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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - June 5th & 6th

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Fluff Friday: (sponsored by the manufacturer)
1-GroVia Shell Set
1-GroVia Soaker Pads 2pk
1-GroVia Cloth Wipes

Question of the week:
What type (cloth,disposable,or hybrid) and brand of diaper system do you use when you travel with baby?
Leave your comment before Thursday, June 10th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the question ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

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  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.
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  10. Tweet @diapershops fluff friday @groviadiaper #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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  13. Place an order at any DiaperShops store between 6/4 thru 6/10. Post your order # and order date in the comments.
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  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.
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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, June 11th. 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 Willow!

She will receive:
2-Tot Bots One Size Easy Fit Diapers (given by the Bummis!)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 81 WINNER!

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LA’s Green Cradle will be rockin’ this weekend with the launch event for Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, a book for feeding kids green by Anni Daulter. The eco-minded baby boutique is the site for a green mama book launch event and DiaperShops has teamed up with Daulter to make sure all of the eco-conscious moms in attendance have a fabulous time!

Eco-friendly parenting author, Anni Daulter’s new book, Organically Raised, is a beautiful and useful resource for any green parent to have on their shelf and we are thrilled to be a part of the event with Anni and the other eco-conscious sponsors like Svan, Moby and UPPA baby. The cookbook is a resource for parents that is chock full of not only recipes, but tips for breastfeeding, handling picky eaters and family meals a priority.

In addition to having the chance to win lots of new cloth diapers from DiaperShops.com (and other really fantastic prizes), the moms and dads in attendance will be treated to delicious organic food, eco-crafting for the kids and a unique baby food bar! Mindful mom of four (!!), Anni will be there signing copies of her book and answering tough feeding questions.

If you’re an LA green mom and you’d like to attend the event as a DiaperShops.com guest, please let us know! For everyone else, we’ll have an update and photos next week!
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DiaperShops Teams with Organically Raised Author for Special Green Mom Event

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In this video, Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry takes you thru the anatomy of a pocket diaper, how to stuff the diaper, different choices of inserts, and why pocket diapers are the most popular diapering system on the market.
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How to use a Pocket Cloth Diaper Video

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TotsBots began after our second baby, Maia, was born in 2001. Having used disposables for three years on our first child, we headed down the cloth nappy route with fingers crossed as lots of people thought we were a bit mad to be using old-fashioned nappies (incidentally folk who had never used cloth nappies before!) Four months later having tried various brands of cloth nappies we were about to give up. I then decided to design and make my own nappies combining the best of both, the convenience of disposables with the comfort of cloth. Even I was amazed at how well my prototypes worked! Soon our friends wanted some, they told their friends, who told their friends and it wasn't long before we were well on our way to became the thriving business TotsBots is today. We are still a family run business, led by myself and my partner Magnus. (The kids help out too, Kyle helps in dispatch during the summer holidays, Maia helps choose colourways for new prints and the youngest two, Darach and baby Stroan, give our products a thorough testing daily!)

Our nappies have evolved hugely since the first towelling prototypes with the fairly recent addition of the Easyfit Birth to Potty to our range. We came up with the concept for this about 3 years ago and it took about 12 months to fully research and test the design and component fabrics. Essentially it is a hybrid nappy, a cross between a Pocket and an All-in-One. It is a one piece with the option to stuff giving extra absorbency when required. We were looking for the nappy to tick lots of boxes, it needed to be easy to use yet perform as well as a two piece; slim fitting yet absorbent with great containment; fast drying with the option to boost absorbency when required; but most of all it needed to be durable and comfortable for baby. By using a combination of fabrics, knitted bamboo absorbent interior, hidden microfibre core, wickproof edging and wick free PU outer we feel we have achieved what we set out to do. The Easyfit is now by far our best seller despite the fact that the original TotsBots nappy was a two piece.

We are very proud of the fact that all TotsBots nappies are made in our factory Glasgow, this gives us total control over quality and it is a great feeling to know that we are providing jobs to local people. We have a very dedicated, experienced team who have been making nappies day-in day-out for the last 9 years. This is clearly reflected in the the quality and performance of our products. We love our nappies that's for sure!"
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Product Focus: Tot Bots

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You probably know what Diaper-Butt Syndrome is. It's those disposable diaper wearing babies whose plastic ruffles stick out of the top of their pants and scream to the world, my diaper is ugly! While we all know that cloth diapering is good for baby and good for Mother Earth, many mamas admit they wear 'em simple for the style-factor. Their babies, simply put, look cute down to their bottoms. No unsightly diaper butt - just colorful and fluffy, round rumps.

Diaper style has come a long way since my kids were in diapers several years ago. Even the first FuzziBunz prototype was pretty ugly by today’s standards. Today, cloth diapering parents can color coordinate their baby’s diaper to match their clothing, mood or event!

Cloth Diapers are Meant to be Seen: Cloth diapers are meant to be seen and coordinated with baby’s wardrobe. And with tons of colors to choose from, cloth diapers can match with just about any outfit! Peeking out under dresses, with only a t-shirt and leggings or by themselves, cloth diapers are a part of the outfit, not something to be covered up.

Cloth Diapers Keep Elmo at Bay: Our babies love Elmo and Mickey Mouse, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be on reiterated over and over again on their diapers. Plus, Mickey doesn’t match with much and doesn’t have the understated style a cloth diapered tush does (not to mention you can get great photos of your baby in a cute colorful diaper any time of day with cloth…those dorky characters and pesky ruffles can ruin your pictures!).

