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Fluff Friday: 4 pair-Kissaluvs Milk Pads
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Fluff Friday 159

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Jaye Payne!

She will receive:
2-Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Diapers

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Fluff Friday 158 WINNER!

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but cloth won’t hurt my baby. I’ve gotten used to people saying “Eww” when I mention that I use cloth diapers for my baby. I don’t blame them at all since that was my reaction the first time I heard someone talk about them. In fact, I was horrified at the visions that popped into my head of stringy, stained, sopping-wet nappies. I’m thankful that my curiosity about the cost savings led me to navigate the world of cloth diapering since it has been a great experience.

My opinions about cloth diapers and disposable diapers have completely flipped. Like many other Moms, I truly love using these on my baby! I know that they are clean because I care for them myself. I also know that she’s dry because I change her right away. I have no fears about questionable chemicals since there aren’t any in her diapers. For all these reasons, I am happy to let anyone know that my cutie patootie has cloth on her booty.

Maybe I’m one of the lucky Moms that hasn’t encountered serious resistance in conversations, or maybe I just lead with the important detail that changes the whole idea. These diapers are cute! Braced for any reaction, I play the rest of the conversation by ear. Parents of grown ups will hear about the modern changes to cloth diapers (snappis, AIO, wetbags.) I tell Moms and Dads-to-be that it’s worth researching for the cost savings alone. I encourage parents at the current playgroup to check out her spare diapers so that they can see how soft and comfortable they are.

I have yet to find a modern cloth diaper that isn’t adorable. Even the plain ones add a pleasant plumpness under a set of PJs that is irresistible to look at! So suit up your sweetheart in the cutest fluff you’ve got and spread the word. No need to force the message, just share why it works for you. Using cloth diapers is all about making the world a better place for the next generation and we can do that by helping other Moms find out the benefits and switch, too!

BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. She's transitioning to stay-at-home Mommyhood and loving it! Her blog, www.ecoincognito.com, is full of eco friendly household tips that are perfect for the suburban lifestyle.
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Sticks and Stones

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Growing up, I was active in 4-H and showed animals at the county fair each summer. One of the projects I participated in was called Lamb Lead. For this project, members would wear a wool outfit & lead their sheep. The purpose of the project was to raise consumer awareness about wool & to show the raw and finished product. The judge would ask questions to each person about the many benefits of wool and the wool industry. I knew wool was a breathable material that would keep you cool in the summer & warm in the winter, that it was flame retardant & that is was a very durable fiber among other things.

Even with all my background knowledge in wool and the benefits of it, I was still very skeptical of using it when we started cloth diapering. Nightime diapering woes are what first led us to cloth diapering and we solved them temporarily with lots of stuffing in Kawaii & Bumgenius 4.0 pockets. However, at 20 months old, my boy was just getting too big for the pockets. At almost 32 pounds, we were working to get the last snaps snapped & it didn’t look very comfortable for him. I had also started researching options for our second baby & decided wool might be fun to try over the Kissaluv fitteds I had purchased. I was still reluctant of the effectiveness of wool along with the price tag for soakers or longies. I did some digging and found some old sweaters I had used for past Lamb Lead projects & decided to try making my own (I also participated in the sewing project in 4-H, as well as another activity called “Make it Yourself with Wool”). I searched online for some tutorials and free patterns. After felting a couple of sweaters by washing & drying on hot, I completed my first wool soaker in less than an hour. I really just wanted to try it to see if it would work before making more for the new baby. I lanolized it & then patiently awaited a toddler-sized Motherease fitted and stay dry liner & gave the combo a try. It works! Even though the outside portion of the diaper may be wet in the morning, the wool soaks up everything. Even more shocking to me is that the cover doesn’t hold that strong toddlerpee smell like the rest of the diaper!

As with any nighttime diaper, it may look a little ridiculous with all of that fluff on the bum, plus the wool cover. I actually have trouble zipping his jammies up around it all. To me though, it looks more comfortable & flexible than a PUL diaper & keeps him dry for 12 hours so it is worth it. The sizing isn’t perfect but it works & the price was definitely right. This leaves me very encouraged to move ahead with making some smaller wool soakers (and maybe I’ll get really crazy and try some longies) for our new baby.

