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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Amy!
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2- Rumparooz One-Size Diapers

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A little more than five short years ago, I was expecting my first children ... twins.  While discussing various new baby plans, my mom asked me if I planned to use cloth diapers.  What?  Was she crazy?  Twin babies, a full time job, a busy husband in school, no way would I be using cloth!  Isn’t cloth messy and unreliable?  Wouldn’t I be wasting water with all the endless washing?  What babysitter or daycare center would ever agree to something like that?  Two years later, baby #3 was set to arrive and I still had my first two children in diapers.  I dared my mother to mention cloth to me... there would be absolutely NO WAY that I could cloth diaper three children.  Ludicrous. 

Fast forward two years later while expecting baby #4... as I was preparing my curriculum for the upcoming semester, I decided to put more of an emphasis on sustainability  in the personal health and wellness course that I teach at a local community college.  Since I am a busy parent and there are many moms (and dads) and soon-to-be moms that walk through my doors, there is a lot of information discussed about parenting, children, nutrition, and yes, diapering - cloth diapers started to seem like a natural (and needed) addition to our syllabus.  After doing a brief amount of research, I mentioned to a friend that I was  looking into cloth diapering - for my class and possibly for myself.  The look of excitement on her face was indescribable.  I truly did not expect that diaper discussions could elicit such a response.  Little did I know that I would soon become the excited one when discussing cloth diapers. 

As I researched cloth diapers and made the decision to use them at home, I began to cringe at the thought of all the waste I put in landfills and the money I poured down the drain over the past few years.  Three children in disposable diapers meant that I was going through over 200 diapers a week on average.  You can only imagine the overflowing trash cans in the driveway!  Strategizing to get the best deal on boxes of diapers including planning time to drive 30 minutes away to the only place that sold boxes of diapers in the sizes and brands that I needed.  Instead of hanging out with my children after a long day at work, I would find myself packing them in the car or paying the sitter to stay a little bit longer so I could make this journey every month.  There was nothing satisfying about seeing those boxes stacked up in the laundry room or seeing bag after bag of trash exiting my house.  Briefly reflecting on these thoughts helped push me closer to my decision to make the switch.   

To help ease my way into the world of cloth diapering, my mother promised me a diaper service as a baby shower gift.  What a treat!  It definitely made me feel less nervous about adding additional laundry onto my already busy laundry schedule.  However, once my baby arrived and I began the cloth diapering process, I realized that the laundry situation was not bad at all and even, dare I say, fun?  I used the service for a bit but gradually began to do all of it myself.  In some ways, although the service was convenient, I felt it was too limiting.  With all those great cloth options out there, I wanted to try them all!  (And, trust me, I am trying...)

Although I began this process diapering our newborn only, I quickly realized that my two year old could easily be switched over to cloth.  There were no transition issues whatsoever!  She even loves keeping her own stash in her room and picks out the one she wants to wear.  My oldest son continues to need diapers at night - at 5 years old and over 50 pounds, transitioning him to cloth was a little bit trickier.  However, the financial incentive is great.  At his age, nighttime diapers average almost $1 per diaper - I could make back the purchase of a new cloth diaper in just 2 to 3 weeks - well worth it to me.  I also hoped that the cloth diaper might speed up the process of him staying dry at night. 

At the moment, our cloth diaper adventure is in full swing for three of my four children.  I love including the benefits of cloth diapering as part of my health class and showing off the new cute styles of cloth that exist today!  My students still envision the old style saggy bottomed prefolds days and they are all pleasantly surprised to see some style as well as ease involved - the cost savings as well as the huge benefit to our environment seal the deal, so to speak.  All it takes is one super-excited mom to share her love of cloth diapering - it worked for me and I hope that now I can convince others.  It’s never too late to switch to cloth!  I finally got it right with baby four!  

by Erin Brighton MPH, M.Ed. - Charlotte, NC
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Why Did I Wait So Long?? Getting it Right With Baby #4

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My cloth diapering journey began last year at this time.  Black Friday at Kelly's Closet.  I ordered some fitteds, covers, and some going-out-of-stock GroBaby diapers for some amazing prices.  At the time, I wasn't even pregnant yet.  (My husband didn't find out about my purchases until we discovered we were pregnant with our first child in December....)  Since then, I have bought newborn fitteds, BumGenius All-in-Ones, Mother-ease fitteds, and a couple of pocket one-sizes.  I am, as many cloth diapering mothers have said before me, a cloth addict. 

