This week's Fluff Friday winner is Living in Taradise!

She will receive:
1-Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion
1-Kissaluvs Anti-Bacterial Pail Liner

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Fluff Friday 119 WINNER!

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Super Saver Coupon

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Fluff Friday
2- Happy Heinys One for ALL Cloth Diapers

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Fluff Friday 120

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I was looking for a few more diapers in my stash.  I hadn't tried the KaWaii One Size Pocket Diapers - and the price was right.  I ordered four of the suedecloth diapers with aplix closures.

When I got them, I was surprised at the quality of the fabric.  The outer shells were soft and durable.  The luandry tabs were perfectly placed and the two inserts were much nicer than I had expected.  The colors were vibrant and the design of the diaper seemed very smart - overall.

However, in my experience with cloth diapers - some of the best looking diapers can be some of the worst wearing diapers.  I was a little skeptical.  So I washed them.

Again, I was pleasantly surprised.  The outer shells dried - just hanging in my laundry room for about an hour.  By that time, the inserts were ready to be pulled from the dryer.  I was more than ready to try them on my heavy-wetting eight month old son for his nap.

My boy usually soaks through any diaper I put him in at naptime.  For whatever reason, he seems to wet more during his naps than at any other time during the day.  I used only one insert - and the bright red KaWaii One Size Diaper for his nap.  When he woke, I went in - fully expecting a soaked blanket.  To my delight, I found his bedclothes DRY.  When I took the diaper off - the insert was wet, but the suedecloth felt dry against his skin.  That was the best part for me - knowing that my boy was comfortable and didn't have to feel wet when his diaper was soaked.

The fit is excellent.  Snug - without seeming tight or leaving red marks.  And the Aplix closure offers an easy adjustable fit.  The diaper isn't bulky and there aren't any areas where it seems too loose.

I am completely impressed with these diapers.  With cloth diapers - I have often subscribed to the "you get what you pay for" philosophy.  So I wasn't expecting much from these bargain priced diapers. 

Thankfully they have exceeded my expectations.  I can't wait to add more of these to my son's diaper collection.

By Amanda W.
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KaWaii One Size Diaper Review

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Hi, my name is Jill and I'm a cloth diaper addict. Every cloth loving cutie has their day, though, so at around 18 months I started putting my daughter on the potty and encouraging her to “go”. By the age of 2, she still wasn't staying dry. I didn't read any books or consult any websites - shouldn't kids, just GO when you put them on there? And ASAP? I found out not. I started to understand why people call it 'potty learning' and not potty training. You can beg your kid to go, but you can't force them, it's something they have to learn, and it's the parent's job to facilitate the learning. On a mom level, I knew if my daughter was still having a wet diaper every few minutes, that she hadn't learned to 'hold it' yet. However, we didn't know how to get her to do that, either, except to encourage her to stay dry. I'm sure you see the issue of course with leaving her in 'stay dry' cloth diapers and encouraging her to stay dry? She thought she WAS dry.

So my husband and I made a plan: He would take extra time off of work at winter break and we'd remove the diapers from the equation. My husband took point for the first week, and as my daughter gets so little time with him, she ate up the attention much more than she would have if it had been just me—and he has so much more patience! We also took the bathroom door off of its hinges, and it's still off. I HIGHLY recommend this—one less obstacle for tiny bladders.

Tools: thick cotton underwear, legwarmers (winter training), lots of dirty laundry ready to go, a baby gate, soft seat for potty or 'potty chair', diaper sprayer if you have one, cloth wipes, easily cleaned toys, a timer, lots of books and drinks, oh and a reward if you choose. We use(d) a combination of food treats and withholding Elmo. Whatever works!

The thick underwear is important-it absorbs a certain amount so you're not wiping up huge puddles. For the first day, she wet through pair after pair of underwear-we started with 6 pair. I recommend more. Turns out my daughter had been peeing a lot more frequently than I thought. She went through the first 2 pair in 15 minutes. That's when I started my first load of laundry. We had 2 more pair by the time the second load was ready to wash. At the end of the day, all the underwear had been washed at least twice and all my laundry was done!

