Disposable Liners… Do They Make Using Cloth Diapers Any Easier?

Disposable Liners… Do They Make Using Cloth Diapers Any Easier?

Before I started using cloth diapers, when I was still pregnant, I bought a box of disposable liners. The poo is what scared me the most when I was thinking about using cloth diapers. I thought that the liners would make it a non-issue. Now after 2.5 years of actually cloth diapering, poo is a non-issue anyway. For me though, it’s not because of the liners… This mom stuff is hard! And sometimes it’s exhausting and disgusting work. There are things I do now that would make younger me cringe. But I can honestly say the poo part isn’t the worst of those things. I’m sure ya’ll are with me when I say that most moms wouldn’t trade the gift of our children for anything. I’ll take the messes, the puke and even the poo any day because I also get all the amazing stuff as well! I used a few of those disposable liners I bought before Sophia was born. I actually just found it to be an extra step that I didn’t want to deal with and that didn’t really save me much time in the end. Here … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com 5Phases Hybrid Bottle Starter Kit Giveaway!

KellyWels.com 5Phases Hybrid Bottle Starter Kit Giveaway!

WIN a 5Phases Hybrid Bottle System Starter Kit 5Phases unique baby bottle design gives you all the advantages of feeding from non-toxic glass while giving you peace of mind with a protective sleeve that contains glass and liquid should breakage occur with no mess. The clear plastic sleeve is comfortable to hold and allows you to fully view the contents of the bottle. Starter Set Includes: One 4oz/120ml Fully Assembled Hybrid Glass Baby Bottle (bottle cap included) Two 4oz. Replacement Glass Inserts (silicone plugs included) Two Vented Silicone Nipples (0-3mos  5 Phases products are: BPA, phthalate and PVC free Microwavable Dishwasher safe Third party tested and complies with all specifications and regulations required in the US, EU and Canada This giveaway is sponsored by a store that is coming soon, My Green Family! This giveaway is open to the USA only. Winners will be contacted by email and have 7 days to claim their prize. Enter to win using the rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Rookie Cloth Diapering Blunders

Rookie Cloth Diapering Blunders

Even with a lot great cloth diaper resources available it’s easy to make a few rookie cloth diapering blunders. I believe experience is the best teacher. Even with a cloth diaper expert for an older sister (Bert, she’s the founder of the blog, First Time Mom) I still managed to commit some big cloth diapering no-no’s. So in the spirit of education I’m sharing my blunders with you. Mistake #1: Using products that compromise your diapers’ absorbency or warranty. I knew that you had to be careful avoiding diaper rash creams containing zinc oxide; however, when it came to petroleum jelly I had a brain lapse. We choose to have my son circumcised and the doctor recommended putting Vaseline on the site for a couple of weeks. At first I used gauze but as the newborn days dragged on I got lazy. Suddenly my newborn stash started leaking. Nooooo, what have I done! Luckily I was able to remove the petroleum jelly from my newborn stash with some basic blue Dawn Soap and by stripping my diapers, using my sister’s method. Word to the wise, unless it’s coconut oil or specifically says “cloth diaper safe” … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Diaper Dawgs All In One Diaper Sprayer Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Diaper Dawgs All In One Diaper Sprayer Giveaway!

WIN a Diaper Dawgs All In One Cloth Diaper Sprayer We’re back!  It’s been a while and we’re excited to now get back to our weekly cloth diaper and natural parenting related giveaways!  Each week we’ll feature a different product and give you, our lovely fans, a chance to win it! This week we’re featuring the Diaper Dawgs All In One Cloth Diaper Sprayer!  This is the only cloth diaper sprayer on the market that comes with a spray shield, the Dawg Collar! Diaper Dawgs All In One Sprayers are available at Green Team Distribution retailers nationwide.  To locate your nearest retailer please visit Green Team’s retailer locator. This giveaway is open to the USA only.  Winners will be contacted by email and have 7 days to claim their prize. Enter to win using the rafflecopter form below.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Everything you need to know about cloth diaper warranties!

