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Lily Cup Video and Review Featuring “Virginia”

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The Lily Cup wasn’t a brand I had heard of until their “Lily Cup Compact” hit Kickstarter. I watched the video with interest and shared their project with my readers on Facebook not knowing that soon it would go viral and blow past their initial goal. Unfortunately that product (the compact menstrual cup) didn’t work well for me. The good news is that they also sent their standard Lily Cup model for me to try and I’m glad they did because it worked great and has given me a new cup that I can recommend to other women.

The embedded video is my “review” and demonstration of the Lily Cup. If you dislike watching videos I will share some key points here in the blog post along with some product photos I took and 15 second video clips using Virginia.  This is Virginia’s video debut so please be nice to her!

The Lily Cup standard model comes in two sizes, A and B. A would be for women who have not given birth or who are younger, though it may also work for others not in the category. Size B is intended for women who have given birth or who are older but again, it may also work for women not in that category. Don’t get boxed into a size if you feel in your gut you may need a different one.

The cup has a slanted top and Lily Cup recommends that the highest side face towards your back for insertion.  A quick insertion demo using the “C Fold” is show below.

The Lily Cup, like all menstrual cups, works by creating a seal against the vaginal walls and catches menstrual flow.  The cup can be worn 10-12 hours at a time and most women with a medium or heavy flow should still be able to go for this amount of time since it has a higher capacity than the Lily Cup Compact.  This was true for me.

Lily Cup and Diva Cup Length

Both the Size A and Size B Lily Cups are longer than comparable menstrual cups.  Above are examples of a Size A Lily Cup, Size 2 Diva Cup, and Size 2 Lily Cup Compact for your reference.  For women who find that their menstrual cup moves up during wear and can’t be reached for removal this would be a good option.  For women with a short cervix it may be too long even with the stem cut off.  Unlike the Diva Cup the Lily Cup cannot be turned inside out and worn due to the unique rim, something many women do to shorten cups.

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The rim is nice and firm, even firmer than the Diva Cup but a small margin, and the cup has a unique “spine” in the taller side.  It can’t be felt from the outside of the cup but can be felt from the inside.  The spine along with the reinforced bottom make this a great cup for beginners- it can be pushed higher for a good fit even after opening internally.  In the above images I used backlighting to show the thickness of the rim and the spine in the cup which are darker than the thinner portions of the cup.

So how did it work?  

After a few leaks in the beginning that were light enough to just wear a cloth liner I got the hang of this cup and found it to work great at all times of my cycle.  I was able to use it for two full cycles and part of a third.  At first the cup did make itself known (it is a tad larger in size than the cup I normally use) but because it is so smooth and stays in place (like all cups should) I quickly got used to it and forgot it was there.  I know some people look at cups and think “how could you NOT know it is in there” but honestly, you don’t if it is a good fit and in place correctly.  I tried it with the stem first and it was too long so I did wind up trimming the stem as much as I could safely do so.

Where to buy: Amazon.com has the Lily Cup in stock for $40 which is comparable to similar brand name cups in price.

For more menstrual cup resources look to DDL’s ultimate guide to reusable menstrual products.

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Win it! Chelory Organic AIO

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It is a rare thing to find a true All in One diaper that holds up to heavy wetters but the Chelory line-up does just that!  Their organic All in One with a combination of bamboo and zorb can work for everyone, but can even survive heavy wetters for naps or nights without additional layers!  Though they are on the higher end they’re WAHM made and built to last. Lara reviewed the Chelory Organic AIO for DDL yesterday so don’t forget to check that out and learn more!

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You can enter to win one right here!  The contest is open Worldwide and ends March 10!  Chelory will pick the diaper print based on availability.
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New Prints and Colors! Best Bottoms, Rumparooz, bumGenius, Smart Bottoms, and more!

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It looks like a ton of new prints have been released in recent weeks, so many that I’m having a hard time keeping track!  For my benefit and yours here is a list of recent noteworthy releases that you may have missed!

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Best Bottoms “Dragon Scales” limited edition print is available for Pre-Order now and releases in Mid-March from your favorite retailer.

