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Fluff Friday:
2-Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 45/90 bags



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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Emily Gray!


She will receive:
2-bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (your choice of color/closure)

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It was time for my 15 month old's follow up visit to the doctor's office. I took off her clothes for her weight as always and she had already wet her Flip insert. No problem. I told my honey to please bring me the diaper bag where I had a BabyKicks in orange. I always try to bring the prettiest brightest diapers to the doctor's office. She came back without the bag and said, "Uh, did you bring it?" In horror I realized that I pushed the stroller there and there was no diaper bag dangling off the handle as usual. Thinking quickly I said, "Bring me the receiving blanket!" I could do a pad fold and voila! A fresh diaper. I just reused the liner that was on top of the Flip, after all it's a stay-dry. I had no wipes and no wet bag. I had to put the Flip in a plastic bag that my sweetheart had in her backpack. I figured the girl who works there didn't have any disposables or she knew I didn't use them so she didn't offer me one. Nevertheless my baby girl was dry and happy… then she did something she never did before.

She pooped at the doctor's office! Oh. My Gosh. Okay, it's on a liner and she hadn't wet the flat. No problem. My sweetheart disposed of the liner for me with the waste in it in the office's bathroom while I wiped the baby with wet paper towels. I turned the receiving blanket turned into a flat inside out and she had a clean dry diaper. Thank goodness I used her brother's old diaper cover that trip! And I mean old. He's 17. She's usually in a pocket diaper. This cover is holding up remarkably well after 18 years! Thank goodness I know about flats from BumGenius and the Flats Challenge through Diapershops. Whew! Crisis averted.

Tiffany Law - Nursing student in New York City with four children in a domestic partnership.
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A Cloth Diaper Emergency at the Doctor's

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With the recent addition of another sweet bundle of love to our family, I now have two tiny bums in cloth diapers. One bum belongs to my 20 month old son and the other (much tinier) bum belongs to my newborn daughter. I recently blogged about my newfound love for prefold diapers during the newborn stage, born out of many hours of obsessing over online pictures of babies in different kinds of newborn diapers. I’m not gonna lie - it was a fun hobby for a while to research all the brands and options and look at those sweet tiny babies in their little fluffy dipeys... And now the reality hits - I have TWO children. In diapers at the same time. I’m not only outnumbered by munchkins, but their sweet little tushes are constantly creating more laundry!! (I’ve heard once you push past to three or more children, somehow being outnumbered is not that big of deal anymore, but I’m still adjusting!)

So anyways, what is it like having two babies in diapers at the same time? Well, in some ways not that different from having one baby in diapers - only more so. My son is a pretty regular kind of guy...one (enormous) poop a day, usually in the morning (sometimes daddy gets that one before going to work - yay!) and then his wet diapers get changed maybe every 3-4 hours. He’s also getting to the age where he stays dry for longer periods of time. So he’s a pretty easy baby to diaper, aside from the astronomical poos he can generate. Good lord what am I feeding him to cause this?? His baby sister however is still doing the unpredictable newborn thing...and she’s a “sneak-a-pooper” which surprises me, since newborns normally have pretty audible number twos. So she requires much more frequent changing. Between the two of them, I don’t necessarily feel like I change diapers “all day long” but it’s frequent enough to simply be one of those things that is just a part of my life right now. Almost a non-issue, like all those mom things we just say automatically without thinking: “Say please,” “Don’t touch that,” “Shh.”

So while the act of changing the diapers is no biggie, I’m still trying to figure out my laundry system. I’m not washing them together since my toddler’s diapers are (in my opinion) sort of gross between the ammonia stinkies and the knock-your-socks-off poos. I know newborn poop is still poop...but it’s just not as gross. “Milk in, milk out” I always say. Plus, newborn poop doesn’t need to be pre-treated at all, so what goes into the washer is just really different for both of them. So if I wash them separately, do I do them both on the same day, or stagger them? Theoretically, washing them on the same day would make more sense, so that I would have a break day in between wash days. However my son has enough diapers to make it through a three day cycle, and my daughter has barely enough to make it through two. I could wash my son’s diapers on a more frequent schedule, just to keep them together...but I’m still sort of in survival mode here, adjusting to two children, so unless the diaper pail is exploding, I’m not really motivated to wash yet. I’m trying to find a routine where I don’t feel like I’m washing diapers ALL THE TIME, but on the other hand I sort of wonder whether that’s just what happens when you have two children in diapers at once.

But just when I start to feel like, “Hey, this is kind of a lot of work now,” I think about all that lovely money that I’m saving! When I think about how much I could be spending if I fed my baby formula and put both my children in disposable diapers...whew. That would be a very different budget. So I’ll put forward a little more sweat equity for now and try to settle into a new “normal”...whatever that looks like when you’re transitioning to having multiple children! Any veteran moms out there have any tips/suggestions? Leave a comment - we’d all love to hear some been-there-done-that advice!

By Stephanie Gossett
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Adventures in Diapering Two!

