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This week's fluff friday winner is: Erin Nicholas!

She will receive:
1 Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer

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When I had my first child, I never saw myself as a cloth diaperer. I had the same thought process that a lot of people do; it’s too messy, I’ll never be able to keep up with it, I can’t afford the upfront investment, just plain EWWWW, the list goes on..

Flash forward five years. My third child is seven months old and I’m officially delving into the world of cloth diapering. My non CD family and friends think I’m nuts.

“But Jill, you work full time and have three kids! How are you going to find the time?”

“Isn’t that super expensive to start?”

And, my favorite, “Oh, I have a friend who cloth diapers and she spends all her time over the toilet, rinsing poop. BLECH.”

Despite these naysayers, and a hesitant husband, I’ve decided to fully commit to cloth diapering my daughter. What’s more, I’m ridiculously excited about it.

So, what caused such a drastic change of heart? Money, of course, is always a factor. After doing tons (no, seriously, TONS) or research, I found that, even though I’m starting pretty late in the game, I’ll still be saving at least $1000 over disposables. Who doesn’t want to save a thousand dollars?

The biggest motivator, though, wasn’t the money flying out of my pocket book. It was the bags upon bags of dirty diapers going into my trash can.

We all know that having children changes everything. Suddenly life isn’t all about you. You become keenly aware that these little people are going to inherit the world someday. You watch as your words and actions mold the people they become. And you wonder what things will be like when they grow up and have children of their own.

I’m putting everything I have into raising kind, compassionate people. I want to teach them to treat the Earth with respect. Afterall, it’s the only planet we’ve got. Just teaching them, saying the words over and over, isn’t enough. It’s my duty as a parent to lead by example. How can I tell them to do everything they can to protect the environment when I’m not doing it myself?

Disposable diapers last up to 500 years in landfills. Five HUNDRED. That means, someday, when archaeologists are learning about our culture, they’re going to be sifting through thousands of pounds of diaper sludge. It means that all of the chemicals that go into the creation of disposables are leaching into the ground every day.

I looked into biodegradable disposables, just for the sheer convenience.

The cost was high, but I thought, I only have one in diapers, it might be worth an extra $20 a month. When I mentioned it to my husband he said, “Umm, but then you’re putting those diapers into plastic trash bags... that go into a landfill.”

It was then that I seriously started looking into cloth. I bought a FuzziBunz OS Elite at a local retailer and tried it on my little munchkin. Not only was her diaper butt the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, she was also ridiculously happy in them! I swear she could feel a difference. That sealed the deal.

So now I’m a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, baby wearing Mama. The ideal vision of parenthood is an ever changing thing, unique to each individual. For me, taking better care of the planet my children will inherit is a big part of that vision. Cloth diapering is just another step to becoming the best Mama I can be.

BIO: Jillian is a mother of three who works full time outside the home. When not wrangling small children or doing the corporate thing, she enjoys writing, running, and doing what she can to make the world a better place. http://www.bravenewmomma.wordpress.com
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Saving the World, One Diaper At A Time

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We all know about the function of cloth diapers. For one, they keep all that mess off our floors and out of our little ones’ clothes, they’re reusable, they save us money, they make us feel good about our impact (or lack of impact) on the environment. But the perfectness of cloth diapers doesn’t stop there. Enter, Fashion.

Do you ever get photos taken of your little ones or decide to set up a photo shoot of your own at home? Don’t want or have the funds to buy a new pricey outfit? Perfect! Throw them into your favorite cloth diaper and call it a day!

Many babies and toddlers simply prefer to go pants-less, and when they’re wearing cloth diapers this is a non-issue. On impulse walks around our neighborhood, it looks like I put effort into my son’s t-shirt and diaper “outfit.” Same thing with quick trips to the mall and post office (to pick up fluffy mail, of course). Throw a diaper on and BAM, outfit. How many times have you seen their sposie counterparts ruining cute clothes (and I'm not just talking blowouts)? Baby girls in pretty tutus and dresses with a sposie diaper bum peeking out? And Baby Legs paired with sposies? Never heard of such an aberration!

If you’re still not sold on cloth after hearing story after story of their function and frugality, think about the countless fashion faux pas you’re destined to make all thanks to disposable diapers. Your future fashionista will be sure to thank you.

Tips for creating simple cloth diaper outfits on a budget: As fall nears frequent children’s clothing stores in your area and get your hands on the discounted summer t-shirts (try to buy colors that work well with the diapers you already own). Hint: I have found t-shirts at Old Navy for as low as $1.50. Layer with long sleeve tees and pair with Baby Legs as the weather gets chilly!

Amy D. blogs at Not Your Average Baby Blog, and has a wonderful husband and 15 month old boy. She loves cloth diapers, makeup and anything organic - Pictures used with permission from http://katiehallphoto.com/
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Cloth: Function + FASHION

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Jill Shoemaker

I'm a stay at home mom to 2 daughters, 3.5 year old Keeley and 1 year old Brennan, married to Matthew for 11 years.

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby? At first, we thought we'd cloth diaper to save money, and then we realized all the possible benefits: health, ecological, and cuteness! I guess it's a little bit of everything now.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader? Definitely my husband, he was open to it from the very beginning and happily changes diapers (okay maybe happily is a stretch), from AIO to prefold with ease.

What is your favorite diaper and why? After trying nearly every style, I've centered back on the AIO as my favorite style, because of the ease of use and friendliness for anyone doing the diaper change. Other types still have their uses, but daddy definitely reaches for AIOs and they are our diaper bag go-to for outings. We have all 3 styles of BG AIOs and like them all.

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why? Is super-napping a power? I'd love to get 5 minutes of rest and be fully refreshed.

Describe your parenting style using three words. Without bubble wrap!

What is one product you absolutely can't live without? Cloth wipes

How do you think being a parent has changed you? Although I'm not the most patient person, I've become more so as my parenting days progress. I'm more careful about how my choices, words and deeds influence others.

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