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Fluff Friday 211

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This week's fluff friday winner is: Tiffany Hayes!

She will receive the following:
1 My Swim Baby Swim Diaper
1 My Swim Baby Sun Hat

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Fluff Friday 210 WINNER!

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I started cloth diapering for all the predictable reasons: I wanted to save money and save the planet. When we make the jump into cloth diapering, we do so knowing that there will be benefits. Hello! Why give up the assumed convenience of disposables without getting something much better in return. After a year of fluff, I'm happy to say that I have saved a ton of money and drastically reduced our household waste, but there have also been some surprising benefits. Here are the ten benefits of fluff that I wasn't expecting.

  1. Cloth diapers allowed me to bridge a generation gap. Suddenly, I have something in common with a grandmother who sees the world very differently than I do. Cloth diapers have strengthened my relationship with not just my grandma, but with many older women.
  2. I finally learned to sew! Many a good woman has tried to teach me to sew, and many have failed. While I will probably never make my own diaper from scratch, I have learned to sew wipes and doublers. Cool!
  3. Our family is better prepared for emergencies. With all the storms in the current news, many of us are wondering how we can better prepare our families for natural disasters. Having cloth diapers and a washing bucket on hand help my family be better prepared for inclement weather.
  4. Cloth diapers have increased my confidence as a parent. I was really apprehensive to take the plunge into cloth, and I remember feeling genuine fear when we used our last disposable diaper. I had been using disposables for over 2 years with my first child, so it was natural to have some trepidation. After a year of cloth diapering, however, I've realized I'm much more resourceful than I ever gave myself credit for.
  5. I've been inspired to “green-up” my life in other ways. My husband jokingly calls cloth diapers my gateway drug into green living. Reducing our waste by using cloth made us look at other wasteful practices in our home and seek better solutions to everyday problems.
  6. For the first time ever, I feel hip. Cloth diapers are popping up everywhere! Cloth diapers are quickly becoming the new “it” trend in parenting, and I'm on the leading edge of that movement. That has never, ever happened to geeky me before.
  7. I'm better organized. All that beautiful fluff has to go somewhere, and it has to be cleaned on a schedule. Our diapering routine has helped me to be more organized, even though there was a learning curve at the beginning.
  8. I have the best dressed kid. Cloth is cute. Period. I defy anyone to look at a fluffy butt and not think it's adorable. In our house, we have prints and patterns and bright colors and a whole plethora of cute fluff. Even my friends who are skeptical of cloth think my baby's butt is the cutest.
  9. I've learned to love the mail again. When you're a kid, the mail is a magical thing that brings cards and birthday presents. As an adult, my mail mostly consisted of bills, which are pretty much the opposite of magical. Now, my mailman brings me fluff packages, which I look forward to with a ridiculous level of enthusiasm.
  10. I've found a like-minded community. I love other cloth diapering families! We may not do everything the same and we may not cloth diaper for the same reasons, but most of us share some common values. Participating on cloth diaper blogs and forums has helped me make friends and build a network of parenting support. It's cool to belong to such a fun community.
I'm such a fluff-addict. I never thought that cloth diapering would be a lifestyle choice for my family, but it has certainly changed our family for the better. It is so easy to get pulled into this whole cloth diapering community; everyone is so welcoming and supportive of each other. If you're just starting out on your cloth diaper journey, seek out help from experienced families and become a part of the movement. If you're an experienced cloth diapering mama or dad, share the wisdom and the passion with those who are just starting out. There is a place and a need for all of us.

Bio: Heather is a fourth-generation Montanan, mom to two crazy-boys, and wife to one amazing husband. You can follow her eco-sensible lifestyle at moderatelycrunchy.blogspot.com
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The 10 Surprising Benefits of Fluff

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We’ve all heard cloth is good for baby’s skin as compared to the plastics and chemicals commonly found in disposables, but what if your cloth diapered baby breaks out into a rash that clears up when you switch back to throw-aways? This happens more often than you might think, but there are lots of things you can try before giving up on cloth.

First of all, tackle the rash while you search for the cause. For a generic rash, any cloth diaper safe cream will do, but if you need something stronger or have to get a prescription and the ingredients aren’t cloth friendly, invest in a roll of flushable liners to use in your diapers while medicating your little one’s bum. They are very economical; the 100-count Bummis roll is just $8.00. And before assuming cloth is the problem, rule out medical or biological causes like yeast, food allergies, teething, colds and flu, all which can spark a rash on your baby’s bottom.

Ok, so if baby is not sick or teething and doesn’t have any food allergies, then why the rash?

Is your baby wearing primarily pockets? If so, then the answer is most likely that he or she is sensitive to microfleece, suedecloth or velour, all of which are commonly used to line the inside of diapers. Although these are marketed as “stay dry” fabrics and work great for most babies, sensitivities are possible. Fortunately, there are pocket diapers like the BabyKicks Basic and BabyKicks Premium which give you the option of putting a natural fiber like hemp right up against the skin, instead of synthetic polyester. Another option would be to try bamboo pocket diapers, which have a gentle and hypoallergenic inner lining. And remember that the microfiber inserts included with pocket diapers are never meant to be placed right against your baby’s skin. They must be stuffed in the pocket as this fabric is irritating to almost all babies, sensitive or not!

