The Essentials of Hand-Me-Down Kids Clothes

By Julie Siewert

The Essentials of Hand-Me-Down Kids Clothes
Hand-me-down kids clothing can be a huge blessing to a family. Free clothes? You won’t hear me complaining about that! With a little knowledge and forethought, it can be an easy way for you to save a whole bunch of money. But with poor planning, all those clothes can be a burden.
      
Turning the clothes around and passing them on to another child can give you all the feels, and (if you do it right) can bless another family, too!
         
I have been SO fortunate to receive hand-me-down wardrobes for both of my kids. I have also been able to turn around and pass those clothes onto other kids as well. So I have the experience of both sides, and I have finally figured out the best system to make it work!
Hand me down kids clothes totes pile       
             
The giver:
There’s some obvious things you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re storing your clothing to pass on to another child. Clothes need to be clean. Duh! I treat stains as I see them, but I don’t stress if a wearable piece of clothing has a stain on it. Let the next mom decide what to do with it! If she REALLY can’t stand clothing that is stained…she won’t use that piece of clothing. Same with torn out knees (ahem, little boys!) in play clothes. I can throw a patch on, or the next mom can.
    
Buy those plastic totes in bulk! Seriously, when they go on sale, buy a bunch! The very best and easiest way to store clothes is in plastic totes with the lids. They stay clean, dry and safe for the next family!
       
Sort clothes into totes by size. Just a common courtesy, keep sizes together so they’re easier to find on the other side. Pro tip: I keep a tote in each of my kids’ rooms and put clothes away as I find they no longer fit. Once it’s full, it’s off to storage and the next tote comes out!
          
Label the totes with the size(s). Another ‘goes without saying’ point, but if you don’t label the tote with what size it is, the next mom will have to guess!
         
It is totally ok not to pass everything down to the next child. You have a favorite piece you just can’t part with? Keep it! You want to sell that expensive dress that your child only wore once? Go for it! You want to save a few gender neutral items just in case you have another kid? You’ve got my blessing. You owe no explanation when you’re gifting something to someone else.
        
Laundry basket of baby kids clothes        
         
The receiver:
You will need to wash everything before you use it. It will likely smell from storage (depending on how long it’s been stored) or smell like THEIR fabric softener, and you’ll want to ensure it is REALLY clean for your kid. Treat any stains you find now, and mend anything that needs mending.
         
Inventory what you received! You might find that you have 15 onesies, 12 pants and 1 pair of shorts in this size. Or you’re missing a heavy winter jacket. The clothing you receive likely won’t be a full and complete wardrobe for your child, and you’ll need to fill in those gaps yourself. If you know what you already have, it makes shopping easier.
      
Look ahead in sizes. Clothes don’t always get outgrown at the same rate. There may likely be a 3T swimsuit in with the 4T clothes, because that’s when she outgrew it. If you don’t look ahead into that 4T bin, you wouldn’t know you have it. I tend to go through clothes as I receive them (or at least 1 size ahead) to pull out what will fit now/sooner.
        
Clothes will run small. This is the nature of hand-me-down clothing. Plan for it! I assume that my child will be wearing one size up from their “brand new” size in used clothing due to shrinking.
        
Here’s your head’s up, there are a few items that might not get handed down. Some parents don’t hand down shoes or don’t want to accept worn shoes. Shoes are a personal preference item. My son wore through almost all his shoes in the time it took his feet to grow, so some boys might not get those passed on. But I’ve got bags of girly shoes for my daughter…
Underwear is another one of those items. Some people cringe, others wear them without question. 
        
Hand Me Down Baby Kids Clothes        
        
My oldest picked up a fantastic saying in kindergarten, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”. This is applicable to hand-me-down clothing. I just knew my sister had a beautiful (insert whatever coveted item here) and why am I not seeing it among these hand-me-down clothes?! And WHY isn’t my nephew wearing that adorable sweater that my kid had at his age?! “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”. Not all clothing will get passed down, and not all clothing will get worn. Deal with it. ;)
       
Personally, I pull out all gender neutral clothing and that gets sent on to the next oldest child, regardless of gender. All those white onesies, Packer jerseys and black snowpants are getting double the wear, so you won’t find them in my clothes bins.
         
