Posts Tagged ‘fleece diapers’
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Today is Earth Day!
Did you know that it takes 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose in our landfills? By using cloth diapers, you can make a significant impact on our environment.
We love that FuzziBunz Modern Cloth Diapers are not only easy-to-use and oh-so-adorable, but they’re also very earth-friendly! You can find out more about the environmental impact of cloth diapers by clicking here.
Many FuzziBunz users are earth-conscious in other ways, too. We asked our fans how else they try to make their home and families more earth-friendly, and here’s what they said:
- Low usage of harsh chemicals
- Eat less meat
- Shop locally
- Play outside
- Don’t use paper towels
- Re-use grocery store bags
- Use cloth wipes
- Use a menstrual cup
- Use cloth nursing pads
- Keep their own chickens for fresh eggs
- Keep rabbits to breed for meat
- Organic food and herb garden
- Up-cycle old furniture
- Paper-free household
- Plant trees
- Keep lights off during day
- Line dry as much as possible
- “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”
- Create their own cleaning supplies with natural ingredients
- Use vinegar and lemon juice for cleaning
- LED and low energy light bulbs
- Appliances serviced regularly
- Cloth menstrual pads
- Cluster errands together to save gas
- Use baking soda for cleaning
- Don’t buy as many cheap plastic toys
- Mending items, especially clothes so they last longer
- One car or no car at all
- Cook at home as much as possible
- Cloth grocery bags
- Bring their own glass tupperware for restaurant leftovers
- Unplug everything when not in use
- Create their own baby wipe solution
- Walk or bike to work when possible
Being earth-friendly is easy and whether you do all of these things or only a few, every bit helps! Visit us on Facebook and mention us on Twitter (@FuzziBunz) to let us know how you’re celebrating Earth Day today!
Don’t forget! Shop.FuzziBunz.com is offering a %15 percent discount with the code EARTHDAY15 – it ends tonight at 11:59 PM CST. You can also check with your favorite retailer to find out if they’re having an Earth Day sale, too.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Once you’ve settled into a routine, using cloth diapers is pretty no-brainer. Wash. Rinse. Rinse. Dry. Use. Repeat.
In that challenging period before I figured out not to over-think things, mistakes were made. My No. 1 mistake? Trusting that the other people changing my baby’s diaper would know everything I do. Will someone else be changing your baby in cloth diapers? Be especially cautious. It’s one thing when mom is the rookie. We still read, research, and, well, over-think. Dads, grandmas, and nursery workers might do things, however, that we never even dreamed they would.
Putting On the Diaper
- The best thing you can do if you’re about to leave your baby and your cloth stash in the hands of someone else is have the diapers pre-stuffed and ready to put on. If you don’t it’s quite possible you’ll come home at some point to a baby wearing a diaper with no insert. Even when the diaper is completely assembled, you still might find a rookie is apt to put the diaper on backwards. Something about the snaps throws them off, I think. A FuzziBunz diaper might be more fool-proof than others. I’ve had people put other diaper brands on inside out, too.
What Else They’ll Put On
- There’s something about a day care provider and butt cream. They just love the stuff. There must be some comfort for them in slathering it on generously. But beware: most widely available diaper creams can wreak havoc on your cloth diapers. This happened to me soon after my day care agreed to use cloth for my first son. I’d left his tube of zinc oxide cream with them even after he started wearing cloth. I knew it wasn’t “cloth approved” but didn’t think about them wanting to use it since he was usually pretty clear down there, but boy did they use it. That day’s diapers, though they still function, to this day have some staining left from that incident. Keep the stuff away from your diapers at all costs.
