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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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A New Way to Show Your Cloth Diaper Pride! #GDGHJams

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Before I tell you the WHAT, here is my full disclosure.  I am not a fan of MLM or direct sales.  I’ve lamented them in the past publicly, including on my Facebook page.  I did say there is one product I would begrudgingly buy from MLM’s and that was Jamberry nails because the product is a good one that lasts way longer than nail polish and is non-toxic.  I wouldn’t order them from a friend on Facebook who posts about it incessantly and adds me to their group without asking me but if I could wear them I would find someone who isn’t annoying and buy them.  Alas, I don’t have finger nails but I’m assuming a few of you guys do!

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A super duper friend who doesn’t sell Jamberry wanted to suport Giving Diapers, Giving Hope with her artistic talents so she decided to design cloth diaper themed jams!  How awesome is that?!  Amanda Hearn does a lot of work for GDGH, she designs many of our promo graphics, helped with our brochure, and even helped with our recent map design that we used in our end of the year report and infographic.

Our mutual friend and Jamberry expert Katie Pickles (of AppleCheeks fame) is our go-to for this and she is donating all of her commission (30% of the sale cost) to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope!  She’s not annoying and she is charitable so she ticks our boxes!  You heard that right!  You can buy festive cloth diaper advocacy jams and your purchase will support an amazing charity that helped 500 families cloth diaper their babies for the cost of shipping in 2014!

To get your Jams you can order through this form  but order before January 31!  Please read all of the instructions carefully.  Select the design(s) you want and the quantity.  Each sheet will do 2-3 manicures.  I am ordering the diaper pins (my favorites by far) to wear at MommyCon and I’m hoping this is a good incentive to stop picking my nails again so that I can show off my love of cloth while working in the Cloth Diaper Resource Center!  If you’re going to a MommyCon near you come and say hi so I can flash my nails at you!

tl:dr Cloth Diaper themes Jamberry nail wraps are being sold with 30% of the cost (100% profits) goes to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope, a kick butt charity helping families get started with cloth diapering for the cost of shipping.  No one is making money on this except Jamberry and you need these cool wraps.  Buy them!
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Score a HTF bumGenius Print and Support a Great Cause!

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Recently the most amazing package arrived at my doorstep- a box full to the top with brand new, HTF bumGenius and Flip diapers.  No, it wasn’t a dream, it was shipped to me from Abby’s Lane.  Why?  They saved them and wanted them to do some good for a great cause and I’m fortunate enough that they chose Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit cloth diaper charity that ships a set of cloth diapers to approved families in the US for the cost of shipping.  The organization has been running since 2011 and has helped over 800 families!  It’s growing rapidly and outgrowing the donations being sent so we are having to now order diapers to attempt to keep up.  Fundraisers like this auction will go a long way to help.

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These Newborns, Flips, Elementals, Freetimes, and 4.0’s will be auctioned off on Hyena Cart.  All proceeds from the auction will go to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope!  Prints being auctioned included Jules, Picadilly Circus, Harper, Spence, Marie, Martin, Chaplin, and Audrey.  All diapers are being sold to US only with the exception of the Harper prints that I’ve opened to Canadians.  The bidding begins on Thursday November 20th at 6 PM and ends on November 24th at 6 PM. (update: an earlier version of this post mistakenly said it ended on Thanksgiving Day the 24th.  It ends on the 24th, not Thanksgiving Day)

Before you say- why didn’t they just donate them to be shipped to families- keep in mind that since many of these diapers will likely sell above retail the funds will go so much farther from the sale of the diaper than the single diaper would.  I will admit that I have mixed feelings about selling things above retail but when it comes to charity I am all for it.  There is a demand and demand sets the price.  I know of many parents who are happy to pay above retail specifically because the money is going to a good cause.

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I hope those of you seeking these prints will consider bidding, not only to add the print to your collection, but to support a very worthy cause.  There are so many families who rely on GDGH to get started with cloth diapers- without help many can never overcome the initial startup and instead are stuck in an endless cycle of using their limited funds on disposables each week.  Thanks go to Abby’s Lane for this generous donation that will do a ton of good!

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The Big Reveal- Live Chat with us November 25th to see the #MenoftheBabyIndustry!