And there you have it! The best information I can offer you about hand-me-down baby/kids clothing. Saving everyone time and money, and conserving natural resources to boot! Now, help a mama out and share this with a friend!
     

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Huggies

By Julie Siewert

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Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Huggies

With gazillions of different diaper brands out there, it’s hard to know which ones to buy for your baby. By doing your research and comparing the brands, you can narrow down the list of diapers you’d like to try. Here I’ve compiled the available information about Huggies Diapers in one convenient post for you.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Huggies diapers.

 

*Disclamer: This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Huggies® brand. I'm just a mama who knows how to use her keyboard to find information. Any mistakes or inaccuracies in this post are my own, and I will gladly correct them with the right information, once I know about it. To find further information about Huggies diapers, visit their website at www.huggies.com.

 

We'll start with my completely subjective thoughts about Huggies diapers:
Huggies diapers are plush and absorbent. They won’t be called “trim” diapers. Little Snugglers and Little Movers are Huggies’ premium line, while their Snug & Dry is their “budget” line diaper. And comparing them side-by-side, it’s obvious. They look and feel different, but all do their main duty. Huggies is fragrance free diaper.

Huggies used to make a Pure & Natural diaper made with some organic cotton. This diaper was discontinued in 2015.

Pull-Ups are currently made for either Girls or Boys. Their styles have the same features, but different designs and more targeted absorbency depending on gender.

 

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Huggies Diapers

 

Here's the basics:         
Huggies brand diapers are manufactured by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin. Huggies diapers are manufactured in the USA at plants in Beech Island, South Carolina, Ogden, Utah and Paris, Texas. Huggies were first marketed to the public in 1978 to replace the Kimbies brand. Huggies website is www.huggies.com.

          
What is actually in a Huggies diaper? What are Huggies diapers made from?
“The inside absorbent padding on Huggies® diapers is made of a fluffy, paperlike material called wood cellulose fiber and a super-absorbent material called polyacrylate. Other materials used include polypropylene, polyester, and polyethylene -- all synthetic materials designed to enhance the fit of the diaper and help stop leaks. The elastic strands in all Huggies diapers are made of synthetic rubber for a snug but gentle fit for baby.”
“The fluffy, absorbent fibers used in United States Huggies diapers are made from wood pulp sourced from suppliers who practice sustainable forest management.”

Source: Huggies website.

             

Huggies makes many versions of their diapers including; Huggies Little Snugglers, Huggies Little Snugglers Plus (available at Costco), Huggies Little Movers, Huggies Little Movers Plus (available at Costco), Huggies Little Movers Diaper Pants, Huggies OverNights, Huggies Snug & Dry, Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swimpants, Huggies Pull-Ups for Boys and Huggies Pull-Ups for Girls.

 

 Huggies sizing:

Preemie

1-5 pounds

Newborn

6-9 pounds

Size 1

8-14 pounds

Size 2

12-18 pounds

Size 3

16-28 pounds

Size 4

22-37 pounds

Size 5

>27 pounds

Size 6

>35 pounds

2T/3T 18-34 pounds
3T/4T 32-40 pounds
4T/5T 38-50 pounds

 

Each different Huggies brand has different features, while some of the basics stay the same. All diapers fit babies. Some of them have a "great fit" and some have a "contoured fit", overall that means little when comparing them. I'm including the differences that are really differences and the features that mean something to parents.

