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Opulent Monsters Diaper Video and Review Could it be?  The best velcro diaper ever! 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Survey Results {Infographic} The History of Disana, a company 40  Years in the making. The 5 Phases of Cloth Diapering Get Prepared for Potty Training- Should You Buy Training Pants? How long should a cloth diaper last? The History of Wool- Mother Nature Sales and Specials for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge Cloth Diaper Info Cards {Free Download} What
 

Opulent Monsters Diaper Video and Review

Harper loves animals so much, I really lucked out in how gentle she is with them. We’ve practiced since she was a baby, teaching her to softly touch toys and blankets long before she could really comprehend what “gentle” means. Our dog and cat are a tremendous joy to her, and she gets so happy […]

Could it be? The best velcro diaper ever!

I haven’t purchased a velcro/aplix/hook and loop/whatever you call it diaper in years.  Why?  Because in general- they suck.  The velcro either stops sticking after a while, curls up, or starts out so strong that it is a strong man competition to pull it open in hopes it will last.  I had pretty much given […]

4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Survey Results {Infographic}

It has taken a while but I do have the results from the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  Unsurprisingly, the data is nearly identical which shows the viability of using flat diapers in general and of handwashing.  You can refer to the results of last year here: 3rd Annual Results. There were less participants […]

The History of Disana, a company 40+ Years in the making.

This post is part of a new series I hope to bring to Dirty Diaper Laundry that focuses on the history of manufacturers and brands. Even companies that began in recent memory still have a valuable story to tell and I’d like to tell it. If you have any suggestions on who you’d like to […]

The 5 Phases of Cloth Diapering

For most of us cloth diapering started out as a little idea that would save money and maybe look cute too.  Little did we know what a roller coaster it would become!   Saving the world, saving money, and cute diapers! What isn’t there to LOVE about cloth diapering? When is the baby getting here? […]

Get Prepared for Potty Training- Should You Buy Training Pants?

It’s time for your little one to start their journey to potty training!  It is both an exciting venture and stressful for all parties involved.  Some children make it easier than others and practically train themselves, others need charts, stickers, treats, and parades for each successful bathroom visit.  Regardless of how your child gets there, […]

How long should a cloth diaper last?

The idea behind cloth diapering for most parents is saving money- using a diaper over and over saves way more than using throwaway diapers.  That being said, cloth diapers are great but they aren’t magic- heavy use and repeated washing and drying takes a toll and they will wear out.  The question is- what is […]

The History of Wool- Mother Nature’s Diaper Cover

Wool soakers are common in today’s cloth diapering wardrobe and often seen as a luxury item. The history of the soaker dates back to the mid 19th century and saw a peak in popularity and use around 1940’s.  Wool is seeing an artisanal resurgence in the 2000’s and is becoming more mainstream. Ever wonder how […]

Sales and Specials for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Each year for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge there will be sales/specials or packages that retailers or brands will offer for participants.  If you haven’t yet ordered your flats or covers take a look at this post.  In order to make the most good come of our event I ask companies running specials or events […]

Cloth Diaper Info Cards {Free Download}

If you’ve ever considered teaching a class locally about cloth diapering or you are currently teaching one, this post may be of help!  For an event I attended recently I made up some handy cards, one for each type of cloth diaper, that could be handed out with that diaper so each person could see […]

What’s a Cloth Diaper? Animated Video for Newbies!

One of the things that I have noticed lacking in the cloth diaper world is an introduction to cloth diapers that is simple, not overwhelming, and that isn’t brand specific.  Generally speaking, the only people interested in putting the time and effort into this type of thing are big brands. I got the idea in […]

Mama has heartburn? Earth Mama Angel Baby teas to the rescue!

I am participating in the 30 Day #EarthMama Challenge with Mamavation.  I was sent these products and am being compensated for the campaign.  All opinions and reviews expressed are that of my own. I’ve always considered myself to be a very eco-aware individual. Teased by friends in school and called a hippie, I never minded going the extra mile to do what I felt was best for my body, my soul, the environment, and those around me. As I’ve grown older and gained more control over these decisions, I’ve loved doing the research and practicing what I feel is best for my family. One of the easiest decisions I made occurred when I stumbled upon Earth Mama Angel Baby at a locally owned boutique catering to mothers and their babies. I’ll admit, the charming name and packaging drew my eye first, but once I read the ingredients I was hooked. […]

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The 5 Phases of Breastfeeding {in gifs}

I had so much fun with my 5 Phases of Cloth Diapering post that I decided I had to do it again, this time for breastfeeding!  These phases are more closely based on my own breastfeeding experience and while everyone may not find it matches perfectly I think most moms who are or have breastfed will find a few phases they can relate to *cough touched out cough*   There’s nothing else in the world like the newborn snuggles and skin-to-skin contact when nursing that brand new baby.  In fact, you may find the baby doesn’t leave your side (or boobs) for more than a collective few hours a day.  It’s pure bliss for you and baby and helps establish your milk supply too.  #alldayallnight #imadedis #skintoskin   All that day and night nursing can take a toll on those nipples, even babies with perfect latches and experienced moms can […]

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The DIY faux stacked wood fireplace screen {that almost killed me}

