April 2011

Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup

Lots of cloth diaper giveaways this week! I’ve listed the cloth diaper/accessory/baby wearing giveaways I’ve found, so you can enter what you like.

If you’d like me to list 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.

knickernappies cloth diaper

renew life flora bear and ultimate flora

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

*Flip Cover, Stay-Dry Insert & Disposable Inserts from The Cloth Diaper Shop and One Smiley Monkey (ends 4/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Wet Bag from Eco Baby Mama Drama Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/29)

$525 Itti Bitti Cloth Diaper Kit from Diaper Shops Mandatory Facebook “like,” entry is through a Facebook app (ends 4/29)

*Sustainablebabyish Wool Longies from Knocked Up & Nursing (ends 4/30)

*Tot Bots Easy Fit or Tiny Fit from Modern Cloth and Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 4/30)

*Itti Bitti Diapers from The Momccupation Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/30)

*Sustainablebabyish Multi-Snapless Starter Kit from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 4/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Insert Sample Package from Doable Diapers Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/30)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from Green Baby Elephant Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Bummas Wipes from Mom Always Finds Out Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/1)

*Sprout Change Diaper from Mom Always Finds Out Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/1)

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Luxury Living Frugal Style (ends 5/1)

*Beco Baby Carrier from Familylicious Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/1)

*Charis Designs Wrap from Manager to Mom (ends 5/1) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$20 Cloth Diaper Outlet GC from I Love Cloth Diapers (ends 5/1) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Comfy Rumps Diapers from Sweet T Makes 3 Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Mini Maestro Diaper from Not Just Baby Brain (ends 5/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Thirsties Duo Diaper from Mama on a Green Mission (ends 5/2)

*Comfy Rumps Diaper from The Reynolds Mom (ends 5/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Blissful Booty Diaper from Crum’s This N That (ends 5/2)

Greenchild Creations Diaper from Crum’s This n That Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/2)

Envibum Diaper from The Cloth Diaper Fairy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/2) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*LocoGnome Woolie from Sapsmama Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/3) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Mother-Ease Cloth Diaper from Love You Always and Forever Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/3)

*Bumgenius 4.0 from Euphoria Baby and Mama B (ends 5/3) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Nana Pants by Betsy Diaper from Love Lives Here (ends 5/3)

*Moo Moo Kow Diaper from The Reynolds Mom (ends 5/3)

Kissaluvs Marvels AIO Cloth Diaper from My This N That Life (ends 5/3)

*Swaddlebees Diaper from Marn’s Organized Mess Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/4)

*Bamboo Baby Diaper from Everything Birth Inc. and Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/4)

*Best Bottom Diaper from One Smiley Monkey Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 5/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Fluffy Bottom Babies Prize Pack from Thrifty Nifty Mommy Mandatory Facebook “like” and comment (ends 5/5) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Sweep Tight Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/5)

*Smartipants Cloth Diaper from Sugar Pop Ribbons Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/5)

Itti Bitti Diapers from The Reynolds Mom (ends 5/5) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$50 Gift Certificates (2 winners) from Abby’s Lane (ends 5/5)

$100 Tiny Tush GC (ends 5/5)

*Alva Baby Diaper from Purple Baby Brigade Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/6)

Dryer Balls from The Willow Store and Tales from the Nursery (ends 5/6) Open to the U.S. and Canada

FuzziBunz Diaper from Bum Luzxury and Tales from the Nursery (ends 5/6) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Sleepy Wrap from Cars, Trucks & Teething Rings (ends 5/6)

GroVia AIO from Madison Organics and Life With My Littles Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/6)

12 Happy Heinys Diapers (ends 5/6)

Babee Greens Diaper from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/7)

Best Bottom Diaper from Instinctual Mamas Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 5/7)

*$25 Sandbox Lane GC from Newly Crunchy Mama of 3 Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/8)

*Zookies Cover from Newly Crunchy Mama of 3 Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/8)

Blissful Booty AIO Cloth Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 5/9) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Zookies Diaper Cover from Mama’s Passions Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/10)

*Envibum Diaper from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/10)

WAHMies Wet Bag & Flip Diaper from Baby Bottoms Boutique and Mama B (ends 5/10)Open to the U.S. and Canada

Zookies Diaper Cover from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/10)

Blissful Booty AIO Cloth Diaper from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 5/11) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$15 Thanks Mama GC from Life With My Littles Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/11)

Sleepy Wrap from Not Just Baby Brain (ends 5/11) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bumbledoo Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 5/12)

Cloth Diaper Package from Double Duty Mommy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/16) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$80 BabyHawk Credit from The Clothspring Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like”/comment (ends 5/31)

$600 Rumparooz Package from Kelly Wels’ Changing Diaper Book Project Mandatory Facebook “like”, entry is through a FB app (ends 6/15)

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

You may 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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renew life flora bear and ultimate flora

Brenda Watson founded ReNew Life in 1997, and now ReNew Life is the leading digestive care company found in health stores in the U.S. and Canada. Brenda is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and has a special on PBS: The Road to Perfect Health – Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body, an in-depth look at how chronic diseases start with an unhealthy digestive system. You can check the PBS schedule to see when it will be on, and also view clips on Brenda’s YouTube page.

