Tuesday, November 5, 2013

School of Cloth Blog Hop, Week 1: Getting Started/How to Wash the Dirties??

Welcome to Week 1 of the "School of Cloth" blog hop! This month, The Real Diaper Association will be providing a month-long course of classes provided by RDA businesses and Real Diaper Circles.

There isn't a local class in my area, and I haven't become a circle leader (yet...maybe in the future), but this week's class focus is Week 1: Getting Started and How to wash the dirties???

From RDA: "In our classes this week, we’ll focus on introducing new people to cloth diapering.  The biggest question for parents new to cloth diapering is how to wash the diapers.  RDA focuses on evidence-based recommendations, which are included here.  If you know someone just starting out with cloth diapers, please share this valuable information.  http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/wash

The blog hop prompt for this week is as follows:

"Think back to when YOU first started cloth diapering. What was the most useful information on washing, the best overall resource for learning about cloth diapers, or the clearest guidelines on how to get started?  How do your stash recommendations compare to the ones listed here: http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/guide/how-many-diapers.php?"

For me, the most useful information on washing came from two sources--a friend of mine who lived in the area and was an experienced cloth-diapering mom, and the staff from Rockin' Green.

If you have a friend who is in your area and already uses cloth diapers, ask them about their wash routine. How is it working for them? Do they ever have to 'strip' their diapers? {I have never needed to do this, just FYI.} Do they have any stink issues? What type of washer do they have?

Knowing the wash routine of someone in your area can give you a pretty good idea of what will work for you, or at the very least, a baseline to start from. As a cloth diaper consultant, I tell my local friends and customers what detergent I use and my regular wash routine. Since they live in the same area and their water has the same properties as mine, this routine usually works just as great for them.

When I first got started, I was unfamiliar with issues that can arise with laundering cloth diapers, like ammonia, detergent residues, etc. I looked around at several brands of cloth-safe detergent online before finding the Rockin' Green Facebook page. I told my already cloth-diapering friend about the detergent and she ordered a few samples. She told me she really liked it, so I decided to give it a go. Another thing that influenced my buying choice was the level of support I saw each and every day from the staff of the Rockin' Green page. They were so willing to help their customers find out what worked for them! I started out using the Classic Rock RnG formula and haven't looked back for 4 years, through 2 kiddos!
{Note: RnG may not work for every family's needs, but since it has worked for me, I have stuck with it and will continue to do so! I value my cloth diapers as an important investment and don't want to leave them to chance with another detergent or wash routine. I'm so glad we sell this product at Diaper Parties!}

Now that I'm more familiar with cloth diapering laundry issues (through lots of research and real life troubleshooting with friends who have different water hardness, washing machines, etc.), I'm able to help others with their laundry problems pretty effectively. Being a part of the Diaper Parties family of consultants has also helped, since I have a network of consultants with various water types, detergent preferences, wash routines, etc. to ask about a specific type of situation.

I haven't met a laundry issue yet that I haven't been able to help solve (crossing my fingers and knocking on wood now) yet!

The best source of information to me was a combination of manufacturer's websites (they explained all the features of the diapers, their company philosophies, etc) and real moms (they were honest about any issues they had with certain types of closures, how well their diapers had stood up over time, etc). As a cloth diaper consultant, I feel like I've combined my real mom experiences and hours upon hours of research (I'm always learning about new products, features, etc so I can help my friends and customers-I'm a serious type A personality sometimes) for a great combination of information and assistance!

I feel like being able to see my friend use her cloth diapers and even getting to change them a few times on her daughter myself was probably some of the best encouragement for me to use cloth diapers. Suddenly they weren't just images on a screen, but real things--that turned out not to be difficult to use! I remember the first time I changed her daughter's diaper (just a pad folded flat inside a PUL cover), and when I finished I looked at her and said, "That's it? Did I do it right?" I guess I thought it would be complicated! Fast forward several months, and I changed my son with my husband's younger sister in the room, and she did the same thing I had--looked surprised and said, "Oh, that's all? I thought it would be harder than that!"

