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MommyCon Orlando 2015 Recap! Lassig Neckline Diaper Bag Review How to Replace Cloth Diaper Elastics {Video Tutorial} Win it!  Little Warrior Prize Package from Jack be Natural! Why the loose diapers?  An explanation of vintage diapering techniques. A Consumer Guide to Retailer Exclusive Diaper Prints 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge to take place May 11-17 A Cloth Diaper Quick Start Guide for Newbies Turning Red to Green- Reusable Menstrual Products Resource Guide No Ragrets Cloth Diapering- What Would You Do Differently Today? Marion Donovan- Inventor of the Modern Cloth Diaper, The Boater.  1946 What to Expect When Switching to Menstrual Cups The 6 Kinds of Cloth Diaper Stash Shots What
 
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MommyCon Orlando 2015 Recap!

This post may contain affiliate links. Last weekend I got to go to what I consider one of the most empowering and supportive conventions I’ve ever attended. You may recall last year when I posted about driving a total of over 1,300 miles while 31 weeks pregnant with a 22 month old in the back […]

Lassig Neckline Bag

Lassig Neckline Diaper Bag Review

This post may contain affiliate links. Adapting to the needs of two little ones in diapers can be quite a challenge. When you have one infant and one toddler it makes things even more interesting, especially when you try to leave the house. Suddenly there has to be twice as many diapers, the wet bag […]

How to Replace Cloth Diaper Elastics {Video Tutorial}

This post may contain affiliate links. Let’s face it, cloth diapers don’t last forever!  Eventually every diaper that has elastic will lose its stretch (become relaxed) and will need a new elastics to be as functional as before.  A diaper’s lifespan can be 1.5-3+ years before needing repairs; this will vary based on your washing/drying routine […]

Win it! Little Warrior Prize Package from Jack be Natural!

This post may contain affiliate links. By now you’ve probably heard about the newest solid color from GroVia- Little Warriors!  Thanks to the online cloth diaper store Jack be Natural one lucky DDL reader will win one! Little Warrior is a collaboration between GroVia and Spray-Pal.  10% of sales will benefit March of Dimes.  The […]

Why the loose diaper? www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com explains why diapers were worn loosely by babies in old photographs.

Why the loose diapers? An explanation of vintage diapering techniques.

This post may contain affiliate links. Look back at black and white images of babies wearing diapers and you may see something perplexing… every single baby’s diaper looks to be ill fitting and far too loose.  The diapers are so loose that you begin wondering if they were even effective!  The diapers are pinned in […]

A Consumer Guide to Retailer Exclusive Diaper Prints

This post may contain affiliate links. You may have noticed a lot of new prints being released from cloth diaper brands that are exclusive to a particular cloth diaper store.  These “Retailer Exclusives” are taking off in popularity!  As a consumer you may be wondering what it all means- are  these exclusives limited in quantity? […]

2015 Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 11-17

5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge to take place May 11-17

This post may contain affiliate links. Have you been waiting for this announcement?!  DDL will be hosting the Flats and Handwashing Challenge once again this year and it is our 5th year.  When the challenge began in 2011 it was a personal challenge I wished to take myself.  At that time diaper need and the […]

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A Cloth Diaper Quick Start Guide for Newbies

This post may contain affiliate links. Now that you have decided to use cloth diapers and you’ve selected which brands and styles work best for your family the “oh crap… now what?” moment is upon you.  Time for a quick start guide to get you on the path to cloth diapering happiness! This post isn’t […]

Turning Red to Green- Reusable Menstrual Products Resource Guide

This post may contain affiliate links. 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 […]

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

This post may contain affiliate links. 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 […]

Marion Donovan- Inventor of the Modern Cloth Diaper, The Boater. 1946

This post may contain affiliate links. When it comes to the history and legend behind cloth diapers the Boater cannot be ignored.  The inventor, Marion Donovan, was a new mother solving the age old problem of leaky diapers.  A young and educated women, Marion quit her job as an assistant beauty editor at Vogue to […]

What to expect when switching to menstrual cups

What to Expect When Switching to Menstrual Cups

This post may contain affiliate links. The topic of the moment in social media has been menstrual cups- how they can impact the lives of women in third world countries, how they could be the answer to the prayers of homeless women without regular access to restrooms, and how women in the US are making […]

The 6 Kinds of Cloth Diaper Stash Shots

This post may contain affiliate links.  The stash shot has been around a long time.. I even have one from way back in 2008!  But as social media and cloth diapering have gained in popularity and our outlets are more visual you see them everywhere.  Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, maybe even Ello.  I would check […]

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

This post may contain affiliate links. 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 […]

5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Day 1: Why Are You Taking The Challenge?

