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Sign Up for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge Why You Should Use and Love Flats {Video Infographic} Cloth Diaper Info Cards {Free Download} Paycheck to Paycheck Save the Date!  4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 11-17, 2014 Newborn Cloth Diapering: The Basics Myth vs. Truth: Cloth Diapering at Night What
 

Sign Up for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge

It is that time again!  Time to sign-up for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. This year our event will take place beginning on the morning of May 11 and lasts until the end of the day on May 17. The excitement is building as more parents are learning about the event and the […]

Why You Should Use and Love Flats {Video+Infographic}

To say I love flat cloth diapers is an understatement.  There are no diapers that compare when it comes to versatility, affordability, and wash/dry friendliness.  So they may take longer to learn than a wrap and go style of modern diaper… so what?  Practice on your teddy bears and bribe your baby with a toy […]

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 […]

Paycheck to Paycheck

  This is according to the film Paycheck to Paycheck, a documentary produced by Maria Shriver with data from the Shriver Report, showing a year in the life of a struggling single mother.  This film aired on HBO and is now available on HBOGo.  I heard about this movie through an email sent by the […]

Save the Date! 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 11-17, 2014

The date has been set so mark your calendars for May 11-17 for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge!  If you’re new to DDL let me give you some background information on what the Flats Challenge is and why you should consider participating. In 2011 I began the Flats and Handwashing Challenge as a […]

Newborn Cloth Diapering: The Basics

Using cloth diapers on a newborn may something you are looking forward to, or dreading, or both.  There is no easy way to put this- it is hard.  Not hard in the sense that using the diapers on your baby is hard, that is the easy part.  It is hard because there are so many […]

Myth vs. Truth: Cloth Diapering at Night

So is changing outfits on a cranky baby, potentially having to change my own clothes, oh and changing the sheets or sleeping on a lumpy towel until morning.  Finding the right combination to last your baby from the time they go to sleep to the time you both wake in the morning is challenging.  At […]

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 […]

Why You Should Use and Love Flats {Video+Infographic}

To say I love flat cloth diapers is an understatement.  There are no diapers that compare when it comes to versatility, affordability, and wash/dry friendliness.  So they may take longer to learn than a wrap and go style of modern diaper… so what?  Practice on your teddy bears and bribe your baby with a toy while you get the hang of it, or just use them as inserts or soakers rectangle style!  I told you they were versatile!  I filmed a video that shares why I love flats, and why you should too.  Disclosure- I was facing the sun but it was the only time I had to film so waiting for an overcast day wasn’t an option.  Sorry for my squinty face and the brightness! Because they’re… You can find flats for free if you raid your old t-shirt collection or for as low as $1-$3 each, even with […]

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5 Years, 300+ Videos, 1,300+ Posts. Happy Birthday DDL!

  That idea became a blog and that blog became a huge part of my life and eventually, a paying job as well as a passion/hobby. Dirty Diaper Laundry started from an idea while a new and insomniac mom laid in bed thinking of a new cloth diaper coming out and how she wished she could see it in person without driving 2 hours to the closest diaper shop.  “What if I bought it and filmed it for other moms just like me who want to see how the diapers work and what they do?”  The very next day I bought a domain name, signed up for a hosting plan, and shortly after I filmed the new Gro Baby AI2 and posted it. I wasn’t a blogger before starting DDL but I had created a few websites, though mostly in high school and usually about how much I loved The […]

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Funky Fluff Starter Kit Giveaway

A few weeks ago Lara was able to bring you a review of the Funky Fluff Bamboo 3-in-1.  She loved the versatility and the attractive design and thought it would make a great baby shower gift. Funky Fluff Fusion 3 in 1 cloth diapers were created by a team of two moms from Toronto Canada. By creating our interchangeable design, we hope to show that modern cloth diapers are easy to use, convenient and can work for anyone, no matter which system they prefer to use. The same diaper can be used whether you are a dad who likes an AIO system, a mom who prefers the convenience of an AI2 or a daycare provider who feels comfortable with the Pocket System concept. Our versatile design can be used as a Pocket, All in One (AIO) or All in Two (AI2) system. It is a one size system that will fit from […]

