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This week's fluff friday winner is: Julie Ketter!

She will receive the following:
2 Rumparooz G2 One Size Diapers - APLIX


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When I first started seriously researching cloth diapers, my son had just turned one and weighed around 24 pounds. One size diapers, claiming to work from birth to potty training, seemed like the most logical choice when it came to making an investment in a stash. Our initial stash was just that – one size diapers of mostly bumGenius 4.0 with some Kawaii pockets as well. They all worked great and since he was a little bigger at the time he didn’t have nearly the bubble butt I was expecting.

All was well for several months until he outgrew some of the one size brands (FuzziBunz, Kawaii, Rumparooz, and some WAHM diapers). It wasn’t that he outgrew the weight range, it was more his big frame and that his waist was too big. Our go to night time diaper no longer fit and even the BumGenius were getting to be a tight squeeze after stuffing for over night. I went back to the drawing board and decided to try out some FuzziBunz perfect size. Problem solved once again! These diapers were able to do the job over night and looked more comfortable on him. Even now at about 34 pounds, there are some brands (bumGenius & Happy Heiny’s) that he can wear in the one size but he also wears a few sized diapers as well.

Our second son was born this past winter & for the first time, we were cloth diapering a newborn. After using a combination of fitteds, prefolds and covers for the itty bitty stage, I was able to transition him into the one size diapers as well, at around 12 pounds. I was shocked at how tiny they could get. The first one size to fit him really well was the Rumparooz. Now at 6 months and 20 pounds, he is utilizing all of the diapers his big brother has outgrown as well as some bumGenius which still makes up the bulk of our stash. He also has a few sized FuzziBunz that I like to use when looking for a trim fitting option.

Utilizing one size diapers is the way to go financially. Check around to see what brands have worked best for other people with babies similar to size & shape as yours. Depending on the size of your baby, you may find a sized diaper to have a better fit and be less bulky than a one size. If going the sized route, you can always sell the smaller set to fund the new set. I have found each type of diaper has a use in our stash.

The final reason I like one size diapers is because I am one of the worst diaper bag packers on the planet. It is so nice that both boys can wear the same diaper with just adjusting the rise snaps quickly. On more than one occasion I have had to substitute out because somebody went through more diapers than I was anticipating or simply because I was frazzled & rushed trying to get out the door with a toddler and a baby and am unprepared! I don’t think things would work out as well trying to put a 2 year olds disposable diaper on an infant or vice versa!

By Megan
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One-Size vs Sized Debate

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There are many accessories that make cloth diapering easier and more fun, but the all-time best cloth diaper accessory is free, and easy to use. It's not hard to find, even though some places it's more readily available than others. It can be easy to miss at times, but here in Arizona, we have an abundance of it.

Sunshine.

Nothing quite transforms diapers like the power of the sun's rays. They will remove a stain, give a fresh scent, and bring diapers back to bright white. The power of the sun is not new to cloth diapering pros, but it still amazes me when a batch of diapers comes inside looking brand new just from being line dried. It might sound like I'm boasting or over-impressed with sunshine, but it is true. You'll see.

Another benefit of sunshine is that line-drying is also free. No increased energy costs here. It might take a little more effort and time, but the results are worth it. So if you've been throwing them in the dryer, stop and look outside. It might be time to freshen up with the sun. And if it's a hot summer day, like we are used to, then it's even faster outside than with the drier.

The second accessory that I could not live without is the diaper sprayer. The diaper sprayer is used on my house long after my daughter became potty trained. Obviously, it helps spray off waste and can rinse urine smells from diapers, but there are additional uses as well.

If baby gets messy, you put her in the bathtub and use the sprayer to clean up her. I mean, you can use it for diaper messes (we stopped using wipes to clean baby and opted for a spray down instead) but also mud, food, or anything else. The sprayer has also been used as a bidet for us adults.

The sprayer also helps me clean. When I scrub the tub and it needs a good rinse, I use the sprayer instead of the shower-head because the sprayer is faster and more direct. If I have a clothing stain that needs direct water pressure, I use the sprayer because it's better than the faucet.

