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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.  

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

 

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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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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: “ 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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6+ Sweet Valentine’s Day Themed Cloth Diapers

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It may not be the biggest or flashiest holiday but Valentine’s Day can still make a good case for specialty merchandise. Especially when, unlike Christmas, you can use most of it all year round! That’s why I went searching for a few of great Valentine’s Day themed cloth diapers. Some are no longer available for purchase right now but this post is meant to inspire you so perhaps you seek out and find another diaper in time for the big day.

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 Thirsties has a limited edition print releasing on February 4th called Sweetheart that will be available through their retailers.  I would expect them to sell fast!

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This limited edition Moraki is only available through select retailers but it will sell out fast. You can find it on Kelly’s Closet and get added to the waitlist for when it arrives.

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Any Hello Kitty fans? Little Fancy Pants always has the best prints. Though they only made a small batch of these you can find other, just as adorable diapers on their fanpage.

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No DDL gallery would be complete without an Orange Diaper Co. This was a one of a kind diaper that has already been sold but it’s so perfect it belongs here.  If you ever want a chance at one of their OOAK diapers like their Facebook page to stay up to date.

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Maybe a bit unconventional, this Skullies print in pink from Sloomb would look fab on Vday or any other day of the week. Find it on Sloomb’s webstore.

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Chelory stocks in batches so while this is an older diaper, you never know when they will find another cute print to release.  See their work on Chelory.com.

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Ok. This one might be nearly impossible to find in 2015 without paying over retail but anyone who already owns this limited print from bumGenius would scream if it wasn’t included on the Valentine’s list. It may very well be the perfect Valentine’s diaper for photographs.

BONUS!

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gDiapers just announced this new gPant hours after posting this.  While it’s a hybrid diaper and a bit different than most cloth diapers it can be used with reusable inserts!  Now available.

There are also a ton of pink and red cloth diapers but those just aren’t as fun to look at and are easy to find.  If you enjoyed this gallery there are plenty more like it, see them at this link.  

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TushMate Newborn Giveaway!

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Last week Lara and Autumn did a fabulous job testing the TushMate Newborn All in One for DDL.  The diaper fit right up to the 14 pound mark which aligned perfectly with what TushMate’s weight range. You can look back at her review and watch the video demo in our earlier post.

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As a newborn all in one and from my experience in the diapering world it is quite unique and designed so well that it won DDL’s Favorite Newborn of 2014!

It has an adjustable rise, a semi-attached liner and insert, soft and strong hook and loop, and it comes with an extra microfiber booster for any babies who need extra absorbency.  It’s a great package!

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Now I get to give one away to a lucky expecting mama or to the mom who enters to make sure she has an awesome baby shower gift ready!

Entering is easy on this so just use the Rafflecopter below.  Open to US and Canada.  Ends January 20.

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13 Cloth Diapers for Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner and you may be looking for the perfect diaper for the occasion. Even though most can’t have their little ones wear them out of the house without having to cover them with bothersome pants, it is still fun to celebrate even if we are the only ones seeing them. In some cases, the diaper can even BE the costume.
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These 13 diapers represent some of the best Halloween themed diapers I found- be sure to click the links of the brands to see their diapers. Most of these are examples made last year but many of the WAHM’s will be making more this year.
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I’m starting this post off with my favorite “Halloween” diaper of all time- a OOAK from Orange Diaper Co. from last year. Don’t fret- she looks to have some Halloween fabrics in stock but you don’t be seeing this pretty again.
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Best Bottoms released a very limited run of these “Spooky” print diapers only for Nicki’s Diapers that sold out in a single day for both stockings so unless you already own one, you won’t be getting one anytime soon. They also auctioned off one-of-a-kind versions with orange trim on behalf on Giving Diapers, Giving Hope!
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Busy Darling has several really fun Halloween prints in stock but I loved the combination of the playful ghosts and stripes. And no one says you can’t have your baby wear this year round!
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Dutch Baby made this Nightfury diaper that is more costume than Halloween themed but I felt it belonged here because just look at it! Most climates don’t allown parents to incorporate diapers into the costume but if you happen to live somewhere tropical consider one of these diapers with tails combos.
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Applecheeks released two limited color combinations- Boo! and Trick or Cheeks. Some retailers may still have them but many have sold out of their stock.
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Binky D added a pretty scary jack-o-lantern embroidered face to the backside of these pumpkin orange fitteds for a perfect photo-opp diaper.
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Dapper Derrieres created a snapless fitteds using The Pumpkin King’s likeness with a soft orange velour lining.
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Bunzuke is a stand-out craftsman in the WAHM diaper world.  As a huge Ghostbusters fan (is anyone NOT a fan?!) this was a must feature for a Halloween post.
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Kissing Blake is known for their embroidered diapers but I also loved this retro feeling, 80’s style ghost fabric she used for this fitted diaper.

candycorndiaperChelory makes amazing scrappy diapers, this one is a lot like candy corn, an kind of disgusting yet addictive Halloween candy…

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Nettie’s Hands WAHM made diapers are a new to me brand but I wanted to find a zombie diaper and here is one!  The zombie children are appliquéd on.
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Harp Diapers is a Canadian WAHM.  I love this spooky “Poe” inspired diaper that works any time of the year, but is well suited for Halloween.