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And just today the new color, Castle, and print, Destiny, were released by Rumparooz!  [Buy at Kelly’s Closet]

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I am especially in love with this new print from Smart Bottoms for a few reasons…. it is mid century modern inspired and supports Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.  You can only find this print at MommyCon events this year.

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bumGenius “Alicia” is a MommyCon Exclusive that sold out instantly in Chicago.  The print is assumed to be available again at future MommyCon events.  It was also available online for several minutes and in the St Louis store briefly.  Already Alicia is fetching over $80 a diaper on Ebay and BST boards…

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Even though it doesn’t feel like Winter here in Florida the rest of the US begs to differ…. Blueberry has just recently released Penguins (a winter theme) and also Pink Snails (springy for sure and a different version of the regular Snails print).  These are both limited edition prints.  [Buy from Kelly’s Closet]

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Rumparooz has been releasing new prints and solids and since I haven’t yet featured these 4 here they are!  Bonnie and Clyde are the stunning animal themed prints on the bottom left, Spice is the red/orange solid (love this one), and Unity if the Black/White/Gold bee themed print.  [Buy from Kelly's Closet]

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Thirsties announced their Valentine’s Limited release “Sweetheart” but hearts work year round and it came out so close to February 14 that you can still find it at some retailers.  The hearts were modeled after Bamboobies, a DDL fav.  [Buy from Kelly's Closet]

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Another special Valentine’s Diaper released was the Softbums “Fluffy Love” that has already sold out.

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AppleCheeks are adding two new colors to their swim diaper line-up!  Beth of Fresh Air is the lavendar color and Bondi is the blue. [Buy from Kelly's Closet]

 

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Turning Red to Green- Reusable Menstrual Products Resource Guide

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It’s always nice to have a mega-resource for an oft asked about topic.  This page is going to be your new favorite resource for menstrual cup information and a nice link for your cup or cloth curious friends.  I’ll be referencing this page at my menstrual products workshops so if you are coming here after my session you will see links to much of what was discussed in person in the text when applicable and links to helpful outside resources at the end of this post.

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Part 1- Why Should You Switch to Reusable Menstrual Products?

Comfort is the number one reason I think all women should switch to either cloth or cups.  Honestly, it’s an incredible difference and seeing/feeling is about the only way to truly understand.  Unlike tampons or disposable pads, cups and cloth will not dry you out.  Tampons will remove your body’s natural moisture along with your flow but cups only contain the flow.  Cloth pads do not use highly absorbent chemicals that pull away your skin’s moisture with it and they have no plastic backing which makes them more breathable.   Instead, cloth pads use PUL or fleece backings to keep underwear clean and dry.   Most women cannot feel the cup once it is properly inside and the silicone is warmed by your body to mould and fit your shape; cups move with you so there is no friction to feel.  There have been cases where women forgot they were wearing the cup!  Cloth pads are made from soft fabrics like bamboo, velour, organic cotton, minky, or fabric blends- this means they are even softer than your softest panties and have no crinkling!

Anecdotal evidence and testimonials support the claims that menstrual cups can reduce cramps and sometimes even shorten the length of a menstrual cycle.

Convenience is another reason that every single woman should switch to a cup if they can.  Cups can be worn for 10-12 hours before needing to be removed and emptied!  Imagine not having to seek out restrooms to change your tampon or pad every 2-4 hours!  Women who work busy, demanding jobs with lack of reliable access to a bathroom especially should consider changing over to a cup.  There is an inexplainable freedom that only cup wearers understand.  Go anywhere, do anything… just like in those fun tampon commercials showing women swimming and bike riding, but women wearing cups can do even more for even longer!

Environmental impact is a major reason to consider switching.  Women can use over 16,000 disposable menstrual products during their lifetime.  That is a LOT of waste.  Consider that each product is wrapped in plastic and that pads are backed with a plastic liner and tampons come with a plastic applicator.  When it comes time to get rid of our used products we wrap them back in the plastic tightly and throw them into another plastic bag that often gets tossed into a larger plastic bag that then goes to a landfill.  Though the cotton may breakdown under the right circumstances it will never see the right conditions to do so, and the plastics will be around a very, very long time.

