Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Little Bee Company...Caring for Orphans around the world, one cloth diaper at a time! Review and #GIVEAWAY

As always, I am looking for a new diaper to try out! I have been able to review many different kinds of diapers since starting this blog! A company that I recently came across, a company that took me by surprise took my breath away and made my heart leap for joy!
The Little Bee Co. {Bee Changed and Change the World}
What is so special about this company, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Yes, they make and sell cloth diapers, they also sell detergents and 'extras'  (think CJ's BUTTer, cloth wipes, board books, wet bags).
This is no ordinary cloth-diapering company!
The Little Bee Co. is a Christian-based company that takes the Scripture verse James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as Pure and Faultless is to care for orphans..." literally!
That's right, for every diaper purchased, reviewed, and given away (through a giveaway), The Little Bee. Co. will donate a cloth diaper to an orphan in need! You can read more about their mission HERE!
Having worked at the Department of Human Resources, in the Children's Services department in Oklahoma for a year, I have a HUGE place in my heart for orphans and foster children alike!
I have seen children removed from their home to be placed in emergency foster care. I have heard the cries of these children as they are taken away from a dangerous situation (the only home they have ever known) and put into a safe and loving foster home.
Now, to compare foster children and orphans may be a bit extreme, but the point is, that the Little Bee Co. has a powerful mission that I am grateful and blessed to be a part of!
Now onto the #clothdiapers (ok, go ahead and grab a Kleenex and dry your eyes first)!
The Little Bee. Co. graciously sent me a Bee Changed Bamboo diaper in "American Meadow"
The name is unique... don't you think? American Meadow! In fact, all the color names of their diapers are significant.
(the following information taken from The Little Bee Co. website)

Bee Changed Diaper Colors

Each Bee Changed Diaper Color is chosen to represent a specific group of children in need. Take the time when you change your babies Bee Changed Diaper to send up a little prayer for the sweet children that color represents.


In light of the excitement of the launch of The Little Bee Co. we wanted to remember those who were suffering the devastation of the events unfolding in Japan during that same time. For the thousands of children and babies affected we dedicate: Japanese Cherry Blossom {Deep Pink}


In Russia approx. 750,000 children live without parental care. One of my greatest inspirations, my grandma, had a passion for helping kids. Her favorite flower {mine too} is also the national flower of Russia, the sunflower. To represent the children of Russian and in memory of my grandma: Russian Sunflower{True Yellow}


In all Latin America, Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in children under 5. For many parents a major resource for survival comes from the export of coffee . When these resources are unavailable parents are unable to provide food for their children and are often forced to abandon them. To represent these children: Guatemalan Morning Mud {A Cocoa Coffee Brown}


Across Mexico there is beauty found in a sunset, but did you know in Mexico City alone there are 1.9 million other beauties, just as beautiful as a sunset, that are overlooked daily. These beauties are children in need. At The Little Bee Co. we believe every child is beautiful. To represent these children: Mexican Sol {A vibrant orange found in the beauty of a Mexican Sunset}


On a medical mission trip in '06, I found myself in one of the most beautifully created places I have ever been, surrounded by the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen. To represent the children of Honduras and our love for them: Honduran Sunrise{A deep blue with a hint of purple found in the early morning skyline of the breathtaking sunrise over the island of Oak Ridge Key}


My husband has been blessed to participate in several mission trips to assist children in Africa. For these children water is a luxury. During the dry season it is common for children to walk miles to find water from the closest well. I can only imagine their prayers for rain. To represent these children: African Rain {A vibrant aqua}


As a little girl I told my mom someday I would have a Chinese baby. It is something so woven in my core I have never questioned it. Now I wonder: is that baby to be found in this mission, adoption or could she be my 8 year old sister-in-law {adopted from China herself} Whatever the answer I am happy for God's plan. To represent the children of China: Chinese Lotus {A natural white}


