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Mailbox Mondays 12/13/10 Cloth Wipes and Moldy Dipes!

moldy #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

It’s Mailbox Monday again!  If you have a question you’d like answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, email it to maria at with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject!

Ash says:

Hi Maria!

I’ve been cloth diapering my daughter for about 8 months but I haven’t made the switch over to cloth wipes yet. Shocker I know! ha! This week I am finally finishing up the last of the disposable wipes I have and am making the switch to cloth! I’m excited! But I was curious as to how many wipes I should have. I was thinking around the same amount as dipes which is a little over two dozen. I’ve already bought some and I’ve made some as well. What do you think is a good amount?



Hi Ash!  I like to wash every other day, and have enough “stuff” that I don’t have to rush with folding/stuffing diapers to use.  So, I’d say a rough estimate would be one wipe for each diaper you’d use during that time, plus a few extra for messy diapers.

I often used 5+ disposable wipes on messy diapers, but it is very rare for me to have to use more than one cloth wipe.  I keep 19 wipes downstairs (where I change most of my diapers) and I don’t think I’ve ever run out.  I just have 4 upstairs, and though I don’t change many diapers up there, I often have to dip in to my original “wipes,” which were cut and zigzagged burp cloths!

I think 2 dozen wipes would be perfect!  You will love using cloth wipes!

Ash also says:

Hey Maria!

I was wondering if any of your dipes have gotten moldy. I have a couple of pocket dipes, some of which are only a couple months old that look like they have patches of mold on them that have recently showed up. I’ve been using Soap Nuts for a couple months now and I am wondering if that has something to do with it. Do you have any suggestions on getting rid of it? I just stripped my dipes with blue dawn and have used white vinegar in the rinse a couple times and been using a little oxiclean, but it still seems to be sticking around. Any suggestions would be great!!


I haven’t had a moldy diaper…yet.  I’m just waiting for the day when I forget one somewhere!
Is the mold on the diaper or the insert?  If it’s on the insert, I’d suggest washing the inserts only with about 1/4 cup of bleach, then rinse until the water is clean and the bleach smell is gone.
If it’s on the diaper itself, I’d suggest a soak, then hot wash followed by some sun.  You’ve already tried vinegar and oxiclean, which would have been my other suggestions, along with perhaps some tea tree oil.  If you’ve killed the mold, you may just have a little staining, and some old fashioned UV rays would probably take care of that!
As far as the soap nuts, it’s hard to say.  I was using them with great success for about a month, then suddenly the diapers started coming out of the wash smelling like they hadn’t been washed at all.
How often to you wash?  I don’t recommend much longer than every other day, and you might even want to leave your pail or wet bag open a crack between wash days.

How about you gals? How many cloth wipes do you find is enough? Have you ever fought mold and won?

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Do you have a wish list of your own?

>My husband and I don’t exchange gifts anymore, for the sake of saving money.  I know if we did, he’d be dreaming of flat screen TVs and flat screen TV stands!

So, I really don’t have a holiday wish list, but I have a running fluff wish list.  I know, I know!  I really don’t “need” any more fluff, but I have this desire to try and review every diaper.  It’s an illness!  No, I don’t expect to ever actually buy or own all of these, but if I found a screaming deal on one of them, I’d bite!

Here’s what I haven’t tried that I’d like to (that I can think of, I’m sure there are more!):

  • Tot Bots
  • Wee Huggers
  • Applecheeks
  • GoGreen
  • Bottombumpers
  • gDiapers
  • GroVia
  • Tiny Tush
  • Bum Essentials
  • Tiny Tush
  • Tweedlebugs
  • Bumkins
  • Knickernappies One Size
  • Sposoeasy
  • Green Acre Designs
  • iCandy
  • OsoCozy
  • Snap EZ
  • Sustainablebabyish
  • Wahmies

If I ever get to cloth diaper a newborn, I’d wish for:

  • Rumparooz Lil Joey
  • Tot Bots Tiny Fit
  • Fuzzibunz XS
  • Bumgenius AIO XS
  • Eli Monster Newborn Diapers
  • Happy Heinys Mini One Size
  • Smarti Pants Newborn Diapers
  • Thirsties Size 1 Duo Diaper/Wrap
  • Heartland Dreams Newborn Diapers
  • Doodle Dypes Dynky Doodle
  • Guerilla Fluff Newborn Diapers
  • Thirsties Fab Fitted XS
  • Almost Heaven Diaper Co. Newborn Diaper
  • PLUMP Newborn Diaper

I’d also probably want to try any prefolds and covers with a newborn too, since they go through so many diapers!

