The Secrets of Cloth Diapering

The Secrets of Cloth Diapering

This post is sponsored by Project Pomona and you can enter to win some amazing prizes (over $1200 worth) if you scroll to the bottom! Good luck! I have a huge secret for you... Cloth diapering a baby is easy! If you're new to cloth diapering and just starting to do your research you may be a little overwhelmed.  I'm going to share with you some of my secrets so that you won't be scared any longer!  I promise, you can do this!! 1. Start with the basics! There are a LOT of different styles of cloth diapers, but the main ones you need to know in the beginning are pocket diapers, all-in-one diapers, and diaper covers with prefolds.  Pocket diapers are the most popular style because they are so versatile.  All-in-ones are the easiest style and the style that is most like a disposable diaper; however they tend to cost the most.  Covers with prefolds are the "old fashioned" style diaper and the most cost effective. Pick the style that best suits your financial and personal preferences ... [ Read More ]

Celebrate Diversity & Unity Through Cloth Diapers #ClothCommunity

ClothCommunityDay

Join us February 2nd as we celebrate the cloth diapering community. It's a day in which parents everywhere celebrate our diversities and our unity. #ClothCommunity Day is a campaign brought to you from many of your favorite cloth diaper bloggers. I have to give most of the credit to Mindy (Inquisitive Mom) for organizing the communities efforts to bring this to life. As a community, we've been online for 6+ years chatting about cloth diapers on our blogs and social media. My own journey with cloth began 6 years ago when my daughter was born and I reached out to the internet to research this new, modern cloth diaper.  It's really funny to go back and read some of my early cloth diaper posts.  I was just like many new moms that I encounter on a daily basis - nervous, confused, overwhelmed, and full of questions! You can laugh along with me here, and here, and here if you like. It was back then that I formed some of the friendships with other bloggers, companies, and readers. It's ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diapering in Special Circumstances #schoolofcloth

schoolofcloth

Welcome back to the School of Cloth.  This is a month long educational event sponsored by the Real Diaper Association, cloth diaper businesses, cloth diapering bloggers, and the entire cloth diaper community to help raise awareness about cloth diaper.  We’re glad you found us! In week 4 of our School of Cloth we’re going to be sharing information about cloth diapering in special circumstances.  Be sure to check out the schedule of live classes listed on the RDA website and Attend the School of Cloth! Do you have twins or multiples and want to cloth diaper? Are you scared to cloth diaper at night? How do you travel with cloth diapers? My husband (family, etc) doesn't want to cloth diaper, now what!? Do you have a special needs baby?  Not sure how to cloth diaper on top of managing the challenges of a special needs child? These are all really important questions and the Real Diaper Association, Real Diaper Circles, bloggers, retailers, and the cloth diaper community can help. ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diaper Banks & Other Free Diapering Options #schoolofcloth

Cloth Diaper Banks

Welcome back to the School of Cloth.  This is a month long educational event sponsored by the Real Diaper Association, cloth diaper businesses, cloth diapering bloggers, and the entire cloth diaper community to help raise awareness about cloth diaper.  We’re glad you found us! In week 3 of our School of Cloth we’re going to be sharing information about cloth diaper banks and other options for diaper in times of need.  Be sure to check out the schedule of live classes listed on the RDA website and Attend the School of Cloth! Today I want to start with a story about an event that happened just today.  The kids and I made a brief trip to WalMart to pick up a few things before heading to the grocery store.  While cruising through the aisles, a dad was pushing his young toddler in the shopping cart and talking to him.  He said, "Daddy has to get you diapers and then we can go home." and kept on walking.  I didn't think much of it at the time and we continued to do our shopping. We ... [ Read More ]

How Much Do Cloth Diapers Cost? #schoolofcloth

Investing in Cloth Diapers

Welcome back to the School of Cloth.  This is a month long educational event sponsored by the Real Diaper Association, cloth diaper businesses, cloth diapering bloggers, and the entire cloth diaper community to help raise awareness about cloth diaper.  We’re glad you found us! In week 2 of our School of Cloth we’re going to be talking about investing in cloth diapers.  Be sure to check out the schedule of live classes listed on the RDA website and Attend the School of Cloth! Many families today choose cloth diapering for the financial savings.  I will admit though that first time you visit a cloth diaper store (online or in person) you start to question your decision when you see the price tag on some of the diapers.  Does a cloth diaper really cost $19 or more?  My baby is going to go through 12 diapers a day (or more); that's $228 for ONE DAYS worth of diapers.  If you are already tight on cash you may just go spend $20 on a pack of disposables instead....but...what if I told ... [ Read More ]

