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Fluff Friday
1-Econobum Trial Pak (1 one size cover and 3 prefolds)
1-bumGenius Traveler Wet Bag

Question/Comment of the week: Do you think the Econobum diaper cover should come in solid colors and if so what colors would you like? Leave your comment before Thursday, Sept.23rd 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 @econobum on Twitter. Come back and post a comment that you are a follower of Econobum.
  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 @econobum #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 9/17-9/23. 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, Sept. 24th. 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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Fluff Friday 97

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Rhiana!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 96 WINNER!

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Winner is Laura Lightcap Dunne! Laura please contact us here. You have until 9/18 5pm est to claim your prize!

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. 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).

Today's giveaway:

1-bumGenius Sized All-in-One Diaper


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.
2) "Like us" as a The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Facebook Fan. Post a comment with your facebook id as a comment to this post.
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 All in One Diaper

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Well, it was a long time coming, but the day has finally come. I am a cloth diapering mama. *Bows during applause*

Okay, in the grand scheme of things, I guess it wasn’t really that long. My son is 3 ½ months old, so that’s all of the time and money we’ve invested in disposables. But once my husband realized how much we spent on disposables in that short time (even with having so many as gifts), it was easy to sway him towards cloth. This was at 2 months old. Because I had a good-size arsenal of disposables, I had plenty of time to research all the different types and brands to figure out what would work best with our tight budget and lifestyle.

It was completely overwhelming to research the world of cloth diapers. I had no clue what any of this jargon meant. AIO, prefold, RNG, stripping??? AGHHHH!!!!! It was harder to learn about them than it was to decide if I wanted to use them. But after about a week of drowning in information, I finally began to understand what it all meant. I have the most interest in using hybrid systems, so I have invested in the bumgenius flip system. Easier laundry since there are two pieces, so it’s quick drying. They are one size, so I won’t be purchasing new diapers ever few months. They are reusable covers, so I don’t need as many of those. Also, a big appeal was that they have a disposable option if we need it.

And most surprising of all, it was an even bigger money saver than I had originally thought. I thought I was going to have to shell out $500+. This didn’t seem like it would be that huge of a savings spread out over 2.5 years. My son can use almost any disposable (some better than others), so I was able to find great deals using coupons and sales since I wasn’t limited to one brand. I calculated I would spend about $1000 on disposable diapers. My biggest financial reason for wanting to use cloth was the multi-baby factor. It was for baby number 2 that I expected I would be saving money. But once I found the right compromise of quality, reusability, and cost, I realized I would be spending less than $300. Um, yes please, I would like to pocket $700 (and another $1000+ for each subsequent baby). Especially when you think about how sposies mean you’re basically just throwing money into the trash!

I also liked the “green” factor of cloth diapers. I am not a particularly green mama, I don’t recycle 100% of the time, my car is average on gas mileage, but I absolutely hate how many disposables I’ve thrown into landfills. Approximately 550!! In 3.5 short months! Ew.
I still have a small stockpile of disposables, and I still have a good number of cloth diapers to buy before I can go full time. But this new world is so much more fun and addicting than I ever thought it would be. I think I will end up buying a few one size all-in-ones or pockets, even though the majority of my stash will probably remain flips or other one size hybrids. Honestly, I think I’ll end up spending more on cloth than I would on sposies (shh don’t tell my husband!), but it’s not MY fault that there really are no cute options in the sposie world.

By Marianna G.
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It’s a Whole New World

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Nursing in public seems to be all the rage lately. At least a few times a week I hear about a mother who was humiliated for breastfeeding her child in a public place, or even kicked out of public place for it. On the news, on breastfeeding websites, on forums, and in the newspaper.Those stories are awful and it should never happen to a mother who is simply feeding her hungry baby. But what about all of the positive experiences that can come from nursing in public? Surely not every woman who nurses in public has an awful time with it.

When I was pregnant, I swore up and down that I would never nurse in public. It seemed weird and much to difficult- surely popping a bottle in my baby's mouth would be easier and less stressful when I am out shopping or running around. My mind quickly changed when my baby girl was born and we were actually nursing. My bottles have never been used and I find myself nursing everywhere. In the car, in restaurants, in movie theaters, at church, and even walking around the store shopping.

Not once have I been given a dirty look, asked to leave, or received any kind of negativity from the people around me. The reactions seem to be the opposite, as I receive warm smiles from other mothers and older women, or no reactions at all. The best experience I've had so far was just a few days ago while walking through Old Navy and nursing. An older lady approached me asking if I was nursing my baby. I got nervous immediately, wondering if this was going to be one of those awful times when someone tries to humiliate me and how I was going to handle it. But when I told the lady yes, that I actually was walking around shopping and breastfeeding, her reaction was: "Good for you! I'm tired of hearing about all the mother's who are kicked out of places because of breastfeeding and people around them being disgusted. It's natural, everyone just needs to get over it!"

