Thursday, September 30, 2010

Go Coverless!

Elaine10monthsinprefolddiapercoverlessElaine’s diet is constantly changing lately as she adds new food and eats more solids.  This change affects her pee, and it brought on her first ever diaper rash last week.  I’m pretty sure it is her changing diet.  We use the same diapers, same detergent, and same wipe solution as always.  The new foods are the only change!  One rash in ten months…that’s pretty impressive!

So…how to clear up the rash?  We all know that rash creams are a big no-no when it comes to cloth diapers.  They can cause build-up on your diapers, leading to leaking issues.  I did use some cream at night, but always with a liner!

I knew that Elaine needed some more airflow, but I was afraid to let her go naked.  When she was a little baby she enjoyed a lot of naked time.  But it was much safer back then…she couldn’t roll or crawl or walk.  So I just placed a prefold underneath her, and added a changing pad underneath the diaper to protect my carpet…just in case.  Elaine10monthsinprefolddiapercoverless_0002

Nope.  Naked time is definitely not an option!  I would have wet spots all over the house…she doesn’t stay in one spot for long!  My solution?  I let Elaine go coverless!  I   remember reading a post from another cloth diapering mommy who let her babies romp around with no diaper cover.  I decided to give it a try!

I put Elaine in a prefold with a Snappi fastener.  We only use PUL covers which are not a breathable as a wool cover.  Without the cover, her cotton prefold was very breathable and allowed a lot of airflow.  I fastened the diaper a little loose around the legs to further aid the airflow.  We did this for a couple of hours each day, for a couple of days.  No more rash!

Now I should warn you…you will have to keep on top of diaper changes when your baby is going coverless!  When I picked her up and felt dampness, we headed to the changing table.  This also meant that we zipped through our stash a little faster than normal, so I had to wash sooner than expected.


As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed the experience!


How do you handle diaper rash?  Leave a comment!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Would You Like to Be a Guest Blogger?


If there is something cloth diaper related that you would love to share with our readers, please contact us at  If your topic is something we are interested in, we will invite you to write for us as a guest blogger.  Relevant topics include product reviews, cloth diapering tips, and questions for other cloth diapering mommies.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Flip One Size Diaper Cover Review

guest post by Carrissa Stalcup

Just to warn everyone, I am totally bias.  I was doing the old way of cloth diapering when I saw the new one size fits all pocket diapers.  I thought to myself "Wouldn't it be easier on the pocketbook to have a one size fits all diaper COVER for my old cheap diapers.  What do you know, they had it already!  


The Flip is even better than I img_0199thought it would be, and I expected perfection. We did not have to spend as much to get pocket diapers right away.  My ideal stash is 4-6 Flip covers, 20-30 one-ply cloth diapers, and 6-8 FuzziBunz.  The Flip cover makes it cheaper to have 30 diapers ready to be used than if I bought 30 pocket diapers.  So we use the Flip at home and when Mama or Papa takes the kids out, but in church nursery, babysitters, etc. we use pocket diapers.  So the Flip wins on the home front. 


My son is a month and a half old and a little under 12lbs and the Flip cover fits him just as perfectly as they fit my nearly 28lbs 20 month old daughter.  Because img_0230the tabs are stretchy, the legs are able to fit even better than a plain snap diaper.  He is not on the smallest setting, so I look forward to using them on a newborn, because I believe they would fit well.


My daughter is a heavy wetter at night and leaks through her diapers, cloth or disposable, rubber pants or pocket diapers.  My son was leaking through some of his pocket diapers at night no matter what I did.  Since I have been using the Flip cover we have had no leaks whatsoever!    


No pins!  Some moms use the Snappi to protect the cover.  We just fold a diaper and lay it in the cover, and snap the cover on. 


img_0243We can use prefolds, one-ply, or the Flip insert.  Some moms use the G-diaper inserts with the Flip cover.  Ebay sells hemp inserts that I have considered buying.  Basically, a mom can customized the absorbency, trimness, wicking power or whatever is important to her. 


