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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Elaine!

She will receive:
2-itti bitti d'lish All-in-One Diapers

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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My daughter had a little friend over playing - and I was trying to keep track of them and take care of my nine month old son.  I thought I was doing a fair job.  Then I looked down at my son - as I was carrying him down the stairs.  He had purple smeared all over his little baby face.  While I was holding him, he had been happily munching on one of his sister's purple crayons - and I hadn't even noticed.  Needless to say, I felt like Mom of the Year.

Right away, I did a finger sweep and got any large pieces out of his mouth.  Then I cleaned up his face.  I didn't really think he'd swallowed much - if any of the crayon. 

But later, after I'd nearly forgotten about the incident, Miles filled a diaper for me.  As I was rinsing it, I noticed these pretty little purple patches.  Lots of purple crayon pieces intermixed with the poo.  I laughed.  Apparently he'd eaten more than I thought.  I tossed the diaper into the wash with all the other dirty diapers and it came out without a spot.  Bright white - like always.  The white T-shirt I had been wearing didn't fare as well and I still have a purple stain on the front from his crayon drool. 

That crayon was no match for the suedecloth lining of the KaWaii one size.

Amanda W.
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PSA Tasty Purple Crayons Won't Stain Your Diapers

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I am an attorney, as is my husband. We currently live in Berkeley with our two daughters, and are expecting our son this May.

With our first child, I shuddered at the thought of cloth diapering. I had decided it was not for me before really knowing anything about it. Then, one of my closest new mom friends started cloth diapering and learning and sharing more about it. I became somewhat interested, but my husband was adamantly against it, and being a law student married to a law student, we already struggled to keep up with adult sized laundry, let alone that of our new babe. Then, with our second child, things in our lives were even more hectic, my husband was taking the California Bar Exam just 4 days after our second baby was born. He maintained his reservations, and told me that he would not change a cloth diaper. Thus, due to circumstance, it just wasn't an option for us.

Then, however, when our first daughter was about 3 years old and finally potty trained during the day, and our then 19 month old was nowhere near being potty trained, I became frustrated and appalled at how much we were spending on diapers. (I am painfully aware of the waste treatment issues and the fact that it takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose). I found myself buying large boxes of diapers to be used for our larger daughter only at night, and for our toddler day and night. Not only was it costly, but incredibly wasteful and daunting. Afterall, the disposable diapers simply did not hold the amount of liquid we needed them to, regardless of brand, size, absorbency. Every night, at around three or four in the morning I would hear the familiar, "Mama! Come change me, my jammies are wet!" and of course they were, along with all of her sheets and blankets. There had to be another way.

It was then that I decided that I was done buying disposables, especially with another little one on the way. I also keep on top of all of our laundry and the girls', I figured it wouldn't be too daunting to do a load of diapers every other day. So, I decided that I would buy cloth diapers, since I could use them for both girls and their soon to be here little brother. Plus, once my three year old is night trained, I can use the diapers for another one of the kids, and it won't be a waste of money or material.

It was important to me to do my research in advance, afterall, I didn't want to buy a diaper that would be too small for a 3 year old, or too big for a newborn. I got in touch with my friend who had CD'ed her two little ones all along, as well as some other moms online, and gave them my two daughters' sizes, and my criteria, and based on that information placed my order. I had heard the prefolds were one of the least expensive ways to get into CD'ing, so I picked up an Econobum, and my friend sent me some that her girls had outgrown, along with a Bummis cover and a Fuzzibunz pocket diaper. I ordered two Thirsties fab fitteds size large that were on sale for my 3 year old to wear at night in addition to two covers and 4 of the BabyKicks joeybunz hemp inserts, since I had heard these worked well overnight. I also picked up a Flip diaper, to see how that compared to pocket diapers.
With my first order from Kelly's Closet, I received a free KaWaii diaper, an economical pocket diaper, and I loved how well they held up for the price, so I made sure to pick up a couple more in my next order. I also ordered a Happy Heinys and a Knickernappies, upon another mom's recommendation, and a bumGenius, for good measure. For my next order, I received a free Rumparooz, which I anticipated as being the perfect fit for our newborn, since big thighs run in our family, and it didn't fit my girls that well. I've since received another Rumparooz, a camoflage Kawaii, and a cow print Kawaii as gifts for my son's stash (thank goodness for cloth diaper baby registries!), and I ordered a few more Econobums and bumGeniuses for my daughters. I try to take full advantage of the different sales, and keep up on reviews from both friends and blogs.