How about you?  Do you have a running fluff wish list?  Are you wishing for anything for yourself this year?

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Friday Giveaway Linky Giveaways Linky

Weekly Friday Giveaway Roundup for December 10th, 2010



It’s Friday, and I’ve rounded up cloth diaper, accessory and babywearing giveaways for you!

If you’d your cloth diaper/accessory/baby wearing giveaway to be featured in next week’s roundup, send a description, link and photo (if applicable) to maria at  I like to keep the roundup to cloth, baby wearing etc. but you can put anything family friendly in the linky.  Nothing that will make me blush please!

This week’s giveaway finds:

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Please be sure to enter the Wallypop giveaway at Lauren’s Little Lovies, ending 12/17.  This was a Merry Fluffy Christmas prize that was inadvertently left out!

Knickernappies Mama Cloth from Wee Little Changes (ends 12/16)

Flora Gayle Wool Longies/Soaker from Nault’s Nook Mandatory GFC Follow (ends 12/31)

Knickernappies Diaper Package from Kelly Wels (ends today, 12/10)

Bummis Whisper Wrap from Jamie’s Precious Peas (ends 12/19)

Bumgenius Elemental from natural Pure Essentials and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 1/6)

$25 Earth Angels Diaper Co. GC from Mama B. Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/19)

Snuglibebe Diaper from Cloth Diapering Momma Mandatory GFC follow (ends today, 12/10)

OweWhoaWhen Soaker from Nault’s Nook Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/31)

Bitty Bumz Boutique Diaper from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/12)

Planet Wise Wet Bag from Eco-Friendly and Frugal Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/18)

Gen-Y Cover from Biehl Adventures (ends 12/14)

Doopsy SD Diaper from Tree Huggin’ Mama Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/12)

ErgoBaby Carrier from Rachel’s Reviews and Giveaways (ends 12/15)

ErgoBaby Carrier from Baby Bix (ends 12/15)

$20 Ottowa Cloth Diapers GC  from Beautiful Calling (ends 12/23) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Little Muffin Bottoms Pocket Diaper from Cloth Diaper Addiction Mandatory GFC follow (ends tomorrow, 12/11)

New School Cloth Diaper from Cloth Diapering Momma Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/13)

Large Planet Wise Wet Bag from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 1/9) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Giveaways still running from last week:

Knickernappies diaper from Chubby Cheeks Thinks and The Diaper Wagon (ends today, 12/10)

Cheeky Diapers Diaper and Cover from Luvs Jurn (ends today, 12/10)

Bootyful Baby Boutique Diaper from Your World: Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/12)

Knickernappies diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 12/29)

$25 Kanga Care Gift Card from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 12/13)

Planet Wise Hanging Wet Bag from The B Keeps us Honest (ends 12/16)

My Baby’s Green AIO from Mommy is Green (ends 12/16)

AMP Duo Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/29)

Sprout Change Diaper from The Willow Store and The Bragging Mommy (ends 12/14)

Nifty Nappy Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/31)

Dinkledooz Diaper from GoGo Natural and It’s Me Melbie (ends 12/26)

$10 Abby’s Lane GC from Real Mom Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/15)

GoGo Green Diaper from Connected Mom (ends 12/16)

Wahmies Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 1/1)

Blue Penguin AIO from Makobi Scribe comments go on another blog must follow both blogs to enter (ends 12/13)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Luvs Jurn (ends 12/16)

