Monday, November 13, 2017

Make Cloth Mainstream Monday Giveaway - Geffen Baby, Project Pomona & Spray Pal

Welcome to our Make Cloth Mainstream Monday Giveaway! We've teamed up with some great brands to bring you a fun giveaway this week.

Geffen Baby's super soft and absorbent hemp cloth diapers & accessories are made in the USA. From inserts to wipes, they'll make a great addition to your stash.

Project Pomona Pants are made with cloth diapers in mind. Their adjustable snap system allows them to fit over any diaper and their cuffs adjust the inseam length as your baby grows. You'll get months and months of wear out of a single pair!

Spray Pal's smart cloth diapering accessories make cleaning dirty diapers a snap. Once you have a Spray Pal, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

One winner will receive a fabulous prize package including:

Spray Pal sprayer & splatter shield bundle
Geffen Baby hemp prefold of choice
Project Pomona "Bots & Bolts" or any other in-stock Pomonoas

Total prize value is approximately $120.

Grab your entries in the Rafflecopter form below and share with a friend to help make cloth mainstream!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

4 Creative Ways to Store Your Spray Pal Splatter Shield

If you have a Spray Pal Splatter Shield, we know you love it, but where do you store it? One of our suggestions is to store it in a wet bag and hang from the doorknob, but we also want to share these clever storage solutions from our customers!

In a Smart Bottoms On The Go Wetbag! It fits perfectly! - Trisha L.

We have zero room on the walls or next to the toilet. Creative husband = solution! - Hannah D

I drilled a hole in mine so I could hang it up! The Command hook is perfect for this. - Meghan R.

After we clean it, in the tub/shower. - Courtnay H.

How do you store your Spray Pal Splatter Shield?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Our last Event and HUGE Giveaway of the Year with $300+ of Prizes

It's been a full year of cloth diapering events this year and this weekend will be our tenth and final in person baby expo! Spray Pal and the #MakeClothMainstream IRL booth will be attending BabyFest Seattle and hoping to win over parents to the cloth side!




If you're in the area we hope to see you there, but even if you aren't you can still get in on our last amazing giveaway package of the year!

The #MakeClothMainstream IRL Giveaway Prize Package with $300+ in goodies from OsoCozy Cloth DiapersBambino Mio,  Geffen BabyBummisThirstiesProject Pomona Allen's Naturally, and Spray Pal. 

Prize package including: Thirsties NAIO, $40 GC to Project Pomona, Spray Pal Shield and Sprayer bundle, Osocozy Organic Prefolds (6 pack), Bummis AIO, Geffen Baby Absorbers and prefolds, two bambino Mio AIO,  a Lalabye All In One, and an Allen's Naturally prize package that includes: 1 Gallon of Liquid Laundry Detergent w/ 1 Quart of Stink Out! and two pumps.


If you're dying to get your hands on the new I Love You A Latte print (a Spray Pal Exclusive) and you're local be sure to find us at Blossom Baby on Sunday for a special Cloth+Coffee meet up with Jen! 




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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cloth Diapering 101 Series: Starting Solids

We are back after a long break between videos but this episode is one we are definitely experts on: SOLIDS! Specifically, how do you deal with the poop once your baby starts eating solids?



In Episode 4 of our cloth diapering 101 series we go into detail about methods to handle the poop. Of course, we recommend using a Spray Pal diaper sprayer and Splatter Shield.

You can find several great deals on Spray Pal sprayer+shield bundles to make your transition to solids easier.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Don't miss this! A Cloth Diaper Package Giveaway and St. Louis IRL

We have been having a whirlwind summer but the kids are now back in school, Dani turned 7 and had a wonderful birthday, and tomorrow I'll be back on the road heading to St. Louis for Prego Expo!

Get your tickets to Prego Expo St. Louis

I'll be bringing loads of cloth diapers and accessories from our #MakeClothMainstream IRL sponsors and educating cloth curious families at our booth. At each event you get the chance to see cloth diapers in person, ask questions, and hopefully leave ready to make the switch!



In St. Louis you can see our goodies but if you aren't local don't worry! We have a prize from each of our sponsors that you can enter to win. It's over $300 in prizes- not bad!