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Plastic debris, including plastic tampon applicators, on the shore of Onondaga Lake in NY after a storm. Photo used with permission from anikarenina on Flickr

Things like plastic tampon applicators are small and easily make their way into the ecosystem if not disposed of properly.  It isn’t uncommon to find tampon applicators on beaches and river banks.  Birds and fish are frequently found dead with stomachs full of small plastic parts they mistake for food, including tampon applicators.  As a society we can work on reducing our plastic waste, switching to reusable menstrual products can be one change and may lead to more.  For more on the plastic problem in our world watch this video on ocean garbage patches.

Money Savings can be either the motivation, or an added bonus, when you switch to reusable menstrual products.  It may not seem like much when you buy an $8 box of tampons but over the lifespan of your menstrual days it can add up to several hundred dollars depending on the brand you choose.  With the money you save each cycle you can treat yourself to a Venti from Starbucks or a pint of Haagen Daaz Coffee Ice Cream (now I’m craving!)

Part 2. The Logistics of Using Cloth or Menstrual Cups

Using reusable cloth for your period may sounds disgusting at first but it is actually very comfortable and for women with sensitive skin, it can be a lifesaver compared to disposable pads that dry out the skin.  I have a post with great beginner information on Getting Started with Reusable Menstrual Cloth for more information.

When it comes to using a menstrual cup it’s not as scary, difficult, or messy as you imagine.  I also imagined the worst but found it to be a chore worth doing in the grand scheme of things.  If the in person demonstrations at MommyCon weren’t enough and you need more visuals about how to insert the cup and remove it I have a video for that!  How to Insert and Remove a Menstrual Cup.

Now that I have created my new vagina stand-in model, Virginia, there’s a good chance I will make a new video soon for an even better visual aid.

Choosing the Right Menstrual Cup

Once you understand how it works and you’re ready to make the switch you will want to choose the cup that is likely to work best for you.  At first the choice seems simple enough- Size 1 for women under 30 who haven’t given birth or Size 2 for women over 30 or who have given birth.  That is a good place to start but there are a few other factors to consider.

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Firmness.  Menstrual cups can be extra soft all the way to extra firm and everything in between.  The silicone  (rubber or latex in some cases) firmness can dictate several things- how easy or hard it is to fold for insertion, how easy or hard it is for the cup to unfold once inserted, and how well it stays in place during wear.  Softer cups are easiest to fold and keep folded while inserting but might be harder to unfold inside to get a perfect seal.  Firmer cups are harder to fold and keep folded while inserting (they naturally want to unfold) but once inserted that comes in handy as they will pop open with more force/resistance to create a nice seal.  A good starter cup with average firmness is The DivaCup or Lunette.

Length.  The length of a cup is also an important factor.  The average vaginal canal is 3-4 inches (if you’re wondering how that works for intercourse it lengthens when aroused) however that isn’t always the case.  The cervix can also change positions during the month/week and sometimes it is lower or higher.  If the cervix is lower while you are on your period you might find it harder to wear certain cups that are longer.  You can look at this handy comparison tool to compare the lengths of cups on The Eco-Friendly Family.  If you already have a cup and realize this by using it try trimming the stem or flipping the cup inside out.  If your cervix is higher you may want a longer cup so that you can reach the stem when needing to remove it.  Please see the diagram to note that a cup sits below the cervix and shouldn’t cup over it.  If you have an IUD in place be especially mindful of this fact since there is a risk of dislodging it.  Women with IUD’s have and do successfully wear cups but you may want to consult your gynecologist first to get peace of mind.

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Diameter.  Most brands stick to a simple Size 1 or Size 2 model but there are some that offer a wider assortment of choices.  Most women who have given birth are fine with a 2, most women who haven’t are fine with a 1, but sometimes the roles are flipped.  If you are a woman who finds the size 2 still slips out of place there are cups with a wider diameter from brands like Meluna.

Shape.   Most menstrual cups are similar in shape and look like a bell.  The bottoms are tapered and the top is wide.  The shape combined with the length and diameter all contribute to how much the cup will hold.  If you are already aware that you have a heavy flow a cup with a rounder bottom that is longer will hold more than a cup with a pointed bottom that is shorter.  Once again, the comparison chart on The Eco-Friendly Family is the best resource to compare each brand when deciding on a cup to try.

