The renewal of hurricane season and active storms has made me reevaluate my emergency plans and preparations. I have given thought to water supply, food, batteries, important documents, and more...but with my decision to use cloth diapers exclusively, and the disappearance of the very last disposable diaper, I have new plans to make. Part of my preparation will no longer include picking up an extra pack of disposable diapers. It is important to me to find an environmentally safe emergency plan.

How will I wash my stash if we were to lose power and water? What happens when I run out of clean cloth diapers? Do I really plan on washing everything by hand with a limited water supply? Many questions began spinning through my head, and I realized I hadn't planned for conditions without a washing machine.

In formulating my plan, I slowed down and asked myself the following questions:
  • How many diapers does my child use in a day?
  • How often will I wash diapers? (As a load, or individually?)
  • Do I have enough diapers to rotate clean/dirty diapers in time for them to be dry and ready?
  • Where will I wash the diapers? (In a bucket? The sink?)
  • Do I have extra needed accessories (diaper rash cream, laundry detergent, wipes, liners)?
  • Where will the waste water be disposed?
  • How will the process maintain sanitary conditions? (Hand-washing/disinfecting?)
  • How long will I be prepared to be without power/water?
My stash of cloth diapers includes mostly One Size Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius, with a few Rumparooz, and Thirsties. I also have 3 Bummis Whisper Wrap Covers which I use with a Kissaluvs Hybrid One Size Contour (I really need to get more inserts!). I have enough diapers to last 3 or 4 days, but from experience realize that it is necessary to plan for a week or more in an emergency situation. My planning decision revolved mainly around the question of hand-washing diapers that I already have (counting on enough extra water to the supply to enable this), and/or finding an alternative solution. Standard disposables for me will be an absolute last resort, and I won't stock them.

Kelly's Closet offered me a very appealing solution: GroVia Bio-Soakers! With this option, I can reuse a cover multiple times and replace the insert as needed...without a significant water resource impact (I'll only need to clean covers). I will always have my other cloth diapers and inserts, as additional options available in my emergency kit. Even if I ran out of Bio-Soakers (my first choice for avoiding a heavier wash load), I will still have a wonderful supply of fluff to wash and reuse. GroVia also makes Bio-Diapers, an alternative to disposable diapers that may be another option.

Cloth diapers are actually a perfect solution for emergency situations. Long before washing machines, cloth was THE only option, and mothers (and fathers) made it work. Granted, emergencies can be slightly different without a known unlimited source of water, but the same principles apply. Reliance on modern convenience is not necessary to making cloth diapers effective. The biggest added bonus is not having the worry of a panicked sell-out of all disposables at the grocery store...my cloth will always be right there.

I'll be ordering some GroVia shells and Bio-Soakers to test drive this solution. In the meantime, I may come up with other ideas, but at least I'm on the right track for being prepared in an emergency with cloth diapers. Are you?

By Julie G.
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Chocolate Bicycles
Here's a great and healthy recipe for hungry toddlers and grownups too!

Recently, a friend of mine gave me a popsicle mold - for making and freezing our own popsicles. I knew just what I'd do with it when we got it. I made super-healthy, great tasting fudge pops for my two year old. I'm sure I told her that she could have a chocolate popsicle, but later, she told me she was eating a "tasty chocolate bicycle."

Here's the recipe:
3/4 c. coconut milk
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t. cinnamon
1-2 T. agave nectar (to taste) - or whatever sweetener you like best

Combine these ingredients in a saucepan, over low heat - just until mixed. Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

What makes this recipe healthy?
  1. Coconut Milk - Contains medium-chain fatty acids that are easily matabolized and used by the body. Also, the fat in coconut milk is over 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid is the component found in human breast milk that protects infants from certain illnesses. This nutritional benefit is unique to coconut milk and is not found in other foods.
  2. Cocoa - High in Iron.
  3. Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It has also been shown to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar.
  4. Agave Nectar - Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, the glycemic index is much lower than sugar and it is all natural, from fruit and has no funny "fake sugar" aftertaste.
Enjoy this healthy frozen dessert with your child! You'll love eating chocolate bicycles together.

By: Amanda Wynant
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Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Bicycles

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Congratulations to Keturah! Keturah- please contact us here to claim your giveaway! In the subject line write "30 Min.of Fluff Winner 9/8" .You have until 5pm est on 9/10 to claim.

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We will keep the giveaway open for 30 minutes for people to get their entries in. PLEASE NOTE: I have to pick up my son from school and then it is family time for the evening. Winner will be posted tomorrow morning (tues).

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My husband was all for cloth diapering, mostly because he's just as much of a cheapskate as I am. Keep in mind that he had NEVER changed a diaper. EVER. I think that helped. :) Of course, he was even more in favor of potty-training from Day One, but that's another story.

We started out with a few bumGenius AIO and one One-Size, plus an odd assortment of used fitteds (Snap-to-Fit along with some others) and covers (Bummis) that we found locally. I quickly gravitated to the all-in-ones, loving the ease of changing, while he preferred (still does!) the fitteds with a cover. I think he liked the plain white, and of course I loved the cute colors. :)

Recently my daughter had a bout with diarrhea, and it was my husband's (self)-assigned task to rinse out the poopy diapers. Yuck. I was so incredibly grateful, as a pregnant stomach just cannot tolerate some things. Though he complained, he very sweetly took every last diaper out in the woods (yes, seriously) and hosed them all down. Did I mention he was a country boy? No fancy indoor sprayers for us, thank you very much. But however he did it, those diapers got clean, and I'm so thankful. (And I wish I had a picture of him with the hose, just to prove it to you).