The #MakeClothMainstream IRL Giveaway Prize Package with $300+ in goodies from Kanga Care - RumparoozOsoCozy Cloth DiapersBambino Mio,  BummisThirstiesProject Pomona Allen's Naturally, and Spray Pal. 

Prize package including: Thirsties NAIO, $40 GC to Project Pomona, Spray Pal Shield and Sprayer bundle, Osocozy Organic Prefolds (6 pack), Bummis AIO, Rumparooz G2 One Size and Pail Liner, two bambino Mio AIO,  and an Allen's Naturally prize package that includes: 1 Gallon of Liquid Laundry Detergent w/ 1 Quart of Stink Out! and two pumps.



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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Spray Pal's Labor Day SALE!


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We are so excited to be offering one of our once in a blue moon sales this Labor Day Weekend! We've rounded up all the details right here in this blog post from what's on sale to what code you'll need to unlock those savings. Thanks for being such an amazing supporter of our small, family-run business. We appreciate you and hope that you'll be able to take advantage of these savings while they last!

  • The sale will run through Monday, Sept 4th (Labor Day) and is valid on items we have in stock, so shop early and quickly if you've been eyeing a particular print! 
  • We will ship orders starting on Tuesday so that we can enjoy time with our family this holiday weekend. Which means, if you decide you need something else at the last minute, you can email us at info@spray-pal.com and we should be able to combine your orders as long as we hear from you by Monday at the latest.
  • Pricing on our website is standard MSRP based on each brand's requirements. If a price looks wrong, try adding it to your cart. It should adjust to the correct price. The sale discount will be applied after you enter the discount code: LABORDAY17
  • Certain brand exclusions do apply to this discount. Here's a complete list of what IS on sale:
    • All Spray Pal products, including bundles.
    • Cloth Diapering Starter Kit
    • All KangaCare products
    • Spray Pal's Thirsties exclusive print Summer Lovin' in snap NAIO and wetbags
    • Smart Bottoms Dream Diapers (35% off!!!)
    • JaqJaqBird Wetbags
    • Lilywrap reusable gift bags
    • Thistle Farms products
    • Cloth Diaper Advocacy T-shirts
Thanks again for being the best customers out there! Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email us at info@spray-pal.com or send us a message on our Facebook page. Just allow us a little time in responding as we are celebrating Mini Spray Pal 1.0's birthday this weekend! (Yes, I had her on LABOR Day, LOL) We hope you have an amazing holiday weekend!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cloth Diaper Mega Package Giveaway ($300 in Prizes)

We love teaching new parents about the benefits of using cloth diapers which is why this year we've been on the #MakeClothMainstream IRL tour visiting cities all across the country. 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 Tampa 8/27 by going here: Prego Expo Tampa

We are bringing our booth to the wonderful event Prego Expo in Tampa this weekend on August 27! 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. If you're not local don't worry, it's open to our friends at home, too.



Thanks to our sponsors Thirsties, Kanga Care, Allen's Naturally, Project Pomona, Spray Pal, Bambino Mio, AppleCheeks, and Osocozy we can make this all possible! We also have coupon codes to hand out during the event to make getting started a little easier on the wallet.


The #MakeClothMainstream IRL Giveaway Prize Package with $300+ in goodies from Kanga Care - RumparoozOsoCozy Cloth Diapers, Bambino Mio, AppleCheeksThirstiesProject Pomona Allen's Naturally, and Spray Pal. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Epic Mom & Baby Giveaway for World Breastfeeding Week


We're so excited to be included in this "Epic" giveaway, hosted by Sarah Wells Bags in honor of World Breastfeeding week, which is August 1-7 2017.
There are $3000+ in prizes, which will go to three lucky winners in prize bundles valued at more than $1200 each.
Enter each bundle's Rafflecopter below, and be sure to join us Thursday, August 3rd at 9 PM for a Facebook Live Party, hosted by Sarah Wells of Sarah Wells Bags.
Enter to win using the Rafflecopter forms below. By entering, you give permission for each brand to email you once with a discount offer or promotional code following the giveaway. Sponsors have been instructed not to send additional emails without your further opt-in permission.
You may enter all prize bundle giveaways, but are only eligible to win once. Prizes will be shipped to domestic U.S. shipping addresses only. Complete rules and regulations can be found on each Rafflecopter entry form.
Good luck!


