What’s new in the cloth diaper world!

What’s new in the cloth diaper world!

If you spend anytime on social media, you’ve been bombarded with posts from ABC Kids. All of the biggest brands and retailers are attending this huge expo. ABC Kids is a trade show where the hottest brands set up booths showing off their products and retailers attend to check it out and place orders! It’s not open to the public, but it’s every mom’s dream to sneak in and see all of those products in person! It’s like the Mall of America but better! Want to see what’s coming soon to a cloth diaper retailer near you? Thirsties has a new one-size all-in-one (AIO), new prints and colors, and I’ve heard a rumor of a newborn AIO diaper too! Rump-a-rooz announced a new color, Sherbert, and two new prints, Invader and Jeweled! GroVia has two new colors, Topaz and Lotus, a new “No Prep” soaker, and a new product, “One” which is a new all in one! Best Bottom just released some new prints! How cute are these? And Planet Wise announced these new print combos in their covers, new prints for their wet bags, plus a new “lite” version … Continue reading

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#DiaperNeed Awareness Week and the #GivingHope Challenge

#DiaperNeed Awareness Week and the #GivingHope Challenge

September 8-14, 2014 is Diaper Need Awareness week. This event was started by the National Diaper Bank Network to recognize the diaper gap in America. At Giving Diapers, Giving Hope we are part of the solution to diaper need. We’ve helped over 600 families and shipped nearly 11,000 cloth diapers to qualified families for just the cost of shipping since we began in 2011. The #GivingHope Challenge To raise awareness about Diaper Need and help more families get the cloth diapers we provide we are #GivingHope September 8-16! We want to challenge YOU to pick ONE cloth diaper in good used condition, or new condition to send to us. For many of you it won’t be much of a challenge. We also want your donation to inspire others so if you’d like, post a photo to Instagram! Here is how: 1. Take a photo of you with a diaper in an envelope addressed to: GDGH Donations C/O The Natural Baby Co 1203 North Rouse Unit 3E Bozeman MT 59715 2. Cover your return address with your hand or a sticker using an app in your phone. 3. Post to Instagram … Continue reading

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A Look Inside the Cloth Diaper

A Look Inside the Cloth Diaper

I finally have my own washer and dryer, yet a part of me is nostalgic about hand washing my son’s cloth diapers. It was my daily labor of love. I “hand” washed my diapers using the WonderWash, a small hand-powered crank washer. Between all the spraying, cranking, rinsing, wringing, and folding of diapers I got up and personal with my stash and started observing distinct differences materials inside my diapers. Have you paid much attention to your diapers’ insides or compared different diapering fabrics? As I noted each diaper’s properties I felt like I was back in grade school science class. Some fabrics are more stain resistant than others. Different materials absorb and release liquid at different rates. Some materials require multiple layers for extra absorbency while others can be trim and also hold a lot of liquid. Fascinating isn’t it! Staining: First off, I always say unless you’re looking to sell your used diapers for top dollar don’t worry about a little staining. That said, cloth diapering materials containing natural oils like bamboo are stain resistant. On the other hand, I found microfiber diapers, even those with stay-dry interiors, tend to hang onto … Continue reading

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Work Duties—Ditch the Diapers?

Work Duties—Ditch the Diapers?

This past month was filled with fun, excitement, and anticipation.  I started working at a new job! I left my job working in a scientific research lab and launched into a full time position as a medical writer.  The move was fairly seamless, but the transition meant that there were some adjustments for our family.  There were new schedules—I was leaving for work before my husband and kids went to daycare.  There were new dress codes—no more showing up to work in jeans, a T-shirt, and with a questionable baby drool stain.  There was also a new level of mental strain—I had a lot to learn in my new position and I was exerting an enormous amount of energy to take it all in during my first few weeks. Amidst all the changes of the new job, I was feeling pressure to take a break from cloth diapering.  It seemed like using cloth diapers was just one more thing on the to do list: did I really want to juggle a new job and diapers?  There was one morning where I was folding cloth wipes into the reusable wipe container … Continue reading

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The Cloth Diapering Community

The Cloth Diapering Community

My little guy turned one this past July and since then I find myself reminiscing about those early days of motherhood. To be honest, as I prepared for my BabyCakes’ arrival, I wasn’t sure I had what it took to be a first time mom and cloth diaper a newborn. All that changed when I started interacting with the cloth diapering community. Cloth diapering not only saves money, helps the environment, and is better for a little one’s bum; it also connects moms to a community of supportive mothers who want to see others succeed in cloth! You know how it is, find another cloth diapering mama and BAM, there’s an outpouring helpful tips and, more importantly, reassuring encouragement. Over and over I heard, “If I can do it, you can do it.” I was so fortunate that a couple of experienced cloth diapering moms’ took me under their wings during the early days. One generous mama gifted me her newborn stash! My sister, Bert, the founder of our blog, First Time Mom, was always a phone call away to answer even the silliest questions. Another friend let me barrow some diapers her baby had out grown. … Continue reading

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Is There Such a Thing As Too Many Cloth Diapers?

Is There Such a Thing As Too Many Cloth Diapers?