 

Caring for your Cup or Cloth

Washing your menstrual cloth products is very simple.  You will want to pre-rinse on cold.  Wash on hot with a detergent that lacks softeners.  Being that this cloth touches your most sensitive skin you may also want to avoid dyes and harsh fragrances.  Tumble dry your cloth pads.  You can wash with diapers or with towels to save water.  If you want to wash with towels or clothing you can pre-rinse in the sink before adding to the wash.

Washing a menstrual cup is easy as well.  Find a fragrance free, gentle soap (this product is worn internally so it is best to avoid soaps with ingredients that could irritate) or use a wash specifically designed for use with menstrual cups like DivaWash. After dumping the contents in the toilet you can either wipe the rest with TP or take it straight to the sink and wash. If you want to lessen how much TP you use while on your period the Fridet is also a nice option to cleanse yourself and rinse out the cup over the toilet before washing.   To get the suction holes clean bend the cup and run under water or use a toothpick for thorough cleaning.  After washing with hot water and soap reinsert.  You can boil the cup to sterilize if you choose each month at the end of your cycle or if you notice any stains or odors.  If the raise lettering or grips are collecting any film take a soft bristle toothbrush to the cup.  Cups can last many years if cared for and kept clean.  Store your cup in the drawstring bag it likely came in or another package of your choosing.

As for the many questions asked by women (and men) from every walk of life I am happy to answer them in person or through this post.  Sensitive questions can be emailed directly as well.

Further Resources:

DDL’s Menstrual Posts

All my videos can be seen in this playlist for easy access or scroll down for links right to the posts and videos.

Reusable Menstrual Cloth Basics

Menstrual Cups: What Every Woman Should Know [Video and Overview of Cups]

The Most TMI Post Ever [Experience with The DivaCup, FAQ's and Tips]

How to Insert and Remove a Menstrual Cup [Video]

What to Expect When You Switch to Menstrual Cups [a timeline of milestones]

10 Pro-Tips for Menstrual Cup Users [Video]

 Excellent Outside Resources

The Eco-Friendly Family’s What Menstrual Cup is Right For You 

(NSFW) Oh Joy Sex Toy’s Comic about the Keeper Cup [graphic images and sexual content in the sidebar ads, you've been warned]

 Precious Star Pads YouTube Channel [cup and cloth information as told by a young lady, great for teens and young adults]

Menstrual Cups LiveJournal [still somewhat active but lots of archived information]

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Diaper Safari One Size Pocket Giveaway {2/25}

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Yesterday Lara gave us all a review of the inexpensive pocket diaper from Diaper Safari.  Now you can enter to win one and we will make it an easy giveaway to enter.

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The Diaper Safari One Size Pocket comes in snaps or velcro and begins fitting at around 10 pounds.  According the Lara’s review it is great for chunkier babies with generous sizing.

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The winner will get a Diaper Safari OS Pocket Diaper (print and closure of winner’s choice) PLUS one microfiber insert and one hemp insert!

Enter below using the Rafflecopter and make sure to leave your comment on this blog post.  Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Open to US and Canada.  Good luck!

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DDL Hits The Road- MommyCon or Bust!

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2015 is a pretty exciting year for me because it is DDL’s MommyCon debut.  MommyCon is a convention for parents and parents-to-be that focuses on natural parenting that combines an expo atmosphere with brands on hand to educate on their products, educational workshops on parenting topics, plus inspirational speakers on topics ranging from breastfeeding to car seat safety.  Several months back MommyCon’s organizer, Xza (a name you can get away with leaving off a last name!) approached me with the idea of joining the event as part of the Cloth Diaper Resource Center.  After making sure the travel dates would work I signed on and the CDRC became the Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry (that’s me!)  We also dreamed up a new session that I am so thrilled to be teaching at 7 events in 2015 called “Turning Red to Green- A Menstruation Workshop on Switching to Reusables Presented by TheDivaCup.”

