Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pimp Your Stash Winner #7 - Granola Mom 4 God

Today's winner is #208... She is somebody who is used to publish winners for giveaways in her own blog, but today is her turn!!!

Granola Mom: Dont forget to contact us ASAP so we can get your winning out to you!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Say Hello to the Econobum by BumGenius!

Finally, a cloth diapering system that IS affordable for everyone! The Econobum will live up to it's name by providing the quality and reliability that you have come to love and expect from the makers of BumGenius AND it will be available for nearly HALF the price!

What's going to be so special about the Econobum you might ask? Here are just a few points...
  • OneSize Cover/Shell that will fit from 8-35lbs
  • OneSize Prefold adjusts from Small to Large simply by folding in different directions
  • No stuffing or complicated folding techniques required
  • Nearly HALF the price of traditional OneSize Diapers
The Econobum System will also be available in Package Deals which will include 3 covers and 12 prefolds for under $60.00!

We're so excited about the introduction of the New Econobum! Be sure to check back in late October/early November when Earth Angels Diaper Co. will stock the shelves with this great new diapering system!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cloth Diapering "on the go" : Tips for traveling with cloth!

When I first started cloth diapering, I was scared to death of traveling with cloth. I still purchased disposables so that I would always have them when I needed to be out and about for more than just a couple of hours.

I have since come to my senses, and wanted to share a little bit of how we make it work while we travel. It would be fun to hear all of your travel tips as well, as I am always on the lookout for things to make my CD world a little easier.

First of all, having the right kind of diaper is essential. I mean, you can travel with AIOs, but it will be harder to deal with the laundry if you aren't near a washer that isn't off limits to poopy diapers (mother-in-laws house, for example).

We like to use flats and prefolds so that I can wash out diapers in a sink or bathtub easily if I have to. I don't do pins or snappis, just fold and lay in pockets or in covers.

The other essential is a very good wet bag. The size of the wet bag will be determined by how long you will be out of the house. I have been stuck before with a wet bag that only held 3-5 diapers, and needed more room. It was an ugly sight!

Finally, there are the wipes. I keep an old bottle of baby wash filled with my wipes solution. If I am going to be gone for more than just a day or two, then I try to use just water for the wipes when available, and save the wipes solution for really poopy bottoms, and when I don't have easy access to water. I just squirt/pour a little solution on the wipe right before I use it, and never have to deal with stale wipes.

On to the nitty gritty:
I bring along one rubber glove in order to wash out any sticky poo in the potty of whatever hotel or house that I am staying at. (I use a diaper sprayer at home).

I just rinse/wash the diapers (pee ones, too) in the sink/bathtub if I am going to be away from a washer for very long. That keeps the stink (even in the wetbag) down to a bare minimum. I really try to bring enough diapers with me to cover the bums until I get home and can wash the dipes in my own home with my own washer. If that isn't possible or reasonable, then you can easily wash flats out in the sink and they will dry overnight over a shower curtain.

I actually really like not having to hunt for a trashcan, running out of wet wipes, stinking up my friend's trash cans, and all of the other pains that come with using disposables on the road. Plus I know that my little one's tush is nice and comfy in her car seat!

Hope that helps someone with at least a few ideas.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Just Julie: The Neverending Summer

Today as I sit at the computer and look out the window it looks sunny, breezy, and inviting, it looks a lot like Fall outside. I'd love to be able to open the doors and windows, let the breeze in and turn off the A/C. But...we live in Florida and summertime weather usually lasts almost through Christmas. I know if I were to open the window I'd be sweating hot in no time. In fact, just yesterday we went to the beach and swam in the ocean. Today's surf report states that both the air and water are 86degrees and holding.

We've had a great summer, the kids are old enough for us to be able to enjoy the beach and not just spend every moment chasing them over the dunes. I'd hate for it to officially be over but I do long for Fall weather, the need for warm pajamas, hot tea, and lots of blankets. It's times like these when I wished we lived up on the Blue Ridge, somewhere that the leaves change and we might get to see snow. If we did I know I'd miss the ocean and the ability to wear shorts and flip-flops almost every day of the year.

I guess for now I'll be thankful for the weather that we do have and rejoice over not having had any hurricanes this season!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Cloth Diaper Geek Explains it all!

Have you got a question? Don't forget you can either post your question as a comment or submit your question using our Reader Contribution Form.

Question: How often do you need to change cloth diapers? With disposables, you could go hours between changes...just curious what the "standard" answer is.

The Geek's Answer: Great Question! This question actually has multiple answers. You can expect to get different lengths of wear out of different methods/styles of cloth diapers and everyone's babies are different, some are heavy wetters and some are not.

In general I would say that cotton prefolds need to be changed more frequently than microfiber/hemp containing diapers. Not necessarily because they are inferior but because without a stay dry liner the moisture is up against the baby's skin making more frequent changing necessary. Changing every 1-2 hours, sometimes less, sometimes more.

Pocket Diapers such as BumGenius, KnickerNappies, GAD, etc. can be customized to suit your needs. One micro or hemp insert might be sufficient for a few hours during the day, doubling them up extends your wear, and really stuffing them good can get your baby through the night without needing a change.

My best advice is trial and error. You can read about some of my experiments with nighttime diapering in an old post HERE. There are a lot of factors that go into finding the right system for you. Experimenting with different inserts, different covers, pockets vs. all-in-ones, fitteds, fleece, hemp...The possibilities are endless and there is no reason why everyone can't find a combination that works for them.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fluff in the Spotlight: DryBees Hybrid AIO

This week's spotlight is on DryBees Hybrid AIO. DryBees were my very first new diaper purchases when I began cloth diapering. They are a true workhorse diaper, built to last through many many washings, and the PUL even for their print diapers, is truly superior in terms of length of wear before wicking and durability. For many months my sons wore their DryBees prints almost every day and often they were the only diapers I relied upon for overnight protection.

At the time, we used DryBees Pockets, soon after DryBees released their new Hybrid Pocket AIO. It's got the same great design and fit as the DryBees Pockets, including the generous pocket opening. What makes it a Hybrid is it's a pocket diaper with a built in 3-layer microfiber soaker. These diapers are as easy to use as disposables only they're much more comfortable and economical.

For heavy wetters or extended wear, simply use the pocket opening to stuff in your additional preferred choice of soaker, insert or prefold for added absorption.

All Drybees diapers, including their prints, are made from 100% polyester (PUL), and are available in Small, Medium & Large.
Don't forget to enter this week's Pimp Your Stash GiveAway for your chance to win one!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pimp Your Stash #7-DryBees Hybrid AIO (ends 10/02)

This weeks Pimp Your Stash winner will receive a New DryBees Hybrid Pocket AIO in the size of their choice. This weeks question is "If you had a Hybrid Pocket Diaper what would you stuff it with?"

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

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

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