Mar 2, 2012

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Changing Diapers Book Review and Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

It’s modern, fun, fashionable, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and talks a lot about butts….baby butts that is!  I am talking about Kelly Wels’ book “Changing Diapers” about modern cloth diapering!

When I started cloth diapering SAP 3 years ago I had spent months researching cloth diapers.  I was set in my way that I would cloth diaper my baby, but there were so many choices and so many things to learn, I had no idea what I was getting myself into!  Now, 3 years later and a seasoned cloth diaper addict, the cloth diaper movement has grown larger and there are not only more cloth diaper choices than ever, but a great amount of accessories and other products to go along with them and help us on our cloth diapering adventure.  Where to start?!

Kelly Wels knew this was a questions often asked for those coming into the cloth diaper world.  Whether you were a new parent with a newborn or a mother of three with a toddler who will not potty train, there were mothers (and fathers!) asking many questions and getting a variety of different answers from various resources.  To fill the need in the cloth diaper world of a simple guide to help families through their cloth diapering journeys Kelly wrote “Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering“!

An attractive and informative little book, it’s a little worn from carrying around and borrowing to friends these past couple months, this book definitely got it’s use!

“Changing Diapers” is not a book out to convince families that cloth diapering is the right choice (though it does a great job of it in  my opinion!), but is more a handy little guide to help you along your way before, during, and even after you choose (or consider the choice of) cloth diapering.

The book is fairly short, though it is just over 200 pages there are wonderful full color photographs and drawn illustrations to aid readers as they read or glance through the book.  I received the book in the mail and, though a busy full-time working mom, I read it within a couple weeks!  I just carried it along in my bag to have with me at work to read a chapter during my 15 minute lunch break, or at the night stand to read a chapter before bedtime (and then discuss with SAPsDaDa while he complained he wanted to sleep!).  The wording was simple but full of all the necessary information, with a flair that really does make this book feel like it is for this modern generation of cloth diapering families that cloth diaper not just for the environmental aspects of the choice, but for the fashion of it too!

An example of the great points and writing style of the book, how simple it is to page through and get the info you need!  Also, some great illustrations to show besides describing to you how to do something!  Perfect for busy families!

I found the book had everything a family needed to know about cloth diapering, and more.  One of my favorite points of the book was the specialty sections as I think of them: chapters of the book specifically for families of multiples, special needs children, and even a several pages just for Daddy to read!  I asked SAPsDaDa to read Chapter 8: Daddies and Diapering  to get his opinion on if the book “spoke” to Dads, he was able to read it in just 10 minutes !  He thought the stories from dads who had cloth diapered were a good touch but would have enjoyed more stats then were stated in the section, since men are more oriented toward numbers and information then their environmental impact.  My advice to you ladies?  When reading through the book mark off where some stats are that you want your hubby to see!  Then hand him this chapter and ask him to read it and take a look at  your post-it of stats, and see what he has to say!

It seems Kelly thought of everything, including little checklists and sheets in the back of the book to help you keep track of all of your cloth diapering products and sites you visit, and have fun doing it!  After all, cloth diapering is fun….and for me it became a slight addiction!  I find that though we no longer cloth diaper this book was well worth it’s money as it is easily handed around my group of friends and anyone I meet who shows interest in learning more about cloth diapering, it is just super handy.

What SAPsMaMa Loves about Changing  Diapers:

  • Great intro to cloth diapering and great reference guide throughout diapering
  • Love the bright full page images as well as the illustrations to explain things throughout the book
  • Special sections for parents under special circumstances: multiples, special needs, etc.
  • Simple and easy to read, doesn’t take very long to get through a chapter so perfect for us busy families!

 

Suggestions For Improvement:

  • SAPsDaDa and I would have loved to see more facts!  Though this book is not meant to persuade anyone to switch to cloth diapering exactly it would definitely help everyone to have a great list of facts and sources available!
  • I felt the book focused a lot on top name brand diapers, I would have loved at least a listing of cloth diapers available so readers would know their full range of choices available to them, though I know this would not keep the book as simple I think it would have been a great addition to the info section.  Some of my favorite diapers were not name brands but were quite well known to the cloth diaper community!

