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I have been using cloth diapers on Asher since he was born. Two years now! If you are looking for an all-natural solution to diapering, this is the way to go! Are you considering cloth diapers but don’t know where to start? I’ve been there and hope to simplify it for you. Here are all the reasons why cloth diapering is a healthy solution for your baby and all the stinky details that come along!

This is a very honest review; I did not find cloth diapering to be 100% easy at first. There was a lot of trial and error involved and it took me some time to find my own personal system that actually worked. In my opinion, the whole process is easy and simple, but there are a few things if I had known prior would have made it even easier.

After much, MUCH, I’m talking hours upon hours (in the midst of my nesting phase) time spent reading posts about how to cloth diaper like a pro, I decided I had all the knowledge to dive in and start! After all the hours I spent researching, surely I was an expert by now, right?!  Nope. Not even close. Not only did every post I read point out only the positives of cloth diapering, every single article seemed to contradict each other. I was certain I could figure it out, but I was also extremely overwhelmed. Not to mention, there are hundreds of cloth diaper brands and wipes out there. This did not make it any easier for a new and confused mom!


1 YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY! How can I emphasize this any more?

2. It is better for the environment.

3. It is healthier for babies bum.

4. They are just SO cute!

  •  I spent $100 total to buy a full set of cloth diapers and reusable wipes. I actually first started out with a more expensive brand, but after using a few brands, found them all to work the same. Currently, I am using Alva Baby at $30 for 6 diapers (you will need at least 12 diapers) and I love them! When we go out of town, we use disposable diapers because it is just easier. I am always shocked by how many disposable diapers we go through and how expensive it is! Funny story. When Asher was 6 months old, we went on a trip overseas. I was determined to take my cloth diapers, and I did. I’m not sure how thrilled the TSA agent was when they opened my large baggy of dirty cloth diapers to inspect. I did warn them though. The experience actually wasn’t too difficult since we had a washing machine in our hotel room. However, I will say I now only take disposable diapers on trips, haha.
  •  Did you know that it takes around 500 years for disposable diapers to decompose? Think of all the landfills full of billions of diapers. Just sitting there. I really did not like the thought of this, so this was my reason number 2!
  •  Unfortunately, there are chemicals present in disposable diapers. As I was nesting, waiting for Asher’s arrival, I was triple washing all his baby clothes, inspecting every little nook of the house, researching every cool baby gadget, and shocked by all the chemicals I found in disposable diapers. Thankfully, after being a mom, I’ve calmed down. I think. But I still am not a fan of these chemicals on my baby’s soft bum. Here’s the list.


-Chlorine-diapers are bleached for that pure white appearance.

-Dioxins-carcinogenic chemical that causes skin irritation and altered liver function

-Sodium Polyacrylate-a super absorbent chemical that is linked to skin irritations and respiratory problems. It has been removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome but is still present in diapers.

-Tributyl-tin-disrupts the hormonal system

-Volatile organic compounds-cause eye, nose and throat irritation, liver damage and are cancer causing (

-Others: dyes, fragrances, plastics, petrolatum, adhesives

  • Okay, onto a positive note. Cloth diapers are just so stinking cute! I get complements all the time on Asher’s bum. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing… and I will say it’s a lot of fun choosing all the fun colors and designs of your new cloth diapers. The extra padding also makes it look like they have a huge baby badonkadonk. It’s very cute. Priorities.


