Ask your grandma about raising children back in her day and she will most likely bring up the cloth diaper. Of course, back then, this was the norm and having to clean diapers and pin and unpin them to babies all day long, was the only option. Many women can't imagine having to "dump" diapers and clean something someone had soiled all of the time. The sad thing is that many women don't take the time to research costs, effects and what it is really like to use cloth diapers. So what are some of the top reasons to even try cloth diapers?
We hope your day has started off as amazing as ours. With each Thanksgiving we, as a family owned and operated business, are reminded of just how much we have to be thankful for.
We're thankful for friends, family and (Read more...)
It's that time of year again, time for the 2013 Diaper Awards hosted by Padded Tush Stats!
Each year nominations are made based upon PTS Survey results, fan feedback and reviews.
I am ROYALLY speculating of course, but that can be SO fun!
Can you even imagine the Royal Baby Registry? Let's dream a little together shall we?
It's Father's Day and we just wanted to take a moment to really share with you just how much we appreciate our own dads and hope you're taking today to enjoy the dear men in your lives.
Family is of utmost importance to us here at Diaper Junction and...(Read more)
Here at Diaper Junction the military means so much to us. Not only are Bryana and Robin, Diaper Junction's owners military daughters, they're married to men in the Armed Forces as well.
Situated in Virginia Beach, an area highly populated with Navy and Military families, (Read more...)
Happy Mother's Day to you from everyone here at DiaperJunction.com!
We wish you the most love filled day you can imagine. Whether it's just a day like any other for you, filled with mundane chores and daily routines, or a day filled with Mother's Day activities, know that you've been blessed with one of the most important jobs on earth. (read more)
On April 20, 2013 here at Diaper Junction in Virginia Beach we attempted for the 3rd year in the row to set help set a new Guinness World Record for most cloth diaper changes worldwide and we of course planned to break our own record from the previous year.
Our GCDC 2013 event was a huge success thanks to our wonderful vendors, volunteers and attendees. This post it for you!
Remember the TOP Flight Award Contest from Monarch Bank? We were one of three semi-finalists and voting ended April 30th.
Well guess what? We won the Grand Prize! A $75,000 business prize package! (read more)
This Saturday join us in Virginia Beach at Diaper Junction as we commit to changing diapers in an attempt to set yet another Guinness World Record!
April 20, 2013 is the 3rd Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change!
We're a semi-finalist in Monarch Bank's Top Flight Contest. The prize pack is valued at $50,000 and would mean so much to us.
For more details and to learn how you can easily vote for us please read this post.
It's that time again! Time for vote for your favorite local store or business in a variety of categories.
This year we're nominated again for Best Children's Specialty/Toy Store and we need your help to win!
All it takes is a TEXT MESSAGE to vote!
This week's FYSF features Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers so we're going to focus on Fuzzi Bunz in this week's Second Look Saturday post.
Heard of Fuzzi Bunz? Want to learn more about them and the company behind them? Then keep reading!
You asked and we listened!
We've just made some of the most exciting changes to our Stash Cash Rewards Program. You will love the updates! Read all about the changes in this blog post!
Diaper Junction is asking you to participate in the Real Diaper Association Great Cloth Diaper Survey.
Why is this important? The RDA is out there making the world a more cloth-diaper friendly place!
Click here and spend 15-20 minutes to be part of the the most comprehensive view yet of cloth diapering practices.
The Cloth Diaper Blog is getting an editorial facelift and we are stepping outside the diaper pail to bring you new topics and fresh content! Feel free to comment about our new approach and let us know if there is a topic that you would like to see.
Did you know that the Cloth Diaper Blog is one of the original cloth diaper blogs on the web?
Read this post about why you should follow Diaper Junction's Cloth Diaper Blog for great information about cloth diapers and more
What do sharks and cloth diapers have in common?
They'll both be on television Sept 28th! Read today's blog post for details on this exciting news!
Will you be tuning in? We sure will!
The Real Diaper Association needs your help! Participate in the 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey.
The 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey is for cloth diapering families only, plus there's an incentive for participating. Take the survey today!
Planetwise is having a HUGE Sweepstakes on their Facebook Page and we want you to enter!
Not only are there a lot of chances for YOU to win, but WE can win too! Vote for Diaper Junction as your favorite Planetwise retailer!
Did you know that in April of 2012 Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of the modern cloth diaper, aka the pocket diaper, and founder of Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers announced that through her company she's raised over $13,000 for Autism Speaks?
