Washing Cloth Diapers Part-Time: One Mom’s Wash Routine

Washing Cloth Diapers Part-Time: One Mom’s Wash Routine

(This post contains affiliate links) Whether you are considering using cloth diapers at home while your baby uses disposables at daycare or if you’re potty training, there may come a time when you find yourself cloth diapering part-time. Though my son is now potty trained we are still using cloth at night. This means that I had to change my trusty routine from full diaper loads of 15-20 diapers three times a week to a partial load of 3-4 diapers twice a week. I don’t like to let my wet diapers to sit in the pail or wet bag for more than three or four days so now that we’re only using diapers at night, I am only washing about three or four diapers at a time. It would be incredibly wasteful to wash them alone and they probably wouldn’t get very clean anyway since you need more laundry in the machine for proper agitation. Now my diaper routine looks like this: Rinse diapers on the rinse cycle of my machine. If you are using cloth pads you can also rinse & wash them with the diapers. Add a full amount … Continue reading

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TOP 5 Reasons Cloth Diapers Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

TOP 5 Reasons Cloth Diapers Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

TOP 5 Reasons Cloth Diapers Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts Mother’s Day is just around the corner, are you still struggling to find the perfect gift?  Here are some reasons cloth diapers make a great gift and might be more thoughtful than you realized. 1.  She’ll know YOU GET HER She’s passionate about cloth diapering and you’ve watched her go from total newbie to total advocate.  Most people don’t quite understand why mamas get so involved in the cloth diaper community or why they just can’t stop shopping for cloth diapers.  Show her you really GET IT by giving her a cloth diaper you chose all by yourself! 2.  Sharing is CARING Perhaps you’ve been talking about cloth with a friend or family member who is expecting or a mama who’s still on the fence.  All it takes is one cloth diaper for her to test the waters.  For less than $20 you can purchase an affordable, reliable and adorable cloth diaper that she’s sure to love! 3.  Cloth Diapers make GREAT keepsakes Even if the mother you’re shopping for doesn’t use cloth diapers regularly, every mom is sure to … Continue reading

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Are There Really Must Have Cloth Diaper Accessories?

Are There Really Must Have Cloth Diaper Accessories?

Post contains affiliate links. When I began cloth diapering nearly 6 years ago, I was overwhelmed by all of the accessories I “needed” to have. Wet bags and liners and sprayers, oh my! How would I know which to choose, which I needed now, which could wait, and how would I pay for it all? It seems that many cloth diapering families have their own list of what accessories are absolute must have items and what are a waste of money. I’ll be the voice of dissent and say – all you need in order to cloth diaper are cloth diapers and a baby. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of goodies available to make cloth diapering easier or more fun, but don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff to make cloth diapering work. Here are some common cloth diaper accessories and why you might want them. Cloth wipes If you’re already using cloth diapers, it just makes sense to use cloth wipes as well. Cloth tends to do a better job cleaning messy bottoms than disposables, disposable wipes are expensive, … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Cloth Diaper Giveaway, WIN a Lil Joey Newborn 2pk!

KellyWels.com Cloth Diaper Giveaway, WIN a Lil Joey Newborn 2pk!

Cloth Diaper Giveaway from Kelly Wels Win a Lil Joey Newborn All In One 2pack from My Green Family in this KellyWels.com giveaway! Lil Joey cloth diapers are known for their ease of use, absorbency, fit and snap-down umbilical notch.  These popular cloth diapers are a must have for any newborn cloth diaper stash! My Green Family will be providing one lucky Kelly Wels fan with a Lil Joey 2 pack in the colors and/or prints of their choice. Want to shop for cloth diapers?  My Green Family has FREE USA Shipping on all order sizes for a limited time. This giveaway is open to the USA only.  Must be 18 yrs or older to enter to win.  Winner has 7 days to respond and claim their prize upon being emailed.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Do You Think Diapers Should be Tax-Free?

Do You Think Diapers Should be Tax-Free?