  • Time–It does take slightly more time and work than disposable diapers. However, once you find your system, it is very easy and fast! The thing that takes the most time (about 7 minutes) is stuffing the diapers if you use pocket diapers (in my opinion they’re the best in terms of longevity and soaking abilities).
  • Stinky—If you are extremely easily grossed out, this may not be for you. The stinkiest time is when you are pulling the insert out of the diaper to throw in the wash. This doesn’t really bother me. I just hold my nose if I’m up close and wash my hands after. I personally have a harder time dealing with throw up.
  • May need some disposable backups—I found going on trips to just be easier with the convenience of disposable diapers.  I buy a chlorine free, all natural diaper and wipes and always have them available just in case!
  • Nighttime diapers—When Asher was closer to a year, I found him to wet the bed ALMOST every night. It was so frustrating.  I tried a multitude of things, like adding in more inserts, then switching to more absorbent inserts when that became too bulky. After a lot of failures, I ended up switching to disposables at night. It made our life easier. Again, this didn’t happen until he was older. I also still nurse through the night, so a baby who sleeps through the night or is not such a heavy wetter might not have this problem!
  • MIGHT need to replace diapers months later: I have read blogs and blogs of how to prolong cloth diapers through years and multiple kids. I however, have struggled with this. After about 10 months or so, my diapers just begin to have a small odor and don’t absorb as well. I have tried many things to prevent this but now I just buy all new diapers after this time. If I figure a way around this, I will update this post! But even if you need to do this, you are still saving SO MUCH MONEY compared to disposables!


    Everyone has their own cloth diapering system. Here is mine!

  • I have everything available on my changing table. As you can see in the photo, I have the reusable wipes, diapers, a spray bottle, miscellaneous, and disposables just in case.
  • Once changed, I carry the dirty diaper and throw it in my large wet bag that hangs in the laundry room. When it is full, with 10 or 11 of my 12 diapers, I wash them!
  • I take out the inserts about half way from the diaper and drop in the machine. If your baby is old enough that they have solids, then you can dump that in the toilet prior. Some people use a sprayer. I personally never did this.

    My washing machine has a pre-set that I programmed. You absolutely do not need to do this; I just find it to be an easy click of the button!

    First, run a pre-wash to loosen everything up. I click the quick wash and add just a little detergent. Once complete, I run my pre-set main wash with a full cap of detergent. I set the temperature to hot, put on a normal wash + heavy or extra heavy on the soil and set the spin to high. Mine runs for an hour and 10 minutes. When this is done, you can either add an extra rinse cycle or not. When we had hard water, I found this extra rinse to not be beneficial. However, we just switched to soft water, so I might try this cycle again. If you have hard water, I highly recommend adding borax to your wash to prolong the diapers. I then dry all the wipes and diapers on a very delicate cycle. You can also lay them out to dry, but I was way too impatient for this.


    • My spray bottle was $2 dollars at Target and I fill it with water, a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, and a couple drops of lavender essential oil. I love the mix!
    • Reusable wipes (I currently like these).
    • Cloth diapers 12+ (I like these).
    • Inserts (the diapers come with inserts but these are more absorbent).
    • Natural disposable wipes for backup/travel
    • Natural disposable diapers for backup/travel/nighttime
    • Small wet bag that stays in my baby bag
    • Large wet bag in laundry room
    • Natural detergent
    • If you have hard water, I highly recommend adding a scoop or 2 of borax to your wash! This helped prolong my diapers tremendously!
    • GroVia Mighty Bubbles-If you get to a point where your diapers are beginning to have a slight odor that won’t go away, try these every so often! I found this to prolong my diapers as well!

    I think I have covered everything! If you have made it to the bottom of this post, then you must be considering cloth diapering! I love it and intend to do it with all my future kids. If you have any questions please write a comment and ask! And tell me what works with your cloth diapering system! Talk soon!


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First… Why Cloth Diaper?

There are so many reasons why parents choose to cloth diaper, but ours were simple: we wanted to make less of an impact from a waste perspective, super sensitive skin runs in Hubby’s family, and honestly disposable diapers are expensive!

  1. Cloth diapering is SO MUCH CHEAPER, and results in so much less waste. 27.4 BILLION (yep, you read that right!) disposable diapers are used in the United States every year. When you think about how many diapers the average baby goes through in the first year, you’re looking at between $800-$1,000 spent on disposable diapers before your baby turns 1. I don’t know about y’all, but we are doing everything we can to raise this baby on a budget, and when I read just how expensive disposable diapers can get I knew I wanted to look into other options.

Our family got started cloth diapering by spending just $100. I was encouraged by experienced cloth mamas to pick out a few different types and see what worked for us (and I highly recommend the same thing to other parents just starting out in cloth!). We ended up loving pocket diapers,  especially Mama Koala, Alva Baby and Bum Genius. They’re easy to put together, easy to clean, and the patterns are so adorable. Plus with Archer being so teeny when he was born, these were the brands that we found to be the most adjustable. I spent just $120 more to add 18 more diapers to our stash once we made this decision, and those diapers will last us through Archer being potty trained.