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Gen-Y always have amazing prints and one of my all-time favorites was their Sugar Skulls print.  With the new movie “Day of the Dead” coming out I expect even more diaper makers to embrace this theme for Dia de los Muertos.

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Announcing the “Make a Cloth Diaper Meme” Contest! Be Funny, Win Prizes!

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No fancy titles here but this contest is going to be so much fun who cares if it has a fancy name?  I don’t!

Make a funny/relevant cloth diaper meme and win prizes/fame!  There will be prizes for the top 5 memes will each get a prize and the top 10 memes will be posted here on Dirty Diaper Laundry and shared!

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I don’t want to go into what a meme is, I was hoping by now most readers had caught on, but if you haven’t here is a post on Gizmodo that should help.

Your job is to create your own meme.  You can use an established meme such as Success Kid, Bad Luck Brian, First World Problems, Awkward Penguin, Grumpy Cat, Confession Bear, Pepperidge Farms Remembers, and so on…. there are many to choose from!  You can also make your own meme with your own image (keep in mind this is the Internet, if your meme becomes popular there is the risk of it being shared so you have to be ok with this) and add your funny text on top of it.

Creating a meme can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it.  There are meme generators that let you search popular memes, all you do it add text to the top and bottom, save the image, and share it.  I’d prefer that you save and post your image rather than linking to it for this contest.  To use your own image you’ll need some basic skills with Photoshop or another image editor to add your own text (Impact font in white with a black stroke) on top and bottom.

Content and Guidelines:

As long as it is related to cloth diapers your meme is fair game.  It should be funny, witty, or relevant- not mean.  I am totally ok with vulgarity or dark humor but with a purpose, not for the sake of being shocking.  I can see places where a dirty word would work, sure, so if you find it works in your meme then go for it.  We are adults here.  The best memes will relate to cloth diapers AND take on the tone of the meme/image it uses.  You can check out the cloth diaper memes by change-diapers.com more more inspiration and look below for some ideas.

How to Enter:

You will want to email your meme to me dirtydiaperlaundry@gmail.com to be SURE I see it.  You can also post them now to my Facebook page, post to Instagram and tag me (Kim_Rosas), etc but be sure to mention that you are entering the Make a Cloth Diaper Meme contest on www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com and use #CDMEME hashtag so I can find them.  Deadline to enter is Saturday, 12:00 am EST.  I must have them in hand by then.  Top 20, decided by a team of judges TBA, will be posted to Facebook by that Wednesday for voting and the public will have until the following Saturday, 12:00 am EST to vote.  The top 5 memes will win a prize!  You can submit multiple memes but only 1 per person will be allowed in the top 20.

So far Spray Pal, Smartbottoms, GroVia, and Maxwell Designs have signed on.  I just need one more sponsor and we’ll be golden! Not all prizes are open to Canadian residents, if it turns out more Canadians win than I have a prize for I will make something happen so let’s say this is open to both US/Canada.  I can’t guarantee a prize to international winners if one makes top 5 (but if it happens I will try), but if you are ok with the fame and not a prize you should enter too.

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Here are some memes I made as inspiration.

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And an example of one of my “homemade” memes featuring an image of my son.

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By submitting an entry you are giving Dirty Diaper Laundry permission to repost, with credit to your name or website.  Good luck and have fun with this one!  I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with.

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My Chickadee Diaper Bag for Cloth Diapers {Review and Giveaway}

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As I slip further and further into the third trimester of this pregnancy, I focus more and more on what I can do to make life with two babies easier. Harper has always been a very hands on child, wanting to be involved in whatever I am doing every moment of the day, making even simple tasks like eating or showering a luxury requiring strategic planning and creative thinking. When I have a two year old running around and a newborn in my arms, I know life will become even more complicated. Leaving the house will become much more of an adventure, and I’ll need even more tricks up my sleeve.

