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    The FuzziBunz Story - Why Disposable Diaper Companies MUST Be Held Accountable

    The FuzziBunz Story - Why Disposable Diaper Companies MUST Be Held Accountable

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    No mother wants to see her baby suffer, especially not when they are in their first few months of life. But that is exactly what I had to do as my infant son struggled with ongoing and severe diaper rash.

    I exhausted myself trying every diaper and every cream known to man but he would still bleed even through the waxy white ointment. My son does not have any crazy skin condition, he is just like many babies, sensitive to chemicals. Most parents just accept diaper rash as a normal part of baby care, but it shouldn't be and does not have to be. 

    Finally after much exhaustion I turned to using cloth diapers, something I really did not want to do. I was wiling to do anything however to bring him some relief. 

    Cloth Diapers provided part of the solution as he was not sitting in paper, plastic and chemicals all day every day. But the secondary issue was the wetness which in turn would irritate his skin and prevent the healing of the rash. I could not find cloth diapers that could keep his skin dry (like disposables) and chemical free (like cloth) so I looked to my own ingenuity to solve that problem. 

    Having taken courses in sewing and textiles, I started experimenting with fabrics that might be able to keep my son dry. 24 hours after I put a piece of polar fleece in between my son's skin and his cloth diaper, his rash was completely gone and his skin was bone dry and healthy. It became clear that the best way to prevent diaper rash was a dry, chemical free bottom! 

    There was no way of me to know or research what was in the disposable diapers that might have led to my child's sever rash because they are not mandated by the FDA to do so, unlike every other product on the market. This is something we are seeking to change. 

    It was not long after that I started making cloth diapers form my home and selling them to other mothers who were also experiencing the same frustrating thing. The demand was so great that just 6 short months after selling my first diaper I had to start hiring people to help me. What started out in the middle of my living room floor had quickly grown into a business that I could hardly keep up with. Within two years I had built my own manufacturing and distribution facility and demand continued to grow at amazing rates of speed. But why? 

    By modernizing cloth diapers parents finally had a real choice over using chemical laden disposable diapers. At least with a cloth diaper you know what they are made of!  This rapidly growing modern cloth diaper movement was a true testament that parents were tired of being told what diapers they would use by what was on the shelf at the box stores. They wanted better, they wanted a choice, and the modern cloth diaper companies gave that to them. 

    There have been a lot of twists, turns and challenges for both FuzziBunz and the entire cloth diaper industry over the last 17 years but one thing remains steadfast and that is the demand by modern parents for better diapers for their babies. No longer are large corporations dictating to parents what they must buy. Now more than ever parents today are demanding more sustainable, responsible and consciously created products and with the ease of online retail are able to get exactly what they want from companies committed to meeting their needs. 

    While I cannot speak for other companies, I can speak for FuzziBunz in saying that while many things have changed over time, as they often do, we continue to be proud to be a player in the modern cloth diaper movement and will continue to evolve with it until we see the day, and it will happen, that cloth becomes once again a mainstream product. 

    My story is but one of millions about babies that cannot tolerate chemicals in disposable diapers. Lets hold the FDA and the disposable diaper companies accountable by forcing them to list their ingredients on their packaging...everyone else has to. 

     

    7 Good Reasons to Consider Cloth Diapers

    7 Good Reasons to Consider Cloth Diapers

    If the first thing you think of when you think of cloth diapers is extra work and a lot of poop you are not alone. But the reality of what cloth diapers are really like today might surprise you. We applaud you for even getting this far so that you can make an informed decision. We hope that we can convince you to use cloth diapers, but really all we want you to do is consider it. Here are the reasons why you should.

    COMFORT:  Cloth Diapers are simply more comfortable for your baby. Can you imagine how uncomfortable being in a sanitary pad would be 24/7 for 2.5 years? Kinda gross right?! Well, disposables are not much different. With cloth diapers, either organic cotton materials or super soft fleece linings touch your baby's skin keeping them comfortable even when wet.

