Monday, November 30, 2009

Giveaway Winners!!

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Congratulations Christina's Cookies for winning one of SoftBums FIRST Print Diapers ever!!

Also...

Congratulations to Sarah J. for winning a whole Trial Pack of SoftBums!! 

What a fun week, I love giving Diapers away!  If you can think of any games to play to win more diapers, I'd love to hear your ideas!!

Maybe a Photo Contest????

A guessing game perhaps?  Who can guess how many patterns SoftBums mama has made before we came out with this current design of diaper?





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CyberMonday 40% off SoftBums Solo Packs!

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To introduce our new Solo Packs, what better way than to have a great CyberMonday Sale!!

Please let everyone know that now they can try SoftBums Adjustable Leg Diapers for only $15 today, until supplies run out!!

Solo Packs include a single cover and 1 Snap-in DryTouch Insert.  This amazing design is so Ultra Trim it fits all babies 5-35lbs like a glove.  Perfect for hard to fit babies, EBF babies, newborns, Preemies, and well, just any baby!

SoftBums is a AI2 style diaper with a reusable OS cover, and a super trim contoured OS Snap-in Insert.  This means you can get that great fit, and no bulk, plus easy to use all-in-one style without paying through the roof for it.  SoftBums covers can be reused on average about 3 times, but up to 6 times on our test babies!  You can order more of the affordable Snap-in Inserts, and fewer of the Deluxe Covers.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Ok, the Secret is OUT! And a Giveaway!!

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Later Gator 
in Aplix 
and....
SNAPS!!


Go crazy, but get um quick before they are 
all gone!



This is a perfect print for newborns, because it can totally be for a boy or a girl.  


The colors are awesome, and toddlers like it too.  My little one calls the gators "Moo" LOL!




Giveaway for 1 Free Print SoftBums ends on Dec 6th, 2009, in your choice of SNAPS or Aplix!!

Please comment your ideas for what our next Print should be for 1 Entry per day.

Extra entries available for:


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5 Extra Entries for:
Purchasing Something at www.softbums.com
Leave a comment with a link to your status. You can tweet every day until the giveaway ends for 1 extra entry PER DAY.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

SoftBums First Print Diaper Plus Giveaway!

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Can You Guess the NEW SoftBums Print Diaper????


Take a stab at guessing the new SoftBums Print Diaper and WIN it!!!

That's right folks, SoftBums is SUPER Excited to come out with our first print diaper ever! Limited numbers of this adorable print will be available November 27th, 2009, with more prints coming soon! Check out the release of our new Print on our site, and get in on some great savings too.

Also a big surprise about our new prints!!!

Shhhhhhhh, it's a secret you won't want to miss, I promise you!!!

Please comment your guess for what the new SoftBums Print will look like for 1 Entry per day.

Extra entries available for:


Follow SoftBums Blog

Follow SoftBums on twitter. Leave a comment.
Become a fan of SoftBums on Facebook. Leave a comment.
Follow and tweet this giveaway.


5 Extra Entries for:
Purchasing Something at www.softbums.com
Leave a comment with a link to your status. You can tweet every day until the giveaway ends for 1 extra entry PER DAY.
Subscribe to my blog via email through feedburner. Leave a comment.
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Blog about this giveaway. Post a link in the comment.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Softbums Giveaway for our new Sprout Color!

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Enter Softbums Giveaway for a Trial Kit!!!



Announcing a new color is so much more fun with a Giveaway too!!!

Softbums has a new color....SPROUT!!





Giveaway for a SoftBums Trial Kit!

That's 2 Softbums Premium one-size covers and 6 Dry-Touch Snap-in inserts, plus 2 Dry-Touch Doublers!


Enough diapers to cloth diaper your baby for a 1/2 to a whole day, depending on how many diapers your baby goes through.

This package with 2 covers is also THE best way to really try the SoftBums system because you can reuse the covers. To get the most out of your SoftBums, just air out and rotate the 2 covers all day, replacing the wet Snap-in Insert with a Dry one!

Please enter the giveaway by posting

For Extra Entries you can:
Follow SoftBums on twitter. Leave a comment.
Become a fan of SoftBums on Facebook. Leave a comment.
Follow and tweet this giveaway.
Leave a comment with a link to your status. You can tweet every day until the giveaway ends for 1 extra entry PER DAY.
Subscribe to my blog via email through feedburner. Leave a comment.
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Grab my button and post it on your blog. Leave a comment.
Blog about this giveaway. Post a link in the comment.

This giveaway is open to US Residents only. Anyone who has either won a SoftBums giveaway before or who has received a sample to review is not eligible to enter this contest. Winner will be drawn using random.org. Winner has 48 hours to get back to me after being contacted or a new winner will be drawn. Ends November 27th

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Traveling with Cloth Part Deux

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So, after that post, it seems that there are many of us CDers that travel with our cloth. So, I thought it would make a great discussion to see how you all travel with your cloth. Include how you travel (drive, train, plane, etc), where you pack your bulk clean diapers (checked baggage, carryon), and anything else you think may help traveling moms?

