June 11, 2011

Futuristic Cloth Diapers: What will they be like?

How do you think Cloth Diapers will have improved in 10 years?

Seems like a silly question doesn't it?  If we knew what to do and how to improve something we'd do it now right?

With cloth diapering, while we're all super in love with ours, as with any product or industry there's room for improvement.  Problem is, I'm having a hard time imagining the "cloth diapers of the future.Cloth Diapers have come so far in just the last ten years that it's really hard to see where they'll be in ten more years.

After thinking about this for a while, here are some ideas I have for what the future of cloth diapers might be like.
  • Constructed of a more waterproof and/or leakproof outer fabric, so that parents can literally be guaranteed they won't leak.
  • Improved durability.  Cloth Diapers able to withstand the wear and tear of multiple children and beyond.
  • Faster drying.  Perhaps textiles will improve so that diapers can be constructed of materials that are both safe for baby and dry with minimal energy consumption.
  • Improved absorbency.
  • Affordability.  Ideally cloth diapers of all shapes and sizes could be made affordable to all.
  • Stain Resistant?  Could it be that there would be a diaper that's completely stain resistant? That would be cool.
  • Self Washing.  (just kidding of course!)  But how sweet would that be, a self laundering diaper! Woot!
So what do you think?  There are already so many new brands, styles and improvements coming out each week.  Recently we've seen glow in the dark diapers, antibacterial wetbags, and of course the rise of the one-size.

How do you think that cloth diapers will have improved in ten years? 

June 8, 2011

#FluffStash Twitter Party June 21, 2011 - Sponsors and Prizes Update!

June 21st is just around the corner and before you know it we'll be partying down at the FluffStash Twitter Party!  Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you have the Fluff Stash App or an iPhone.  We'll be chatting about cloth diapers, celebrating the launch of the app and giving away prizes galore from all our great sponsors!

This Twitter Party will be hosted by Cloth Diaper Outlet, the creator of the FluffStash App, and by The Cloth Diaper Geek.

Make sure to RSVP so that you'll be eligible to win these great prizes!


Are you ready for me to reveal our great sponsor list and the prizes, so far, that will be up for grabs?

The Sponsors:




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The Prizes up for grabs:
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    June 7, 2011

    Our son Colby is 1yr old! We're celebrating with a Birthday Promotion!

    One year ago today, I was in labor at the hospital with our son.  Happy Birthday, Colby!!

     

    It took us three years to have Colby and many of you might remember we had a miscarriage between our daughter (now almost 6) and him.  My goals were to go into labor on my own and to have a VBAC.  Happily, on Monday June 7, around 2 am, I realized I was in labor, all on my own!  I labored drug free, for about 12 hours.  I was so proud of myself!  But then Colby got stuck.  Really stuck.  I finally got an epidural for some relief from the strong contractions.  We waited another 8 1/2 hours but I wasn't making any progress.  Things were swelling badly and I finally asked for another cesarean.  At 10:30 pm, after over 20 hours of labor, Colby Tate Hicks was born via c-section.  He was healthy and perfect in every way. 

    Since we were in the hospital for a few days, we didn't use cloth.  But he went home in a cloth diaper (Kissaluvs fitted, size 0 with a Thirsties XS cover) and he's been in cloth ever since!

    Back then, I blogged extensively about what fit a newborn and what didn't (in our experience).  Lots of photos of quite a few different brands, along with my reviews.  That experience led to us adding several brands of diapers to our store, including Rumparooz and Osocozy AIOs.

    Today, most of the diapers we started with are gone...sold to make room for new diapers.  We're always testing new brands, new products, new ideas. We still have the BumGenius Elemental AIO, the Flip Diaper Cover, GroVia Covers, and Knickernappies One Size that we started with, but we also have Palm Tree Covers, Knickernappies Prefolds, Weehuggers Covers, and several others in our stash now.
    Palm Tree diaper cover
    To share in the celebration of our little guy's birthday, we're giving away 100 Gift Certificates worth $5 each on our website! ($1 or greater purchase required)
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    June 6, 2011

    Tips for Washing Cloth Diapers and Wipes!

    Guest Post by Samantha

    With two young boys (one ALMOST potty-trained, thank goodness!), I’m definitely in the business of keeping life simple! That’s why I’ve whittled my laundering process for my cloth diapers and wipes down quite a bit. Washing cloth diapers and wipes may seem intimidating, but once you have a routine, it becomes second nature.

    Planetwise Hanging Wet/Dry bag
    First, find a spot to store diapers in between washings. I USED to just hang rinsed diapers and inserts over our shower bar, but realized that the smell (and sight) overwhelmed me. I then was able to find a large enough wet bag that accommodates my diapers between washes.

    The print is cute enough to leave out and about, but it stores my diapers (zippered) neatly. It also makes transport to the washing machine easy. The smell is contained and the bag does not soak in the wetness since it’s a wetbag. Other options include diaper pail, diaper pail with liner, laundry line outside, or just a bucket. It depends on your needs and where you are able to store them. In between washes, I simply rinse the diapers (poopy diapers get rinsed well into the toilet) and store in my bag. I did not buy a diaper sprayer simply because I looked to keep costs low and felt the shake method worked fairly well for me. 

     
    For the actual washing process, I keep my steps simple. I dump all of that load’s diapers in (separating inserts, pockets, liners, etc.). I fill the machine with cold water and allow the diapers to rinse without detergent. My washer has an option that allows me to do this. If yours does not, I recommend running a complete wash with no detergent to “rinse” the diapers. I like to use a full load of water because I have quite a few diapers to do once it’s time to wash them. 
    Diapers in and ready to go!
     
    After that initial rinse or soak, I do a hot water wash with two tablespoons of my favorite cloth diaper detergent. My current favorite is EcoSprout – they have great scents, wash the diapers well and it’s earth friendly! I highly recommend it, but you can also very successfully use Allens Naturally, Country Save, Rockin Green or another cloth diaper safe laundry detergent from your favorite cloth diaper retailer.

    Once the hot water wash is complete, I rinse my diapers twice without detergent to ensure all the excess has been removed. Finally, I place all inserts and dryer-safe diapers in the dryer on low heat. The rest are either hung on my laundry line or inside on a towel rack if the weather is not cooperating.

    Occasionally, I find the need to soak my diapers and usually soak them overnight in a washer full of hot water with three tablespoons of cloth diaper safe detergent. In the morning, I run a full wash and one rinse to ensure they are squeaky clean! Over time, you’ll develop a routine that works for your household. I have a large enough stash now that I only have to wash diapers three times or so per week. The last step is my favorite – folding and stuffing all that beautiful fluff!

    By: Samantha Schultz
    I am a mostly SAHM of two boys, Charlie (28 months) and Jack (5 months). I enjoy making the most of my family scrapbook online at The Peanuts Gang (www.thepeanutsgang.com) and sharing our adventures with the world!