I encourage you to give wool a shot. If you are intimidated by the hefty price tag, consider swap boards to buy used or if you have a sewing machine, find some old sweaters & make your own. Minimal sewing skills are required and remember even if it’s not the prettiest thing, as long as its functional, it will work just fine!

Megan is a full-time working mama of a handsome & busy 21 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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WonderfWOOL

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I first became interested in cloth diapering when my older son was around 4 months old. I did a cloth diaper trial and picked out diapers that I liked (mostly pockets, but I also ordered prefolds since they are a great, cheap alternative!) along with ordering cloth diaper safe diaper cream and wet bags. Everything was going great for about a month or two, until diapers started repelling and smelling. I tried a hot wash strip, but it didn't work. Sadly, I decided to take a break from cloth diapering and switched back to disposables for a while.

I went back to cloth diapering about 2 months later. I was still having repelling issues with the pocket diapers that I was using, but not the prefolds. I decided to switch exclusively to prefolds and flats, along with natural fiber fitteds overnight. However, when I started this, my son started breaking out in HORRIBLE red, irritated and bloody rashes and no matter what I did the rashes continued to stay angry looking. I couldn't figure out why as the diapers were absorbing just fine and not repelling. I again, decided to take a break from cloth diapering for a while as I was starting to get frustrated.

I was almost ready to quit cloth diapering forever at this point, however after only 2 months of having to buy disposables, I realized that I just didn't want to do that. Disposable diapers are just too expensive and I was determined to figure out why I was having such a problem with cloth diapers. Was my water too hard? Was I not washing enough? Was it something else that I was doing? I started talking to friends of mine that cloth diaper as well as talk to the wonderful ladies at Kelly's Closet and telling them about the problems that I was having here are a few things that I learned after talking with everyone.

1) The "cloth diaper safe" rash cream that I was using, was Grandma El's. A friend pointed out that there has been research that shows that Grandma El's actually will cause repelling with pockets as it is a petrolatum base and that can tend to build up on the synthetic fibers as it doesn't always wash off well. After learning this, I looked on Kelly's Closet and lo and behold even they say on their Grandma El's page that using a liner is recommended... d'oh! This explains the repelling that I was having with the diapers and why they had such a strange feeling to them even after being washed. A good, thorough stripping with Dawn fixed this problem right away. I have since switched to coconut oil as my diaper rash treatment of choice and it has been working great! The best thing about it is that it has such a low melting point that it melts completely off of the diapers on a hot wash, so repelling is no longer an issue!

2) My son has VERY sensitive skin and needs stay dry diapers. Apparently since natural fiber diapers like cotton and bamboo are not stay dry, the moisture from my son's urine (which I also learned happens to be very acidic) was causing his skin to burn and cause a nasty rash. I have since switched back to pocket diapers with a stay dry layer (either microfleece, microsuede, or microchamois) and this nasty looking rash has since been eradicated completely!

3) Dawn is a LIFESAVER when it comes to repelling diapers due to build up! I used a couple of squirts of Dawn per diaper and then scrubbed them vigorously with a toothbrush. I then rinsed, rinsed, rinsed until all the bubbles were gone and all of my repelling pockets were like new! Dawn even got rid of the stains! That blue liquid simply is amazing!

4) Even with a water softener my water is still pretty hard, so I started adding Calgon Water Softener to my wash routine and the diapers are getting much cleaner!

My son has now been exclusively cloth diapered for over a month now with absolutely no problems. He even had a rash from teething (he's getting all 4 molars in at once!) and the coconut oil took care of that and the diapers are having no repelling issues what so ever. I now have a nice healthy stash of Happy Heinys and they have been working wonderfully. We are expecting our second baby, another little boy, on March 20th and plan on cloth diapering him from the start!

So, if you are having problems with repelling diapers, or rashes. Don't give up! There is almost always an answer for everything! I also highly recommend that you contact Kelly's Closet with any questions that you may have. The ladies that work there are VERY knowledgeable and also respond promptly to any questions you have.

