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  • Cloth Diapering 101 || Giveaway

    by Kortney Campbell on January 9, 2013

    judah We decided to cloth diaper Judah for a number of reasons. Not only is it better for the environment, but it is better for his bottom as well and saves me a ton of money! I’ve gotten so many negative comments and crazy looks from both friends and family members claiming that I can’t/won’t keep up with it or that it’s disgusting. However, cloth diapers have changed a lot since I was a baby, which is why I wanted to share more about them. Here’s how we run our diaper mill around here:

    Essentials

    The Basics:

    • Diapers || We absolutely love the BumGenius 4.0 with snaps. They are one-size and adjust as the baby grows. This means theres no need to go up a size and spend more money on a new batch! It’s recommended that you have at least 24 diapers per child. This gives you enough to go approximately 3 days before washing and some to use while the others are getting clean.
    • Inserts || Some diapers come with inserts, some don’t (the BumGenius 4.0 comes with an insert and a soaker to add for extra absorbency). I ordered 24 extra inserts as well. While we don’t use them now, they will come in handy when he starts sleeping through the night and produces more urine (that sounds so much more adult-like than pee, huh?)
    • Wipes || There are plenty of recipes online for making cloth wipes out of paper towels. However, I prefer the reusable cloth wipes. They are much more absorbent and clean the baby’s bottom SO much better than any of the disposables I’ve tried!
    • Bum Cleaner || When we’re on the go, I LOVE the BumGenius Bum Cleaner spray. When we’re at home, I use the Lusa Organics Baby Wipe Juice – 1TBS mixed with 8oz of water lasts a couple of weeks!
    • Rash Cream || There aren’t many cloth diaper friendly rash creams and most of the “all natural” ones I’ve tried were still filled with things I can’t pronounce! When Judah got a rash from thrush, I was frantically trying to find something to make it go away. CJ’s BUTTer® did the trick! This stuff is magical. And it’s not JUST for baby butts! You can use it for all sorts of things!
    • Coconut Oil || This stuff is seriously God’s gift to the world. I’ll be doing a 101 on this this month as well, but it really comes in handy with a baby. For diapering purposes, when he has thrush, I use it to combat the yeast and get rid of the rash.

    Cleaning

    Cleaning:

    • Diaper Sprayer || This super soaker hooks up to your toilet and blasts off any solid residue. I cannot say enough how much it comes in handy. Never put soiled diapers in the pail without rinsing first!
    • Bac-Out || After rinsing and ringing out the diapers, we spray them with Biokleen Bac-Out. Not only does it remove the stains, but it prevents mold and bacteria from growing in the diapers between washes. It also keeps any possible smells at bay. I guarantee you couldn’t sniff out our diaper pail if you tried!
    • Stain Remover || Biokleen also makes a biodegradable pseudo-bleach that’s great for soaking clothing. We put 2 scoops of the powder in the wash with the detergent and let the diapers soak over night then run the wash in the morning.
    • Detergent || I’m officially obsessed with Molly’s Suds. She’s a local to St. Pete that began making detergent for her own household and now she ships it all over the place! It’s cloth diaper safe, scented with peppermint oil and works better than any chemical filled detergents I’ve used in the past.

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    Other Important Stuff:

    • Diaper Pail || We use a plain tall trashcan with a foot pedal top! No need to waste money on an “official” high tech diaper pail! Thankfully, the bad smell is rinsed out then covered with the Bac-Out, so the trash can has been good to us!
    • Pail Liners || I would suggest getting 2 water resistant pail liners (one to use while the other is washing). Grow Via makes some really great ones with draw strings to keep them on the can.
    • Wet Bags || I always keep a wet bag inside the diaper bag. It makes cloth diapering on the go so much simpler. You don’t have to worry about the rest of your stuff getting wet! Just throw all of the soiled diapers in the wet bag and worry about cleaning them up when you get home!
    • Disposable Inserts || While we rarely use them, we have the Grow Via biodegradable inserts. They are great if we’re going to be gone longer than a few hours and don’t want to fill the wetbag up while we’re out or if the baby has thrush and you don’t geel like going through the process of sterilizing all of your diapers. What I really like about them is you can use the same diaper shell several times since the insert catches all moisture.
    • Old Fashioned Cloths & Pins || Since I work from home, I like to give Judah a couple of hours to “air out” each day – especially if he has a rash. Keeping him naked can get pretty messy, even if he’s on a towel and picking him up is like playing Russian Roulette. These are really loose and airy but provide just enough coverage to catch any flying matter! I just load him up with coconut oil, throw one on, lay him on a towel and let him go about his day!

