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Super Saturday Coupon

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Fluff Friday:
2-Oh Katy One-Size Cloth Diapers




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Fluff Friday 150

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Amanda Boerst!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Our customers really are FAN-tastic!  As a special thank you to our 20,000 Facebook Fans we’d like to offer a special one day only promotion!  For the rest of today and all of tomorrow we have a special coupon code that will save you 10% off your entire purchase (with the exception of bumGenius, Econobum, Flip, Hemp Babies, and GroVia products which are excluded due to manufacturer restrictions).  Use coupon code FLUFFFANS at checkout.
In addition, we have some great prizes for 20 random customers!  Below is a list of items we will be giving away to random orders that are placed at Kelly’s Closet.  There is no minimum order to be eligible to win.  We will be using Random.org to help us pick the winning order numbers and will email the winners to let them know that they have a special surprise in their package.  The giveaway begins now and will continue until midnight ET on Friday, September 30th.   Want to know what we’re giving away??
20,000 FAN-tastic Giveaway
  1. EcoPosh Recycled Organic One-Size Fitted Pocket Diaper
  2. itti bitti tutto One-Size Limited Edition Diaper
  3. Sustainablebabyish Snapless Multi-Fitted Cloth Diaper in Natural
  4. Swaddlebees Flat Diapers
  5. 45/90 Load Bag of Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent
  6. Thirsties Duo Diaper in the new Hoot print
  7. Applecheeks Little Bundle Package in print
  8. Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 AIO Cloth Diaper
  9. bumGenius 4.0 in the Tiny Socialite print
  10. Rumparooz wet bag
  11. Changing Diapers, the Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapers book by Kelly Wels
  12. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace in Carmel
  13. Bummis Beautiful Basics 2 Piece Cloth Diapering Kit
  14. Planet Wise Sport Bag in Flames
  15. bumGenius 4.0 one-size Diaper and BabyLegs in Noodle
  16. Kissaluvs Fitted Cloth Diaper in Size 1 or 2
  17. $20 Gift Certificate to Kelly’s Closet
  18. $20 Gift Certificate to Kelly’s Closet
  19. $20 Gift Certificate to Kelly’s Closet
  20. $20 Gift Certificate to Kelly’s Closet
Good luck and thank you so much for being part of our DiaperShops.com family of customers!
The fine print:  Winners will select boy/girl/neutral colors and sizes of each product based on our available inventory at the time of the giveaway.  If you later decide to return your order the free merchandise must be returned unwashed/unused in the original packaging or the value of the free merchandise will be deducted from your refund.
What are you waiting for?  Visit us at www.kellyscloset.com and place an order today!  You may just be one of the lucky winners.  
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FAN-tastic Celebration

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Three years ago, I was single, childless, and working my way up at a brokerage firm in the DC area. I enjoyed things like: fancy dinners, expensive handbags, and puttering about on “mom-blogs” during my lunch break. I fancy myself a bit of a renaissance woman. It was amongst these "mom-blogs" that I discovered the secret, addictive world of cloth diapers.

At first, I thought cloth diapering was a weird, earth-mother throwback. I mean… they invented disposables for a reason, right? Oh, but then! The more I read the more sense cloth seemed to make. I like the environment! I like avoiding chemicals! I like saving money! It was all over when I saw how cuuuttteeee babies are in cloth diapers. Who can resist a little fluffer butt? No one. That’s who.

Three months ago, I gave birth to my first child. He is as much a fan of cloth diapering as much as I am. Who wouldn’t want to coordinate their onesie with their underthings? I mean, obviously. Anyway, let’s take a step back. You should know one thing about me when it comes to cloth (and life in general). I need easy, streamlined, easy-ness. Cloth is, above all else, a very simple system: One removes soiled diaper, puts diaper in wet bag, puts on clean diaper, washes soiled diapers as needed. Easy. This is one of the main reasons I went cloth.

Aside from my need for realistic simplicity, I feel very strongly about keeping as many unnecessary chemicals away from my son as possible. I eat organic, avoid medication at all costs, and use fragrance free products. Why should my son deserve any less? Cloth diapers are fragrance free, bleach free, and scary -unpronounceable -chemical free. Since switching completely over to cloth, I have noticed far fewer diaper rashes. Win!

