Monday, February 12, 2018

Beer Greetings, Lily Wrap & Spray Pal Giveaway

This week's Make Cloth Mainstream Monday Giveaway is a special one for Valentine's Day! We've teamed up with Beer Greetings to offer you a great prize package for yourself or that special someone.
If you haven't heard of Beer Greetings, these 6-pack carriers + gift cards are available in designs for any occasion. Fill with your beer drinker's favorite brews, or get creative and fill with other items. I've seen some cute ones filled with a six pack of rolled up boxers and socks! So many creative ways to fill these.
Lily Wrap's stretchy, eco-friendly, reusable gift wrap will let you present it to the lucky recipient beautifully, and we've been carrying these on our site for a while because they're such a great way to #makeclothmainstream!
Spray Pal of course offers splatter shields, diaper sprayers, cloth diapers & other accessories, and lots of other great gifts for moms, dads and families. Maybe you'd love a Thistle Farms soy candle or some oil rollers or lip balm to add to one of the Beer Greeting spots? What a great gift!
One winner will receive a great prize package which includes:
6-Pack Beer Greetings in the Heart You Design
$20 gift card to Target to fill it with beer, boxers, chocolate or whatever you dream up
$50 Spray Pal Gift Card for more fun gifts
Lily Wrap to wrap it all up beautifully and easily
Total prize value is approximately $95.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

$500+ Prego Expo Orlando Cloth Diaper Giveaway


We love teaching new parents about the benefits of using cloth diapers which is why we're bringing back the #MakeClothMainstream IRL tour this year visiting cities all across the country to show off all the cloth diapering brands you love. At these events, we have the honor of bringing people over to the "cloth side" thanks in part to the wonderful example products we have with us in each city provided by sponsors.

Get tickets for Prego Expo Orlando 2/11 by going here: Prego Expo Orlando


We are kicking off our booth at the wonderful event Prego Expo in Orlando this weekend on February 11th! If you're local we invite you to come by, chat us up, and bring a cloth curious friend or five! Not only will we have all the tools you need to see how cloth works but we have an amazing giveaway you can enter. We'll also have some free samples you can try out at home!

If you're not local don't worry, our giveaway is open to our friends at home, too. And be sure to stay tuned as we announce the SEVEN other cities we'll be visiting in 2018! Maybe we'll be near you! Thanks to our sponsors Thirsties, Kanga Care - Rumparooz, Allen's Naturally, Project Pomona, Spray Pal, Best Bottom Diapers, Planet Wise, Balm Baby, Tots Bots, Sloomb, and Osocozy we can make this all possible!

The #MakeClothMainstream IRL Giveaway Prize Package with $500+ in goodies from Thirsties, Kanga Care - Rumparooz, Allen's Naturally, Project Pomona, Best Bottom Diapers, Planet Wise, Balm Baby, Tots Bots, Sloomb, Spray Pal, and Osocozy.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Best Way to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

Have you ever used cloth diapers on a newborn baby? Are you nervous about the extra work or wondering if it's worth it? Check out some advice from cloth diapering families who have been there and done that!

"One tip I would give is to just jump in. It isn’t as scary as it seems!" - Samantha S.

My biggest advice would be to just go for it! We didn't even have disposables at the house and I never felt like I needed or wanted them. We used disposables for the first several months with my first before switching to cloth and had SO many blowouts straight up the back and out the legs. This time, ZERO blowouts. There was one diaper that leaked a tiny bit at the leg because there was SO much poop in there that nothing could have contained it but I don't even want to imagine the mess we would have had if she had been in a disposable." -Stephanie M.

Rumparooz Lil Joey 2-packs are an easy to use AIO newborn cloth diaper option. The double gussets contain newborn messes and the diaper snaps down to protect the umbilical cord stump.

"Buy a variety of brands and styles. I know some families use only certain brands, but I loved trying anything I could get my hands on." - Bianca N.

"We loved having hook and loop AIO for the middle of the night (or day if your baby is really confused like ours was :)) sleepy diaper changes. If you EBF cloth diapers are literally the same as using a disposable if they’re H & L and AIO because there’s no need to rinse! What’s one extra load of laundry every couple days? You’re doing it anyways with a newborn around. We also bought a few different styles and brands just to test the waters and see what worked for us- each baby is so different!" - Katie B.