My Chickadee recognizes how important it is to be prepared when you’re on the go, and they offer a line of beautiful generously sized diaper bags to carry all the essentials. The genius behind My Chickadee wasn’t satisfied with the diaper bags currently on the market and set out to create something better. I noticed the same problem with many mass produced diaper bags, the patterns and designs are often juvenile or boring, the materials rough, the storage inside not nearly enough if you cloth diaper or have more than one child, and they are often so heavy you end up leaving them in the car hoping you won’t need to run back to retrieve anything on each trip.

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The My Chickadee divided carryall is extremely lightweight. It is made of a soft heavyweight cotton and lined with a light peachskin. There is a variety of charming modern prints to choose from, the kind of prints adult women actually want to be seen with (no cartoon characters or boring black around here!) that reflect your personal style. The carryall even comes equipped with a matching changing pad lined with a buttery leatherette that wipes clean to make diaper changes more comfortable and pleasant for everyone. The interior has two roomy compartments, separated via a zippered pouch perfect for non-baby related essentials (the zipper is very effective at deterring little hands that love to explore). There are even pockets perfect for wipes and a wet bag (did I mention the matching wet bag? No more scrambling to find a wet bag to bring with you, and definitely no forgetting and having to twist up a plastic shopping bag and hope nothing leaks). The interior of the bag measures 12 x 14” so there really is room for everything, but the soft material and generously sized straps make carrying it all a breeze.

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I’m really looking forward to utilizing the dual compartments when Harper’s sister is born, as I can keep her tiny newborn diapers on “her” side with the rest of her itty bitty essentials while Harper’s one size diapers and various distractions can be kept in the second pocket, and I’ll easily be able to find exactly what I’m looking for.

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One issue I noticed a lot at MommyCon last week is that many parents struggle to babywear and carry their diaper bags without feeling unbalanced or overloaded. My Chickadee offers the perfect solution for this with their most popular product, a changing clutch sized to hold exactly what you need for a quick trip to the store. The straps are easily adjustable to sling over your shoulder and keep tucked under your arm if you are wearing a ring sling or similar, or expanded the bag can be worn crossbody to ensure it stays with you no matter how you wrap or wear your baby.

The clutch unrolls to reveal a cleverly built in changing pad as well as two roomy pockets big enough to accommodate even the fluffiest cloth diapers as well as your wipes and a small wet bag (and maybe an extra outfit, just in case). The wide pocket on the exterior of the clutch holds your phone, keys, and credit card, so you can run errands without struggling to juggle multiple bags and carriers.

Discount for you!  10% off with coupon code on My Chickadee: dirtydiaperlaundry.  The Winter line is in production and will be available to ship in November.  Chickadee is offering 15% off presale orders placed before 10/31 with the code: presale15.  New stock includes a mini wet bag that fits inside of the Chickadee Changing Clutch and holds an extra outfit or cloth diaper.  

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Enter to win a Carry all or the clutch right here!  Lara reviewed the Carry All.  Use the rafflecopter to enter below, open to US only and ends 9/23.  Winner has 48 hours to claim or a new one will be drawn.

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Milk or Cereal? Cloth Diapers Then vs Now

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During my time in the “cloth diaper industry” I’ve been witness to an explosion in new brands, new styles, new prints, new everything!  I came onto the scene just as this explosion was happening and things have only grown from there (something I can’t take any credit for).  I’ve often wondered if this growth and the limitless options parents face today has been a good thing or if it makes it harder.  Explaining the different types of diapers to my sister who just gave birth a few days ago I again realized how confusing it really is to a brand new cloth diapering parent.

It’s kind of like Milk or Cereal…

In the earliest days of cloth diapering up to about the 1990’s there were very few choices.  Looking at your milk section you can find just a handful of options- Whole Milk, 2%, 1%, Skim.  And in those “styles” of milk you only get to choose from 2-3 brands.  Do you want the organic or the generic?  Hmmm… it doesn’t take very long for you to make that choice and usually you know already what you want before you get there.

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Milk by Teakwood on Flickr, cc

Similarly before the renaissance of modern cloth diapers you had one option- flats.  Later prefolds came into the mix.  As for covers you either went without, used wool soakers, or sparingly used a boater or rubber pants but only for special outfits or car rides.  If you went to a larger store/catalogue you may even get to choose the brand, otherwise you just have the one option or you make you own if you’re handy.  Having fewer options made diapering simple though I’m sure parents then were hopeful that there would be an easier and more convenient way.

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The milk era is gone… now we are in the “cereal” era.  Today at any grocery or convenience store you will enter the cereal aisle thinking “I just need one box…” and wind up standing there for 10 minutes making a decision.  Even ss an adult I wind up weighing my choices based on the cost, any sales they may be having, what I think is best for me, or maybe that day I’m really going to ignore the sugar and go right for the good stuff even it costs twice as much as other options.

