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Fluff Friday:

2-bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Stay-Dry Diapers (in your choice of closure and color!)


Question of the week:
If you were to pick your choice of color and closure for the new bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Diaper what would it be? Leave your comment before Thursday, August 5th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the "Question of the Week" ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

Other ways to enter:

  1. Head on over to our NEW The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Facebook Fan Page and become a fan. Leave a comment that you are a fan.
  2. Follow @bumgenius on Twitter. Come back and post a comment that you are a follower of bumgenius.
  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 @bumgenius 4.0 #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 7/30-8/5. 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. Start a new discussion (or respond to a current discussion) on either DiaperShops Facebook or The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Facebook. Come back and leave a comment with the title of discussion AND which Facebook page you posted on as a comment to this post.

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, August 6th. 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 Shannon Kraft!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 89 WINNER!

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In our household we don’t watch much TV (hubby does-LOL-but the kids and I don’t) . I do on occasion let the kids watch movies and my 2 year does like the Toy Story movie series.

I was shopping the other day in a large department store and was pulled into the special “Toy Story 3” aisle. I hate to admit it but I am a softy when it comes to Toy Story. It is especially cute to hear my son say “Woooody” and “Buuuuzzzz”. I looked up and down the aisle and I did want to purchase a couple of things but held off because by 12 year old daughter said- “Now Mommy, you don’t want to spoil Riley.”(How wise is she? What a great kid!) As I was about to go to the next aisle the end cap was…I couldn’t believe it…Toy Story 3 disposable training pants! ACK! GASP! I couldn’t believe it.

Now this post is not written to “bash” the big boy disposable diaper companies but just to make everyone aware how the power of persuasive marketing can make parents purchase a product. Hypothetically if I didn’t use cloth diapers on Riley and used disposable diapers full time I have to admit that I would be tempted to purchase a package of these training pants. (Just being honest here!) I also have to admit that these big companies do have good marketing strategies (of course I don’t believe in them but do believe they are persuasive). However, because I am educated on “modern cloth diapering and cloth training” I know the following:
  1. My child will train quicker using a cloth product.
  2. My child will not be exposed to any of the ingredients in a main-stream disposable product.
  3. I am being more environmentally conscious.
  4. I will save MONEY!
Of course this list of benefits can go on and on!

Being that marketing tactics and campaigns can influence parent’s buying decisions what do you think we all can do as consumers, retailers, and manufacturer’s to “persuade” parents to switch to cloth diapers and/or cloth training pants? Do you think a more grassroots effort should be made or a marketing strategy implemented that utilizes licensed characters to persuade parents to switch to cloth diaper products?

(Please reply with comments that are constructive and not inflammatory. We appreciate your thoughts!)

By Kelly W.- The Cloth Diaper Whisperer
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Toy Story 3 Marketing Strategy Used on Disposable Children’s Products

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Winner is Deidre Sevigny!
Deidre- please contact us thru here. You have until 1pm est on Friday, July 30th to claim your prize. In the subject line please write "30 Minutes of Fluff 7/21 winner"

Thank you for visiting The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog!

We are starting a new way of doing giveaway's thru social media called "30 minutes of Fluff". In a nut shell we will randomly put up giveaway's on our blog where you can enter to win free diapering products.

Make sure you follow DiaperShops and The Cloth Diaper Whisperer on Facebook.

We will keep the giveaway open for 30 minutes for people to get their entries in.

Today's giveaway: 1-bumGenius 4.0 one-size stay dry diaper (in your choice of color & closure) AND 1-bumGenius Baby Legs (in your choice of print)

Their are 3 ways to enter (Entries are only taken on the blog as comments to this specific post):
1) "Like us" as a DiaperShops Facebook Fan. Post a comment with your facebook id as a comment to this post.
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3) Post a thread (or respond to an existing thread)on any parenting or cloth diapering forum telling others about our new "30 minutes of Fluff". Post a comment with the exact url and the name of the forum.

We do moderate comments so your comment will not post right away. You MUST have a blogger profile. Entries submitted by "anonymous" cannot be approved. Also, due to security reasons we cannot approve comments with full email addresses. We kindly ask you not to place double entries because you don't see your original entry showing up. This GREATLY slows down the approval process and delays the posting of the winner.

After 30 minutes we will randomly draw a winner from eligible entries! We will post the winner's name as an update to this post and then mark the giveaway as CLOSED. Once the winner's name is posted the winner has 48 hours to contact us to claim their prize. If the winner doesn't claim their prize we will re-post the giveaway.
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****CLOSED**** 30 Minutes of Fluff- Win a bumGenius package!