Thirsties Newborn Natural AIOs are a great all-in-one option with natural fibers for absorbency.

"I have to say prefolds with a jelly roll and covers offered the best leak protection during the day and at night, especially with EBF poop. I also love that with prefolds and covers it is super easy to add an extra layer of absorbency when needed." -Jaime S.

"Prefolds and covers worked best, but what I wasn't ready for was wetness sensitivity so that's maybe something to keep in mind with that sensitive newborn skin. In hindsight I should've had fleece liners on hand ready for the situation." -Kelley T.

"All the prefolds and covers. They pee so much anyway and the poop is contained pretty well in the prefold that you can get several uses of the covers between washes. I would fold the extra length down in the front for my boys to help with front leaks. I also love newborn fitteds, but the prefolds dry so much faster." -Anna M.

"I had several different styles, but found myself reaching for the prefolds and covers more often. I just trifolded the prefolds into the cover and put it on the baby. The covers were aplix, which made changes quick and easy." -Krista T.

Size 1 Thirsties Duo Wraps combined with Bummis prefolds are an incredibly affordable way to cloth diaper a newborn, particularly since you can reuse the covers for multiple diaper changes before washing!

"One more piece of advice- join a local cloth diaper group on Facebook, or follow along with your favorite cloth diaper brand or realtor for fit checks tips and new friends among so many other fun things. The support and encouragement the women show within the entire cloth diaper community is incredible. " -Erin K.

Join Spray Pal's The Cloth Diaper Experiment group on Facebook for more information and support!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Project Pomona Pants - The Perfect Pants for Cloth Diapered Babies

If your baby has an itty bitty booty, you may find that cloth diapers help hold their pants up! If not, you may be struggling to find pants that work well with that oh-so-adorable fluffy bottom. No worries, #MakeClothMainstream IRL sponsor Project Pomona has you covered!

Project Pomona's jeans & shorts (a.k.a. Pomonas) are designed to play nice with cloth and make cloth diapering easier. The snap waist system makes diaper changes simple and allows one size to fit as baby grows. Add in the adorable accented cuffs and you'll find yourself using the same size for months and months! Be sure to come visit us at one of our 8 booths across the USA (including the Prego Expo Orlando) this year so you can check out these awesome clothes for yourself.

Check out what some Pomona users had to say:

I love that they can grow with your toddler. Extra points for being adorable. -Courtnay H.
"The best pants! They fit so well and last forever." -Emily A.
fluffthefourth: We use them,love them. Game changer #pomonalove

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kacildanielsL Absolutely loved them! Our little guy is petite, so adjustable waists that also account for a fluffy bum = pants he wore for a YEAR. Oh, and those cuffs 😍

Have you found the Project Pomona Love?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Earn FREE shipping on spray-pal.com for all of 2018!

EARN free shipping on spray-pal.com for all of 2018 when you place 5 orders!
Running a small business isn't easy, as so many of you realize. We wish we could offer 100% free shipping all the time, but when we run the numbers, especially with the most recent USPS rate hike, we just can't afford it. BUT, we've come up with a solution that we think you'll LOVE! Just place 5 orders with us in 2018 and you'll earn yourself FREE SHIPPING for the rest of the year! Think of it as a "Prime" membership for all of your cloth diapering needs!

We so love and appreciate the support you give our small, family-run business, and this is our way of saying thank you and giving you something back. With so many brands and products from cloth diapers and accessories to gifts, you'll love ordering whatever you want whenever you want and having it ship to you FAST and FREE! Plus, we have lots of great new exclusives coming out this year so you might want to start planning ahead!

This system should be nice and easy to maintain because our website already keeps track of your orders when it gives you your reward points. So just check under "My Account" and once you've reached 5 orders shoot us an email and let us know and we'll send you a code for FREE SHIPPING for the rest of the year!

So, to recap: When you shop small with Spray Pal, you'll get 10% back in reward points, you'll earn FREE shipping after 5 orders, and you'll be able to join our exclusive customer Facebook group with first access to fun deals, giveaways, and exclusives!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

DIY Spray Pal ideas (and why it's better to just buy the real deal)


There are several tutorials for making your own DIY Spray Pal splatter shield, and yes, we've seen them all.