 Little Snugglers

Wetness indicator

Umbilical cord cutout (preemie and newborn sizes)

"Improved" pocketed waistband

Fragrance Free

Hypoallergenic

Sizes Preemie-size 5

Little Snugglers Plus

(available only at Costco)

Wetness indicator

Pocketed waistband

Sizes 1 and 2 only

Snug & Dry

Four layers of protection

Leak Lock

Sizes Newborn-size 6

Little Movers

Leak Lock

Double grip strips

Sizes 3-6

Little Movers Plus

(available only at Costco)

Leak Lock

Double grip strips

Sizes 3-6

Little Movers Diaper Pants

(formerly called Slip-On's)

Leak Lock

Stretchy sides

Pull on/pull off design 

Sizes 3-6

OverNites

SnugFit waistband

Money back guarantee if your child wakes up from a leak

Sizes 3-6

Pull-Ups Learning

Designs Training Pants

Underwear-like design

Designs fade when wet to promote learning

Sizes 2T/3T to 4T/5T

Pull-Ups Cool & Learn

Training Pants

Underwear-like design

Cooling sensation helps you teach when wet

Sizes 2T/3T to 4T/5T

Pull-Ups Nite*Time

Training Pants

Huggies most absorbent pant

Underwear-like design

Designs fade when wet to promote learning

Sizes 2T/3T and 3T/4T

 

Just for giggles...some common misspellings for Huggies are Huggie, Huggie's, Huggo, Buggies and Huggy. 😂😂😂😂

And there you have it. Everything you ever wanted to know about Huggies diapers.

        

Mommy Mainstream Diaper Sampler Package

Try a variety of diaper brands side by side to find the perfect diaper for your baby. The Mommy Mainstream Diaper Sampler Package has 6 brands of diapers including Huggies, Pampers and Luvs.


Diaper Dabbler carries 3-pack samples of Huggies Little Snugglers Newborn and size 1, Huggies Snug & Dry size 1 and Huggies Little Movers size 3. Diaper Dabbler also carries one sampler package that includes a sample pack of each size Huggies diaper.

 

Custom Diaper Sample Package Newborn size Custom Diaper Sample Package Size 1 Custom Diaper Sample Package size 3

            
Looking for more information on all the brands? Check out our Diaper Brand Research & Information page, and look (subscribe) for future Diaper Brand Spotlight series posts!

 

How to Stockpile Diapers - Tricks of the Trade and Traps to Avoid

By Julie Siewert

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How to Stockpile Diapers - Tricks of the Trade and Traps to Avoid

How would you like to pay pennies on the dollar for the diapers you know you’ll need once baby arrives? Sounds too good to be true? It can be. But there are some “tricks of the trade” that you can use to stockpile in advance of a new baby without the risk.

 

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Stockpile. What am I talking about? Basically, stockpiling is buying a whole bunch of something you know you’re going to need. Stockpiling is typically done when your product (diapers, for instance) are at their rock-bottom price. Basically, you’re paying less for your diapers, because you’re able to stock up on what you will need when they’re on sale.
   
If you’re buying diapers as your baby needs them, a box of diapers at Target costs (for example) $38.99, roughly $.18/diaper. But if you find them on sale, stacked with a coupon, cartwheel deal and a gift card with purchase, you can buy them for much, much less. Many people report buying diapers for less than $.09 each.
     
How to Stockpile Diapers Tricks of the Trade and Traps to Avoid
 
But there can be some pitfalls with stockpiling diapers which add to the cost in a sneaky way. Buying diapers you don’t need or can’t use is just throwing money out the window. Storing them safely and smartly will keep your stockpile in good working order. Adding up ALL the costs, and recouping some of your money on the backside can improve your bottom line as well. (Do you like these puns? They just keep coming!)
 
How do you know how many diapers to buy? Well, you don’t really. There is just no way to know how many times your baby is going to poop/pee/explode between birth and potty training (or when that’ll be!). A good resource to help you with your guess is howmanydiapers.com. They’ve got a handy FREE tool to help you estimate how many diapers you’ll need. But it will vary by your particular child, their weight, shape, and the diapers you choose.
 
Is it better to have too many or not enough? Since you’ll very likely have either too many or not enough diapers in each size, now is a good time to figure out what your plan is. When you’re stockpiling would you rather buy enough that you KNOW you’ll need and likely have to buy a few extras along the way? Or do you want to have more than enough to get you through to the next size and sell or donate the remainder? That’s a choice you’ll have to make for yourself, but it does affect your cost.
 
