Big Business – Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers, How do you feel about the BIG brands?

Big Business – Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers, How do you feel about the BIG brands?

When I began cloth diapering 5 years ago, there were several “big brands” that I thought of as anonymous, faceless corporations like disposable diaper companies. As I’ve become more involved in the industry, I realized how wrong I really was. We all know that for disposable diaper brands, cash is king. Profits come first. For most cloth diaper brands, people come first. A common theme in the cloth diaper industry is that these brands were born when the family saw a need and sought to fulfill it, usually based on a problem their own child was having. (You can often guess how old a WAHM’s oldest child is based on how old her brand is!) What you may not realize is that many of the cloth diaper brands that are household names, are still family owned and operated and not necessarily as “big” as you think. Though I don’t claim to know their revenue figures, most are heavily involved in the day to day operations, answer emails, and see what you’re saying about them on social media! When I attended ABC, most of the cloth diaper booths had the company … Continue reading

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Giving Hope Starter Kit FREE for those in need through September 30

Giving Hope Starter Kit FREE for those in need through September 30

Giving Hope Starter Kit Sept 8-30 Between September 8 -30 applicants to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope will have a new and limited offer, while supplies last.  Thanks to a generous offer from Thirsties GDGH will be able to provide FREE Size 1 or Size 2 Duo Wraps.  These are second quality wraps with minor flaws that can’t be sold in stores but that are still completely usable. In lieu of the normal $35 fee approved families pay to cover shipping of diapers to and from their homes we encourage you to buy your own flats or prefolds to go under the covers, or DIY your own t-shirt flats and diaper for almost nothing. Kelly’s Closet will also be assisting us by offering GDGH families an exclusive coupon code for free shipping on those items for purchases $35+ during the same time frame.  *Please contact GDGH for details. All families who apply for the “Giving Hope Starter Kit” will have to meet the same eligibility requirements as usual.  Please see application policies for those details. http://www.givingdiapersgivinghope.org/agreement-policy/ For more details on the Giving Hope Starter Kit please read the details in their … Continue reading

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Cloth Diaperers Unite at MommyCon

Cloth Diaperers Unite at MommyCon

Last month, I had the privilege of attending MommyCon in my hometown of Memphis. WOW! I’ve never seen so many cloth diaperers, babywearers, and nursing moms in one place. I felt right at home in that crowd. For me, the highlights of this event included getting to see Jennifer Labit (founder of Cotton Babies) throwing Spence and Marie diapers into the crowd, listening to the hilarious Jamie Grayson (aka “The Baby Guy NYC”), and just chilling in the nursing lounge and chatting with some friends while we fed our babies. And I had the cutest guy ever with me… Sloomb sponsored the cloth diaper resource center, where many awesome manufacturers had donated products on display so that attendees could learn more about cloth diapering and actually touch and feel a variety of diapers. If you geek out over any (or all) of the following topics, then MommyCon is something you don’t want to miss: Cloth diapers Baby wearing Breastfeeding Gentle parenting methods Green living Car seat safety I highly recommend going if you have the opportunity to do so! Although the cities for 2015 haven’t been officially announced yet, there are … Continue reading

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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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Traveling with Cloth Pads – It’s easier than you might think!

Traveling with Cloth Pads – It’s easier than you might think!

How to travel with cloth pads You guys…I’m cursed. It never fails that just as I’m coming close to leaving for a trip, I get my period. I mean, it’s happened for the last 5 trips I’ve taken. But guests what? Lucky for me it’s so easy to travel while using cloth pads that I don’t even have to compromise my green period in lieu of a ‘convenient’ disposable to still enjoy myself. So let’s break down some of the biggest hang ups when it comes to using and traveling with cloth pads. They’re bulky and take up precious packing space. Well ladies, I just got home from two weeks out of state with my two toddlers. We traveled 1300 miles to Missouri to see my family and help my in laws pack and move out to Idaho. The airline we flew in on only allowed one free personal sized bag per ticketed passenger and allowed our car seats and one diaper bag as free child are items. That left me with two backpacks to take all clothing, hygiene and entertainment items as well as a few pockets in my … 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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