 

Changing Diapers by Kelly Wels

Modern Cloth Diapers Made Easy

Why Join The Cloth Diapering Movement?

  • Baby loves a soft, fluffy butt.
  • You save big bucks and the planet.
  • Eco-friendly cloth diapers are fashionable too.
  • Yes, cloth diapering is fun for moms (and dads).

The leading cloth diaper expert Kelly Wels has gotcha covered in this definitive guide to everything you need to know (and forgot to ask) about cloth diapering: “Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering”.

About the Author: Kelly Wels

Kelly Wels is a leading cloth diaper expert and advocate who has a passion for helping parents make informed decisions when it comes to how they diaper their babies.

In November 2010, Kelly founded Kellywels.com, which she calls her “passion project.” Her mission is to share her love for cloth diapers and advocate for diapering change. She says she believes that through education and knowledge, parents can be empowered to make more positive diapering choices. Kelly also is a green living promoter and social media marketer.

 

Connect With Kelly Wels and Changing Diapers

Website: http://www.changingdiapersbook.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChangingDiapersBook

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ChangingDiapers

Buy It

You can purchase “Changing Diapers” at their Online Website, or at Kelly’s Closet!  They are even offering awesome discount codes right now for the book!

Click here to Visit Changing Diapers Book

Win It

Kelly Wels would like to give one of my readers One FuzziBunz one-size diaper and one ”I’m a Hip Mom and Love Cloth Diapers”
Eco-Friendly Tattoo!  Sounds like fun for baby and mama!

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  1. We chose to cloth diaper for health reasons. We wanted to limit our baby’s exposure to chemicals as much as possible.

  2. Debbie Wingo says:

    I love cloth diapers for all the reasons too! I have diapered with prefolds and boring covers and now I am ready to dig a little deeper and try some fun ones. I need a freebie!

  3. Sarah Hull says:

    I chose to cloth diaper my son to reduce the amount of chemicals against his skin,he amount of garbage that was going out of our home, to reduce t to help save money and well, they’re just so cute and fluffy!

  4. susanne wedel says:

    i mainly switched to cloth to save money.

  5. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    We decided to cloth diaper because it is cheaper and then learned of all the other benefits.

  6. button=http://chooseclothdiapers.blogspot.com/

  7. Kelly B says:

    I chose CD because it is so economical!

  8. Julie G says:

    We cloth diaper because it is better for my baby my environment and my pocket book 🙂

  9. Jessi Greenmamajama says:

    I choose cloth because it’s better for the earth, not to mention all the ways it’s better for baby!! Super cute too…oh….so many reasons!

  10. Felicia R says:

    We choose to cloth diaper because of the health and monetary benefits! They are so much better for my LOs skin and save us so much money!

  11. There are a lot of reasons we chose cloth. They are better for our baby’s health, better for the environment, they’re cute, they work better than disposables, and of course, we’ve saved a lot of money.

  12. Bridgett zaidi says:

    I cd since its nature and cheap!

  13. Nichol Bey says:

    There were a bunch of reasons I chose to cloth diaper starting with my first child. First throwing away “disposable” diapers seemed so terrible to me. Second my daughter was getting terrible diaper rashes and my pedi suggested I check out cloth <3!

  14. Lily Ivey says:

    We CD because its better for baby’s health and the environment.

  15. Amanda Alvarado says:

    We initially started because of the cost savings over disposables. It wasn’t until later that I learned about the chemicals in disposables and how much more environmentally friendly CDs are.

  16. Andrea G. says:

    My husband and I got started researching cloth in Jan. of 2011 after a lady on a message board posted a picture of her stash. I did a quick Google search, and I literally knew we were going to cloth diaper our child before I ever even clicked the first link that came up. Honestly, my biggest reason for cloth diapering (in combination with the fact that they’re cuter) is that I don’t want to constantly put my money into the garbage using a disposable as a middleman.