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers – #schoolofcloth

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers

Hi there!  Welcome to the kick-off of the School of Cloth.  This is a month long educational event sponsored by the Real Diaper Association, cloth diaper businesses, cloth diapering bloggers, and the entire cloth diaper community to help raise awareness about cloth diaper.  We're glad you found us! In week 1 of our School of Cloth we're going to be talking about how to get started with cloth diapers.  Be sure to check out the schedule of live classes listed on the RDA website and Attend the School of Cloth! Why have you decided to cloth diaper?  Is it for the cost savings?  The environmental benefits? or because you believe it's safer for your baby than disposables?  Whatever your reason, it may be easy to get overwhelmed when you start searching for tips on how to get started.  Take a big breath and remember, you're going to have to change diapers - it's up to you what type of diapers you're changing! There really isn't a big difference between how to use a disposable diaper ... [ Read More ]

Join the School of Cloth Blog Hop with RDA #schoolofcloth

School of Cloth Blog Hop with RDA

  What is the School of Cloth?  It's a month full of cloth diaper classes provided by participating Real Diaper Circles and Real Diaper Association businesses.  Attendees of classes can get certificates in cloth diapering subjects and enter a drawing for a chance to win a cloth diapering package and select a qualifying cloth diaper charity to receive a matching prize.   Since the focus is on education and so much education happens via the internet and blogs the School of Cloth is also a virtual cloth diaper education class that takes place on blogs all around the country.   The blog hop will begin each week right here on The Eco Chic blog and will have a linky at the bottom of each post for you to link your blog or to read more blogs on the weekly topic.  Here is a summary of topics we'll be talking about each week this month. Starting November 5th - Week 1 - Getting Started with Cloth Diapers.  Tips on how to get started with cloth diapers and everything you ... [ Read More ]

How to Sew Cloth Diapers with Babyville Boutique

How to Sew Cloth Diapers

  Have you ever considered sewing your own cloth diapers?  About a year ago I heard about a new company, Babyville Boutique, that sold cloth diapering supplies at craft stores.  I looked a few times at our local Jo-Ann's craft store but never found them.  I only make it to the craft store a few times a year so I quickly forgot about Babyville.  A few months ago I finally stumbled upon an entire aisle of PUL, snaps, hook & loop, fold over elastic (FOE), appliques, and instruction books on how to make cloth diapers, covers, and accessories. I finally decided to pull out the sewing machine again this past week and try my hand at some diaper sewing.  Thankfully, Babyville Boutique has some great instructional (and inspirational) books complete with patterns and lots of pictures.  I've thumbed through the books several times trying to decide which project I should start with.  Being that my supplies were limited I decided to make a simple FOE diaper cover with hook & ... [ Read More ]

Collection of Cloth Diapering Tips – on Pinterest!

  It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Pinterest!  I have however learned how to deal with my addiction and try to only pin for about an hour a day and only a few times a week.  If I were on there every day I would accomplish absolutely NOTHING the rest of the week. I've had to pleasure of working with DiaperShops.com to bring you a pretty extensive collection of Cloth Diapering Tips via one of their Pinterest boards.  Included in the collection of tips on their board are: 7 Tips for the Cloth Diapering Newbie Source: kitchenstewardship.com via DiaperShops on Pinterest     Tips on how to keep your GroVia hook&loop looking fresh. Source: adventures-in-fluff.blogspot.com via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Best Budget Cloth Diapers Source: blog.diapershops.com via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Tutorial on how to repair elastic on your diaper covers or shells. Source: makermama.com via DiaperShops on ... [ Read More ]

5 Tips to Successfully Cloth Diaper at Night

Real Diaper Week

  One of the reasons parents use cloth diapers is to reduce their babies exposure to toxins that are found in disposable diapers.  Even though parents know the health benefits to using cloth diapers many parents admit to struggle with finding a system that works well overnight and end up using disposables at night. Why is nighttime such a struggle?  Babies are often nursed (or fed a bottle of milk) before they fall asleep leaving them with very full bellies.  If you are fortunate to have a baby who sleeps through the night they can sleep for as many as 7-10 hours at a time.  Since cloth diapers don't contain absorbent crystals like disposable diaper they can only hold so much liquid.  Most parents find that 2-4 hours is about the longest a cloth diaper can last before it becomes too full and starts to leak.  While a pocket diaper with 2 microfiber inserts can work successfully for some babies overnight - others soak right through that and leak all over their beds ... [ Read More ]