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She will receive:
New Swaddlebees Capri cover and insert (1 of each)

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That song took on a whole new meaning almost 7 months ago when I gave birth to my son. I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I wanted to use cloth diapers because we would be saving money. I talked to my hubby who was totally on board and then I started researching cloth diapers. The first site I found was for Blueberry diapers. Talk about love at first sight!

After months of research and lots of different brands purchased, I was more than ready for my son to get here so I could try his diapers out. On July 18, 2011 I brought my son home and within an hour had changed him out of the disposable from the hospital and put him in his very first cloth diaper. With a name like George we had to put his one size Happy Heinys monkey print diaper on first.

It was then that I realized what all of the mommy’s had been talking about on the cloth diaper forums; cloth diapers make babies butts look big! Did I care? Not really. I actually decided to embrace it and let him show his big fluffy butt off to the world. (I don’t think he wore pants for the first 2 months of his life.)

At almost 7 months old George still proudly shows off his fluffy butt to anybody who wants to see it. He also loves dancing to his nighttime theme song (extra pads make an extra big diaper) “I like big butts and I cannot lie…”

Katy is a first time mommy who loves showing off her son’s fluffy butt to everybody. To see more pictures of said fluffy butt you can check out her blog at
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I Like Big Butts And I Cannot Lie

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With baby #1, I was a reluctant convert to cloth. I knew very little, and only by my mom’s wisdom and encouragement even tried my first cloth diapers. I quickly discovered the love, but until we were actually approaching diaper freedom and I began searching (somewhat unsuccessfully) for cloth trainers, I had no idea of all the resources out there! (Or all the sales!) Now on baby # 2, and a totally addicted cloth diaper-er and vocal advocate, I try to spread the word on all the little tricks to make life easier that I wish I would have know the first time around! In hopes that something I have learned will encourage someone to try, or to not give upon cloth, here are my top ten “discoveries”.

  1. You don’t have to rinse EBF poop off your diapers, or keep them in a wet pail! It’s true, just peek at those dipes after your initial rinse and you will believe! (Hubby and I rinsed and soaked every time… thankfully we had a separate utility sink!)
  2. Pail liners make life much more pleasant. (We used a trash bag, and changed it out after a few washes worth of diapers…wasteful and smelly.)
  3. If you shake the insert out of a freshly dirtied diaper (or do a quick grab) on its way into a pail liner or wetbag, you never have to touch it (dirty) again! (This in combo with #’s 1, 2, 3, and 5 make life and laundry a breeze!)
  4. Cloth wipes make SOO much sense, and make life EASIER! (Natural reflex is to tuck a wipe inside dirty dipe…why have a separate and stinky trash can just for wipes?) I have a spray-bottle and a stack of bi-folded homemade and store-bought wipes at the changing table, spray the top one, grab, use, etc…all while one hand holds babies legs! There are many methods to make this simple.
  5. Dawn can be your BFF (Magic cure for stinkies and repelling! But, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a top-loader like me, word on the street is that you need to hand-wash with Dawn, and rinse well, as it is bad for a front-loader!)
  6. It is possible to find a night diapering solution that works for you…if you are committed to trying, which might mean many nights of frustration and failure. Might be bulky, but the reward of soft cloth butt over disposables has got to be worth it! (There are tons of suggestions out there for the trying, this site having been my first and favorite discovery!)
  7. Oftentimes leaks are due to poor fit or “technical difficulties” in the application of the diaper. (I found that when “others” changed DS he was more prone to leaks.) Some common errors for us were letting the liner stick out the back (leaks out the back), the front sides sticking out above the elastic back and tabs (side leaks), and pulling pj pants up over the top of diapers…which would result in waistbands dipping into diapers and wicking moisture (wet pj’s)!
  8. There are “detective” tricks to figure out the WHY’s of leaking! (Checking the saturation of the liner being the first trick…if it’s soaked, you need more soaker, if it’s not…try #’s 6 and/or 8!)
  9. Cloth diapers have resale value!!! It’s true! Go ahead, buy those cute tiny newborn ones and get started from day one. As long as you take good care of them, you can likely sell them to another mom when your diapering days are over!
  10. Cloth is addictive…while necessity and budget might start the journey, watch out. You might find yourself stalking websites for great deals, waiting for fluffy surprises in the mail, and going to great lengths to assure that you don’t have to put a papery, uncomfortable, chemical-laden, landfill plugging sposies your sweet babe. In fact, cloth diapers may get you thinking about other ways to make your life cleaner, greener, and more comfortable…
Lynnette Wright lives in remote Alaska, and is the lucky stay-at-home momma of boys ages 2 and 2 months. An originally reluctant convert to cloth, when not being entertained by her two boys, she likes to research new tricks and find deals on new diapers to “test” so that she can be a more fully educated advocate of cloth to others!
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My partner and I started cloth diapering our daughter as soon as her Thirsties Duo covers fit. We paired these with prefolds and fitted diapers for several weeks. I’d say she was exclusively cloth-diapered by about four weeks old. As she got a little bit bigger we rotated our small Perfect Size FuzziBunz into the mix. Then by the time she was 10 pounds we integrated our bumGenius 4.0s into the stash as well. Those diapers served us for a few months before I got the itch to try new ones and since then I’ve been experimenting with a wide range of different brands and styles.

Since we planned before birth to cloth diaper our daughter and since we started so early in her life I’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk about cloth diapers with people in our lives. I distinctly remember that when my grandmother heard about my plans she brought up the difficulty of plastic pants, pins and prefolds. When I explained the options of the modern cloth diapers she replied, “But you are going to pay almost $20 for one diaper? Who in their right mind is going to buy those for you?” I laughed as she sat bewildered by this idea. Of course she was used to buying disposables which may be cheaper individually but aren’t nearly as cost effective in the long run. I have had this conversation with people repeatedly and after some initial disbelief I usually find many are very curious about why we choose to use cloth.