All that said, yes, I do the bulk of the cloth diapering around here, but it wouldn't have been nearly such an awesome journey without the support -- and selfless help! -- of my sweet husband. Go daddy diapering!

Audrey is married to a Marine who actually helps with cloth diapers, mothers a 17-month-old baby girl who wears them, and can't wait to meet the newest addition in November who will help her try out some new brands. :) She also blogs at www.trugars.com, creating a platform for older women to share their wisdom with those of us who just aren't there yet.

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He Had NEVER Changed A Diaper. EVER.

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This post is part of Cloth Diapering Bloggers’ and Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII: Cloth Diaper Awareness. Please visit the other bloggers participating.

Here’s my BIG IDEA on how we can increase Cloth Diaper Awareness-

Let’s set a goal to meet a Guinness World Record for the number of Cloth Diapers Changed in a given period of time on a named day- “National Cloth Diapering Day”- tbd

Picture this; we pick a day to claim as “National Cloth Diapering Day” – leading up to that day, we network, post, blog, tweet, and get the word out. We pick three key cities and coordinate a big 3 hour play date in the park. During this time we have Cloth Diapering Stations set up for easy changing and documentation. We keep track of the number of diapers changed and we also can then calculate the number of disposables we saved from the landfills. Our goal will be to set the number of cloth diapers changed in 3 hours world record (pending Guinness World Record Approval). What do think? I bet we could make this a go, hey – we may even be able to get a Guinness World Record rep to join us at one of the events, which would really increase our press exposure.


Let’s invite non cloth diapering moms to attend the event and try cloth diapering and learn from the experts – other moms, dads and caretakers. We can get our awesome cloth diaper manufacturers to send their reps out to help answer questions.

Exceeding the record will be fun next year- but first we have to Set a Record, right?

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By Kelly- AKA "The Cloth Diaper Whisperer"
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Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII: Cloth Diaper Awareness- National Cloth Diapering Day

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This is not something I readily admit in mixed company, but in this forum I can let my cloth diaper obsession shine: the clothing I choose for my daughter is heavily influenced by her cloth diapers. I’m not talking sizing and fit, that’s just normal common sense, no I’m talking colors. Does this item match her diapers? Are there multiple diaper color options to go with this item? Will it only match the solid diapers or will it work with her patterns as well? Crazy? Maybe. Fun? Oh, yes! So you can only imagine how excited I was with this find…I have found, what I call, the Bum Genius dress!

If I didn’t know any better I would have thought this dress was designed, manufactured and sold by Bum Genius. It has stripes of four different colors: light pink, dark pink, green and orange, but they might as well be called Blossom, Zinnia, Ribbit and Clementine. The stripes are exact matches for the Bum Genius colors. I so look forward to the warmer weather when she can wear just a sundress and a diaper and this dress is exactly why. I am guaranteed throughout the day with multiple diaper changes that she is always going to match perfectly and adorably. I wonder if anyone at Bum Genius has noticed this dress and the striking color resemblance.

I know this sounds incredibly silly and ridiculous, and I admit it is, but it makes diapering fun. Before I used cloth, diapers were obviously necessary, but incredibly boring. Now I just love putting them on her and showing them off. On a more practical note, though, showing people how cute they can be is a great stepping off point for talking about cloth (something of which I never tire). I’m always so surprised at people’s preconceived, old-fashioned ideas of cloth and love dishing out the truth. Having them in plain sight shows people how user friendly, modern and adorable cloth diapers are now. And it doesn’t hurt to make a fashion statement while saving the planet one diaper at a time!

By Jennifer G.
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Coordinating an Outfit To Match Your Cloth!

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There's nothing I love more than a sunny day with a slight breeze; this type of weather is optimal for line drying sheets, clothes, and best of all, cloth diapers!

Now, my husband and I just built a new home, so my husband still has a few projects around the house, including my clothesline!  Since I don't have an actual clothes line yet, I like to use the clothes racks you can buy at a store. I just stand the rack out on the front porch (I know, I know...what a hillbilly).  But there are just so many good reasons to line dry your cloth diapers, it's worth the stares!

Here are a few of those reasons: 

1.  It uses NO energy (besides your own) since you don't have to run the dryer. We are always looking for ways to help the planet and our wallets!

2.  The sun has the ultimate stain fighting formula! I am constantly amazed at how white my bumGenius microfiber inserts are after hanging in the sun for a few hours.  It's truly awesome! And again, you aren't having to use bleach, Biz, or any other extra product to get those diapers stain-free!

3. The smell.  I find that after hanging on the line for a few hours, my diapers smell like the outdoors, of course.  It's nice to have that fresh smell as I diaper my little man.

4.  Cloth diaper advertisement! I can't tell you how many comments I've gotten about my diapers hanging outside.  Often, the conversation starts with "I didn't know people still used cloth diapers."  I then follow with "Oh, these aren't your mother's cloth diapers!"

4. Lastly, I don't know about you, but how CUTE do those diapers look hanging out on the line?!

Now, I know I won't get to line dry my diapers all the time (when there's snow on the ground and it's freezing outside!); but every chance I do get, you can bet my little diapers will be gracing my front porch, happily swaying in the wind!

Of course, there is a potential downside.  If you're in a hurry, line drying might not be your first choice.  It typically takes my inserts 3-4 hours to dry completely on the line; the covers, though, typically dry in an hour or less.  So, if you have some time, hang 'em on the line!

By Crystal B.
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Have some time? Hang 'em on the Line

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