As much as we LOVE cloth diapers, there will come a day when you will no longer need them. I know that this is hard to accept.... please feel free to take a moment and breathe into a paper bag if you need to... I'll completely understand. Some day, our children will grow up and out of diapers, and we'll be left with empty shells and a pile of inserts possibly the size of that MegaBlox tower you and Jonny made last week. So what do you do with your once-amazing stash? Here are some ideas: 1. Pass them on to someone else Assuming that they are still functional, gifting them to someone who really needs them can ensure that the legacy of your cloth diaper stash will live on. Plus, it will make you feel super great knowing that you've lessened another parent's burden by offering the gift of earth-friendly diapering options! 2. Sell them to someone else Cloth diapers can be expensive, and if your diapers are still in great shape, it can be difficult to just give them away knowing that you could recoup a decent portion of what you paid for them initially. Even if they're in "well-loved" condition, you can often sell them for at least a few bucks each if they still work. The website www.diaperswappers.com is dedicated to all things cloth, and has a fantastic Marketplace where you can buy/sell/trade your cloth diapers, accessories, even mama cloth! You can also try selling them on your local Craigslist site, or on Ebay, or consigning them at your local children's consignment shop. 3. Donate them to a charity. There are quite a few organizations that collect new and used cloth diapers to bring overseas to third-world countries and to assist in disaster-stricken areas of the world where babies and young children are most at risk for disease and infection. There are also plenty of diaper banks and organizations in North America which aim to help low-income families make healthy choices for their children. One of these, www.givingdiapersgivinghope.org is a wonderful organization accompanied by Kim Rosas of http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/. According to the website, "we process about 10-20 applications and ship 8-15 packages of diapers to families a week." Wonderful!! If you are interested in donating locally, you can go to http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/ndbn-php/diaperbank_find.php to find out if there is one near you. 4. Use 'em as rags Yes, you heard me. All of those old, hole-y, super thin pre-folds and flats, and all of those crunchy microfiber inserts that you don't want to use anymore (or can't because the pee just shoots out every time you try) can be used quite effectively as dust rags, oil rags, spill rags, and whatever other type of rag you want to use them for. And why not? They sopped up pee and poop, right? Why not dust and juice, too? 5. Compost them If your diapers are made of natural materials like cotton or hemp, you can put them right in your compost bin, where they will break down and become part of your beautiful landscape! As an added bonus, you can even put them in the compost with urine in them, as urine is a rich source of nitrogen which is necessary for good compost. There are a plethora of uses for old cloth diapers, and what is listed here is just a few of the most common. What else have you used them for? ~ Lindsay Lewis
It's week 5 of our "Baby of the Week" series, and this week we'd like to welcome baby Ellie and her mama, Carrie! Ellie is just 4 months old, but Carrie is not new to cloth diapering with 3 1/2 years of experience under her belt! FB: What is Ellie's favorite food? Carrie: Breastmilk FB: Why did you make the cloth diaper switch? Carrie: To save money! FB: What is your favorite aspect of cloth diapering? Carrie: The cuteness! FB: Do you have any tips for moms making the switch? Carrie: Explore your options! Cloth diapering is trial - and - error, so don't get discouraged if the first thing you try doesn't work out. FB: What is your funniest cloth diaper moment? Carrie: The moment you start a load of diaper laundry, baby will poop. It never fails! If you would like your child to be the baby of the week, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Make sure to stock up on diapers by using code FLUFFLOVE at checkout.
Whether you are just curious about cloth diapering, or are already a pro-CDer, you may notice that there seems to be a plethora of accessories you can buy to accentuate your cloth diapering experience. Which ones do you really need? And which ones are simply optional, but well worth it to own? Fact: The only things you really need to cloth diaper, are cloth diapers. Yup, that's it! Now that we've cleared that out of the way, let's talk about some of the fun accessories that you might not really need, but that could make your life a lot easier. Diaper Sprayer: This is one of the most helpful accessories you can purchase, because it really does make the process of removing poop from your diapers a lot easier than the ol' dunk-n-swish method (or the spatula-scrape). In short, the diaper sprayer hooks right up to your toilet plumbing, and with the squeeze of a trigger you can effectively spray soils away, helping to prevent stains and odors. Diaper Pails/Wet Bags: This is another one of those products that is really worth acquiring, because the way that you store your dirty diapers in between laundry day makes a big difference in whether or not you'll end up with odor issues. Keeping diapers in an air-tight container (like a trash can with a lid) is not the best option for keeping dirty diapers contained. While you may think it's a good idea because the smells won't escape, the truth is that keeping them in an air-tight container can create a warm, moist environment where bacteria can rapidly proliferate, resulting in the development of ammonia, or other funky odors. Wet bags are created to allow a breathable environment for soiled cloth diapers, and most come with a little cotton tab on the inside with which to apply your favorite essential oil to keep odors at bay! Cloth Wipes: For many people, it seems a given that if you're going to use cloth diapers, you might as well use cloth wipes, too, and with good reason! Cloth wipes are economical, easy-to-use (just wash them with your cloth diapers), and come in a myriad of fun prints and colors, as well as super soft, comfortable fabrics! And with a little sewing know-how, you can even make your own out of your favorite material, or even out of old clothing/pillow cases/etc. that you've just been waiting to repurpose. Wipes Spray: For a long time, I just used warm water on my cloth wipes to clean my babies' booties, but at some point I really wanted to try this Sweet Orange EO wipes spray that I saw online, and it totally set me off on a quest to create my own because I loved it so much! I am a confessed Aromaholic, and eyeing my shelves of close to 80 different essential oils, I went to work concocting my own wipes solution. I used this website for inspiration: http://www.zany-zebra.com/cloth-wipe-solution.shtml. You can also purchase pre-made wipes sprays online. Oh, and my favorite scent thus far? A soft, delicious blend of Cacao, Patchouli, and Frankincense. ;) Disposable/Flushable Liners: Sometimes you just don't want to deal with poop at all. And sometimes your child may develop a medical condition which requires the use of pharmaceutical creams or ointments that aren't great for cloth diapers. In cases like these, disposable liners come to the rescue! Simply lay one (or two) down inside of your cloth diaper, and at the next change, lift it out and flush it! Your cloth diapers stay free of stains and you won't have to worry about what happens if some of that Nystatin gets smushed into the fibers of your cloth diapers. What are some of your "must-have" accessories?
It's time for our Baby of the Week! This week's featured baby is Vaughn Evanoff, and his mama Rhiannon. FB: How old is Vaughn, and how long have you been cloth diapering for? Rhiannon: He is 18 months, and we have cloth diapered for 16 months. FB: What is his favorite food? Rhiannon: "Numnama" (banana) FB: Why did you make the cloth diaper switch? Rhiannon: For the planet and for the cost savings! FB: What is your favorite aspect of cloth diapering? Rhiannon: Never having to run to the store because we always have diapers! FB: Do you have any tips for moms making the switch? Rhiannon: Once you get your system in place it is so easy! I have two hampers on the go always, and a few wet bags for travel so I always have a place to put wet diapers when the other bags are in the wash. FB: What is your funniest cloth diaper moment? Rhiannon: My husband refers to the red FuzziBunz with white snaps as Vaughn's "Super Mario" diaper, haha. Make sure to use code FLUFFLOVE for an extra 10% off of everything online. To have your baby featured as our baby of the week, please email a photo to email@example.com -