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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 and touch it while getting information about that style. I left the printed cards at home (of course I did) so I didn’t get the chance to use them, but so many people wanted to know where to get them after posting an image to Instagram that I knew posting them to the blog would be a good idea! Each card has the type of diaper and the pros/cons of each. At the bottom of the post are links to download, there are 2 sheets to print with 3 cards on each. You’ll have to chop […]

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Paycheck to Paycheck

  This is according to the film Paycheck to Paycheck, a documentary produced by Maria Shriver with data from the Shriver Report, showing a year in the life of a struggling single mother.  This film aired on HBO and is now available on HBOGo.  I heard about this movie through an email sent by the National Diaper Bank Network- it was said those who work or volunteer in the diaper bank world should watch.  So, I watched it. In the film, we see Katrina Gilbert struggle to provide for her three children.  She was married ten years before splitting with her husband due to his painkiller addiction.  She became a CNA (certified nursing assistant) to pay the bills, working long days and even longer consecutive stretches to keep a roof over their heads.  She is paid what some may think is a good wage, higher than minimum even- $9.49 an […]

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Babies in Bloom Baby Fest Recap

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Babies in Bloom Baby Fest in Northern California, about an hour from San Diego.  The entire experience was wonderful and I was having so much fun and living in the moment so intensely that I found myself forgetting to use my camera or my phone to take any pictures!  I’m so thankful that Rochelle, the owner of Babies in Bloom, thought enough of me and the work I do here on Dirty Diaper Laundry to invite me.  It was a very fast weekend but I squeezed in a ton!  Baby Fest was a huge success and raised a lot of money for March of Dimes so it was great to play a tiny part in that. On Saturday my first hour in California was spent chatting with the owner of a local diaper service at the airport! […]

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change is April 26! And I’m Co-Hosting in FL!

Every year parents from around the world get together on one day and all change their babies at the same time in order to break the previous year’s record for most babies changed into a cloth diaper! This year The Great Cloth Diaper Change will be April 26 at various locations around the world. These events often feature vendors, raffles, family friendly events, and goodie bags for attendees. It is also a great way to meet other local moms just like you who use and love cloth diapers while bringing awareness to the fact that yes, they do still exist! I’ve attended events in Syracuse, NY and Charlotte, NC but I’ve never hosted an event, until now! I’m teaming up with my friends from Molly’s Suds- a locally based detergent company that recently introduced their cloth diaper safe powder. Also hosting will be Kelly’s Closet- an online cloth diaper retailer. […]

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When all else fails, blog about cats! Meet our adopted kitties, Marilyn and Monroe.

As I juggle a lot of different projects outside of the blog itself I find it harder to devote the mental energy and time to get a good post up for you guys!  So… let’s talk about cats, man. About 3 weeks ago we welcomed two cats to our family.  Inspired by an episode of Hoarders where there were 12 cats trapped in boxes, pacing back and forth and looking neglected and miserable, I immediately drove to one of the pet stores that has a cat adoption center.  My local store works with a charity that fosters cats, and they go to the stores during the day and on weekends in hopes of finding a forever home. I’ve wanted to get a pet for the boys and for us but the timing was never right with various travel plans, but with no family trips planned at all in the near […]

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New to Cloth Diapers? Get all your information in one place!

It only took me a year, but I finally updated the New to Cloth Diapers page with the best and most helpful articles and videos published here on the blog in the last 12 months. This page has everything you need to know to get started using cloth.  Articles and links to videos are listed in no particular order though I’ve tried to group related topics together, and with this latest update I’ve added a few images to spice things up. It’s been nearly 5 years since I started Dirty Diaper Laundry (5 years next month… to be exact) and over that time I’ve written more than 1,000 posts and filmed over 300 videos so there is more information than can possible be contained on that page!  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the page, use the search function in the upper right and type in the […]

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Save the Date! 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 11-17, 2014

The date has been set so mark your calendars for May 11-17 for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge!  If you’re new to DDL let me give you some background information on what the Flats Challenge is and why you should consider participating. In 2011 I began the Flats and Handwashing Challenge as a way to test my own commitment and willingness to do whatever it took to keep my own child in clean diapers, if the situation were necessary.  The news outlets were reporting on diaper need- when families cannot afford to buy diapers for their children- and how they often resort to leaving disposable diapers on longer than is safe, some even going as far as scraping out the contents and reusing them.  Why were no media outlets talking about cloth diapers?  Why do they never mention cloth diapers as a viable means of solving diaper needs? […]

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