So, why would we compile a list of DIY knock offs of our own patented product?? Well, like we've always said, we're here to make your cloth diapering journey easier. We want you to succeed in cloth with whatever means works best for you and your family.

But we do want to offer this warning: while some things work great when you DIY them (like a diaper sprayer for example), the Spray Pal shield is not necessarily one of them. I can't tell you how many times we've heard from people who come visit us at our baby show booths or email us to tell us that they tried a DIY version and it was a big fat fail, and they wished they had just bought the original and saved time and money. So, here's a list of the most common DIY Spray Pals and why you might want to avoid them. ;)


1. The folders, duct tape, and bag clips version. At first glance this seems like a nice, cheap way to make a Spray Pal shield that opens as wide as the original, so why not? Let's take a closer look. While you do have the advantage of choosing a folder in a color scheme that matches your bathroom, the "pros" stop there. You'll notice that the opening of this shield is taped together with duct tape. This is a problem for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to: 1) it's permanently shut so you can't close the doors to squeeze out the excess water. 2) That duct tape is about to see more poop splatter than it's meant to handle, which is none. It's meant to handle exactly zero poop. Imagine trying to clean that off after you spray your messiest diaper. 3) With all that splatter and cleaning comes WATER...and duct tape and water do not mix. From what we hear from those who have tried this, after a couple of uses that duct tape becomes super gummy and sticky and you don't want that mess near your diapers, do you? Especially when the real Spray Pal will last you years and through multiple kids in cloth diapers and beyond and it's designed to be SUPER easy to clean!

2. The milk carton and clothespins version. You may be thinking, "Hey now! I happen to have a giant milk jug and some clothes pins laying around, why not give this a shot?" Well, sure! Go for it! We're sure you'll be back to buy the real deal, which is actually probably why Diaper Junction, who happens to be a trusted Spray Pal retailer, created this DIY blog post in the first place. It probably helps them sell the real deal!!

By the time you finish cutting off all the ends of the milk jug (please be careful and watch out for sharp/rough edges), you'll realize you'll wish you'd have just clicked "buy now" and had the real deal delivered to your door. Mainly because once you actually try using this as a shield, you'll find all that cutting was a waste of time. Unless of course you're still in the newborn stage and you've decided you want to spray those diapers, because those are the only thing that will fit inside this. Just take a look at the size ratio compared to the hand in the photo. Unless that's a GIANT hand, which I'm thinking it's not, then that's a TINY shield. Plus, where do you put something like that when you're not using it? In the recycle bin, if you're asking me. ;)

3. The "cut the bottom out of a trash can" version. This is the version I see most mentioned in the Facebook groups when people ask about a Spray Pal DIY. It's quite funny. "Oh, yeah, it's super easy! For a couple bucks I buy a cheap trash can and I just cut the bottom off and voila!" Guys. Have you ever tried to cut the bottom off a trash can? It is HARD. What even is that tool she's using in box 1? Do you have one of those?? If so, by all means, try this out. But just be careful when you have house guests over that you find a place to hide this thing because you don't want used tissues tossed into the trash can with no bottom, am I right? You can only assume that by storing an actual trash can with the bottom cut out next to your toilet, you're going to get some very confused looks from your visitors and probably end up with an entirely different mess to clean up. ;) We designed the Spray Pal to fold up flat for super easy storage and to avoid this type of confusion. Just slip it in a wetbag and tuck it away!


