We are seeking delightful pictures that will warm the heart for next month's Cute Baby of the Cloth photo contest. The new theme is: “Things that go brrr!” Share original winter inspired pics that show how your little one is braving the cold winter months! One picture submission per family, please! Be creative and submit photos to jenny@diapershops.com by Wednesday, January 26th. Winning submission gets a $25 gift card to Kelly’s Closet and featured in our February newsletter!

Note: By submitting a photo for this contest, you consent that Kelly’s Closet and Diapershops.com has the right to use the photo of your child and his or her first name in future newsletters and blog posts.
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Submit Your Pictures For February's Cute Baby of the Cloth Contest

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Fluff Friday
1-Flip "Make Your Own" Travel Pak (includes 2-one-size covers and 1-disposables 18pk)

Question of the week:
What have you used in the past for diapers when you traveled? (brand/style of cloth,hybrid, or disposable)  Leave your comment before Thursday, January 28th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the "Question of the Week" ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

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  1. Head on over to The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Facebook Fan Page and become a fan. Post a comment with your facebook id as a comment to this post.
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  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.
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  10. Tweet @flipdiapers fluff friday #clothdiapers giveaway Enter at http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/. Then come back and comment that you tweeted AND the exact tweet (not tweet id status).
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  13. Place an order at any DiaperShops store between 1/21-1/28. 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.
  17. Become a fan of the founder of DiaperShops.com on her new Facebook page.  Come back to this post and leave a comment that you are a fan of the founder's Facebook page.

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How?
We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, January 28th. 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 Dagny!

She will receive:
1-bumGenius Diaper Sprayer

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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I found a new favorite cloth diaper. It is very absorbent and I never have leaks. It is affordable and easy to use.

No, it's not the latest pocket or all-in-one diaper. It's not fancy. There's not even a whole lot of science behind it. In fact, it's a little bit old fashioned. What is it, you may ask? It's the prefold.

Scary, yes, I know. When I first started cloth diapering my newborn four months ago, I scoffed at prefolds. Why use those ancient things when there are so many awesome new diapers on the market? But then I found out their dirty little secret: they are cheap and effective, and not nearly as difficult as I imagined them to be.

I decided to try prefolds one day because my rapidly-growing son had hit a point where I was struggling to get his diapers to fit him properly. He changed so much day to day and I was getting frustrated. I was also getting lots of leaks. And, with so many great, convenient diapers on the market, there just had to be a reason that some parents still prefered to use prefolds and flats. What did I have to lose? If I didn't like them I wouldn't be out a ton of money, and I could always use them as rags or burp cloths. I placed an order for half a dozen prefolds, a cover, and a Snappi, then searched the internet to learn the best ways to fold them.

My package arrived a few days later. I prepped the prefolds right away, so I could try them the same day; I am impatient like that. Then, skeptically, I put one on my two month old son for the first time. It actually looked like the ones I saw online! I was pretty darn proud of myself but I knew I had won the battle, not the war... how would it hold up when my son peed? Or, worse, had an explosive poop?

Perfectly, as I soon found out. I have not had a single leak since I started using prefolds. I had a couple instances where I had some slight wicking and his onesie got a little damp--my own fault, for not being more careful when putting on the covers--but never a real leak. Over the past two months I have fine-tuned the art of putting on a prefold. Not to sound too full of myself, but gosh darn it, I am good at it. I can jelly-roll those things like nobody's business.

So yes, I love my prefolds. They are much easier than I ever could have imagined, and very versatile as well. I like that I can let my son go coverless to let his skin breathe. I like that I have the option of using a fleece liner to help him feel dry. I like that I can still have fun with them, and can find prefolds in fun prints, or embellish them myself, or even dye them if I want to. And I love that, with the help of a hemp insert, my son wake up every single morning with dry sheets and jammies.

I still love (and use) my pocket diapers, and I know my likes and needs may change as my son grows. I am already learning how to deal with a very squirmy four month old, which presents a new diapering challenge. I am so glad that modern cloth diapers have made more people (myself included) hop on the cloth diapering bandwagon... but, sometimes, it's okay to be a little old-fashioned.  

