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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Julie G.!

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2-Happy Heinys One-Size Cloth Diapers

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We have accomplished two big trips with our daughter so far, a plane trip to visit my sister, and a seven hour car trip to visit friends.  We knew there would be a washer and dryer at our destination, so we just planned on diapering like usual.

For the plane trip, our daughter was three months and we had one day’s worth of diapers with us, all of our AIOs and pocket diapers).  We packed her diaper bag liked we would pack for a long day out, and then packed extra diapers in my suitcase.  Her clothes are so little that the diapers taking up space was not a big deal.  What was more of a big deal was the carseat!  My sister didn’t have one, so we had to bring ours, a bucket seat with base at the time.  Our first flight ran a bit late, so our connection was tighter than it was supposed to be.  The flight attendants were awesome in letting us (seated in the back) off the plane first!  Looking back, strategizing about the fastest way to get to the next gate seems kind of funny, and I’m sure I looked ridiculous with that carseat over my shoulder running through the airport!  Dad and baby hurried ahead to check in while I waited for our gate checked carseat.

We changed her in airport bathrooms, in a quiet spot near the ticket counter, in the airplane bathroom (that fold down thing is way too tiny!), and on our laps on the airplane.  The diapers were never the problem.  The problem was someone spelled my name wrong on my boarding pass and the security guy sent us back to get a new one (I should have checked before leaving the counter, I know, I know).  I learned that security will make you take off your perfectly wrapped Moby holding your sleeping baby, leaving you on the other side of the metal detector holding your now unhappy awake baby with no hands to grab your stuff and now crumpled Moby after its trip through the x-ray machine as you scramble to get to your gate.

For the car trip, she was five months and we had about two days’ worth of diapers.  Packing was much less strategic for this trip. We took our big wet bag for the diaper pail and put all the clean diapers in that and put it in the car.  Again, the diapers were easy.  It was keeping baby entertained when she wasn’t sleeping that was difficult.  We planned on stopping a bunch for changing and feeding breaks, and things went smoother with me sitting next to baby to give her the dropped toy or pacifier she wanted.

While it may sound intimidating, traveling with cloth diapers really isn’t that hard.  The diapers are not the hard part at all.  What I really like about using cloth diapers while traveling is that you don’t have to hunt down a trash can when you are done with the diaper change.  The pack in, pack out aspect appeals to me.  This is rather convenient when you can’t make it to the airplane bathroom due to turbulence or not enough time left in the flight, or you are at some random highway off ramp.

Bio:  Melissa is Mom to one little girl and she enjoys talking about baby gear.  She is also the fiber artist at RainyDayArt.
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Traveling with Cloth Diapers: The Diapers Are Not the Hard Part

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The two most valuable things I have learned about cloth diapering, whether its one child, or more than one, are that wet bags are invaluable, especially for eliminating plastic bags from your life, and also that One-Size diapers are a life saver. We are also experimenting with cloth wipes for additional cost savings and waste reduction.

In case you hadn't heard of them before, planet wise wetbags are these fantastic fabric, waterproof bags, that you can use to hold your diapers. Whether you are on the run, on vacation, or at home. They come in different adorable prints, and 3 convenient sizes. So far, I've ordered the small art deco and the bumble deco--which has a cute bright yellow lining inside. These bags are great for carrying two to three diapers from my toddler or newborn.

We use only One-Size diapers, just in case I forget to bring a diaper for someone (a lesson I learned when my first two were in disposables, a baby can fit in a toddler diaper, but a toddler cannot fit in a baby sized diaper. This is assuming you remember to pack diapers at all, haha!) I ordered one size diapers for my toddler when she was 19 months old. I ordered one sized diapers in the hopes that we would be able to use them for the new baby once the toddler was out of diapers. My husband was still reluctant to use cloth on the baby we were expecting, so I thought I would take it slow and see how it went. As a compromise, we agreed to switch to cloth for the toddler, and we would also use cloth on the newborn, but not for the first 6 weeks, when laundry would be daunting. We requested diapers as one of the games at my baby shower, and had more than enough disposables, in fact, I haven't had to buy any since the baby was born (5/19/11). We ended up cloth diapering after about two weeks, since I ended up being able to deliver normally (VBA2C rather than c/section), and I was getting back into the laundry rhythm for our toddler.