Mommy Mainstream Diaper Variety Package
 
What brand(s) of diapers should I stockpile? Does it matter? The age-old question; how am I going to know which brand of diapers is right for my baby? Do you know if your baby will get a rash from this one brand, or if a particular brand will not fit right and leak? This is my first major trick of the trade. Buy the diapers you want in the store. Go get your best deals, whatever they are. Then, do yourself a favor and buy a variety package of diaper samples to quickly and easily figure out which diaper brand works for your baby. Then you can take all those diapers you bought on sale and (if you need to) exchange brand for brand. Most stores like Target and Walmart have lenient diaper exchange policies PROVIDED THE DIAPERS ARE IN RESELLABLE CONDITION. If you open up each box and take a few out of each one to try, you might find you have a harder time getting the stores to take them back, because they can’t resell them!
 
I like to keep my receipts for these (not only because I like to look back at them and reminisce at the time I got diapers for $.06/diaper), but to return/exchange! Most stores don’t require it to exchange, but I’m an old Girl Scout, always prepared.
 
How do I get the best diaper deals? There’s some art and some science to finding the best price on diapers. Hardcore couponers will tell you that your best price per diaper will be buying in-store, with Target being the overwhelming choice for couponers. There are those, though, that contend the best price is at the drugstores (CVS in particular) due to their rebate or rewards programs.
I have also found really good deals on Amazon, but you’d need Amazon Family Prime (which is another $99 membership fee added to your total). 
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Your best prices will generally be had on name-brand diapers, because they often publish coupons that you can stack with sales and gift cards or rebates.
 
Diaper Stockpile Huggies
 
How do you know when to buy? There are websites (and empires) built on couponing. There are amazing and plentiful resources out there to help educate the masses and tell us where and when to buy what’s on sale. Tracie at Penny Pinchin’ Mom puts out a fantastic Diaper Deals roundup each week. The Krazy Coupon Lady is all over the best deals, too. Midwest Coupon Clippers and Totally Target are two that are in my personal newsfeed. Follow your favorites on Facebook or check their websites weekly. They will let you know when the best deals are to be had and step-by-step how to do them.
 
Store your stockpile safely! There’s no savings to be had if your diaper stockpile gets wet and moldy sitting waiting for your little one to grow. Diapers need to be kept DRY. If you are storing them in your basement, and you have a flood, your whole stockpile is ruined. Put them up on pallets or on shelves. Or, just store them in baby’s closet. I do not open the bags or boxes prior to use if I can help it. Diapers store best as they are packaged.
 
What about "extra" diapers? After your baby is born and they grow through a few sizes, you may have extra or leftover diapers. Here’s where you can recoup a little on the backside. If you have unopened diapers, go ahead and exchange them for the next size up (or whatever you need). You can also sell them. I see Moms selling diapers all the time in the Facebook Marketplace or in Buy/Sell/Trade groups. You might not get what you paid for them, but it will be better than nothing. If you have a pregnant friend, feel free to gift your extra diapers. You could even make up a fancy diaper cake with your opened packages of diapers. Or donate them to your local diaper bank. All over the country there are families that could use some extra diapers.
 
Tricks and Traps for Stockpiling Diapers
 
There you have it. My best “tricks and traps” for stockpiling diapers. Do you have any tips that I missed? Shout out in the comments and I’ll update the post.
        

 

When Garbage Isn't Garbage: How Diaper Dabbler Uses Eco-friendly Packaging

By Julie Siewert

When Garbage Isn't Garbage: How Diaper Dabbler Uses Eco-friendly Packaging
One of our far-reaching goals here at Diaper Dabbler is to run an Earth-friendly, sustainable business. This is a pretty lofty goal. Believe it or not, there is a lot of time, energy and effort that goes into sourcing recycled or eco-friendly packaging for a small business. There is a delicate balance between making sure your products (ie. Diapers) are well-protected and packaged, and using packaging that meets your environmental standards. Obviously, the priority is in protecting and showcasing our product, but everywhere we can, we look to sustainable options in packaging.