By Shanon O.
The Up North Writer Mama
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Call Me Old Fashioned: Why Prefolds Are Better Than You Think

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FuzziBunz recently introduced a new diaper called the FuzziBunz Hemp. The FuzziBunz Hemp comes in one-size, vanilla color cloth diaper and includes small and medium hemp inserts with each diaper. The inserts are made from 55% natural hemp and 45% certified organic cotton. (The cotton adds flexibility to the insert).

While hemp sounds great and you've probably heard a lot about this wonder fabric, you may be interested in knowing exactly how hemp is beneficial to your modern cloth diapering experience. Let's discuss:
  • First, hemp makes your diapering experience ultra-green. Hemp requires no pesticides to farm and it doesn't deplete soil like cotton. Using cloth diapers means you're being green already, but adding hemp to the mix super-sizes this "eco-friendly" experience.
  • Second, hemp has natural anti-microbial properties, which, some say, may aid in deterring mold, bacteria and fungus.
  • Third, hemp makes a great absorbing agent and can hold a good amount of liquid. Most moms with heavy wetters enjoy hemp inserts, especially at night, so their baby and their baby's bedding stays dry!
  • Forth, hemp is a breathable fabric and durable by nature. Since it's used in your baby's diaper, this makes for a more positive and comfortable diapering experience for your baby.
If you haven't given hemp a try, now might be a good time to do so. What have you got to lose?

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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Why Hemp Inserts in Your Cloth Diapers?

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Now at the age of 2 ½ I was hoping my youngest son would have potty learned by now. His older brother trained easily at 29 months old, so I was kind of hoping that he would as well. After diapering for over four years now, I’m anxious to leave the world of poopy diapers in the past, even if it means saying farewell to my cloth diapering days. We gave potty learning a shot a few months ago only to have it all go downhill after a great first day. Not wanting to push the subject only to frustrate us both, I decided to follow my son’s ques, and wait until he is ready to try again.  We are back to him using the toilet before bath time, but he still refuses to tell me that he needs to go during the day. This leads me to believe that my #1 New Years resolution is to help him potty learn before his 3rd birthday in March.

After being over 10 pounds at birth, Brendan continues to be a big boy. He’s been over 30lbs for over a year now and outgrew many of his one size diapers long ago. This lead to a difficult time finding CD’s that both fit him well and worked to my satisfaction. The only one size diapers that still fit well for us are the Blueberry Minky diapers that I’ve had in my stash for two years now. The rest of my stash is now made up of toddler size fitted diapers made by a WAHM for Piddle Poodles.  These diapers give me the rise my son needs, as well as the fit around the waist without digging into his skin. Of course, the larger fitted diapers also make it difficult to find covers that work over them. I’ve found the only commercially available cover that fits well are the large Thirsties covers. In addition, my son now wears a lot of wool and fleece pants since they work double duty as a cover and as pants. Of course this also gives me a great excuse to buy beautiful wool yarns to knit into longies for him!

Brendan has been in cloth ever since he was around 11 weeks old. It’s amazing to think that when we first began cding he was just beginning to fit in the smallest setting of his BumGenius 3.0’s, and now he literally is bursting at the seams in almost all CD’s.  Cloth diapering a toddler has proven itself as an adventure in itself, but at the cost of toddler size disposable diapers I see the financial savings each time I pass by the diaper isle at the store.

By Katrina W.
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Cloth Diapering a Toddler

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I have four children – the oldest are five – and I will begin this post by saying that I do not consider this number to be excessively large.  However, wherever I go, I am frequently asked, “Are they all yours?”  I usually simply reply, with exuberance, “They are!”   However, I am sometimes tempted to say that I just borrow extra children for special outings, or the toy store was having a buy one get one sale.  I am not sure that people would find me funny, so I generally avoid such tongue-in-cheek comments.

