Diaper Parties

Andrea - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I just heard about "Diaper Parties" they send you a kit of like 20 diapers covers, all -in-ones, inserts and prefolds to feel, look at, and try out. It sound really cool, I'm always hesitant to buy other brands of diapers and covers. Has any one been to one of these or hosted one? I'm thinking of hosting one and would love some tips!

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Majaliwa - posted on 05/14/2010

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Andrea,

I've never used 'diaper parties' before so I can't speak to how easy it is to work them or host a party. What I can say is that in looking at some of the info on their site and the brands in their 'diaper kit' it all seems skewed towards certain brands and not all of the info is quite accurate. For example:



Some watchouts I already see on her site are these:

1. She suggests using1/3 cup vinegar in your rinse cycle to soften your diapers. True vinegar is good for softening diapers, but overuse can cause the PUL in diapers to break down and leak - so you shouldn't use it more than once a month.



2. She also seems to be a big advocate of Bumkins. I bought into that theory when my son was born and he leaked out of every single one for weeks until I sold them on swapmamas.com and bought something better (i.e. Thirsties and MotherEase covers).



3. She notes that Kissaluvs Wool Covers are the best. I can tell you now that if you spent just a few hours on the internet you'd find the top brands moms reccommend over and over are not Kissaluvs, but rather Sustainablebabyish organic wool covers, Little Beetle Organic Wool Soakers, LANA Wool Soakers, Nifty Nappy Woolie Wraps, and Aristocrats Wool Diaper Covers



4. She mentions that disposable diapers can cost cost $2000 to $4000. The range is more like $1200 to $2000. I think you could only hit the $4000 mark if you were buying your diapers from the local convenience store where the markup is REALLY high!



With that said, if your goal is to become somewhat of a 'Mary Kay' rep for diapers by using this diaper kit, then it seems to be a pretty decent route - just read up on some of the brands they've included in their kit and some of the info they're presenting to make sure you feel comfortable promoting them.



However, if your goal is to educate some friends on cloth diapering and get them interested in using cloth as well, here's a comprehensive site with unbiased info that I think would be more useful.



http://www.pootersdiapers.com/howto-guid...



Hope that helps.

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Little Diamond Bums - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hi, Im in Melbourne, Australia and I have just started, with a mum i met in mother's group, hosting Cloth Nappy Parties with a few brands that we have both used! Its a great opportunity to reach people who may have been overwhelmed with the amount of information on the internet and give them a chance to see the cloth nappies in real life.... and I get to talk about my favourite topic!!

Andrea - posted on 05/17/2010

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I already use cloth diapers. I just want an easy way to show everyone I know how simple they are and the different kinds or covers and inserts offered. I was really just wondering if anyone has any other ideas or ways to actually get to look try, and feel the covers without buying them. Here is cincinnati we do not have many "green" stores selling cloth diapers so you have to buy them all online.

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