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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Kelly Wels Giveaway – WIN a Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar!

Kelly Wels Giveaway – WIN a Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar!

The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar is a unique diaper sprayer splatter shield that allows you to spray your diapers at close range, without the risk of getting “up close and personal” with the toilet, water or overspray. See it in action below: Ready to shop for a Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar? Locate your nearest Green Team Retailer today! The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar will fit the following cloth diaper sprayer brands: BumGenius Aquaus Knickernappies OsoCozy Blueberry Flo Bumkins Amp The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar will also fit most other cloth diaper sprayers with nozzles 1 inch to 1.25 inches in diameter, including generic kitchen sprayers. If you are concerned whether or not the Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar will fit your generic sprayer, please email the Team@DiaperDawgs.com with a picture of your sprayer and the diameter measurement of the nozzle prior to purchasing. PLEASE NOTE: If you own a diaper sprayer with a nozzle-style toilet mount, the Spray Collar, may or may not fit when turned around and set inside the mount BACKWARDS. This “backwards” storage is most successful if your current nozzle-style mount tilts up at an angle when hanging … Continue reading

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Cloth Diaper News: FuzziBunz Launches NEW One Size Diaper Collection

Cloth Diaper News:  FuzziBunz Launches NEW One Size Diaper Collection

CRG Launches Redesigned FuzziBunz® Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diapers Designed for Better Fit and Performance from Birth to Toddlerhood Company says its focus is to provide the highest quality and best performing cloth diapers LAFAYETTE, La., Aug. 15, 2014 The makers of FuzziBunz® modern cloth diapers today unveil the long awaited redesign of its adjustable cloth pocket diapers. FuzziBunz®, a pioneer name in cloth diapering, returns anew under the stewardship of Louisiana-based CRG, llc.  This product launch is the first of a series, which will result in a complete redesign of the existing diaper product line and several new and innovative diaper products. Today’s launch reveals two new versions of the FuzziBunz® adjustable diapers: The One Size – Small fits comfortably on children from 7-lb infants to 30-lb toddlers. The One Size – Large fits comfortably on children from 10-lb infants to 45-lb toddlers. “We worked on this design for over nine months,” says Roy Couvillion, CRG co-owner and product design engineer. “We examined the evolution of the FuzziBunz® design and considered feedback from many users. It became obvious that one size does not fit all. Some parents preferred the original … Continue reading

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Natural Fibers and Cloth Diaper “Shrinkage”

Natural Fibers and Cloth Diaper “Shrinkage”

Maybe you’re old enough to remember the Seinfeld episode about “shrinkage” and giggle anytime you hear the word. Or maybe you’ve just shrunken a few too many onesies and you understand that shrinking clothing is not a good thing. Well, in the cloth diapering world shrinking is actually normal and a good sign! Did you know that natural fiber cloth diapers often shrink as they are prepped and washed? Natural fiber cloth diapers should be washed several times before use or they will not be optimally absorbent. Not only does washing prepare the diaper to absorb liquid, but it also shrinks the fabrics. Shrinking fabric can be somewhat of a shock when you aren’t expecting it. It had been over 4 years since I prepped any natural fiber cloth diapers. I decided to order some hemp boosters (aff link*) and was pleasantly surprised when they arrived earlier than expected. I pulled the boosters out of the box and had a moment of shock when I saw how big the boosters were. There was no way the boosters were going to fit inside our new Chaplin FLIP cover. Then I had … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding products to fall in love with!

Breastfeeding products to fall in love with!

Last week was World Breastfeeding Week and to celebrate we’ve got a run down of some of the greatest breastfeeding accessories you may not know about! Reusable Nursing Pads – Ditch the itchy, uncomfortable disposable pads and switch to comfy, cloth pads! Bamboobies are my absolute favorite brand! The daytime version are incredibly trim and oh so soft and the nighttime version keeps you dry for those longer stretches! Nipple Cream – Go all natural with a nipple cream made from natural, safe ingredients! Skip the harmful chemicals on the area where your baby will be eating and choose a safe cream like Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter! Nursing Cover – If you or your baby feel more comfortable with a little privacy when you nurse, choose a large breathable nursing cover. The Bamboobies Nursing Shawl looks like a shirt so it provides a stylish way to nurse comfortably. Nursing Teas – Whether you are looking to increase your nursing supply or decrease due to weaning, Earth Mama Angel Baby has a tea that suits your needs! The only thing else you need is a hungry baby and maybe … Continue reading

