need to select a Username, this can be your real name or a nickname of sorts. For instance my Twitter Username (or handle) is EcoMomMedia. Follow the directions on the screen and then select Create My Account. You are good to go! Of course if you want to get really creative you can customize your account with a picture and a background.

2. Who do I follow? If you want to join a Twitter party you will want to be sure to follow all of the party hosts and sponsors. There are several ways you can find the party hosts and sponsors on Twitter. If you are joining an Eco Mom Media party I have links on the party page that will take you directly to the hosts and sponsors. Another way is to search for them under Find People on Twitter. Once you have logged into your account select Find People and then enter @EcoMomMedia (or their Username). The @ sign will help you find a specific person if you know their Twitter Username. You can also search for them by name or email address. Once you find the person you want to follow you select Follow (it’s the person icon with a plus sign). Be sure to follow all of the party hosts and sponsors so you can see their tweets (or messages). You can follow people before the party begins to be sure you receive any party updates and to receive notifications of upcoming events. In addition, by following other party attendees you can network with a great group of people who share a same passion.

3. Do I have to pre-register? Most parties will encourage you to pre-register for the event. For Eco Mom Media Twitter parties there will almost always be extra prizes or incentives for pre-registering. While you don’t have to register to attend the party and learn about the topic; that is the list I normally use to draw the winners.

4. How do I follow 1700 tweets in an hour? Well that’s not even easy for the hosts and sponsors to do. Most people use some external sites to follow the party. Sites such as www.TweetGrid.com and www.TweetDeck.com will make it easier to follow the chatterings of the event. My personal favorite is TweetGrid; I prefer TweetDeck if I’m following on my iPhone. For TweetGrid you can create a unique party grid by entering the party #Hashtag, party hosts, and your username. A #hashtag is specific to the party or event topic. For instance, if you are joining the Diaper Shops twitter party the #hashtag would be #DiaperShops. After you enter all of the information and select Join Party a tweet grid will appear. To tweet you enter your username and password at the top (under the message or tweet) and begin tweeting. It’s very important to remember to use the #hashtag because the sponsors and hosts will only be looking for messages that include that tag during the party.

5. What can I say in a tweet? A tweet is limited to 140 characters so your messages will need to be brief. You can follow the number of characters you have in red after the tweet box. Watch the hosts of the party to determine the format for the party. Some parties are open while others are more structured. Structured parties will have one person (or a few people) tweeting questions for party goers to answer. Open parties are more like an open chat room with people asking different questions. Feel free to jump in regardless of the format with your questions.

6. Have an important question you would like to ask the hosts or sponsors? There are two ways you can get their attention. First, you can include their @UserName in your tweet. If you talk directly to a person they are more apt to respond and not miss your question in the sea of tweets. Another way is to send them a Direct Message (DM). A direct message is private and only that user can see your message. Host may not check their DMs during the party.

7. How do I win prizes? Most party hosts will announce how they are announcing/selecting/notifying winners. Some parties will draw random names by all active party tweets, some will draw names from the RSVP list, and others may require you to answer a question. Be sure to provide a valid @UserName when you register along with a valid email address. Hosts will attempt to contact you for a limited period of time (sometimes hours or days) before they select an alternate winner. You can see if someone has talked directly to you by checking your @UserName mentions (under Home on the sidebar) on your Twitter page. By clicking Direct Messages you can see if anyone sent you a message.

8. Reply! When a party host asks a question you can reply directly to that host by selecting reply next to their message. Or you can reply to other guests if you like what they have to say.

9. Retweet! Did someone say something that was valuable? You can retweet (RT) their message so that all of your followers can see the information. This is a great way to get your friends to join in the party with you.

10. When problems happen. Sometimes technology doesn’t cooperate with us. Sometimes TweetGrid will be acting slow and updates will be delayed. Sometimes Twitter will be at capacity and knock you off. Sometimes (if you are extra chatty) you can be put into Twitter jail. If you happen to experience difficulties while using Twitter or any of the external sites try to reply directly to the host/sponsor or reach out to a new Twitter friend for help. Other party quests may be able to respond more quickly than the host. Join the party a little early and play around.
Use the party #hashtag, practice sending replies, retweets, and direct messages.

Have fun! Your first party might be a little overwhelming but I promise it will get easier. Some parties move very quickly and you might miss something. Speak up, and someone will help you along the way. If for some reason you can’t figure it all out, most party hosts publish a transcript of their parties so you can go back and read it. Finally, if you have an important question that was unanswered…just email the host or sponsor directly.

Contributed by Calley of Eco Mom Media
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There are so many great cloth diapering options out there, I want to draw your attention to one more! I believe people who decide to cloth diaper strive to get the best value for their money without sacrificing baby's comfort. What if you could combine the value of a prefold with the comfort/ease of a pocket diapers? Let me tell you how I did...

I love my pocket diapers. I adore the ease of using a pocket diaper as well as their ability to wick mosture away from baby's bum. My favorite and trusted night-time diaper is the bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper. I found the 100% polyester suedecloth used in them is wonderful for keeping baby dry for long periods of time. The only thing with these is that they can be a little more pricy when looking to use them all the time.

On the other hand I like the great value of my Chinese prefolds. They are relatively inexpensive and are often called the "work-horse" of a cloth diapering stash (I know they are mine). The downfall of these are that they don't usually hold up over night and you have to add liners to wick moisture away.

