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How To Avoid Stains December 18, 2008

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Imagine this: you get your beautiful new fluffies in the mail, all soft and smelling fresh. They are so nice you want to hug them or pet them or just put them on display. Of course you don’t, because you are so excited to use them. So you prep them right away and wrap that sucker on your baby’s bum. Then five minutes later, it happens. You feared it, but hoped it wouldn’t happen. Your baby poops in his brand new diaper! Oh, the horror …

This has happened to me many a time. I think babies must love new diapers as much as us mamas do, because they certainly seem to love to poop in them. It’s OK though. You don’t have to worry about that lovely new diaper staining. You can keep it pretty and new looking with a few tricks.

The first trick is to rinse or spray your diaper off soon after your baby poops. You can either just dunk it in the toilet or spray it with a diaper sprayer until most of the poop comes off. You can also use a wet pail method where you keep dirty diapers in a bucket of water with a bit of vinegar or baking soda in it. I have also used my washer as a sort of wet pail, putting dirty diapers in to soak and doing small loads of diapers daily.

Another trick is, if you can’t or don’t want to rinse or spray your diapers, or use some sort of wet pail, you can use Bac-Out to help combate stains. Bac-Out is a wonderful product that is made with natural live enzymes that is great for getting stains and odors out of your diapers. You can either squirt some in your pre-rinse during your wash routine or you can squirt some in and soak your diapers in it before wasing. Just remember that Bac-Out is concentrated, so a little goes a long way!

My last trick is one that I don’t really use, but it works well. Try using either a disposable or reusable liner. There are many disposable liners out and you can find them at most cloth diaper stores. Fleece liners are also great and can help keep your baby’s skin dry. You can also make your own fleece liners and save money. Just buy a 1/2 yard of fleece and cut them into diaper size strips. Then when your baby poops your diaper is saved from it and you can either throw away your liner or rinse it (or not) and it’s a super easy, no-mess solution.

If you use these tricks, you should have no problems with those nasty stains. You can keep your diapers lovely and clean looking for a long time!

For more information on cloth diapering, please go to www.ecobabybuzz.com for tons of articles, how to’s and more!

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Dunking and Spraying December 17, 2008

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One question I hear often from those new to cloth diapering is, do I need to dunk my dirty diapers in the toilet? Thankfully, the answer is ‘no’! Then the question that usually follows is, ‘if I don’t dunk, then what do I do?’ When I first started looking into cloth diapering, that was one of the questions foremost in my mind.

Honestly, the thought of dunking poo into the toilet was a total turn off; especially coming from using disposables with my first two sons. That’s why when I heard the answer I got really excited. If your baby is exclusively breast/bottle fed, you can just throw your poopy diapers into your diaper pail until wash day with the rest of your diapers. It’s really that easy! Newborn poo is so watery that it just dissolves into the wash, and it doesn’t change that much as they get older.

So what happens when your baby starts solid foods? Luckily your baby won’t be eating enough solids to change the consistency of their poo for quite awhile. That means that you can go most of the first year without worry of doing anything special during your diaper changes. Gotta love that!

When your baby finally does start eating enough solids to change poo from goo to solid poo, then you will need to make some changes in your diaper change routine. Once you find (and excuse me if this is too much information) bits and chunks of food in your baby’s poo, you won’t want to put that into your washer. Those bits will not rinse out of your washer and you will have to clean them out of the machine yourself.

That is when your friend the diaper sprayer comes in. A diaper sprayer is a very convenient tool that you hook up to the tank of your toilet. You can adjust the water pressure so that the spray can either be light or heavy. The neat thing about a diaper sprayer is that it can also double as a bidet. Kinda nifty I think. Diaper sprayers can cost anywhere from $30 – $40 and you can find them at most any cloth diaper store. I recommend looking for a good sale when purchasing one though.

Diaper sprayers are very easy to use. You can use them on a fresh dirty diaper or one that has had to sit for awhile. Simply hold your diaper near the inside of the toilet bowl, and carefully spray the affected area until it’s free of anything to thick or chunky. If it doesn’t come off very easily, adjust the water pressure to get things loose. Just watch for splashing – it can get very messy if you have the water too high. You will also want to keep a wet bag or something of that nature in the bathroom to keep your wet diapers in at least temporarily.

