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This week's Fluff Friday Winner is Tara Yousef!

She will receive:

Both in the new "Scottish Prints"


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One of my new years resolutions was to begin being more thrifty and earth friendly. After having made my first batch of homemade laundry soap- I was hooked. It cleaned so well, and smelt so good! Could I possibly make my own diaper detergent? Surely you need a lab, some sort of scientific background...who can just whip up diaper detergent? After a lot of research, and I mean a lot- no way I'm going to ruin my stash by using something on my diapers that I shouldn't, I finally found, tweaked, made, and used homemade diaper detergent! It has been a few weeks now, over 20 diaper loads and we have had no buildup issues (you actually don't even use real "soap"), no odor issues, and no leaking. Actually, it's been pretty perfect so I thought I'd share! :

What you will need:
-baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
-oxygen cleaner (sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate)
-washing soda (sodium carbonate)
-A lidded jar or tub to keep it in.

Mix equal parts of all three ingredients, put into your container. That's it! I love that this is not a huge recipe, you can make however much you want to make or however much can fit into your jar. Use 2TBS for a medium-large load, and 1TBS for a small load. They do not come out smelling like lemons and watermelon, clean is not a scent. They smell like nothing, and they are clean! I am no expert, all I know is this has been working for our family, our budget, and our diapers!

**Disclaimer: Be sure to check with diaper manufacturer's to see if homemade detergent that contains these ingredients are safe to use on your diapers.

Shay is a stay at home mom of three little girls, a foster mom, and a regular TCDW blog contributor. When she's not homeschooling, changing diapers, or snapping pictures, she spends time blogging about their journey in the foster care system, family, cloth diapering, and raising kids. You can follow along at http://www.busybudgetmom.blogspot.com
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Making your own detergent

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Without a doubt, my favorite cloth diapering accessories are my Planet Wise wet bags. One of the most intimidating things about starting cloth diapering is what to do with those dirty diapers. In our society, we are so used to just rolling up diapers and throwing the mess away that we just can’t imagine having dirty diapers lying around.

I have two Planet Wise wet bags and they make storing those dirty diapers until laundry day a cinch! One is a hanging wet/dry bag and one is a medium wet bag. The hanging wet/dry bag hangs on the doorknob of my daughter’s room, next to the changing table. When we change her we just toss the dirty diaper in the bag. The medium wet bag stays in the diaper bag and when we change her when we’re away from home the dirty diapers get placed inside. As soon as we return home I dump the contents from the medium wet bag into the hanging wet/dry bag. (Don’t forget this step. No one wants to find two week old dirty diapers in their diaper bag!) Before we began cloth diapering I thought I might want to use disposables when out and about, but thanks to my wet bag I use cloth even when away from home.

Both bags are the perfect size. I normally wash diapers every other day and the hanging wet/dry bag will hold two days worth of diapers. The medium wet bag I keep in the diaper bag can fit eight or nine diapers, according to Planet Wise. I haven’t actually counted how many diapers I’ve fit in it, but I’ve never run out of room, even when we took my daughter, at two months old, to my sister-in-law’s college graduation located three hours away. We were away from home for over twelve hours and all of her dirty diapers fit in the wet bag without a problem.

I also love the variety of prints offered by Planet Wise. My hanging wet/dry bag is Chocolate, which matches the d├ęcor in my daughter’s room. My medium wet bag is Lime Squares, which coordinates perfectly with my black and lime green diaper bag.

The best thing about my Planet Wise wet bags is that they keep the mess and smell inside the bags. I’ve never had a leak. I’ve never had stink escape the bag, either. When I open the bag and diapers have been in there awhile there’s definitely a smell, but as soon as I zip the bag shut again, the smell goes away. The first few weeks of my daughter’s life we used disposables and had a fancy diaper pail with a baking soda dispenser, but it started to smell after awhile. Not so with my Planet Wise wet bags! They are an indispensible part of my cloth diapering routine and I don’t know what I’d do without them!

Emily is a stay-at-home mom to a four month old baby girl. She enjoys reading, gardening, quilting, and spending time online picking out the hundreds of adorable cloth diapers she would buy her daughter if she hadn’t promised her husband that cloth diapering would save money.
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Planet Wise Wet Bags - A Must for Cloth Diapering Mamas

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No matter how small your baby budget is, cloth diapers are more affordable than disposables. Some of us cloth diapering moms and dads become fluff addicts so we do go over budget. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t stay within your limits using some creative methods.

First, know your finances. While it’s preferable to sit down before you have the baby (or babies) and draft a budget for your stash, you can still do this with any age child.

For newborns, you’ll need to figure out a separate stash since newborns usually don’t fit right away in one-sized diapers. I recommend a duo size system like Thirsties has and flat diapers. Flat diapers are the most affordable diapers, and they can last you from birth to potty training. Prefolds are also another affordable option and are a little easier to use because you don’t have to do several folds.

Once you’ve decided on a system, I recommend buying in bulk. Diapers are often cheaper this way when bought in packages. Bulkclothdiaper.com is a good source. My newborn stash is mostly built on prefold diapers and newborn-sized Bummis covers that I bought in bulk.

