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Fluff Friday:
1-PlanetWise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag

Question of the week:
What do you currently use to store your dirty diapers ?
You should leave your comment before Thursday, May 20th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the question ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

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Kelly’s Closet is proud to be a GOLD sponsor of Diaper Pin’s Ten Pin’naversary. In honor of Diaper Pin’s 10th anniversary, Kelly’s Closet will be providing eight FuzziBunz One-Size cloth diapers to a lucky winner of one of the contests! How cool would it be to win a whole new stash of FuzziBunz from Kelly’s Closet?!

Diaper Pin is holding a series of contests through May 15, 2010-act quickly as the contests are ending soon! Visitors to Diaper Pin can enter any or all of the contests, which range from photo contests, caption contests, scavenger hunts, and trivia games. A prize will be awarded to each contest winner. For more information about the Kelly’s Closet sponsorship, please visit Diaper Pin.

We are proud to support this ultimate resource for cloth diapering! Diaper Pin (http://diaperpin.com) is maintained by a small group of mamas who are dedicated to the support of cloth diapers. Diaper Pin features a comprehensive cloth diaper business directory, cloth diaper product reviews, parenting support forums, articles, and cloth diapering tips and advice.
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What is #Operation Fluffy?

When: Thursday, May 13th
Time: 9pm ET – whenever we get tired!
Location: Twitter – using hashtag #OperationFluffy
Hosts: @EcoChicParties & @KimRosas & YOU!

I know I told you I was going to take the week off but then IT happened! The rumors have been floating around Twitter for months that a specific cloth diapering company (and I have no idea which one) was going to be featured on The Ellen Show’s Mother’s Day special last week. With those rumors, #OperationFluffy (AKA – Get Cloth Diapers on The Ellen Show) came to a stand still. We all stopped tweeting and stopped reminding Ellen that we wanted to see cloth diapers on her show. Instead of reusable, economical, and environmentally friendly cloth diapers – Ellen (actually her sponsors) gave every member of the audience a 6 month supply of Huggies Jean Diapers!

Are you done screaming at the computer yet? I know it’s all about sponsor dollars and I’m sure that Huggie’s made some arrangement with the producers so that cloth diapers would not share the stage! They aren’t stupid and they have millions of dollars to keep pushing cloth diapers back into the 1950’s closet. BUT that is all about to change because #OperationFluffy is BACK and we won’t stop this time until Ellen puts our cute dancing babies on her show and gives cloth diapers the spotlight that they need.

So instead of taking a week off I have asked my dear e-friend (and organizer of #OperationFluffy) Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry if she wanted me to organize an #OperationFluffy Twitter Party! I’m not offering any prizes – just an hour (or more) of cloth diapering parents tweeting to @TheEllenShow about our love of cloth diapers WHY we want to see them on her show. Here are some things you can do to help:

1. Write a blog post about WHY you want to see cloth diapers on The Ellen Show. Be ready to link your post during the party and share it with Ellen and us. (This can be written and posted any time this week.)

2. Join the I Want to See Cloth Diapers on the Ellen Show Facebook Page – and share it with your friends and readers. At the time of this post we had 947 fans on this page!

3. Post pictures of your baby in cloth diapers to both the I Want to See Cloth Diapers on the Ellen Show Facebook Page AND on The Ellen Show Facebook Page.

4. View our dancing babies video on YouTube and let’s make it viral! Share it everywhere and with everyone!

5. Add the #OperationFluffy badge to your blog or website.

6. Make the #OperationFluffy badge your Twitter profile pic; or create a picture of your baby with Ellen’s face to use as your profile pic.

7. During the #OperationFluffy Twitter Party I am planning on MOONING ELLEN! Let’s show Ellen pictures of our cuties wearing their cloth diapers! Make them cute; make them creative; make them G-rated! When I say MOON ELLEN – we all tweet our pics of our babies!

8. Tell your friends! Rally the troops! Tell everyone you know to join us on Thursday night for #OperationFluffy! Tweet about it all week. Most importantly – use the hashtag as much as you can this week! In order to trend we need to get a ton of tweets by a ton of different people all about #OperationFluffy and @TheEllenShow! We trended to #4 with @DiaperShops – we can do it again with #OperationFluffy!

9. During the party just have fun! Talk about your favorite cloth diapers. Talk about why you chose to use cloth diapers. Talk about the money we save using cloth diapers. Talk about how every time we use a cloth diaper – our babies environmental bum-print gets smaller and smaller! We don’t need HUGGIES! We don’t need PAMPERS! We need CLOTH DIAPERS!