    HEALTH: Everyone knows that disposable diapers are laden with chemicals, super absorbent polymers, bleaches, perfumes and who knows what else. Modern Cloth Diapers use high tech performance fabrics instead of chemicals to get the stay dry, absorbent and trim fitting features common in most disposable diapers. 

    ENVIRONMENT: Here are some statistics for you. 1 TON of landfill waste is generated from just ONE baby in disposable diapers by the time they are potty trained. Those diapers will decompose (maybe) in about 500 years. Maybe cloth diapers of yesteryear took up a lot of water to wash, but not modern cloth diapers of today. Hand down cloth is the winner here and people are starting to take note. 

    EASY: Yes, I said it. Cloth Diapers are EASY to use and easy to wash. With velcro and snap closures, fleece linings and all in one or pocket designs they are just as easy to use as a disposable. And its true,washing is just not a big deal. If you can wash a load of baby clothes, you can wash a load of diapers. The only difference here is you will be putting the poop where it belongs, in the toilet NOT in a landfill. 

    STYLE: Have you seen all of the diaper styles out there? Cloth Diapers are a fashion statement like no other. Forget the bloomers and let baby show off their new diaper style, they will be the best dressed baby on the block! But beware, this part of cloth diapering can be addictive. 

    BUDGET: It cost close to $3,000 to use disposable diapers by the time a baby is potty trained. You can get a whole supply of cloth diapers for LESS THAN $200! While cloth diaper brands vary greatly in price you can find a brand that is right for you that fits into any budget. Our Bundle Deals are a perfect example of how affordable cloth diapering can really be. 

    GOOD JOB MOM: As parents we want to do what is best for our babies, even if it means sacrificing a little bit of our own convenience. When you hold your baby and pat that cute little cloth bottom you will know you have made the right decision and you will never look back. It is definitely a decision you will feel good about on ALL fronts. 

    THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING CLOTH DIAPERS 

    Tips and Trick of the Trade - How to Avoid Cloth Diaper Mishaps

    Tips and Trick of the Trade - How to Avoid Cloth Diaper Mishaps

    When you first start cloth diapering, I feel that it is a fairly common tendency to worry about whether every decision you make regarding washing and care is going to mess up your diapers. The truth is that most cloth diapers are pretty resilient, but there are a few things that will actually mess them up. Here is my list of things that will more than likely actually ruin your diapers.

     

    • BLEACH. Yep, go ahead and put about a cup or two of bleach in your washing machine. Directly on the diapers, not in the dispenser! And do this at least every week. Or better yet, every time you wash! (Bleach is harsh, bruh. Don’t use it too much.)

     

    • OINTMENTS. Use gobs of commercial diaper ointments. You know the ones that have all sorts of weird chemicals and fish oil in it? Slather that junk on reeeeeeeal thick!! Let the diapers soak it up. You know what happens then? You get build-up that leads to repelling and leaking. And that fish oil? It makes your diapers smell like a marché aux poissons on a hot summer’s day. And that stuff….. is hard to get out.

     

    • OVER-SUNNING. Fry ‘em in the sun! Okay hear me out: Drying your diapers outside on the line is totally fine… as long as you remove them from the line as soon as they’re dry. If you leave them out all day in the direct sunlight and you do this repeatedly, your elastics and PUL are bound to start deteriorating prematurely.

     

    • DRYER-ABUSE. Dry them in the dryer with some sort of weird foreign object like a crayon or wax lips. Something that will really melt down and gum up the works. Yeah! That’s the ticket! Good luck ever getting that out. (I hear WD-40 is supposed to work pretty well, actually, but… WD-40 on cloth diapers???).

     

    • ABUSE. Run them over with your car. No wait… Don’t just run over them. Peel out on them first. Get them right under your tires and SPIN. Now I’m curious to know exactly what does happen when you do this. I wonder what part of the diaper will bust apart first? Cloth diapers are a garment, subject to wear and tear similar to your underwear. They are not indestructible. 