Her "Light It Up Blue" Campaign has been a huge success. Cloth diaper enthusiasts and retailers everywhere have all had a hand in helping raise the funds by both buying and selling the Light It Up Blue Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers.
Prove to the world that cloth diapering is easy, accessible and affordable by participating in the Flats Challenge!
Cloth diapers, particularly modern cloth diapers, are often thought of as expensive and requiring the use of laundry facilities. Low income families frequently won't even entertain the idea of using it because of limited income and washing access.
The truth is, cloth diapers can be inexpensive and washed by hand. Anyone can and should use them, take the Flats Challenge and help prove it to the world!
That's it! We wrapped up our 2nd Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change, Virginia Beach location, on April 21st! In just moments we broke our own personal record.
The local support was awesome, sponsors and local vendors were super generous, and a great time was had by all.
Will you be joining us? Here in Virginia Beach we're ready to break a Guinness World Record and have a blast while doing it!
Not only will we be blowing last years numbers out of the water, we'll be raffling off prizes, we have a ton of sponsors and we'll have a special sale too!
It's Real Diaper week and we're celebrating!
Real Diaper Week is April 16-21st and focuses on Advocacy and Education. Here at DiaperJunction we advocate year round, but we still love going the extra mile for Real Diaper Week. So how can you make your week a Real Diaper Week?
Real Diaper Week is April 16-21st and we're celebrating with a Photo Fundraiser to benefit the RDA!
From April 15-30th you can upload a photo to our RDA Photo Fundraiser Contest on Facebook and we'll donate .50¢ for every photo to the Real Diaper Association up to $500 total!
Funk Rock is here! We are pleased to announce that the newest product from Rockin' Green, one of the top cloth diaper laundry detergents, is now in our store and available to order. If you have had trouble with diaper stinks that just won't go away no matter how many times you wash, give this product a try.
Take the Flats and Handwashing Challenge to help prove that cloth diapering can be easy, economical and can even be a viable option for those with little electricity or resources.
Did you know Diaper Junction is a Directory member at Diaperpin? Diaperpin is a popular resource for existing cloth diapering families and for those interested in getting started with cloth diapers.
We know that you’re out there, shopping til you drop, addicted to cloth diapers and their ever so cute accessories. We also know that chances are you’re not leaving feedback for each transaction and probably not reviews for each of the products you own or have tried.
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If you are interested in cloth diapering your baby, you may run into a minor problem with the process. You can’t usually find cloth diapers at your local general store, and if you can, there are not many options. But, if you go to a specialty diaper shop that sells baby goods, then you will be able to find the cloth diapers and accessories you need.
If you are considering cloth diapering for your baby, you probably already know about all of the advantages of this process. It is more affordable and much less wasteful. Not to mention, you are doing a great thing for your baby’s skin as well because cotton is very easy on the baby’s skin. Cloth diapers are much easier to use than ever before due to developments.
We just found out yesterday that our friend Tereson Dupuy, inventor and Head Mom over at FuzziBunz, was asked to appear on CBS's Eye on Parenting video segment to talk about cloth diapers. If you've followed the blog, and others in the cloth diapering community, you know that Natali Morris famously took a month to try her hand at using cloth (we talked about that here, and her husband's take on it here).
If you have been following Natali Morris's adventures in cloth diapering,which she has pledged to do for 30 days after the, ah, encouragement of some cloth moms, you may not realize her husband has a video podcast on parenting as well, looking at things from Dad's point of view. We only recently discovered it ourselves. Looking at Episode 14 of Daddy on Board, though, it seems the dads aren't taking cloth as seriously.
I'll tell you right now, Carrie and Samantha and those other gals can
keep their Fashion Week in NYC...for the mom who's looking for something
that truly speaks to style, the latest designs from the major cloth diaper companies are really creating a buzz!
Have you seen the brilliant, bold designs offered by bumGenius! and Chelsea Perry for their Tiny Socialite Collection? We've had a look and think they are absolutely gorgeous. The prints are wild and colorful, and word around the office is that they look perfect for boys and girls to wear. We've discussed on the blog before about gender issues with cloth diapers, with some public opinion wishing for more "masculine" designs, but here we think bumGenius has a good handle on cloth diaper fashion. Right now, we're starting a wait list for the one-size and the elemental cloth diapers, so be sure to stop by and add your name so we can let you know when they're ready to order.