Photo: Cherry Buttons diaper cover Whether you use disposables or cloth, the diapers you buy for your baby (or babies) will end up costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The financial strain this creates has led some lawmakers to enact and propose tax breaks for families who buy diapers. States like Maryland, Texas and Tennessee already have a tax-free holidays during the year when things like diapers are exempt from sales tax for a weekend or full week. Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are among the states that do not require retailers to charge sales tax on diapers. If you live in Wisconsin, there is a tax exemption for diaper cleaning services. Currently, there are tax-free diaper proposals gaining steam in Illinois, Connecticut and California. They bring to mind some important questions: What would be the savings? With sales tax exempted, a family might save about 65 cents on a package of $7 generic disposables or 80 cents on a $10 reusable pocket diaper. Proponents of such legislation have estimated savings of $50 to $100 per year for a family. What would be the cost? Tax breaks mean millions … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Piggy Paint Natural Nail Polish Gift Set Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Piggy Paint Natural Nail Polish Gift Set Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Piggy Paint Natural Nail Polish Giveaway Enter to win a non-toxic nail polish gift set from Kelly Wels and Green Team Enterprises Distribution! Why is Piggy Paint safe nail polish? Non-toxic Low Odor Water-based formula Hypoallergenic Fun, vibrant colors Dries to a hard, durable finish Cruelty-free Safe for use during Pregnancy! Piggy Paint Ingredients Water, acrylates copolymer, neem oil.  May contain the following colorants (depending on shade):  Red 34 Lake, ultramarines, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, mica, red 28, yellow 10, violet 2, zinc sulfide/copper, copper flake, orange 5, and red 22. Wash hands with soap and water. Apply 2 -3 thin coats of Piggy Paint. Air dry 60 seconds. Blow dry polished nails for 1 minute with hair dryer set on warm heat/low blower setting. For safety purposes, please follow manufacturer’s instructions on blow dryer and always monitor your child. Since most young children are squirmy during the drying process of any polish, we suggest singing songs to pass the time. Two rounds of the “ABC’s” should make 60 seconds pass by very quickly. Make “Piggy Painting” a bonding experience for you and your child. Want to buy Piggy Paint?  … Continue reading

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Can You Fix Delaminated Cloth Diapers in the Dryer?

Can You Fix Delaminated Cloth Diapers in the Dryer?

From the time that I started cloth diapering over four years ago I have heard rumors. Rumors that you can fix or reseal the PUL of a delaminated cloth diaper in the dryer. Heat is used to seal many things so I guess by all accounts the logic is sound. Or is it? Let’s put that theory to the test, shall we? I went through much of my cloth diapering life without experiencing delamination until fairly recently. I started to notice that the PUL on one of my beloved KangaCare wet bags and an old SoftBums Omni was starting to separate. In case you’ve ever wondered what cloth diaper delamination looks like, it’s unmistakable when you finally see it. There are different kinds of PUL out there, some is smooth and some looks kind of like fish scales. The fish scale looking PUL may leave you wondering if your diaper is ruined, but it’s not. Real delamination starts to bubble and you can pull the lining away from the fabric like this: So you have a delaminated diaper. Now what? For this experiment I put the wet bag and the diaper … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Rumparooz/Kangacare Wetbag Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Rumparooz/Kangacare Wetbag Giveaway!

Kelly Wels Cloth Diaper Giveaway featuring Rumparooz You will fall in love with the Rumparooz Wetbag if you win this giveaway.  Rumparooz/Kangacare Wetbags are three dimensional making them easy to use, practical and durable-a triple threat! Easily contain smells while you either hang this diapering wetbag or place it on the floor and watch it sit up on it’s own! Available in a ton of colors and prints and with FREE USA Shipping at My Green Family! Enter to WIN using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to the USA only.  Winners have 7 days to claim their prize upon being contacted. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thinking About Buying Used Cloth Diapers? Here’s What You Should Know

Thinking About Buying Used Cloth Diapers?  Here’s What You Should Know

Post contains affiliate links. Buying used cloth diapers can be a great way to beef up your stash on the cheap, or find that hard to find print you’ve been dying for. Whatever your reasons are for shopping the used cloth diaper market, there are some things to consider to make the transaction go smoothly. Where will you buy? There are lots of places you can buy used cloth diapers. Buying from a retailer like Cloth Diaper Outlet, Diaper Junction or Kissed By The Moon may cost a bit more than buying from an individual, but it may be worth it (depending on your goals). Most retailers who sell gently used have stringent standards, and some even have a satisfaction guarantee. Buying from a person can be less expensive but sometimes riskier. Consider shopping via a buy/sell/trade board that offers seller feedback or ratings. In what condition is the diaper? Based on survey results, most buyers have the same expectation for used diaper condition terms such as EUC, VGUC, GUC and others. Unfortunately that’s not always the case with sellers, and what is sold as “VGUC” might look more like … Continue reading

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Building a Stash to Last

Building a Stash to Last

One of the many benefits to using cloth diapers is saving money. You can really rack in the saving by using your diapers on multiple kids. Here are some tips for building a stash to last, getting you the most bang for your buck. 1. Invest in Quality Diapers Whether you plan to use basic prefolds with covers or fancy All in Ones, be sure to do your research and buy from reputable companies that produce quality products. Spending a little more money at the start, especially on items with waterproof PUL and elastics, will serve you well in the end. 2. Opt for Snaps Over Hook & Loop While using snaps verses hook & look (Velcro or Aplix) closures are a matter of preference, snaps simply hold up better over time. That said, I have hook & loop diapers that are in great shape because I’ve been careful to maintain them and I do not put my hook & loop diapers in the dryer. Here’s a helpful post on cleaning up your hook & loop. Most companies that sell hook & loop diapers also sell hook & loop replacement kits. … Continue reading

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