Speaking of scary- unpronounceable- chemicals, let’s all wrap our heads around plastic. Plastic takes forever to break down, guys. Science! Just think of how often a newborn poops. That is a ton of soiled disposables clogging up our landfills! Think of the fuel it must take to create all those disposables and ship them to retail stores. Environmentally speaking, cloth diapers are hands down the best option. While I may not always remember to recycle or choose the most sustainable option, this is one small way I can say I’ve helped make the world a little bit better.

Now, let’s get really honest. Money, guys. Money. I have invested about $300 into cloth diapering. I have several pocket diapers, a million inserts, fancy soap for said diapers and inserts, and two wet bags. I could have easily spent more. There are so many cute options out there! I had countless friends and family members tell me that cloth diapering was too expensive to even consider. Yes, $300 does sound like quite an investment for products my child is just going to poop in. However, long term? I’m saving a couple grand. Let’s all just take a second and let that sink in. Yeah, $300 doesn’t sound so bad anymore does it?

So there you have it. Cloth diapers rock the environment, my schedule, my wallet, and my son’s heiny. Also, the fluffer butt! Irresistible! Simply, irresistible.

By Brenda S.: I'm a new wife and mom living it up in suburbia and writing all about it on my blog. Aside from my little family, I love cooking, having fresh nail polish on, and tabloids.
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Fluffier Butts And Saving Bucks

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HE Front Loader+Hard Water….You can’t fool me! My alternative to Not Having a Machine Agitator!

I FINALLY found a wash routine that works for my horrible circumstances. With my HE front loader, and extremely HARD water I have been battling to find a good wash/stripping routine that works for me. I’ve read every post on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer, posted on facebook for advice, but I always had this funk smell before and after the diaper got soiled (worse after). Having a front loader also makes for a big hassle when you CD.

One day, laying in my bed wondering how could I get these diapers clean like they were when I first bought them, I thought about how normal washers have an agitator in them, and unfortunately HE’s do not!! Maybe that was the answer. I glanced at my garden tube with Jacuzzi jets, AND my eyes lit up, I finally had an “ahhh ha moment”! I use my bath every once in a while, but not enough! I thought OMG the jets will agitate things a bit and let them soak since my HE doesn’t allow a lot of water in the machine no matter how much I add! So I tried this little concoction I made up to see how it would go ……and it worked!!!

1. I ran hot water only in my Jacuzzi, letting it get over the jets, put in my diapers, and then I poured 1 tbsp of Tide original into the running water, 3 tbsp of Rockin Green, & ½ cap of Calgon water softener into the stream of water.
2. Let it soak for 2 hours, with occasional agitation from jacuzzi jets. (optional)
3. Drained the water, did a good rinse to get most of suds off, transfered all soaking wet diapers into something (my big blue tub), and took them to the washer.
4. Placed heavy diapers in washer (now machine thinks I have a huge load = more water will be added). Did a quick rinse, no spin.
5. Put 1 tbsp of Tide Original, 1 tbsp of Rockin green, 1 cap full of Calgon mixed together in detergent dispenser.
6. Put my HE setting on “Whites” which includes a hot&cold wash cycle, I chose a no spin cycle, (to keep them soaked after the initial wash) and chose “light soil” cycle = 38 minute for my wash.
7. When that cycle was done, I did a Rinse+ Spin cycle = 20 minutes. Repeat until no suds!!

Line dry your covers and PUL material things, and I throw my inserts in the dryer for 40 minutes on low heat sometimes, or hang them outside, depending on the size load I have.

I’m so happy I can finally wash and get an great outcome. Alternative to this if you don’t have a tub, would be a big bucket like I have, I’ll do that next time, I just stripped them this time and had a bigger load! I think soaking with Calgon & detergent when you have hard water and an HE machine is really important. There just isn’t enough water in the HE to get a good wash!