10. Have another idea? Feel free to share it below and we’ll spread the word to everyone else.

There is no need to RSVP this week since there are no prizes! Just remember to join us on Thursday and have fun!

I hope to see you tonight during #OperationFluffy!

XOXO - Calley
@TheEcoChic & @EcoChicParties
Formerly @EcoMomMedia

NEW: The party announcement page has moved! Please bookmark the new site: www.ecochicparties.theecochic.com or visit www.theecochic.com and click on the NEW party button. Also I am creating a new newsletter database...if you would like to continue to receive these party announcements please visit Eco Chic Parties and complete the new registration form on the right. I will continue to use this list for one more month and then I will delete it. Don't get lost in the shuffle! Resubscribe today!
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#OperationFluffy Twitter Party, Thurs-May 13th @ 9pm

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Families are on the go more than ever these days, and diaper bags have become survival bags for many parents. Not wanting to get caught out of the house without a baby necessity, we try to pack everything into our diaper bags….and if you use cloth diapers that means a lot of thinking and planning ahead to avoid an over-stuffed, bulging diaper bag.

So what to do? Pack a smart diaper bag and include items that can do double duty. And get in the habit of checking the bag when you get home, refilling what’s necessary and getting the soiled diapers into the diaper pail, so you’re never caught without something or with a smelly bag! Here’s a list of suggestions:
  • Look for specially-designed wet bags and keep them in your diaper bag to hold the dirties. These lightweight bags keep the odor in and you just toss them into the diaper pail with the diapers when you get home – they go in the wash right with your diapers!!
  • If you are using cloth wipes, just wet a few and put them small wet bag (like the PlanetWise Wet Bag size small) for use when you’re out. Put the used cloth wipes right into your other wet bag with your dirty diapers… it’s still just one dump into the laundry pail.
  • What you pack for mealtime depends on the age of your baby. Include a bib, bottle or sippy cup, food container and spoon. Cheerios or another healthy snack in a sandwich bag can be a lifesaver. A small water bottle will also come in handy. Keep all of your food and eating accessories together in a small bag (another wet bag would work) to avoid messes and keep the food from coming in contact with the icky stuff.
  • Toss in a small clutch purse for your own personal items, it’ll save you from bringing a large purse along in addition to the diaper bag.
  • Pack a favorite toy and book to entertain your baby while you’re busy. I like to keep some favorites in the diaper bag, so my son only sees them when we are out and still gets excited about them!
  • A few more necessities like sunblock, a hat and a stain stick go a long way to preventing meltdowns. I also throw in a couple reuseable grocery bags – the kind that fold down into a little ball. They are lightweight and we always seem to find a good use for them.
Packing a smart diaper bag can make or break your outings with your baby. But when you pack light and only include what you really need, you’ll get out of the house faster and spend less time searching around for things in the bag.

Contributed by : Sarah F.- Communications Manager for http://www.DiaperShops.com
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Packing a Smarter Cloth Diapering Diaper Bag

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If you are a cloth-diapering parent, you already know the first thing you can do to help minimize diaper rash—use cloth diapers! But, you also know that despite the fact that diaper rash is greatly decreased when you use cloth, it doesn’t mean you will never see it again. So, what to do when your baby gets that rash?

There are so many options.

1) Try a different diaper: Sometimes baby’s skin reacts poorly to a certain textile. If your baby has a rash, then try switching the kind of cloth diaper you’re using. Generally all-natural diapers made of cotton, hemp, bamboo, and wool will help to minimize rash.

2) Let it breathe: Make sure your baby’s bottom gets a little bit of air time at each diaper change. If you want your baby’s bottom to breathe while they’re wearing a diaper, then try an all natural cover such as wool rather than PUL.

3) Use Rash Cream: We all know that rash creams are a no-no when you cloth diaper. But there are ways to get around that
a. Put your baby in a disposable for a couple of diaper changes and use rash cream.
b. Put a liner in your diaper (a flannel cloth wipe will do) to guard the diaper from the oils that will harm it.
c. Use a cloth diaper friendly rash cream. Check your warrantee first, because some diaper warrantees are voided by the use of rash cream of any type.

4) Home remedies: I’ve heard mom’s recommend such things as baby powder, baking powder, zinc powder and oatmeal baths to help cure diaper rash without rash creams.

5) Wipe Solution: Check out the ingredients in your wipe solution. There are things you can add to it to assist in preventing rashes such as olive oil, tea tree oil, and other naturally occurring ingredients. Be careful with oils, though, as too much can cause a residue buildup on your diapers.

6) Detergent: If you haven’t already, you might want to switch to a natural detergent. The chemicals in regular detergents may be agitating your child’s rash—especially if the diapers have started to build up residue from the detergent.