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I originally opposed the notion of cloth diapering because I didn't want to deal with getting poop off of cloth. I am, for all intensive purposes, a clean freak. I didn't believe cloth diapers could really get clean enough to re-use on my daughter's bum.

Touching poop is not on my list of things to do, nor is submerging my hands in a toilet. Evidently, I am not the only one who feels that way because the diaper sprayer was created sometime between my days in cloth diapers and my daughter's. Even my mom thinks it’s the most genius invention—and wishes she had thought of it! It’s essentially a kitchen sink sprayer attached to your toilet that sprays poop off dirty diapers.

Once I decided to cloth diaper, despite of my poop concerns, I learned about the diaper sprayer. I researched the different brands, and read a lot of reviews, finally deciding on the bumGenius sprayer (I can now personally recommend it).

My husband originally hated the idea of paying nearly $50 for something he felt he could build himself. He's really handy, plus he found a few how-to videos on the Internet. So, he went to the hardware store and returned home with materials needed to make a diaper sprayer. When I looked at the receipt, I was shocked! The parts totaled $40. For a few extra bucks, my husband could save himself the hassle and we’d have a more professional looking sprayer with a reliable on/off valve. He returned the parts and we bought the Bum Genius sprayer. He was so excited when we got it that he hooked it up despite being two months from our due date. My husband—manly man that he is—was excited for our baby to get here so he could spray some poop off a diaper. Hilarious! In all fairness, he was excited for other reasons, but he really did want to try it out. For the first few days of Gianna's life, he was the official diaper sprayer--fine by me!

When our first family trip came up only 3 weeks into motherhood, I bought some "eco-friendly" disposable diapers for our overnight. I didn't even consider bringing cloth, as I was too nervous about what to do with poopy diapers. I refused to attempt the swirl/dunk method of poop removal that my mom used in the ‘80s, and nowhere we went had a diaper sprayer.

For our Labor Day trip to my parents, I, more than ever, wanted to bring cloth. I was tired of using so many disposables—even though they were “eco-friendly”—plus cloth is much better at nighttime for our heavy wetter. I ended up bringing a mix, but I have high hopes to bring only cloth on our holiday travels. There were several poop cloth diapers to deal with at my parents’ house. My husband offered to “go outside and hose them off,” but I didn’t think that was really appropriate. I headed to the basement bathroom to do what I had previously considered ‘below me.’ I grabbed the swirl/dunk method by the horns and acted as if I knew what to do. I don’t often just dive right in, but for some reason, I felt my 6 months of cloth diapering experience would trump having never swirled a diaper in the toilet.

First, I folded the pocket diaper in half, with the liner exposed and the cover against itself. I dunked it down into the toilet water, and to my chagrin only a tiny bit came off. So, I tried swirling it around in the stagnant water. Nothing really happened. I, then, had the crazy idea to use some toilet paper to scrape off the diaper. That was really unsuccessful. In the madness of attempting to save my one and only Tots Bots from horrible stains and stench, I then tried to use my HANDS. Yes, I went there…I don’t know what I was thinking. I dunked the diaper under the water and used my other hand to try to get poop off. It was only in that embarrassing moment that genius struck. I flushed the toilet while holding the diaper with a firm grip and let the water swirl around it, agitating more of the poop off. I understand, now, that the swirl of this method comes from the toilet flushing, not from me manually swirling the diaper. I still wasn’t satisfied with how much residue was left on the diaper, but I called it good and squeezed the excess water out before putting it into my Kissaluvs pail liner. I really missed my diaper sprayer, but I did what needed to be done. The diapers survived, as did I.

Somehow, the magical pressure of a diaper sprayer rids Gianna’s diapers of poop residue in a way the swirl/dunk method cannot. I suppose there are some that may disagree with me…but in our home, sticking with cloth diapering is dependent on our diaper sprayer.

Kaylene Brown loves fruit, baking, fitness, and cool fall days. She is a kinda-crunchy, old-fashioned SAHM who blogs about all kinds of things at her blog, Letters from Momma
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Swirl versus Spray; My dirty diaper travel pity party