For my next regular wash, I will do a mini soak for about an hour the same way with less diapers in the blue tub, do a quick rinse in my tub, and then follow through with steps 4-7.

BIO: Traci is a full time working mom cloth diapering her 10 month old and happy to finally have a good routine down for her washing.
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My Weird Alternative to Washing With A HE Front Loader+Hard Water

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To take cloth diapering one step further, I implemented a color coding system in our household to make it easier for my husband or a caregiver to know what to use when. My 20-month-old has become quite the heavy wetter so putting her to bed for the night in a pre-fold or single-stuffed pocket would be…messy. Since I already had a variety of colors of cloth diapers and my stash somehow continues to grow as my daughter gets closer and closer to potty training, I figured I might as well put the various colors to good use. I wash the diapers every other day so I didn't need to have a ton of one specific color.

Green means "go" for naptime in our house! The first thing I reach for are either of the green Thirsties Duo Fitted diapers I own. These are awesome for naps, and what I especially love is how you can stuff them for extra absorbency. I've even used these at night when I've added two extra inserts, and though the diaper is saturated in the morning the pajamas are not. I pair these with any of the covers that I own - Thirsties, Rumparooz, or Sweet Pea and haven't had a single leak. Another safe bet for naps is the bumGenius 4.0. Since my daughter doesn't nap for more than two hours we can get by with just one insert…for now. I will also use a bumGenius Elemental I have in Ribbit, but it was dirty during this photo shoot. I do lay a fleece liner on it for naps though to keep my daughter more comfortable, but that is the only time I do.

Since it gets dark at night, I chose our darkest diapers for nighttime. They gray/silver Rumparooz pockets work well for us. I use the 6r soaker that comes with each diaper, along with a hemp insert. I add either the BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz, or the BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz Premium (which is a bit thinner but equally absorbent), or the Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Insert.

For around the house, we use prefolds, but when we're out and about any of our non-green or gray pockets are fair game. Now there's no surprises for me if I go out for a girl's night and leave my husband in charge!

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 20-month-old girl with the cutest cloth diaper but on the block!
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Color Coding Your Cloth

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One of the best parts about cloth diapers made with natural materials is that there really is something for everyone. There may only be a few certain fibers that diapers are typically made with, like cotton, hemp and bamboo, but they can be woven so many different ways. They come in different textures and absorbencies, and some have stretch and give more than others. So, if you’re looking for a natural alternative you shouldn’t have a problem finding a diaper that’s right for you.

Here are some examples of the different natural fabrics that are available along with a small description and some specific products:

Hemp Jersey- Thin t-shirt type material. Very absorbent, trim, and has some “give”. Not quite as durable as fleece or terry. (BabyKicks JoeyBunz, Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefolds)
Hemp Fleece- Very soft and more absorbent than jersey. After extended use it will lose some of its fullness, but it doesn’t affect the quality. (Hemp Babies, Happy Hempies)
Hemp Terry- Resembles a soft baby towel with loops on one side. Considered to be more absorbent than hemp fleece. (BabyKicks Organic Fitted)
Hemp Velour- Yes, it does exist, but is still fairly new to cloth diapers. Soft and absorbent, but usually blended with some polyester for extra durability.
Bamboo Jersey- Similar to hemp jersey, but a little softer.
Bamboo Fleece- Super soft with a higher pile than other fabrics. Durable and very absorbent. Will be “pilly” until it is completely worn in, but it doesn’t affect the quality. (Applecheeks, BabyKicks 3g Pocket)
Bamboo Terry- Similar to hemp terry, but a little softer to the touch. (Bum Essentials Bum Pads, Sustainablebabyish Flats)
Bamboo Velour- Velvety soft and wicks up moisture quickly. Known to show wear after extended use. (Bamboo Baby, itti bitti bitti boo)
Cotton Jersey- Soft and breathable like the previous versions, but not quite as absorbent. (GroVia Soaker Pads)
Cotton Terry- Same style as the previous versions, but again, not as absorbent. (Kissaluvs Fitteds, Mother-Ease)
Cotton Velour- Very soft and generally outlasts bamboo velour, however, it’s not quite as absorbent as bamboo. (Blueberry Trainers, Thirsties Fab Fitted)
*Organic Cotton is also available and follows the cotton guidelines for the most part. It is much softer, though.

