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It all started with cloth diapers

It all started with cloth diapers

This post contains affiliate links. It all started with cloth diapers! Once upon a time, I got pregnant and quickly became overwhelmed by the cost of disposable diapers. I began researching my options and found that cloth diapers were the way to go! Not only are they super cute, but the cost savings was a major selling point. It wasn’t long into my cloth journey before I began exploring other reusable products. Cloth diapers can be the gateway to so many amazing, reusable products. 1. Cloth Wipes – If you’re already using cloth diapers, it just makes sense (and cents!) to switch to cloth wipes too. They do a much better job of cleaning up than their disposable counterparts. 2. Nursing Pads – Forget the itchy, uncomfortable disposable pads and do your tired, sore boobs a favor! These absorbent, soft nursing pads will make nursing a much better experience! 3. Menstrual Products – Whether you are postpartum or experiencing the return of your monthly cycle, reusable menstrual products are not as scary as they seem! In fact, many users report that their cycles are much less of an ordeal thanks … Continue reading

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Should You Use a Hanging Wet Bag or Pail Liner?

Should You Use a Hanging Wet Bag or Pail Liner?

One question I am asked often by mothers who are just starting out with cloth is “Should I use a pail liner or hanging wet bag to store diapers?” If you wondering which one will work best in your situation, read on to compare the pros and cons and prices. I used the selection at Kelly’s Closet (aff) as a cost guide. Hanging Wet Bags are also made of 100% waterproof PUL and have a built-in handle or loop at the top so you can hang it from virtually anything strong enough to support its weight (when filled with wet, dirty diapers). A doorknob is the most obvious spot. Most hanging wet bags close in some fashion at the top (with zippers or a flap of fabric) to help keep odors at bay. Saves space Highly portable No lid needed The price for a full-size hanging wet bag that holds a few days worth of diapers ranges from $20 to $30 Can be turned inside out and washed along with your diapers Pail Liners are typically made of 100% waterproof PUL with tight sewn or sealed seams that prevent leakage. The … Continue reading

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Are Cloth Diaper Sprayers Worth the Cost?

Are Cloth Diaper Sprayers Worth the Cost?

Do you really need a cloth diaper sprayer? Today’s post necessitates starting with a “Back in my day…” story.  That’s right, I started cloth diapering over four years ago and things were different back in “those” days.  One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is the increasing price of cloth diaper sprayers.  We purchased our cloth diaper sprayer in 2010 and it cost about $40.  At the time, $40 sounded like a ridiculous amount of money to be spending on anything cloth diaper related.  We waited until the absolute last minute to purchase the sprayer because I was in complete denial that my little breastfed baby’s diapers would ever require spraying–I was wrong.  Solid foods = yucky diapers.  We raced out, spent the money, and have never looked back. I realize and understand that cloth diaper sprayers are a helpful and nice tool to have, but I was surprised to see that cloth diaper sprayers have increased in cost quite a bit from when I first started cloth diapering–most sprayers are around $70 or $80. This might seem even more shocking and a turn-off to purchasing a sprayer.  However, it’s … Continue reading

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Zephyr Hill Blog’s Top 5 Newborn Cloth Diaper Tips

Zephyr Hill Blog’s Top 5 Newborn Cloth Diaper Tips

Tip #1 Buy covers that have more than one snap setting on the rise so your newborn can wear them longer. Newborn covers with growing room in the rise include Sweet Pea, Blueberry Mini Coveralls and Thirsties Duo Wraps. Tip #2 Try fitteds or special folding techniques to contain blowouts. Tiny babies have a lot of bowel movements, and you might find that newborn fitted diapers will help hold in messes better because of the leg elastics. If you usually just trifold a prefold and lay it in a cover, consider mastering some folds to help keep blowouts at bay: the Jelly Roll fold, the Angel Wing or the Bikini Twist (aren’t those names great?). Having just a few fitteds for your newborn won’t cost much; the Imagine snapless fitteds at Nicki’s (pictured above) are just $5.95 each. Tip #3 Give yourself a break at night. By using a Geffen newborn hemp prefold and a small Diaper Rite cotton doubler, my newborn can sometimes go all night without a change, even after waking up to nurse a time or two. Finding a nighttime diaper that works can save you a lot of money … Continue reading

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7 DIY Ideas for Cloth Diapers!

7 DIY Ideas for Cloth Diapers!

One reason many parents choose to cloth diaper is for the financial savings. You can save thousands of dollars just by using cloth diapers on your baby. Want to save even more? Here’s some DIY ideas for all things cloth diapers! Make your own wipes solution with this recipe from Diaper Wrecker. Keep your pail fresh with this recipe from Homespun Aesthetic. Keep your baby’s skin dry or protect from diaper creams with these DIY fleece liners from The Anti-June Cleaver.   Reduce dry time with DIY wool dryer balls from Thinking About Cloth Diapers.   Contain your dirty diapers in a home sewn wet bag from Cloth Diaper Guru.   Solve nighttime leaks with a DIY wool soaker from Lo-Wren.   Cloth wipes are easy with tutorial from Padded Tush Stats.  

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Cloth Diapering Transitions, What can you expect?

Cloth Diapering Transitions, What can you expect?

Cloth Diaper Transitions, What to expect? One of the most difficult things about being a first time cloth diapering mom was/is navigating my growing boy’s changing diaper needs. When I was pregnant I receive a nice newborn stash and registered for a variety of other cloth diapers. Naively I thought my stash would be perfect by the time baby arrived; however, cloth diapering a growing baby takes some flexibility and finesse. Babies, they’re always “growing” on to the next thing! It took my tiny boy some time to fill out his newborn diapers, but by week three we were in a great cloth diapering routine. Fast forward another month and he started peeing out of his newborn diapers. Absorbency, we need more absorbency!  We were ready to move out of his newborn diapers and onto the next thing. The Perfect Fit  At first, most of our one size diapers looked ridiculous and uncomfortable on my tiny boy. Thus began the process of refining my cloth diaper stash. After talking to other cloth diapering moms and doing some online research I found a couple of brands that were both trim and absorbent. I also found … Continue reading

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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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#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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