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This week's fluff friday winner is: Aimee Place!

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1- Sustainablebabish Organic Bamboo Fleece Fitted

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At one point my Great-Grandmother was using cloth diapers with 5 of her children (two sets of twins and a singleton). She carried the diapers outside and washed them in a bucket twice a day. She used flat cloth diapers and plastic pull on pants, because that was all that was available at the time.

There are many more options available now. There are prefolds, fitteds, all in ones, hybrids, and pockets. You can find a diaper in almost any type of print or color you can imagine. They come with hook and loop or snap closures and can be made out of nearly any kind of fabric, and yet many "modern" cloth diaper stores still sell the diapers my Great Granny used all those years ago. Why would anyone choose this option of the past?

The truth is majority of my stash is flats! I love them. The number one reason I began cloth diapering was for the money savings, and I bought my flats because they were cheap. At only about $1 each flats are a great way to bulk up your stash. You can purchase a full days worth of flats for the same price as one pocket diaper!

Flats can also save you money by lowering the amount of energy you use on washing your diapers. You could wash your diapers in a bucket just the way my Granny did, but if you choose to use a machine(like me), you don't need all the multiple wash and rinse cycles. The fabric is thin and only one layer thick and I have found that my flats get clean in only one long hot wash/rinse and can line dry in the direct sun-light in under two hours.

You may think that you have to give up all the super cute colors and prints if you use flat diapers, but that isn't the case at all! Today's diaper covers are a far cry from the plastic pants of my Great-Grandmother's time. You can find diaper covers that are just as fashionable as any AIO with a cheaper price tag. Our favorite covers are the Thirsties Duo Wrap and the Flip and we just lay our pad folded flat inside. It is easy and cute.

Cloth diapers have made many improvements since my Great-Grandmother was diapering all of her babies, but it is nice to have an option that is affordable, cute, and connects you to past generations of mamas, even if you have never washed diapers in a bucket.

Image: My son and daughter with their Great-Great Grandmother (my cloth diapering hero).

Bio: Brandy is a SAHM of two, who lives in Chattanooga, TN. She never even considered cloth diapering with her first, but now tells everyone she knows about how awesome it is to have a "fluff butt" in the family! You can read more about her and her family at mom2treys-n-natilou.blogspot.com
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Flats: Diapers of Yesterday, TODAY

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I am Liz, mom to Jujubee, who just turned a year old last week! My partner, R, and I have been cloth diapering Jujubee since birth. For me, cloth diapers were an easy decision. My mom cloth diapered me and my brother, it's cheaper, better for the environment, etc., etc. R was a little harder to convince! She went with it, though she told me I'd have to be in charge of washing. (Now she is one of cloth diapering's biggest supporters! All it takes is experience and a look at our baby in her cute dipes to change someone's mind.) My next hurdle was convincing R's dad, Jujubee's grandpa, who became her caregiver when I went back to work.

Grandpa was not thrilled about the idea of cloth diapers. Like most people out there he remembers prefolds and pins and plastic pants and dunking them in the toilet. Education about how much cloth diapers have changed is definitely the first step in convincing a caregiver!

We changed Grandpa's mind with the help of a few different tools:

1. We bought a dozen Kawaii velcro. Velcro diapers are so much easier for caregivers! Later we bought another dozen bumGenius velcro. At home we use bumGenius and Fuzzi bunz snaps, but velcro is best and easiest for sitters.
2. We bought disposable liners for Grandpa to use. He loves these! They definitely make cleanup a breeze.
3. We bought a Planet Wise wet/dry bag to send the diapers to Grandpa's house each day. He just puts the dirty diapers in the wet pocket and sends them back to us. I put the dirties in our diaper pail and refill the bag for the next day. Super easy!
4. Grandpa uses disposable wipes. At home we use cheapo washcloths and homemade wipe solution, but Grandpa found disposable wipes to be easier and more convenient.

Convincing Grandpa was really a matter of making cloth diapers as close to the disposables he was familiar with as possible! With the addition of velcro, disposable liners, and disposable wipes the process of cloth diapering Jujubee is no more complicated than using disposables, and it's cheaper and cuter, too. We have had to remind Grandpa a couple of times not to use traditional rash cream on Jujubee. We bought a GroVia Magic Stick for his house and haven't had any more problems. Grandpa has come a long way! We were out for breakfast last week when a friend asked about Jujubee's cute bumGenius diaper. I told her about how pocket diapers work and Grandpa chimed in, "Oh yeah, I use cloth diapers when I babysit her and they're great." Score one for cloth diapering!

Bio: Liz is mom to 12 month old Jujubee and partner to R. She lives in Alaska. She is an elementary school teacher and loves her classroom kids, though she is thrilled to come home to Jujubee and her super cute fluffy butt each afternoon.
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Selling Reluctant Caregivers on Cloth Diapering

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Wool. It’s definitely not just for winter. When a friend first suggested I use wool, I thought she was a little bit nuts. My memories of wool are not pleasant. When I think of wool, I think of cold New England winters, ice chunks on my wool mittens and wool sweaters frozen to my skin after winter snow fort building. How could wool possibly be a useful tool in my cloth diaper regimen?

Little did I know that wool would become my absolutely favorite part of my stash! Shorties, longies, diaper coversKissaluvs, Sloomb, Ecoposh, local moms, my mom! The options were really quite astounding. I started using wool for the same reason most others start with wool … the wet sheets in the morning had gotten out of hand. And, in our case, the wet sheets were sometimes mine, not his, since we often cosleep. The madness had to stop.

Sustainablebabyish longies and 2 pairs of handmade wool shorties were my entry into nighttime wool use. It was nothing short of amazing. Even my mom was impressed so she immediately set to work making me a couple more pairs of longies out of old wool sweaters from my snow fort days of yore. In the winter, wool longies were my jammies. I put on a long sleeve t and put the babe to bed. Easy peasy. In the morning, I would turn the longies inside out and let them air dry for a couple of nights. Wool is naturally antimicrobial so there is no need to wash them frequently. I probably wash my wool every 5 or 6 weeks now that I have a few favorites in rotation.

As the summer approached, Baby R wanted nothing to do with clothes in general – never mind any type of jammies or wool longies at night. However, I quickly discovered that a simple wool cover, like the one from Kissaluvs or Sustainablebabyish, was absolutely perfect. No leaks, no uncomfortable hot baby. I treated these wool covers the same as the longies and shorties, I turned them inside out in the morning and let
them air out a little bit. I love that I can use wool year-round! Definitely give it a try!

Erin Brighton is a cloth diapering mama to 4, trying to keep cool in hot and sunny Massachusetts this summer. Check out her gluten-free cooking blog at www.cookingwitherin.com
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