     

    • SOFTEN. Try to make them as soft as possible with vinegar, baking soda, BORAX, fabric softener and Dreft. No need. Cloth diapers are already soft, they are fabric. Added softeners will leave residue on the diapers which causes leaking. 

     

    • HEAT. Dry them on High Heat in the dryer each time. It won’t mess up your diapers immediately, but the repeated exposure to high heat – just as with the sun – will cause premature deterioration of the PUL and elastics. Similarly, avoid using the Sanitary setting on your washing machine. The temperature usually gets way too hot.

     

    Obviously some of these are ridiculous (but will definitely ruin your diapers), while others are much more common. What is one of the most bizarre ways that you’ve ever ruined a diaper (or more than one)?

    HOW we do it! Quality Cloth Diapers EVERY Family Can Afford

    HOW we do it! Quality Cloth Diapers EVERY Family Can Afford

    It is true, there are so many different diapers on the market that it can make a new parents head spin. There are quality cloth diapers that cost a small fortune and there are budget friendly options that are a big skimp on quality. 

    FuzziBunz is a bit of an anomaly in this equation. While providing a superior quality product with differentiating features from other brands, we can still offer the best price to consumers. 

    BUT WHY? ARE WE CRAZY? 

    No. Its not that we care so much about families budgets (even though we do) or that we don't like making as much money as possible (because we want that too) its BECAUSE WE CAN! 

    Currently FuzziBunz are sold mainly direct to consumer.  Being the manufacturer of the product we sell, having no middle men and a virtual overhead business we can cut out a lot of the cost and pass those savings on to our customers which we are glad to do. 

    Being cost effective does not mean cheap or low quality. FuzziBunz cost a pretty penny to produce. It just means we compete on PRICE better than any other brand on the market in our category. 

    Quality cloth diapers EVERY family can afford! 

     

     

    3 Ways Your Partner Can Help with Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding, whether you are doing it for the first time or are a veteran, can sometimes come with challenges and emotions that can be difficult for you to navigate on your own. While some may be surprised, there are things that your partner can do to help you through the experience, even though they are not physically involved in this process.

     

    • Your partner can be present for you emotionally. Your hormones are already going to be in flux as your body adjusts to your and your baby’s physical needs postpartum, but if you are also having a hard time breastfeeding that can add to your emotional load. Tell your partner that you need support and nurturing. Whether it is simple encouragement, physical touch, or holding the space for you to release, the act of being present with you can be a major balm for your heart.

     

    • Your partner can help you find information. With our first daughter, I did not know how to breastfeed. I wasn’t aware of what a proper latch looked like (or felt like) and for the first two weeks my nipples were very sore because she was only latching onto them. And I developed mastitis to top it off (which I developed with our second child as well). My husband helped me to figure out what a proper latch looked like. He would physically help me adjust our baby’s body and head until it worked. He brought me pillows when he felt it could help. When I developed mastitis he spoke with our doctors/midwives to find out what would help to resolve the issues and how he could help. At one point it hurt so bad that I was afraid to breastfeed, and he talked me through it and encouraged me to push through it because he knew how badly I wanted to breastfeed and he felt that it was what was best for our babies. I am forever grateful that he was there for me in those ways as I was in no mind to do it alone.

     

    • Your partner can advocate on your behalf. It is more common than not to run into at least one unsupportive person who doesn’t understand the benefits of breastfeeding (especially extended breastfeeding) who has no problem letting you know their opinion on the subject. Having someone you love stand up for you and your choices, and even try to educate someone who may otherwise bring you down is empowering and lets you know that you are not alone.

     

    Even if you do not have a partner, a good friend or family member can help ease some of the challenges of breastfeeding by supporting you in any way that they can. Please do not be afraid to ask for help when you feel that you need it. This is an important time for you and your baby, and any assistance can make the difference between feeling helpless and feeling nurtured.