So, I decided to go searching for something that I could inexpensively add to my pre-existing stash (which largely includes Chinese prefolds and microfiber inserts) to give me the same functionality as my wonderful pocket dipes.

While searching I came across this amazing product that will do just that! It's called the bumGenius Stay Dry Insert Sock!

These insert socks have many benefits to them.

1. They are made of the same suedecloth used in my beloved bumGenius diapers. Essentially transforming my prefolds and extra microfiber inserts into pocket diapers when coupled with a good diaper cover (I prefer the one size Wonderwraps).

2. That's right, these insert socks are big enough to stuff a premium Chinese prefold or two inserts with ease.

3. These are great for using when you are out because like the popular two in one diaper systems, all you need to pack are a few pre-stuffed insert socks and an extra diaper cover and you're ready to go. This frees up valuable space in your diaper bag.

4. As I mentioned before, these are SO inexpensive (but very well made). If you already have prefolds/inserts and some diaper covers you can convert them with insert socks for a fraction of the cost it would be to buy all new pocket diapers. And in my opinion they work just as well!

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Transform Your Prefolds into Pocket Diapers!

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The BabyKicks Diaper Hunt continues with Week #4. 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, May 1st!



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 #4

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Date: Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Time: 9:00-10:00pm (ET)

Follow us on Twitter: @EcoMomMedia and @DiaperShops

HASHTAG: #DiaperShops

Event Tweet Grid: Use the following link to set up a unique TweetGrid to follow the party hosts: http://is.gd/bp29g

Registration: To be eligible to win great prizes from our sponsor- RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle/username below where it says Click here to enter.

Tweet the details of the party sometime before the start time to share the party details with your friends. Be sure to include @DiaperShops, @EcoMomMedia and include a link back here to RSVP.

Sit back and tweet with us during the party as we celebrate 9 great years with Kelly’s Closet and Diaper Shops. It will be one great fluffy celebration!

Prizes:
Pre-register to win a iPad! Anyone who registers (according to the directions above) between now and April 29th at 8:59pm ET will be registered to win a $500 gift certificate for the Apple Store (iPad starts at $499)

Other great prizes include:
a 2 pack of bumGenius 3.0 cloth diapers
a 2 pack of FuzziBunz one-size cloth diapers
a $50 gift certificate to a DiaperShops.com store of your choice.

Stay and chat with us to the end and you might even win the Grand Prize – a 9 pack of one-size cloth diapers (Diaper Shops will choose which 9!).

Winners will be selected using www.random.org from all party attendees who RSVP as stated above. Must be 18 or older to register. Open to residents of the US and Canada.

To RSVP and be registered for party prizes enter your Twitter username and link to your Twitter username below.

Example:
Blog or Link Title: @UserName
Link: http://www.twitter.com/UserName
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Register to win a FREE iPad at DiaperShops Twitter Party

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When we were considering trying to conceive, being the analytical/engineer-type that I am, I started researching baby products and best buys. In my online searching, I came across the FuzziBunz website. I thought they were so darn cute and the thought of a baby without diaper rash had me knowing immediately that I was going to cloth diaper. My cloth diaper purchasing adventures began 9 months before we were even pregnant! LoL!

I love eBay and I love a bargain, so that’s the first place I looked hoping to find some great deals. I sure did! I ordered 10 new FuzziBunz Perfect Size Pocket diapers for $140, including shipping. The seller had a great rating and I was getting $4 off per diaper. I was so excited to get my first fluffy mail. I laid them out on the bed, admired the colors, and dreamed of using them as soon as we had a baby to use them on! Now, remember me mentioning these were purchased 9 months before I was even pregnant? Well, it wasn’t until about 18 months later that I pulled them out to be washed. By then, I had found Kelly’s Closet and began purchasing new diapers there as well. I love their sales, free shipping, etc. As soon as I pulled those “eBay Special” diapers out, I realized they were in fact not so special. They were fakes! Sure enough, my deal was too good to be true! The snaps were weak, the colors were “off”, and the inserts were thin and cheap. I was in shock because the FuzziBunz tag was impeccably authentic-looking. I had no way of knowing unless I had inspected them again when I started buying from a legitimate retailer like Kelly’s Closet.

After lots of research and contacting that seller, it soon became apparent that I would be eating the loss. The window for complaints was closed. The diapers aren’t really FuzziBunz so the manufacturer warranty does not apply. I was stuck with 10 crummy diapers for which I more than overpaid. My quest to save a buck just did not pay off. From that point on, eBay was for buying used video games for my husband, not diapers.

It was a hard loss for a master-bargain-finder like myself… and the hit to the budget was felt pretty hard. The lesson was learned… the hard way. I wasted time searching, lots of money, and then more time trying to recover the money. Some things, especially those things that are closest to your baby’s bum, just have to be the highest quality, guaranteed!

The peace of mind I have now buying my cloth diapering products guaranteed from Kelly’s Closet is very satisfying. One of the best parts though, besides getting cute fluffy goodness in the mail, is that I’m still getting great deals! For example, FuzziBunz had a cyber sale and Kelly’s Closet always gives customers a discount on bulk orders, so I saved above and beyond what the cyber sale offered! I also earned diaper dollars rewards to save money on a future order! Can you say sweet?!? It’s nice to know that I can in good conscience order the things my daughter needs and still afford to splurge thanks to great deals and free shipping. I love Kelly’s Closet. Need I say more?

By Gina W.
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A Cautious Tale of Cloth Diaper “Bargains”

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