I am traveling to FL this January with my little guy...he will be almost 10 months then. I am planning on bringing cloth diapers with, and am considering packing them in his carseat that I will check at the gate....I have a big car seat cover that I am using that has extra room in it...I will probably only carry on the diaper bag, and a large purse, and baby of course. Makes me nervous already! StumbleUpon
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Traveling with Cloth

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So, I've been at a loss, what to say. I've also been so busy I don't even know where to start. Working I have so little time with my baby I just want to spend my time at home with him. But anyways...diapers.

Oh how I love my cloth...or...?
So lately, I've been wondering. Why do more people not use cloth, are disposables that much more convenient, better, easy? Am I wasting my time on cloth diapers?

I recently took the Amtrak out to visit my girlfriend..who just had a little girl on 10/3. Mason and I traveled out there alone. I was packing my cloth diapers...then I realized, I was going to have to bring back dirty diapers on the train...and now since we have started solids, the poops are bigger and stinkier... I made the decision to just buy a small pack of disposables to use on our trip. We left Thursday morning and returned late Sunday night.

I brought with 1 cloth diaper cover, just for fun. OMG I am so glad I did. We had blow out after blow out after blow out. I brought 4 sleepers and 6 outfits and I had to wash clothes there because of all the leaks! ICK! I am so thankful I brought that cover, I used it over the disposables to keep leaks in. I even bought the most expensive disposable diapers...the brand name...the "good ones".

By the end of the weekend, I was so happy to return to my cloth! I wish people could realize that the life of icky disposables doesn't have to be! I happily handed off my left over disposables to daycare to use...

Never again will I question my cloth. Never again will I travel without my cloth!

I also tried out the classic rock cloth diaper detergent by Rock n' Green with the baby powder scent. I have to say it worked very well. The "de-funking" that she recommended on the card that comes with your detergent works great! I did not notice any scent to my diapers...which is good, but they also didn't smell like baby powder...and I wasn't sure if I wanted them too. The Rock n' Green was sensitive to my little guy's skin...he had no reaction to it.

I did not notice better absorbency...at least compared to my Purex free and clear... All in all it is a great soap, but I don't know if I am sold on it. To me I am happy with my Purex, it is easier to get and I don't have to pay for shipping. If I could buy the Rock n' Green at a local store, it would be a difficult choice for me which to buy.

Rock N' Green, I do have to say has GREAT customer service. Willing to answer questions quickly.

In the end...great product...I am curious how the diaper pail deodorizers would work.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Detergents...

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Thank you for asking the question about detergents...

I don't know what your majority of fluff is...Softbums or others, so that will probably make a difference in my answer.

For Softbums, like you can read in the post below, I use Purex free and clear and I use no softners (beware of detergents that have softeners...like Dreft) because they inhibit absorption. I use Purex because that is what Sarah recommended to me, and it works great. I think that as long as your baby doesn't have a reaction to something, that you can use that. Purex is only soap, nothing else, which is in theory, less likely to cause a reaction with your baby...but all babies are different. You just want the best next to baby's skin. Watch for rashes, they can occur at anytime, an allergy can develop at anytime.

I have heard of babies reacting to All Free and Clear, my lil guy didn't, that is what we use for his cloths, and i have used it on his diapers by accident, and it works fine. I also found Oxyclean free and clear, and use that once in a while, but I never notice anything "cleaner" than it was before. I've been using my softbums since Mason was a month old (now 6.5 months) and only have 1-2 inserts that are stained...and that is because daycare was rinsing them and then they'd sit wet...

If you are using white prefolds, I would say bleach away, and then rinse to get the bleach out of the diapers, but as you know...bleach is for cottons...don't bleach anything other than cottons. (this is what my mom did when I was a baby, I was in bleached prefolds)

I'd also say, if I could, don't use regular detergents like Tide or Era...or anything of the like...way to harsh of soaps for bub's skin. Remember, your baby's poops aren't hard to remove, they will come right out...they aren't a grass stain or a grease stain...it's a baby poop... :)

I think the biggest thing to remember whatever you use will be next to your little guy/gal's butt all day, you want it to be as sensitive as possible. Even if your lo doesn't have a reaction, sitting in soap all day isn't going to be the best for their skin.

If you're following Softbums' directions, wash once in cold on large then once in hot, and using only 1/4 of the detergent that is recommended by the manufacturer, you will be removing a majority of the soap, but not all...you can never remove everything.

Look into all natural soaps, like "Charlies Soap" and "Allens Naturally Laundry Soap"

I am not endorsing this site nor approving everything they say but just googling keywords "Cloth diaper detergent" I found this website: http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm
Notice everything they recommend is free and clear/delicate, etc.

Remember you will end up with stains...it is a fact of life and cloth diapering...the best way to remove stains is by line drying diapers in the sun.

Bottom line: Use what works best for you, start out with something and change if you like something different. Purex Free and Clear works best for me, it is cheap, and I have no reason to look to try something different. Wash once and rinse once (wash w/o detergent...read my posts below if you haven't yet) That is my recommendation. StumbleUpon
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Monday, October 5, 2009

Basic Pack Winner

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Ruth Gray

You have won the softbums basic pack!

Thank you all so much for all your entries!

