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Real Nappies {A Review}

Posted: July 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Product Reviews | 4 Comments »

(This might possibly be my very last cloth diaper review- I’ll try to make it a good one!)

I’m kind of kicking myself that I never invested in something like the Real Nappies Essential Pack when I first started cloth diapering. Probably because I didn’t know something like this existed (and 3 years ago, it may not have)!

We all know I am a huge fan of prefolds and covers, and that is exactly what this is. The Real Nappies Essentials Pack contains: one dozen prefolds, 3 covers, and 100 liners. I happen to have the toddler size box and that is more than enough changes at this stage of the game to get through 2 days of daytime diapering. It’s very basic- white aplix covers, but the aplix is nice and strong and I think most people can appreciate a few white covers in their stash.

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Cutey Baby Cloth Diaper {A Review}

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Product Reviews | 5 Comments »

I was kind of intrigued to try the Cutey Baby modern cloth diaper.  It’s not like any other diapers in my stash and it’s not sold through traditional cloth diaper retailers- it’s sold at traveling demos at Sam’s Club and Costco.  I had first seen Cutey Baby at my local Cub store on an end cap- was I really seeing cloth diapers (and really CUTE cloth diapers!) on an endcap at the grocery store?

My interest was piqued!  When I finally got the chance to get my hands on one, I was thrilled.

The Cutey Baby AIO has some features that I like, and one that I’m a little skeptical of.  But so far my experience has been a good one. Click here for baby product reviews.

Cutey Baby Modern Cloth diaper

Daytime Use:  This is a great diaper for daytime.  The tongue-style double insert is perfect for my heavy wetters.  The “pocket” is easy to stuff and easy to dry since it’s not attached at both ends.  I really appreciate AIO’s that have the inserts not fully attached.

Nighttime Use:  This was a miss with us.  There are very few diapers that work overnight so I was not surprised.  Our biggest issues with this diaper overnight was the fact that it has aplix and not snaps.  The boys are very good at getting their diapers off and aplix is not a great option for us.  We had some leaking but a booster or extra insert may have helped that issue as it wasn’t a lot.

Ease of Use:  This is where I think there is room for improvement.  The tongue-style insert is great, but if there is a particularly messy poop, it’s kind of a pain to clean up since you have lots of nooks and crannies for it to get into.  I also found it annoying that the aplix was not sewn on (not sure if this is a temporary thing since they have had issues with aplix in the past).  The aplix itself seemed sticky enough- I’ve used my share of bad aplix and this held as well as it could considering my boys love to tear off diapers, but I don’t like worrying if my aplx is going to get caught on another diaper or having to fish it out of a laundry pile.

Cutey baby Modern Cloth Diaper

Overall:  I liked this diaper overall.  Mostly because it was different than anything else in my stash.  I have a pretty large stash and after awhile the diapers all start to look the same, just an extra snap here, a bit of elastic there.  It also has one of my favorite features- the tongue-style insert (I hate slow drying AIO’s and I hate matching inserts to pockets) so it makes my list.

You can check out the Cutey Baby website to see the schedule of events and see if they will be at a store near you soon, or, you could enter to win one!

Disclosure: I was provided a product for the sake of review.  All opinions are my own.

 


Bizzing Bea and Peachy Green {A Review}

Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Giveaway, Local Companies, Product Reviews | 2 Comments »

Cloth Diaper retailers from Minnesota

About 6 months ago I found the most amazing group of cloth diapering moms ever on Facebook. Through that group I have met some great local WAHM’s who make fab diapers as well as some great local retailers. The Bizzing Bea Baby Emporium (AKA The Bizzing Bea) is run by a great mom I’ve met through the group (although she’s since migrated east to Wisconsin!).

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#UltimateFluff Giveaway Event!

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers | 7 Comments »

I know!  I’m all about the fluff this week but it just couldn’t be helped…

The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway

Welcome to The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering and sponsored by Kebbie’s Diaper Bag! We are giving away a huge cloth diaper prize pack valued at over $600 to one lucky winner!  That is a LOT of diapers and a stash anyone would envy.

You could win all of the following:

The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway

30 Bubbz 3.0 Quadcore Anti-Leak Pocket Diapers
Bubbz Ultimate Wet/Dry Bag
Bubbz Super Cinch Pail Liner

For a total retail value of over $600!

The winner chooses colors and prints (you can’t beat that)!

