Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt !

It’s that time again! We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the Tenth semi-annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt™!

How does the GCDH work? It’s simple! You register at on or after October 15, 2009. Then you visit all the participating sponsor sites and hunt for the Diaper Decisions™ diaper, to earn entries to the 90 random prize drawings, including Two Grand Prizes and one Ultimate Grand Prize!
For more details about this great event, please visit the Rules and FAQ pages at See you at the hunt!
Starts November 1st and goes through the whole month!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

BLOG GIVEAWAY for Bio Soakers by Gro Baby

Gro Baby is at it again! They have recently released the new Bio Soakers and they want you to try them for FREE! (click here for details to get your FREE sample)

Please click on the link below to see how they work. I am excited to try them! I think they we would be so convenient for traveling, trips to the mall, getting through sickness, or for using on Christmas or Thanksgiving day when we are literally away from home (visiting family) from early morning till late at night. Really, what a great idea!


Bio Soakers are plastic FREE, fragrance FREE, Dye FREE, Chlorine FREE and only contain 3 grams of SAP gel compared to the 10-20 grams found in other disposables.
They have super soft NON latex, elastic leg gussets that are guaranteed to keep messes in their place. These also have a proprietary biofilm backing that is both waterproof and breathable. It meets all AS...TM6400 (USA), EU13432 (EU), and BPI standards fro biodegradability and commercial compostability! Wheew!

Now GO! Check them out!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

SoftBums AI2 Giveaway!!

I love to feature my favorite Cloth Diapers with a Giveaway!
This giveaway is no exception. Luxury diapers are now within your reach!

SoftBums are one of the few diapers that my daughter can actually wear 'her size' of jeans with. The SoftBums diaper is one of the few TRUE One Size diapers! SoftBums diapers can become t-i-n-y to fit even the smallest little bum but also fit up to potty training!

Made and invented by a Work at Home Mother. These diapers implement a new, easy adjustable leg design in a trim fitting diaper. No longer do you have to put up with bulky diapers in order to get a leak free fit! Check out the videos (made by a happy customer) on the SoftBums website.

You will love the 3 to 1 ratio of Snap-in Inserts to Covers. You can re-use your PerfectFit Cover 2-6 times, as long as you air out covers between uses.

PerfectFit tiny hidden Leg Elastic Adjusters (similar to a toggle on a duffle bag only smaller) which gives a unique adjustability. That combined with the Softbums signature great fit, makes PerfectFit the “Cadillac” of diapers.

SoftBums have quickly become one of my first reached for diapers. I love all the vibrant colors, the super trim fit. These diapers are super soft, even my husband commented on how soft they felt when he changed Claires diaper. My friend uses the SoftBums for her potty-trained son for over nights (they just switched from pull-ups). She told me he loves his orange SoftBum and will hold it to his face and tell her it is 'so soft'.

I like to use my SoftBum on outings because I only have to pack a cover and extra snap-in inserts instead of many individual diapers. It really cuts down on the bulk in my already cramped diaper bag.

I love all the beautiful colors to choose from. A snap version is coming soon!

I am anxious to spread the word about this great diaper and also giveaway and a PerfectFit All-in-2's Basic Pack! The basic Pack retails for $33.92 (which is 3 diaper changes! So basically $11 and change for a great fitting, leak free diaper). Try won't be disappointed! I have had customer after customer try "just one" -only to come back a week later for more!

How to Enter:
To enter:

1) follow our blog so we can notify you of other spectacular giveaways and to be informed off what is going on in the cloth diapering world! Leave us comment telling us that you follow us.

Extra entries for helping us spread the word!!

2) 1 entry- email 5 friends that are not aware of Diaper Style with links to this giveaway! You must cc the email to! Thank you so much for supporting us.

3) 1 entry- create a blog post with links to this giveaway or post it on your facebook or twitter (link required) leave a link here to your post

4) 1 entry - grab our button include link to your page w/button

5) 1 entry-become a fan of SoftBums on facebook....leave a comment here and there (tell them you saw SoftBums on Diaper Style)

Please leave a separate comment for each entry completed....5 chances to win!

