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Ones & Twos Cloth Diaper Winner

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331 people entered this giveaway. The winning entry is #127, which is Amanda E.

Congratulations, I’m sending you an email so you can claim your prize!

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Buying & Selling Cloth Diapers Cloth Diapers Used Cloth Diapers

Used Diaper Condition (EUC, VGUC, GUC, UC etc.) Definitions


Buying diapers used is a great way to pad your stash without breaking the bank. There have been lots of articles written with tips on buying and selling used, and here is another resource to help people wanting to sell diapers. It seems that buyers all expect pretty much the same things, but they continue to see diapers described as “EUC” or “GUC” that don’t meet those expectations.

In both my research, and your survey responses, most people have the same general idea of what they expect for each condition “rating.” A diaper’s “rating” is based on the condition of the PUL, elastic, inners, closures and soakers. If your diaper has most or all of the possible flaws for a category, it should probably be bumped down. When you are thinking that a diaper is borderline & hard to categorize (is it VGUC or GUC?) it’s probably an indication that you should “rate” it in the lower category. Snap diapers generally fare better than Velcro/Aplix closures when being “rated.”

When you’re rating your diaper, I also recommend taking a peek at a new diaper in comparison, since sometimes you don’t realize how dingy a diaper is looking until you see a spanking new one! Same goes for elastic. Seems nice and springy until you tug on a brand new one and realize how relaxed yours is!

So here is a description of each used cloth diaper rating category, based on the consensus of the cloth diapering community! I’ve included photos of my own diapers, and I used mostly the same brand to make comparing easier.

Like New (LN)

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A “Like New” (LN) diaper should be virtually indistinguishable from a new diaper, aside from not having packaging. It will have bright white, fluffy inserts, zero pilling or fading, bright white inners and all inserts that came with the diaper will be included.

Excellent Used Condition (EUC)

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An “Excellent Used Condition” (EUC) Diaper is nearly new, and may have been washed or tried on a few times. It will be hard to tell it apart from a new diaper without comparing them side by side. There will be little to no pilling, no fuzz in velcro, white, fluffy inserts, and white inners.

Very Good Used Condition (VGUC)

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A “Very Good Used Condition” (VGUC) diaper has been used only a short while and has very minor flaws. It will have little to no pilling, possibly some lint in the velcro, and occasional very light staining. If it has several minor flaws (snags, pilling, light staining, velcro lint etc.) it is most likely “Good Used Condition” rather than “Very Good.”

Good Used Condition (GUC)

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A “Good Used Condition” (GUC) diaper is fully functional, but shows signs of wear such as minor staining, slight pilling or snags and inserts that show some staining and/or flattening. Aplix closures may have some lint or fuzz, and might not be quite as sticky as when the diaper was new. Elastic is still in good shape. It may not look brand new, but a “Good Used Condition” diaper has lots of life left.

Used Condition

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A “Used Condition” (UC) diaper has obviously been used, though it is still fully functional and has some life left. It will probably have a stained and/or dingy and pilling inner, as well as dingy, stained or flattened inserts. The velcro & laundry tabs will show definite signs of wear. Closure tabs may be curling & be not quite as sticky as when new, but they are still expected to work. The elastic may be relaxed, and while it still works, may need to be replaced in the near future. Nothing on the diaper should actually be falling apart or need repair immediately.

Needs Repair

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“Needs repair” sounds pretty self explanatory, but there’s a little bit of gray area as well. Something with totally shot elastic, a missing snap, or Velcro that won’t stick is not functional as is, therefore it needs repair. However, if the laundry tabs are shot, or there is very little use left before the diaper does need repairs, combined with a very well used appearance, you may sometimes see them called used condition or “play condition.” Make sure you ask questions about any flaws mentioned in elastic, laundry tabs, Velcro etc. if you’re not up for diaper surgery!

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The above diaper’s laundry tabs have shrunken and are no longer functional at all. The diaper is also the previous “model,” being a 3.0 vs 4.0, the diaper’s PUL is snagged and the Velcro strip is pilly. It also has dingy, flattened inserts, a dingy, slightly stained inner and relaxed elastic, so with all those things combined, it’s definitely a “needs repair” diaper. Sure, you can put it on your baby & it will work, but you will have to make repairs to continue to use it for a length of time.