I knew I wanted to cloth diaper since I babysat for a Fuzzi-Bunz cloth diapering family before I was married.  Less smells, less cost, less waste, less rash.  My baby boy, Ezra, was born in August.  We used disposable diapers and wipes for the first two weeks, but then I was looking forward to getting started with my newborn fitteds and covers.  We continued to use disposable wipes until our son was one month old.  Then I brought out the cheap 'baby washcloths' I had bought at a Dollar Store.  I spent $10 and got over 50 wipes.  They work perfectly.  

My wipe solution journey was just beginning.  I began with two plastic tubs: one for my wipe solution of a mix of our natural liquid soap (Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild) and water, and the other for just water.  This system worked nicely until, after a couple weeks, our little boy had a tiny red rash on his bottom.  We used some cloth-friendly rash cream, but it still was a persistent rash.  I investigated further, and since Ezra and I were dealing with breastfeeding thrush, I discovered that white distilled vinegar was a good cure-all for mother's nipples and baby's butt.  I changed my wipe solution system to just one tub of two tablespoons vinegar to a couple cups of water.  This worked fine for a month or so, with no rash. 

However, one morning, after sleeping in his diaper all night, he woke up with an awful blistery rash.  I didn't want to use vinegar on it, so we used water and diaper rash cream (we used California Baby, but I want to buy a tube of Grandma El's) until it went away, two or three days later.  This sad rash made me investigate wipe solutions even further.  Now, I use one tablespoon vinegar, four drops tea tree oil (a natural anti-microbial essential oil, easy to find at a health food store) and the rest water.  It smells nice and he has now been diaper rash free!

This is the system we use at home, but in the meantime, I was still using disposable wipes on the go.  Two weeks ago I realized that his sweet bottom was getting very red from these disposable wipes, even though I bought the so-called 'sensitive' kind.  Since changing to the tea tree oil solution, I have decided to use cloth wipes on the go as well.  Not only is it better for him (no redness!), but it also saves me from picking though his wet bag to throw away the gross disposables.  Now, I fill a small plastic disposable wipes travel case with soaked cloth wipes and go!  I only need one wipe per diaper change, maybe two for a blowout, as compared to six+ disposable wipes. 

I am so excited that I have made the change to all cloth, all the time.  My baby is happier and it is always fun to show others how easy and fun cloth diapering can be.  What trial and error wipes solutions have you tried?  What is your on-the-go cloth wipes routine?

Amy S. is the breastfeeding, cloth-diapering, home-birth mom of three month old Ezra.
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First-Time Mom's Journey with Cloth Wipes and Solutions

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My son, Hank and I comfortable on the plane.
Let me start with saying that as the title implies, I have not always been keen on cloth diapers. I remember someone asking me about cloth diapers when I was pregnant and me giving some sort of retort that involved me not wanting to keep buckets full of vinegar and dirty diapers hanging around. Fast forward through the first few months of my son’s life, getting together with my mommy group and making new friends, and being talked into trying a modern cloth diaper from one of my mommy friends who had just made the swap due to her child’s allergies.

