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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will Cloth Diapers Fit Under My Baby’s Clothes?

Will Cloth Diapers Fit Under My Baby’s Clothes?

Post contains affiliate links. There’s no doubt that cloth diapers are bulkier than disposables. Rough estimates suggest that 90% of babies wear disposables, so of course most mainstream baby clothes are going to be cut narrowly through the diaper area. Naturally, parents who are new to cloth diapers might wonder whether regular baby clothes are compatible with cloth diapers. Don’t worry. Cloth diapers fit under most brands of baby clothes without a problem. Onesies & Cloth Diapers Can I just stop for a second and reflect upon how much I adore onesies as a complete baby outfit when the weather is warm? Those little chunky thighs hanging out plus a flash of cute cloth diaper underneath – what’s not to love?! The only phase I’ve had trouble fitting onesies over cloth diapers was at about the one month mark. The extra inch or so of padding in a cloth diaper made the newborn-size onesies a bit too stretched in length, but the 3-month size was too big in the shoulders. Honestly, though, that awkward phase only lasted a couple of weeks, so it’s really not worth complaining about. You could … Continue reading

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Cake Smashes and Cloth Diapers

Cake Smashes and Cloth Diapers

Congratulations! You’ve survived a whole year of parenting! You still have many years to go, but it’s time to celebrate that first year! Don’t forget to add a cake smash photo to your party planning checklist! A tip from someone who’s been there? The less clothes your baby wears when you set that little (or big) cake in front of them, the better! Be prepared for a mess! Of course, for photo ops you don’t want a naked baby and what’s cuter than a baby in a cloth diaper? So find a cloth diaper that matches your baby’s party theme or one that you love and get to baking! If you’re worried about the colored frosting ruining your diaper, don’t fear! Here’s some tips: Spray off any cake and frosting on the diaper after the cake smash. Wash the diaper as normal. It may come out just fine without any special treatment. If you have stains left behind, try sunning the stains out. You can also use a stain treatment product like the Buncha Farmer’s Stain Stick. In most cases, the diaper will come clean with a normal wash, but … Continue reading

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Tips for Hand Washing Cloth Diapers

Tips for Hand Washing Cloth Diapers

From day one I’ve been committed to cloth diapering my little boy. Yet not having an in-unit washer/dryer in our city apartment at first seemed like a major road block on my cloth diapering crusade. Luckily I found a great solution and have picked up some handy tips for tackling hand washing cloth diapers. 1. Call in reinforcements: Rather than using the plunger method to “hand” wash my cloth diapers I use the WonderWash, a small hand-powered washer. This method reduces the mess and requires less effort than traditional hand washing. (For a detailed explanation of my wash routine see this post on firsttimemommn.com.) 2. Clear the way: Spraying or dunking all dirty diapers thoroughly is key to hand washing success. Be sure to wring out all sprayed diapers before placing them in your dry pail or wet bag. 3. No gas masks: Hand washing indeed requires one to get up and personal with dirty diapers. Even after a thorough spray your diapers will be a bit stinky until they are washed. (If your diapers are especially rank, even after washing, you probably need to strip your diapers.) I find adding a drop or two of blue … Continue reading

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