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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Will the GroVia ONE Change Cloth Diapering As We Know It?

Will the GroVia ONE Change Cloth Diapering As We Know It?

Will this be the ONE? In October, The O.N.E. by GroVia Kickstarter campaign blew through their initial $28,000 goal in just 4 days, then shot past their stretch goal of $60,000. 1,081 backers pledged $66,814 to fund this unique diaper in 4 colors and 3 prints. Backers were also able to choose from adorable bodysuits as part of their rewards. The final prototype has been tested, packaging has been fine-tuned, and rewards are currently shipping to backers as we speak. So how is the ONE different than other diapers currently available and how might it revolutionize and simply cloth diapering as we know it? Well cloth diapering has become a little confusing over the years.  The first modern cloth diapers bred more and more new styles and concepts, new terminology was invented and newbie cloth diapering moms and dads heads began to spin.  An insert might also be called a stuffin, doubler, soaker or pod.  Cotton was a popular option initially but now we have to choose between microfiber, terry, sherpa, birdseye, hemp and bamboo or is it bamboo viscose?  And are they or aren’t they all the same thing?  … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Giveaway!

Kelly Wels Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Giveaway With the most affordable, most convenient, and most sanitary diaper spraying accessory on the market, the Spray Collar is helping make the choice between disposables and cloth diapers a no-brainer! How it works Place the Spray Collar directly over the area with the majority of the mess. Press the Spray Collar right up against the dirty cloth diaper. Once the Spray Collar is flush against a surface, there is no means of escape for particulate spray. Enter to WIN! This week Kelly Wels is giving you a chance to win your very own Spray Collar!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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KellyWels.com Phresh Natural Deodorant Bundle & We Add Up Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Phresh Natural Deodorant Bundle & We Add Up Giveaway!

New Natural Product Giveaway from Kelly Wels This week’s giveaway features two great brands available at Green Team Distibution and their retailers! We Add Up advocacy magnets help you show your pride and interests conveniently.  Slap these magnets on your car, refrigerator and anywhere else a magnet would stick!  Enter to win and you might just receive this colorful Cloth Diapers magnet! Phresh Natural Deodorant is a great alternative to toxic, chemical-laden deodorants and anti-perspirants.  Available in scents for both men and women, Phresh is easy to apply and smells great!  One lucky winner will receive Phresh Deodorant of their choice as well as a bottle of their new Phresh Body Wash! Looking for a place to buy We Add Up or Phresh products?  Check out the Green Team Retailer locator here. Open to USA only.  Winner has 7 days to reply upon being emailed. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Simplifying the Entire Cloth Diapering Process

Simplifying the Entire Cloth Diapering Process

As I look back over the past 14 years of experience in the cloth diaper industry I am amazed how the industry has changed and I have to admit things were a bit easier ‘way back when’. I mean easier in that there were fewer choice of cloth diapers to choose from and a much more basic approach in regards to recommendations on cloth diaper washing. I apologize in advance if I offend anyone but I do get a laugh out of some of the ‘stories’ I have heard about washing and care of cloth diapers: ‘Stripping’ diapers in the dishwasher. Using dishwasher detergent in washing machine to wash diapers. Adding 3 or more ‘non-laundry’ ingredients to wash diapers. Micro-waving wet (but clean) cloth diapers to ‘destroy’ bacteria.…and on and on….and on! The endless hours and hours and hours of obsessing about washing cloth diapers on multiple forums.  I admit I can get carried away with the reading…I think we would all be shocked if we could some how add up the endless hours of ‘cloth diaper washing drama’ that we read and/or participated in. I was pleased yesterday when … Continue reading

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Kelly Wels, Owner of Green Team Distribution, Looking for Natural Products Retailers to Complete Industry Survey

Kelly Wels, Owner of Green Team Distribution, Looking for Natural Products Retailers to Complete Industry Survey