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

8 Cloth Diaper Mishaps & Near Misses (Why You Can Never Have Too Many Wet Bags!)




Ok, guys. Be honest. Has this ever happened to you? 

This one time we took mini Spray Pal 1.0 camping in cloth diapers (this was way back, before 2.0 was even a twinkle in my eye). I had actually just started using cloth, and I wasn't the expert I am today. My big mistake that trip was I didn't bring enough wetbags or pail liners to last the weekend...so toward the end of the trip when I was looking for something waterproof to store her dirty diapers, I thought I'd just use some plastic grocery bags we had brought along to recycle as dog poop bags/trash bags. 

BIG MISTAKE. HUGE!! 

Those of you who have been following us for a while know that my husband is the big cleaner of the family. Constantly cleaning, that guy is. He's honestly TOO efficient. 

Well, you may have guessed it by now, but let's just say those grocery bags full of my precious cloth diapers never made it home with us and I was so sad about it. In one of his cleaning frenzies at the campsite, he (understandably) assumed they were full of trash or dog poop and tossed them out. 
Thus began my extensive collection of wetbags and pail liners. You can never have too many, I say! 

We asked if any of you have had a loved one throw a cloth diaper away and some of these stories made us want to cry for you, some made us sigh with relief and a few made us scratch our heads!



I'm still sad about it- it was the Thirsties NAIO exclusive from Kelly's Closet; the one with the kites. I loved that diaper so much. Nope- it's gone.  I actually think my 6 year old threw that grocery bag away when I asked her to help me. Blahhh. My fault. Still sad. Lol -Amanda C.
Out of habit I once threw a cloth diaper in the trash can at a restaurant but luckily I remembered pretty quickly and saved it. I definitely need to invest in a second going out wetbag. It seems like with two in cloth now it's always being washed and not available when needed. Or we are gone for too long in a day and between the two of them I need another bag. -Halee B.
My husband threw one out while I was at work one day. And I lost a really cute one... No clue where! Probably in the great land of lost things right next to 4yo newish sneakers! -Amy T.
I'm not sure what has happened to them, but I have at least ten missing diapers. I'm not sure if I've packed them in a bag to take somewhere and misplaced the bag or if I've lost them here and there over the last year and a half. I just know that my diaper stash is at least ten short from what I've bought. It's pretty sad. -Rachael R.
I just lost a pail liner, small wet bag, and at least one cover. Flew off my balcony while drying and I didn't notice some were missing in the newborn stupor. I got clothes pins and now anchor everything on the line dryer since it's often windy where we live. -Martha S.
We somehow lost a Blackberry GroVia shell and insert. I have no idea if I left it somewhere, if daycare gave it to someone else/threw it out, or what.  All wet bags have been accounted for. -Julie C.
Lost a clean wet bag in my own house for an entire year. Cried over it more than once. My dad found it after we moved. I felt really dumb as it had gotten stuck under the changing pad on the changing table.... -Kelly D.
Yes, my husband bagged up a limited edition Grovia my son pooped in and tossed it by accident and realized two days later! Yuck, I had a terrible time getting the stink out after we picked it out of the garbage. -Kelly H.
Have you ever had a cloth diaper go missing?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thirsties Products on Sale for a Limited Time!

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It's so hard to believe that the kids here in Tennessee go back to school at the very beginning of August! We're taking advantage of these last few precious days of summer by packing up our trailer and hitting the road for some camping. Since we'll be away from Spray Pal HQ, we won't be able to ship out any website orders until Monday, July 31st. But don't worry, you can still get all of our great Spray Pal products from our amazing retailers!

To help you pass the time while we're away (because we know how hard it can be to wait for those fluff mail deliveries), we'll be running a sale on ALL Thirsties products while we're gone. So take your time, search the site for all the fun things you've been wanting to try from Thirsties, and we will automatically take off 15% when you check out! This is a great time to stock up on the NAIOs (Natural All in Ones) or any other style of cloth diapers you may need. Is your cloth diaper stash already feeling complete? How about one of their brand new (and adorable) reusable swim diapers!