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner! We just closed on our house September 24th and have been busy getting all settled in! So far so good, we love our neighbors, and neighborhood! Now if it would just get nice for a few days so I can get out and hang up Mason's swing and then head off to the park that would be so wonderful! :)

Any ideas/questions on cloth diapers you would like me to blog about?

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Six Pack Winner

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After all the entries...(and by all I mean holy cow you kept me busy!)


The winner of the SoftBums 6 Pack (6 covers of your choice of color and 18 microfiber inserts) is

Amy Scott


Here is a picture of her little one in some blue Softbums
Such a sweetie!




I will email you what information you need to e-mail Sarah to recieve your six pack!


Congrats!


If you didn't win this contest, please be sure to enter the currently running contest which will end at the end of this month for a SoftBums basic pack!


Give aways will be happening much more regularly now so stick around, and keep up the twittering!
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Do the Diaper Dance!!!

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I have laundry photos...they are very exciting! :)


I had a question after the previous laundry post about when I do laundry and how many inserts/covers I have left when I do laundry. I am kind of a fluff horde, so I have the luxury to do laundry when it starts to smell in the dirty bucket/when it gets full. But, when I first started and I only had 6 covers/18 inserts, I would do laundry when I had 2 covers left (the one on him, and one clean) or when I had 5 inserts left, 4 clean, and one on him. This worked for me, but you have to plan ahead a little more if you want to do laundry at leasure (aka not being right at the washer to restart or switch).


Baking Soda=awesome! I use about 1-2 Tbsp to my diapers, either the first or second cycle. Usually I add it during the first, unless I forget, then I add it the second time. I find it really helps the diapers deodorize, and stay fresh. Completely optional, just my personal preference. You can find a big box like this at your local grocery store for only a couple bucks.


It doesn't take much detergent. I use Purex free and clear--a reccomendation from Sarah (photo of detergent is below). If you look at this picture closely you can see the marks that the manufacturer puts in the cup. This is all you need, this is even a little heavier than you generally need (I was washing about 12 covers and 25 inserts...just got back from vaca). One really doesn't need a lot of detergent, I too was doubtful of this fact when I started cding...but it is true!!!!!!!!! If you add more than this...you'll probably end up having to do an extra rinse because you will get lots of bubbles.




Here you can see how big the load was (hopefully nothing to icky is showing :)). On the one side you can see all the diapers, the other, I threw my dirty bag in right with the diapers. Also, my cloth wipes go right in with my diapers too. The diaper bag works great too when you're done with the laundry...its like a built in laundry basket. :) Throw them in the bag and take them out to the clothes line, or take them up to put away.


I always wash cold first, then hot. I always do large for the cold wash, then if the load is smaller, I will do medium for the hot wash...to save hot water and energy. If I have a really dirty load, I will double up on the cold washes and then do one hot wash at the end.
--note the OLD washer, my diapers still come out white--if my washer can do it, yours can do it blindfolded--


Clean diapers!!!!!! I like to grab one and diaper with it right away...Mason thinks its hillarious to have on a warm diaper--he giggles so hard...I end up in tears laughing so hard! Funny babies!



This is how I store my covers. I stuff mine, fold the insert into thirds and fold the cover over the top. There are many ways to store your fluff, this is just how I like to do it. It took me a while to come up with my system.


These are the inserts, I fold these guys in thirds and stack into my bins.


My bins sit nice in the changing table. I got these at Target a few months ago. Just to the right of the insert bins, I have my doublers sitting on the shelf, and just below is the cloth wipes warmer. Prince lion heart has a cloth warmer out and it is awesome (you can see the warmer in 2nd pic in the bottom left...its white)! However, don't buy their wipes, they fall apart! I have a bunch from Sarah at Softbums, and you can easily make your own. Make sure you either serge or turn over your edges though otherwise your fabric will unravel and get stuck in your hook and loop (just the hook)....which stinks to pull out! I found out the hard way. You can always wash them separate...I just thought that was not necessary.


I like the blue monster towel...he is so cute!


This is a pic showing how I air dry my covers between uses. It may seem obvious, but recently I realized I could velcro them on here so they don't fall off! Which is awesome! I hang them here to air dry when they are just wet, then use another insert when they are dry. This is why I LOVE our SoftBums! They are multi-use! I can sometimes get 2 covers to last a full day! Then the next day, I use those 'dirty' diapers (they aren't dirty, but have been wet a few times) to diaper when I expect #2 to arrive. That is how I rotate.

OOOH, and at night, I double. Mason is a heavy wetter, so we do two inserts at night. Works like a charm.




This is my lil man. I took this the other day when I was at my moms. We were just hanging out outside, so I decided to let his lil butt air out (You can see a little dimpling from the texture on the insert)! I thought it was a cute pic, and it also shows how nice his skin is on his behind! Thank you SoftBums for keeping my baby's bum, soft!



Ok, ladies (and gents) I need your help! We are buying a new house and moving around the 24th of Sept. I have a blank canvas to paint in Mason's new room! Any ideas/tips that you have for me would be great! All I know I want to do is paint a small area with that chalkboard paint! Dad is pushing for Viking's colors, but that isn't going to happen!

