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Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 2/21/11 – Prepping Diapers & Stinky Pails!

stinky #clothdiapers pails via @chgdiapers

Every Monday, I will 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 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.

Julie says:

Hi Maria!!

First off I just want to say I LOVE your blog! It was one of the first cloth diaper related blogs I came across when I was pregnant and looking into cloth diapers. I had a couple of questions for you.

First off, I started my cloth diaper stash with a big purchase so it was easy to just throw all of the items in the wash to prep them all together. Nowadays, I find myself buying one or two diapers or inserts at a time and I would hate to run a laundry load for just a couple of items. Do you have any suggestions for prepping just a couple of diapers or inserts at a time?

Also, my daughter was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months, but now that she is almost 9 months and eating solids, I am finding that her diaper pail is getting MIGHTY stinky. I do try to spray the poopy diapers with my sprayer but that doesn’t really seem to be helping. Any other suggestions?

Thanks so so much!

Julie J.

I really appreciate hearing that you enjoy the blog, and find it helpful!  You really have no idea how warm & fuzzy that makes me feel!

If I get a new diaper that doesn’t have special prepping instructions (if it’s made of microfiber, microfleece, PUL etc.), I throw it in the wash with my other diapers once, then use it.  Things like organic cotton and hemp usually need to be washed at least three times before using, and will continue to gain absorbency for up to 10 washes. 

The problem is that they need to be washed separately, since the fibers contain natural oils that could be deposited onto your other diapers, and cause them to repel.  Check with the manufacturer/the product packaging, because some companies send natural fiber products partially prepped.  As annoying as it is, and wasteful as it seems, you really do need to wash them separately to protect your other diapers. 

I have heard of people boiling hemp prefolds/inserts to remove the oils faster, but I haven’t tried that myself!  I would definitely suggest exercising caution if you try that, and I am not responsible for any burns or fires that may occur, eek!  “Ma’am, what were you doing when the fire started?”  “Errr, well, uhh…I was just…uhh…boiling my…hemp.”

As far as your stinky pail goes, my first two suggestions would be to keep the pail open a crack, and to wash more often.  You’d think keeping the pail closed tightly would keep the smell in better, but I find that letting the air circulate means less stink.  Washing no more than every 2-3 days, and washing the liner each time helps quite a bit as well.  Wahmies pail liners have a swatch of fabric at the seam, where you can add a few drops of essential oil to help with the odor.  If yours doesn’t have that feature, several WAHMs also make pail powder that you can use to eliminate odors and add scent.

How about you?  How do you prep new diapers when you only have 1 or 2?  How do you combat pail stink?

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Friday Giveaway Linky Giveaways Linky

2/18/11 – Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup


It’s Friday giveaway roundup time!  Take a look at 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, or Fill out my contact form for readers.

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

*Bummas Wipes from Sweet T Makes Three Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/18) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Tiny Tush Elite Pocket Diaper from Momma in Flip Flops (ends 2/18)

*WAHMies Pail Liner from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/18)

Maxwell Designs Diaper & Wet Bag from Kelly Wels (ends 2/18)

Sleepy Wrap from CT Mom Reviews (ends 2/18)

*Bumgenius 4.0 Artist Series from Bottom of the Sixth Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/19)

*Doopsy Diaper from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/19)

*Twinkletoes Fleece Shorties from Stuff Parents Need (ends 2/19)

WAHMies Wet Bag from Makobi Scribe Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/19) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag from Take Time to Smell The Rose Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/19) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*My Baby’s Green Diapers from Lindsay’s Family Reviews Mandatory GFC follow and Newsletter Subscription (ends 2/20)

*Rumparooz Diaper from Happy Baby Co. and Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/20)

*Mother-Ease Diaper from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/20)

*Thirsties Fab Wipes & Booty Luster from Coping With Frugality (ends 2/20)

*Bummis Easy Fit Diaper from The Small Town Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/20)

*Bummas Wipes from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/20)

*Best Bottom Diapering System from Cloth Diaper Contests Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/20)

GoGreen Pocket Diaper from The Nurse Mommy (ends 2/20)

Econobum from Nicki’s Cloth Diaper Reviews (ends 2/20)

*Itti Bitti D’Lish and Tutto Diapers from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 2/21)

*RearZ Diapers from Cushy Tushy and West Coast Mama (ends 2/21) Open to the U.S. and Canada

