Generally, I avoid calling out specific sites. Yes, there are stores out there that I love and will flog to anyone who will listen… but I’ve only come across two cloth diaper stores that are so darned gross that I never want anyone to shop with them. Ever. The first was Shop Diaper. Lindsay of Maman Loup’s Den did a wonderful post explaining what’s so awful about them. So did The Anti-June Cleaver (and her readers’ comments). They did it so well that there was no need to reinvent the wheel; they said it all. Today, I learned about a new gross place. They are ClothDiaper.Us.Com. I won’t link them because I don’t want anyone to click to them from my site.
This morning, I was perusing eBay. Sometimes I go through to see if there are any hard to find cloth diapers on eBay. Maybe it’s something that I’m looking for (like an AMP Very Cherry) or it’s something I already have and I’m curious what I could realistically sell it for when the time comes. Or, you know, maybe it’s just because I’m cloth diaper obsessed and have too much time on my hands. Whatever.
Without fail, I see people post frequently about wanting to start cloth diapers, but not being able to afford the “expensive brands” like bumGenius. (Bonus points for seeing this come up on the Cotton Babies Flash Mob, where people are slightly rabid over their bumGenius diapers.) Sometimes people will recommend ways to get cloth diapers without paying retail price. Then there are the comments that make me cringe: I see people recommending China Cheapies.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not about snobbishness and elitism. I do have some China Cheapies in my stash. However, when I’m speaking with people who are new to cloth diapers, I don’t feel comfortable recommending China Cheapies at all. There are a few simple reasons for this. [Read more...]
I have been feeling a lot of love for WAHMs as of late. Of course, my diaper dealer, Kerri of Cozy Bums, is a WAHM. I’m also enjoying cloth diapers made by several WAHMs as of late: Diapers by Chris, Ella Bella Bum, and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply (among others). There’s one important thing about all of these ladies: They are ethical WAHMs.
One of the best things about ordering cloth diapers from ethical WAHMs is that you can often get custom diapers. In fact, Diapers by Chris and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply pretty much exclusively do custom cloth diapers in lieu of setting up a store with weekly stockings. It’s pretty easy to get a unique, one of a kind diaper made to your specifications from them. It takes longer, of course, than ordering a ready made diaper from a weekly stalking, but that’s one of the trade offs of getting a completely custom diaper.
Ethical WAHMs take great pride in their work and building their fan base. [Read more...]
Cloth diaper co-ops. It’s a topic that’s been coming up lately. It’s been popping up here and there for years, but recently I’ve seen posts from Jennifer Labit on her personal blog and from Bummis on Facebook. I’m sure cloth diaper co-ops have popped up in other places over the last couple of months, but those two have been the ones that immediately registered with me.
I’m not going to come right out and oppose cloth diaper co-ops. The simple fact of the matter is that there are a wide variety of them and they are run by different people with different methods for different reasons. Really. How ethical a co-op is or is not depends entirely on who is running it.
But let’s look at the basic criticisms of cloth diaper co-ops. [Read more...]
Today’s cute fluffy bum features my Eudora, all dressed up for Halloween! She’s wearing a shirt from The Children’s Place, a pair of leggings from Judanzy, and a Sunbaby diaper. While I’m not generally one for China Cheapies, a cute little Halloween diaper that will only be worn for the month of October is certainly suitable!
It’s been all over the cloth diaper world: Jenn Labit of Cotton Babies (maker of BumGenius, Flip, and Econobum) is determined to protect her company’s patents. Some cloth diaper makers have decided that they will not sit back and allow their designs to be stolen while other companies take in the profit. Tereson Dupuy of FuzziBunz has been fighting this battle for years.
I’ve seen some comments floating around due to these cloth diaper makers’ refusal to have others take credit for their work. [Read more...]