February 2011

stuffing #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

On Mondays, I answer reader submitted questions in my Mailbox Mondays post, and ask you to weigh in your opinions.

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Sandi says:

Hello Maria. We double-stuff our pocket diapers because our son’s a pretty heavy wetter. Sometimes I’ll have two types of inserts go into a diaper- standard micro-fiber (or whatever comes with the diaper) and then a hemp insert (usually Knickernappies brand). Would it matter which insert I put closest to baby’s bottom? Usually the hemp insert is thinner so I put that on top.
Thanks,
Sandi

Hi Sandi.  Hemp and microfiber are a great night time combo; we use Knickernappies Superdo inserts and they were a lifesaver!

I’d actually recommend putting the microfiber closest to the baby and hemp underneath.  The reason is that while hemp is very, very thirsty, it doesn’t absorb as quickly as microfiber.  Liquids can be absorbed into the microfiber quickly, then locked away in the hemp underneath.  This seems to be the one two punch to keep baby’s tush dry all night!

That said, nothing bad will happen if you do the reverse!

How about you all?  If you use two insert types in your pockets, which do you put on top?

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giveaway

It’s time for the cloth diaper giveaway roundup!  Peruse the list of cloth diaper/accessory/baby wearing giveaways I’ve found, and enter what you like!

If you’d like me to feature your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my contact form for readers.

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer
Knickernappies Custom Cloth Diaper Kit Mandatory Facebook Comment (ends when they have 1,000 followers)

*Sweet Pea Diaper Cover from The Cloth Diaper Report (ends 2/25)

Blissful Booty Diaper & Wipe Solution from Not So Average Mama (ends 2/25)

*$20 GC to Doable Diapers from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/26)

*Bummas Wipes from Adventures in Abbyland (ends 2/26) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Knickernappies Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 2/27)

*Smart Bottoms Diaper from The Small Town Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/27)

*GoGreen Champ Pocket Diaper from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/27)

*Bambino Mio Swim Nappy from Childish Notions & Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/27) open to Canadians Only

*GoGreen Champ Pocket Diaper from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

*Bumgenius 4.0 from Cloth Diapers n More and Mommy and Me giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

*$10 Abby’s Lane GC from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

*Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from Mommy Kat and Kids (ends 2/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*$25 GC to Bright Star Baby from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 2/28)

*GoGreen Diaper & Wet/Dry Bag from She’s Mommafied Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

*Softbums Omni from Liz Has a Life (ends 2/28)

Snugglebottoms Fitted from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 2/28)

Apple Cheeks Diaper from Cloth Diaper Addiction Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

$10 Abby’s Lane GC from Modified Momma Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

Fuzzibunz Diaper from Piddly-Winks and Flootie Patootie Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/28)

*Fuzzibunz Diaper from Madison Organics and Baby Dickey’s Giveaways (ends 2/29)

Sleepy Wrap from The Small Town Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/1) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Mud Butt Cloth Diaper from Go Long Go Green Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 3/2)

*GroVia Diaper from Mommy is Green and The Glass Baby Bottle (ends 3/2)

*GoGreen Champ Pocket Diaper from Mama Chocolate Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Sage Diaper from Knocked Up and Nursing (ends 3/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Blueberry Minky Diaper & Wee Be Gone Patch from Bumblebee Baby and Cloth Diaper Contests & Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Sprout Change Diaper from Lilac City Momma (ends 3/2)

Grovia Diaper from The Dirties on Diapering Must be a Backer of the project-can pledge as little as $1 (ends 3/2)

*Dinkledooz Diaper from GoGo Natural and A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/3)

*Bumgenius Artist Series Diaper from Mommy’s Peanut Gallery Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/3)

Bum Covered Diaper from Biehl Adventures (ends 3/3) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Itti Bitti Diapers & Wet Bag from Keeping up with Kynlee Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/3)

Oh Katy (formerly Katydid Cloth) Diaper from Susan Heim (ends 3/4)

Drybees AIO from Sweet Pea Cloth and Triple Duty Momma (ends 3/4)

Best Bottoms Diaper Package from Kelly Wels (ends 3/4)

*Bumgenius 4.0 from Maine Cloth Diapers and Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/5)

WAHMies Wet Bag from The ABCD Diaries Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook like (ends 3/5)

Bummas Wipes from The Reynolds Mom (ends 3/5) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Diaper Bag Wrangler Wet Bag from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/5)

Oh Katy Diaper from Mommy of 1 and Counting (ends 3/5)

Smart Bottoms Diaper from Mommy of 1 and Counting (ends 3/5)

*Happy Heinys from The Baby Store Plus Blog Mandatory Email Subscription (ends 3/6)

Smart Bottoms Diaper from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways (ends 3/6)

Bummas Wipes from Feelin Kinda Crunchy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/6)

Wool Longies from The Littlest Forest and The Hip Single Mama Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/6)