We promise to ship everything as soon as we get back home so you won't have to wait too long. This discount will also automatically apply to the EVERYTHING YOU NEED BUNDLE and the CLOTH DIAPERING STARTER KIT since they include Thirsties products, and the discount disappears once we start shipping orders out next weekend.

Oh, and the best part? If you place your order tonight or first thing tomorrow morning, it will ship out before we leave so you won't even have to wait to enjoy your fluff mail! Happy shopping and we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Kindly,
Jen and the Spray Pal Family

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mystery Bundles are BACK!



For a very limited time, as in TODAY only from 9am EST until midnight (or until we run out), we are bringing back our very popular Mystery Bundles!! If you've ever bought one of our bundles in the past, then you know these are super fun, super mysterious, and super sought after! And such a great way to add to your cloth diapers stash. So make sure you're on our site right at 9am to get your order in!

What makes these super fun?

Well, they're a great way to bulk up your cloth diaper stash and try new brands you've been curios about. Trying new fluff is always fun!! But maybe you're one of those fluffy moms who only likes a certain brand for your baby. Well, this will be fun for you, too! Put in your order comments whatever you want us to know and we will do our best to accommodate! An example: "We only use ________ and I already have _______ print but I'd love anything girly!" What a fun surprise to get some new colors and prints in a brand you love, right?? ;)

Mysterious you say? Why all the mystery? What's so fun about that?

I'm so glad you asked! Every so often we get into a bind where we need to make room to stock NEW and exciting items (ahem...exclusives), but it's not the typical time of year where we can offer a big sale. You'll find the big sales typically run around Black Friday and Earth Day. Well, we need the space now! So we can offer a limited number of mystery bundles specially curated for you (but...thought we do take your requests strongly into consideration, we cannot guarantee you'll get exactly what you ask for because it will be limited to the stock we have on hand...which is a MYSTERY!!!) and this way we aren't breaking any brands' rules by running sales.

So when you say "sought after" what exactly are we talking here?

Let's just say, if you want to grab yourself a bundle, which of COURSE you do, I would recommend getting on our site right at 9am. Maybe even a bit earlier if you want to check out all we have to offer and get your comments/requests typed out. These bundles will be available in 2 different price points, and when we have done them in the past they have completely sold out. We pack them in the order that they are received, so those who order right at 9am are likely to get more of their wishes granted. If we do sell out early, there is a chance we could restock some later in the afternoon depending on what inventory we have left after those bundles get packed up. But you don't want to take the chance on missing out, these are always such a great deal and we love seeing all of your fluff mail photos after!!

Some last minute tips and tricks: If you are hoping for a Spray Pal diaper sprayer, you'll definitely want to go for the $75 mystery bundle and mention it in your order comments. You can also include requests for cloth diapers with it because you'll obviously get more than just a sprayer. But the $75 bundle is the only one that might include a sprayer in it. If you're hoping for a Spray Pal shield, you can choose either bundle and put it in your comments along with other wishes/requests. Also, your wishes don't have to be just about cloth diapers...if you're needed pail liners, wetbags, or cloth wipes, just mention that! We have a lot to offer and we need to make a lot of space, so nothing is off limits for requests (just remember we cannot guarantee you'll get EXACTLY what you wish for, but we will try)!! Happy shopping!

Here's the Spray Pal website if you want to check out the awesomeness that *might* become part of your mystery bundle: www.spray-pal.com I'll throw in the link to the mystery bundles after they go live!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spray Pal Demo with Calgary Cloth

In case you missed it we did a LIVE Facebook with Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot (one of our awesome Canadian retailers) to show fans and customers how to use their Spray Pal Sprayer and Splatter Shield.

In this video we cover how to spray AppleCheeks (of course, this is a Canadian store and we love AC!), prefolds, and even trainers!