Christina D is a 26 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy named Alexander and is due with their second son on March 20, 2012.
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Cloth Diapering - Third Time's the Charm!

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Have you heard about Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt?  It's an online Scavenger Hunt of EPIC proportions!
Nearly 30 Knickernappies Retailers are participating, including DiaperShops, and there are many awesome Knickernappies prizes to be won! 
How does it work?
Each Knickernappies Retailer who is sponsoring can be found in an album on Knickernappies Facebook page.  Along with their URL, you'll find a link to their Facebook page and the prize for their leg of the hunt.  Visit their site and look for the icon with clue #1, there you'll start your hunt.
After solving the clues you'll find a final icon linked to an entry form.  There you can enter to win that sponsor's prize.  *We suggest you then go back to the Knickernappies Sponsor Album and comment on the ones you've found so that you don't lose track.
Each sponsor's hunt that you solve will not only qualify you for an entry into their giveaway but it will also earn you an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway!  The more you solve, the greater your chances are of  winning the Grand Prize, a 6 pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers with Micro Inserts in the color and size of your choice!
Entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway can be found on Knickernappies.com! 
What if you need help? 
Can't figure out a clue?  Need a hint or a little extra help?  Each sponsor is responsible for helping hunters with their leg of the hunt.  Please visit their Facebook Page and ask questions or contact them directly. 
First thing you need to do is register to hunt!
Fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your name and email address and LIKE each sponsors page.  Yes, this is mandatory, but think about it.  We would have asked that you like each sponsor anyhow so we figured it was best to just get it out of the way at the start.  Plus, this gives us a way to count how many people participated in the hunt. 
*You have from December 1st-31st to figure out each sponsors clues and claim your entries into their giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaway.
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Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt

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We should be the poster family for cloth diapers.

We grow our own vegetables, compost, and use cloth napkins. We reuse all that we can and recycle all else. We limit our consumption in as many ways as possible. By profession, my husband and I both help others learn how to minimize their impacts on the earth. Yet, when our first child was born we failed to live up to the eco-friendly stereotype: we used disposable diapers. Chalk it up to limited knowledge of modern cloth options, full-time jobs with too many hours, and a serious hesitation about asking generously care-giving grandparents to take on the task.

Fast forward 2 ½ years. Pregnant with our second child and feeling like a “seasoned pro” (weathered colic and a year’s worth of sleepless nights--check; mastered the art of breastfeeding and pumping for 15 1/2 months--check; conquered the poopy stage of potty learning--check), I knew I wanted to take a serious look at cloth diapers this time around.

For months, I researched. Remembering how small our daughter had been—5 lb 13 oz—I ordered infant prefolds, extra-small PUL covers, a small wool soaker plus a handful of extra-small pockets. I also began to build the stash for the later stages—starting with 10 one-size pockets. We added cloth wipes into the mix. As my due date got closer, I eagerly packed our bags for the hospital including our cloth—excited to begin from day one.

My due date came and went. Nearly a week past the date, our bouncing baby boy arrived weighing in at 8 lb 8 oz. If I’d had a moment to think about it, those extra-smalls would’ve looked, well, a little on the small side. As fate would have it, however, there wasn’t time to think about cloth. My son was unable to pass the fluid in his lungs and was quickly rushed off to the NICU (at our regional hospital 1 ½ hours away from the local hospital where he was born). Heartbreakingly, mothers are not able to be admitted along with their newborns so I had to tearfully say goodbye to my little one until I was released nearly 36 hours later. Priority number one became my son’s health and getting to him early enough to begin breastfeeding. So our lovely new diapers stayed in the bag during those early days when my husband, daughter and I lived in a hotel room until our son was discharged from the NICU. Thankfully, he came through just fine. Relieved and overwhelmed with gratitude, we headed home as a family. We brought home a small supply of disposables from the NICU—committed to using them up and then moving on to cloth.

