April 22, 2015

Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Cloth Diaper Outlet!

One of the best things about cloth diapering is how it supports us in our mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

Reduce
The average disposable diaper user goes through more than 2,500 diapers in their baby's first year according to Kids Growth. Those disposable diapers require a large amount of water, not to mention paper, plastic, and other materials, to manufacture, package, ship, and sell, only to be hauled away to landfills after a single use.

If using a one-size diaper that fits from birth to potty training, a cloth diapering family could easily get by with two dozen or fewer diapers! So about 1/100th as many diapers as a disposable user would go through in a single year!

Reuse


Besides reusing cloth diapers multiple times for the same child, cloth diapers can also be reused by younger siblings and other relatives and friends, or sold to friends and others on local swaps or sold back to Cloth Diaper Outlet! The Cloth Diaper Outlet trade-in program is actually the source of the majority of the diapers in the used outlet section, where you can buy and reuse diapers that are already pre-loved but have more life left in them. 

Recycle
When cloth diapers are no longer usable as cloth diapers, PUL parts may be able to be recycled as swim diapers, mama cloth, or toy storage bags, and prefolds or inserts may be used as cleaning rags!

Are cloth diapers part of your family's commitment to taking care of the Earth? Do you have any creative ideas for recycling old cloth diapers? Let us know in the comments below!

April 6, 2015

Cloth Diapers Decoded: Fitted, Sized, and One-Size Diapers


Cloth diaper lingo can be confusing! But anytime you see the "Cloth Diapers Decoded" logo above, you'll know we are here with a post to help clarify things for you! Have a cloth diaper word, phrase, or expression you'd like us to clarify in a future post? Leave us a comment below and we will do our best to make it happen!
We want to start with three types of diapers that sound remarkably similar but are actually quite different! 

Sized


What it means: A diaper that is not size adjustable. 
Pros: Awesome fit, easy to use (don't have to figure out which sets of snaps to use), less wear and tear (so may last for more kids than a one-size diaper), available in sizes below and above the range of most one-size diapers
Cons: Not very adjustable, need new stash for each size

One Size


What it means: A diaper that is "one-size fits many/all". Usually has snaps to adjust the rise and the waist, and some even use buttonhole elastic to make the leg hole openings also adjustable. Weight ranges vary by manufacturer and style. 
Pros: Versatile, can be used the entire time your child is in diapers, depending on the kid and the diaper.
Cons: Can be confusing to put on, may endure more wear and tear and therefore last for fewer kids

Fitted


What it means: A diaper that is shaped like a typical diaper and snaps to fit (or uses hook & loop closure) but consists soley of absorbent material. 
Pros: very absorbent, stays put well, breathable
Cons: no waterproof layer so needs a cover to be waterproof, can be expensive depending on brand

As you can see, these similar sounding types of diapers are actually quite different, and fitteds can be either sized or one-size! If you have more questions about these types of diapers or any others you'd like to see decoded in the future, leave us a comment below!

April 1, 2015

Federal Government Bans Cloth Diaper sales in US effective 4/1/2015

You may have wondered why we were so quiet all March. Well, we have been waiting to hear the outcome of some government negotiations regarding cloth diapers. Unfortunately, things did not go in our favor. Effective today, April 1st, 2015, the sale of cloth diapers is banned in the USA. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Drug Administration are currently in negotiations to determine whether cloth diapers can be allowed in the future, and if so who will govern their regulations (the CPSC regulates baby clothes, baby carriers, and other gear; the FDA regulates cloth menstrual pads and anything else classified as a "medical device"). Cloth Diaper Outlet has filed with a federal judge and been granted a temporary one day injunction against this ban to sell remaining stock. Use code "AprilFools" to get 4% off any order today only.








*PS Please check today's calendar, and do not contact your elected officials!! 
*PPS Please share with your friends in keeping with the spirit of the day ;)

February 27, 2015

White and Gold or Blue and Black?

By now you've probably heard about the dress picture on tumblr that's breaking the Internet and baffling professors of optometry. Personally, I'm magical and can see both color combinations, depending on the angle of my laptop screen! Numbers I've seen in general indicated that about 2/3 to 3/4 of people perceive the dress as white with gold lace, and only about a quarter see it as blue with black lace (which seem to be the actual color, even though the picture doesn't consistently look that way to most of us!).

But there's good news! No matter what color the dress looks to you, we've got a diaper to match! 

How cute are these Simplex all-one-one diapers in Jungle Jam and Elephant? I love them both!!
So...are you team white & gold, or black & blue?!?


February 26, 2015

Thrifty Thursday 2/26/15

On Thursdays we want to help you save money by sharing the latest deals, coupon codes, and new aditions to the outlet section of Cloth Diaper Outlet! Here are some of our favorite ways to save money at Cloth Diaper Outlet this week:

Coupons 

Use code "FreeWallet" to get a free diaper wallet with any purchase of $50 or more!
 
 
Sales & Clearance

It's not too late to scoop up a Fuzzibunz Perfect Size Pocket Diaper in Cotton Candy, size XS for the amazing price of $8.95. This diaper would be soooo sweet on a newborn!!


Grovia Wetbags in red sunset are also still available, for an amazing  price of $4.75!