Giveaway ends on Saturday October 17th at 9pm

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Buy 6 get 1 FREE Bumgenius OS diapers!

For a limited time only you can take advantage of this unheard of BumGenius offer.
This deal is too good not to blog about. Share it with your friends!! Spread the fluffy love!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cloth Diapers and Daycare

The Real Diaper Association (RDA) recently conducted a survey on the use of cloth diapers in the daycare setting. There were many parents that participated in the survey and the results varied greatly.

Many of you have heard of or experienced the difficulty in finding a daycare that would take a child in cloth. I have a local customer who's daycare does not allow cloth and another local customer that has found one that will use cloth. The daycare facility (that accepts cloth) only has a few requirements. One of the requirements are that they can only bring pocket diapers, already prepped with an insert and a pail liner that closes (she has a drawstring pail liner). Easy peasy for both parties involved.

I really don't understand the reservations that many daycare providers have concerning cloth....if they only knew what a blessing it is for the parents and the child-using cloth diapers are important to many families. I hope that through the education of daycare providers and advocates like the RDA, we will see more acceptance of cloth diapering families in daycare's and people in general!

Here is the link to the RDA's survey results.

I posted a survey of my own on the sidebar and would love to hear your experiences and comments as well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What I wish I knew then......

I am participating in the cloth diaper blogging carnival about 'what I wish I knew then that I know now'. You are welcome to participate as well. This is the place to share your story. If you haven’t done so already, it isn’t too late. Go ahead and write your story on your blog, and come back here. Use McLinky to add your link, and grab the code to add everyone else’s links to your page.

I love using cloth diapers! There is no doubt about it, cloth diapers have become a big part of our lives. I only wish is that I knew about them sooner and used them with my first 2 babies. I truly had no idea, whatsoever, that cloth diapers still existed. I didn't know anyone that used cloth for many, many months. I was on my own (everyone thought I was crazy), trying to figure out all the in's and out's of cloth diapering, and boy was it overwhelming.

I started using cloth on my 3rd baby when she was around 14-16 months old. I had found cloth diapers on EBay after going there to search for cheaper disposable diapers. I bought a few WAHM made diapers that were horrible and so I swore off cloth all together. A few months later I got sucked into the cuteness of cloth again and decided to give it one more try.

This time I did my research. I read everything that I could on the internet-google became my best friend! My eyes were opened to a whole new world. Who would have known that this huge cloth diapering world even existed? Most of my friends and family still don't understand how great the cloth diapering movement really is. After much googling I found a few more diapers to try, they were awesome, I was hooked. It has been full speed ahead since then.

Halle, (baby #3) potty trained herself (thank you cloth diapers) the month before her little sister Claire, was born. Claire has been in cloth since the moment they fit her (trust me, I checked the fit a few times a day-lol). Claire is now 14 months and I figure that we have about 1 more year to enjoy her little fluffy bum. Even though we are done having babies, I have almost considered another baby just so I could continue having a little fluffy bum....almost-lol. Luckily, my brother and his wife are due to have a baby in November and want to cloth diaper-so I can focus all my fluffy love on them...heehee!

Claire 11 months sporting a Rocky Mountain Diaper.

For more fun Carnival Cloth Diaper posts click here. (blogger is not letting put the carnival links on here for some reason?)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Duo Wrap Giveaway!

We love our best selling Thirsties covers and the Duo Wrap is just icing on the cake. We are thrilled to be giving away a Duo Wrap to one of our Facebook Fans..this giveaway is being hosted on our Fan Page (link on sidebar)....Please stop by for your chance to win!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tiny Bubbles Blog Giveaway! Ended

The Natural Baby Company is giving away their new Tiny Bubbles Laundry Detergent. Rules for entering are found below!! I haven't tried this detergent yet but I am hearing great things about it. I will be carrying it in my store soon, but for now here is your chance to try it for free!

Tiny Bubbles
The detergent of choice for cloth diapers and baby apparel.

