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Fluff Friday
2 - Kissaluvs Marvels One-Size Diaper Covers

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is leahsthomas!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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When my daughter was 6 months old, we took a baby sign language class at the local rec center. I thought it’d be a fun class for both of us and, more importantly, we would be able to communicate with each other earlier on. I was particularly interested in learning and teaching signs related to eating and elimination. I had read about elimination communication, or “EC” as I kept seeing on different forums, and was intrigued by it, but not a die-hard ECer.

Around this same time I bought my daughter the Baby Bjorn Little Potty which is the smallest potty chair out there. If she woke up from a nap dry, I’d place her on there and she’d go. I would incorporate signs while we were doing this, but it definitely was not a regular occurrence. I would also do the sign for “change” when I could change her diaper but again, I wasn’t very consistent.

Once my daughter began crawling the potty chair was useless; she’d wake up dry from a nap but couldn’t sit still and just wanted to crawl and explore. So, I put it away. A couple months went by and she began walking, so I knew to not even bother with the potty again. About two months after she had the hang of walking I decided to re-introduce her to the potty chair after a nap, and she knew exactly what to do.

She actually began making the connection at about 14 months that a diaper change happened after she went pee or poo but that she could let me know she had to go by signing “change” ahead of time. Lucky for me, I went from washing diapers every other day to every third or fourth day. We have many false alarms, as she will conveniently sign “change” before bedtime or as I’m putting her into her high chair…after all, it’s more fun to play with the toilet paper! But I’m learning when she really has to go and it is nice to see her gaining independence.

On the other hand, I had been eyeing some more diapers to add to our stash which now can no longer be justified! (Sorry Bitti Tutto, you’ll have to wait till I have another baby.) But the plus side is that soon I will get to shop for trainers! The Blueberry trainers have really cute prints, the Super Undies Pocket trainers seem very practical, and the Little Beetle learners look like they would be the most comfortable! So I guess there are pros and cons to each milestone. Maybe I’m ready for this “change” after all!

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic with a 15-month-old daughter who has the cutest diaper butt on the block!
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Signing For A Change

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So I never really meant to introduce her to ice cream.  I mean, it is loaded with sugar, saturated fats, artificial flavors, colors and all things unhealthy.  I was sure that, on my watch, my little angel would not become a junk-food eating statistic.

But then came the birthday parties, the play-dates and the overall fear that my daughter would someday be sniffling in her therapist's office because she never got to eat at Ben & Jerry's.  I knew there had to be a happy medium.

I began reading labels, and found a few brands of ice cream that weren't that bad.  She had her first little ice cream cone when she was about two years old.  And since, she's become serious about her love for the creamy confection.  Due to her blissful relationship with ice cream - I had to come up with a recipe that would completely justify my occasional tendency to bribe her with food and one that would taste good enough to fool her.

This one is a keeper.  Not only does my daughter like "green ice cream," but I can feel like a good mom when I feed it to her ten month old baby brother as well.  Check out the ingredient list:

Sneaky Spinach Sorbet

Ingredients:

1/2 of an orange - peeled
3/4 c. frozen, chopped spinach (organic if you can find it)
3/4 c. coconut milk
1/2 c. frozen pineapple chunks
1 large or 2 small bananas

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulverize it.  I let mine go for a full minute and then check for any chunks.  Process it again if there are still any frozen chunks of pineapple.
Then serve it right away and store the rest in the freezer.

Note:  When completely frozen - this sorbet is rock-hard.  So when I use this after it has been frozen, I put it in the fridge for a few hours - or on the counter top for about 20 minutes. 

-Amanda Wynant is a freelance writer and mother of two babies who were diapered exclusively in cloth.  She writes about cooking sustainably and publishes original recipes at http://www.foodloversdiary.blogspot.com
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We'd been cloth diapering for a little while when my husband finally relented to my pleas and put together a diaper sprayer in our downstairs bathroom. Immediately, I saw a difference: With poopy diapers, the pressure of the sprayer took out the mess in one shot. My diapers seemed cleaner and got fewer (practically none!) stains than ever before. I was happy to have added this accessory to our cloth diapering arsenal.

Now, several months later, I haven an all new appreciation for our sprayer! During a recent a dinner out with a friend, my 18-month-old son loaded up op spaghetti, apple slices, an entire juice box and two Oreo cookies - a much bigger meal than normal. I should have known better, but lesson learned! After he'd been in bed for about an hour, I heard him whimper and then gag, and went in to his room to find he'd vomited all over his crib sheet. He'd thrown up the entire meal!

