Contest For an Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapers

April 18, 2008

Cloth Diapers

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It’s contest time!

Post below in the comments why I should choose you to receive a free copy of The Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapers.

I will then choose a winner next Friday from the comments on this post. I am the only judge, you’re convincing me to pick you as the winner from your comment here alone.

Here’s a video to describe a little more about the prize…


About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at

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10 Responses to “Contest For an Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapers”

  1. NaturalCatholicMama Says:

    I was so excited to find your comment on my blog, lol! I was wondering how you found it, b/c yours is the first comment from someone I don’t know. If you wouldn’t mind shooting me an email to let me know, I’d love it!

    On topic – I don’t so much need the prize since I’m CD’ing and loving it (and sharing the love with hundreds of homeschool families I know), but I do love your blog! :)

  2. Vicky Carlson Says:

    My niece is having her first baby. I used cloth diapers with my first child but that was 29 years ago and there were not too many alteratives or encouragements. I’ve gone green for a very long time and would love to see my niece use cloth diapers but she has no knowledge of them at all. There are so many choices now. I want her to see how much better and wonderful they are. I wish that I had them when I had my babies. Plus I would like her to know how to use them and what to do and direct her to the right information. Thank you so much for the contest. :)

  3. Heidi Says:

    Great question, and great comments too!

    When my first was born we were given a diaper service because I said I wanted to cd. I was totally clueless about cding and couldn’t find any of the supplies I’d used from the service in regular stores. It didn’t even occur to me to check online.

    That was 6 years ago. Since then I’ve had 2 more kids and one more on the way. I began to think about cding again around the beginning of the year. When I googled cding the first website I found was explaining how to do it the way my mom did. Ugh! Hasn’t it gotten any better than that? I gave up for a while until my mother-in-law sent me a random email that she had recieved. It was from a company that she gets some of her health products from and one of the articles was talking about why disposables are so bad…not just environmentaly, but because of whats in them. I still wasn’t finding very good information out there and gave up for a while until the subject came up again with a good friend.

    The next day I plopped myself down at the computer, totally ignored my kids and read til my eyes dried up and fell out of my head = ) But this time I found some great information and learned that cding isn’t what it used to be. The day after that I ordered 6 bumgenius 3.0’s and have never looked back.

    Right about that time Autumn somehow found me and introduced me to her website. If it weren’t for all the information from this site I’d be spending way too much money and completely discouraged. I’ve only been doing this for about 2 months so still consider myself a novice. I’m learning that I don’t have to put all my eggs in one basket diaperwise and buying used saves me even more money.

    Not only do I have TONS to learn, I also have friends asking me lots of questions. I’m hoping to help others take the plunge and let them see that its not as bad as they think. Cloth diapers are no longer the inconvenience we thought and I’m excited to take this step. I feel a sense of accomplishment at doing something so many think of as out of date and difficult.

  4. Lori Mak Says:

    Bonnie, Thanks for reminding me about that website. I have been meaning to look into that. Did you know that the infants that are being adopted out of China are already potty trained before they are adopted out. They are trained to go to a whistle. I was not planning to be that extreme but I have my little potty chair all set up and waiting for the baby to be old enough. I was going to set up my own little routine. I had watched a news program that told me of the website you had mentioned and that there were plenty of successful moms doing it. Whatever helps I say. My friend decided not to continue with the whistle when she brought her little one home from China and is now using disposables. she is also no longer trained. What ashame. no diapers makes life so much easier!

    Tracy, let me give you a kis Keep It Simple. There is a lot of information out there to confuse you. That is why I am going to use All in ones. One of my friends uses just about any type of cloth diaper that is out there but some use diaper covers. some use special clasps and the list goes on. I like to convenience of disposable from experience with my friends children however I like the cloth thing. It is really what is for me. Like I said in the prior note it is all I know. However my husband is scarred enough of the Belly just what is he going to think when I hand him a pin and tell him to put it on the baby. He needs a lot of experience in that department and I do not want to discourage him in helping so I am now glad to see that there has been a great big change. Besides. I do not help my friend that reintroduced me to these new cloth diapers change her children because all of her diapers confuse me. What parts go where with which diapers. find a style that you think you will like and stick to it there are sites that will send you a sample pack of several type of diapers. Purchase that if you would like. try the different styles then make your purchase of the type you like. There are more than one brand of each type, so you may be able to get something a little cheaper by shopping around. Also have you heard of Diaper Liners. They are new to me, but I will try them basically it is a paper liner that you set on top of the diaper that lets the wet stuff go through and the solids sit on the top. So no more scraping the solids from the diaper. You either throw it out or flush it what ever you desire. I will throw mine out as I have my own septic and it takes much longer to decompose in private septic. I am excited to try that as I have received quite a few tongue lashings from my mom, for the few diapers that the toilet ate while I was trying to get the poo off.

    good luck with the diapers.