* Dye & Fragrance Free
* Completely Biodegradable
* Completely Phosphate-Free
* No Optical Brighteners or Fillers
* Gentle for Sensitive Skin
* Low Residue Formula
* Ultra-Concentrated
* Low Cost-Per-Wash
* Recyclable

Safe to use with Gro Baby™ and all other cloth diapers brands. Not tested on animals. No animal by products. ($0.22 per Load)

Phosphate Free - Phosphate detergents are a major cause of pollution in our lakes and streams. Even biodegradable phosphate detergents are harmful to water life. Tiny Bubbles contains no phosphates and is completely biodegradable.

60 Loads - Front Load Washer
Net Wt. 60 Oz. (3.75lbs)

U.S. EPA Designed for the Environment
The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program works in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders to reduce risk to people and the environment by preventing pollution.

Sodium carbonate, Sodium sulfate, Sodium percarbonate, Sodium alkyl aryl sulfonate, Linear alcohol ethoxylate.

Front Load Machines – 1 scoop
Top Load Machines – 2 scoops
Hand Laundry – 1 to 2 teaspoons/basin

To enter this giveaway:
1)Blog about Tiny Bubbles, and MUST include this link

2)MUST be a new blog post on an ESTABLISHED BLOG to be eligible.

3)Email your blog link, name, and address (U.S. addresses only) to

Contest ends July 20th! U.S. shipping address only.

Leave a comment if you blog about it! I would love to know who is participating :D!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Support Miracle Diapers! Join the Pledge Party!

Miracle Diapers was founded in Oregon in January of 2005 to fill a need. There were many families who wanted to cloth diaper their children for health, economical, and environmental reasons but could not due to financial restrictions. Because of the overwhelming response, Miracle Diapers decided to to open two more chapters by the end of that year. Now, under new management, Miracle Diapers is in their fourth year of service and looks forward to expanding even further, and with our help they can.

"In order to make the permanent move to a new office with attached warehouse, Miracle Diapers, Inc. needs to raise approximately $3000.00 to pay for a year in advance (this will get us the most bang for our buck!) If we are unable to make this move, we will more than likely have to close operations for the summer months due to unbearable working conditions as we are unable to afford to keep our inventory stored for so much money per month."

Here is the link to Miracle Diapers.
Please take a moment to check out this great non-profit organization and help if you can!

Monday, June 22, 2009

FuzziBunz Giveaway! Giveaway Closed and winner announced!

Congratulations Dani V. you were selected our winner (by of the 3 pack! Thanks for your little bit of wisdom ...
"Diaper wisdom:
Diaper sprayers are way better than dunking your diapers in the toilet. AIO's take forever to dry but are easiest to put on the baby.
One size diapers are best on the budget and if you have more than one kid in diapers. Covers with double gussets hold newborn poo in much better."

I have enjoyed reading all the cloth diaper wisdom and questions. I will be posting all the questions soon for a Q&A are all invited to join in :D.

In collaboration with FuzziBunz we are giving away a 3 pack of Perfect Size Diapers on our blog and a single Perfect Size Diaper (in your choice of in-stock size/color) on our Facebook fan page, so make sure to enter at both sites!

FuzziBunz® boasts, "A better diaper for a better planet". Stay-at-home-mom, Tereson Dupuy, invented FuzziBunz in January 1999 in response to her infant son's chronic diaper rash and her overall dissatisfaction with all available diapers. Tereson stitched the first FuzziBunz in her home and a short time later, the FuzziBunz diapering movement was born. FuzziBunz® are made to stay strong for years and years – saving you money and hassle!

FuzziBunz® diapers are the workhorse of all reusable diapering systems. Made with only the finest and most innovative materials, the stylish three-layered patented FuzziBunz® design works hard to keep your babies' bottoms dry and rash-free… always! I trust and use FuzziBunz in and out of the house. They fit great and are easy to use. I have found that the inner fleece layers stays nice and soft, even when hung out to dry. The colors are beautiful, I especially love the purple daisy print and always get a comment on how cute it is!

Here is your chance to win a 3 pack to get you started in your cloth diaper journey or to add to your current stash. Either way, you can't go wrong, FuzziBunz are here to stay!

To Enter the 3 pack Perfect Size giveaway:

(Leave a separate comment for each entry)
1)leave me a comment giving me a piece of your cloth diaper wisdom or if you have never tried cloth before and there is some burning question you have, ask here.
2)Follow my blog or become a fan on facebook (or both). If you already do these things, leave a comment saying so.
3)Tweet or blog about the giveaway and leave a link to it.