We hope this video answers your questions on using the Spray Pal, be sure to follow our own Facebook page for notifications for the next time we go live. Our live demos are a great time to ask questions and get them answered on VIDEO right away! We do live videos on our own page and also on retailer pages, all of which will be announced through our own page. Plus they tend to have a giveaway with them ;)




Monday, July 10, 2017

Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Baby


UPDATE for July 11: The Spray Pal sprayer and shield bundle SOLD OUT in under 30 minutes and the waitlist filled up completely! So amazing to watch cloth diapers become mainstream on Prime Day. Good news if you missed it, the Spray Pal shield on it's own is up next for a deal starting at 10:20am central time. Make sure you grab yours quickly if you have been wanting one! You can go find it now under the "Baby" category and click "watch this deal" if you have the app, and Amazon will send you a notification 5 minutes before it goes live.



This morning I just scored new shoes for school! The Prime Day Deal takes an extra 30% off when you check out, so that was awesome! Here's what mini SP 2.0 will be rocking to kinder next month:


Something else that caught my eye but isn't necessarily baby related...the 23andMe DNA Test - Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service - 75+ Online Reports. Has anyone tried this before? At 50% off it seems like a great deal, and I've always been curious of my genetic makeup since my dad was adopted. Worth the splurge on Prime Day??

Last update for me...I still haven't jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, and every year at this time I feel like everyone is telling me I need one. We use Hello Fresh for much of our cooking, so I'm not sure it would fit in with our schedule, but maybe I'm wrong. Do you use an Instant Pot? Do you love it? I could see it coming in handy for cooking quinoa or dry beans for mini Spray Pal 2.0's blended diet, but we do it on the stove now and it works out fine. Is it worth the counter space real estate?



July 10, 2017 - I know in the past, Amazon's Prime Day 2017 - 30 Hours of Deals has seemed like much ado about nothing. The prices were decent, but the products were typically things nobody really needed. Well, it looks like Amazon upped their game this year. I just took a peek at what's on the list for upcoming prime deals in the baby category, and I was pleasantly surprised to see TONS of brands I actually would have used and often recommend to new or expecting families. Here's a list of my standouts. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list because I can only see the things that are coming up tonight, but if this list is any indication of what's in store for tomorrow, I think parents are going to be stoked to stock up on these deals!

1. Evenflo Car Seats for various stages. I wish I could see what the deal was, but a safe car seat is definitely a must have on any baby list! The stainless steel cups and glass storage containers that happened to make it into the screen shot are great items to have on hand as well.
Car seats and safe food storage? Yes, please!
2. So many favorites on this screen shot. EZPZ is obviously adored by so many parents to help make mealtime less messy, and we here at Spray Pal couldn't agree more that less mess is best! ;) Joovy is another great brand if you're looking for a nice set of bottles. And honestly we could never have enough muslin blankets. We still have a few around for the kids to this day!

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3. We may be a bit partial to this one, but HELLO?!?! Awesome deal on a Spray Pal sprayer and shield bundle?? You won't want to miss this!! Plus, look at all those other baby items you may want/ need. A good swing was a definite must for us!

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Yes, yes, YES!! Spray Pal FTW!
PS - if you're just getting started with cloth diapers, you may want to take advantage of this deal on our starter kit. It's not technically a Prime Day deal, but it is on sale and this price will only last as long as Prime Day does!



4. Well, ok, this isn't great for the baby stage...but you better believe I'll be stocking up on these for the kids' lunch boxes this year! LOVE this color! EDIT for July 11: Soooo, this actual color didn't go on sale, but I still scored an orange and blue one for mini Spray Pal 2.0's lunch box!

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5. Baby carriers! Life with a baby is SO much easier with a good baby carrier, and we saw PLENTY of great ones scheduled to come up as a Prime Day deal. A few to stalk: SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby - The COMPLETE All Seasons (Stone), BABYBJORN Baby Carrier One, CuddleBug Grey Baby Wrap  

6, Finally, the ever popular Ju Ju Be will be featured! They had more than this product listed, but I took a screen shot of the paci-pod because I know it works great not just for pacis, but for those ladies who use a reusable menstrual cup! Speaking of...I wonder if those will be on sale, too? Hmmm...