Flip has several cool colors, but no prints.  I have noticed that is important to lots of moms.  if prints are important, they would go well with the leg covers bumGenius sells .  I wish they would come out with a nice chocolate brown since I use them for boy and girl and I refuse to buy non fun colors like white.

I hope this review has helped in your diaper shopping!


Carrissa is the mom of two beautiful children.  She resides in Gastonia, North Carolina. She began cloth diapering because she had no money to buy disposables.  “My Grama had given me the prefolds, rubber pants and pins in case I ever ran out of diapers.  Well, I did and I hated it.  The rubber pants  were gross and they got holes in them and leaked.  I still had to use disposables when we went out, and for baby sitters and for nap and for night.  After reading a lot about the modern cloth diapers and seeing some of my friends do it all the time, I started doing research. If I had my choice, I would have started cloth diapering with Flips and not used any disposables. Full time cloth diapering has saved me so much money!  My hubby has seen how much we save and does not mind me expanding our ‘stash.’”

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ask the Readers: Front Loading Washers


bgdiapers A friend of mine has a two month old little guy and she is starting to experience some stink with her diapers.  She is not having leaking trouble, just smelly diapers.  When she walks into the room, she gets hit with the diaper pail odor.

As we discussed the issue, I learned that she has a front loading washing machine.  I have never had a front loader, so I don’t have any personal experience or expertise to share with my friend.

I recommended an extra pre-rinse, an occasional “rock the soak” with Rockin’ Green, and some vinegar in the wash.

From my readers who regularly use front loading machines, what advice do you have to offer?  What do you do to ensure your diapers are rinsed well enough and stay stinky-free?

Please leave a comment with your experiences to help out this new cloth diapering mama!  My friend uses mostly prefolds and FuzziBunz pocket diapers.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lovin’ the Fluff Friday + Linky

Here’s my fluffy picture this week:

Elaine 10 months water cupShe just couldn’t get enough of that fried rice!
It’s your turn!  Come and link up your fluffy pictures!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

FuzziBunz Overstock Sale!!!


The makers of FuzziBunz pocket diapers are having a factory sponsored overstock sale!  In an attempt to make room for more one size diapers, you can now get the Perfect Size pocket diapers at a discounted rate! 


This overstock sale is for small and medium sizes only.  White diapers are not included.  Each diaper is value priced at $14.95 – a savings of $3 per diaper!


FuzziBunz Perfect Size diapers come in the same 14 great colors as the one sizefbnewdiapers-120 diapers!  At Doable Diapers, we don’t stock a lot of the perfect size diapers.  We will be placing an order soon, and we want to know what colors YOU want!  Please leave a comment below or email and tell us the size and colors you would like us to order!

Personal Experience…

I purchased my first FuzziBunz before the One Size diapers were popular.  I started my diaper stash with six small size FuzziBunz, and my 10 month old is still wearing them today! 

Although you have to buy more than one size, buying the Perfect Size diapers on sale makes them budget friendly!  Most children potty train from the medium size diaper.  And for that especially hard to fit baby, you may find that you get a better fit with the perfect size than the one size.


Buy your FuzziBunz today!  This sale ends on October 31, 2010!  You can pre-order your diapers by purchasing them now, and we will ship them as soon as we get them in stock (usually about a week). 

Free Shipping…

As an added bonus, we are offering FREE shipping on all FuzziBunz Perfect Size diapers, regardless of order size!  Use code FUZZI at checkout!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Win-It Wednesday


doopsy-happy-red-sm Don’t forget that every purchase this month will be automatically entered to win a Doopsy SD diaper! 

I have been using the Doopsy as an overnight diaper for a couple of weeks now, and I am very impressed.  A review is coming soon!

