Sponsor Spotlight!

I am proud to announce the Babycakes Crunchy Momma sponsors for the Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop! The Little Bee Co., Maple Hill Dryer Balls and Charlie Banana will all be taking part to offer you an AWESOME prize package worth…. $72!

I will be posting reviews of the offered prizes in the near future. I would like to say THANK YOU to my very generous sponsors and I can’t wait to get started on this event!

Win some Fluff!!

Have you seen Thisties new print? Here’s where you can try to win one of your own:

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

Here’s a list of other great Cloth Diaper Related Giveaways!

$100 Nicki’s Diapers Giftcard

Thirsties Duo Wrap, Geffen Baby Hemp Prefold, Boingo Fasteners

Thirsties AIO, Thirsties Booty Love, Thirsties Booty Luster

Swaddlebees OS Simplex AIO

#tbt Cloth Diaper Style!

Babycakes Crunchy Momma

Babycakes Crunchy Momma

I’m not sure if I shared this on the blog or not, but it’s a picture of Babycakes in her very first cloth diaper. Look how cute she was in her size 1 Thirsties AIO! By the way, if you’re on the fence about sized diapers, she’ll be 1 soon and still fits comfortably in her size 1’s (third from largest setting). She also wears the smallest setting of size 2. Tiny baby melts my heart ❤

What was the first cloth diaper you put on your baby?

Fluff Mail!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love packages. I get excited every time, without fail. Even if it’s not something really special I still get excited. For example, I received a package yesterday of things normal people would not jump for joy over. Here’s what I got:

Fluff Mail! Where's the fluff?!

Fluff Mail! Where’s the fluff?!

Yep, I was excited for laundry detergent, a laundry scoop, laundry aid and diaper cream. Writing that out loud makes me feel a little silly. I was excited for a delivery of laundry care items. Boy have my priorities changed. Anywho I’m hoping the Rockin’ Green and RLR routine will conquer my hard water woes.

P.S. CJ’s BUTTer is the best invention in the world. We use it every night with her night-time diaper and she has never, ever, in her life had diaper rash. Not once.

Winning!

Kelly’s Closet #couponcodes #clothdiaper

Great news! If you’re in the market for new cloth diapers, accesories or natural products for mom or baby, Kelly’s Closet is running a few great coupons that you don’t want to miss out on! Choose to save on shipping or get a free one size diaper! Don’t forget, all orders over $49 qualify for free shipping without a coupon all the time. If you love fluff mail as much as I do, take advantage! Here’s the current coupon codes:

Click here to visit Kelly’s Closet

#clothdiaperproblems

I love cloth diapers. They’re cute, they’re (relatively) easy to use and they save us a lot of money. I would love to say that I love them all the time but as you can tell from my blog post title, they’re not completely headache free. However, minor mishaps are no reason to switch to disposables!

We’ve been using cloth diapers with Babycakes since last summer. And we’ve really only hit a few bumps in the road. The first major bump we hit is something I’m sure has happened to a few cloth diapering mamas out there. We accidently left a dryer sheet in our dryer when we threw the cloth diapers in for a spin. Not only did we do this, but we did it twice. Oops. and I mean Big Oops. Dryer sheets are wicked bad for cloth diapers. They leave a waxy buildup on your diapers that essentialy leaves a waterproof barrier. Not good since you want your diapers as absorbant as possible. That’s their job isn’t it?

So not only did we give our diapers a double dose of waxy dryer sheet gunk but we’ve got hard water. And I meand HARD. We have a water softener installed that filters all of the water that comes in from our well. (Yup, we’ve got well water too.) Even though we have a water softener installed, we’re still battling with hard water.

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Hard water evidence on fridge…

Hard water is such a pill but if I wasn’t cloth diapering, I wouldn’t care as much. If you cloth diaper and have hard water, you know that cloth diapers and hard water do not mix well. See the white in the above picture? It’s mineral deposits left after the water on the fridge water dispenser evaporated. That’s just from a couple little drops so can you imagine what’s covering my cloth diapers after every wash? We have a decent washing routine: rinse/spin, rinse/spin, rinse/no spin, hot wash with Country Save detergent, rinse/spin. It works for us but no amount of rinsing will get the mineral deposits out because each wash and spin cycle just exposes them to more water/minerals.

So what is one to do? I’ve been leary about trying the ‘striping’ methods that I’ve read about online. I have a front loader (that I don’t want to ruin) so many of the suggested ways (blue dawn, etc) are not going to work for us. Then a cloth diapering friend of mine suggested RLR Laundry Treatment. I had heard of it but I hadn’t really seen it used to help ‘strip’ cloth diapers from mineral deposits. Since I didn’t have anything to lose, I figured I’d give it a shot because my diapers really needed freshing up.

RLR

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RLR is chemical free and biodegradable. For a front load machine, I add half a package of RLR to a clean load of diapers. After my hot wash, I run a rinse/no spin cycle and then sprinkle the RLR right over the clean diapers and run a second hot wash without detergent. Then I rinse a few times to make sure all of the RLR is removed. That’s it! I do this once a month and it’s such an easy way to keep my diapers from getting dingy and stinky and keeps the mineral deposits at bay. I’m also going to be switching to Rockin Green Hard Rock.

Do you have hard water? If so, how do you conquere it?

Try some RLR today!