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She will receive:
2-GroVia One-Size All in One Diapers
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We live in a disposable world.  Americans regularly dispose of over 4 pounds of trash per person per day.  Many parents choose cloth diapers over disposables so that they can personally reduce their impact on our disposable society.  While cloth diapering parents want to avoid using disposable diapers there are still occasions where using disposables seems like the only viable option. 

Some common reasons that cloth diapering parents use disposable diapers include:

  • Traveling
  • Sickness – diarrhea, yeast infection, or severe diaper rash
  • Childcare provider not willing to use or accept cloth diapers
  • Relatives or friends not willing to use or accept cloth diapers

ENVIRONMENT:  Are hybrid systems any better for the environment compared to disposables?
  • Both the Flip and GroVia disposable inserts are much smaller in size than disposables creating less waste by volume than disposable diapers. 
  • Both Flip and GroVia disposable inserts contain only 3 grams of SAP compared to 10-20 in traditional disposable diapers which makes them a healthier option for your baby compared to disposable diapers.
  • Since the Flip and GroVia are meant to be used inside a diaper cover or shell they don’t need any ink to decorate the outside of the diapers like with disposables.
  • They also don’t need Velcro on each disposable insert since they are placed inside a reusable shell or cover.  
  • Flip inserts are made using a bamboo viscose, wood pulp filler, and starch-based glues (all better than plastic based products used in other disposable diapers)
  • GroVia are both biodegradable and compostable (see notes below).
  • GroVia are fragrance free, dye free, plastic free and chlorine free.
  • Both are made by cloth diaper companies whose primary mission is to get more babies in cloth diapers.
COST:  Are hybrids more expensive than disposables?  It all depends on which disposable you are comparing them to.  For our cruise I selected the Huggies Pure & Natural diaper which cost me $19.99 for 56 size 4’s at the local big box retailer.  This equates to a cost of $0.3569 per diaper.  Compared to the per diaper price of Flip at $0.275 each and the GroVia Biosoakers at $0.3995.  Flip disposable inserts clearly win over disposables if price alone is a factor.

SPACE:  If you are traveling and space is limited the hybrid systems are hands down the best option.  You can see here the difference between the sizes of each insert.   The GroVia Biosoakers are actually the smallest of them all. 

FIT:  Using disposable diapers for a week made me realize how badly they fit a baby.  Disposables fit poorly around the legs and waists and are more likely to leak than a cloth diaper.  The GroVia BioSoakers are a much better fitting insert and include an inner leg gusset and protective layer unlike the Flip.  However, both the Flip and GroVia liners are used with an outer shell or cover which will actually add an extra layer of protection from leaks.  Since they both use an outer shell they are truly a better fit than disposable diapers. 

COMPOSTING AND BIODEGRADABILITY:  GroVia markets their disposable inserts to be compostable and biodegradable (under certain conditions).  Be sure to educate yourself on the conditions that would be required to compost and degrade naturally.

My final thoughts on hybrids and disposables:  I think that parents (especially mothers) have enough stresses in their lives that if they choose to use a disposable diaper or disposable insert they shouldn’t feel like a bad parent.  With that being said I also think that if a parent feels strongly about using cloth diapers 100% of the time that there is a way to use cloth diapers in every situation.  Only you know your boundaries and limits. 

If you are faced with deciding between a hybrid system (like the Flip and GroVia) and a disposable diaper the hybrid systems are better for the environment, better for your babies health, and better for your wallet.  The differences may not be as significant as when you use cloth diapers but every little bit helps.  I also think that hybrid systems are a great option for those parents who are unsure if they are ready to make the commitment to cloth diapers.

What are your thoughts on hybrids?  Have you used them?  Do you like them better than disposable diapers?

By Calley Pate – owner and editor of The Eco Chic blog and Eco Chic Parties.      
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There are a variety of types of cloth diapers for sale and the choices can be overwhelming for someone new to this modern cloth diapering world. But one diaper-type that is popular-yet-sometimes-misunderstood is the pocket-style diaper. FuzziBunz was the first modern cloth diaper to popularize the pocket concept in 2000 and the invention has taken off ever since then. So let's talk about some questions you might have about the popular "pocket-style" diaper

What is a "Pocket" diaper? A pocket cloth diaper has a pocket opening in the middle of the diaper where you can stuff absorbent materials inside the diaper. Think of a pocket diaper as one with three key components:
  1. You have the inside fleece layer that lays dry against baby's skin, 
  2. You have a colorful outer shell that keeps the wetness contained inside the diaper, and 
  3. You have a pocket opening that you and stuff something like a microterry cotton insert or washcloth inside it.
Why are "Pocket" diapers important? Pockets serve a variety of important functions, making a cloth diaper more versatile. First of all, a pocket opening allows for customizable absorbency. If your baby is a heavy wetter or you are looking for leak-proof, nighttime protection, you can choose to stuff extra materials inside the pocket. A little trial and error will help you find the right amount of absorbency materials you'll need. A second important function of the pocket diaper is that is allows for better and faster washing. By separating the inside components from the diaper and washing them together, you have the opportunity to get the diapers extra clean. Then, when you dry them, because they dry as two separate components, they dry faster, saving you time and energy.