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@DiaperShops on TwitterDid you know that we are on Twitter almost every day and available to answer your cloth diapering questions?  From customer service questions to product questions, we’re ready to Tweet with you.  During the week (Monday – Friday) we are normally available via Twitter from 9am – 4pm ET.  While we may be available to chat with in the evenings and weekends our families come first but we will respond to your tweets as soon as we return to our computers.
Why use Twitter?  Twitter is just another tool that parents are using to connect with family, friends, and their favorite companies.  With Twitter you are limited to short 140 character messages so if you are looking for quick answers Twitter can be very effective.  Also, when we Tweet a message all of our fans benefit from the answer.  With over 8,000 current followers that is a large audience.
Twitter Basics:
  • Each message on Twitter is limited to 140 characters so you must be brief in your messages.
  • If you have a public account (not hidden/private) everyone on Twitter has the ability to see your Tweets.  It’s best to have a public account if you want the most interaction with companies, brands, and other users.
  • Use the @ symbol in front of a Twitter name to mention (or talk directly to) a specific person or brand.  Mention us by using @DiaperShops (no spaces) and we’ll see your messages in our stream.
  • RT is short for re-Tweet.  You can RT a message that you like or find useful so that your friends will see the message even if they aren’t following the person who first Tweeted that message.
  • DM is short for Direct Message.  DMs are private messages between you and the other person.
  • “Follow” friends, companies and anyone that seems interesting to you.  Then you can see what they Tweet about in your own stream.
  • Anyone can “Follow” you back if you have a public account.  Otherwise you will have to approve a user before the follow you.
  • # is a hashtag.  If you are Tweeting about cloth diapers the most common hashtag is #clothdiapers (no spaces).  If you use a hashtag in your message others searching or following that hashtag will see it.  It’s a great way to follow a specific topic and is often used for Twitter Chats and Parties.
It can be fun to Tweet – especially when we talk about cloth diapers!  Every Monday night there is a casual, non-formal Twitter Chat from 9-10pm ET using the #clothdiapers hashtag.  We like to join this chat and help answer all of your cloth diapering questions.  You’ll also see many popular cloth diapering brands, companies, and fellow bloggers on this regular chat.  It’s a great time to connect with others who share your passion for cloth diapers.
Twitter Parties?  Just like a Twitter Chat but with prizes!!!  We’re hosting our 2ndAnnual Fluff ‘N Treat Twitter Party on October 25th with @TheEcoChic and many of our favorite sponsors.  You can win a Wii Super Mario Holiday Bundle or one of many cloth diapering packages.  To find out more about this party visit:http://ecochicparties.theecochic.com/2011/10/2nd-annual-diapershops-com-fluff-n-treat-fluffntreat-twitter-party-1025/

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To join the cloth diapering community online be sure to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. To save money on the purchase of your cloth diapers we are always offering sales and discounts on your favorite brands at our DiaperShops.com family of stores, including Kelly’s Closet.

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A few months ago my husband and I made the decision to start cloth diapering our now 16 month old and 7 month old. There was a lot of thought that went into the decision. At the beginning it was a bit scary and overwhelming when we first started to do some research online about all the different types of diapers available. After research, discussions with other cloth diapering mommas, and taking a look at all the pros and cons, we decided that cloth diapering was simply a win-win decision.

The following are the reasons why we decided to make the switch. I’m so glad that we did! I would never go back to disposables. What would motivate you to make the switch?

1. I imagine that finances are probably the biggest reason most people make the switch. We have 2 babies in diapers. Even though I looked for the best deals and clipped coupons, we were still paying about $.20 per diaper, and $.03 per wipe.

Lets imagine that I change my boys every 2 hours except during the middle of the night when they go 8 hours without a change. That’s 12 diapers a day. Now, doing the math:

12 diapers X .20 a diaper = $2.40
24 wipes (2 wipes per change) X .03 = $.72

Together that is $3.12 a day, or $21.84 a week. That’s $1135.68 per year! Assuming my kids are geniuses and potty train at 2, that’s $2,271.36.

In contrast cloth diapering, buying the most expensive diapers and wipes, creating a 2 day stash of 48 diapers (again, to change every 2 hours), and 48 cloth wipes, would cost about $1000! That’s less than half the cost even with some of the pricier diapers!

We haven’t spent anywhere near that much. Bargain shopping, sewing my own, and utilizing cheaper options (like prefolds/flats and covers), we have been able to create a stash of 38 diapers, including 7 of the premium diapers, for around $300! And our cloth wipes were free because they were either sewn out of towels and flannel blankets we had around the house or are newborn washcloths that I never use.

2. The second biggest reason for the switch was due to the health of my babies. Ever since the most recent changes in diapers, and the introduction of the newest absorbing materials, my sons started getting red bums. I could not clear them, no matter what I tried.

Discussing the issue with one of my friends, the idea of trying cloth diapers was suggested. Not wanting to put my money into it, I grabbed some flannel receiving blankets, safety pins, and googled ways to fold the blankets. Just using them part time, at home, I began to see a vast improvement in the rashes. Before long I was completely sold on the idea of cloth.

3. There is a trend going right now to be more green and conscientious about our earth. Its not a new trend but I have seen it increase. I’ve always tried to do my part to help protect our world, but when it came to diapering, I never even thought about how much of an impact disposables would make.

When my second baby was born, we started filling our diaper pail within a couple of days. Seeing the huge bags of diapers that we were filling our trashcan with started to really gnaw on me.

I knew that disposables did not disintegrate, and I hated the idea of contributing to the huge piles of trash. I do not want to leave that behind for my kids or grandkids. With cloth diapers, I know that I am leaving a much smaller impact on our world.

4. The final reason for making the switch is for the cuteness. Who can help but to fall in love with such a cute tush?

Dana G is the proud stay at home mother of 2 handsome baby boys and the wife of a marvelous man who serves our country in the Air Force. You can check out more of her tips and stories on adaynasmile.wordpress.com.
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