7) Strip your diapers: If the detergent is the problem, you will need to strip your diapers in addition to switching detergents. There are many ways to strip cloth diapers but a good long soak in a natural detergent with lots and lots of subsequent rinses generally does the trick.

8) Yeast: Your baby may have a yeast infection in which case the yeast will reside in your diapers even after they’ve been washed. You will need to get the yeast out with methods such as washing them in extremely hot water and letting them bleach naturally in the sun.

9) Frequent Diaper Changes: The biggest cause of diaper rash is that the baby has sat in its own waste for too long. So, you should make sure you change their diaper frequently so they’re sitting in clean, dry cloth as much as possible.

10) Take advantage of your resources: Talk to another mom who cloth diapers. Check out blogs such as this one, or go on a public forum. The best and most creative cloth diaper advice I’ve heard comes from people like you who’ve discovered their own solutions through lots of trial and error.

by Becca G.
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This past Thursday night, May 6 was the Intro Twitter Party for Bum Essentials cloth diaper line. If you had the chance to Party with us you met the creator, Nora Cates, and learned about the products and the inspiration behind them. It was a lot of fun. There was even a little pre party warm up at the Bum Essentials Facebook page. That got everybody in the party mood. If you have never been to a Twitter party they are the best. You can come dressed however you want (who’s going to know), meet lots of people with the same interest as yourself- cloth diapers, and not worry about a babysitter. Well anyway here are some of the party details in case you didn’t make it or wanted a recap. Those who have tried the Bum Essentials system really like it and were happy to share what they had experienced using the products.

At this party everyone who RSVP’ed to attend had a chance win Bum Essentials goodies and there were a lot of great prizes. There were over 1300 tweets all about Bum Essentials Cloth Diapers. There were all sorts of questions asked about Bum Essentials products. What intrigued most of the party goers was the unique style offer by Bum Essentials. This is not your typical cloth diaper. Let’s start with the style first. Some refer to it as a Hybrid Diaper and others call it an All in 2. It is a one size cloth diaper. What is different about the Bumbino is the “Bum Pads”, inserts, snap into the front of Bumbino diaper shell. This makes the shell reusable and the Bum Pads very easy to be changed out. The Bum Pads are made of an organic cotton and bamboo blend and are offered in 2 styles. Bamboo was chosen because it is naturally antibacterial. This is a great feature. Another feature of the Bumbino diaper is the elastic waist in the front of the diaper as well as the back. Lots of party goers shared how they can’t wait to try this diaper out for the elastic waist. “Love the front elastic, it looks very comfy for baby!” & “ohhhh I like the idea of front elastic. no gaps? “ -shared Tweets from party goers. The elastic was added to the diaper to help contour the diaper around the baby’s tummy and help prevent leaks.

Everyone discussed the fit of this diaper. Most who have tried the Bumbino find it to be a trim fit diaper. It moves great on the baby with no gaps and fits nicely under clothes too. The “Terry Towel” Bum Pad was also highly recommended to those who like little bulk in the diaper yet still expect super absorbency. The “Classic” Bum pad receives great reviews for its all natural materials and its super absorbency. You can’t go wrong with either Bum Pad. It is up to you as to which one you will like the best.

Currently Bum Essentials comes in 4 colors. These colors are great for a boy or girl and everyone raved about the vividness of the colors. This brings attention to another unique feature in the Bum Essentials line. They also carry Bum Bags or as most know them Wet Bags. What makes these bags unique is their reversible feature. This was a big attention getter at the party. Who doesn’t like change? This bag color coordinates with the diapers too. They come in 2 sizes. The Travel Bag is great for little outings around town and the Large laundry size bag is perfect for lining your diaper pail. Anyone who has tried the bags LOVES them. This is what they had to say at the party- “The small bag is generous in size”, “The Bum Bag matches the diapers and are reversible with a drawstring closer! Double layer of material! SOOO NICE”, “My favorite bag ever! “, “I sooo want one of these!” Bum Bags are a must have for every Fluffy Stash and Bum Essentials recommends 2 of each size. This way you don’t have to worry on laundry day.

Overall everyone had a good time and learned all about Bum Essentials. Everyone did agree the A-Z kit was a great way to get started. The value is awesome and you get a chance to try out the line all in one box. The products that are “currently” available are great for your Fluffy stash. There are currently 4 primary colors available, 2 styles of Bum Pads, and 2 sizes of Bum Bags. The line offers variety and uniqueness. You will be glad you became a Bum Essentials fluffy stasher. Bum Essentials is a new and upcoming company. Stay tuned and don’t miss out on the next Twitter party!

