Diapers by Chris – Falling into Fitteds Giveaway Hop!

fallingbuttonlgWelcome to the Falling into Fitted Diapers giveaway hop! Hosted by SAHM of Drama Queens & a Prince, Our Piece of Earth and Zephyr Hill. Each blog in the hop is offering up at least one fitted diaper or cover, so make sure you hop along and enter to win.

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The grand prize is valued at over $200 featuring a String Beans custom fitted, Momma Made fitted, Couture Fluff in-stock diaper of choice, Poppy Fields in-stock fitted diaper, Stuffin’ Fluff custom fitted, Red Barn Nifty Nappy fitted, Greendchild Creations snapless pocket fitted and Eco Baby Mama Drama is sponsoring a medium Bummis Super Snap in Rocket.

As for me, I’m featuring something else pretty darned awesome.  I’ve long been a fan of Diapers by Chris.  Chris, a WAHM cloth diaper maker out of Louisiana, was my first foray into WAHM diapers… and I’ve been a faithful shopper of her custom diapers ever since.  (In fact, at the time of this posting, I have four custom diapers on the way.  LOVE her diapers.)

Diapers by Chris Giveaway, US/Can, ends 9/29 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

I’ve been pleased to own a variety of DBC creations.  Check out the Diapers by Chris All-in-Two Review and the Diapers by Chris hybrid fitted review.

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Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Diapers by Chris

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Diapers by Chris (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum features my princess Eudora wearing her hybrid fitted diaper from Diapers by Chris!  She’s demonstrating her fierce couch climbing skills, and the squishy diaper is perfect for cushioning her little bottom when she falls.

You can get your own DBC on Facebook!

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Diapers by Chris

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Diapers by Chris #WAHM #clothdiaperToday’s cute fluffy bum features Eudora!  She’s modeling a custom made pocket diaper from Diapers by Chris.

How to get your own DBC: contact her on Facebook!

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Diapers by Chris

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Diapers by Chris (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum features my Eudora!  She’s figuring out how to climb on that rocking horse in her Diapers by Chris all-in-two yoke style hybrid with a Flip stay dry insert.  I have to say that as gorgeous as this print is in the picture, it doesn’t begin to do it justice.  LOVE!

Diapers by Chris can be custom ordered from her Facebook page.

Where to buy Flip inserts: CozyBums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Diapers by Chris Hybrid Fitted Review

I’m pretty biased, but it just so happens that I think my prize is the best.  I’ve partnered up with Diapers by Chris to offer a hybrid fitted diaper!  Until recently, I did not understand the hype around a hybrid fitted diaper.  It’s not waterproof… so how on earth could I let my Eudora run around the house without a cover?  And what’s the point of having a beautiful diaper if you just have to cover it up anyway? [Read more…]

WAHM Diapers, the Craze, and the Purpose

Yesterday, I wrote about the darker aspects of the WAHM diapers craze.  Regardless of how awesome the women who make these diapers often are, there’s no denying the darker side.  But why are people in such a frenzy over some of these WAHM diapers?

WAHM Diapers Are Cute

WAHM Diapers, the Craze, and the Purpose (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora modeling a hybrid fitted by After Midnights.

Some WAHM diapers out there are breathtakingly beautiful.  I’m absolutely in love with my custom from Diapers by Chris.  I’ve recently gotten myself a few Ella Bella Bum diapers (without stalking).  The simple fact of the matter is that WAHM diapers can do some absolutely outrageous and gorgeous prints because of the scale in which they work.  WAHM diapers are usually made in a max of twenty of a particular print.  Usually, they’re in far less of a quantity than that.  Because they work in such a smaller scale than your major manufacturers like bumGenius and FuzziBunz, they have more freedom in what they make.  Their diapers can appeal on a smaller scale.  Because they work on smaller scales, they can also come up with new, innovative types of diaper making, such as hybrid fitteds and using Zorb.

WAHM Diapers Are Works of Art

Making cloth diapers is not so easy.  Making cloth diapers that are absolutely gorgeous and well-made is even harder.  The materials used are not cheap and the time put into making these works of art are absolutely worth it.  (For this reason and this reason alone I will never haggle a WAHM.  She’s charging for the materials she uses and her time spent making her pretty fluff.)  Art is a valuable commodity and should be treated as such.

WAHM Diapers Are Small Businesses

For ethical reasons, I’m a big fan of supporting small businesses.  A small business puts far more money back in a local economy than a big box store.  It’s a way of keeping your money in your area… or at least in your country.  Sure, they might cost more, but the simple fact of the matter is that there’s an increased cost in doing things on that smaller scale.

WAHM Diapers Are Often Ethical

WAHM diapers generally stick to safety standards.  After all, most moms make products that they themselves would have no problem with using on their own children.  That means that they’re made using quality products and are made fairly.

WAHM Diapers Hold Value

If you’ve got yourself a very popular brand of WAHM diaper in your stash, that diaper will most likely sell for as much used as it did when you bought it new.  They’re sought after for their cuteness as much as for their collectability.

The long and short of the matter is that WAHM diapers are, quite frankly, awesome.  As long as we stay awesome when we collect (and don’t fall prey to the dark side), it can be cute and fun fluffy goodness for everyone.

Do you have any favorite WAHM diapers?

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Diapers by Chris

IMG_8914Today’s cute fluffy bum is Eudora modeling our custom made Diapers by Chris pocket diaper!

 

Signs of a Cloth Diaper Addict

For quite some time now, I’ve been the cloth diaper addict of my local community.  It’s kind of a running joke, but it’s all good.  I’ve embraced the label of cloth diaper addict… hence this website.

