Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pay it forward Fluffy style! I dare you...

I'm sure you've all heard of karma, the effect a persons actions has on their future. It's a pretty basic principle, whether or not you call it karma is up to you. I'm sure in one way or another you've all experienced it, whether through tithing at church, giving to a person in need, being unnecessarily kind to another, etc. Not only is the reward the way that you feel about having done something nice, something selfless, often times we find that we're essentially paid back for our actions in some way. My mother for example, is forever giving giving giving, and I think mom you can't afford to give ALL the time. But you know what I notice, not only is she giving all the time, she's receiving all the time too.

All this talk about fancy shmancy diapers got me thinking. Thanks to Lisa of Miracle Diapers, for inspiring this train of thoughts in my head with her story of the fancy Mr B diaper she donated that was used and returned to MD only to be lent out again! :)

So I thought in honor of Miracle Diapers and Lisa's Mr. B... What about it we all try to Pay it Forward FLUFFY Style by sending one or some of our nicer diapers to Miracle Diapers? I know what you're thinking, you're holding on to your babes diapers because you're attached to them, some probably don't even fit anymore, and you're thinking they're worth something so you could maybe sell them.

So I dare you! Dig deep into your stash, purge it of the diapers you no longer use, the ones you don't need to keep, the ones you thought you might save for a friend, and send something special to Miracle Diapers! You'll feel good after you do, I swear, and think of how special that mama will feel when she gets a fancy diaper from MD and gets to show off her little one's cute bum!

This is great timing for me to donate, my sons are potty training (have been trying for a while) and I think getting rid of most of their diapers might give me the extra push I need to really commit to the potty training and get it done.

Click Here, for more info on what you can donate to help out Miracle Diapers!

Pimp Your Stash Winner #1 - Rebecca1217

We had a wonderful first week, and we hope every week to be better and better... Thanks for participating and this week's winner is #125 - REBECCA1217 from Bellydance, Bagpipes and my Boys. Her blog is totally new, but it is already sporting a photo of a gorgeous cloth diapered baby!!! He is a total cutie!!!
Please, contact us ASAP so we can ship your winnings to you. Write Pimp Your Stash Winner on the subject line. Thanks! :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Meet the Diaper Discussions GEEK Squad!! Round 2

Hey there! Im Anelys, the designer Geek of Cloth Diaper Discussions, and the graphic designer and owner of 3 Little Flowers. Why 3 Little Flowers? Because I have 3 little girls and our last name means Flowers in another language (so I literally have three little flowers). They are Gabriela aKa Gaby (almost 6yo), Camila aKa Mia (3yo) and Amelia aKa Mimi (2yo). Im married to the love of my life for almost 7 years and he is the head of the technology department at the same school my oldest daughter attends, and teacher from K to 12.

I have become passionate about green life since longer that I actually realized it.. I was avoiding paper napkins, saving energy, making homemade food for my girls and several other stuff. Sadly I wasn’t introduced to cloth diapers sooner, but it is better late than never. I started using cloth diapers a few short months after my third daughter was born, so I started cloth diapering her plus my second daughter who was a year old. My hubby is also a cloth diaper passionate, and every time he needs to change a diaper, wash diapers or anything cloth diaper related, he is there without any complain.

Another one of my passions is Photography, and I would love to become a baby and kids photographer at some point. I also love blogging, playing with my girls, watch movies with hubby, reading and going to the beach (I have beach weather all year long). Im in love with my family and nothing beats our time together.

I look forward to have tons of fun and also learn a lot with Julie and all of our readers and more readers to come!

Meet the Diaper Discussions GEEK Squad!

Hi! I am Julie, The Cloth Diaper Geek, and the Owner of Earth Angels Diaper Co. & this Blog. I am located in sunny Central Florida near where the Space Shuttle launches, locally known as the Space Coast. I am an only child and longtime Florida resident. My husband is a local FireFighter/Paramedic and we have three kids, Guinnevere age 6, Mason & Spencer (identical twins) who are almost 3 yrs old.

