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SoftBums Giveaway Winner!


I wanted to note than with further washing & drying, the organic pod is a lot smaller now.  I still prefer the stay-dry pod, but the organic is much more manageable now!  This is an awesome diapering system, and it’s landed itself in my favorites pile!

The winner is Guggie Daly!  I’ve emailed you, and you have 48 hours to claim your prize.  Congratulations!

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Friday Giveaway Linky Giveaways

Weekly Friday Giveaway Roundup for August 6th, 2010


Before I get into this week’s giveaway roundup, I wanted to mention The Cloth Diaper Foundation.  Formerly Miracle Diapers, they are a non-profit organization that helps families in need get started in cloth diapering.  Unfortunately, they need about $300/mo to stay in business, and right now they receive about $20.  They announced on their Facebook page that they would be taking a sabbatical due to lack of funding, and may need to close their doors indefinitely.
You can make a monetary donation in any amount, or you can become a member.  Family memberships start at just $15/yr and include a small gift and entries into monthly giveaways.  The Platinum family membership is $50/yr and includes a Drybees Hybrid AIO and a 3-pack of Loopydos!  This is a wonderful organization to support, and donations are tax deductible.  If you can spare any donation amount, it will help more families get started in cloth.  Read their mission statement if you want to know more about what they do!
On to this week’s Giveaway roundup!
Each Friday, I will post cloth diaper, babywearing and “green” giveaways that I’ve found, or that readers have submitted. The post will be accompanied by a linky where you may enter any family friendly (no “adult” products please!) giveaways, they do not need to be diaper related.

If you have a cloth diaper/accessory/babywearing/green giveaway you would like to be listed in the next giveaway roundup post, please email a link, blog name, giveaway title, end date and photo (if applicable) to at gmail dot com.

My SoftBums Echo Slide2Size Dry Touch Solo Pack giveaway ends TODAY, 8/6!

This week’s giveaway finds:
Bummas Wipes from Florida Frugal Family (ends 8/13)

SoftBums Diaper from My Life as a Married Girl (ends 8/14)

SoftBums Diaper from Biehl Adventures (ends 8/9)

Bum Essentials Diaper from Arizona Mama and The Baby Plus Store (ends 8/28)

pediped® Originals® from One Savvy Mom (ends 8/31)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from A Mom’s Take (ends 8/13)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from Happily Southern (ends 8/21)

Happy Heiny’s Diaper from Happily Southern (ends 8/21)

TK Cuddlers Diaper from Mommy of 1 and Counting (ends 8/14)

Mother-Ease Diaper & Cover from My New Life as Mom (ends 9/3)

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag from Mommy is Green (ends 8/19)

Nifty Nappy Diaper from It’s Me Melbie (ends 9/4)

Best Bottom Diaper from A Mom’s Take (ends 8/13)

Tiny Tush Diaper from Liz Has a Life (ends 8/18)

FuzziBunz Starter Kit from Pregnancy360 (ends 8/31) Super easy entry!!

Smartipants Diaper from Mom Most Traveled (ends 8/10)

Giveaways still running from last week:
You may enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The format Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. At a minimum, please include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Please view my post on where I list my giveaways to find more great places to link up!
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Cloth Diapers Delamination Warranties

My Rumparooz Delamination Issue

I couldn’t make a long story short to save my life, but I’m great at making short stories long.

I recently had an issue with Rumparooz PUL delamination, and I wanted to share my experience with you, in case you have Rumparooz, or had heard anything about this issue. 

Let me very clearly state: While the delamination problem is a known issue, it is a small portion of the diapers that are affected.  If you are not having problems with your diaper.  Good.  Don’t worry about it.  If you are having a problem, contact Rumparooz.

I have been using Tide (which Rumparooz and a few other manufacturers recommend, but many do not.)  I typically hang my shells to dry, but occasionally throw them in the dryer on low for the last 20 or so minutes with the inserts.

