Cloth Diapers

OK maybe later

>I had decided on one size pocket diapers, where the rise and the inserts snap down to size, to fit babies starting around 8 pounds, potentially through potty training.  Specifically, the BumGenius 3.0s

Some reviews indicated that the diapers didn’t quite take their children through potty training, but since my wee little bit of a thing was only twenty something pounds when she potty trained, I figured we’d be fine.

Since my daughter was a wee 6 1/2 pounds at birth, I assumed I wouldn’t be able to use the one size diapers right away.  Plus I wasn’t sure about throwing in a cloth diaper curveball into the whole new mother-o-two game.  If only I knew what I know now, but oh well, water under the bridge right?

So, with the new customer hook of $10 off, combined with $5 off, combined with free shipping and manufacturer coupons, I ordered a case of wee little newborn diapers for the wee little baby I was expecting (ha!)

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Cloth Diapers

They cost HOW MUCH?

>So, once I successfully had a bun in mah oven, I delved even deeper into the world of cloth. 

When I had my daughter, I was shocked (SHOCKED I tell you!) by how much disposable diapers cost.  Seriously, OMGWTF how is something that will be pooped in & thrown away costing more than a quarter, or maybe 15 cents for a screaming deal on a mega-jumbo-sized-never-gonna-use-em-all box of itty bitty newborn diapers bought with layer upon layer or coupons & subscribe & save savings.  I will talk about the cost of the hiney wiping devices later.

I was in for still more sticker shock when I found out how much cloth diapers cost.  The logical side of my brain tells me that the cloth diapers would pay for themselves in no time at all, whereas I would still be shelling out for disposables week after week.

But I was still having a hard time committing to such a large initial expense, especially since I wasn’t sure how I was going to like all this anyway.

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Cloth Diapers Pocket Diapers

This ain’t your Grandma’s diaper!

>While you can still get prefold diapers, pins and plastic “pants,” cloth diapers are more like disposables than ever.

My head was swimming with the options, this doesn’t even touch on all of them.

I finally decided that to make it easiest on myself and my hubby, I’d pick pocket diapers.  They resemble disposables, in that they can be purchased with velcro closures and do not require a separate waterproof cover.

All in ones are probably the simplest in terms of use, since all you have to do is wash, dry & reuse, but the “soaker” is sewn into the diaper, rather than being stuffed into a pocket in a pocket diaper (clever name, eh?)

I liked the idea of being able to easily customize the absorbency of the diaper, and to be able to remove the absorbent material for more thorough cleansing and easier drying.

Next, I had to figure out which brand.

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Cloth Diapers

Um, what?

>When I was expecting my daughter 5 years ago, a friend gave me some info on cloth diapers.  I thought about it, but quickly dismissed them.  I was about to be someone’s MOM for heavens sakes!!  I was already going to have to learn and do so much, I just wasn’t up for cloth.

Before I had even conceived my son, I started some serious research, feeling fairly confident I was up for the challenge, having survived motherhood round 1.

After chickening out & false starts, I finally did it!

Follow me through the good, bad and the smelly, as I figure this thing out!

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Giveaways Linky

Where do I list my giveaways?

Whether you’re a company interested in having me promote a giveaway for your product, or you’re a new review blogger wondering where to list your giveaways, you may be interested in this information. Bloggers, check out my favorite affiliate programs.

I have my own weekly Friday Giveaway Linky where I re-state my current giveaways.  I added my linky to the Post Your Giveaway Linky site as well.  I always have a list of links to my current giveaways in the upper left corner of my blog, so new visitors can find them easily.

Sweepstakes Listings
Online-Sweepstakes
Contest Girl

Blogger Networks
Pitch it to Me

Blog Linkies

I return to blog linkies that are up in the morning, don’t hose up my computer (some blogs are so “busy” that my computer repeatedly freezes) and where the linky posts are easy to find (and are posted regularly).  I update this list about once per month and remove blogs who have not posted their linkies within the past month, update links etc.  (last update the week of 3/18)

You can follow each blog, so you can simply click through to their linky post as it appears in your reader.  I follow more blogs than I can sometimes keep up with, so I just bookmark this list and go through it daily.  If I find that the giveaway linky hasn’t been posted 2 weeks in a row, I remove the link from my list.  I also try to update the links to go directly to the linky posts, but people are sometimes inconsistent with the labels they use from week to week!

I also have auto-complete turned on, in order to make filling the linky fields out a bit faster.  Keep your auto-complete up to date with only your current giveaways to lessen confusion and errors (been there!)

If available, the below links go to a search or label for the giveaway linky, rather than the homepage (saves time!)

If you have a linky you’d like me to add, please let me know!

Ongoing
Multi-Testing Mommy Canada friendly giveaways (links are deleted as they expire)
The Life of a Canadian Angel (Must be open to Canada)
Tightwad in Utah (giveaways ending in less than a week, with 200 entries or less only.)
Living Montessori Now (refreshed on Sunday)
Arizona Mom’s Network

Sunday

Monday
Nerd Family Things
Conservamom

Tuesday
Bless Their Hearts Mom

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
Change-Diapers.com

Saturday
Contest Corner
Mom Saves Money

Other
On Twitter of course, using #giveaway #win and #clothdiaper hashtags.
On my Facebook Page

Ads
I’ve had excellent luck with targeted Facebook ads.  I’m very specific in who I target (based on current associations or interests), I use a small daily budget, and I limit my ads to 5 days or less.  I find I get the most clicks within the first few days, and I get the most for my money by bidding per 1,000 impressions (vs clicks.)  Most importantly, have an eye-catching title and photo, with an interesting and relevant blurb.  You want people to stay, read and enter, not just click!

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