As you can see, the pocket diaper is a worthwhile contribution to the diapering world and one that is surly here to stay! It makes for a customizable, faster and more efficient diapering system.

Known as the “Mother of the Modern Cloth Diaper,” Tereson Dupuy invented the cloth diaper that started the entire modern cloth diapering movement more than a decade ago. She later turned her invention into what is known today as FuzziBunz cloth diapers, a popular brand of cloth diapers since 2000.  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. She can be found online at www.FuzziBunz.com
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Natali del Conte Morris, a reporter for CBS's Eye on Parenting online series, had no idea that diapering was such a heated topic... that is until she did her first segment on diapering titled "The Diaper Wars: Cloth vs. Disposables" featuring Dr. Alanna Levine. The segment featured only old-fashioned, clunky cloth diaper options - no mention of any modern, easy to use diapers like bumGenius, Rumparooz and FuzziBunz - the brands we know and love!

After the segment aired on November 4, Natali says she was inudated with emails and comments about how unbalanced her segment was and how poorly it portrayed cloth diapering. The latest of the 370 comments left says, "Wow, this is a terribly researched and inaccurate piece of journalism. I'm very disappointed. I've used both disposables and cloth so I am well aware of what both involve. They were anti-disposable and didn't mention so many of the great aspects of cloth diapering. I'm quite appalled overall." This comment nicely sums up what moms were saying about this TV spot.

After realizing her error and anxious to make things right with moms again, Natali accepted what she called a "Cloth Diapering Challenge." She agreed to try cloth diapers for one month and then blog about her experiences online. Her conditions:
  1. She wanted help from the cloth diapering community - CHECK! The cloth diapering community showered her with advice and words of encouragement. The cloth diaper manufacturers showered her to treats to try out at home too!  I think her collection might be bigger than mine!
  2. She asked that no one personally attacks her (we agree, some of the comments were not so professional) - CHECK! Once she agreed to the challenge, the cloth diapering community rallied around her.
  3. She said she couldn't promise a follow up video - but she would try to make one (more info on that later!)
So after a month of trying cloth diapers, Natali said herself that she is a "convert." She and her producer became well versed in cloth diapering and invited the mother of the modern cloth diaper and founder of FuzziBunz cloth diapers, Tereson Dupuy, to do a "modern cloth diapering 101" segment on December 9th. This segment showcased the latest modern cloth diaper brands and discussed why moms are going retro in their diapering choice today. Tereson showed that cloth diapering is easy, cost-effective and even fun to do! Watch the full video here!

The comments from this new and improved segment were quite positive. This mother sums it up best when she says, "Thank you so much for re-visiting this and showing the benefits of the different types of cloth! Throughout this trial, you have truly been the "average" woman - one like me who started with disposable and once introduced to cloth, never went back. I wish more women would realize how much better cloth diapering is!"

I think we can all agree that cloth diapering is worth a look and try. That said, we recognize it's not for everyone. The goal is for moms and dads to be open-minded like Natali. It's also important that moms do their homework and take the time to consider each option carefully... doing so will open the door to new and exciting opportunities now and in the future!
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I developed a bad habit in my former life as a 'sposie user. Time and time again, I've seen parents leave a disposable diaper on the baby “just a little longer” -and I'm embarrassed to admit I was guilty of this - because it's “not that wet”.

The truth is, even the “stay dry layer” doesn't leave the baby dry. More comfortable, yes, than no layer at all, but not dry. Of course, a parent could get away with less frequent 'sposie changes because superficially the baby seems dry (that is, their jammies aren't sopping yet), but just because those disposables absorb more fluid than most children can produce over the course of a few hours doesn't mean we need to play a game of chicken with the diaper to see who will give in (give out?) first. There was an episode of Malcolm in the Middle where the dads had a contest to see whose baby's diaper weighed the most. It was funny on TV (I just loved Malcolm in the Middle) but not so funny in real life.

How did so many of us come to believe that it's okay to let our babies sit in damp diapers for extended amounts of time just because the disposable “doesn't feel that heavy”? I believe that the high cost of disposable diapers has trained us to change diapers less frequently in a twisted desire to get the most value out of our purchase. Disposables run $0.20 -$0.30 each (that's the cost of an entire roll of toilet paper!), so changing just a few extra 'sposies per day can cost an extra $20 -$40 per month (and for bigger families, just multiply that by the number of children in diapers). That's an entire mega-case of 'sposies every month! That's a few trips to Starbuck every month. As parents, we try to be frugal, and since advertising has convinced us that disposable diapers stay dry next to baby, we tell ourselves that it's an acceptable (and even sensible) practice to wait until a diaper is noticeably wet before being changed. The bad habit becomes ingrained and can be unconsciously carried over to cloth diapering.