- It’s best that anyone who’s going to wash your cloth diapers gets a full explanation of the proper way to do it. A simple laundry mistake can take lots of re-washing to undo. After the rash cream got used with a few of my cloth diapers, I made the mistake of thinking outside the box for ways to wash it out. I ended up trying a degreaser cream from Lowe’s. I have to rinse my diapers countless times to get the orange smell out. My advice? When you’re a rookie, don’t add anything weird to your diaper laundry. It seems simple enough, but it’s important. Also, think carefully about where you wash. I once did laundry at a campground laundromat and ended up with immediate repelling issues.
You’ve done the research and read all the directions (along with a few hundred blog entries!), but make sure anyone else changing your baby gets all the little details, too. You’ll make things easier on your baby that way – and your diapers!
Jessica Wiant is now a stay-at-home mom of two who was once a working mom with a (cloth diapered!) son in daycare.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
Welcome to 2013 everyone! With the New year comes a lot of new goals and resolutions. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get in shape, or eat more healthfully, everyone tends to think about things they want to change. But how about cloth diapers? How can they fit into your New year’s resolutions or goals? Let me give you a couple of ideas to spark your interest:
- Try cloth diapers. If you have never used cloth diapers before, maybe 2013 is your year to get on the bandwagon. Why not purchase a few and see what you think?!
- Use cloth diapers in day care or at least present the idea if you don’t already.
- Do you use cloth diapers at night? If not, why not start the process of finding a great night cloth diaper?
- Try a different style of cloth diaper. Fitteds, pockets, hybrids, flats, or prefolds. Change it up!
- Do you use cloth diapers part time? Why not focus on doing it full time?
- Introduce or even convert a friend to cloth diapers.
- Try out a new cloth diaper accessory: a diaper sprayer or cloth wipes. Try newborn cloth diapers if you are expecting.
- Having problems with your wash routine? Why not try to get it all figured out: change a detergent, add rinse, or try a new stripping technique.
- Add more to your stash, or destash from of your diapers!
- Did you use cloth diapers on any of your babies before? if not, make it a goal to use them on our next child!
Have you thought about making a fluffy resolution this year? If so, what would you like to try to accomplish?
Julie Murphy is a stay-at-home mom who was thrown into the cloth diapers when her husband bet her she couldn’t last two months on cloth. 11 months later, she is still cloth diapering…and blogging about it at My Cloth Diaper Stash.
Friday, November 14th, 2008
I have never cloth diapered my son a day in his life. So when I received my box of FuzziBunz® Pocket Diapers for review it would be fair to say I panicked. I had heard mixed opinions about fit, looks, leaks and laundering. So I decided early on not to venture away from my trusty disposables. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find cloth diapering is totally manageable, especially with FuzziBunz®.
FuzziBunz® is a pocket diaper which means it has an opening in the back where you insert material such as terry cloth to create the level of absorbency your child requires. It is lined with micro fleece to keep moisture off your child and to keep him or her dry. The outside is a waterproof barrier made of polyurethane laminated (PUL) outer poly knit to keep wetness contained. Features such as stretchier leg casings and mini gussets mean a better fit and fewer leaks. One of the best things about FuzziBunz® is the adjustable tabs in the front. They allow the diaper to grow with your baby ensuring a snug fit at all times. FuzziBunz® has a wide array of sizes including specialty sizes such as preemie, XL and petite toddler and an even wider array of colors for your fashion benefit.
My son loved the comfort of these diapers, he smiled, kicked his legs and even wiggled his bottom to show his joy. Comfort may be an understatement, however, as this is the softest fabric I have ever felt in my life. I was worried they might get rough after being washed but was happy to find out the diapers stayed this soft. I’m not sure I will ever give up disposable diapers but if I do I know where to turn: FuzziBunz®.
Visit them at www.fuzzibunz.com
Lee Allport is raising her two spirited boys with her husband in beautiful Florida. A self professed bargain shopper, this mom is always on the lookout for cool picks that won’t break the bank. You can find Lee at her own blog www.mysentimentexactlee.com where she entertains people with stories about her children and also writes more product reviews.