This post may contain affiliate links. On our first day of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is “Why are you taking the challenge?” My first year of taking the challenge I limited myself to handwashing in the sink as a way to prove to myself I would be able to cloth diaper my baby even while on vacations that limit my options like on a cruise or staying in a motel. I wanted to know that even without any tools beyond my simple rubber gloves, some running water, and a small amount of detergent, I could effectively use cloth diapers without disrailing my daily routine. My second year of taking the challenge I really did go on the road, as I hand washed cloth diapers during a week long camping trip, oh and PS I was secretly pregnant! Morning sickness and handwashing was not […]

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Win it! Little Warrior Prize Package from Jack be Natural!

This post may contain affiliate links. By now you’ve probably heard about the newest solid color from GroVia- Little Warriors!  Thanks to the online cloth diaper store Jack be Natural one lucky DDL reader will win one! Little Warrior is a collaboration between GroVia and Spray-Pal.  10% of sales will benefit March of Dimes.  The inspiration behind the diaper is the Little Warrior himself, Ryan.  You can read more about Ryan’s story here. Jack Be Natural is providing the prizes today!  JBN has been a top rated cloth diaper store with an excellent reputation when it comes to customer service.  A family owned and operated business, JBN offers Free Shipping on orders over $30.  Orders under $30 have a small handling fee of only $2.95! Jack be Natural has Little Warriors in stock now if you are itching to get your hands on this gorgeous color that supports a great […]

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Osocozy Bamboo Cotton Flats

OsoCozy Bamboo Cotton Flat Review

This post may contain affiliate links. This week we got a new mattress. Our old mattress was one that my husband purchased before we met, and was in such bad shape that I refused to lay on one side due to the dip in it that contributed to my sore back. The first time I slept on our new mattress was like wearing the right size shoes for the first time in ages. I forgot how comfortable a bed can be! I made sure to outfit our bed with a waterproof padded cover since our babies climb into bed with me daily to nurse and play, but I’m confident our new bed will last us a long time and help me to reenergize each night while the girls sleep. What have you splurged on or upgraded lately? How has it improved your every day life? Today I’m reviewing bamboo organic […]

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5th Annual Flats Challenge Blogging Prompts

This post may contain affiliate links. The wonderful thing about the Flats Challenge is that it brings the cloth diapering community together so that we all learn from those who are documenting their journey.  Even those who don’t own a blog can answer the prompts in our Flats and Handwashing group on Facebook. If you aren’t yet familiar with the event or would like to sign up find more details here: Sign Up and Rules The following list is for the Flats Challenge blogging prompts. For bloggers participating you will need to make sure to link the Sign-Up page with rules for your readers and briefly explain what the event is (in your words) and what it means to you and add your own images to each post. Day 1 (May 11)- Why I’m Taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 2 (May 12)- Show Us Your Stash!  Talk about […]

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Why the loose diaper? www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com explains why diapers were worn loosely by babies in old photographs.

Why the loose diapers? An explanation of vintage diapering techniques.