  5. Jenn Ruse Says:

    Wow! These Moms have really great reasons for needing the information in your prize! I have been CDing my second since January. It never even occurred to me with my oldest! The reason I would like to be chosen is different from the other Moms: I would like to be “armed” with correct information, because people ask a lot of questions about cloth when they figure out that that is “what” your baby is wearing! Also, I have just now begun to sew my own cloth diapers, but would really like to sell them, too. I have a lot of fun sewing, and it would be great if it could help w/some spending $$$ for me.
    The issues that I have had with CD is occasional rashes and MAJOR odor issues at times!!! I live on property with well water, so I know that affects my washing routine, but I am definitely having issues with getting things to come out clean and odor-free on a regular basis. My stash is a hodge-podge of contours w/covers, and pockets. I have yet to find anything that my ds is comfortable in or that I particularly like for night time, so we use ‘sposies.
    I chose to CD because I am CHEAP! That was my New Year’s resolution this year, but as I have learned more and more about it, I have changed a lot of other habits, too. Some of my friends who do not CD think I have lost it. I am particularly proud that my little baby has a “tiny” carbon footprint, and that at his very innocent age is making an impact on improving the earth.

  6. Cyndy Says:

    In the past month I have made the switch to cloth diapers full time. I have also moved from FL to TX. With my first, I used prefolds and covers, occassionally. She was such a wiggle baby and I had not found any other options it was scary to use pins and hard to get her diapered. With my second, she proved to be an mover as well. After months of thinking about it, and researching, I found a local diaper maker and took the plunge to full time AIO cloth diapering. We have had some pretty big bumps along the way and my 3yr old is not potty trained through the night yet. So she wanted “new diapers” too. Her disposables are leaking so I found some pocket one size diapers to try. They seem to fit her, but still have some leaking issues, not as bad as with disposables.

    I want this to work. My husband is in the Air Force, so as we move a lot and he is gone often, making this switch was part of me rediscovering who I really am, who I was and who I want to be. Making the switch has filled me with confidence, but I have been battling nights, smell, and even drying –but I think that might be due to the humidity in our area.

    Pick me, so I can continue to build my confidence and with confidence share my switch with my friends and show them how easy and smart it can be to cloth. I’m not giving up, but I am still searching. Thanks

  7. Tracy Roberts Says:

    I am IN NEED of this guide! I am pregnant with my second (and last) child, I also have a 6 year old. After hearing my pastor say that as Christians it is our responsibility to do our part in protecting this earth that God has given us, conviction hit me. I had heard that it takes over 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose but at the same time question where they come up with that number since disposables haven’t even been around that long. I’ve been doing a lot of research on cloth diapers which is how I found your site. I am truly confused with it all. I’ve looked at the price of several kinds of cloth diapers, covers, etc… and am confused at how these can actually be cheaper and just as convenient. I’ve read so many differences in opinions all over the web about cost savings, convenience, etc… that I’m confused and don’t know who or what to believe. At times I’ll get myself soo excited about cloth diapering and then it seems in the next breath I’ve given up with all the hassle and have decided to just use the disposables. I’m not due until Sept. so I have plenty of time to decide and any information would be helpful!

  8. Bonnie Rutel Says:

    Lori- have you heard of EC (elimination communication)? Based on what you have said, you may be very interested in it. Check out this link for ore info:
    EC is also know as “diaper free baby” but that does not mean you can’t use diapers. Best of luck with your new baby.

  9. Lori Mak Says:

    I am choosing to use cloth diapers because that is all I really know. My mother used cloth diapers on my brother when he was born, and I was old enough to to be a really good helper when he was born. He is 29 now. I am having my firs baby now. I really do not see how cloth ones are so bad except that there are not any diaper services around any more, and we had to wash the ones from my brother. You learn how to sinch them into the diapers so that they do not leak and so you do not pin them either. It is just like anything else you get that system down and quickly.

    I just realized that I did not like diapers at all and want my child potty trained as fast as possible. In looking back my brother was trained fairly fast, and my friends who used disposables trained much later. they also had kids that did not mind sitting in a wet diaper because their diapers felt dry, although they were actually quite wet. Which is true. That is how they advertise the diapers that the disposables keep your baby feeling dryer longer. I know that is not what I want. So I questioned disposable or cloth.

    In doing research regarding which type of diapers to use I have seen that cloth are actually almost as convenient as disposable. They have come a long way, and I want my child to be uncomfortable in a wet diaper. This will make them want to be changed and eventually learn to train easier. This works for me so I again will be staying with the cloth diapers. I have also seen in my research somewhere. I cannot recall where though. Prior to 1950 most babies were trained by the age of 18 months. Prior to the introduction of disposables. However when disposable were introduced they promised to keep your baby drier and happier longer. Thus allowing them to be children longer too because potty training was too stressful for children. They needed to stay as our babies longer. This was used as a marketing ploy to sell more diapers.

    I think my child will still stay as my baby even without diapers.

  10. Michelle Dawn Says:

    Wow! Considering I had my first baby just 11 days ago and we are using cloth diapers this would be perfect for me and my family! My husband has used flats in the past (with his older boys from his first marriage), but I have no experience with them. Neither of us have experience with any other types of cloth diapers. We bought prefolds and some homemade wool covers on ebay and we have a supply of fitted diapers we bought second hand in the next size up. Tips on using and washing cloth diapers, night time diapering and rashes would be very much appreciated right now!