April 26, 2012

Speaking of Flats...You should try the #FlatsChallenge with DDL!

You may have missed it last year, or maybe you chickened out, well now's your chance!

Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry is hosting the 2nd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  She encourages you to sign up, participate, blog about your week, and share with the world, that you don't have to own fancy washing machines and expensive modern cloth diapers to use cloth with success!  Anyone can use cloth and make it work, and no babies should be left in soiled diapers longer than necessary due to the fact that disposables and/or cloth diapers are unaffordable.

Here's a little more about the Challenge and links to how you can sign up!

"The Flats and Handwashing Challenge 2011 was an idea that came about after numerous articles referenced the practice of reusing disposable diapers.  Families with no money for new diapers were scraping out the solid contents or using a hair dryer to dry the diapers for reuse.  Not only is this unsanitary but it is also extremely dangerous.  The media neglected offering the suggestion that families use cloth diapers. Why?  Who knows.  {read the original article} It was my personal mission to educate others that, although not ideal, hand washing the inexpensive flat cloth diapers was an option to families who had no other way to diaper. No baby should have to suffer when there are ways to diaper for less than $50.00."

I can assure you, if you're nervous, Kim and the other participants will walk you through every step of the way and at the end...you might just enjoy using flats and handwashing cloth diapers! 

April 25, 2012

How to fold Flat Cloth Diapers? Check out these videos!

Well you all asked for it, and while we work on a blog post related to how to use and fold flat cloth diapers, I figured we'd go ahead and show you some quick youtube videos we've found with tutorials on how to use and fold them.

It's seriously easy, although we know it can look complicated.  Watch these brief videos and do a little practicing, you can practice on receiving blankets, then let us know what you think!

April 24, 2012

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Wolbybug Onesize Diaper Cover or Save 15% when you order!

You might have heard of the Wolbybug Diaper Covers.  They're fast becoming a favorite among cloth diapering moms.  Their unique design makes them a onesize cover and their front and back flap will conveniently hold your prefold or insert in place and prevent bunching.

WolbyBug Covers make cloth diapering EASY.  Simply tuck and go.  Faster than stuffing a pocket diaper, more secure than just wrapping a regular cover over a prefold.  No pins or Snappi needed (though you can use them if you prefer!)  Perfect for daycare, grandparents, etc.

WolbyBug covers work perfectly with prefolds, flat diapers, contour diapers, "pod" diapers, disposable inserts, and cloth inserts made for "hybrid" diapers.

Another great fabulous feature is the price!  Their regular price is just $10.99 each and this week only, use code TROPHY and save 15% off when you order one at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

For Trophy Tuesday this week we're giving you a chance to win one of your own!  There are many easy ways to enter.  Open to the USA and Canada.  Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

Winner of Trophy Tuesday, an Imse Vimse Swim Diaper is...

Our giveaway for an Imse Vimse Swim Diaper has ended and Rafflecopter has chosen the winner.  We thank you all for entering and hope you were able to take advantage of the discount.

The winner is Jessica K!  Jessica will get to choose an Imse Vimse Swim Diaper in the size and color of her choice from available stock.  Jessica, please check your email for details.

Everyone else, thanks again and please check back this afternoon for our next Trophy Tuesday giveaway!

April 23, 2012

How to care for your cloth diaper wetbag.

So, you're cloth diapering and you've acquired your first wetbag.  You're wondering, how do I wash it?  How often?  Do I need to dry it?  Are there any special instructions?

Well here ya go! Washing and care instructions for your new wetbag!
  • You don't HAVE to wash your wetbag in cloth diaper safe detergent but you do want to consider that you could end up with odor issues or buildup if your wetbag is washed in heavily scented detergent or fabric softener.  Plus, keep in mind it will be coming into contact with your dirty diapers, so washing with your diapers is probably easiest.
  • Wetbags don't have to be washed every day.  Use your discretion.  If it's smelly and pretty damp with urine then you probably should wash it.  Not damp, just got a spot soiled inside?  Then you can turn it inside out and wipe it down.
  • Wetbags are not absorbent so time in the clothes dryer is usually not necessary unless you need it in a hurry.  Simply hang to try and it should dry on it's own pretty quickly.  The less you dry it in the dryer the less wear and tear it will get and the longer you'll get to use it.  Plus it will keep from unnecessary fading.
  • Avoid bleach.  Bleach can cause your PUL or TPU to break down.  Disinfecting once in a while should be fine but bleaching wetbags regularly shouldn't be needed.
  • Washing with your cloth diapers?  Keep in mind that snagging can occur if your aplix diapers come unfastened.  Cosmetically this can affect your wetbags.
In general, wetbags are usually made of similar, if not the same, materials as cloth diapers made by each manufacturer.  They're very durable and versatile however they're not a single use item, you can use them over and over until you personally think they're ready to be washed.

So what are your thoughts?  Do you wash your wetbag often?  Weekly?  Do you wash it with your diapers or some other way?  Any additional tips you'd like to share?

Need additional info?  Planetwise has a great washing and care page that you may benefit from checking out.