For the first 4 or 5 days, we gated off the carpet and kept her in the tiled kitchen and dining areas, bringing in plastic blocks and other washable toys to keep her entertained. We played music, danced, and in general tried to stay occupied. I kept a bottle of spray cleaner and some old dish towels on standby, as well. We'd ask her every few minutes if she had to go, and of course, there were a ton of accidents—afterward we'd place her on the potty and remind her that she had on big girl underwear and that she should keep them dry. My hubby would take her to the bathroom and I'd do clean up, and then we'd switch. It worked well that way.

We read her a book about the potty and wearing big girl pants, along with a lot of other books! We started with ½ hour increments (thus the timer), increasing and decreasing the time in between dry runs to try and catch her with a full bladder. Soon enough, she realized that the pee was going to keep running down her legs if she didn't hold it. Enter the “start and stop” stage. You still end up with wet underwear, but then they finish in the potty. Any 'deposit' equaled a treat and plenty of cheers. After a week, she was holding it pretty much full time. We put pants on her and kept reminding her to stay dry and asking if she had to go, and putting her on the potty every ½ hour to 1 hour. We went to church and to the store and she stayed dry. She still wouldn't TELL us she had to go, mind you, but she was holding it anyway.

3 weeks into the process, at 26 months old, she finally told my husband last night that she had to go. She won't GO to the bathroom anywhere else yet (except grandma's). We still haven't convinced her to hold her poop full time, but she now tells me after she goes and says 'oh no' – she's still learning, I understand that now. That's what the cloth wipes and diaper sprayer are for, by the way, those teeny undies are hard to wash out, the sprayer is a Godsend! She still wears a diaper at night time, but during nap, I clear out her crib of 'friends' and just change the sheets. Some days she stays dry, and some days, she doesn't. She has a waterproof mattress, so I'm not overly worried about it. She wakes up and realizes she's wet, and that's as important to the process as anything. After the first week, she didn't have any wet accidents for a whole week--except at nap time. She's had a couple since then, since she won't 'go' anywhere else, if we're somewhere more than an hour or so, I take an extra pair of pants for her. I still take her to the bathroom about every hour and ask her at random intervals if she has to go. My husband has been back to work for 4 days, and I'm thrilled with the progress we made in the length of your average vacation.

By Jill Shoemaker You can read more about our adventures at www.lifeisnotbubblewrapped.com
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Potty Training as a Learning Process: Fitting it into a 2 week vacation

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How we made the shift from disposable to cloth diapers with baby #2

My husband and I brought our first born son home from the hospital in 2008, disposable diapers in hand and we never looked back.  We had considered cloth at that time, we even bought a few prefold diapers and a couple of covers, but they never made it out of the closet.  We were convinced, without trying, that it was too much work.  By age two we had spent over $2000 diapering.  Not only did we purchase regular disposables in all shapes and sizes but we purchased overnight diapers and swim diapers as well.  We were big consumers!

Early last year we learned we were expecting baby number two.  Not long after we found out we had a visit from inspiration.  A dear friend had just had her first baby and traveled from Virginia to Washington State (our home) to visit family and stay with us.  She arrived with all of her things including a supply of cloth diapers for her little boy.  I could not believe that she was traveling with cloth diapers.  How would she have time to visit with family and friends and wash and prep cloth diapers every night?  Well, she did it, she made it look easy, and she got me interested in pursuing it again.

So if she could do, I could, right? 

I started doing my homework by reading websites and blogs (like this one).  I asked my friend lots of questions. Then I sought out other friends (I found three more) that were using cloth and asked them lots of questions.  By the time my second little boy was born, we were ready.  We started with a small stash of diapers with a variety of pockets and some prefolds with a cover.  We waded into the world of cloth with some trial diapers and our nearly 9 pound newborn.  One thing I learned from my homework was to try before you invest to find what works for you. 

After only three days, we were hooked.  They were so soft and fluffy and washing really wasn’t that bad.  Why wouldn’t we do this?  Over the next two weeks we rounded out our stash with pocket diapers (this is what works best for us) and we were on our way.  We even bought cloth swim diapers for trips to the pool.  Not only did we convert for number two but our first son, who is potty learning now, is also converted, proving it is never too late.

We are just months into our cloth diapering adventure, so glad we did it, and we are not going back.  If we can do it with number two, so can you!