Mother-Ease Sandy’s Fitted Diaper and Cover from Marlie and Me (ends today, 12/10)

Beco Gemini Carrier from Sugar Pop Ribbons Mandatory GFC follow (ends tomorrow, 12/11)

$350 Fuzzibunz Kit from Kelly Wels Giveaway is run on Facebook, mandatory “like” (ends 12/21)

Tiny Tush Elite Diaper from Liz Has a Life (ends 12/14)

Comfy Rumps Pocket Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/23)

GoGoGreen Pocket Diapers from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/26)

ErgoBaby Doll Carrier from One Savvy Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/21)

Comfy Rumps Diapers from Chubby Cheeks Thinks 2 winners, open to the U.S. and Canada (ends 12/15)

Happy Heinys Pockets Diaper from Nature Bumz and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/12)

Kawaii Pocket Diaper from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/15)

Baby K’Tan pink baby carrier from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 12/11)

FuzziBunz Perfect Size Diaper from Thanks Mama and The Cheap and Choosy (ends 12/17)

You may enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. At a minimum, please include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Check out where I list my giveaways to find more great places to link up your giveaways!

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A Merry Fluffy Christmas Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Event Wide Merry Fluffy Christmas Winners – on all 19 blogs!


cloth diaper giveaways

Here’s a compilation of all of the Merry Fluffy Christmas winners event-wide!  Winners are listed based on each blogger’s announcements.  Please check with each blog for their official winner lists, and look for that winning email if you’re not sure if it’s you!

A Nation of Moms
Day 1 Winner-Katie M.
Day 2 Winner-MommyTrenches
Day 3 Winner-Sarah C.
Day 4 Winner-Teresha @ Marlie and Me
Day 5 Winner-Kara F.

A Year With Mom and Dad           
Day 1 Winner-Erica H.
Day 2 Winner-Diane M.
Day 3 Winner-Amanda N.
Day 4 Winner-lilbabyvenus
Day 5 Winner-Summer N.

Adventures in Green Living
Day 1 Winner-Mama Needs a Nap
Day 2 Winner-Heather M.
Day 3 Winner-Rebecca O.
Day 4 Winner-Sradke1024
Day 5 Winner-Jessica A.

Adventures of a First Time SAHM
Day 1 Winner-Laura
Day 2 Winner-Amy
Day 3 Winner-Njos Family
Day 4 Winner-Janine
Day 5 Winner-SAPsMaMa

And Then There Were 4
Day 1 Winner-Twins Crew
Day 2 Winner-Amanda S.
Day 3 Winner-Lindsay
Day 4 Winner-Nikki
Day 5 Winner-Emmerswee

Children Teaching Mama           
Day 1 Winner-Stacy
Day 2 Winner-Diaper Dad James
Day 3 Winner-Michelle S.
Day 4 Winner-Leslie Family
Day 5 Winner-Hannah

Crazy House            
Day 1 Winner-Sueparks2003
Day 2 Winner-Twins Crew
Day 3 Winner-Sradke1024
Day 4 Winner-Life of the Leatherberry’s
Day 5 Winner-Misty H.

Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my!
Day 1 Winner-Tomoko
Day 2 Winner-Christine S.
Day 3 Winner-Allie Wiley
Day 4 Winner-Laurie Makinen
Day 5 Winner-Kris S.

Knocked Up and Nursing
Day 1 Winner-Patti/The ClothSpring
Day 2 Winner-Christine
Day 3 Winner-Katie
Day 4 Winner-Hannah
Day 5 Winner-Amanda

Lauren’s Little Lovies
Day 1 Winner-Alisha L.
Day 2 Winner-Heather Boggess
Day 3 Winner-Grandma Bonnie
Day 4 Winner-JHull
Day 5 Winner-Kristen Jeffery

Mama Bubbles
Day 1 Winner-MommyTrenches
Day 2 Winner-Rachel L.
Day 3 Winner-Karen
Day 4 Winner-MommyTrenches
Day 5 Winner-Stacy V.