When I am not working on my website or blog you can find me online, shopping the FSOT boards, surfing the web and chatting with my wahm friends and customers online. I just love being a part of the cloth diapering community and can't seem to get enough of it. I am also very happy that my little wahm business in turn helps support other wahm's businesses.

In "real life" (LOL) I love going to the beach with the family, yard sales, thrift stores, freecycling and am a very thrifty mama who LOVES finding great deals on cool junk. I also enjoy butterfly gardening and have a pretty healthy little butterfly habitat in my side yard. The kids and I enjoy the flowers and watching the caterpillars turn into butterflies.

You might be wondering what's up with being the Cloth Diaper Geek? Well through trial and error and through lots and lots of customer interactions I have acquired quite a bit of knowledge in regards to cloth diapering. Though I would have never imagined it, I can talk talk talk about cloth diapers until I am blue in the face and I quite enjoy it. At first glance you might not know that I am a Cloth Diaper Geek but get me started on the subject and my alter ego comes out giddy and eager to talk about everything cd related.

Thanks to Anelys, another geeky cloth diapering mama, we've decided to introduce The Cloth Diaper Geek Explains it all. A weekly post where you name it and we'll answer it. There's no question to far out, too embarrassing or too hard for us to handle. Give us your best questions and we'll be sure to answer them.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Not Your Grandmother's Diaper!

I would not consider myself a "crunchy" mom by any stretch of the imagination. Sure I breastfeed, make my own baby food, and wore my baby in a wrap for the first two months of his life (the only time he was small enough to not break my back), but I can't really conform to the flowy-skirted, Birkenstock-donning mental picture that this term conjures up in my mind. I do these things first and foremost for my baby, but I also find them very convenient. Instead of slithering out of bed and down the stairs at 5:45 am to prepare a bottle for my hungry 8-month old, I can just pluck him out of his crib and latch him on. Rather than running out of baby food and frantically dashing to the grocery store for some culinary delight like pureed lasagna (gag), I can whip up a mean chicken, rice and veggie dinner for my little man in no time at all. And for the brief time that my son fit in a wrap, I could finally get stuff done around the house (I can't remember what is was, but it must have been something). I like things that are beneficial for my baby, cost-effective, and easy, easy, easy.

So I must admit that when I first heard about cloth diapering my eyes glazed over and my brain shut down. Who wants to deal with scraping poop off diapers, pee leaks all over the house and ever-growing mounds of laundry collecting dust in a corner near you? Who does this anyways? And why in the world would you want to when you can get disposable diapers for $17 a box?

And yet I, even the toughest of cloth scrutinizers, was somehow converted.

I began to notice other moms around me looking into cloth diapering. And these were not the hippy-chic mamas who swear off meat and buy only organic. These were moms just like me, all about convenience, somewhat thrifty but still wanting the very best for their babies. So I took a nosedive into the world of researching cloth diapers. I soon realized that the pool was empty.

If you have ever researched cloth diapers then you know how confusing it can be at first. With abbreviations scattered about the internet like AIO/AI2, OS and UCIBFP, I honestly tossed the idea around that I had stumbled upon some sort of secret society. And in a way I had, only this exclusive club wanted as many new members as possible. As I started learning the different meanings and brands, everything started to come together and I found myself able to make sense of the acronym jumble.

I clumsily stumbled upon many websites that claimed to debunk the myths around cloth diapering. I rolled my eyes at first, but upon reading them found that they actually made sense to me. I was intrigued by the idea of this age-old method of diapering your baby and how it could be convenient, a money saver, and be so great for the environment. (Yep, that's right! Mommies like me care about the environment too!) But on the other hand, my less expensive disposables were working just fine, and finances were just not that much of an issue. Sure I like to save money where I can, but I certainly didn't need to switch to cloth out of necessity. If it ain't broke, don't fix it right? Wrong, at least not for me. After doing the math and realizing that my baby would have gone through about 7,300 diapers by the time he potty trained, only to be discarded into some stinky landfill somewhere, I decided that it was my obligation to at least try cloth. Not to mention the thousands we would save over his diaper-days, multiplied by the number of little brothers and/or sister he ends up with, if cloth ended up working out for us.

