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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 […]

Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

Every one of us has the ability to make a small change that ultimately makes a huge impact.  This month is Plastic Free July and the chance to challenge yourself- make one small change in your lifestyle to cut the amount of plastic you bring in.  Call it “pre-cycling.”  I love the folks at BALM! Baby who are inspiring this challenge and that they understand how hard it is to change our daily habits and routines, so one small change is something! Challenge Details:  Challenge will start July 1& end July 31, 2014. Form must be filled out & filled out HERE (it’s short) Switch one thing either within your household or your place of business within the month of July that helps to reduce plastic use. Then post a picture to our FB (facebook.com/balmbaby) Make sure you ALSO enter the GIVEAWAY via Rafflecopter (SEE BELOW).  We added a giveaway […]

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Diaper Dekor Diaper Pail Video and Review

One question I hear a lot from parents interested in trying cloth diapering is “What do you DO with the dirty diapers?” If you’re used to the idea of bundling up a disposable diaper and just throwing it in the garbage (did you know the package actually says to shake any solids into the toilet before disposing of the diaper? I’m guessing a lot of parents don’t do that, which is a shame when you think of all those landfills) then figuring out how to deal with your diaper laundry can be a bit of a puzzler. You’re not going to throw it in a basket with the jeans you wore yesterday and your husband’s socks. A lot of parents who use cloth choose to keep diaper laundry in either a pail or a wet bag (a bag made of PUL with a zipper closure and generally a loop handle […]

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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 see documented please get in touch.  Our first story is about Disana, a German based company that has been a mainstay in the world of wool, but that also brought the tie-on nappy to the market.  This article will use the words nappy and diaper/cloth diaper interchangeably.  The story was written out by Elma, the daughter of Imma and Dietrich who founded Disana.  I’ve reworked the story using her words and include quotes from her original correspondence.   Disana’s story begins in 1967 when two families traveled to Italy for a summer holiday. It was […]

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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? I’m READY to get this thing started and prove to all the naysayers that I’m gonna rock this!   Started out strong with a basket full of beautifully prepped diapers but now the baby is here and things are getting REAL! Not sure if I can do this- my nipples are working overtime and the baby is playing a cruel game called “poop whenever I start a load of diaper laundry.”   The Internet has become my social outlet and I’ve found new friends in cloth diapering groups.  I learned about “limited edition” prints and […]

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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, you may be wondering about how to handle this transition if you use cloth diapers and what the next step should be. Nope, not even close.  Training pants are trim and have very little absorbency.  If you are looking for a training pant that functions as a diaper you need what they call “bedwetting” or “overnight” pants.  And if you are looking for trainers that function like diapers, ask yourself “why?”  Would a diaper still fit the child you need the diaper-like trainers for?  If so, maybe you don’t need training pants after all.  Trainers, […]

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The Teen in 10B

I’m constantly worried that I’m screwing my kids up for life, and not in the good way.  As a child from a dysfunctional home I pride myself in the positives that came from it- like knowing a lot about drug culture (but never trying them because I had the best “say no to drugs” commercial on 24 hours a day at home), understanding how to help a person when they’re having a grand-mal seizure (if anyone drops in front of my at Target I know not to shove a spoon in their mouth), and earning my Chandler Bing style, self-deprecating sense of humor to cope with a miserable home life. My kids have a completely opposite existence.  They never have to worry about seeing their mom fall asleep in her food (ok, that might be a lie…) or seeing her OD and aspirate on her own vomit.  They won’t have to […]

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Win a Riptide Applecheeks from My Sweet Pickles! {6/20}

Drooling over that brand new Limited Edition color, Riptide, from Applecheeks?  It is lovely and you could win one right here from My Sweet Pickles!  Riptide is already a favorite among Applecheeks loyals and everyone else and this color is meant to be seen under sweet little dresses or paired with an adorable tank top. My Sweet Pickles is sponsoring this giveaway.  They’re an online cloth diaper store that carries all of the major brands, Applecheeks included.  They also have accessories like Bubble Gum Wool Dryer Balls, and my personal favorite- the Lunette Cup! Entering is simple, use the rafflecopter below.  One free entry per person, then you can gain extra entries.  Open to US only and ends 6/20. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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 a normal life span and are there certain diaper brands or types that outlast others? (Note- the diapers shown in this post are from my personal collection, being in this post doesn’t mean they aren’t good brands, it just means they were well loved) A brand new cloth diaper is a beautiful thing!  Then, they are often used, sometimes immediately (that “new diaper reflex” kicks in!) and to the washer it goes.  Just like your favorite cotton t-shirt, cloth diapers will start showing their age after repeated washing. The first thing that you might notice […]

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Bugga Bugga One Size All in One Diaper Video and Review

Matt joined a gym this year and the membership includes access to a highly visible child care center while you work out. He loves the layout because he is able to do a set, then stop at the water fountain next to the glass doors and observe Harper playing before moving on to the next machine. Last week they held a member appreciation day where he was allowed to bring a guest so I was able to see firsthand Harper’s experience with the gym’s facilities. I love that they always have two caregivers on hand and that they know Harper by name and look forward to encouraging her play. I found a treadmill on the second level that allowed me to see the play area clearly, and while I listened to my music I watched her play with the pretend kitchen, ride around on a little push toy, and color […]

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Collect them all! Rainbows, Unicorns, and Limited Editions- Oh my!

Some families using cloth diapers are purely into the function.  It holds the pee and poop… we buy them… wash them…. and sell them/donate when they are done for. Then there are the families who “collect them all!” Collecting diapers and the concept brings about string reactions from people outside of this community.  I can understand why, what is the appeal of collecting an item meant for such a purpose?!  Yet, there is a segment of this comunity that cloth diapers as much for the thrill of adding a new print or color to their stash than saving the environment.  They are not cloth diapering to save money… collecting and saving money are two words that don’t go hand in hand. Collectable diapers still make their way onto the bum.  Some collectables, even those that can serve a purpose, will sit unused to preserve their value.  Think of the toys […]

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