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Fluff Friday:

1-Changing Diapers & bumGenius Shower Gift
(includes 1-Changing Diapers Book & 1-bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper)

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Bonita Kazmir!

She will receive:
2- itti bitti one-size bitto tutto cloth diapers

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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I vividly remember telling my husband within days of getting pregnant that I had made our first parenting decision, we would NOT be using cloth diapers. I had seen some others using the prefold diapers with plastic pins & pants, I had never heard of the modern day cloth diaper. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to have to do any more with dirty diapers beside throw them away. And that is exactly what I did when the baby was born, throw diapers away. Then more diapers and more diapers…

A friend who’s baby was about the same age as ours told me they had made the switch to cloth. She showed me some of her pocket diapers and while I wasn’t grossed about them, I did think they looked way too complicated. With my curiosity sparked, I did a Google search, was completely overwhelmed, put it at the back of my mind & continued throwing away diapers (and money). Fast forward a few more months and I began to think about cloth again. This time, I asked daycare if she had ever used them. She said no, but that she would be willing to use them as long as they were easy. I was interested by this time, but my husband was not even slightly interested in trying cloth.
A few more months passed and our little guy started wetting so heavily through the night he would wake up soaked. We even invested in the overnight diapers with no success. The baby had been sleeping through the night since he was three months old & all of a sudden he was waking up every night needing his diaper, jammies & sheets changed. Out of desperation, I begged my husband to try cloth, even if it was just for nights. I talked to the only 2 people I knew that used cloth and got advice. I told hubby about how you could customize the absorbency to help keep baby dry. I decided to try the Kawaii Overnight diapers & figured for the price, I would only be out the cost of a box of the disposable overnight diapers. Of course I am never satisfied with just going half in, so I also ordered a dozen BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers to try out as well.

Once the diapers came in and were prepped, I spent a few days getting used to them & making sure they actually worked. When I was ready, I took a diaper & a wetbag I had made to show my daycare lady. This was probably 6 months after our original conversation. I showed her they would be very easy to use, would come all ready & all she had to do was throw the dirty diaper in the bag instead of the trash. She agreed and so far has had no issues.

I am happy to report that in the 8 months since we have started using cloth, we have not had a wet night yet. We stuff the over night diapers with a microfiber insert & a Joeybunz hemp insert.

In the end, convincing my husband took the most work, but I promised him everything would remain the same for him. I still expected him to change diapers, but I would take care of washing & stuffing the diapers. He has been very helpful and since he works from home will start the extra rinse on the washer or hang diapers on the line on a nice day and even installed a DIY diaper sprayer & will spray off the dirty diapers. I knew I had him hooked when he asked me one day if we would be taking “real diapers” or “fake diapers” on a weekend trip. At a wedding recently I had a friend ask me about cloth as she was trying to convince her husband to use cloth for their 2nd baby. My hubby jumped right in singing the praises of cloth & saying it’s not nearly as awful as he thought it would be. I couldn’t have been more proud.

Even though it took us a long time to take the dive into the world of cloth diapering, we are very happy with our decision & look forward to using cloth (and saving money!) right away with our next baby.

Megan N. is a full-time working mama of a handsome & busy 19 month old boy. She looks forward to using cloth diapers from the start with their next baby, due the end of February & not wasting any more money on disposable diapers!
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A Long Road to Cloth

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So, my husband may need to start whispering a bit more about cloth diapering...because sometimes it seems like he's shouting from the rooftops!

We have a sweet 5 month old baby, and we've been wrapping that little bum in cloth since he was born. I started researching cloth diapers during my pregnancy and I really felt like we could make a go of it. My husband, on the other hand, was not convinced. I did my best to educate him about how it all would work, and I let it marinate a bit. I'm not sure if he was grossed out or if he felt like we wouldn't keep it up (or maybe a bit of both), but he was pretty reluctant. He ran the idea by some coworkers who basically told him I was crazy and that I'd realize that it wasn't for us (or something to that effect, at least)! I pressed on, and finally he agreed that we could try it, with the caveat that I'd be willing to give it up if it clearly wasn't working out.