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Myself, Spray Pal, The Eco Chic, and Green Child Magazine are PROUD to finally reveal our secret project.  I’d like to say this has been a year in the making but it hasn’t- we started and completed this project in less than 2 months.  They said it couldn’t be done but we said YES it CAN because we are a determined group of women with pretty lofty goals and a great sense of humor.

The project will be for sale soon and you can order a piece of history.  The eye candy inside isn’t bad either.  100% of the profits will be donated to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope so by buying one of these you are supporting a terrific cause that could really use some help to continue its mission.

Sign up to watch our live stream on G+and YouTube on Tuesday November 25th at 9:30 PM EST where we will reveal each man involved and their fabulous photo one by one.  Fortunately (unfortunately?) no one goes for the full monty so it’s totally SFW….. Have you guessed what it is yet?

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It’s a calendar!  

12 months (13 when you include our community member of the year) featuring a Man of the Baby Industry in each one.  We’ve leaked a few brands involved- Planet Wise, bumGenius, Applecheeks…. who else?  You’ll just have to wait and see!  Unlike regular, boring calendars, our calendar includes important dates such as The Big Latch On, The Great Cloth Diaper Change, and even all of the confirmed 2015 MommyCons!  We all know when the 4th of July is…. we don’t all remember those!

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Sign up to view our live chat- G+ will remind you via email if you do join AND we will be giving some prizes out including 5 of the new calendars!  They’re printing now and we should have them by December ready for purchase- keep your eyes peeled for an announcement for sale date.

We are gently suggesting that all viewers have a glass of wine during the chat…  We promise it will be even more fun that way.  Who doesn’t love partying down with their best online friends?  If you drink a bottle that’s ok too…. I won’t judge.  #beenthere

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…and a Kim update too! Family, Fitness, Home, and BlogU

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No, I’m not making a pregnancy announcement like Lara did yesterday.  However, I realized I haven’t given a good “random stuff” update in a while about my family and our happenings.

 

FletcherupdateThe biggest update is that my oldest son is just about to graduate from Pre-K this month and will start Kindergarten at a charter school in the Fall.  This is the same kid that was testing diapers when I started Dirty Diaper Laundry 5 years ago.  Fletcher is at the age where he is really fun to be around, not because he is a baby and cute to look at, but because he says interesting things and can hold a conversation with you.  He has learned to read with ease, something I’m thankful for, and will even read a book to his brother at night.  I’m looking forward to this summer when his brother will be at school and he is home so that we have time for just us.  He is a competent bike rider and we can go about 3 miles total together on our rides.  He has even started jogging with me… more on that later.

 

bikeev copyEverett is also growing up quickly, too quickly, though to me his is still my baby.  He still wakes at night and crawls into bed with me and sleeps right in the crook of my arm which never ceases to fill my heart with joy.  Co-sleeping is the last bit of babyhood I have left so until he is done, I am content having him join for middle of the night cuddles.  Once that is gone, I fear all the baby from him will be gone and I’ll be looking at a real pre-schooler.  Last month he started at his brother’s “school” for 2 days a week, giving me a much needed break to either work or run errands without any children.   We have no family here so getting any breaks is few and far between and it definitely takes a toll on my sanity.  Even though Everett is very attached he took to school right away with no tears, much to my surprise.  He is also riding a bike with no training wheels (thank you balance bike for the early training) and we are stopped at least once a week by a passing car on our street to tell us how amazing it is to see such a young “baby” riding a real bike.  I think it is pretty amazing too, and together we take short rides  or he rides just on our cul-de-sac.

And now to type out something for the sake of putting it in the public sphere to hold myself accountable and feel an obligation to keep up with it.  I’ve actually started to exercise!  I was inspired by another blogger, The Feminist Breeder, who started her own group for Lazyass Runners, and I downloaded the Couch to 5k app.  I even bought new sneakers, the first pair I’ve purchased in about 8 years.  I bought an armband to hold my iPhone so I can listen to music and the app, and I’ve asked for a FitBit for Mother’s Day.  I was asking my husband for the adult Aden+Anais daydream blanket for Mother’s Day but that would probably just keep me on the couch even more than I already am, and since I’m trying to get off it that is probably a bad gift idea!  I’m just as surprised as anyone else about this development.  I’ve been extremely lucky in the metabolism department for the bulk of my life until about last year.  Once the breastfeeding and constant bouncing stopped, the weight creeped back up.  I’m a short gal so even a few pounds extra can mean my stomach is farther out than the DD’s that I kept after both pregnancies (seriously,where the HELL did those come from?!  I just bought two new bras and sure enough, that is my real size).

