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On the Road Again…Soon!

A mama from our New & Green Family shares her recent experience travelling with cloth diapers.  Anne recently participated in our Diaper Tester Program with her little guy and hasn’t looked back.  Her faves include: Bamboozles and AMP Duos.

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“When we first decided to use cloth diapers, I honestly thought that there would be instances I would have to use disposables.  For example, if we were away from home. Then I went out during the day with cloth –  I took home a dirty diaper in a neat little bag and realized it was not a big deal at all.  But I still thought if we went away from home overnight I would have to buy a pack of disposables.  I was worried my hotel room would get stinky or it would be too much stuff to travel with.

Last weekend I  decided to try going away overnight with cloth.  It wasn’t thinking of the garbage factor, or that I’d rather treat myself to a  latte or two while I’m on my holiday than spend the money on a pack of  diapers – it’s honestly that that our cloth diapers fit Benjamin so well and work so well for us, AND that he really is so darned cute in them, that I really didn’t want to leave them at home!

So, we packed a little garbage pail with lid  to use as our home away from home diaper pail.  I didn’t have a drawstring bag that fit it, so I used a garbage bag to line it. I stuck a deo disc on the lid. I packed enough cloth diapers for the two nights we were away, along with wipes.  When I set up the playpen and other stuff in our hotel room, I set up our home away from home changing station.  It was easy, nothing smelled, and it didn’t add much to our luggage at all.  Best of all, Benjamin was cozy and cute in his cloth diapers.

 And, on the same reusable front – we also used a cloth swim diaper in the pool – it worked great!”

Thanks for sharing your story with us Anne.  It sounds like you’ll be back on the road again with cloth in no time!

The genius behind bumGenius! diapers talks with New & Green

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I’d like to introduce to you, Jenn, the owner of CottonBabies and inventor of bumGenius Diapers.

First of all, tell us how many children you have and their ages. I have 3 kids – Andrew is 6. Oscar is 3 and Elsie is 4 months.

What was your biggest inspiration for your bumGenius Cloth Diaper invention? All of our products have been designed out of a need for something different. The Cotton Babies One-Size Microfiber Insert (now the bumGenius One-Size Microfiber Insert) happened one night when I was sewing some inserts up for a customer. I had a snap press in the laundry room and late one night, totally on a whim, I added a snap to the insert to try making it shorter. I still remember walking out of the laundry room, showing Jimmy the insert and asking him what he thought! He loved it and we were off and running. We both thought it made sense to design a diaper to work with our insert. The demands of a growing business and having another baby meant that it took some time for that dream to become reality. When it did though, bumGenius was born.

Can you tell us about your decision to have your products made in Egypt and what the factory is like there (working conditions, etc)? The decision to open the Egypt factory was based on the growing demand for bumGenius and to meet the international market. The majority of the diapers we distribute in the US are made in our Colorado factory. The Egypt factory was established with very deliberate intention of making sure we not only meet, but far exceed, Egyptian labor standards of living and working. Our priorities are a positive and healthy work environment.  Our staff there is happy and well-paid. They are skilled workers and are able to meet our high production standards.  We are proud of the factory that has been established there and the work we get to do with them.

Do you recommend a one size diaper for families planning on using their diapers for more than one child? The one-size fits most babes from 7-35 lbs.  The number of diapers in a stash and the quality of the care for those diapers will determine how long the overall diaper stash lasts.  We recommend a minimum of 24 diapers for one baby.  We can’t guarantee that those diapers will last through a second child, but with good care it is possible.  Our own diaper stash has been used on Oscar (now three) and is now on Elsie (four months).

What is your best tip for families just starting out in the world of cloth diapers to help them be successful? Just dive in and use your diapers!  If you have questions, call our customer service line at 888-332-2243.  We’re here to help with everything from first-time-use questions to how to wash your diapers.

What is your best tip for mothers who have a dream of starting their own business? My biggest tip for anyone would be to avoid debt. And always put your family first.

Can you tell us some of your strategies to balance your roles of mother and business owner? I bring Elsie to the office with me every day. I also try to take Fridays off so we can spend more time together as a family.

Thanks Jenn, we appreciate your time spent with us.  Keep up the good work.  Your diapers are changing the world!

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There’s No Place Like Home…

Many parents who attend our workshops want to know how to use cloth diapers when they are away from home. They can visualize how the system would work at home, but out and about or more far fetched – away on holiday or camping? How does that work??

It can be done! Here are our best tips for daytrips & outings, vacations and camping.

Daytrips and Outings: Not hard – at all. And you don’t need to bring a suitcase of stuff. What’s in our diaper bag? We carry 2-3 one step diapers (pre-stuffed pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers), a travel case of cloth wipes, a bottle of water (to drink or use on the wipes) and a wet bag to carry home the diapers we take off our little one.