$10 Abby’s Lane GC from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/6)

Tiny Tush Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 3/7)

gDiaper from Not Just Baby Brain (ends 3/7) Open to Canadians only

Oh Katy Diaper from Stash Mama Mandatory Facebook “like” and comment (ends 3/7)

Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/7)

Tiny Tush Pocket Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 3/7)

Smartipants Diaper & Cover from Oh So Savvy Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/8)

Bum Covered Diapers from Lyniger’s Blog Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/8)

Thirsties Fab Wipes & Booty Luster from All Aboard the Review & Giveaway Train (ends 3/9) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Fuzzibunz Prize Package from Charming Cherubs and A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/10)

Granny Fancy Pants Diaper from I’m That Mommy (ends 3/10)

*GoGreen Champ Diaper from The Not So Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom (ends 3/11)

*$370 Bumgenius Kit from Kelly Wels (ends 3/11) Entry Form on Facebook Mandatory Facebook “like”

Bummas Wipes from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/11) Open to the U.S. and Canada

AMP Diaper from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/11)

*Bummas Wipes from Smile a Day Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/12) Open to the U.S. and
Canada

*Boba Classic Carrier from Mommy Kat and Kids Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 3/15) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Boba 2G Carrier from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/15)

GoGreen Pocket Diaper & Wet Bag from Life with Levi (ends 3/15)

*giveaways that have been listed in a prior week’s roundup

Feel free to enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

View my where I list my giveaways post, to find more places to link up your giveaways!

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cloth diaper package giveaway

As promised, I’m offering up an awesome cloth diaper package, to celebrate 1,000 GFC Followers, RSS Feed Subscribers, Facebook “likers” and Twitter Followers!  Someday, I hope to have 1,000 email subscribers too!  I feel so blessed to have made so many friends through cloth diapers, I’ve gotten to try lots of great products, and I hope I’ve helped a few of you as well.
 
All items pictured are my own, just to show what is included in the packageThe winner will choose colors/prints, closures, sizes and inserts where applicable.
 

bumgenius 4.0 diaper

 
First up is a Bumgenius 4.0 diaper in choice of color/print and closure.  (ARV $17.95-$19.95)
 

fuzzibunz perfect size

Next, a Fuzzibunz Perfect Size diaper in choice of size and color (ARV $17.95)
 

flip diaper and organic insert

A Flip diaper cover and insert in choice of color and insert (ARV $16.95-$19.95.)
 

kissaluvs fitted diaper

A Kissaluvs Kissa’s Cotton Fleece Fitted in choice of size and color (ARV $13.95-$14.95.)
 

GroVia cloth wipes

A 12-pack of GroVia cloth wipes (ARV $10.95.)
 

Thirsties Booty Luster

A 4 ounce bottle of Thirsties Booty Luster (ARV $6.25.)

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag

 
and finally, a Planet Wise Wet or Wet/Dry Bag in your choice of size and color (ARV $9.50-$29.99.)
 
The combined value of this package is $93.50-$119.99, depending on the winner’s choices.  All values listed are based on current retail prices at my Affiliate, Kelly’s Closet.  In addition to my usual giveaway rules, I reserve the right to make substitutions in the event that an item becomes unavailable, and I will ask for a first and second color choice for each item.  I also reserve the right to purchase the items at the reputable online cloth diaper retailer of my choice, including my affiliate, Diaper Junction, or one or more of my favorite cloth diaper stores! 


Here’s how to enterAll entries go in the form below.  I love comments (great way to remind yourself that you entered) but comments do not count as entries.


Due to the nature and value of this giveaway, there are a few more entry options than usual, and the giveaway will run longer than usual.


The mandatory entries include your name and email address.


Bonus entries:

  1. Follow this blog – You choose how you prefer to stay updated on new posts, including Google Friend connect, RSS, email subscription, “liking” me on Facebook or following me on Twitter.  I’d love for you to “follow me” everywhere, but you receive only one bonus entry.  Just let me know which method you’ve chosen.
  2. Tweet - One time only please.  Leave a link to your tweet.  You may use this if you like: #win a $120 #clothdiapers package from @chgdiapers.  This #clothdiaper #giveaway will build your stash! http://bit.ly/eG65zS
  3. Blog about this giveaway and link back to me.  If you do not have a blog, you may post in a relevant online forum or group, just leave me a link.
  4. Grab my Button on the left sidebar.  Leave me a link where I can find it!

Please fill out the form only once.  You don’t need to submit it separately for each entry.  If you forget something, just send me an email or use my contact form!


I will accept entries until Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details.


This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.  Please note that this giveaway is not endorsed by, sponsored by or affiliated with any cloth diaper company, manufacturer or retailer. 