For every dollar you spend, you get one entry in the drawing.  Additionally, this is double reward points month so you could easily rack up some points toward free diapers!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gently Used Diapers for Sale

I have two gently used pocket diapers for sale.  First one to email andrea (at) doablediapers (dot) com to claim one or both can have them!  Payments can be made via Paypal – I will send you an invoice.  After payment is received I will ship the diaper(s).

These diapers have been gently used and well cared for.  As I am going through my stash, these just don’t quite work well for us.

“Think Pink” Smartipants one size pocket diaper

Comes with one microfiber insert.  There is a small stain on the insert. This doesn’t give the best fit for my baby, and I have a preference for FuzziBunz & Rumparooz! 
Price is $7 including shipping.

“Spring Green” Happy Heinys one size pocket diaper

This diaper has only been used half a dozen times or so.  It was ordered by mistake, and I really don’t like Aplix closures.  It has a small and large microfiber insert.  There is no staining and the Aplix is in excellent condition. 
Price is $13 including shipping.



Monday, September 20, 2010

Back 2 School Game Winners

Thanks to everyone who played our Back 2 School games!  We hope you had fun!  Here is a list of all the winners, and #7 is announced at the end.  For the prizes with purchase, you may redeem your prize through 12/31/2010!

#1 – Tammy Weiss wins free flip insert with any Flip cover purchase

#2 – Lynn Wilson wins free bumGenius Babylegs with $20 purchase

#3 – Hillary W wins a Grasshopper Flip one size diaper cover

#4 – Lori Overly wins a bottle of Rockin’ Green Pail Freshener with any purchase

#5 – Shannon (Coupon Mommy of 3) wins a small Planet Wise wet bag with any purchase

#6 – Carrissa and Rebecca each win a $5 gift certificate to Doable Diapers

#7 – Jennifer L wins a package of 15 flannel wipes with any purchase

If you have any questions about claiming your prize, please email

Stripping Your Diapers

Last week I had trouble with my diapers.  I had a very big leaky diaper in the middle of the night.  We had to change the sheets, the mattress pad, and the baby.  I have never stripped my diapers before, so I had to do some research on the process.  This post is the result of my study and the things that I have learned.  Feel free to chime in with your experience by leaving a comment!

Why Do I Need to Strip My Diapers?

If your diapers are leaking, or if they are stinky (even after just being washed) then you probably need to strip your diapers.  Rockin' a SoakYour diapers may have build-up or residue for several reasons.  First, it depends on your water type.  Those with hard water will liekly have to strip their diapers more frequently.  Everyone’s water composition is a little different, so some people may never have to strip diapers.  (I was hoping to be one of those people!). 

The type of detergent you use also contributes to build-up.  Dyes, fragrances, softeners, brighteners, and other laundry additives can leave behind a residue on your diapers.  This residue prevents your diapers from absorbing the pee.

Microfiber inserts can be espeically prone to build-up because of the micro-size of the fabric pores.  It doesn’t take much to clog those tiny holes, preventing the microfiber from absorbing liquid.

You should not use fabric softeners, dryer sheets, or stain removers on your diapers.  Also avoid using rash cream if it will directly touch your diaper.  Try to use a liner – either stay-dry, or flushable – to protect the lining of your diaper from buildup.

How Do I Know if I Have Build-up?

One indicator is the stinkies.  If you just can’t get your diapers to smell fresh, there is probably some build-up issues.

Many times your diapers will not get the stinkies until your baby begins solid food.  Then there is a change in the urine, and you might get a strong ammonia smell from your diapers.  My diapers have this smell when I open the diaper pail, but it usually washes out in the wash cycle.  If the stench remains, then you need to strip your diapers.

I saw one video demonstrating a test for build-up.  Using an eye-dropper, place a few beads of water on your insert.  If they soak in right away, your diapers are fine.  If the water just beads up and does not absorb into the insert, then there is a residue on your insert.