*The blog winner and the facebook winner will be drawn by on June 30th at 9pm and announced soon after.

Thanks for participating and Good Luck!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Yay Gro Baby!

I am so happy to report that our shipment of Gro Baby One Size Diapers are on their way! We will be stocked and ready to ship pre-orders by next week!

I have been using the Gro Baby's for a few weeks now and I am really starting to feel the Gro Baby love. I like to pack them with me when I am out and about because they take up less room in my bag.

Have any of you tried the Gro Baby Diaper system? What do you think?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Are Huggies Pure and Natural really Pure and Natural?

I have to admit that when I saw Huggies was coming out with a "Pure and Natural" disposable diaper, I was almost excited. I had a big family vacation coming up and had been trying to figure out how to take my cloth stash along. Cautiously, I thought this might be the answer. Sure they cost and arm and a leg, but they would make my travels easier-and having 4 kids, the oldest being 7, easier is always good.
Well, one day I found a link to try the Huggies Pure and Natural for FREE-I signed up and got my 3 sample diapers in the mail. I was pleasantly surprised to see the outside of the package stating "organic cotton" and "hypoallergenic". I hurried to open my package and dug right in. The kit included 3 diapers and a thick, quart sized, zip top bag decorated with a blue sky and clouds (I think it was maybe a disposable version of a Wet Bag?).
The product description insert quickly brought me back to reality as I read that the 'liner includes renewable materials', it has a 'soft outer cover with organic cotton' and 'less inks'. I was disappointed to find that these diapers were not what I was hoping they would be. Sure it is nice that they are using organic cotton, but it would have been nicer had the organic material been next to my baby's bottom inside of the diaper, not on the outside. I am also happy that it includes renewable materials, but what does that really mean, how much renewable materials does it include? At the very least I am pleased that Kimberly-Clark is 'trying' to be more green, but they still have a way to go.

So...What tips do you have on traveling with cloth diapers? Have you had to fly with them (how did you pack them)? Have you taken cloth camping? Did your MIL let you wash them at her house when you visited? Do you have any experiences that you would like to share?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Moovin' Lemon Rocky Mountain OS Winners!

Congratulations to *~*a.l.s.*~*(the monkey's mama), and natalie sherwood~ picked you as the winners!

Please shoot me an e-mail at skye@littlebluesky .com with your contact info. and I will get your Moovin' Lemon Rocky Cloth Diaper on it's way!

Thanks to all who commented, I enjoyed reading your reasons for cloth diapering:D!
I am happy to be in this great cloth diapering community with all of you amazing mama's!

There are more giveaways planned and will be announced soon! Follow Diaper Style's blog or become a fan on Facebook to be notified of the next giveaway.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Cloth Diaper Giveaway and a Poll! Giveaway Closed!

The Giveaway

Diaper Style is excited to share the first Rocky Mountain Diaper in a print and Holy Cow is it cute!
In collaboration with Tracie, the Mom behind Rocky Mountain Diapers, we will be giving away 1 Rocky Mountain Diaper in Moovin' Lemon to 2 lucky families.

Rocky Mountain Diapers are a great fitting One Size diaper. RMD’s have an Internal Adjusting Snap System that makes the diaper fit like a glove. No More Exposed Snaps on the Front of Your One Size Diapers. (Click on the link to see more styles and colors)

The Poll

We all have different reasons for using cloth diapers and I am curious to know what your top reasons are. Please rate the following reasons by order of importance:

~To save money $$?
~Health benefits?
~Environmental reasons?
~Because its cute?

How to enter the giveaway:

There are 3 ways to enter and 2 chances to win! Please leave a separate comment for each entry that you complete. You don't have to have a blog to win, just leave an e-mail address to contact you.

Entry Options:
1) Participate in the poll by leaving your comments here
2) Blog about the giveaway and tell me about about it here
3) Twitter or write on your Facebook about the giveaway and leave a comment about it here

Contest ends on Friday June 5th at 6pm. Good Luck

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

And the AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Giveaway Winner is......