So with a deep breath I took the plunge.

Now all I can say is that I can't believe it took me six months to try it! The diapers nowadays are not your grandmother's cloth diaper, for the most part. You can get cloth diapers that have everything all in one, meaning that if you can velcro on a Photobucketdisposable then you can velcro on these. There are diapers with pockets for faster drying, soft fitted diapers that go under cute covers, and yes, there are still the inexpensive, yet-oh-so-soft and squishable prefold-style diapers that our grandmothers used. I have tried every kind and love them all for very different reasons. We have explored around and found what works. We didn't put all our eggs in one basket and stick to one brand or type. We decided to try everything and see what worked for us and are very happy with the selections we made.

And yes some cloth diapers can be expensive, but cloth diapering is very doable even on a budget. There are plenty of sales and less pricey styles if you just take a little extra time to look, and even the priciest diapers will pay for themselves over time. With so many cute patterns and prints, the main problem here is self control. (I will not go online and order than adorable paw print fleece cover, I will not, I will not...oh, you accept Paypal?)

As far as laundry goes, it is admittedly a little extra, but it is a labor of love that does not require the monotonous sorting and folding of regular laundry. And a wonderful little side-bonus about having cloth diaper laundry is that my other laundry gets done in between diaper loads, so the heaping mountains of laundry have shrunken into oblivion. My hands don't get any messier than they did with 'sposies, and my trash can is no longer over-flowing with poopy diapers. Now if only I could find a solution (or an excuse) for that stack of dirty dishes...

I can now proudly say that my baby's bum is wrapped in the adorably-patterned, gentle, chemical-free goodness of cloth. I am happy that amidst all the "green" chatter, I know I am doing my part to help out with our waste problem. And on top of it all, my pocket book feels a little bit fatter these days.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just Julie: What was your first "extra special" fluffy purchase?

PhotobucketWe've all been there, drooling over a diaper, one we can't afford or shouldn't afford. A diaper so cute that once you have it in your posession you hate for it to even get soiled for you know that the more you wash it the more wear and tear it will get. You want it to remain cute forever.

Sometimes these extra-special fluffy purchases only get taken out for pictures and special occasions. You love seeing your little one's bum in it but it is not a diaper you'll be using in your everyday rotation.

My first extravagant diapers were Just Ducky Baby Deluxe AIO's. They were so cute and the product photos for these diapers made it hard for even the most self controlled mommy to resist.

If a diaper could be considered yummy, surely these would Photobucketbe delicious! These were the diapers you show your friends when you talk about cloth, they see how fancy they are and they think you're a freak. Who would spend so much on something your baby would poop in?

So what was your first "extra special" fluffy purchase? And tell the truth, do you even let your little one wear it or do you secretly only photograph them in it and then take it off right away?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Boy how time flies!

So I was relaxing with the kids the other day and my 6 yr old, who is now at the age where she wants to be in my room digging through my stuff, comes out into the living room with an old newspaper. It was a copy of the paper from when I had just started my business, in early 2007, and my ambitiousness paid off when I emailed editors from our local paper and ended up making the front page of the People section! I hadn't laid eyes on this paper in quite some time and I thought I'd go back in time a bit and share with you all the article and photos that appeared in the paper. See below...

Green Parenting - These aren't your mom's cloth diapers
Earth-friendly, cute and absorbent: Parents rave about the new cloth diaper.

FLORIDA TODAY 7th May 2007

Diapers may not seem much of a topic for conversation, until you're changing 10 or more a day. Then you start thinking about them. You start thinking about chemicals and landfills and how much money they cost. And then, if you're Julia Clark, you discover a new old solution, in colorful prints, microfiber and Velcro.

