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Fluff Friday

1- Mini-Shower Diaper Sprayer

Question of the week:
How do you clean cloth diapers with bowel movements (liners, sprayer, dunk, etc)? Leave your comment before Thursday, August 25th at 7pm EST. (You can only answer the "Question of the Week" ONCE PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY.)

Other ways to enter:
  1. Head on over to the DiaperShops.com Facebook. Leave a comment on our wall letting us know what your favorite cloth diapering accessory product is.  Leave a comment in response to this post by "cutting & pasting" your comment.
  2. Being a follower of our blog or subscribing to our blog, gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower.
  3. Commenting in other posts during the week will give you ONE EXTRA comment PER EACH comment that you make. Simply post a comment on this one saying the title of the post where you wrote your comment. So, what are you waiting for?? Participating in other posts pays off!!! You must have your Blogger profile accessible to be selected as a winner.
  4. Fluff FridayAdvertising the giveaway in a forum or other blog gives you ONE extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a advertising and where.
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  6. Being a fan of our Facebook group gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Post a comment with your facebook id as a comment to this post.
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  9. Tweet Mini-shower diaper sprayer fluff friday #clothdiapers giveaway Enter at http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/. Then come back and comment that you tweeted AND the exact tweet (not tweet id status).
  10. Tweet any unique tweet with @kissaluvs #clothdiapers. Cut and paste your tweet (not tweet id status) and post as a comment. You can get 1 entry for EVERY unique tweet!
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  12. Place an order at any DiaperShops store between 8/19-8/25. Post your order # and order date in the comments.
  13. Leave a product review at Kelly's Closet and return to the blog and comment which product you reviewed.
  14. Start a thread about our giveaway or comment on a thread that is about or giveaway on any chat room (http://www.diaperpin.com/http://www.diaperswappers.com/, etc) . Post the name of the thread AND the url of your comment.
  15. Start a new discussion (or respond to a current discussion) on either DiaperShops Facebook or The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Facebook. Come back and leave a comment with the title of discussion AND which Facebook page you posted on as a comment to this post.


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How?
 We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, August 26th. It is the responsibility of the winner to contact us to claim their prize.

Who can participate?
 US Residents are welcome!

Important note about the winner:
 If we haven't heard from the winner by the closing time of next week's giveaway, we will choose another winner that will be published TOGETHER with next week's winner.

Good luck, and don't forget to tell all your family and friends about the giveaway! In case that you don't win, what a better person to win than a friend of yours!!
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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Jen Peplowski!

She will receive:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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About a week before DD was born I read a news article in the Daily Local about the top 5 ways manufacturers are ripping off consumers. I can't remember four of the ways because they seemed trivial and unavoidable. However, #5 had an easy fix! I spent $7 on hand soap two months ago and won't need to spend another $7 for at least two more months.

Do you love using those foamy bubbling hand soaps? If you're like me, you have one in each bathroom and the kitchen. Now that I'm diapering a two-month-old, I'm washing my hands an additional 20 times per day. Since I would have been spending a lot on soap, I'm so glad the newspaper explained that the foamy soaps are simply a 1:5 concentration of regular soap and water. At first it didn't even make sense to me since the foamy versions usually cost more than the regular soaps! However, I decided to try it out so I purchased a bulk-sized refill and am slowly inching my way through it.

On top of the savings, I've realized several other benefits.
1. Less plastic waste from all the bottles that would have been used.
2. My hands are not getting dried out from the highly concentrated regular soaps.
3. I never run out of soap!

You'll notice when you shake up your mixture that it expands in the bottle, so be sure to leave about an inch of space below the cap. I will concede that it seems like I go through the soap quicker than I used to, but I attribute most of that to the additional washing I'm doing at home. There also aren't any decorative options for foamy soap dispensers at the typical home improvement shops. However, a quick Google search turned up two great options from Gojo. I'd recommend using the touch free version in the kitchen and the pump version in your bathroom if it matches the faucet.

Kids enjoy the extra bubbly wash, too. It's so important to instill good habits for handwashing when they are young. Try teaching them to sing "Happy Birthday" while using the suds to ensure they wash for long enough. If you're inspired, you could make up your own words for a "Happy Soap Time to you!" song. I bet you could even use a safe dye to turn the soap a different color each time you refill so that it will pop out and get their attention!

BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. If she could just perfect the art of washing her hands while holding the baby, she would be all set.
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Sudsy Savings

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I have distinct childhood memories of my mom using cloth diapers on my younger siblings – big, scary, and sharp looking pins appearing to nearly stab their little sides, poisonous fumes emanating from the bathroom where the dirty diaper bin was stored, my mom sticking her BARE hands into the toilet with a dirty diaper to rinse it out, and later looking into the toilet to see it so cloudy with poop I couldn't tell if the diaper was still soaking –so I'd flush the toilet anyway, hoping with all my might a diaper wasn't actually still there so I wouldn't get in trouble for clogging the toilet - again. Needless to say, I was NOT interested in ever using cloth diapers when I had kids!

Fast forward to this past fall when I was pregnant with for the first time. Still "traumatized" by the diapering of my siblings, cloth was still too gross and intimidating of a process for me to consider. Therefore, using disposables seemed liked the logical and only option for me to use on my son when he was born. I was so indoctrinated by society that I didn't even think about the many downsides to using disposables.

But then I had a sinking realization; my husband and do not have trash pickup (instead, we take it to the area dump for free in order to save money), meaning we would have to endure smelly diapers piling up between trips to the dump. And that was definitely not something we wanted to have to endure – especially with a baby that was due in the spring, a long and hot summer ahead, and a house without A/C! Add all of those things together, and I knew the smell was going to get ugly fast.

Reluctantly, I decided to do a quick internet search to see if any diaper services were in the area and how much they cost. I was happily shocked to discover that they would cost the same price as disposables, and my husband and I set our minds to doing so. I even began to warm to the idea as I studied the websites of the diaper services and realized how much diapering had changed over the years.

I was not going to have to use those "giant" pins, and one of the services (which made it my favorite!) didn't even require that the poop be washed off! I also loved the comfort in knowing that I would always have clean diapers on hand, and would not have to worry about washing a single one. The only additional materials I would have to supply were diaper covers – which I was slowly realizing had changed drastically from the plastic underwear-shaped ones of the past.

However, I am always looking for a way to cut costs and therefore I couldn't leave it at that decision. So as "D-Day" crept closer, I started to wonder why I couldn't get and use my own cloth diapers. Why should I pay someone week after week for something that I could handle? "But you don't have a washing machine!" –cried out my inner child, as it realized I was suddenly seriously considering taking a much more active role in cloth diapering. "You can't take those dirty diapers to the Laundromat, people will get angry with you when they think you're contaminating the machines!" But I was determined to give it some serious thought, and after some quick number crunching, I began to realize just how much money I'd quickly be saving! And with that I was sold! Only later did I realize that in addition to the thousands of dollars I was going to save, I was NOT going to contribute a couple tons of diapers to the landfills, nor was I going to be exposing my baby's bottom to as many chemicals! Finally, I love knowing that I will be able to use these same diapers on my next baby, whenever that one comes!

Rebecca Brown is a working first-time mom who is learning how to balance work, motherhood, and marriage. And while she misses sleeping in stints of more than 3-4 hours, she loves every moment of motherhood!
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My Journey to Cloth

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Name: Courtney S.

City: South Jordan, UT

Mom to: Addison (3 years) and Amelia (9 weeks)

Here's what she has to say about diapering, motherhood and everything in between:

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby?
When we decided to start using cloth diapers my husband and I were both full-time college students trying to make ends meet. We made the switch to save the $100+ we were spending on diapers each month and fell in love with the concept. I am so proud to be a cloth diapering mommy because of what I am doing for the planet too!

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader?
My husband, Cory. When I came to him about making the switch he never pushed back. He has been there with me every step of the way, spraying poopy diapers, stuffing, and telling me how cute our girls look in our fluffy stash! He is truly the best husband ever!

What is your favorite diaper and why?
I LOVE the bumGenius 4.0. We have NEVER had any problems with them. No leaks, no stains and they fit my girls great even though they are very different builds (one is tall and thin and the other chubby and short).

What is one product you absolutely can't live without!
My bumGenius Diaper Sprayer. BEST. TOOL. EVER. It has made cloth diapering SO EASY!

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Super Speed. That way I can race through all the stuff I HAVE to do like folding laundry, cleaning the house, etc., and then get back to what is most important like tea parties, pretend safaris, and nature walks with my girls.

Describe your parenting style using three words.
Mellow. Teaching. Love.

How do you think being a mother has changed you?
Parenting has shown me how important a healthy lifestyle is. Before I had my first daughter I weighed 310 pounds and I was very unhealthy. After she was born I decided I needed to change my lifestyle so that I would never leave my beautiful daughter without a mother. I lost 150 pounds over the next 18 months by eating right and working out. I continue to do these activities in order to teach by example, so that my daughters see how much fun being healthy can be. I carry my "healthy" lifestyle into all aspects of my life now. We grow our own garden, walk to the grocery store, recycle and USE CLOTH DIAPERS!!! We are helping this world be a healthier and better place one day at a time!
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Meet August's Spotlight MOM: Courtney S.

