Friday, August 1, 2014

Urgent Need for Cloth Diapers in Columbus, OH

Babies in Columbus, OH need our help.  Diaper Connection is a non-profit organization that provides diapers to families in need.  A few nights ago, a fellow blogger and friend lamented that her organization was struggling to meet the needs in her community.

"Our local cloth diaper charity is in desperate need for more diapers. We have 10 people on a waiting list. We started a GoFundMe event and have our [diaper] swap lined up for the fall but in the end, we just need more diapers. Any ideas for us?" ~Melanie

They just needed more diapers.  I thought for a little while--I had some extra (new) diapers that I could send, but I wanted to do more.  The organization needs to raise $3,000 to provide cloth diapers to the families on the waiting list.  That was when my husband and I decided to get the ball rolling: we offered to match any donations (up to $500) that were made through August 12th (my birthday).  It would be a birthday gift to myself and mean our kids probably weren't going to be enrolled in swimming lessons for the fall.  However, I jut felt that we needed someone to jump in and say, "This is really important!!" and to show that the cloth diapering community rallies around families in need. 

I was astounded when the $500 match was met in under 24 hrs and another generous donor contributed $1,000 to the cause!  This means that we are so close to meeting the $3,000 goal!  We need help to get there and to provide cloth diapers to all 10 families currently waiting for help.  If you can make any donations, small or big, it makes a huge difference. 

All donations are fully tax deductible.  If you want to make a monetary donation and help meet the $3,000 goal you can donate through their GoFundMe page.  If you have new or used diapers to donate, visit Diaper Connection's Donation page for more information. 

Let's get these babies into cloth diapers and show struggling families that they are important and very welcomed into our cloth diapering community.  We CAN meet the $3,000 goal, so let's get this done!

This post is also appearing on the Kelly Wels blog
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Stay away from the spray: Alternatives to #clothdiaper Sprayers

Diaper sprayers (aff link) are used to remove solid waste from cloth diapers.  Poop from exclusively breast feed babies dissolves away in the wash, so it does not need to be removed before laundering your diapers.  Solid poop can usually be dumped into the toilet. Then there is the "in between" poop.  It's not quite plunk-able, but it needs to be disposed of in the toilet.  Diaper sprayers entered the market to help make the process of cleaning cloth diapers easier.

Yes, I own a diaper sprayer and I do like it; however, there are clearly downsides to diaper sprayers.  Products like Spray Pal (aff link) have entered the market because a diaper sprayer can cause a significant "hazard" to the user.  Beware of accidentally causing splashes of dirty water coming off the diaper. If I'm not careful with my diaper sprayer, I will find spray on the tile wall by our toilet: not good. Yet another thing I dislike about diaper sprayers is that they sometimes generate a fine mist during the cleaning process and it makes the bathroom smell.  All complaining aside, 90% of the time the diaper sprayer works well for me and I am raving about it to my readers.

Although diaper sprayers work well, they are expensive.  Most people are not excited about using old-school methods where you would take your diaper and swirling it in the toilet water (by hand). However, you can clean your diapers with products you have or can obtain for very low cost. 

Cleaning a cloth diaper via plunger method:
  • Put dirty diaper into the toilet*
  • Use your plunger and agitate the diaper in the water.  This will loosen the poop and cause it to come off into the water
  • Remove the diaper from the water **
  • Place diaper into a wet bag or diaper pail until laundry day 
*Remove pocket diaper inserts before this process.  You only need to rinse diaper components that have poop on them.
**See below for tools to use in this process

Although the plunger method is closely tied to traditional cleaning methods, we have some great tools to make the process easier.  To remove the diaper from the water, you can use an inexpensive (and dedicated) pair of tongs.  There is also a new product called Diaper Dawgs (aff link) that allows you to reach into the toilet, grab the diaper, and avoid touching toilet water.

Other methods:
Diaper Liners and Dump it
Another alternative, is to use disposable diaper liners (aff link) at each diaper change.  I'm not a fan of liners because sometimes poop still gets onto the sides of the cloth diaper and the diaper needs to be rinsed.  However, a diaper liner can keep the majority of the poop off of the diaper and make poop disposal very easy.  I try to avoid disposable products when I'm cloth diapering, but liners have been a significant part of many cloth diaper users' success stories.

Remember, even disposable diapers instruct you to dump the poop: this is not exclusive to cloth diapers.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cotton Babies #Chaplin Limited Edition #Clothdiaper #giveaway

In honor of the famous comedian, Cotton Babies has released a new fantastic print called Chaplin. However, with any limited edition diaper this gorgeous creation sold out pretty quickly! Well, Conservamom managed to get her hands on one! So here's the best part one lucky winner will not only get a Chaplin diaper in Elemental style but her choice of an Albert or Countess Diaper in 4.0! Thanks to the fantastic blogs helping promote this and Belli Vita for helping sponsor this! bellivita

Giveaway is open to US & Canada and ends on 8/7 at 11:59pm! Remember to come back daily for more chances to enter and win! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Öko Créations Big Bib for Little Bellies #Review

