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Meet Christina!

     Christina is our next “Real Mom”, and is a mommy to seven kids, Heather 11, Rebekah 10, Elizabeth10, Allison 10, Steven 8, Jeremiah 6, Timothy 11 mos.  She has used cloth since her second youngest was about two years old, and said one of the initial reasons’ for looking into cloth was that they were cheaper than disposables, and she wouldn’t have to continually buy them. Looking back, she thinks that never having to run to the store for diapers is one of the best things ever. She says, “Seriously… that is SOO freeing! I didn’t even think about that when I started!”

    She was lucky enough to have a friend with cloth-diapering experience walk her through the basics, because like many parents interested in cloth, the options can be overwhelming, and she admittedly had some hesitations. Luckily, her husband was supportive of the “switch”, and he was happy with the money they would save. She said it wasn’t long until he was comfortable changing the diapers on his own.

Christina was also blessed to have her fist diaper stash given to her for free! She says, “I used those with my 2 year old until he was potty trained. When I started cloth diapering my new born, I was experimenting with the different kinds of diapers to see what kind I wanted to use (fitteds, AIO, pockets) so I probably spent around $200. HOWEVER, I have sold all of those for the same price (used bought at great prices, sold at great prices) and been able to buy bigger diapers for his growing body. I also have grown to kind of like cool looking diapers, so now my stash is much larger than it needs to be.”

I asked her what the easiest thing about cd’ing was in her opinion, and she said, “NO BLOWOUTS!!! I LOVE that I never had a newborn, messy poo, explosion, when in cloth diapers! With ALL of my other newborns, I had to carry around extra outfits in the diaper bag so I could change him when it went up his back.” Luckily those accidents are very rare with cloth. She says she has had less accidents with cloth than disposables. Christina thinks that the hardest part for her has been finding the right laundry routine. Once you figure out what is right for your water type, it is easy, but figuring that out can take some time.

   Her favorite diapering combo currently is fitted diapers with wool pants or shorts as covers. While this may not be the trimmest option, she acknowledges that you get used to a “fluffy” butt. She told this story: “The first time I used a disposable diaper with my now 11 month old (we were going to disneyland for 3 days and I did not want to have to carry dirty diapers around in the stroller) I was SHOCKED at how little his butt was! I had gotten used to the signature cloth bootie (big) and actually was worried that the paper diaper was going to leak because it was so thin!” She also mentioned another perk, that cloth diapers are often so cute that you can get away with using them INSTEAD of pants!

  We all know that having support is sometimes a big part of the decision to switch to cloth. Christina has several groups on facebook that have cloth diapering mama’s that she gets advice from. She also says that she has already “converted” a few friends herself, and would absolutely recommend them to anyone who asked.

Thanks Christina!!

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Switching to Cloth

I just read this great post my Maria at www.change-diapers.com that offers some great advice for parents interested in making “The Switch” to cloth. Here are a few of the tips she offers:

 

Here’s some information you should have as you make the switch.

How do I know which diapers are the best? – If you are fortunate enough to have a friend who uses cloth, and is willing to allow you to try theirs, awesome! Not only did I know exactly 0 people using cloth, but I didn’t have a shop anywhere near me. That was a big reason why my cloth diaper reviews are so photo heavy! Try different brands, styles and fabrics. Some babies are sensitive to wetness and do better with “stay dry” diapers. Others are sensitive to synthetic fabric and do better with all natural diapers. I don’t recommend putting all your eggs in one basket so to speak, even if you do find a diaper/brand you love. Sometimes fit etc. can change as your baby grows, and a varied stash is a happy stash!

Cloth Diaper Trials – Several cloth diaper stores offer cloth diaper trials, either by sending you a package to try (keep what you like, return what you don’t), allowing you to return diapers after use, or by essentially allowing you to “rent” them for a small fee. This is a great way to find what you like without spending lots of money but please pay careful attention to their return polices, who pays shipping and the required condition of diapers you return (see my notes on diaper cream below.)

Buying used – I don’t recommend buying your first cloth diapers used. Once you’re in the cloth groove, have a good idea of what you’re looking for, what’s normal/what’s not and what fair prices are, you can boost your stash this way if you like. It’s also not a bad idea to make your first used diaper purchase through a reputable retailer who buys/sells gently used diapers (many sell their trial diapers.)

 

You can find the rest of her tips on the post here

My favorite tip she offers is something I try to express to my customers all the time. She says, “There is a learning curve, but cloth diapering will be second nature before you know it.”

 

Meet our next “Real Mom” Sheree!