Is your baby using cotton prefolds or flats? It’s possible that your child is especially sensitive to wetness, even though you’re using natural fibers. In that case, pockets or other “stay dry” diapers might work for you. If you are curious about pockets but don’t want to shell out a lot of cash, Kawaii would be a good brand to try as an experiment. If you want to stick with your prefolds or flats, consider laying a stay-dry insert on top. Sometimes, just changing more frequently and keeping a good cloth diaper safe cream on their bum will also do the trick. And yes, it’s even possible that your baby could be allergic to cotton, so if the redness hangs around after trying the above fixes, consider hemp or bamboo instead.

One of the best things about diaper inserts and liners is that they can allow you to test out a different fabric against your baby’s skin while still using the system you have in place.

Is your baby’s rash or skin irritation limited to a very small area? Some mothers might discover redness around the waist or legs and assume baby is allergic to cloth. But the issue is most likely improper fit. When the waistband or leg band is too tight, it can cause some really nasty redness. Sometimes, velcro is the culprit. Make sure it’s not rubbing your baby’s skin anywhere when fastening the cover or diaper. Your baby might also be sensitive to the type of fabric used on the waistband and leg bands, such as fold-over elastic which contains latex. Try a diaper or cover with the elastic hidden or “encased” inside PUL, TPU or microfleece.

Is your baby getting a rash no matter what diaper you try? Does the rash go away as soon as you go back to disposables? In this case, there might be a problem with your laundry routine. Have you tried switching detergent brands in case there is an ingredient your baby is sensitive to? Are diapers being thoroughly rinsed, or could they use a good stripping?

Getting to the bottom of a rash, allergy or skin sensitivity may take a little bit of detective work, but it’s worth the time and effort if it will help keep your baby and cloth and keeping saving your family money!

BIO: Anne is a cloth diapering, home schooling, hobby farming and just all-around busy mother of 5 wonderful children and is expecting another in January! She is the creator of the Zephyr Hill Blog and works from home as a professional naming consultant through her business Discovery Naming Service.
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Cloth Diapering a Sensitive Bottom

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At the age of 13, I decided that I would NEVER use cloth diapers. My youngest sister is twelve years younger than me and throughout her years in diapers, I helped my mom change many cloth diapers. As many of you can imagine, that meant prefolds, pins, and rubber pants. The worst part that thankfully, my mother took care of, was dunking the stinky diapers in the toilet. Although I am unaware of whether or not there were more advanced versions of cloth diapers back in 2001, this was how my mom diapered me and my other two siblings, and, like they say, don’t fix what isn’t broken! Sometime throughout the two years that my sister was in diapers, I remember proclaiming to my mom that “I will never use cloth diapers on my own kids.” Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong! Not only have I been cloth diapering my son for over a year, but I will be cloth diapering our second child after her arrival! Let me tell you how I came to the decision to cloth diaper my children.

When my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child we were overjoyed! After a few months of crunching numbers and planning out what items we would need to purchase, we realized that our financial situation was not going to be as flexible after the baby came as it was before. My plan was to become a stay-at-home mom once our son arrived in August of 2011. While spending months of research on baby products ranging from cribs to toys to clothes, I finally approached the dreaded question that I knew I would one day have to ponder: Will cloth diapering our son save us money? The conclusion that I came to was an obvious YES! Much of my research came from allaboutclothdiapers.com. This website was extremely helpful and gave me all of the advice that I needed.

Now that I had come to the conclusion that I would use cloth diapers for my son, I had to decide what style diapers to use and what brand to purchase. I was amazed to find that there were hundreds of options from One-Sized diapers to Sized diapers, from flats and prefolds with covers to Pockets and AIO’s. I was completely overwhelmed by all of the options and it took me nearly two months to come to a decisive conclusion. My final decision was to use Pocket style diapers of a variety of brands. I started my diaper stash out with mainly BumGenius diapers and Kawaii diapers. I also received a few free diapers from Kelly’s Closet too!

I have been cloth diapering for over a year now, and I am even more excited to try newborn cloth diapering for our second child when she arrives early next year! I wish I had been braver last year when my son was born. I missed out on a whole other adventure in cloth diapering when we decided to wait to use cloth diapers on our son until he could fit into one size diapers. Thankfully, I am experiencing that adventure now as we plan our newborn cloth diaper path for our daughter!

Even though I had initially said that I would never use cloth diapers, ten years later, I began my cloth diapering adventure! Maybe you are skeptical of using cloth diapers? Don’t be afraid to do some research and find out for yourself if cloth is right for your family! I am sure that you will be amazed at your findings!

Bio: Tara Yousef is a Stay-at-home Mom to her 15 month old little boy. She is married to the love of her life and they are expecting their second child, a little girl, in January! Tara enjoys cloth diapering, crafting, baking, and everything in between!
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Convincing Myself to use Cloth Diapers

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