4. The REAL deal Spray Pal. Now, for those of you who have tried one of the DIYs above, or better yet, those who were thinking about it but have decided it might not be worth the effort, I give you the list of reasons why the real deal, original Spray Pal splatter shield is worth it's weight in gold.
  • The Spray Pal prototype created in 2011. It has seen much testing, many tweaks, and has lots of user experience feedback to make it the best splatter shield on the market.
  • Spray Pal Splatter Shields are made out of more than 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.
  • It's perfectly sized to allow space for easy spraying.
  • The custom-made, sturdy clip won't let you accidentally drop the diaper in the toilet and the clip won't slip off.
  • You won't experience rusting, warping or sticky duct tape.
  • You can use it to squeeze the wet diaper.
  • It folds flat for easy storage (see photo below).
  • It's lightweight.
  • Quick & easy to clean.
  • You receive customer support not only with Spray Pal but with cloth diapers in general via phone, email, social media, and even Spray Pal's Team Mainstream Facebook group
    or The Cloth Diaper Experiment group.
  • Your Spray Pal comes with an amazing warranty, just email us with any issues!
  • Spray Pal splatter shields are made/assembled in the USA (the custom-designed clips are imported through a USA company)
  • When you purchase a Spray Pal, you're supporting a family run business.
  • For the cost of a week's worth of Starbucks lattes, you can purchase the real deal and get years of use out of it. Even after your babies are out of cloth diapers you can continue to use the Spray Pal system to pre-rinse ANYTHING from muddy sports clothes to bed linens that face tummy bugs, potty learning accidents, the list goes on!

So there you have it. Some of the most common DIY Spray Pal splatter shields, and why we think it's better to just buy the real deal! Have you tried a DIY or the real deal? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Lemons and Confetti, Blossom Baby, & Spray Pal Make Cloth Mainstream Giveaway

Welcome to this week's Make Cloth Mainstream Monday Giveaway! We've teamed up with Lemons and Confetti & Blossom Baby for an amazing package for any mom. The ladies behind these three great companies have been in groups with women who have supported each other through the highs and lows of motherhood and have grown into lifelong friends.
Lemons and Confetti has a wide range of gifts both to celebrate new moms, and to comfort women who are dealing with infertility or loss.
Blossom Baby is a boutique in Silverdale, WA that's a safe space for everyone. Offering products for mom, baby and home, including cloth diapers and babywearing, they also offer cloth diaper rentals, car seat fitting, babywearing consultations and more.
Of course Spray Pal is your tool to keep your cloth diapers clean and your bathroom splatter-free.

From Jen at Spray Pal: "While I wasn't a part of the exact same village as Laura from Lemons and Confetti and Lori from Blossom Baby, I've got my own similar group of women from a miscarriage and loss board on The Bump. Nearly 8 years ago I joined this village of around 100 women and we've been in close contact ever since, supporting each other through the highs and lows of motherhood, loss, and life in general. When I saw the gift boxes that Laura puts together through Lemons and Confetti, I knew we'd have to collaborate on something great to give back to these villages we all belong to. It's a sad fact that so many of these virtual villages exist across the interwebs, but the truth is that 1 in 4 women will experience infertility or loss and it's not something easily discussed in the "real world." I know personally, I wouldn't have made it through those dark times without these women to lean on. This prize package will focus more on new parents, but I'm so glad we can help get the word out that Lemons and Confetti exists and carries a wonderful assortment of supportive gift boxes of moms who are experiencing the most devastating of losses put together by someone who has been there."

One winner will receive a great prize package:
Lemons & Confetti
This gift box is meant to serves as a survival kit to a new mom, helping to make her transition a smooth one! Gift box includes:
-Coffee mug from Emily McDowell Studios, to provide a source of encouragement and caffeine.
-Dream balm from Wild Origins, to help with those sleepless nights.
-Dry shampoo from Twinkle Apothecary because, duh, showering is hard with a newborn.
-Nipple Balm from Wild Botanicals. ‘Nuff Said.
-Chocolate dipped pretzel rods from Fatty Sundays. Because, snacks.

Blossom Baby
-Logan + Lenora Blush Stripe Wristlet Clutch - Carry around all of your necessities in this stylish clutch that doubles as a wetbag, makeup bag, or is perfect for any personal care items with it's waterproof lining and easy to care for stain-proof, machine washable fabric.
-Jarware Mason Jar Fruit Infusion Lid + 16oz Mason Jar - Take care of yourself and your body with this neat universal mason jar lid that helps you hydrate through the day while infusing delicious fruit in your water for a bit of extra flavor.
-Badass Affirmation Card Deck by Angie Hotz - These badass affirmation cards can help you remember to that you are amazing and you deserve to be treated with love, respect, and kindness - especially by yourself. You will get through the toughest of times and remember how strong you are, and remember how to take care of yourself in this time of need.

Spray Pal $50 gift card to spend on a variety of gifts from cloth diapers and accessories to candles and essential oil rollers www.spray-pal.com.

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