ReNew life has all kinds of probiotics, and they even have a tool to help decide which probiotic is right for you. They also have Digestive Enzymes (which I am definitely going to look for!), Omega Supplements, Fiber Supplements and many more products for your digestive and overall health.

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I’ve heard lots of talk about probiotics over the years, but I had never tried them until a few months ago. In February, my husband and daughter both were on antibiotics, so I sent my husband to our local organic market to look for probiotics. I had read that probiotics would help keep their bodies’ natural balance and avoid nasty side effects from the antibiotics.

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He didn’t really know what he was looking for (and I didn’t really know what to tell him to look for) so he asked an employee. He was told that ReNew Life was “the best,” and he bought the Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion (MSRP $37.99/30) for himself, and the Flora Bear for Kids (MSRP $14.99) for our daughter.

renew life flora bear and ultimate flora (2)

The adult probotics are easy to swallow, and are enteric-coated, delayed release capsules, so they dissolve in your intestines (instead of your stomach) so they can do their work.

renew life flora bear

The Flora Bear probiotics have a cute bear design, are easy to chew (not too chalky) and taste good. They are mildly sweet and have an orange flavor.

After our first experience with probiotics, I wasn’t thinking they were some sort of miracle, but no one suffered any ill effects from the antibiotics! When we all got the stomach bug a few weeks later, my husband and I were both frantically digging in the fridge for leftover probotics!

Without making this post “TMI,” I have always had “issues” with my digestive system, and they have been pretty unbearable over the past few weeks (anyone with IBS can sympathize!) I picked up a bottle of the Ultimate Flora Critical Colon 80 Billion (first picture in the post) to try. The MSRP is $49.99, but they were $42.99 at my store. It seems awfully expensive for 30 pills but first of all, you only have to take one per day. Plus, really? I have told my DH that I would gladly pay more than that in exchange for living my life without always having my digestive system on my mind and suffering daily.

After taking these once daily for a little over a week, I actually felt “normal.” It was pretty darn amazing.

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I received a bottle of the Buddy Bear (MSRP $13.99) probiotics to review. Like the Flora Bear, they have a nice, easily chewable texture and a mildly sweet orange flavor.

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They are recommended for children 2 and up, but my 23-month old son has been taking them too. Both of my kids love them and ask for them every day!

I really feel like Brenda Watson and ReNew Life know digestive health, and their products work. I’ll continue to buy them, since they are working so well for us.

Please note that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. Do not confuse my opinions for medical advice. Digestive issues can be signs of serious illness. IBS symptoms can be similar to far more serious problems such as: Colon Cancer, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac, Bowel Obstructions, Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis, Gallstones, Food Allergies/Intolerances, Bacterial Infections, Intestinal Parasites, Ovarian Cancer and even Endometriosis. If you are experiencing digestive distress more than occasionally, it’s very important that you see your doctor to rule out other diseases.

Giveaway: ReNew Life is offering one reader a $50 Gift Certificate to spend on anything they like at ReNewLife.com!

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

Mandatory entries include your name, and email address.

You may receive bonus entries if you 1. “Like” my new Facebook page (Please note this is a new page titled Change-Diapers.com. You must like the new page for this entry, feel free to “unlike” the old Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, Oh My! page after you do.) 2. “Like” Brenda Watson on Facebook and/or 3. Sign up for Brenda Watson’s Newsletter (right column of the page, third heading down.

I will accept entries until Thursday, May 5th, 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.

# of entries received as of giveaway close: 116

FTC compliance: I received the Buddy Bear Probiotics at no cost in order to review them. Other items were purchased at normal retail prices. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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Bumgenius 4.0 Winner

by Maria Moser on April 26, 2011

in Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

bumgenius cloth diaper winner

300 people entered this giveaway, with 300 entries (since there were no bonus entries!)

The winning entry is #270, which is Laura Olson. Congratulations Laura, I’m sending you an email now so you can claim your prize and choose your color and closure!


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knickernappies cloth diaper

Last year, I won not one, but two Knickernappies 2G (sized) pocket diapers (now called Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers,) but I’ve never tried a Knickernappies One-Size.

I tend to gravitate towards one-size diapers, even though my son has been in mediums since 4 months/14 lbs and is still in mediums at 23 months/22 lbs! My daughter was an itty bitty peanut, but my son started out so much bigger, I thought he’d be my hefty kid. His growth slowed and he’s been at the bottom of the charts, just like his sister. I kicked myself for not cloth diapering her, since she wouldn’t have needed anything bigger than a medium. (This was almost 7 years ago, when the only modern cloth I could find was one brand of sized diapers; I thought I’d need 25 each XS-XL and balked at the $2k+ price tag. Dumb me.)