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I have to say it is extremely gratifying to know that out of the many other resources and blogs about cloth diapering DDL was asked to join the Resource Center.  It has been a 5+ year journey- my skills have grown, my outlook on life has grown, my children have grown- all right before the eyes of my readers.  I’m most excited to meet many of you at each event!  Each time I see a reader suggest my website to others I’m always grateful and it’s amazing to know that what I am doing here is helping.  If you will be at a MommyCon event this year please stop by for any help you need with your cloth diapering questions, bring your cloth curious friend over so that I can hopefully bring them to the cloth side,  or just come by to say hi!  I love seeing the light turn on when a family realizes cloth diapering is something that they want to do, and that they CAN do.  I love playing a small part in that.  If you love the history of cloth diapering as much as I do and want to chat about it or ask questions please do that too!

As much as I love talking about cloth diapers the Menstrual Session is kind of a dream come true.  Ever since switching to a menstrual cup I have felt the need to convert other women (I am a #vagangelist after all) with my blog, social media, and videos.  It is definitely working!  I know I am not the only person responsible for more women switching over but the word is spreading like wildfire and as more women switch they tell their friends, and so on!  Like cloth diapering, seeing cups in person and hearing real women discussing their triumphs and failures is really key to summoning enough courage to go against the mainstream and try something on the fringe.  I am coming very prepared to this session with my clear vaginal-tube stand in named Virginia, TheDivaCup demo cups, and a pretty snazzy uterus and vaginal canal with cup work of art.  Visuals are everything.  There will be a Q&A at the end or attendees can ask questions about the session or reusable menstrual options in the CDRC after.

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I’m thrilled to be joining the MommyCon family, consisting of so many amazing and inspiring individuals who have made it their mission to educate parents in their field of expertise, and excited to get face time with all of you able to make the events.  I’ll be at Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Orlando, DC, Columbus, and Newport Beach locations this year with my sparkly unicorn poop and vagina tube.  You can find all of the dates listed on MommyCon’s website: http://mommy-con.com/events/

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And my new favorite print is Jax & Jill from Smart Bottoms!

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When you combine Mid Century Modern + cloth diapers + supporting my favorite charity it = my new favorite cloth diaper print!

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Smart Bottoms announced their newest print, Jax & Jill, that is an atomic inspired print in bold, retro colors.  The print will ONLY be available at MommyCon locations this year and for each diaper sold a generous $5 donation will be made to the cloth diaper charity Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit cloth diaper lending organization.  GDGH helps approved families all over the US by shipping them a set of cloth diapers for the cost of shipping.  Since 2011 GDGH has been making it possible to cloth diaper without the high start-up cost that so many families can’t possibly afford.  Since cloth diapers are reusable, the families using this program will no longer have to worry about how they will afford to buy the next package of diapers.  It’s a fantastic charity that helped over 500 families in 2014!

It’s no secret that I volunteer as the Executive Director for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and I was so thankful to learn that Smart Bottoms wanted to support our charity with their print.  I am also involved with MommyCon this year- the Cloth Diaper Resource Center is where I’ll be this year, chatting with new parents and parents-to-be who are interested in cloth diapering.  I’ll also be teaching a session on reusable menstrual options.

To say I am excited about this print is an understatement!  I love the pattern (not just saying that) and I’d totally take the fabric and make (waterproof) pillows out of them for my vintage turquoise sectional  any day.

GDGH is so grateful for this collaboration and the money raised will be going towards our ongoing effort to reduce the shipping fee that approved families pay from $35 to $20.  We are striving to help more families get the reusable and sustainable diapers they need and Smart Bottoms is going to be a big part of that.

If you can’t get to a MommyCon location this year I would join the Smart Bottoms fan group to find out if there will be any members coordinating group buys.

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Sip and Chat on G+ with AppleCheeks, Spray Pal, and More!

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Clear your calendar on Tuesday, February 17th!  The long overdue party promised to the brand that sold the most Men of the Baby Industry calendars is coming soon!  (PS the calendars are on sale for $5 a piece but only while supplies last!  Grab one and support Giving Diapers, Giving Hope with your purchase!)

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TheBabyGuyNYC was the clear frontrunner and he gets all of our thanks for not only appearing in the calendar as January 2015 alongside his sidekick THE Angry Baby but for sharing it with his following.  We are going to have a great time at our live Sip and Chat in his honor and we hope he can join us but due to his INCREDIBLY packed schedule (ya’ll, have you seen that he is juggling MommyCon and Gearapalooza appearances… he lives in the skies!) he won’t likely be able to attend this one.   We will certainly pour one in honor of the best baby gear guru in the biz!  he plans to attend so make sure you’re there to hang out with Jamie and the rest of us virtually!

AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers came in second place and tirelessly promoted the calendar and thus, tirelessly supported Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.  For that we are so grateful and very excited to know that they love and support the work GDGH does for cloth diapering families.  We have been dying to party with these ladies and they deserve a fun night for their hard work!

Since we promised to throw a party for the top two sellers we are doing just that!

Bring your favorite alcoholic (or non-alcoholic if you insist) beverage and view our live party via Google+.  You can also watch through my YouTube page once the live stream starts.  Joining G+ live chats is pretty darn simple.  All you do is click the “Yes I’m Going” button on our event page then remember to come back to the event page and watch when the show begins!  We will monitor the activity on the event page where you can post your comments, and we also love when people take selfies of themselves at our chats.  We’ll be using #sipandchatlive for Instagram.

I’ll be chatting with a few of the women who made the calendar possible such as Jen Aprea from Spray Pal (the mastermind of the project), Amanda of The Eco-Friendly Family (the designer behind most of it who pulled it together) myself (I will say my contribution was logistics and creative directing).  Calley of The Eco Chic, who did a good bit of recruiting of men for the calendar, won’t be able to make the chat that night.  Of course AppleCheeks will be there too and we can’t wait to party with those ladies!  You can view our past live G+ chats to get an idea of how much fun we will be having together, go have a look- Live Chats Archive.  During our last chat we went on a 30 minute tangent about SNICK (Saturdaty Night Nick) so you never know what will happen!

We might have a few goodies to give out to viewers who attend too, like a few signed copies of the calendar, but you will have to be present to win!  

You can RSVP to the chat on the Event page.  

 

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No Ragrets Cloth Diapering- What Would You Do Differently Today?

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Having cloth diapered for a total of 4+ years with two children it’s to be expected that I learned from mistakes and sometimes even regretted a decision or two.  I asked DDL readers on my Facebook page the question

“What is something you would do differently when it comes to cloth diapering today compared to when you first began?”
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I’m sharing a few nuggets of wisdom- maybe one of them will speak to you and help you cloth diaper with “no ragrets,” …not even a single letter.  You can read all of the responses on Facebook.  

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The Response: “I wish I wouldn’t have spent a bunch of money on one kind of diaper that didn’t work very well.” -Kirsten M.

DDL Weighs In: Sometimes parents rely on a salesperson in the store or the raving review of a friend and decide that one brand will be the best for them.  Even though this can definitely work for some parents most wind up regretting that they didn’t try a few brands before settling on buying 24 of them!  Cloth diaper trials are one way to sample several brands, or buy used to try the diapers for cheap before making the investment.

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The Response: “With my first I bought all pockets thinking I’d love them. I hated them after about 2 months. Advice? Try a few different styles – you’ll be thankful later!!” -Viva La Cloth

DDL Weighs In: Like above, this reader thought pocket diapers would be the best for her family but realized later (after a heavy investment) that they hated them!  Even when you think, based on the the 1,000 reviews and blog posts you’ve read, that one style of diaper is IT for you, there is a chance it might not be.  Even if you just get 1-2 others to try before you invest in one style it might be worth it.

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The response: “ I would start wool earlier. It isn’t scary or difficult (hooray for Eucalan!), and the price is worth it.” -Kyra M.

DDL Weighs In: Wool is probably the MOST intimidating style of cloth diaper out there.  The care instructions are totally different than other cloth diapers and there is always that doubt “will wool really be waterproof and breathable?”  The answer is yes and yes!  Wool is great for babies who get heat rashes, works for winter and even summer (if you can believe that), and doubles as clothing if you buy shorties or longies.  Just like cloth diapers, wool can be addictive!

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The Response: “Ι would definitely do covers and prefolds. Less expensive, and you can reuse your favorite covers.” -Mary K.

