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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 10/10/11 – Convincing Others That Cloth is Awesome

convincing others that #clothdiapers are awesome via @chgdiapers

The Mailbox Mondays feature is where I answer a reader submitted question, and ask my readers to help too!

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.

This week’s is sort of a multi-parter, but both of my askers (that’s probably not a word, is it?) already know that cloth rocks, they just need help convincing someone they love!

Dodie says:

Hello I am writing this to find a way for one of my daughters to know the savings and the reason that cloth is much better than disposables. Can you explain to me the difference in the diapers and what you need to know for a new mother?

Thank you

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Baby Wearing Cloth Diapering Cloth Wipes How To/Demo is on YouTube

Did you know there is a YouTube channel?

I don’t have a whole lot there yet, but I’d like to add more. Here are some highlights, I hope you will check them out and/or share them. I try to keep my videos brief and to the point as much as possible, to make them easy to watch. If you have ideas for other videos you’d like to see, let me know!

Demo of the Itti Bitti Tutto:

Dunk & swish a diaper without getting your hands dirty:

Comparison of the Babykicks Bumboo to 3G Pocket Diaper:

How to use the Babykicks 3G’s newborn snaps:

How to fold cloth wipes to pop up:

Putting on the Boba Carrier:

How to tie a Sleepy Wrap (not that great since I was wearing a black shirt with a black wrap!):

I know my videos aren’t very good, my lighting is bad, and the videos were shot with my point & shoot camera! Even so, I’d love to know what else you’d like to see me do!

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Cloth Diapering Cloth Diapers Guest Posting How To/Demo Washing

Cloth Diapering Without a Washing Machine – Guest Post By Alyssa

All that’s missing from Alyssa’s life is a washer and dryer. She has access to coin operated machines within her building (certainly better than schlepping them to a laundromat!) but anyone who has paid for laundry knows how expensive it can get. So, she washed her diapers by hand every day, for several months. She agreed to allow me to post this so everyone can see that it can be done! -Maria

My name is Alyssa and I love cloth diapers. Like, really love. So much so that I went against everyone’s “advice” and decided to CD my daughter while living in an apartment with no washer/dryer. Our diaper laundry costs were pretty much the cost of what disposables would have been (I’m a bargain shopper.) But the money wasn’t the point. I wanted my daughter to have what I had. Nice, comfortable, and breathable cloth next to her tush =)

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Babykicks 3G Pocket Diaper Review & Giveaway / Comparison To Bumboo Pocket (CLOSED 3/15)

babykicks 3g pocket diapers

I posted my Babykicks Bumboo pocket diaper review about 9 months ago, and I was curious about how they compared to the new Babykicks 3G pocket diaper.  I purchased several with a CSN gift card to both compare and review, and to give away and donate!

babykicks bumboo vs 3g pocket diaper 
I like the Bumboo pocket, but the 3G has minor changes that make me like it even more.  They still retail for $18.50.  One noticeable change is the addition of the newborn snaps.

newborn snapsnewborn snaps on babykicks 3g

The newborn snaps are two male snaps on the wing, next to the closure snaps (this is a side snapping diaper.)  It took me some hunting to figure out how to use them, so I actually made a video demonstrating how, in addition to photos below.

If you don’t care to watch videos (or if you’re “NAK” like I often am, LOL) here is a photo demo:

First, you fold the pocket into itself:

folding pocket inpocket folded in

Then bring the tab with the newborn snaps over the front.

tab crossed over

Then, you fold the other tab over to snap it to the newborn snaps.

fold other tab & attach to newborn snaps
newborn snap usedview of the top on newborn settingside view of newborn setting

This is a side snapping diaper, but when you’re using the diaper on the newborn setting, you snap the tabs to each other.  They do not actually attach to the rest of the diaper at all.  Since the newborn setting is for new babies (a week or two old) they aren’t exactly mobile, and the pressure will hold the diaper in place.

size using newborn snap

It really gets very tiny!  The inner of the diaper is quite absorbent, and you should be able to use it for a brand new baby without an insert, though you can also fold the insert and stuff the diaper if you wish.

using newborn rise snapside view of newborn rise snap

Like the Bumboo pocket, the 3G has 4 size settings via a snap down rise.  Above is the smallest setting.  Babykicks estimates the diaper will fit 7-40 pounds, but I’m not sure if they consider the sizes XS-L or S-XL.  I’m referring to them as XS-L based on the size compared to other diapers I have.