Original post: http://www.peekaboopicks.com/2008/11/14/fuzzibunz/
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
I heart my FuzziBunz®, and made sure to tell the world about my obsession with these berrie sweet pocket diapers here. Now, I get the pleasure of introducing you all to mom-pranuer extraordinaire, Tereson Dupuy, CEO of Mother of Eden and Inventor of FuzziBunz® in this week’s Tuesday Ten interview.
And before we get on with the interview, I just have to comment on what an awesome family photo this is of Tereson and her kids!
Now, on with the interview!
Q.: So tell me a little about your company or product and the inspiration behind it.
A.: I invented FuzziBunz® diapers in an effort to help my newborn son, Eden, feel better. At the time, Eden had horrible diaper rash and disposable diapers were not an option because the chemicals irritated his bottom. And the cloth diapers on the market at the time were a major disappointment because they were wet and soggy against his skin (not to mention hard—and icky—to care for). I remember thinking that I could do better than this. And that is how FuzziBunz® diapers were born!
Q.: What’s your favorite part of owning your business?
A.: I love the flexibility that my job affords me. I am free to work when I want (mostly), spend time with my children at my leisure, expose my kids to different experiences and I get great personal gratification with having done something that is loved by so many parents all over the world.
Q.: What’s the nitty-gritty on you!?? Come on! I want age, rank, and serial number!
A.: I am 38 years young. I’m a single mom and have three kids. I love to travel, scuba dive, sail, hike and do anything outdoors. I love being able to have it all—great kids, great job, great life. I am truly blessed. My rank, well, maybe Super Woman— lol.
Q.: Glass half empty of half full? Or can you not tell because it already got spilled by one of the kids?
A.: My glass is full to the top and ready to spill over. Every opportunity is an opportunity for growth. My outlook on life is that every opportunity is positive, even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time.
Q.: Secrets to success? Tips for making it through to tomorrow with our sanity intact? (read: how did you do it?)
A.: My motto: Always be seen smiling. Smile often, laugh even more. Even when it is hard. Never ever quit.
Q.: Why do you think your products hit home with moms and families??
A.: FuzziBunz® diapers work hard and deliver on their promises—any mom can appreciate that. Also, FuzziBunz® are mom-invented—some of the best baby products have a mom behind it and FuzziBunz® is no different.
Q.: The best part of being a mom? And what’s the hardest?
A.: The best part is being able to mold my children into responsible, fun, ambitious humans by leading by my example. The hardest is striking that balance between being a dedicated single mother, entrepreneur and self-fulfilled woman.
Q.: Sneaky chef or eat-those-veggies-now! What’s your parenting style?
A.: Each of my children are unique and has different needs so catering to their own specific person is what is important. It’s a challenge at times but a challenge I feel well worth it in the long run.
Q.: What’s on the menu for dinner tonight? (and can I come over?)
A.: Sauteed Rib eyes with brandy sauce. No kidding. When I cook I really cook. Otherwise I cook in bulk and we do once a month cooking, healthy meals. But the fresh stuff is outstanding.
Q.: Where can my readers find you online?
A.: www.FuzziBunz.com and at my blog at www.thegreendiaperqueen.com.
Friday, August 8th, 2008
By: Jenn (The Green Parent)
Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am a LAZY green mama. That’s not to say that I don’t do my part to protect the planet. But when I do make an effort to go green, I need to know that it is not in vain. And I’m the last person on Earth who would want to make extra work for herself. So when I tell you that I have used cloth diapers for both of my daughters, I hope you’ll understand that this was not an undertaking that I accepted lightly. I looked at the facts, I talked to the experts, I tried it myself, and I concluded that cloth diapers were the best thing for both my children and the planet.