Not only did I leave the store with a smile, but she is absolutely right! Everyone does need to get over it, when a baby's gotta eat...a baby's gotta eat! I sadly have never seen another woman nursing in public before, but when I do I am definitely going to smile and encourage her. Help her to have a positive experience so that she will continue to nurse in public, and encourage others to do so as well . If we nursng mama's talk about our good experiences more instead of focusing so much on the horror stories, maybe we will begin to see more mom's nursing out and about!

- By Shay P.
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Nursing in Public: A Positive Experience!

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These days, there are many seals of approvals and awards to be had, some more meaningful than others. This week, I was thrilled to see the announcement of the some of the latest PTPA winners and even more excited to see that two of my manufacturers have yet again gained the PTPA seal of approval.

Hats off to the FuzziBunz One-Size Cloth Diaper and the GroVia Cloth AIO Diaper! I know of the rigorous testing you went through and I applaud your achievement.

For those of you unfamiliar, PTPA Media provides an objective framework for appraising and promoting new products designed to enrich family living. The company's mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers, to improve families’ access to quality products and services. All products are tested rigorously by an independent panel of parent volunteers who evaluate these products in their own homes. When I see this seal on a particular product, it is quite meaningful, as I know that PTPA goes out directly to the consumers of these products to test them. This is important and helpful to me when I source for only the BEST products to bring to you. No fancy marketing gimmicks, just tried and true!

To see what other products were recently recognized with the PTPA Seal of Approval, click here.
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Congrats to FuzziBunz and GroVia for earning the coveted Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval

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So I just got wind of this amazing Eagle Scout Project that our friends at FuzziBunz have been involved with. A young 15 year old scout, Ian Woldt has recently completed his Eagle Scout Project Uganda where he worked on providing necessary house improvements to a Baby House in East Africa, as well as obtaining necessary medical equipment to help the babies who live there. FuzziBunz proudly supported Ian and his project by generously donating 500 Cloth Diapers. We all have heard of how much need there is in Africa to help babies and it is wonderful to see our cloth diapering community chipping in. Upon completion of his project, he wrote:

Eagle Project Uganda has been completed, and the Baby House in East Africa now has a new water system that provides clean drinking water, as well as hot water, and water storage tanks. The Uganda Childcare Clinic now has an Oxygen Concentrator, a supply of pediatric oxygen masks, pediatric oxygen regulators, and a baby weighing scale. I brought six extra pieces of checked baggage with me, which also included 500 cloth diapers donated by FuzziBunz in New Iberia. At the end of the project we even had enough Ugandan Shillings left in the Eagle Project fund to buy a swing set for the children!

All the missionaries I worked alongside in Africa were overwhelmed by the generosity of my American friends, and they send heartfelt thanks for all we were able to accomplish.
You can read my report of how much was donated and how I put it to good use, at www.EagleProjectUganda.com. I also made a short 4 minute video in Uganda, which will show you around so you can see what we did together and how the water system works. There is also a Uganda Photos page, so you can see some pictures.

Thank you for helping me make a very tangible difference, that will last for many years!

Sincerely yours,
Ian

I don’t know about you, but just reading this story and seeing the photos I can’t help but to feel proud of the work Ian and the Eagle Scouts program have done. I feel inspired to reach out and continue my stewardship in even more ways than I do now. – see photo below
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Eagle Scout, Africa and Cloth Diapering – an inspiring story

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If I had a dollar for every time I have heard, "I can't line-dry, we can't have a clothesline where I live," over the past 3 years, well... I would have enough money to buy a new stash of diapers! It seems there are always HOAs in condos or rules in apartments saying the occupants cannot put a line outside the dwelling. Or people will say their weather is bad, so line-drying isn't an option. Well, I live in Washington- the state- where it rains 362 days of the year (but you'd better believe I have my diapers out in the sun on those 3 days of the year we see the light!), and I still line-dry my diapers. I just had to do some rigging.

First, I bought a drying rack- the cheap wooden kind my grandma would have hung "slacks" on back in the day. ('m pretty sure I paid $10 for it. I tried it out- draped my diapers over it, but I really couldn't fit a lot, and they really didn't get dry all that fast. Back to the store. I found some pant hangers that had clips on them for holding the pants on- and the clips were removable, so I bought them, took them home, and put the clips on my drying rack. Voila! It held a lot more diapers! Then I found those same clips for cheaper in the laundry section of another store- sans hangers- so I got more! By this time, I've still spent only about $25 for my whole drying rack with clips.

I've been drying my diapers on these racks for almost 2 years now. I hang the diapers up during the day, leave them overnight, and by morning all the inserts need is a "fluff" in the dryer for about 10 minutes. I'm not doing 2 cycles in the dryer like I did when I first started using cloth, and that really helps the electric bill! (Hey, more money saved that I can spend on diapers!) Oops, sorry... I mean better for the environment and stuff. But really, I think I'm extending the life of my diapers by not tumbling them for a couple of hours in the dryer, and at the very least I'm saving electricity.

So for the bargain price of around $25, you, too can line-dry your diapers.

By Stacy F.
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You, Too, Can Line-Dry

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