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1-Rumparooz G2 One-Size Cloth Diaper
1-Kanga Care by Rumparooz Wet Bag

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is MamaG!

She will receive:
2-Bummis Super Lite Diaper Covers
1-Bummis Organic Prefold Cloth Diapers 6pk

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Even knowing my daughter would be in daycare all week, I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers (something I wish now I would have done with my first). I guess living in Portland, OR I just assumed cloth at daycare would be matter of fact. And in fact, I think as mainstream cloth diapers have hit the scene I have seen daycares become more open to the concept of taking cloth. Still, I find myself to be the only one in our center, having to explain what "cloth" means, and having to overcome a few challenges to make it work. While many of us will face the initial hurdle of even getting the center to take your cloth – once you overcome this barrier I thought you might like to hear my tips for using cloth at daycare:

Organization and prep the night before: Unlike sposies, I can't leave a giant pack there and just walk in and hand over my kid. Every night before school I need to stuff and put a liner (as needed) in each diaper, get several wetbags together, label everything, and bring this all in each and every day. No small feat when you also getting bottles, food, clothes, etc. Not to mention making sure those diapers make it to the dryer before you fall asleep J. Here is a list of what I send for my 1 year old (just on the diaper side):
  • 6 Fuzzi Bunz double stuffed with 1 regular and 1 either Joe Bunz hemp or 1 Fuzzi Bunz doubler. She is a heavy wetter and I have found these thin doublers to hold in those long naps or more infrequent changes. Most days I also lay a fleece liner in the diaper as well (I leave diaper cream there).
  • 1 large wet bag (this used to fit in a pail for 1 center but our new center didn’t want an actual pail) and 2 small wetbags for the BM diapers  or dirty clothes (or else they will have to put them in plastic bags – great, more waste)
  •  ~8 wipes. They just run them under water there at the changing table but I have left a spray bottle for an alternate center and that also worked
Start with a lesson and do a lot of checking in: We have been through many teachers and some have been more comfortable with the cloth diaper system we use than others. Even though I sent instructions and thought it was simple I still saw leaks. Part of this was education and part of it was just talking every day about the system and showing them how I use it. I demonstrated what snap settings we were currently using, how to check the gussets, and talked a lot about why my family had chosen to use cloth. Even now I often have to check in and make sure new faces know that cloth means you can't always tell if they are wet and might need a few more steps at the changing station (prep the wipe, use the wetbag, etc.). I also check in as she changes to see if they are seeing what I see. As she learns to crawl or walk are the diapers and settings working. They spend more time during the week with her in diapers so they might know something I don't.

Challenges along the way: At some point a few months in we started to see our daughter come home with leaks in nearly 2-3 pairs of pants a day. Hmm – human error with the diapers? Size adjustments? Crawling? A REALLY heavy wetter?... I'm telling you I tried it all (added doubles, adjusted elastic, new detergent). Then I realized that one thing I never made specifically clear was that though cloth diaper safe creams were given to them… they probably shouldn't be slathered on like some diaper rash creams could be on a sposie… yep – I had major build up (to be fair, I didn't really know this was an issue really – I figured CD safe, meant use as needed). So, this is how I eventually dealt with the repelling issue (with some really helpful tips from Stacy @ diaper shops on facebook – thank you for saving my stash):
  • Rock a SoakI did rock a soak in my tub over night… but with a sticky buildup this didn’t work. I will certainly do this more often for stains or stink though – wonderful
  • I rinsed a lot, over and over
  • I bleached – I bleached the inserts, but the cream was on the shells so I was basically reduced to one final option
  • I stripped – I scrubbed each and every shell fleece liner with a brush and Dawn soap (warning, this will probably negate any diaper warranty you have). I rinsed them in the tub adding pots of very hot water until I could see no more suds. I then rinsed in the washer several more times – washed and…. Whew, no more leaking!
  • I lined – I learned my lesson. I can’t expect my daycare to do it like I would – so I simply line every diaper or leave liners at daycare in case a rash re-appears. I use washable liners and rinse and wash separate from my diapers.
When it comes to challenges I just want to say – reach out. I got so much advice when I was having leaks and though you can see some worked and some didn’t, I don’t know that I would still be using cloth at daycare without all the online support that is out there.

At the end of the day: I take home the wetbag with dirty diapers every day (I somehow find pride in this – even though it is more to haul). Each night we (yep my husband is into this too) go through each diaper putting liners in a separate pile, pulling out inserts, and spraying or dumping BM diapers as needed (they are carefully packed in the small wetbags). We place it all into our home pail to wash. I wash every other day and we've been CD-ing for a year. I need a few extra bags to manage this but if you've ever seen all the plastic garbage bags they use you'll feel great about your waste savings.

Wether you plan to use cloth at a daycare, are dealing with challenges to using cloth there, or are thinking through some steps you might need to take before going back to work, I hope you find my experiences helpful. I keep thinking had I thought this through more I would have offered up a CD lesson to any parent who wanted one at the daycare and maybe we wouldn't be the only ones. Ultimately there are a lot of fun and energetic young ladies watching my daughter and who knows – maybe they'll use cloth or talk to other parents about cloth down the road.