Now the hard part is over we thought (yes, I know, foolishly). We had already had our colicky baby with number one so surely we would have an “easy” baby this time. Alas, our son screamed non-stop from the moment we left the hospital for the next three months. He spit-up 20-30 times a day or more. He refused to be put down. He would not calm unless being swaddled, vigorously rocked, and shushed simultaneously. Sometimes not even then. He cluster fed constantly and still shrieked in displeasure after eating. Still, we were committed to cloth diapering and so we began. There were some early challenges: wool irritated his skin, pockets caused his cord stump to bleed, my husband and I struggled learning to use prefolds. We supplemented with disposables until we figured it all out. And then, within a few weeks, he was too big for the newborn stash. UGH.

So we broke out the one-size stash and they fit our hearty guy well. We felt like we were beginning to hit our stride. We had a wash routine down. We rarely had blow-outs like we had with our daughter in disposables. Hubby even admitted that he liked these things. I ordered more pocket diapers and by two months we had a stash that was serving us well. My son was diagnosed with GERD and we began treating accordingly with medication. The colic phase came to an end. The spit-up began to slow down. All seemed to be going well.

That’s when the stinkies set in. Again, I delved back into research mode. Vinegar, bleach for inserts (ARGH—bleach!?! We don’t use that in our household!), stripping with multiple heavy duty cycles (that sounds like lots and lots of water!), changing detergents. There was lots of info to wade through and we tried it all. The stinkies remained. Soon my son developed a terrible ammonia burn that was awful and brought tears to both of our eyes. Enough. Back to the store for a supplemental supply of disposables.

After lots of troubleshooting and some good advice from Kelly’s Closet, we came to the realization that our HE frontloader and super hard water were the roots of the problem. I made a run to a laundromat with an oxidation washer and they were able to strip our diapers—leaving them smelling fresh and clean again. I retired our eco-friendly suds (keeping it for our clothes, of course!) and resigned myself to purchasing a big-name detergent that’s reputed to keep the stinkies at bay. This combined with another name-brand water softener and a revised wash routine and we’re back in the cloth-diapering business. Our son is four months old, weighs in at a solid 16 pounds and has a super-cute bum once again.

There are only a few parental lessons that I now feel “seasoned” enough to claim having learned: 1.) You can never know what to expect, 2.) Once you feel like you’ve got something down, it is bound to change and 3.) Try your very hardest and forgive yourself the rest. I’m becoming okay with being the poster family for good green intentions.

Nicole Magnan Caruso delights in being a mom to two beautiful little souls and is ever-so-thankful that she is now striking a better family/work balance as a part-time outdoor educator and yoga teacher. She is co-author of a textbook titled “Yoga for Students”. She and her family live in Maine and enjoy all things outdoors.
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Green Forgiveness: The Cloth Diapering (Mis)Adventures of an Eco-Friendly Family

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Having a child is a great way to meet other similar people, but I've noticed having a child in cloth diapers is an even better way. If another mom sees me changing my daughter's diaper, it's an instant conversation starter. From those moms unfamiliar with cloth, most responses are about what to do with the poop or that it looks easier and more modern than they thought. For those moms who also use cloth diapers, the discussion might veer toward favorite brands, washing routines, or a whole host of other "hot topics".

I'm fortunate to have met a network of other moms since my daughter was born who I would have never met otherwise. We now get together regularly and though not all cloth diapered from day one, several of us are full-time cloth diaper addicts now and can - and have - spend hours giving each other reviews of the diapers we've tried or sharing what's on our wish list. We've even trekked around neighboring towns together to visit cloth diaper stores. Crazy? I'm sure our husbands think so! But as a new mom it's so important to find other new moms in your shoes, and sharing a common ground like cloth diapers is just one thing to have in common. After all, like-minded people often share similar interests.

I realize that not all moms live in an area where cloth diapering is as common as where I live, which is why online communities are another great way to connect with fellow CDing mamas. Though you may never meet them, there's no doubt plenty to talk about and it's a great way to virtually escape to a place of moms like you. Have you met more cloth diapering moms than you thought you would?

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 22-month-old daughter with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!
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Connecting with Cloth

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