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New parents are inundated with gear and gadgets. Besides the standard layette, diapers and wipes, they may see a reusable swim diaper, special bottles and toys of all shapes and sizes. Of course, no baby needs everything on this list; the basics are often more than sufficient. For summer fun, however, one things is certain, you will have to have a swim diaper whenever you bring your baby to the pool. What do these baby items accomplish and what do you need to look at? In addition, do reusable swim diapers really save you money? What about dealing with pool management? Fortunately, we have the answers to all your questions about the reusable swim diaper.

Features of a Reusable Swim Diaper
Unlike some other products that are geared toward environmentally-conscious parents, the reusable swim diaper is refreshingly simple. In fact, if you have used a disposable swim diaper in the past, you should have no trouble at all figuring out exactly how these products work. They look much like a disposable swim diaper but with the added advantage of being more affordable; instead of throwing away the diaper after each pool session, you can wash and reuse it numerous times.

A swim diaper is not designed to accommodate any sort of absorbency. Instead, wetness is allowed to pass through the diaper, while solid waste is held safely inside. A reusable swim diaper may look very similar to a cloth diaper cover, making it common for parents to use them as covers in a pinch. However, certain features make them a bit more than a standard cover. Most of the reusable swim diaper styles have an outer waterproof layer, comprised of nylon, polyester or PUL. Leg gussets are a common feature, allowing solid waste to stay safely contained within the swim diaper. A mesh lining is also a popular addition to the quality reusable swim diaper,for the same reason. Some styles, especially those in toddler sizes, have reinforcing closures to make it harder for your baby to get out of the diaper in the middle of the pool.

Economic Assessment
It seems that there is always a good deal of back-and-forth debate as to whether reusable products are actually more affordable than disposables. The evidence confirms that reusable products are better for the environment and for your pocketbook. A reusable swim diaper can be purchased for between $10 and $15, or roughly the price of one package of disposable products. Even the most active families should only need 3-6 reusable swim diapers available at any given time; most families can get by quite comfortably with 2. These can last for several seasons of regular use or as long as your child fits into the reusable swim diaper. Active families can go through several packages of reusable swim products in a month, making the reusable swim diaper the winner in economics.

Dealing With Public Pools
Many parents find resistance to the reusable swim diaper when they bring it to a public pool. This is not because the products are less sanitary than disposable options. The issue usually stems from the fact that many pool managers have never been approached about having reusable swim diapers added to their approved list of swim diapers. Make time to meet with the manager and show him the reusable swim diaper. Once the pool is convinced that this is a comparable product, you should have no problem having it approved for standard use at the public pool.

Summer fun is something that the whole family can enjoy. When you have a baby in tow, a reusable swim diaper is an essential part of your baby’s repertoire.
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Reusable Swim Diapers, Refreshingly Simple

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Two years ago when I made the decision to switch to cloth diapers, I had no idea how it would change other aspects of my life. I remember back to when I was pregnant with my second son and was asked on a pregnancy forum if I was going to use cloth or disposable diapers. I quickly replied disposable and went on with life without really thinking about it. At the time, I was completely unaware of today’s cloth diapers, as I’m sure many women are. When I thought of cloth diapers, the old school prefolds and flats with pins and plastic pants came to mind. I wasn’t going to deal with that – along with all the poop. Yuck! However, my mind changed quickly soon after Brendan was born and I began to see the cute cloth diapers that other babies from that forum where wearing. I followed a link to Kelly’s Closet and to the bumGenius 3.0 pocket diaper. I was intrigued by how simple it looked, and liked the idea of a reusable diaper that would eliminate the weekly trips to the store to buy diapers for two children. Upon the arrival of my first fluffy mail from Kelly’s Closet, a bumGenius one-size sample pack, I was 100% on board with cloth diapering. Little did I know how this decision to purchase my first fluff would change my life.

After using cloth diapers for a few months I began to think about why I was using cloth on my children, but continuing to use disposable products for myself each month. I began doing a little research into women’s personal hygiene products and was alarmed at some of the things I read. Again on the same forum, I followed a link to a WAHM who makes cloth menstrual pads or “momma cloth” and fell in love with the beautiful fabrics she had available. I placed an order and haven’t used a single disposable product since then. I shouldn’t have been so surprised, but several of the things I had read about switching to cloth were true for me. My cycles really did seem lighter, and I was much more comfortable using cloth. I really wish I would have discovered momma cloth before I had children. It sure would have made the post partum period much more comfortable. As for cleaning my momma cloth, I simply store it in a small wet bag and wash it with my cloth diapers, or if it’s not fluff wash day, I’ve been known to wash them with towels now that I use Rockin Green detergent with all of my laundry.