By Amy M.
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The Great Family Diaper Migration

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I am relatively new to cloth diapering.  I became interested in using cloth diapers when my son was five months old after seeing that several friends were using them.  My stash started small with one FuzziBunz Perfect Size Medium and 1 Flip Daytime pack.  I fell in love instantly with the diapers and went on to buy FuzziBunz One-Size Pockets, Happy Heinys One-Size Pockets, BumGenius! 4.0 One-Size Pockets, Kissaluvs Size 2 Fitted, and several pre-folds and Thirsties covers.  I also ended up receiving 2 free Kawaii Overnight pockets from Kelly's Closet after purchasing a certain amount from them.

For daytime use my son stayed completely leak-free in his Flips and Prefolds.  He also stayed leak-free for naps with double stuffed FuzziBunz One-Size Pockets or pre-folds and a cover.  It was with overnight use that I was constantly having a problem.  It seemed no matter what I did my son would wake up wet the next morning.  Early on I realized that my son was a heavy wetter so I ended up buying some Thirstie's Hemp Inserts as well as Thirstie's Fab doublers and figured I would try both to see which I liked better.   However even with the addition of the hemp insert or the fab doubler my son was waking up damp.  I even tried triple stuffing and using one microfiber insert, one fab doubler, and one hemp insert and he was STILL damp in the morning.  Why was this happening?  I seriously considered switching back to disposables at night as I was getting incredibly frustrated.  I decided to do some research and I discovered two things:

1)  If the inserts don't lay completely flat in the pocket then it can cause leaks as there is no where for the urine to go if there are bends in the insert.  Basically the urine would just roll around on the PUL fabric until it found an escape route out of the diaper.  No amount of extra inserts would stop this kind of leak if the inserts aren't lying flat.  All I had to do was, once the diapers would stuff, I would stick my hand to the top of the diaper and smooth the inserts out as I moved my hand back out of the diaper.
2)  Tucking the microfleece layer of the pocket back into the diaper if it is sticking out will also cause leaks.  For the longest time I thought that I was supposed to be tucking the microfleece back in or it would cause leaks... turns out it was just the opposite.  So, I started letting the microfleece stick out of the back of the diaper and VOILA!  No more leaks!

Not-tucking the microfleece back into the diaper was the turning point for keeping the diapers leak free.  As soon as I stopped tucking them the leaks stopped completely.

So, by making these adjustments to my nighttime diapering routine my son has been able to stay completely dry all through the night.  Even after sleeping 10 to 13 hours straight!

By Christina D.
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Overnight Leaking and What I Did to Fix It

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If I were amazingly organized and my four little ones were always angelic, I might not have the need for a traveling diaper caddy. Alas, these days I am simply asking for a disaster if I leave 2 or 3 children unsupervised while I try to "quickly" change a squirmy six month old's diaper.

Enter the diaper caddy.

This cute little basket has probably saved my sanity as well as prevented any serious sibling altercations while mommy was busy. My first diaper caddy was so successful that I quickly found another basket and stocked a second one so that I would always be ready and never have to leave my cherubs to their own devices.

In my traveling changing station I keep the essentials: a few stuffed pocket diapers, 1 or 2 flats, a diaper cover, a burp cloth that doubles as a changing pad, some cloth wipes and a small spray bottle with distilled water or Diaper Lotion Potion from Thirsties. Easy peasy.

I have found that having a traveling caddy easily accessible has allowed me to stay with all my children and never delay a diaper change – who wants to spend any extra time in a wet or stinky dipe?! The big kids love to help and they eagerly pitch in and choose a role – someone picks out the diaper, someone lays down the burp cloth, and someone gets the cloth wipes and spray bottle ready for mommy. Unfortunately, the same exuberance is not visible when I ask for a volunteer to take the wet diaper to the diaper pail! Surprisingly, mommy usually gets that job!

This diaper caddy is so convenient, I have been known to grab it and head for the car if I realize my diaper bag isn't packed and ready to go. The diaper caddy would be inconvenient for a trip to the mall, but it elicits a lot of "oohhs" and "ahhs" when I grab it from the car at a kindergarten soccer practice – the perfect opportunity to show off a cute CD stash to those curious to know more!

Pack yourself a diaper caddy and unchain yourself from the changing table! You'll love the freedom… I guarantee it.

Erin Brighton, Charlotte, NC
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The Bare (Bum) Essentials: Why Every Mom Needs a Diaper Caddy

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