Here’s another video comparing the two diapers, and pointing out the differences between them.  I’m also doing the same in photos below.

It’s difficult to show in photos or videos, but the 3G has a slightly wider pocket than the Bumboo.  In all the photos below, the Bumboo pocket is in white and the 3G is in blue.

3g has slightly wider pocket

The front panel of the 3G is also a bit wider, and the tabs/wings are slightly narrower.

wider front panel3g has narrower wings

The 3G is also a little bit narrower through the crotch for a trimmer fit.

3g is slimmer through the crotch

The wing and front size changes give a bit more leg room on the largest setting.

more leg room on largest settingmore space for chunky thighs on largest setting

I love the wider pocket, and I love the new insert. The Bumboo pocket came with a medium Joey Bunz insert, which is contoured on both ends.  The 3G comes with a new one-size Joey Bunz, which is tapered on one end, and also has lines to guide you in folding it down.

3g insert is tapered at one endone size joey bunz has marks for folding

My old insert is a funny color because it was accidentally thrown in with a load of microfiber inserts and bleach.  Oops!

insert fits betterfront of 3g is smoother on smaller settings

I think the tapered insert fits much better in the pocket, and the front of the diaper is much smoother on smaller settings.  I had a hard time getting the Bumboo insert in there just right, and I had tried putting the folded portion of the insert both in the front and the back without great results.  Stuffing the 3G with the contoured portion in the back, then folding the tapered portion in front (this is a front opening pocket) seems to work very well.

babykicks bumboo vs 3g pocket diaper

The Bumboo pocket only came in white with multicolored snaps.  The 3G comes in Azure (blue), Poppy (red), Meadow (green) and also the white with multicolored snaps.  They both still have the 4 rise and snap settings, natural fiber inner with fleece around the edges (to prevent wicking) and the fleece gussets.

3g available in 4 colorsnew babykicks colors

As always, my measurements are not an exact science, but just to give you an idea.

Extra small folded and stretched:

extra small rise setting foldedextra small rise setting stretched

extra small babykicks 3g diaper


small setting foldedsmall setting stretched

babykicks 3g diaper small


medium setting foldedmedium setting stretched

babykicks 3g diaper medium


large setting foldedlarge setting stretched

babykicks 3g large cloth diaper

I had been putting my son in the Bumboo on the large setting, since the insert fit better that way, but he really needs the medium.  Here he is in the 3G on the medium setting.  He is 21 months old and weighs about 21 pounds.

babykicks medium 3g diaper on 21 lb babyfront


Here he is in the Bumboo pocket (medium setting) on the same day:

babykicks bumboo pocket medium 21 lb baby

See this on my newborn.

Giveaway:  One entrant will receive one Babykicks 3G Pocket diaper in his/her choice of color (ARV $18.50.)  The rest of the diapers will be sent to The Cloth Diaper Foundation!

babykicks 3g pocket diapersbabykicks pocket diapers

Here’s how to enterAll 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

I will accept entries until Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using’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: 174

FTC compliance: I purchased these diapers with a gift card provided by CSN stores.  I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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Cloth Diapering How To/Demo Velcro/Aplix Closure Warranties

Replacing Bumgenius 3.0 Aplix or Velcro & Laundry Tabs Without a Sewing Machine (Bumgenius Refresher Tutorial)

bumgenius aplix replacement without a sewing machine

Yes, it can be done; I did it.  I have lots of pictures for you!
My cloth diaper stash started with 6 Bumgenius 3.0 pocket diapers.  I bought three in October 2009 to try, followed by 3 more about a week later.  Those 6 got a ton of use as I slowly built up my stash.  As I expected, after nearly constant use, the aplix started to curl, and the laundry tabs started to shrink.  Three of the six were replaced under the Bumgenius warranty, (Cottonbabies’ warranty and customer service are superb by the way) however, the other three really weren’t bad enough to be replaced before the 1-year warranty ended.
worn out bumgenius velcroworn out bumgenius aplix
worn out bumgenius laundry tabsshrunken bumgenius laundry tabs