Usually people are just interested in the basics, why we do it, how we do it and whether we like it or not. But occasionally someone is interested in knowing the real details about cloth. These are the people who ask me a few questions and then end up with me raving about the wonders of cloth diapering. I’ve had the pleasure of introducing at least two mamas to the cloth-diapering world. My best friend recently had a baby and while pregnant she humored my many suggestions and thoughts about using cloth. She had seen how easy it was with my daughter and came to me during in her pregnancy for a complete cloth tutorial. She’s now all set to use her bumGenius 4.0s and the new Freetime diapers! Another friend remarked on the ease of use and couldn’t believe we never have the dreaded diaper “blowouts!” I have found that baby showers are an excellent time to talk about cloth diapers. Usually, if I know the mama’s open to cloth I’ll give a couple of diapers as a gift and they become a great conversation starter.

I feel a bit like a cloth diaper saleswoman and yet I don’t actually sell them! I love to mention to prospective cloth diaper converts how functional, enjoyable and even addicting cloth can be. Even my younger sister, who was initially very skeptical about cloth diapering, told me when my daughter was 6 months old that “using cloth diapers was a REALLY good decision.” When she said this I just smiled and thought about how many people might get a chance to try cloth diapers because they’ve simply seen me change my daughter’s diaper and asked a question or two.

Bio: Kara W. is the momma of an adventurous 15 month-old girl and partner to a great cloth-loving husband. She also blogs at
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Becoming a Walking Cloth Diaper Ad

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Laundry has never been my thing. I don’t sort colors. Have never used fancy detergents, softeners, bleaches or stain removers. One of our couches houses a perpetual “laundry monster” of clean, unfolded clothing which we sort through to pick out our clothes for the day. Can never quite find the time for folding and if it’s not made from a wrinkle-free fabric it doesn’t make its way into our home. We do own an iron but can’t say that we’ve ever actually used it.

Now it’s 1:00am on a Saturday night and I am staring into the window of my washing machine. This has become my new pastime. It seems cloth diapers have turned me into a bit of a laundry scientist. Since my son has been born, I have experimented with countless detergents in varying amounts and combinations. I’ve carefully observed water levels and tirelessly checked for suds residue. I’ve tested every conceivable combination of wash cycle. I’ve tried every trick in the book for getting my front-loading machine to add more water. On more than one occasion my husband has walked into the bathroom (where our laundry machine lives) and asked “Honey, what are you staring at in there?”

The research has paid off. I have finally discovered the perfect cycles and combination of “ingredients” for keeping my son’s diapers ammonia-free most of the time. Now, it is not a quick and easy task. And I don’t see it as sustainable for the long-haul in terms of the amount of time, electricity and water that goes into the process. Through all of this experimentation it has become very clear that something is WRONG with our water. So we recently had our water tested and learned that its calcium content places it on the “extremely hard” end of the spectrum. This is a big issue for diapers but also for our fixtures, appliances, water heater, plumbing and—interestingly enough—tartar build-up on our otherwise well-cared for teeth (learned this at a recent visit to the dentist!). We are researching a water softening system for all of these reasons and though it sounds like it may be costly it may help prevent the potential costs of replacing fixtures, appliances, water heater and plumbing down the road. A representative from the water testing company told us that some households with calcium levels as high as ours have burnt out a water heater within two-three years.

In the meantime, here’s what works for our diapers. And, if it works in our extremely hard water with a frontloading washing machine, I am fairly sure it can solve anyone’s ammonia issues. We’ve even been able to bring our fleece-lined pocket diapers back into rotation!

1. Spray poopy diapers with diaper sprayer. Then hand rinse all diaper parts and pieces in the tub. Do not ring dry. Place in washer with one soaked bath towel. The heavy wet diapers along with the weight of the extra towel “trick” the washer into adding more water.
2. Run one cold/cold express wash cycle with 1/2 tablespoon original Tide powder, 1 scoop of Sun oxygen cleaner and 1 tablespoon of Calgon water softener. Tide powder and Sun oxygen cleaner get added to the detergent drawer first. After it washes these “ingredients” into the machine, I add the softener and wash it down with a pint of water.
3. One heavy duty hot/cold cycle with the same "ingredients" as above. Add eight pints of water directly to diapers to saturate before running cycle.
4. One warm/cold rinse cycle with another tablespoon of Calgon water softener. Again, with eight pints of water added beforehand.
5. Another rinse cycle or two. All with water softener and added water.

Though I’ve got a system down, I remain vigilant. Every other night you will likely catch me gazing into the washing machine--keeping watch over water levels and suds. The odds are also good you’ll find me sniffing not just clean diapers but (yes, I’ll admit it) freshly changed pee-pee diapers as well. A wet diaper that smells clean is a cause for celebration when you’ve got water like ours.

POSTNOTE: Now that we’re on this “investigative journey” my husband suspects that the interior of our pipes are coated with a scale of calcium that could be limiting the flow of water. This may be the issue affecting water levels in our front loader more so than the front loader itself. My husband recently helped my in-laws (who also have hard water) to re-plumb the lines to their washing machine and they have seen a significant increase in the amount of water that flows to the machine as a result. We’re not in a position to re-plumb all of our pipes but it is interesting to learn how many factors can be at play in keeping laundry clean.

Nicole Magnan Caruso delights in being a mom to two beautiful little souls. She and her family live in Maine and enjoy all things outdoors.
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The Laundry Scientist

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