You might be a cloth diaper addict if:

1.) If your kids don’t wear pants because it hides the fluff.

Why on earth would I ever want to put pants on my babies?  They have such adorable diapers.  I love my paisley Diapers by Chris diaper.  The Blueberry Butterflies diaper is also gorgeous.  And on Norton, we had several combinations that I was just completely in love with.  Hiding that with plain old boring pants just seems like a crime.

2.) Your local cloth diaper store suggests that you don’t need to buy more diapers.

After a while, you build relationships with the people in your cloth diapering community.  They are not blind to community members.  They know who has become a cloth diaper addict and who is just a casual user.  After a while, your local store owner (and primary dealer) realizes that you’ve got so many diapers that she suggests that maybe, just maybe, it’s time to stop.  (And I’m eternally grateful to Kerri of CozyBums for not cutting me off!)
Signs of a Cloth Diaper Addict (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

3.) You buy outfits to match diapers and diapers to match outfits.

At one point, I thought everyone did this.  What’s the point of buying cute diapers if you’re going to put them with the most hideous combination possible?  It turns out, though, that most people don’t shop for coordination.  Sure, they pay attention, but they don’t run out and buy a new diaper because it goes with this adorable dress.  And they don’t run out to The Children’s Place for a new top because it looks beautiful with the BumGenius Lovelace.

4.) You sell diapers because you have nothing to match them.

When I bought my Blueberry diaper in the Bloom print, I was elated.  It’s a beautiful, gorgeous diaper.  It should be shown off as often as possible.  After six months, though, the diaper just wasn’t getting enough use because I didn’t have anything that really matched it like things should.

5.) Your local cloth diaper store calls you when she orders a line of product.

I think a lot of us who embrace the label of cloth diaper addict fall under what The Inquisitive Mom calls The Adventurous Collector.  I love to try everything.  I may not need to own every single pattern of every single diaper out there, but I do feel compelled to TRY ALL THE DIAPERS!!!  My local store knows that I love to experiment… so when new stuff comes in, I hear about it… even though she does freely tell me that I really don’t need to buy any more diapers.  (But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to buy any less.)  She also lets you know if something has been discontinued so that you can get it before it’s gone.

6.) Your local cloth diaper store asks you for suggestions.

When you’re all about experimenting and you chat with the local retailers, doesn’t it make sense to ask you what you like that they don’t have before they start carrying it?

7.) You have a cloth diaper blog.

There are over 150 articles about cloth diapers on this website.  Need I say more?

8.) You volunteer with a cloth diaper charity.

At first, my getting involved with Cloth for a Cause was a little thing.  You know, strip a load of diapers here, write a blog post there.  Now I’m the President of the Prince George chapter, I do the web stuff, I do the social media stuff, and I help with fundraising stuff.  On some level, it’s because I know that I will eventually have no babies in fluff… so I’ll need to get my fluffy love out somehow.  Converting each new recipient to a cloth diaper addict over time will have to do.

9.) You get sent product to review.

You’re a known experimentalist, so when a WAHM that you’ve checked out in the past sends you things to review so that you can blog about it (and possibly do a giveaway), you just might be a cloth diaper addict.

10.) You ask to borrow babies for diapering.

Recently, I put out a notice on my local cloth diapering community that I wanted to borrow babies for fluff sessions.  Eudora is my last child, and there are lots of new babies on the way in my local community.  The amazing part is that no one thought it was odd that I wanted to borrow their babies’ bums.

What are some other signs of being a cloth diaper addict?

I’m a WAHM Cloth Diaper Fan (Thanks to Diapers by Chris)

I'm a WAHM Cloth Diaper Fan, Thanks to Diapers by Chris (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s going to be a diaper!

Until I got my WAHM cloth diaper from Diapers by Chris, I’d never tried a WAHM cloth diaper.  Sure, there were some cute things, but I was afraid.  A WAHM cloth diaper can be expensive.  I would be taking a chance on getting ripped off.  I was uncertain about warranties and quality control.  And I had to make sure that it was a true WAHM cloth diaper shop, not a shop that claimed to sell WAHM diapers but were actually rebranded China cheapies at a 400% mark up.

Really, it’s a lot of the same debate that I had any time I considered buying cloth diapers from anywhere but my local diaper shop.  (Usually, that struggle involves feelings of infidelity, debating on if I want to go ahead and buy enough to qualify for free shipping, and some variations of worries about customer service.)

At the same time, though, I’d seen some absolutely gorgeous WAHM diapers on Etsy and such.

Thanks to Diapers by Chris, I’ve decided to be bold and give more WAHM diaper companies a chance.  In particular, I was for a pink paisley fabric that is similar to the pattern on the Purple Paisley Sunbaby diaper.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I need a pink paisley homemade diaper.  A pink crushed panne interior and petal inserts topped with cotton velour sounds really, really appealing…  And it absolutely must have PUL, whether it’s hidden or a PUL print because I don’t want to cover up anything that beautiful.

And what’s awesome is I gave Chris some vague idea of what I wanted, and she’s found something that’s beautiful.  I will have my beautiful pink paisley diaper, and I can’t wait!

Have you ever used WAHM diapers before?  What was your experience like?

Diapers by Chris – #FluffyXmas Spotlight

Diapers by Chris is a small WAHM business.  Chris started out making diapers for her daughter, but so many people loved her creations that she started making them for others as well.  While I’ve become addicted to collecting cloth diapers, Chris has the more functional and practical addiction to making them.  She sent me this beautiful skull cloth diaper to try out. [Read more…]