A diaper sprayer is a worthy investment and an easy to use (and install) accessory.

There are other accessories that I love like diaper pail liners. With diaper changes upstairs and the washer downstairs, it's a good thing to have a quality pail liner to transfer the dirty diapers. No one wants a leaky mess or an accidental dirty diaper to fall out before washing. I don't have a favorite brand and I hear people make their own. Either way, if you have a two story house, it's worth it to have a dependable one.

Cloth wipes and wetbags are also nice things to have around, but they don't compare to the amazing power of the sun or the versatility of the diaper sprayer. I tell anyone who is interested that the sprayer truly is worth it if they plan on cloth diapering their little ones.

Bio: Alicia is an 8th grade English and Drama teacher and is a pretty crunchy momma. She shares her Arizona home with a wonderful husband, energetic 3 year old, sweet 1 month old, 1 crazy dog, and 7 happy chickens.
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The Free Freshener

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We traveled several states away to spend Christmas with my husband's family in Illinois, and because of the number of people staying in the house and using the washing machine, we decided to use disposables while we were gone. This is our first time using disposables for an extended period of time since our little one was three months old-- she is now nine months. Most cloth-diaper users are so fiercely passionate about their cloth that they are often reluctant to admit any positives about disposables. So, despite my own staunch love of cloth, I figured I would use this experience to compare and contrast cloth and disposables in an honest way.

While I have loved using cloth so far, I expected to feel a sense of relief or respite using disposables for a week. And I suppose it was nice not having to rinse diapers and launder them for a few days. However, I have found that I sorely missed our cloth diapers during that week! I have been quite unimpressed, for one, with how much the disposables are able to hold. (For comparison purposes, I'm using Target brand diapers in size 3, and most of her cloth diapers she would normally wear are bumGenius 4.0s.) When my daughter wakes up in the morning, I am used to being able to nurse her before changing her diaper since her cloth never leaks. But with disposables, her pajamas are already a bit damp around the leg-holes since the disposable diaper just isn't as reliable at holding it all in. I am finding myself changing her diaper almost twice as often as I would with her cloth since she keeps leaking, and even when she's not, I am afraid she is going to. I can't even remember the last time her cloth diapers leaked.

Also, the disposable don't provide as stable of a sitting-surface (or a landing-pad) for a growing 9-month old. Beyond these things, though, probably my biggest complaint is the smell. With her cloth, I can't even tell many times if the diaper is dirty or just wet until I actually open it; with the disposables though, the smell smacks you in the face immediately, even before removing it, and something about the smell of the pee mixed with the chemicals in the diapers is just awful! Another thing I must complain about is how bored I am with the lack of color. The "up&up" brand is cuter than most with its bubbles of green and blue, but I miss the bright colors and patterns of our cloth diapers. bumGenius's newest colors (dazzle, mirror, and sassy) are my favorites of the diapers we own!

The one thing I will admit I like quite a bit about the disposables is how trim they are. My baby girl is thought of as the chunky baby in the family simply because she has a couple of very long and thin cousins, but she is not actually a very thick baby. But I think her cloth diapers make her appear to be fatter than she actually is, and I have enjoyed the fact that the disposables reveal her cute little frame! That one concession, though, is relatively small compared to the annoyances I have dealt with this week as I have used disposables.

So many people look at me like I am crazy when they hear that we do cloth diapers, but I have felt that our week of using disposables has made me more glad than ever to be using cloth! Even though extra loads of laundry can get old occasionally, and cloth diapers often require us to buy a size up in pants for the little one, I am positive that the few disadvantages of cloth are far outweighed by their many virtues! I could hardly wait to get home and get my sweet girl back in her fluff!

Bio: Rachel is a stay-at-home mom of a wonderful baby girl. She is loving motherhood and enjoys looking for ways to keep a sense of humor about parenting, pregnancy, cloth diapers, and life in general.
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Our Hiatus from Cloth

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