I had problems with the test…I’m not sure if I did it correctly.  To begin with, my inserts were fine.  It was the inner lining of my pockets that was repelling (or so I thought).  When I used the test at first I used cold water.  My husband reminded me that it should be warm, because the pee will be warm.  I still feel like the water is beading up slightly on the fleece lining, but my diapers are now functioning properly. 

Methods to Strip Your Diapers

There are several methods that you can use to strip your diapers.  Everyone seems to have a preference and strong opinion about the best method.  I tried all of them, but since I think I was testing the diapers wrong, I’m not sure which method ended up being the most successful.  I do know that I now have clean, nice-smelling, residue free diapers!

  1. Dawn – this mehtod is one of the most inexpensive, but it takes a lot ofStripping diapers time.  Start with clean diapers.  In a hot wash, squirt a little bit of original dawn dish washing liquid.  Follow with several rinses (preferably hot) until there are no more soap suds when the machine is aggitating.  I learned about this method here.
  2. Boil – this method involves boiling your inserts (3-4 at a time) for about 15 minutes.  This method is time consuming as you need to boil a pot of water for every 3-4 inserts, and then boil for 15 minutes each cycle.
  3. I recently read this post at the Knickernappies blog indicating that you can use Bac-Out or RLR to pull all of the junk out of your diapers.  These products usually need to be special ordered, but you might find them at your grocery store.  I did not use either of these methods.
  4. Rockin’ A Soak – this method involves using Rockin’ Green Detergent and soaking your inserts for several hours, or overnight.  Then follow withStripping diapers several hot rinses to ensure everything is rinsed away.  It is not recommended that your soak your pockets or covers that contain PUL (I did soak mine for a few hours because the problem was in my pockets).
  5. Vinegar – You can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar to your wash cycle.  Vinegar is a natural softener, and it also helps to eliminate residue and build-up.  Some people say to add it to the wash cycle (hot water), and some people say to add it to the beginning of the final rinse.  You can also use this method as a preventative measure against build-up by using vinegar in a load every so often (like every month).

Rockin' a SoakI “rocked a soak” using Rockin’ Green detergent.  My water was not black and filled with ‘ickies’ as some others have reported. 

Some Things I Learned

I have never lived in an area with hard water, and I have never had to strip my diapers in the 10 months that I have been cloth diaepring.  So I’m sure I made some mistakes at this first attempt!

I think that I have determined the reason for my build-up.  A couple of weeks ago I dropped the hot curling iron, and it burned my daughter’s arm.  She had to use an anti-biotic cream, Silverdine, on her burn.  I had to clean the wound twice daily.  I used my cloth wipes to clean it, and without thinking I threw them in the diaper pail with everything else.  I think that for two week I was washing Sivlerdine into my diapers!

I am not always very careful to remove the Downy ball from the washer before doing my diapers.  I don’t have a dryer, so I use liquid fabric softener on all of my other cltohes (this is a new development in the last three months).  It could be leaving a residue in my washer.  And many times I have found teh Downy ball when removing my cloth diapers from the wash.  Ooops!

I am also wondering if wipe solution can lead to build-up over time.  I use a minimal amount of baby wash and baby oil in my wipe solution, but perhaps it is enough to spread to my diapers and cause repelling. I would love to hear if anyone else has ideas or experience with this!

In the end, I ended up Rockin’ a Soak, doing a Dawn strip cycle, two vinegar strip cycles, and another Dawn cycle.  My diapers smell really good now!  I also wonder if I had a freak issue, beacuse the diaper that initally leaked was new.  It was only the third wash cycle for this diaper, so it hasn’t been getting build-up slowly over a long period of time.  That’s another reason why I think it was the Sivlerdin!


This concludes my limited knowledge on teh process of stripping diapers.  What are your thoughts?  Do you have to strip your diapers often?  What method do you use?  What is the reason for your build-up?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Back 2 School Game #6 Winners


There were two winners from the #6 game.  Each one gets a $5 gift certificate to Doable Diapers!

