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Fluff Friday:
2-Knickernappies One-Size Diapers with micro terry inserts

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Felicia R!

She will receive:
2-Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 45/90 bags

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 154 WINNER!

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  • What is your favorite cloth diaper?
  • What is your favorite cloth diaper accessory?
  • Who is your favorite cloth diaper retailer? (Hint:  It's us, right?)
  • Who is your favorite cloth diaper resource?  (Hint: It's us again, right?)
Padded Tush Stats, a popular cloth diapering blog, has opened this years voting for the 2011 Diaper Awards and we invite you to go vote for your favorites today.  Voting is open to any parent who has cloth diapered a baby or child in the last year (including expectant parents).  Voting ends on December 15th when Tara from Padded Tush Stats will reveal the winners of the Diaper Awards.
Take a few minutes and tell Tara (and the rest of the world) who your favorites are.  We hope that you'll vote for Kelly's Closet and The Cloth Diaper Whisperer.
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 family of stores, including Kelly’s Closet.
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2011 Diaper Awards - Who get's your vote?

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Over the 20 months I've been cloth diapering, I've come across a lot of mom friends and family members - and even some friends without children - who have expressed an interest in cloth diapers. I've fielded questions about different brands, snaps versus aplix, washing and drying diapers, what fabrics/materials are best, how many to start a stash, and much more! Fortunately I've been able to convert a few disposable users to cloth and they always thank me for it later. After all, who would want to throw away money day after day once they realize how easy cloth diapering is? And of course none of them could believe what started as a way to catch their kid's pee and poop turned into a hobby and a bit of a retail obsession to have the latest and greatest (or newest and cutest prints)!

I spoke with my expectant sister-in-law yesterday who was gushing with information after she just received and immediately read cover-to-cover the Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering book she ordered. She was relieved to see that some of the advice I had given her was also in the book, but it reminded me when I was pregnant two years ago creating my registry and besides reading about cloth diapering online ad nauseum, the only person I knew who cloth diapered gave me this bit of advice: only buy Rumparooz, and 12-14 should be enough. Good thing I did more research! Though I love Rumparooz, I also love having variety in my stash which is about half prefolds to keep costs down. This mom washed her diapers every other day, which is what I do now but my washer is always filled with close to 20 diapers.

My husband has told me that I should charge for all the time I spend consulting people on the world of cloth diapering, since I really will spend as much time as a person wants. But the way I look at it, if it keeps one more baby out of disposables - even just part-time - then it is worth it to me. Do you see yourself as a cloth diaper consultant at times, and do you love it as much as I do?

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 20-month-old girl with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!
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The Pro Bono Cloth Diaper Consultant

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When I was originally researching types of diapers to buy, I really liked the idea of AIOs and pockets due to their simplicity, but not the prices that went along with them. Flats were not an option as I needed something simple enough that a daycare provider would be able to use with ease. My middle ground ended up being prefolds and inserts –specifically Flip and Econobum. I bought a bunch of each from Kelly’s Closet and waited excitedly for them to arrive so I could begin using cloth diapers. While it took a little while to get used to and comfortable with cloth, things went really well. In fact, they were MUCH easier than we had expected! Now, after four months of exclusively cloth diapering, we have also managed to collect approximately thirty pockets, AIOs, and other covers as gifts, and from giveaways and freebies. These, in a broad assortment of brands and styles, gave us the ability to try many types that we never would have otherwise; and while I like them all to varying degrees (some quite a lot!), my unlikely go-to diaper has remained my covers (Flip or Econobum) with the Econobum prefolds.

Here are a few reasons why this has become my favorite diaper combination:

1. We give the Flip inserts to our childcare provider in order to keep things easy for her, which leaves us with the prefolds. Even though they require a little bit more attention, and I was originally a bit sad about not being able to use the “easier” inserts, I have definitely gotten over it! Now, I am glad to be “stuck” with the prefolds!
2. The prefolds are extremely absorbent. I am constantly amazed at how much they are able to hold, even twelve, fourteen, or more hours for that overnight stretch! I cannot remember the last time I had to deal with a leak when he was in this combination.
3. The covers are easy to manipulate. Maybe I am lucky and my baby is constantly “the perfect size,” but they always fit snug without leaving red marks and are easy to adjust. Plus they look simple, which kept my childcare person from feeling overwhelmed by lots of snaps, pockets, etc.
4. They keep in the “pooplosions”! Disposables leak, most of the pockets and AIOs leak for “the big ones,” and even the inserts can leak a bit at times. Not the prefolds. Those combined with a snug cover and nothing can ooze through! And I am talking about not even the runny stuff of my exclusively breastfed baby can find a way out of the diaper.
5. It is simpler than the “timesaving” options. I originally wanted pockets and AIOs because they seemed so easy –just take them off the baby when dirty, wash, dry, and put back on, right? Wrong. They have to be pulled apart when dirty, most of the washed parts have to air dry which takes a while, and then they have to be restuffed. With my prefolds I do not have to disassemble them when dirty, the prefolds go in the dryer, and the covers air dry very fast because there is no interior fabric. And my reassembly? Fold in thirds, place fleece liner on top (so baby stays dry), snap cover on, and go! I love it!
6. It is so much cheaper than the other versions. Now, would I like to own a few more pockets that have worked pretty well for us? Of course! But those are things I am limiting to getting through freebies, due to the fact that my cheaper ones still give me better results!