Now if there’s one thing that I can’t stand it’s a guilt trip. So you won’t get any of that here. Yes, I think cloth diapers are fantastic (Fuzzi Bunz are my favorite!) but I know they’re not for everyone. Still, I think it’s time to “clear the air” about the common cloth diaper misconceptions…
The Ick Factor. This is probably the #1 reason that most parents turn their noses up at cloth diapers. It’s easy to imagine that with cloth diapers you’ll be up to your armpits in toilet water trying to wring out some nasty, poppy rag. If you’re concerned about the ick factor of cloth diapers, I have a little advice, but be warned, you may not want to hear it. Here it is…
Poop. Is. Icky. And cloth or disposable, as a parent, you are going to come in contact with it. Get over it. Oh, and one more thing, did you know that you are required to remove poop from disposable diapers and toss it in the toilet? It’s true, it says so right on the package. Even the disposable manufacturers know that it’s nasty to put human poop (even if it came from your sweet little baby’s bottom) in a landfill.
The Time Factor. This is the second reason that most parents want to forgo cloth diapers. To this I reply, have you looked at cloth diapers lately? Back in the day, cloth diapering meant pins and plastic pants, and the procedure did add a bit of time (albeit probably just a few seconds) to the average diaper change. But today’s selection of Velcro or button fasteners and all-in-one cloth diapers are an absolute cinch to put on and take off. The only difference in the whole procedure is that you take cloth diapers off and throw them in the washing machine as compared to the trash can for disposables. The time factor no longer exists.
The Water Consumption Factor. From the beginning, disposable diaper companies have contended that the water consumed to wash cloth diapers negates any environmental benefit that could be gained by keeping disposables out of the landfill. Their theories were somewhat backed up by a flawed study in 2005 that concluded that there is no environmental difference between using cloth diapers and using disposables. Now, when I say that this study is flawed, I say it not as a raving “save the Earth” lunatic (although I am) that can’t imagine that cloth diapers could be environmentally equivalent to disposables. Rather, I say that this study is flawed as a scientist (because I am) and it is. Here’s why.
- The study surveyed 2,000 parents who use disposables, but included only 183 parents who use cloth diapers in their research. The results are therefore neither balanced nor conclusive.
- The study did NOT take in to account the possibilities that some (if not most) cloth diapering parents use Energy-Star rated washing machines, wash full loads of laundry, line-dry their diapers or use moderate temperatures to wash their diapers.
- The study did NOT take in to account that most (if not ALL) cloth diapering parents pass their cloth diapers on, either to their subsequent children, or to their friends, thereby dramatically reducing the environmental impact caused by the creation of the diaper.
- The study only analyzed one type of diaper…a terry cloth diaper… that takes significantly longer to dry than other cotton diapers. And again, they made no mention that these diapers could be dried on a clothes line rather than in a dryer.
The Cost Factor. Last but not least, there is the cost factor. Undeniably, cloth diapers require a greater initial investment than disposables. But study after study after study after study has concluded that using cloth diapers can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your child’s diapering career. (If you’re not convinced, you can use this handy-dandy comparison calculator to see for yourself.) Now who couldn’t use a few extra thousand dollars in their pocket?
So there you have it. A straight-up, no-guilt, fresh look at cloth diapers. Take it or leave it. But at least now you know the facts.
Verybaby.com: Cloth vs. Disposable Cost Comparison
DiaperDecisions.com: The cost of cloth diapers
NaturalFamilyOnline: Alternative to the Usual Checklist
RealDiaperAssociation.com: Diaper Facts
Monday, July 14th, 2008
Broussard woman invents reusable snap-on diaper
By: Judy Bastien
Cloth diapers. It’s a term that makes many new mothers cringe. The idea of dealing with washing and folding dozens of diapers and the risk of stabbing their own fingers while protecting their child’s mid-section from the business end of a safety pin doesn’t appeal to most.
Even those who look for environmentally-friendly ways of doing things hesitate to venture into the routine of their grandmother’s day.
But, a Tereson Dupuy, Broussard woman has brought cloth diapers into the 21st century with the addition of a polar fleece dryness liner, a built-in waterproof exterior and adjustable snaps to make diapering quick, easy and pain-free.