Congratulations Melissa (Faith for the Journey blog)!!!!
You are the winner (Chosen by of the AppleCheeks Starter Kit Giveaway.

*I will be contacting you soon!

Thanks to everyone that entered! I had fun reading all your comments. We love to host giveaway's.....there are more to come, so stay tuned :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

AppleCheeks™ Starter Kit Giveaway!- Closed

Giveaway now closed!!! Winner will be announced shortly!!!

In collaboration with Ilana and Amy, the WAHM's behind AppleCheeks™ We are giving away an AppleCheeks™ Starter Kit ($140 value)!

Many of you know that I love the AppleCheeks™ Envelope Diaper, it is truly one of my favorite and first reached for diapers in my stash. I am so excited to be able to share this fabulous diaper with you!

AppleCheeks™ is now offering a pre-packaged starter kit that makes it so simple to try out this amazing system! Each pre-packaged starter kit includes:

* 3 AppleCheeks™ Envelope Covers, in either size 1 OR size 2, in pre-determined, gender-neutral color assortment.
* 9 One-size inserts, in either hemp OR bamboo.
* 1 Storage Sac, size 1.
* 3 super plush bamboo terry wipes.
* 1 BONUS hemp booster.
* Printed care instructions.
* Our amazing tutorial video on DVD.
* Our gorgeous, full-colour, durable and reusable box!

I first got my hands on the AppleCheeks™ Envelope Covers last September and have been feeling the love ever since. Here are a few reason why....

-It is super cute on the baby. The gathers at the legs, tummy and back are especially adorable.
-It is trim fitting.
-The colors are beautiful.
-It fits great on all sizes of babies. The well placed snaps offer simple adjustment to easily fit babies with thick waist's or chubby thigh's.
-The AppleCheeks™ Envelope Covers come in two sizes, Size 1 fitting from approximately 7 - 20lbs, and Size 2 from 18 - 35+ lbs.
-It is virtually leak proof. In fact I can't even remember a time that it has leaked.
-It is easy to stuff. The pocket opening is in the middle of the diaper and large enough even for Dad's to stuff with ease.
-And even better, it is easier to un-stuff. You do nothing.....the insert simply falls out in the wash, you never have to touch a wet insert again (love it!)

AppleCheeks™ has a great video tutorial on how to use the diaper as a Pocket diaper or a cover. Check it out here.

You have 4 chances to win the opportunity to feel the AppleCheeks™ love for free. Leave a separate comment for each entry.

1)Leave a comment here.
2)Tweet about the giveaway, or become a Diaper Style fan on facebook. Leave a comment here telling me about it.
3)Blog about the giveaway and leave a link to your blog here.
4)Subscribe to Diaper Style's blog.

You have until Wednesday May 13th at 9pm to enter. Winner will be announced soon after.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cloth Diapering Dictionary

This dictionary was created for those of you who are new to cloth diapering. In the beginning it was a bit overwhelming for me trying to figure out all the new vocabulary and diaper terms. This is a great resource of some basic terms that will make your cloth diaper shopping experience much less confusing.

AIO ~ All-in-one Diapers – these diapers are fitted diapers that have an outer waterproof layer and the absorbent material all in one piece. These diapers are ideal for babysitters, grandma’s, daycare, and for people who want the ease of a one-piece diapering system.

Thirsties AIO

Contour diapers – Contour diapers are shaped like a diaper but have no elastic in the legs, or attached closures. Contour diapers usually need to be fastened with a pin or Snappi and require a cover.

Diapers – Diapers come in a few different styles: Flat Diapers, Prefolds, Contour or shaped diapers, fitted diapers, pockets and All in ones. For more info. on each diaper please see respective description.

Diaper Covers – Covers are used on pretty much every diaper with the exception of AIO and Pocket diapers. Covers come in several styles. They are usually contoured and fasten with snaps or Velcro. Very few covers pull-up, like underwear. Covers are made from many different materials such as: polyester, PUL, vinyl, fleece or wool. Fleece and wool are both breathable materials that require a little extra care but provide the most natural protection.