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ANOTHER GIVE AWAY!!!

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We are doing another give away, this time for a SoftBums Basic Pack. This includes one cover (choose one of our 6 colors) and 3 microfiber snap in inserts. These all-in-one diapers are a perfect fit for newborn babies up to potty training toddlers!




This is the perfect opportunity to try out our diapers, or add to your stash!!!

Entry rules:
1. Make sure you put contact information (email) with your first post, so we can contact you when you win.
2. If you have a common name, distinguish yourself in each post so I can keep the entries straight!
3. Your entries will be counted through the comments on the blog, so keep us updated on how you're entering! (You must include any links to posts/refferals ...eg a review on a blog, send us that website...just like before)

Ways to enter
***for 1 entry***
1. Become a fan on facebook (link at top of page)
2. Follow us on twitter (link at top of page)
3. Send pictures of your little one in Softbums to MeganSchultz@gmail.com
4. Post in the comments of this blog about you, if you're cd ing already, or why youre interested, how long you've been cding...etc.
5. Comment on other posts (send us the link)/ forums or blogs
6. Once for each time you reply to us on twitter or facebook (make sure you tell us what time and date that you replied)

7. NEW!!!--refer a friend, if your friend starts entering, have them refer to you in their first post, you will get one entry and they will get one entry! If, they place a new order, you also get 5 points!!!

***two entries***
1. Post a review (if you add pictures it will be 1 more entry) on your blog/website, or if you don't have your own, post a review on a website that carries Softbums.

***five entries****
1. Place a new order!

This contest will run to the end of the month! Enter away!

Good Luck!

Megan






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Friday, August 28, 2009

SOFTBUMS 6 Pack Give Away!!!!

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SOFTBUMS 6 Pack Giveaway!

Win 6 Softbums Perfect Fit Covers in your choice of colors(aren't they pretty!), and 18 Microfiber SNAP-IN INSERTS!! That's enough diapers to cloth diaper your older baby full-time, and your younger baby part-time!!

1. Make sure you put contact information (email) with your first post, so we can contact you when you win.
2. If you have a common name, distinguish yourself in each post so I can keep the entries straight!
3. Your entries will be counted through the comments on the blog, so keep us updated on how you're entering! (You must include any links to posts/refferals ...eg a review on a blog, send us that website...just like before)



Ways to enter
***for 1 entry***
1. Become a fan on facebook (link at top of page)
2. Follow us on twitter (link at top of page)
3. Send pictures of your little one in Softbums to MeganSchultz@gmail.com
4. Post in the comments of this blog about you, if you're cd ing already, or why youre interested, how long you've been cding...etc.
5. Comment on other posts (send us the link)/ forums or blogs
6. Once for each time you reply to us on twitter or facebook (make sure you tell us what time and date that you replied)

***two entries***
1. Post a review (if you add pictures it will be 1 more entry) on your blog/website, or if you don't have your own, post a review on a website that carries Softbums.


***five entries****
1. Place a new order!
2. Send a narrated video (meganschultz@gmail.com) about how you cloth diaper, a video review of your SoftBums, tips for other parent's that are or are thinking about cloth diapering, etc. 2 Video's max per person. The video will possibly be used on the website/blog. If you have a video please let me know and I will tell you how to get it to me!


So remember the biggest thing is to post everything you do on the comment section of this blog post! I will count your entries that way.

Stay updated, I may add a couple more ways to enter!

The contest will run until September 18th

Megan

Good luck!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cloth Diapering Twins with Softbums!

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Softbums and Twins
I interviewed a mother of twins for the scoop on cloth diapering with twins :)

The skinny: 2- 8 month old boys, 4 Softbum shells each, 25 bamboo inserts total, 5 bamboo doublers, Laundry every 2 days



The twin factor: Since my boys are different sizes (there is usually about a 6 pound difference), their softbums are adjusted to different sizes. I get blue snaps and green snaps, one color for each child. This way, they can each have a variety of diaper colors so I don't get bored! Every couple of weeks, the leg snuggers need a little adjustment due to growth. The Softbums are super-fast to change which is essential with two. Grab a shell (either a fresh one or a clean used one that has aired out) and snap 1 snap then put the diaper on, adding doublers for naps and long car rides)

When I use Softbums: I use them at home and on the road. When we travel, I put one extra shell and 2-4 inserts (depending on the length of the trip) in the diaper bag. With twins, diaper bag space in in short supply and 4 changes of Softbums take up the space just 2 stuffed pockets used to. My husband and my mother both use the Softbums and have no trouble. I have tried them at night with 2 inserts and with 1 insert and 2 doublers. Both set-ups were enough to keep everything dry during my boys' 11 hour nights.

Why I use Softbums: I started using Softbums when my twin boys were 6 months old. I had tried many other brands of one size pocket and All in Two diapers (BumGenius 3.0, Rocky Mountain Diapers, EcoNappies, Haute Pocket, Wahmies, GroBaby). I did not care for the snaps on the front of the diaper as they came unsnapped when diapering the boys and they were ugly (showed through onesies and some shorts). I started looking for a diaper that wouldn't take up much room since my twins have to share diaper holding space on the changing table and one with natural fibers against the babies' tender skin. I found Softbums with bamboo inserts and tried one. I loved it and ordered more, with snap closures as my son's skin and aplix do not get along. I have since increased my Softbums stash to a total of 8 covers, 25 inserts, and 5 doublers.