There is such a fine line between categories, that it is always a good idea to have your diapers in tip top shape before selling them. Make sure they are clean, stink free, and don’t have any animal or human hair on them. If there are stains, try to sun them first (in fact, sun the diapers & inserts anyway if you can!) and use a snappi (or this thingamabob) to clean any gunk out of the aplix before taking photos.

Always be honest with your buyers! If the diaper is stained and it’s been raining where you are, that’s OK to tell the buyer that you don’t know if they will sun out. However, if you’ve already sunned the diaper and the stains did not fade, please don’t tell the buyer that the stains may sun out, tell them the truth. 🙂

Take a look at Over The Moon Diapers’ Used Diaper Pricing Guide for even more help!

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Baby Products Review

aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Wrap for Your Littlest Sweetheart!


I talked about aden+anais during my “virtual baby shower,” when I received a muslin sleep sack, but I had never tried one of their muslin swaddles, A.K.A. swaddling blankets.

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Twinkle Pink
, Radiant Red and Sweet Heart Swaddle are three adorable prints of the swaddle wraps, perfect for your little Valentine. They even come packaged in a cute muslin bag.

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The wraps are extra-large at 47″ square. They are breathable thanks to the open weave, soft (they get softer with each wash) and durable. The classic swaddling blankets retail for $22, but buying various print collections in 4-packs brings the price to under $12.50 per swaddle wrap!

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You can also buy organic blankets, bamboo muslin blankets (I want to feel one of these!) and they even have a cozy collection with 2-layer blankets!

The blankets can stand in as burp cloths, nursing and stroller covers (pictured below over a stroller!), portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and more. An aden+anais swaddle would be the perfect gift for yourself your little one, or another special person.

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Check out the full aden+anais collection, find aden+anais on Facebook and follow aden+anais on Twitter.

FTC compliance: While I did receive a product at no charge for review purposes, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Mailbox Mondays Motherhood Pregnancy

Mailbox Mondays 2/6/12 – Bedrest with Other Children?

Bedrest with other children via @chgdiapers

Is something on your mind? Have a question for me? Every Monday I take a reader submission, and ask my other readers for their input as well.

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.

Rebecca says::

Hi Maria,
Here’s a Mailbox Monday Question. What do people do with their other children when put on bedrest? I’m scared I may end up on bedrest as my BP is increasing and I have a toddler to take care of. We don’t have family around who can help during the day either and I feel bad relying on other people alot.

Hi Rebecca! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and that you are not put on bed rest! Unfortunately, if you are, I think you’re going to have to rely a lot on other people.

You can ask your husband/partner help you prepare pre-bagged snacks and lunches for yourself and your little one, along with pre-filled sippy cups. Depending on your child’s age, s/he might enjoy helping you by getting things for you or him/herself.

Get tote bags of activities you can do together while you’re lying down, such as coloring books with washable crayons, books and so forth. I don’t see anything wrong with cuddling up and watching some Sesame Street with your little one too!

It will also really depend on how strict your bed rest is and your child’s age. Sometimes changing a diaper is easier than helping a child use the potty, or cleaning up an accident.

If neighbors and/or people in your community are able to bring you a meal, or come empty your dishwasher for you, let them! As hard as it is to accept the help, it’s what’s best for you and your baby. Of course, if you are financially able to hire someone to help with your toddler and/or the cleaning, that would be a dream come true!

Has anyone been on bed rest while you had other small children? How did you handle it?

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Personal Posts

“Listen to the Mustn’ts”

Do you ever feel like something or someone is speaking right to you? Jennifer Labit’s post on Facebook earlier this week couldn’t have come at a better time. It was just what I needed to hear.

Last night, I was reading Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends to my 7-year old at bedtime. I think the poems are largely weird, with a few exceptions (sorry to fans) but when I got to “Listen to the Mustn’ts,” it stopped me in my tracks. I’ve heard it many times before, but this night, when we chose that book after passing up several others, and by chance, happened to read that particular page, I had a hard time reading it. Postpartum hormones still? Maybe.


As adults, we need to remember this. We need to remind our children often, yes, but also ourselves.

Anything can happen. Anything can be.

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