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I was so fortunate to receive a Knickernappies One-Size Diaper courtesy of Knickernappies. The diapers and the inserts are made in the USA. Knickernappies provides a two-year warranty on elastic and a lifetime warranty on snaps!

knickernappies cloth diaper 1 inserts

I received the turquoise, which is a gorgeous, gender neutral blue. The one-size diapers include two microfiber inserts (small and large) for $19.95. They are also available with the Loopydo inserts (my absolute favorite inserts) for $24.95. Definitely worth the $5 upgrade, though the included microfiber inserts are incredibly absorbent too!

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Like the sized diapers, the one-size is a side snapping diaper, with 5 snap settings for a great fit on any size baby.

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The one-size diaper adjusts to 4 sizes by way of rise snaps; Knickernappies refers to the sizes as small, medium-short, medium and large. Knickernappies has tested the diaper to fit babies from 8-40 pounds.

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The diaper has a super soft, pill resistant microfleece (stay dry) inner and a rear pocket opening.  The elastic is lastin elastic, which won’t “go out” like the usual stuff.

Here is the small setting measured folded and stretched:

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knickernappies cloth diaper small

Medium-Short:

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knickernappies cloth diaper medium short

Medium (the size my son is wearing):

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knickernappies cloth diaper 14 medium

Large:

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knickernappies cloth diaper 17 large

You can view my Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper Review for measurements of the medium, but here are a few photos to show how the two compare:

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knickernappies cloth diaper 20 one size vs medium wingsknickernappies cloth diaper 21 fronts

Obviously one is sized and one is one-size, but they are otherwise very similar. My one-size doesn’t have the front elastic that my sized diaper has though.

knickernappies cloth diaper 22 front elastic on medknickernappies cloth diaper 23 leg elastics

Here is the medium diaper vs. the one-size on medium:

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and the medium compared to the one-size on large and small:

knickernappies cloth diaper 25 med vs largeknickernappies cloth diaper 26 med vs snall

I put my son in the medium setting. He is on the next-to-tightest snaps, so he has one more rise setting and three snap settings to grow into! Again, he is 23 months old and about 22 pounds (estimated, not totally sure!)

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For some reason, he looks like he has a wedgie in these pictures, but he didn’t! It was just the way the PUL creased. The insert and inners weren’t giving him an atomic wedgie as it appears!

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I can also assure you that the inserts are extremely absorbent. At the risk of making myself sound like a terrible mother, he had this diaper on (with the large insert only) for nearly twice the time I’d usually leave a diaper on him. We went to visit my Grandmother at the nursing home and when we came home, my husband was outside. The kids wanted to play outside, so I seized the opportunity to cook dinner uninterrupted. When it was ready, we got cleaned up, ate dinner, cleaned up again and…oh no! it had been almost 4 hours since I changed him. :-( The insert was pretty darn wet, but not a single leak!

Giveaway: Knickernappies is sending one winner a one-size pocket diaper with microfiber inserts, in the winner’s choice of color (subject to availability.) ARV $19.95

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

Mandatory entries include your name, email address and your nearest Knickernappies Retailer. (Click the link, enter your zip code, and enter the closest retailer in the entry form.)

You may receive bonus entries if you “like” Knickernappies on Facebook, follow Knickernappies on Twitter and/or follow the Knickernappies Blog.

I will accept entries until Tuesday, May 3rd, 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.
# of entries received as of giveaway close: 487

FTC compliance: I received the pictured item at no cost in order to review it. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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ammonia stink and #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

If you are looking for cloth diaper advice, on Mondays, I answer reader submitted questions, and ask my other readers to help too.

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.

Jen says:

I’ve read many posts and comments about moms battling the stinkies (ammonia smell) but I’m not sure what that smells like. Will I know it if it happens?

I do notice that my baby’s diaper will smell like urine in the morning (after a 12-hr night) but I don’t smell it during the day. Is that normal from the overnight wearing or is that the dreaded stinkies?

If you are having ammonia issues, you will know it (and you’ll probably be pulling your hair out!) Night time diapers smelling strongly of ammonia/urine/like a dirty public restroom is pretty normal.

If your diapers smell clean coming out of the wash but make your eyes water as soon as baby wets them, you probably have detergent residue. There are lots of opinions on how to fix this. In my opinion, what works best is to just rinse rinse rinse the diapers until the water is clean and there are no bubbles and no residue. If they need a little extra help, a load of only inserts with a dab of bleach and several extra rinses takes care of it. I know not everyone approves of bleach though. (Some brands approve of occasional bleaching on shells as well but I prefer to do inserts only.)

If they are smelling stinky out of the dryer, you probably need more detergent (or a different detergent, particularly if you have hard water.) I have well water, a softener and an HE washer, so I use around the lowest load line of HE detergent, and I still need some extra rinses sometimes.

It’s again, just my opinion, but I think it’s better to use a bit more detergent and add an extra rinse, than to not use enough and not get the diapers clean!

How about you all? Have you dealt with ammonia stinkies? Did you know it right away? What was causing it and how did you fix it?

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