Laundry: I wash diapers every 2 days. I usually have covers and inserts left over at that point (when I had 6 covers and 18 inserts the wash time coincided with having just enough left to diaper them through the laundry time). I have a diaper sprayer so I put the pee soaked and formerly rinsed poo diapers in the laundry, covers and inserts. I have a front loader and I do a cold rinse, a heavy cold wash with 1 scoop of Allen's Naturally, and a hot wash with extra rinse with no soap. Then I put everything in the dryer on Medium, I pull out the covers after about 10 minutes (or when I remember!!) and let everything else finish drying. StumbleUpon
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Laundry

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So. Other big questions people ask when they hear about cloth diapers...

"Doesn't that take a lot of time?"
"Ick! You have to rinse diapers!?"
"Don't they stink?"

After I dislodge those old ideals, people ask:
"How to you wash them so they stay so white!?"
"When do you do your laundry?"
"How many do you have and where can I get them?"


We all know how to do laundry. Sometimes it can be a pain, but generally laundry=easy! Load washer, add detergent, turn knob, start. Then we wait 45 minutes, put in dryer and an hour later we have clean clothes! It's not like the 'good 'ol days' with a wash board, lye, a lake, then a ringer (my mom had an antique one when I was a kid...I can't tell you how many times I got my finger rolled over).

Diapers are just as easy, they take an extra 45 minutes to wash, but no big deal.

Rotate diapers:

(Now...Mason is 5 months now and still only breastfed, so we are still at the very runny wet stool period in his life, so keep that in mind as I write.)

If every time a cover gets wet it HAD to be washed, diapers would be a lot more work. But, the great thing about SoftBums is that the cover can be re-used several times before washing. There is a rotation to diapers that makes life a lot easier. When I change Mason, if the cover is only wet, no stool on it, I hang it over the end of the changing table to dry. I use a new cover and insert. By the time he needs his next diaper change, that cover is usually dry and ready to go. Just plop a new insert in and away you go. Sometimes that diaper isn't always dry when you come back to do your next diaper change, in that case, just grab a new cover and insert and hang that one over the changing table and away you go. By the next time you come back your other cover(s) will be dry. This rotation can be kept up until a diaper gets "dirty".

When a cover gets dirty, simply unsnap the insert, open the diaper and fold the velcro tabs over on themselves. This way they don't stick to the other diapers or cloth wipes in the laundry, and you don't have to sort through the dirties while putting them in the washer. Toss into your dirty bucket and wait for laundry day. I NEVER rinse my diapers. Rinsing is gross and in my experience so far, leads to staining. If I just toss them in the dirty bucket and wash they get so clean and no staining. However, make sure if your baby is producing solid poos dump those off in the toilet then proceed to washing.

Doing this rotation I can USUALLY use a cover 2-3 times before it gets dirty. My baby is very regular so I try to put a already used cover on him so then that will get dirty, not a new one. Sometimes I have a lucky cover get on baby 3-5 times before it gets dirty, and they sometimes get stinky. If this happens it just gets tossed into the dirty bucket, even though it isn't 'dirty'.


The washing process:
When I bought my diapers I was quizzing Sarah on what to use to wash the diapers. I have an OLD SCHOOL washer. It is a pile! The center thing comes out and bangs against the top while spinning. :) So if my washer can get stuff clean, so can yours! I use Purex Free and Clear. From what Sarah was saying it is only soap, no softeners, fragrance, and no dyes. One important thing is that you should NEVER USE SOFTENER! It will not make your diapers any softer, it will make them less absorbent! It will almost put a film on your diapers.

I do laundry when I have about 3 covers left, or about 8 inserts. Generally I run low on covers before inserts. This way I don't have to hurry doing laundry. I can take my time and know I have enough for 4-5 hours. So, on laundry day, I bring my bag of dirties down the stairs (usually with Mason in tow). Toss them in the washer. Start the washer on LARGE and COLD. I add about a quarter of a cap of Purex and about 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda. I love using baking soda, it really helps completely deodorize them, but is completely optional. Close the cover and wait.

When I come back, I usually don't bring Mason because the washer has usually jumped a foot from where it was (like I said my washer is junk!)! I push it back, then restart it on HOT (do not use warm, warm may lead to color bleeding) and LARGE and wait. If for some reason I only have a small load of diapers, I will wash the first cycle in cold and large but the second in hot and small/medium. Just to save energy and hot water. I usually do this if I am only washing about 5 covers and 10-15 inserts.

After this second wash cycle, I toss them in the dryer, on Hot/Normal and wait. I have a gas dryer, which generally dries clothes a lot faster. I think gas dryers get hotter. But here is where you can bring them out an line dry them. After you line dry, I suggest tossing them back in the dryer to soften up...10 minutes on hot. Throwing in a damp towel (one you may have used after your shower), really helps them soften up.