These are not your mama's cloth diapers.
"I had never used cloth diapers before, and whenever anybody would mention them, like back when I had my daughter, I imagined them to be like they were back in the '70s," says Clark, 29, who lives in Palm Bay and has 7-month-old twin boys. "I imagined them having to wear little plastic itchy pants overtop."

The old-style diapers were supposed to be rinsed in the toilet and laundered. They sounded like too much trouble.

Then the twins came along, and she and her firefighter husband, Matthew, were given about five months' worth of disposables at the baby shower.

"I told my husband, 'You know, we're getting ready to run out, and we haven't had to spend any money on diapers so far,' " Clark says. "Wonder what it's going to cost to put diapers on twins?"

She came up with a number: about $150 a month. Cloth diapers seemed like a reasonable alternative.

"When I realized how cute they were and comfortable and practical and absorbent, and really not that inconvenient, then I just was like, 'Oh my gosh, I want to open my own business, and we're going to use cloth diapers.' "

Politics of poo

Disposable diapers have been absorbing controversy for a long time, as environmental groups point out their nonrecyclable content and their tendency to accumulate in landfills.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there was almost no diaper waste generated in 1960. By 1970, there were 350,000 tons. In 2005, the number had risen to 3.6 million tons annually, with no significant recycling.

While those numbers speak for themselves, a British study suggested all the washing and drying of cloth diapers meant their environmental impact was about equal to that of disposables.

Environmentalists have criticized the study. One green argument is the combination of chemicals in the diapers and their baby waste make for an unhealthy contribution to landfills and potentially ground water. Poo isn't supposed to go into the landfill.

"One thing that I didn't realize is that, if you read the fine print on the disposable packaging, it actually says that you're not supposed to throw away fecal matter, " Clark says, "and nobody knows that."

That's right. Disposable-diaper users are supposed to flush the poo.

Other studies raised more issues. An article in Archives of Disease in Childhood posited that increased warmth from disposable diapers may contribute to male infertility, since "scrotal hypothermia" or cool temperatures are important for reproductive health.

According to the abstract, "This study shows that scrotal temperature, which closely reflects testicular temperature, is increased in boys wearing disposable plastic lined nappies."

Another study, in the Archives of Environmental Health, subjected mice to air blown over three brands of disposable diapers. Their eyes, nose and throats were irritated, and they had decreased airflow, reminiscent of an asthma attack. The disposables, unlike cloth diapers, emitted chemicals "toxic" to the respiratory tract.

Whether these studies can be connected directly to babies' health is unclear, but they make some parents wonder.

Michele Hobbs of Indian Harbour Beach says one reason she uses cloth diapers on her 6-month-old son is for the environment. The other is "the chemicals inside diapers, the gels and the chlorine and all the other nasty chemicals."

Naturally fun

Hobbs likes knowing natural cloth is next to her child's skin. The super-absorbency of some disposable diapers means parents leave them on longer, she says, and she doesn't like the implication for babies.

"They're constantly urinating in the same diaper, so it's like they're wearing a toilet," she says.

Hobbs also subscribes to the idea of "elimination communication" -- if a child sometimes wears no diapers, or cloth diapers that let him feel when he's wet, he learns to let mom know when he has to go. This method has allowed her to get her kids out of diapers sooner, she says.

She argues cloth diapers actually take her less time, because she doesn't have to dash to the store when she's running out.

There are several kinds of cloth diapers available. There are old-fashioned prefolds, basically a square cloth, which require a cover. The nice thing about the soft new covers, for $8 to $20, is that with Velcro, they don't need pins, Clark says.
She likes the lined pocket diapers, which have inserts whose thickness can be customized to boy or girl, overnight or a long car trip. They sell for $12 to $17.

There are all-in-one diapers, too, that go into the wash in one piece.

Clark sells several kinds in her diaper business, online at

It's hard to find cloth diapers in stores, she says, but through online vendors, people build their "stash," which they can use for the next little nipper, too.

The basic cloth diapers can save parents money. Or they can go for the luxury models.