2. Cloth diapers are an amazing alternative for babies with sensitive skin! Super duper sensitive skin runs in my partner’s family. I’m talking Hubs skin is so sensitive that he can’t use most free and clear detergents. I started researching disposable diapers, and found that the majority of disposable diapers are made of dyes and chemicals that can be found to easily irritate sensitive skin. Many parents have also found that Little Ones with ultra-sensitive skin can also be more prone to diaper rash while wearing disposable diapers.

We saw this first hand when Archer got the stomach flu at 2 months old. We thought it would be easier to keep him in disposables and just change them frequently, but within 2 days his little tush was completely on fire, and the diaper rash just got worse from there no matter how dry we kept him or what diaper cream we used! As soon as he was over the stomach flu we put him back in cloth, and he hasn’t had a single rash since then.

3. And of course… they are SO stinking cute.

Cloth diapers come in literally hundreds of patterns these days. I’ll admit, I’ve purchased cloth diapers for holidays, special occasions… like for this mommy and me matching Halloween outfit!

Popular Brands: Mama Koala, AlvaBaby, BumGenius, Thirsties
Notes: Pocket diapers usually come with an insert you slide in. You can also buy your own inserts or prefolds to stuff inside. A pocket diaper works like a pillowcase: there is an opening on one end and you stuff the insert inside.
My Preference: Mama Koala and AlvaBaby. Pocket diapers are my favorite system by far and our go to cloth diapering choice. I like the flexibility of being able to throw an extra liner inside for extra absorbency overnight, and they are so easy to clean! Both the Mama Koala & Alva Baby liners come with their own inserts, though you are able to mix and match inserts with liners. Pocket diapers seem to be one of the most popular diaper systems and there are a ton of options for patterns.

But… What About Cleaning Them?? (Isn’t it super hard and gross?)

I honestly think the fear of cleaning cloth diapers is what turns of the majority of folks out there. I’ll admit: when I first told my partner that I wanted to cloth diaper he said he was totally on board, but ONLY if it was easy.

With the pocket diaper system, I simply pull out the inner liner from the pocket diaper and put both into the diaper pail. If there are solids I dump them down the toilet, or spray them off with the SmarterFresh Sprayer and then again put the diaper in the diaper pail.  We wash diapers every other evening. We dump the diapers into the machine, along with the reusable diaper pail liner (turned inside out) and follow these steps:

  1. Do a plain rinse cycle with no detergent.
  2. Set washer to normal warm cycle, and also select “presoak” and “extended rinse.” I throw in our regular detergent (we use Seventh Generation) and half a scoop of OxyClean. I let the diapers soak, then go through the regular cycle with an extra rinse just to be sure they’re extra clean.
  3. I know “best practice” says you should line dry cloth diapers but… ain’t no normal mama got time for that. So I throw mine into the dryer on low heat!


I absolutely love cloth diapering. It is already saving our family a ton of money, and I feel good knowing that we aren’t creating an insane amount of waste that is impacting the environment. Is it for everyone? Of course not! But if you’re on the fence about adding cloth diapering to your routine, I hope you’ll give it a try! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions as I’m always happy to help get more folks on the “fluff butt” train! =)

xo, Sibhan (full article here)

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My Favorite Cloth Diapers

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Hello friends!

I’m so excited about the product I’m reviewing today. I approached Alva baby myself to make this sponsored post happen. They sent me a free sample product for the purpose of my review, but all opinions are my own (and I’ve been in love with this brand for longer than I’ve been blogging)

So, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but my time has been limited, and I wanted to give this topic the attention it deserves. I feel like the timing for this recommendation couldn’t be any better. With Amazon prime day just around the corner (5 days away, but who’s counting?) I think it’s a great time to discuss my favorite brand of cloth diapers. While this brand does have it’s own website that’s full of awesome bundle deals, they are also available on Amazon in single, and bundle options, and at a fraction of the cost of most other note worthy cloth diapers.