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So when it comes to fitness and being healthy I have no clue how to start.  I’ve never counted calories, I did count carbs during both pregnancies thanks to being a gestational diabetic, but I haven’t the first clue about what to eat and when.  I can’t give up coffee but I have given up the frappucinos, for now.  Realistically, I will be doing the three days a week of the Couch to 5k, and the rest will be bike rides or walks in between when possible.  Besides losing a bit of extra weight I’m looking forward to being less sedentary.  Blogging doesn’t exactly equate to a vigorous work day!  I may post some updates on my Instagram with the #couchto5k and #lazyassbloggers tag but I don’t have plans to incorporate this journey into regular blog updates.

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Our home updates have slowed down considerably.  We are still anxiously waiting for my Great Aunt’s 60’s era sectional to come back from the upholsterers (It has been there since February!).  We are having it recovered in a rich, deep teal that my husband and I both fell in love with.  I should definitely blog about that journey, reupholstery is not for the faint of heart, especially when having someone else do it! (Maybe I need to re-think getting that A+A blanket, doesn’t it match the couch?!)  In order to pay for this I have picked up quite a few videography gigs, filming and editing videos for companies and brands.  It is something I really enjoy doing and it combines my love of cloth diapers and reusable products with the skills I’ve picked up these 5 years.  I will be posting some updated interior shots but I want my couch first!  If you missed the year of DIY and home improvements you can catch up on those older posts.  Our entire home has been re-painted and remodeled, mostly by my husband and I, and now we are finally getting to just enjoy the home!  This July will mark 2 years living here in this home, and in Florida.

blogu14photoOther than the blogging and the video editing, much of my time has been spent helping the cloth diaper charity, Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.  It is an amazing thing to be apart of and I’m so proud of the work we are doing.  I’m also getting ready to speak at ABC Kids Spring  (a baby industry only conference) on a panel with bloggers way out of my league (I can admit that!) on social media in 2 weeks.  Jill from Baby Rabies, Charlie Chapen from How to be a Dad, and Jamie Grayson (we are not related, that was a real rumor!) who is THEBabyGuyNYC will be on the panel.  In June I’m off to BlogU, a blogging conference in Baltimore, MD.  I chose this particular blogging conference because of the lack of extras.  As fun and helpful as the BlogHer conferences have been in years past, I really wanted to try a smaller conference with less outside parties and events.  Not only is the cost significantly lower, but I’m looking forward to meeting others in that intimate setting.  I’ve been blogging for 5 years and there is still so much to learn!  If you stop teaching yourself and attending conferences you can be left in the dust.  New social media platforms pop-up (Pinterest and Instagram were not around when I started in 2009!) and algorithms change.  Blogging styles have changed- when I began having photos were not required, but now posts are so much more visual that not adding a photo is unheard of!  As much as I’d like to tune out the noise and just be one with my content, the world of self promotion and social media cannot be ignored.  There will also be sessions about the business side of blogging and many other topics I am happy to learn more about.  Plus, I get to hang with my roommate Amanda from The Eco-Friendly Family so that is always a bonus for work trips!

The summer will have an influence on my work schedule.  Things will slow as I spend time at the pool with the boys and with my new desire and commitment to exercise.  There are plenty of projects in the works though, so don’t count me out yet!  Can you believe my boy is going to school in the Fall?!

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Sign Up for the 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge

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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 benefits of using flats, not just because they are the best for handwashing, but because flats are amazing cloth diapers!  Why are we doing this?  To show that cloth diapers can work for any family- especially for those choosing to buy diapers each week over using the money for other expenses they also need to pay.

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First, you will want to understand the rules of participation.

Materials Allowed

The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer I made last year.
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi, Boingo, and Pins for closure.
Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)

Materials Not Allowed

• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.

Rules for Everyone

• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.

Rules for Bloggers

Bloggers are encouraged to participate and chronicle their week.  I will have link-ups for each day of the challenge with blogging prompts.  If you sign up as a blogger you will be sent more information on the prompts and rules to add your links.

For Stores and Manufacturers

Each year this event sees an increasing amount of interest from stores and manufacturers who often offer discount codes and incentives for flats and covers. If you are a company planning to offer any sort of special promotion or discount related to the challenge, or your company is blogging along, please email beforehand to discuss opportunities.   dirtydiaperlaundry@gmail.com

Sign Up.