A good way to literally “get a feel” for which fabric you like the most is to check out your local cloth diaper store or see if a friend has the diapers you are interested in (or something similar) and ask if you can take a peek and see how it feels. The next best thing to holding the actual diaper in your hands is to go to the fabric store. Chances are they have most of the fabrics you are interested in. You can even purchase a very small amount and wash it to see how it holds up, which will give you a better idea of what you prefer. This little bit of exploring can save a ton of time, and money, which is always a good thing!

Gina is a green living advocate, and mom of two boys (ages 2 & 3), who has cloth diapered exclusively for 3 years. A self-proclaimed tree hugger, she loves to share the benefits of all things natural and organic.
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Before You Buy Natural

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I’ve been loving the fluff since March of 2010. I have had very few negative experiences with cloth diapers. In fact, I’ve had more blowouts, leaks and general gross factor from disposables. But there are a few cloth diapering experiences that I’ve had to just learn to laugh at, which isn’t always easy. These are the stories you don’t share when first introducing your skeptical family and friends to cloth; they are the stories you wait to share until they, too, love fluff so much that they never give it up…even if it meant a little run in with gross!

These are my untold gross encounters of the cloth kind.

It was a regular wash day. The wet bag held the contents of 3 days worth of dirty, dirty diapers. I dumped them into the washer, started a cold rinse and went about my way. About 3 minutes into the cycle, a horrible smell, screeching and white smoke started to billow from the washer. I had NEVER seen anything like it. I tried several times to start the washer again. It would have been enough if the water had just drained but I was left with a large load of dirty diapers in as much freezing cold water as my washer could use per load. Needless to say, the washer was done. D-O-N-E. And I needed those diapers for the next day.

I spent over an hour swirling dirty diapers around, trying to rinse them as best I could. I then spent another hour trying to wring out each insert and shell to make the load as dry as possible. I loaded it all up in my spare wet bag, started up the stairs and out the door- baby in one frozen, numb hand, wet bag in the other. I got about half way to the car before I realized that the amount of water still in the diapers was just too much moisture for the wet bag. It started to leak out the bottom. I couldn’t get back inside with my hands full, so I had to leave the wet bag sitting in my car while I rushed down to our basement apartment to get a trash bag to put it in. Thankfully, my in laws live about 15 minutes away. They were happy to allow me to use their washer, so all was well. And the very next day, our washer decided that it was fine, drained all the dirty water and continued washing diapers happily until we moved!

My son started solids in September of 2010. Things were going great. Those early solids are simple to deal with: a little light spraying from the diaper sprayer and those diapers are ready for the washer. But things start to get a little bit more complicated when you start introducing “real people food,” the kind of food that produces bad smelling, sticky poop. We generally use diaper liners but we prefer not to use them with every diaper change since they are somewhat expensive. Simple enough- use the diaper sprayer. WRONG. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sprayed a diaper only to have poop fly up and hit me in the face. I am no novice diaper sprayer. I’ve done it enough. I shouldn’t have this problem. And yet, when things are particularly sticky, this is a regular occurrence. I’m good about angles and covering my face now!

I don’t share these stories to scare anyone away from cloth. In fact, these are the funny stories I laugh at. I have plenty of gross stories about disposables, including a week where we couldn’t park our cars in the garage because the dirty diapers in the trash made it smell so bad that when I did park my car in there, it smelt like poop for nearly 2 weeks (no joke). I share these because these are the types of real life stories that are interesting, entertaining and to any good humored mom, should help bring a knowing smile to any face. You can read about my other run in with cloth diaper gross at: http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/2011/07/over-river-and-through-woods-diapering.html

Mindy Hill is a cloth diaper addict. But more importantly, she is mom to an amazingly spirited 18 month old boy and is awaiting her second miracle of life due September 26th. You can follow along on her journey at happilyhillafter.blogspot.com.
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Scary Encounters of the Cloth Kind

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