In the U.S. the term orphan is rarely used. When describing children in government care, the term 'foster child' is used even when the child is living in a group home or institution. There are approx. 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and approx. 120,000 currently available to adopt. To represent these children: American Meadow {A classic play on a spring green}


To represent the 1 in 40 baby girls born in Cambodia who will be sold into the sadness of promiscuous slavery and our prayer to help in the rescue of these innocent lives: Cambodian Blush {A soft pink}

The more I read, the more impressed in love with this company I am!
In fact, I just saw on Facebook that The Little Bee Co. had packaged up 250 of their diapers (enough to cover the bums of ALL the babies) at the Serving His Children home in Jinja, Uganda!
This review would not be complete without adding a few pictures of some of the children that have received diapers from this mission!!



Is that not AWESOME! I mean when you buy a product, how many of us actually think about what kind of an impact (if any) is my purchase making? I do now!
Okay, back to the review!!
This is what I received: (Bee Changed Bamboo one sized Diaper)
A close up of the mission printed on the backside of the tag:
This is the diaper all laid out:
The outside of the diaper:
The first few things I noticed about this diaper right off the bat, was the similarity of the inserts to the Rumparooz inserts. I think they are identical. Also, the outer portion of this diaper is 100% polyester, and the inner (the white) is 100% bamboo (so a bit of prepping needed to be done)! It is soooooo soft! The front of the diaper that covers the belly is really stretchy. The stretchy design assures you get the proper fit on your baby! The other thing that caught my eye was the size of the pocket opening:

It was a bit small. Okay for me, I have small-ish hands, but I thought what if the hubs tried to stuff it, then I instantly remembered that I am the certified "diaper-stuffer" in our home!
After prepping this diaper, here is what the bamboo looked like:
I think this diaper just gets softer with each wash!
Here is the diaper on my 19 mo son.... perfect fit!!
And the rear-view:
Although I do like the microfiber inserts, I prefer to use hemp inserts. I tried my Babykicks size Med. hemp insert in this diaper and it fit perfectly! When purchasing these diapers, you do have an option to upgrade to the hemp/organic cotton inserts for $3.50 more! He had no leaks or other issues while wearing this diaper, we love it!
The Little Bee Co. not only makes the one size diaper (fits babies 8-35 lbs) in bamboo ($19.95), the one size diaper also comes in microsuede ($17.95) but they also make an adorably cute "Bitty Bee Changed Diaper" ($12.95) designed to fit premature babies through 12 lbs!!
The Little Bee Co. website also has a "Cloth 101" page. This page is choc-full of information, to how many diapers you will need for your newborn/infant/toddler, to prepping instructions and getting a good fit!
So my youngest (pictured above) has just moved from size 18 months to 24 months size clothing! I love that while he is wearing this diaper, the little tag sticks out in the back! It is a gentle reminder that God calls us to ministry and that this diaper provided a diaper for a little one in need!
This is an awesome diaper made with a purpose, just as you and I are made with a purpose!
You can purchase these great diapers directly from the Little Bee Co. website, or you can enter to win one here! The Little Bee Co. has graciously offered one LWML follower the chance to win a diaper of choice (Bamboo, Microsuede, or Bitty Bee) and color!
To enter, simply use the rafflecopter form below, you may have to click on "read more" to see the rafflecopter entry form!

Good Luck and have fun!
~Mama of the littles~

Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for this review, Thanks to The Little Bee Co.! No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.





83 comments:

  1. I would pick the green bamboo diaper...or maybe the itty bitty :) I love that they support such a great cause! danaahudson at gmail.com

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  2. Japanese Cherry Blossom bamboo, or Mexican Sol :) I love the the Bitty Bee's as well! learned they also have the wrap and go feature :)

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  3. I would want Russian Sunflower! Everyone needs a bright yellow diaper, in bamboo. I also learned that not only do they have "diaper drops" but they also help the orphanage workers learn to use the diapers! That is so great.