Of course you don’t have to use a diaper sprayer if you don’t want to. You can easily dunk diapers or soak them in a wet pail even. I highly recommend trying a diaper sprayer though. They can save you time and make your diaper cleaning routine much easier.

For more information on cloth diapering, please go to www.ecobabybuzz.com for tons of articles, how to’s and more!

 

Sunning Stains Out December 16, 2008

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The sun gives us light, warmth and so much more, but did you also know it can get rid of those nasty stains from your cloth diapers too? You may have read it one forums or heard it from other mamas, but never tried it yourself. Well, let me tell you, it really works! I have to say, the sun is like a miracle stain remover! And it’s not just for cloth diapers either. You can sun out stains on your clothing as well. I have done it many times.

So how do you use the sun to get rid of stains? It’s very simple. You lay out your diaper (or whatever) in the morning in a spot where you know the sun will shine for most of the day. You can either lay it flat or drap it over the back of a chair. Make sure all the stained areas are exposed to the sun. Then leave it there for the day. You will usually come back at the end of the day to find a completely stain free item. And it even works for microfiber. I have had diapers and inserts that were so stained it just looked gross, only to sun them out and have them looking almost new again.

The winter months are a little harder to sun things out, but it still works. Believe it or not, you can still sun your stains out even if you can’t actually see the sun. There were several weeks here in California where there were forrest fires that left it smoky outside and the sun was covered by haze. These were actually some of the best sunning days I had. On winter days, I just do the same thing I normally do, but it might take longer than a day. And just make sure you bring your things in when it rains.

So what happens if you leave your diapers outside to sun and the stain doesn’t come out in one or even two days? Unfortunatly, as well as sunning stains out works, some things just can’t be sunned out. You will have to choose a more aggressive stain removal method. If after a day you don’t at least see some improvement on the stain, then that means that the sun most likely will not do the trick.

If you haven’t tried using the sun to get stains out of your diapers, I highly recommend it. When I first heard about about this trick, I didn’t think it could actually work. Let me tell you, seeing is believing.

For more information on cloth diapering, please go to www.ecobabybuzz.com for tons of articles, how to’s and more!

 

Cloth Diaper Holiday Sales December 14, 2008

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Ever find yourself in dire need of a new cloth diaper, but want to get a sale on it or even free shipping? I have been there so many times. I then end up searching the internet for an hour or more to find what I want on sale or with free shipping if I can. It is such a time consumer and really difficult to do with little ones running around. So I have decided to start a blog dedicated to cloth diaper sales on the net. I have found the sales, clearance pages and stores with free shipping and posted them. I will continue to post them daily (or as I find them) in hopes to help a mama out. There are tons going on right now with the holidays here, so check it out! Totally Tushed Out Deals

 

Support A Work At Home Mom Today! December 11, 2008

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I love buying WAHM made diapers. They are my favorite diapers to try. When I first started cloth diapering, it was all about the manufactured diapers. BumGenius, Happy Heiny, Fuzzi Bunz, etc. I thought “why put all the time and effort into stalking a wahm and then waiting weeks to get an order. I have to laugh as I look back at how niave I was back then.

Now it’s all about WAHM made for me. There’s nothing like working with a WAHM to create a customized order exactly the way I want it. Getting to pick out fabrics, colorsĀ  and patterns is exciting. It makes it so worth the wait. Even when I have run out of patience waiting for an order, I get completely ecstatic all over again when it arrives on my doorstep. There’s nothing like fresh fluff.

And even if I don’t get a custom order, it still feels great buying mama made. I love knowing I am supporting a hard working WAHM who cares about the quality of her work, and the customers she serves. And there are so many great WAHMs out there! And I also know that often times the materials used are organic or handpicked and made one-of-a-kind by the WAHM herself. Not something made in a factory that’s just mass produced.

I have found many a wonderful things besides diapers that are WAHM made also. Baby toys and blankets, soap, shave soap, clothing, mama pads, lotion, diaper rash cream, lip balm, wet bags, and more. I can’t wait to keep exploring the world of WAHMs to see what other great stuff I can try!

 

Sweet Baby Kisses December 7, 2008

Some of the sweetest moments between my baby and I happen in our family bed. I get more kisses and laughs from him than any other time. The new thing he does that I think is just adorable is when he is nursing and then stops so he can give me a kiss. He does this often when I am putting him down for the night. And there is nothing better than waking up to a sweet baby kiss in the morning. It’s hard not to fall in love with him all over again. I think about how I would miss out on the moments if we weren’t sharing a family bed.