Alva baby cloth diapers have been a family favorite for well over a year now. I started out fully using disposables, but as a stay at home mom I felt like I should give cloth diapers a chance, at least part time. When I started my search I found a lot of really expensive options on the market. At $29.99 per diaper I was worried about spending too much up front, maybe this wouldn’t have been a huge deal if I planned to use them full time, and knew the investment would be worth it, but I had never tried cloth before, and I knew I didn’t plan to completely cut out disposables. While searching and comparing options on Amazon I discovered the “Alva baby” brand. They had so many cute prints, a lot of really great reviews, and the best part? I could order one diaper, with two inserts for $8.99-$10.99, use my free two day shipping and have it by the end of the week.

This price was fully within my comfort zone so I ordered an adorable diaper and was so excited when it arrived. I followed the instructions and advice I had found in reviews on Amazon, washed the whole diaper, including liners one time, and then washed the liners a second time in my next load of laundry (This is supposed to help with the absorbancy)

The next morning I put one insert into the built in pocket and securely fastened the diaper to my daughter (at the time a wiggly, crawling, adventurous 7 month old. We went about our morning as usual, enjoying plenty of active play and floor time, and when I went to change her I was truly surprised at what I had found. The diaper itself felt dry, but the liner inside the pocket was very wet. Because I had only ordered one cloth diaper I replaced it with a disposable, quickly hand washed the diaper and the insert and tossed it in the dryer. I repeated the same thing after naptime and after about two hours of wear my daughter had again soaked the liner, but the diaper didn’t leak, and in fact, the inside felt dry to the touch.

Since that first diaper, I have purchased about 6 additional Alva baby cloth diapers. My daughter is now a few weeks away from turning two, is in the early stages of potty training, and we have never had a leak using these cloth diapers. Not only that, but my daughter loves them, they are extremely soft, they aren’t bulky, and her favorite part is the bright and fun patterns(arrows, foxes, dragons, unicorns). They even have a wide variety of special holiday patterns. I can’t say I am a cloth diaper expert. I haven’t tried a dozen different brands to compare for you, but because of Alva baby, I haven’t needed to. The quality of the design speaks for itself every day that goes by without any leaks or issues. I got really lucky picking a brand I hadn’t heard of on Amazon, and I’m glad I took the chance on a smaller company. If your thinking about making the switch, or incorporating cloth diapers into your routine check out Alva baby on Amazon. You can start the way I did, ordering one at a time, or you can order one of their larger bundle packs and really commit. Either way you’ll be saving a lot of money, and your littles are sure to love the patterns.

Cloth Diaper Review: ALVABABY

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I received this diaper complimentary from Alvababy. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I started my cloth diapering journey in 2016 with Luna. It was a complete fail!

I had no idea what I was doing.

Cloth diapering was frustrating. It was a love/ hate relationship. More so on the hate side.
Only because we kept experiencing leaks and I was just fedup!

Fast forward to now:

I’ve been using cloth on Liam since day 1 and I absolutely love it!

Majority of my stash is compiled of Alvababy diapers. So I’ve been using them for months now and can provide you with indepth review!

This is a review for Alvababy pocket style diaper!



I love the fit of this diaper.

Personally, I like diapers with rounded tabs better than the square tabs. I feel like they fit Liam’s chunky legs better!

Alva sells both styles of diaper!

Another thing I noticed about the fit, Alvababy diapers tend to run on the bigger side. I tried to use them when Liam was a newborn and I wasn’t able to get a great fit on his little legs. But, that didn’t last very long. By one month, he was in the able to fit into in diapers on the first rise.

However, I do like that they run bigger! I was able to use them on Luna while we were in the process of potty training.

So if you have two in diapers, having a diaper with a bigger fit would be ideal.


Each pocket style diaper comes with one microfiber insert. For us, just one insert was not absorbent enough. I know some people are able to get away with just the one. But, one insert just wasn’t cutting it.

Simple fix: use two inserts in the diaper!