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Cereal Aisle byFlickr User Jeepers Media, cc

Online or shopping in store for cloth diapers today is the same way.  You know what the diapers DO- they catch pee and poop.  Just like you know cereal will stop your hunger.  But the variety, the choices, the range of prices… why is one diaper $5 and another that looks the same $35?  Is it just the “name brand” like the $5 “Lucky Charms” and the $2.50 “Marshmallow Stars?”  You can shop the bottom row for the “good for you” cereals… with cloth diapers you can also shop the bottom “healthy” row of organic prefolds that are cheap and work great but lack the pizazz of the higher up items.

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Shelves of cloth diapers at Diaper Junction

 

Keep looking higher and suddenly you’re overwhelmed with even more options- there are so many styles of diapers that you aren’t even sure how one simple item could have so many different names.  Yes- they all do the same thing but how they go about it is slightly different depending on the brand you choose.  And the colors!  One glace at a well stocked diaper store and you are struck by how many colors and designs diapers come in now.  Even if you know the style or brand you want, how can you possibly pick a color?  You kind of want to try one of each.

So… with all of these choices do parents have it better or worse than their grandparents did?  I think that depends on who you ask.

Would you rather choose diapers from a milk-sized selection or cereal-sized selection?

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7 Ways Cloth Diapering Changed My Life

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Without being dramatic I can absolutely say with confidence that cloth diapering changed my life!  That one decision I made while pregnant over 5 years ago has paid dividends for my family and not just because we saved a few thousand dollars over the course of diapering two children.  You’ll be surprised at how drastically my life has changed simply due to cloth diapering.

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1. The most obvious change was the money savings from diapering two children.  I would estimate that after the cost of my diapers and accessories I saved $2,740 dollars!  And since my youngest still needs diapers on occasion at night we are still raking in the savings by him wearing reusable trainers instead of disposable pull-ups.  When our family was brand new we needed all the money savings we could get.  The money saved was able to go to our rent and other expenses, making it easier to have a baby and be young parents fresh out of college.

2. I started cutting down waste in other areas and became more conscious of household wasters like napkins and paper towels.  I ordered unpaper towels and a reusable kitchen wet bag to store the dirty ones in.  It hasn’t made us cut them out completely but every little bit helps.  It also helped me think before buying certain products.  Buying items that use less packaging cuts down on our household waste overall and buying products sold in glass is something I prefer to do.

3.  I became aware of the chemicals in disposable hygiene products for babies AND women.  That propelled me to switch from tampons to the reusable menstrual cup.  That one decision has changed my quality of life tremendously!  I can get through one menstrual cycle with only changing a cup 4-6 times versus changing a tampon that many times in ONE day!  I stopped having strange cramps and I haven’t had to buy any more boxes of tampons in over a year since using the Lunette!

4. Babywearing was suddenly a word I knew the meaning of!  Cloth diapering moms also liked babywearing so I saw the term, learned what it was all about, and tried it myself.  It made parenting my needy baby boys much easier.  Truthfully, I don’t know what I would have done with my velcro babies without my Ergo, my wraps, and my Maya Wrap Sling!

5.  I gave birth- at HOME!  Again, being involved in the cloth diapering community introduced me to the concept of homebirth.  It was not love at first sight but as my second pregnancy progressed the idea was more and more appealing to me.  Late in my pregnancy I made the switch to a homebirth midwife and at 41.5 weeks my second baby boy was born in my bedroom into an inflatable pool.  That moment is one I will never forget- it healed me from my first bad birth experience and my son was born healthier, more alert, and better at breastfeeding.

6.  Extended breastfeeding was normal in my circle of support, not gross.  I had the support I needed to make it through tough times and the inspiration to pull through in order to do what I felt was best for my sons.  With my second we made it to almost 3 years and I wouldn’t have even known this was acceptable and NORMAL without my new circle of friends and acquaintances.

7. I have a surprising career thanks to cloth diapering.  While the 1-5 are probably common among all of you, I loved cloth diapering so much it also became my job.  At first it was just a hobby blog, then it started earning ad revenue, then I started being hired by other companies for various jobs (like video editing/filming, social media or twitter parties, or consulting) and it allowed me to stay at home for with my young children and supplement our income.  Cloth diapering led me to learn how to edit videos, how to use social media, and do it all from home (or Starbucks.)  Instead of going back into the workforce when the boys are both in school I plan to keep working from home.

How has cloth diapering changed your life?

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