To be transparent, the products that we sell might not be “green” (although we do love our lineup of eco-friendly disposable diapers), but we strive to use environmentally responsible packaging wherever we can.
Mother Earth ecofriendly diaper variety package
I wanted to share with you what we’ve done so far in creating Earth friendly packaging, and what we are still working on. None of the links below are affiliate links. I don’t get paid to talk about these green packaging products. I’m just sharing the love, and maybe hoping to inspire others.

What we use:

We have used 100% recycled boxes from Pratt Plus Packaging. They hold up just as well as cardboard boxes from virgin sources (a.k.a. cutting down more trees), and look nice also. You can see just a few “flakes” in their boxes to let you know they are recycled, and I like that look. These boxes do cost a little more than “virgin” boxes, but the cost is well worth it.
We are currently testing a few other vendors for boxes. We are looking for recycled content in the cardboard boxes. 

We use white tissue paper at PaperMart made from 60% recycled fibers. Recycled tissue paper looks exactly the same as virgin tissue paper, but made from (you guessed it) recycled paper.
Environmentally friendly packaging
Labels are a well-used product in packaging our products. The Diaper Sample Packages are labeled (twice), the packages are labeled, and the boxes are labeled for shipping. We go through a lot of labels! The labels we buy from OnlineLabels.com are made from recycled paper. I cannot see or tell the difference in the labels as far as the color, and they print just as great as their non-recycled counterparts.

When an order is small enough to fit in a padded envelope, we use recycled padded paper mailers from Papermart. Padded with paper pulp, this bag is made out of 77% recycled paper fibers and 62% post-consumer material.

The plastic bags that we seal our diaper samples in are virgin cello bags available from Papermart. I have not found a recycled content product that can safely, effectively and aesthetically showcase our Diaper Sample Packs. Cello bags, even as they are made from virgin materials, are plant-based and biodegradable!

We are intentional in the products we choose for shipping, but we also look to the products we receive from manufacturers with a sustainable eye. All packaging is evaluated to determine if it can be reused or recycled in some form. Packaging filler we receive is often reused in outgoing packages (as needed). Cardboard boxes can sometimes be reused and always recycled (shout out to my kid’s school paper drive!). Plastic diaper packaging is recyclable with household plastic shopping bags.
Plastic diaper packaging is recyclable
I don’t love getting packages with 25 pounds of extra garbage in them. Does anyone? You know the packages you get with all the extra mailers, and catalogs, and packing slips, and discount cards. Have you thought about how many trees that demolishes? Yikes. In your Diaper Dabbler package, you get your order. All prettied up, wrapped in tissue and lovely. You also get a Diaper Brand Rating Card, useful and simple. If your order is a gift, you may have requested a gift note with it. Nothing else. We do not ship our orders with a packing slip. If you don’t remember what you ordered, you can look it up online. No sense in wasting paper.

One thing you will get with you order is a free sample of eco-friendly baby wipes. How’s that for a useful, ecofriendly packaging filler?!
Free Sample of Ecofriendly baby wipes
What we’re looking to in the future:

Gift wrap. Currently we use non-recycled beautiful white gift boxes and bows. They look great to give as a gift. But not so eco-friendly. We’ll be looking at adding in a recycled product to our gift wrap options in the future. Probably Kraft (brown colored) boxes with raffia bows/ribbon, but I’m open to inspiration. We’ll likely offer both options (traditional white box/colored bows and recycled Kraft box/raffia bows) to meet the needs of all gift-givers. Watch for this in the future. You can always sign up for our emails if you want to keep up to date on the latest updates to our product lines or follow us on Facebook or your favorite social media channel.

Paper. It takes a lot to admit it, but I don’t have recycled paper in my office. I know, how could that be?! I always buy in bulk (less packaging, less transportation resources), and that case of paper lasts a LONG time! Next box will be recycled content, I promise. Also, our Diaper Brand Rating Cards are printed on “normal” paper. Next time I order, I’ll be inquiring about recycled content paper for the cards.