Ah, the good old days...seems every generation has an amazing story to tell about how their own personal ingenuity and perseverance helped make life a bit more pleasant, even in times of adversity. We may roll our eyes when our elders play the "I used to walk in a blizzard, up a hill, both ways to school" card, though lately the old days of hardship are probably more defined by memories of using (gasp!) dial-up Internet and rotary phones.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette posted a nice article on green living, which features the use of cloth diapers. We're especially happy to see this passage which refers to mom Deana Snyder's use of cloth:
As if we didn't need another reason to like Matt Damon, some recent surfing around the Internet revealed to us a nice plug for cloth diapers on the Celebrity Baby blog hosted by People Magazine. As it turns out, Damon and wife Luciana are avid cloth diaper parents, with GroVia named as a favorite brand. With a third child on the way this fall, it's our hope this lovely couple will continue green parenting and setting a great example for their kids.
Beginning in 1960, and continuing to present day, a high-tech, top secret, expensive, yet lucrative, war has waged daily over the most innocent bystanders on the planet - babies.
Disposable diapers are a 7 billion dollar market, complete with extensive diaper labs and development centers, scientists, chemical engineers, seamstresses, and thousands of testers. Makes the cloth diaper industry seem a bit of an underdog, doesn't it? Gotta love the underdog.
There is a resurgence of cloth diaper services popping up all over the United States; I like to think of it as the cloth diaper revival.
While many moms and pops have cloth diapered for years, and couldn't fathom using disposable products on their precious babies' bums, there are always the "newbies" - bravely going where, they feel, no (wo)man has gone before.
The Real Diaper Association NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Real Diaper Association sent out a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT to read out to its members and email list with an important request. The RDA (Real Diaper Association) continues to grow, organize and play a leading role in the cloth diaper movement.
Cloth diaper advocates are excited to see an increase in celebrity Moms vocalizing their choice to cloth diaper their babies. We've written before about the Celebrity Moms Choosing Happy Heiny's. Linda Byerline, the designer and manufacturer of the line of Happy Heiny's cloth diapering products says:
CANADIAN TOWN OFFERS CASH INCENTIVES TO NOT USE DISPOSABLE DIAPERS!
Here in the U.S. we need to follow the lead of Vaudreuil-Dorion, an off-island town offering cash incentives to families willing to buy non-disposable diapers! And if you think people can't be bribed to consider cloth diapers, think again!
Happy Heiny's One Size Diapers have become the "Go-To" reusable cloth diaper option for many celebrity moms. One of the largest manufacturers of modern, reusable cloth diapers, Happy Heiny's is proud to spread the word that cloth diapering is JUST AS EASY as using disposable diapers--and better for baby's health and the environment.
Jennifer Crossley, staff writer for the TimesDaily.com published an interesting article, Green bottoms up: Many parents returning to cloth diapers, last Friday. In it she described how cloth diapers are "en vogue with snaps and Velcro and other added conveniences" and that "The diapers ride the green wave for families hoping to cut back on the amount of waste they produce."
It is always encouraging to hear about new and thriving cloth diaper services. Friday, Amanda Lucci, a StarNews Correspondent for the Wilmington Star News, featured Green Baby Diaper Service, owned by a mother-daughter team, Polly Buskirk and Liz Soffera.
Green Baby Diaper Service, based in Wilmington, NC, provides start-up instructions and resources for cloth diapering, as well as a delivery or drop-off cleaning service for those using cloth diapers. They service the surrounding counties of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender.
Nichole McLeod and Julie Adamson of Happy Nappy Diaper Service serving customers from North Vancouver to Chilliwack, are committed to cloth diapers; they think the government should be as well. These two entrepreneurs are lobbying the federal government to give a tax break for families using cloth diapers. The want this tax credit to include both families who use a cloth diaper service or those that wash them at home.
Guy Quenneville of the Northern News Service published an interesting article, Dirty Deeds offers Clean Agenda, about Elsbeth Fielding and her new cloth diaper service, Dirty Deeds Diaper Service. The business now a year old, Fielding supplies new mothers with cloth diapers on a weekly basis.
Wanting to cut down on waste this one woman show decided the landfills were already full enough - she simply did not want to keep adding more.
Bryana wrote me this morning to point me towards an interview with Tereson Dupuy, Inventor of Fuzzi Bunz over at the Sundance Channel's blog, Big Ideas For A Small Planet. If you can't view the video above, you can reach it at the direct link.
There has been quite a bit of New Year controversy surrounding regulations under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) set to go into effect February 10, 2009. Aimed at protecting children from lead-tainted products, the CPSIA, has missed the mark; the damage could be disastrous.
