15 Years of Cloth Diapers

15 Years of Cloth Diapers

I recently stumbled across the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and boy, have I wasted a lot of time there! You can take a peek at what a domain looked like years ago. For example, this was my first portal to the internet: Oh yeah. So I thought it would be a fun experiment to peek back at some of my favorite brands of cloth diapers to see their humble beginnings. First up, Bummis wins the award for having the oldest website cache I could find. The screenshot below was what the Bummis homepage looked like on January 25, 1999. Kissaluvs has been in business since 1998, but the first good screenshot I found was from 2001:  I love this view of the Cotton Babies website from August of 2004. I couldn’t find mention of their bumGenius brand on the available archived pages. In January of 2007, the bumGenius homepage looked like this: And in March of 2007, one of my favorite brands, Thirsties, appeared on the web. (I think they should win the “Most Improved Website and Tagline” award, don’t you?) And finally, just for fun, here’s an image of … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting: When Cloth Diapers Make a Rash Worse

Troubleshooting:  When Cloth Diapers Make a Rash Worse

You’ve probably heard before that cloth diapered babies get less rashes because the fabric is breathable and they are generally changed more frequently. While that may be true for many babies, it hasn’t been true for mine. In fact, I’ve discovered that sometimes switching my baby to a disposable for a short time is the only thing that seems to help a stubborn rash clear up. What’s going on? If your baby has a rash that seems to clear up, or at least get better, when you switch to disposables, here are a few possible causes. Ammonia:  This caustic substance is produced by urine and can build up in diapers to the point that it causes irritation and burning to the skin. Instead of switching to disposables, try using more detergent. If that doesn’t get them good and clean, strip with a product like GroVia Mighty Bubbles or Eco Sprout’s Ammonia Bouncer. To ensure the problem doesn’t repeat, make sure your baby’s fluid intake is adequate to avoid concentrated urine. Try rinsing overnight diapers before throwing them in the pail. Infection: If your baby is fighting an infection, like yeast, … Continue reading

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Using cloth diapers with a toddler: is it worth it?

Using cloth diapers with a toddler: is it worth it?

When your baby is a newborn, it’s easy to see the value and monetary savings from cloth diapers.  Newborn babies can easily use 12-15 diapers a day.  A. DAY.  That is a lot of diapers.  Thankfully that level of “output” doesn’t last forever.  Toddlers may only need 4-5 diapers a day.  You will be happy about using fewer diapers, washing less frequently, and dealing with very few messy diapers.  Cloth diapering seems almost too easy, but then you might start questioning why you are still using cloth diapers at all.  However, there are two very important reasons to continue using cloth. 1)   Toddler-size disposable diapers are more expensive Larger disposable diapers are more expensive than smaller-sized disposable diapers.  Although you are using fewer diapers in a day, the price increase may mean you are spending 2 to 3 times as much per diaper on a toddler-sized diaper rather than those cute, newborn-sized diapers. Part of this is because toddlers need more absorbency than newborn babies. Companies can justify the price increase because the diaper may cost slightly more to manufacturer; however, the real reason for the price increase is probably … Continue reading

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Support Giving Diapers Giving Hope on #GivingTuesday

Support Giving Diapers Giving Hope on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 is the third annual #GivingTuesday, a day to give back and make a difference. This year, consider supporting Giving Diapers Giving Hope, a national cloth diaper bank lending cloth diapers to income qualified families. How can you help? Manufacturers: Consider a buy 1/give 1 campaign, donate your second quality products or overstock. Retailers: Add an option to your cart that allows customers to round up their purchase to the next whole dollar, or add a dollar to donate. Host a drop off site for customers to donate their gently used diapers. Individuals: Donate your good condition used diapers. Everyone: Make a monetary donation, sponsor a family’s shipping fee and tell others! Are you supporting Giving Diapers Giving Hope today? Consider posting on Social Media with the #GivingTuesday hash tag and tagging @GivingDiapersGH to be an advocate!

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Vote for the Best of 2014 at Change-Diapers

Vote for the Best of 2014 at Change-Diapers

To honor the best new products of 2014, Change-Diapers is hosting the Best of 2014 Awards. Between 12/1 and 12/15 you can vote for your favorite new diaper, diapering accessory, solid, print, baby gear, baby accessory and mom & family product. Winners will be announced at a Facebook awards event 12/19. 18 of the fantastic nominees are sponsoring a giveaway, with 23 winners and more than $800 in prizes. Head to Change-Diapers to cast your vote and enter the giveaway before December 15th.