We are working on using up our inventory of non-recycled packaging. If you place an order today, not all of your packaging may be up to our ideal environmental standards, because we have to use up the stock of what we already have. It is unwise (financially and ecologically) to just throw away product for no good reason. So, as we work through our stores of packaging products, please give us a little leeway in the green packaging department.
When Garbage Isn't Garbage: How Diaper Dabbler is Using Eco-friendly Packaging
For all that we get right in our ecofriendly packaging, there is more that we can do. I always have an eye out for new or existing products that would fit our vision for eco-friendly packaging. If you know of any great eco-friendly packaging products, share it! If you sell them, I’d love to hear from you also. And thank you to all the businesses that make and use environmentally responsible packaging. We are making a difference in the world together.

When you only need a few diapers in each size: The Caregiver's Choice Diaper Sampler Pack

By Julie Siewert

When you only need a few diapers in each size: The Caregiver's Choice Diaper Sampler Pack
What do you do when you just need a few diapers as a backup, to “cover your behind” so to speak?

The Caregiver’s Choice Diaper Sampler package contains 6 diapers in all of the sizes from newborn through size 5. That’s 36 diapers total. This is perfect for the in-home daycare, church nursery and foster parents. This is also a convenient pack to use for parents to have in the car or in your disaster preparedness kit.

The idea for creating a package like this came from a foster parent. I’ve been contacted a few times by various people asking for a package that has various size diapers, and most were foster parents. Foster parents often receive emergency placements in the middle of the night (because that’s when the “emergencies” often happen), and many times the kids will come with just the clothes (and diaper) on their little bodies. Foster parents are expected to provide diapers for the kids in their care, but aren’t paid enough to keep a box of diapers on hand in each size-that could be more than $100! A small package with a few diapers in each size would get these foster parents through the day, until they could go to the store and pick up more diapers. A little preparedness goes a long way when you’re dealing with the unpredictability of the fostercare system.

We all know we’re supposed to keep our kids’ diapers in our disaster prep kit, but who actually makes sure the current size diaper is stocked and ready to go? Probably the same people that have food and water packed and actually rotate it. ;) For me, one small box of diapers that has each size will have the right size for my little one, with minimal effort from me. And it’s got enough diapers to (probably) get us through the day.

Do you keep a “car diaper kit”? This is a great idea, to keep a box of diapers in various sizes in the car along with wipes and some random sized clothing. Just in case. For a family that is on the go a lot, this would be a lifesaver! I know I’ve been caught out without the diaper bag (or, gasp, the diaper bag contains no diapers!) and was digging through the back hoping to find just one diaper. And having each size diaper in a package means I think of it once (when I’m putting it in the car), and then not again until I have to use it. And the diapers will be there when you need it, like magic!

If you work at a daycare, run one in your home or volunteer at your church nursery, you know that parents are supposed to provide diapers for their own kids. But, much like real life, accidents happen. Parents forget, you forget, or a little someone gets sick and unexpectedly goes through a bunch more diapers than anyone was expecting. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little safety net? Just a few extra diapers tucked away for those extreme “OMG we have no diapers!” times. A package like this beats having to run to the store with a child wrapped in a t-shirt diaper.

With this Caregivers Choice diaper sampler package, you will receive 6 diapers in each size (total of 36 diapers); comprised of one 3-pack of each of the following diapers and sizes:
Newborn size Huggies Little Snugglers™
Newborn size Pampers Swaddlers™
Size 1 Huggies Little Snugglers™
Size 1 Pampers Swaddlers™
Size 2 Huggies Snug & Dry™
Size 2 Pampers Baby Dry™
Size 3 Huggies Little Movers™
Size 3 Pampers Cruisers™
Size 4 Huggies Little Movers™
Size 4 Pampers Cruisers™
Size 5 Huggies Little Movers™
Size 5 Pampers Cruisers™
For all the ideal uses that I’ve thought of, I bet there’s more. Where would YOU use a sampler package with all of the diaper sizes?

Where do Parents Buy Eco-Friendly Diapers?

By Julie Siewert

Where do Parents Buy Eco-Friendly Diapers?

