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Fluff Friday


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What is your favorite on-line parenting community? Please respond by Thursday, May 19th, at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the "Question of the Week" ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)


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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Melody J!

She will receive:
2-Flip One-Size Diaper Covers
1-dozen-Birdseye Cotton Flat Diapers

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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As a mother of three little girls four and under, I am constantly strapped for time! Cloth diapering when I had two little ones seemed much easier than it does now, because recently I've found myself not having time to deal with the diaper laundry! There are times when I have wanted to give up completely, but cannot stand the thought of my lovely FuzziBunz stash not being used. I had to make this work, I love our cloth!

I ended up making my diapers their own schedule! Crazy maybe, but I had to dedicate two mornings out of my week for "Diaper Care Day!" When I will wash, strip, sun dry, and re stock our stash for the week to come! Our oldest two girls love helping me hang and stuff the fluff, it becomes a family thing!  It works perfectly for our family now, there is never "the last clean diaper" in our house!

Cloth diapering is great and has transformed our family, but it's obvious that it does take time and a little bit of work to keep up! Sure, it's not as easy as taking off a disposable and tossing it in the trash, but the savings, both money wise and green wise, is definitely worth it! So if your feeling a little overwhelmed or strapped for time when it comes to caring for your cloth, mark one or two mornings (or nights! whenever works for you!) to get it done for the next few days, and keep on a schedule so that it never comes down to having one more clean diaper and a pail of dirty diapers while your walking out the door to work! It works and it's worth it!

By Shay P.
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Keeping Up With Cloth

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I have four children and two dogs so you can imagine that my washing machine is almost always going. Add in my cloth diaper laundry and, rest assured, our laundry room is a hubbub of constant activity. When I first started thinking about cloth diapering, my biggest concern was laundry. Little did I know that adding cloth diaper laundry to my to-do list would actually make my laundry system easier, not harder.

I must admit that I probably have enough underwear for my children to go three or four weeks without a clean undies emergency. In my mind, there is always something a “little less dirty” that can be pulled (in an emergency...) out of the hamper and thrown on a child as they head out the door to school or camp. Am I wrong? As long as there is a handy supply of clean underwear, I found myself pushing off and pushing off laundry. And, as the piles grew steadily larger, the task became seemingly more insurmountable.

Enter cloth diapers. Having 1 (or 3) children in cloth diapers has completely changed my approach to laundry. Knowing that no good will come from letting a diaper pail sit for too long or simply running out of my favorite cloth diapers, has spurred me to action! Getting into a routine of doing a cloth diaper load of laundry every 2 to 3 days has helped me get everyone else’s laundry in and out of the laundry room in a timely fashion.

Now, even my three year old is in on the laundry action. If you have front loading washing machines, why not let the kids transfer the laundry from washer to dryer or dryer to laundry basket? Sorting and folding laundry has become a quick group activity and everyone is at the ready when I hand them their laundry basket and tell them to take all the clothes out of the hamper, turn them inside out, and check for stickers. (Stickers... the enemy of a good laundry day!)

In order to get some help if my husband or the babysitter is wandering by the laundry room, I put up a little sign to let them in on my cloth diaper laundry process:

WASHING CLOTH DIAPERS:

1.) Check that all velcro laundry tabs are secure.
2.) Add about 1 scoop of Charlie’s Laundry Powder on top of the diapers.
3.) Set the wash to HANDWASH CYCLE. Extra Rinse. No Spin. Cold.
4.) Let the diapers soak for a bit after the wash is done - no need to rush back.
5.) After the first cycle is finished... Add in about 1/2 a scoop of Charlie’s powder to the wash. Set the wash to STAIN CYCLE. Extra rinse. Hot.