This post may contain affiliate links. Look back at black and white images of babies wearing diapers and you may see something perplexing… every single baby’s diaper looks to be ill fitting and far too loose.  The diapers are so loose that you begin wondering if they were even effective!  The diapers are pinned in a way that leaves room all around the legs, plenty of room for little gifts to roll out from onto the linoleum floors.  Not only that, but babies were almost never pictured wearing those poofy plastic pants we so often think of when “cloth diapers” are mentioned.  Why? This is the question I began asking myself as I started collecting old advertisements and photographs from the first half of the 20th century and the late 19th century.  Today we expect all diapers to fit snug around the legs, stomach, and back.  The fit is one […]

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DDL’s Home Office Makeover

This post may contain affiliate links. It has been a long time since I’ve published any home improvement pictures or updates. Of course, 3 years after moving in there aren’t many changes being made but this year I did kick my son out of his room in order to give myself an office. Previously my office was the guest room and I would have to breakdown the photography and video equipment for guests and with a bed in there I hardly had room to maneuver. Since my sons wound up in the same bed a lot of the time anyway I decided to make it a permanent thing! I also couldn’t bear taking away a guest room, especially my Golden Girls Guest Room, so it was the only option I had. Sorry kids, mama needs her space. When you walk in this is what you see- the dresser I originally […]

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Win it! A O.N.E. by GroVia in Dandelion!

This post may contain affiliate links. So you regret not backing the O.N.E. when you had the chance, or maybe you did back it but you only ordered one and you wish you had more!  I happen to have a O.N.E. diaper laying around that I can’t do anything with (no babies to wear it, cue sad face) but my loss is your gain! A photo posted by Kim Rosas (@kim_rosas) on Mar 28, 2015 at 12:06pm PDT I was the very first backer for the project and I picked Dandelion as my print.  I even picked my O.N.E. up in person at MommyCon in Atlanta!  Now I am parting with it but on one condition- you enter my giveaway.  Simple enough! DDL’s 200th video review was today and I feel like that deserves a giveaway and some special extra tasks, if you’re up for it.  Entering is easy but […]

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Grovia O.N.E. Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links. When Harper turned one (it seems like just yesterday) her paternal grandmother made her a Raggedy Ann doll. She’s enormous and hard to store, but every time I look at her I see the love she was made with. I remember my own tiny Raggedy Ann and countless hours sitting at my mother’s feet while she sewed doll dresses and I played with fabric scraps. That bright cheerful face is, to me, a symbol of a parent’s (or grandparent’s) love. Do you have any special toys, something heirloom or handmade just for your child? This diaper was backed by Kickstarter, making it a diaper brought to life by the cloth diapering community. Within less than twelve hours Grovia reached fifty percent of their original goal, and within just four short days their goal of twenty eight thousand dollars was reached. At that point additional […]

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A Consumer Guide to Retailer Exclusive Diaper Prints

This post may contain affiliate links. You may have noticed a lot of new prints being released from cloth diaper brands that are exclusive to a particular cloth diaper store.  These “Retailer Exclusives” are taking off in popularity!  As a consumer you may be wondering what it all means- are  these exclusives limited in quantity?  Why can only one retailer have the print?  Will they ever be made as a full release by the brand?  Time to end the confusion! Exclusive vs Limited: First things first.  The word “Exclusive” does not mean the same thing as “Limited.”  These words are not synonyms and using them as such is causing a lot of confusion and some hurt feelings. What is “Exclusive?” Exclusive means the print being made is only available at a single retailer.  For example, Sea Adventure is an exclusive print made for Lil Tulips by Smart Bottoms.  These prints will never […]

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Flats Challenge Sales and Specials! Save on flats and more!

This post may contain affiliate links. Each year DDL will work with stores and brands who want to offer a discount on products needed to participate in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. If you don’t know what that is there is more information on the Sign-Up page. Here is a list of stores or brands offering specials and this list will be updated as needed to check back! Kelly’s Closet BRINGFLATSBACK Take $5 off $25 or more at Kelly’s Closet. Excludes bumGenius, Flip, Econobum, Hemp Babies, GroVia, Thirsties, Sloomb, Tula, Lillebaby, Onya and Applecheeks brand products. Limit 1 code per order. ClothDiaper.com Tushmate.com 15% off covers during the challenge (5/11-5/17).  Valid both at TushMate.com and TushMate.ca. Blueberry Diapers Use FLATS2015 to get 20% off Nicki’s Diapers   Offer valid 4/27-5/8 Pooters Diapers For 2 weeks before the event (April 27 – May 10) buy 1 PUL cover, get 1 FREE -or- buy 1 […]

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