Alvababy diapers are great quality. No ifs, ands, or buts! My diapers haven’t experienced any fading, loose elastics, or broken snaps.

In comparison, to higher end diapers I would grab my Alva’s faster than those diapers any day!


As I mentioned, AlvaBaby diapers make up the majority of my stash.

I love these diapers y’all not only are the cute, but affordable!

When I initially made the decision to cloth diaper, I was only recommended expensive diapers (diapers 20$ +) . That was discouraging for me.

I didn’t want to spend money on expensive diapers, ruin them, and end up throwing them away.

Then I came across the Alvababy brand!! I was like affordable cloth diapers and they’re cute? #takeallmymoney

Alvababy diapers will run you 3$-9$ a diaper, depending on the style and where you purchase them from!

These diapers are perfect for starting out your cloth journey!


I highly recommend Alvababy Diapers! These are great quality affordable cloth diapers!
You can get yours here.

#ClothNappyMonday – Alva Baby One Size Cloth Nappies Review

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I’m back with another Cloth Nappy Monday post after a break last week due to the chesty cold that the family is fighting at the moment. Today’s post is all about a brand that’s very affordable, stylish and popular  Alva Baby.

​The first time I noticed these nappies was when I came across the Fox design that you can see above to the right. It is a great design, isn’t it? So much fun and orange is my favourite colour!

The fun designs and the price are the aspects that made me decide to give these cloth nappies a go but also the fact that they’re pocket nappies as they dry quickly  I need this in the winter!

Alva Baby One Size nappies are designed to fit both babies and toddlers (8 -33lbs approximatel) and the size can be adjusted using the rows of poppers on the front rise. We did this at first but now our youngest is 17 months old and we don’t adjust the size at all for her which is nice and easy!

There are poppers on the hip and crossover ones too to get a good fit around the waist. These nappies are easy to get a good fit with on our toddler. The wings often fold back on themselves a bit (see photo below) but that doesn’t affect performance at all.

Each Alva Baby nappy comes complete with an absorbent 3-layer microfibre insert that you stuff into the pocket. I find the inserts easy to stuff into the pocket and surprisingly good! They last 2-3 hours and hold a lot of wee. You can add extra boosters if needed but I’m happy with them on their own for every day, around the house use.

The actual nappy has an outer layer made of waterproof and breathable TPU and the inside is made of suede cloth with is quite soft and helps keep your baby dry as it wicks the moisture away into the insert. This material attracts fluff from other fabrics in the wash but it’s not too annoying and I use a fleece liner on top anyway.

​Alva Baby cloth nappies are easy to care for and wash well, other than the fluff-attraction! The covers dry very quickly and the inserts do too. Air drying is best for the covers but the inserts can be tumble dried if needed. I was at 40-60 degrees and mainly air dry.

I didn’t have very high expectations when I bought these nappies but I’m positively surprised and very impressed with how they perform. I have these three featured in this review and am planning to buy another three or so. I bought them through Fill Your Pants via eBay and am just waiting for the new designs to be available there too, then I’ll get a few more. They’re only £6.95 each which is great value. You get extra discounts if you buy many directly from Fill Your Pants too.

10 Benifits of Cloth Diapers

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7 Reasons to cloth-diaper

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Hi there friends!

I know it’s been a while; but having a baby is NO JOKE. Can you believe she is 7 months old now??

I can’t…

Well as many of you know I am a cloth-diapering mommy; no… not the old school kind of cloth. They have an awesome, easy new kind ! They’re just like normal diapers, except… you can reuse them; which is awesome. There is so many reasons I cloth diaper… but I decided to give you my top 7 in this post!

