Kelly Wels Giveway – Diaper Dawgs – Enter to WIN!

Kelly Wels Giveway – Diaper Dawgs – Enter to WIN!

Diaper Dawgs were created by a mom who was just learning the ins and out of cloth diapering when she came across a problem she just couldn’t “handle” anymore. Diaper Dawgs’ composition is much like their oven mitt counterparts. The difference comes in Diaper Dawgs’ patent-pending unique sizing, which fits just around the fingers to simulate a mom reaching for a soiled cloth diaper insert to pull or snap it off. But separating inserts isn’t the only trick Diaper Dawgs can do. Their gripped muzzles bite down to hold a dirty cloth diaper in place while spraying and when mom is done, she can use that same grip power to help wring out excess water. This week, we’re giving one winner a pair of Diaper Dawgs. Open to the USA only. Winner has 7 days to respond and claim their prize. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Cloth Diapers :: Teaching Me to Be a Better Parent

Cloth Diapers :: Teaching Me to Be a Better Parent

Cloth diapers can be burdensome, I get it. They add a few loads to the *never-ending* laundry routine, and there is poop and spraying and wipes and all that that adds more thought than just using a disposable diaper and throwing it in the trash. It’s extra work. It is. But. Using cloth diapers has changed how I operate as a parent. It has caused me to stop and be more conscious of what I’m doing. Every time I know it’s time to do laundry, I am extremely aware of the fact that I am doing something that is for the betterment of my girls’ lives… every time I go outside to line dry the diapers, I am calling for the girls to come out with me which then turns into big playtime… every time I restock Lucia’s diaper stash, all three girls are right next to me, and I am encouraged by their babbling and love. These moments bring us together so often (that diaper laundry seriously never ends), and instead of looking at that time with disdain or an attitude of “I’m doing this AGAIN…” I look at … Continue reading

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Join us for the Great Cloth Diaper Change Twitter Party April 22nd!

Join us for the Great Cloth Diaper Change Twitter Party April 22nd!

GCDC is almost here, the 4th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at 11am (local time).  To help build up some excitement about the Guinness World Record setting cloth diaper change The Eco Chic and friends have decided to host a special Earth Day GCDC Twitter Pre-Party to celebrate and get the word out about the local GCDC events in your area. Is there a Great Cloth Diaper Change in your area?  You can check the map on their “Find a Location” page of the GCDC website. …and we have prizes!! Please join us on Twitter Tuesday night, April 22nd (Earth Day) from 9-10pm ET for the #GCDC2014 Twitter Party hosted by @ClothRecord and @TheEcoChic.  The party is sponsored by some of your favorite cloth diaper companies and they have each donated a fluffy prize!!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below and tweet with us (at least one time) during the Twitter Party. Kelly Wels’ Green Team is a proud sponsor and we hope to see you all tweeting during this great twitter party! If you’re interested in winning, please … Continue reading

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Kelly Wels Giveway – Changing Diapers Book! Two will WIN!

Kelly Wels Giveway – Changing Diapers Book! Two will WIN!

“Changing Diapers” is the hip mom’s guide to modern cloth diapering. Endorsed by industry experts, this full color book tells you everything you need to know about modern cloth diapering. This week we’re giving two lucky winners their own copy! Open to the USA only. Winner has 7 days to respond and claim their prize. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Eco-friendly Easter Ideas and Products you’re sure to LOVE!

Eco-friendly Easter Ideas and Products you’re sure to LOVE!

Holidays these days seem to mean filling your home with plastic toys and candy. This Easter, go eco-friendly with the following products and ideas! Eco Eggs compostable easter eggs made from 100% recyclable contents and are plant based! Eco-Kids Eco Eggs dye kits use natural dyes to color your Easter eggs. Eco Grass is made from 100% recycled paper and can be recycled after use! Skip the candy and plastic toys and replace them with products like Green Toys or Eco-Kids crafts! DIY ideas Reuse plastic eggs collected from previous years or egg hunts. After Easter you can turn them into adorable tea cups! Shred newspaper, wrapping paper, etc. to make your own grass. Dye your eggs using leftovers from your kitchen! Instead of buying a plastic Easter basket, use a beach pail or a flower pot! When Easter is over, you can repurpose the container. What will your Easter celebrations look like?    