We started out using prefolds with Thirsties Duo Wrap covers. Our beautiful baby boy is an overacheiver when it comes to poo, though. I found that I was rarely getting more than one use out of a cover because he had such watery, runny poo. If we used a Snappi, there wasn't enough diaper there to keep the poo from seeping onto the back of the cover. If we tri-folded it, then we had poo on the gussets. It never leaked out of the cover, though!

I became discouraged and figured I just didn't know what I was doing. I was sleep deprived and having to wash diapers way more often than I had planned. I was very close to giving up, although I really wanted to prove all the naysayers wrong!

I voiced my misgivings to my husband...and he pursuaded me to keep it up! He was a believer! He said he'd help with the fluffy laundry (although to be honest I preferred not to have too many cooks in the kitchen in that respect, just in case he tried to do something evil like add fabric softener)!

We persevered and it became much easier. We decided to use sposies when we traveled for a week in order to avoid packing all that cloth, and we seriously regretted it. Our super pooper had at least 3 blowouts a day while in the sposies. I was afraid to hold him without a towel under him for fear that I'd be slimed yet again. I found that I was doing more laundry with him in sposies than I was with the regular diaper laundry.

After that trip, my husband became a dyed in the wool cloth diaper advocate. Sometimes I actually feel a little embarassed when he tells me about some of his "proselytizing." I've had to remind him that it's one of those things that's a personal decision and that we don't want to sound all high and mighty about it. But, it does make me smile to know that he's so on board! And, he actually encourages me to buy more diapers. I'm trying to be as frugal as possible, and he points out that I could go a little crazy and still not pay as much as I would for disposables considering how much our kid poos! So, Kelly's Closet has been my best friend. I can get new diapers when needed, and I don't feel so guilty since I can take advantage of earning diaper dollars and free diapers/covers with certain purchases.

As our Munchkin has grown and we've recognized different needs, we've expanded our stash a bit. We use bumGenius 4.0 pockets stuffed with both inserts and a hemp doubler for nighttime. We send Thirsties Duo Diapers to daycare since they perform so much like disposables and don't require the daycare provider or myself to remove the inserts. We still use prefolds at home, but I'm turning more and more to my Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 diapers for their ease of use and trim fit (especially now that the weather is turning cooler and we'll need to start covering those chubby thighs with some pants).

All in all, we've found that there is a lot of trial and error involved in cloth diapering, which is a whole new post in of itself. Having someone be supportive of the choice, however, really helps to get over any obstacles which may arise.

Meredith-- a new mom to a wonderfully happy baby boy with one adorable fluffy bottom!
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My Husband- The Cloth Diaper Screamer?

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I invented a new holiday in our household. It just happened to fall around the same time we were celebrating my son turning six months old. We baked brownies to celebrate that occasion. The other somewhat made-up holiday is well known to those of us that chose cloth diapering to save money. It’s called “Happy Break-Even Day!”

My husband and I took the plunge and switched to cloth diapers about six months ago. With a 20 month old daughter and a 2 week old son both needing approximately 15 diapers a day combined, we were going through ridiculous amounts of disposables in our home. There came a point where I was throwing a diaper away and telling myself, “there just went a quarter.”

I was mesmerized by all the options available to us, but also quite aware that we were making the switch in order to save money. However, I also had reconciled the fact that in order to save money in this situation, I was also going to have to spend some money up front. My husband and I never really set a budget to begin with, as we just wanted to try a few things out to see what we even liked. A few months in we both decided we felt comfortable with the amount and varying types of diapers we had on hand and decided that any other purchases would have to be funded through selling current items we had on hand or through gift cards earned submitting guest blog posts.

Figuring out our “break-even” day involved some math----and a lot of assumptions. Assuming my daughter needs roughly 6 diapers a day and my son 8 diapers—and assuming we use about 7 wipes a day, I can fairly easy calculate how much we would be spending in disposables. At our local store, it would cost me .16/diaper for my son, .26/diaper for my daughter & .03/wipe.