SOUTH PARIS, Maine, March 11, 2015 / – To better understand the state of the natural products retail industry, Green Team Distribution is collecting responses for its inaugural survey, What Natural Products Companies Want. The eco-friendly sales distribution company is looking to survey up to 100 eco-friendly retailers to better understand their marketing habits, revenue streams, and the opportunities and challenges they face in the year ahead. Retailers can complete the 10-minute survey at this link: https://aytm.com/r6ad06a. Kelly Wels, the owner and founder of Green Team Distribution, says having a better understanding of the perceptions of this unique slice of the retailer pie will help manufacturers, sales distribution companies, and retailers gauge where they stand among their industry peers and how they can improve their businesses. “I encourage all retailers who carry natural products to consider taking 10 minutes out of their busy days to share their thoughts, perceptions and insights on our industry. The more retailers who fill out the questionnaire, the more helpful the insights will be for everyone,” says Wels, who will make the results publicly available to industry professionals later this year. As an incentive for completing … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Eco-Easter Egg Coloring Kit & Easter Grass Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Eco-Easter Egg Coloring Kit & Easter Grass Giveaway!

Kelly Wels Easter Giveaway Green Team Distribution provides these great eco-easter products to their retailers nationwide.  Non-toxic egg coloring kits and biodegradable easter grass that won’t withstand the ages in a landfill somewhere. With the help of these two great eco-friendly products you can put a little more safety and fun back into Easter and take a whole lot more pvc, phthalates and plastics out! Enter to win an eco-eggs coloring kit and one bag of eco-grass from Green Team Distribution. Interested in purchasing these great products?  Check out Green Team’s retailer list here. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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My Favorite Budget-Friendly AIO Diapers

My Favorite Budget-Friendly AIO Diapers

When I first started cloth diapering, it was prefolds and covers only. AIO (All-in-One) diapers were a luxury I felt we just couldn’t afford. Most were $15.00 or more. The cloth diaper market is always changing and that means more budget-friendly AIO’s are now available. That’s great news, because the AIO is one of the easiest styles you’ll ever use. With nothing to fold, nothing to stuff and no inserts to snap in, it’s the closest thing to a disposable. It’s great to have just 1 or 2 AIO diapers for your diaper bag, for days when you are in a mad rush, or when someone is caring for your baby that’s not familiar with cloth. Here are two of my favorite AIO diapers that you can get for less than twelve dollars: The Imagine Stay Dry AIO: $10.95 The Imagine AIO is available at Nicki’s Diapers with free shipping. It has a plush microfleece inner and a snapped-in soaker pad with 4 layers of microfiber (the pad will stay permanently attached, even during washing). This AIO tends to run small; it stopped fitting my toddler around 25 pounds. The full … Continue reading

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change 5th Anniversary 4/18/15

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 5th Anniversary 4/18/15

The 5th annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is coming up on Saturday, April 18th, 2015. At 11 A.M. local time, locations across the globe will attempt to break last year’s record of 8,459 cloth diapers changed at one time. This event is a large fundraising effort for the Real Diaper Association and a fantastic way to raise awareness in your community. This year’s sponsors include Ju-Ju Monkey and TushMate – follow TushMate on Facebook for some great flash giveaways in the weeks leading up to GCDC. As of 2/24, there are 166 registered GCDC Hosts in 13 countries around the world. (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and the USA.) This year I’m hosting Great Cloth Diaper Change, Shepherdstown WV with GEN-Y Diapers. Check the GCDC map to find a location near you. If there isn’t one, consider hosting an event. Though some events have vendors, door prizes and goodie bags, you can keep it simple too. If you don’t think you will have enough attendees to qualify, you can always host a non-qualifying event for fun! Are you … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Cloth Diaper Advocacy T-shirt Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Cloth Diaper Advocacy T-shirt Giveaway!

Win a Keep Calm and Use Cloth Advocacy T-shirt from Kelly Wels! This week we’re giving you a chance to win a super fun advocacy t-shirt!  Kelly’s Keep Calm and Use Cloth Diapers T-shirt is a classic, loose-fit uni-sex 100% preshrunk cotton tee. MSRP $16.98 Enter to WIN! Win a Keep Calm and Use Cloth Diapers T-shirt in the size of your choice based upon our in-stock selection. Open to the USA only. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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