Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Changing Diapers = Education and Work

Using disposable diapers can be incredibly expensive and some families are struggling to juggle the costs of diapers and daily life.  Low-income families are often being forced to choose between buying food or diapers.  Parents are going to extremes to stretch a package of diapers.  They are adopting risky practices such as keeping kids in the same diaper for very long periods of time, cleaning out poopy diapers to reuse them, or even blow-drying a soiled disposable diaper for reuse.  Practices such as these are incredibly unhealthy and dangerous for the child.  The owner of Cotton Babies commented on these practices, and mentioned a local family whose child almost died of an infection after reuse of a disposable diaper.  Studies have found that 1 in 3 American families has had to cut back on food, utilities, or child care, to afford disposable diapers.  The sale of diaper rash ointment increased 8% in 2010, as parents left soiled diapers on children for longer periods of time in order to save money.
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With this frustrating scenario, we are left searching for an affordable and safe alternative to disposable diapers.  Welcome cloth diapers.  Cloth diapering is something any family can do on any budget.  If you can't afford to buy cloth diapers, you can cloth diaper your child with common household items (such as old towels, t-shirts, or receiving blankets from the hospital).  You can also purchase a diaper cover that will create a waterproof barrier for as little as $5.  If you can afford it, you could purchase prefold cloth diapers and diaper your child from birth to potty training for $100 using the EconoBum system.  You can also find used cloth diapers on Craig's List, Ebay, at local "Fluff again" events, etc.

  • If you don't have a washing machine, see my post on how to wash diapers without a washing machine. 
  • If your child attends daycare, see my posts for ideas on talking to your daycare about using cloth diapers and how to use cloth diapers at daycare.
It saddens me that people are resorting to unsafe practices when inexpensive alternatives to disposable diapers exist.  We need to educate people about the benefits associated with cloth diapering, and this was the inspiration behind an annual event called the "Flats and Hand washing Challenge". If you are a family struggling to feed your family and diaper a child, please consider cloth diapers.  Don't reuse disposable diapers.  If you are in a desperate situation please find a local diaper bank where you can get free disposable diapers.  Please help spread the word, and let's work together to keep our children safe and healthy.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

SoftBums Midnight Fall Photos #Minnesota

SoftBums is releasing the new Midnight cloth diaper on Friday!  We had the opportunity to capture the gorgeous diaper and some of the beautiful fall colors in Minnesota.  SoftBums is based in Andover, Minnesota and it was clear this diaper was designed with northern colors in mind!  

We love SoftBums and the easy Slide2Size adjustable elastic that allows the diaper to fit babies from birth through potty training. The Omni diaper, featured in this post, allows you to use the cloth diaper as an All-in-Two or a pocket diaper.  We frequently use our other SoftBums Omni diapers as diaper covers and pair them with prefolds or flats--the diapers are very versatile. Our daycare also loves the convenience of the Hook-and-Loop SoftBums diapers!

See our release post for an opportunity to win a Midnight Cloth Diaper (Ends Oct 30th).

Use your Omni cloth diaper as an All-in-Two or a Pocket Diaper.  This absorbent insert snaps in place.

Cross-over snaps allow a tight fit for small babies.  These diapers size-down to fit event the tiniest newborns.

Adjust the rise of the diaper with easy-to-use Slide2Size elastic.
SoftBums provided a Midnight cloth diaper for the purpose of this photo-shoot.  We are prior SoftBums customers and opinions about the Omni diaper are based on our previous experience using the products.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kawaii Baby Diapers: nice price, but are they legit?

My sister-in-law (SIL) is just starting her cloth diapering adventure, and we were discussing her new cloth diapers at a recent family gathering.  She has purchased a variety of different brands of cloth diapers and gotten some deep discounts by buying them used.  One of the brands she purchased is Kawaii baby diapers (aff link).  These are a one-size pocket style diaper with fleece lining.  The diapers snap to adjust the rise of the diaper and are one-size to fit babies from 8 to 36 pounds. Kawaii baby diapers cost $10.95 for a diaper shell plus two inserts.

My only critique of the design is that the fabric on the front of the diaper doesn't lay as nicely as some other brands with similar designs.  However, think these are functionally great diapers that offer some wonderful features for a great price. I love the cute patterns and colors available with the Kawaii baby diapers.  My SIL says she really enjoys picking out fun colors at each diaper change and likes to show off the diapers during outings!

Because these diapers are less expensive, some people have questioned if Kawaii are "China Cheapies" or inexpensive diapers made unethically (and possibly without safety oversight) in China.  Kawaii diapers are not "China Cheapies" because they are designed in Canada and made ethically overseas.  Kelly's Closet doesn't sell any unethically made diapers, so that also is a good cue that these diapers are reputable.  The reviews on Kelly's Closet are also pretty positive.

Have you tried KaWaii Cloth Diapers? 

Kelly's Closet Link is an affiliate link.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fan #Giveaway

5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza
Welcome to the Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans FluffStravaganza!
It's been just over a year since Lil' Monkey Cheeks opened its proverbial virtual doors to serve Canadian and American Fluff-Mail-Aholics with speedy shipping, surprise herbal teas and personalized notes. Joining the Lil' Monkey Cheeks team this spring as Social Media Manager, Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den has helped Renee grow her fan base and also watched (from afar) how hard this entrepreneurial powerhouse works. Her attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile for her customers keeps them all coming back! Renee has prepared a $165 cloth diapering prize pack (a quarter of a reasonably-sized stash!!) for you to win:
  • A Blueberry Simplex AIO;
  • A Bummis Dimple Diaper;
  • A Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0;
  • An Omaiki AIO;
  • An AppleCheeks Microterry Little Bundle;
  • An AMP with 2-ply hemp insert.
This giveaway is open to Canadian and American residents. Please see the giveaway tools form for full terms and conditions.
Participating bloggers were not compensated for their promotion of this giveaway. Cloth Diaper Guru and Bloggers are not responsible for technical failures or sponsors' inability to fulfill prize commitments. Please contact Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions or concerns.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SoftBums Midnight #ClothDiaper Release and #Giveaway

SoftBums is releasing a new Midnight cloth diaper and you can WIN one!  Enter below.  Contest open to US and Canada residents 18 years of age and older.

SoftBums is also hosting a Twitter Party on Oct 29th--register here.

Entries will be verified.  Cloth Diaper Guru is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

10-22-14 Update: Miscommunications between the giveaway sponsor and Cloth Diaper Guru blog resulted in this giveaway being advertised as for one custom embroidered cloth diaper--giveaway has been updated to reflect the actual prize of a Midnight cloth diaper.  Current entries remain unchanged--giveaway tool has been updated to reflect the updated prize information.

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