Where can parents find eco-friendly diapers? Is it only online?

A friend of mine (who apparently lives in the middle of nowhere) asked this question the other day. And she’s not the only new parent wanting to go a little greener in the nursery while balancing the reality of Mommy Brain and middle-of-the-night diaper runs. Where do you buy eco-friendly diapers?

 

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Obviously, it will depend where you live. In the “big city” you’ll find a different selection than you will in Hodunk-ville. Here’s what I know, from living where I live and shopping where I shop and buying a whole lot of diapers.

You can buy all diapers online. Duh. Most brands have websites where you can either buy directly from them, or they’ll tell you where you where you can buy their diapers.

Amazon carries everything. They’ve got all the brands you’ve heard of, and many you haven’t. With Amazon Prime, you get free 2-day shipping. This can often be the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to order your favorite eco-friendly diaper brands.

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Which eco-friendly diapers can you find in stores? That is the million dollar question. And the answer is, it depends. My local Target carries Seventh Generation diapers, Babyganics diapers and Honest Company diapers. One of my local Babies R Us stores carries Earth’s Best diapers. My local Walmart just started carrying Seventh Generation. I have heard of some boutique stores, and some eco-friendly local parenting shops carrying brands like Bambo Nature or ECO by Naty. But not every town has all these stores. (No Target? How do you even survive?!) And not every store in every city carries the same things, so you’ll have to do the scouting yourself.

What do you do when you want to use eco-friendly diapers but live amidst cornfields with no Target in sight? First off, find which diapers you love, like and won’t use. It’s good to have options. Buy your favorite diapers in bulk online (through Amazon Prime, if you have it), but for those middle of the night, OMG-honey-we’re-out-of-diapers emergency, know what you can go-to as a backup. If you HAVE TO go to your local store to buy a bag of diapers to get you through until your next Amazon order comes, what will you choose? Make sure you’ve thought it through and tried out the diapers, so you know what will work in a pinch and not give you a wet lap or your baby a rash. Store brand or name brand, you don’t have to love the ingredients or the philosophy behind your backup diaper, but it needs to work.

Mother Earth Variety Pack of Eco-Friendly Diaper Samples

Store brand, name brand or eco-friendly diapers, it’s good to know what fits your baby, your life and your priorities. You can order variety packs of diaper samples to try out each diaper brand on YOUR unique baby. With the Prepared Parent variety package, you get to #tryallthediapers. The Mega Mom Diaper Variety Pack will let you try the name brand diapers and all the eco-friendly choices. The Modest Mama Variety Pack gives you some name brand and store brand diapers. The Mother Earth Diaper Variety Pack is just the eco-friendly diapers. Or you can build your own custom diaper sampler with the diapers that YOU want to try.

Do you have a go-to diaper and a backup diaper? What are they and where do you buy them?

500 Facebook Likes Giveaway!

By Julie Siewert

500 Facebook Likes Giveaway!

The giveaway as ended. Congratulations, Matt S! Follow us on Facebook to be 'in the know' for future giveaways.

Wow.
500+ friends on Facebook. I’m feeling the love (er…like). True story, we sat at 498 likes for months. MONTHS! Then we got to 500, and suddenly we’re at 542. LOL! Let’s celebrate, shall we?


Enter to win a Newborn Babes diaper variety package! You get to sample 6 brands of diapers to find the perfect fit for your little one. Giveaway is open Monday, March 20, 2017 - Saturday, March 25, 2017. Winner will be notified on Monday, and will have 24 hours to claim prize.

Newborn Babes Diaper Variety Pack
And you can win, just because you like us. But why do you like us? Besides just being awesome, we share first on Facebook our monthly specials, surprise pop-up deals and giveaways. You’ll also stay on top of new diaper brands on the market and fancy new innovations in diapering. We share fun memes and funnies that we find all over the social world! But besides sharing, we love to listen and learn. Every baby is different, and so is every diapering journey.


So, thanks for being here. Share with your friends! We’ll do another giveaway at 1000. (whew, little heart palpation thinking about 1000 likes!)
Enter the giveaway below:

 Facebook 500 Likes Giveaway!

Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only. 

Why Can't I find Size 2 Diaper Samples?

By Julie Siewert

Why Can't I find Size 2 Diaper Samples?

Where are the size 2 diapers? Seriously, I see Newborn, size 1…and size 3! Why wouldn’t Diaper Dabbler carry sample packs of size 2 diapers?

I get these questions a lot, and I’m happy to share the answer. But first, permit me some background on diaper sizing.

There is a “traditional” sizing scale in mainstream diapers, and MOST US diapers fit into roughly these sizing categories. You’ll find that some of the eco-friendly diapers, especially those made outside the US, have their own sizing structure. Here’s the “norm”:
Newborn – less than 10 lbs.
Size 1 – 8-14 lbs.
Size 2 – 12-18 lbs.
Size 3 – 16-28 lbs.

See the overlap? While a size 1 diaper (is supposed to) fit babies up to 14 pounds, the size 3 starts fitting at just 2 pounds more-at 16 pounds! Some babies never even wear a size 2 diaper. I know mine didn’t. By the time they were outgrowing size 1, they could fit into a size 3.

 

Baby Diaper @diaperdabbler

These diapers fit for such a short period of time (and a short period of weight), that babies move through some of these sizes quicker than others. My research found that size 2 was one of those sizes that babies were only in for a brief time, while they spend much more time in sizes 1 and 3.

Speaking of size 3, while weight range obviously has nothing to do with an age range of babies when they are in each size, many babies in size 3 diapers are just beginning their crawling or walking journeys. As many parents can attest, once those babies start moving around more, their diapers need to be perfectly fit or there are going to be messes!

Now, we know that every baby is unique, and every diaper fits ever baby in a unique way. So the sizing weights are really just guidelines. You move your baby up to the next size when it’s too tight or it’s not holding what it’s meant to hold (did you know that frequent pooplosions can be a sign it’s time to move up to the next size?).

If your baby is wearing a size 2 diaper and you still want to try a sample pack of diapers to find the perfect diaper going forward, order up to the size 3 sampler package. Chances are, they’ll already fit or will fit soon.

 

Why Can't I find Size 2 Diaper Samples? @diaperdabbler

 

What size of diaper sample packs are you looking for?

Newborn size Custom Diaper Variety Package Custom Diaper Variety Package size 1 Custom Diaper Variety Package size 3

 

Giving Back - 17 Trees Planted

By Julie Siewert

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Giving Back - 17 Trees Planted
Disposable diapers are a huge drain on our environment, am I right? But seriously, the whole world is not going to ditch convenience to help out Mother Earth a little. So, what to do?!
As a business owner, I try to do my part. I recycle where I can and I'm working towards using recycled packaging for my products. 
As a mom, I teach my kids about the environment and we use eco-friendly products and practices at home. But is it ever enough?
In 2016, Pregnant Chicken published a blog post Baby Gifts that Give Back, and it was like lightning! I could do something awesome and make a difference. The idea was born.
I like the idea of planting trees, because, well, I like breathing. Also, the Lorax. It was a pretty easy choice. 
Enter in our fantastic partner, One Tree Planted. Matt makes it super-simple to donate money to plant a tree. Easy. Here’s a dollar, there’s a tree. And there is no dirt under my fingernails. You can even pick where you want your tree planted. But they won’t come plant it in your back yard, sorry.
Diaper Dabbler and One Tree Planted - Reforestation Partners
Midway through 2016 I got things up and running with Project Give Back and decided that we’d plant one tree for every Mother Earth eco-friendly diaper variety pack sold from here on out. It’s a win-win. New parents get to sample environmentally friendly diapers (saving the world), and Diaper Dabbler plants a tree (saving the world again).
So, for 2016 we planted 17 trees. It might not sound like much, but it’s a start. You have to start somewhere.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. –The Lorax
Giving Back - 17 Trees Planted via @diaperdabbler
What do you do to help save the Earth?
Thanks for reading!
-Julie

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