Stacey Ho
www.moreorlessinpdx.blogspot.com
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CD’s at DC (that's Cloth Diapers at Daycare)

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Along with eventually choosing cloth diapering for our family as a way to save money and be easy on the environment, I chose breastfeeding early on as the best thing for us – for many of the same reasons.

Most breastfeeding advocates tout the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby and the mother, but think of all the benefits for (like cloth diapers) the wallet and the planet. We saved untold amounts of money on formula while I nursed my son, not to mention the amount of time, energy and water we saved not having to constantly wash and prep bottles. Because breastmilk was always easy on my son's stomach, he rarely ever spit up or had terrible diapers, so we saved "loads" of time not having to change and wash itty bitty baby outfits, too. Plus, most of his infant clothes are still in great shape for use by another baby down the road.

Here are some of the ways we made breastfeeding an efficient, and green, process for our family:
  • I went back to work when my son was about 9 weeks old, but chose a day care close by so that I could walk over to nurse him just as easily as I could spend time expressing milk. This meant quality nursing time for both of us even while I was working, and less time pumping in a spare office crowded with dusty file cabinets. I also can't tell you how nice it was to get to see him every few hours throughout infanthood.
  • Cloth breast pads. I bought up some on clearance before my son was even born and washed them with his other laundry as I used them. I did tend to leak a little for the first several months so this saved lots of waste that I would have been creating had I used disposable pads, not to mention that I'm sure the cotton was easier on my skin.
  • Reusable bottles. I bought several bottles that screwed directly onto my pump so that when I did have to use it, I didn't have to keep purchasing bags that were only good for one use.
Of all the choices I had to make becoming a mom for the first time, hands down, breastfeeding gets my vote for the most environmentally-friendly and cost-effective one, not to mention the special bond and all the other benefits it gave both me and my son.

Jessica is a working mom of one toddler and recently started blogging about her juggle with going green at tangledupingreen.blogspot.com.
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Breastfeeding better for mom, baby, and the planet

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Are you and your baby in the Valentine’s Day spirit? Share the affection by submitting a picture of your sweetheart for next month’s Cute Baby of the Cloth. The new theme is: “Red, Love & Baby!” We want to see your creative ideas and those little cupids spreading the love! Don’t forget that the winner will receive a $25 gift card to Kelly’s Closet and will also appear in the next edition of Kelly’s Closet newsletter, read by thousands of moms across the U.S. Please limit your submission to one picture per family! Send all red, loving, clothed babies to jenny@diapershops.com  by Thursday, February 24, 2011.

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.
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We want your Red, Love & Baby pictures for next month’s Cute Baby of the Cloth!

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We’re sure you know how to show your baby love each and every day, but do you realize the special ways your baby returns the favor? Here are a few ways your baby is likely telling you they love you! Happy Valentine’s Day.

Smiles. Your baby smiles when she sees you because she associates your face with a happy feeling. Babies can’t talk, so they’re likely showing you their love in a simple – and adoring – way.

Reaching for you. Body language is proof of just how much your baby cares for you. Watch for them turning their heads to see you and reaching out to be held by you especially when someone they don’t know tries to hold them.

Being a copy cat. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, especially when it comes from your developing toddler! Tots love to imitate the behaviors and actions of those they love most. When she’s pretending to talk on a toy phone, it just may be her way of showing you how cool she thinks you are!

Kisses. Your baby has been paying attention to the way you show affection and she wants to do the same. Enjoy those sweet smooches you get in return, just beware they have a tendency to land everywhere and may be full of drool!

Glee. When you walk in the room does your baby beam with happiness? When babies are happy to see you, they are definitely showing the joy of your presence in the purest form.

Saving the meltdowns for you. It’s not the most discreet way for babies and toddlers to show their affection, but when they throw a tantrum or act up after you’ve been away, it could be their way of testing the boundaries. They know you will still love them and that they can “vent” in front of you.
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Showing Love: Things Your Baby Does that Says, “I Love You”

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This month’s photo contest theme was “Things that go brrr!” and we enjoyed all your “chilly” pics that included bundled-up babies and your adorable little ones braving the cold and making snow angels!

This month’s winning photo was submitted by Jenny Babine and features her nine month old baby, Elizabeth, preparing for a cold winter day with a festive cloth diaper.  Looks like she is ready for some sledding! Jenny gets a $25 gift certificate to Kelly’s Closet!

Remember to stay warm and look for your photo submission in our winter video below!  If you submit a picture, it’s likely to be featured in the video – don’t miss out!
Next month’s theme is a bit opposite of January’s theme; it’s “Red, Love & Baby!” Show us those sizzlin’ cloth diaper babies by submitting original and creative pictures of your little ones spreading the Valentine’s Day love! One picture submission per family, please! Submit photos to jenny@diapershops.com by Thursday, February 24, 2011. Winning submission gets a $25 gift card to Kelly’s Closet.

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.
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