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  4. I would choose the bamboo diaper in Guatemalan Morning Mud

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  5. I love the African Rain diaper, and I learned that if you button your diaper inside out and dry on Med, you will get a quicker dry time.

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  6. I'd love the Honduran Sunrise and I learned that they are organizing diaper drops to Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, China & Cambodia

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  7. I'd pick Mexican Sol - the bright orange is just amazing! I learned that Serving His Children was started by an 18year old - wow!

    P.S. Say a prayer for all the Little Bees - they're wadding through flooding currently...

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  8. I love the Honduran Sunrise and I learned that the diapers that are donated are the same diapers they sell. What a great cause!

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  9. I would choose the Japanese Cherry Blossom bamboo diaper. I love that each of the names of the colors have a meaning behind them. What a great idea! I learned that disposables sit in a landfill for 500 years!!! Yikes! eliblish@hotmail.com

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  10. I would choose the Bamboo diaper in Honduran Sunrise. We have a couple and LOVE them!! I learned that each diaper color has a meaning for different orphanages.

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  11. I lived in africa for a little while so i want african rain, DH wants mexican sol because he lived in Mexico and Japanese Cherry ablossom bc he lived in Japan and it would look grest on our little girl :) we want to collec tthem all! Hard to say something new bc you covered so much, but some of the countries they are working with orphanages in are honduras, china, guatemala and africa!

    Karilynaley @ yahoo

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  12. All things diapers facebook #1! karilynaley at yahoo

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150295785758280&id=160031428279

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    Karilynaley at yahoo

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  14. I would choose the bamboo Honduran Sunrise. I love that they are committed to putting diapers on the less fortunate.
    vrclay30 at gmail dot com

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  15. All things diapers entry 1
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  17. I would probably choose African rain or Honduran sunrise. Little Bee is working with Serve His Children in Jinja, Uganda and are in the process of setting up a diaper drop there. Note: I was in Uganda in 2006 and LOVED it.
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  18. I would choose the Bitty Bee Changed Diaper in Mexican Sol. I learned that a lot of babies in the orphanages that they provide diapers for live in unsanitary conditions because a large number of orphanages use split pants, rags or often times no diaper at all. This is very sad and this company is doing a wonderful thing!

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  19. I would choose the Bitty Bee Changed diaper in African Rain.

    Katie

    giveawaykatie at gmail dot com

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  20. Maybe the Russian Sunflower. Don't have a yellow diaper yet! Learned about their diaper drops.

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  21. I would choose the Bamboo diaper in American Meadow. We are all about green all around. I learned that bamboo is hypoallergenic, which I was previously unaware of:)

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  22. i would choose the bamboo diaper in true yellow, I learned that for every diaper purchased they donate a diaper, so cool!!!

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  23. I would choose the Bamboo diaper in the Russian Sunflower color. I learned that they work the mission, Serving His Children

    Carolyn H on Rafflecopter

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  24. I would choose the bamboo diaper in Mexican Sol. I learned that for every diaper you purchase, they donate a diaper to a child in need. So kind!!

    debbie m on RC

    dmoretti1967 at yahoo.com

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  25. I love the color Honduran Sunrise. I have known about Bee Changed for awhile. If I ever have the opportunity to buy new cloth diapers I would love to support their cause. I hadn't realized that the diapers are taken personally by someone who helps teach individuals at t he orphanage about cloth diapering. Bee Changed is an amazing company!

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  26. I would choose the guatemalan morning mud one :) I've already bought one in yellow and blue!

    And I learned that they do a diaper drop in Africa--which is special to me since that's where my nephew was born!

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  27. I would choose Russian sunflower. I think it's great how they are helping needy children by hiving out diapers

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  28. I would choose the bamboo one in Mexican sol. I learned that they wait til they have enough diapers for each baby then assist the staff in transitioning to modern cloth.

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  29. What an awesome company! I may have to order a few for my stash. African rain sounds beautiful!