After they are dry, I bring them up to fold. I put inserts in each cover, and fold my inserts how I like them, put them in their crates and I'm done. A lot of times lately I fold after Mason is asleep and Jon and I are watching TV in bed.

That's it. Done. If I pushed myself and did it all straight it would take about 2.5 hours start to finish. While it takes that long to wash, it only takes about 20 minutes MAX of our time.

I keep forgetting to take pictures when I do laundry. I will do it next time, and take pictures of my rotation system.

If you have comments or questions, please either leave a comment after the posting or on the blog there is a spot to ask questions. Right now it is on the left hand side, but I may move it...
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Where did my diapers go!?

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I have found that there is a magical place, like the place where those missing socks go, but this place is for cloth diapers.

I wash my diapers and while folding I do a mental count...8 here, one in the dirty bag, two in the diaper bag, one on the butt...12...got em all... Well...that's how it was going until a few days ago. Sunday night, I washed a load of diapers. Mason had just fell asleep, so I lay him down in his bed and run down to grab the clean diapers...to fold, and put away. I toss the clean diapers onto Mason's floor, in the dark, to start stuffing and folding. I sit down, and generally toss inserts to the left and covers to the right. One cover, one insert, fold, stack...repeat. I get to the end and fold my cloth wipes and load the diapers and inserts into their respective totes on the changing table. I count as I put them away...

I have 12 covers, and 36 inserts total
6 covers in the laundry...missing 6
1 on Mason (still sleeping soundly)
1 in the diaper bag
2 in the dirty bucket...missing 2....?

I search my daycare diaper bag...none...
I call daycare....none...
I ask dad (Pretending he actually changes a dirty diaper...lol)...none

I start to panic....

I search high and low, check the washer/dryer, my car, dads car...nothing
On a whim I search my laundry, dads laundry (why does their laundry stink so bad?), Mason's laundry...nothing...where are my (Mason's) diapers!

I give up...I figure they'd turn up...like that lost sock...

A few days later they still haven't turned up...two bright green diapers, my favorite! I start to wonder if the dog drug them off someplace...eew...

That night, we get a phone call from Jon's brother. He says something to the effect "those diapers you use are pretty neat!" (he has 2 boys ages 4&8) "We never had disposables like that when our boys were little"

My jaw dropped...What!? He threw 2 of my diapers away while watching Mason!

With out thinking I knew I needed to go dumpster diving to find my diaper! I get all geared up (rubber gloves, boots, jacket...it was raining...it was going to be messy), I walk out the door looking like I am ready for a mud fight. I begin to wish I had a gas mask of some sort when I open the garbage can. It's empty! It's Wednesday! It's garbage day! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I may have yelled a profanity here) I missed it, my perfect diaper, gone!

I admit I may have welled up over my missing diapers.

I can just picture them, neon yellow, laying on a pile of garbage...waiting to be used, and used, and used, lying there...right next to my white Nike sock.

There is no magical place...no magical place for my cloth diaper to be found again...

Moral of the story: TELL ALL THE UNOBSERVANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOUR DIAPERS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE! MEN.... ugh....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tips for Using Softbums

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I thought, as my first 'cloth diapering' post I would post some pictures on how to use Softbums, tricks that I have found very helpful.

First of all...SoftBums are so easy to use. Like any new item, there is a small learning curve with them, but don't worry, in about two diaper changes, you will have it under your belt.


There are a few important steps to prevent leaks.

1. Tuck in the insert. After putting the diaper on baby, check the edges around the legs to make sure the insert is tucked inside the cover.


Here you can see the insert peeking out behind the leg. This will cause wicking from the insert to baby's clothes.


The insert is easily tucked back into the cover and wicking is no more!

2. Tighten legs...but not too much. I'd say that this is the hardest part to get right the first couple times. My rule of thumb is if I can see into the cover its too loose. I have found the easiest way to get the legs perfect is to put the diaper on baby, pull the elastic out of the opening, and while the toggle is in the cover, grab it and either squeeze and pull on the leg to loosen, or pull on the elastic to tighten. Doing it this way allows you to adjust it while on baby and not having to pull the toggles out of the diaper each time to adjust.





3. Velcro/Snap diaper tight enough. You can pull on the tabs on cloth diapers and they won't rip off...I find that folding the insert so the fold is half way up the velcro works best, then I tighten around that. This is easy to judge and you will learn after a few times of diapering. This keeps the insert in place and helps prevent it from slipping down and bulging up while keeping wetness in.



Personal Tricks:
For the best fit: I have found, that if I pull the majority of the gathers to the front of the diaper it fits him a little better and even a little trimmer!


Gathers Pulled to Back--the diaper doesn't lay flat:


Gathers Pulled To the front--The diaper lays flat...
If you watch the video below--First I place the diaper under baby...and then fold the insert. When I am ready to pull the cover over the insert I stretch it out and wiggle it back and forth to get the insert inside the legs (I actually had to pull the insert out of the leg in the above pics). After it is stretched out, I roll it up over baby and velcro in place. ...Again, this is what works for me, you will develop your own method.
How I rotate covers:
If my covers only get wet, I place them, fleece side out, on the end of the changing table to dry. By my next diaper change the cover is usually dry so I place a new insert in it and away we go. I usualy try to keep a mental note on diapers that have been through this rotation a few times and then try to diaper with those when I expect a BM. I highly reccomend a cloth diaper pail liner. Sarah sells some awesome ones on her website. I just throw mine in with the diapers, and when they are out of the dryer I open the bag, throw them in and carry them up to Mason's room. It's like a built in laundry basket!