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Enter the #FluffinAwesome Baby Shower Giveaway {60+ Winners}

Enter the #FluffinAwesome Baby Shower Giveaway {60+ Winners}

The FluffinAwesome Baby Shower is being hosted by Change-Diapers, The Eco Friendly Family, The Eco Chic, The Cloth Diaper Report, Cloth Diaper Geek & Dirty Diaper Laundry. From printables, to games, to creative gifts, these bloggers have everything you need to make a cloth diaper baby shower like no other. The event was made possible by fantastic sponsors, who are each offering an amazing prize in the accompanying giveaway. Halo is sponsoring with a Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. Onya Baby is sponsoring with a cruiser baby carrier. Kanga Care is sponsoring with a Rumparooz Diaper & Wet Bag GroVia is sponsoring with a hybrid to AIO package and liners/itti bitti Magic Stick packages. Allen’s Naturally is sponsoring with 2 gallon bottles of liquid detergent, 2 5-lb boxes of powdered detergent, and 10 bottles of stink out. Molly’s Suds is sponsoring with two starter packs. Charlie Banana is sponsoring with two newborn diapers. Thirsties is sponsoring by offering two winners their choice of pocket diaper or wet bag. Eyla’s Imports is sponsoring with 10 Zen Rocks necklaces or teethers. Moraki is sponsoring with two cloth diapers. Softbums is sponsoring with a Summer … Continue reading

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Urgent Need for Diapers in Columbus, OH

Urgent Need for Diapers in Columbus, OH

Cloth Diapers for Families in NEED Babies in Columbus, OH need our help.  Diaper Connection is a non-profit organization that provides diapers to families in need.  A few nights ago, a fellow blogger and friend lamented that her organization was struggling to meet the needs in her community. “Our local cloth diaper charity is in desperate need for more diapers. We have 10 people on a waiting list. We started a GoFundMe event and have our [diaper] swap lined up for the fall but in the end, we just need more diapers. Any ideas for us?” ~Melanie They just needed more diapers.  I thought for a little while–I had some extra (new) diapers that I could send, but I wanted to do more.  The organization needs to raise $3,000 to provide cloth diapers to the families on the waiting list.  That was when my husband and I decided to get the ball rolling: we offered to match any donations (up to $500) that were made through August 12th (my birthday).  It would be a birthday gift to myself and mean our kids probably weren’t going to be enrolled in swimming … Continue reading

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Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Makes Cloth Diaper Spraying EASY!

Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Makes Cloth Diaper Spraying EASY!

Meet the Spray Collar from Diaper Dawgs! The Spray Collar is a new cloth diaper care & use aid that made it’s debut recently on the cloth diapering scene.  This unique cloth diaper over-spray shield fits in the palm of your hand, does not require reassembly, and doesn’t require touching any part of the toilet or water! The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar collapses, making it perfectly portable for travel, and it fits on the top of most popular cloth diaper sprayer brands. One of the biggest complaints from those who use or are thinking of using a diaper sprayer is that it makes a mess or that they think using a sprayer will be messy.  Water over-spray gets on the toilet seat and has the potential to get other places if you’re not careful.  That’s where the Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar comes in! The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar allows you to spray your soiled diaper at close range or at a bit of a distance without making a mess.  It’s easy to use, fits most cloth diaper sprayers on the market and is super affordable and durable! For a video … Continue reading

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Retailers Offering Newborn Cloth Diaper Rentals

Retailers Offering Newborn Cloth Diaper Rentals

Where can you rent newborn cloth diapers? Post contains affiliate links. In addition to risk-free cloth diaper trials, many retailers offer newborn cloth diaper rentals. While newborn diapers generally retain resale value and can be re-used for many babies, you may prefer not to buy a stash of newborn cloth diapers. Renting is generally less expensive than purchasing disposable diapers until your baby fits into one-size diapers, and of course, you’re not dealing with garbage and running out for diapers in the middle of the night either! If there’s not a diaper service in your area, or if you prefer varieties not offered, consider renting! Here is a list of cloth diaper retailers (not all inclusive, but extensive) who offer newborn diaper rentals. Some offer pre-determined packages, some offer only certain brands, and others allow you to create your own package! Be sure to read the fine print on deposit amounts, fees, care and staining. Modern Cloth Itsy Bitsy Bums Kissed By the Moon Over the Moon Diapers Happy Baby Company Squishy Tushy Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique Diaper Daisy The Joyful Giraffe My Sweet Pickles Diaper Parties Top to Bottom Baby … Continue reading

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