Haven’t heard of Bubbz 3.0 Cloth Diapers? These new one-size cloth diapers from Kebbie’s Diaper Bag feature a waterproof TPU outer, super soft microfleece inner, color coded waist snaps (I adore color coded waist snaps), four rows of rise snaps, dual pockets, extra gentle leg gussets, and a Quadcore Anti-Leak Protection System complete with twin gussets, a back pocket gusset, and a front waterproof flap. Each diaper comes with 2 Deluxe Organic Bamboo Cotton Inserts for superior absorption (bamboo- my favorite!). The inserts snap onto the diaper, and they can either be stuffed inside the dual pocket opening for a stay-dry feel or laid on top of the diaper against your baby’s skin for a soft natural fiber layer. Read the Bubbz 3.0 diaper review at Daily Mothering for more details and pictures!

Want to win?

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. This giveaway ends on June 30th at 11:59pm and is open to contestants in the US only, ages 18+.

The more entries you submit, the better chances you have of winning!

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#SummerCloth Giveaway Hop!

Posted: June 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Giveaways | 47 Comments »

We all know I’m a sucker for cloth diapers and what a better way to start or add to your stash than to *win* brand spanking new cloth diapers and accessories?

For the next 10 days I will be participating in the Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things.

Almost 50 blogs have linked up to bring you fantastic cloth diaper giveaways during this event.

Enter my giveaway below and then hop to the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post to enter their fluffy giveaways as well! Each blog has a cloth diaper prize valued at $25 or more and many blogs have prizes worth over $100.

My giveaway includes a Peachy Green AI2 sponsored by The Bizzing Bea, a Cutey Baby AIO +accesssories, a Babu Baby Pocket and an Awesome Blossom Pocket! Great additions to any stash!

Check back this week for reviews on each of the diapers and of course be sure to enter my giveaway!

Click Here to get to the Rafflecopter entry form!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 7

Posted: May 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | No Comments »

Well, we made it!

7 days of flat and covers.
7 days of handwashing.
7 days of hanging diapers to dry.

Thankfully I only had 1 day where rain was an issue and we easily rigged up an indoor drying rack and we woke up to perfectly dry diapers the next morning.

I think my biggest takeaway from the Flats and Handwashing Challenge is this: I know I can do this if I had to.

Had being the keyword.

I don’t *have* to do this and although I found the handwashing to be fairly easy, I found myself kind of obsessing about the weather. When it rained I just wanted to throw them in the dryer and be done with it, not looking for a good solution for drying them in my already hot and humid house.

I do have a new found love of flats though. All 3 boys have gone to bed in flats the past 3 nights. In the past 6 months I’ve added more microfiber to my stash than I could have ever imagined, and I gotta say- as excited as I was in the beginning, I am pretty over it. Microfiber has nothing on natural fibers. For the past two weeks I’ve stuffed all of my pockets with prefolds and although they are a little bit bulkier- I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you to Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry for putting together such a great hop! If I happen to have a kid in diaper next year (it could happen!) we’ll happily go for the Hat Trick!

*No diaper pics from yesterday- too much cleaning in preparation for Grandma and Grandpa’s arrival from Virginia!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

Posted: May 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | No Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Yesterday it looked like this:

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

And even though there was no breeze, my diapers were dry and ready to go within an hour. It was perfect since I had all 3 boys in flats for overnight so I had a big load that needed to dry quickly.

Today it looks like this:

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

And when I finally gave in and started washing, I had 8 out of 12 flats plus 5 of my designated covers to wash and dry. I waited as long as I could, then I thought maybe, just maybe the rain would stop and I could take advantage of the breeze.

It wasn’t meant to be.

So I rigged up this:

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 6

That’s an IKEA hanging dryer that I have yet to have rigged up to my ceiling in the laundry room. I’m putting that on the list of projects for Yogi Dad and his dad to work on this week.

Let’s all cross our fingers that these are dry tomorrow because I have exactly 1 flat that is clean and dry at the moment!

One Day left!!!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 5

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 2 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 5: Tips from the Flats Challenge

Last year, I was a ball of nerves going into this challenge. It was the first cloth diaper relate “thing” I had done and I was afraid I was going to screw it all up and get pulled over by the Crunchy Police and kicked out of the cloth diaper club.

It turns out, I didn’t need to worry. Everything went great last year.

This year as we approached the date I was still kind of on the fence. With three kids in cloth and only a dozen flats, I was only going to diaper one in flats but the obvious choice (Judah) wasn’t really the best choice with his new found attitude about diapering in general. Namely that he doesn’t want to wear one. Ever.

