The Freedom of Cloth Blog Carnival

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Natural Parents Network is excited to announce a week long cloth diapering carnival. The Freedom of Cloth Carnival is running over the week of July 4th (July 3-9) to celebrate the beauty of finding independence from unnecessary waste through the use of cloth diapers, as well as to support independent, mama-run businesses.

The Freedom of Cloth Carnival has been planned and coordinated by two incredible NPN volunteers: Melissa at The New Mommy Files and Shannon, aka The ArtfulMama. We will be featuring themed posts from carnival participants here on NPN throughout the week, as well as hosting several exciting giveaways featuring products from cloth diapering related WAHM (work-at-home-mama) businesses.

Keep reading for a list of posts that will run on each day (remember, the links won’t go live until the day specified). Until then, grab the carnival button for your site, and show off your love of cloth!

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Our themes by day (click on each to jump to a list of posts that will be featured on that day):

Sunday, July 3rd – Cloth Related Recipes

Monday, July 4th – Choosing Your Cloth Style

Tuesday, July 5th – Cloth Diapering Must Haves

Wednesday, July 6th – Wordless Wednesday (sweet cloth pictures from our readers)

Thursday, July 7th – Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence

Friday, July 8th – Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day

Saturday, July 9th – Inspired by Cloth

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Sunday, July 3rd – Cloth Related Recipes

  • Stir It Together — Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares her most effective Homemade Cloth Wipe Solution and Powder Detergent Recipes.
  • Made by Me: Butt-Spray and Cloth Wipes — Adrienne at Mommying My Way shares an easy way to make cloth wipes as well as a butt-spray recipe that can be made with ingredients you probably have on hand!
  • If it ain’t broken… — Laura at Our Messy Life confesses that while her soap nuts are a fail for the cloth diaper laundry, at least she has a backup plan with her homemade detergent recipe.
  • Effortlessly Using Cloth Wipes on the Go: A How to Guide — Melissa at The New Mommy Files found that many of her friends who cloth diaper were still using disposable wipes on the go. She shares her system for making it easy to clean your baby’s bum with cloth all the time!
  • Dealing with Diaper Irritation — Shannon at The Artful Mama shares how she uses a tea bath to help soothe diaper irritation.
  • Tutorial: Cloth Diaper Liners — Shannon aka The Artful Mama guest posts at Natural Parents Network and shows us how to make reusable cloth diaper liners from old receiving blankets.
  • How I Make Cloth Wipes — Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shares her “recipe” for the perfect cloth wipe.
  • Mini Giveaway: Reusable Cloth Diaper Liners {8.3; Worldwide} — Hosted by Shannon at The Artful Mama and Natural Parents Network, enter for your chance to win 8 reusable cloth diaper liners custom made for you. Contest ends August 3 and is open Worldwide!
  • Giveaway: MomsCrafts4U Set of Three Cloth Pads $15 {8.3; US/CAN} — Hosted by Shannon at The Artful Mama and Natural Parents Network, enter for your chance to win three 8″ reusable cloth mama pads from MomsCrafts4U. Contest ends August 3 and is open to US and Canadian mailing addresses.

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Monday, July 4th – Choosing Your Cloth Style

  • Choosing the Right Cloth Diaper: So Many Diapers, One Tiny Bum. — Jenn from Monkey Butt Junction explores with us on Natural Parents Network some questions that parents should ask themselves before committing to one style of cloth diaper over another.
  • Prefolds: My Drug of Choice — Adrienne at Mommying My Way shares the ins and outs of her addiction to cloth, and more specifically, the prefold diaper.
  • Try It, You’ll Like It: Finding Your Cloth Style — Christy at Adventures in Mommyhood: Mommy Outnumbered shares her tips on how to build the ideal cloth diaper stash for you and your baby.
  • Decisions, Decisions — Laura at A Pug in the Kitchen discloses the very colorful way she chose to start her cloth diaper stash.
  • Cloth Diapers, Oh, My! — Heather at Musing Mommy shares her journey to discovering cloth diapers, as well as which are her favorites.
  • An A-Z List of Some of the Cutest WAHM Cloth Diapers Available — Dionna at Code Name: Mama has searched high and low for some of the cutest WAHM cloth diapers out there. Dionna not only found 26 different WAHMs to feature, but she also attempted poetry! Enjoy her light-hearted A to Z list, complete with links and pictures.
  • Prefolds for easy cloth diapering — Lauren at Hobo Mama sings the praises of the humble prefold, from budget friendliness to laundry-day ease to ages-and-stages versatility.
  • The Best Cloth Backups for Elimination Communication — Melissa at The New Mommy Files’ cloth diapering style has developed to allow for easy elimination communication. She writes about the diapering systems that have provided the best back-up for her family.
  • Finding Our Cloth Style — Jennifer at Semi-Crunchy Deaf Mama, a consultant for Diaper Parties by Everything Birth, Inc., shares her journey of finding the “right” cloth style for her family’s needs and preferences.
  • Hybrids: My Go-To Diaper — Shannon at The Artful Mama talks about her diapering system of choice – the hybrid. She explains how for her working family, having one diaper that can meet all your needs is important for parents looking for simplicity and flexibility.
  • 100 Yard Stash — Zoie at TouchstoneZ has tried them all and has finally found her cloth diapering groove.
  • My Embarrassing Cloth Diaper Start — Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro talks about all the different types of diapers she went through in order to build her stash.
  • What I’ve Learned from Cloth Diapering Twins — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings shares tips, tricks and cloth diapering recommendations garnered over five years of cloth diapering her twins and singleton.
  • Giveaway: Two Hip Peas in a Pod Pocket Diaper (8.4 US} — Hosted by Shannon at The Artful Mama and Natural Parents Network, enter to win a custom diaper from Two Hip Peas in a Pod. Contest ends August 4 and is open to US mailing addresses. See post for rules and entry information.