You can currently find the entire line available at Kelly’s Closet.
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In my cloth diaper experience, I have used many different diapers featuring both Aplix (aka Velcro or hook and loop) and snap closures. I know many people have a fondness for one or the other, but I have found success with both styles, depending on my needs at the time. When I began cloth diapering Brendan at 11 weeks, I used bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers exclusively. The Aplix closure was fast, easy and I could always get just the right fit.

Everything worked great for many months until I began having problems with the laundry tabs not sticking – thus the problem of a diaper train being pulled from the dryer. I now know that you can purchase replacement tabs directly from the manufacturer, but if you’re not a seamstress, and I am not, they aren’t easy to replace. Instead, I simply attached the tabs to the front of the diaper, and turned it inside out to wash – problem solved.

Other Aplix diapers that I have used did not have this problem, such as my Blueberry Minky diapers for example. The Aplix on these diapers is like glue and on some occasions I’ve actually had a tough time unhooking it at changing time. I believe these are the only Aplix diapers that I ever owned that my boys never were able to take off by themselves.

With the exception of the FuzziBunz Perfect Size pocket diapers that my oldest son wore at the end of his diapering days, I did not add snap closure diapers to Brendan’s stash until a little over a year ago. My first snapped diaper purchase was a bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diaper. I really liked the snap closure and no matter how he tried, Brendan could not get the diaper off. Sadly, this diaper didn’t work well for us for long due to Brendan being a heavy wetter and the diaper’s inability to stand up to his diapering needs. I can’t tell you how many times I wished bumGenius would make their pocket diaper with snap closures!

Today, most of my fluff stash is made up of snap closure diapers. I have even converted several of my bumGenius pocket diapers to have snaps. I wrote about this a while back in the Making an Old Diaper Like New post. Now that Brendan can easily remove most Aplix diapers, I have found snap closures works best of us these days. He can still remove several of his diaper covers, but as long as he can’t remove the diaper itself, I’m not too worried about it.

When it comes to deciding between Aplix and snaps for a diaper, it really is a personal decision that can change as diapering needs change. I’m glad that I have had both styles available to me, and both have been my favorite at one time or another in my cloth diapering days.

By Katrina
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Aplix vs. Snaps

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I was wondering what I could post for a unique Mother's Day post but quite honestly was stumped. First and foremost, Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

I usually hand-stamp cards but this year I waited until the last minute and because we have been so busy here at DiaperShops I just didn't have time. A couple of days ago I left the shop mid-morning and ventured over to our local Walgreens to get a card. In the process of pulling and putting back numerous cards I pulled one out that had a big shipping vessel with cargo on it.

The front said, "Happy Mother's Day" (of course)...I opened the card and it said "Your next diaper order has arrived." Wow- now isn't that fitting for Kelly- aka, The Cloth Diaper Whisperer to find. It made me chuckle and laugh to know that there are so many of us that have discovered cloth diapers, hybrid diapers, or eco-friendly diapers.

Did you know..

1) Over 20 billion disposable diapers are sent to landfills each year. (http://engr.oregonstate.edu/momentum/k12/apr04/index.html)

2) That the average baby goes thru a minimum of 6000 diaper changes.(http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2064133/cloth_diapers_vs_disposable_diapers.html?cat=25)

3) Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste. (Link, Ann. Disposable nappies: a case study in waste prevention. April 2003. Women's Environmental Network)

4) Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.
(Lehrburger, C., J. Mullen and C.V. Jones. 1991. Diapers: Environmental Impacts and Lifecycle Analysis. Philadelphia, PA: Report to The National Association of Diaper Services (NADS).)

5) No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
(Link, Ann. Disposable nappies: a case study in waste prevention. April 2003. Women's Environmental Network.)

[Some of the facts above were found at the Real Diaper Association's website.]
The Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides support and education to parents all across the U.S. for the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. The goal of the Real Diaper Association is to put more U.S. babies in cloth diapers. To do this we aim to create a cultural shift in understanding cloth diapers-their environmental impact, their ease of use, their accessibility, and their acceptability. The Association will help parents understand that cloth diapers are real diapers.

The awareness of "alternative" diapering options has increased greatly over the past 2 years and honestly I think this is because of the green movement and the state of the economy. It will be great to someday convert some of the 95% of parents who use main-stream disposable diapers to more eco-friendly diapering options.

Happy Mother's Day everyone and just know that by using cloth diapers or other eco-friendly diapers you truly are making a difference to "Mother Earth"- one diaper at a time.

By: Kelly, aka "The Cloth Diaper Whisperer"
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Your Next Diaper Order Has Arrived- A Mother's Day Card

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