Her FuzziBunz® diapers appeal to many parents, including high-profile moms and dads in Hollywood and Nashville.
And her budding international business came about because of personal necessity.
When Dupuy’s son was a baby, disposable diapers weren’t an option.
“He has a skin condition – atopic dermatitis and eczema,” she said. “Putting disposable diapers on him caused so many problems – rashes and bleeding.”
She was obligated to use cloth diapers, but she didn’t like the hassle of safety pins and separate vinyl pants.
So, she invented something that combines the baby-friendly and environmentally-friendly characteristics of cloth diapers with the convenience of disposables.
Her invention, now about 10 years old, is known worldwide as FuzziBunz®.
“It’s a three-stage system,” Dupuy said.
The polar fleece, which is next to the baby’s skin, draws moisture away from the baby and into an absorbent cloth pad, which is inserted into a pocket inside the diaper. The stay-dry feature is accomplished without using chemicals or gels, Dupuy said.
The inner fleece lining and pad are contained within a waterproof outer lining.
“Everything separates to be washed,” Dupuy said, “so it gets really clean.”
Tanya Domingue, a pediatric nurse and Scott resident, began using FuzziBunz® four months ago, when her son, Jack, was born.
She had previously used disposable diapers on her two older children.
Domingue said there is no comparison between the two.
“These FuzziBunz® win hands down,” she said. “It has a soft feel.”
Domingue said the reusable diapers are actually easier to deal with once they’re soiled than disposables.
“And, I like the idea we’re not putting more into the landfills with these diapers.”
At first, Dupuy made the diapers herself, just for personal use, but word soon got around in some of the parenting forums and chat rooms she belonged to.
A cottage industry developed, and in 2000, Dupuy’s business, which operates under the name, Mother of Eden, took off.
“I got out of the house; I stopped sewing, myself, rented a building, got employees and have been increasing ever since,” she said.
Now, her product is being sold nationwide on the Internet.
“I also have a large distributor in the UK, Finland, Australia – places where they’re a little more green than the United States.”
Celebrity parents have been heard to say they use FuzziBunz® on their babies, including 90210 star Tori Spelling and country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, actress and model Kimberly Williams Paisley.
Although FuzziBunz® are available on the Internet, Dupuy would like local parents to know that they can be purchased directly from her.
For those who don’t have a celebrity income, the cost of each diaper is a bit of a stumbling block. They sell for about $20 each.
But, they’re much cheaper in the long run, Dupuy said.
Domingue estimates that at seven diapers a day, she had already spent about $240 on disposables for her older children by the time they were 4 months old – Jack’s age.
Dupuy said most people get enough FuzziBunz® to last about a day and a half, so they don’t have to wash every day. The snaps allow for an adjustable fit, so the diapers grow with the baby.
“A full (set) of FuzziBunz® is $200- to $300, compared to $2,500 for disposables,” she said, assuming that disposable diapers are used for about three years.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
To cloth diaper or not to cloth?
Deciding if cloth diapers are for you
By: Sarah W. Caron, SheKnows
How are you going to diaper your baby? For most of us, it’s more a question of which disposable diaper brand we’ll use. After all, disposables are SO common and convenient. And cloth diapers… not so much. Right? But there are actually more options than Pampers, Luvs, Huggies or Seventh Generation. There are a diverse selection of cloth diapers to consider, too — and, folks, these aren’t your grandma’s cloth diapers.
Several years ago, after a bad diaper rash, my son’s pediatrician suggested that I try cloth diapering and using reusable wipes or wash clothes. I bucked at the suggestion and railed on its craziness. Mere months ago, a mom friend and I were talking about ways to go green. I openly denounced any possibility of ever cloth diapering my daughter. Crazy! Ludicrous! Just. Not. Happening.