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Tuesday, July 5th – Cloth Diapering Must Haves

  • Simple Needs — Laura at A Pug in the Kitchen discusses the two products that make cloth diapering simple for her.
  • My Overnight and Travel Solution for Cloth Diapering — Shannon at The Artful Mama shares her love of wool soakers for overnight and travel diapering. She discusses her success with her own homemade covers and the indulgence of purchasing new covers designed for overnight diapering.
  • Why I Love Wool for Cloth Diapering — Lauren at Hobo Mama busts myths and spreads the magic of wool covers, soakers, and bed protectors.
  • The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Shopping List — Today at the Natural Parents Network, Melissa attempts to list every` diapering-related item a cloth loving family could want or need. Can you add anything to the list?
  • Giveaway: Pocket Diaper from Linah Sora — Melissa of The New Mommy Files has found a place in her cloth diapering stash for a number of different diaper styles. One of those is the pocket diaper. She’s co-hosting a giveaway with Natural Parents Network of a pocket diaper from one of her favorite WAHMs: Anne of Linah Sora.

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Thursday, July 7th – Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence

  • Part-Time EC: Why Bother?! — Amy at Anktangle shares some basic information about elimination communication (EC), and why she thinks it’s worth it to practice, even if you (like her) only do it part-time.
  • Two Years of Changes — Laura from A Pug in the Kitchen muses about cloth from newborn to toddler in her home.
  • EC Trainers: From Newborn to Toddler — Melissa at The New Mommy Files has been practicing EC since her baby was a very wee one, and her cloth trainer preferences have changed as her daughter has grown into toddlerhood. She talks about what has worked best at each stage of their journey.
  • Cloth with Alternate Caregivers — Shannon at The Artful Mama discusses the situations that we run into where someone other then yourself will need to care for your child. She shares ideas for you to make the transition easy by making the proper preparations and time to demonstrate the ease of the new modern cloth.
  • How I Found Elimination and Communication in EC — At Natural Parents Network, Zoie from TouchstoneZ shares how she found the freedom of elimination and communication with cloth and EC.
  • Giveaway: EcaPants from EcaWare Baby —Melissa at The New Mommy Files shares a review of her all-time favorite cloth training pants with a giveaway from EcaWare Baby, co-hosted by Natural Parents Network.

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Friday, July 8th – Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day

  • The Sun is our Friend — Adrienne at Mommying My Way loves how the sun can bleach her diapers in less than an hour!
  • Laundering Cloth Diapers — At Natural Parents Network, Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama gives readers a look at her cloth diaper laundering system and shares some resources for helping you find your own.
  • Cloth and Travel: Laundering Diapers on the Go —Melissa at The New Mommy Files shares tips and tricks for laundry day, learned while traveling with her cloth diapered babe.
  • Diaper Laundry in a Working Home — Shannon of The Artful Mama shares some of the unconventional tricks she has utilized to make her regular laundry routine simple yet effective for her working family. She also describes her quick diaper stripping wash routine.
  • Putting It All On the Line — Zoie at TouchstoneZ takes Occam’s Razor to her cloth diaper washing.
  • Let Them Wash Diapers! — Watch this video to see the ease of diaper laundry! Jessica at Cloth Diapering Mama takes you through her easy diaper laundry routine in this video log entry.
  • Cloth Diapering 101 — Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro tries to be as brief as possible when describing the basics to cloth diapering.
  • Giveaway: Kickin’ Creations Diaper Safe Laundry Detergent — Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares her review and giveaway of the fabulous Kickin’ Creations Diaper Safe Laundry Detergent (cohosted by Natural Parents Network).
  • Giveaway: Wool Dryer Balls from Green Belle Shoppe $17 {8.8; US/Can} — The Green Belle Shoppe is offering two extra-large 100% wool dryer balls to one lucky winner — the safe and eco-friendly way to soften cloth diapers and cut drying time (brought to you by Lauren of Hobo Mama and Natural Parents Network).

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Saturday, July 9th – Inspired by Cloth

     

  • Inspired By Cloth — Rosemary at Rosmarinus Officinalis is inspired to green up her home with cloth, from kitchen to baby to bathroom.
  • It’s Just… My Nose — Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro talks about the one obstacle she faces while trying to go full cloth.
  • My Parenting Inspirations – Cloth Diapers — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama gives a look at how cloth diapers have inspired her to replace paper and plastic disposable products she frequently used.
  • Cloth Diapers: A Man’s Perspective — At MiniMOMist Michael, Nada’s husband, has a call to all the dads who don’t like to change diapers: man up and use cloth!
  • Beyond the Diaper — At Natural Parents Network, Laura from A Pug in the Kitchen shares how cloth diapering fits into her family’s life, and how it inspired changes that encourage her creativity.
  • Journey to a Disposable Free Household — Melissa at The New Mommy Files talks about her gradual transition from paper towel junkie to cloth-loving, minimally wasting home maker, and it was all inspired by diapers!
  • No More Paper Towels! — At Semi-Crunchy Deaf Mama Jennifer shares about her family’s decision to go “almost-everything” cloth in an effort for going green.
  • Becoming Crunchy – Inspired By Cloth — Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the amazing things cloth has inspired in her life – even she can hardly believe it!
  • How Cloth Changed MY World — Shannon of The Artful Mama discusses her decision to become a Diaper Parties Consultant with Everything Birth, Inc., and the freedom that has afforded her and her family.

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