To make matters worse, my husband was out of town, so I was left with a crying, sleepy kid and a big, big mess to clean up all by myself. Luckily, I was able to pull off the sheet while still holding my son, and take it straight down to the toilet and spray the mess right out! I'm sure you fellow parents can appreciate what a lifesaver this was! It was a big bright spot during an otherwise very, very yucky crisis!

I have a feeling we'll keep finding uses for the sprayer as long as we have kids in the house, even if they aren't in diapers!

Jessica W. also blogs at www.tangledupingreen.blogspot.com.
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Diaper Sprayer To The Rescue!

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When I began my cloth diapering obsession I was only fluffing one bottom.  I started my stash small as a trial process.  I was not like most of the cloth diapering enthusiasts, I began my fluff collection to see if I truly could handle it.  After a week of fluff around my house I was sold!  It took some time to find my groove but once I found the right cover, flat, wipe solution, and wash methods I was hooked.

I began fluffing my number two baby at the age of ten months, being that I “thought” my baby days were over I purchased Thirsties size two duo wrap covers.  My number two baby is not a heavy soaker so I never needed much to cloth him, a flat and cover was sufficient even for the long nights.  My change times for him were based solely on his wet factor, there would be times that I would go three to four hours without needing to change him and other times where I would change him ten minutes after the last change.  We, my number two and I, found a groove that worked well for us and we both loved our fluff!

When number two was fifteen months old I found out that our family was going to be growing, number three was already baking!  My hesitation of cloth diapering two bottoms started to set in.  I had hit a groove with number two and we were comfortable in our fluff routines.  What would number three bring to the changing table?  I knew that financially cloth diapering number three was just about the only way so I spent the “baking” months contemplating the how.

Number three was born six weeks early and spent five weeks in the NICU.  During his time in the NICU number two was put into disposables as a means of lessening the laundry and scare factor to the friends and family that came to our rescue and helped while my husband and I shuttled from home to hospital.  It was not our family’s best five weeks, however it was life and we all adjusted accordingly.

Once our family of five was all under one roof it took some time for us to re-establish routines, as it would for any family bringing home a new baby; our baby just came with extra tanks, tubes and routines.

One benefit of having a NICU baby is that the nurses really do get your baby on a strict routine – I knew that around the clock baby number three would need a change and feeding at seven, ten, one and four.  I tried my darnest to break the routines as I am not a routine person but here we are months out of the NICU and number three is still on his routine of seven, ten, one and four… so we all have adjusted.

Seven weeks after number three made his grand and early arrival I brought on the fluff for him and resumed fluff for number two.  At seven weeks old number three weighed seven pounds.  I was not wanting to purchase preemie cloth diapers so I waited until he was big enough to fit into Thirsties size one duo wrap covers.  I remember the day vividly that we went to our local cloth diaper store to purchase fluff for number three – it was practically a party!

In our house today we have two fluffy bottoms and every one is happy!  You will find me changing fluff at seven, ten, one and four around the clock for number three and number two gets his fluff changed at seven p.m. skips the mid night fluff changes and picks back up at seven a.m..  Our fluff is washed every other night, a load goes in at eight p.m. and then is ready again at the seven a.m. change (since I am already getting up in the middle of the night for feedings and changes I just switch over laundry while I am up).

Guest Blogger Bio:
My name is Andrea Kulow, from Littleton Colorado  www.kulowfamily.blogspot.com
I am a cloth diapering, baby wearing, blogging momma.  I am the queen of my “palace” with three little princes to watch after while the king (aka my loving husband) works long hours.  It is never a dull moment as me three princes are four years old, two years old and four months old.
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Fluff Times Two

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It’s funny how the ordinary and sometimes icky task of changing diapers is something us mothers moan and groan about. Let’s face it, it’s not the most exciting thing we do and no one likes to do things when poop and pee are involved.

But as a mom with diaper-less children (my youngest is now 9), I honesty can admit that I miss diaper changing duty. Here’s why:

Diaper changing time used to be so exciting for me. I used to use my children’s bottoms as experimental havens for trialing new cloth diapering products. Now I depend on my network of moms to help trial the new products; however, nothing can replace the day-to-day personal experiences I used to have. I miss that.

Further, I really miss diaper changing time. While the poop and pee left much to be desired (stinky!), I miss those intimate moments with my kids where I cleaned them up, nuzzled with them and soaked in all the smiles they had to offer. Diaper changing duty was fun indeed!

Kids grow up fast and what seems like mundane, day-to-day chores soon become the pinnacle of your fond memories. Enjoy diaper changes and everything it has to offer – it goes by fast!

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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Fuzzi Memories: I Have Diaper Changing Envy

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