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Do You Think Diapers Should be Tax-Free?

Do You Think Diapers Should be Tax-Free?

Photo: Cherry Buttons diaper cover Whether you use disposables or cloth, the diapers you buy for your baby (or babies) will end up costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The financial strain this creates has led some lawmakers to enact and propose tax breaks for families who buy diapers. States like Maryland, Texas and Tennessee already have a tax-free holidays during the year when things like diapers are exempt from sales tax for a weekend or full week. Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are among the states that do not require retailers to charge sales tax on diapers. If you live in Wisconsin, there is a tax exemption for diaper cleaning services. Currently, there are tax-free diaper proposals gaining steam in Illinois, Connecticut and California. They bring to mind some important questions: What would be the savings? With sales tax exempted, a family might save about 65 cents on a package of $7 generic disposables or 80 cents on a $10 reusable pocket diaper. Proponents of such legislation have estimated savings of $50 to $100 per year for a family. What would be the cost? Tax breaks mean millions … Continue reading

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Can You Fix Delaminated Cloth Diapers in the Dryer?

Can You Fix Delaminated Cloth Diapers in the Dryer?

From the time that I started cloth diapering over four years ago I have heard rumors. Rumors that you can fix or reseal the PUL of a delaminated cloth diaper in the dryer. Heat is used to seal many things so I guess by all accounts the logic is sound. Or is it? Let’s put that theory to the test, shall we? I went through much of my cloth diapering life without experiencing delamination until fairly recently. I started to notice that the PUL on one of my beloved KangaCare wet bags and an old SoftBums Omni was starting to separate. In case you’ve ever wondered what cloth diaper delamination looks like, it’s unmistakable when you finally see it. There are different kinds of PUL out there, some is smooth and some looks kind of like fish scales. The fish scale looking PUL may leave you wondering if your diaper is ruined, but it’s not. Real delamination starts to bubble and you can pull the lining away from the fabric like this: So you have a delaminated diaper. Now what? For this experiment I put the wet bag and the diaper … Continue reading

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Thinking About Buying Used Cloth Diapers? Here’s What You Should Know

Thinking About Buying Used Cloth Diapers?  Here’s What You Should Know

Post contains affiliate links. Buying used cloth diapers can be a great way to beef up your stash on the cheap, or find that hard to find print you’ve been dying for. Whatever your reasons are for shopping the used cloth diaper market, there are some things to consider to make the transaction go smoothly. Where will you buy? There are lots of places you can buy used cloth diapers. Buying from a retailer like Cloth Diaper Outlet, Diaper Junction or Kissed By The Moon may cost a bit more than buying from an individual, but it may be worth it (depending on your goals). Most retailers who sell gently used have stringent standards, and some even have a satisfaction guarantee. Buying from a person can be less expensive but sometimes riskier. Consider shopping via a buy/sell/trade board that offers seller feedback or ratings. In what condition is the diaper? Based on survey results, most buyers have the same expectation for used diaper condition terms such as EUC, VGUC, GUC and others. Unfortunately that’s not always the case with sellers, and what is sold as “VGUC” might look more like … Continue reading

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Building a Stash to Last

Building a Stash to Last

One of the many benefits to using cloth diapers is saving money. You can really rack in the saving by using your diapers on multiple kids. Here are some tips for building a stash to last, getting you the most bang for your buck. 1. Invest in Quality Diapers Whether you plan to use basic prefolds with covers or fancy All in Ones, be sure to do your research and buy from reputable companies that produce quality products. Spending a little more money at the start, especially on items with waterproof PUL and elastics, will serve you well in the end. 2. Opt for Snaps Over Hook & Loop While using snaps verses hook & look (Velcro or Aplix) closures are a matter of preference, snaps simply hold up better over time. That said, I have hook & loop diapers that are in great shape because I’ve been careful to maintain them and I do not put my hook & loop diapers in the dryer. Here’s a helpful post on cleaning up your hook & loop. Most companies that sell hook & loop diapers also sell hook & loop replacement kits. … Continue reading

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Will the GroVia ONE Change Cloth Diapering As We Know It?

Will the GroVia ONE Change Cloth Diapering As We Know It?

Will this be the ONE? In October, The O.N.E. by GroVia Kickstarter campaign blew through their initial $28,000 goal in just 4 days, then shot past their stretch goal of $60,000. 1,081 backers pledged $66,814 to fund this unique diaper in 4 colors and 3 prints. Backers were also able to choose from adorable bodysuits as part of their rewards. The final prototype has been tested, packaging has been fine-tuned, and rewards are currently shipping to backers as we speak. So how is the ONE different than other diapers currently available and how might it revolutionize and simply cloth diapering as we know it? Well cloth diapering has become a little confusing over the years.  The first modern cloth diapers bred more and more new styles and concepts, new terminology was invented and newbie cloth diapering moms and dads heads began to spin.  An insert might also be called a stuffin, doubler, soaker or pod.  Cotton was a popular option initially but now we have to choose between microfiber, terry, sherpa, birdseye, hemp and bamboo or is it bamboo viscose?  And are they or aren’t they all the same thing?  … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Giveaway!