During the 6 month period I had two children in cloth diapers full time, I would have said “no way, you can never have too many diapers!” I felt most comfortable when I had at least 24 diapers (for each child) so I could wash every other day and not rush to stuff them & get them ready to use again. It’s also nice to have extras as designated night time diapers (if you choose), a spare or two to keep in the car, and enough to have “changing stations” in each area you regularly change diapers. Once I only had 1 full time cloth diapered baby, I felt like I was drowning in diapers, and I pared down my stash. 2-3 times a year, I donate cloth diapers I’ve received for review, or that I’ve purchased and didn’t end up being my favorites. About a year-ish ago, I gave about a dozen that needed new H&L to a mom wanting to use cloth, who had a sewing machine and was eager to fix them up and use them. That left me a little short on diapers, so I jumped … Continue reading

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Kelly Wels Giveaway – WIN a Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar!

Kelly Wels Giveaway – WIN a Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar!

The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar is a unique diaper sprayer splatter shield that allows you to spray your diapers at close range, without the risk of getting “up close and personal” with the toilet, water or overspray. See it in action below: Ready to shop for a Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar? Locate your nearest Green Team Retailer today! The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar will fit the following cloth diaper sprayer brands: BumGenius Aquaus Knickernappies OsoCozy Blueberry Flo Bumkins Amp The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar will also fit most other cloth diaper sprayers with nozzles 1 inch to 1.25 inches in diameter, including generic kitchen sprayers. If you are concerned whether or not the Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar will fit your generic sprayer, please email the Team@DiaperDawgs.com with a picture of your sprayer and the diameter measurement of the nozzle prior to purchasing. PLEASE NOTE: If you own a diaper sprayer with a nozzle-style toilet mount, the Spray Collar, may or may not fit when turned around and set inside the mount BACKWARDS. This “backwards” storage is most successful if your current nozzle-style mount tilts up at an angle when hanging … Continue reading

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Cloth Diaper News: FuzziBunz Launches NEW One Size Diaper Collection

Cloth Diaper News:  FuzziBunz Launches NEW One Size Diaper Collection

CRG Launches Redesigned FuzziBunz® Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diapers Designed for Better Fit and Performance from Birth to Toddlerhood Company says its focus is to provide the highest quality and best performing cloth diapers LAFAYETTE, La., Aug. 15, 2014 The makers of FuzziBunz® modern cloth diapers today unveil the long awaited redesign of its adjustable cloth pocket diapers. FuzziBunz®, a pioneer name in cloth diapering, returns anew under the stewardship of Louisiana-based CRG, llc.  This product launch is the first of a series, which will result in a complete redesign of the existing diaper product line and several new and innovative diaper products. Today’s launch reveals two new versions of the FuzziBunz® adjustable diapers: The One Size – Small fits comfortably on children from 7-lb infants to 30-lb toddlers. The One Size – Large fits comfortably on children from 10-lb infants to 45-lb toddlers. “We worked on this design for over nine months,” says Roy Couvillion, CRG co-owner and product design engineer. “We examined the evolution of the FuzziBunz® design and considered feedback from many users. It became obvious that one size does not fit all. Some parents preferred the original … Continue reading

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Natural Fibers and Cloth Diaper “Shrinkage”

Natural Fibers and Cloth Diaper “Shrinkage”

Maybe you’re old enough to remember the Seinfeld episode about “shrinkage” and giggle anytime you hear the word. Or maybe you’ve just shrunken a few too many onesies and you understand that shrinking clothing is not a good thing. Well, in the cloth diapering world shrinking is actually normal and a good sign! Did you know that natural fiber cloth diapers often shrink as they are prepped and washed? Natural fiber cloth diapers should be washed several times before use or they will not be optimally absorbent. Not only does washing prepare the diaper to absorb liquid, but it also shrinks the fabrics. Shrinking fabric can be somewhat of a shock when you aren’t expecting it. It had been over 4 years since I prepped any natural fiber cloth diapers. I decided to order some hemp boosters (aff link*) and was pleasantly surprised when they arrived earlier than expected. I pulled the boosters out of the box and had a moment of shock when I saw how big the boosters were. There was no way the boosters were going to fit inside our new Chaplin FLIP cover. Then I had … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding products to fall in love with!

Breastfeeding products to fall in love with!

Last week was World Breastfeeding Week and to celebrate we’ve got a run down of some of the greatest breastfeeding accessories you may not know about! Reusable Nursing Pads – Ditch the itchy, uncomfortable disposable pads and switch to comfy, cloth pads! Bamboobies are my absolute favorite brand! The daytime version are incredibly trim and oh so soft and the nighttime version keeps you dry for those longer stretches! Nipple Cream – Go all natural with a nipple cream made from natural, safe ingredients! Skip the harmful chemicals on the area where your baby will be eating and choose a safe cream like Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter! Nursing Cover – If you or your baby feel more comfortable with a little privacy when you nurse, choose a large breathable nursing cover. The Bamboobies Nursing Shawl looks like a shirt so it provides a stylish way to nurse comfortably. Nursing Teas – Whether you are looking to increase your nursing supply or decrease due to weaning, Earth Mama Angel Baby has a tea that suits your needs! The only thing else you need is a hungry baby and maybe … Continue reading

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