New Outlet

Reviewers have called the Knickernappies Stay Dry Nursing Pads in Hot Pink or Seaspray available for $7.95 "a must-have"!


And damaged packaging means you could score a great deal on a Diva cup! We have a size two available for only $34.49!

Gently Used Outlet
There is currently a great assortment of cloth trainers available in the used outlet section from Bambino Mio, Bluberry, Fuzzibunz, Happy Heinys, SuperUndies, and more, from $2 to $17.97 depending on brand, color, style, and condition!

Quantities may be extremely limited for outlet and clearance products and we make no guarantees that they are in still in stock by the time you are reading this!

February 23, 2015

New Product Alert: Best Bottoms Dragon Scales available for pre-ordersoon!!!

UPDATE: Pre-Order for Dragon Scales is currently open here

Here ye, here ye! Fair maidens and future knights in shining armor can all rejoice over this upcoming diaper release:

Cloth Diaper Outlet is pleased to announced we will soon be carrying Best Bottoms diaper covers in their gorgeous new limited edition print, Dragon Scales. Dragon Scales will be available for pre-order later this week for $19.95 and should arrive sometime near the middle of March, so watch the Cloth Diaper Outlet Facebook page and Twitter feed for the link once they're up!

Do you love it too?!?

 

February 20, 2015

Cloth Diapers in 60 Seconds: What is an All-in-One?

This post is part of our Cloth Diapers in 60 Seconds series. If you are new to cloth diapering, just beginning to research cloth diapers or simply wanting to expand your knowledge of the different types of cloth diapers and their accessories, you will especially love these posts!

Today we are going to talk all about all-in-one cloth diapers!
 


An all-in-one (You might sometimes see it abbreviated as "AIO") is a cloth diaper that is all one piece. Generally they have a waterproof outer layer, absorbent layers in the middle, and a stay-dry layer intended to touch baby's skin, and all the layers are sewn together. Because they are all one piece, using them is not very different from using a disposable diaper. 


A clean AIO is basically instantly ready to use. It can go straight from the clean laundry basket to baby's bottom without any additional steps. Then, after use, you'd toss is into the wetbag or diaper pail (follow your standard procedure for dealing with poop on cloth first if applicable)  and from there straight to the laundry. 

In general, people tend to love how easy all-in-one diapers are to use. They tend to be an especially great option for daycare, babysitters, etc who may not be as committed to figuring out cloth as the parents themselves, especially if you get hook & loop ones, but are really convenient for anyone. 

I'd say the cons are that they can sometimes be expensive, depending on the brand, and that they sometimes take longer to dry than some other types of diapers because all the layers are sewn in permanently. They also have somewhat limited adjustability, but this can be alleviated by using booster inserts on top. 

Overall, all-in-one cloth diapers are extremely easy to use and convenient and are a great option for cloth diapering families! You can find adorable all-in-one cloth diapers from BumGenius, Simplex, and Wolbybug at Cloth Diaper Outlet, plus a variety of  brands in the "gently used" section of the outlet store. 

Have you tried an AIO diaper? We would love to hear what you think about them! 

February 19, 2015

Thrifty Thursday 2/19/2015

On Thursdays we want to help you save money by sharing the latest deals, coupon codes, and new additions to the outlet section of Cloth Diaper Outlet! Here are some of our favorite ways to save money at Cloth Diaper Outlet this week:

Coupons 
Use code "Save5" to get 5% off any purchase of $75 or more!

Sales & Clearance
 
Applecheeks envelope covers are on sale for $16.50!


Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers are on sale for $13.75

New Outlet

Gently Used Outlet
Wolbybug 5 layer bamboo inserts in gray for $1.50 to $4.49 depending on condition. 

Quantities may be extremely limited for outlet and clearance products and we make no guarantees that they are in still in stock by the time you are reading this!

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

February 12, 2015

Thrifty Thursday 2/12/2015

On Thursdays we want to help you save money by sharing the latest deals, coupon codes, and new aditions to the outlet section of Cloth Diaper Outlet! Here are some of our favorite ways to save money at Cloth Diaper Outlet this week:

Coupons 
 

Use code "ILikeFree" to get a free wetbag with any purchase of $25 or more! Plus shipping is always free on orders above $35! Combine the two to score some awesome deals. 


 
 Like one Wolbybug cover, 6 Indian prefolds, a pack of snappis and the free wetbag would be $35.34 shipped to you. That's less than $6 per diaper change!




Sales & Clearance


Little Comfort Bamboo Cloth Wipes, 8-pack for $9.95

Imse Vimse Tankini Tops in size XL (1-2 years) in pink flower and pink fish for $5.00



 
 
New Outlet

Limited edition Wubbanubs for $15.98! These adorable little toys are basically a combination of a pacifier and a stuffed animal and are sooo cute. My favorite is the little dinosaur!!

Gently Used Outlet
Small OsoCozy AIO diapers in light green and white, excellent used condition $9.00 each!
Reusable snack bags from Bumkins, PlanetWise, and unbranded for 50¢ to $3.57 depending  on brand, size, variety and condition!

Quantities may be extremely limited for outlet and clearance products and we make no guarantees that they are in still in stock by the time you are reading this!