More than I love my sweet baby kisses, I love weekend mornings. My husband is home on those mornings, and the three of us sleep in. When my baby wakes up and sees his Daddy there, he immediatly rolls over to give him a kiss. It reminds me of the sweet relationship the two of them share. As much as he loves and needsĀ  his Mommy, he also loves and needs his Daddy. That is a really special thing. I am so glad that we can share these special moments together.

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Selling Your Cloth Diapers December 2, 2008

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coverOne of the great things about cloth diapers is that if you find that that particular diaper doesn’t work for your child, or you need money to fund something else, or you just plain are tired of it, you can sell it. I have sold many a diaper on diaperswappers.com and hyenacart.com on Spots Corner. There are a few tricks to learn before you get started, and after that it’s easy and even fun. Nothing beats the feeling of making a sale and putting some money into your PayPal account!

First things first – you need to be familiar with some of the lingo and abbreviations on the forums. You’ll want to know these terms in particular:

PPD – Postage Paid

CC – Credit Card

EUC – Excellent Used Condition

VGUC – Very Good Used Condition

FFS- Free For Shipping

PP – Pay Pal

Funded – The funds you have in your Pay Pal account

RME – Revolution Money Exchange

Once you know those basics, you will be ready to get started.

So, once you are able to get around the forums, you’ll want to inspect the diapers you want to sell. Make sure they are really in good condition with no stains, tears, elastic problems, etc. Any problems that they do have will need to be listed clearly on your post. I usually do not sell diapers that are stained or have problems at all. If I have a stained diaper I want to get rid of, I usually just put it in the sun for a day or two and the stains come right out. If your diaper has tears or elastic problems, you may just want to put it up as a free for shipping.

One thing you will learn quickly is you have to earn a reputation as a seller and you can ruin it as quickly as you made it. So you always want to make sure you treat potential buyers with courtesy and respect, communicate clearly and often, and most of all – sell something that you yourself would want to buy.

Now that you have your diaper in selling condition, you’ll want to take some pictures of it. A nice close-up of both the inner and the outer of the diaper will help potential buyers see how nice your diaper looks. If you have several diapers to sell at once, I would suggest you put them in small groups to take pictures so that the condition of the diapers shows in the pictures. Before you put the pictures on your post, check it to make sure it’s not blurry, the diaper looks nice – not wrinkled, and that the diaper is clearly visable. This are all important points that will help it sell quickly.

Last but not least, is the post itself. Your post should contain all relevant information about your diaper. You should list whether you are the first owner or not, what condition it’s in, whether or not there are stains or defects, if it’s a second quality diaper make note of it, who made the diaper and if the print has a name you know of, list that as well. Most buyers like for you to include the price of shipping in the asking price. If you do not want to take credit card payments, be sure to say so in your post. If you do not want to ship to Canada (although it is actually cheaper than shipping to the US most times) state that as well. Try to think of any obvious information that a potential buyer would like to know, and add that to your post. That way you can make a sale go through much more smoothly.

Once you have your post up all you have to do is wait for interest. If it’s a high end diaper or a highly sought diaper, it will sell quickly. If it is an unknown diaper, or a diaper known for having problems, it will be hard to sell. One thing you can count on is, the lower the price, the faster the sell. Unless your diaper was never used or is a hard to get item, it’s best to price it at least $5 less than what you paid. A potential buyer will not buy something from you for the same price they can get it new somewhere else.

Once you have given your Pay Pal address out, it’s a good practice to put “pending” on your post. That way other mamas know it is probably sold. If you have a potential buyer ask you for your Pay Pal address, but they do not pay you right away, the standard is to wait a 24 hour period before you put it back up for sale. That is a courtesy you can give to the mama who wants to buy it. You never know what may have come up. Of course you should send her a message letting her know that you will only hold it for a certain period of time though.

During these hard financial times, it’s best to understand that things are selling slower than they would have six months ago. If you can’t sell a diaper right away, don’t give up hope. I have had diapers up for months before selling before. I think it was even more exciting after such a long wait, and I was glad to have the Pay Pal. Try to have fun with selling and you can always work on trades.

For more information on cloth diapering, please go to www.ecobabybuzz.com for tons of articles, how to’s and more!