KellyWels.com Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Giveaway!

Kelly Wels Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar Giveaway With the most affordable, most convenient, and most sanitary diaper spraying accessory on the market, the Spray Collar is helping make the choice between disposables and cloth diapers a no-brainer! How it works Place the Spray Collar directly over the area with the majority of the mess. Press the Spray Collar right up against the dirty cloth diaper. Once the Spray Collar is flush against a surface, there is no means of escape for particulate spray. Enter to WIN! This week Kelly Wels is giving you a chance to win your very own Spray Collar!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Kelly Wels, Owner of Green Team Distribution, Looking for Natural Products Retailers to Complete Industry Survey

Kelly Wels, Owner of Green Team Distribution, Looking for Natural Products Retailers to Complete Industry Survey

SOUTH PARIS, Maine, March 11, 2015 / – To better understand the state of the natural products retail industry, Green Team Distribution is collecting responses for its inaugural survey, What Natural Products Companies Want. The eco-friendly sales distribution company is looking to survey up to 100 eco-friendly retailers to better understand their marketing habits, revenue streams, and the opportunities and challenges they face in the year ahead. Retailers can complete the 10-minute survey at this link: https://aytm.com/r6ad06a. Kelly Wels, the owner and founder of Green Team Distribution, says having a better understanding of the perceptions of this unique slice of the retailer pie will help manufacturers, sales distribution companies, and retailers gauge where they stand among their industry peers and how they can improve their businesses. “I encourage all retailers who carry natural products to consider taking 10 minutes out of their busy days to share their thoughts, perceptions and insights on our industry. The more retailers who fill out the questionnaire, the more helpful the insights will be for everyone,” says Wels, who will make the results publicly available to industry professionals later this year. As an incentive for completing … Continue reading

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My Favorite Budget-Friendly AIO Diapers

My Favorite Budget-Friendly AIO Diapers

When I first started cloth diapering, it was prefolds and covers only. AIO (All-in-One) diapers were a luxury I felt we just couldn’t afford. Most were $15.00 or more. The cloth diaper market is always changing and that means more budget-friendly AIO’s are now available. That’s great news, because the AIO is one of the easiest styles you’ll ever use. With nothing to fold, nothing to stuff and no inserts to snap in, it’s the closest thing to a disposable. It’s great to have just 1 or 2 AIO diapers for your diaper bag, for days when you are in a mad rush, or when someone is caring for your baby that’s not familiar with cloth. Here are two of my favorite AIO diapers that you can get for less than twelve dollars: The Imagine Stay Dry AIO: $10.95 The Imagine AIO is available at Nicki’s Diapers with free shipping. It has a plush microfleece inner and a snapped-in soaker pad with 4 layers of microfiber (the pad will stay permanently attached, even during washing). This AIO tends to run small; it stopped fitting my toddler around 25 pounds. The full … Continue reading

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4 Unexpected Side Effects of Using Cloth Diapers

4 Unexpected Side Effects of Using Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are amazing, but did you know they can come with side effects? A New Hobby – who knew cloth diapering could turn a humdrum (and sometimes gross) task into something fun? Next thing you know, your phone will be full of “stash shots” and “on the bum” shots. Which leads me to the next side effect… New friends – whether you strike up a conversation with a mom in the park after spying cloth on her baby, or frequent cloth diapering groups, this common interest may draw you to new friends! Oh, you’re a cloth diapering mom? Did we just become best friends? Becoming more “green” – After dealing with dirty cloth diapers, you may be seriously considering reusable cloth pads and menstrual cups. Eliminating disposable diapers as waste in your household budget and garbage might just make you hyper-aware of where else you can eliminate waste. Whether it’s napkins, paper towels, or even toilet paper, many families are inspired to nix another disposable product as well. Pants fit better – OK so this one is really only true for those of us with long, slender babies but … Continue reading

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KellyWels.com bumGenius Freetime OS AIO Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

KellyWels.com bumGenius Freetime OS AIO Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

Cloth Diaper Giveaway from Kelly Wels! This week we’re giving you a chance to win a bumGenius Freetime OS AIO Cloth Diaper with Snap closure!  The bumGenius Freetime OS AIO Cloth Diaper is an inventive diaper featuring semi-attached stay dry soakers which help keep this diaper in one handy piece and helps speed up drying time. The bumGenius Freetime OS AIO Cloth Diaper Giveaway Enter this week’s giveaway and you could win a bumGenius Freetime OS AIO Cloth Diaper of your choice (with snap closure)! Open to the USA only.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize upon being emailed.  Must be 18 yrs or older to be eligible to win. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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