1) Finances
To me this is the most obvious reason to cloth diaper. You get a one time stash and you’re done. No paying a monthly bill for disposables week after week. Plus, no running out of diapers. All that you have to pay for from now on is your laundry soap and your water which adds up to basically nothing compared to how expensive diapers are.
Especially with websites now; that have a the cutest and very budget friendly diapers like alva baby; you can not go wrong. Alva baby is where I get most my cloth diapers from. It doesn’t have to be expensive at all! My husband and I paid $200 to start and now all we do is get wipes. Compared to my friends who do not clothdiaper we are saving about 100 to 150 a month! Ca-ching!
2) Environmentally consious

When I finally made the decision to clothdiaper I was super proud of the fact Addie wasn’t going to be adding any mess to this world in her first years. Think about all the diapers that you’re throwing into your trashcan, all those diapers have to go somewhere and most diapers are not biodegradable.. which means that they’re going to end up in a landfill.. Knowing I can and am helping this problem makes me very happy!
3) It looks adorable 
This was the reason why I was even considering cloth diapers in the first place… Yes, it’s that easy to draw me in. I was just scrolling on Pinterest, which I did a lot pre-baby.. And I found the cutest looking baby with the cutest looking diaper. That link let me to a couple websites; which let me to a video on how to. from that video on I was seriously thinking about it. Once I was sold on the cuteness of the fluffy bottom. It wasn’t long until I was sold on all the other reasons. I now had to get my husband in on it. I convinced him it would be financially worth it and now 6 months in, he thanks me every time we’re in the grocery store!
4) Your baby is a difference maker
How many people tell their kids that they’re going to be world changers? If you want them to be world changers you got to raise him to change the world! If you want them to do good you got show them what that looks like. Taking care of the world by doing things like cloth-diapering will surely raise your kids with a mind to look at the world with different eyes. I want to teach Addie to leave the world better than she found it, that something thins might be ‘harder’ to do; but better in the long run. When your baby sees you doing those things she will follow; hopefully.
5) Faster potty training
So I don’t know this one by experience.. BUT I have heard that once your baby starts walking; they can feel when they get wet way easier when they’re in cloth-diapers. Which means that your baby can let you know that she needs to go potty once she understand the concept. Which prevents a lot of headaches.
6) No blowouts, I repeat; NO BLOWOUTS
So this might sound crazy, but I have never had a blowout in a cloth diaper.. Every single time she poops in a disposable, which I still use for traveling; it shoots straight up her badk. I don’t know why it’s different in cloth.. Maybe because of the elastic band on the top? I have to be real though, I have had leak cloth-diapers due to me being a newby and stuffing it wrong. But never a blowout! Truthfully I would way rather deal with a little bit of pee than deal with a romper full of poop..
7) No chemicals = no diaper rash
Most diapers have lots of chemicals in them: that means that you are putting your baby in chemicals every single day.. I am no scientist so I don’t know the effect that has on your baby; but I do know this… Adeline has NEVER had a diaper rash and I think that is due to the great quality of cloth diapers! 

So… Tell me what you think? What is keeping you from clocth-diapering? If you are still doubting wanted to cloth-diaper let me just show you these cute pictures of Addie that I’ll post below and you’ll be sold!

Alva Baby Reusable Diapers

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Hey there!  Hope everyone is having an AMAZING summer!  We are thoroughly enjoying the long days by going to the beach and park as much as possible.  Look at our wild garden!  Isn’t it great?!  We’ve had so many energizing, organic vegetables this year.

And how cute is Ivy’s new reusable diaper from Alva Baby?!  Obsessed!  I’ve had Alva Baby diapers since Ivy was a little baby and love their cute designs.  When Alva asked to collaborate on a post, it was a no-brainer for me!  Recommend a product I already use and love?  Yes please!  When I became a mama I became even MORE health and environmentally conscious than I already was.  Plus, think about all the money you save by not using disposable diapers!  I love having reusable diapers around.  Even if you use regular disposable diapers, its nice to have a few of these on hand so you don’t need to stress out about running to the store to get more diapers when you’re almost out.  It’s also great how their designs grow as your baby grows.  They have snaps all over so you can make them tiny for a newborn or bigger for a toddler!  We also use them for swimming covers!

Alva also sent me a wet bag to throw all the diapers into when I’m out and about and I can’t wait to give it a try!  If you’re interested in trying out Alva Baby diapers check out their website at:

Thanks for reading!  Check out my other photo shoot with Alva Baby diapers HERE!

Xo, Karla

This post is sponsored by Alva Baby, but the opinions stated above are (as always) my own.

Ivy’s Baltic Amber Teething Necklace linked HERE.

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