Sheree is a 24 year old mom to a 2 & 1/2 y.o. daughter, and a 12 week old son, who lives in Armona Ca. She originally looked into cloth diapering to save money to make being a stay-at-home mom possible. Once she started researching all the cloth diapering options, she became aware of all the benefits, but was sold on the cuteness-factor, and by knowing that she wouldn’t be exposing her babies to chemicals.

Originally her hubby was against cloth, saying he thought it was gross, and vowed to never change a diaper. Sheree wasn’t really bothered by the “gross” factor from her experience as a CNA, so she went ahead and bought a stash of prefolds and covers anyway. After that, she eventually convinced him to buy some BumGenius diapers, and he wound up loving them! She estimates that her original investment in the prefolds was only about $30, and has accumulated around 30 pockets that probably cost about $200. That’s a HUGE savings over disposable diapers!

When asked what the hardest part of cloth-diapering is, she explained that both her kids are heavy wetters, so she’s had trouble finding a leak-proof overnight diaper, but is confident they’re close to finding a solution. She also offers this advice for cloth-newbies: “Breastfed poop is the best!”, and highly recommends having a diaper sprayer handy for when you start your baby on solids. She states that the best part about using cloth is that, “They’re soooooo cute! I really like the attention they get, and I love when people ask me about them and how they work. I like to share the knowledge.”  She currently has a few friends that cloth diaper already, and would absolutely recommend it to others, “If you’re on the fence about cloth diapering, just do it!”

Thank you Sheree!!

Yeast Problems?

The Real Diaper Association just published some interesting results on their website! Cloth diapering your baby with a yeast infection is not something to be scared of.  As long as any topical medication you may be using is cloth-safe, it looks like there’s no reason to switch to disposables while you treat the infection.

A few months ago, the Real Diaper Association began our first phase of scientific experiments designed to determine the best way to treat cloth diapers in the presence of a yeast infection.

We have been fortunate to work with a fantastic team of volunteers, including two prominent mycologists, one specifically studying Candida albicans at her university lab, a (cloth diapering) microbiologist, and a high school intern who has eagerly learned the ins and outs of sterile technique and working with yeast.

Since we’ve gotten a lot of questions about our status, I decided to share our initial results, with the expectation that we’ll continue to publish interim updates as we learn more.

1. First, we put yeast on a number of cloth diaper samples using a variety of application methods, then ran them through a series of washing processes.

Sometimes we applied the yeast to wet or dry diapers directly from the plates they were growing on. Sometimes we applied them in a solution of apple juice-sweetened oatmeal to approximate a fecal medium on which yeast might grow in diapers. We left the diapers in containers to mimic diaper pail conditions and washed them at various temperatures with and without detergent, sometimes drying and sometimes retesting them right out of the washing machine.

No yeast grew on any plates that had been swabbed with cleaned diapers.

2. Based on those results, we needed to figure out if we were using enough yeast to make it through the dilution expected in the washing machine.  Therefore, we calculated the ratio of yeast to water and tried to play with the dilution levels in test tubes.

Here we had no problem growing yeast even further diluted than expected in a washing machine, meaning that the amount of yeast we were using was, in fact, sufficient.

These results lead to the conclusion that live yeast does not remain on 100% cotton prefolds through a wash cycle.

It IS possible that yeast remains on other cloth diapering fabrics.  And there are a number of further tests we’re planning, as described in our initial project outline.  To learn more, or to support our work by helping us procure the additional materials necessary to continue to run the tests, please visit the project webpage.

 

– Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association

Bamboo Baby AIO review

Another consultant posted a great review (Pics included) on our Main blog awhile back, and I wanted to share it here! These are fantastic AIO diapers, and her pictures of her kids give a great visual on how they fit different sizes.

Bamboo Baby has an All-in-One diaper by Dri-line, and is often forgotten about. It is not a super popular brand, but one of my favorites! Dri-Line is a Canadian based company that designs and manufactures their products on site!

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Features of the Bamboo Baby AIO include:

  • Super soft bamboo Rayon fleece inner, including a one size liner with 3 layers of thirsty bamboo Rayon fleece.
  • 2 x 3 snap design easily allows the Bamboo Baby AIO /OS diaper to grow with your baby. This snap design has been tried and tested for nearly two decades on our top selling SnugToFit OS diaper.
  • Stretchy tabs combined with quality hoop & loop closures make cloth diapering as easy as disposables.
  • Elasticized leg construction helps to contain messes.
  • Fold back tabs to prevent a ‘diaper chain’ during laundry.
  • Fits most babies from 8 to 34 lbs.
  • This is NOT a pocket diaper. NO stuffing required.

My youngest at about 20lbs, 31 inches long (10 months).

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My oldest at about 33lbs, 36inches tall (2.5 year old).

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As you see, they are super trim diapers!