As long as I can remember, I imagined my life with many children.  I imagined my life making a difference in my community. I imagined my life as a wife and mother.  I imagined my life teaching my children the many things that I learned from my mother and grandmother.  My husband had no such "big family" dreams in his youth.  He never had a longing for constant chaos and little children piled around the dinner table or in our bed.   That being said, I can safely say that he has been won over in relatively short order.

There are many wonderful aspects about having many children running underfoot.  There is an endless supply of hugs and kisses, there is always someone in looking to chat or share a snack, there is a constant stream of one-liners that I love to post on my Facebook page (sometimes just so I remember how funny and cute my kids are even when they aren’t being their funny or cute selves).  In short, there is never a quiet moment between 7am and 7pm, but I think that would probably be the case if I had two children or six.    

I am often asked by other moms if I always feel overwhelmed.  I have to admit that I do not.  Once in a while I definitely would like to go hide in my bedroom and I definitely function better after a large cup of coffee, but the truth is that I try not to let myself get overwhelmed because I try to set manageable expectations for myself.  I have four children but only two hands.  Simply put, this means that my children have to develop a certain amount of independence and patience – I can only help one child at a time put on a coat or shoes, I can only pour one glass of milk at once or serve one or two dinner plates.  All of this requires that my little people develop a bit of patience while they wait for their turn or they just figure out how to do it themselves.  However, this also means that opportunities for teamwork abound.  My son is thrilled to be able to get his little sister breakfast.  My younger daughter, in turn, is overjoyed to be able to entertain the baby while I am cooking dinner.  I love watching them watching out for each other.  They are so proud to be able to make meaningful and measurable contributions to our family.

As a working mom, my children appreciate that I have a role outside of the house that requires them to pitch in a bit more inside the house.  There is always a long list of child-friendly chores that are waiting to be done.  Sweeping, folding laundry, sorting baby diapers (the coveted job!), and picking up toys are just a few daily activities that can be quickly accomplished when tackled by three eager siblings ready to help Mommy tidy up and then settle down for some games or books.

As a group, we have read our way through the entire Magic Tree House book series and are currently working on some Beverly Cleary classics.  We cannot get enough of Zingo and probably own enough puzzles to stock a children’s library.  Sometimes I am in on all the action and sometimes I am cooking dinner, answering the phone, and checking homework.  The beauty of my busy-ness is that my kids have learned to play really well all by themselves.  I love to play with my kids, but they don’t really need me to play with them all the time.  I absolutely enjoy eavesdropping on their play from another room – listening to their imaginative scenarios unfold or watching the big kids help the littles with a puzzle or drawing a picture.

I can’t imagine life with any fewer children.  My life is certainly not quiet, but it certainly is fun.  I feel nothing but contentment as I watch my little people grow and gain skills, independence, and respect for others.  These are attributes that can be difficult to teach in isolation but are easy to learn given the right environment.  Until I find another buy one, get one free sale, I am happy with my family of six and look forward to seeing what is in store for my bright-eyed brood!  

by Erin Brighton, MPH, M.Ed. (Charlotte, NC)      
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It Takes A Village...Or A Few Big Sibs (The Beauty of a Big Family)

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Milestones: Putting away the newborn clothes, buying the first pair of shoes, and unsnapping the diapers.

Unsnapping diapers? Yup, I'm a OS* (One-Size Diaper) user . I'd noticed the fronts of the diapers bunching and bulging oddly during the last week or two, and it suddenly occurred to me that my daughter was outgrowing her first rise. It's been a long time coming - we started out cloth diapering with OS diapers at 2 months on the first set of snaps. She's a tiny thing, so it's just now, at 11 months, time for her to graduate to the second set.

It's one more reminder that she is, more quickly than I'd necessarily like, growing up.

And it's just one more reason why I love my OS diapers. Although it would be fun to buy another whole stash of diapers (sized medium) right now, it's nice for the family budget that we don't have to.

*One-Size diapering systems, like Happy Heinys, BumGenius, Flip, Knickernappies and FuzziBunz, are meant to grow with your baby. These styles reduce or eliminate the need for multiple stashes in small, medium, and large sizes, and can be especially useful when diapering more than one child.

By Angie S.
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Milestones

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