Thirsties PUL Diaper Cover

DSQ ~ Diaper Service Quality – DSQ is an industry standard term for the highest quality in prefolds. Prefolds that are DSQ are durable and absorbent enough to last for more than one child.

Doublers – Doublers may be added to any diaper system to increase absorbency. They are made of little pads that fit easily into a diaper, and are made of many different materials. Doublers are great for at nighttime, car rides or trips to the mall to help prevent leaks.

Fitted Diapers - Fitted diapers have a contoured shape and elastic around the legs. Instead of tape, they fasten with Touch Tape (Velcro) or snaps. A waterproof diaper cover is necessary when using a fitted diaper. Velcro fitteds are much easier to use especially if you have a wiggly infant. Make sure to always use the laundry tabs to secure touch tape before washing.

Happy Heiny Fitted (Heiny Huggers)

Flat Diapers -Flats refer to the single-ply square shaped diapers that our mothers and grandmothers used (these are your mothers cloth diapers ; D). The flat diapers that you find in a store, such as Target or Walmart, are not effective for use as cloth diapers, but do make excellent burp rags!

Hemp - Hemp is a course fiber made from the inner bark of the hemp plant. Hemp is considered a renewable resource and is becoming increasingly popular for use in diapers because of its durability, absorbency, softness and natural anti-microbial properties. It is also grown without the use of chemicals and can absorb up to 80 times as much as cotton.

Inserts – Inserts are the absorbent materials used in pocket diapers. Insert can made of Hemp, Bamboo, Microfiber, ZORB and a few other materials. Inserts come either shaped to fit in the diaper or in a square that can be folded to fit in the diaper. Generally the Microfiber are pre-shaped and the Hemp or Bamboo come in easy to fold squares.

Apple Cheeks Hemp Insert

One Size Diapers- OS diapers are usually a pocket diaper that is adjustable for use from newborn to potty training, Although they usually don’t fit properly until about 8-10 lbs. OS diapers sizes are adjusted with snaps on the outside front of the diaper or the newer version which adjust with elastic in the same way that children’s waist bands adjust in their pants. These diapers are great for a family that has more than one child in diapers at a time and also save a few bucks because you only have to buy the one diaper, not size up each time they grow.

Rocky Mountain OS Pocket Diaper (Internal Adjustment System)
bumGenius! OS Pocket Diaper

Pre-folds - Pre-fold diapers are rectangular shaped diapers that are thicker in the middle. The sides usually have a thickness of 4 layers. The middle section can have 6 or 8 layers. This gives pre-folds greater absorbency in the middle. You will often see prefolds defined as 4-6-4, 4-8-4 or more rarely 2-4-2. These numbers will tell you how many layers of cloth in each section from left to right. Pre-folds are the cheapest alternative in diapers. They can be enclosed in a Velcro or snap fastened cover or they can be pinned with diaper pins or snappi fasteners.

Pocket Diapers - Pocket diapers are the most customizable in their absorbency. They usually have an outer layer of a waterproof material and an inner layer of a stay dry material, such as microfleece, or suedecloth. Pocket diapers have an opening between the 2 layers to form a pocket. In the pocket you put an absorbent material called an insert. Many pocket diapers are sold with an insert, or you can buy them separately to meet your individual needs . Pocket diapers are great for nighttime use, because you can customize the absorbent material. During the day you might use 1 insert, while at night you might use 2 or more. Pocket diapers also conveniently close with snaps or Velcro.

PUL ~ Polyurethane Laminate – Polyurethane Laminate is a fabric which has had a waterproof laminate applied the back. This makes for an extremely thin, soft fabric that is also waterproof and easy to care for.

Quick-dry – Quick-dry products open up or come apart in the dryer so that they dry quickly. For example, a quick-dry diaper might have a snap in soaker that you can take off for washing and drying. A quick drying insert may be sewn in a loop so that air can get through it and cut your drying time in half.

Soakers - The term soaker has two different meanings in the cloth diapering world. The term can refer to the middle part of the diaper, which is made from an absorbent material such as cotton, and is anywhere from 2-6 layers thick. Soakers can be sewn into the diaper, snapped onto the inside of the diaper, or laid inside the diaper. Sometimes snap in and lay in soakers are referred to as “quick-dry”. The term soaker can also be used to describe the knit wool diaper covers.

