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New Cloth Newsletter Edition Number 1

Starting this week, I’ve collected all the great info I’ve found about cloth diapering and am presenting it in a newsletter. Please check it out.

Here is what is included in this week’s edition:

  • How long does aplix work
  • New cloth diaper from Canada
  • How to avoid the diaper dunk with each stage of baby poo
  • Figuring the costs for saving with cloth diapers
  • How to make your own cloth wipes
  • and more

Next week, will include an advice column, the best cloth diapering pin of the week, and a full week’s monitoring of top cloth stories (this week only included 4 days).

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Cloth Diaper Stripping

New Owner & Site- Giveaway

I promised that once I got the new site up and running, I would giveaway a bumgenius cloth diaper. I got this on my own and wanted to give it away to those who follow Everything Cloth. I am the new owner behind Everything Cloth and I love cloth diapers. I’ll be posting pics of my baby model in some of his cool diapers soon, but wanted to set this live.

***First time with Rafflecopter*** Please help me by telling me immediately anything you see me doing wrong, I’d really appreciate it!!

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Cloth Diaper Stripping

Stripping Cloth Diapers

Are your diapers stinky? Do they feel weird? Cloth Diaper Stripping

As much as I love cloth diapers, the one thing I don’t look forward to is stripping. Everyone seems to do it, and at different times in their cloth diapering journey. Some do it every month, every few weeks, etc. I have yet to do it, and I’ve been exclusively cloth diapering since the beginning of September 2011. That is about 6 full months. But why not? What makes a difference in when people do strip? Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Why You Might Need To Strip Your Cloth Diapers

How many diapers do you have– yep, the age old question, the fewer diapers you have the more often you will strip, the more you have the less often you will strip. Why? The detergent you use can build up on the diapers, the more changes each diaper has been through, the more ammonia it may hold. Now my diapers smell, I’m not sure why, based on things I’ve read they probably should, because I don’t soak them or anything.

Your detergent is different. There are sooooo many laundry detergents for cloth diapers, from Rock N Green, to Charlie’s Soap, EcoNuts, and lots more. I personally use Charlie’s Soap, and it seems to work well for us. Some people have had issues with it, my old issue is sometimes the inserts I use feel weird, but this usually happens when I have washed a smaller load. See, I think I sometimes use too much, but I’m not always sure to how measure, and I think that is why others have issues with needing to strip.

What is baby eating? I know what the baby eats has a lot to do with what comes out of him as well. Some babies hold water better, some less, some have more concentrated urine than others, my baby almost never has a yellow coloring to his urine, of course, he is 7 months old and mostly just breastfeeding right now, I’m sure in a year or so, it will vary much more.

The fun thing about cloth diapering is there are a lot of variables. But, what can I suggest?

I’m no expert (I’d like to be, and some of my friends sure think I am, but I’m not) but this is what I plan on doing:

Signs that you need to strip your diapers:

  • hard or crusty feeling on the absorbent part of the diaper
  • smell of urine
  • diaper rashes or redness

Of course if you have other signs that something is wrong, stripping happens to be one of the first steps in troubleshooting. So definitely give it a shot.

But how do you strip your diapers?

Zany Zebra cloth diaper stripping is a fantastic article, please check it out- http://www.zany-zebra.com/stripping-cloth-diapers.shtml

Special tips for stripping cloth diapers-

Read the instructions for your diapers and wash them correctly, with the appropriate amount of detergent and water, for that diaper. It’s hard to figure out, for sure, but you get a sense quickly as you are washing them a couple of times a week.

Contact the manufacturer for your cloth diaper about safe ways to strip their diapers if you have any questions, most will answer on their facebook page or through email. I’ve found many to be very helpful when discussing problems.

How to prevent stripping

These are some things I’ve learned to do, to help avoid stripping, just because I’d rather not if I don’t have to.

Figure out how much detergent you need to use, based on your average load size, the kind of water you have, the temperature of water that best fits your detergent, the best detergent for your washer, and the best rinse/soak before you wash. It sounds like a lot, but as you wash so often you will notice a pattern and you’ll figure it out. If you have any questions, just send an email.

Switch out your absorbent layer often. I have several inserts, and I cycle through them. I keep a few sets that I use, and after each wash I change out what is going to be used for the next cycle.

Buy lots of diapers. If you are anything like me, you will love this step, and you can tell your hubby that Everything Cloth said it was necessary. Heck, if you buy a new diaper every couple of weeks you will still save money compared to disposables, and you can sell them down the road.

Please Tell ME!!!

What is your experience with stripping your cloth diapers? What could help others? What is your favorite way of stripping? SHARE with me!!

New Site

I’m working on getting everything set up here on the new site. It is still available at http://www.everythingcloth.com but I changed from using blogger to using wordpress. This way I can add lots of cool new features, and I will get them set up over the next few weeks.