I started out with All Free & Clear, but after reading detergent reviews, was happily surprised to find that our local Whole Food's carries Planet, so I switched to that. My husband admits that the laundry isn't as bad as he thought it was, I got a laundry hamper and drying rack on sale at Ikea, and we've slowly gotten into a comfortable routine. My older daughter comments about the colors of the diapers, and I point out which ones will be for her soon coming little brother. The picture I've attached is of my first order of diapers and prefolds from a friend, which I've since added to. My stash is definitely a source of pride. I only wish it had worked out for our family sooner!

By Caitlyn
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Cloth Diapering, Third Baby's a Charm

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My oldest daughter is almost four years old, and my youngest is nine months, so that means I've been in the middle of a love affair with cloth diapering for four years.  Four years of fluff and experimenting with laundry soap. I can proudly say that by this time, we have a routine, a favorite diaper and all of the stress and confusion of diapering has long since faded away.

I remember that when I made a decision to use cloth, I did a little research and was immediately flooded with information and options.  Some people swore by prefolds because they were the cheapest.  Some people said that All-In-Ones were the best option because they were lower maintenance, even if they took longer to dry than Pockets.  Some mamas swore by Country Save Detergent and some of them used,Tide-gasp!  My head was swimming and I felt like maybe I wasn't smart enough to cloth diaper.  There were just too many options and opinions to make a real decision about how to go about keeping my baby clean and dry.

In the end, I purchased an enormous stash of every kind of diaper imaginable.  I stressed about washing them in the right detergent at the right temperature and whether to line or machine dry.  I was thrown into a panic when my daughter woke up one morning with ammonia stinkies.  "Oh god!" I thought. "Not the dreaded ammonia stinkies!"

Over time, I have realized that all of my planning and stressing was totally pointless.  I realized that everybody has different advice and swears by different diapers and detergent not because they want to confuse new mamas, but because there really are a number of combinations that work. After four years of cloth diapering experience, what works for us is a stash of mainly Fuzzibunz and bumGenius with a generous helping of prefolds, (which double as barf blankets for my insanely reflux-ey babies.) 

The diapering accessory that I value about all else might just be the diaper cover.  We're a Thirsties family and our covers have saved the day on more than one occasion.  There are occassions where I wake up to realize that I put every single diaper I own into the wash to soak last night and then forgot about them.  Occasions like when I totally forgot to pack the five diapers I assembled this morning for an all day trip to the zoo.  I have been known to stick a couple of folded one-sies into a diaper cover, or one of my husband's old t-shirts.  I have folded a receiving blanket and placed it into a cover, and you know what?  All of these makeshift diapers worked just as well as my original stash of fancy assorted have to have it designer diapers.  Even the one-sies stuffed into a Thirsties cover. We went for hours without a single leak.

While I prefer to snuggle my baby into a sized Fuzzibunz or a bumGenius One Size, I have also learned to relax about which brand and make of diaper I'm using.  There is no ultimate diaper that is universally praised above all others, by all mamas. The best way to diaper is with an open mind and a willingness to try new things.  The ammonia stinkies can always be fixed, (especially with the aid of Rockin' Green, in my opinion), the thirty-five dollar diapers still get pooped in, (not that the cuteness and softness aren't totally worth it), and you'll survive... even if all you have at your disposal are a hand towel and a pair of plastic pants.  Don't be afraid to experiment and try not to get overwhelmed by options!  Everybody eventually figures out what works best for them.  Happy diapering!


BIO:  Amanda is a mommy to two amazing girls.  She lives in Pittsburgh where she can be found either biking or baking, depending on the weather.  She blogs, often and with enthusiasm, at http://www.demandablueblog.blogspot.com.
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Relax! Thirsties, or something, will save the day.

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I started cloth diapering over 10 months ago.  My children were about 6 months old and 30 months old when we switched.  We started with prefolds and covers, and we got some hemp for over nights and pockets for my husband/errands.  Within two months, we were using cloth 99% of the time.  And within another two months, I only had one in diapers as my daughter decided to finally potty train (herself).  Life got easy – I had a routine, and things were working great. 

Then one day I decided to strip our hemp and prefolds because they were starting to smell.  It took longer than I thought, so I just used two microfiber inserts at night and hoped for the best.  And well, I learned he didn’t even need that.  I had noticed the prefold/hemp combination hadn’t been completely soaked before, but I was afraid to try less.  And having to use two microfiber at night proved to me he didn’t need all that stuffing.  So, I got to try some new options.  I settled on Econobums at night if I was changing, and a bumGenius 4.0 or KaWaii pocket stuffed with an Econobum prefold if my husband had our son that night.  I was actually happy about this.  It meant I got to use the hemp and more pockets during the day.  They are cuter than our covers and are trimmer.  All was going well, and I had a new routine.

