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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Does Your Baby Suffer from Unsightly Diaper-Butt?

You probably know what Diaper-Butt Syndrome is. It's those disposable diaper wearing babies whose plastic ruffles stick out of the top of their pants and scream to the world, my diaper is ugly! While we all know that cloth diapering is good for baby and good for Mother Earth, many mamas admit they wear 'em simple for the style-factor. Their babies, simply put, look cute down to their bottoms. No unsightly diaper butt - just colorful and fluffy, round rumps.

Diaper style has come a long way since my kids were in diapers several years ago. Even the first FuzziBunz prototype was pretty ugly by today’s standards. Today, cloth diapering parents can color coordinate their baby’s diaper to match their clothing, mood or event!

Cloth Diapers are Meant to be Seen: Cloth diapers are meant to be seen and coordinated with baby’s wardrobe. And with tons of colors to choose from, cloth diapers can match with just about any outfit! Peeking out under dresses, with only a t-shirt and leggings or by themselves, cloth diapers are a part of the outfit, not something to be covered up.

Cloth Diapers Keep Elmo at Bay: Our babies love Elmo and Mickey Mouse, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be on reiterated over and over again on their diapers. Plus, Mickey doesn’t match with much and doesn’t have the understated style a cloth diapered tush does (not to mention you can get great photos of your baby in a cute colorful diaper any time of day with cloth…those dorky characters and pesky ruffles can ruin your pictures!).

Cloth Diaper Allow Babies to Flaunt their Babyness: Now let’s talk about round squishiness of a cloth diapered bottom. Adorable, right? Most cloth diapering mamas would say so, but I think society in general has gotten so accustomed to the trim profile of disposables that they don’t appreciate the fluffy-diaper look. Aside from the fact that the trimness is only made possible by inserting lots of chemicals into the diaper layers, it’s sometimes hard to tell that a disposables baby is even wearing a diaper…yet diapers are the hallmark of babyhood! Instead of hiding it, let’s love our little fluffy bunz and help our kids embrace what a great movement they are a part of! (And try not to make fun of those poor kids with Diaper-Butt Syndrome!)

Finally, I want to say that I couldn’t be more excited to be a contributor to this blog – The Cloth Diaper Whisperer has become a great resource for moms and dads navigating this confusing world of cloth! I look forward to your comments, thoughts and questions – and of course sharing my musings and advice with you all the while.

P.S. In case you missed it, last week FuzziBunz launched some new colors, just for the fun of it. If your baby needs some new colors to coordinate with their spring clothing, check ‘em out!

By Tereson Dupuy- Inventor of FuzziBunz

Known as the mother of the modern cloth diaper, Tereson Dupuy invented the first pocket-style cloth diaper as a 28-year-old concerned mama. She later turned her invention into what is known today as the original pocket-style diaper, FuzziBunz cloth diapers, a popular brand of cloth diapers since 1999. As an inventor, business owner and mom to three, Tereson has many years of personal and professional experience in the cloth diaper industry, and she's excited to work with The Cloth Diaper Whisperer to offer her perspective on cloth diapering trends and insights.


Caitlin said...

I'm super sad that these weren't out a couple months earlier! My 2-month-old girl ended up with mostly boy colors because the site didn't send me what I wanted. :( (Now I want more in new colors! Oh money...)

Anonymous said...

Entertaining article! Recently my daughter and I were at a birthday party and my friend mentioned to her friends that we use cloth diapers. One of them said, "I thought she just had a ba-donka-donk." which is slang for a big bottom. :)

Meredith said...

The longer I cloth diaper, the more upset I get when I see a kid in Huggies or Pampers.
I almost never put my daughter in onesies so that her diaper can proudly poke out of her pants!

Karen said...

I love my son's fuzzibunz!! They are so cute on him, easy, and not noisy.

Suzy said...

New colors? I wish I had budget for new diapers. :(

Molly said...

Love this!!! We call it "Bulky-Butt Syndrome" in our house. :)

Erin G said...

I admit it! I'm one of those moms who got into it for the savings, but I'm staying it for the CUTENESS factor. I might be sad when my daughter potty-trains, as much as it pains me to admit that. :)

T Rex Mom said...

I so agree - I started cloth diapering just to save money. Now I have to stop myself from purchasing something just because it might match a certain outfit.

But I do try to coordinate baby girls dresses with her diapers so she doesn't have to wear bloomers.

Jill said...

I have a fluffy-bum baby and proud of it!

Big Mama said...

fuzzibunz are my favorite cloth diapers!

Dea said...

i was starting to feel sily for wanting to buy more in certain colors i'm lacking and wondering if it was ok to dress my babyin a t shirt and cloth diaper this summer... Thanks for validating my new CD obsession! :)

Lisa said...

So many of our friends cloth diaper, it is really unusual for me to see a child in a disposable (which I think is FANTASTIC!). Yes, my kids may have to wear slightly bigger bottoms, but they are saving the planet, one diaper at a time (and looking darn cute doing it!)