For older children, you want to budget for the duration of their diapering days and for when they are potty training. Most of the time you can purchase one-sized items like Econobum which will last you a long time.

I try to build an affordable but varied stash. For at-home use, I use flat diapers with covers. For naps or nights, I have fitted diapers with covers. When going out, I prefer a pocket. Pockets and fitteds are more expensive so I don’t have as many as I do flat diapers. I also use one-sized diaper covers like Flips or duo-sized like Thirsties. For night, I have sized covers because they fit over a fitted easier. I recommend Bummis.

If you are starting a stash early enough, I suggest to add things that are a bit out of your budget like pockets or woolens to your baby registry. Kelly’s Closet has a gift registry, and your family and friends can easily search through and purchase items for you.

If you are starting to switch from disposables, I recommend starting slowly to find what works best for your family and to also not go over your budget. I would buy several covers and flats first. Then what you save on disposables can be applied toward purchasing fitteds and/or pockets.

When making a purchase, look for coupons and other great discounts. Kelly’s closet always has a special or coupon going especially around the holidays. Also keep an eye out for gently used diapers or second diapers. Seconds are when the manufactured diaper hasn’t passed the manufacturer’s rigorous standards. These diapers may have some cosmetic flaw, but they work just the same.

Make sure when you purchase that you sign up for the rewards programs. Kelly’s closet has a good one. After so many diaper dollars, you can receive a gift certificate to be used on a future purchase.

Try making your own. There are numerous free patterns for sew, no-sew, crochet, and knitting diapers floating around the internet. If you’re crafty enough and know how to up-cycle fabrics, you can easily create several diapers of your own for very little money. I’ve made my own woolen soaker this way.

Have enough diapers, but are interested in trying something else like a new pocket? Switching from disposables? Why not try winning one. The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog holds a new giveaway each week.

Cloth diapering is affordable so long as you know what you can afford and what is affordable. If you are learning how to purchase, don’t be discouraged. Go slowly so that you don’t end up spending money on something that you can’t afford or won’t ever use for very long.

Laura Weirich is a stay-at-home mom to two boys ages 2 years and 7 months both in cloth diapers. She chronicles her fluffy journey at her blog, Diapers and Drivel.
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Budgeting for Cloth Diapers

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The mission should you choose to accept it is to: find a great daycare for your little one which will allow cloth diapers, is easy to get to, and is affordable. Oh, and you have four business days to do this since we want you to start yesterday, therefore the daycare needs immediate availability. This was my mission recently as I made the choice to re-enter the non-work-at-home workforce.

Since we have invested all of our time and energy into cloth diapering our little girl, we decided that a daycare that wouldn't at least talk to us about cloth diapering wasn't going to work for us, despite being crunched for time. We called every daycare in our town (yes, it is small enough that an hour on the phone exhausted the list) and found a few that would cloth diaper for us, provided we used a pocket, all-in-one, or a gdiaper (Yay! Since that's most of our stash and they know enough to tell us what kinds they would accept). However, the earliest availability they had was February.

Since the position I accepted was in a nearby town we looked there. I called multiple places and a few said, "Sure," but sounded like they were already drunk at 10 am, so we decided not to call them back. Eventually I found one and they said, "We're not sure." The opening I had been hoping for! I have convinced several people that cloth diapering is easy, so just the willingness to give me a shot had me encouraged that I would be able to convince them the cloth diapers are the way to go. I set up a time to meet with the daycare director and I was good to go.

Now, to get a diaper bag ready for convincing someone they need to cloth diaper. I took along one of every different style we have: so a gdiaper with a cloth insert, a separate gdiaper liner stuffed with a disposable insert, a pocket with aplix and a pocket with snaps.

I also took both cloth wipes and disposable wipes, and never forget the wet bag. The meeting came around, and since my little girl had a wet diaper at the time it was a perfect lesson in the making. I took out the various diapers and asked which they would prefer to use. They chose pockets since those essentially look and work just like the disposable diapers they were used to using. I then asked about the wipes. Since they have a sink right there (legally they have to in most states) I was able to use some warm water to wet the wipe, take the wet diaper off, wipe the bum, take out the wet insert for the pocket she was wearing and put it all in the wetbag with my little audience. Score one for cloth wipes as well since the teacher said, "I'll just use the cloth wipes and put it all in the bag."

The real test though was the first day of daycare. I put together a bag with as many of the same diapers as possible. For me, this meant all the blueberry and fuzzibunz pockets that I own. I picked giving them snaps because I could tell them where to set them versus letting them guess, figuring the less they had to "wonder" about the better my chances. I dropped her off, reminded the teacher about the pockets and told her where to snap the diaper so that it was fitting best. I came back at the end of the day my daughter was still in the same outfit. I asked the teacher how it went and she said it was super easy and great! She then wondered why more people didn't use those... I may have another cloth convert in my midst. Mission Complete.

Bio: Carolyn recently returned to the work place and enjoys the extra income to buy extra fluff!
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