Friday, February 18, 2011

Diapers Etc Blog Party


















I've wanted to write a post on cloth diapers for a while now and this was the perfect excuse! The Diapers Etc Blog Party is an event organized by Eco Chic Parties celebrating "the love of cloth diapers" and the re-launch of Diapers Etc's website. I started cloth diapering when I started this blog (about 7 months ago) and it has since inspired me to become more "green" in other areas as well. As someone who never thought I would cloth diaper, I'm truly amazed and excited by how much I love it. Even though I hate doing regular laundry, washing our diapers is weirdly fun and coincidentally that's what scared me the most about cloth diapering! I had met a couple moms though mom's groups who were cloth diapering and I was intrigued but couldn't imagine actually doing it. Still I spent months researching it and asking questions. The more I learned the more I wanted to switch but I just wasn't brave enough to take the plunge.

When I finally did go for it, mainly to save money and partially on impulse (you know what I'm talking about if you're familiar with deal-a-day type websites), I bought a set of 3 GroBaby (now re-branded GroVia) shells and a couple boxes of disposable inserts from babysteals.com. I thought that the disposable inserts would help me "ease" into cloth diapering but what they actually did was throw me into the obsession ;) I ended up selling the boxes of disposable inserts to a friend because once I tried them I decided they were pointless (for me at least) since you're still washing shells and still throwing something away too. Then I bought some of the cloth inserts, also from babysteals, and started cloth diapering at home only. That really did help me "ease" into it. I used cloth diapers at home and disposables while we were out (and overnight until I found a cloth diaper that worked well enough). Once I was used to cloth diapering in general, I switched to full time and we haven't used a single disposable diaper since.

How it all started in our house...














 Starting gradually was perfect for us; it also gave us time to buy diapers slowly over time rather than making a huge investment upfront. I've tried quite a few brands and styles but I've narrowed it down to the perfect stash for us. I use GroVia AI2 diapers during the day at home, Charlie Banana one size for naps and when we go out, and bumGenius 4.0 for overnight. This is my personal cloth diapering "must haves" list:


Win a $25 gift certificate to Diapers Etc! (Open to US only)

How To Enter:

Mandatory Entry- Visit Diapers Etc's website and let me know how you would spend your gift certificate by commenting below. (If you sign up for their newsletter while you're there please leave a separate comment for a bonus entry but this is not mandatory) Make sure you include your email address if it isn’t visible on your profile!

Additional Entries- Leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

1. Like Haute Mommy on Facebook

2. Like Diapers Etc on Facebook

3. Like Eco Chic Parties on Facebook

4. Follow Haute Mommy publicly on Google Friend Connect.

5. Follow Haute Mommy on Twitter

6. Follow Diapers Etc on Twitter

7. Follow Eco Chic Parties on Twitter 

8. Tweet about this giveaway: “I just entered a haute #giveaway with @HauteMommyBlog & @EcoChicParties to #win a $25 gift certificate to @DiapersEtc http://bit.ly/g06ROF” (you can tweet once a day for additional entries just make sure you come back here and comment each day)

9. Grab my button and tell me where I can find it.

10. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link to the post.

Giveaway will end March 7th at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner. Good luck!

The haute airplane shell I chose from Diapers Etc


















*This is my personal story/experience with starting cloth diapering. I definitely don't consider myself an expert but would love to be called an activist. I've helped several friends (and online acquaintances) start cloth diapering and I would love to help anyone else who is considering it. Please feel free to email me at hautemommyblog@gmail.com


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And the winner is... Heather! Congratulations!

Heather said... 
I would use it on either a Thirsties duo diaper or BG Elemental.  
March 5, 2011 7:30 AM

146 comments:

  1. i would probably get a wet bag... or a fuzzibunz! but i NEED a wetbag...

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  2. i signed up for the Diapers Ect newsletter a few days ago

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  10. I would get the bumgenius Elemental. elisha23(at)roadrunner(dot)com.

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  13. i would get the easy fit by tots bots in blueberry!

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  16. I would probably try a bumgenius elemental if I won

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  17. I'd get the glow in the dark HH OS!
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  24. I would use it to buy a dozen Chinese prefolds and some Snappis!

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  26. I follow you on Twitter. (ILoveClothDipes)

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  31. I would buy some small diapers. prefolds/fitted and covers.

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  40. I would go for the GEN-Y Diaper Cover - Martini



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  41. I would get bum genuis... love the new artist series. Or wet bags... just starting out waiting for baby and building my stash!

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  42. signed up for newsletter too

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  50. I would buy a thirsties cover and a knicker knappies AIO diaper- I've been wanting to try both and need covers for the newborn fitteds I bought for the new baby :)

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  53. I'd get the Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper!
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  59. I would buy a BG 4.0 Artist Series Diaper.
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  83. I would spend it on a Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer

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  84. I need some wetbags so I would spend it on that.

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  85. already signed up for their newsletter!

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  92. I would buy a BG Artist Series!
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  101. I visited Diapers Etc. I'd love to try the Thirsties Duo Diaper, but I'd also love another bumGenius (i have just one, and love it!) If I won, it'd be a hard choice of what to buy!! Thanks!

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  110. I would buy Easy Fit by Tots Bots
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  123. I would use it on either a Thirsties duo diaper or BG Elemental.

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