Cloth Diaper Allow Babies to Flaunt their Babyness: Now let’s talk about round squishiness of a cloth diapered bottom. Adorable, right? Most cloth diapering mamas would say so, but I think society in general has gotten so accustomed to the trim profile of disposables that they don’t appreciate the fluffy-diaper look. Aside from the fact that the trimness is only made possible by inserting lots of chemicals into the diaper layers, it’s sometimes hard to tell that a disposables baby is even wearing a diaper…yet diapers are the hallmark of babyhood! Instead of hiding it, let’s love our little fluffy bunz and help our kids embrace what a great movement they are a part of! (And try not to make fun of those poor kids with Diaper-Butt Syndrome!)

Finally, I want to say that I couldn’t be more excited to be a contributor to this blog – The Cloth Diaper Whisperer has become a great resource for moms and dads navigating this confusing world of cloth! I look forward to your comments, thoughts and questions – and of course sharing my musings and advice with you all the while.

P.S. In case you missed it, last week FuzziBunz launched some new colors, just for the fun of it. If your baby needs some new colors to coordinate with their spring clothing, check ‘em out!

By Tereson Dupuy- Inventor of FuzziBunz

Known as the mother of the modern cloth diaper, Tereson Dupuy invented the first pocket-style cloth diaper as a 28-year-old concerned mama. She later turned her invention into what is known today as the original pocket-style diaper, FuzziBunz cloth diapers, a popular brand of cloth diapers since 1999. As an inventor, business owner and mom to three, Tereson has many years of personal and professional experience in the cloth diaper industry, and she's excited to work with The Cloth Diaper Whisperer to offer her perspective on cloth diapering trends and insights.
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Does Your Baby Suffer from Unsightly Diaper-Butt?

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For well over a year, I had the perfect organizational system for my cloth diapers. I used a kids storage bin that I bought at a local big box store that easily compartmentalized the diapers by type, accessories etc. I loved the way it looked sitting in the nursery, and it was easy to find what I needed at changing time.

All was working well with this system until earlier this week when we transitioned Brendan from his crib (which he recently learned to climb out of) into a toddler bed. Now that he had the freedom to easily crawl in and out of bed in the evening, it only took two nights to discover that he could now play in his room at bedtime before curling up to go to sleep. When I walked into his room to check on him before I headed to bed, I saw that he had completely emptied all of the bins, and there was a nice pile of fluff in the middle of the floor. (Thank goodness most of his stash was sitting in the laundry room after a day of fluff wash!)

Setting aside my personal convenience at diaper changing time, I moved the bin, along with all the diapers, into his closet where he was unable to get to them. I then began to brainstorm ideas for a new organizational system, finally deciding that it was time for another trip to the big box store to find a solution. I wanted something that I could attach to the wall above the dresser that I use as a changing table, but it also had to look nice. I don’t mind restocking the diapers each day, just as long as I can have a days worth of diapers within arms reach at changing time. This is what I came up with:

While I miss that old kids toy bin, I’m sure it will come in handy in the boys playroom doing what it was originally designed to do – hold toys.

By Katrina
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Mission Organization: Version 2.0

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It isn't at all uncommon for a popular diaper brand to begin with a mother having a problem- and this is the case with the Thirsties brand. While cloth diapering is filled with advantages, not every system is right for every family. Thirsties designer Erin Kimmet always loved to sew and, while she was happy with the cloth diapers she was using, the covers seemed to always be an issue. She set out to cut costs by designing a one-sized diaper cover. Along the way, she ran into a few surprises. After six months of intense testing she emerged with a product that she was happy with.

Why Two Sizes?
Considering that Kimmet initially intended to create a one-size diaper cover, you may be surprised to discover that the Thirsties duo wrap diaper covers are actually sold in two adjustable sizes. As Kimmet began the development process, she discovered a common frustration with one-size diapering systems. While parents are initially drawn to one-size products as a money saving measure, they often end up purchasing more than the initial investment anyways. In actuality, it really isn't possible to create a diaper system that will fit on a tiny newborn without being bulky and overwhelming and still allow a comfortable fit on a toddler. This is the reason that Thirsties is sold in two size ranges- each fully adjustable. The smaller size can be folded down to comfortably fit a newborn, while the large size will give great coverage for a large toddler.

Supporting Local Production
While many diaper brands began as a cottage industry, economic concerns quickly prompt many designers to outsource their production. Thirsties, however, are still manufactured in a small local factory in Colorado. Production is carefully overseen by a real mom with real cloth diapering experience. The company likes to support strong families. Some Thirsties products are sewn by stay-at-home moms. When times are tough, it's nice to know that there is a company that truly cares about workers, families and quality.

Full Product Line
The cornerstone of the Thirsties brand is the diaper cover. However, it just makes sense that all the attention to detail would result in a more full-featured product line, and that is exactly what has happened as the years have progressed. In addition to the Thirsties adjustable diaper cover, the company also sells a cutting-edge fitted cloth diaper, as well as accessories such as wipes, doublers and cloth diaper detergent. With their customer-friendly approach, all the products are extremely affordable, offering some of the best performance for your money.

Cloth diapering is an excellent decision for the modern family. New designs mean that it is easy, as well as affordable, to keep your baby cuddled in cloth. Kelly's Closet is the perfect source for Thirsties products, as well as many other popular brands.
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The Thirsties Duo Wrap Development Process

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