Mama Chocolate                     
Day 1 Winner-Lindsay Elford
Day 2 Winner-Laureen Botticelli
Day 3 Winner-Katie Adams
Day 4 Winner-Stacy Ford
Day 5 Winner-Stephanie Skelonis

Mommy of 1 and Counting
Day 1 Winner-Donna
Day 2 Winner-Katie Adams
Day 3 Winner-Heather
Day 4 Winner-MommyTrenches
Day 5 Winner-Katherine

Mommy’s Firsts                
Day 1 Winner-Becky Huss
Day 2 Winner-Cassie
Day 3 Winner-Kelli McCormick
Day 4 Winner-Hannah VW
Day 5 Winner-Kristina C.

Tales of the Wife
Day 1 Winner-Princess Avanaar
Day 2 Winner-Melinda
Day 3 Winner-Boise Biebers
Day 4 Winner-Alliejean
Day 5 Winner-Vered

The Momccupation
Day 1 Winner-Michelle B.
Day 2 Winner-Kayla
Day 3 Winner-Jenny Hull
Day 4 Winner-Aubrey
Day 5 Winner-Barb M.

The Not So Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
Day 1 Winner-Stacy
Day 2 Winner-Jessica
Day 3 Winner-MommyTrenches
Day 4 Winner-girlforgotten81
Day 5 Winner-Toni George

The Tree Huggin’ Mama
Day 1 Winner-Hippiemama86
Day 2 Winner-Kristina Yeouze
Day 3 Winner-Brittney Minor
Day 4 Winner-Becky Huss
Day 5 Winner-Amy T.

Toronto Teacher Mom
Day 1 Winner-Suzie
Day 2 Winner-Lindsey
Day 3 Winner-Shannon B.
Day 4 Winner-Hippiemama86
Day 5 Winner-Boise Wiebers

Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy your fluff!!

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Planet Wise Changing Pad Review and My New Diaper Storage


planet wise changing pad

Until now, I had just been changing my son’s diapers directly on the leather couch.  It’s easy to just wipe it off, but it occurred to me that this might be a little gross (ha ha.)  The Planet Wise Changing Pad retails for $11.99 and I snagged one for even less with a Black Friday sale/coupon/free shipping.

cloth diaper changing pad

The changing pad comes in several colors, but I wish they had some of the cute prints the wet bags come in! They do have them in the prints for $16.50, they just don’t have them listed on their site, and of course not everyone who sells the changing pads has the prints.  Thanks Samuel’s Momma!

care instructions

The white side is super soft (I mean soft!) fleece, and the colored side is PUL, so it’s waterproof.  Of course, since it’s fleece, it’s not wipe-able like the plastic ones that come with some diaper bags.  So, you’ll probably want to have at least two on hand.  It is simple to wash with diapers and dries quickly.
length of planet wise changing padwidth of planet wise changing pad

The specs say it is 13×21, and that’s pretty close.


size of changing pad folded

Even though it’s not wipe-able, it has a leg up on the old plastic changing pads because you can fold it up really tiny and stuff it in a bag!
This revelation about the possible grossness of couch diaper changing came along with a furniture rearrange in our family room.  I used to have my diapers stacked on a ledge by the couch, but we shifted things so that we have a “family room” on one side of the room and a “play room” on the other side.  This means my diaper ledge was no longer handy, and I really didn’t love how they looked out in the open anyway.

cloth diaper storage

I ended up at Target on Black Friday (OMG I know, horrors!) because my 11-year old hair dryer decided to die on me while I was trying to get ready for a baby shower that morning.  Incidentally, boiling your hair dry with a straightening iron isn’t really all that effective, and leaves you smelling like burned hair.

cloth diaper organization

In any case, I found this “milk crate” size basket for about $17, and it’s the perfect size to hold all my stuff.  I’m also able to tuck it back behind the end table, so I can reach it, but sticky-fingers McStinkypants can’t.

Baskets make me happy.  Oh who am I kidding?  Any organization makes me happy!
How about you all?  Did you get anything fluff related with all the great Black Friday sales?
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