Ever since we moved into our home 2 years ago (wow!) I’ve loathed the fireplace.  The rustic stones are not in line with my modern and clean aesthetic but part of me would hate to remove them since they’re a {crumbling and cracked} part of the original home’s charm that future buyers may hate us for removing.  We did do away with the stone planter made from the same stones and I don’t feel any guilt about that since it was sloppily made, looked weird, and took up precious space. I’ve considered covering the stones, whitewashing them, and have finally decided that instead of changing the stones, why not try updating the fireplace opening?  That led me down the Pinterest wormhole and Google searches for “modern fireplace screen” that resulted in tons of pins for expensive options.  For some reason modern=expensive across the board and buying an $800 screen wasn’t […]

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Opulent Monsters Diaper Video and Review

Harper loves animals so much, I really lucked out in how gentle she is with them. We’ve practiced since she was a baby, teaching her to softly touch toys and blankets long before she could really comprehend what “gentle” means. Our dog and cat are a tremendous joy to her, and she gets so happy to see them and to touch their soft coats. She’s recently become obsessed with playing fetch, throwing one of Valentine’s small plush toys and squealing with delight when he picks it up and returns it to her. I love that we can have a pet friendly household that is also baby friendly. This week I’m reviewing an Opulent Monsters Magnum Opus. The design is different than any of the other diapers we use. The designer/creator was asked to produce an all-in-one diaper, but she was dissatisfied with the options currently being produced. She wanted something […]

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Could it be? The best velcro diaper ever!

I haven’t purchased a velcro/aplix/hook and loop/whatever you call it diaper in years.  Why?  Because in general- they suck.  The velcro either stops sticking after a while, curls up, or starts out so strong that it is a strong man competition to pull it open in hopes it will last.  I had pretty much given up and moved to all snaps.  I know the benefits of velcro but in my mind the pros never outweighed the cons enough.  Snaps last! Then one day it occurred to me that one of my diapers that we used on my son at night, and have had since it first released, was going strong.  The velcro was still sticking without any signs of failure while another velcro diaper from the same time period has been completely unusable for a year. This magical, miracle diaper? Tots Bots Easy Fit v2 v3.  (A few readers say this is v3.  I […]

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4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Survey Results {Infographic}

It has taken a while but I do have the results from the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  Unsurprisingly, the data is nearly identical which shows the viability of using flat diapers in general and of handwashing.  You can refer to the results of last year here: 3rd Annual Results. There were less participants this year, though not by a huge margin.  Across the board the thing I noticed when looking at the data was that again pad folding was the favorite method of folding, unbleached flats were the most popular (2nd place were flour sack towels), and that the bucket and plunger method was the most popular but it fell slightly in percentage of how many used it this year. One change was in the average drying time, possibly just due to that pesky polar vortex that challenged those who had hoped to dry outside.  The average time […]

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QD Sprayer- The Detachable and Travel Diaper Sprayer- Review

A couple months ago I participated in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Flats & Handwashing Challenge while taking my husband and baby on their very first camping trip. It had the potential to be extremely messy and crazy but was actually surprisingly simple and fun. One huge reason for that was the QD Sprayer I brought along. I was able to connect it with a spigot on our campsite and found it provided excellent results! They do sell a garden hose attachment to make quick installation and easy removal a breeze if you plan on using yours outdoors often. Unlike other diaper sprayers, the QD is made for families who travel or would like to put their sprayer out of sight when washing is done. It connects to the faucet easily and quickly, and is stored in a strong mesh bag that can be hung out of the way when you’re finished. […]

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I’m only in it for the points: FitBit Addiction

I’m switching gears here from my usual area of expertise (cloth diapers, cloth diapers, breastfeeding, cloth diapers) and throwing a blog curve ball at you today.  (post contains affiliate links to some of the products I’m using that were all my own purchases, this is not a review or endorsement) Fitbit- do you have one?  I got mine for Mother’s Day after deciding I was going to start Couch to 5K (I mentioned it in May).  I felt having a way to track my steps each day and other statistical information would be beneficial to my overall health and weight loss goals.  I also thought throwing some money at it would help keep me motivated and invested, otherwise I’d be wearing a $100 Armstrong-esque silicon armband for “looks.”  I also threw some money at a pair of running shoes (that turned out not to be ideal according to the running […]

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New Limited GroVia Prints Available Now!

Did you see the newest prints from GroVia?  They’re a collaboration with WeeGallery, a brand I was familiar with since I used their cards with my youngest son! Up and Away and Wild Thing! are high contrast prints that will not only be fashionable, but will capture the attention of your little one!  Up and Away has adorable clouds and hot air balloons while Wild Thing! has black and white animals drawn stylistically.  The new prints are available in the shells and also in the pail liners. I have an Up and Away shell and Wild Thing! wet bag to give away too, check Facebook later today for a flash giveaway!  

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3 Common Sense Tips for Handling Diaper Explosions

Diaper explosions are, for the uninitiated, when a poop (typically one from a newborn or a baby with a sick stomach) escapes the diaper and most often goes up the back and into the onesie area.  With a little common sense and a lot less waste, I’m going to offer real advice based on the tips given by Today Parents on how to avoid diaper blowouts and leaks. My tip for avoiding diaper explosions?  Use cloth diapers with elastic at the back.  Their tip?  Bring a change of clothes for the caregiver and baby. It works almost every time.  I even have a graphic photo as evidence where the elastic was all that came between my son’s disgusting, wet, mucousy poop and his clothing.  Today Parents didn’t offer a way to stop the blowouts, they told parents to bring a change of clothes for the baby and themselves (which is a […]

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