There used to be many complaints about the velcro a while back. It’s true, it was HORRIBLE! Thankfully, they had changed the velcro and it is MUCH better! If you have any of the old style Velcro, you can contact Dri-Line, and they will send you replacement velcro for your diapers. I replaced a friend’s and mine fairly easily. BB is also available now in snaps.

The newer velcro (hook&loop) and tabs. Which, of course, hook & loop is famous for laundry chains. This diaper has fallen victim.

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I love natural fibers and BB is made with, well bamboo. Natural fibers tend to be easier to care for in my experience. Bamboo is also:

  • Highly breathable
  • More absorbent than cotton (softer too).
  • Naturally anti-bacterial, anti-worm and anti-UV
  • Bamboo fiber is bio-degradable.
  • Bamboo is easily cultivated without the use of fertilizers or pesticides.

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A common complaint with natural fibers is over time, especially if they are hung to dry, get really hard and crunchy! BB is not exempt. No problem, use a softener! What!? Did I just read that, softener!? Yes, you CAN use plant based softeners and the luxurious feel of natural fibers will return with out leaks, stinks, or any other issues. Plant based softeners include Mrs. Meyers (my favorite) and Ecover.

As an AIO, the insert is attached to the top of the diaper. It has plenty of room to add a couple of extra inserts for long trips, naps, etc. There is no way I would be able to use this diaper at night with my youngest, he is in a SUPER heavy wetter stage. Although, as my oldest has gotten older, we have moved down from the heavy wetter to a light/medium wetter, so I do use the diaper with him with an extra thirsties hemp inserts at naps and nights. Thirties hemp inserts are trim, but are an absorbant 6 layers, versus the typical 2-3 layers. The attached insert can be doubled over to fit the need of a boy or girl, and for younger babies. Also, the back side of the diaper is lined with bamboo, so it is nothing but softness touching baby’s back and legs!

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Here is a picture of my oldest son before going down for a nap with one thirsties hemp insert add underneath. Even with an extra insert added, the diaper still remains to be trim.

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All about Prefolds!

This is part two of a series on the different types of cloth diapering

Prefolds are a bit less complicated than flats. Essentially, they ARE a flat just folded and sewn into layers, with more layers through the center of the prefold. When tri-folded, prefold can be used inside a pocket diaper, or laid inside a cover to be used without pins/snappis. They can also be folded in a variety of different way, and used with pins/snappis for more protection.

Benefits: Still one of the cheaper options. Easier to wash/dry than some fancier cloth diapers. Not as high of a learning curve as using flat diapers. If choosing an organic cotton/bamboo/hemp material, and a wool cover, synthetic materials can be completely avoided. Are pretty flexible on sizes, and can fit a variety of different sized babies. Prefolds can be used for a variety of household purposes after they are done being used as a diaper!

Drawbacks: Most prefolds are sized, meaning a prefold that fits a newborn pinned around the waist will not fit through potty-training pinned in the same fashion… it may fit as a doubler, or tri-folded in a larger cover, though. Babies wearing just a prefold without some sort of stay-dry layer (like micro-fleece) between their bottom and the diaper will feel wet.

Different prefold sizes: Sizes and thickness vary between the brands.    Here are a few size charts for brands we carry!

Bummis Organic cotton prefolds

Weight range Measurements* Thickness
Preemie 4 – 9 lbs (2 – 4 kg) 9.5 x 13″ (24 x 33 cm) 2 x 6 x 2 ply
Infant 7 – 15 lbs (3 – 7 kg) 12 x 16″ (30 x 40 cm) 4 x 8 x 4 ply
Baby 15 – 30 lbs (7 – 14 kg) 14 x 21″ (35 x 53 cm) 4 x 8 x 4 ply
Unbleached Premium Indian Cotton prefolds

Size                    Weight Range                 Thickness

Premie                 <7                                      4x8x4 ply

1                           7-15                                     4x8x4 ply

2                         15-30 lbs                             4x8x4 ply

 

 

Different prefold folds: Video of 5 different ones here

 

Price range: Around a $1.60 each for organic cotton, up to $9.95 each for hemp prefolds.

A great post from our main blog…

It seems that the diapering needs of my area have lately steered me away from parties, and way more towards offering parents personal consultations to figure out their diapering needs, or work through issues. Sometimes I’m scared the whole “party” aspect has gotten lost when I deal with my clients… who then refer their friends to me when they need help. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE personal consultations, and I get so much satisfaction from helping a mama work through a maze of diapering options to find what works best for her baby. BUT I do get discouraged when people essentially come to me for advice, and then buy their diapers elsewhere later on, thinking they found a great sale. Few people know that cloth-diaper prices are set by the manufacturer. Our company cannot offer sales on items that aren’t authorized, just like any other retailer! Our company also cannot mark-up the prices, so if you see another diaper store advertising a sale on a certain brand 99.9% of the time Diaper Parties is running the same exact sale.

