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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
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
Kelly Wels Cloth Diaper Giveaway Enter to win each and every week. This week we’re featuring a Thirsties Duo Wrap and Eco Sprout Eco-Bottom Liners! Both are sure to help make cloth diapering a breeze. Eco-Bottom Liners are a flushable diaper liner sold in rolls of 100 sheets. They allow you to easily flush away messes and can often eliminate the need for a diaper sprayer. Thirsties Duo Wrap Covers are an economical choice for cloth loving families. Use over prefolds, fitteds or flats. This cover will surely become a favorite. USA only. Winner has 7 days to claim their prize upon being emailed. Must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win. a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can show your love for that tiny little someone in your life with a cloth diaper just for Valentine’s Day. While there are lots of pink, red and purple solid colors to choose from, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite prints and color combos which echo the themes of love and romance. Applecheeks “Pink About It” and “Love Happens” Blueberry Diapers “Petals” Funky Fluff’s new Love Bug Kawaii Pure & Natural “Meow Meow” Best Bottom “Lace” (grab it quick from Nicki’s or Diaper Safari because they are about to retire it!) Bottombumpers “Unicorn” and “Love Mom,” sold exclusively at Nicki’s Diapers: Bumkins “Love Birds” Planet Wise “Strawberry Dot,” also available at Nicki’s Diapers: Wink Diapers “Love is in the Air” If you’re looking for a round-up of cloth diaper sales and freebies for Valentine’s Day, this just posted on my blog. Have you ever bought a cloth diaper to celebrate a particular holiday or occasion?
Choose to use cloth diapers…or not. Either way, shouldn’t the choice be yours to make as a parent? For some parents who have their children in day care, this may not be a choice they can make for themselves. Regulations vary widely from state to state. Some states are very lenient with a few common sense rules to follow while others make it next to impossible to use cloth diapers in day care. I feel very passionately about this. All parents deserve the right to choose what kind of diapers they use for their children. Day care isn’t a choice sometimes as many families need two incomes to survive. And it’s not as simple as saying just switch day cares because some of the current state regulations prohibit cloth at all day cares or have very prohibitive rules. This petition is simply asking for the right to be able to use cloth diapers at all day cares, not saying that anyone has to. Thank you to the The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet for creating this petition. Please consider signing so all parents can make their own decision on this. CLICK HERE … Continue reading
After baby starts eating solid foods, the glory days of just tossing all the cloth diapers into your washer with no special treatment are over. (You’re probably getting a little more sleep, though, so you’ve got that going for you.) While you don’t actually *need* any accessories for cleaning off dirty diapers before they go through the wash – dunking & swishing in the toilet will get the job done - most parents like to use either a diaper sprayer or flushable diaper liners to make it easy. If you’re trying to decide which route to go, here are some considerations: Diaper Sprayer Powerful spray gets the dirty job done quick Uses water only; no extra waste Can be expensive ($30 to $70) – unless you find them on sale Sometimes the spray is too powerful and splatters everywhere – more accessories to buy Must pick one toilet to attach it to, unless you go for a sink-attaching sprayer Diaper Liners Less expensive initially Easy to dispose of messes if you’re not at home Not as soft as a cloth diaper against baby’s skin Could add up to be more expensive … Continue reading
It may be winter in Minnesota, but this is the time of year when we really start fantasizing about spring. That had me thinking about the cutest and best “spring” diapers, which are already becoming available. I’ve picked a few of my absolute favorites and why they represent everything that I love most about spring—and cloth diapering! We’re seeing a lot of white around here—snow is everywhere. When spring really hits, we know it by the GREEN! That’s why I love the grasshopper color from BumGenius. This is really a classic color: I own three of these diapers and the color works perfectly for little girls and boys. You can pair it with cute T-shirts or dresses. Spring means baby animals are born. If you are an expecting mom, you might have a new addition to celebrate as well! What a better way to celebrate your spring newborn than with a cute newborn diaper cover from Tidy Tots. I love that this diaper cover has a hook-and-loop closure: at 2am, you’re going to be too sleep deprived to have the patience for snaps. But, these adorable baby birds will remind … Continue reading
Even with a lot great cloth diaper resources available it’s easy to make a few rookie cloth diapering blunders. I believe experience is the best teacher. Even with a cloth diaper expert for an older sister (Bert, she’s the founder of the blog, First Time Mom) I still managed to commit some big cloth diapering no-no’s. So in the spirit of education I’m sharing my blunders with you. Mistake #1: Using products that compromise your diapers’ absorbency or warranty. I knew that you had to be careful avoiding diaper rash creams containing zinc oxide; however, when it came to petroleum jelly I had a brain lapse. We choose to have my son circumcised and the doctor recommended putting Vaseline on the site for a couple of weeks. At first I used gauze but as the newborn days dragged on I got lazy. Suddenly my newborn stash started leaking. Nooooo, what have I done! Luckily I was able to remove the petroleum jelly from my newborn stash with some basic blue Dawn Soap and by stripping my diapers, using my sister’s method. Word to the wise, unless it’s coconut oil or specifically says “cloth diaper safe” … Continue reading
Cloth Diaper Warranties One of the benefits of choosing cloth diapers is the cost savings. If you keep your cloth diaper addiction under control and resist the urge buy every new diaper that’s released, you can save a lot of money by choosing to cloth diaper. When buying new cloth diapers, most of the time you will receive a warranty. Here’s everything you need to know about cloth diaper warranties! Length of the warranty The length of time covered under the warranty varies by the brand you purchase. Some brands are covered for a full year while others are only covered for 30 days. This time starts on the date of purchase, not the date that you start using your diapers. So if you purchase a diaper the day you find out your pregnant, but don’t use the diaper until 9 months later, you will only have about 3 months of use under the warranty. What’s covered? Most brands will cover “workmanship” meaning if the stitches fall out during the warranty period, you can get some help. Some brands will guarantee their elastic (or other components) for “x” … Continue reading
Ready to make the switch? It’s never too late to switch to cloth diapers. Here are 5 quick tips for switching to cloth from disposable diapers: Change regularly – Cloth diapers don’t have super absorbent gel, so plan to change every 2-3 hours. Add absorbency – Add a hemp doubler or insert to boost absorbency when you need to change less frequently. (Naps etc.) Cloth diapers fit differently – Cloth diapers don’t sit high in the back like a disposable. Aim to get the front & rear at or slightly below the bellybutton. Some diapers are designed to scoop below the belly button. Try different brands and styles – What your best friend or neighbor loves might not be your preference. Try a few brands, or even a cloth diaper trial. Don’t sweat the washing – Keep it simple sweetie! Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be difficult. See more tips for switching to cloth diapers. If you’ve been thinking of switching to cloth, make it your new year’s resolution to try them!