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Cloth Diaper Update: I’m a FuzziBeliever!

What a difference a week or two can make!

When I last checked in with a cloth diaper update, I had given the covers and prefolds a whirl, but the majority of my attention was being given to the gDiapers, which I had so badly wanted to like. Fit issues were pretty much handled and I was trying to teach my husband and my mom how to properly fit the G so that my boy didn’t end up with red chafing around his hips. 

That probably should have been when I called it quits (it just shouldn’t be that difficult to learn how to use a diaper. Who had that kind of time?) but I persevered! Then, I noticed the issue with the velcro.

After a little research, I found that gDiapers has had an ongoing issue with weak velcro that doesn’t stay attached. I’ve found lots of comments about it online, and I was (un)lucky enough to get 4 pairs of gPants that were manufactured before they found a better velcro with a more dependable “stick” (I guess it’s the hook part of the velcro that was the problem.) 

Just magine what could happen with a poopy diaper and velcro that won’t stay stuck!

So I contacted the company, for the third time, and they happily sent me an envelope containing this:

A pile of little velcro pieces to sew on the diapers, instructions, and 3 coupons that were set to expire in exactly 7 days. 
:x

OK, so you can’t really say that you support small business and then complain when they can’t give you the world, and I don’t mean to bash gDiapers because their customer service is pretty good, but what mother of a 7-month-old baby has enough time to sit, uninterrupted, long enough to sew that many pieces of velcro on, by hand no less, and do it well enough that these things aren’t going to come loose after months of diapering? (I can’t even have a glass of water without my son climbing up my body to get it; I can’t imagine a needle and thread!)

…and the coupons? Come on, now. :|

So, at this point I was really on the fence. And then IT arrived.  

My package from Kelly’s Closet. I ordered some liners and a few odds and ends, and used a coupon code for a free one size cloth diaper of the company’s choosing.

What did I get? A MAC AND CHEESE FUZZIBUNZ!

As soon as I opened the package, I got excited.

Soft? Yes. Cute? Yes. Easy to understand construction? Yes. It even came with an extra insert (inserts get stuffed into the inner pocket) and extra elastic!

I couldn’t wait to put it on his little bum! But I had to wash it first…Boo. (at least I didn’t have to wash it 6–8 times like my prefolds and gCloth inserts…that’s a lot of laundry!)

When I had the diaper washed and ready to go (these air-dry really fast–a big plus!), I put it on with ease. There are lots of sturdy-looking snaps and adjustable elastic to ensure a really good fit.

Here’s a look at the little man, showing off his fluffy bum. (Can you believe my son is the only child I’ve ever even seen in a cloth diaper? The only one I can remember, anyway…)

We used our Fuzzibunz for a few hours, then for naptime, then overnight with a doubler, and we have not had a leak yet! Even when it was really, really wet, no leak. 

Why didn’t anyone tell me it could be this simple?

At this point, I’m a believer. I’ve since ordered three more Fuzzibunz in some really cute, bright colors and I can’t wait for them to arrive (pretty smart sales tactic on the part of Kelly’s Closet.) I have plans to increase our stash to at least 12 or 16 before long (the recommendation for full-time diapering.) Each Fuzzibunz runs right around $19.95 in most places I’ve seen, but a little time online can yield great coupon code savings. Be sure to take advantage of free shipping when you find it! Kelly’s Closet also offers rewards points: the more you buy, the more points you get!

I am sad to see my gDiapers go, but I just couldn’t spend that much time trying to make them work, when the one-size Fuzzibunz just work. As all you mommies out there know, there are better and far more important things to do with your time…

Will I find any problems with my new Fuzzibunz? Maybe. Am I open to other brands? You bet! But I think I’m sticking with the one-size all-in-ones or pocket diapers. Sure, I’d like the perfect diaper, one made in America, with organic fabrics and no synthetics, but I’m getting closer all the time, and I’m really not out to save the world. I just want to find a diaper I can feel good about for our family and our little pooper. 

I think we just may have found it! 

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Fluff Friday 85 Giveaway at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

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Me and My Boys Summer of Fluff Smartipants Giveaway

BTW, I’ll be posting a fun baby bathtime giveaway in the next couple of days…be sure to check back and enter to win!

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Banana Soft-Serve Sundae Bar!

Yesterday was a SCORCHER! The high temps and humidity caused my dessert to wilt. :(

But I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.

My brother and his girlfriend are in town from Ohio. He’s finishing up his doctoral dissertation at Ohio State (O! H!) and has quite the budding music career, so we don’t get to see them a whole lot. (If you choose to click on that link, you are doing so at your own risk. You have been warned…)

I was in charge of dessert, and since my bro and his crafty companion are always up for new and interesting foods, I decided to make Vegan Banana Soft Serve with a close-but-not-quite-vegan toppings bar! 

I made the biggest batch ever – 12 nanners. It came out perfectly smooth and ice-creamy, but then the heat got to it and it started to break down, so we had to eat it superfast!

Mmmmm….

I think everyone was surprised at the short ingredients list. :razz:

I asked the husbo to stop at the local farm stand on the way over to pick up some local berries. Boy, did he ever!

He brought these…

and these!

They were tiny and sweet, just like real berries should be.

Some toppings, which I coarsely chopped. 