If this sounds like you, free yourself of your bad habit! You are no longer at the mercy of your $0.25 'sposies! The cloth diapers are already paid for and they are re-usable. In fact, the MORE you use your cloth diapers, the more value you get from them! (If you spend $500 on your cloth diaper set-up and change an average of 10 times per day for 2.5 years, your diapers cost a nickel per use). Let's wipe, er, eliminate, er... DISPOSE OF the phrases “not that wet” “not that full” and “only a little wet” from our vocabularies.

Tip: Get instant feedback on how often your baby really wets by putting her in coverless fitteds, pinned prefolds, or pinned flats for a day.

By Angie S.
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The "Only a Little Wet" Syndrome

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When I first began cloth diapering I went all-in, full-tilt, sink or swim.  This included cloth wipes.  I purchased enough wipes to get me through 2 days of changes, a concentrated wipes solution and a wipe warmer.  I even got a special little bottle for premixing the wipes solution with water.  Each day I would add 4-6 wipes to the warmer and pour enough solution over them to saturate.  I truly preferred using the nice warm wipes for my daughter’s diaper changes and throwing the wipes right into the laundry with the diapers was simple and convenient.  Cloth diapers and cloth wipes seemed like a match made in heaven.  Then I ran into some minor snafus that threatened my love of the cloth wipes and made me (temporarily) switch back to disposable wipes.

The messy poop.  Blissfully chugging along with my diapers and wipes I didn’t realize the yuck that came with the messy poop and cloth wipes.  I’m not talking your everyday typical poop; I mean the once-a-week-oh-boy-this-is-a-big-one diaper!  Normally my diaper clean-up is perfect, neat and down to a science.  I have mastered the diaper sprayer so well that my hands never get messy or wet.  Everything changed with a messy cloth wipe.  They can’t be rinsed in the sink and trying to spray them with a diaper sprayer proved very challenging to this self-proclaimed sprayer master.  No problem, I decided to compromise and keep a container of disposable wipes for just such occasions.  My little changing station was getting a tad crowded, but it was worth the sacrifice.

Repelling.  My diapers started to repel and the only culprit that I could come up with was the wipes solution.  I was using a cloth diaper approved solution, yet it did contain several different oils and I believe these were the reason I was having build-up and repelling.  Even diluted I could see the oils floating around in the bottle.  My wipes were soaked in this solution and once laundered with my diapers, released it into the washing water and eventually onto my diapers.  Not good.

Other minor annoyances started to add up.  My wipes weren’t wearing well and were scratchy and stiff.  The changing table was crowded.  The leftover water in the wipes container started to create a bit of muck inside so it had to be emptied everyday, which meant unplugging the unit to dump and clean out.  After all of this and the repelling, I gave up (quite easily I’ll admit) and went back to disposable wipes again.

However, I really missed my cloth wipes for all of the reasons I love my cloth diapers: reusable, better for my daughter, better for the environment, etc.  And with baby number 3 on the way (and thus two in diapers) I decided I had to figure out a way to make this work for us.  This is my (so far) plan for round two with my cloth wipes.  I have gleaned some tips from other moms on this blog and through Diapershop’s Facebook page and think that I might have a routine that works for me, but I’m still open to helpful hints.

  1. I bought some Thirsties wipes.  They are so soft and luxurious, but they seem a little thick for me.  I like the idea of just one layer, so I also bought some cheap baby washcloths, hoping they will stay soft and hold up for a while.  Fingers crossed.
  2. On a whim I bought some California Baby Diaper Area Wash (the only oil ingredient being a very small amount of tea tree oil) at a local store.  I diluted it with distilled water to use as a spray.  I really want to try Baby Bum Drops or Chubby Cherubs Honey Bun Drops, but I’m a little wary of repelling.  Anyone want to sing the praises of either to convince me to try one or both?
  3. I found that spraying onto a dry wipe doesn’t really get the wipe wet enough and seems like a waste of product so each morning I wet about 4 wipes and put them in an old disposable wipes container. No, they don’t stay warm, but I also don’t have to plug anything in and it’s an easy container to clean out.  I then have the option of using them with just plain water, with a little spray of wipe solution on them or (my daughter’s favorite) with a little spray directly on her skin and then use the wipe. 
  4. I have my back-up of disposable wipes for the occasional overwhelmingly messy diaper, but 90% of my diaper changes have been with cloth wipes so far. 
I am hopeful that this system might work; it’s been pretty easy and convenient thus far.  I would love the option of having warm wipes (just a little luxury for my daughter, especially with winter approaching) but I really don’t want to go back to the wipe warmer and running to the bathroom before every diaper change just isn’t going to work.  Otherwise, I think I may have figured it out…until one of you gives me an even better way to go about it!

By Jennifer G.
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