$567.30/6 months

These calculations are based on a pricier, name-brand diaper. However, even with a less expensive diaper that my children can use, we’re only looking at a difference of about $80/year. I am a deal-seeker by nature and have rarely ever purchased a package of disposables at full price, so I even took our calculations a step further and figured out how much it would cost us to use disposables for both if I found amazing deals on diapers, and we would be spending .88 less per day.

Bottom line, cloth diapers can and DO save us money…. even with the initial money we have put forth. We don’t have an “official” break-even day because of the variables with knowing I potentially could find amazing deals, we might be using more/less diapers than I planned for, etc…but we’re both happy saying that we “broke even around 6 months” (note: we have not spent over $500 on our diaper stash!) We have added to our stash by trading, selling & then using our money earned from sales to purchase more diapers/products.

If you are considering making the switch for financial reasons, don’t be intimidated by start up costs! We started very inexpensively using prefolds, flour sack towels, and covers. We invested what money would be spent on disposables each month towards purchasing cloth diapers instead. We took advantage of sales at Kelly’s Closet and used their coupons to add free pocket diapers to our collection. I encourage you to figure out what you would be spending each month on disposables and set a budget you are comfortable with!

We were scared about spending any money up front, but now that we have diapered long enough that our diapers have paid for themselves, it’s an incredible feeling to know that if were done using diapers tomorrow, we could sell our stash and make money BACK!

And how did we celebrate our “break-even day”? By ordering two Simplex 2.0s, some diaper doublers, an itti bitti wetbag, and some CJ’s samples.

Happy break-even day, indeed!

Bio: Rachel is the blessed bride of Jonathan and cloth-diapering mommy to Lucy (2) & Jack (6 months). When she isn't busy taming tantrums or cleaning spit-up off herself and all household surfaces, you can find her candidly sharing about joys, struggles and reasons why June Cleaver would be so disappointed in her at rachelonrewind
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We do not own a washing machine. Because of that, we wash our cloth diapers at the Laundromat, and through some trial and error I have now found a system that is working very well. This is a definite must when one load of laundry costs $4.50 in our neighborhood! The following points are what I follow, and this system seems to be working well so far!

Pre-Rinse. I thoroughly rinse out all of the diapers in the sink or toilet before putting them in the wetbag –be them wet or soiled (I am sure a diaper sprayer works great too). This eliminates practically all of the smells between washings, provides much needed additional water to the washer (since the diapers are already soaked from the rinse), and killed almost all of the ammonia smell that had been present after the earlier experimental washings.

Supersize the Washer. Even though I can technically fit the diapers in a small or medium washer, the diapers were not coming out clean. This meant having to wash them again, which took more time and money, something that definitely was not appreciated! The problem was fixed when I started using a larger washing machine. Having the extra space for the diapers to tumble in (I only have the option of front loading machines), as well as the extra water, resulted in diapers clean enough to put your face in and take a big sniff!

Divide the Detergent. The machines I use have the option of adding detergent to the soak and wash cycles. I take the recommended amount of detergent to be used on diapers, add a little bit more, and divide it between the soak and wash cycles. This usually translates into approximately one rounded plastic silverware spoonful into each one, resulting in clean diapers without extra detergent left on them.

Wash Once a Week. While I know the idea of this may gross some people out, I have not had any problems yet with mold or smells (specifically, it smells no stronger than the trash bag the dirty wipes are thrown in –we mainly use disposable wipes still). Only going once a week makes scheduling laundry trips much easier (after all, who really has the time to sit at the Laundromat several times a week?), as well as saves me a lot of money. Yes, I had to buy a larger stash of diapers to get through the entire week, but it really pays off. Currently, I pay $4.50 for a medium-large load, whereas the medium is $4.00. Two trips a week would cost $8.00 a week ($32.00 a month), verses my current $4.50 a week ($18.00 a month). This saves me $14.00 every month, which I can then use on more diapers if I want!