Everything you need to know about cloth diaper warranties!

    Cloth Diaper Warranties One of the benefits of choosing cloth diapers is the cost savings. If you keep your cloth diaper addiction under control and resist the urge buy every new diaper that’s released, you can save a lot of money by choosing to cloth diaper. When buying new cloth diapers, most of the time you will receive a warranty. Here’s everything you need to know about cloth diaper warranties! Length of the warranty The length of time covered under the warranty varies by the brand you purchase. Some brands are covered for a full year while others are only covered for 30 days. This time starts on the date of purchase, not the date that you start using your diapers. So if you purchase a diaper the day you find out your pregnant, but don’t use the diaper until 9 months later, you will only have about 3 months of use under the warranty. What’s covered? Most brands will cover “workmanship” meaning if the stitches fall out during the warranty period, you can get some help. Some brands will guarantee their elastic (or other components) for “x” … Continue reading

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My very first cloth diaper purchase

My very first cloth diaper purchase

Reflecting on MY very first cloth diaper purchase! It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes I go on a cleaning streak and organize an unusual area of our house.  This time I decided to tackle our old file cabinet and figure out what was actually in it.  Years ago, filing cabinets were the best way to keep organized. I saved receipts, bills, and records; however, it was loaded with papers from over 10 years ago and most of our relevant receipts or bills are now coming online.   I got started with the dumping and shredding, but the project didn’t come without finding a few treasures.  In one folder, I stumbled upon a true gem and a small piece of history that I wasn’t sure I was completely ready to part with: it was the original receipt from our first cloth diaper purchase!   I still remember the stress and research involved with that first purchase.  My husband and I had ended up on the Cotton babies website and found a product called “FuzziBunz” and cloth diaper prefold package called a “Try-It Kit”.   Amazingly, the Try-it-Kit is still available!  My husband … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Switching from Disposable to Cloth Diapers

5 Tips for Switching from Disposable to Cloth Diapers

Ready to make the switch? It’s never too late to switch to cloth diapers. Here are 5 quick tips for switching to cloth from disposable diapers: Change regularly – Cloth diapers don’t have super absorbent gel, so plan to change every 2-3 hours. Add absorbency – Add a hemp doubler or insert to boost absorbency when you need to change less frequently. (Naps etc.) Cloth diapers fit differently – Cloth diapers don’t sit high in the back like a disposable. Aim to get the front & rear at or slightly below the bellybutton. Some diapers are designed to scoop below the belly button. Try different brands and styles – What your best friend or neighbor loves might not be your preference. Try a few brands, or even a cloth diaper trial. Don’t sweat the washing – Keep it simple sweetie! Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be difficult. See more tips for switching to cloth diapers. If you’ve been thinking of switching to cloth, make it your new year’s resolution to try them!

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Three Cloth Diaper Essentials for Packing a Diaper Bag

Three Cloth Diaper Essentials for Packing a Diaper Bag

Before I had kids (and didn’t know any better) I found myself wondering what I needed to get for packing a diaper bag. I barely knew what I needed to have at home, much less what I needed while we were out! Thank goodness that it was mostly pregnancy hormones and new mom anxiety causing most of my problems! I’ve since learned that keeping it simple is key. Well, that and also that it really is true that you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. 1.  A Good Quality Wet Bag Listen, you can honestly use pretty much anything right up to a plastic shopping bag if you need to. But if you don’t want anyone wondering where that poop smell is coming from, I recommend that this be one place you splurge. I had an incident when Sophia was about 6 months old. We were at Mommy and Me class… Sophia pooped… I went to the ladies room and changed her. I don’t use liners and her poo wasn’t plopable at that point, so the whole thing went in the wet bag. Normally it wasn’t an issue. After all, I’d … Continue reading

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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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