**New Blog Features**
The SoftBums Cloth Diapering Booklet is available in the left hand column.
Below, there is a place to enter comments, ask questions, etc.
And, there are links to some wonderful reviews of SoftBums in the left hand column as well!
Video of SoftBums diapering
Enjoy

Megan Schultz
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Welcome to the new blog!

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Good morning everybody!

Quick intro: My name is Megan Schultz, I met Sarah a couple months ago when I bought my first set of Softbums. Since she is a fellow mom and Minnesotan, I offered her help if she needed any. She asked for some help with her blog, keeping it updated, etc. So here I am, doing my best...

If you've been visiting the blog lately, you've probably noticed it has changed a few times, things haven't worked smoothly, etc. Well, I think I got it up and running! If you notice any problems please email me at:
MeganSchultz@gmail.com.

Check out the new menu bar, with links to follow Softbums on Twitter and Facebook. There is also a nice link to Softbums and different areas of the Softbums website. From the menu bar you can jump to Softbums' home page, category, or to a specific package! On the end, under 'Retailers' is a list of retailers carrying Softbums. Under this category also I stashed the RSS Feeds for both comments and posts.

I have put together a little slide show of babies wearing Softbums on the top left corner (my little boy -Mason-is pictured in his orange Softbums). If you have any photos of babies in Softbums that I can add to that slide show please email them to me (
Meganschultz@gmail.com)! Just for fun I have put a poll up about cloth diapering. On the right side you can see all the 'logistics', followers (Join us!), archive, profile and welcome message! On the way bottom of the page, you can see any recent Tweets!

If you haven't already, join us on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out the Softbums home page at
http://www.softbums.com/!

Thank you for your patience!

Megan Schultz
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Congrats Moonjunio

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Moonjunio has claimed her free basic pack she won! Your beautiful daughter will love her new set of red Organic Bamboo SoftBums!


The contest sparked over 150 entries! Thank you everybody for entering!

Pictured here in her yellow SoftBums diaper, sooooo pretty!
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

And the Winner is....

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The winner of the Soft Bums basic pack is.....MOONJUNIO!!!!


Thank you everybody for all your posts and entrys! There were over 150 entries for the basic pack! It is great to read all the posts and see how long everybody has been CD!


MOONJUNIO: Please email svanbogart@gmail.com with the following information:
Full Name:
Colors you want:
Insert: either Microfiber/Bamboo
Mailing address:
Phone Number:

Congrats to the winner, and stay posted for more giveaways!


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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Giveaway for 6 NEW Colors!

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6 NEW colors have been added to the SoftBums website!

Help us announce our new colors by entering in the GIVEAWAY, and win a FREE SoftBums Basic Pack in your choice of Bamboo or Microfiber, and your choice of one of our NEW colors!

In addition to Nuclear pumpkin, Lime, and Ocean, we now have Buttercup, Sage, Firecracker, Snowcone, Bubblegum, and Coconut!

Still our same signature great fit, with our Patent Pending Snugger hidden adjustable leg elastics to fit any baby perfectly. The Perfect Fit SoftBums diapers are now the best one-size diapers to order BEFORE baby is born. Because no matter what size or shape your baby is, you will be assured a great fit!


To enter the GIVEAWAY just enter an answer to the following question:

How long have you been cloth diapering, or if you are new to cloth diapers just say "I'm new!!".

You can post once a day, and if you tweet about the Giveaway in twitter, or mention us in a blog or forum thread, you can get additional submission.

Here are the rules: (please post one time for each so we can keep track)
*1 entry for telling us how long you've been cloth diapering.
*1 additional entry for becoming or being a Twitter Follower
*1 additional entry for posting a comment on other posts
*1 additional entry for every time you reply to us on Twitter on July 1st thru 9th {please post the time you reply}
*1 additional entry for becoming or being a Facebook Fan
*5 entries if you place a new order
*1 additional entry for becoming an affiliate
*1 additional entry for everytime you mention SoftBums on any forum or blog (post the direct link of the post on forum or blog where you mention it). StumbleUpon
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Softbums has new Colors!!!

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Who's ready for New SoftBums Colors???!!!



We'll be hosting a giveaway for a SoftBums Basic Pack! Just guess which 4 new colors will be available and you can be entered for a chance to win!

SoftBums has been a huge success since announcing our newest diaper the PerfectFit in September 2008, and we've got some great retailers carrying our diapers too!
www.Kellyscloset.com , www.snootybootydiapers.com , www.greenbabyshoppe.com , www.mysweetpickes.com , www.greengoober.com , www.twolittlewhales.com , www.peapods.com , and more coming soon
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Softbums are trim in the diaper bag too!