Saturday, I took my diapers down, and a few were a bit damp on the inside, so I turned them inside out.  This was totally by chance, since I don’t normally do that.  I immediately noticed “bubbles” where the water resistant PUL lining had pulled away from the outer.  I checked the other Rumparooz I have, and that was the same way, but had actually torn free in some places.

Here are some photos, I know I have mad MS Paint skills, don’t be jealous, LOL. 

Rather hard to see in photos, sorry.

I sent an email from their website around 11 P.M. on Saturday and I had a response by 3 P.M on Sunday!  Sunday!
I received a polite response acknowledging the issue, with instructions on how to receive replacements.  I thought that was great.

I asked to post the explanation of the issue in their words, but they declined.  They seem to want to handle problems as customers bring it up, rather than issuing a statement about it.  Personally, I think they would have been much better off to issue a statement when they discovered the issue, to assure people who did have a problem, that they would stand behind their product.  To let everyone know that they have corrected the issue, and don’t forsee any problems in the future.  By keeping it so “hush hush” it’s just led to discussions about how “my Rumparooz fell apart.”

In fact, I was ticked off, complaining, and wasn’t sure I should even bother contacting them…but after a few other moms in an online cloth diapering group had a similar problem, I thought I’d try.

Since they will not allow me to actually post their explanation of what went wrong, what was affected, how they have fixed the problem, how to know if your diapers are affected and so forth, I will paraphrase.  They know of a delamination problem with some diapers.  It wasn’t all diapers, but they aren’t able to pinpoint which ones it was, until the problem arises with an individual diaper.  It usually shows up after tumble drying.  They have a new PUL supplier and do not expect this to be an issue again.  Some of the affected diapers are still out there.  If you have a problem with your diaper, contact them.  Obviously, if you do not have a problem, you don’t need to contact them. 

In addition to the claim form, there were instructions on how to complete it, take photos and send it along with my receipts.  Once submitted, I immediately received an auto-reply explaining that they would send my replacement diapers within 48 business hours.  Since then (4 days ago, as of the time this post is being published), I haven’t received any correspondence.  No claim approval, no shipping notice.
For any rotten folks out there, you have to contact them to receive the claim form, then send your receipt as well as photos that show the defect, with the completed claim form also visible in the picture.  So no sneaky borrowing pictures to try to pull one over on them!

My reason for sharing this with you is two-fold.  One is that I was not happy with Rumparooz Saturday night.  However, I am glad they are standing behind the product.  It’s just a shame that all companies can’t be as up front as Rockin’ Green was with their recent recall. 

Not all companies are even this responsive to problems.  I contacted Blueberry in January after my Minky Aplix diaper had one of the laundry tabs pretty much shred off of the diaper.  Keep in mind I’d had this diaper less than two months when I sent the email, and the laundry tab had started coming off almost immediately.

This is the response I received:


Good afternoon!!!
Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately Velcro is a beast. I prefer snaps myself, just due to the no maintenance aspect. We have tried many different varieties/brands of Velcro and have tested many different scenarios. Either we can have soft velcro that looses it stick or one like that is too stiff and will scratch the baby. We are always looking for way to build a better mouse trap.

Thanks again and have a greta day!!!

Bet regards,


First off, I am so guilty of typos, especially reversing letters or leaving one out.  However, receiving a typo-riddled response made me feel less than important.  I also felt very brushed off.  Like this was no surprise and no big deal to them that my THIRTY THREE DOLLAR diaper was a hunk-o-cr…junk.  No request for more information or photos, nothing.  I clearly explained that I’d had the diaper about a month and that the velcro was so “sticky” that it was nearly impossible to remove from the laundry tabs, and that one laundry tab had torn almost completely off.

Needless to say, I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy any more of their diapers, even though I like the snap closure diaper I have.  Yes, I spent $33 on a diaper.  I’m appropriately ashamed.  Isn’t it interesting that the 3 most expensive diapers I’ve bought are the 3 with the biggest problems?

OK, the second reason I wanted to share this with you is to urge you to check your diapers.  If you have a Rumparooz that you purchased in the past year or so, turn it inside out and look at it. 