The first winner is Rebecca W (comment #43) 

She said… Doable Diapers also sells Flip Day Pack (Stay Dry), Flip Day Pack (Organic Cotton), and FuzziBunz One-Size Diaper Packages

The second winner is Carrissa (comment #34)

She said… Flip Day Pack (Organic Cotton) $59.95

Please email to claim your prize!

Friday, September 17, 2010

***CLOSED*** Back 2 School Game #7


There are two questions today to double your chances to win!  Enter separate comments for each question:

#1 How do I prefer my wipes (dry or pre-moistened), and how do I store them?

#2 What is my wipe solution?

The Prize:

One winner will receive a package of 15 flannel wipes with any purchase!

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You must comment here on the blog to be considered eligible (Facebook rules prohibit comments on our fan page being used as entries). 

You may comment as many times as you like, but each comment must contain a different answer/guess.

Each question will be open for a random amount of time – anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Answers can be found on our website (, here on the blog, or from general cloth diaper knowledge.

The winner is Jennifer L (comment #1).  Please email for instructions on claiming your prize!

***CLOSED*** Back 2 School Game #6


The Questions:

What two packages of diapers & accessories do we offer (give the names)? How much money do you save with each one? (separate comments for each package & each savings)

For one bonus entry…what brand/style of diaper do we offer in these packages?

For more bonus entries…do we sell any other diapering packages?

The Prize:

$5 gift certificate to Doable Diapers
TWO winners will be chosen!

Doable Diapers Button


You must comment here on the blog to be considered eligible (Facebook rules prohibit comments on our fan page being used as entries). 

You may comment as many times as you like, but each comment must contain a different answer/guess.

Each question will be open for a random amount of time – anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Answers can be found on our website (, here on the blog, or from general cloth diaper knowledge.

The winners are Carrissa and Rebecca

Thursday, September 16, 2010

***CLOSED*** Back 2 School Game #5


The Question:

Name the different brands of pocket diapers that we sell at Doable Diapers. 

The Prize:

Small Planet Wise Wet Bag with any purchase3BagBrochure600


You must comment here on the blog to be considered eligible (Facebook rules prohibit comments on our fan page being used as entries). 

You may comment as many times as you like, but each comment must contain a different answer/guess.

Each question will be open for a random amount of time – anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Answers can be found on our website (, here on the blog, or from general cloth diaper knowledge.

The Answer:
We carry FuzziBunz (one size and perfect size), Rumparooz (snap & aplix), bumGenius 4.0, and Doopsy (R, D, and SD)

The Winner:

Shannon – Coupon Mommy of 3 (Comment #2)
Please email to claim your prize!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

***CLOSED*** Back 2 School Game #4


The Question:

Give the basic washing instructions for cloth diapers, in the correct order.Shake it up  Include the amount of detergent to be used.

The Prize: 

Free Rockin’ Green Shake It Up Pail Freshener with any purchase


You must comment here on the blog to be considered eligible (Facebook rules prohibit comments on our fan page being used as entries). 

You may comment as many times as you like, but each comment must contain a different answer/guess.

Each question will be open for a random amount of time – anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Answers can be found on our website (, here on the blog, or from general cloth diaper knowledge.

The answer: find it here on our website, but you all got it right!

Winner: Lori Overly (comment #5)
You have been emailed with instructions on claiming your prize.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

***CLOSED*** Back 2 School Game #3


Guess the brand and color of diaper that my little girl is wearing right now (at 7:40 am).  Enter as many guesses as you like. 

Hint: It is an item we carry in our store.

Hint: Today is wash day.

First person to guess correctly wins the diaper she is wearing!  (Well…a brand new one just like it!)

Elaine 9 months bumGenius 4.0 diaper

The winner is Hillary W.  Elaine is wearing a Flip cover in Grasshopper with a prefold.  Hillary, please contact me at with your contact information so I can send your prize.

