Thursday, April 21, 2011

Write a chapter for the NPN cloth diapering book!

toddler in wool diaper coverWe need your high-quality and informative writing for the upcoming Natural Parents Network book, The Natural Parent's Guide to Cloth Diapering!

Submissions are due April 30.

We hope this book will be like a Cloth Diapers 101 class for anyone interested in finding out more about the subject — as well as an advanced course for those with particular questions and troubleshooting needs.

We invite you to submit one or more chapters having to do with any aspect of cloth diapering.

Please, as you're submitting, remember that this will be a chapter in a printed book. We want your best writing — please edit any blog posts to fit into a book's format and style, and please be thorough in what information you give. We want NPN's guide to be the "last word" in cloth diapering, and we will be judging submissions based on quality of writing and completeness of information.

Available Chapters

  • Why cloth diaper?
    • Environmental impacts
    • Budgetary impacts
    • Health impacts
    • Effect on toilet independence
    • The cuteness & coziness factors
  • Prefolds, fitteds, flats, & diaper covers
    • Materials/styles available
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Folding techniques
    • Care and laundering
  • All-in-ones & all-in-twos
    • Materials/styles available
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Care and laundering
  • Pocket diapers & inserts
    • Materials/styles available
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Care and laundering
  • Troubleshooting
    • Leaking
    • Nighttime cloth diapering
    • Sizing problems
    • Storage & diapering setup
    • Smell (of diapers and of diaper pail)
    • Cloth diapering a newborn
    • Cloth diapering a preemie
    • Cloth diapering a toddler or older child
    • Diaper rash
    • Diaper-frendly clothing choices
  • Care & laundering
    • Basic washing routine
    • Detergents and additives
    • Drying
    • Stains
    • Stripping
    • Shared laundry
    • Hand laundering
    • Caring for wool
  • Budget-friendly cloth diapering
    • Number of diapers needed
    • Affordable options
    • Used diapers
    • Diaper swaps
    • Making your own
    • Reuse & resale
  • Encouraging reluctant users
    • Dads or non-adapting family members
    • Babysitters
    • Daycare
  • Traveling with cloth diapers
  • Using a cloth diaper service
  • Cloth diapering with elimination communication
  • Diapering multiple kids
  • Overview of helpful diapering accessories
    • Cloth wipes
    • Cloth wipe solutions
    • Diaper sprayers
    • Diaper pails
    • Wet bags
    • Lanolin & wool cleansers
    • Pins & Snappis
If you would like to suggest a different chapter or sub-chapter idea, let us know: Books {at} NaturalParentsNetwork {dot} com.

How to Submit

Please submit your chapter(s) by April 30:
  • Send each chapter as a separate entry to Books {at} NaturalParentsNetwork {dot} com.
  • Fill out the contest submission form for each chapter you submit so we can keep track of all entries.
Once judging is complete, we will contact the winners whose chapters and bylines will appear in the book.

Other Contributions

We are also looking for:

Good luck! We're excited to read your writing and thrilled to be offering this book to spread the love of fluff.

(See the original contest post for full details.)

3 comments:

Luschka said...

gutted to have mised this, but lack of reliable internet, plus finding somewhere to live made it rather impossible - but oh well.... cantt wait to read the book!

Momma Jorje said...

When can we expect the book? Not sure if I'll be able to afford it, but I'm considering cloth for this little bun. I've done cloth, but it was 20 years ago and I had a service.

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

@Momma Jorje: Oh, I wish I knew! I was so expecting to have this month to edit the submissions and work on the layout — and instead we're mudding walls and moving around furniture. So maybe while I'm NAKing, I can get the editing done! :) We love our cloth diaper service — have you seen if there's one in your area still?

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