I am not going to lie, I was not in love with the idea of cloth diapers at first. Of all people, my husband was the biggest advocate. I am a stay at home mom, and he saw cloth as a major cost savings. So I took the plunge. Ah, maybe that’s not right. I dipped my toe into cloth. I decided to go with a pack of the least expensive all in ones I could find. I figured I would only do it during the day and only at home. I didn’t even buy a wet bag.  As time went on, and I got more comfortable, I started taking them out with me to my mommy group meetings at my friend’s houses. I figured that was nearly home, and I carried a zip lock that occasionally got replaced to act as a wet bag. Then I realized that wasn’t too bad. I bought more cloth. I discovered my love of bum genius, flip and econobum. I also bought a real wet bag.

Fast forward a few more months, and my love of cloth had grown. I went to full time, added more brands, and started reading blogs about cloth diapers. My son really seemed to prefer them too- I can’t blame him- I know I hate the feeling of those paper momma diapers.  My husband and I went away over night for the first time- to a friend’s house, and I did it. All cloth. That wasn’t a huge deal though. I brought more than enough clean diapers with me, my two wet bags and a couple zip locks in case I ran out of room (which I did). Easy peasy, I didn’t have to wash anything, just dump the solids in the toilet and wash the rest when I got home. I was so proud of myself.

Then my grandpa called. He wanted my son, my mom and myself to go visit him in Florida. This would involve an airplane ride, the three of us staying in one room for a week and being away from my washing machine. My mom immediately said that there would be no way for me to cloth diaper, she did not want me to put my nasty diapers in my step grandmother’s washing machine. I reluctantly agreed. It was two months out and I had not used a single disposable in the three months prior. I sulked and complained about it all the way to a week before our trip. To my surprise, my mother called my step grandmother to see if she would mind me using and washing my cloth diapers. She had absolutely no problem with it. My mom agreed to be on board as long as I used disposable on the plane. I agreed to the compromise.  My biggest issue with this trip and cloth diapering was the amount, specifically the weight, of my beloved diapers.  I have never been known as a light packer, and add in that I was bringing an 11 month old to a completely unchildproofed house with no toys, high chairs or pack and plays meant that I would be hurting for space. I had to be selective about what diapers to take with me. I ended up with 3 pocket diapers, for when we were out and about, three of the flip stay dry inserts,  ten econobum prefolds, and six covers. I very much splurged on the number of covers because they are light weight. I ended up not taking detergent with me due to weight restrictions. I regretted this when I saw the perfumed detergent my grandparents used. Because of this I tried not to use much microfiber when I was there- it seems to retain the perfume smell. Those prefolds might be a bit more bulky, but they are the most forgiving on wash day. My step grandmother was hugely impressed at how far cloth diapers have come, and my mother also discovered that cloth was no big deal.  On the plane ride home, we used cloth. Mission accomplished.

Riding high on my successfully taking an 11 month old on a real trip, my husband and I decided to have the whole family go with him on his business trip to San Francisco. We would be in a hotel in the middle of the city for a week. We would be cozy, but this would be one of my only opportunities to visit with one of my friends (also a new mom) who lived an hour away. I had only used the couple of disposable diapers on the plane to Florida. This was a different game though. There was no washing machine, and hotel washing service was very expensive. Finding a laundromat close to the hotel was an option, but I didn’t really want to spend two hours of my site seeing time there. I could use hybrid inserts, and bless you those who do, but they just weren’t for us. I read the blogs and finally found what worked for me: flats. The blogs recommended them for people camping. They were supposed to wash very easily, and dry fast. I looked up a youtube video on how to fold them, and realized after practicing with a towel that I could do it. I ordered a dozen and a snappi. It was about the same cost as a pack of disposable diapers, so I figured if it worked at least that money would not be down the drain. I figured I would do my best with hand washing and possibly use my friend’s washing machine or a laundromat for a day to get them really clean midtrip. My friends and family began betting on how long I would be in California before I bought disposable diapers.

My flats hanging to dry in the hotel shower. I wondered what the cleaning ladies must have thought!
I prepped them and then I did a test run of my flats. I did cheat and use the washing machine for washing most of them, but I hung them dry on a rack to see the drying time- about two and a half hours. I used them during the day with mostly successful results. They did leak a bit here and there, and they were hard to get on my wiggling toddler at times, but it wasn’t that huge of a deal. After the day run I decided to stick to my night time diapers because I was afraid of the leaks.