As a cloth diaper consultant (and friend, since I helped my friends learn about cloth diapers long before I was a consultant with DP), this is the most fulfilling part of my 'job.' Helping others find the joy of cloth diapers! Seeing their eyes light up as they realize this cloth diapering thing isn't as hard as they thought! That they can do this after all! I love being able to "bring the store to them" since we don't have a local brick and mortar store in my area. And yes, one of the most popular questions I encounter is, "But what do you do with the poop?" I'm so glad that this is a simple answer. Almost all of the people who I explain this part to give a sigh of relief and realize it isn't so hard after all!
{Newborn poop doesn't require rinsing or any special steps, soiled diapers go straight into the pail and everything rinses out in the wash. Once poop becomes more solid, you can use a diaper sprayer, dunk and swish in the toilet, or use liners to help minimize messiness. Contact me if you have more questions.}

As far as how my stash compares to the guidelines set forth by the RDA in the link above, I was right on par with the "Money Saver" option when I got started with my son. We started initially to save money, and I had 5 PUL covers from Swaddlebees and 3 dozen flats (I bought 2 dozen and received 1 dozen as a gift). Truth be told, I never needed the third dozen, but I wanted to have them just in case. I always ended up washing before I needed them because I needed to wash my covers, though. I also purchased a Swaddlebees pail liner, a small wet bag for the diaper bag, and a lidded trash can from Walmart for my diaper pail. I'm still using the same diaper pail 4 years later, having replaced the pail liner once (with another Swaddlebees). I don't use the same wet bag anymore because I've since replaced it with two others-a wet/dry bag from Blueberry and another zippered wet bag that has a wider zipper and is easier to get dirty diapers into.
{Note: Swaddlebees and Blueberry were sister companies and have all been moved to the Blueberry brand name now.}

My squishy baby boy cuddled up with Daddy in a flat and cover by Swaddlebees.
He will be 4 years old in just a few days! *tears*

My strategy for building my stash early on was shared with my by my friend, and I share it with my friends and customers too. I bought the basics mentioned above. Then my husband and I put all our spare change into my son's piggy bank. When our son was getting to the end of the size range of his covers, we would roll the change and buy a few new covers. Over time, we were able to purchase our first pocket diapers. Now, with my daughter, we use a little bit of everything. Flats and covers, hybrids, pockets, all in ones, and fitteds for overnight. I'm about to begin my journey into using  wool, and I will have used pretty much every diaper type out there (for now).

If anyone is thinking about cloth diapering and wants one-on-one help from a personal consultant, I highly recommend visiting www.diaperparties.com to find a consultant near you! If you don't have a local consultant, I'd be glad to help you online! I've helped several friends get completely started via the internet, so I have plenty of experience! You can contact me via my Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter!

Stay tuned this month for more School of Cloth posts!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

bumGenius Clearance BLOWOUT at Diaper Parties, LLC!!

bumGenius Clearance Blowout!!

Amazing deals on 4.0, Freetime, Elemental, and Flip!

In case you missed it, bumGenius announced they were going to discontinue several colors and prints this week!

This means two things:
1) They are going to come out with something new soon (yay!)
2) They are some outrageous deals going on to clear out the remaining inventory of the discontinued items!

*Flip Diaper Covers, originally $13.95, NOW $6.95!!
*4.0 Pockets, originally $17.95, NOW $11.95!!
*Freetime All In Ones, originally $19.95, NOW $12.95!!
*Elemental Organic All In Ones, originally $24..95, NOW $15.95!!

Lots of colors included, plus Lovelace, Irwin, and Maathai prints!!

Click the photos and links below to go check out the amazing deals!

Side Note: In case you missed it earlier, Econobum covers and prefolds by bumGenius are also on sale! One Size diaper covers are 2 for $12, and Trial Packs are 3 for $30 (3 Covers and 9 Prefolds total)! See my previous post for more details!

It's a fantastic time to try something new or to build your stash with some of your favorites! As always, please feel free to ask any questions by contacting me at myFacebook page and please remember to choose me as your consultant at checkout! Your business helps me stay a stay at home mom, and I appreciate it so much!

Flip Hook & Loop Covers

4.0, Freetime, Elemental, and Flip Snap Covers

Friday, September 20, 2013

Two AMAZING Deals From Econobum!!

Just had to stop by the blog to let you know about two AMAZING offers from Econobum at Diaper Parties right now!

You can get 2 One-Size diaper covers for just $12!! That's an awesome price--it's hard to find used covers that cheap! This sale includes covers w/ colored edges, like the Zinnia-edged one below (I grabbed 4 for my daughter)! Click here or on the picture to grab some now!

2 for $12 Econobum Cover
Click to go to 2 for $12 Sale!
Another great offer from Econobum is 3 for $30 on the Econobum Trial Pack! Each pack includes 1 cover and 3 prefolds. Only the white covers are included in this bargain. Click the image or click here to shop now!

Click to shop now!

As always, my little family and I would really appreciate it if you remember to choose me as your consultant at checkout! My customers rock--you help this stay-at-home-mom STAY a SAHM! Thank you!!!