What does this mean? It means that our company delivers the same product you’ll get ordering somewhere else AND we offer SO SO SO much more!! FOR THE SAME PRICE! You get a knowledgeable personal sales rep. You’re supporting a local work-at-home mom. By ordering through our website you get customer rewards points (We love our loyal customers!). By ordering through a qualified party you get free shipping, and sometimes free goodies! By hosting a qualified party you can even earn free diapers. ALL AT THE SAME PRICE AS THE OTHER STORES. Did “Buy Buy Baby” give you reward points for that BumGenius you drove an hour to buy last week? Didn’t think so!

Here’s a great blog post on what our company is and what it isn’t:

Posted by Jamie Lynn Brewer on 9/28/2012

So, you may be wondering what Diaper Parties are. I admit I was curious when I began researching cloth diapers and stumbled upon www.diaperparties.com. Is this a concept similar to other “party” structures on the market today? Host a party for your girlfriends, learn about cool products, and earn freebies with a qualifying party? Yes, we’re as simple as that… and SO much more.

*We are a team of hand-picked, educated consultants

Diaper Parties grew from a desire to educate parents and caregivers about (OF COURSE!) cloth diapers and other natural parenting items. The decision-making involved with selecting the best products for your children can be overwhelming. Choosing among pockets, prefolds, all-in-ones (AIOs), and hybrids can be confusing. Are you having trouble deciding between a soft-structured carrier and a wrap? Your local consultant is there to help you make the best choices for your family. What if a consultant isn’t within driving distance of your party location? We can ship a kit to your house and your consultant will contact you via phone or video chat to answer all your questions. We also offer live support on our website to assist you in placing your order.

*We provide our clients with VIP access to top-notch products

Who doesn’t love the ease of ordering online? But unless you’re buying a product you have already tried or tried on, nothing beats being able to see that item up close and personal before you shell out your hard-earned dough. Diaper Parties brings the store to you! Don’t pass up the opportunity to get your hands (literally) on the best natural parenting products available. Try on that carrier you’ve been eyeing. Compare different types and brands of cloth diapers you’re considering by seeing them in person. Spending more than $20 for a fitted diaper alone might shock you… until you feel the soft and luxurious bamboo velour inner fabric of the Marvels by Kissaluvs One Size Fitted Cloth Diaper! 

*We spoil our customers with fabulous freebies and rewards

When you host a qualifying Diaper Party, we only see fit to thank you with awesome freebies through our Hostess Perks Program. Your guests with qualifying orders are eligible to earn Attendee Perks, too! For personal consultations and online orders, we offer our Customer Rewards Program so you can earn points to use toward your future purchases with us.

*We offer our clients access to their very own Gift Registry

Our Diaper Parties consultants can assist you with building your registry for all your parenting needs. Choose from our wide selection of cloth diapers and accessories, nursing supplies, baby carriers, natural body care products and more. Are your friends organizing a shower for you? Encourage them to contact your local consultant to find out more about planning a Diaper Parties shower. It’s a great way to qualify for party perks in addition to receiving all the other great Diaper Parties products on your registry. If you’re expecting and still interested in using cloth, try our Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental.

*We are committed to giving back

Because it is so important to us to spread the cloth diaper love, we created our Pay It Forward campaign. Each year along with the help of participating sponsors, Diaper Parties gives away a full stash of diapers to a family in need.

Now that I’ve told you much of what Diaper Parties are, I felt it pertinent to let you know a little bit about what we aren’t.

*We are not a co-op

The prices of our products at parties and consultations are legitimate and the same as those offered through our online store. There are, however, select packages and promotions available exclusively at our Diaper Parties (per manufacturer approval). Because we are authorized to sell the brands we carry, our clients receive great products backed with stellar customer service.

*We are not set up as a pyramid or multi-level marketing business structure

By encouraging our consultants to serve the needs of their surrounding communities, we aim to ensure they are not in competition with other team members for clients. We each work together to promote Diaper Parties as a whole, and that makes for a great work environment!  For more information about becoming a Diaper Parties consultant in your area, click here to fill out our application.

*We are not affiliated with ABDL or other diaper fetish groups

We know our diapers are so stylish that people of all ages would love to rock them; however, our diaper brands are generally designated for use by infants, toddlers, and/or small children. (Trust us… we needed to clarify that!)

I hope this post has answered most of your questions about us. If you ever have any additional questions or concerns, we are here to help you in any way we can. Feel free to contact our owner, Erin, at erin@diaperparties.comor your local consultant.