Speaking of Rockin Green…that’s another product that has changed life in our home. In the past I was oblivious to all the additives in laundry detergent. I was far from living a green life. It’s not that I didn’t want to; I was just unaware of how I could make a few changes in order to live a greener, healthier life. After trying a bag of Rockin’ Green with my fluff, I feel in love with the detergent. If it was able to get the diapers clean and smelling so fresh, I just had to start using it on all of our clothing, towels and sheets. Even with Brendan’s sensitive skin, we haven’t had any problems at all using either Classic or Hard Rock in a variety of scents. (I just LOVE the new Smashing Watermelons and Rage Against the Raspberry!)

Cloth diapering also led me to discover my new favorite hobby – yarn. I love crocheting wool shorties and longies for both of my sons. My oldest son still has accidents some nights and beautiful, breathable wool is our answer to keeping his bed dry at night. As much as I enjoy crocheting in the evenings, I shudder to think that I may not have discovered this wonderful new hobby, had it not been for my decision two years ago to switch to cloth diapers. It’s kind of amazing how one small decision affected my life in so many ways. Have you ever stopped to think about how has cloth diapering changed your life?

By Katrina W- Regular Blog Contributor
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How cloth diapering changed my life

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Video credits to Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry, who is a regular blog contributor.
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In the world of social media it has been stated that any two people are only 6 steps away from any one other person. It is the whole “a friend of a friend of a friend” kind of thing. In this new age of turning people onto “Green Living” I think we, we being cloth diaper users, can use the concept of 6 Degrees of Separation to expand our numbers. I do it all the time!
For example, a couple weekends ago I was at a baby shower for a friend. This friend had come to visit at my house a while back and I had of course had to show her all about my cloth diapers. This is her first baby and I wanted to get her hooked right from the start. She looked and said they were pretty neat. She didn’t say much more than that so I didn’t push. Later I heard she wanted to at least try cloth and see what she liked so we chatted a bit and I said, “Ok, for your shower gift I am going to get you some cloth diapers.” Now fast-forward to the shower. When she opened the gift she held it up for everyone and showed them the unbleached Indian prefolds and Thirsties Duo Wrap in size 1 that I bought along with a One Size Pocket Diaper I had gifted to her. I also had given her some baby wash cloths from the dollar store to use as cloth wipes. I love mine and it is so affordable to buy them that way! Confidently tucked on the bottom was the neat instruction sheet Kelly’s Closet puts in every order to help you figure out how to wash and prep you diapers. (Thanks Kelly’s Closet!) I could see from some people they were a little confused on why I gave her that gift. On a side note we decorated one-sies for the baby and I made one that said, “Does this diaper make my butt look big?” I thought it was fitting!

After the gift opening I had a group of about 10 gather around the table as I showed this friend how to use the diapers I had given her. I even had my 7 month old twins along in the same Duo Wraps that I gave her to show her how they looked on a baby! While I answered their questions I had several who were pregnant or wanting another baby get really interested and ask me to just write an email to this friend so she could forward it to them! We went ahead and photocopied the instruction sheet from Kelly’s Closet (Thanks again!) so they had the basics in hand. One even asked if I sold the diapers. I of course said no and she said you should!

I think to most of the gals when they heard that you could save up to $2000 or more using cloth on your first baby and it would be even more for your second or more children they got more interested. Of course the infamous “poop” question was asked and when I explained the options and that it really isn’t that bad the idea of cloth again looked more appealing.

By the end of the day I was using my status as being a friend of their friend to teach some friends of a friend all about cloth diapers and even converted one bride to-be to cloth diaper her future children! How great is it that even though her wedding is towards the end of summer she was already on board with using cloth diapers for the children she planned to have! I can’t wait to give another gift of cloth diapers to her when her first child is born!

If we all inform another mom about our cloth diapers and some of the great facts that go along with using cloth diapers maybe we can cut down the 6 degrees to 3 or to really have high and lofty goals how about 1 degree away from knowing people using cloth diapers!

By Alyssa N.
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6 Degrees Away From Cloth Diapering

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