I had learned a lot about traveling with babies since my last trip. I did know that the airline would fly my car seat and stroller for free, but did you know they will also take the pack and play for free? Not that I needed one this time- the hotel had one. I had also found a car seat bag at a consignment sale. Reading the cloth diaper blogs, I found what was probably an obvious solution to my packing problem: put the cloth diapers in the bag with the car seat. I am still not totally sure this is allowed, but no one made any sort of issue of it. I called the hotel hoping to get a drying rack. They said there was a line in the shower for that purpose.  I ended up packing my dozen flats, the snappi, four prefolds,  five covers, three pockets, and a roll of disposable liners. The liners were bought in the beginning when I wasn’t quite sure if I could cloth diaper. I used a few, and then realized that my breast fed baby’s poop was no match for my washing machine and stopped using them. Honestly they had gone in my son’s closet and I hadn’t thought of them in awhile. I figured since I already had them, they might make the hand washing easier.

I used two prefolds and then a pocket on my five hour flight. Space was limited and I had decided that the flats would be more difficult to change.  The flight was like a normal day out- take a diaper out of the bag, put it in the wet bag. Once we landed and went to the hotel, I thought the best way to set myself up for success was to have everything organized and ready to go. I pulled out my flats, and folded them and put a liner in so they would be ready to go. I put my big wet bag under the sink in the bathroom, and the small container of detergent by the bath tub. I then went to bed- jet lag and toddlers are a rough combination!

The next day, I went about my business as normal. We went to breakfast and did a quick survey of what was around us before we returned to the hotel for my son to take a nap. I had decided that this would probably be the best time to wash. 

My wash routine took a few days to get perfect, but this is what I ended up with:
  1. Make sure all solids are completely out. Rinse diapers in cold as you unfold them under the faucet. Squeeze water through as you do this. Pile at other end of tub.
  2. Turn water to as hot as it goes. Put a tiny bit of detergent into tub, directly below faucet. Fill tub until diapers are floating, then turn off water and let them soak for 10 minutes.
  3. Agitate the water. Basically swish the water around making it move through the fibers of your diapers. Do this for about 2 minutes. Allow to soak for 5 more minutes.
  4. Rinse everything well and ring every bit of water out of them that you can. This step is very important.
  5. Hang to dry.
I came back to check on my diapers that night, and was not happy. While the diapers were clean, even the flats that had only taken two and a half hours to dry in my house were quite damp. The prefolds  and microfiber pocket diaper inserts were still soaked. I realized what the problem was- there was no air flow. I had turned off the air conditioner to the room, and then closed the door to the bathroom to keep my toddler out.  There was no window to open either. I took the wet diapers out and hung them on the pack and play in front of the air conditioner. By the next day all but the microfiber were dry (they took 2 days at least).

So I guess the moral of the story is, you can do this. You might be on the road, but cloth diapering is still not that hard, and in my opinion, well worth it. My son was as comfortable in his cloth diapers while we were away as he was at home. I also have to say I am proud of myself. I know if I am ever in a situation where I do not have access to a washing machine or drier, I can make it by. Me- the woman who was not going to cloth diaper because it seemed like too much trouble.

By Catherine
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Confessions of a Former Sposie User: Traveling With Cloth

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Autumn has arrived and winter isn't far off, even down here in the desert southwest. As the leaves turn gold and crimson and we prepare for another holiday season, my thoughts also begin to turn towards family and all those who have come before me.


Like anyone else, I could list a hundred things I'm thankful for right now, but as the mother of a cloth diapered 10-month old, I'm particularly thankful for a good washers, good detergents, modern materials, and human ingenuity.