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Whenever people find out that my husband and I made the leap to cloth diapers one of the first questions that is generally asked is, "yeah, but doesn't your house smell?"

I get it. My mom used the traditional prefolds and rubber pants combo and she told us stories about keeping our dirty diapers in a bucket… and subsequently how the entire house smelled like ammonia. To be honest, containing smells was one of our bigger concerns when we switched. We both already hated the fact that disposables had stunk up our cozy home.

After researching and discussing with some friends, I purchased our first cloth diaper accessory right along with our first cloth diaper purchase…and it is still my favorite accessory! We wanted to skip a diaper pail mostly because I couldn't think of anywhere to put it where my curious toddler wouldn't want to get in it and investigate. I wanted something small enough that it could be placed in our tiny bathroom, and out of the way of guests. And if I were to be totally honest, I wanted something cute. Yes, I wanted something cute to put dirty diapers in.

My robotronic Rumparooz wet bag arrived one morning and I'm pretty sure I squealed… before taking photos & emailing them to my husband. The design is clever. It's a traditional size in terms of wet bags, but it's half moon shape design allows it to expand and hold much more volume. But, I was nervous. It looked small, and with two in cloth diapers, I was not convinced it would hold the 15 diapers and 15 inserts that it claimed it could contain.

The first few months of our cloth diapering journey, our children were in cloth most of the day, but not overnight. Sure enough, our Rumparooz wet bag was quite capable to hold 15+ diapers. At the time we were still growing our stash, so when the bag became full, we just did a load of laundry.

It has contained smells beyond my expectations. I know what goes into that bag and I am amazed that I cannot smell it once I close that zipper. Additionally, we have experienced no leaks coming from the bag! We have since purchased two more prints, Gumball and Eco Owl, and use these in a rotation both at home & while we are out and about.

For us, we were looking for something small & compact that could be put out of sight to store our dirty diapers and this bag has met the mark. I love that we can also use these bags when we're running errands or spending the day at Grandma's, a versatile feature we wouldn't have had if we had chosen a pail liner.

The fact that the Rumparooz/Kanga Care wet bag comes in a variety of colors and prints is just another reason I love this bag. After all, one of the perks of using cloth is that it is much cuter than disposables. Why shouldn't your storage system for dirty diapers be just as cute?

Rachel is a proud wife to Jonathan & cloth-diapering mommy of two-year old Lucy & four-month old Jack. When she's not busy taming tantrums, folding laundry or snuggling with her little guy...she can be found sharing her world and unsolicited opinions at rachelonrewind.
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The moment I found out I was pregnant with my first son, I immediately knew certain things. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, use safe cleaners so as not to expose my son to chemicals, but diapers didn't cross my radar.

When he was a few months old we began dealing with diaper rash and yeast from the antibiotics he was having to take. At that point my mother suggested cloth diapers. No sooner had the words left her mouth than visions of playing in toilet water began to haunt me. Now, I will admit that I still don't like swishing the dirty diapers, but there are so many great tools that have been developed to make that part of things easier.

At this point in time, neither I nor anyone I knew had any clue that anything besides flat cloth diapers existed. My mom taught me how to fold and pin the diapers and we were set. So naturally when I found I was expecting again 6 years later I stocked up on flat diapers, pins, and plastic pants once again.

It wasn't until my third son came along that I learned about a whole new class of cloth diapering options. But so many! What's the difference? Which one do I pick?

I was introduced to Rumparooz and ended up mostly with those and a few GroVia diapers. Holy cow you can't get much easier than that! Now, there are still TONS of other options available, but those were the ones that I was able to see and feel before ordering.

I have since learned that you can cloth diaper on any budget, seriously. If you are worried about the initial investment, save up first. Compare the $500 or so that you would invest in cloth diapers (and you can get some pretty awesome dipes for that amount) to the $3000 or so you would spend on disposables (or chemical diapers as my friend calls them). You would have to multiply the $3000 by each child that you have, but the $500 can be used on subsequent children. You may choose to buy a few more or replace some, but you only have to make the large investment once.

Can't decide where to start? You can host your very own diaper party. This is where you and your friends can get together and see and touch several different cloth diaper options. Not only that, but you can also get incentives this way.

I myself am diapering a 6 month old and a 2 year old. I can never go back to "sposies" now that I know how easy the cloth diapering can be.

Brandy Is a stay at home mom with three boys and a blog. Confessions of a Crafty Housewife is all about how we live, love, play, eat, and search for better ways to raise our boys and protect the planet.
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