Every once in a while, in my search for the latest in cloth diaper news, I come across an interview or write-up that smacks of biased journalism.
When Dani Tobey, owner of babycottonbottoms.com in Colorado Springs, CO, gave an interview to her local paper, I can imagine she had high hopes for a fair representation of her start-up business.
Diaper Junction's Cloth Diaper Blog makes the Best Green Baby Guide list of blogs. Woot!
Jenn Labit of Cottonbabies.com makes the news for her success with the Cottonbabies BumGenius brand of cloth diapers and accessories.
As I've stated here at CDB more than once, disposable diapers are for single use only, but wait! Maybe, I'm wrong. And if so, I've got to hand it to Luciana Piciacchia, vice-president of Quebec operations for the global engineering giant AMEC PLC. Why? You ask. Because Piciacchia is overseeing the design of a plant in Quebec that intends to churn up the 3.6 million tons of diaper waste accumulated in the last 3 1/2 decades, and subsequent decades, and make it into synthetic diesel fuel.
Of course babies can be diaper free - just take off their diaper! Yea, and then see what mess ensues. Unless, that is, you adopt the techniques used by those teaching Elimination Communication.
Elimination Communication, also referred to as Infant Potty Training, is steadily picking up speed in the United States as another alternative to dealing with baby's waste.
Faye Butler is not the only momma that has said something like this:
"My impression of cloth diapers was always a faint memory of plain white flat cotton cloths and hot vinyl Gerber pants,"
In the last several years, we have heard those words over and over from mothers, fathers, and guardians who have stumbled upon our online cloth diaper store.
This morning I read a very honest article, Confessions of a Cloth-Diapering Failure. Part of the business of promoting and selling cloth diapers, of course, is troubleshooting with customers when their cloth diapering experience doesn't measure up to their initial expectations.
In one of my posts back in March I asked the question, "Are you trading trash for your personal convenience?" I wrote:
"There are battles after battles for where to place the newest landfills. No one wants them in their backyard - who can blame them - but it doesnt stop their usage of them. I take issue with that. If you are a mass contributor to the mess - then at least carry the responsibility."
We talk a lot about cloth diapering here ... *der* we are a cloth diapering blog, however, we are also strong advocates of many other natural family living choices. And by family, we mean everyone in the family. Making more natural living choices means getting everyone on board. It IS a family's business to be about the work of making more earth-friendly, healthy choices.
alt="Group rubbishes nappy habits." />I'm a visual learner and so I had to smile when I came across this trashy display of disposable diapers.
The Real Diaper Association does it right in so many ways. The mission is basic, "to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers". And in the last few years, they have done just that.
...with names like these?
We often get mothers' perspective on cloth diapering, but many times the dad's aren't supportive until the diapers enter their homes and they can see firsthand how easy cloth diapers can be.
"The environmental movement has finally begun to have an impact on a very different kind of movement.
Although disposables still dominate, diapers have changed. New parents enjoy a wider range of options as they try to balance environmental impacts with other considerations such as cost, convenience and their baby's comfort. "Greener" diapers benefit all of us. In 2005, more than 54 million pounds of disposable diapers were buried in King County's Cedar Hills Landfill. That's nearly 3 percent of all waste — one of the largest percentages for any single type of product."
"Before we made our decision to use cloth diapers instead of disposables, we talked to a lot of other couples and researched the topic.
My mother always used cloth diapers, and as the oldest of six children, I’m used to changing cloth diapers and I know how to wash them. My husband said he’s more than willing to try, as he doesn’t know the difference between the two.
"Not on herself, of course. Though that would be kinky. Celebrity Baby Blog is reporting that Maggie Gyllenhaal, sister of her equally famous brother Jake Gyllenhaal, is using organic cloth diapers for her new babe, Ramona.
"Once a month, parents interested in what are called holistic parenting lifestyles -- back-to-natural things from organic foods to cloth diapers
-- meet in the room in the basement of the Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library.
Suzan Walter, president of the American Holistic Health Association, says the concept of holism has been around for centuries but fell out of favor in Western societies during the first half of the 20th Century, when advances in diagnosing disease and using medication as treatments created a dramatic shift in the concept of health."
Nanaimo company seeks provincial help and money to establish a system to divert soiled diapers from the Island’s landfills. Initial figures suggest that the cost of recycling used disposable diapers would be $50 to $75 per year for a client with a single infant.