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A worthy cause, Gift Baskets for Down Syndrome Diagnoses

A worthy cause, Gift Baskets for Down Syndrome Diagnoses

Support, Love and Encouragement for families recently given a down syndrome diagnoses Heather Hicks, the mama and owner of Cloth Diaper Outlet, is also the proud mother of Cade, a vibrant and healthy 1 yr old with down syndrome.  She’s making it her mission to support other families given the down syndrome diagnoses and she needs you help. Via GoFundMe “Having a baby is stressful enough, but having a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome can be downright scary.  This is especially the case when parents don’t know the diagnosis before their baby is born.  In the Eugene/Springfield area, when a mom has a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome, she might receive a 2-page brochure or, at best, a book.  We want to welcome new families with a gift basket, especially chosen for babies with Down syndrome.  Each gift basket will include 1-2 books about Down syndrome,  small toys specially chosen to be helpful for babies with Down syndrome, and an assortment of other items such as lotion for mama and organic baby shampoo.  We will also include brochures and information about local and national resources that can help the new family transition more … Continue reading

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You Can Be a Cloth Diaper Advocate

You Can Be a Cloth Diaper Advocate

Do you use cloth diapers? You can be a cloth diapering advocate. Yes, you! There are lots of things you can do, big and small, to advocate for cloth diapers. Show & Tell: Spot someone eyeing your diapers in your bag, or peeking out of your baby’s pants? Strike up a conversation! Advocacy gear: Show your love of cloth with a button, sticker or t-shirt. Give a gift: Consider gifting a new mom a copy of Changing Diapers and a cloth diaper. Support RDA: Consider joining the Real Diaper Association or even become a Real Diaper Circle leader. Host a class: Even if you don’t want to become a Real Diaper Circle Leader, you can still host an informal gathering. Are you a member of a mom group? Get together for a play date and chat about cloth. Make a donation: Donate diapers you aren’t using to a cloth diaper charity to help other families get started with cloth. Great Cloth Diaper Change: Host the Great Cloth Diaper Change in your area. Planning to attend? Share the event with friends! How do you advocate for cloth diapers?

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Kelly Wels Giveway – Thirsties Duo Wrap! Enter to WIN!

Kelly Wels Giveway – Thirsties Duo Wrap! Enter to WIN!

This week we’re giving away a size 2 Thirsties Duo Wrap in the Polka Dance Print. Thirsties Duo Wraps are completely waterproof yet remain breathable, pliable, and very comfortable for your baby’s delicate skin. With the adjustable rise you will only need two sizes from birth to potty. Leg gussets provide advanced leak-proof protection and bindings are super-soft against your baby’s skin. Pairing the adjustability in rise with our signature leg gussets, this cover will keep those messes contained! Size 2 fits babies approximately 18-40 pounds and 9-36 months. Open to the USA only. Winner has 7 days to respond and claim their prize. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How much extra water do you use while washing cloth diapers?

How much extra water do you use while washing cloth diapers?

As a cloth diaper advocate and founder of a very large cloth diaper community, my passion project has been to educate others about cloth diapers.  When you think of educating people about cloth diapers…. Where do you begin?  Where do you end? Most people talk about the diapers themselves.  Brands, different fabrics, different functions, how to fold/snap/velcro/snappi/wrap, how to wash, where to buy, etc., etc.  A lot of information that we give newbies about these different things are based on our opinion of what we like.  It can be that it’s a tried and true method for us, our best friend makes the brand we love, “they’re so cute”, and many other different sentiments based on our own points of view. Not me.  I’m a frugal cloth diaper mama, so no matter what I’ve tried, I always go back to using flats (or receiving blankets) and simple cover.  That kind of diapering is boring to most new cloth diaperers, so I take a different approach. I like to begin with the environmental and economical facts.  As we gear up for The Great Cloth Diaper Change, there’s been a lot more … Continue reading

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How to keep your cloth diaper stash a reasonable size

How to keep your cloth diaper stash a reasonable size

Let’s be honest, cloth diapering can be addictive. With new styles, prints, colors, and brands being released each year, it’s hard to keep your stash to a reasonable size. Before you know it, your stash can get out of control and have enough diapers to last you longer than a week without repeats! Here’s some tips to keep your stash from growing out of control! Sell and trade – If you have diapers that aren’t a great fit or just not a favorite in your stash, sell or trade them! There’s no reason to hang on to diapers you hate to use. Set a budget and stick to it – Set either a monthly budget or a total stash budget. Stick to your commitment! Perhaps one diaper a month or $500 for a total stash. You decide what fits your budget. Pick a number and stay within that range – Decide how many diapers is enough. You only need a big enough stash to wash every 2-3 days, but a larger stash is okay. If you reach your goal number, don’t add to your stash until you sell, trade, or donate … Continue reading

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