Couldn’t forget the peanuts. Salted, of course, for that real “banana split” taste.

…and there you have it! Easy as pie. Actually, much easier than pie.

Healthy Banana split-ish desserts, perfect on a hot summer day. And I didn’t even feel bad when I went back for seconds. ;)

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the ‘rents. Since they are the ones who inspired my veggie love so many years ago when I was just a wee pea, I’d like to share a few pics of their garden…

I’m off to my husband’s family reunion for the day. I’m not sure what I’m bringing yet, which is really unlike me. I usually have those things figured out weeks in advance after flipping through cookbooks for hours. But this is my first year with the baby, so I think I get a pass, right? :lol:

Have a HAPPY Sunday Sundae, everyone!

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Cloth Diapering: The Adventure Begins…

Yeah, baby! Our first shipment of cloth diapers has arrived! Let the games begin…

I will admit without shame that I am intimidated. No doubt. The thought of swishing these things around in a bucket full of vinegar and poop is not helping me sleep easy at night… 8O

Little did I know when I first decided to try cloth how much research it would require, and how much learning I’d have to do. These things are not cheap, and I sure didn’t want to spend money recklessly on diapers that we wouldn’t end up using. Plus, I just really like lots of information :)

My two main sources of info were, of course, the internet, and the incomparable Mothering Magazine. I found that there are several different styles of cloth diapers: flats, prefolds, fitted, wraps and covers, pockets, all-in-ones, hybrids–and they all come in a variety of fabrics: cotton, organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, polyester, etc. With each, you can opt to add additional liners, inserts, stuffers and doublers, also available in a variety of fabrics.

Once you choose the style of diaper you want, there are no less than a billion different makers, including: Bummis, Bumkins, Fuzzibuns, Mother-Ease, BumGenius, Flip, Imse Vimse, Gdiapers, Smartipants, Thirsties, the list goes on and on and on…

And then, you have to decide where to order them, because you can’t just go to the store and pick them up. I did a search of the entire Central PA area, and the only ones I found without a minimum of a 2-hour drive were Gdiapers (a hybrid), sold at the Babies R Us about an hour away. You may have more luck if you live in a more populated area. (Wal-Mart offers a few options through their site-to-store feature, and they don’t make you pay shipping, but I prefer not to shop at Wal-Mart.)

(Just FYI: We started out by registering for Gdiapers when I was pregnant. I got several from a friend who buys the best gifts, but we found that the snaps and waistband irritated our baby’s skin. I wish we could have figured out the problem, because they’re super cute. They are currently for sale on eBay, and I’m sure someone who uses them will gets lots of use out of them. So we did actually have reusable diapers since he was born, but found ourselves not using them in favor of disposables. That’s why we are considering NOW to be our first real foray into the world of cloth…)

I found way too much info to share it all, so I’ll share what we decided on. Because cost is an issue, we decided to go the old school route and try prefolds (the type used by diaper services) in organic cotton. We purchased 8. Pros of these seem to be affordability, proven track record and durability. Cons seem to be bulkiness, the fact that they have to be carefully folded, and, well, I haven’t used them yet so I don’t really know what else…

This is what they look like. They have to be washed 3-5 times before use to quilt them up and establish absorbancy. I will use the dryer to shrink them up as directed, but after that they will be dried on the clothesline!

As soon as I noticed how soft these were, I felt reassured that I had made the right decision for my baby’s bum. They are big, though. I’m a little nervous about how I’m going to make that fit…

Now we needed something to fit over the prefolds. After weeding through the mountains of options, I chose one Flip cover in Moonbeam (Blue), adjustable so one size fits all, made of polyester. :? We also got one Imse Vimse cover, size large, in organic cotton with a cute farm animal print. 

Personally, I’m rooting for the organic cotton cover for obvious reasons, but I’m keeping my mind open. I would love to love both.

I ordered from BananaPeelsDiapers because I stumbled upon a $5 off $50 and free shipping code in Mothering Magazine, and that was the best deal I found. Customer service was great and shipping was prompt, so I would definitely order from them again.

They included a free sample of Punkin Booty Bits in Breezes and Sunshine scent. How nice to get an added bonus! (LOVE FREE SAMPLES!) You just melt them in hot water and add them to a container full of reusable cloth wipes or folded paper towels for soothing, homemade, all-natural wipes that smell lovely and keep your baby’s butt soft and clean. Perk: They don’t contain any sulfates or phthalates, and are made with essential oils. Yummy butt! 

I want to try different online sellers, and Kelly’s Closet is offering a free All-in-One diaper with a $25 purchase, so our next order will be placed with them!

I’m currently in laundry mode, but I’m anxious to start diapering in the next few days. I plan to use the jelly roll fold to start. Ha ha, I love the way it sounds like I know what I’m doing!

I’m starting to hate even looking at those yucky old  ’sposies. 

Stay tuned for our Adventures in Cloth…this could be entertaining… :P

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Do you use (or plan to use) cloth diapers? Were you as clueless as I am when you started? How is it working out?

Please feel free to share any tips or recommendations! I would appreciate the help of any and all seasoned cloth users out there, mommies OR daddies!

***Giveaway notice! The Progressive Pioneer is giving away a gift certificate to the Vintage Pearl here. Beautiful stuff!

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