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    The Giveaway:

    While it saves a TON of money in the long run, cloth diapering a little one seems like a big decision since you’re shelling out all the money up front rather than making a weekly trip to the store. So I thought it might be nice to kick the new year off with a little cloth starter kit with a few products I really love. Here’s what you’ll get:

    • One Bum Genius Freetime Cloth Diaper with Insert
    • Pack of 12 Reusable Bum Genius Cotton Flannel Baby Wipes
    • Bum Genius Spray Bottom Cleaner
    • Bum Genius Diaper Sprayer
    • CJ’s BUTTer® Vegan Formula, Narwhals & Unicorns
    • Biokleen Bac-Out Odor & Stain Remover Spray
    • Molly’s Suds All Natural Detergent
    • Coconut Oil

    Here’s how you enter to win:

    1. Like BumGenius, CJ’s BUTTer®, Biokleen & Molly’s Suds on Facebook.
    2. Visit the BumGenius, Rinse Works, CJ’s BUTTer®, Biokleen & Molly’s Suds  websites & check out their awesome products.
    3. Come back here and leave a comment letting us know which products you like best and why you’d like to win!

    How to increase your chances of winning:

    • Share the top photo on Instagram, Twitter and/or Pinterest with the hashtag #VHclothdiaper and add a comment below letting us know you did so.
    • Share the blog on Facebook and add a comment below letting us know you did so.
    • Post a blog about why you’d like to win.
    • Have your friends comment below with your name and why you should win.

    Each entry must be a separate comment to ensure we are able to choose the correct winner using the Random Number Generator (learned this by experience). You have until this Sunday at midnight to enter and the winner will be announced Monday!

    Good Luck!

    Please Note: While these products were provided by the suppliers, all reviews on Vegan Housewives are 100% honest and unbiased. If we don’t like a product, we don’t want you to waste your money, so we’d never falsify our opinion or try to give you a shabby prize!

    About Kortney Campbell

    I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Lauren Ray January 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I liked all the FB pages! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bum genius line! We are going to be cloth diapering our first little one due in April and I’m so excited about it! This is the perfect starter kit for us! I would love to win so that I can show everyone in my family that cloth diapering is way better than it used to be and better for baby too!

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    Mandi January 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I shared the pic on Pinterest –

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    Lauren Ray January 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I shared on pinterest as well! :)

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    Mandi January 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    – and shared the blog on facebook. Love the Vegan Housewives!

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    Lauren Ray January 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I also shared the blog on my facebook!

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    Amanda January 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I am a coconut FIEND and have never heard of Tropical Traditions, so I’m obviously excited about that! I also love any vegan company I can find for products that will be touching my family (lotions, creams, soaps), and as a Mom who owns a small business, Molly’s Suds makes me pretty happy too. I WANT IT ALL!

    Why should I win? I am going to be a mom for the second time…but for the first time as a vegan (I’m going on 2 years in May). Until I went vegan, I didn’t think about what was in everything–from cleaners to creams to diapers. But now I do. This would be a great set to get me started, as it’s going to be a bit of a struggle adding a second babe to the mix (still, we’re over the moon!).

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    Mandi January 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I am super interested in bumGenius’ cloth diapers! I’m interested in the other products as well, particularly the vegan BUTTers sampler by CJ’s, the Aquas diaper sprayer by RinseWorks, & pretty much everything by Tropical Traditions (have so wanted to try their products!!). This giveaway is awesome, love your blog!!

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    amber matheney January 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Although I’ve never used any of these products before, I like that they are all more environmentally friendly than disposables.This will be my first time using cloth diapers and considering that this will be my fourth child I also love the idea that cloth diapering saves money and this would totally help me out with that as well!

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    amber matheney January 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    pinned it on pinterest!

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    amber matheney January 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    also shared on facebook <3

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    Hillary Thorn January 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Hey Vegab housewives! Thanks for the opportunity to enter again! I am almost 28 weeks pregnant with my first baby and would like to try to cloth diaper. I love a good freebie and I’m trying to build a stockpile for my little man! Thanks!!!

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    Kathy Thorn January 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hillary deserves this gift package. She truly is making a change in her families life to be more healthy and being more concious of the enviro ment around her. She is making the best environment for their precious little one coming in a few months.

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    Alicia January 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Amber Matheney deserves to win! She’s pregnant with her 4th baby and cloth diapearing will definitely be a BIG help and she could use all the help she can get with the 4 babes! Also she’s a great mother & friend! Good Luck!

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    Marlee January 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    amber matheney should win! she’s am awesome mama due with baby #4!