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I found a great review of Softbums on Kelly's closet's blog The cloth diaper whisperer. Elisabeth took a great pic of all 3 of her gorgeous girls, and on her youngest you can see a pink softbums!

Softbums review on Kelly's blog

She also took an awesome size comparison of the Softbums diaper with 3 inserts(enough for 3 diaper changes), and 3 pocket diapers next to it. Softbums look almost 1/2 the size! This is a great idea of how much room you save in your diaper bag as well. They really do take up WAY less space in the diaper bag, changing table or drawers, and washing machine. Use less water and take less time to dry! StumbleUpon
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Softbums at the Living Green Expo!

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Softbums was pleased to be at the Living Green Expo at the Fair Grounds in St. Paul, MN this weekend! http://www.livinggreen.org/index-expo.cfm
It was so fun to meet some of our existing customers in person, and put faces to names, hear all the stories about their diapering experiences and mostly see all the babies!! My favorite part!
We talked to hundreds of super nice people, and even converted a couple people to cloth while at the show! Yay, cloth diapers!
I was surprised at how many fathers, and even older men who were not only interested in hearing about diapering alternatives, but also extremely impressed with our PerfectFit One-size Diaper system. I was so happy to have my husband Brian there with me to talk to the men. He absolutely loves using our diapers, and loves talking about our diapers too. I think it's really important to get the guys behind this stuff. They are a big part of parenting, and often I find when a guy is really educated on the importance of using cloth, and how it all works, he really gets behind it and can be a great help in educating others later on.
One of the demonstrations we had set up at the booth, was a plastic disposable diaper bag that was emptied, and filled with cloth diapers instead. It was a big "mega" pack of disposables, and we showed that a bag that size would last your baby about a week if filled with disposables. That same bag filled with cloth diapers would last your baby 3 1/2 years, or until potty training! That was a big eye opener to see it visually laid out there like that. Babies go through about 10,000 diapers on average per child. Disposables use crude oil, paper pulp, tons of chemicals, and endless amounts of wastewater in just their manufacturing alone! Then on top of that, add up all the transportation costs and oil used to deliver all these diapers to stores, for parents to go run to the store once a week or so to get more diapers, and it's about 4,000 lbs of solid waste going straight into the landfills that we have to live next door to. There can be all kinds of nasty things seeping from these disposables into our groundwater, and these diapers can take 500 years or more to decompose. They really don't have a number of years it will take, and any programs for recycling the diapers into anything usable has proven to be too costly, and polluting to make any sense. They are currently the #3 single product in the landfills.
There is one very simple and logical answer. Wash your diapers. The cloth alternatives are easy, inexpensive(about 10th of the cost) and make a huge, huge difference in our carbon footprint! Plus they are fun! StumbleUpon
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Colors, colors, glorious PUL colors

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I have the hardest time deciding on what colors of PUL to use for Softbums! There are so many great colors, it's really hard to choose just a few. I started off with a handful of basic colors; red, blue, light blue, sage, yellow, periwinkle, pink, lavender...um, I think that is it, oh, and white. Then after we started getting more orders I had to stock up on PUL and order in bigger quantities, and could only afford a few colors to start with. SO we decided on Nuclear Pumpkin, Ocean Blue, and Lime Green!

Now, I get to expand the horizons a bit and add some other colors to our list.

I need to add back in white, we get so many requests for white, I guess white = diapers to a lot of people still. We also need to get at least 1 or 2 pastels. Pastel, you know, lighter baby colors. Think Easter.

I have always liked the light blue color, so we may get that in. And Sage Green, and Butter Yellow are always Extremely popular because so many people don't learn the sex of their bump but want to buy diapers before baby is born.

There really aren't any "great" greens that I can choose from. There is sage, celery(similar to sage, but with a weird tint to it), kelly green(just the greenest green you can think of like a green M&M), and forest green(a darker almost racing green, green, lol). None of those are the best, but sage is a fairly basic color that most would agree is nice.

The colors I "want" to have are; light blue, chocolate, sage, butter yellow, white, bubblegum, saturn, red, and then out current colors orange, lime and ocean. Possibly lilac too.

If I could put a poll on my front page I totally would!! LOL!
Apricot

Apricot
Aqua

Aqua
Black

Black
Blaze Orange

Blaze Orange
Brown

Brown
Burgandy

Burgandy
Butter

Butter
Candy Pink

Candy Pink
Citron Yellow

Citron Yellow
Dark Purple

Dark Purple
Gray

Gray
Ivy

Ivy
Kelly Green

Kelly Green
Lavendar

Lavendar
Light Blue

Light Blue
Light Lavendar

Light Lavendar
Magenta

Magenta
Melon

Melon
Navy Blue

Navy Blue
Neon Lime

Neon Lime
Neon Orange

Neon Orange
Neon Pink

Neon Pink
Olive

Olive
Play Pink

Play Pink
Raspberry

Raspberry
Red

Red
Rose

Rose
Sage

Sage
Saturn Blue

Saturn Blue
Seaspray

Seaspray
White

White
Sky Blue

Peacock Blue
New Pink

New Pink
Grass Green

Grass Green
Lime Green

Lime Green
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