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Fluff Friday 196

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This week's fluff friday winner is: Robin Jones
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She will receive:
1 Lunette Cup
1 Lunette Feel Better Liquid Wash
1 Lunette Wipes (box of 10)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us here ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!
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Fluff Friday 195 WINNER!

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Washer and dryer, that is! After four years of cloth diapering, we finally made the switch from our "ancient" top loaders to a new HE front loading set. Excited was an understatement the day they arrived! And then, diaper laundry day came. "Ummm where do I begin?", "Am I suppose to change what I normally do?" , "Am I going to run into smelly diapers because of these things not using as much water?" , just a few of the issues I had to figure out. Dreading it, as it took me so long to find what worked for us with the old set!


Trial and error, right? I tried every combo imaginable! Rinse, rinse, wash, rinse. Wash, rinse,rinse, rinse. Rinse, rinse, rinse, wash, rinse. But as I feared, my diapers still had an odd smell to them before I would even dry them! Hot water, cold water, warm water, homemade detergent, different diaper detergents, and nothing. Finally after about a month I figured out a new washing system to along with the new washer! Our system now is cold water rinse, hot water wash with detergent, hot water rinse, cold water rinse, cold water rinse. Phew! I do end up rinsing a bit more than I did with the my top loaders, but I don't mind! I'm thankful to have our new washing system down and perfectly smell free diapers again! Green and energy efficient!

Shay is a stay at home mom of four children, cloth diapering for four years, 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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Out with the old, in with the new!

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When our family was making the decision whether or not to cloth diaper, the biggest selling point for my husband was that we would be saving money. One-size diapers have helped us not just save a little money, but to save a lot of money each month. This has helped our family a lot especially since I recently became a stay-at-home mom.

One-size diapers seem to be the best economical choice. They literally grow with your child rather than having to buy several different sizes of diapers. That meant that our baby who was six months old could wear the same diapers everyday that our three year-old could wear at night. No more buying pull-ups, no need to buy large diapers and separate small ones for our skinny baby. Also, if we have more children these diapers can even be used for our newborns since both of my babies were larger (9 pounds 2 oz & 8 pounds 7 oz) and other babies most likely would be around the same size. I've even had small stuffed animals and dolls "try on" these one-size diapers. They actually fit!


There seem to only be a few downfalls of one-size diapers. Since babies come in all shapes/sizes, it is possible that there might be times when a one-size diaper doesn't provide the best fit. Also, since one-size diapers are used for an extended time & sometimes with multiple children, they receive more wear and tear than a typical sized diaper. However, even after both of those cons, a one-size diaper was the best fit for our family's diapering needs.

~By Melissa
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Why I Love One-size Diapers

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Organization has always been one of my hobbies, but since having my 5-month-old, now it's a necessity. Since we share the house with my parents, it was important that everything related to diapering be not only contained in a neat fashion, but also easy for the grandparents to use (or else I would never have help changing diapers!). After struggling with some smaller baskets, I ended up repurposing a three-drawer plastic cart into diaper storage.

In the top drawer, we keep our fitted diapers (the mainstay of our stash) and the accompanying covers. The next drawer houses our going out and nighttime diapers, which for us are AIOs and pockets, as well as the doublers for them. And in the bottom drawer, we keep our small selection of prefolds, which we mainly use as burp cloths at this point or emergency diapers when I've put off laundry a bit too long. On top of the cart, we keep a basket that has our cloth wipes, a baby first aid kit, and a change of clothes.


Even my scatter-brained husband has been able to keep the diapers grouped appropriately, and so far the system is working great for us!

By Sara
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Organizing My Cloth Diaper Stash

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I had thought about using cloth with my first child however I became overwhelmed by all of the kinds and systems of diapers as well as being a new mom. I had a friend who used cloth but she made it seem so complicated and it just wasn't my style/way. She talked about using chinese prefolds, covers, and fasteners. She talked about complicated ways to wash them. This overwhelmed me as a new mom.

For my second child, we experienced some unexpected financial set backs so I did some research about cloth diapers. My husband says that it was easy to convert him. I showed him the information on Kelly's closet website. It talked about cost, savings over time, easier on environment, as well as health benefits (less rashes, etc.), and finally that some kinds of cloth diapers were just as easy as disposable. All of these have come true for us. We have saved thousands of dollars and we feel good about being green and doing something better for our son as well. My husband says that 'it made sense and it wasn't really much of an adjustment'. He's proud of our diapers and has showed others especially the 'safety orange'.

By Marla Hull
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Convincing Hubby To Switch To Cloth

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Earn Free Cloth Diapers