If you have washed your diapers many times, occasionally tumble drying them and you do not have any problems, you do not need to contact Rumparooz, your diapers are fine!

The worst of my delamination (the torn part) is in the back, but if it were in a wet zone, the diapers would likely be leaking.

In case you didn’t notice, customer service is a pet peeve of mine.  When I initially thought that RaR had identified the issue and was owning up to it, the tone of this post was much more positive (and had a different title.)  Hopefully this post will help spread the word, so that people who have diapers with problems can get them replaced (since RaR doesn’t seem to be planning to go “public.”)

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Cloth Diapers Discount Fitted Diapers Giveaway Made in the USA Natural Fiber Diapers Retailers Review

Play All Day Hemp Fleece Diaper Review and Giveaway from EcoMom – Plus a discount! (CLOSED 8/10) U.S. & Canada


I’ve already told you about Eco-Friendly Baby Products – EcoMom, when I reviewed the Plum/Revolution Foods products.  I’m very happy that EcoMom is expanding their cloth diaper offerings!  I was originally supposed to review the gDiapers (several readers have asked about them) but they were such a popular new item, they weren’t able to let me review them just yet.  Hopefully soon!
EcoMom has competitive pricing and offers free shipping on any $75 order every day.  However, they also offer the EcoPass.  The EcoPass is $99 for the year ($8.25/mo) and gets you free shipping plus 15% off of all orders!  At this time, there are no restrictions on that.  It’s good on both oversize and expensive items!
EcoMom has a new feature, the “daily deal.”  As an EcoPass holder, you would be entitled to buy the daily deals (plus new products!) before anyone else, and that free shipping would really make it a deal!
Also, check out their “What Does EcoMom® Mean to Me” – Video Contest and you could win a $200 shopping spree!

The diaper EcoMom sent me is an organic hemp fleece fitted diaper by Play All Day.

The diaper is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton fleece.  I received a size medium, which fits 16-28 pounds.

The body of the diaper has 3 layers of organic hemp fleece, while the soaker has two.  Edges are all serged.

The diaper is sized pretty generously to fit a wide range, but the snap overlaps help fit smaller babies.

Like other hemp/organic cotton products, it needed to be washed and dried 3 times on hot before use, to remove the natural oils.  It will continue to gain absorbency through 8-9 washes.

After prepping, the diaper became, um, more fleece-y looking.  I am sure there is a word for that, but it escapes me!

The first time I tried the diaper on my son, I didn’t double the soaker, and used it coverless.

Even though my son is on the smaller side, at around 18 pounds, I got a good fit.

We have used the diaper several times already.  The first time, he “christened” it quickly, as he always does with new diapers.  The second time, we got about an hour and a half out of it coverless, before I noticed some dampness on the outside in the wet zone. 

With a cover, the absorbency is great.  I think this would make an excellent night time diaper with a good cover or wool soaker, possibly adding a doubler for a very heavy wetter.

Hemp is excellent in a diaper, since it is very absorbent, without being bulky!  The MSRP of the size medium is $17.50.

EcoMom is offering one reader a $15 gift certificate.  Use it on a diaper, or anything you like from their store!  This is open to the U.S. and Canada!

All of my readers may enter discount code SBBL287 at checkout and receive 15% off of your order through 8/31/10!

Here’s how to enter:  You may do any or all of the below.  Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Be sure to leave your email address in at least one comment if it isn’t visible in your profile.  If you are using the anonymous comment option, please leave it in all comments.  You may use the format email at host dot com if you like.

1. Visit EcoMom and leave me a relevant comment such as: What product would you like to see them carry that they don’t already?  What product do they carry that you would like to see me review?  What would you buy with your $15 gift certificate if you win?
2. Follow this blog
3. “Like” me on Facebook
4. “Like” EcoMom on Facebook
5. Follow me on Twitter
6. Follow EcoMom on Twitter
7. Tweet about this giveaway.  One tweet per day please.  You may use this if you like: @chgdiapers has a #giveaway for a $15 gc from @ecomomceo for #clothdiapers or other #organic products.  Ends 8/10
8. Sign up for EcoMom’s Newsletter

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.