Öko Créations recently contacted Cloth Diaper Guru bloggers with the opportunity to feature one of their beautiful bibs. The Öko Créations Big Bib for Little Bellies comes in a variety of very cute prints. I chose the “Magic World” print, featuring cute woodland creatures and a cheery color theme. The panel at the bottom is a symmetrical red and white Moroccan pattern that compliments the print very nicely. Two red snaps on the end coordinate and make the red strawberries and toadstools amongst the woodland creatures pop.  I normally dislike red, but there was something about the tasteful way red was used in this arrangement that appealed to me when I chose it.
Photo Credit Öko Créations
I am not a child psychologist, but I can see how this print would be pleasing to children, not just adults. It is colorful and adorable and when you look at it you just think happy thoughts. Color, coordination, and print choices are definitely a win for this product. Not to mention they are made from 100% certified organic cotton. I haven’t personally seen the other prints this bib comes in, but from their pictures on the website they appear to be equally as pleasing. Not only the color and print choices, but the workmanship and design bespeak a clean, polished look that will get even the most genteel parent’s stamp of approval. A clean look may be a funny way to describe a bib! But that is part of its Magic charm. How can something so clean really look messy, even when it is…actually messy? To be sure, this polished look is still one that is suitable for a children’s accessory and one that children will also love to look at and wear. Their designs really are the perfect symbiosis of both worlds of aesthetics, something that is much desired in a product like a bib.
Photo Credit Öko Créations
When I first received the Big Bib for Little Bellies in the mail, I was thrilled that the print was even more loveable in person, but in the next moment disappointed that the coordinating panel on the bottom was just there for decoration, and not functionality. From the website picture I had thought it was a pocket, and I appreciate pockets in bibs so I was really looking forward to that. The backside is terrycloth, which is nice and absorbent, so it would sop up the majority of what spilled if a whole cup of something spilled on your child.  That level of absorbency is honestly not a feature you find in many other bibs on the market, so it is something to be noted. I was also thinking that the bib was going to be waterproof, but it’s not. The front of the bib is cotton, it’s not PUL or TPU, but this avoids the crunchy feel you get with traditional bibs.

When it came time to use the bib; however, my initial disappointments about the lack of pocket were redeemed. I was pleasantly surprised that the bib was indeed a big bib covering my 2 year old’s entire little belly! And 2 year olds do have those sort of freaky-cute little pot-bellies, do they not?! She is an extraordinarily messy eater, so I am accustomed to simply taking all her clothes off before a mealtime. She wore nothing but the bib and the diaper.  I was glad for the two snaps for sizing around the neck, because she was up to the second snap. The bib dutifully caught all messes, and prevented any food from touching her little belly. After dinner every night my girls get to eat a popsicle while they watch their princess movie.

Giddily, I thought, "The bib even covers up my precious cloth diaper. How nice!" After considering how one of my friends recently posted in our local cloth diapering group lamenting that a favorite diaper had been stained by tomato sauce, I can see this particular bib becoming extremely popular in cloth diapering communities, for this very reason. It’s a big bib.

The bib was used and stained with sticky popsicle juice, naturally left to sit out on my laminate living room floor overnight next to a melted puddle of popsicle (opps! Thank goodness we don’t have ants!). The next morning I picked it up and handwashed it in the sink with Seventh Generation dish soap. I wanted to see if this bib, since it’s not wipe-able as I was envisioning, could be cleaned in the kitchen sink like a rag, and then hung to dry and used again for the next mealtime or at least dinner the following night. I put it outside on a table in this summer sun and dry desert heat and it dried in less than an hour while I was sweeping and tidying my back patio. The popsicle stain that had still been there after I washed it was also completely gone. It wasn’t smooth and pretty-looking anymore as it had been when it arrived to me brand new. It was wrinkly. But of course, that will happen to almost any cloth item once it’s been washed, unless of course it’s jersey knit. I wanted to sun it, so for that reason I didn’t put it in the dryer.  If I had tumble dried it on low, as the tag suggests, I’m sure it would not have been as wrinkled, if at all.

So, overall, I am pleased with this new bib. My favorite things about it are the print, the absorbency, and the size. Thank you for creating a new product, Öko Créations, one that is perfect for sweet little bellies and messy little hands.

Stacy Mojica is an accredited Real Diaper Association leader, founded the Low Country Real Diaper Circle, Sun City Real Diaper Circle, and Cloth for Everybum, Inc. She has two daughters; born in 2011 and 2012. Stacy has a degree in English and ran a small artisan cloth diaper shop via Etsy for one year, but has made her career in cloth diaper advocacy and education. Stacy has a tendency to hyper-focus.  Give her a coffee and a kid-free hour and she will do amazing things! 

Disclosure: Öko Créations provided a free product for this reviewer, but the opinions are her own.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Cloth For Everybum Benefit Auction July 20-28th 2014

Cloth For Everybum is an organization that aims to bring cloth to... every BUM!  They mentor families interested in using cloth diapers and provide cloth diaper lending kits to get families started.  There are already six national lending sites and Cloth for Everybum is expanding.  The exciting thing about Cloth for Everybum is that it is available for everyone.  There are no restrictions on income levels, so any interested family can apply and get mentoring to learn the how-to's of cloth diapering.

I've been working with Stacy, founder of Cloth for Everybum, as a contributor on Cloth Diaper Guru for several months.  Stacy is passionate about helping families learn to use cloth diapers, better their lives, and better the environment.  She has a real talent for sharing her knowledge and inspiring others to make the leap into cloth diapering.  We are excited to support Cloth For Everybum as it expands and continues to serve more families.  If you are interested in serving as a site manager you can apply here

Check out Cloth For EveryBum to participate in the auction for this exciting cause!
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