This happened to be around the time that bumGenius was running a buy 5 get one free sale, so we stocked up on those, for both kids, and I also ordered several Kawaiis, Rumparooz, and most recently Fuzzibunz. My absolute favorite thing is that if I run out of diapers before I can run the laundry, I can simply adjust the snaps (or elastic) for whomever I am using it for. We have also tried to take advantage of the Kelly's Closet one-size diaper coupon deals, whereby you get one free diaper with a certain minimum purchase. I have been having some leakage issues with my newborn, but I think it is more of a matter of him being in between snap sizes than anything else. I am experimenting with fit to figure out what's going on. One-size diapers have been wonderful for us. I definitely don't miss the $20/box expenditure that we were making before we made the switch, and that was when I only had one in diapers full-time, and one wearing them only at night!
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Diapering More Than One: Some Pointers

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Like many other cloth diapering mamas out there, I like to look for natural solutions to common issues that come up in our family. Iʼve tried to limit my sonʼs exposure to chemicals by feeding him organic food, using all-natural baby wash, trying to avoid antibiotics, and of course - using cloth diapers! On the spectrum of "granola crunchiness" I would say weʼre probably somewhere in the middle. We do a lot of things that some people think are weird (rain barrel, composting, etc), but I draw the line at going too far ("Family Cloth" anyone? No thanks, I like toilet paper just fine!). I never really got into a lot of the essential oils stuff simply because I didnʼt really have a pressing need to learn about them. Until my son struggled through a yeast infection last year and I did some research on natural cures. Tea tree oil kept popping up and I decided to give it a shot at our problem.

I was surprised to read that using tea tree oil antiseptically dates all the way back to traditional aboriginal folk medicine. Its widespread recognition as an antimicrobial agent came about through use in the Australian army. The history of tea tree oil is interesting and worth a little googling if you find yourself with time to kill on the internet. (Or you could watch puppies on a live webcam which is apparently a popular enough pastime to make it onto the NBC Nightly News. Who knew!)

Anyways, after reading about how effective tea tree oil could be in fighting our yeast scenario, I put it to the test and was pleased to find that it worked! It took a combination of things to kick the main yeast explosion to the curb (you can read about that here: http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/search/label/Yeast), but ever since then, if I see a hint of red dots, just a swipe of tea tree oil on a fingertip clears it right up!

Ever since that first exposure to this little wonder, I have found it to have several other very helpful uses that might be interesting to you all!

* Bye-bye triple antibiotic ointment! Little cuts, scrapes and abrasions could all benefit from a good wash with soap, followed by a few drops of tea tree oil!
* Acne blaster! I wish I had grown out of this embarrassment, but Iʼm pregnant again and this lovely little condition has revisited me. After washing my face, I put 2ish drops of tea tree oil in my palm, 1 drop of vitamin E oil, a few sprinkles of water (to make it more spreadable), then rub palms together and spread on face. In the morning I just splash a bit of water on my face to freshen up and donʼt need any moisturizer! (warning - thereʼs no SPF.) Iʼve also put a bit right on a particularly troublesome spot. Tea tree oil has a tingly, somewhat drying feel on the skin (sort of menthol-ish) and kills the bacteria causing the pore infection. A good scrub preceding the treatment helps clear gunk out of pores too.
* Baby bum freshener! When my son gets a little red in the nooks in crannies, I rub a drop or two into the cracks to freshen them up. It also makes his bum not smell so...like a bum...
* Diaper wash sanitizer! If you want to de-germ-ify your diaper wash but donʼt want to use bleach, a little bit of tea tree oil can be just the thing. Make sure you donʼt go overboard because it is still an oil, even though it has a "drier" feel than most oils. Just a few drops in a load will freshen it up nicely!
* Wipes solution funk fighter! If you make a big batch of wipes solution at a time, after a few days the container might start to smell musty, if you keep it closed up tight. This is especially true if you use a wipes warmer - funk likes to grow in that warm, moist environment! Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your solution will keep things antifunk-ified and fresh!

There are many other household uses that could be listed for tea tree oil! These are the ones that I use most often. How have you used tea tree oil? Post a comment and let us know!

- by Stephanie Gossett
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Tea Tree Oil Can Do What?!

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No one would look at me and think I use cloth diapers. I am a 20 year old girl, full time college student, and I'm a total girly girl. No one could guess that I spray poop off diapers daily and spend hours looking at cloth diapering websites. If you'd asked me 5 years ago if I thought I would use cloth diapers on my kids, I would have said no way!

I became pregnant at age 18. I was a full time college student, with no car or job. I was definitely afraid of what was to come, especially about the financial situation. I was doing all the calculations for the things I needed and was very overwhelmed.

When I was around 7 months pregnant with my son, a good friend of mine told me she used cloth diapers on her two children. I was intrigued. I researched for a few days, the cute covers, the modern cloth diapers, and the most desirable aspect: saving money. I was totally going to find the money to do this. I had to.