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It all started with cloth diapers

It all started with cloth diapers

This post contains affiliate links. It all started with cloth diapers! Once upon a time, I got pregnant and quickly became overwhelmed by the cost of disposable diapers. I began researching my options and found that cloth diapers were the way to go! Not only are they super cute, but the cost savings was a major selling point. It wasn’t long into my cloth journey before I began exploring other reusable products. Cloth diapers can be the gateway to so many amazing, reusable products. 1. Cloth Wipes – If you’re already using cloth diapers, it just makes sense (and cents!) to switch to cloth wipes too. They do a much better job of cleaning up than their disposable counterparts. 2. Nursing Pads – Forget the itchy, uncomfortable disposable pads and do your tired, sore boobs a favor! These absorbent, soft nursing pads will make nursing a much better experience! 3. Menstrual Products – Whether you are postpartum or experiencing the return of your monthly cycle, reusable menstrual products are not as scary as they seem! In fact, many users report that their cycles are much less of an ordeal thanks … Continue reading

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Nicki’s Buy 1 Give 1 to Benefit Giving Diapers Giving Hope in November

Nicki’s Buy 1 Give 1 to Benefit Giving Diapers Giving Hope in November

Support GDGH when you SHOP at Nicki’s Diapers in November! During the month of November, Nicki’s Diapers will donate 1 diaper to Giving Diapers Giving Hope for every Nicki’s Diapers brand all-in-one or pocket cloth diaper purchased. Giving Diapers Giving Hope (GDGH) is a national diaper bank lending cloth diapers to income qualified families. The cloth diapers GDGH lends are donations from generous families, retailers and manufacturers like Nicki’s Diapers. This month, treat your baby to a fantastic diaper, and provide one to a family in need at the same time!

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Supporting Good Cloth Diaper Business

Supporting Good Cloth Diaper Business

Your Money, Your Voice, Your Choice! While there are many excellent reasons to cloth diaper, saving money is probably the most common. However, even on a tight budget, I humbly argue that saving money isn’t the end all be all. Consumers need to ask themselves how far is too far when trying to save money on cloth diapers. How people spend their money is their business, but I hope this post will help families think through their cloth diaper purchases and become responsible cloth diaper consumers. The cloth diaper blogging world has been abuzz with news of copy-cat diapers, “China-cheapies,” and black market diapers tainting the cloth diaper industry and disappointing customers. These diapers copy patented components of name brand diapers and are sold for a fraction of the real diaper’s price. Copy-cat diapers attempt to look like the reliable brands, fooling customers into thinking that they will perform like the name brands. Another issue getting press is cloth diaper co-ops. Instead of buying diapers from a reputable cloth diaper retailers, some moms get suckered into cloth diaper co-ops that promise big savings but have many loopholes, offer products with no … Continue reading

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My Top Crunchy Mom Traveling Essential {Oils}

My Top Crunchy Mom Traveling Essential {Oils}

You CAN travel with your essential oils! So recently I traveled halfway across the country with my two little girls (3 1/2 & 1 1/2)without my husband. I stressed about it for weeks and though I did actually get some miracle help (my mom flew to Idaho just so someone could help my fly to Missouri) it was actually a little after thought item that actually saved my sanity during the trip. You moms know how kids can get when they’re out of their element. Suddenly sleep schedules fly out the door and for my girls that means some changes in eating habits as well as mood. As if the traveling part wasn’t tough enough on it’s own, I don’t need the extra grief of unnecessary tantrums and whining. I mean really, kids suddenly have every little thing needing attention and causing issues all at once and it’s frustrating to have to run to a store (or find one if you’re not visiting someplace familiar) and maybe have to compromise on your normal natural options just to battle whatever is bothering your little one. In our home we use essential … Continue reading

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Should You Use a Hanging Wet Bag or Pail Liner?

Should You Use a Hanging Wet Bag or Pail Liner?

One question I am asked often by mothers who are just starting out with cloth is “Should I use a pail liner or hanging wet bag to store diapers?” If you wondering which one will work best in your situation, read on to compare the pros and cons and prices. I used the selection at Kelly’s Closet (aff) as a cost guide. Hanging Wet Bags are also made of 100% waterproof PUL and have a built-in handle or loop at the top so you can hang it from virtually anything strong enough to support its weight (when filled with wet, dirty diapers). A doorknob is the most obvious spot. Most hanging wet bags close in some fashion at the top (with zippers or a flap of fabric) to help keep odors at bay. Saves space Highly portable No lid needed The price for a full-size hanging wet bag that holds a few days worth of diapers ranges from $20 to $30 Can be turned inside out and washed along with your diapers Pail Liners are typically made of 100% waterproof PUL with tight sewn or sealed seams that prevent leakage. The … Continue reading

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