DRYING CLOTH DIAPERS

1.) Separate out all the pockets and covers from the inserts, burp cloths, liners, and hemp flats.
2.) Check to make sure that all the velcro tabs are still in place and that the diapers are not attached together.
3.) Put the inserts, liners, flats, etc. in the dryer and heat on HIGH HEAT.
4.) After the inserts, etc. are mostly dry, add the pockets and toss on LOW HEAT or FLUFF (how appropriate!) for about 5 to 10 minutes.

See? Not too hard at all... There is no need to fear the laundry monster!

by Erin Brighton in Charlotte, NC
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Do Not Fear The (Cloth Diaper) Laundry Monster

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My husband and I recently visited my family in North Alabama. We arrived two days after 180 tornados hit the area, killing hundreds of people. The day before we arrived I called my mom and asked if she thought I could wash my diapers. They didn't have power or hot water so washing in the washing machine was out of the question.

Truth be told, I was seriously contemplating buying disposables to bring with us. I even called my husband and asked him to pick up disposables. I have been cloth diapering for over 6 months and had put disposables behind me. I wasn't about to raise the white flag on cloth. I called him back and told him to forget the diapers, I would figure out how to wash them by hand at my mom's house.

After receiving great advice on Facebook from Stacy at Diapershops.com, I was confident I could wash them. My diaper stash consists mainly of pocket diapers, a couple of fitteds, hemp inserts and cotton prefolds for stuffing. I don't use microfiber inserts at all due to a sensitivity.

We traveled by train from Newark, NJ to Birmingham, AL. By the time I arrived at my mom's house there were plenty of dirty diapers to be washed. The next day, Saturday, was a beautiful sunny day and the temperature was predicted to reach 85. Perfect for line drying!

My mom and I gathered supplies: two empty storage bins, a big spatula, Dawn soap, kite line for hanging, and two plastic garbage bags. I started by filling up one bin with cold water for rinsing the diapers. I laid one of the garbage bags on the ground and separated diapers from inserts. I added the diapers to the rinse bin and left the inserts on the bag. While the diapers were soaking, I filled a huge stock pot (think lobster pot) with water and heated it on the stove. I preferred hot water to really wash the diapers, but I understand that in a desperate situation you can wash everything with cold water. Thankfully my mom had propane gas running through the house so we were able to cook and get hot water.

While the water was boiling, I stirred my soaking diapers a few times. I left the diapers and started working on the kite line. The back porch was very large and had full sun all day. I tied one end of the kite line to a patio chair and tied the other end to the porch railing. I pulled it tight because the weight of the diapers and inserts would definitely make it droop.

After that, I filled the empty bin with the hot water and soap. I added a tiny bit of cold water because I didn't want to melt any of the snaps on pocket diapers. That would be bad. Next, the rinsed diapers were added to the hot soapy water and stirred with the spatula. I let them soak while I emptied the dirty rinse water and refilled with clean, cold water. I added the inserts and repeated. The tricky part about this was I needed to rinse the soapy diapers, so the garbage bags really came in handy as a holding spot between washing and rinsing.

Everything was hung to dry on the line.At the end of the day we pulled the diapers and the inserts off the line and they all smelled clean, even the dirty diaper. The inserts were a little stiff from line drying, but I don't believe it affected the absorbancy.

My husband was really helpful here because he was able to squeeze the water out of everything better than I could. My mom was amazing too because she never once thought I was crazy for doing all of this instead of just using disposables. In fact she was very supportive of it all.

My heart goes out to the Alabama families that lost their homes and their loved ones.

By Shanon Tranchina

Shanon Tranchina is a stay at home mother to 10 month old daughter Reilly and wife to Dennis. She is the author of the blog I'm That Mommy, www.thatmommy.com, where she writes about cloth diapers and other mommy things.
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Washing Diapers After A Natural Disaster

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When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first my husband immediately jumped on the cloth diaper wagon for environmental reasons. I, on the other hand was so opposed it began our first "parenting war". My one and only experience with cloth diapers was when I lived overseas and worked in a baby hospital. The babies were clothed in muslin material from armpit to tip toe and the smell was enough to knock you on your backside. From that experience on I was determined to diaper the twenty first century way – disposables only (or so I thought).