I will accept entries until Tuesday August 10th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I’ll select a winner with’s true random number generator, and contact the winner by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner chosen.  Winner’s email address will be shared with EcoMom, for prize fulfillment purposes only.  Winner will be required to provide shipping address to EcoMom.

Remember you can use discount code SBBL287 to get 15% off of your order until August 31, 2010!

EcoMom graciously provided me with the pictured diaper for review purposes, and will also provide the winner with a $15 gift certificate.  I was not otherwise compensated, I was not requested or required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!

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Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 8/2/10


Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions.  They don’t have to be about cloth diapering!  I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to at gmail dot com!

Before I get started, I wanted to remind you that I’m going to be a regular poster at The Village of Moms.  You may remember my guest post series about cloth diapering.  I’ll be posting the first Monday of every month, and today is my first post!  I’ll be writing about cloth diapering, baby wearing, “green” and frugal topics, as well as crafts, recipes and more!  I’d love for you to read my first post, which is about Homemade Kool-Aid Scented Play Dough!

The first question is from Stephanie:

I know you answered a question last week about nighttime diapering, but I’ve got another one.

When it comes to nighttime diapering, I know the words trim and absorbent don’t mix. But, I am looking for a solution that is as trim as possible that will work for a 27lb 20 month old. Having a bulky diaper bothers her and she just cant sleep (I wouldn’t be able to either). She is not a super wetter, but needs good absorbency to make it through the night.


Night time diapering seems to be the biggest conundrum in cloth diapering, second only to wash routines!  The solution for your daughter will really hinge on how heavy of a wetter she is.  A pocket diaper with a Superdo insert is the trimmest you will get (in my opinion) and still get ultra-absorbency. 
At this point, my son actually doesn’t need that much absorbency anymore.  If your daughter doesn’t either, you might try the Loopydo insert instead, adding a hemp doubler if needed.
The flip cover with the organic insert is trimmer than others, and has proved a great solution for many babies.
Another thing to think about is using a wool soaker over an absorbent fitted.  My experience has been that the more absorbent fitteds are bulkier, but I’ve recently discovered that hemp fitteds can be very absorbent without the bulk. 
I wish there was an easy answer, that I could tell you exactly what to get, but it’s really trial and error!
The next question is from Amanda:
My little one has had a recurring yeast rash in his diaper area for several months now. We brought him back to the Dr last week and she told me to bleach all my diapers and then do an extra rinse before hanging them in the sun to dry. I am terribly afraid of using bleach on my dipes, especially since many of them specifically say on the tags NO BLEACH. Is there something else I can do to make sure there are no nasty yeasties living in his diapers? We use pockets with a variety of inserts-bamboo, hemp, microfiber and plain old cotton prefolds and all of his dipes have Bamboo or organic cotton lining. HELP!

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this!  Not fun for you or baby! 
There are other things you can try before you resort to bleach.  Around 3-4 drops (front loader, 4-6 for a top loader) of tea tree oil or grapefruit seed oil along with a hot wash, followed by drying in the sun.  Water temps need to be above 122 degrees to kill the yeast.  If you turn your water heater up to wash, be sure to turn it back down afterward!
Boiling water is also a good bet, but only on the prefolds.  You can damage the PUL, snaps and aplix on your pocket diapers.
I would definitely not recommend bleaching your diapers on a regular basis, however, 1/4 cup of bleach to a load of diapers will be very effective in killing the yeast, and doing this once will be very unlikely to damage your diapers.  Of course, do not pour bleach directly on the diapers!
You will want to use liners in your diapers if you are using a topical cream to treat the yeast.  I don’t usually recommend using disposables, but you might want to think about using a few until things are really cleared up.
As usual, these are my opinions, I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on T.V.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully, I’m not responsible for any damage or injuries.  (There, is my tushie covered?)

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