I’d be glad to have some guest bloggers if anyone wants to write about their favorite diaper, favorite cloth diaper, has their own diaper making business, etc. So, please spread the word.

I’ve been on twitter more, and working on the facebook page as well. I really hope to turn this place into a wikipedia of sorts for cloth diapers. My biggest idea, is to tackle the troubleshooting of cloth diapers, and publish more info on that. Any suggestions?

Who’s Your Favorite WAHM Cloth Diaper Maker?

I love prints on my pocket diapers and diaper covers, and there seems to be no better place to find said prints, than on Etsy. For some reason, the big cloth diaper companies, don’t have as many prints, or focus largely on solids for some reason. I’m guessing it has to do with the quality of the PUL? I’d be glad to hear otherwise.

That said, I shop on Etsy, when I have the time and money to find prints that are cute. You really can’t go far on Etsy and not find something cute. For instance, if you go on there right now, and type in cloth diaper.

But, here’s the thing with these ultra cute diapers- how do you know how good they are?

I purchased some awhile back, that were soooo darn cute. I mean, the cutest prints I’ve ever seen. Once I got the diapers, I realized that even though they were OS, they were much smaller than a OS. It was harder to stuff than a FuzziBunz, which sucked, because otherwise I loved it. It has a suede like inner, and ooga boogas on the outside. Note, not all ooga booga diapers are the same, not even close, there are loads of makers who use that fabric.

So, I had also ordered a second diaper from her, that I thought was a pocket, but was an all in one. This too was far too small, I mean it fit for a bit, but I don’t like all in ones, and the flap on the inside seemed too small too.

I never got back to the lady. The diapers were cute, and very well made, but I didn’t know how to tell her what I really thought, and I know the feedback could have been helpful. So I wonder, how do you decide which WAHM diapers to try? Where do you look, how do you know if it’s any good, etc?

So, I’m looking for suggestions, please let me know what your favorite WAHM cloth diapers are.

bunzuke prefold

Bunzuke Convertabunz

I’ve always been a fan of items that serve dual purposes, so I love prefolds for that reason alone. But, there is a super awesome prefold that kicks butt! Did I mention it was awesome?

The Bunzuke prefold isn’t a regular prefold. It folds, and turns into many forms to use in diapering. It’s a prefold that snaps up, turns inside out, does is super cute. It comes in a bunch of colors, and sizes too.

Here is a video that I watched, when I first decided I needed to try one of her diapers. As I was watching, I said to my husband: “I’m way too interested in this!” Yes I am addicted to cloth, and these diapers are just the thing to get me to give prefolds another shot.

I think the price for this is great, because it works as a fitted and a prefold, doubles as an insert, and the elastic is adjustable. It’s fabulous.

She’s sending me one to use on my son, and after a week of using it, I’ll post about how great it works. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. Check out her site and grab a bunzuke convertabunz for your little one

buy cloth diapers local

Finding Your Local Cloth Diaper Store

It seems for some people, that finding their local cloth diaper store is a bit more difficult than it should be. You’d think that between the internet, the phone book, etc you would easily be able to find what you are looking for, but it isn’t that easy. In fact, I didn’t even know we had 4 cloth diaper stores in my area, before my third baby was born.

I looked on Google for cloth diaper stores and didn’t get any results that were helpful. I know it’s changed a bit in the last few months, and if you search now, you might, but the truth is, it’s just a MIGHT. So here are a few ways to find you local stores.

1. Go here: https://www.google.com/search?q=cloth+diapers&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=9HQ&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmdo=1&authuser=0&tbm=plcs&prmd=imvnsl&source=lnms&ei=Tlo4T_7nF-Sz0QHM4qHjAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=3&ved=0CD8Q_AUoAg&biw=1138&bih=631 
It’s a crazy link, but when you click it, it should work with your area, not mine, and should work to show cloth diaper stores in your area.

2. Go to BumGenius’ webiste: http://www.bumgenius.com/retailers.php and select your country, state, etc. They along with Fuzzibunz are two of the most common brands used, so most stores will have them in stock. Here is Fuzzibunz link: http://www.fuzzibunz.com/search_db/cat_show.php

3. Check out the real diaper associations local directory to find the closest retailer. http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/directory/

Buying Cloth for the First Time? Go Local!
While the internet is great for finding deals on diapers you already like, going local is so beneficial for everyone involved.

  • You get to see & feel the diapers before buying
  • You are helping other families who live in your area
  • Most places have a trial program to get you started
  • You’ll get expert advice from another cloth diaperer

If you already know what you want, check out the internet, of course. I just recommend going local because I was so misled my first time in purchasing, from my own lack of knowledge of course, and the overwhelming amounts of information out there.