Chemistry and manufacturing advances give us materials like PUL, microfiber, microfleece, and OBV (organic bamboo velour). Microfleece keeps the wetness off of baby's skin, and PUL keeps the wetness off of us. Good washers and detergents mean that we can keep our microfiber, fleece, and yes, even the cotton pre-folds clean enough to reuse without fear of causing reactions or infections. With all that, it still took enterprising mamas to put them all together and create the modern cloth diapers that many cloth diapering families use today.


Today, we have countless options for diapering our infants, babies, and toddlers, but did you ever wonder how your great-grandmother diapered her children? Most likely, she went the simple route, but even at the turn of the century there were options!

Figure A is from an instructional handbook written for English wives stationed in India. It gives a pattern for a “diaper cover" made of flannel. The 1893 handbook The English Baby in India (and how to rear it), is by Mrs. Howard Kingscote. Like her, several sources recommended fabrics such as gauze or bird's eye cotton for the diaper cloth, and an outer cover such as described above made out of flannel to hold it all together.



It might be worth mentioning that the rubber pants or “Stork Pants”, similar to those our parents loved to loathe (if they cloth diapered us or our siblings) seem to have been almost universally discouraged by the medical profession at the turn of the century. They were recognized as the main culprit of diaper-area sores and infection. That didn't stop their manufacture, or (based on their prevalence until recently) parents from purchasing them. You can see an example in Photo B, an ad taken from the March 1905 issue of the periodical, The Delineator. Because of the associated problems, various sources (particularly medical sources) recommended, instead, using wool or rubber pads for parent's laps, cots, and prams, along with frequent changes. Sounds a bit like the let-the-baby-go-coverless-crowd of today! 



Some diaper styles were managing to make it into production, as Figure C, an advertisement for “Stork” Absorbent Diapers proves. This design addressed the concern common at the time, especially with the triangle fold, that diapers were excessively bulky. This particular style doesn't seem to have caught on, probably because of the difficulty inherent in thoroughly washing a thicker diaper by hand. This advertisement was published in the January 1906 issue of Home Needlework Magazine.

With the advent of these newfangled pins, the Mommy Wars took on yet another battle – to pin or not to pin. Who knew?


Figure D is an excerpt from a letter written by the wife of a doctor to a medical journal concerning what she regarded as the barbarous use of diaper pins among the well-to-do. Mrs. Dr. V. E. Harvey reports in the December 1900 issue of Medical Arena that the custom is to “pin tightly at the knees” - I can't even imagine what that would look like – and suggests instead the English custom of a flannel cover (this time rectangular, rather than triangular as in Figure A) instead. The entire letter, beginning on page 39, is interesting and worth a read if you have a few moments.

We're all thankful for so much this holiday season, but I'd like to add one more thing to the list – the ingenuity of our forebears and contemporaries, whose hard work and creativity in home, academic, and industrial sciences have made it so much more simple to parent the way we choose.

By Angie S.
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Let's visit Cloth Diapering at the Turn-of-the-Century!

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Some Grandmothers remember the ins and out of babies as soon as their first Grandchild is handed to them, and some, well... don't. My mother-in-law falls into the second category. When she is watching the kids, which usually only happens once or twice a year, I try to make everything as easy on her as possible. This includes keeping disposable diapers in the house so that she doesn't have to mess around with our cloth.

There are plenty of times that she has put disposables on backwards (isn't it harder that way??), and used a package clearly labeled "Boogie Wipes" to clean the baby's bottom, so I thought that just the basics would be complicated enough for her, and never even showed her any of the fluff!

One day, when I had an appointment with the doctor, and my husband could not take off of work, I left the children in her care at my house, with the normal setup of disposables readily available to her. I was wondering what I would find when I got back, would it be a backwards diaper? A grape scented booty? no diaper at all?? Nothing could have prepared me for what I DID find... a perfectly executed fitted WITH cover!

And they say that cloth is harder!! Well, "THEY" never met my MIL!
Now, I just make sure she knows where the cloth is, and don't worry about spending my money on throw aways for her to use!

By Meredith M.
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Who says this is hard?

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