So I didn’t know if I was going to do it. I didn’t have a “plan”. Right up until the day before the challenge started I thought I might back out until I walked into the Family Closet where we keep our cloth diapers, pulled out my flats and covers and made a pile. I informed Yogi Dad that Lincoln was to be in all flats, all the time for the next 7 days and we just went with it.

I didn’t have a huge elaborate washing routine. We didn’t worry about whether or not nights were going to be an issue or if we would be able to have enough from day to day. We just jumped right in.

And it’s been just as easy as the rest of our routine. I have a renewed love for flats- so much everyone wore flats and covers to bed last night!

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 5

So that would be my tip- keep it simple. Relax, have fun with it! This isn’t a competition and in the end we all get a big ol pat on the back for attempting it and sticking with it.

My other tip would be to avoid berries and dried fruit. I don’t know about your house but at mine they are the top diaper wreckers. Save yourself some trouble if you can!




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 4 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 4: How I’m doing- My thoughts on handwashing

So far, things have been going really great. Like, really really really great. I think I picked the right kid to go with flats (only one of my 3 is doing the Flats Challenge) because we haven’t had a leak yet (even overnights!) and his poops have been few and solid, so washing has been a breeze.

Which brings me to the washing. I don’t mind handwashing.

Then again, I don’t mind poop. I don’t own a diaper sprayer and after 3 years of cloth diapering, I really don’t see the point. We dunk and swish and sometimes have to do a little scrub but really…it’s *just* poop. That’s what soap is for. Right?

So today was my regular diaper washing day and I had high hopes to get all of the cloth diaper laundry out for a good sunning. But it was cloudy. And it looked like rain. So I tossed my flats and covers into the tub to soak and threw the pockets and prefolds into the washing machine for a rinse cycle.

Then I got the boys on the bus, drained the bathtub, added clean water and a little Biokleen and got to washing.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

I washed, I rinsed, I tossed the clean flats and covers into their basin and checked on the washing machine.

It was still on the rinse cycle. They sky was still grey so I put Judah down for a nap and headed downstairs to get busy with the chalkboard paint.

I painted labels on all of our bins (two coats), plus a nice big space above my desk (also two coats). I heard the washer stop so I ran upstairs, added detergent and started the wash cycle.

I did dishes. I folded laundry. The wash cycle ended and I ran it through again for one more good rinse. The boys got off the bus. We had lunch. The big boys went down for a nap and the sun (hallelujah) came out.

The washer finally ended it’s third and final cycle and I trudged outside with all of my diapers to hang them out to dry.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

It took me no longer than 15 minutes of actively washing my diapers by hand (they soaked for probably 20 minutes) and it took the better part of 3 hours to run through my regular wash routine for everything else.

Talk about a time suck!

If we used flats all the time, you can bet your Bum Genius I would be washing by hand every single load. The energy savings alone would be phenomenal.

So, that’s where I’m at. Flats rock and handwashing is going great.

So, tell me- are you afraid to touch poop or do you just get in there and get it done?




Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 3

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 3 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 3: My favorite way to use flats!

Well, as I said in the last post, I have never really *used* a Snappi. Played around with one? Yes. But then I tossed it into the bottom of a basket to be pulled out every now and again only to toss it right back in when I decide it’s not worth the hassle.

The absence of Snappi use pretty much ensures I am going the easiest route possible:

The Pad Fold.

The Pad Fold couldn’t be any easier. Fold it into fourths, fold it into thirds. Voila. A Pad Fold. Basically if you come out with something resembling a prefold that has been trifolded, you are on the right track.

The Pad Fold enables you to just lay the flat into the cover and then fasten the cover. I have never in my 3 years of cloth diapering had an issue with a flat or prefold moving around inside the cover. Of course I use front closure covers that are quite snug. This might be an issue with pull-on covers, like woolies for example.

Last night we did attempt the Origami Fold with an extra flat pad folded inside and then the whole thing Snappi’d on under a pair of woolies. It worked really well, I was surprised. Tonight I tried to recreate that and try as I might, I could not get the origami fold to stay within the woolies. I’m not sure what the deal was but we ended up using a double pad fold in the Swaddlebees Capri cover. I think we’ll be fine with that combo.

Here is a photo of my flats drying this morning! I love that with the nice brisk breeze, they literally took 30 minutes to dry. Awesome.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 3

What is your favorite fold? What is your favorite cover?