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  30. I would choose the bamboo one in African Rain. I think that it is amazing that for every diaper purchased, one is donated! Just amazing!

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  31. I would get the Bee Changed Bamboo diaper in Russian Sunflower and I learned that Bee Changed has a newborn diaper. So cute!

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  32. Fave: Bee Changed Bamboo Diaper, hemp/organic cotton
    Learned that when enough diapers are collected for each baby of one entire orphanage, a "Diaper Drop" is organized to deliver the diapers and help in assisting the orphanage workers with their transition to modern cloth.

    all natural katie
    allnaturalkatie at gmail dot com

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  34. I didn't realize that they were a religious based company.

    I think that I would choose Guatemalan Mud if I won.

    (Forgot my email address in my first post). fieryone@sbcglobal.net

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  35. honduran sunrise is my favorite and i learned that each of the colors is significant to an orphange!

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  36. African Rain is my fave!
    I think it is awesome that they are christian based and donating to orphans! What an awesome ministry!

    snyder_crystal at hotmail dot com

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  37. i'd get the microsuede diaper in mexican sol color. i learned each diff type of diaper represents a diff group of children in need

    annae07@aol.com

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  38. I learned that each color represents a specific place of need. I love the African Rain color. I already have some Little Bee Wipes that I love. I love the heart behind this company!

    brandielam3 at gmail dot com

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  39. The Cambodian blush. They are currently working with orphanages in Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, China & Cambodia.

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  40. I would love a Bitty Bee Changed in Honduran Sunrise. We didn't start cloth diapers with my first until she was 7 months old, and I have no newborn diapers for #2 who will be here in December. I'd love to try these out!
    I learned that they have "diaper drops" scheduled in the near future for several different countries :)

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  41. I would choose the Microsuede diaper and I learned that they have really cool names for their dipes!

    madelinemiller at gmail dot com

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  42. I would choose the Bee Changed Bamboo Diaper in Japanese Cherry Blossom. I learned that for every diaper purchased they donate a diaper to an orphan. So cool! What a blessing!

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  43. I would choose a Bee Changed Bamboo Diaper with Hemp/Organic Cotton insert in Honduran Sunrise.

    I learned that they wait until they have a diaper for each baby at an orphanage before they make "a drop".

    ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. I would choose the american meadow print, and I learned that they give a diaper to a baby in need for each diaper bough.

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  45. I would choose the Japanese cherry blossom color! I love that for every diaper purchase (or won with giveaways) one is donated.
    fmgrice2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I would choose the bee changed bamboo in hondourin sunrise
    eeyoresgr8@aol.com

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  47. I'd choose the Bitty Bee Changed diaper in Honduran Sunrise. I learned that each different color of diaper represents a specific group of children in need.
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  48. I would choose the gorgeous orange! I love that they were a religious based company
    sabrina radke
    sradke1024 at gmail dot com

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  49. I learned that bamboo is hypoallergenic!! Which is great for us! Ilike the green bamboo

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  50. I would choose the Bamboo OS Diaper -- I learned that disposable diapers will sit for approximately 500 years in a landfill! ngiraldi at gmail dot com

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  52. I would get the Bamboo diaper in Mexican Sol.

    I learned that Bamboo is hypoallergenic. Which makes me love it even more because my little ones have sensitive skin.

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  53. Gautelmalan Morning Mud and I learned that they just made a diaper drop in China!!

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  54. I would buy the Microsuede in American Meadow (I love green!) or perhaps Chinese Lotus because I don't have a white diaper.

    I learned that they have the wrap and go feature and that no one knows the true effects of the chemicals in disposable diapers on the health of our children.

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  55. I learned, "Orphans, especially those in 3rd world countries, do not have proper diapering available. A large number of orphanages use split pants, rags or often times no diaper at all. These precious babies find themselves in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions that cause an already bad situation to be far worse."

    I like the African Rain color and the Bee Changed Bamboo diaper with a hemp/organic cotton insert.