I told my mother I wanted to use cloth diapers, and she laughed. She proceeded to tell me the horror stories of when my twin and I were cloth diapered temporarily when we were babies. She told me that since I was young that I would hate it. So much laundry. Pins. Plastic pants. Ew, the poop, you have to dunk it in the toilet! And what about in public? It's so hard! I got scared, and opted for disposables.

Fast forward: My son was 6 months old, and we'd been using disposable diapers. It was expensive. Then suddenly, he got this rash. It started off just really red, then turned into peeling, and scabby. It was horrible. I felt so bad, I cried as it got worse and worse. For 3 weeks, I tried the maximum strength creams and 7 different brands of disposables, even the hypoallergenic kind. Nothing worked. I didn't know what to do.

My twin convinced me to buy some cloth diapers. I got 2 GDiapers that I was just going to use until temporarily. I was scared out of my mind! Well, the rash disappeared by the next morning! I was so happy. I tried a disposable one more time, and he still got a rash. I put another cloth diaper on him, and it went away. There was no way I was going back now.

My next purchase was 2 Flip covers with 2 inserts, and 16 GMD prefolds. That's when I got addicted. I bought a lot more, tried a lot, sold a lot. The fact that my now one year old son has not gotten a rash in months reassures me that I'm doing the right thing. I love cloth diapering. I use it at home, on the go, and when I travel 4 hours away for weeks to visit my twin. He hasn't touched a disposable in 6 months! I will definitely cloth diaper all of my future children from birth.

Oh, and Mom, what were you talking about? Cloth diapering is so easy! It isn't gross... I like doing diaper laundry! And going out in public? Not scary at all. And, uh, when am I going to have to dunk these things in the toilet? Yeah, cloth diapering? Piece. Of. Cake.

My name is Jazz, I am a 20 year old mother to my 1 year old son Oliver, and we live in California. I enjoy music, knitting, cloth diapers, school, and my adorable son.
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My Journey Into Cloth Diaper Land

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It was time to go over the river and through the woods to Great Grandmother's house and I had done what I thought was ample research about cloth diapering and traveling with an 8 month old. I'd decided to use my Grovia shells with disposable inserts, something I had never tried at home. We made it about 4 hours out of town before it became apparent that things were going to go explosively wrong…and we had 9 more hours of driving to go.

We had just stopped at the last gas station for miles and miles around when I heard the thunder from the middle of the packed family van. I knew instantly that I was not prepared for what I was about to find behind car seat number one. In an attempt to save room in the diaper bag, I'd only packed one change of clothing for our son. The even worse news, his and my suitcase, being the biggest and heaviest, was nestled at the bottom of the precariously towering pile of luggage in the trunk.

It was December and the weather outside was truly frightful, the wind chill below freezing. Driving an hour or so back to the gas station to use the bathroom, which had no changing station, was not an option…I'd have to open the huge side door of the van and change my son's clothing, diaper and clean his car seat while trying to keep his poor little body, my toes and my in-laws from freezing as the winter wind whistled into the van.

I opened the diaper bag, fished out the change of clothing, new shell and insert, wet bag and wipes. I quickly laid my son down on the changing pad which I had placed on the floor below his car seat. I tried very hard to remove his one-sie without further soiling his body or getting it on his head. I did not succeed. The entire process took about 20 minutes and ended with a very upset and frozen baby, a poopy mess in the wet bag (making all subsequent changes even worse) and a very distraught momma. I said a quick prayer that "the mess" had been a fluke and things wouldn't get worse.

I don't recall how many more freezing adventures we had on our snowy drive to Great Grandma's but I did learn a few valuable lessons from that trip.

Number 1: Always give any diapering system a test run before using it on vacation. You might be surprised that what works for other people doesn't for you and vice-versa.
Number 2: Forget what other people think and go with what you know will work, even if the thought of using your regular diapers on a road trip makes some of the other passengers a little nervous.
Number 3: When possible, pack several changes of clothing in your diaper bag, including a spare shirt for yourself. Poop and throw up on your shirt is never a stylish or comfortable way to travel.
Number 4: If you have two small wet bags, pack them both. Better to have an extra one for extreme messes than get messy every time you have to open the one you brought.
Number 5: Dress your child in clothing that is easily removed without going over their head.
Number 6: Always pack a trash bag and have it within reach.
Number 7: Most importantly, learn to smile and laugh at cloth diaper disasters while traveling. Find humor and joy in all of life's messes. Learn from your mistakes, take note and move on!

Mindy Hill is a cloth diaper addict. She is also the blessed mother of a 16 month old boy and expecting her second fluffy butt in September.
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An Over the River and Through the Woods Diapering Disaster

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