The only “downside” I have for prefolds are that they are currently a bit wide between my little guy’s legs (a “problem” which will be remedied as soon as he is big enough for them to be folded differently). But that is definitely a small price to pay for the good results we have had with them otherwise!

Everything considered, I am very glad I decided to order my covers and prefolds. I am happier with them than I ever expected I would be, and they go perfectly with our lifestyle!

Rebecca Brown is a busy mom who prefers spending more time with her little one, instead of stuffing diapers for him!
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Simply The Best

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If you looked at the title of this post, and you do not know what the acronym “FSOT” means, you have not entered the next level of cloth diaper addiction: cloth diaper swapping. FSOT stands for “For Sale or Trade” in the cloth diaper swap world. There are multiple Facebook groups and online forums for buying, selling, and trading cloth diapers. Diaper Swappers is probably the most popular website for diaper sale and trade, but I am sure there are numerous other websites as well.

I first got into swapping diapers when my daughter outgrew a few of her size small diapers. I was not in love with the particular brand, and I had heard other moms talk about the website, so I decided to check it out. I must admit, I was overwhelmed by the diaper swappers forum. It was a bit too much information and searching for my limited free time (i.e. nap time). A few days later, a Facebook friend posted to a cloth diaper swap and sell Facebook page. It showed up on my news feed so I checked it out. It was much easier for me to scroll through the Facebook page and look at what was FS (for sale) or what other people were ISO (in search of).

That day, I posted my first cloth diaper FSOT. Within a few hours, someone had sent me a PM (personal message) and wanted to trade for the diapers I was not in love with that my daughter had outgrown. After exchanging addresses, I packaged up the diapers, headed to the post office, and sent them on their way to a new home. Two days later, I received my “new” diapers in the mail and was beyond thrilled to get rid of two diapers I couldn’t use anymore (and most likely wouldn’t use again on a future child) in exchange for two diapers I had been wanting to try out (and ended up loving). Since that first trade, I have made many other trades, sold a few diapers, and bought a few diapers.

Whether you like to try different diaper styles and/or brands, or you like a specific style/brand, cloth diaper swapping and selling is a great way to build a perfect stash without having to spend a lot of money on brand new diapers. The beauty of cloth diapering is the fact that cloth diapers are made to last. Just because a particular diaper did not work for your child or lifestyle, does not mean that it isn’t a treasure to someone else. Swapping is an easy way to get what you need and get rid of what you don’t.

At first I was addicted to buying new cloth diapers to add to my stash. If I saw a new color or print, or if I read about a diaper that another mama was “in love with,” I would have to figure out a way to buy it. Since becoming involved with trading diapers, I have saved money and have an easier time justifying new colors or prints of my favorite diapers when they come out (bumGenius Dazzle – I’m talking to you!). Finding FSOT groups has taken me to the next level of addiction. I admit it; I am a cloth diaper swapping addict.

Bio: Michelle is a part time stay at home mom to her 8-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 Diaper FSOT: The Next Level of Addiction

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As a cloth diaperer, the travel size wet bag is a quintessential diapering accessory, yet many moms who use disposables don’t know what one is! I believe every diaper bag should have one, and my nose has a compelling reason.

While hosting a playgroup at my house last winter, another mom came to me with a folded up, stinky, poop-filled disposable asking where she should put it. It was my first time meeting her so I thought a lesson on proper poop disposable might come off as unfriendly. She had already tracked snow through my house so when she offered to bring it to the garbage can outside my first thought was that our new wood floors couldn’t handle that. I told her to put it in my kitchen garbage can, that I needed to take that garbage out anyway after everyone left; she happily obliged as it was out of her hands.

Fast forward to the summer, better weather, another playgroup at my home, and a different mom…with the same predicament! Again, my first-time meeting her, and I got stuck with her kid’s poopy diaper. This really got me thinking, don’t these moms realize they need a wet bag so that they could be responsible for their kid’s poop!? I think the biggest problem is lack of education that excrement belongs in the toilet for health reasons. But any time I’ve been out and about without easy access to a toilet, that poopy diaper goes in my wet bag and gets dealt with at my house. I have a Planet Wise wet bag which I love and one from a WAHM which I rotate in my diaper bag.

Out of curiosity, I checked three packages of disposables to see if and what they say about disposing of poop:
Low-end (store brand diapers): A quick note in all the fine print to be “considerate and sanitary when disposing of soiled diapers. Rinse or shake diaper contents into the toilet.” I’ll accept that.
Middle (Huggies): No message about disposing of poop separately, but they did take precious package space to tell you not to worry if gel-like particles are all over your baby’s skin! Not acceptable.
High-end (Seventh Generation): A lengthier message about proper poop disposal and keeping human waste out of the landfill, separated from the legalese and other info. Acceptable, and I like how they mentioned poop doesn’t belong in landfills.

I’m sure the percentage of people who buy disposables and actually read the entire package is close to zero, but in all the money spent advertising disposables you would think those companies could take a second to educate the public. Even more reason why wet bags (and a quick poop disposal lesson) make great shower gifts!

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 21-month-old girl with the cutest diaper butt on the block!
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Why Every Mom Needs a Wet Bag

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