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  56. I like the Russian Sunflower. I learned they are just down the road from me. I should stop in and visit!

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  57. I'd pick the Microsuede in Chinese Lotus. I didn't know they donated to such a good cause! I love the term "diaper drops".

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  58. i would like the american meadow diaper and i learned that they give a diaper away every time one of their diapers is bought or won!
    damiesmom at ymail dot com

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  59. I love the African Rain diaper, and I learned about their "Diaper Drops" where they collect diapers for an entire orphanage in one country or another. How wonderful!

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  60. I would love the Honduran Sunrise. I learned that the organization they work with in Uganda was started by an 18 year old. Wow.
    (Also, where in OK were you when you lived here? I'm in northeast OK)

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  61. OMG disposable diapers will sit for approximately 500 years in a landfill!!!! I love the japanese cherry blossom color.
    bonnyejean at gmail dot com

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  62. I think the tweet link didn't post today: https://twitter.com/#!/allnaturalkatie/status/114699904231804928

    all natural katie
    allnaturalkatie at gmail dot com

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  63. I didn't realize that they were a faith based company and since my aunt lives in Guatemala, I think that I would choose Guatemalan Mud (I believe that's the name. The site is closed today) :)

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  64. I learned that they currently have two working relationships set up for "drops". One in Xian, China & one in Jinja, Uganda. And more in development in Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, & Cambodia!
    The shop is currently closed right now but I'd love the Aqua Blue or the Magenta Pink diaper!
    rasmith0506 at gmail dot com

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  65. I'd choose a bamboo guatemalan morning mud diaper. And I learned they help orphanages all over the world in several different countries.
    smoo06 at yahoo dot com

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  68. choose either the orange sunset color, or the blue color. Learned that the shop is closed until 23rd of Sept.

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  69. The shop is closed, but I did learn they have done diaper drops so far in China and Uganda. I would love the Japanese Cherry Blossom color. I'm not sure which kind of diaper I'd take, I'd have to look at their shop when it reopens.

    simplymerry at gmail dot com

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  70. All their diapers are made with bamboo fleece which is very safe for babies. I would choose the African Rain Diaper. Thanks! jsbecker29 at gmail dot com

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  71. I would choose either bamboo or microsuede in honduran sunrise

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  72. And I learned that after they reopen on the 24 for 1 week all diapers sold will donate a diaper to babies affected by the flooding by them. :)

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  73. Awesome giveaway from an awesom company! I would go with the pocket diaper you featured with a bamboo lining. And I would have to get it in orange. I learned that they did a drop of 250 diapers to an orphanage in Uganda this month...amazing!

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  74. I learned that with every diaper purchase, they will donate a diaper to an orphan in need.
    Lovely mission.
    lovemyhnk@yahoo.com

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  75. The shop is closed but I love the pinkish purlply color and I love that if I bought a diaper for my little one that another mom would get the same diaper for her little one.
    ticklemetiffyyyy[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  76. It said the shop is closed, but I love the orange colored diaper. I also learned that orphans have to use plants as diapers... poor things.

    a_stro at yahoo dot com

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  77. Looks like their store wont be back up and running until the 23rd but I love the brown colored diaper! I loved reading through the care section on their website, I am still learning about cloth diapering and I found that section to be very easy to read and concise.
    myricksl6 at hotmail dot com

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  78. and i learned thet natual fibers should only be prepped with natural fibers- not with microfiber!

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  79. Japanese Cherry Blossom! And I learned they do diaper drops in various countries overseas, that's so wonderful, and Serving His Need was started by an 18 year old, wow!

    kaitlynn.carras at gmail dot com

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  80. I really like African rain and I learned that they donate a diaper to ones in need. I think that is awesome!

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  81. Their shop is closed, but from their Facebook I fell in love with the newborn AIO in that pretty green color. I also learned that they suggest 30-36 diapers for a newborn. In 18 months of CDing and having a newborn in them at one point I never knew that.
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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