Utilize Free Dryers. As all cloth diapering people know, drying diapers can take a LONG time –even in a dryer sometimes! Because I prefer to use a dryer for all of the items that do not have PUL on them, it was crucial to find a place where I could dry for free. This was especially true when I have found that it takes several dry cycles for the prefolds and inserts to fully dry. Even though I have found that some of the free machines dry more slowly than those that cost money, more often than not they are equally effective. Finally, by taking this option, I am saving a couple more dollars on each trip!

Look for Incentives. In spite of not yet benefiting from this last tip (due to not being able to find it in my immediate area), one thing that I want to save even more money on is by finding a Laundromat that offers a discount to those who opt to put money on the store’s Laundromat card, instead of putting the money directly in the washing machine. I have heard of places where a person can save 25¢ or more per wash. And while I know that does not sound like that much money, saving a mere 25¢ a week results in $26 after two years (around when many begin to potty train their little ones). Which, coincidentally, is just enough to buy the new Flip training pants that I am so excited to get!

Rebecca Brown is a busy full-time working mom who finds the demands of cloth diapering are definitely worth it –including the time spent sitting in hot Laundromats during the summer months!
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Saving Money at the Laundromat

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Before my daughter was born, during my endless research on cloth diapers, I came across a blog about how to make your own cloth wipes. “That sounds simple,” I thought, and I proceeded to print out the tutorial, hit up the fabric store for some fun flannel prints, and allowed my fabulous mother in law to sew them up (I haven’t sewn since 6th grade home economics, so I figured I would hand it over to someone who knew what they were doing). A few days later, I was the owner of almost 100 cloth wipes for about $25, quite economical.

Then came my daughter, a slow start into cloth diapering, and a few very poopy diapers. I was not sold on our cloth wipes. For wet diapers, I was a convert, but they just didn’t seem to do the job at getting the pasty poop off my daughters bum quite like my disposable wipes could. Thus, my hybrid approach to cloth wipes began. For over 6 months we have been using both cloth wipes and disposable wipes without a single accidental washing of a disposable.

I have read that many people make the switch to cloth wipes after one too many disposable wipes snuck into their laundry. Honestly, we haven’t even come close to that happening. During a diaper change, if my daughter is wet, I simply spray a cloth wipe with one of our wipe solutions (bumGenius bottom cleaner, California Baby Diaper Area Wash, or a sample of Monkey Doodlez wipe cubes), dab her bum, and throw the wipe and diaper in the wet bag. If the she is poopy, it all starts the same, but once I have used the initial cloth wipe to remove as much of the pasty poop from her bum, I reach for my Target brand Up and Up Fragrance Free Sensitive wipes to do the hard work. A few disposable wipes later and my little one is fresh and clean once again. I have a small trashcan right next to the changing table that the disposable wipes get tossed into, while the dirty cloth wipe and diaper make their way to the bathroom to get sprayed. Easy as pie.

Some may say, “But what about when you have dirty diapers to change when you are away from home? Don’t disposable wipes sneak into your wash that way?” Because I clean almost every diaper, wet or dirty, with the diaper sprayer, this still has never been a problem. Upon arriving home from being out, I bring any dirty diapers up to the bathroom to clean. If I used a few disposable wipes, they are still inside the diaper and promptly get thrown into the trash before the diaper gets sprayed. Again, easy as pie.

My daughter has quite sensitive skin, but we are fortunate to never have had a problem with any of the wipe solutions we have tried or with disposable wipes. I only use wipe solutions that are made specifically for that purpose and have only used fragrance free sensitive disposable wipes. Because of this, she stays happy during diaper changes even if she has a bit of a red bum or rash.

Although our hybrid approach is still sending some disposable wipes into the landfills (something I really do not like about disposable diapers), I know it could be worse. Each time I pull a clean cloth wipe from the laundry, I feel better knowing it is one disposable saved from our Earth. If you are looking to make the jump to using cloth wipes, rest easy knowing that even a hybrid approach like ours makes a difference.

Bio: Michelle is a part time stay at home mom to her 7-month-old daughter. When she isn’t reading cloth diapering blogs or scouring the Internet for fluff deals, she can be found reading, running, or out and about with her husband and baby girl.
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Cloth Wipes: A Hybrid Approach

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