Game #1 – Winner


The question was: Name the original Flip diaper colors.

The answer is: Ribbit, Zinnia, and Moonbeam selected comment # 5.

Tammy Weiss

“Ribbit, Zinnia and moonbean”

She wins a free flip FlipOrgSingle400x400 insert!  Tammy has been emailed about claiming her prize.

***CLOSED*** Back 2 School Game - #2


For rules on the game, please visit here



What is my baby’s name, and when was she born (month and year only)?


Free bumGenius Babylegs with any $20 purchase

The winner is Lynn Wilson (comment #1).  Please email so we can give you instructions on claiming your prize!

The Answer: My daughter is Elaine Cristin and she was born in November, 2009

Monday, September 13, 2010

Back to School Game

Let’s play a game to celebrate Back to School!  Throughout this week I will post several questions.   Winners will receive codes for discounts and/or freebies with their purchase!


You must comment here on the blog to be considered eligible (Facebook rules prohibit comments on our fan page being used as entries). 

Each question will be open for a random amount of time – anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Answers can be found on our website (, here on the blog, or from general cloth diaper knowledge.

There are two ways to win:

I will either draw several winners using, or

I will post a code here on the blog.  The first “x” number of people to use it (different number for each promotion) will be the winners.

First Question:

What are the original Flip diaper cover colors?


Free insert (either stay-dry or organic cotton) with the purchase of a Flip One Size Cover.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I’m Obsessed…with cloth diapers!

The Today Show with cloth diapers I know.  It’s weird.  But I am.  Obsessed I mean.  With cloth diapers.  Want me to prove it? 

On July 8th, Elaine & I arrived at the subway station at 5:05 a.m. (yes…that is 5 in the morning) headed for Manhattan.  We were joining Jenn from Cotton Babies and a group of cloth diapering mommies convening on Rockefeller Plaza during NBC’s The Today Show.  Jenn is the creator of the bumGenius! cloth diaper line, so all The Today Show with cloth diapersof our babies were wearing bumGenius! diapers.  To say thanks for showing up and supporting cloth diapers, Jenn gave each one of us a  t-shirt and the all new 4.0 bumGenius! diaper with snaps.  This was very exciting to me for several reasons.  First, I love free stuff, especially cloth diapers!  This diaper is not yet available for purchase, so I get to try it first.  I have not been a huge bumGenius! fan in the past because they have only had velcro closures on their diapers.  I prefer snaps, so I am very glad that bumGenius! has included this feature in the new diaper.

The Today Show with cloth diapers 

I also met up with Bryana Guckin from Diaper Junction.  This was my local cloth diapering store in Virginia Beach.  Bryana and her staff explained the modern cloth diapering options to me when I was pregnant with Elaine and inspired me to set up a registry.  Since then Diaper Junction has closed their retail store and become online only.  Bryana drove from Virginia Beach to take part in the morning’s activities.  

The Today Show with cloth diapersElaine & I with Bryana’s sister & her 10 week old Lydia 

Elaine and I didn’t make it on TV, but we had a blast anyway!  The biggest clusterThe Today Show with cloth diapers of cloth diapering moms were featured during one of the camera shots around the plaza.  The camera panned the audience a couple of times and came close to us, but alas it wasn’t meant to be!  However, one of the anchors for the Today Show, Ann Curry, came out to greet the crowd during a commercial break.  Elaine just reached her arms out and gave Ann a big hug!  It really surprised me!  Elaine was mesmerized by the balloon of the person next to us.  She tried to steal it so many times that the nice lady finally gave it Elaine! 

When the crowd began dissipated we also headed for home.  I was grateful for some very kind gentlemen who helped me with the stroller up and down the subway steps.  It was a lovely morning.