"It's kind of becoming more of like a yuppie-type trend," Clark says. "Moms are buying velour, leopard, wool, all kinds of fancy embroidered, custom monograms. You know, I have twins. I can't afford to spend $50 per diaper. But some people are really into it."

Monday, August 17, 2009

GAD Side Snapping Pocket Diaper Review

Review by Katie

We have four GADs in varying colors and styles, including my favorite one, a princess pink with black fleece and a girly pirate embroidered on the back.

GADs come in a wide range of sizes from small to large, and also includes husky medium and medium long. Violet fits perfectly into a medium long - she has one size medium and while it fits fine, there isn't as much room in it as there is in a medium long. There is a size chart to determine what would best fit your baby.

The color options are never ending. You can buy a custom made diaper in the colors of your choice, and then spice it up even more by adding a cute embroidered design to it.

What do I love about them? They fit like a glove. They are super trim as well. I love the side snaps - less bulk up front and less chance that little hands can figure it out. I love the bamboo velour inners, and I love the fabulous color choices - AND the fact that you can design your own. I love the embroidery designs to choose from! Love, love, love. Just lots to love. They have great inserts that can be up to 4 layers thick in places.

Any cons to this diaper? Well, if you go all out and buy a custom made embroidered diaper, it's pretty expensive. And, since they are sized diapers they will not last all the way until potty training time.

Overall, would I recommend them? YES! Most definitely!

Fluff in the Spotlight: Side-Snapping Diapers

PhotobucketI thought that an introduction to side-snapping diapers, the benefits, styles, brands, etc. would be a great idea and would complement the KnickerNappies OS Diaper Giveaway nicely.

If you're anything like me, when you're first shopping for cloth diapers you are looking at diapers that look and work the most like disposables, that is with the velcro fastening system in the front. Some of my verys first diapers were DryBee's pockets, they served me well and it was quite some time before I actually bought and tried my first side-snapping diapers.

At first glance side-snapping diapers might look tricky to use or hard to fasten on a squirming baby, I assure you they are not. In fact there are a lot of benefits to side-snapping diapers that you might not know about.
  • They are HIGHLY adjustable, top and bottom snaps, usually with a minimum of 4 settings give these diapers as close to a perfect fit as you can imagine.
  • While most children have aplix and front snapping diapers all figured out sooner than later, side-snaps seem to confuse babies and toddlers, making it harder for them to undo and take off completely at the most inopportune times. (We've all been there, baby takes poopy diaper off hands it to you and it's too late, you have a huge mess to clean up!)
  • A solid layer of PUL across the tummy is perfect for tummy sleeping babies. Some diapers have a tendency to wick through the stitching around the aplix, with side-snapping diapers there is no such problem.
Did you know that there are even side-snapping one-size diapers now? KnickerNappies just released their New OS KnickerNappies Pocket Diaper! This fabulous diaper gives you all the benefits of side-snapping diapers as well as the face that it is capable of fitting from birth to potty training, 8-40lbs! It is available with two sizes microfiber inserts or with two LoopyDo inserts, the #1 Rated Insert on DiaperPin!

Do you love side-snapping diapers? Green Acre Designs, KnickerNappies, something else? Show your love by posting your comments and questions below.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pimp Your Stash #1 - Ends Friday 08-21 *** CLOSED ***

PhotobucketMamas start your engines! This is the first of what will be weekly Pimp Your Stash Giveaways! You'll have plenty of opportunities to enter and one of you will win!

This week the winner will have a fluffy brand new KnickerNappies Onesize Diaper with Inserts delivered to their door! This weeks question is "Which feature do you like best about the New KnickerNappies OS Diaper?"

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-In order to participate in our weekly contest and validate all extra entries you must first answer the weekly question.

-Please include your email in each post or ensure that we have a method of contacting you should you win.. OR, if you have a blog, make sure to post your comment signed in with your blogger account.

-Each contest runs from Sunday 12am to Friday 9pm.

-Winners are chosen using, notified on Saturdays and winners name also posted on Blog.

-Winners have 7 days from contest end to claim their prize.

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