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What are you hoping to score for baby this Prime Day? If you don't have Amazon Prime yet, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial here, just in time for Prime Day: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We want to see you in Denver at Prego Expo!

After a short travel break we are heading back out with our best cloth diaper friends to Denver! Our #MakeClothMainstream IRL booth will be there as a resource for new and even experience cloth diaper families who want to learn everything or just want to ask for some help.



These events are amazing opportunities for parents because we can guide them through the overwhelming options available in the cloth diaper world and they can touch the diapers themselves. It's also an incredible chance for us (the cloth diaper world) to convert over more "cloth curious" families who stop by our booth.

Thanks to our sponsors Thirsties, Kanga Care, Allen's Naturally, Project Pomona, Spray Pal, and Osocozy we can make this all possible! We also have coupon codes to hand out during the event to make getting started a little easier on the wallet.

Speaking of... our sponsors have provided very generous prizes that attendees AND non-attendees can enter to win. Sadly not everyone can live in Denver (though based on the real estate market there it seems everyone is trying to!) so this opportunity to win over $300 worth of prizes is open to people all of the US.

The #MakeClothMainstream IRL Giveaway Prize Package with $300+ in goodies from Kanga Care - RumparoozOsoCozy Cloth DiapersThirstiesProject Pomona Allen's Naturally, and Spray Pal.



Prize package including: Thirsties NAIO, $40 GC to Project Pomona, Spray Pal Shield and Sprayer bundle, Osocozy Organic Prefolds (6 pack), Bummis AIO, Rumparooz G2 One Size and Pail Liner and an Allen's Naturally prize package that includes: 1 Gallon of Liquid Laundry Detergent w/ 1 Quart of Stink Out! and two pumps.

It only takes a moment to enter! Be sure to tell your friends about this giveaway and if you know anyone in the Denver area send them over to the Prego Expo for a fun day out!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers: Step 3


In continuing with our "bite-sized" series on how to use cloth diapers, today we'll be talking all about how to store your diapers. This is one of those things that becomes super easy and clear once you jump in and get started with cloth, but many parents who are still in the planning stages are very curious about how this looks in real life. So watch and see how we store our clean diapers between uses as well as our dirty diapers that are waiting for wash day.

How do YOU store your cloth diapers? Leave us a comment below to let us know!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Warning! Video contains REAL {poop} ;)



I came across this video in our YouTube files, and I felt it was worth sharing again...even though we filmed it using one of the original Spray Pal shield models and the Flo sprayer because this was from before the time of launching our very own sprayer (which, by the way, has AMAZING, adjustable water pressure and is even easier to install #shamelessplug). The reason I feel it's worth sharing is that it has a crazy number of views on it. Which means either cloth diapering families are curious to see how our Spray Pal system REALLY works...or...there are a whole bunch of creepers out there trying to watch gross things on the internet. I'm going to let my mind settle on the first option, because sanity is fun. ;)

So, if you've been on the fence about the Spray Pal and you want to know if it really works on that stuck on peanut butter poop, check this video out and let us know what you think! Just be forewarned that there is actual poop on the diaper, so maybe wait to watch until you're finished eating your lunch. Or not, because we're moms and we've seen worse, right? LOL.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers: Step 2


Here at Spray Pal, our mission is to #makeclothmainstream and help families realize that cloth diapers aren't as hard as you might think. To help people get started the EASY way, we've created this blog series with bite-sized videos filled with the tidbits of information you need to get going. Feel free to leave us your burning questions in the comments below!
 


Step 2: Start buying what you need. Or don't. ;)

Wait, what do you mean "don't"?? Isn't this the fun part? Indeed, buying up all of the adorable colors and prints can be very fun, but we're here to help and we want to be up front with you. The reason there are so many different brands and styles of cloth diapers out there is because there are so many different babies! Newborns come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so if you're still expecting and you are in the planning stages right now, you might be best holding off before investing in a whole bunch of cloth diapers that may not end up working for your baby. Once your baby is here, you can try a variety of styles to see what works/fits best for your unique little one.