The Today Show with cloth diapersElaine & I at The Today Show

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lovin’ the Fluff Friday + Linky

Here’s my Fluffy Picture this week
Elaine 10 months washing dishes Elaine helped me with the dishes.  Love that little FuzziBunz bum!

Link up your fluffy pictures with the linky below!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

bumGenius 4.0 with Snaps


bgdiapersHow many of you have used the bumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper with snap closures?  I must admit that I have been a die-hard FuzziBunz snob up until this point because bumGenius diapers only came in hook & loop closures.  I was very excited to hear the announcement of the 4.0 version of the bumGenius one size pocket diaper.  I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this diaper, now with snap closures.

I actually received my first 4.0 before they were on  the market.  How?  I went to the Today Show Plaza with Cotton Babies on July 8th. Everyone who came received a new 4.0 Grasshopper diaper with snaps!

The Flip one size diaper cover came out just after the birth of my daughter.  I ordered my first Flip at that time, and I have been “hooked” ever since.  I love the new 4.0 pocket diaper because it is basically a Flip cover that has been turned into a pocket diaper. 

FuzziBunz have microfleece lining, and it works very well at wicking the moisture away from Elaine’s bum.  I am discovering, however, that I really like the microsuede lining on the bumGenius because it is a little bit easier to spray off BG4DiaperColors112x286the poo!  Not by much, but it is just a little easier.

I also like the new colors…well most of them.  My favorite by far is Bubble.  It is    such a sweet, delicate shade  of lavender, and purple happens to be my favorite color!  The Sweet colored diaper is also very lovely.  The Noodle diaper seems just a little too pale for my taste, but it is very gender neutral.  I am looking forward to bumGenius returning with some bright color options in the pocket diapers, and perhaps some prints!

If you haven’t tried the bumGenius 4.0 diaper yet, I would highly recommend that you try it.  The snaps make this great diaper even better and much more durable!

View a complete product description here and here.

Elaine9monthsbumGenius40diaper_0001My Elaine in her new Bubble bumGenius 4.0 diaper

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Obsession Confession: Diaper Laundry

Here is my latest cloth diaper Obsession Confession:

I LIKE doing diaper laundry!

While at times it seems so hard to tackle Mount Laundry and stay on top of things, when it is time for a diaper load, I enjoy it!  I only have a washing machine and clothes line.  After my wash cycle is complete I sort the diapers and wipes into piles.  Prefolds and covers here.  Each pocket matched with it’s insertClothesline diaper header there.  Wipes over there.  Then I hang them on the line.  When they are dry, I pull off the pocket with it’s matching insert and stuff it, then toss it into the laundry basket.  Yup.  I enjoy doing my diaper laundry!

Do you have an Obsession Confession relating to cltoh diapers?  Leave a comment and share yours – I would love to hear it!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cloth Diapering Carnival: My Ideas to Raise Awareness for Cloth Diapers