# of Entries received as of Giveaway close: 1081

https://spreadsheets.google.com/embeddedform?formkey=dDlDbmFEX0NqbUNqb2VRNlJKajVJeGc6MQ

FTC compliance: I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

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yoreganics winner

68 people entered this giveaway, with 124 entries in all.  The winning entry is #34, which is Carrie.  Congratulations Carrie, I’m sending you an email!

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bumgenius aplix replacement without a sewing machine

Yes, it can be done; I did it.  I have lots of pictures for you!
 
My cloth diaper stash started with 6 Bumgenius 3.0 pocket diapers.  I bought three in October 2009 to try, followed by 3 more about a week later.  Those 6 got a ton of use as I slowly built up my stash.  As I expected, after nearly constant use, the aplix started to curl, and the laundry tabs started to shrink.  Three of the six were replaced under the Bumgenius warranty, (Cottonbabies’ warranty and customer service are superb by the way) however, the other three really weren’t bad enough to be replaced before the 1-year warranty ended.
 
worn out bumgenius velcroworn out bumgenius aplix
worn out bumgenius laundry tabsshrunken bumgenius laundry tabs

I have quite a stash of diapers in rotation now; I wash every other day, and diapers are used just a few times a week.  However, two of my Bumgenius 3.0s are still my primary night time diapers (I rotate 4, including a fitted/wool, but the BG are my favorites) so they are still used a lot.  You can see above that the laundry tabs are shrunken and the closure tabs are starting to curl.  They still stick fine to the front of the diaper, but they don’t stick to the laundry tabs anymore.
 
16 month old bumgenius 3.016 month old bumgenius laundry tabs

laundry tabback of laundry tab

On the other hand, one 3.0 that has been in my regular rotation still looks fine after 16 months.

bumgenius refresher kit

Cottonbabies sells Bumgenius refresher kits for $1.00 each.  They include 3 pieces of elastic, two closure tabs, two laundry tabs, and ship for free.

The kits also include instructions for doing the repairs with a sewing machine.  I’ve adapted them to do it by hand!  Luckily, I didn’t need to replace any elastic, so I’ve just done the closure and laundry tabs.  I decided to try this on a Bumgenius 3.0 AIO I got for free with a coupon code.  That way if I really screwed it up, I wouldn’t be heartbroken!

removing tabscutting tabs

cut tab

First, I very carefully cut the ends of the closure tabs.  The instructions say to remove them with a seam ripper, but I found it much easier to cut the tabs first.  Of course, you want to be very careful not to cut the diaper!

opening tabremoving old tab

seam ripping tabremoving tab

After cutting the ends of the tabs off, it was easy to use a seam ripper to loosen the tabs and remove them.

tab almost offtabs off
tabs offtabs off

bumgenius refresher instructions

The refresher kit included instructions on how to attach the new tabs of course.

new tabssecuring new tabs

new closure tabs

Once I had placed the new tabs, I decided to put a couple stitches to hold the tabs together.  This way it was a little bit easier to keep the tabs in the right place against the diaper, and against each other.

stitches to hold together

As instructed, I started on the flat side and went around the tab twice.

sewing new bumgenius tabsbumgenius velcro replacement by hand

bumgenius aplix replacement

When I finished, I realized the tab had slipped a bit as I was sewing, and ended up a little crooked.  It really doesn’t matter, since the laundry tabs and front strip are quite large and forgiving!

finished tabgrippy side

fuzzy side

The awesome thing about these refresher kits, is that they include the new, “4.0 style” laundry tabs, which (so far) seem to function and hold up far better than the 3.0 style.  Of course, if you are buying these kits from your favorite retailer, check with them first to see which style kit they have.

The instructions say to sew right over the old laundry tabs, but I decided to remove them.

removing old laundry tabsseam ripping old laundry tabs

It took a little longer to remove these than the closure tabs, but it was still pretty quick work.

removed laundry tab

I sewed around the edge of each laundry tab, then in an x through the middle, like the original tabs.

sewing new bumgenius laundry tabreplacing bumgenius laundry tabs by hand

I didn’t really worry too much about making my stitching perfectly even and straight, and I don’t think it was noticeable on the finished tabs.

new bumgenius laundry tabsback

I am pretty happy that $1.00 and some time gave my diapers new life!

bumgenius refresher

I’m not going to lie, this was definitely a little time consuming and tedious to do by hand!

new laundry and closure tabsbumgenius refresher without a sewing machine

The hardest part was going through the thickest portion of the tab where the diaper’s stretchy tab was seamed.  I probably wouldn’t sit down and try to refresh a whole stack of diapers by hand in one sitting, but I will do the others one at a time eventually!

I’m not sure exactly how long it took me; it definitely took me a bit longer since I was taking pictures as I went.  I’m sure the next diapers will go more quickly since I know what I’m doing now!  I want to order an extra kit to replace the horrid laundry tabs on my Blueberry diaper too!

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