If you *really* want to start shopping now (you're nesting, I get it!), this Cloth Diapering Starter Kit from Spray Pal is a great way to start our stash. It includes all of the accessories you'll need in your cloth diapering journey, plus four different styles of cloth diapers from four very popular cloth diaper brands.

Watch the video to learn more, and be sure to give it a "thumbs up" if you find it helpful so we can continue to #makeclothmainstream!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers: Step 1


Step 1: Doing the Research

This may seem pretty obvious, but it bears mentioning as the first step in the cloth diapering journey. You would be surprised how many people start looking into cloth diapers, but end up quitting before they even begin because of information overload. Whether you've just had a brand new baby or you have one on the way, you surely have plenty on your mind. Cloth diapers don't need to be an overwhelming part of the "brain pie chart" that divvies up what you need to focus your attention on. This short video will give you tips and tricks for doing the best research (read: quick and concise) to get you started on your cloth diapering journey the easy way!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest in this series by clicking this link and then clicking the red "subscribe" button: Spray Pal YouTubeIf you'd like to ask more specific cloth diapering questions at any time, be sure to head to our Facebook group here: The Cloth Diaper Experiment

Just a side note on "picking the brains of your local retailers" - I mentioned this when we were shooting this video, but to keep things short and sweet for you all, it ended up on the cutting room floor. So I wanted to mention it here. Be careful about "showrooming" in your local cloth diaper store. If you are lucky enough to have a brick and mortar store near you that carries cloth diapers, definitely go in and ask them questions and check out the products in person. Just keep in mind that if they are supporting you in your cloth diapering journey, it's a very nice gesture to support them in turn for their time/overhead costs by shopping in their store. It really takes a toll on small businesses if you spend the time looking and asking questions in their store only to go home and purchase products online to save a buck or two. There aren't many physical cloth diaper stores left out there, and if you enjoy having one in your area it's important to show your support with your shopping dollars. :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Enter to win a Mega Prize during ATL Baby and Kids Expo

Atlanta is our next stop on this crazy ride called the #MakeClothMainstream IRL experience. We've been fortunate enough to visit with families all over the US so far this year and we have many events ahead. If you're in the Atlanta area you will definitely want to stop by and see us at the Atlanta Baby and Child Expo.

Our goal at each of these events is to help families understand the benefits of using cloth diapers and to teach them about the many styles and brands that will work best for their family and budget. Fortunately, this event is helped along by sponsors and you can enter to win prizes from them, even if you aren't able to attend our Atlanta event in person!



  • A Lalabye Baby One Size and Quicktrip (winner chooses from in stock selection)
  • Spray Pal Shield and Sprayer bundle
  • Bambino Mio AIO (2)
  • Osocozy Organic Prefolds (6 pack)
  • Thirsties NAIO
  • AppleCheeks Microterry Bundle in "You Rock"
  • a $40 Gift certificate from Project Pomona
  • A package of goodies from Molly's Suds:  
    • 1 70 load laundry powder 
    • 1 set wool dryer balls 
    • 1 oxygen whitener 
    • 1 all sport 
    • 1 liquid laundry detergent
You can find out more about this fun family friendly event here: Atlanta Baby and Child Expo a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Eco-Friendly Easter

Easter is my favorite holiday. I love the Spring weather, the bright colors, and of course the food and spending time with family. Ever since having kids, I've become much more aware of the choices I make and the things I buy for them and for our family. Keeping things as safe and eco-friendly as possible has become a top priority, and I'd love to share some tips for ways you and your family can also have an eco-friendly Easter!


Things to buy in advance to make Easter more colorful:

1. Eco-Kids Eco-Eggs Coloring Kit - This would actually be great to buy BEFORE the basket gifts. You can use this eco-friendly kit to dye your eggs in advance of the big day. It's fun for the kids and made of all natural ingredients so your colored eggs will still be safe to eat. It also includes a grass growing kit inside so the fun can last long after the eggs are found!

2. Compostable Plastic Easter Eggs. Made in USA. Made from plant materials. - These would make a great addition to any eco-friendly egg hunt. Eco eggs are made in the USA from plants, 100% renewable content, and are fully compostable after use. They are made from non-toxic, durable plastic and have a tight snapping closure. They come in 5 assorted colors: pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Eco eggs can be stored and reused for many Easters. After use, dispose of eggs in industrial compost.