Wet Bags- Usually made with a cute outer print and an inner layer of PUL waterproof fabric. The bag closes with a zipper or velcro to keep smells and wetness where they belong. Wet Bags are great for trips to the mall or to Grandmas house. They also work great for toting wet swimming suits from the pool.

Wool - Wool is a fabric made from the fleece of sheep or lamb. It is water repelling, and has natural antibacterial properties and breath ability. These 2 features are what make it popular for use as a diaper cover. Wool covers are generally washed every 2 -3 weeks or sooner if they get stool on them. Regular lanolizing is also necessary for them to be water repellant.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Why choose Cloth Diapers?

There are many reason why cloth diapers are making a big come back....

-The Economy! Financially cloth diapers just make sense (or cents ;D). Times are tough for many people these days - cloth diapers can save well over One Thousand dollars per child, one thousand dollars people!!
Plus you can reuse them on the next child to save even more or sell them to other cloth diapering families when your child is no longer in diapers.

-The Environment! Cloth Diapers are reusable and renewable, a better choice for our Earth.

-Better for Baby! Cloth Diapers are chemical free, cute, soft and breathable. Disposables contain traces of Dioxin, a carcinogenic toxin, among many other undesirable things.

To read more about the benefits of using cloth please visit The Real Diaper Association (RDA)

A Husbands Perspective

Kyle is so supportive of me not only using cloth diapers but also my business. He decided he wanted to write this article and post it on the Diaper Style website. I thought that I would share it here too....

When my wife approached me about cloth diapering, I was quite skeptical. I wasn’t sure that it was for us. Or rather, for me, because she seemed pretty convinced. Cloth diapering seemed a little old fashioned. Something my mom would have done (She did actually). I had the impression that it was lots of gross hard work that required some special training to do it right (a credit to my Mom). We had three kids under the age of 5 when my wife started cloth diapering. Life was pretty full as it was. I just want to try a few she said. We’d save a lot of money she said. Finally she got my attention.

It’s been a year now and my attitude about cloth diapers has changed completely. I’m a pretty typical husband. I work a full time salary job, which pays most of the bills. My wife, other than her web business, is a full time mom. I help around the house, with chores, laundry, dishes, diapers, putting the kids to bed, reading stories, I'm trying to make the list sound long here :), but quite honestly she does most of it.

I don’t launder the diapers. She handles that part and even though there is a pang of guilt that I don’t help with that part of it, I let her do it. She has tried to convince me that it isn’t complicated; it’s the same as a regular load of laundry, etc, etc. Someday I may take on that part. But for now, with my stereotypical male involvement, I’m just a diaper changer.

And for the typical diaper changer, cloth diapering is not any harder than using disposables. For our newborn the process goes like this: I take off the diaper, clean the baby’s bottom with wipes. I then wrap the wipes into the cloth diaper when I’m done, and walk the soiled cloth diaper to the diaper pail. The distance isn’t any farther than to the trash, where I would have taken a disposable if we used them. I get a new cloth diaper and put it on her. The Velcro tabs work identically to disposables and putting the new diaper on is just as easy. The whole process isn’t any smellier, messier, nor does it take more time or effort.

That is it for me. It is pretty much exactly the same effort for me since my wife started using cloth. I have not been affected by the switch to cloth. On the other hand, I have noticed that there have been zero blow outs. In disposables for a breastfed newborn the probability of a blowout for us is about 50/50. I also have noticed that we don’t cover the diapers with pants or a skirt as often since they are so cute by themselves. That makes the diapers easier to get to. You don’t have to undress them to get to the darn thing and then redress them afterward.

Most importantly for me is that I don’t see us as fanatics, crusaders, etc. I definitely don’t feel like one. It just made sense on so many fronts to switch. I do recognize that look others give when they find out that we do cloth. The stare is a little longer and you can see the wheels turning in their head. Maybe they are thinking that you’re their newest hero for “doing your part to save the environment” or just a little nuts. I can tell you I won’t feel nuts when the money we saved and invested over the coming years pays for our child’s college.

- Kyle Dugger

Kyle with Halle, she is now 3.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

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