    By the way, your blog button is on my cloth diaper blog: http://fluffaddictsanonymousdropout.blogspot.com/

  17. I cloth diaper to save money!

  18. We cloth diaper because it’s the only thing that doesn’t make my daughters break out in rashes and it’s a HUGE cost savings!

  19. Looks like a neat book! Jasmine’s mostly out of diapers now, so I won’t enter the giveaway, but I wanted to comment that I’d definitely be interested in reading this book if I ever have another child!

  20. Rebecca Orr says:

    I have chosen to cloth diaper to cut the costs of diapering. They also help preserve our environment and look cute too!
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  21. I choose to cloth diaper because it is cheap and healthy for my baby, but mostly just because they are so darn cute!

  22. We started cloth diapering when we had 2 in diapers. It just costed too much! It also made sense for the environment. It wasn’t until I was deciding which diapers to buy that I learned of the possible endocrine disruption that disposables expose kids to. Yuck! Glad we made the switch.

  23. NeKisha Rowe says:

    I chose to cloth diaper for health issues (the chemicals in disposables are scary) and for the savings.

  24. I chose cloth diapers because they are good for baby, save money and cause less waste.

  25. I just like the feel of cloth diapers on by baby’s bottom. Just so natural.

  26. Rachel G says:

    We chose to cloth diaper for the environment and for baby’s health. We didn’t want chemicals against baby’s skin 24/7. Also it’s great financially… or would be if I could stop myself from buying new diapers all the time 😉

  27. Nikole H. says:

    I cloth diaper because it saves money, helps the environment, and looks super cute 🙂 ngiraldi at gmail dot com

  28. Becca P. says:

    It saves money in the long run plus I can’t stand thinking about all of those disposable diapers filling up our landfills – so gross & unnecessary!
    Thanks for this great giveaway!
    (the ABC kidZ)

  29. Lexi Conklin says:

    i am starting to cloth diaper to save money and because i dont like the thought of all those chemicals touching my Little ones skin!

  30. We choose cloth diapers because it is better for our little ones skin and I love how cute they look

  31. Alessandra Peterson says:

    We are planning to CD because it will save us so much money!

  32. Krista R says:

    I chose to use cloth diapers because they were cheaper than disposables. I continue to use them because they are healthier for my son and for the environment.

  33. bonnye sensenig says:

    I chose to cloth diaper to lessen my impact on the environment and because disposables made my daughter have terrible diaper rash

  34. Eleanor Mulford says:

    Posted your button on my blog here:
    http://incognitocrunchy.blogspot.com/

  35. we cd because it’s greener and cheaper!

  36. I cloth diaper because it is so much better for baby’s skin!

  37. to keep nasty chemicals away!

  38. Lexi Conklin says:

    grabbed your button! (on my left sidebar) camdenandlexi.blogspot.com

  39. Christina C says:

    I cloth diaper because it saves money and it’s better for the environment.

  40. I am thinking of cloth diapering to save money from having to buy so many disposables, and there are just so many cute cloth diapers!

  41. Our primary original reason was to save money, but also for health reasons for our kids, (don’t want those nasty chemicals on their skin) and for the environment.

  42. I want to cloth diaper when my baby girl is born because it will be better for her (no harsh chemicals) and it will be better for the environment. It will also save us a great deal of money!!

  43. aubree faunce says:

    I love the safe, soft fabric for my twins

  44. Christine S says:

    I would love to say I’m going to try it out for the environment…but I’m not. I HATED spending so much money on diapers that caused so many blow-outs and rashes. So with this baby we’re giving cloth diapering a go. If we still have blowouts, at least we’re saving money.

  45. I’m not sure why I started, one day, I just thought, hey, I could cloth diaper. I work from home and I could handle washing the diapers. Once I got them, I was hooked!

  46. Save money, help the planet and they work better than disposables!

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