I have quite a stash of diapers in rotation now; I wash every other day, and diapers are used just a few times a week.  However, two of my Bumgenius 3.0s are still my primary night time diapers (I rotate 4, including a fitted/wool, but the BG are my favorites) so they are still used a lot.  You can see above that the laundry tabs are shrunken and the closure tabs are starting to curl.  They still stick fine to the front of the diaper, but they don’t stick to the laundry tabs anymore.
16 month old bumgenius 3.016 month old bumgenius laundry tabs

laundry tabback of laundry tab

On the other hand, one 3.0 that has been in my regular rotation still looks fine after 16 months.

bumgenius refresher kit

Cottonbabies sells Bumgenius refresher kits for $1.00 each.  They include 3 pieces of elastic, two closure tabs, two laundry tabs, and ship for free.

The kits also include instructions for doing the repairs with a sewing machine.  I’ve adapted them to do it by hand!  Luckily, I didn’t need to replace any elastic, so I’ve just done the closure and laundry tabs.  I decided to try this on a Bumgenius 3.0 AIO I got for free with a coupon code.  That way if I really screwed it up, I wouldn’t be heartbroken!

removing tabscutting tabs

cut tab

First, I very carefully cut the ends of the closure tabs.  The instructions say to remove them with a seam ripper, but I found it much easier to cut the tabs first.  Of course, you want to be very careful not to cut the diaper!

opening tabremoving old tab

seam ripping tabremoving tab

After cutting the ends of the tabs off, it was easy to use a seam ripper to loosen the tabs and remove them.

tab almost offtabs off
tabs offtabs off

bumgenius refresher instructions

The refresher kit included instructions on how to attach the new tabs of course.

new tabssecuring new tabs

new closure tabs

Once I had placed the new tabs, I decided to put a couple stitches to hold the tabs together.  This way it was a little bit easier to keep the tabs in the right place against the diaper, and against each other.

stitches to hold together

As instructed, I started on the flat side and went around the tab twice.

sewing new bumgenius tabsbumgenius velcro replacement by hand

bumgenius aplix replacement

When I finished, I realized the tab had slipped a bit as I was sewing, and ended up a little crooked.  It really doesn’t matter, since the laundry tabs and front strip are quite large and forgiving!

finished tabgrippy side

fuzzy side

The awesome thing about these refresher kits, is that they include the new, “4.0 style” laundry tabs, which (so far) seem to function and hold up far better than the 3.0 style.  Of course, if you are buying these kits from your favorite retailer, check with them first to see which style kit they have.

The instructions say to sew right over the old laundry tabs, but I decided to remove them.

removing old laundry tabsseam ripping old laundry tabs

It took a little longer to remove these than the closure tabs, but it was still pretty quick work.

removed laundry tab

I sewed around the edge of each laundry tab, then in an x through the middle, like the original tabs.

sewing new bumgenius laundry tabreplacing bumgenius laundry tabs by hand

I didn’t really worry too much about making my stitching perfectly even and straight, and I don’t think it was noticeable on the finished tabs.

new bumgenius laundry tabsback

I am pretty happy that $1.00 and some time gave my diapers new life!

bumgenius refresher

I’m not going to lie, this was definitely a little time consuming and tedious to do by hand!

new laundry and closure tabsbumgenius refresher without a sewing machine

The hardest part was going through the thickest portion of the tab where the diaper’s stretchy tab was seamed.  I probably wouldn’t sit down and try to refresh a whole stack of diapers by hand in one sitting, but I will do the others one at a time eventually!

I’m not sure exactly how long it took me; it definitely took me a bit longer since I was taking pictures as I went.  I’m sure the next diapers will go more quickly since I know what I’m doing now!  I want to order an extra kit to replace the horrid laundry tabs on my Blueberry diaper too!

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