3. Plant some bulbs! This late in the game you'll probably have to run to your local garden store and buy some bulbs that are already blooming. We recently added daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth to our back yard and I'm loving the pop of color after a long, gray winter. If you want to plan ahead for next year, these bulbs can be planted in the Fall to bloom in the Spring: Tulips - 25 Bulbs - Colorful Mix 

Fun Ideas for the Easter Basket 

Seems lately the candy has become a staple filler for Easter baskets. How about some fun, eco-friendly basket fillers that don't involved sugary sweets? We've sorted this section by "baby" and "ALL kids" because we realize there's a big difference. But, many of these items could easily overlap.

For Baby:

1. CLOTH DIAPERS!! Of course I would lead off with this. ;) What could be more eco-friendly and useful than adding a couple more adorable cloth diapers to your baby's stash? I admit, my kids all got cloth diapers for their birthday, Christmas, and Easter when they were little. Pretty much any time I had an excuse to buy them a cute gift, this was my go-to! And why not? They love the cute colors and prints, they get a lot of use out of them, and they don't really need a bunch of toys anyways. There are so many cute colors and prints out right now that would be the perfect addition to any Easter basket.

2. If your baby is too young to really remember what was in her basket, why not go with something YOU can use to save time?  Might we suggest the Spray Pal and Cloth Diaper Sprayer Bundle? It's an investment you won't regret, and with all the time you save spraying off cloth diapers, you can spend even more quality time playing with your little one. That's the TRUE gift here. ;)

For ALL Kids:

1. SWIM GEAR - Summer is just around the corner, so I usually throw some useful swim gear that needs replacing into the kids' baskets. Here are some of my "go to" items:
2. GARDENING TOOLS - More fun gear to get you and your kids outside and closer to nature. We love planting a vegetable garden in the Spring, and my daughter loves having her own set of tools to help with: Children's Garden Tool Set


3. Fun Outdoor Equipment (click "Little Tykes" for the best kid-friendly options) - Now that Spring is here and the weather is gorgeous, what better time to get outside and play! Maybe the Easter Bunny wants to bring a new swing for baby, or a new slide for your toddler. Of course, these items won't actually fit IN the basket, but they'd be a fun discovery during the egg hunt! The link above goes to Amazon Warehouse Deals so the Easter Bunny can save some carrots, too. ;)

4. If you REALLY want to hold on to the candy tradition, Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans are a great, organic option. And who doesn't love jelly beans on Easter?

We hope this list has inspired you and saved you a little planning time this year. Be sure to share any other eco-friendly Easter ideas we may have missed in the comments below! Happy Spring! :)

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

New Blog Series Coming Soon!

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This year, our focus has been on moving the #makeclothmainstream mission off of social media and out into the real world. We've teamed up with amazing brands in the cloth community (HUGE thanks to: Allen's Naturally, AppleCheeks, Bambino Mio, Bummis, Lalabye Baby, Molly's Suds, Osocozy, Project Pomona, Rumparooz, and Thirsties!) to bring cloth diapers to mainstream baby shows across the US and educate families on the benefits of choosing cloth. As a result, I've met tons of families who went from zero knowledge to cloth curious, and I've gained a lot of insight into what the average expecting family doesn't realize about modern cloth diapers based on the most frequently asked questions at our booth.

After some reflection, I realized that this would make a fantastic blog series to help families get started with cloth. I'll be tackling the most commonly asked questions I hear on our #makeclothmainstream IRL tour, and I'll cover the ins and outs of getting going with cloth from the "where to begin" all the way to potty learning to help guide you to cloth diapering success.

Next week we'll be posting about Step 1 in the process, which to me is doing the research. I'm a huge planner, so this is right up my alley! Stay tuned to find out the best ways to research to get the most up-to-date and useful information on cloth diapers and how to use them.

Be sure to leave any of your questions below and I'll try to address them as well. We hope you'll join us in this series and let any of your cloth curious friends know that we hope to answer their biggest questions about cloth. Hopefully this will make the decision to use cloth diapers even easier!

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