AND GET YOUR FLAIR!

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Resources to get you started…

You can also browse all blog posts made in during the past challenges (in backwards order, skip to the last page and work back for chronological order) by using the Flats Challenge tag.

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As always the heart of this challenge is to shine a light on the fact that there are families struggling to provide clean diapers for their babies and to offer an alternative solution not often discussed when the major media outlets cover these stories. There are diaper banks that can help families get started with cloth diapers for free or little cost. If you know a family or are a family in need please visit Giving Diapers, Giving Hope- the longest running nationwide diaper lending program that ships to any approved family in the US. I encourage anyone touched by this challenge to donate to their organization and help them provide more diapers to more families.

Join our Facebook Group for live updates and to learn from other participants while we all get prepared for another Flats Challenge.  On Instagram and Twitter we will once again be using the #FlatsChallenge hashtag, also #bringingflatsback for funsies.

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Paycheck to Paycheck

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42 million women are living at or below the poverty line, and an additional 28 million children are living alongside them.

 

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.

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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 hour, doing back breaking labor.   She works holidays and misses those moments with her children, probably for the same reason my own sister has to- they pay higher those days so it makes sense when you are broke.

Because her youngest child over the filming period is 3, we don’t see what struggles she would be facing when it comes to affording diapers.  She has trouble affording everything else so it only makes sense if her son were still in diapers that this would be another unwelcome expense.

Here is why this film matters- it shows a family that to anyone, doesn’t look “poor.”  The mom wears scrubs to work and she could easily be mistaken for a registered nurse.  For a while they are even living in a decent sized home with her boyfriend, which from the outside looks nice.  We find out at the end of the film it has suffered water damage and much of their property and clothing were ruined, several rooms weren’t even usable due to mildew, and they didn’t have the money to fix any of it.  I loved this movie because it shows the side of poverty we ignore- the working poor.

Many of us consider those living in poverty to be homeless.  People with homes, they aren’t poor.  They can afford homes so things are fine.  Katrina and her children lived in a trailer park (the same kind that I lived in my entire life) so that one is a little harder to call.  They had a car, the children wore clothing without holes or stains, and everyone looked nice and “normal” from the outside.  Yet, Katrina spent every cent of each check on her bills.  As a check came in, it went out.  The money was spent immediately.  Off and on she has food stamps, so some days she has better chances of getting all the groceries she needs.  She has no health insurance and so she ignores her own health issues because she can’t afford to pay for the medications or doctor visits.

The woman is working every day!  She is employed full time and yet she is living in a small, run down trailer and doesn’t have enough money to survive.  Her story is the story of a lot of Americans, probably even a lot of you who read this blog.  To those who claim over and over that people are poor because they are lazy, or won’t work, this isn’t usually the case.  If she were fairly compensated for the work she was doing her life would be more than ok, yet she isn’t so she has to work more hours to meet the pay that others can make in half the time.  In fact, Forbes just crunched the numbers-

67 people are as wealthy as the world’s poorest 3.5 billion.  

 

So many people dismiss cloth diapers as a non-option for those in poverty.  This movie shows a woman who had a home, (presumably) had access to laundry, but was still completely broke.  Other than the extra time commitment on a very busy schedule, there is no reason cloth diapers couldn’t work for a mom like Katrina if she wanted to use them.  No one can force them to, but shouldn’t they understand that they have the option?  The very network that suggested this film to watch is the one often quoted in the media saying cloth diapers won’t work for poor families.  This movie shows the side of poverty it could work for, the working poor, the ones who are just getting by but have a place to call home and have a washing machine.  $60 extra a month, enough to cover a prescription or a lot of staple food items, that is what they would save once they have the diapers in hand.

“But Kim, what about the start-up cost?”  

This is where I leave you with links for families who need help because they can’t afford the $300-$500 that it CAN cost to begin cloth diapering.

$15 DIY Cloth Diaper Stash using XXL t-shirts and fleece for tie-on covers.
Two FREE booklets on cloth diapering solutions for struggling families to read or download
Cloth Diapering on a Budget ideas
Apply to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope (a national cloth diaper lending service) or find a local cloth diaper bank near you.