Nine months after our second child made his great appearance I began questioning my strong beliefs. I sat down and being the Excel spreadsheet woman that I am I calculated the cost that we spent on our first son to get him from newborn to toilet trained and our second son from newborn to the nine month mark and I was shocked! For three plus years of diapers, wipes, and diaper genie refills I was pushing the $3,500 mark (that would be an awesome family vacation had I spent it for that).

I began researching and discovered many benefits to cloth diapering. I discovered that cloth diapering is much more than the first known of muslin material; there were even cute covers to make diapering a fashion statement not just a functional tool. To top it off the cost of cloth diapering from newborn to toilet trained was dramatically less! I presented all my findings to my husband and he gave me the stamp of approval to begin the purchasing of cloth diapers for our second son. Little did we know at that point that the diapers that I was purchasing for number two would soon be able to be passed down to number three!

For economical reasons my diapering stash began small. I had the mindset that I would begin cloth diapering my number two baby and see if I would handle it and then if it was "a go" then I would add to my stash to fit not only number two but number three as well!

My beginner stash consisted of:
  • One Planet Wise Large Wet Bag
  • One Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner
  • Planet Wise Wipe Pouch with 15 wipes
  • Chinese Premium Unbleached Prefolds (Six per pack)
  • Purchased twelve prefolds
  • Tweedle Bugs Diaper Covers (Can purchase seconds which are "cosmetically blemished" for half price off their website)
  • Purchased four covers
  • Rubbermaid trashcan for a wet pail
  • BacOut cleaning solution (For eliminating the smellies between washes in the pail)
  • Dr. Bonner's Pure Castile Soap (Used with distilled water for my wipe solution)
  • Two spray bottles (one bottle for BacOut and one bottle for wipe solution)
  • Country Save laundry detergent (Approximately $200 was spent to get me started, if I used my supply for four months I broke even when comparing cloth to disposables.)
Thus began my cloth-diapering obsession!

By Andrea Kulow
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To Cloth or Not To Cloth

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Before my son was even born, one of the very first reasons I ever considered cloth diapers was because I know just how uncomfortable the feminine hygiene equivalent to disposable diapers -- maxi pads -- are. As if all the other aspects of "that time of month" weren't enough, I have always dreaded wearing these things.

Imagine my surprise when, months later and finally making the switch to cloth diapers with my son, I discovered "mama cloth."

My thought process went something like this:
1) Ew, gross.
2) Well, actually, this might not be so bad.
3) OK, I am going to have to try this.

I bought six pads and a mini Planet Wise wet/dry bag and was actually looking forward to getting my period.


As for the gross factor, when you are doing dirty diaper laundry anyway, it's nothing to rinse out the pads and throw them in the wet bag, then wash with the diapers. There's no additional grossness at all, really. If anything, I find it a little less gross to wash them than have them piling up in the wastebasket in our bathroom. As for how it went, I can definitely say that cloth is much, much more comfortable and seems just as functional as whatever mystery material makes up disposable pads. Additionally, feminine hygiene products are expensive! So I like that by spending around $30 I have basically enough to get me through the foreseeable future.

A couple of years ago I never would have imagined I'd be here, using cloth diapers and "mama cloth" - something I hadn't even heard of before. But here I am, and it really isn't that big of a deal to me. Though I must admit, my husband was a little weirded out by the idea and because of his reactions, I haven't been bragging about the fact that I've made the switch for my baby and ME to people in our day-to-day life. But, when it all comes down to it, it isn't exactly something that comes up often in polite conversation anyway. I can be more comfortable, and it can be my little secret! It only helps that the cute, little Planet Wise bag is the perfect size to keep things discreet.

By Jessica W.
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Cloth Is For Mommies Too!

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