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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 my 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 the 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 mixing in a drop or … Continue reading

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Cloth Diaper Advice That You Might Not Want to Take

Cloth Diaper Advice That You Might Not Want to Take

Cloth Diaper Advice You Might NOT Want to Take Moms naturally want to help each other, but sometimes advice gets passed around that either doesn’t have much grounding in fact, or isn’t shared with the proper caveats. This is true in the cloth diapering world. If you encounter a problem and receive any of the pieces of advice mentioned below, do your homework before taking the plunge. “You only need to use a tiny bit of detergent.” Apparently, this works for some, but most of us find that using a normal amount (and sometimes a little more) does the trick. Factors like what type of machine, what type of water you have, how often you wash and the types of fabrics you’re laundering can definitely make a difference. “Boil your diapers to prep or strip them.” Generally, this isn’t a good idea, and it can void your warranty. I’ve seen some WAHM diaper makers recommend this method for natural fibers, and if you have the green light from them, then it’s up to you. But very hot water is almost always sufficient to prep new diapers for wearing, or for … Continue reading

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How to Clean Dirt of off a Cloth Diaper Cover

How to Clean Dirt of off a Cloth Diaper Cover

Summer is here and it’s time to show off those cute cloth diaper prints.  Generally, I like to keep my baby covered when we’re outside, but sometimes he ends up running around in just a diaper. We’ve found that cloth diapers are excellent for impromptu playtime in the sprinkler.  While playing, baby typically finds the most muddy place and sits down in the middle of it.  Of course this makes me cringe—not because I’m a germaphobe—because I’m worried about the beautiful cloth diaper he’s wearing.  We recently had a brightly-colored yellow diaper become absolutely filthy after a play session outside.  Today I’ll share a few tips on how to keep the outside of your cloth diapers free from dirt stains. Pre-treat stains before washing.  If possible, you should treat especially soiled diapers before laundering them with the rest of your stash.  You can soak the diaper in a higher concentration of detergent, a few Tbsps of Oxiclean versatile, or use a stain remover stick. You already washed and dried it?  Don’t worry, I did this too.  Most cloth diapers are intended to take a lot of abuse (they are poop … Continue reading

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Try Cloth Diapers Risk Free – Retailers With Trials

Try Cloth Diapers Risk Free – Retailers With Trials

Post contains affiliate links. If you’re interested in cloth diapers, but you’re not sure if they’ll work for you (or you’re not sure what brand/style you’ll prefer), it can be nerve wracking to spend so much money on diapers to try. One benefit of cloth diapers is that they do have resale value. However, there are other options! Several retail stores offer cloth diaper trials or return policies, allowing you to try without the risk. (This list isn’t necessarily all inclusive.) Kelly’s Closet – Kelly’s Closet’s Wee Guarantee program allows you to try a variety of cloth diapers & shells for 30 days. Return them for a full store credit, or a refund less a 5% restocking fee. Diaper Junction – Diaper Junction’s “test drive” allows you to try popular cloth diapers and return them within 30 days if you’re not completely satisfied. Over the Moon Diapers – Over the Moon offers a two week cloth diaper trial for a $10 fee. If you decide to keep all the diapers, they refund the fee. Jillian’s Drawers – $10 gets you a 21 day trial at Jillian’s Drawers. Choose the size … Continue reading

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