And then I ordered some flats.  We are expecting #3 this summer, and I knew these would be great for the baby.  I also thought that would be good for a trimmer option to prefolds for our son.  The first day went fine.  I had to remember to change more often, but it wasn’t a huge deal.  I expected this since I had a few less layers of cotton on him.  Then came the second day – a day I learned my son had changed his habits!  I first put him in a flat with a Snappi.  My plan was to change him about an hour later, just before we went to church.  Within 20 to 30 minutes, there was a puddle!  He had leaked straight through the flat on to the floor.  I thought it was just because I hadn’t used a cover.  So, I snappied another flat on him and put a cover on top.  Less than 45 minutes later, he had leaked.  I thought he might have sat in something (like water from the bath tub since he likes to pour water on the floor).  But, by the time we got to church, it was clear that he had soaked the flat.  I changed him into his hemp pocket, and thought we were through with leaks.  Less than 3 hours later, he was leaking again!  The hemp combination had lasted us at least 4 hours in the past (when we are out and about without a good spot to change him). 

On the way home from church, I started thinking.  His night time diaper hadn’t been soaked.  But, he hadn’t drunk too much in the afternoon.  Instead, he drank a bunch that morning.  He was becoming more like his sister – able to drink two sippy cups of milk or water in a short period of time.  This is what had made her a heavy wetter, and now he is following in her footsteps.  So, now I have to rethink all of my diapering again.  I have to “monitor” his drinking and consider that when I diaper him.  On normal days, I can go with one flat pad folded for two to three hours.  I can go with a hemp insert for 3-4 hours.  But, other days I know I need to “double up” on his stuffing.

The challenge can be fun, but sometimes it is just easier to “overstuff” just in case!

By Stephanie U
Stephanie is a soon-to-be mom of three, all under the age of 4 years old.  She switched to cloth diapers of money reasons, and now is addicted to them.
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Keeping Me On My Toes

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Name: Brooke U.

City: Pittsburg, PA

Mom to: Colton (2.5) and Gemma (9 months)

Here's some of her thoughts on diapering, motherhood and everything in between:

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby?
I wanted to start cloth diapering with Colton. I didn't know anything about cloth diapering until he got a really bad diaper rash. I stumbled upon the Kelly's Closet website. After researching cloth diapering, I was hooked. My husband was a bit skeptical and deterred me. It wasn't until I started to potty train Colton that I was really hooked and determined (while pregnant with Gemma) that I would cloth diaper! I love the convenience, the cuteness, and most of all how gentle they are on her little bottom. I can't even imagine the paper/plastic of the disposable on her soft skin! It really disheartens me that I didn't go with my gut feeling and cloth diaper Colton!

Describe your parenting style using three words.
Loving. Consistent. Fun!

What is one product you absolutely can't live with out?
My Moby Wrap!! I would die without it. Well, not really, but nothing would ever get done around my house without it!

What is your favorite diaper and why?
My favorite diaper is a toss up right now. I love my tried and true bumGenius! Elemental Organic All-in-One. That's what we have the most of. I haven't ever had one leak and they are a pretty slim diaper. However, I've recently purchased a few GroVia All-in-Ones. They are super slim when you take out the doubler. Tthe only thing is we have had few leaks in them. I've just been changing a little more often.

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Sadly I ponder over the idea of having super powers all of the time. There are days that where I sit and think about all that I accomplished, and think maybe I did have super powers today! Wouldn't it be nice? Back to the question though, it would definitely be super speed. Just think...I could be done with everything before the kids even wake and really just play all day with them. Wouldn't that be nice?!

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader?
I have to say everyone in my family has been huge supporters. Being that I didn't CD with my first, my entire family chipped in to buy us a newborn set of diapers, a one-size set of diapers and a few sets of sized diapers. I must admit that my hubby was also hooked when he realized that the amount of money he would be saving!! That's all the convincing he needed!

How do you think being a mother has changed you?
Becoming a mother really has made me realize how little things that used to bug me don't really matter anymore. I can't stress over having everything in its place at all times. But most of all, I have to say that being a mother has just put everything in perspective for me. Life in our house IS crazy and crazy equals more giggles and more memories for our family to share!
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