It was very hard to watch this film and see the lifestyle I myself lived through before I moved to college.  It is the life that much of my family still lives, and my hometown is suffering a major increase in the poverty rates, currently at 28.4%.  Katrina’s story is the story of my sister, and one of my best friend’s, and millions of other women I’ve never even met.  I’m reminded of how fortunate I am that I don’t worry about how to feed my children or keep the lights on.  It is unfair that this is way things are and these are the choices families are making.  The gap between the wealthy and the poor keeps getting wider.  It is heartbreaking to see women doing everything they can, working one, two, even three jobs and still not having the money to pay for living expenses.  I can’t fix it but I want these families to know that they can stop lining the pockets of disposable diaper companies if they choose, and keep that money for what they need it for most while having peace of mind because they’ll never have to choose between buying diapers or food.

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If you get the chance, please watch the film.  And if you feel that you would like to help a family like Katrina’s get cloth diapers, Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is always accepting good used condition or new cloth diapers.  You can also directly assist families by sponsoring the cost of shipping -this is a cost we can’t yet reduce since we do not yet have the financial support to do so.  You can also email us givingdiapersgivinghope@gmail.com or apply on the website for assistance.

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

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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.

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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?  

I am the first to admit how hard and often impossible using cloth diapers can be for families who can’t even find a place to sleep at night.  Still, there are many, many families who are in the position to use cloth diapers but mainstream media refuses to publicize them or mentions them only as a non-option for low-income families.  Need is NOT black and white.  There are families who can’t afford diapers that live in nice looking homes, and families who can’t afford them who live in conditions many of us can’t imagine.  Why paint a picture of need in one color with the same sized brush?

A quote from the LA Times: “Cloth diapers are often not an option because they require frequent and expensive trips to the laundromat.”  Ask the thousands of families making cloth diapers work who are considered “low-income” before making such statements.  It can work, with a washer and without!

To show that cloth diapering can be done in almost any situation and on even the smallest budget I decided I would use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for a week, and invited anyone else interested to join me.  My personal goal was to see if it was even possible, how long it would take, would I be able to even wash them well enough, and do those diapers work well?

The answer was yes!   Yes, handwashing cloth diapers is possible if you make it possible.  Yes, it does take longer than using disposables, and longer to wash than using a machine (30 minutes on average).  Yes, I got them clean enough by hand and felt comfortable using them on my baby.  And YES!  Flats work like a dream!  As a matter of fact, they became a favorite to use at all times because of their versatility and washability.  By doing this at an extreme, it shows that variations of this method will work for everyone.  It also teaches families how to diaper during emergency situations if that arises and the power is out (with access to water) or how to handwash diapers while on vacation in hotel tubs.

This challenge has received a negative backlash because some feel it makes light of the real struggles families face everyday or has unrealistic expectations of how hard life can be for the people who are experiencing diaper need.  Others felt that because the challenge was started by a middle class white woman (ahem, me) that it instantly lost any credibility because how could I possibly relate or understand the needs of anyone struggling to make ends meet?  Some people do take this “challenge” for fun, some do it because they want to understand how hard it is and can be because they want to help others.  I do ask that people remember the reason this event began and are sensitive to the fact that there are families doing this every single day.  It isn’t a GAME, for some people it is life.  I am not ungrateful for the life I have and the conveniences I can afford.

I never set out to make this an event, it became one organically because so many others felt it was a way to understand how difficult, but possible, using the most inexpensive diapering option available even without access to a washer /dryer could be.  The other people involved each year are creating data and teaching others about how to use flat cloth diapers, how to handwash, and what works and what doesn’t.  I used this data and the experiences of myself and others to help create free booklets with ideas for low-budget diapering solutions.

We all want to make families more aware of their options.  While modern cloth diapers are the most convenient, flats and covers are the cheapest and also the least complicated!  There is no need to stress about the washing routines because flats contain no elastic or synthetics and they’re one glorious layer of fabric!  Covers can be was easily as well, and all can be laid out to dry.  Flats dry far faster than their modern counterparts, even prefolds, because of that 1 ply thickness.  Take a look at last year’s infographic explaining the Flats Challenge and the results of handwashing from our participants.

Sign-ups will begin next month so look for that post soon.  You can check out the past announcements to see the rules.  They stay basically the same with small changes each year, but the biggies are that you can only use flat cloth diapers and only handwash and hang to dry.