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    Allison January 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Hello what wonderful information!!!! I am new to the cloth diapering, my son keeps having reactions to the regular diapers. I loved the website on the CJs buTTer , also the coconut oil!!!!thank you again

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    Elysia January 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Liked all the pages. LOVE bumgenius!!

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    Elysia January 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Shared on facebook

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    Ann Rhodes January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    What a beautiful idea to help Moms with environmentaly safe products…cute too! I love that people are starting to have their eyes opened this way. Its so important to teach others and the next generations the importance of healthy choices. To be spiritually balanced it is sometimes necessary to Un-teach our minds and remove all the false teachings and junk food that has cluttered our life styles. Gods ways are to be balanced physically, mentally and spiritually…body…soul…and mind…so that our spirit is pure and healthy. I am so happy to see so many people coming into the understanding of having life and more abundantly. Amber Nicole Matheney is one of those people who is trying hard to change diapers (no pun intended…or maybe there was…LOL) And I might even say she has changed quite a few (and one more on the way)…….O.K. but she is wanting to change diapers from store bought disposables to cloth for Norah and then baby # 4 (maybe Noah or Ezekiel) …(Grandma putting bids on new boy names!!!!) and (Zoe…girl name) So my votes for Amber Nicole<<<<<<< <3 Love Mom

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    Megan Infantino January 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Okay so I ‘liked’ all the facebook pages. I did browse all of the merchandise on the websites andthe bum genius line still really appeal to me. I was already aware of bum genius as a girl friend of mine made the switch to cloth diapering about 6-7 months ago. Her baby is a little over a year old now. She uses bum genius and loves it. I am excited to start cloth diapering with my son. He is 4 months old now. While disposible diapers were easy in the beginning, I am ready to make the switch because diapers and wipes ARE JUST SO EXPENSIVE. I know that cloth diapering will safe us lots of money in the long run and also be better for the environment. Winning this contest will be great as it will be a great way to get started. I will be able to show everyone I know just how much better cloth diapering is on the finances and on the environment.

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    Megan Infantino January 10, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I shared on facebook!

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    Beth Borer January 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I liked all the facebook pages! I love the BumGenius line and am excited to be buying some in the next few months. I am going to be cloth diapering my son due in April! I also really like the CJ’s BUTTer, especially because it can be used for my eczema as well as my baby’s diaper rash :) And I have been searching for detergent to buy, so Molly’s Suds seems perfect! This is the perfect starter kit and I am so thankful that you are giving it away. None of my family supports my decision and I can’t wait to show them how wrong they are about cloth diapering :) I would love to win this kit to start off my cloth diapering stash and get myself everything I need to start successfully :) Thanks!

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    Beth Borer January 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Also I shared the blog on my facebook!

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    Justin Borer January 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    My wife Elizabeth Borer should win! She is so dedicated to cloth diapering our son due in April even though no one else is supportive, and she will have to hand wash due to us only have apartment washers/dryers. The bac-out and the diaper sprayer will be a lifesaver to help her! Thanks!

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    Dawn Weakland January 10, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Elizabeth Borer should win because she is going to be an AWESOME mom!

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    Abbi January 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Lauren Ray is going to be a really good mom! She would love to cloth diaper – thanks!

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    Katina January 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I am hoping that my vote for Hillary Thorn will help her to win a chance at the cloth diapers. Excited for her to have her first baby after praying for her for several months to conceive! Yay!

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    Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    elizabeth borer should win cause she is going to be a good mom!!

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    Katie M. January 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’ve “liked” them all on FB! We are getting the bumgenius pocket diapers and the Rinseworks diaper sprayer. I registered for lots of CJs unscented BUTTer lotion! Biokleen’s citrus powder sounds amazing, and I’d grab the All Sports Molly suds for when things get really stinky. Finally, stocking up on organic virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions will keep baby’s butt, our hair, and our baked dishes delish!

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    Katie M. January 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Pinned the #VHclothdiaper pic on Pinterest!!

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    Katie M. January 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Tweeted on Twitter @ikmitch :)

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    Katie M. January 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Shared on Facebook! :D

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    Vicki January 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I think Elizabeth Borer should win since she has made the right decision to use cloth diapers for her baby.

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    Ann Rhodes January 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

    shared on facebook

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    Kaitlyn Belland January 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    This is such a great opportunity! I’m dying to try CJ’s BUTTer and Molly’s Suds – plus I absolutely love the Biokleen products already. I cloth diaper my 1.5 year old already, but I’m due in May and I’m getting ready to cloth diaper the new baby as well, so this would be a great starter kit! Thanks for such great giveaways :)

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    Kaitlyn Belland January 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I posted on Twitter!