The Diaper Bag Wrangler Wet Bag from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/21)

*$20 Abby’s Lane GC from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/23)

*Wee Expressions Diaper from Sweet T Makes 3 Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/23)

Snappi from Crum’s This n That Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/23)

Dinkledooz Diaper from GoGo Natural and Triple Duty Momma (ends 2/23) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Mini Maestro Diaper from Momma In Flip Flops (ends 2/24) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bellabamboo Wipes from Wee Little Changes (ends 2/24)

Mini Maestro Diapers from Cushy Tushy and Cloth Diaper Contests and Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/24) Open to Canada only

Softbums Omni from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/24)

Sweet Pea Diaper Cover from The Cloth Diaper Report (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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

Feel free to enter any G-rated 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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Review Toys

Rumparooz Doll Diapers Review

Rumparooz Doll Diapers

Rumparooz makes doll diapers when they have enough PUL to make a batch.  I couldn’t resist, and I snagged two for my daughter.  I had the urge to buy one in each color, but at $4 a pop, I had to just get the Tulip and Amethyst.
Rumparooz doll diapers

They are quite simple, just cut and serged PUL scraps with Velcro closures and exposed elastic.  They have the Rumparooz label on the back, which makes them extra-adorable.
inside Rumparooz doll diapers

I’m thinking you might be able to roll up a baby washcloth and place it inside to use with a Baby Alive (or similar) doll that wets.
Rumparooz doll diaper on baby alive rumparooz rear on baby alive

They fit really well on The Baby Alive Baby All Gone (I think that’s what it’s called?) and looked adorable!

rumparooz on baby alive and bitty baby rumparooz rear on baby alive and bitty baby

It didn’t fit quite as well on the Bitty Baby, but then again, she’s a little funny shaped.  I know, that girl needs a trip to the doll hospital.  She’s missing eyelashes and her eye stays closed, plus she has paint on the back of her head from being banged against the wall!

I would love to see Rumparooz make a diaper with a sewn in soaker and laundry tabs, so it could be used with dolls that wet.  I think something like that would definitely be worth $4 each.  I thought the price was a little steep for these, considering I paid the same for the custom cloth diapers for Baby Alive last year.  Then again, I’m cheap frugal.

Did you grab any of the Rumparooz Doll diapers?  What colors did you get?  What do you think of them?

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Facebook Default Setting Change

Have you noticed that you’re not seeing updates from some of your friends, family or pages (ahem, me?)  Facebook changed the default setting to show posts only from friends and pages you interact with most.

I saw this several days ago, checked mine, and it was already set to show posts from everyone.  A few days later, I checked again, and it had been changed.  It was an easy fix, but I just wanted to let everyone know to check theirs, even if they don’t suspect it’s been changed.

First, click on the arrow beside “most recent” on your news feed, and select “edit options” from the drop down menu.

facebook privacy changes

From there, click the drop down beside “show posts from” and select “all of your friends and pages.”

facebook default setting changes
Click save, and you’re all set!
Speaking of Facebook, this morning we had 1,000 Facebook “likers,” but we’re down to 998 997 995.  (I think I need to stop looking, we’re going the wrong way!)  I was all set to post the 1,000 follower giveaway tomorrow morning, since we’re over 1k GFC, RSS & Twitter, but it’s been postponed until we bump back over 1,000 Facebook “likers.”  If you know of someone who might be interested, send them over!  🙂
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Cloth Diapering Diaper Sprayers How To/Demo

Video Demo of the Dunk & Swish (& Flush) Method

A few readers had asked for a video of my dunk and swish method.  Since I love you guys, I obliged.  I don’t like the sound of my voice, and I did my fair share of stammering since I was nervous!  My New York friend says I have an accent, but I think she’s the one with the accent, hee hee!

If your baby is breastfed (or on very few solids) there is no need to rinse the diapers first, just throw them in the wash.  I’ve heard that formula fed baby poop is the same, but I don’t have first hand experience with that.

When your baby is older, you can flip the solids into the toilet and flush; anything remaining is usually fine to go in the wash.  However, in that in-between stage (or in my case, when baby has had a lot of fruit or juice!) diapers need a little extra help.  If you don’t have a diaper sprayer, you can still dunk and swish without sticking your hands in gross water!

I almost forgot: I can’t take credit for this method, I am pretty sure it was one of my readers who suggested I try it, but I can’t for the life of me remember who!

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