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If you are a retailer, brand, or company that wants to be involved in some way please get in touch with me (look to the sidebar on the right for contact info).  I would like to find a way to use this event to raise diaper donations and funds to help Giving Diapers, Giving Hope- the non-profit cloth diaper lending organization I volunteer for.  Let’s find a way to help more babies get the cloth diapers they need.  

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Give a Cloth Diaper to GDGH, get a NoseFrida! All February long!

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Wouldn’t you love to help a worthy cause while also getting a little something in return?  Perhaps you have a cloth diaper or two that are no longer seeing love in your rotation?  

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Send them to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope!  In return, you will receive a NoseFrida!  The handy, dandy NoseFrida is a must have product for moms of little ones to effectively suck out the snot (literally) without irritating the nose.  The biggest bonus is how easy to clean they are!  No chance of hidden mold or bacteria like the bulb syringes!  You can learn more about the product on FridayBaby.com.

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope helps families in need by lending families a stash of cloth diapers for the cost of shipping.   GDGH recently partnered with GroVia so shipments will be going to their warehouse.

Who doesn’t have a few diapers that your baby has grown out of or maybe it just isn’t a diaper you reach for?  Skip the hassle of selling by donating to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.  Right now they are experiencing a lot of need!  Already, over 70 families have applied since they re-opened January 16 and they are expected to send close to 500 diapers in January!  Next month that number could double but they will need your donations to fulfill the needs of their families.  Ship to:

The Natural Baby Company
Attn: GDGH Donations
1203 North Rouse Unit 3E
Bozeman MT 59715

NoseFrida has a Buy 1, Give 1 Program, inspired by TOMS, and we are so thankful they are choosing to partner with Giving Diapers, Giving Hope for February!  A Nosefrida will be packaged with each diaper bundle sent to the approved applicants that month too!

“At Fridababy, we want to put the Windi and the Snotsucker in the hands of as many parents we can. That’s why for each one you buy, we’ll send one to a clinic, family doctor, or donation center that serves families in need; because everyone should know the joy of giving sweet relief to the stuffed-up or uncomfortably gassy little ones in their lives.”

So go raid your diaper drawers!  

-Rules: 1/household; fulfilled by Fridababy the following month, based on GroVia/GDGH’s list of the prior month’s confirmed donors.  Only diapers postmarked for the month of February will be eligible, US only.

-Minimum donation: 1 cover, 1 all-in-one, 1 pocket, 1 all-in-two, 1 fitted, or 6+ prefolds/flats (must be in good, working condition such that GroVia can ship to a GDGH recipient family; no delamination, tears, worn out elastic or aplix, etc-)

-While supplies last, up to 500 NoseFridas available.

Be sure your packages include a legible return address so that your donation is included into this promotion!  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause and thank you FridaBaby for this generous program!

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GIVE and Win GroVia diapers for a family in need!

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After the exciting announcement last week that GroVia would be partnering with Giving Diapers, Giving Hope to help them with their shipping and receiving needs.  Already this partnership has proved to be an immense help!  We are almost up to 10 boxes shipped since that announcement!

To celebrate GroVia is going to give a full stash of new GroVia diapers to a deserving family.  Here is how it works-

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1) E-mail social@gro-via.com before Friday, Jan. 24, with an original photograph taken by you that illustrates the word “GIVE.” Get creative! Your photograph does NOT need to feature diapers or even people at all. Please keep the family you are hoping to win for anonymous to the public. High-resolution is preferred, but cell phone photography is acceptable. (the example has text on it, you don’t have to do this)

2) We’ll e-mail you back with an application for you to fill out with/on behalf of the family you are hoping to win for. Only families who qualify using GDGH’s normal qualification standards will be eligible. Return the application by Monday, Feb. 3.  It is very likely that you won’t know the particulars of their income so we will have a different application for you)

We’ll post the photograph entries in a Facebook photo album for our fans to vote on Feb. 4! The FAN FAVORITE after three days of voting will WIN a #GivingDiapersGivingHope, all-new GroVia #clothdiapers stash for a family struggling to afford diapers for their baby.

(Income-qualified applications that do not win WILL be eligible for GDGH stashes if interest is indicated. You may not enter on behalf of your own family.)

You could help a family you know win a whole stash of diapers by taking a photo!  It is fairly simple, and this gift could mean the world to someone you know.  I hope you’ll consider participating!

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