>Different Qualities of PUL

>In a group of cloth diapering moms I was asking about some new PUL fabric available, and I was told not to waste my time, because it wasn’t very good quality.

This makes me wonder, how do I know what kind of PUL is quality? I mean, there are so many cloth diaper brands out there that I’ve always assumed, the PUL is good quality. When I read more on PUL I see that it is made to hold up to high heat, but what about pictures with the PUL coming off. It looks like a peel when it cracks and can pull back.

For cloth diapers, I’ve read that 1 or 2 mil is the right thickness to use. But I’ve also read that sometimes 2 is more stiff, sometimes used for wet bags. What I’ve also found is that how well it works depends on the fabric it is used on. For instance, this article on PUL says that when it is used with cotton, there is some kind of waterproof spray used to make it compensate for the cotton use.

Another thing I’ve read is that PUL seems to work different with print fabrics as compared to solid, which is why I’m guessing so many companies have LOADS of solids, and few prints. Of course, over the years, more companies are using PUL with prints, so that makes me happy, because I love cute prints on pocket diapers.

I’m just wondering what every one else knows about PUL, and the different qualities of it. I really like prints and while some of the big brands do carry them, I want MORE!! Any tips???

>Rumparooz & Other New Fluffy Stash

>Visiting Healthy Heiny’s
Today I went to visit a new (to me) cloth diaper store in my area. I was looking for Rumparooz cloth diapers, because, they look really great online. Here’s a video I found of them:

Those double gussets look awesome, huh? And there are more prints than a bumGenius or Fuzzibunz, and I love prints.

So, with the double gussets I wanted to try the Rumparooz, and I needed to see them in person, before I just purchased online. Even though videos and pictures are nice, there’s just something about feeling the fabric, checking out easily the snaps work, and running your hand over the inner layer to see how soft it will feel on your baby’s bum, right?

When I first got to the store, I almost lost it when I found the Rumparooz diaper covers first, I thought, oh great, I’ve come all this way (20 minutes, haha) and they just have covers 🙁 then I turned around and found the pocket diapers. They didn’t have the brand new prints I wanted, but they did have the kangaroos print, so that was good enough for me. I grabbed it, slipped off the cardboard around it, and started inspecting.

On the outside:
Beautiful fabric, nice branding tag on the bum, cute snaps (with kangaroos on them), and loads of snaps, because they have 4 sizes (yay!!) The snaps are nice too, brand new, shiny, and easy to click into place.

On the inside, sooo soft. The inner gussets are beautiful, and it just looks like it will be so nice on the bum. I’m not sure what the fabric is.

The pocket: I do not really like microfiber inserts, they work well, but everything seems to get on them. We have a lot of them from other diapers and while these might not necessarily be microfiber, they must be some kind of micro, because a wood chip from the shelf was already sticking to it.

I’d much prefer the hemp inserts, but she wasn’t able to switch them out. I didn’t want to pay another $10 per diaper for them. There are some stores online you can switch them out, and pay the difference, so in the future, I may do this.

The insert is very cool though, and beats just about every other inserts butt! It comes in a style to use it in 6 different ways, based on size and sex of your baby. Great protection, at least I am hoping, but it seems like it would make a big difference.

Now we still have to prep them, but I can’t wait to use them. We also bought an Osocozy all in one, size Large, and it’s just like a regular diaper. There is no flap on the inside, and it’s very thin, so I’m excited to see how this works out.

As far as the store goes, if you live in my area and get a chance to check it out, please do. The owner was there, with her mom and babies, and was really nice. They offered help probably 3 times, and were telling me about different products they have. They are doing a used cloth diaper sale on the 18th of this month, and making donations to Great Change.

Whims & Doodles
After Healthy Heiny’s we ran over to Whims & Doodles so that I could use my gift certificates from Christmas shopping there. I had $60 to use up. They only have a handful of cloth diapers, Flip, Econobum, bumGenius, Fuzzibunz, Thirsties. I love seeing the newborn diapers though, both stores had some.

I love this store because they have a LOT of the cool products I see online. Yesterday I saw the Lawn drying rack for dishes, and they had that, and they had these cool bead necklaces (forgot the name), made of silicone, for the baby to play with and chew on for teething, or while nursing. I’m not a jewelry mom, but I considered grabbing one for him.

Here I ended up getting 2 bumGenius pocket diapers in dark blue. I love the color, it looks great on the baby. I also got him 6 pairs of socks by Striderite because they don’t come off easy, and he would lose socks all the time if we didn’t use these.

I had hoped to find other teething toys for him, but didn’t see anything else that I loved. I know I’ll visit both stores again, because I love getting new things NOW, not waiting for them in the mail. And I highly recommend hooking up with your local store to find new diapers to check out. I love this for a few reasons:

  • Get the product right NOW
  • Check it out BEFORE you buy it
  • Help a local family (great feeling)