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    Kaitlyn Belland January 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Posted on Instagram too :)

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    Kaitlyn Belland January 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Aaaand posted on Pinterest as well!

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    Kaitlyn Belland January 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Posted the blog on Facebook :)

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    McClain January 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I’m typing with one hand while I breastfeeding, so I apologize for any typos :) I shared on Facebook, IG, Pinterest, and Twitter. I LOVE cloth diapering and this was a great post… I have products that I like and I always want to know what other people like! I’ve heard awesome things about Bum Genius and I’d like to try a dipe and their flannel wipes. We’ll be starting on solids in a few months, so we’ll be in desperate need of a good diaper sprayer like the Rinse Works one! Also, I’ve been making our detergent because I haven’t found one that I like so I’m super interested in Molly’s Suds! Lastly, I have tried a few different cremes for rash and nothing has worked very well, so I migh try out CJ’s BUTTer.

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    McClain January 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Oh and I liked all the Facebook pages as well!

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    Holly January 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Pick Amber Matheney!!!

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    Chaya January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Elizabeth Borer should win because she’s the best and will be an awesome mom!

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    sarahbeth January 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I liked all the pages on facebook. I went to the websites, but the products are all so fabulous it’s really hard to just choose one! I’d really like to win because I am pregnant with my first child and I am TERRIFIED! I really want to cloth diaper but there are so many options and costs and things to consider that it’s all a little overwhelming. If I won a few things, that might be the start of happy diapering instead of frustrated giving up.

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    allison January 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Please have HIlary Thorn win the cloth diapers!!! She is a first time mommy and will be an amazing mom!!!! Thanks<3

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    Stephanie January 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hillary Thorn should win the cloth diapers! I used them for my son and they are awesome! She is going to be an awesome mom!

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    Masha January 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Amber Matheney should win, because she is about to add yet another baby to her lovely family, and she us a living, caring mother who could really use some help. Babies go through dippers quickly, and thus will help her save some money to maybe spend the other kids, or on a date with her hubby :).

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    Katherine Prugh January 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Amber Matheney deserves to win! She is a wonderful mother and friend and I would love for her to give her new bundle of joy a new and organic way to keep them fresh :). She is so deserving of it!

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    Patti Ramsey January 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Amber Matheney is the perfect choice for this starter set! She stays home with her three children and is thrilled to be adding another baby to her brood. Cloth diapers will help her to save even more money while keeping her babys bottom environmentally safe :) She won’t have to hang the diapers on the clothes line like I did (and I’m not that old!), but she is very interested in doing the best for her kids and for our earth.

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    Mika January 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    My friend Elysia should win b/c she is amazing! She has been in the NICU w/ her 2nd baby girl since Thanksgiving. She has mothered her girls amazingly well during this ordeal and is one of the strongest women I know. She is an amazing mom – always putting her girls first and being a great example of how to love others well. Please consider her. It amazes me that she is trying to still do what’s best for her girls in the midst of these trials instead of only resorting to what’s easy. I am very proud of her!

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    Mika January 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Elysia Brandt – her last name might be important to know!

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    Anneliese January 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Hillary Thorn deserves more than anyone to be chosen for the cloth diapers! This baby is the first addition to her family and I just know she will be an amazing mother!

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    Anthony Thorn January 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hillary Thorn should win, she is going to be an amazing mother and change all our baby’s diapers…

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    Naida M. January 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I think that Hillary Thorn should win because she is a wonderful person and would be the greatest mom. She is truly a humble and nurturing and caring person. Please please please let Hillary be the Winner!!!!!!

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    Rae January 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I absolutely love the Bumgenius 4.0, it has given me hope that our first baby due in April might be a successful case in cloth diapering! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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    Alicia January 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I think hillary thorn should win because she is going to be a great mom and it would be great for baby boy

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    Chris January 14, 2013 at 4:15 am

    We’re bum genius fans.

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    Tara "Marinara" January 16, 2013 at 1:06 am

    PInned on pintrest
    http://pinterest.com/pin/6192518209649427/

    I’d try to have friends nominate me for a win I pretty desperately need – but I don’t really have any friends. And the people I know wouldn’t do this for me.

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    Devon Wible January 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Awesome article and giveaway! I love he bumgenius organic and flips. I also have to get the bac out spray and diaper cream.

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    Lauren November 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I adore BG and I nneeeeeedddd a sprayer. Why I need it: A couple month’s ago I almost lost my father. He had a triple bypass and his recovery has been a long and trying one.I= I’m the only one he has less than a month after I lost my settlement and my husbamd left. Now I’m broke and having one hell of a time with my father’s dog with a refined taste for my CD stash. =/

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