Happy bargain shopping,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summerfest 2013 Is HERE! :)

Diaper Parties' Summerfest 2013 Sale is underway!

Sale details are below, but there will be MANY more surprise sales over the weekend!

 Keep an eye on the Diaper Parties & Diaper Parties by Deidre Facebook pages throughout the weekend for additional Flash Sales! I will try to update here as well, but my Facebook and Twitter feeds usually get updated more often!

Flash Sales:

As of 9:30 am (CST) 5/25: 
10% off ALL CJ's Products
10% off "Cutie with a Cloth Booty" wooden sign boards

Friday, April 12, 2013

Buy 5, Get 1 FREE bumGenius 4.0 is Back for a Limited Time!!

Click here to shop now!

bumGenius 4.0 Buy 1, Get 1 FREE!

One of my favorite diaper sales is back!! This is THE time to Stock Up and Save on a fantastic diapering option!

Here's the deal...80% of my diaper stash is made up of bumGenius 4.0 pockets and a dozen of them were bought with this deal! The B1G1F offer only comes around every so often, so you should definitely grab some of these while you can!

My favorite features of this diaper:
*Outstanding Quality--I have a combination of 14 bG 3.0 and 4.0 pocket diapers, all of which are still going strong after almost 4 years! (currently being used on baby bum #2)
{Side note: I have 2 others that I recently added to my stash because I have a girl this time around and we needed some cute girl prints/colors!}
*One Size (fits best around 10 lbs and up)--no buying sized diapers each time baby grows, just size up the rise and you're good to go!
*Customize Absorbency--ability to add more inserts for naps or nighttime!
*Beautiful Colors--mix and match with outfits to show off that cutie with a cloth booty!
*Daddy/Day Care Friendly--I usually stuff my pockets ahead of time for Daddy and the Sitters and they LOVE how easy they are to use (just like a disposable)!
*Reliability--bumGenius diapers have been around for a long time for good reason. They produce excellent quality and they stand behind their products! It's so nice to buy diapers from a company that stands behind their products and backs them up with a warranty!


As always, if you have any questions or would like to know more about these or any of our other products, please let me know! Message me on Facebook, email, etc. and I will get back to you as quickly as possible. I'm here to help!

*Note: Sale applies only to solid color diapers. No Genius Series prints are included.
(Psst...you could always use that money you saved on the 'free' diaper to add a print to your stash! You'd still be getting a FREE diaper!)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Great Deals on Good Friday!

Hope your holiday weekend is wonderful!

Click to shop now!
Find GroVia products here.
Find Bummis products, including their new line of training pants, here.
Bummis Potty Pant
NEW Bummis Potty Pant
And remember, every order of $50 or more gets a FREE bumGenius Bottom Care Spray!
Have a blessed Good Friday and happy shopping!

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Few of my FAVORITE THINGS: Spring 2013 Edition!

We are always getting the best quality, most adorable products over at Diaper Parties. I post about them on my Facebook page, but you may have missed some of my favorites. Here are my top 5 favorite products we are carrying right now.

1. My Swim Baby Swim Diaper
These are a fantastic alternative to disposable swim diapers, and available in these new, adorable prints! The girl prints have a sweet little ruffle on the back!
Aqua PetalGreen ChompNavy Sea Friends
2. My Swim Baby coordinating UV Shirt (aka "rash guard")
These pair perfectly with the swim diapers! Less sand on your baby and less area to cover with sunblock!

My Swim Baby UV ShirtMy Swim Baby UV Shirt
Hot PinkNavy

The cotton muslin you love with a silky soft satin edge! Your little one will love snuggling up with one of these! The breathable fabric is perfect for spring!
The magical feel of a soft security blanket is both comforting and soothing to newborns and toddlers alike. We are sure our issie™, made of gentle, breathable muslin and edged with silky satin, will become one of your child’s most cherished simple pleasures. And like all aden + anais® products, the issie™ is playfully designed in our exclusive, modern prints to bring together comfort and style. 


Little Man
(teething jewelry is for mom to wear, but it's still technically for baby...right?) ;)
Here are just a few designs we carry...
jChews Handbag
jChews Handbag
jChews Chocolate Bar Teether
jChews Chocolate Bar
jChews Smartphone
jChews Smart Phone
Jellystone Organic Bangle
Jellystone Bangle (for mom)
Jellystone Necklace
Jellystone Necklace (for mom) 
5. Planet Wise Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags
These are perfect for packing lunches or keeping snacks fresh and separate in your diaper bag.
Select styles are Buy 1, Get 1 FREE right now!
Bag Your Stuff Sandwich Wrap
Sandwich Wrap(doubles as a place mat!)
Bag Your Stuff Window Bag
Window Bag
Bag Your Stuff Sandwich Bag
Sandwich Bag
Planet Wise Reusable Snack Bag
Snack Bag

I hope you've enjoyed this quick list of favorites. Are any of these your favorites as well? Any not on my list that you would have mentioned on yours?

Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tip of the Week: Know Your Rash!

Baby's bum have a rash??

While it is less common with cloth diapers, babies do get the occasional rash while using cloth.

When baby gets a rash, you need to be sure to treat it accordingly, depending on the type of rash it is. To begin, ask yourself...

Was the baby in a diaper longer than usual? OR Was baby in the diaper in a hot environment?
-If either of these are true, it could be a heat rash or ammonia burn.

Heat Rash is usually red or pink bumps. It will respond best to powders instead of creams since moisture tends to make it worse. I've learned that with my daughter's very sensitive skin, baby powder (the talc kind with aloe and vitamin E) works better than creams. If she has too much moisture, the bumps appear.
Note: A heat rash may take some time to completely disappear. You may notice that it 'reappears' when your baby gets warmer again. My daughter got a heat rash on her leg once and it took a few weeks to go away and kept showing back up if she got hot. I learned to try to keep it open to the air as much as possible (aka no pants or leggings if we could help it) to clear it up quicker.

Ammonia burn would be a large red area, evenly red (not bumps) throughout, primarily where baby's skin had the most contact with the wet diaper. The prescription for this would be LOTS of air--as much as you can get away with. My daughter got this type of rash once and luckily it was on a day where we didn't have anywhere to go. She spent the morning playing on a few towels folded in the floor, which I would switch out if she peed. Luckily she only went once or twice, and just having fresh air on her cleared her up quickly! Another thing that can help is Aquaphor (it moisturizes and helps heal without the burn of zinc oxide). If you choose to use this, though, be sure to use a liner if you use it at the same time as cloth diapers. Alternatively, an unscented cloth-safe cream, such as CJ's BUTTer would work (I just happened to have scented options only at the time).

Has baby had more bowel movements than usual? OR Have baby's bowel movements been different in some way (due to sickness, starting solids, or other changes in diet)?
-If yes, you may just need to treat with a cream, which will create a barrier from the BM. You also may want to check baby for #2 more often. It is sometimes harder to detect icky diapers when your baby is in cloth since they tend to hold in the yucky smell better than a disposable. The good news is, they also contain 'blowouts' much better than disposables--yay!
-If you notice that baby has problems with their BM more after they have had a certain food (or if you are breastfeeding, if you have had a certain food), you may try avoiding that food for the time being and trying to ease it back into the diet at a later time.

Do your diapers smell 'funky?' We're talking diapers that have just been cleaned or clean diapers that reek right after being peed in.
-If so, your diaper rash culprit could be built up minerals and other ickies in your diapers. A diaper treatment such as Rockin' Green Funk Rock or GroVia Mighty Bubbles Laundry Treatment could be just the thing to get everything back to normal!

Have you tried everything and still have a stubborn rash that just won't go away? Check the description below. If it sounds like what you're dealing with, you may have a yeast rash!
You may not be able to detect yeast in a subtle diaper rash, but once it's full blown you can usually tell a yeast infection (versus a plain old diaper rash) because the rash will be well defined and beefy red, with slightly raised borders and "satellite" lesions (red lesions a slight distance from the main rash). Your child's skin may also be scaly.

Another big clue: A yeast rash tends to hang around for more than two days and doesn't respond to any traditional diaper rash treatments. It also usually shows up in the skin folds of the groin area.
(from BabyCenter)

-If you think you are dealing with a yeast rash, you can either try some home remedies or take your baby directly to the doctor for a prescription cream.
Try the topical antifungal cream first. If the rash isn't improving within three days of starting the medication, call your child's doctor.

Also call the doctor at any time if your child develops a fever or if the rash develops open sores or oozing yellow patches. These symptoms may mean that your child has a bacterial infection and needs an antibiotic.
(from BabyCenter)

If you are experiencing any rash or diaper buildup problems, I strongly encourage you to get in touch with your local Diaper Parties consultant! I've been able to help several customers and friends with diaper rash and buildup problems. As consultants, we have lots of experience with different types of diapers, wash routines, detergents, creams, and water types! If we don't immediately know the answer, you can be we'll find it for you!

It is so rewarding to help a family get back on track with their cloth diapering experience. Have you ever experienced any of the above rashes? What worked for you?

Wordless Wednesday 1/30/13