Vacations:  If you have access to a washing machine, whether it be in-suite, in building or at a laundry mat, cloth diapering can be done.  Consider how often you can access the washer and then bring enough diapers to get you through.  So you may only need one day’s worth of diapers or you may need three.  Store your dirties in a drawstring diaper pail liner for easy transport and containment.  Use flushable liners for poop management.

Camping:  You can handwash your diapers and hang them to dry – we’d recommend a prefold diaper or pocket diaper system with this scneario, though.  All in ones are best left to a washing machine’s skilled agitation to get really clean.  Another alternative is to use a compostable gDiaper insert in one of your pocket diapers.  This would allow you to use your pocket shell as the cover and either lay a gDiaper insert inside the diaper or stuff it inside.  We have had good results with laying the gDiaper insert inside of the AMP Duo or stuffing it in the Duo or bumGenius Pocket.  With this method you toss or bury the insert (use common sense, please, not by a water source and don’t throw in an outhouse) and all you have to rinse/wash is the pocket shell.  There is minimal hand-poop contact if you use the insert on top of the diaper shell instead of stuffing it inside.

What’s in your diaper bag?

The New & Green Mamas – Kristin

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Name: Kristin, Workshop Facilitator & Diaper Tester Program Leader

Number of Children and Ages: A beautiful and active daughter aged 2

A little “About Me”, Please. I love sewing and being crafty, scoring mid-century treasures on Craigslist, on-line shoe shopping, reading, watching Project Runway in all it’s glorious incarnations, The Office, breaking out of the house to see live bands, covetting my partner’s new iPod touch.  Little know fact:  I love the theme song from the Backyardigans!

Why cloth diapers for your family? With healthy options for my family always in mind- I purchased most of our cloth diapers before our daughter was born.  Our daughter Amina was born in the middle of the summer 2007 civic strike. My partner and I saw how much garbage began to pile up with her disposables so we jumped right into using the cloth diapers we had on hand.  We haven’t looked back since!  What we’ve learned from our cloth diapering journey:  It’s important to pay attention to your lifestyle and budget and choose products with a good fit to make your experience the best it can be.

Why do I love to tell folks about Cloth diapers? Using my trial-and-error experiences with cloth, I feel that I can  provide new parents and new-to-cloth parents with many ideas about how to choose the right cloth diapers and products for their families. I feel very fortunate to work alongside supportive and inspiring women in a great, nurturing environment!

What is my best tip for parents new to Cloth Diapering? Make your cloth diaper system as simple as possible and make sure it works for your family. Keep a few AIO’s or pockets in your purse or diaper bag, with a tote and some extra wipes- that way you’re never caught empty handed. You may be surprised at how little space this takes up in your bag.

Our Current Favourites: For daytime, AMP Duo or bumGenius OS Pocket stuffed with Hemp Flat Inserts.  Love, love, love hemp!  For night time or naps, a Bamboozle Bamboo with an Aristocrats wool cover or Polar Bummis cover.

Changing the Change Table

With a baby in the house and a 2.5 year old in the house, I was finding that the traditional change table just wasn’t meeting my needs.  Sure it looked lovely all set up in the girls’ room with the diapers, the wipes and all the necessities but it wasn’t working.  I change Clare on the bed, on the couch, on the floor  – it seems anywhere but the change table.  So I asked myself why?

The answer is:  I need to be within “eye-reach” of my 2.5yr old so we change diapers where she is.  And she typically doesn’t stay in one place for long.  So to make sure everyone is safe, we just change on the go, where necessary.  This led to a pile of diapers and changing gear in the family room, albeit easy to access, but not terribly tidy.  Didn’t appeal much to the type A portion of my personality.

So the MBC (Mobile Changing Unit) was born.

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I love our MBC – it has our wool puddle pad, diapers and wipes all in one handy spot.  There’s usually a squirt bottle with wipes solution in there too, but the toddler ran off with it just before I clicked.  It’s her mission in life to get that darned bottle and get everyone wet!!

So where we need it, it goes.  My toddler can even be a big helper and bring it to me.  So now when the diapers get washed, the MBC gets re-loaded.  It’s working.  For now.

What’s your change table solution?

A little Preparation goes a Long way

Diaper changing tips for your newborn baby

When preparing to change your little one’s diaper, lay out a fresh diaper on the change table first beside where your baby will lie. Pull out some wipes and wet them. Lay the baby down, undress but before undoing the dirty diaper, put the freshly set up one underneath her bum. Then, open up the dirty diaper, then shut it again – QUICKLY!! There is nothing like fresh air to make a baby pee or poop. This is especially true for little boys. Once you’re sure there is no fresh air related deposit happening, then you can use a clean edge of the diaper to wipe the messy areas and then tuck the front of the diaper under your baby’s bum. Clean that bottom, and pull out the dirty diaper. Voila – a clean one is under the bum and ready to fasten. Air dry cheeks and then fasten up that diaper. You are good to go!

Often times, the "fresh air" deposit or the “wiping my bum makes me go more” scenario happens repeatedly during diaper changes. Don’t feel bad if you go through a bunch of diapers in one change!