So why am I changing my mind now? Cloth diapers aren’t all diaper pins, waterproof covers and stinky messes after all… In fact, there are many choices that can be almost as easy as disposables.
Fitting cloth into life
Even with the many of options available, experts say that cloth diapering still isn’t for everyone, due to life constraints. “Cloth diapers can definitely be for everyone, but not everyone has the right situation to cloth diaper. Sometimes family circumstances are such that won’t allow for cloth diapering. For example, daycare settings that prohibit cloth diapers or caregivers who are uncomfortable using cloth. However, families could still use cloth at home, and many daycare providers are now willing to give it a try once they see how simple it can be. It really does amount to a particular mindset that the family and others who might be caring for the baby have. If the motivation and desire is there, then it’s a good fit,” says Stephanie White of Z Bear Diapers.
Solving diapering issues
But for others, cloth diapering makes sense. Children with rashes like my son can benefit greatly from the more natural fibers in cloth diapering (for the record, the rash did go away with the right cream and a change in diet).
Tereson Dupuy, creator of cloth diapers, was also advised by a pediatrician to start cloth diapering her son. She decided to take the plunge. “I researched my options and tried a few of the ‘best’ brands on the market at the time. Overall, I found these diapers to be wet, soggy, cold – they did not keep my son dry or solve his rash problem. I researched other materials besides cotton that might work and invented a diaper that solved all my issues,” says Dupuy.
It’s all about support
For best results when cloth diapering, talk to your spouse, family, daycare and other people in your child’s life about your intentions. Explain why you want to cloth diaper and its benefits. As White says, you can just do it at home if others aren’t willing to use the cloth diapers.
But, others point out that it can be an everyday, everywhere thing.
“Modern covers and/or pocket diapers make it easy to keep your baby’s clothes dry (often better than disposables). Just put a wet-bag (or an extra plastic bag… from the grocery store, or a zip-lock) in your diaper bag to hold any dirty diapers. A weekend trip is even possible, but a washing machine is recommended for more than an overnight stay. I even got my daycare to use cloth… and they loved it!,” says Marni Matyus, the Natural Parenting expert at peppermint.com.
White says to look carefully for the right diapering system for you to help with 24/7 cloth diapering. “Once you have that in place, you won’t worry about what to do if baby poos in public or that your diaper might leak. When you’re out, you use your favorite brand, so you’re confident, and then have
a good time,” White says. “If baby needs a change, you change the diaper and put the soiled one in a wetbag, take it home, and take care of it
Monday, April 14th, 2008
LAFAYETTE, La. – FuzziBunz® has partnered with The Green Parent author, Jenn Savedge, to highlight the important role parents play in raising environmentally conscious children.
In her book, The Green Parent – A Kid-Friendly Guide to Earth-Friendly Living, released on April 1, Savedge tackles every topic, from the diaper debate to how to take eco-friendly family vacations.
Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® diapers, says that Savedge’s book is a public service to the parents of the world. “Jenn is teaching parents how to establish eco-friendly parenting practices early-on in hopes that future generations will imitate those practices later in life to become thoughtful stewards of the world.”
Savedge says that even children as young as two years old can learn what it means to take care of our planet. Parents should look for teachable moments, she advises.
“A baby may wonder why she wears that FuzziBunz® diaper that her parents wash. These are moments that parents can teach their children that their diapers help keep the earth green,” says Savedge.
She adds, “As parents, we know that reusable diapers help reduce landfill waste, pollution, resource consumption, and the dangerous greenhouse gases that cause global warming. And while this may be a bit much for a little one to understand, even the youngest children will appreciate that her diapers help the grass grow better and the air stay cleaner.”
Dupuy says, “We are excited to partner with Jenn because, at the core, our message is the same: Take care of our planet to ensure that future generations have access to the same nature we enjoy each and every day.”
And the best part, for every purchase of The Green Parent, the book’s publisher will plant a tree on the buyer’s behalf.