DDL Weighs In: Though the shiny diapers with their bells and whistles dazzle new to cloth diapering parents, they can be quite expensive!  Even if you aren’t cloth diapering to save money prefolds and covers have a lot to offer beyond being cheap.  Prefolds are less likely to cause headaches when it comes to washing- they can take a serious beating without leaking or stinking.  Add a stash of covers that you love and cloth diaper with less drama.

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The Response: “I’ve diapered 6 kids and my only regret is getting sucked in to diaper shopping, trying new brands.” -Catherine B.

DDL Weighs In: Buying All The Diapers is a real thing.  When brands release a new limited edition print every few months and new brands enter the market it is very tempting to buy “just one more.”  Keep in mind that one day your babies will be out of diapers- will your collection of diapers matter to you then?  If so then by all means, collect!  If you think your personality tends to go full addict then maybe try sticking to one style or brand to resist temptation.  Plus, the atmosphere in the groups for buying and selling can be toxic depending on the group.

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The Response: “I would have bought used to try out more diapers because you can really see how they wear and hold up after use.” -Jenna B.

DDL Weighs In: Buying used is a great idea for trying out brands and as this reader points out, for seeing how durable the diaper is!  No diaper can last forever but if you try used diapers that have little or no stretch in the elastics or show holes sooner than they should based on when they were bought it can be an indication that they aren’t going to hold up long.

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The Response: “I’d skip buying cheap diapers. Like totally. They don’t hold up. Spend a little extra on good quality diapers.” -Jessica C.

DDL Weighs In: This one is controversial but I can tell you that it is true, from personal experience and from the experiences of so many others.  When a diaper is extremely cheap it may be too good to be true.  Not only is it unlikely that the factory is doing effective quality control but the materials used to make the diaper are cheaper, the labor is cheaper, the warranty may not exist, and the customer service (if there) might not be that helpful when you need it.  Reputable brands tend to not only last longer but have warranties if problems do arise and employees at the phone lines to help you with any problems you have.  There are stories that tell opposite stories on both ends but these are not nearly as common as the scenario this reader represents.  No one wants to replace the diapers they just bought months earlier- don’t throw your money away!

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The Response: “[not] Getting a spray pal and sprayer for sure, so much easier then dunk and swish.” -Samantha D.

DDL Weighs In: The scariest part of cloth diapering (in theory) is dealing with the poop.  When I first started cloth diapering the diaper sprayer was an answer to that problem.  Then the Spray Pal came along and the two together can spray the poop off and keep the {poop water} overspray from hitting your or your bathroom walls.  Plenty of people have survived without one or both but they are certainly nice to have and if you wait too long to try them you too might regret not buying a set earlier.

What about you- did you have any regrets from your early days of cloth diapering?  

 Image Credits:  Sloomb, Spray Pal, Hyperbole and a Half, Kim Rosas.  Quotes taken from DDL readers on January 10, 2014.

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Buttons Cloth Diapers Giveaway!

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Yesterday Lara posted a glowing review of the Buttons One Size All-in-Two that she was able to test on both of her girls.  You should definitely check that review out!  Now DDL has a giveaway for a 1 one-size diaper cover, and 3 hemp/cotton daytime diaper inserts!

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The Hemp/Cotton Daytime Inserts have 4 layers of premium natural fabric made up of 55% hemp and 45% cotton, and 1 layer of soft fleece on top to wick away moisture and keep baby’s skin dry. Buttons cloth inserts snap right into our one-size diapers covers. Plus, they come in 2 sizes for your growing baby (small fits babies 9-20 lbs, large fits babies 20-35 lbs.; Small inserts: light orange stitching; Large inserts: light blue stitching.)

Buttons One Size Covers are soft, leak-proof, and durable diaper covers. The double-gussets around the legs keeps the mess in, so your little one can run, jump, climb, and sleep while your mind is at ease. Elastic at the back and tummy makes a custom fit. The durable snaps allow the covers to adjust to fit any baby (approximately 9-35 lbs.). And, they come in nine adorable colors or a variety of prints. Prints will run extra.

All in Two systems can be great for day trips to save space in your already crowded diaper bag or are even good for a full-time option since they will run cheaper than All in One or Pocket diapers (typically).

This giveaway will be open to US/Canada. Ends Feb. 13. Winner chooses color/print and size. Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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