This post is part of Cloth Diapering Bloggers’ and Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII: Cloth Diaper Awareness.  Please visit the other bloggers participating by following the links at the end of the post at Dirty Diaper Laundry.
bgdiapers Since I first received the email asking me to participate in this blogging carnival, my mind has been swirling with ideas.  What can I do to spread awareness about cloth diapers?  And with the opening of my Doable Diapers online shop, I have been pondering the spread of cloth diapers as well. 
I have a couple of ideas, though I’m sure they are not so creative as others may come up with!  My first idea is specific to the region where I live.  In June we relocated to Brooklyn, New York.  I love many things about the Big City.  One of those things is the public transportation system.  Every day thousands and thousands of people flood into subway stations to get from point A to point B.  My idea is to produce a pamphlet explaining the modern cloth diaper, and then stand at the entrance to a major subway station and hand them to people.  Pregnant women.  Families with children.  Grandparents.
I have already begun working on this project.  The brochure will explain the three major benefits of cloth diapers – better for your baby, better for your budget, and better for your environment.  There will be pictures, so that no one can mistake modern cloth diapers for “your grandma’s cloth diapers.”
As we learn more about life in New York City, we have come to realize a couple of things.  First, many people in my neighborhood in Brooklyn do not have wash machines.  For them, cloth diapers will be slightly more inconvenient with the trek to the laundry mat twice a week and the added cost to wash them.  But, I think it can still be done.  I feel extremely blessed that God gave us an apartment with a washing machine and clothesline, but I was prepared to take my cloth to the laundry mat if necessary.
It is my husband’s idea that we go to a subway station near Central Park.  PeopleFuzziBunzDiapers in Manhattan are a little more likely to be able to afford a place with a washing machine, and can probably afford to buy their initial stash easier also.  I am hoping to hand out my brochure by the end of the week!
The second idea may already have been done by someone.  My mother-in-law visited for the weekend, and every time we changed Elaine’s diaper she wanted to come and watch.  While I was busy preparing supper, I asked her to change the baby.  She got it right – and it was a diaper with snap closures!  She even picked a color to match Elaine’s outfit! 
Mom kept saying that there should be a video so that people can understand just how easy it is to cloth diaper.  Now perhaps there already is one.  I am not good with editing videos – I am clueless as to where to begin.  And I am new fan of Dirty Diaper Laundry, so perhaps she already has a video like this.  But if we could demonstrate the ease of using cloth diapers, and network, blog, tweet, etc. to get it out there in a big push, people would see the modern cloth diaper.  And maybe they would even consider using cloth themselves.
Elaine9monthsinKissaluvsAIO_0005 A third idea involves a lay away system of sorts.  I was given a baby shower, and I registered for cloth diapers.  And I have won several in giveaways and using reward points.  So I didn’t really have a large amount to purchase up front in order to begin using cloth diapers.  But I know some people would consider it, but there is no way they can afford the $500 or so to get going with a complete stash.  Even starting with prefolds can be a strain on an already tight budget.  What if there was a payment plan or layaway program to allow people to pay for their cloth diapers week by week, but they could start using the products now?  Then they won’t have to use disposables part-time, or wash every day, etc.  I know this would help out the lower income families.  Buying a stash at $500 (even if it could save me $3000) would be hard, but squeezing $20 out of every paycheck sounds more feasible. 
So, there you have it.  My ideas for raising cloth diaper awareness.

Friday, September 3, 2010

September Giveaway – Doopsy “SD” Diaper


Yesterday we told you about our exciting new Bottom Dollars reward program.  Then we announced Double Bottom Dollars for the month of September.  Now we’re going to sweeten the deal a little more!

doopsy-smiley-blue-sm Every purchase during the month of September will be automatically entered to win a Doopsy “SD” pocket diaper in the winner’s choice of color!  You will get one entry for every dollar you spend!

These fabulous new diapers provide great double protection with a layer of PUL on the back of the insert.  This makes them a great choice for overnights and heavy wetters.  The insert is a bamboo blend which is highly absorbent.  And for even more customizable absorption you can add a hemp-bamboo doubler to the insert!  Check out the full product description here.L_MidnightCurl

Be sure to enter the giveaway we are sponsoring at The Cloth Diaper Report through September 14th!  You could win a large sized Planet Wise wet bag!

Lovin’ the Fluff Friday + Linky

Here is my fluffy picture…and a bonus!

Elaine is wearing a bumGenius 4.0 Snap in Bubble

Elaine 9 months bumGenius 4.0 diaperShe’s just so cute…I had to give you another smile!

It’s your turn!  Blog your fluffy picture and add the link below!  The link should go to your Fluffy Post and not to the home page of your blog.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

FuzziBunz Winner


Congratulations to…

(Thrifty Nifty Mommy)

you have won our FuzziBunz one size diaper giveaway!

You have 48 hours to contact us with your contact information, or a new winner will be chosen.  An email has been sent to you.

Stay tuned for our September giveaway and special…

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